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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Back on the Wagon Again 

Boy, when you fall off the wagon, it's hard to jump back on sometimes, especially as it is pulling away from you!

Several things have conspired to keep we away from the keyboard for awhile now. The coming of Spring to the North Coast of Ohio and the vast amount of work outside is a time sucker. This time of year it takes a little over 6 hours to mow the grass. In addition there is all that weeding, mulching and soon roto-tilling to do. Not to mention that most of it has to be done when it's not pouring rain.

Also, we have had family health concerns to deal with. Many of you will remember baby Emma. Born last January to my wife's niece, Hannah, just 6 days after she learned she was pregnant. Hannah was recovering from breast cancer surgery and Emma was delivered premature at about 28 weeks. Just two weeks later Hannah died from complications of the delivery and the cancer treatment.

As a premie, Emma has done pretty good, but she was born with a hole in her heart and 2 weeks ago she transferred to Children's Hospital in Boston for heart surgery. The long and short of it is that she is recovering now and continuing to fight.

In addition to our concerns with Emma, another family member suffered two strokes following surgery and it brought the whole family to our house for a week. We learned about the stroke on a Sunday and by Tuesday morning our house was full of family members from far and wide.

Initial diagnosis was not good, (which drew the family together so fast) but things turned out much better than expected. An almost complete recovery is expected.

So... that's what's been keeping me busy the last 3 weeks or so. Things are starting to slow down enough here that I can turn on the news and read a blog or two.

Maybe I will even get back to posting again!

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