This, by the way, is my faculty/staff ID for this school year. I rarely like photos of myself, but this one I can live with.
Since my return from Nevada more than a week ago, I have had very little spare personal time. On Saturday last week, I did finally catch up on household duties--and Monday, glorious Monday, I was able to spend several hours on my art class projects before I took my art class. But, now I'm in the middle of the work week and have night time commitments as well. I just published several comments and thanks to all of you who have taken the time to comment, particularly because I've been a pretty poor blogging mamma. Because I use the computer so much at work, I have been loathe to even turn the darned thing on at home these past days.
Here are a few things going on for me and mine:
- Cookie went routinely to the vet on Monday and Dr. Steve did a blood chem panel. Her liver counts have skyrocketed which signals that the Cushings is getting out of hand but the liver is greatly enlarged which might be cancer. Much as I hate to try the trilostane for the third time, we're going to start tonight in a reduced dosage. I'd long to prolong her life as long as I can, but I also want to make sure she has good life quality which she is enjoying at the moment.
- I am having hardwood installed throughout my bottom floor and this is a week of interior chaos, to say the least. My kitchen is unavailable and I'm bringing take-out food in and feeding Cookie out of the laundry room. It's beginning to look so beautiful though. This is a luxury for me, to say the least, but I keep telling myself that I can't take it with me so why don't I enjoy some of the fruits of my labor now? It's all about me! I'm just so naturally frugal.
- My paid work at school as archivist has shifted slightly for a time as I am helping out in the Communications Department, which is where I worked for 14 of my 18 years. I love the writing and photography and when I'm doing that work, time speeds by. My archive work is piling up, however, and as archivist, I'll be playing a role in our year-long celebration of the school's 75th anniversary. My friends and sisters don't understand how much I love to work, however, when I could be vegging more. I'm not a vegger by nature and hope to work for money (and volunteering) as long as I am able.
- My sister Betty in Washington has lung cancer surgery on Oct. 8 with chemo and radiation to follow. How I wish I were closer as she seems to go to endless consultations and tests as the treatment course nears. My sister Virginia in Nevada is ill again, too. I understand this is how the supposed "golden years" seem to go, but I feel so sad that I am not with them more often and that I can't fix them, good co-dependent that I am. And who among us doesn't project how our own aging process will (or won't) go?
- I am thoroughly enjoying the art class I'm taking on Monday nights and my first meeting of the 36 week Education for Ministry class was a very pleasant surprise. I'm looking forward to the study year.
- I am also beginning to lighten my personal commitments and groups I belong to. Now 72, though I am known as an Energizer Bunny for my age, I know I need to make more personal time for myself.
- My grandson Fritz turned five on Monday and all grandkids 1 to 22 are doing great.
So, that's a synopsis of Redondowriter and Cookie. Last night all of the beaches on the California coast were closed early in case of the possible rough surf as an aftermath of yesterday's earthquake in American Samoa. I took the inland route early to work this morning and didn't see if the tide was high or the oceans rough. Have any of you Pacific Coast folks noticed rough surf today?