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Exciting News!

I mentioned in my last blog that I had some very exciting news (at least for us) to share.  Mike and I have been together for over seven years now, with the last two years of our relationship being the best yet.  I have been living in the same apartment for over eleven years now and for the last six, he has been in a condo across the driveway from my building.  We decided a few months ago that we are at a perfect point in our lives and relationship to move in together.  We went for a flight around Niagara about two months ago, looking at different areas where we may want to consider living.  When we landed, someone at the Flying Club asked us where we went.  I said that we were doing some house hunting from the air and she said that she was selling her house.  I asked her to describe it and it was pretty much what we were looking for.  A few weeks later, she invited us over for a tour.  We were very impressed as it was close to perfect for us, including the location.  With less than a five minute walk to a large, St. Catharines beach as well as walking and bike trails.  It was only a matter of a day or two before I texted the seller our decision.  She couldn’t view the gif I sent so she asked me to send it to her sister’s phone:

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Tee hee!  Probably the silliest way someone has sent a message to a seller regarding the largest purchase of their life!

We are very excited.  The closing date is at the end of April.  We have pretty much completed everything we need to do with the bank and lawyer, plus setting up the moving crew.  This wonderful news has certainly helped us to stay happy and positive during this horrendous situation the world is dealing with right now.  It has also provided us extra time to pack, clean and prepare.  I have already completed around 2/3’s of my packing and Mike has done a good amount as well.  Having to stage his condo to sell helped to motivate him with that!

The kitties are thrilled as well, especially with all the extra space they will have to skulk and roam around.  I’m certainly going to miss my awesome 10th floor view of Lake Ontario, Toronto, the Niagara Escarpment and downtown St. Catharines but I know I will be much happier in the house.

Today’s symptoms: I’m actually having a pretty good day.  I slept in until after 8:00, which my spindly little body needed.  I have a bad headache, but that’s the worst of today’s symptoms, so no complaints!  Please stay safe and positive!

Final Flight for A While

Last Saturday, Mike and I made it out for our last flight for at least a couple weeks.  The Flying Club has shut down (understandably!) for at least two weeks.  So, I won’t be reuniting with Vyctor any time soon.  I’m so glad we had such a nice flight.  Since I had already started mostly quarantining myself that day, my buddy at the Club kindly pulled Vyc our for us.  That way, I did not have to walk through the Club or around anyone to get out to the apron.  But first we hit the drive through at Timmies then sat in the car in the airport and watched the planes:

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We couldn’t fly anywhere to breakfast, of course, so it was a nice local flight.  We headed south through Welland and out to Port Colborne.  Heading east toward Buffalo then turning north-west through Fort Erie.  Here is the eerily empty Peace Bridge:

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We came along this which looked very strange from the air.  We circled around it once but couldn’t figure out what it was.  It’s a bit more obvious from the picture:

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It became more apparent when we zoomed in on the picture, that it was a decommissioned greenhouse.  All of the plastic sheathing is gone, which makes it look so odd.  Here is what it used to look like, as per Google, at a slightly different angle:

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And yet another empty bridge, the Queenston-Lewiston:

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And around the less than full Costco, in front of the closed YMCA:

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What a great end to at least a few weeks of being grounded.  I have not left my apartment in seven days.  The first few days were really tough because I wasn’t feeling well and everything about the enormity of what’s going on in the world.  I decided that feeling down wasn’t going to help the situation, so I’ve since been forcing myself to be more positive.  Keeping busy has been a big part of it.  I also have been focusing on the awesome, epic news I have to share.  Stay tuned!  I will share this news in my next blog and also some of the things Mike and I have been doing while I am on lock down.

Today’s symptoms: I actually felt decent today, after getting a good sleep last night.  The first four nights of my “quarantine” were horrible – very on and off, but mostly off.  I’m sure it’s all the stress and of course, my fears due to my sissy immune system.  Everything will be good and we will all get through this.

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I guess I have more time to write blogs, although I’m not sure how many exciting things there will be to report on over the next few weeks.  The MS medication I’m on is one of the few that suppresses the immune system.  My lymphocytes are looking rather scant at 0.4 when the normal range is 1.0 – 3.5.

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They have gone up to 0.7, but have been at 0.4 for at least six months now.  So needless to say, I’m staying inside.

Luckily we were able to go flying over the two weekends, as I will be grounded for the next little while. The flight two weekends ago was a trip to Tillsonburg for breakfast. The weather was perfect and there were quite a few other planes out and about, taking advantage.  After landing, we got Vyctor all snuggled-up while we went into the Skyway Cafe for breakkie.

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As usual, the restaurant was quite busy.  I don’t think we’ve ever had a less than enjoyable breakfast here.  And of course, a great view of the apron and runway.

On the way home, we decided to head slightly south to the Lake Erie shoreline.  I usually fly over the ice fisherman, but the weather never got cold enough for them this winter.

