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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, 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.
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.
I have been working and finally finished this poster for our church's golden anniversary, celebrating their charter.

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!
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!



Linda said...

Exercise is good, even when you are fatigued. I was told to exercise when doing chemo, but didn't. It doesn't make any sense but even tho you are tired it makes you feel better. so keep it up! Your poster looks great. Yes, you are keeping busy, it's a good thing.

Linda Eller said...

I came to your site from 'Chocolate, one of my many addictions' - Linda. She and I have just started our friendship. I applaud you for the activities you are involved in. I also know how happy you are to just be able to go and do, with all you have been through. These golden ages are just not gold! I am 74 and my Jim is 84, and our 3 children are grown, gone, married, and have given us 6 grandchildren. We dont do much more than church, grocery shop and visit with family. Hoping we can become friends here too, and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.


Just keep going to the classes! I'm loving the Zumba classes that I'm doing. Nice photo and fun sweaters. Nice cards too. I hope to make a few this week.

Linda said...

I love your photos! You look radiant! Exercise is good, even if it is dancing by yourself at home to a couple of disco songs. :)

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh it looks like you all had so much fun. I need to find a connection here. Maybe I can join a Sr. Citizens club. I'm there already. Prayers for you my friend.

Oliva Ohlson said...

Hi Deb! I love your picture. You look so good and happy! What fun you had with your girlfriends...love the ugly sweaters.