#FRIDAYFOOD A great bowl of #chili for the Fall

I will admit, I was a picky eater growing up. And while I am trying to expand my “gourmet palette,” it took a while to like chili. Can I just say, chili beans. I didn’t like them in any way, shape or form.
A few years ago, I worked as a food editor for a newspaper. I LOVED it, but a lot of people went to a lot of trouble to fix food for me. I was compelled by reasonably good manners (and let’s just say I had to say that to myself every time) to eat what was prepared for me. (The voice of my mother and both grandmothers resonating through my head.) Eventually, I had to eat a bowl of chili. At first, I just picked around the beans. After the next couple of times, I like it. I do not cook it, but I have grown to LOVE IT! (This is also from a girl who would not eat pizza until high school.) Continue reading

Taking down the Dollar General for #OCC

Lawd, I am sure the Dollar General employees are happy to see us leave tonight! #OperationChristmasChild boxes are done, but I am sure every toy gun, toy emergency vehicle and anything else that makes noise was activated and enjoyed by all involved. They are now used toys. Sorry, Dollar General! But we love #OCC and any toy isle! Can you say, #HERDINGCATS!

What doesn’t make you crazy…

So the physical therapy/chemotherapy combo weeks are crazy-making! The meds needed to get through pt make me like zombie, then chemo makes me sleepy! I am falling asleep everywhere in the afternoons!

Last week, my tumor markers were high, but has dropped 50 points as of yesterday. The one tumor near the entrance to the stomach has decreased a little bit, but there are five tumors in the other lobe of the liver–we knew about one, but now have four new ones. We are going to do chemo-embolism at the end of November and the end of December, taking one liver lobe at a time. I will still do regular chemo through March.

And to make things fun, my brother, Jeremy, has a torn ligament in his ankle and a boot. We look like we have been in a fight! We are finally in therapy together! Ha! (At Hometown Physical Therapy that is, but maybe we should consider the other–it has been a long year!!)

Pepper is running instead of dancing these days, but still singing. He is so determined to keep my spirits up!!! And so determined to sing Hee Haw songs! They were on the air for hundreds of years, apparently! Their songs are neverending! #GODISGOOD

#FRIDAYFOOD #Fall Soup Part 2

landscape-1454611443-olive-garden-soup-1Alright, I am in the mood for a few different kinds of fall soup, and the husband, Pepper, doesn’t like change. He likes what he likes. Until he is introduced to something new. Then it is a struggle, just like a kid!

For a short time during round one of chemotherapy, we had a food prep service in Starkville help us out with a few meals. I was great, and it challenged our “gourmet palette.” (Unfortunately, they have closed up shop) On of those “challenging” nights was a soup with potatoes and sausage and kale. KALE. It was tough to try, just based on looks, but it smelled GREAT and was awesome once we took a chance. Most already LOVE Zuppa Soup, because when asked on Face book and Twitter, tons of people responded that it was one of their favorites! Continue reading

LUCY BARNES: ‘A Godly Woman Walking in Indescribable Faith’

Lucy Barnes begins another round of chemotherapy treatments at Hematology Oncology Cancer Center in Starkville. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)


She hopes that by sharing her cancer journey, she can be a source of light and hope to someone who may be struggling.

And with a lot of encouragement from a lot of friends, family and Facebook followers, Lucy Barnes has written her story in a new book titled, “A Godly Woman Walking in Indescribable Faith.” She will have a book signing Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at Blue 22 (formerly Beef O’Brady’s) and Sunday at Second Baptist Church, where she will share her testimony during the morning worship services, beginning at 11 a.m. The book is also available at www.gillcopublishing.com.

In addition to the book signings this weekend, she will be a special guest on the Tammie Tubbs Show on WEPH at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Continue reading