Let me start off November by thanking each of you who reached out to me via card, letter, text, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Pony Express with your wishes for a Happy Birthday on November 1st. Knowing that so many of you remembered makes getting another year older not quite so bad.
As you can see, I celebrated again this year with my granddaughter, Sophie, who turns six on Nov. 5th.
Thanks, too, for all your prayers and thoughtful messages as I was going through my two eye surgeries. Everything seems to have turned out fine…other than I’m seeing wrinkles in my face and gray in my hair that I swear wasn’t there before!
Two days after my final cataract procedure, I was scheduled to go into a local clinic for some routine tests totally unrelated to my eyes. I had the procedure done at one o’clock in the afternoon, went to my daughter’s house, then to the grocery store, and was back home late that afternoon. By early evening, I was extremely ill, and shortly after midnight was in the hospital emergency room being told that I had some nasty little bacteria making themselves at home in my blood stream.
I ended up spending five days in the hospital then being sent home with something called a Picc Line which continues to pump antibiotics into my body 24-7. I’m feeling fine, but my mobility is extremely limited. That’s why I had to cancel my appearance at the Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony where I was scheduled to induct The Browns. That’s also why I have not been on the Opry and won’t be until after Nov. 11th when, hopefully, they unplug me from all the tubes and wires. The good news is that I’m getting some much needed rest and spending a lot of time with my family. The doctors tell me it could have been a whole lot worse.
Other than that, things in Whisperville are moving right along. We’re all really excited about a Christmas card special that we’ve come up with for you this year. You can find all the details on our website, but basically, it’s a card you can sign and send to your friends from you….with the words to my song, “Still Believing In Christmas” printed inside. So many of you ask for those words every year that we thought this was a great way to make them available to you…and for you to share them with your friends. I hope you’ll check out the offer and will order yours soon. We didn’t have a large amount of cards printed, so you might want to order before they’re gone.
We won’t be working any road dates this month, but I’ll be appearing on some TV shows you might want to catch. Country’s Family Reunion will air a Bill Anderson special on November 6th & 7th and I will appear on Larry’s Country Diner with Moe Bandy the last weekend of the month, both on the RFD network. Hopefully, I can get back to the Opry soon and make some appearances there as well.
Oh, as you can see from the attached picture, my grandson, Gabe, came by to see me in the hospital. He was a patient in the Childrens’ Hospital awaiting a biopsy when he learned his surgery would be running late. So he and his mom came to see PawPaw, and she snapped the picture of us up on my bed. How do you like my fancy nightgown?? (For those of you who don’t know, the “G” on my hat stands for Georgia! And Gabe’s t-shirt is from our local hockey team, the Nashville Predators.)
I hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you back here in December. As always, I’m thankful for all that you do for me.