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Picking Up The Pieces 
Aug. 15, 2013 3:47 pm 
Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 9:23 am
Hello AR peeps!  I'm sorry I've missed out on several of your stories over the past month.  I truly mean that!  What was looking to be a wonderful summer has turned out to be one disaster after another.  I've had to keep telling myself that God never gives us more than we can handle.  And, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger (I have played that Kelly Clarkson song over and over again).

It first started with finding our beloved Russian Blue cat dead on the front lawn.  It was horrifying to open the front door first thing one morning to see he had been mauled to death.  Usually we have about four outdoor cats lined up in the morning waiting to run in for a pit stop of vittles and water.  The others had gone into hiding.  We live in a rural area and on property that borders Forest Service/BLM land.  We don't know what got him.  BIG tears.

Then our beloved Australian Shepherd had started having breathing problems.  After several tests and ex-rays, the vet discovered a cancerous mass that was spreading rapidly in his nasal cavity.  We held on to him for as long as we could, but knew the inevitable was before us.  HUGE tears.

My sister came to visit.  That really cheered me up. We had so much fun (as we always do!).  She helped me plant flowers in the beds, baskets, and barrels.  I had already started the salsa garden with a variety of tomatoes and herbs.   I even put in a big pumpkin patch this year.  It's fun to share them with the local kids that can't afford to have a pumpkin at Halloween.  The place was looking so cheery and colorful.  This was also the first year our fruit trees have ever produced such large apricots and peaches.  They were gorgeous.  The red pear tree was loaded with beautiful fruit.   Even the plum trees were producing.    I had been racking my brain trying to figure out a plan to deal with all of the fruit once it had ripened because there was going to be so much ....until a micro-burst storm blew through.  The hail was the largest anyone here had ever seen, and the wind blew so hard it even shredded our window screens!   Not to mention that it stripped all of our trees, destroying the fruit and gardens.  

One of my dear friends felt so bad for us that she brought us a dozen yellow roses.  Bless her heart!

The good news is hubs remains in remission.  He has to have more growths removed caused by the chemo.  It's sad to say we are getting used to that drill.  Poor guy.  

We continue to embrace each day as a gift, and are ever so grateful for the blessings that are bestowed upon us in light of the dark clouds that tend to come and go in our lives.  I do believe that all things happen for a reason.  The big "I GET IT" is that life is about love and caring for one another, and helping others when in need.  We're all in this thing together.

So no more boo-hooing.  It's time to embrace a mixing bowl!

Aug. 15, 2013 4:23 pm
OH, CYN! I HAVE MISSED YOU!!! My Heart shares your incredible grief that has happened to you this summer:'(. It was SO wonderful to read your blog...I alway's check to see if you've posted any new photo's or recipes...Congrat's on the Lemon Lush on today's HOME Page!!! You will MAKE it through all you're going through. Grab that bowl and rolling-pin and make us ALL smile! May you be Blessed each day.
Aug. 15, 2013 6:30 pm
Thank you, jazmania. I find it interesting how putting some batter in a bowl can take all your cares away! At least for a little while! I appreciate your kind words, and checking in! Blessings to you too.
Aug. 15, 2013 9:37 pm
We'll be praying for you and your hubby. What a crucible you folks are in! God bless.
Aug. 16, 2013 5:09 am
I'm so sorry to hear of all your trials. Some days it does seem like one thing right after the other goes wrong. Glad to hear about the remission!
Aug. 16, 2013 7:47 am
Yes Doc, a very big test. Thanks so much for your prayers. I think everyone in life has these waves of challenges. Hopefully we're on the upside of it all!
Aug. 16, 2013 7:51 am
Thank you, Cat Hill. Dear hubs has really fought hard for survival. He has beat the odds so far, and I'm so proud of him! I appreciate you stopping by.
Aug. 16, 2013 8:45 am
Good Morning Cyn, I am so sorry you've had a not-so-fun summer. Sometimes it seems no matter what we do, things just keep coming at us. As the saying goes, "This Too Shall Pass." I am so happy your DH is in remission. Very Good News! We've missed you too. Hope to see you on the Buzz.
Aug. 16, 2013 9:12 am
I am happy to hear your hubby is in remission. I hope he continues to feel better. I am sorry to hear about your beautiful cat and Australian Shepard. I hope what is left of the summer is calm and peaceful. Take Care Cyn!
Aug. 16, 2013 8:18 pm
So sorry you have had more than your share of traumatic events. Thank God for good news on your husband. Continued prayers for you.
Aug. 16, 2013 8:22 pm
Wow..you have had more than your share of tribulations. I wish you and yours good health and many happier days ahead :)
Aug. 17, 2013 6:24 am
Thanks, Candice. This has been a long string of events too close together. I've missed getting to be with and know more about AR peeps. It's a great community!
Aug. 17, 2013 6:29 am
Lela, the loss of our pets has been really hard. The Aussie was like my shadow. I can't remember a time over the past 12 years he wasn't more than six feet away from me. Always laying outside the doorway of my office, around the corner of the kitchen, on the floor next to my chair in the living room or at the side of the bed. It's a real void. We have incredible memories that will be close to our hearts forever. Thank you for your kind words.
Aug. 17, 2013 6:31 am
Thank you Maggi for your prayers. We have found prayer to be a powerful thing, and very comforting. We're grateful for all of the kind words and get well wishes!
Aug. 17, 2013 6:34 am
I appreciate your well wishes, mauigirl. I've missed seeing the awesome dishes you all put out! Yes, happier days are ahead. Thank you so much.
Aug. 17, 2013 7:03 am
I just read your blog - I'm so sorry for all your tough breaks! Keep your chin up - there are definitely happier times in the future! My son lives in South Dakota and just recently had some horrible hail storms come thru - damaging his truck. This summer the weather has not been all that great here in Ohio either. We've had some huge rains that flooded our creek and washed away part of the bank - taking trees, blackberry bushes and my beautiful white azalea.
Aug. 17, 2013 9:23 am
So glad you can relate, Mother Ann. The fruit trees were going to be the best in the 14 years we've been here. I miss azaleas. We used to grow them in So. California. Thanks for sharing!
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