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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, September 29, 2011

First day of touring!

We got back from our bus trip to DC on Tuesday night.  Yesterday was spent with a sore throat and sinus, catching up on laundry and emails.   Although the trip had it's highlights, it is good to be home!

We would change seats every day of our trip to DC.  The first day of actual touring I was on the left back seat.  Most of the things were on the right side, and the bar in the window kept getting in my way.  Finally I resigned to seeing the back of the passenger in front of me.  

Things improved in the afternoon, when our step on guide suggested we tour the Capitol.  That had to be the best part of the trip!  To think it was 20 minutes away from being bombed by the Al queda hijackers of Flight 93!

As you can see, I loved the dome!  The artistry is astounding and probably one of the older buildings in our young country.
George is a little off center to the right on the bottom with the purple robe on.  That would be George Washington to you Brits.
Love the paintings around the rotunda with the 24kt gold leaf on the frames.  So cool to see paintings that one has only seen in magazines or books.  I think this is the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Here is the Declaration of Independence.  It was awe inspiring to see this on display!
My bff Linda, sister Connie, myself, Jan and Darlene from our Red Hat group posing in front of the White House!  Previous to 9/11, one could go INTO the White House. No more! Thanks allot terrorists!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hold On, It's Going to be a Bumpy Ride!

Two days of bus riding.  The Alleghenies are beautiful, but not conducive to my stomach.  Can you say bus sick?  Didn't feel better till this morning, although the ginger ale last night helped.

Things I learned so far:

Always bring a lap blanket...it's cold on the bus.
Wear a warmer jacket and jeans...again, it's cold on the bus!

Bring some soda pop for the carbonation and don't forget the Dramamine.

The Total Pillow is not that great.

Looking forward to a day full of touring.  Hope it doesn't rain all day.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Today I am off on the bus to Washingtong DC.  I am still not excited.  I am apprehensive about the long bus ride and whether my ostomy will behave or not.  I hope I am sitting my a nice person who lets me sleep if I want to sleep, talk if I want to talk.  It is chilly here this morning, but I am dressing comfortable and wearing knit capris and sandals.  I will also have my light hoodie.  Wish me luck.  Wish that I don't have a migraine, allergies, or bag  blowouts.

I will take plenty of pics. This will be fun!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One Last Nap?

Yesterday I had a meeting at 7 am before work!  I said I had optical proctitis....I just couldn't see dragging my butt in this early!  (okay, old joke).

Truth be told, my sleep schedule is way off.  I wake up at 5 am, hit a wall in the afternoon, but if a nap is not available, manage to get over the wall. Then at night, I am lucky to stay awake till 8pm!  Maybe this schedule will serve me well through my vacation to DC.  After all, we have to be ready (three of us in a room) early in the morning, eat breakfast and be on the bus by 8 am!  Then we're off again.  Probably better for me than for those who are used to sleeping in.

Today I am working a half day.  I have laundry to do, suitcase to pack, time to spend with my family.  Maybe I'll take in one last nap?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Smart Start Packing, the Tough Go Shopping!

These are the pj's I told you about.  They are ME!  My bff is busy packing, but I shop. I shop too much, but I love to shop.  It makes me feel good.  It's a sickness, I know.  I am overcompensating for something, but without Oprah, I don't know what anymore.

Last night we had Mom's birthday party.  She will be 92 on Thursday,Can you believe it?

This is my brother in law and wife and their newest grandson.  You can't help but love him....the grandson that is!

There were seventeen of us at the table.  Baby's mom waited on us, so she was still part of the festivities.  My mom always gets lobster.  It's her favorite and a treat from my son who is always at a lost as to what to buy her.  What do you buy a lady that age?  Gift certificates always work.

I might go shopping today to get those things that are on my list to bring to DC.  I need some licorice, some snack mix, some Kashi bars.  What else????

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Brief Visit

I have vivid dreams.  Do they make sense?  Most times not.  Last night I had a dream about my younger sister, Wendy.  Wendy died of cancer at the age of thirty-two, twenty three years ago.  Well, in my dream she looked as she did before she got the cancer.  She was young, healthy, with her long hair.  She was happy and at peace.  She said it didn't matter what anyone did that was hurtful, as she understood everything, and all was well. Things that happens in this world are not important.  It was really nice to have this "visit" with my sister, although it was brief.

