Magique and Morty

It’s been a pretty good few days.  Let me share with you some of the highlights.  We’ll start out with the simple booping of Boo’s nose.  Boop:


She doesn’t seem too amused.  Pinky booped her own nose with her tongue:


Mya decided to have a discussion with her, so see if the self-booping was really worth the effort:

Still not sure how that conversation went.

Mike’s 40th birthday was on Friday.  I got him tickets for the Cirque de Soleil show at the Meridian Centre this July.  Front row seats – sweet!  Also, these classy Rick and Morty socks:


We had a great dinner at Kelsey’s with his family and my little mother.  Always great food there.

Speaking of my mother, she says I’m stubborn (like her).  I say she’s right.  While I was out with her on Thursday, I picked up a few things at the mall and Zehrs.  This included three cases of pop, a pillow, toilet paper and two bags worth of stuff.  Most people would take a couple trips to bring it in from their car.  Not moi!  One trip, baby!


And no, Mya was not part of the load.  The pop fit ever so nicely in my fridge:


Had a great day yesterday.  Met up with my friend Ken from Hamilton and the three of us went to the Casino for a show and noms.  We went to see the amazing magic show Magique.  It was incredible.  I can’t believe the illusions they did.  At the end, this awesome orange helicopter suddenly appeared:


I certainly recommend seeing it!  Afterwards, we went out to the slots to blow some money.  I only brought $60, although I usually bring $40.  I put $20 into the machine and on my first pull I won $4.  I instantly cashed out.  Tee hee.  Then we wandered around a bit and that’s when I blew all $40 (decided $60 was too much).  Well, not all of it.  I walked out not totally broke:


Booyah!  Don’t hate!  Guess what Mya, we ain’t gonna starve this week!


Today’s symptoms: Felt fairly decent over the last couple of days.  My sleep is back to being not so good, but still better than my worst nights with insomnia for the last six or more months.  Yesterday at the casino I had to take a few wake-up pills.  They started to wear off around 5:00 and the crashing began!  We had to drag Ken out of the Casino and head back to St. Catharines to get him to the bus stop to go back to Hamilton.  It was such a great day!  I didn’t sleep too well again last night but hopefully I last through the whole day.


Awesome Vyc Pics!!!

I posted a couple pictures of my plane in flight on a previous blog.  When I flew through Niagara Falls last week, an aviation enthusiast took some wonderful pics as I passed over his home.  He was kind enough to look up my aircraft registration, then found me on Facebook to send me his great photos.  During my flight this morning, we flew south to Port Colborne then through Niagara Falls before landing back in St. Catharines.  I messaged him and he came out with his camera.  Please check out the great pictures taken by Kaan Ens.  He is in Cadets and has a love for aviation.


If you notice in the fourth picture, my lovely new red tail beacon is looking fabulous!  It appears the little electrical issue I was having with my plane has been fixed by my awesome aviation mechanic.  Vyctor feels great and it showed during our flight today!

After the flight, I went over to my best friend’s house.  She had texted me to ask if I wanted to go to a Norwex party.  I’ve never heard of that.  I inadvertently read wax as opposed to wex at the end of the word.  Because of this, I assumed it was a candle party.  I loved candles but have quite a few right now, so really don’t need any more.  But still, I get to spend time with my bestie so it’s all good.  I was just a tad surprised when we arrived at the party address and I mentioned candles to Laura.  She said, “It’s not a candle party.  It’s for cleaning products!”  Hehehehe.  Oops!  I didn’t think I would be too interested in their products, but was quite impressed with everything.  I think Laura might be hosting one coming up so I’ll have to browse the catalogue and pick out some items to purchase.  It was a such a nice time and I met quite a few people.

Tomorrow my Army friend from Hamilton is coming down and he, my little mother, Mike and I are going to an Ice Dogs game.  It’s nice to see they made the playoffs.  Paws crossed they win, although they never do when Mike is there.  Ugh.

Today’s symptoms: Felt pretty good today.  I had two nights of really good sleep, and last night was so-so.  I can feel a significant difference in some of my symptoms after I’ve had decent sleep for a few nights in a row.  I have been dealing with pretty bad nerve pain in my right hand for the last couple weeks.  It feels like my hand his being crushed, with the bone splintering and the muscle bursting apart.  It’s really wretched and unpleasant!  Having a symptoms like this last this long is a pretty good sign of an MS flare up.

Blue Dude

I can’t believe how fast last week went by.  I hate it when that happens.  On Saturday, Mike and I went to this event, which I saw advertised on Facebook:


We chatted with quite a few vendors, and I recognized one.  Sense Of Bling.  She has her products on sale at the St. Catharines Market just before Christmas.  She has so many unique items.  I bought a neat little stick-on phone stand from her, which I noticed that Mike’s sister and brother-in-law had on their phones (we were there the day before visiting).  I think we toured around for almost an hour, then headed to the airport.  My mechanic just tried something else to fix my high voltage light issue, and wanted me to test flight the plane.  I always love an excuse to fly.  We traveled around Niagara, with my new little friend.  My financial advisor had a cute keyboard sweeper.  I always pointed him out at our visits and said I really wanted to get one.  It was a promotional thing but there weren’t any left.  I was quite honoured when she basically forced him on me last week!  It’s greatly appreciated and I told her I would take some pics of him in his new home.  I also mentioned I would take him for a flight.  Voila:


We even toured over the Falls:


The Flying Club cat wasn’t overly thrilled to meet him:


Unfortunately, the high voltage light came back on during our flight.  On Sunday, we went back to the airport and met up with my aviation mechanic, his aviation mechanic son and an auto mechanic from Port Colborne.  I felt so lucky that I had these great guys trying to help out fix Vyctor.  We were at the airport for a few hours Sunday.  I took up the mechanic a couple times while he ran some tests.  They still have more work to do to figure out the cause of the light being triggered.

