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Another Fun Weekend

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I could complain about having to work all weekend every other week at my job, but I'm actually thankful for it. The great thing is that I also get a long weekend off every other week to make up for it. It's wonderful because it gives us time to plan mini weekend trips when we want to, and that's what we did this past weekend.

I'm so fortunate to have a wonderful aunt and uncle who are very good to us. They live in Florida, but they have a mountain home just north of Jefferson, North Carolina which is less than a two hour drive from our home. When they built it they gave me a key and told me we were welcome to go up and stay anytime we want to get away. So we got up Friday morning and headed for the mountains. Even the drive up there is beautiful.


The drive up takes us along some scenic back roads.


And past many of the Christmas tree farms (always busy this time of year).


Our destination up on top of the mountain!

After we arrived Tommy went to Shatley Springs (a popular country restaurant very close to their house) and picked us up a vegetable plate for dinner. I wish I could say it was a healthy meal, but at least it was vegetables.

Tommy then built a nice fire in the fireplace and his son Derek and wife Sonya joined us later that night.


Tommy in the living room talking to Derek and Sonya.

The next morning we all went to breakfast and then drove up to Damascus, Virginia. We went to Backbone Rock where we hiked up on top of the natural bridge that crosses the road. I was so proud of Tommy because there are a lot of stone steps leading to the top but he handled it like a trooper.


Sonya, Tommy and Derek on top of Backbone Rock.

After our short hike, we drove the five miles back into Damascus and then went for dinner at Quincey's where we had pizza and drinks while we waited for the Christmas parade that was supposed to start at 6:00. We finally headed out and found a spot along the road to watch the parade. I tried to take pictures, but had forgotten my good camera at the house and had to use my phone camera.


One of the floats in the parade.


This was a new twist! Santa showed up on a John Deere.

The next morning Derek and Sonya had to head home, but it was a beautiful day so Tommy and I drove up to Grayson Highlands. Afterward we drove back to West Jefferson for dinner and then back to the house.


Grayson Highlands in Virginia

Later that night we drove around and looked at some of the Christmas lights in the area. Back at the house, I went out on the deck to take some night pictures.


One of the decorated houses we really liked.


Looking down the driveway from the house.


Looking down toward the river at the houses below.

Then we had a surprise visitor show up at the house. A sweet little beagle came up onto the deck and we were playing with him. Tommy noticed he was not wearing a collar and thought he might be a stray. He actually asked me if I thought Thor would get along with him. But it didn't take long to realize this was no stray. When we brought him some treats out, he shook hands (or should I say hand and paw) with us each time for a treat. Nope, this was somebody's pet. We did enjoy his company for a while at least. Then when I told him it was time for him to go home, he promptly turned and headed down the dirt road toward the other houses. He was so sweet.


We don't know what his name is, but we enjoyed his company Sunday night and hope we see him the next time we go back.

What a fun weekend!

I hope everyone is having a great week.

  
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 12/8/2012 12:12AM

    What a great place to be able to visit! We are lucky to have a couple of family 'places' we can visit, too - saves on the vacation fund but still gives a fantastic break from the rest of life.

As for the Beagle, they are a breed that likes to wander - I've known of some who seem to roam a gigantic territory - literally up to 20 miles with 'home' somewhere in the center! It doesn't surprise me that you had one visit you - looks like a really nice dog, tho ;-)


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GOLFGMA 12/7/2012 8:42AM

    Another wonderful blog with art in pictures. You make me wish that I could go on all the trips again, but at least, we who read your blogs get to go there for a while and I love that. The little beagle was precious. Always look for your blogs and no wonder! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMPTYNESTER60 12/6/2012 9:52PM

    What a great "cabin" to get away to & such gorgeous pictures. I always enjoy your travel blogs so I can enjoy all of the beautiful scenery & your adventures, too. NC & VA sure have some awesome places to go! I love this area of the country emoticon

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LIBBYG7 12/6/2012 2:27PM

    Another adventure to add to the list - another beautiful notch on the old gunbelt!
Love your photos - and love Tommy's energy level.
May you have many more such adventures.....
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ILOVEMALI 12/6/2012 2:11PM

    I have never been to your part of the country -- gorgeous!

