Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone already. There was and is so much to be thankful for in my family this year. I think I had some angels watching over me.

I'm back at work now. The cardiologist was able to do an electro conversion on me and it was successful! My heart is back at its normal rhythm and I feel strong once again. Honest, 24 hours after the conversion, I felt almost as though the heart attack had never happened.

I'm being kept on the blood thinners for another few weeks to ward off the threat of any blood clots that may have been lurking around. I appreciate the protection, but the medicine is giving me some very bad headaches daily. I've never been one to have a continued problem with headaches. I can't take aspirin or any sinus medicine. In fact, I can't take anything that might even remotely help me with these headaches, so my defense has been to try and doze off as early as I can in my recliner each night. This doesn't leave a lot of time in the day or night to fool around on the computer.

I like the Holiday Season. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It's fun to watch Trenton get all excited about the prospect of Santa and the gifts under the tree. We're making lists at my house this year and we're checking them twice.

After my heart attack, all of the chores fell to Paulette. It's nice to be able to help her out around the house again. I also love all the aromas I'm starting to smell around the house, too.

Trenton is pitching in and doing his part to help out as well. This whole affair seems to have brought us all a little bit closer as a family and sure has given us a chance to see just how lucky we've been and how we've been truly blessed.Happy

Cold weather comes late here in Savannah, Georgia. This year, though, we've had a few cold snaps that were a little unexpected for so early in the season and record lows were set.

This is a shot of one of our lovely bushes the day after one of these cold fronts marched through. All the blossoms seemed to fall at once all together. We may be in for a long winter here this year. Of course I'm seeing the word "snow," pop up in a lot of the other blogs out there, so I guess I shouldn't complain too loudly, LOL.

This reminds me that it is time to go buy the family tree. I look forward to having Trenton here to help me decorate it this year. With Trenton here I know Paulette and Aunt Sandy will all chip in to put the ornaments on after Trenton and I finish with the lights. It will be another family event and a lifetime memory for us all. I'll be taking lots of pictures to share will Y'all.

Yes, for our family this will be a very special Holiday Season. Please keep your thoughts and prayers going for Donna over at D's Designs. Donna is recovering from a much more serious heart attack than the one I experienced. She's doing better, but recovery is always at a slow pace for what she's gone through. I know she will appreciate each and every thought and prayer.

As a final note for this post, I need to credit my Microsoft Publisher program for the clip art in this entry. The photo of the bush was one I took myself, or course.

Happy Holidays, everybody! I'll try to get around a little more and to post a little more often through the Holiday Season. See Ya soon!



Just Bill said...

Sam, good to hear you have recovered so well. Keep it up.
The picture did not make it, Bill

Nancy said...

I really like this post, Sam. It's all about gratitude. It's also about family and love.
I'm thrilled to hear your heart-healthier...but only a few more weeks of the blood thinner? Seems like a short time.
Anyway, the entry was a perfect entry combining Thanksgiving (its true meaning) and the Holiday Season (which you perfectly described as well)!
Hugs to you and yours,

D said...

Sam that is good news. I am so glad you are doing so well. Thanks for the shout.. prayers are always welcome... and I am getting stronger every day. A little boredom has set in so I know I'm getting a bit better too.
I look forward to seeing the pictures... your holidays will be so special. Enjoy my friend...
ohhhhhhhhh and so far... cold but no snow.
love ya

Sharlene said...

Nice to hear an update on you Sam. I'm glad you are well and able to enjoy the holidays with your family.
God Bless!

Kathy said...

Sam! So good to see your words and know that you are feeling better.

Over the days leading up to and through the Thanksgiving holiday I reminded myself daily to be thankful for those I share my daily life with, right here at home, and those I share with on-line.

I do believe many prayers were answered ... for your on line friends as well as your family. :)

madcobug said...

I am glad that you are doing better Sam. Hopefully the doc can soon cut back on the blood thinners. Ken has been doing just about everything since my back surgery in Oct. I may be facing another one soon.
Enjoy the tree decorating with Trenton. Have a blessed weekend. Helen

Astaryth said...

What wonderful news about your heart! And your feeling better just in time for the best season of the year. Isn't Christmas always a bit more magical with a child in the house??

