Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Boise, Idaho

We flew out to Boise for Christmas. My cousin and his family flew over from WA. I have one cousin who lives six hours away who couldn't come home, and my brother wasn't here, other wise it was all of us. My sis and my niece had an adventure getting here. We had a nice Christmas. It was nice seeing people I haven't seen in six years, and meeting cousins I have never met. My cousin from WA and his wife, I haven't seen in 23 years.

On Christmas afternoon, my aunt went to the hospital because her hip came out of the socket and she went down onto the floor. It has been put back in.

They opened gifts on Christmas and again on Monday.

Woke up to snow on the ground yesterday. I will get the chance to shoot a gun for the first time this week. Going to see a movie this afternoon. We are hoping to go over to Boise State University to see the blue field. It has been a good week.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December Port Flush

After three months, of my port not returning blood, it decided to return blood Tuesday afternoon. I had no pop during the day, and I sat as straight as possible. Will see what happens on January 3 when I go in for a port flush and blood work.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Christmas Alphabet

A is for Animals who shared the stable.
B is for the Babe in the manger cradle.
C is for the Carols so blithe and so gay.
D for December, the twenty-fifth day.
E for the Eve when we're all so excited.
F for the Fun when the trees at last lighted.
Gfor the Goose, so round and so fat.
Hfor the Holly you stick in your hat.
I for the Ivy that clings to the wall.
J is for Jesus, the cause of it all.
Kfor the Kindness begot by this feast.
Lis the Light shining way in the east.
M for the Mistletoe, all green and white.
N for the Noels we sing Christmas night.
O for the Oxen, the first to adore Him.
P for the Presents Wise Men laid before Him.
Q for the quaking of shepherds in fear, when the bright angels brought them the words of good cheer.
R for the Reindeer leaping the roofs.
S for the Stockings that Santa Claus stuffs.
T for the Toys, the Tinsel, the Tree.
U is for Us-the whole family.
V is for Visitors bringing us cheer.
W is Welcome to the happy New Year.
XYZ bother me! All I can say, this is the end of my Christmas.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Beautiful Wedding

Saturday afternoon, I went to a beautiful, Christ-centered wedding. I've known the bride since she was a toddler. Our families have been friends for years. Her parents and my parents are very close friends. They even went to Hawaii together almost 17 years ago, during that time, my sister watched their kids. This friend is the youngest of her siblings.

The solo sung was "Turn your eyes up on Jesus", and another song sung, was "Tis, so Sweet to trust in Jesus". When the bride and groom exchanged rings, they each quoted the verse from Ruth 1, about going where you go, your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. That is the verse that Ruth said to Naomi.

The reception was fun and enjoyable.

The new couple was set up by friends in the late spring. They got to know one another via emails, letters, and phone calls, met in June at a wedding, and the rest was history. I wish them well.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Port Check #2

I had a port check this afternoon. It was scheduled for 1 pm. I got to the hospital a little after 12:30 pm. I went up to Special Services and signed in. I was called about around 1:45 pm. I stood up while the nurse accessed my port, still no blood return. Had the x-ray, then had the full dose of the clot buster drug. There is a very slight chance I will get blood return in two weeks, when I go get my port flushed.

Talked to the doctor on duty there, and we talked about having my port replaced next year. If I do not get blood return in two weeks, will have my oncologist office call and have it scheduled for in January. Will see if they can do it on MLK day, no school that day. Would like to try not to take a day off if I can.

That means on January 3, there is a very good chance that my veins will be accessed to have have blood drawn that morning. Not looking forward to it at all. My veins are very hard to access.

Something for Joey

"Something for Joey" is one of my all time favorite books. It is a biography and a tear jerker. Be prepared to cry at the end of the book. I knew what was going to happen, and still did. I found this book at the public library when I was in college. I haven't read it since I was in college. First this story was made into a tv movie, then it was made into a book.

Together, they won college football's highest award. This is a true, memorable, compassionate story of courage and love between two brothers. In 1973, while John Cappelletti was winning the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player in America, his younger brother Joey was suffering from leukemia. But John, now a running back for the Los Angeles Rams, had a very special medicine fro Joey. It was called touchdowns. and John scored them in bunches because they were "Something for Joey." The story of the Cappelletti family is a story of courage you will never forget.

This book was written in 1977.