Earlier today I was sent a message in Facebook messenger from someone who watched us fly over his house.  He looked up my registration to get my name, and then kindly sent me the great pics he took:




I’m so appreciative he sent them to me!

Mike decided to share a picture of the lettuce he was cutting up.  I sent it back to him slightly altered:


And just in case you need a kitty fix:



Today’s symptoms:  Felt quite drained today after my busy (but great!) weekend, plus my nerve pain was really acting up.  Hopefully it doesn’t prevent me from having a decent sleep tonight.  Last night was actually quite good.

Sick Vyc

I’m having a little issue with my high voltage light coming on in my plane.  My mechanic asked me to head up for a flight after making some adjustments to Vyctor.  I was greeted at the airport with this lovely new windsock:


I went up for a fairly brief flight, until the light came back on.  Bummer.  I landed and fortunately, my aviation mechanic and his son (also an aviation mechanic) came out to check on things.  His son was trying to figure out if there was an increased load on the electrical system.  He asked me “What do you have on when you fly?”  I said usually a shirt, hoodie, jeans….  Apparently he wanted to know what electronics I had on.  Ohhhh…  Hehehehe!  I love being a smart-ass.


After an adjustment, they asked me to head up again to test it out.  Unfortunately, the light came on again so we’re going to have to dig a little deeper.  I offered to grab them some Timmies, but they were good to go so I made myself a joyous coffee in the Club.


Who holds their coffee like that?  Anyway, no more flights until we get some stuff figured out.  Vyc is sick until further notice.  😦

I came home to Pinky sitting like an angel in the bathroom with her friend:


And Boo being naughty, sitting on Ralphie’s (the snail) container.  Nice.


Later that evening, tiny Mya seemed to get big Pinky in a headlock:


Poor Pinky – she usually just sits and tolerates Mya sitting on her, but I’ve never seen this before.

Speaking of pink, tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day for anti-bullying.  For work, I picked up the shirts people from the St. Catharines and Hamilton offices ordered. One Hundred and Thirty-Seven!


I was so relieved when I counted a few times and the order was perfect.  More than half of the shirts had to go to Hamilton so I got them all sorted and boxed back up to go.  At least I didn’t have to worry about cat hair getting on them.

Over the last few days, I’ve been teaching Mike piano lessons.  I got up to grade nine in my lessons, back when I was in public and high school.  Also, four or five years of theory classes.  I could not believe how much I forgot!  I have already spent a few hours trying to relearn stuff plus put lesson plans together.  Kinda fun though.  Mike seems to be enjoying it so far:


Ah yes, playing the piano and making Sponge Bob Square Pants cakes (over ten years ago for Jan’s birthday).  Could I be any more gifted?


Hehe!  I hadn’t seen that pic in quite a few years.  He actually didn’t turn out too bad!

Today’s symptoms: The insomnia has been back for the last few nights.  I’ve been up since before 4:00am today.  Ugh.  Very drained, especially after three nights of poor sleep.  I’ve had a really bad headache all day, likely from the lack of sleep.  Lots of MS aches and pains – always worse when I’m super tired.  I still can’t believe my body is so dumb that it doesn’t take advantage of my attempts to sleep.  I lay there so tired, I don’t have the energy to roll over when I’m uncomfortable, but still can’t sleep.  Geesh!

Cluck Norris!

I have to introduce the newest member of the family.  I’m a big fan of the electronic game Hay Day.   One of the first animals you get in the game is a chicken.  I named my first one Cluck Norris.  Check out what Mike got me for Valentine’s Day.  It’s actually from the makers of the Hay Day game:


I have my own Cluck Norris!  Tee hee!

This weekend, I met up with my Army buddy Ken again.  We had a great visit with him last weekend as well, over to the Casino to enjoy the buffet and see Jersey Nights.  Mike did a family thing that day so couldn’t join us.  Ken took the bus down from Hamilton and I met him at the bus stop in St. Catharines.  We arrived at the Casino for around 11:30.  I watched Ken at the slots for a bit and then I played a $20 I brought (big spender!)  I won $71 after a few pulls, which was kinda nice.  Then we went and picked up tickets for the Wayne Brady show at 3:00.   Then it was a later lunch at the awesome buffet!

The show was SO good and funny!  I can’t believe how quickly Wayne comes up with things.  The whole show was improv with audience participation.   I wouldn’t hesitate at all to go back and see him again.

I played with the kids a bit when I got home.  As you can see, they were thrilled to see me:



Adorable, eh?

On Sunday, I was surprised I was feeling as good as I did after the long day Saturday.  Mike and I hopped in Vyctor and headed to Kitchener for some breakfast.  Here’s the Burlington Skyway, looking all bridgey:


We ordered our breakfast and I excused myself to go to the little pilot’s room.  I came back to see that Mike wasn’t too nice to Donkay:




We were almost done our meal, I saw something I had never seen before (beyond online), another Cessna 150 Aerobat!  I could tell it was an Aerobat right away because of the checkered pattern.  They parked it right next to Vyctor too!  Vyctor was so excited to see his brother!



One of the flight instructors came out and had a little chat with me.  They don’t have anyone there to teach them aerobatics so the plane is just used for regular ol’ straight and level training.  So sad!

Nice flight home.  We had a tail wind so the trip was a little quicker.  We went up and visited the nice folks at the Niagara District Airport Tower once we got back.   Then home to see the goobers and chill.  I see that Mya and Pinky were already chilling:


They don’t look too happy – I think they missed us.  A little different than Mya’s expression that morning:


Kinda looking a tad stunned there.

Had a good day at work today.  Since most people get Family Day off and us Federal workers don’t, quite a few more people answered the phone than do on a normal work day.  Some asked why we were working today and I said that we are just so committed to our jobs that none of us have families.  Therefore, no need to partake in Family Day!

