Minutes – August 10, 2014

::thankful – for a marvelous trip to the beach, for continued healing, and for Mr. Pea cleaning the carpets yesterday.

::praying for - Cherry Ames as she settles into life as job-holding, rent-paying adult;  for Princess Pea starting her Junior Year at Texas A&M; for the Architect as he fills out college and scholarship applications; for DirtBike as he starts his Sophomore year; for myself as I continue to heal and embrace living again.

::Kill All the Cells! –  Well…there’s been a minor setback.  I had my port removed at the beginning of July, and it never healed quite right. Last weekend the incision site became exponentially more painful, so I checked in with my surgeon on Monday morning.  He took a look with a sonogram and confirmed that there was a nasty abscess forming.  He admitted me for surgery that day, opened it up and cleaned it out. (gross)  It’s now a slightly weird hole that’s packed with silver infused ribbon, healing from the inside out (double gross).  I’ve learned how to change my own dressing, including the packing, because it’s just too inconvenient to drive into the city every day and have someone change it for me. Cherry Ames talked me through the first time – after that, easy peasy.  It’s comforting to know that I’ve learned yet another useful skill.

::fun WHOOOP!  We snuck away to Destin for a week to celebrate my remission!

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The kids learned how to paddleboard…
2014.08.10 (3) 2014.08.10 (4)…and surf!!

2014.08.10 (5)I was celebrating not just remission, but also the Return of the Hair!!


  • Burgers on the Grill, Baked Beans and Zucchini Salad
  • Baked Ziti and Spinach Salad
  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Fresh Tomatoes
  • Turkey Mufaletta Sandwiches, Cucumber Salad
  • Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa,
  • Shrimp Tacos and Black Beans
  • Pulled Pork Sliders, Coleslaw, Green Beans

::looking ahead - School starts this week.  Seriously!  School! Already!  I may be just slightly more excited about the return to a regular schedule than the boys are.

DSC_1978Enjoy Life.  Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – July 25, 2014

::thankful – for The Architect!  Happy Birthday to my favorite oldest son!

Kevin Munson Cox

Photography by Munson-Cox

::praying for - Donna, for grace in the coming months while she grieves her loss; Ramona, for returning health; Susan, for a speedy recovery from surgery; Barb for her mom

::Kill All the Cells! –  Everyone is inquiring about what’s next…here’s what I know.  First order of business is to recover from the chemo.  It takes a toll on the body, my friends. I still feel like I’ve been stranded for six months in a jungle and then had a car wreck immediately after being rescued.  My brain power is coming back fast, as well as my energy.  I’m able to stay awake all day long now, and for the past three days in a row, I’ve managed to take my requisite 10,000 steps!!  Yay!!!

I’ll have a CT Scan and a visit with my Oncologist the first week of September.  Those scans will continue every 6-8 weeks for the next few years.  My nest big milestone is February 2015, fifteen months post surgery.  If I make it there without any recurrence, then my long-term survival statistics go up up up!


  • Homemade Macaroni and Cheese – specifically requested by The Architect for his Birthday Dinner
  • Veggie Pesto Pasta
  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Fresh Tomatoes
  • Cobb Salads
  • More Cobb Salads

Really.  We’ve been tossing together salads every night, simply because it’s too danged hot to cook.

::fashionable –    Who me? Fashionable?

::creative – test knitting!  Check out my Ravelry library for a sneak peek!

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Friday’s Letters – July 11, 2014

Friday's Letters

Dear Children - You do not need my permission to start the dishwasher every evening. You’ve already scraped, rinsed and loaded the dirty plates, used cups, and sticky ice-cream bowls.  You even put the soap in the dispenser.  All you need to do is push that little button on the left and close the dishwasher door, and I’ll have a clean coffee cup and lunch container in the morning!

Dear Summer – We’re glad you’re here with your barbecue evenings, flip-flops and sandals, and general relaxed attitude.  Let’s take it easy with the searing temperatures this year, okay?

Dear Baby Deer Who Were Lounging In My Front Yard This Morning – Dang, you two are SO CUTE with your little spots and big brown eyes!  Too bad you grow up into yard eating, garden ravaging, overgrown tree chomping beasts.  I wouldn’t get too comfy in my yard…the dogs can jump that fence. Besides, Ms. Lara across the way has tastier plants.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea