Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, November 29, 2013


True to my annual Thanksgiving tradition, I was sick again. I went to the doctor on Wednesday, and confirmed my suspicion that I had a kidney infection. This probably explains my exhaustion the previous weekend. He put me on sulfa medication and warned me that hospitalization would be the next option if the sulfa drugs didn't work, but as I am feeling a bit better, I am confident it won't come to that.

I overdid it on Wednesday and Thursday, and paid for it with a bout of weeping last night, but despite being tempted to go to my favorite yarn shop today, I listened to my body and have stayed put all day. Other than a nap that lasted most of the morning, I have been on the couch all day, alternately knitting and reading. Of course, Gracie has been right beside me all day. She is such a snuggle bug!

I went to my parents' house yesterday, as planned, with Stephanie and her friends from Spain,



and all the kids, except for my Meredith, came over to our house last night. The Spanish girls are just lovely and fit right in with our group.


Here are all nine of the kids, playing a game of Yahtzee, something the Spanish girls had never played.

This was taken yesterday, on our way back home, at our beach. I love the lighting in this photo, it makes the girls look even more beautiful, don't you think? This is Stephanie, and her friends from Spain.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.



  1. Glad you are feeling better! Since misery loves company, I can tell you that I was sick with bronchitis, which is also not fair. But like you, I'm feeling better.

    Hope you can enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. Oh my dear friend, you need to rest, rest and rest. I hope you are feeling much better and I swear a trip to the yarn store will make you feel better, a nice simple outing. You Thanksgiving looks wonderful, the girls are always gorgeous no matter the lighting,

  3. Do take care of yourself. Better to miss a few days of work than to land in the hospital!
    At least you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. It is so lovely to have a houseful of kids, isn't it? I loved going to bed last night with Seth and Rachel (and Seth's girlfriend) laughing together in the living room.