Today’s symptoms: I felt pretty good until starting around 2:00, then my energy dropped pretty quickly.  At least things weren’t too bad pain-wise.  My insomnia is still slowly improving.  Where I went through five months with about four out of five nights being bad (one – four hours sleep), now it’s about two out of five.  Plus my bad nights aren’t quite as bad. 

Life Is So Short…

I had the absolute pleasure of seeing the cutest sight when I got up this morning.  I bought my gecko Zim a little green plastic dinosaur.  I think he likes it:



Seriously – how adorable is that???  Snuggled up with his buddy, sleeping peacefully.

I was off today and as I do on most Thursdays, I spent time with my adorable little mother.  What is one of the most enjoyable things anyone could do on their day off?  Yup, go to the dentist.  Woot!  I actually don’t mind going at all.  I’m happy to report, I am officially 40 years cavity free!  Check out these adorable teeth:


After my appointment, we hit a few stores and then headed back to her place.  We played a round of Words With Friends, chatted, had a few laughs and then I headed home.  I was planning on spending the last part of the afternoon cleaning but instead, had to deal with a rather sad and difficult situation.  I found out that one of my retired coworkers passed away.  Being a very private person, there will be no service.  This seems to be what a lot of people are doing lately, as the cost of a funeral service is so expensive.  I heard from someone she was in hospice so I made quite a few phone calls to try and find her.  I finally managed to contact a friend of hers and was given the very sad news that she is no longer with us.  I’m certainly not looking forward to going to work tomorrow and sharing this.

A couple of nights ago, I was thinking about how fragile and short life is.  We tend to put so much focus and emotion on the trivial things we have to deal with. When you look at the grand scheme of things, they are just that – trivial.  The time we spend on things that really don’t matter takes so much time away from the important things in life.  At my appointment today, the hygienist (who I had just met for the first time) said she couldn’t believe how positive I was, despite having MS.  I told her I was having a good symptom day and that basically meant that life was great!  Sure there are still the pains shooting through my body, the constant headache, fear of what MS can do (loss of vision, sensory impairment, loss of mobility, cognitive issues, etc) but today I feel better than I did yesterday.  All I can focus on is the positives in my life and I’m so grateful for everything I have.  Fixating on the negatives in life is such a complete waste and it’s very draining emotionally.  We always hear “life is short” but it’s so true.  I just wish more people would realize this and take advantage of every positive moment they experience.

Today’s symptoms:  I slept well last night and what a difference that make for the severity of my symptoms.  The pain is certainly less as is the dreaded (my most hated symptom) fatigue.  I started to crash around 6:30, which is never fun.  Fortunately, the first half of the day was wonderful.  I feel so lucky to have these good symptoms days.

You Know You’re Tired When…

The last week has been quite good.  On Tuesday, Mike and I went to the Niagara Recycling Plant with my father and he gave us a private tour.  I couldn’t believe there are so many people working there.  They have machinery that sorts much of the recyclables into general categories, but then human power is used for finer sorting.  The rate that the conveyor belts fly by is insane – pretty neat that the folks working there are able to keep up!

The rest of the week was decent, and the weekend was quite good.  On Saturday, Mike and I met up with my Army buddy from Hamilton for a day at the casino.   Ken has gold card status there so he gets tickets for shows and free meals at the buffet.  Yum!  He brought us to see Jersey Nights, which was awesome.  I have seen the live performance of Jersey Boys twice as I am a huge Frankie Valli fan.   It was an awesome show.  We were at the casino for much of the day and I was sure spent by the time I got home (only physically, not financially as I only gambled $10 and won $25!)  I was watching My 600 Pound Life before bed that night.  I had paused the show at one point and the pic on the screen was a little disturbing, because of her eyes being in mid blink.  I texted the pic to Mike and then I was a tad surprised at what I replied to him:


Then I created this and sent it to him:


He replied that he was surprised there was a burger just sitting on her chin.  I said that she was in the process of eating it.  I sent him this to make my point more clear:


He said the arm and hand were too skinny so I sent him this:


The whole time, I couldn’t stop laughing.  Man, you know you’re tired when!!!

On Sunday, I spent the day with my little mother.  We did a bunch of sorting and I cleared out some stuff.  Came across my ID from when I spent a few months in New Brunswick with the Army:


Sometime I forget that I used to wear glasses – thick ones too!  I was so blind.  I had laser eye surgery during university (waaaaaaaay back in 1999) and my vision is still better than 20/20!  Actually, my corneas are still so thick that I could have the surgery another time or two if I ever needed it.  My mother didn’t even know I had booked the surgery. She came up to Windsor to bring me home for Christmas and I informed her that we had to go get my eyeballs zapped that evening and I had to go back the next morning for a check-up.  Hehe!  Good times.

Today’s symptoms: Really drained today.  My pain level has been minimal though, so that was kinda nice.  To be honest, many times I find pain easier to deal with than the dreaded MS fatigue.  I think if I “just” had the pain, my life would have gone in a completely different direction.  I would have likely still been able to be a cop after graduating university.  Bummer but that was the paw I was dealt!

I Can’t Believe What I Bought!

I was off Thursday so my little mother and I went to the PEN Centre.  There wasn’t really anything we needed, but it was just something to do.   After a coffee from Timmies, we hit a few stores.  While walking by a shoe store, I found this tiny shoe on the clearance table.  I held it to my mother for a size comparison.  Since she is so petit, this size 4 shoe looks far larger!


It was a very nice day out together.  When I got home, I was surprised I still had some energy left so decided to quickly wash my floors.  Despite giving Mya some food as soon as I got home, she didn’t think it was quite enough.  The whole time I was washing the floors, Mya followeded me around, looking at me in a pitiful manner:


Needless to say, I was forced to give her more noms once I was done.  I mean, who can say no to a face like that???

