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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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Good Bye for Now

This blog has helped me to express my anxiety of my last job, supported my through my depression and comforted and supported me through the journey to the death of my mother.
 
I thank all of you, my followers for supporting me with your thoughts and prayers.
 
As of now, I am leaving.  I may change my mind, but I don't have anything to share.  I don't garden, or decorate like some.  I am not a collector of antiques  So for now, I say Good bye and take care of yourselves!

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.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Craftcation!

Last Sunday my friend, Linda and I  left for Ellsworth, MN, about 40 miles east of Sioux Falls, SD.  (On the way, we stopped in Berlin, WI.  On the way we picked up another friend, Debbie J.  We got off our route a couple of times, but it wasn't too bad.  We enjoyed the conversation and the scenery, especially near the Mississippi, where there were many hills and rock formations.
 
 
We arrived in Ellsworth, population 463, about 7:30, just in time to eat!  Our hostess, Judy, had made a ham and cheesy potatoes.   We started crafting Monday and the crafting went on almost non stop!
(We did take breaks to sleep, eat and drink wine!)
 
We had met through an online craft group and have stayed in touch over the years.  This was my first play week with them.
 
Judy, Linda J, Debbie J, Linda/Tex, Wendy, Martha and myself.



 

 
These are just some of the things that were made!

We left early on Friday, and made it home around 8:30.  Thanks to Linda J who likes to drive!
 
 



Friday, June 6, 2014

Winding Down to Wind Back Up Again!

Not much new here.  Found out that NyQuil (even without the alcohol) helps give me a good night's sleep without coughing.  I need to get a humidifier!

I went to the thrift store yesterday to pick up a yard of fabric for a craft project. I got the fabric, two tee shirts (in the wash) and these cute Hush Puppies (which were like new) for $5.



Just perfect with a dress or pants when I want a little dressier look than my usual sandals.  They are canvas, so I don't know how long they will look like new, but I am sure to get my $2 worth out of them!

I got into a little fracas on Facebook.  All I said was, "It breaks my heart when someone loses the faith they had as a child."  Well, a "friend" responded with a huge religious rant about organized religion, Jesus and the Bible.  I tried to reason with her, but to no avail.  I talked to my pastor about this last night and he said I should continue to profess my faith and stick with scripture, but to expect attack.

My bff, Linda and I are going on another road trip.  We are picking up another lady and the three of us are going to the other side of Minnesota (almost to Sioux Falls, SD).  My friend Judy has a large house and there will be seven of us (one is coming with her husband  in their motor home). Glad Judy's husband will have some company other than us women!  We will spend the week doing various crafts and maybe I'll learn something new, but it is sure to be fun!

I will update you when I get back next week!  (Can you tell I'm excited?)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Frustrated

I went to the doctor (nurse practitioner...can't get in to see a doctor anymore!) for my shortness of breath.
My oxygen level was good, my lungs sounded clear, so she gave me a prescription for antibiotics.  Still I feel like I need to open my airway and breathe!  Why is it so stuffy every where?  Allergies?  Why does my chest feel congested?

Talked to her about my mosquito bites.  There is nothing she could suggest other than Benadryl and cortizone cream which I was already doing.

When telling her about my diagnosis of bronchitis in late March, I brought up the subject of my Mom and the tears started to flow.  She said although grieving is normal, now is not the time to be going off of my antidepressants.  So, I call the psychiatrist's office to ask her.  They called back and told me to go back on them and see her in six weeks.  Maybe I would benefit from seeing one of their therapists.  NO!  I don't want to sit there and talk about how I miss my Mom and cry.  What is the point.

My husband doesn't think I am depressed.  I don't go around the house crying or cry myself to sleep.  It is just when I get on the subject of Mom.  Everyone reacts differently and I cry buckets watching The Titanic even though I know that Jack dies and the ship goes down!  That is just who I am.

I will take the antidepressant for the six weeks but I really question if that is what I need, or if I just need more time to grieve.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Skipped Spring and going into Summer!

My week didn't start out too well.  I got several mosquito bites and I get humongous welts from them.
 
 
This is one bite on my upper arm.  You can see the light area...that is where the swelling is.  This lasted over two days and was warm to the touch.
 
Doctor visits during the week.  No change in my kidneys.  That's good.
 
Went to Jazzercise and couldn't finish one of the routines.  I was so out of breath and dizzy!   I have had shortness of breath and stuffiness ever since my bronchitis in April.  I am going to the doctor on Monday as I think I need an inhaler.  Always something!
 
On a happy note I went to garage sales with my bff, Linda.  She was wearing her wig and looked just lovely!  It was nice to get out even though it was a tad chilly.  (I wore shorts anyway!)    She found some great bargains including a tote (I found it) for her laptop!  I got a couple of photo albums and some clear acrylic ornaments to decorate (a project in my head).
 
I am making plans for a mini vacation.  We had wanted to drive up to Bayfield and tour the Apostle Islands (Wisconsin), but it would be more than we can afford.  Plan B:  go up north to the Eagle River area, stay in the motel (where Linda and I stay when we go up north for stamping convention).  Rustic Manor Motor Lodge  has breakfast, a pool and hot tub and is very clean.  We can drive to area shops and attractions.  Maybe I will luck out and we can go on a pontoon cruise!
 
We were going to have rotisserie chicken last night, but the store was out!  Plan B: sub sandwiches.
 
An uneventful week, some good, some bad, but mostly okay.
 
Have a blessed Sunday!