Sep 22nd 2017 08:58 am Antidiluvian Art

I ran across this old strip in the archives, and in light of recent events it brought back a memory. I’ve told you this before, but it’s been a while. I gave the original of this strip to a friend in Pass Christian, Mississippi, prior to Katrina. She was something of a painter herself, so I thought she might appreciate it. Apparently she did. She had it framed and hung it in her den. However, her bungalow was flooded to the ceiling during the storm, and the cartoon, along with most of her things, was lost. I had spread several cartoons among friends and neighbors in that town, and all were ruined in the hurricane except one, which was found in fair condition a couple of blocks away from where it originally had been hung. (If you squint closely at the last panel—and I know some of you will—you can see in the broken outline of the bathing woman’s breast the hint of a nipple. Not an easy thing to get away with in the newspaper comics!)
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105 Responses to “Antidiluvian Art”

  1. JACKQULINE MONIES on 22 Sep 2017 at 9:14 am #

    OK, here’s a challenge maestro. Go for frontal!

  2. JACKQULINE MONIES on 22 Sep 2017 at 9:21 am #

    By the way, I am not as disturbed by losing a breast or reducing tbeir size, as I am the nipples.

    I will lose my nipples forever and as I kept telling Ghost, I have awesome pokies. I am one of those women who has them perpetually, small but hard no matter the weather. I can lose several inches and several cup sizes and be fine.

    But I am not going to LIKE tattoos for nipples.

  3. David in Austin on 22 Sep 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    It’s a slow day in the Village today! I’m catching up on things after several days camping (in the trailer) and fishing. Caught a few, enough to fry up a good batch of catfish fillets with some bluegills on the side. I’m not making much progress on my at home to-do list, though. Tired!

  4. JACKQULINE MONIES on 22 Sep 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    Ghost and I have gotten up and run all three of our “days off.” Today began with picking up Mustang from service in next town. We are on our way to Tulsa for a post mastectomy bra, a red wig and some Asian appetizers and sushi at one of the Asian fusion restaurants at Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. MUCH reduced prices.

    One of my friends said I turn the act of eating into an adventure. Why not?

  5. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 22 Sep 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    Jackie A good friend of my wife is also an author and she posted on FB that the airline lost her bag. In the bag was her prosthetics. The main things that got her through the whole process was her faith and her sense of humor. It would be very easy to get really upset at the airline because in order for her to fly she has to pack them away. Instead, when they asked if there was anything that would help them identify her luggage, she told them “Well my left breast and my right breast!” She finally got them at 4:30 am and was able to attend a conference where she was a speaker. I told her that she now has a great story to tell at her future speeches!

  6. Jerry in Fl on 22 Sep 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    Old Faithful is erupting now.

  7. Jerry in Fl on 22 Sep 2017 at 5:41 pm #

    A drive around town shows that most of Texas is in Florida. As for the rest of you there was a hack into the tv cable system in California warning of impending doom. I see a whole crowd of people watching Old Faithful. Is there something I don’t know about? Reminds me of the movie “Truman”.

  8. Jerry in Fl on 22 Sep 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    I meant “The Truman Show “.

  9. JACKQULINE MONIES on 22 Sep 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    One of my friends told the funniest story about her mama getting drunk and mad and throwing hers at people and losing them.

    On a cruise!

    We are reconstructing. I think I have to wear something until the second one gets cut down to match.

  10. Mark from TTown on 22 Sep 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    Sometimes they put in an expander, sort of a place holder to keep the skin from contracting till they are ready to do reconstruction. And sometimes they do the reconstruction immediately after the removal. Whichever they do, good luck and you have my prayers.

  11. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 22 Sep 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    Reconstruction makes sense to me, but here’s another option -

  12. Old Bear on 22 Sep 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    Jackie I hope you will be wearing “Something” :-)

    Here’s hoping you can keep your pokies. Many decades ago I read that they reattached
    the nipple or adjusted the skin so everything was centered.

    I know you can get through this – you have all else.

  13. Ghost on 22 Sep 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    Might as well dust off this story, as it seems to fit in with Jimmy’s and others’ posts. The most common form of nipple reconstruction seems to be by making a small incision at the site where the nipple will be made. The skin is formed into a nipple shape and small sutures are used to secure the form. This heals into the shape of a small mound, and the new nipple and surrounding areola can be tattooed about three months after surgery to give the appearance of an actual nipple and areola. This is the procedure Jackie’s surgeon plans to use.

