Happy National Napping Day

So how do these days get their start on the calendar? Ok, now that’s out, what would you call your day? Now that we have solved that issue, we can now move on to another topic today and it’s only 1 word. SNOW! Happy Days, not so much today. I think I’ll hide under the blankets and sleep today!

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“You May Want to Marry My Husband;”

Did you see this story on GMA this morning? Well, just in case you missed it, I want to share it with you now! I know most of my readers won’t click on the links I provide, so here is the story in print for you.

I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, the intermittent micronaps that keep whisking me away mid-sentence are clearly not propelling my work forward as quickly as I would like. But they are, admittedly, a bit of trippy fun.

Still, I have to stick with it, because I’m facing a deadline, in this case, a pressing one. I need to say this (and say it right) while I have a) your attention, and b) a pulse.

I have been married to the most extraordinary man for 26 years. I was planning on at least another 26 together.

Want to hear a sick joke? A husband and wife walk into the emergency room in the late evening on Sept. 5, 2015. A few hours and tests later, the doctor clarifies that the unusual pain the wife is feeling on her right side isn’t the no-biggie appendicitis they suspected but rather ovarian cancer.

As the couple head home in the early morning of Sept. 6, somehow through the foggy shock of it all, they make the connection that today, the day they learned what had been festering, is also the day they would have officially kicked off their empty-nestering. The youngest of their three children had just left for college.

So many plans instantly went poof.

No trip with my husband and parents to South Africa. No reason, now, to apply for the Harvard Loeb Fellowship. No dream tour of Asia with my mother. No writers’ residencies at those wonderful schools in India, Vancouver, Jakarta.

No wonder the word cancer and cancel look so similar.

This is when we entered what I came to think of as Plan “Be,” existing only in the present. As for the future, allow me to introduce you to the gentleman of this article, Jason Brian Rosenthal.

He is an easy man to fall in love with. I did it in one day.

Let me explain: My father’s best friend since summer camp, “Uncle” John, had known Jason and me separately our whole lives, but Jason and I had never met. I went to college out east and took my first job in California. When I moved back home to Chicago, John — who thought Jason and I were perfect for each other — set us up on a blind date.

It was 1989. We were only 24. I had precisely zero expectations about this going anywhere. But when he knocked on the door of my little frame house, I thought, “Uh-oh, there is something highly likable about this person.”

By the end of dinner, I knew I wanted to marry him.

Jason? He knew a year later.

I have never been on Tinder, Bumble or eHarmony, but I’m going to create a general profile for Jason right here, based on my experience of coexisting in the same house with him for, like, 9,490 days.

First, the basics: He is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes.

The following list of attributes is in no particular order because everything feels important to me in some way.

He is a sharp dresser. Our young adult sons, Justin and Miles, often borrow his clothes. Those who know him — or just happen to glance down at the gap between his dress slacks and dress shoes — know that he has a flair for fabulous socks. He is fit and enjoys keeping in shape.

If our home could speak, it would add that Jason is uncannily handy. On the subject of food — man, can he cook. After a long day, there is no sweeter joy than seeing him walk in the door, plop a grocery bag down on the counter, and woo me with olives and some yummy cheese he has procured before he gets to work on the evening’s meal.

Jason loves listening to live music; it’s our favorite thing to do together. I should also add that our 19-year-old daughter, Paris, would rather go to a concert with him than anyone else.

When I was working on my first memoir, I kept circling sections my editor wanted me to expand upon. She would say, “I’d like to see more of this character.”

If you would like to read how this story ends, go here.

 Could you do this for your spouse?

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Think again……!

Think again, is what we old folks do!
Day after day, we think about what was.
And we think about those memories all over again.
We try to pick just the good ones,
But every now and again a bad one slips in.
We make new memories also,
but the old ones just take over our brain!
Ah, those were the days, the good and the bad.
It seems as though life was so laid back then.
No electronic gadgets or Gizmo‘s.
So the next time you see an old person sitting on the porch,
Stop by with your hoverboard and say Hi! We would like that!

It sure would make us Think again……….!

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The Little Vegetarian

4 steps in raising a Little Vegetarian! I just viewed a little girl who didn’t want to eat any animals ever again! The video made me cry, it was so touching! I think sometimes we don’t realize how these young 3-5 year olds brains can rationalize just a topic! I hope you were able to view it!

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What Do I Want? For Chanukah or Christmas or whatever!

My children each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them my real answer:
What do I want for Chanukah? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your wife, your kids, your furbabies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way i knew how, and I’m not bragging, but I did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I’m pretty proud of it. Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Chanukah, I say “nothing” I want you.
If you feel the same way, feel free to copy and paste, I did.

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Happy Days

I will be happy some days and not happy some days! How I feel on these not-so-happy days is usually out of my hands. Everyday is the same start, I open my eyes and know I made it through the night. I get out of bed, do the bathroom thing, let Boo out and make coffee! This is only if I am up first! Then some days, I can be both happy and not-so-happy! I am not going to use the word SAD because it makes me sad! I am going to live my life and hope I have more happy days ahead and not so many not-so-happy days! So, here’s to more not less, lest it be so deemed and out of my control!

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Pom Love

My Pomeranian Boo
Is the love I need,
He is my everything
He is my rescue!

We found each other
and we saved each other,
Everyday we love each other,
More and More!

Boo is a Therapy Dog now
and provides therapy to me also!
He loves going to visit folks
Young and old!

But of all the love Boo shows
His love of his Daddy is special,
The look of love in his eyes,
Says, Daddy I love you!

My heart is happy now that I have Boo
He is my world, my Baby!
Boo brings light into each day,
And peace each night!

My eyes awaken to the face of Boo
Each and everyday,
My Boo lays in my lap
Just to cuddle with Mom!

I Love My Pom Boo!

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