January 27, 2010



That describes exactly how our hearts felt upon completion of our Snow Bucket of Dog Sledding!

Since Mom loved the ATV's in the Sedona desert so much, we decided to have Mom's 6th Bucket be Snowmobiling!! Thank you "HS" for suggesting the Inn at Poconos Manor (www.innatpoconosmanor.com)!! It was perfect! So central, homey and offered many activities ("Side Buckets") for each of us... the one that caught Mom's eye was DOG SLEDDING!! How Lucky!! Did you know, outside of 'Poconos Manor' one can only find Dog Sledding in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Canada & the North West. Mom grew up with Dogs & has owned Dogs all her life until she moved into a Retirement Community (where Dogs are not allowed). In a word, Mom was "delighted"!! This Bucket was going to be soooo Special!

But o whoa! The Poconos had NO SNOW!!!! what were we going to do? Snowmobiles & Dog Sleds need SNOW!! After a family "pow-wow", Weadocks decided to forge ahead, stick with Poconos Manor and adapt! We traded the Snowmobiles for ATVs through an icy forest! YIKES! Watch out! Carmen's behind the wheel!! and we took advantage of our collection of athletic tennis enthusiasts & held our first Annual Super Susie Tennis Bucket Cup... the match of Family (Deirdre & Kirk) vs Friends (David & Henry) was exciting!! Deirdre REALLY wanted the trophy so her ending the match with a well placed overhead delivered her heart's desire... the treasured Bucket Cup!! For the "losers" of the Tennis Cup, there was a Rifle Range for Skeet shooting! we had lots to do... no need for Snowmobiles... no need to go Dog Sledding! We have fun anywhere :)

But wait, God had sent us Angels ... the first was Joanne Bennet. She insisted on making Mom's Snow Bucket happen... she talked to her Dad "in heaven" & prayed for his connections on Camelback Ski Resort to 'kick in' to move the mountain to accommodate Super Susie's Dog Sledding adventure! My God!! that's exactly what happened!! Camelback (www.skicamelback.com) cleared its' slopes of the public and groomed its hillside to create a smooth trail for another angel, Special Susie, owner of Arctic Paws (www.arcticpawsdogsledtours.com), to go outside herself & bring her team of 20 Huskies & some great guys to tow our large group in the evening light!

There we stood... 45 people, some strangers to one another & others family... this nite we were all ONE in the name of "LIFE"! The evening was magically serene... clear sky with stars galore, no wind, huge moon shine casting a shadow on the pristine snow ... for a long moment we stood together & just LOVED one another! LOVED who we were, we LOVED what God could do if we asked Him & we LOVED what we stood for... our ability to let go of a disappointment ... and summon the Courage to GET OVER IT!!

Super Susie hopped on the Snow Mobile to get to the Dog Sled. Her grandson Kyle volunteered for the responsibility to guide her sleigh that nite. After a quick lesson on what "NOT to Do".... they were OFF! 35mph along steep slopes of ice & snow! Mom held on for dear life!! Compared to Sky Diving? Mom said "Dog Sledding is MUCH more thrilling!! You are much closer to the ground (& that's where all the accidents happen!!) In the Air in a Hang-Gliding Kite or dangling from a parachute Sky Diving... you are safe until you get close to the ground. In a Dog Sled, you are already on the ground! and you're going FAST! How much fun is it to watch Dogs doing what they were bred to do... carry ME!! I especially loved hearing my grandson Kyle yelling "MUSH"! I knew he wouldn't spill me over... he loves his Grandy! One after the other, 40 riders & mushers... squealed as they were whooshed away by these strong & enthusiastic Huskies!

We were astounded & so grateful... 45 people came from as far south as Virginia & far northeast as Massachusetts! They came from every facet of our family network to support Super Susie's Weadock family as they snowballed into the 6th adventure on our List of "Things To Do" before Susie "Kicks the Bucket"! One after another, friends family & co-workers came to the Inn at Poconos Manor, slapped a Rainbow Bucket Tattoo on their (- - -) & joined "Super Susie" in her quest for the next adventure!

Mom's Health Note: As many of you witnessed, Mom is feeling very very TIRED! for every hour she is "up & doing", she needs 3 hours down! The cancer is moving through her & she is going with it in total grace. This weekend held the most intimate & treasured moments of pure love and adoration for Mom & for one another... We thank God & you for our family growth through "The Buckets"!!

Through "The Buckets"... we may have lost a Mom... but we found each other... we found our Family!

