Missing Blogging

Dear friends,

Eight days ago, my dear Mum suffered a stroke, an awful shock.  My boys (and Eldest Son’s Lovely Girlfriend) were home with us for the weekend to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day, hubby’s birthday and our tenth wedding anniversary which was on Friday, the 18th March.

Just as we sat down to lunch before taking the boys to the station for their train journey back home, I took a call from a friend of Mum’s who, thank goodness, was with her at church, when it happened.

Mum recently celebrated her 80th birthday.  Active, vibrant, beautiful, classy, she celebrated with vim and vigour.  I had posts planned (among others) to share some of our recent milestone family celebrations and a few pics, but that’s all on hold now.

Spring Tete-A-Tete's for Mum

Spring Tete-A-Tete’s for Mum

Since then, with much relief, I’m so glad to let you know that Mum is recovering. We are already looking to her return home and her after-care.

But understandably, there will be a lot to consider as I divert my time to help look after her (while also holding down the fort at home), which means my days are filled in ways that make it impossible for me to blog at all for the time being.

I’m sorry I didn’t get this message out earlier, I just haven’t had the chance, but I did want to let you know why I’ve been absent from blogging.  Thank you to those who have left comments on my last couple of posts,  which I’ll reply to as soon as I can.

Thank you again also to those who already know via Facebook and who’ve been in touch in other ways (and again, sorry for my slow responses…) with lovely kind and concerned messages sending love, thoughts and prayers.

Please know that Mum is getting a little better and stronger each day, not always easy, up and down, but all the while retaining her wonderful sense of humour.  We expect a full recovery and for that, we are eternally grateful.

I miss you, I hope to see you soon.

Love Sherri x

 

 

 

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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137 Responses to Missing Blogging

  1. I’m so happy to know your mother is improving each day, Sherri. You, your Mum and your family remain in my prayers. xoxo

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  2. I’m so glad to hear your mother is on the mend. Love and hugs to you all.

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  3. So glad your mother is doing better Sherri, wishing you all the best at what must be a very stressful time ❤

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  4. jennypellett says:

    Oh Sherri, how awful! But I’m so pleased to know that your Mum is recovering g well – please let her know that this blogging friend is thinking of her and of you, of course – caring for parents is something I’m familiar with and I know how exhausting it can be to keep everything going at the same time. Take are of yourself Sherri, and love to you and your dear Mum. See you soon xxxxxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Jenny, I gave Mum your message, and she says thank you very much 🙂 She is home now with good support in place. The road to recovery begins and I hope to get back on some kind of track but it will be slow. Meanwhile, I hope things are going well with you and you enjoy your break…Happy Easter … xxxx ❤

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  5. Right now your Mum needs your attention. We will still be here when you are able to return to the blogging world. In the meantime, build memories with your Mum and enjoy this precious time with your family.

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Bev. Thank you so much, you are so right about building memories with my Mum. every day is indeed a blessing and so very precious. You are very kind. I’ll see you soon, but I had a few moments to come here and send you love & hugs and the happiest of Happy Easter wishes ❤ xo

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  6. Lynn says:

    Sending healing thoughts to your Mom & your family. Dealing with these kinds of things can be so stressful, take all the time you need!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely message Lynn, it means so much. I’ll see you as soon as I am back on my blogging feet…or any feet!…as we all settle down along with Mum’s recovery, which is moving forward each day I’m relieved to say. Happy Easter to you! ❤

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  7. Aww, Sherri, I’m so sorry! As soon as I read the first line, I stopped to pray for her. So glad to hear she’s recovering!
    Happy Anniversary!

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  8. So sorry to hear about your mother. I’m glad she’s doing better and pray she continues to do so. You are the care giver now, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.

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  9. Pat says:

    So glad to hear, Sherri, that your Mum is doing better and recovering. No doubt, your love and tender loving care will be the balm she needs to heal well. Take care, my friend, you’re doing what’s important in caring for your Mum and we’ll be here for you when you can return. God bless and hugs xxoo 🙂

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  10. Love and prayers to you and your sweet mother, Sherri, and your family and the woman who was there at church as if on a Divine errand to help. Blessings for her continued healing and your strength.

