I’m happy to report that last week we got some good news– finally.
David had his six month scan and an endoscopy and for the moment, there is nothing truly alarming to talk about. Sure, there are some possibly new nodes in his lungs, but there are too small to worry about now and could be meaningless. And yes, the predictions we’ve been given as to a cancer recurrence still hold true (75-90%), but for now cancer’s ugly head isn’t showing up on tests or biopsies. Hurray!
David will continue to try to get his immunotherapy treatments (he missed several due to a kidney injury in December) and unless nothing new pops up, we will be test free until April.
A sigh of relief over here. And a reprieve– for now.
Which means that it’s time to resume our lives and fill our days with as much joy and fun as we can.
I do have to say that it’s hard not having Oliver here; after nearly three weeks of company the house is quieter. It feels like life was a four-legged chair but now it’s got just the three legs, and everything feels a little wonky, off-balance. We’ve yet to find our rhythm of our three person family here in Portland, and mealtimes can be fraught with issues: David’s spotty eating, a lot of silence where there used to be banter.
But that’s okay. It’s the natural process and we need to work on new patterns, building on the emerging threads that tie the three of us together. I keep telling myself how blessed we are; we haven’t lost Oliver, he’s just relocated. Thanks to Medicare we aren’t going bankrupt with David’s cancer, as so many people distressingly find themselves. And a reprieve is something to embrace and hold dear — for as long as we have it.
So there’s been lots of celebratory favorites around here.
Some dishes are familiar and in constant rotation, like my hubby’s beloved Thai larb with cashew-peanut sauce and basmati rice.
This dish is a little different every time I make it; sometimes it’s heavy on turkey, other times I add a bit of pork or beef into the mix for added richness and meatiness. Sometimes it’s more pungent and spicy with fish sauce and Sriracha, and other times it’s tamer with the pucker of heavier lime usage.
It’s always so so good– and it reheats beautifully.
Some dishes are new to us and they begin with a new ingredient I stumble upon, like this gorgeously hued pink radicchio spied at Providore, one of my favorite food shops in town.
These delicate ruffled leaves were tossed with a lemon anchovy dressing, poached steelhead salmon and avocado.
It was scrumptious.
Lots of salads have graced our tables after the richness of the holidays.
This one featured spinach, chicken, fresh strawberries and caramelized walnuts.
And it’s been raining so much that soups are a mainstay as well.
Now that the holiday items have been stored and Charlotte is back at school, I’ve been tidying up and trying to tame the chaos of too much stuff.
I’m happy to report that my crafty and art supplies are now in tip top shape
and it gives me undue pleasure to see all this organized and ready for usage.
And what better way to beat the rainy day blues than a little post-holiday thrifting?
The Goodwill Bins have offered up some fun new treasures.
And this little box was spied at the bottom of a pile of clothes and I was so tickled!
I’ve long admired these little sets on other people’s Instagram feeds and now I have a set of my own.
Just look at their darling faces.
More holiday fun was to be found.
I almost never see any older Thanksgiving items I like at vintage shops so I was particularly surprised to see this nearly pristine Japanese platter at the bottom of a bin.
It’s enormous and the colors are so lovely and it only cost me about two dollars. Shall I use it next time I make roast chicken for a crowd? Surely something this novel should be used more than once a year.
I found a few random things for St. Patrick’s Day (much of it in unopened Target packaging)
and as we speak, some of my thrift finds are now being used in Valentine decorating.
I found this girl at the Bins in November and I don’t know her age or provenance but she’s so sweet with her little scripted sash.
Funny thing is that last week I found this little matchbox purse at the Bins
and so I hotglued her purse to her arm.
Doesn’t she look darling on my kitchen shelf?
The same time I found the purse I also found an empty shadow box.
I filled it with a marble contact paper backdrop, touched up the paint, and filled it with vintage Valentine’s Day cards.
I love how it looks on my porch right now.
So that’s life right now. Catching up with old friends, stuffing our faces with wonderful eats (like this Podnah’s BBQ sample)
while filling each other on the details of our lives.
Normalcy never felt so good.
Oops, I’ve got to dash — a day of volunteering at Charlotte’s school looms.
Sending love. Keep in touch!