Thank you for your comments, kindness, cards, emails, and prayers. I am out of surgery and resting at my sister’s home. All is well with Mr. Mickey also. We are both very grateful for your friendship.

The hummingbirds visit my sister’s feeders often, much to my delight.

My orchid is now heavy with thirty pure-white blooms.

  1. Beautiful!!!
    I’m praying all goes well with all treatment Susan.
    I see flying colors for you.
    You are always so upbeat and positive. Thoughts and prayers for you and Mickey.
    Take care of yourself

  2. So very, very glad to hear it! Thank you for giving all of us such wonderful insights and ideas over the years. We appreciate it, and we wish the very best for you and for Mr. Mickey!

  3. Thank you for the update–I’ve been thinking about you. Wishing you both health and healing, and I hope the birds and flowers bring you joy!

  4. My prayers to you and Mr. Mickey for a speedy recovery. I am praying that your treatment goes well and you will be back to doing what you enjoy! My very best to both of you!

  5. That’s wonderful news for both of you! So many prayers are out there for you! This made me smile:) I love your beautiful orchid! Hugs!

  6. Thank you so much for the update on the two of you. Is Mr. Mickey receiving treatment?

    Remembering you two in prayer.

  7. I have been thinking of you and hoping things are going ok. Thank you for the update. Take good care of yourself. Also glad to hear Mr. Mickey is also doing well. You both take care!

  8. Susan, what a treat to check your blog and see your update! I hope your surgery went well and that you are resting comfortably, allowing your sister to offer you loving care. After reading about your breast cancer diagnosis and your suggestion to stay up to date with our mammograms, I was led to make an appointment for mine that same day. Thank you for that gentle reminder and for all you do for your fans!
    You and Mr. Mickey are greatly missed.

  9. Wanted to send get well wishes and was happy to see this post. Rest and recover. Thinking of you and Mr Mickey! Hugs….

  10. Susan, So wonderful to hear your update. Wishing you and Mr. Mickey a smooth recovery. Been thinking of you this week and logged on to find this great post from you. All the best.

  11. Thanks for the update Susan. So glad to hear you are both doing well. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  12. Thank you so much much for the update!
    You and Mr. Mickey have been in my thoughts
    and prayers! You are missed!

  13. Thank you for taking the time to update. Continued good thoughts and well wishes to you and Mr. Mickey for a speedy recovery to good health, well being and more lovely adventures for you two,

  14. So happy to read. Best wishes for your recovery. Continued prayers to you and Mr. Mickey. So nice to see the positive power of this community.

  15. I was just thinking of you and Mickey today and got online to send you good wishes when your update popped up! May you both continue to recover! We miss you! The orchid is beautiful!

  16. So glad for the good update on you both! Also glad you are resting and being taken care of. Continuing prayers and well- wishes Susan. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us in this post in the photos.

  17. Thank you for the update Susan as you have been in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so glad to hear you are on the mend and prayers are sent for a speedy and complete recovery. It’s good to hear Mr. Mickey is doing well. Hugs to you both.

  18. Thank you to devote some of your energy to update the blog: I’m sure it was a bliss for all the readers.
    Best wishes to you and Mister Mickey from Italy

  19. Thank you for the update. I’m sure I am not the only one who has wondered how you are. I will be praying for you have an uncomplicated and complete recovery. So glad Mr. Mickey is doing good as well. I love watching hummingbirds as well. Nature is so healing. Rest well.

  20. I’m so glad that you are both recovering well. I’m still sending lots and lots of prayers and much love.

  21. So good to hear positive updates from both Mr. Mickey and you. Prayers continuing for recovery and pleasant days ahead for celebrating every day!

  22. Your positive attitude will help you overcome and heal. Wishing you and Mickey a quick recovery and many years of good health and happiness. Love and prayers for both of you.

  23. I’ve been away and just saw your post Susan. So thankful you got diagnosed very early. I’m hoping it is the same for Mr. Mickey. Since my Mom had breast cancer and one of my sisters as well, I get a yearly mammogram . I’ve had a few recalls which is always scary, but I tell myself with being vigilant if I get something, ,it would be caught early. I wish you a speedy and recovery and of course wish all the best to Mr. Mickey as well. Sending hugs and prayers. Take good care

  24. So glad to get a positive update on you and Mr. Mickey. Your years of excellent self-care are no doubt helping with your recovery. I wish you both well and hope to see more excellent adventures in the future.

  25. So glad to read this positive update. Please make sure you and Mr Mickey take the time to rest and recuperate. Best wishes x

  26. So glad to hear you are recuperating after your surgery!! I’m sure your sister is taking excellent care of you after surgery. And it’s good to hear that Mr. Mickey is doing well too. Take care and heal.

  27. Somehow I missed your last update and was stunned to read today’s so I had to go back. I’ll be making my mammogram appointment today as I’m late! Thank you for the reminder and for sharing your journey for all these years. Sending love, hugs, prayers, and healing thoughts to both of you

  28. Very happy to hear both you and Mr. Mickey are doing well.
    How wonderful of you to take the time to let us know.

  29. Was just thinking of you this morning. Nice to receive your Newsletter.
    Have 2 hummingbird feeders – haven’t seen one yet.

