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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, March 31, 2011

Why I Am Being Divorced

Last week was my birthday and I didn't

feel very well waking up on that morning.

I went downstairs for breakfast

hoping my husband would be pleasant

and say, 'Happy Birthday!', and possibly have a small present for me.

As it turned out, he barely said good morning, let alone ' Happy Birthday.'

I thought.... Well, that's marriage for you, but the kids....They will remember.

My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast and didn't say a word..

So when I left for the office,

I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.

As I walked into my office,

my handsome Boss Rick, said,

'Good Morning, lady, and by the way

Happy Birthday ! ' It felt a little better

that at least someone had remembered.

I worked until one o'clock , when Rick knocked on my door and said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day outside,

and it is your Birthday, what do you say we go out to lunch, just you and me..'

I said, 'Thanks, Rick, that's the greatest thing I've heard all day.

Let's go!'

We went to lunch. But we didn't go where we normally would go.

He chose instead a quiet bistro

with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.

On the way back to the office,

Rick said, 'You know, It's such a beautiful day... We don't need to go straight back to the office, Do We?'

I responded, 'I guess not.

What do you have in mind?'

He said, 'Let's drop by my place,

it's just around the corner.'

After arriving at his house,

Rick turned to me and said,

If you don't mind, I'm going to step

into the bedroom for just a moment.

I'll be right back.' 'Ok.' I nervously replied.

He went into the bedroom and,

after a couple of minutes, he came out

carrying a huge birthday cake ...

Followed by my husband my kids, and dozens of my friends and co-workers,

all singing 'Happy Birthday'.

And I just sat there....

On the couch....


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Terrible Addiction

I am addicted to slots.  Not, that I have to take my paycheck and run to the nearest casino, but it is hard for me to NOT go to a casino when it's near, and even harder NOT to spend all the money that I have with me.  (I do not bring my whole wallet, thank God).  I even borrow money from hubby to try and chase after that which I have lost.  Sunday I won  a bunch, and yesterday we went on a casino bus trip.  I lost it all.  It's a losing proposition for me and I should have more brains than that, but brains has nothing to do with it.  It's like my addiction to cookies.  I know I gain weight from eating so many cookies, that is my brain working, but my want is for more cookies.

The casino bus trip:  Not only is it a stupid idea for the above reason, I am too young to go with these folks.  Then, someone put reserved on all the seats so hubby and I sat in the back by the bathroom which was out of commission (thank God!).  It could have been worse.  The cackling of the old women, the play by play of all the cheapest places to eat, ....are we headed in that direction?

Lunch was good.

Hubby isn't painting now.  Somehow, he talked himself out of the job.  Nice, huh?  My living room is so big.  It is a daunting proposition.   He is getting ready for his trip to golf with the guys in Arizona.  No time for painting.  Well, it might have to be another time cause my living room is so early 90's!  If it had hair, it would have big hair.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's a Good Thing

My cousin left yesterday and I returned to work.  Thankful I have a job!  Today is wash day.  I have tons of laundry and I am thankful we have tons of clothes to wash!

Everything is back to normal.  That's okay.  I love my cousin, but I love my routine also.  While she was here she got me started on my craft mess and that is a good thing.  I think I will work on that today.  I feel more motivated since I got six boxes emptied!

It is too bad about all the snow, but it IS March, and eventually it all has to melt! 

Tomorrow I will probably go with my husband to shop for his new golfing shorts for his trip to Arizona.  He is really excited about his trip!

We plan on removing the wallpaper and border from the living room. If that gets done this week and he gets the ceiling painted, that would be a good thing.

Cousin Shirley shoveled to get her car out.

We enjoyed our hot soup!

We have snowbanks for medians, Naples has palm trees!

Looking at Red Hat things in the scrapbooking store!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Snowstorms Again!

We got another storm.  My cousin had to leave her parents' home early as they were expecting over a foot of snow.  We started getting flurries around noon.  It was the wet heavy slushy stuff.  My cousin got to my house shortly after noon.  We took my son to work and then went for lunch.  Lunch was okay...nothing to write home about.

We had intentions of shopping.  Maybe today if the roads are sanded.  We made rosettes last night.  I have decided after several foul words that my hot glue gun is too hot.  My bff got a blister on her finger!
Cousin Shirley was the only one who managed to glue the rosette without burning her fingers!

Cousin Shirley showing off her rosettes!

My collection.  Wish the camera would have picked up the patterns in the paper on these.

Busy at work, while I take pictures!
Today we are hoping to get to Hobby Lobby and a few other places.  We'll see.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Company is Coming!

Okay, so I had good intentions.  Yesterday I had NO motivation!  No cleaning, just a few loads of laundry.  It is a wonder that I made dinner.  Don't know what happened....just really tired.

We have a snowstorm on the way.  They are expecting a foot of the white fluffy stuff up north where my cousin's folks live.  Snow and sleet combined going south.  By the time she gets here, we should get about three inches.  She needs to leave today to avoid driving in that stuff.

Is my house spotless?  No.  It is, ...good enough.  I will clean the bathroom.  That is the least I can do for my guest.  Besides, she is like a sister and would think something is wrong if it were spotless!

Tonight is a stamping party...maybe a good thing for the two of us to do?

Monday, March 21, 2011


I finally have had some motivation.  My cousin is coming this week.  Yup, the same one from Florida.  She is here for her parents's.  Her dad, my first cousin, had a pacemaker put in.  They gave power of attorney to a gal that they took in for years, and now there is a big mess.  Seems there is a difference of opinion between her and my cousin, to say the least.  The other woman wants to put parents in an apartment or worse, a home.  My cousin wants to get home care aides to come in.  It is difficult for her to intervene in all this when she lives in Florida .  The family needs your prayer.

My Boop Room in the early stages...before the larger TV and
Red Hat stuff.

I finally cleaned the Boop Room (my computer room).  It was sooooo dusty.  It is such a challenge to dust all those Boops! 

My husband has put my craft shelving unit together!  Woo hoo!  Now the hard part, organizing all this stuff!  Yikes!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Four Moms in therapy

A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four

young mothers and their small children.

"You all have obsessions," he observed.

To the first mother, Mary, he said, "You are obsessed with eating.

You've even named your daughter Candy."

He turned to the second Mom, Ann: "Your obsession is with money.

Again, it manifests itself in your child's name, Penny."

He turned to the third Mom, Joyce: "Your obsession is alcohol. This

too shows itself in your child's name, Brandy."

At this point, the fourth mother, Kathy, quietly got up, took her

little boy by the hand, and whispered, "Come on, Dick, this guy has

no idea what he's talking about. Let's pick up Peter and Willy from

school and go get dinner.


Medical Alert: Worse than bedbugs

                                                                   What is a calorie?

Calories are the little bastards that get into your wardrobe at

night and sew your clothes tighter.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm Not That Crazy Anymore!

I  am a very sensitive person.  I get saddened by world events and need to contribute to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  Still, I wish I could do more.  I get angry at those who say that Japan did nothing to help the US when disasters in the form of hurricanes struck.  I can't blame the faces of the Japanese for that.  Maybe their government was wrong, but the people are like us....blameless for the natural disasters and even the the unnatural, in the way of radiation.  How much control does the public really have?  How much control do I have?  Not much.  Oh sure, I can vote, but I can't sway the way things go in this state or this country.  It is what it is.

That said, back to my little corner of the world.  I want my meds changed.  I have gained 22 pounds in three years, ten in the last four months!  What is with that?  My sleep has been erratic and I am tired much of the time.  When I found out I had kidney disease, I got depressed.  Work was just plain sucking at the time.  A doctor was riding my ass big time and I was so stressed.  We had a new co-worker (poor girl) and I just would cry all the time, uncontrollably!  My hours were cut and I lost my benefits.  No relation....so they say.   I had also gone off my hormone replacement so, that could have something to do with the depression and weight gain.  Then, experimented with different antidepressants until we found the right cocktail. 

Here I am three years later.  Work is going well.  The new coworker and I are good friends.  I only cry when I miss my flight connection...LOL.  Anyway, I don't cry all the time anymore.  I don't want to start, but I hate being on all these drugs.  I am on enough for kidney disease, interstitial cystitis, high cholesterol, triglycerides, etc...  Just give the girl another pill!

Anyway, my doctor is testing my thyroid, possibly my B12 at a later date, upping my Omega 3, and doing whatever she can so I can get control of this.  It's not easy being me....I'm a virtual pill popper.
I know...it could be worse...it's not cancer.

Today I hope to get at my basement again with my hubby and get my shelving unit put together.  That would make me happy.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Jumping on the Bed

A fifty-ish woman was at home happily jumping on her bed and squealing with delight.
Her husband watches her for a while and asks, "Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look?, What's the matter with you?"

The woman continues to bounce on the bed and says, "I don't care, I just came from having a mammogram and the doctor says I have the breasts of an 18 year-old".
The husband said, "What did he say about your 56 year old ass?"

"Your name never came up," she replied.�

(Men . . . They just never know when to shut up, do they?)

Sunday Fun!

Yesterday I went with my bff to my favorite store, Archiver's.  We learned how to make rosettes.  Then, I had to buy the scoring board so I can make them at home!  I can't wait to get my stuff together to make them.  We also signed up for a class on how to make paper flowers on cards in April.

Later, we went to Olive Garden.  I have been craving Olive Garden for months!  Pear Gorgonzola and Shrimp!  Yum!  My friend ordered the parmesan encrusted tilapia....also yummy!  Then we had to have (although we were stuffed) the Tiramisu Dolcini  (a little tiramisu).  What a lovely day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

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From That to This, not This to That!

