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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, December 28, 2012

Christmas is Over?

Christmas is over?  My tree is still up and will be for some time.  Love to sit a bit in the dark with just the tree lights on.  I am still returning gifts.  Well, actually, returned and exchanged yesterday, and now have to exchange again.  So, hubby said, "and you expect me to find you anything?"  He has a point.  I miss the days when I could just grab a sweater in the store and it would fit!  Now everything has to be tried on.  Am I a large or an extra large?  I know I'm petite, but good luck finding petite extra large!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were nice spending time with family and friends.  I especially feel blessed to still have my Mom.  None of my pictures turned out well as I forgot to turn off the flash, so the lighting was bad and many were blurry cause, after all, people just don't sit still!

I am back at work.  Had a straight forward talk with my supervisor before the holiday. She assured me that she is trying to help me and work with me. I will do my best and I am okay with whatever the outcome may be.  It is all in God's hands now. 

Many of you have blogged about having a "word" for the New Year.  Mine would be peace.  I am choosing PEACE!  Personal, emotional, peace!  I will be selfish and do whatever is best for me. If that means going for a massage or a manicure, or  going on a trip by myself, in my heart and mind.

So with that thought, Peace be with you!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stress and Relaxation

A few of you have told me that I am under too much stress with my job.  Probably, but I have to deal with it.  I don't have any big breaks coming in the next two months.  I only work 24 hours a week, but most of my weeks consist of two half days and two full days.  I would love a break, maybe a massage?

I finally took some close up pictures with my old camera.  The pictures don't turn out blurry.


Okay, the second pic is a bit blurry.  I made the beaded ornaments when were newlyweds.


I made this paper rosette for the ornament exchange I took part in.

Think I will do some wrapping today.  My mother bawled out my sister for not having her tree up yet!  I think that's funny.  She even said she might need an antidepressant!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Little Sad

I had a horrible work evaluation.  How does one react when they don't trust their fellow coworkers anymore.  I sulked a bit....well, more than a bit.  But now I am over it and am focusing on what
I need to improve upon.  I am putting it all in the Lord's hands.  I can try my best, but if it is not enough, then let the cards fall where they may.

My heart goes out to those in the Connecticut massacre.  This has become an evil world we live in.

My bff is feeling stressed about having Christmas at her house.  I wish I could help my bff, but with my work schedule, visiting Mom, and the other things I need to do, I wouldn't know where to begin.  I know my friend.  Somehow it all falls into place and everything will be lovely.

My sister feels all alone (she is). My sister and I are baking cookies today, after I go visit Mom.

I need to wrap presents yet, clean the house, although we aren't having anyone over, I like a clean house for the holidays.

How are YOU doing?


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas will Come

I always say, Christmas will come, ready or not.  I have not been in the Christmas Spirit, but I'm trying.
Sunday, I went to church after missing several Sundays.   Hubby put the tree up and put the lights on.  It sat that way a few days, and today I finally put the ornaments on.  I included those from trips and mostly hand made ornaments from friends and beaded ornaments that I had made when we were newlyweds.

I tried to take a picture of my Christmas cards, but lately I shake and cannot get a picture.  I did get this one.   I also got a picture of my tree.


I'm considering reading Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" again.  Maybe I'll watch the black and white 1951 movie....a classic favorite of mine.

I have plans to bake cookies with my sister this weekend.   I still have Mom's old cookie-cutters.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Week in Review

I trided to take a closeup picture of my ornament, but I shake too much when holding the camera.  Let's blame it on the camera and not old age.

Tuesday night was our Red Hat Christmas Party.  It was in a small room, and I felt closed in and it was LOUD with nearly 20 women all talking at once!  I can't help it but it makes me feel anxious.  We had a white elephant exchange.  Many of the gifts looked like they had just been bought.  Just a few goofy ones. 
Do you specially buy a white elephant?  Do you give something nice?  I think we should discontinue the practice as it is quite unfair, but that's me.  We exchanged our wishes for the year and it became quite evident that the holiday is a sad one for many.  Illness, children not home to share with their mother, lonliness....quite sad and makes one appreciate what they do have.

Wednesday I had my evaluation at work.  It went horribly.  I am afraid by changing jobs I have gone out of the frying pan and into the fire!  I was told I am not friendly enough.  I have never, EVER, been told that and it was quite hurtful.  I am proficient, business like, professional, but not friendly enough!  Most evals take place once a year.  I have another in three months.  I have decided not to be afraid.  I will do my best to be friendlier  and if that isn't good enough, they can let me go!

