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"The little canary welcomes us to the morning with a bright bit of music and the sun shines briefly between showers.Harry filled us in on how he went hunting deer in the mountain passes - on skis - until the State Patrol stopped the ski lift.Watched the hour-long program Dog Show on TV - real dogs, and so many kinds. Diane said her daughter had 15 dogs, plus more for care! Dog-gone good show of her own.The Kaffee Klatch table assembled for coffee and cookies and to let us know that all was well with God's chillun despite politics, election upheavals, peace or no peace in Jerusalem and the queen's visit with the Pope.Wonderful what friends can do for a recovering hip break. Home, so far away, comes closer, and the feeling of being lost disappears.Flowers, cards, gifts, candy - hey! Wait a minute! Sure this isn't all for me? One meets new friends at places like FairHaven and Careage - from teenagers to those who have forgotten that era. Interesting stories abound, and our notebook is a busy place. We wonder how Old Red the electric typewriter is surviving without the weekly shot of hard-hitting trash our editor once referred to.But cards and flowers reassured us and Jim Pace found a new typewriter ribbon for Old Red (from the era of the dinosaurs) and he and Kim brought a basket of flowers to reassure us all is well.Back to new friends: Breakfast begins our day with four buttered crackers and coffee, but not so with Art who had five eggs for every breakfast! Plus the one we gave him from our over-loaded tray. The kaffee klatch gang arrived for an hour's break and a fill-in on what's going on and what isn't. A visit to Dr. Skubi our surgeon brought good news: all is well. He didn't want to see me again and we echoed his sentiment. We didn't want to see him either!Last time we saw Dr. Skubi, before all this, he came to our house for a salmon barbecue when our Doug was at the University of Washington and they were both in the Husky crew. Strange how people's appearance can change in a few years.So hallelujah. Now comes the walking, exercise, and getting back to climbing the 15 steps to the newsroom. Plus home, sweet home! A lot of crossword puzzles can be solved in a few weeks recuperating. Thanks Lee and Hugh!Our Jim discovered an electric organ in the living room here at FairHaven and beautiful music emanated across the fields on Monroe Landing Road. A bright spot on a rainy day.-----------Dorothy Neil has gathered and recorded Whidbey Island history for more than 50 years. She is the author of 10 books, including By Canoe and Sailing Ship They Came, which chronicle Whidbey life and times. "

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