Friday, September 19, 2008


My stepdaughter starts a new and promising leukemia treatment today, and her outlook toward her situation is beginning to brighten (she's not technically my stepdaughter yet, but I don't let the absence of a wedding ring stop me from thinking of her as such).

The dogs are both doing well and have perked up in the crisp weather that's now visiting the DC area a little more frequently. They are happier than ever - 'tis the season for chasing squirrels, and their squirrel-hunting antics are highly entertaining, both for them and for all who watch them.

The sky is blue with some very interesting clouds floating about (it's a great day for all your cloud spotters!), the air is comfortably cool, and the quality of the light is spectacular, especially in the morning.

The smile that came to my face yesterday as I read some humorous blogs was the first real smile I'd cracked in a while, and it has stayed with me. I'm now sitting in my favorite chair, which doesn't happen much because it's also the favorite chair of Jacob the Dog. As I feel a lovely breeze waft through the window beside me, I rest easily in the satisfaction of knowing that all my needs are met.

In this moment, I am thankful - simply but genuinely thankful.


Steve said...

Glad you're smiling. :)

Lane said...

My dogs are perkier too. They love the damp early mornings.

Glad things are good for you:-)

willow said...

Thanks for the smiles! That's great news for your stepdaughter!

SJW said...

I came across your blog with black boxes. I'm new to this blogging business and like yours. Will be back to read more. sjw

Barbara said...

I'm glad your outlook on the world is pleasant. That's always a nice way to end the week. It's good to hear positive news of your stepdaughter's treatment.

I was able to enjoy an hour of my doctor friend's time as I took her to the airport to go to her mother-in-law's funeral. It's nice to be in the company of a friend. For that and many other things I am eternally thankful, too.

Pam said...

I think your blog is lovely. I especially liked 'The Animals' post.I'm glad your stepdaughters leukemia treatment looks promising. All the very best for an uplifting outcome and a satisfying week ahead.

Cyndy said...

I have been enjoying your blog very much during my brief visits. I hope your step daughter makes a full recovery with this new treatment.

Reya Mellicker said...

I made up a squirrel hunting chant for jake a few years ago. I'll sing it for you sometime if you like ... or not! (Would completely understand if you didn't want to hear the melody).

Here are the words:

Hunt and stalk
Hunt and stalk
I prefer it to a walk

Munching squirrels
Is a lovely fate!

SJW said...

Hi Adrianne,
Thanks for your return visit. Weather in Dublin today was a September day from heaven - we hope for more of them after a wet, wet, wet summer. Hope all goes well for your step-daughter. And keep working on the novel even when you go back to work. Mine only really got going incidentlly when I applied work like logic to it, which in my case being a production mangager in the day job meant an outline, then deadlines which I took very, very seriously, an Excel sheet with doc links to each chapter and (hardest part) getting up two hours early at least two days each week. All the best, sjw

Virtual Voyage said...

Pleased to hear the news about your stepdaughter and hope things continue to go well. We're enjoying mild but crisp weather here too.