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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.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Good Things

Before Christmas it was necessary to straighten out (clean) my craft area!  I had not seen my table or the floor in a long time.  Now, it is not quite there yet, but this is what I've got.

It is part craft area, part family room and bar.  We never use it as a family area and the bar is only used for holidays.  I wish I had painted ALL of the paneling.  Maybe some day I will get ambitious and do the rest.
I have an update on my great, great nephew, Thomas.  Saw him before Christmas and after (but he was crabby and sleeping).  Of course you want to see pictures of him, right?

He looks like all boy!
Saturday was family day and time to get away from the cabin fever of this cold.  It was actually a balmy 28°F that day.  We picked up some boots that I ordered online, then on to Christopher and Banks where I spent most of my Christmas gift card.  I got a really neat reversible vest
(Of course this isn't me.)  The other side is navy with a bit of a subtle checked pattern.
I can wear it now and into Summer on the lakeshore!  LOVE IT!
After I was "spent" shopping, we went on to Sam's Club where I had a coupon (Groupon)
for $20 merchandise and $20 gift card if I joined.  After stocking up, and even though we had plenty of groceries, we went to our favorite pizza place.  Yum!  What a perfect day and got home before the Arctic Blast came in.


Gill - That British Woman said...

great craft area you have there. Painting the panelling is one of the best things I ever did in the family room.

Our son's name is Thomas. Your little fella does indeed look like a smashing little guy.



Very nice and big craft area! It's always fun to see where girls craft!
Cute little guy!
Keep Warm!

Carolee said...

Your craft area looks great! I need to find my table.
Thomas is cute.

Terra said...

Cute little boy and spectacular craft area. I like Christopher and Banks clothes too.

BadPenny said...

What a dear - I have a great Thomas too.

Wishing you well this year xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your craft room is great! You have so many ways to keep things in order and organized! I know you love it! I love your sweet little great nephew...what a cutie! And the vest is very pretty. I always loved Christopher and Banks but it went out of business in our mall. I couldn't believe it! I went and it was gone! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!