Thursday, October 05, 2017

No Longer MIA

Hello to whoever is still around to read my mind doodles.

I’ve been missing from here for a few years.  A lot has happened.  Mostly health issues. 

Since my last post I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Survived surgery as well is 6 weeks of Radiation Therapy.  breast cancer nailsThis month is Breast Cancer Awareness month so I’m going to get on my soapbox for a moment and encourage all of my fellow females to get a yearly mammogram.  I’ve been faithful since I turned 40 and if it wasn’t for that, they would not have caught mine early.  You DON’T want to find out too late.  Yes, mammos are uncomfortable for all of us and downright painful for some of us.  But what is your life worth?  OK, so every October and May I will be nagging all of you to get your yearly mammogram!  Off the soapbox now.


diabetes_support_ribbon_by_lolaistoocoolforyou-da8b47wI was also diagnosed with Diabetes and Neuropathy (usually related to each other but not in my case).  November is Diabetes Awareness month to watch for more on this subject then.

My latest pain is Depression.  72093682.1Hmmm…I wonder why?  It’s not a stretch really.  It’s been a long three years.

But here’s the good news.  I’m two years cancer free.  My A1C is normal and the depression has lifted.  It’s been a long road but I’m ready to share it with you.  Stay tuned for updates on my success story.

Monday, November 17, 2014

England Adventure

Hello.  Well. No story to share yet.  My “partner in crime” hasn’t sent me her comments to share.  But take care…I will insert our adventure after it’s all done.

Until then, I have more pressing things to share… 

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Eshton’s Twins Storm the UK


Dear Readers,

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”   -    Anne of Green Gables


This past year Abby and I have become such good friends.  It has been a very long time since I have come across a person with so much love, understanding, compassion and patience toward people.  Nobody’s perfect mind you, but people like Abby make the world a brighter place.     

aaaEshtonThose of you familiar with the novel Jane Eyre, will recognize the expression “Eshton’s Twins”.  While I, as Eshton puts it, “don’t think it possible that two minds can be so in tune that they communicate across the country and call out to each other across space and time”, I do believe that two people can form a such a bond that they share thoughts, feelings and ideas with just one look.  It’s that sort of connection I find with my new dear friend.  I know the feeling is mutual which makes it even more precious.

What a grand thing to have a “kindred spirit” with you on such an Epic Adventure!  It’s with this sentiment we name ourselves Eshton’s Twins for Story we are about to share.  We invite you to experience our “Jolly Holiday” through our eyes.

This is all in fun, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but share this experience with you in the spirit of wishing you all could have been there with us.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Planning to Visit the Past…


To those who just met me, it would be good to know that I lived in the UK from 1994-1995.  As with most experiences living in a foreign country, it was life changing.

I’ve had to live vicariously through British TV shows and movies since I moved back to the states in 1995. 

As my new friend and kindred spirit Abigail and I sat in the new Irish Pub here in Hackettstown about this time last year, we planned a trip to England.    We spent a long afternoon sitting by the fire eating and drinking Irish Food finding out just how much we had in common.  We share a love of all things British and Irish.  Particularly Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte’, Sherlock Holmes and various other pieces of literature, film and music.

With Abby just having been to Ireland with her sister this past February and me having been there in 1994 with my dear friend Laura, I longed to share the experience of showing her the beautiful place I consider to be my second home.  So without even a blink, we agreed to take this trip together. 

You can’t go back in time.  (Unless you have a Tardis!) You can’t live in the past. (Unless you BLINK!)  You can’t go home and expect it to have not changed. (Only in a bad flash back movie…or if your name is Peggy Sue…) 

You CAN revisit a place you’ve been before and reflect on how it helped mold you into what you are today. Or just experience a blast from the past and bring a friend!  Take care reader, you may be surprised at the range of emotions that swell inside of you when you least expect it…

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Life in a Nutshell


So, here’s the deal, life has a way of changing at the drop of a hat. 

Mine kind of goes like this:


Married at 19.                       Mom, Simmy and Grannie Annie 1985077


Moved to Florida at 21.


New Career at 22. 


Home owner by 25.


1993 FL DL Photo       Divorced at 27.


Paris Booth Photo      Living in a Foreign Country at 28.




Booth Photo 3

Married for the second time at 30.102 - Us looking downward        






Business owner by 32.

New Career Facet at 33.


Move back to New Jersey and semi-retire at 39.


Caretaker for parents by 40.


New Career at 41.


2010-12-22_17-01-55_105Burned out and midlife crisis by 45.


Motherless by 46...


I’m 47.     I’ll be 48 in a week.      I’ve started a new life.     

But it begins by visiting the past…

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another fresh start...

Has it really been two years since I've posted?

So much has happened. The most dramatic change is my mom's passing.
I'll write more about that another time. But for now I'll just say it was the most horrific / beautiful thing I've ever experienced. Rest up Mom, we have a whole slew of trouble to find in the new world!

Rich and I moved to Hackettstown, NJ a year ago. We live in a 125 year old Victorian home and have the best landlords! More on that later too.

I'm traveling a lot with work so I'll be posting from the road a lot from my new iPad! Lots of new ventures and experiences and lots of stories to tell!

See you from the road. Next stop - Orlando and Star Wars Weekends!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fresh Start

OK, so the end of the year is almost upon us.  anne and marillaA new year, symbolizes a fresh start for many people.  I’m of the opinion that you do not have to wait till the end of anything but the day for a fresh start.  Being a lover of movies and literature, I’ll use a quote from one of my favorite family films “Anne of Green Gables”, “tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it.”  So, today is my fresh start for my blog. 

In the past, I’ve posted long novel posts with photos etc…  I’m guilty of putting a lot of pressure on myself to create the perfect post which has a beginning, middle and end.  Well, that’s writing and publishing at it’s best…and I’ll continue to try and achieve that, but since I’ve tagged this as also my doodles…well, you’re at the mercy of the ramblings in my mind.  I hope you enjoy it and as always, I’ll try to make it entertaining!