All posts by Irene Beattie

Monthly update

Most of my communications has been via facebook.  We are doing well.  Enjoyed the holidays very much.   (A little exhausting for me but it was my choice and I really enjoyed it.)    Got help with important things.  Ben helped with the gingerbread houses.   Eric, Nolan & Claire with some adult support did a great job at decorating.  Sawyer broke up the gingerbread houses for eating  … a great team.  We had the family at our house Christmas Day.  We went to a friends for New Year’s Eve and had a lovely time.

I’ve been eating lunch with my friends, doing a few things for the visitors packets at church, sorting my files and papers (a lot of fun … not!)   Also, trying to avoid my annual paperwork for my business (not a wise choice.)  GVHD is a pain sometimes (maybe an itch is a better word.)

Ed had a big birthday … on Monday he turned 65 … while that isn’t old it does now qualify him for medicare and of course … ALL the senior discounts work.

Irene

Ed, Zena & Irene Dec 2010

Decorated cookies thanks to great niece & nephewsWinter sunset on Lake Travis

Gingerbread houses 2010

It is time for an update

This post is about me .. but what follows after are several posts with photos of the completed remodeling.  Check out the handi-work of JaMar construction (Hardie siding, gutters, Sun Tunnels) ,  Renewal by Anderson, windows and doors, Tileworks (Silestone counter tops), Mike’s Landscaping (rock flower beds), and of course The Two Joes (TREX deck, stain the front door, redo the bathrooms and all the new tiling)

The remodeling is taking a holiday break (also our contractors have other commitments and the one that is near Ed’s age just had surgery).   We celebrated a lovely Thanksgiving both at Dorothy and LeRoy’s with the local family …. and later at our house with friends.  A wonderful and looooong day.

Earlier Sue, Don & little Torstan came for a visit (they stayed with LeRoy and Dorothy but we got some visiting in.)  Torstan is two, smart and cute as a button but with nearly unlimited action and energy.  He loves balls.

We are just finishing our Chanukah celebration (finally finished the Chanukah cards today.)   Next is Ben’s birthday (he will be 27) and Christmas.   I have already decorated for Christma and thoroughly enjoyed it.  This is the first time in three years I had actual energy.  Last year it was muscle atrophy due to steroids and the year before .. acute leukemia.   So I am busy with cards, baking running errands, etc.

I have agreed to serve for the next two years on the Board of Evangelism and Parish Communication at church and also am back in Stephen Ministry.  I am running errands, meeting friends, and occasionally doing way too much  … my new energy level is about 2/3 of what it was before this last bout of cancer.  Not bad really.  If I have a busy day I just have to remember to schedule a quiet one to recover.

Healthwise the GVHD (Graft vs Host Disease) has been pretty active with my skin.  Lots of steroid creams and benedryl to try and control things.  I will go to the Houston doctor in 2 week (about two months after the last visit.)  Except for the GVHD (which means no sun at all) … things have been pretty good.  They will do another Dopler ultrasound of my leg that had the clot to see if it is all clear and whether I can stop the daily shots of Lovenox (blood thinner.)  Boy I hope so.

Monday we lost a friend to cancer … a beer brewing buddy and friend from church … also Clif was my “chemo” buddy as we often had infusions and blood tests at the same time. This was his 2nd type of cancer.  Not sure of his age … but he had been retired the whole time I knew him.  He was fun and full of life and I will miss him.

That’s the current news … Happy Chanukah and/or Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Pool Deck & Outside of House

The finished TREX pool deck

The finished TREX pool deck

Hardie Siding and new gutters

Hardie Siding and new gutters

More Hardie concrete board siding, much prettier than vinyl

More Hardie concrete board siding, much prettier than vinyl

Rain Chain (to direct rain into barrel - we remove lid when it is raining)

Rain Chain (to direct rain into barrel - we remove lid when it is raining)

You can see solar attic vent near peak

You can see solar attic vent near peak

Three of the Sun Tunnels are visiable (the old turban vents are blocked)

Three of the Sun Tunnels are visiable (the old turban vents are blocked)

New rock planters in front

The Patio Extension --actual room to store the grills and smoker

New rock planters in front