Picture Past #ThrowBackThursday

January 19, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Pictures of the past puts a smile on my face and sometimes tears in my eyes.

This picture was taken in Malta.  Not exactly sure where we are here but I think its in Sliema, Malta   My husband and I visited Malta for my 50th birthday

I wish I still had that hat.

WOW!  What can I say…thank heavens for pictures!

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Bloomin’ Orchid #Patience #Withalittlebitofbloominluck

January 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Last June I was given, as a gift, an orchid plant.   Now, as soon as I saw this beautiful flowering plant I suspected the orchid would have a short life span, especially with me as its caregiver.

I  was instructed to water the orchid, once a week, when it is very, very dry, and only give the orchid a shot glass of water.  The next maintenance criteria  was to keep the orchid in a bright window, never in direct sunlight.  And so I did as I was told.

After a few weeks the lovely orchid started to lose her beautiful pink pedals.  I watched as they dropped one by one off the  long orchid stem.   I watched as the orchid lost her beauty with each drop of a pedal.   So this is it!   Goodbye orchid!  It was nice to have your beauty in my home.

However, I did not give up on the plant that easily.  I made a decision to give the plant a chance to survive.  So there the orchid sat on the windowsill with just one bare long stem for 7 long months.

I did exactly as told to guarantee the plant’s return to her original beauty.  I also had thoughts of throwing the plant away – 7 months of a bare, skinny, looking plant, just sitting on the sill, was not exactly pleasing .

Oh, the tempting thoughts of her bloomin’ doom.

Until!  The day finally came!

The orchid awoke!

The orchid  began to sprout.  First the orchid sprouted two new long stems, then the stems  sprouted buds, then  she bloomed.

   Ahhh, Beautiful again!

Flower one, then flower two, and more bloomin’ flowers to bloom.

 Oh, a lovely orchid, once again.

My orchid was worth the time, effort and patience I  poured into this magnificent flower.

 I have an orchid in my house!

An orchid that came back to me in full bloom.

I am not sure how long the orchid plant will keep blooming for me.

But maybe I can have it with a little bit of bloomin’ luck

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Stay Safe with an AAA Vehicle Emergency Kit #traveltuesday

January 17, 2017 · Leave a Comment

New Year means staying safe on the road with  a handy new Auto Emergency Kit. You know you will be traveling so be prepared and road trip ready. This should be in every trunk.

  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Keep in your car
  • 8 gauge heavy duty booster cable
  • Compact storage bag with handles
  • poncho
  • AAA batteries
  • first aid supplies
  • Most trusted name in travel

Because you never know.

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I Love A Poncho @GAP

January 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

The winter here in New York has been jumpy so I get to enjoy my GAP Poncho even in January as much as I will in March. I am wearing the Medium/Large so I can wear the chunkiest sweater underneath and still have room to swing. Great for those chilly days at work and great for an evening out with friends. Truly a poncho is a year round fashion must have. Cozy. Comfy. Always ready to go wherever and whenever you choose. Wear What You Want.

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A Tango with Cancer: My Perilous Dance with Healthcare & Healing – Apryl Allen

January 13, 2017 · Leave a Comment

A Tango with Cancer, by Apryl Allen, is Apryl Allen’s  memoir  regarding the challenges people who are diagnosed with cancer, or any illness, are forced to face while searching for a way to recovery.

Apryl Allen is an a award-winning musician, singer, songwriter, playwright, and a former Miss Arizona who had her life altered when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Apryl Allen’s  battle with the disease and her  battle with healthcare and healing is chronicled in A Tango with Cancer.  This book tells her story with complete truth and a passion in the hope of helping the next patient facing this harrowing path. “Music played an essential part in my healing process,” says Allen, author of My Tango with Cancer. “It reduces stress, and for many, it can help with side effects of cancer therapy. We all feel a strong connection with music, and during such a difficult time, that connection can help us through.”

“This is not about survival or changing your lifestyle. It’s about how we as patients are treated by healthcare,”  says Allen.

A Tango with Cancer examines the challenging reality of illness and the healing power of compassion. 

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