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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

What Have I learned in 2010?

Me and Santa Baby!
I have learned that:

1.  Breaking your leg really hurts, but not as much as a close brother-in-law dying.

2.  Fun can be had even with a cast on! 

3.  As always, "and it came to pass, it didn't come to stay!"

4.  One can almost burst with pride when their only son graduates from college!  Especially if he comes from a blue-collar family!

5.  Florida is beautiful no matter what time of the year!

6.  I gamble way too much.

7.  I don't really want to diet....I want instant slimness with cookies on the side!

8.  Friends and family stick by you even when you are a jerk.  (I'm sure I had moments of jerkiness)

9.  Work doesn't define who I am.

10. My happiness doesn't depend on others.

What have YOU learned?

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I found this quote:  "No matter what got done and what didn't, let it go.  Enjoy your family and keep the next few days focused on Christ's birth."  Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Deb

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Favorite Christmas Memories Cont'd

My sister Wendy and I got Barbies one year.  I got the one with the brunette pony tail and she had short blond curly hair.  They both had the black and white swimsuits so were some of the originals.  Later, they were given away, along with many of our old toys.  Too bad, my Barbie was mint and she'd be worth some bucks!  We had the case too and I liked to make clothes for them.  I would save my allowance for outfits for my Barbie.

In 1965 my sister gave birth on Christmas Eve, right before the Christmas Program.  I remember Dad coming down to tell us at the church.

Christmas Eve changed with the passing away of my Grandma.  We were on our own now.  Dad and Mom changed our gift exchange to Christmas Eve so my sister and her family could have Christmas morning with their little boy.  My brother in law helped my Dad get stuff down while I kept my little sister occupied in the pantry with cookies and candy.  She heard Santa's reindeer and bells!  I got a desk that year (I was very studious).  I also remember getting a tape recorder, although don't know if it was the same year.  Just remember taping The Monkees TV show.

Christmas of 1979.  For some reason I woke up Christmas Morning in Jim's bed!  Anyway, he surprised me with a string of pearls (I was allergic to jewelry at the time), and a proposal of marriage!  My mother was so overjoyed!  At the ripe old age of 27 I think she had given up on me.  The rest is history....we've been married over 30 years.

Christmas of 1985.  Two weeks before Christmas we got the call from the adoption agency that they had a baby boy for us.  We could pick him up on the 18th!  We rushed to get the nursery done.  Tempers flared.  Nerves were frazzled as I shopped for Christmas gifts and baby clothes.  Broke down in the store not knowing where to start.  My sister, Wendy took control.  Thank God.  What a blessed Christmas with a new baby to show off!

The years have flown by.  Daddy died in 1972.  Wendy passed away in 1988 from breast cancer.  My brother in law passed away this year.  Every year we get so much older and life changes.  Our little ones are great nephews and nieces.  There are no more surprises under the tree.  My mom is still with us at 91 and doing quite well so that is a blessing.

So, where does that leave me?  With the baby, Jesus.  With the fact that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son."  John 3:13  With the peace of mind that we are all saved because of His grace.  That is what it's about, right?  The cookies, the presents, the tree, are all diversions.  It doesn't matter if my floor is scrubbed, if the presents are surprises or not.  It matters that I come to worship the King of Kings and remember how He humbled himself to come to us as a baby.

May your Christmas be filled with joy, peace and love!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Memories


I stole this idea from Tracey, but my memories are significant to me so I thought I would share them. 

We always hung our stockings on St Nick. (December 5th)  We took the longest of my Dad's hunting socks and they would really stretch with the weight of oranges, apples and nuts.  Oh, they had some candy in too, but it ended up all tasting like salted shell peanuts.  Is that why I like my salt and sweet?  Wonder what today's kids would say about a stocking filled with fruit and nuts?

On Christmas Eve we had our Christmas program at church and then traveled to Grandma's.  I loved to look at the lights on the houses on the way.  I loved to see my cousin again (the one who now lives in Florida).  There were a few Christmas Eve's where I got sick.  Just like clockwork, I would get the stomach flu.  (The same thing happened to my son when he was small.  Must be the excitement that adds to the bug.)  I loved Grandma's.  She gave every family a box of food, and the kids each got a book of Lifesavers candy (and we liked it!).  I remember Aunt Caroline's salmon salad sandwiches.  We just had cold cuts, salads and bars but those were simpler times.  The kids were limited to the bedroom and the family room.  The adults were busy playing cards and we were not to disturb them.  Good thing my other cousins had some toys to play with. 

Oh!  Cousin Shirley and I did the  Can-can dance in front of the mirror and my cousin Jeffrey was hiding and laughing as we showed our underwear under our crinolines!

Favorite Christmas Days....  My brother and sister were much older, so not much in my memory, but my younger sister, Wendy and I loved Christmas morning.  One morning we awoke to a table and chair set, dishes and we each got a beautiful doll and snow coaster (invented and made at Mirro in Manitowoc, WI).  That year my mom had to borrow from a friend to take our toys off lay-away....Daddy had gambled his money away.  (Is that where I get my addiction from?)  Who knew that we almost didn't have Christmas?

To be continued....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow, Cold and Christmas Greetings

I have yet to take a picture of my poor little tree on the porch.  When the storm came, the tree bit the dust, er....snow, and the lights went out permanently.  It is way too cold to restring them now.  There is still snow on it's wee little branches.  One of my handmade cards.  You can't tell, but the white card stock is embossed with little poinsettias.

I promised some pics from the storm. Here you go: Looks peaceful here, but the winds were wicked the day before and it was frigid outside to say the least!






Makes me want to stay inside, but it isn't so bad anymore.  The highway crew has most of the roads scraped down.  They were rather bumpy for the most part as the ice underneath froze in clumps.  Fun driving weather!

