"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A New SuperHero

Hello, all!  Well, here I am.  Finally.  What a whirlwind of a week this has been!  Let me see now, where shall we begin?  First off, when last we left our dauntless heroine, she was about to become the imPORTant and proud owner of her very own ... PORT, that is.  The Goatmother was wheeled into the operating room whereupon she became engaged in a philosophical discussion about the philosophical preferences of one philosophical goat with our beloved surgeon and the very nicest of philosophically inclined anesthesiologists.  Of course the conversation became rather one-sided shortly thereafter as the Goatmother was sent off to La-La land, but the World's Greatest Surgeon proceeded to perform yet another superb work of art.  Of course, the only problem with this is two-fold.  First, the Goatmother doesn't know what she was expecting, but the imPORTmant of the PORT was a bit more painful than she had anticiPORTed...uh... errr ... anticiPATed.  Second, it has become quite clear that she has managed to earn yet another sobriquet  -  that of the FrankenGoatmother.  At any rate, if anyone decides to poke anymore holes in the FrankenGoatmother, they are going to have to go for the flip side because this one is full.

So, after the FrankenGoatmother finally allowed herself to take the pain medication (can you say s-t-u-b-b-o-r-n?), things got slowly better.  And yesterday, she was able to not take any!  Yay!  Just in time.  Now, then,  let me discuss this imPORTant PORT.  You see, this is not just any port.  No indeed.  The literature that came with it (Yes.  It actually has literature with it.  Who knew?) says so.  For this is a Bard Power PORT!  A Power PORT???  Not only does the FrankenGoatmother have to carry a card in her wallet and a tag on her key chain, but she actually is required to wear a special bracelet identifying her special status.

Not that the FrankenGoatmother is ever going to be a hand model, but you see what we are up against here.  And look, Mrs. Micawber!  A 'symbol' on the bracelet!  I think this may be actual proof of that 'StarGate' connection you suspected.   The FrankenGoatmother had better start carrying around those Peanuts, along with her card, in case she does indeed have to connect with any alien civilizations.  Believe me, though, when I say she'll fit right in if she does, Peanuts or no.  I'm just sayin' ...

So with this Power PORT, we think the FrankenGoatmother really ought to have some kind of cape, don't you?  I mean, everyone knows that 'with great power comes great responsibility'.  Just ask Spiderman.  So, really, she ought to have something to identify her.  You know, warn the public?  But the whole Super Hero idea doesn't click very well when it comes to the FrankenGoatmother.  I mean, she is kind of a wuss.  Come to think of it, though, there is one place she might actually fit in.  Do you remember these?:

(Source here)

Yep.  The Power Puff Girls!  Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.  She could be the long-lost Peanut-passin' rebel sister in lavender (since pink is obviously already taken), Butterbean.  What do you think?  I know.  It's another name, but Goat Grief!  She has so many already, what's another one?  Eh???

At any rate, we are ready to dePORT...I mean, dePART for our first Chemotherapy session on Monday.  I know.  Don't worry.  I'm not going.  The Cancer Center is a wonderful place, but even they have not advanced enough to allow in a goat.  But that's okay.  Someone has to hold down the fort and protect the Peanuts against marauding Peanut-Pinchers.  The FrankenGoatmother is again a bit apprehensive, but they promised to take good care of her, so it's all good.  Remember the Goatmother's motto, 'it's all good'?

We are sincerely hoping that Mr. Murphy doesn't go.   He caused enough trouble this week when Cabra came down with bladder stones on Monday when the Goatmother and Goatfather had to go to Seattle.  And, of course, the poor dog doesn't have just one kind.  She has both kinds.  And, remember when the machine broke right before the Goatmother was supposed to go for her MRI?  Guess what?  The Cancer Center's blood work machine broke and so the Goatmother had to travel in to the regular lab in order to have her blood work done for Monday.  It is my theory that the machines hear she is coming and run in fear.  I can understand that.  She's one fierce looking mother when she's got a pair of hoof trimmers in her hand.  Oy vay.

