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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, May 30, 2015

So Much Activity!

The weeks just fly by!  Can you imagine it will soon be June?
 Last week Saturday, I had my Wildtree party.  It was a success!  Many enjoyed the flavor of the foods you can make with the spice blends  and the fact that it is all organic, no nuts, low in sugar and sodium, and not GMOs!  My bff has booked a party for late July to make Freezer Meals.  This is such a money saver and time saver!
Earlier in the week I stopped at the thrift store looking for capris.  Mine are all too large!  Since the doctor has taken me off one medication (Abilify), I have lost at least 15 pounds!  I found two pair at the thrift store, but of course, one pair needs hemming.  I have so much hemming to do!  I should take one day a week just to catch up on all of it.
Wednesday, I almost forgot, I had a card class!  We made tri-fold cards.  I am glad that our instructor, Carolee, provided us with instructions to take home!  (those of us with iphones took a picture of the instructions).

The week before I finished a card I had been working on for my nephew.  It is called a box card for obvious reasons. 

Thursday was just a gorgeous day, so my sister and I took that day to go to the cemeteries.  There was our mom and dad, aunts and uncles, grandparents on both sides and our older brother and sister who both died before we were even born!  The flowers were all on sale at Walmart, so it was a good reason to put flowers on all of their headstones!   Mom thought once she was gone, it would be forgotten, but we will do it for her until we no longer can drive.
We visited our Aunt Caroline.  She is so isolated in her little village!  There is absolutely nothing there!  Her daughter has to take her out of town to the doctor or store.  Although she is 89, she still lives at home, and knows what pills to take and when.  She just gets around slower now.  It is no fun being the youngest left alive in the family.  You rarely get visitors!
We ate at our favorite restaurant on the way home.  It is a truck stop/diner and they have home made bread and pie!
Yesterday I had some training for the TRUST car.  That is the car that is owned by our city and used at the Senior Center to take people to their appointments within the city.  I enjoyed it, as you get to chat with several different people!  The car is a Prius and I will have to get used to starting it with just a power button!
Today we are going to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.  They are having an open house.
Tomorrow is Stack Fest.  They will demolish the last remnant of Hamilton Industries, once a foundation of our city.  I have never seen an implosion before so I hope I get a good look.  It is kind of sad to see our history blown up, as the smokestack, was an iconic symbol for our city.
(This photo was taken by a friend of mine.  I couldn't take a better photo, that's for sure!)
   The fountain is in the park, and now that the factory is gone, all you see is the smoke stack!
Have a great day, and go with God!


laurie said...

ow, so much going on with you! The cards are beautiful!! The demolish ion of the stack is so interesting,
good for you on the pounds lost, you sound happy!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I agree with Laurie, you do sound so much happier. Being busier obviously suits you. Love the cards.


Busy lady! How nice that you have lost 15lbs...Bummer that they are taking down that old smokestack..it is so cool~ Nice cards!

NanaDiana said...

Whooo Hoooo-You need smaller clothes-that is always cause for a celebration. I usually celebrate with a hot fudge sundae. Just kidding! Glad your Wildtree party was a success. My daughter sells it, too, and LOVES the stuff.
Enjoy learning to drive the Prius and I hope you have a good week, Deb. xo Diana

Linda said...

I am so happy for you on the weight loss! It does feel good, doesn't it? Somehow we find more energy and it is better for our overall mental and physical health as well. The cards are lovely. I absolutely love thrift stores! :)