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Sunday Myriad of Thoughts

Good Sunday fellow bloggers. I hope this finds you well and able to embrace the day! I am embracing it, but in slow motion. It is quite chilly in my house and I just finished a bowl of cold cereal topped with blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries and oh yes – a smidge of local honey! None of which was going to warm me up inside, but it was very good.

There is still a lot going on in my world. I still have not received the referral for my knee. I will call my doctor tomorrow as instructed to try and move this along.

Fellow blogger and dear friend Lauren (lssattitudeofgratitude) is scheduled to have some rather serious surgery Tuesday. I am holding lots of positive energy for her and hope her recovery path is a speedy one. 🙏 Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

My great-nephew is in ICU. He has been in the hospital for almost two weeks now. He has Dravet Syndrome – a severe form of childhood epilepsy. I made a promise to my sister before she passed away that I would always be here for her children as much as is possible. I have been in frequent contact with my niece and am forever hopeful her son will get through this latest challenge and be back home to enjoy the holidays. It has been very hard on him and his entire family.

My brother had another PET scan last week. They discovered a new spot on his lung we are all waiting for the results and hope it is not something menacing. He is a fighter and has been such a trooper through all his treatments.

We have a wedding next weekend. I found out rather late in the game it is a formal affair. After six years of retirement, do you imagine the possibility of formal attire existing in my closet? I will be scrambling this week to rectify that.

I stumbled on this actor from the UK that records short videos of himself listening to American rock music for the first time. I watched one of his videos yesterday as he listened to the Moody Blues “Knights in White Satin”. I had not heard that song in so long! I was suddenly whisked back to my Air Force dorm room. Every minute detail, every smell, and every memory of that space and time came flooding back. Maybe I need to listen to more of the music from earlier eras of my life to help open up the synapses in my brain. Has that ever happened to you?

The interior of the house is decorated now with the exception of the tree skirt and the train around the base of the tree. Hubby has been working on the exterior decorations and hopefully that will be completed soon. Most of my shopping is complete so it will soon be time to focus on holiday baking and meal planning. We will have my son and his children here for Christmas day which makes me so happy.

We had a couple of visitors on the game camera. The black bear showed up rather early in the day and a little late in the season. A small buck also roamed around eating grasses around the base of some of our shrubbery. There is never a dull moment in these parts!

How are things in your part of the world?

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36 thoughts on “Sunday Myriad of Thoughts”

  1. Thinking of you and your friends and family Maggie in the run up to Christmas. May they regain full health and peace.
    Hope the wedding goes well and that you manage to find the perfect outfit.

    Can I reclaim The Moody Blues please as a great English Rock Band!

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    1. Blame that misstep on me! I guess I misspoke. He says he grew up listening to only one type of music so it’s classic rock and other rock genres he listens to – not just American music. My bad!

      Thank you for the good wishes.

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  2. That bear better find himself a cave PDQ! Best wishes for your health and that of your family, Maggie. It’s so stressful when our loved ones aren’t doing well. Take care!

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    1. It has been unusually warm, Paula. This bear looked bulked up so we were surprised to see him.

      Family and friends who are struggling with health challenges are always on my mind.

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  3. You have a lot going on, with many medical issues to worry about. I am sending positive thoughts for Lauren, your nephew, your brother, and also for your knee surgery being scheduled.
    Good to see the bear again. I would love to see one in my back garden, but unless one escapes from a zoo, that will never happen.
    Who is the British actor you have been watching on You Tube?
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thank you for you good thoughts, Pete. It means a lot. The bear was quite well fed it seemed but the warm weather may have them confused.

      The title actor is self proclaimed. I see the shorts on FB but he does have a YouTube channel, too. His name is Nathan Brown.

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    1. I guess I misspoke about the groups. He says he grew up listening to only one type of music so it’s rock and other genres he listens to – not just American music. He doesn’t opine really – just reacts to the music.

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    1. I am sure the bears still smell the bird seed, John. They say they can detect scents from miles away.

      Thanks for your good wishes. I appreciate it.

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  4. Best wishes for everyone going forward.
    Oh, I hope you will find something nice for the formal wedding, yet still comfortable. 🙂

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  5. Sending good vibes to those who are in difficult health situations.

    As for a formal wedding, oh my! It’s been years since I went to anything formal, got rid of all those dresses, but kept my shoes and handbag. Priorities, you know.

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    1. Thank you, Ally. Good vibes are much appreciated.

      I, too, kept my evening bags, but the shoes – not so much. I never was much of a shoe person. My feet are sized outside the realm of cute and stylish! 😂

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  6. What amazing webcam photos! And sending all good wishes for you and your family’s health challenges, too.

    We managed to avoid a (very posh) black tie wedding next June (our niece) at a destination resort in Italy, because of our old dog, and not being able to make plans. Actually, ugh. I had been hoping it would be some rustic beach resort, but no. And we would really only be going to honor Tim’s brother and his wife, who have been very nice to gather us up into their larger family for recent Thanksgiving.

    So thankfully, my Quebec friend’s black Italian sheath dress will not be needed! I hope you find something suitable to wear (I was going to be the eccentric aunt without the full-length dress), with a personally-made floral scarf. Ha, ha.

    Best wishes to all of you.

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    1. Formal is simply not part of my retirement wardrobe. I am hoping I can find dressy slacks with a formal top rather than a gown. I am happy to be eccentric, too!

      Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes.

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  7. Moody Blues “Knights in White Satin” has a unique and memory laden sound. It takes me back to my second boyfriend’s room with a black light and psychedelic waves painted on the walls, just listening and getting a drug free/natural high from the music. I still have the album. Thanks for the bear and buck photos and the updates on your family and Lauren. I’m adding my prayers for their recovery and healing.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers and the comfort they provide.

      Knights in White Satin is one of those songs that is very indicative of a specific time and place. I was quite surprised of how immersive the memories were.

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