Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Words on a Wednesday


A rose bouquet on a single stem
Roger's colonoscopy went very well. No signs of lesions, cancer, or polyps. We are so relieved. The doctor even said if things stay as they are, Roger won't need another colonoscopy for FIVE YEARS!!! That news is like suddenly being set free. Five years seems so far into the future. He'll be 80 years old and I'll be 70. Tell me that doesn't sound like a million years from now!

So, the fires are out in the wine country, and Roger is well. You know what that means? Yes, a road trip south to see my mom. We'll be heading out sometime this coming weekend, spending a few days in Capitola at the beach house, and then down to the land of too-many-people too-many-cars southern California. At least we won't be there during the brutal heatwave they're experiencing right now. It's even hot here, 80+ degrees. That's CRAZY!
We cleaned up the garden and got it ready for winter. The tomatoes and zucchinis are all gone. We have kale, chard, and lettuce that will over-winter here. Flowers are blooming like wild out in the front yard. It surprises me that so late in October we still have so many dahlias and roses. The Lesser Goldfinches are taking every cosmos seed they can get their little beaks on, and even the hummingbirds are finding feasts out there.

All is good right now... well unless you turn on the news. 

32 comments:

  1. So excellent that Roger's testing turned out so well. May you have a wonderful trip southward!

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    1. isabelita-- We were so relieved with the news. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  2. Well I'm glad Roger is OK after reading the last post I can see he was concerned. I love those yellow roses you have my wife would die for them. Just released there is a bird in the last photo. I feel uplifted already a good start to the day at work

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    1. Bill-- Roger's colon cancer diagnosis in 2010 sent us on a whole new trajectory. So every good report since then is the best news. Glad you liked those roses and the bird in the cosmos!

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  3. Glad all is well on all fronts. Enjoy your road trip!

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    1. 37paddington-- Thank you for your good wishes!

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  4. Such good news! I'm glad all is well. Enjoy your trip.

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    1. Sharon-- Thank you for your good wishes!

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  5. Yeah, DON'T turn on the news! Ha!

    Those roses are amazing! Glad to hear everyone is well, and that the fires are out. Have a good trip south.

    Most of our flowers have faded by now and we didn't plant cosmos this year, for the first time in a while. I missed them! We'll definitely get some next year.

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    1. Steve-- Glad you liked those roses. I was surprised to see such a bouquet out in the front yard like that. I wasn't sure I wanted to cut them, but then there was a forecast of a big rain headed our way, and I went out with the clippers!

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  6. What wonderful news. The best possible news about the colonoscopy. Enjoy this very special trip.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We were so relieved with that news. Big sigh of relief. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your words on a Wednesday. Good news to celebrate that's for sure. And the flowers are beauties! We've had a hard frost and everything is pretty much done here. Have started burning wood in the wood stove, our primary heat source. Trying to get mentally prepared for a long winter. Wishing you a safe trip south and a good visit with your mom. I just love her face; it's usually filled with warmth. Will look forward to photos. Kim in PA

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    1. Kim-- We had 2 inches of rain last week, and we thought for sure that the rainy season was coming to stay, but we're in a bit of heatwave now just a few days later. I woke this morning with a terrible sore throat and cough. Might be something I picked up at the hospital. So, may have to postpone the trip for a few days. We're looking forward to seeing my mom's warm and beautiful face.

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  8. so happy about Roger! And that you are finally able to make your way south. Say hi to beautiful Capitola for me!

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    1. Tara-- We will say hi to Capitola for you!

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  9. That really is three great pieces of news. You are on a roll.
    Know how anxious those tests can make us and now you both can relax for 5 years. Ahhhh.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, we love the idea of relaxing for the next five years!

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  10. It isn't easy to find humor in a colonoscopy but all things are possible. I had one 10 years ago and got the prep package from the pharmacy. Hmmm, piece of cake... a 16 oz bottle to be consumed the night before.

    At the appropriate time I chugged it down. Golly it was awful but worked in no time. I mentioned how horrible my experience was to the nurse who informed me that, if I had read the instructions, it would have been diluted in a gallon of water and consumed over a few hours.

    Next time I'll read the instructions.

    Glad to hear you had good news.

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    1. def59485-- That's such a funny story. I can't imagine how you were able to drink that stuff undiluted. Ugh. Good to hear from you!

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  11. Always nice to get good results from that test. It makes it all worthwhile. Enjoy your trip down this way. My wife has been home for the heatwave, but I'm camped up in the mountains. MUCH cooler! Even stormy for a few days.
    There is one hill keeping us from seeing the ocean at home. So we usually have very mild weather there. Not this week though.
    Monday 102, Tuesday 104, and yesterday it was 10frigging7... Hey, the weather isn't changing, BELIEVE ME, it's a hoax!

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    1. Pat-- Roger was having his tests every three years, but this new doc recommends five now. That might be because there were no polyps or anything suspicious. The weather in southern CA was CRAZY. I'm glad it's cooling off before we head down. You bet that weather thing is a hoax. People will say anything to get attention!

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  12. Yay! Great news about Roger. Also that you'll be on your way south this weekend. The weather has been unseasonably warm here too. woldflowers are still blooming. Even the odd rose in my garden. I saw a daylily in bloom in a friend's garden yesterday. Dragonflies are still chasing insects in my garden and yesterday, I saw a large salamander marching across the road. I mean, this is almost November in the north!??! Hope you have a safe and pleasant trip south and a good visit with your mom. Take care. b

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    1. bev-- It is so surprising to know how warm it is there, this close to November. We've had some warm temps here, but I checked the weather forecast, and it looks like things are going to change next week. Here come the rains! We aren't on the road yet. I haven't been feeling well, and I don't want to expose my mom to anything that could be contagious. So, we're waiting until Monday to see how I feel. We'll either be on the road, or I'll be calling for an appointment to see the doc. I really feel like crap.

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  13. I had my colonoscopy in September. I had a large polyp. I get to go again in three years. I'm glad Roger's was so clean!

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    1. oldwhitelady-- Back in 2010 Roger was diagnosed with colon cancer. After surgery he was scheduled for colonoscopy every three years. This was his third since then, and it was THE BEST. I hope your next one is perfect. Nice to see you here again, OWL!

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  14. Oh, boy! Colonoscopies! Leah will have hers next week. She has had clear colonoscopies ever since her own colon cancer back nearly 20 years ago. I am also due because they found polyps the last time around. At least now they use propofol for ours, which doesn't result in as long a recovery time.

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    1. Mark-- We were so happy about the results. Best since the diagnosis and surgery. We hope Leah's is excellent as well. The anesthesiologist used less of the medication than they had before, and Roger was up and around very quickly. We were happy about all of it. Please send Leah our best wishes for the best outcome.

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