Bath time with Stanley

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Jack and Lulu have already been featured in my previous bath time segments, they were well behaved so the post was basically boring, pictures of wet dogs, standing calmly, while being bathed, if it isn’t your dog, how entertaining can that be? 

I thought with Stanley’s size, bath time would have been funny, havoc ridden, something out of the ordinary, but no. Stanley took it calmly like his older brother and sister, they would have been proud if they had been in the bathroom. They were outside searching for chipmunks, so they came in after the fact to a wet Stanley. Stanley doesn’t mind being rubbed down, he loves the attention. The only challenge is keeping him inside until he dries off completely, it’s cold outside and we don’t want him to catch anything.

   
    
 

Who loves the snow?

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Could it be Jack or Lulu? They don’t hate the snow, but they in no way love the snow the way Stanley adores it.

   
 
Our little storm gave us 3 inches, just enough to make it fun and interesting for Stanley to  frolic around like the galumphagus he is, I’m glad he loves it, it reminds me of the days of Marshall and Rex, they spent hours running around in circles in the back, grabbing at the snow with their mouths, it was beautiful to watch. Stanley was doing just that, it tugged at my heartstrings, I miss Marshall and Rex so much at times. I feel so very lucky having our trio, they didn’t replace Marshall, Rex or Tuck, but they remind us on a daily basis how lucky we were to have them in our lives, they do it by being just as special. 

   
 

The lovely Primrose

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My dear friend Mary, left me a lovely surprise on our breezeway just the other morning, three pots of primroses, with the sweetest card. We are essentially planning to put these in the garden come this Spring, my challenge is to keep them alive and healthy from now until then, not much pressure don’t you think ;)?

In Norse legend the Primrose was Freya’s flower and stood for young love, moreover, the primrose was also seen to represent the woman. The petals on the blossom stood for the various stages of life – birth, initiation, followed by consummation. Then there’s repose and in the end, death. I think when it is all taken together in context, Mary chose very well, we are all involved in the circle of life, some do it prettier than others and the Primrose most definitely does it delicately and sweetly. I can’t wait to plant them with Mary this Spring, we are going to have a nice time planting together.

  

Another milestone 

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My second round of chemo is done, they took my portable pump back today and I went through my 13th round of radiation out of the 33, so I have only twenty radiation sessions left and 4 more chemo rounds to go, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Woo!!! Hee!!

I’m exhausted, but there is an end and it will be here soon, if I calculated it correctly,it should be in conjunction with Spring, a time for new beginnings. Hooray for me!

Happy Groundhog Day

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Today is Groundhog Day and  Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney PA did his annual job and announced we will have an early Spring. It’s a little hard to take him seriously this year because it already feels like Spring.

I am so happy walking around my backyard in nothing but a sweater, taking pictures celebrating this glorious day, full of bright blue sky, lavender and thyme smelling fragrant despite being February 2nd.

Today’s weather is another dose of naturally wonderful medicine, helping me stay positive despite how hard the treatments are, being cumulative and everything, seeing blue skies for miles and feeling the sun’s rays on my head feels so restorative, it’s easy to walk around with a smile on my face.

Chemo treatment number 2

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I had to dig out my funky glasses from France, because I have snapped the plastic rims of all my reading glasses, the ones that come in packages of three at T.J Max, hanging in the aisle right next to the cashier, part of the impulse buy department each store uses as their secret weapon.

I am sitting in the infusion center at Cooley Dickinson watching t.v and talking to my husband, who in between conversations and shows, checks in with work through the magic of WiFi, we have about an hour and a half left, we had a wonderfully constructive conversation with Doctor Z, the pain management specialist, he gave me a more nuanced understanding of what I should be doing for myself in relation to what level of pain and anxiety should be acceptable. According to Doctor Z, I was operating under a misunderstood notion of what should be acceptable, pain is not acceptable nor is anxiety and he was here to give me permission to accept the idea that pain-free is the goal, anxiety free is the goal and suffering in silence in very, very contradictory to getting well.

   

 Having my husband with me during these conversations is vital because he  reminds me of the concerns and the questions I had just over the weekend, without him involved, my doctors wouldn’t get the full picture of what I deal with when they are not there. He serves a very important function, trust me, my husband is more than just a handsome face. :D

The Fifth Wave: a movie review?

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My husband and I went to see the only science fiction movie playing, The 5th Wave, he liked it, he thought the story was fairly compelling, the acting good and the suspense, right where it should be, Chloe Grace Moretz is a young actress that we have liked for years and she basically carried the entire movie and did it beautifully.

I, on the other hand, can’t say the same, I fell asleep during the movie, the first time ever; now you know why I put a question mark after the phrase movie review, I can’t really give one, I fell asleep on the job. LOL

From what I saw, the movie was pretty good, as I said, I love Chloe Grace Moretz, she is an adorable young actress and I believe her in any role she plays, the other young actors were fine, the story itself was interesting, aliens taking over the world, a solid classic plotline, so the only thing I can blame the sleep on are my medications, they are making me a poor movie critic. Lol 

My new full-time job

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When I was diagnosed, I barely remember the date, it has become so foggy what  with all of the appointments and the deluge of information, I never thought that keeping myself “comfortable” would become a full-time occupation. In between the pain medication, the anxiety medication, the keeping regular medication, making sure that I eat between 60 to 85 grams of protein a day and that I get an uninterrupted night’s sleep, it is a lot to manage. There are days when I feel overwhelmed, not because I am frightened, but because having my body be in constant communication with my brain is too much. It seems everything in my body is at odds with each other and with me and it is a lot to handle 24/7. If it seems that I am complaining, I apologize but I needed to vent, I write daily because it helps me cope, but there are many days when what I write doesn’t reflect my inner turmoil, it reflects how I want to see my day being, full of hope, optimism and happiness, but not what is really going on inside. Usually I don’t mind keeping everything inside, today I choose to write what I feel because it is what is best for me and my psyche; it does a person good to release the pain and the tension.

Boys will be boys

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This is one of only times we successfully captured Jack and Stanley playing tug of war. My son was really on the ball with this one, ordinarily I’m so caught up in “How adorable!!!”, that my cellphone is left alone to the side, while all of the action unfolds before my very eyes and by then, it’s too late to film, because either Jack has won or Stanley has given up; in either case, Jack struts around like the boss because he thinks he won fair and square. They never disappoint when it comes to putting a smile on my face and a lift in my soul.

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Northampton, MA seen through a dirty windshield 

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The children and I went to Cooley Dickenson for my 9th radiation treatment, our plan was to enjoy a fantastic breakfast afterwards, Northampton is a treasure trove of original cafes and ethnic restaurants. My son took us to the HayMarket Cafe and we had excellent eggs, complemented with delicious house made sourdough bread and tender roasted potatoes, I supplemented my coffee with a Blue Ivy smoothie, delicious in its healthy goodness, resplendent with spinach, chia seeds, coconut milk, banana and blueberries. We are definitely doing this together again, maybe not at the HayMarket Cafe, but somewhere new since there are so many, we could make it a culinary adventure once a week.

   
    
 
   
 

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