I made a few cards and as I receive them, I send them out.  I picked out my Christmas outfit (to be shown after Christmas).  I have wrapping and cleaning and decorating yet to do!  How about you?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How's it Going?

My attempt at decorating my porch was met with blizzard conditions, so my red throw and little tree are snow covered.  I may put my snowman out there yet.  Cannot brave the cold to take pictures yet!


I made 13 cards when the power was out.  I would post one here, but a certain someone would see her card then!  There was enough sunlight to make cards (not to clean....lol)


I have cleaning and decorating to do.  Also have to wrap.  How about you?  I am getting more in the spirit of things now.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blizzard of 2010

My husband made it home before 3 pm.  He said he drove for about 100 miles in terrible weather and then it wasn't so bad.  He out drove the storm, so to speak.  I had to work till 6:30pm.  When I left, the weather was beginning to be horrid.  I was so glad to make it home.  Around 9pm or so, our power went out.  No TV, no computer, phones (except cell), no heat!  Yikes!  May as well sleep.  Got our power back this morning after 12 hours.   Yeah!!!!  I didn't make it into work today.  The street hasn't been plowed yet.  The winds are high and the weather is frigid.  We have icey snow everywhere.  Will take pics if I ever warm up again.

Blessings!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Early Morning Worries

I can't help it.  I am worried.  We had snow yesterday, and I am unable to shovel it all.  Another snowstorm is on it's way....this one more severe covering the whole state.  I have no one to snow blow me out!  I am supposed to work tonite.  My husband is stranded on the other side of the state and doesn't know if he'll be able to drive home.  I hate to have to call people and ask for help.  I hate to go to work in a storm and afraid I will be stuck there!  Oh Lord, hear my prayer!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to Get Into Christmas

Okay, I did it to myself.  I applied for a second job to be done over the holidays, leaving me no time to relax, enjoy, or have the kind of Christmas I had hoped for.  I have tears in my eyes for the disappointment.  I must regroup.

I wanted to make Christmas cards.  I have all the stuff together.  Maybe I can make a few in the evening hours.

I wanted my house cleaned and decorated beautifully.  Maybe I will settle for a little clean and a Christmas tree.

I have to lower my expectations or I will drive myself crazy.  Christmas is only 15 days away!

I have off today.  My back is absolutely killing me from working at the store yesterday.  I work Thursday and Friday at the clinic.  I work Saturday and Sunday at the store!

Calgon take me away!  (Calgon is a bubble bath)

I wish you Peace for this Holiday Season.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Wee Hours

I love to get up early and on my days off, I even wake up early.  I sit in my robe, drink coffee, eat cookies and read my email.  I blog and contemplate my life.  It is my quiet time, even though I am listening to the morning news in the background.

I work today and it will go fast.  I think I will stop at the store after work and look for shirts for my son.
He is so small and slim, it is a challenge finding him dress clothes for his job.

Do you send Christmas Cards?  I am turning into a Grinch.  I think, why send cards to those I see all the time, and why send cards to those who I only hear from once a year?  What do you do?  Postage is getting so high, and time so short.  With phones and email, cards have lost their lustre although it is nice to get something in the mail other than bills!  People might get New Year's cards and letters.

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?  I have nothing but some shopping done.  Hopefully, will get some outside decorating done tomorrow, and maybe on Sunday can do some more inside.

Happy Day!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Hair, New Week!

Started the day with my teeth cleaning...never fun.  But, then....!

I went to the salon.  I got pampered.  They gave me a drink (non alcoholic of course).  I got my hair colored and cut and I look beauuuuuuuuuuutiful!  I bought two rings at their salon as they were on sale!

I thought, gee, I look too beautiful to stay home, so we went out to eat.  What I ordered was super spicey, and in mid-bite, I had a blow out of the ostomy nature.  I went to the bathroom and wished my gf was there.  I was in there for at least 20 minutes.  I will never eat that spicey wrap again.  It was a s**t storm to say the least.  Okay, now you are gagging.  I'm done.  Get used to my poop stories.

I still feel beautiful.  Hair is colored, highlighted and cut.  Gorgeous!

Today I see my kidney specialist.  That is another excuse to dine out and shop.  Then, I have a meeting at the clinic at 5 pm.  We are ordering pizza.  I will have to be careful today and wear looser fitting pants.

Don't let any accidents spoil your beauty!   "You are beautiful no matter what they say."

Monday, November 29, 2010

Lazy Day

The only thing I accomplished yesterday was going to church!  I was so tired, and I guess it all caught up with me.  So no cleaning, no decorating, no card making, no wrapping, etc.  Just plain lazy and tired!  Layed around, slept a little, layed around some more.  Had subs for dinner, went to bed early.  Some days are just like that.

Today I have a dental cleaning and get my hair colored and cut in the afternoon.  Woo hoo!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Challenges

Yesterday was my first day at the department store.  I have a whole new perspective and respect for these ladies!  It's confusing running the register/computer and my feet were done after just a few hours!
The good news is I get a 20% discount.  I just have to tell myself that I can do it!

Hubby and I can't afford a big vacation for our 30th anniversary.  Jim's job is uncertain, we have a mountain of bills, and it just wouldn't be prudent.  I am disappointed to say the least.  I don't know when we'll ever go.  I would rather just say the hell with it, charge it, and pay my bill.  But, my job might be uncertain as well.  Looking into a less expensive way to celebrate.  We might end up at my cousin's!  Just have to tell her!...LOL

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  I have floors to sweep, kitchen area to pick up, bathroom to clean, stuffing to make, etc.  Ay yi yi!

Well those are my challenges.  Life could be worse.  I won't be needing new shoes, but I have feet.  I might not get to the Caribbean, but I live by Lake Michigan and have a roof over my head.  I have alot to be thankful for.  How about you?  Scroll down for my picture of my turkey.



