Life has done a lot of catching up with me lately and my poor blog has fallen by the wayside. I apologize to my few readers out there and especially to my sister who complained that she checks it every day in hopes of finding a new post, but nothing! So here you go!
We were chugging right along from January into February past Valentine's Day where I made some fabulous triple chocolate cupcakes as dessert for our easy dinner when I realized something wasn't right with my mom. She had her right kidney and lymph nodes removed and was staged with stage 4 (then 3A) renal cell carcinoma last year on April 13. She was started on an oral chemotherapy drug called Sutent that is still pretty experimental and was to be on 8-9 cycles. Well, she made it through her fifth cycle before all the side effects basically brought her down so far that we had to check her into the hospital's ICU on February 23. After several days, we finally got her sodium levels back up to normal and we were able to break out of the hospital and get back home where Mom was happily attacked by both our corgis. (I still wish I had had my camera with me because it was hilarious to see Tucker and Wrigley both trying to sit in her lap at the same time; they were so overjoyed to see her!)
I stayed at home for a week and then went back home the next weekend just to check back up on her, so I spent several hours in the car over the end of February to the first few weekends in March. Mom is doing much much better now and won't be doing any more chemo for now and will just be getting checked routinely by her oncologist. Whew! She even managed to drive to Birmingham with Tucker for a dog show by herself and did great! (Yes, Mom, I was internally freaking out that you were doing that!!) And just Sunday night, she and my dad got back from a relaxing trip to Hilton Head with some of their friends.
|Mom and Wrigley right before I left after she came home|
|Wriggles loves the beach|
When I was at home, I was able to cook some bread and bisquick muffins with one of my neighbors who then gave me some starter for sourdough bread! Eek! I was extremely nervous the first time I made the rolls, but I'm learning more about my oven and each time, I am tweaking the recipe and my bread is turning out better and better! Sunday is now my bread baking day each week and I have to say, it rocks!! The smell of freshly baked bread is one of the best smells in this world! Other than my bread, I haven't done too much experimenting with new recipes for dinner, but will be starting back up soon. I keep finding new recipes through Pinterest that I want to try, so I will be sure to blog about them when I do.
|First batch of rolls|
|Second batch of bread|
|Penny in all her glory, aka, crazy|
|Chewing on their antlers|
|Wrigley needed his mama and apparently so did the little one!|
|Tired pups, each has one side of the couch|
|Both are fascinated by my computer|