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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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Is it a Purse or a Bag?

Yesterday my plans were changed.  My bff and sister couldn't make it for lunch and a movie.
Both were too busy.  Oh well.  My bff and I had a rather lengthy phone conversation and compared our cable bills!  What discrepancy!  She ended up calling the cable company and got $100 shaved off of her bill.  I discovered we still had DVR (digital video recording).  I figured since we are paying for it, I would try it out.  However, couldn't find the cable remote or instructions.  I called the cable company and they walked me through it.  I can now record!  Woo hoo!  Big accomplishment!
With all that going on, I forgot all about Jazzercise!  (oops!)
 
Plan B:  Go visit Mom.  First I stopped at the thrift store.  This is why I try and stay away from thrift stores:  I have a gazillion purses, but this caught my eye and called my name.
 

 
It was so soft and is a golden brown color with a ton of compartments!  Love it to hold my medical supplies, camera, makeup, wallet, etc.
 
Since I had my camera out, I had to share this picture of my great-great nephew.
 
 
"Okay, I rolled over, now how do I get my toy?"
 


Monday, February 24, 2014

A Quiet Weekend and Blessed Monday

 
I had a quiet weekend.  I sorted my papers for scrapbooks and am looking forward to next week end's scrap booking retreat!  We did our taxes and that was the high light! (NOT!  Much tension ensued). Later I made burritos for supper.  My stupid tortillas kept ripping but they were yummy.
 
I missed church again.  I have been feeling really awful in the morning with sinus headache and pain.
I am not going to Jazzercise this morning.  Instead, I am going to curl my hair, dress nice and meet my friends for lunch and a movie!  The Senior Center is showing  The Butler.  May as well eat lunch there:  meatloaf!  (I will have to go visit Mom tomorrow.)
 
Recently I made an easy peasy recipe:  Crock pot Chicken
 
Put the boneless chicken breasts in crock pot.  Sprinkle with Paprika and Lemon Pepper and Salt.
(I didn't have paprika or lemon pepper but it turned out fine)  Mix one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup and 1 cup of Sour Cream.  Pour over chicken breasts.  Add fresh mushrooms or canned.
Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve with noodles or rice.
 
I am amazed at the response to my last post about my cousin!  What did I do right?

Have a blessed Monday!
 


Friday, February 21, 2014

My Cousin, Shirley!

 
 
Warm thoughts.  We used to have Summer family reunions.  The two little girls in the front are myself (holding my white shoe) and my 2nd cousin (who I just refer to as my cousin as she is only 1 year older than me).
 
My cousin Shirley and I are quite close.  We played "can-can" girls with our crinolines at Christmastime at Grandma's, while cousin Jeff hid and giggled at us!  We kept in touch through letters and compared boyfriends and losing our virginity (yes, I know).  When I was quite ill and at University Hospital, she came to visit and cleaned the tub so I could have a bath!  (it was an old hospital and understaffed).  I stayed and visited her at her apartment as a young adult.  We had a girls night out and I remember dancing to "Wipe Out!"  (remember that?).  That was when we could shimmy and shake! 
 
I stood up for her first wedding and met her second husband at a funeral.  (First husband went through his mid life thing and they are now friendly and share a married daughter).
 
Somehow during our early married life, we lost touch.  Her husband went to the seminary.  (He died at  a young age)   I was involved with my little family.
 
Then, as life goes on, I saw her mom at another funeral and she gave me Shirley's phone number.  She now lived in Naples, Florida!  I called and it had been like no time had ever passed!  I have been to Florida several times to visit (I love to see her and also the warm weather!). 
 
She is coming to Wisconsin and meeting up with me the first weekend in May for a Stamping/Scrapbooking convention!  I can't wait to see her!
 
