My 77 YO Mom had emergency open heart surgery and a double bi-pass Tuesday, August 18, 2009. She will require a lot of help her first month back at home. My two sisters that live close to her are taking this week to take care of her needs. Another sister will drive over from Buffalo on the 29th and stay until I get there on the 5th. All four of us girls will make and freeze several meals for them to reheat once we all have gone home. I plan on making a large pot of chilli, vegtable soup, and 15 bean soup. We all have to be careful on what we make because she has diabetes, high blood pressures, and now heart disease. Living in the South, I have always believed a little bacon grease makes everything taste good. Today was the first day I was able to talk with her since her surgery. She is now out of ICU and in a step-down room with a phone. Her voice was weak, frail, and we couldn't talk long, but it was a beautiful sound to me. I have a personal goal of making her one card every day until I fly to Michigan in September. This is actually the third card I have made for her. I just discovered a direct link to this blog from my computer using Picasa. I will add this shortly.