FINDING HIDDEN TREASURE

Those of us who live with chronic pain or disease, we know about losing treasure but far less about finding it. Some of us have lost so much for so many years; we have actually forgotten some of what life used to be. Yes, you can forget. Pain comes in many forms and all of them can be forgotten or at least put in the backseat of life. Like any kind of pain, for instance the pain of childbirth, kidney stones, and large rocks falling on our heads cartoon style, the agony of loss and the old life can be forgotten. It may stay there, coiled and ready to strike you again when triggered by a memory, a song or word but it is 90% erased. The memory loss is controlled by you, as in “Let it go.” For many years after I became disabled, I missed my life as an RN so much I couldn’t watch any medical shows on TV. Gradually that sense of loss faded but it still drew breath within me.

Self-pity is part of who we are because we’ve earned the right to feel it. Part of the self-pity we are familiar with involves all we used to have, be and do. For a period of time, we replay it all in our heads and hearts. It is part of the grieving self and it’s okay…for a while. I’m a great advocate of memories. Sweet, sour and recycled, they form the foundation for life, the building blocks for who we have become, as well as who we once were. We have cameras and load our drawers, computers and photo albums with pictures of what is gone. Our brains and memories don’t have to work nearly as hard if we have a picture. Unfortunately, the losses that hit us the hardest cannot be photographed. How do you photograph a broken heart, a lost career or a relationship that’s gone “south”? Actually, I think sign language would work best for some of those but alas, some of those signs are not considered polite and this isn’t a video. You should be grateful.

Life travels in a forward motion, dragging us along behind it and it can be a joyride or a trip over the railroad tracks, feeling every bump as we go.  Some of us look back and life is like a bad cartoon, with TNT, explosions and body parts going hither and yon. In other words, some parts of you stayed close and some have flown the coop.

It’s a funny thing about losing parts of life. Complaining can become a habit; just as grieving can also become one. Like the widow who wore her “widow’s weeds” of black mourning for fifty years, we often turn our backs on life which still has substance and multiple colors in it. We often complain so much about our losses we forget what we still have. Perhaps, it is time to take inventory of all we have remaining in our lives. Taking inventory can be a very good thing. It can help us find those bits and pieces of our lives we have stuck back into a corner of our hearts and minds. We might be surprised what we can find, locked away in a closet or in a shady, dank corner of the basement. Did you know your mind and heart can have a closet or a basement? Well, they can.

There are treasures still within you and me. We often forget that. We usually get so caught up in surviving the “shipwreck”; we forget to look for the “hidden treasure.” Perhaps it is time to rent Disney’s SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON. The author of the book, John Rudolph Wyss states profoundly, “The morning dawned upon us without a prospect of hope.”

How often have you and I gone to sleep believing we are without a prospect of hope? That famous old tale of a Swiss family lost and stranded due to shipwreck, devoid of all they held dear except for some sea salt soaked trappings, made a disaster into an adventure. They built a life out of some boards and flotsam on a windswept island, including a remarkable tree house which most of us have seen at one of the Disney parks. Although a work of fiction, that brave, industrious family has much to teach us about loss and discovery. A tragedy turned into an adventure is a wondrous thing to watch. Are you a tragedy or an adventure? Am I kidding? No, I’m not, because my life is a peculiar mix of the two. Your personal text of life is for you to write.

tragedy or adventure

There was a short article tucked away in the back of our newspaper a few days ago about an art find in Germany. It seems the authorities found 1400 works of art tucked away in an apartment bedroom in an upscale Munich apartment. Only 121 of them were framed which explains why they could fit so many works into one bedroom, and all professionally preserved. Art historians all over the world are abuzz about this miraculous find. Seized by the Nazi regime during WWll, these works of art include those by Chagall, Matisse, Picasso and hundreds of others. The source of all of these treasures is believed to be varied. Some were confiscated by the Nazi’s from German museums before the war began by declaring modern art “decadent” and later, they pillaged museums all over Europe. Many were purchased for a pittance of their worth or with threats of violence toward the owners, many of them wealthy Jewish families. The work now begins, to find where they belong, how to return them to their owners’ ancestors and putting all the puzzle pieces back into place. Many are lost works found only in textbooks. It’s truly amazing for this to occur 70 years after the war; lost treasures looking for their homes. Hidden away for years, fate has determined they should be exposed at long last.

You and I may not be unframed, famous works of art but we do have value. We have not been nearly as well preserved but we do represent treasure. They are the creative expression of someone’s mind and talent that has been brought to life with brush strokes, diligence and color choices. Art appreciation is in the eyes of the beholder. Let’s open our eyes to see our value, our beauty and all that we have to work with.

In Norman Cousins’ brilliant book, ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS, he shares his comparisons upon meeting two great men; Pablo Casals and Albert Schweitzer. Mr. Cousins explains, during his own illness, how these two elderly men taught him a vital lesson of life. That lesson was two-fold. He shares that both men had a highly developed sense of purpose and each had an intense will to live. He states, “I became convinced that these materials may represent the most potent force within human reach.”

I know from my own experiences that we often have to search to find that intense will to live. We are burdened by our daily efforts, pain and loss of energies. I found the best way to find a highly developed sense of purpose was to discover what I loved in the present and in the past and to delve into the treasures of my mind and heart. Each of us has hidden treasures, perhaps disguised as dreams, desires long hidden and “if ever I get the chance,” remarks. Few of us were able to fully pursue our passions and talents, interests and dreams while we were laden down with the duties of life like work, family and maintenance of our homes. We have been given a sabbatical from our planned lives and been thrust into a “shipwreck” of pain and loss.

I loved Mr. Cousins’ comments about spending a day with Pablo Casals. He gives a beautifully detailed description of how he began the day as a bent over, pain wracked human struggling to breath, struggling with gnarled frozen fingers and through the magic transformation brought on by his talents allowed the music to infuse him with wellness. In the instance Cousins describes, Casals is playing Bach on the piano, being proficient with many instruments. “His entire body seemed fused with the music; it was no longer stiff and shrunken but supple and graceful and completely freed of its arthritic coil. Having finished the piece, he stood up by himself, far straighter and taller than when he had come into the room.”

I recommend his book to anyone who is facing a life with pain. He proves over and over again the natural medications of life from experiencing life, not from swallowing a pill. Why not try both types of medication. I know from my own experiences as I lie here tonight, my laptop resting on my stomach, preparing this blog for tomorrow. Three hours have passed, the dogs are asleep, Jake in bed between us, little George in his kennel beside the bed with his special little blanket. My husband has been asleep the entire time and I have been escaping by using creativity. I even forgot to take a pain pill until I found I couldn’t move and it served as a reminder…the resounding alarm of my pain clock.

The hidden treasure which can be found by each of us often comes in strange forms as we paint, write, sing, play music or dig a hole in the dirt for a new plant to thrive. Treasure is buried everywhere within our hearts, our lives and our minds. There is a key. That key is to love life enough to begin a search. There’s treasure to be found for each of us.  Now I have the overwhelming impulse to say, “Dig it,” start looking and never believe you are without treasure.

128 thoughts on “FINDING HIDDEN TREASURE

  1. Sue~~”There are Treasures within each of us–time to Dig”~~I love these words and every other word on this posting! Pain can rob us of so much–take the simple act of Sleep—I never dreamed Sleeping would become such a struggle for me as the years with Pain continue to stack~~one upon the other, with New Pains popping up! When you described how you had been in Bed, lost in thought as your fingers flew across the keys~~I thought of my own late night hours–my husband sleeping soundly, as I reached for a Topical Compound Cream to rub on my legs, feet, Neck, back. All I could feel at that moment was “Why Me?”

    Its easy to get stuck in the questions of WHY~~~and a heck of a lot harder to find our way out of being stuck in the loss of so many joyous freedoms we once loved doing. For me it was the loss of being able to work outside with my husband, gardening, creating new flower beds, traveling, and the list goes on. Yet you gave a new insight into this Pain process Sue~ pushing forward to look for those hidden treasures lying just near the surface.

    You are an amazing woman Sue~~~Amazing!! I keep you in my prayers.. Martha

    • Martha, As I always do, I enjoyed and deeply appreciated your comments from the heart. I know life is so difficult for you and also feel you are growing. There is no standing still in this way of life…standing hurts anyway. Our journeys are similar but individual, aren’t they? It’s a fine feeling when we can connect on a thought, a word or an experience. The answer to the question “Why” is one to be answered in another time and place. It can only stall us in this life and keep us from moving on. Enjoy something today dear girl, enjoy. Sue

      • Sue~~
        Oh my how you can cut straight to the “heart” of the matter~~you are spot on, YES it hurts like the “Dickens” to Stand, one more Normal thing we take for granted and suddenly–Pain comes flying in!! Its the simple frustration of all the things we would like to do~~~I correct myself–things we would LOVE to do and now we must constantly make changes.

        I fuss at night as my legs and feet Throb~~~slowly I am learning to work “with” the Pain~~instead of my feeble attempts to battle it.. Seems it helps things go better each day. Each day is precious~~I am humbled at your courage and determination~~as I read more about your health issues. Nobody can make these tough decisions about what faces you—YOU are the person to do it. I applaud you for standing ground to have another Bone Density test~~one more way of checking, checking and checking again!

