Monday, January 25, 2010

Back Home

I drove to Maryland last Thursday to visit with my parents and accompany them to mom's visit to her doctor on Friday.

The drive was excrutiating for me. I hate to drive. I would much rather be a passenger. I have a hard time sitting still for a four hour drive and driving really does require that you sit in the driver's seat the entire time. No getting up and moving to the back of the car or look out the window at deer on the hillside or hawks in the sky. Who'd a thunk it?

So, I finally get there after a long, long drive {did I say that already?} and as soon as I walked in the door we had dinner. Yum. Something leftover from when my sister was up. Don't worry, it had been in the freezer.

Enjoyed a nice evening with mom, dad and my brother. Friday morning we got up for the drive into Baltimore for mom's surgical follow up visit. Lots of cars on too many different roads for me to remember how we got there. Did see Camden Yards from my car window. Finally we arrived at Mercy Hospital. Beautiful building. Nice people.

Nurse arrived to do all the necessary things and told mom she had good news. The pathology results had come back that mom's cancer was Stage Ia which is extremely good news. It means her cancer had not gone beyond the uterine lining. She won't need any further treatment beyond the hysterectomy she already endured. It was such a good feeling to be able to be there with my parents and share in the good news.

We had a nice lunch at the Double T Diner in Annapolis. Way too many menu choices. Later we had a nice meal of chili at home and then I drove back on Saturday morning. I arrived home at 4 p.m. and went straight for a nap. All that driving is so stressful and tiring.

It was great to see my husband and to be home. I missed my parents but there's nothing like sleeping on your own pillow and being in your own bed.

Sunday we went over to Phil's mother's house for dinner celebrating his brother Dave's birthday. Great meal and lots of leftovers. In fact, we just finished a meal of leftovers. Believe me, they are even better the second time around!

I plan to go in to work tomorrow morning then I have an appointment at the cancer center to get my port flushed. That has to be done every eight weeks.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Is happiness truly a state of being? Is it only in the mind?

Right now I don't feel the happiness I used to feel. It could be because I have not taken my meds for a few days. Not sure.

Maybe I want more from my life? What should I do to achieve it?

I've heard the saying that only you can give yourself happiness. I'm not sure about that. Being around fun people can make you happy even if only for a little while.

Why do some people do or say things to bring others down? Why cause an end to someone else's happiness? Why not choose to bring joy to those around you?

I think being happy is a choice. You can choose to see only gloom and doom or choose to see blue skies and beautiful clouds.

I choose to take my meds and be happy seeing the beauty around me and bringing joy to everyone I meet.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm a blog slacker

Yep, that's me. Slacking off the blog.

I wasn't able to go visit mom after her surgery because PepBoys told me my Jeep needed new ball joints. I didn't have the money to put into getting work done on it but have an appointment tomorrow with Eastgate Auto. They're going to check out the entire suspension and let me know if there is anything wrong.

I'm hoping, and planning, to drive down to Maryland next Thursday to be able to go to mom's follow up appointment on Friday, then will come back on Saturday.

Phil and I went to the RV show in Pittsburgh this past Saturday. Got there a bit late but had a good time. Toured 15 RVs. Took lots of pictures. Saw a bunch I loved but they were all WAY too large; like 35 feet long! I'd love to find something with the perfect layout but less than 25 feet long. The one we have now is 28 feet long and it is too difficult to maneuver in and out of the driveway.

Thor and his sister Kimmie passed away this week. Two of our beagles. They were the last of Mountain Girl's puppies. They were 11 years old. Ancient for a beagle. Kimmie was beautiful. She looked just like her granddam Charity. Randy also lost three of his beagles this past week. One of them was his first field champion, Butch. It's been a tough year already.

It was a high of 40 degrees today. I saw a lot of snow melting off the roads and the ice is finally starting to melt off our roof.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mom's surgery was today

I woke up at 7:30 only to find that Phil was still in bed. I thought he had overslept and then realized he stayed home from work because he was just too sick to go in. I know the dogs had him up all night. I don't know how he keeps up with them.

So, I woke up early, went downstairs and brought in firewood to get the woodstove going again. I fixed myself a bowl of cereal and watched the fire in the woodstove.

I remembered that today was the day of mom's surgery and wondered how she was doing. I started texting her around 10:00 which is funny because I hate texts. LOL!

She went in to preop around 11:00 and was taken into surgery around 12:30. Greg sent me a text around 2:00 to say she was in recovery and that the surgeon had been in to say everything went as expected. He did find one tumor in the uterus which was the size of a quarter. Everything was sent out to pathology.

Kim said the nurse told her that mom was smiling in recovery and was not experiencing any pain. Wonderful! I felt very relieved because my mom has never had to undergo a major surgery and I worried that she would have alot of pain afterwards.

Dad called around 6:00 to say they were waiting for her to get into a room and then would be heading home for the night and going back tomorrow. I'll wait to hear more tomorrow. I told Phil I feel very relieved!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Perils of Wisdom

A friend termed my status messages on Facebook as, "Perils of Wisdom," and I thought about that for a minute until it really sank in. How truly insightful!

Sometimes the things I say or write about are little bits of wisdom mixed in with abstract thoughts or little perils to beware. They kind of have a read between the lines thing going on. That is so me.

I really liked the term and think I'll keep it. Thanks Lynette!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Cheers to a Happy and Healthy 2010!

I don't really have anything funny or witty to write about but I wanted to thank everyone who has read my blog over the last year and shared in the ups and downs of my life.

Hoping and praying that 2010 will be a happy and healthy year for all of us.