Last month in my post ‘My Feet – A Fresh Perspective‘, I concluded with the following –

Much has changed since I wrote that post back in 2015 except, I continue to appreciate my feet.  What has changed?  It was only 6 weeks ago I was walking 1-2 miles per day with some discomfort.  I mentioned in several posts about my increased pain and how it was affecting my walking.  Rapidly the pain increased in my right groin and the walking became worse forcing me to use a cane and now I am using a walker. Image1 Then came reduced physical activity and most recently a 7-day hospital stay where I remained bedridden for most of that time.  This combination has caused severe edema in my feet and ankles.

My feet continue to function and do their job even though they are swollen and tired – I continue to appreciate my feet.


In today’s post, I begin with the following –

In the past 2 weeks, my severe edema has become worse and after communications with doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center, it was determined I have lymphedema.  Image2This is common with some cancer patients when the lymph nodes are affected.  Since I have cancer in many of my lymph nodes and with the recent decrease in physical activity; the lymphedema is now another health condition to deal with.

This past Monday, I had a visit from home health care specialist to treat my lymphedema.  My current treatment involves the wrapping of my legs with hopes the fluid will flow back toward the trunk of my body.  With many of my lymph nodes having cancer, this process may be difficult and slow in progression or not work at all.  If this treatment is unsuccessful, then other treatments will be considered.


Treatment along with exercise hopefully will help reduce the swelling at which time I will wear compression stockings for the unforeseen future.  My understanding is lymphedema can be temporary or permanent, therefore treatment will continue for as long as the lymphedema is present.  I hope I will eventually will reduce the swelling and improve my leg muscles so I have the ability to walk without the aid of a walker or cane.


My pain level prior to my recent hospital stay was a 10+, and afterwards I felt the level was about a 5.  Now with the lymphedema, the pain level has slowly creeped up to level 6 or 7 and at times reaching to a 10+ again.  I have an appointment today with Dr. C. in the Supportive Care Medicine group to discuss modifying my pain medicines or taking some other approach to reducing my pain.


With recent information concerning the spread of my cancer and the pain experienced on a daily basis; I am on a roller coaster of emotions.  I accept what is taking place with my body and my life – I deal with it one day at a time.  What upsets me the most, is the effect this cancer is having on my family and especially Gary.

Roxy is excited

Hello everyone –

As many of you know I am very late on responding to comments this week – and for that I am sorry. I will try my best to catch-up this weekend.

I ended up staying in the hospital until yesterday – and now am resting comfortably at home.

Gary and I are excited for me to be home, but I think Roxy is the most excited.

The French Kiss

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


The French Kiss –

Yes, yes, yes, I know it is odd that I would take time off to fly to France and be professionally trained.  But seriously, look at this face, who wouldn’t want to kiss me?

Yes, I know about the Mexican Kiss, but it is not as exciting as the French Kiss.

So off I went to France to be professionally trained.

The training was intense and involved many countless hours.

It paid off as I am now considered the world’s first Chihuahua trained in France.

But I do now have a tired lazy tongue.

Roxie Boogie

Hello everyone, this post is a Video Log post related to Boogie Blogging.

What is Boogie Blogging – dancing, moving to music, making a fool of myself, creating laugher within you.

I like to dance and I like to move; movement is good for all of us.  Why not have fun while we are moving?

It you like the music with my videos, you are welcome to get up and move or dance with me!

Let loose, let’s have fun, let’s do some Boogie Blogging.


Boogie Blogging with Roxy on the beach –

Our House

Yesterday we left Dallas, Texas for our new temporary home in Pensacola, Florida.

Excited to be moving forward, we also have some sadness.

Our house that was a home was full of memories, times, events and furnishings.

Yesterday we left our house that was a home, a house we left empty.


In my post ‘Let’s buy a 5th Wheel‘, I wrote the following –

Tomorrow morning, we will move the 5th wheel to our home for an overnight stay and then Sunday back to the RV Dealership storage facility.  During the time it is parked at our home, we will pack some items that we will be taking with us to our next temporary destination.

In today’s post, I write the following –

Meet Max!

Yes, we named our 5th wheel Max!


In my post ‘My 5lb Friend‘, I concluded with the following –

My 5lb friend was my Chihuahua who died a year ago today – I miss my 5lb friend and still see him roaming the backyard, exploring and enjoying his world.

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In today’s post, I conclude with the following –

That 5lb friend, that was my Chihuahua was named Max.  It has been over 2 years now since he left this world and Gary and I still miss him dearly.  We buried Max in our backyard because that was his space, his world where he would explore and go on his adventures.  He would roam around the gardens exploring the bushes, the plants, occasionally eating flowers for which he was scolded for.  His scolding was a yell telling him to stop eating the flowers; he would stop and then do his usual hiking of the leg to pee on everything.  During the summer months he would go swimming with us in the pool which he always enjoyed very much.  He was a snugger and would always be next to Gary on the couch to keep him warm.  He trusted me very much; Max and I were very much alike.  He was controlling like me and was head of the household.

