Day +1127: Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December…

“…and each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor”

My mind is laced with sleep; worried, troubled dreams run deep
…Dream, Dream, Dread…

“… a nocturnal vacation, unnecessary sedation, you want to feel at home ’cause you belong…”

Nightmare? A dream in 3D…

She must journey on, what else is there when no other wisdom can be drawn upon?
Black blood stains mark the passage upon the jagged frozen ground,
A red moon drowned within the clouds, phantoms hide ahead, no other sounds,
She peers into the night, uncertain of her visions, determined in her plight
Yet, she continues to journey on…

Blood seeps, a little does she stumble, the ground reels, she does not tumble,
The motion rides from gut to brain, shakes the body to the core – always sore,
Instinctively her crippled hand clutches at a cane, launching another storm of pain
Lightning creeps up her arm and implodes upon the brain – breathe
The icy air stabs the lungs and tries to kill, yet she musters all her will – journey on

Assaulted eyes try to find the shape of an entropic house within the mind,
A place of peace? A trollish caretaker shatters the illusion,
He looks but does not see and comes to his own conclusion,
Hence, with a withered smile, serves her a pile of bile, her senses reel, the gut turns to mud,
Another bite of noxious goo, remember it’s all good for you – journey on.

A weary traveler, she seeks some rest, and so to bed she does stumble,
A wave of fire, a flame of frost throughout the night she is tossed,
The skin and body shrink and do not embrace to be at point in the same place.
The morning comes, and there she sits, a smile to say she’ll never quit
I ask her what she’ll do today – she smiles again and says: journey far away.

Cancer is a nightmare, not a gift! Unless you take the meaning of the word in German: Poison.

Ok, a little of the dark side seemed appropriate (well appropriate for me anyhow). All in all, Karen is doing well and has her “little” side effects. All perfectly normal and hence, when I thought about what it would be like for me to be that “normal” you get some of the 20 lines above.

“…life would suck without you… “

In my tradition, I’ve buried three tag lines within this blog. Thank you to those who keep playing our little game. It is often good to know someone remembers!

Happy New Year – 2014. Originally, this wasn’t meant to be the New Year’s post; maybe a bit reflective and speculative would have been appropriate, but we tend to shy away from the dark. Yes, we are grateful, thankful to friends, family and the whole medical profession (witch doctors included), but then again, one can always look forward, too … and hope for things to be a little bit better. Twenty lines may not be much to sum up a year, devoid of crises isn’t a bad thing either, but the little 20 lines weave thru the symptoms, ailments, and annoyances of ever changing “normal”.

So, best wishes to all the travelers out there, and also to the one or two fools like me, who don’t realize that we are travelers as well!

“…and all you touch and all you see…
Is all your life will ever be…”

Enjoy life! Lest fate becomes fickle.

Happy New Year!



  1. Although I’ve always hoped I’m the woman of your dreams, this isn’t quite what I had in mind. Happy New Year! Loves you, Mausi

  2. happy new year you guys!!!!
    Im sorry Im too stupid to get your tagsssss
    and I dont know how to goggle it. life at josefs
    was cra cra last night and this morning we had to put
    the kitty down!!!!!!! It can only get better from here kids!! down to a turtle and hermit crabs and fishies.
    have a healthy more normal 2014 I hope. xoxoxoxo

  3. We have another year Karen! Pesky side affects linger with me as well… BUT they are tolerable. Happy New Year to you and Michael. Hugs, Lori

  4. Just stopping in to wish you both a wonderful 2014 and to let you know I am thinking of you. I wish Karen continued success through her medical journey.

  5. The Raven- House of Usher

  6. Welcome to my nightmare-Alice Cooper

  7. Breathe-Pink Floyd

    That’s a lot of work looking these up.

    I hope you have a great 2014! Sure hope we can see you this year.

  8. Cathy,

    Great job! One to go. Yes, the Raven was deliberate, but with it there are still three songs…. “Life would ……”



  9. I didn’t even notice this one. Thanks.
    I am surprise more people aren’t doing the taglines. It is a great game. I enjoy doing them but try to wait to let thosewho really know them do it first. I have to look them all up. Even if it is a song that I may be familiar with, I still have to look it up for the exact title and artist.
    My Life Would Suck Without You-Kelly Clarkson

  10. Cathy,

    My attempt was a little more obtuse: True Love by Pink.

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