Thursday, December 03, 2009
This morning hospice has finally been contacted.
Bernie's mom Barbara is up in Fresno with Mark and his wife Kathie. Mark is in the hospital as there was surgery performed to remove a tumor that had developed on his arm. Two weeks ago the tumor was the size of a pea; when it was removed on Tuesday it had grown to the size of a small lemon.
We learned that Mark had cancer early last February. Despite undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation the aggressive cancer has nevertheless grown and spread.
Today Mark and the family will need to decide whether to discontinue feedings, and thereby expect him to live but two more weeks, or to continue feeding him, which in turn will also mean feeding the rapidly growing cancer that has likely invaded his stomach...resulting in more pain, but also more time here on earth.
Mark has said he is not ready to die quite yet so the decision is very difficult.
Today is Barbara's 57 wedding anniversary. Bernie's Dad at home in San Diego today, so not only are Barbara and Hal apart on this anniversary, Barbara is meeting with hospice to set in place the final plans for her youngest son's life.
I can't imagine a worse way to celebrate an anniversary.
Bernie and I will be in San Diego this weekend helping Laura with some repairs on her new home. We'll play with her kittens, see Hal and my folks, and experience highs and lows of joy and sadness together.
Please pray for Mark and the family. Mark usually was one to arrive late to family celebrations such as Christmas. I'm wondering if this year he will simply arrive at the eternal Christmas celebration early.
It will be a wonderful thing to think that someday in heaven he will be the one who got there early, and will be the one who is saying to us
"You finally made it!"
instead of the other way around.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Wouldn't it be nice to curl up under the Christmas quilt on the sofa out on the deck....
And consider all the reason there are for rejoicing in this Advent season
When the work day ends, the Christmas lights in the neighborhood are ablaze with cheer.
It is a blessing to live in a cheerful, friendly and safe neighborhood.
The lights on either side of the garage shine a welcome home.
(The mauve pink mortar looks especially whimsical between the bricks behind the bright red bow. I must remember to track down the house with the blue bricks and mortar...to see how it looks all trimmed up!)
Time to share our days adventures. The tea pot is filled with hot mulled wine...and the small cups are the perfect size for the warming treat.
(Thanks Mom for making the tiny mugs and a tea pot to match!)
The star quilted plate was made by me long ago when small children littered my life.
How ever did I find the time to make things like that back then???
Monday, November 30, 2009
I love autumn; love the leaves changing color all about, love the orange pumpkins, crunchy leaves...
Fall corn and candle scents....
The chilly evening twilight with lamp posts lighting the neighborhood...
I love it all.
I wish the autumn season could last a little while longer.
But...there is snow on the ground and Christmas lights up all around us.
Some greenery to replace the leaves...
A wreath, and door mat with a cozy snow themed welcome to our home....Ta DAh!
Suddenly...(sing along with me)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
1. I get my money's worth out of the pumpkins for two seasons
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Poor old guy...having a new baby in the house after being an only cat for ten years has been quite an upset.Cheeto....
The bows were made from recycled ribbons.
We feel pretty strongly about trying to find multiple ways to use any item.Cheeto also serves fashionably as a fur collar on occasion.
Well, all too soon the visit drew to a close. We squeezed in quite a few adventures...a trip to the aviary, lunch at the hippy restaurant, a peek at the Cathedral, massages and facials, a tour of Bernie's company.
(Apparently other people were into squeezing things in as well.)