        Prayers are all around you Sue~~wrap your arms around them and feel the Love coming your way from so many!! Praying with Hope for you! martha

  2. Wow Sue, that was deep. You are totally right of course about our hidden treasures and once we find them again we can get lost in that world for a while with joy and peace in our heart, I too have mourned the lose of so much I use to be able to do. It’s been 2 years for me (so I kindda feel new, not like you who have been battling this pain for years) but never the less pain is pain and loss is painful also. Lately something has changed as I started taking more of an interest in my garden outside (with George’s help) and also my plants inside and I can go for much longer periods of time when I’m doing something I love. Of course if I over do it, there is always the price to pay, but I’m willing to pay that price now for the joy and peace I fell. Yesterday I over did it so today is a quite day. I have to learn how to gage what I can do and for how long.
    You my friend are totally FABULOUS! With all you are dealing with these days to come up with this blog amazes me but that is your treasure and talent. You have helped me get through so much and I have learned so much from you. For that I say THANK YOU my special friend. I’m praying that God will guide you through the storm you are going through right now.
    God Bless you Sue and all on this blog.
    Love ya all big!
    Suzanne XXX

    • Suzanne, never worry about the spelling..it’s the thought and feeling you project that matters on here. I’m always pleased to hear from you and to learn how you are doing. Two years must seem like forever to you but yes, it does make you a newby on here. Time doesn’t really come into it. It’s all about gaining wisdom, learning tolerance and choosing what is best for ourselves. Thanks for reminding me that I have not shared some of my present predicament on here for our friends who aren’t on FB. Better do that now. Hang on my dear and keep digging. Sue

  3. Gee. sorry about the spelling mistakes. loss i/o lose feel i/o fell.My eyes are blurry today, not a good one for me. But still no excuses for spelling mistakes. There could be more, please ignore….
    Gentle hugs and kisses to all. OOO XXX
    Suzanne

      • All righty then I won’t worry. It’s just that one of my new pills is making my vision blurry and I can’t seem to figure out which one. Another thing on my list for the doc when I see her next Tuesday. The list is long….
        love,
        Suzanne XXX

  4. Sue:
    Wonderful, thoughtful and deep. I can tell you lost yourself in this one. When writing, singing, playing music or even reading in such passion you become lost in the moment. I understand about forgetting to take your pain meds until you are stiff and aching. I do that when I am crocheting. Cause I am usually watching a movie, tv or just talking and forget about all the motion I am making with my wrists and hands. Which is why it is taking me so long to write this 🙂 Love it, Millie is gonna love it, I will have to mail it to her tomorrow.
    Rest easy dear friend.
    Love
    Tonie

  5. Speaking of treasure, this ones a real jewel- great reminder to live in the moment and find what joy and beauty there may be even in the middle of loss or pain. I have pretty much thrown myself “full tilt boogie” into my music these days as we are preparing for a big Christmas production Dec 14 & 15. It is roughly an hour and a half long, with 12 or 13 musical selections, by 40 person choir and 16 person band/orchestra, multimedia screen, narration and stage lighting/ special effects. (Thankfully we are not standing the entire time! Whew!) I’m so excited, and its great fun as well as hard work.
    Lots of love, and as always you are in my prayers. ❤

    • Tonie, You’re always so kind to share these blogs with your elderly dear friend, Millie in AZ. You are so thoughtful in all ways. You know, I understand it’s been a rough year for you returning to VA, starting by fracturing your wrist on the trip back there driving your own moving van, but please remember that spirit of yours is just one of the reasons we all respect you so much. I know the wheels are slowly moving for you in getting your disability and also some answers in your own healthcare. Hope the brief run of prednisone helps you right now. You are a treasure in and of yourself. Love, Sue

      • AWWW !! You just make me blush !! 🙂 Thank you sweet lady and Jennie also for your sweet words. I was thinking of ya’all wishing I could share some of these muffins I just made. Whipped em up all on my own. Pum’kin Oatmeal. Gluten free, made with rice flour, applesauce,honey (local) and all sorts of fall spices. They are warm and wonderful and I smeared some butter on one and had it just now. I am resting, I have been cleaning out clothes and sorting things in my bedroom. Bout got er dun, but enough for now, gonna take me a break and rest til time to go craft with the girls. Sue yesterday I felt so wonderful until the evening, I was expecting to feel that way when I woke up but was sadly mistaken. 😦
        Chris dear, rest up and catch us up when you feel up to it. Miss you !!
        Love ya’all
        Tonie

    • Annie, So wonderful to hear from you. I know with work and now your new choir project, I understand. It sounds so beautiful and so exciting. Go easy on the work. I am relieved you don’t have to stand through it. Sounds like a huge production and I’m sure it will bless all who are there. I love Christmas. I know many get upset that the celebrations begin too early but I’m one of those fanatics who love to stretch it out. I guess I still believe in the magic. It represent God’s greatest gift to the world as well as so many memories of family and wonderfully warm times. Be good to yourself dear girl. Love you, Sue

    • ANNIE LOVE…………..BOY WOULD I LOVE TO BE IN ON YOUR CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION, THIS IS SO “YOU”. WILL IT BE A MUSICAL MIX, ARE YOU IN THE CHOIR? LEADING IT, OR RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING IT UP? WILL IT BE IN CHURCH (ACCOUSTICS WILL BE FAB) OR A HALL? GOOD ON YOU ANNIE.
      LOVE YOU…………JENNIE XX

  6. DEAR READERS WHO ARE NOT ON FACEBOOK WITH ME: FORGIVE ME FOR LEAVING YOU OUT OF THE LOOP. A FEW DAYS AGO ON FB I SHARED MY LAST VISIT TO THE RHEUMY IN PORTLAND WHO TOLD ME THE STATE OF MY HEALTH WITH THE CURRENT COMPRESSION I HAVE HAD AT L1 WOULD PROBABLY HAPPEN AGAIN TO OTHER BONES. I AM CONCERNED OF COURSE AND SHE HAS RECOMMENDED TO MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN THAT I START ON A DRUG CALLED FORTEO. IT IS FOR BUILDING UP BONE DENSITY AND IT INVOLVES TAKING A SUBQ INJECTION EVERY DAY FOR TWO YEARS. THEY LIMIT IT TO TWO YEARS BECAUSE IT HAS CAUSED SARCOMA IN LAB RATS. MANY OF THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS ARE THINGS I ALREADY HAVE IN ABUNDANCE AND FIND THAT A REAL TURN OFF..COULD LIFE GET WORSE…MAYBE? AS MANY OF YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND, MY LIFE IS VERY COMPROMISED AS TO QUALITY, ACTIVITY, ETC. ALREADY AND NOW i HAVE TO DECIDE IF I WANT TO RISK TRYING A FAIRLY NEW DRUG, AFTER ALL THE MANY TIMES I’VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH DRUG REACTIONS PREVIOUSLY OR DO I WANT TO FACE MORE FRACTURES. CAN’T SAY I’M CRAZY ABOUT EITHER CHOICE SO I AM INVESTIGATING ALL I CAN SO I CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. I INSISTED ON A CURRENT BONE DENSITY TEST, ALTHOUGH THE DOCTORS SAID IT WASN’T NECESSARY BUT I ASK YOU…HOW CAN WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN WITHOUT A CURRENT LOOK AT MY BONES? THE LAST DENSITY I HAD WAS NOT THAT BAD. TODAY I HAD ONE, AN XRAY OF A SHOULDER THAT IS ACTING UP, LAB WORK, ETC.SOME OF YOU HAVE THE IMPRESSION I HAVE RA AND I WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT I DO NOT. I DO HAVE ONE OF THE 100 RHEUMATOLOGY DISEASES HOWEVER AND IN THE INTEREST OF WHAT WE ALL DO BY COMMUNICATING, LET ME TELL ANY NEW READERS WHAT I DO DEAL WITH. I HAVE RELAPSING POLYCHONDRITIS, SJOGREN’S SYNDROME, IBS AND EXTREME PHOTOSENSITIVITY. ONE PERSON IN 250,000 HAVE RELAPSING POLY. IT IS A DISEASE OF DESTRUCTION OF CARTILAGE. wE HAVE CARTILAGE ALL OVER OUR BODIES, CONNECTING UP SO i GUESS THAT MEANS I’M FALLING TO PIECES. I’VE TALKED TO THE ELI LILY COMPANY WHO MAKES THE DRUG AND OF COURSE, THEY ARE MORE POSITIVE. THE REVIEWS BY 140 PATIENTS WHO HAD TAKEN IT WERE NOT AS POSITIVE AND SOME OF THE ACTUALLY SCARY. SO, BASICALLY, THAT’S MY STORY. PLEASE PRAY MY DOCTORS AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ME SO MY LIFE WILL NOT GO DOWN THE DRAIN ANYMORE THAN IT ALREADY HAS. THANKS FOR LISTENING…LOVE YOU ALL, SUE

    • SUE DARLING……….AS YOU WILL KNOW BY NOW, I SENT YOU AN E-MAIL AND AN F/B MESSAGE WITH REGARDS TO THIS MATTER, AS NO DOUBT OTHERS HAVE DONE TOO, SO I WON’T SAY ANYMORE, I JUST HOPE THE DECISION YOU MAKE IS RIGHT FOR YOU………MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU, AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOU CONSTANTLY…………YOU ARE SO LOVED…….A WONDERFUL BLOG, I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT FEELING AS YOU DO, YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION…..BLESSINGS, JENNIE X

  7. Annie:
    Good for you ! It has been a LONG time since I was in that kind of production. I DO remember all the work involved though. It will be worth all the work when you perform, and I am assuming that someone will record it so you can watch. Take care and good to hear from you !
    Tonie

  8. Chris, where are you? We haven’t heard from you in a few days and now I’m worried. You have so much going on in your life with your Dad, your DH and your own health…Let us know you’ve still got your head above water dear friend. Hugs, Sue

  9. HELLO,
    JUST BRIEFLY, I PUT A POST ON THE LAST BLOG, FOR A REQUEST FOR PRAYER FOR LITTLE HARRY, I DON’T KNOW IF ANYONE OTHER THAN SUE SAW IT, IF YOU DIDN’T WOULD YOU MIND IF I ASK AGAIN, WE DESPERATELY NEED TO GET HIM TO LAPLAND TO SEE SANTA BEFORE HE DIES……..PLEASE HELP US ACHIEVE THIS.
    GOING OUT FOR A MEAL WITH DH AND LIZ FOR MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW, FULL OF COLD, SO HOPING I AM WELL ENOUGH TO GO, AS SITTING DOWN A PROBLEM TOO.
    CRAP WEATHER HERE, COLD RAIN THE BLOODY LOT………….NEVER MIND, AT LEAST I CAN STILL GET UP IN THE MORNING………….LOVE YOU ALL……….JENNIE X

    • Jennie:
      We are praying for him at church and I am here. I will have a prayer for him tonight when we get together for crafting. Take care and have a good dinner and HAPPY BIRTHDAY !! My sweet friend. It is cold here, sunny but the wind is very cold. I have been out and in a few times and am so thankful for my warm cozy home when I step back inside.
      Love ya

