Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Saturday, December 06, 2014

"Gary is in our new bed!"

"Let's get him!"

"Bobby where did you go?"

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Lilo is down to four radiation treatments left. Honestly I think it's harder on me than it is on her at this point, because I'm the one who has to get up at 5:00 am, leave at 6:00 am and fight traffic to get there. She sleeps on the way, during the procedure and on the way back.

The thing about radiation is that side effects, if there are any, usually show up after the treatment is completed. From what I understand, the side effects are usually skin-related and are redness, swelling and possible moistness.  Today the tech asked me if she had been bothered by her treatment area because it was getting red. She has not seemed like it bothers her, so we'll just have to see. For the most part she comes home, eats and then spends the day like she would if she wasn't getting treatments.

I think I did pretty well in November. Yes, I forgot a couple of days, but I think I did well considering how long it had been.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas decorating!

Now that the party is over I can decorate the house for the holidays. I find it so interesting that all the major holidays. This time of year are celebrated with light.  Putting candles in the window and decorating trees with lights makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Oops I forgot again

I forgot to post anything yesterday but I do have an excuse of no internet, phone or cable at the house. We lost power on Thanksgiving until the next morning. Thanksgiving morning our cable went out along with our phone and Internet. It didn't come back on until late last night. So needless to say, no posting was done.

Today was my mother-in-law's 85th birthday party. We have been planning this for many months and it came together delightfully. Everyone was very pleased with everything and most of all I think she was pleased. The venue was perfect, the food was delicious and I think everybody had a very nice time. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for electricity and for the people who string the power lines when they come down. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More Thanksgiving Preparations

Cranberry sauce ... Check!

Graham cracker crust ... Check!

Key lime pie ... Check!

We'll whip the cream tomorrow. It's going to be so good. 

Very busy in the kitchen. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving begins

In the years since my father died, Robert and I have hosted Thanksgiving many times. This year my mom is hosting it again and I'm starting the preparations today. I'm making do-ahead potatoes which should be made two to three days in advance. 

Tomorrow it's going to snow! The plan is to make key lime pie while listening to Christmas music. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Poor Lilo

Poor little Lilo has screaming diarrhea. The vet doesn't think it's a side effect of the radiation but she gave us some medicine anyway. Waking up in the middle of the night to a blowout mess is not fun. I'm still doing laundry. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's right before Thanksgiving and I'm ready to put up my tree but I'm not going to yet, because we are having some of Robert's nieces stay with us over this next weekend. We are celebrating Robert's mother's 85th birthday with a luncheon party on Saturday. We chose this weekend for the party to allow all the out-of-state families to travel to NH. This party has been in the works for many months and I know it gave Mrs. Gaimari a lot of pleasure to anticipate. She made the guest list over the summer and Robert and I have done most of the planning and leg work.

Tomorrow starts another week of radiation for Miss Lilo. Good thing it's a short week. I really enjoyed the weekend, not having to drive to Waltham and I think Lilo did too.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Trail cams

Last year for my birthday, Robert got me a couple of trail cameras. We set them up on the fence around the dog yard, pointing into the woods. They are motion activated and will take three pictures and then a one-minute movie. A lot of the time we capture squirrels frolicking, so we've nicknamed them the squirrel-cams. Every once in a while, they do catch an interesting visitor or visitors.  These are out of order and most have been seen on Facebook before, but I thought I'd add them to one blog post.

 A coyote

A racoon

 A large deer

A turkey 

A coyote

 A fisher

A bobcat

 A turkey

A fisher

 A coyote

A deer

 A deer

A possum

A fox

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

One week of radiation down, two more to go. I haven't looked forward to the weekend this much since I worked or maybe since I was in school. Today we were home by 9:00 am, so that was nice. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I shouldn't do this

But I do. I always make sure I'm almost stopped. It's always during heavy traffic so we're going slowly. 

The sunrise was so pretty this morning. The colors were very pastel. One good thing about having to leave so early in the morning are the sunrises. I wouldn't see them otherwise. Another good thing are the swans in the pond at the exit where I turn off the highway. They are so pretty. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The birds are back

I'm happy because yesterday afternoon we put out our bird feeder on the porch. This morning the back yard is filled with chickadees, titmice, bluejays and mourning doves. They are flitting all around, stopping at the feeder or at the pond to take a drink. The bears must be asleep by now because it's very cold this morning.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today was day 2 of radiation for Lilo. Traffic sucked going in again, but there was suspected black ice from yesterday's rain. We still got there earlier than yesterday, though. Going home is a breeze, comparatively.

This is a picture of Lilo's scar area. The horizontal one is the first surgery and the vertical one is the second surgery. This picture was taken before she started radiation. I want to monitor her hair loss and any possible skin effects.

In the meantime, Lilo's getting all the blog attention, so here's a picture of Bobby.

Monday, November 17, 2014

One down, 14 to go

Today was Lilo's first day of radiation. We left the house at 6:00 am and ventured into the dark rainy morning. Traffic was snarled a bit around 495 but we made it with time to spare.

They took her in at around 8:00 and brought her back out around 9:00. Next time should be a bit faster because they did a CT scan this morning to measure her chest wall to minimize the amount of radiation going into her chest. 

When they brought her out it was as if no procedure had occurred. She was her same normal self. We made the trip home in half the time of the trip down. 

Lilo slept well in her new car crate and bed both ways.