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The Weekly Smile 12/3/2018 #weeklysmile


This might seem like an odd smile at first, so stick with it to the end :)

Both of my parents had the flu in April.  It was bad.  When I saw them in August they were still not completely recovered and tired far easier than they had the year before.  In early October they were closer to their old selves.  It took a while!

A little over a week ago they became sick again.  Last Sunday my mom rushed my dad to the hospital.  He was running a very high fever and was very dehydrated.  When they tested the discovered that he did not have “the flu”, he had two different strains of flu at the same time!  They kept him over night.

I talked to him a few minutes on Friday and he sounded really good.  Last night he was even better.  As was my mom, who didn’t have it nearly as bad as he did.  They both said that despite the scare of last Sunday, they were not as sick as they were in the spring.  No where even close to that sick. Continue reading


Weekly Smile Week 43 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

This has been a weird week.  I have a ton of things to smile about, which is great!  But nothing is earth shattering, so I’m having a hard time choosing.  So, eenie, meenie, minee, Moe, Curly and Larry….  I guess I’ll just pick something.

I have a relatively close relationship to my parents.  I mean, they live 600 miles (about 1000 KM) away, so i don’t see them all of the time, but I do call often.  Well, they were gone for 2 1/2 weeks.  OK, “gone” is a harsh word.  They like to travel a lot and have been all over the world.  So for two weeks they were in German, mostly in the Eastern part that they don’t know very well (the first time the visited Germany it was still two countries) following in the footsteps of Martin Luther.  They are not Lutheran, but some people from their local Lutheran church invited them along to celebrate the upcoming 500 year anniversary of the ‘Ninety-Five Theses”.  After that they spent several days with friends in a different part of the country.  Their friends live near the Austrian border and not far (across a lake or driving through Austria) from Switzerland.    They had a great visit. Continue reading