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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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Writer's Block and Musings

Writer's block.  I just don't seem to have anything to say.  Whether it is a post or replying to someone else's blog.  I can't think.....hmmmm.

The Royal Wedding:  Glad the pre-wedding hoopla is over.  I did like the ceremony itself.  I liked the sermon and the secret glances and smile exchanged between William and Kate.  The smile spoke volumes.

I have been so tired of late.  I can't seem to catch up on my sleep.  I went to bed at 8pm and slept a good nine hours.  Hope that helps.

I have so much to do before my trip on Tuesday.  My house is a mess.  I have the ever present laundry, I need to wrap a birthday gift for bff, and finish my Mother's Day card.  I have to pack my collection of cups and saucers and set them up for display at church. Bff and I have altar guild this month.  That means that we have to set up the altar for communion. 

I am excited about our trip to St Louis.  More on that later!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter + Family = Joy



My 91 year old Mom.  Isn't she a beaut?

Yesterday was a beautiful day. I wore my new dress and felt really pretty. (Wish someone had taken a picture of me in my new dress!)  Hubby and son went to church with me. (It won't happen again until Christmas). We went out to eat. We waited and waited for my brother, sister-in-law and mom to arrive. Seems my brother had the wrong time in his head and didn't bother to ask anyone. My sister knew he was leaving late, but never told him what time we were eating. So, finally we went in and the rest arrived shortly. The food was good and I ate so much that I didn't eat the rest of the day or night!

Hubby has a road trip for work this week. The good news is that after this trip and our vacation next week, his boss will be gone. He has taken another job and Jim said that Attilla the Hun would be an improvement. 

My son, Dan and I went over to bff's for the rest of the afternoon. Visited with my niece and sat in the sun watching the little ones play. So nice to have the sun and some warmer weather and a glorious day!

My niece Jessica with great niece, Mackenzie!
What a joy!
 
I will not smile!











































Saturday, April 23, 2011

It Just Ain't Easter without Jelly Beans and Eggs!

I have decided that at some point today, I will color eggs, go to the store and buy some candy.  It just doesn't seem like Easter without jelly beans!  Of course I will go to church.  I also am wearing my new dress and peep toes no matter what, a tradition started when my younger sister and I were little....a new dress, shoes, etc.  My parents weren't rich, but when it came to us girls we got new outfits for Easter and Christmas.  We will go out to eat as a family of eighteen and then probably over to someone's house and visit.

I had another revelation.  I have had a very good year healthwise and emotionally.
So, I am not messing with my meds.  I will start journaling my food on Monday and start a walking regimen.  At least, that's my plan as of today.

May all your jelly beans be your favorite flavor!

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Good and the Bad

Been working three days this week.  I am tired.  I end up going to bed by 8 pm, and still, I am tired. 

The good news:  I did well on my evaluation at work and will probably get a raise.
The bad news:  I won't get my raise until my 6 month disciplinary action is over (from not offering another doctor when there weren't any available!).

My mom is 91 and is a good 91.  BUT, she is terribly hard of hearing, and although she could afford it, she won't buy another hearing aid.  So, we have to yell at her.  She is getting her ears flushed today and I hope that helps some.  Also hope the audiologist calls with a good deal for a hearing aid!  Maybe we can talk her into it.

I have alot to do with The Red Hat Annual Banquet, Easter, etc.  I need to iron, get name tags ready, get the banners out.  The last two are for Red Hat...lol.  Told you I was tired!

Rain again today, but at least it's not snow!



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When Will It Be Spring?

In Wisconsin we have Winter clothes and Summer clothes.  Our Summer clothes really covers Spring, Summer and  if we're lucky, part of Fall.  Winters are long here....especially this year.  We are getting another snowstorm!  Actually the snow/sleet type of storm that causes power outages and is so heavy to shovel. 

I am going to wear my peep toe shoes Sunday anyway!

My shoes, purses and clothing needs to be put away.  I am tired of sweaters and winter coats.  What happend to April showers bring May flowers?


Monday, April 18, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

 
Questions:

1. Caesar Salad or Garden Salad?  Ceasar

2. Will you be watching the Royal Wedding on April 29th?  Not sure, might.

3. Last thing you spent lots of money on?  Depends on what is lots... $100 or more?  Gambling or airline ticket.

4. Window seat or aisle seat?  Aisle seat...closer to the bathroom, and easier to stretch my legs.


5. Do you know your blood type?  Think it's B- not sure.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Why I Became a Boopnut

It was a bad time for me in the early 90's.  My Crohn's Disease was in a major flare up.  In order to try and control the disease, I was on massive amounts of medication, including prednisone.  From the neck up I looked like I weighed 300 pounds.  My face was so round from the drug.  My eyes were disappearing into my face.  It was depressing, as I was never a bad looking woman, and I was stuck in this prednisone prison.

