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We had to have heating and air conditioning put in last month…
never had been changed … since we moved here in April of 1988…
It was Easter Sunday morning…
Family helped … especially a brother-in-law…
who later passed with a brain tumor…
way too young…
Leaving my sister and six children…
it’s funny how your mind works…
one thought leads to another…
anyway…
when the guys were bringing out the old furnace…
my bird bath that I had just made was broken…
I had to bite my tongue…
I was so upset…
especially since I had searched out the bowl for it and made it myself…
Oh well!…
The air feels so much better…
I imagine the old unit was struggling to work…
Of course it seems to pour sometimes when it rains…
because besides the cost of the heat/cool units…
I have had to have dental work done…
One more trip and a new crown will hopefully keep me going on my chewing …
Dearly hope so…
Chemo still an ongoing ritual…
and Bobby still holding the cancer at bay…
we both are a little more emotional I think…
but, doing OK!…
We made a short trip for Bobby’s Birthday… to French Lick Indiana…
Free room… free buffets…and a little money to play penny slots…
A good time…
Came home with some of the money we had set aside … which is always good!…
My sister went with us…
we travel well… together…
and get along… with sharing a room… and deciding where to eat. etc….
Bobby still going to the Live Strong Program at the YMCA… and I do my swimming exercises…when I can…
A friend across the street… who cuts our grass…
gave us a letter about a program called…
HONOR FLIGHT, INC. …
it is for Veterans with terminal illnesses…
This organization honors American Veterans for their sacrifice and achievements by taking (flying) them to Washington DC to see the memorials at no cost to the Veteran…
They want the Veteran’s guardian (care giver) to fly and be with them to make it a wonderful experience…
SO…
I wrote it up…filled out the paperwork…
and sent it to them…
Today…
we received a call from Honor Flight that Bobby was chosen to go…
all expenses paid… for 3 days…
I pay a nominal amount to go with him…
We will fly from Louisville…
have a buffet dinner at night with speeches from representatives…
staying at a Hilton Hotel in Washington DC…
the next day after breakfast…
we will be taken to all of the Memorials…to view…
and on the 3rd day after lunch… we will arrive back in Louisville…
WE are so excited to get to make this trip …
and so grateful for this showing of gratitude…
and making my Bobby’s last days even better!…
Thank you Lord!

Back From Vacation!

I didn’t get my computer in to be fixed… so… I am at library writing and making a few copies…
Being back from vacation…
I am trying to get back in the groove…
We had a wonderful time!…
Being with my grandkids…my sons…a daughter-0in-law and her Mom…and of course my Bobby…
I WAS SO HAPPY!…
We all get along so well…
where we want to eat…
keeping laundry(towels washed and dried…
and doing our jaunts around Panama City…
I will say…
LOVE our GPS…
We ate at…
Hammerhead Fred’s…
Olive Garden…
Pineapple Willys…
Moe’s BBQ…
Nick’s Pizza…
and one night Brian / Melanie cooked (grilled) the best hamburgers…
Pam made the best Macaroni Salad…
I made strawberry shortcake…
So good and fun eating in our room…
I should say rooms…
Great time at Splash Panama…
the hotel (condo) we stayed at…
3 large bedrooms…
living room… with sleeper sofas…
dining area… 3 full bathrooms… and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher… washer/dryer…

Balconies on every room… with us being on a corner condo…
walk out to swimming pools… and beach area…
bar near pools for cold beverages…
and food…
splash park for the kids right there…and a lazy river with inner tubes…
our only problem we found was that the parking was across the street… so a lot of walking… especially when carrying anything heavy…

Traveling was great… a little rain but, just 1/2 of one day while there…
and then we took advantage of Movie Time…”The Mummy with Tom Cruise”…
OK movie…but, it is about “POPCORN” isn’t it???
We arrived back safe…
and chemo day on this past Wednesday…
Bobby doing good…
No repercussions from trip…
NOW… with his birthday coming up Sunday… we were thinking of doing something???
and so on the 13th we are going to French Lick Casino …
we happened to get a free room and two dinners…just in time…
I call these God’s Blessings!….

Vacation Trip… Finally Here!

