Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No Cards

I know this title has you baffled, right? Well, keep reading, it will become clear in a minute.

I have given up sending Christmas and New Year Cards,its way too costly and really doesn't serve a purpose.  I can wish folks a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year via email, Facebook, even a phone call and enjoy it more than some stamped out card that a million other people have bought and used too.  

No offense intended folks but don't look for a card from me, it ain't gonna happen. Now if I see ya somewhere, I may be inclined to buy ya a drink, give ya a hug or slap on the ass.

This week, the 3rd week in December has seen me with doctor appointment every damn day. That makes for a fun life,eh?

I would give you results but I don't have any to give at the moment. 

So far all has gone good, so that is wonderful.

Gonna try a few recipes and get ready for family and friends to chow down and enjoy the treats.

Actually its much easier to just fix a big ole pitcher of drinks, join everyone and sing carols or whatever songs we can recall.

So you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Almost Christmas

I cannot believe it, Christmas is just a few weeks away and while I have most of my shopping done, I dread the wrapping process.  Hey, if I could put gifts in a gift-bag, I'm golden, but no,folks expect wrapping paper - ye gads

  Oh ya Elf is making the rounds too.  I love having something here for Clint to find and its fun hiding Elf and having him look.

Mostly we find games or something simple which is great fun.

This was yesterday, we got hammered with lots of white stuff, so Clint and Kel went outside to go sledding and make snow angels.

I stayed inside to watch Keenan and stay warm.  Mama didn't raise no fools. 

Actually I like outside winter activities too.

So we have lots of snow and definitely having a white Christmas.  My sister sent me a text two nights ago and asked if she and her daughter could spend Christmas with us?  OMG I am thrilled and so excited. Of course, we both know this is all dependent on the damn weather.  I cannot recall how many years it has been since we had Christmas together, not since we were kids for damn sure, so this will be fun.

Oh good news, my son's Mayo Clinic check-up was great and he's now in the 9 month club for check ups vs 3 or 6, so that is good. Also our daughter-in-law got good news on her vanculities progress too.  So it's looking good for them as well.

I got a clean bill of health after my colonoscopy -- hurrah.  Getting a dexa scan next week, seeing the eye doctor to get my eyes measured for cataract surgery in January, seeing the oncologist just for a check up and dermatologist (got a toe fungus I want him to check out).  But I am feeling great and so looking forward to a great winter, lots of snow shoeing and then, come April,heading to Florida and hanging out with both my sisters while I soak up the warmth and down some cool drinks.

Hey, you all have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy New Year.  Keep smiling!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New baby and Deer season

 Look who finally decided to make an appearance.  Keenan Crosbie: 8 lbs, 19.5 inches, Oct 30, 2014.

He looks alot like his brother, lots of hair and so sweet.

Yes, Mommy is doing good too.

Does this look like a proud Grandma?  I was just beaming.

He will be coming to my house alot after maternity leave is done.  His brother comes to my house after school each day too.  

I got two boys to keep me young and busy.

However, in April someone else will need to watch them, as us gals (actually sisters) plan to get together in Florida and who knows where we'll go or what we'll do but its been almost three years since we had a sister get-together so we are ready.  Plus I get to connect up with my Vietnam buddy too.

According to his mother, he likes to sleep all day and party all night.

This photo was texted to me at 4 a.m., and wanted to know if I wanted to party!!

He is one sweet little boy and his brother just loves him.

Clint is an amazing big brother.

Now my 14 year old grandson got a spike horn deer on his deer hunt this past week, good job Alex.  He hopes to get back to deer camp with his grandpa this weekend.

As for me, I have a few doctor appointments coming up.  Like today its a phone interview to go over medical records and set up date for a colonoscopy.  It's been three years and time for another one.  Hopefully this will be clear and I can join the 10 year club.

Wednesday a consult with the dentist as I have a cavity and whether it needs a crown or a patch will be determined and if he has time, do it tomorrow too, if not schedule an appointment for that number.

Thursday is the VA check up, every six months.  I foresee nothing but we need to coordinate blood work, EKG work and so on so I am not repeating this shit over and over. Having eye surgery in January.  Dexa scan in December and the list goes on,just normal crap, nothing to get nervous about.

I'm back working out, taking things slow and steady after pulling a shoulder muscle and feel good.  Losing weight slowly and that is good.  I like to be active and moving but at my age, I also know slowing down is fine too. For example, I don't run these days but I will walk 2 or 3 miles, which is just fine with me. Plus I am watching what I eat and being more nutritionally aware, which means reducing sugar intake, etc.

Oh hell, life is good.

Friday, September 12, 2014


 Well,for my neck of the woods the first day of school was Thursday, September 4th.  On the 3rd it was meet the teacher and unload all the crap they wanted into your locker.  The one thing both Kel and I ascertained was this classroom was bloody damn warm!

Clint would get on the bus in the morning at his house but get off the bus at the Library, which is just down the street from my house.  Why the bus can't drop him off in front of my house is unknown but a short walk is no big deal. At least not this time of year,but once we get snow and cold weather, this may not seem like such a cool idea.  Whatever, he thinks Kindergarten is awesome and having a good time.

