A Visit From Heidi & Jamie, Scott & Chali
Yesterday the house suddenly got quiet after a busy Labor Day weekend. I've always been sad when my kids leave and I was this time. But mostly I was blissfully exhausted and happy. A week before I'd been excited and worried about their visit. It's scary greeting your kids for the first time since chemo. Will I look sick? Will my wig look stupid? But mostly I worried that I wouldn't feel well enough to keep up with all the fun we had planned.
Home Time... Music and Games
Besides our big outing, most of our weekend was spent at home. One night, we did some jigsaw puzzling, while some old LPs played on the turntable. Then we hit the big game closet and discovered some oldies... some favorites and some stupid ones that need to be tossed. But this group can make the worst game fun. On the last night we had 5 ukuleles playing. I wish I could say it sounded wonderful.
Lately, I've been making use of the pool for exercise, but I don't remember the last time the kids were here to enjoy it together. In memory of Labor Day pool games long ago, we had a little Splash for Cash competition. There was lots of lounging and best of all, 7 month old Lola had her first swim!
Food and Drink
I've been steering clear of alcohol, so my Mai Tai was mostly juice. But I did have a sip of champagne cocktail the next night when we toasted to Scott and Chali's engagement. And luckily my appetite has been good, so I didn't turn down any of our BBQ feasts!
The other day I discovered a collection of scarves that I once used in movement classes with children. The colorful scarves will eventually make it to Goodwill, but I decided I'd wash all 30 and wear a few. On our last night, we had a "contest" to see who could dress most creatively with scarves. These photos don't come close to capturing the craziest, but I have to be fair to my family when posting. Don and I are wearing sunglasses to conceal our identities.
All 3 evenings involved lots of silly games. No photos or films to capture the funniest, which involved lots of debate, theatrics or singing. We found some good ways to wind down on 2 evenings. Heidi brought Sephora face masks for one night. It would be just too scary to share photos of our group, lounging with our eerie, yet heavenly spa masks. The last night we soaked our feet in tubs with lavender products. Even Lola became calm with the relaxing scents.
Not Happy List?
Cancer to Covid
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 17, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me.
Coronavirus and Cancer! Both are evil, but neither can totally get me down... if I vent! I hope with Covid, I run out of complaints before 200!