Will be leaving my computer to be repaired while on vacation…
Think I need new driver…
It will be like leaving my old cat… sad…
I will miss both…
and my Jill will be looking for me I’m sure…
A sweet neighbor/friend… will be checking on her for me… along with mail… etc. …
but, my computer will just have to bear it until I return…
waiting for me to pound out my ideas… thoughts… and words to whoever will listen…
My computer has become like an old friend…
I was intimidated at first and then starting exploring … and now…
I love her!…
No, I haven’t actually given my computer a name…
but, she is a good friend…
letting me sit and pound out my frustrations and joys…
We will be leaving for Panama City, Florida this Friday…
My countdown is down to one more day…
I can’t believe it!…
Bobby and I are going with our kids, grandkids, daughter-in-law and her mother…
Separate cars… but, will meet in Alabama for a night …
taking it easy… ALL of us…
and then heading to the beach the next day…
I feel pretty prepared…
clothes about ready to pack…
cooler cleaned and drinks/snacks bought for the road trip…
Bobby has the car in excellent condition…
going over tires, brakes, oil/fluids, transmission and a cleaning/wax job even…
That’s my guy…
We will finish up last-minute things today and tomorrow…
Some friends want us to go for ice cream this evening… before we leave…
Love this sweet thought…
Letting us know we will be missed…
Neighbors are excited for us getting away as us I do believe…
They are the kindest…
declaring our house will be watched…
In my thoughts…
I feel this may be the last trip together with our little family for my Bobby…
so… it is important for us to go and enjoy the boys… the grandkids and our little family we have made…
Skipping a treatment(chemo) will let Bobby be at his best for the trip…
more energy… less side effects…
so wish us a safe trip please…
and prayers are welcomed for a lovely time…

Getting Prepared…

When I had to put my “special” dog, “SUGAR” to sleep… after 16 years…
I knew I could “do it”… on the day I chose…
I woke up knowing it had to be done…
going blind, tumor, hearing loss…
TOO much for her to stand any longer!….

TODAY!…
I had the strength and the time was right!…
I’m sure there are several who know “what I mean”…
It’s that way when we have to make hard decisions…
Make hard choices…
Do something that we DON”T want to…
I woke up today with that “I can do this!” feeling…
I had gotten all paperwork together….
Had been thinking where I was going…
and it felt “right”…
You ask, “Where were you going?”…
“What was it you had to do?”…
I had to go to the funeral home…
to make arrangements… ask questions… check on prices… needs… what was expected… address my wants… desires…
along with Bobby’s…
You see…
He wanted to go with me…
As we always do… and have done…
Making important decisions “together”…
We had some of our desires figured out…
and NOW we wanted to get things lined out…
for “WHENEVER” that time would come…
Some may call this morbid…
WE DON”T!…
We wanted to be settled on our decisions…
have things in order….
and make this situation as simple as possible…
We had debated on cremation… or burial…
Being older has changed some of our thoughts on some things…
The funeral home I chose…
answered all of my questions…
my wants/desires…
and were so accommodating in meeting our “needs”…
Insurance discussed…
and all arrangements were discussed…
So pleased with Funeral Home which is near the Cemetery we have had plots at for over 30 years…
Very pretty…
Spacious for family gathering and viewing…
Nice people to work with…
and seemed to really care in pleasing us…
YES…
we will be cremated…
of course it seems as Bobby will be leaving ME… with being diagnosed with this cancer… and saying terminal…
but, as I know… ONLY GOD truly knows…
and I am so glad…
HE has left that in HIS HANDS …
and our duty is just to have the Faith and Love to abide by HIS wishes…
This funeral home has a viewing if you chooses … even with cremation…
Bobby’s wishes met…
My Southern Boy is very traditional…
NO hidden surprises with this funeral home…
all in black/white…
and finalized by us later…
My LOVE will be put in an urn/box… and I will keep until I pass… and then we will be put together into one vessel and buried together…
Both our desires met…
Such a weight has been lifted in making these arrangements…
a PEACE has come over both of us…
Thank you Lord for listening to my heart and leading me to the right people…
place…and comfort in making these hard decisions…
YOU are Always with me!…
We are NOT expecting to use these arrangements soon…
We pray daily for my Bobby’s health and strength in battling this cancer!…
that the chemo continues to keep it “at bay” for a long time…
That we will take one day at a time…
enjoying our friends, family, children, grandkids…and our special moments together…
We want to LIVE for the day…
soaking in every moment God has left for us…

“Applesauce” and “Eye Drops!”

