Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesdays Sun

We were'nt the only ones soaking up a long absent sunshine.
Charging shamelessly 25 paces ahead of me.

We stopped by the local Goldsmith at the recommendation of another in house patient, a miner from South Africa (struggling with colon cancer) who said the man's prices were still reflecting gold values of 2002.  What do we know?  Sounds good.  Looks like gold, smells like gold, so it must be.

Isn't this the cutest little conifer?  It was in a planter pretending to be an annual or something.  
It was bearing cones!

Behold.  My favourite annual in my favourite colour.
The local market sells fresh fruit & veggies, all sundry and includes a delicatessen and a considerable wine collection.  Bellingham Shiraz/Cab blend from South Africa 2008 takes a prize.  At $4.79 it tastes like more.  We came for the wine, some better shampoo for me and some crackers for mom which will come in handy when she starts her chemo.
One of the big 'Clydesdales' and her offspring finally enjoyed a day out as well.
Clearly, the bottle on the left is shampoo.
Clearly, the one on the right is not.
I used Google Translator on every single word on that bottle and not ONCE, did the word shampoo pop up.  Words like coiling, hair care to tips, and then Haarpflege which is conditions.
Ugh.  That accounts for a whole week of bad hair days.  
But whew, now I can stop thinking about the chemo wig too.

Sunshine on My Shoulders

I awoke this morning and actually had to squint to see out the windows!

The sun has finally broke through the clouds here in southern Germany.
What a difference that makes to the view - literally and psychologically.
I stepped into the hall to check up on Mumsie, her door was open and indeed -
a brilliant shaft of light was streaming through her room as well.
Sun on both sides of the building!
 - we are amazed and thankful!  :)
Went down to breakfast and ordered our 7 minute boiled eggs on light rye bread.
Alas - we had to reorder the eggs since neither one of us could handle they way they 
ran out of their shells. 
We laughed ourselves silly demonstrating to each other 
what happens to our gag reflex when we even see that 'stuff' on our plates....
Mom starts her day off with the alternative therapies.  For all you purists out there, that translates into:  
Selenium, Glutathion, Hepa Merz, Vitamin C, L-ornithin aspertate.
Today we're starting a 7 day cycle of two herbal cancer fighting agents:
Paw Paw (Canadian grown!) and Artemisinin (not available in North America) 
I am knitting a pair of socks and here I am modeling them...
No actually, I'm just pretending to be on some kind of wooline intravenous here.
But seriously now, 
I am modeling a close-up of them because I am so pathetically proud of myself  :)
Mom is resting comfortably at the moment as we're about to take a stroll in the sunshine 
- to the local convenience store to buy some wine.  
*YAY* again!

Thoughts on Life from trustworthy sources

I lift up my eyes to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.  
Psalm 121:1,2

“You will never know how much you believe something until it is a matter of life and death.” “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.” 
– God in the Dock, page 52  

In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, 
for I have overcome the world. 
--Jesus Christ

The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. 
--Helen Keller