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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 13, 2017

My Journey into Joy

Okay, am going to make a concentrated effort to write a bit every Saturday.
I was trying to see where I am on my journey.


It has been a long, cold, wet, Spring, but finally the grass is green, the temperatures are rising and flowers are beginning to bloom.

My hip is better and I have been trying to be consistent with the Silver Sneakers exercise class at the Senior Center.  I also joined Planet Fitness, as there is one near me when I take my son to work.
I go on the treadmill and sometimes use the machines.  I am starting out slow as I am so out of shape!

My Bible study group finished our study of Timothy with Beth Moore's book, Entrusted.  Although I am not ready to evangelize the world, I learned more about that God expects each of us to share the Gift and the Gospel with those who are open to it.  For me, that means my family.


The first weekend of May I again went to the Sayner Stampede.  I started going to this about 14-15 years ago with Linda.  This year I went with two friends that had accompanied us before.  I spent way too much money, but it was what I was there for.  The word of the year is FOIL!  There was a huge emphasis on heat pressured foil.  Had a rough day, as once again my ostomy bag let loose.  Gwen (pictured) took me to the hotel so I could clean up and change.  We went back and made as many cards as we could.  Then, while Carolee (not pictured) was helping to clean up with the used stamp sale, Gwen and I went to dinner.  I enjoyed a beer for a change!  In the evening, Gwen went back to help with a class and I was fine in the hotel by myself, enjoying my quiet time.


In May we also celebrated our Red Hat group's anniversary.  We have been a chapter for fourteen years!

I made these little party favors.  They hold a Ghiradelli chocolate perfectly!


Another new thing to bring me joy this year has been season tickets to see "Let Me Be Frank Productions.  The plays are cheesy satire, but funny, and the band and singing is awesome!


Yesterday I went on a bus trip with the Silver Sneakers to go shopping.  Again, I spent too much money.  I found a blouse on sale at Penneys, but then, I stopped at the Clinique counter at Younkers.
I decided I needed a new eye cream for my wrinkles around my eyes AND an eyebrow pencil!  I then could get $10 off by spending over $50, and get the little beauty bag with smaller versions of the cleanser, makeup remover, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick.  What a deal, huh?

We then went to the Olive Garden and I may as well have the Shrimp Scampi!  I had enough for lunch and dinner! 

Onward to Wilmar Chocolates, where I purchased chocolate covered potato chips!


I best behave the rest of the month, or I will be totally broke! 

I am not volunteering at the Senior Center anymore, as I got kind of bored with it.  Instead, I am working the checkout at St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store two Thursday mornings a month.  Some mornings cost me about $3- $4 as I find deals while working.  I love Judi, the gal that I am working with.  We laugh a lot and play country music in the back ground.


My poor sister is in the Rehab at the nursing home recovering from a total knee replacement.  She has rheumatoid arthritis.  Her knee and hip were both really bad, but the knee was worse, so the doctor is starting with that.  Hopefully, a new knee will help her hip and back feel better too!  She is so uncomfortable right now, and the food isn't very good either.  I will have to pick something up for her!  Her name is Connie.  Please keep her in your prayers.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for checking in! It would be great if you could come to the Polka Dot Flea! I loved your red hat party favors, I am sure everyone loved the choclates! Oh, I got sucked into the same Clinique giveaway this month too, but I love the gift bag!


baili said...

I am thankful for your kind visit and words on my place !
sorry to hear about your hip problem my friend ,glad that you are feeling better now.
it is great that you have joined a fitness center it will help you to get back in form too.
spending time with friends and lots of shopping is fun which is irresistible .
i will pry for Connie that may god bless with healthy perfect living with replacement of her knee

NanaDiana said...

I just got home and wanted to catch up with you. Sounds like you are busy and staying active. LOL about all your $$$$ adventures. Some days/weeks are just totally like that, aren't they?

I am glad you went to the stamping get-away. I am sure it was a little bittersweet without Linda there. I know you must miss her more at times like that.

Glad to see you blogging-take good care. xo Diana

Sandy said...

Thanks for the update Debbie!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll keep your sister in my prayers...and you too! I know you suffer a lot but just keep going! I'll tell you a secret not many people know...Beth Moore is a distant cousin of mine. she's amazing, isn't she? Such a help to so many women! Enjoy your week! Hugs

White Lace and Promises said...

So glad you are meeting with friends and staying busy. I know you've had a lot of grief losing Linda and it's good to know that you are getting out. Wow! I need a fitness plan. It's good for the mind too. Maybe it would recapture some that I've lost. I am waning off of a med that I've been on for 10 years. It's caused memory problems so hopefully I'm gonna getter better or crazier, whichever.