But looking on the bright side, we did have one good omen this week.  The Epiphyllum bloomed.

I know.  The picture is kind of dark, but it is so hard to get a decent picture of anything red, especially with hooves.  Why is that?  Nonetheless, I want you to notice the Goatfather's hand, which ought to give you some indication of the size of this bloom!  They are magnificent!  And, what is more, it is such a symbol of hope.  Here is a plant that comes indoors in October and doesn't get a single drop of water until it puts up these fabulous blooms, which is usually well, now!  That is almost 8 months without water.  And if you feel sorry and water it, it WILL NOT bloom for you.  I take it as a study in patience (something we really need right now).  Even though you experience a tough road, and some hardship along the way, the end will result in not only triumph, but transcendent triumph!  Here is living proof.

So, okay, my friends.  The sun is setting and we have one more day to get ready - if anyone can actually be ready.  But we refuse to let the sun set with no hope. 

" You can only come to the morning through the shadows." - J.R.R. Tolkien


Ginnie said...

OK, here are my comments. First, does Goatmother get her stubborness from you, Marigold? And how can you call her a wuss when she didn't take the pain meds at first? I think she's definitely in the superhero category.

And, her hand is lovely! Rosy skin, beautiful nails - go ahead, get her an agent: I can see the Jergens lotion commercials in her very near future.

The flower is amazing, and what a cool symbol for patience.

Please tell Goatmother she rocks and is in my prayers.

Mrs. Micawber said...

A Power Port sounds MUCH more exciting than a regular port. (Does it come in a SPort Turbo model too?)

That bracelet symbol looks pregnant with meaning. All I can say is, if the bracelet suddenly starts spinning around, hang on to your Peanuts. You could be on the other side of the universe before you know it.

I was thinking Hiccup for the Goatmother's Power Puff name - but Butterbean is better. And a lavender cape sounds lovely. :)

What a very gorgeous flower that is, and a perfect time for it to bloom.

~ ~ ~

"You must go [said Pippin] - and therefore we must too. Merry and I are coming with you .... you will need more than one companion in your dangerous adventure."

"My dear and most beloved hobbits!" said Frodo deeply moved. "But I could not allow it .... This is no treasure-hunt, no there-and-back journey. I am flying from deadly peril into deadly peril."

"Of course we understand," said Merry firmly. "That is why we have decided to come. We know the Ring is no laughing-matter, but we are going to do our best to help you against the Enemy .... You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin. We are your friends, Frodo."

(The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter 5)

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

The Epiphyllum bloomed.

Never heard of this plant, but it certainly is a magnificent Symbol Of Hope. Super magnificent.

Yes... A Lavender Cape for the Goatmother!!!! Yesssssssss...

Best of luck, my Dear. And many, many gentle hugs...

DebH said...

I think Murphy was visiting me last week for several days too. Yesterday though, he packed his bags. I just know it! Goatmother has alot of folks out here cheering her on and I'm wishing her the best, most uneventful, peaceful and healing chemo treatment ever! I'll be thinking about this all day. You certainly remind me of all the feelings that raced through my little brain at every.single.second. I have this imaginative imagination. It doesn't help...not in the least...but keep thinking about a trillion little power puff girls pulsing through your veins. I like that thought...I like it alot!

Marigold said...

Dear Ginnie,
*I'm* not going to be the one to suggest that contract with Jergens. Those hands are waaay too busy handing out Peanuts. I wouldn't want to make them any busier, if you get my drift.
All kidding aside, thank you for traveling this road with us. May angels park at your side and refuse to move! And we'll wish the same for us.

Marigold said...

Dear Mrs. Micawber,
You manage to come up with the best quotes! :) As for that spinning across the Universe, hmmmm...that sounds pretty appealing right now. I do wonder if they have Peanuts there, however. What was not shown in the 'bracelet' picture is that it has a lovely lavender band of color in that dull gray. Would match the cape perfectly. Hiccup is a nice name, but Butterbean does have 'Butt' in it, so you know, it is rather perfect. :) And, in answer to your question, I am sure the Goatmother got the sPORT Turbo model. I think it may actually be a mid-life crisis thing - the optimum phrase here being 'mid-life'...meaning there is much more of it to come. Good idea that. :)

Marigold said...

