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Hi Group! Will set up the May Discussion Forum as soon as I sign off on this note. My husband made it through another chemo. session -- didn't have the Keytruda this time and he needs to see if his liver is tolerating the other chemotherapy drugs. He will have a repeat CT Scan after next week's session. So many people getting chemotherapy in our area these days -- all ages and types of cancers. My husband had a young guy next to him this time who is a golfer, so they chatted during their infusions and I left to run some errands. Whenever I try to be gone for more than about an hour, something happens (like having him fall or not being able to find something he needs). Trying to get my tooth fixed again tomorrow -- our son is taking some time off from work to be with his father. Our very nice neighbor came over last evening and used an electric saw to cut up the downed fig tree in our back yard that fell during a heavy rainstorm. Hopefully our son can get some of the limbs and tree trunk pieces down to a burn pile that the neighbors keep for yard waste. Allergy levels still very high around here and temps are almost to 90 degrees. Take care...

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4/29/19 12:11 A

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Bud's yelled and squealed at me when I returned from the Beach Retreat this evening. I did get him out for a walk in the sunshine before dark and he forgave me quite quickly for abandoning him the three days. Wonderful group of people and the weather was perfect. Loved the rustic house. It is a four bedroom log house built around 1900. Beautiful workmanship. Then we ate at Camp 18 which is another log lodge that is pretty fabulous. www.camp18restaurant.com/

Here is a link to Colony House, the Writers Retreat: New furniture and other upgrades since these photos were taken. Rustic and comfortable and clean.
www.lorillake.com/colonyhouse.html

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4/28/19 3:17 P

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Hi Group! Haven't posted for awhile. When you have to do full-time caregiving, there doesn't seem to be much "free time". Had our granddaughter for 2 days of her spring break, which was nice, but also have to keep her busy or she just watches television and does video games. Since I last wrote, my husband has made it through another round of chemotherapy, with the addition of a medication that is supposed to boost his immune system. It made him much more sick and weak than just the IV chemo. agents he was getting over a 3-4 hour period. He starts back on the treatments this Tuesday. Meanwhile, a filling in a molar tooth of mine fell out and I have been trying to get that fixed. Very difficult in our little town to get any care that isn't already scheduled. We have a new dentist, but he only works two days a week here. Will try again this coming Thursday morning. Our son will take some time off from work to be with his father. Weather has been warm and windy. We need more rain, but it is nice not to have to be splashing around in that when I do get a few times out for basic grocery shopping and trips to the post office. Easter came and went -- did fix a basket for the granddaughter and had some gifts mailed to the grandchildren that are far away. Today is the California son's Orthodox Easter. It is very involved with fasting and holy days, etc. Our dog is still limping from his joint problems -- he get about a 1/4 mile walk down to the field near our house. New neighbors in the area don't like him walking near their yard because they don't want their dogs barking or wanting to see him. Usually we would be at the desert house and walking long distances on the desert every day (sometimes with a neighbor). Hope all your new situations are getting settled and adjustments are being made for climate changes, etc. Neighbors across from us are moving soon -- a younger family is moving in during May. Will miss the people who are leaving -- they have been there for 13 years. Almost time for a new month -- will try to get the site set up in time and watch for your "chats".

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4/21/19 8:35 P

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Nice job Mutt and Mary Alice! I am lucky to get in a mile combined walks. Between my back, the fatigue and the flu and recently work, it has been minimal. I have been paying GD to walk poor Buds. He still likes to get out.

I have put taxes off till the last minute too when I was working as a teacher. Mostly too embarrassed to take it in so kept procrastinating. Much easier to stay on top of these things since I retired.

However, I just registered my car a month late. The only reason I knew about it is because, I cleaned everything out of the car for the detailing on Thursday and was going through the stuff in the dash compartment. That was when I noticed my registration was out of date. Hunted all afternoon for the original document to renew. Found it and discovered I could do it online, so all is good again.

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4/18/19 4:32 P

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Cathy, before I retired I worked for a tax accountant and I did my taxes Monday morning. What with moving and all that goes along with setting up a new house. I kept thinking I'll get to them later of would just totally forget about them for a week. Then soddenly there was no later.


I wondered how Mutt would take the move. He is getting up in years and shows it. Not just his white face, but moving slow and arthritis in his paw, maybe why he moves slow. But he had gone from wanting a 3 mile walk at a 17 min mile speed twice a day to a 1/2 mile walk at a 30 min mile speed sometimes only once a day. Well even with these hills, something you don't have in SE Texas, he is doing a mile twice a day. Still a 30 min mile but a full mile twice a day.

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4/18/19 4:19 P

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Been trying to stay sugar free since last post. It helps with pain, vision and brain function. Daughter is all moved and happy. I had two well days and then caught the respiratory flu and was down again for for a few days. Got well in time to walk part of the 5K Color The Coast for Autism walk. Met up with friends and their GKs and brought my own. The kids mostly stayed in the pool the whole trip. They were good as gold and seemed quite happy to be traveling with Gma. Monday I worked all day for last day of tax season. We had people coming in at 2pm wanting their taxes done. It wasn't a crush, but just interesting why all the reasons for waiting to the last minute. Swam today. I managed to swim free style the whole length even being post sick. That surprised me. Usually, I run out of breath at the rock climber and suck water, splutter and side stroke the rest of the way. It has been about three weeks since I went last. I now have that happy post swim glow going on.

