A shoutout to my nurses

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My oncology nurse Tara has been with me since the beginning, now that I graduated to being a regular, she has raised the stakes in terms of endearment. Today she called me sweet pea, sweetheart, baby and love, I can’t lie, I like being called sweet pea and such, it feels good. Since being back at the center, I have had the chance to visit with my nutritionist and my spech therapist, initially their eyes lit up with recognition, but when they realized I was hooked up to an i.v, their eyes dimmed for but a second, quickly covered up with a smile of welcome. I admire these nurses, it must be hard keeping an emotional distance all the while being as nurturing and compassionate as they are, day in and day out.

I love my nurses.

Sunday dinner

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My husband has been busy in the kitchen, our son and his girlfriend are coming for Sunday dinner. I think he has done a wonderful job, everything looks quite appetizing. He had fun with the slab of pork belly we got from our local Mennonites, they have locally sourced grass-fed beef, pastured pigs, raw milk and organic, free range eggs. I forget what he did to the pork belly before it ended up in the slow cooker, but it smelled real good during the entire process. The mashed potatoes went under the broiler after I took the picture, they smelled delicious after being browned by the flames.

I love the salad my husband put together, watermelon, blueberries, romaine lettuce, peppers and iceberg lettuce with a blue cheese dressing, a yin and yang kind of salad. The cheeses and the pate made sense both before and after the pork belly and mashed potatoes with the salad acting as the palate cleanser to finish the meal.

We had a very lovely dinner together, it’s wonderful when dinner gets on the table and you had nothing to do with it. Thank you my husband.

The Magnificent Seven: a movie review

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I have never seen The Seven Samurai or the 1960 The Magnificent Seven, so this movie was brand new to me, my husband had seen them, he loves those kinds of movies and he really liked this remake, I did as well. However I wasn’t prepared to be so sad by the end of the movie, if I had seen either the original or the western remake of 1960, I would have known not to become too attached.

The entire cast was great, the villain was especially dastardly, he had the gall to use God and his favor as a justification for his greedy ways, it reminded me of the time when the monarchy used religion to justify their power, just that alone made me want to see him get taken down by the Maginificent Seven. The heroine played by Haley Bennet was put to good use by the director, she gave the movie its heart and anchored its moral compass in the community. My favorite part of the movie was the camaraderie between the gun slingers, they had such easy conversations, laughing and getting to know each other, even the horses had chemistry with their owners.

The vistas were breathtaking, I wish I could find some images to show you, I have never been out west, but after seeing how majestic the rock formations are, it may very well be on the bucket list of destinations.

I think that this movie will please those like me, who have never seen the original and those who have seen it, there is nothing to lose in seeing the movie, it’s an exciting ride.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet 

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Shakespeare, I love him. 

I remember reading Romeo and Juliet in English class senior year in high school, Mister Faust spent time teaching us how to interpret Shakespearean iambic pentameter, such a gift because he unveiled an amazing world. After Romeo and Juliet, Mister Faust introduced us to The Taming of the Shrew and what a revelation, Shakespeare had a sense of humor, he wasn’t a stodgy old bore, he had a gaudy sense of humor and for a high schooler it doesn’t get better than that in English class. 

A bientot pool

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It’s that time of year, the pool must be closed, the dark cover that replaces the gorgeous azure blue of the water really changes the look of our backyard, it instantly darkens the mood. We’re doing it fairly early this year to minimize the amount of vacuuming I have to do to prepare for the closing, I’m too tired to do it this year. Despite the work having a pool entails, it does create a wonderful setting for summer, it’s hard to feel awful when you are sitting near the water. I’m going to miss having pretty water to look at, frogs to rescue and a relaxing spot to watch bees and butterflies.

I made a friend

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I love New York squirrels, they are just as fearless as New Yorkers themselves lol. Blandford squirrels are so skittish, you look at them for a second and they bolt in fright. New York City squirrels practically tap their tiny feet waiting on crumbs and whatever morsel you might drop if you’re eating at a park bench. My little friend didn’t mind being the subject of my photo shoot, he was gathering nuts at his leisure, looking at me when my cellphone would take a picture and going back to his business without a care in the world.

My mother’s garden’s end of summer

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All of the plants in my mother’s garden have exploded, at least doubled in size since last year. I don’t think we are going to even bother trimming anything now, it would probably be best to allow the plants to store as much energy as possible for the winter months. My plan is to do some hard pruning come next spring, no plant will be spared. It has become a veritable jungle out there, Jack would feel at home poking in and around the shrubs and miniature trees, lol. This is nothing a sharp pair of pruners, some muscle and a few hours next spring can’t remedy. 

Fall colors in the garden

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Fall has shown its face in my garden, boo hoo. Don’t get me wrong, the colors are beautiful, I’m happy to have them. I suppose I’m railing at what comes with fall, cooler temperatures and shorter days. We went food shopping earlier, the apples have taken center stage in the produce aisle, I haven’t yet had my fill of nectarines, I want more time with my favorite fruit. I shouldn’t wallow in regrets over a fading season.

There are ways to turn a frown upside down, I could cheer myself up with visions of homemade apple tarts, warm pain aux raisins out of the oven and pots of hearty soup. You can’t stop the passage of time, so why not try to find the best out of what time deems suitable to give you.

Too much excitement this morning

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Lulu is back home safe and sound after deciding to visit the neighborhood for a bit this morning, she gave us a bit of a scare, it wasn’t her fault, the gate blew open, the dogs got out, though Stanley and Jack got distracted by our next door neighbor’s dogs while Lulu gave in to her curiosity to see what was beyond our backyard. It took all of a few minutes for Lulu to get away, she didn’t get far, she was seen in the center of town and then at the fairgrounds. 

What is so frustrating about trying to track your dog down is that while you go one way, the dog is running the other way and then circling around past you in another direction. That is what must have happened this morning as I was first walking to find Lulu and then in the car, as I went down every side road in Blandford, through the park, into the fairgrounds and down in the cemetary. There was no sign of her, but luckily Lulu went right up to someone at the fairgrounds and with her tags, we were called by the dog officer, alerting us that she had Lulu all set to be picked up and taken back home. Small towns are great for situations just like this, a curious dog wanting to visit for a change.

Stanley and Jack were very happy to have their Lulu back home, they definitely showed her a lot of love, sniffing her and licking her all over, making sure she was fine. I don’t think she minded too much.