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Dec 26, 2014

Holiday Updates + Dogs vs. Cats: MPB VIDEO Exclusive!



This has been a wonderful holiday for me and my family, with a lot to be grateful for.

I am happy to report that my Mom is doing very well.  She's in her last week of partial weight bearing on her injured leg; after the 31st she can switch from a walker to a cane.  (Her surgeon has called her recovery "remarkable.")   She has been staying with my brother and SIL since her discharge from the hospital nearly three weeks ago.  I see her most days and encourage her to do as much walking as she can.  Her mental state has improved a lot too: she's back to reading the newspaper and talking to friends occasionally, and generally has a sunnier outlook.



Michael and I spent Christmas with his family in Pennsylvania.  We drove down to his Dad's and had dinner at a restaurant nearby.  On Christmas morning, Michael's sister Beth prepared brunch for all of us.





A true pet lover, Beth had holiday presents for Freddy and Willy, as well as for Michael's Dad's cat, Herbie.



You can see their respective reactions in the video below.  (Those on portable devices can click here.)



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In other news, Michael and I saw a fantastic Broadway musical last weekend, The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.  If you know the British film Kind Hearts & Coronets, you know the plot.  The show was marvelously performed, witty and fun -- I highly recommend it.



Finally, Michael tried on my plaid wool shacket and has decided he wants one of his very own.  Methinks it's time to get back to work!



Have a great day, everybody, and happy holidays!

36 comments:

  1. Yay for Momma Lappin being back on her feet again! So good to see her smiling face back on your blog.

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  2. WONDERFUL. a happy momma is a happy family!

    i'm keeping ruggy out of sight of that shacket.

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  3. Oh I'm so happy to see your Mom looking so good! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  4. So glad for your mom - nice to see her smile!

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  5. Ah, what a wonderful post. It is great to read that your mum is in better spirits and recovering well. She looks great in the pictures too.

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  6. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of your mom. So happy to see her smiling and all the rest of your happy family. I'm looking forward to 2015 with MPB.

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  7. So happy for you, great news about your Ma, and sounds like a great Christmas all round!

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  8. Lovely to see you Mum looking happier. Nice family photos to treasure.

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  9. Oh, Peter! I'm absolutely glad to see that your mother is doing much better! I was worried about her. Have a great Merry Christmas!

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  10. I'm so glad your Mom is doing better! Have a lovely New Year :)

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  11. A great year-end post!!!
    Delighted to see that smile again.

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  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, and the dogs. All the best for the upcoming year and to another shirt/jacket.
    -Corey

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  13. Yay Sonia! Those with May 18th bdays are super-tough. You go girl.

    I see it in lights: 2015: The Year of the Shacket!

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  14. So glad your mom is feeling better. Thanks for the update. Pet presents....the video was sadly true. Dogs are enthusiastic about everything...cats, not so much...

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  15. It's so great to see your mom looking like her former self. She's a champ! As for the shacket, I swear you've got the whole sewing universe wanting one. I remember having a navy blue CPO jacket in Jr. High (I won't say how LONG ago that was), and that it was the cool thing to have. Suddenly I have the urge to be cool again.

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  16. Wonderful to see your Mom up and moving about. You & Michael have had a busy holiday season. Have a great New Year.

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  17. Nice to see your Mum looking and feeling better. All the best to you all for 2015. Xx

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  18. it's obvious that those humans have mistaken Herbie for a circus performer... so glad your Mom is on the mend--she looked great in your pix. happiest of holidays to you, Michael, and the doggies.

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  19. So nice to see everyone's smiling faces ... well, except for the voices in the videos without faces. Hah. Happy Holidays to you, Michael, the pups, extended families, and even Herbie the non-performer. :-)

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  20. glad to hear your mom is doing well.

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  21. Fine cat-the tail twitching and crouching under the chair and near biting all say "I'm in my box and I'm ready to have a temper meltdown." Though I am surprised the person (male) who took Herbie's mouse present did not get a similar "teeth display" as your sister-in-law did.

    Your mother must be thrilled at the last of snow so she's not missing the white stuff during her December spring outings. Not sure if her gloves have palm and finger grips to help her hold her mobile aid. Does she have a pair of leather gloves or suede-like lined gloves? Knit gloves don't "grab" surfaces well esp. door handles at stores or banks. She may notice a difference!

    Merry Day three of Christmas!

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  22. Happy holidays and a very happy New Year to you, Peter and to Michael and your families and pets.
    Anne-Marie

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  23. What a brilliant round-up post! That first picture of your mum made my heart sing. I'm truly glad to learn that she's making such impressive progress.

    Herbie's reaction was quintessential cat :)

    Very best of the season to you, Michael, the dogs, Mom, Cathy, your families as well as Mary and all the staff who work behind the scenes at MPB HQ.

    Spud.

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  24. So glad to know your mom is so much better. I am sure that was the best Christmas present!

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  25. Peter, thanks for letting us have a glimpse of your life beyond the needle. The smiles in your pictures say it all. So, may you and everyone at MPB (mother, Michael, family, commenters here at the blog, pets, alter egos) have a wonderful 2015.

    P.S. Dogs are infinitely superior to cats. Just sayin'.

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  26. I'm so glad you're mom is doing better. Such a trauma! Best wishes for Christmas and the new year!

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  27. Love your pets and Herbie. So glad that your mother is feeling happier and more confident. The play sounds like a lot of fun. Wishing you a fabulous New Year and I am looking forward to what your sewing will bring us.

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  28. So uplifting, your post! How wonderful your mother is up, about and in better spirits! Happy New Year!

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  29. That cat does a good Scrooge act! Best wishes to you and your loved ones for 2015

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  30. So glad to see your mom is doing much better : ). Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  31. Thanks for the update about your mom. Was thinking about her and hoping she was doing well.

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  32. So good to see your mother looking so well!

    Poor Herbie-- he's used to quiet times with Pop.

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  33. Yay! Would love to see that show, so glad you did! All good stuff for 2015 for us all!

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  34. I'm glad that you'd mother is better:)

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  35. It's so wonderful to see your mom's winning smile again. Wishing you, Michael and your families a happy holidays and a wonderful 2015!

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  36. So glad to hear your mom is feeling better! That picture of the two of you is wonderful!

    Ah, cats. A wagging tale on a dog means happy dog, a wagging tail on a cat means . . . bad things are coming. At least Freddy and Willy can enjoy their presents. (Tino’s favorite part of a toy is always the tag, the little goof.)

    Happy New Year to all the boys at Chez Lappin!

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