Stories of Love

So I have just a bit of exciting news, I just penned a story for Chicken Soup for the Soul concerning love stories, it will take some time before I hear if it was accepted. I’ll know when or if I receive a check in the mail plus ten copies of the book. They do not send rejection letters. I wrote about my love for David and the coincidental way we met. Wish me luck!

Yesterday I took my sweet Dad to his ENT for a hearing check and an inspection of his troublesome right ear. It has a tiny hole in it he has had since childhood, making it difficult to keep fungus and wax buildup out of. As usual, they had to manually remove some sticky wax off of his eardrum-good news, no infection this time!

Dad in the testing booth

Next week we will go back for another appt to make sure his hearing aids are set properly and working well. He still has trouble with his speech but does not want to go to any more doctors than he already does, nor will he try speech therapy again. He is frustrated that the first time didn’t work and says he’s done with it. I told him to try reading aloud but I don’t know if he does it. 😉

Today we have to go to the dermatologist for his skin check up since he had some skin cancer about a year or two ago. He gets frequent check ups on his head and face, if the doc sees anything, he just zaps it with some liquid nitrogen and sends him home!

I love my dad and just want him to live the rest of his life happy and not be so frustrated, he is too shy now to go out in public unless he is with family. Luckily he has a wonderful friend and pen pal (hi Ethelyne!) that he writes nightly on the computer. What a joy she is and he is blessed to have a friend like her! We’ve met and she is a doll.

Dad’s friend Ethelyne

 

For anyone concerned with the outcome of my refund for the cruise I had to cancel, Royal Carribean sent me a $177 refund back to my bank account and so far, that is all that has happened. I don’t know if I will get a cruise credit or what, but let me just say, that is nowhere near what my ticket cost me. I do not feel like I should be penalized for canceling my cruise due to the circumstances at the time, plus my inability to get there because the roads were impassable. I will check with my travel agent and see.

 

 

Here Are My Thoughts This Morning

A Letter To Royal Caribbean

 Dear Royal Caribbean,

I was so looking forward to climbing aboard your magnificent ship on Sunday, Sept. 3 with my friends from Sertoma, to sail to places I have never been, to party and enjoy myself for one whole glorious week, however, Mother Nature intervened (as I’m sure you know) and a devastating hurricane named Harvey ruined those plans. Now, I cannot in good faith, see myself parade past tens of thousands of displaced, suffering human beings to go live it up for a week, even if I could get to Galveston (which I can’t), even if the port was open, (which it is not) and even with all of that, how can you as a company not see the horror yourself and immediately offer refunds or reschedule this particular cruise???

That’s what I would say if I could talk to or get a letter to anyone that mattered at the cruise line. I’m so bent out of shape this morning as picture after picture and story after story comes in from friends and family displaced or sheltering in place, stuck because they cannot get out and no one can get in to help. I just heard that Beaumont has lost water and an explosion at a plant in Crosby has people evacuating from that as well!

On top of all of that, my mother-in-law was just diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma and my husband is understandably distraught so the timing of this (cruise) could not be worse. I was just informed that Galveston is opening the ferry so the ships can leave out soon and get back in, no matter. It’s a shame but really, how can I leave right now. I would feel horrible, I already wish there was something I could do other than pray and maybe donate a little money. My son said he has friends up and quitting their jobs to go help (I don’t know if they are letting them anywhere near the disaster areas though) which I think is awesome. Everywhere you look you see stories of people helping each other in the wake of all the devastation. Humanity is alive and well and God bless Texas.

Here is a link to state and national organizations that are helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at https://www.nvoad.org/hurricane/harvey/hurricane-harvey-how-to-help/.