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CRYSTALLULLABY 12/6/2012 9:38AM

  Oh Shatley Springs! We took a drive up there years ago (in the summer on motorcycles) and I remember sitting down and going "My God, I really shouldn't eat any of this" but ate what I could and tried not to think about it.

I'm so glad you had a nice weekend and the weather to enjoy it!

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DOODIE59 12/5/2012 11:56PM

    What a wonderful weekend -- the kind of memories that last a LONG time:)

I belong to the hiking across the States sparks team, and I'm still walking through Virginia -- so it was nice to see the views I'm traveling through in your pictures. Thank you!

May you both have many more such vacations:)
Deirdre

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LUVS2BIKE101 12/5/2012 9:40PM

    What a lovely weekend! I enjoyed reading your blog. And what scenic pictures! Thanks for sharing. Where are we going next?
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_JODI404 12/5/2012 8:08PM

    What a wonderful gift to you from your Aunt & Uncle to have access to that beautiful mountain home! You two have such nice outdoor adventures and travels!!

Glad to hear Tommy is doing well, and able to tackle that Backbone Rock!

Sounds like a decent trade off with the weekends you work / long weekend you get off for getaways!

Take care ~ hope you are having a great week!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/5/2012 7:55PM

    The pics are awesome!
The story you tell makes me feel like I was right there with you!
I'm glad you had such fun!
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WORLDSERIES11 12/5/2012 7:44PM

    Thank you for the pictures!! I love traveling vicariously with you...lol
Sounds like a wonderful time!!

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A Gift To Enjoy For Years

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tommy and I went to the mall Monday to pick up a few Christmas gifts. As we were walking along I saw a pet store that I had never seen before (I rarely go the mall). I walked inside and saw a wall of cages behind glass containing many different breeds of puppies and an equal number of shoppers on our side of the glass looking. Beside each cage was a slip of paper showing what the monthly payment would be for each dog. It didn't say what the actual cost of each dog was and I didn't ask. I knew it was much higher than the small fee charged at the animal shelter to adopt a pet. I watched as a Collie puppy was taken from a cage and brought out to a prospective buyer. As I looked at all these puppies, I wondered where they came from, and I thought about all the dogs in the shelters in need of homes.

With the holiday season upon us, most of us are beginning the traditional task of hitting the stores trying to find the perfect gift for each person on our list. For many, that perfect gift will be a furry one. Many parents, spouses or children will head to the pet stores, or even the internet, in search of that special gift of love. They mean well. The pet they purchase will almost certainly provide years of love and happiness to their new owner. But here is something I ask everyone to consider if they are planning on purchasing a pet for someone for Christmas. Where did that animal come from? It’s sometimes hard to know where that purebred dog was born or under what conditions. Although there are responsible breeders, the truth is that many of the dogs sold in stores and on the internet are the product of puppy mills. I won’t jump on my soapbox here over this as most already know about the horrors of puppy mills. Purchasing animals that are the product of these mills encourages the practice to continue. If you do not know about puppy mills, you can find a lot of information about them on ASPCA.org.

Instead of supporting this cruel treatment, why not consider adoption of an unwanted animal who needs a forever home? Whether you prefer cats or dogs, there are millions of animals in shelters just waiting and hoping for a loving home, for a chance at life, with so much love to share. They are living on borrowed time and most will be euthanized. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give that special gift to a person you love and to an animal in need? If you’re not comfortable picking a pet for someone, you can take them to the animal shelter to choose a pet, or call your local shelter and find out what the fees are and give them the money to adopt a pet.

According to the ASPCA, “Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats).” www.aspca.org/ This is a sad fact, but it is also the harsh reality. Unless someone comes along and adopts them, they will eventually be euthanized.

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A Dog's Last Will and Testament
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Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, and give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask....

To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:

My happy home.
My bowl, cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
The lap which I loved so much.
The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name.
I'd will to the sad scared shelter dog the place I had in my human's heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So when I die please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand." Instead go find an unloved dog; one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to him.

This is the only thing I can give...the love I left behind.

If possible, please help save a life. If you can open your heart and home to one of our furry friends in need, you will be rewarded with the unconditional love of your new family member. And please remember to make sure you new friend is spayed or neutered .

