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I have a story to tell about this mug and this flower. You may think I’m kinda’ crazy but, well…..

My youngest son Jonathan gave me this mug one day. I don’t remember if it was for an occasion or for no occasion at all. He often surprised me with gifts ❤️ He was taken from us on July 7th, 2015, at the age of 22 in a horrific automobile accident. I have never been the same since that day.

This past Mother’s Day weekend we traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, to attend a funeral service for an extended family member and also to spend time with family from California who had flown in for the service.

We decided to stay at a hotel rather than with family for this visit. I REALLY don’t like to drink my coffee from a styrofoam or paper cup. Call me crazy, but it just doesn’t taste the same. Ok, I admit it, I am a “coffee snob”. So I packed this coffee mug with the word MOM on it to use at the hotel.

My morning coffee tasted so much better; maybe it’s psychological but, for whatever reason, it was a huge improvement over the styrofoam cup.

I should also mention that my son Jonathan also liked to give me flowers. In fact, he gave me flowers for Mother’s Day just a couple of months before he left.

We were checking out of the hotel on Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, when the desk clerk said “I see from your mug that you are a Mom, so Happy Mother’s Day!” And he handed me the flower you see in the photo.

As I looked down at that flower I realized that it was because of Jonathan that I had received it. I leaned over and whispered to my husband “Jon is still giving me flowers!”

I may be thought crazy for saying this but I do believe that Jon had something to do with blessing me on this Mother’s Day in 2019 – 4 years after he died. I thank God for allowing it.


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I had all good intentions of getting an early start on doing some cleaning today, then quilting on the queen-sized white on white that I have been working on off & on for oh……about 10 yrs or so.

But it is raining, and thundering. For some reason, when it rains and thunders my butt just can’t seem to get in gear. I think it is psychological……or psychotic? One or the other.

Besides, it is Saturday morning. There’s another good excuse for getting nothing done.

I woke up at 5 AM for no good reason. Watched a little tv, checked on Caleb Brown’s status on Facebook. (2 yr old critically injured in a hiking accident last Saturday). Prayers offered up for him, then back to sleep.

My phone rang around 8. It was Lakeisha (dear friend of the family who helps take care of my mother). She said that Mom was being taken to the hospital and that she (Lakeisha) was going up there to be with her. I wish I were there.

My mom lives 4 1/2 hrs away in Cape Girardeau MO (my hometown). She has been in poor health for some time now and lives in an assisted living facility. My brother, Jack, also lives in Cape so he is also at the hospital with Mom.

I talked to Jack. They are doing some testing on Mom. Now I am waiting to hear further details. If necessary I will pack up and go down there.

In the meantime, I am killing time. I could start something (like cleaning) but I feel like I am glued to this chair, in an altered state, awaiting word on Mom.

I have appointed myself the family “town crier” when it comes to Mom’s condition so I have texted everyone to let them know that she is at the hospital. Many of them are praying for her as they have so many times in the last few years. Mom is 86 (will be 87 on Nov 7th). She has chronic health issues as do most people her age.

Anyway, while I am waiting, I decided to blog. I have had just about all the election talk I can stomach on TV. I do hope that many in the US congress will be heading back home to look for jobs come next month.

On a different subject, I can barely wait to go to a warmer climate in January. We have not had any cold weather here yet but already I am dreading it. I am such a wuss when it comes to snow and ice. I would not miss it one bit if it never snowed again in Illinois. But, hey, so far “global warming” has not progressed far enough here. (Oh no, there’s another political subject.) Since global warming has been debunked by factual revelations in the past year, the terminology has been changed to “climate change”.  Whatever it’s called, I need me some warm weather from December until about April.

My brother, Tim, and his wife, Patty, will take me away from this Illinois weather, at least temporarily, in January. We will head for Florida, the Sunshine State, and will stay for an entire month. I look so forward to being with them and to being in a warm climate and missing out on some of that nasty snow and ice. It puts me in the mind of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe where the white witch curses Narnia with it being “always winter, but never Christmas”. I love the part when the curse is broken and the snow starts to melt and the streams begin to flow after having been frozen for so many years.

Well, I still have not gotten an update on Mom and I am feeling increasingly guilty for sitting here doing nothing so I guess I will go do something. Be back later with an update.

Update: Mom is back at the assisted living. She was given medication and is scheduled to see the doctor on Thursday.

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