Monday, November 22, 2010

I Went Shopping in My Sleep!

I went shopping in my sleep.  Actually, I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't sleep, so I was looking online for sandals.  Now, I have very high arches and narrow feet, so I am looking for comfortable sandals.  Here are some choices:

So, what do you think?  The first two pair are from QVC so could send them back.  The second  pair is probably the most comfortable. The first pair look sexy on the foot, but I already have a sexy pair.  The other sandals are on Ebay,
                                     so if they don't fit, what do I do?  Resell them?  What's your opinion?  Please let
                                     me know!  I am thinking of all that touring and such that I will do in Mexico in
                                     Winter.  Jim and I want to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary which was in
                                     October.  I wish I could lose some weight without dieting or exercising!  LOL!
                                     I am having fun planning my vacation, chubby or not.
                                     

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This and That

My great nephew is on the mend and they are sending him home (like to his house).  Don't think he can have any further surgery, cause he is on Medicaid (like Socialized Medicine).  He has bone fractures so maybe they will heal on their own?

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday!  We are keeping it simple this year and not cooking enough to feed the Russian army as I always say.  I will not go cleaning crazy either!  It is just my sister, her daughter, son and grandsons coming, and Mom who is so elderly she doesn't notice the dirt anymore.

I got the seasonal job at the department store!   Even though I wasn't available to work the day after Thanksgiving (known as black Friday), he hired me anyway.  I just impressed the crap out of him!....LOL  I am working on Friday at the clinic (unless I can find someone to take my place) and then on Friday evening at the store!  I will be one tired puppy!  The pay isn't great but I will get paid to spin circles around the women's clothing racks....LOL

I am in a good mood today and have orientation this morning. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Life continues

To explain Red Hats:  The Red Hat Society is international.  Anyone over 50 can wear a red hat with purple clothes (younger is pink with lavendar).  We just celebrate life by saying and having the attitude that we are of a certain age where we don't have to worry about what other's think.  It is nothing of a fund raising nature or anything like that.  We go on trips, out to eat and just have fun.!


Warning

by Jenny Joseph



WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE

With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people's gardens

And learn to spit


You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes


But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.


But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.



Taken from the book

When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Editd by Sandra Martz

Papier Mache Press--Watsonville, California 1987



I have been feeling better emotionally and have a job interview today for a seasonal sales clerk in a department store.  It might be a good way to see if I like extra hours and it's just little pay, so if I quit, isn't a big deal.


My great nephew was crossing a busy street on his bicycle when a car  came and honked.  Caleb got scared and jumped the curb hitting a tree. Apparently he was using his head as a brake. He fractured the front of his skull by his forehead and eyes, then bounced off and fractured the base of his skull. He has headaches.  He is in stable condition and is eating now! They are moving him in Children's to Neurology. He is on the mend. Praise God!


Not ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas!  How about you?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Some favorite pics from vacation

Bathing Beauties!  Woo hoo!

Red Hat Queen (myself), Linda, and sister, Connie
Sunset at the beach

Poor cousin Shirley with her boot and crutches!


Changes in Lattitude

Okay, so maybe with the change in lattitude, I had a change in attitude.  I WILL be okay.  At least I will try to make it to my next doctor appointment.  It is still cold and dreary and I have turned on my "happy" light. 

I have to change my Halloween decorations to Thanksgiving, not that I have alot, but the skeleton has to go!  I have to start preparing my house for Thanksgiving and start cleaning....ugh!!!!!!!  But, not necessarily today....LOL. 

This afternoon when we take our son to work, we are stopping at the travel agency to inquire about cruises.  Woo hoo!  Then, when we pick him up, we are going to go out to eat and the casino for a bit.  I have to work tomorrow, so no one can afford an all nighter! 

I have no job leads so whatever happens, happens.

Today I am thankful for my blog friends.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What is wrong with me?

I have been so anxious and weepy of late.  I think I hurt my best friend's feelings, but I didn't mean to.  I don't think it was the girls this week on vacation in the condo, or my cousin's broken leg, I just think I let things pile up internally and then I errupt.  I don't get angry but sad for seemingly no good reason.  I am hurting again for everyone around me: my sister, my friend, my cousin.  I am hurting cause I am afraid of work and the stress of the week.  I am afraid of the future and my husband's job security.  Feel like a basket case.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bittersweet Goodbye

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."  What can I say?  Vacation is over.  Today we fly home.  My cousin has had her broken leg, which, keep on praying, is healing without surgery!  This means we have not done all the touristy things we would normally do.  No shell picking at the beach.

It is a challenge living in a small condo with three very different personalities.  Shirley, my cousin,  is very laid back and a diplomat.  Linda, my bff, is a take charge kind of gal and is not shy about saying what she thinks, and Connie, my sister was sick with Shingles, then got a double conjunctivitis which affected her mood.  I get very nervous  when there are differences in opinion and get moody and sensitive.

Some restaurants were good, some weren't.  I loved the pecan encrusted tilapia, the fried ice cream, the steam bucket filled with crab claws!  Not so crazy about last night's meal, but they can't all be 10's.  There was a gas explosion in a city near here, so many of the restaurants had no gas and had to change their menu and way of cooking.

Shopping is always fun although I did not get my Red Hat that I later wish I had bought.  I did get a spiffy Red Hat shirt and red slacks!  Woo hoo!  Also bought some stamping/scrapping supplies.  I taught my cousin how to make a washer pendant.  Made one for my non crafty sister as well.  That was fun and I will have to take a picture and upload them later.

My favorite thing had to be the pool.  Just a few yards away and relaxation under the sun with the sound of a fountain running.  We all got a bit of color.

