We'll be celebrating at our daughter's place in Houston this afternoon, as it takes awhile for our small group to get organized. Angela will be there, of course, with her fiancee, Tom. Allen will drive in from Austin. Judy, her mother, and I will drive from Alvin.
We have a lot to celebrate this year. Judy's mom had her 95th birthday in September, and is still as perky as ever. Well, nearly. Angela got engaged. (She's only 38, and we hope she's not rushing into anything.) Judy has been doing well with her chemo treatments, and on Monday will have the sixth. We hope that will be the final one, but the doctor is making no promises. She'll be "re-staged" after the treatment, which means (at the minimum) a bone-marrow biopsy and CT-Scan. If those turn out well, then no more chemo. At least for now, and for that we'll be truly thankful.
And of course we're thankful for all the encouragement and support from readers of this blog. It cheered both of us no end, and I probably haven't expressed my gratitude often enough. But you can be sure you've all been appreciated every day that's gone by. Trust me. Of lesser note, and I hate to say this now because it's probably going to jinx things, my agent has supposedly come to agreement with St. Martin's for two more Sheriff Dan Rhodes novels, which would keep old Dan in business into 2009. Who'd have thought it?
On Friday, Judy and I will be taking her mom home, and we'll spend a day or so visiting. I'll be posting today, and maybe a bit on Friday morning for sure, but posting for most of Friday and all of Saturday will be sporadic to nonexistent. I might not have Internet access until we get back on Sunday. (I have no idea why typing those words caused beads of sweat to pop out on my forehead. I can take this Internet stuff or leave it.)
Have a great day, everybody.