Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Update on Randy

A quick update on a call from the vascular surgeon's office this afternoon saying they've changed his surgery date AGAIN  from November 5 to November 8.  This whole mess is so bizarre, and I don't know what to do with my anger, fear, and loss of all trust in this doctor.  Randy is totally resistant to going to another doctor.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Passage of Months

From March through today has been full of challenges, mostly for my husband, who has a rare vascular autoimmune disease which has been progressing for about 4 years now.  Their best medical guess is Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica, or worse, Wegeners Disease.  They all have similar or overlapping symptoms.  There seems to be a new issue every day or two that we have to deal with. Scary, scary shit.

This year has been particularly challenging as he was also diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm which doesn't have normal parameters and is getting close to a size that would be in danger of rupturing.  The surgery, which is a 6 to 7 hour ordeal even without complications,  has been scheduled twice now, and then canceled by the doctor for varying reasons.  The surgery is now back on for November 5.  However,  his health is so precarious due to the autoimmune disease that the surgery scares me to death for him, and I struggle every day to hold myself together, and to keep him up, both mentally and physically.  He really has no choice but to go through with the surgery.   Where we live is a difficult place to be with serious health issues and heading into the Winter months.  We live in an isolated place prone to power outages and road blocks from downed trees during winds, or heavy rains, or snow, as Winter deepens.  And there will be numerous follow-up appointments.

I miss my blog, and the blogging community , so I've decided to try to record our journey here.  I am relatively healthy, thank goodness , and Marlee is my constant little sidekick.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Have been MIA

Life has been hurtling at me and my family at a dizzying speed.  I truly don't accept change with even a speck of grace.  I bow up like a cat hissing, and dig my heels in like a stubborn dachshund.   Just not in my DNA to do it gracefully.  Makes it hard to get out of bed a lot of days. 🙄 

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Embracing leaves shivering in the breeze cold trees

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

No-Bake Avalanche Cookies

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No-Bake Avalanche CookiesMAKES 18 LARGE COOKIES
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
16 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (Almond Bark or CandiQuik)
1 (15-ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Prepare 2 cookie sheets with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

Place chocolate chips in the freezer, until ready to use.

Melt Almond Bark in a heat safe bowl, microwave at half power for 30 seconds at a time until melted and smooth. Meanwhile: Add rice krispies to a large bowl. Set aside.

Add peanut butter to Almond Bark. Stir to combine. Pour vanilla candy mixture over rice krispies. Stir until combined. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature (or until barely warm). Add marshmallows. Mix until combined. Add frozen chocolate chips. Stir to combine.

Use a 2 tablespoon scoop to portion treats onto prepared cookie sheet. Allow to set in a cool place, until firm. You can pop them in the fridge if your kitchen is too warm.

Serve and enjoy!

Sometimes by David Whyte

Sometimes  if you move carefully through the forest,
breathing like the ones in the old stories,
who could cross a shimmering bed of leaves without a sound,
you come to a place whose only task
is to trouble you with tiny but frightening requests,
conceived out of nowhere but in this place beginning to lead everywhere.
Requests to stop what you are doing right now, and
to stop what you are becoming while you do it,
questions that can make or unmake a life,
questions that have patiently waited for you,
questions that have no right to go away.
                                                                  David Whyte  from Everything is Waiting for You

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Song for Autumn by Mary Oliver

Song for Autumn

6786303-A-stack-of-firewood-covered-in-snow--Stock-PhotoBy Mary Oliver
In the deep fall
don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think
of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

To Autumn by John Keats

To Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twinéd flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barréd clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.