Lori said...

I'm glad you're doing so well. I'm so glad to hear it. Glad you're feeling well enough to help Paulette, but I'm glad she and Trenton were able to take care of things while you were recuperating.

Jeannette said...

So glad that you are so much better Sam, you certainly do have an angel watching you. I am sure you will lose the headaches when you can stop the blood thinners but you could mention it to your doctor to get his advice.

Lynne said...

Sam - Good to hear news from your side of the fence and that you are on the mend! Bless you and Paula! God Blessings!

ADB said...

Very pleased you're recovering well. Ask your pharmacist about pain relief, you can take paracetamol / acetaminophen. Take it easy!

Hollie said...

It's so nice to hear from you. I'm so glad that you are doing much better. I'll be looking forward to the pictures!!!

Anne said...

I was so glad to you you had posted with an update. You will be better than ever. Super Sam! I am so grateful that you have Paulette and Trenton in your life now. You have positive reinforcements. Take care and Happy Holidays. Do you still have the same address as last year? I'm sending out cards. Anne

Lippy said...

Hi Sam,
It certainly a good thing to come visit and find you doing so much better. Chores are always a good indicator, right?

Regards to the family, and you keep well!


Ally Lifewithally said...

Sam it is so good to see an update from you ~ and I am so pleased they got your heart back to it's normal rhythm and I hope those headaches will disappear when you finish taking those blood thinners ~ and glad that Paulette was there for you ~
Can Imagine Trenton is getting excited at the thought of Santa coming to visit ~ and I know you will all give him the best Christmas of his young life ~ Ally x

Bethe said...

I'm so gald you are feeling better. Those cardiac conversions are a bit scary, but so worth it! I love that you are back with us Jouranling agian.

Isn't having a child in the house make the holidays even more special?


Christy said...

Sam I'm so glad to read you're doing better! Praise the Lord! I'll continue to pray for you! It's wonderful to see that you and your precious family have grown even closer through this, it's not something you want to happen, but to know at least something positive can come from it is always a good way of looking at it.

God Bless

Pennie said...

I am so glad to hear you are doing so well and have been able to go back to work. i have been very worried about you. Your holiday plans sound wonderful. Your description of them is a certain way to fill your readers with the spirit. Have fun. Pennie

Joyce said...

You sound so perky and ready for the holidays Sam. I, for one, am glad to hear that. it will be especially fun with a youngster in the house. Hope your headaches improve quickly.
Hugs, Joyce

Jan said...

Oh Sam how lovely to see a post from you ,so pleased to hear you are now on the mend ,I hope the headaches cease soon ,and what fun you are having getting ready for Santa with Trenton, The picture of your tree was so pretty even if it did lose its flowers Jan xx

Lainey Laine said...

Sam, so good to see you posting! Was wondering about you!! Laine xxx

Celeste said...

Wonderful news!

Trenton is there? What did I miss?

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sam, so glad that you have been released back to work and that you can start doing some chores again. Take it easy and do not overdue. Peace to you and your family, and enjoy Christmas season with Trenton.

Astaryth said...

I passed something on to you... don't feel obligated to do anything with it... I just thought you deserved it.

Mrs. L said...

Glad to hear the good news!!

Sandra said...

Hi Sam, I`m so pleased you are recovering so well, I know many of us were concerned and its good to know you feel so well again. Take care. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

Jeannette said...

So good to see a post from you Sam. You're so lucky to have Trenton in the house for Christmas, it's a time for kids isn't it? I'm happy to hear you're feeling better and have got back to work. It must be quieter at work now so you can get back into it easier. The bush is beautiful, was that one of Sandy's plantings? I remember how she took Andy and I round your garden to see what she'd been up to, she's done a great job on it! Sorry you're having headaches, I'd mention it to the doctor. He may be able to give you something rather than just suffering. Have fun doing the tree with Trenton, you're giving him so many wonderful memories to look back on when he grows!
Donna will stay in my prayers till she's fully recovered as you will too. Take care and say Hi to Paulette and Sandy for me and to Trenton and the cats! Jeannette xx

Sharon said...