Anyone up for Windmill Slalom?

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From one power type to another, here is a rather large solar farm:

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It was just a perfect day for a flight.  I had one last weekend as well, but I’ll get into that in my next blog, which should be very soon.

I’m so grateful to have my kitties as company.  And could one have cuter company than these goobers?  Mya:

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Pinky:

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Little porkish Abby, who has gained more than two pounds over the last few months, due to the steroid she’s on.  She is so much more comfortable and happy now!

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Boo being frisky with Mya:

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Here’s a better view of Mya’s shirt:

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Her SpongeBob shirt was in the wash.

I hope everyone is staying safe during this difficult time.  Please remember to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally.

Today’s symptoms: I haven’t slept well in the last few months, plus I’m dealing with a bladder infection, so I’m not feeling too well.  Lack of sleep, needless to say, exacerbates my MS symptoms as well as my “usual” headache.  I’m really hoping for a great sleep tonight, so I will feel better tomorrow.  Having hope usually helps get me through the rougher times. 

Brampton for Breakkie

More good weather last weekend meant that a flight was in order.  Mike and I decided to fly to Brampton, as we hadn’t been there in a few months.  The weather was fairly calm and warmish.  We actually didn’t see or hear of too many small planes flying around there at the time, which was weird since the weather was so nice.  The restaurant there has really good food and is usually fairly busy.  Of course, Donkay joined us:

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After we finished a yummy breakfast, we wandered over to the shop there to peruse the merchandise.  Ironically, they had tire pressure gauges there.  I was checking my pressures before I left, and I inadvertently ran over my gauge while we moved the plane to accommodate the snow plow.  Oops.  Minor dent:

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My new one is purdy:

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Something else followed us home too:

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I’m such a dork.

All of the kitties got a bath recently.  Even little skinny Mya, who I usually only have to bathe about once a month.  She doesn’t get oily for some reason:

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Maybe her overwhelming cuteness repels oil.

The only four-legged resident who didn’t get a bath was little Peanut:

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He seems to want to come out quite a bit more lately.  He’s always happy to see his sisters, even when they’re licking their chops while looking at him:

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I’m so lucky to be able to wake up to these adorable goobers:

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Although I hardly slept last night and was quite weary, it was still a great day.  I gave a lunch and learn presentation on Decluttering at work.  I was so nervous that no one was going to show, but there were over twenty people.  Very nice to see and they were a fun and interactive group.  The presentation went well and I’m looking forward to giving it again at the two Hamilton offices in May.  I love developing and presenting seminars like this.  My last two were on Technophobia and Safe Online Shopping.

I can’t believe it’s going to be Friday already!  It looks like the weather is going to be nice, so hopefully we can get another flight in.  My mother was even talking about going out and doing some yard work, since I think it’s going to be around 10 degrees C.  Bring on Spring!

Today’s symptoms:  I plan on getting a much better sleep tonight.  There has been a lot going on lately, but mostly positive.  The pressure, stress and excitement (more to come!) has done a job on me physically.  It usually takes a couple days to recover from times like this.  I guess it’s comparable to a non-MS person recovering from the flu.  I usually end up with more muscle cramping and spasms, worse than normal headache, more fatigue and just all round feeling more blah.  But I know it will get better so I shall keep smiling and pressing onward!

Finally Made It To London

Mike and I have been trying for almost two months now to fly to London for breakfast.  I’m very happy to report that the stars aligned on Saturday and a jaunt was finally a go.  Around 10:00, we barreled down the runway into a roughly 20 knot headwind.

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This was Donkay’s second flight and the first one to a different location.  It took about an hour and twenty minutes to get there.  It’s usually about an hour but we had the headwind to contend with.  When we arrived in London airspace, the tower had us do a 360 degree circle, to accommodate the Dash-8 that was on final for landing.

Once we got Vyctor all bundled up, we headed into the Katana Kafe for breakfast.

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I rarely order them when out at a restaurant, but was having a bit of a hankering for pancakes.  Mike ordered himself a skillet:

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We had the joys of seeing some other interesting aircraft taxi and hover by while we were nomming:

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Vyc had some orange company – briefly, anyway:

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We had a great breakfast and then flight home.  The trip to London was totally worth the rather extended wait!

I was able to see more orange that evening, whilst enjoying the view during my shower.  This is certainly one thing I am going to miss if/when I move:

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I really appreciate the architect of my building for deciding to put a window in the shower!

Today’s symptoms: I haven’t been sleeping too well the last couple of nights, so I’m a bit more weary, achy and blah than usual.  I already gave myself a pep talk for sleeping well tonight, so I expect to feel much better tomorrow.  I’m hoping this bad headache takes a hike too!

