June 2, 2014

June - A Look Ahead

Though the temperatures can be a bit too high for my liking, June has always been a favored month of mine. Garden blooms are abundant this time of year, and a variety of daylily blooms present a rainbow of colors. Right on time, our first daylily bloom of the season made an appearance yesterday! Perhaps I will dig one of the big Nikon cameras out of storage in my home office and have a photo shoot. Perhaps not. Frivolity hasn’t been a high priority lately. My go-to camera for the past couple of months has been the iPhone. It’s all about quick and simple snapshots.

May was extremely busy. Between the two of us, we had 11 medical appointments. Plus, Mr. Jim had a trip to the ER because of a pulmonary embolism (PE) and stayed in the hospital for three days. A quick glance at June’s calendar shows a schedule of another 10 medical appointments. Gee whiz, June is going to be busy too!

Mr. Jim has finished five chemo treatments and has one more to go before a CAT scan. Then we’ll find out whether more chemo treatments are recommended. He has tolerated the chemo better as time has gone on. Also, an appetite has returned in the past week. Thank goodness for small favors! Breathing and fatigue issues remain as he recovers from the PE. Mr. Jim also has quite a bit of swelling in his legs because of the existing heart strain cause by the PE. The doctors say that it can take months for those negative effects to dissipate. Your continued prayers for him are greatly appreciated! We’re doing our best to keep our spirits up.

The calendar also shows that I have a birthday at the end of this month! Wow, it will be number 62. If we celebrate with candles and cake, some advance notice to the fire department may be prudent.

The monthly photo challenge is coming up on the 14th of the month. The theme is “stormy weather.” I hope you can join in!

I never know when I might have a few spare minutes, so I pop in and visit blogging friends at all hours of the day and night. In order to save time, I usually don’t leave comments. Thank you for your continued understanding of my limitations.

I am getting a little bit weary of featuring Charleston photos for “photo of the week.” I think I'll switch gears and start culling through archived travel files from a different location. Where, you ask? Hmm, I’m thinking scenic Utah. Does that sound good to you?


  1. Donna dear, very early Happy Birthday greetings just in case I'm without Internet on your special day……I don't want to miss sending many happy returns just because I'm far away, maybe still at sea!

    I know it's very tiring with all the medical appts. etc., but glad to know dear Mr. Jim is faring better with the chemo - hope this means he doesn't require further treatments and can get his strength back along with the appetite - that part was good news!

    I leave here tomorrow - will try to keep in touch via my blog. Am promising myself to take fewer pics - if that's possible - and enjoy 'seeing' with my own eyes rather than a viewfinder! I cannot handle the weight of the DSLR as my arms/hands are weak and often painful now I'm off the steroids for PMR, so am only taking the Nikon Coolpix this time - fortunately this little camera does take quite nice pics!

    Thinking of you both - Bob and I both send good wishes to you and Mr. Jim.
    Love and hugs - Mary xx

    P.S. As mentioned earlier - hopefully I'll post for the challenge, if you don't see it linked due to Internet problems on the ship, perhaps you can do it for me - thanks so much.

  2. fingers crossed for jim's future tests!

  3. Thanks for the update. My, but you two are going through rough waters. The stormy weather photo challenge seems to be apt just now. I hope and pray that the scan will show good results and that the effects of the chemo will fade away sooner rather than later for Mr. Jim.

  4. wherever you want to take us on your photographic journey is ok with me. I like seeing your pictures no matter what the subject is.
    Sending more prayers and healing thoughts your way.

  5. I love your Charleston photos, Utah photos, anywhere at all photos - they're always beautiful and such a joy to view. We all understand your current limitations Donna. Don't worry about us- you just take good care of yourself and look after Mr. Jim. Continued prayers and positive thoughts for you both....

