Tuesday, September 20, 2011


CHRIS and his family had the opportunity to visit friends somewhere in the vicinity of Santa Rosa, CA last weekend. The location was off the beaten path and involved getting there on a dirt road.

When I opened my mail this morning, I found this message and the enclosed photos.

Here are a few photos from the trip we took. All of their power is solar and their water comes from a spring. Owen had a fun time even though he started out wearing an eye patch. He had bumped his eye with a coat hanger while getting clothes ready for the trip. He kept rubbing it so we got an eye patch which really helped. From their front porch you can see a nearby Buddhist monastery on a mountain ridge.        
Owen took the last picture of Larry.


Can you imagine living in such surroundings? I'm not very much of an outdoors person, but I'm a good appreciator.

The pictures convey a lovely weekend. Meanwhile, here at home, I'm trying to concentrate on my newly framed poster, keeping calm and carrying on. The telephoned report from the doctor who did yesterday's biopsy did not impart information I wanted to hear, but here's one way of looking at it; Mr. Bob and I have one more thing in common. I'll see a surgeon next Monday at which point I'll have some decisions to make.

"Maybe it's easier to like someone else's life, and live vicariously through it, than take some responsiblity to change our lives into lives we might like."
                                                                                                               Tish Grier


  1. I believe that's called---burying the lead. But you did it very gracefully, Jane.

    I hope you share what your comfort level allows.

    Love to you!


  2. Ditto with anonymous above. Don't leave us dangling. Although you must dangle until Monday.

    Before I read the ending, I wanted to say count me in for that beautiful set of nature, Love it.

    Loveto both my neighbors

  3. I'm very glad you gave me those moments of joy...sharing the peaceful times with Tim and his family before the less peaceful news of your coming week. I hope to get down to see Mick and Nadine the end of next week and would love to come by for a hug if you have a moment. T.O.Joanne

  4. Oh, Jane. Love, love, love. (Or "Life, life, life!")

  5. Oh, Jane is right! I just ache thinking of you two and all you've had to endure recently. What is that expression about our not being dealt more than we can handle? Sometimes I really wonder about that. You've both been so inspiring to me--you are once again going to continually be in my thoughts. xoxo

  6. Thank you, one and all.
    I didn't know the phrase "burying the lead", surprising since I'm married to a printer.
    Joanne......come along......would love to see you.

    It's tiring, writing one maudlin entry after another having to do with health or the lack thereof. Pretty soon you'll start crossing the street to avoid having to hear the latest news.

  7. Whatever you are both going through, separately and together, are on my prayer list.


  8. Sending you hugs Aunt Janie! Love, Shelley

  9. It is not mundane or maudlin to share the stuff of LIfe with friends who care.

    Love you both!

  10. I'm sending a ton of good vibes your way ! Most important thing is that you're together.

  11. I so agree with all....You both have the love of each other and all of us in this blog and way way beyond.... Love the family photos of good times..

  12. Dear Jane, I think God owes you a hug.
    You are in my thoughts and I am sending the warmest thoughts of healing I can imagine.