It was one year ago today that an orthopedic surgeon operated on my back. It was not a good situation and if unsuccessful, I would either not be here today or certainly incapacitated. Prior to surgery there was 5 1/2 months of that and more than I ever want to experience again. And, here is where today's story unfolds. Had planned to deliver a thank you gift to the doctor and his nurse specialist today - and found out too late that neither were working this week. Well, when things go wrong you move to plan B. It was an opportunity to re-purpose those gifts and share them with some very special friends who cared for me following surgery, made sure I had food and everything else needed. So to Connie, Robin and Kirk - thank you for being special friends and being there when most needed.