Friday, October 12, 2012

Images from my camera phone

I have been terribly remiss at posting here and for that, I apologize. I could give you the excuse that I’ve been extremely busy and while that’s very true, what’s really going on is my husband’s health issues – as I’m sure many of you have guessed.

I’ve been mum on the subject because this isn’t a place for me to bitch and moan about the trials and tribulations of my life but rather a place to celebrate all the good that’s in it. I’ve been mum on the subject because it’s personal, and some things should be kept that way, especially when they’re about someone else’s medical problems. In a nutshell – the brain tumor has recurred yet again and he’s been doing a course of radiation after chemotherapy failed to work. We drive an hour to Baltimore each morning for a 7 AM time slot, the first one of the day.

He is really ok – honestly – and is sitting here with me tonight watching the baseball game. The O’s are in  the playoffs and they’re playing the New York Yankees. I hear it’s terribly exciting.

 

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The photo above was shot along the driveway coming home from work one day this week.

I’ve been going to bed pretty early and haven’t had the Nikon out much at all so all of these images you see in this post have been taken with my Droid X2. The frames used in each are from Michelle Batton.

Charmstagram Frames – Michelle Batton

 

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Going over the Tydings Bridge which spans the Susquehanna River on I-95.

 

 

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And from almost the same vantage spot on a foggy morning.

 

 

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Taken from the corner of Orleans and Broadway, Baltimore.

 

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Baltimore, Maryland.

Taken from the 12th floor of the new wing at Johns Hopkins Hospital – looking towards the Inner Harbor with Federal Hill on the center right.

 

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George in the back seat, going to get take-out for dinner last Friday. We bought the new car as soon as we heard we’d be driving to Baltimore every day. And I love my new Subaru Outback 2.5i.

 

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Our boy.

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So back to the whole brain tumor thing . . . I really don’t want to get into it, ok? It’s not as if we both didn’t know it was going to recur. That is their nature (glioblastoma multiforme) and he’s lived for over 8 years after being given 6 mos. to live back in 2004.

So we’re good. We really are.

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65 comments:

Snap said...

Kate, wishing you both well. I do know what you are going through. I've been there. I think of you both often. Lots of hugs! LIVE Celebrate Life.

JC said...

Thinking of you ... always love your photos.

All I can tell you is to take each moment in.

As I told you, I woke up from my coma almost seven years ago. I don't take life as a given. I take it as a I got six more to just look and enjoy.

xo,

JC

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos. It is very tiring and worrysum to have to go through this for both of you I know I went through it with my father who had throat cancer . You do not have any reason to apologize for anything , we are all here for you both the best that we can be through the cyber world !

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Just a big hug. That is all:-)

Bluebird49 said...

Oh honey...I don't have the words. I just keep praying.

I love me some George---and also that first bridge picture was a real eye catcher, girl!

Hang in there. That sounds so darned trite! I'm sorry.

Yvonne said...

Thoughts and prayers....love your photos especially the b&w ones.

Low Tide High Style said...

Did I ever mention how much I admire you?...on so many levels! Enjoy your weekend! xo

Kat

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

We don't have any illness in our life, but still.... it's nice to hang onto a bit of privacy when blogging. :-)

{{HUGZ}}


it's me said...

Understand the privacy thing--sometimes it's best not to keep talking about it--

Nice collection of phone photos!

Nellie said...

Kate, please know that I continue to send along my thoughts and prayers for you during this time. This is sure to be very tiring, and taking care of yourself is of great importance! Hugs, Nellie

Helene Titsch said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...this camera thing keeps me sane. Actually I'm thinking of havin my Nikon surgically attached to me because I 'need' it so often. Oh boy...I'm addicted. And I think, I hope that all your wonderful photos are helping you. I know they are great therapy for me. Hang in and keep the faith. Know that we are here for you! Hugs!

Christie - Fine Lines said...

As always, sending you and your family hugs and prayers. . . .

Cloudia said...

We appreciate being on the healing journey your portray so well with your images. We're cheering you on, but you already knew that, dear friend



Have a Good Weekend,
Aloha from Waikiki
Comfort Spiral

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Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Wonderful photos Kate, you always inspire us to look through that lens a little differently then we are used to.

