Behind Me

I interrupt my 4-part NYC trip posts for something else today.  I want to finish blogging about my trip, so I have it in writing to remember, but something else is on my heart today so please excuse the interruption…..

I saw this picture the other day and I posted it to my Facebook page, but it has been heavy on my heart so I thought I needed to blog about it.  This picture says a lot to me…..I think mainly due to the fact that the past 3-1/2 years has been hell on earth in so  many ways.  Besides my faith in God and the fact that He walks before me, the one thing I can totally always depend on is the man who is behind me.  I know I have blogged about Dennis before but it hit me today especially just what he has done for me and continues to do.

It might come as a shock to you (ahem, insert sarcasm), but I have a very controlling, OCD, orderly, routine and structured personality.  I need things to be in my control.  I dislike change.  I detest losing control.  I cannot fly by the seat of my pants or drop and do things at the last-minute.  I never have been good at that, and especially with Hannah; these things have become even worse for me than ever before.  I honestly try my best to be easy to live with.  I think I am successful most days at being sweet and loving; but I stay completely and utterly stressed out to the point of being riddled with anxiety.  I am high-strung, type A, my-way-or-the-highway, control-freak extraordinaire and with Hannah’s illnesses those bad personality traits that I possess are impacted horribly, which makes me a nervous wreck and hot mess most days.

Dennis……my calming source and comedy relief.  Seriously people, without his ability to make me laugh I probably would be in the looney-bin by now.  He is my rock.  He is the one who catches me when I stumble and who picks me up when I fall.  He works so hard to provide all of our needs and so many of our wants (hence, my trip to NYC….that truly was an act of love and sacrifice on his part and even though it wasn’t a necessity per say, he saw it as one for my mental and emotional health).  He works all day long and then comes home to a wife who might still be in her pajamas, with no makeup on, hair may or may not be brushed (teeth are, I promise) and I usually look like this (although my teeth are straighter and I am not missing any):

But, you get the overall picture!  He comes home to a worn out wife, a child who demands his 100% attention and only wants him and he complies with no disgruntleness (is that a word)?  He eats his “cold” dinner alone, gets his shower while I bathe Hannah and then he takes over from there.  He dries her hair, plays in her playroom (mostly with Barbie’s) and they watch Andy Griffith, then he does Hannah’s medications, potty, reads her a bedtime story and lays in bed with her while they pray and she drifts off to sleep.  All the while I go for my walk, shower, eat my dinner and snuggle under the blanket on the sofa watching General Hospital that I recorded from that day.  I mean….REALLY?  Just reading that is embarrassing, but I am honestly DONE emotionally, mentally and physically when he gets home…..But you know what?  He never complains.  I never hear….”you have all those clothes in your closet and you live in pajamas.”  Or, “you know Tam, a little paint (make-up) fixes up an old barn really nice.”  Yes, I take care of our child all day, clean, cook, do laundry….but he does SO much more.

I have honestly thought many times “what-if!”  What-if I had to do this alone?  What-if something happened to him and I had to provide for Hannah and me, take care of her, the house, outside the house (we live on land that has to be taken care of).  What if, God forbid I lost that lion behind me?  Dennis is my protector, my defender, my provider, my best friend……I take that for granted so much and I don’t want to.  I want to be a better wife to him, but in all honesty….even though Hannah is doing better right now, I am still so worn out.  This past 3-1/2 years has taken its toll on me in all aspects but I am going to try harder to be more than I have been.  I am going to try to be a better wife and better mom.  Life is hard, marriage is hard, parenting is hard but I have this amazing man behind me who encourages me, loves me, protects me and provides for me……perhaps I am making life harder than it has to be.  I love that he lets me be me and he has allowed me to be selfish at times and have my alone time (which I need desperately), but I need to do a better job at showing him and telling him how much his love and support mean.  I need to let him know more often that I am not scared of what is in front of me, because he is behind me.

Ladies, if you have someone behind you like I have behind me…..be thankful.  Don’t take that lion for granted.  I know I am going to try better to be more “present” and be a better wife.  Kids drain you, I know Hannah does me but the man behind me…..well, I couldn’t do this without him and I need to do a better job of letting him know that!

Until next time……….

NYC – Day Two

Hard to see but it was snowing!

