Sunday, October 7, 2012

It's October...and you know what that means!

Well, the name says it all...so before I get to the "good stuff" I'll give my little lecture.  October is my favorite month.  Why?  Well...first it's because my birthday is this month.  And since my brush with breast cancer two years ago it has become the month I get to encourage others to get their mammograms.  Truly I tell you, a mammogram saved my life!  Although the two tumors I had were smaller than the eraser on a pencil, they had already spread to my lymph nodes under my arm.  They were too small to feel, and nearly too small to be found on a mammogram, but because they were caught early and treated effectively, I'm here to nag you about getting tested.  It may be a momentary discomfort, but in the long run your family and friends will thank you for spending more time on this planet with them.  PLEASE don't put it off!!  Ok, lecture over...LOL

In the past I have had a give away.  I'm still trying to pull one together, but haven't had time to sort things out just yet.  I will be visiting a needlework store next weekend and if I can find something, I'll put a giveaway together...so watch this space!

What have I been doing to keep me from sorting out something for my favorite cause?  Well, I was invited by another breast cancer survivor to accompany her on her annual trip to Ocean City.  She usually goes with female  members of her family, but I was adopted for the week this year and was invited to go with them.  Let me tell you...we had a blast!!  If you are friends with me on facebook you know some of the things we've done.  I was away from my computer so I couldn't post pictures of our little escapades last week....so here are a few.

Here we are on the boardwalk decked out in pink.  Before you ask, I had pink on my black shirt that said "I fought like a girl and won".

We spent time on the beach soaking in the rays...





We played two awesome games of mini golf...





And I actually won!

We fed the birds...


Visited the car show down by the inlet...

Watched the sun set and rise and the moon shine...




Saw the dolphins playing in the surf...

And listened to the waves crash on the shore.



We visited The Salty Yarn on the boardwalk and I enhanced my stash a bit...

I even got a chance to work on "The North Wind" by Littlehouse needleworks! 



It was a great week, one I didn't even realize I needed until I was there relaxing and having fun.  I  miss the ladies already!  After spending so much time with my guys doing guy things, it was such a change of pace to spend time with ladies doing ladylike things.  And I get to do it again this coming weekend when I spend time with ladies I used to work with going to a retreat in Shiloh!  I'm getting very spoiled!  LOL  I'll fill you in on that trip when I get back.

Last, but not least, I am pleased to announce that my beloved Orioles have made it into the playoffs!  I think I posted last time that the guys were up early the day the playoff tickets went on sale and were able to snag tickets to the first game of the playoffs.  We are so excited that the Orioles are in the playoffs, the first time in 15 years they have made it this far.  It will be an exciting few weeks until we learn if they make it to the world series!  I'll keep you posted.  In the meanwhile...LET'S GO O'S!!  

 
 

8 comments:

Maggee said...

Yup--my mammo has been scheduled for a year! I want a t-shirt like yours! I have one that says Fight Like a Girl, but --that's it! Looks like you had a fabulous time at Ocean City! I love the beach! If it wasn't raining today, I would have gone to Back Bay to go walking on the beach there... it's little known, so very pristine and clean. I have North Wind, still not started. Hmmm.... Hugs to you!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I'm so glad that you had a chance to rest and relax with friends!! I love your LHN piece - I hope your hand isn't hurting as much. Take care!!!

Tricia

Nancy said...

Sounds like you had the perfect beach getaway! Love all the pictures!

Nice progress on The North Wind!

Mouse said...

ohhh wow .. you really had a fun break didn't you :)
birthday prezzie will be a wee bit late as had one of those DOH moments after the post office shut yesterday ... hopefully get one of the "slaves " to post it this week ..lol .. if not it will be Saturday. love the stash enhancement and I hope your team make it :) squeak to you soon :) love mouse xxxxx

Gillie said...

Looks like you had gorgeous weather, lovely photographs and guess what......I am back in your time zone!

Nicola said...

In the UK the Tickled Pink breast awareness campaign is running. Everywhere you go you see the pink hearts and I think of you and your blog.

Looks like you had a great break with your girl friends.

Veronica said...

That sure sounds like a fun and relaxing trip. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing :)

Hugs,
Veronica.

Astrid's dragon said...

So glad you had a fab time, great pictures!

I had my squeeze on Monday and tomorrow Nathan gets to wear pink to school for an out of uniform day - not sure if I have anything for him to wear though!

Hugs!