Monday, December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021 Monday--12:45pm

Good afternoon!

Annie is the perfect example of how I felt most of the last week--LOL! 

The messy Critter Cafe has been very busy.

Tuesday Katie came to clean.  Always so nice to see her.  Looks like she'll be coming once a month now that my health-life has calmed down.  Hurray!  

Thursday (our usual Craft Nite) Leah wanted to switch to the weekend.  Was okay by me as I was mostly feeling like Annie above and it was a cold, dark night.

Friday Leah dropped off some groceries from Costco.

Saturday Leah brought some groceries from a Cashwise pickup (quite a few items not in stock) and then she stayed all afternoon.  :)  Leah printed off my entire 2022 Bullet Journal set of pages!  Printed, cut, and punched.  Next I have to get the coming year assembled and ready to go.

I am so grateful for all the work Leah did to set up my own personal, custom bullet journal a few years back.  (Excel is a complete mystery to me.)  Still absolutely love it and works perfectly for me.  Even when it is much blanker when I am non-functional it has kept me up to date on all those many clinic and hospital appointments, if nothing else--LOL!

Leah worked the spot cleaner machine on Annie barfs and helped me with a couple things I can't do yet...but we had time to just chat for once.  Been so hectic for soooo many months.

I actually got started on doing Christmas cards this past weekend!  The pile in the middle front of the table are all letters and cards owed (sadly some from over a month ago) so I started on those first.

I am still moving very slowly--and so is USPS from everything I've heard--so don't be surprised if my cards don't make it before Christmas for many of you.  I have finally begun, though--tada! 

Just being able to be at home to rest and recover the past two weeks...well, it's heavenly.  I'm still totally shot but seeing slow improvements.  I go for the second dose of immunotherapy (the Big I) on Friday this week so then we'll see what it's like afterwards.  Still have the neuropathy from the chemo.  The exhaustion may likely be from hitting a wall and running on fumes for so long.  The bad headache and low grade temp for a few days after the first infusion I attribute to the Big I.  Be interesting to see how it goes this next time.  Hoping for little or no reaction.  ;)  Harder to tell when I wasn't fully recovered from the chemo side effects before I started on Big I.  Comparatively--from what I can tell so far--the Big I should be no big deal.  :)

I hope to be feeling decent enough soon to be able to visit with the boys.  Been ages!  Would like to see them for Christmas so I'm glad to keep seeing small steps of progress.  Soon there will be a new year and I am hoping it will be a better year for us all.  

Was a good week.  I am able to focus enough to watch some new shows most days now.  Christmas cards are in progress.  My coffee tastes more normal.  I'm able to stay awake longer and am sleeping more at night than during the day this past several days.  Am able to stand and walk a bit longer.  Life is good!!

I am grateful for each positive and healing thought for myself and for dear Leah and McFamily.  Thank you all.  You're the best!

Till next week, my friends!  :) :)


DVArtist said...

Nice you have so much help. Hope you are feeling a bit better.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Good to hear you are doing a bit better! Hope everything settles down for you soon and you catch up on sleep! Sending good thoughts your way!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm delighted to read you are doing better. Even small steps are good news in my opinion. Annie looks like I feel. But I know she likes to nap, because she's a cat and that is what cats do.

Glad your journal/planner has been printed for next year. Leah truly is a godsend, isn't she. You are blessed, dear. Take care and continue to get stronger every day, please.

DJan said...

It's wonderful to hear that you are continuing to be on the mend. You are often in my thoughts, as well as my heart. Sending virtual pets to Annie and virtual hugs to you.

Deb said...

Hi Rita. I am so glad you had a good week and that things are looking up! I am still thinking of and praying for you. Have another good week,my friend! :-)

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am happy to hear that you are, overall, feeling much better. That's progress! As for USPS being slow, I think glacial would be the term. I have been waiting for a couple of books for nigh on a month now. My wife has an ETSY shop and it never ceases to amaze me how irate customers assume she has some authority over USPS!

Mary said...

So good to hear you are feeling better. Leah is a gem. Happy you have her in your life. Best of luck with the immunotherapy this week. Hopefully, you will be able to spend some time with the boys over Christmas. Best present ever. Take care. Sending good thoughts your way.

Anvilcloud said...

Leah must be an Excel magician.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Good to hear you're feeling better, Leah as always is amazing

Jon said...

I know that things are far "perfect", but I'm delighted that you are making steady progress, getting rest, and gaining strength. And you have a wonderful positive attitude, which is so important.

I love your Critter Cafe - and it really looks busy this year!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

As others have commented, Rita, progress is being made in your feeling somewhat better day-by-day. These seem like slow steps to be sure but reading this post is much more positive and that's great news for you and your fellow bloggers. I am sure that no one will be the least concerned if a card is late. For one thing, the delay can always be blamed on the USPS. The Critter Cafe is doing well with lots of visitors.

Jeanie said...

I am so glad you are picking up a little and feeling a bit better. A good week is a real blessing. Do take care, one day at a time. But a clean house and a good support system (Leah deserves a medal!) is so important!

Divers and Sundry said...

I'm happy to hear you're seeing improvements :) It'll make the season more festive.

Janie Junebug said...

I'm so glad you and Leah could chat and relax together. Your Christmas card will be in the mail tomorrow.


Edna B said...

I'm so glad to hear you so positive. Your cards will get to wherever whenever they're supposed to. No problem. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Serena Lewis said...

Looks like you're all set for 2022. Cool bullet!

I'm glad that the Immunotherapy is going well. Definitely progress. :)

Annie is adorable as always. I also spotted her watching you take the pic of your desk.

May your Christmas be happy and stress-free.

Love and hugs,
Serena x

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

You have such a wonderful support system! Annie looks so relaxed and content!