A Surprise Wedding!

Jen and I had a wonderful trip to the Seattle area over the holidays visiting our son Brian and his girlfriend Angela. We spent a few days at their apartment in Ballard before heading out to their mountain cabin in the Cascades (near Snoqualmie Pass):

The house in Ronald.JPG

We spent several days hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing in the area:

Our niece and her husband came from Seattle for Christmas dinner. Another “friend” dropped in on the 27th; after some chit-chat, Brian announced that she was here to marry them! What a surprise! They took their vows in front of the Christmas tree:

Brian and Angela wed

Natalie had to work, so stayed at home to watch Alfie, who she loves dearly:

Natalie with Alfie

Birthdays!

We had three birthdays here in the last seven days: mine, Jen’s sister’s and Natalie‘s. We went out to a nice contemporary Mexican restaurant on my and Cathie’s birthday, and we hosted Jen’s side of the family last night for Natalie‘s birthday. Rick flew in from Florida for the celebration!

I weighed in at 139.6 this morning, the highest since the operation! I’m feeling strong and well as we prepare to fly out to Seattle tomorrow to visit Brian and Angela over the Christmas holidays. I’ll finally get to see that cabin we bought in the Cascade Mountains!

Tennis Anyone?

I’ve been doing better lately, eating better.  I’ve put on 13 pounds from the low of 124. I’m essentially back to normal activity levels, except for limited stamina.

I decided to try playing tennis with Jen’s ladies’ doubles group. Last week, I played every-other game and did pretty well. This week, one person failed to show up, so I played every game and did pretty darn well. I hope to get back on the court with my men’s group in January.

I got a CT scan on Monday, and it showed no signs of disease. However, my oncologist says I’m still at substantial risk for an eventual return of the cancer somewhere.  I’m doing everything I know of to prevent that!

Update

Yikes, another month has gone by!

Jen and I did take that 5-day camping trip to Virginia. Our paddling friends Dean and Summer joined us with their Little Buddy mini-camper. It was a great time! I was able to take some 2-mile hikes on forest trails; I was pleased with my level of stamina.

Doug n Jen in VA

Doug and Jen at Cave Lake

Dean n Summer in VA

Dean & Summer with dam in background

I’ve continued to have intermittent digestive issues. With help from my GI doctor, things are improving; I’ve even put on a couple pounds recently.

We are planning to visit my son Brian and his girlfriend Angela over Christmas. We should be able to stay at their mountain home for a few days. They had snow there already:

First Snow

First snow in Ronald, Washington

Here are Brian and Angela in their Halloween outfits:

Haloween dress-up

Update

Another two weeks have passed, but it’s been pretty much more of the same: digestive issues, weight fluctuation, and working on improving flexibility and muscle tone.

I got up to 133 pounds at one point, but then a spate of diarrhea knocked me back 4 pounds. So far, I’ve gained 1 pound of it back.

I am still lacking the motivation to get back to storytelling and thanking people. Hopefully, I’ll experience some inspiration soon.

Jen and I are planning to take our camper to eastern Virginia for a few days starting Sunday. Hopefully, that will be a relaxing break for us.

Update

It’s been three weeks since my last update. I’ve continued to have digestion difficulties. My weight has plateaued at about 131 pounds. I’m planning to see a doctor today. I’m starting to use probiotics; maybe that will help.

Jen and I did get out with our camper a couple weeks ago for two nights at Mounds State Recreation Area at Brookville Lake in Indiana. We had a good time, but it was too hot. We are hoping to do more camping once the weather turns cooler.

Update

I’ve been doing reasonably well lately. I’ve held onto the 6 pounds I gained after they removed my biliary tube two weeks ago. I haven’t been very enthused about updating this blog lately; maybe the fall weather will pull me out of my funk.

I’m able to walk more than a mile on level ground now. I’m building up my strength and endurance gradually. Jen and I are hoping to do some traveling with our camper in the coming weeks and enjoy the fall season.

I attended a Sierra Club monthly meeting last night for the first time in a long time. It was nice to see everybody again.