Late Update, 12-23-21

God intervened and I didn’t have to return to Rochester for Rick’s supplies and here’s the real kicker. Rick had gone to Blue Earth, MN to pick up our processed beef and Mayo called to tell me the supplies could be picked up in Fairmont, MN which is very close to where he was. A quick phone call and I could turn around 10 miles from home and call Rick to go to Fairmont. Whew! What a break!

He returned with all the supplies and I’ve just finished dressing the wound before bed. To make matters even more complicated I found a BIG possum in the barn when I walked the dogs at 10. He was calmly eating the cat food. I calmly set the trap and just hope he’ll be in it in the morning.

Enough for tonight- I still have to get ready for bed and just hope I can get to sleep!

30 thoughts on “Late Update, 12-23-21

  1. Carol Nichols

    Bless your heart! I am so happy that worked out for you and Rick! Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

    Carol Nichols
    Spokane, WA

  2. Charlotte Shira

    I love it when God intervenes! His plans are always the best. I hope you get lots of rest and quick healing for Rick.
    Have a blessed Christmas!!

  3. Beth Laverty

    Happy to hear problem is resolved. In reference to the Possum. We have one that visits the cat food dish occasionally at night. I like him though because I KNOW he eats my nemesis…. the tics! Quick healing for Rick. And Merry Christmas to you both!

  4. Kim J LeMere

    Wonderful news on getting the supplies. Yea!! I just had to smile when I read Blue Earth, home of the Jolly Green Giant statue if I recall. Hope the possum is in the trap in the morning. Sleep well.

  5. Kathy Hanson

    Wow, what a day! How wonderful that it worked for Rick to pick everything up and you didn’t have to make the trip to Rochester!! Yikes, an opossum, hope we hear today that you got it in the trap!
    Happy Christmas Eve to both of you!!!

  6. Diane in Maryland

    That was a Christmas gift for you! Am saying prayers that Rick’s feet heal quickly with the prescribed meds.
    Wishes to you and the readers for a wonderful Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the New Year! Will you be playing music at your church? Some of our local churches have many services over the next few days.

  7. Carol Eberhardt

    Sometimes things just go so right you wonder, “why?” And then give thanks!
    A hefty possum… if you were a 19th century pioneer, you’d be thinking… stew! Good luck removing him, he knows where’s there good eatin’!
    Merry Christmas, Mary!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol E – darn! He wasn’t in my live trap this morning! I’ll try again.

  8. Angie from Baltimore

    I also believe God was watching. They say God only you as much as you can handle but sometimes I wish he didn’t trust me so much. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie – there are times I don’t believe that old saying and this is one of them!

  9. Susan

    What a hectic last couple of days! My wish for you is that you both have a calmer more enjoyable Christmas!

  10. NancyTD

    Glad you didn’t have to come to Rochester for the meds. Prayers that Rick heals soon.
    Merry Christmas to you both.

  11. Susan Boyd

    So glad everything worked out for both of you! Hope you slept well last night and that you have a relaxing and joyous Christmas!

  12. Janet of MN

    And now for my holiday poem – that I found at the store:
    When what to my
    wondering eyes should
    appear but 10 extra
    pounds on my thighs
    and rear.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – if that isn’t just the truth! My niece brought me a box of goodies last night and I couldn’t leave them alone!

  13. Terri Mulinix

    Glad the supplies were easier to get. May God put a healing hand on Rick. And May you have a very Merry Christmas.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joan – every time I drive that stretch of Hwy 18 I think of you and Buddy and I’m so happy to hear he’s doing well!

  14. Jeanine

    So happy to hear God worked all the details out for you. He does care about each and every one of us. May you have a most blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. We enjoy reading about all your daily adventures, and always enjoy the pictures of the animals and quilts.

  15. Sheila in WI

    Your story about the medications has God’s fingerprints all over it. So glad it saved you a lot of driving.
    Emmanuel… God with us… every moment of every day… especially during those hard, difficult moments. Prayers for you and Rick going forward.
    Merry Christmas, Mary!

  16. Jo in Wyoming

    Merry Christmas to all.
    I’m glad Rick can drive, that helps so much.
    Mary, as hard as you work, a few days of nothing would be stressful for you. So, just take a few days of less.
    “Only what matters” the rest can wait.

  17. Katie in Gilbert, Az.

    Mary, I pray your husband starts to heal ,
    It’s been a busy week getting help for medical issues, in all of this U shared the beauty of the quilts made for Christmas and the Art at Mayo.. Thank U for sharing
    Feliz Navidad
    Blessings & Good Health in ‘2022

  18. Jan Patek

    Possums are usually pretty mild. I’ve found them curled up in a nest in the chicken house. Glad things worked out on the medicine for Rick.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – HI! So fun to hear from you – what’s new at your house? Yes, possums are not really an issue with adult chickens but they sorta creep me out. Of course the dogs go nuts and I won’t let them attack the possum so it’s a challenge to get them to come with me to the house!! You can imagine how a Jack Russell Terrier acts when she comes face to face with a possum!! Ha! Hi to Pep!

  19. Diane in WI

    Happy to hear things are moving in a good direction.I have had a possum on the porch eating the cat food. I’ve used the broom to gently persuade him that being outside is the best place for him.Santa is going to need Rudolph tonight; it is quite foggy here. Wishing everyone a blessed, happy, and relaxing Christmas. Take care.

  20. the other Angie

    Mary, great news. God has been showing up a lot lately – in all sorts of ways! So glad that worked out and that you got the complete package to fully treat Rick. I got a little behind on email, so I know you have heard this, but please do think about home health. There have been a few times in our lives where having that extra set of knowledgeable eyes on the problem has really been reassuring and has saved us some trouble down the road.

    Good luck with the opossum. There doesn’t seem to be much room for a good outcome for everyone as long as that guy/gal is around. They can be rabid, too. Just scary.

    Hope you and Rick can slow down enough to have a warm, peaceful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Looking forward to your picture!

    Prayers for Rick and you…

  21. Deborah

    So glad you got your supplies ,I’ve had to be nurse several times for my husband and myself ,never wanted to be a nurse but you do what you have to

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