A Dual Celebration

The day after I finished chemotherapy, we threw some stuff in a bag, dropped the cats at the vet, and jumped onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Our destination? The Omni Bedford Springs Resort, where we spent our 35th wedding anniversary. This year is our 38th, so we decided to celebrate the end of chemo and our anniversary with a big old splurge. So we went back to Bedford Springs. Our room was in the historic wing,... Read more →


The Best Bell

I have rung many bells in my time - school bells, dinner bells, silver bells, Taco Bells - but the bell I rang today was the best bell of all. See, there's a tradition in the chemo world that you ring a bell when you finish your last chemo treatment. Who am I to buck tradition? Ringing the best bell. See that lovely tiara? It's not mine, even though I bought it. Actually, I bought... Read more →


Rations

Here's an interesting little piece of history from World War II - a War Ration book. It's only the cover, because Mom used the stamps to buy rationed goods, like sugar, meat, and canned goods. I'm guessing that each family member could get one, because this book is for John Wise, my older brother. (He died before I was born.) What I find fascinating are the instructions on the back, particularly the warning on the... Read more →


So You Know That Thing? It Happened!

So, I've been writing about the Thing since 2008, wishing for it, wanting it, hoping against hope, only to be disappointed every year. The Thing, you see, is the Stanley Cup, hockey's Holy Grail. I've been a hockey fan since 2004, when my sister took me to a game and I was instantly hooked. Joe and I became season ticket holders in 2008, and didn't give them up until we moved up here to enemy... Read more →


Quite a Week

Well, it's been quite a week. Here are ten things about it. My great good friend Judy arrived on Sunday. She was delivering the keynote address and conducting a workshop in nearby Conshohocken, so she came in a couple days early for a visit. Judy treated us to a live taping of the Lovett or Leave It podcast at the Merriam Theater in Center City - it was fabulous! Before the show, though, we had... Read more →


Clothes Culling

Today I decided to switch out the winter clothes for the summer clothes. Out came the sweaters and long-sleeved tops; in went the tee shirts and short-sleeved tops. Then I decided to go through my clothes and get rid of stuff that I hadn't worn, had worn out, or no longer wanted. I'm not a slash-and-burn clothes culler - someone who can go through drawers and closets with the "If I haven't worn it in... Read more →


Maple Goodness

Remember I wrote about our trip to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival and our purchase of the fabulous maple syrup from Berkshire Sweet Gold? Well, we've been using the syrup quite regularly, mostly on pancakes and waffles. But I've been casually looking around for other ways to use it, and boy oh boy, I found a real winner today. It's the recipe for Maple Pudding Cake from Smitten Kitchen. It looked really easy and delicious, so... Read more →


Sunday Stealing: Sleepy Rambles Survey

How about some Sunday Stealing? Why yes, let's! 1. Would you ever try Fear Factor for one million dollars? Why or why not? Nope. Even though I'm sure that the TV crew would not let any harm come to me, I still wouldn't want to put myself through those sorts of things. 2. If you use hair spray, what brand do you use the most? I haven't used hair spray in about a zillion years.... Read more →


Beautiful Day for a Walk

It's quite a lovely day today, still a little chilly, but perfect for a nice long walk. We drove over to Pawling Farm (where we saw the Witness Tree), part of Valley Forge National Park, so that Joe could show me a really cool trail that he's hiked before. I figured we'd be walking the River Trail by the Schuylkill, but we veered off the main trail onto a wee trail that ran along the... Read more →


The Joys of Blood Work

So, I have to get blood work done before each of my chemotherapy sessions. Normally I make an appointment at the lab up the street from me. I try to get in pretty early because I don't particularly enjoy fasting and abstaining on the day appointed. Well, I waited a little too long this time and the earliest time I could get was 10:00 Thursday. Oh well. Then I realized that I work obligations on... Read more →