I miss my husband.  In the group, I am in the sad but unique position of having a loving husband who misses me too.  He is picking us up at the airport.  I miss my son, even with all his problems that sound like the world is going to end if he doesn't get them taken care of NOW.  I miss my bed and my messy house.  (Did I just say that?)  Oh well, back to reality!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sunshine and Lollipops

Okay, so I have no lollipops, but plenty of sunshine!  Yesterday we went to the strip mall and the only things we bought were from the thrift store.  I got a cute nautical top.  We just weren't in a big shopping mood.  We then ate outdoors at a Sonic, which was the first time we had been to one.  Think fast food.  We enjoyed it and my bff had some decadent chili fries!   

We then sunned ourselves at the pool.  Last night I cooked and made linguini with clam sauce.  We had a salad with it and none of us were super hunger!  We always manage to eat....LOL. 

Today is pool day again and then tonight we will go to Mel's Diner.  It is a diner with and 50's/60's theme, mostly rock and roll and delicious home style food. 

My poor cousin is suffering with her broken leg and still has to work!  Keep her in her prayers.  She is so hoping to go to visit her grandbaby for Thanksgiving and prays she won't need surgery on her leg.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Vacation?????

Flight to Florida was a bit bumpy but we survived.  My cousin couldn't pick us up, so she had her friend pick us up who had been recovering from foot surgery.  Well, her foot was tired from the drive so Linda got to drive the Lexus!  (I don't like driving in strange places).  We made it here okay and took naps till my cousin, Shirley got home. 

Friday night we went out shopping.  Found a great Red Hat shirt and scarf very reasonable!  Then we went to dinner.  It was okay, but the fried ice cream desert was FABULOUS.  Picture to be included at a later date.  Saturday was the craft fair at church.  There were some beautiful purses there, but I resisted.  However, I did buy a few small gifts.  That night the water was shut off as a pipe to the road was not working properly.  We didn't know the water would be shut off, so we freaked.  Couldn't flush, brushed my teeth dry and took my pills with Pepsi.  Next morning we washed up with a facial wipe.  Went to church and made a bee line to the bathroom!  Ahh!  Toilets to flush, water to run and wash our yucky hands, water to drink...and COFFEE!  Love the Lord for providing that and when we got back from church, a yummy breakfast, and a trip to the craft store, lo and behold, we had running water!!!

I am still so tired.  They are only one hour ahead of central time, and we got to turn back the clocks, but still I am tired.  Today if it gets warm enough we are  going to the pool. (We = myself, sister Connie and bff Linda.  Cousin Shirley is working)   Otherwise, will check out the strip mall.  Doesn't hurt to look.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Unbelievable!

I got a call from my cousin from Florida.  Remember how I couldn't go visit her last Spring cause I broke my leg?  Well, now she broke hers.  It is just a hairline fracture though and she is getting by with a walking boot and can still drive as it is her left leg.  She does have a friend picking us up at the airport though since she has a doctor's appointment.

At this point, I don't know if my sister is going to go with us or not.  She has Shingles and the pain is something just awful! If she takes pills for them, then she gets sick to her stomach as well.

I am in the process of job hunting.  I decided enough is enough at my clinic where I have had my hours cut and we get treated like crap.  All the while we are taking classes on how to obtain excellence in patient care.  I cannot stand the stress of the place anymore.  It is like a dark cloud of unhappiness.  I have received one call from the other hospital group to see if I would like an interview, and also a call from a department store.  I don't know.  Maybe it is stressful everywhere, but maybe I need a change and a fresh start.

On that note, I am almost ready to leave for Florida!  Can't wait!  Tonight we go to Milwaukee and fly out early tomorrow morning.

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Background

I suppose you are wondering why I would have palm trees in the background.  I am going to Florida this Friday!  Today I am having my first spa pedicure.  I can't wait.  I think I better start packing!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat






The other night was our Red Hat Halloween party.  Took a few pics of our group, The Royal Purple Belles, and a few other gals.  I am center front.  We are German beer maids.  One of our ladies made the aprons, and another made all the wreaths for our hair.  I got voted for having the best bustline!...LOL
  Don't you love these boots?  She found them in a state park!  Hmmmmmm....
Stripper boots?

Today the little gouls, goblins, princesses, witches, etc. come to beg for candy.  Still, they are so darn cute, at least those who are shorter than I am!

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Moving on to Winter

It has been down right chilly here in the Midwest!  This week we had cyclonic winds that blew all the leaves off of the trees.  It is just a sad reminder that winter is on it's way.  Here it can last into March.

Going to Florida next week to visit my cousin.  Will enjoy the beaches and also just lazing by the pool.
Shopping will be down to a minimum this year...ah well, my penance for gambling.

Work continues to be stressful, and when I spoke to my supervisor, whose "door is always open," her reaction was the equivalent of shut up and put up and it's only going to get worse.  Do you think they want me to quit?  I do.  Still, I will wait until they lay me off, as then I could get unemployment.  However, I continue to look for a job.  Even minimum wage looks good now.

We had our Red Hat Halloween party.  I haven't posted my pics yet, but will soon.  I am in a weird mood.  I have to get some cleaning done before I leave, and start packing.  That will help.

My front porch, minus the dead leaves.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Going through a lean period and it's killing me!

This month I am really broke.  Husband is broke.  After paying bills and two insurance premiums due for our cars, things are tight.  I have ruined my reputation.   I made dinner three nights in a row!

I can't be a lady who lunches, although I did already pay for our Red Hat Halloween party/dinner for tomorrow night.  Our group will be German bar maids.

I can't shop.  I promised myself not to put any more on my credit card.  I am saving for my trip to Florida in two weeks.  Even there, things will still be tight.  Will have to buy groceries....for shame!

