Watermelon Woman


Rain and such
December 7, 2016, Wednesday,1:52 pm
Filed under: Gardening, health, Uncategorized

It looks like we are set for 3 or 4 days of rain starting tonight. Always good news for California. I’ve been sick with something or other since Thanksgiving. Just when it seems I’m on the mend, something new comes along. This would be a signal if I was of a mind to pay attention, no?

I planted only one golden cauliflower and snapped a picture before plucking it up and sauteing it. Yum!  Should have planted much more! The red onions are still growing, despite squirrels digging in the ground and hiding their nuts. Next, the sweet peas were planted for next Spring with a trellis for support. Plans to prune the very old apple tree is on hold until I’m well enough.

It has been a year and a half since my last confession, er, blog post. Looking forward to my 8-year anniversary of surviving ovarian cancer. Life is sweet.

cauliflower



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.



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.



Wet Yard
March 13, 2010, Saturday,8:15 am
Filed under: Gardening, health, ovarian cancer | Tags: , ,

The grounds are still soaking from the continuous rain over the past five months. How long will it take to dry out? Should I pull weeds now when it is easier but chance pacting the soil? We are supposed to have at least seven days of sun.

The blackberries that I bought for my son are still on our patio. I planted 3 in one big container. Each has new shoots growing. The lemon and mandarin trees are looking good as well. They have enjoyed all the rain. The early tomatoes are still growing stronger. I’m hoping for a taste early in the summer!

I have had my blood work on the latest CA-125. Waiting is the hardest part. As much as I’m trying to be optimistic I still fear the worst. Add in my work stress and I’m pretty much a basket case. We have a scheduled holiday coming up at the end of March (Spring Break) and I hope the time off will not be spent worrying about the next chemo. Report to come later.



Eight is great
November 30, 2009, Monday,6:50 pm
Filed under: health | Tags: , ,

My blood work was great–a low “8” in a 0-35 being normal. Lower than the last “11”. There was also a good CT scan in September. Doctor will see me in 3 months with a new CT and blood work. I’m still pinching myself and trying not to go too overboard on the good news. Still, I am greatly relieved and look forward to continuing in remission.



Windy night
November 29, 2009, Sunday,3:37 am
Filed under: health, weather | Tags: ,

Or, how I came to be up at 3 a.m.

I have found that the Saturday night before I go back to work after being off for a few days is likely to be a rotten sleep night. Of course, high winds outside are a contributing factor as well. Really weird weather for the end of November. It was very warm today (70 F) and even tonight was not as cold as it has been getting. This kind of wind usually means a change to the weather in the coming week.

The fact that I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday may be a deterrent to sleep as well. I find out the result of the lab work. This will be my first 3 month check-up (after chemo). To say I’m terrified would be accurate.

 



OC update
November 24, 2009, Tuesday,6:24 pm
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Ovarian Cancer (OC) is taking more of my mental energy this week as I will find out how my latest CA-125 turned out on Monday. After the last chemo, my number was in the normal range. If Monday’s report is higher then it could be more surgery and/or chemo. I’m trying hard not to think about this but I’m afraid I’m failing miserably. Part of the reason I haven’t written is I don’t want to write constant gloom and anxiety.

Work is stressful at the moment and may get worse–just in time for the holidays!



What’s next
September 26, 2009, Saturday,8:59 am
Filed under: Family, health, ovarian cancer | Tags: , , ,

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.



Fall planning
September 8, 2009, Tuesday,6:43 pm
Filed under: Gardening, health

I am quite hopeful that I will be able to work in the garden soon. I have some gift bulbs to plant as well as winter greens. The garden isn’t too weedy at this point as I haven’t watered the area. As soon as the rain begins, that will change. I already have compost and soil to add to the raised beds.

There really hasn’t been any summer yet here although mid-September to mid-October is our hottest time. It is also the major fire season which started very early this year. I expect lots of el Nino rain later this winter. I won’t care if I can actually feel like working on growing something!



6 out of 6
September 4, 2009, Friday,8:18 am
Filed under: health, ovarian cancer

Congratulations to me! I have now finished the sixth and final chemo! My numbers are good. I will have a baseline CT and then go on with my life. Check-ups of course and careful monitoring but I can look forward to growing back my hair and having more energy. Not only was my last chemo yesterday, it was also my birthday. I won’t ever forget the date anyway!