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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, 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!
 
 
 


5 comments:

Linda said...

It's nice to look at the Red Mill from a different perspective...even though there is a lot more to see. I'd love to see it in summer and before the trees drop there colorful leaves.

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad you went on the scrapping retreat and had a good time...AND you won the $50. prize. Whooo Hooo. I have never been to the Red Mill. I think I need to look it up. Glad Linda is having so much fun-it is good to see her "healthy" again! xo Diana

ps. Glad you didn't need the treatments!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Looks like a fun retreat and very cool that you won the grand prize to buy scrapbook things.
I appreciate your prayers for her. I visited her today and the surgery went very well!
warmly,
deb

Linda said...

Dearest Deb, your photos are lovely! I have never done scrapbooking, but it looks like something I could enjoy! :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

I always liked to scrapbook also however I used old paper items and what knots etc. I just wouldn't pay the price for Tim Holtz items. However when I seen French General red & white items at Michael's i purchased lots of them
That little white chapel is adorable
Glad you enjoyed yourself