It was brought to my attention that I have not updated my blog in a while. Okay, a very LONG while! I've done updates on social media, just not on my blog.
In August, I had my scans and bloodwork marked my first year as a breast cancer
survivor! I certainly prefer the "title" of survivor to that of patient.
Some days it seems like it was years ago that I went through treatment, other
days it seems like only yesterday. I am truly thankful and feel very
blessed. The past year has brought many great things. In October of
2016 our granddaughter Kyla was born. I will always look at her as a
special blessing, because Stephanie took her first pregnancy test the day of my
mastectomy. It was too early to tell then, but she was pregnant!
She had an uneventful pregnancy and delivery. My two older
granddaughters, Ryleigh (12) and Keighley (11) are thriving and are both
attending Ingersoll Middle School/Junior High this year. They are both
playing softball and Ryleigh is doing 7th grade cheerleading. They are making excellent grades and are a delight to be around. We see them
often. They are usually over on Thursday's for supper and they spent a
good chunk of every other weekend with us. I like to have "internet
free family time with them". Once you turn off the Wi-Fi, they
really enjoy playing games, walking the dogs, helping me cook and watching
movies. On Friday night, we watched Rudy with them and they really
Towards the end of summer, I contracted a bad case of poison ivy. I
thought I was being very careful, but there was some of the oil on the dog's
harnesses and it got on my skin. Just as it was healing up, an area of it
abscessed and it required surgery! Who does that???
Me! LOL That all healed up and I actually got back into
exercising again, even going to the gym early in the morning. About a
week and a half into this schedule, and Ms. Grace herself face-planted onto the
concrete. I am fortunate that I did not break my nose or knock out my
teeth. I busted open my lip and scraped the skin off between my mouth and
nose. I also had a black eye and a bruise on my left cheek. It's
healing up, but I still look a bit scary. With it being Halloween, I
should just make some sort of costume out of it!
Our son Ryan and his wife Kara have opened up a bar in town. The have
called it "Watty's, after Nathan. Ryan has a picture wall in their
called "Wattys' Wall" and it is pictures of Nathan. He opened it in
October, hosting the annual memorial in Nathan's memory there. It's very
nice and we are very proud of him.
Steff, Austin & Kyla moved into a beautiful home in a subdivision that is
out of town. It will be a wonderful place to raise their family. It
has a swimming pool that will provide years of enjoyment for them.....and
My Dad is doing wonderful. He and his dog Pal keep each other
company. Pal is a diabetic, but Dad keeps it pretty under
control. We are all hoping that my brother, Peter, will be able to visit
from Germany in 2018.
We took a cruise to Hawaii in April 2017 to celebrate my victory over
cancer. It was PERFECT! We flew to San Francisco and sailed to
Hawaii and back to San Francisco. It took 15 days. We traveled with
my best friend/sister Deb and her husband Rob, Dan's sister Susan and her
husband Ron and Deb's friend from the Netherlands, Josie. We made
I'm all about making memories!