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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, August 20, 2016

Sitting by God - NOT What you Think!

The big event this week, was my second trip to a pre-season game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
We went a few years ago, but that was with tickets from our brother-in-law.  This time, we used our new season tickets!  Jim had been on the waiting list for 27 years!  We are in section 740, way up by God!  (it is noted that we are interested in an upgrade).
We started our adventure by going to Kohl's Department Store.  It was raining there; so much for fixing my hair!  The customer service department was holding an NFL Green Bay Packer polo shirt for my husband.  We picked that up, then went to Walmart to pick up some meds, ate at Sub-way, picked up our son from work, went home, quick changed and left for the game. 
Jim has a co-worker who owns a field near Lambeau for parking.  It is only about two blocks from the stadium, but our gate is on the opposite end of the stadium, so it was a bit of walking.  I wore my #12 Rogers jersey, and told Jim to hold my hand or he would be going home with the wrong #12!
We started ascending the escalators.  After two, I was getting dizzy, so we took the elevator.  Level seven is as high as it gets.  I am afraid of heights!  It was a steep climb up the steps to our seats, lucky row number 13!  As I got in my seat.  I hung onto the arm for dear life, kept my eyes closed and as I imagined  being stuck like this for the next three hours, a few tears rolled down my cheek.  Jim kept saying that I would get used to it, and after some time, I did.  Phew!  One poor lady left, walking sideways down the steps with her eyes closed, hanging on tightly to the railing, while her friend led her down.  I guess I'm not the only one who is afraid of heights!
Up by God!
Sitting with my honey.
The thing with a pre-season game is that it doesn't count!  It consists mostly of third and fourth string players that are applying for a job with any team from the NFL, so I didn't know the players.  I also don't know much about football, so kept asking Jim questions.  It was difficult without having the TV or radio announcer giving you the play by plays.  (You mean I have to pay attention?).
Still, it was an experience.  My favorite part of the game, was when a college grad sang The Star Spangled Banner and the fireworks went off from the stadium!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Things Happen in Threes

Wow!  It's the middle of August already!   I have been a busy girl.
We had a wedding late July with a Hawaiian theme.  It was a second marriage and quite sweet.

We then went to a bar reunion of sorts.  I used to hang out in this bar in my early 20's.  Well, everyone is older now, I don't drink, so it was kind of weird.  Not only that, but the bar had burned down, so the reunion was held somewhere else.


and Home of the Green Bay Packers,

Vince Lombardi

Curley Lambeau

The big G on the top of the Stadium

On the VIP Terrace

Clay Matthews doesn't scare me!

I really enjoyed the tour of the Stadium!  The best part was going through the tunnel the players go through on the way to the field.  They had sound effects of people cheering that got louder and louder as we got closer to the field and the door opened.  The Hall of Fame itself was interesting, but did not have any of the Superbowl trophies, but did have the rings.
The Packers are the only team who has the tradition on their first practice day of riding a kid's bicycle to the field, most of the time, either carrying the child, or the child running next to them.  They look pretty funny on those little bikes, but to the kids it's an honor!

First our bathtub drain broke.  So, I had to get a plumber to fix that so our son could take baths!  Did you know that one of those rubber circle things that are used to open jars works pretty well as a stopper?


One weekend the tall ships (schooners and the like) were sailing the great lakes and docked in Green Bay for the Tall Ship Festival.  Well, we had to check that out!

Took a tour of The Galeon from Spain

World's largest rubber duck?
In the middle of a heat wave, our air conditioner decided to bite the dust!  As they say, "it isn't  the heat, it's the humidity!"

 Fortunately we had two fans, and opened every window in the house!  Still, some days we just couldn't catch a break and the breeze was not with us.
We called our usual heating contractor and purchased an AC, furnace, and humidifier.  All were pretty old (30?) and just easier to replace them now than when it is the middle of winter and we have no heat!
The third thing that happened was my wash machine died!  I had piles and piles of laundry!  Jim went to the laundromat one day to wash his work clothes.  He said it was not a pleasant experience as the place was filthy!
In the midst of all this, I was trying to plan a rummage sale.  It was so hot and humid in the garage, I am always so tired, and all I could do was work on it a little at a time.  Finally, after about two weeks, I was ready to open.  That Friday, during the garage sale, my washer was delivered!  Yeah!  We worked around everything. So happy to have my new washer.  This time Jim bought the pedestal for it so I wouldn't have to bend over.  When the dryer goes (knock on wood), we will get a pedestal for that also.
I wish I could say my garage sale was a great success, but it was just okay.  I didn't have any really cool stuff to sell.  My son made more than I did with video games and the like. 
The first day, someone walked off with my ring case full of rings!  That was discouraging to say the least.  My bff and I had stamping and scrapping stuff for sale.  I probably could have priced my stuff a little higher.  It seems like the single stamps went better than sets!  Women's clothes doesn't go to well...waste of time and space!  I told my husband we are going to do this every year until we get rid of some of our junk, I mean treasures!
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!