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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.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The End of Summer

Earlier in the week I went with my bff to pick up the boys from disc golfing.  We decided to explore.
As long as I have lived in Manitowoc, I had never gone down to this small beach before.  (We have tons of beaches living on the western shore of Lake Michigan!)

You probably recognize this beach and my friend from Linda Loves Chocolate
During the week I got brave and gave myself my first gel manicure.
It is the Trushine System from Jamberry.  It is a learning experience.  It turned out well, but I got either the polish or the base coat on two thick, and it looks kind of yucky (if you look closely...it is on the other hand).  I also didn't get the very tips of my nails as the curve down, so they are starting to chip. :(
Saturday we celebrated my great great nephew's 2nd birthday.  He really could have cared less about the presents, although he did like his lego blocks.
We are doing something foolish, and I am excited about it!  I didn't know that I got a pension from a previous employer where I worked eleven years.  I had forgotten about it.  I am taking it out and rolling it into a traditional IRA.  Well, I am taking some of that money out, paying the taxes, and we are going to Arizona in the Spring!  I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and segora cacti.  I also  like to go somewhere where it is hot!  A friend from church is selling their timeshare points, so I got a deal for a week at Cibola Vista Resort and Spa.  I am also hoping to meet up with Olivia from Olivia's Creative Quest.  At our age, we still feel good enough to travel, and one never knows how long they have on this earth, so we're going for it!


laurie said...

wow, you have some wonderful things going on,,, my gosh that little guy enjoyed that cake!!!!

Linda said...

Deb, you have many great things happening, and I love all your photos! The manicure sounds wonderful! :)

Sandy said...

Love the pics. as usual. As for somewhere hot, you picked it. ARIZONA! That is why Jack moved back here. LOL. I do remember him telling me that YUMA,AZ is the hottest city down there. He lived in Tucson for about 30 years.

Oliva Ohlson said...

Wow...what a wonderful thing to happen to you!!! We are definitely going to meet when you come to Arizona!!! If you really want to see amazing saguaro cacti, you must go to Tucson's Arizona Desert Museum...they are so huge and beautiful!!! I can't wait!

We too celebrated my husband's niece's son's 2nd. birthday last Saturday...it was so much fun to see his little face enjoying cake!!!