Friday, February 20, 2009

Valentines Day Weekend

When I was little, my mom used to be famous (at least with me) for her sugar cookies. I liked them plain or frosted, but frosted was, and still is, best. Sometimes for Valentines Day she would make little sugar cookies shaped like hearts, and sometimes they would have pink frosting.

This year on Valentines Day weekend, Carol and I drove to Arkansas to check on my mom and see other family there. Because there were some business matters which forced us to stay over until Monday, we drove up on Saturday, spent Sunday in Heber Springs, and took care of business in Little Rock on Monday. We made a nice Valentines weekend out of it with meals out and a nice place to stay.

As a Valentine gift to me, Carol made a big batch of heart-shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting. Here's a picture of me sharing one to my mom.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Geezer Dog Rules

One of my favorite things to do every year is to sit down and watch the Westminster Kennel Dog Show (or at least portions thereof) for two evenings in early February. This year's winner is a 10 year old Sussex Spaniel named Stump. That's one old dog. In fact, the first time I saw him parading across the dog show promenade I said to Carol, "Wow, that's an old dog." So let's hear it for all the doggie geezers out there, and ARF! that, all ye young pups.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What's up

To follow up on the last cancer update, yesterday I met with my doctor and the decision is to continue the current level and form of treatment for 6 more weeks, see how things are, and decide whether or not to add more drugs to the treatment. Kinda like a groundhog seeing his shadow in February.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Daryl the Fish

Usually I make it to the gym three times a week and swim anywhere from 1/2 mile (800 meters) to one kilometer (1000 meters) each time. Swimming and walking are my only medically sanctioned forms of exercise. Fortunately, I enjoy them both. Here are some shots Carol took of me at the gym today.

Cancer Update February 7, 2006

Sorry it has been so long since I have written, and sorry I haven't written about anything other than cancer. There are a lot of really neat things going on in our lives right now, but I guess those neat things keep me too busy to sit down and do even a quick blog.

In the 3 weeks from December 30 to January 20, the cancer came back very strong and wiped out all the gains made in the months of November and December. Thinking it was just a bad test, we took another blood sample on February 2, and it confirmed my M-spike is somewhere around 3.0 (see blog entry of January 2). I go to see my cancer doctor on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and we'll discuss what this means.

On the positive side, I continue to feel good most of the time and put in full weeks at work. I have several blogs I would like to write, and hope to do so soon, hopefully on some topics other than cancer. Thanks for your prayers.