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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.

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!


Linda said...

I'm glad I didn't go............you would have never gotten my big feet in the picture. LOL

Tracey said...

What lovely sandals & both of you with perfectly manicured toes!! You're so alike, I see no fat but I do see huge bazookas!! LOL xxx