meme from the dj man...

I've done a few book memes. Didn't go back to verify if this was one of them because I thought I'd rather see first if it would change immensely this time around.

1. One book that changed your life - How Then, Shall We Live? by Wayne Muller This book focuses on four questions: Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing I will die? What is my gift to the family on the earth?

2. One book that you’ve read more than once – (Everybody now... you all should know this I think.) The English Patient. In fact, I was reading it on the way to Florida, then an Aunt finished her book on the plane to Florida and had nothing left to read so I handed it to her since I've practically got it memorized and she had given one to me that I had not read yet.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island - A big blank book (endless paper) and lots of pens (and endless supply...) :)

4. One book that made you laugh – Bill Bryson, just about everything that he wrote, but A Walk in the Woods was the first and so I probably enjoyed it the most.

5. One book that made you cry – Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber I can think of many books, but this is the one that popped into my head at this time of writing. It is the story of Ken Wilber's wife, Treya, and the battle she fought against breast cancer.

6. One book that you wish had been written – How We Stopped Cancer in its Tracks

7. One book you wish had never been written – Gonna keep thinking about this one. So far I haven't come across THAT book yet that I can remember...

8. One book you’re currently reading – Forever by Pete Hamill (Currently, still... there is a reason this book is called forever in my book... because it puts me to sleep everytime I pick it up. *yawn* Or think about it.) It's what I read when I run out of other books.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read – The Trail of Tears

In my head: some unknown beatles tune I can't get to the heart of

Monday. The recap.

Considering I think some around here would like it if I would blog a bit already so things would scroll along and get off the main page, I thought I would post a brief update this evening. Things are a little hectic around here with Kel's final moving day creeping up on us and two days worth of school orientation and the truffle business gaining some momentum and a little travel thrown into the mix.

I have some day to day things to accomplish as well. I think I mentioned quite a while ago that my car needed the oil change. Yeah. There's still that to attend to. Next week. When school starts. And the Leadership Summit stuff and DC coming up. I have a slight tear in one of my contact lenses. Some time I'll replace that. Some time I'll get on the ball with a mileage update around here. And there are still tap dancing lessons, thank goodness!

We were over getting a couple of things moved in to Kel's apartment yesterday and getting a few things hung up in her room to make it more her. (See pictures!) There is still the matter of the dresser to get over there. I'm a little worried about that one, but hopeful that with the drawers out it will be doable.

I'm starting to feel more human tonight after finally getting some coffee into me today (first one since leaving for Florida... I had a little dark-colored water at a restaurant one evening and I had some of my Uncle's fabulous coffee the morning of the memorial service, but being that far into the trip and missing the Claritin-D I had only just started back on for my allergies - there were several of us sneezing down there - when I ran out the day we left and I never picked any more up) and picking up the claritin this afternoon and starting that back up again. The headache that I woke with Saturday morning before the memorial service is only now at 10 pm on Monday, finally gone.

Tomorrow it is off school with Kel for orientation. We may go back to her place and hang photos on the wall from there. Who knows?

In my head: It's Not Unusual by Tom Jones :)


The creature returns...

I'm back from Florida. I'm exhausted emotionally, and physically and a little mentally, too. I'll have more to say later, as you well know.

In the meantime, look at the pretty pictures. I even saw dolphins!

Check them out here. Smooches.

In my head: Amazing Grace from BJ Thomas.


If you can't sleep... eat pie?

MmmHmm. Kel and I had to head west this morning for her contact lens check appointment and afterward I asked her if she would like some pie. (silly question - we are all about pie in this family... especially our favorite lemon meringue...)

So lunch today was Baker's Sq*re. (What! Did you think I was actually going to make one?) We split an entree' and each got our own full-size piece of lemony deliciousness. Complete with coffee.

Satisfied for another six months at least.

In my head: Word Play from Mr. A-Z by Jason Mraz

Yo! Who's awake out there?

Too bad the blogathon wasn't tonight. *sigh*


In my head: Bella Luna from Mr. A-Z by Jason Mraz.


Tough to get old...

