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What I’m Reading: A Gathering of Secrets

I just finished up reading the audio book A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo.  The book is part of the Kate Burkholder series.  I’ve read every book since the first and have very much enjoyed them all.  This on I even ordered as a pre-order.  I knew I’d be wanting to read it.


There is something about a good series that I love.  I know the characters.  I know what to expect.  With this one I know something is going to be happening on “hog path road”…I know Pickles and Skids.  I know Mona the up and coming new officer.  I know the back stories of them all.  It feels so much like sitting down and watching an episode of television show.

Happily this book didn’t disappoint.  I liked it.  The books aren’t earth shattering books that make a difference in the way I think or feel.  They are just plain good entertainment.  I highly recommend the entire series if you haven’t tried them out yet.

In this book, Kate’s love interest,  John Tomasetti, doesn’t make a big appearance but that’s okay…still it’s a great book.

Here’s what Amazon had to say: Continue reading

Doctor Update

So today was Doctor Day for me.  If you’ve been following the blog you know that my blood results are indicating that I have a return of cancer.  I had thyroid cancer back in 2016.  We thought it was gone but it decided it liked me so much that it came back.

If you missed my post about the return cancer, you can find that HERE.

Tuesday we were up and did blood testing and neck ultrasound.  Today…Doctor.

Here’s what we know….NOTHING.

Actually here’s what my doctor said:
She doesn’t think the “lesion” in my thyroid area is the problem.  She thinks the thyroid cancer has likely moved to my lungs.  She said it can be small and not detectable and that could be why nothing is showing up the scans I’ve had done.  We might have to “let it grow” before it’s treated as whatever it is, has to show up on a scan before it can be treated.

She suggested that we have the “lesion” biopsied and a CT chest scan done.  They were able to get me in for the CT scan in the afternoon but not until 3:15pm so we had to wait around for six hours.  They scheduled the biopsy for Thursday.  UGH another day back in Rochester.  Well then they explained that the have a “check” option.  This meant that you can be put on a “check” list and should an opening come up I could get the needle biopsy done.

Luckily both of the procedures happened from the same waiting room.  I went to the receptionist and asked to be on the “check” list for the needle biopsy.  She said -I’ll do better than that, I’ll call back and see if we can get you in on appointment status.  She did and I did get an appointment.  AH..not another trip to Rochester.

The needle biopsy went great.  It was the best one ever.  The doctor had a British accent that was completely in a lullaby tone.  He was super considerate and easy going.  Even though the biopsies are the most fun, he made it completely tolerable.  The whole staff was wonderful and very kind and considerate.

The chest CT was quick…10 minutes in and out.  The only problem…I was suppose to put my arms back and under my head.  I did…the scanner took me under the machine and that’s when my shoulder screamed, “remember, I don’t work this was anymore”  (for any new blog readers I had a shoulder injury that I occasionally have to nurse back to health)  Well there was nothing I could do so while my shoulder was SCREAMING, I just started counting in my mind to make me not think of the pain my shoulder was causing….It was quick but my shoulder is pretty sore.  Nothing terrible but I’ll be tylenoling and nursing it for a bit.

So now I go back on Tuesday to find out the results…I’m hoping there are some answers and we don’t move on to more testing.  We’ll see.  I’m open to wherever this takes me.

If it’s in the thyroid bed (“lesion”) then surgery.  If it’s in my lungs another round of Radio Active Iodine.  If there are no answers, more testing.  All of these are things I can do.

When I got out of testing, Hubby had these for me….TRUFFLES.  My fave.


He was a real trouper.  I had magazines and cross stitch with to keep me occupied.  He had NOTHING.

On the way home I got this picture sent to me…. Continue reading

So Very Thankful

Today is my appointment day with the doctor here at Mayo Clinic.  Hubby and I came in yesterday for some tests…Everything was simple so far.  Blood work and then a neck ultrasound.

We stayed overnight.  Rochester is just under 2 hours away and it made more sense to us to stay overnight as we had an afternoon appointment yesterday and an 8 am appointment today.  It was either spend the money on gas or spend the money on a hotel.

I want to give a big shout out to all of you.  I’ve had wonderful things come in the mail to me…cards and thinking of you gifts.

This one came from one of the people I admire the most, our former Pastor’s wife.  She’s one of kind and oh so special.  She was the perfect model of a pastor’s wife.  As Hubby would say, if she doesn’t go to heaven, we’re all going to hell.

Thanks so much for the card Cecil.  Thanks also to others who have sent cards.  The “cheering me on notes” are great!

My niece Jody, who also had a cancer repeat, sent me this along with a note.  While she was going through life this book has been inspirational to her.  She thought I should have a copy too.


…and of course, there’s Ila…. Continue reading

Finally…those striped black shirts

Remember this book is Parallel Lines by Pamela Goecke Dinndorf that our blog reader Linda from Minnesota gifted us?


Remember this quilt that I’ve started collecting fabrics for???

For it I need black striped fabric.  I’ve been trying to find black striped 100% cotton shirts.  I’ve not had the best of luck.  I’ve found one here or there.  Blog readers have sent a couple to me.

As much as I liked the quilt I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get to make it until WAY in the future.  Collecting was so slow.  I thought to just give up on black and switch to making it in blues but that didn’t seem right.  I thought to give up I liked the quilt just the way it was…so I needed to be patient.

Then last week when I was at the thrift store I hit the jackpot.  I found these…. Continue reading