Well...April Fool's Day was no joke this year. My 84 year old mother was admitted to our local hospital, LGH, with congestive heart failure. After being studied, stabilized, and undergoing a zillion tests, she was scheduled for open heart surgery to replace her mitral valve. She had THE best surgeon, Dr. Mark Burlingham, and surgery tool place on Monday, April 6th. It lasted 7 hours. Her heart is now fine, but the recovery is going to be something. Lots of swelling, pain, tasteless food. My mom is not a patient patient, and I have been spending a ton of time at LGH. Thank God for knitting. I'm off to see her again, armed with pretty lotions to cheer her up some more. I knitted a lovely prayer shawl, with many different inserts of stash yarn...didn't know who it was for when I began it on Inauguration Day! She loves it and wears it all the time. Life is good.