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Friday, November 27, 2015

Surprisingly Nice Holiday!

Yet another holiday come and gone. Originally, we all had panned on having dinner with my hubby's cousin's family at their house, but since my MIL is still on the mend from her recent hip surgery, we had a change of plans and spent a rather enjoyable Thanksgiving day eating dinner and relaxing at my in-laws instead.

My bro, me and my mom
"Tulip" (my MIL's King Charles Cavalier rescue dog)
And, this afternoon, hubby and I were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get together with a former High School band mate of mine and a really good friend of his whom he had graduated with for an early dinner and drinks at a place located just down the road from us called, "Ganly's Irish Pub" ...
 Jeff, me & Tim

The last time I had the chance to see my band mate friends was approximately four years ago. It was so great to see them again during the holidays!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This and That

Another busy week has come and gone and with the holiday of Thanksgiving approaching this coming week it will promise to be yet another busy one. Since our families always celebrate it, suffice it to say, so do we because they are, after all, our only family. Hubby, myself, and my mom are planning on spending Thanksgiving day having a delicious home-cooked dinner at hubby's cousin's home. It is always nice to be able to spend quality time with friends and family regardless of the reason for the season.

My MIL is currently out of the hospital after her hip surgery and in a very good rehab for a few days. Not sure if she will make it home or not in time for Thanksgiving as of yet. Hubby has been and is still staying at the in-laws house in order to watch over his dad who has Alzheimer's and obviously can not be left to his own devices. He naturally has his "good" days and his "bad" days which is to be expected. under the circumstances.

Me 'n' hubby clowning around: A little pic of us taken back in 1998.

Highlight of the week? Hubby surprised me with a lovely little bouquet of carnations (my favorite flower actually) ...

And finally, for all of my friends who celebrate it, I wish everyone a very Blessed Thanksgiving!
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

One Simply Never Knows ...

It was March of 1983. My senior high school year. I was in a St. Petersburg, Florida hotel room with my fellow band mates and friends while on a band trip getting ready for practice when I first remember hearing a catchy tune by British artist Gary Numan called, "Cars" on the radio. I simply could not get the melody to this song out of my head the entire rest of the trip. So upon returning home to PA, I immediately went out and bought the 45 record (yes back in the early 80's you could still buy these things).

Now, fast forward to March 2002. My hubby, who ironically enough is a huge fan of Gary Numan's music, asked me if I would be interested in going with him to see Numan perform in a quaint little venue on South Street in Philadelphia called, "The Theatre of Living Arts." I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Sure, I suppose so. I am only familiar with one of his songs, but okay. Why not?"

Numan as he looked in 1979.
(Performing at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia on his "Splinter" tour on March 23, 2014. We were there watching it live).

It took us about an hour or so to get there. The building was fairly large with a rather nice size bar, but no seats ~ only a floor and a stage ... one as you would see in a high school assembly or something. Hubby and I arrived early enough that we were able to get a good place to stand about three rows back from the stage. 

Not really knowing what to expect musically, I watched as Gary Numan and his band made their entrance on the stage. All dressed in black, as were ALL of his fans standing around us, and as he began to sing a song from his then newest album, "Pure," I realized that this was what they called "Goth" music. Oddly enough, I found myself memorized by it! This 40-some year old artist from the 80's decade sounded GREAT! He truly did! 

After about the third song of his set, I turned to my hubby and said, "I hope he sings the song, "Cars." Hubby replied, "I doubt he will sing THAT song here." Sure enough, as God is my witness, we hear the beginning notes to the song, "Cars." Much to my surprise, the "so-called" Goth crowd which consisted of mainly young people in their early 20's (and of course a few fans around our age), started screaming and singing along. At one point during his performance, Numan stared directly into my eyes for what seemed like a good 8 or 10 seconds before looking away. Hubby turned to me and said, "He looked RIGHT at you!" Of course, I wasn't too hard to find being that I was the only one in a crowd wearing all black who was dressed in bib overalls. Kind of stuck out like a sore thumb you might say. LOL!

Gary Numan as he looks today.

