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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Rash Is Gone

Not much new here lately. Mom’s rash is gone. The antihistamine and the anti-itch cream must have done the job. It's been gone since Friday. The dermatologist couldn’t fit her in until this week and they said to cancel the appointment if the rash was gone by then. So I guess we’ll never know what it was. I’m just glad it’s gone and the itching is over with.

We're seeing more robins and the woodpeckers are starting their drumming on the trees. The daffodils are poking out of the ground at Mom's house. It's starting to look like spring here. My place sits in the woods and doesn't get much sun, so there's still four inches of snow on the ground and it still looks like winter up there.

Angel, Tim, and Katie visited on Sunday. Other than that, it’s been quiet around here and I don’t have much to say.

Just wanted to let everyone know we’re doing okay here.

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Blogger Annie said...

I'm glad the itching is gone, that must have been maddening for both of you!

We finally have some melting, but no other signs of spring yet.

3/11/2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger nancy said...

i'm glad that the rash and itching is gone. i keep looking for robins but no luck yet. and definitely no daffodils. we need a major meltdown first!

thanks for posting. even if not much new is happening, i worry about my blogger friends if i don't hear from them at regular intervals. guess that's the mom in me. LOL

3/12/2008 12:04 AM  
Blogger cornbread hell said...

it's good to hear from you.

sometimes i think caretakers are the luckiest people in the world.

3/12/2008 12:42 AM  
Blogger ~Betsy said...

No daffodils here yet, but I am hearing more robins so I know spring is just a short time away. I don't know if this winter has been harsher than usual or if I am just loosing patience faster. Now I understand the snowbirds who head south for the winter!

I'm thrilled to hear your mom's rash is gone. Maybe it was the medication after all.

3/12/2008 8:00 AM  
Blogger rainbowheart said...

The rash is gone! I know that you are happy about that. It has been nice and sunny here. In the 70's with a few showers. But the puppies are happy that they can get out and run around in the yard. The daffodils are blooming everywhere around here. Spring has sprung! I bet that your house sitting in the woods is just beautiful!! I hope that everything is going well for you and I miss reading your blog. Take care and have a wonderful week..

3/12/2008 11:06 AM  
Blogger Cinnamin said...

I too am happy to hear that the itchy-scratching is gone!!

My yard is filled with daffodils in bloom! Dad planted them before he passed and we were gifted with the blooms the following February and each year since. Kinda nice. I'll have to post some photos on my blog.

I'm with Nancy, if I don't see a post after a while I start to worry too!

Glad to hear that all is well with you, Joanne!

3/12/2008 4:41 PM  
Blogger Lori1955 said...

The rash is gone, the rash is gone!!!!! Happy dance time. I'll bet you are glad that is over.
Spring is in the air. OK, in CA we don't really have spring but I know for those of you in the snow it must be a welcome sight. Glad you checked in.

3/12/2008 4:51 PM  
Blogger rilera said...

I'm glad the rash is gone! That should make life a little easier for you and your mom.


3/12/2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger ¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

Yay! no more rash! I remember my mother getting a strange rash. We never figured out what it was either but it was ghastly and so miserable for her.

I keep looking for robins but all we have are those cute little chubby chickadees. They are so cute though and I get a kick out of watching them.

Glad you are doing ok. Thanks for checking in!

3/13/2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger flintysooner said...

Been wondering about you so glad you posted.

Peace and grace.

3/15/2008 12:58 AM  
Blogger ~Betsy said...

Just checking in, Joanne. How's the journaling coming along?

3/15/2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger rilera said...

Hi Joanne, just checking in. Hope you and Mom are OK.

3/18/2008 8:57 PM  
Blogger nancy said...

just checking in with you to let you know i'm thinking of you!

3/18/2008 10:24 PM  
Blogger Lori1955 said...

Over a week since you posted. You know I worry.

3/19/2008 8:11 PM  
Blogger nancy said...

missed you at chat tonight AND it's been over a week since we've heard from you. i hope and pray everything is ok.

3/20/2008 11:01 PM  
Blogger Cinnamin said...

Hi Joanne, stopped by to check in with you and to wish you a Happy Easter. ((Hugs))

3/23/2008 2:07 AM