    Jackie has a younger male cousin whose wife had that procedure used on her following bilateral mastectomies and reconstructions. When it was time to tattoo them, the surgeon asked for their color preferences. The cousin told the doctor he’d like them to be florescent orange, so he could find them in the dark.

    From what I can tell, pretty much her entire family is that way.

  14. Ghost on 22 Sep 2017 at 10:00 pm #

    Among today’s errands was taking Jackie to a lingerie shop at Utica Square, an upscale shopping area in Tulsa. One of her breast surgeon’s staff had recommended it as a place to go for a post-mastectomy bra. She added that she bought her bras there, but when Jackie asked if she’d had mastectomy, she said, “No, they just have very nice lingerie there.” And indeed they did. Think Victoria’s Secret for classy (and well-heeled) middle aged women. A couple of the customers I immediately classified as what I call “Furiously-Fighting-Their-Forties Females”.

    I stayed at the front of the shop while Jackie was being fitted, not because I was embarrassed to be there, but to prevent any of the female customers from feeling uncomfortable…which gave me a view of the sidewalk out front, with a lot of FFTFF’s foot traffic. Sometimes virtue is its own reward, and sometimes one gets rewarded with the view of a lot a nice looking ladies in shorts and sundresses.

  15. emb on 22 Sep 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Knitted knockers are something church groups could do. That hyphen above may make the URL unclickable, so:

    Not necessarily gender-specific groups, though relatively few men knit. Some do; one is a quite hetero male I’ve not seen for years. Lives in AZ, moved there to escape a tiresome academic dean.

    Workout tomorrow.


  16. Mark from TTown on 22 Sep 2017 at 11:27 pm #

    Ghost: Breast Impressions
    Donates breast casting kits to
    newly diagnosed women, to
    make a memory prior to surgery.
    4645 S Vandalia Ave – Tulsa
    (918) 691.3874

    First I’ve heard of this service.

  17. Mark from TTown on 22 Sep 2017 at 11:29 pm #
    Provides reliable, complete, and
    current breast cancer information,
    including: symptoms and
    diagnosis materials, treatment
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    matters, lowering risk, community
    knowledge (blogs, chat rooms,
    etc.) and a breast cancer coach.

  18. TruckerRon on 22 Sep 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    Had anyone else noticed JJ’s misspelling of “Antediluvian”?

  19. Jery in Fl on 23 Sep 2017 at 1:18 am #

    No, but as much as I dislike Chrysler products I’m thinking of renting a Grand Carvian for my next vacation.

  20. Jerry in Fl on 23 Sep 2017 at 1:20 am #

    Why not? I can’t even spell my name.

  21. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 6:13 am #

    Jimmy, this retro cartoon is from your “Dark Period” when you were working with negative space and heavy inking. It is in itself truly art. I am sure your friend thought so too and hated losing it.

    It is most effective in black and white, like an old classic movie. Question? Did the syndicate colorize it?

  22. David in Austin on 23 Sep 2017 at 6:25 am #

    Trucker– don’t think it was a misspelling. Pretty sure it was intended to subtly project Janis’s disinterest in having a nautical/water themed painting.

  23. Old Bear on 23 Sep 2017 at 9:07 am #

    One spelling is Fore the other Against.

    I’ll shut up now :-)

    GM Debbe & Mizz Charlotte

  24. emb on 23 Sep 2017 at 9:09 am #

    TIP blogspot: Melcher’s gone theological.


  25. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 9:40 am #

    David and Old Bear, you nailed it. Jimmy is a master of succinct and subtle headlines and dialogue.

    A trait I much admire.

    Jimmy is never verbose, nor does he lecture.

  26. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 9:56 am #

    Wooohoo! Just watched Ghost try on his new form fitting blue jeans to wear tonight. He looked totally awesome! He has lost so much weight he does not look like his photos from a few years ago. Amazing difference.

    He says he has dreamed of this, jeans, since five years ago when he began living right and losing weight.

    Oh no! He just moved into the last notch on his tactical heavy leather gun belt that he bought less than two years ago. New belt soon?

