Yesterday was such a “magical” day in so many ways…the results of my white cell blood count had risen…still low but no longer “critically low.” Staying off Ibrance (“The New Normal”) cancer medicine for three weeks did the trick. It was the first time my white cell count has risen out of the “critically low” category to low normal in over a year. Hallelujah! (And I feel the difference…not “hitting the wall” like I once did in total exhaustion.)
My IBrance daily dosage was lowered and in three weeks we will see if that has helped maintain the white cell count or if we need to switch to another cancer medication because of this challenging side effect…but for right now..I am just happy to have moved up a notch. * I really think having the foot wound healed has taken some stress off the immune system and it can use its reserve elsewhere now.
On the way home I drove around Tea Farm, the neighborhood next to mine… stopping to pull over at the “magic” spot where the fairies live :)…complete with mushrooms, hollow trees and pretty flowers. I think I must have gotten some pixie dust on me because all of a sudden I was seeing “magic” everywhere.
First I looked at my back yard neighbors’ trees shining in the late afternoon sun…sparkling like diamonds…gorgeous! How many people can see this scenery every day of their lives? How blessed I am!
*Research shows that “simply spending time near or gazing at trees can relieve stress, lower our heart rates, help us heal faster and improve our mental and emotional health.” The Magic of Trees- Tess Whitehurst
Then the magic…with the late sun’s rays hitting my grandsons’ Japanese Maples underneath the leaves…the cool red leaves on top burst into flames as the sun hit the back of each leaf. (same tree branch)
The same thing happened with the Confederate Rose bush (slowly coming back from its winter nap.) No hocus pocus...simply the magic of the sun’s rays hitting the leaves from different angles turning sunbeams (reflecting off the leaves) into instant technicolor!
I continued walking around just breathing in the cool crisp air…it felt like fall yesterday…rejuvenating! I kept shooting the photos from underneath the plants and trees upward towards the sun…a different perspective of beauty…like in these two red tips (given to me by Doodle for my birthday years and years ago!)
And speaking of “magic” Jakie is “consumed” with cars so he was in “car heaven” at Disney World at the Magic Kingdom during spring break with his family. It was the annual flower show exhibition time there (my favorite) and “Mater” from the movie Cars had been made into a topiary! Mandy said it was actually cool in Florida…jeans and jacket weather…but packed with spring breaks going on all around the country!
Sharon Joyce found the perfect verses from Scripture to go along with the theme from yesterday’s blog on “Biomimicry”…returning to nature to solve modern problems. *Thank you so much Sharon!!!:)
Job 12:7-10 New International Version (NIV)
7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
9 Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Lynn Gamache sent photos from British Columbia…their spring comes later but it is definitely coming as you can see from some of the samples she sent. So pretty! Thank you Lynn!
So until tomorrow… William Wordsworth warns us in his essays that we are connected to nature and when we lose that connection (those memories of when we were one with nature in our early youth)…we also lose the magic we once found in it. Once lost it is difficult to bring it back… a loss too incomprehensible to contemplate.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
P.S. I feel like something quite magical will soon occur…very soon.:)
*This is too funny….Doodle made her famous lemon squares and brought over last week…I gave some to the neighbors and other friends and took some over with me to Walsh and Mollie’s…the boys were more into ice cream and things like that but we girls…Eloise and I…pinched off one corner of my lemon square and she loved it! She kept pointing for more.
When I told Doodle this…she said that it was quite exceptional because normally children prefer other sweets to lemon squares…the taste for it matures with time. *And then there was Eloise woofing hers down. At the Wando Grill…she grabbed a slice of lemon off the table and plopped it in her mouth. Walsh and I watched waiting to start laughing when she tasted it, made a face and spit it back out.
She did make a face but she certainly didn’t spit it out…she ate it down to the rind…Eloise has never met a food she isn’t willing to risk trying..You go girl- we are proud of you!!!