Inaugural Flight

Great news!  The weather finally cooperated and I was feeling well, so I was take Donkay on his inaugural flight!  It was just him and I.  Here were go, rolling down the taxiway on the way out to runway 24:

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Fortunately, there was a nice clear spot over the Niagara District Airport, so I informed the tower that we would be heading up for some aerobatics.  It was the first time I had done them in over a month, so it was a nice rust remover.

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I’m thrilled to report, UK Donkay loved it:

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It appears Vyctor was happy to get out as well.

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For weeks now, he’s been plugged in over night (oil sump warmer) on Friday’s, in preparation for great weather Saturday.  I think we’ve prepared on Friday to fly to London for breakfast at least six or seven times now.  Then we’ve woken up to aviation weather like this:

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I’m VFR (Visual Flight Rules) only so can’t (and have no desire) to fly through clouds and low visibility.  It’s never a good sign when this is all that is listed:

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We had a great time and hopefully are able to get up again soon:

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Mike was out with his friends that day, so the kitties and I just chilled:

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I had this cuteness sitting over my shoulder for a bit:

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I forget what Boo and Pinky were up to that afternoon.  Probably scheming.

Today’s symptoms: I had a good day today.  This week appears to be going nicely, symptom-wise.  Of course, experiencing the usual pains and had the MS Hug a couple times, plus a worse-than-usual headache.  But everything else seems to be fairly stable.  I greatly appreciate times like this.

Yesterday Was Awesome

I was hoping to wake up to  nice clear skies and roads yesterday, as I had to drive to Toronto that morning.  My hopes and dreams were shattered when I looked out the window to snow-covered roads and hearing about car accidents on the radio.  Mike and I left at 7:00am to reports of two lanes of the QEW closed due to a jack-knifed tractor trailer.  The going was slow and most people were driving for the conditions.  Although we did see one car on it’s roof and another in the ditch.  I was hoping to be there by 9:30, since the event started at 10:00.  We managed to find a parking garage and then ran over to the building.  Poor Lola Corolla got a tad soiled on the drive in:

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We met up with the event organizer and some other folks helping out.  Everyone was so nice and welcoming.  The were two really good speakers before me and then I presented for 35 minutes.  The group was great – very attentive and receptive.  It was days like that where I would give anything to just be giving presentations full time. I’m actually getting ready to give another one at my office, but this one will be a Lunch and Learn on decluttering (physically and digitally).  I think it’s for next month (I should probably look into that!)  The ones I gave prior were on Safe Online Shopping and Technophobia.

We had a much better drive home than we did on the way up.  On the way back, we accidentally stopped at the AvWorld store.  I feel kinda guilty about it, since I didn’t really need it, but I sorta bought this shirt:

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It will look nice with my orange hoodie I often wear when I’m flying (the pilot should always coordinate with their plane!)  I really wish the weather would clear and I’m feeling decent so I can go for a flight.  I miss little Vyctor:

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I didn’t have a very good day at work and ended up taking the afternoon off.  I was just so weary after the awesome day I had yesterday.  I don’t think it would have been so bad, if not for the stressful drive up.  Regardless, it was worth it.

Abby and the rest of the kitties were all quite cuddly today, so that made things much more enjoyable:

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Even Peanut came out for a bit.  Boo is really eyeing her brother.  She ended up sniffing him once and walking away:

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Today’s symptoms: My typical MS symptoms weren’t much worse than normal, despite being so weary today.  Headache is it’s “usual” as well.  I’m sure I’ll sleep well tonight and feel much better tomorrow.  Woot!

Come From Away

Mike and I had the pleasure of going to the Come From Away theatrical performance at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.  We live close to the bus station, so we walked over and hopped on the 10:00 bus to Toronto.  So much less stressful than driving.  We lucked out and got the front seat on the way up:

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We dropped our stuff off at the Hotel Victoria, which we had been to previously.  Then after freshening up, we sauntered over to the theatre:

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I highly recommend this show.  Everything about it was great, including the upbeat music and humour.  I’m so glad they shared such a truly Canadian story.

At one of our Recreational Aircraft Association meetings, I showed the group this eye opening documentary about what the pilots of all aircraft in North America that day, the Air Traffic Control people, and folks such as those portrayed in this performance during 9/11.  It’s called Cleared for Chaos.  I found it to be a perfect program to watch for a better understanding of what people went through in Gander, Newfoundland.  Truly makes me proud to be a Canadian!

I’m also proud to be the mother of these little cuties.  Peanut was quite intent on venturing out of his tank the other day.  He was in a very crawly mood:

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Up my neck a few times:

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Meanwhile, Abby kept an eye on the crickets.  I’ve had these same crickets from either October or November!  I can’t believe how old they are, and the males haven’t stopped chirping constantly.

