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Friday, September 26, 2014

Normal for Us

 “Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”
  ~Peggy Toney Horton

Almost the end of September, we've had a few cooler days but it's warmed up again.  Finally got some badly needed rain.  Gardens will be happy.  Not much left out there, a few tomatoes, some peppers and three baby watermelons left to harvest.

8th grade is going well.  Jenny's logic class is particularly fun and she makes me laugh while she studies.  Quote of the day yesterday, "ad hominem, red herring, you have to follow the rules people, or this is just a common quarrel!"

We went to King Richard's Faire last weekend with some friends, Rowan wasn't up to it, which made me sad, but Jenny got the tickets for her birthday and it wouldn't have been fair not to go.  It was fun and festive and a feast for the eyes.  I had always wanted to go and never made it.  The joust was a hoot, there were so many beautiful things in the artisan booths I would have killed to have.  We watched some pretty cool shows like a guy juggling fire standing on a ball.
 On the Lyme front, Rowan is battling hard, sensory issues are insane and she is in pain and in bed a lot of the time.  On the 6th week of 8 iv/orals protocol.  We go back to NYC to Dr. Raxlen October 7th.  She still has her sense of humor sometimes though. She dressed up her IV pole like a dementor from Harry Potter.

Jenna is responding to meds this time around, finally hitting her bartonella.  She maintains, as always, her unique sense of humor. 
Dad: Did you take your pills?
Jenna: Yep, they are destroying my liver as we speak

It was 2 years ago last week that we mourned the loss of my beautiful sister in law, Becky.
It doesn't seem as if it could possibly be that long ago.  Miss her still and always.
Our new kitty is a love, she is 8 and a complete cuddlebug.  She high 5's.  Also, she drools.
Arwen's eyesight and hearing are failing, she is getting old.  How can I tell?  She didn't even see it!
Knitting an adorable skirt for Jenny, reading Kim Harrison's Hollows series, enjoying it very much, on the very last book.   Waiting for a chance to watch the season premiere of Sleepy Hollow because it is one of the shows Mike loves too so I have to wait for him.  Still wanting to catch up on the new season of Dr. Who, but they want $6 for the first episode and I object.  Hoping very much to go back to Honeypot Hill Orchards in Stow soon, we had such a wonderful time last year.   October is almost here, my favorite time of year!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September, A Tad of Miscellany

 “What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing” ~ Willem Lange

  Our annual family camping trip to Washburn Island was nothing of the sort this year.  With no way to keep clean, let alone sterile, Rowan couldn't come out and Mike was working.   Jenna and I went out and she woke up sick in the morning so we came home. I then went out alone, just me and the dog for a few days then was joyfully reunited with Jenna for a week together.

 I really tried for relax, refresh, renew, but there was a lot going on at home and with family that I needed to take care of from afar and worried about a great deal.  Jenna did get some badly needed R&R with her dear friends and I was very glad for that.  Arwen got to sleep on Jenna's air mattress while she was gone, so she didn't get as gimpy as she has in years past.

  It wasn't the worst vacation I've ever had, but it just didn't feel right.  
  When we got home, Jenny had some tests done and went back on meds for Lyme and Bartonella, one of them is really hurting her stomach so I have ordered something called DGL supplement.  It is supposed to help coat her tummy before she takes her antibiotics, should be here in two days.  Between those, ginger chews and probiotics, hopefully we will be ok.

   Rowan is back on two weeks of iv after two on orals.  She had an ER trip the one night Mike was on the island with me.  Our dear housemate took her in at 11pm and they didn't get home until after 3am.  From that I needed to coordinate from the island, a follow-up with our primary as well as a follow up with a specialist to diagnose an "atypical ocular migraine".  Our beloved housemate took her to all the appointments, he is such a life-saver.

   Meanwhile, Jenna started 8th grade and turned 14.  We had a small family gathering wherein we all had a wonderful time together and a semi successful Skype visit from those who were away.

  Getting things ready in the house for fall.  Tidying, dusting, putting things away and such.  It always seems smaller, somehow, once the windows and doors are closed up.  The air is crisp and cool in the mornings and it is perfect sleeping weather.    

  Mike, at last, built a shelf addition to Jenna's desk for all her schoolwork.  It is perfect because she now has all her desk space back.  

Next step is to clean out the wood stove room from the mess that accumulates all summer and have that ready to go and borrow the splitter to get all the wood we have ready to burn.

Off to new adventures, King Richard's Fair and Honeypot Hill Orchards coming up!


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