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Scared. Excited. Petrified. Moving?

We might be moving. This all happened so quickly that is still freaking me out. After dropping Kassidy off after Ren Fair one night, Sally told me there was a house for sale on her street so we went to have a look. It happened to be one of my favorite houses on the street. The style is very old (1956 — disclosures says Craftsman, but quite doubtful) and quite unique. The lot is 0.88 acres. There’s a huge garage/tandem and a large workshop 3-car. We were smitten with it. It’s almost the size as our house (well, 500 square feet more) and the greenhouse is attached to the house. It’s not as open but we can get it opened up with some work.

Here are some photos of our current house from June 2018. If/when we move, I’ll post photos of the new house.

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Alaska Run for Women

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We had a great time and I’m so grateful to be healthy and able to do this run with beautiful, strong and healthy women. I’m currently at 17 years, but in four months I’ll be at 18 years — as a survivor. The race was emotional, but not the same raw emotion I had years ago. It was great to be there with all the support of friends!

 

 

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Lava = Kapoho Tide Pools are Gone!

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I am so grateful we were able to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, get rained on, snorkel while getting poured on, drink champagne, warm up at the house, and walk the lava fields. Unfortunately,  this entire area is now gone.

I found the tidal pools at Kapoho to be more spectacular than Two-Step, but I especially loved that we were with Meg and Antionette and enjoying a completely different side of the island.

Mother Natural has reclaimed her previous gift.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/970918/hawaii-volcano-update-kapoho-tide-pools-lava-aerial-pictures#t=13s

Goodbye, Kapoho.

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The Robins are back

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Pepper Ann and I walked the trail this morning and stopped to listen to robins singing away. When we got home, the swallows were checking out the boxes on the North and East side of the house. Spring has officially sprung once the swallows are back!

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Lab work

Dr. Harmon called this morning. Pepper’s lab work came back with mixed results:

  • Phenobarbital is around 30, so high end
  • Liver is showing mild damage
  • Potassium bromide is too low

We had increased the potassium bromide two weeks ago, so this should level out and we have some wiggle room.

Phenobarbital cannot go any higher because her liver is starting to show problems.

Her Prednisone will start to wean next week. We should log all problems or odd behaviors, especially if her left eye starts looking weird.

I think she’s acting a odd of now but that’s most likely from the potassium bromide increases.

♥️

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Pepper Ann has seizures and maybe a tumor

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I just talked to Dr. Harmon (I really like her) and she said it looks like Pepper’s left eye is pushing out. I immediately thought it would be a tumor – which she believes could possibly be the case. However, the only way to know for sure would be to get an MRI – which means sedation, organizing with somebody up here to get the MRI, and then it would take 2+ weeks to get in. I told Dr. Harmon that I thought about all the crap Mike went through and the ONLY thing that helped with his brain growths was steroids, so I decided to forego the MRI completely – it’s thousands of dollars, I’m sure. I didn’t even ask. Dr. Harmon said what she really wants us to do is keep a journal of her behaviors while on the steroids – so we need a notebook for that.

Treatment: we are putting her on steroids now … and increasing her Potassium Bromide, but her phenobarbital will stay the same.  We will wean her off the steroids eventually, or maybe not, she might be on them until the end.

Sadly, it looks like Pepper’s life is going to be shortened because she might have a brain tumor (but only the MRI would tell us for sure), and it’s not even known if there are any MDs that could surgically remove the tumor(s). So, we are taking the least expensive approach and looking at her best quality of life – keeping her seizure free and shrinking any tumor(s) she might have with the steroids.

Pepper Ann

March 2018: the morning we left for Amsterdam – her seizures increased when we were gone; they started in January 2018 while we were in Hawaii & Oregon.

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Hawaii and Portland 2018

Christmas 2017 – the girls had a scavenger hunt and had to put together the pieces of a puzzle that showed the entire Pacific Ocean; each puzzle piece had a limerick that took them to their next stop; the map had two stars with the letters KOA and PDX. They did not understand what it meant, rightfully so, so we had to give them hints and the finally figured it out.

2013 was the last time we went to Hawaii with the girls, so was extra fun this time because both of them know how to swim and we spent a lot of time snorkeling, which was really lovely. Days were as they usually are in Hawaii: up with the sun, beach, home for lunch, pool, then some nights were for exploring. Overall it was very peaceful.  We had really odd weather every evening – wind howled through Waikaloa so strongly that our curtains were flopping around. We had never seen weather like that before and didn’t really enjoy the evening whistling winds that kept us up for parts of the night.

Jon and I had both started Weight Watchers FreeStyle program right when it came out in December, so being in Hawaii with tree-ripened fruits and fresh veggies was really great and made it so much easier to stay on track. I had a papaya every single day I was there, so when I saw them in the store back in Anchorage, I excited bought one remembering how amazing and juicy there were in Hawaii. Sadly, it tasted like cardboard. I won’t be spending $6-8 per papaya in Alaska again. Yuck.

We took them to Kona and Portland January 1st – 10th, 2018. It was a lovely trip. Portland was really the highlight because there was just so much fun to be had, art to be seen and good food to eat.

Sometimes the girls and I try to figure out where we have taken them, so I’m going to attempt to keep track here, as neither of them keeps track for themselves.

  1. 2006: Tulip Festival in Washington
  2. 2006: Hawaii, Oahu specifically, with Ken & Sue and the girls
  3. 2008: Oahu where we caught up with Tom after visiting from Japan, then headed over to and the Big Island with Swanson’s – Kris was there, too.
  4. 2009: Seattle with everybody
  5. 2010: California to Mexico Carnival Cruise
  6. 2011: Galveston Cruise to Mexico, Cayman Cayman, and Jamaica
  7. 2012: ?
  8. 2013: Hawaii, Big Island
  9. 2014: Thanksgiving in Washington; Bobbie was here in the summer so we spent a few day in Seward
  10. 2015: Florida / November 2015 is the year we started Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and only do cash transactions, paid off everything except our house, and do not use credit cards unless we pay them off right away because we do want the miles.
  11. 2016: Idaho
  12. 2017: Florida and their first time flying across the country and all alone!
  13. 2018: Hawaii and Portland

 

 

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Polaroid Emulsion Transfer Lifts

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It started out as film in the SX-70 and now it has ended with a photography show of emulsion lifts. I’ve created my own monster – and it’s more work than sitting at my computer editing. Now to find a DayLab so I can reverse engineer the images I take on my camera or phone, and move then to a Polaroid, then to an emulsion lift.

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Eklutna Lake – TO THE END!

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I was finally able to make it the whole way to the end of Eklutna Lake on our fat tire bikes . It was so gorgeous. Jon ended up with a flat tire at mile five on the way back, so we walked the last five miles. It was a great ride otherwise. It looks like we could have gone a lot further, but there were about 5+ trees down across the road and over huge puddles of water. I was ready to turn around at mile 11 and we did. I’m glad we did because Jon’s flat might have had us walking longer than five miles. Fun times for sure! I love biking!

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See Ya, Boise!

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My last few hours in Boise: lunch with Paula and Val at Cafe Zupas, a quick hike in the foothills and geocache fail, then drinks with Monica at the airport. I didn’t cry this time because the trip was so good for me, so deeply connected, and I know these friendships are life-long and never ending.