Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Quiet Week

Our Easter was very quiet this year. It came the Sunday after Chemo Wednesday. We were pleasantly surprised that Joe didn't feel as bad as he usually does the weekend after chemo. He didn't feel like going to church but we watched an Easter Sunday Service via webcast live on our commuter. 

I am one who believes Easter isn't about the bunnies. It's about the death and resurrection of my Lord so that I may have eternal life. But I also love bunnies. My bunnies are planting their garden and their little ones are having soooo much fun helping while the neighbors are watching.

And the Easter eggs remind me of my brother and sister and I coloring Easter eggs when we were young. 

I have mentioned this basket before. It was my mothers. The handle was accidentally broken and glued back on so I have to always remember to pick it up by the bottom.

We recently went to Home Depot to pick up what else.........more paint. On the way in we passed a lot of these tractors.  We don't even have a lawn to mow, but I thought it would be fun to have it just sit on it and dream....I think he is smiling because he doesn't HAVE to mow a lawn.

This is Goldie. She was with her master at the paint counter too. Such a well behaved girl she was. We were told she just came from the groomers. Such a pretty girl too.

Our son and his fiancee went to The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington  He sent me 26 pictures and I asked if I could share some of them with you. His answer.... sure.

I am looking forward to going to
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon much closer to where we live. And the best part is we are suppose to have some sunny days this next week too.

Dick and I many, many years ago.

Happy Birthday to my little brother on  Tuesday. He's celebrating another birthday in Heaven.  He died in 2004  but I still miss how he would tease me. One of the things I remember as kids, I washed the dishes, he dried them.... He would put the dish back in the water and tell me it was dirty, when it wasn't.  My uncle nicknamed me Jettybean and no one else was ever allowed to call me that except Dick.  I miss you Dick. See you soon.....very soon.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Words of Thanks

I just had to say this morning after reading the comments on here and on Facebook, You, my friends are such an encouragement not only to me but to Joe also. Thank you so much for your prayers and words of encouragement. I show him every response that comes across my screen. It makes him smile even when some days he doesn't feel like smiling. I pray the Lord's blessings on all of you who are so faithful to read and encourage us as we are walking this journey together. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Almost Every Thing Tastes Wonderful He Says

As I said in my last blog, Joe was OK'd to skip a chemo session which gave him an extra couple of weeks to let his mouth heal and get his strength back. And let me tell you, he is eating everything set before him and anything he can find in the cupboards and pantry. He told his Dr. and nurses he couldn't remember what a good steak tasted like so  our dear friends Jim and Neila who  are in the area ( more about that in a bit) took us to Saylers in Portland. Now he remembers how good a great steak is!! He  enjoyed a cup of clam chowder, deep fried onion rings, veggies off a veggie tray, warm bread, a 8 ounce tenderloin steak, baked potato, a large glass of milk and TWO large glasses of water.  I was stunned.  He ate breakfast that morning, but nothing until supper there at 5:30.  His comment........"I was hungry"  This past week we have also hit, Sherri's Restaurant, breakfast at McDonald's twice, the Sizzler (doing that again Monday to celebrate Jim's birthday), Oh how I wish this could last for ever but we know that all good things must come to an end . Chemo starts again Wednesday the 23rd. But there are only four sessions left. After the 2nd one there will be another CAT scan then the last two chemo's. I don't know for sure what the next step will be after that, but I will let you know as soon as I do.

Now about our friends Jim and Neila. We met them at an RV Park in Arizona when we parked next to them for a week or so and have been friends ever since. They have been such a support to Joe and I but it has been a friendship via phone and computer. They were in Florida for a couple of years, then this past fall they came back to the West Coast in California and Arizona. They are what we call Full Timers. Their 5th wheel is their permanent home. They can truly say our home is where we park it.

Right now they are work camping as hosts at the Cascade Fish Hatchery  It has been good for Joe to be able to spend time with Jim, and Thursday we picked up our friend Ruth and headed for Cascade Locks (exit 41) This place is so awesome  and is open to the public.  It is also the trail head for the Eagle Creek Trail

It is beautiful there. I especially like it because trains go by there all the time day and night. I asked them if they were use to them yet and they were.

Coho Salmon are raised in these ponds.  

What you are looking at here are baby Coho Salmon. Thousands of them.

We take time out from learning about the fish hatchery to take pictures for my blog. Jim, Neila,  me and Ruthie.

OK another update on re doing our guest room. It was time to lay the carpet so everything had to come out of there. There isn't a whole lot of room to put things in our home...... so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.



It felt so nice in there, we spent the evening just sitting in our chairs enjoying the new carpet.  Eventually a daybed, when I find exactly what I want, will go in there and the big chair will go away.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Signs Of Spring And A Little Break

After many days of gray, we have enjoyed blue skies today and if the weather forecasters are correct, we may see a few more. Our yard is showing signs of spring too. 

Friends who know us well know I love daffodils and tulips. Friend Ruthie brought these a few days ago 

Then I found these at Fred Myers

They sure brighten up our living room.
Saturday Joe's cousin Elaine and her husband Bill, came to visit us and they brought us the most wonderful "care package" and a beautiful bouquet of these tulips. The care package included favorites of both of us like Gherkins baby sweet pickles, pickled beets, salted peanuts in the shell, almonds, mini York mints and Ghirardelli Chocolate Mints 
Grand daughter Kim came to visit Sunday. It was her 27th birthday. It doesn't seem possible. Hope this year is the best ever for you sweetie.
And of course when mom comes to visit Princess Emily is sure to come along unless she is in school. She was coloring in a coloring book I gave her AND was reading the captions under the pictures.  This little gal is only in kindergarten. She excels in everything at school.

We had breakfast at Shari's Restaurant in Milwaukie after my Eye Dr. appoint recently. We like this restaurant for more than one reason.  First it was the first place we went after Joe and I met. The other reason is the Canadian Geese and a variety of ducks we can watch while we are eating there.

Now for an update on Joe. Here he is enjoying the sun we haven't seen much of in a few weeks. He has lost 31 lbs, but I am happy to report he has gained two of those back so far. He has finished six chemo sessions and has four to go.  His last chemo was  March 2nd. His mouth was getting so sore from the chemicals it was to painful to eat or drink.  After talking to his Dr. and nurses it was decided to skip a session and give him a few weeks to let his mouth heal and regain some strength. Each session is getting more difficult and takes longer for him to bounce back. 

I am thrilled to report that he is eating much better and enjoying the taste. It's still not back to normal ( and won't be til about a month after the chemo sessions are done) but the metal taste isn't quite so bad and he can tolerate the cold milk or juice better. Today he felt like working in the nice weather. He did take a couple of naps while watching the tennis tournament in Indian Wells where he has volunteered in the past.

The red leaves on our Lace Leaf Maple are pushing so hard they are  just about to burst.

We are going to have another  bumper crop of blueberries this year. These are for Joe to just enjoy picking, washing them off and eating them. What he doesn't eat, I freeze.

It is hard to see with the blue sky and white clouds, but this is one of two of our pink dogwood trees and the buds are there. I love these trees.

Our Azalea hedges didn't do too well this winter but the flowers are blooming if you click on the picture. Soon they will be fire red. The only thing we can think of as a reason for the yellow is too much rain coming down the drain pipe and soaking them. 

Even the Clematis is starting to climb up the trellis.
So what is ahead for us you might be asking. Joe has his next chemo on the 23rd, followed by Rehydration IV's on Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. As I said earlier, he doesn't hardly get to feeling better now and it's time for another session. Yes, we have had our days of depression and sharp words. And those are mainly because I was so frustrated that he wasn't eating or drinking much of anything and loosing a pound a day and him not wanting to hear my suggesting that he try to eat and drink more.  But we also know when we are hugging we aren't hurting. So we hug and hold each other a lot. A hymn we grew up pretty much describes how we are dealing with our lives right now.

I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to gray
I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

I don't know about tomorrow
It may bring me poverty
But the one who feeds the sparrow
Is the one who stands by me
And the path that be my portion
May be through the flame or flood
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

I haven't felt much like blogging lately but there are some fun things happening this weekend so I will blog again sometime next week.
~~~~~~~ For those of you who follow Retired Rod's Blog  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He is having surgery on Monday for brain tumor.