Watermelon Woman


Snowed you
March 27, 2011, Sunday,3:23 pm
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The week included being snowed in and rain. It was very tiring driving to the lake with drenching rain for several hours. Once at the lake, our non-4×4 car couldn’t make it up the hill without putting on the chains. Driving all week with noisy chains was headache-producing.

That the was the only real bad situation for the week. I was able to finish 3 books, watch 3 movies and generally relax and catch up on sleep.

Back to work on Tuesday. There is so much to do with lots of projects. One more day to just not think about it.

The weather was cold but the snow made everything soft and beautiful.



Up, up and away
March 20, 2010, Saturday,5:28 pm
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The news was good! No change in my CA-125 blood work. CA-125 is a marker that can indicate the presence of a tumor. I can take a few days off from work and enjoy myself without worry. Hopefully, when I return, the garden will have been weeded. With the constant rain the weeds are beyond a little pulling. Someone will come and weed wack. From there I can manage my veggie garden and add some mulch to the retaining wall section. I have put off starting seeds because I knew being away for a week would kill anything started that needed to be watered. I hope I won’t regret the decision.

The weather has been wonderful the past week. High 60’s and low 70’s. You can’t ask for more in March. Whether we┬áreturn to the rainy days is out of my control so I’ll try going with the flow.

I have asked for a retirement assessment which will tell me if I have enough time in and what I can expect my retirement pay would be. The more critical factor is the number of years since that will determine whether my health insurance is covered completely or not. There will be so many steps to do prior to the actual retirement as well. Lots of paperwork. The other aspect is the house. Getting it in shape for selling will be a major expense. I know I want to leave the area but not yet sure to where yet. Time for the hunt to get serious. Wish me luck.



No snow
January 12, 2010, Tuesday,7:15 am
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We are back from a snow trip. There wasn’t too much snow however as it never snowed during the full week we were visiting. In fact the temperatures went as high as the 50’s. This made driving a breeze with no chain restrictions at all. We did get some low fog which made driving on mountain streets a challenge. It was still beautiful.

Our doggy is still hospitalized after an operation to remove a 6 inch tumor on her liver. She also has pancreatitis and is refusing to eat. We will visit her again today and hope that will help her appetite. She is 2 hours away from our home so visiting is difficult. She is very strong and I do think she will bounce back from this illness. Her hips are another problem though and I don’t think we have many options. Getting old sucks big time and all we can do is give support and our love.

I’m back to work as well in this new year. There are many challenges starting with a shacky budget and absent leadership. Managers hired to do a specific job are being over-ruled or ignored. I guess that is the same old, same old. Happy new year.



Lost weekend
June 17, 2009, Wednesday,8:24 pm
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This past weekend was a lost one. Nausea and pains were my best friends. I tried to go back to work on Monday but had to come home. Today was much better although I still get tired very quickly.

On Tuesday, I received a very unexpected surprise gift of a quilt. Something to keep me warm during chemo. My quilter friend and co-worker suprised the heck out of me. I have had nothing but great support from co-workers. bless them one and all.

I had a lovely lunch with my sister. We had lots to catch up on and I miss seeing her more often.

It is good that figs are strong. I actually have some tiny figlets on my 2 year old tree that I planted in a pot. I saw the squirrel trotting off with one of my donut peaches. I hope it gives him a belly ache!

I haven’t been consistent with my poor plants and I’ll be lucky not to lose more than I already have. Only the weeds are happy. I hope for a clean start in the fall when I’m done with all the chemo.

We hope to take a short trip next week. I have some vacation time and it will be put to good use. A little R&R sounds delightful



Vacation come and gone
April 4, 2009, Saturday,8:15 am
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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.



Snow Country
January 6, 2009, Tuesday,6:02 pm
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Snow country is melting. No snow in the forecast for this week. It makes our travel easier but the snow is why we come, eh? All photos are either mine or my dh’s.

View of the lake

View of the lake