Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Bit of a Milestone

Friday I went to the commissary with Mac to grocery shop and I managed to get all of it done without having to sit down and rest.  That may not sound like much to you, but I haven't been to the commissary to shop since February.  Either I was too tired, lacked the energy or I was sick.  Mac had to pick up the slack and he's done a good job.  But I missed doing the shopping, looking at the produce, picking out meat, seeing what was new.
So I did it.  Mac talked to the commissary people and they had a chair set out for me in case I got too tired, but I didn't need it.  I sat down when I was finished, but just as a precaution, I wasn't really tired.  It feels so good to have energy again.
Bar-b-qued ribs, rice and kidney bean salad for lunch today.  It's so muggy here that I want to keep to kitchen cool.
Yesterday I signed up for BritBox and we watched Would I Lie to You one of our favorite shows.
My new header is of Stokesay Castle in Shropshire, a place we've visited many times.  It's less of a castle really and more of a manor house.  Love Mac's painting.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Bit Late With This

I meant to post this right after the Fourth of July, but didn't get around to it.  The Low Country Boil was even better than I hoped, the corn was so sweet.  When it got dark we took the Badger and Godzilla outside and played with Sparklers and Poppers (you throw them down and they pop).  Both Badger and Godzilla had a good time.




Then we went inside and drank Mimosas and watched Independence Day.  We've seen it a couple of times, but felt it was appropriate.

Healthwise I'm doing well, had a PET scan and it looked good, both my doctors are pleased.  So we're going to do a prophylactic 10 day radiation of my head.  It starts tomorrow.  Then I have till September  and then have my port cleaned.  In October I'll have another PET scan and they'll just be monitoring me.  I'm very pleased.



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends and sorry about the break-up to my British friends.
It's supposed to rain here today, and in fact already has a little.  We're hoping it will clear up enough for us to swim though. Plus we have Sparklers we need to burn.
We're having a Low Country Boil.  We'd planned on having that  on Sunday when we went down to our local marina,  but they had no shrimp so it was 2 cold beers and an order of Calamari.
I will fix  the Low Country Boil today and for those who've asked what is it here's my list of ingredients.

Small Red Potatoes
Old Bay Seasoning
Corn on the Cob
Sausage
Onion
Shrimp

You boil them in that order and then drain the liquid.  It's so good.
Hope you have a good day wherever you are.

This isn't mine, but definitely how it will look.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Been Awhile

No excuse, just enjoying feeling good.  I've taken over the cooking at last, though Mac still does the dishes.  Swimming every day and enjoying the yard, though there's still too many weeds---someday.
A lizard has taken to sunning himself of the pool ladder, I worry that he'll fall in.

Our friend the lizard

Neither of us know what this flower is.

The Lilies are doing exceptionally well this year.

Buddleia

A very different looking Zinnia




The Rose of Sharon

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday in the Swamp

Summer has arrived here in the swamp with temperatures in the 90's and afternoon thunderstorms.  Sunday we went down the road to the Marina, the restaurant there, FishTales, has the best fresh shrimp and cold draft beer.  Mac also had a small Low Country Boil.  It felt so good to be out and about.
Today I went in the pool for the first time, the water was warm and felt good.
Look at the beautiful Confederate Rose growing next to the pool.
I'm feeling good and getting stronger each day.  Saw my oncologist last week and they're pleased with my progress.  Next week I meet with my Radiation doctor.
Leek Frittata for lunch today, I've started doing some of the cooking and that feels good too.


The Marina

FishTales




Fresh Shrimp











Out and About

Confederate Rose

Pool Time

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear

I'm not a Bear, but I'm definitely fuzzy, my hair has started to grow back and as my sister forecast ( she had chemo about 10 years ago) first you grow fuzzy fur, eventually you get regular hair.
I had a good week, made my pillows, did some decorating and generally I felt pretty good.
Hot here, in the 90's, needless to say I won't be going out.  Went shopping yesterday and it wore me out.
Next week is all about Doctor appointments---Retina Specialist, Oncologist and  Primary Care Doctor.
Hope you're having a good weekend.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Good Post

One of my wonderful blogger friends (they're all wonderful), Angry Parsnip,  sent me a gift-----I'm thrilled.  She knows I love Godzilla so she sent me a Zilla, a tea towel with  iWinston style dogs,  a wooden mitten clip, and Blue Corn Pancake Mix and Prickly Pear Syrup.  How thoughtful and wonderful is that.
Did a lot yesterday.  Did the laundry, helped Mac make lunch, updated my calendar, wrote 2 letters and read.  Today I'm blogging, went for a walk in the garden and I'm going to make pillows.
Getting better all the time


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Well It's About Time

I've just been lazy.  All is well here, meeting with my Oncologist went well, don't have to go back for 2  weeks.  Some problems with constipation, not something I want to talk much about.  But getting better.
Rain, rain, rain, nearly every day and more forecast, a bit tired of that but the garden is loving it.  Some pictures Mac took for me.


Hydrangeas

Lilies

Gladiolas

Our Mimosa Tree, a new one has seeded itself down in the garden.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the women in my life whether they have children or not, they're important to me.  My wonderful daughter April who brings me so much joy.  My Sister-in-law Laura who has been so supportive of me in this difficult time.  My husband's cousin Isabel who reminds me that there are people who are just good.  I always have my Mother and my Mother-in-law in my thoughts, I was so lucky to have them.
My meeting with my oncologist went well and all I need to do is keep taking my medicine and keep getting stronger.
So Happy Mother's Day to all the women out there.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

One Week On

I'm a week out of the hospital and I feel good.  Hardly use the walker at all and going longer without pain medication.
Starting to do a few household chores and give Mac some free time.  He mopped floors today and is now out playing in the yard.  I meet with my Oncologist tomorrow.
I'm feeling blessed. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DONE!!!!

I'm through with radiation and rang the bell to indicate I'm done.  Feel great.  Don't have to go back for 30 days, though I meet with my Chemo Doctor this Friday.  It feels so good to be done.
Hauled myself up the 10 stairs to get in the house and feel myself getting stronger every day.
So much to look forward to.  They will do a CAT scan in 90 days to see how things are going.  I'm going to get through this and get on with my life.  Thanks to my treatment team and Mac, they've made this possible.

A Bit of a Milestone

Friday I went to the commissary with Mac to grocery shop and I managed to get all of it done without having to sit down and rest.  That ma...