Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
My praise is that these cells are still floating around in his body keeping more melanoma cancer cells from starting up and growing (have to this point) and are helping his tumors that remain to shrink!
Today has been a busy day for both of us. Woody got up and walked his 4-mile route. But this morning I beat him by quite a bit...I woke up after I had slept for several hours and I guess my body said that I had had a long enough nap...because I couldn't go back to sleep. I got up and started in on the cleaning that I had promised myself that I would do once Abigail's dress was completed. So I attacked our school room/office. I know that Kathy will be starting up with school in a week or so and I wanted the school room to be all nice and clean for whatever little student might come my way. It made me feel like I was back in my teaching days at the Montessori school here in town. Just prior to the start of school we teachers would meet and dust and straighten all the equipment...and that is exactly what I did today. When Nathan and Kathy decided to buy the house next door to us, I decided that I wanted to expose the children to Montessori principles. So we purchased quite a few pieces of Montessori equipment. And, today I took it all off the table and took things out of their boxes and dusted boxes inside and out and then put everything neatly back in their boxes and then back on the table. Everything now once again is back in its proper place. Last night I asked Woody if he would take the sheets off our bed (when we were both up...knowing him he might have rolled me up in the sheets if I was still in bed if I hadn't made the statement that we both be up...perhaps that is why I woke up so early!!!!). So he did his job and got them washing and then went on his walk. Besides cleaning in the school room I also have been cleaning in our room. So the vacuum and the Swiffer dusters have been very busy today! Things are looking better around here. When in the office, I also decided that it was time to file, either in the file cabinet or file 13, the papers that had accumulated over the years from all Woody's doctor's/hospital visits...so I spent a lot of time remembering all that Woody has gone through in what is almost three years from his broken arm (Sept 08) to Vanderbilt and now NIH. He has really fought a hard fight to overcome his melanoma...and to date it looks like it has been worth the fight. Praise the Lord!!!!
Woody made Crazy Dill Pickles and Sweet Pickle Relish today. We have plans to use quite a bit of pickle relish in some salads that we plan to make so he was trying to anticipate our need! Cucumbers continue to show up on our kitchen counter...definitely a good year for cucumbers at least in Nathan and Kathy's garden. The tomatoes are also coming in and they are sooooo good...so solid...nothing better than a tomato fresh off the vine! I had a phone call a little while ago and when I got off the phone, I had lost Woody...the downstairs had all the lights shut off and he wasn't anywhere to be found...that is till I heard the drone of the lawnmower...guess he is mowing another section tonight now that the sun isn't beating down on him...still pretty warm out there...but it didn't get to 100 today which is good...just 97! And, presently it is 90. Woody helped me with a church library task this afternoon. He reviewed some VHS tapes to decide if they were still in good shape or if they needed to be deleted from the library. He completed that task and has either thrown away the tapes or put them back in a bag to go back to the church library. So we have both kept pretty busy today...this day is a bit different than this day a year ago when we were in Bethesda...Woody in the hospital for 3+weeks and me staying at the Family Lodge. Glad that we are home and that it is the year anniversary of Woody getting his TIL cells.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I heard a commotion downstairs at one point today and went down to see what was going on. Woody had gotten stung by a wasp while he was sitting in his recliner! I made a paste of baking soda and water to put on his sting and as the day wore on Woody seemed none the worse for wear! Speaking of flying insects...Melany is our bug expert and she thinks that perhaps the subject of last night's blog picture might be a robber fly. We're still now sure. I looked robber flies up...there are a lot of different varieties...those pictured didn't look just like my sewing room visitor...but maybe that is what he was. The only thing humming in my sewing room today has been my sewing machine!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Woody got up early and took his 8-mile route. He had a goal in mind for his mowing today and had to hustle to get it done before we got an afternoon shower. He has read, watched a bit of TV and rested this afternoon. He is now at Monday night prayer meeting at church. I also sent him on an errand before prayer meeting tonight...to get a book for me from the library. I finished the three books that Woody had checked out for me a week ago. I had Woody put in a request for the next one when he got those for me. The card catalog showed that the only copy of an actual book was at the branch of our library that is in Manchester. They hadn't called to say that our branch had received it from Manchester yet so I checked today and there is now a copy of the book at both branches...go figure. Anyway I was in need of a book so he was going to stop and hopefully get that book and the next two. I am making good progress on getting Abigail's dress finished. I am at a step that calls for some more hand stitching so am planning to do that while I watch a little TV this evening. I am hoping that I will be able to finish the dress tomorrow...time will tell...this has been a very detailed pattern...which I didn't realize when I chose it!
