Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Life is short; seize the day

Never have these words meant more to me than in the past two weeks.

Sadly three people to whom I was connected in different ways have passed away during that time. I wrote about one of them, a former colleague who passed away at 91, here.

The other two, neither of whom I met in person, were in their 70s. My heart goes out to a friend who lost her mom and another friend who lost her soul mate.

May all three rest in peace.


I haven't posted lately; nothing like breaking a New Year's resolution.

But I think the reason I haven't been able to come up with anything to write is because the almost-daily medical appointments have stopped. My online cancer journal came to a halt.

But today that changed..I went for a bone density scan. That's gotta be the easiest medical test ever. And none of that pesky fasting beforehand!

It was a new machine and it was really fast. The woman administering the test said it used to take a half hour. This lasted five minutes.

I'll get the results in a few days from my primary care physician and then schedule an overdue physical with him. Last year with all that chemo and radiation (now just a memory) just didn't seem like the right time to have a physical.

So...I wanted to see if I could still write a blog post. It looks like I can.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Eddie was truly a legend

Our community lost a special person Saturday. Photojournalist Edward J. Cotter Jr. could be cantankerous and feisty, but those who knew him knew he had a heart of gold.
He would do anything for anyone.

Ralph and I got back a short while ago from his wake. There were wall-to-wall people there. He had touched so many lives in his 91 years.

I was thinking about Eddie Sunday. I wanted to write something about my former colleague. And it wasn't difficult. When I sat down at the computer, this column just came pouring out.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ruby Tuesday ~

I realize Christmas was a month ago but since I really wanted to get back into the Ruby Tuesday fun I found a photo from Dec. 24 to use today.

It's called "Allegra and her antlers." She told me it was OK if I used it here. ;-)

See lots more photos with a little or a lot of red in them at Ruby Tuesday 2.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Sunday morning shadows

Living up to my moniker (Late Bloomer Boomer) I am late in finding and posting shadows for this week. I just took these shots outside the front door this morning. The sun is shining brightly after yesterday's snowstorm.

See lots more shadow shots from around the world at Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Brrr....but it is January, after all

I'm not going to complain that it's 6 degrees here this morning.
Nope. Not me. 

That's because I always complain about the heat and humidity in the summer, and I don't want to be a two-season complainer. 
Soon it will be time to layer up for the day.

At least the sun is shining. And the furnace works fine. And we have lots of blankets and throws.
And our Linus kitty is always available to pet, which helps to warm up my semi-frozen fingers and hands.  =^.^=

In other news, my Christmas cactus started to bloom! Let's hope Linus doesn't eat the blossoms. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ guest photographer

Last Saturday my friend Linda (The Distracted Wanderer) took me on another road trip. She apparently likes to drive and I apparently like to passenge...if that were a word! It was an incredibly mild day for January.

I wrote about part of the trip here. After we visited a bakery/cupcakery in East Haven, Ct. (yummy!) we headed to Sherwood Island State Park on Long Island Sound in Westport, Ct.

It is home to Connecticut's memorial to victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Names listed on the memorial are those of Connecticut residents or those who had close family who live in Connecticut.

Linda snapped a photo of me when I wasn't looking, and sent it along for me to use in this week's Shadow Shot Sunday.

I'm happy to be back sharing shadows..I missed a few weeks simply because I was disorganized! My spouse, Ralph, rarely misses a week.

Join the fun at Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Thanks again, Linda, for the cool photo.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thoughts on being deported

For me and all the other cancer patients others who have had a chemo port implanted in their bodies, deportation is indeed a good thing.

And today was my day to be deported (get it? de-ported?).

Bad joke. But it's my blog and I can write what I want.

When the minor surgery was over and they brought me back to the room I scarfed down a huge breakfast. That's the reward for the fasting that's required.

Ralph ate his breakfast while he was waiting for me. Hope he enjoyed the morning television shows he had to endure while sitting there. ;-)

The procedure was a breeze. I was moderately sedated, they said. I remember nothing. I think the stuff they gave me made me have some crazy dreams this afternoon, but that's about it.

While I was taking a nap the Vera Bradley bag I ordered using money I received for my birthday arrived! That made me happy. It was half price! Even better.

I should take a photo of it but I don't feel like it at the moment. Being lazy, I guess.

This evening daughter Allegra is driving me to the support group. We only are going to meet once a month now, as opposed to every two weeks, so I'm looking forward to seeing the ladies there again. And of course I want to tell them that I was deported.


I was about to publish but then didn't want to post sans photo, so I looked up Power Port and found a photo. I'm pretty sure this is what was in there. I never actually saw it.

{Thanks for reading my online cancer journal.}

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So much for resolutions

It's only 11 days into the new year and I seem to have broken most of the ones I made. Must remember not to make any next year!

But today is a new day and I'm trying to keep one, which is to write a daily blog post.

I can't really write much of a post about the Cupcake Trip that Duchess Linda and I took Saturday to Sugar Bakery & Sweet Shop in East Haven, Ct. , winner of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars in 2010.
As you can see from the link (please read her post) she already wrote a comprehensive one!

