Thank you for your kind thoughts and words. My dad was released from the hospital yesterday. He seems fine. They aren't even sure it was a stroke. He will have an MRI later this week, and that may tell us more. For the time being, we're thankful that he is doing so well. It seems to have been a blip on the radar screen. A worrisome, nail-biting, heartbreaking blip. But then last night my whole family came over for a game night. It was great fun, and especially joyful in light of the events of the last 48 hours.
My family turned the night into a surprise belated-birthday celebration for me and Nate. I got some great gifts. Beautiful hand-made napkins, two cookbooks I've long had my eyes on, and a vermicomposting bin!!! This is seriously one of the coolest gifts I can remember receiving, right up there with the Barbie Ferrari I got for Christmas 1990. My sister pulled it together for us... I'll take pictures sometime. It's basically a big plastic bin with some holes drilled in the lid, filled with food scraps, paper, leaves, and worms that she dug up with my nieces during a very dreary day here yesterday. It's perfect. Even if there were a handful of worm escapees during the night. There are worse things to find on the mudroom floor than a few tiny, dried up worms.
That's all for now. Have a nice weekend.