I will close by wishing our oldest grandson a very happy 14th birthday! I talked to him earlier today...he was playing video games...what else is new??? Happy birthday, Alex!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Woody got up early and walked his eight-mile route. We both went to the early church service and then Sunday School. Woody taught his 6th grade boys' class. We came home and then Woody went back to church for a luncheon for the upcoming 6th grade children and their parents. It was held after the 11am service. I did manage to get Abigail's dress together enough for it to look like a dress and be able to hang from a hanger last night. Today I have worked on the collar pieces. Woody worked a crossword puzzle and at one point this afternoon I "helped" him fill in a couple of squares...enough that he was able to go on to complete the puzzle. It has been a fairly quiet Sunday afternoon and evening here in our household.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Woody got up early and walked his four-mile route. He has mowed a good section of yard. Later in the morning he walked to the library, the fruit/vegetable market, and to the drugstore. He has picked tomatoes (no cucumbers today!). He made us some pretty good sandwiches yesterday...Tomato Hummus sandwiches. I still like a bit of meat on my sandwiches..a vegan or vegetarian I will never be! Today he fixed himself the same sandwich, but I chose to go the route of a Panini sandwich...grilled ham and provolone cheese made on rye bread. I brushed the bread with our homemade basil oil before grilling it...quite good! Woody made another batch of pickles today...this time some more Freezer Dill Pickles. I continued my sewing...shortly Abigail's dress will have a back. Hopefully the front and back will be connected before I go to bed tonight. This dress has a lot of little details that are taking quite a bit of time. Plus it almost seems too hot to sew...the sewing room is upstairs and it is much hotter up here than downstairs. Woody brought up a fan this afternoon so I have been chasing pattern pieces around the room...but it does feel better to have the air moving. Once it got too hot for Woody to work any more outside, he came in and has read, watched library DVDs and some TV and just taken it easy.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Woody got up early and went for a four-mile walk. He did do a little yard work...picking up sticks in preparation for another round of mowing. I spent a while on the computer this morning trying to come up with an Eggplant Parmesan recipe. After I found one and we got the ingredient needed on the list, Woody went to the Credit Union and then to WalMart and Kroger and did our weekly shopping. He made another batch of Bread and Butter Pickles...this time without the crushed red pepper...trying for a little different taste without quite the kick. He picked MORE cucumbers. At the store he bought some more freezer canning containers as we have now tried our Freezer Dill Pickles and they are quite good. At least this way we will be able to keep the frozen pickles a bit longer than the refrigerator pickles. I'm hoping that the neighbors (Nathan and family) have room in their freezer for some...we are about out of room in ours! Where in the world are those seven neighbor "pickle and cucumber eaters" when you need them most?! On Wednesday Woody stopped at the Farmer's Market (held every Wednesday in the parking lot of one our local churches...locally grown produce sold by the gardeners/farmers themselves) and bought me an eggplant. So I made Eggplant Parmesan for supper tonight...really quite good...even Woody who is not fond of eggplant thought that it was good. The recipe that I found used fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil...so we were good to go for those ingredients. The only ingredient that we needed to put on the grocery list was mozzarella cheese. Woody made Blueberry Dump Cake this afternoon. Mmmmmmmmm! Good eating around here! I even managed to do some sewing...or at least get ready for the next steps on Abigail's dress. So it has been another busy, hot day...and so far we have kept away from our little flower garden visitor!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Woody got up really early and went on his eight-mile walking route. He has read, mowed, picked veggies, been to the farmer's market (bought me an eggplant), went to the Credit Union and then to the store to buy some things that he needed to make a new kind of pickles, made the new recipe for pickles, watched a bit of TV, and read some more. He has had a pretty busy day.