The good news.  I don't have to shop for gifts.  All I need is in my craft room, crafts I haven't even opened!  Trying to make do with what I have.  It is hard.....I LOVE TO SHOP!

Cant' feel sorry for myself.  I overspent and that's why I'm in this predicament.  Oh well.  Some day I'll learn.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I've lost my marbles....and other items.

I am good at "losing" or misplacing things.....all  in the name of keeping it in a safe place.  Once I lost my favorite and most expensive necklace.  It showed up after a year and a half in my suitcase.  Lately I have lost some money set aside for a Halloween party that our Red Hat group is attending.  Where is it?
I've looked high and low.  I even lost the list of who paid that was with it.  The other day I lost my keys.
I left them in hubby's car, in a "safe" place.  Where are my marbles?  Do you know?  Have you lost your marbles yet?

It must be genetic as my mother lost her hearing aid for years and found it last night in the linen closet!


Mirror, mirror on the wall,
I've become my mother
after all!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I just want to beat on the drum all day!

"I don't wanna work, I just wanna beat on the drum all day!"  Yesterday at work was VERY stressful.  It continues to get worse.  More work thrown at us and less people to do it.  If I could afford it, I would quit.  I had panic attacks, chest pain, nausea, stomach aches, couldn't sleep worth a darn last night.  Ughhh!

I cleaned off the top of my pool table last weekend and sorted out my crafting supplies, so when my husband finally moves furniture down in the basement, and puts up my storage unit, I can get at organizing!

Speaking of....did you just ever get a mood where you don't care if you craft or not?  Maybe things will get better if I ever get my crafting space back!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Day

Yesterday was not good as I had a "discussion" about chores with my adult son.  I then proceeded to have a melt down.  My sister had to come and calm me down. (I was driving)  I have made a call to my  doctor to see about increasing my meds.  I have a chemical imbalance and I have been more weepy and anxious than usual.  I don't know why.

The good news:  My husband helped me with the cleaning and son will help too.  (I can only hope).  I also feel like doing a bit more.

I found a black skirt with the price tag still on at a thrift store.  I got it for Halloween, but would be appropriate for church and whatever.  I only paid $3 for it and it is essentially new!  I also got a pretty plaid blouse for $2.  I guess I am in a plaid mode lately....LOL.

Have a happy day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Angry Housewife Eating Anything!!!

I am an angry housewife.  I am not married to my house, but apparently everyone here thinks that any laundry, cleaning, etc, just magically gets done.  Well yesterday I was on strike. 


It was a beautiful day....a good day to do yard work.  Why should I when hubby is out golfing for nine hours and my son is holed up in his room playing video games, sleeping or whatever he does in there.
I don't have any autumn decorations out, because I have dead flowers on my porch and in the flower box.


My bff went to a corn maze.  I should have gone, even if I would have limped!  My sister wasn't home either.  I was lonely and pissed.  I slept alot.


I haven't been feeling my ducky self....kind of nauseous, short of breath and tired all the time.  I have gone to the doctor so I know it is anxiety.  How much medicine must I be on?


We don't have any groceries.  I don't have any money to buy groceries, so hopefully hubby will buy some basics.  I have no idea what our balance in the checkbook is.


Well, today is a new day!  I have to take my son to a meeting, lunch and then work.  I will probably do some laundry and work at the church.  Undecided as to whether I will make supper or leave that to dear old hubby.  I am still angry that he didn't call me back to tell me when he'd be home.  His phone was in his golf bag....good place for it.  Why have one?


Thanks for letting me vent.  Where are the bon bons?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Charley Horses and Other Stuff

The last couple of nights I have been getting excruciating Charley Horses (or muscle spasms) in my legs.
I don't know what is causing this.  I drink plenty of water. 

No one was coming to my jewelry party.  Not a soul.  So, it's cancelled.  Oh well.

I had applied for several receptionist positions with the "other" hospital group.  I did get a call, but the hours wouldn't have worked out with the hours I'm working now, and I have more hours just staying where I'm at.

Every year we have a Red Hat Halloween party.  Last month we started to collect money, and I misplaced it.  It's not alot of money, but still, I can't afford to lose any.

Otherwise I have to say life is good, or I would just give up.  Some days are just tough, but overall, my family is the love of my life, they are in good health, and I am (minus the charley horses). 

There is Applefest this weekend.  I am sure I can't afford to go, but the weather is going to be beautiful, the last of our beautiful fall weather before the air turns cold.  Brrrrrrrrr!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Why I Haven't Blogged

I think I have a boring life.  I have been working and cleaning up after my garage sale (which is taking forever!)  I finished reading Angry Housewifes Eating Bon Bons.  This was a wonderful book, full of delightful characters.  It is about a book club who become the closest of friends over the decades.  I was really sorry when I finished the book and miss my friends!

My son got a job!  The place where he was doing his internship hired him as a part time IT specialist.  Part time is better than no time, and he has his foot in the door.

I am still worried about my sister and her family problems.  I cannot get into it, but please pray for her.

I am also concerned for my nephew who is losing so much weight and the doctors don't seem to know what is wrong with him.  I hope I can go to the doctor with him and tell the doctor to get on the stick!

I am starting another home based business, but not getting much of a favorable response.  I need to earn extra income, but can't spend alot of time on my feet since I broke my leg near my ankle.

Well, that's my boring life.  Maybe boring is good? 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Retreat Weekend

We went up north and on our way to the retreat, we stop and shop at the thrift store and also at a liquidator store.  Always a good time.  Getting to the retreat center, I still felt good, but all in all I was not my peppy self over the weekend.  I loved seeing my old friends and making new ones.

Saturday while the other gals went canoeing, I opted for a nap as I just felt icky.  I don't know if it was the change in diet, a virus, or the change in water, but I just didn't feel good.  I socialized some, but not like last year.  Went to bed before 9:30pm. 