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer."

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Conclusion, 1854

"When the drumbeat has been silenced, it doesn't mean that the music has stopped. On the contrary, the drum pauses so that a new melody in the Song of Life can be begin."

- John Cullen Weadock, III, authored for his mother on January, 24, 2010

Tag Lines for this Bucket of Characters:
Mike W: we missed you so very much! behind the scenes you have kept the ball rolling on this Bucket Journey! Thank God for Joanne Bennet!!
John & Chris W: tho' Florida may be cold; you were smart to stay home this Bucket was a chilly one!!
Tom & Ann: thank you for handing the Dog Sled event & distributing the Beads of Life Bracelets (www.BeadsofLife.com)
Deirdre: showed her metal in the 'Family vs Friend' Tennis Final: Deirdre won the Tennis Bucket Tourney 16-14 in the tie breaker!!
Kyle: Master Musher! Took on the challenge of guiding Mom's Sled ... big responsibility considering the precious & fragile cargo in tow!! Yikes!! Have you ever Mushed before??
Paul: Snowboard instructor par excellence! Deirdre says she'll follow you anywhere (as long as it's not on a Black Diamond!)
Shannon: when you weren't playing w/ Molly by day, you were caring for Grandy during the nite... up n down to the 'Froom! Thank you!!
Howard: Mom labeled you the Unsung Hero! Without fanfare, you orchestrated this Bucket... finding the location, planting ideas, encouraging me along the way...
Eric: as Mom said, "He is so adorable! such an amazing smile!" we all so agree... you are officially the 5th Weadock child!!
Monique: How did you get to the Poconos? through Pittsburg from Baltimore??
Kirk Weeks: our Gentle Giant... with a wicked serve!! we adored your kids!!
Ann Weeks: our Historian... thank you for bringing the old family photos and your kids! you add so much to our family fabric!
Schoenfabers: David, you broke the ice at the Dog Sledding Reception w/ your Golf green cap! but were you giving us the finger w/ your High-5 Cap? Barbara... who's watching him??
Henry: you know this road all too well... I am honored that you joined our journey last weekend! Mom just loves her flowers (which are still blooming!)
Crecco's: Liz! thank you for shaking your "indoor man" onto our outdoor ride! Anthony... stay out here w/ us... you & Ronnie are so much FUN to play with!!
Medina's: you should be DRIVEN! It was unfair that your car was side-swiped while it was in the Lot!!
Thomas's: Madison... who were those 'old people' that you came with? next time leave them at home, they are bringing you down!!
Harrington's: BLOOD! Thank you for sharing this ride with us. Your show for 4 out of the 6 Buckets has been sooooooo appreciated!
Polovoy's: BFF!! you too joined us for 4 out of 6 of our Buckets! then you take Mom to dinner, the movies, set-up her DVD player, flowers ... Norman... we'll do the same for you... oops! I meant JL...!!
Lisa Weiss: we missed you so!! but are forever grateful to you for giving us the very personable & talented Deb Grau & her Team!

In the words of Cher, "The Beat Goes On", and with every beat of our hearts, there is Mom's love for not only her but also for each other.

Thank You Everyone... when it doubt... think of Super Susie ... & ... Carpe Diem!

January 23, 2010

Two more for intrepid Susie's 'bucket list'

An article from the Pocono Record....

Still smiling even though she is fighting terminal cancer, Susie Weadock-Mann, 79, of Baltimore, poses for a picture at Pocono Manor on Friday. She'll be dog sledding and snowmobiling at Camelback to check off two more items on her ‘bucket list.'

Click the title of this post for the full article or follow this link.....


January 18, 2010

Super Susie Sno-Bucket Itinerary

OK you guys!! Thank God we chose the Inn at Poconos Manor!! and after we've done that, we can thank HS for the Site selection!! Because with all this gorgeous warm weather... we'd be "S.O.L" without Joanne Bennett, our Angel @ the Inn at Poconos Manor!!

After this past weekend of rain & 50 degree weather... we are forced to change some of the activities in Super Susie's upcoming "Snow Bucket". Unfortunately, there is INSUFFICIENT snow to carry a large group on Snowmobiles . All was looking bleak for our Snow Bucket until Joanne Bennet of the Inn @ Poconos Manor called in every favor on all that she knew to execute the activities on Super Susie's Snow Bucket List! CamelBack Mountain has SNOW!!! and they are allowing Mom/Super Susie/Grandy ride on a Snow-mobile driven by her grand-son Kyle!! Then, there's another wonderful Susie in Arctic Paws who is working with Camel Back Mountain to get everyone riding on the Dog Sleds!!!

