I cannot believe how fast the days are going. It's been a little while since I had a chance to sit down and peck out a few lines for the blog. sorry
As you all know so well, I am done with my last official chemo treatment and now it onward and upward! Frankly, the ickiest part is going through the "awful food-taste" period, but that should go away in a few weeks. Unfortunately, this is the time of year for family meals together, since Lon's birthday was yesterday, and his mom always takes us all out for a nice dinner. And then today (Mother's Day) we all gathered after church at Little Ma's house for a surprise meal of pizza, chicken, salad, and desserts (that Nina and Zonna brought). I could taste some of it, but I'm still missing some of the actual flavors. Remember, almost everything tastes like lard, cardboard, or burnt chemicals. Tasty! Oh, well. I'm also having a few problems with Virtigo and even some double vision (which actually is kinda freaky). I found myself a bit tired today (I fell asleep in church four times this morning - ooops). I start the Herceptin treatment next Wednesday, which is the official beginning of post-cancer treatments. YIPPEE!! We're gettin' there, people.
Yesterday was super busy. Bro Ken, Jill, Lon and I went out to the farm to mow and start clearing out the farmhouse. Jill and I got the yard done in less than two hours, since we were both riding mowers. Lon and Ken loaded a bunch of old stuff and garbage onto the dump truck. Let me tell you, a lot got done. Sis Judy came out too, and cleared out the fridge. Everything is falling into place. It's amazing how a person's whole lifetime can be reduced to a pile of STUFF. That's it, folks, all the things we think are so important and that we accumulate throughout our lives is nothing but stuff. And once we are gone, it really holds no importance to us anymore.. So it gets passed on to someone else to care for until it's their time to leave it behind.
UPDATE: Our Tina is doing pretty good since her operation and is in the hellish flurry of getting ready for her daughter's high school graduation. Tina and Kale put on quite a neat party for their kids at this time of their lives, and it takes a bunch of hard work to get it done.
My friend from high school, Linda Jennings Binning has a daughter that just went through some surgery, so I am hoping for the best for their family. It's especially hard when you are worrying about one of your kids, right?
Another friend from high school recently lost a family member in an awful way. Sandy Slauson's younger brother Lon Slauson, was one of the victims of the mudslides out in Washington State. He was 46.
I am gearing up with all my ideas, on what I want to plant in my yard. Of course, sunflowers are going to be my priority. I found one package of the 18 inch variety, which I am anxious to try. I think it would make a cute little flower bed. I also bought the seven foot-high kind, too. I'm not too fussy. I'll just be tickled pink if I can get anything to grow. School will be out in a few short weeks, and perhaps the grandkids would like to help me do some gardening. It is kind of a pain to try to talk to my hubby about planting stuff, because he calls anything I put in the ground -WEEDS! He gives his mother and sisters grief about all their plantings, too. But we just keep on keeping on, regardless.
I had planned on meeting Jill out at the farm today, to dig up some hostas to transplant, but the rain took care of that. No sense in digging in the mud. The plants I did get over the last two years, are doing so well. It's nice to have something of Mom and Dad's that is a beautiful, green, living thing and can be passed on to my children. We have such a big yard, I can handle putting things here and there, without it looking too full. Besides, you can never have too many hostas!!!!
Thanks, friends, for all your nice thoughts about Dad's funeral service. It did go well, and I think he would have been pleased about how it went.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL