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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.

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?