Baby birds and a cat.
vala3
Just returned home after a quick trip. I leave my screen porch door partly opened as I feed a stray cat. (Never start doing that...it never stops.) There are potted plants on the porch and this year a wren has built a nest in one. Last year the birds tried to build one in my Christmas cactus that was given to me and I managed to get rid of all three attempts, but they nearly destroyed my plant. This year I didn't catch them in time and when I started to pitch the nest there were already two eggs in there. sigh. Now that I am back home I have discovered four little open beaks in the next. The cat is curious and so far I have managed to keep it away. But I do not know why those birds built their little place where the cat, I am sure is licking its mouth and goin hors de ouevers. It is a never ending adventure.

Had a nice little time away for a few days. Met with Ann-tara and had a nice lunch at a little French bistro. It was good to spend time with her again. Hoped to meet with TSU but he had to go to a meeting on the day we could meet. Did some shopping, mostly window, as I didn't really buy anything. Did manage to hit a major rainstorm on the way down, but won't complain...well yes I will, but since we need the rain so badly I really didn't cry about it too much.

Back to working around the house now. Have had it pressure washed, have had some yardwork done. I also went out this weekend and did a lot of pulling weeds, breaking up branches, getting rid of a lot of dead branches and creeping vines. Some had big stickers that I managed to get into a couple of fingers. But I notice it looking better even if no one else does. My Japanese Maple Tree in the back yard up and died and I am trying to get it removed and a new one put in. The next time the landscapers can get here isn't until June. Gads. I am also having to have some holly bushes replaced. Got the air conditioning guy coming over this week to service my unit. So as you can see that is just some of the joys of being a homeowner.

Hope everyone is doing well and is able to read this.

Still here
vala3
I know I haven't posted in almost a year, but the last time I did only got two replies and those were from people I talk to all the time. Was hoping to see a few more. It seems as if a lot of people have left LJ and gone elsewhere since there is a problem with the Russians who run or get into it or something. I do miss seeing posts from some of my favorite people with whom I have made contact. One lady from Chicago has an extremely interesting and active life and I do try to respond to any of her posts. When my friend was working on my computer she put me on Facebook and I am able to find some friends there.
Anyway if there is anyone who remembers me out there....HI. I know my friends will see this...I think. Hope everyone is having a good life.

Arrgghh!
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This Memorial Day, in a word, sucked. Woke up at 4:30 to hear running water. After checking all the sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, had to go outside to check the outdoor faucets. Nothing. So dug out the water meter and sure enough, the dial is spinning like the proverbial top. Had to get a wrench and managed to turn the water off. But then, Memorial Day, when people want to have some down time, I needed to get a gentleman over to do a leak detection. Unfortunately, for me, he found several. So when the plumbers came over the next day, it turns out I have to have the house replumbed. And let me tell you, it isn't cheap. But the people who came over are really great and were not going to be able to start until Monday the 6th. However after explaining my situation, they did rearrange their schedule so they started here today. It takes about a week to do the whole house and let me tell you, not having water is a huge hassle. Having to fill my utility sink and water bottles in order to have water to flush toilets, wash your hands, brush your teeth and, at least, be able to microwave water for coffee, keeps one running. And with me on the chemo drugs, it does wear one down a bit. Found out that insurance won't cover any of this since it is considered maintenance. I will need to go over to the bank today and transfer some money to my checking account. Just trying to be grateful for the fact that I have been saving so I won't have to take out a huge loan or anything. But it sure puts a damper on the start of summer.

Did go to get new labs at the Bone Marrow Clinic yesterday. My doc was concerned that some of the meds I am taking are causing my counts to be low. A couple of weeks ago they got to a point that the dosage on some meds were decreased to try to combat the problem. But then, since the dosage changed, the insurance company need another prior approval the okay the new dosage. It was ridiculous. It was the same drug I had been taking just a lower amount and not for as many days. They took so long, there was a weeks delay in getting my meds. I am now just trying to chill and look for something for which to be optimistic.

Did have a nice Saturday. A couple, who are good friends of mine, their son graduated from high school. I have known him since he was born. We all went out to this great restaurant about 30 minutes from here. It is owned by an Italian and he is also a great chef. My meal was paid for even though I tried to buy the wine, I was outvoted. I had a wonderful fettucini with seafood in a wine sauce of some kind. There was shrimp, mussels, clams, fish, octopus to name some of the goodies. The chef also prepared a special appetizer that was an octopus salad and very tender. Even had dessert. Came home stuffed.