  27. TruckerRon on 23 Sep 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Note that I merely pointed out the misspelling. I didn’t attribute purpose to it… but I do believe that it was deliberate, that instead of “before the flood” he did mean “opposed to the flood.” And how did Janis know he’d gone to the nude’s ablutions? With a few brush (pen) strokes he told a great story and replaced needless dialog with proof that he can do more than “simple” cartooning.

    So, for those of us who are ignorant of great art, which paintings were those?

  28. TruckerRon on 23 Sep 2017 at 10:56 am #

    Jerry: When they’re running right, Chrysler vans are hard to beat for comfort and sheer drivability (unless you like super-tight, overly responsive steering that wears you out). You don’t want to own one with the attending headaches and shop time. At least they’ve done away with timing belts (chains are so much more reliable!) and have drastically improved the transmissions over the years.

  29. Mark from TTown on 23 Sep 2017 at 10:57 am #

    It’s getting to be that time of year:

  30. TruckerRon on 23 Sep 2017 at 11:46 am #

    On the book of faces I just saw an advert for a pumpkin spice spray which is guaranteed to “make anything taste like pumpkin spice.”

    I fear for humanity. :(

  31. Mark from TTown on 23 Sep 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    TR, I think we will survive. After all, we made it through the everything must taste/smell like bacon craze. Now, if the air freshener companies would only make one that smells like fresh baked bread! Or charcoal-grilled meat. They would have a profit boom like they’ve never seen.

  32. emb on 23 Sep 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    EOH, a semi-controlled substance, smells like baked bread. Have often thought/said that those in recovery should stay out of bakeries.


  33. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    Just stocked up cat and dog food for next week, got my hair done, bought fresh cut flowers, picked up last prescription, went to bank, post office, on way home exhausted.

    Dickens threw up on our sheets so have to change those to take a nap!

  34. The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™ on 23 Sep 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    FWIW, our Jimmy Johnson artwork survived Harvey and are stacked behind the chair I am sitting in.

  35. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    So glad Sand! Glad it was upstairs I assume?

  36. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Dear Jimmy, I know you are deep in producing the new book but how about an auction? Just on ebay maybe?

    I’d like a new strip myself and maybe Ghost would?

  37. The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™ on 23 Sep 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Jackie, I removed all artwork from the walls on Saturday evening as the water was rising and moved them upstairs. By Sunday there were 18 inches inside when we rafted out. On our return, the inside high water mark was at five feet.

  38. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    I wonder what will happen with wiring codes now? Will you have to place at the 5 foot level like they did when we lived on Clear Lake, the high water mark?

  39. Ken from Framingham on 23 Sep 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi Jimmy,
    Nobody ever has to tell me to squint at a nude… I grew up ‘watching’ HBO and Cinemax that was scrambled due to non-subscription! Is that last panel a Degas? There was an all-Degas exhibit at the Boston MFA a while back, and it was the best museum trip I ever made. Anyway, it’s too bad about the original. That is some of your very best work.

  40. JACKQULINE MONIES on 23 Sep 2017 at 9:59 pm #

    I agree Jimmy, this is some of your best. Negative space use amazing.

    Think about selling us some original strips again. Seems like it’s that time of year.

  41. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 12:00 am #

  42. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 12:45 am #

    Here is some neat antediluvian art I recall from my childhood. Someone put together a collection of paperback books that had stickers you would paste in the appropriate places. My favorites were the dinosaurs, most of the paintings were by this artist, Charles Knight.

  43. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 12:50 am #

    Here’s a great example of use of the space in the panel, a Spirit opening page:

    Look at the newspapers caught in the foreground, the headlines and story provide the beginning of the story itself.

  44. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:41 am #



  45. Jerry in Fl on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:44 am #

    Mark, that is excellent work. I can sit down and draw something that isn’t moving too much, but to picture something in my head and transfer that to paper (with reverse inking no less) is way beyond my understanding. I can understand why Norman Rockwell used models for his paintings.

  46. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:56 am #

    Mark: Chs. R. Knight was as good an animal portrayer as they come.* As a kid, I owned one or two of his books, and saw his stuff often at the AMNH. Unfortunately, paleozoologists knew less then than they do now, so restorations like that Triceratops / Tyrannosaurus confrontation are dated. The Triceratops legs should be upright, like an elephant’s, and the T. rex tail should be off the ground and straight back.

