Sunday, October 12, 2008

Miss Peach is losing her mind!!

Hello Gaggle loves,

I think early dementia is setting in. I have completely forgotten where I "safely" put the list of addresses and birthdays we worked on when I visited in the Spring. Could you help a poor girl out and email me your birthdays and current addresses to .

Thanks a bunch,

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Hello My Loves...trying to get the updates started

Hello to my beloved Gaggle,

I miss you crazy people more than words can convey and I am so glad that this blog is back up and going....well it's trying to at least.

Life for me in Maine has been a roller coaster but overall I have settled into my new life. I have working hard at finding my new normal in this world of chronic and progressive illness and believe that I have finally made peace with the new me...medical devices and all. Hey, how many people do you know that set off alarms at the library and have to get patted down by the TSA when they see a tube running from under my shirt to a bag with a pump that is flashing neon green??

I have been actively pursing my dream of becoming a children's book author. I am taking a two year correspondence course from the Institute for Children's Literature and so far all three of my stories have been met with rave reviews by my reviewers (I may even have two that they believe are publishing material). Can I get a Woo Woo??

To also prove how much more comfortable I have become with my new self...I have begun dating again. It has been a wild ride and I am still wondering if boys are just too stupid to deal with, but alas I want a man and I want one now!! I am not letting being sick hold me back from my dream of being a wife and mother one day and if will help me get there then gosh darn it I am gonna do it. I have had many dates and was surprised at how many guys are appreciative of my honesty about my illness in my profile.

Other than that, I am gearing up for autumn in Maine and I have got to tell you it is my favorite time of year. The air is turning crisp, the leaves are beginning to show their brilliance and the apples are begging to be picked and turned into apple pie. So, does any of that entice my Gaggle loves to come up for a visit???

Well, there you have life since leaving Memphis. I miss you all terribly and so need a Gaggle fix...I am watching travelocity for a cheap ticket and by all means when one shows up be ready for me :)!

Hugs and Kisses,

Miss Peach

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fruit Of The Gods

Once upon a time in the Conch Republic, there was a bronzed party boy who loved to drink mojitos under mango trees. He spent his days with other party boys tanning their nude bottoms under the Key West sun. He spent his nights dancing from one club to the next, never seen without an icy adult beverage in his hand. On one particular evening of Dionysian frivolity, the bronze party boy was enjoying his mojito in a jungle canopied bar. He swayed to Madonna's "Ray of Light", not spilling a drop of minty, limey coolness cradled in his grip. Then from out of nowhere, a large ripe mango hit the top of his head. The impact was so great that he likened that of the image of a whooping crane dodging raindrops. Much to his (and everyone watching) surprise, the cocktail never left his hand and never let a drop leave the tall, icy glass. "I've been hit!", he screamed. Thinking the worst and known for high drama, the bronzed party boy came up swinging (cocktail in hand). His very large, hunky blonde friend standing close by picked up a large mango and presented it to the party boy. Silently they both shrugged their shoulders and began to laugh hysterically. The hunky blonde pulled out his knife and sliced the mango into their cocktails. Lesson of the story: Order a mango daiquiri for emergencies. The End

Monday, April 14, 2008

Still A Ship Of Fools

And while the world has been a changing sea around us, the ever changing Gaggle remains a ship of fools. Thanks to Dusty, this is my fourth blog. I think we owe it to ourselves to give it another go. We still have adventures, drama, COMEDY, a few tears (Skipper and my beloved Chef), food, lots of wine, and a long way to go before retirement! There are more stories to be told, more secrets to keep...tell...then lie about later. There's still plenty of shit to make up! And now we're a little older, a little wiser, a little less inclined to stay out all night...but, we still know how to make each other and more importantly, ourselves...laugh...hysterically, and out loud. I can honestly say that I have had tons of friends in the past, but none like these men and women of the Gaggle. All together, broken into smaller groups, or coupled matter how you dice us up, there better people that I am inclined to share time with. So, even if some of us don't keep up with blogs, I would like to thank Dusty again for bringing us together, if only in words and images. Peace to the Pink Lady and Miss Peach...our honeys and peace to T Bear...we loves ya girl! And I fully expect to see pictures, video, and some posts from Skipper, Hotass, the Chef, Stick, Jon Jon, Sweet Wade, Dusty, Le BoBo, and of course the aforementioned honeys. Light and Love to my darlings...