One day my bff and I were shopping when I found a Betty Boop sweatshirt.  She had short dark hair, big eyes and big cheeks, but was oh, so cute!  I had found my alter ego!  She was sassy, sexy, multi talented and had sustained through the ages....everything I wanted to be!  She had been a USO girl, a motorcylcist, a waitress, a nurse, you name it!  It was just her and her little dog, Pudge.  She was a strong, independent woman and a feminist in her own way. 


Soon, after purchasing the sweatshirt, I bought a Betty Boop doll, then a throw, a lamp, figurines, the list goes on.  My Boop Room was my happy place.  A place where I could forget about Crohn's disease, medications, etc.  Although, I was back in my old body and had surgery for my Crohn's (my colon removed and an ileostomy), Betty was still my heroine.


Friday, April 15, 2011

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Celebrate Life

Today I am 59.  What's in a number?  I am 5 years older than my Dad was when he died.  26 years older than my little sister was when she died.  So, I am 59, so what?  I am still on this side of the sod!
I will celebrate life and remember those who would have loved to have seen 59.  (Besides, people think I am much younger and I pride myself on my imaturity...LOL)

Today I a going with the Red Hat queens and we are filling baskets for raffle prizes.  We will then go to lunch and maybe the casino.  I almost hope not.

Hubby will take me out for dinner.  It is supposed to be warm today (not by the lakeshore) so will enjoy that.  Should be a nice day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Feeling Creative and Other Stuff

Hubby got home from Arizona. Here is a pic of the cactus garden he liked.  He love cacti, so Arizona is the place to go.  He is a member of the "Bobblehead Gang."




Jim is the handsome guy on the right...the one with the man boobs.  He has great legs though!
It is nice that he came home very excited to share his vacation with me.  He took over 100 pictures!

I have been feeling oh so crafty since I took my class on Friday.



This card has a tulle flower.  The others I made with paper.  I am addicted now!  I have a little table in the living room and make cards while watching TV.  Still haven't cleaned my craft room yet or the craft table!




Meet Me on Monday

Here are my answers to Java's Meet Me on Monday:





1. Who would be your dream celebrity date?  George Clooney


2. Do you have any food restrictions?  Dairy, Roughage, too many to mention.

3. How much time do you take to get ready in the morning? One hour.

4. Sausage or bacon?  Sausage.

5. Do you Google, Bing or Yahoo?  Gee, that's rather personal....I Bing.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

When I can't Sleep, I Blog.

I couldn't sleep last night, so I watched Desperate Housewives at 4 am.  Went back to bed, still couldn't sleep, so here I am.

Hubby is home and sleeping comfortably.  I didn't get to talk to him about his trip yet.  I know they had a good time though.

I am in my crafting mode so yesterday I made a few cards.  I have my stuff in the living room so I can do that while watching the History channel.  I know more about John Wilkes Boothe (the man who shot President Lincoln) than I need to know.

I just can't get at cleaning my craft area.  I need my cousin back!  She encouraged me and kept me going.

Help!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nails, Flowers, and Friendship

Why I hate artificial nails:   I had my gel nails for a few months and they totally ruined my own nails; not that they were ever in terrific shape, but now they were splitting and peeling to new depths!  I ordered some nail repair from QVC shopping network.  It wasn't cheap, but if it prevents my nails from splitting anymore, I will be a happy camper.  I apply a protective coat of the stuff and it makes my nails stronger.  I also have to apply cuticle oil daily to the nail bed and under the nail tips to keep hydrated.

Craft class:  Went to our class yesterday.  We were the guinea pigs, but the class was fun with fun ladies in it.  Spent alot of time cutting out pieces.  Would be better to cut and make one project at a time.  Well, now the instructors know.  At least we got the two most difficult pieces done and I learned how to make paper flowers!  I can't post them cause hubby has my camera!

Hubby comes home tonight!  I miss him.  I will have to get all my laundry done, and some cleaning done today so I can spend the day with him tomorrow.

Pizza party hostess.  The most gracious and thoughtful person that I know!  She has such a giving soul and is so sweet and has gone through so much this last year.  She lost her husband, a job, and this last job has drove her to the brink.   She served us pizza and popcorn, and when we left, gave us little gift bags of home made caramel corn!  What a treat!  I have to think of something special to do for her.  I will have her over for dinner and teach her how to make a paper flower!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Fun Day

Okay, I need blog help.  How do I get my "Over 40" button to work? 

Today I am going with bff to make paper flowers. Woo hoo! Hope I don't get too frustrated as I am usually slower than everyone else.  I am too much of a perfectionist, so I get pissy sometimes.





We will probably get a light lunch and desert?  Hey, it's a road trip!

