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Rumor Has It . . .

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I saw a young friend today at the checkout. I haven't seen her in a while. Her son was along in the cart and I heard all about everyone he has (like siblings, a mom, a grandma). His mom asked me how I was doing because rumor has it that I had died.

I told her to put the rumor to rest because I feel better than I have in ten years. I was so startled by her comment that I didn't tell her about my stellar PET scan report I had just received at the oncologist this morning.

I have so much to be thankful for:
I have no cancer anywhere,
I have been able to retire,
I'm losing weight with the help of Spark People,
my doctors have "fixed" all the cronic ailments that I thought were going to plague me because of the long term chemotherapy
The place in NC where I can go now for extended periods since I'm not tied to the doctors in Florida as tightly, long enough so that people wonder if I died.

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SAGELADY2 10/27/2012 10:39AM

    Good news on your life in general. Glad to hear you are progressing in a lot of areas in your life.

It's good to have a fun place to get away to. Mine will be in FL hopefully sooner rather than later. :-)

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CHRISTINASP 10/27/2012 3:49AM

    Wow that may be shocking to hear what that woman said!
Yes you have so much to be thankful and I like it that you list it!

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STONECOT 10/26/2012 8:53AM

    Glorious to wake up in the morning and know you're alive isn't it. I'm waiting for my five year all clear, hopefully next week, and boy, am I going to celebrate! emoticon

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KIWIANN 10/26/2012 8:46AM

    Glad that rumor was not true!! emoticon for your clean PET scan!! emoticon emoticon That is FABULOUS news!! And I am so happy to see you back on SP - I've missed you!! emoticon

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LINDA! 10/25/2012 11:42PM

    Great blog!

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One Word Response Blog a la Nuttmegg9

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thanks to Nuttmegg9 for giving me this challenge of answering each question with only one word. We'll see.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

I guess what makes this difficult is my desire to explain and describe, AND inability to choose just one thing. Interesting that Most of my answers were different from Nuttmegg9's answers.

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LITTLEWIND53 10/26/2012 10:58AM

    That would be very hard for me to do in just one word -- hard to do in 10 or less even.... (21)

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JANETTEB553 10/24/2012 11:23PM


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Spark People Screen Candy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

While I'd really like to be able to see my whole SP Display, this good looking piece of eye candy is now gracing my SP screen with no X Box to close the ad. I can click on the ad and no matter how many times I open the new screen, this good lookin' virtual guy stays with me. I wish I could find a live guy with the same qualities.

Thankfully, I'm pretty good at figuring out what is lurking behind him. But at times, he is rather annoying. He doesn't listen when I tell him to go get a life.

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CHRISTINASP 10/25/2012 5:38AM

    I think he's in love with you...! :)

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NSTARSMITH 10/24/2012 2:01PM

    Hee hee! He's like a lot of guys, eh?

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TERRIJ7 10/24/2012 11:10AM


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Never Say Never

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I had never cared for Halloween decorations, even in my schoolroom. Too much orange. Iíd rather eat a pumpkin pie than leave a pumpkin to rot on my front porch. Spiders belong outside catching bugs, and who wants dried cornstalks or moldy bales of hay next to your rocking chair on the porch? Bah humbug! So, my first night on the mountain, I noticed a strange orange glow in Golden Pond as neighbors turned on their Halloween lights.

Now, I like lights - the mini Christmas lights that twinkle like little white stars on the tree. I REALLY like my Christmas tree with its three hundred lights turned on in the dark so much, that I used it as a night light until June. But those orange lights were unnatural.

As the cold weather settled in, the sumac leaves started to turn red at higher elevations. I inspected the mountainsides and couldnít help thinking there had to be more to this autumn business than orange lights.

As I watched the trees changing their leaves from their usual greens to decorate my mountain with garish red, yellow and brown, I became a wild hunter-gatherer. I searched for fallen leathery leaves, virginís bower vines, black walnuts, acorns with frilly caps, and sunflowers for the watering can on the deck. I had never noticed the black walnut tree growing up out of the first pond until I heard the green globes hit the water. I resisted the urge to turn the acorns into a necklace but I did cook three batches of walnut ink in my crock pot out on the porch.

I tried to capture everything I was seeing with watercolors and walnut ink. I even carved a bamboo pen so I could draw with that rich brown ink. Those paintings now decorate my walls in Florida with bright fall leaves, dried grasses, and sunflowers. And make me want to make that journey once again to turn on the orange twinkle lights that I left attached to my porch railing and play my harp on the porch in the twilight while the birds join in with their dusk chorus.

I never thought I'd ever get to experience Fall. I never thought I'd lose any weight after the steroids took over, either.

Never say never. Everything is possible.


Give Me a 2 X 4 with Have Fun routed on it

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Okay, Okay. The 2x4 hit again when I visited a Blog I follow this morning. Once again, MostMom1 outdid herself trying to convince us grown ups to have fun. And she did a fantastic job. She has sparked all kinds of memories.

Dad was the fun "spark" when Sandy and I were growing up.
My humor was more academic.

See the little sign on the door of the camper? I bought it at a local hardware store. It says, "Please Use Other Door" and points you off to the right. Mom and Dad humored me and it wasn't too funny until friends walked all the way around twice and finally asked where the other door was.

Sandy went on to become a clown with the church youth group:

And her clowning even rubbed off on me when we appeared in a talent show together.

So I turned to humor all of those days in the infusion room, watching funny videos, or listening to Prairie Home Companion jokes. I'd recommend Lucille Ball, or Mork and Mindy, or Saturday Night Live, or Ed Sullivan, or Victor Borge or MostMom1 to anyone who finds themselves incapacitated by a bum foot, a broken leg, a blizzard, or one of life's depressing moments. Get up and move to something funny. How about Lucille ball and stompin grapes. You could do that sitting in a chair. And by the time you were through doing her routine in your chair, you'd be ready to do something else, and laugh at the same time.

And I'm realizing there's probably at least one generation of readers who won't know anyone I mentioned except for MostMom1. I don't mean she'll know them. I mean YOU should know HER. So if you're interested, everyone else should be available on YouTube so your funnybone can be sparked. If you go there, search for Gildna Radner. You shouldn't get another day older unless you get to know Rosanna Danna!!

Gilda doing Roseanne Rosannadanna:

Gilda doing Barbara Walters:

Or Most Mom1 creating memories as herself:

So, get going!! Find a spark to create some funny memories of your own, because life is too short to frown for any length of time.

Thanks MostMom1. You manage to put another smile on my face and a giggle or 2 is heard in my quiet house everytime a new blog appears on SP!

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KIWIANN 9/26/2012 2:58PM

    Further evidence that we were destined to be friends - we share a similar sense of humor!! (no need to scour the internet to understand your examples of comedy - I know and love them all!) emoticon emoticon

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