Almost Christmas

Christmas is so close.  I know the next couple of days will fly by as we have 5 Christmas Eve services between Monday and Tuesday evening.  Thankfully, we are closed on Christmas AND there are no services next weekend for Volunteer Appreciation Weekend.  It takes many volunteers to put on a service, not to mention an additional 5 Christmas Eve Services.  I’m not sure hubby will know what to do with a weekend off.

I wasn’t going to put up our little tree.  When I walked into the house Friday night, hubby had our little 2 foot tree up.

2013 tree.

He did a great  job.  I guess you can tell what movie I’m watching on the tele – “A Knights Tale”   HAH!

Yesterday, I went with a couple of friends to S4L’s house.  She had a class on Essential Oils.  I’ve  learned quite a bit and look forward to learning more!  Scleroderma has made a mess of my skin (among other things).  After 3 different oils rubbed into my hands and 2 different ones in my water, this morning my skin felt calmer and some of the weird scaly spots are not as bad.  The interesting thing the instructor had mentioned is that most auto-immune diseases are caused by an over abundance of Candida in the body.  What she said made sense and it would definitely be worth checking this out.  As I’m still within the 1st year of this disease, what if this cures it?   I’m all for that!!  I must say that I was exhausted when I got home.  Not sure if it was drinking information from a fire hose or the oils working in my body.  Today, I’m vertical, which is a great thing!

The new medication I started on Friday, can cause facial muscle twitches, seizures and more lovely neurological side effects that I’m not too thrilled about.   Plus another future medication is a mild form of chemo.    I’ll let y’all know the progress as I venture on this new path of Essential Oils

Later today we are going to S4L’s house for a gathering.  It will be fun, as this will be the last time I get to see her and her family before they leave to visit her family in Seattle.  It’s a potluck so I’m going to make Mac & Cheese.  LOL, hopefully it will turn out as I haven’t made it in quite some time.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!  Have a great time with you family and friends and hopeful in the perfect gift that was given to us over 2000 years ago!!

Love you all!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

The start of the Holiday Season – Turkey Day!

Usually we go to a casino to eat an then make something on Friday in order to have leftovers for the weekend.  Today, we are going to spend the afternoon with friends and I’m excited.  I may even shave my legs for this!  LOL

Enjoy your family and friends!!  There are many things to be thankful, don’t take those things for granted!!

Dog, Yard & X-rays

We’ve been dog sitting a Cocker Spaniel this past week.  His mom and dad come home sometime on Saturday and they’ll pick him up on Sunday.  I’ve really enjoyed having this dog around.  He is such a good boy and so loving.   Hubby just told the dog that he can’t tell his parents what we let him do.  LOL, yes, we’ve spoiled him.  Hopefully he’ll adjust to being home quickly.

One of our friend’s son needed extra money to get his phone fixed.  We had him over to rake the back yard as neither hubby nor I can do the yard.  It’s difficult with his messed up tendons in his elbow and my ridiculous disease.  He did a great job!!!

I’ve written my speech and now I need to memorize it.  It didn’t turn out like I thought it would, but I think it will be interesting.

I know my hubby tries to be supportive in all that I’m going through, but sometimes things get a little too overwhelming for him.  The other day his anger and frustration about not being able to fix it came out.  I feel bad as neither of us can do anything about it, just wait and see what’s next that the doc has to treat.  I now have to get X-rays on both knees.  It is never a dull moment in my world.

I’ve found a Vegan Blog with yummy sounding desserts, well yeah, it also had food, but I miss desserts!!  I got onto this blog because last night I had Kung Pao Tofu at the Chinese restaurant in town.  It’s now my new favorite thing to order there.  So I was trying to find recipes to make it at home.  I’m really missing  my sweets.

Anyway, thought I’d stop in and hear myself talk!  Y’all have a great weekend!!!

 

 

No title, just thoughts

I don’t remember if I mentioned that I joined Toastmasters in my area.  I’ve been enjoying the time and the people.  October 2nd, I do my first speech, which is an ice breaker speech.  In other words, I get to talk about me … all about me!  LOL, after doing this blog for many years, one would think that I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

How much do I reveal or how little?  The speech is about 5-7 minutes.  How do I talk about me for 5-7 minutes.  LOL … I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

Do you ever feel like you’re losing the cushion in your knees?  That’s what is new with me.  We are dog watching a cocker spaniel for a week.  I took him for a walk last night and had to stop and sit a couple of times at the park.  I’m glad he is an older dog, so he wasn’t pulling, but he still wanted to go faster than I.  As I write this, he’s laying on the floor wanting to go for another walk, but it is windy and cold outside, I don’t think we’ll be going anywhere, except outside in the back yard.

I think dog sitting is the way to get my doggy fix!  We get to love on them for the time we have them and return them when their owners come back.  So far this is our second time dog sitting, of a different dog.  In October we get to watch a mastiff who is a gentle giant.  I’m really looking forward to that as I have always loved big dogs.  In November, we may be watching another, during Thanksgiving.    It is pretty interesting how attached I get to these dogs.  Then again, it is also interesting how I can let them go when their owners return.

