Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Update and unbiased awesome self shot photo's....

Mother in law is back home and ready to start the targeted radiation on the brain lesions on Friday (if all goes well with scheduling). She is just about back to normal, but that will only last so long without the radiation. As with all things in life, we have no idea how much quality time this will provide, but there are already talks of Hawaii and other things she has wanted to do but put off.
6 months, 1 year, 10 years... nobody knows so as with all things, we can only do the best in the time we are given. Last night was only the second time we were both home, sleeping in the same bed, in 2+ weeks.

Thanks again for all the well wishes and prayers. I consider you all blogging friends and it does mean something when you post your thoughts.

In the meantime we did get away as I mentioned in a previous post for some cabin time. This included riding ATV's in the freezing cold and some scenery hunting. It was an easy hunt, I could take photo's all day of the area.
The difference between the two homesteads is amazing, the city one has almost all the leaves on the tree's still, most of the green. The cabin will have no leaves in another week and I've had the fireplace cranked up when we are hanging out there.

I've been focusing on adding to our preps and getting ready for winter. Black Friday sales will be here soon, I tend to do a large purchase of long term supplies during those sales (online only, not doing retail mob riots). We still  have several hundred tomatoes on the vine, ripe ones are getting snacked on, green ones are awaiting salsa making. The weather shows about 2 more weeks before frost, so that's more taco toppings, salad fixings, etc. while we wait.

Here are some pictures out of the dozens and dozens. I'm going to get some printed and framed for the cabin, the walls are bare. I hope you have a good monitor, they look amazing on my iMac.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

From better to bad to worse to wtf?

They say in Colorado if you want the diagnosis about a loved one to change, just wait 12 hours..

Something like that?

The issues moth run law is going through after the hysterectomy aren't related to the procedure. They finally did a cat scan and found lesions and tumors in her brain. Inoperable of course, since why would we have anything easy in our lives.

Some steroids reduced the swelling, so she is almost back to normal and able to make decisions for herself so the family doesn't have to. If all remains stable they will start targeted radiation and hopefully put the cancer into remission for 6 months, a year, or who knows. She is able to eat and drink for the first time in almost a month, so that's refreshing, nobody likes living on an I.V.

The drama level is low for once, and if it wasn't for my allergies exploding I would actually have gotten some sleep. I have a bunch of fall and winter pictures to get off the camera and post, it was a beautiful weekend at the cabin until we had to bail out to the hospital again. It was a good anniversary and ATV riding day with friends (in a blizzard, with nasty wind and windchill).

Remember, if it's not exciting it wouldn't be in my life.

Rock is feeling a little left out so we are giving him walks, hikes and peanut butter spoons.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy 19th!

Thanks for keeping me around for an amazing 19 years. We've been together for almost 1/2 of our lives. Here is looking forward to more epic adventures, heartaches and dog loss sobbing.


 Like a small grove of aspens, we are often just 'there' for each other, but at times we really do shine.

Almost "normal" and some photo's.

So, it's been a busy couple of weeks but things have settled a bit. I feel almost back to normal, so I should be back around updating and reading again. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers, positive energy does help.

Mother in law should be out of the hospital on Monday, she is finally recovering well after a nightmare in a "recovery center" so she was readmitted and will soon be right as rain. Once she is fully recovered, it's time to tackle what ended up being stage 1 category 3a cancer (can't remember cancer of what).
The surgeon said she is the healthiest 76 year old he has ever seen, so she does have that going for her. We are expecting everything to be fine.

Wednesday was my Birthday so I got up early, 02:30, and drove up a rocky mountain road to watch the lunar eclipse. I'm a believer of spending quality time alone sometimes, and this was a great experience. Standing in the snow, watching the moon slowly vanish while listening to the water rush down the creek.
The original plan was to do a hike, but now that I'm 42 I made a wiser decision and cancelled the headlamp mountain side scramble. I suppose older is wiser.... sometimes. Here are some photo's from around the cabin from the last few weeks.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Work and the hospital, a small update.