We are supposed to get a snow storm this Sunday evening.  I haven't decorated the porch yet.  I am joining the many who are not in the Christmas spirit.  I push myself to do a little each day.


I liked this tree that I saw on my trip at the Desetrahn Plantation.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Just a Note


Made these rosettes for my Christmas ornament exchange.  I just arranged them like this for the picture.  Sorry it didn't turn out so well.

Going to run errands today and hopefully take Mom our for lunch!  She got her hair cut, SHORT!  I will have to take a pic.  It is cute.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Trip - Part Two

 Just some fun along the way!

Good times, plentiful food!

Museums along the way to New Orleans.  This one is in Memphis,
Tennessee.

Lovely hotel rooms.  Loved the colors here!



Always a Boopnut







Posing for pictures!
The Bubba Gump Girls!
















Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Trip to New Orleans - Part One

It's been a week since I got home from New Orleans.  Okay....let's get the negative out of the way right off the bat.  The bus ride, not comfortable, but it never is.  The weather was a tad on the chilly side some days, but we survived.

The plus side.  Myself!  I gained almost five pounds although I'm not sure how when we did so much walking!  Could it have been the ettoffet, the gumbo and jambalaya?  Maybe it was the beniets at the Cafe du Monde.

My favorite things? (besides the food?)


Dining on the patio at Pat O'Brien's

Silver Man!

Feather Man!

Our horse (mule) and buggy ride around The French Quarter





the balconies!





The French Market





Friday, November 9, 2012

Almost on My Way!

Last night I was quite exhausted from work, but I did some laundry anyway.  I was out of panties as I have most all of them packed already!  All that is left is some meds, makeup, munchies and my purse.

Wednesday popped in by my mom to say Good Bye and leave her some videos.  Won't see her till Thanksgiving!

Yesterday I was on the switchboard and had several crabby people.  I wonder if it is a hangover from the presidential race?  I am glad all the phone calls, junk mail and commercials are over with.  Now, if people would just quit whining about the results and get on with life!

Maybe I am just too excited about my trip to New Orleans....  I leave early tomorrow morning, so until I get back...

C"sest la vie!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Random thoughts

Attention to Self:  "Do not make any more personal remarks on Facebook."  People don't want to know about your accidents.  (my ostomy bag had a blow out).  Maybe they don't on here either.  But the point that I wanted to make was that I had such a sound sleep, and that's what happens.  So, I am better off not getting a good night's sleep and waking up several times.  I ended up doing laundry and changing sheets at 3am!

 My Brother:  He turned 70 on the 1st.  I just can't imagine it.  I remember when he was in high school and I had a crush on one of his friends.  Then he went off to service.  It was a big deal when we heard him interviewed on the radio from France!  He brought home gifts for my little sister and I.  Embossed leather purses from Mexico, and also a French doll.  I still have my doll.  (I think I stored chestnuts in my purse and they got moldy and ruined it.)   Before he got married we would go out dancing together and I could meet guys.  We would go in the 21 year old bars even though I was younger, my brother got me in.  That was before they checked every one's ID's.  When he got married, I lost my best friend to his new wife.  I did get to be the maid of honor though, but that's not an even trade.  His wife is one of the family so I can't hold a grudge.  Guess I just gained another friend.  I am happy my brother is still alive as he has battled lymphoma three times.  This last time left him with severe arthritis from the radiation.


Mom:  I want to be like my mom.  She is one tough cookie!  She just keeps plugging away.  She is so funny as she always speaks her mind.  Mom is doing well these days. She is getting her hair done and puts her makeup on.  She rarely has left herself "go" if you know what I mean.  During the Depression era, she would still make sure she put on her lipstick and rouge.

Rosie:  Rosie is my sister's sister in law....one of the family too.  She is also in our Red Hat group.  Her house had a bad fire and everything is smoke and water damaged.  They are waiting for insurance to settle but she just can't get herself to look at a house or anything.  She is so stressed.  The other day I saw her and gave her a big hug.  She said she is so grateful and more concerned for the people out east that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Rosie is a sweetheart and always remembers everyone's birthday!  Our Red Hat group is giving her a gift card to use when they get settled in.  Her and her husband are staying at their son's house.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Groovy Time

The other night we had our Red Hatter's Halloween banquet.  My group, The Royal Purple Belles, went as hippies/70's chicks, except we aren't young chicks anymore...more like old hens!


