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12/01/2008

You can go home again

And that's just what Mark has done. Yesterday afternoon the doctor came and said, essentially, you may as well be at home there's no further benefit to being in the hospital for now. So he's home. He has a long list of meds to take and strict behavior rules to follow and appointments to keep in the near future, but he's home. Which means he's out of danger. Which is a good thing. And, of course, SWMBO will see to the proper following of instructions and taking of meds, etc. I can't help but laugh. He has no idea.

I am working on two 6x6 miniatures of the little boat. I will have them done and published by the end of the week.

Sarah has stalled in the last few days - if for no other reason because I have been so distracted. I had really thought that the last four days, for me, would have been an orgy of painting and writing, but the fates have intervened and personal time has had a different intent and purpose than was planned. That's okay, though. The time was well spent.

Today is the 1st of December and as such, it's the start of the last month of blog365. 11 months down - 1 to go. It seems almost unbelievable. It sounds cliche to say this, but the way to do this - should you care to try it yourself - is one day at a time. You cannot afford to look ahead more than a day or two. If you start looking forward to what is left to do, it seems staggering. Anyway, it ain't done yet, but it's getting close - real close. It will be a relief, I think, to be able to blog everyday because I WANT to, not because I've taken on a challenge and I more or less have to. And then I can always take a day off when I'm dry. Or lazy. Or just feel like it. When I need a little

Peace.

31 comments:

Jientje said...

What a rekief that your friend Mark is home already. Of course he's not out of the woods yet, but I'm SURE Annie will take very good care of him!
And about 365, you're right. Looking back on it, it's no big deal really, you take it one day at a time. I did too, but I am looking forward to blogging when I want to and take a day off. But maybe even that will pass once the pressure is gone. I don't think I can miss my friends longer than a day or so ...

Jientje said...

Ewww, a typo ... It should have said what a relief! I haven't had coffee yet. Does it show?

Nicole said...

I am glad to hear that Mark is better and has your wife to look after him!
I'll keep him in my mind and send further strength his way though.

I'm glad I just see challenges as something I can do and not must do. I've always been one to rather say "puaeh, nope thanks ;)"
I would have made it though, had we not traveled in madness this year.
One year sitting duck in Kuwait would have been easy peasy.

But hey, I'm at day Nr. 219 in my daily picture challenge, still not all blogged, but all taken - that's something :)

Take care and have fun on your paintings and on writing whenever you feel like it again. I'm sure the story will soon nudge on your brain and wants to get out :)

Shadow said...

what a relief to hear your friends come home. you tell him to take good care! i understand the difference between want to and have to so well, i can almost feel your relief that now's the last little stretch. well done so far!

Bama Cheryl said...

Good to know that Mark is doing better. I'm sure Annie will keep him in line. I'm amazed at your energy to blog every day. I want to do more but to sign up for every day, not ready for that quite yet!

Tash said...

Great news about Mark... nothing quite like being at home.

What am I going to do if you don't blog everyday? There are days I don't blog, there are days I don't even get a chance to read the blogs I follow, BUT I can always rest my head on my pillow at night knowing that at 12:01 am you'll have posted and there'll be an entry or two for me to catch up on when I get up.

LceeL said...

Jientje: You're right. It's hard to be away for more than a day.

Nicole: Yes, I'm sure Sarah is going to kick her way out pretty soon. She's at a point in the story where she about to take her second night's sleep in safety - and she's going to have her first dream and the dream will tell us much about her and her short marriage.

Shadow: Yes, we're glad Mark is home. Things can settle down now, a bit. The problem is that there is little other family of his nearby - so we are his main line of support. Not that we mind - but this is going to be hard on Annie.

Bama Cheryl: Annie will make him walk the straight and narrow. As for energy? It isn't the energy - it's finding something to say EVERY DAY.

Patsy said...

You have done such an amazing job blogging each day. I depend on those silly meme things to keep me going and that was just for one month.

I wasn't part of the year blog thing, but I'm sure I will keep posting each day, mostly because I love being a part of the different groups. I've met some really great people just by dropping by those silly meme things and I hate to lose them or you by not showing up some week.

Besides if you leave, they might just decide to have the party at your house --- that happened just before Thanksgiving. I left early and now the party is to be at my house. YIKES

Christy said...

Good for Mark! The hospital is no place to be.

Of course he has a long road ahead.....is Annie a taskmaster???

That's a funny thought, being nagged (lovingly) by someone else's wife!

Ideal, really. I wish Bill had an extra wife to nag him....

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

That is a wonderful way to greet December & I know your A will be the perfectly dutiful nagger. It's a woman's job. And, I am so glad for you that he's out of the hospital. Prayers are being said.

Cathy said...

Blogging every day is a great accomplishment. I try for 4-5 times a week, and by the weekend I need a break. I'm glad to hear your friend is better. :)

Loraine said...