And this is no reflection on certain parties who have recently celebrated their birthdays around the blogosphere. I just felt like an old lady today. I had a hard time waking up this morning after what was a fairly normal bedtime of near 2. (She's home! She's home!) Then after a fairly easy day in which I went over for a macchiato and some good conversation (picking up a couple of fresh home-grown tomatoes in the process thanks to coffee buddy, Ralph), I went back to the apartment, picked up a small load of things to run to Kel's new pad, gassed up the car and headed out, meeting her and a boatload of her friends over there. We unloaded things and I left them there to hang and check the place out so she could celebrate her new digs with her best friends in private.

I drove back to town, got some lunch and a smoothie which I stuck in my fridge forcing myself to get the miles in first - treating myself to such things as sustenance only after I did a little decent work for it. Then I enjoyed the refueling on my patio with a book but I could barely keep my eyes open! So I went in and just decided I would lie down on the bed for a few minutes and woke up two hours later! What an old woman! *sigh*

But I followed it up by making a phone call to a friend and we got out and put some fresh air in our lungs with a bike ride and had dinner outside overlooking the river from the patio of a restaurant I haven't been to since maybe high school. It's an institution of a place - the one everybody gets into their frilly prom dresses for in April or May and goes off to pay the big bucks for seafood in the spring before the big dance. And tonight our waitress told us that it has been sold and will close it's doors in September. Most likely they'll tear it down for condos like everything else in that town. Oh well, everything gets old everything changes. It's the nature of life.

Today's inspiration: Heather's Aunt Sue
Today's miles: 3
Total so far: 21.5
Still to go for goal: 478.5

In my head:
Hometown Blues Off the Anthology: Through the Years two disc set from Tom Petty and the HeartBreakers. (I can't believe it either.)


Who blognapped this place?

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programing.

Keli comes home tonight! Or technically since they land just after midnight, Keli comes home tomorrow! Woohoo! I can't wait to see her photos. I hope she took some. I hope she has lots of stories. Yeah, I'm a little green-eyed. I admit it.

But have you noticed my avatar over there on the sidebar? She's all dressed for and walking on the beach. That's because she made it to Florida ahead of me. I'm headed there next week for the memorial service for my dad's brother Ken.

So I'll get a little ocean time in myself soon. With some family in attendance. It won't be a sight-seeing occasion with new sights to be seen, like sea lions settling in for the night along the piers, but I'll still enjoy my time there. Because I haven't been to the St. Pete area for about 14 years I guess.

And I almost forgot the mileage of the day...

Today's inspiration: Butch, who starts radiation treatments next week (and didn't look very happy about it when they told me. *sigh*)
Today's miles: 3
Total so far:18.5
Still to go for goal: 481.5

In my head: don't ask... I'm begining to sound like a broken record in this category...

It's just that kind of Saturday is all.

OH GOOD GRIEF... (stolen from Zoofy and Iki)

Now these results are ridiculous. Very even across the board and my tie-breaking question where I had to select "Making the world a better place" from the available options yielded this answer:

You scored as Gunshot. Your death will be by gunshot, probably because you are some important person or whatever. Possibly a sniper, nice, quick, clean shot to the head. Just beautiful.





Natural Causes


















Cut Throat




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Well, maybe some of them know how to write a quiz...

You Are Not a Cook

You know cooking isn't for you, and you wouldn't even consider trying to make a homecooked meal.
And this is a very good thing. You've saved all your friends and family from unintentional food poisoning!

Stolen from Granny...

and another...

(Well, I am just sitting around waiting to go to the airport...)

Your Driving Is is: 81% Male, 19% Female

According to studies, you drive like a typical male.
You're reckless, aggressive, and see driving as a game.
And while you like to live on the edge a little, you still know how to drive safely.

In my head:

It's another blogger birthday!

Go tell Mark to have a happy one on this auspicious occasion!

Happy Birthday, Mark! Don't forget to share your birthday bounty with Emerson!

In my head: Birthday from The Beatles, of course.

