Watermelon Woman

Anniversary Brunch
December 20, 2009, Sunday,11:01 am
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We are off to Mimi’s for a brunch with family in celebration of our anniversary. Tomorrow my other half will have repair surgery. He *should* be in and out but you just don’t know. He is afraid that it will be more extensive than expected based on the pain and previous problem. Only time will tell.

I got the blackberries and herbs potted up for the kids but haven’t given to them yet. When they visit the next time I’ll present them. They are not currently what you would call gardeners but perhaps this will inspire them to start? Stranger things have happened.

Wooh, seeing the weather in the East, I’m glad not to travel in snow and wind. Everyone be careful out there!

December 18, 2009, Friday,9:14 am
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Wow! Thirty-two years of marriage today. Mazel tov to me and the hubs! I don’t think we are looking more alike, although some may disagree. He was about 1/2″ shorter than me when we first married. Now, it is more like 3 inches, maybe more. A different kind of shrinkage, eh?  He is still a New Yorker and I’m a native California. Most of the time that is agreeable. Occasionally not. Why do New Yorker’s talk and eat at the same time so that you must look at the food being chewed? Is this a personal trait or what? Even after all these years I have a hard time with it. It is always the small things that get you going. Fortunately, he eats so fast that I don’t have to watch for long 😉

It is the last night of Chanukah and one son and daughter-in-law will come for dinner. Sunday, we will have a brunch out with another son who is coming this weekend. I just looked at the calendar for next year’s Chanukah. Yikes it starts on Dec 1st, just after Thanksgiving! Have to be ready for both then can relax!

The weather has moderated so that we aren’t in the 40’s during the day. More like 50-65 and no rain this week. We need more rain so I’m not complaining.

Received my Baker Street garden catalog and sent a wonderfully leisure evening picking out all the seeds that I want for 2010. It sure is easy to go overboard what with all the gorgeous photographs in the catalog! I’m only up to about $35 so that’s not too bad, is it?

Shopping Quest
December 5, 2009, Saturday,8:00 am
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I started the gift shopping early this year and have really been on a roll. I have the staff finished unlike the family. My better half is very very very difficult to gift. Why you ask? Because he buys everything you could possibly imagination as soon as he sees it. So, a favorite author–he has bought it. DVD–same. Clothes–not allowed to buy for him. Electronics–you have got to be kidding. So, what I end up doing is finding quirky, dust-catchers with no useful purpose. Think Wonder Woman bookmarks or Hear-See-Speak no Evils. The other possibilities–calendar, journals, unusual CD, etc., you know, the safe but rather boring gifts.

Of course, as with most things this year, I am not really and truly complaining since I am here (meaning alive) so not finding the “perfect” gift can be put in to perspective, eh? Only this weekend and next to finish. Oh and remember to buy an anniversary gift would be good.

What’s next
September 26, 2009, Saturday,8:59 am
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On the health front, I’ve had another CA-125 with a level of 11. That is very good. Being the perfectionist I really wanted “0” but below 35 is supposed to be “normal”. My CT looked good as well. So, in 3 months I will see the doctor again, another CA-125 and then in March another CT.

It is strange to begin a “regular” life again. The nurse said that was a similar reaction to others finishing their chemo. I feel like I’m hanging out with no support. That isn’t true of course but it is what it is.  I had been under the impression that my hair would start to grow in 4-8 weeks but the nurse said 8-16 and about 4-5 months until I have maybe an inch of hair. Not at all what I wanted to hear so I will learn patience and be grateful that waiting for hair is the only problem I am dealing with so far.

My sister’s surgery went well and her lymph nodes are clear. There are more tests but it is looking good.

More bad news
August 27, 2009, Thursday,3:51 pm
Filed under: Family, health

I cannot believe I have to write this. Last night I received word that one of my sisters has endometrial cancer. She is scheduled for surgery and then will find out about any radiation that might be needed. She is pretty much in shock at this news. I know exactly what she is feeling. My other sister’s cancer was caught before it had spread and she did not require chemo; same for my mother. How ironic that I was always so happy that none of us had had to deal with breast cancer. Little did I know what was to come. For once I am glad I don’t have daughters.

More stress
February 12, 2009, Thursday,9:44 am
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To use a cliche, when it rains, it pours. A week after my brother’s passing, I found myself sitting in an emergency room with my husband. He is fine now but he spent a night in the hospital and a day of tests. The stress levels do rise sharply. It has been raining off and on now for a few days so staring out the window has been the extent of my gardening.

Tomorrow starts a 4-day house and garden expo near here. I plan to go on the first day as everyone working there will be fresh and excited rather than tired and just waiting for the day to end. Even though it is called “house and garden”, I suspect most exhibitors will be contractors for windows, landscaping, and remodeling rather than true gardening. My favorite garden nursery will be there however, so there is hope of seeing plants.

I’ve managed to pick a handful of sweetpeas that are bravely blooming in the cold, rainy weather. There are many blooms about to open as well. Tonight there may be a freeze so I will have to move the pot under the patio cover along with the orange and lemon tree pots. Brrrr.

February 6, 2009, Friday,8:35 am
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We had a great get-together on Thursday with family from out of state and local. Everyone was there for services for my oldest brother. Afterward we went to lunch and talked and talked and talked. Some family I hadn’t seen in 20 years so there was a lot of catch-up to be done. Children that were babies were on their way to being teens and others seemed much older than they should.

All of us were pointedly aware of the time passing and passing quickly for all of us. We, my brother and sisters, are the “old” people now as our parents are not living anymore. I understand more than ever why it is so hard to do genealogy studies when you don’t or can’t stay in touch with cousins and second-cousins plus in-laws and exes. The lesson is: write it down, label photos, copy source material and give it out to siblings. Start at home and what you know and get that down for your immediate family, then broaden to other members.

Now if I can only take my own advice.