SNOW!!!  We woke up to cloudy cold weather with the biggest flakes of snow I have ever seen.  Of course that isn’t saying much being that I live in Florida, but I have been snow skiing before so I have seen snow, but this NYC snow was absolutely beautiful.  The snow didn’t deter us and neither did the rain it turned into.  We headed out Saturday morning and went to Herald’s Square and the Garment District and did some shopping.

 

Then we headed to Grand Central Station where we ate lunch, then onto the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

T and me in front of Grand Central Station

 

Inside Grand Central

 

The ceiling in Grand Central is beautiful!

 

I had to have my picture taken with the Grand Central police! They were super nice and agreed to having their picture with this crazy southerner!

 

Boo is gonna kill me for this. Eating lunch downstairs in Grand Central!

 

St Patrick’s Cathedral! Breathtakingly beautiful!

After that we headed uptown to Bloomingdale’s and window shopped along the way (you know, all those stores we can’t afford like Rolex, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Tifffany’s….you get the picture).  We literally walked our legs off that day.  We decided after Bloomingdale’s to catch the subway back to the hotel to get ready for our dinner reservation at Tavern on the Green in Central Park at 6:30.

Magnolia Bakery inside Bloomingdale’s.

Tavern on the Green didn’t disappoint.  You definitely pay for the ambiance but the food was delicious too.  It was cold and rainy but the snow-covered lawn and park were absolutely breathtaking.  After eating dinner we caught a cab to the Plaza hotel and of course we had to walk past Trump Tower before I hailed a cab like a boss and headed back to the hotel.

Tavern on The Green for dinner……

Outside patio at Tavern on the Green

Trump Tower

 

After dropping Tammy, Donna and Michelle at the hotel I went to Connolly’s Pub in Times Square to meet up with some friends from Jacksonville.  Two retired police officers from Jacksonville and their families.  We had the best time and laughed about traveling nearly 1,000 miles to meet up when we all live within 30 minutes of each other at home!  One of the retired detectives Clem told some really funny stories about Dennis and of course I texted Dennis pictures of us to which Dennis replied…..”I am not worried about you now…..I know with those guys you are safe from harm.”  HA!

Clem, me and Lyn

 

The Jax crew in Times Square!

I then headed back to the hotel where the girls told me that they had found Barbie dolls in one of the souvenir shops.  The ONLY thing Hannah asked for was a NYC Barbie and by-golly I wasn’t coming home without one.  So they told me what store and I headed back out at 11:30pm to go buy my baby a Barbie.  Times Square was HOPPING with people!  Crazy, busy, loud and SO much fun!

I finally returned to the room and couldn’t wait for Day 3!

To be continued……….

Until next time…………

NYC – Day One

New York City, day one…..I will let some pictures write most of this blog.  First though, I have to say being from Florida when I hear Blizzard, I think of Dairy Queen not snow, rain, ice, sleet and freezing temperatures.  The beginning of last week NYC had a blizzard and this Florida girl was not prepared for that so I had to make some last-minute purchases (thank you Amazon Prime) to prepare myself for the cold and snow.  Dennis commented that my new wardrobe was going to cost him more than my trip did!  HA!  I guess the good thing is now I have all the winter clothing I need for another trip up north in the winter!  I had to buy some heavy sweaters, a coat, hat, gloves, scarf and snow boots.  The coat and snow boots came in the mail the day before I left and of course I had to take a picture of me in my new coat and Hannah found my hat and looked adorable in it so I had to take her picture!

I think this should keep me warm!  Excuse the no make-up selfie!

I set my alarm last Thursday night but had trouble going to sleep as I was so stinkin’ excited!

I live in Florida, Donna lives in Alabama and Michelle and Tammy live in Georgia but we all had flights getting us into NYC around the same time that morning.  By 10:30am we all had our luggage and we were in a cab heading into Manhattan.  We had reservations at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.  Amazing hotel.

Our view from our room on the 36th floor!

 

A group selfie before we hit the town!

 

First stop! John’s Pizza in Times Square for lunch! The place was packed so we sat at the bar and made friends with the bartender!  Excuse my nose hairs you might see!  LOL!

 

Roaming around Midtown after lunch!

 

Another group selfie!

 

Rockefeller Center

 

We talked about ice skating but none of us wanted to end up in the ER on our first day!

 

Friday, our first day was St. Patrick’s Day and NYC was packed. Some random stranger jumped in mine and Donna’s picture in front of Fox News Studios! We were dying laughing!