It's another big weekend around here. Time for the Pepper Festival, home of hot pepper eating contests, spaghetti eating contests, talent contests, a big parade, crowning of the new Pepper Court, live music, a beer garden, a carnival... the whole dang works! Aren't you sorry you're missing out?

weekend meme...

You Communicate With Your Ears

You love conversations, both as a listener and a talker.
What people say is important to you, and you're often most affected by words, not actions.
You love to hear complements from others. And when you're upset, you often talk to yourself.
Music is very important to you. It's difficult to find you without your iPod.

I was over there doing a meme stolen from Gipsy but they were totally wrong on the answer for that one (Imagine that - a meme that got it wrong!) so I did this one instead which is much more insightful. :) heh.

And now for my machiatto run and mileage... Later kids.

But first! One more because it was easy...

You've Changed 40% in 10 Years

Ah, the past! You may not remember it well - because you're still living in it.
While you've changed some, you may want to update your wardrobe, music collection and circle of friends.

In my head: Trouble from Dave Matthews (okay, I'm in a rut. But it's a damn good rut at least.


For a friend.

Tonight's miles are for a friend with an elevated PSI count. Hopefully just a false alarm. Let's put out the good thoughts and prayers on that shall we?

Today's inspiration: Unnamed friend who needs our prayers... thank you.
Today's miles: 4
Total so far:15.5
Still to go for goal:484.5

Thursday's miles: 5
Total so far: 11.5
Still to go for goal:488.5

Wednesday's miles: 3
Total so far: 6.5
Still to go for goal: 493.5

In my head: Please Please Me from The Beatles

well if SHE can do it, so can I.

I don't think I ever did the "After Midnight" entry of JYP (that's Junkyard Poetry for those of you not In the know and the rules reside over here).

After Midnight

Usually I do my blogging
very late at night
But now that Key-Lie
Travels far
and has postponed her flight

I can blog both night and day
any time at all
and I will reap
the benefits
and drive you up the wall.

Thank you. Thankyouverymuch.

Ooooh - simple, clean. I likey.

I had stumbled on these the other night and then found this lovely little Mississippi template that I thought I would use until the bug messed me up big time. (Yeah, I know it looks perfectly innocent when you look at it on her site... well something is wrong, believe me.) I guess I'll probably stick with this one for a little while at least. Thanks to Cursing Mama for pointing me back in their direction again.

(Not quite black and white, Mystical... But you could have designed it yourself!)

I have a long way to go to get all of my sidebar stuff attached (I know, I know. Gone are the days of simple and clean when all of that gets hooked up, but hey - it's who I am and what I'm doing all of this for. So there.), but that's the easy stuff. Just a little at a time. So if you get hit with my pings every time I update, I apologize. ;-)

And only a couple of hours and many phone calls between here and California later and I'm done! (and the phone calls had nothing to do with blogging, so there!) Well, it's as close as it is going to get for tonight. I'm still missing the all-important link to my Relay website, but honestly, that is going to be disconnected in just a couple of days anyway, so I don't really need that. Our 2006 fundraising drive is coming to a close. THANK YOU ALL! I didn't break $1000 for blogathon, but you DID help me break $900. $900! That is so dogdamn incredible. I am still shaking my head at that phenomenal number. All for 24-hours of blogging. You people are so generous and wonderful.

Smooches to all of you. (And yes, I know that the bottom of my sidebar looks ridiculous. I haven't even looked at it with the evil IE. Any of you using that will just have to look at your own risk. I don't think I want to know how bad it is with that browser.)

In my head: Baby from Dave Matthews Band


...she gets a little bored sometimes...

My blog totally wants a new look. Anybody volunteering for the job?


*crickets chirping*

I didn't think so...


(When I was a little kid I was all about rearranging the furniture in my bedroom, too.)


I suppose this doesn't surprise me much. The fact that there is no hard and fast truth. The thing that was a surprise was how right down the middle I scored in so many areas and that I needed a three-way tie-breaking question for it to give me an answer. heh. I think it is more that I'm so undecided even at this age because I've not gone deep and done enough thinking than the fact that I'm so deeply well-thought in these areas. As a teacher of mine once said, "You can dig many shallow holes or dig one hole very deeply." I'm paraphrasing and he was, too, I know.