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Now for some fun. With the cold weather comes frosty windows. This creates a problem for Thor since he loves to lay in front of the glass door and look outside (we call him our window monitor). When the glass door frosts over, he can't see out. Being the smart boy he is, he figured out a way to solve this problem. So for future reference, here is how you clean a window so you can see outside.


First, you have to see if the window is in need of cleaning. It is clearly frosted over here making it hard for Thor to see outside.


Next, you have to determine where you want to clean. He started in this area but then determined this wasn't his best choice.


Once you've found the perfect spot, begin licking the frost off of the glass.


When the glass is adequately cleaned, you can resume your neighborhood watch.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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ILOVEMALI 11/30/2012 12:39AM

    We have two adopted dogs (Bailey and Mali) and a kitty who adopted us; and are grandparents to Moose and Theodore, adopted dog and kitty who live with The Boy and his Sweetheart.

In this very moment, I'm on the bed with my husband, kids, and Moose & Bailey. Bailey and The Girl are using Moose as a pillow.

Life is good.

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NELLIEC 11/28/2012 7:34PM

    I know that a local pet store claimed their pets were not from a puppy mill when my daughter asked. I asked my vet, who rolled his eyes and said where else would they be from? No reputable breeder is going to sell through a pet store!

My vet was responsible enough to provide a vet check and first shots for those dogs sold from the pet store at no cost. He certainly didn't have to, but he figured it would give them a healthier start.

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SHESMITH1 11/28/2012 5:13PM

    Great blog! Thank you for "spilling your soul!"

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CRYSTALLULLABY 11/28/2012 4:45PM

  I've only recently been informed about this issue by my best friend. I never knew much about it until now - thanks for sharing more information.

I have a furry friend though we have her since my father-in-law couldn't keep her in his apartment anymore. I can't imagine and going and buying a pet from a store. (All of my father's dogs have been shelter rescues or landed on/near the doorstep.)

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DOODIE59 11/28/2012 4:32PM

    Oh boy, Cindy, first you had me on the edge of blubbering, and then you had me laughing out loud. Yes, we all need to give our hearts to those shelter dogs (and cats). Thank you for taking the time to write about this.
Deirdre

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_JODI404 11/28/2012 2:02PM

    Great, timely blog! All of my furkids are rescues!

I love Thor's frost clearing technique!! He is so precious!!

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LIBBYG7 11/28/2012 1:35PM

    Dear Cindy....
You and I are in such lockstep on this issue.....If I had my way, I'd close every pet shop in the country!!!
My Lucy was a rescue from a kill shelter in Illinois - and fostered with a loving family. She became an offering of the All American Dachshund Rescue Org. (Great website)....
Long story short - I fell in love with her online - had several lengthy conversations with her foster mom -- and finally adopted her. She was driven to NY by the organization (a car chain) for a nominal fee.....and I never looked back. She is the perfect companion for me!
EVERYONE PLEASE ------- CONSIDER A SHELTER DOG, if you're contemplating getting a pet this year. What a blessing you'll have!!

And as for Thor ----- this is one special hound!! Hope he's feeling as good as he looks!

Hugs to you all --- you, Tommy and Thor.
Love your blogs. (I'm on hiatus.....as i think you know..... Working on stabilizing my health)....

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TXTOAD9970 11/28/2012 12:09PM

    My dog was adopted from the local animal rescue. She's been a faithful companion for five years now and we can't imagine life without her. Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars for a "purebred" dog when there are so many dogs at the animal shelter in need of homes at a reasonable price? I have never understood it.

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SPIRALDOWN 11/28/2012 11:46AM

    Great idea. Love Thor he is gorgeoud

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Vacation in Florida

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wow, it’s been a busy two weeks. We were in Florida last week on vacation and had a wonderful time. It was so nice to get away and just relax with family.

We first traveled to Palm Beach where we stayed with my sister Joyce and her husband Kurt for three nights. On Tuesday they took us out on their boat to Peanut Island where we spent several hours grilling out and hiking around the island. On Wednesday, we went to a couple different areas where we hiked. It’s a lot different hiking in Florida then it is here in North Carolina, but it was a lot of fun.


