Trying to get healthy around here – NOT

Just finished a 10 day course of radiation in Abilene yesterday.  Sure glad to have that done.  The treatments really wear me out, but add 2 hours worth of driving after working most of the day….you end up with one exhausted cookie.   Therefore,  I’ve been missing in action again.

I will say that it feels like the radiation has helped my right hip some.   Jury is still out on the back/rib area.   Still have the big knot on the back of my skull and it’s pretty tender.   Praying these issues will all resolve themselves and with the Lord’s grace,  I can move on to living my life normally for awhile.   Apparently insurance hasn’t approved the new chemo drug yet, so we’re still in limbo on that.

We went to Winters, TX last weekend for a “Save the Memories Day”…had Tractor Olympics,  a couple of bands belting out music, a quilt show and a parade of old cars, tractors and fire trucks.   They are raising monies to put a new roof on their beloved old Rock Hotel.   Hoping they did well!   We looked through the exhibits,  had some hot dogs and enjoyed ourselves greatly.   Oh…we DID get to visit with Wanda and her husband, Charles!   That was the best part!

Had lunch with a good friend from the Baird Housing Authority today!   Was great visiting with you Ronda!  Let’s do it again soon.  Prayers for your Mom’s continued recovery.

The weather front has been mixed blessings the past week or so…we’ve had 93 degree days…and 26 degree nights.   Ernie has covered/uncovered plants until he’s tired of messing with them.   The wild plum and the pecans had already flowered when the freeze hit, so we’re figuring nothing there for another year.   However,  his tomato and  potato plants  look good.    We’ve had a tiny bit of rain and a couple of drizzly mornings with much cooler temperatures.  That’s really good for the lettuces and spinach.

I thought we were down to 1 rooster and 1 hen, but there are still 2 hens running with the rooster.   That’s a good thing.  I wish we had about 20 more hens out there and a coop!   Ernie got some more chicken scratch and the doves came back.   Guess they don’t like the cat food like the chickens do :-)    Those guys will come up on the deck for cat food…and brave the cats!

Speaking of cats….Ernie put Blaze out the other night (normal thing) and we haven’t seen him since.  Hoping he hasn’t run afoul of a predator.   If he’s gotten hurt,  maybe he’s holed up somewhere till he regains his strength.  Just makes us sick though.   That’s the trouble with kitties allowed to go outside.  You cannot protect them 24/7.

Now,  maybe I’ve got you caught up on life on the Bayou!


Susan ~ Patchkat


did you ever wonder…

what a $130.00 cake looks like?

DSCF9800  this is a slice of Ernie’s Perfectly Chocolate German Chocolate Cake.   The cake was auctioned at last night’s Burkett Volunteer Fire Department’s annual BBQ.  $130.00!  Nice profit for the kitty.   Had one cake that brought $400.00!!!!   I didn’t do any baking this year.   Just not enough energy.  But fortunately,  Ernie enjoys cooking and baking.

The cake is absolutely yummy….and so rich, there ought to be a law!

Think the meals, auction and door prizes brought in a tidy amount to help outfit our newest fire truck.  We’ve had 3 fires out here recently…one a bunch of hunters who went to cook their dinner…blew up the trailer they were staying in…sent 6 of them to the hospital.  I understand they were airlifted to Dallas.  The propane tank they hooked up to the cook stove had a leak.   The fire department found the base of the trailer and not a lot more.   Haven’t heard an update on the injured men.  Praying for their full recoveries.

Pretty tired today, so I think I’ll take a nap.

Susan ~ Patchkat

Look familiar?

Add a few more black kitties and a white with yellow spots…and this could be us!   I love this picture and all those sweet kitty faces.  I don’t mind being tagged as the local “crazy cat lady”, lol…cause it’s true.

