Front and Center

Yeah, that’s our Patty V in the back of that group pic of Pancreatic Cancer Survivors…130 in all that showed up for Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day, can you imagine?  She’s ready to be front and center tomorrow as we visit our legislators…we have scheduled meetings with Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio and Congressman…

What’s the capital of Bahrain?

These trips always start the same way…we  head to the airport together…but just before this we meet at our final stop, Trudi’s house,  where we stand around and watch Jean figure out how to get all the stuff into the car. Some of us try to look busy while she arranges and rearranges everything, but…

I feel pretty.

We pre-gamed yesterday.  We were heading to the nation’s capital, and we needed to look JUST RIGHT. And so we met yesterday morning at Aqua Aveda Salon on Anna Maria Island.  Jane and Patty’s niece, Ali,  is the proprietor and we were very well taken care of… Stephanie was in charge of the pedicures, and…

#PanCan? PATTY CAN.

  The six of us have been in touch a lot during the past two weeks or so but mostly by text…little updates, cute memes, inspirational quotes, inside jokes….Patty is often at work or busy with family…her niece Sara, whose middle name is Patricia after this fabulous aunt of hers, recently graduated from high school…so…

Surprise! We still want to meet ELLEN!**

Trip Number One:  Summer 2016.  Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier. Trip Number Two:  Fall 2017.  The Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans. Get ready for Trip Number Three!  Any guesses? We’ve been discussing Trip Number Three for about nine months…since we got back from the last trip.  It’s always up to…

Bee Prepared.

Like the Boy Scouts, we hoped to be prepared.  Last night we planned to get up first thing this morning, survey the storm’s progress, and make a decision.  We met in Janey and Patty’s room at 7:45 am even before we’d had coffee.  Our flight was scheduled to leave New Orleans airport at 1:55pm.  The…

I’d like a Hurricane please?

What is that old wives’ tale again?  The morning after you’ve been drinking make sure you get on a boat?  That may not be it.  But that’s what we did.  We got up early and wiped the powdered sugar off of our lips after more beignets and coffee.  We headed to our airboat tour…we’re in…

We had a Ball.

Janey and I took off at a canter from the hotel before 8:00am because we felt sure we’d be SUPER POPULAR with the rest of the team if we brought back coffee and beignets from Cafe Du Monde.  The beignets were still hot and so was the coffee when we gathered in the lobby with…

What a friend we have in cheeses.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — CLARKSDALE, Mississippi –NEW ORLEANS, LA Janey says it was Ron Hansen who later became the Mayor of Muscatine who leaned over to the waitress as she delivered a platter of cheeses to a banquet Jane attended. He gently touched the waitress’s arm and declared triumphantly, “What a friend we have in Cheeses!”…

Hey Jude.

— MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Saint Jude Thaddeus:  The Patron Saint of Lost Causes.  One of the apostles of Christ.   One of his first followers.  Later martyred.  His name Jude means giver of joy; his name Thaddeus means generous and kind. “There is something so special about HERE” said our tour guide, Mary.  Patty had…

Peyton Place.

ST LOUIS, Missouri — NEW MADRID, Tennessee — Arkansas –MEMPHIS, TN We pulled off the road for gas this morning and saw the flag at half mast at a Burger King.  We were still in St. Louis.  There are good people everywhere who awoke to the same horrific news that we did today: a terrible…

A horse is a horse, of course…

  — ST. LOUIS, Missouri — We had plans to attend the afternoon St. Louis Cardinals baseball game today so we decided to visit Grant’s Farm first thing this morning to make the most of our time here.  You can’t be a American beer lover and not know about the Anheiser-Busch Brewing Company, one of…