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I’m really excited about tomorrow.  I’m giving my motivational/mental health talk to a government office in Toronto.  I’ve never been to this office before and am really looking forward to the day.  The weather looks like it’s going to be horrible.  It’s already snowing and we’re supposed to get a mix of snow and freezing rain all night and into tomorrow.  Yikes!  I want to be there for 9:30am…..maybe we should leave now (the night before 9:10pm)!

Today’s symptoms: This is the first day I felt really good in almost two weeks.  I was dealing with a joyous bladder infection, which I used to get almost constantly.  First one in about a year, so I’m not complaining!  I caught it early and only had to be on antibiotics for a week.  Sweet!  Other than that, things have been their usual up and down.  One day I’m feeling quite good, with below average (for me, it’s my worst symptom) levels of fatigue.  My headaches have been bad though.  I’m so hopeful for feeling great for my presentation tomorrow.  Paws crossed!

Great News!

Back in August, I lost my little co-pilot friend, Donkay.

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I can’t believe how much it has bothered me.  I guess it’s just all the great places I’ve flown with him.  He LOVES aerobatics too.  The “grieving” process was going a tad longer than I thought it would be.  I headed to eBay and went on the search for Donkay.  It had to be the exact copy.  Great news!  Mission accomplished!  I had him sent to my mother’s address, since I live in an apartment.  A couple days ago, I started getting great pictures of the awesome new arrival:

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She even put a nice little bow on him (the same colours as my plane) and fed him some Fiber One cereal.  She also watched The Big Bang Theory with him:

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The Young and The Restless:

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She even tucked him in at night.  (Now you know where my weirdness comes from):

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I have decided that he will take on the spirit and experiences from the original Donkay.  I’m looking forward to taking him on his first flight.  I have since got him ready to rock.  Squiggy, who let me know that he isn’t a big fan of aerobatics, decided to pass on his aviator scarf and goggles to his new buddy:

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Taa-daa!

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If I was feeling better, I may have taken him for his first flight today.  The weather seemed pretty good.  It looks like a cruddy weekend weather-wise coming up.  Ugh.  Although, Mike and I always seem to have an easy time amusing ourselves, even when stuck indoors on a dreary day.  Like take for example, the lovely flingable sticky green aliens I got him for Christmas.  It turns out they are quite sticky!  These little fellas have been hanging off of my gourmet ceiling for five days now:

How he is hanging from just one foot is beyond me.

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Really makes the place look more sophisticated and stylish!  Hehe!

Boo was curious at first but the thrill has since worn off:

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I had the day off and relaxed/recovered from some lousy MS symptoms over the last few days.  My little mother came up to visit me.  After Timmies and a short visit to the Fairview Mall, I came home to Mya using her sister Pinky as a pillow:

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After ohh’ing and ahh’ing over my little goobers, I gave Peanut’s tank a good cleaning.  He never is keen on  going into and staying in his meager holding tank:

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He’s quite content now.  And the crickets I took out of Peanut’s tank are now back with their folk in the breeding tank.  I wonder if when the ones that Peanut didn’t eat rejoin their cricket buddies, do the other ones say “Hey brother!  Welcome back!” or “Where have you been all this time?”  Hmmmmm……

Today’s symptoms: I have been dealing with a bad headache this week, plus another bout of weakness and increased fatigue.  It felt so good to get out today.  The extra rest will help me feel better tomorrow.  I think this headache can vacate my cranium as well….please and thank you!

Only 361 Days Until Christmas!

I hope everyone had a marvelous Christmas.  Only 361 shopping days before Christmas 2020 – better get cracking!

I had a great time again this year.  My little mother came over Christmas Eve.  She picked me up at work and we drove straight over to Fabio’s Pizza on Queenston St.  It was my first time there, but heard many great reviews.  We were quite impressed with our medium pepperoni pizza.  We will certainly be ordering from them again.  So far, the best pizza I have had in St. Catharines.

We had a great time until she went home on Boxing Day.  Of course, she was thrilled (insert eye-roll emoji here) to spend time with her wonderful granddaughters.  Abby and Mya were close by throughout our Christmas dinner.

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How can you say no to those adorable faces?  For some reason, Pinky and Boo are never interested in chicken or turkey meat.  Not only were they close by over dinner, but afterwards while I leafed through some flyers on the floor.  As you can see, every cat assisted me in this endeavor:

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Pinky really looks like a big ham, especially with her head hidden.  Maybe Boo ate it.  She looks guilty:

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I had to take poor Pinky to the vet on Christmas Eve day.  She’s been sneezing a lot, which is sad but incredibly adorable to watch:

Despite being a little under the weather, she was still thoughtful enough to dress up for the folks at the vet:

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I’m happy to report I was able to go for a flight  before Christmas.  I just went up by myself, flew around Niagara including down to Niagara Falls and past the Welland Airport.