Sam it's so glad to read your upbeat entry and "hear" that you're doing so well after that heart scare. I love this post! Trenton is going to make this such a special Christmas in your home this you and he will treasure forever. Santa...ahhh the magic of Christmas through a kid's eye. There's nothing quite like it!
Keep on getting better my friend. (Now what were you and Donna doing that gave you both a heart attack at the same time hmmmm?????)

Linda's World said...

Sam, so glad to hear that you're feeling better. It will be wonderful for you & Paulette to have Trenton there for the Holiday's. I bet he is getting excited. Up here in Washington state, I still have geraniums blooming~can you believe it? Never have my hanging baskets and annuals lasted this long. But I have a feeling the Old Man Winter is just around the corner ready to zap them. Take care and keep getting better. Linda in Washington

Linda :) said...

Glad you are back to work and enjoying the season!!! :)

natalie said...

Dear Sam
so glad you are back!
natalie :):):)
Happy Holidays!
big grin
to your whole family!

~ L said...

Thank goodness you're feeling better. We were all so worried about you. Hope you & your family have a wonderful holiday!

Trees said...

Hello Sam, I am new to your blog, saw you over at dsDesigns a very good friend of mine. I love your entry, glad to hear you are recovering from your heart attack. Your entry is very uplifting to me and it is always good to reflect about how blessed we are and how greatful, your entry has made me stop and reflect myself on just how fortunate I am, thank you for that.

natalie said...

Happy Holidays Sam!
I hope you guys have a blast!
We're all so glad that you're doing so well!

Astaryth said...

I just wanted to pop over here and offer you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I am sure with the newest addition to your family it will be a holiday filled with laughter and joy!

FrankandMary said...

I'm so happy Trenton is doing well, thanks to you and your wife. I have a little experience with blood thinners, but thankfully no headaches on my part. Hope everything turns out the very best for your whole family.

Jeannette said...

I just stopped by to wish you and your lovely family a very happy, healthy, peaceful new year Sam. Jeannette xx

michele said...

Hi sam, so glad to hear you are recovering so well! Hope you had a great Christmas, all the best for 2009! mrs t x

Anne said...

Ok Sam, We all need an update. Anne

Joann said...

Hope you are doing well, miss hearing from you!

~ Lor said...

It's good to hear you're doing well. Hope you have a Happy 2009!

Kathy said...

Missing you.

Joann said...

Sam, wondering how you're doing?? Can you stop by to say hi, just let us know you're ok?

natalie said...

Sam how are you doing man?
let us hear from you now an then

Dornbrau said...

Hey Friend, just checking in on you. Kind of quiet around here. Hope to hear from you soon.

Jeannette said...

Hi Sam, I'm just checking in to say hi and how are you doing? Haven't seen an entry from you for a while so I'm hoping all is well and you're just busy. Love to the family. Jeannette xx

ADB said...

Hi there Sam, hope all is well in GA as you get ready for the new season. Looking forward to a post from you, when you have time.

Be well,

Kathy said...

Hi Sam! I was thinking of you today and decided to stop here for a visit.

I do hope you are well and life in your neck of the woods in happy and content.


baldy said...


Kathy said...

Hi Sam! I guess I could pen an e-mail to you, but somehow, coming here for a visit is ... nice.

I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Miss you.

Jeannette said...

Hi Sam, just checking in to see if you've posted. I guess you're busy right now with 4th July coming up. I hope you're all OK. Jeannette xx

Coy said...

Just checking up on you Sam, Hope you are back to your old self again and will eventually feel like posting again. I know that once you've been away for a while it's easy to get in the habbit of not writing.
*** Coy ***

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Linda's World said...

Hi Sam, we miss you. Hope all is well. Linda in Washington state

Gina said...

Sam...are you OK?? Are you still on blogger??? I sure do hope all is well.

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Barb said...

Just missing you, Sam, praying you and your family are still doing well. God bless you.

Rjet33 said...

Why am I just now finding out about this? Been awhile since you updated. Praying things are still going well. Have missed you. Hugs and prayers coming your way!


Rjet33 said...

P.S. That's funny. I did have the same background as you. Just changed it today. Great minds think alike, eh? ::wink::

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