Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.
Well sadly, my niece Stephanie passed away on Wednesday, February 1st after bravely battling through approximately two years of a cancer diagnosis. She was suffering from ovarian cancer and had initially been misdiagnosed by her primary care doctor. She lobbied for a second opinion, but ended up being horribly allergic to many of the chemo therapy drugs that her new doctors tried to give her. Despite all that, she fought long and hard and had the best primary care physicians possible working on her case - Rest In Peace, Stephanie!
Actually, I haven't been doing all that much lately, just watching quite a bit of television and doing jigsaw puzzles. I'm putting my 'blah' attitude down to Stephanie's passing and the snow finally starting in earnest over the past few days. I suppose that I wasn't that close to Stephanie as an adult, but I just keep remembering her as a child.
She was so young when she passed, and she left behind a husband who adored her and two young teenage boys to mourn her. She had also just started to reconnect with our family - extended family, that is - over Facebook and was really suffering from the cancer, even though she continued to have such a positive attitude throughout her illness. The whole situation was, and still is, just so very sad!
Since Mareena and I enjoyed both movies that we watched on the 'On Demand' Channel about two or three weeks ago, we are trying to decide if we want to make the practice a monthly occurrence or not. As it stands now, we may choose one movie to watch on the 'On Demand' Channel each month; or perhaps two if the mood strikes us. There are several movies that seem to be very interesting.
I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 95 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I haven't really finished an entire sum-doku puzzle book from my collection since Saturday, December 3rd - I have been working through partial puzzles from the moderately difficult to extremely difficult levels!
I have also started doing jigsaw puzzles again. I actually started doing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on Saturday afternoon, January 21st, and finished it on Friday afternoon, January 27th! It was a surprisingly complex jigsaw puzzle for me, despite taking only six days to complete. I immediately started a seventh jigsaw puzzle out of my giant box of twelve on Saturday afternoon, January 28th! After I finished it the next day - on Sunday night, January 29th - I immediately started a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of decorative boxes on Monday afternoon, January 30th!
So, as regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia which I finished on Monday, February 6th! Actually, it seemed like Ms. Reynolds was such a lovely, down-to-earth person. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her autobiography.
I immediately started reading The Remains by Vincent Zandri on Monday, February 6th. Actually, the synopsis definitely looks intriguing, although to be perfectly honest, I haven't gotten that far into the story yet. This is entirely due to my own 'blah' feelings, and has nothing to do with anything else. I intend to restart my reading some time very soon.
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight