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Fifty-Eight and Counting My kidney transplant took place on April 9th, 2024. I thought I’d describe a little about the process (what I remember anyway) and my progress so far. I checked into the hospital early that morning and was brought to the nurse’s station where they got me ready for surgery. I changed into […]

May 5, 2024

Donor Patricia Gardner (Left); Recipient Kathy Mathis ( right) I need to praise God and thank Jesus Christ in this moment for a successful transplant on April 9, 2024. His provision allowed for a life saving and life changing surgery for me and two others in my recipient chain. My donor, Patricia, is also doing […]

April 12, 2024

As you might already know, my kidneys are failing, and I need a kidney transplant.  As daunting as that sounds, I am not worried.  While it has been a tumultuous time with emotional highs and lows, and lots of anxiety, I am so clearly in the hands of God and I am ready for whatever […]

March 12, 2024

You might ask, like so many before you, “How do we cope?” The answer is prayer! Lots of prayer, including our own.

December 10, 2023

My husband, the love of my life, has lots of interests and I am often amazed at how varied they are. I thought I’d put together a little compilation of favorite moments and surprises for your viewing pleasure. Some I was a part of, some I knew about in advance, and  and some I was […]

Airplane Project

October 18, 2022

Never did I ever think that I would find myself in my fifties needing to lose a lot of weight.  Afterall, I fought that demon in my early forties, and I thought I won when I took up cycling.  It wasn’t that long ago that I rode 120 miles a week on my Pinarello carbon […]

September 22, 2022

I live in central California in a home that was built in the 1960s.  Not many homes of that era were built with central air conditioning, and ours is no exception.  For the most part, we get along just fine.  We have a couple of portable air conditioners in our home that take the edge […]

Family Dinner

September 5, 2022

Steve's Stairwell DIY

September 3, 2022

The global book market in 2021 was 138.3 billion dollars.  I was surprised to learn, according to Global Books Market Size & Industry Trends Report, 2022 – 2030 (, that by 2030, it is estimated to be 164.22 billion.  Let’s do an over-simplified calculation; at an average book price of $15, that is 9.2 billion […]

How do You Choose?

September 2, 2022

Me and Lola

I found some older photos today and I chuckled because nothing has changed.  Lola doesn’t go far, and when I am writing, she is right next to me.  My husky mix, Clarabelle, is usually at my feet.  In the comments below, post pictures and tell me stories about your animals!

August 30, 2022