Take the quiz if you like. Let me know your results. I stole it from Diva friends Katie and KathyK... I'm getting rather fluffy around here, CM. And it isn't even Friday. :)

You scored as Postmodernist. Postmodernism is the belief in complete open interpretation. You see the universe as a collection of information with varying ways of putting it together. There is no absolute truth for you; even the most hardened facts are open to interpretation. Meaning relies on context and even the language you use to describe things should be subject to analysis.





Cultural Creative












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Happy Birthday, Kathy!

Hey! She's one of my best blogging buddies, so go wish her a happy happy birthday, will you please? While you're there, make sure and read her brilliant life lessons. She is a wise one for somebody so young. *sigh*

She's not only funny as all get out in her blog, but she rocks hard core in real life, too. In fact, she's a hoot! ;) Go give her a smooch!

Happy Birthday, Zoofy! Love ya!and she danced and danced and danced...


midnight meme time...

Stolen shamelessly from Momentarily_Distracted:

Number of contacts in your cell phone? 83 but that's not enough. I'm always calling someone else and asking for so-and-so's cell number...
Number of contacts in your email address book? 31 in my frequently mailed and another 360 beyond that, but several have closed up shop and are no longer in service. It needs weeding.
What is the wallpaper on your computer? Two beautiful schipperke pooches captaining a dinghy in a lovely expanse of water up in the PNW. They remind me of Bear.
What is your screensaver on your computer? A variety show of photos from my computer.
Are there naked pictures saved on your computer? None that I'm aware of.
How many landline phones do you have in your home? One
How many televisions are in your home? Zero
What kitchen appliance do you use the least? Take your pick.
What is the format of the radio station you listen to most? Are there still radio stations? Kidding. If the radio ever comes on it is to hear The Current from MPR. They play great music.

What do you consider to be your best physical attribute? Eyes
Are you right handed or left handed? Right Handed
Have you had anything removed from your body? Lots of teeth.
Would you like to? never again.
Which of your five senses do you think is keenest? Smell. Definitely smell.
When was the last time you had a cavity? When was the last time I visited the dentist?
What is the heaviest item you lift regularly? Books. Boxes of books, stacks of books. I move things around too frequently. I have to get this place settled.

If it were possible, would you like to know the day you're going to die? No
If you could change your first name, what would you change it to? I wouldn't.
How do you express your artistic side? I write. And write. And write.
What color do you think you look best in? Huh. Lavendar.
How long do you think you could last in a medium security prison? 30 seconds?
Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake? Yeah.
If we weren't bound by society's conventions, do you have a relative you would make a pass at? This isn't just society's conventions, is it? Ahh, no...
How often do you go to church? I was just there yesterday.
Have you ever saved someone's life? huh uh. Nope.
Has someone ever saved yours? Kel saved my sanity. I think that is the same thing.

For this last section, if you would do it for less or more money, indicate how much.
Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000? Yes at 3 am.
Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? Do I get to pick the kissee? Yes. LOL!
Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000? NO
Would you never blog again for $50,000? No
Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000? Nope.
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Why not?
Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000? No
Would you shave your head and get your entire body waxed for $5,000? Huh. Hair grows back as my daughter will attest. I don't think this is such a big deal really. But I'll still take more money for it! LOL...
Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000? Definitely.


My brilliant kid had my number a looooooooooong time ago.

I call this one "Life Imitates Art..."

I wish I'd put a date on it back when she gave it to me. I found it during my recent move and framed it today so I could hang it up on my wall. It makes me smile like a crazy woman.

This was even before I began making my second home the local coffee shop.

One last thank you...

I don't want to beat this Blogathon thing into the ground, kids. I really don't. (That link takes you to the first post of the 24-hours, in case you want to hit all 49 of them because you are a glutton for punishment...)

But you all came out and supported me in a huge way on this thing and as the donations continue to come in (I had another couple emails from ACS congratulating me for donations to my site when I logged in this morning), I just had to post one more thank you. I sat down and totaled it up again just now because I knew it was getting bigger than I ever dreamed it would and all I can say is Holy Freaking Cow. You are the best. I'm blubbering here. Do you have to keep making me cry?

