Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's Spring!

The sun is shining and there are beautiful flowers blooming here in Menlo Park! This is a picture of me and our dear friend, Pam, who has taken such good care of us.

Jud and I are happy because tomorrow is his last day of SBRT radiation. Look at those peach poppies...have you ever seen anything so pretty?

It has been so nice to stay with Pam and Barry. No, this is not their kitchen, but it is a nearby bakery. Isn't that a yummy site?

They have these really interesting gnarly trees here n California. I have always wondered what they were, even when we lived here thirty-five years ago. Today I found out from Barry that they are pistachio trees!

Jud and I took a walk to the "village" today to do some looking and shopping. On our way, we saw this great sign, for a Russian Orthodox Church. 

 Tucked way back in the lot was this teeny tiny little church, covered by the shadows of more gnarly trees! It looks like it is large enough for about ten people! I hear it is pretty inside and has beautiful windows. 

On Saturday, we fly home to St. Paul. There we will again be encountered with the cold and three feet of snow. However, home is home and we are glad to be done with this part of the journey. Jud will start chemotherapy again on Tuesday and we will come back here in four to six weeks to see if Jud's tumor has shrunk to the point that he will qualify for surgery. We are praying. 

I am anxious to go to my craft room and make messes! Hopefully I will have something to show you all soon. 

I want to thank you all for supporting me. You have made a difficult time much more bearable with your words of kindness and support. 

In summary, blogland rocks!


  1. Smiling faces
    dear friends
    beautiful blue skies
    fresh air
    gorgeous blooms and
    pastries = ooh la laa

    I have never seen a Pistachio tree before...

    It feels to me like each step you and Jud make brings you both closer to is really special to walk with you on this deserve all of the Love and goodness there is...prayers keep winging their way to you whether it's in the CA sunshine or snowy MN

  2. Oh, I bet it's difficult to leave Cal for the snow of MN, but you're right...home is home. How wonderful to have such great friends to help you during this time...for fun and support. Have a safe trip.

  3. Sad you have to leave the weather in CA to head to the frigid cold. But we're very excited to see you when we come to MSP in a few weeks!

  4. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying our spring weather. Surely that is good for the soul too! Your hubby looks good. I hope that he will soon be on the road to recovery!! Take care and have a safe trip home.

  5. It's good to see your smiling faces. Travel safely and enjoy being back at home.

  6. Hi Suz,
    there is no place like home.Have a safe trip and thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.Aah, a glimpse of spring!

  7. Friends are friends....home is home...both are wonderful....I am glad both are wonderful for you. Thanks for sharing your painful journey....we are all here for you....and love you. I am glad that in the midst of this hard time I am able to see smiles from you and Jud.

  8. I am glad you can return home! It's actually feeling a little like a heat wave here today~ 33 degrees...I know, pathetic... but as a Minnesotan you understand LOL! Wishing you a safe trip XO!

  9. Sweet Suz..
    You must be so happy to be able to get home...even when the weather is pretty terrible, home is just that, HOME!
    I send along my thoughts & prayers for both of you. For Jud that all went well with the radiation & he will be able to have his much needed surgery & for you. That you will be renewed & filled with the strength you need to go forward on this path to recovery.
    All though I have been so caught up in my own world right now, I want you to know how much I appreciate all your kind words & think of you & Jud often traveling down your own similar Hard Road.
    Big Hugs to you both my friend & may we both find the comfort & strength to be the best we can for the people we love!

  10. Those flowers are beautiful and make me wish for spring LOL I'm so glad this part of your journey is over and you'll be home for awhile. Despite the weather - home is always better isn't it? Still keeping you two in my prayers. Hugs!

  11. Hi Suz: I am busy catching up with blogland. So thankful you and Jud are enjoying your wonderful friends and family, good medical care and the beautiful flowers here in California. Safe travels back to your home. Prayers continue for each of you in your family. Your smile brightens the sun. Happy February Hearts to you my dear...

  12. Hi Suz,
    Thankyou so very much for stopping by my blog and leaving that lovely comment.
    It was so nice of you to invite me to your personal space here. I wish Jud the very best in his treatment of chemo and hugs to you...