I’m hoping we will have a Fall, longer than normal.  I am ready for the cool weather, but not ready for extreme cold.  I’m not sure how my disease will like being cold.  So this will be a new experience for me.

I’ve had 2 weeks of busy and I’m pretty worn out.  My plan is to do as little as possible.  I hope you all have a great weekend!!

RIP Freddie

Since my last post – I’ve been sick on and off, until the end of February when I got real sick and almost ended up in the hospital.  Pneumonia/Bronchitis – it’s too close to tell exactly which, but doc said either way, the first time I saw him for this, I was so sick that I had to use a walker to walk as I had no strength/energy and I couldn’t breathe.

Almost a month later, I’m able to walk without the walker, but I cannot over do is as my lungs start to burn and I have to sit down or lie down until I feel better.  If I over do it, then I’m down for a day.

Two and a half weeks ago, in the midst of my sickness our dog died.  Unfortunately it isn’t just me, but hubby has  been sick as long as I, so going through the dog dying was a set back as we were up all night holding him until he passed.  It’s like watching a human die.  The gasping at the end and finally the relaxation as they leave their body.    I know some, like my mom, just slowly stopped breathing and slipped away, but there are some that have trouble breathing and do the gasping thing.  Anyway – Freddie’s gone and we will miss him.  One of his favorite places – on this pillow/couch.

Fred

Hubby is getting better but still not strong as he usually is.  We both get winded easily.  I’m about 60% better – the Elders (The head pastors) of our church as well as the Associate Pastor came over to pray over me and anoint me with oil for healing.  It was great to see them and talk to them for a few minutes – I sure miss being around these amazing people!!  I don’t have a picture – but I made them all put on masks before they entered my house.  I’m not strong enough to do a thorough clean in this house – so I insisted on them wearing masks to protect them from whatever may be lingering in our house and from me.

So that has been my time away from this blog.  I hope you are all well and getting excited about Easter this weekend!

Another Month Gone

It has been a wild month.  Between being sick on and off, mostly on, and the events going on at church, I’ve had enough energy to get through work and go home to bed.

Our church hosted a Comedy Night with Nazareth.  He’s pretty funny!  Then he did the weekend teaching at church.  The following weekend was the Love & Respect Conference and over 100 people went through this conference.  It was great to hear how many couples reconnected in their relationships.  This weekend is the church’s 15th birthday.  Amazing – donuts and T-shirts is in store for this weekend.  After that, next Friday is our Thanks to You Volunteer Appreciation.  We are celebrating what God has done in our church through our volunteers.  I’m tired just typing this, hah!  We have a break and then the Easter Preparations begin.  Yup, we are rockin’ and rollin’ and lovin’ every minute, even though it’s exhausting!

For Valentines Day, hubby went out at bought me the last ticket for this concert.  I am so excited to go on a girl’s night out with a bunch of incredible ladies.  Thanks S4L for letting me know about this.  I know the flyer says it’s in California, however, the tour will be in Reno on Saturday 2/16/13 night.  I am so excited to just have a night off and doing something other than thinking about how behind I am at work!!

Mind you, hubby going out to purchase this ticket was no easy feat as he is still sick.  He’s now on his 4th round, 3rd different, antibiotics as his  lungs keep having bronchial spasms when he gets in the cold air and can’t breathe as well as having a sinus infection.  So I am very grateful and appreciate the effort that it took for him to did that!

I’m also on another round of antibiotics – but at least I am able to go to work and function.  I’m feeling way better and left work early today so I could come home and rest to be ready for fun tomorrow night.

Plus I’m excited that we have Monday off for President’s Day.  Yes, an extra day off to recoup and shop.  I need to find something to wear to Thanks to You.

So that’s my crazy world – I’m still hanging in and loving’ my church.

Y’all have a great 3 day weekend!!!

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a great and wonderful Christmas with family and friends.  We are hanging at home.  I’ve got a brisket slow cooking in the oven which is making this house smell really wonderful!

My surgery went well, I can actually see.  I still can’t read street signs  and use reading glasses to see up close.  Whenever I get discouraged, I just close my right eye and see how blurry the left eye still is and get a better perspective that for the first time in what seems like forever, my right eye sees so much better than my left.  I also notice that when I’m tired, my left eye tries to take over and all I see is blur.  I’m looking forward to Thursday and my left eye surgery!

As my surgery is later in the day, I’m able to eat breakfast!  YAY … you have no idea how thrilled I am about that!  That rebel in me, when told not to do something, I want to.  I think hubby was right, instead of telling you to  NOT eat after midnight, they should say, don’t have breakfast.  Because I was watching the clock and ate up to my deadline.

We had 6 Christmas Eve services at church, starting Saturday through Monday night.  It is always a wonderful experience to be there and see everyone, as well as watching the program.  Even through they are the same, there is always a slight variation … poetic license if you will.  So one doesn’t mind watching all 6, even if 5 of them are on the monitor in the lobby.

