Friday, March 16, 2018

A New Post Finally

I'm very late in posting, had a bit of a set back after my last round of chemo and am finally feeling up to par again.  They're going to change my chemo and keep me stronger after the next go around that starts Monday.  I start radiation Wednesday, so hoping I do better.
We went out to breakfast today and that felt so good, haven't had much of an appetite, but ate all of my breakfast today.
They did a CatScan and my tumor is shrinking YEAH!  Here's hoping the next go around shrinks it even more.  I'm feeling very optimistic.
It's been cold here, but promises to be a beautiful weekend for St.Paddy's Day.  All the locals are up in arms because the Vice President is coming down for the Parade tomorrow and all the rules have changed, they wish he would just stay away.
More than 300,000 people show up for St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, it's quite a party.
Hope you all have a great weekend,

Friday, March 2, 2018

A Good Week

I'm finished with my second round of chemo with 2 more sessions to go.  Came through it better than last time and feeling very grateful for that.  Next session adds the radiation.
Good some good news, not about the cancer, but from Delta.  Before this had all began we had booked first class tickets ($10,700) to go see our daughter in Japan.  They were nonrefundable tickets.   Well Mac got letters from my doctors, wrote a good letter to Delta and they're refunding our money.  We're thrilled.
Now if everything else can go as easily.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday in the Swamp

I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers, they're much appreciated.  I had a good weekend and enjoyed the spring like weather.
This week I start my next round of chemo and I'm anxious to get it over with and have a couple of weeks off.
I guess I'm ready to give a few more details, I have lung cancer and no I'm not a smoker.  I quit 37 years ago.  Guess it wasn't soon enough.
My doctors are great and I'm hopeful for a good outturn.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


I'm not very good at sharing personal information, but I don't want to leave you all wondering what's going on.  I just finished my first round of chemo therapy and will start the next on the 28th, at that time radiation will also be added.  It's not been easy, but I've had wonderful care, both from my treatment center and my wonderful husband.  He's been my rock.  Hopefully we're going to win the war.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Swamp News

Many of you may have noticed that I haven't been as active as usual and there's a reason.  I'm having serious health issues at this time that I'm not ready to go into details about.  But from time-to-time I'll have to step away from Blogging and that's hard for me as you all have become an important part of my life.   I will try to keep reading Blogs and leaving messages.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Just a Quickie From the Swamp

Busy week of errands and appointments, not much down time.  Some rain, but mostly mild, lots of 70's for the new week, that makes me happy.  Mac is busy painting, sold so many paintings lately he's had to restock.
We bought a milkshake machine and made strawberry milkshakes last night, they were so good.
Going to fix bacon, corn chowder soup today, need to use up some bacon.
They're rerunning the Super Bowl today and now that we know who won it we can watch and enjoy it.
Reading a wonderful book  Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak about a Muslim girl in Istanbul who goes to Oxford and where she becomes friends with a very divergent group of friends and takes a course about God who she has been struggling with most of her life..  It was recommended by Marianne at Let's Read and I'm so glad, will definitely make my best list this year.
Not much in the way to tv watching, just the Pro-Am Golf Tournament from Pebble Beach California.  Like to keep track of Bill Murray's antics.
That's about it from the swamp.

Monday, February 5, 2018

In the BackYard Again

Mac called me out to the backyard to greet some visitors,  We had 8 Canadian Geese out there.  Usually we'll get a mated pair, but this year it looks like a flock of bachelors have landed.  We always call them the Honk Brothers.  We fed  them a load of bread and just enjoyed the sunshine.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Flu Shot

Broke down and we got flu shots this week.  We don't normally get them, but this year's outbreak is so bad we decided maybe we had better.  Mac had virtually no reaction and I had a sore arm that's more or less gone now so that's good.
Cold today, but promises of temperatures around 70º by mid-week, doesn't that sound good!
I figure the Patriots will win the Super Bowl and that's just boring, would love an upset.
Just finished reading We'll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to be French  by Emma Beddington and really enjoyed it.  From the time she was a teenage reading French Elle she knew she was French trapped in an English body.  This is her autobiography.  Funny, sad and very interesting.  I understand she has a blog called and I guess I'll have to go and give it a look to see what she's been up to since writing the book.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Beautiful Day

Went out in the backyard today with Mac, what a gorgeous day.  Not the warmest, but awfully nice in the sun.  He fed the fish and then we just sat and soaked it in, woodpecker working on a dead tree, a bluejay trilling, little peepies picking up breadcrumbs, even think we heard a honey bee.    It actually looked  and sounded like spring out there.  Mac has his garden ready for planting his Fava Beans.  We'll see how February goes before he puts them in.  No pictures, forgot to take a camera out and too lazy to go back in and get one.
Working on my cross-stitch, the end end is in sight.  Mac's  busy painting as always.    Have to share one he just finished, it's so cute.

Is that not adorable!

Feeling a bit British today, it will be Fish and Chips for lunch.  Wish my chips tasted like theirs do.  I probably gain 5 pounds every time we go to England because of the chips.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Overnight lows around 60º--that would be last Sunday night--overnight lows around 30º--that would be tonight.  My daffodils are blooming and I asked Mac to cut them and bring them in so they don't have to freeze.  I fear that February is going to be as cold as January and that's after they predicted we'd have a warmer than normal winter down here--HA!
Breakfast for dinner today, Ham, Eggs and Potatoes, I'm not feeling very creative.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Kitchen Smells So Good!

It really does.  First thing this morning I made a big pot of Chile, part for tomorrow's lunch and part to freeze.  When that was done I started work on Lamb Shanks, they'll be today's lunch.  Braise the shanks, remove, cook carrots, onions and garlic, put the shanks back in, add chicken stock, red wine, rosemary and thyme.  Then let it bubble for a couple of hours before you serve it over mashed potatoes.  You can smell it all over the house.
Washed the slipcover for the couch and realized I couldn't throw it in the dryer, it's line dry only and because it's going to rain off and on all day I can't hang it outside, so Mac took it upstairs to hang in the attic, probably take 2 days there.  Which means we'll probably destroy the couch while it's gone.
Skyped with our daughter this morning, always look forward to our Sunday morning chats.  Except for the fact that Miss Kitty crawls all over my desk and rubs up against the computer, knock things in the floor, gnaws on my hand--gently of course--and anything else she can think of to distract me.  She hates for me to Skype or talk on the phone.  She tolerates the computer, sitting her fine, furry rear on on router, but doesn't appreciate other forms of communication.  We usually end up throwing her out of the room.
Tried to watch Despicable Me 3 this weekend, it was bad, bad, bad and we didn't finish it.  Loved the first one, was ok with the 2nd, but the 3rd says it's time to end the franchise.
We're really enjoying the 3rd series of The Detectorists, watching it slowly because Mackenzie Crook says there'll be no more.  Mac has been investigating places in England where you can spend a couple of day metal detecting, wouldn't that be great.
Hope you're having a good weekend.

A New Post Finally

I'm very late in posting, had a bit of a set back after my last round of chemo and am finally feeling up to par again.  They're goin...