Those that were looking for a unique outdoor adventure won't be disappointed!! Not only will you Dog Sled on Saturday Nite... look at what you can do in the rest of the weekend!! Other action adventures will be be Skeete Shooting &/ driving ATV's across the property with Super Susie!!!

AND Got Game?? sign up for the 1st Annual Super Susie Tennis Bucket It will be a Round Robin Format with a Super Susie Bucket Trophy awarded at the end!!

The weekend is filled with activities for everyone. Officially, we start at dinner @ 6:30pm on Friday evening. Dinner will be followed by S'mores.

Friday: between 10-15 other Family members & friends will arrive & stay until Sunday
6:30pm: Dinner in Restaurant followed by
7:30pm: Outdoor campfire w/S'mores over an open fire pit outdoors... a warm & cozy thing to do in Winter!!
9pm: Friday Nite at the Movies or relax the Nite away in the Lounge Area in the Inn...

Saturday: 10-15 other friends will arrive & stay until Sunday
9a-12n: Skeet Shooting/ATVs
Mid-Day Spa Treatments
2p-5p: Susie's Ole Bucket Tennis Tournament
Mid-Day Spa Treatments
7p-8:30p RECEPTION (Rm 226)
8:30-10p The MOVIES in the Inn @ Pocono Manor's Theater
10:30p: Super Susie SNOWMOBILING (Susie driven by Kyle)
& DOG SLEDDING @ CamelBack Mountain

Morning: ATV's/Skeet Shooting
Mid-Day Spa Treatments
Leave when you want to....

Remember... when booking your room, say "Super Susie Bucketlist" and get the discounts!!

Carpe Diem everyone! Can't wait to see you there!! !!

Louise Weadock, RN, MPH

January 12, 2010

Dog Sledding Bucket in Poconos!! Jan 22-24

What does one do when they know they are dying? LIVE... until you Can't!

...and that is exactly the example of life that Super Susie Weadock-Mann has done. We are now 7 months into our 6-9 months of "Living". For the first time, Susie is saying, "I just don't feel so well! I feel queezy several times a week, I'm tired of trying so hard to breathe & I'd give my left arm for a good nites sleep!!"

Phyllis Kelly @ St Joseph's Hospital Cancer Center has been an angel... running all over the hospital to make sure Mom gets all the scripts she needs to get Comfort Care: Mobility Scooters & good Meds to care for her Sleeplessness, Shortness of Breath, Anxiety & Nausea. The side effects of the Ambien CR (sleep walking & disorientation) is defended by a Nurse Aide at her side when a friend or family member is not. "Who wants to be in a hospital? I already have cancer... I don't need a FALL causing a fractured Hip!!", she quips!

Susie confesses, "As a tennis player, I see this as the last Set of my life! I'm in the Finals of this Match... I'm playing this Game! I have spent my whole life getting to this point. I'm NOT going to spend this last phase with an injury I could have prevented! Being stubbornly independent was once a strength; today it's my weakness. I need to put the sword down & let those that Care for me... do just that... Care for Me!!"

Being allowed to Care is such an Honor! As family & friends we are so grateful that Susie is giving all of us an opportunity to Be There For & WITH her!

Again, What does one do when they realize they are dying?... They go Snow-Mobiling & Dog Sledding!!!....and that is exactly what Super Susie's NEXT Bucket activity will be...

We are going to the Poconos Mountains to "horse around" doing snow adventures that Mom has never done before... SnowMobiling & Dog Sledding.

Check this site out www.poconomanor.com. They are providing our "Super Susie Bucket List" group the MOST gorgeous & affordable accommodation!! Beyond "the Bucket activities, they have a 4 Star Spa, indoor pool, indoor tennis, yaddy-yaddy, yadda... don't miss this! Pocono Manor has something for everyone of all ages... PLUS... it's so AFFORDABLE!!!

They are offering our group a discounted Room PRICE that includes BOTH Breakfast & Dinner!! All inclusive flat rate of One Person/room = $120 Two People/room = $86/pp Three People/room = $83/pp Four People/room = $80/pp Children under 6 are FREE Children 6-12yo = $40/pp

On Friday Nite 1/22 @ 7pm... The Inn @ Pocono Manor is KICKING OFF our Last Bucket as their guest in a reception in their VIP Luxury Suite!!
They are treating us to a Private & Personal Reception including Cocktails, Appetizers & Dinner!! How did we find this amazing & generous collection of strangers to embrace us?!?!

