Watermelon Woman


Procrastination
February 21, 2014, Friday,10:09 pm
Filed under: Misc.

Time is slowly going toward my 5-year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis in April 2009. I am happy that I’ve survived this long with Stage 3b ovarian cancer. So, why am I so very reluctant to have my latest blood test? Am I worried about a relapse when all my tests have been great so far? In a word, yes. I’m fighting depression, anxiety etc. etc. I will have the test and deal with whatever comes, but for now, it is hard.

Work has also been difficult as well. I’m feeling ostracized by upper management and insulted by some decision regarding my work. I’ve even started taking my personal items home in anticipation of leaving sooner than expected.

Family life, thankfully, is good. Great spouse, grown kids and grandson. I couldn’t ask for better and it allows me to keep a space between work, cancer and the homelike.  I had to buy a inexpensive sewing machine this week to replace the one that has stopped working and an even older one that also has bit the dust. I just need basic stitches so I decided not to buy a digital model. I haven’t yet got it out of the box. That’s for tomorrow. I want to sew some pillow cases for the husband as well as some co-workers. Hopefully, a early start on holiday gifts!

The prospect of more rain was not as reliable as hoped but next week we may see some more. Finger’s crossed.



The Rain Door
February 6, 2014, Thursday,12:31 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized, weather | Tags:

The Rain Door is finally opened. We had a nice rain overnight and into this morning. More will come during the weekend, but we are so in need, that not too many are complaining. Droughts are hard on everyone. I don’t care about my lawn, in fact, would prefer not to have them at all. Save the water for the veggies and fruit trees, I say. Cutting back is hard because we already conserve water. Cutting another 20% will be difficult. So, the more rain the better.



January Dry
January 13, 2014, Monday,11:58 am
Filed under: weather | Tags:

Wow. Losing your password and changing your email service makes for a long retrieval process. Happy to be back. I’m coming up on my 5-year survival anniversary. Just a bit nervous if truth be known.

This California girl has never been so cold for so long. I do hope that this isn’t going to be the way it is from now on. On top of the cold, we haven’t had the rain we need and may soon be declared in an official drought. That means watching our water use even more than usual. Come on rain! Everyone at work is struggling with colds and coughs. Our homes are not insulated nearly as well as they could be. The next project will be cleaning out our attic and adding new insulation. Our stove/oven is giving little hints that it is time to look for a replacement. Oh the joys of home ownership,eh?

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2013
December 29, 2012, Saturday,1:29 pm
Filed under: Gardening, health

Happy New Year!

I am so far behind in so many ways. Once Thanksgiving was underway, it has been cooking and cleaning and shopping between regular work hours. Whooee. I’m tired and can’t seem to “do it all” as fast or as well as in previous years. The one piece I have been doing well on is keeping my diet under control. This means not over-eating and watching portions. Getting past Thanksgiving and other holidays without too many sweets and other carbs is a big deal, so “yeah!” me. I’ll be checking in with my doctor soon, so that has been an incentive to do better. I’m expecting good results.

A new CA-125 test is upcoming as well. I’m actually more nervous about my tumor check than at other times of the year as April is surgery anniversary– 4 years!

I’m making plans for my spring garden and want to purchase a raised bed system that looks promising. The squirrels and underground gremlin (gopher?) ate everything in my regular raised beds last year. The new patio bed is off the ground so at least one critter will be foiled.

So much rain and cold this year! Brrr. Summer sounds good about now. TTFN.



Countdown
November 20, 2012, Tuesday,10:40 am
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

Well, the windows are in and the crew is working on the trim. My sense is that the trim has to be painted. That is not going to happen before Thanksgiving I fear. The guys hands are dirty and it rubs off on to the frame. Ugh. Another chore to be done before we gather to gather.

The cornbread (for dressing) is made and I think the shopping is done. Later today I’ll begin the pies–pumpkin and pecan and may do something frozen which the kids always like. Generally a very traditional feast is planned.

The menu:

  • Turkey about 25 lbs, plenty for 10, plus leftovers!
  • Cornbread dressing-my Mother’s recipe (in other words, no recipe!)
  • Yams, sliced and roasted
  • Roasted Italian (flat) Green beans with mushroom glaze
  • Mashed potatoes with parsnip/horseradish
  • Homemade turkey gravy
  • Citrus/pear/pecan/spinach salad
  • Pecan and pumpkin, traditional
  • Appetizers: Dips/crackers or chips/bread sticks; picked okra, olives, tapenades
  • Drinks: assortment of wine, lemonade, teas, etc.

Now, I’m hungry! Lots more work to do but it will be worth it!

Note to self–need more baggies!

 



Thanksgiving process begins, or not.
November 17, 2012, Saturday,9:45 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

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Well, I’m taking the few days before Thanksgiving off. That is a wonderful thing, since, “Surprise!”, I’m hosting. This was unexpected as we usually go off to a relative’s house. Perhaps I was prescient or something since I asked for the days before I knew this fact.

Yesterday, the window people installed all new windows throughout the house. I spent the previous weekend moving furniture and cleaning the areas so they could easily work. I was planning to use this weekend to put everything back in place, however, the windows are in but not the casing or trim so everything is all jumbled and everywhere. All Over The House. Ugh.

Okay so instead, me thought, I’ll do my grocery shopping and running around today instead of moving furniture… not so fast. My husband needed my car and so I’m left with his car. Those of you with keyless entry can appreciate that when my hand goes into the door and the lock doesn’t move, I’m not going anyway, eh? There is no real key to open the door so I’m not going any where with this car. Grrrrr. Texting my husband isn’t doing any good, a. because he probably can’t hear the chirp that he has text and b. he wouldn’t leave what he is doing even if he received it.

Funny, huh? So, is it too early to bake pies for Thursday? I would prefer doing that on Wednesday. I’ve mentioned that the whole house is upside down, so getting to other projects (sewing, etc.) is also difficult. I don’t really want to add to the complete clutter. Perhaps a nice book and another cup of coffee.

I forgot to say that I’m supremely happy to have new windows. The old ones were from 1972, so, yes, they definitely needed to be redone and the energy saving should be noticeable. Plus I have clean windows! No crappy decals from 25 years ago that my husband put up so he wouldn’t accidentally walk through a closed door. Now, you would think a PHD would be able to figure that out, wouldn’t you? Anyway, I will do great bodily harm I fear if someone sticks anything on these windows. Just saying.

Gobble, gobble.



No, I did not die.
November 9, 2012, Friday,3:52 pm
Filed under: health, ovarian cancer | Tags: , ,

I forgot my password and lost my info. May I blame it on chem-brain? I figured that the blog was lost for good. Just an fyi, spaces (in typing) matter and having too many email accounts can really mess with you! So, it was spring the last time I wrote and had just passed my 3rd survivor anniversary. Now my 4th is coming up in April. And I’ve reached the ripe, old age of 62. Still trying to wrap my head around that one! I will try to not lose my info again and write a little more often. It can be a New Year’s resolution.My Sister-in-Law is having radiation for breast cancer. So far she will not need chemotherapy. A very happy bit of news for her.




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