Friday, December 25

I'm taking a short blogging break. Please continue to pray for my friend, Jo Ann while I'm gone. I'll be back soon.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my friends and readers. Hoping that all of your Christmas wishes come true. Please take time to reflect on the Reason for the Season.

Thursday, December 24

Christmas Eve

I wish all my friends and readers a wonderful Christmas Eve. I will try to get over to all your blogs for a visit, but things have been hectic here lately with the roof, Christmas to prepare for and Jo Ann having her surgery.

Today we will go to see her and I will have a report on her later. In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful day and evening.

Tuesday, December 22

Prayers Needed

My friend, Jo Ann, was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in early November. Today at 8 am, she went into surgery. They had to operate on her jaw, which meant she had to have a tracheotomy and a feeding tube inserted. She also had a lump on her neck which was to be removed. They would take a blood vessel from her right wrist to complete the surgery on her jaw and then remove the lump on her neck. She was told she may need radiation but chemo was never mentioned. Jo Ann and I discussed this last week and I told her not to be surprised if she had to have chemo, as I believed the lump on her neck indicated the cancer was in the lymph nodes. Jo Ann told me the doctor had stated that it wasn't.

I phoned the hospital, which is out of town, at 7pm and Jo Ann had just came from recovery. The nurse said she was doing okay. About 8:30, her daughter called. The doctor said the surgery had been a success. However, there was a catch. The cancer is in the lymph nodes and Jo Ann will need both chemo and radiation.

Please keep Jo Ann in your prayers over the Christmas season. She will be in hospital for five to ten days.

Monday, December 21

Christmas Book Swap

At the end of November I hosted a Christmas book swap. Today, a parcel arrived in the mail.

It was beautifully decorated and was from Paula at On A Rainy Night, my partner.
Inside, I found a lovely handmade book bag.

Inside was Debbie Macober's Christmas Letters. Paula also sent along another great book Fall on Your Knees. It is the story of sisters in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, the mining town where my friend, Jo Ann, was born and raised. I'm looking forward to reading both books.

Thank you, Paula. You made great choices and I'm looking forward to reading both books. Special thanks for the beautiful handmade book bag with the dog paw button. Whoohoo!!!

Added Note: Please keep my friend, Jo Ann, in your prayers. She was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in November and will be in surgery Tuesday December 22nd at 8am.

I've neglected to keep you updated on our roofing situation. Last Tuesday, this truck appeared in our driveway about 9:30 am. It was the roofers. I fired the company that we had initially agreed to go with because they didn't show up and didn't return my calls.

So, another young man that is just starting his company got the opportunity to do the job. Here he is on the roof.
There's no way the upstairs ceiling will be repaired before Christmas, but at least it's not leaking anymore. We are blessed for Tyler, a hard working young man who solved all of our roofing problems.