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Life gets complicated!!!

Life gets complicated!!!

Earlier this week, The Outdoors Guy had a CT scan and labs. The following day, during his appointment with oncologist, Dr. Gill, she told him his CT scan was clean again! HOORAY!!! There continues to be no sign of the pancreatic tumor he was diagnosed with in May 2015. In addition, his labs looked good, with only a few minor changes.
Bob and I always have a little anxiety waiting for these results, even though we have felt confident for many months that the tumor is gone.   
How blessed Mr. Outdoors and our family feel receiving such marvelous news again! He has now had so many clean scans we have lost count! Yet, we have never lost the joy we feel with each spotless result!
When Mr. Outdoors was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly 23 months ago, my first clue something…

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We’re in deep… AGAIN!!!

We’re in deep… AGAIN!!!

Three years ago, Bob and I moved our belongings to a country condo. At the time, I wrote, “We’re in deep” with everything involving relocation.
Bob wasn’t convinced the time was right to make the move to condo life for a second time. In fact, he was downright grumpy about it!!! Shortly after moving here though, he realized he never ever wants to go back to a house again. Our country condo has become the home The Outdoors Guy didn’t know he wanted. Part of it is because of less work, of course. The second reason being there are so many opportunities to view wildlife right outside our windows.
Why then are The Outdoors Guy and I in deep AGAIN?!!! Two words…painting, flooring. Even before moving in, we knew the flooring would have to be replaced sooner than later. And the walls had seen better…

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The return of 'The Rhinos!'

The return of 'The Rhinos!'

Lurking in the deep, dark depths of our closet, a familiar article of clothing recently re-appeared after a long sabbatical. (But not long enough for me!)
I, for one, was less than thrilled when, on a recent day, what to my wondering eyes appeared? Mr. Outdoors wearing his beloved “rhino pants!”
At this moment, I can picture your knotted eyebrows and a look of confusion sweeping across your face. WHAT are rhino pants,” say you!”
Let me take you on a memory-lane stroll to 40+ years ago!
It was a cold winter’s night back in the 70’s when The Outdoors Guy first donned his possibly trend-setting version of what we call lounge pants. Loungers today are sleek and body-hugging, nothing like Bob’s rhinos!! These antiquated beauties are an ugly gray. They are puffy, quilted and look like…well…a…

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More than a milestone

More than a milestone

I never, ever thought this day would come!
Today’s entry marks my 150th blog since Kathy’s Korner debuted on boblamboutdoors.com Feb. 1, 2011.
Bob, (aka Mr. Outdoors, The Outdoors Guy and other nicknames I have endeared him with) and his webmaster convinced me this would be a good and "fun" experience for me to expose Bob’s readers to another side of the big guy, or to write about any other topic of interest.
Even before my very first post, I fretted! What in the world would I write about in future blogs to grab your attention and bring you back for another visit?
Well, if you weren’t already acquainted with Mr. Outdoors, and didn’t know he is a walking outdoors encyclopedia and a real piece of work to-boot, you have discovered these qualities through my blogs, along with tidbits about our…

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WIPEOUT!!!

WIPEOUT!!!

The launch.What do you do with a 70-year-old who refuses to grow up?
 Case in point:
 Friday, two days before Christmas, Mr. Outdoors, son, Evan, and I were visiting our oldest son, Jon, and his family in Cloquet, MN.
Evan and grandsons Jackson, 9, and Bryson, 7, planned to go snowboarding on a popular hill in Cloquet. First, though, they wanted to practice on the side hill next to Jon and Sara’s home.
The boys had been outside for awhile when I decided to see how they were doing. On my way out the door, I grabbed my camera, hoping to get a couple good photos.
The kids were having a great time! Up and down the hill they went, sometimes boarding all the way to the bottom without falling, sometimes… NOT.Wipeout!
Meanwhile, Gramps was walking on the wooded trail behind Jon and Sara’s…

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Christmas 2016: Envision a miracle!!!