    • Oh Jennie, A cold and all the trimmings. Hope they pass very soon. HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend. You have contributed so much to all of us over the last few years and we cherish you. Hope the coming year surprises you with it’s goodness, beginning with a great dinner out with DH and Liz, your neighbor. Just remember if you’re not up to it on the day, a delay is not such a terrible thing. Terribly cold and wet weather as you describe it sounds like another reason to delay if must.
      I hope little Harry’s parents have that trip planned very soon. Wishes of a dying child, oh my, I can’t help but wonder if there is any other prayer that would take precedence over that. .Lapland is such an amazing, icy place. I have a friend who grew up there so it sort of personalizes it for me. I believe little Harry will make it but they’d best not delay..don’t you agree?
      Please take good care of yourself and get that nasty virus behind you. I feel mostly over the one I’ve had all week. GS is coming over to spend the night with us and tomorrow. Looking forward to spending time with this sweet boy who is now ten years old. How the time flies for each of us. Love ya, Sue

    • Snowing here. I have a wedding to go to tomorrow, and it’s making me kind of nervous. I will bring my special pillow to sit on and my back rest but not sure I will be able to sit for that amount of time.
      Tomorrow I will rest most of the day, the wedding is at 3 pm I WILL have to start getting dressed around 1 cause it takes me an eternity to get ready. Okay then, now I’m sounding like a complete baby. I should be happy to be able to go and when I can’t take it anymore I will ask my DH to bring me home. Tomorrow will be a great day!
      Love to all on this blog, many of you I don’t know but will eventually.
      God Bless and prayers for a great weekend.
      Suzanne XXX

      • Suzanne, I understand completely. Sounds like you are doing all the right things to prepare and I hope it goes well for you. Do you have something you can take for pain just before you leave? Part of a wedding has to be better than none. Best with that tomorrow dear lady. I’ll be thinking about you. Snow, huh? Do take care..Sue

      • Well, the good thing about this is I do take a pill for pain around 6 pm so I’m assuming that will be around the time we have supper. Problem is they don’t always work, but I have to be positive and think that today they will cause I’m resting all day.
        Yes SNOW, -2 degrees and very windy. Old man winter is showing his face, just hope he isn’t here until April. I’ve come to realize how much the weather affects my body now. Oh well nothing we can do about the weather.
        Happy to hear your GS is with you. They certainly are a blessing in our lives. Did you have a chance to make that delicious cake for your DH?
        Enjoy your day Sue. Love you Big!
        Suzanne XXX

      • Suzanne:
        Sounds like fun. I always like getting dressed up to go to a wedding. Although why I don’t know, everyone is looking at the bride 🙂 I don’t do that level of dressing much but fun when you do huh ?? I agree with Sue, take a pain med before you leave that way it will kick in when you need it. Enjoy dear one. Snow ?? They are telling us we may get some of it next week here. 😦
        God bless ya !
        Tonie

    • We are praying for him here too. I think we all hope he gets to see Santa. God Bless!

      Happy Birthday dear Jennie, enjoy your meal with DH and Liz. Love you Big.
      Suzanne
      XXX

      • Oh Tonie you are so right. I love getting dressed up to go to a wedding. Can’t remember the last time I did. My dress is a long dress, cream coloured and I will wear a (black with a bit of glitter) shrug over it to stay warm but also to hide my jiggly arms. Ha ha. My shoes (flats of course) are cream and black. Had to give all my heels away to my daughter and granddaughter cause I can no longer wear them. Luckily we all wear the same size. I’ll try and take a pic of George & me and e-mail it to you. I never put pics on FB myself.
        Hope they are wrong about the snow for you. Enjoy your day and hope you have a chance to rest and take good care of yourself sweatpea!
        Love ya big!
        Suzanne XXX

    • Suzzanne, there are several ways to post pictures on FB for only certain people to see. First, you can send the pictures in a personal message, and second, you can post a message with the pictures or picture album, choose custom from the drop down menu, and then put in the name of those you wish to be able see it, and it will only show up to the people chosen and will not be visible to anyone else. You can even post something you wish to keep, but only for yourself (eg. a recipe or maybe a joke) and you can lock the post so no one can se it but you. Hope this info is helpful. Nana Brenda aka pommum

      • Hi Nana Brenda, Thank you for the info. I’m not that great with computers, the children at school, when I use to work always showed me how to do things. I miss them tremendously.
        I didn’t realize that I could post them for only certain people to see. Once I get the pictures from the photographer I will try my hand at posting them on FB. Do you have a FB account?
        I did see Kodi Bear had one and I was following that page. I’m so sorry for your loss. We all know how it feels to loose one of our precious animals they are part of the family. God Bless and do take care of yourself.
        Suzanne XXX

  10. To all of you
    You all have such problems and all live so so gracefully
    Sue
    Sorry I ain’t been here .you are such an inspiration and this blog was beyond words of description. It was gob smacking good girl! So absorbing and so got to the heart of me
    I don’t know what to say to you about the new drug .but I know that you will make the decision with all those praying that the safe one is made for you. And that you are settled and calm within yourself about your decision what ever way you decide . Not a decision we wish you had to make,Sue
    Tonie
    Well I got more rest to make up till I’m anywhere near the normal!
    But the smell of those muffins ….with butter on..got me drooling….
    Hope your whizzing about on those tabs soon…and wish that I,could catch up with you!
    Jen
    We’ve spoke but prayers for this courageous young lad and his mum and dad.
    Ihope that cold goes dam quick..and again
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Well what a time I’ve had..all my dad I suppose with all family stuff on the edges
    My dad has taken my time up .dont know how it happens.but one day I think I’ve sorted it.then bang early morning it starts again with one problem that takes ages to sort..drs nurses catheters pain .They all get sorted then another prob occurs and 2 hrs gone again.its been like that for days now. he won’t go to,hosp and he needs 24 hr care .cant even stand up..the catheter over leaked he had to have a new one and flushed then another then in pain and I try to appeal to get somebody there quick and they don’t turn up.and it goes on and I get so worried as he is distressed.he turns to me to sort it out ,I can hardly understand him.he has to say one word for a sentence as he can’t speak.he says if he goes back,into rehab he will come out in a box.he doesn’t like the food there .i found out a place that will deliver a nice hot meal once a day and pudding .he thought that good.but it won’t make any difference i think

    DH started new tabs after seeing dr.they are bringing it down but too early to say if there are any side effects
    Today for GS new bedroom we took over some large framed photos … all in those trendy new black frames they like …those he took himself when we had a day out at the car museum.DH printed them up really big and his name at the bottom.it was great to see his face and to help him put them up….he wants some more now…good innit!
    Me well so tired inside and it won’t shift you all know the feeling.And would you believe I can’t sleep !
    Well all. I’ve missed you all on the blog .,be back over the weekend love Chris

    • Oh Chris, what a wretched time for all of you. So much coming at you. I wrote you a private email but just wanted to add, don’t be shy about letting others help you, no matter what your Dad thinks. He’s confused, hurting and undoubtedly scared right now. Just the physical demands on you can be overwhelming, especially if you’re having more trouble than usual sleeping and getting your much needed renewal with sleep. You have my understanding and know so much what you’re going through. I wish you strength, compassion and PATIENCE. Love, Sue

      • Chris, what a wonderful gift for your grandson. It’s so personal and it is wonderful for his talent and his grandfather’s talents to merge. It’s intriguing how so many abilities, talents and tastes can run in families. I sure hope DH’s med are working better this time around. I know it’s frustrating for him…and you. I’ve just put our youngest grandson to bed after a night of TV and pizza. He’s a bit down and disappointed because little Georgie snarled at him. He loves George and the pup was protecting a bone…hard thing for children to understand. Hopefully george will be less aggressive when we have him neutered next week.
        I hope your day turns out as peacefully as you want it to be and you get a chance to unwind and recover from your recent duties. Life can be so complicated there are times we just want to find a moment of peace, I know. Jim didn’t home until after pizza and he is moving might slowly. Poor man. GS and I are thinking about baking his favorite lemon jello cake in the morning and then going over to the movie museum here in town. We both have been wanting to see it. They turned a very old jail in town into a museum displaying things from all the movies that were made in this area. One factoid: Clark Gable worked in a little theater in this area many years ago. If it’s not true then it’s a lie with a plaque on the wall. Many films have been filmed here and it’s fun to see all the side stories. Anyway, hope tomorrow is a bright, peaceful spot for both you and DH. Much love…Sue

    • Chris Dear !
      I wish I could send you a few of them muffins. Better yet, sit down with a cuppa and share them with you. Prayers dear lady, for strength and patience and all the other wisdom you need to help your dear dad. He is scared and doesn’t want to not be home. But take care of you. Do what you can for him and trust in what the Lord can do for you.
      Wonderful what the pics did for GS. Does your dh have his own printers he uses or does he send them out ??
      Take care and rest up dear.
      Tonie

  11. Suzanne
    I was thinking it might be the pills that you take for the bladder that make your eyes blurry,they did me
    Enjoy the time you do stay at the wedding
    Tonie
    He has two printers.one that prints up to A4 and one that prints up to A3 it was the A3 that we took to GS
    He cuts the mounting masks to fit too
    He has won several competitions and 2 newspaper ones too,but he hasnt entered them these last few years..busy doing other things I suppose but he hasn’t been too well either
    he is printing some more this w.end.for GS and we will be making another trip over there ….good excuse!

    Yep I’m awake not bad woke at 6.30 am but didn’t get to sleep till 2am
    Another day is dawning..hoping for our usual Saturday of buying newspaper and b.fast out.and a visit to the library..just normal things but good for the soul….that is if I can manage not to eat till then!
    Be back chris

    • Thanks Chris, I’ll mention that to my doc and maybe she can change the pill I’m taking.
      Enjoy your breakfast out. Sounds like a fun outing and certainly is good for the soul. Try and rest also , it’s the weekend sweetheart.
      I will stay at the wedding as long as I can and I will have fun too! Think I was having a poor me moment there. I’ll just have to get up and walk around a few times so I won’t get to sore from sitting. Love ya big!
      Suzanne
      XXX

    • Hey Chris:
      What brand printers does he use ?? I am always curious as to what professionals use 🙂 I have a few mounts I bought on sale to put back to use for special pics. And I have NEVER printed them out and done them. I need to do a few of my really special pics. It takes them to a whole new level when you do them up right. SO blessed you are to be near your GS I miss mine so much. Yeah I woke up at 5 this am, I slept for 6 hours straight which is wonderful ! Have a great day girlie !

