Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I could go on and on but she just called to say she thinks her water broke-a slow trinkle not the Niagara Falls I had experienced with her. She is talking to the mid-wife service. They probably will have her come in. Did she pack ahead of time? Is the carseat installed? Of course not.
Update: Well it's been an hour since she first called the midwife. Her favorite is occupied at the moment but will call back as soon as there is a break in the action. Meanwhile the baby is active, she's strep B negative, so no hurry.The policy is that they usually have them come in to triage to test if it's really amniotic fluid. If so, they watch the contractions and heartbeat for 20 minutes to make sure all is right and then send them home until labor really starts. Most of the time it does in 24 hours. If it doesn't start, they will induce within 24 hours. (the policy when I had her was 72 hours: after dripping for 2 days straight, I asked to be induced-labor did not start on its own).
Further update: Her midwife didn't call but another one did very surprised that she isn't in labor dilated as much. We are going into triage (holding area in which they decide whether to keep you) and they will test the fluid.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
So cool, dry air moved in and I ran comfortably without a break for 7.5 miles. Yesterday I ran by a medium size snapping turtle. They look so primitive. I missed turtle day in May when all the female snappers come out of the water to lay their eggs. They can have 3 feet long shells sometimes. I used to go to the nearby pond with Naomi to feed the ducks and would cringe because about 6 feet out, I could see the noses of the snappers laying in wait in case the ducklings ventured into their territory.
Did more gardening today as the weather was so nice though I have alot left to do. I quit when I accidentally pulled on a probable very small poison ivy plant. Hopefully I washed off the oil in time but in the past this has been enough to turn me into a mass of welts.
Found a long, lost friend on Facebook so that's a plus.
Josh and his 2 buddies want to go on a road trip this weekend. They get a car and gas. Their target? Paris, which looks around 220 miles away going through most of Belgium. Too bad he didn't take my Michelin, page by page, French map book. But my phrase book covers French along with German and Italian so that might be useful. He wants to know where to stay ( my advice-don't drive into the city) and see. What to see is the easy part. Oh I wish I was there!!! Just a few days ago, he had no idea that he would find himself in Germany drinking Kolsch by the pint. Who knows what the future holds?
Monday, June 28, 2010
As for heat, Ms. Dakota is in it. The spaying Thursday will be none too soon. Fortunately she isn't making a big mess like the female pug we once had.
Got some bargain plants and planted some of them in a container. They do look nice if I say so myself. The bedding plants for my neglected front yard will have to wait for coolness. But my patio is now completely surrounded by flowers.
We had a 'birth options' class tonight at UM in which we met all the midwives and listened to their philospophy which jives with mine. Her favorite midwife was on duty birthing babies. Naomi wants so much to go into labor tonight so she can have her favorite but that doesn't look like it's happening. The head mid-wife was telling us how she never tries to predict when labor starts. She said she told a woman who was 4 cm dilated that she would go into labor in a few days but a week later, the lady was still with child. Naomi listened with interest and went up to her and said she was at 4 cm 4 days ago. Tomorrow morning she gets another visit from the public health nurse. I had hoped she'd have the car seat installed by then for the nurse's approval but Naomi said the tornado warning stopped them from putting it in yesterday. I don't recall having so many tornado warnings in such a short time. Yesterday's tornado ripped off the roofs of a few houses near the airport but no one was injured.
Josh e-mailed me from work. So far he is having a good experience in Germany. The town partied hard after the World Cup victory. He was impressed with the Dom, the enormous Gothic cathedral there which is a half-mile from his hotel.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I got a broken-up phone call from Germany (in which I could hear only every other word). Josh is alive though missing his luggage. He watched the Germany vs England World Cup Game in downtown Cologne with the locals so I guess he'll get a feel for the place. Hopefully he'll learn a few phrases every day.
Naomi claims to be in constant pain from pressure very low. The baby must have completely dropped. She is as pregnant now as I was when I had her. Still it doesn't sound like she is having regular contractions.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Just 2 weeks ago, almost all of us were together in New York at one table but now..
