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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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anniversary Getaway, or Eating, Shopping and Being Together!

Our anniversary is Friday.  We will be married for 33 years!  Where did the time go?
Every year we go away for at least a night to celebrate.  This year we went mid week as it worked well with our son's schedule (and picking him up from work) and also the hotels are less expensive during the week.
We only went to Oshkosh which is about two hours from here.  We stopped for a late lunch.  To work off our meal and after we checked in at the hotel, we went shopping at the Outlet Mall.  We both found many things and started our Christmas shopping! 
We had a room with a large Jacuzzi.  I still wasn't ready to use it.  So, we drove around and went out to dinner at a restaurant that was recommended to us.  The French Onion soup was so good, our entrees were so-so.  Still, the companionship and décor of the restaurant was very nice.  I took home half of my meal.  ( I should have gotten the pasta and the heck with Weight Watchers that night!).
I was again, just too full to sit in that Jacuzzi!  Watched TV like the old couple that we are and fell asleep, exhausted from shopping and over eating!
The next morning, like clockwork, I woke up all bright eyed and bushy tailed! 
The Jacuzzi calls my name!  (Hey, I didn't pay extra for the room for it to stay empty!).  I'm sure our neighbors didn't appreciate the water running at 6 am, but I couldn't wait!  Ahhhh! Relaxation after a not so good night's sleep.
Breakfast was provided at the hotel.  Who is hungry?  We are!
We then drove around some more.  Went to Oaks Candy Store.  It was recommended by a friend and of course, I had to see if it was as good as she said.  Our local store still has them beat in chocolate and décor.  However, if you are in Oshkosh, don't pass this up.
Is that all the chocolate you want?
 A little more shopping.  I decided to go back and buy a scarf that I just loved and goes with three of my sweaters.  I will learn how to wear a scarf!  If I didn't get it, I knew I would regret it.  Jim was all excited cause he bought a "Lint Lizard," a gizmo that helps you to clean the dryer vent!
We met with my niece and her husband and had a very nice lunch at a Mexican Restaurant.   I discovered I do not like Margaritas!  (Tequila...icky!).  Lunch was so enjoyable and loved visiting without distractions of kids running around.  I remember when we were that age.  What happened?
Oh, I am so tired....time to go home!


NanaDiana said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Congrats on your anniversary. You are right- where did the years go? xo Diana

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a fun way to celebrate and I love that you went back and got the scarf....sounds just like something i would do! You would have been sorry. And look at all that candy! Any left? heehee! Sweet hugs!