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    • Sherri says:

      It was divine indeed Marylin…it was a huge shock to take that call that Sunday, but it could have been so much worse…Thank you so much for your love and prayers…we see continual progress with Mum, she is in good spirits and we are all recovering. I miss you, I hope things are well with you. Sending you love and hugs and blessings for a wonderful, Happy Easter, to you and your beautiful family Marylin. See you soon… ❤ xo

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  11. Rachel M says:

    I’m glad to hear your mum’s ok and that she’s got family around to help care for her.

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  12. Tom Merriman says:

    Hi Sherri, it is good to read that your Mum is improving. I’m still sending you my thoughts, but please don’t worry about blogging – concentrate on your Mum, yourself and your family. Take care, and as hard as it sounds, try to make sure you get some rest as well. We’ll see you when you return! 🙂

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  13. I rarely go to FB – and keep saying I must look in at least daily – and here is another reason why! I popped in this morning and saw your post concerning your mum and was relieved to see a blog post too – this is surely good news I thought. And yes, your mum is doing better. Strokes are awful things and require so much from all involved – not least the patient. I do hope the early intervention means your mum can make a full recovery and soon life will return to ‘normal’ for you. I’m keeping you close to my heart Sherri, my loving thoughts are sent to your dear mama and all your family. I surround you with love and hope and picture you all well and happy.

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    • Sherri says:

      I miss a lot on FB too Pauline, it’s so hard keeping up, I completely understand, and no worries. Thank you so much for your lovely message here, Mum is indeed recovering, home now, and your love and hope surrounding us all helps greatly. I hold on to your vision too of us all well and happy…a blessing to remind me to keep moving forward on all counts. Until I get going here, it will be a while, I’ll catch up with you over on FB, but meahwhile, I wish you a blessed and Happy Easter, sending you love and hugs with a grateful heart… ❤ xo

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  14. kath says:

    Sending hugs, prayers and thinking of you, I hope she is getting better day by day Sherri xxxx

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  15. Oh Sherri, I was so sad to hear this news on FB and then here again on your blog. Take your time- your mother needs all the love and attention that you can give her. It’s always exhausting being a caregiver so I hope you’re able to have a few moments for yourself each day. I’m so glad to hear that she is slowly on the mend. I’m sending positive thoughts your direction for you and the family. xoxo Heather

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Heather. Good to be in touch over on FB. I’ll see you over there in the meantime until I return here properly. See you soon, and sending love and hugs for a Happy Easter … ❤ xo

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  16. Denise says:

    Keep writing, whenever you can. Keep strong. We’re all thinking of you, no matter whether you’re blogging or not. Wishing you all the best and hope your mum recovers well.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Denise. Mum is home now, recovering every day. I hope to get back to my writing and also blogging, but it will be slow for the time being. I hope all is well with you…Happy Easter to you and your LD’s 🙂 ❤

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  17. Lisa Reiter says:

    Oh Sherry, so sorry to hear this. I was only checking your blog yesterday to see if I’d missed something as you’ve been uncharacteristically quiet. I hope your Mum continues to make good progress. Sending lots of love and a big fat hug xxo

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  18. Sue says:

    Love and very best wishes to you and your Mum, Sherri. Glad to hear she is doing better, and right now you need to be with her. Your blogging friends will wait for you to return to the blogosphere, we’re not going anywhere!

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  19. Completely understandable, Sherri! Take all the time you need to care for your dear Mum! So happy to hear that she is going home soon and can recuperate there – though that can be challenging too. Don’t forget to take care of yourself so that you can hold down all the forts! xo

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Maria…a lot of forts to hold down, but I’m doing my best, with hubby’s love and support, who is a diamond 🙂 Have a fab time with your mom and family, and a very Happy Easter to you and your family… ❤ xo

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  20. Wonderful your mom is on the upswing already. Still, she comes before we do. We’ll still be here when you come back. Look after your mom, but don’t forget to look after yourself as well. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      So kind of you Tess, thank you so much. Progress on all fronts, Mum is home now, recovering each day. I’m hoping to progress forward too…s.l.o.w.l.y. Hope all is well with you…Happy Easter! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  21. So happy your mother continues to get better each day. You know we will be here when you are able to return. Take care of yourself. Love, hugs, wine, & chocolate. 💗💗💗

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  22. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s stroke, Sherri, but happy to know that she is making a strong recovery. Best wishes to you as you care for and support her, and happy anniversary as well!

