Watermelon Woman

October 29, 2010, Friday,12:17 pm
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The conference is over and I’m back home. I took a couple of extra days so I could recoup. My title for this post comes from the “lessons learned” category. I was watching my email this week while at the conference, of course. But once home I should know better than to look at emails.

Something always seems to come up that would be better handled while at work. These two days were no exception. I have a kind of job that everybody else seems to think they can do better. Without discussing anything with me, they send out messages about my project as if they were leading it. I know I’m being vague here. But I also want to keep my job.

I am the first to admit that my “department” needs more than just me in it. The work load is such that not everything is not perfectly or done in the order that others think is best. I am trying to shake off the crabby mood that this has put me in.

It is supposed to start raining today but so far it just grey out. I still have some tomatoes and although they look stringy, I hate to pull them with all those green tomatoes on it. The resident groundhog or mole has eaten much of the garden that I planted this summer and then went on to eat the seeds I planted this Fall. It is very discouraging. On top of that, we have been invaded by a rat family. We have traps everywhere and every few days catch one. They are huge. We haven’t figured out where they are coming from but they did prompt a cleaning out of the pantry and placing non-can items in containers that cannot be chewed through. Since have a dog and occasional kitty visitor, we do not want to put out bait. And I thought the weather paragraph would cheer me up! LOL.

I am missing my sister who is off to visit grandchildren across the US. She is gone for two weeks. Lunch is waiting until all her transplants are done. Might be a long time. sigh.

I think I will go have lunch. Maybe a nice tunafish sandwich.


Travel time
October 23, 2010, Saturday,9:32 am
Filed under: wanderings

I am off to a work conference tomorrow. Rain is in the forecast for Sunday but it should clear up enough to be able to do some dry walks. We always need the rain in this part of the country unless it is a very strong El Nino.


Sore but happy feet
October 17, 2010, Sunday,2:44 pm
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Saturday I spent many hours walking around a quilt show. The quilts were fabulous and inspirational. The shopping was fun. I was restrained in my purchases (for a change) but got a couple of fabrics and a new book. Whether I ever make another quilt is, well, still up in the air. I have the best of intentions and desire, just not a lot of get-busy-and-do-it-ness. Perhaps the prospect of a grandchild (my first!) will give me motivation. I need more time to do what I would like to do.

I am thinking more and more of retirement. Partly I’m thinking of what time I might have left if the cancer returns, and that my spouse is now 72 now and won’t retire until I do. I worry about him because he does way too much.


Good Test
October 6, 2010, Wednesday,5:43 pm
Filed under: Misc., ovarian cancer, weather

For those who care, my tests were good! I was a wreck just before and then again while waiting for the results. I’m still very low even though the number went up by one. Big sigh of relieve.

We had a short, fairly intense burst of rain this afternoon. Nice. I dropped my lunch (chickenwith rice) all over the floor as I was putting in the microwave. Big mess to clean up. I was hungry too.

I was trainer for a new employee today. It was great to have new, young employee that I don’t have to explain what a blog or Twitter or Facebook is. Yeah! I worked with a lot of older people who can’t or are unwilling to learn anything new, particularly with regard to technology. Sigh.

Time to have dinner and then rest.

October 3, 2010, Sunday,5:31 pm
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It is definitely Fall, which is to say some of the warmest weather of the summer. The warmer weather comes too late for my tomatoes. I really only got the cherry volunteers and one or two from the medium-sized group. What the weather didn’t finish off, the underground rodent did.

I’m anxious right now as I have another test to take to determine if tumors have returned. There also be a CT scan as well. It took me a while to figure out why I couldn’t settle on my projects. This is how I was feeling three months a ago just prior to my last tests.

Wish me luck. I need to get going on my fall garden.