We enjoyed these sweet samples of frosting ~ and then came the hard part: which cupcakes to buy? 

It took quite a while to choose from more than 20 varieties. 

This trip broke another resolution, come to think of it! Consuming cupcakes (even though I only had half of one) is no way to lose weight. I bought four different chocolatey ones; the children each had one, I brought one to my chocoholic mom and Ralph and I split the remaining one. Yummy!
They even sell T-shirts. One says "Keep Calm and Eat A Cupcake." Don't know how to stay calm after consuming all that sugar, but I'm willing to give it a try.  The map of the U.S. shows just how far some folks have traveled to get their cupcakes.

 And I didn't realize it at the time but I managed to get Linda's red Dodge Caliber in the photo. 

 When we left with our purchases you could say we were "happy."

So after the bakery visiting we got back on the highway and The Distracted Wanderer asked me how far away I thought the 9/11 memorial in Westport was from where we were.

I guesstimated 30 miles. But when you say "30 miles" to Duchess Linda, it's like saying "3 miles" to anyone else!
She doesn't mind driving, and I don't mind passenging. We headed down I-95 South from East Haven to Westport and Sherwood Island State Park.

The island is actually a peninsula that goes into Long Island Sound. There we photographed the living memorial that lists names of Connecticut residents or those with close family in the state who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Since it was a mild, sunny day for January there were quite a lot of people there taking a stroll, flying kites, viewing the somber memorial and just relaxing.

But I think I'll save those photos for another day. Cupcakes and terror attacks don't really go together very well.

Linda and I ended up back in West Haven at the Texas Roadhouse for a late lunch. Here's Linda sitting near the Willie Nelson Corner.

 I hope you enjoyed reading about our January wandering. I know I enjoyed being a part of it.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Can you say cupcakes?

My friend Duchess Linda of Norwich-Upon-Thames Facebook messaged me last night (do any of us use a real telephone any more?) and asked me to accompany her in search of cupcakes and tea today.

Sounds like a plan!

The sun is shining and it's unseasonably mild. We're lucking out weather-wise.

Details to follow...

Friday, January 6, 2012

The ups and downs of daily newspapering

So...two days ago I interviewed a 91-year old World War II veteran. He served in Alaska in 1942-43 in what has been called "The Forgotten War," and in Ie Shima, an island off of Okinawa, after that.
I thought he was going to tell me about his war experiences, but he told me so much more. He has had an interesting life, and I hope the article I wrote (that has not yet been published) does him justice.    
Yesterday I covered the sentencing of a man who drove drunk and struck a local police officer, who was a Vietnam veteran and beloved member of the force, as he was directing traffic. The officer died several days later from his injuries.
A dozen of his fellow police officers showed up in the courtroom to witness the sentencing. It was an extremely sad story and not the kind I normally cover.

Today I made up for dealing with a story about such a tragedy by writing about an 85th birthday party. It was an open house for a wonderful woman who used to run a downtown luncheonette.
People from all walks of life turned out to honor her. I quickly learned she was beloved by many, many people who got to know her over the 19 years she ran the restaurant.

It was wonderful to see all the love being bestowed on her from family and friends. Although she had no children of her own, she treated the young people who used to frequent her place after school as her own kids, the now-middle-aged partygoers told me.
"When Millie yelled, you listened," one woman recalled fondly.

Today I also interviewed a woman who grew up on a farm. She has opened an old-style general store that sells antiques and will carry only Connecticut-made and Connecticut-grown foods, from ice cream, maple syrup and organic bread to fresh produce in season.
She will be serving light meals on weekends and live music will also be performed there on occasion. It's a lovely spot and I'm sure she will succeed in her new venture. I plan to return there soon with Ralph. Sounds like fun.

So that's my world as of now...thanks for reading. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy, happy

It's a new year and soon to be a new me.

I found out yesterday that the chemo port can be removed! My collar bone area will be back to normal, except for a scar. 

The minor surgery is scheduled for next Thursday! Yay! 

And no, I won't post a photo of the port. It isn't pretty. 

 That's all I got for now.

{Thanks for reading my online cancer journey journal.}

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

So I already broke a resolution

Not good.
I actually broke several. I resolved to post every day, get organized, read more books, and more.

Yesterday wasn't the day for any of the above.

Who came up with this (silly) resolution stuff anyhow? I know it wasn't kitty cats.

When I stress about anything all I have to do is turn around and peek at Linus. Pet therapy is the best.


Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions ~ do people still make them?

I have a few...but I didn't put them down on paper like I once did.

This year's resolutions are remarkably similar to those of previous years. They go something like this: 

1) get organized
2) exercise more
3) keep up with blog friends
4) post daily on my blog
5) read more books
6) write that book (It's going to be fiction based on fact)
7) take more photos

That's about it for now. If more come into my brain I'll do another post. haha

I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New family activity...

Touching my soft, new hair that is growing back. It's fun, it's easy and it only takes a few seconds.

And it's bringing us together as a family. What's better than that?