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  23. Life and Other Turbulence says:

    Thinking of you…and of your dear mum too. Sending ((hugs)) your way. xo

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  24. Mabel Kwong says:

    So sorry to hear what happened, Sherri. But very happy to hear that she is on the mend. It must be such a challenging time for you, and I sincerely wish you all the best. Good on you for giving your heart to your family, and I am sure with your love, all of you will get through this. Amazing to hear that you have a positive spirit about this, as your mum. Take your time with blogging. All of us are here to support you. Lots of love ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Mabel. I’ll see you soon I hope as I make my way slowly back. Mum is recovering a little each day. Meanwhile, I send you lots of love back and wish you a very Happy Easter ❤

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  25. So sorry that your mom has had this setback. I wish her a complete recovery and lots of strength for both you and her, Sherri. Blogging always has to take a back seat when there are family matters to attend to. We all understand that. Miss you lots, and hope you all have a very happy Easter. Lots of love and hugs to you and your mom. xx xx

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  26. dgkaye says:

    Hi Sher, I know you miss blogging, but we’re all here when you’re ready. You know, I know these circumstances well. I’m soooo glad your mum is on her way to recovery. You see, prayers really do help! Yes, I know well how you have your hands full, but things are looking up and your blog will always be here!
    Missing you and thinking about you. I’ve not had much time myself to even check facebook, but you know where to find me there if you need to vent. xoxoxo hugs Deb

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh Debby, thank you so much. Prayers are vital and I see answers to them every day in Mum’s recovery and all the love and care and concern and kindness of others surrounding her and me and my family. I miss you too, glad to keep in touch over on FB when we can, although I know you too have had more than a plate full. So glad you are up and running again…phew! What a time of it. See you soon Deb (I like calling you that!) and wishing you and hubby a very Happy (and healthy!) Easter with love & hugs ❤ xoxoxo

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  27. I’m sorry to hear about your mom. Nothing is more important than taking care of her, except taking care of you. You are essential to so many. We are all a bit behind. As you can see I just found this in the endless list of blog e-mails that are waiting to be read. It multiplies like a mushroom cloud. Giant hugs to you and hope all is continuing to get better. You will be in our thoughts and hearts. No reply necessary.

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  28. tieshka says:

    Sherri, sorry to hear about your mom, but glad she is feeling better. We had a scare as well with my mom recently. I ran into some personal issues as of late-but am on the up and up now. Take the time you need.. Take care!

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Tieshka, lovely to hear from you and thank you so much for your kind message. Mum is getting better a little each day. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had your own share of problems and with your mom too, but so glad things are getting better for you. Sending you a big hug and hope to catch up again soon. Take care…and Happy Easter ❤

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  29. So sorry to read these news, Sherri, but relieved for you to know she’s better. Strokes are sudden and can have devastating consequences. My dad wasn’t as lucky as your mom. He never woke up after his stroke. I’m happy for you to see that there is a lot of hope that she’ll fully recover. So wonderful that you can be with her and help her. Take care. See you when you are ready. Cheers to your mom’s health.

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  30. restlessjo says:

    Sending love, at Easter and always, Sherri! Look after yourself 🙂 (and a hug, of course 🙂 )

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    • Sherri says:

      Feeling the love dear Jo…thank you so much. I’ll put an update on FB shortly, but just to let you know that Mum is home now and recovering a little more each day. So thankful. I’ll be slow getting back here, but will keep in touch as best as I can in the meantime. Hugs and love to you…and a very Happy Easter 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  31. Praying for you Sherri! So glad to here your mum is coming along. Real life certainly gets in the way of our writing but you will resume soon enough. Take care, Moma Bear. God will most certainly get you through. Peace and Love to you!

