23 thoughts on “In her own bed

    1. gretchen seifert

      Visions of sugarplums………Thank you Scott,
      for your updates. Hugs to you both,
      Love, Gretchen and Tom

  1. Darcy

    Mistress of Pain Loretta! My mantra for you in this is KICK SOME ASS..which I know you will continue to do after you recover from this. Get your mad on again and let’s get this thing going! Remember…I am available all day on Tuesdays for ANYTHING! A run, a drink, a walk, a kick boxing class -even trips to Seattle! I love you!

  2. Paul Markowski

    Dear Loretta,
    We have not interacted since Spring 1977. That is when my family left my beloved Western Branch to Fairfax County. Sure was a surprise when my Mom and I bought a house in Clifton in 1994 and we were meeting one of our new neighbors, named Christine Smith. She said her family lived in Chesapeake. I shared that we lived there during my 4th through 10th grades. She said she went to Western Branch HS. I asked for her maiden name. CANTOW !!! I immediately told her that you and I were in many classes together. I digged out my yearbooks and Christine and I looked at them together. I think you were a class officer. Those were great times. In high school, I think Christine went by Chris.
    We had a French club event where we went to several homes. We went to your house and the Degnan house. I believe your house was near Lisa Mancuso and Cheryl Gavlik.
    My grandmother came from Lyon, France. Learning a language is a talent I do not have. Fortunately, I have been to France twice. I am so very pleased that the French speak English and tolerated this dumb American.
    I am extremely sorry that you have a major health concern. I am glad you are in a large city, so you should have top notch medical professionals and facilities.
    My mother is one of 12 children. 7 of them are “girls”. 4 of them had breast cancer. I am one of 30 cousins. Only 1 has had breast cancer. Fortunately, they did fine with their treatments.
    Your husband is clearly a very loving man and watching out for your best interests.
    I am not one who spends much time with Facebook, but I hope you have children. If so, they are probably in college or beyond.
    Based on the number of kind comments, you obviously have a large support group. Great!
    I will keep you and your family in prayers.
    God bless you, Loretta!

  3. Ellen


    I know that you are going to come through this. You are surrounded by love of your family and friends not to mention your fans from the club. If anyone can kick ass it’s you. Know that you will have ups and downs and you don’t have to be anyway other than how you are right in the present. Love and prayers.


  4. Tom

    And now for some humor to heal….


    You think you have lived to be 80 and know who you are, then along comes someone and blows it all to hell! An old Marine Pilot sat down at the Starbucks, still wearing his old USMC flight suit and leather jacket and ordered a cup of coffee. As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the pilot and asked, 

    Are you a real pilot?

    He replied, ‘Well, I’ve spent my whole life flying planes, first Stearmans, then the early Grummans…Flew a Wildcat and Corsair in WWII, and later in the Korean conflict, Banshees and Cougars. I’ve taught more than 260 people to fly and given rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot, and you, what are you?

    She said, ‘I’m a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about naked women. When I shower, I think about naked women. When I watch TV, I think about naked women. It seems everything makes me think of naked women.’

    The two sat sipping in silence.

    A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old pilot and asked: “are you a real pilot?”

    He replied, ‘I always thought I was, but I just found out I’m a lesbian.’

  5. Sue

    Ah, there she lays, in the same state that she left me in after so many training sessions. Loretta, you have kicked my butt so many times that I feel certain this is just one more butt for you to kick. Lord knows you’ve got the legs for it! Scott, I always thought Loretta was just bragging 🙂 but you really are an awesome husband. Thanks for the updates. Lastly, I think I promised some bad jokes and now seems like a good time to start…
    Two peanuts walk into a bar.
    One was a salted.

        1. Scott

          I can attest that she is not on any pain medication other than the occasional Tylenol (and the last one of those was at 3:00pm today). She’s one tough cookie – pain meds need not apply.

  6. colleen fisher

    Wow – I never look that good asleep. Usually according to my husband I am snoring and that means mouth wide open. You look so perfect!!! As usual!! Great linen colors on you!!!! Especially the eye mask!

  7. Aunt Sandee

    Wish I could be there to walk Twix — I am a very good dog walker. Thinking of you and knowing all will be OK.

    A little humor….

    There is a new trend going on at the office. People at work are starting to give their food names.
    Today I had a sandwich named Kevin.

    Love you guys,

    Aunt Sandee

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