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Over downtown St. Catharines on the way back:

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I spent the rest of the flight over the airport, doing aerobatics.  One of the first things I did was four loops in a row.  I’ve never done more than one before and I must say, the multiples were quite fun!  I did five consecutive after a bunch of other maneuvers afterwards.  As you can see, poor Squiggy ended up in the back of the plane while pointing straight up during a hammer head:

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Coming in for a landing, I was relieved not to see the huge flock of birds that were tooting around the airport when I first arrived:

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It was a great flight followed by a great Christmas.  I hope everyone has a rockin’ New Years tomorrow!

Today’s symptoms: I was rather fatigued and tired yesterday, but I’m sure it’s just from all of the recent excitement.  My biggest complaint today is a fairly bad headache and a lot of stabbing pain in my left hand and fingers.

 

I’m Trying To Catch Up!

I feel horrible for not posting in so long.  I have so many things on my To-Do list and not enough energy or time to do them all.  Getting there though.  Hopefully I can use my days off at Christmas to get all caught up!

I’m going to keep this one short.  Speaking of short, Mike and I took my little mother to Walmart Saturday to pick up her new microwave.  Today, we decided to have a little homecoming party for it:

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We had a sparkler in a cinnamon roll in addition to the glorious signage:

I sorta feel sorry for my poor mother, as I torment her frequently.  It’s all in good loving fun though!

After the festivities at my mother’s place, we spent the afternoon with the kitties.

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I’m not sure where Boo was at that time.

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We played Forza on the xBox then watched some tv and a movie.  Nice, lazy Sunday.

I hope everyone is all ready for Christmas.  It’s hard to believe it’s in less than two weeks.  I still need to do my wrapping, which I do with my best friend every year.  It’s always a great girls’ night.

Tonight’s symptoms: I felt quite good today, which has been an rarity lately.  I love and cherish days like these.  I had enough energy to fairly easily make it through the day.  Paws crossed I have more of these, especially on Christmas!  I still have a worse-than-normal (for me) headache, which decided to make its presence known a few weeks ago.  I told it that it needs to bugger off by 2020.

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I decided to have a birthday last week.  I was thinking of not having anymore but then I would lose out on cake.  I have my limits.  I got some nice pressies to boot!  My mother got me some nice new bedding, which I really needed since I’ve been using my old King sheets on my new Queen bed.  She also got me the awesome orange shoes that go perfectly with Vyctor (and are almost as big as him too!):

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Mike got me a great new shower speaker.  The colour sure is perfect.  When I installed the app on my phone, I was asked to name the speaker.  I decided to honour one of my favourite artists….introducing Ozzy Bosebourne:

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The sound is amazing!  Showers are much more enjoyable now!  I asked Boo what she thought and she gave me this look (which I’m yet to decipher):

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Pinky didn’t care at all as she was too enamored with her rainbow:

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This early start to winter hasn’t been enjoyed by the kitties so far, as it’s a little chilly in the apartment.  I can’t turn the heat up.  They stay snuggled under blankets, or suck the heat out of the baseboard heaters:

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I never get sick of looking at little Mya in her SpongeMya Squarepants shirt.  Just look how tiny and adorable she looks:

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Two of her sisters, Pinky and Boo, enjoy getting dual butt-rubs from Mike.  For some reason, Mya and Abby aren’t into butt-rubs:

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I sure love these little dorks.  I’ve been spending more time with them lately since I’ve been going through more frequent bad days health-wise.  I’m just hopeful that the next day will be better, plus the support from my family, friends and kitties helps me get through it.  Also, being able to go flying on my good days.  I was able to take someone up last week and he was a blast to fly with.  We flew over Niagara Falls a couple times and then I let him fly us back to the airport for some aerobatics.  He did great with everything, and I was able to show him all maneuvers in my aerobatic repertoire at least twice each.  It was a great flight!

I was all geared up for another great flight on Sunday morning.  Fortunately, I was feeling well enough and the weather that morning looked quite good.  I was going to fly my youngest passenger again.  She was up with me in August and was so much fun to fly with.  Unfortunately, by the time I got half way to the airport, the weather had already started to drop.  By the time I got there (the drive is only 15 minutes), the ceiling was too low to fly over Niagara Falls or do aerobatics.  I double checked the weather report with the tower and they certainly didn’t have good news.  I drove over to the Flying Club, and they were in the process of cancelling their morning flights.  Bummer!  Hopefully we can re-book for December.  At least I got to see cute, little Vyctor, who recently had his wheel pants removed for winter.  Look at his spindle-shanks:

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And, of course, snuggled with with Flying Club cat (I like to call Clubby):

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I got quite a bit down around home that morning.  I seem to get behind on things with these more frequent bad health days.  It makes sense since on many of these days, I’m stuck in bed for part or the whole day.  I still seem to be hit with weakness like I’ve never had before.  I can tell in the morning if it’s going to be one of those days, so at least I have warning.  It just makes it almost impossible to plan anything, particularly trips.  I’m aiming to have a better year in 2020!

