BUCKET LIST ~PLANS FOR THIS WEEK… BUCKET LIST

PLANS FOR THIS WEEK…  NOT MANY!
YOU SEE,
TODAY I AM CELEBRATING LIFE.

1 year ago today, 12-29-10, my life changed forever with a cancer diagnosis.  What I am doing this week is making a BUCKET LIST.  No, not because I’m dying, but because I’m living. I’m doing well and recovering. Miracles DO happen.
There are so many things I want to do before I do die, but there never seems to be enough time, money or energy so I’m making a list as I go and changing that.  I’m fortunate that I have already done so many things, but there are so many more yet to do!  I no longer stress out over the small things and they were right, they are all small things! 
  • #  1 – eat a hangover burger – 12-28-11
  • #  2 – go to a PRO football game
  • #  3 – go to a PRO hockey game
  • #  4 – finish my novels
  • #  5 – finish my cookbooks
  • #  6 – get published
  • #  7 – Go to Vermont/New England and see the changing colors in the fall
  • #  8 – Go to Disneyworld/Epcot Center
  • #  9 – Go to an Olympics
  • #10 – Get a postcard series of pictures published
  • #11 – Go white water rafting
  • #12 – Go Deep Sea Fishing (if only for the pictures)
  • #13 – Design and publish a quilt pattern
  • #14 – Travel 1st Class
  • #15 –
Every time I update this list I will change to the current date to show my progress.
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ROLL UP THE SIDEWALKS AND CALL IT A DAY?

TODAY IN MY LIFE…

If your lawyer asked you if you wanted to champion a cause to expose the bungling incompetents in a corrupt town full of bigoted, self-serving personnel, what would you do?  
By the way, there are no guarantees of winning because the local justice system is biased against “outsiders” (those with no family in the local area who were looking for small town America) and rumor has it that they can be bought also.
Oh and by the way, the town has lost multiple businesses (some quite large) in the past couple years and several more in just the past few weeks with more to come at the end of the year and is home to multiple sexual predators including the former chief of police and a current “person of interest” for an international child sex abuse pornography ring.  And the next town over has removed a stop light and reverted to a 2-way stop sign system.
Remember also that this is the same town that would “not get involved” when you were swindled to begin with when you bought a home full of black mold that was not disclosed, despite the agents and owners as well as the previous owners knowledge of it.  Every lawyer you called cited “conflict of interest” because of their involvement with either the previous owners or the real estate company and your were forced to seek out lawyers two towns away.  Remember too that of the lawyers that would even talk to you the advice was to spend the money it would take to fight fixing the problem instead of on the layers it would take to get out of the deal. 
Remember that now 5 years later you once again spent days finding a lawyer that would even talk to you because your town/country are “goofy” and “do things weird” so they don’t really want to take your case.
And don’t forget you will be footing the bill for ALL the fees until you win, IF you win.
I just wanted to give you enough background to make an informed decision.
BUSINESSES GONE IN THE PAST 2 YEARS WHILE YOU WERE AWAY CARING FOR FAMILY AND DEALING WITH CANCER:
  • BAKERY
  • CHURCH
  • 2 MOTELS
  • GIFT SHOP
  • PIZZA PLACE
  • RACE TRACK
  • COPY CENTER
  • LUMBER YARD
  • HARDWARE STORE
  • SANDWICH BISTRO
  • ANTIQUE/GUN SHOP
  • CHILD CARE CENTER
  • AUTO PARTS STORE (ONLY ONE IN TOWN)
  • ATV/SNOWMOBILE DEALER (ONLY ONE IN TOWN)
1/2 OF SCHOOL SHUT DOWN AND CLOSED UP, BUT NO LAYOFFS 
SO RATIO IS NOW 1 TEACHER TO 10 STUDENTS
BUSINESSES GONE IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS:
  • RESTAURANT
  • BAR & TAVERN
BUSINESSES RUMORED TO GO IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:
  • RESORT
  • CHILD CARE CENTER
  • FURNITURE STORE (ONLY ONE IN TOWN)

BUSINESSES RUMORED TO GO OUT TO ATTRITION (RETIREMENT) THIS YEAR:

  • BARBER SHOP (ONLYONE IN TOWN)
  • SHOE REPAIR/RED WING DEALER (ONLY ONE IN TOWN)
     BUSINESSES STILL THERE (TECHNICALLY), BUT NEVER OPEN:
    • THEATRE
    • ANTIQUE MALL
    • BOWLING ALLEY

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    ROLLIN’, ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’, 2011 JUST KEEP ON ROLLIN’ – YAY 2012 IS HERE.

