Thursday, May 10, 2012

LIFE GOES ON…


Today is as pretty as May day as I've seen—perhaps the prettiest one that's ever been served up since time began. Of course I'm feeling a little biased at the moment since today is also my birthday. 

Still, you can't deny the brilliant sunlight, a sky in fresh-washed cornflower blue, the diamond sparkle of a dancing river, lush grass and verdant new leaves on bushes and trees in a thousand shades of green, at least a dozen different flowers in bloom in the yard—including the spectacular purple-lavender clusters on my moody rhododendron—colorful warblers flitting through the treetops along the bank and trying to out-sing the Carolina wren, robins, and oriole…and just that unmistakable heady fragrance of another Ohio springtime that fills your lungs and proclaims a wealth of adventures ahead that makes life worth living.

Ohhhh, my!

I'm going to keep this post short because I have to make a run to Sam's to pick up some things—and afterwards I want to be able to take a drive in the country to see and smell and listen to such a perfect May day just humming along from a few different places. Later, I have to attend a Board of Directors meeting for the local Community Health Centers, which will pretty much kill the evening.

To bring you up to date on my pacemaker deal…my heart specialist was a man of his word. When we talked Monday, he said he'd fast-track me for surgery. I check into the hospital at 6:30 tomorrow morning, and will have the surgery at 8:30. Barring complications, I should be home on Saturday. 

I want all who've commented over the past few days—on this blog or by email—to know how very much I've appreciated your words and thoughts and prayers. I feel good about this—and I'm looking forward to enjoying the days and seasons ahead—and a new chronological year!—from the improved perspective of a better rhythm.
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26 comments:

Helen said...

Sending prayers for you for surgery and quick healing for you.

Wanda..... said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Hope you were able to enjoy the scent of the wild roses that fill the air today!

Gail said...

HI GRIZZ - "happy birthday" - your birth and life is truly a celebration of all things good and right in this world - and I, for one, am very glad you were born :-) I will pray even harder tomorrow for you and all those involved in your care and recovery too. I don't often get on my knees, mainly because it is really hard to get up again - but i will mange that tomorrow - to pray for you. Loving you more than I can express.
Gail'
peace.....

Carolyn H said...

Good luck, Grizz! I look forward to hearing how you're doing when you get back online

George said...

Good luck, my friend. You're right there at the top of my prayer list today! By Saturday, you should be well on your way to full recovery and a prosperous future.

Rowan said...

Happy Birthday Grizz! Will be keeping you in my thoughts tomorrow and looking forward to hearing that you are back home and full of beans:)

Penny said...

Sounds like a lovely day for a Birthday. Best wishes for the op,and I am sure all will be well.

Grizz………… said...

Helen…

I'll appreciate every single one…thank you.

Grizz………… said...

Wanda…

Locust and wild roses are both filling the air with their perfume around here…but the cottonwood fuzz is filling your nose and lungs if you inhale too deep. Did take some rose pix while I was out.

Grizz………… said...

Gail…

I will treasure every word of prayer you say for me—but PLEASE don't hurt yourself kneeling. Just pray louder to make up for those 30 or so inches; God will understand. You know I thank you from the bottom of my slow-beating heart—right? You're the real deal.

Grizz………… said...

Carolyn H…

I look forward to getting back online. Spring is my favorite of all the seasons, and there's so much I want to see and share; I just hope it's sooner than I even imagine. Thank you.

Grizz………… said...

George…

Thank you, my friend. I'm looking forward to this—to feeling my energy beging to seep back up. I appreciate your wise and warm words, always.

Grizz………… said...

Rowan…

Thank you. Birthdays are nice, but they'd be better if they didn't mean you were a year older. I look forward to the days ahead, too…bean-filled or not. :~)

Gail said...

Grizz - I know, with every fiber of my being, I know.

Grizz………… said...

Penny…

It was an absolutely magnificent day to add another spoke to my time-wheel. Of course May is unquestionably the best month for being born in—everyone know that! Good Irish luck!

Thank you.

Grizz………… said...

Gail…

Good! You sure better!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday to you, Grizz, and good luck on your surgery tomorrow--and a speedy recovery. My uncle has had his pacemaker for 10 years. It changed his life.

Grizz………… said...

Kelly...

Thank you. I'll be happy with just a modest improvement. I'd like to go do the warbler walk next spring; I've enjoyed your posts.

KGMom said...

Wow--when you say "fast-tracked" you mean it.
As I am writing this around 9:30 a.m. Friday, you are no doubt going through the paces or just done.
Thinking of you and sending prayers to the great Divine.
Almost forgot to add--happy birthday.

Jain said...

Happy belated birthday, Grizz, and apologies for missing your last few posts. I've been out of town at a conference and otherwise swamped at work with not much time for my favorite pastime: blog-reading.

I hope you enjoyed your birthday drive. This has been THE most incredible Spring, like none I've ever seen before.

I trust your surgery will be fabulously successful and will take your energy level back a good 10 or 20 years. You'll be in my thoughts in the coming days.

Hildred and Charles said...

Happy Birthday. I hope everything about your surgery works like a charm and that you recover quickly. Prayers and best wishes...

AfromTO said...

I got busy and missed a day's read-now can only wish you a belated birthday/newheartday.I can feel the new surge even at this great distance.Wishing you a happy, healthy recovery with a new energy. Rock on!!

Grizz………… said...

Jain…

No need to apologize. I know you're busy and all, and blogging—reading, posting, commenting—takes time, of which, can be in mighty short supply during the spring. Especially a spring like this one! And I, too, have never seen one like it…and, frankly, don't quiet know what to make of it.

But maybe my new rhythm will allow me to get out a lot more and enjoy it in it backmost corners. BTW, I did enjoy my birthday drive.

Thank you for the well-wishes and friendship. I look for to reading your riverbank posts.

Grizz………… said...

Hildred and Charles…

Thank you. A man can't receive too many prayers! Everything is going fine and I'm excited about the road ahead. You can't ask more than that from life.

Grizz………… said...

AfromTO…

Older, wiser, better-looking, smarter, more talented, and beating faster. Okay, I lied about the middle stuff, but the first and last ones are true…and I'm feeling good. Thank you!

Grizz………… said...

KGMom…

Yup, the surgeon's "fast-tracked" really was…but I'm really glad it worked out the way it did. All things considered, a pretty great birthday present. Thank you for all…