 
We share our love of God and of scrapbooking! (and good soup)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A few Recipes and Reviews

 
Lately I have been trying out new recipes....most from facebook.    A fellow blogger suggested that I review some of my recipes (I am not that much into cooking!)  I tried:
Dorito Chicken Cheese Casserole
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)
8 oz sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups salsa or 1 can Rotel
1 can of corn, drained
2 cups Mexican cheese, shredded
1 bag of nacho cheese Doritos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Crush the entire bag of Doritos and cover the bottom of the dish.  Reserve one cup of cheese.   Mix together remaining ingredients in a large bow.  Pour chicken mixture over the Doritos.  Bake for 20 min. Top casserole with the remaining cheese and bake 5 additional minutes or until melted.
We didn't care much for this.  Too cheesy, too many doritos, I don't know!  I would like to try it with ground beef or turkey instead.
 
 
 
 
Last night I made Pizza Spaghetti Casserole. Not bad if you are cooking for an army! Next time  I will cut it in half!
 
My family liked it too!  They did suggest a Ziti type pasta instead of the spaghetti.
 


Pizza Spaghetti Casserole 


Ingredients 

1 lb. ground meat
1 16 oz. box uncooked spaghetti noodles
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup milk
1 egg
2 ounces sliced pepperoni
1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 16 oz. can diced Italian style tomatoes
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Italian cheese blend
Any other pizza toppings, you can add like black olives, sausage, onions, green peppers, etc...

Directions: 

Boil water and salt for spaghetti noodles. Once it starts boiling, add noodles. Brown meat in a separate frying pan. When noodles are cooked, drain and put them in a casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, combine milk  and egg, and then whisk. Poor over pasta and add jar of sauce, can of tomatoes, garlic powder, and oregano. Mix all together well.

On top of pasta mixture, layer the ground meat, then add a layer of pepperonis. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, and Italian cheese. And layer more pepperoni.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Weekend without Pictures!

How was your weekend?  Valentine's Day was just another Friday.  We ate at home, nothing special.  Hubby did buy me a bouquet of flowers and a card.  He has to work nights so we were going to go out Saturday night.  Well, we almost ended up at McDonald's!  Our goal was Red Lobster but they had  nearly a 2 hour wait!  NOT going to happen.  Drove past other restaurants and the lots were full!
I remembered a place north of Green Bay near Dykesville.  It is call The Club Chalet.  It is a bit off the beaten path (highway).  Thank God for the smart phone.  "Chalet, Dykesville WI"  "Do you want directions?"  "Yes!"  "Can we have your location?"  "Yes!"  Wa la!  We "found" our way.
 
We didn't wait long and we had a seat at a party bar.  We had a couple of drinks and decided what we were going to have.  Jim said, "Have the lobster!"  (Don't have to twist my arm!).  Delicious meal by the window (and a heater).  Our meal included assorted spreads and veggies, salad, soup, the whole works.  Did I take a picture?  No....my lobster was here!
 
When we left it was snowing heavily.  I was nervous going home although I KNOW my husband is an excellent driver in the snow (what about the other drivers?).  I was glad to get home.
 
Yesterday we went to get my Mom.  She has been feeling so cooped up this winter.  Jim had ice to remove from the garage (the driveway was a rink), but he managed (although he grumbled about it).
Mom was so glad to be over!  We had joined Sam's Club and for joining got a certificate for a rotisserie chicken, scalloped potatoes and apple pie.  We picked that up Saturday night so guess what I served on Sunday!  (It still beat the nursing home dinner!)  The best way to heat up a chicken?  Cut it apart, pour about 1/4 cup of chicken broth on top and put on low.  Chicken was hot and moist!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Life as it Is

(Wondering whether I should blog or not.  My life is pretty  mundane of late.)
 
I like my new car.  Today I get to like it driving in the snow!  (Again!)
 
I made some decisions this week.  I was going to help out the Red Shield Clinic by calling pharmaceutical companies for samples, supplies, etc.  I decided this is something I do not want to take on at this time.  I have enough with my household, helping at the Senior Center and visiting Mom.  I don't like to be running every day!
 
