Today was a much better day at Casa de Mama. She felt really well, except for the headache, which was not as bad as yesterday, so the chemo seems to be wearing off. So now, she'll only have to put up with this every three weeks! Oy.
But we had a nice time today, watching Paula Deen's show on Food Network, then watching an old English mermaid movie called "Miranda" that she'd Tivo'd. I left around 4:30 and just got home a few minutes ago.
And realized that I'd left my cell phone on her coffee table.
I called her and told her I'd left it and she's going to send it to me (at home, since I'll be off work at the end of the week, and I'll get it faster here). I could tell she was really glad I was there, and so was I. (UPDATE: The phone was in my bag--I just didn't see it the first time I looked. So I called mom back and told her not to worry.)
So...pictures. I did say there'd be some, didn't I? Now, as I mentioned, there are no pics of Mom, because she wasn't smiling so big this weekend (and she'd freaking murder
me if she thought I took any), but I did get some "still life stills" of places I visited (not exciting, but it gives you some idea of the place that spat me out).
I mentioned going to the new YMCA in Peoria. It's located in Willow Knolls housing complex, which is the next best thing to a "gated" community Peoria has for people who don't want to mow lawns. I give you:
The Stepford YMCA. Well, actually, the Greater Peoria Family YMCA. Oh, I grant you the building doesn't look like much--it's more like the holding area that undesirables or people with real brains would be relegated to when discovered in Stepford. But even the people that go there are all good-looking. I stood out like a broken thumb. And look at the grounds:
I fully expected to be apprehended by Nanette Newman or Tina Louise as I unlocked my car and then taken to the Replacement Center.
I visited with my dad and stepmom later in the afternoon (I didn't have my camera with me, unfortunately, so no pics there). My mom's, though, is a treasure trove of quirky pics--I didn't have time to take many this visit, but I'll get some more when I go back. Mom has a fondness for turn-of-the-century advertising, on platters, wall plaques, cups, etc. She has this little gem in her bathroom:
(To answer the question, no, mother, you have a BIG fairy in your home!)
She also has a balcony outside where she keeps plants and a bird feeder:
She's gotten terse notes from the bitch who lives downstairs when a little bird seed has dropped from mom's balcony onto hers, so mom put out a baking sheet with the seed on it, and the birds can still get to it. So far, no more squawking from Miss Gulch downstairs, but I'm not too concerned--even with
cancer, if push came to shove, I think mom could easily take her...
So this was the milestone...I think the other treatments will be easier, now that she knows what to expect. Thanks to everyone for all their positive thoughts and prayers...they were and are very much appreciated!