Nephew Joe is in Japan
His parents are in Mexico
Josh is on his way to Cologne, Germany
Julia is in Chicago
Shanna and her family are in Boston
And we are here in Michigan with the dogs. Sunny needs air-conditioning but Dakota gets cold so she is wearing a doggy Snugli. I'd take a picture but my favorite camera is en route to Germany.
It's getting warm again and so far, no baby today..just back pain.
I went to the monthly cancer survivor lunch but didn't have time to go to the support groups. I think I have out-grown them anyway. Cancer is way down on my radar screen right now but I wanted to see some of the people I have become friendly with. A mom of a boy a year younger than Naomi who lives in our neighborhood was there. The boy was dealing with a rare type of leukemia at the same time I was in Cancerland and got alot of press. He seems to be out of danger from cancer but has really long lasting side effects.
Josh was over for alot of the afternoon. I was trying to teach him German phrases. He was very resistant but I told him how annoyed the locals get when you speak English without asking if they indeed speak it. I don't want him to be an Ugly American -albeit a very cute one. I made him take a phrase book. He took French in high school. He did very badly and has sworn off learning any language. He was just transferred to a new group at work and it seems they travel: Germany, England and China so he better become more flexible.
Had a nice evening drinking wine spritzers watching humming birds and a possible rose breasted grosbeck.
I awoke to Dakota gnawing on my toes.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Why the German? Josh was told today to go to Cologne, Germany for 2 weeks for work. Usually the auto business is centered around Stuttgart so I am puzzled what he will be doing. So I am giving him a guide book and a phrase book. He doesn't know any German other than Danke. Cologne or Koln is a really interesting city. When exploring where to go in Western Germany, I had decided to go there if we were going by train. But by car, taking the wine road through Alsace and the Black Forest made more sense. And Julia already is on route to Chicago with her sister to celebrate the sister's 21st birthday thus Sunny needs a temporary home.
So the weather has been beautiful for the past 2 days. Last night was spent with Julia and Sunny watching Josh play soccer. A very nice night. Unfortunately, he is injured so he can only play goal but hopefully he'll mend in Germany.
No European trips for me until I was almost 50! Shanna spent 3 weeks in France in high school and later in Israel.
Went for an easy run this morning and then spent several hours planting yesterday's purchases. My calla and tiger lilies are now in bloom.
Naomi is on our patio trying to get a tan, hard for a redhead. She's probably just laying down skin mutations leading to skin cancer. She has been warned but chooses not to believe. Later today, a mid-wife visit. Naomi thinks she'll be more dilated today. We'll see.
I wake up each morning thinking this is the day I meet the baby but the contractions seemed to have stopped.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
A rat-cha from the web
A busy day and night here in ex-Tumorville. Didn't feel the earthquake, the tornados went south of us as did the derecho. Lots of alarms and lightning strikes for the first part of the night. Had more damage here last Friday with our tree branch (huge) falling down and the house down the street bursting into flames when hit with lightning. The health insurance issue seems to be straightened out though it was frustrating that the case worker never returned our calls. Steve went down there in person saying that Naomi could go into labor at anytime and it would be nice to know that she's covered. The woman there looked at Naomi and said that to her, Naomi is too small to go into labor anytime soon but she did give us the right plan that covers UM.
The other day I got a denial of coverage from the dental plan for my recent visit but it turns out the dentist entered it as if it was my plan and it's Steve's plan.
Dakota went to the vet for maintenance shots and a pre-spaying physical. 7.5 lbs. The vet was asked to guess her heritage and came up with half chihuahua: the other half a mix of rat terrier and possibly dachshund to give her coloring and longish back. Rat terriers themselves are a mix of many breeds including the whippet. Teddy Roosevelt invented the rat terrier. Recently a house full of 40 malnourished whippets was investigated and now the humane society is full of them. Their faces look really similiar to Dakota's but they don't have upright ears as she does. I still think she has pug in her. For $60, her doggie DNA could be identified but I remember reading an article about an obvious pit bull/weinmanimer (however it's spelled)mix and the test came up with bichon and boston terrier-not even close.