It was actually pretty cool because I was close enough to him to get a good view of his big, blue and very intense eyes. It was no surprise to me when I found out later on that he is a Pisces. Wow, those eyes of his are just amazing. And, as intense as his eyes were, his music equally so. His voice and his lyrics just completely blew me away! By far, the BEST live show I have ever seen! I am forever grateful to hubby for broadening my horizons at bit musically. To be honest, we both pretty much have very different tastes in music; however, it just goes to show one simply never knows sometimes what they will enjoy until they open up their minds to new things.

Finally, in 2014, we had the chance to see Numan  perform live once again. This time, at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. He was promoting his latest album called, "Splinter." What a great performer!

And so at hubby's request, I am including one of his favorite live video clips of Numan's hit song, "Down in the Park."

Saturday, November 14, 2015

When it Rains, It's a Monsoon ...

Greetings, dear friends! First off, I would sincerely like to thank all of you for your very kind thoughts and supportive words as to my post on our kitty cats. I do wish that I could write a somewhat more positive post, except as to say that as far as we know the tapeworm problem is taken care of? Thus far, we have yet to see anymore on or near Leo.

Now for the bad news. As you know, hubby and I have recently switched to another vet, Dr. Mike Comalli, who is fortunately for us only up the road a bit from our last vet. We took Midnight to see Dr. Mike about three wart-like things on his tail as we were very concerned about it. Let's face it, lumps and/or any type of tumor on a cat is seriously never a good thing ... period!

Midnight's tail

Dr. Mike examined him and after shaving the area on his tail to check him, he saw at least 12 little tumors on his dorsal. He also noticed a lot of moisture around that same area. He suggested (and we definitely agreed!) that we should have a biopsy performed on the tumors in order to get a better idea of exactly what is going on. But first, he gave us an antimicrobial Keratolytic Follicular flush (a shampoo) called Pyoben which is safe for cats, dogs, and horses. We are to use it on his tail three times a week until his biopsy which is scheduled for December 3rd. Dr. Mike told us that the reason we can not have it done sooner is because of the excessive moisture on his tail. It would affect the accuracy of the biopsy results.

We haven't yet gotten the cats medical records transferred from the old vet since our cat Kiki is still being treated by Dr. Heather for a chronic issue and is still on her necessary meds every day. As far as the rest of the cats are concerned, we are going to deal with Dr. Mike from now on. After we are able to; hopefully anyhow, get things taken care of with Midnight we will then proceed to take Kiki to Dr. Mike for another evaluation of her condition and find out if we can take her off her meds eventually or not - and even if her current diagnosis from the old vet is sound.

Miss Tabitha & Midnight ~ the best of buddies!

But wait, not quite finished as of yet. My MIL (my second mom) is currently in the hospital as she fell again after her hip popped out of place. On Monday she must finally have a hip replacement surgery and then rehab from there. Meanwhile, my 88 year old father-in-law was diagnosed with conjunctivitis (pink eye) and hubby must take days off of work to watch him (he also has Alzheimer's as well and can not be left alone) and give him  his eye drop medication of two drops four times a day.

And so it goes. We are keeping our finger's crossed, holding our breath, and praying like we have never done before that things will eventually get better? On a more up-beat note, I leave you all with this little cartoon which any cat parent could appreciate ...


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring ALL Veterans Today

Military Pagan Blessing
 (Prayer by Dr. Drake Spaeth and Rev. Selena Fox, Graphic by Kia)
Powers of the Ancient Ways,
In this place far from my home and my family,
I honor you and call upon you.
Powers of Earth,
Strengthen my physical body and the bodies of my peers and commanders.
Powers of Air,
Keep me vigilant at my post,
My mind clear and sharp.
Powers of Fire,
Give me courage,
Even when my duty is hard or bitter.
Powers of Water,
Grant me restful slumber and good dreams after a long duty day.
Powers of Spirit,
Balance me in honor, nobility, and spiritual purpose.
Powers of Goddess & God & Their Unity,
Be with me & around me, bless me & protect me as I carry out my mission.
So Mote It Be.

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Copies of the Prayer and these credit lines may be copied without
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