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Friday, October 04, 2013

Well, did not get to my to-do list this week. When Greg was still living in Medford, he picked up a very special friend, Dale. Dale and his daughter, Sarah, came up to visit in June after they learned about Greg's illness. Then they came again this week. That's about 450 plus miles, depending on which direction you come. And, we had such a good time - they are very loving, caring people.

Then last night Greg was very tired! Sometimes the reality of his condition hits him rather hard. And, last night was one of those difficult times. We talked for a while, but I still am not sure what the key was to his discouragement. Perhaps it was the thought that he may not live to see Dale and Sarah again - the doctor has not given him any time line - so we really have no idea. He did say that if he had some idea about how much longer he has, it might be easier. There are so many things that he has had to give up - his job, his car and driving, his house (well, his Dad's rental that he has been living in) and the privacy he had. He lives with me and another son in a small 2 bedroom apartment. We are comfortable with the way we have arranged living here, but there really is little privacy. Seems like sometimes we just get in each others way. Greg still has most of his things at the other house, but I am sure it is hard for him to go over there, knowing that he probably will not be able to live there alone any more.

It has really cooled down here - 35 degrees right now, but the sun is out so should warm up some today. Looks like it will be a beautiful, Fall day!!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the cooler weather!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/5/2013 11:41AM

    Thank you for your post on my SparkPage about your son. I am so sorry to hear about his brain cancer. For me, dealing with the psycological aspects of caner is the hardest part of all. The uncertainty is so difficult. It is good that Greg seems to be able to talk to you about it. My heart goes out to both of you and I will keep you two in my prayers.

I think that getting emotional support is so important for cancer patients and their caregivers....may both of you find much support from many different sources. It's too much to handle alone.


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LILYDOG11 10/4/2013 8:55PM

    It's so nice to know you have a close and loving family. !! Greg is really lucky in that respect I will be praying for a miracle, and maybe he should pray for Devine Intervention In this matter. emoticon

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More Knitting

Monday, September 30, 2013

I think I am addicted!! Met with Elaine and Barb for more knitting this afternoon. Elaine is knitting a prayer shawl and Barb is knitting a sweater for her hubby for Christmas - and, of course, I am still making socks for Christmas. We had such a good visit.

I took Greg over to his house while I was visiting. When I picked him up, he said a couple of the neighbors had come over so he just visited with them. So he did not get much done in his house. He moved over here the end of May, so the house has not had much attention. But, he is gradually going thru his things there - he probably will not be able to move back over there. But, his Dad owns the house so there really is no hurry for him to get out. And that is a real blessing.

It has been rather windy here the past couple of days - was really windy last night. Woke me up a couple of times. We have a couple of older big trees between us and the river. Geoff worries that if they fall, they will come down on the electric wires just outside out apartment. Could happen if we have a very strong windstorm.

Have a long to-do list for this week. Mostly errands that I just keep putting off. Really need to get some of them done before it gets too wintery out!!

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USMAWIFE 9/30/2013 8:16PM

    i am trying to get some knitting in today. my shawl now has over 500 stitches on the needle and i have 2 rows of one patter and then 10 of another before the next clue arrives and I get to finish it

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Went to the Cookie Tree this morning to meet with a couple of other knitters - such fun!! Mina and Elaine are knitting Prayer Shawls. They give them to the Hospital and the shawls are given to cancer patients in the Cancer Center. They are so appreciated!!

I am still knitting socks for Christmas - have found a couple of patterns that are really fun and easy. Have 3 pairs finished - need to figure out how many pairs I should knit.

I have been wanting to do some quilting too, but do not have a place to put out my sewing machine right now. When I do some more socks, I may start doing some hand-pieceing to start. A favorite pattern i have been wanting to do is the Maple Leaf. I remember cutting out the pattern in a magazine when I was just a wee girl and have always want to make it. Maybe now is the time!!

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LILYDOG11 9/27/2013 5:18PM

    I'm out of room for my sewing machine too I turned my sewing room into an office work out area. !! Good luck with the Maple leaf.

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USMAWIFE 9/27/2013 4:30PM

    I have making shawls now and find myself donating them to different members on SP

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Quote of the Day

Friday, August 30, 2013

Just have to share this quote I found this morning. I think it fits so well with where I am today.

I so often think "I can't do that" and don't even try. So I just limit myself in what I can accomplish. When I just do what I can, I am amazed at the progress I make.

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MARTHA-ANN 8/31/2013 2:28AM

    Great quote Barb!

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NOTANINJA 8/30/2013 10:18AM

    Thanks for sharing that quote! It will help me stay focused and motivated.

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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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LILYDOG11 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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