Friday, October 7, 2016


My California succulents are growing!  I'm kind of shocked, to be honest - I really didn't have a lot of hope that I'd get those little cuttings to thrive, but they all are still alive, and some are doing really well.  Check it out:
This one is getting so full and lush!
New growth on Mrs. B's frilly plant, yay!
This guy is showing off!  I wasn't expecting a succulent vine...maybe it would like a little bamboo skewer to wrap around?  Or should I cut off part of the top and plant it in the same pot?  Here's where my lack of gardening skill is showing...


Paco has been sticking by me even more than usual, for reasons that I'll write about next.  He's keeps coming to check on me and will put his paw on my lap, or nudge his head under my hand - dog therapy, whether I want it or not.  I've been giving him extra cookies for being such a good dog:
He's very gentle when he takes the cookie - then he runs away with it.


This was a rough week.  I've grieved for a friend who lost her son to pancreatic cancer on Monday, and in doing so, it brought back what we experienced 10 years ago when we lost my Grandmother to the same stupid stupid STUPID disease.  Their timeline was too similar as well - both diagnosed in August and dead in October.  No nice euphemisms for death here...this is what happens, and it sucks so bad.  I can't believe that pancreatic cancer is just as devastating now as it was 10 years ago.  Nothing has improved in treatment.  You get it and you freaking die.  And we miss our loved ones.  I've had 10 years and it still hits me hard; to know that my friend is at the start of this terrible process makes my heart hurt for her.

For Eric:

And for my Grandmother, Maggie:

You are missed so much.


  1. Oh Shelley, so sorry for your loss and your grief. Cancer sucks! Lost my Dad to it too.

    It's amazing how much senses dogs have and feel that you are sad. They are truly men's best companion. I couldn't live without a dog in my life anymore. Paco is such a sweet lovely dog.

  2. So, so sorry for your loss. I loss my mom to cancer when I was 16 and 30 years later I still find myself sad at times and missing her. Paco is such a wonderful little companion. I cannot imagine what your friend is going through at this moment. My heart aches for her loss.

  3. I lost my husband to Pancreatic cancer as well. Maybe someday your running club can be a team and run in one of the Purple Stride events to help raise money and awareness for this horrible disease.

    Paco is a sweet boy, love all this pictures of im!

  4. Condolences to you and your friend, Shelley. Losing a loved one is so difficult and especially one so young. :(

  5. That picture of your grandmother is fabulous--what a character she must have been, and no wonder you still miss her. And Eric. That is just way too young to die from cancer. Thank you for sharing this.

    On the lighter side, I am AMAZED at your success with the succulents. I have a DEATH thumb when it comes to succulents. I don't know what's wrong with me. I did keep a jade plant alive over the summer, and I remembered to pot it up and bring it inside before the deer ate it completely and/or it froze to death. I want to learn how to shape it into a jade tree. Happy weekend-happy run!

  6. O man that makes my heart hurt. This world lost 2 beautiful souls to that stupid disease. With all the research that has been going on for Cancer I am surprised that we haven't made any progress in the last several decades!

  7. So sorry for your loss and your friend's loss as well. We are not meant to out-live our children. It's just wrong. Kudos to Paco for taking good care of you!

  8. So, so sad. Condolences to you and your friend. That's just so awful.

    You're grandma looks like someone who was fun to be around!! And check out those gams!! *wolf whistle*

  9. Wow! I'm impressed and exited your succulents are doing so well!

    Paco is such a sweetie :)

    I'm so sorry about your friend's son and Grandma :( I just found out a friend's FIL has pancreatic cancer and that also happens to be the charity (Project Purple) Gina is running the Chicago Marathon for tomorrow since she's lost so many people to it. Sucks. Hugs to you!


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