Today’s symptoms: I knew I was going to be hit with some yucky symptoms at some point.  The weakness kicked in around 4:30 this afternoon.  I’m just trying to finish up this blog so I can go crawl into bed.   I think three of the kitties are already there and will make some room for me.

No More Naked Kitties!

I live in an apartment where they keep the heat at the minimum allowed by law.  Needless to say, the naked kitties get cold quite easily!  Three of the four allow me to put sweaters on them.  Boo will have nothing to do with it.  Abby’s went on first:

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And I came to the conclusion that Mya walks so funny in hers because it goes back almost to her tail.  She needs one like Abby’s that only covers her core and no sleeves.  Voila:

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It’s a smidge big for her, but I don’t think there will be anything out there small enough.  She’s less than five pounds.  I want her to have a sweater on most of the time during the winter since she may lose weight if her tiny body has to fight the cold.  I still have to find a sweater for Pinky.  Right now, all she has is an ill-fitting Santa suit.

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I seem to still be recovering from my bout of weakness, which started over a week ago.  A few of those days were spent in bed.  Mike, my mother and I went out to do a little shopping on the weekend.  It was so good to get out.  I needed more pipe cleaners to tie up a bunch of cables and cords.  They make great cat toys as well.  I was over the moon when I found these ones with the rather fancy-schmancy name!

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Hehe!  I showed them to Pinky and I couldn’t tell if she was impressed or not:

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Take Your Kids/Spawn To Work day event.  I do a tweaked version of my motivational talk I give.  I try to keep it interesting with tons of pics and videos, with a side of humour.  I had some very nice comments from people afterwards, which always make this experience even better than it already is.  I am more than thrilled if I touch at least one person.

Today’s symptoms:  I think my worst complaint would be a really bad headache.  My fatigue level was at around my normal, and the weakness was a bit better again today.  Things are slowly improving from the previous week – life is good!

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Sorry for the lack of blog recently.  Last week was not too fun, but I’m so glad it seems to be almost over.  I could tell on Monday morning that it wasn’t going to be the best day symptom-wise, but it became quite a bit worse than I expected.  I was in bed for much of the week because my body was hit with some of the worst weakness I’ve ever experienced.  It took all of my strength just to walk from room to room or hold myself up in the sitting position.  I think the worst day was Wednesday and into Thursday morning.  As quick as it came on, it started to improve.  I was so happy to be vertical again Thursday afternoon.  I saw my GP on Friday and she said my symptoms certainly sound like an MS flare-up.  I’m still feeling the effects, but big improvement today.  Mike and I were even able to get out and do some much needed shopping.  We weren’t able to stay out quite as long as I hoped, but I’ll take what I can get!  Tomorrow will be even better after a good night sleep.  Paws crossed!

On Sunday, I had the great pleasure of meeting with 434 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.  I was a member a few years ago and have missed leaving ever since.  I went through over a year that was fairly rough health-wise, and making it to the meetings sometimes became too much.  I’m seriously considering joining up with them again.  They had an excellent guest speaker, Ted Barris who wrote The Great Escape.  The movie was unsurprisingly hugely Americanized, and Ted did an amazing amount of research to get the true story.  He gave a wonderful presentation about the book, and I’m amazed with the information I left with.  Left with a signed copy of his book too!

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I’m going to keep this one short, but I will certainly report back in soon!

Today’s symptoms:  The weakness is almost gone – woot!  A fair bit of nerve pain but that seems to be my norm anymore.  I’m so grateful for feeling better.  Things like this really make me appreciate my better days.

Sweater Season! Woot!

It’s a rather chilly and windy day.  I was home with the kitties, who certainly keep my spirits up when I get down.  I’ve been feeling so lousy with this cold for the last fifteen days.  My usual MS symptoms have been worse as well, but hopefully things will be at least a bit better tomorrow.  On a bright note, I always smile when I see my little goobers:

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Abby is often very googly and it’s exhausting:

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These types of kitties obviously get cold rather easily and I think we’re entering sweater season.  We’ll start out with Mya:

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Even when she’s all cuddled in her sweater, she still attaches her little heat-absorbing body to her ham-like sister Pinky:

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Three of them had the dreaded experience of a bath tonight.  Boo always scrinches up into a little wrinkly ball, like it’s going to keep her from getting a bath.

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She pretty much stays that way throughout the entire bath, which makes the process quite a bit longer.  I can’t seem to get that into her adorable head though.

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She only hates me for a little bit during and afterwards.  Same story with sister Pinky:

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All seems to be forgiven and it looks like we’re going to have a peaceful night.  At least I’ll have grease-free cats to snuggle with.