I went gallivanting once again. One of my friends needed to go to Sir's Fabrics in Fayetteville, TN and asked me to go along...so I happily tagged along with her. Sir's is quite a unique place...it has all sorts of upholstery, drapery and various and sundry other fabrics both on and off bolts...it is sort of "buyer beware" on some of the pieces, but if you find what you want/like and you check it out carefully, then you can sometimes get a pretty good deal. Sir's takes up two store fronts just off the square in Fayetteville...across the street from each other. Let's just say...it is a shopping experience! I found some indoor/outdoor fabric to make some pillows for the rocking chairs and glider on the front porch. I also picked up a swatch of an upholstery fabric that I liked to see how it would look in our family room...and, it definitely has potential for cushions on the glider rocker in our family room. I do like it. Now to make the decision as to whether I have the umph to do the job of recovering those cushions...if I do want/decide to, then I guess I need to go back before that particular fabric is gone! We were both happy with our finds and enjoyed our time together. We had lunch at a little cafe after our Sir's shopping experience. Then headed back to Tullahoma. I got home and relaxed for a little while before it was time to go to the library at church...and that brings up back to where I started this blog...with success of getting the computers communicating with each other once again. So several reasons for me to do a happy dance tonight...new fabric and computers working once again! Oh, and, also the fact that when I was walking into the house after going to the library that the little skunk, that was in the garden right in front of our porch, and I didn't have a close encounter of a very unpleasant kind...and, no, I didn't manage to get a picture of it...maybe next time!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This was the first time that I had walked with Woody in a while due to having had a hurt foot and also due to the fact that it has just been waaaaaay too hot...this morning was pleasant, but by the time we headed home it was getting pretty hot and muggy. I sewed a little more, then read, and then took a short nap trying to make up for a short night sleep. Today has seemed like Saturday all day to me. I don't know why. Woody finished a book, mowed our front yard, ran an errand, watched some TV, and has now walked to the church for his time in the prayer room.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Woody got up early and went on about a five mile walk. Then he came home and tried his hand at making bread and butter pickles with the recipe that really like of those that we have tried so far. At lunch today, he discovered that he does like the Crazy Dill Pickles on a sandwich...so guess that recipe of pickles will get eaten too! He went to the Credit Union and then did our weekly grocery shopping and stopped at the library and at the fruit and vegetable market. Later he walked to the library to get some books for me, as I hadn't gotten my list of requests to him prior to him going to the library (I was still sleeping when he left to do his errands and he didn't know that I had made a list of books for him to pick up for me.). This day has seemed to get away from me without me accomplishing much. I have read and done a little sewing (very little). Woody mowed some more this afternoon and did a bit of other yardwork too. At a point I thought that I wasn't going to be able to blog tonight as our internet connection wasn't working. Since Nathan and family aren't home I wasn't sure that I would be able to get it back on...it took quite a few tries...but eventually we were once again connected. So that is one thing that I did manage to accomplish today...just not sure how!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Woody got up early and went on a four mile walk. He has weeded and mowed today and also read and watched some TV. Last night we had a pretty strong thunder storm move through and got quite a good rain along with some bright flashes of lightning and loud claps of thunder...close to an inch. Then this afternoon we had a little shower. I have done a little sewing but not much. I spent quite a while on our supper...my opinion...recipe not worth that much effort...but it was better than I expected. It was a recipe that Woody chose and from the start it just didn't sound all that good to me...so that makes it harder to make when it doesn't appeal to the cook! The recipe was Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta. The penne pasta (not our favorite kind of pasta) was in a provolone cheese sauce...that was topped with roasted cubes of butternut squash, crumbled bacon, shallots, and rosemary and then all was sprinkled with fresh Parmesan and popped into a very hot oven to heat everything up and brown the Parmesan cheese. It really was better than I expected. But it was more of an effort than I felt like doing and I finally realized why it was so hard for me to accomplish this cooking task...after I had put it in the oven, that is...I had forgotten to take my arthritis and Transverse Myelitis meds this morning. So that made a big difference in my aches and pains and being able to peel a hard squash, stand to stir the sauce, bend over to get cooking dishes out, etc...thus all the cooking processes were just more of an effort for me than usual. Woody chose this recipe because we had a butternut squash, and also the recipe used shallots and rosemary from our gardens. He thought that I would like it because of the provolone cheese and the bacon. In the end he said that he guessed he liked provolone cheese (he isn't a big cheese fan). So on that note...I'm going to go lie down on the bed and read and rest. Woody is downstairs cleaning up the kitchen. Glad that isn't on the agenda for me tonight!