Abby was thrilled with the freshly cleaned floors, and their now fresh scent:


Despite the cruddy snow this weekend, Mike and I found a window of flyable weather and headed to the airport.  I was the only one flying, I assume due to the high and gusty winds.  I had the whole St. Catharines Airspace to myself.  Just to be silly, I radioed the tower a few times and asked for a traffic update.  The only plane up there was moi but it was nice to hear him say my position.  We didn’t go too far since we could already see the snow coming in over Grimsby.  We flew over to check out the Queenston Heights monument.  Then, slightly east of the Niagara River (into the States, which is fine to do without a flight plan, as long as you’re not landing there).  That’s us heading north so Canada is on the left.


Back to the empty airport, we flew over the Outlet Mall to see how busy it was.  We were planning on going there next:


Alas!  Other air traffic spotted just after we landed:


When I was at the PEN Centre with Jan, I saw a girl with the coolest boots.  I hate buying shoes and don’t typically notice them on other people, but these were really nice.  I asked her where she bought them and she said over at the Niagara-On-The-Lake Outlet Mall.  I hate buying shoes and now I’m making a special trip somewhere to get ones that I really don’t need, but they’re so nice!  I was quite happy I found them but then there was a quandary.  I wasn’t expecting three colour choices.  Black, grey and brown.  They fit perfectly and were surprisingly comfy – but which colour between the black and grey?  They were both staring at me – right through to my sole (hehehe!).  Welcome home, my friends!


I feel like such a rebel but considering I only buy shoes every two to three years, I don’t feel super guilty.   Just call me Sparkle-paws!

Today’s symptoms: Felt kinda meh today but that’s because I’ve mostly been awake since 3:30.  My really bad nights are still getting fewer and further between, which has been quite nice since this insomnia journey started many months ago.  From the lack of sleep, felt quite drained, bad headache and just generally blah.  Tomorrow is going to be much better.

Where Are The Sunbathers?

I was lucky enough to head out for another flight recently.  It’s always nice when I can do more than one in a week – rare though (health and weather).  I first flew over my little mother’s house.  Being as tiny as she is, I really had to look hard to see her waving from her driveway:


After our “visit” I headed south to the Lake Erie shoreline.  It was only about -7.  Where were all the sunbathers?


People in Niagara are really getting soft!  Did a few touch and go’s when I got to the Airport.  I was heckled by the Tower guys, despite good landings.  Hehehe!  I went up and beat them up…..errrrrr…..I mean visited them later.  First, called the Fuel Garcon and had Vyc filled.


I asked him to just charge the fuel to one of the Flying Club planes, but I don’t think he went for it.

I had a joyous visit with Jan (on the ground!) this week.  Speaking of ground, I think the Town dude who plows the sidewalks needs to work on his aim.  What a mess:


I’m sure Jan and her neighbour are going to have fun fixing that in the Spring.  Geesh.  Something else she needs to fix is her shoe:


Can’t take her anywhere!

On a final note, does anyone remember these awesome scissors?  I had a pair when I was a kid.


I love how her hip and arm dislocates with each snip.

Today’s symptoms: I had a pretty decent night last night.  What a difference it makes physically after I’ve slept well.  After a few cruddy nights in a row, my MS symptoms are always much worse.  The main complaint for today was a bad headache that didn’t start to subside until a few hours ago.  I guess better late than never.


Only weird stuff over the last few days.  I love days like these.  Normality is too boring for me.  On Friday, I did aerobatics for about 45 minutes, trying to do a snap roll on top of a loop.  Not sure how many times I was upside-down….it was a lot though.  Even my plane said enough is enough:


That’s the horizon indicator.  In this pic, it’s showing that we are completely upside-down.  Poor little gauge tried to tell me I was shiny side down even though I wasn’t.  So my plane is weird.

I come home to this:


Mya always uses her sisters as pillows, but this is going a tad too far.  My cats are weird.

The other night, I had the Pina Colada song in my head.  I switched it to Pinky Colada.  Then I did this:


Yup.  I finished what I was doing in the kitchen, then went out to my computer to complete this glorious image.  I am weird.  I guess I might as well present to you two more Elizaweirds. Visited my little mother today and we were sorting her purses.  At the bottom of the bin was a shelled peanut.  I asked her why it was there and then I turned the nut over:


I asked her WTF?  She said I gave it to her.  Kinda nice that she would keep something so silly.  Felt pretty good though.  Still, rather weird.

When I got home today, I was thrilled to see my favorite parking spot was available.  They are re-doing the entire parking garage (demoing it in sections, two years now).  I had to share the fantastic news to Jan.  My message to her:


I told Jan a mouse named Florencia took the pic for me.  Really?  Why do these thoughts even enter my mind?  I have to admit though, my dreams are absolutely awesome and extremely entertaining.  I can remember details from dreams I’ve had up to about fifteen to twenty years now.  Not sure if that’s normal or not.  Sorta weird.

Life is good.  🙂

Today’s symptoms:  Had a few good nights plus a couple of so-so ones.  Things seem to be very slowly improving in the insomnia department.  MS symptoms are fairly consistent, except still have the horrid nerve pain.  Been on my left side.  It literally feels like someone is stabbing a knife into my side just below my armpit and dragging the knife down to my leg.  I can feel the skin splitting open, the muscles tearing apart and the very tip of the knife scraping slightly into the bone.  Crazy – that’s how it feels.  Going to give it a little pep talk next time it happens.  Tell it that I appreciate its visit but I think it’s time to bugger off (Please and thank you). 

Cutest Yawn EVER!

Let me cut right to the chase.  Could this be any more adorable?





Good ol Pinky.  She was tired because she only got 22 hours of sleep that day.   It looks like she’s about to swallow her head in the last pic.

On Saturday, the weather was in our favour so Mike and I flew to Tillsonburg for brunch.  The food at the restaurant at the airport is always great.   The Skyway Cafe is at both the Tillsonburg and Brantford Airports and always full of folks, both who drive or fly in.