We roamed all around Times Square, Midtown, the Diamond District and then headed back to the room to get ready for dinner and our Broadway show!

Sweet friends of mine had wine and chocolates sent to the room! Yum!

I made us dinner reservations in advance at The View Restaurant, which was the top 2 floors of our hotel.  The view was amazing and the food….well, here are pictures of what I ate for dinner (and yes, I ate every bite) and the 4 desserts we shared!

My salad

 

Ribeye steak and asparagus

 

Chocolate Molton Lava cake

 

Black Forest Cherry Cake

 

Strawberry Cheesecake

 

Caramel tart

Some of the views from dinner:

 

 

After we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant, we ran back to the room to grab our coats to head to the Ambassador Theater to see Chicago!  The nighttime views from the room were spectacular~

 

We were so excited to see Chicago and it did not disappoint!  The talent on stage is INSANE!

 

After the show we headed back into Times Square and did a little shopping and walking around.  I think we were all still trying to work off dinner.  What a fun first day and I couldn’t wait to get up first thing on Saturday for a full day of fun!

To be continued………

Until next time………..

New York City – Girls Trip Introduction

For those of you who don’t know I met 3 of my best girlfriends in NYC this past weekend.  What an incredible getaway that all 4 of us needed.  We are all in different stages of our life, with different struggles and circumstances but the things we have in common have formed and kept our friendships strong.  Let me introduce my friends to you first:

Donna, Me, Michelle and Tammy

So, here we are.  I will use this introduction blog post to tell you about these girls.

Donna:  I have known Donna for 4 years.  We met at Canine Companions for Independence when she was there with her son Andrew and I was there with Hannah for 2 weeks training with the dogs.  This is when we got Henny and they got Kendra.  Donna and I instantly hit it off.  It was one of those connections that you really can’t put into words.  We agreed on everything from politics to religion and everything in between.  Donna is seriously one of the funniest, quickest wit, most hysterical people I know; not to mention her kindness, compassion and love for others.  She is a single mom to 2 kids.  Megan, her oldest and Andrew who has spina bifida.  Donna is a nurse and truly the most amazing caregiver and provider to her family.  I have never laughed so hard with anyone as I do Donna.  She truly is someone who can take lemons and make lemonade out of them.  Truly I don’t know anything this girl can’t do when she puts her mind to it.  She is a lover of all things Andy Griffith and even calls my husband “Barney” since he is a cop!  LOL!  She loves the beach, the mountains and the big city.  She has a laugh that is infectious and no matter how hard life gets she can always find a reason to laugh and smile……God brought her into my life at just the perfect time and she has walked this entire PANDAS journey with me.  She has made me laugh, she has cried with me, she has prayed for me, she has picked me up and dusted me off and encouraged me even when I thought I couldn’t take another step ALL while dealing with her own special needs child.  She is so dear to my heart.

Michelle (aka “Boo”):  I have known Michelle most of my life.  She and Tammy (who I will introduce next) are sisters.  Michelle is in a very different aspect of life now as her only child is grown and out of the house and Michelle is finishing up her AA degree and heading into Nursing School.  I have loved and admired Michelle all of my life.  She is beautiful on the outside and on the inside as well.  She has an unshakable faith in God and is probably one of the sweetest, kindest people I know.  She loves my Hannah and Hannah loves her “Boo.”  Michelle and her husband Mike are who we stay with every time we go to Atlanta.  They are not just friends, they are family.  I grew up with Michelle and Tammy.  Their parents, the Garrison’s helped raise me and so although not blood related we are so much more.  That chosen family and those people you can never live without.  They love Hannah and Dennis just like they have known them forever too.  Michelle is one of those people in my life where we always have something to talk about.  There is never a dull moment, with lots of good conversation, laughter and encouragement.  Michelle truly is one of a kind and one of my best friends.