Dear Auntie,
With any luck at all, perhaps this will all be over by Halloween and the Goatmother can make that lavender cape with a really big Power Puff Girls logo and a big 'B' on it. What do you think? I wish you could see the Epiphyllum bloom in person. It is truly magnificent. The Goatmother started it from one branch (it is sort of a cactus) and it took it 7 years to bloom. But despite being a 'late bloomer' it has bloomed its heart out ever since (once the Goatmother figured out you can't feel sorry for it and water it until it blooms, that is). And, P.S. There are more buds on it. :)

Marigold said...

Dear DebH,
A trillion little Power Puff Girls coursing through the Goatmother's veins is a PERFECT visual!!! We are going to adopt it for sure and secretly, under her breath, of course, the Goatmother is going to be whispering 'Go Power Puff Girls!' tomorrow! Thank you! And yes, we know all about those imaginations that are too little to be out on their own. Oh, yes we do!!!

Candy C. said...

What a magnificent flower the Epiphyllum produces! The timing of it blooming is truly a good omen!!
I will be thinking of Goatmother as the lavender-caped Power Puff Girl Butterbean tomorrow with her coordinating PowerPORT bracelet and all those tiny Power Puff Girls coursing through her veins helping the chemo meds do their job!!

Marigold said...

Dear Candy,
Thank you for traveling along! Everyone is MOST welcome on this journey and the awesomeness of people STILL amazes us (and likely will forever!) Go Power Puff Girls!!!! You know the GoatDaughter has named the dastardly 'C' stuff, 'Modio'. So Modio can be the Power Puff Girls arch-nemesis (whom we sincerely hope will not make reoccurring guest shots) :)

Millie said...

The Goatmother is certainly my hero!

Marigold said...

Dear Millie,
The Goatmother thanks you from the bottom of her super-heart. :) Unfortunately she isn't feeling very 'super' this morning as she prepares to go, but, she'll keep imagining those trillion Power Puff Girls coursing through her veins and it'll be all right. :)

Goat Girls Rule! said...

If it is a Power Port then surely this is an indication of the Goatmother's immense imPORTance and massive PORTential healing POWERs.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Your Goatmother is a REAL LIFE SUPERHERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs and Blessings!

Marigold said...

Dear Goat Girls Rule,
Oh, yes! And not to mention her obvious status as the long lost, rebel Power Puff sister, ButterBean! :) Thanks for being with us!

Marigold said...

Dear MiMi,
Yes! (As if she wasn't already hard to deal with. :)) Now we just gotta' make her a lovely lavender cape with a large butter-colored 'B' on it. :) Thanks for coming along for the ride! You rock!

Julie said...

Just thinking about you all today, and sending all the love, humor, joy, innocence, baby animals, fresh early morning flowers, slow cooked stew and apple pie, happy surprises, fresh breezes, quiet sunsets, campfires and fairy dust that exists in the world.

Marigold said...

Hey, Julie!!!!,
What!? No wishes for Aunt Tilly's deer and Poor Frenchman's French Toast?? :)
Seriously, THANK YOU for sending all those wonderful things! They help immensely and YOU help immensely!

Queen Quattra said...

Yes, please include all of our good, kind and very imPORTant wishes for the Goatmother's continued healing...we couldn't of said it better than all the above comments, so just ditto, ditto and more dittos!! :)

Marigold said...

Dear Queen Quattra,
Thank you! So many special people in our lives (of which you are one!). We are very lucky, indeed.

* said...

I'm liking the lilac cape idea, would the goat mother have a hair band visor thingy like wonderwoman?

Glad that the pain finally eased enough to stop the pain meds.

Take care.x

Marigold said...

Dear Faith,
I think the Goatmother might have to wait on the visor, since she is probably not going to have enough hair very soon to hold it on. :) But who knows? We could put in on a cap. :) Every good Super Hero needs a visor I should think.