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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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.

Take me out to the Ballgame

It was a cliff hanger folks.  Detroit was up 8-4, top of the ninth.  The other team scored three runs right away.  Luckily, the third pitcher they put out was able to get the job done.

The game was good, but it would have been so much better if it wasn’t 91 in the shade with hardly any breeze.  I think I dropped five pounds in water weight alone.

The best part of the game for me was playing “remember when” with the kids during the down times in the game.  We have taken so many long vacations and just short weekend trips and have seen some strange things.  All in all it’s been a pretty good run.  I do believe the good times outweighed the bad, and you can’t beat that with a stick.


Oh, I got my once a year corn dog today.  I know they are a disgusting mix of hot dogs and corn bread, deep-fried on a stick, but I love them.  So I allow myself one a year.  It’s a treat and a reward and a gross indulgence slathered in yellow mustard.

Well, I think I’ve had way too much fun and sun today.  My head is baking.

Oh, finally have a plan for the last bedroom.  I’m not gonna give too many hints away, but watch for some serious changes.

Have a great night all.  Sleep well.

Wow, it’s been ever so long….

Since I’ve posted.  I’ve been in the middle of the deepest funk yet.  My heart was breaking and there was nothing I could do about it.  I convinced myself that nothing was going to change and that I was going to keep getting worse instead of better.  I stopped eating then I couldn’t eat then I got sick from not eating on top of being depressed and ended up back in the hospital for a week, again.  Threats of a feeding tube did not fall upon deaf ears and I did my best to eat well while I was there.  The regular infusion of anti-vomit medication didn’t hurt and the IV pain killers, well they just rock and relaxing is always a good thing.  I’ve been able to maintain my weight this week and I’m not throwing up in the mornings anymore, so all I can hope is that I’m over the hump for this period of time.  I’m guarded but optimistic about future time periods.  I will get my next chemo on Tuesday of next week, along with continued radiation.  I’ll receive chemo every three weeks until radiation is complete which is looking like the 15th of August.  Like I said, I’m optimistic that I won’t get too sick this time.

Joe has been working so hard these past two weeks I’m surprised he’s not worn out.  Where that man get’s his energy is beyond me.  As long as he’s happy, I’m happy.  He takes such good care of me.  Even took me grocery shopping today.  Such patience.

I haven’t been torching too much lately, just hanging and taking care of myself mostly.  My chair has a permanent butt mark that fits me like a glove.  Oscar is getting sassy and lazy hanging with me.  Right this very minute we are sitting in the back yard, by the pool, enjoying the summer sun.  I just ate a big lunch and am pleasantly full.  I think I’ll take a nap and relax for a while. 

I’m back and working to keep me in good condition as best as I can.  Huggs to you all.  Please drop me a note or a comment or an e-mail.  I get so bored and would love to hear from you all.


It’s going to be a glorious weekend

It started this morning with a shoe shopping spree.  Six, count ’em six pairs of new shoes.  I hit a buy one get one free sale.  I can’t wait till Joe sees my shoes for tonite.  They rock.  Lots of heel and strap and zippers. 

Tonite BTW is dinner at the Whitney in Detroit.  I’ve never been before and I don’t think Joe has either.  M.D. and J got us a gift certificate for there when I was first diagnosed.  I just haven’t been well enough to go.  Well we are going tonight because I feel good and I don’t start chemo again till Thurs.  And radiation starts Tues.  So I’m taking advantage of this little window of “I feel good” time.

Saturday is a do-nothing day.  Joe wants to futz in the garage and on his Car.  I’m going to get some herbs and get them planted.  And maybe a couple of perennials for the front yard.  Joe has it looking so nice with all the cedar chips he put down, it’s just begging for little splashes of color. 

Sunday is going to be a great day again.  Going to St. Anne’s in Detroit for noon mass, then to M.D.’s for a cookout.  I wonder if she has a frisbee??  I’m in the mood to play, nicely, not slaughterhouse frisbee.

Well Mom is off to a Graduation so I have the house to myself for a while.  I think I’ll go try on dresses for tonite.  I hope they still fit.

Love and huggs to everyone.

Mexico is alot like paradise, with bugs

Sunday was another amazing day.  Got up bright and early and rented an open air jeep to take a self guided tour of the island.  We started at 10 and just drove.  The island is amazing.  Such diverse impressions and lifestyles.  In the course of one block you can go from exquisite resort to a run down hovel and back again.  The locals are friendly and willing to help in anyway they can.

We were prepped to go to the Carnival parade last night but it started pouring rain so everything was cancelled.  Hopefully tonite.

Today is a relaxing day.  I’m about to drag Joe downtown and do the “Tourista” thing.  Will add more later.

BTW.  Can anyone tell why people who live on paridise walk around with “poopy faces” like they have shit under their noses.

Bienvenido compadres’

Here we are, our second day in Cozumel and what a great trip so far.

Arrived at out hotel, the Coral Princess at 4:30 after being on a plane or in an airport since 4am. Went out for a really nice dinner at a local restaraunt (Joe had chicken-Pollo Mole and I had Tilapia roasted in bannana leaf with onions, peppers and tomato’s, amazingly yummy. Got back to the hotel and relaxed for the rest of the night. Imagine my surprise at waking up at 3:30 am to find that the power was out. You guessed it, no air, no coffee, no breakfast. And I did I forget to mention NO FREEKING COFFEE. But we perservered and made it out alive.

Well, except for yesterday. I guess my poor tired worn out body can’t handle travel like it used to. Spent the whole day in bed alternating between fever and chills, puking and choto, inspnish itg is called vomito. I have noticed that my illness seems to make Joe more patient. He doesn’t get short or snippy at all, which is a wonderful thing.

Anyway, Cozumel is wonderful. Got an early start this morning and went out on a glass bottom boat and snorkling. Out of three snorkle spots I almost made it all the way through the first one before my lung seized and I was out of the water. Is OK though, cause I got to stretch out on deck and put a start to a really rockin’ sunburn. The water is a perfect shade of light aqua (the old moretti for my glassy friends) and the sky is a perfect blue with just enough clouds . 82 degrees today with a sweet breeze off the bay.

After snorkling we walked around the plaza for awhile and had one of my favorite meals. Carnita Taco’s made fresh at an open air stall. So yummy. Must learn to make Carnita meat.

Right now, lounging on the beach, enjoying a Capitan and coke and watching the Iguana’s walk on the wall.

The Iguana’s here are amazing. I swear I saw a 5 footer earlier, and that is before tail. And yes, I have pictures.

Off to drink. Carnival starts tonite at 7:0pm. Daniel has been keeping our table covered with Cornas, Captian & Cokes and the house specail margartis.  Not to mention the charcoal grill cooking our dinner poolside.  The buzz is on the sunset is laying across the equator and oh yes we are like two birds in the sky flying upside down!  Watch out we don’t shit on ourselves.

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