Whew! Thanks for keeping us all posted.
It's nice to know that, somewhere in the world, people really do give a damn about each other.

LceeL said...

Patsy: Okay everybody - party at Patsy's!!

Christy: Only problem is - Annie isn't 'extra' - she's doing double duty. But then - she's not SWMBO for nothing!

AFF: Thank you, Holly. She is SO good at her job.

Cathy: I actually have well over the one a day number for the year. For a while I was doing Christies.

Loraine: There are more of us out here than you might think. It's just that stories about us don't make the papers or the evening news - we don't help anybody's ratings or sell any papers. But we ARE out here - and there's more of us than there are of 'them'.

Hyphen Mama said...

I'd chuckle that SWMBO is wife and mother to another family, but I wonder if it's half as exhausting as it sounds!

I'm glad to hear Mark is on the upswing....however long that upward swing might last until he's back at his peak.

I hope Mark knows how loved he is.

raino said...

wow, good news on mark

Suzanne said...

Wow, I wasn't expecting to hear that Mark was going home already. That is wonderful news!

You are absolutely right about Blog 365, one day at a time. I plan to continue on after the first of the year, but I'm hoping that fates intervene in mid January to keep me away from the computer for a month!

hockeychic said...

Good news on Mark, sorry I wasn't able to send a message earlier, I took a "holiday" from the computer for a few days. Healing news is good news.

LceeL said...

Hyphen Mama: He knows. It's going to take a while and we'll be right there to make sure everything is o.k.

Raino: Yes - it is. But there's still a lot of work to do to get him right.

Suzanne: We were surprised, too. but the doc seemed to think being in hospital had served its purpose.

Hockeychic: Thank you, ma'am. Hope you had a nice 'holiday'.

maggie's mind said...

So glad to hear that Mark is doing better, even if he is still not all the way better. I had to laugh about your thoughts on your wife making sure he takes his meds, etc. :)

I was glad I posted every day for one month, but a year would be a lot. I'm impressed with your stick-to-it-iveness.

Theresa said...

Oh I'm glad he is getting to go home. That can only be a good thing.

And I wouldn't dream of attempting that NoBloblahblah thing far less for 365. Kudos to you!

Joyce-Anne said...

What wonderful news!! I'm glad to hear Mark is home and has Annie to help him take care of himself. He needs rest and I have a feeling she'll see to that.

Nan said...

Annie will need a spa stay to recuperate, too!

Tara R. said...

Glad to hear your friend is home. It's always better to be in familiar surroundings.

One more month to go. Good for you! It's understandable that you've been a little distracted the last few days.

Momisodes said...

I've been thinking about Mark all day. So glad to hear that he's been discharged, and that he's in good hands.

I am right there with you on blogging daily after Blog365. I can't wait until January 1st. I know what you mean about not looking forward, but I can almost see the finish line from here!

OHmommy said...

Good news... so glad he's coming home. There is something about being home. No? This is good news.

Julie said...

I am glad for Mark and his kids he is out of the hospital. Having a parent in the hospital is stressful and scary for kids. I hope he continues to get good news.

On a completely different topic...I was watching the temps in Anchorage last winter. My home page was a google page with weather for several places, including my home town in Minnesota and Anchorage. Much of the time it was colder in south central Minn. The maritime climate here keeps it from getting as cold as it does in the interior. It will get colder, but I believe it's more likely to be single digits cold than below zero. We will get the below zero cold, I know. We will get far more snow than I am used to though. Staggering amounts of snow. I am very happy we have two kids to help with the shoveling.

Eve Grey said...

Great news.

Lola said...

Glad Mark is doing better. Very scary business indeed.

Good lord, man, I thought that Nahblome thing was rough, and that was only post every day for a month. 365? Now, that's a challenge I would gladly turn away from. You're a way better blogger than I ever could be, Lou!

Jennifer said...

i'm so proud of all of you that did the blog365. i wanted to be able to at least post 365 times this year, but i'm not sure i will make it... i have about 80-something posts i would have to sqeeze into december, and i'm not feeling it. oh well. we'll see. i def. posted more this year than in the past so that is good. i'm a wordy girl and writing is the best way for me to get things out... i just wish i could have kept my blog from friends and family that know me in real life so i could be more open, but i'm thinking of starting a private blog and seeing how that works out for me. :) i'll let you know. i love your input and advise and of course your comment, encouragement and support. you are a GREAT friend.

i'm glad Mark is going home, although i'm not sure what was going on with him, so i'm off to read some more.

xoxoxo :)

Cat said...

You are so close!!!!

witchypoo said...

It's great Mark can come home, the kids will be relieved, I'm sure.
Please forgive my lack of commenting lately. Shit mittens, you know.