Total at this point for my virgin Blogathon: $901.50

I was thinking this would be worth it if I could hit a couple of hundred, folks. How you have all blown me away. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And because I am a shameless fundraiser now for ACS since I've seen cancer kill too many of my loved ones and I want to kick its ass, here is yet another plug: There is still time to get in on this action, boys and girls. Oh yeah. We could shock the blogging world and take it over a grand in honor of the family I've lost this summer. Uncle Ken was a survivor of cancer. Aunt Dot was riddled with the beast. And Uncle Bye was also a survivor. These are three of the loved ones I have lost in the past three weeks. Ain't life grand...

Mileage update... For Sahara...

Beginning a new series with this posting as I finished the last 500 last week. Hurrah!

Monday's inspiration: Sahara
Monday's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 3.5
Still to go for goal: 496.5

I have a new project to work on with Keli heading off to school soon. I've been asked to be the Registration Chair of our regional American Cancer Society's Leadership Summit scheduled for October. As Keli says, it is something that will keep me busy and out of trouble. Never a bad idea. :) I'll be talking with the woman in charge at some point today and getting more details to see if it will be a good fit for me.

In my head: Van Morrison's Brown-Eyed Girl


Musically speaking...

All of this reminiscing about my family the past few weeks has me thinking of another event. When Keith and Keli and I went down to Florida in 1992 to see Mickey Mouse for Keli's fourth birthday, we spent several days on the Gulf Coast visiting with Uncle Ken and seeing his favorite coastal haunts.

As we sat up chatting one evening he pulled out a mix tape he'd made of one of his favorite songs done by every artist that he could find (with a prerequisite that he also had to actually enjoy listening to that particular cover). We sat in his little apartment in the darkening living room just after sunset listening to all of these various versions of this song and the gentle lapping of the intercoastal waters just outside.



In my head: Willie Nelson's Amazing Grace

Aunt Dot...

A private woman throughout her life, I was unable to blog much about her here these past months as she battled the illness that finally took her life late last week. I made my comments cryptic because I knew that she wasn't telling many people about her cancer, the fact that she had it or that it was untreatable.

She may have been private, but it didn't stop people from getting to know her. And I mean many people. Her visitation last night was attended by the hundreds, I'd guess. It was scheduled for three hours and during that three hours her family stood to greet the many who came and embrace every one of them. Those who came to say their goodbyes and support Dorothy's family stood in line for hours. I haven't been to a visitation so heavily attended in many years. It was a testimony to the kind of person Aunt Dot was.

Loving. Generous. Kind-hearted. Beautiful. And members of her family got up to speak about that love and generosity during her funeral today. Daughter Jody joined a fabulous little gospel group in song. Granddaughter Amy, who was the fellow cancer battler in the family delivered her eulogy with strength and grace. Grandson Jason and Granddaughter Mindi read scripture. And there was a woman who sang Ave Maria that had us all in tears with it's lovely tones.

I wish I had a few of the photographs to post for you because my Aunt was a lovely woman. I'll beg my cousins for some photo copies. If I get them I'll add them here because she and my Uncle make such a stunning pair that I want to share.

I remember how welcoming she always was to everyone. I heard that again and again today, as well. We asked she and my uncle to help out at the reception many years ago at my first wedding. Keli and I were watching video of that occasion the other night when I had unpacked a box and come across a copy of it. The general noise in the basement of the VFW Hall was too much to be able to hear any conversations at the individual tables or at the wedding party table specifically, but there were Uncle Howard and Aunt Dot, bustling around looking perfect and doing everything they could to make us comfortable and make certain we had everything we needed. They were manning the champagne bottles and ice water and dashing about making certain our plates were filled. Checking in with the bride and groom every few minutes to see if we needed anything. It is precious video and I will cherish it forever. They even loaned us their cabin on the lake for our honeymoon. *sigh* Completely giving and generous. I was always "Sweetie" and "Honey" to Aunt Dot. And she will always be in my heart.