Kitties, just like kids do bad things to gain attention.   They’ve taken bad raps for urinating all over the house, for smelly cat boxes and other equally distasteful habits.  However….that’s on the owners.  The kitties are doing what comes natural to their breed.   For us, as responsible cat owners, it means policing the litter boxes to keep them clean and chasing down the occasional male feeling a need to mark his territory.    Our guys give signs when they’re unhappy, hungry, wanting to be petted or need to go out.  We try to be watchful, though there is the occasional mistake.

Since we’ve quit feeding dry food,  we’re having many less barfing issues.     YEAH!

So, if someone calls me the crazy cat lady,  I’m okay with that.

Susan ~ Patchkat

We’ve finished with this month’s Dr appointments…Thank the LORD.

I did a PET scan on the 10th….

Went to Houston (MD Anderson) last Monday.   Found this neat building…I thought is was a church at first in Buckholtz, TX.

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Some really neat stuff out there on the Texas roads!   You can enlarge the photo to read about the building.   It has a varied and interesting history…built originally in 1907.   The building is now used for social functions.  It’s beautifully maintained and quite pretty.

IMAG0094  This was the Houston traffic…rush hour, bumper to bumper on both sides of the Highway.  We sat for almost an hour before we made it to our hotel.  This was also Rodeo weekend, so everything was packed.

I had another MRI to check on the Gamma Knife surgery.   Results are looking good from that!   The frontal lobe tumor has decreased greatly in mass.  Came home on Wednesday evening.

Stacie stayed until Friday morning.   She cooked dinner for us and cleaned up the kitchen…helped with a few things while she was here….and she planted a really cute planter of herbs for the kitchen.


Scared up a flock of about 20 turkey hens and 1 tom.   Unfortunately,  they waddled off into the high grass before I could get a photos.   The sun was setting and I did snap a few shots of that…

IMAG0102   Looks dusty, but it was the dirty windshield!     Sure was pretty.







Had another Dr visit in Abilene today for the reading of the PET scan.  Wish I could tell you it was good, but NOT.  Everything has grown, enlarged and spread.  My bones are full of cancer.   I told the Oncologist that the chemo drug I was on worked like a fertilizer….Needless to say, I’ll be starting a new course of radiation soon and changing to a different chemo drug.   Please, PLEASE keep those prayers going.  Our Lord is good and merciful.  HE can take care of this.

Susan ~ Patchkat



Rain, Rain, Hail?

We’re back on Texas weather…..

We had a wonderful rain.  It’s rained most of the day,  light showers,  heavy rains…then came the hail.  So glad we have our cars under cover.

this was the little planter box DSCF9796

the side yard with hail falling DSCF9797

and a quick look across the road DSCF9794

Ernie couldn’t resist gathering a handful of ice DSCF9799

Thank you Lord for all the moisture!


Susan ~ Patchkat

New kitty room?

I’ve decided what we need for revamping our little greenhouse/kitty room.   I’m thinking it will include lots of sweat equity and about 6 windows and screens for the North and East walls to completely enclose that end of the deck.   We have a spot where there at one time was an A/C unit…that would make a great “door” for the kitties to go between the house to their new room.   Of course, it would require a shelf and some smaller shelves up the wall (like stairs) for them….but they could safely lay out and watch the wildlife, enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine.

Sadly,  it would mean the outside kitties would no longer have access to the greenhouse in the winter, but…I have another plan for a new space for them…one that isn’t exposed to the North winds…and would be easier to heat.   Still need to finish measuring and drawing before I can really say it would work.   Even better,  there is a small wooden storage shed on the property that could be moved and repurposed for additional kitty housing.   That one will take a little research to see what we can do with it.

Now,  I’m on the lookout for those 6 matching windows w/screens.   I contacted Abilene’s Habitat “restore” store.   Maybe they’ll come back with just exactly what we need.

Do you have an enclosed “sun porch” or greenhouse?   How did you enclose it?  Is it heated?  Do you run a ceiling fan for summer usage?   What about mosquitos and bugs?

Susan ~ Patchkat