Mad Fragments…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post and link back to our host Mrs. 4444 at Half-Past Kissin’ Time.

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During the month of April I participated in and was a helper with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I planned on posting my Friday Fragments during the month too but the best intentions…

A to Z Survivor Badge

There was a terrible Amtrak train crash not far from us, in Philadelphia. The train was coming from Washington D.C. and headed to N.Y.C. Apparently the engineer took a radical curve at 106 mph. The limit is 50 mph for that curve. Eight people lost their lives and more than one-hundred were injured, some critically. I know so many people that take that train, often so it was terrifying. The two people I knew that happened to be riding that night are okay, thank God.

When my favorite weather woman said it was going to be a pollen-tsunami, she wasn’t kidding. My eyes are so itchy and red. I take Allegra but am going to have to try something else because it just isn’t working anymore.


I had a health scare, actually it is still happening. Something was ‘falling out of me’ and it was extremely painful. My primary doctor gave me an antibiotic, called it pelvic prolapsed and sent me to a gyn. The nurse-practitioner stopped the exam and was leaving the room. I asked her to say something and she said she needed to get the doctor because she had no idea what it was. I panicked. Of course I did. The doctor came in and introduced himself and proceeded to examine (push on, press and prod whatever was bulging causing me to see stars.) He had no idea. I insisted he tell me something so he said, “I think you are going to be fine. It might be varicose veins.” I needed to see a gyn-urologist as soon as possible. The soonest appointment I could get was June 10. I went to the ER. They admitted me, treated the pain ran a bunch of tests and said it was indeed pelvic congestion, (Varicose veins in the pelvic area.) I won’t see the vein doctor till June 2 so I am home resting as much as possible. I will most likely have an embolization done, soon I hope.

Never a dull moment.

The Stranger in My Recliner is in production. The art department told me I would have cover mock-ups by the end of the month. This book is finally going to be born. I am so excited and cannot wait to share Sophie’s story with everyone. I am hoping it at least starts a few conversations about ending homelessness. The synopsis is up there under books. I need to have a list of reviewers by the end of the month. If you are interested in a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, please e-mail me and give me your address and let me know if you prefer paperback or digital copy. Thank you!

We are a little more than a month away from our crazy, fun annual beach week with all of our kids and grandkids. I am praying my health crisis doesn’t ruin it for us.

Beach Chairs

Is it spring in your neighborhood yet? We are bouncing between the 80’s and the 50’s. It is SO much better than 20J

Are you watching Madmen? What do you think?


I am obsessed lately with Arranged, Married at First Sight and Newlyweds, the First Year. I just find these shows fascinating. What are you watching?

Have a blessed weekend,


16 Responses to “Mad Fragments…”

  • The Bachelorette starts tomorrow, and I’m excited that Kendall and I will be able to watch it together.

    So sorry to hear about your pelvic issue; that sounds absolutely horrible!! I hope it has ZERO impact on your awesome beach plans.

    The train accident, too….horrific, especially in an area in which people have to take trains to work; the PTSD!

    Thanks for linking up! Have a great week 🙂

  • Mary:

    Doreen, love reading the Friday Fragments. Sending good thought your way that there is a cancellation, soon.

  • I love your Friday Fragments but not your health scare. I know how scary it can be and I pray you are better soon and have a splendid time with your babies and grandbabies.

    I am having a kidney stone procedure a week before PA so I pray I will make it there. So together we can pray, pray, pray!

    Love learning about what you are up to. I feel like I just spent some time with you! You certainly have a lot going on! xoxo

  • Oh, Doreen, sending out lots of love and hope you’re on the road to recovery. That train crash was such a tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone involved. Can you believe we don’t watch Mad Men even though (or maybe because!) my husband used to own an ad agency!

  • First and foremost I am so sorry to learn about your health issue, may you be back on your feet sooner than later, Doreen. That train accident was so frightening…such tragic and sadly avoidable losses. I’m afraid I am the only one left on the planet who hasn’t watched Mad Men. haha. Have a wonderful weekend and congrats on your book.

  • I have never heard of varicose veins in the pelvic area…do they show or are they inside? I just had both ovaries removed because of a large cyst…good riddance! Now I don’t have to worry about ovarian cancer.

    • The veins are inside Tam but they feel like a lump in several places. They swell and press on my sciatic nerve, tendons and my bladder, ouch. I wish I could just op for the hysterectomy…

  • Helene Cohen Bludman:

    Oh Doreen, so sorry for your medical issues. How scary it must have been with no one telling you what was going on. I wish the doc could see you sooner!

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE Man Men. The historical perspectives and costuming are great.

    Sorry you’re having health issues, hope they don’t ruin your vacation.

    I’m with ya on the allergies, sometimes it’s good to switch pills because your body builds up an in-tolerance to them. I’m also a huge fan of Flonase spray, which you no longer need a script for.

    Making a note about Friday Fragments, sounds like a fun meme, maybe I’ll get in on it next week.

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