Sunday, October 5, 2008

As I See It

Tis me , Deena , today 10/5/2008
Here I am in February of 2008, before chemo, all I'd had was a mastectomy

The view from my desk , I love the Autumn

My friend Sherry of Blair Creek Cabin & Gathering Hope is having a blog giveaway..
RUN over there & sign up..

Isn't this box awesome???

and join my Pink October please

the Autumn Open House

fondly, deena


the radiation is making me SO scattered, the worst day so far for the thinking

I am truly happy

my hair is starting to stick to my pillow case, not my head

I addressed envelopes to send out the Hollyhock seeds

my daughter and grandsons plan on moving out next week

my eyesight is bad

I am not driving


My BFF, Marcia is coming over & we are going out for a drive

I am able to take pictures & use my PC

the soft feel & fresh smell of newly laundered towels

Autumn Sun

a lovely home to keep me cozy

knowing it doesn't matter that I can't run the vacuum

my friend Church , calls me often


  1. you're beautiful Deena....

    Happy Autumn....


  2. The view from your window is beautiful, as are you.

  3. Most people having gone thru all that you've gone thru AND STILL GOING THRU IT!!! wouldn't even be out of bed. You look tired, so who wouldn't be, getting rads to the brain, highest intensity for days on end. It's nice to see where you sit to work all the magic you do online and designs. None of us could even begin to count how many have their own businesses and blogs because you taught them and encouraged ALL of them, Including myself. I know that many who have "moved on" wouldn't have even been able to "move on" if you hadn't set them up and gotten them going in the first place. Your ability to see and now, feel, beauty by touch, your are EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED! Your gifts of beauty, to create, helping others create, The Primitive Gathering, and how many view that internationally??!!!
    You are a treasure that cannot be nor will ever be measured. Blurry, narrow corridor of vision, we don't care, let us continue to see it all thru your eyes, otherwise how will we know?
    So be it. We're all here for the long haul...count us all in. We're here. Keep going in any/all ways you can. When one capacity stops, just let us know how to help you with the next one. You are so loved, from here, with all of us and from above...nothing but love.
    church/saints and haints/n

  4. You can carry off the short hair quite well. I'm sorry it's starting to leave, though. Alas, it will grow back. Small comfort now, though, isn't it?

    I love your little corner of the world - what a beautiful view. And your view of life is beautiful, too.

  5. Deena, you look fabulous and the glow shows through that smile. My view of my garden is behind me but that will be fixed soon. I so missed the hummingbirds this year. You always brighten my day with your positive posts. Love and Hugs, Pat

  6. Continuing my prayers for you, Deena

  7. Look at the strength and the beauty in your face look like you have the peace and the secret of life within you...and your little corner of the world has a fabulous view. Enjoy your drive ♥

  8. You and Church swing by and pick me up for a Sunday drive. I think you look great girl. If anyone could pull off the short hairdo you can with that beautiful skin and face and SMILE. The fact that you get up and go and love your life is what makes you the strong gal you are. And an inspiration to the rest of us that love you.

  9. Oh, Deena, I know you do but just remember we're all so much with you. This has been quite a road, hasn't it. You've shown us so much courage, gentleness, beauty, joy, bravery. You're my shining example. And you continue to keep us all up and inspired.

  10. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Thinking of you today, my beautiful friend...hope you enjoy the drive with your sweet friend! You're always in my thoughts & prayers.

    With love,

  12. Dear Dear Deena,
    you still have joys in the midst of all your suffering...
    I love the view from your desk...
    and I love to share your joys as well as your hurts and fears...
    Love from me to you,

  13. and I second that "amen" on Church's post....

  14. BB, MaryAnn and Anonymous all said it so beautifully to you, Deena. I agree.

    The sweetness and love you have given, your valiant spirit, honesty and grace is returned to you 1000 fold here...

    I am sorry about your hair and eyesight, and how painful and exhausting this is... My empathy, although useless to spare you from it.

    (hugs)) my dear... and (hugs again)

    Loving Annie

  15. You are such a sweet and beautiful person inside and out Deena. Your joys are ALWAYS an inspiration to me. I am sending much love and prayers your way,Hugs}} Suzanne.

