Monthly Archives: August 2015

Celebrate the Small Things – A NICE WEEK

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

My pain scale topped at about a five on my worst day this week. Yay for that. I’m definitely celebrating that.

I was able to get a good amount of grocery shopping done and used my George Foreman fry pan. 🙂 Yum.

I wrote more than I expected to this week, not including my blogging, so I’m happy about that.

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

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Redefining Disability Challenge- WHAT I WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW

Hello blogger friends and welcome. Here is another post for the

redfng-disblty2Redefining Disability Challenge started by Rose B. Fischer. If you click on the image to the left, you can see exactly what it’s all about and feel free to join. Answer as many of the 52 questions as you like, or the ones that pertain to you. There is no time limit. Answer them in one post, one a day, a week, or whatever fits your needs.

I’m going to spread the questions out over the remainder of the year since a lot of the questions pertain to me already. For today’s post I’m going to answer question(s) 23 .

23. What would you like the general public to know about your disabilities, disability in general, or any other relevant subject?  Above all else, I want the public to know that I no longer consider myself as having a disability. It sounds too permanent and it’s taken me a long time to get out of that mindset.

When people ask me now, I tell them the truth. I suffer residual effects from a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage / hemorrhagic stroke that occurred almost four years ago, and an ischemic stroke that occurred during brain surgery to repair the above.  The occasional seizure activity, my neuropathy, pain, depression, and cognitive deficits, I now call my ‘conditions’.

My doctors say I’m still unable to work at all right now, but I’m going to keep moving ahead. One of my goals is to recover enough cognitively that I will be able to handle meaningful employment on a part-time basis at least, within the next year. Three of my doctors feel it’s a doable goal, one has a let’s wait and see attitude, and I just switched PMDs, so she’s too new to give me her opinion. She can only go by the records she’s received from all my other doctors.

When some people hear the word ‘disability’ or ‘disabled’, they automatically associate it with something negative. My conditions don’t define who I am nor do they define who I want to become.

I should not and do not want to be treated differently because I had a medical incident. Have I been? Of course. I am still a good, loyal, and trustworthy friend. Because of that, I’ve been taken advantage of in the worst ways possible. Never again.

Do I have to work harder than most to accomplish things that most others take for granted? Yes, I do. It’s because of having to work harder that I’ve learned to appreciate the little things so much more now. I’m still me, and that’s a good thing.

Until next time…

 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – BIRTHDAY FUN CELEBRATIONS

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

First, my apologies to everyone for not posting for the past six weeks. It was rough, but has gotten better over the past couple of weeks or so. That alone is worth celebrating! 🙂

I celebrated by 50th birthday 50bday-evacake - Copy last week on the 13th.

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Entrance to the Suite

I imagined it would be a sad and depressing day, but leave it my daughter Mandy and the Fellowship of the Dragon for making sure that didn’t happen! 50bday-eva1 (3) - Copy 

My daughter and I spent two nights and three days at Mt. Airy Resort and had a blast!  

We were only supposed to go for a night, but since it was my BIG 50, the hotel manager comped us Friday the 14th AND upgraded us to a SUITE… for free! 

Mandy wasn’t in the mood to have her picture taken, she’s going to have to make it up another day. Grumbles

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2 robes w/chocolates. Sigh.

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We did win some awesome prizes though!

Birthday festivities continued after Father Dragon’s birthday on the 11th and continued through mine. Who knew email parties could be so much fun?

I also got a lot of Facebook, phone call, and text love. I’m a very thankful lady.

 

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

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

IWSG – CAN I HANDLE THE REST OF THE YEAR?

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

Click on the Image to Join

Click on the Image to Join

Ninja 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 this month’s posting of the IWSG are  Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, Bish Denham, and Pat Garcia!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

I’m not going to lie. The past several weeks have been brutal to me. I haven’t been feeling well (long story) and it’s turned life upside down for me. The first half of the year was pretty amazing as far as my goals were concerned, but now I feel like I’ve moved forward only to take five steps back.

It’s frustrating. I’ve only been able to clear out ONE of my email accounts so far. I have posts in my folder from hops that I had intended on participating in last month that I wasn’t able to get to. That irritates me even more. I don’t like doing that.

The hosts of the blog hops I regularly participate in know my situation and understand that there are times that I’ll miss posting. Because of that understanding, I’m kept on the list. I LOVE them for that. The reason I’m wary of joining one time, or mini blog-hops is because I never know what’s going to happen or how I’m going to feel. Lately, it’s always something.

I’m trying to stay positive, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult. I’d been on such a great course for most of the year, but part of me wants to roll up into a fetal position next to Sophie on the bed and just suck my thumb.

I hope this lethargy and uncertainty are side effects from not feeling well lately. I need my body to jump-start back into action again. I have far too many things I want to accomplish in the coming months.

How do you handle times when you’re veered off course and have fallen behind on important projects?

 

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