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Life is Good!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I have this little sign in my kitchen window that says, "Life is Good." SO TRUE!!!

Yesterday in the mail we got a packet of information about visiting D.C. A map, a brochure on the Cherry Blossom Festival and a booklet about the attractions to see in the city. I think both hubby and I realized we are really going and started finally to look forward to getting to see some of our National Treasures. We don't have anything specific planned yet, other than the Ford's theater tickets I bought for Monday afternoon. It was the only day I could get tickets, and they are just for the tour, we aren't seeing a show. I contacted our Congressman (then just about hung up on his representative when she called and said whose office she was with--we get too many calls from his office asking for our vote and we are not FANS of our congressman) for a tour of the Capitol Building. She said it's hard to get them this close to the event, but would see what she could do and would be e-mailing me. She said if we can't get one of the tours, to come to the Congressman's office which is right across the street from the Capitol and they will walk us over there and we can join a tour. In our booklet yesterday, we read that tours of the Capitol start every 15 minutes, that is what we will probably do. I realize that we won't be able to tour the White House, which is disappointing, but we're going to see as much of the Smithsonian Museums as we can. I am especially interested in the American History Museum and the Zoo, with its Giant Pandas. Of course we want to see all the Monuments, and may try to get out to Arlington Cemetery to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedys' graves, and from what I read, the Iwo Jima Statue is near there. I don't think we will have any problem filling all seven days we play to be there! I'm hoping all the walking will be good exercise and that I won't gain any weight. After an increase yesterday and Monday, I'm back down to 152.4 this morning. MUCH BETTER. I was careful yesterday and didn't eat much lunch, since I had a dentist appointment at 1 p.m. Once again we grilled veggies for supper. Hubby commented again how much he likes them fixed like that and that is amazing. Not only does he rarely compliment my cooking (although if asked--he raves about it--I just wish he would compliment me without me having to beg for it!), he is not a big veggie fan. All I had to grill last night was a bunch of asparagus (it was on sale!), 3 mushrooms, half a red bell pepper and Brussels sprouts. The Brussels sprouts are my favorite, but I like all of it. I have a big container of leftover grilled veggies in my fridge, so I think I know already what I'm having for lunch today!

Since Easter is this weekend, I am having all the kids and grandkids out for pizza Saturday night, and an Easter Egg Hunt in our front yard (if the weather cooperates). Last year I filled those little plastic eggs with treats and some CASH, and youngest son and I just strewed them about the yard.


(A couple pictures from last year's Easter Egg Hunt!)

Since the granddaughters were only 2 years old then, and grandson does not have good eyesight, we decided actually "hiding" the eggs was probably not a good idea. But we all had a ball. I also have bought them each several small gifts and little Easter fun toys and will but them in an Easter basket. The only candy I gave them is some rolls of Pez to go in their Easter Pez dispensers. Of course I will put some candy in the plastic eggs that we "hide," but other than that, they can get their candy from somebody else, and I'm sure they will get plenty of it.

I usually make a big Easter dinner for the family, but just decided since we will be leaving for D.C. the very next day, that we would have pizza delivered on Saturday night instead. That will leave me Sunday to get organized, do the wash and packing and try to get the house in order. I always hate to leave a dirty house, because I hate coming home to a dirty house so much. Now I could be cleaning right now, but so far all I have done is vacuum the floors. I need to dust and get all the stuff we seem to have sitting all over, put away. I need to scrub the kitchen floors and clean the bathrooms. Lots to do. But here I sit.

We had a change of plans in our Cancer Center trip. We will fly home from D.C., instead of flying from D.C. to Chicago as their schedulers had suggested, getting home at midday. But they were unable to change our flight, since I had made those reservations. Then just after dinner, the day we get home, we are scheduled to fly back out to Chicago. It will be a busy day!! Hope none of the flights get delayed. The weather seems to be improving every day here, it's getting warmer finally! But who knows about the end of next week??? We'll hope for the best. I'm happy that youngest son lives at home, he will be here to take care of the place and LOLA!

Hoping for the best is what I'm determined to do now. I will enjoy every day of health that we get, and every moment of feeling good, and try to appreciate all the blessings I have. Life IS good!
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DOODIE59 3/29/2013 9:53AM

    I can't believe those little girls are picking Easter eggs in sleeveless dresses! Not like any Easter I remember:) Those are life's best moments ... being in the moment from a child's perspective. You have a lovely family -- you and your youngest son out there hiding the eggs -- life's memories are made from from these times together.
I hope you all have a very happy Easter this weekend:)
Deirdre

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CMRAND54 3/28/2013 7:13PM

    Your trip sounds wonderful. I live close to DC, so I take a lot of it for granted. When people come to visit, we get to see it all again with a new perspective.

Enjoy!

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CC3833 3/28/2013 10:44AM

    Glad to see that you are looking forward to this trip... it seems to have really lifted your spirits! I hope you have an amazing time and remember to take tons of pictures!!!

