Sunday, December 30, 2007

Good Health and Happiness to You



We've been busy with family and friends so I haven't been posting or commenting on your blogs much. I do think of you all. Heck, it's just as if you were real people! You bloggers.

My husband and I have two very good friends with whom we generally have dinner on New Year's Eve. This season I have been spending many hours sitting with Leah at the hospital by her husband's side as he lays dying. He's been sick since October 17 and has undergone so many treatments and procedures as the doctors kept saying "everything he has is reversible." He has endured much. Finally he is receiving palliative care. Last night he looked so peaceful.

Leah asked me to bring out a book to her last night because she was spending the night there again. So I grabbed the latest book by Sue Grafton. Leah and I have read all of those, and I knew she hadn't gotten to this last one which is T is for "whatever" -- .Can't remember right now what T is for.(If you aren't familiar with that series, it starts with A is for Alibi.)

Anyhoo-- I thought maybe I should take another book in case she didn't like the Grafton book -- it involves an old man who is under the care of a criminal caretaker, and that's sorta maybe not what she would enjoy right this minute. So I grabbed a John Sandford book: Dead Watch. I was almost out the door with it! Jeez! So dumb! That me. I ran upstairs and picked up ---honest to God --- A Widow for One Year. Good God Gertie! Sigh. My husband Niks laughed so hard at me. Leah and I laugh a lot together, and someday I will tell her about all the books I almost took out to her. When she's ready to laugh again.

In the end I took the Grafton book, the latest Reader's Digest, and Snow by Orhan Pamuk. I give my books away after I've read them, and Nik's books are mostly deep, heavy philosophy. This house is full of books, and there's nothing to read.

I wish you all the very best for 2008!

17 comments:

Bela said...

Oh, TLP, how do you do it? I had tears in my eyes and then I exploded with laughter.

I wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year, and hope your friend's husband leaves this earth peacefully. ♥

Doug said...

Best and 24 rabbits to you and Niks in 2008. I can see why people turn to you for comfort.

Tom & Icy said...

And we're thinking of you. Sometimes I almost feel like a people, woof! That was funny about the books. Like here, cookbooks everywhere, but not a bite to eat. Those one books sound interesting, but I kinda wonder what X will be for.

Quilldancer said...

TLP, I am beginning to believe we're related. At least you caught the mistake before you made it!

lime said...

aww bless you for being such a good friend. sorry to hear about the trial and sadness your friends are going through right now. peace and comfort to them both.

happy new year to you and niks.

actonbell said...

You're such a wonderful friend and mother:) And I'm sorry for Leah.


This house is full of books, and there's nothing to read. hehe

Peter said...

Happy New Year Natalie and Niks.

ariel said...

TLP, you must be the best help someone in misery can ask for. And damned funny. I feel for your friends.

kenju said...

You are a good friend to her by trying to help, TLP. Happy New Year!

The amoeba said...

Tan Lucy Coleridge? Penning The Rime of the Ancient Reader with that "nothing to read" ...?

Oh ... erm ... maybe I shouldn't have said "ancient" ...

All our best wishes for the New Year, to you and yours.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a good sweet friend you are, dear Lucy....I pray that Leah's husband's passing will be peaceful....
That is truly hilarious about the books...LOL...And I am sure your friend will think this was very funny when you DO tell her....!
Oh thank God for the ability to laugh....It is sometimes the only saving grace, isn't it?

A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & YEARS, DEAR LUCY! MAY 2008 BE A WONDERFUL YEAR FOR ALL THOSE YOU LOVE AND CARE FOR.

Libby said...

tlp-a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & everyone in your life! leah is lucky to have a friend like you!

Donald Douglas said...

Hope you have a great new year!

AP3 said...

Rabbit, rabbit! So sorry about Leah and everything. You're a good friend.

Rachel said...

So sorry about your friend Leah.

That was so funny about the books!! I was just laughing and shaking my head!! Talk about making bad choices, but at least you caught them in time!

Rabbit, rabbit, (it's almost time) and the very best to you and Niks in 2008!

tsduff said...

You must know the comfort you bring, with your books, your thoughtful presence, and your sense of humor. Good idea ... I mean about putting off the first several titles... Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Boo said...

5 minutes until Rabbit Rabbit!!!

Happy New Year