Tuesday, June 28, 2011


BITS AND PIECES of things that happened in the last few days......

Chris and Owen drove from their home in Castro Valley to visit Mr. Bob on Fathers Day weekend.

Mr. Bob's eyebrows grew out of control during his illness, but they've since been tamed with scissors.

Victor, a two time cancer survivor has expressed a lot of interest and concern about Mr. Bob's progress. The other day at dinnertime, Victor presented him with a hat he had made, apologizing for its not being perfect. In our eyes it was beyond being perfect. The lettering reads: Bob   The Winner.

    Two of the nurses in the Health Care center brought flowers when they learned that Mr. Bob and I were celebrating our 58th wedding anniversary.

    We went to dinner on Sunday, 
    the actual anniversary date. Our youngest went along, visual evidence of our fruitful union. We very much enjoy his company. It was his idea to begin with Welsh Rarebit to accompany a celebratory bottle of Prosecco.

    • Next Mr. Bob and I shared an order of fish and chips and Tim opted for Toad in the Hole.

    We almost managed to look as though nothing untoward has happened of late. Remember my friend Anne and her mother's saying, "We'll get through this, but we won't ever look the same." I think of that so frequently and the wisdom of it.

    (Note to self(ves): Do not participate in the Manor's champagne brunch before going out for an early dinner.)

    It's good to have the man home where he belongs, even though the medicine distribution has me a little bewildered.

    "I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."
                 from the Modern Version of the Hippocratic Oath


    1. Another heart-warming post. I'm so glad that Bob can come home--he must be ecstatic over that! He LOOKS great, and so do you. That last photo is evidence that we can look serene on the outside and have tumult within. How nice of Chris and Owen to visit, and how good of Tim to go out to dinner with you all. You've got a beautiful family, well-loved by many!

    2. ps
      I thought of you when I visited your home town, Jane--it really is a fabulous city.

    3. Great to see the two of you here !
      A Non Y Mouse

    4. Aunt Jane, as a traveler who has walked this road, you have provided (second hand) one of the most powerful and telling observations. With luck we do "get through this," but we never do look (or see) the same.

    5. Love this post, Jane--so good to see Bob without the cannula, bet he likes it too. Very nice your sons can visit. Did you eat at Tam O'Shanter?

      A tip on meds: get a small notebook and keep a drug log of times and dosages. It is an invaluable habit to learn during times like these.
      Love, Jeannie

      ps a superb quote, haven't heard it before

    6. Love all the quotes..love love and your posts... so honest

    7. Bon soir you two's
      I love the quote too but have to admit the Toad in the Hole is causing me nightmares. It's okay - I'll get past it...
      Love on your days after your anniversary

    8. Congratulations on your anniversary!

    9. What's in Tim's Toad in the Hole? Here in the UK it's always Sausages cooked in a Yorkshire pudding batter and we two have it quite regularly.
      In our home it's called 'Frog in the Bog'; an old Navy expression.
      Good to see that you're both out and about again.

    10. Filet mignon, mushrooms, onions, gravy in a Yorkshire pudding base.
      Rob, are you seeing an oncologist?