A week ago I was in sunny Florida where it was in the 80's with a beautiful gulf breeze.

I went from that to this:

Okay, so, it's not quite that bad anymore.  The snow was melting after 40° weather then we got hit with 5" of icy, slushy, heavy snow!  Had to practically shovel it off of my car!  Today it is supposed to be warmer again and then snow/rain mixed.  Oh Joy!

When will Spring come?  Not soon enough!

These chairs beckon me!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Senior Wedding

Earl and Mary, both age 92, are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a Walgreen's.....Earl suggests they go in. Earl then addresses the man behind the counter............

"Are you the owner?"

The pharmacist answers, "yes."

Earl: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"

Pharmacist: "Of course we do."

Earl: "How about medicine for circulation?"

Pharmacist: "All kinds."

Earl: "Medicine for rheumatism?"

Pharmacist: "Definitely."

Earl: "How about suppositories?"

Pharmacist: "You bet!"

Earl: "Medicine for memory problems, arthiritis, and Alzheimers?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety - the works!"

Earl: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, anitdotes for Parkinson's disease?"

Pharmacist: "Absolutely."

Earl: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"

Pharmacist: "We sure do!"

Earl: "You sell wheelchairs, walkers and canes?"

Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."

Earl: "Adult diapers?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, sir."

Earl: "We'd like to use this store as our Bridal Registry."


What can I do to make my blog more interesting?  Maybe I should have called it Sharing My Boring Life?  I still don't have my pictures uploaded from Florida; my cousin has half of them on her camera!  Maybe after this weekend my life will become more interesting.  Maybe I should have a give away.  What works for you?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It Pays to be a B**ch!

My hubby says I make a good b**ch!  On Sunday my plane was late in leaving from Florida, so I missed my connecting flight.  Had to stay in the airport in Atlanta for over 5 hours.  The truth is, if those of us with connecting flights would have been able to depart the aircraft first, we would have made it!  I had a meltdown....I cried, I sobbed, I couldn't stop.  (next time I wear waterproof mascara).  Anyway, that's for another post.

Today I called the airline and told them my complaints and what I felt the airline could have done to prevent our missing our connection.  (I was traveling alone, but wasn't the only one going back to Wisconsin).  The compensated me for my inconvenience by giving me a free flight to be used within a year.  Guess I'll have to go to Florida again!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pack it all In; Pack it all Up!

Ah, last day of vacation.  Sniff, sniff..  I will miss my cousin and of course, the beautiful weather, but it's time.  I miss my family, my friends, my home.

Yesterday I did laundry, as my cousin had to work and will be leaving on a trip for conference the same time I leave to go home.  Time is of the essence.  She has to pack, color her hair, etc.  I have to pack, go to the pool one last time, etc.

We went to Joe's Crab Shack last night which is kind of our tradition.  What a wonderful time, and wonderful food! Then we went to Walmart for some essentials, which included another pair of sandals for me, cause they were comfortable and cute.

I am almost finished with my button necklace.  It will be nice to post all my pics.  Meanwhile, enjoy the day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Going, going, gone!

Vacation is slipping by way too fast.  Yesterday we did a little shopping in the morning.  I got a light yellow summer outfit.  (it was calling me).  I had to exchange the stuff I bought the night before.  I refrained from buying another pair of sandals and a purse or jewelry....it took real restraint!   I commented that I love shoes and purses as they never make one's butt look big!  Another shopper cracked up at that one!

We went to the university where I met my cousin's coworkers.  Now they know she didn't make me up!

Went to the casino where I won $229 on one machine!  I managed to leave when I was even.  I still don't know "when to walk away and when to run!"  Had a fun time though and didn't lose money, so that's all anyone can ask for.

Did a little more shopping. We are making Red Hat button necklaces (I hope).  Went to the store that normally carries Red Hat stuff, but it didn't have anything but jewelry!

Can't believe it is already Thursday!  Going to the beach today and out to dinner later with some friends. 
How sad that this has to end!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Musings in the Early Morning

Done sleeping.  The people next door are noisy and I prefer to keep the window open and enjoy the cool fresh air.  So, here I am dear readers.

Sometimes the rain has to fall.  Yesterday became very overcast.  I went to the pool for a half hour and gave up as I thought it would rain.  It did.....much later.

Don't sneeze if you are eating scrambled eggs....enough said!

I am ready for mini pads!  I sneeze, I dribble.  I cough, I dribble.  I blow my nose, I dribble.  How did that part of my anatomy get connected to my respiratory system?  Oh the joys of aging!

Enjoying vacation and  relaxing; my eczema is better!  Not sure of the agenda today.  I am taking back an outfit and either exchanging it for a larger size or getting my money.  If it continues to rain and be cloudy, might go visit the Seminoles in SW Florida.  I am sure they want my money too, .  I am an equal opportunity victim to the Indian Casinos.