Monday, October 7, 2019

Happy Fall 2019 and Who is STILL Blogging?

 Happy Fall....my most favorite time of the year.  As some of you may know the last year has been a bit of a challenge for me as I have been fighting Stage 2 breast cancer....and we also bought a house in Michigan of all places!  So...we've been out of the Seattle area for just over a year now. I am also coming up on my first year in remission....thanking God for that.
 My cancer surgery happened at the same time we closed on the house and once I healed from surgery I started my radiation treatments shortly after we settled into our new house.  Every room in the house needs to be painted but my brother surprised me with a visit last October and he painted my kitchen for me. The above fireplace is in my kitchen...I just love it.
 The radiation treatments left me absolutely exhausted for months...I had 33 rounds of radiation, I had radiation every day except for weekends so needless to say I didn't have much energy to do the things one usually does when they move into a new house. I was grateful to go though, I was told it wasn't necessary to have chemotherapy ...just the radiation.  I told myself "You got this"...and I did.
 So fast forward a bit....I have a lot of my energy back, although I do tire more easily, I'm now working a 40 hour job and I'm thinking about all the things I need to do around the house...TO the house....my husband knows I'll do what I need to do....in TIME. I have all my ideas in my mind....and on my Pinterest boards lol.
 I started to blog again about 7 or 8 months ago but I was also thinking about looking for a job at that time as well and I didn't want to put it OUT THERE that I had cancer...I didn't want it to hinder my job prospects...didn't want to be looked at like a LIABILITY.....although I must say...I was very open when I had to explain my gap in employment and found that my fear was unfounded as I was offered not one but TWO positions.
 I had originally intended to work part time as I wasn't sure if I had the stamina to keep a 40 hour a week job, but it just so happens that working full time is pretty okay right now.
 My first Michigan winter was very cold and we had tons of snow, something we rarely saw in Seattle. One of the most beautiful sights is when the Deer come through my yard...also something that never happened in the Seattle area.  I have tons of pictures, next time I post I will share them with you.
 I miss my daughter dearly, she lives back in Idaho with a wonderful young man who adores her. For years I envisioned a Bittersweet Family compound where we could all live together but in seperate houses with our own little families but still be connected....a fantasy for sure.  I can still dream.  My son is here with us and for that I am truly thankful.
 So I am starting to think about getting the inside of the house painted now that the weather is a bit cooler and I find that I am getting restless to make the necessary changes, right now I have the most hideous orange/canteloupe paint color runnng through my front foyer and up the stairs......what the previous homeowners were thinking when they chose THAT color...I don't know..lol.                                         
So, are you still blogging?    Some of my favorites are not blogging anymore but I do see them occasionally on Facebook. I'm gonna slow down a bit...I used to get such JOY out of blogging.  I was saddened to learn that one of my most favorite bloggers had passed after a long battle with cancer, I'll post more on that next time too.  I'm off to indulge in some chamomile tea with milk and honey....it's the little things now.