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Monday afternoon

Ach, tough news. Docs predict I have mere weeks to live. I thought it would be a few months, but such is life. So. That’s how it is. It was hard to hear, but honestly after I had a good weep or two my mood changed and I feel really cheerful. I’m gonna go home tomorrow because there’s no point in staying in the hospital any more. I’m lining up a Home Hospice company.

I’m ready to stop struggling to stay alive. It has gotten so difficult. I feel bad for my loved ones of course. I’ll be having the Long Dreamless Sleep but they will miss me so much. Everyone has plenty of handmade keepsakes and quilts and my homemade audiobooks to remember me by. I can read to them FOREVER, how great is that? And there are my clever, beautiful granddaughters, one of whom has my lanky body while the other has my exact wavy red hair :D

I’ve ordered a big salad for lunch because I no longer need to worry about maximizing calories. So there.

Henry has purchased me a copy of Tears of the Kingdom so I can get stuck in right away!

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16 Responses to “Monday afternoon”

  1. tyah

    what happend to your garden?

  2. MelissaM

    Kara-Mare, thank you for being a dear friend & writing to me all those years ago. I’m so grateful to have been your pen pal. I adore the lovely snowflake ornaments you made me. Your talent is incredible. I will keep them & remember you always. You are in my thoughts & heart. My heart goes out to you & your family. My dear, you are a beautiful, rare, precious soul. Sending all my love ????????

  3. kara

    Melly!!! Omg!!! How marvelous to hear from you. I think of you often and hope you’re well. I’m so glad we kept each other penpal-company in our weird childhoods. Remember writing backwards? :D


  4. MelissaM

    So sorry, I sent heart emojis at the end of my previous message, not question marks. Didn’t realize your page doesn’t take emojis<3<3<3

  5. Gina

    I don’t even have words. You’re such a trooper. I wish I could come there and give you the biggest hug ever. I’m glad i’ve got nearly all your audiobooks and am glad we had the time chatting that we did. You’re the absolute best Kara. *hugs*

  6. Jill Gidlund

    We love you, Kara. You are a gift to the world.

  7. Kathy


  8. Jen Petote

    Kara , sending you so much love. Thank you for the gift of all your audiobooks to the world . l personally cherish them . You’re wonderful and I’m so glad we have been in touch, bonding over our Taskmaster love. I always think of you when I watch it and will keep on, of course. Well , you know where to find me so I’ll end with :
    Kara, enjoy every moment you can doing what you love with the people you love . Your time starts now .

    Love, Jen

  9. Dan Parsons


  10. Dan Parsons

    I tried for emojis but I think that’s a bit newfangled for this blog so instead:

    <3 <3 <3 kayray forever,
    signed, irq

  11. Judith

    Dear Kara,
    you will also be missed in this part of the world. Thank you for sharing your life with us, the good and the painful parts. You were with me in many sleepless nights while I listened to your audio books. Your blog came along with me for at least 13 years, I could admire your knitting and cook your recipes. Thank you for all the gifts. We all will think about you when we will listen to your readings. And we will follow you in mere blink of an eye. There is a Peanut cartoon where Charlie Brown says ” One day we will all die, Snoopy” and Snoopy says “True, but on all the other days, we will not”. I wish you many days with your loved ones before this day comes.

  12. James

    This is such sad news. I am still praying for your miracle

  13. Kathy Allen

    May your travel home be gentle. You will leave behind so many friends, and brought joy joy to people of all ages.

  14. MelissaM

    Yes, I totally remember writing backwards! Your letters were always the highlight of my day! I think of you often too & love you so much!!!<3

  15. Beth

    Oh, Kara. We will all miss you so much! I have loved following your blog (and your train journey!) and listening to your recordings all these years. Rainbow Rumpus is no more but I love that you contributed your voice to it.

    I’m so glad you’re home and wish you lovely times with your family. You will be in my heart & my thoughts.

  16. Amy

    Kayray- you helped me raise my children. You introduced our house to Junie B. Thank you for all that you share with us! Lots of love and peace from Canada.

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