Tammy  (aka “T”):  Oh my…..how do I write about T and keep it short?  She has been my best friend since before I can remember.  We have done life together for over 40 years.  She knows EVERYTHING about me; the good, the bad and the ugly.  We have secrets we will take to our graves.  She is my sister.  No one knows me like she does.  There are no secrets between us.  We were each other’s “voice of reason” when the other of us were tetter-tottering on the ledge of insanity….of course, we didn’t always listen to each other but then we were there to pick each other up.  She is “my person.”  She always has been and always will be.  I could write a book about our experiences in life together.  She is the yin to my yang and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  She has always “mothered” me and taken care of me.  I was always the one that needed to be taken care of .  Tammy was the strong, independent, reliable one.  She never allowed anyone to pick on me (she could pick on me, but no one else could, ha).  She took care of me and looked out for me and she always wanted to protect me (she still does).  I was the “reckless one” not on purpose, just because when we were younger I was the naive one and tried to make a lot of stupid (non-thinking) mistakes.  She never judged me and I have never judged her.  We both have made our share of mistakes but we have always and will always be there for each other.  I am so blessed to call her my sister.  She is a wonderful wife, mother and nurse……she has a heart for others but especially for me and I love that I can call on her anytime and she will always be there no matter what.

When we got this trip together I couldn’t believe we actually were doing it.  Everything just kinda fell into place, with our families and jobs.  I planned everything (they called me the “travel agent”).  I booked our hotel (Marriott Marquis Times Square), made our reservations for dinners and booked our Broadway tickets to see Chicago.  I wrote down all the sightseeing places along with addresses including cross streets, subway schedules and even maps to the city.  We all had our “bucket list” of things to do and see and I believe we covered almost all of it in 4 days.  I have been to NYC many times but being there with these girls, my best friends, my sisters…..well, it was truly my favorite time ever to the Big Apple.  We are already talking about our next girls trip…..not sure where it will be yet, but I know a good time will be had.

So, the next 4 blog posts will be about NYC and include things we saw, pictures and the fun we had.  We truly took a bite out of the Big Apple and had SO much fun along the way.

Crazies

Until next time……….

THAT Smile

I have been hesitant to post an update on Hannah because I truly didn’t want to “jinx” it and in all reality, this could be short-lived.  I am a realist after all and always have our reality of the last 3-1/2 years in the forefront of my mind, but even if this is short-lived I wanted to update those of you who have been wondering how Hannah is doing.

A little update first, as you know she has a lot of tummy trouble.  Some of it is intentional as she hates using the potty and withholds, both #1 and #2.  Hence, the reason we spend many hours each day in the bathroom, sitting and waiting for her to go.  I don’t know how or why she does it, but she does and THIS has been going on for 4 years.  Unfortunately, there is nothing we can really do about it and my prayer is that the “lightbulb” will click on eventually in her head to let her know that going to the potty is a “good thing!”  Anyway, she did have a colonoscopy and endoscopy a few weeks ago which revealed a severe case of gastritis and lactose intolerance.  Both of those things are probably the reason she has been dealing with such horrific nausea for the past 2 months.  I am thanking the Lord for nausea and I will explain why in a minute.  Anyway, we have completely had to change her diet removing all acidic and spicy foods and of course dairy.  Fortunately she was already using Almond Milk and Lactaid ice cream so she gets to continue enjoying both of those.

I never in a million years thought I could be thankful for my sweet little girl having to deal with such horrible nausea but the truth is, if she hadn’t our pediatrician would not have prescribed Zofran to help her and we wouldn’t have seen the drastic change in her personality and behavior that we have.  YES, I said Zofran, the anti-nausea medication.  Apparently (and I didn’t know this), the brain tells your body you are nauseated and it has to do with Serotonin in the brain.  Zofran is a Serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist.  Without getting all medical on you, it is a blocker drug.  Well, not only has Zofran helped Hannah’s nausea, it has also helped her OCD, tics, anxiety and aggression!  Yes!  You heard me correctly.  It shocked me and her doctors and needless to say, we are staying on the Zofran for the time being.  Hannah isn’t back to “normal.”  Normal being before all this PANDAS stuff started, but she has greatly improved.  Her immune system is still bad but the depression is better, the OCD, tics and anxiety are better and the aggression is GONE (as of now anyway).  She has hugged me and kissed me numerous times each day and tells me all the time “I love you so much sweetheart.”  Oh, the joy those words and actions have brought my heart.  Will this last?  I don’t know.  I pray it does but for the meantime we are enjoying some peace.  Things are still hard, we are still stuck in the house but being stuck here with a happy and loving little girl sure beats the alternative.

