Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday Morning

It's Saturday morning and I should be cleaning up the kitchen, but I thought I'd do a quick post instead.  Mac took some pictures of my new plants, he has one more to pot---a Texas Lilac---we were looking for a Buddleia, but they didn't have any.  He also took so photos of our neighborhood alligator, he is growing quickly.

Isn't he a handsome young alligator



Ginger Lilies

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Well Pooh!

My hair's falling out.  Just when it was coming in thick and growing every day.  So I want it to fall out quickly so it can start to grow again.  It was looking cute, now I have bald sidewalls.
Had a great week.  Managed to exercise twice, started a new painting and found more things to paint. It's commissary shopping today with a stop at Lowes and Hobby Lobby.  My Gardenia looks so pretty I want another one.  Need to get off my duff and take some photos.
Rained every day this week except for yesterday.  All that rain has kept our pool cool, usually by this time of year it's almost too warm to swim in.
It seems so strange to see all the photos from England showing yellow grass.  Here it's so green and the weeds are having a field day.  About the only thing blooming though are the Zinnias and the Ginger Lilies.
More sad news from Mac's cousin's family.  In addition to the cousin's house burning down, their sister who lived in Colorado passed away.  So sad.  She was my age, but I don't know the details yet, but we will send flowers.
Mac had another cousin call this week, just felt the urge to talk to everyone, know the feeling.  Then last night we talked with Mac's brother and his wife.  They're just back from Montana where they went to a cowboy wedding and then to Glacier National Park.  They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and said their flight home was 2 hours and then their drive home (which isn't that far) was also 2 hours---too much traffic.  That's one of the reasons the other cousin Mac talked to said they're retiring next year and leaving California.  It's definitely one of the reasons we left.  Just too many people.
Skyped with our daughter this morning--what a great invention Skype is.  Our daughter hates talking on the phone, but loves Skype, it's so much more personal.
Well that's all from here, hope you're having a great Sunday.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Another Good Day today

Had another good day today, lots of energy and got a bit done.  Shopped on EBay for an anniversary present for
Mac, we have our 53rd anniversary in September. 
We had a new filter put in our HVAC unit.  We got a new unit in January and part of the deal was that they'd change the filter.  Took them awhile and I didn't envy them having to be up in our attic.
I guess most of you have read about the fires in California, well yesterday we found out that Mac's cousin and his wife had their house burn down, they lived in Redding. So sad.  Here we're having rain every day, so no fire danger unless lightning strikes.
I went upstairs today for the first time in months.  It's 16 steps up to our 2nd floor and I was wondering how I'd do----well, no problem, yeah me.
Fixed a good lunch today.  Even every time we go to the Olive Garden I order the Shrimp Scampi with Asparagus.  I went online t o find the recipe and it was so quick and easy.  The recipe called for spaghetti, but I used Angel Hair Pasta.  Also used more lemon juice than the recipe called for.  Definitely a keeper.
Did some shopping at Amazon,would hate for Jeff Bezos to not become a trillionaire.
Tomorrow I start exercising again wish me luck.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Another Milestone

I've finished the 10 days of head radiation that was done prophylactically to reduce the risk of my cancer returning and going to my brain.  It's over and I feel great.  They gave me my mask that they'd made for me to wear during treatment and told me I was welcome to burn it, blow it up or shoot it with a shotgun.  Haven't decided quite what I want to do with it.
My hair hasn't fallen out and is in fact still growing.  My doctor said it might start falling out in a week or so, the technicians who ran the radiation said the dose was so low it might not fall out----hope they're right.
Went to Hobby Lobby with Mac today, he needed canvases.  It's the first time I've been able to cruise their aisles and cruise I did.  Many things were 40% off and I indulged.  While we waited for Hobby Lobby to open we went to Lowes and did some plant shopping.  Got a new Gardenia,  we're going to put it in a big pot next to the pool and some really pretty golden  Zinnias    .
Then we went to breakfast---eggs, hash browns and pancakes---so good.  Next was some grocery shopping.
All in all I was out for 4 hours, the longest I've been out except for medical treatment.
No more doctors for awhile.  Physicals for us later in the month, Medicare says we have to, but there'll be no X-rays for me, I've had enough radiation.

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

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.


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


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

Saturday Morning

It's Saturday morning and I should be cleaning up the kitchen, but I thought I'd do a quick post instead.  Mac took some pictures of...