Category Archives: Monday musings

Monday Musings About the Olympics…


I admit I get very excited about the Olympics, especially the winter ones.  I have no idea why.  I don’t love the cold and I’m not big into playing winter sports.  Not outside anyway.  I think I’m a closet adrenaline junkie!

I ice skated some as a child at a local outdoor area that the town fire department froze over when it was cold enough.  Wobbly ankles and fear of falling made my experience more like taking little mincing steps around the ice rather than gliding.  We went sledding with friends, but I only slid down sensible hills — you know, a gentle slope and gliding to a stop with no fear of hurting yourself.

Skiing was expensive and I only went a few times.  And in my area, there are no mountains, only little, probably manmade, hills.  Since I never really learned how to stop I would be apologizing the whole way after putting on the skis because invariably I’d run into someone or over their skis.  Then after reaching the bunny hill,  I’d just point the skis forward and usually stop by hitting the fence at the bottom, grabbing on to steady myself.

I’m obviously way more suited to wearing the cute clothes while having a drink in front of the fire!

But the idea of politics being put aside for a few weeks and countries coming together in the spirit of the Games (Vice President Pence, are you listening?) while the world enjoys watching the best of the best graceful, tenacious and talented young athletes in the world still thrills me!

Sorry about the meme from Facebook, but I find it funny in a scary sort of way…  Like clowns…


Monday Musings on A New Year…

My New Year’s Eve hair, still crazy after all this year:

I’m feeling very optimistic lately.  I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it’s for a variety of reasons. I’ve given it some thought, because I haven’t always been a really upbeat person.  I can have a somewhat sarcastic, self-deprecating view of life.  In fact, many people in my family use humor as a defense mechanism.

But last year on January 1 I was bald  (pretty much everywhere), I had a sinus infection and one more chemo treatment to face.  We had a big trip planned with three of our children for hubby’s birthday at the end of January and if they couldn’t/wouldn’t do my treatment the first week of the year because of infection, it might have pushed everything back.  And, tired as I was, I didn’t want to ruin all the plans we’d made and miss the trip.  It all worked out.  I got on the plane with my fake boob and my fake hair and it was fine.  More than fine, really.

This year I feel pretty great.  I’m not bald anymore and I got through the holidays.  I had a wonderful time.   I’m grateful to have my energy back and be able to do whatever I want.  I’m mostly just grateful to be cancer free and alive.  Does that sound overly dramatic?  Maybe…

Yes, I know our country is in a mess and my state in particular (Illinois) has more than its share of problems.  It’s winter and for my neck of the woods that means cold and snow.  Today our expected high temperature was three.  Yes, three degrees F. with wind chills that make it feel like minus 20 degrees.

But looking ahead is still exciting to me.  2018 brings another 365 chances to live life to the fullest, make a difference, make some changes.  I don’t have any really lofty goals.  I want to remain positive, roll with whatever life throws my way and be grateful I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, enough food to eat and more opportunities available to me than so many people in this world.  I want to keep exercising, use my creativity and volunteer some of my time.  And I think I have my bout with breast cancer to thank for that perspective.

I guess dealing with a serious disease will do that to you.  As will living more years than I want to admit!  I’ve learned that sometimes bad things happen.  Sometimes they seem worse the more we dwell on them.  I’ve learned that when I look around, there is always someone carrying a heavier load than mine and that always makes my problems easier to bear.

And I will always have hope that things will get better.  Life is good.  Happy New Year, my friends!

Monday Musings on Christmas…

If you celebrate Christmas, do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?  We’ve always done our big celebration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is sometimes eating out or going to the movies or just relaxing at home and enjoying family.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my dear friends and family!


Monday Musings about Christmas Week…

(Sung to the tune of Let it Snow)

Oh, the weather outside’s delightful
But the stores are simply frightful
There’s only one week to go
Please don’t snow, please don’t snow, please don’t snow…

When I finally lug things home
There’s wrapping that needs to be done
If only I’d used my phone
And let Amazon have all the fun!

I’m losing my holiday cheer
Mariah and Taylor are all I hear
There’s only one week to go
Please don’t snow, please don’t snow, please don’t snow…

Oh, the cookies won’t make themselves
I’ll be baking every night for sure
Where are those stinkin’ elves?
The least they could do is help stir!

But martinis are nicely chilling
And my glass, it needs refilling
There’s only one week to go
What the heck, go ahead and snow!


Monday Musings on Tuesday…

Feel like I haven’t written anything in forever, which, sadly, is probably true!  Just wanted to share with you that I had my six month check up after completing my breast cancer surgeries and chemo from last year and everything is looking wonderful.  I can’t tell you what nice news that was to hear.  We did spend an inordinate amount of time talking about my hair as the doctor and nurse hadn’t seen me in several months.  You know, oh, my, it’s so white, so curly, so thick — that will be $150!  I’m also feeling really good this fall, more energy than ever and trying to drop some stubborn pounds before the holiday season really kicks in by working out three times a week.  Even if the pounds don’t fall off dramatically, I’m feeling so good and loving the work outs!

I promise I will get back to writing more as I’ve got both Christmas trees up and decorated and all my Christmas houses out and lit.  Thank goodness for hubby as I’m great with putting everything out, but not so good with getting all the extension cords and timers hooked up and hidden!  Now just baking and some last-minute shopping and I think I’m good to enjoy some sappy Hallmark movies by the glow of my beautiful tree… while I write out the Christmas cards I almost forgot about.  Yikes!

I’ll share a Christmas JP story with you tomorrow.  That child is a fun-filled adventure just waiting to happen.  Hope you all are well into your holiday preparations and enjoying the season…