Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween... and an update.

Greetings and Happy Halloween from the aisle at Walmart! 
Since we don't get Trick or Treaters at our house (we live too far off the road, not in a subdivision either), this is about as exciting as it gets.  
Enjoy this evening with the kids.  Be safe.  Have fun. 

So I've been a little distracted lately and not kept up with posts.  Here's an update on our youngest son's recent diagnosis of testicular cancer.  
He's healed up nicely from surgery.  I thought there's no better time in a young man's life than to get him acquainted with the necessity of...  a pedicure!  Yep, I took him for his first foot grooming.  Results: it was a big hit.  He loved it and wants to do it again.  (His future wife can thank me now.  Not that he has anyone picked out yet or even in mind.  But one day, she will thank me.  Whoever she may be.) (And this sweet lady in the chair between us, was very nice to let me snap some photos without freaking out that she was in the shot.)

This past Monday was his first day of chemotherapy.  He came prepared:  He had shaved his head (didn't want to see it coming out in clumps); had purchased several books to read while getting treatment, loaded his iPhone with favorite tunes; brought his new blanket to keep him cozy and most importantly, had a huge bag of beef jerky to munch on. 
Just the picture of chillin' out, relaxing at the doctor's office.

He's a trooper.  Still going to college.  Still smiling.  Still making jokes.  I just love this kid.  Today is his third treatment.

Thanks for your thoughts, concerns, prayers and well wishes.
They mean so much to us on 
Whippoorwill Road.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Mementos Speak to Me

Here are some of my souvenirs from my recent trip to Massachusetts.  
This little painting was on the floor of a booth at the Brimfield Fair.  I was drawn immediately.  (My friend, Daniela was so nice to pose.) 

It spoke to me.  
This is what I would like to do every day: walk on a lovely quiet path, listen to nature, gather flowers and wear my bonnet and long skirt.  
Ok, skip the skirt.  But definitely, keep the bonnet.

Wherever she's going or wherever she's been, it's been a beautiful day for her.  At least, that's what she says to me.

This little tray set was from a neighborhood tag sale.
Quite different from the little lady, is this little gentleman and his hardworking horse.  
They also spoke to me.

I hear their aches and tiredness loud and clear.  It's the same way I feel after my time at work.  And I definitely look more like the gentleman than the lady, too.  Minus the top hat.  And minus the horse.  And minus the carriage.  But that position, that stance... He's speaking my language.                                  

So, this evening and tomorrow I will rest and enjoy
Whippoorwill Road.
I hope you do the same.