Yesterday we had a small party for one of our doctors in our department.  He turned 60.  I always say, "it beats the alternative!"  Maybe that is what brought on my dream.  More than half of my life is over.  I can only live it to the best, but it really is inconsequential in the long run.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What's New Pussycat?

I leave for Washington DC in one week.  I have an idea on what to pack, I bought some mascara, and need some munchies for the long bus ride there.  I am not overly excited but wondering what the journey will bring.

I had strange dreams last night.  I have strange dreams every night but these were disturbing, so I got up.  It's my meds...they cause strange dreams as well as weight gain.  Well, at least I found out my thyroid is normal (thanks, Dr. Q) and my kidney function is remaining level.  Keep drinking that water!

Not much else is new.  I haven't felt like posting or commenting, although I do lurk, so watch what you say...LOL

Monday, September 12, 2011

Why Didn't I Wear This?

Blouse: Avon; Capris: Bonworth, Shoes: Beal's Outlet
This is my favorite outfit.  The blouse is flowey (is that a word) and comes to V as does the necklace to elongate my look.  I have my favorite jewelry on and my favorite shoes.  My son hates to take my picture.  I don't have any photographers here, so I do my best.  I should have worn this when I got my church portrait taken.  Instead, I wore a white blouse, the collar was crooked, and I looked like the Stay Puff Marshmallow!  These are my "cruise shoes"  when hubby and I were planning on a cruise...which didn't happen.

Now you know why I'm not a hand model...LOL

These are the shoes I bought the other day for $10

Bear Traps 85% off from Younkers!
I love to shop!  Yesterday, I went to get my Halloween Costume or parts of it.  Should be fun!  Then I found some PJ's at Tuesday's that say "I Love to Shop."  Had to get them!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pleasant surprise

I had bought a black knit jacket from my favorite store, Christopher & Banks.  Unfortunately, it didn't come in a petite.  The large was too small  and when I went to return it, the extra large was too big.  The other day my sister and I went shopping at a department store and I found a navy knit military jacket.  It zips up and it fits.  Better yet, it was half the price of the black jacket!  It will be great for my trip.

I also found some sandals...Okay, they are not like the $96 ones, but they were on sale for $10 (marked down 85%) and they are comfy!  Now, I just have to model my new purchases and take some pics!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Quiet but Productive Holiday

Hubby had a birthday so we went out to dinner.  His call.  He had steak and enjoyed it.  My meal was not so great, but edible.

I spent the weekend doing laundry.  We skipped the crowds at Kite Fest down by the shores of Lake Michigan to enjoy the quietness of home.  I made chicken enchiladas for dinner on Sunday.

Monday I got a surge of energy.  I really wanted to go to a flea market, one of the best in Wisconsin, but hubby said it was too cold.  50's to low 60's.  ....  I figured so we wear long pants.  I gave him a choice:  clean in the basement or the flea market.  He chose plan C.  He spent most of Labor Day Monday on the computer or watching TV.  In his defense, he did do some cleaning, and hung some shelves etc, in my craft area.  I was busy cleaning/organizing my craft area.  I spent most of the morning and afternoon cleaning till my back couldn't take it anymore.  Now that I've made a dent, I would like to get more done.

Today I have off and have my Red Hat's Queens meeting to plan our October Halloween Party.  Tonight is another meeting but this one is about our Washington DC trip and then bff and sister will join me for dinner and planning.  I am so excited about the trip!

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Decision

I got my paycheck and it was awsome!  So, what did I do?  I tithed, I paid some bills, and.....drum roll please....I didn't buy the sandals and still not sure about the camera, but I do know that I want to go on a retreat this Fall.  So I am calling today to see about the Scrapbooking/Spiritual Retreat  in October.

I will make do with my old sandals, my old bulky camera (still works and takes good pics) and my old purse.  I will take my old body around Washington DC and none will be the wiser.  No one will say, "oh look at that woman's sandals or camera!"...LOL

If I decide to get a camera, I won't break the bank on it. There will be other sales, I'm sure.  Nothing beats a good retreat in the Fall!