Day 28 | Jan 28 | Through

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Blood goes ‘through’ the tube into the apheresis machine and then back through the tube into my arm leaving the platelets in the machine to help save lives

this is an older picture but i was reminded of it today when the red cross called to set up an appointment for apheresis and i had to decline because i am having surgery soon.  i try to donate every month or so at least.  Each apheresis platelet donation can be the equivalent of up to 8 whole blood pint donations.  i am glad i am able to do this to help others and get some good karma going, since i will be having surgery for the first time in my life in a few weeks and am a little freaked out by it i will take all the good karma medically speaking that i can get 🙂

The Mother Road by Jennifer Allee

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What a great book.  2 sisters 12 years apart in age, embark somewhat reluctantly on a road trip from California to Illinois

Learning that their mother’s Alzheimer’s is progressing and each at a crossroads in their own lives, they set off across Route 66  to visit their parents learning about each other and themselves as they go.

They further explore their family relationships after arriving home, neither knowing what the next step in their lives should be.

I really enjoyed this book, the places on Route 66  brought back memories for me as well as the idea of going home, my current home is in California but I grew up in the midwest. So I can imagine without much prompting a similar trip, I even have a sister a decade younger than I am.

  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Genre : Christian Fiction
  • 5 out of 5 bookmarks

Hummingbirds = Love

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Hummingbirds were my maternal grandmothers favorite bird. i took these this afternoon and they always bring her to mind, she would have been 94 on feb 11, but she passed away in 2011. I am blessed to have so many hummingbirds at my house year round  and i try to keep the feeder filled with sweet sugar water, because i know when i see them flitting around that she is with me. growing up she and my grandfather were just a few miles away, a trip i took many times on my bicycle or motorcycle growing up. Even as an adult after i moved over a thousand miles away,  i still took time at least once a year to get back ‘home’ and visit with her.

My grandmother on my dad’s side was also a lover of animals and always had a dog around, she even once had a pet wild squirrel she rescued as an orphaned baby.  She would have been 95 next month. although she passed away in 1981 I was lucky enough to live next door to  her and spend time with her nearly every day for all of those 11 years.

Family is precious, you may not love all of yours all the time, but remember we only have each other for a short while and we don’t know how long that will be.  So tell them you love them, and spend as much time with them as you can.

Day 12 | Jan 12 | Surprise

surprise weather

Checking the weather for tomorrow morning certainly gave me a ‘surprise’.  I live in southern california, it is not EVER supposed to be 26 degrees fahrenheit  at my house. celcius would be all right.. i could live with that.

even now i am bundled up in a big sweatshirt and fuzzy slippers over my regular clothes and socks because it is cold in my house…

Day 11 | Jan 11 | Water

Pictures

 

i took a picture earlier today of a glass of water, but then  i remembered this sequence of images i took a few years ago when my nephew was visiting and i took him for his first visit to the beach…  i was torn between warning him about he wave coming in and taking pictures of his reaction.  as you can see, taking pictures won out.

 

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