Take good care of yourself...sending hugs.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

becky up the hill said...

Love from California. I would make you dinner if I could. Hugs.

Chocolate Cat said...

Loving George ! Sending you hugs from a long way away, similar journey being lived here at the moment ...... It is a bugger of a disease xx

Sabrina said...

I will definitely keep you and your husband in my prayers, Kate. To be given 6 months to live and to still be here 8 years later is definitely a miracle! God bless you both.

I cannot believe those photos were taken with a cell phone because they are absolutely breathtaking! Each and every one of them. Thank you so much for sharing them. :)

themoose53 said...

((((((Kate)))))) <<-- those are hugs!!

I wish, more than anything that you two didn't have to face this.

Just know that there are absolute HERDS of us standing by you two ... with prayers, with love, with support.

Your beautiful pictures of your home and your flowers and George and your cats keep a lot of us sane.

Stay strong and feel that support that's meant for both of you.

BIG HUGS.

Barb

GailO said...

I was worried...

I am glad you have this blog and photography to help you focus at times on what is good around you...

Hugs
xoxo

Hilary said...

Hugs to you, my friend.

Michelle said...

Your wish is my command, so on that I will only say you both are in my prayers. WOW, what wonderful photos you get with a phone! I thought that was a blooming tree in the first photo, until reality hit. That one is my favorite, George notwithstanding. :-)

ZeldaMom said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, I was afraid that's what was going on. You both are in my prayers.

Cheryl said...

Kate,
I thought probably that things might have changed. My thoughts are with both of you. Meanwhile, thank you for sharing snippets of the beauty around you.

Karen said...


You have an amazing grace about this whole thing, Kate. I'm sorry that you and your husband have to know this struggle at all. You know you have lots of virtual friends out here who care and are praying and hoping for the best for both of you.

Love your phone images.. they are .. life. I hope you have a good weekend..xo

Jerry Jones said...

I'm saddened to hear of your news, and as you, I can personally relate about keeping things to oneself.

Hugs, prayers and safe journey my dear.

Dianne said...

I think you're more than good
I think you're great

I love the foggy bridge shot
and of course I love George's smile

one day at a time
hugs

Mental P Mama said...

Sending you love.

Deborah said...

I'm so sorry! I didn't know but as you say, sort of guessed that it might be something like that.

Sending you and your husband all the best thoughts and positive vibes from Denmark.

beth said...

hey sweets...
you know you are always in my thoughts and prayers, so i'll let it at that :)

BUT WAIT....your cell phone shots ROCK !!
xoxo

Tiggeriffic said...

We always went to Ocean City, Maryland when I was young .. One time we made a wrong turn and had to drive through Balitmore..that was before AC in the cars.. It was a huge city and hot.. seeing the pictures that you took brought back alot of memories. The colorful picture of the trees in your yard are beyond expression.. so beautiful..
Praying for you both as this is a hard time for you. I love your blog and all the pictures and seeing how your life is doing with all your business. Ta Ta For Now from Iowa:)

Ellen said...

Sorry to hear that you and your husband are going through this again. Sending prayers and hugs. And love.

Lee Anna said...

I was wondering... post when you can and know that a whole bunch of people are thinking of you and your husband (and George).

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Not going to get into it...just hugs and prayers. Keep focusing on the joy :)

BUSH BABE said...

Amazing shots. I know you don't want to talk - and that is ALWAYS okay. Will keep the song and dance act up over here to distract you when necessary!
:-)
BB

Devon said...

I have always admired how you are able to see something positive each day... keeping things simple and positive. That has inspired me so much.

I am so sorry to hear about your husband.. I send you both my best wishes and will keep you in my prayers.

P.S. That pic of the trees on the driveway in full color is great!

Annie said...

Thinking of you both Kate. Sorry to hear of what you are going through, again! God Bless.
ps Love the black and whites!
pps I miss my camera, it's broken. Gonna hafta do something about it!

Hilary said...

You know that I think of you every day. I think of my own brain surgery, and what your husband faces, and I could cry. Fear, relief, amazement.
I think blogging, for me, has helped me to process all of it, and I think that you should use your blog in whatever way makes it ok for you.
much love.

DesertHen said...

