Spring has Sprung!



Spring has sprung! Fresh beginnings!  Longer days and shorter nights.  The sunshine is so good for the soul.  It is still fairly cold outside and that darn wind!  I heard it won’t get warm til the middle of April.  I sure hope the weather man or weather woman are both wrong!

I have been resting quietly the last few days and getting caught up on some movies.  So nothing truly insightful on this blog.   A few months ago someone told me about downloading some application to stream movies from my laptop.  Ok I am not sure it’s all on the up and up but I connected to my TV with an HDMI cord.   I get to watch some pretty good flicks.  If  the internet connection slows down, it can work sporadically and hang on occasion but for the most part it’s pretty good.  I have been avoiding depressing movies and just not into horror flicks.  I tend to like just about anything with action and adventure, drama, romance, sex and rock and roll.  I enjoy a good comedy which are often tough to find.     I ended up watching Pitch Perfect 3, The 15:17 to Paris, The Commuter, Just Getting Started…   All good time wasters!

I almost tuned into a movie that looked like an action adventure but thankfully read the summary and it was about carnivorous spiders.  Now if anyone knows me, I can’t even type the word “spider” without shuddering.   One time, years ago, while driving up Yonge Street, a spider crawled down the inside window on the driver side.   In less than 3 minutes flat, I jumped on top of my niece Karen who was seated in the passenger seat, crossed three lanes of traffic and threw that car in park.    Karen knew I didn’t like spiders but didn’t know the extent, til that day.   Talk about arachnophobia!

To put this into perspective, for years I used check ceilings before using the bathroom because of a traumatic spider situation that happened in my late teens.   What would you do?  If you were sitting their doing your business and a big black nasty spider fell between your legs landing into the bowl, I say what would you do?  I heaved and was shocked and felt like vomiting.  My Mom called up to ask me why I was gagging, and after she understood the situation she said “just flush”, and that is when I snapped out of it.   Well, if that spider had landed on my bits and parts, I swear I would have died of heart failure.  Finally after years and years of doing ceiling spider scans, I can now enter a bathroom with little fear.   This said, if a bathroom is just a wee bit sketchy, I still do the spider scan.  Needless to say, I luckily avoided that horror film!

I also watched The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman and had no idea that it was about P.T. Barnum and how he became a sensation across the world.  I have to say I am typically not into musicals but this movie is definitely uplifting.     Although, I don’t think it was PT Barnum’s original intention but he brought the odd and unusual together like one big happy family.   The song “This is me” sung by the bearded lady was absolutely powerful.  Here are some of the words….

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

Speaking of odd and perhaps not so unusual, my hair is thinning considerably from the chemo.   Minnie and I are having a competition on who is losing the most fur and hair and dander.  I think I am winning on all 3 fronts.  LOL.   It is rather unsettling to run your fingers through your hair to get 30 or 40 hairs on your hand each time.   My hair has lost it’s luster, usual bounce and spring.   Spring it’s not!  At least not on my head!  Plus my scalp feels a little tender.  I decided to get a hair cut to minimize the hair loss.   Something about losing tiny hairs versus long strands provides some sense of control of the situation.   Plus Minnie is quite competitive and I want her to win this game of hair loss.   This is me with the shortest haircut I have ever had.


I still can’t picture myself with absolutely no hair.  Wonder if the carpet will match the drapes!?  I imagine “hair loss” means total?!   Time will tell.  I do suspect I will lose most of my hair at some point given it keeps dropping!    I keep thinking about the time savings!  Just think, no shampooing, no combing, no drying and no styling!  Chemo Benefits!    Being practical, I ended up buying a turban head cover with a pretty scarf as want to keep my head warm.  I am undecided on the “wig” to select or if I need to bother with one as long as I have it covered.   Like the song, I am not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me!

Control what you can and forget what you can’t!  Here is to hair clippings!

Happy Spring Time!

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