All posts by Janet Simcic

End of Life Decisions

Every once in awhile, a severe illness rears its ugly head.  And you are suddenly faced with a “what if” situation.

I experienced such a case last week when my husband was rushed to the emergency room with pneumonia, sepsis, and a mild heart attack.  As usual, they asked for a directive…which we always have at the ready.

Now that things have settled down and my husband is slowly getting back to normal, I wanted to share some thoughts.

You cannot avoid the subject.  Sooner or later you die.  Be prepared.  My parents, always at the ready, made things easy for me by taking out insurance for their burial, funeral, and added expenses such as a gravestone and money for flying the family across the country for the services.  They had written out in detail their wishes for a memorial service, and specified no heroics in life-saving procedures if there was no hope.

When my Dad died, I made one phone call.  When my mom died, I made another.  And everything was done.

My husband and I have done that for our children.  It’s not an easy family discussion…don’t do it over dinner…as one could lose one’s appetite.  But have the conversation with the family.  It was a close call last week.  But should the worst have happened, one phone call would have taken care of everything.

In life, always be prepared for certainties; be flexible with uncertainties; and live each day to the max!

More on Marla Jo Fisher

Marla Jo keeps writing these great articles about travel.  I urge you to read them.

I took a trip last week and decided to add some tips on airplane travel – always a joy these days – right?

Because they pack us in like sardines or worse, my oncologist advises using a saline solution just before takeoff and using a q-tip to add some Neosporin to keep germs from traveling through your nasal passages.  Wipe down everything on the seat, especially the arm rails, pull-down trays, and anything else people have touched.

There was a passenger two rows back coughing up a lung.  Thankfully I did not get sick.

Be patient.  I always check my bags.  I travel with a pashmina to keep warm, my kindle, and use my IPhone for music.

Anything to make travel more tolerable.

Happy flying!

VITALY…A little bit of Italy in Costa Mesa

About a year ago, a friend from my Italian class asked me to meet her at her favorite Italian Café.  I had no idea what a hot spot it would be for me…as well as many others.  This little gem is located in The Camp in Costa Mesa at the corner of Baker and Bristol…tucked way back in the final corner of this unique mall.

The owners are as charming and Italian as the restaurant.  Barbara and Maurizio are from Bologna, Italy and feature the foods of Emilia Romagna.

As you know, I am finicky when it comes to espresso and cappuccino.  Their coffee featured is Filicori and it is magnifico.  Served in a porcelain cup, the froth is perfection and the crema of the coffee itself divine.

Their piadina sandwiches (closest to describe is like a flat bread which is made fresh on the premises) are delightful.  As is the gelato.  My favorite dish for dinner is anything with their homemade gnocchi!

It’s a gathering place from morning to night.  check out their website for more information.

You won’t be disappointed.  To add to the flavor, while sitting a sipping, you will certainly hear people chattering in their native Italian language.

Buon Appetito!