Crazy Month – Fair, Ikea, Motel 6

Sorry I haven’t been posting in a while. It has been a crazy month. Here is an update.

Maya’s Birthday
My Maya is now seven years old. Go check out this cute photo of her I posted on my other blog yesterday: Maya’s Birthday

Doctor Who
Sometimes I just don’t feel motivated. I think it is tied to my cycle. I call it depression, but I’m fine for the most part. I just don’t have any energy. Mid-August was like that. I found myself cuddled on the couch with Maya and Pierson three days in a row and watching Doctor Who. It was a great way to spend a depression but I obviously didn’t get much done.

Iowa State Fair
I’m vegetarian now so going to the Iowa State Fair where they display animals that are soon going to be butchered seems a contradiction. I suppose it is, but I heard the Iowa State Fair is one of the biggest in the country and so wanted to see it at least once. Despite the fact that many of the animals will soon become someone’s food, I loved seeing them. The horses are my favorite. The Iowa State Fair also had an art show. There was a ton of different art work of different media and different subjects. As an artist, I loved this part of the fair.

Gorgeous Horse at Iowa State Fair

Isn’t this horse gorgeous? I believe her coloring is called flea-bitten gray.

Cute Kid at Iowa State Fair

This kid at the Iowa State Fair was so cute!

Ikea and Mall of America
A few days after the fair, I went with a friend to the Mall of America in Minnesota. We also went to Ikea, which is across the street. I didn’t buy much there, but I did buy lots of stuff at the Blick Art store, which we happened to drive by on our way to lunch at Good Earth.

Mall of America Me and SpongeBob

Yes, I love SpongeBob SquarePants and so when I saw him at the Mall of America, I had to get my picture taken with him.

Snoopy at Ikea in Minnesota

This was outside Ikea in Minnesota. Yes, I’m copying Emma from MyGBGVlife who always shares these finds. 🙂

Road Trip
The day after that trip, I broke a tooth and went to the dentist. Then the day after that I went to Wichta, Kansas to see a doctor for my fibromyalgia. Maya and Pierson went with me. I don’t like to travel alone and my husband couldn’t go, so Maya and Pierson eagerly agreed to make the boring trip.

Dogs on Road Trip to Kansas 2014

Maya looks like she’s scared of my driving, but she’s actually very excited about the trip.

Motel 6
I opted to stay at a Motel 6 because I knew they didn’t charge much and that they accept my two big dogs without charging extra pet fees. If you want to stay at a nice fancy hotel with all the amenities and free breakfast, Motel 6 is not the place to go. But who needs a fancy motel when you’re mostly going to be out?

Motel 6 August 2014 Maya & Pierson

The dogs and I had a nice comfortable room at Motel 6 in Wichita.

I discovered how great Motel 6 is for us when we got stuck in Oklahoma during a terrible ice storm. This Motel 6 in Wichita on Kellogg Dr. was even better! The bed was so comfortable, the room was clean, the property was quiet, and it even had a mini fridge. But what made it the best was the manager and the staff. The manager, Ron, told me, “Without customer service, I’m just another hotel chain.” So true!

Motel 6 August 2014 Ron and Dogs

Ron the manager of Motel 6 in Wichita was very nice and even posed with Maya and Pierson.

My Mom
You all won’t believe how well my mother is doing. She has terminal brain cancer, but that is not stopping her one bit. A month or so ago, she was in really bad shape. She couldn’t keep food down, she was sleeping 22+ hours a day, one of her hands went numb, she can’t see out of one eye, she started to have uncontrollable ticks, and she was so weak she could no longer walk. My stepdad had to get hospice care in to help.

Now my mom is up out of bed and dancing!!! No more hospice care either. My mom is able to eat again. She says her sleep is back to normal. She still can’t see out of one eye but the ticks are gone. And she can now walk an entire block and back. I so totally can’t believe it! But if anyone can kick brain cancer’s butt, it’s my mom.

One of my sisters lives closest to my mom and has been visiting her often. She gives my mom foot rubs and has been painting her nails. Recently, she did a leopard theme to match my mom’s leopard print robe and my stepdad bought her a leopard print hat to match. (leopard print, not actual leopard fur… no way!)

My Mom Wearing Leopard Print

My mom has always loved leopard print. The only thing missing in this photo is her leopard print slippers.

Well, that’s all for now! How has your month been?

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9 Responses to “Crazy Month – Fair, Ikea, Motel 6”

  1. The Golden Life Says:

    GREAT news about your Mom!! It always warms my heart when I hear of people battling cancer (of any kind) with great “I’m gonna beat this!” attitudes. My Mom had that same attitude, but her body just couldn’t fight it any more. That was in late ’79.
    Things have been crazy around here, too. Mostly dealing with Shadow’s sensitive stomach, trying to find the causes by eliminating one thing after another from her (and her sisters’) diet to see if it helps. MAYBE, just maybe, we’ve come to the end of the tunnel. I hope so!

  2. Clowie Says:

    It’s great news that your mom is feeling a bit better and enjoying life!
    I love the Snoopy, but it doesn’t seem quite right without Emma in the photo!!

  3. JSantino Says:

    I like your opinion about Motel 6 on Kellogg, you should post your experience on “TripAdvisor”. It is not too often people share good experiences, only negative.

  4. Jodi Says:

    Yay for your mom!! As I told you, I was a bit worried. I think we all go through bits of depression at times, I’m glad you got through it and are feeling better. I hope you got good news at the Dr. in Kansas.

  5. Lindsay Says:

    Wow, that IS a crazy month. I honestly don’t know how August is over. My husband and I met some friends in Vegas in the middle of the month for one weekend and that’s about all we did, but it still went by so quickly!

    I’m so, so happy your mom is doing so well. Love the leopard print. I have leopard print slippers myself!

  6. Preparing for a Road Trip with the Dogs | Pet Auto Safety Says:

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  7. weliveinaflat Says:

    So glad your mom is better, that has to be the best news out of all the news of the month! 😀 I can understand the cycle thing, I get it in a bad way and that is when I miss a post or two, hoo hoo. 😛

    Feel Better!

  8. 2 Brown Dawgs Says:

    Your Mom is an amazing lady. I am so far behind and have been so busy, a tv marathon sounds good. 🙂

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