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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!

Monday, May 25, 2015

This and That

This weekend has been cool and rainy.  A good time to do laundry!
Last week I was busy cleaning and getting ready to have my Wildtree party.
It was a success!  I had six orders and we had a fun time, munching on yummy foods,
dipping bread, drinking wine and laughing!  One of my friends made "freezer meals."
I gave her the grocery list and recipes.  She bought the Wildtree products that she needed for the meals and the meat.  Each meal comes to less than $3 per person.  I still have to make mine, but have to order more product.  I forgot to take pictures!  Arghhh!  You can see that it's not your run of the mill, meat and potatoes!
I am feeling much better and am now eating without the plastic mouthpiece!  I think that thing is garbage now!  I was upset with my periodontist as she looked at me like I was lying or crazy when I told her my whole mouth ached and I was so nauseous.  I got more sympathy from the hygienist.  Later the doctor said it probably was from the mouth piece.  The graft healed nicely and the roof of my mouth is almost healed now.
Saturday night = Date night.
We went out (our son included) to a new Mexican restaurant in town.  It was good.  Not really spicy and we would try it again.
Did you know that I can yodel?  I don't do it much anymore and am not really good.  When I was little, my mom taught me how to yodel.  I would yodel for the customers in the bar at my uncle's resort (think fishing cabins) while I would swing on the tree swing.  I then would be rewarded with an ice cream bar!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rambling On

Borrowed from Linda's Peaceful Place:
"Everything in life is temporary.  So, when things aren't going well, know that they will always get better.  When things are going really well, enjoy it and understand that it too may not last forever."

 Last Wednesday I had my dental graft.  The periodontist took skin from the roof of my mouth and sewed it to my two bottom teeth.  I was so nervous, I insisted on nitrous oxide.  BIG mistake!  I felt so nauseous from that, even after she turned it down and  increased the oxygen.  Not only that, but she had numbed the area quite well before sticking any needles in me.

We went to Costco to fill my prescription for pain meds.  Now, I am very sensitive to any kind of narcotic and would not make a good drug addict.  EVERYTHING makes me sick.  I got some Tylenol #3.  That used to agree with me, but no more.  After the numbing wore off on Wednesday, I was in excruciating pain.  I never realized a little mouth could cause so much discomfort.

I ate soup, mashed potatoes, anything soft for the first couple of days.  I had been fitted for a plastic thing that covers the roof of my mouth.  I get nauseous from that.  I also got a special mouthwash and am supposed to rinse three times a day and get nauseous from that too!

I keep the plastic thing in my mouth long enough to eat some food and chew on one side of my mouth.  I am still uncomfortable and get the stitches out tomorrow.


We have had many suicides in the area within the last month; five that I know of.  That is too many for a small Midwestern area.  We discussed this in our Bible study this morning.  It has nothing to do with being Christian or not, but many people are in such a deep depression that they are overwhelmed.  They forget, or don't realize, that God can deliver them, and they see no way out.  We must keep reaching out to those who are hurting.


I am having a Wildtree party this Saturday.  I have received two online orders!  Please feel free to check it out!

I hope I am feeling better next time!  Health and happiness to you!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Looking Forward to a New Journey

Things are looking up for me!  I am still not ready to eat steak, but last night I had a real meal of Mock Lobster (baked haddock with melted butter), a baked potato and seafood chowder.  I couldn't chew the coleslaw or eat bread, but did pretty well.
Yesterday was the retirement party for our senior center director.  They  had a luncheon of roast beef, asparagus, mashed potatoes and desert.  Since all I would be able to chew is the mashed potatoes, I didn't stay for the luncheon.
I  did go to the reception.
I got to say "hi" to many folks and say my "Good Bye" to our beloved director! 
Bonnie is so talented.  She quilts, and now she also weaves and will have her first rug published in a weaver's magazine!
She will find many ways to keep busy after retirement and looks forward to the journey.
I wish I would look better on pictures.  It's the angle, you know.
I'm really not that fat!  Bonnie, our director looks good though!
Tammy is the assistant there and she is going to be the new director!
I'm so glad since I volunteer there!  She is a perfect fit for the job!

My friends, many of the from the Red Hatters.

I am going to continue to help out at the Senior Center.  I am going to be trained to drive the "Trust Car."  They provide rides to member within the city limits for $1 a ride!  I will also work behind the desk.....and....

I am going to be in charge of Scrapbook Mondays!  I will really like this!  It will help our new director as she used to do it, and I will be committed to work on my scrapbooks!

Today Jim comes home.  I miss him and hate when he works out of town.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This Week Shall not Keep me Down!

