Good News, Everyone! (And a Prayer For Susie L.)

So far, we’re in the clear.

The battle may not be over – the price of peace is eternal vigilance – but so far the battlefield is calm and empty. We’re going to take it six months at a time, but so far so good.

My wife is an extremely private person and so I’ve had to walk a fine line – and I’m happy to do so – in terms of sharing our struggles with the perils of being mortal.

(Don’t tell her I said so, but there may be some merit to being a vampire beyond the great hair and the brooding that seems to attract females by the legions.)

Thank you to everyone for your positive wishes and virtual hugs.

The challenge now is making sure life gets back to normal – or at least what passes for normal in our lives. Let’s face it, the concept of normalcy is a myth we tell ourselves in order to sleep at night; there’s no such thing. But lately, we’ve been through the wringer emotionally and that takes its toll on a person’s physical form.

We both miss sleep. Among other things.

As for my life, I haven’t really been able to focus on writing and I have a pretty formidable literary mountain to scale in terms of my second book. I can answer comments and visit my favorite blogs with the best of them, but in terms of firing up my creative engine, I’m still stuck on the sidelines.

But to be honest, those things are irrelevant when weighed against my wife’s well-being. 

Still, my world keeps on spinning, regardless of whether or not I choose to chronicle its movements.

Case in point: I approached a vehicle yesterday afternoon and was confronted with a truly fearsome sight, one that sent chills racing through my man parts. My eyes began to melt as  I watched two elephantine forms melded together at the lips, each half struggling against the laws of nature, desperate to devour the other.

Forgive me, friends, but watching two obese people kiss is not healthy for a man’s libido. 

These folks were in their mid-fifties, married and still very much in animal love with each other, but man, did they damage my psyche. Time stood still – or maybe that was just me – but finally, they relented, and detached with an audible “pop”.

“Sorry, bud, we get carried away sometimes!” he bellowed, acknowledging my presence as his mate adjusted her tight-fitting clothes.

(I don’t know who he was trying to kid; there was no way these two could ever be carried away by anything less than tornado-force winds.)

As he spoke, a piece of gum repeatedly prairie dogged its way from his mouth, inspiring my retort.

“No problem, sir, I’m just glad you still have your gum!”

I don’t know why I said it exactly, but it worked; his colossal, sweaty form rumbled with laughter and his wife joined in.

I have to admit, I was relieved at the return of my bellman mojo.


Susie Lindau is one of my favorite bloggers, no scratch that, Susie Lindau is one of my favorite people in the world and she needs our good wishes, love and support right now.  But I’m going to let someone else do the explaining in a manner that far outshines my own.

Take it away, Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge…

Susie’s strongest Wild Ride

99 blogs on WordPress today

99 blogs for Susie

Take one down. Re-blog it around

100 blogs for Susie Lindau today.

It's a song. They volunteered to supply the music for you. (Postcard before 1934.(series 285,4700.Herrfurth.1862-1934/US public domain.reprod of PD art/ artist life+70/

100 blogs just for Susie today

A few words from cyberspace.

Read a post now, re-blog it around.

For Colorado’s Wild Rider, Susie Lindau today.

Susie enjoying the view (

Susie lives in one of the most beautiful places on earth: Boulder, Colorado.

But even in paradise, things don’t always go as planned.

Today Susie’s riding into an OR.

Gathering Star Money. (Bro. Grimm,1882.Mohn illustration,1842-1911.US public domain: artist life+100/

Could you wish upon her star?

(Makes no difference where you are)

The mountains will echo it to her.

(Dreams can come true.)

1880 Magic carpet ride (Viktor Vasnetsov,1848-1926/Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum/ US public domain: reprod of PD art/publication date/artist life+80/

Keep company with Susie’s wildest dreams.

Hum a bit of your favorite song.

Tell a joke and laugh along.

She’ll smile – that’s just her style.

Susie going strong! (this is her blog header.

Susie going strong! (this is her blog header.

Traveling with  Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride 

Star-dusted wishes, Susie!

(Dreams do come true.)

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Sing along? (Universe is pleased when happiness is spread around.)

“If You Knew Susie” by Eddie Cantor (video is great fun)

“That Susie Song” in a film/video with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra

“Sweet Sue, Just You” Bing Crosby

“Sierra Sue” by Bing Crosby

Suzy Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Angelina may have money, but Susie is rich with friends (Fairy tale illustration, before 1934.Herrfurth 1862-1934: US Public domain: photo reprod of PD art/artist life+70/

Angelina may have money, but Susie is rich with friends
(Fairy tale illustration before 1934.Herrfurth 1862-1934/ US Public domain: photo reprod of PD art/artist life+70/
Say what you will about bloggers, but we know how to support one another through bouts of light and darkness. Be well, Susie.
See you soon. folks.

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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85 Responses to Good News, Everyone! (And a Prayer For Susie L.)

  1. mairedubhtx says:

    Robert, I’m so glad everything is okay with VampireLover. Six months is six months. A good time. You still have my prayers. Every day. And so does Susie. I just came back from her site. I’m thinking of her especially today. What a brave woman!

  2. Katie says:

    I don’t think PDA should ever be allowed, and I’m glad you’re holding it together.

  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Sigh of relief for you and your wife with continued healing energy coming your way and wonderful tribute to Susie. She’s awesome. I love our community of friends and family. I put my post up for Susie a little while ago!

  4. The Cutter says:

    Good to hear things are looking up!