Haven't really done anything exciting since I was told to avoid infection, so mostly hanging around the house. Did finally go see the Captain America movie. Thought it was okay, though I think I am getting a little super hero burnout. Am wanting to go see the Nice Guys as it looks like it will be a romp. Do like something different once in awhile. And I imagine I will go see Finding Dory. Love the first one so this should be fun also. Went to see The Jungle Book last month and thought it was great. Amazing CGI and I still like the story. Kipling was one of my favorite authors when I was young. "And of course, looking forward to the next Star Trek movie. Saw an interview with Karl Urban and it made me want to see it even more.

Well best go hit the bank and take care of business. Hope everyone is having a good start to the summer.

A beautiful day
vala3
Well, I am going to try this again. I had almost finished an entire post when it just suddenly disappeared into to cyberspace. I bet you could hear me screaming at the computer from wherever you were. This has happened to me at least three times here and also when answering or posting e-mails. Don't know why but I can't ever find them again. So now that a couple of days have passed and I won't be tempted to smash the computer, I am going to post. As I had said in the first missive, it has been a beautiful week here. The sky is blue, and temps are in the high 70's to low 80's. I even got to get out and do some needed yard work this last weekend. The winds did manage to blow a lot of detritus all over. So I got up most of the branches, twigs and weeds off and out of the lawn. The azaelas are in bloom and mine are pink, reddish, and white. And the birds are hanging out at the bird bath. So I am already getting the urge to roam. However, won't be able to do that for awhile.

Just had cataract surgery a few weeks ago and the result was so good I am going to have the other one done as soon as I can. For the first time, when I wake up I can see my feet. At least out of the one eye. After having that one done, it is apparent that the other needs surgery as well. I will have to coordinate it with my docs at the Bone Marrow Clinic. I go in there soon and will see if my labs are still good and whether I will need to be off the chemo meds for a week like the last time. When I get the other done I will only need reading glasses. Never knew how good it would be to see to drive, or watch t.v. or movies without having to wear glasses.

Went out and cleaned up the screen porch this weekend. The stray cat I feed (just call me softy) had shed so much fur all over the patio furniture and had tracked sand in as well. So table and placemats to be cloroxed off and the chairs as well. Now I need to get some help to put a couple of the chairs back together. The pvc pipe came off the chair and to glue and put it back requires some muscle. Going to see if my neighbor will be able to assist. Both he and his wife have helped me with a few tasks on occasion and are so sweet. I hate to ask them to help very often, but every once in awhile I have to. But I try to repay their kindness.

Still haven't managed to go see Deadpool as yet. Seems like every time I think I am going something else comes up. That Zootopia looks as if it might be a fun little movie. Haven't seen an animated movie in awhile. Might try to see that. And when Batman vs Superman is released will try to see that one as well.

I am still loving the t.v. show Lucifer. It is the most interesting new one I have seen for awhile. And I do like Gotham, Major Crimes, Flash, Sleepy Hollow and Top Chef. But it seems as if, a show just starts up again and it is already having it's finale. Gets a little frustrating.

Went out and voted today. Although the words rock and hard place kept popping into my mind. This election is such a cluster F.... The Republican party has no credibility for me at all and if they nominate an meglomaniacal, opinionated, name calling person, the U.S. will lose all credibility it has in the world. Just my opinion.

Better stop typing now and post before it disappears like the last time. So hope everyone is having a nice spring and getting ready to 'spring forward'. Do like more daylight wish they would settle on just one all the time.

ready for summer now.
vala3
Know the people up in the northeast, Midwest and over on the West Coast are getting the most horrible weather, but I can't stand the cold. Although most of my friends think it is only mild when the temps are in the 50's.
It has been even colder than that here the last few mornings, much colder, and I am turning into a little blue dot. We have lower temps and possibly heavy rain due this weekend. I am already bundled up. Brrr. But when I see the film of the weather in other places, I am so glad I am a girl of the south.

