Back From A Wonderful Trip
We had a wonderful time in Maine and New Hampshire. The weather was mostly delightful with highs in the 50s and lows around 40. Even on a few rainy days, we just settled in, built a fire and relaxed. The house we rented for 10 days in East Boothbay Harbor was the perfect location, overlooking the ocean and the Damariscotta River It had a well-equipped kitchen, which Gorman put to good use several nights and it had a wood-burning fireplace with a good supply of wood. Because we were on the late side, some of the restaurants in Boothbay Harbor had closed for the season but we still had some good choices. We made several day trips out and about, to neighboring towns. If anyone reading this blog ever goes to Maine, be sure to go see the botanical gardens in Boothbay. The natural setting is amazing and it is so well-designed. They must have had some very generous benefactors.
We hit the leaves at just the right time. Ten days later, the drive over to Jackson, NH was spectacular. We spent three nights at Carter Notch Inn in the White Mountains. At the higher elevations, the leaves were going but they were still in abundance where we were. So our trip was a nice combination of ocean and mountains. Towards the end, I was getting a little homesick so it was good to get home.
We returned last Wed. and Charlie and Ryland arrived Thursday. Kathleen had to stay in Santa Monica to run their catering business and she was definitely missed but oh what fun we had. Ryland, four years old, is obsessed with super heroes. On Thursday while Gorman and Charlie played golf, Ryland and I hit Target to purchase a Capt. America costume. Later we also got a Batman outfit so he was busy fighting evil all over Fairhope. His mom says he has more costume changes than a Cher concert. Ryland and Colonel (I am Bebe; Gorman is Colonel) had many rough and tumble pretend sword fights, etc. and Gorman held up just fine.
Throughout our trip, Gorman had plenty of energy. I couldn’t believe he played 18 holes on Thursday and still was able to play with Ryland. It was so much fun to watch them romping around. Today when they left, Ryland wanted us to stow away in their suitcases and go back to CA with them. It was very tempting.
Well, back to reality. We will drive to B’ham. this Tuesday and Gorman has an appointment Wed. morning at UAB when he starts his next round of Temodar. Let’s just hope that this one goes as smoothly as the last one.
It has been nine months since Gorman’s diagnosis and surgery. I remember at that time reading on the internet that most people with this cancer die within nine months. Needless to say, I never mentioned that to Gorman and that’s when I swore off the internet but I’ve never been able to get that out of my mind. However, our radiation oncologist has told us he has patients with this same illness who are three years out and still doing fine so we cling to that and try to just live each day, thanking God for it and for the peace He has given us.