Peanut Island


Tommy walking my sister's dogs, Kirby and Kody, on Peanut Island. I think he was missing Thor.


Me and Tommy while hiking. No, we weren't standing in water, but were actually on a step leading down into it.


My sister, brother-in-law and me on a hiking trail.


Thursday morning we headed back up to New Smyrna Beach to stay with another sister, Suzi, and her husband Stephen. Along the way we stopped to visit my Uncle Bill, Aunt Pat and cousin Kim in Melbourne, Florida. He surprised us with an airboat ride on Lake Washington. It was cloudy and a little misty that day, but it didn’t rain and we had a great time. We only saw one gator.


My uncle, our guide, and Tommy on the airboat.


Riding on the airboat.

After leaving their house, we drove to my sister’s house where we had wonderful spaghetti they had fixed for dinner. The next day they drove us up to St. Augustine. We did a lot of walking around the streets checking out the wonderful old architecture and the sights. We later had dinner at a restaurant near the beach and then drove to the St. Augustine Lighthouse where we went on the night ghost tour. After a tour of the light keepers house, they turned us loose to explore on our own. It was a bit challenging climbing the lighthouse steps in the dark with only a small glowstick they provided for us (the light on my phone came in pretty handy a few times). Tommy was feeling so good he was even able to climb to the top of the lighthouse. We didn’t see any ghosts, but we had a great time.


Me and Tommy in St. Augustine


Beautiful St. Augustine


The top of St. Augustine Lighthouse in the dark


St. Augustine picture from the top of the lighthouse

On Saturday, Suzi drove us over to the beach at Ponce Inlet. The ocean was incredibly rough for some reason with the waves churning and crashing hard against the rocks along the jetty, but it was beautiful. After walking around there for a while and taking lots of pics of the ocean and birds, we stopped by the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse for a quick look.


Rough ocean along the jetty at Ponce Inlet


I just loved this bird!


There were so many pelicans and they were really active. We had a great time watching them.


I loved this picture of them diving for fish with their butts in the air.


Resting


Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

We hated to leave Sunday to come home, but we did miss Thor and was happy to see him. We’re already planning our next trip back to St. Augustine, hopefully sometime next spring.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and is able to spend it with family or friends. Now back to my kitchen to get back to cooking. emoticon

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_JODI404 11/24/2012 1:39PM

    Cindy,

So glad that you & Tommy were able to enjoy a fantastic Florida vacation!!!

Peanut Island looks amazing, and my hubby & I also love St. Augustine!

As always, your pictures are just incredible! Thank you for taking the time to share them!

I bet Thor missed you two as well!!!
Hope you had a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/22/2012 4:23PM

    Fantastic vacation. Loved all of your pictures, and thanks for sharing them. I have never been there. Pelicans are so much fun to watch, and so much bigger in person. The Egret is adorable. I always laugh at their skinny legs. Lucky you, for getting inside of a light house. I have never been in one, and I love them. I can see why you want to go back. Hugs for Thor!!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 11/22/2012 12:35PM

    Just gorgeous! And I love the name Peanut Island!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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EMPTYNESTER60 11/22/2012 9:09AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. So glad that Tommy was feeling good enough to enjoy all of it. Florida is a great place to visit & this is a good time to do it while the heat & humidity aren't too bad. I enjoy visiting my sister who lives in Stuart, but wouldn't want to move back there again. Love the pictures - you really had a chance to experience a lot in a short time. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Tommy, & Thor emoticon

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SHESMITH1 11/22/2012 8:33AM

    Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. It sounds like the elements (family, climate, adventure) were what you and Tommy needed. I'm sure Thor would have been happy to share all that with you, but - alas - he, like us, will have to live vicariously through you!
I love the picture of the white bird - that's how I look when I get up most mornings!
May God richly bless you and Tommy with a wonderful Thanksgiving. You certainly are a blessing to me~

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GOLFGMA 11/22/2012 8:01AM

    What a nice vacation. The photos are beautiful as usual. I remember being in St Augustine and just going gaga over the old buildings . I know you must be thankful that Tommy was able to enjoy all the family with you and how great that your sisters found interesting things for you to see and do while there. Hope you enjoy many more vacations such as this! Have a emoticon wonderful Thanksgiving!

