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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, September 26, 2015

A Thrifty - Spendy Week!

It has been a thrifting week (translation:  spending).
The Two Rivers Senior Center had their Trash to Treasure Sale this week.  I brought some things in and found some things.
I found a cute ornament that looks old and that's why I like it.  I also picked up some CD's and a full sized white chenille bedspread.  We have a queen size bed, but I am hoping it will do the trick in the summer.  The total cost for my items?  $$4.65!

I wasn't done.
I also stopped at St Vincent DePaul's (St Vinnie's to  the regulars).  There I found a sweater for the ugly Christmas Sweater theme for our Red Hat Party in December!  I can't show you that...it's hush, hush!  I also found this magnificent Bible Story book for my Godson. 

It includes  Daily Life in in NT Times, Plants and Animals, The Holy Land, Other Bible Lands, Who's Who, Test Your Knowledge, and Maps with the stories.  (I think I will have to read all this first!)  This book is like new and only cost $3!  My sweater was $2.

I had to stop at Office Max to inquire about a stamp.  I wanted a self inking stamp that said,
"Why did you marry me then?"
It is an old joke between me and my husband that has gone on for the last 35 years!  I thought it would make a cute gag gift for our anniversary, but then practicality set in, and I decided to spend the $20 on something else!  They had thumb drives on sale, so I picked one of those up so we can do backup before upgrading to Microsoft 10.  On the way out, they had this shimmer tape.  How could I NOT buy it?  It was only $1.91 per package!

Yesterday, I went back to The Senior Center to help with the "stuff a bag"  I ended up buying more!
I bought some things to gussy up my Christmas sweater, some decorations for our Christmas Party and a brand new iron!  All for $2!  I then helped pack up the stuff for donation when the sale was over.

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!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Eating and Feeling Creative!

Our week started with a cook out at a friend's.  He and his dad had just finished extending his deck!
What a peaceful view!

The boys get ready for a ride in the canoe.
K made it over to the toys.  Doesn't the little boy look
like he is thinking:  "What are you doing, dumping all my

Love this little one!  She is no relation to me,
 but just a little pumpkin!
She had more fun playing with an empty plastic

A friend, dearest hubby, brother-in-law and myself and another friend.


During the week, nothing too exciting happened.
I stopped at the thrift store.  I found a new Red Hat, and a scarecrow to hang on my porch.
(pictures to follow)
Friday night I felt like making cards.  I had been searching through my Christmas stamps and such and have decided I do NOT need any new Christmas things this year!  I also found some Halloween things.  I don't DO Halloween.  (No religious reasons or anything like that, I just have no one to send the cards to).  I suggested to my bff that we make Halloween cards.  She also made some Fall cards.
These are my creations:  My great niece and nephews will get cards this year!
Yesterday, I went to a card class:
The card on the right is a shaker card!
When I got home, hubby, son and I went to Costco.  First we had to stop at
Basils' II near Denmark, WI.  It is a bar and grill with the best burgers!  They toast their buns
(the hamburger buns!) and put a generous pat of butter on top of the burger, and it just oozes out!
(Don't think of calories or any of that stuff that is bad for you!)
It was a nice day!  Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 7, 2015

I Just Want to be Alone!

After last week, I don't have much new to tell you!  Sometimes, (in my best Greta Garbo voice) I just "vont to be alone!"

Oh, we had a water mess in the basement from the April-Air again. Our furnace and AC are old, as is our water heater.  My husband got bills for his colonoscopy, and then the drain to our tub just broke.  I don't even know if they make that piece, but will bring it to the plumber's tomorrow.  If not, we will be seeing the plumber put in a new drain!  In the meantime, we are using a rubber circle for opening jars!  It works!
While Kites Over Lake Michigan  was taking place this weekend, I avoided the crowds and on Saturday, the fog.  I just didn't feel like going anywhere where there were a lot of people!  I know of people who went Saturday.  The kids made the most of it at the beach.  There wasn't much kite flying because of the fog.  I guess there was a band that evening under a new pavilion.  On Sunday, the sun came out, but I still didn't feel like going. 
Saturday night we went to La Caliente  in De Pere, WI.  We stumbled upon it when they had restaurant week in Green Bay.  We liked it so much we wanted to bring our son there.
After dinner, we were served a complimentary  chocolate liqueur.  The server gave our son (who is 30) a "kiddie" version!  After we told her he was of age, he got the real one.  The kiddie version was awful! It tasted like cinnamon watered milk!  I think people will mistake his age for a very long time;
not bad when you are female, but difficult for a young man.

If there is a break in the rain, we are invited for another cookout.  I wish I knew if I should make a pasta salad.  I don't want to be the only left eating it!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cookout to Pocket Letter!

Another busy week!  Sunday we had a family cookout! It is so easy when everyone brings a dish to pass!  The weather was nice, not too hot or cold, no mosquitoes, but those darn wasps!  They really wanted us to share our food!  It was the first (and probably last time) we were to use our deck this summer.


Tuesday night we had Red Hat.  Another gal and I were in charge.  I brought prizes for the bingo game (which was too short) and also party favors.  The theme was back to school.  Everyone got a little magnetic dry erase board, the party favors had apples on them, and the bingo game was a school theme.  We had it a bar that has good food, but it sure was noisy and busy.  35 cent wing night!


Thursday morning I "worked" at the Senior Center till noon.    I went home and we had everything ready for a big family dinner.  The potatoes were peeled and the meatloaf was in the refrigerator.  My sister, and nephew (who is living there) were both invited.  My nephew had to work a double shift, so we postponed it until Thursday.
We had the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh corn, fresh tomatoes, cucumber salad, dinner rolls, the works!  Oh, and it was my husband's birthday!  My sister brought a German chocolate cake, his favorite.  It was a simple day, but that was okay with hubby.


I was in a Pocket Letter Swap hosted by Debbie of Garage Sale Girl.  My swap partner was Olivia of
Olivia's Creative Quest.  My pocket letter was my first attempt.  My partner put me to shame with her creations!
The front...I'm sorry about the glare.
The back of it after taking the goodies out!

Somehow she managed to get most of these goodies in the pockets! 

The pocket letter is so beautiful and sparkly.  I can't wait to use the "goodies" to make a cards!
 I am having bladder issues again.  The doctor put me on an antibiotic.  My regular urologist comes back on Tuesday.  I imagine I will feel better by then, and she wants to do some bladder treatments.
I say, if I feel better, leave it alone!  Trying to do the low acid diet again.  Prayers would be appreciated.