So, last week my grandmother had hip surgery. Be kind to your joints, friends, and don’t take them for granted. Grandma is 85 and she’ll heal slowly, but even when she does heal, she’ll have to be careful. No crossing her legs, no bending over at the waist to touch her toes. I’m going to do both of these things everyday with mindfulness from now on.

The surgery was fast and easy, but getting her there at 85 wasn’t. We had to have her assessed by a cardiologist, a hematologist, and a pulmonary specialist before they would give her the go-ahead to have the surgery. My poor Gram had so many tests and blood draws, it’s a miracle she decided to push through it all and to go through with the hip replacement. I think it must be a testament to how much pain she was in with the old hip. She reported immediate decrease in pain after the surgery!

Yesterday was the first day in a week I didn’t speak to either Gram or Grandpa. No news is good news, as they say. Thanks to all of you who sent your positive thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas to all of you who have followed my blog this year! I appreciate being in relationship with you even if we don’t know one another’s faces. Every comment, facebook message, and personal email is gift to me. As a writer, one spends a lot of time alone in front of a screen. It’s nice to know someone is engaged. Thank you, especially, to those who participated in the 2012 Challenge to run your first full or half marathon. As a runner, life can also be lonely at times. Most of us spend an awful lot of time solo (with our headphones) or with our dogs. So it was lovely for me to know what other runners were up to and how they were progressing toward their goals. I’m a big fan of each of you!

If you did participate in the 2012 challenge, I’d love for you to update me on your running AND I have something for you, so I’ll need your address. Shoot me a personal email (clostman@live.com).

All my best wishes to those of you for whom Christmas is a sacred day. May you connect with Mystery in ways that are peaceful and meaningful.

Joy and Love to all of you,

Cami