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LIBBYG7 11/21/2012 6:56PM

    Hi Cindy.....
I love the way you and Tommy LIVE life - and find joy in nature!! What a great vacation and I'm so glad you took and shared your photos. I live vicariously through some of your photos.....since I don't travel much anymore. And....you have great relatives!!

You're an inspiration - both of you.

Was Thor overcome with joy to have you home??? I'll bet he was......

Best love and Happy Turkey Day!!!
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DOODIE59 11/21/2012 4:06PM

    Wow! Sounds like you hit all the high points! I'm glad to hear you had a great time. And, as always, thanks for sharing the photos -- they make your story real:)
Deirdre

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ILOVEMALI 11/21/2012 3:08PM

    What a great day!

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WORLDSERIES11 11/21/2012 1:51PM

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!! Love the pictures!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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Fun with the Family

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I had a great two day break from basement cleaning while my sister and brother-in-law were here from Florida. Yesterday we headed for Hanging Rock State Park and did a 4.8 mile hike to Moore’s Knob. The leaves were beautiful and the weather was perfect. It was tiring, but so much fun.

They brought their two dogs (Kirby and Kody) along, but we left Thor at home. I felt kind of guilty, but I know he can’t walk very far without getting very tired and sore so we opted to leave him at home. Even though Tommy also knew he couldn’t go the distance, he decided to go along and walk part of the way with us and then return to the van with Kirby (my sister’s older dog who also doesn’t do well on longer hikes) and wait for us to finish the loop trail.


Kurt, Kirby, Kody and Tommy near the start of the trail. Tommy and Kirby walked about a mile in and then they headed back to the van opting to skip the more strenuous climb up the mountain.


A fork in the trail. We headed for Moore's Knob.


On the trail going up. A picture my sister took with Kody in the middle and me off to the right.


The lookout tower at the top of Moore's Knob.


View from the top.


Kurt at Moore's Knob checking out the view.


Heading back down the trail. The leaves were beautiful.


More leaves.






Even though Kody was carrying his own water bottles in his backpack, he preferred getting in the creek and drinking that water.

What a beautiful day it was and how nice it was to be back out hiking. I hope everyone is able to spend some time outdoors enjoying the fall weather.

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DOGSTARDADDY 10/25/2012 5:39PM

    Great pictures!
I always feel bad leaving Morty behind when we're doing "real" walking/running. But he's just not built for long distance.

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LINDAKAY228 10/25/2012 10:48AM

    What a beautiful hike! I love the tree leaves that are red. We don't have very many of those in our area. Mostly yellow, gold, and brown, which are pretty too. But I really love red fall leaves. I'm so glad you got to get out and go hiking and that you are having fun with your family. Also I know it was good for Tommy to go out and do what he could and enjoy being out in nature for while.

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DOODIE59 10/24/2012 7:05PM

    What a fantastic view!! Most certainly worth the effort. I am really glad that Tommy heads out anyway, and does what he can.

Thank you so much for sharing these pics.
Deirdre

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ILOVEMALI 10/24/2012 12:08PM

    Beautiful day -- beautiful you!

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LIBBYG7 10/24/2012 10:10AM

    What a wondrous day! You have a gift for appreciating life and all its beauty......and one of the most compassionate souls I've ever encountered......

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GOLFGMA 10/24/2012 8:24AM

    Looks like a wonderful day! The photos are beautiful and the colors take your breath away. Glad Tommy was able to get part of the hike in and had companion Kirby along. Thor probably had a nice nap. emoticon

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SHESMITH1 10/24/2012 5:43AM

    Looks like a great hike. We were there the week before; the colors were not quite at peak yet. They look beautiful in your pix.
I am so glad you were able to "get back to nature!" What a privilege to live where we do!
Enjoy your time in Florida~

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/24/2012 3:26AM

    What a fantastic view, and a beautiful area to walk in. Love the dogs. Cute as can be. This time of year is so pretty. Thanks for taking us along on your hike! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 10/24/2012 12:34AM

    Love the pictures, they are always so beautiful!! So glad Tommy & Kirby got to join you for part of the hike. Such a lovely day!
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_JODI404 10/23/2012 11:55PM

    Looks like a wonderful hike!! As always, your photos are gorgeous!!