Pizza party tonight at a friend's house. 

FUN FRIDAY!

Update on Work Situation:  I was NOT the only one who has been written up for the Secret Shopper calls.  That is a  perverted comfort to me.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shopping, cookies and life.

Yesterday I was power shopping....still looking for that Easter outfit.  I tried on a dress and looked awful.  One top is too small, the next size up too large!  Argh!  Maybe I should take  everything I bought back and start from square one.  Maybe I will just wear what I already own.  Good idea!

Cookie addiction:  I had two cookies this morning.  I want more and yet, I must resist.  I eat them by twos so they could easily become eight and ate.

Today I am to help with our Lenten dinner.  We are making chicken soup and the person in charge is making it totally different than I do.  I'll just do it her way.  I don't have to like it.  I am a good soldier and can follow orders.

Tonight is our Red Hat dinner.  I am the Queen, so I best get going and write up the agenda.

Have a beautiful day!  The sun is shining here!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Rain, Laundry, and Drama Queens

It was a gloomy rainy day.  I thought I would just hunker down and be lazy, spending time on my computer and taking naps.  Yes, plural!  NAPS!   It was that kind of day, that kind of mood.  At least I did some laundry.

I ordered myself some nail lacquer to strengthen my nails which were absolutely destroyed by the gel nails that I had for a few months.  It was not cheap, but costs less than new nails.  Right now they are splitting and breaking below the edge of my finger tips.

Saturday I bought some skinny jeans.  They have an elastic waist!  They will look good with allot of my longer tops.  Hey, I have a bootie!  Deal with it.

My bff was the victim of a drama queen yesterday.  She was actually in tears.  Drama queen accused her of bad mouthing her parents.  She just stated a fact.  It was no big deal.  But my bff was afraid it would be used as another excuse to keep her away from her grandchildren.  DQ doesn't like my bff, she doesn't like BFF's family.  Apparently her dysfunctional family is better than her hubby's dysfunctional family.  Anyway, I was there to support my bff, and tell her not to worry about it. and to consider the source of her pain.  DQ isn't happy unless she has something to bitch about.

Watched the country music awards last night and fell asleep before the end!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Self Image

I should be saving my money for my trip in the Fall to Washington D.C., but  I am having self image issues.  All of a sudden, I have noticed how wrinkly my eyes are getting... like I got the wrinkles overnight!  I want something for the wrinkles, but everything that works is $50 or so.  We spent our time at the cosmetics counter.  I was overwhelmed by the stuff I could get to make me look younger.  Now, I have been using Avon, but eye cremes bother my eyes, so I was looking at a serum instead.

We then went and looked at clothes.  How depressing.  I think I will stick with Christopher and Banks.  It fits me.  I tried on some tops....I am now an X-large!  I hate my boobs!  They make me look so matronly.  I have gained so much weight.  I can't seem to stop the pounds from packing on, and I don't like the way I look in anything anymore.  I did buy some skinny jeans...mostly because they have an elastic waist and no pockets, so will look smooth under tops.  Most of the tops are so long anyway, or I am just that short.  I bought a short sleeved sweater to wear over a dress.  Problem is, the dresses I have are now too small, and rolls are showing.  Think I will wear a skirt with a jacket for Easter.

Thanks for letting me rant.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

This and That

Today Hubby leaves for Arizona and his buddy golf trip.  He will have fun, be refreshed, and I won't have him underfoot.  This last week he had vacation and his golf stuff was all over the house, mostly in the living room!

My son bought an expensive sports card (he collects mostly basketball cards).  We put it with the recyclables.....April Fool to him!  No other April Fool jokes here.

We went out for fish last evening.  We took my mom who is 91.  She is a healthy 91, but her eyesight isn't what it once was, and her hearing is pretty much shot.  It is a challenge going out with her like that and carrying on a conversation.  Do I want to live that long?  The thrill of the week is going to church and playing cards on Monday night.  Hmmmm.  My dad died 39 years ago on April 1st.  He was only 54 and I thought he was old then.  That is younger than I am now.  My mom has been a widow a long time.  She had a boyfriend, but he died after 11 years of cancer.  So, she is still alone, but at this point, prefers it that way.

I couldn't sleep last night.  Went to the bathroom all night long.  (fried fish)  I will probably take a nice nap today.  Get some more of my craft room cleaning done.

I got disciplinary action at work in the form of a write up to go in my file for six months.  We have secret shoppers, and I missed one step in the scheduling protocol.  Not fair.  Could be doing it right 95% of the time, but if you get caught doing it wrong once, you get written up?  It is what it is.  I forgot to say that I would see if any of our other doctors are available.  (they weren't). The secret shopper call came from corporate so they came down hard.  At least my supervisor was gentle about it.  She didn't want to do it.  (neither did I)