  30. So thankful you are both doing well. Certainly have missed your posts and wondered how you were doing. I know your sister is taking great care of you. Hope the same for Mr Mickey. Continued prayers for you and Mr Mickey’s healing.
    Pam Reid

  31. Thank you for taking the time to update all of us. Praying you and Mr. Mickey will be restored to health and vigor very soon. I’m so glad you have your sister to care for you as you heal.

  32. Prayers and special thoughts to you both now and in the days ahead. Thank you for the update and the beautiful photos.

  33. Thank you for the update. I think of you & Mr Mickey everyday as I pray for you both. God bless you, get strong, and feel better.

  34. Oh Susan! So happy to hear from You! I was just thinking about you this morning! Please take care of yourself! Sending you prayers and hugs my friend!

  35. Dear Susan and Mr. Mickey,
    Just read the news and so sorry to hear it.My prayers and thoughts are with you both.
    I know you will have excellant outcomes because of healthy living and positive attitudes.
    May God’s healing be your blessing.

  36. Wishing both of you a very speedy recovery. Here’s looking to many more years of your adventures together.
    Sending love and best wishes, Gail

  37. We are very sorry that you and Mr. Mickey are both having to deal with these health issues right now. Praying for good care, doctors who advise and treat you with the same high level of research and wisdom…. just as if you were their own family! Praying also for great follow-up care and full recovery. May God bless and show Himself mighty to save and worthy of worship always, as He faithfully travels this road with you!

  38. I am so glad to hear that surgery is behind you and you are with your sister. I am certain you are getting wonderful care.

    Best regards,
    Patricia Unger

  39. Thank you for the update! So great to hear you and Mr Mickey are healing ❤️‍ we’re in your court with love and positive support being shouted your way!

  40. Glad to hear that you are doing well after surgery! Best of everything moving forward. Glad to hear that Mr Mickey is also doing well!

  41. Dear Susan and Mr Mickey, thank you for the update. Please to hear your news. Continued prayers for a speedy recovery and good health☺️☺️

  42. Susan I am sorry you have been sick. Glad you are doing better. I haven’t been on in a while. Glad you doing good.
    I still love you post.
    Look forward to more.

  43. Thank you so much for the update. You & Mr. Mickey have been in my thoughts & prayers. Such a beautiful orchid! I’m taking it as a sign that things will continue to go well for the two of you.

  44. Thank you for the update, Susan. My prayers and those of many others have been answered. May God be with you and Mr. Mickey in your cancer journeys.

  45. Praising God for your continued recovery. We have missed your beautiful smile and disposition. I’m glad for Mr. Mickey too. Ive wanted to start a blog for awhile, but I didn’t think I had anything to offer. After these last four years, I’ve come to realize that I might have something to say that can help someone else dealing with chronic pain. You’ll be the first to hear from me, if I do.

  46. So happy to hear this about you and Mr. Mickey! Sending love and blessings to the both of you ❤️❤️

  47. I am praying for you and Mr. Mickey. I wish you both an easy recovery, don’t rush take care of yourselves. Enjoy each day.

  48. Susan, true to who you are, thinking of others! You and Mr M are brought to my mind so often to offer up prayers of gratitude, grace and healing for you both. The hummers and blooms are beautiful!

  49. Thank you for the update! You and Mr. Mickey will continue to be held up in prayer. Thinking about you. Miss our “visits” online.

  50. Fantastic news. Would you be so kind and share a mailing address for you and Mr. Mickey. Long time subscriber
    Kind regards,
    Cindy Cottrell
    Midlothian, VA

  51. So good to hear from you…..and glad to hear you are doing well. I live north of San Antonio….it is 104 degrees right now and been so HOT and DRY for weeks…..but I enjoy my hummingbirds too and put out fresh sugar water every day. They bring us much pleasure these hot days when we stay inside. We are retired, but grew up in Memphis❤️. Take care and we send Mr. Mickey our prayers and wishes for a complete recovery. Barbara Ingram

  52. Sending love and very best wishes for a strong and positive recovery to both you and Mr Mickey. Take care. Xx

  53. So glad to see you pop up with an update. Praying for you both. Can’t wait to see you and Mr Mickey out on your day trips again. Wishing you all the best.

  54. Answered prayers! Prayers continue for a quick and complete recovery for you! My surgery is scheduled in a couple of weeks.
    Roxann ♥️

  55. Hi Susan, wishing you both all the very best for the future and now you have to take time out for yourself to heal.
    It’s funny the things like your hummingbird and orchid flowering are like the universe sending you love and they look so beautiful

  56. Love and Prayers for you and Mr. Mickey. Thank you for the update. God Bless you both with healing and comfort.

    Kind regards,

  57. Susan,
    I hope you continue to relax and heal after your surgery. It is so nice to receive your positive update. Praying for you.

    K-Ann Harry

  58. Susan, how I have missed your elegant posts. I’m so glad you are now resting in the care of your sister and that everything from now on is onward and upward. Glad too that Mr. Mickey is okay. Take care.

  59. So wonderful that you hopefully will be okay and that you will be full of vim and vigor.
    Prayers for you and for Mr. Mickey.

    Oh my, what does your sister do to get 30 blooms on one plant all at once?



  60. Dear Susan and Mr Mickey kind thoughts and love to you both for a speedy recovery..
    Thank you for this post and letting us know how well you are both doing,. My word
    Your Orchid is gorgeous.
    Best wishes Pamela from Wales UK

  61. Susan, thank you for letting us all know how you are doing! So glad to hear that you are recovering from surgery and being cared for while you recuperate. It’s great to hear Mr. Mickey is doing well, too! Rest up and take care of yourself! Lots of thoughts and prayers are with you!

