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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.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kaan's Kozy Kraft House Kraziness!

I had a busy weekend!  I went with two of my friends and met up with five other women to scrapbook for the weekend.  We went to Kaan's Kozy Kraft House .  It is in Belgium, WI and not far to drive.  I am amazed that we managed to get ourselves into the car with all that we had packed for a weekend!

This is a flip page that we made of the house.

I also worked on my pocket letter exchange, made a necklace, and got SOME pages done on my San Antonio trip.  I think I will still be scrapbooking it on my next retreat!
Here are some of my favorite pages:  (I got a glare off of the sleeves.)

The necklace I made
I also used a cricut machine to cut out a bunch of apples for my Red Hat party favors, and of course, I can't show my pocket letter here.
A great bunch of talented and beautiful ladies!
Fun times!

Monday, August 17, 2015

So Many Committments, So Little Time!

Saturday night my bff had us over for a cook out!  Everything was so good when you have good company, weather and enjoy it outdoors!  There were no mosquitos either!  Woo hoo!
I have a mess in my house.  I was collecting things for a garage sale, but it is being postponed till next summer!  I need to price some things and put them in a corner in the basement.  In the meanwhile, I have jewelry in my living room and dining room, and boxes and such in my computer room.  I will deal with it when I get back....
Next weekend I am going to a Scrapbooking Retreat!  I had to organize my photos from my San Antonio trip.  I have to pack up my tools, etc.  That too, is in my living room!
I made a commitment to participate in a pocket letter swap through Debbie at Garage Sale Girl. This is my first pocket letter swap.  I need to make 9 ATC's and get creative.  Oh, did I tell you it is due in two weeks?
I need to make 19 party favors for our September Red Hat meeting.  (September 1st!).  The theme is back to school.  Time to play with my Cricut!
I am mentally prioritizing my projects.  It will ALL get done!
I have blogging questions.
1.  I have been having a heck of time changing my blog picture!  I have Google BlogSpot.  Everytime I choose a photo of myself, it says it is too big.
2.  I would love to "clean up" my blogs that I no longer follow.  I don't know how to do this either.
3.  I would love to add blogs that I follow to my title page, but don't know how to do that either.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Fun

When we got back from vacation I got sick with a summer cold or allergies, or something.
I used orange essential oil, took Airborne, Rootology  to help me breathe), Tylenol and got plenty of rest.
By the following Friday, I felt "human."  My bff had scheduled a beach day.  She had two of her granddaughters visiting.  Her stepdaughter and her daughter (my niece and great niece) came up as well as my sister, my nephew and his three boys!
Watching the ball game.
No, you can't have my candy bar!  You turned yours down!
The "wet heads."  It's only summer rain!


Yesterday I met my bff and the grands at the aquatic center.  We managed to have some fun too, although we needed help getting off of our tubes!

I have not done much "summer stuff."  Too hot, too rainy, too tired, etc.  I had to get talked into this!
Had a good time! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Our Mini Vacation to Dubuque

We went on our little mini vacation.  When we got back, I got sick....thus, my absence here.
We went to Dubuque, Iowa, a place within 4 hours of driving and somewhere we have not been before!
We left on a Thursday and stopped at Jim's sister's house.  They live in southern Wisconsin, so it was on the way...kind of.  My plan was to take them for lunch, but she made lunch for all of us.  We had a very nice visit!  I am sure it was good for them to visit with some adults, as they have been taking care of their grandkids every weekend while their son recovers from a stroke.  He is only 39 and works for the sheriff's department....the epitome of health!  He was fortunate to have been working at the time, so his coworkers recognized what was happening, could start emergency services and rush him to the hospital!  He is recovering well, but it will be a while before he is back on duty.  Now he is a spokesman for Stroke Awareness...that it can happen to anyone!  We are so proud of him!
I got side tracked.  Our journey continued to Dubuque.  It was awesome to see the change in landscape as we neared the Mississippi River!  As we crossed and entered Dubuque, the bluffs are "in" and part of the city!  Such magnificent views!  Oh, and so much history and beautiful old buildings!

We went to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  We weren't that impressed with the aquarium, but the museum was interesting, although the squid was quite lively!.  The most interesting thing I read was about a riverboat that exploded while carrying soldiers from the Civil War.  They had survived the war, the POW camps, and because of the company wanting to make more money, the ship's boiler was patched instead of being replaced, and the ship exploded killing more than a hundred soldiers and
deck hands.
We saw a 3-D movie about Robots and how they are helpful with so many things that humans cannot do, like in entering the power plant in Japan to shut it down after the tsunami.
We went to the Hamm mansion built by a man who amassed his fortune in lead mining.   He also was a farmer and land developer.    He outlived two wives.  He lost his fortune in a recession or crash around the late 1800's.  His house was left to his youngest daughter, used as a cancer ward, and finally left to the city.
We also  saw all about how the miners lived, brought the lead up, etc.  It was hot.  There were a lot of hills.  We were tired, and hungry and it was a long day!  Poor Dan was really exhausted.  He has CP, and that much walking is hard enough, but then up and down hills?
On Saturday we headed home. I had to get a picture of the clock tower!

We stopped in New Glarus, where Jim bought some beer...only to find he could get it at Festival grocery store here cheaper!
Most interesting meal:  Our son, Dan had a hamburger with peanut butter, jelly and pepperjack cheese!  It was good....really!