My friends showered me with presents as I recovered from endometrial cancer surgery this summer. Thank you all again!
At the top of the post, homemade cookies with the world’s most delicious icing. They’re too beautiful to eat, but I gobbled them up faster than I’ll ever admit.
An angel to watch over me, the Tree Angel of Good Health
Earrings made of Italian glass by artist Chris Trienens
Hand cream that smells like heaven
Soap in a box so lovely I’m displaying it in my powder room
A bee ornament in honor of my childhood nickname, Buzz. She hangs in my kitchen, where she keeps me company with her merry buzzing.
Tea. A balm for body and soul
The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones. What a perfect present for a menopause blogger! Alas, I’d already reviewed Sandra Loh’s book on Friend for the Ride. I’m glad to mail this copy to the first person who requests it. My email is on the right.
Cake! One of my true reasons for living (which my friend knew oh so well)
Roses in a lovely shade of pink
The world’s most elegant chocolates from Matthew’s Chocolates here in Hillsborough
A gift card with instructions to purchase reading material for the days I’d spend recovering
A clever tote bag in an Old World print
A blue nightgown, more fit for a princess than this menopausal lady
A novel that helped me pass hours enmeshed in the jungle of the Amazon (and made me very happy to be stuck on my own couch)
Italian Windows by artist Bill Gramley. When Cliff gave me the picture, he said,”This is in hopes you’ll be fine, and we’ll take that trip to Italy.” I’m ready!
What touched me most about the gifts is that they’re so different, so creative, and so personal. They gave me lots of ideas for ways to cheer up a sick friend.
Anyone else have a favorite gift you received when you were recovering from illness or injury?
What about a gift you like to give?