The Request

My category ‘Pictures & Stories’ are posts with me writing a fictional, creative short story about a picture.

The Request

The Request –

‘Hey, can you hear me?’

‘I speak, but no one listens.’

‘I have this itch, and I am unable to reach it.  With my extremities buried I am unable to scratch it, can you help?’

As usual there was no response to the request.  As usual they would walk by, take photos and leave.  The request was never heard and the itch continued and additional requests were made in vain.  Sadness wore on the face as time continued and no response was received.  Suddenly out of nowhere, there was the relieve, the request would not go without a response.  It emerged out of the sand with a hand, the scratching would take place and the itch would be gone.

‘Oh, thank you my friend.’

‘Without you my days of agony would have continued.’

There was no response from that which had emerged out of the sand.

‘Hey, can you hear me?’

Cruising

It is 2 days after surgery and I am recovering.  Because past experience has proven I am not the greatest hospital patient, I decided to post some photos taken on our recent cruise last month because they bring a smile to my face.

 

 

 

 

 

I will be in ICU for a couple of days and then the recovery begins.  

I appreciate everyone taking the time to stop by, read and leave many wonderful comments.  Due to my surgery and not knowing how I will be feeling; I am disabling the comments on my post today.  I need a few days of recovery and to grow accustom to the new me.  But know soon I will have comments enabled and I will be ready to respond to each one of them. 

Rocket Man

Back in November of last year, in my post ‘Moment of Silence‘, I wrote the following –

I mentioned in a previous post, the Blue Angels home is NAS Pensacola, and their hangers and headquarters are located directly across the street from us.  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday and let’s just say, our 5th wheel at times shakes when they jet across the sky just above us.  This past weekend they ended their season here at the NAS.  The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show was held just across the street and the area was overflowing with people.  Gary and I are fortunate we are near as we could view the airshow from our current home.  We did take the opportunity to walk over to the air show and visit the vendors, performers, aircraft displays and other attractions.

In today’s post, I follow up with the following –

The following are highlights of video I took of the Blue Angels.  First, I apologize for the quality of the video – I am not a pro.  The first part of the video with the blue skies was taken one day while the Blue Angels were practicing.  The second part of the video with the cloudy skies was taken the day of the airshow and the third part was taken later that evening.

(Note: Due to copyright, this video may not play on a mobile device – thanks YouTube)

I hope you enjoy my video –

Travel Vision

Back in June of last year, I wrote a post ‘Sneak Peek‘, that included the following excerpts –

Image 1Gary and I continue to plan our future adventure.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek into our future travels.  We are planning travels starting on or around August 2th, which is the date of the closing for the home.  Our planning involves traveling a portion of the United States and then making our way back to West Texas for Thanksgiving in which we will spend with my family.  Our plan then will be to travel back to Dallas, Texas for my urology checkup and then proceed from there as long as my checkup is good.

After winter we then plan to travel another portion of the United States and hopefully by the end of next year have traveled in all 48 continental United States.

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Yes, our further out future plans could change due to many unforeseen variables.  Do not forget, I still must have a cystoscopy performed every 3 months for the next several years due to my recent cancer.  At this time, we have not decided how this will be handled once we are on the road again.  This is an important consideration to keep in mind when we make our schedule for traveling.

In today’s post, I write the following –

When I wrote that post and those words a little over 6 months ago, I had no idea what was to come in the last months of last year and the first months of this year.  I had no idea my cancer would come back as quick as it did and I never imagined I would have to undergo chemotherapy and soon after have a major surgery.  But, ultimately this is what was to occur.

Gary and I continue to have plans to take a travel adventure across the United States.  Our hope is that this will begin sometime this year, and wishful thinking that it will begin this spring or summer. I remind myself, there is a major surgery in a couple of weeks and a recovery to follow.

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And I understand there is a few unknowns that will be revealed soon after the surgery, but I remain optimistic the travel adventure will begin sometime this year.

Some of you may remember in May of last year in my post ‘Plan B; your curveball‘, I wrote that on our travel adventure if I am close to you the readers, I would very much enjoy meeting you in person.  My plan to meet some of you in person is still in my dreams and my desires.

Since my initial posts about our travel adventure and the idea of meeting many of you; my life changed dramatically.  But the plans and the travel, though on hold now, they are still my vision for the future, especially now more so than ever.  Why?

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Well, because you have supported me and helped me through a tough time in my life.  I want to thank you both in my writings here on WP and if possible in person when the travel adventure takes place.