My week started with a MASSIVE cold sore (as my Godson would say).  It was in the corner of my mouth and was spreading.  I get stuff when I am stressed and I was stressed about my upcoming periodontal appointment.
I went to the pharmacy and was dumbfounded by the many over the counter treatments for a cold sore.  I asked the pharmacist what was the most effective in the ingredients.  He said neither and I would be better off with a doctor's prescription.
So I call the clinic.  I get a recording and finally the switchboard.  I asked for a nurse and she asked me who my doctor was.  I told her and she said in a rather snippy voice that the doctor and nurse were off till tomorrow and I would have to wait till then.  Well!  So then I ask, how about the nurse for the doctor on call?  Okay, I am transferred and I get voicemail.  I leave a lengthy message.
The nurse calls me as I am driving.  I do not talk on my phone when I am driving and do not have blue tooth.  I go to Urgent Care (for a cold sore).  I have a voicemail message from the "on call" nurse.  I call her back and get voicemail.  Okay...first one to call me, gets my copay!
I saw the doctor and he thought at first it was impetigo.  I explained that I have gotten fever blisters for my whole life when I am under stress.  He prescribed me an ointment.
I go back to the pharmacist.  The copay on the prescription was higher than usual.  I said how much did my insurance cover?  He said over $700 (for a tube that is about one and a half inch long, and a half inch wide!)  How do people without insurance pay for these prescriptions?  The pharmacist said they offer other options.  Hmmmm.

The cold sore is no longer spreading and the ointment is working, and I must go to the periodontist for my gum graft.  I am NERVOUS!  My husband had this done once and told me at that time that he would never have it done again.  The difference with this periodontist, is that they fit you for a thin plastic insert to cover the roof of the mouth, and cover the hole where they get the graft from. 
I hate the needles that are supposed to numb my mouth.  I asked for nitrous oxide, aka. laughing gas.  The periodontics numbed the area well before injecting me with the needles.  It wasn't so bad.
The nitrous oxide was a bit much.  I asked her to turn it down.  I told her I just wanted it to take the edge off, and not have an out of body experience! 
The procedure didn't last that long, and wasn't that bad, but I felt so sick from the nitrous oxide!  I rest.  I breathe in Oxygen.  I feel nauseous.  They give me a small Coke and after belching a few times (excuse me!),  I felt a bit better.
We go to Costco and I get the pain prescription filled.  The numbing is wearing off.  As soon as I get them, I take one.
My husband is leaving again to work out of town.  I am in tears with the pain.  I cannot sleep.  I still feel nauseous.  I take another pain pill and finally feel some relief.
I want to eat, but can't.  I settle for cold liquids.
I had to pick my son up from work.  (I could drive by then).  We went to my sister's to watch a TV show that I forgot to record.  We then went to a little restaurant that makes the BEST chocolate malts!  I share one with my son and decide to try the cream of vegetable soup.  I ate it but all the veggies were in the bottom of the bowl!    My son finished it off for me.
I still felt nauseous at bedtime, but remembered I had something for nausea in my "personal pharmacy."  I took one without any pain pill and slept good!  PHEW!  Glad that day is behind me!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motherless Mom's Day

I am not liking holidays anymore.  Yesterday was just too painful for me as I was missing my Mom terribly!  I was seeing messages and photos of Moms everywhere.  I am having trouble with my scanner, so can't even post a decent photo of myself with my Mom.
I do love this one:
This is Mom's last Christmas.  She was 94.  She looked so pretty.  We are practically holding her up.
I like how the star on the tree ended up above her head!
I also have this one:
I look fat! (I was overweight), but Mom and I in happier days at the health care center.
I don't have pictures of us when I was a child.  We didn't have a camera.  We couldn't afford professional portraits.  I have some pictures of us when I was a baby, and then on my wedding day, but I can't get my scanner to work properly!
Such a comfort!
My husband doesn't do Mother's Day.  (I'm not his mother).  No flowers, no card, nothing from him.
He has to work out of town this week and left yesterday at 1pm.  He said we would take me out next weekend and gave me a big kiss.  I know he didn't like to leave me when I was feeling so sad.
My son did give me a card.  He also decided that I should get this necklace so we ordered it.  He said it is "me."  We got it with a "MOM" charm.   I was determined not to cook on Mother's day so Jim left some money, but then  Dan paid for our dinner.  We then went to my bff's house and had a nice visit with her and her husband.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Re-Uniting of Sorts!

My week began with our Red Hat outing.  This year The Royal Purple Belles was celebrating our 11th anniversary of being chartered.  Our group was the first group to be chartered in our community and was started by my bff and myself.  We just kept saying we needed one more member!

