What an absolutely great day I had signing books with Kelly Sharp and all my friends at Sarah Bellums Bakery and workshop. I saw friends from the past, namely Jacky McCarthy and her husband James, and met some amazing people!!
I just got off the phone with Dr. Blake Welling of McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden UT. He is the neurosurgeon who saved my life 20 years ago yesterday. For 20 yrs. now I’ve called him on my birthday to thank him for giving me another one. He told me today how much he looks forward to it, and how happy it makes him feel. Like Dr. Bruce, another brilliant Dr. with absolutely no ego!!!
What a great surprise it was to run into Connie Jean Shipley at Fred Meyer today! I mentioned I had a new presentation I was putting together that I’d love to share with her Kiwanis group. She gave me that big smile of hers and said she has two spots in August.
We’ll be firming it up after the Rose Festival festivities!
Happy Birthday Tom McGill! Or ‘Gilligan’ as you were known to many of your friends. Your parents, family and the world for that matter, had no idea what would be coming their way for the next 18 years making your entry on Halloween. You touched many lives, one of those was mine. I know you and Greg are partying in heaven today. You never could resist a good party, possibly because you were the life of so many of them. I’ll eat a Butterfinger today in your honor! Rest In Peace 🙏😇
For the record, if you’re employed in a large Medical building, and a patient who just steps out of a room asks your help in finding her way to the lobby, telling her it’s the same way that she came in, is NOT the correct answer. If I remembered how I came in, I wouldn’t have asked how to get out!
There’s your lesson for the day in common courtesy!!
What a fabulous day!! I met a friend at NW EyeCare Professionals, and introduced her to Dr. Macson Lee, who would be her Behavioral / Neurological Optometrist. Both she and her husband were beside themselves with his knowledge, understanding, and how one visit made such a huge difference!! I met & had a great conversation with a wonderful man in the waiting room who left carrying a signed copy of ‘Learning to Make Toast’. He was thrilled!! Then Husband & I picked up some donations for Oregon Impact’s fundraiser, Merry & Bright that’s being held on November 30th at the Abernathy Center in Oregon City.
It was such an honor to be asked to sit with a patient of Dr. Bruce’s today. She recently was hurt in a car crash, which resulted in a TBI. Her injury devastated her, but given a copy of ‘Learning to Make Toast’ from one of Dr. Bruce’s tech’s days ago to help give her hope. Then I surprised her with a visit and what a surprise it was! She doesn’t live in Oregon and when she met the woman the book was about, she couldn’t stop crying she was so overwhelmed and appreciative. We’ll be staying in touch even when she moves back home to Alaska.
It feels so good and so right living a purpose filled life!
It had the potential for being a very bad start to the day 😳 I accidentally put salt on my Lehr Love Egg. Anybody that knows me, knows I DETEST salt. It can’t even touch my tongue without me spitting out the food & wiping off my tongue! Luckily I was able to wipe it off, follow it with a little pepper BEFORE I took a bite.
Later this morning I’ll be going to my Civil Tongues Toastmasters meeting. Then I’ll head over to Good Samaritan Medical Center for the 70th anniversary RIO garden party where I’ll be doing a book signing from 4:00 to 6:00.
WOW!!! What a phenomenal early Christmas gift! My BFF Mary Weiler is flying me down to Palm Springs in January to stay with her & her hubby Dan for four days! I have a layover in San Francisco, so I’m hoping to see my nephew Adam Keefer, his beautiful wife Rama Katkar and their bundle of love, (still not here yet) my newest great nephew!!!