Eye Candy Friday

morning glories for carole knits

With all of our home improvement stuff this summer my morning glory flowers got a bit trampled. Some of them managed to bloom in spite of the circumstances and I think that serves as a good reminder to all of us – even when times are tough we can still bloom where we are planted.

I hope you all have a terrific weekend!

A Month of Photos: August 2014

September is almost half over, it’s high time I showed you the photos I took in August.

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Lots and lots of good times right there. The usual flowers, of course, but also vacation and a family party (not my family but it feels like we’re family), and sushi and cupcakes and entertaining and lobster.

What a great month it was!

P.S. It’s a certain Woolen Rabbit’s birthday today. Go wish her a happy one! Tell her Carole sent you.

In This Moment

marsh sunset for carole knits

Back in June I mentioned, in a weekending post, that our dear friend Bob, drummer in Dale’s band, was diagnosed with cancer. About a week later, as part of an In The Moment post, I wrote this:

Wanting / A miracle for my friend, Bob. He starts chemo today for stage IV pancreatic cancer. Send him healing thoughts and love, please.

Well, my friends, I’m here today to update that story a bit. Bob has been having chemo treatments every two weeks all summer long. He has been tolerating this fairly well but he has lost a lot of weight and he gets tired easily. Still, he’s a trooper and he has managed to do a lot, including singing with the band now and again (even getting some press!), and spending lots of time with family and friends. I text him regularly just to say hello and offer a bit of cheer.

On Monday afternoon I got a text from Bob that said:

I’m radioactive! Going in for a PET scan.

In case you don’t know how this works, a PET scan is an imaging test that shows organ function, cancer cells and good stuff like that. I asked Bob how long it would be before he had results and he thought it would be a couple of days.

I said a prayer for patience for Bob and good results and tried to put it out of my mind, knowing that Bob would let me know when he heard from his oncologist.

Tuesday morning my phone beeped and alerted me to a text from Bob. I just knew he was texting me with his test results and my heart was in my throat as I clicked on the button to read what he said. And then I read it and began to cry tears of joy.

Why?

Because these are the results, in Bob’s own words:

GREAT NEWS! The PET scan showed – NOTHING!! I’m in complete remission!!

I’ll give you all a moment to let that settle in.

Nothing.
No signs of cancer.
Complete remission.

This, dear friends, is the miracle I asked for back in June. It’s the miracle that all of us – some of you that know Bob and many of you that don’t – have been praying for since we got the news of his diagnosis.

And so, today, right now, I want to say thank you. Thank you to God for answered prayers. Thank you to you guys, who prayed and sent healing thoughts to Bob, thank you for strength and support and love and all the good things that have come Bob’s way over this summer.

I know things can change. If we’ve learned anything since June it is that life is short and uncertain and should never be taken for granted.

But for right now – in this moment, and let’s face it, this moment is really all that we have – I am crying tears of joy and reveling in this good news.

Ten On Tuesday

The Ten on Tuesday topic for this week was inspired by something I saw going around on Facebook during the last few weeks. I altered it slightly but the task is to list 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me Long After I’ve Read Them. Now, you know how I generally write my list and then elaborate on each thing, explaining why I’ve listed it and stuff? I’m not doing that this week. It’s not because I’m lazy, though, it’s because I have a terrible memory when it comes to books. I know I’m going to have no problem listing 10 books that have stayed with me but I also know that I won’t really be able to tell you why they have stayed with me. You’ll just have to trust me that they are books that have made a lasting impression on me and we will leave it at that. I will link to them on Good Reads, though, so that you can go read all about it them on your own time. Mmmmkay?

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  1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
  3. Before & After by Rosellen Brown.
  4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
  5. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
  8. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  9. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.
  10. The Historian by Elizabeth
  11. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

I know, I know, I listed 11. And I could have even listed more like The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells and all of The Outlander books and pretty much anything by Chris Bohjalian.

See what I did there? I snuck in a bunch more books. Heh.

So, how about you? What are the books you’ve read that you can’t forget? If you wrote a blog post for today be sure and share you link below. And, if you’d like to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday topic email, please click here.

Weekending

sunflowers for carole knits

This weekend I

  • grocery shopped. There was a lot to catch up on after being away for 2 weeks.
  • ran other errands like going to the post office and the bank and picking up our farm share
  • sweltered in the heat. I am not complaining, make no mistake about it, but we had some of the hottest weather of the summer on Friday and Saturday. Preparing cheese & crackers made me sweat like I had just run a mile – it was that kind of hot.
  • knit. Socks for Hannah and the cactus flower shawl.
  • read. A Winter’s Tale. I think I’m finally getting into it.
  • had dinner with good good friends. Lots of reminiscing and yummy lasagna and wine.
  • watched football. The Pats lost and that was a drag but it’s very very early in the season and I will not be discouraged.
  • hung out on the deck. I’m on medication right now that requires that I stay out of the sun so this was late afternoon deck hanging. It’s all good.
  • grilled. Salmon one night, brats another. I’m not tired of it yet.
  • enjoyed the hummingbirds. Sadly, they will be gone very soon.
  • caught up on Outlander. I love it. 
  • really enjoyed just being home. The renovating we’ve been having done is really coming along and I love the way our house looks now. Finally!
  • made plans for next weekend. And the weekend after that which just happens to be my birthday weekend.

How was your weekend?

 

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