I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends…..

…..and family!

Good Friday Morning (possibly afternoon by the time this finally gets published)! The sky is blue, the clouds are puffy and I’m feeling good! On Wednesday I had outpatient surgery and I cannot tell you how completely blessed I feel by the people who offered prayers and support – both emotional and physical.

The surgery I had is fairly routine and aside from what is probably typical apprehension about any surgery, I was not particularly worried.  Even so, it was so comforting to know that there were so many friends and family members praying for me and Jeff.  The phone calls and text messages and email messages you sent (and continue to send) were (are) greatly appreciated.  A kind word from a friend or just knowing that someone is thinking of you goes a long, long way!

We appreciate all the offers we had for meals – more than we could possibly have ever accepted!  How fortunate we are to know so many generous, thoughtful people.  The two meals we received – from my mom & dad and from our friends Alicia & Jason – will last us a long while, as it’s just the two of us most nights! And not only were the meals abundant, they were both downright comforting!

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

My mom and dad made what is probably the quintessential comfort food in the U.S.  In fact, if you look up comfort food in the dictionary, you will likely find a photo of meatloaf and mashed potatoes!  Never being one to shy away from a challenge, I DID look up “comfort food” on the web and the first 10 hits included a reference to meatloaf and mashed potatoes…..I did not look beyond the first 10 because it was making me too hungry!

Not only did they come to the surgery center and wait with Jeff during my procedure, which I greatly appreciate; my parents dropped off a meal after we got home and weren’t the least bit offended when I was asleep and didn’t visit with them.  Thanks mom and dad! When I woke up from my nap, Jeff heated the meal and it was just what the doctor ordered.

And, as has been customary for longer than I can remember, my dad also brought me a package of Nutter Butters to speed the healing!  For Jeff, my parents brought a piece of my brother-in-law’s birthday cake from Sunday dinner (which we missed) and some Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream.  Clearly they are not worried about our expanding waistlines!  Needless to say, Jeff and I shared the wealth!

The next morning Jeff went to his Thursday morning guys breakfast.  They meet early, so Jeff was already home when I crawled out of bed.  On the kitchen counter, next to my waiting coffee mug was a copy of La Cucina Italiana – one of my favorite magazines. I asked Jeff if the magazine was for me and he said, “Yes.  It’s from Jason and Alicia.”  Then he showed me the meal they had prepared – a scrumptious beef burgundy with a loaf of whole grain bread.

I cannot tell you how nice it was to sit with my coffee and have a leisurely look through one of my favorite magazines.  Thanks, Alicia and Jason, you found just the right way to keep me in my seat!  I looked at pages and pages of beautiful photos of food and then for dinner last night, I got to eat their lovely meal.  Another comforting dinner.  Tender chunks of beef with carrots, onions and yummy mushrooms in a steaming, rich red wine sauce – mmm mmm mmm!  It paired perfectly with the hearty bread and a light salad.

Beef BurgundyAgain, I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be surrounded by loving, caring friends and family.  If you are looking for ways to help those in need and could use some organizational assistance, there are websites available to help. The following are just a few of the many websites out there.

To make food and organize a meal calendar for someone in need:

To send a meal (made by someone else) to a friend:

To organize meals, rides, childcare, etc. for someone in need:


Thanks again to all who contacted me and Jeff and who prayed for us.  We sincerely appreciate it!

Jason & Alicia, rest assured that La Cucina Italiana is not languishing on a shelf – I am planning to make the cover recipe this afternoon!!!!!!

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