Friday, August 23, 2013

News - good and otherwise

Cedar Creek Hatchery
Hebo, OR

Oh how I hate posting bad news on my blog.
As you all know, my Father had a biopsy done to determine
if the lesions they saw in a CT scan were cancerous.
Unfortunately the news was not as we had hoped..
he has Stage IV pancreatic cancer which has also spread to his liver.
This has hit me very hard, as it has come out of the blue.
My Dad is otherwise very healthy, and in his upper 70's, should not have to go through this.
They are now weighing out their options, which are not great I'm sure.

We are making our plans to go back to California to be near them.
If there is a bright spot in all of this, it's that we are mobile, and don't have to worry
about leaving jobs or houses to do so.
We're not sure how long we'll be there, but as long as needed.

In the meantime, there is some good news.
George does not have to see me looking like this:

where I spent the last few months working diligently for the 'company'.
The company I worked as President for the last 17 years has finally sold!
I stuck it out, helped them through the transition, and now am free of daily spreadsheets :)
I will be helping out the new owner where I can, 
and for helping out 30 hours per month will get health insurance provided.
Nice :-)
Anything over and above he will pay me.
I won't be putting in near as many hours as I did before.

We are winding down our last week here, leaving the 31st.
There's rumor of a potluck in our future :-)

Here's a few pictures of some guests in our yard:

This little guy was found on the steps going to the office of the hatchery.
Lawrence (a hatchery worker) scooped him up in a bowl
and put him on the tree. We think he fell and was stunned.
Once on the tree, he made his way up about 10 feet, turned around and flew off.

I thought he was cute...
For a bat :-)


  1. Sorry to hear about your Dad. No words are really appropriate. Life isn't fair sometimes.

  2. So so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  3. That is exactly how Leonard and I feel. This lifestyle leaves us with options to return to "home" or where else when needed. Unfortunately we've had to do so three times in the last 4 years. But so grateful we were able.

    I suspected that you would be headed to California shortly. Prayers for you and all the family during this difficult time.

  4. So sorry to hear about your dad, we've been through the "c" with Dave's mom, unfortunately we were not mobile at the time. Thoughts and prayers for your family,nice deal with the insurance, safe travels back to CA.

  5. So sorry to hear about your dad. We know how important family can be. It's nice to be able to be close by to help out.

  6. Really sorry to hear your Dad's news. I am sure you are all in shock at the moment and it will be good that you can be there to help them out. We'll keep all of you in our throughts and prayers.

  7. So sorry to hear the news about your dad. We're glad that you're mobile and can easily get there to be with your family now. Know that you're in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

  8. I'm very sorry to hear the news about your dad. If he is strong and healthy perhaps there is treatment he can undergo. We know all too well the shock of having a terminal illness diagnosed out of the blue when you are feeling fine. I will keep you, your father and your family in my thoughts and hope for an a treatment such as David has had that will allow your father to have at least a few more years. It is so hard to have someone you love so much go through something like this.

    Glad to hear about the sale though and the insurance though sorry you will still be "working".

  9. That's such sad news about your Dad. I can't imagine what you are going through. I'm glad you will be able to go back and stay with him during this hard time for the family. And now that the company has sold, you'll have more time to spend with him, too.

  10. Our hearts are breaking for you and your dad to have received such devastating news. We will hold you and your family in our prayers for strength to handle this challenge. Thank goodness you have no entanglements and can be with your family at this time.

  11. We are so sorry to hear this news, Laurie. I know it had to come as a shock to everyone. You and your whole family will be in our thoughts.
    Travel back home safely.

  12. I'm sorry about your dad. It is a tough road ahead for all of you for sure. Be thankful and enjoy all the free time you now have since the company sold and you can be with him and your family to give help and support. I will say prayers for your father, you and your family.

  13. I'm very sorry about your Dad. It is so nice that your lifestyle will permit you to be with him and your family to bring them comfort for as long as you are needed. My thoughts are with you.