Had a very pleasant weekend with ann_tara and her friend L. We went to a Supernatural convention. They are both big Jensen Ackles fans and he was there along with most of the other stars. He is definitely a cutie. The first day we were there, L had found out about a famous candy shop not to far away. We walked over there and checked out the place. It was in a restored three story home and they had all kinds of candy. On the way in there was what looked like an old soda fountain shop. We went in before we left, but it turned out to be a bar. Ann-tara and I split a dessert and L had a cocktail. It was made using pop rocks and when she poured it into the glass those rocks really did pop. That night there wasn't a lot going on at the con so we went out to a great restaurant called Bistro Aix. I think all of us enjoyed our meal. There was a lot going on Saturday and Sunday so we didn't get out as much. Did walk over to the Landing which wasn't very far and had lunch at an Irish Pub on Saturday.
The rest of the day we listened to the stars talk and answer questions. Sunday was the big day with Jensen, Misha, and Jared all there. We got to go in early with our tickets to see J & J. They were sure entertaining and always appear very grateful to all their fans. Ann_tara got me a great Christmas present. It was a photo op with Jensen and Misha, who are my two favorites. Even though I wasn't quite ready when the picture was taken, it turned out all right. I already have it framed and sitting between the two separate pictures of Jensen and Misha I had made almost 5 years ago at the other con I attended in L.A.

The only glitch, and it was a big one, was when everyone was trying to leave on Monday. It was MLK day and the only street out of the hotel to reach the various interstates was blocked off. I couldn't believe the lack of city planning that allowed that. I sat there forever, while a couple of police directing cars were only letting about two go at a time, then there was another long wait. There was a huge line even after me. Then after that, the way for me to go turned out to be also blocked off! A gentleman walked me through two parking lots to get me to a one-way street to get out. What should have taken only about five minutes to get out took me an hour and a half. I was not happy.

Back home I managed to get a number of errands accomplished so that when I went for my appointment at the Bone Marrow Clinic I didn't have to run around afterwards. For the good news, the cancer numbers are down, but for the bad news, the White blood count, red blood count, and platelets are all very low. I have to stop the chemo for now and go in for the IVIG infusion next week and then back for more labs then for another IVIG infusion. I thought the last one did some good since I wasn't catching every bug that was out there like I did in October and November. But guess not. I do get a little more fatigued of late, but rather have that. I am going to try to go to Tai Chi tomorrow. I think it helps loosen me up and build up my stamina. I usually do some treadmill and weights afterwards. Have to see about that tomorrow.

So that was how things have been going since I last posted. Hope everyone who reads this is doing well.

Another Christmas
vala3
Well, Christmas has come and gone. All in all it was a very good one. I had my traditional Christmas Eve gathering with all my friends who have nutured and assisted me through all my chemo and bone marrow transplant.
Had the usual ham and roasted turkey as well a smoked salmon, meatballs, chicken wings, chips and dip, various cheeses and lots of cookies and candies. Needless to say, I was satiated. Then most of us sat around and opened our gifts. It was nice and we didn't stay up awfully late. People did remain and helped me police up the place, so I didn't have a ton to do the next few days. I am happy to say I am not as obsessive about getting everything cleaned up immediately so I did take a couple of days to make the place presentable again.

On Christmas Day went over to another of my friends home and had a wonderful dinner of Prime Rib, potatoes, salad and other goodies. I bought some Mousse Truffle Pate and Shrimp to take over as appetizers and they did hit the spot. Did bring a nice bottle of wine as well.

On Sunday, I met with a lot of my friends to go see Star Wars. I did like it, and saw where it was headed and wasn't to surprised by what happened. Know there were a lot of things Abrams left that will be in the next film. I do hate cliffhangers, but this did have some resolutions. I got two gift cards to Regal Cinemas so am going to have to start seeing more movies this year.

It seems as if every year things are pretty slow until mid November and all of a sudden there are parties, dinners, get togethers and other things that are on the schedule. I am meeting an old racketball partner tonight for supper. Tomorrow night I am taking another friend for her Christmas supper since she doesn't usually want stuff. Then on Thursday, I will be meeting with two old roomates who let me stay with them while I was attending my anesthesia training. One lady will be here from North Carolina and the other lives in a small town just down the road, but she is so busy taking care of her ex husband who has Parkinson's, her dogs, and her horses. She is one busy woman, but when we get back together at least once a year, it's just like we haven't been apart. It is a great feeling. We all just gab away and have some laughs.

Really don't plan to do anything New Year's Eve. Will probably make a decent supper and pour a glass of bubbly and watch the ball drop at midnight. Sometimes in our neighborhood people do set off fireworks but not always.
I just don't like getting out with all the 'crazies' on New Year's Eve. Especially in a college town. It is insane enough on football weekends.