  62. Glad to hear all is well. Sending hugs and wishes for a speedy return to your lovely blog!
    Give my best to Mr Micky and your family!

  63. Hi Susan
    Thanks for sharing an update. Glad that you and Mr Mickey are working through these bumps in the road.
    I always enjoy your posts. Thanks for being such a lovely light in my life.
    All the best now and always!

  64. Thank you for always being so generous and sharing ideas and reminders we can all use! I hope you and your sister are able to enjoy your time together while you recuperate.

  65. So glad surgery went well. Keep a positive attitude. It helps. My own journey is tracking you. Surgery over. Awaiting next steps. Hope yours are similarly straightforward. Please keep us posted. We care.

  66. Susan, it’s typical of how thoughtful you are that even though you’re recuperating, you’ve taken the time to update us. THANK YOU! Thinking of you and Mr. Mickey and sending best wishes for a speedy recovery for both of you.

  67. Thank you so much for an update. Both of you have been in my prayers daily. It is amazing how much peace we can have by resting our cares on a beautiful bird and a plant that were made by an awesome creator.

  68. Thank you so much for updating us. Your blog has endured you and Mr. Mickey to us. Prayers continue.
    Carol Thomas

  69. So glad to get this update, and hear that you and Mr. Mickey are recovering well. Continued prayers for you both. That orchid is amazing!

  70. Thank you for the update. I hope and pray both of you will continue to heal. I’m looking forward to your future adventures/posts.

  71. So thankful your surgery went well and Mr Mickey is also doing well! Prayers for a speedy recovery for you both.

  72. Susan,
    So glad to hear your update for both you and Mr. Mickey.

    I wish you both speedy recoveries and will keep you in my prayers.

    Take good care of yourself, and I look forward to seeing you back on your feet soon.


  73. Thanks so much for the update on both you & Mr Mickey, Susan! Fondest prayers & hopes will continue for you two. Your orchid is so uplifting!

  74. What kind of surgery did you have? From your description it only sounded like removing a small lump to me

    Glad you’re doing well

  75. Have been thinking of you both, glad to hear things are positive. Love your posts and enjoy Mr Mickey’s socks❤

  76. Wonderful news for both of you! Sending healing thoughts and many blessings your way! Rest and recovery and follow through with further care recommendations. Hang in there!

  77. I have been thinking about you and Mickey and send wishes for a speedy recovery, good health, joy and peace to you both. I hope you are both feeling well enough very soon to be enjoying some more of life’s adventures,

  78. Wishing you a speedy recovery Susan. Glad your surgery went well and that your sister is taking excellent care of you. Prayers offered on your behalf. May you feel the presence of the triune God in your recovery. Blessings and prayers for you and Mr. Mickey.

  79. Blessings to you Susan and to Mr Mickey too. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery. Enjoy the beauty of nature and your sister’s care as you recover.

  80. Thank you for the update of your health, Susan.
    I am confident you will be in excellent care provided by your sister. Blessings to you and your family, and continue to update when you can.
    Wishing you well,
    Paula Clark

  81. Good to hear-you are doing well as can be and Mr. Mickey is also doing his best.
    My young Niece had cancer surgery also. Still got married in July with a wig on and off to her honeymoon.
    There is and will be glitches along the way-as her chest expander made an infection. But she’s still up and
    going and has a great outlook no matter what. Her’s is genetic at age 34.
    The best to you and Mr. Mickey in your health journeys.
    I think we are feel better when we hear updates and how things are coming along.
    Many Prayers and Blessings to you and Mr. Mickey.


  82. Dearest Susan,

    It’s sooooooo good to hear from you this evening. I was heading to bed and decided to touch in with my messages. I was thinking of YOU and Mr.Mickey today and sending you both a prayer. You both remain in my thoughts. How nice your sister is looking after you. Love her hummingbird feeder, the orchid is simply gorgeous. White is my living favorite in an orchid.
    Give yourself a big hug from me.

  83. Wishing both you and Mr. Mickey a full and speedy recovery. Thank you for the update and most of all, for encouraging your readers to get regular mammograms, check ups, etc. to stay healthy and stay ahead of any issues. Priceless advice. ❤️

  84. Great News…. May both your recoveries go uneventfully. Rest up and take care.
    My goodness that orchid is beautiful !!!

  85. Dear Susan, what a lovely start to the day seeing and reading your email. I’m delighted to hear your surgery went well. Also that Mr Mickey is doing okay. Stay strong . God Bless You Both

  86. I have thought of you often recently and prayed for your recovery and strength. I found you when I was going through a hard time in my life. A divorce in midlife and you helped me with confidence and I have appreciated your openness with the unique struggles in this time of life. I pray for full recovery for both you and Mr. Mickey. You have a very special gift and I am so grateful for you.
    Cathy Coffman

  87. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this update. It is good to know you are both ok – you have been much in my thoughts.
    Many congratulations with the splendid success of your orchid – perhaps, when you feel up to doing so, you would share your secrets for its care, it’s a marvellous specimen

  88. Lovely Susan
    What a pleasure to hear you are safe and on the mend.
    You are so appreciated.
    Love and prayers to you and all praise for beauty that nature shares with us.