For the flight home, we flew over the dozens of ice fisherfolks around Long Point.  We couldn’t even see them at first because of the glare off the ice, but there they all were.

After looping around once, we headed back to St. Catharines along the Lake Erie shoreline.  The chunks of ice looked pretty treacherous:


Then we came upon the sea of windmills starting around Nanticoke:



The flight home actually took less time then going to Tillsonburg, even despite the diversion south to Lake Erie.  A tailwind is always nice for saving fuel!

Not too much else going on with moi right now.  Just spending this evening doing a little cleaning and reading.  I hope to hop on my exercise bike for a bit as well.

Today’s symptoms: Slept fairly well last night, although it was much better the previous two nights.  There are certainly more good nights now, since my insomnia (the worst I’ve ever had it) started over five months ago.   Been having more MS nerve pain than normal over the last couple weeks. 

Scent Russian Roulette

I mentioned in a previous blog that I saved a little beetle dude, who was flying around my apartment.  Dona was nice enough to leave a comment on my blog, saying Tipple Tipple is a brown marmorated stink bug.  Oh joy!  Despite the fact that he’s a crop-destroying jerk, he should be safe in the little tank I have for him and Ralphie the snail.  Errrrr…..or so I thought.  I haven’t seen Tipple Tipple for a few days now.  Not sure how he got out, but I haven’t seen him.  Maybe Ralphie is a beetle-nomming snail. I hope you’re safe, buddy!


I love having one of those Air Wick timed sprayers.  I have it on the lowest setting.  Every time I walk by it, it’s like playing Russian Roulette with a scented spray.  I’ve been hit a few times now – yesterday, I took a direct hit to the arm.  Fortunately it was only a flesh wound.  Smelled nice too!

Today’s symptoms: Felt fairly decent today.  I seem to be going through a few good days of decent sleep!  I still can’t believe it’s been five months now.  These periods of decent sleep seem to be happening a little more often at least. 

Flying Fries

I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my coworkers in Hamilton for a meeting.  It’s a nice change of scenery.  We decided to head to Nations grocery store to pick up some noms for lunch, before the second half of the meeting.  I think the meal I picked was rather charming, don’t you think?


The meeting went quite well, although I was hoping we would be done early so that I could have taken vacation time to go for a flight.  However, it went went later and by the time we were ready to leave, the rain had hit Hamilton.  It chased us all the way to St. Catharines – no flight for moi.

The next day, I did my motivational presentation to the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise.  We met at Betty’s Restaurant in Chippawa for 7:15am.  They had a lovely breakfast buffet.  I was getting everything set up for the PowerPoint, so Mike went and got my brekkie. What a nice group of people.  They were all very friendly and so positive.  It was a great way to start the day!

After my presentation, my mother came up and we had a nice visit for the rest of the morning.  Mike went back to work in the afternoon and since the weather had cleared, I headed to the airport after little Janski headed home.  I was pretty much the only one flying, since it was quite windy.  My kind of flight!


Here’s a video of slow flight into the wind.  I had the plane going as slowly as possible without stalling the wings (no more lift).  As you can see, I’m practically flying backwards.  Unmute is in the bottom right hand corner:

Ah yes, good times.  It was a really fun flight.  I went up to the tower afterwards and had a nice long chat with a friend.  It was sad watching one of the Club planes head out to do circuits but could only do two due to rain coming in.  😦    See you soon, Vyctor!  Always nice to get a free plane wash!


I stopped off at Iron Chef and picked up some dinner noms for Mike and myself.  We had leftovers plus a cookie remaining, so I neatly bundled them all up for his lunch:


Classy, eh?

The weather was great today so Mike and I hit the skies.  We flew to Guelph for lunch.  The restaurant at the airport is amazing.  There is often a line up to get in.  We were the only ones there who flew in.  Had a bit of a wait, but certainly worth it.  Mike’s burger had a hash brown and egg on it.  He looked like he was in ecstasy while eating it:


I had the egg white omelette with cheese, spinach and broccoli plus home fries:


Vyctor waited for us patiently in the cold:


We were stuffed and had to bring home most of our fries, hash browns and my toast.  Mike was saying he was nicely full while we were getting in the plane.  Twenty minutes later we’re over Grimsby, I look over and he’s snacking on the fries:


Geesh.  One weirdo to another – come home to Boo playing The Floor is Lava game:


Today’s symptoms:  Slept fairly well the last two nights, which has been amazing.  Had a great day, although pretty bad nerve pain shooting down my left side.  It feels like someone is sticking a knife in me and dragging it down the side of my body.  Ouch! 


My Family Is Weird

I’m glad to be the normal one (tee hee) in the family.  My lovely children have been their weird little selves, whilst trying to stay warm.  I always have a little trouble getting Mya’s spindle-shanks into her pink sweater, so I bought her an awesome bomber jacket this weekend:


She seems to enjoy it thus far, even giving it a lick of approval:


It actually hasn’t been too bad in my apartment.  I notice a difference of quite a few degrees if I keep the curtains closed.   None of the other kitties have requested their clothing yet.  They’re typically snuggled under the covers and blankets I keep on the couch for them.  Mya ends up in the kitchen at least half a dozen times a day, begging for food.  I’m going to have to try and weigh her again soon to see if all the extra soft food I’ve been giving her for the last couple of months has caused any weight gain.  Poor little skinny thing!

Abby chilled in the warmth of Mike’s arms:


They also enjoy sitting on the heater behind the bed.  Since little Mya is typically found sitting on her sisters (which we call Mya’ing), it was nice to see Boo get a little revenge:


That didn’t last too long before Mya had a hissy-fit.  She’s getting a bit cranky in her old age.

Considering how tight the space is between the bed and wall, it’s surprising that porko Pinky can wedge herself in there:


Clearly I need to pull the bed out again and get the sphynx grease off the heater.   Ahhhh….the joys of owning naked kitties.  So worth it.  In every naked cat’s life, a little grease must fall.


