Tag Archives: family and friends

      Yesterday was ‘interesting’: It almost killed me.     First, I found out that my cholesterol levels are so screwed-up that my blood probably makes concrete look like wine. Lovely. The wine part.   Secondly, my thyroid gland is almost kaput. No wonder I haven’t been able to lose much weight, which […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Girl, that is the definition of a bad day, for sure. Take a deep breath and, well, I think a bit of wine is so in order. Wishing the best for everyone….and you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I feel shell shocked. My whole body aches.ReplyCancel

  • kymberlyfunfit - Isn’t there some way to blame all this on your husband? At least you might be able to get out of having to send a wedding and baby gift. Hope tomorrow goes a LOT better!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Brilliant. I must create a fiction by where he takes all the blame and supplies the cooperation for an extended trip to Europe- by myself!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Oh my lord, your day trumps the coming snow-apocalypse the NE is about to experience. All I can say is congrats on your newest family member…and be kind to your self.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m feeling murderous- like I could whip that storm into submission.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - A shit-storm day, for sure. But what really matters (IMO)? Your health (get that chest pain checked out!), and being there for your friend who’s been diagnosed with lymphoma. Nothing else is (potentially) life-threatening, just aggravating as hell.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I would have used your glorious term Shit Storm but Facebook would have bumped the post. Just another thing that’s pissing me off today! But yes- I’m taking care of the medical issues and in touch with my friend. Thanks for the well wishes Roxanne.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Graham - I certainly have had my share of days like yours BUT the secret is to keep laughing – which you are doing so I applaud you. I trust tomorrow will be better for youReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If I couldn’t find the absurd hilarity in all of this I WOULD be having a heart attack! Thanks for stopping by Carol. Appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - Are we living the same life?

    Keep on keeping on and remember to breathe.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ohhhh. Say it ain’t so Nancy. I don’t wish this on you. We’ll both breath- deal?ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Oh vey! That would have nearly killed me too. At least you haven’t lost your sense of humor! I hope tomorrow is a better day.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s the only thing that hasn’t left me.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer McLaimtaig - Totally different list but similar sounding struggles in my life too! Hang in there 🙂 Jen from BMCReplyCancel

  • Bonnie K. Frogma - Oh my goodness. Good luck. Splurge a little on the wine, sounds like you’ve earned something a few steps up from E&J!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Ambrose - I think you win. I can’t compete with that!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Topperman - Wow! I can’t speak to everything but with regards to 1 & 2, I have been struggling with them for the past two years and I can say that you can lose weight and that your cholesterol will go down (and so will the triglycerides) and you will get into that dress!

  • Lois Alter Mark - Some days you just need to get back into bed and start fresh the next day. I hope everything works out in every single area 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Calm down, and take care of yourself! Please follow recommendations on the throid. I’m one of the lucky ones. Kelp works for me, but I found that before the thyroid was almost destroyed. If I don’t take the kelp tablets, I gain two pounds a week. Thrilling. Go light on the wine. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - oh my! If you get the right amount of thyroid replacement medication and wash it down with a nice cabernet, I believe you will find the energy to accomplish the tasks you have to do and the calmness to forget the ones you don’t want to do!ReplyCancel

  • Paul D. Brads - At least there is a silver lining.ReplyCancel

    As my good friend Cary Vaughn (Writer at the Reluctant Cat Owners Journal– follow if you don’t. You’re welcome) said,   “It was bound to happen”.   SO, aside from all the instant bad stellar information we get from the interwebs, there is also this little thing called ‘virtual friendships’ (I have so […]

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  • Stacia Friedman - Just in time for my last minute holiday shopping!ReplyCancel

  • sherry - Very cute! I would like him to pick me up please.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Alas, he only DELIVERS by golden coach, unless it’s me, then he does my bidding.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Yeah, I saw that carriage once. I want it. And I do have some abalone. It turns out. Just not that one.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Very pretty…I like the delivery vehicle. That’s a shiny metal!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - How awesome! And how beautiful! Can’t wait to do a little shopping!!ReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - um… you are worth it… and by all means worthy…. Not a word on your hardness fetish…ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Just in time for my last-minute holiday shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Goodness, such an honor. You should have been presented with at least one!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Stunning wowzers. I wish someone would have done the same for me 🙂 I especially am on board with the criteria you set!ReplyCancel

    This may weigh against conventional consensus but… wait for it… wait for it: I liked my mother-n-law.   It could have been tricky as I married her only son, but then again, HE made sure SHE understood their new reality:   “Why don’t you visit anymore?” (Not true btw) “Mom, I travel. When […]

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  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - Good on you Cheryl! Love your interpretations of dialogs, LOL and toasting a Manhattan with you ladies:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Thanks Abby. I’m tipping one back to you as well. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Very creative idea for the Christmas tree ornaments for the soon to be newly weds. Would love to see their tree adorned with your gifts. Like you, I adore my MIL – she is a friend as well as family. At 83 she’s see a lot, and is one of the most adventuresome people I know.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - They actually sent me a photo. I’ll have to put the pic up. So cute!ReplyCancel

Wherever I travel, my eye automatically lights on the architecture of the place and my heart to watching the people who move within those spaces.      In the city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, there is a church that seems to almost glow with the reverence of the faithful that cross it’s marbled floors.   […]