  12. Jennie, ha ha! Accidentally pushed the post it button before I was done. I am singing with the choir in our Christmas production. It will be at church. I auditioned for a solo part in the finale but the director us keeping us in suspense til next week. There are many excellent singers in our group do I will be quite surprised if I got it. I wish I could have all of you here for the program. It is beautiful and very moving and I would love to share it with you.

    Have a blessed birthday knowing youvarevprecious and so well lived by all of us ❤

    • Hi Annie, you don’t know me, but reading about that Christmas production sounds like loads of fun. Makes me want to join in. Brings back lots of memories for me. Please keep us posted on how things are moving along. I can almost hear the music and song.
      God Bless!
      Love, Suzanne XXX

  13. Sue:
    Oh I love when you tell us about all the cool elements in your town. I would love to see it with you one day !! What a great place to grow up for a kid. All sorts of fantasy things to do and see. I guess I have always wanted to live near the ocean so that holds a big magnet for me. Up early this am. It is 20′ outside and 70′ inside 🙂 I actually woke up cause I was too hot 🙂 Had to go and turn the heater down . I have to finish my bedroom today and work on some sewing projects for the bazaar. We are coming up with some awesome little projects. I picked up a sweet little reindeer pillow from Goodwill for a $1, and added some glitter and glitz and it is now worth a good $5 !
    Fun comes in different packages these days, but it is still fun huh ?? I have to get busy with a couple of things for my girls. I have a couple pairs of their old jeans and I am making them a purse out of them. I am finished with the afghans I sold. My hands and wrists are not up to solid crocheting anymore. I can only do it a couple of hours then I have to quit . Well need some tea .
    Have a great day with GS
    Love ya
    T

    • Tonie, 20 degrees? Well, that’s it,,,winter is here. I was happy to hear your home was so cozy and warm, however. We are just a bit wet, cold but not that cold. I’m letting GS sleep in. He told when I was tucking him in last night, “Well, if Jakie comes in here I’m going to pet him a lot because now I feel sorry for him.” A result of George being such a little you know what. George chases Jake around wanting to play, grabbing his legs because that’s all he can reach. George is hideous lately except when asleep. So full of it…I have to remember to pop over to your website and look at the good you have for sale. It’s that time of year. Glad you slept well..some of the inflammation is going down I do believe..Love, Sue

    • Oh Tonie, I just love hearing about all the crafts you do. You are one talented lady. A purse out of jeans, how smart of you. The girls must be happy especially if they were their favourite jeans. You certainly are one busy lady, and all for a good cause. Oh by the way could you send me your website, so I can look at the goods also. I didn’t realize you had a website for that but read Sue’s comment. Can you order on-line and do you send to Canada? God Bless you Tonie. Have a HAPPY AND PEACEFULLY weekend my sweets!
      Love ya big!
      Suzanne XXX

    • Tonie, you sound entirely too busy. Love the purse idea..seen similar. I love those denim skirts when they line the bottom hem with different types of pockets from used jeans, mixing old jean fabric with red bananas and making adorable western looking throws or quilts. Also, long ago made braided rugs with odds and ends of fabric. It’s all so expensive now, hate to waste any of it. GS and I are staying in…he’s still getting over his flu. We’ll try again on Mon. with the holiday the kids will be off. Stay warm dear girl. Love, Sue

  14. HELLO,
    JUST A QUICKIE….YEAH I KNOW I SAY THAT EVERY TIME. ANYWAY, HAD A NICE DAY THANKS TO THE MEDS, LOVELY MEAL, WITH NAKED MEN IN THE GLASSES OF SAKI AGAIN. DH BOUGHT ME A CAKE WHICH HE PRODUCED WHEN WE WENT HOME FOR TEA, AND DO YOU KNOW, THAT DARNED CAKE PLAYED ME A BLOODY TUNE, THOUGHT THAT WAS ONLY CARDS. OH TONIE, I ENVY YOU YOUR WEATHER, ITS SO COLD HERE,ENOUGH TO SNOW, LIT THE LOG FIRE, FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, SO MUSTN’T GRUMBLE. THANKS FOR THE COMMENTS ON HARRY, I WILKEEP ASKING AFTER HIM, AND PUTTING IT UP ON HERE.
    MY DH GOES IN TO HOSPITAL A DAY EARLIER THAN FIRST THOUGHT, ITS THE 3RD NOW. GOOD JOB, AS HIS TRIP TO THE TOILET SEEM TO BE MORE OFTEN.
    OK FOLKS, JUST WANTED TO CHECK IN, SUE, HOPE GEORGE IS NOT TOO HUMILIATED WITH THE LACK OF HIS NUTS, AND THAT YOU ARE OK. LOVE TO YOU ALL, BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU AND KEPT YOU ALLIN MY THOUGHTS TODAY AND WISHING YOU COULD HAVE SHARED MY BIRTHDAY WITH ME………..BONNE WEEKEND XXXXX JENNIE XXX

    • Jennie the birthday girl, you do have a gift for putting ooph in a glass of Saki. I trust your lovely birthday cake tasted delicious as well as being musically inclined. Thoughtful man your DH. Tell him to be grateful his and George’s surgery are not reversed. George will say so long to two parts of his manhood on the 12th. Hope your DH can hold on until the 3rd of Dec. It’s difficult to sleep at night with all that getting up to visit the loo.

      Oh, I have to share something quite funny with you my more ribald friend. Our cable TV has been acting up and finally the picture went out two days ago but we had sound. Before calling a guy to come out I decided to run over, actually drive over, and get a new cable box. The day the cable went out was Wed. and I was listening to a music channel while writing the blog. Can’t be distracted by the TV while being or trying to be creative. Anyway…I was lying down working on the blog, listening to light classical music when all of a sudden two naked women appeared on the screen making out like mad. The pic had a sign under it..something about lesbian love. While I was looking for the controls, it went off and back to the easy listening music. Well, when I went to the cable store, I told them about it and of course, everyone had to hear the story because each person started laughing. The clerk was laughing so hard and said, “Well I never heard anything like this before. I’ll have to call our head up guy in Portland.” With that I lost it and said, “Oh man, I’ve got to get out of here.” I left them all in stitches. They’ll be remember this old lady. I said, “Gees, if I was going to pay for porn it would not have been that one.” Long story short…cable now back on.

      Hope you’re feeling better now and enjoying that cake. Love you, Sue

      • HA ! Sue you have the most weird things happening to you this year. More so than usual. 🙂 I would have been rolling on the floor. I can just see your face !

      • SUE……..JUST READ YOUR POST TO MY DH, I AM STRUGGLING TO PICK HIM UP OFF THE FLOOR, HE FELL OFF HIS CHAIR LAUGHING. WHAT A HOOT, WONDER HOW THAT HAPPENED, CERTAINLY ONE FOR THE BOOK HA HA!!!!…….YES LOVE, I THINK MY DH CAN HANG ON, ALTHOUGH HE IS PEEING FOR ENGLAND/FRANCE, AT LEAST HE IS PEEING.
        HOW IS OUR LITTLE GEORGE AND WHEN DOES HE HAVE HIS STITCHES OUT, OR WILL YOU DO IT FOR HIM??
        YES THE CAKE WAS A REAL BONUS, AND THE THOUGHTFULNESS TOUCHED ME, MY DH HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT, AND HAS GIVEN ME THE HAPPIEST 17YRS OF MY LIFE…….I AM SO GRATEFUL, IT MAKES PAIN EASIER TO COPE WITH DOESN’T IT? I HOPE THIS WEEKEND HAS BEEN KINDER TO YOU ME FRIEND, AND YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REST UP……….YOU ARE NEVER FAR FROM MY MIND…….LOVE YOU….JEN X

      • OMG, SUE..THAT WAS HILARIOUS!!!!!This could only happen to you. Definitely weird, memorable and shocking to say the least. 🙂
        I am just testing out right now to see if ny comments show up before writing more. I lost a biggie for some reason on the last blog…it must be in cyber heaven.
        Testing..testing…will be back if it takes..hopefully it will.
        A good day to all…later
        Jo

      • Sue..I still don’t see my comment from 20 minutes ago. Hmmmm ..I will wait longer to see if these appear.
        Hope you are all having a good day so far …If you can see this 🙂

        Jo ♡

  15. Sue
    Your town sounds as if I’d like to explore it
    Lets hope george settles down!

    Well had to call out of hours dr to my dad today he has an infection where the catheter goes.he didnt tell dr he was already on antibiotics or morphine tabs ,.so I had to ring up and wait for dr to ring me…all took the greater part of the day again.. had to go and take his panadol away as dr gave him cocodamol and his other antibiotics but he sounds so spaced out and talks so you can’t understand at all
    He is prob weak as well from the sepsis.but he said he would ringan ambulance tonight as he has pain by ribs again,the dr said it was to do with the ribs and infection.so ofcourse we are concerned with having had pneumonia and the sepsis .i do wish he stayed in hosp.its causing so much of everything.dont know what to do for the best . He has lost weight too.
    Big rememberence show on tv tonight by the British legion he watches it every year..but has gone to bed. Tomorrow he always is in the walk ,in his scooter, to the cathedral and says the Kohima epitaph all gone for him now
    Tonie
    Arty crafty Tonie .
    All in your cosy home
    Well DH printers are
    The printer scanner is a Canon pixma mg 6250 and prints up to A4
    The one he uses for competition photos is an Epsom R1400 and prints just over A3
    Suzanne
    How’d you get on at wedding?
    Well folks be back Chris

    • Oh Chris, I had so much fun at the wedding. It felt good to be all dressed up and I felt pretty once again. Uplifting for me I guess. I was able to move around and talk to different people I didn’t even know so that helped me with the sitting problem. Didn’t get home to late but so happy I made it. The photographer did take a pic of George and I so when I get it (on internet) I will send it to you. Do I have your e-mail address, gee not sure anymore. Well thanks for asking about the wedding. Love you big!
      Hope your dad goes back to he hospital, it is very hard on everyone when he is in such a bad state. Saying prayers for him my dear Chris. Take good care of yourself first so you can then take care of everyone else.
      Suzanne XXX

  16. Wow, took me a while to read all the comments and a few got my attention (Sue) lol. George the pup will take a few months before all the testosterone is cleared from his body after his … alteration lol. Always remember although he’s tiny he’s still a terrier (terror). Jake is going to have to tell him off before he stops being a pest or you have to make him stop. Seems odd to be a dog short of what I’ve had for many years, still pulling one too many dog cookies out. The dogs seem to have settled into the new norm.

