Let It Snow???

Kevin’s and Hailey’s backyard as seen from the picture Hailey sent me last night.

This is the way it looked last night in Leander, Texas north of Austin. This is looking out the back across Kevin’s and Hailey’s deck to their backyard!

Hailey told me this afternoon that about an inch fell. She said farther south in Texas up to four inches of white stuff fell. A friend of Hailey’s in San Antonio had never seen snow before.

Like the old saying: Don’t give me flowers after I am gone, but now that I may enjoy them while I live.

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Did I mention I did not wake today until Nurse Tabitha stopped by for her visit?

That was 1 o’clock this afternoon!

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Friday?

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud; two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.