Regardless of the situation, no matter how hopeless the outcome may be, I will never quit, and I will never back down. I have become the wolf.

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Cruise 2012 – Part duex




Slept late and went for a leisurely breakfast. That couple was absolutely correct. Much better breakfast with fresh eggs instead of liquid.

I have to admit that a cruise is every woman’s dream vacation. Get up when you want, go to breakfast which is prepared and served to you. When your plate is empty, it is promptly whisked away. When you return to your cabin everything is clean, beds made and loose clothing folded and stacked neatly.

We should dock in Ocho Rios by noon thirty. No excursions planned for today, just sightseeing and wandering. I’m hoping to find a Frogs here. I need more t-shirts for my quilt.

OMG, just got back from Ochoa Rios . What a blast! What started out as a total Charlie Foxtrot turned out to be the best tour ever.

We got off the boat at one and were immediately assailed by people hawking their tours, each one claiming bigger and better. Somehow we ended up with “Kirk” on his bus where he told us about the stops we were going to make. Dunn river falls and a plantation tour and a stop at the beach and shopping. Sounded like a great day. Mind you, the port we docked at was in the middle of nowhere, next to an abandoned factory. The options to get to town were few and far between. So we paid our fifty dollars and settled down for what turned out to be a fourth-five minute wait for the bus to fill. While we were waiting, me, being curious started asking questions. Turns out that we would only be able to one, maybe two of the stops he spoke of, and they all charge an admittance fee ranging from $20-$80 USD.

Joe and I decided to opt out of the falls trip, which was supposed to be the first stop. It wasn’t so much the entrance fee, it was more the 600 ft climb just to see the falls. Me with one lung and Joe with a new knee, I think not. No problem, we were told. We were then suggested the plantation tour. Learning about the islands herbs and spices would be fun, right?

We get to our first stop, surprise, it’s a street full of junk shops. The same, made in China crap that we saw at the last port and even on board ship. To our surprise, the bus stopped and let four people off, telling them to follow the guide and the bus would pick them in several hours. Those people looked confused and kinda shell shocked, even more so when Kirk jumped back on the bus and we drove off.

The next stop was Dunn river falls. As we are pulling in to the parking lot, we were informed of the $20 pp charge. Yep twenty bucks for the privilege of climbing 600 ft over slippery rocks, which btw you have to have special shoes for (available at their gift shop, of course). Everyone piled off the bus except us. Kirk came back and urged us to get off, but we didn’t want to go there. After talking to the driver they agreed to call and see if they could get us a smaller car for the plantation tour. Our driver, Kevin placed a call to his supervisor, then, asked if we wanted a beer break while we were waiting. He took us to a little local bar and we had a blast chatting up the locals. The supervisor called back to say that they had nothing available to take us to the plantation.

So we had two choices, either go back to the falls and wait over an hour, or, hang with Kevin and he would show us some local areas that most tourists don’t get to see. We opted for the second choice and I’m so glad we did. We drove for a bit and saw how and where the locals lived. It was quite an education. The tour ended at this tiny restaurant where they served the best Jerk pork and chicken I’ve ever had. It fired my appetite right up. I could have eaten another plate full, but we had to pick up the rest of the bus load. So, back to Dunn river, back to the junk shops, back to the ship. It’s funny, but none of us were given the option of visiting the Plantation. But I wouldn’t have passed up Kevin’s tour for the world. Others came back complaining of lines, heat and cost, we just hummed a few bars of “ever-e-ting gonna be a’right” and smiled

Sometimes Charlie Foxtrots turn out to be amazing adventures. Sometimes it’s the Gods way of telling you to relax and flow with the go (mon).

Got back to the ship,had a light lunch, a nap


Seven days in the hospital makes one weak….

Tuesday before last  I went in for my normal chemo.  I felt like dog poop and probably looked almost as attractive as I felt.  My  oncologist took one look at me and told me that we were  skipping chemo and going directly into a hospital bed.  I was so dehydrated from vomiting that I could barely stand up.  So, I spent seven days in.  I don’t remember much about it, I slept a lot and the pain meds always help.  So now I’m home and getting ready for the Holidays.

I have a question.  I was watching one of my cooking shows the other day and the theme was Holiday.  This is the show where four chefs are given “mystery baskets” and have to use all ingredients in a dish.  By process of elimination they determine a winner.  If the theme is Holiday, who’s to say the chef’s had to do December themed Holiday food.  I would have gone totally off the cliff and done Easter or Halloween.  They did not specify which holiday or what month that holiday had to fall in.

The great news by far this month, the rockingest news is that Joe and I have just signed up for a ten-day cruise. I can’t believe it. After we missed our trip to Ireland due to his knee, We were so lucky to get last-minute air fare and cruise prices. The ship leaves out of Miami on Monday, Yep, two days. Good think I know how to pack. I’ve set everything out and just have to put 1/2 of it back.

OK, I put back half and I still have a ton too much.  10 days is a lot of ground to cover.  Got to make sure I pack a hat and sunscreen.  I have my white masks and my tea tree oil  mix for the flight and the crowded areas on the ship.  I’m determined not to get sick again.

This is so exciting, I think we’ve only been to two of these ports so we get new places to explore.  We leave out of Miami, then Nassau, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel then back to Miami.  The temperature is between 76 and 84 but I’m still taking sweaters and warm clothes.  I get cold so easily, but I’m getting smarter.  Lots of leggings to wear under dresses with boots and my strappy stiletto heels.

So if you are looking for us between the 10th and the 21st, don’t bother. We will be cruising Mexico, drinking rum punches and howling at the moon. Senior Frogs, look out. I wonder how many we can hit this year.  I’m glad there won’t be as much walking as there would have been in Ireland.

I’m so glad I worked so hard to finish mom’s room before Thanksgiving.  She’s coming down to stay with the house and MIL and Oscar.  Everything just fell into place to create the perfect vacation timing.

I’m off to shed more clothes from the “pack me” pile.  Have a great night all.  I doubt I’ll sleep much.

Well rested – finally

I think I’ve finally gotten all parts at peace.  For the second day in a row I went to sleep early and slept late, and I’m talking 11:00 late.  I’m super excited about this trip, so I’m resting up for a long flight.  I so can’t wait.  This cruise is just what I need to harness body, mind and soul back together.

Off to finish packing.


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