Sunday, June 21, 2015

Home Sweet Home!

One more project to add to my never ending list!  This adorable Home Sweet Home Recipe Mini Album was designed by Anne of annes papercreations.  She is certainly one talented lady!  In her blog, she says she will be posting the tutorial soon.  I'm ordering my supplies now, so that I'll be ready.  Check out her video for an idea about how she's created this mini album.  So cute!!!


Friday, June 19, 2015

My Kitties...

...have taken over my sewing table!  This is why relatively little quilting gets done at my house.  I never have the heart to move them!  I'm just going to have to get tough, and show them who's boss!


Siblings literally & figuratively!

Princess Charlotte, the delicate one!  She is a true girly girl!

Prince Talle.  Doesn't he look like he has little fangs!  A perfect black cat for Halloween,
which happens to be my favorite holiday!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sisters, Sisters...Day 4...Part 1...Bye Bye Boardwalk Villas, Hello Villas at Wilderness Lodge, & Dinner With The Scary Cherub Children, as my sister says

Wow, it's a Christmas miracle! Two updates in the same week! Woo Hoo, I'm on a roll!!!:dance3:

From the date on my pics, I guess I forgot to take room photos on our arrival day, and we all know that's a no no if you're writing a Trip Report! People want to see what the resort rooms look like, right? Wow, for a minute I was wondering why these photos were grouped in with the other photos for this day. I thought, everything is too neat, I must have taken these pics on our arrival day, but no. They are dated & time stamped. Who knew my sister & I were such neat freaks! I think we cleaned before we left, lest mousekeeping think we were slobs, God forbid! :eek:

Let me present to you our beautifully appointed Boardwalk Villas one-bedroom Villa. Why did I book a one bedroom when it was only me initially going, I keep wondering, as I write this report, especially since I also booked a one-bedroom at Wilderness. Since it's been almost three years since I went on this trip, I just don't remember. Could it be that is all that was left when I booked the reservation? No, I don't think so. Hmmm. :confused3 Oh wait. It finally hit me just now, my husband was suppose to go on this trip, then because of work restraints, wasn't going to be able to go. I was still going, no matter what. After all, it is MY celebration of finishing chemo, and I want to go to Walt Disney World, so there! I've was on two solo trips prior to this trip. Well, partially solo. My brother's family, & my daughter joined me on the most recent solo trip, half way through. I had a fab time! It's was so refreshing to be able to do what I wanted, when I wanted. I stayed at the Boardwalk Villas & the Beach Club Villas on those trips, so I was close to Epcot, my favorite park. I met a lot of nice people, and it was fun! I even ate at table service restaurants by myself, and no one batted an eye, & I never felt uncomfortable. I highly recommend solo trips when you want to go, and no one else is available. I was happy my sister was able to go on this trip with me though. We had a blast, even if she did insist on going to bed before 10 almost every night, and we never got to see Illuminations! ;)




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Okay, forget everything I just said about being neat freaks. Apparently I only felt it was imperative to have the bedroom & bathrooms picked up, lol! For some reason, these are the only room pics I took this day, of our Boardwalk Villa, that is. I searched all through my pics, and I did find some other room pics that I took the day before this day, and we weren't nearly so tidy! o_O

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So this morning, Mare & I are off to Downtown Disney to do some shopping, see some pretty Christmas decorations, & have something sinful & delicious at Ghirardelli's.

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Good morning, sis! She may be an early to bedder, but she's also an early riser! We were at the bus stop at 9am sharp. Yes, before you say it, I know 9am isn't that early, but the stores at Downtown Disney (now known as Disney Springs), don't open that early! I'm not a huge fan of Downtown Disney. I can take it or leave it, but I do feel I must try to go at least once per trip. Today was our switch over day to the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, so we thought it would be a good time to go shopping, since our room probably wasn't ready anyway. I love that you can just call bell services, and they'll come pick up your stuff and transfer it to another Disney resort. Makes things so much easier when doing a split stay.