    We’ve had snow here a couple of times and will again in a day or two. If only the barometer would stop shifting I wouldn’t mind so much.

    I noticed I’ve been isolating and not being as creative as I should be. I’ve only been spinning wool into yarn when I meet with the other ladies in the guild once a month, haven’t been painting watercolor or Icons, haven’t been knitting or doing much crochet and seem to be avoiding the gym. I’m going to have to force myself to get active again I’m afraid.

    Well, take care everyone….

    • Laura, Sorry you’re feeling crappy. Yes, getting into some creativity would help. I know it’s more difficult after a loss to get the creative juices flowing..I’ve found that also. Thanks for tip about George’s surgery and the aftermath. Jake is really fine. If he snarled at George, the little guy hits the deck and rolls over on his back in his best don’t kill me pose. It’s actually been good for Jake to be chased because he’s been very sedentary since we lost our Annie and now he’s running up the halls with George and they like to go out together. Sure it’s annoying to have little guy grabbing your legs but it’s all of Jake he can reach.
      Wow, snow already. Guess that’s part of the reason for your isolation? Do be good to you, Sue

    • HEY LAURA…….COME ON, I HAVE BEEN MISSING YOUR STORIES OF YOUR SPINNING AND SEWING AND ALL THE OTHER ACTIVITIES, I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS WHEN YOU LOSE A PRECIOUS FRIEND LOVE, JUST KEEP GOING AND LET YOUR CREATIVITY HEAL YOU……….LOVE YOU, JENNIE X

    • BSL ! You know I should talk to you about getting some of your yarn. Email me if you are interested in selling some of it. I am glad you and your herd are settling back in. I know you will be missing her for a long time.
      Take care
      Oh and keep that snow up there, although we are supposed to get some next wednesday

  17. Oh, my. I must not let so much time pass between times I check in. I just read this new blog and comments and didn’t even catch up on the last one yet. Prayers will be going up for everyone, including little Harry. Good to hear from everyone, especially those we’ve not heard from in a while. I guess I’ve been busier than I thought lately or filled my down time differently. Finally got my knees to settle down for a bit. They were fine most of today, then started in. While I was reading they really went crazy, a few finger joints, too. Not sure what that was all about or if they will start up again. The boy is home again this weekend, and DD is home right now, too, so we are all enjoying a little together time. It looks like the boy will be transferring to the local community college for next semester. He doesn’t care for it where he’s at. He’s now had a migraine at school last week, I think, and got another tonight. It may be best to have him home for a while to see if they are starting up again. I have a friend who is very prone to them between the time changes over winter. I’m hoping that will not be the case for SB. We shall see. A few parts piping up, and soon time for bed anyway. Take are, all.

    • HI LYN,……SORRY TO HEAR YOUR SON WAS NOT HAPPY WHERE HE WAS GOING TO SCHOOL, BUT IF ITS NOT RIGHT FOR HIM, THEN ITS NOT RIGHT, AND MAYBE HE WILL BE HAPPIER CLOSER TO HOME. HANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR LITTLE HARRY, MY SISTER PASSES THEM ALL ON TO HIS PARENTS, AND THEY ARE SO GRATEFUL. YES I AGREE WITH YOU LYN, ITS GREAT TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE JOINED IN AGAIN. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, AND ENJOY YOUR FAMILY TIME, LOVE….JENNIE X

  18. Suzanne
    Just sent you my email
    Glad you had a good time it would have done you good
    Well I am looking after myself…I got toast and tea and back to bed and reading a book.havent done all thse together for a while quite a treat
    All best

  19. Hi all, I have finally sorted out my problems and am able to leave a message!!!

    Sue, this blog was awesome and I’m sure many are searching for their “hidden treasure” !!! When I was a medical adjudicator making decisions on disability files, we sometimes found that some of our clients had taken on a “disability personality” or life style, having decided that they could no longer do anything at all, when it was quite apparent that some had hidden treasures waiting to be discovered and used!

    We have been very busy getting the last bit of work done at the cottage, getting quotes for a new steel roof, and preparing to shut down for the winter season. We will be returning this week and our son is coming on the weekend to help move the dock and boat. Our ground is white with snow so it does seem time to stay home by our cosy gas fire which doesn’t require chopping wood, and I have three Christmas stockings to make so the little ones will have a stocking to match the rest of the family, but first I must learn how to operate my new sewing machine!
    As many of you have probably seen, we lost our dear little Pom Kodi Bear last week and it has been a very difficult time … for us and his two Pommie brothers Teddi and Korry also. Ken took his passing very hard and we all miss him dearly. Teddi and Korry are staying close to one another, and we are trying to take them with us if it is at all possible. There are many sympathy notes and beautiful memorial pictures on Teddi’s FB page if you would like to have a look, but for now I am finding them too difficult to read.

    I will be back soon!

    Love and Hugs …. Nana Brenda

    • HI NANA BRENDA………..GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK, I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU ON F/B, SO NOT BEEN OUT OF TOUCH, YOUR PICS ON F/B WERE BEAUTIFUL, KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART, AND YOU WILL GET THERE……….LOVE TO YOU,……..JENNIE X

    • Nana B !! So good to have you back on with us ! You know I been praying for you and your family. It is so hard to loose one of the babies like that. You and BSL and SUe have all lost a loved one this year. It is sad enough to see them age, but letting them go is awfully hard. Glad you are back on and able to chat with us. We have missed you.
      Love
      Tonie

    • Nana Brenda, so good to see you here! A difficult time you are going through to be sure. You will read Teddi’s tributes when the time is right. Hugs!

  20. Hey all:
    Breezy warm day here. I have the door open and Ceasar is whining cause Chocky Cat is sitting byt the door and he is scared to go by him 🙂 I let the chickens out and they are roaming about. We are getting cold in the next couple of days with some of Bob Sled Laura’s snow ! (sorry Laura, You will always be BSL !! to me !)
    I made myself chicken, sugar snap peas and risotto last night and had enough for today. Yummee. I like my food fresh like that. But I don’t often want to cook just for me.
    SUzanne, I am so glad you had a good time at the party. I would love to see your and hubbys pic as well. It is good to get out and socialize a bit ain’t it ??
    Chris, hang in there and rest
    Lyn, I know you are glad ot have SB home again.
    Jennie: I bet you are recupping from the birthday Hang tight and rest up
    Been praying for all who have special needs on here and for ALL in general. Take care my peeps
    Love
    Tonie

  21. Well, here I am at 4 am. Been up since 2. Can’t seem to settle my thoughts down enough to get back to sleep. I have to go sit with Miss Alice today also. Last minute thing for a few hours. Oh well, I can take a nap when I get home right ? It is cold here this morning, 27 ‘ last I looked. Brr, I need to get Chocky’s heat lamp set up in the shed. I think he is enjoying being in out of the weather. He likes to stroll in the house and give the dogs a hissy fit 🙂
    Hope you are all snug in your beds snoozing and wake up rested and well.
    C ya later
    Tonie

    • HI TONIE,
      WISH I’D KNOWN YOU WERE UP AT THAT TIME, I WOULD HAVE F/B’D YOU, NOT SLEEPING TOO WELL MYSELF, THOUGHT GOING ROUND MY HEAD, CAN’T SORT THEM OUT.
      WORRIED ABOUT DH GOING IN TO HOSPITAL, MY SON TIM STILL IS PICKING UP IN THE WAY CLAIRE AND I HOPED, I DON’T FEEL SO GREAT EITHER…..MAN OH MAN! I AND NO DOUBT ALL OF US, COULD USE A HEALTHY SPELL COULDN’T WE? ITS COLD HERE TOO BABE, RAINY AND WINDY AND GREY.
      MY HEART GOES OUT TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE PHILLIPPINES, I DON’T KNOW HOW THOSE POOR FOLKS WILL GET OVER THIS ONE. HOPE ALL WENT WELL WITH MISS ALICE TODAY AND THAT YOU CATCH UP ON YOUR SLEEP MY DEAR FRIEND….TALK TO YOU LATER, LOVE YA…..JENNIE XX

      • Hey Jen poo ! I have a head cold. which is probably why I couldn’t sleep this am. Ms Alice does as well…..wonder where I got it from hmmm……Anyhow, I dosed us up with OJ, and Aspirin and soup today and now the boys and me are on the bed resting a bit. You can only control what you can, which is Nuthin !! So give it over the the Lord who CAN handle things and trust that He will make it turn out what the best way is. It is hard ot believe, but He really knows what way is best and it ain’t always how WE want it to be. Love you !!
        Tonie

  22. Hi All, please forgive me for not answering each of you. I’m not feeling well and have saved my energies for family, chores, shopping etc and have nothing left right now. Been battered by a mild virus with headache, diarrhea off and on and an overall loss of energy. GS still feeling it as is daughter. It will pass.I promise to get on here tomorrow but am thinking of each of you and praying for your health and safety. Love to all of you as we battle for life and health but mostly for joy. Later, Sue

      • Thanks Lyn. You’re always so thoughtful. In regards to your son deciding to change schools, it’s good that he knows his own feelings and will speak up. The same situation occurred last year with one of my Texas GS’s. He’s much happier where he is now than the first college he attended. Let’s pray those hideous headaches won’t return with the winter. Thinking of all of you, Love, Sue

