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On a Lighter Note!

Lemon Pound Cake made easy…

Simple as always…

Might have to make one for my neighbor who has been cutting our grass since Bobby is taking Chemo Treatments…

and… since I know it is very good!

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Thrift Store find…

A brand new package of heavy decorated paper placements… (50 in package)…

I can use for a few days then throw away…

My kind of simple again!…

and… they are pretty!…

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Neighbors visiting in yard the other evening and one hollers for me to come look!…

I hesitated due to being barefoot (which is normal for me)…

and this is what she had found…

A big!… 8 ” long… Crawdad!… ( some say Crawfish)

One ugly fella…

and also dead!…

I believe my little hunter (Kit Kit) … probably brought it for us to see…

and after checking the back yard near the water… found some BIG Crawdad holes that this little “monster” might have crawled out of…

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My Iris are blooming…

I think I have had luck with my flowers as that they are all given to me…

That’s Kit Kit walking with me…

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Roses that have been transplanted many times… are loving their new space…

and the FoxGlove is a gift from my little neighbor!

so pretty!…

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Gallopalooza is a project here in Louisville…

You might enjoy reading about it…

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No Less a Thoroughbred Artist Dan Colon wants the horses he painted on behalf of his sponsors (Thorntons Inc. and Computershare) to cause viewers to pause and reflect on what they are seeing. He tells the story of how his sister lost part of her leg to diabetes, but that did not mean she was any less of the beautiful woman he knew her to be… she was still wonderful to him. He decided to do a horse in her honor and on behalf of veterans who have also lost limbs.

He designed a large horse featuring a prosthetic leg. When Thorntons Inc. selected the design, Colon hoped he would be able to locate a used prosthesis somewhere, but he was prepared to make one himself, if necessary. He contacted Louisville Prosthetics to see what becomes of old prosthetics and discovered the company loved the concept of his horse. They not only agreed to give him the needed leg, they also came out to measure and fit it to the horse. The resulting project became a labor of love for Dan, his brother Ivan, his son Austin and a friend, Scott Brittingham.

My Bobby goes to VA Hospital where this statue was placed…

I had him stop the car for me to get photos before we left the other day…

 It is an awesome feeling to see it and think of all service men who have given so much…

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Blessings Keep Coming!

After the sisters left to go home for Georgia it was so quiet…

Their laughter and sweet voices are so welcomed… On Wednesday we had a visit with the Palliative Care Team… at the VA Hospital…

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After being reassured by the at VA Nutritionist and sister-in-law that it would be beneficial… we opted to attend…

We were greeted by five members of the Team…

A Psychologist… a Social Worker… Lead Doctor… Doctor Assistant… and Chaplin…

We were asked about our concerns…

and his well-being…

Thoughts we had… and worries that might be bothering us…

What a question??? YES!… we are all of these things… but, their mannerisms were caring… and they took notes as we talked…

I imagine every time we have to face this issue… it will give us a better understanding…  for better words…

They commented on our “togetherness” in this happening in our lives…

and seemed to be in awe of our openness… with each other…

After 47 years of marriage… and the obstacles… happiness… and love we have shared… It is another hurdle we have to meet head on and get through…

The hardest so far!…

They are available at any time… even without an appointment…

if we have concerns… come to them…

It is always good to have support with close friends/family… but, professionally too!…

We left after Prayer with the Chaplin who I had met a year ago when Bobby’s first cancer arose…

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Friday we met with my brother and his Grandson for breakfast…

at Wagner’s Pharmacy/ Restaurantbldg… where the … Jockeys… Trainers  and Visitors to Churchill Downs main-menu-logo

come for home cooked breakfast and lunch…

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Had a nice quiet time and loved being with his Grandson Elisha…

Feeding him my fried potatoes… food1

Children can brighten any day!…

Thanks Brother!