I just love the Elders of my church.  The Lead Pastor & Elder is with family out of state as his dad had just died.  So that left the other 2.  After the last service, I walked into the lobby and there they were, as I walked up, they gave me a hug, and we continued to kid each other.  It brought me back to high school.  I’d hang out with the guys in school and that moment was a pleasant realization how much I love the comradery with the Elders!  It is truly a blessing to work with these guys, the other pastors and the rest of our wonderful staff!

Again, you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family & friends!

 

Grateful

I am so grateful for the special people in my life.  God is so faithful and He uses His people to help when one is at a loss.  So thank you so very much!!

Today is the day for my right eye cataract surgery.  I have to be there by 10:20am.  I’m nervous, anxious and hungry!!  I’m hanging on to my Savior for peace and calmness as I wait for the time to leave.   I was able to take my blood pressure medication with just a sip of water, it was hard to keep from drinking more.

Well, I’ll talk to y’all later.

 

Happy Saturday!

I’ve had quite a few questions on how I got my blog to look like this.  Well, gang, I can’t take any credit for it – you just need to go to:  wordpress.com, create a blog and choose your appearance theme.  I wish I could take the credit for it, but I just chose a theme and went with it.  I’ve been known to change my theme from time to time, so … who knows.

I went home yesterday as I was grumpy and hurting.  My back was sore and my hands were on fire.  I put down 4200 glue dots and put 2100 cards into 700 programs.  LOL … it was actually fun and tedious and mindless work, but, it moved His Kingdom forward, no matter how tedious it was.  My back was sore from sitting in a weird position all day, plus I almost face planted on the steps outside the office.  ALMOST – I was able to pull my foot up to catch myself, in the meantime, I jolted my back.  My hands were on fire, from using the glue dot gun, as you have to use pressure to get the dots to stay down.  I was down all of yesterday.  Today I’ve been up and down and I’ve only had 1 pain med today.  Back is still stiff, but I’ve been moving around.

The eyeglass place called first thing this morning to let me know my glasses are here – so hubby took me up there to pick them up and brought me home before he went to work.  I can see clearer – which is a YAY – but I’m discouraged that I still cannot see clearly out of my right eye.  I’m guessing that is because of my cataract.  But for right now I have to be satisfied with the correction that I have.  I just hope it is enough to pass my eye test for my driver’s license renewal.  If not – well, … we won’t go there.

This morning, one of my friends lent me the new Notorious Nineteen book that recently came out.  I love how fast this book reads!!  I should have this done by tomorrow and then hubby can read it, before we return it.  I’m loving the book.  It’s such a nice escape into the world of Bond Enforcement!

The weather here today is quite windy.  Hubby and I were fighting the wind just to get into Walmart.  I cannot get over how many storms we have already had over the last month.  I guess it’s going to be one of those winters!

Our poor muttley is going deaf.  It’s sad, but funny at the same time.  When we come home, he’s in his kennel sound asleep and doesn’t hear us come in. When we get to the kitchen, we end up scaring him as he jumps up all startled, until his eyes focus and figures out it’s us.  Poor guy, as I’m looking at him right now, it looks like he’s shrinking.  Aaww, makes me sad.  But for a little guy that’s almost 17 or is 17 – I don’t remember, I guess he’s doing good!

Well, that’s about all the news I have for today – just another day and life of You Did What!  Y’all have a great day!

I’m trusting you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  We spent time with my BFF, her family and her husband’s family.  Food was yummy and the company was fun!  Yesterday we had an intimate turkey dinner with another couple (friends & neighbors).  While the turkey was finishing cooking, we watched Friendsgiving.  LOL, animals that are not compatible, but they were and had a great bond, like a bear, tiger and a lion.  That was pretty interesting.

I did wander out on Black Friday.  Not with a shopping purpose, but to see what was going on.  I have to say, with the stores doing their Black Friday sales Thursday night, Friday was actually pleasant to wander around the stores.  I bought a queen set of microfiber sheets for $14 at JCP. I cannot have weight on my legs while sleeping, otherwise my legs cramp from the heaviness.  These microfiber sheets are lightweight and warm!!  I will definitely buy more in the future.

I didn’t go crazy shopping, as I had to get my glasses ordered.  My drivers license will expire on 12/12/12 (yes, I am playing the lottery that day).  So first priority was get the glasses ordered.  As my prescription lenses would be expensive in the bifocals, I ordered the single vision.  That way I can see to pass the eye test.    I should have them by the 6th.  I know, I’m cutting it close … hence the title of this blog.

I’m enjoying my 4 days off.  It’s nice to spend 2 of the days with friends!  I know I need to clean the house and do the large overflowing load of laundry.  But … hahaha …. right now I’m watching McLintock.  This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies … but ssshhhh … don’t tell my hubby!!  Between James Bond and John Wayne … well, you get the picture.

All around Facebook people are posting what they are thankful for – for me, I’m thankful for my faith. my family, my friends, and my life!  I know it’s the start of the Christmas Season and I get a bluesy through New Years … hopefully … it will be different this year!