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.

Posts tagged ‘vacation’

Taking time to enjoy my life, my way.


I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about our vacations and how we love to sight see and take in the points of interest wherever we go.  Then I thought, I live near Detroit, one of the most interesting places that I’ve heard of.  So I did some research.  So far I have found 70 places in and around the city of Detroit that I want to visit.  I’m sure I’ll find more as I do more research.  I have a lifetime to do it so why not.  Some of the places I’ve been to before, but without photo’s so gotta do it again 🙂 . I’ve been chronicling our journey to the sights of Detroit on my “Things to do in 2014” page.  We have spent time the past two weeks visiting the start of the list.  It’s fun exploring your own city.  Just researching everything was so interesting. So, if you want, check out my page, leave a comment to let me know you were there.

I can’t believe I can’t write


Every time I sit down to put my thoughts to screen (can’t say paper anymore) I find other things to do.  I have turned into a first-rate procrastinator.  Although I have been busy lately, trying to get the basement organized is a lot of work.

I do think I’m coming down with some variation of the Epstein Barr virus.  I’m sleeping constantly, have no appetite and am generally lethargic.  I even fell asleep in a restaurant Sunday.  Like some drunk in the corner, snoring away.  How embarrassing, and I was only drinking  iced tea.

Had to get another root canal yesterday.  These things suck.  Now I have to wait weeks for the crown to come in.  I have to be careful of everything I eat till I get the crown.  I don’t want to lose what’s left of the tooth.

Michigan is into a “just kidding” phase in the weather.  The sun is shining and the sky is a brilliant blue, but it is frigid cold outside.  Looks tropical, feels arctic.

So until I get my writing muse back, I’m sending you photo’s of our vacation.  Hope you enjoy them.

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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.

The countdown begins


Tree is decorated and lit, packages wrapped and placed under the tree.  The stockings are hung and the halls have been decked.  In two days the house will ring with children’s laughter and the heady sound of adults laughing and catching up.  I’m so excited.  Then seven days later we head for Orlando/Canaveral and head to the Bahamas for seven fun-filled, sun filled days.

Tomorrow I’ll make the dressing and the cheesy potatoes, set up the dining room and bring serving stuff up from downstairs.

For now, just watching a silly movie about people who travel back in time and come back with a T-Rex in tow and it’s now running rampant through either New York or L.A.  Joe is sleeping on the couch with Oscar and mom is asking a million questions about the movie.    I love silly movies.

I’m off to sleep now.  Fighting this cold is wearing me out.  Blessings to all of you.

Sometimes…


In the dark of the night, when the wind is blowing the window panes loose in the frames and you can almost hear the snow hitting the siding that I sit and remember how much I’m blessed.  I went through most of my life believing that I would end it alone.  I’ve never had children or made lasting ties with anyone.  My family has drifted off into their own little worlds and that’s OK.  I was one of those “tweener” kids, everyone was either five years older or five years younger than me.  The older kids wanted nothing to do with me so I got to babysit all the younger ones.  Resentment built, you know the story.

Anyway, Saturday night M & M and Joe and I went out to the Parthenon for dinner then to the Fox theatre to see the Cirque dreams Holidaze show.  Dinner was amazing.  I love sharing stories and hearing about their days.  Such incredible adults, I’m so proud of them and their thoughts and actions.  The show was amazing.  Such a dramatic sense overload of light, sound, movement, color.  So many things to watch at once.  I enjoyed myself so much. I thing the best part was sitting next to Mel for the first half of the show and just watching her face.  It was super fun.

So after sleeping in late Sunday morning (I’m allowed), Joe told me that C & L are bringing the kids over.  What a blessing.  I got baby cuddled and hugs and just seeing the changes in those two little bundles.  Lightened my heart and made me even more ready for the holidays.

To my delight Joe and I have just booked a cruise for two to the Bahamas for New Years Eve.  It’s those rays of sunshine that make my little world a brighter space.   I’m a lucky woman.  He just wants me to have some fun before I start chemo again.  It’s already Dec. 20th so the resume day is coming in quickly.

I’m looking forward to having a houseful of people for Christmas Eve, but I’m even more looking forward to be sailing to the Bahama’s on New Years Eve.  I started thinking today that in 20 plus years of being together, we have never gone out for New Years Eve.  Always have prefered to stay at home and relax.  Not have to worry about drivers and such.  This year I get the best of both worlds.  I get to go to a gala party onboard ship and no-one has to drive home.  I’ve never heard of a fatal crash on an elevator.  Maybe down a flight of stairs.  I even already have the perfect dress for it, and shoes.  I’m so ready to have a relaxing time on board with my husband.  He needs to find some good books to read.  I’m already trying to figure the weight limit on catalogs.  Either that or little scraps of yarn so I can continue to make my little Ami Characters.  I’m getting better at them so I might be ready to show them off shortly.

I’m off to face another day.  I think I get some torching done today.  Maybe some goddesses, it’s been awhile.

Blessing to all of you.

 

I would rather ask for forgiveness…..


Than to beg for permission.

My doctors are going to be so pissed that I went ahead with my tattoo, but I really don’t care.

I’m generally more of an admirer of the Japanese “snake” dragon, since they have the wings, but during my research I discovered that while the Japanese dragon looks more fierce, he is actually battling on the side of evil whereas the Chinese dragon battles to protect innocents.  The pearl represents the cancer cells I want need him to help chase away.   A huge “shout out” to Johnny D. at Cherokee Creek Tattoos for the excellent work.  Now to sneak out tomorrow to get my next two.  These will be quick and tiny.  I want two stars above my heart.  Just tiny stars, no outlines, uneven edges, one blue, one pink.  And anyone who has to ask what they are for, doesn’t know me.  Maybe I’ll get them today. 

I’ve made the decision that this is my life, and for as little, or as much time as I have left, I’m living it my way.  That means I can’t wait for people to “catch up” to me.  My husband is committed to hanging in and out with whatever I choose.   I’ve started compiling a list of things I have to do in 2011.  If anyone wants to help me out and come along for the ride, call me.  Any suggestions of things to do will be appreciated.  

I know what’s coming and I’m not afraid (big lie, I’m terrified but will never admit it). It will end one of two ways. I feel like I’m sitting in the middle of a poker hand, the stakes are my life, and I’m not allowed to see my cards till Thursday.  Oh well, all paths lead to the same end and the ride is what you make it. 

Tomorrow at 2:30 I get the biopsy results.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.  Send white light, burn incense, chant, rant, whatever your personal choice is.  Just think of me occasionally.

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.

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