Thursday, April 12, 2012

Good News, Bad News

Exactly fourteen days from today we will be on the road heading north. Albeit not that far north, but north nonetheless! I don’t mean to sound ungrateful I mean - how lucky are we? Houston, Texas has to be one of the most awesome places! I’m sure it is one of the most popular places for many people as a destination vacation.

Tourists can enjoy a whole variety of museums, zoos, parks, aquariums and live theatre, operas or concerts.

Tons of exciting things to do but quite frankly – we’re just not feelin’ it.

While we’re both very comfortable here in our own home in this beautiful park we are getting very anxious to be back home in Ontario. Enough whining . . . you’ve heard it all before.

The Cowboy continues to eat well, not his usual appetite but considering all that is happening to his body . . .

Rocky and Cindy stopped by for a visit a couple of days ago and he has to force himself to eat. He has no appetite at all and has been drinking about 6 Boost protein drinks a day. He is experiencing many of the same side effects and it does us all good to get together and compare notes. Man! When did we get old? Confused smile

The Cowboy’s neck area has become burned and very raw from the radiation treatments – as expected. I know it’s painful for him but he’s been really good about applying the recommended Aquaphor. The Doctors have increased his medication and everyone continues to make him as comfortable as possible.The next couple of weeks are going to be tough for him. The good news is that it’s only 2 more weeks. The bad news is that it’s still 2 more weeks.

One of life’s simple pleasures that I enjoy on a daily basis is a trip to my own little library. Both the Cowboy and I received Kindle Fires for Christmas along with a 30 day Amazon Prime Membership. During that free month we downloaded several apps, books and some music. 


Movies, apps, games, reading and more

Vibrant color touchscreen Web browsing and email

8 GB of storage which is said to be good for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies (depending on the quality of the movies) or 800 songs or 6,000 books


Back to my little pleasure – I signed up for a daily newsletter from Amazon’s  ‘E-Reader News Today’ to be delivered to my email.  There is anywhere from 15-30 free e-books offering quite a variety with adult, children’s or young adult books.

You can read about the author as well as reviews. This is just a sample:

by E.G. Lewis
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Price: $0.00 Save $16.95
Subject to change back to full price at any time.

Some of the genre’s include mysteries, fiction, romance and history while my favorites are spiritual or motivational, biographies and cookbooks. These books are only free on that specific day.

So each afternoon around 4 o’clock I sit with my freshly made cup of coffee . . .


(Now there’s something else that we are homesick for.)



I am aware that I can do a search on Amazon but I simply don’t have the patience or the time to scan through 40,000 results.

The books I select are automatically downloaded to my Kindle and I find that (did I mention they’re FREE?) I’m choosing books and discovering authors that I wouldn’t normally read.

The following is a photo of my Dad-in-law’s Magnolia tree that graces his back yard. It was just a puny looking little bush when we gave it to his Mom on Mother’s Day 30 some years ago.


This picture was taken April 22, 2010 so it should be blooming again real soon.

I’ve been playing around and trying to learn a new photo program – Photo Tangler Collage Maker and this is how that magnolia tree blossomed:

Lyle's Magnolias

Still lots to learn . . .

Holmes Beach (final)

and practice. . .

Thanks for joining us.         Make It An Awesome Day!


  1. I know it will be a tough two weeks, but at the end of them you will resume your lives, together. I know you're home sick, but that will be solved before long, too.

    Cowboy is so brave. I can't imagine the pain he's in nor the pain you're in watching him go through this, Sharon.

    I think of you all the time. Regardless of what else happens, you have each other. That, in itself, is a blessing for two people so in love with one another.

    We may never meet in person, but you both will always be my heroes.

  2. Ditto would suffice in response to hobopals comment and I thank him from my end as well, kind words and true friendship.
    We can't know the true fight you are dealing with, as we aren't able to walk in your shoes and really appreciate the full impact that this has had and will make on the both of you. I wish for sunny days, the wind at your back and love to fill your hearts.
    Thinking of you often and putting the coffee on when you knock on my door.

  3. I liked both the collage pictures, u made me want one of those even more!!! I have the 2nd generation Kindle, just books.. love it, but the new Fire looks so cool!!

  4. I loved my Kindle so much that Russ bought a Fire and then a Kindle DX. Love the free books and we love our Amazon Prime. It's a great deal.

    SO SO SOrry you have to be away from home at such a sensitive time in your lives. When I am sick or sad or hurting, I just want to be home. Just two more weeks...hang in there. Sending up lots of prayers for you and Cowboy and hoping he will soon get the all clear. LOVE to you both.

  5. Glad to hear that the Cowboy is doing fine, The best of luck on your travels. God Bless

  6. The picture of the magnolia tree is fantastic! This year the trees have already bloomed. Everything is so early from the unusally warm winter and spring. We saw a lilac tree in bloom today (Apr.22)in Simcoe. Hope there is still some signs of spring we you arrive back home in Canada.Can't wait to see you both. Thoughts and prayers are with you always.

    Hugs and Love,
    Mary Ann