Sunday Bookends: Gallbladders, colds, and other inconvenient parts of life

It’s time for our Sunday morning chat. On Sundays I ramble about what’s been going on, what I and the rest of the family have been reading and watching, and what I’ve been writing, and some weeks I share what I am listening to.

What’s Been Occurring

First, Happy New Year to everyone visiting today.

I’m looking forward to a new and exciting year.

I will admit I’m kicking off the year with some trepidation and worry as my mom is in the hospital with a gallbladder issue and not feeling well. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. I have not been to see her because I am recovering from a cold and because, as usual, she was thinking of others even as she is in the hospital and asked me to come so I wouldn’t be on the roads on New Year’s Eve. I am, however, going to see her today, whether she likes it or not, but briefly and while following hospital policy and wearing a mask. I even have a n95 I might try to slip on but they are horrible to breathe through, especially when I already have serious sinus issues.

Mom has been having pain in her upper stomach area for several months now and has been told each time that it is gastritis. Her heart and other conditions had been checked and that’s all doctors seemed to be able to figure out. Friday night my dad took her to the ER and an amazing doctor decided to run several tests, believing it very well could be her gallbladder, even though the pain was in a different area than it often is for gallbladder issues. They admitted her, sent her by ambulance to a larger hospital, and now surgery has been scheduled.

Not much else has been occurring since Little Miss developed a cold this past week and then I did as well. The cold was very mild, but annoying.

What I/we’ve been Reading

I actually finished A Mark of Grace by Kimberly Woodhouse this week after starting it at the end of the week before. It was a pretty good book, but I do wish every main character in historical fiction didn’t have to go through such hardship. People in the past had happy lives too. It’s okay to show that and not throw in all the sadness you possibly can on them. That being said, I still liked this book (don’t worry, the sadness is not that crazy) and the mystery surrounding it. I felt I had part of the mystery figured out but still wanted to read on to see if I was right.

Now I am on to The Reckoning Trees by Alicia Gilliam, which is a book I started at the beginning of 2022 and for some reason got distracted from and didn’t finish. I am looking forward to finishing it now. Well, soon. If you’ve been here long, you know I don’t read quickly.

In the evening before bed, I am reading Anne of Windy Poplars because it is wholesome and sweet, and I need that right before bed.

At night, Little Miss and I are reading Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman.

The Husband blazed through books this past week since he was on vacation from work. Right now he’s reading Cold Wind by CJ Box.

What We watched/are Watching

Last week I decided to start watching Cary Grant movies for the winter, but I didn’t get to start them yet. I think I’ll start with Holiday with Katherine Hepburn because I don’t remember watching it before.

I hope to rewatch Suspicion because I think I watched it years ago but can’t remember the details.

I watched the first episode of Miss Scarlet and the Duke and enjoyed it -especially because the man has a Scottish accent.

I hope to watch more of the show this week.

Last night I was watching the Youtubber Darling Desi and Little Miss said to me, “Are you seriously going to just sit there and listen to that woman tell you what she got for Christmas?”

I felt so …. Judged.  I also turned the episode off and went to bed.

What I’m Writing

I’m taking a break from writing and haven’t even shared a lot on the blog recently, but hope to remedy that this upcoming week as I look back at favorite movies, books, and shows from 2022.

Now it’s your turn. What have you been doing, watching, reading, listening to or writing? Let me know in the comments or leave a blog post link if you also write a weekly update like this.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: Gallbladders, colds, and other inconvenient parts of life

  1. Lisa, joining others in praying for your mother. Lord, watch over the skillful medical team and allow this surgery to restore her good health.

    You are planning to watch some Cary Grant films . . . awesome! He has always been one of my favorites.

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  2. Lifting up your Mom in prayer for successful and safe surgery and excellent recovery. Those pesky gallbladders can cause a terrible amount of pain. I had that surgery when my middle child was 6 months old and guess what…she had the same surgery just a couple years ago. No fun.

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