The Mountain Musings blog has been dormant for quite some time. The reason lies in an unfortunate truth. Don't worry...Lucy is just fine and thriving. She is totally ignoring that she will be thirteen this month and we are delighted she remains in such good shape.
No, the unfortunate truth is that at the end of October I was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. I had major surgery and then began chemotherapy treatments four weeks later. Because of a severely compromised immune system (and the weakness and other side effects chemotherapy brings) I was pretty much confined to our house except for medical appointments. So I was not able to get out to photograph our lovely area. The whole focus of my life has been on surviving the treatment and "beating" the cancer. I have remained pretty upbeat through it all. I figure if you are upbeat you have nothing to lose, even if the news is not good. I definitely did not want my blog to be about cancer. And since there was so little other focus in my life, I went dark all these months.
I completed six months of chemotherapy a few weeks ago and while I am not in anyway back to normal, I am feeling better and stronger every day. The scans do not show any evidence of cancer. YEAH! Unfortunately, that does not mean there is NOT any more cancer, since the scans detect only masses and not diffuse cancer. So I likely have more surgery and chemotherapy in my future. Time will tell. But for the time being, things look pretty good.
Our granddaughter has visited us and in fact is visiting us now over the Independence Day holiday. She is totally fascinated and in love with Lucy. At thirteen months of age she has been taught by her parents the art of "gentle touch" with their cats, and she transferred this to her dealings with Lucy as well. The last time she visited (in May), she was not very mobile so she admired Lucy from a distance and Lucy did not have to respond. Things are very different this time and she loves to approach and pet Lucy. Lucy is very gentle with the baby but was initially very confused about what her role was supposed to be. After a day or so she felt more comfortable and now feels free to walk away if she's not interested in interacting. She does, however, station herself beneath the high chair at mealtime. All sorts of wonderful bits of food might fall to the floor.
(Sorry about the blurry picture of the baby. She just wouldn't stand still so I focused on the dog.)
Lucy and Friend
Smiles all around
Lucy tires of the activity and walks away
So that is our life so far. I will not likely post on a regular basis, but I am doing well and as I can once again get out into the community and find some interesting things to post I will do so. Meanwhile I will continue to read and enjoy your blogs.
If you are so inclined, I would appreciated petitions to the Deity of your choice on my behalf. Or positive thoughts and good vibes will work as well.