The last few weeks have been pretty tough for my family as we have awaited a battery of test results on my step-dad's recently diagnosed lung cancer. This week has been hard as he was admitted to the hospital, but even though that wasn't a good thing, it expedited us getting more information on him. The actual diagnosis is stage 2 adenocarcinoma. I was there visiting with my son when the doctor came in to inform my parents. It was very sobering, to say the least, to hear this directly from the doctor. Because of my step-dad's many health problems (cardiac, diabetes, etc., etc.) he is not a candidate for surgery. We haven't received his prognosis from the oncologist yet, but it isn't very optomistic.
Today was a beautiful day and I decided I just needed to get out and soak up a little of it
to help revive my own spirits. We live down the road from a 9 mile lake so off I went, book in hand, to be refreshed in the tranquility of this setting. The mixture of the fresh air, sunshine, and a good regency romance was just what I needed.
Right now I'm reading Catherine Palmer's The Courteous Cad. And if you haven't had the priveledge of reading any of her books you have been missing out. This particular novel is weaving the two previous in this series with another of her regency series and is pure delight. Books are such a sweet blessing, especially in times like these, when I need to be swept into another time and another place for a respite from the stressors of life.