  23. Sue:
    It goes without saying you are in my prayers. I figured you were under the weather. I am home today as Ms Alice is feeling poorly and frankly am glad to be home myself as not so great here either. Was that the best run-on sentence yet ??
    Found some cold meds and been taking them seem to help some, but a good day of taking it easy may help more. Skipping the MTX today. It is cold and windy here , supposed to get precip in form of snow, but nothing to stick or last. Ground is too warm. Another of those CANADIAN cold fronts I had so happily forgotten about !! 🙂 I have lots of crafting to do, so will not be bored. Love you and thinking of you.
    Tonie:

    • Tonie, I am so sorry you are fighting a cold, and hope you are winning the battle. Irritating as they are we can’t seem to escape those darn viruses..so many of us with other problems are such juicy tidbits for them. It’s a strange concept to know that everyone is someone else’s lunch? Sounds like you’re taking such good care of Judy’s cat and he’s still driving your pups crazy. I posted an entry on FB the other day, may have been from you, with a video about cats who steal dog’s beds. It was hilarious. The grands enjoyed it so much. Glad you have a day to rest up a bit and hope you and Ms Alice get better soon rather than later. Love ya, Sue

      • Sue:
        Feeling somewhat better tonight. Worked some around the house, read a book and took a small nap. Had some FABULOUS tuna for supper and have just slugged around. This cold med is pretty good. My friend gave it to me some time back and I figured it would come in handy. Cold and windy today, so good day to be inside. Yes, that video was from me, I had a hoot n holler watching that one. Hope you are feeling better. Did the chicken stay down ?? Take care you and get better,
        Love
        Tonie

  24. Jo:
    Your comments are on ! Come on back good buddy ! Breaker breaker !! 🙂
    A BIG Happy Birthday to our dear friend Theresa !!! God bless ya dear and may you have a wonderful day with many many more to come. We love ya !!
    Tonie

      • JEN…THAT IS WEIRD. WHY WOULDN’T YOU SEE MY COMMENTS TOO? I KNOW IT IS THERE NOW..TONIE , THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW YOU SAW IT!!! LET ME KNOW IF YOU SEE THIS ONE, JEN.
        I HAVE HAD NO TROUBLE GETTING ON THE BLOGTO READ IT, BUT WHEN I TYPED MY COMMENTS AND TRIED TO POST, IT WOULDN’T BE THERE. SO, PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE I HOPE….
        SUE, SO SORRY YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL. I HOPE YOU ARE DOING LITTLE BETTER THIS MORNING. THE FLU IS STARTING TO MAKE THE ROUNDS HERE IN AZ. I AM DEBATING GETTING THE FLU SHOT. I NORMALLY DO NOT COZ IT GIVES ME THE FLU EVERY TIME. . TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND TRY TO REST MORE IF YOU CAN.
        GOING TO CHECK TO SEE IF THIS SHOWS UP BEFORE WRITING MORE….FINGERS CROSSED.
        JO
        .

      • Jennie, Sometimes with my Ipad I can’t see current comments until I log in again. You might try that for seeing Jo’s comments. Fortunately, she is back on. Well, dear, it sounds like your DH’s surgery is going to go as planned. How very thoughtful of him to chop wood that you will be able to manage and thankfully you have your neighbor and friend close by. Wonderful to hear your son, Tim is doing so well or at least holding his own. I know how much that means to you. It sounds like winter has landed on you. We are a bit wet and chilly…nothing dramatic. I heard sounds of the road crew running sewer pipes up above us early today. It’s so creepy to see these machines hauling these huge pipes out in front of them, sticking out about thirty feet. Guess they haven’t stabbed a car yet..The whole project should be wrapping up for winter..soon, we hope. Another bad night with my gut, cramps and diarrhea. I’m going to be exhausted by this afternoon from lack of sleep. Eating with caution..jello and Ensure. Oh yum…she says sarcastically. I did put on some chicken with broth for later.
        George is now in surgery but doing well. Had to ask Jim to take him out. Hope he’s not too out of sorts with us over having his tiny grapes plucked. We will see.
        Hope your strength returns..well as much as possible and thinking of you often. Love, Sue

    • Jo, so good to see you here again. How is life in AZ doing this fall? Follow you on FB as well. but good to see the problems worked out on entering in here. Take care dear girl…Sue

  25. TONIE…….I SURE HOPE THAT BAD COLD OF YOURS IS ON THE MEND, SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE DOING A LOT OF SELF HELP AND KEEPING THE DOC FROM THE DOOR. YES YOU ARE RIGHT MY DARLING, SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO GIVE STUFF OVER DON’T WE? LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND THE POOCHES, AND TALK SOON……LOVE YOU, JENNIE POO XX

  26. Hi all
    Yes Sue you take it easy and get well. That’s what we all want for you
    Actually went out today to the coast,lovely sunny day
    My dad took too many pills the nurses think yesterday..as he was ringing me up about them a
    All the time..but he said he had not taken any..but the blister pack was empty for that day?.so they took the tablets away for the night and took the antibiotics too so he couldn’t take them.So then i had to ring them to go back for dad to have them
    He had already taken a sleeping tablet ,he hides from them ,so he was in a deep sleep! then they went around there quite late ,for him to take them.
    So this morning the nurse rang me on my mobile to say she had to tell him off and he has got to take his own tablets and be responsible for it.she said he took it well and thanked her for being straight with him
    DH sees specialist tomorrow about the blood tests bp and headaches
    I am sooo tired but did me good to see our old hunting ground also did our weekly shop on the way back.at a smaller shop than we usually go to. not all the right goods but good enough
    Ok that’s it for tonight hope the cold is easier Tonie
    And you better sue
    Chris

    • Chris, Thanks for your comments. Good on you to get out to the coast. I know how much that rejuvenates both of you. Good, also that DH is going to get some help for the headaches and B/P, hopefully. I know you must be exhausted with so much going on but that trip sounds like a good kind of tired.
      I’m surprised they let your Dad be responsible for his own medications. Well, we’ll see how her little talk worked. If he is indisposed, confused or weak, it sounds like a bad policy to me and it’s not his fault; it’s just not safe considering his condition. Let’s hope it works out okay.
      Still have a disturbed gut here. Just put some chicken on with some chicken broth…which I plan on taking with caution. Hope your got the purchases you wanted most…Love, Sue

  27. Hi sue
    Well he does seem more switched on today.she said he was capable of doing this for himself,but it could be today is a good day.as over the w.end they weren’t too good at all ..I will go and see him tomorrow but they do give him them 3x a day now and he has to take the spare extra one himself. I suppose they are now preparing him for finishing with hosp at home before he goes to just carers and he then will have to take them himself
    The chemist does do them for him for the week in am and pm doses and in blister packs he just had to press them open .just yesterday he taken the rest of the days before they came at nite. And said he hadn’t taken any all day…most odd as they were all gone
    Yea I got most of what I wanted..it’s easier shopping there as its smaller.not so much walking.
    We had b.fast on the way and then we had a sandwich and coffee in the car…it was nice as we could..well I could ,watch all the people walking around this touristy village.
    Well hope the chicken agreed with you
    Chris

    • Chris dear, Yes, the chicken rice soup I made did indeed agree with me and I slept fairly well last night with few eruptions or interruptions. I was relieved when Jim picked up little George and brought him home minus his “grapes” and two baby teeth. He was still a bit drugged and slept well but before sleep had a jar of baby food and ate a great deal again this morning. Looks like survival is imminent. The grands were here after school and watched their Nana lie down. We watched a movie. My grandson loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid stories and loves the movies. They are such boy stories I can see why he likes them. As far as your Dad, well, the simple fact seems to be he will do it his way and all you can do is try to keep him and safe…and loved, whether it’s his getting around or his meds. Do what you can do..that’s it. Thinking of you.Love, Sue

  28. Well, here we are again. We REALLY have to stop meeting this way ! People are going to talk. Whew ! Anyway here it is 4:30, been awake for a while now. So thought I’d check in with the gang and see if anything had happened while I was asleep. No news is good news, but in this case I worry you are all not feeling well.
    Prayers for you all and may you have a wonderfully blessed day.
    Love
    Tonie

    • HI TONIE…….STOP WORRYING, JUST TAKE CARE WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOU!
      LOOK ON F/B, I PUT A PHOTO ON FOR YOU, REMEMBER I TOLD YOU ONCE THAT THERE IS AN AMERICAN WAR GRAVE NEAR TO ME, AND YOU ASKED ME TO TAKE A PHOTO?? WELL AT LAST I DID, SO HAVE A LOOK, I ALWAYS SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR THAT FALLEN OFFICER, WHEN I PASS.
      IT WAS A LOVELY DAY, HAD A HOT PANINI AND A SLICE OF CHOC FONDANT, THE SUN WAS SHINING, AND GOD WAS IN HIS HEAVEN. HOPE YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE IS OK…..WHO’S WORRYING NOW HUH???…….LOVE YOU MY FRIEND….JENNIE XX

    • Tonie, hope you are feeling better…I doubt if all of us regulars on here will all ever be fully well ever again so we learn to live with compromise. Take care today. I have a few things I must get done. We’ll see how long the energy and body hold out without more surprises. Love, Sue

  29. Hi all
    Well my dad is talking better today…and he’s talking of going for a haircut in his scooter on Friday if weather is good.with his next door flat lady..who keeps an eye on him…well wether he does or not he feels like it so thats good…but I’m not sure about him going as he has to get to the scooter and operate it to town ….oh dear..it could certainly wait. But I bet he will go.. His movements are so slow
    DH saw dr at hosp today .hes discharged him back to GP All a bit inconclusive really..these bp tabs ok at moment see what two weeks brings on them tho.
    My hips playing up with all the walking I’m doing to be expected
    Tonie hope you sleep better tonight and that cod goin
    Sue hows George boy? And hope your tum is better
    Well tired o mite sleep tonite
    Chris

  30. Chris, Sounds like your Dad is feeling more frisky, and that’s good but scary. Bless his heart. Has he always been this interesting? It’s beginning to look like we need to conclude, both you and I that our DH’s B/P pills will never be perfect. Frustrating, I know. George is resting up but doing fairly well, eating well anyway. Hope you sleep well. Know it would make a world of difference to you. Love, Sue

