Monday, October 27, 2008

That's What Friends Are For

I am very happy to say that I do not have the flu, but Flu Kitteh and I do seem to have the same red, runny, eyes! Head colds suck!

Today, I made some homemade chicken soup. It was delicious, and hopefully, it will send this cold on the run! My mom also fried up some old fashioned, buttery, grilled cheese sandwiches! Yum - comfort food!

All things in perspective, though...

My friend Ilene's mom is being moved to hospice and the family is gathering for goodbye's over the next few days. I mentioned on my first Thankful Thursday here at this blog the week before last, Bonnie has been quite an inspiration to me. She always will be, and now I pray for her last few days to be filled with peace, and the comfort of those she loves and who love her as she passes to the Other Side.

I am, of course, concerned for my friend, Ilene, it is her mom and this is so hard. Ilene has her sister, her aunt, and her friends. However, I am more concerned right now for Bob, her hubby.

Bob dropped off his son to hang here for dinner and give them some time alone up at the hospital as is needed at times like these. When Bob came to pick up DogBoy he did not look very good.

Bob has been dealing with as much of the more unpleasant stuff as he can to make it easier for Ilene and her sister. It is taking a toll. Bob just lost his dear dad three years ago last month, and I know this is like reliving it for him. Not to mention how much he loves and cares for Bonnie.

I keep offering him a coffee and a respite here whenever he wants in between the running around. It is as much as I can do for now. And, of course, help with the kids whenever they need me. sigh.

I am off to read some blogs.

be well...

26 comments:

Bethe said...

Oh bless her heart. I don't know waht we'd do without Hospice, though. Those people are pricelss. Glad you don't have the flu. Just like the cows on the blillboard's say "Eat more Soup" LOL! hugs, Bethe

Marty said...

Hi Dawn,
You're a good friend. So sad about Dogboy's grandmother ... it's good that you and your family are there for them.
Best,
Marty

~Gem~ said...

Hey Dawn!!
OMGosh! can't believe I'd find aol journalers here..yay!
I'm back, and now..well, catching up again :-)
miss ya!
ps.
Cool! journal page, music and all
:-)

garnett109 said...

Sorry to hear about your friends mom.
I know the feeling , losing my mom last month.

Kath said...

Awww so sorry for your dear friends Dawn.It seems in these situations all we can offer is our help and compasion.and I am sure they have the best friend in you for this.You are an Angel.I hope your cold gets better and next time youmake that chicken soup Yummy,send some along to me please it's freezing here in my part of England.Prayers for everyone and my heart goes out to your dear friends sucha trying time.Take Care Hope your Tuesday is as good as can be expected under the circumstances.Thinking of you.Thankyou for your loyalty to my new blog and your kind words much appreciated.Take care God Bless Kath xx

ELLIE said...

I am so sorry for your friends and their family member - I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers -
I did want to tell you that I have done a random dirt info game thingy on my blog and have named you as a person I tagged so go check it out...lol
take care girlfriend!!
-Ellie

lunarossa said...

Hi Dawn, Hope your cold gets better soon. My favourite remedy for cold is Vitamin C. I used to eat and drink lots of oranges but I have some stomach problems now so I just take Vitamin C tablest as soon as I feel the cold coming. Sorry for your friends and it is really nice of you to offer to help. I'm sure they apreciate it. Take care. All the best. Ciao. Antonella

Jeannette said...

I shall be praying for all.

Linda said...

Homemade chicken soup sounds awesome! I am glad you don't have the flu and I hope that cold gets better soon. Linda

Leigh said...

You'd be amazed how much those little things matter. Keeping you all in my thoughts.
The chicken soup sounds yummy!
I hope you start to feel better soon!
Hugs, Leigh

Jill Marie said...

They are obviously going through a very difficult time right now and you are being a wonderful friend and probably more of a help to them than you know. It was so hard when Ray's dad was dying. All of the family wanted to be there and it was hard to find anyone to keep an eye on Rylie, who was just 3 at the time.
I hope your feeling much better soon.
Jill

Sugar said...

hope your cold get better soon. dreadful things!
praying for ilene & her family may God bless.
huggies...

lisa jo said...

i will keep your friends close in prayer and my thoughts at this difficult time. You being a good friend to them will mean SO much to them. XO

Lisa said...

That kitten is just pathetic looking, he/she does look like it has the flu!

Awww, I'm so sorry for your friends. What a horrible situation to have to deal with. I am sure it is taking a toll on everyone. You are a wonderful friend and I am sure they are most grateful to you for that.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hugs to Bob.

Traci said...

I hope your cold gets better soon. I feel like my head is imploding today. Not pleasant.
I'll be praying for Bob and Ilene.

Beth said...

I hope your friend and her family will find comfort in each other and in friends like you.

Hope you get better soon. Chicken soup has medicinal properties, you know!

Hugs, Beth

It's Just Me ~ Katie! said...

Your a true friend. It's times such as these that a good friend is needed. Hoping you are feeling much better soon. Take care of you and yours,
Katie

Missie said...

I feel bad for your friend.

Okay, I want a meeze. Everyone seems to be getting one!

Saltydawg said...

Dawn, you're doing everything in your power to help them out. Good you ya girl! Hugs to you, Gaz xxx

Diama ~*a.k.a*~ Cherry said...

i hope you feel better and sorry to hear about your friends mother i cant imagine how that would feel to lose a mom.

a corgi said...

so sorry you are under the weather, Dawn

you are doing the best thing for your friends; being there, helping as you can; listening, the little things like that are so needed at a time like this

(yummy chicken soup :)

betty

"Ima" said...

((( sending good thoughts your way )))

Gillie said...

How sad for your friend. Hospice is such a blessing. I hope the next few days pass as peacefully as possible!
xx

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Lori said...

I'm so sorry to read that your friend's mom passed on. It is so good of you to care about them and their whole family at this time.