Father’s Day

I hope that this Day to honor fathers is a good one for you. Someday I will do a post about my time as a youth and my relationship with my father. It wasn’t abusive or mean or anything…just…very scandihoovian.

Tomorrow is Diane’s last really bad chemo session. She has others in future months but they are immunotherapy rather than partly poisonous and so although there will be side effects, they won’t be the same, that is, as horrible. We won’t know the real drill until after surgery which has been rescheduled for July 18.

Baseball and classes are over for everyone and tomorrow is a workday for both of the kids. I am eager to see how that will go but will miss having them home to stay with Diane in weeks 1&2. “I don’t need anyone here!” she would say. “Okay,” I would say. We had three “dates” this last week. On Sunday we went to the PhotoWorks PhotoSlam in DC where my images were on the “slammed” side. Sigh. On Tuesday we went to Old Town, had pizza and wine, and swapped stories with a long time friend. Friday we went to Frederick, Maryland, where I found covered bridges and an awesome antiques store. This image is from that store.

Hand carved wooden hearts

Hand carved wooden hearts from “Great Stuff by George” antique store in Frederick, MD

 

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D-Day

Seventy-five years ago, thousands of young U.S. soldiers landed on the beaches in Normandy to free the world from the despotical, racist, maniacal rule of Hitler and the Nazis. My uncle, Bob Brandt was there that day, on LST-309 ferrying troops and equipment to Omaha Beach. I am humbled by the courage and sacrifice of all those who were part of that campaign, and, for their families who probably never had an idea of the terror. We tend to forget.

I haven’t been to Normandy and sadly, probably never will. That doesn’t prevent me from remembering, honoring, and praying that we don’t have to do that again. But, we aren’t very good at that part. This image is from Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

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Season 5, Episode 2

Things are going okay. Diane is charging through the recovery phase of the session and so is low but coming back. She went out to  baseball games twice during Week 1 and so her recovery has been set back just a little bit. She is now getting energy back and bought flowers today to put in “fishbowls on the wall.” Instead of pictures…hmmm.

I get up at 4 most mornings, hard to sleep for some reason. Guess I’m dreaming about not having allergies!!! This is an image from National Harbor. The ferris wheel there is not as big as London’s.

National Harbor

National Harbor Ferris Wheel

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Season 5, Episode 1

Or, session 5, week 1. Our timing is a bit messed up because of the holiday, the chemo was on a Tuesday vice Monday so all the other activities, meds, etc., were adjusted. She is actually doing quite awesome so far, day four is usually the really, really bad day so no chickens are being counted yet. I think she will really gut this day out though, since this afternoon is Kyle’s State Regional Baseball championship game. They go to the state tournament no matter what happens at this game but today, they play their archrivals and so Diane says she is not missing the game. And, of course, as the resident nagger and conservative caregiver, for today my opinion is not on a channel she watches. She is not admitting to any really bad symptoms although she did go back to bed. Fortunately, the game is a home game so we are only a mile or so away from the school.

G Washington Distillery

G Washington Distillery stream

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Remembering

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA

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