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Our little vacation....

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Our little vacation this year.  One of the best vacations ever!

Hub and I went to Pigeon Forge for a few nights last week.  The weather was perfect and Charlie had a pretty, good time...which made my heart smile!  It had been a few years since we had been anywhere due to Charlie's cancer returning.  He was the one who wanted to go....I was a little reluctant...what if he gets sick, where is the hospital, a million questions racing through my mind...but I went.

Later that week, we were joined by this cutie pie...
Daughter, hub, and this cute thing, Blake, came.  Like us, they hadn't been anywhere in a few years, with sickness and the birth of a newborn just didn't have the time to go.  So glad they came to spend 4 nights with us.
This was Blake's first vacation and his dad, Kenneth doesn't believe in sitting around... this too, makes me smile.   He loved the Rainforest Zoo.  He is so attentive.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Aquarium!
We learned he loved ice cream!!  Yep, …

Lessons from Cancer

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I have finally put my grandson down for his nap (he fights his sleep...at six months old) and hub is taking a nap....the house is quiet...
Then it donged on me....It is August 1st...!!!!  What happened to June and July?  
I remember growing up, I thought time went by so slowly.  I always wanted time to hurry up. Boy, what was I thinking????  I  
I am not in one bit of a hurry now a days.  With hub's cancer returning, it has caused me to stop and just take it slow.   My father use to tell me to stop and smell the roses because I was always rushing around...jokingly I responded it is nervous energy...I am hyper.  I must admit, it has taken me awhile to slow down. I kinda enjoyed the fast pace, but I kinda enjoy the slower pace.  My calendar is now blank with just doctor appointments written down. A few years ago, every space was filled with appointments, engagements, etc. to attend.  I would fret if I had an empty date. I was also OCD when it came to housekeeping, schedules, and s…

Weekend Rewind....

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Weekend Rewind....


It has been a long time since hub and I had a great weekend!!


This weekend was a crafts/arts festival a few miles away with a chili cook off.

On Friday evening, hub and I went to listen to the band Phantom. The music is my kind of rock-n-roll.  Hub was in his element....he loves people and the people were glad to see him out and about. A great evening and the rain held out until the band was finished.  Thankfully, hub and I made it back to our vehicle in the nick of time before the clouds opened up and the rain came.

Saturday, hub was a little blah, but that evening he wanted to go to the chili cook off.  Groups of people, or rather teams of people, compete in who has the best chili.  A person buys tickets and then is allowed to go around and sample the chili and cast your vote for the best chili team. There is also music all night.  On our way, I could see the clouds becoming dark and the farther we went the darker the clouds became.  We found a place to park and c…

Frequent Flyer Miles....

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Happy Friday!!

Since I have retired from teaching and no longer have been subbing since March, I usually don't pay attention to the days of the week.  Many times I ask daughters or hub what day of the week it is or mainly I just check my calendar.

I wish I could cash in on frequent flyer miles....while traveling by car.  Monday, July 9th hub had an appointment at Duke in Durham, North Carolina (which is 4 hrs one way) for scans.  The scans were discouraging for the chemo he was taking was not doing its job.  It was a long drive home... Duke called Wednesday and scheduled an appointment on Friday for radiology at 9am.  Hub doesn't like to spend the night....YEP! left early Friday morning. After meeting with radiologist, Dr. Martin a Y 90 procedure was planned.   The Y90 procedure is a two phase process...it is like having a heart catherization, but instead of looking at the heart, one looks at the liver...same process. The drive back home was not as long as Monday's drive.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?

My brown couch in the den.  Our den is so small and I can't find a sofa that will fit where I need it to.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.


Just a few weeks ago.  When listening to music from my past, I long to go back...so many good memories.

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep


AccuWeather, Bible App, SnapChat-(this is how I can talk to grandson)

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What's the last thing you baked?

I like blueberry muffins and never knew today was National Blueberry Day.  If I were to have a muffin it would be Pumpkin and cream cheese.
The last think I baked was brownies.

5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the…

Welcome July

This past week....shew glad we moved on to July!


Hub has been battling cancer again (first time in 2010) since Feb. of 2017.  This second round has been a doozy.  He has been allergic to the first two types of chemo, third type of chemo quit working, and this fourth type of chemo (he is currently taking) really lowers your WBC....his dropped to 0.8.  He then had pneumonia last week and had to go to the emergency room twice.  BUT he is feeling better today!!