Today the humidity finally dropped and it is pleasant out. Did an early morning run, bought a few more plants at a big plant sale, and then went to a southern Indian place. Most Indian restaurants I've gone to are the Pakistani type-with meat, curries, tikkas, masalas. This place had completely different foods-all vegetarian. They sold dosas 3 feet across. They also make homemade ice cream. I had anjeer which I think is a type of fig. Other flavors-kesar pista and chikoo and the favorite mango. We sat near an Indian family who was interested in educating us on all the strange food there.
We then went to the Botanical Gardens which are especially nice now. They've openned up a new section for kids that I think Oliver will like with all its activities. They will be here in less than 2 weeks. Hopefully Maya will be out to see them by then.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
We are scheduled to get another derecho soon but it seems to be losing power as it heads our way.
Not a good day today! Apparently there are several forms of Medicaid: not all forms cover the same institutions. She was supposed to choose the right plan after 45 days, which is not up yet, but apparently Medicaid chose for her the plan that does NOT cover UM and told her to pick a new doctor oblivious to the fact she already had to switch and is already dilated, etc. UM called her up to tell her this this morning saying it often happens. Hopefully this is fixable. She had an appointment with the public health nurse this morning who knows the ropes and will hopefully get this straightened out ASAP. I am awaiting a phone call to tell me this or I know the rest of the day will be spent dealing with this mess.
I did make some money yesterday..maybe. In Boston, I noticed an ad in the free newspaper for a study on breast cancer patients that had chemo. I called them up a few weeks ago to enroll to fill out 2 surveys that net me $60. They said they'll take 45 minutes each to fill out but I did the both of them in 30 minutes. Bizarre choices: You have 2 treatment plans: Treatment A: 100% chance of survival but 100% chance of temporary hairloss with 40 % painful mouth sores versus
Treatment B: 90% chance of survival but no hair loss or mouth sores. They kept adding and taking away side effects, different ones tweaking the percentages over and over. In general I went for the ones giving the highest chance of survival but sometimes they added permanent side effects like never being able to walk again. You could also answer no preference or slight preference. Seems like that old game: would you rather be blind or deaf or would you rather die from being burn alive or slowly squished to death.
My real life situation:
Treatment A: 75% chance of survival with 100% chance of temporary hairloss, 80% chance of fatigue 20% chance of permanent neuropathy 90% nausea. Varying percentages of finger nail loss, muscle pain, neutropenia, diarrhea,constant nose bleeds, severe anemia, infections causing hospitalization, 5% of fatal heart problems, 5% of leukemia down the road, lots of money and time spent
Treatment B: 50% chance of survival but no side effects, no money or time spent
What would you choose?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Again it is hot and humid. Only strong winds made my run tolerable today and tomorrow will be toastier.
Thunderstorms came through in the middle of the night driving Dakota crazy. I am sleeping ( or more correctly: staying awake with her) as Steve is sick though he was gone for 2 hours running today. He is mad at me now because, believe or not, I allegedly left the orange juice top on loose causing it to spill when he shook it. Can we spell PETTY? All sorts of sighing...
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Well finally the humidity has dropped but I am too lazy to do much. I spent some time with a friend yesterday going to garage sales so now Maya has even more pink things-some really good deals. Stuff a bag with whatever you could for $5. Some of the clothes hadn't been worn and still had the tags. She now has a high chair too.
With my Michigan strawberries, much smaller than the commercial kind so they takes longer to prepare, I made crepes filled with yogurt cheese for our Mom's BBQ last night. Since chemo, I have become a mosquito magnet. They really never bothered me before but it was nice sipping mojitos with my friends lying in a lounge chair out in the country until they came out to attack.
No baby yet though she has intermittant mild contractions. Steve is out getting a digital recorder. We had a Father's and Mother's Day lunch (as I was out of town) today with Josh and Julia. Dakota is back to staying with us along with my friend whose water for some reason has been cut off.
We will see what the upcoming week will bring.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Yesterday she took a breast feeding class. Young moms have a very bad track record of actually doing it but she seems committed to it. Unfortunately the hospital staff generally isn't too helpful. Shanna's pediatrician (who she later got rid of) was trying to get Shanna to introduce formula via bottle to stem Oliver's weight loss during the period Shanna's milk was coming in. Shanna refused saying she wanted to establish the breast feeding. She was then told that this wasn't about her but the baby, which got her mad as she was trying to do what was best for the baby. Few young girls have the balls to stand up for what they think is right. The public health nurse who visited us Wednesday (the State gives us 10 visits) said that if they insist on formula, have them introduce it by dropper so the baby won't get used to bottles. Nurse Ann seems to be a good fit for Naomi and will be especially useful when the baby actually comes. She could have social worker visits too but at this point, it was decided that the nurse would be most useful.