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It has rained so much here in Louisville…

and it sure can keep your attitude… a little down…

but, today is sunshine… warm… and will last a couple of days…

We are so glad!…

My two sons… Grandson and Bobby painted woodwork in kitchen/living room yesterday…

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Oh… what a difference it made…

The rest looks fine… and with a new kitchen floor… we will feel so much better…

A few more things we want to accomplish… while Bobby has energies…

and with the willing help of my other guys… we will have the house in order…

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My sister has been one of my blessings…

She calls… visits… and lifts us up in prayer…

We have always been close… and her and Bobby are like brother/sister…

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RED… White… Blue… for this proud Veteran…

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It was blessed by the priest… and has a rosary attached made by a Downs Syndrome girl for her contribution to others…

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We are not Catholic… but… God is Savior for all people…

We just live by where God found us…

and titles mean little in HIS eyes…

Bobby was so pleased and it will always be special during these times and later…

He immediately put it across his shoulders as we sat outside…

Thanks Sis!…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another treatment done…k17394939… a few side effects…

cold to touch…

little nausea…

but, getting up and trying to do what he can…

He looks great…

The Doctor’s insisted on a genetic test…

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to see if there was a gene for cancer…

with brothers and sisters having this disease…

but, it came back negative to their surprise…

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Bobby’s sisters came up from Georgia on Friday…

we had a wonderful visit…

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lots of hugging… kissing… and a few tears…

but…

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which is good for anyone!…

Leaving is always a little sad…

and in this case… harder…

Two of his sisters that came have already lost their husbands…

so… knowing how I feel… is known to them…

Our sleep pattern is erratic…k36584351

late…

getting up way too early…

restless….

and you wake to that sick feeling in your stomach…k30983586

Our promise to each other now… is to go back to our positive thinking…k29504020

getting out of the Lord’s way…

and letting HIM handle what we have  no control of…

We pray deeply… and speak to our Lord out loud…k17901457

We talk of everything…

and hold on to each other desperately at times…

I’m trying to get through just the normal tasks at hand…

we walk in circles at times…

We sit and find ourselves just staring into space…

our minds swirling…

I know you NEVER get everything settled as you would like…

our hummanism… gets in the way…

I thank you Father for the touch of your hands on me… lifting me up and whispering thoughts in my ears…

Keep us in your care Dear Lord…

and we will try to abide…

 

 

 

 

 A niece asked us down to her house on Rough River…

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I know she felt it would be good for us to get away for a while…

and view different scenery…

and she was right!…

Bobby, Doug, my sister and I drove down together…

The weather cooperated by not raining while we visited…

Cheryl has a knack for decorating…

and it shows in her country home…

She has painted… refurbished… bought unusual items to use a different way… planted flowers… and enjoys cooking for others…

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Her yard is a maze of different bird feeders… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and an old wooden cart with iron wheels… sits in the yard in view… filled with big pots of red/white flowers… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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that includes 3 foster children…

The children have flourished being in this environment…

We were met by a mother cat and three of her babies that have not found homes…

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and another cat that seems so put out with all of the hullabaloo over those pesky kittens…

The momma cat purrs and talks with small noises constantly to her babies…

They are all over her and the house…

even making their way to the front porch…

The Momma brought us a present of a caught chipmunkSo proud of her kill!…

we were not as enthused!…

Dinner was ready!…

Spaghetti/ meatballs… salad and hot rolls…

Later… Moist Chocolate and Lemon cake served with coffee on the porch…

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We walked around to view the yard… and her brother’s place next door…

There are several people they know who live or have camps in the area…

They get together and enjoy cooking… talking… swimming…boating…and riding around on golf carts and small vehicles to go from house to house…

We took a ride to tour the camp ground… and the birds were abundant

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Red headed woodpeckers were everywhere… along with so many other kinds…

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A place to rest… enjoy… and be with their friends/family…

We left before the rain set in…

Tornado warnings following us home… with huge black shelf clouds hanging overhead…

We made one slight stop at the cemetery where my Great-Grandparents are resting…

Born in the 1800’s and was brought by horse and wagon for the 100 miles to their final resting place…

I made an etching of the tombstone for my brother…

He would laugh at my sister and I standing in the cemetery…

showers beginning… umbrellas being held by my sister…

as I laid paper on the stone and rubbed with a black crayon to get the words carved into the stone…

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We made our way back to the car… as Doug is telling us a tornado has been spotted a few miles behind us…

My brother calls my sister and I “the twisted sisters”… and we almost got caught up in one for real…

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Laughing is good for the soul!

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Feeling…

 

I now know…  comfor_c

sadness…

what anxiety is like…

depression…

All… are not good…

I watch my husband hurting so much…

in his thoughts…

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I hear his desires…

I hear his fears…

I have no doubt about his salvation…

He had professed it when he was young… and ever since…

That I am so grateful for

I know keeping “busy” is the only help for us right now…

Having my son, Doug come over…

He helped us so much this weekend…

Cutting grass… k8201709

helping his Dad get dirt and mulch for the front yard…

they play tickets together…

and I smile…

Neither will ever be wealthy… but, this small bond is awesome…

My Brian calls with arrangements for Mother’s Day… k15507705

and places a bet for us on the Kentucky Derby…

and we find that we all have picked the same horse

but, we lost!…

Bummer!…

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The Winner!

