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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, September 5, 2015

Cookout to Pocket Letter!

Another busy week!  Sunday we had a family cookout! It is so easy when everyone brings a dish to pass!  The weather was nice, not too hot or cold, no mosquitoes, but those darn wasps!  They really wanted us to share our food!  It was the first (and probably last time) we were to use our deck this summer.


Tuesday night we had Red Hat.  Another gal and I were in charge.  I brought prizes for the bingo game (which was too short) and also party favors.  The theme was back to school.  Everyone got a little magnetic dry erase board, the party favors had apples on them, and the bingo game was a school theme.  We had it a bar that has good food, but it sure was noisy and busy.  35 cent wing night!


Thursday morning I "worked" at the Senior Center till noon.    I went home and we had everything ready for a big family dinner.  The potatoes were peeled and the meatloaf was in the refrigerator.  My sister, and nephew (who is living there) were both invited.  My nephew had to work a double shift, so we postponed it until Thursday.
We had the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh corn, fresh tomatoes, cucumber salad, dinner rolls, the works!  Oh, and it was my husband's birthday!  My sister brought a German chocolate cake, his favorite.  It was a simple day, but that was okay with hubby.


I was in a Pocket Letter Swap hosted by Debbie of Garage Sale Girl.  My swap partner was Olivia of
Olivia's Creative Quest.  My pocket letter was my first attempt.  My partner put me to shame with her creations!
The front...I'm sorry about the glare.
The back of it after taking the goodies out!

Somehow she managed to get most of these goodies in the pockets! 

The pocket letter is so beautiful and sparkly.  I can't wait to use the "goodies" to make a cards!
 I am having bladder issues again.  The doctor put me on an antibiotic.  My regular urologist comes back on Tuesday.  I imagine I will feel better by then, and she wants to do some bladder treatments.
I say, if I feel better, leave it alone!  Trying to do the low acid diet again.  Prayers would be appreciated.


laurie said...

sounds like a wonderful week you have had and the pocket card is a wonderful idea, I love it!
Sorry about your bladder causing trouble again, I just went through a bad week a while ago with my IC, miserable thing but its OK now, tomato sauce triggered it, I know better but thought a tiny bit would be ok, boy was I wrong, lol,
take, care and keep strong,

Linda said...

I'm relly loving looking t the pocket crds. They re wonderful!!!!


Oliva did an awesome job...she is a great card maker too as she has sent me some cards! I'm not as good as her...I'm still learning and that is part of the fun. Sorry that you aren't feeling so good...

White Lace and Promises said...

Explain what a pocket swap is. Looks interesting. I'm sorry that you are not feeling well. A bladder infection makes you hurt all over. I really need to have a bladder tack. Some of my friends say it works. Some say no way would they do it again because you can't lift over 5 pounds. Anyway, take care of yourself.

Oliva Ohlson said...

I'm so happy you like it!!!

I'm craving meatloaf and mashed potatoes now...yum!!! I miss my Red Hat group! I hope you feel better soon. Take care!

Linda said...

The pocket cards are beautiful, Deb! I will keep you in my prayers in relation to the low acid diet.

Carol Hurlock said...

That is an awesome pocket letter. You and Deb need to let me know the next time you have another pocket letter swap. Don't be shy letting me know. I work full time away from home (gone 10 hrs a day) and find it hard to keep up with everyone and still be able to craft. I would love to join.
Bear Hugs,