Today’s symptoms: Felt very weak and fatigued with tons of nerve pain all over.  It was one of those day where by 2:00, I had absolutely no idea how I was going to make it through the rest of the day.  Clean paws crossed for tomorrow being a better day.

Air Rally – Heading Home

I left off in my last blog that my mother and I were heading home from Killarney.  Continuing our flight along the east side of Georgian Bay, we stopped in Orillia for fuel.  This was my first time landing here.  They accommodate land and water landings here.

It was fun to come over the water on final, then a patch of trees just before the runway:

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We taxied over to the fuel tanks, and tried to figure out how to get the pumps started.  Every airport seems to have a slightly (or majorly, in some cases) self service station.  Fortunately, my mother and I must have looked really clueless, as a nice young man came over to see if we needed help.  In all fairness, my mother had started crying and I was repeatedly banging my head against the pump, so that may have tipped him off.  Hehe.  Anyway, he kindly walked me through the process as I got Vyctor all fueled up for our final leg home.

We walked over to the terminal to use their facilities.  We went in the wrong door and noticed this cutie nearby:

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They had a nice gift shop in the terminal and we managed to pick out a few items. We also chatted with a couple of guys that worked there while paying for our loot.  Everyone we spoke to was so friendly and helpful.  I also hear their restaurant is amazing and is very busy (due to it’s awesomeness).  We’re going to have to go back and try it out!

On the way back the plane, I noticed this one parked.  Mike and I see him all the time at various fly-ins and airports around Southern Ontario.  I wonder if he notices my Aerobat?

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One thing we did notice was the abundance of goose poop.  Here is some flinging off of my wheel or prop on landing:

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So we trudged back out into the great poo abyss, and made it back to the runway:

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It was a really nice, smooth flight home.  The entire flight, all three days was very smooth, or as I like to call it, Jan weather.  My little mother does not like flying in even the slightest turbulence.

Mike came to pick us up at the St. Catharines Airport.  We were all smiles as we unpacked the plane and loaded up Mike’s car.  Despite not being able to complete the Gold Cup Air Rally, I have nothing but positive thoughts about the entire experience.  Both my mother and I had such a great time.  It was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad I had such an awesome copilot!

Today’s symptoms:  I’m still getting through a cold that I got back almost two weeks ago.  I still felt congested this morning but no earache anymore.  Woot!  Started off with a pretty bad headache, but still had a decent and productive morning.  It wasn’t until around 3:00 where everything took a sharp dive and I felt like a big blond turd.  Paws crossed for a good sleep tonight and waking up all bright eyed and bushy haired tomorrow!  🙂

Air Rally Day Three

The last mention I made of the Air Rally was being grounded in Killarney due to weather over our next leg to Wawa.  As everyone else was doing, I checked all the weather forecasts and related info for the trip north east.  It was really looking iffy and people had all different potential routes they were going to take.  I was thinking of sleeping on it and checking everything again in the morning before making the decision.  However, I decided to….decide, that night.  I made the decision that we were going to head back home the next day.  It was a real bummer, as we weren’t even half way to the final destination of Thunder Bay.  But my mother and I had such a great time.  Up until that point alone, we had memories we’d likely never forget.

We just chilled for the rest of the night.  Made some new friends:

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We checked out the schnazy wine cellar they have at the Killarney Mountain Lodge:

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I was actually relieved I made the decision that night on what we were doing the next day.  It eliminated the stress I would have experienced, thinking about it all night.

The next day, we packed everything up and got ready to leave the lodge.  It was a nice stay:

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The Lodge folks were kind enough to tote our loot and selves back to the Airport, on a rather dreary morning.  Fortunately, all the planes seemed to still be there.  People started getting everything checked and packed for the next part of their journey.  Then a nice surprise – my mother and I were presented with our certificates and patches:

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It was certainly sad to say goodbye to everyone.  What a great group of gals!  Some asked for Jan and I to pose for farewell shots:

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Some flying mascots gathered on my elevator for a final parting pic:

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Just before starting up, the folks next to us huddled under their wing to wait out the rain:

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Certainly an advantage of a high wing.  Except for my little mother, who fits under both low and high wings with no problems….hehe!  (I’m so going to get a backhander for this one.)

With no issues with weather for our planned route home, we headed southeast along the shoreline of Georgian Bay.  It was recommended we head this way as opposed to back west through Manitoulin, for change of scenery.  Also, to make a fuel stop at the Orillia Airport.  I’ve never been to this one before.

Farewell Killarney Airport (CPT2):

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Here are some photos from our trip heading home:

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I’ll give you something to look forward to – seeing the conclusion of this wonderful trip!  Stay tuned!

Today’s symptoms: I’m recovering from a cold so I’ve been feeling much more lousy and MS’y than usual.  I think I picked it up at an event I helped out with recently.  It only makes sense that someone with a depleted immune system is going to pick something up being inside with over 180 people for the day.  No complaints though because while it was annoying and made my other symptoms worse, it certainly wasn’t the worst cold in the world.