We have a secret sister exchange.  My SS, Irene, prayed she would pick my name, and low and behold, she did!  Her gifts were more than generous, with spiritual messages about healing.  Irene was supposed to be needing a liver transplant, and that was over 20 years ago....it never happened and she is fine.  When we revealed ourselves to our SS, I just knew Irene was mine, and we both cried.  It was very emotional to have the two "transplant" ladies be secret sisters. 

I had a secret sister too, but it wasn't quite so serious.  I gave her nail files right after she had chewed hers off, so that was kind of funny.

I am still cleaning my garage.  I will never get it empty again or so it seems!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blah, blah, blah!

Last two weeks were consumed with getting ready for a rummage sale, having the rummage sale, and dealing with what's left.  I did well, financially, but there is still  a lot of stuff left.  There were some beautiful things, sconces, candlesticks, etc, but maybe no one else wants to dust them either.  Then there was my small/medium clothes....some with price tags still on!  Problem is, that those who are small enough to wear them are under 25 and don't wear that sort of thing.  Oh well, cest le vie! (sp?)

I am doing well health wise.  Had my physical and all my blood counts, etc. are stable.  This is important with stage IV kidney disease.  My doctor suggested I work with weights to burn calories and not worry too much about the cardio with my sore ankle.

Ready for the weekend!  Going on a Christian women's retreat up north with my bff and my sister.  It will be peaceful, restful, fun and a blast in general.  I look forward to seeing many of the women again.
We will stop at a thrift store or two, and the liquidator's!  Woo hoo!  I am so excited.  Will tell you what I found when I get back.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Play vs. work.

Today is Labor Day in the USA.  Not a day to commemorate labor it seems, but a day to play.  People go camping, have cookouts, etc.

I started to get ready for a rummage sale and have 75% done, but would love to go with hubby to a flea market just to relax.

So, what to do...play or work?  Would love to hear your opinion.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

An Intruder and other things

Thursday night we had an intruder.  About 1 am, my son awoke to the screen door slamming.  He got up and heard someone, quick went back in his room to cower and slammed it shut.  The next sound was the screen door slamming again.  (I was always upset with hubby that this screen door has such a tight spring on it, but glad this time as it does slam shut!)  Son gets up, comes into our room to wake me up, hubby jumps out of bed and inspects.  He hears tires screech.  The storm door is wide open!  Nothing is missing, Thank God!  Perhaps Dan's door slamming was enough to scare them and they thought the house was empty?  Apparently, when Dan went to work that day, the door wasn't tightly closed and our house always looks like no one is home as we all go to bed or to the back of the house early, and the lights are out.  Last night, the door was double locked, the porch light on, and we kept a house light on.

I am so worried about my sister.  She has family problems.  She is a recent widow and they are draining her dry financially and emotionally.  I don't know what she can do.

We have a new web program at work.  What a challenge!  First it wouldn't accept my password.  Then it wouldn't load.  Finally in the afternoon, I got to work with the tech person  and work on it.  I don't work again until next Thursday, so hope I remember what I learned and can use it successfully.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oh How We Shopped!

My sister and I started our journey up to Door County WI, also known as the "udder" Cape Cod. Our first stop I bought a pair of sandals that felt comfortable.....until I started to wear them while shopping! My sister resisted a beautiful pair of sandals. She should have bought them...they fit her perfectly. Next stop...a thrift store of all places where I found a jacket. I later saw the same jacket in a store for $49 (I paid $10). Going further north. Stopped for lunch. I had a crab stuffed omelet. It was spicy as promised, but there was no crab meat or stuffing unless they put it in a blender! My sister, Connie had a piece of dried out over baked quiche. So much for lunch. On to more shopping. Sister bought earrings, we both bought another pair of sandals. She later decided hers don't fit properly and I will probably get them for Christmas...LOL Mine are the brown ones. They were 50% off and oh so comfortable.


We then went shopping some more! My sister bought a necklace. I was saving money so I could eat. Most of what they offer in Door County has Chicago or even New York pricing so if it's on sale, it's still expensive. I had a coupon for a dining establishment so we looked for that place and they didn't want to accept the coupon. We ate there anyway. It was good, but the owner sure was a bitch about the coupon...not like I was trying to rob them or anything! The hot tub and pool were a welcome retreat after we had digested our meal.

Next day, the quest continues! I am just about out of money. I had sweets for breakfast and lots of coffee. We went on a trolley ride to see the peninsula.


I'm the fat one on the right.

Lunch was yummy and I enjoyed eating outdoors. We decided to stay for an authentic Door County Fish Boil. So, we shopped some more and Connie bought a Vera Bradley tote! My bff and I had bought her a quilted tote but it wasn't a VB and didn't zip close. We rested a bit in between and just people watched.

The Fish Boil
The planks control the heat

The potatoes, sweet onions and Lake Michigan whitefish come to a boil.

Kerosene is poured on to disintegrate the fatty foam at the top of the boil.

Phew!  That's hot!

 All but the cherry pie!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Woo Hoo! It's the Weekend!

I have been so tired lately.  Could be that I worked more than usual this week.  Hubby and I didn't get anything done together last Wednesday, but I did get the kitchen and dining room floor cleaned.  Told him he is in charge of laundry this weekend.  I am going with my sister up north for a little window shopping and just plain old sister time.  She needs to get away from it all and I'm only happy to join her.  The plan is to stop in the stores, MAYBE, just maybe, buy something, dine out and relax in the hot tub at the hotel tonite.  I will let you all know how I make out on the "window" shopping!  Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On to Plan B

My sister and  were going to go "camping" with her motorhome this weekend.  Well, since her husband's passing in March and getting older, she is afraid to drive it.  It sways in the wind and she had that experience last weekend and didn't like it.  So, on to plan B, but wait, I thought I had off on Friday....oh no, I don't, never got the date approved.  So now sister Connie and I are taking a sister day and going up to Door County, window shop, get some cherries, whatever.  Will stay overnight Saturday night, sit in the hot tub and just be sisters.