Now, something else that we started about 2 months ago is……CBD oil or Hemp oil.  Yes, it is derived from Marijuana and let’s just face it right now….it is natural and I got to the point with Hannah that we were in such a dark place that I was grasping for straws and researching like crazy for help.  I have a friend, who had a friend who was able to get me some CBD oil and honestly, we weren’t sure if it was working or not as we started very slowly.  But, last week in texting with our Pediatrician she asked me about the CBD oil and I said, “we are still using it but not sure if it is working or not.”  Then she texted…..”SEIZURES?”  It hit me like a ton of bricks…..HANNAH HAS NOT HAD A SEIZURE SINCE WE STARTED THE CBD OIL!!  Oh my!  That reality was crazy!  I hadn’t thought about it.  Hannah was having quite a few seizures the last year and we have gone the longest now than we ever have since PANDAS without one.  Is it due to the CBD oil?  I don’t know but I don’t know what else it could be due to.

SO, between the CBD oil and the Zofran, we are in the best place we have been in a very long time.  Hannah still has her troubles, and due to PANDAS, and her many health concerns she probably always will but I can live like this.  We still don’t get out, she still can’t go to school or church, but she is happy, content and not near as anxious.  Her OCD is better, still bad but certainly better and I take that as a win.  So, I have actually thanked the Lord for nausea and I have thanked the Lord for my friend Alisha who introduced me to my new friend who supplies me with CBD oil (and yes it is legal if anyone wants to know)!

THAT smile I love so much is back and I thought it was time I shared that with you all.  Please keep praying for us.  Pray for Hannah to realize that going potty is a GOOD THING and that the results we have seen with Zofran and CBD oil continue to get even better.  Oh, and if you feel so led…..pray her immune system improves so we can get back to living outside the house!

Just wanted to share the smile I love so much with you all!

This was the morning of her colonoscopy and endoscopy. She hadn’t eaten in 36+ hours and had that dreadful “clean out” the night before and this is the smile we got. She kept telling the doctors and nurses, “let’s rock and roll.”

Until next time………

Celebrating Women????

So, apparently today is “Celebrate International Woman Day” and in conjunction the Women’s Rights Movement has made today a celebration of “Day Without A Woman,” which I truly don’t understand as perhaps then the world will see that they might want more days of no women!

Now, first and foremost I have no issue celebrating women.  In my honest opinion we were created by a loving and perfect God and He created us in some ways better than man.  I believe a woman can do anything a man can do and often times, we can do it better.  But, with that said, I don’t think just because we are capable to do it all that we have to do it all.

For more years than I have been alive women have had the same exact rights as men.  I have never lived in a world where women are oppressed (not in the USA anyway), other countries absolutely, but not here.  Yes, women are abused (spousal abuse, sex trafficking, rape/hate crimes) but as far as equal rights; in the USA we have them.

As a woman  you can choose to stay home and take care of your family or work.  I believe you make that decision based on what is best for your family; as there is no right or wrong answer to that.  YOU make that decision.   You can choose not to have children, get married or stay single, live where you want, work where you want, go to college or not.  Those are decisions you make for what is best for you.

As a woman who has done it all…..I have been single and had a career.  I have been married, worked, had no children and been divorced.  I have been married, had a child and now am a stay at home mom.  In all of these instances and choices I never once felt I had less rights than any of my men counterparts.  Never once have I felt oppressed or incapable of doing anything.

I have lived on my own, paid my bills, and made my own way with no help.  I have been independent and played by my own rules.  I have also allowed myself to be taken care of too (the life I live now) and I feel no less a woman by allowing my husband to take care of me financially so I can stay home with our daughter.

All this to say, I celebrate womanhood every day.  I wouldn’t want to be a man and I don’t need a march or a “day” set aside to celebrate my gender.  God made us all, men and women and He gave us our own unique skills, talents and abilities.  We live in a country where we can choose how we use what He gave us.  I have a lot of smart, successful women in my life.  Doctors, nurses, corporate executives, lawyers, social workers, police officers, teachers and YES, even stay at home moms!

The only thing I see these type of days representing is pitting woman against woman not uniting all of us!  I will take this a step further and add that the “Day without a woman” movement today is nothing but another stupid reaction to Trump being elected President.  Can we get over it already?  I lived 8 years under Obama’s disaster of a Presidency and never once needed a movement, march or protest to show “solidarity” and I never once said he was not my President.  Fact is, he was my president and I just had to suck it up!  Did I watch him on TV?  No, I turned the channel.  Did I roll my eyes when he did certain things?  Absolutely.  Was I counting down the days that he was out of office?  YES!  But, did I ever protest, whine, beat my chest screaming “I am woman, hear me roar?”  NOPE!  I lived through those disastrous 8 years and guess what?  I survived….you will too.

