That's been the go to phrase this whole weekend. Our temps have been around 60de and this is January! Yes, we know it's not Spring but when the weather gods choose to warm us up we love it! I worked outside yesterday and cleaned up some flower beds and picked up sticks that a previous storm had left. While making the rounds of the yard I found this:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I've worked at the hospital in Ashland since 1978 with a year break in '84 after having my last kiddo. I returned in July of '85. Over those years many physicians have come and gone. Most of the ones that were here when I started are now retired, moved, or passed away. Some of the ones that replaced those have also left for different reasons. We're in transition with the merging of our hospital to University Hospitals of Cleveland. Lots of changes, some good, some not so good. That's life, comings and goings. In my final post of 2016 I said I hoped for more hellos than goodbyes. I hate the goodbyes. A meeting was called on Monday after our cases were done. We had all sorts of speculation as to the announcement that was to be made. Who was being promoted..demoted...schedule changes..all kind of chit chat about what was coming. Never in a million years did we think it would be about one of our Docs leaving. He's an OB/GYN that has been my Doc these many years. He's a wonderful surgeon with really good laparoscopic skills. A great guy to work with. I might add that he's around 70yrs. old. I know that sounds old, but you'd never know it to look at him or watch him work. In December he decided to quit delivering babies and only do surgery for about 6 more months. However, life often hands us surprises and when we were told he was retiring immediately, we were very surprised. When they said it was because he has cancer...lung cancer that has spread to his spine...we were stunned. I just worked with him last Friday and although he knew his diagnosis, he worked as usual. Joking as usual, laughing and smiling. He has a wonderful laugh! I'm grateful I was able to be there for his final surgeries but sad I wasn't able to say goodbye. He'll be concentrating on his treatments and being with his family. Prayers and hope go with him from all of us, his surgery family. He will be missed.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
This has been one week since the last time I blogged, and that's because it's just been a busy, not so exciting, didn't do anything blog worthy week. Usually January is a bit slow in surgery because everyone is dealing with deductibles and having to shell out those first payments. However, we seem to busy. Especially the call part of the job. The anesthetic machine in the OB department's operating room wasn't working and had to be sent out for repair. The c-sections have to be done in our operating rooms which means we have to do them. It wouldn't be so bad but as many folks know babies just like to born whenever and usually that means middle of the night. Thursday was not a pretty weather day. Cold, snow, icy conditions on the road. Of course that was my call night. Got through it and even worked Friday with only 4hrs of sleep. I'm getting too old for this stuff! The bitter cold hit our area but I think it's been that way across the country and down south too. Jack's been keeping the wood burner going and the house has stayed warm. However, he threw his back out cutting and splitting wood. Ironic for a Chiropractor and totally not fun. He soldiered threw it and Jordan came over on Saturday and helped get the wood in and split for us. Thanks so much Jord!! I made him some chocolate chip cookies and he did his laundry here while he worked...so it was a small win-win for him I guess! So "that's" the skinny on "this" past week. A warm up is in the forecast for next week and hopefully all those having bad weather issues will also get cleared up. Since it was a good weekend to make soup I tried a new recipe.
This is a recipe I'll make again.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Happy New Year! Along with this greeting usually comes the question of what did you do for New Year's Eve. Then sometimes the topic of traditional food or rituals that are suppose to ward off "Bad Luck" comes up in conversation. I even wrote about ours yesterday. Along with the coin bread we always have pork and sauerkraut and black eyed peas. That's something I did after marriage. Somehow I lived my life before without the magic of pork. Let's be honest here, it's not that lucky for the pig! Anyway. we do it every year. Do we really believe it will bring good luck? Welllllll.....I'm afraid to find out. So I make the food, eat just one black eyed pea, cut the bread with the coin and take a deep breath because somehow I just feel better afterwards. Oh, and to make it even sweeter, guess who found the coin?
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Yesterday I made a few loaves of bread. Not just any kind of bread. I made Greek New Year's bread. I make this almost every year. This year the loaves turned out nicer than in the past. Could be the yeast, could be letting it rise near the wood stove with it's ample supply of warm air!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
I've taken Mr. Scrooge's adventure into my own life these past couple of weeks. I blogged with photos of past Christmases and then told the story about our present day Christmas, also with photos. I know that things that happen in our past can influence who we turn out to be in our future. I had a wonderful childhood filled with good memories of past Christmas celebrations. As a young adult with small children I also feel blessed that we had many fun Christmases filled with family. Some of those family members aren't here now. My Dad, Jack's parents, my nephew Jono. Many Aunts and Uncles that were part of our celebrations are also not here. Their presence is felt at each gathering. The empty chairs, the guitar that Dad would play carols on, the voice of my Uncle Dave as he said the word "Santa"..he always said "Sanie Clause". Things that mean much more to me today than they did back then. Jack's Mom cooking her wonderful food and yelling at her boys to get out of the kitchen! (Usually they were causing mischief and getting in the way!) Jack's Dad standing in front of their huge Christmas tree and handing out the gifts so carefully chosen. Life speeding by and suddenly you realize that the future can hold many changes...many surprises both good and bad. The spirit of love and giving this time of year is one that we wish we could hold in our hearts and carry on all through the year. Like Mr. Scrooge reborn from a mean miser into a man who knew "how to keep Christmas" all year long, I would like to do the same. I would like to think that future Christmases would have all of us gathering together and when it's time for our chairs to be empty, those who are left will remember us fondly and all the times spent together remembered with love and laughter and warmth. In Mr. Scrooge's story, the spirit that visited him to foretell the future was the one he most feared and was the darkest part to be faced. What's encouraging from this story that I've watched way too much this season, (can you tell?) is the fact that it's never too late to change. You can look at your life and see what needs improved and how we can be better friends, neighbors, employees, family members, and even better in loving ourselves. Giving more of our time and talents and resources. Scrooge was desperate to change to make sure he could have things be better than what the spirits foretold. I can't predict the future but I hope that "Christmases yet to come" for our family will be as wonderful as this year's has been. Filled with the remembrances of the past, the happiness of today, and hope for the future.