My bff is down in the dumps because she has little followers of her blog, "Chocolate, One of My Many Addictions."  It is really a good read most of the time and there is a cute video of my great niece rockin out to a band.  Please check it out here:  http://lindaloveschocolate.blogspot.com/

Well, hubby is home and hopefully the two of us will get something done around here today.  If not, I am going to the waterpark.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Addiction is addiction is addiction....

After the football game last night, we stopped at the casino till the traffic cleared.  We stayed way too late.  First game, I was $15 ahead, then it all went downhill from there.  The bad thing is that besides losing my money that I went in with, hubby gave me money (he loaned it) and I blew a ton of money quickly.  Hubby and son were doing well, but I was on a losing streak of epic proportions.  If only I would have told them, "let's go" or just sat and watched.  Well, I feel quite done with it all now.  It is a stupid habit and the chance of winning is way too slim.  What I could have done with my losings!  No use in crying...I have to learn from this and move on.

The football game was fine.  It was a pre-season game so it didn't really count in the scheme of things.  Nice to see the stadium from the inside close and personal.  Two bottles of water, one beer, three brats (sausages), total:  $35!   I much prefer Red Lobster!

Maybe I will go with bff to her grandson's birthday party and stay out of trouble?

Have a glorious day!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Morning with Coffee

My sister isn't home so having my coffee without our morning phone conversation.  Actually, I woke up really, REALLY, early!  Couldn't get back to sleep, so my bed is made, I've had several cookies and finally made some scrambled eggs.

I need to lose weight....but it is SO hard!  I love to eat...everything and double portions.  Okay, I'm about 25 pounds overweight.  Enough that I need new clothes.   Enough that when I tried pants on yesterday I couldn't zip the zipper!  What was really horrifying is when hubby groped me in the dark and mistook my flabby belly for another body part!  YIKES!  God help me.

Well, enough of that!  Am I going to lose weight?  Change my wayward ways?  I doubt it, but if so, cheer me on.  We can cheer each other on!

Have to run my son to the superstore this morning and pick up snacks (his) among other things.  Tonight we are going to my first ever football game.  I've only watched on TV.  It is supposed to be hot and humid but will try and stay hydrated.

Watched QVC last night....I am a sucker for "one time only's" and "easy pay."  Yes, I did make a purchase of hydrating mineral veil.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Rockin Mamma and Other Thoughts

Last weekend hubby and I went to an outdoor concert to see a Milwaukee based band, The Guffs, and Jim's favorite....TONIC!  Even though we had VIP tickets, there was no place to sit or stand.  Jim says, "let's work our way up as close as possible" so we end up in the third row of people.  Well, we are chatting away with the surrounding fans waiting for the band, and get friendly with a couple in the front row.  I explain to them that hubby is a great fan, and if he could just go up there for a few minutes to take a picture, I would be grateful.  All of a sudden, this couple's friends decide to leave, they put us in their place and we get "upgraded" to the front and center!  How freaking cool is that?  We will never have such a great vantage point again.  It was awesome!  Jim and I felt like kids again and rocked out.  We decided that it was one of the highlights of our life together.  The lead singer even came down and gave each of the girls (me included) in the front a hug, and the guys a handshake.  Nothing like hugging a sweaty lead singer!  LOL  http://www.myspace.com/tonicband

Our son has an eight week internship in Information Systems for a major local company and has a job interview this morning for another major company!  Keep your fingers crossed that one of these leads to a permanent position!

BFF is not going to be home today, sister is camping....I might have to clean or do laundry today...NOT!
How about hitting the thrift stores?  Sounds like a plan.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rockin Mama and Other Thoughts

Overwhelmed!

I am overwhelmed by the response to my pity party!  You gals are wonderful!  I do try to comment on other blogs.  I am still rather new at this blogging stuff....trying to work out the format and all the tools here.  I still have to publish all the blogs I follow.  Some blogs are so fancy, some have tons of pics (my scanner doesn't work so I have to upload my pics etc.)  Many bloggers have such a flair for writing.  Some are so full of humor and other of pathos.  Either way, I will continue to wander in blogging land.

I forgot to explain Chocolate Monster ice cream.  It is chocolate (obviously) with chocolate chunks, nuts, and caramel.  Not too decadent!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Okay, If at first you don't succeed....

Sunday was my great niece's birthday.  She's two now and quite a character.  To prove that point, she decided the purple and orange frosting on her personal Dora cake would make great body paint.  She is always on the go, no matter how tired she is, she doesn't stop until she's put to bed.

Yesterday I made a purchase I just love.  A Vera Bradley quilted purse.  It was $35, which is not money I could afford to spend, but I NEEDED it!....LOL  It has oodles of pockets, zippered pockets, all my favorite colors....how could I NOT buy it?

In the afternoon, I went to the waterpark and met bff, sister and the kids.  Got toasty brown, but have to go back to tan the back of my legs!  I love the Lazy River, and in the words of my bff's grandaughter, "it is wonderful!"

I didn't Jazzercise yesterday because of:   1. I was lazy.  2.  It was too darn humid!  3. No air conditioning there. 

I was going to diet.  That doesn't last.  I love my cookies.  I love Chocolate Monster ice  cream too.  (a new discovery)

Today is errand day.  Have a "chocolate monster" kind of day!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Great Give Away

Head over to http://www.weeshasworld.com/ for a great give away!

Does it Matter?