  16. Deena,
    You are very beautiful.
    I agree with Church-we are in this with you.
    Very much love, Debra

  17. I love you Deena! Your journey touches my heart. Through your eyes I have seen strength, faith, beauty and wonder.ksarra

  18. You're a blessing! I sincerely hope you know that. You bless us with your courage and your smile; with words that are always uplifting and with hope that shines in your smile.
    The view from your desk is beautiful. My 'office' is a converted upstairs bedroom and while I can see outside, it's not the view you have. But it'll do.

  19. Deena, you are just amazing and so gorgeous!!!!! I love your short hair, too! Just remain positive and enjoy your Autumn days and all of the joy the change of season brings.

    love you,

  20. You are a beautiful lady. I really enjoy reading your post. Love the pics...Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. deena, you are pretty in pink. most definitely! =)

  22. Deena,

    I don't comment often, but your blog always leaves me feeling warmed in my spirit. Your strength and graciousness are amazing.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

  23. Hi Deena, you look just as wonderful now as you were previously. You have a lovely view from your window.

  24. What a lovely place to have your computer--looking out on such a peaceful view!
    Deena, you are beautiful!

  25. Dear Deena,

    Hold on to those joys....

    love the view from you window...
    I think I will turn my desk around today I face the wall...How silly!!!


  26. You look great in short hair. YOu continue to inspire us all. I just love reading your are just amazing. I continue to pray for you....

  27. Abide in Christ....... He has all the answers and moreover HE understands all........and HE loves you more than the heart can comprehend.

    I pray God live large today in your life........

  28. Deena, you are in my heart and prayers everyday.

    Donna Lynn

  29. What a great view, Deena! :) I hope you enjoy your drive...roll down the window and feel that fresh air!

    I cheered up my awesome guy using your finding the joys technique...worked like a charm!

    You are SO wise and have taught so many! Add that to your joys today too! :)

  30. Dear Deena, I am so touched by your blog and by the women that have gathered around you. You are a beautiful person and I am so glad that I found you.
    Its crazy I decided I wanted to start my blog hoping to somehow make a difference and it has instead made such a difference in me. God works in mysterious ways.
    I wish you were closer so that I could give you a big hug. I love hugs.. The rest of the lady’s are wright you are not alone, we are all in this cancer thing together, and sticking together is going to be the only way that we find a cure. You are in my thoughts and prayers.. Big Hugs To You..Deb

    Beautiful Autumn Mornings
    The good health of my 78yr old dad
    Gods Love
    This new blog
    The Sound Of Shoal Creek
    A great man in my life
    My Puppy’s
    Old chippie painted furniture

  31. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I so admire your honesty and transparency. What a wonderful gift you are giving!

    You are in my daily prayers and I know the Lord is right there by your side.


  32. I think you look beautiful and I love your beautiful attitude that I can see through your written words as well.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Angie in OH

  33. Hi Deena,
    Great to see your pretty smiling face and the lovely view from your desk,i know you must be tired my sweet but you are doing great,your strength,humor and love amazes me with all that you are going through,its not an easy journey.
    The hair hmmm Deena.... like the leaves your hair is falling,so rest like the trees for the winter and grow fresh and new in the spring ok?
    Love and big hugs Kristina XxX

  34. Your a ray of hope on a dreary day....So inspired by your optimism and ability to find the beauty around you~Love and hugs ~Sheri

  35. i still see that feisty and loving lady!!!!! and i love the view from your sweet desk! :) lovely blessings and joys....and lovely you!
    hugs and prayers, deena~

  36. Your eyes have grown from the last picture...grown more full of love, and understanding. Grown full of acceptance, and fight and vigor~ hope and courage! I see a beautiful spirit that appreciates each and every second of every day~ like we all SHOULD! God Bless you Dear~ Im thinking of you always and always in my prayers. Tell that hubby Rich to give you an extra squench from me~ ok?
    xoxoxo Rachael

  37. Girlfriend your joys inspire us and your courage gives others hope. I am so thankful to see the world through you even if it is a little blurry to you it is cyrstal clear when you deliver it to us. Peace

  38. still as gorgeous as ever sweet Deena! I'm just so captivated by your ability to LIVE and SEE and BE. My best to you this Autumn day.

