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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, 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


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.!


by Jenny Joseph


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


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


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!