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!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Three county Sunday

Youngest Daughter, Buley, Demi and I accompanied Steve to Lakeport this morning where he was working.  That's the parish, St. John's, that I mentioned yesterday - in fact I publicly thanked the congregation for their prayers and concern for me.  The parish is warm and dog-friendly - there were four dogs in the congregation and I never heard a peep from any of them.

We started off in Sonoma County, drove through Mendocino County and landed in Lake County.  After church we enjoyed the first family picnic of the year - that's the photo - where ducks were walking around the edge of Clear Lake and a mourning dove crooned through our lunch.

The one problem about the drive to Lakeport is that it is over a mountain with 20 minutes of twisty, turny road.  I always pack Hansen's diet gingerale for the trip because I get really nauseous.  I noticed that the dogs were struggling too - heavy panting and drooling over the mountain - and, sure enough, Buley puked on the way home.  (No harm done, it landed on a towel. Is that too much information?)

We stopped for my second Neupogen injection in Santa Rosa, then drove the last 45 minutes and crashed, in bed, under the covers.  Old folks need lie-downs.


  1. Twisty mountain roads don't just make me nauseaus but if these y have steep edges I go into a prolonged panic attack. Not fun. They can have beautiful views if I can get past the fright to look though. Being spring, I imagine it was aa pretty drive. Poor dog. At least you handled her nicely. A church that likes dogs sounds nice too. Mine aren't well enough behaved to take places like that. One dog trainer/psychologist says we need to get puppies out a lot when they are very young so they get used to people and goings on. One of mine had been kept in a cage till I got him and then we brought him to forty acres with just my husband and I on it. That didn't help but visiting with the grankids helped a tiny bit. He'd be too afraid and barky to go to church though.

    A picnic sounds nice. After the ride and the fresh air anyone would be ready foe a nap!

  2. We have a dog who pukes almost every time she's in the car, so no, it wasn't too much info for me! There's no way she could go to church ... she'd be trying to get everyone to pet her and bark once loudly, if they ignored her. God would understand. lol nancy


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