Sunday, July 22, 2007


Blowing Dust, Sunny - Hi 115 Lo 88 for Baghdad, Iraq
Sunny - Hi 102 Lo 79 for Qandahar, Afghanistan
Sunny - Hi 83 Lo 61 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: I Say a Little Prayer for You, Dionne Warwick. I don't care who you are... if you hear one of these pop gems that was written by Burt Bacharach and sung by Whitney "crack is whack" Houston's aunt... you simply can not be in a bad mood...


I was going to do Diane's Meme today, but not up to it. I'll eventually get around to it. Just a quick hello for those of you that come by on Sunday and Monday mornings.

One more thing, I ask you to say a little prayer for my father in law, Adriaan. I have to wonder if he wasn't a cat in a previous life and somehow managed to bank a couple of those nine lives. A couple of years ago he fell and broke his femur- made a full recovery in record time.

Then just this past Thursday morning I received a call from my sis in law with news of Adriaan. He was on his annual hiking trip in Denver when he collapsed while at breakfast. He was air cared not once but twice. We are still unsure whether or not he had a heart attack but we do know he suffered a torn aorta (common with trauma from a severe high impact car accident- Princess Diana being the most famous and others that have just collapsed from it due to a genetic defect - John Ritter); for most, a promise of a quick death sentence. One of the valves affected goes directly to the brain, so we don't know if there is any neurological damage at this point. He spoke to my mother in law on the phone and also spoke with the anesthesiologist- so, if I were a betting man, I'd say no.

We got my mother in law and sis in law out to Denver by Thursday evening, perfect timing as the surgeon had just completed the 10 hour surgery on Adriaan- he will have quite the scar to brag about as well as a new synthetic device to show for this hiking trip.

Adriaan isn't out of the woods yet, but he survived the surgery and he is resting. The main objective right now is to keep his blood pressure level. Today they intend to take him off the ventilator. He is nearly eighty years old and he is a miracle as far as I am concerned. After reading everything I could find on torn aortas... I am convinced of it.

Please keep Adriaan in your prayers.

Have a great week everyone!


seejanemom said...

OH, sweetie. What a great little tribute, though. You always come up with the PERFECT PAIRINGS of music and words.

My prayers for certain!

I can only tolerate this EARLY Dionne Warwick, this and "Walk on By". Anything else and I start seeing her in a turban reading palms!

Be well. ALL of you.

Laura said...

Sending prayers to Adriaan and all of you!!

Best wishes,

Jedi Master Rob said...

My best to Adriann. He's just got to get well. With a great voice/accent like his, well, there's just not enough people around with a sound like that.

He's in my prayers as are you, Michael, Susie, and Michael's Mom.

blackops said...

Consider the prayers prayed and prayed again, he sounds like one tough cookie. I will be thinking of you.

Cathy said...

Thank you so much for the prayers. Adriaan is finally off the ventilator. He is aware and understands everything that has happened. His recovery is a long difficult road. Thank you for your support and please continue to keep him in your prayers.

Laura said...

Thank you for the update, Cathy -- prayers continuing!

Best wishes,

creechman said...

Prayers for Adriaan.

Cathy said...

Laura, again thank you.

Mark, Thank you so much.