Sunday, December 28, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Deb Wild!!

Happy Birthday to my fun, funny, cute, and too far away sister-in-law, Deb!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry and Bright

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign...

Taken in St.Ignace, near the Mackinac Bridge

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Unfairy Godmother Wishes

Happy Birthday is my wish to you, Megan, from your Godmother of the Unfairy kind. I hope you have a magical day and all your wishes come true!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jim!!


What a special day - 24 years ago today! You changed my life in many ways and all good! You were a delightful, happy child and have grown into a handsome, responsible and fun young man. You get better every year and I am so proud of you! I love you forever, Mom

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gertie and Harold

Gertie* had an early appoinment with the doctor I work for and Harold* made the two hour drive to get her here. I overheard bits of her story from the next room and the rest of the details were filled in by the assistant, Kristan.

When our assistants tell new patients they will be taking a photo for our records most of them look blankly at the camera. Not Gertie. She broke into a huge smile and threw her hands into the air seemingly just to punctuate her smile.

A phone rang. Gertie pulled out her two way radio and answered. "How are you doing, sweetie?" A little chatter, then, "I love you, honey!" She told the assistant it was her husband. He was calling her from the parking lot to make sure she was all right! "You wanna talk to the nurse, honey?" After she hung up, Harold came into the office to join his wife. The doctor was with another patient so they had a chance to chat with Kristan.

Gertie was from Texas, and as a young woman came to Michigan to visit a relative. While here, she met Harold and they were smitten. Ten days later they were married! I heard Harold say, "We met at a friend's bar," and he was quick to add, "But I wasn't drunk when I asked her to marry me."

Now remember, my patient and I are in the next room hearing bits of this conversation. My patient grinned and said, "They were married ten days after they met?" I replied, "It'll never last..."

Harold and Gertie have been married 52 years, she worked as his secretary for 30 years and they raised a family. They fit this mini biography into a 5 minute time span and left several people with a smile and a warm heart.

*The names were changed to protect privacy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

War and Peace

Ok, so this is a pretty good quote from Leo Tolstoy, but that's not the point. If you've ever wondered why War and Peace is soooo long, read this sentence (yes, ONE sentence) and you'll see: Be sure to check out the alternate uses for this book in my labels and add your own. Unless, of course, you finished the book and really loved it.

"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." -Leo Tolstoy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Two New

I met two new people last weekend while visiting my brothers for the holiday. Brooke, my newest niece is a real doll and it'll be so much fun watching her develop into her own person. I miss her already. I also got to meet Alisa, whom I've been getting to know through blogspot and Dave. We grew up on the same street in Oak Park, but I was in high school by the time she was playing in the neighborhood with my younger brothers. I was immediately impressed with her writing style which is very professional and entertaining. Once you read someone's blog for a while pieces of their personality start coming together and making a connection. By the time we met, it seemed like she was an old friend. Nice to know ya, Alisa - keep on blogging! Here she is with my niece, Maddie.