Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Full of Grace

The last fruit tree is planted and my tiny orchard is complete - peaches, apples, cherries, and pears. Last year the squirrels took every piece of fruit borne but I am hopeful as the trees mature and supply a more bountiful harvest, that the squirrels might leave me a few pieces to enjoy.

I finally finished putting a skirt on the deck (in between wave after wave of cold rain) so hopefully no more skunks or possums living under there.  What a nightmare that was.

Getting out my summer clothes I noticed for the first time that I can wear some light colored T-shirts and not have my slowly fading mastectomy scars show through.  I still can’t wear white, but some improvement is encouraging. Of course Martha says that I could a always wear a bra to cover the scars but I have not worn one in 5 years and it is the one perk I refuse to give back.

And speaking of cancer healing, today I will be donating blood for the first time in 5 years. I am truly feeling that cancer is behind me.  

This is where I'll be spending Mother's Day with my family. The Yankees will be retiring Derek Jeter's number at a pregame ceremony so it should be a memorable day. And we will all be together which is the best part of all.


  1. Yay for fruit trees.
    Yay for finishing the deck thus minimizing critter occupation.

    Yay for optimism re:summer. Yay for fading scars and light colored tees.
    Yay for being able to donate blood. #fuckcancer
    Yay for Yankee baseball.
    Yay for families being together.

    Yay for today.

  2. I have been offline for a bit... The deck looks great, and I hope your trees yield lots of goodies! That was a bit close on the electrical box! We just had ours replaced last summer. We had an electrician in for something and he noticed the beginning of trouble where the rain leaked in behind the meter, so he replaced it all... Glad you were able to get it fixed in time!

  3. Have a great time at the Yankee's game.

  4. The deck looks beautiful. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

  5. I am so so so happy for you.

  6. So many good things, 8! I love your young orchard. It certainly is a promise for the future. And, how great to get the deck finished off. That's always a relief.

    The feeling of cancer being done and behind you is the best thing ever. I am so very thankful that you are there. A prayer of gratitude.

    Baseball. Sigh. Enjoy winning, you damned Yankee!

  7. Nice! I have very young versions now of fig trees, a crab apple and lots of berry bushes. Can't wait until they start producing!