  31. Hi sue …. has has your DH had his stress test yet?
    Yep my dad had always done it different

    Blimmin cold here today but sunny,gives cold coming from the arctic next week and some say a bad winter
    Chris

    • Chris, yes, he had his stress test. He said it came out fine. Don’t know if that’s his opinion or the doctor’s. Hasn’t seen that doctor yet. He’s having his first colonoscopy next week. Poor guy. As usual he’s been working too much, even over the weekend lots going on down there.
      Sorry to hear about the severe cold heading your way. They are saying we’re in for a snowy winter also ’cause the cattle are putting on deep fur. Better load up on pee pads for George…he won’t go out when it’s cold, even in a sweater. Rest dear girl. Sue

      • Sue:
        Glad to know the stress test come off good. Course we both know if he would slow down, his BP would probably come down as well DUH ! 🙂 Chris it is mighty cold here tonight as well ! My DIL and her niece are here to sack out tonight. So were are all sitting in here on laptops. We are supposed to warm back up this weekend. My nephew called and said he wants to come finish off the landing roof, so that will be a nice surprise when I get home from work. Poor little George. Hope he feels better. We go by the wooly worms out here Sue. The wider the stripe on the worm the worse the winter and this year they are pret-ty wide 🙂
        Take care all
        Tonie

  32. Sue, I bet George will be raring to go before you are! I’ve usually found the boys bounce back pretty quickly. It’s the gals that go either way – quick recovery or not so quick. Let’s face it, the female surgery is more invasive. Funny, we (DH and myself) were just talking about the male vs female surgery, but with respect to our nephew and wife who just had their 3rd baby – the oldest is not quite 3 yrs old yet… Yes, 3 in under 3 years… No thanks! And time to do something about it. They didn’t intend for it to happen this way and are in no financial position for it. Oh dear.
    Quiet here at the moment. Just me and the cats. There always seems to be one on my lap these days. I guess they are feeling the cold, too. My uncle posted a photo on fb today taken from their front door. They got 6 inches of snow. I told him he could keep it.
    Stay warm, all!

    • Lyn, I certainly see what you mean. Your nephew and his wife will most definitely miss some sleep, some peace and quiet and have to watch the grocery bill. The kids will probably like being close in age once they’re a bit older but these early years…watch out.
      Your kitties sound as spoiled as our two pups. George does a bit of a hack like cough from time to time because they intubated him yesterday. Also he isn’t eating any crunchy food probably because of the two baby teeth they took out. He’s being so sweet about it all. As you know, Jim is a total character and when I called him to see if he could pick up George yesterday afternoon because I was still afraid to leave the house with my gut…he said, “Poor George. He’s going to come home looking for his balls and they aren’t going to be there.” For those who are a bit sensitive, he was talking about his miniature tennis balls, of course.
      Snow piled up at the door…makes me cold to even hear about it. Glad it wasn’t you. Love, Sue

    • Hi Lyn, I’m planning on calling the vet for Miss Molly (my Old English Sheep Dog) to be operated on. Hope she is one who will recover quickly. They told me to let go into heat once and then have the surgery. Wondering if it will calm her down a bit. Wouldn’t hurt, she is always so busy. God bless her though cause if it wasn’t for Molly I don’t think I would be going for two walks a day.
      Good luck to your nephew and wife. Wow 3 in 3!!!! Yikes. Where does your uncle live? We had lots of snow but now it’s almost gone and raining cats and dogs. By next week the snow will be back, YUCK.
      Stay warm Lyn,
      Suzanne XXX

  33. Tonie, Okay..I give up…what’s a wooly worm? We only have slugs out here…worms probably drown. Everywhere I went today they were pumping out sewers…I presume for new pipes but I kept having this mental picture of the whole town collapsing. Beautiful here today..so blue and clear. I’m still at about half speed.Ran errands today with speed and drag…Needed milk, etc. I took a cable box back and asked them if they passed on my story of the naked lesbians coming on my music channel for a moment…they laughed and said it had gone on all up and down the west coast for a minute. Some hacker with a sense of humor I guess.
    Good to have your roof finished..just in time it sounds. So you have company. Get to talking girl. When I’m isolated too long I talk to everybody…I once had a friend whose husband said she had so many words she had to get out in one day and couldn’t sleep until they all spilled out. Hope your cold is better for their sake and yours. Rest well dear girl. Love you, Sue

    • Sue:
      Not sure what genus and species the worm is, but it is cute and harmless, real furry and black on the ends with a rust brown band in the center. You see them all over these mountains and as kids it was wonderful to pick them up and feel their furriness in your hand. Wooley Worms are all I know.They actually look like more of a bottle brush.
      My roof is on, my windchimes hung (YEAH !) I want a BIG set with BIG pipes. 🙂
      I thought I was doing better. Got home, did my chores, and sat down to read a bit. I took a chill and went to sleep ! Guess I am not quite over it yet.
      Hope you are feeling better, probably resting after your shopping. My guests are gone home, the silly girls 🙂 I had a potato and sour cream for supper with some raw sugar snap peas (my son has gotten me hooked on munching on them) and I really want to go to sleep again. Have a good night all !!
      Love
      Tonie

      • Tonie, so what do these pretty little Woolies eat? I am sorry you are still being attacked by that cold. I commiserate as I am now lying down after my day still feeling a bit shaky after all the gut trouble. Food is still disturbing. We had a lovely day today, with just a bit of fog floating over WA state and the river. Got the new blog in, did a bit of laundry and house cleaning, had a nice long chat with my son in TX. Now, I’m pooped. Do take care..love, Sue

  34. Hi all, it is still early here but I have been awake for quite awhile and it is quit apparent that I am awake the day. By reading your posts I am sure many of you have been awake also … we must find some way to notify each other when we can’t sleep so we can all chat on Facebook. It is possible to send a personal FB message to a group of people!

    Sue, I too am waiting to find out what a “wooly worm” is!!! I have learned so much from you southern girls!

    Suzanne, are you also a Canuck? Please send friend request to Teddi Bear on FB
    .
    I know the two Pom “Bears” in our family must be confusing but it is KODI who now has his angel wings and has sadly left us, but he never had a a FB page so many sympathy messages are on TEDDI BEAR’S page, but Teddi Bear is only four and very much alive and well. Our other Pom is Korry and he is five years old.
    We got away to the cottage a day later than we had hoped due to the miserable weather including snow, but today is to be sunny and warmer so I hope we make it above freezing, as there are still a few things I would like to do outside. It is quite apparent not all the projects on our to do list will be stroked off this fall, but the one thing about work, it always waits for you, and what is not done this fall will be waiting for us in the spring. I also have several projects waiting for me at home that must be done before December 25th!!!

    Chris, the problems with your Dad are very familiar to me, as I went through something very similar with my Dad not that many years ago, but he was in a retirement home, but it was self care until he finally was admitted to the hospital and from there to a nursing home. DH’s parent’s are still alive and living in their own home but I’m afraid it may not be for too long. His Dad is still driving (for now) and able to get the groceries, but his mother’s mobility is not as good, but she is the decision maker. Neither could manage alone, and they have refused all offers of help move near family, as we all are several hours away!
    Guess it is time to start the day. You are all in my prayers.
    Love and gentle hugs … Nana Brenda

    • Nana Brenda, I know you got a great deal accomplished at the cabin. That very clever husband of yours has the ideas and can also follow through on them. You’re right. It will all wait for the spring,,,the things you did not accomplish. I know you’ve always loved the holidays and now with the grands it’s even better.
      Isn’t it interesting and kind of wonderful how we are so multicultural and still have so much in common. Life is so similar for all of us in many ways. Hard times and happy ones, we share them all.
      Personally, I don’t like the group messages because they tend to be so impersonal but some might like them. Maybe we could just watch for others on chat in the middle of the night; however, middle of the night varies for each of us with out varying time zones. Makes the world seem smaller somehow.
      Hope you get the outdoor projects accomplished before a major freeze.
      So sweet the way Teddi and Korry are comforting each other. Our Jake has been depressed since we lost our Annie and he’s a bit too old to put up with George’s antics but occasionally does play with him. Aren’t they wonderful, our pets? I was chatting with a friend the other day who was widowed a year ago and her daughters keep wanting her to get a pup but she doesn’t want to be bothered. I told her I couldn’t imagine ever being without our dogs or cats. I also wouldn’t have anyone to talk to during all the long hours Jim is at work. I’d end up talking to myself and that sounds like a slippery slope. Take care brave friend…Love you much, Sue

    • Yes Nana Brenda I am a CANUCK also. On FB my name is Suzanne Larsen, So where do you live sweet lady?
      love and gentle hugs to you too and everyone else on here.
      Suzanne XXX 000

  35. Tonie, up here we call those woolly caterpillars and something else that escapes me at the moment. I used to know what they eat, Sue, but that also escapes me at the moment. I know, I’m not tons of help, am I? Ok, I looked it up. Also called woolly bear caterpillars. I can try to copy a photo here.
    http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4790006424800468&w=215&h=170&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7
    Ok,maybe if you click on or go to that address, or type in woolly caterpillar, you’ll see one. Whew.
    New blog in? I’ll have to see if it is up yet. Catch you all on the flip side. Rest well.