This is one of my favorite photos, we are on a 4-wheeler and my sister and I are just hanging on while Kel wheels us around.  It was so much fun.  One day I really need to learn how to handle this 4-wheeler on my own. Hell even Clint operates his 4-wheeler!!!

Sadly the warm weather is leaving us and now its prepare for winter. You know "winterize the house,"and that doesn't mean throw a blanket on it -- wish it was that easy!!!

I began winter prep by pulling all the flowers out of the flower pots and hope to take that lovely top soil and spread it amongst my rose bushes.  I also got the air out of most of the pool items and bought bright orange storage tubs to put all the pool stuff in for winter.  Soon we shall empty the water from the pool,not all but a good amount, remove the pump and cover with tarp, weighted down with jugs filled with water to prevent it from blowing off.  Have been told this will work nicely and no need to completely take down and store pool (that would be a real pain in the ass).  Then of course we have patio furniture that needs to be packed away along with table and chairs.  It just sucks that summer is over and we have to wait another year to enjoy the pool.  

Have no real idea what in hell I was doing but obviously thought this hat was worth a try on...what the hell.  So, things are looking good.  I did something to my shoulder and after an X-ray, was told physical therapy was in order, so I have been going to that twice a week.  One nice part is the shoulder massage, now that is delightful and yes, my shoulder is starting to feel much better.

I just love how as I age, various body parts decide to break down or create issues for me, what the hell.  In October I'll see my urologist and have my kidneys check, I am having no issues so hopefully no stones are about and if we see any, I'll have them blasted.  Not gonna wait like I did the last time, holy shit, that was a long process to get rid of that sucker.  Teeth cleaning is on the calendar in November as is my six month check up at the VA clinic.  

December gets interesting:  dexa scan and then see my oncologist - fun shit.  Dermatology this month too.  I also see the eye doctor to get eyes measured for surgery in January!  On the 23rd lab work for eye surgery in January.  Then in January I get medical clearance from my provider so I can have cataract surgery -- holy shit.

However, the game plan is everyone must stay healthy so we can head to Florida in April next year.  It's been way too long. Haven't seen my older sister in almost two years and my Nam buddy -- way too long and we got lots of crap to share.

Just in case you wondered!!!!

So that is my updates -- have a lovely weekend and stay happy!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is Almost Over

Here are three of my four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, yes, the kid on Kyle's lap is his son.  I have not seen him yet but he looks just like his Daddy and he's a cute little devil.

I cannot believe it is August 27th and soon summer will end and kids will be back in school. We have had some pretty weird weather for summer too. Worse is the notion that winter is gonna be colder this year than last year.  That is not something I wanted or need to hear.

Today I shall attend my first, ever, physical therapy session. I have no idea what I did to my right shoulder but it aches and I mentioned this to the VA provider who sent me down for X-rays. Then I waited a few days and sure enough the VA said I needed PT and I could have it wherever I wished, which was not at the VA center three hours from me.  Plus they sent me some cream to apply and suggested, strongly, I wear gloves. The suggestion was so strong, they sent me 300 gloves (100 per box) and three tubes of cream.  It does work but don't let it touch other spots or you will pay the price, I am using the gloves, thank you very much.

Also a few months ago I mentioned I had this dry cough and was given some pill to take, three times a day. When the cough went away, I just took the pill in the morning and at night.  Now, I'm thinking it was all due to this heavy pollen but whatever, this pill worked. When I inquired if I could get another refill, I was told perhaps I needed "Omepazole" which is used for acid reflux amongst other things.  One week of that pill and I stopped taking it, sore throat, nausea and diarrhea convinced me this is not for me. Called the clinic to let them know and haven't heard a word from them!

As long as I'm on the medical kick, saw the eye surgeon the 20th and yes, I need cataract surgery. That will happen in January, both eyes but not at the same time. Get this shit,when done, I most likely will need reading glasses only!

So while the summer weather has been goofy, Clint and I have definitely enjoyed the pool. We swim almost every day or when the weather permits and he loves to dive for dive sticks, etc.  I swear he prefers to swim underwater than on top but that's okay, he's having fun and knows his limits.
The worse part is always having to put the ladder in and out of the pool.  It's not exactly heavy but awkward and just a nuisance.  
My son-n-law has said, more than once, "best investment you ever made Meme."

I really miss the Minnesota kids and wish they lived closer or we could visit more often. As my dau -n- law is having medical issues, traveling here is just impossible. They are using all their sick and vacation time going and from the Mayo Clinic.  Hopefully she has found the right meds and is on the mend. But I'm thinking next summer, we really should head out for a visit.

Oh ya in November another baby,a boy, shall arrive and I think Kel is ready now. She is getting bigger than a barn and he's one active little boy, kicking and moving constantly.  So we'll have a baby here for Thanksgiving.  She is hoping he arrives on her brother's birthday too.

Well, that is my update for now. You all have a great day.  Hugs