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Woody got up early, as usual, and went for a walk. This morning he took his four mile route. Later in the day he continued his mowing and he also watered some of the gardens. He has stayed in the house most of the afternoon...keeping cool. He has read and watched a library DVD and some TV. For our lunch, Woody made tuna salad with our homemade pickle relish...very good. Last night and today I put two kinds of pickles in jars. We really like the refrigerator bread and butter type pickle, but, the verdict is still out on the Crazy Dill Pickles. I feel like they are a bit too salty and not dilly enough. Perhaps given a few more days to sit they might be better??? That recipe may be heading to file 13! I got busy sewing and before I got very far I realized that I needed spray starch and didn't have any...so made a quick trip to WalMart. After that little trip I got underway with my sewing for real. The reason that I was able to have supper slip up on me is that tonight we are scrounging...which means that we are eating leftovers...first come...first served...and Woody was the first to come into the kitchen to serve himself from whatever happened to be in the fridge that was to his liking for this evening! Well, the design has finished sewing...so I'm off to do the next thing for Abigail's dress.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Woody got up early and walked about seven miles. He worked some in the gardens...mainly watering a couple of them. After the grass dried enough, he started in on mowing...that has been what he spent the most of his time outdoors today. He has read and watched some TV. I slept in late. For lunch I had a sandwich with the homemade pickle relish on it...pretty good! Woody and also tested the refrigerator bread and butter pickles...today was their third day. Again, quite good. Guess tomorrow we will test the Crazy Dill Pickles. After lunch, I met up with a fellow library worker at the church and we worked. We ended up spending a lot of time straightening out the check-out cards...someone had dumped them and then just put them back in any old way! I likened it to "52 card pickup," but with a LOT more cards. It was quite a mess, but we accomplished getting all the cards back in order. On the way home I stopped at my favorite store in town and bought some thread for Abigail's dress and visited. Then I came home and made our supper...Linguine with Chunky Tomato Sauce and Sweet Italian Sausage. We ate and now we are settling in for a quiet evening on the home front.
I forgot to mention that Woody did talk to the Vanderbilt research nurse yesterday. I commented after he got through that he didn't give them much information. He said that he answered all her questions. He said that the reason that they call is just to see if he is still alive! The good Lord willin' they will be making LOTS of calls!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
It has been another hot day...at least it was very hot the early part of the day...mid afternoon somewhere near us had a thunderstorm so it cooled us down a bit...still very humid. I surely do wish that the storm had produced a little rain for our gardens, but alas nary a drop here. Woody will be heading to the Prayer Room at church after the evening news.
Monday, July 11, 2011
It was a good day to stay indoors and try to keep cool...the outside temps hit 103 degrees...which is pretty bad...but around here you also have to figure in the heat index/feels-like temperature and today it has been as high as 114. Our area is under a heat advisory. I haven't even stepped outside today.
Woody is at Monday night prayer meeting at church and I'm on my way to put up my feet for a while and try to stay as cool as a cucumber!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Tonight's blog picture was taken in almost the same place where I got a picture of an indigo bunting the last time that we stopped at Big Walker Mountain...must be a habitat for them. This fellow sat on the tip-top branch of this tree for quite a while posing. We couldn't tell from where we were just what he was as the sun was really shining on him...so we had to rely on the camera to help us identify him. The tree that he is sitting on top of is right in front of the fog covered valley that was last night's blog picture. If you would like to see this little guy in more detail, you can click once to make it a little larger and twice to make it quite a bit larger.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
We got up around 6am (Eastern) and packed up and then ate breakfast at our hotel. I really didn't look, but think that we were on the road by 7am (Eastern). We went off the beaten path and went back to Walker Mountain lookout again...this time planning to walk the bird and wildlife path. The view was absolutely spectacular with fog filling in the valley. I'll share that picture another time...when it isn't "Cow Appreciation Day!" We had a pretty good day for travel. We did have one period of hard rain, but drove out of it pretty quickly. We got home sometime between 3 and 4pm (Central). At what I thought was after 6pm I told Woody that I forgot to phone in my prescriptions when we got home and that it was now too late...he said that he thought that I had something wrong with my watch (like the fact that I hadn't changed my watch back to Central time)! So I did have time to call the pharmacy and even had time to go pick them up before they closed. We are now settling in for a relaxing evening after a long day of driving. Happy "Cow Appreciation Day!" Hope that some of you knew about it and got to get a free meal today! It's good to be home again...and for three months this time...that's really good!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Well, Woody had lots of pictures taken today...and I had a picture chosen and ready to use in today's blog...I thought that I had saved it on the computer, but instead saved it on my passport (small external drive) and left that in the room...and I'm in the lobby...well, I had good intentions! (When I got back to the room, I still had internet connection...so here is a picture.) I took it out the side window of our car when we were probably going 7o mph down the interstate. Can you see why I like this drive?! We do live in a beautiful country!
