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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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot like Christmas!

I finally got my ornaments out in the mail.  I think most everyone who reads my blog, has received theirs, so here they are!
They might not look like much, but they were a lot of work!  I had to make 12 of them, but made some extras just in case.  They are on my little table that I set up in the living room.  I sit cross legged at it and craft while watching TV.
I will show you the ones I received with I get them all!
Tuesday was our Red Hat party.  We had a short meeting, had dinner and a fun gift exchange where you end up swapping gifts!  I found a cute little elf hat that day at the thrift store so wanted to wear it.
After all, it has red in it..

Think I will wear this when I help distribute the gifts for the Salvation Army!

My bff, Linda, got this picture!  She didn't have a gift for the exchange, but the person who bought it insisted that she have it and gave her gift to a person who couldn't make it.

The decorations were festive
 Wednesday was supposed to be my day to volunteer at the Salvation Army, but I got sick at around 4am.  It was my Interstitial Cystitis.  It didn't get really bad this time, Thank God!   I was able to stop the spasms by taking a valium and resting.    The urologist ordered a urine test for me, but I cannot get in to see him until January 12th!  I hope I don't get any more flare ups before then.
Thursday was my morning at the Senior Center.  There was a Christmas Cookie sale, so of course, I had to support the cause and bought two dozen frosted!  They are hidden away in the coat closet.  The director wanted me to do a commercial on the radio for them, but my voice is still all froggy from my cold.
Yesterday I finished up some Christmas shopping and then went by my sister who was taking care of her great grandson, Tommy!  He had come over in his pj's so she kept them on him for a while.
He is a good natured little boy!  About one and a half, he is at a fun age!  All the toys to choose from, and he still likes the stack rings!
We finished the day with a visitation of a man who was a co-worker of my husband's.  He had a large family and was such a nice guy.  As we were almost out the door, we looked at many of the pictures of his life.   There was a very touching poem in the center of it.  It brought on my tears and I had to leave.  I still miss my mom this time of year.  I can't imagine losing my husband.  As my hubby's uncle (the undertaker)  always said, "life is sad."


NanaDiana said...

Deb, Glad you had fun at the red hat luncheon and that Linda got something special. Love your little elf. Sorry you have been dealing with the health issues again. Hope they hold off until after Christmas. I know you miss your Mom....xo Diana

White Lace and Promises said...

It's amazing the people we meet through blogging who share so much in common. I was an activity director at a nursing home and planned many activities. I have a friend who has intersistal cystitis. She had a botched surgery to make a bladder from her intestines and have been homebound now for over 20 years. We have reconnected this year after she lost her daughter to cancer. I also have a niece who has. Both are in chronic pain. I will be praying for you. Thanks for sharing your days with us.

My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning ....... thanks for stopping by to say hi....I love visiting with new bloggers. Sounds like you are one busy lady this time of year.....stay well and happy.


Linda said...

pretty ornaments and I do LOVE the elf hat!!!

Linda said...

So sorry to hear about your health issues. I love the ornaments!

Gert said...

Boy, you are a busy lady! But that is what keeps you young, rights? Lol Sorry about the friend who passed, especially sad this time of the year. I miss going to Red a Hats, it was always do much fun. But life changes and you just have to go with the flow...

Blessings to your day,

Carolee said...

Very pretty ornaments! I thought you were doing the Angels for the exchange. Were they for something else? Sorry I had to miss the Red Hat party. They are always fun but I was really wiped out!
Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy. That is a good thing. I hope you don't have any more flares!