  89. Thank you for the update. I have followed and enjoyed your fashion and lifestyle tips for a while. I am sorry to hear that you and your partner are not well at the moment. I wish you both a speedy recovery.

  90. Susan, thank you for the good news, that is good to hear! It must be a relieve for both of you. Also thank you to our good Lord, that He heard all the prayers and good wishes and that He heals you both!
    I wish you both a good recovery and my warm wishes to mr. Mickey also. And what a beauty is your orchid!
    sincerely, Jolanda

  91. Thank you for the update, Susan! So happy to hear you’ve made it passed that part and are now healing with your sistee. Continued prayers and good thoughts for you.

  92. Praying for both you and Mr Mickey. I love seeing your emails in my inbox and was thankful to see this one. Please take care and rest with your loved ones.

  93. That’s wonderful news, thank you so much for taking the time to update us. All the best for your recuperation, and hope you both get back to normal soon.

  94. THANK GOD ALL IS GOING WELL FOR MR.MICKEY and YOU!! I remember each of you every day. MISSING YOU> Please rest. I want to thank your sister for taking care of our treasure ” YOU!!!” REALLY MISSING YOU. YOU always made my day A SINCERE THANK YOU, Maureen

  95. Your orchid is absolutely beautiful. I pray your healing from surgery is swift and the continued treatment results In complete remission. I have been reading your blog for years. I can’t thank you enough for your style guidance.

  96. Thank you so much for this update. So happy you and Mr. M seem to be headed in the right direction. Hope you will soon be able to resume your weekend adventures together.

  97. I am delighted to hear your recovery is going well. Hopefully, you and Mr Mickey will be on the road soon exploring the Tennessee fall foliage.

  98. Was so glad to see this today. Have been wondering how you are both doing. My prayers are with you both. And thank you for your always uplifting posts of beautiful places to go, and your advice on what to wear. May God Bless you both.

  99. Susan, I was so happy to see your posting and message this morning. I’ve missed your articles. I’m glad your surgery went well. How wonderful to have a sister who will help you during your recovery.I will continue to keep you and Mr. Mickey in my prayers.

  100. Thank you so much for updating us. Wishing you and Mr. Mickey a speedy recovery. The orchids are absolutely gorgeous.❤️

  101. Susan, I am so very sorry to learn about you health issues.
    I pray for a speedy and complete recovery. You have brought me so many hours joy!
    I live in RI now, but also lived in Lenoir, Hickory, and Cruso, NC. We spent many days in Boone, Blowing Rock and traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The posts about your outings helped me to re-live some very precious and beautiful moments in my life. You have been instrumental in my choice of clothing, colors and style.
    I cannot thank you enough, but I can pray that you begin to feel well enough to continue your posts!
    Be well!
    Martha Pearson
    East Greenwich, RI

  102. You are missed and to hear you are both doing okay is great news.
    Your surgery reminded me when I had to have one done many years ago and my dear friend sent a card with a beaver on the outside and inside the words “get well SOON as your dam work is piling up” and made me smile and hope that brings a grin for you.
    Everyone is looking forward to seeing your blog and may it be soon as that would mean you are doing really good in recuperating.
    Take care, rest for now and remember we are all thinking of you and keeping you surrounded in prayer.
    God bless,
    Clara from Iowa

  103. Thank you for taking the time to update us. Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for both of you.

  104. Susan I hope that you are getting stronger every day and that your sister’s loving care is helping. I hope Mr. Mickey is doing well also. My prayers go with both of you for a full recovery. God’s peace be with you both.

  105. Wishing you a speedy recovery. May you feel much better soon. Best to Mr Mickey also. Keep your beautiful smiles.

  106. I’m So happy to hear you are mending and healing. My continued prayers for full recovery and health. Thanks for photos-Love my bird feeder too. Nature is God’s gift to our souls.
    I live in Florida now but lived most of married life in Illinois south of Chicago.

    PS My good friend and I (both widows now) took a trip to Ashville this spring and visited the Grove Park Inn along with the Biltmore. Loved your photos of the Grove Park Inn- a favorite!

  107. What wonderful news from both of you! Now it is your time to rest and heal, enjoying all the beautiful people and things around you. God’s blessings! Xo

  108. I am glad to hear y’all are doing well. I will continue to pray for continued healing. How did you get your orchid to do so well? I have killed two !

  109. Thank you for the update. I have been praying and wondering how you were doing. I will continue to pray for healing, positive news, and peace in both of your situations.

  110. Praying for gentle healing and peace of mind for you both. God bless you both.
    Judy Wadsworth

  111. So thankful you are recovering…. Your orchid and sweet hummingbird photographs are breathtaking!! Thank you for your always positive, encouraging thoughts!!

  112. Susan, thank you for the update. Praying for an uneventful recovery and good health. The orchid is beautiful!

  113. Wonderful news Susan! May the beauty of your orchid remind you of the many beautiful heartfelt thoughts coming your way as you continue down the healing path.

  114. Thank you so much for the update as I have been thinking of you both. Wishing you both healing and love from Canada

  115. Dear Susan, very best wishes for a speedy recovery, and good wishes to Mr Mickey also. From a avid reader of your lovely blog Judy Sparks Brighton UK

  116. I’m so thankful that you are doing well. It’s funny how you think you know someone personally after reading your posts for years now. So thank you for keeping us posted about your health because we really do care about you and Mr. Mickey.

