Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Things I'm Thankful for...

I am thankful for my Life

Family--my Mom still calls me and mostly makes sense at almost 90, my husband supports my weaving career even when it isn't making any money, 3 amazing sons and one wonderful daughter-in-law (YAY)--even from Hawaii, Adam calls usually once a week just to chat, Alex lives at home and always manages to make me laugh, Noah is home for Thanksgiving from his first year at college and I love his energy, his willingness to tackle anything--like pies today! My 4 Sisters--Maureen who always checks in with me by phone, Faith who might drive cross country with me on an adventure--more later! Eileen my nurse who also checks in and Meg the youngest female and my facebook buddy. And my three brothers, Paul--guitar playing, singing, older brother, Kevin just a little bit younger than me and handicapped from a birthing accident, and Stephen, youngest and wonderful.

Music--when I need to be transported--when I even need to cry. And harmonizing with Faith, Meg, Paul and Gary during our joint vacation is simply and always a moving experience.

Friends--I've seen friends from my childhood during this year--now women and somehow still the same girls I knew. I have been touched by friends and acquaintances during my illness who have called, sent cards, made dinners, and just came and sat with me. I even have a friend who helps me weave when I get too far behind!

Dommie--my 19 yo healing horse...This week at my trainers (Nancey) he has worked harder than I thought he could--oh and I have also! And for the past several months just softly riding in the fields and woods has done more for me than medicine and doctors. He has plenty of energy but a sweet disposition, lovely manners, nuzzles your hand, your hair, nickers when you come in the barn. sigh.

My weaving--my weaving brings me sanity and a chance to create and a sense of accomplishment, which I need to be whole. Picture is what passes for my living room--hahahaha

A Clear CAT Scan--what can I say about this! The best gift of all...

Last December after my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer I met with my surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering and he was measuring my life in months...After the surgery he gave a prognosis of 2 years. I am happy to wake up every morning and determined to live more fully. Determined to be more open, determined to let courage trump my fears (though not quite ready to fly yet).

I am making long-term plans. One plan is to drive cross-country to visit my friend Linda on Whitby Island, WA. I have asked my sister, Faith, to go with me and she is considering it! We will be going on the cheap--staying in State parks when possible, buying food in grocery stores. Sooooo something BIG to look forward to!
Happy Thanksgiving All!


  1. Oh, take that trip!!!!.. I'm excited for you!!! Love your appy... they are the best form of therapy, you keep riding those soft trails and meadows.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and that wonderful family...

  2. beautiful cait. i love seeing you in your mom's face. my mist carried me through my divorce. and last, not least, that clear cat scan. holy cow. i am sooo happy. it looks like i'm headed to whitby is and portland next summer, too.

  3. Beautiful post Cait. I am thankful to have you as a friend. I am thankful that you are well. Have a great day and see you in Dec., right? After your visit to your Mom.

  4. You have a wonderful outlook, I am inspired! Wishing you many more blissings!

  5. Oh Cait... I'm so glad I finally got around to seeing this! How lovely to share all your blessings and thanksgivings with us out here in blogland. I'm so thankful for your clearn cat scan and I'm thankful for Dommie, your very own personal companion and therapy. I do hope you take that trip and make the most of your time with your sister and just enjoying a time of freedom, relaxation, and the beauty of this country. Hugs, honey!

  6. This is a beautiful blog post. Thanks for commenting on my "Burlesque" Movie Review. It's always nice to meet another Cher fan.
    I'm off to check out & ♥ your Etsy shop.
    Enjoy your day !!

  7. I'm late to the party, but I think the trip would be so amazing. I hope your sister says yes!


  8. Hi Cait,
    I have been thinking about you and hoping you are feeling well.
    Got caught up on your blog and man, you are busy in Potsdam!
    Things are good here in Michigan. Miss you and sending love.