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  32. Sherri, I’m so sorry to hear the news of what happened to your mum, but I’m glad to hear she is on the road to recovery.
    Take as much time as you like. We’ll still all be here when you get back. In the meantime, if there is anything I can do to help then please don’t hesitate to ask.
    Take care, and love to you all.
    Hugh
    xx

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Hugh, so kind of you to leave your caring and thoughtful message here, it means a lot. Mum is home now and each day brings more progress. I’m going to be slow getting off the ground, but it’s good to keep in touch one way or another. Thank you so much, love to you too and sending you and your family the best of wishes for a very Happy Easter…see you soon ❤ xx

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  33. Seyi sandra says:

    I’m glad to read this post! You’ve been on my mind since your last post, and God that has started the healing will perfect it in Jesus name. We’re still here, take care of mum, and please tell her I love her and I’m still praying for her complete recovery.
    Much love to you and all that is yours.
    Hugs xxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh Seyi, I need to go back to my previous post, this is my first opportunity to reply, your beautiful message touches my heart and I will send on your love to Mum, who I know will be greatly blessed by it, as am I. Thank you so much for your love and prayers, and I see it every day in Mum’s daily recovery as she is now at home with full support while regaining her active life. One day at a time. I will be slow getting back here, doing what I can, but meanwhile I send you much love, peace and blessings for a very Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family…and hugging right back… ❤ xxx

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  34. Norah says:

    I am pleased to hear your Mum is improving, Sherri. I hope that continues to be so. My thoughts are with. Journey well. Hugs. xo

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Norah, I had an opportunity to quickly get on blog. It will take me a while to get going here, but I wanted to thank you so much for your lovely message. I love this: ‘Journey well’. I take a deep breath and and walk one step at a time as Mum recovers. See you soon (and I hope things are going well with you, I’m so out of the loop but until I return to blogging properly, I’ll keep an eye out on FB…) and meanwhile, I wish you and your family a very Happy Easter ❤ xo

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  35. Sherri, so glad to hear mum is doing better! Hugs to you both:)

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  36. Elissaveta says:

    Oh… So sorry to hear but thankfully, it’s such good news that she’s recovering from it. I hope you all find a little strength and happiness in such positive times as Easter. 🙂

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  37. Ste J says:

    I’m glad your mum is doing better, having been out of the loop recently blogwise and Facebook wise I am sorry I missed your FB status. You have my thoughts of course my friend and my email address if you need me for anything.

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    • Sherri says:

      I hope you’re not out of the loop for any bad reasons…thank you so much my friend (and no worries with FB…I miss so much too…) you’re very kind. I’ll see you again as soon as I can…

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      • Ste J says:

        No bad reasons, a combination of work and not being in the right frame of mind, back at it now though like a badger in a weasel farm and I have I no idea what that means!

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        • Sherri says:

          Ha! Me neither…but the vision it conjures up is wild! A crazy, out of control version of Wind in the Willows. Glad you’re back…I’ll get over there as soon as I can. I’m innundated with ‘stuff’, trying to keep things ticking over here at the Summerhouse is about all I can manage online at the moment, my social media is falling apart at the seams. But then I also need to keep plugging away at my memoir, and that has been one heck of a challenge too. You don’t happen to know of a little cottage by the sea where I could ensconce myself for say one month and do nothing but write my book, make endless cups of tea and walk by the sea inbetween do you? You know, just like in the movies…

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          • Ste J says:

            If I knew of such a place I should surely be blogging there, after lobbing my mobile into the sea to start with. No rush with coming over to visit, you have enough on and the posts won’t run away so all is good. I gave p on the social media ages ago, I’m not very good at remembering to tweet so all that goes on Facebook and Twitter are the automatic posts and why I have a LinkedIn and Google+ account I do not know!

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            • Sherri says:

              Yes, you and me both with the mobile. And same with LinkedIn and Google+,the latter of which I have no idea how to use properly! I’m making my way back slowly here, I’ll see you soon my friend. Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend and have a pint on me…or preferably, a large G&T 🙂

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              • Ste J says:

                It seems good to sign up for these things at the time but they don’t really seem to go anywhere. Maybe they would if we had the time to manipulate them how we wanted. You take care and have a good weekend yourself, I will save that pint for Monday as the weekend is work time again, although the effort given will be the bare minimum lol.