  117. Glad you are healing now and with your sister. Prayers are with you for health and wholeness! Your orchid is gorgeous!!! When you feel up to it please share how you care for it!!! Meanwhile enjoy its beauty and rest.

  118. So good to hear from you. Wishing you continued improvement. Hummingbirds are fascinating, aren’t they? Your orchid is beautiful! Continued prayers and good thoughts coming your way

  119. Thank you for the update and I will continue to pray for you & Mr. Mickey’s health and recovery. Blessings for your sister’s care also.

  120. Dear Susan,
    Thank you for the update on Mr Mickey and your surgery. I’m glad all went well and will continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery. Continue to rest!
    Mary Holstrom

  121. So happy to read your update as I had been hoping all was going well for you and Mr. Mickey .
    Sending you both healing thoughts and prayers .
    Rest and take good care .

  122. Susan,
    Thank you for sharing your update with all of us who care about you and Mr. Mickey…encouraging news moving forward.
    I’m continuing to pray for your continued healing and clear bill of health at the end of your treatments. Meantime, rest and enjoy the peace of the birds and flowers. They, too, bring healing of a special kind.
    Peace, Nancy

  123. I wish you and Mr Mickey healing from North Carolina. You two have made my days happier by the way you live your life.

  124. Thank you for caring about your audience and the breast check up reminders. I am due for one and never miss them.
    My significant other was also diagnosed with bladder cancer. He has had surgery to remove some superficial tumors and is awaiting the next stage of treatment. We pray it has been caught early enough to allow treatment to be effective.
    I wish both of you speedy restoration to good health.

  125. I was wondering how both of you are doing. Thanks for the update. Please keep us posted on how you both are doing.


  126. Wonderful news, may both your recoveries be peaceful. Your quality writings have helped so many of us as evidenced by the many prayers and positive thoughts sent out for you and Mr. Mickey. So good to see so much love being shown to you both!

  127. Wonderful to hear the good news.. Mr. Mickey and you have been in my thoughts. I miss your uplifting posts. Continued prayers for you both.

  128. Thank you for the update. You have both been in my prayers.
    The hummingbirds are so much fun to watch. One is always the dominate at my feeders and tries to keep the others away. Their natural food has suffered a lot with our dry, triple digit days here in north Texas.
    May God continue to bless you and Mr. Mickey with full recovery and more road trips.

  129. Susan,

    I have enjoyed your posts for over a year. I am 61 and you are such a vibrant, lively model of what the 60’s can and should be for each of us. May you and Mr. Mickey both have speedy recoveries and good health … along with smiles, love, and blessings!

    Thank you for all you have given to us, dear Friend.

    Maryanne Dorsey
    Bloomington, IN

  130. Susan your orchid is magnificent! I cannot get mine to bloom – you have the touch. I am glad the surgery is behind you and soon you will be out for your morning walks.

  131. I’ve read your blog and emailed you in the past. For some time, I’ve appreciated your efforts and kindness towards other women in their journeys. Along with many others, I wish speedy recovery and good health in body and mind to you and mr. Mickey. It is special that you have a place to recover with your sister at her home. I hope you enjoy a peaceful and comfortable recovery and continue to share your talents and kindness with others.

  132. Dear Susan – So glad to hear that you and Mr. Mickey are progressing so well. More proof that prayers work. Please continue to update us on your progress as your energy permits. You are an inspiration. Blessings, Helen

  133. I don’t know what happened, but I am sad to hear that you have had to have surgery. There is something odd, yet also very modern about caring about a person that you only know through her blog. Yet, it’s a real emotion and I sincerely hope that you recover quickly and with your usual grace and style!

  134. Dear Susan,
    I was sad to hear of your recent diagnosis and that of Mr. Mickey as well, but heartened to hear that you received prompt medical care. I’m glad you are resting at your sister’s and being cared for. I will pray for healing for you and Mr. Mickey both.
    Thank you for sharing this part of your life’s journey with us as well as all the fun fashion stuff too. It is all part of life isn’t it? the ups and downs sunshine and rain. Take care my friend.
    I look forward to hearing of your full recovery.
    Mary Ragland

  135. Susan,
    Thank you for the update on your health. Healing prayers headed your way. As a part of your online community, I appreciate the time and effort that you have invested in us for years. Rest and heal.

  136. So happy the surgery is behind you. Be good to yourself as you recover. Wishing you and Mr Mickey all things positive.

  137. I am thankful you are comfortable recuperating with your sister’s help. I appreciate the update and have thought of you and Mr. M. often these past couple of weeks. May you both feel the love and good wishes and prayers sent your way. Before long you will be thinking about autumn!

  138. So grateful to hear that the healing journey you and Mister Mickey are on is going well! Thank you for using some of your precious time and energy to keep all those who hold you dear informed. Many prayers for continued strength, provision and complete healing. Blessings to you, Mr. Mickey and your sister!❤️

  139. So happy to hear your surgery went well. Please know that all of your friends & readers wish you a speedy recovery as well as Mr Mickey. Keeping you in my prayers for continued healing.

  140. May those gorgeous orchids give you peace and joy during your recovery! And how wonderful to see this outpouring of well wishes for you & Mr. Mickey! You are blessed with many people pulling for you both! Sending you thoughts of strength & healing!