One of the joys of motherhood is watching your child play on various athletic teams. At one point, Naomi was playing soccer, softball, volleyball and on the swim team. At other times, she did travel basketball and cross country. Josh usually was playing basketball and baseball until he was in high school and concentrated on soccer. He went to a small technical school which had no varsity sports though he cleaned up in the inter fraternity leagues. In the summers, he played soccer on an adult league and later at work softball far away from here. After Naomi graduated, no more teams for her. But now Josh and his buddy have joined a half-field soccer team. His friend played on a select team with him since they were 8. Both guys, although really superb athletes in high school, haven't kept up. Last night, his friend's mom and I went to see the boys. We were the only moms of course (don't these other players have moms?). I missed the first game as I was in transit but the friend's mom provided cookies embarrassing her son. This mom also is an ice skater mom with her other son being on the ice dancing Olympic team. She's invited me to to watch them practice. At the same rink are the other members of the Olympic ice dancing team and the Canadian champions so lots of talent in our little corner of the universe.
As for Josh, he became winded very easily and with no subs and lots of humidity, was not a hap py camper. Until he gets his act together, he no longer is the star of the team (his usual position in about any sport). But I enjoyed my return to soccer mom.
I had taken 4 days off from running. Sometimes I wonder what good is it as I am so clearly overweight. How can I run so far and still be fat? What kind of a cosmic joke is being played on me? I guess I can eat faster than I can run. But if you were to see my legs, I have no visible veins or lumps of fat. They are are as smooth as a teenager's. I have good muscle tone and am not easily winded. My resting heart rate is between 55 and 65. But I have running quotas, silly as that may be, and I get annoyed when I don't reach them. I've been cramming in a weeks worth of running into 4 days-not fun in this humidity. I had to get up extra early today to be finished before Naomi's appointment.
More gardening needs to be done. My coreopsis seemed to survive its trip from NJ. It has the unfortunate name of 'tickweed'. Coreopsis meaning bedbug's view in Greek. My lilies are now starting to bloom and my new container of pale lavender petunias are especially fragrant.
And for those who are interested, I finally finished yesterday's blog about our weekend after I finished this one. Who said I have to do things in order?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here in Michigan, we have numerous small restaurants called coney islands usually run by Greeks that serve hotdogs covered with chili. They don't serve those at all on Coney Island, Steve's neighborhood growing up (his apartment was on the border of Coney Island and Brighton Beach). Sunday morning we headed into Brooklyn to rescue Josh, who was left in Maddy's friend's house. We then took a walk along the boardwalk along Coney Island near where Steve grew up. In Annie Hall, the main character grew up in a house under the Cyclone. Well Steve grew up right on top of it. A very noisy place with several train lines coming together. The noise when the F train rounded a steep curve was incredible with lots of sparks flying. Conversation in their apartment had to stop until the trains passed. Some of the rides have loud music and sirens. Then there are the constant car alarms going off too and the the garbage trucks that come at 6 am slamming metal containers down. Steve's mom finally moved out of there in 2004 but we were there several times a year.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Part of a game we got for the bride and groom-a custom made Monopoly game. The places have been replaced with places meaningful to the couple
So we are back from our 4 day adventure with 2 of the days devoted to driving. Naomi did not go into labor as I feared. She is now 37 weeks and has occasional contractions. I took a vacation from e-mail and running too, no time for either. I will try to make up these things today. Between Naomi, Steve, and I, we took lots of pictures. There was an official wedding photographer there too who I hope with her superior equipment, will have better pictures of the bride and groom.
After breakfast on Sunday, we went into Brooklyn crossing the Verrazano Bridge, all of this was a new experience for Dontae who hasn't travelled much in his life aside from a class trip to DC.
