Monday, December 1, 2008


Sorry to be gone so long. Thanksgiving was lovely and we are going to eat the last of the delicious free range, organic bird tonight. There is a cute Irish Pub in Coronado CA where the Trolley Tour stops ( do you know it, Susie Q?) that serves a sandwich called the Irish Dip. In reality it is a turkey sandwich with a little cup of gravy for dipping. Tonight we will have my version along with Mama Janet Fries (oven baked Russets). We sent all the desserts home with the kids. I made Apple Crisp and also a Pumpkin Gooey Cake from Paula Deen. Let me tell you, you Southerners sure like your sweets...a pound of confectioners hardly begins to describe it, but the kids seemed to like it.

In other news, Bob's Mom is in the hospital. She has had cancer for almost a year , but she wouldn't admit it or let anyone talk about it. Less than a month ago I was thinking I would get her a wheelchair ( she "slips" a lot) and try to get her out for a brief shopping and lunch trip, but she decided that was "too much". We have been walking a fine line between carrying out her wishes and worrying about her safety. I have been trying to go over and heat up some food and make sure she eats at least once a day. The final straw was when she told me on Wednesday that she wouldn't be coming over for the T'giving meal, could we please bring it to her? On Friday she went to the hospital. Apparently the cancer is much further along than we knew and she won't be coming home. We should be having a family meeting with her caregivers within a couple of days and we will see where she goes from here. She is on some morphine ( because Tylenol is bad for her liver, doncha know?) and is already having the "drug dreams". She has accused Bob of selling her house already..if only it were that easy in this market.

So, if I am sporadic about posting and not leaving you comments on your posts this is why. Hopefully it will be quick and without pain.



  1. So sorry about your mother in law. It's so hard when they get 'accusatory'...we went through that with both of my grandmothers--it wasn't pretty. The turkey dip sounds would entail me making gravy though.

  2. It is so hard when parents are ill. They are so used to being in charge and it's hard to get them to go along with what's best for them. I pray that she won't suffer too much and that her time with your family will be more pleasant.

    Hugs to you during this hard time.

  3. May God be with you doing this difficult time. I too watched my father die and in the end he went much quicker than we expected. My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly. It's never easy. Take care and I'll keep you in my prayers. Cindy

  4. Oh, Janet. I am so sorry. I know how difficult these times are. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  5. Janet, I am so sorry to hear about your mother in law. Know that you will be in my thoughts.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your family trials. I will keep you in my prayers and check in when you can...we all understand where your priorities need to be right now.
    keep your chin up!

  7. Hi Janet, thank you for your comment on my blog.
    I am so sorry for your family's difficult time, hope Christmas brings you some comfort.


  8. Janet,
    I'm so sorry to hear bout your family troubles. You and your family are in my thoughts. take care.


  9. Oh, that's so tough. Sorry to hear your family is going through this. Your mother-in-law is in our prayers!

  10. JAnet

    Gosh--you have alot going on but when you post, we'll be here!

  11. So sorry about your MIL, you will have to tell us mire about her life. Take care of yourself...and Bob.

  12. Oh Janet, I am so sorry about your MIL. It is heartbreaking. I hope and pray that she won't have to suffer too much, and that you are all given some peaceful time together.

    Personally, I am SO over the turkey. I have to have lots of pasta, and meatball sandwiches to cleanse my palate. LOL


  13. Yes, I did know the place in Coronado...: )

    I am so, so sorry to be this late with hearing all of this Janet. I have been a terrible friend of late.
    I am so sad for your loss but relieved that she did not suffer long. This is not an easy time for you and Bob and the family I know.
    Please know I care and that you are all in my prayers and heart.



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