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A BBQ Last Night

Friday, August 23, 2013

Had such fun yesterday evening - went with a neighbor to a bbq put on by the hospital. We had hamburgers with all the fixings and watermelon. Oh, and the baked beans and potato salad were the very best!!

The Pendleton Round-Up is in a couple of weeks and the princesses were there - 6 rodeo princesses and 2 Indian princesses. They were dressed in all their regalia - and such charming girls they were. It was held at a retirement home so the residents were able to meet and talk to these girls. What a special treat for them.

Many years ago I had surgery at the Shriner's Hospital in Portland. And the princesses of the Rose Parade came. I was 7 years old and was just in awe!! I remember one girl on the ward who was paralyzed and how the girls made over her. Just made her day!!

Oh, the memories just a simple bbq can bring to mind. I wonder what our memories will be in Heaven?? Will we remember those fun bbqs with family and friends? And those beautiful sunsets over the ocean? And the first time we watched as our little girl walked across the kitchen and then across the living room? (She was just 9 months old and did not walk again until she was 13 months old. Guess she had done it once and that was enough!!).

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MARTHA-ANN 8/24/2013 2:41AM

    Glad you had a good day out Barb, sounds fun!
My boys both walked early...the eldest at ten months and the youngest at five months and three days! He never crawled, just got up one day and walked...surprised everyone!

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ALIHIKES 8/23/2013 12:42PM

    Sounds like a nice barbecue, and very nice memories!

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SOPHIEDO13 8/23/2013 10:47AM

    Sounds like a great time !! Both my boys started and kept walking at 9 months old, they didn't stay babies very long !!

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My Sister's Birthday

Monday, July 29, 2013

Today is my sweet Sister's Birthday - she is 70 today. Where, or where, have the years gone??

One time my Mother told me she feels 16 and then looks in the mirror. I told her to just break the mirror and be 16. Perhaps that 16 year old heart kept her alive and active for 99 years.

My Dad was always "39" until i got near that age. I told him he needed to be a little older, because he would look silly with a daughter older than him. So he picked "49" for a good age. And he lived 84 years. I'm not sure what age I would pick. But suppose it should be less than 49. Will have to think about that!!

This is one of my favorite pictures of her when she was just a wee one:

And here she is with her very best friend:

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MARTHA-ANN 7/30/2013 2:36AM

    Lovely blog Barb, give your sister my congratulations...she's hasn't changed much, still the same pretty face! emoticon

My mam was always 'As old as my tongue and a bit older than my teeth'...lol...
And Dad was always '21 again' emoticon

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SOPHIEDO13 7/29/2013 5:44PM

    I love the little girl picture ... We all start off that way little girls and boys. P.S. I feel 16 in thinking maybe I will make it like your mom to 99 !!!

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ALICIA214 7/29/2013 1:59PM


Happy Birthday to your sister I hope she enjoys many more.. emoticon

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Saturday, July 27

Saturday, July 27, 2013

How quickly life can change!! Just a coupe of months ago, Greg had his surgery- he has had the radiation and the chemo. And they have really knocked him for a loo;!! So he has decided not to have anymore treatment - at least not for now.

And a couple of weeks ago I was in the emergency room - blood pressure "out of sight"! Partly because of the prognosis for Greg and partly other family issues. So am now taking BP meds and potassium.

Because of all of this I have not been to the club very often. The doctor wants me to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. So yesterday was at the club on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Planning to go every day - well, 5 days a week at least. Just pray I can do this. Do not have a legit excuse. I certainly have plenty of time. Also, will need to drink more water. I think that is harder than getting to the club.

So need to plan all of this - just as i have planned my meds each day.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/29/2013 1:46AM

    I'm rooting for you Barb emoticon

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ZZYYGGY3 7/27/2013 3:24PM

    You can do this.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Greg has had a round of chemo - 3 days - and i think he has about decided not to have any more. Today he has a blood draw and Wed. a consultation with the doctor. Then he will decide. But, even if he does not have any now he can still have some later. It just wiped him out for a week - and he does not want to live that way.

My two boys have been talking more than they have in years. That is one of the very positive things that has come from this experience - them recognizing their differences and being able to share their feelings - honestly and openly.

Last Friday I went to the ER - my blood pressure is "thru the roof". Wonder why??? Just too much stress. Not just Greg's cancer, but the brokenness in my family. But, I do see some healing happening and am sure there will be more.

I have completely neglected myself - not eating right and very little exercise. And i do realize that exercise is so key to good health. Oh, at they hospital they did lots of tests, including an EKG and a chest Xray. And I am quite healthy for an "ol' lady"!! Everything within the normal range. Well, everything except my BP. Now to just get then under control.

It is quite warm here in Pendleton - in the high 90 every day. Thank you, God, for our a/c.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/23/2013 2:59AM

    Stay strong Barb emoticon

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JTREMBATH 7/22/2013 4:04PM

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SOPHIEDO13 7/22/2013 1:56PM

    Being a Cancer survivor I would not recommend missing any of the treatments, it is a well known you're not going to feel well while having treatments. My family wouldn't let me get out of treatment 1 in particular I forced myself hope this helps.

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Saturday, July 5

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Had a good morning, Stopped at the library and picked up a couple of books, then to the club for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Not very long, but I have not been in a while.

When I got home, Greg was just getting up. He had a major headache - took a couple of tylenol and laid back down. He has gone off the steroids - probably not a good idea since they reduce the swelling in the brain. The doctor told him that if the headaches started again, to let him know. He has finished the radiation treatments and will start chemo this week.

Last weekend we had a visit with a friend of Greg's. He came up from Medford with his daughter, Sara. We had such a good time - just visiting, eating, and watching movies. It was just too warm to get out very much. And, now they are planning to come back in September for the Round-Up if they can get time off work. Sure hope they can come - they are truly beautiful people.

We had a very quiet 4th. Enjoyed the day just staying in and keeping cool!!

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MARTHA-ANN 7/9/2013 4:45AM

    Glad you finally manged to get to the club Barb, it'll have done you good.

So sorry Greg is feeling so bad, hope the Doc can sort out something to make him more comfortable.
I'm sure the visit from Greg's friends will have done him good, some thing nice for him to remember.

We went on the Puffin Cruise on Saturday, the weather was magnificent, almost too hot , so the cooling breezes out at sea were very welcome. The water was calm and the birds performed beautifully. It was a really excellent trip and I really enjoyed it after the hassle of organising it all. I chartered the whole boat and 150 Women's Institute members filled it and loved it!

Sunday David & I went up into the Yorkshire Dales to the steam train at Levisham, it was another hot day so we ended up in the forestry. We took a picnic and ate it under the trees in peace and solitude except for the bird song...another wonderful day out.

Hope you have a relaxing week
Thinking of you all emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 7/6/2013 5:11PM

    Hope your DH gets to feeling better. I had radiation when I had cancer and it is no picnic!!! Literally sucks the life out of ya and ya don't even realize it at the time. emoticon

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