Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of the year again.  Time for turkey and family and football games.  Last year, this time, I had just got out of the hospital after a mastectomy.  I was at home, a drain coming out of my chest, high on pain meds and not really up for company.

This year, I am done with chemo and radiation.  I can actually taste most foods now, which is awesome.  My appetite is almost back completely.  I am ready for this holiday this year, with so much to be thankful for.  And I wish all of you a healthy, happy, wonderful Thanksgiving.  Remember that pumpkin pie is good for you!

1. Name a color you are thankful for.  Purple. Majestic, gorgeous, enchanting, purple.
2. Something your spouse does that you are thankful for. 
Larry reads to Zane every night.  He does all the voices of the characters, and patiently answers questions.  I love that.
3. Something your kids do that you are thankful for. 
My kid is never in a bad mood for very long.  He might cry or get angry, but within five minutes, he is back on an even keel.  I so wish that I could be more like him and let go of negative feelings that easily!
4. A food you are thankful for. 
Cheese.  Because, cheese.
5. What recent good news are you thankful for?
My last PET scan came back cancer free!
6. Name a drink you are thankful for. 
There's nothing like a nice glass of iced tea on a hot day.
7. Name a restaurant you are thankful for. 
The 410 Diner in San Antonio, Texas, has the best snapper artichoke on planet Earth. 
8. Talk about an animal you are thankful for. 
I love all animals, but cats are my favorite.  Their grace, their independence, their problem solving skills, the total package.  I'm grateful that Isobel, my first cat, decided I was worthy.
9. Name a beauty product you are thankful for.  
Hand lotion.  My skin has been itchy since chemo, and I would scratch my skin right off if I didn't have it. 
10. Name a cleaning product you are thankful for.  
Clorox wipes are awesome.  I can clean a bathroom in record time, which is good, because I hate to clean bathrooms.
11. What social media platform are you thankful for?
Facebook has been a great way for me to share stories with my extended family, who live all over the country.  I'm grateful for that, especially since if not for Facebook, I would have never known that the BCRA1 gene runs in my family!
12. Tell us why you are thankful for the last person who texted you.  That would be my husband, and I couldn't have survived the last year without him.
13. Name a candy you are thankful for. 
Almond Joys are awesome.  Yes, lots of calories, but they're the good kind of fats. I don't feel a bit guilty about eating the whole bag.  Just kidding.  No I'm not.
14. Name an app on your phone that you are thankful for. 
Plants vs. Zombies 2.  A fun, addicting game with cute flowers and adorable zombies. A great brain break when I'm overwhelmed, and I am grateful for it!
15. What are you looking forward to that you are thankful for? I am looking forward to being finished with all of my surgeries, which won't be until sometime in 2016.  That's going to be the hardest one.  I'll be thankful to have that behind me!

In between stuffing yourself with turkey, check out Mamakat's Writer's Workshop
I chose two prompts:  4. What were you doing last year at this time? and 2. Answer the So Very Thankful tag questions found here! 
Mama’s Losin’ It

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Microstory: The Infinite Sky

The cowboys grew tired of riding the trails, sleeping on hard ground, underneath the infinite sky. Their insignificance terrified them.

Leaving horses, worn saddles, and tack, they walked away from the prairie, to wives, warm beds, and left the old life behind.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fiction: The Beginning

I stood up a little straighter.  The sound of the gate closing behind me cut the final leash that had held me in check, and I felt the weight of my heart ease a little.  For the first time in a long while I could breathe easy.  I was alone, and glad of it.

I was scared, but determined. 

The early morning light was muted, and a light, cool wind moved the desert sand in small waves around the cacti and scrub plants. The heat of the day was yet to come, and there seemed to be an anticipation in the air, as if the world had been waiting for me.

Which way to go?  I did not want to walk forward into the desert, where nothing but sand could be found. That way lay death, I knew, even if there was a town on the other side. To the right of me, off in the distance, stood a forest, a green blur on the horizon.  A mystery--no one I knew had ever been to the forest.  It was an unknown. To the left, tall mountains, their tops covered in white.  If I headed into the mountains, I knew there would be water.  Rivers flowed from the mountains, my mother had said.  Animals would come to the river to drink, and I could eat them for food. 

I looked in both directions again.  As I turn to to the right, something bright caught my eye. Something shiny?  I had always imagined a forest to be dark, the trees preventing sunlight from entering.  What could that light be?  I hesitated. I wasn't used to making my own decisions; I wanted to be sure.

But what was sure and true appeared to be more fluid than I had ever known. Maybe I would have to settle for good enough, since I had no one to rely on but myself.

The forest beckoned, at least five days away by horse, skirting the fringes of the desert. I had no idea how long it would take me to walk.  Water would not be as sure, but berries and other plants would be plenty.  The bright light in the distance shined again, like a mirror catching the light, and I was a moth.

I started walking.