Watermelon Woman

January Dry
January 13, 2014, Monday,11:58 am
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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?



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.

November 20, 2012, Tuesday,10:40 am
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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
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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.

Third Anniversary
March 17, 2012, Saturday,2:37 pm
Filed under: ovarian cancer, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

My third anniversary surviving ovarian cancer is coming up. Grateful that I am still showing low CA125 numbers. A three-month test is needed now. Whenever it is time to test again I become very anxious. I don’t trust my body. There is double anxiety this time. At my recent dental cleaning,the dental assistant spotted something on my tongue that she wanted the dentist to look at. The dentist will do a biopsy in a week and I will find out if I need laser surgery to remove whatever it is. Do you have chemo for cancer of the tongue? I have been afraid to look at the medical info. Guess that makes me a coward. I haven’t told my husband yet. There is no sense in haven’t the two of us worry and I think he would rather not know. At least not yet. I will share once the biopsy report is in. Wish me luck.

March 4, 2012, Sunday,8:11 am
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It has been a while since a post. The new format on WordPress needs getting use to, yes? It doesn’t seem as intuitive as previous versions.

Work has been extremely busy in mostly a good way. Because my work necessitates computer work for 8 hours, I am very reluctant to go home and start working on my own computer. 

My garden is a real work in progress. I’ve planted fennel, onions, lettuces, cauliflower etc. Mostly cool weather veggies. It isn’t spring and the weather has been so unpredictable this and last year that having a frost is not out of the possibility even now.

For flowers, I bought a forsythia and put it in a large container. The plant is just starting to bloom in bright yellow. Lovely.

I received my first kiss from my grandson on Friday! This is a bigger event than it might seem. He is 10 months and just doesn’t want me to hold him at all. He will smile and wave, but he needs to stay with mom or his other grandmother (who lives with my son and daughter-in-law). It was a day to remember.