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(Dominic Lipinski / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM

I wasn’t on the balcony with the Queen when she celebrated her 90th birthday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Zara Tindall, Anne, Princess Royal, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Charles, Prince of Wales,

I didn’t schlep along with Bernie when he visited the Vatican.

Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis

Pope Francis at the VaticanAnd I didn’t perform in “Hamilton” at the Tonys.

Cast of Hamilton

Nope. I was dealing with a bevy of physical afflictions which boggled my mind. Take for example getting ready to have cataract surgery on both eyes and learning that first I would have to endure having my corneas polished with a diamond-tipped scalpel. Let’s put it this way. My doctor said it would be a miserable procedure. And boy, was she right.

But first I needed to have a basel cell cancer removed from my lip!

So from December of 2015 until the end of June 2016, I have had one cancer surgery, two eyeballs ground, and two cataract surgeries.

I just couldn’t face my computer. In fact most of the time I couldn’t even see it.

So, mea culpa, nothing written.

But hey, it wasn’t all bad. You know that old joke that there has to be a pony in there somewhere? Well, in the middle of all these procedures, my husband and I and our family went to Maui. A dear friend of my husband graciously offered us the use of his Maui vacation home right on the  beach in Wailea.  Heaven, pure heaven.

Maui house on the beachOne look at the ocean and I decided that I would not open my computer for the whole stay. So, no Facebook, Instagram. Tweets, or Pinterest. To my surprise, I felt an amazing lightness of spirit. It’s not as though I don’t love social media but somehow when I took one look at the gorgeous ocean in front of me, I just wanted to wallow in the beauty of this tropical paradise.

Anna, Matt and me in Hawaii


Okay, let me hear you say, “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” ten times. It’s a lot easier after a Mai Tai or two.

mai tai drink

Next year I hope to be on the balcony celebrating the Queen’s 91st birthday.

Queen Elizabeth Waving

I wouldn’t want to disappoint her again.




Queen Peeking: Dominic Lipinski / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM
Balcony: Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
Vatican:Afp/Getty images




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  • Carol Taylor - Love your comments! Glad you’re back.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks for reading my comments! That’s nice to know people are taking time to read them.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian Plummer - Hi Sandra, sorry to hear about your setback, never pleasant having surgeries of any kind but at least it is all behind you. The upside is you may not need to wear glasses now? Hawai sounded fabulous. Looking forward to reading more of your lovely blogs. Keep well. LuvL xxReplyCancel

    • sandra - Actually, now I have less need for glasses. Having cataract surgery has made me see colors like nothing before. I grab anyone I can find and tell them how beautiful the colors I can see now. I only need glasses for seeing close. I’m not used to not needing glasses.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Rivera - Dearest Sandy,

    HELLO! You have been busy with some unpleasant things, but I do know for you have probably made time for some adventure! You look marvelous, and I wish you the best of health! I sure have missed your presence on IG, but welcome back! Much love, Anita RiveraReplyCancel

    • sandra - Yes, sometimes I had problems with vision. But I always make time to look at your gorgeous photos on Instagram. LOVE your photos!ReplyCancel

  • Martha Koplin - Hi Sandy, I am glad you are back in business again. A great blog! Stay healthy and I sympathize w/you on the basil cell’s. We could be sisters.
    Love, MartiReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Marti. Would you believe I have another basel cell I need to deal with? Yes, I’m sure you would.ReplyCancel

  • Susan B. - Well, it’s obvious The Queen was disappointed when you didn’t show. I’m sure she understood though. 🙂

    So sorry you’ve been dealing with all of this, but I’m glad you were able to spend some quality time in Hawaii. Looks grand!!

    Once we’re back from our hop across the pond, let’s get together again!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Yes, Susan. Looking forward to more adventures with you. Have a wonderful time on your trip. I’ll be reading all about it on your fab blog.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Steibel - You cant keep a good woman down….ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Helen Kirkpatrick - Off and running!More Posts PLEASE‼️
    I didnot get my invitation to the Queens birthday bash either.I heard a rumor maybe with your CONNECTIONS you can verify?Charles will pass on being King and hand over to William‼️Is that TRUE?
    Please advise‼️
    So HAPPY you have sailed through ALL of that and it’s behind you.
    What Adventures await?

    • sandra - Yes mam! No, there is no way that Charles will pass up being King!!!! He may take over many of his mother’s duties but HE WILL Be KING! Now let’s see if he makes Camilla his Queen!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - Hi Sandra,

    Loved your post and am glad you’re on the mend and had such a fabulous vacation.

    Waving hello, see you online and hopefully in person again one of these days.


    • sandra - Thanks Jan. Would love to have dinner again. Love your photos.ReplyCancel

  • Judi - Hi Sandy. So glad you’re back! Wishing you smooth sailing with more of your extraordinary blogs in the future
    Your Texas WWF buddy!

    • sandra - Hi Judi. Always a pleasuer losing to you in WWF. Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

  • Rita Ryan - YOU are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia Schmidt - Hi Sandy! So glad you’re back and so sorry about the health issues, that cornea polishing sounds God awful! But, glad you got to go to Hawaii, sounds wonderful Looking forward to hearing from you more now that you’re back. xoReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Claudia. Hawaii is heaven! Loved that place even more than I had in the past.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Carter Twigg-Smith - Welcome to the constant basel cell club! And the cataract club……isn’t getting old a blast?! I’m bereft that you were in Maui and didn’t call me! Not to say I could have dropped everything and flew over, but I would have THOUGHT about it!! Love hearing from you again on your blog! Was just in SV for a week and missed our coffee!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Oh, I sent you a message on your Facebook page saying I was going to be in Maui. How could I go there and not let you know? I’m a sterling member of the basel cell club. Got another one that needs to be taken care of. So busy with other stuff that I left this to be dealt with laterReplyCancel

  • Rex Wilder - See?ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Good one Rex. I had to think about it for a minute.ReplyCancel

  • Penelope Bianchi - You are beyond divine! I had cataract surgery (by laser) and I accused the surgeon of falsifying it as “surgery”! It was painless… was entertainment….and no complications…..YIKES! I had no idea I was so lucky! I am so sorry! You are the most adorable and positive woman! I am delighted that you are coming out the other side! Of course you had a friend with a lovely house in Hawaii! Hawaii heals all wounds! I went the first time… 13! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
    Delighted you are healing…..lunch soon at the IVY!!! Please???!!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Penelope, Thank you for your kind words. Please call me when you’re in town. Would love a return trip to The Ivy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Rodrigues - So nice to see you back, Sandra. You are a very special lady. Stay well. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Linda Maltz Wolff - So delighted to see you back and in good spirits! Keep the blogs coming!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - Glad to hear you are doing well now and you look amazing! Miss you xoxoReplyCancel

  • Beth Djalali - well, i’m happy to see there was a silver lining in there. i’m wishing you good health, and happiness. because the queen would be very disappointed if she didn’t see your smiling fact next year.
    xoxo bethReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thomson - Nice to see you again, Sandy! I’m happy for you that you had a wonderful and restful holiday in Maui <3ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Ray Coffee - I know a bit about physical setbacks, so I’m applauding your return!ReplyCancel

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