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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.

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?