In Appreciation

Thank you all so very much for your kind words and warm hugs. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

There are times when death is a gift, and this was one of those times. A few weeks ago, my Aunt Cene was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was a delightful woman, strong and independent (read: ornery) and fun. Until a few years ago when she suffered a stroke, Aunt Cene loved to read–four or five books each week, mostly Harlequin romances, to my dismay–and to cheer her grandchildren on in their Little League pursuits. Simple pleasures for a woman who was grateful for all that she had, even when it wasn’t so much. She will be missed, to be sure, but then again, she left a little bit of herself in all of us who knew her. For that, I’m grateful.

The drive up to Nashville for the funeral was uneventful, thank goodness, as was the trip home. I stopped for gas at about 10:00 a.m. and realized then that with the visitation and services scheduled for 11:00 am. – 3:00 p.m., lunch wasn’t going to happen. (Thanks, cousins.) A convenience store in Bucksnort, TN (really!) doesn’t have a lot of healthy options, but they do have peanuts, and that’s what got me through the next few hours. I’ll tell you, though, after I cleared Nashville traffic on the trip home, I vowed to stop at the first fast food place I saw! LOL Wendy’s won, and it was good.

So was the TCBY fat-free yogurt I had later. :) I’m not worried about the calories. According to the folks at, driving consumes 200 calories per hour and I drove nine hours. If they’re even half right, I’m covered.

I managed to get in a good workout yesterday, and I just came home from–ahem!— an 11-mile bike ride. The hills, the hills….my legs are screaming bloody murder. I may have to spend the rest of the day soaking in the bathtub. LOL

I’ m looking forward to catching up on what you all have been up to, and I think that’s how I’ll entertain myself throughout the day as I attempt to complete some of the multitude of chores. I also need to think about our Makeover Monday post. All I’m going to say is that it will be…intense. :)

Have a super Sunday, everyone! And thanks again for your many kindnesses!