Monday, December 8, 2008

Daybook Entry for December 8, 2008


FOR TODAY (December 8, 2008)...

Outside My Window It's COLD for Florida!!!!! There's a breeze blowing, the big, brown Sycamore leaves are chasing each other across the driveway. The sun is shining brightly, and the birds are scratching under the bird feeder for whatever might be left for them.

I am thinking. . . LOTS of thoughts. The past few days were hard ones after Chemo #6 on Wednesday. It's so easy to feel sorry for yourself when you go through this, but I realized Wednesday that there are so many others that go through so much more with little or no results. I've had a very strong dose, it's done it's job, so I'll take the side affects this last time and get through it.

I am thankful for A million things. But the most simple thing I'm thankful for is Carnation Insant Breakfast Drink. It's the only thing I seem to be able to swallow and keep down right now.

From the kitchen... Nothing! I can't even stand the smell of stuff cooking. Patsy is on her own for a few more days.

I am wearing... A snuggly, knit nightgown, warm bathrobe, a HAT!!!!

I am creating... Nothing. But I saw some great ideas on a craft segment of the news today for a window dressing for Christmas. Pine garland at the top of the window, wide ribbon coming down the two sides to about the middle of the window, a branch tied to the ribbon (picture a swing here!), some cardinals on the branch, and snowflakes hanging from the pine garland. It was just beautiful and so simple to do.

I am going... To the post office to mail packages, if I can make it. Otherwise, my sister will do it for me.

I am reading... Nothing right now.

I am hoping... For a great report on Thursday when I go back to the Dr. Also hoping that surgery is stalled until after the holidays. I'm not up to it.

I am hearing... The hum of the computer mixed with the hum of the heater blowing. There's a wren outside my window chirping away!!!! Is he happy or begging for seed?????

Around the house... Wash is piling up. And I must do something about "stuff." Way too much stuff around!!!!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week. . .Nothing except getting my strength back before Thursday's Dr. visit and catching up on friends' blogs, etc. So sorry I haven't been to each of your blogs lately. It's just been so hard!

Here is picture thought I am sharing. . .

When we were children, one of the most exciting days of the year was when we celebrated the Dutch Christmas with Sintra Clas, Swarta Pete, etc. My uncle had the whole costume, and it was enough to scare any child into nightmares, believe me. But we would sit on his lap, receive a present, and we always put our shoes outside the door and hope we did not receive a piece of coal in the morning. It was always an orange or something like that. The memories are sweet for me. The Dutch traditions were important to my family, even though they wanted each one of us to be as "American" as we could be. I wish I had learned more from my Mother and Grandmother. They didn't know how rich they were with wisdom, abilities, talents --- all of which I wish I had now.


I'm so glad to be able to participate with the others in this Notebook entry. You can visit The Simple Woman's blog


Toby Parsons said...

I love your old family photos and stories Cora.

I'm going to earnestly pray you through today. Peace and strength.

Blessings. :)

SweetAnnee said...

Hi my friend
I'm praying for you.. Glad your
chemo is done
and maybe can wait
a bit..

I have it on 12.12 last year.
Christmas was still joyous
even if I had to wear pj's to the
God didn't care nor did my family.

much love, prayers and strength

Ruthie said...

Still keeping you in my prayers.
Glad your last chemo is over and praying it has done it's work.

Lainie said...

Oh I wish I lived near you I would love to do your laundry. I love doing laundry--some kind of strange disorder that runs in my family.

It's even my favorite smell.

I'm glad your last treatment is over and I am praying for your strength this week.

Here's a {gentle hug}

Paula said...

I love your picture...hope you are feeling better soon

Linda said...

Cora, I hope that each day is easier than the next and you get some strenght back to carry you through Christmas and beyond to whenever your surgery is scheduled. Keeping you in my prayers.

Kath said...

Hi Cora.

I hope ya get to feeling better soon...I haven't been "visiting" for long, but I have ya on my 'prayer list', I pray that all goes well for ya from here on out. I'm happy this is your last treatment!

I love that family pic! :)

Where are you in FL? My mom and dad live in Ft. Myers!

Enjoy your day, Cora!

holiday hugs-

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

I'm so happy your finished with chemo!
I pray for you soooo often, and will especially this next week.
Keep warm!!!...
Love ya !!