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SNOWYOGA 3/28/2013 9:59AM

    Hope your trip is great, and love your sign (Life is Good!) Might need to watch for one for me! emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 3/28/2013 9:18AM

    Enjoy your Easter and your trip. Life is good!

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1FARMER 3/27/2013 11:20PM

    Enjoy your getaway. emoticon
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 3/27/2013 11:06PM

    Thanks for all the wonderful advice regarding DC! I'm making notes of everything and can't wait for our trip. They're predicting snow (NOOOOOOO!) for Sunday morning just in time for our trip to the Omaha Airport. I was hoping Spring was here to stay this time.

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CLPURNELL 3/27/2013 9:50PM

    Hope you guys have an awesome time in DC!

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DUXGRL1 3/27/2013 9:09PM

    Have a great time in my neck of the woods and remember to stop at Constitution Gardens!

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LINDAK25 3/27/2013 6:46PM

    You'll really enjoy D.C. Have a wonderful Easter!

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ROSCOEKR 3/27/2013 3:56PM

    Have a great trip. Bring back lots of memories

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/27/2013 1:41PM

    Hi Sweetie!
Having such awesome plans is great! Please just put everything else on hold and enjoy this time! I love the Easter time as your start of your vacation! You will have a wonderful time together in DC and will handle life when you get back! Are you going to Cancer Center of America in Chicago? We know someone in Phil location and it is an amazing place!
You are both in my thoughts and prayers!
Love and Hugs,
Mary

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LJCANNON 3/27/2013 1:00PM

    emoticon Sounds like you have a Great Plan, and if Mother Nature Cooperates it will be FABULOUS!!
emoticon "I will enjoy every day of Health we get & every moment of feeling good, and try to appreciate ALL the Blessings I have." THAT is a GREAT Life Motto for Every Single One of Us!! And NEVER, EVER miss a chance to tell your Loved Ones that You LOVE Them!!

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LIBBYG7 3/27/2013 12:12PM

    Can't add anything to the wonderful advice you've been given.

Have a great time in my favorite city ---- and I'm so happy that you sound so upbeat and positive! That's great!

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LIBBYG7 3/27/2013 12:12PM

    Can't add anything to the wonderful advice you've been given.

Have a great time in my favorite city ---- and I'm so happy that you sound so upbeat and positive! That's great!

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TUBLADY 3/27/2013 12:04PM

    Have a great trip.
You sound so positive and upbeat, that is wonderful.
I have never met you but because of our connection here on Spark and the similar obesity we shared I feel I know you.
I wish only the best for you and the family.
Have a fun time celebrating Easter and enjoy the little kids for they grow up so fast.
There seems to be a warming trend in sight, so I pay that DC gets some excellent weather for your stay.
Be strong, stay positive.
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CANNIE50 3/27/2013 11:53AM

    I am glad to hear you sounding so upbeat and excited about your trip. Like you, I always clean and put things in order before I go anywhere. Washington DC is a fascinating place. Ford's Theatre gave me chills, and the Korean War Memorial is haunting and a must-see. Cannot wait to read all about your trip. Have a fabulous time!

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KERRYG155 3/27/2013 11:38AM

    Good luck on those flights but first have a wonderful time in D.C. We went in '07 and did get a tour from the Nebraska congressman since my siblings all knew him. If you haven't seen it the Korean War monument is something else!

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VINGRAM 3/27/2013 11:33AM

    Have fun with the grands and in DC! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/27/2013 11:28AM

    White House Tours are suspended until further notice; that's as of March 9, 2013. As far as I know, the Visitors Center is still closed for renovation, but if you go to this page:

http://www.visitingdc.
com/white-house/white-house-vis
itor-center.htm

...you can find a place to get more information. Also, they have a temporary exhibition set up that you may be able to see. Might be worth another call to your Representative to see if you need tickets for it--?

Arlington: the Iwo Jima statue is in the cemetery, as is the Lee Mansion, which you can tour.

There is a hop-on / hop-off bus tour that isn't terribly expensive. Your pass will be good for the entire day, and it goes to all the "big" stops, the Smithsonian complex, the Capitol, Arlington, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, etc., and they pass places like The White House and other landmark buildings, pointing them out as they go.

I would've suggested trying to get tickets to go to the top of the Washington Monument (they're free, but you have to get them on "the day") but I think it's still closed after the earthquake, oh, eighteen months ago? Something like that. The NPS website can tell you if it's open or not.

I grew up not far from DC. In "the old days," you were allowed to walk the internal stairway to the top, if you didn't want to pay a dime (!) for the elevator. A friend and I walked all the way to the top, enjoyed the view, then walked all the way back down. I was 17. Don't think I could manage it these days, even if they still let people try walking it. (They stopped allowing access to the stairs back in the '80s.)

Have a great trip. Washington is just about my favorite city in the whole world--!
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NANA2JONEMIMAT 3/27/2013 11:20AM

    Check out the Govenment buildings for their cafeterias. They have reasonable meal prices and the quality is great. We were there a long time ago and found out about them. Don't know what they have as far as security goes for accessing these areas.

Have fun while there.

Deanna in Dacula, GA

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