So Max will be left in his world that was his backyard and Gary, Roxy and I will soon leave for our next chapter.  We are sad to leave Max behind and hope he will rest without disturbance for eternity.  We decided in his honor and remembrance we would name our 5th wheel Max.

So Max, our little 5lb Chihuahua is now an 8000lb 5th wheel.


We will take Max with us into the next chapter and beyond.  We still plan one day to start our travel adventure to roam, to explore and enjoy the world.  When the adventure begins, Max may not be with us in presence, but he certainly will be with us in spirit!

Doggie Hygienist

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

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Doggie Hygienist –

The dreaded dentist appointment had arrived and he knew what the results would be.

The dentist known for his unorthodox antics would certainly have something to say.  For it had been too long since the last visit and there were problems, the teeth, what was taking place with them?  The usual exam took place with the dentist performing the prodding and probing along with the expression of disappointment.  What did he find?  Was it serious?  Upon the exam completion he proceeded to enter notes in the computer and making gestures along with the typing.  Is he upset with me?  What was going on inside my mouth?

The typing stopped, he turned and with an outrageous laugh and smile he busted out with “Your teeth need cleaning!”  I responded “Why is that funny?”  He responded “My usual dental hygienist is not here today and you my lucky man get to experience the new technique I have developed.”  I responded “Will it hurt?”  He responded “Only if you move!”  I responded “Will my teeth feel better?”  He responded “Yes!  And they will smell like a dog’s breath!”  Laughing again he responds “You know dogs have very clean mouths!”

Hello, anyone out there?

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

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Hello, anyone out there? –

She was alone in a vast wilderness in search of something.  What was her purpose and what would be instore for her today?  The usual perimeter walk takes place to ensure no intruders have invaded the backwoods.  As always there would be the walk around the large body of blue water and the hard surfaced area surrounding it.  Then back to the grasslands to ensure the site was safe, and then there is was!  What was it?  Those eyes, that smell, the silence of it – what was it?  As quickly as it was seen, it began to hurry along the border in a quick manner of unseen speed.  She following, chasing and speaking “Stop!  Stop!  Stop I say!”  The predator proceeding in the attempt to catch the unwelcomed intruder again speaking “Stop! Stop!”

As quickly as the intruder had appeared, it vanished outside the border system and was no longer in site!  What was it!  She was still lurking, sniffing with those eyes fixed on the spot of exit.  Slowly she approached and peered into the outer world and the words were spoken “Hello, anyone out there?”

Meet Roxy

Some of you know Gary and I have a dog and her name is Roxy.  I wrote a post last year about her ‘My Dog Likes Me Better Now She Is Unable To Hear Me‘, where I wrote the following –

A couple of months ago while visiting family she unexpectedly ran into the street and was hit by a car.  With her being a short dog and the car being a higher level SUV, she was very lucky and only sustained a concussion.  After some recovery, she is herself again except for occasionally losing her balance when she is excited and the loss of her hearing.  She can hear us clapping our hands when we want her attention, but that is about it.

In today’s post, I write the following –

I wanted to introduce Roxy to you today.  You will most likely see more of her in the future as she will be going on our travel adventure across the US.

Meet Roxy –

April 1971 – Joy to the World by 3 Dog Night

April 1971 – a song popular in this month – Joy to the World by 3 Dog Night

The group didn’t think much of this song when they recorded it, tacking it on to the album because they needed one more song to complete it. The song ended up being a massive hit and stayed six weeks at #1 on the US Hot 100.

Interesting facts about Joy to the World & 3 Dog Night –

The opening lines of this song, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog, was a good friend of mine. Never understood a single word he said, but I helped him drink his wine,” are part of some wonderful song meaning speculation. A common interpretation is that Axton’s bullfrog is the prophet Jeremiah from the Bible, and we’ve seen at least one sermon that makes the case that the song represents God’s desire to unite all people in happiness (the bullfrog, with his distinctive call that stands out in nature, is God’s voice in this interpretation).

Three Dog Night got their band name from an old Australian Aborigine saying they heard. If it was cold at night, you slept with your dogs for warmth. The next day you might tell a friend, “Man, it was a three dog night last night.” This led a lot of people to believe that the group was Australian, but they were based in California.

Thanks to the opening line in this song, frogs became a big part of the band’s marketing. Frogs adorned their press kits and some clothing items, and they even had a 6-foot frog suit that some poor guy had to wear to promote the band.

This song garnered renewed attention when it was featured on the soundtrack to the 1983 film The Big Chill.

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