Hi, all. I have no time to post except to let you know in short form what's happening.
Well, after my dear friend, Curtis, passed away (and by the way, today is his birthday), I lost 3 more friends here in my town. I had known and been very close with all of them, so that makes 4 in 3 months. Very rough. Than my neighbor across the street died and she's only 3 yrs older than I am. Her funeral was last Monday. To top it all off, last night I was working on another thing of my mother's that I found (and now have to redo her death taxes and also file for her for 2010, ugh) when the phone rang. It was my cousin, Alan, in Florida. The news was not good. He has colon cancer and is very, very sick. To make matters worse, someone has talked him into alternative approaches and he says he's not going to have the surgery. He says this guy who "used to be a doc" had actually left his practice to follow this route. Oh Lord. He's giving my cousin a song and dance about this perfect machine that makes water and that absolutely cures cancer and he has proof. Of course, the machine costs thousands of dollars. Are you and I surprised? Hell, no. My cousin is believing all this because that's what happens when people become desperate. He can't even sit for the pain. All he can do is lie down or stand. I wanted him to find someone to sell his house for him and for him to get on a plane and come here and stay with me. I would care for him and make sure he got to a hospital for surgery and treatments. He could live out the rest of his life, sick or well, here with me. He won't leave this quack of a doctor and he won't go back to the hospital for the surgery. He's only in Stage II now and he's wasting valuable time. He has been completely suckered. I have not given up on getting through to him. I've got all sorts of info lined up as I stayed up all night to track it down. That machine, no surprise, is a scam and there are law suits. I just hope he believes me when I drop all of this on him. I need to choose my words carefully so as not to push him away, but there's a good chance it will. I swear, this year is hard, hard, hard.
I miss you all and I miss keeping up. I haven't even dropped in anymore to see what's cookin'. Of course I guess you can see why. Geezy peezy, you don't want to live near me -- I'm starting to feel like a curse. Ok, can't stay online now. Still hoping to see you all soon. I know this is a trite statement, but I really do love you all. You are like family to me in your own way, each of you so, so special. You have to know that.