October 22, 2015

Living & Loving Fall

I came across this poem recently and it spoke to me so I thought I would share it here along with a few more foliage pictures.  The colors are so beautiful up in the mountains this year and we have gotten to enjoy some gorgeous days.   

My mom continues to improve and her strength and positive attitude are such an inspiration to me.  We are now able to talk on the phone between visits, which is so important to us both because she lives an hour away.  She sometimes gets frustrated when she can't find the words to tell me whatever she has to say, but mostly we are able to communicate very effectively.  She has a fantastic sense of humor and is still very much committed to her recovery.  It makes my day when she calls with an update.  Yesterday, she called to tell me she has begun using a regular cane (until now, she has been walking with the aid of a larger walker).  We have learned to celebrate each small step, both literally and figuratively.
We are definitely taking more time to enjoy the little things.
This year, we have been buying maple syrup from a stand just down the road from our house.  Not only is the syrup delicious, but the view from the sugar shack is breathtaking.
Below is the view from the first tee at the Schroon Lake Golf Course.
Down by the lake, the colors were so vibrant against the blue sky.
Forrest got to put his paws in the lake again this past weekend which made us all happy.  So far, he is still acting like himself, so much so that it is somewhat easy to forget he is sick.  However, the lump on his face continues to grow and it is pulling on the skin on his eye.  Unfortunately, we think his eye will be closed shut soon.  We are enjoying each and every day we have with him.  We sure do love this dog fiercely.
The leaves were falling at a fast rate when we came home on Sunday so I think that's a wrap on fall foliage for us this year.  Hopefully, we get to see some decent color in NJ over the next couple of weeks.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the updates.  As always, thanks so very much for all of the thoughts and prayers for our family.

21 comments:

  1. Lovely news. My heart lifts when I see a new post from Golden Boys and Me.

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    1. What a sweet comment. Thank YOU for lifting my heart this morning!!

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  2. Love these posts Courtney and such exciting news about your mom! I gotta say, Forrest, melts my heart. Sending you love, hugs and prayers - CoCo

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    1. I can feel your love, hugs and prayers, CoCo. Thank you!! Have a wonderful day :)

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  3. Good to hear that your mom's health improves:-)
    Beautiful Fall pictures - like taken from a movie:-)
    Hugs:-)

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  4. I just came from BlogHer website. Love the gorgeous fall pictures. My dog has hemangiosarcoma. We are trying to give as many love and scratches as possible. Every moment is precious. Thank you for sharing the poem.

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    1. Hi Tomoko, I am so glad you came over to visit today. I think it makes things easier when someone says, "I am going through this too" so I thank you for commenting. I am so sorry about your dog's hemangiosarcoma. My heart and prayers go out to you and your pup. Take care and take it one moment at a time. What else is there, right? xo

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  5. I don't comment often, but I have tell you that I find myself checking to see if you have posted and wondering how your mom and your golden are doing. You have a way with words that makes me feel like I know you. Thank you for sharing -- and know that someone in Michigan cares :)

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    1. Hello Kate, I just have to let you know how much your kind comment means to me. I am not a big commenter on other blogs either so I totally get that ;) Thank you for taking the time today to let me know that you care and enjoy my words. It gives me such motivation to keep going with this little blog. Thank YOU:)

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  6. Good Morning Courtney,
    So heart warming to see your post this morning. So happy to hear your mom is doing so well and Forrest is just amazing. When they are loved so much like Forrest is makes his journey with the tumor so much easier. Your post show how the will to survive and stay with the people you love can conquer even the worst things. The fall pictures are gorgeous. Hugs Courtney. Keeping good thoughts for many more good days ahead.
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris,

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment. I hope you know how much support I feel from you and how much it means to me. Forrest is holding on much longer than even the oncologist thought he would. Billy had to stop at the animal hospital to pick up more pain meds and the oncologist hadn’t put a refill on the script because usually people don’t need to refill. It seems like it should feel like a long and sad goodbye, but really we are just grateful and appreciative of this extra time with him.

      I am thinking of your and Terry and your family too. I hope you are finding some answers about your future, and if not, then you are finding some peace.
      Hugs to you too,
      Courtney

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  7. Such wonderful news Courtney. Please give Forest a big kiss for me. What a special boy he is. You are both blessed to have each other. Enjoy every with him. We rescued another golden mix on Saturday. Her name is Scarlet and she has so much energy!

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    1. Hi Jeanette, Congrats on the new addition to your family!! Yay. I am going to head on over to Instagram to see if you posted any pics of Scarlet. That is awesome news.

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  8. Great news about your Mom!! I've been praying for her and y'all. It's great to celebrate every little thing. Your sweet boy, Forrest is so beautiful. I pray for your time with him, as well, and I know y'all are cherishing every moment you have with him. He looks so happy posing for you. I love your blog and look forward to every single post.

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    1. Thanks you so much for all of the prayers for my mom and Forrest. I so appreciate it. And for letting me know that you look forward to my posts. Have a great day!

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  9. It is so beautiful there, Courtney...I love seeing your photos! I'm glad your mother is continuing to progress and do better. I know it takes time, but it sounds like she is willing to do the work and has a good attitude. I'm glad, too, that beautiful Forrest is able to get out and play, and just be with you. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way...xo

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  10. So happy to hear your mom is doing well! It sounds like she is staying positive which I am sure helps a lot. I am glad Forrest is still himself and seems to be enjoying the outdoors. Wow, what gorgeous pictures you took! I am pleasantly surprised at the color we are starting to get around here. I was worried the dry weather would have wrecked things but I guess you never know! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Shelley

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  11. I'm happy to hear you have some good news all around! Your mom continues to improve and Forrest is hanging in there valiantly! I hope this makes things easier for your family. it's difficult, I know, but you have this beautiful fall weather to buoy you on! I don't think I've seen prettier fall foliage pictures in all of Blogland!

    I'll be keeping all of you in my prayers...enjoy these good days and bravo to your mom!

    Jane x

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  12. The views are gorgeous! Keeping your mom and her recovery in my prayers. Hoping Forrest continues to enjoy time with your family like he did on that beautiful Fall day.

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  13. Sending big hugs your way from the Catskill Mountains xo

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