Daisy turns 5 years old

Today is Miss. Daisy’s 5th. birthday.

She got 2 new plastic pools, 3 new balls, a no pull harness so I can walk her easier at the park, breakfast and dinner scraps and plenty of dog treats. We played fetch atleast 4 times today.

Last night she got a 4-pound peanut butter jug that was down to almost nothing but she loves getting the jugs lol.

We did two outdoor photo sessions today one in the early afternoon and one a little bit ago.

Daisy’s favorite game is playing fetch multiple times a day. She gets hot then she dunks in her pool and then she is ready to go again. Notice the ball is in the pool.

She may be a year older and she has slowed down since she was a puppy but she is still very active for a 63# boxer that is 5 years old.

Happy Birthday, Daisy we love you.

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Follow up appointment

On Tuesday I had my follow up appointment with the oncologist.

I had a lot of concerns about the hormone blocker they wanted to put me on for the next 7 – 10  years. Its brand name is Femora and the generic is Letrozole.

My biggest concern was the fact that it can decrease the calcium in your body. I already take thyroid medication that does this.

Since  I have Osteopenia of the lower lumbar why would I want to take something that is going to push me into Osteoporosis? He said that the risk of it decreasing my calcium is only 1%.

The solution to my dilemma is IV Calcium Infusions 2 x a year to build up my bones.

My second concern was it upping my cholesterol. I have been on thyroid medication for 31 years and cholesterol medication 2 times during that time. According to my endocrinologist when my thyroid is off it affects my cholesterol. Why would I want to take a medication that could increase my cholesterol? That too has a low percentage of it happening.

Here is the kicker if I chose NOT to take the hormone blocker at all I have a 30% chance of getting cancer again. That number scared me so it looks like I will be starting this new medication after my burns finish healing.  Hopefully, I will be getting my first IV Infusion of Calcium next week.

My point to all this is to make sure you ask questions before taking a new medication it is very important to know all the details.

 

 

 

 

The Louisiana Iris

Many years ago my grandmother shared some Iris bulbs with me.

We have moved them a few times but this last time has proved to be the best. They have more than doubled in the last year.

They are starting to bloom and are prettier than the pictures. We have had a lot of wind over the last week and its really keeping them from standing up tall.

I have picked some a few times for my mother n law and myself. I figured we might as well enjoy them indoors as well.

The power of purple in a landscape is truly amazing.

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Tiny little details

When using a macro lens you have to have steady hands or use a tripod.

I tend to try to take the pictures by hand and lately have had a little less success with this. It might be time for me to drag out the tripod or monopod.

This shot shows off the tiny details of a knockout rose bloom. These roses start blooming in early March and bloom their hearts out all year long. They require very little maintenance and I truly love them.

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Today I rang the bell

I rang the bell for my last radiation treatment today and they gave me a graduation certificate.

The radiation will continue to work for about 5 more weeks even though I am no longer getting treatment.

The skins peeling good and no longer itching and the new skin looks really good.

I feel like a new person today. Honestly, I was not prepared for all the emotions that would go with this day.

Tonight my husband and I are going out to eat to celebrate.

Tomorrow my sister and I have a day planned we’re going to have a little fun. Next week our daughter Jeanelle and her kids and I will do something fun. Then another day I have a lunch planned with a really close friend of mine.

I am relieved it is over and I pray Cancer never comes back again.

Life is good and I will always fight like a girl.

 

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Hydroponic greenhouse tomatoes

In our hydroponic greenhouse, our tomatoes are going crazy. The beefsteaks are big producers. The Persimmons they are orange tomatoes are just starting to bloom and the romas are newly planted.

All the hydroponic greenhouse plants were started from seed and they are in gravel with a timer that waters them with nutrients 3 x a day then it recycles it back to the main tank for the next time.

We keep the suckers trimmed off them which allows a better production of tomatoes but you can plant the suckers in water and let them root and we have been doing that. Now we have an additional 35 plants to do something with.  We have given away at least 30 plants.

We have already planted some outside so we can compare the production and health of the plants. We have some planted in buckets and some in a no-till garden.

We have 8 tomatoes in dutch buckets that are beefsteak. This variety does better if you let them get taller. Ours are 7 and 8ft tall now. We have strings of rope across the top of the greenhouse to guide them along and hold the weight of the plants and the tomatoes.

All the years of gardening we have done we have never had this much success with tomatoes. Last count 7 of the 8 plants had 143 tomatoes on them. We are so ready to be able to taste these tomatoes. There are four that are starting to turn colors.

I have a funny feeling we will be selling tomatoes, freezing them and making lots of good stuff with them.

Enjoy life and do something you truly enjoy because it will give you such pleasure and peace at the end of the day.

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