    Is everybody as happy to see 2011 go as I am?  I have high hopes and super positive attitudes towards what 2012 has in store for each of us.
    I’m not a resolutions girls, but I am a list girl. So I’m making my lists of all the good things I want to come my way and then I’m going to see what I can do to make each of those things come true.  These days it’s so easy to just say wait and see, but my goal this year is to proactively set my life in motion! And I’m ridding myself of all the baggage that makes indecision so easy to live with.

    Over at THE Motivation Station, Martha has challenged us to:

    For the month of January – The 100 things challenge!

    “Unlike the original 100 Things Challenge to get rid of everything we own other than 100 things we will start much smaller – how about a challenge to get rid of 100 things in the month of January?

    It doesn’t matter if you donate, sell, giveaway, throw in the garbage, or recycling – the goal is just to get 100 things out of your home no matter how big or small.”

    Martha has started another blog also, Minimalist in the Making and would love to have you join her in the endeavor.  She’s looking for some guest posters too so go check it out.
    She and I have agreed that minimalism can be defined as the least number of things to make your life livable.  You don’t have to go crazy to accomplish this.

    So far for her challenge that began today to get rid of 100 things (which sounds like a lot) I’ve gotten rid of 37 easily.  Sitting here right now today in the donate to St. Vinnys pile is a plug in ice chest (that we hate), a DVD player, and 2 sweat shirts.  There are 6 magazines and 22 books I’m taking to the VA on Wednesday and 5 DVDs. So 37 down, 63 to go.

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    LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW YEAR…

    LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW YEAR…
    I see good things looking ahead, but based on the year I’ve had, there is no other choice, but to think positive! 
    I see happier times. 
    I see more family times. 
    I see more productive times. 
    I see more volunteer times.  
    I see more creative times.  
    I see more down time.
    I see more day to day, less hectic times…

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    Minamalist in the Making

    Martha from Minimalist in the Making asked me to write a post for her.  I was initially at a loss, but then realized that the topic really fits my recent mindset.

    Martha and I met several years ago and hit it off and have been fast friends since.  We have similar interests, beliefs and values.  We have begun two separate blogs together that we feel are successful, but still life overwhelms you and things change.  That change has happened to not just me, but also Martha.  Some of it I believe is happening to many of us just because of the state of the world, but for me it’s deeper.  Taking care of family has had a deep impact on me, but deeper yet is the cancer.  Ironic, but I got my quarterly test results today and they are “in range”, a good thing, but still mind altering as you deal with the materialistic side of life!!

    Below is my post I submitted to Martha.  Please stop by and see what she has to say and what her other guest posters have to say.  You may find that this is a topic that affects you too!

    Life can change in a heartbeat.  Ever hear that phrase before?  I always did, but wasn’t sure what it really meant – until recently.  Because of our travels around the country to care for family members and in search of a VA solution to red tape topped off by our extended stay in Texas because of my Ovarian cancer we have learned to live without many things.  Those things are all in storage collecting dust.  Every month I pay the bill to store these things.  The things in storage are/were our prized possessions.  The things still in the house are the pragmatic items.  When it comes right down to it, we don’t really need any of it.
    My search for minimalism really began with my cancer diagnosis.  I thought of all the unfinished projects, unread books and cherished family items that the boys would have no clue about without my notes and how I didn’t have time to write out all those notes.  Then I thought about those same family items and wondered if anyone after me really cares about them?  Tradition just doesn’t seem to be a strong point with boys in particular, but also with today’s generation.
    Our goal was to get back west with family so we came home to the snowy north with just what we had acquired along the way via a moving company that was a part of a huge scam, but that’s another story yet.  Besides being a scam that we are filing charges against, they lost furniture and boxes and have no remorse or desire to find them.  They just want to throw money at it. The insurance doesn’t begin to cover the damages to family pictures or missing furniture.  In my younger years I would have been devastated by this.  Now I just shake it off, deal with the paperwork and move on.  In the big picture things just aren’t worth the effort to get all worked up.  Maybe it’s my new lease on life, but either way I’m ecstatic to get my minimalist life going!
    Our goal was to finish a few projects and sell the house.  Things happen all the time that change our (collective term here – you may be next) grand plans.  You know the old saying, “Man plans, God laughs”.  Well He’s having one heck of a belly laugh on my account.
                                                      
    Years ago when we first started out, hubby and I rented a small cabin  (small closet, single bed, couch, refrigerator, small table and a TV) in the mountains near Los Angeles.  It was an old officer quarters – hot in the summer, cold in the winter and simple!!  We had some of our happiest early moments in that cabin and have joked over the years about how we’d do it all over again.  More than ever I’m convinced that I want less, less and less!!  We’ve decided to sell everything we can and start a simpler life!
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