Just hopped on and started to type and realized we needed a new porch. Lots of posts on the last one, so go back and catch up. I'll get this one going then come back and visit. Granni, how did your mish mosh turn out? What a good name, by the way. My poor dad has never liked casseroles...I'm guessing too many "surprises" either cooked by his mom or by my mom So very glad you have your kiddos close now...at least some of them. Mikie, glad you and DOF had a great time. And I'm happy that the two of you will be able to keep in touch by text. Gpa never liked talking on the phone...even with hearing aids it was hard for him to understand what the other person was saying. Duckie, how exciting to be rearranging things...to me, it's fun...but I'll still be glad when we get everything put where it belongs. Let the ones with the most energy and muscles do the heavy lifting...someone does have to supervise, you know Hope you enjoy your well deserved time off. How smart to let the next generation do most of the cooking...more relaxing for your DM, and for you. Sun, I'm so sorry the flu bug has hit your family...hope nobody else gets it. Amy texted me that Miley has the stomach flu...and Keira is supposed to go to her dad's shortly after Christmas. Down in Tennessee, David's nephew today tested positive for influenza...he was just at the kids' house on Monday. They sure don't need anything... Glad the tamales were a hit. Your trifle sounds like a great idea! Spring, what a pretty snowy scene...so peaceful. We just may have a white Christmas, according to the weather reports. I have to admit, I'm kind of glad we had our Christmas celebration at Thanksgiving...no hustle and bustle for me...not sure if I could, if I had to. I had a pretty busy day. Drove 45 minutes to one town to the "local" chiro. Had just pulled in to a restaurant to grab a quick lunch when our farmer called...he needed both me and Den to sign some farm papers. So I told him I'd drive back to the town (30 minutes) where he was (and where Den works) to meet him. By the time I got there, the farmer had already located Den and had gotten his signature, so I just added mine to the paperwork...something about emergency livestock assistance (funds) due to the drought conditions this year. Then I had to pick up Den's prescriptions, then drive 30 minutes to another town...where we do most of our shopping...I needed some groceries and this little town has only one store...and the prices are ridiculous (could have done it in the town where the chiro was, but got cut short.) Anyway, finally stopped for lunch and ran the rest of my errands. While I was out, a nurse from Dad's nursing home called to tell me that he had been passing blood clots in his urine (off and on this week) and they will do some labs next Wednesday. What???!!! I asked why they would wait so long and she said he doesn't have any other symptoms and there are "new guidelines" that dictate how long they have to wait to run any tests. Oh my goodness! I chose not to argue with her, but will call and check on him in the morning...and remind the nurses that he has had two UTIs in the past five months (causing him to be hospitalized)...the last time he also had pneumonia and was septic. I would think that might affect the guidelines a bit, wouldn't it? So, I am bracing myself for another hospital stay. Den doesn't understand why I need to stay with my dad at the hospital...I told him I've seen how they treat him when I'm there...I can't imagine how it would be if there wasn't an advocate right there with him. Otherwise, Den was thinking about working Christmas Day...they might just make the solar field deadline...and I was going along as his go-fer. Then I can go see Dad after we get done. So...I'd better get on to bed. Hi to everyone I missed this time...hope everyone is doing okay.