  6. I pray all goes well for Jim! Have a happy week!

  7. I am hoping this month is a better month for you both. It's encouraging that Jim has a better appetite now. That's good news. And I understand about blogging and commenting. Just do what you need to do my friend and don't worry about the rest. I love the photos you have from Alaska...but we enjoy any of your travel photos! Sweet hugs, Diane

  8. Thank you, Donna, for the update. I know it's redundant for me to tell you I'm still praying daily for Jim AND for you. Only the good Lord and you two know exactly what you're going through but we all know it isn't good. Hopefully, things will begin to change for the better very soon. So glad his appetite is better.

    You know, wherever you take us on the photo "path" is A-Okay.

    Lots of love and hugs to you both.

  9. Well, I've been enjoying Charleston, but Utah seems like a nice change of pace. Praying for you [both] dear Friend! xo

  10. Anywhere you take me, with your photos is o.k. with me. Hoping you next month will be a little less "scheduled" and little more relaxing and resting. Keep well, I'm praying for you.

  11. Donna, it's so good to see this post from you! It's too bad that thing that is supposed to make you better, is often the thing that makes you feel worse...at first...praying for good news after this last chemo treatment! Also, Happy Birthday to you! My hubby will also be turning 62 this summer. Your photos are always so gorgeous so anything you post will be appreciated. Looking forward to the next photo challange! Blessings, sweet friend.

  12. Sounds good to me! It's guaranteed that they will be stunning no matter where they are from!

  13. Hi There, Thanks for the updates... Sounds like --even with all of the trials and tribulations--you two are marching forward.. I know it's not easy --but hopefully, the end results will be good for Jim and for you... God Bless you both.

    I love your photos ---no matter how many or how often you feature a specific place. They are all GREAT.
    Hugs and Prayers,

  14. Prayers for your Jim to not have to take any more chemo treatments....
    I have my STORM post in draft, ready at the drop of a hat to post.....I just LOVE your link party.
    I enjoy any and all of your photos so whatever you want to post is fine with moi....

  15. Well, I'm still praying as well....always will. And You may be tired of the Charleston shots but Anything you post is Beautiful!!
    Much love to you both sweetheart!

  16. Yes, praying. So glad that Jim has some appetite and that he has done better the more he's pushed through. Excellent. As for what you might share with us...whatever gives you pleasure. You could take a photo of the sink and I'll be here. I plan to participate, though I have nothing much gathered in my stormy folder.

  17. Your photos are lovely where ever they are from, Donna.
    Utah sounds good to me!
    I'm glad Mr. Jim is taking the chemo treatments better and remember you have us all praying for you both.

  18. Prayers for you both. Sorry about all the medical appointments, that is tough! I hope your birthday month will be a good one despite everything. I think Utah would be magnificent! I'll be watching.. :) Big hugs and many prayers. (((Donna)))

  19. Praying for you and Mr. Jim. Glad he is feeling better. Have a nice birthday!

  20. Here I am popping in at the last minute again, but I'm out in the garden from early to late and sometimes don't even feel like opening my laptop at night. Glenn has decided I shall be the gardener at one of the properties where he cuts grass and what an overgrown mess he has thrown me into.
    Well, I beat you to the punch when I turned 62 in February. It's not so bad really, just another year older. Many happy returns when the day comes Donna.

  21. You are both on my "prayer list" dear Donna.
    I can only imagine how stressful it is for you and I hope you have support from your family to help and comfort you.
    Just one day at a time.
    I loved hearing about Grey Haven - thank you for your visits dear friend.
    Sending positive thoughts and gentle hugs for you both.
    Shane x

  22. Advice about those birthday candles - don't light them all at once! We almost burned the house down when my mother turned sixty. Our children were young and they were thrilled to have sixty candles on the cake. What a feat that was! I continue to pray for you and Jim. I'm praying for strength and stamina - and a return to good health soon. Sending hugs to you.

  23. Still praying for Mr. Jim and for strength for you. As far as your birthday candles are concerned I think you should get a 6 and a 2 just to be safe. *smile*
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday and are able to truly celebrate the wonderful life you've been given.


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