A Southern Pines Sunset

It’s been raining off and on for a few days, which is good. We needed it. I think we might continue to have showers over the next few days, but I usually don’t pay much attention to weather forecasts.  I just wait and see what happens.  I’ve known people whose every movement hinged on the weather forecast and that never made any sense to me.  It wasn’t like they were farmers or anything.

Anyway, it was a great night for a walk, so Buddy and I went out. I took this picture with my trusty iPhone.

Sunset in Southern Pines North Carolina

The week in pictures

These are some of the pictures I’ve taken over the last week on my iPhone.  Most of them are stuff from the garden.  We planted broccoli, squash, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs and green beans.

The snake pictured is a scarlet king snake.  I found it in my pool, but not in time to save it.  It’s not as big as it looks in the picture.  I estimate it to have been about 8″ long.

The hearse was parked in the bank parking lot.

There are three families of geese in the neighborhood where my aunt lives.  Last time I was by there, I got out of the car to take a picture.  I didn’t get close though!  Geese can be scary!

Broccoli in my garden

Here come the tomatoes

Squash blossoms

A scarlet kingsnake

An old hearse I saw today

Geese over by my aunt's house

Myeloma Blogs web site gets a facelift

MyelomaBlogs.org, a blog feed aggregator for patient and caregiver myeloma blogs, has been revamped.  It’s all new, thanks to our good friend, Lopo Lencastre de Almeida of iPublicis.

The site has a new look and will allow you to read a short excerpt of posts, search posts and browse by tags.  You can also help spread the word by sharing blogs posts on many social networking sites.

You’ll see what I mean.  Head on over to http://www.myelomablogs.org/.

W5 investigates the high cost of Celgene’s Thalidomide

W5 investigates the high cost of Celgene's Thalidomide
http://watch.ctv.ca/news/w5/pills-patients–profits/#clip281624

Canada’s news program, W5 (which I assume is shorthand for who, what, when, where and why) , did a program called, “Pills Patients & Profits.”  You can see the entire segment on their web site.  Click on the link or image above to watch part 3, which focuses on the cost of thalidomide (Celgene’s Thalomid), which is an important treatment for multiple myeloma.

It’s very informative, so please do watch all four parts.

New customer

Equine Fencing Southern Pines, NCI’ve been working with a new customer, Brad Charles, to construct a web site.  I have to say that I don’t think I’ve met such a nice person in a long, long time.  I want to give hm a little plug here!  If you’re in the Southern Pines area and need equine (horse) fencing, please give him a call!

Equine Fencing, Southern Pines, NC

910-692-8276
910-690-7000

More facebook time

Most of us need to find reasons to spend more time on facebook, so Margaret and I have come up with a facebook group for myeloma patients, caregivers, friends, family and others.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=108654495840465

From Margaret’s blog:

  • And finally, as if we weren’t busy enough!, day before yesterday a friend and I decided to create a Multiple Myeloma Support Group on Facebook. It’s a private support group (that is, FB users who are not group members cannot read anything we write)…so, if you belong to FB, please join us! The group was created less than 48 hours ago, and we already have 74 members… By the way, this group is intended mainly for myeloma, SMM and MGUS folks and caregivers, but other cancer patients are welcome, too. Click on: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=app_2373072738&gid=108654495840465#!/group.php?gid=108654495840465 (I hope the link works…please let me know if it doesn’t). Then click on “Request to join.” If your membership request doesn’t get approved immediately, that simply means that Beth and I aren’t online, so please be patient. Anyway, until there is a cure, we need to provide support for one another…and also exchange useful information about both conventional and alternative treatments, with a bit of humor sprinkled around, whenever possible…!
  • While you are at it, you can also become a fan of my blog on FB: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3900082&id=600258519#!/pages/Margarets-Corner-Living-with-smoldering-myeloma/312414599519?ref=ts

Please join us there. Stop in and say hello!

Spring is definitely here!

According to the Ohio State University Extension fact sheet on wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), it’s a member of the pea family!  I think wisteria is a beautiful plant, but many here in NC think it’s a monster, because it devours its host.  Around here, you see it everywhere, growing on any tree or structure it can find.  I found this vine on some trees behind our office.
Wisteria in Southern Pines

Another sure sign of spring (aside from the haze of yellow pine pollen currently engulfing us), are the blossoming of azaleas.  These are in front of my house.

Southern Pines azaleas