The last of the Oregon contingent left today, Lee tells me that signifies the end of my birthday celebration. Poo!! It was a fun filled few days, celebrating not only my birthday, but also that of Dennis and John. Three, three, three birthday celebrations! Great food, great wine and great times!
Our four Oregon friends joined Lee and I for a Sunday morning adventure, my very first sermon. Lee would disagree, as she claims I often preach to her. But this was different, it was in a church.It was a very interesting and fulfilling experience for me. I participated in several aspects of the service, delivering the Meditations and Living Gratitude, in addition to guest speaker. Many thanks to Ernie Lopez for offering me this opportunity and for putting together a great service. Not only was I able to deliver my message to over 100 people, but I had many heart felt one-on-one discussions after the service ended.
Below I would like to share with you two gifts from artisan friends, one Oregon friend and one Arizona friend, that I felt deeply.
My friend from Oregon, and former vineyard partner, made this beautiful quilt. On the inside of the quilt is a special message of support. For those non enophiles, “Brix” is a wine term indicating the ripeness of the grape. Thank you Linda.
A friend from my time here in Arizona, made this pendant. It was inspired by Lee’s and my recent adventure in the slot canyons, along with our love for wine and each other. Sorry for the fuzzy photos. Thank you Piepster.
Oven the past 10 days I have felt so loved. I know, and my friends and family know, this could be my last birthday. I hope to see many more birthdays, but if not, at least I went out smothered with love and friendship. But now there are things to do. I have a book presentation tomorrow for the Living With Hope cancer support group. Friday I will have the reconnaissance of my liver in preparation of the nuke of the big tumor on November 1. Thank you one and all for your support in my battle.
Now, all together..1….2….3…FUCK CANCER!!!!!