Watermelon Woman


In stitches
April 24, 2009, Friday,7:02 pm
Filed under: flowers, Gardening, Misc., seeds | Tags: , , ,

I no longer look like a sister of Frankenstein as my stitches came out today. There is still lots of healing to do but I have at least 3 weeks before any chemo will begin. Emotions are quite close to the surface at this point but I try not to dwell on the dark side.

On my gardening side, my roses are almost ready to break out, irises are ready to be picked and all the trees are green. If I have enough energy, I will try to get the winter squash put in the ground and re-pot the tomato seedlings. If I can work sitting down, I do better than trying to stand. I will bring my camera along and post some flower pictures.

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Home Again
April 21, 2009, Tuesday,10:15 am
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It has been a rough week but happy to  be back home from the hospital. Major surgery was new for me, but I do seem to be progressing in my recovery well.  Five days hospitalized and a “good” stay all things considered.

Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. I was lucky to have had a minor pain not related that had me in to the doctor sooner than my normal routine.  Can there be anything more shocking to hear you have cancer, any cancer? Most women have heard of ovarian cancer even if it just hearing about celebrities such as Gilda Radner. And the news is usually not good, often the cells have progressed to Stage 4.  I am stage 3 which gives me a chance to fight off any cancer remaining with chemotherapy.

Living in surreality is the closest I can come to expressing what I’m feeling. Yes, I have heard the news, had surgery and facing chemo, yet it is somehow separate from me. Is this denial? Priorities are following away or rearranging themselves mighty fast. Petty doesn’t cut it anymore or office politics, there isn’t time. Sweet time.

So from the bubble world, I am sitting in my husband’s recliner and I can see two new yellow roses blooming from a bare root I planted last fall, and the little seedlings waiting to be planted in the garden. I will have some plants that survive my absence and I may yet get to plant them myself. But not yet.



New Camera
April 11, 2009, Saturday,3:13 pm
Filed under: Misc. | Tags: , ,

Hubby felt sorry for me. He bought me a new camera, a small Sony. I’m still learning how to use it. The big view instead of a viewfinder (small) is throwing me a bit but I’m getting used to it. Here’s a couple of snaps.

Fig Tree

Fig Tree

Donut Peach

Donut Peach



Vacation come and gone
April 4, 2009, Saturday,8:15 am
Filed under: Gardening, wanderings | Tags: , , ,

I’m back from a week of vacation. The weather was fine; the company pleasant. But there was a little cloud over the week as I waited for test results. Results that could be surgery. Add in a little food poisoning on the way home, two days of non-stop abdominal misery and a doctor’s visit and the vacation seems far, far away. Surgery set for April 16.

The good news–some, some of my seeds have come up. In particular, the winter squash is doing really well.

I had planned to post some photos of my vacation but have not found my camera. I fear that it is still on vacation. Very frustrating. I was hoping for a new camera and I did transfer everything to my computer prior to leaving, but still. May I blame my nightmare-ish trip home for the loss? I have to find a camera to borrow.