​                                           ​​Christmas 2016 Wishes from Fonda

Well, this has been quite a year.  When I last made notes for the Nineveh South news, Mike and I were both having medical issues.  Mine turned out to just be allergies.  Mike was not so lucky.  He was diagnosed around February with Idiomatic Pulmonary Fibrosis and has been going back and forth to a Pulmonologist in Oxford (Dr. Evans) ever since.  It is an insidious disease with no known cause, little known treatment.    Mike did go to the Lung Institute in Nashville in early June and had stem cell replacement therapy.  As yet, we have not seen any results.  He has been on oxygen full time since June.

In spite of all this, he was able to fly out to Seattle at the end of June with Bevan and Caleb for Annastasia’s wedding on July 2nd at Café Nordo.  The link to the video will be on our last page.  It’s worth watching.  They all had a great time (I stayed home with the Zoo.) and Bevan was so impressed with the wedding that he got married before he left Seattle.

Bevan and Tami have been engaged for about 2 years now.  They have known each other for about 20 years.  Tami has a daughter (who happens to be Bevan’s goddaughter) who is 17.  Jasmin is a lovely young lady and very bright.

With Mike’s illness, taking care of the yard got harder and harder, so our good friend, Mike Wine, found us a helper.  Jessie is a neat guy.  He’s smart and likes to work and can figure out how to do almost anything.  We are very lucky to have him.

Caleb graduated in June and has been trying to find himself ever since.  He has a plan a minute, but so far none have come to fruitiation. 

I am still doing the same old things:  M-F I go to the Wellness Center after my 7 A.M. Communion service.  Occasionally, when nothing else is going on, I go on Saturday, too.  I have Yoga on Monday and Wednesday, deliver papers to the hospital residents on Thursday morning and once a month attend Auxiliary and Cancer Society meetings.  It doesn’t sound like much, but with yard work, house work, and the Zoo, I stay busy.  Due to limited resources in Charleston, we usually go to Batesville, Oxford, or Grenada once a week to shop.

I am done with my On-Line Catechist courses and miss them, but a few of us still do the Lectio Divina weekly.  I probably would not have time for the regular On-Line courses right now, anyway.

As I sit at my computer and write, I see the bane of the season has returned:  our Korean “ladybugs) are back.  They look just like ladybugs, but may come in a variety of colors and get can get into the house through the smallest of cracks- and they sting.  It will be summer before we vacuum the last of them, only start all over again in the fall.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year.  Please keep in touch.Christmas 2016 Wishes from Fonda




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