Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Another Week After

Here I am a week out from chemo again. While technically it went better, my body has suffered and is taking a long time recovering. I am hoping today is better. Yesterday was week mark for doctor visit and blood work. Red blood and white blood cells were both down. I got a shot for red blood cells which meant signing a paper agreeing to serious side effects. Is there nothing in my fight that isn’t multi-thorned like a fresh cocklebur sticking to my sock.

If at all possible, we try to eat out on these days. We do not eat much beef so a steak is a special occasion. We went to the Longhorn Steakhouse. I know it is just a chain but I love their flat iron steak! I also love their d├ęcor. Since I won’t be traveling West this autumn (oh such longing for the prairie and plains when the air begins to cool and I know the aspens are starting to turn!), it was like a little mini-visit to cowboy country!

Hubby played with his lathe this week. He took a chunk of cedar and turned it to a lidded bowl. He thinks it looks Southwest. It does…the red clay colors are reminiscent of New Mexico mesas. Also the bowl is so fragrant! No, it can capture sage and pinion, but the cedar smell is close enough to make me shut my eyes and “travel”. 


Sioux said...

Claudia--1) Your husband is an artist with wood. This is not the first work of art he's made that you've shared with us.

2) You have gone on so many trips and have taken so many wonderful photos, when you feel like heading west, take out your photo albums or if you're like me--your box of unorganized photographs--and peruse through them. Spend a minute or two on each one. Then close your eyes and sniff and listen. Your memories are so vivid, I bet you'll be able to smell and hear the west as it returns to you...

Linda O'Connell said...

So good to hear you chowed down on a steak, and yes, Longhorn is quite an experience.
Your spirit roams the prairie, even when you cannot go there. I know that kind of longing.
Your writing makes me sigh with satisfaction: a fresh cockle burr.

Elephant's Child said...

It is lovely to see you posting this week (any week,but you know what I meean).
Love that bowl and am super impressed that you are having treat foods on treatment days.

Patricia A. Laster said...

Way to go, cowgirl, prairie woman!! Love you.

rebecca said...

Glad you're over a week "out" now.
Praying strength and health return and that you have patience to match.
Doesn't EVERYthing have a warning or downside these days? From "this coffee is hot" to "serious side effects". Sigh.
I enjoy seeing the work of your hubby's hands (and lathe). He is gifted. What a unique color, by the way.

BECKY said...

Hi Claudia! Good for you for splurging at Longhorn! That and Outback are a couple of my favorite places to eat....which if I manage to get there once a year, I'm lucky!