Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Saying Good-bye

Yesterday was a tough one. We had to make the choice to say good-bye to our sweet golden lab, Kelsey.

Kelsey became part of our family when she was 4 months old. She had come from a puppy mill and who knows how terribly inbred she was but when I looked into her eyes, I knew she needed us.

As her body  began to grow, it was obvious that her hips were not. There was a hip issue but had no idea how severe it was until the x-rays when she was 6 months old. She basically had no balls or sockets on either hip.

Our vet gave us 3 options; 1. Total hip replacement which was not only quite costly but at her young age and so much more growing to do, it really did not make sense. 2. Hip denervation or 3. Euthanasia. We chose 2. She had the procedure at 9 months of age and we where told she would be lucky to last 3 – 5 years, Kelsey turned 11 this past April. We loved her to pieces and spoiled her rotten.

Unfortunately, in the past couple of months, her hips began to change and walking was almost impossible for her. Bone cancer was rapidly taking over her hips and legs. It was time to set her free of the pain.

We will all miss her dearly, especially her best friend, Bailey. Rest in peace sweet girl.

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Bailey comforting the best she knew how

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April 29, 2003 – August 26, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I’m a Survivor!

I beat it…that dreaded “c” word!!! I beat cancer!!! I won’t bore you with all the details of the side effects and complications but I will tell you I went through a total of 7 weeks which included external and internal radiation and chemotherapy. I’ve been to hell and back but I’m on the slow road to recovery. I actually finished my treatments back in June but it’s taken me this long to feel like sitting down at my computer to post anything.

I had my six week follow-up and my doctor was more than pleased with what he saw and I will go back every 3 months for more follow-ups to make sure I stay healthy and cancer free!

I do have a few photos to share that I took during a visit to my parents. They live approximately 660 miles from me and were unable to come while I was going though treatment, so soon as I felt up to a trip, I went out to see them. The following images are from their lovely backyard. I hope you enjoy.

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Lovely Summer Phlox

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Star Gazer Lily

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A regular visitor.

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A handsome male House Finch

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An American Goldfinch watching the sun set.

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A hot little Black-capped Chickadee getting a drink.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Good News Bad News Good News Good News

Goods news, I’m still here. Bad news, the cancer has spread. Good news, my prognosis is good. Good news, our second grandchild, a boy was born this past Friday morning, March 21st and we are so excited!

I will endure five days a week for five weeks of external radiation and a two to three day stay in the hospital for internal radiation. This is to shrink the tumours so I am able to have robotic assist laparoscopy surgery and not have to be cut open. They also have a better success rate of getting all the cancer by doing the radiation before the surgery.

It has all been a bit surreal for me but I am keeping as positive as I can and there is no way this evil thing is going to win! I have to say that the best part of all this, is that I get dots tattooed on me…lol…I’ve always wanted a tattoo. Winking smile

I’m still looking forward for warm weather to get out and chase those birds with my camera!

And now may I introduce our grandson, Lachlan.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Photo Less

“Big sigh”…I have nothing to share. My camera has not been out of it’s bag in weeks. It’s been extremely cold here and I have not been feeling all that well.

On November 12, 2013, I learned that I have Endometrial Cancer. It’s taken almost a full year of tests and appointments to finally come to this diagnosis and it did not help that my biopsy report was misplaced for two and a half months!! Now, with continued pain and discomfort, I await surgery and what ever other treatment that may be needed.

I will come though all this with flying colours and chomping at the bit to see Spring arrive and blowing the dust off the old Canon and getting outside. Until then, I wish everyone, a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous Holiday Season!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wings on Wednesday

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Just a Peak

The Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It Got Rockie

I’ve neglected my poor blog for quite some time now. There wasn’t much to share since our son Steve married his beautiful bride, Vanessa.

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I got home after spending two weeks in B.C. to help with the wedding looking forward to enjoying the rest of the summer. We were enjoying it one afternoon sitting out on our deck enjoying a cool beverage after a birding adventure….unfortunately the bolts in the chair I was sitting in, sheared off sending me to a fall that ended with a four hour visit to the emergency room, seven stiches to repair my outer ear and to top it off, a concussion. I spent the next few weeks taking it easy and try to keep patient as I healed.

I’m pretty much all healed now and my summer was not a complete loss. We recently were able to spend a week in Jasper, Alberta. In my 54 years on this earth, I have only ever driven across the Rockies traveling from B.C. to Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was time to explore them a little closer and so we did. I have to say it has to be one of the best get-a-ways we have ever had. We hiked many miles and the scenery was never ending.

Our first day we ventured off to Maligne Lake were not only did I see my first live moose, but I saw it swimming across the lake.

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What was really priceless, was the couple on shore totally oblivious as the moose arrived on shore behind them, even shaking himself dry. I wish I had gotten a shot of their faces when they realized he was there.

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Now, they say a picture is worth a thousand words and since I call this “a photo blog”, I am going to stop my rambling and let the images do the talking. I hope you enjoy.

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Medicine Lake

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Maligne Lake

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View from Leech Lake

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A small portion of Athabasca Falls

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Athabasca Falls

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View from the falls

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Sunwapta Falls

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Columbia Icefields

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A castle?

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Icing on the cake?

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One of the many trails we hiked.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t add a photo or two of some birds.

I took well over 1,000 photos and it took some time to sort through and pick my favourites.  There are still plenty more I can share but I think I will keep them in stock for some Wordless Wednesday posts.

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