    Live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of the day, my mother used to say, and you know I do just that and I hope you do too:)

    You have a beautiful blog and I will visit again:)
    Take care
    Lynn xx (Lynn's Designer Creations) #744

  13. Good morning, Suz!

    Sorry I haven't been by in a while...I haven't had much blog visiting time lately...but life's calming down finally!

    Also sorry to have missed you this time around in Palo Alto--let me know the next round and I'll come up for a visit if that works for you.

    It's such a beautiful area, isn't it?! Those trees are so lovely & interesting--love it there in the fall. My husband grew up there and misses all the trees that seem to line every street...

    Hope things are going well for your sweetheart--he sure looks happy in the photos! Shows what a good man he is.

    Hope things aren't TOO cold & snowy back home--and you're right--home is best!

    Much love to you, dear're both in my prayers.


  14. Hello, Suz: I am so behind in my blog surfing. I am sending you and your family every good thought and am praying with you. Love your photos. Wishing you rest and warmth at home! Kris

  15. Hi Suz;
    I just sent up another prayer for Jud and you. Many blessings for you both. And of coarse BIG HUGS too!
    Much love.

  16. Hello Suz

    What a lovely surprise to read your nice comment.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    I am sending you and yours Dutch love.
    Take care

  17. Suz, it is so wonderful to see a comment from you. Thank you. Knowing what you are going through is just so darn sad. I am sending lots of prayers and strength your way. Give Jud a hug from all of us, and tell him we're right there with both of you. Don't forget to breathe! Big deep ones, okay? Love, Riki

  18. Thank you for sharing that photo of you, Pam, and Mr. Jud with the beautiful flowers! What a wonderful visual reminder for those of us (like you) stuck in the icy, seemingly never-ending snowy midwest that spring is coming soon...

  19. Now that is something to celebrate about...the last day of radiation! Those poppies are amazing. Hugs.

  20. I'm so happy for you to be back home....I hope the snow is melting. I'm praying! Enjoy some time in your art room, sweet friend!

  21. Hi Suz,
    I didn't know that your husband has been going through all this...I am so very sorry to hear it and I pray he will get better REALLY soon.
    Sending ((((hugs))) your way,

  22. Suz ~
    I am so excited and happy for you to get to go back home! Praying that you will be surrounded with the love of friends and family, fueled by the comfort of lovingly prepared meals, and many magical moments where you and Jud can enjoy each other. Love you my dear ~ Those flowers in picture 1 suit you and your beautiful smile!
    ~ Lovingly and Joyfully Yours ~ Katie

  23. Oh Suz, your pictures are so cute! You look happy! I am so relieved to see that smile on your pretty face.
    I am also happy for you both that the radiation is now behind you.
    I know you have received a lot of snow, but soon, very soon, it will be Spring.
    Sending a big hug your way...

  24. Hi, Suz! You two are such an inspiration - those smiles have to be good for healing! We only met briefly at Silver Bella, but I could tell immediately that you were so sweet and wonderful, and the comments from all your great friends certainly confirm that. You both remain in my thoughts and prayers. Stay warm!

  25. My darling friend- I am glad this part is over and Jud can move on to the next step. You both continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Suz.
    I admire your courage and strength, and your ability to always take time to smile!!

  26. I saw Robins yesterday and thought that maybe the freakish cold weather down south has confused them. I'm glad you guys got to enjoy some warmth for a while. Hugs! Sandy

  27. As the snow begins its inevitable melting away, I hope so do your cares. Sending you good thoughts!

  28. Hi Suz,
    Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog...It was SO nice to hear from you and I am praying that you and your husband are being lifted up and can feel all of our best wishes for you.

  29. Suz, It was so lovely to hear from you! If the smile is any indication on your faces, the worst is now behind. Look how many well wishes are leading the way to your return home. We're with you all the way Suz. You both are such an inspiration to me. Elizabeth

  30. Suz...........So glad you are able to enjoy some of the California sunshine. It does something for your mind, body and soul. I know you are looking forward to getting back home. There is NO place like home! Good luck in the weeks ahead and keep your positive chin up! We all out here still have you on our hearts and prayers!

  31. Hi Suz,
    I just came over to say "hi" and hope that you are having a good day...I am continuing prayers....sending ((((hugs)))) your way,

  32. Hi,
    Praying that all is going well! And you picked a wonderful time to come back home. It will be "warm" here this weekend! Well, at least in the 20's, which will feel like a heat wave after our subzero temps of last week!