Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

Good Bad Ugly

As a family growing up we did not go to the movies that often.  I remember some of them…Bambi (yep, cried during that one), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Hallelujah Trail, The Trouble with Angels to name a few…and then there was the time that Dad took Roger, Sandy and I to see The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at the Drive-in theater in West Sacramento I believe...perhaps all the way to Davis.  (of course, all the drive-in theaters are pretty much gone now…and younger readers might need this link to see what I am talking about.)  I like that old movie, and I like most of Clint's other movies too.  Anyway, today's blog post is more like The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful.


The Good
oil change
Today I got the oil changed on the RV…when I say “got”, I mean that I did it this time.  It had been many years since I changed the oil on a vehicle…I think the last one was my 1996 Ford F-250 Powerstroke Turbo Diesel…did that once, made a huge mess because finding a oil pan which can hold 12+ quarts of oil is hard to find and filling two 7 quart pans is messy.  Anyway, “I got err done” today, was fairly easy except that raising the front end of the motorhome made it difficult to get out all the oil out.  Oh well, nice to know I can do it and I have all the materials I need to get the job done.  Another good thing here is Sacramento is that they will pick up your old oil on “Recycle Garbage Day”, which happened to be today, and I got it out there before they picked up.  Last time I had to run the old oil by Walmart…and I think it sat in the back of my truck for a few weeks.


The Bad

Mom had a biopsy last week…word came down yesterday that she has breast cancer and it looks like they will be operating on her in 3-5 weeks from now.  Of the breast cancers one could have, this is the best type.  At 85 years old, she does not want Chemo or Radiation, and who could blame her.  Twenty or so years ago she had Stage II, Low Grade Lymphoma, which you can read about HERE when she cut my hair for her 82nd birthday.  They told her back then that she would have a recurrence within 5-7 years…which did not happen.  Going through Chemo 20 years ago was hard enough…which is one reason she is not doing it again.
prayers

We are a family who believes in prayer…prayer to heal, if it be God’s will…prayer for strength and comfort for Mom, for Dad and all of our family.  She meets with the surgeon in two weeks and we will know more about her treatment after that.  Marcia and I are still headed north along the coast on Monday, but we may cut our trip short if hey operate sooner than we think they will.  Of course Mom would like us to stay with our schedule…but we will be here for the surgery.


The Beautiful 

Yesterday a lot of clouds came over from the outer arms of former Hurricane Dolores which is off the coast of Southern California.  It created a pretty picture at sunset, that’s for sure.

Sunset with moon

Did you see that up there in the middle?

Sunset with moon

A nice end to the day…that’s for sure.  

We leave Monday the 27th, and we will hit the road hard the first day, perhaps all 500 miles to Coos Bay.   After that, we will slow it down.  I'm excited to get out of this heat and over to the coast where it is going to be cool.

6 comments:

  1. While I feel badly about your mom's health situation, I know that she is blessed having you both supporting her in prayer and in life. I also believe you are blessed having your mom still here on earth, also. My friends, I will also pray. May God bless you...

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    1. Thank you Lynn, and yes, we are blessed having both mom and dad with us still. Take care.

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  2. I'm so sorry about your Mom but she seems like a very strong lady and hopefully she will do as well with this challenge as she has with the ones in the past.

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    1. Thank you Karen...yes, mom will make the best of it.

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  3. So sorry to hear about your mom too ... but very happy she has family to support her every decision.

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    1. Seems like not going to Alaska has more meaning to us now....Thanks Nancy, perhaps we will see you next week as we pass through on our way to Washington..

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