  5. Yeah! On the good news and you being able to catch your breath again. And I am really sorry about you catching He-Who and I like that. I might have to chip in for the counselling.

  6. I’m so happy to hear a bit of good news for your wife. Big Hugg!

  7. Nadia says:

    Oh, the perks of being a bellman. And a piece of unsolicited but essential advice: everything is irrelevant when weighed against a wife’s well-being. You can thank me later.

  8. Glad to hear things are going well. Hope the sleep catches up.
    Positive energy makes a difference – if you run low, there’s a deep well of it around here waiting for you to dip in.
    Takes a good soul to reach down and help another when already pushed to the limit. (An old soul, no doubt….How else to explain comic con – which ROCKS!…oh, sorry..)
    Thanks, Hook. You’re a shining star.

  9. TBM says:

    Great news Robert. It has to be such a relief for the two of you.

  10. xdanigirl says:

    Yay!! I’m glad to hear everything went okay!!

    As for the PDA thing… No. Just no. That is horrible. I’m so sorry you had to endure that…

  11. I am so happy about your wife!
    And such lovely poetic words!!! You are such a gifted writer 🙂

  12. So happy to hear the positive news. One day at a time, that’s all any of us can do.

  13. See: Hope and smile do work!!! [and all those friends’ wishes!]
    I’m very very happy to hear that, Robert. As for the battlefield… I think you will discover the “goods” that come with situations like these and automatically stay clear of negative thingies! I know from experience.

  14. Sorry to hear about the shitstorm but happy to hear it has subsided it sounds like! Hooray for Susie and much healing and love is going her way!!!

  15. Lady Lovely says:

    More love and hugs!

  16. JackieP says:

    I’m glad things are better and you and VampireLover will have a breather. Now I’m off to Susie’s blog to wish some light and love there. Always lots to give away, it’s rechargeable. May light and love always be yours.

  17. Best to you and yours, Hook. And I hope you the image of happy hippo’s will soon be replaced with a fountain of inspiration for your book!

  18. Pyx says:

    I can appreciate her value of privacy, though I must admit as a reader I am glad you walked the line – and that she was okay with it – because there is something very organic in your love for her that is inspiring to me at least. Yes it is her life but strangely appreciate the way you let us see just how much it affects you as well, her life also being a part of yours because a lot of people an certainly write that and say it but with you it shows.

  19. Chatty Owl says:

    So relieved about your wife. (Will stay away from commenting other things in this post). Just really happy for your family right now.

  20. Jeanne Heuer says:

    Glad to hear things are better. And VL can look forward to a new spin-off from Vampire Diaries. It’s a win-win. 🙂

  21. Littlesundog says:

    I’m still sending positive vibes your way… and a little of that Daisy Deer medicine! I’m so glad things are looking up!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I’m not sure if my comment came in yesterday, but that is wonderful news so far. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Xo

  23. CMG says:

    Normal is simply a setting on the washing machine.

  24. Ahhh … so happy to read your first line. It is a good place to be.
    Very nice post all around, Hook.

  25. I’m so glad things are calm – peace ~

  26. twindaddy says:

    Glad the wifey is doing okay.

  27. Such good news about your wife, I hope it continues that way. And a lovely way of sending good thoughts Susie’s way. The blogging community rocks!

  28. moi says:

    And may the good news continue.

  29. Great news! – but the image of obese “lurve” has turned me vegan

  30. julespaige says:

    Dear Hook –
    Adding ‘you’ to our prayers. We just can’t visit everyone everyday… and well life goes on.
    So I shall not bore you with my details as you seem to have enough on your own plate.
    Just popping in to say hello and add support.

  31. runningonsober says:

    “We’re in the clear…” — four of the best words ever! Congrats on the positive news and six month respite, I’m very happy for you and your wife!

    Enjoy your family, and don’t stress the blogging mojo–it’ll return when it’s ready. Have a great weekend! Christy

  32. That’s great news! 🙂 I’m glad everything went so well 🙂

  33. Diane C says:

    I was on a 6 month check for abnormal cell growth for a couple of years. It is scary but the one day at a time philosophy got me through. I wish you both thousands of good days.

  34. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    Everything about this post made me tear up–OK, save maybe, what? Two sentences? The rest have me sniffly. Sending lots of love and encouragement to you and yours, as well as to Susie.

  35. munchow says:

    Good to hear that things are looking better now. All the best to your wife and you. As to today’s story, I could almost see the opposite happening, the guy not being able to keep his gum, but really didn’t want to go there at all. Stop the movie!

  36. Confessions of Your Husband's Mistress says:

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you make the long journey together.

  37. Gray Dawster says:

    I wish you both very well my friend
    but of course especially Vampire Lover 🙂


  38. You’re the man, Hook. Keep on keeping on. I hope that everything will work out for you in the end.

  39. susielindau says:

    Hook! I am slowly coming back. Thank you so much for the support. Wow! I swear your posts along with others are why I have such a great prognosis! I believe my recurrence score was cut in half because of the thousands who prayed and sent positive thoughts. 🙂
    I overdid it in the beginning and had to stop after typing that last post. I had no idea how fingers typing use chest muscles which are now on the outside of my new boobs!
    It sounds like your wife went through a scare and they want to start mammograms twice a year. Is that right?

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  41. Gray Dawster says:

    I am just calling by to see how Vampire Lover
    is getting along, I have been thinking about her
    and wanted to wish her very well my friend 🙂 🙂


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