Friday, June 11, 2010
There is a genetic variant of lung cancer, about 10% patients have it, that is effectively treated by a new drug developed by my former employer.
As for brain cancer, particularly glioblastomas, researchers have developed a device that sends electrical currents to the brain stopping all cellular growth.Now the only cells in the brain that are reproducing would be tumor cells so this is a selective method of treatment. Of course, it doesn't kill the cells, just stops them from growing.
We too can become guinea pigs. Naomi was contacted today about a study that investigates tearing during delivery in young moms. They will provide a doula who will film her privates during labor. She says she doesn't want to see her vajayjay on TV, which I don't think it will be, but she will be paid. She is thinking this over.
And me, I can earn $60 by just answering questions about the side effects of chemo on the internet with no filming of the vajayjay.
I need to pack and deal with my hair today. I will go to a Happy Hour with whatever chemists are left here. I might not be blogging on our trip out east but I will be back.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am still sweating the small stuff too much to even begin to write a blog not full of whining so I won't. Just to say: you'd think that a GPS device would be able to tell you what distance a route would be-not just as the crow flies. Avoid G****n N*vis like the plague!
Also: the rental office was broken into and some of the rent checks were stolen and cashed, a check made out specifically to the apartment complex. Who pays ? They want a new check.
Now the bank shouldn't have cashed it and they presumably will make good on it at some point but until then, no money for Naomi and Don'tae unless...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Turns out that noone has been paying rent on that crappy apartment for 2 months, can I please do it? He'll pay you back....
Don'tae works fulltime at a job paying barely over minimum wage. His biggest expense is paying usurious interest on a non-functional car. We usually pay cash for cars but the one time we financed a $25K car(albeit at 0% interest), our payment was less.
And the rental car sent Naomi a threatening latter still not attaching a dollar amount to the 'damage'. She turned the car in and noone said anything about any damage. Later they called saying they saw a scratch. and they will bill her debit card (which was inactive-good luck with that). We don't trust this franchise at all. I f there was damage, which noone saw when we dropped it off, why now do they claim it is?Steve called the national office of this particular rental place. They said they see paint that was used to disguise the scratch. News to us. They will launch some sort of investigation. It is annoying.
It all saps the energy right out of me.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Naomi was going through old pix today and saw this picture. Are the men at the wedding this Sunday going to be wearing yarmulkes? Yes indeedy! Even Don'tae. No it doesn't matter if he's Catholic, he'll need to wear one. We'll take pictures.
A very busy day here in the Land of Excised Tumors that Hopefully will NEVER Return. First another long run striking while the weather is cool, then took Naomi to the hospital to see her friend's new baby (the new Grandmom still has no idea). While driving back home, a mysterious light appeared. Now I know to ignore the Check Engine Soon! light which has something to do with emissions but this one with its stylized hieroglyphics was a new one. I turn the car off to read the manual. One suggestion: it's the battery-isn't-charging light. It helpfully suggests never turning the car off if one sees this light as the car will never start again. Well too f***ing late for that! But hold on, the light was in a slightly different place. Could be the low coolant light. Now the radiator was damaged in Naomi's recent accident. Surely they put coolant in it!! I left the car for Steve to figure out but didn't give him the right key so that he could actually get in without alarms going off. Went to pick Naomi up and off to the dentist hitting every traffic obstacle possible. The very sweet hygienist is fascinated by Naomi. Her mom was only 17 when she had her, smoking and not eating to hide her condition as long as possible resulting in a preemie birth of a 4 lb child. She is now 5'10", none the worse for wear. Then the dentist comes in with a list of 'trouble' teeth whose fillings are still on their last legs and all should be replaced by caps, which my insurance finds as some sort of indulgence, so it pays little for them. I agreed on the one that actually shows some sign of decay (though fortunately asymptomatic) but said I won't deal with it until after the baby is born.
