Wednesday and Thursday brought the last blood drive of the year to my employer's building. On Wednesday, there was the delight of two coworkers donating successfully: Shelley, who had been ineligible for years and then forgotten about giving, decided to get on-board again...and Nancy, who had received pretty bad nerve damage a couple years ago due to a donation. She tried in the spring and failed due to iron levels; she tried again this time and succeeded!
I succeeded as well on my appointment Thursday, bringing me to my yearly goal of three whole blood donations. Whoopee! On my way back, I stopped and picked up a stem of stargazer lilies for Nancy. I'm so impressed by her courage in going back and giving again after what she went though--just had to give her flowers!
And those stargazers made the whole area smell lovely when we got to work on Friday. Mmmmmmmm!
On a different note, I have gratitude to express to my mom, my dad, my sister-in-law--whoever out there who has been praying for my progress with book 4. Things have been going crazy in my head and falling into place--Thank you, God! The last three years, my imagination tended to run off to book 5 nearly all the time when I think about the books, but this week the 'blank gulf' portion of book 4 that's given me so much trouble has filled in amazingly. It shall be wonderful to have images in my mind since college (the Wolf-Lord before the Council) or slightly post-college (a long line of refugees guarded by woolly mammoths) snapping into place like puzzle-pieces. Not that I don't still have hurdles and sticky spots, but all the big gaps between chapter 25 and the first chapter of book 5 are GONE. THANK YOU, GOD!!