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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, August 31, 2012

Still Some Summer Left!

Where did the Summer go?  It was so hot...too hot, for long walks, intended bike rides, even trips to the beach.  I am not the type who goes to the beach alone, or for that matter, does much alone.  I like companionship.  My bff was busy with grandchildren this Summer, and I understand. They grow up too fast!

I did not make it to the Aquatic center.  I am getting too old to get on and off the tubes in the Lazy River without fear of injury.  My sister has back and leg problems.  What a pair!

I had a too late in the season yard sale instead of going to Algoma Shanty Days (craft fair).  Didn't go to the county fair either.

I did go camping twice!  I have a new job (seven months) and it went great this week!  I sat with my Mom in the gazebo where she resides enjoying her companionship and the gentle breeze.

So, what's left?  I might get hubby to go to a county fair in a neighboring city this weekend.   In September I'm going on a work-sponsored bus trip to a craft fair near Milwaukee with sis and bff.  Maybe I'll start walking or get the bike out since it has cooled off a bit.  There's still some Summer left!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Growing Older by the Minute!

Had my garage sale for the second week.  This time I posted an ad.  However, I am still stuck with an old recliner, my heat/massage chair, my sister's organ, all the big stuff, even thought I featured it in my ad.  Oh well.  I made out better this time.  Got rid of some stuff!  Bff made some money and so did my son.

It is so good not to have boat loads of laundry to do today. I have to get boxes so I can box up all the stuff for the thrift store! Some of my clothes are going to consignment, and some in storage. Wonder if hubby will take me out tonight? Hmmmmm.

Things MAY improve at work.  I have a coworker who is my champion.  She not only is speaking up for me but for the receptionists as a whole.  Her main complaint is that there is no patience with me, no team work, and there is talking "down" to others.  Other complaint is all the new duties that have been thrown at us and we are ALL at our breaking point.  Well we are, anyway.  I will hang in there.  I will not let these young'ns drive me out.  Besides, I have bills.  I keep telling myself that if the stress level remains this high, I can retire in two years.  If it gets better, will stay till I'm 65....well, maybe.

Oh, funny story!  We were talking as to how did we get to this side of 50.  It went so fast!  Seems I was just 45, 35, 25, etc.  Then, he blurted out, "Holy Crap!  In ten years we'll be 70!"   Oh I had to laugh, cause I just can't imagine it.  Then a humorous conversation ensued about what we'll be like when we are "old."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Relaxation and Back to Reality


1. abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.

2. an activity or recreation that provides such relief; diversion; entertainment.

3. a loosening or slackening

Had the most relaxing weekend camping with my sister and her family at Heritage State Park.  We lounged around, had campfires, took a little shuttle to Quarry Lake and read about the history of the Park.  It had started as a small community of quarry workers ad limestone was available in the area.  With the appearance of gravel roads, the quarry became obsolete.

Some see twigs, I see God.

My nephew and his gf made dinner for us.


A wedding in Spring?

On a different note, work has been better.  My super did a 180° turn.  Told me to hang in there and that everyone was expecting too much of me too soon.  Woo hoo!  Glad I can pay my bills!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Good Days, Bad Days

The other day I felt ambitious and finally put my things in the curio cabinet!

We finally hung things (well, some of them) in the living room!
This picture doesn't necessarily go with my floral couch, but it speaks to me about forging ahead to who knows where?

A different wall, a different style, but hey, I'm eclectic!

I still have to put things away in the entertainment center that I use for a bookcase/video library.  I have portraits to hang, and my beach pictures as well!  Told you it's eclectic, but might as well surround myself with the things that I like.

I have the blues.....again!  Things aren't going as well at work as I thought.  Although I am not under disciplinary action, I was told about ALL the things I am doing wrong.  Do I do anything right after seven months?  Makes me feel that everyone is complaining about me and there is nothing good to say.  If I lose this job, I am applying for disability.  The stress is so hard for me and I am overly sensitive.
The supervisor is going to have me work with someone who can help me out more before throwing me back to the wolves.

So, I am going camping with my sister this weekend.  It will be a full camper with her son and his gf, two teenage boys and us.  Hope it doesn't rain too much.  It is supposed to be cold.  40's at night and low 70's during the day.  Add the lake effect and brrrrrrrrrrr.  I will bring my warm clothes and dress in layers.  I will also bring a magazine, my Kindle Fire and some chocolate wine!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Our Little Getaway

Lost my post before I was finished.  Has that ever happened to you?

Sunday afternoon we left for our two day getaway.  We traveled to Baraboo, WI, near Wisconsin Dells, in the south central part of the state.  We got there around 4pm.  After settling into our hotel room, we went out to check out the casino.  Needless to say, I lost all the money I had set aside specifically for gambling.  After the three of us had determined we had enough, we went to The Pizza Pub.  It was not as good as I had remembered.  There was nary an onion or mushroom on it, and the sausage was a tad crispy.  With full tummys we went back to the hotel, watched a bit of TV and fell asleep.

Monday morning....what to do?  We thought of going to Circus World.  It is the home of the famous Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Although it would be interesting to see the antique circus wagons, posters, and memorabilia, we decided against it.  It was just so hot out, and the thought of elephants and lions in the heat didn't appeal to me.

Plan B:  Let's go on the Jet Boat!  We had been on the Jet Boat before but that was in the Upper Dells,
separated by the dam and power plant from the Lower Dells.  Let's try the Lower Dells.  We got our picture taken (to prove we were on vacation).  In the past we got slightly wet, so I wanted to sit on the outside of the boat so I could get wet.  It was dang hot out!
Our driver, a college student who earns his money with tips promised to entertain us with sudden stops, 180° turns, and some Dells history.  He also promised to get us wet.  He didn't disappoint!
We got drenched right down to our underwear!  I never laughed so hard and it was nice to see our son enjoy something that didn't involve electronics.

The Dells is an area with pre-Cambrian rock layers and part of the Kettle Moraine glacial area.  The area is very hilly and beautiful.  Wisconsin Dells is VERY touristy.  All shops, amusement parks and home of the largest water park in the U.S., Noah's Ark.  Been there, done that, too old to do it again and it "ain't cheap!"

After changing our clothes, and reapplying my makeup, we went over to the Tanger Outlet Mall. Never met a mall I didn't like.  I was looking forward to the airconditioning.

The mall was actually outdoors, with the AC in the stores only. Still, it was nicely layed out, I had my map, and my plan.  They boys and I split up to meet in a hour and half.  Time was of the essence!  I checked out a few stores but felt lost in them, then I went to Christopher and Banks.  Ahhh!  I was home!  This store had petites, misses and women's all in one room!  The associates weren't a size 2 and 21 years old!  I was in my element.  I grabbed all that said "buy me," tried it on, and ended up with a pair of dress jeans for $6.99, an elegant tee, jacket and tank, and dress pants for work that were oh so comfortable.!

After shopping, we went to Marley's Caribbean Bar and Grill for Dinner.  The food was different and had little umbrellas in it.  It was a cute place, but Jim was still hungry when he left.  I was stuffed (Seafood Alfredo).

We rested and were going to go swimming at the hotel.  The pool was full of kids throwing balls, the hot tub was broke, so that was the end of that!  We watched TV instead. 

Left early yesterday, stopped at an excellent restaurant on the way home, Backyard Barbecue and Grill in Fondulac.  Delicious!  (I'm all about the food!)  Good ending to a too brief of vacation.