I was a bit nervous about the physical challenge of keeping up when it came to hiking and canoeing but I am pleased to say I managed OK being "off the grid" and eating dry and non-refrigerated foods for 4 days. It'll drive you a little nuts when you are eating mostly nuts and dried fruit for many meals. But the scenery of North Cascades National Park made you quickly forget creature comforts. Very few bugs and lovely, well-maintained campsites made the experience even easier to handle. After each day of canoeing, my sweet nieces set up the one-man tent for me without prompting. Early bedtimes in wonderful climate left time for napping and reading and listening to wildlife.
Back on the farm, we had the pleasure of a peach tree in its prime with perfect peaches any time we wanted and we wanted a lot. There is nothing worse than a disappointing peach and nothing better than a perfect peach. We also picked blueberries and Rob made a couple of blueberry pies which we augmented with just a taste of Häagen Dazs Vanilla Bean ice cream. All an important part of a good breakfast. On Saturday, I also accompanied Rob to the Vashon Island Farmers' Market and helped him sell his veggies at their booth.
|The Chicken is still cold in GR|
Still it is good to be back in Grand Rapids in my own bed with my loving homies, cooking in my own kitchen and tending my own tomato plants and goldfish livestock. Our awesome new neighbors, the Verkaiks, kept the plants watered during a very dry Grand Rapids week and I was rewarded with the first batch of ripe tomatoes. A little fresh sweetcorn and I am in heaven!
Busting my bubble was a scheduled chemo this morning. I had had an extra week off and had kind of forgotten about the whole cancer treatment thing. My blood test still reflected low platelet counts so they ratcheted down my chemo concentration rather than bump me another week. I've got all kinds of pretty purple bruises to back up that diagnosis.
|Dr. Scott can stop working for a moment|