So glad that Tommy got to go too. Fall is definitely my favorite season!!


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NELLIEC 10/23/2012 11:43PM

    It looks great and I am glad that Tommy and Kirby got to do some of it.

I am praying there is no giardia in the creek.

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Tommy's Latest Scan

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wow, I feel like I’ve been away from SP for a really long time. Actually, it’s 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 I’ve barely had time to breathe.

As the end to Tommy’s 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 I’ll 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 “cleaned” 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 didn’t want to throw away. Our basement is now almost eerily empty, but it looks great! We’ve spent the last few days painting the cinder block walls to brighten it up and next we’ll be painting the floor (we’ve already bought the floor paint, so I guess we’re 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. I’m on vacation from work until next Friday, so we’re 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. They’ll be stopping here tomorrow and spending a couple days with us. We’re hoping to get a chance to go hiking while they’re 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.

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LINDAKAY228 10/25/2012 10:46AM

    Oh I"m so happy for the good news!!! That's wonderful.

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CHANGE4THEBEST 10/24/2012 1:52AM

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GOLFGMA 10/21/2012 8:56PM

    Wonderful news regarding Tommy's scan. So glad to hear you will have freedom from the chemo for 3 months. Have a great vacation and I can't wait to see more of your photo art. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHESMITH1 10/21/2012 8:51PM

    Thank you for adding me as a friend. I was "virtually introduced" to you by another
W-S Sparker.

While you've been away, I've had the opportunity to read some of your past blogs. I'm so happy to read this latest news. I pray for every moment you share with your husband to be precious.

I also visited your Flickr page - what a photographer you are! Oh my - you are in the wrong profession! (Please tell me you aren't responsible for the mug shots...?)

...a little levity for your day.... I just realized that you are a SouthWestDesertLover instead of SWeetDessertLover! (Yes, I'm blonde....)
Have a wonderful week. You are in my prayers.

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EMPTYNESTER60 10/21/2012 8:33PM

    emoticon news about Tommy. And the timing couldn't be better. Chemo free over the holidays will be great.

emoticon for getting so much accomplished in your basement. That has got to be a good feeling. Glad you had Cliff to help. Good job for finding a new home for some of the things. Sounds like a win/win solution. Enjoy your family!

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WORLDSERIES11 10/20/2012 10:15PM

    Such great news about Tommy!!! emoticon
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LADYVOLSFAN1954 10/20/2012 8:04PM

    Wonderful news about Tommy. Will continue to keep him and you in my prayers. I seriously need to go through our storage house (a little house behind us that's crammed full) and get rid of stuff. I haven't felt like it because I'm still dreaming about my trip to Florida last month and wishing I was still there walking on the beach emoticon . But alas I'm home in the colder weather walking my dog - she loves it. Enjoy your trip and the holidays now! Have fun, get some rest.
Hugs,
Ramona

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DOODIE59 10/20/2012 12:14PM

    First and foremost, Tommy's health news is wonderful -- what a blessing:)

Second, you must be very pleased with yourselves for tackling the basement. How satisfying! And you gave stuff away to people who could use it -- while it was still usable!

What a great week.
Deirdre

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_JODI404 10/20/2012 11:41AM

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That is such wonderful news about Tommy's scan!!!

I am so happy for you both that you will not have to deal with chemo for these next
three months. I am sure that will make life, and the holidays so much more enjoyable!!

I'm really happy for you both!!!!

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LIBBYG7 10/20/2012 10:52AM

    Cindy, Cindy, Cindy!!!!

What WONDERFUL news about Tommy! Three months chemo-free! What wonderful news- especially, as you said, during holiday season - and your upcoming trip. He must be over the moon happy! emoticon emoticon

As for cleaning the basement, I understand the satisfaction you get from 'purging' unwanted/unneeded stuff. And....how great you were able to recycle so much of it! I'm going slowly around my apartment - trying to do the same - after 23 years of accumulation!!!

Great news!! Keep it coming --- Now REST!!! That's an order!

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