Friday, January 8, 2016

One Week into the New Year

The New Year is already one week old!  That went by fast, didn't it?

Today, we had bright sunshine.  No rain, at all.

I went for my blood test in the morning.  Afterwards, I completed this week's work assignment and sent the completed work back to the office.  I'm glad I was able to get it all done before tomorrow's chemo session.  I do have additional work to do, next week, if I feel up to it, but, if not, I will take sick time off.

After I completed and sent off my finished work assignment, I put away yesterday's laundry and started taking down the Christmas decorations.  I took most of it down except for the Christmas Village.  I'll do that tomorrow, after the chemo.

I always wrap everything in bubble wrap or tissue paper and put back in boxes, before putting the boxes in the plastic storage totes.  Last year, when I packed up things, I had no doubt I'd be taking them out again, later in the year, to decorate for Christmas.  I had no idea that I'd be having cancer the next time I'd take them out.  Today, as I wrapped things and put them away, I wondered if this would be the last time.  Will I be well enough to take them out again, next Christmas?  Or will my daughter be the one to take them out, next time?  I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Daughter ran some errands for me, in the afternoon, and did the grocery shopping: bread, bananas, fresh raspberries, milk, eggs, juice and coconut water, 3 boxes of mac & cheese, a packet of cold cuts, some snacks for herself, soda, cat food, etc.  She also picked up some household items I needed:  kitchen sponges, boxes of facial tissues, a 2016 calendar, etc.  

Today, I am grateful for:

- A sunny day after two days of rain!
- Daughter running errands for me, cheerfully and willingly
- Full pantry cabinets
- Getting my work assignment completed in good time
- Daughter bringing me an ice cream cone on her return from running errands!  Butter pecan - my favorite!

How was your day?  Have you taken down the holiday decorations, yet?       


  1. Things sure can change, can't they? Your daughter sounds wonderful and helpful. I took down all my decorations last weekend.

    1. Jess, yes, things sure can change! Thanks, daughter has stepped up to the plate quite nicely, I think. She has gone now, to the pharmacy, to pick up the new antibiotics the doctor prescribed for me! Good job putting away the decorations! :)

  2. I have taken the decorations down and they are packed away.
    Bless, Was a sad thought, to think you or I, might not be well enough to decorate next Christmas. But, I know ,we never know, what the next year will bring. My prayers is for a full recovery for you, and you will be feeling the best for Christmas 2016. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Judy. Taking down the Christmas decorations always makes me feel a bit sad to begin with. But then, as you said, we really don't know what's in store for us as the days go by. All we can do is live in hope! Hopefully, there will be many more Christmases for us both to celebrate with our loved ones! :)

  3. So wonderful that daughter is helpful and cheerful, Bless! And so true that none of us knows what the future will bring ... A great motivation to live each day to its fullest and with purpose!

    1. Very true, Carolyn; we only have the here and now; I'm trying to be present in the moment and to appreciate each day.

  4. You and your daughter are a lovely team! Something I try to keep in mind is that none of us are promised tomorrow, so it is important that we appreciate the gift of today and stay focused on the blessings each day brings. I know that some days are difficult and it's hard when we cant see our way clearly ahead but I truly believe that God has a plan for each of us, and I can rest in knowing that He holds tomorrow. You are showing amazing strength while dealing with your health issues, Bless. I believe that you will get to the top of this mountain and find the restoration of your health. Remember, my friend, once you reach the top, we all have a date to go sliding to the bottom- Wheeeeee!!
    Hugs and Prayers to you, Bless! XOXO

    1. Thank you, Dawn, for your words of encouragement. The one thing I promised myself I won't do, when I got my diagnosis, was to ask, "Why me?" I know there is reason and a purpose for everything that happens. I might not know what it is when it is happening, or, even afterwards, but that's OK, too. I just strive to deal with each day's trials with grace. I don't always succeed, and often look back and think, "I could have handled that better", but then, I'm only human. I just resolve to try to do better the next time.

      Hope the slide downhill won't be too bumpy! :D


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