The lizards have been keeping warm in their tanks, as have the two rescue critters.  I still have Ralphie the snail from the Flying Club, almost a month ago.  Also, a few weeks ago there was a fairly large beetle flying around my apartment.  I couldn’t throw him out into the cold so now Tipple-Tipple is living with Ralphie. Can anyone enlighten me as to what type of beetle thingie he is?



He seems to be getting along well with Ralphie:


I don’t think I’ll introduce them to my new batch of crickets, which are enjoying the heat lamp beating down on them:


Oh geez, I left the room for two minutes only to come back to Boo taking a selfie:


Yup, my family is weird.

On Thursday morning, Mike and I are heading to Betty’s Restaurant in Chippawa (for around 7:00).  I was asked to give my motivational chat to the local Rotary group.  I’m really looking forward to going.  I always jump at the chance to meet new folks and share my story.  Also, we’ll be at a restaurant so if anyone wants to heckle me, I can request they do so by throwing yummy noms at me!

Today’s symptoms: Dealing with a fairly bad stomach ache.  I was in bed all day Sunday (and the bathroom about 30 times!) with a bad stomach bug.  Yuck!  Still have a stomach ache and nausea, but hopefully it will be much better tomorrow.  Getting sleep tonight would be great too, as the insomnia is still with me.  Grrrrr…..


Frosty Flight…..Brrrrr!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I sure did.  Even though I really wasn’t in the Christmas spirit this year.  I didn’t even decorate.  It was still nice though.  My little mother stayed over for a couple nights, as she does every year.  Good times!  On Christmas Eve, we ordered from Pizza Hut.  It was so good!  I’m weird and usually dip my pizza in ketchup.  My mother’s head made a perfect ketchup holder:


We made a nice dinner on Christmas Day.  It was a really nice holiday.  My mother still has the ketchup on her head.

I woke up this morning and saw yuckola weather.  It was rather disappointing since I was hoping to go flying today – one last flight for 2017.  Fortunately, things cleared up by 11:00am, so Mike and I headed out to the airport.  We were the only ones flying.  We decided to head to Brantford for lunch.  We didn’t hear another plane the whole way there.  Took some nice shots on the way, like the canal.  I think it’s still open as we saw a large ship at the Lake Ontario entrance:


And heading toward Lake Erie:


I asked Mike to take some shots of the Hamilton Airport:


And Vyctor’s dangly wheel:


Then he decided to try a panoramic shot while we were cruising along.  The first one didn’t quite work out too well.  It made my cockpit look just a tad large.  I think he converted my Cessna 150 into a Cessna 1500:


Tee hee!  Love it!  He tried again and the next one was a little more to scale:


We made it to Brantford – the only ones who flew in at that time.

Coming in to land on the windswept runway:


And the dork pilot:


Mike and I got Vyctor all snuggled before we went in for lunch:


Mike got this awesome burger with egg and pretty much everything else:


I felt bad about Vyc, sitting out there by himself.  It helped that he waved back after I waved to him and blew a kiss:


We had to gobble our food rather quickly as there was a bit of a snowy/foggy system coming in from the east.  If we waited much longer, we would have been stuck in Brantford for awhile.  Here’s the video of our take off:

And the crud to the east:


Heading back, we noticed this crop circle configuration.  We’re pretty sure aliens have been to Niagara.  I don’t blame them.  It’s a nice area – wineries, the Falls, escarpment, etc.  We welcome you, little green, googly eyed alien dudes!


Landing back home – still didn’t see another plane out except a 727 landing at Hamilton, which the tower controller nicely told us where to maneuver to avoid him:

We safely arrived back at CYSN (Niagara District Airport).  Thank you Vyctor – happy new year buddy!  I love him so much.  I tried to give him a farewell kiss but my tongue stuck to his cowling:


I managed to rip it off and all was good in the world again.  Toodle-loo little buddy.  See you next year!


Back home, we got the kitties ready for New Years:

They were not amused, but we were!  I was also amused when Mike and I went to Giant Tiger today and he came over to the cart with a pressie for his favourite daughter, Abby.  I told him to put it back:


Poor Mike! Abby and the other kitties have enough toys!

Today’s symptoms: Still dealing with the insomnia.  It’s going on five months now.  Just awful.  I wake up constantly throughout the night and it takes me one to three hours to fall asleep.  Very frustrating.  I took some of my wakey-up pills today so felt decent and was able to have a very productive and active day.  Paws crossed that tonight is miraculously better. 

Chilly Flight

Mike and I tried to fly to Brantford for breakfast last weekend.  It was before Costco opened and the lot was packed:


I can’t even imagine what it will be like this weekend.  Anyway, flying along, we noticed the weather dropping up ahead.  We checked the weather beforehand and knew that Hamilton was yuckola, so we were going to head south.  Before we made it into Hamilton airspace, the clouds flipped us off and told us to turn around.  Ok!


I wasn’t quite ready to end the flight, so we took a little trip over Niagara Falls:



The Rainbow Bridge was surprisingly quiet:


Then back to land at St. Catharines:


I parked Vyctor, asked the fuel personage to fill him up, and we headed home:


You can certainly see the clouds coming in from the west.  Yuck.

Earlier this week I had to take little Mya to the vet.  She has been eating like crazy lately but not gaining any weight.  She only weighs about 5 pounds to begin with.  I thought maybe she had hyperthyroidism.


It took three of us to hold her down for the blood work.  I have never heard a cat scream so loud in my life.  We could not believe how loud something that tiny could be.  It was so upsetting to see her so scared and angry.  I broke down, like a big dork.  The good news is that all of her blood work is normal.  She had quite a few teeth out over the years and I know it’s not as easy for her to chew the hard kibble, which I leave out all the time.  So, I just have to feed her soft food multiple times throughout the day.  I just bought $65 worth of canned food today so that should keep her going for a few weeks.  Hopefully she will gain a little weight.

