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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, December 22, 2015

Christmas Preparations and More!

It's been a while, so I thought I ought to update you.
 
Earlier this month I went with my bff to the Silver Sneakers Christmas Party.  We had a delicious dinner and played some games.  I won the left-right game at our party!  I think eventually almost everyone won a prize that day.  Unfortunately, I have not been to exercise since, as I have been busy with doctor's appointments and Christmas preparations.
 
One night my husband and I went to Festival of Lights in Green Bay.  I had always wanted to go.
There was a lot of standing in line as it was the warmest night of the week and a Saturday to boot!
 









 
It still felt cold to me and I don't like waiting in line.  We had tickets for the wagon ride, but would have had to wait at least 45 minutes to get on, so we walked through.  At the end I gave our tickets to a young family!  May as well save them some money!  We were really hungry so we went out for a hamburger and Jim found out he does NOT like dark beer!
 
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My husband took eleven days of vacation.  The first few days, he did NOTHING!  Well, he played video games.  Anyone who has a husband can know how irritating this can be when you are busy with housework, cooking, etc.
 
He had promised to paint our bathroom.  (Actually, I told him, You are going to paint the bathroom!)
We chose (I chose) a light green.  Jim hates green but he acquiesced.  I like it.
 
Before it was a VERY pale peach.

Sometimes new paint and curtains is all you need
to perk the room up!



 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 




 
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Of course, during all this activity, I was also helping with the church's Recognition of the Charter Members.  Fifty years!
 
 




 
I am now the "poster" girl for church and also in charge of a new scrapbook for our golden anniversary!  (Be careful of your gifts, you might just have to use them!)
 
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I hope you all have a very Blessed Christmas, Happy Holiday, whatever!  I still have wrapping to do.
 
My little thrift store tree.
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Good News, Bad News, and a Slow Death

The good news is:  The bank restored my funds for my overdrafts!  It was the first time something like this had happened and they took mercy on me!
 
 
 
The not so good news?  I get myself into commitments.  Now I am the official "poster" girl for church.  I have two more posters to make next year as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.  I volunteered (dumb, dumb, dumb) to make a scrapbook for the Golden Anniversary year.
The old scrapbooks are in disarray.  Photos are here there, and everywhere.  I want to start getting our history organized for the next 50 years (God willing).  Seems the main stream churches are losing more and more members, but we are getting four new members this week! 
 
I digress.  I was in a crabby mood Wednesday night (I hate meetings from 5pm-6pm, our dinner time).  Decisions are being made about the anniversary event without informing the rest of the committee, so why have meetings?
 
The next day was errand day with my husband.  We had a nice time.  We picked out a color for the bathroom.  He even let me choose a light shade of green!  (He hates green except for money and grass).  I had a Groupon for a coffee cafĂ©, so we went there for breakfast and it was sooooo
good!  They have beautiful items for sale there and I admired many things.  I loved a bracelet, so he bought it and said it is a Christmas present.  That is Jim.  He would rather I choose my own presents!
 
SURPRISE!  not.
 
 
That night I told him thank you for the very nice day.  It was nothing out of the ordinary, but just very nice.
 
Our stove died.  Two knobs were already broken for the burners, the thermostat was off by 50° and now the knob broke for the oven.  We have had it since 1983.  We are just getting another basic white stove, not self-cleaning, no stainless steel.  We are on a buy as it dies plan!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Just Breathe! Relax your Shoulders! Rest in HIM!

Like most of you, I have been so busy.  I joined my friend in going to the Silver Sneakers yoga and range of motion exercise after.  I love it, but half of my day is gone by the time I get home, and I am most productive in the morning!  I am thinking of going to the Simply Seniors Exercise class which meets earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays.    I don't think I will go all 4 mornings, but it will give me options!  My neck feels better since going.  Now if I could just get rid of the joint pain and the other ailments!  Oh the joys of aging!  I am still dealing with a skin issue on my tummy and chronic fatigue.
 
 
 
Thanksgiving was uneventful.  We had our "simple" dinner for the three of us and my nephew.
Everything was good and warm at the same time.  (I still wrestle with carving a turkey!)
I told my husband I will NOT do it next year.  I was up and at it all morning, and was so tired, I hardly enjoyed my meal.  He said, next year he will make it and I can make the potatoes, the stuffing (he made Stove Top and I made home made; I will NOT make Stove Top), and the gravy, which didn't turn out well anyway.  Not a problem.  That leaves him with the turkey, the cranberries, the green bean casserole and setting the table.
 
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Did the most horrendous thing last month!  I forgot to enter my car payment in my checkbook.  Normally, I look online at my account, but I wasn't cutting it close or anything, that I could see.
 
