Monday, January 05, 2009


Good morning!

Happy 2009!

Um... Now what? I've got to admit, it feels kind of strange to be chatting with you after such a long absence. I hardly know what to say, which is strange for me. I'm usually one of those talkative types but how does one go about filling in a two-week gap?

With the truth, I suppose. An abbreviated version, because the play-by-play would probably scare the pants off you. We definitely had a Stephen King-ish December here...

My absence has been due to illness. Not mine, but Hubby's. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how close my husband and I are. We practically breathe for each other, so when one of us is ill we both suffer.

Do you recall the ice storm we had here in early December? That weekend, Hubby hurt himself. We thought he'd pulled something, and that it would get better on its own. Apparently he hurt his back more than we'd thought, because his condition deteriorated and we ended up taking a middle-of-the-night, during-a-snowstorm ambulance ride. Very frightening experience, on so many levels.

The good news is that he's home again. Recovery may take a couple of months so I might not be around as often as I'd like to be but I hope you understand and bear with me. My focus has to be on helping Hubby back to his feet and the active lifestyle he enjoys. I have faith we will do that, but I know it will take time.

On a cheerier note, a couple of New Year's surprises for you...

First, one of my resolutions is to spend more time sharing one of my favorite things, cooking, with you. So beginning on the first, I'll post recipes on the From the Kitchen page every Monday and Thursday. I hope you'll try a few, and enjoy them.

And on the From the Pages page, I'll have author interviews on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! I'm very excited about this because I love getting to know the author behind a story. A lot of interesting folks have graciously agreed to be grilled--ahem, interviewed. I think the interviews will be a lot of fun. An added bonus is that many of the authors will be giving away prizes and the only thing anyone has to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment! What could be easier than that?

Fortunately I already had both the recipes and interviews in the works before Hubby became ill so both are set up for the next few months. I'm hopeful that by the time I need to upload more recipes or interviews, the man will be on his feet and much more self-sufficient. Until then, though, I hope you'll understand my hit-or-miss blogging, emailing and blog-hopping.

Right now we're practicing the "in sickness and in health" part of our marriage vows, and it's keeping us pretty busy!

Again, Happy New Year! I hope this year is a filled with love and laughter, health and happiness for you and yours.


Wendy said...

Hubby has the BEST nurse around and I'll keep you both in my prayers.

Unknown said...

I understand completely. I live and breath for my husband too. Hope his recovery is quick and as painless as possible.

Anonymous said...

Oh, NOOOOOOO! I hope hubby feels better VERY soon! I'm so sorry you were scared and that he's hurt (and that you had to take an ambulance ride in the snow, but if I had to take a forced ride in the snow, I want an emergency vehicle on my side, yanno?)

Take care, Sarita. Hugs to Hubs.

Melissa McClone said...

Praying your hubby has a quick recovery. He's in very good hands!!! Take care of him and yourself, Sarita!

Marianne Arkins said...

With you taking care of him, I'm sure he'll be well soon!

Thanks for letting us know :-)

Dru said...

Hubby will get the best of care in your hands. Take care of him and you as well. {{{Sarita, hubby}}}

Anonymous said...

Love and hugs coming from Aussie Jude too. x

Kara Lynn Russell said...

How awful for you. I'm so glad your DH is recovering now. Remember to take care of yourself as well. I'll keep you both in my prayers, too.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Hope your hubby mends quickly. I know it must be hard on both of you.
Take care and happy New Year.

Ceri Hebert said...

Yikes! I hope he mends quickly! That ice storm really made an impact, didn't it? We're still feeling the effects.

Take care, both of you!

Miss Mae said...

From one who suffers with chronic back problems, I commiserate with you both. Totally UNfun situation! I hope he mends soon...and you take a deep breath.

I finished Vineyard Mambo...did you get my questions?

Diane Craver said...

I'm so sorry your husband hurting his back. He's in my prayers. Back trouble is so painful.