On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Empty nesting

Youngest Daughter returned to her new home yesterday so we're empty nesters until Christmas.  This is like having a kid in college - away during the semester and home for the holidays.

It doesn't keep her from texting multiple times a day, but that sort of keeps me in the loop so I don't mind.

Today was back-to-work day and I was at Juvenile Hall.  That so wears me out!  The hallways are very long, the kids are high maintenance and I am so old!  But girls were turned away from my group by staff. For some reason they really want to be there and the limit has been set at eight.  Occasionally a couple others are admitted but staff told me that fifteen wanted to participate today.  I don't know why, I honestly don't.

Empty nest at home, full nest at work....


  1. That's awesome Barbara - to have the kids want to be in your class is a good thing.
    Hugs and blessings

  2. Perhaps the news has gone out about your cancer and they just want to show support for you! And perhaps you just offer something to give them hope and hope as you know is some super strong medicine! Glad you got to have the whole family out for Thanksgiving. I did too and am still recuperating from the cooking and a bug I caught afterwards. It's worth it though.

  3. You are showing them God's love and who wouldn't want to get closer to God? I'm glad you are there for them - they need you!

  4. They are so (so, so, so) lucky to have you!

  5. Thank you, each of you. I love those girls, I really do!


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