Prolonging a Season . . . . .


The hibiscus is still blooming by my front door.  In October!  I think there are about 14 buds ready to open if the temperature doesn’t drop.

I can’t remember a spring and summer more beautiful than this year’s.  The lawns were plush and bright green, the the flowers exotic, the trees bright and full.  Just turning now, the leaves are drifting, a few at a time, but will no doubt go down in one fell swoop on a windy rainy day.

And on that day I will probably go to my desk and start writing again.  The past year has been taken up with the publishing and then the promoting of my book.

This week was a test, I think.  When I called on a foot specialist because of a toe problem he noticed a small brown spot on the sole of my foot and said that’s exactly what a melanoma looks like.  So he removed the spot, along with surrounding flesh for testing.  I am well bandaged and hopping about with that foot in a special awkward shoe.  Still, I kept my appointment to give a reading for a book club.  I invited them to have their meeting in my home.

Also this week, a routine checkup with my eye doctor produced evidence that macular degeneration has begun, and I was referred to a specialist. . . who saw me and confirmed I must begin treatment which consists of shots in the eye . . . no, in both eyes.  It will begin next week.  I try not to think about it.

But yesterday I had reprieve.  While cancer of the sole sounded ridiculous I was reminded that’s how Bob Marley died.  But that was not for me.  My test came back showing no cancer.  My eye treatment was postponed for a couple of weeks, so I’ll get used to the idea.

Then, a few days ago, I had a surprise.  I went to YouTube for something and noticed someone on my screen that looked exactly like me.  Whoa . . it WAS me . . giving a reading at the library in Elgin, Nebraska.  Someone had covered the event from their newspaper and not only gave me a fine review there but also posted a segment of the reading on YouTube.

What an interesting and informative experience it was to watch myself when I didn’t know I was being filmed.  I had to laugh.  I didn’t realize I was rocking in that office chair as I talked.  Oh dear, I keep adjusting my glasses.  Still, you can understand me, and the guests are reacting favorably to the reading.  A nice afternoon, with coffee and cookies later and people taking books home with them.

If you want to see it, go to YouTube and type in Doris Markland Playing Life by Ear.  I needed to put in ear buds to hear it, but you might not need to.

When fall comes, it brings some challenges along with its beauty.  Still, if you bring the flowers in you can prolong their life for a while, and losing leaves is just the normal process in pausing for a rest.

I will take myself in, out of the cold, in December when I go to Texas and then Hawaii.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donna Thomas
    Oct 15, 2015 @ 12:15:04

    Once again, a beautiful writing. I am wishing you well and am looking forward to seeing you soon. Now I am going to try to access your video…it will be a treat to see you reading from your book!


  2. Kathy
    Oct 19, 2015 @ 06:43:41

    How interesting! Thanks for sharing — and best wishes for your eye treatments coming up!


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