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  • Chloe Jeffreys - I love Puerto Vallarta! But not as much as the conclusions you’ve drawn about the Virgin Mary and tacos. Tacos are good. If you are still there had over to The Happy Lobster and order the special coffee.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Alais, I have returned to NOLA. Not a bad place to land, but next year I’ll swing by The Happy Lobster for a swig!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - My husband works at a Catholic school, so it’s good for me to learn more about Catholic saints. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I find the stories of Saints fascinating. We have a priest here in New Orleans that is being vetted for sainthood as we speak. I should write about him….. thanks for reminding me!ReplyCancel

  • Toni McCloe - I love the pictures. The Empress was beautiful’ Love her skin. I wonder how they defined crazy then.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Probably just unhappy- maybe a temper, possibly a drink? Whatever it was I’m pretty sure is was wrong. EEeGads. And Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - It is a beautiful church.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes William- it is. I think all churches are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - The church is so pretty! So interesting to learn a bit about its history, too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is beautiful. And the faithful there are so reverent. A very humbling experience.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I love your take aways and how you weave a tale! Tacos…. Too funny!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Ruth! And I make a mean taco too! HahaaaReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I was driving home tonight through the city of Philadelphia and saw a billboard about the Lady and got home and saw this post.
    Now I feel like I need to know more.
    What a beautiful church, great pictures and yes we Catholics are a crazy bunch and people are flawed.
    Great post!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’d say once is a coincidence, twice is a ‘sign’. She’s calling you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tackett - I love how you wove the story and the images for us. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s such a beautiful place. Finding a good shot was easy- unlike the people crawling on their knees. That looked hard. Which, I guess, was the point.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I loved learning about this. And your photos are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Such a pretty place. ANyone could take a good photo- and I proved it. Thanks Jamie!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - The iconography is epic, and the belief in the conqueror’s religion is ironic. It does produce beautiful art.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - Even though I am not a fan of visiting Mexico I do love to travel and love visitng cathedrals! Your travel story makes me even want to go to Mexico now. Beautiful photos too! Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Yay! I’ve been there! Husby and I love churches.
    And I love tacos, too! It’s a good day.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I have it on very good authority that the Blessed Mother, herself, makes a mean taco. Just sayin’ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Thanks for providing the history behind the history.ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I would love to one day see this Cathedral in person, I enjoyed hearing about the history. The pictures are stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - What a stunning church. I’d love to go there someday. Never been to Mexico. The photos were beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - How gorgeous. Loved seeing the pictures of the church and Carlota, herself.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - I live on Lady Lupe’s (we are besties) turf. Tucson was part of Mexico for a long time, and longer still connected to the trade and farming culture from which Juan came. Pink roses will decorate my table on December 9th. Wonderful cultural history. I attended a beautiful double wedding in Ciudad Obregon in a Catholic Church graced by the Virgin of Guadalupe… Goddesses are so cool.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - The churches of any country are always so interesting and Mexico is no exception. Your photos are gorgeous and I loved reading the back story — royal families never dissapoint!
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  • Lois Alter Mark - Ooh, we actually visited this church when we were in Puerto Vallarta. Of course, it’s much more interesting hearing about it from your always fascinating point of view!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I just have to try to understand the back story to every place I visit. That’s where the juicy stuff happens!ReplyCancel

  A few weeks ago I had a conversation with my mother about Blogging. You can read it here.   At that time I asked my readers to select their preferred name for her ‘Post Titles’ when I share her thoughts.   It was almost unanimous:   The Crazy On Main Street   “So let […]

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  • Rosie - Thank you once again for sharing your memories…
    please continue to write. Love reading your thoughts.
    ~ rosieReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hope she does Rosie. Fingers crossed…ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I always loved my parent’s memories, and I share them as often as I can. Perspective.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Such a heartwarming story! I new there was French Canadian blood flowing in your veins Cheryl (just like in my L)! But that’s not the only reason why I like you SO much:) Sarcasm seems to be another factor. That’s a language we both speak so well:) xxReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! Us little Frenchies are a bit on the wry side, non? (Love u 2!) XXOOReplyCancel

  • Donna Tagliaferri - Beautifully written….I have French relatives too, they make the best stories!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I believe this is but the tip of the iceberg. Maybe we can convince her to share more?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I get a very vivid picture of her from her writing. Lucky you to still have your mom!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I love your Meme’s attitude about the cookies! These are such wonderful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - What beautifully told story and you know what? I know I like it, the story teller, and the story teller daughter a lot! Thank you for sharing the sweet memory! Cookies please?ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - Thank you for sharing the photo and the memories about tigers, fishing, cookies and sewing. What wonderful people! Very sweetly relayed.ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Lovely memories and such beautiful writing. And, yes, always times for cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - This post put a smile on my face. And that photo — it’s a gem. Sounds like Meme and Pepe were too.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - They look so sweet–like you and I also think like your mom!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - What a sweet way to start a morning! Your mom is a sweet woman but I bet she can still kick your butt. Moms are like that. Thanks for sharing the memory. Going to bake me some cookies!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! A Baker’s Dozen I hope! XXOOReplyCancel

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