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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.

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
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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. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Summer Continues

Friday I decided to join my sister at the campground.  First we went out for perch lunches.  Yummmm!
Then after had a nice little campfire with a few of her friends from the camping club.  I went home the next day around noon.  My allergies were kicking up something terrible.  I took something but ended up sleeping for two hours in the afternoon!  After sneezing and blowing my nose most of the day, I decided to take another antihistamine.  Relief!

Hubby and I went to Crabby Bill's for a hamburger.  They make gourmet burgers there.  We had the California burger which includes guacamole.  Another yummm!  (I think I know why I don't lose weight!)

We then went to the Lakeshore.  It is "Kites over the Lakeshore" weekend.  People come from all over to see the dancing kites, racing kites, kites of all sizes and shapes!  Last night was supposed to be the kite glow.  People release lighted lanterns into the sky in memory of someone or something similar.  Last year there were 400 released and I have never seen it.  So we found our spot and waited, people watched, waited some more.  It got too windy.  They had fireworks, but it was a tad windy for that too.

So, the kite glow will take place this afternoon in the daylight.

Hopefully the weather will cooporate, and hubby will too, and go with me.