Speaking of cat food, something just a wee bit creepy happened the other day.  I noticed the night before that the levels of kibble in their dishes was getting a little low.  There was still enough for a few days though.  Apparently, the cats didn’t think so.  This is the message they left me (and I swear, I didn’t move a single piece!)


I got the hint and the dishes were filled immediately.  Geesh!

Today’s symptoms: I was off for about half of the day.  Jan came by and we went out to Timmies, then Fairview Mall and finally Petsmart.  We were surprised that the mall wasn’t busier than it was, this close to Christmas.  Felt decent today after getting at least five hours of sleep last night.  Still dealing with the insomnia, although I had a full week of good sleep a couple of weeks ago.  It was amazing.  Things are back to how they’ve been for over four months now though, and I’m only getting a few chopped up hours a night.  Blah.

Lots of Great Stuff

My last blog mentioned the tragic event in Rochester, when I inadvertently took a little chipmunk’s life.  I think this blog will focus on the more positive things I’ve experienced lately.  Referring back to last week, Jan and I had a wonderful trip to Rochester for three days.  It started out a little rough when we stopped at our local Tim Hortons and brought our coffees out to the car.  Jan spilled some of her coffee on her coat and pants – not surprising as she is a bit of a klutz around food.  After getting her cleaned up, I was reaching for something not knowing that she had lifted up her coffee for a slurp.  I elbowed the cup and coffee flew everywhere again.  This was not a good start.  A few minutes later, we were on the St. Catharines Skyway, and the truck in front of me threw a stone at my windshield.  There’s a smidge of a chip.  Fortunately, that and the chipmunk issue were the only downfalls of the trip.  The first night we were there, we nommed at this fine establishment:


It reminded us of how Lil’ Jan always used to call me Lizzy Drips.  We have no idea why, but it stuck all these years.

That evening, we sauntered down to The Christmas Tree Shop.  This place is awesome and I wish there was one in Canada.  I’m still trying to figure out what this item is:


Lipstick for Legs.  Huh.  We also discovered this fine product:


Tee hee!

Whilst driving in the States, I thought it might be a good idea to take video from the dashboard.  Last year, we almost got in what would have been a pretty severe accident, when a car ran a red while we were going around on the advance green.  So, this year I stuck my GoPro to the back of my GPS (with stick tack!).  Worked great:


Fortunately, it wasn’t needed as there were no traffic issues.

On the second day, I wore this shirt.  I had about a dozen people stop me and say how cool it was:


The whole trip was awesome – probably one of the best we had. It was, however, wonderful to get home and see all of my angels again:


A few days ago, we had our annual Recreational Aircraft Association Christmas dinner at the Niagara Falls Mandarin.  I was taking pics of our great group when I decided to get a nice picture of Mike.  I asked him to make a nice face.  This is the result:


Good grief!!!

Today I met up with my father and we went somewhere we’ve been countless times when I was young – Swayze Falls.  It was so great to be back there.


Some of the trees there are a couple hundred years old and massive:


I hate pics of myself, but at least this one was from far away.  It took him a few tries to take this picture which resulted in my running up and down the rocky hill in front of the tree a few times.  Good exercise!


You can see how the deer nibble on all of the trees, as far as they can reach:


It was a great visit to this Niagara gem.  I’m looking forward to taking Mike there for a hike one day.

Afterwards, I went to Reptile Kingdom to pick up some more crickets, as my current batch of eggs doesn’t seem to be hatching.  I also grabbed a couple of pressies for Zim and Peanut:


I met an adorable girl there who enthusiastically told me about all of their pets.  Chameleon, geckos, turtles and I think she also mentioned a spider and snake.  I asked her if she would email me some pics of her pets, so I can include them in an upcoming blog.  Paws crossed she follows through!

Tonight, Mike and I are meeting up with some of his work folks at The Keg for dinner.  Ohhhhhh…..steak…..  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Today’s symptoms: I feel quite good today.  I had a bad cold all week and unfortunately, missed some nice get-togethers with friends and co-workers.  Just have a bad headache today and still a bit of a sore throat.  On a very bright note, the last three nights of sleep have improved.  I got about 6 hours two nights ago and last night was ok, sleeping through once I fell asleep around 3:00am.  I’m hoping Santa brings me a cure for this insomnia!  One for the MS would be nice too, but I don’t want to be pushy!

My Gift To Rochester

I had a pretty cruddy event happen a couple days ago.  I was having an amazing time during my annual Rochester trip with my mother.  For some reason, we always have a slightly (or majorly) bad event – only one though, and the rest of the trip is phenomenal.  Well, the first day of our trip on Thursday was amazing. I’m going to discuss more of my trip over the next blog, but I’m going to tell one sad experience.  Jan and I were driving back from Eastview Mall in Rochester, NY.  Just so you know, I’m an extreme animal lover.  You hear “They couldn’t kill a fly.”  That’s me exactly.  I hate spiders yet I catch them and let them outside.  Well, something horrible happened – we were heading back from the mall to our hotel.  We were driving along at the speed limit, as to not get thrown into prison by a State Trooper.  Less than five kilometers (or like 2 miles or something) from our hotel, a chipmunk ran out into our lane.  We were on a busy two lane highway, with a string of traffic behind us and another going the opposite direction.  There were no shoulders.  So little chippy ran out into my lane and he looked over at me.  I could only swerve slightly since there was oncoming traffic within feet to my left.  I hate to admit this, but I hit little chippy.  I looked back in my mirror and there he was.  I couldn’t lose it because I was driving.  But I was so upset, I can’t even tell you.  Brutal – but I had to keep going.  Something made things a little better though.  I realized the exact moment he ran out on the road, I knew something was severely wrong.  Yes, he looked over at me, but within that split second, I saw that he wasn’t a normal chipmunk.  He grinned maliciously, with blood dripping from his fangs.  If that wasn’t enough, he was foaming at the mouth.  It was beyond clear he was rabid.  Still, with that second, I saw an even more disturbing scene – he was holding a chainsaw.  I had a brief look at the brand and saw it was a Stihl.  Nice choice, buddy!  That’s a pretty expensive chainsaw.  So this event was extremely tragic, but I now realize what I have done for Rochester.  How many lives did I save from a savage, rabid, evil chainsaw-bearing chipmunk?!  He was clearly out to get as many souls as he could.    You are welcome Rochester…..yes, you are welcome.  (But I’m still beyond upset)