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              • Sherri says:

                Thank you Ste, and I’ll hold you to that pint today lol 🙂

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  38. Marie Keates says:

    My thoughts and my love are with you and your mum Sherri.

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  39. Luanne says:

    You know that I’m sending you lots of virtual hugs. I’m so glad Mum is on the mend, but I know it’s an emotional and physical drain on you. Take care of your own health, Sherri! xoxo

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh Luanne, it’s so wonderful to drop by the Summerhouse, so long overdue, and read your lovely message…Oh I need those virtual hugs! Mum continues to recover, things settling down once again, so relieved, and now? Your wise words are salutory, I take them on board, thank you 🙂 I’m beginning to see daylight again…just. Big hugs back to you ❤ xoxo

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  40. Ali Isaac says:

    Hope your mum continues to make a great recovery, Sherri, and don’t worry about the blogging, we’ll all still be here when you come back. Please try and find some time for yourself, though , in all of this. You need to take care of yourself, too. Xxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Ali, thank you so much for leaving your lovely message 🙂 I’ve needed to take some time to recover, trying to find my way back here. I’ve had to pace myself as I have been so tired. But Mum is doing so well and I’m getting there…slowly. Not long to the Blogger’s Bash, so looking forward to seeing you again! ❤ 🙂 xxx

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      • Ali Isaac says:

        Oh I’m so glad you’re coming! I wasn’t sure if you’d be able to make it this year or not. Its wonderful to hear that your mum is recovering so well. Take care of yourself too. Don’t be worried about the blog. You have a lot of friends out here in blogland. 😚 xxx

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        • Sherri says:

          Morning Ali! I wasn’t sure either…but I am planning on it! I’m so out of the loop though, although I do see some of the updates on FB. Do I need to get a ticket? I thought I read something about that somewhere… Thank you so much for your care and concern. I admit to being overwhelmed. I’m starting a workshop next week in London to finish my memoir and because of having to step away from everything and only just getting back on track – barely – it’s been a struggle I admit. I hope to get a blog post later this week to update everyone but I’ve had to make my memoir my priority with the time I’ve had to work on it. Anyway, enough of all that. I hope things are going well for you and I’ll see you soon both on and off blog 🙂 Take care, big hugs for a good week ahead… 🙂 xxx

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          • Ali Isaac says:

            Hi Sherri! No ticket required, all you have to do is turn up on the day. The workshop sounds like a great idea, I’m sure it will help. Its hard to clear your mind to write when you have so much going on at home. Glad to hear your mum is continuing to improve. She must be tough! Take care, and I look forward to seeing you in June. 😁

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  41. I pray for her recovery as fast.
    Its really shocking.
    Shiva

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  42. Sorry to hear about your Mum Sherri. Glad to hear she is doing okay. Eighty is amazing my mum will be eighty two this year and yes she is getting a little hard of hearing and a bit forgetful but she is living the best life she can. Hope your mum continues to heal. Have a great day.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Kath, Mum is recovering so well I’m delighted to say, so relieved. How wonderful for your mum too…a great blessing sharing life with our dear mums. Big hugs 🙂 xx

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  43. mvschulze says:

    Thinling of you and wishing youj the best, Sherri. Marty (M :-))

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  44. mvschulze says:

    Meaning…”Thinking,” and “you” of course. I need to slow down and check that my fingers are typing valid words! . M

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  45. Annika Perry says:

    The shock must have been horrendous, Sherri, particularly as your mother is so strong and vibrant, My heart goes out to you both but just wonderful news that she is recovering. Things will never be quite the same though and that’s tough to accept. Take care of yourself and her now. Comforting hugs to you. Xx

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    • Sherri says:

      I am so sorry to be this late in replying to your kind, caring comment dear Annika. You speak wise words. I take them to heart and also your comforting hugs…thank you so much ❤ xx

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