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And…..I’m Back, Sort Of…

October 12th, 2016

You may wonder where I’ve been the past week, I haven’t been posting because life got a little crazy and I simply haven’t had time or been home enough to do it. If you follow my facebook page or my Instagram account you’ve seen that I’ve been jetting back and forth to Ohio. The main reason I’ve been busy is because my mom has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, she’s been told she has a few months to a year of life left.  In the coming months I’ll be spending lots of time traveling back and forth to Ohio to help my parents settle things and get things in order. I still have loads of photos of lovely gardens from Sweden I’m going to work on posting, as well as all the crazy that happens here at the farm.
I only had a few days in Maine before I headed off to Cincinnati the following weekend for my annual reunion with my college girlfriends. My trip home was very eventful and because of a big mess with United airlines. It took me 24 hours to get back home from Ohio (crazy since I can drive in half the time). It’s a rather crazy string of events, because they forgot to schedule a crew for our flight, it was cancelled at 10 pm on Sunday night. After spending an hour in the line waiting for a customer service rep, I was told “We can’t get you to Portland tomorrow. Where do you want to go?”. I must admit that heading off to Mexico seemed like a good option at the time, but my responsibilities won and I decided it would be easiest for me to find a way back to Maine if I caught a flight to Boston the following morning. From Boston I took a bus to Portland, then a taxi to the Portland airport to get my car, then finally I drove home. It was quite a crazy couple of days, and needless to say, every time I fly United I say “never again”, this time it’s really NEVER AGAIN. I must say, I’m lucky that I can fly Southwest when I head to Cleveland to visit my family, I’ve always had great experiences with them, even with the occasional delay.

22 Comments to “And…..I’m Back, Sort Of…”
  1. Lisa on October 12, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Many prayers.

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  2. Jennifer Fisk on October 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

    If another glitch prevents you from flying into Portland, Concord Trailways bus is an option. Clean and reasonable.
    Will be thinking of you as the next few months go by.

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    • Susy on October 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

      That’s what I took this time, my first time as I always fly out of Portland or Augusta. It was a nice option.

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  3. susan ingle on October 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I wish the news was otherwise. I know you want to be of help, but please don’t neglect to take care of your own need for support during this next trying time. I’ll be thinking of you.

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  4. Robin @ A Life In The Wild on October 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    We’ll be here even if you don’t write another word for however long. Enjoy your time with your parents. I’m sorry about your mom’s diagnosis and I hope there’s a lot of living able to be packed into a short time. You’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Misti on October 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Oh no. I saw you had been travelling a lot but didn’t know the reason. Wow. Many good thoughts going your way.

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  6. Bettina on October 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s illness. I wish you and your family as many wonderful days as possible and also lots of strength to get through these trying times.

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  7. S on October 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of this, best wishes in a difficult time, and safe journeys as you travel to spend time with your family.

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  8. Jill on October 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear that, Susy. There are just too many stories like that these days. Wishing you strength and peace xo Jill

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  9. Nebraska Dave on October 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Susy, so sorry to hear about your Mom. My prayers are with you, your Mom, and all those that have been influenced by your Mom. Life has a way of throwing curves at us. Make the most of the time left. Build some life long memories with the coming months.

    Have the best day that you can considering.

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    • Kay on October 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Nebraska Dave said it best. Many prayers.

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  10. Louise on October 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Susy, very sorry to hear your Mom is not well; I will be thinking about you and your family; many prayers.

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  11. bonnie knox on October 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s illness. Wishing you all peace and strength.

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  12. Wendy on October 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Praying for you all!

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  13. PennyAshevilleNC on October 13, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Oh Suzy, I am so saddened by that news. I know the times you have together are precious- I hope you are able to find peace as you navigate this stage of life with your parents.

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  14. Lee on October 13, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Suzy, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in my prayers.

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  15. Melanie G on October 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

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  16. JessB on October 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Sorry to hear about your mom.

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  17. Marina on October 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    So sorry to hear your news. I have always marveled at the close family ties you have, and the many times you have mentioned your Mom in your writings.
    I am one of many reader to say I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    As a mom now myself, I would guess that your mom is so proud of the family she has made. Having you around her at this time will make her life complete and beautiful at the end as it has been all along. May we all be so fortunate!

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  18. Amy S on October 16, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Oh Susy I hate to hear this about your mom. I lost my father nearly 20 years ago and still remember as though it was yesterday. I’m certain your mom is so proud of you and what you’ve done in your life! I am transitioning into a new job as the lead palliative care nurse which is a new division of our home health department. Not sure what she’s doing in her treatment plan but I would encourage to check into palliative care if they have it in Ohio. Prayers during this time for her and all of you!

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  19. Jodiana on October 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Susy, I am sorry to hear of your mom’s illness. I will pray for you and your family.

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  20. Nita on October 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    So sorry to hear this Susy, sending strength your way for the difficult times ahead.

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