Christmas 2016: Envision a miracle!!!

Kids will be kids! They all look forward to presents under the Christmas tree.
However, as we get older, our wish list often includes more substantial gifts that money simply can’t buy. At the top of the list, we hope love of family and good health will be heaped upon us in good measure.
The old adage, “When you have your health, you have everything” doesn’t hit home until a medical crisis knocks at your door.
As many of you know, our crisis came knocking May 8, 2015 when Mr. Outdoors was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
It was as if The Outdoors Guy was suddenly thrown on a train…to where exactly? With doctor appointments, labs, chemo, surgery, radiation and more chemo coupled together, all he could do was ride the route laid out before him with all its twists and turns.
Consider this: Each…

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Who Knew??!!

Who Knew??!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Families everywhere will be enjoying the company of loved ones and savoring their Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, or sometime this weekend.
Our daughter-in-law, Sara, works Friday. So, son, Jon, Sara and grandsons, Jackson and Bryson, won’t arrive in La Crosse from Cloquet, MN, until Friday evening. We, along with son, Evan, will celebrate our Thanksgiving on Saturday. And, we will also celebrate The King’s 70th birthday!!! Yes indeed, our family’s plate is already overflowing with so much to be thankful for!
Eighteen months ago, Mr. Outdoors was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In an instant, he became The Chemo King. At that time, his/our future looked bleak.
If you stayed in touch through his chronology on my blogs, you may recall he was diagnosed May 8, 2015, and…

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We didn’t see THAT coming!

We didn’t see THAT coming!

Just 13 days ago I wrote that The Chemo King had graduated from his six-month chemotherapy maintenance program in his battle against pancreatic cancer.
At that time, I indicated it would be my final posting in his pancreatic-cancer-battle chronology, unless future events warranted it.
But, here we go again….
There is not news regarding the cancer per se, but what I want to tell you about is yet another dimension to chemotherapy.
Sept. 27, just four days after that last post, Mr. Outdoors noticed redness and pain on the lower left side of his nose. Soon afterward, it traveled up the side of his nose and over his left eyebrow. We agreed, a trip to the clinic was in order.
He saw a nurse practitioner who cautioned him it could be shingles.
The Outdoors Guy told her he’d had the shingles vaccine…

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Graduation day? It’s the bomb!!!

Graduation day? It’s the bomb!!!

The following is a chronology of the unfolding of a situation beginning in April 2015 that has taken our family on a pilgrimage we never anticipated, yet one where there is no turning back.

Fri., Sept. 23.

Say what? Graduation in September? Yup! You read it right!!! It may be September, but yesterday The Chemo King graduated from his six-month chemotherapy maintenance program in his battle against pancreatic cancer.
Since June 10, 2015, he has endured 37 rounds of chemo, 25 radiation treatments and major surgery.
It has been nearly six weeks since I visited with you regarding The Camo/Chemo King’s progress.
When I last posted, The King’s biopsies had come back negative for new tumors in the area where a large ulcer had developed due to chemotherapy.
Then he contracted a yeast infection in his…

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An addendum to “Oh, what a difference a year makes!!!”

An addendum to “Oh, what a difference a year makes!!!”

The following is a chronology of the unfolding of a situation beginning in April 2015 that has taken our family on a pilgrimage we never anticipated, yet one where there is no turning back.

Sunday, Aug. 14. I simply could not wait any longer!!!!
My most recent blog, "Oh, What a difference a year makes!!!" (Tues., Aug. 9), reported that The Chemo King had biopsies done during a third endoscopy last week. Besides taking the biopsies, his doctor observed the healing progress of a large ulcer that had developed as a result of chemotherapy, I explained the biopsies were standard procedure, and that she was very optimistic the results would be negative.
Yes, we felt optimistic as well, because The King’s numbers from his labs continue to improve, signaling there was less likelihood a new tumor…

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