Rest in peace lovely Auntie. :(

In my head: Ave Maria


And the rain keeps falling...

As fellow blogfriend, Bluegrass Mama said, "It's always harder to deal with this kind of sorrow in bulk."
Uncle Ken and baby Keli

And once again, my family adds to the list of members we are mourning this week. To all family I saw at the reunion last weekend and those of you who were not able to join us for whatever reason, I'm so sorry for your loss. And for my papa, who now says goodbye to his eldest brother...

I know that his absence at the reunion was keenly felt by me. It had been several years since I'd been able to sit and listen to him talk of his favorite beach-combing areas and all of the things he'd recently found there. But learning tonight of Uncle Ken's death and that I would never have those conversations again, I'm saddened by the hole that is left in my life; in all our lives.

Rest in peace, dear uncle. :(

Uncle Ken on HIS beach

In my head: Southern Cross from Crosby, Stills and Nash - Uncle Ken brought a tape of this to our hotel when my folks and I were down visiting him in Florida in 1982 or '83. It was a favorite of his at the time and he wanted to share it with me. I haven't been able to hear it since then without thinking of him.

Southern Cross
(Stephen Stills, Richard Curtis and Michael Curtis)

Got out of town on a boat goin' to Southern islands
Sailing a reach before a followin' sea
She was makin' for the trades on the outside
And the downhill run to Papeete

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas
We got eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way
In a noisy bar in Avalon I tried to call you
But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away

Think about
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me larger voices callin'
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

(Around the world) I have been around the world
(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl
(Who knows she knows) Who knows love can endure
And you know it will

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way
'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from is so small
But it's as big as the promise, the promise of a comin' day

So I'm sailing for tomorrow my dreams are a dyin'
And my love is an anchor tied to you tied with a silver chain
I have my ship and all her flags are a' flyin'
She is all that I have left and music is her name

Think about
Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me larger voices callin'
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten

(I've been around the world) I have been around the world
(Lookin') Lookin' for that woman girl
Who knows love can endure
And you know it will, and you know it will yes

[Instrumental (Electric Guitars)]
Oooh ...

So we cheated and we lied and we tested
And we never failed to fail it was the easiest thing to do
You will survive being bested
Somebody fine will come along make me forget about loving you
At the southern cross


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super*mini*Blogher!

I was unable to attend the annual BlogHer convention in Grand Marais this year because of familial obligations, at which I had a fantastic time, I'll have you know. So instead, I intended another such event, which lasted a much shorter length of time...

Yes indeed tonight was the mini-blogher starring KathyHowe, CursingMama, the man in her life known only as Mr. Motorcycle, and myself.

Okay, so the thing is, CursingMama has never gone out there and actually met another blogger in person before. So she brought her bodyguard husband along with her, just in case Kathy and I turned out to be homicidal maniacs or crazed lunatics with a mind to kidnap and attack her. I don't blame her. I was pretty intimidated the first time I went off and met up with the Internets, too. I also brought a bodyguard along on the trip to Chicago to meet my online connections (Hi Kathy, Katie, Liz, Kathy, Colleen, Amanda, and Beanie!). Some of them did, as well. Maybe not for that reason, but... I digress.

I'm sure she wasn't thinking along those lines. But she had to put off their trip to the cabin and Mr. Motorcycle wasn't giving up a trip to the cabin to sit at home. If she got to go out for some good food and drinks, why shouldn't he? No reason I can think of. I think there is some rule however, that if you attend a blogher, you must start blogging. (I just made that rule up on the spot. What do you think? I think it's only fair myself.) Let him know that, will you CM? We'll be waiting to read along with his adventures.

Now CM had a lovely new purse. (No really, a purse! - see KathyHowe for other things when purses are discussed.) We'll have to discuss that further some day. We are all quite excited about this whole concept. Bags R Us.

It's her! It's really her! Cursing Mama!
Oh, and that sweet avatar Cursing Mama keeps on her blog? Yeah, it looks just like her. With one exception. her face? CM looks just like Wynona Ryder (It's in the eyes or some damn thing). So she's this adorable cute little Wynona Ryder. And being a Mini-soh-tan, she could be related, I suppose. (Heck, you should run with that one, CM. I think you might be cousins or something, aren't you?)