I am thinking this will be my last post.  No one cares what I think or have to say about my life. So....unless I am convinced otherwise, this is it.  Have a good life!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Shabby Chic Class

My bff and I took our monthly trip to Achivers to take a "Shabby Chic" class. It is a Tim Holtz method. Some of it we liked (reverse stamps), some of it we didn't like (daubing ink on the card, rather than using a brayer) My favorite card is the one with the ferns. My least favorite is the chandelier. Oh well, they can't all be 10's!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New pics

Finally uploaded Dan's graduation pics and pics from July weddings. (We have one to go!). Other than that, not much else is new. It has been HOT, HUMID, and raining alot! Getting ready for the Red Hat city picnic. Have to go shopping for that and make party favors at my house, which means I have to straighten up my house! YIKES! Tomorrow am going to Archivers and Michaels with my bff and then treat ourselves to a good lunch somewhere.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Seeing the Good in Things

Okay, I am trying to see the good in things.  I didn't like the weekend.  It was a disappointment.  The weather was hot and humid (it didn't rain though).  We didn't see the fireworks...too hot to wait four more hours (Jim did see his favorite band).  Went out to dinner and didn't like my food (the manager took it off the bill and I had enough to eat).  The weekend wasn't what I expected or hoped for, but I had my husband and son.  Some don't.  My foot hurt, but that was the only thing and I felt otherwise healthy.
I got to try out my first slider at White Castle.  Hmmm...jury is out.  They are cheap!  Fries were good.  At least I can finally say I went to White Castle...we don't have them here in Wisconsin.

Today I have my Red Hat Queen's meeting.  A good reason for ladies to lunch....LOL.  Tonite is our Royal Purple Belles meeting where we will eat (everything involves food) and work on our Red Hat scrapbook.

Tomorrow is my appointment with the dentist and get my teeth cleaned and get my crown put back in.  In the afternoon Mom and I are going for our massages!  Woo hoo!  She is 90 years young and it is her first massage.  I am sure she will love it.

May summer not go too quickly for any of us!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good:  We had a scare last weekend.  My brother had a severe rectal bleed and we were afraid it was his cancer returning.  He was diagnosed with diverticulitis which is treatable.  They are still doing tests, but he is home and feeling better.

I had my job evaluation which I was scheduled to have when I broke my leg.  It went well and I think I will get a raise.  I am very happy in my job....I only wish I was part-time with benefits.  Not only do I miss the benefits, but really miss the extra pay!

I am functioning without my crutches!  I am doing laundry and cleaning again....oh yay!...LOL

The Bad:  My foot still hurts.  It still swells up and I was told by my doctor it could take anywhere from four to six months to heal.  I have to do my exercises.

The Ugly:  I feel so bad for my bff and her stepdaughter (my niece) who are caught up in a family feud.  What happened was a misunderstanding.  One of the aunt's (the other Godmother) wasn't invited to the wedding shower.  They were trying to limit the guests to those whom she thought would actually come.  Aunt has to work alot and has never been to visit.  Oops, oversight...not intentionally meant to be cruel.  Aunt is hurt, her daughter is po'd.  Words were said...hurtful words.   Aunt wants to never speak to my niece again.  Her loss.  Niece feels bad and will write an apology.  Will apology be accepted?  Will this grudge go on for years?  (the family is notorious for this)  What a mess!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Don't Push It!

I overdid it this weekend.  I was cleaning my closets.  Have boxes of clothes for a garage sale; clothes to be put in plastic bins in case I lose 10 pounds or more.  (?????)  You never know, it COULD happen!  I have decided that I will need more than one rummage sale.  As I clean out the house, the need will arise.  I will have a ton of crafting things to get rid of too.  I decided I am a shopaholic who cannot resist a deal.  Hence my addiction to thrift stores and garage sales.  Problem is, I buy stuff because it's a deal, and not because I need it for anything.  I have to try and avoid this.  It is so HARD!  I love to look, love to buy.  I have more scrub tops than I would ever need since I only work twice a week!  Jeans.....should I even go there?  Do you know I have five, count them, FIVE black tops?    I haven't even gone through my shoes and purses yet.  I shall be ruthless!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Liking Life

I am enjoying my life.  Yeah, my foot hurts, but hey, I'm able to wear flatter sandals (not flip flops, which is okay cause they bug my toes anyway).  I got a new pair at Goodwill yesterday and they are like new!  They are purple Columbias.  Very comfortable and adjust to my fat foot.  The other thing is I made a rather tasty crab/pasta salad for the cookout at my bff's today.  Flowers have been planted in the flower box and summer is here!  Woo hoo!  Don't miss my second job (just the money, but I'll adjust).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cha, cha, cha, changes!

Went to work this week and I got a warm welcome at the clinic, complete with snacks and signs!  On the other hand, my job as a health information (medical records) clerk has come to an abrupt end.  Apparently they thought I could run charts, etc while hanging onto crutches!  The doctor had restricted me to using crutches and elevating and icing my foot twice during the work day, and they just can't or wouldn't accommodate me.  So, I gave my notice.  The really crummy part is that I have to take sick/vacation time this weekend.  It has gone down sooooooooo much.  From now on I am staying away from jobs that require me to be on my feet alot.  The clinic job is going good, and I offered to work extra hours, even though I won't have benefits any longer.  The money is good and I'm amongst friends.

I am in a brace now and can't wait to get rid of that as it itches, and bugs me in my shoe.  Will wear it as I have Jazzercise Lite this morning and exercise in a chair.  This afternoon is therapy...woo hoo!

Crazy, crazy dreams!  I was a black woman last night, then I was dressing a baby doll, go figure....where does this stuff come from?

Tomorrow I plan on going with my bff to her daughter's house.  Just an excuse to get out  in the nice weather....and maybe stop at Archivers on the way?

Have a happy day!