  141. It is so wonderful to hear from you, Susan!! So happy to learn you are recovering and Mr. Mickey is well. I’ve missed your posts and Mr. Mickey’s SOCKS!!! Thank you for always being such an inspiration. I will continue to keep the two of you in prayer. Best wishes to you both always!!

  142. God’s blessings for a speedy recovery, Susan. I have enjoyed your blog and have learned so much! Thank you.

  143. I wish both of you a speedy recovery. Take care!
    We have only a few days left before our hummingbirds head south from Northern Alberta, Canada. We will truly miss them!

  144. As a cancer surviver, I know you have a long road ahead. I wish you well and good health in the future. You are an inspiration for us as we get older. You are always beautiful both in and out.

  145. Dear Susan,

    I want you to know how much I’ve enjoyed following your adventures and your fashion insights.

    I’m sorry to hear about the health challenges you and Mr. Mickey are facing. You both will be in my prayers for healing and full recovery.

    I was Stage 3 when diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago. Your news reminded me of the many feelings that I experienced during my surgeries and treatment. I pray for your peace and strenght as you move forward on this difficult path back toward health. I wish the same for Mr. Mickey.

    Many blessings to you both and your loving care givers,
    Mary Couzens

  146. Susan, thank you so much for taking the time to update. Have thought of you often hoping everything was going well for both you & Mr. Mickey ❤❤

  147. Dear Susan…
    I have followed your classic style for a great while and have enjoyed your remarkable love story with the incredible Mr. Mickey! Now I am writing to add my support and understanding of your latest health story. I too, traveled the ductile carcinoma diagnosis when I was a couple of years older than you, but am here now at 77 to give you encouraging news. You are healthy, strong, wise, and will do very well in your recovery and survivorship!
    Take good care of yourself, follow your medical professionals advice, thank your sister for her ever loving support, and get back to Mr. Mickey and the good life you share with him because we all wish we had such a love story to cherish!
    Best wishes for a speedy and easy recovery… and keep us updated. We really care.

  148. Dear Susan,
    Lifting both you and Mickey up in prayer now and in the days to come.

    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    — Isaiah 41:10

    Lou Ann

  149. So glad you are doing well. Continued healing wishes . Could you please share your secret for the beautiful orchid? Thanks, Susie.

  150. So glad for the update. Wishing you both speedy recovery and a wonderful road trip and dinner in the near future.

  151. Blessings to you and to Mr. Mickey. You have been in my prayers, and I am so happy to know that your surgery went well and that you are resting at your sister’s.

  152. Both Mr. Mickey and you have been in my thoughts and prayers of late.
    So glad to hear both of you are recovering well. And also to relay to you Miss Susan how you have changed how I look at life and fashion with your Blog.
    You are such an inspiration to so many
    .Thank You,
    Many Blessings to both of you.

  153. So glad to hear the good news that both you and Mr. Mickey are both recovering well. You both are such an inspiration to me. Good to see there is life after retirement and we don’t have to be sitting on the porch, rocking on our porch rockers, I so enjoy your Blog and you have helped me tremendously
    Thank you so much.
    Sit back and enjoy The Hummers and your orchid.

  154. Please take care Susan and listen to your body to rest and recover. Lots of love and prayers to both you and Mr Mickey from Wendy in Cape Town, South Africa ❤️

  155. As you are healing, may you feel warmth and compassion from all who care about you. Best wishes that you will soon be back to doing all the things you love.

  156. Dear Susan,

    Thanks, for your update. So happy that you and Mr. Mickey are doing well. What a beautiful orchid, I do not think I have
    ever seen one have those many blooms. To me that is sending a good sign. Take care and hope to hear from you again


  157. I hope you and Mr. Mickey find fast healing with each and every day. Sending you both wishes for a good laugh and a good night’s sleep. Looking forward to seeing you both, soon. Denise – Wheaton, Il

  158. Thank you for the update on both you and Mr. Mickey. Prayers for continued healing and return to good health.

  159. So glad to hear, Susan. I know I am not alone among your readers in thinking of you as a friend, even if the direction of conversation is mostly one way! Continue to take good care of yourself, and wishing you and Mr. Mickey a quick and full recovery.

  160. Susan
    Wishing for your speedy recovery! Love the orchids…I have never seen so many blooms.
    Thanks for updating today.

  161. I too am a survivor wishing you the very best. When you are healed I would love some discussion on the different challenges we encounter due the changes to our bodies from surgery and treatment. My body is not the same but I still want look stylish.

  162. Dear Susan, here’s to a speedy recovery to both you and your Mr. Mickey. Thinking of you both and sending best ❤️ and

  163. Hi Susan, Thank you for the update. I have missed hearing from you and Mr Mickey. Love your approach to life.( and your appreciation of the beauty around us). Take care and best wishes to you both. Helen

  164. So pleased to hear the wonderful news! My best wishes for a speedy recovery for you and Mr Mickey. Take good care of yourselves!

    PS – your orchid looks spectacular (wish mine was half as beautiful!)

  165. Susan and Mr. Mickey, so glad you are both on the road to recovery. Was out shopping today and saw some socks that made me think of Mr. Mickey. If I had your address, he would have received a new pair of “fun” socks.
    Keep healing!

