Thursday, March 15, 2012

in the blink of an eye…


I go through life wondering to myself what is deemed to be ‘important’?..


  • good health?
  • happiness?
  • friends and family?
  • money?

Can money buy happiness?

Can money buy  good health?

Can money  buy friends??

..that would be a resounding ‘No’…


Sure I have my idiosyncrasies..

as to what I deem to be important in my day to day life..

  • the bed  needs to be made
  • the cushions on the couch need to be perfect
  • the laundry
  • groceries
  • the cheque book balanced
  • the dishes done


now before you judge..I never claimed to be what is deemed ‘normal?..

  • I stay up too late
  • spend too much time on the computer
  • I like to be organized
  • the towels need to be folded a certain way
  • I don’t like making left hand turns
  • I don’t like to be late
  • the kitchen sink needs to be shiny
  • the pillow cases are ironed


am I obsessive compulsive?..oh sure maybe a bit..

but in the whole grand scheme of things do any of these little idiosyncrasies really matter?..

If it got to the point that I couldn’t accomplish all of these tasks, would the world come to an end???..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA where is all this going you may be wondering?..well phone call..and a word that we all never want to hear….the dreaded ‘C’..

..a lady I work with diagnosed with a ‘mass on her lung’..yes it is ‘C’..she told me it was the ‘good kind to have’ Chemo or radiation will be necessary..


For that I am most grateful…surgery is on her agenda…that and living a long and happy life..

She has a positive attitude and that will go far in her recovery process.. from this day forward..all the aches and pains that go along with getting older will not prevent me from living each day to the fullest…2009199161910137

So get out there and live your life..I plan to….because things can change in the ‘blink of an eye’…








  1. When it comes to the "C" word, I'm not so sure there's ever really a "good" kind. Let's hope your friend makes a full recovery. I've known too many that had it and never made it.
    We all end up the same in the end of course, but it's more of a question of when and how.

    Once in a while I'll iron the pillow cases too. But not always. It depends on my mood.

  2. Hope your friend's surgery is successful and she makes a full recovery.

  3. That kind of news can sure put things in perspective, can't it?

    I hope your friend recovers and leads a long life.

  4. Very nice post. My husband was diagnosed with "C" a couple years ago. He had surgery and is still going back every 3 months hoping it hasn't returned. Even if it isn't the aggressive kind, it's sill the stressful kind. They all are. Best of luck to your friend.

  5. Nicely done Sue. In the end, none of us are making it out of here alive. However while we are here, we need to be thankful everyday for who we are and for what has been given to us. Hearing the dreaded “C” word can sure make one refocus their thoughts. I pray that your friend will be better soon and live a long, long healthy and full life.

    John and Ellen

  6. I agree with Bob having lost my younger brother to the Big C, I personally would be happy never to hear it again, I know that is an impossible dream as my sister in law is now battling it. Our prayers to your friend and her family. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  7. Appreciated your beautiful post and words of advise. I especially liked the quote at the end.

  8. We are hoping for a positive outcome for your friend. We are with you on living your life now and not in the future. Nobody knows what the future will bring and that is why we are living our dreams now.

    Kevin and Ruth

  9. As a breast cancer survivor, I totally agree with Judy's "Carpe Diem!" One's perspective, if not changes, becomes focused after hearing the words, "It's not the result we were hoping for." It's one of the reasons we're full-timing, living life to its fullest each and every day, every moment! Gentle hugs and best wishes to your friend.

  10. Well, other than balancing the cheque book and ironing the pillowcases, if you are nuts, so am I. We do live life everyday. 2014 is getting closer, isn't it.

  11. Yes, living each day as if it were our last..we all should be..Den used to say he would like to write a bad check the day he dies...LOL..Prayers for your friend..Den's sis died of lung cancer, but she lived 5 years with it...

  12. True, you never, never know how your day will end or begin..... I learned that the hard way.

  13. The dreaded "C" word can change one's perspective on life in an instant. Got to seize the moment ... even when you're not as free as you'd like to be to do that ... and make the most of what life has to offer. Wishing your friend good luck with her surgery and recovery.

  14. That and many other reasons is why we live each moment as if it could be our last.

    Being strange, different or just plain weird and doing those things that others just don't understand is what makes this beautiful world go around.

    Live your life like nobody's watching and even if they are...WHO CARES!

  15. As you know, I have a young friend fighting a losing battle with this horrible disease. It is riddled throughout her body and her prognosis is gloomy but you would never know it to meet her. She refuses to let it get to her and she lives everyday to the fullest not worrying about the little things in life. I have learned a lot from the saying goes...don't sweat the petty stuff! mom not only use to iron the pillow cases, she ironed the sheets too! ;)

  16. well said and a good reminder to us all.

  17. My good friend just got diagnosed with lung cancer - not the "good" kind. She's my age and it really is scary. But she is going to fight it with our help in living each day to the fullest.

  18. Love yer new title banner, all bridges from the southern Oregon Coast ;).

  19. I used to Iron the Pillowcases..I used to make the bed the minute we were out of it..I used to do up the dishes right away..I used to dusty regularly..I used to make sure the checkbook was balanced to the penny...I used to wash the floors and vacuum daily- Now I get around to it when I get around to it...I also had the big C announcement back in 2006...and when that happens 'nothing' else matters...Hopefully your dear friend will have a good outcome like I did...

  20. You have such a way with words. Hoping for the best for your friend. It certainly is sobering when the big "C" hits someone near and dear.

    Don't think I have ever ironed a sheet or a pillowcase!!

  21. Had BC back in 1996. I try to remember how fortunate I am to still be alive. It's one of the reasons I quit work earlier than planned and went full-time RVing. It was a big decision to sell our house, but I have never regretted it. Good health is so important and it can change so fast. BTW, my mom used to iron sheets on a large machine called a 'mangle', she also used to iron the dish towels and my dad's underwear.

  22. I don't have OCD. I don't have OCD. I don't have OCD. I don't have OCD. I don't have OCD. I don't have OCD.

  23. Hope your friends surgery goes well and that she has a complete recovery. So many little things we worry about in life that hold us back from living our dreams, but in the end it's the dreams we done that count.

  24. I do all those things, except iron the pillow cases. I LOVE things to be in order and clean and in their spot. Magazines just so on the coffee table, towels folded and hung a certain way, bed always made, kitchen counters clean and clear. But, you know, who said that's a bad thing? There's nothing wrong with living an ordered life - I can still get crazy when I want to.

    I had co-workers whose desks were always a mess, and they could never find things in their computers. I was always having to e-mail them docs they couldn't find. It got real timesome. :(


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