Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wow, I feel like Iíve been away from SP for a really long time. Actually, itís only been a couple of weeks and I have been checking in briefly each day. So much has been going on in my life that I feel like Iíve barely had time to breathe.
As the end to Tommyís break from chemo was approaching, he went to get his next scan. Waiting for the scan results are always a nervous time, so I managed to busy myself - REALLY busy myself. My son Cliff and I decided to do some much needed work on our basement. But Iíll get back to that in a few minutes.
First, Tommy went back to his doctor on Monday fully expecting poor scan results and a return to chemo. What we actually got was a good report - the tumors in his lungs have remained unchanged for the last three months! She decided that there was no benefit to putting him back on chemo and subjecting him to the toxic effects of the drugs at this time since the tumors are not changing. He has another three month break and then they will do another restaging scan in January and see how things are going then. We are so happy that he can enjoy the holidays and our trip to Florida next month without suffering the side effects from chemo. Thanks to you all for the wonderful support and all your prayers.
Now for the basement. We recently ďcleanedĒ it out, but decided it was time to get serious about getting rid of all the unused items simply cluttering the basement. We spent several days going through boxes and moving pieces of stored furniture, deciding what needed to go to the dump and what was still useful. I found out that young guys with their own apartments are always in need of something and managed to find new homes for most of the stuff I didnít want to throw away. Our basement is now almost eerily empty, but it looks great! Weíve spent the last few days painting the cinder block walls to brighten it up and next weíll be painting the floor (weíve already bought the floor paint, so I guess weíre committed to that). Thor has also loved all of this because he's been spending time lounging in the back yard while we worked with all the basement doors open. Iím on vacation from work until next Friday, so weíre hoping to get most of the work finished this coming week.
I will, however, be taking some time for fun the next two days to let my bruised and battered body recover. My sister and her husband who live in Florida have just retired and are on an RV trip. Theyíll be stopping here tomorrow and spending a couple days with us. Weíre hoping to get a chance to go hiking while theyíre here.
Now I have to get up and clean my house that has been neglected since starting work on the basement. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and enjoying some nice fall weather.
Monday, August 20, 2012
I made a deal with myself that I would buy the new kayak I want for my birthday if I lost twenty pounds. Iíve been doing even better than I expected and Iím down about eight pounds already. I still have twelve pounds to go, but my birthday isnít for another five weeks. So how could I possibly justify backing out of my deal and buying my kayak before Iíve lost all twenty pounds and before my birthday? I canít.
But thatís exactly what I did. Cliff, my son and my biggest support system in my weight loss effort, had a talk with me last week. It went something like this:
Cliff: Mom, Iíve been watching the websites that had the Tarpon 100 on sale and they are all selling out.
Me: I know Cliff, but I havenít lost the weight yet.
Cliff: But youíre doing great, and if you wait they may be sold out and you'll have to pay a few hundred dollars more for the 2013 model of the kayak you want or youíll have to settle for something you donít really want. You really should go ahead and order it and then weíll make sure you have the rest of the weight off by your birthday.
Me: But then, Iím going back on my deal with myself. Thatís cheating!
Cliff: Iíll exercise with you and make sure you lose the weight or Iíll take it away and lock it up until you do. Besides that, if you wait until the end of September, youíre not going to get to use it much before it gets too cold. And, if you go ahead and get it we can go a lot more on your days off and youíll get even more exercise.
So, how hard do you think he had to work to talk me into it? Not very. He accomplished his mission in just over thirty minutes. My son, my support system, and my saboteur. But then thereís that thing called ďpersonal responsibilityĒ that makes me accountable for my own actions. After all, Iím an adult with my own free will and could have simply said no. Still, watching him paddle around last week in his new kayak only increased my desire to have my own. Yes, I actually did feel a little guilty as I got on the website and clicked the add to cart button, but not guilty enough to stop.
So the kayak was ordered, in the color I want, it is on its way, and is supposed to be in Greensboro tomorrow for me to pick up. We have a kayak trip planned this coming Sunday with a lot more friends this time. Weíre going back up to the New River in Virginia and Iíll be paddling my new mango color Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100. And the truth is Iíll probably be having so much fun I wonít even be thinking about the deal I broke with myself, but at least Iíll be getting a good workout and burning some extra calories.
I still feel a little guilty, but Iím also really excited about picking up my kayak tomorrow!
Cliff at the Yadkin River checking out his new kayak last week.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Today is Tommy's birthday! Because he has been a lifelong fan of Andy Griffith and the show, his sister reserved Andy's childhood home in Mt. Airy, NC for me and Tommy to spend the night in. We drove to Mt. Airy yesterday afternoon and checked in at 3:00. Tommy's sister Lisa, her husband Dale, and Tommyís parents met us there. They stayed in the Hampton Inn (who now owns Andy's old home).
After checking in we drove to the house and were delighted when we opened the door and stepped back in time. Much of the furnishings are 50's and 60's style decor and very little has been updated. The only newer appliances in the kitchen were the refrigerator, microwave and a little coffee maker. In the living room was a DVD player with the entire collection of the Andy Griffith Show.
Andy Griffith's childhood home at 711 Haymore St, Mt. Airy, NC
Me in the kitchen, but I didn't do any cooking (I should have).
Hard to believe that this little room not much larger than some walk-in closets was Andy's bedroom. A back porch has now been enclosed as a second bedroom.
While we were at the house we noticed a number of cars pulling up to stop and take pictures. Remembering how many times we've been up there and wished we could see inside, we began inviting some people to come in and check out the inside. It was fun because we talked to people from Georgia, Texas, Missouri, West Virginia, and several other places and they all seemed excited to have the opportunity to see inside.
Later we all drove to Dobson, NC (only 10 miles away) where we had dinner at a fantastic restaurant named The Depot. I didn't eat as healthy as I should have, but I did pass on the prime rib and opted for a chicken dish, some potatoes and apples instead. It could have been much worse. We then drove back to the house where we had a birthday cake in the beautiful back yard.
Tommy with his birthday cake.
Tommy and his family enjoying birthday cake (yes I had a small piece).
Later that night we went to the theater on Main Street where they had free live music. We then walked around town a little before heading back to the house for the night.
My sister woke me up with a telephone call this morning to tell me that my niece delivered a baby boy at 3:02 this morning - on Tommy's birthday!! For those of you who have been my friends here for several years, this is my same niece who lost her sweet baby Maddie to Leigh's Disease (a mitochondrial disease). Baby Maddie was buried the same day Tommy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Stephanie and Jimmy now have a sweet, healthy daughter named Abby and now little Jay. We are so thrilled for them.
After meeting Tommy's family for breakfast, we did some sightseeing around town and then went to the Andy Griffith Museum. Betty Lynn (also known as Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show) was there today. We were so happy to meet her and found her to be a warm and genuine person.
Me and Tommy with Betty Lynn
Tommy gets a birthday kiss from Thelma Lou.
What a great two days. We finally made it home this evening and we are exhausted, but it was so much fun. Off to bed early tonight since I have to get back to work tomorrow.
A little souvenir we brought home with us.
Me and Tommy
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