  166. Take care and we look forward to you continuing to stay healthy. It will take time, as many of us have been down that road too

  167. Wishing you the very best, Susan. I look forward to your messages and always smile when I see your name. I’m an ovarian cancer survivor and my thoughts will be with you on your journey. Susan b in Arizona

  168. Thankyou so much for keeping us posted as we really care and hope the outcome is a complete recovery. Through your blog you have made us feel a soul mate connection to you. Please give our best wishes to Mr, Mickey too. Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery from a caring follower.

  169. Susan,
    I am so happy to know you are alright and out of the hospital recovering. You are such a strong person.. I too have had two recent surgeries an have been in and out of hospital five times since March 1. At home recovering also. It has taken time to get strength back and getting interested in my regular things. I knew something was amiss not getting any posts from you. I was concerned. Thank you for posting that you are okay. You have changed my life sharing your knowledge, and I was missing you. Get well, my friend.

  170. So glad to hear that you are on the mend and that Mr.Mickey is doing ok as well, and that your loving sister is looking after you. The hummingbirds and orchid are thriving as well. Take care and thanks for thinking of your “people”.

  171. Susan, I’m so happy to hear that you and Mr. Mickey are on the road to recovery. Be well and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both as you navigate your health challenges.

  172. All the best. You continue to be in my prayers as well as Mr. Mickey. Thank you so much for the update and glad you are on the healing side of this.

  173. So good to hear you are both doing well. You will continue to be in my prayers as you heal.
    Thankyou for your update to all of your friends and fans.

  174. Dear Susan and Mr. Mickey,

    While I have only been a subscriber for a few months, I looked forward to your weekly postings on your trips with Mr. Mickey to so many wonderful restaurants, lodges and beautiful hotels and I am looking forward to seeing them again once you have returned from your journey of healing. I pray also for yours and Mr. Mickey’s caregivers. Blessings to both of you

  175. Très chère Susan ,
    Merci de nous rassurer sur votre état de santé ! Comment va M Mickey ?
    Est-il hospitalisé ?
    Toutes ces nouvelles ont bouleversé mon quotidien .
    Nous revenons du Jura ,dans le centre est de la France,dans la région des lacs.
    Les paysages doivent ressembler aux vôtres , verdoyants et humides .
    Nous connaissons des pics de chaleur à 40* ,et cette température est épuisante.
    Je vais arroser mon jardin qui a très soif !
    Bonne journée à vous deux .
    Ma pensée vous accompagne .

  176. J’ai beaucoup pensé à vous durant mon voyage dans le Jura .
    C’est une région essentiellement d’élevage de vaches qui produisent un fromage exceptionnel ,le Compté. C’est un fromage a pâte cuite qui doit vieillir au moin 18 mois en cave .Et comme tout en France ,chaque fruitière fromagere ,c’est ainsi que l’on appelle la fabrique , a un fromage au goût différent avec .la même appellation. J’ai acheté du Compté dans trois fruitières différentes et j’ai eu trois fromages différents parce que ce sont des fromages au lait cru qui prend le goût des plantes que mangent les vaches .
    Un autre fromage de la région s’appelle le Morbier . Ce sont deux couches de fromages séparées par une couche de cendre .La 1ere couche est issue de la traite du matin .Les paysans mettaient une couche de cendre pour la protéger avant de mettre une autre couche de fromage issue de la traite du soir . Le Morbier a un goût plus prononcé. Je préfère le Compté.
    C’est aussi le pays des salaisons et du fumage .C’est la saucisse de Morteau qui est la plus célèbre.On la reconnaît a sa grande taille et au fait qu’un côté est fermé par un petit bout de bois . Mais comme les Vosges toutes proches ,ce sont surtout les charcuteries fumées qui sont exceptionnelles, par leur douceur . Surtout celles de Papy Thuiyé!!!
    C’est très authentiques .!!!!
    Le vin ici est très particulier .Ce sont les fameux vins d’Arbois , des vins blancs de caractère . Le climat frais en fait des vins blancs très secs. Le plus connu est le vin de paille , appelé aussi vin de voile ou vin d’oubli parce qu’est gardé en fût de chêne 63 mois ,soit six ans et trois mois !!!! Disons pour être polie qu’il est très particulier ! Je dirais qu’il est très très cher …et imbuvable tant il est ???….On ne peut pas décrire son goût …bizarre en tout cas . Il est surtout utilisé pour cuisiner la ” poularde aux morilles et vin jaune” !
    Puis nous sommes descendus sur Nantua pour déguster les fameuses quenelles de brochet aux écrevisses . C’est vraiment délicieux et aérien .C’est fait avec de la chair de brochet pilée avec des blancs d’oeuf et poché dans un court bouillon et servi avec des queues d’écrevisse . Voilà !! A bientôt !
    Nous partons la semaine prochaine pour Biarritz et la côte basque !

    1. Merci beaucoup pour les belles descriptions de vos aventures et de vos plats. J’apprécie énormément vos commentaires. J’espère que votre prochain voyage sera aussi agréable.