Blessed Be,

the Artist, aka Hearthhusband, aka A.J.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Swiffering dust off a dormant blog is a bitch.

Well, it's been almost two years since regular posts showed up here. The main reason is that we're all easily distracted by bright shiny objects, and once updates to any particular blog fall out of regular habit, the dust begins to pile and becomes harder to clean off. Bad analogies aside, we all got busy.

That said, we're all still kickin'. And a recent post on The Artist's blog made me think: we owe the blogosphere an update on the last couple of years.

The Reader's Digest condensed version of the Gaggle's 2006, 2007, and Q12008:

- Some of us moved away from Memphis and some of us stayed.

- Some who moved came back and some didn't.

- We've added to the number of "couples" since last we posted, and some relationships have ended or changed.

- A few "geese" have faded from the center stage for one reason or another and we've added a few, including our first set of fully-qualified lesbians. Which is way cool, because lesbians are wicked-handy to have around and are generally way less obnoxious than gay boys when drunk (a crime of which I am clearly guilty from time to time).

- Some of us have been to India, some of us have been to New Orleans, and some of us haven't left the Mid-South.

- We've managed to drive both of our most favorite homo honeys (or "fag hags", if you're feeling nasty) away from Memphis, although both for good reasons and without any loss of love and mutual adoration.

- We've managed to add a couple other cool straight chicks.

- Some of us have new jobs, some of us started our own businesses, some of us have the same jobs, and some of us are still threatening to quit the same jobs we've been threatening to quit since before there was a gaggle (you know who you are).

- None of us have stopped drinking alcohol.

To sum it up, "change" has been our mantra even more so than Barack Obama's primary campaign. Some of it good, some of it less than good. But all of it as a testament to this thing we call the human experience. And all of it while loving and supporting each other in whatever capacity was appropriate at the time.

For detailed updates, I'll post the status of Dusty and LeBobo (and Honey, of course) here in a day or two. Perhaps it will start a chain of other goose-updates, we shall see. Also, I've updated the "Other Gaggle Blogs" section (see the right hand column) with the valid blog addresses for the only members still actively blogging. I'd love to add more to the list, but these bitches seem to be too busy to blog. C'est la vie.

*UPDATE* Since the original post, Skipper has started blogging again. So I've added a link to his blog on the right. Jeezus H.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Hey Friends

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Solstice (I know I am a day late...sorry :) I haven't been able to get cards out due to being in the hospital, so I thought I would send some love this way!! I miss you guys bunches and think of you daily.

Miss Peach

P.S. there something wrong with your blog? I keep getting an error when I check it. Hope everything is alright you, the Chef and Abby sending happy thoughts and lots of love.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hello Gaggle!

I have tried to post this multiple times in the past week...but it keeps saying error and deleting my I am trying again...

Hello, my Gaggle buddies...greetings from rainy and chilly Maine. I arrived in Maine on Wed. and have been trying to get settled. I thought it was about time to catch up with my Gaggle loves. Because I had to stay at Mayo for nearly two weeks (much longer than anticipated) I was unable to return to Memphis to attend the SummerFest and say goodbye to all of my Gaggle friends in person and from what it sounds like in high style. I think my mom and I missed a great party! My mom can attest that I have shed many tears over the past week, especially because I wasn't able to say goodbye to my dear friends in Memphis in person, it makes transitioning into this new phase of my life so much harder. I really wanted to give each of you one last hug before returning to my roots. I am struggling with this change, but am trying to keep a positive attitude about recovery and making Maine my home again. I keep thinking that I am just visiting and will be returning to Memphis in a week...I guess it will take time.

I just want you all to know I love you. If you ever want to take in Maine's ocean views or the brilliance of a New England fall please know that my home will always be open to you (plus my parents would love to meet you ). Here is all of my contact information: My cell number is the same as always (207-653-1995) but my new home number is 207-926-6041. My new address is 88 Tufts Road New Goucester, ME 04260. Email: I am also keeping up with my posts on my CaringBridge blog daily (plus you can get the lastest news in my diagnosis and treatment) at

I miss all of you already....Miss Peach!