    *Other 20th c. artists who were as good = Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Francis Lee Jaques [no 'c']. Jaques may have been the only one who did habitat group backgrounds, at AMNH and U.MN. Bell Museum. Bell is going to move from old bldg. in Mpls. to new one on St. Paul campus. Hope they can move the habitat groups.


  47. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Cannot find a site with more than 1 or 2 Jaques pieces. The mallard painting at the bottom of
    is a good example of his work. Shown those waves, many naturalists could name the painter.


  48. Llee on 24 Sep 2017 at 8:48 am #

    Good work, Jimmy, both here and on the daily :)

    Jackie, not sure when ‘peak’ is expected. But the main parts of festival happens the week of Oct 21. The 21st when the parade and a LOT of the world is here. Oh- a costume ball (charity fundraiser) has been added, Oct 28. THere will be another festival next year if you miss this one.

    Good links, everyone. Thanks!

  49. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 8:51 am #

    emb, modern version of Knight’s painting. William Stout, excellent artist, has done good works of Antarctic animals as well. He actually went to Antarctica to do first-hand research on what he was painting.

  50. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 8:54 am #

    He did a series of murals of prehistoric life for a museum. The dinosaur painting above is one. Here’s another:

  51. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:04 am #

    Didn’t realize Jaques was from Aitken. That’s close to my older son’s home and UMC in Deerwood. Bucket list.


  52. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:10 am #

    In contrast to Jaques [pron. JAY-queez], there are lots of sites showing his work, including this Wiki:

    Fuertes is big / the Ornithology Dept. at Cornell.


  53. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:26 am #

    More elephants.

  54. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Since Debbe is MIA this morning:

  55. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 11:57 am #

    And an example of what Eisner got away with in newspaper comics in 1946.

    He came up with something new in newspaper comics. Instead of a single comic strip, his studio created a sort of comic book that appeared in Sunday papers. The Spirit was the main character and there were stories with other characters and artists.

  56. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 24 Sep 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    Anyone else in/near N. IL. having a current surfeit of flies? Pharaoh had nothing on me – dozens buzzed around in here, and we do not have open windows, doors, etc. I managed to get 8 of them night before last, and another 8 or 9 last night. There are more. Wife, in her gentleness, tries to shoo them towards and onto a window, then opens the window. When any go out to the outer screen, she opens that to free ‘em. Wife also uses the door that way. I hear that no others enter during these actions, and I want to believe that. Maybe, when the temperatures drop to normal, the flies will leave/die/sleep and not drive me batty.

  57. TruckerRon on 24 Sep 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    Here we are on the 3rd full day of fall, and some of our roads are closed by snow:

    That generally doesn’t happen in Utah until mid-October. And it’s weird to have rain falling so constantly in this desert state!

  58. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 2:41 pm #


  59. Ghost on 24 Sep 2017 at 2:41 pm #

    If they are not entering from outside, they must be hatching inside.

    You’re welcome. :)

  60. Old Bear on 24 Sep 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    We are in the 90*s the last few days
    You can have some of the heat TR

  61. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 24 Sep 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    Right, ghost, and we have considered that. You’d think something deceased would have come to our attention in another way, though, and nothing like that has occurred.

  62. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 24 Sep 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    Jimmy: Thanks for the mention in Sunday’s strip! The reaction by Arlo reminds me a a favorite All in the Family episode when Archie pantomimes hanging himself with a noose while Edith is talking. My wife and I recreate it in our playful moods.

  63. Debbe on 24 Sep 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Back at you Mark :)

    ..and a big good morning Old Bear…..

  64. Debbe on 24 Sep 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Jackie and GR….Amens

  65. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    Cormorants, B.C.

  66. Debbe on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    any clues as to what breed this puff of fluff is:

  67. Charlotte in NH on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Greetings to Debbe and to Old Bear; also to Jackie, Ghost, and emb. Thanks for the pages of paintings; love them. Mark in TT I enjoyed the drawings you sent links to. Gee, today’s bunch of thoughts and information is remarkable; can’t get much better than this!