Julie said...

So glad your chemo is finished. I loved the photo---what a fun tradition that would have been. Take care-----Julie

Wanita said...

Hi Cora,

So glad to hear that you've had the last chemo treatment. I pray that you you'll get your strength back quickly and that you'll get a good report from the dr.


Char5 said...

Cora, I am glad that your Chemo is finished. You are in my prayers daily and I hope that your recovery will be a complete one. I will remember to pray that your surgery can wait until after Christmas. I am so glad that your sweet sister is there to help you.

Hugs from WV,

PianoPlayer said...

Is Jur third from the left? You, with eyes closed? Sweet picture.

Beverly said...

Cora, I love your blog, to read of what you are going through and the strength you have shown is just amazing. I have the Uber Amazing Blog Award for you, please stop by my blog and pick it up. You are a blessing to many people!
Hugs, Bev

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Hello Cora, I too am glad you have that Chemo behind you now..Wanted you to know that I again requested prayers for you at church Sunday. In the Heart of Texas...Sure hope you feeling lots better today. And your house chores become easier for you to do or that God sends someone to do them for you...
Be safe in Jesus is my prayer for you...I believe in your healing! I will hold up that shield of Faith for you...
Big Hugs and Love to you!

Jennifer said...

Hey Cora! I'm so glad that you stopped by today. I know that it wasn't by chance and I am thrilled to have another beautiful flower in my gorgous bouquet. One can never have too many beautiful flowers to behold...All of God's beauty!

I am sorry to hear that you are undergoing chemo and I will be praying for you. We will be expecting a good report on Thursday.

Awwwww...Florida...I would love to live of my most favorite places to visit.

God bless you! Stop by as often as you like...everyone is ALWAYS welcome at my "place".


My*Prim*Cottage said...

Cora, I was reading your post, the part about the instant breakfast, and I wanted to tell you that there is another drink called Boost. It was my Dad's favorite thing to have when he was going through chemo. Just thought this might help. Praying for you. ~Beth~

Renna said...

I'm so happy for you, Cora, that you're through the chemo treatments. I enjoyed reading your daybook. Which child are you in the picture?

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Good Morning Cora,

Sending prayers and warm thoughts of you this morning. I love the old photo, my Dad was Dutch and Mom was German, you've put a huge smile on my face.

Blessings and hugs,
Kathi :)

Toby Parsons said...

Good morning Cora. :)

Praying you through another day. :)

Many blessings to you.

Shanita Waters said...

Hi... this is my first time here. I am praying and beleiving God for complete healing. I really enjoyed your post and how I could feel your personality through your writing. Keep your joy! I will try to come back to visit you again real soon and will be sure to keep your appt. in prayer.

Isaiah 53:5


Pam said...

What a precious picture.
I do hope that you are feeling a bit better. I think of you so often and keep you in my prayers.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

It's always nice to read your daybook, Cora, and know how you're doing. Praying this week passes quickly for you and the the reports is even more positive than the last.

Love the photo you shared.

Big hugs,

Toby Parsons said...

I hope you had a good report from the doctor yesterday Cora.

Praying you through another day.

Hey, your sister visited my blog! It was very nice to meet her!!! :)

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Dear Cora, I never get a chance to go on line anymore, (working so much leaves me no time) I often think of you. So glad it is your finally treatment. My husband had 6 treatments and he has been cancer free for 5 years. God has great things in store for you, hold your faith, think of nothing but good things, and be assured He will strengthen you. Love Ya Rose

ByLightOfMoon said...

You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I love watching the birds also and Emma chases the leaves too! Blessings that you made it thru that awful chemo and now you can focus on getting your strength back. Just take it easy and let it happen. Save that hat forever to know where your were and how far you have come. Do you have a flower pinned to it? Wear it proudly!

I so enjoy reading your day book entries, they are always relaxing and I feel so for your strength BUT it will come back for you!
Let others help. They want too. I also wish I lived close to you to do errands for you. and just come sit with you. Your photo is awesome of your family. I agree with you about wishing I had more information on my family also.

Blessings to you this Saturday! smiles, cyndi

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

Hi Sweetie! It's been a while since I've visited. I am praying for you and so glad that you're done with the chemo! I hope that you're feeling better by now and can eat a little something. Have a very Merry Christmas!