Sunday, October 30, 2011

Our friend 'Jack' made it through the night

He looks a bit cold though!

Hope everyone weathered the snowstorm OK.

We're so thankful we didn't lose electricity.

Happy Sunday to all!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jack gets some air

Our friend Jack that I carved last Saturday was getting all moldy so I thought I'd let him go outside to get some cold, crisp air.

Doesn't it look like he's exhaling?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting ready to be 'spellbound' Saturday

Tomorrow night is an opening reception for the Valley Arts Council's 'Spellbound' Halloween show. This year I'm entering this photo, which is near and dear to my heart. 

It features the feline members of our family. Sadly our loopy guy Rigby, on the left, is no longer with us; Linus, on the other hand, is usually no more than a few feet away from me.  =^. .^=  

He stays close, that's for sure. Ralph thinks Linus needs a kitty playmate. We'll see..

For local readers, the Valley Arts Council's Gallery@37 is at 37 Elizabeth St., Derby, Ct. The reception is from 6-9 p.m. and the show runs through Nov. 19.

UPDATE: The reception has been postponed to 2 p.m. Sunday, due to the Halloween weekend snow that is falling. Hopefully tomorrow's weather will be more cooperative.

See you there!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Haunted tour fundraiser was a spook-tacular success

On Saturday night Ralph and I volunteered for three hours outside a stately (and haunted?) Victorian mansion that is now a funeral home.

It was one of several stops along a Halloween-inspired haunted lantern tour through downtown Derby, Ct. 
We told a spooky story hat we read from a script given to us.
Hundreds of people - who paid $5 apiece - came to get spooked and learn local history.
I counted 20 tour groups, although I could have lost track, because I was getting rather punchy near the end of the event.

So does Ralph look kinda creepy here? I think so.
It was cold out there and the wool cape added a bit of a 'Grim Reaper' look, in my opinion...

We told the story of a young woman, Emma Schabert, who lived in the house with her first husband - who was 40 years her senior.
She and her brother were lucky enough to survive the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 after being rescued from a lifeboat by the crew of the Carpathia.
The question we posed was: would her wealthy husband, Rufus W. Blake, who owned the Sterling Piano Co. in Derby, be as lucky?

As the story goes, the couple was home one night playing cards when Rufus went upstairs and accidentally shot himself in the eye. He never regained consciousness.
Newspaper accounts at the time said his death was accidental. However, the "accident" left Emma a very wealthy young widow.

Coincidence? No one can say for sure.

But as the script we read says, "Someone in the house rests uneasily.  Footsteps are heard echoing through the building, cigar smoke is frequently smelled and doors open and close without explanation."


Before the tours there was a Jack O'Lantern contest. Guess who didn't win?


Bwahahaha ~ I've only carved three pumpkins in my entire life, so I'm not too skilled at it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I do believe 'tis better to give than receive

...but receiving lots of support since my cancer diagnosis from family, friends, and even from folks I don't even know is almost as good!

On Wednesday I received some unexpected recognition from a group of wonderful people, and I'm trying to figure out how to thank them for their thoughtfulness.
I'm purposely being vague here...need to think about what to do to show my gratitude.

~ ~ ~ 

In other news, Ralph and I are taking part in "Haunted Lantern Tours" tonight in downtown Derby, Ct. 
The cool thing is we're not attending, we're two of the presenters. 
He and I will be at one of the stops on the tour to tell a story about the former inhabitants of a (haunted?) Victorian house that is now a funeral home. 
We'll mention the sudden death of one them inside the house ...


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Put a fork in me

...'cuz I is done!

With chemo. Hopefully forever!

Next up, radiation.

{And so my online breast cancer journey continues.}

Monday, October 17, 2011

Last 'chemo light' treatment delayed a day

... but tomorrow it will finally be here!

The doctor had a day off today so I must wait until tomorrow to have the 12th and final treatment.

That's OK. Time flies anyway. I don't wish it to go any faster than it does.

{And so my online breast cancer journey journal continues. Thanks for reading.}

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ road trip

Last Saturday I accompanied my blog and real-life friend Linda, of Are We There Yet? and The Distracted Wanderer fame to find some fall foliage. 

You'd think being in southern New England in October we'd find some.

Not really.

But I did get some shadow shots! We headed to northern Connecticut, not much color. We went into Massachusetts. Still not much color to be found.

When Linda discovered it was a mere 38 more miles to Bennington, Vt., we headed there. My guess was the foliage there was about at 10 percent color.

Boo hiss. But we had fun trying and exploring...and the weather was spectacular. Sunny and actually too warm for October. Linda and I both prefer "crisp" air.
But that was OK.

