Friday, October 4, 2019

Unplanned bundles of joy

Not every pregnancy is planned. I had a metal gazebo worthy of standing up to sixty miles an hour wind, but it was no match for two wayward dacshunds bound to be together.  We only saw them together once and it was late in her cycle so it was possible that things didn't take. But love conquers all .. and gives us little bundles of joy. Allow me to introduce Sundown aka Sunny
And he was followed by the lovely Dawn
Next to join the family was a wee mighty one and we call him midnight
Then came Dan the black and tan
Dixie is busy being a wonderful mother and loves them with every ounce of her being.  I know how she feels.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The "C" word

It's weird how one word can turn your world upside down. Dwight and I have deliberately not discussed cancer until we were forced to face the monster head on. Dwight's mom lost a long hard battle to cancer and those memories are best left in the past.
For months, I counted down the days for our vacation. It was supposed to be a relaxing trip to the most beautiful beach in the world, but a nasty Hurricane hit and we thought it foolish to drive into stormy weather. We decided to go northwest instead of southeast.  It made sense at the time. Repacked everything.  Made motel arrangements because tent camping was closed due to increased bear activity.   Game on. Pulling out of the driveway,  we got a call from the doctor.  Dwight has colon cancer.
I think I was in shock for the next couple of hours. The plan was to stop when I got sleepy, but too much to think about and I drove through the night. Dwight was up early so he got to drive. We went on like this for a while. Not really talking, just digesting the word cancer. We had an amazing trip. Dwight said the word cancer outloud and we decided on an aggressive form of treatment.
We got back and met with the doctor to schedule surgery as soon as possible.  Then immediately started setting up time off from work. Every thing just happened so fast. There was very little time to talk about what was happening or how scared I was or how worried he was. Lots of praying and running outside so he wouldn't see me lose my composure.  We both said a prayer that he wouldn't have the room in which his mom died.
Surgery was longer than expected.  Much longer. As I sat in the waiting room,  I could imagine the worst. He ended up taking two feet of colon, eleven or twelve inches of small intestine and his appendix.
So now we begin another waiting game. Waiting on biopsy results.  Waiting on the healing. Praying that the worst is over.
Sometimes you need to look for the good in bad situations.  Dwight and I have been reminded of how truly loved we are. So many people have reached out to us. He and I say the words "I Love you" pretty regularly,  but now we make sure that there's eye contact and lots of feeling. Nothing taken for granted.  Hugs last longer.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tuesday Day six

Rained most of the day, but we were prepared.  Had a nice hot breakfast at Glacier  Cafe. Their coffee was pefect. Then we headed to Fisher Cap lake. We saw a moose then hiked a mile and then vack to the lake to take more pictures of the moose.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Day five

Rained all day long. We ate at the cafe in Babb. Drove to the Canadian border. We saw free range cows, buffalo, big horned sheep. Ate dinner at Twin Sisters.  Had a great buffalo burger and huckleberry pie.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Day Four

Left Conrad and entered the west side of Glacier park. Visited McDonald and Cascade Falls. Then went on to do Avalanche  Lake hike and Trail of the Cedars.(pictured below). There was a lady playing  an Indian flute on the trail. Evening found
us checking into Hooks Hidewayand eating steak at the Cattle Baron's Steakhouse.
This is me by Avalanche creek. We were exhausted when we finally stopped moving. All of us.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Vacation Day Three

Today started out beautiful with a good brakfast and a full night's rest only to break down an hour later. Six hours to repair a serpentine belt. But then we made good time. We saw black tail and mule deer and crossed into Montana. The sky country is beautiful.  Bear spray bought and ready if necessary.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Vacation day two

Traveled all night in the car because I couldn't sleep. Too much to think about. The word cancer has been said and we're talking a plan of action.
First stop this morning was the Badlands. Chris found it just as captivating as we did so it was a great stop.
Then it was on to Mount Rushmore.  We stopped and got a buffalo burger in Keystone. It was a amazing. The stop at Rushmore was quick and painless, but a great experience.
Then it was on to Devil's Tower. A special place to me and the Indians that have roots here. They tie prayer cloths around the Tower. Legend has it that the wind carries those prayers up to the Great Spirit. I sent my own prayers up for my favorite Cherokee descendant.