I called the Senior Center this week to tell them I couldn't come in on Tuesday.  I had to go visit Mom (she didn't feel good on Monday).   Wednesday a friend was coming over to pin up my pants to be hemmed.  She cancelled as her work schedule interfered with that idea!  I ended up doing NOTHING!  I could have gone in to the Senior Center, but just didn't feel like going out in the snow if I didn't have to.
 
Today I take my son to work and then visit Mom again.  I want to stop and pick up a Valentines Day gift for hubby and maybe a box of chocolates for Mom.
 
I watched the Grammys Salute to The Beatles for the second time last night.  I enjoyed it both times that I watched it.  Those old guys really rock!  (I didn't get any older, did I?)
 
 
I was 12 years old when they made their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show! Loved them then, love them now.  Miss John and George.
 
Speaking of love....what are you doing for Valentines Day?  We don't celebrate that day.  Jim has to work.  We will exchange cards (maybe I'll get flowers?).  Saturday we will go out to dinner if expenses allow.  (Hubby's car is in the shop again....think we traded in the wrong beater!)
 
 

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Latest News

Well, lots happening here.  The temperature is still -3°  (don't want to know what it is with the wind chill).  Oh, just heard the wind chill brings it to -22°  (Lovely, just lovely!)  I am debating whether I want to go to Jazzercise and get in a cold car after.  My heater doesn't warm up all that fast.
 
That brings me to my news:  We bought the car!  The red Impala!  Woo hoo!  It will be so nice to have a dependable car and a good heater and A/C this summer!
 
I worked at the Senior Center on Wednesday.  I am not the best on the phone (I forgot to disconnect), but excel at putting policy binders together.  I enjoy feeling useful, even folding towels there.  They were getting ready for a Valentine cookie sale.  Of course I had to buy some, to help the center you know.
 
Our son got his tax return and it is rather nice since  he can deduct his college loan.  He is treating us to a night out Saturday.  (We treat him the rest of the year!)
 
That's the news.  I am still having weird dreams and sleepless nights, so would appreciate prayers that I could get myself on a good sleep pattern.
 


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sleep...the Final Frontier

I can't sleep or don't want to sleep.  I keep having bad dreams.  Yesterday I went to Jazzercise again.  I did laundry, cleaned, and stayed up till 9:30.  Yet, here I am at 3:30am.  I will wait until the need to sleep comes upon me.  Right now, I don't want to dream.  I don't even remember my dreams, just, that they are upsetting.  I am being weaned off of my antidepressants, the probable cause of all this weird dreaming.  I am no longer depressed.  I am retired and enjoying it.
 
Tomorrow I am going to the Senior Center to work as a receptionist and do some general office work.
I enjoy that.
 
The Salvation Army has no need for more receptionists for their clinic, but they do need someone to help with contacting drug and medical supply companies for donations.  They thought this is something I could do.  I am thinking about it.  I really wanted to work with people, and don't want to spread myself too thin.  It would be days and my days are quite full now.
 
Well, that is all that is new for me right now.  I will wait for sleepiness to return.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Funeral

I have few remaining aunts.  One of them was Aunt Vi but she passed away this week.
When I was little, I was afraid of her.  She would yell at me for picking on my fingers!  I don't think she liked my mom when she was younger, but as she aged, she mellowed out.  
 
Her husband (my uncle and Mom's brother) inherited a cheese factory or got helped out by my Grandpa.  He was a great cheese maker but not good at the books.  Aunt Vi was smart and did the books.  She was a school teacher for over 45 years!  She also made many wise investments, had no children, so we became the recipients of her generosity when she reached her 90's.  She was 97 when she died.
 
Yesterday was the funeral.  It was small...some friends and remaining family.  My Mom was fortunate enough to be able to attend with us.  It was nice for her as she got to see an old friend!   It was good to visit with some of our other cousins (those who made it through the snow and cold).
 
I learned some things about Mom.  She doesn't want to be shown and she wants "Amazing Grace."  I think she enjoyed the effort and making it out to the service and dinner.