  68. Anonymous on 24 Sep 2017 at 7:43 pm #


    No flies down here in Central Ohio, either.

    I also noticed that I have not seen one ladybug this year. That has never happened before.

  69. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 8:01 pm #

    anonymous, now that you mention it, I haven’t seen any ladybugs here in Tulsa either. But I’m new enough here not to know if that is normal or not. Might be due to being in an apartment complex without enough habitat to support them.

  70. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    Trucker: That’s astronomic winter. May-Sep. have been more moist than usual, making rain and early snow more likely. It’s already winter on the tundra. Also, it’s been unusually moist near the Gulf, drastically so.

    Debbe: House.

    c x-p: House, and many places, they are most common in Sep. When we arr. in Sep. ’58, there was still mild hazing of frosh at BSC [now BSU]. Classes [then] started the M after Labor Day. You could see them going from class to class in their green beanies, each carrying a jar and a flyswatter.


  71. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    Those BC cormorants, / the big Peterson’s, were most likely Brandt’s. Peace,

  72. JACKQULINE MONIES on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Debbe my guess would be bengal or lynxx but when I began checking I see there are a lot of new breeds of these designer cats.

    I have not done cat shows since Hawaii in 1970. I belonged to Cat Fancy but did not show, just helped put on shows and went to meetings.

  73. JACKQULINE MONIES on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    We have made it to motel. Totally exhausted of course. Getting ready to do presurgery disinfecting. When did it become DIY surgery?

    Love all of you and thank you for love and good wishes.

  74. Mark from TTown on 24 Sep 2017 at 9:55 pm #

    Jackie, you’ll come through this with flying colors, especially with the aid of Casper (your friendly ghost).

  75. Ghost on 24 Sep 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    Just finished wiping down Jackie’s entire body with disinfectant cloths. Not as much fun for either of us as one might think…she says her skin feels sticky and yucky, and I smell like I’ve used the world’s most malodorous cologne. Plus, I get to repeat that in the morning before going to the hospital.

  76. emb on 24 Sep 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    Thoughts and prayers. As to the procedure, that sort of thing is what couples are for. But I’ve never run into it, and would have no reason to know if it’s standard for invasive surgery here. My last surgery, 2015, wasn’t, really: colonoscopy uses natural contaminated entry, so there’d be little point. Only invasive surgery I’ve ever had has been in ER, with no opportunity for at-home prep. TURP uses another natural opening, and may be quite painful afterward, but the only medical cleanup is the instruments and ‘linens’ afterward.

    I’ve not had a vasectomy, but don’t worry; delivery mechanism ain’t what it used to be. I can still leer, but try not to be obvious. Not very hard in some situations. Went, with a date, to a Homecoming gala where a former student was one of five who got an alum award. Three advantages: 1. they know that I’m either in a polo shirt or turtleneck or won’t be there; 2. they want me there; 3. at a ‘formal’ affair, women don’t have to wear as much as men, so leering is just keeping my eyes open. Lotsa eye candy.

    Hope all goes well.


  77. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 25 Sep 2017 at 2:05 am #

    Keep us posted, Specter.

    Never had to do any superficial skin cleansing for my surgeries. Those would be a McVey hernia repair in ’62 and a combined colon resection & gall bladder some 15 years ago – it doesn’t seem that long. Time flies, etc. I guess my knee replacements qualify for “invasive”, too, and they were in ’08 and ’11. No home prep for either. 49 years spanned therewith.

    If you find out some special reason for the disinfectant treatment, educate the rest of us.

  78. JACKQULINE MONIES on 25 Sep 2017 at 4:31 am #

    We had to do for knee in May but different product and method.


  79. JACKQULINE MONIES on 25 Sep 2017 at 5:20 am #

    MRSA is a drug resistant staph infection. It is epedimic now. They test you for it before you can have surgery and if you are positive I doubt you’d get into the operating room.

    The wipedown is trying to prevent people bringing it in.

    However, my observations are based on my late MIL who kept getting it. If you are in contact with someone like her that is infected you might be carrying pathogens on your skin or clothes.
    Then you’d bring it with you.

    I understand it is in school locker rooms and gyms now, nursing homes. My MIL got in an assisted living rehab center in Louisiana originally.

