Saturday, October 25, 2014


The next time I buy I product with a lid that is hard to open for my protecration, I think I think I will throw it out the window.  That's right,  "protecration".  When you figure it out, let me know.

Or how about spoons that are too long and slip down into the pan or bowl, or plastic or foil covers that snap back and spatter back onto the lid while you are wiping off your shirt front?

Or maybe you could spend your day reading labels or signs on some of the products you buy.  There is lots of entertainment to be found there..For instance, "

"Do not use orally." -- On a toilet bowl cleaning brush.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I don't think I will ever get used to the view out this east window.  I never saw a place where you could see a sunrise view out the east window like this.  It doesn't last long, but it's genuine!

Groucho, your nose is so big!


I have an idea, people in my art group.  Let's buy this place.  It's right on the golf course, we can use it as our painting retreat, and Rollie can live there for care and upkeep on the place.  We can sell our paintings and make millions!  I'm sure it's affordable!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


A couple of weeks ago, I rode to Glenwood Springs with Tracy and Paul for her to exchange some curtains.  Ever since then, I have had an ad for Glenwood Springs Ford at the top of my blog page.  How does it do that?

And there has been an ad for the hotel for the place we ate lunch.  Boy, Big Brother really does watch you!!

I am not strong enough to continue with the chemo.  That is why they had stopped it.  I still have six daily raidiology treatmets left.  We'll keep you posted.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I just used the little flashlight "app" on my iPhone to help me find a tiny white pill I dropped on the floor, and a big crumb.  Now, how cool is that?  That's life in the fast lane!

And  am knitting a pair of "fingerless" gloves. 

I also found what a "knook" is.  It's a cross between a "knitting needle" and a crochet "hook", and I plan on using one.  I think it's a hook, and you use it like you would a needle.

This is what it looks like out my window Last night.  It 's really sunset, but the sun is shining on the mountains to the east.  Hard to sleep through this.  

I found what a "Knook" is today.  It is a cross between a "hook" and a "needle" and you use it like a "knitting needle".  Sounds simple. And one less thing to lose between the couch cushions.

 I wonder if Tracy remembered how closely her shirt matched the new drapes.


Thursday, October 9, 2014


Tracy took one look at the new orange hat I got yesterday, and said "That has got to be potentially the ugliest hat I have ever seen."  Okay, I just ate the macaroni and cheese she made me and shut up.  She's right, of course.

Great news, and some not so great from the doctor yesterday.  The tumor has shrunk 43% but we won't know for a couple more treatments yet how much damage has been done to the spinal chord.  We do know it hasn't spread. 

Still having problems keeping medications straight, and under control. 

Paul and Tracy are going camping this weekend, and I have given in (finally) and agreed to having the PT send in an aide to be with me part time.  I know it will be easier for them to know someone is here when they are gone and out of cell phone range.  Don't know for sure why I was so against it.  Stubborn old lady.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Managed to make myself feel a little down this morning when Judi texted me that even though Rock Rabbit's sign said it was open at 7:00, they weren't open at 7:30.  Nor was the Patio.  My friends ended up at the Stockmen's and had a good time anyway.  That made me feel a lot better.  I was looking forward to a good party!

I'll stay mad at Rock Rabbit for a while, though!

Here is a photograph of an old Buick Tracy and Paul have, taken by a friend of theirs.  Yep, it's going to be a painting one of these days.  Isn't it great?  Not sure what to do about the setting, though.  Trees, hills, old fence, mountains, desert?  Or maybe just the old stone building, roughed up and aged a little bit. 
If Tracy comes and in and catches me not eating, she'll forgive me if I'm drinking a Gator Aide, won't she?
I found a couple things this morning to make my life easier - a small notebook, a magnifying glass, my scissor sharpeners, some rubber bands and some lotion.  I need to add those things to my "nest" on the floor at the end of the couch along with the knitting.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Up very early this morning, but I wasn't the first! While Paul and I were chasing the sound of a ringing iPhone all over the house, the phone was ringing happily away, charging itself under the couch cushion.  I was trying to remind all my friends that they are invited to breakfast on me at Rock Rabbit tomorrow morning, on me.

That means ALL of you who helped me move, including your moral support!

I hope the elusive Barrie and Kasey get this message.  Just don't bring Kat!



Sunday, October 5, 2014


Paul and Tracy were going to hang curtains today, but I think the golf clubs won out.  I'm sure they'll get it done after that.

Tracy ordered some large canvas art prints for her office downstairs.  She has been searching for quite a while and finally made up her mind what she wanted.  They are a little on the abstract side, but beautiful.  I'll photograph them after she gets them up.

Yesterday she got my bluebird picture hung a little higher on the wall over the bed, and hung the mirror.  The mirror matches the hand made pine dressers and night stands in that room.  It reflects the bluebird perfectly when I open my eyes in the morning.  He glares at me every morning.

What did I accomplish?  Well, I tipped a small set of plastic drawers over and dumped all the paper and pads from the top onto the floor.  Good job, Duene.  I guess I better stick to the knitting. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Beautiful drive to Glenwood Springs today.  Tracy returned the curtains she got at J.C Penney's.  We had lunch at the Amtrak station in Glenwood.  Drove by the big hot springs pool, but didn't see Doc Holliday around.  I guess the springs never helped him that much anyway. 

We went to Target, and I got some new dark glasses, a new bright colored wallet, and got to drive the electric cart around.  Didn't even run into anyone!

I took this picture in their living room just before we left.


We took these two photos of a white cross high on the hillside along the Interstate just east of Gypsum.  I Googled it, but didn't find out much about it except that there was mining there in some very early days.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Optimism and good news yesterday.  My doctor is pleased with the progress of the treatments and says the cancer has NOT spread and doesn't seem to be growing.  They will do a Cat scan next week, then are looking at from three to five more treatments before they reevaluate. The pain is mostly coming from the pressure the tumor is putting against the spine.  They will continue to reduce the pain by reducing swelling, and the size of the tumor, hopefully.

Meanwhile, I just keep on smiling, eating, and knitting.  And taking my medication, which is hard for me to keep track of.  Tracy is doing her darnedest to keep me on track there!

 Vicky is showing off the art supply cupboard at the apartment. She and Judi have been working their tails off to help get things moved out.  What would I do without friends like them?  They are worth a million bucks (no, more than that).

Once again, Tracy has threatened to cut up my credit card.  Yesterday I put those stiff old Crocs in the closet and wore my new moccasins (bedroom slippers, actually.) They felt so good on my feet, which are still swollen.  I got the new remote for the Bose iPod docking station and XM radio and the pager. 

After spending years building her reputation as being an unfriendly, nasty, cat, this is what greeted Judi yesterday when she went to the apartment.  Oh, somebody needs this cat!

Judi found this old (very old) sketch in one of my sketchbooks.  Wow!  I didn't even do this!  Tracy's dad drew this elk in one of my old sketchbooks years ago. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


There are just some lessons that shouldn't have to be learned early in the mornings - like shake a bottle of Milk of Magnesia without first making sure the lid is on tight. 

I can't tell for sure how low the snow level is on the hills.  Can't see much of them for the clouds.

I've posted this before, but it fits the day so perfectly.

Tracy's cleaning person didn't show up Tuesday, so she fired him.  Here is what she put on Facebook looking for a replacement.  I wonder if that is Rowdy interviewing for the job? 
Friends in the Eagle/Gypsum area...I find myself in need of a new cleaning service. Anyone have someone they can recommend that does an amazing job? I have a dog and two cats and a mother who is allergic, so attention to detail is a must.