29 November

I think I may have to either A) move my posts back to every two weeks; B) get my butt in gear a bit more on Sunday mornings; or C) live a more exciting life that’s worth writing about, because these blog posts are slowly becoming more infrequent. Not a whole lot is happening and there really isn’t much to report, which I guess is a good thing!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re now in the final countdown until Christmas. It’s been nearly a year since I first began feeling ill. My health, both physical and emotional, has done a near-total 180 degree about-face in the months since my diagnosis. While I still feel a bit light-headed at times and my vision is still blurry, I’ve no doubt that these symptoms will disappear once I’m off the meds. (Oh yeah, my fingertips and toes will regain their feeling as well. YAY.) I have one, ONE, more IV chemo infusion to go and then it’s oral meds only until next summer. I’m hoping that once the Vincristine infusions stop, my eyebrows will come back in again because they’re awfully sparse now and I’m once again looking a bit like an alien. But hey, at least I’m keeping the hair on my head! It isn’t growing very quickly, no doubt due to the low-dosage chemo, but it IS growing and it’s beginning to curl up nicely in back. I may end up with much curlier hair than I had at first, but we’ll see what fate has in store for me.😊

The wall refinishing continues. All the paper is gone and I’ve finished the scraping pass on the dining area off the kitchen. I did a skim coat test on a damaged patch of wall using some stuff that Rory has and it’s okay, but I can’t thin it down, or at least I can’t find any directions for doing so on the packaging. So, I guess I’ll stick with my original plan of using the all-purpose joint compound because I know I can cut that a bit with water. The video I’ve dug up says to make the compound about the same texture as yogurt or possibly a thick milk shake. Yep, I know. Weird. Anyway, I’ll probably be able to finish the scraping and maybe even the initial sanding pass by the end of this week. Then I have a choice to either go on with the skim coat or seal the walls first. I’ll probably do the latter, although the sealant I’m looking for appears to be incredibly hard to find. Neither Lowes nor Home Depot carry it and I may have to order it online. Blurgh… the shipping cost certainly won’t be pretty.

(Hey, I found the sealant on Amazon. Free shipping! The downside, of course, is Amazon itself. I don’t want to line Jeff Bezos’ pockets any more than I have to, thank you very much. Honestly, if that man gave away half his fortune [don’t hold your breath], he’d still be left with more money than he could possibly spend in a lifetime. Monopoly much?🙄)