Celebrating Being Alive; The Joy

Thanksgiving has always brought out the deep feelings of happiness, joy, and “belonging” in me. Perhaps it is due to the fact that it has always been the family gathering where most all of my family and close friends arrive every year with the sole intention of enjoying each other’s company … even if it is just for the one day.

This year we set the annual Thanksgiving tradition aside and tried something different. We stayed home and treated ourselves to a day off from our busy schedules and went to a well known and loved place called Hodel’s.

The food was great, the service perfect, cost extremely reasonable and guess what … there was no clean up after was all said and done. My husband & I spent the Holiday together and enjoyed a wonderful evening in the new home and for the day, at least there was only love, joy and happiness.

For, there are countless reasons for the joy and happiness this year. First, he has survived near death with an immobilizing brain siezure June 3rd 2010, had a brain tumer removal June 7th, which turned out to be sent by metastatic melanoma (stage 4). With the sensational Bio-chem treatments through a Dr. Gailani in Riverside, CA. my husband now has the diagnosis of being nearly cancer free.

After a 6 months left to live diagnosis I see this to truly be a miracle! It’s been nearly 1 year, so far and I am thankful for every moment, minute hour and day for this gift they refer to as living life. I love my husband! He is truly one of a kind and what we have, even in it’s non-traditional appearance is a good understanding and a good marriage. We are truly blessed.

7 months post brain surgery

Sunrise going over the Grapevine en route to Las Angeles.

Found in Courage To Change Pg. 325

November 20

Let me make this day a celebration of the spirit. There is a part of me that retains a childlike sense of curiosity, wonder,

enthusiasm, and delight. I may have lost touch with it, but I know it still exists. I will set my problems to the side for a

little while and appreciate what it means to be vitally alive.

Quote by George Bernard Shaw

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of

splendid torch which I have got to hold of for the

moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly

as possible before handing it on to future


Thanks for reading this today, I write it with love.



Thanksgiving Weather Outside Was Frightful

This year snow came early to the Pacific Northwest. By the time we got to the San Francisco airport we discovered there had been 10 inches of snow where my parents live. ‘Grandpa’ drove out of the driveway to hit his regular coffee stand close to their house and slid off the road into the ditch.

After being towed from the ditch he returned to the house somewhat shaken. Under the fresh layer of snow lurked black ice. He informed me he would not be able to make it the 90 miles to the airport to take us home. Interstate 5 was littered with cars from the night before snowstorm, and the Highway 99 was closed.

That left us only one reasonable option to get to the Olympic Penninsula- renting a car with snow tires. Thanks to Alamo car rentals, located at the airport we were on our way within the hour. We got a Dodge Avenger, a mid-sized car, drove up an icy Interstate 5 to the Edmunds Kingston Ferry where it was literally a drive through.

The winding turning tree lined road turned out to be an adventure ittself with spots of black ice and hard packed snow. Taking our time we arrived 5 hours later.

Next day we tried to build a snow-friend in the front yard but it was so cold the snow would not cooperate. We ended up with something resembling a pyramid insstead. This is the first time I have seen snow this dry there but by the time I was done the porches were cleared and we shoveled paths to the garage, around the house and to get to the car. Beyond that at 26 degrees outdoor activities were out of the question.

Thanksgiving this year we tried something new. A feast was held at Fort Warden commons along the waterfront where the cover charge benefitted the local Childrens Learning Center, a program much needed in this isolated area. The fare included the usual turkey, ham mashed potatoes sweet potato dishes, a diabetic fare and vegetarian dishes as well.

Many of the usual family members were missing but between the 6 of us we enjoyed a memorable time.

On the way home we visited a long time friend of Lindsey’s with her new baby in Gig Harbor. They were in the process of setting up a winter wonderland in thier front yard including musical christmas trees, a snowing ball with santa inside, reighndeer alongside the house with a candycane walkway.

I took a few awesome pictures of Mount Rainier above the clouds from the plane on the flight back home through Los Angeles.

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