Tomorrow is my birthday....July 3rd...almost a firecracker!!  My daughters and hub keep asking me what I want...Nothing....I only want hub to get better, to get stronger, to get back to where he use to be.  This cancer has stolen so much from us....our security, our happiness, our comfort...and the list could go on and on.  We (He) do have our good days and take full advantage of that!  Hopefully and praying there will be many good days left.  Hub's birthday is July 9th and that is the day he returns to Duke for blood work and …

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. Security or freedom? Can you have both? Explain.

I believe one can have freedom while maintaining security.  Such as: a toddler-one gives a toddler freedom to explore but with security close by or growing up our parents gave us freedom but we knew we still were secure with them.

On the other hand, without security can we have freedom?

2. If you could visit any historical American site what would it be? Why?


I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon.  I have just heard it was so breath taking.



3. Free as a bird, free reign, be free of, free enterprise, free trip, walk away scot free, free for all...which 'free' phrase can best be applied to your life in recent days or weeks? Explain.

To be free of this black cloud that keeps hanging over us.  Hub's cancer returned last year, February 2017, had surgery at Duke, became allergic to the chemo, started new chemo it worked for 4 months and then his DNA started fighting against the chemo and for the cancer, tumors began growi…

Wednesday Hodgepodge.

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Hello...Summer!
Thank you, Joyce for hosting.

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.


I really don't have anything on my bucket list this summer.  With hub's sickness (cancer), it is hard to plan.  I just try to make the best of each day that he feels great!

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?


I loved playing outside.  There were around 30 houses or more on my street. Around dusk when the street lights would come on, we would play 'kick the can'  We would play late into the night....remember not many cars on the road...so we were safe.


Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. What happens to the mail at your house?

Usually, I get the mail out of the box, but then I just leave it on the counter for hub to go through.

2. Something you always splurge on? Any guilt associated with the splurge?

Pocketbooks..... I am obsessed!! I love Michael Kors and Kate Spade.  My daughters tell me all the time, "Mom you don't need another Michael Kors/Kate Spade purse!"  Do I need?  Nope, do I want, Yep.

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?

Since oldest daughter who is getting married in October can't ever have children (mechanical heart valve) her finance already knows...and believe me I told him this over and over before he popped the question, I won't discuss children  but I do think married couples need to ask/answer this question before marriage.
So I will go with these two questions/answers:
1.  How will we handle our holidays now that…

Believe

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BELIEVE
I do believe this was my word for 2018....Believe.   
The year is almost halfway over (can you believe it?) and I hadn't really thought about my 'word'. The beginning of 2018 hasn't been all that great.  Hub's cancer tumors were not responding to his chemo treatment, hub's son had not allowed us to see grandsons (one I raised till he was 5 years old), youngest daughter and her hub were expecting their first child (worried because daughter had two back surgeries one in  November of 2015 and then another one in March 2016), and oldest daughter was still recuperating from her third open heart surgery and had just gotten engaged.
Believe, I kept telling myself....it will be okay....Just Believe.
Daughter gave birth to a healthy boy in January.  This little guy has been a blessing in more ways than one.  He has kept hub fighting this horrible cancer.  So much joy he has brought to our family.
Believe...oldest daughter came through her open heart surgery... I…

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1.Describe your 30's in one sentence. If you're not yet 30 tell us one thing you hope to accomplish once you hit that particular decade.

The parenting years full of trials and errors but many accomplishments.

2. Is it harder for you to exercise or eat healthy?

Hub has been on a strict diet since last year when he found out his cancer had returned.  I haven't had any red meat in over a year.  I have been eating a lot of chicken/fish and fresh green vegetables (kale, leafy vegetables), limited fruit (cause it contains sugar..even natural sugar) and limited amount of sugary foods.  I was a junk food junkie and now...I would love to have a candy bar and the biggest, nastiest, juiciest hamburger!!  If hub can't eat it, neither will I.

On Mondays and Wednesdays I go to Zumba class.  Most of the time I dread going, but once there I enjoy myself.  Summer is the hardest time to go because of no AC in the building.


3. June 7th is National VCR Day. Huh? Anyway this reminded me of some…