Today is the big day!  Well, it is one of the big days anyway.  One of my dearest friends is getting married.  The wedding is at 6pm tonight just a few clicks up the road from my house.  When she first told me the date I remember worrying that a hurricane might interrupt the service but as it turns out, this hurricane season in Florida has been uneventful.  No, tonight we will be worried about sweat rings and heat stroke.  Fall in Florida is wonderful, but we are experiencing record high temps so it will likely be about 85-88 for the outside ceremony.  Fortunately for all, the ceremony is only about 15  minutes long and then we all move inside to drinks and dinner.  Image

I mention my good friend because she is certainly going to show up in future posts.  She has just completed degree requirements for her RN and will be working in a hospital soon.  This is her second degree having spent the last  10 years as a fitness trainer/director which is how we became acquainted.   During her 10 year fitness career she got certified as a post-mastectomy training and development specialist.  Her training was extensive, expensive and specific.  So despite this bitch of a diagnosis I have a very specific kind of support that most don’t.  Lucky unlucky me!

Oh, and moving forward I will also have increased police protection as my pal is marrying a member of local law enforcement.  So even luckier unlucky me.

While it will be unseasonably hot this early evening, I am hoping the humidity will be low or non-existent.   Or maybe since we will be in a courtyard, we will be shielded from the sun but in full view of the beautiful Hunter’s moon expected in early evening.

Regardless of environmental factors, I am very much looking forward to tonight’s festivities. It will serve as both hello to a newly married couple and adios to the evil twins that occupy my chest.  This will be their last formal appearance so they better live it up!  They may have a sip of champagne or two after this swan song.

Speaking of swans, at about 10pm last night there was a large “boom” outside.  It was so startling that  my cat came ducking through her little pet pass-through and sought refuge under the sofa.  I jumped up and stepped out to the patio to see what was up and nothing was up except that beautiful moon.  No smoke, no fire, nothing.  But something caught my eye about 50ft away as it landed on a nearby rooftop.  From my 3rd floor patio, we were about eye level but I couldn’t really make out what it was.  

So I just stood there.  And I was rewarded with one of those glorious moments in nature that is as spectacular as it is serendipitous.  The thing that had caught my eye suddenly took flight swooping right in front of me on her way to another nearby rooftop perch.  It was an owl.  A VERY LARGE OWL whose graceful swooping I could see and hear.  It only took a couple of flaps to cross from one perch to the other, but those huge wings made an audible whooshing sound as the nocturnal predator crossed just a few feet in front of me.  A special moment for sure.  

I want more of those moments.  Lots more.

I still have cancer and I still plan to kick cancer’s ass.