I will be away for about 2 weeks...

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I will be away for about 2 weeks...
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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 12:24pm

Leaving on Friday as we fly to Montreal.  However we immediately rent a car and drive westward to the Kingston area and visit with Nora and Mike!  We are attending a wedding (Ray's cousin) in Kingston on Saturday but of course we included a quick visit to Nora and Mike while there.  They have graciously invited us despite their now very busy time to pack many things for the upcoming move.  So what if we haved to manoeuver around a few packed boxes?  LOL.  We certainly couldn't go to Kingston without seeing them Smile

I don't suppose I  mentioned it here, but I recently got a cortisone shot in each knee and to add to my comfort, my rheumatologist also offered me cortisone (generally administered to my bloodstream, via my butt!) which seems to target any other pains in joints I have.  Well, all this worked wonders and I feel so much better...pain lessened to a HUGE extent.  Which was necessary for going on this trip.  I wouldn't be able to go or wouldn't choose to go if I was in the pain I was in prior to these injections. 

We return on the 28th of August.  On September 8th, DS Michael arrives for a two week vacation here (well just shy of two weeks).  He's actually flying in to Vancouver first to visit with some friends there, then after 4 days flying to Calgary.  We (himself included) are all looking forward to his being here.  He likes his life and work in Berlin but sometimes it does sound like he gets tired of dealing with the German language (unfortunately he's not been totally immersed...working in English and having a lot of English-speaking friends). 

What has everyone been up to?  The board has been quiet more often than not these days.  I hope everyone is well.

Shirley

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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 1:47pm

I'll wave when I drive pass the exit to Nora's place  this weekend. DD and I are thinking of visiting family about an hour outside of  Kingston for the day. If I have the time, I am going to stop by at the Queen's bookstore;want to pick up something there.

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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 3:24pm

Sue, how old is the older kitty?  Hope there is nothing seriously wrong with him.  And why am I not surprised that the new kitty is going to join your family? Wink  And doesn't he (she?) fit right in?  Being black and white like your other cats?

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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 4:40pm
Mike is 9.5. This is a picture of him looking away in disgust as the little one (female, so far I've named her Mico (mee'-koh)as she's from Coloma, Michigan; just not sure she and Mike can differentiate between their names) is in HIS box.
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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 4:42pm

Pretty busy at work; leading 5 projects, helping on another 4-5, and asked to help at a fellows' conference (doctors) on Saturday from 8-5, so will be a long week. DS22 heard from the head of the art dept; they'll solidify everything so he'll start on the MA on the 25th.  DH starts his 2nd masters Monday.  Since dh got a 'toy' (old, rusty) car that I wasn't thrilled with, I told him the kitten we found is MY toy car.  So now I'll have to get her to the vet...brought the older one to the vet yesterday as he's been throwing up a couple times/week so had to pay for bloodwork/urinalysis...should know something tomorrow; hopefully it's nothing...

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Thu, 08-14-2014 - 11:15am

I have a very similar rug, Susy.

My DD has a new cat;cute little thing and very friendly. it's very funny when she brings the cat over (DH and I are official cat sitters); the dog still hasn't figured out what this strange "dog" is.

DS found himself an appartment nearer to the university. (Home is too far to commute every day).  After being home for two years, he is moving out at the end of September. I am busy gathering stuff for him to take with him to furnish his place.  Everything is set; he has paid his fees,registered for the few courses he has to take (his is a research master's). He will hear what courses he will be the teaching assistant for soon.

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Thu, 08-14-2014 - 9:44pm

 It has been a  long couple of weeks with lots of ups and down. A lot of good family time but not all because of good circumstances.   

One August 1st DH's dad called to tell us that his step-mother of diagnosed with bladder cancer.  Surgery scheduled for the 11th.

Last weekend was extremely busy.  Dh's sister and step-sister came down on Thurday to be here for the surgery.   We went up there for dinner Friday night, they live about an hour away. 

 Saturday morning I went on a 5K with my DDs.  Then after lunch DH and I headed to Houston to watch the Astros.  We had bought the tickets, etc before we knew about the surgery.  Great game, we won.  Spent the night there and then drove back home  Sunday morning.  Got home about lunch time and then got back in the car about an hour later to head back up to DH's dad's.  All the DDs were able to join us so we had some nice family time.   DH and I spent the night up there in a hotel because the surgery was scheduled for early Monday morning.

The surgery did not go as well as hoped.   There was more cancer than they expected.   Bladder cancer has a high return rate and the doctor said with the amount they found it will return.  Her options are chemo,  removing the bladder or doing nothing.  At the moment she is leaning towards chemo, she said that DD1 is her insperation.   She has a follow up with the surgeon in I think 2 weeks and will probably learn more then about the pluses and minues of all the options to base her decision on. 

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Fri, 08-15-2014 - 12:17am
I have been busy with the little ones here at home this week. Unfortunately, the weather has been awful and Noah is getting board with being indoors. DD will pick them up this weekend and her Inlaws will babysit next week. DS1 will also arrive this weekend to spend his last 3 wks in Canada with us. I'm planning to meet with my maid of honour for lunch on Wed. We haven't seen each other in years. Then 2 of my cousins are coming for a girls weekend which we are all looking forward to. DH is heading to DD's for the weekend as she will be away. DS1 & his partner decided to go camping so all males will be gone.. The little ones will come back the following weekend as DS1 wants to spend time with them before he leaves. I'm hoping to head down Kingston way in Sept. My aunt lives in Perth & is undergoing chemo so I want to see her. She is 88 & has never been sick until now. Safe travels, Shirley. Dee
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Fri, 08-15-2014 - 12:52am

I hope that you have a nice trip Shirley. Good that you were able to get the cortisone injections and you are feeling relief. I hope that it lasts for a long time.

Same old stuff around here. Its pretty warm but the humidity varies, we get some humid days (and sometimes a little rain) and some not so humid, so far no arid "Santa Ana" days which is good because that increases the fire danger. I've been running the AC in the afternoon some days but by early evening we usually get some sea breeze and can open windows. While I'm not a fan of heat, the veggie plants are loving it and lots of stuff is ripening...the rotation being cucumbers, Caprese tomato salad, green beans, zucchini. It also means a lot of watering.

We were supposed to go out to dinner tonight with another couple but the wife got sick so they asked for a raincheck. Since I didn't have anything planned to cook I suggested to dh that we just walk to a nearby vegetarian restaurant that is closing at the end of this month. We expanded the "date" to first stop at a wine bar. This wine bar has been there for 5+ years but we had never gone in. They have a number of food items available in addition to a good selection of wines so I think we will go back to try the food. The veg restaurant was good too but honestly I don't think I'll really miss it...its mostly burgers. When the veggie resto opened (about 8 yrs ago) the commercial area was pretty funky (and probably had rents to match) but in the past few years it has been improved significantly. There are now several restaurants of different types, within an easy walk from our house. When ds was home 2 wks ago we walked to the new gourmet taco place, ordered, and had the tacos delivered to the new beer tasting room in the same complex. Next to try will be the Begian waffle place.

Other than eating and gardening, not much going on here. I'm trying to arrange a museum date with dh for next week.