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The first store we hit up was Disney's Days of Christmas shop. I think this is my favorite store at DTD, next to Basin, next to the World of Disney. Wait, I guess that makes this my third favorite shop then. :rotfl2:

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Next up was Basin, but I didn't take any photos there. Sorry. :blush: Do you all like Basin? I like it, a lot. My daughter-in-law loves it. I mean, truly, she does. She always has a bar of their soap in her guest bathroom, themed according to the season. I usually put them out for fall & Christmas, but that's about it. I do like their solid fragrances, though, especially their Pink Sugar & Lemon Sugar, and their body butters. The laundry stain stick is pretty good, too.

I usually never stop in the toy shop, Once Upon a Toy, but now that we had a babies to buy for, again, we had to go check it out.

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Mr & Mrs Potato Head never get old, do they? I think they are the funniest characters in the Toy Story movies!

After our hard morning of shopping, we stopped at Ghirardelli's for a rest & a drink, thinking about where to have lunch. Looking at Mare's picture, it doesn't look like we had anything sinful, or delicious. :laughing:

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We settled on Fulton's Crab House for lunch, & ate on the outside deck. It was very nice to sit there enjoying the beautiful day, looking out at the water.


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Up next...our arrival at Wilderness Lodge, and dinner at Be Our Guest, also know as the Scary Cherub Children restaurant!

It's the little things...

that make me smile!  Like Disney Vans!  You can get them at Journeys.com or Vans.com!  There are Mickey's & Minnies, Donald & Villians, Jasmine & The Little Mermaid, Princesses & Winnie the Pooh, too! 





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

#CancerSucks...Miss you, Dad

Today marks nineteen years that my amazing, wonderful, caring, loving, handsome dad, passed away from cancer.  Mesothelioma, to be specific.  It's a horrible, horrible disease.  It develops in the lining of the lung, many years after being exposed to asbestos.  My dad happened to be in the Navy in the early 1950s, during the Korean War, and worked in the engine & boiler rooms, which is where he was exposed.  Diagnosis takes place 40-60 years after exposure, which was about right for my dad, as he was 64, in 1996, when diagnosed, and was in his late teens-early 20s when in the Navy.

It all started with a pain in his right side, beneath his arm pit.  His doctor thought it was perhaps his gallbladder acting up.  My dad was in great shape, still working, & very active.  He was a smoker though. Anyway, he was sent for a chest xray, then a cat scan, and that is when they saw the mass.   He was scheduled for surgery to do a biopsy, and that is when we got the horrific news.  The surgeon was oh so not very tactful.  My dad's brother was also with us that day.  We were herded into a conference room, sat at a round table, my mom, my brother & sister, me & my uncle, and we were told my dad had mesothelioma, which had about a one year life expectancy.  Then the surgeon basically got up and left.  Our lives have not been the same ever since.  The following three months were the worst of our lives.

I'll never forget my dad taking us all out to dinner the night before his surgery.  It was to a steakhouse in our local area, and fairly expensive, at least for the single, middle-class, income of my mom & dad.  That's where he wanted to take us, though.  He stood up to give us all a toast during dinner, telling us how much he loved us all.  My brother, jokingly, said, "what do you think this is, the last supper?"   Considering he died almost exactly three months after diagnosis, yes, it actually was the last dinner for all of us as a family, with my dad.

We miss you, dad, and we'll never forget you.  Hugs, love & kisses until we meet again.

12/2/1931-6/9/1996


My mom & dad


"Lovebirds"
Mom & Dad


Mom & Dad


Dad, dancing with my daughter, his only granddaughter,
at my brother's wedding!  She sure loves her grandpop!


Dad with my sons, being a great grandpop,  "down the shore", in Wildwood, NJ,
where we vacationed every summer!


Dad with my nephew, his youngest grandson.  My dad
loved this little guy so much, as he loved all his grandchildren, and children!


Thanksgivings are never the same without you, dad, but we are so thankful
for the ones we had with you!