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Monday, December 3, 2012

Winners, cantaloupes, and knees...


UPDATE: December 17, 2012 - I'm still - sort of - on a blog break this week. I start my physical therapy on my knee. I'm very excited to get that underway. By the week's end, my two daughters, my son, a son in-law, a boyfriend, a gecko lizard, and two kitties are coming in for a lengthy holiday stay. The house will come alive again.

I am extremely distraught over the terrible tragedy that has struck Newtown, Connecticut this past week. Our thoughts and prayers continue for the families, and for the town touched by this calamity. We mourn with them...

I also want to give you a heads up : On Monday, December 31, I will have Author, Amy Lillard, as a guest, right here on my blog. Amy is one of my Seymour Agency sisters. She writes Amish Romance and is the author of, Saving Gideon. We will be jabbering about the New Year and her book. I think there will be a giveaway in there too, so stop by! You can find out more about Amy at amywritesromance.com .

I will return next week with my personal Christmas card to all of you. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Loree


UPDATE: December 10, 2012-I'm on a blog break this week. Be back soon. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Loree

Before I announce the winner of last week's giveaway, I wanted to let you know that I will be taking a blog break. Last Wednesday, I had knee surgery. It's been a rough go of it the last several days. My knee is extremely swollen - who knew a knee could swell to the size of a cantaloupe? - and it's pretty painful. Walking on crutches is not my style either. I do have a unique knee brace that fills with ice water to help keep the swelling down. This ice water brace has become my best friend, especially after I (attempt) do the post op exercises...Owwwieeee! 

Anyway...sweet Hubby is taking good care of me - cooking, cleaning, running errands, and getting anything I ask...like the yummy DQ hot fudge sundae with nuts and whipped cream he went out and got me last night - late last night. The man deserves a gold medal after getting me into the bath tub, AND getting me out again, AND holding me when I cry - it must be a side effect of the pain meds or the anesthesia because I've cried a lot. So yeah, I married a good man. I'm truly blessed. I just need some recoup time to myself before I start physical therapy.

I also want to say a quick thank you to my friends and family who sent me cards, food, emails, texts, and notes on face book...I love you. Thanks for your sweet thoughts and prayers. <sigh> There is a bright side to all of this - I'm getting a lot of movie watching in, and a ton of writing done. I've also found that I can pretty much run my world from my bed - got my lap top, smart phone, water bottle, land line, TV controllers, pain medication, crutches, Kleenex box, heating pad, large coffee cup, thesaurus, credit card, dictionary, Kindle, Bible, and lastly, my (Pepperidge Farm) Milanos, and Goldfish. 

I want to thank Jen Turano for stopping in last week. She is such a sweetheart! We had fun discussing names for a "gruff," self-made, grandfather type. Jen couldn't comment through Blogger so if you missed her last comment that I posted, here it is:

Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving comments and names. I was really torn about which one to use - so put them all in a hat and pulled out....Archibald - so thank you to Victoria for that name - we'll see how Archibald develops - right now he's just a glimmer of a thought rattling around my mind. And, well, I also needed a name for a motley dog of undetermined parentage - so stuck my hand back in the bag and - Otis popped out. Thanks to Melissa for that name, and I hope you don't mind that instead of a grandfather figure, Otis is now a hound - and one that slobbers...a lot. 

Hope everyone has a great week!

All the best,

Jen



AND NOW, the winner, drawn at random is.....KAREN LANGE! Congrats Karen! I will be getting in touch with you for your address, so Jen can send you her debut novel, A Change of Fortune, and I can send you the Starbucks gift card. 

Between you, me and the gatepost,

Loree

   

26 comments:

Victoria Lindstrom said...

It's nice to hear you're in good spirits, Loree. Hope you have a nice blog break - take care of yourself...and your knee. That's awesome that Jen like the name Archibald! ^_^

Lindsay Harrel said...

I hope you get some rest, Loree!! And that the swelling and pain go away soon.

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Oh, I hope your knee heels quickly! How nice your hubby is helping take care of you. Enjoy your break!

Sandra Orchard said...

Take care, Loree, and enjoy the pampering :)

Jessica Nelson said...

Congrats to Karen!

Your husband is definitely a sweetie!!! *hugs* to you and I hope the knee heals quickly!

Karen Lange said...

Praying for a speedy recovery for you, and some fruitful writing time too. :) Glad you are blessed with such a sweet hubby.

I was so excited to see that I won! Thanks to both you and Jen. This is quite a treat to start off the week. Did I mention that I was excited? :)

Rest well,
Karen

Gwendolyn Gage said...

God bless your hubby! Praying you heal and feel better quickly. :-)

Talli Roland said...

Oh my goodness, Loree. Take good care of yourself and recover quickly! Sending lots of get well soon vibes your way!

Terri Tiffany said...

I wanted to stop by to see how you are doing! Wow--you are really going through some recovery, aren't you? Please keep us updated on Facebook, ok. Wish I lived closer, I would run over and help!!

Loree Huebner said...

Thanks for the well wishes everyone! It's getting better, and I see improvement each day. I see the doc on Thursday. Should be starting some therapy soon. I will be exhausted then.

Congrats Karen! You are excited! I'm excited for you!!

Lynda R Young said...

ouchies. I hope that cantaloupe of yours goes down and it turns into a perfectly functioning, pain-free knee.
Hugs

Congrats to Karen!

Melissa Tagg said...

Hope you get some much needed rest, Loree!

Stacy Henrie said...

Sorry to hear it's been so rough! Hope you're feeling better real soon. I love that you wanted a DQ hot fudge sundae. :) Those are yummy!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Oh, Loree, I'm sorry you've had such a rough go of it with your knee. I pray you'll have a quick recovery and be able to fully enjoy Christmas.

Congrats to Karen, one of my dear friends and blogger buddy.

Archibald sounds like the perfect name for your gruff grandfather. :)

Loree Huebner said...

Thanks for stopping in!

It's getting better by the day.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, dear. Sorry you're in pain, but glad you have a good man and a good God to care for you! Enjoy your break,
Jen

Sarah Forgrave said...

Hope you're feeling better this week, Loree. Thinking of you.

Misha Gericke said...

Ouch! I hope your knee feels tons better soon!

Thinking of you. :-)

Carol Riggs said...

Enjoy your bloggy break!! Hope the swelling and pain go away quickly. And what a sweet hubby to take care of you. :) Glad to hear you're writing--one good thing about knee surgery!

troutbirder said...

It will be getting much better. My knee replacement was a bad week and then a miracle which allowed me to eventually hike for hours pain free with Baron * my loyal GSD....:)

Keli Gwyn said...

I'm sorry to hear about the pain you've been experiencing, Loree. I hope your recovery is going well in spite of it.

Loree Huebner said...

Thanks again for the well wishes, everyone! I start physical therapy next Monday. Yay!

Karen Lange said...

Glad to hear you are making progress with your knee. Happy also to hear that your holidays will be bright with family and good times. Blessings to you and your gang! :)

Brandi Boddie said...

Glad you're recovering well, Loree! See you next week!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Knee surgery. . . OUCH!!! I'm so sorry, but hopefully this will all be a bad memory sooner rather than later.
Good luck with the physical therapy!
Merry Christmas!

Loree Huebner said...

Physical therapy is a bear, but I'm working through it.

Thanks for stopping in...and Merry Christmas!