  177. Dearest Susan,
    I have been out of touch lately and wasn’t aware of your surgery!!!
    Thank you for keeping us informed re: you and of course, Mr. Mickey.
    Were you in an accident?
    Am praying for your complete and timely recovery….
    Loving you from Texas,

  178. Thank you for the update. Praying for your and Mr. Mickey’s complete recovery. Try to keep us updated as you can.

  179. I love to watch the Hummingbirds, too! Your orchid is beautiful! Glad your surgery is over and wishing you a swift and complete recovery! Also, wishing the best for Mr. Mickey! You’ll are the best support for each other❣️

  180. Susan, As have so many others, I’ve thought of you and Mr. Mickey often and will continue to send prayers for you both. Thank you for taking the time to update us on your progress.
    All the best,
    Mary Ann

  181. Dear Susan,

    I’m very happy to hear you have completed your surgery and are on your way to recovery. My daughter experienced breast cancer recently and is in her second year of monitoring. While she was undergoing radiation treatments, the technician administering the treatments recommended Miaderm cream for relief from the burns. I’m sure your doctor or technician will recommend something to you, but I thought of this product because I know three women who have used it for its purpose and It worked very well for each of them.

    Prayers to you and Mr. Mickey,


  182. So pleased to hear that you have had the operation and that you are able to recover at your sister’s home.

    Very best wishes to you and Mr Mickey

  183. Dear Susan, expressing heartfelt happiness as you journey through recovery. Take care and feel stronger everyday-Mr Mickey, too! HUGS

  184. All of these warm, caring messages are a testament to the wonderful community you have created with Mr. Mickey’s help. I am praying for you both. You have made a difference in many lives. May you be comforted and uplifted by the prayerful support of your online community.

  185. Hello Susan,

    Greetings from Massachusetts! Appreciate your taking the time to share an update with us, your readers. You’ve given so much to us and I wish there was more we could do for you now. Please know special prayers are still being said for you and Mr. Mickey.

    God bless you both!
    Julie Johnston

  186. My fervent prayer is that you and Mr Mickey will do well with treatment and surgery. God bless you both!

  187. Susan so sorry to hear your challenging health news . You and Mr. Mickey are such a team and an encouraging inspiration to many of your readers. My husband was diagnosed with cancer this time last year 2 surgeries and an uphill battle and he is cancer free… thanks to an early diagnosis at a regular screening. Prayers and blessing for the two of you… for rest reflection and healing

  188. So glad to hear you and Mr. Mickey are doing well. May our Lord Bless you and Mr. Mickey with a good recovery. I look forward to your posts

  189. I’m so glad you and Mr. Mickey caught your cancer early—my prayers for your recovery. We’ll miss your posts, but thanks for letting us know why. I’m looking forward to your return.
    One of your faithful followers.
    Beverly Farnsworth

  190. Thank you for updating us. I’m so happy to hear that your surgery went well and that you and Mr. Mickey are on the road to recovery. You are very lucky to have your sister.
    On a side note, when you get your strength back, you’ve got to write about your orchid. I have never seen one so full and beautiful.

  191. I am so happy to read your update Susan. You and Mr. Mickey have been on my mind. Please know so many of us are praying for you and sending positive vibes your way. Take good care.

  192. Susan, so thankful all went well with your surgery. Your diagnosis, reminded me of a time, when I received my own breast cancer diagnosis. I had a lumpectomy & radiation. It will be 30 years ago, this coming December. God was with me every step of the way, as he will be for you. Keep looking up!

  193. Thank you for posting
    Happy to see you look well . Love your post
    Wish you and Mr Mickey a speedy full recovery

  194. I haven’t been keeping up on my emails lately so I was very surprised when I encountered your latest posts on your health issues. So happy that your surgery is over and I wish you well with your post op treatments. Also, I wish Mr. Mickey well in dealing with his health issues. I thoroughly enjoy your blogs, love living vicariously through your travels.

  195. Thinking of as you traverse this journey. Your positive outlook will help in all ways. Your posts are always inspiring. You are a true inspiration!! Take good care of you!!

  196. Dear Susan,
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’ve been a fan for years and always look forward to your posts.
    Take care,
    Gail Wood

  197. Dear Susan,

    Due to some summer traveling, it’s been awhile since I was able to check your website.

    I’m writing to you to express concern as well as sending you well-wishes from a Breast Cancer Survivor. This year I am fortunate to celebrate my 20th year Anniversary with family and friends. I was diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer in 2003. I did well with my treatments.

    An important suggestion…if you need radiation, purchase the radiation cream that should be available for you. I used it 2-3 times a day for the whole cycle, which is different for each individual. As a result, I had no burns or scarring.

    Thinking of you and Mr. Mickey! Wishing both of you the very best of health!


    Caryn L. Allen
    Forest Hills, NY 11375

  198. I’m so glad you and Mr Mickey are doing fine. Love your posts and all the info and advice you give us.

  199. I don’t check my favorite fashion blogs often anymore as recent retirement and financial concerns have curtailed my spending, so I am just now seeing your health updates. You are an inspiration in your graceful fashion sense and honest thoughts on style and becoming a “woman of a certain age.” Best wishes to you, and Mr. Mickey, for full recoveries.

  200. Oh I have missed hearing from you!! I am praying for you and your love!
    God Bless you with healing, strength and comfort.
    Grace (was in Trussville but moved to now Springville, AL)

  201. Dear Susan,
    I feel that you and Mr. Mickey are dear and trusted friends. I have enjoyed your posts, ideas, fashion ideas, healthy food info, and general philosophy and attitudes so much!
    You are so honest and realistic about life. I wish you were my neighbor! Whenever I visit your site, I feel like I have spent time with a dear friend.
    Please have a speedy and complete recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with both you and Mr. Mickey!
    Best wishes, Katy

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