Yes TV

TV1Now this is funny. Our son Brad went with me to buy and set up a  TV for the bedroom so Steve and I can be entertained on days he is confined to the bedroom. So we watched Penguins of Madagascar. At the end, Steve listened to  the music as the credits rolled FOREVER. I wanted to sleep. We had a little tiff about it. He said, “You’re the one who wanted the TV.” And I said, “You’re the one who didn’t want it so why are you playing it so loud and long?”  He said, “Why are you being so mean?” Then I said, “Why are YOU being so  mean?” So as usual we are arguing over the TV just like always. I’m glad we got it. Thanks to all of you who recommended it. It feels like things are back to normal. Or at least close to normal.

Unfried Green Tomatoes

garden August 4 2015The garden is flourishing abundantly. Yesterday my daughter-in-law picked 57 cucumbers! And the tomatoes are plump, green and numerous. I fear they will all turn red on the same day. Growth is a wonderful, inspiring thing to watch.

Steve’s radiation therapy is going well and it appears to have lessened his bladder pain. He still has great difficulty with walking because bearing weight on his left leg causes a lot of pain. We are hoping the radiation will help with that. He will finish radiation on Monday, so he has 4 days to go. We will see his oncologist on Friday. Sadly, in order to plan hospice care, we will have to ask her how long she thinks Steve will live. I know nobody can really answer that question. But our insurance only pays for 6 months of Hospice so we need a ball park estimate. As I write these words they seem a bit harsh but that’s how it is right now. He doesn’t really need Hospice yet. He took a shower this morning and is able to care for himself most of the time. On the other  hand, it would just be nice to switch to home care and stop making so many trips to physicians.

Steve’s sister and husband visited today and are on their way back to Oregon now. I wish they lived closer. it was great seeing all of them.

To follow up about whether or not to get a TV for our bedroom, many of you suggested that we go ahead and get it. At this point in time Steve is not in favor of it. We’ll see…



couch potatoesFor almost 39 years now my husband Steve and I have been watching TV every night together. I hate to admit I watch that much, but I do. From Charlie’s Angels to Poldark on Masterpiece and tons of shows in between, we have enjoyed our time in front of the boob tube together. Steve has a lot of pain now when he walks so he spends his time in the bedroom, so he doesn’t have to go up and down the stairs. Well, there’s no TV in the bedroom. It is evening now and he’s reading. Since I don’t read very easily, I’m not sure what to do (so I am blogging). At least we’re together, but I’m mostly just staring at him and meditating. This is a challenge we’ll figure out. I’ve always wanted to kick the TV habit. TV isn’t exactly good for the soul. But I am not completely opposed to buying a new TV for the bedroom!