  80. JACKQULINE MONIES on 25 Sep 2017 at 5:23 am #

    Here is information on preventing spread of MRSA.

  81. Debbe on 25 Sep 2017 at 6:44 am #

    Good morning villagers…..

    My mom got infected with MRSA while in the hospital….if I remember correctly, they went back into the would and scraped it..then strong anibitics.

    Eighteen years ago I had hysterectomy, gall bladder and appendix removed AT same time. That morning of the surgery I had to disinfect myself at home by showering with the same solution. Even had to use it in my hair.

    Sending love and prayers hon.

  82. Debbe on 25 Sep 2017 at 6:44 am #

    …think I’ll phone in sick today :)

  83. Mark from TTown on 25 Sep 2017 at 6:47 am #

  84. David in Austin on 25 Sep 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Arlo– what are you thinking? There’d better be a really good comeback tomorrow that repairs that gaff about Janis looking better back then!

  85. Mark from TTown on 25 Sep 2017 at 8:27 am #

    You’ve got that right!

  86. Ghost on 25 Sep 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Jackie’s surgery has begun. Expected to take about four and a half .

  87. emb on 25 Sep 2017 at 9:57 am #

    Ghost: Thanks for the update, but remember, that’s secondary. You are a good partner. Peace and prayers.

  88. emb on 25 Sep 2017 at 10:00 am #

    David, Yeah: my first reaction was ouch. Elaine changed over the yrs, age 21-80, and I of course realized it, sort of. She never became less fascinating, and kept it under control reasonably well. Her sensory nerve endings never seemed to dull.


  89. emb on 25 Sep 2017 at 10:05 am #

    Today’s TIP blogspot.

  90. Ghost on 25 Sep 2017 at 10:36 am #

    … “four and a half hours”, of course. Don’t know what happened to the “hours”. Fact I’ve been up since 0300 surely had nothing to do with that. Fortunately, both her surgeons seemed rather better rested than
    I am.

  91. Ghost on 25 Sep 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Jackie’s breast surgeon just called. She completed the mastectomy with no problems. The plastic surgeon is doing the initial phase of the reconstruction now, a process that will take several months to fully complete.

  92. David in Austin on 25 Sep 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Glad it is going well so far. Happy that Jackie has someone to support her and share the burden.

  93. Mark from TTown on 25 Sep 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Couple of someones. Don’t forget Dickens the Adventure Dog.

  94. Mark from TTown on 25 Sep 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    I know Jackie likes Shoe. So maybe this will give her a laugh when she’s ready and able:

    Thanks for the updates Ghost. Hope things are still going well.

  95. The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™ on 25 Sep 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    GR6, thanks for the update. Give Jackie a hug from both of us.

  96. Ghost on 25 Sep 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Jackie is out of Recovery and in a room. A bit groggy, of course, but talking and making the RN laugh.

  97. David in Austin on 25 Sep 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    Long day for both of you! Glad she is back to somewhat awake.

  98. Debbe on 25 Sep 2017 at 7:47 pm #

    She’s laughing….another good sign…….Amen

    ;) GR

  99. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 25 Sep 2017 at 7:59 pm #

    Mark from TTown:

    The post about ladybugs was mine.

    Somehow, I posted without giving my blog name.

  100. Old Bear on 25 Sep 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    Just got in – Thanks for the good news!

    Ghost & Jackie – Big Grin

  101. Mark from TTown on 25 Sep 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    Debbe, these are wild:

    I don’t know what the soundtrack is, I turned down the volume and just watched the video.

  102. Mark from TTown on 26 Sep 2017 at 6:45 am #

    One for Ghost:

  103. Ghost on 26 Sep 2017 at 7:51 am #

    Headed to the hospital to check on Jackie. I didn’t hear anything last night, and since I’ve never had a hospital call me in the middle of the night with good news, I will go with the “No news is good news” adage. I’ll report after I get there.

  104. Ghost on 26 Sep 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Sitting up and eating breakfast when I arrived. Had a good night. Breast surgeon’s PA just came in to check her; she’ll be discharged in a couple of hours. #UnsinkableJackieMonies

  105. Ghost on 26 Sep 2017 at 9:20 am #

    As another sign of how well she is doing, she is busily posting on Book of Faces as I type this. #UnsinkableJackieMonies