Plans for today include mowing the front yard, getting more terro for the ants, and making a list for the retreat. I also need to plan a presentation for my TOPS group for Monday.

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4/13/19 2:55 P

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Hi Group! Looks like some changes in locale and more trips for the team! My husband and I love Arkansas and wish that we had taken a transfer there -- when we drove through the town of Russelville, Arkansas the first time, we regretted not doing more research before deciding on South Carolina. There are lots of storms in the state, however, and we have seen damage through our years of driving back and forth through the area. Our dog is still having problems with his legs -- the new veterinarian says it is a "grass allergy", but I am sure it is his arthritis because I have done research on his behavior each spring when it gets warm, then cold, then wet. I am using topical arthritic medicines and wrap his legs so he doesn't keep licking them all the time. Only get him walked once a day -- just have too much to do now that my husband is so sick. He did get through his 3rd chemotherapy treatment, but his blood pressure is low. He fell two days ago trying to plug in his laptop to charge it. I do need to hire some help because my dental and doctor appointments are being put aside -- need to have my eyes tested and a filling of a molar replaced. Always some new problem around here that my husband used to take care of -- the multitude of squirrels this year is causing damage to the roof (they like to remove parts of it to make their nests and "bury" their food). Our hired helper who cleared out the gutters and removed storm drains that they had damaged has not come back to help with the latest damage. We have had too much rain for the yard crew to do the lawn and it looks awful. My husband used to take care of all of that. His sister and spouse stayed a few days, but mostly just toured the area. They are on a road trip and had not seen much of the sights around here when they came a couple of years ago. They stayed in their vehicle and did their own cooking. My husband has to have a very soft or liquid diet. Our electric bills are quite high due to running the oxygen concentrator night and day. Have not done much for Easter -- by now we are usually in Nevada and living the desert life. We did get some good news about all the building of new houses around us (1,000 were requested by the investor and the person selling the land). For now, the various meetings have stopped the project -- it would cause countless damage to the roads and resources here and the small schools could not take in so many students. Someone else will try again, but at least the next few months, we can just try to deal with all the traffic from new developments down past this area. We are having more stealing of large items -- one neighbor lost a 16 foot flatbed trailer in the middle of the day. They had gone into town and someone just came with a vehicle and took it away. This has happened in the past, but not for quite awhile. Well, for the moment my husband is watching the golf tournament in Augusta and I can do a few chores in the yard. We used to live there when we first moved to SC in 1986. Our boys would go watch the "practice rounds" before the tournament started. Last Saturday, 32,000 people came to the area from around the world to run the Bridge Run in Charleston -- a few thousand more people did walks of the route and used bicycles or pushed strollers. It was the 46th year of that event. There are numerous charity events this time of year, also. Some are to raise money for homeless pets. Take care/keep posting!

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Relatives visiting are always nice.

Glad the move has been good for both you and Mutt.

I have not felt well the last few days, so skipped out on work. This morning I had lab work done in Longview, so took Buds with me to get his pawdicure. He did great. I love this place. One person holds him in their lap on his back and gives him a belly rub and the other clips. Goes fast. He was a tad offended but his paws look much nicer. Lab results back and my thyroid numbers are smack dab in the middle so that is good. Will be able to get refills for another year. I worked when I got back and am on the mend. Able to get a lot done today. That felt good.

Tomorrow, I head into Portland and meet up with both kids to help DD and her SO move again. She is still post surgery. Had a muscle repaired and tummy tuck. Unfortunately, the surgery did not line up well with the apartment opportunity.

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We have moved to Horseshoe Bend Arkansas. Mutt loves it. I knew the clean air would help me, but wasn't sure about Mutt, his arthritis and these hills. He has gone from 1/4 mile a walk to 1 mile, Limps, but not bad and when we turn out o our drive he has a choice up the steep hill or down the low sloping hill. He turns wards the steep hill. Go figure. His back yard went from 3/4 an acre to 1/4 an acre. But he just sleeps on the deck in the sun, So size doesn't matter.

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Hi Group -- Was going to set this up a few days ago, but we got some visitors. My husband's sister and spouse from Whidbey Island, Washington arrived on a road trip in their travel van and have been staying in our drive-way and taking day trips around our area. My husband is still trying to recover from his second chemotherapy treatment, so he sleeps most of the day. He had his 76th birthday yesterday. Our local family gave him a little party on Sunday evening. Today is our granddaughter's 14th birthday (the one in Florida with the inoperable brain tumor). We sent her a card earlier this week. Weather is nice today, but we got two inches of rain day-before-yesterday. This is not unusual during April. By now we are packed and ready to head to our Nevada house near Lake Mead. Won't be doing that this year. Take care/keep posting!

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