A cozy campfire to keep you toasty. Some of us need this to keep warm this week.
The news from the person on the other end of the telephone earlier this week was some of the best I’ve heard in a long time and will be the focus of this week’s “Good” on Friday. You know, posting only “Good” stuff on Friday, the brainstorm of Shelly's at This Eclectic Life blog.
You may remember in June of last Summer, when I was planning and changing motorcycle trip plans. First I was riding to Alaska with an old friend, then we were meeting and riding across the country. And when we did finally meet up, we rode back to Wisconsin only to have my friend leave his BMW R100GS in my garage for two months. He hurriedly traveled back to Northern California to be with his wife. She has been on kidney dialysis and there were some problems.
Last Summer, with my friend in the mountains.
He did get back in August, and we did continue the ride, but only for a short time as he had to get home. I didn’t mind the interruptions in our motorcycle adventures as I knew home was where he needed to be. I was glad we found some time to ride together. That was a "Good" thing for both of us. I do have a lot of footage from the handlebar mounted movie camera and can boot that up and take much of the ride again and again. Come to think of it, after the Winter storm we just experienced and the cold wave that has settled in here in the Northland, maybe watching the scenery shot on those trips would be fun and help to feel warm. It's well below zero temperature wise, and the wind chill is down to almost twenty below!
The call this week was from my friend and riding buddy Hal. He called me from a hospital in San Francisco with the news that his wife had a successful kidney transplant and is recovering nicely. It’s a long road with the anti rejection drugs and the possibility of complications from such a surgery, but we’re all optimistic that all will be okay in the long run and our dear friend Ellen can go back to a somewhat normal way of life after years of struggling with health issues related to failing kidneys.
This is all I need to say today. This "Good" news about our close and dear friend is very welcoming. I won’t go into a long researched forum about transplants and donors and recipients. I will say that Ellen waited years to get a donated kidney, and now it is her time. You’ll be hard pressed to get me to admit that prayers and positive energy sent to our friends from family and friends all over didn’t play a part in the outcome. This is a really “Good” thing.
For those of you that celebrate it, Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. Other groups have their Winter celebrations now as well. Chanukka and Kwanzaa come to mind. I know others that don’t mention Christmas and say things like Holiday Season or Gift Giving Season. Whatever you do, or don’t do, I hope it is “Good” for you and all you share it with. We'll be lighting a fire on Sunday evening, December 20th in honor of the Winter Solstice. Then December 24th, we'll gather together as one big family and have Christmas at our home. Our family will reenact a tradition we started in 1973 for the first time since we abandoned the practice in 1991.
Above all, feel “Good” about yourself. It all starts right in your own heart. Hard to help others if you aren’t in “Good” enough shape inside.
Peace to all.