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Monday, October 2, 2023

A big thanks and a tiny update

Hi friends,

First of all, thank you to all of you who prayed for me concerning my fractured tooth. And thank you for the encouragement and support you gave to me. I know that many times, we read blogs and don't comment, but we're still praying or sending our support without actually saying so. And I thank you for those thoughts and prayers that weren't in the comments. I appreciate all of you so very much.

So, about today -- no actual post other than this. I had consultations today and got even more bad news. It's taken energy and talking this through with family members to reach a point of acceptance. But I am still fearful of what is to come. (Aren't we all when something is uncertain and we know will cause pain?) At some point I will reach the other side of my current dental issues. I look forward to that point.

I'll have more to talk about tomorrow. 

For now, here's a pic of one of my favorite furry friends, a small red squirrel. He's so quick, cute, and a bit nervous. In this photo, I think he's just "stolen" a plum from the plum tree. He brings his plums up to the deck railing and eats here where he can keep a watch for predators in the yard. He puts a smile on my face when he comes to visit. And yes, I'm pretty sure it's the same red squirrel that comes to visit every time. I think this one knows me and trusts me. He'll let me come outside and stand and watch him. The others scamper away as soon as I step onto the deck. 

My other bright spot today was noticing a new sunflower opened up. It's too late in the season for it to develop edible seeds for us, but the bloom is very cheery. Finding bright moments on a hard day keeps my head above water as I swim to shore.

Have a good rest of your evening/day, and once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for prayers, encouragement, and support!


  1. Lili, I'm glad you are able to find some positive things to focus on while you're dealing with your dental issues. Continued positive thoughts and prayers are being sent your way as you sort everything out.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I appreciate the thoughts and prayers. This will all be behind me at some point.

  2. By any chance would you want a second opinion or you like this dentist a lot?

    1. Your suggestion is very timely. I spoke by phone with my husband's brother-in-law (his sister's husband), who is a retired dentist, at length this afternoon. He gave me a lot to think about and offered to look at my images, which I have on a cd-rom. I actually don't care that much for this dentist. She tends to dismiss me too easily. I did meet with an endodontist and the oral surgeon yesterday and got their opinions, too. But the best advice I received so far was from my husband's BIL And he offered a lot of encouragement for getting through the procedures, which I really needed.

      So your suggestion is in line with my own thinking. Our dental insurance is pretty paltry, so getting a second opinion from an active dentist would cost us out of pocket.

  3. Lili, I'm sorry you're going through a difficult challenge, to say the least. It's traumatic to lose a tooth, even though an implant will work just fine (aside from the expense). First time I had a crown I felt traumatized knowing I've lost most of my tooth.

    I've been going through challenges myself. Never a dull moment. The ant infestation has escalated and we lost our stove that was purchased just 5 years ago and working fine otherwise. I think we have the electrical wiring loving ants. Nobody else seems to have this problem, not our neighbors. I am asking for an ant collection kit to submit for species identification. So as a result we've stepped up cleaning. At the same time, we discovered a water leak on the icemaker line to our refrigerator that had been leaking for a while, except the water did not leak on the floor but in a wiring channel along the floor molding, destroying our cabinets and wallpaper on the living room side of the wall. I'm sure we have black mold under the cabinets and wallpaper, I just don't know what to do. Then, my husband was diagnosed with osteoporosis and must start medication soon.

    I hope I didn't upset you by telling you my sad story, but I just wanted to share to let you know it's not been easy here too. They say, these challenges make you stronger and better, having more empathy for the suffering of others.

    Have a good day,

    1. Wow, you have a lot on your plate, Laura. I'd be overwhelmed in your shoes. Hugs and prayers.

    2. Oh Laura, I'm so sorry you're dealing with so much right now. Someone said to me this afternoon, "when it rains, it pours."

      I hope your husband's new rx for osteoporosis works well for him and doesn't cause any side effects. And also I hope your kitchen issues can be fixed without too much expense or your own hard work. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers.

      I do think hardship helps us gain empathy for others. In addition, hardship helps us see how much we really are capable of handling. When bad news first hits me, I tend to feel like I can't handle the situation. Then as I go through it, I gain some inner strength and realize that I can do hard things. I pray you will find strength during this period and that this "pouring rain" will yield to sunshine again soon.

    3. Kris and Lili, thank you for your kind words and prayers. I agree, when it rains it pours. Also had what I think was mold allergy, over a week of runny nose, cough, and irritated throat. No fever or fatigue so I'm sure it wasn't a cold. Almost surreal that both kitchen appliances failed at the same time. My husband replaced the water tubing for 79 cents, we were so fortunate. The stove cannot be repaired, since the control regulator parts will cost as much as a new stove.
      Our kitchen looks like a war zone. To make it easy on us, we chose to go on a "Sardine Fast", eating high omega3 fishes: sardines, salmon, and mackerel. We had it ready to eat and frozen in portions but it wasn't much fun cleaning while on the fast. We cut it short, two days instead of three.


    4. Hi Laura,
      I hope you can completely eliminate the mold. Such a shame the stove couldn't be fixed. I hate to scrap big appliances. It seems it could be worth something to someone, even as parts. Good thinking on cutting the sardine fast short by a day during all of this.

  4. Lili, I know that I have been privileged to have you thinking of and praying for me in difficult situations in my life, so I'm very glad that you feel comfortable sharing hard times in your life with all of us. Fear and uncertainty are so very hard to live with. Please keep us posted--it's ok to lean on friends from time to time!

    1. Thank you so much for prayers, support, encouragement, and wise words, Kris. I'm working on replacing fear with praise and trust. But this is a work in progress.


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