Trout, anyone?

September 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Cancer, Gone Fishin', Vacation | Leave a comment

Well my fishermen are back home!

And they caught four fish but only brought home four. One got away. Hmmmmm, I’ve heard of that, the “one that got away” LOL

I’ve been checking out Westgate Resorts because they called the other night; seems that a few months back, I signed up for a weekend and what do you know? I get a stay at one of their resorts (with my family of course) and the chance to sit through a 45-90 minute spiel about owning a vacation home in one of their resorts.

The night they called, we decided to tell them that it’d be great to go to the Wisconsin Dells but since then, we’re leaning towards Gaitlinburg, TN. I managed to find them at their Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort website and it looks mighty fine! They’ve got an indoor water park that would be great to play in.

We had been thinking of going in April when Daniel gets spring break but then Ron mentioned the night before that maybe we should go sooner. He’s not feeling well and is concerned that it’s going to get harder for him to enjoy himself, so maybe we should go for Christmas. Christmas in the mountains sounds very very nice.

I’m going to show him and Daniel the website and see what they think.

Cancer sucks.

Please, God, remind me to stay in TODAY and not start fretting over the future. Hopefully we can manage a trip to the mountains for Christmas. Daniel has never seen real mountains, just the little ones south of here, in Arkansas.

~ Patty

Here’s what I’ve come up with!

March 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Posted in San Antonio Vacation 2009, Vacation | Leave a comment

We can do Disney for about $2,000 if we drive and spend a night in Atlanta both ways.  That’s for five days, the Magic Your Way Ticket, including the Park Hopper Option and the Quick-Service Dining program.  We’d drive on Saturday/Sunday and start having fun on Monday, then return the next Saturday/Sunday.

We can do San Antonio for about $2,000 and that’s for a week’s stay at a Marriott Hotel including three vacation passes to Sea World, and three really cool interactive programs (one with beluga whales, one with Shamu and a meal with Shamu).

I’ve emailed hubby and let him know what’s up.

Daniel thinks we should fly to Orlando but that’s about $350/person and it’s cheaper to drive and get a hotel in Atlanta.  So, sorry, child, no flying on this trip!

~ Patty

Ok so here’s the deal………

March 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Vacation | Leave a comment

I totalled up my estimate of what the cruise would cost us…..and it came to like $3,600 so hubby and I have decided to look and see what else we could do…..I mean, that’s a helluva LOT of money and with the economy right now as bad as it is, is it truly appropriate to spend that much money on a cruise?

Ron mentioned Walt Disney World as a choice, and I’ve thought about San Antonio and Sea World, too, so tonight after I check my email, that’s what I’ll be looking into.

Man, I wish we were rich and didn’t have to THINK so hard about spending oodles of dollars!

~ Patty

Happy Saturday!

March 7, 2009 at 10:10 am | Posted in Sick!, Vacation | Leave a comment

It’s a beautiful spring-like day in the Ozarks!  The sun is shining brightly and the birds are chirping and the wind is blowing like hell.  Tonight we’re expecting severe weather.  Blah!  Welcome to spring!

Just had to print off our applications for passports AGAIN.  Somehow, I lost the entire package that I received from AAA plus the print-outs I had made a week ago.  I searched all over the house but can’t find them!  I’m pretty sure they aren’t at work in my locker, but oh well, I printed them off again just in case they aren’t.

I’ve emailed Kathy at AAA to ask her about the cruise; we haven’t definitely agreed yet and I want to make sure there’s still time to send her the deposit (ack!).  I am so anxious to have hubby decide this.  He stated the other day that with the economy the way it is, is it really right to spend nearly $4,000 on a family vacation.  My response:  YES!  I mean, this is a once in a lifetime thing for us, it’s not like we can ever do this again.  This year, we three are all healthy and well enough to do it…….he needs to decide YES and get that check mailed! 

I need to start buying stuff.  We’ll all need new swimwear plus some nice clothing for dinner on the ship.  I’d love to buy a sort-of fancy dress for one nice night. 