What women need to do is stop the division, come together with men (cause let’s face it people we are ALL in this together) and work together to fix our problems.

  • Turn back to God
  • Rebuild the family
  • Teach your kids right versus wrong and that they can do anything if they work hard
  • Be thankful for all this country provides us
  • Be humble and kind always

Days like today show me just how much work we ALL need to do and until we ALL come together nothing will be fixed.  No good comes out of days like today.  Just more division, more strain, more intolerance and more anger.  We are all in this together; Republican, Democrat, White, Black, Hispanic, Christian, Non-Christian……recognize each others diversity and in spite of that be humble, kind and willing to come together and find some middle ground in certain things.  Today I have celebrated being who I am and the choices Dennis and I have made for our family; what is best for us and that will NEVER make me any less a woman or any less valuable to society.

Until next time……..

32 Hours

32 glorious hours this weekend of getting pampered, spoiled and showered with true friendship.  32 hours I needed so desperately that I cannot even put the “need” into words.  32 hours of not having to cook, do laundry,  or sit in the bathroom with Hannah for hours on end.  32 hours to refresh and rejuvenate.  32 hours to not have any responsibility other than myself.  32 hours of laughter (except when I was sleeping).  32 hours of friendship, understanding and pampering.  32 hours of delicious food and yummy drinks.  32 hours of relaxation.  32 hours that flew by too fast but 32 hours of which I am so grateful for.

Marty and Cathy, the most selfless, giving, gracious and loving friends that were brought into our life because of a dog…..Henny’s puppy raisers who took us in as their family and even still now.  Even though they have Henny back they still want us around too and I am so grateful for that.  I could seriously write a book about all Marty and Cathy have done for us; how they have become family to us and how thankful we are to have them in our life.

Dennis had a 4-day weekend this past weekend and he had no plans on Friday and Saturday except to stay home and take care of Hannah so I could get away for 32 hours!  I left here and drove to Orlando where I was treated to a delicious lunch out on the patio of a restaurant called Dexter’s.  Then a MUCH needed pedicure were Cathy and I laughed A LOT!  Then back to Marty and Cathy’s where Marty was preparing my favorite meal of Ribeye steak, loaded baked potato, a to-die-for spinach/pear salad and Marty’s special drinks.  Not to mention the Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory for dessert!  Our dear friends Lori and Jeff came for dinner too and we had a great time.  We topped the night off with 3 games of pool and lots of laughter…..so fun!

Henny and Me on Friday. Notice how we both have our heads cocked? Cathy was trying to get Henny to “perk” up and said “treat” and we both perked up! LOL!

 

DINNER and yes, I ate every.single.bite!

 

Marty and Cathy have a to-die-for outdoor kitchen and bar and the weather was cool so Marty lit the bar table on fire! Love this!

 

Tranquility….Paradise in Orlando!

Saturday, we drove into Universal and ate at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen.  I will let the pictures tell this story but I seriously have NEVER had such delicious food and desserts.

Appetizer of Roasted Brussel sprouts and Cocoa bread!

 

My Super Food Salad…..YUM!

 

Cathy’s lunch!

 

Cathy and Marty

 

These are milkshakes with cupcakes on the top!

 

Cathy, Marty, Me, Lori and desserts!

 

The desserts we shared!

After we ate we walked around Universal for a while and we went in the Hello Kitty store where I bought some gifts to bring home to Hannah.

Unfortunately, the 32 hours came to an end and I drove back home on Saturday night; but I am so grateful for the time I had with Marty, Cathy, Lori, Jeff and their friend (my new friend) Beth.  I needed this time desperately and I am already looking forward to my next trip to the “Fischer Spa and Resort” as I call it!  HA!

The Blankinchip’s love you and appreciate you Marty and Cathy….thank you for spoiling me this weekend.  You will never know how much I needed it.

OH, and if any of my readers are in Orlando…..you MUST go to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen in City Walk and while you are there, go to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure too…..I promise you won’t regret it!

Until next time…………