Tomorrow he has an appointment in the Immunotherapy Clinic and will see his research team and find out what all the pictures taken today show. We are expecting a good report.
The good Lord willin' I'll be blogging tomorrow evening from somewhere down the road between Bethesda and Tullahoma.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Flying kites and letting lightning bugs go is how our neighbor grandchildren spent part of their 4th. Kathy's parents were visiting and gave them kites...what fun they had. Graham did say that it was hard work...he made the most trips running across both yards. Trees got in the way part of the time...but none of the kites got stuck permanently!
Woody got up really early and went on an eight-mile walk...he went to check to see if gas had dropped any more...and it had...another penny! He had been waiting to fill up our car for the trip till it was at the lowest price that it had been in a while. With the Kroger discount, he got it for $3.23.9...better than it has been...but it certainly would be nice if it would drop even lower! We'll now see what the price is as we head to the DC area. As soon as I got up I headed in and started packing the suitcase. Woody and I sat out on the porch for a while and watched the older children fly their kites and Elijah release lightning bugs. Then we came in and got things ready for our Fourth of July "picnic." Woody went to get gas and run an errand and I continued to get things together for the trip. We carried our part of the meal next door. Nathan cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs on their grill and we all ate together over there...inside...as it is a rather hot and muggy day today...nicer to eat inside. After lunch, Graham had a sewing project that he needed help with so I worked with him for a while. Then I came home to continue getting ready. After Graham finished his sewing project, he came over here and he and Woody sorted all the K'nex pieces that had been the roller coaster and got them put away...a bit of a job! Joy played while they did that. I have been getting cameras, lenses, batteries, cords, etc. ready to go. I can say that we are packed except for the toiletry items that we will put in the suitcase in the morning and the laptop and phone and a couple of cords that I will take care of before I go to bed tonight. I think that we are just about ready to head out dark-and-early in the morning. I'll be blogging from Pooks Hill in Bethesda, MD tomorrow evening...the good Lord willin'!
Happy 235th birthday to the USA!!!!!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Woody got up early and went for about a four mile walk. I was up when he came back and we both went out and worked in the flower beds while it was still cool...though the mosquitoes were out in full force. My legs down close to my ankles are a mess of bites. Woody says that the worst place for mosquitoes is the compost pile. He was really swarmed the other day when he was shucking corn. He said that he killed ten with one slap of his hand! After I worked in the yard for a while I went in and cooked some breakfast and then went out on the front porch to eat it and have a cup of blueberry herbal tea. Woody went to the library and ran a couple of errands. I walked around and took some pictures trying out various settings and lenses on my cameras. Shortly after Woody got back from his errands, I headed off to get my hair cut and then to run an errand of my own. This afternoon Woody decided to aid Graham by taking apart Graham's K'nex roller coaster...not an easy task! The kids have been in and out this afternoon. I have been working on my Sunday School lesson and trying to keep awake...my early morning rising has caught up with me! Woody is downstairs making a marinated salad that we plan to have on the 4th and it is supposed to refrigerate for at least 24 hours so the flavors can meld. We have just been doing a little of this and a little of that most of the day today. I have a load of wash in the drier...guess we are getting a few steps closer to being ready to leave dark and early on Tuesday.
Friday, July 1, 2011
This is the quilted play mat that I made for Elijah to play with his much loved toy cars and "big trucks" and take a nap under if he so desires. We gave him three new small "big trucks" to play with on the mat...he carried them around with him just about the rest of the time (even when we went outside)...and he didn't want any other cars or trucks on the play mat other than the new ones...he let know that in no uncertain terms! After the inside festivities, the birthday activities headed outside to try out his new "slip and slide" that his siblings gave him. All the children enjoyed that! But, we only have two real daredevils in the group...Graham and Joy are the only ones who really slipped and slid...the others go down it much slower...like at a crawling pace! After Elijah had played in the water for a while, Nathan came out having finished making the present that he and Kathy gave him...a pair of stilts just his size. He tried them on and walked on them for a bit holding on to his daddy's hand. Wonder how long till he will be heading off on his own on them?!