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6:34

That’s what time I got up this morning.

When I realized I had a headache.

When I realized that Millie was awake and staring at me.  I heard her stirring and scratching and I think that’s what woke me up.  If my hearing is so bad, how is it that I can always hear the doggies when they start stirring in the morning?

So I got out of bed and went downstairs to give Rocky and Millie breakfast.

And take some Advil for this headache, and make me some chocolate milk and some tea.  Don’t laugh.  The chocolate helps with the headache before the Advil can kick in.  Yes, I realize how funny it sounds for a 48 year old woman to be drinking chocolate milk at 6:34 in the morning. Could be worse.  I could be eating Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces candies . . .

Rocky and Millie are outside playing with the puppies next door.  In the rain.  I’ll be cleaning muddy feet here in a minute.

The yard still looks lovely.  The grass seed that Prince Charming planted took off nicely and the big mud hole that previously was the back yard is now a distant memory.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to figure out how to get grass to grow in the path along the fence that Rocky and Millie run when playing with the puppies . . . that’s where the muddy feet come from.

Since I cancelled the newspaper, I’ll have to go out later to get one.  I really miss having the paper delivered to the door but I’m not going to pay $2.80 to have a paper that’s barely worth the $1.50 they charge for it at the gas station delivered to my front door.  But I’m not going to get on my soap box again about that one . . . I already have a headache . . . I don’t need to make it any worse!

There are still lots of scary things that we have to face – his divorce, his dad’s illness, the bills that we’re struggling to get paid – but right now . . . Life is really really good . . .

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6:34

That’s what time I got up this morning.

When I realized I had a headache.

When I realized that Millie was awake and staring at me.  I heard her stirring and scratching and I think that’s what woke me up.  If my hearing is so bad, how is it that I can always hear the doggies when they start stirring in the morning?

So I got out of bed and went downstairs to give Rocky and Millie breakfast.

And take some Advil for this headache, and make me some chocolate milk and some tea.  Don’t laugh.  The chocolate helps with the headache before the Advil can kick in.  Yes, I realize how funny it sounds for a 48 year old woman to be drinking chocolate milk at 6:34 in the morning. Could be worse.  I could be eating Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces candies . . .

Rocky and Millie are outside playing with the puppies next door.  In the rain.  I’ll be cleaning muddy feet here in a minute.

The yard still looks lovely.  The grass seed that Prince Charming planted took off nicely and the big mud hole that previously was the back yard is now a distant memory.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to figure out how to get grass to grow in the path along the fence that Rocky and Millie run when playing with the puppies . . . that’s where the muddy feet come from.

Since I cancelled the newspaper, I’ll have to go out later to get one.  I really miss having the paper delivered to the door but I’m not going to pay $2.80 to have a paper that’s barely worth the $1.50 they charge for it at the gas station delivered to my front door.  But I’m not going to get on my soap box again about that one . . . I already have a headache . . . I don’t need to make it any worse!

There are still lots of scary things that we have to face – his divorce, his dad’s illness, the bills that we’re struggling to get paid – but right now . . . Life is really really good . . .

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Bittersweet

Monday was the 36th anniversary of my first date with Prince Charming.  Yes, I know it’s amazing that I remembered the date after all the years we spent apart.  But he’s my Prince Charming and I’ve remembered lots of little details about our time together.  What is even more amazing is that Prince Charming ALSO remembered the anniversary!  Okay, so he didn’t remember the EXACT date but he did remember it was sometime in the middle of November.

We had a special romantic dinner and then spent the evening slow dancing in the living room to some very special songs.  It was wonderful!

But before we could have the anniversary celebration . . . we went with his parents to the Big City Hospital so that his dad could have a biopsy on the spot they found on his lung.  The biopsy went as well as could be expected.  The preliminary news was about what we expected.  Not good news but we would learn more details at the follow-up appointment at the end of the week.

It was very strange to be so excited to be spending the entire day with Prince Charming knowing that the first part of the day was going to be so difficult for everyone.  I felt guilty about the plans that we had to celebrate the anniversary and asked Prince Charming if he wanted to delay it a day or so.  He said that wasn’t an option.  It was the first time in 34 years that we were able to celebrate that special day together and it was as important to him as it is to me.  He also said that if we were going to be dealing with a long term illness for his dad, we would need to make as much of our lives as normal as possible.  We need this celebration.

So the news turned out to be as bad as we expected.  We don’t have all the details yet.  There’s still one more follow-up appointment with another specialist to get all the treatment details worked out.  Like Prince Charming said, in the meantime life marches on.  Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Christmas follows close behind.  New Year’s Eve . . . all the things that he and I have been waiting for with such great anticipation.  All of the excitement of all the “firsts” of a new romance . . . are now tainted with the realization that it might also be “lasts” as well.

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Trophy Wife

Prince Charming and I were having a conversation the other day about a topic that I can’t remember right now . . . but the word “trophy wife” came up and he told me that he would be proud to call me his trophy wife . . .

Me:  A trophy wife is a 25 years old, size 2, bleach blonde, big boobed girl.  Honey, I don’t fit in any of those categories.

Prince Charming (eyes twinkling and a big smile on his face):  Yes, you do.

Me (laughing): No, honey, I’m pushing 50, about 30 lbs. overweight, have gray hair, wear support hose, take a water pill that makes me pee all the time and am on hormone replacement therapy.  That’ s not exactly trophy wife material.

Prince Charming (still smiling):  You are beautiful, sexy, compassionate, intelligent, loving, and still my hot blonde girlfriend.  I’m proud to go out to dinner, or the movies, or to Wally, or anywhere with you on my arm.  That, baby, makes you trophy wife material.

Me: (speechless because I’m sniffling & blowing my nose)

See why I love this man?!

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I Stole This!

I confess!  I stole this off a friend’s Facebook page . .

This may be long but it’s worth reading. I will make you rethink where you buy your Christmas gifts!

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans.  There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE, gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates.

And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.

Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.  And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater?  Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.  And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

I was awestruck by the time I finished reading this!  Yes, we can support American business and still celebrate Christmas in style.  I’m going to give this some serious thought as I start planning my holiday shopping!

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I Am A Rock

Into every life a little rain must fall.

 I knew this day was gonna come eventually . . . I thought/hoped/prayed we would have more time to prepare.  But God doesn’t share his timetable with us. 

 Prince Charming’s dad has lung cancer.

 Well, actually, he has a mass in his lung that is “more than likely” lung cancer.  It’s a 3cm by 3cm mass that’s attached to the right bronchi where it goes into the lung.  I have no idea what that means, that’s how it was described to me by Prince Charming after his parents talked to the lung doc.

 A biopsy is scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving and the results will be shared a few days later. 

 Prince Charming’s reaction was like he’d been punched in the gut.  Was this the reason he felt compelled to come home when his life was falling apart? 

 His parents are rather stoic and matter-of-fact about the whole thing.  They are telling us the usual things that you say when facing something like this.  It is what it is.  We don’t know anything for sure yet.  We will wait for the results and make decisions then. 

 I’m playing the role of the supportive significant other.  I’m listening to Prince Charming explain what he knows, how he feels, what he fears.  I’m going sit in the waiting room with Prince Charming and his mom the day of the biopsy.  He’s a little overwhelmed with the love and support that I’ve given him the past few days.  I explained to Prince Charming that my job is to take care of him so he can take care of the parents.  He’s calling me his rock. 

I’m having a serious case of Déjà vu.

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