 

Just a Quick One

I have only been to Starbucks twice in my life.  The second time was a couple weeks ago.  Knowing that they often get names wrong, I made sure I used the shortest name I go by (Liz) and focused on my annunciation.  Hmmmmm……

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Today’s symptoms: I was able to help out at a wonderful annual event today.  I had to take some pain meds and a couple wake-up pills (prescription) but made it through the day.  And what a great day it was.  I’m still smiling but my body is making sure I know that I may have overdone it – again.  Oops!  (Totally worth it though!!!)  Experiences like this certainly make it a bit easier to get through the rough MS bouts.

Air Rally – Day Two Continued

So in my last blog, we had just landed in Killarney with the rest of the women pilots.  I missed putting this pic in my last blog, with thirsty planes lined up to fill their tanks:

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I mentioned that we were taken to the Killarney Lodge for lunch.  We were greatly anticipating the fish, and we certainly weren’t disappointed:

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I think it was the best fish I’ve ever had.  It was super fresh and cooked perfectly.

After our awesome lunch, we continued to discuss the next leg of the flight that day, from Killarney to Wawa.  The weather was not in our favour and it was only getting worse.  Therefore, we made the decision to stay in Killarney for the night.  Not the worst thing in the world – this is the view from our room:

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Before the rain picked up too much, we wandered up the above rock and found some chairs nearby.  I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show off my recent pressie (and early birthday gift from my mom).  Her, Mike and I saw them in Zumiez at the Pen Centre.  We thought they would go great with Vyctor.  They had orange laces, but I ordered some sparkly ones from Amazon.  Voila:

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It’s always nice to match accessories and clothing to one’s mode of transportation.

I was really hoping to get through the trip a bit more in this blog.  I’ve been going through another rough spot with my MS, and it’s left me pretty useless during the evenings into the night.  Thus, as my body is telling me to stop for the night, I must bid thee all adieu!  I will hopefully be able to continue the saga soon.  Cheers!

Today’s symptoms: The last couple of days have been part of a bad spell, where I’m becoming very weak starting mainly in the evenings.  At that point, the effort to physically do just simple tasks is exhausting and painful.  This has been happening on and off for a few weeks now.  😦

Air Rally – Day Two

Continuing on from my previous blog about the 99’s Gold Cup Air Rally I just participated in.  As I left off, we were staying over in a hotel in Collingwood, prior to starting the rally with all participants the next day.  Unfortunately, the breakfast at the hotel didn’t start until 7:30 and our ride was picking us up at 7:15.  I’m glad we had lot of extra time to get things ready with my plane, and get some coffee.

Everyone arrived around the same time, after a good breakkie at the house they stayed at.  Jan and I were lucky that we had purchased a few Tim Horton’s Smile Cookies, which made for a very yummy, albeit slightly unhealthy breakfast.

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I was able to be in the first group to take off and complete a touch-and-go for the spot landing contest.  I’m really upset with myself.  I knew this is the only part of the Rally I could do really well at.  Unfortunately, I have never landed Vyctor so heavy before (full fuel, passenger and luggage).  I was just coming up on the line, but I gently set him down prior to it.  That meant I was disqualified.  I was so bummed – very disappointed in myself.  Oh well, I tried and it was a learning experience.

We flew by the ski slopes on our way west around Georgian Bay:

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Some of the other pilots headed around the east shore.  During the flight, I took some shots of other airports we flew by:

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Mike and I have flown to Manitoulin Island a couple of times for vacations.  I was looking forward to Jan experiencing the flight over water from Tobermory to Manitoulin.  I knew she would enjoy it as she loves being near (or over) water:

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As you can see, the view was amazing.  Around the time we arrived at Manitoulin, we started hearing other members of the Rally entering the area.  We headed East and all were very attentive on the radio at this time, due to the extra traffic.  Once landed, we all got in line for fuel.

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Everyone helped each other move planes up the line toward the fuel pumps.  Once our planes’ thirst was quenched, everyone tied down on the apron:

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The kind folks from Killarney Mountain Lodge picked us up and drove us to their establishment.  Everyone was looking over their quiz’s that we were to complete on route.  Everyone had at least one, up to three other pilots with them.  My mother is not a pilot but was still able to help out in certain ways.  It didn’t leave me any time to worry about the quiz, as I was flying, navigating, communicating and eating a darn good cookie!

I look forward to writing the next blog for the continuation of this wonderful trip we were on.  Please stay tuned – the saga continues.

Today’s symptoms: I was a bit more weary than “normal” today (my normal, not normal people’s normal!   Hehe!)  Lots of pain and crawly sensations in my legs and feet today.  Not particularity pleasant, but it till hopefully not linger too much longer.