Daniel has an upper-respiratory thing again.  Poor kid!  He started coughing on Thursday and by yesterday morning, was hacking and it sounded wet, so I told my mom to keep her eye on him.  She took his temperature around 10 am and it was nearly 100 so she called and got him in to see Dr. P.  She put him on Zithromax and gave him some cough syrup.  Hopefully he’ll be fine to go to church in the morning and to school on Monday. 

~ Patty

Hello, MARCH!

March 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Vacation | Leave a comment

Can you believe that it’s MARCH already?  Seems like just yesterday was Christmas.

We just finished dinner:  chicken thighs and little red potatoes and baby carrots, mixed veggies and homemade muffins.  I cooked the chicken thighs in the crockpot, it was so simple.  Just layered the quartered potatoes and baby carrots in the bottom, plopped the chicken on top and then mixed together one can of condensed tomato soup, a bit of water and Italian seasoning and poured that on top.  Yummy and simple.  And both of the guys liked it.

We’re still contemplating our cruise.  Hubby is concerned about spending so much money with the state of the economy.  I asked if the economy were going to be better next year and of course he doesn’t know.  Something I considered is the fact that this year, we’re all three healthy.  Next year, who knows?  His cancer is in remission and thankfully both Daniel and I are well.  It’s a lot of money, though.  He did tell me to go ahead and start working on our passports, though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to take my mom to the doctor for glucose testing.  Her family doc (which is the same as our family doc) thinks Mom is diabetic.  My mom is terrified of diabetes since it’s what damaged and finally took my dad’s life.  But these days, doctors know so much more than they did even 20 years ago.  The glucose test is a 3-hour test so I’m taking a good book to read.  I hope the test turns out alright, but know that if in fact my mom does have diabetes, our family doc will take good care of her.

~ Patty

Wednesday Afternoon

February 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Uncategorized, Vacation, Weight Loss | Leave a comment

Took a nap while my potato was in the oven baking.  Nap was good, potato was good.  Now I’m waiting here checking my email.  We are hoping and praying and dreaming of a Caribbean cruise.  I’m in communication with our AAA travel agent and she’s supposed to be answering two emails that I sent regarding the cruise this August.  It’s going to be wonderful if we get to go.  Hubby says it’s kind of crazy with the economy in the state that it’s in, to plan an expensive vacation and that maybe we ought to wait for a better time.  My response is that there’s NEVER going to be “good time” to do this.  It’s like having a child.  If you wait until the right time, you’ll never have a child.  This would be a once in a lifetime trip for the three of us.  I emailed KK yesterday with a few questions and then I remembered something more I needed to ask her, so I emailed her again this morning but she hasn’t answered yet.

Today is Ash Wednesday and we’re going to have dinner early and then go to Mass at 6 pm.  Dinner will be a tomato and cheese strata that I threw together this morning at 6:30 and it’s in the fridge.  Daniel probably will holler when he sees tomatoes (he refuses to eat tomatoes but he loves ketchup, go figure!).

My nose is dripping and my eyes are watering and I’m coughing.  I ought to take my temperature before I leave to pick up Daniel at school.  Maybe I ought to just call the doctor’s office and schedule an appointment for myself and for Daniel since he’s got the yucks, too.  It hurts when I cough.

Had to buy a belt this weekend because my jeans are falling down.  Believe it or not, my size 12s are getting loose on me.  I’m stuck at 150, which is -85 pounds since surgery in June.  I have been at 150 since January 19.  Hubby says that I need to start exercising again, which is very true, but today since I feel like crap, is not a good day to go to the YMCA and work up a sweat.  He also says that even though I may not be losing weight right now, my body is shifting and adjusting and that’s why I’m losing my jeans.

If we go on the cruise, I’m going to need a new swimsuit.  Or two.  Plus a couple of sundresses to wear in the evening.  Woo woo!  I’m trying so hard NOT to get TOO excited YET because we haven’t 100% decided IF we can do this, but JEEPERS, it’s hard NOT to get EXCITED!

~ Patty

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