It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cardinals clinch National League Central championship….

Sep 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Pat Neshek (37) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after defeating the Colorado Rockies 5-4 at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Photo from CBS sports

Most of you know that I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan and I have been for many years.  One of my favorite memories is of my dad sitting in the front yard listening to the Cardinal ball game on his little transistor radio. 

I really hated to make mention of the Cardinals winning because I seem to jinx them when I get carried away.  So I will just say ‘Go Cards’ and leave it at that.

I just received a call from my oncologists office and my appointment has been changed till late afternoon.  I am not very happy about that as I hate a late afternoon appointment.  If I would have rescheduled I would have been looking at an appointment several weeks down the road and that just wouldn’t do.

I hope you all have a good week.  It is hot and summery here with the temp to reach the upper 80s today.

Stay safe and be happy!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another birthday come and gone…

and I marvel at the fact that the good Lord saw fit to let me have another birthday.  It was a lovely day too, in the 80s with sunshine.  Lunch at the Red Lobster was great.  I had the never ending shrimp special.  I had the parmesan shrimp and breaded shrimp with salad and baked potato and of course the cheddar bay biscuits.  So good!

It has been 3 weeks now since I had the surgery. On the day I was having surgery I sat in the waiting area with a young father.  He had cancer in the throat, tonsils, on the tongue and the lymph nodes in his neck.  He was having the same surgeon as I, Dr. Parrish.  We had a conversation and he told me that he had just recovered from an illness that he had been told would be terminal.  He didn’t tell me what it was and I didn’t ask.  I remember thinking at the time what a courageous guy he was and I told him that I would pray that he would be OK. 

When I first went in to my assigned room the patient there was getting ready to leave.  She and her husband/boyfriend? were causing quite a disturbance and flounced out of the room in a huff.  After they were gone I watched the cleaning lady go through the drawers in the stand next to the bed.  She filled a garbage sack with bags of chips and other snacks. The windowsill also was loaded with cans of pop, etc.  The nurse later told me that this couple had almost cleaned their kitchen out.  Then the next morning I had a woman roommate who kept the bright lights on and the TV on 24/7.  I could hear her talking to her mother and she was sobbing.  By the 3rd day I told the doctor that I was ready to go home. 

I see the oncologist on Monday and I will find out about the radiation.  That comes next and I will be glad when that is done.



My birthday flowers.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Stay safe and be happy!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Doing nothing today….

Today is my birthday so I am doing nothing.  My daughter is taking me to my favorite place for lunch, Red Lobster in Peoria.  I am hoping that the all you can eat shrimp special is still going on.


Happy Birthday to my Twin in Tennessee!

Stay safe and be happy!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thank you!

I can’t find words to say how much I appreciate all of you, my blogging family.  So many of you have been with me since before my husband died in 2006 and not once have you left me to fight a battle alone.  I have made so many new friends through my 9 blogging years.  You are all special to me.  Thank you! 

My daughter has been a God send to me, always stepping in to help and my son has given me such comfort with his telephone calls.  My sister in her time of grieving has also called me several times a day. My Twin has comforted me with her telephone calls.  I am truly blessed.

I am trying to get back in my normal routine which includes laundry, cleaning and all of that good stuff.  I will be by to visit today, the Good Lord willing.

Stay safe and be happy!!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time to move forward….

It is time for me to pick up the pieces of my life and move forward. The past can’t be changed so I am hopeful for a brighter future.

Many of you know that my niece in WV passed away.  Her funeral was held Sunday at the same time as her ‘daddy’s’ memorial was held.  Two new guardian angels looking down on us below.

I see my oncologist on the 27th and I will find out when the radiation will start and how long that it will take.  I realize now that a finish date by Thanksgiving is not possible but  definitely in time to do some Christmas shopping.

I am finally starting to feel better pain wise.  I have been able to cut back on the pain meds and yesterday was the first full day I didn’t take any.  That is good as I take so many meds anyway.  My swallowing is better although my speech leaves a lot to be desired.

I have set a goal to visit as many of you as I can this week, a few a day to begin with.

Thank you for all of the kind thoughts and prayers for my sister’s family and for me.





Wednesday, September 17, 2014


A few weeks ago I asked for prayer for my niece in WV and her dad.  My niece had undergone emergency surgery on Aug 11 and her dad had been admitted to the same hospital because of pneumonia. Sadly my brother in law passed away on September 1st.  His daughter still remains hospitalized.  Today the family asked that all life support measures be removed and family and friends are gathered around her.  I am heartbroken that because I am undergoing treatment for cancer that I can’t be with them all.

I am so very appreciative for all of the prayers and kind thoughts that you all have given the past couple of months.  Thank you to Diana for the prayer blog she did for me.  I love you all!


Saturday, September 13, 2014


Sorry to be so late with an update.  I saw the ENT surgeon on Friday.  The drain was removed and the doctor told me that the stitches looked good, etc.  I am still having pain and trying to pace out the pain meds.  I don’t have any energy yet and I have depended on my daughter a lot.  She has been really good as a backup and I am so thankful for her.

An appointment was made with the oncologist for Sep 29.  My goal is to get all 35 radiation treatments done by Thanksgiving.

I do have lots of tales to tell from my hospital stay and I will get to those when I feel like posting again.  I was given a choice on whether to be discharged on the 3rd day.  Things were so hectic in my hospital room that I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.


Looking  down my street last October.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

I am home..

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  I will be back online in few days to let you know how things are going.  I will try to come visiting you all in a few days.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sad news….

My brother in law, Hugh, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.  My niece Dee shows some improvement.  Rae asked me to let you all know how much she appreciates your prayers and asks that you continue to pray for her family.

My surgery is scheduled for Thursday. Thanks for remembering me.