    Stop by if you get the chance... the pink artist drawing is in its final days and we have reached $2,208 so far for Susan G Komen.

    love & blessings, monica :)

  39. Your windows are gorgeous and you look great (esp. those beautiful baby blues).

  40. Deena, your pictures are wonderful. You are VERY pretty with the short short hair! Love the view from your desk. Enjoy these wonderfully crisp fall days.

  41. I'm incredibly touched by you. I've been reading your blog now for 2 weeks having found it by chance while looking at a cottage decorating blog and trying to get ideas. Although I don't know you personally, you inspire me every day and make my troubles seem so insignificant. You've taught me a great lesson... to be happy and thankful for each day no matter what obstacles I may encounter. You are a woman of amazing strength and grace, and we are all so fortunate to continue to be touched by you. Thank you for sharing your wisdown and gifts with the rest of us.

  42. Deena, you are beautiful no matter what your hair is doing.

    What a lovely place to sit and write! I love your view.

    My prayers and love are with you during this trying time. I'm sending you cyber hugs. (((((h)))))

  43. Hi sweet Deena

    Remember me? Life has been sooooo C-R-A-Z-Y lately...but a good kind of crazy, so I can't complain even though it has kept me from visiting. But...I'm home now...for a week or so anyway.

    Even though I haven't been visiting you, you've still been in my thoughts and prayers. You look great. Your attitude is amazing. Hang in there sweet friend. You are not alone. Our God is right beside you all the way.

    Joshua 1:5
    As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

    Isaiah 48:16
    The Lord says, “At the time it happens, I am there.”


  44. Two things here I see.....beautiful view...beautiful Deena....and I love her!
    love, bj

  45. Deena, I just wanted to send you a big Hug today, You have been on my mind a lot and in my prayers. I hope you have a blessed day.. Deb

  46. Hello gorgeous. You are so beautiful and so strong in and out, I'm sorry to hear you are tired, well of course you are, but you're right - the vacuum etc is not important.
    Sorry to hear of the recent sorrows, moving out and the not driving; but your joys are somewhat enough to make up for these things, I hope. Your photos are so pretty - what a lovely and warm sunny view. Was nice to catch up on your posts.

  47. Your looking just "MARVELOUS" to've had quiet a year with lots of changes....and you have done great in my opinion!

    I am praying for you....I even thought of you on my trip to New York and wondered how you were doing.
    Hang in there my friend.
    Joyce M.

  48. Beautiful face - beautiful soul.

    I thought of you on Saturday. I went to Newberry, SC to the Oktoberfest. I have been looking for the "Save The Ta-Ta" magnets - and I found them. Hearts of Hope had a booth at the festival, and I bought them out. I have put one on our cars at home, and have given many away to co-workers so our parking lot will show our support for breast cancer. I still have many left.....I guess I will just put them on cars on Sunday morning at Church.

    As always - you are in my prayers.

  49. Deena you look wonderful!! You will be just fine! :)

  50. Beautiful post from a beautiful woman. I know the feeling of scattered and losing lots of hair...I don't know what it is like to have cancer. I do know the power of prayer love friends family hope and beauty. You are now on my prayer list and love and hope are in my heart for you. Beautiful blog and a wonderful positive focus.
    Pryers Hope & Love

  51. Deena, I just stopped by to see you again. I'm praying for you. You are beautiful. The view from your desk is lovely. Kathi PS I'm sure you already know this, Deena, but I'll mention it anyway; Michelle begins her chemo. this morning.

  52. I just found your blog and I am so very thankful for having found it!
    And my prayer for you is to be confident of His presence, certain of His promises, and assured of His love.
    As God gently picks up every care
    you have.
    Remember that in the storms of life, Jesus is our Rock!
    Many Blessings, Virginia

    I'm including this little prayer that has given me strenth in my times of trouble.

    Do not look forward in fear to the
    changes of life:
    Rather look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very
    own you are, will lead you safely
    through all things;
    And when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.
    Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
    The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you today and every day.
    He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strenth to bear it.
    Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
    St. Francis de Sales

  53. Deena,
    You are a beautiful person. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

    Make sure you take your time to rest to, that is important.

    Have a blessed autumn day.



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