#CTST – ALWAYS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

 I’ve got quite a few things to celebrate…mostly over the past few weeks, since I haven’t been around much.

  1. If you read my IWSG post this month, you’ll have read that I finally reunited with my aunt and cousins after 16 years. Took a road trip to Massachusetts last month for a week and had a blast!
  2. The Cervical MRI came back and the doctor said that the cyst is the same size, so we’re going to leave it be. Whew! Had me worried there for a second.
  3. My daughter Mandy, Vivi, her family, and a couple of friends took me out for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Amazing time.

 

Vivian decided to play make-up the night before my birthday to get an idea of the next day’s creation. 🙂 Now I’m using it on a ton of profile pictures! 😀

 

My Cousin Michelle & her son Alex

 

Andrew (Shell’s other son) and Alex

 

 

 

 

 

Me, Aunt Mickey, Alex, and cousin Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

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IWSG – A LITTLE OF THIS AND A LITTLE OF THAT…

Hello bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Oh boy. Where do I begin? I can’t believe it’s been two months since I posted ANYTHING on this blog. I know I’ve been bad, but now I’m starting to break records. And not in a good way!

I’ll start off with some of the good things going on. It’s always better that way, don’tcha think?

I’ve been reunited with my aunt Mickey and cousin Michelle after sixteen years. It was truly a blessing. I hadn’t seen them since my mother’s funeral in 2001. They picked me up last weekend to spend the week with them in Massachusetts. The ride was brutal but worth it. Sadly, my favorite uncle Joe passed away in 2015, so I missed the opportunity to see him and tell him again how much I love him. Shell’s kids are amazing young men now. One is in a graduate program for neuroscience (look at that!), and the other is in college as well.

The weather wasn’t cooperative, so I had a few bad days while I was there. The fact that my cousin made two Hungarian dishes for me while I was there certainly lifted my spirits. 🙂 I’ll be posting some pictures soon.

I was sad to leave but had to get back to Sophie.

Today I went for my followup cervical MRI, with and without contrast, to see if the Syringomyelia has gotten worse or stayed the same. Fingers crossed! I don’t want any more on my plate. My knee has been giving me a ton of problems over the past few months and I’m almost afraid to have it looked at again.

August 2 Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing? You can check out the answer at my other blog site lilicasplace.

What’s new and exciting in your neck of the writing woods?

 

 

 

 

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#CTST – IT’S BEEN A WHIRLWIND

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAIN.  Post anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog. Again, it’s been a while since I posted, but I have a lot of news to share.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

 

 I’m going back in time from furthest to most recent, so bear with me. 

My daughter Mandy surprised me with a visit for Mothers Day and Vivi’s family and us had an awesome brunch at my favorite Indian spot – Saffron.

I got to see both Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Wonder Woman few weeks apart with Vivi and the crew. Loved them both.

On June 11 I participated in a 5k fun run/walk at the YMCA and actually finished! All that working out at the Y paid off. 🙂 I came in last but don’t care. I didn’t even use my cane until the last mile. You can check out the last four minutes or so on my Facebook Page. My official finish time was 1:22:02,

My pain levels have gone down a little over the past couple of weeks, except for the two days after the walk (Yeah, I was in bed for a good day or so).

Finally, Vivi and Al bought a portable hot tub and I got to enjoy it for the first time the other day. I could get used to this…

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week? I hope you all have amazing little things to share! Xoxoxo

 

 

 

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WHENEVER QUOTE – JUNE 21, 2017

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the first day of summer. It’s a beautiful day here in Middletown, NY and felt it appropriate to post a Whenever Quote. The past couple of weeks have been kind to me, with minimal pain levels (except for one exception), and some great happenings.

For those followers who are also friends on Facebook, you probably know that I completed a 5k fun run (walk, in my case). I came in dead last but I finished! I worked out at the Middletown YMCA for almost two months in preparation for the event. Prior to working at the Y, my endurance wasn’t great at all, so I made sure to build up my Stroke Survivor Superpowers. I didn’t need my cane until the last mile. 🙂

I felt this quote by William Barclay said it all.

I’ll be posting a video that my Ride or Die girl Vivian taped during the last four minutes or so of the event on my Facebook Page, which is public, so if you’d like to check it out later and like it, that’d be awesome.

Hugs to all of you.

 

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IWSG – ANOTHER ABSENCE

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG will be JH Moncrieff, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Jen Chandler, Megan Morgan, and Heather Gardner!

 
June 3 Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

 

There have been many times that I wanted to say ‘I quit’. I’m not talking about my writing; that I can answer on my other blog lilicasplace. Those that are close to me know when times are rough, like when the depression or pain hits hard, it’s easy to want to crawl back into my shell. But I don’t, most of the time. I keep in mind that ‘this to shall pass’ and move forward, even if it’s at a turtle’s pace. This is one of those times, which is why I’m keeping this month’s post short.

Though you may not see me posting much for a while, know that I appreciate each and every follower I have. Xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHENEVER QUOTE — MAY 31, 2017

Good morning, all. A while back I started posting weekly quotes to help encourage myself to keep blogging regularly. Of course, stuff always happens and I get derailed. I’ve decided to change it to Whenever Quotes. 🙂 It makes more sense than trying to force myself to do this.

Here is today’s Whenever Quote:

Quote provided by www.brainyquote.com

So true.

I’ve had ups and downs over the past couple of months, so I’ve kept to myself more than I’d like.

On the upside, I’ve finished Physical Therapy for now and the family and I now go to the local YMCA for workouts. Vivi has been instrumental in helping me build more confidence in myself and my abilities.

We’re registering for a 5k walk in a couple of weeks and I’ve been working hard on the treadmill.

On the downside, I’m still having issues with depression, still sleeping more than I should. I’m almost done being weaned off a second medication, Paroxetine, but still haven’t noticed any significant changes.

All that being said, like the quote says, I’m determined to succeed and move forward, even if I fail a few times.

Enjoy the week, everyone! Xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what I’m working on! Have a blessed day, everyone!

 

 

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IWSG – AN OFF-TOPIC POST

Hey, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too.

The awesome co-hosts for the April 5 posting of the IWSG will be Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

Usually, for the IWSG I post things related to what’s going on medically in my life or some goals that I have. This month I’m doing something different. I don’t want to cause sadness, just awareness.

Most of my followers know that my occupation before the bleed was as an EMT in NJ. Yes, I still miss it. Like other emergency responders, EMS can be just as dangerous. I’m not sure if this story went national, but on March 16th, FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was run over by her own ambulance by a man who shouldn’t have been on the street.

She was a 44-year-old mother of five and a fourteen-year veteran of FDNY. I never knew her, but I wish I had. She was from the Bronx like me and loved helping people. I’d like to dedicate this post to her.

Rest easy, Yadira. Our brothers and sisters still in the field have it from here.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.

 

 

 

 

 

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