Blogging from Daily Brews, Wayland, MI 03/15/13; 12:45 p.m.
Ah, Spring! My favorite time of year. It also usually is my most busy time of the year, for a wide variety of reasons. Such is life and it is what it is…
I’m currently working on these different projects/events:
1) Planning Kira’s Graduation Party – I just filled out the Reservation Form for Daily Brews for Friday evening, June 21, 2013. More about that in a future post and invitations will be going out.
2) Wedel’s Spring Expo – One of the bonsai clubs that I belong to usually participates in this two-day event. This year, I volunteered to line up our member-volunteers for coverage during the event. So far this isn’t going too well. I just sent an e-mail to club members letting them know that they need to “step up” to keep us as participants at the event. We’ll see if this comes to pass…
3) Michigan AllState Bonsai Show – The 15th Annual Show is May 11 & 12 and thus is less than two months away. I still am finalizing the demonstration schedule due to some slow replies from my demonstrators but I think we have it mostly worked out. I also have multiple e-mails to return…
4) Tax season, tax season, tax season – this is always a busy time at work and I just yesterday received the last “piece” from Edward Jones for our personal taxes. To the tax preparer I go (and then once they are filed, update the FAFSA website too).
5) Trees! Trees, trees, & more trees – besides the “tree related” events above, my trees are starting to wake up for Spring. I have many trees that need to re-potted this Spring and lots of work to do. I’ll be working with Master Ivan Watters next Saturday so that will help get some of the “work” started!
6) Relay For Life – we are in full fund-raising mode & I need to update my Relay page. I also need to send a copy of the meeting schedule to our local paper & I need to get with Cap’n Amy to see when she wants to start encouraging Team Members to set up their online page. The next Relay meeting is on the 18th @ 7:00 p.m. @ Wayland St. Therese Church (the gym building). ALL are welcome to attend so please do consider attending if you have the time & want to know more about Relay!
7) Main Street – I’m working on a project for a Main Street event in June. Many little deadlines for that too.
Art – I have been sometimes “driven” to create artwork the last few years. I don’t know if that is because of having cancer or just me returning to my creative side. Either way, I am making more than I am selling and either need to start seeking custom-orders or have a one-woman show or something…you can see lots of my creations for sale on Etsy (www.etsy.com – search WaterbornProductions) and/or at Marcia Perry’s Art Studio in Saugatuck. I also have been “doing” the occasional art-event in Wayland & Plainwell. And of course, I will be selling my creations @ Relay to help our team raise funds for The American Cancer Society.
Whew – that list doesn’t even include getting Kira through her AP tests & graduation nor does it include our trip to Missouri in June & our BIG trip in August (to take Kira to MS&T!).
Makes me tired just to read it…,tis a good thing I have today off & will soon be heading home to take a nap prior to going out this evening for a late celebration of Kira’s Birthday (she wanted to attend a LaughFest show this evening).
I just had another Quarterly Check Up with Dr. Z yesterday. Unfortunately, Dr. Z is currently OUT due to a family emergency, so I had to work with a substitute doctor. That is okay; I knew that prior to the appointment. He was helpful & knowledgeable but we agreed to not making any changes in anything at this time. Dr. Z is discussing changing me from Tamoxifen to an aromatase inhibitor. There are pros-and-cons to changing and we definitely need to discuss it further. I may also need to see Dr. I to see if my remaining ovary needs to come out (it isn’t causing me any real problems but he indicated in 2011 that I am prone to endomitriosis & eventually probably will have problems with the remaining ovary (“problems” being a way of saying – Your ovary might explode like your other one did on March 1, 2011!). I hopefully will have the opportunity to discuss with Dr. Z @ my June appointment. Again, I haven’t had too many issues with Tamoxifen but there may be some better benefits to switch to the other medication family.
SPEAKING of family – Martin’s 1st story to be published in ANALOG is available NOW (the May 2013 issue). Pick up a copy; you’ll be glad you did!
Kira has one more WinterGuard competition (FINALS) on April 6 then she is finished with that part of her high school “career”.
Cory is working hard @ Grand Valley this semester and is somewhat seriously thinking of trying to find a work-study opportunity that would let him travel this Summer. I don’t know if that will happen but we will see. He MAY be changing his major from Psychology to Sociology. I hope that if he does he doesn’t have to extend his length of education.
Mark is really enjoying his new employer. The work is hard & he isn’t always overly thrilled with working third-shift (as the “world doesn’t work on a 3rd shift schedule”) but he likes the work & likes the company. I am glad for him and he does seem happier than he was at the last company.
Okay, I’m wrapping this up. I hear more every day of people being diagnosed with cancer. It brings back memories and I feel for them on many levels.
Thanks for reading, caring, & sharing!