missjunebug is happy to report that she is glowing with good news: Rad Treatments are Complete! She once had high hopes for 2010 when she bid a not-so-fond farewell to 2009. Alas, a sweet 2010 was not to be. Surgeries, a super-sad funeral, more surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation have comprised and compromised the year so far. But has that discouraged this little glowing bug? Not at all.
Because in between the medical interventions, missjunebug and her bug fam have had some fun. A trip to Africa to see ElderJB, the graduation of TinyJB from university, a solar eclipse in lovely Tahiti, a football weekend extraordinaire where the JBs bonded with ND Nation, and an upcoming Thanksgiving Reunion in Wisconsin with MrJB’s clan. Can it get better than that? Well, yes it can: ElderJB will return from Africa to the states at Christmas time and TinyJB will make the trip from his digs in South Bend. missjunebug is excited BIG TIME for the second junebug family reunion of the year.
All these wonderful family times are perfectly complemented by the fab fun missjunebug has had with super-supportive friends. Yall know who you are! missjunebug wants to make a BIG SHOUT OUT to her friends for being with her through a 2010 that’s been a little thin on good news.
Except to say the good news that she’s officially saying to her heinous cancer: Good-bye to All That!
missjunebug and Mr.JB took a little field trip out to the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in Lancaster, California this weekend. It was time for some serious natural decompression what with taxes being due and Icelandic volcanic ash clouds wreaking havoc with ElderJB’s travel-back-to-Africa plans! What a week!
Those glorious little bursts of orange x 10 kamillion did the trick! mjb and Mr.JB arrived early enough to score a good parking space and she recommends you do the same if you don’t want to wait in the long line of cars that begins to form somewhere around 10 am. Trust her when she says, “Arrive early!”
missjunebug and Mr.JB grabbed their jackets and their cameras and wandered the little trails taking picture after picture. So many poppies! So little time! Â They enjoyed looking at the skittering lizards, listening to the melodic birdies flying around and even talking to some of the other onlookers.
mjb took a chance and said “Ni Hao” to a trio of friendly Chinese tourists enjoying their visit to the Poppy Preserve. missjunebug had a fun time telling them how much she and Mr.JB had enjoyed their country in two recent trips to China and they were pleased to hear it. missjunebug is a big believer in promoting understanding between cultures and it’s fun, too!
Further up the trail Mr.JB concentrated on taking some of the best nature photos he’d ever taken! missjunebug can say this now because she’s seen them herself and they put her little point n’ shoots to shame, but she’s happy to share her p-n-s’s here anyway. Enjoy! And get out to see those poppies before they disappear!
missjunebug has been looking through her fab iPhoto collections recently and decided to put together a little photo essay of her Amazing Animal Finds in Africa! Mr.JB and missjunebug had the good fortune to travel to Uganda and Rwanda (with a day trip to to the lava flows of Â the Democratic Republic of Congo) and view the zoo animals of their childhood on the animals’ home turf. What an experience!
Perhaps you’ve noticed that missjunebug flew away for a little while. Pretty far away actually. All the way to Africa to visit her ElderJB. Believe her blog title when she says it was the trip of a lifetime. This much she knows is true:
Her ElderJB and his spectacular (svelte, sublime, super-gorgeous) MG are making history in the hinterlands of Rwanda helping farmers TUBURA their harvests and improve their lives.
TUBURA (oneacrefund.org in Rwanda) staff is dedicated, optimistic, hard-working, and forward-thinking, a powerful force for good in the Nyamasheke district.
The enthusiasm and energy and pure exuberance of the local Rwandan staff brought tears to missjunebug’s little bug eyes as they celebrated success and acknowledged the hard work of the field reps and the farmers in their care.
missjunebug was blown away by the sheer enormity of the undertaking her ElderJB has taken on in this most remote of places on the planet (at least to her!) and further blown away by the 2020 target: one meeeeellion farmers (to borrow a phrase!) Are you kidding, ElderJB? missjunebug knows how large you live when you are around the Hacienda but your plan to live large in the hinterlands of Rwanda is truly awesome.
missjunebug’s motherly advice to ElderJB and the superb MG? Go for it! If anybody can do it, you two and your incomparable staff of young, strong, savvy Americans and aspiring, inspiring Rwandans can do it!!