And one final note of the evening - Kathy and I were comparing our battle scars. Yes, we've done things like cooking in kitchens (attempting) and cooking over an open fire (or handling coleman lanterns or some such shite)... And we've got the scars to prove it.

Battle Scars

When it rains it pours...

First came the news that Keli's great g-pa died.

Then she told me that Dr. B has breast cancer. A big shock. Don't know anything more about this other than double M surgery is/was happening. Don't know when.

And this evening, I learned that my Aunt Dot had passed away. It is always difficult to know how to word these posts. I will leave it at this. She is at peace after a difficult and painful battle. She had her family with her and knew she was loved. Her loss will be keenly felt.

In my head: sadness


New Inspiration...

I was reading over at blog buddy Michael Manning's site this evening and learned about a new Inspiration for my list. *sigh*

Her name is Sahara and she is battling a Stage IV GBM tumor down at MD Anderson in Houston (a cancer center which I know some of my readers are quite familiar with) and is staying with her family at the Ronald McDonald house because they don't live there. I know they could use some help with that for those who have the means. There is a link for that on her site. Check it out if you can.

Now it's back to work on planning my next steps in this battle... Do I plan another 500 miler? Something different perhaps? I know I have Christmas stockings to make. There are already orders placed for these. There is the Celebration on the Hill coming up in September to prepare for. And now I've heard there is the Leadership Conference in October I may be playing more of a part in.

Or perhaps I should relax for a couple of days and just let my mind sit and germinate. heh. Play a little ping-pong with the kid before she moves out and see what pops into my brain.

Go visit Sahara. Give her some positive fightin' words.

Uh huh...

KinnicChick Keri does the whole Chef thang...

That's right. You aren't hallucinating. I'm preparing to really help turn BC Truffles into the biggest thing going. Do not fear my past cooking perils. I rock at truffle making. Just you wait. We will rock the world with our truffly goodness.

Today's inspiration: Dale J. (Bonnie's co-worker and a former neighbor of mine, though I do not know him personally). Dale has a whole lotta cancer going on and the big battle ahead. Please hold him in your thoughts and prayers.
Today's miles: 2.7 to finish it up big
Total so far: 500!
Grand Total since starting this whole thing: 2000!
Still to go for goal: 0!

In my head: When a Man Loves a Woman from The Big Chill Soundtrack since I watched that movie and it has one of the best soundtracks going from any movie, any time.

And finally, my thoughts are quite preoccupied with my Keli-bug tonight. She lost her last great-grandpa today and she is very saddened and full of empathy for her grandpa and great-grandma and other family members who are suffering from the loss. She is headed out to California for a little vacation next week and feels bad that she'll be missing the funeral/memorial. So keep her in your thoughts too. Thanks.


Mileage update...

Well, I'm near the end of the current 500 miles and I'm ready to be done with it. Here's how it currently stands:

Today's inspiration: New Blog friend Holly
Today's miles: 8
Mileage during the trip...
Saturday's miles: 6
Sunday's miles: 3
Total so far: 497.3
Still to go for goal: 2.7

Woohoo! That's closer than I was expecting it to be. I pushed it tonight because I had no idea where it stood. I'll be half dancing through tomorrow's miles knowing I'm finishing it up. I may have to go run laps at the track or something so I can have my Chariots of Fire moment in my head. heh.

In my head: Chariots of Fire theme music, of course. What else after getting that whole idea in my head?

My four days in da U.P. (with pix)

The view of the bridge from my patio
Yeah, I know... You can go to flickr and see the pictures. I don't care. I'm still going to show some of them to you here. If you don't like it, go read another blog. (Oooh, I'm getting snarky...)
  • Marquette is very different than Marinette. 'nuf said.

  • There are trains running in the night in Marinette. Right. Beside. The hotel. I felt like I was being rocked to sleep. Kinda fun.

  • You definitely can make the drive between the western side of Wisconsin and Mackinac Island (or back) in one day. We proved it on the way home.