The first Bucket Activity will be Dog Sledding on Saturday Morning

Since Snow Mobiling is "weather dependent" we will do this Bucket on Sunday morning.... if it looks like Saturday will be better than Sunday... then we'll switch Snow Mobiling to Saturday afternoon after Lunch!! and make Sunday a "Get to Know Pocono Manor Day"!

Please mark your calendar & JOIN US to Kick Off the first Bucket of the New Year with Super Susie & her entire family who are so grateful that you are there to care!!!

For the HOTEL Room: call the hotel directly 800-233-8150 mention "Susie's BucketList"

For Dog Sledding or SnowMobiling: RSVP to me by email...

Snow Mobiling* is $35 per SINGLE person per 1/2hr (*this activity is "weather/snow dependent") $35/DOUBLE person per hour

Dog Sledding is $50 per SINGLE person per hour (this activity runs regardless of weather)

5 Ski Resorts nearby: Big Boulder, Camelback, Jack Frost, Blue Mountain, Shawnee Mtn

Carpe Diem! Don't Miss us!


January 1, 2010

Super Susie & Family Wishes Everyone the Happiest & Healthiest of New Years!

As we turn to the New, we remember the people & events that helped us along the way.

The "Weadock Way" in 2009 was inspired by Mom/Grandy/Super Susie's response to her diagnosis of terminal cancer... She denied chemo knowing she'd only have 6-9 months to live. "By Gosh, I'm gonna do just that... LIVE!!" Exclaims Susie.

Jan 1st is the 6month Milestone. Mom's stomach cancer leaves her feeling queezy every now/then and her acute Shortness of Breath gives her no Pain but much Concern b/c it limits her activity. She gets around her condo community in a Mobility Scooter! The Little Old Lady from Pasadena!! For uphill or longer distances, she pops in a wheelchair to save energy for her destination activity.

The Open House over Christmas was a huge success! Tho' Mom generally hates larger crowds 'cuz they drown out The Elders... She loved watching the cross-section of 3-90 year olds intermingling while bowling, eating, watching family & Bucket list videos of her + family jumping from a plane, swim w/ Dolphins, fly IN a kite, ride over Grand Canyon & Sedona in Jeeps, hot air balloons, ATVs & Helicopters. Surprised, Susie says, "It's amazing the people you meet, the lives you can touch & the Things you can do in 6months! It's actually a lot of time in which to get things done & say the things you need to say. I LOVE sharing my Bucket list Life!"

This Bucket List Commitment of time, money & energy has made us a stronger family & it has validated Susie as a Mother & a person. What a Legacy for her children & theirs!

We are a family who knows how to manage adversity. Ever Since #1 son's, John, Diving accident @ 16yo... Super Susie's operating mantra for herself & children is; "Count the Muscles you have, & Forget about the ones you don't anymore...
Who cares "why"... Just "Get Over It"! And as Christopher Reeves said, MOVE ON!!!

And that is what we are doing! January's Bucket Adventure is Snow-mobiling on the weekend of 1/23/10. God Willing we will scuba/snorkel in the Dominican in February... Please join us! Your inclusion in our family mix makes every adventure so much FUN!

My Lessons from this years floundering, economy, unending wars, struggle of small businesses & life-changing Family News are:
1. I miss my Family! I'd had grown used to being alone in NY with no family around.
2. Family Support is far more uplifting than I has imagined (having all Weeks', Weadocks, Rowes & our Friends... Meant the world to Mom & each of us) 2. Prayer is so Powerful (in our journey, we met strangers who stopped Mom in her tracks & asked if they could pray for her & us)... For the 1st time in her life, Mom feels so "in the care of" a greater Being who will one nite just "scoop me into heaven" Susie chirps!
3. Doing fun things w/ family & friends Sure Beats going to Chemo!!
4, A Positive Attitude places the Brightest halo around grayest cloud!

I have decided that my New Years Commitments will be Focused on 3 Values: HHS H - Health (Diet & Preventive Medicine) H - Humor (doing lots of activities w/ people I enjoy that bring joy & Laughter) S - Sport (fitness thru tennis, skiing, golf, kayaking,boating hiking & biking)

Happy New Year!!

Carpe Diem!!!