June

June is not a happy memory month for me. June 15 ,2005 was my official diagnosis day. I’d had the bone biopsy the week prior with the neurosurgeon. I was pretty devastated. Plus the way the doctors went about getting the diagnosis was really half-assed.  Why not just do the related blood tests?? I think the one sports doctor that I had gone to see about kyphoplasty  just didn’t know how to deal with this. He was really awful. Well, the past is the past but I’m sure all of you can relate to that day, where you were when they said ,”you have cancer, multiple myeloma”. Geez, I hardly ever even been to a doctor, didn’t take antibiotics, used herbs and natural healing, spiritual healing. So to start this journey into radiation, chemo, SCT, was pretty weird, to say the least. But now, I’m a pretty seasoned cancer patient. I take it in stride and do what’s necessary.

Today in our little town it’s Pioneer day. A parade and then food int he park, lots of kid activities. We always went with our 2 children. Last year, we didn’t go and today is super hot, so I doubt I’m going.  It’s a great community event though with lots of people.

This week B will be in Portland for a food show all week. I have my Velcade shot on Wednesday and that’s about it.  I’m going to keep things watered( a lot of work actually), but now we’ve got the timers set up, I just need to go around and turn them on. I’m going to declutter and clean the laundry room which is actually outside our house in the back. I mostly just want to tidy and get rid of a few things. I’ll wash some windows too. I think our hot weather is going to diminish as the week goes on. I don’ have any shopping plans and I think my daughter and I will just eat simple dinners maybe sandwiches or salads.

i have to get my labs tomorrow and go to the bank.

Tonight is curried tofu with jasmine rice and a cabbage cucumber salad with a peanut dressing. It’s mostly the dressing I want to try fro the ‘plated’ cookbook.

If a tree falls…

I cannot believe it. We’re on the patio getting ready to grill our beautiful organic steak I purchased from organic meats. And all of a sudden we hear a huge crack and see our neighbours’ tree fall hitting two other trees. There was NO WIND or anything. Boom! it just went. I totally freaked. I can not believe this could happen when there was not even a breeze. Fortunately, the tree fell away from our neighbor’s house. He is quite elderly, lives alone and has poor hearing. But he managed to come outside and check it out. We were already over there looking. This was not even a dead tree. Still green.  Now I’m seriously thinking we’d better start budgeting for the next set of trees we want out. There’s about 3 that still are leaning in so….. Too crazy.

Yesterday was still a dex day but I went to town and then to the Koffee Klatch to catch up with everyone. It’s nice to get to socialize a little. I’m quite an introvert so, normally I don’t do things like this, but I’ve come to enjoy this group.

I also started a new level of minimalizing. I’m reading ‘The More with Less’ by Joshua Becker which I will review at a later time. But he does point out some things that spurred me into getting rid of old earrings and little stuff I never use. More stuff to goodwill. Plus getting rid of the whole set of dishes has opened shelves for pantry stuff to be more organized. I also got rid of some very old books(1940’s) that had been bought at a library sale and obviously no has cracked open.  Plato? well, maybe in college, but certainly not now.  So good. I can really see the results. I’m going to write a whole blog or series on this process soon.

Today, my daughter and I are going to a new nursery to get tomato plants and some other things. Should be fun. We’re eating lovely lettuce and peas from the garden right now.

Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

Enjoy lots of great Mexican food, preferably homemade.

We’re back into the cooler, cloudy weather. It’s nice since we fo needs a little rain. Our lettuce is growing nicely and it could use some water. WE still haven’t got our tomatoes but soon. Usually, we have started going in the greenhouse but for some reason, we don’t. We’ll go to the nursery and get some. Really tomatoes don’t go in the ground here till the end of May.

 

Today, I’m going into Target for shower curtains and some cat food. Such an exciting life I have:).cinco-de-mayo