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Just When You Thought Things Were Going Great
The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men Gang Aft Agley
The Story of my Life: "Day Late; Dollar Short"
Several Questions about a Free-Range Chicken
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"Roundheads and Ramblings"

Just When You Thought Things Were Going Great





Something spills the beer!  As some readers have heard, husband dear is in hospital, awaiting some sort of a resolution to an aortic valve that has hardened and no longer wants to pump.  We are waiting for various eminent surgeons to get their heads and schedules together to figure out what to do and when to do it. I'll post occasional updates, but I just can't bring myself to do any blogging or book flogging at the moment. Maybe books will sell themselves? Maybe not, but a heart valve won't heal itself either, so I'm busy for a while. Have a good holiday, everyone.  We're sort of postponing ours.

The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men Gang Aft Agley





Contrary to rumor, we are not living it up in a condo on Hilton Head Island. Instead the view out this particular window is from Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Floyd collapsed as we were getting ready to leave yesterday. That resulted in a completely different 911/ambulance ride/ER trip.

We've been waiting ever since to find out the cause. Word finally from the cardiologist--slight possibility of heart attack, almost certainly a failure of the aortic valve. He will be in the hospital through the weekend, with cardiac catheterization scheduled for early Monday morning. And that will tell us whether they are going to do the valve replacement, a bypass, or both -- and how soon they have to be done.

Floyd's actually in a pretty good mood and would welcome calls. His room phone is 901-236-2359. The doctor tried to jolly me up by promising that he would "have him all tuned up by the holidays." But not in time to celebrate our 54th anniversary, I'm afraid.
 

The Story of my Life: "Day Late; Dollar Short"

I am busily preparing for a trip to South Carolina, with plans to visit Beaufort and St. Helena Island to get some research done for my next book. When I took a break from laundry this morning, I found this announcement in my e-mail:


Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Carolee Holme Brown of St. Helena Island at the Courtney P. Siceloff Welcome Center at Penn Center, Inc. http://www.penncenter.com

The public is cordially invited to attend Penn Center’s dedication ceremony and reception for the Courtney P. Siceloff Welcome Center Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5 pm.

Unfortunately, our plans have us arriving in the area on Saturday, so once again, I'll miss the important celebrations at the site of Laura M. Towne's Penn School and the setting for my biographical novel, The Road to Frogmore. Still, I'm delighted to know that the new welcome center is finished, and I'll pay them a visit some time next week. In the meantime, I found the rest of the article both interesting and informative. Read it here: http://gullahgeecheenation.com/2014/12/10/welcome-center-dedication-at-penn-center-inc-on-historic-st-helena-island-sc/

Several Questions about a Free-Range Chicken


Actually, it's a miserable day around here today -- foggy, rainy, dark, dank, slippery oak leaves everywhere, a breeze that manages to blow every raindrop into your face. So it's not a particularly nice day for a self-respecting chicken to come visiting. But there she was this morning, shuffling around in the leaf piles next to the clubhouse, doing her own version of the two-step as she hunted for the occasional soggy bug -- our very own Rhode Island red hen.

I admit I was happy to see her. She hadn't put in an appearance since Thanksgiving, and I was beginning to worry that she had been the honored guest at a Thanksgiving dinner thrown by a little old lady who still knows how to twist a neck and pluck a feather. I sill worry about her, though. She doesn't seem to be the least bit afraid of cars, and the neighborhood has its share of big dogs on thin leashes held by 90-pound weaklings. Much as I am getting to like the neighborhood chicken, I wish she would stay safely at home!

Unless,of course, she is home, at least in her little chicken brain. Could she be bedding down in our shrubbery? Leaving her brown eggs hidden among the leaf piles? Maybe she heard about the family of eleven ducklings that became hand-fed pets of the entire condo community last summer. Is she hoping to get similar hand-outs from soft-hearted residents? Maybe! But even our own ducklings had sense enough to move on once the weather turned colder. The duck family doesn't seem to have moved far. They were possibly spotted over at the Baptist Church, which has a much bigger pond than we do -- one that is not nearly so likely to freeze over.

But our little red hen does not seem to have any such survival instinct. She just struts around, being a chicken. I  understand that there are many advantages to free-range chickens, but most of those advantages have to do with the people who eat them. What about the free-ranging chicken herself? is she happier? Better fed? Inspired to lay more eggs? Or should we be looking for someone to take in our "rescue-chicken," who definitely seems to need a new "forever home."

Life Hacks for Those Who Live on Their Computers

We live and work in a medium full of surprises. You may never have thought about needing to accomplish the tasks listed below, but when one of them springs up in front of you, you'll be glad to have this handy cheat sheet.  The list comes to you from my Facebook Friend Deb Brown, who in turn borrowed it from the following site: