Sunday, March 29, 2009

Colon Cancer Awareness

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. I want to repost some links in case anyone missed them. Colon Cancer is preventable and is treatable if caught early.

1. Colon Cancer Coalition.

2. Colon Cancer Alliance.

3. Relay for Life.

Fifty is the age at which doctors suggest most people get their first colonoscopy to test for polyps, tumors or cancer. For some people, fifty is too late. I'm one of those people.

I was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer 18 months ago at age 45. They didn't think I would make it. By God's grace I was healed.

My next colonoscopy is on April 2. Please get yourself tested.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jean Bonnet Tavern

We made it to the tavern around 2 p.m. Our waitress was Katie. Very nice young woman. We ordered an appetizer for Phil and I had French onion soup. We both had salads and then our entrees. I had the chicken cordon bleu while Phil had a steak. We finished off the meal with cheesecake covered with fresh strawberries.

It was 4:15 p.m. when we left the tavern. It was a really nice day.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Psyched about tomorrow!

Tomorrow is almost here! I am SO excited to be spending the day with Phil. We're going to drive to Bedford to eat lunch at the Jean Bonnet Tavern. We have eaten there four times. Each time was a special day.

The first time was November 11, 2000 when we settled on the construction loan to build our log house. Number two was my birthday one year. Number three was a few days after I was diagnosed with colon cancer. We were scared but wanted to do something special to mark the day as a day of remembrance. Number four was this past July. We met my sister and her partner Jill for dinner to celebrate my birthday and see each other before my surgery.

This time will be a day of thankfulness for what God has given us. The Tavern is very special to us. It's fitting we should be there to celebrate another special day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wonderful Day!

Today was such a nice day!

I spoke to Randy this morning about coming in to work. He told me the new QuickBooks Pro 2009 software arrived yesterday so I hurried in to work to install it. So exciting! I know, what's exciting about new accounting software? {giggle} This is ... because we've been working off QuickBooks 2000.

The new software is so different! It's going to take a few days just to figure it out.

Phil called around 3 p.m. to let me know he was leaving early from work and asked if I wanted to meet him for dinner. Yes! We met at 4 p.m. at TGI Fridays. Phil walked in and I stood up to kiss him. It was so good to see him! Dinner was yummy. Conversation was great. Afterwards I went to Target to shop and he went to Gander Mountain to shop. LOL!

We got home and fed animals and now are watching LOST! Great day!

Oooohh! He has Friday off! Yeah!!! I am so excited! I have the day planned out already in my head. I would like to sleep in, what else is new, then drive out to Bedford to Jean Bonnet Tavern for lunch, then a long drive back on scenic Route 31.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Man, oh man! It's Friday!

Phil was supposed to take a half day vac today but called this morning to say not only is he not going to be able to do that but has to work the entire weekend! No way! 14-15 hours a day he said. I am so upset and bummed. This was the only weekend that we don't have other commitments. We were supposed to spend the entire weekend doing something together.

So, I'm at work or supposed to be working. Just hanging out. Have some banking recons to do and some filing but mainly waiting for the lady at Office Max to call after 1:30. We missed out on this terrific deal which was emailed to the office. I've been emailing them and we've gone back and forth but they have agreed to give us the discounted price on accounting software! Yeah! No more QuickBooks 2000. So, I'll sit here and wait for the phone to ring!

What the heck am I going to do by myself this weekend? Ralph and Jess said they'd come over tomorrow afternoon. I don't want to spend the entire weekend sitting in bed watching tv and on the computer.

Oooh, wanted you to know that I found MOTIVATION this week and am back on the treadmill. I have to exercise away at least 10 pounds in order to fit in this beautiful dress I bought for Ralph and Jess' wedding in July!

I got up at 8 a.m. yesterday morning and spent 20 minutes on the treadmill walking at a fast pace. Today I did 25 minutes and burnt 102 calories. I know, it's a small start but it is a start and I'm motivated. Last year I dropped 25 pounds due to chemo and nausea. I am sorry to say I've gained at least 20 back. If I want to wear that gorgeous dress I have to stay motivated and lose weight. So it's a goal ... 10 pounds before July. No McDonald's, no fast food. This will be tough!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Good Weekend!

This has been a good weekend!

Yesterday was our DAR meeting. We had good attendance and the lunch was really nice. Gotta love those finger sandwiches. I had four. :)

We were honoring our American History Essay contest winners. This year we had 33 essays! Vice Regent, Nancy Wood, always does a terrific job with the students. She will make a good Regent next term.

We had four winners attend the meeting and read their essays. Excellent essays this year! Proud parents were also in attendance.

Phil and I had dinner at Denny's in Latrobe then went to Ricky Beers to pick up quail for Phil's training day today. Met Ricky's girlfriend Erica. Such a sweet young woman. They are expecting their first child. The nursery was absolutely adorable. Made me long for more grandchildren!

We headed to the mall. I wanted to do a little shopping before the mall closed. I have been looking for a new pair of earrings and found a pair I wanted to buy. The sales clerk could not get the SKU tags to work on the computer so I have to go back another day.

Went downstairs and bought the most luxurious towels! They reminded us of the colors of Sanibel Island. Such a lovely shade, between a turquoise and seafoam. The tags called the color WAVE. Just gorgeous. I couldn't wait to get home and put them up in our bathroom!

Haven't heard from Phil this morning. I hope his training day is going well. He took Bella, Opal and Reno so everything is quiet here. The only things I hear outside are cars driving by, chickens cackling and the occasional goat asking when I'm going to come outside to see him/her. They love to be petted and have their necks scratched.

Randy called last night. He's picking up the steer meat from the butcher this afternoon. He'll call on the way home and we'll go over to pick up the meat. I bought half a steer. That should fill up our freezer. I'm giving some to Joe and Ralph. When mom and dad come up I'll send them home with some, too.

Oh, I'm not sure if Joe and Ralph have made up but Chucky and Jassmine were at Ralph and Jess' house last night. That's a good sign. I stopped over to pick up a cooler to transport the meat. It was so nice to see my little granddaughter. I asked if I could have a hug and she reached for me and gave me a big hug. So nice! I was so happy! Really made my day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I am a Sunflower

I am a sunflower.

I may not be the tallest plant in the field
or have the prettiest petals, but I stand as
straight and tall as I possibly can.

My stalk is firmly planted in the ground
so that a strong wind will not uproot me.

I lift my petals up to the heavens and bask
in the sunlight and enjoy the rains that
God gives me.

When my petals fall to the ground and
my seeds grow, I am happy for I am doing
what God has made me for.

When my time is done and my seeds have
begun to drop to the ground, to sprout and
become sunflower plants of their own,
I am happy to know that I did what I
was made to do.

I know that my little seeds will become
tall and beautiful sunflower plants
because they came from me. I was blessed.
I was the best sunflower that I could be.

--Carol Pack Urban
March 11, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Don't People Think Before They Speak?

What is it that causes people to utter incredibly insensitive remarks? I have had so many people say things to me which are hurtful and insensitive after I've shared with them my ordeal with cancer and that I am now a survivor.

Do they think that by telling me how many people they know who have cancer or who have died from cancer that I will somehow feel so much better? Do they actually think about what it is they are saying before it comes spewing forth from their lips? Did something in the brain misfire? Don't they realize how much better it would have been to offer up a word of prayer?

I have gotten to the point that I tell people I would much rather hear something positive. Not everyone dies from cancer. There are good outcomes. Dwell on the positive not the negative.

And, what makes doctors tell you that you've lived longer than they thought you would. Ouch! I am thankful for every day that God gives me. Isn't there a way to discuss this time issue by making a positive remark instead; i.e., "It's such a wonderful thing that God answered prayers and gave you this miracle. We are so happy for you and are happy to be a part of it." Please don't tell me you're surprised I'm still alive. Good heavens, no one wants to hear that! Just one bad comment could send a person into a bout of depression they might not recover from.

I try to always be positive. I think about what I say before I say it. If it isn't positive then I keep my mouth shut. What's the point of speaking if it isn't beneficial?