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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, June 20, 2014

Whether You Like it or Not

Last Friday, on our way home from our craft week, we took a side trip to Austin, MN.  We had to go to the bathroom anyway, so we went to the SPAM Museum.  Spam is spiced meat or shoulder of pork and ham sold in a can that was first introduced in 1937.  44,000 cans are produced per hour and there are over 15 varieties made by Hormel.  They also make Dinty Moore Beef Stew and Chili.

made with cans of Spam

It started with a meat market.

A treat during WWII and the Korean War.
It was a very interesting museum and well worth the stop (and it's FREE!).
Side note:  My husband HATES Spam.  Apparently it was a staple at the school he attended as a child...  Spam casserole, fried Spam, Spam salad, etc.

1 comment:

Blackberry Lane said...

How fun and interesting! I vaguely remember tasting Spam a few times when I was a kid. I guess your husband could start a cookbook with the many uses of Spam!
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