I am looking forward to going to a convention soon. It will be a nice get away and a fun time too. Going with some friends who are driving up and we will all meet there. Not sure what all we will be doing but I am sure there will be something to occupy us. I have an Open Table gift certificate so may look up some restaurants to see if there are any that are near the hotel. Not sure if it will be amenable to everyone, since I am not sure of what is on the schedule at the convention.

I am doing much better now. Had some issues in October and November with colds, viruses, and food poisoning. It turns out that my chemo drugs had dropped my white count to unacceptable levels and that was why I seemed to be catching everything and having a hard time getting better. But I went in for an IVIG infusion (that sucker lasted six hours) and it did seem to help. Also they held off my meds for about 10 days. I am back on them now but so far doing okay. And the good news is that the meds, did kick my cancer numbers down..so that was a big win.

Anyway hope everyone has a happy new year. Don't forget to eat some black-eyed peas and hide some money so you will have a happy 2016.

Post Turkey Day
vala3
Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was enjoyable and full of friends and family. I was lucky enough to be invited over to a friends and her family. We had a wonderful meal full of traditional food and appetizers. I managed to eat too much again, though not as bad as last year. Did come home in a state of tryptophan lethargy and just slugged out in front of t.v. Had a book to read, but only picked it up once I think. I had been busy the day before and had accomplished a lot of decorating for Christmas and it did wear me out a bit. Am still getting over a bad virus that slammed me for three weeks, then right after I was starting to recover from that, got food poisoning.
Didn't eat for two days. So now am trying to eat a bit more to gain some weight and also do more to build back up on my stamina. So this Thanksgiving food fest was most appreciated. Brought my piece of pumpkin pie home but didn't eat it until late. Think I was still full then.

Finished decorating the house for Christmas so got that behind me. Still am going to try to have my Christmas Eve get together with my friends. It has become expected and it is always enjoyable. Though it is a lot of work. When I was younger and healthier, I used to really get into it. I still do, but have toned it down a lot.

At any rate just wanted to hop on and wish everyone Good Times ahead and celebrate the season however you wish.

Now it is November.
vala3
Guess I should try to post again. I haven't been as good about it, but am trying to get back on it.
It has been a bad week for me. Fighting a virus and I am so ready for it to be gone. Had to go to the E.R. last week. Won't be doing that again soon. Just wanted to check and make sure there was no pneumonia creeping up on me like one time. After being there for six hours and getting a chest x-ray and a P.A. listening to my heart and lungs. thought I was done. She decided that we should get some blood work and a urine specimen. So I supposed we were going to get it then....but no. Another two hours without anyone coming, I gave them the urine specimen and then told them I was leaving. The chest x-ray was fine. Not doing that again anytime soon.

Did get down to Orlando for the Epcot Food and Wine Fair. Met ann-tara there and we had a nice day. I really didn't overeat. Had three items on Friday, none on Saturday, then another three with ann-tara. It was a nice day and enjoyable.

Am going to attend a memorial service this month for a good friend of mine. She was the mom of one of my friends here in town and always treated me like a daughter. She was 91 but still, I will miss her and a lot of the good times we had going to many places. Took me to the Space Center where her husband had worked before he retired. And was always doing something for people. After her husband passed away, she volunteered at the Hopice where they had taken care of him.

So happy with my team. Go Gators. It is such a pleasant surprise that after being dismissed early in the season, they have played with heart and pride. Right now, though, they sure could use a kicker. There was a general call out for tryouts. Guess this new coach has been a good and pleasant surprise.

Haven't been to any new movies in a few weeks. Going to see Spectre when it comes out. Might have to wait until the second week. Did love the Martian. I had read the book and the movie did it justice. Matt Damon was a good choice as the lead. Will think about buying the DVD when it comes out. There is a couple I am a bit interested in, but might wait until they get released on DVD.

Well not much else going on right now. Just waiting for my health to improve. So have a great November.

Lost the last entry
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I tried to post a couple weeks ago. It never seemed to make it to lj. I guess it is floating somewhere out there in cyberspace. I might have done something since they put up this new format. Seems as if everything is changing and it gets hard to keep up.

Anyway going to make this short just to see if it makes it to the general masses.

Had a roof leak the last month and called the people who had put on the new roof. I knew it wasn't very long ago, but couldn't remember the year. It was the time I was having the beginning of my medical issues. At any rate they sent a gentleman out and he said he would give me an estimate and send it to me via e-mail. Couple days later there was a knock on the door and the man who was to fix the roof came early, which was fine. Told him I hadn't received the estimate as yet and he looked it up. Turns out it was still under warrenty. So that was a big win.