Today’s symptoms: Feeling a tad weary, but what would I expect after three days of awesomeness.  I have a full week planned so not sure how this will this work out.  We’ll see.  Stay tuned for the the next blog about our awesome trip!

Birthday Awesomeness

I hit the big 4-0 on Tuesday.  Yea!  I had a joyous day at work then Jan came by.  Mike came home from work and we chatted for a bit.  We had reservations at Kelsey’s for 6:25.  I was just a wee bit shocked when my best friend Laura and almost all of Mike’s family was there waiting!  Wow!


We were there for at least a couple hours.  It was such a blast!  Mike got me this sexy hat to wear, which we donned toward the end of the night:


What a great surprise and perfect birthday!  One of the great pressies I got was from Jan, which was entitled “Piece of the American Pie” and was a lovely plate of US money:


Very creative, Jan!  It will come in very handy when we go to Rochester next month!  Mike’s gift is also something I’ll be using at a later date – a skydiving certificate!  I can’t wait!  I’ve done four jumps many years ago, but they were only static line (pilot chute then main chute automatically pulled) at 4500′  This one will be from 12,000′ while I’m strapped to someone.  At least I likely will not have the issue I had during my first jump, where my chute didn’t open all the way at first and once I got the line untangled, I was way off course and landed on the shoulder of Hwy 400!  Oops!  My next three were a tad less stressful.

Laura was kind enough to get me these awesome balloons, which you can see in the first photo.  Of course, I had to pose with it:


I was off yesterday and in the afternoon, Laura and I went to do some shopping.  We went out for suppies then drove over to her house to pick up her laptop.  She asked me to tweak it a bit again, as it’s been very slow lately.  I was a little nervous when we got to my place, due to my latest “pet.”  I rescued a snail last week from the Flying Club.  Poor wee lad was on the sidewalk, right outside the main door to the ramp, so he was likely going to get smooshed.  I brought Ralphie home and made him a little habitat.  Laura likes to pick up snails and throw them across the street, so Ralphie made this sign:


Fortunately, she obeyed!  After meeting her newest nephew, we got to work on her puter.  Then, for some reason, I decided to get the goofy glasses I used once at university.  (Laura looks lovely in them, eh!)  I was always so fatigued and sometimes fell asleep in class.  Little did I know at the time, the fatigue was from MS, which wasn’t diagnosed until years later.  Anyway, I wore these glasses once while sitting in a lecture at the very front.  The professor looked over and saw them and instantly started cracking up.  Oops.  I kinda felt bad he laughed in front of over 220 people, and no one except me knew why!


I had something totally shocking happen today.  I fell asleep last night and I actually stayed asleep – until 9:50am!!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I woke up a couple times briefly last night but fell back to sleep easily.  I slept for almost 11 hours!  I think after four months of insomnia, my bod decided to try sleeping for a change.  I can’t believe how much better I feel today.  I’m so hopeful this continues, maybe just not until that late in the morning!

Today’s symptoms: Felt SO good!  It’s amazing what a good night of sleep does.  I’ll give anything for this to continue.  Great way to start off life in the 40’s!

Anniversary Trip

Mike and I decided to go to St. Jacobs for our five year anniversary, which is at the end of November.  We didn’t realize when we booked if for this weekend that they were having a huge sale event.  Needless to say, it was a tad busy.  We drove up Friday and spent the day wandering around the town.  They converted a church on the main drag into an awesome toy store.  How long do you think this puzzle would take to finish?


That’s quite a few pieces!  Due to the sale event going on in the town, there were Christmas carolers out, treats in many of the stores, plus the horsies clippity-clopping down the street:


As usual, we hit the Stone Crock for dinner.  They have the best buffet ever:


It was a really productive day.  We ended up getting a good chunk of the rest of our Christmas shopping done.

The next day, we went to the Outlet Mall and the Farmer’s Market.  I saw this perfect sized cheese grater for my tiny mother:


I figured it would go nicely with this Jan-sized cooking set:


Tee hee!

We got finished at the market fairly early, so we decided to go to the nearby Conestoga Mall.  It was our first time there.  It was a bit of a zoo due to the Pre-Black Friday sales, but we ended up getting the rest of our shopping done.

After a rather stressful drive home in the rain, it was great to see my adorable kitties.  One of the first things they did is beg me to put the tap on:


Mya was too comfortable under the covers to come out.  It was a tad cold today, so she got to wear her little sweater:


On Sunday, although a tad weary from the trip, I went up for a quick flight to test out the new high voltage sensor my mechanic installed.  It was very windy that day and cruddy weather was coming in, so I was the only one flying.  On my second circuit, I had to do an overshoot and switch runways because there were so many seagulls on the runway.  Geesh!  I asked them nicely to move but instead they just flipped me the bird.

Today’s symptoms:  Unfortunately, my insomnia is still hanging on and I’ve been up since 4:30am.  Ugh.  I guess since this is the last day of my 30’s, my body wanted to get the most of it!  Paws crossed I actually sleep tonight.  I was born at 3:21am and considering how the last almost four months have been sleep-wise, I’ll likely be awake to celebrate.  Yea.