Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fiction Friday: Shades of Morning

My friend Marlo Schalesky has written yet another provocative novel I think you’ll enjoy. Much like a GenSandwicher suddenly faced with family responsibilities, Marnie Wittier’s quiet, peaceful life is unexpectedly turned upside down when her long-estranged sister dies and makes Marnie guardian for her 15-year old son – a boy Marnie never knew existed. And when Emmit arrives, she discovers he has Down syndrome—and that she’s woefully unprepared to care for him. What’s worse, she has to deal with her sister’s attorney, Taylor Cole, a man Marnie once loved—and abandoned. As Emmit and Taylor work their way into her heart, Marnie begins to heal. But when pieces of her dismal past surface again, she must at last face the scripts of paper in her box, all the regrets and sorrows. Can she do it? Or will she run again? And are things really as they appear?


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Becoming a Club Sandwich

My apologies for not posting for so long. It’s been an amazing, hectic month full of family joys and trials. I think I just became a club sandwich. Although I don’t have kids at home, I’m pretty involved with my kidults, my mom, and now… my husband.

About the time Son and DIL moved, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and sleep apnea. He’s been undergoing a lot of testing and dealing with an anxiety disorder that is preventing the proper diagnosis and treatment of the sleep apnea. Unfortunately, he’s become pretty depressed, so keeping him active and busy has become a chore. Just what I needed…

Meanwhile, the kidults have made lots of changes in their new home, including getting rid of that awful carpet and having the hardwood floors refinished. I’m still recovering from the cleaning I did during their move – cleaning I never do in my own home! (Why is it that we do things for our kids, even our adult kids, that we’d never think of doing for ourselves?) My chronic hip pain, which I had pretty well under control, flared up and is just now settling back down—most of the time. Mom has seen a specialist for her unresolved issues and has undergone a lot of new tests. So far, there doesn’t seem to be anything serious going on. And I’m starting a summer class and enjoying my garden.

Son and DIL visited us last week and we had a chance to have lunch with Mom. The kids don’t get to see her much, living at opposite ends of the state. We were excited that their visits coincided, even for a short time.

So, I will try to post more often. Things seem to be in a slight lull, and I’m enjoying the break. I hope you’re enjoying your summer as well.

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