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My Christmas Tradition?

marksdeninsidemymindIf something occurs two years in a row is that a new tradition?

In the middle of the night – Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23, – I found myself waking in total respiratory distress. I managed to call 911 and get an ambulance dispatched.

Next thing you know I am in the Emergency Room at Sullivan Community Hospital. In another hour or so I was transported directly as in-patient to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.

This made the second Christmas week in a row, including Christmas Day, I have spent in the hospital.

Those who follow my writing know that I have had a premonition for a couple of weeks I may have a relapse. My feeling proved true.

I am home now. After Mom and Bill, how picked me up, dropped me off at home I had a bit of a panic.

The nose piece I need to use the oxygen condsenser was not in the apartment. The EMTs used mine when transporting me to the ER. After two phone calls, the EMTS were back and supplied me with the piece I needed to breathe.

Chooey was beside himself seeing his Daddy home. Dad has been checking on him, feeding/watering him and taking him out. Now am out of the hospital, but having to take it very easy for a few days.

The doc upped my prednisone big time, plus gave me a script for a strong antibiotic. Have to use the air as much as possible – especially whenever I get up to walk.

Plan to sleep in my recliner for the next couple of nights. Easier than trying to sleep in the bed. Both the Sons and the Daughters-in-law checked in on me via text. As did my sister, Leticia, and Mom called.

Dad would stop by and Susie check on me by text as well as meeting us to give me my keys on the way home.

Thank you to all my online friends who checked on me on Facebook as well as by email.

This old bird isn’t down for the count yet. That’s the way it is this Christmas Night in Mark’s Den.

And I hope each of you had a wonderful and blessed day with family and friends.

Ready for Santa

Thanks to my sister-in-law Brenda and online friend Janie plus cards, calendars from family and friends, Chooey and I are ready for Santa.

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Unfortunately my little Nikkon camera quit while I was in the Desert. I only have the camera now on my cell phone which is not all that great.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mary’s Lullaby (ANAV’s Song)

A very special extra from one of our dearest online friends, Gretchen – who wrote and performs this lovely song so perfect for this Christmas season.
The song was dedicated to another of our online friends, Arturo. Sit back, relax and take in this beautiful song and pay attention to the lyrics.

Thank you, Gretchen for such a great gift!

Christmas lights at night

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Christmas Decorations

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Dusty Waiting for His Christmas Presents

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 Dusty Waiting for his Christmas presents
Dusty Waiting for his Christmas presents

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Editor’s Pick: Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall

Our Sri Lanka and Asian Foreign Affairs Correspondent Smokey gives us today’s Editor’s Pick.

Showing that the spirit of Christmas is not limited to only the US and the West, Smokey gives us this snapshot of holiday decorations at a mall in the capitol city of Colombo.


Click on the photo to visit the entire gallery of festive images.

Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall

Christmas Decorations in a shopping Mall in the City of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Christmas decorations in Colombo City
Christmas decorations in Colombo City

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Editor’s Pick: Christmas Parade in small town

Christmas is less than three weeks away.

What better way to get in the spirit than the sights and sounds of a Christmas parade in a small town?

Today’s Editor’s Pick comes from our photo journalist and Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia Bureau Chief Ryn.DSCN1458

Click on the image to see the entire gallery.

Christmas Parade in small town of Charlestown WV This is how we do it!

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