This post is just a reminder that the travel adventure on hold will be a reality someday – hopefully a little later this year – stay tuned.

Back Tomorrow

In my post ‘Spending time away‘, I wrote the following –

While I am on one of the biggest ships, sailing the Atlantic Ocean visiting several Caribbean islands; my plan involves some days publishing a brand-new post and other days re-publishing an older post.  I wrote posts early in my blog that received little exposer and I consider them among others as interesting posts. I know I can reblog these posts, but decided instead to create a new post for each and give a different name to them.

I appreciate everyone taking the time to stop by, read and leave many wonderful comments.  My time away sailing and enjoying other activities will result in time offline and will prevent me from responding to the many wonderful comments I receive.  Therefore, I will be disabling the comments on many of my upcoming posts while spending time away.  There will be times I will have some time online and you will see me a little here and there on WP.  But, most of my time will be offline having fun, relaxing and enjoying the sun.

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In today’s post, I write the following –

The past 7 days, Gary and I have been sailing on a large ship in the Eastern Caribbean and will be back docked into a Florida port tomorrow.

Upon my return, I plan to share our trip though words, pictures and video.  I hope you enjoyed my posts from this past week; some new, some old and I appreciate you allowing me to disable the comments on a few.  You are welcome to leave a comment on this post related to a post from this past week.  I hope to have the time to start responding to comments tomorrow and to read your posts.  But if time does not allow, I will eventually catch-up – I promise.

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I am writing this post in advance because I am out sailing the seas, but I know from my past experiences with taking a cruise that Gary and I had a great time.  Starting next week, I am back to the Christmas season; after all it is a little over a week away.

But next week also is the start of what is to occur with my health and body; my reality.  My reality starts again next week with an appointment with my Urologist Dr. P. to discuss details of my upcoming surgery.  The week after Christmas will be an appointment with the hospital for pre-op procedures and the first week of the new year begins with a major surgery.

There still is a couple of weeks before that first week of the year – for now, today – I am still cruising.

I will be back tomorrow.

19: with first words

Today is the 19th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

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I am on a cruise ship today somewhere in the Eastern Caribbean.

I decided to take my age 56 and subtract 19 (the anniversary month of my blog) and that equals 37.  I then took my age 56 and added 19 (the anniversary month of my blog) and that equals 75.

I then took 37 and added 75 and that equals 112.  I then took 112 and subtracted 19 (the anniversary month of my blog) and that equals 93.

I then went back to my 93rd post and picked the following corresponding numbered words –

19 (the anniversary month of my blog) – time

37 (my age subtracting the anniversary month of my blog) – in

56 (my age) – I

75 (my age adding the anniversary month of my blog) – a

93 (37 adding 75 subtracting 19) – specific

112 (37 adding 75) – before

Create a poem using the above words as the first word of each line –

Time has come.

In the weeks, ahead.

I will reveal.

A future once unforeseen.

Specific with previous uncertainties.

Before, but now with clarity.

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Today is the 19th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Welcome Aboard!

Back in October, In my post ‘I need a vacation‘, I wrote the following –

I need a vacation, so Gary and I have planned taking a cruise in December a couple of weeks prior to Christmas.  We are planning taking a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise the second week in December.  Today, there are still uncertainties with my health and the care needed; but I truly believe I will be able to travel by the second week in December.  This travel in December will be discussed with my Oncologist Dr. D. whom I have an appointment with prior to today’s chemotherapy treatment.

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My view on my health and my life is that taking a small break from what is taking place, will be a benefit for Gary and myself.  Precautions will be taken and I will remain focus on remaining infection free.

I need to get away – I need a break – I need to have some fun – I need a vacation.

In today’s post, I write the following –

I received the all-clear from my Oncologist Dr. D. for the cruise and with chemotherapy completed more than 6 weeks ago, I am ready. Gary and I are setting sail on our cruise today.

I plan to take many pictures, some videos and hopefully will have a brain full of ideas for future posts.

I know the certainties of my future healthcare – I know what to expect the beginning of next year.  I have shared this information with you and I accept what the future holds for me.  I place the future in the future knowing it will soon be the present.  Before that future present arrives, the present today is here and the cruise, the vacation, the get-away, the break, the fun begins in a few hours.

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Yesterday, we traveled to and stayed overnight with Gary’s older brother in Orlando and this morning we make our way to Port Canaveral to board and set sail for our 7-day cruise.

Just a reminder my friends, my personal goal is to post every single day – expect posts while I am away.  I also want to remind you, as indicated in my post ‘Spending time away‘, I will disable comments on some of the posts due to my limited time online.

