Thursday, December 31, 2015


We all survived another year.  I hope this new year brings happiness and good health to all of you.

Here are a few highlights of my 2015.

My BabyGirl got married to a handsome guy who loves and takes care of her (as much as she will allow him. She has an independent streak in her that won't budge). She is happy. She is less stressed. She made a step towards her career goal of working with adolescents.  I am one proud Mamma!

I volunteered for Hospice which I have regrettably had to put on hold due to sickness. I do plan on returning.

Our shower door burst into little bits of pieces which freaked me out. We have not fixed it yet. Thankfully, we have two bathrooms. We do plan to fix it this year.

I received yet another diagnosis to add to my long list. I learned I had beginning stage of glaucoma which is being stabilized by eye drops. 

I learned that Baclofen is not a drug for me. My larynx and pharynx is weak. I went through speech therapy which I've had to incorporate in my daily routine.

My dad was involved in a one car accident fracturing 3 cervical vertebrae which scared me the day lights out of me. He is doing very well now. He seems to have slowed down which is a good thing.

Another proud moment was that I completed the Blogging A to Z Challenge. It was the first time I participated. 

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!  If you go out tonight, have fun.  I ask you if you drink, please have a designated driver or plan ahead. Remember Buzz driving is drunk driving. 

Until next year..

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Please be safe!

I guess you can say I have not been in the festive mood being I've been sick  I know. What is new? This time was the beginning of pneumonia and sinusitis. It knocked me down and I'm getting up slowly but surely.

We didn't put up a tree or any decorations. The most decorative we have is Christmas cards lined up on our shelves. Hubby hates this time of the year because he is sick of it as his job deals with it from September on. I keep telling him he needs to leave it at work. I guess the gloom is rubbing off of me.

My side of the family have decided to postpone it and get together after because a few are working and going to other places So that's fine.

Tonight, we do our usual Christmas Eve ritual. I love it. We go the Memorial Service to remember his dad and all the fallen soldiers. Then we are off to his brother's to have Christmas with Hubby's family which is cool.

Since we are not doing anything with my family Christmas day, BabyGirl is going to drop by after Hubby and I go to Mass. I'm cooking roast, mashed potatoes and corn. She also wants her gift.

We only buy gifts for BabyGirl and her Hubby. It is not much but hey it is what she wants. Hubby and I don't do the gift giving to each other because we get what we want during the year which I have a post coming of all my purchases in the last few months!

Oh and the weather is crazy here. Christmas Day we can wear shorts because it is supposed to be 80 degrees and stormy. We haven't had a handful of cold days yet!

Merry Christmas!

Until next time...

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Monday, December 7, 2015


When I wasn't feeling well  I didn't want to eat anything. Everything I smelled or saw made me gag. I wanted soup! I didn't want the salty very little chicken Campbell's soup.

If you ask anyone who knows me very well, they will tell you I absolutely hate broth by itself.  I guess all the times when I was in the hospital and they gave me  brown salty beef broth has traumatized me. I remember after surgeries and bouts of illnesses like dehydration, pneumonia, stomach viruses etc in order to have solid food, the nurses and mom insisted I had to drink the nasty salty broth. As I became older and wiser, I learned to suck it up (literally) through a straw.  

That's a helpful tip for you.  If you ever come across something liquid that you absolute hate the taste and have to drink it that's what you need to do. Use a straw! Most of it goes down your throat quickly with less taste.

Anyway, I decided to cook my first ever chicken noodle soup. It was delicious and helped calm my tummy.

I used a carton of Swanson chicken broth, egg noodles, celery, carrots and chopped chicken breast.  It was so good and calmed my stomach!

Next time I will make a double batch so I can freeze.

As you can tell picture taking is not my strong suit. It was steaming.

Until next time...

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Four Years Ago..

Four years ago, my Hubby and I tied the knot in Las Vegas after living in sin for a couple of years. At first we were both wary of trying matrimony again as we failed in the past with others.

I had said I would never marry after going through what I did with my ex. I was so adamant.

Then MyHubby walked into my life and nothing has ever been the same. He stole my heart. He was trustworthy of my love. He knew what he was getting into but yet he still loved me enough to make me his wife.

I feel so honored.

He accepts me for who I am and loves me even with my many flaws.

I usually read every single card when I look for one. It is usually a lengthy one trying to convey on my feelings but I found one that said it simply.

He is my quiet center. The best part of my world.

Until next time..

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Empty Thank Yous

Hello Everyone! Yea, it is inconsistent me. After all the GI problems and having a worse than ever asthma attack I just have not been up to blogging. I felt like someone was squeezing my lungs or like a billboard sign says like a fish out of water. My doctor sent me my favorite drug, Prednisone and I am able to breathe again. 

I had a nice Thanksgiving with my Hubby's family.

I had started a different version of a Thanksgiving post but it lacked something. My brain couldn't spit out the word I needed. So the post stayed in my draft. A few days later I was having a conversation with Hubby and unknowingly he gave me the word! Here's the post.

It's Thanksgiving Week. Many of us think about what we are thankful for. Family. Friends. Love. God. Job. There are many things to be thankful for.

I have a question for you to think about. How many times have you said thank you automatically, sorta like an empty thank you. You say it but are you really thankful or just saying it because it is courteous?

Being courteous is great and saying thank you is a given but we should really feel it in our heart.

I hope you are understanding where I am attempting to convey.

I want to believe that each thank you I spill out of mouth is a genuine thank you.

I don't know how other couples work but MyHubby and I say thank you often.

He thanks me for cooking dinner. and washing his clothes.  I thank him for picking up things I drop.  I thank him for bringing me a Dr Pepper from Sonic. I thank him for putting up with me and my illnesses.

When he does the little things like picking up things I drop, tying my shoes when they unlace and there is no where for me to sit to tie them,  brings dinner after work etc., I say a heartfelt thank you each time. Yes, he is my husband and he should be there. But i want to let him feel appreciated hence I say thank you.

I sometimes even tell him thank you for loving me.

I genuinely appreciate everything he does. I've talked to some couples and they say they don't thank each other because its a given.  Some even say things like chores are not to be thankful for because it is part of married life. When they say that I think, how sad.

I am so thankful when BabyGirl takes 1-2 hours out of her life to have a meal with me. My heart absolutely warms and smiles when I see her. I thank her for taking that time to be with me. When I hug her while thanking her I hope she feels that appreciation.

I do appreciate others helping me and thank them wholeheartedly. Whether it be someone opening the door at a grocery store for me or offering help to get something off the top shelf.

The other day I was at the grocery store and was putting them in the trunk of my car. A nice old man saw me semi struggling with a heavy bag.  It was one of my major teeter totter days so I was figuring it out in my head as I was maneuvering it. He came up to me out of nowhere, politely took it out of my hand and said, "Let me get that for you." He eliminated one step and saved some of my energy because I had to go home and lug it up the steps. I sincerely said thank you and he didn't know how much he helped me. He smiled and said your welcome and went along his way

Since I am on the subject of being showing appreciation I want to say THANK You to you. I appreciate you taking the time and reading my blog.  and I appreciate YOU. 

Until next time..

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