Life is neither fair nor easy! We draw strength from those around us and the beauty of nature lifts us up. The small, simple things are much easier to focus on and often the ones that give us the most peace!

Please know that a stranger far across the country sends gentle, peaceful thoughts your way!

Your photos, as always, are simply beautiful!

Stella said...

Thinking of you and your family. Love Stella

Donna S. said...

Yes, I did figure as much. Your statement of being okay sounds good (on paper)! You are dealing with it. That is what you have to do. I hate it that cancer is in your life. A friend of mine (since grade school)...her husband passed 8 days ago of esophageal (sp?) cancer. You and your husband are in my prayers as you go through this.

Kay said...

Always thinking of you and your hubby and family. he sure seems to battle it for all it is worth..
My best to you both..

Daryl said...

sending hugs ...

Em Parkinson said...

It's lovely to hear from you whenever. A big hug to you from this side of the pond. x

Susan said...

Love your photos, as always...my husband and I visited Baltimore (Inner Harbour Area) for the first time at the beginning of October. It was an absolutely beautiful area, and we hope to go back again in the future (maybe for another Orioles' game, which is why we went in the first place-- my husband's a big fan).
Sorry you and your husband have to deal with the health issues...here's hoping for many more happy and (relatively) healthy more years together...

thotlady said...

Even though I do not know you personally, my thots are with you a great deal.

Bless both of you and your family. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

Linda said...

Thinking of you and wishing you and yours the best.

Kelli said...

Thank you for continuing to share your lovely images with us.
Thinking of you, and I am glad you are able to enjoy lovely moments during your day.

JaneK said...

Love LOVE that last shot of George.

I am glad that he is a constant loyal companion for you both! What would we do without our 4-legged children!

I get not wanting to share too much and muse on that which you cannot change. Thank you for sharing what you did as you know we all care and want to send prayers, positive energy your way! And as always, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

Debra R. said...

Every day is a gift.
Sending a gigantic hug to you and prayers for your hubs.

Kate I said...

Kate, I completely get the "not wanting to share too much" thing...right now you need to do whatever supports you and your family. So glad you have George for his gentle and wise ways.

Lili said...

You always express yourself so beautifully Kate. Big hug to you anyway though, just because. For some reason I just noticed how white George's teeth are tonight...he really is such a handsome boy for sure. xoxo ~Lili

missing moments said...

Sending hugs, my friend.
xoxo

TSannie said...

xoxoxoxox

Carolynn Anctil said...

So glad to hear you're all doing well and are taking things in stride. I will trust in the best possible outcome for your husband. xoxo

becky up the hill said...

Praying for you and yours. Sincerely, Becky

The Japanese Redneck said...

Hugs to you.

Love the pictures.

Sir George is my most favorite border collie on the planet.

Donna Boucher said...

so hard. so hard.
life is still beautiful.
painfully so.

sending love

Mr. Black said...

Beautiful photos.

I also looked at some of your previous posts and really enjoyed them.

That dog has big teeth.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

We can only deal with what each day brings us--sometimes it is so hard. Seasons of ease and seasons of difficulty. My eldest daughter has serious chronic health issues--sometimes it weighs my spirit down. And then there will be a break in the clouds and the light breaks in and it is good. Praying you and yours are blessed with Light and healing.
V

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Hang in there. xxoo

Woman Seeking Center said...

Kate you do, indeed, have a community (or herd as moose said, lol) that adores your images and your words.

A community that admires your strength. Loves your humor and candor and insights. And equally appreciates (and respects) your choice of what you choose not to share ~ when it feels that's best for you.

Most of all we, each of us, care...



Jan's camera said...

Hi Kate, so sorry to hear that this is happening again. I like your attitude though. Fight on. I am praying for you both. On a lighter note I love the photos and George has the whitest smile. Hang it there.

Kerri said...

You posted these beautiful pictures the day I welcomed my new grandchild into the world :) I am so sorry about your hubby - I know you've heard it all before and sometimes that phrase sounds so trite - ..... but please know I am thinking of you both!

Debby said...

I used to live in Baltimore, Essex, while my husband got his masters at Johns Hopkins. Your pictures brought back memories. Your courage in the face of this is inspiring.

mrs mediocrity said...

As always, sending hugs and love. xoxo
You are in my thoughts often.