 We all enjoyed ourselves at 
The Harborside.  I enjoyed the Apple Bourbon Chicken!  YUM!

We played a game of bingo.  I won a  Word Search book and a Magnetic List to put on the fridge.
Later that week, I found out that a friend of mine had lost their brother to suicide.  This is the second suicide of someone that I knew (very casually) within a month!  Both people were married with a family and looked like they had it all.  Both were close to my age.  We went to the "celebration of life" as they call the visitation now for the brother.  My friends were doing pretty well, all things considering.  The woman had been  my best friend in high school and always introduced me as her high school sweetheart!  We spoke with the former mayor (also a classmate of mine).  It was strange to get a hug from him! 
I have been "reuniting" high school classmates on Face Book.  One of them is an artist.  She made this beautiful brooch, and I am in LOVE with it.  (I think it speaks to my vanity).
I could either frame it, or she has attached a vale so I could wear it as a necklace!  She has been holding it for me.  I think my son will buy it for me for Mother's Day.
Happy Mother's Day to you!  Nothing special planned here.  Jim has to work out of town.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

An Exciting Weekend and 74°

After finishing the antibiotic, I still felt "normal!"  I could "go" like a normal person!  I had spaghetti one night with maybe one fourth of a a normal serving of marinara sauce.  I had a caffeine free root beer on another day.  No problems!
I ended up canceling my appointment with the urogynecologist.  He would rather have me see a regular urologist, but still referred me to a different, female urologist for management of my Interstitial Cystitis, should I have any more problems.  I also need to continue my medication to prevent flare ups, and will still not go overboard on acidic foods and beverages.
On May 1st, me and three of my friends went up north, to Sayner Wisconsin for the  Sayner Spring Stampede It is a great weekend put on by stamping vendors and the Sayner Lioness' largest fundraiser.  One of our friends, Gwen, was a first timer and she was so excited and loved it!  (We all did).
We have our routine.  We stopped at The The Harvest Restaurant outside of Wittenberg for the seafood buffet.  I think we all ate too much (maybe with the exception of Linda who has to be on a low sodium diet).  We also stopped at the J&P Liquidators outside of Antigo.  You never know what you are going to find there.  I didn't spend much money there this time.  I did buy a pretty pill case for my purse.
Friday night we arrived in time to check in at the Rustic Manor Motor Lodge in Saint Germaine, dropped off our used stamps and such for the used stamp sale.  The Lioness make 15% off of the sales, and do a lot of work!
Next was the Round Robin.  We went through a series of six demonstrators who led us in making a card of their choice.  I was not crazy about most of the cards, but it was an experience.  They also provided dinner:  Rigatoni, meatballs, garlic toast and salad.  Not low acid or low salt!  We cheated a bit and tried to eat more salad.
The Stampede was in it's 18th year, so the person who was the 18th person to register for the Round Robin, was made queen of the Round Robin! 
None other, than our friend, Carolee won the honor.  she received a tiara, scepter, banner, bouquet of flowers and a gift certificate!
We went back to the hotel, visited with one another quite a bit.  It was nice getting to know one of our friends better.  Gwen was my roommate; Linda and Carolee in the other room.  Linda and I chatted till almost 11!  (Way past my bedtime!).  Gwen and Carolee went to the pool.  When Gwen came back, I was sleeping soundly with all the lights on.  I had left them on for her, and when she went to bed, she kept them on for me!  When I awoke to use the bathroom, I dimmed the lights and turned some off.
The next morning started early.  Gwen and I are both early risers and a little animated.  Apparently we were too noisy for our neighbors, Linda and Carolee.  We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and went to the convention.  I made cards, shopped, ate, made more cards, shopped some more, etc.  I made at least 13 cards!  I spent more money than what I made at the stamp sale, but I still did pretty good this year! 

 Some of my favorite cards!
The weather was glorious this year; in the 70's and much warmer than at home!  When in the area, enjoy a lunch The Sayner Pub.  Carolee and I shared a huge sandwich!  I still gained weight this weekend.  Well, it is suppose to start warming up.  Time to start walking!
On the drive home we stopped at a restaurant in Shawano.  If you get the chance, be sure to dine there.  It is called The Farm Inn on Main.   It is decorated so cute and rustic, the servings are huge, they have home made breads and rolls, and the food was delicious.  We all ordered the same thing, the Baked Cod Divan:  cod on a bed of wild rice, topped with crab meat, broccoli, and hollandaise!  Yum!  You can bet I will stop back!