Friday, April 21, 2017

Conversations In Many Ways...

Yesterday was the most amazing wasn't special in any way...not an anniversary or a birthday or a festivus of any kind but it was special in the contacts I had with friends and family.

I talked to a friend who works with Den who has gone through what I am going through now. She is amazing and helpful and special and encouraging. Her faith helps me so much.

I talked to my sister because she knows it's Neulasta Day but we mostly talked about The Black Witch because I know how much she will love it and she is the one who introduced me to fantasy and now we both love it. Oh...and Harlequin is going to use part of my review to advertise the book!

I talked to my sister in law Kathy because we haven't talked in a while and she is funny and encouraging and she and my brother pray for me all of the time! We had the best chat about tons of things!

I talked to Nurses Debbie and Ronnie when I went to get my Neulasta Shot...they distract me so I don't feel the shot and help me with my hypochondriac worries!

I talked to Den because I always talk to him incessantly and he always listens or rather he listens most of the time. And he always asks me what hurts...

I talked to my kitties because they are totally interested in everything I say as long as it comes with soft petting.

And I talked to my blogger buddies...who always are encouraging and helpful even when they are probably really tired of my neediness...I am sorry but I love and need you all!


Finished was sooooo good!

Still reading this...sooooo good!

Reading this...sooooo good! Yep...another fantasy! is a rainy day...we don't have to go anywhere and we are going to watch Amazing Race and perhaps a movie. Den has to zip out for chicken for dinner but that's it. I feel good enough to cook and I am making my grandmother's One Pan Chicken. It's filled with carrots and potatoes and sweet's so good! Den loves it. The best part is what my dad always did...when everything is out of the pan you rub a piece of good bread in the pan's delicious! We fight for it! I let Den win!

Have an awesome weekend!

See you Monday with even more books!




Thursday, April 20, 2017

So...Yesterday...And Onward?

It didn't have the outcome I wanted but not really because of anything's all about charts and decreasing numbers and getting rid of these awful cancer cells. I have an amazing team of doctors and nurses. I started my first visit to Oncology by walking in Nurse Debbie knows everything about me. She can hear me talk from three booths over and has a response for every fear I have. We laugh and cry and hug now...I just didn't want to do a 7 and 8...I wanted a head of hair and eyelashes within a week and a Road to Recovery! I was even ready to release myself from my self imposed exile...hmmm...a tough one for me but instead I bought 3 new hats!

Wool hats are way too hot...I need light weight stretchy hats that I can pull down over my eyebrows...very gangsta chic!

This is the kind of hat I wear most...comfy, stays on, I even sleep in it...thank God for Amazon! A hat and lipstick is all I need to get ready lately...5 minutes max!

I love this book! Mary, you were so right! It is so clever and funny and reminds me of Be Frank With Me...another book I loved.
And this one? OMG...every bit as good as The Trophy have to know it is about a mother who might be just a bit too tied to her son and a deviously entertaining girlfriend!

Jelly Beans!

A dear friend sent me this and when I called to thank her we had a delightful conversation about jelly bellies and the way we ate them. At the time of our discussion we both liked certain flavors and we ate them one at a time. I have to say that this is no longer the case with me. We have this huge box on the dining room table sort of out of the way so we aren't tempted too much. But now as I walk by I sample all of them and some of them are two at a timers! They now all taste amazing to me! I can no longer tell the difference in flavors! Is that good or bad...I wonder!

Off soon to get my Nuelasta Shot...sigh!




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oh My!

We are still here at Big Chemo...I actually fell asleep in the midst of my Benedryl leg twitches. Den fell asleep because that's what he does. We wanted to take fruit and cheeses to the nurses today so he was up early fetching it. Now he is napping. I can't wait to go home, shower and fall into bed. I can barely keep my eyes open.


We are reading, watching TV and listening to music...waiting for all the meds to be infused. Again...I couldn't be more tired. Plus the oncologist wants me to have a treatment 7 and a treatment 8...I was hoping this wouldn't be the case but it is...if I do this it will help to insure that my body will be clear of all of the bad cells. So this is what I have to do. I did my share of crying and now I am ok with my new reality. As Den tells me up, Patty, it's time to man up.


reading is sad and joyful and witty and funny. I absolutely love it.

Reading this...

it is mysterious and clever and a bit sinister and crafty. I love it! Do moms of sons ever really like their sons girlfriends? I don't think so!


Off to wait out these bags and then hopefully go home soon!




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Varied Thoughts...

Finished this book and I am sad! I have spent so much time in this world that I feel a bit lost without many ways this book reminds me of Harry Potter and Deborah Harkness and her Discovery Of Witches. I loved this book. It was so much more than just a fantasy.

After a fantasy that is so compelling I need a totally different kind of book. I reached for this one and it's so good. It's warm, it's well written, it's clever, it's funny and it's sweetly sad. I love it.

Today...for some odd reason Den wants to mulch all of the beds on his own this year. He wants to feel close to dirt and soil. He wants to edge and dig and prep for planting stuff. I am going to watch from afar. I do not love mulch the way Den does.

Den's favorite truck is the mulch truck!

I am reviewing this book for Amazon and I love it!

It is filled with awesome veggie are just a few!

Pastas and sandwiches and soups and pizzas...all vegetables!

I feel so good today! I want to hold onto this because tomorrow is Big Chemo Day and my cycle of aches, pains, sore joints, sore muscles, fatigue and a metallic taste with all foods will start all over again. Three more weeks of this before I know my fate...sigh! Blood tests and pick lines and showering with a plastic sleeve over my arm...I am at my most pitiful and pathetic today...before it all starts again. I can do this...I think maybe I just need some sympathy..

I don't usually reach out very much...probably just to my sister but sometimes I probably need to. I might be at the end of my self imposed exile...

Thanks for listening...




Monday, April 17, 2017

It's All About Books!

New books from last week!

Actually a collage of new books from last week!

These are all ebooks from NetGalley and Edelweiss! Reading on my Kindle remains my favorite way to read...I think because I can take my entire library anywhere that I go.

All descriptions are from Amazon.

The Spring Cleaning Murders...Dust mops are deadly in this “irresistible” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “wickedly witty” (Chicago Sun-Times) cozy mystery featuring the beloved Ellie Haskell—the signature heroine of Agatha Award nominee Dorothy Cannell.

Orphan Island..."A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

For readers who loved Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.

Best Day Ever...In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

Unraveling Oliver...In this “compelling, clever, and dark” (Heat magazine) thriller, a man’s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community—and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page. This work of psychological suspense, a #1 bestseller in Ireland, is perfect for fans of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Ware.

The Girlfriend...A chilling domestic thriller, The Girlfriend brilliantly renders the relationships between a fiercely protective mother, a charming son, and the young woman who will stop at nothing to come between them. This book isn't out until 2018! The description was on Edelweiss and it was the only one I could find!

How To Behave In A Crowd...An absorbing, darkly comedic novel that brilliantly evokes the confusions of adolescence and marks the arrival of an extraordinary young talent.

The Little French Bistro...From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.

How will I read them all? I just plan to read nonstop! Read, review and read another! That's my plan!