My life seems quite out of control lately…

I get up…

make me a cup of coffee…

read or listen to news…

check outside for weather…

(Found this is as good as weather man sometimes!)…

I drive a little boy to school almost every morning…

His Grandmother takes care of him a lot…

like so many are doing these days…

and has no transportation…

I am home anyway and get up early… so I kinda committed to taking him in the mornings…

I don’t promise afternoon pick-ups…

but, along with another neighbor we manage to get him picked-up…

I gave him applesauce (in the little cups) with a plastic spoon one morning…

since he was a little cranky and had not eaten…

so now…

This is our “thing”…

I take it to him every time now…

I change-up on flavors…

Sometimes Cinnamon and sometimes Strawberry…

One day his Grandpa took him and he rings my door bell at 7:30am for his applesauce…

Have to love it!…

Bobby and I being out-of-town for a few days did not sit too well with his breakfast habit…

We went to Cherokee, NC    and Tennessee to spend a night and visit with my cousin/her husband…

Before I left I made this little one a chart to count down the days til school was out…

I think it helped…

Our few days away actually helped our spirits…

but, it seems we always have an incident…

Bobby had been given drops for his eyes due to Chemo being mixed incorrectly…

making his eyes… nose… and other areas run with a secretion that almost burned his skin…

He had been sitting outside a lot… at my cousins…

when I spotted what I thought to be his eye drops

and told him to let me put them in his eyes…

He went ballistic!…

hollering about burning of his eye….

Thank goodness I only dropped one drop in one eye….

BUT….

that was quite enough!….

It was NOT his eye drops but, drops of an alkaline that he mixes with water and drinks…

A natural healing drink he had been trying…

After washing out eye thoroughly with water and eye rinse from pharmacy…

I felt he needed to go to VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN…  …where we were visiting my cousin…

Only a short ride and “precautionary treatment” seemed the right thing to do…

The staff was excellent!….

Getting his information as quickly as possible…

listening to “story” of what I had done…

showing them the bottle of drops….

Poison Control was called and immediately started numbing eye and then did a PH Test …

Washed it with what looked like a contact connected to a tiny hose… (Fit right over his eye-ball)…

They rinsed with a saline solution…  tested again

seemed to be fine….

Releasing him in the care of “the culprit”… ME… who had done this to his poor eye…. with eye drops again (Antibiotics)…

I want to praise the doctor- nurse- social worker- and office staff…

as to the quick reaction in the care for my husband…

They kidded with me that they were glad I had not used “Super Glue”…

I think I cried a bucket of tears…

I felt so bad…

Today… back to my job of taking my little neighbor fellow to school….

I also picked him up…

He asked, “You didn’t bring any applesauce?”…

I explained, “I only bring that for breakfast”…

“OH”… he says…. disappointment in his voice…

So… when we returned home…

I told him, “Come on over and get an applesauce”…” I have enough for the next few days”…

Being that school is out after Thursday…

He says, “Strawberry please!”…

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Today was Chemo Day and results of scan…

We have to leave too early for me to give my little fella a ride to school… but…

left his applesauce/plastic spoon on his Nanna’s front porch…

First thing! …

Scan was good…

NO growth…

NO change…

 

Bobby’s body has kept the cancer at bay (sleeping) for a year …

and so we will continue with same chemo drugs… for now…

and as he says, “I will live as if nothing is wrong with me as best as I can… taking one day at a time… and try to enjoy things we are able to do!”…

Love hearing him with this attitude…

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This morning we get up …

I run my little neighbor up to school for the last day…

Summer is officially here…

School is out!…

I feel as though I have gotten summer break too…

although have not minded helping out with this small boy…

I am sure Corvion will be elated today!

NOW…

do I keep “applesauce” in my fridge during summer break or not???

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfy Cow For Breakfast… ANYONE???

Met with a friend from my High School days for lunch…

we usually easily agree… on where we eat…

This time… my friend suggests “Comfy Cow”…

I knew it was ice cream… but, figured it had lunch items also…

but…

when looking on internet…

it was just “ALL KINDS” of ice cream

Wonderful sounding ice creams…

but, that’s all… “NO real food!”…

I questioned her decision???

and she says, “Haven’t you ever eaten ice cream for breakfast?”…

I had to say YES!…

and “Lunch”…

and “Dinner”…

and of course “Snack Time”…

and I probably should have let it be…

but, my taste buds were thinking more of “Lunch Foods”…

After laughing about our lunch choice we decided on Mimi’s…

she had a buy one/get one entre’ coupon…

Sounded good to me!…

Having eaten at Mimi’s only one other time…

I remembered “IT WAS GOOD!”…

Such fresh food choices… delicious tasting… and “Mimosa’s” of several flavors…

I thought we might head to COMFY COW for dessert…

but, we were too full!…

Her omelet… potatoes…and banana chocolate chip muffin… was enough for her…

and my Quiche Lorraine… … fresh salad with Vinaigrette Dressing and Bran Muffin…was VERY filling…

We decided on another time for ice cream…

Will be making it our “meal” for the day…

We talked for hours as usual of our lives…

the upcoming 50th High School Reunion in October…

I had brought some old pictures from our days in school 

and summers we spent at Rough River…

I got my first camera for graduation… and have always enjoyed taking photos…

Always good to reminisce…