July 11, 2017

My First Mammogram

I went in and got my first mammogram yesterday.

I'd heard several stories about what all was involved and I was a bit anxious about it.  Yes it was everything I expected it to be but considering what it helps prevent I suppose it wasn't all that bad.

 I actually went in last week for an annual exam.  With my history of uterine cancer and my father having passed away last September of gastric cancer, I've been a little concerned with my health.  I've been feeling alright.  I just wanted to get a proper check up.  We did all the other female tests too.  None of those are very pleasant but I'm glad I had them done.  We have to take care of ourselves even if it's invasive, inconvenient, and sometimes embarrassing.
We're worth it.


July so far...
This is the only thing blooming in my yard at the moment.  
Beautiful orange marigolds.
These are my favorite flowers because they are so easy to grow.
They are supposed to be annuals but the seed spreads so easy they come back year after year.
Love, love, love that cheery pop of color.

My creative project at this time.
These little chicks are the cutest things.  Pattern is here.  It's taken me longer to finish them than I thought it would but I only work on them for bits at a time here and there.   I always think in the summer break I'll have more time to do stuff but it never turns out that way.

A photo of the family last week on July 4th.  We picnicked at a local state park that we had never been to.  It was actually very nice.  I don't know why we hadn't ever visited.  It's only about five miles outside the city limits and it has a small lake that local residents use for fishing.  It was very peaceful and quiet.  There wasn't very many people so we had a lot of privacy too which was nice.
  There was a roadrunner that stayed nearby and kept running from here to there which was fun to watch.  You can see the rustic dry landscape which is typical in New Mexico.
I've gotten used to it and I've grown to love it.  There's beauty in everything if you look for it, as is the case with everything in life. 
Don't you agree?


  1. Hi Beca, that reminds me to make an appt. for my annual! So good to hear you are taking care of yourself. Love those bright marigolds and the park sounds so peaceful. I lived in Tucson for a couple of years and my parents built a house near Los Alamos back in the 1970's and we visited quite often. I fell in love with the desert - the beautiful stucco homes, the cactus and wildflowers in spring, the gorgeous sunsets, the wildlife. I can still remember the scent of the desert after a rain. Wonderful. I always thought I would live there forever, but it was not to be. It's my favorite place to visit, though! xx Karen

  2. Those chicks are just adorable! Thanks for the pattern link. I too think I will conquer a lot of projects once the summer months roll around. It never happens. I just received a reminder to make my annual appointment just this morning. Enjoy your summer and it's great you are taking care of yourself.

  3. Hi Becca, it took me a long time to see the beauty in our area, too. I've always enjoyed trees and lush grass and wildflowers. The desert has it's own beauty :) Your little chickens are adorable. Here's to all of your tests coming back with reason for celebration . . . it's good that you are taking care of yourself.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Connie :)

  4. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So glad to hear you are taking care of yourself, hope all goes well. Love the chickens, a great project.

  5. Your flowers are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hello, I love the rustic bird house. And I agree, love the bright pop of color of marigolds. Yes doing thr preventive in health care is so important!I do love New Mexico and Colorado!
    Hope you enjoy your summer!
    Hugs, Roxy

  7. Hi Beca, I know that getting a mammogram can be really scary but I do get one every year in the spring and a sonogram. It is important to get it done. I love your pretty flowers and your crocheting. I made a crocheted dishcloth yesterday and not much else since it's just so hot to crochet unless I have the AC on.
    Have a great week.

  8. I've just received my first appointment for my first mammogram next month, glad you're looking after yourself xx

  9. Your scenery looks beautiful to me and I vow to travel out west one day! Looks like you have such a nice family. None of us like that test, but you're right, it's not that bad and so worth it. Glad you took the plunge for your first. Love the sweet chicks, adorable!

  10. Good for you! It's not so bad, is it?
    The chicks are darling!

  11. My mother always was these flowers in the garden! She love it!
    And it's beautiful a day with family picnic, right?


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