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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!

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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…

 

Me and JP, Conversations with a 5 year old…

JP is our youngest grandson who turns five in September! He and his mom and dad lived with us while they were building their house a year ago.  Though they’ve moved into their new house now, we still get to pick him up from preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays and spend the afternoon with him.  And next year he’ll be in kindergarten all day.  He’s so full of fun and remarkably wise for his years!  Can you tell I just love him to pieces?

Many of you know I had breast cancer last year, along with chemo and losing my hair, and it’s growing back in white and curly!  So I thought new pictures of me and JP were long overdue.  I’m debuting them today, along with a very appropriate JP moment 🙂

JP:  Nana, want to play I Spy?

Me:  Sure, you want to go first?

JP:  No, you do it, Nana.

Me:  Okay.  I spy, with my little eye, something white.  (I’m looking at the lampshade in the family room)

JP:  I know, I know.  Is it your hair, Nana??

Me:  Hahaha, no.

Sharing my Story

A very honest and wonderful story by a new friend, Rae, about her experiences with breast cancer. I hope you’ll stop by her blog!

Mystery Blogger Award…

A very sweet friend of mine, Patty at Scarlett 79, was kind enough to nominate me for this award.  I told her I’d play along, but since I’ve shared ad nauseam about my breast cancer and resulting baldness and now short white hair and new boob (and that was just since August) I cannot imagine there’s much mystery remaining!

Rule 1: Put the award logo/image on your blog.

Rule 2: List the rules.

Rule 3: Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Rule 4: Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.  Okoto Enigma’s blog

Rule 5: Tell your readers three things about yourself.

a)  I adore writing fiction, though I started my blog as a book reviewer, hence the name

b)  I love sports, especially the Chicago Cubs baseball team, and have ever since I was a teenager taking the El to games! (The El stands for elevated train, which is a form of public transportation in the Chicago area)

c)  My favorite color is turquoise, though I love black clothing
Rule 6: You have to nominate 10 to 20 people.  Nope.  If you would be so kind, please copy this and tell us about yourselves if you are so inclined.  It’s not that I don’t want to, I just hate to make people feel obligated…
Rule 7: Notify them.

Rule 8: Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny question.

My five questions to answer:
What is your dream job?  Naming the nail polishes for OPI.  Or being a published novelist.
If money were no object, where would you live??  Hawaii.  Would you work??  Only at getting a tan!
What is your favorite kind of animal???  Dogs.  Do you have any animals??  Two sweet old dogs
East Coast or West Coast??  I like both, have spent more time on the East Coast
What is your favorite food of all time???  Crabcakes
Who’s going to win the Stanley Cup ???  I cannot bring myself to care after the Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated 😦
Rule 9: Add a link to my best post.  This is the first fiction piece I posted.