Had to break down and get a new printer. Found a really good deal at Best Buy and I had a gift card from Christmas that I used on it. Plus the printer was on sale that day. Now all I have to do is get it hooked up.

Went to lunch yesterday with some friends. Tried a place called the Wahoo Seafood Grill. Hadn't been there in many months. My friend and I shared some crab legs and she got some fried green tomatoes that were very different. They had a pimento cheese melted on top and crab meat as well. There were four large ones. I didn't care for them as they were very rich and to me, the pimento overpowered the dish. But Sporangia liked them.

Okay gonna try to post this now. Maybe this time.

Summertime
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I realize I haven't posted in quite some time. Guess the lazy, rainy days of summer just depletes my resolves to do so. There are quite a few friends I follow on Facebook and lj, so it doesn't seem as if I miss much. I really haven't been all that bad. Just had some medical issues that kept me from doing some things this year. Managed to get to Vegas earlier in June. Unfortunately got a cold on the plane flying there. Thank goodness there was a Walgreens near the hotel and I managed to get some meds and cough drops. In spite of that I enjoyed the escape from routine. Had some wonderful meals while there, two at very nice gourmet restaurants. One place had a Lobster Pot Pie, very good, service impeccable, and even got a panna cotta desert. At another I had a wonderful King Crab Salad that was delicious. Again the service was wonderful. It is nice that now I can eat out by myself without being looked at like I crawled out of the woodwork. In the old days when I went to some medical meetings, and I refused to stay in my hotel room all the time just to eat room service meals I did get some looks. But no one now seems to care about it. I also saw a great show there at the Wynn called Showstoppers. Played a game of Blackjack and they even put a no smoking sign on the table. On the last night there I even won some money on the slot machine. So all in all a good trip.

My friends just returned from North Georgia and North Carolina. Didn't go with them this year as the medical issues kept me here and it was probably wise. The tests I had to have seem have come out with no consequences.
Had a full day in the ER and then had to see a Cardiologist. Turns out she was a doc I used to work with before I retired. Got a nuclear stress test and an Echo. The stress test was negative so that is of the good. Right now I am feeling pretty good (knock on wood) and am hoping that my appointment at the Bone Marrow clinic tomorrow will show that my numbers are down.

I have managed to see more movies this summer than last. I just saw Ant Man this weekend and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I also saw Mr. Holmes. Another good one. A week ago did see the new Terminator movie. It was okay, but same old same old. Checked out Chappie from the redbox and it was a lot different than I thought it would be, but wound up liking it. I was just thinking about movies that made me feel good and I enjoy watching them more than once. So a modest list.

Galaxy Quest. (Always good for a laugh and fun time)
Princess Bride (Wonderful heartwarming movie.)
Sister Act (Don't know why I like this one but I just do)
Ghost ( Great Patrick Swayze movie)
Notting Hill ( Another almost fairy tale story)
Fried Green Tomatoes ( Just loved the whole movie)
Forrest Gump (Great nostalgia for me)
Victor Victoria (Julie and James great pairing. Alex Karras was good as well)
The Music Man ( have to see that on the fourth of July for some reason)
Bull Durham (fun romp)

Avatar (great special effects)
Star Trek The Voyage Home ( special for me, Last time I was with my cousin who was killed in an auto accident)
Star Trek The Wrath of Kahn ( Who can forget KKKAAAHHHNNN!!!)
Star Wars
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Disney did it well for the time)
The Lion King ( I was immobile when I saw the preview song )
Bambi (I hated Man after that movie)
Lady and the Tramp
Fantasia (The original taught me some wonderful classical music)
Alien (That was one scary movie)
Aliens ( an even better sequel)
Jaws (Makes you worry when in the ocean)
The Bodyguard (Beautiful song good movie)
Driving Miss Daisy ( great acting)

Okay quitting now, since there are more movies than I realized I could watch over again and again. I am going to try to see The Man from Uncle when it comes to town and probably the new Mission Impossible movie. Saw a preview of one called A Walk in the Woods starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Wanting to do the Appalacian Trail at their ripe old age.

Guess I better quit blathering and go ahead and post this. I knew there wasn't a whole lot to gab about but wanted people to know I am still here.

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