Welcome Aboard!

Spending time away

Last Friday, in my video post ‘Results‘, I informed you of what is taking place with regards to my health.

In today’s post, I write the following –

January 5th is 1 day short of 4 weeks away from today and before that surgery date arrives, I will be taking a break and spending time away.  I will be here on WP posting everyday as I have for almost 19 months now.  As long as I have topics to write about, I will continue to publish posts.

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Beginning this Sunday, December 11, I will be on an Eastern Caribbean cruise.  My plan is to spend a limited amount of time online and instead I will enjoy some time away from everything.  But, since I have a personal goal to post each day, I will not let my time away prevent me from doing this.  Prior to leaving, I will have scheduled all my posts for the time I am at sea.

While I am on one of the biggest ships, sailing the Atlantic Ocean visiting several Caribbean islands; my plan involves some days publishing a brand-new post and other days re-publishing an older post.  I wrote posts early in my blog that received little exposer and I consider them among others as interesting posts.

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I know I can reblog these posts, but decided instead to create a new post for each and give a different name to them.

I appreciate everyone taking the time to stop by, read and leave many wonderful comments.  My time away sailing and enjoying other activities will result in time offline and will prevent me from responding to the many wonderful comments I receive. Therefore, I will be disabling the comments on many of my upcoming posts while spending time away.  There will be times I will have some time online and you will see me a little here and there on WP.  But, most of my time will be offline having fun, relaxing and enjoying the sun.

My previous experience of time away at Thanksgiving resulted in me falling behind on my responses.  This bothers me and it also took a great deal of effort and time to catch-up.  Honestly, I do not want to feel this again and with my upcoming posts having the comments disabled, you the reader clicking the ‘Like’ button is enough for me.  This is temporary while I am away – I will not make a habit of it.

I thank you in advance for taking the time to read my older posts that are getting another chance.

Each post beginning this Sunday and for the next week will have a reminder of my time away.  Once back, I certainly hope I will have some posts about the cruise and me spending time away.

I will be back online fulltime with all new posts starting December 17th.

Beach Drive

A couple of weeks ago, Gary and I visited Pensacola Beach for lunch.

We then drove from Pensacola Beach along the Gulf Coast to Navarre Beach.

For most of the drive, the beaches were uninhabited.

We enjoyed the beach drive – I hope you do as well.

 

(FYI: I have left comments the last few days on other’s blogs and they are not displayed – I suspect they are going to Spam)

 

Moment of Silence

As some of you know, Gary and I are currently living in our RV in an RV park at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.  NAS Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels.

Per Wikipedia.org –

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.

The Blue Angels’ show season runs each year from March until November. They perform at both military and civilian airfields, and often perform directly over major cities such as San Francisco’s “Fleet Week” maritime festival, Cleveland’s annual Labor Day Air Show, the Chicago Air and Water Show, Jacksonville’s Sea and Sky Spectacular, Milwaukee Air and Water Show, and Seattle’s annual Seafair festival.

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I mentioned in a previous post, the Blue Angels home is NAS Pensacola, and their hangers and headquarters are located directly across the street from us.  They practice every Tuesday and Wednesday and let’s just say, our 5th wheel at times shakes when they jet across the sky just above us.  This past weekend they ended their season here at the NAS.  The NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show was held just across the street and the area was overflowing with people.  Gary and I are fortunate we are near as we could view the airshow from our current home.  We did take the opportunity to walk over to the air show and visit the vendors, performers, aircraft displays and other attractions.

During our visit, the air acrobatics show portion continued; Gary and I thoroughly enjoyed all the air show participants inspiring death daring moves.  For those readers who may be unware, the Blue Angels suffered a loss this year with an accident and death of one of their own; Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.  He was killed in a training accident several months ago.  During our visit of the airshow; before the Blue Angels were to perform, the announcer gave an introduction and mentioned Jeff Kuss; dedicated the show to him and requested a moment of silence.

I want to remind people what my blog is about; simply me and my life.  I try to keep my opinions to myself about matters of the world, though I have written a few posts where my opinions were mildly expressed.  I am going to do that again with this post concerning the before mentioned moment of silence.

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America is a country of many different people that include naturalized citizens, immigrants that are lawful permanent residents, legal residents with temporary visas and U. S. citizens.  For you two that were behind me – no matter who you are, why you are here and what language you speak; when you attend an event and there is a moment of silence to recognize a person or persons – please stop talking for that moment.

I understand a moment can seem forever – but life can be short – let’s take a moment of silence.