Well, I was in for a rude awakening, when I did go online.  I saw my error and the result was
eight overdrafts afterward!    They take the money out of my savings, but each time they do, it is $10
service charge!  I need to plead my case in writing with the chief financial officer.  I have had this account since 1992, and have never blundered like this before!
 
I am deeply in debt.  I overspent for Christmas and for myself on sales!  I "saved" so much money!
I have canceled my hair coloring appointment.  I am done Christmas shopping.
 
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I have been working and finally finished this poster for our church's golden anniversary, celebrating their charter.


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I have been busy making Christmas Cards!  Just have to stamp the insides and mail them out!



 
 
I received a very generous RAK (random act of kindness) package this week with all kinds of stamping goodies. I also sent out some RAK packages!
 
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We had our Red Hat Christmas party Tuesday night.  The theme was Ugly Christmas Sweater.
I was fortunate that I found mine for $2.00!  In Goodwill, they were $14.99 and up.  We then "embellished them!  It was great fun.



My bff first place, next 2nd place and myself and the lady with the bow tied for 3rd place.
Note:  the first two had lights!
I thought my sister should get an honorable mention for her head piece!

 
 
 


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Cousin's Visit

I have not been blogging....(obviously).  This is a busy time of the year.
 
I enjoyed my visit with my cousin.  Linda taught us how to make a "file" book.
 








back of book



As you can see, there are a lot of folds.  Normally would keep blank squares for pictures, but I am just using this as a template.
We were quite pleased!
 
The last day, my cousin and I went out for lunch, and they can't get lake perch in Naples, Florida!
Yum!

 
She was only here from Monday through Wednesday.  Monday night I had a potluck here with our family
Shirley, brother Stan, me, sister Connie

Nice to have everyone together at home where we could visit.
We also shopped (Hobby Lobby), crafted, went to Gallagher's Pizza (my favorite),
crafted some more, ate, visited....  The time just flew by!
 


Sunday, November 8, 2015

I'm So Excited! ....and I just can't hide it...


 
Caught the sunset as we were going to get our son from work.  "Stop the car, I need this!"  Of course the photo doesn't do justice to God's handiwork.
 
Nothing to exciting to report this week.   Today we are having a Packer party at church.  I even got my hubby and son to attend (the party, not church)
 
Tomorrow morning my cousin from Florida will be here!  Jim is picking her up in the morning after work.  She is at her dad's up north, and her dad is driving as far as the outskirts of Green Bay so as to avoid all the construction (hate orange barrels and concrete barriers myself!)
 
We have so many plans for the week:  A stamp-along tomorrow (make 5 cards for $7) and a potluck here with the family tomorrow night.  On Tuesday, Linda is going to show us how to make a fancy scrappy book!  Tuesday night we will go out to eat.  On Wednesday, we will just chill, play, and maybe go to Hobby Lobby!  Plan on good ole Wisconsin brats on the grill that night!  On Thursday, in the wee hours, Jim is going to take her away from me and drop her off at the airport on his way to work.
 
 
My cousin is on the left, sister on the right of me.  (I don't know why my chin is up in the air!).
 
I  think next year I need to go to Florida!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Scrapping the Night Away and Enjoying the Sun!

I haven't felt like blogging, although I have much I could write about.
 
I spent last weekend at a  church camp retreat for scrapbooking fun!
 

 
I was busy scrapping away while my bff was being goofy for Halloween!  (She took these pictures)
All the ladies and staff were really nice and it is a wonderful camp.
 
Pine Lake is near Waupaca, Wisconsin, deep in the woods!   Friday night I was so tired, I just couldn't get inspired or motivated.  Saturday it rained all day so it was perfect for scrapbooking.  I am always the first one up, so started scrapping at 5:30am!  I scrapped until midnight (I did take breaks to eat and a few short naps).  On Sunday, the Creative Memories demonstrator gave out door prizes.  Guess who won the big prize?  I won a $50 shopping spree with her and so was able to buy border punches that I had wanted.
 
After lunch Sunday we were off,  and stopped at the Red Mill.  It is on the list of National Historic places.  Once it was an operating mill but now contains gifts and an ice cream parlor.
 


I would love this glider!














 
 
This area is truly beautiful.  Many come to visit just to reflect, to write, to get married, to get their engagement photos done, etc.  I think I will have to go there next fall during color peak with my husband!
 
To read more, visit my bff's blog at Linda Loves Chocolate.
 
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As soon as I blogged about my health being better, I got a relapse of my IC (bladder condition).  Thankfully it only lasted a day.  Today I went in for the first of a series of bladder treatments.  After talking to the nurse, we both decided that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  The treatments are only for those who cannot get their symptoms under control.  Since I can control mine with a heating pad, my pain pills and diet, I'm okay, but if the symptoms would go on for days at a time, then the treatments would be necessary.
 
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P.S.  My husband forbade me to go on retreat on Halloween next year!