Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fair Week and Some Challenges Ahead

It's that time again....

The largest street fair in Pennsylvania began yesterday, with the midway just about a block away from our house. Seriously, I could just about throw a rock and hit it. Not that I'd want to.......

Most days anyway. ;)

Looks like fun, yes?

It can be. I mean, what's not to love about a street fair? Games, rides, music, quilt exhibits, pie contests, bright lights and brilliant colors....and *fair food*! Back in my carnivorous days, I remember the Italian sausage sandwiches smothered in peppers and onions...These days I'm partial to the funnel cakes. Soooooooooo good. ;)

The downside is the parking situation and littering. Large objects have to placed in front of the house every time we move the car, so as to save ourselves a parking space when we return. Which is technically illegal, but the local police look the other way, understanding the frustration of downtown residents. And the littering is also very frustrating. No fun waking up every morning to empty french fry cups and snow cone wrappers tossed all over our tiny front yard.

So yes, much as I enjoy the fair in theory, by the second day, I'm usually a bit of a grinch about it. ;)

In other news, we finally have a surgery date for John, who some of you may remember had heart surgery last February to repair his damaged mitral valve. Well, he's since developed something called mitral valve stenosis, and needs another heart surgery, this time to replace the valve with an artificial one. This is what it looks like:

Pretty amazing, yes? Anyway, after some pre-op testing this month, he'll go in to a Philadelphia hospital for open heart surgery on November 5th (Guy Fawkes Day, which he says makes it easy for a British guy to remember).

His surgeon is considered one of the best in the greater Philadelphia area, which is comforting, and John is actually doing amazingly well with all this, deeming the whole situation "a giant pain in the ass", but determined to get it over so he can feel better.

For my part, I'm staying positive and trying not to let worry creep in, and I'm keeping super busy with painting for the upcoming show. I'm also incredibly thankful that we live in a time when this type of heart surgery is possible. It's just amazing to me that they can stop a beating heart and replace the faulty tissue valve with a mechanical one. It's like something out of Star Trek, isn't it? :)

And speaking of painting, I must get back to it! LOTS of goodies in the works, but they won't paint themselves....

As always, your prayers and positive thoughts are appreciated! And I hope to see some of you in just ten days. :)

♥ Carolee


Anonymous said...

Good Luck to John will be thinking of you both, typical man to think of it being a pain in the ass, my dad was the same lol

Codys Keepsakes said...

good luck with the surgery I hope everything goes well.

Susan said...

Wow, that fair looks like fun! Could you possibly sit out an open trash can and maybe they'll "get the idea" and throw the trash in there?

Yes, we live in a very technological world now. It's amazing what can be done!
Prayers for both of you!!

homespunheart said...

Technology is great! My husband had robotic surgery in April. Sending thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery for your husband.

fawndear said...

Stay Positive!!! And I'll do my best to send positive thoughts and prayers your way.

Zan Asha said...

Hello Lovely Lady! Well, the fair definitely sounds interesting, and here's to hoping for less litter.

My prayers are with you and your husband! Sending love and light your way :) said...

It is amazing what they can do. I will be thinking of him and sending good vibes! Suzie. x

TheChicGeek said...

You have a lovely blog. Nice to visit you here, Carolee :)

I wish the best of luck to your John with his surgery and a speedy recovery!

Your artwork is really wonderful!

Have a Happy Day!

Anonymous said...

I will definitely be praying for you and John with his heart surgery. My 30 year old daughter and my sister-in-law both have that same heart problem. So far they have not had to have the surgery, or have elected not to. But you never know, there may come a time when then need it.
Teresa in CA
P.S. The fair looks like so much fun!