  • I brought my farkel equipment to the reunion. We did not use it. Good news or bad news? I guess it speaks well of the fact that we did not need to use it.

  • I am now the proud new owner of a t-shirt that says "The Dude minds, man." And when I say proud? I mean it.

  • The weather, as CM pointed out after looking at my photos, was quite glorious.

  • I am only missing one family photo. I believe it was taken while I was out searching the grounds for one missing family member needed for the group shot.

  • The sibs...
    My daddy (far right - isn't he cute?) and his sibs...

  • One evening while our family was gathered around the campfire cooking s'mores, laughing our butts off at one thing or another, sharing stories about historical family events, talking about various missing family members (hey, if they're missing, it's gonna happen and it's all their fault ;) - oh well...) another group of people were at the other end of our complex cooking chicken and wild boar that they had shot in Florida and then dragged up to Wisconsin with them. Unfortunately this was taking place on a grill right under my deck and they warned us, or rather, congratulated us that we were leaving the rooms for the evening because wild boar rather stinks as it cooks. I was thinking it probably stinks just from being dragged up to Wisconsin from Florida after being shot days earlier. blech.

  • One highlight of the weekend was the evening we had to wander around cleaning up goose poop before our campfire because we didn't want the grandkids stepping through it during their hop/skip/jumping around in the dark as they ran from adult to adult with s'more makings telling all of the excitement of the events of the day. Oh yeah. That was a fun one. ;) Still awaiting photos from Uncle M from that event.

  • Did some fine shopping. Got Kel a giant poster for one of her new bedroom walls. As she put it, "Gotta get them covered soon. Right now they are like a blank canvas." This isn't a good thing to hear about a rental unit. Picked up a couple of books as I ran out of reading that first night. Sometimes people just go to bed far too early.

  • Ended up with a migraine the very first morning and it hung around for a couple of days. But by the last evening (of course) it was on it's way outta dodge.

  • Did a bit of walking. Less than I wanted to. I really wanted to polish off that final 19.7 miles while I was up there. I didn't quite make it.

  • There was some discussion about the 2008 family reunion. The possible locations of said reunion include California, or a castle in Italy. I'll go either way, provided I can find the financing. I had a great time.

  • There are many beautiful things to see and do in the area. Some day I may go back up to see the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum because the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial sounds fascinating to me, and there is a restored 1861 lighthouse quarters that I would love to see. Besides that? Lake Superior just thrills me. I really love it up there. And I didn't get to Marquette, either. I would love to see Marquette again. But if I have to skip it for many more Blogher conventions in Grand Marais, I'll do it. :)

Updates will be forthcoming. I'm not nearly finished with this yet.

In my head: The Farmer and the Maiden an old Girl Scout song my mother used to sing.

Back from parts unknown...

Updating my photos on the flickr account as we "speak" so I'll link 'em up when that I'm done.

In the meantime, go visit some of my fabulous blog friends over there on the blogroll and when I get finished editing working on photos, I'll let you know about all of the fun I had in beautiful Mackinac Island and Mackinac City at my family reunion.

In my head: Running on Empty from Jackson Browne


Yes, I'm up... updated!

Oh sheesh. Cursing Mama seems to think that just because Blogathon is over I should be gettin' my blog on...

Well fine. I'll post. I have no idea what to say, but I'll post something. Especially since tomorrow I'm leaving for parts unknown (which, unfortunately has nothing to do with Kathy or Jen and Grand Marais and pictures of hands or feet ROFL and Pirate bars or Fishermen's Picnics or things such as this) and since my daughter isn't going to be joining me and I'm missing tap dance class besides.

But first?

I have to run to the post office. Maybe something exciting will happen between here and there and I'll have something to post about.


Okay. Nothing happened on the way to the post office. I'll admit it. BUT! I came home and added fun links to the original post, and added this oh-so-exciting meme to let you know what a hip and happening music being I am.

PLUS I'm now on my way to the pharmacy and one never knows what thrilling things can happen on the way to the pharmacy. Updates at 8.

Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2

"Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away"

You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.
And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.

Lifted from Momentarily_Distracted.