My husband said that to be authentic, we all should have gone bra-less!  I think we all ignored that suggestion!


This outfit was so cool from the afro wig right down to the sandals!


Later on I rolled up a piece of paper and held it like a joint (marijuana).  That pic is on Facebook now!

More innocently, my great nephews came over for Trick or Treat.  (We had 125 trick or treaters come to our house!)  We set aside candy especially for them.  Aren't they cute?


Monday, October 29, 2012

Can't Sleep

What do you do when you can't sleep?  I end up on here.  I have terrible dreams/nightmares.  Wake up with tension headaches or feeling depressed.  Have to remind myself...."it's only a dream."

I spent some time with my mom yesterday.  She looked good; had her hair done and her make-up on.  We went for a walk in the building.  She pushes her wheelchair and uses it as a walker as her oxygen tank is hanging from it.  We went for a longer walk in the building, so it was a good day.

I still haven't started my ornaments.  I will try and start tomorrow morning!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shairing some Pics

These are my new tees:


I like color and I like coral colors!

At work they are having a pumpkin decorating contest to honor breast cancer awareness:
Here are some of the entries

First I liked the ballerina, then the farmer (I think that's what he is), and now I like the bird too.
They are all so imaginative.

Just a short rest....

Well, looks like I'm back already!  Did you miss me....LOL! (that's what I always say).

I have been thinking and worrying. 

Things that wake me up at night:


1.  The presidential election.  No matter which party gets in, this country is in a God awful mess and that is the one thing that has become clear during this campaign.  How anyone will fix it remains vague.

2.  What will I pack for my New Orleans trip?  Will I feel sleepy and bus sick.  Does it pay for me to go to Harrah's casino, or should I save my money.  (I think I should go with the latter).  I have a bit of a gambling problem, and would be afraid that I would dip into my food money if left there for four hours!

3.  When am I going to start my ornaments?  I signed up for an ornament exchange and now I have to make 12 of them!  Yikes!  I have all the supplies, so don't want to back out.

4.  I need more time.  Time to spend with Mom, time to clean, time to visit friends, etc.  Could someone please stop the clock?

On a Good Note:

I found 3 pretty tees for my trip yesterday.  Layering will be the way to go.  Will post pics later.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Good Bye for Now

First of all, I want to thank all you bloggers who followed my blog.

I guess my interests aren't all that interesting.  My life is pretty mundane.  Not that I'm complaining....
I'm not!  It's just that I am not much of a photographer and don't have any one particular passion.
It is quite a waste of time for me to write a blog.  I will probably still pop in and read yours on occassion.  Maybe with time I will change my mind.

Yours warmly, Deb

Friday, October 12, 2012

Moving Towards the Weekend!

Well, the good news is Mom fought off the pneumonia AGAIN!  She is one tough cookie.  I think she does it for us kids.  She does have some emphysema and is still on antibiotics, but back at the Health Care Center.

I am having a scrap booking party.  I always commit to parties.  What is wrong with me?  I don't have many people coming, but am sure we'll have fun.  I want to learn more about the digital scrap booking too.  I'll have to take pictures of my party!

I made a huge mistake at work and tried to ignore it.  The fact is, it came back to bite me in the butt.
The moral of the story is that confession is good for the soul and usually in one's best interest.  I will just have to be extra careful, but it is a challenge when we are doing so many things at once.

It is supposed to be a rainy weekend.  What do you do when it's rainy all weekend? 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Neither This or That

I have been busy this week with work.  That said, a coworker, and my mentor, told me that she thinks I have more confidence, am quicker and just looking like things are beginning to click!  Well, it has been ten months, but always learning something new!

My Mom had a CT scan yesterday of her lungs.  The good news is that it isn't cancer.  The bad news is that the pneumonia is back and this time in both lungs!  It is a worse type but caught earlier than last year, so the doctor wants to give it the one, two punch with antibiotics.  Hope my Mom responds.  She is frail but still, a strong vibrant woman!

So, I have nothing new to say.  Will do my weekend laundry and go up to the hospital.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mom is 93!

I spent the weekend cleaning, but took a break on Saturday to visit my mom whose birthday was that day.  My sister bought a cake for the health care center where she resides, and all the residents sang Happy Birthday to her.  She was tickled at that.

Sunday we celebrated as a family. We went out to dinner, which was a fiasco.  Many of us got our entrees, but then no potato, or we got it when we were almost done eating.  To make matters worse, my nephew complained, causing the waitress to be upset and she is married to my other nephew!  The two older boys at least eat most of their food, but why anyone would order for a 4 year old or 2 year old is beyond me, because they don't even eat!  The important thing is my mother enjoyed her dinner...her usual lobster dinner, and she got her potato!

Afterwards, all 23 of us met at my house for birthday cake.  I certainly enjoyed the peace and quiet when everyone left!



I know my mom wears too much makeup, but she has trouble seeing, and she won't stop wearing makeup now!  She has always put on makeup, even when she was young, if it was just a little rouge and lipstick.  Guess that's who I get it from.

Oh!  Good news today.  I won a blog giveaway!  Woo hoo.  Visit
http://kimberly-kimberlyskorner.blogspot.com/ to read about it!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Good Intentions

Did you ever have one of those days filled with good intentions, but followed your heart instead?
Yesterday I was supposed to clean.  Now, I don't know how clean my house has to be for I have family, children and birthday cake here this Sunday to celebrate my Mom's birthday today.  Make sense?  Okay, I should clean the bathroom!

Plan B:  Bff calls and asks if I'd like to go out for breakfast.  Well, twist my arm, sure I do!  We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, went to a couple of thrift stores and a rummage sale!  I got some body jewels (to use in crafting), some Halloween bags, and a little stationary set for a gift.  Also got my hippie hichie beads for my Halloween outfit.


After that I played on the computer a bit, took a nap, and then went to Kohl's before picking up my son from work.  Got a cute Dana Buchman top and a pair of teal shoes that were only $13 and some change.  HAD to have them!


 
Today is the day I have to clean.  Sweep, clean the bathroom.  Son can vacuum and dust the living room.  We'll get'er done!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Saturday Trip

Yesterday I took a work sponsored trip to Holy Hill in Hubertus, WI.  There on the top of the glacial formed hill is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary.  Now, I am not a Catholic, but I can still enjoy the history and beauty of this place.  For more information, visit www.holyhill.com


My bff and sister climbed the 178 steps to the top of the tower.  I got a panic attack around 150 steps and stayed on the landing.  This is what I could see from the landing!  High enough for me!


The gals made it to the top!


They didn't buy the T-shirts, that said I climbed all 178 steps of the tower
at Holy Hill.

The real reason we went on this trip wasn't for a spiritual pilgrimage, although I would have loved to see the Basilica and it's stained glass windows, etc.

There was a craft fair with 130 artist's booths!  I bought a very cute appliqued Packer jacket!




Thursday, September 13, 2012

What's Not that New and a Gaggle of Geese

What's new?  I didn't do anything exciting last weekend.  I went to our work picnic.  For the most part I was bored as I haven't acquired any good friendships yet.  I did have an interesting talk about scrap booking retreats with one gal.  Oh the food was good, we played mini golf and the kids had a blast.  But, I was alone.


We've been having morning visitors this week, a gaggle of geese!
No, I don't have a cemetery in my back yard, but a field does separate us.  They are quiet neighbors (the residents of the cemetery that is)
and I loved having the field when my son was young!

Wish I could say work is going better.  Just when I think it is, I make stupid mistakes and am reprimanded again.  I don't know how much or how long they will put up with me.  All I know is that I am very frustrated with myself.  That would explain the throbbing headache I had when I got home yesterday.

Monday, September 3, 2012

More Kites!

I couldn't talk hubby into going back to sit at the beach and watch "Kites Over Lake Michigan" so I went and picked up my sister and after an ice cream, we went to the beach for a while.

We watched the kites dance, where they are flying to music in a synchronized fashion. It was amazing.  I tried to take a movie, but I was looking into the sun and ended up with a movie of sand and my sandals!    I also loved looking at the big kites.  Some of them from head to tail measure as large as a school bus!




This is the 7th annual festival bringing kite fliers from all over the U.S.  It was started by the owner of

I hope you visit his site for garden flags, windsocks and other UFOs!

After a day in the sun and a bit of a sunburn, I took my hubby out for his birthday to a local Mexican Restaurant.