Naomi came with me to the dentist. The office staff is very nice to her. We go to the Resale shop and find a bassinet in good shape for $100 less than the Baby stores. It works with the heartbeat, flashing lights, vibrating mattress, mobile spinning around though it was a bitch to fit into my microcar. Off to her apartment (the first time I was permitted in since helping her move into it) for an appointment with this State program appointed nurse for those on Medicaid. She wanted me there in case she couldn't answer the questions. This woman ended up being almost an hour late (and of course I had more activities scheduled) but she seems to have lots of useful information so so far, this program is worthwhile. She did wonder how old I was when I had my first child (is she seeing if I was a teenage mom and Naomi is just repeating our trailer park ways?) I said that I was considered 'elderly" by the OBs when I had Naomi (if you are over 35, you are considered elderly) but I had my first right after I turned 26, not as a teenager.
She wondered about the lack of continuity of health care for Naomi. Our insurance has switched several times and now we had to drop Naomi. I assured her that Naomi always has been well taken care of. Naomi had to fill out yet another mental health questionnaire. (least this one didn't ask if she felt that things were getting on top of her? She interprets this literally.. Do they mean Don'tae she asks. He gets on top sometimes...). Their biggest issue? Lack of money. I said that since she was an hour late and we had other things scheduled, we'd have to continue this meeting another time. I race through construction zones and rush hour so
Steve can have a key to deal with the car in time for Naomi to pick up Don'tae from work. Then off to Happy Hour with a friend on the completely opposite side of town.
Monday, June 7, 2010
It's very nice today-Cool, dry and sunny. Good for a long run out in the country. Last week a box turtle was crossing the road that I take to get out there. There aren't many cars on this road but they do go fast. One of them was going to hit the turtle for sure. I cringed as a few cars narrowly missed it. As I picked it up, I noticed several leeches attached to its flesh and one to its shell. Yuck. But at least it wasn't going to be smooshed on my watch.
Naomi was over. Until she can get Section 8 housing, hard to get in these times, she asked if the 3 of them could move in when her lease expires at the awful pit she lives in now. Her friend with the same due date had her baby yesterday and he's now in a NIC unit due to his prematurity. This girl never told her mother about her situation. Naomi's belly gets bigger and bigger but the rest of her remains small. The baby needs to stay put for another month, especially when we are travelling out of state in a few days.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Even though it is nice and cool, I went to the gym as I've been running so much. I forgot however that the Dexter-Ann Arbor Race was in progress blocking my route from the eastside to the westside. Maybe when (ha!)I lose the weight, I will run it again. It's a half marathon going through the river valley most of the way. Very pretty! They used to give bumper stickers saying you finished it. I proudly sported that until the car died. Still everyone assumed it was Steve who had run it, not me.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Things came up: weddings, grandchildren and CANCER.
I don't miss it much especially during the last few years when we spent so much of our time writing goals and then being measured against them and trying to spin this or that, that real work was not getting done. From what I hear, it is getting worse and I need them to get their act together as too much of my 401K is in their hands.
What did I do anyway? It seemed a mystery to even those within the company. At one point, the head of security was cross-examining me many years ago. My boss had been murdered under strange circumstances. He stupidly had tried to rehabilitate a 19 year junkie/prostitute who murdered him by her pimp's orders when the money stopped coming her way fast enough. But corporate security's ears perked up when they found out that a chemist was involved with someone using drugs. Maybe he was making drugs too on the side. I am not sure how they made that leap of logic, not their strong suit as it turned out, but they were going to question me over and over until I confessed to something. Since I knew about the prostitute, I must know more.
Is your boss capable of making a CNS active drug?
(Duh, if he wasn't able to or even if I wasn't able to, we'd be fired for gross incompetency. That's our job. Nothing special about making a CNS active drug-chemicals are chemicals.)
Um, he was the inventor of Me-too-azapam. (an anxiolytic-he had broken the patent of a well known competitor. I knew this was probably in this CV.)
Do you think he is making Me-too-azapam at home?
No, it's hard to make outside the lab (plus if he were making illegal drugs, patent protection would not be a concern. I'm sure he'd find something more profitable and easier to make but I can't tell jerk-off this as too much knowledge is dangerous even though any organic chemist would have the same knowledge.)
He wondered if I might be a prostitute too.
No, I am happily married to a YOUNG, good looking chemist. I am also pregnant (with Shanna).
I stressed that I had this job before my boss showed up. He didn't hire me nor could you blame his boss who was stuck with him and didn't approve of his side activities. Such obnoxious questions that in today's environment, would be highly illegal.