Things are crazy. Work is in maximum overdrive with record month after record month. The plus side is larger paychecks and seeing 25% increases in month and year to date numbers.
The downside is less time together at home (working for the same company with different hours) and of course when you have big growth, small growth doesn't seem as exciting to the boss.

and then....

Mother in law had surgery last night to remove a large tumor. The tumor was causing her ovary to twist and put her in serious pain and mess with blood flow to the point of passing out a lot. It started slow a few weeks ago and rapidly escalated.
We don't know if it's cancerous yet, that will take a week or so, but the operation went smooth and everything around the tumor was healthy.

Time will tell on everything, but it has thrown a wrench into our normal very stable and smooth lives. When it's the caregiver who gets sick, it's very scary. Father in law is doing ok, but when you have a set role in the house, these sort of things cause havoc on the smallest levels. We don't think he knows how to do laundry, as an example, so it's a fine balance of patience and understanding.

I'll try to hammer out a real update on the homestead, the cabin, etc. as we have been busy. No guarantees as to when. In the meantime, here is a picture of Rock after we got home from a work trip to Vegas. He couldn't find a toy fast enough, so he found a "stick".

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend photo's

The iPhone takes a good photo but it's nothing compared to a real camera that you have to look through an eyepiece to see what you are shooting. I've left mine in town long enough and after a reminder text, it made it's way down on Sunday along with our friends who just purchased a side-by-side Razr ATV.

The riding was great, the company was awesome. What could top that but some great photo's from Sunday evening and Monday morning.

This boy was about 75 feet from the front door this morning.

No clouds but still an amazing sunrise.

Projects and pickles!

We are spending over half of our time at the cabin, it's just so damn peaceful and calming. I headed down on Friday night with a car load of supplies for projects we wanted to get done. Nothing over the top, no construction, just little things that needed attention.

The weather was cool, actually almost cold. I headed out at 8:15 for some star gazing and wore one of my winter jackets. The wind was blowing moist and I would be out in the elements and for once I decided to dress appropriately. The stars were, as usual, amazing. In Colorado Springs we have a lot of stars but until we started getting away we didn't realize how "ugly" it is at night.

I got up at my usual 6AM on Saturday and started the day by trying to make a tincture for my dill pickle spears. Turmeric and hot water was my choice, I was trying to get the spears to look "not so pale". It worked a little, I simply didn't have a large enough container to stir it up effectively every 5 minutes. Cucumber and zucchini spears.
 Inside the cabin it was 59 degrees and I was worried about the jars cooling down before I dropped them into the hot water canner. I decided to measure everything out to keep the process fast: dill seed, dill weed, mustard seed, garlic.
 3 cheers for pickle spears. I wanted regular pickles, but my choice of cucumbers for the garden once again gave me short fat cucumbers.

I did all kinds of other small projects and then decided to work on myself a little bit and enjoy a bike ride. The wind decided to mess with my plans and I didn't enjoy it so much, the huge headwind put my record time 15 minutes out of reach on my 111 mile route but it was incredible workout.
 After my date with a foam roller and some stretching, I moved onto grapes. They were on sale, for silly cheap, so I decided to go ahead and can them. If you have never washed a lot of grapes you have no idea just how dirty they are.
 A very light syrup was made and into the canner they went.
 Dinner time; sliced potato with olive oil, garlic powder, yellow curry powder and rosemary.
 Amish neighbor dog paid a visit and came inside. She is 17 years old according to her owners and I did have the storm door open so I didn't mind. She was exhausted for some reason and didn't even beg while I was eating. A few hours later she headed out again.
I redid my get home bag and dropped some weight out of it. Technology is amazing in how the weight of technical clothing can reduce your overall load. I then took it out for a hike to star gaze, and while it still has some weight (about 43 pounds) it was very comfortable.

I have more photo's but I'll make a new post.