Saturday, November 01, 2014

11/1 Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter

111 is said to be a magical number for making a wish. Birthday wishes to my oldest daughter who is 47 today. At 8 months of age we were told she wouldn't see her first birthday. She's beat the odds many times. Kidney failure being right up there with a high fever that left her brain damaged. Last month marked the 6th year since the kidney transplant and two years since the last round of chemo I had. For some reason I decided to have an October health breakdown and ended up in the hospital for a night with intense vertigo. The world wouldn't stop rotating upside down. I can finally say that the health crisis is over. Done!

Fall in the desert isn't exactly spectacular: leaves don't turn colors but a 
little color has shown up.

 The sunsets have been glorious!
Sometimes the sky looks like it's on fire.

A finch on the water fountain looks decked out in Fall colors.
And the occasional dry grape leaf is wind-tossed into a tree.

White doves may be the symbol for  love and peace
but the gentleness and serenity that this daily visitor provides
never fails to delight.

Playing with some of the sun-prints that I created
over the summer. 


Pam Huggins said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! She is a miracle and a joy, I'm sure, in your life.
I didn't realize you had been hospitalized. I'm sorry you had to go through that.
Glad you are feeling better.

Beautiful photos Gail! Love 'em all!

Caterina Giglio said...

No fall color here either.. But lots of green, and I do love that! Your sunsets are magnificent and here's to complete health! Woohoo! Xox

Rayna said...

What better reason to celebrate? I remember your worst struggles with your daughter, and so happy she has gotten through all of that.

Can it be 6 years since you had chemo? Where does it go? Hopefully, the vertigo was a one-off!
Sending hugs and all the best for continued health and happiness for you and your daughter.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Subtle fall color changes here at the beach as well .... Your photos are beautiful!