And at least we found some wildlife! 
We saw a beaver.

And a moose!

(taken from the passenger seat ~ we didn't feel like getting out and dealing with the crowds)

And we later spotted yet another moose on a sidewalk in Massachusetts on our way home. (Photo quality is poor because I snapped it through the windshield when we were stopped at a red light.)

And I have many more shadowy shots to share from the day in future posts. So all was not lost ~ just the hoped-for colors of autumn!

See lots more shadowy photos every weekend at our awesome Aussie friend Tracy's Hey Harriet blog. 

Life imitates blogging

Or something like that!

So happy it's Saturday morning...had another busy week. Whew!

Today I combine blogging about my breast cancer journey with my journalism.

Please click here (it's a quick read) for my story in today's paper and join me in celebrating my return to a wonderful support group. I haven't been going but hope to start anew.

{My online journal about breast cancer continues. Thanks for reading.}

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's Tuesday and I'm 'supposed' to be hyper

...but I'm not. I don't know what happened. Maybe I didn't have enough coffee (yet) today to keep me going. I try not to drink too much of it.

Oh well.

Hmm.. I think take-out may be an idea for dinner. 

'Cuz I'm just plain tuckered out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Back from second-to-last trip to chemoland

... and I'm exhausted.

Even after a two-hour nap.

It's after 5 p.m. Should I have a cup of coffee? Or just relax?

Decisions, decisions. 

{My online breast cancer journey journal doth continue. Thanks for reading}

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steroids + coffee = a hyper me

Up, down, up, down. What a week. Blame it on the steroids I got Monday, I suppose.

On Tuesday I felt like I was in perpetual motion. I covered two live events, wrote a third story, and did some other stuff for work.

On Wednesday that "energy" was gone, but I did cover a live event first thing in the morning, and also filed a second story.

By Thursday I was "mezza-mezza" energy-wise, but managed to cover yet another live event at night.

Now it's Friday afternoon, I filed a story. And I'm hoping that's it for this week.

Before I know it I'll be back in chemoland, and the cycle will begin again.
Only two more treatments and I can get off this roller coaster for now.

{Now it's Sunday. Thank you for reading my online journal about my breast cancer journey ~ I don't like to complain but was urged to post what I had written Friday, so I did.}

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friends, foliage and no whining

So I wrote a post yesterday afternoon about my crazy week, but didn't hit publish.

It was another in my continuing series of online journal entries about this breast cancer journey.

But it sounded way too whiny (overworked and exhausted was the theme) so I canned it.

In other news, for the two or three of you who read this who know our friend Linda, I am awaiting her arrival to pick me up for our second annual fall foliage trip!

Woo hoo! I don't know how she does it. She just returned last night from a trip to the White Mountains.

I hope we find some color north of here ~ there is still way too much green on the trees here in southern Connecticut.

Hoping to be posting some beautiful photos next time. 
Happy Saturday to all! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Back to the grind...the chemo grind, that is

It's Monday morning and I'm all set to go back for treatment #10.

Only two more after today! Yay!

I always get hungry while I'm sitting there, so once again I'll bring my peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a snack. This time on multi-grain bread instead of whole wheat. Exciting, eh?

I'm going to wear my new long-sleeved T-shirt that I got for participating in the walk on Saturday. I'd take a picture of it but my rechargeable batteries aren't recharging any more. And I can't seem to find any AA batteries. Must buy some. I hate to be without my camera.

I guess that's it for now. Thanks for reading my online cancer journey journal!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I did it!

So happy I completed the 3.1-mile walk this morning.

It was amazing - as I was pulling out of the driveway the rain was letting up and the sun was breaking through the clouds. It ended up being a perfect, albeit steamy, morning for the event. There were so many participants. I'd say it was a huge success.

I was among friends. I saw two of my doctors, both oncology nurses, an extremely energetic and enthusiastic nutritionist and fitness expert named Samantha (who has been strongly suggesting to me that I get into an exercise routine), and several other hospital employees.

Samantha was at the finish line and gave me a big hug when I completed the walk. I think she was happier than I was.

Thanks to all my supporters. ;-) I must say I enjoyed the hugs and kisses and handshakes and all.

I also love the T-shirts they gave out. I didn't know they were going to be long-sleeved. Woo hoo!

Walkin' in the rain

We'll see how this goes...getting ready to leave for a walk/run (I'll be walking, not running) to benefit the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Ct.

And it's pouring out.
Being part of a group with the same goal of raising funds and awareness will keep me inspired, I hope!

Happy to report I raised $155 for the cause.

More later...