My poor boss didn't deserve to die although he was profoundly stupid for dealing with this woman.
I ran some more and then went to the Farmer's Market to add to my garden. The rabbit eats any sprouts less than 6 inches. Hopefully it will leave the established plants alone.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Haven't seen Naomi for a while but usually each week we have to rescue her somehow. I did some baby shopping without her. My target: a cradle that rocks itself.
Not a very exciting week. A lot of time spent watching the hummingbird come and go trying to take its picture but so far, that hasn't worked out.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
(by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross)
Here is Mayfly,
It is her first day on earth.
It is also her last.
Mayflies only live for one day.
But is she sad?
Not at all.
She is happy to be alive!
This isn't any old day.
This is the best of days.
She lives for each moment.
She sees the world begin,
She hears the crack of dawn.
And bathes in its golden glow.
A billion buds burst open.
All for her!
She tastes her honey.
Mayfly sees eggs hatch.
Lambs learning to stand.
The business of ants.
The dizziness of children...
The loveliness of things.
She feels the sun's warm hug.
The kiss of summer rain.
The magic of the rainbow.
It is her wedding day.
Trees throw confetti.
There are games on the lawn.
She dances to the music of the universe.
Mayfly lays her eggs.
It is a peaceful night.
The best of nights.
She makes one last wish:
'Little ones, may all your tomorrows be as perfect as my
Mayfly watches the moon come up and the stars go out.
And is thankful for her wonderful life.
This was a poem read at the funeral of a inflammatory breast cancer warrior at her request. She was about my age so she'd had many days. Still not long enough.
Mayflies are also known as fish flies and are found very close to the Great Lakes. I am too far away from the water to experience them in Ann Arbor. They all hatch at once and die later that day. I worked briefly in downtown Detroit on the River eating lunch on its banks inhaling the distillery fumes of the Hiram Walker plant due south in Canada and vanilla aroma, once a week, from my own employer. One day the banks were covered with dying flies. Never had heard of them before. I didn't see them again until I was camping in Mackinaw City within a half mile where Lakes Michigan and Huron touch with Naomi when she was 13. We were on the Michigander, the 6 day bike ride that features Rails-to-Trails. All night I had heard pitter patter on the tent walls puzzled as the weather report said no chance of rain. I got up as usual before Naomi and found thousands of these flies dead or almost dead on the tent. She screams just at the sight of a mosquito or bee: she is no fan of bugs. Suffice it to say, she was not amused when she finally arouse. Our breakfast companion was thrilled as he was a fly fisherman. Those fancy trout and salmon lures are all designed to look like a mayfly. He said there was a whole book, The Hatch, describing these things. It was a happy day for the fish.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
So my hummingbird likes the new position of my feeder and visits regularly in the evening every 15 minutes or so. Steve thought he saw the red throat patch (male) but I didn't. They are fun to watch though only once have I seen more than one at my feeder. As I bent down to do some gardening yesterday, it snuck up behind me. I didn't see it but could hear it-sounds like a baseball card stuck in a fast moving bike wheel. I bought more flowers to entice them today. My growing things from seeds in peat pots was a bust. Everything I planted is gone. I am blaming Mr. Rabbit.
Naomi visited a new midwife today. Both of us didn't like this one. We are waiting extra days until we can get the one we had last time who has a good bedside manner. But all was fine and the baby still has its head down though not engaged. Through the rain, we went to the Farmer's Market for my plants. Since it is late in the season, the prices have dropped. We waited out the thunderstorm in the fancy kid's boutique they have there. Prices are 3-4 times as much as Babys-R-Us but the stuff was so cute.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Hot pink mountain laurel
Steve and I went for a walk in the arb today. Mountain Laurel isn't common in Michigan as our winters are too cold but there is a protected glen in the arb full of mountain laurels and its close relatives, the azealea and rhododendrons, which have bloomed already. In Italy its more tropical cousin, the oleander, was in bloom on every street. Too cold here! All these plants have very toxic wood and sap. In the book, White Oleander, the main character dissoved the sap in DMSO which made the toxin go directly into the blood.
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