My oldest Granddaughter has been accepted to a program in college she has been wanting… Love good news!…

the youngest Granddaughter has picked out her 8th Grade Grad Dress…

and is going to look just beautiful in it…

The youngest Grandchild… a Grandson… cuts grass to earn some money…

He is not afraid to get dirty or work for his savings…

Already showing signs of responsibility…

To see these things… Makes Bobby so proud… prdprnts

as he thinks of wanting more time with them…

wanting to be in their future…

but, alas… like their other Paps… Poppy will not be there…

We go to my nieces for the day on Tuesday… at Rough River…

she has planned lunch and we hope for a pretty day to be outside…

Wednesday… another treatment all day…

and then Palliative Care meeting on Thursday… k2507145

DO NOT want to go!…

Don’t want to hear these things…

Maybe we won’t!…

Friday… his sisters come up from Georgia…

The best meds/treatment he can get!… k20933269

The most loving… caring… sisters… in the whole wide world!…

and we will laugh and surely cry… but, being together is so needed…

I wish all of you Mothers… a beautiful day!… k19234564

if raining like here in Louisville… still enjoy your family… sons and daughters…

The best feeling!…

 

 

 

Just an Update…

We walk around in pretty much of a daze…

When news is heard that you are going to die…

it’s hard to function…

My Bobby is so depressed… full of anxiety…

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I’m in a state of holding on…

and then the tears flow uncontrollably…

We are trying to keep busy…

but, really don’t care about anything…

We have taken walks…

We have visited people…

We talk to neighbors…

We have already received cards… phone calls… such precious words…

Have even received gift cards and anonymous moneys…

telling us…”try to enjoy ourselves”…

Love all… that say these words…

I know we are loved…

We have had to talk to nurses… doctors… social workers…VA reps. … Looked at hospice care…

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It’s just about all I can do to wake up and keep going…

and seeing Bobby suffering… is the hardest…

Have talked to professionals…

Another meeting in a week or so…

Meds given for anxiety…

I’m having to think funeral in the future… and get this arranged…

I stop!… and just can’t believe it!…

We… talk about everything…

No secrets…

No hiding issues…

We are in this together…

as we have been in marriage…

So… we have been to church…

Have been out to eat…

Have been over to the kids…

Have had Doug a little more for Bobby’s sake…

and trying to make plans to fix a few things around the house…

and then…

We collapse in silence…

Reach for each other…

and hug tight…

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Sometimes right in the middle of the store…

Our feelings are shown to each other…

We have so much love to help us through…

and of course our Faith that will keep us…

 

 

 

A Turn in the Road…

As I told a friend this morning…

Our road has taken a turn…

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The road to a long life together will be shortened…

We have had 47 years…

Not a short road by no means…

but, we had so many plans… in our minds…

things to finish…

things to visit…

things to do on our simple bucket lists…

But…

Life doesn’t work like we want all of the time…

Obstacles appear…

sometimes rocks… sometimes boulders…

sometimes hills… sometimes mountains…

sometimes creeks running slow… meandering along green pastures…

sometimes floods… heavy rains come down in a downpour…

God has given us many signs to relate how his world works…

The birds… animals…

The nature of weather…

The land how it grows and re-seeds itself…

The plants/trees that grown strong and then return to the Earth to make new soil…

and then there is HIS greatest creation… US!…

The birth of innocence…

The active/spontaneous child…

The youngsters discovering new things…

The young adults finding their way and setting goals…

The adults deciding on marriage/family/careers…

It’s beautiful isn’t it!…

Amazing… the perfectness of it…

So…

as my Bobby and I see this turn in the road…

crossing over “our bridge”… k12890945

looking toward “our sunset”… k8447935

we know it must be God’s plan…

The questions we have…

Does it matter…

We believe in a Heavenly Father who knows us so well…

that has created us…

who has listened to us…

who has directed us…

so we know HE will sustain us…

encourage us…

give us strength we never knew we had…

help us with burdens we seem to have no control of…

lead us to the right decisions …

and most of all…

LOVE us and hold us in his arms…

Feeling the security of having HIM with us,,,

Thank you Lord…

 

 

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