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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.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekly Recap

I went with my sister and Mom to the annual pet expo.  My mom enjoyed petting the dogs and watching them do tricks.  This little guy was rescued and only has one eye.
Mom loves to talk about the Animal Planet Channel.
This dog could jump the red and white pole. Hard to catch a moving target!

A dog who could jump rope!

Work went well this week.  The other day I was so busy....two people on hold, checking someone in another one waiting in line.  When I finally caught up, this lady said, "girl, you really got it going on!"  Well, I took that as a compliment and was telling my coworkers.  Maybe 15 minutes later, things got chaotic and this girl didn't have it going on!....LOL  So now, that is my new catch phrase at work:
"Girl, you really have it going on!"

Next week we are learning another new process.  It should be interesting.  This girl will not have it going on.  It will be nuts, but somehow I will muddle through it.

Need to color my hair, clean the bathroom, do laundry, visit Mom this weekend, etc.  Another week begins!

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Happy Post

I am turning a new leaf. I am going to be a more positive person.

I woke up yesterday and had a wonderfully reassuring email from my supervisor as to how I am doing on my job.  She couldn't reassure me about keeping my job, as we are all on low census (the patients just aren't coming in) and all of us could be affected in one way or the other.  I will just trust God with my job and the economy and cut back on superfluous spending.  I was planning on buying new carpet for the living room, but will now settle for painting and wait until Fall.

That said, I LOVE my new Helle Comfort sandals and they are soooo comfortable and beautiful! How can one love a pair of sandals?...LOL  They are my new favorites for sure!  They come in a nice box with a banded lid and their own cotton  case. Fancy, schmancy!

Hope I have time to go to the thrift stores today!
Have a happy day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What a Funk!

What do you do if you get in a funk.  If it were sunny out, I would go for a walk, but as always, it is cooler by the lake and foggy and rainy.  Sometimes I shop.  The other night we went to the casino....I won $500 on a machine when I got five bonuses!  Well, April is an expensive month with birthdays, events, and a wedding, so I can put it to good use.

I think I am full of self doubt about my new job.  I am looking for the day when I feel competent at it, don't get so stressed, etc.

Nothing else new going on in my life.  Going to have a mammogram visit my Mom and .  Woo hoo!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

If the Shoe Fits, Buy It!

These are the sandals of my dreams.  I have coveted them for over a year!
Imagine how the pewter patent leather reflects the color of a skirt or slacks.  Check out the zipper details!
They are soft and cushion-y.  How could I NOT want them?  Manufactured in Spain with Italian leather and retailing for well over $100, I first laid my eyes on these beauties in a little boutique near Green Bay, WI.
Oh, how I loved them!   I googled.  I binged.  I ebayed.  Last year I found them on "Zappos," but by the time I decided to give in to temptation, they were gone. 

This year I found them on "6 PM" so when the price dropped to $68 (which is a ridiculous price for me to pay for any sandals), I had to make the purchase!

I love shoes and purses.  They don't make me look fatter.  In fact, I am sure the sandals will make my butt look smaller, don't you?

Friday, March 16, 2012

To Blog or not to Blog, that is the Question

I have been reading other's blogs.  Reading about storytelling with a purpose, etc.  I haven't found my niche.  My blog doesn't seem to have a purpose other than it is an emotional journal for me.  How can I make it more interesting to my followers?  I don't have an exciting life.

Last night I couldn't fall asleep.  I felt anxious about work.  I still feel anxious this morning.  Sometimes my stomach hurts.  I can't wait till I get used to my job and relax a bit.

I went out for breakfast with my bff and then to the Senior Center to sign up for a New Orleans trip.  I am excited about that.  I have always wanted to go there.  I enjoy architecture and will love the French Quarter!
Looking forward to a tour of a plantation as well!

Yesterday it was so nice out.  I went to visit Mom with my son and we took her outside.  We walked the little outdoor area outside her window then sat on a bench for a bit.  Just nice to feel fresh air.  We will all try to get her out with the nicer weather.  I t is good to see her doing so well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Better to Wear Black Pumps

Last week I put my foot in my mouth several times.  First of all, I posted on Facebook that my job can get hairy.  Guess I can't do that and I've been warned.  My job is nothing less than perfect...LOL

Secondly, I hurt my best friend's feelings, which was not my intention, but thanks to the written word, there was misunderstanding and also too much was said.  All is forgiven and lesson learned.  I hope.

Sunday we picked up Mom from the health care center.  Watched a movie, "Dolphin Tale," which is just a delightful story of how this dolphin overcame it's handicap.  It includes alot of life lessons in it.  We also had pizza which Mom was hungry for.  Yum! 

Poor Mom.  She is so upset.  We got rid of several of her things when we thought she was going to die.  After all, none of us had room to store EVERYTHING.   Who would think their 92 year old mother who had been suffering from pneumonia would want her tan pumps?  Her black ones will have to do.  It is frustrating every time that she asks for something we didn't keep.  She doesn't remember that we were told she was going to die.  I told her the doctors has her dead and burried.  Better that she proved everyone wrong and has to wear black pumps.

Friday, March 9, 2012


A slump.  I don't have anything interesting to write about.  Today I caught up on some sleep and did laundry.  I want to have free time to spend with my Mom.  I'll visit her this weekend and we'll watch a movie.  Maybe I will pick up a pizza.

Tonight I have to come up with something to make with my hamburger that is thawed out.  Spaghetti with meat sauce?  Most likely.

What is new with you?  I have been reading your blogs!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Vacation, Work and Relationships

I had a wonderful time on vacation to my cousin's. It was in the mid 80's with a gulf breeze.   Hubby was agreeable to anything we wanted to do, including going to the craft stores.  (We made sure a golf store was nearby.)  I ate too much.  We ate out everyday!  Meatloaf tasted good when we got back home.

We came home to snow and ice, but this week it is melting again.  Maybe Spring will be on the way?  It sure was cold out on my first day out!  Brrrrrrrrr!

Work was good on Monday, but yesterday was challenging, to say the least.  Sometimes it is too much for just one person to handle!  Yesterday was my meltdown point.  I left with a headache and stomach pain.  I came home and cried as the stress and self disappointment was just too much for me to bare. 

My hubby talked me into going to Red Hat dinner.  I'm glad I did.  It was fun.  I have friends there.  One in particular is having worse problems than I am....she has to sell her house....a lifetime of memories.
She has a positive attitude, that things have to get better!

 I want to go on a trip with my best friend and sister.  My sister and I are close, naturally.  We think alike (most of the time), sometimes we dress alike, and are often mistaken for each other.  No, she is not a twin.  My best friend feels left out.  We don't mean to make her feel that way.  We love her.  She is more independent than we are and has a different perspective of things which is good, but sometimes can make us feel separated. I don't want to hurt any one's feelings.

Sis and I

My best friend and I in thinner days!

Monday, March 5, 2012

A picture is worth a million words...

Hubby, myself and cousin, Shirley at
Joe's Crab Shack

We had so much fun!

Meet my little friend!

Isn't he sweet?

Loved the beach!

Worth a million words