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That Sunday, that winter

January 4th 1981 was a Sunday. It was also the coldest day on record at minus 37 degrees celsius. 11 a.m. in the morning in the palliative care unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital. He died of leukemia in his 38th year and has been gone 34 years –almost as long as he lived. But I still feel the grueling cold of his death like it was yesterday. Because he was my only sibling, my beloved brother.

You always made us laugh and you will never, ever be forgotten.Rest in the peace of love, my dearest, Bill.

Christmas socks reminded me

Santa & his reindeer

I love socks & Christmas socks are especially fun so I bought myself a pair with Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer on them. Lo & behold I was transported to my youth when life was magical and I believed in Santa.

Our house had the best decoration in the village. Why? Because before Christmas daddy would somehow climb up to our rooftop & put up Santa’s sleigh filled with colourful presents and pulled by Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph. Daddy had a lumber yard & I guess he designed & had his workmen cut out of plywood & paint all the life-size figures. No plastic inflatable Christmas decorations for this girl 😉

I loved that time of the year; Daddy always spoiled me. I miss you, Daddy.

Merry Christmas from your “sweet dolly”.

Dad & Christine 1987, by the sugar bush

Bootiful Sofia wants to make your acquaintance

“Nana nana nana my 3 y.o. granddaughter squealed as I peak-a-BOOd around the door on All Hallow’s Eve. Sofia jumped into my arms, thrilled to see me, almost knocking off my witch’s hat. “You’re a witch!” she yelped. “But where’s the rest of your costume? You have to be dressed all in black, she sadly admonished, then happily figured it out: You must be a pumpkin witch! That’s it! A pumpkin witch!!

Wanna come downstairs with me to see the pumpkins Daddy carved?”

At supper, I sat beside her & she asked me to cut her slice of pizza into pieces so she could eat it with a fork. From a very young age, she has been a neat freak, unlike her nana.  Wide-eyed, she recounted stories of her time at day care and more of her little life’s experiences prefacing it with “When I was a baby…..”. I smiled. Then a little while later, “Nana can you feed me?” she asked, tugging at my heart strings.

“So, you’re Cat Lady tonight, Sofia?”, I asked. “No”, she corrected:  :cat woman. and baby Charles (our grandson, her 28-month old brother) is Spiderman.”

So off we went with Mommy & Daddy leading the way and Ben, Zadie & I following suit.

After we were all trick or treated out, Ben &I took our leave, and Sofia expressed one more wish to her nana: “Will you come to my birthay party, Nana? You will, won’t you?!” Sofia turns 4 next Marchn 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.null

But what about next month?!

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So, we are nearing the end of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Alright, already,  I’m aware, having celebrated my 15th cancerversary in May.  But here’s the thing.  All over the media we are being bombarded with BCA — on the Today Show we are following the heroic journey of Julie London, TV anchorwoman and we see the picture of her bald and beautiful head on the cover of People magazine.

I hope this will make us take the matter of breast cancer more seriously. Don’t be afraid to check your own boobies for changes; that’s how I discovered the tiniest pea-sized lump in my breast in 1999 with my dear husband’s help.

And guess what? I am not out of the woods yet. In April, my yearly mammogram came back abnormal.  My ultrasound appointment is just before Christmas.  My dear husband will accompany me to my appointment because that’s what a man does, a man who loves you completely.

I hope and pray that I shall walk out of the examination room with a smile on my face and an audible sigh of relief.  But if I do not; he will be there for me, to hold my hand to the next room for perhaps a biopsy.  But I am getting ahead of myself.

If I can leave you with one message, it is do not be afraid. Do BSE, talk to you doctor if you have any questions whatsoever and trust, just trust.

Happy Birthday, Dad

98 years old today ! This call for a celebration. I have the tea on for you because you never did like a drink.

You know, Dad, I don’t remember celebrating your birthdays when you were on earth. I wonder why that is?! I guess because you never wanted a fuss made about you.

As a little girl, I’m sure I sat on your lap on your birthday like on so many other days.

I know you are having a party tonight in heaven with Mom and Bill and all of your departed relatives and the angels & seraphim. I wish I could be there with you, Dad, but for now I cannot. Nevertheless, my birthday gift to you today is my unending love. That doesn’t surprise you, does it, Dad? 🙂

I am planning a really big party for your 100th birthday in 2014. But until then, kisses and hugs from your “little dolly”.

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Most recent pic of Stella Joy & Mishi

What I did for love of Stella Joy

Blipathon wrapup

Submitted by Christine aka musecrossing on Sep 27, 2011

Update from the Blipaton on Sunday, Sept 25.

Sunday September 25th began first in the Southern Hemisphere. My fellow DJ’s down under were first to spin songs for Stella and her Moms. 13 hours l8r, my friends in the Northern Hemisphere took the torch & carried on. All through the day, so many of them laid their hearts on the line, urging their listeners to send love to the family & if possible a donation of any amount, a dime, the cost of a cup of coffee, whatever.

I spent almost all day on the computer, watching blips float by from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Germany and spinning my own songs for Stella Joy.

As my dear friend DJ DavidL1313 from Layfield, U.K. noted: “Can you feel the love from across the universe?” and I could.

These words of my friend & DJ in Wales, Shanti01 sums up the day very well:”heart warming love given 2 a little girl most of us will never know. Music is love, blipstars.”

A special thanks to Angie74 of Blipstarz for making our day possible, once I let her know my wish.

Too many contributors to mention, but I cannot forget atheDJ, battlady, bellbtmblues, cpcdiniz, c3p0, Dancer12, damntheman, dangeloflove, diamondgal, donnadontplay, ear4you, ellendiane, howieward, keithold, ladypyn, lilwldchld, love4me, mizhelena, msmercurial, OrganicSue, rocket1206, scotlandtartanlover, shellsie, streamingmimi, sweet chayenne, AmyisImaginary, ncvibes, Vilesy & pls forgive me if I have left you out.

When I woke in the night unable to sleep I looked up at the firmament which usually is covered with so much smog you cannot see the stars. But last night, they shone brightly, for Stella, our star. I think she felt the love.

Light, Love & Blessings
Christine aka musecrossing