    • Lyn dear…well aren’t you thoughtful. What a cute little fuzzy wuzzy that is and so colorful. Sure beats the appearance of a slug…Hate those slimy things. You sound exhausted. Hope you get some rest tonight.
      My stomach is still so sore I have to put a pillow on it when Mr. tiny legs wants to walk on me. He’s so full or it today. I just gave Jake a bath…had to wait for Jim to get home to lift him into the tub for me. Last night I couldn’t sleep because he had his paws in my face and they smelled like the patio. When the dog’s paws turn green, it’s bath time. Rest now..both of us. Love, Sue P.S. Blog is written and waiting to be posted. Manana…

      • Sue and Lyn:
        Thanks Lyn for the help with the Woolies. Now you see why we would catch them huh Sue. Not sure what they eat either, but they are on the ground. I see them on the highway even. I know what eats them though, CHICKENS !!! 🙂
        I talked to my grands in Az for a long time last night. Made my night. I am up and going again this am to go sit with Ms Alice. Have to make up for our “sick” day. Ceasar likes to walk on me and he hurts me (all 12 lbs of him) so I know of which you speak. If he thinks I am still asleep in the am he tries to “sneak” up on me , like having them paws digging into my boobs is not going to wake me up !!
        Hope you both are feeling better today. It was a frigid 19′ when I got up a while a go. The sun is still not making a shining appearance so it doesn’t bode well for the warming effect. I just put Ceasar’s sweater on him so he will stay warm today (I turn the heat way down when I leave) and Brutie is barking up a storm !! Guess I will have to make him a belly warmer when I get a chance. It is gonna be bathe night here on the Ponderosa tongight also Sue. Stanky dogs !!
        Well, take care, Love ya
        Tonie

  36. Hi all
    Suzanne ..I do wish you could see this rheumy and sort out the tabs and pains. It’s such a long wait for you
    Nana Brenda ..Thankyou for your words.its so hard to see it all .i was worried last night but when I went there today he was up trying to walk to his scooter.when I was there he got on it and went out in the air for a bit .it took ages as he couldn’t move well..but he did it…so an improvement
    Apparently it takes a long time when elderly ,if ever,to get over sepsis …anyway hope you got the cottage all packed up safe
    Tonie
    Well in Germany they do Christmas so well and magical.we used to go to the one in Koln and also where we lived in monchen gladbach …they were to remember
    But we didnt get to our one today.we had a busy morning.out looking for frames for GS photos for his wall and then saw some fruit cake to take to my dad…so by then DH had had enough so we opted out of it.no matter it would have been a bit cold there and there are more to come anyway up to Christmas
    And yea I like we all speak with different words but the same meaning 😃
    Jennie
    Yea blimmin cold.. Gives it colder next week.you get thse small logs piled up for yourself for when DH is in hosp.
    Speak to you soon

    Well sue hope you are a bit better today
    Lyn
    I hope SB settles to his new college and there will be no need for you to worry about his migraines
    Ok folks be back Chris

    • Chris, I suspect by now you have figured out you posted this comment on last week’s blog. A bit confusing but of no real consequence where it appears as long as we find you. Sorry you two didn’t make it over to the craft market but surely we all understand. I love the holidays coming on this time of year. DD and I have to get together this weekend and plan Thanksgiving dinner. Not sure where we are going to have it..either there or here. I think we’ll both have to plan and cook ahead to make it easier on us. I would prefer going out to eat but all the guys throw their heads back and howl at the idea. I must admit, however, the leftovers for me are the second best part of the holiday. I adore cold turkey slices, stuffing and homemade cranberry/orange sauce late at night. I’m usually too busy hopping up and down during the dinner to eat all that much or too exhausted.
      Oh these life cycles as we watch our parents age and then we age, so much to learn and cherish while all the time being worried and frustrated. Life. Sorry it’s getting so cold. Time to bundle up. Love you, Sue

      • Oh my goodness Sue, reading your post made me laugh. Same thing at my house. Everyone wants Christmas dinner here at Mom’s place. I would be very happy to go out to one of my 3 children’s home but seems like it will be here again this year. Funny how the kids always want to be at mom’s for the holidays. (and they all live 5 mins away from me) I also love to eat turkey, stuffing, and my homemade cranberry sauce late at night cause as you said we are to busy jumping up and down to really enjoy the meal or just too exhausted. I usually make Turkey Lasagna with the leftovers. Quite delicious made with hollandaise sauce.
        Well enjoy the rest of the day my friends. Hugs and Kisses to all.
        Suzanne
        XXX OOO

  37. Happy Suzanne, quit it…you’re making me hungry. I’m not sure I can wait for that taste of crispy, crunchy bottom of the pan stuffing and hot or cold turkey. Tried to find a fresh one today at Safeway but they’re not in yet. Heard on the news that some of the companies are having a shortage of turkeys for Thanksgiving but will have them for Christmas. I prefer the fresh hens and roast them upside down like my mother did so all the juices can moisten the breast. I was just telling Jim I have also learned to get the items they always run out of early on…like whipping cream, pumpkin, pearl onions, etc. Now I’m trying to warm up again after a trip out. Still having diarrhea and took my immodium like a good girl or should I say a safe girl. Oh my the things we have to worry about with all of these chronic conditions. Sue

    • Suzanne, P.S. I make my cranberry sauce with oranges, some orange peel when it’s cold and cook it with a bit of candied ginger…so good. Sue

      • Wow, now that sounds delish. Never ever thought of putting candied ginger in the cranberry sauce. Thank you Sue, think I might try that this year.
        Hope your tummy and everything else is feeling a bit better. Love you big! God Bless you Sue.
        Suzanne XXX

    • We don’t have that problem cause George always kills our Turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Too bad we don’t live closer could have killed one for you too.
      Sleep tight
      Suzanne
      XXX

      • Suzanne, There aren’t many things you can talk about in quite that way…You sound so self-sufficient. Also it sounds like a lot of work for both of you. Love this season although it is a lot of work. Later, Sue

      • Okay you two, you are making me hungry as well. Although I am cooking for someone else, I am sure I will come away with leftovers for me. I am making MY cranberry relish 🙂 Orange, pear, cranberries and brown sugar , put in food processor , pulse until chopped , chill and serve. It is so good. Doncha love the different takes on traditional things. I thought my dressing would be a more southern thing, turns out it is the same way Ms Alice makes hers 🙂 . Suzanne, do you live out in the country ???
        Love
        Tonie

  38. Well Sue, George and the boys rent out a Turkey farm. That’s what they do for a living. We can have Turkey 365 days a year if we want. That will soon change though cause George will be retiring next year. He is finding it very hard these days. It’s very physical work. Our youngest son, Jonathan now has another job so that leaves James our middle child and he will have to find a new job come next Sept. I will definitely miss the turks. I use to love working there just for fun, but can’t do that anymore. All very strange how life turns out sometimes. Anyways, think next year when George does retire we will get a few chickens to take care of and then at least we will be able to eat them. Oh dear, that really doesn’t sound very nice does it? Well it is what it is.
    Sleep tight my friend.
    XXX

    • Suzanne, well, you’re right. We are part of the food chain, although I do have trouble imagining Tonie eating any of her chicks..they’re her friends and half of them are named after us. Seriously though I think each of us are facing changes from family, health and age. We have to carry our happiness within us, don’t we? It is still so hard to make these major changes in life. If you want to try the ginger you can put in the candied ginger in small amounts chopped fine OR put in a big piece or two and heat to get the flavor as the berries cook, then take it out before serving. Oh, I am so hungry fpr Thanksgiving. It just struck me that we’re both going to work more than we should and we’ll do it but at the supermarket yesterday I noted we can buy everything for the dinner already to go. I really like the mashed potatoes in the already cooked..Hormel or others make them. Saves so much peeling, mashing, cleaning the mixer, etc. Wonder if I could sneak them in on my family.
      It does look like you will miss the turks but I imagine you will find new adventures to explore. Life is full of possibilities. For instance, last night I was lying here on the bed with a huge plastic bag spread out and painting birdhouses. I have two I love and brought in for the winter that are pretty sorry looking. Look better now.Any kind of productivity is so rewarding..don’t you think? Time to call it a night…Later…Sue

      • Sue, I can see you with all the stuff around you painting the birdhouses. 🙂 And if it came down to it and I needed the food, trust me, I would eat my chickens 🙂 I would like to get a few more next year to fix it where I can put a few away when I need to. There are only a couple I am REALLY close to, so ….nothing like a fresh old fat hen to make dumplings and fried chicken with 🙂 !!
        Suzanne, I have a neighbor who raises turkeys, I can hear them most mornings. He sells them, won’t kill any cause he won’t do the work of cleaning them. I imagine that is very demanding work, especially with all the birds. Just cleaning the houses out is enough with a few. Do the hens lay eggs like chickens ?? and have you ever eaten a turkey egg ?? I think I have never heard of anyone eating them, just wondering.
        Take care all
        Tonie

    • Yes Tonie we do live out in the country. About 30 – 35 mins north from Quebec city. Love it here. Feel so free.
      Hope everybody is having a good day.
      love you all
      Suzanne
      XXX

      • Suzanne:
        When I think of Quebec City I think of Jack London’s novels and cold and snow. But I bet it is very beautiful in the summer. You will have to post some pics so I can see it !> I do love in the country for their is a sense of freedom one doesn’t have in town yes ?? I also feel more secure. Which wouldn’t make sense to some because you are isolated. But it is because of that isolation that I like it. You have a good day.
        Tonie

      • Hey Tonie, I will e-mail you some pics of where I live so you can have an idea. It is beautiful around here. In the winter I go snowshoeing, which is lots of fun but now it is not as easy as it once was. Last winter I was only able to go about 2 times cause of my pain. Hoping this winter will be different. Summer is nice but lots of bugs so we have a screened in porch where I spend lots of time relaxing. I love Spring when everything comes back to life. I do like the isolation (not always though) but it’s nice to be able to walk around outside in pj’s and no one is there to see you. I even go for walks with Molly in pj’s. Freedom, haha.
        Have a great day, hope you are feeling a bit better if you know what I mean jellybean.
        Love ya big!
        Suzanne XXX

  39. Suzanne:
    Yes do, that will be nice. I love to see what the different parts of the country looks like. I know Canada is a different country, but I have always felt it really wasn’t cause we are such close neighbors 🙂 Yes I usually go feed in my pj’s. so I know of which you speak. I am aiming for a big porch this summer, hopefully will be able to make it happen. Nothing like sitting on the porch in the early am with your coffee, huh ??
    Take care dear
    Tonie

  40. Tonie
    Nope it wasn’t covered by the house ins.got word wrong it was a pit bike ,but a lot of money £700 altogether .because of its engine it wasn’t covered by house ins.and the motor ins wouldnt insure him for it being stolen ,for some reaon known only to them,so it’s all a mess really
    But he is resilient but has a lot of sh.t going on at moment it’s just another thing
    Well spending day in bed,both of us,huh ..reading and sleeping!!
    Ok back later Chris

    • Chris..sounds great. Both of you….feel better. You have a very mature grandson and I know we all feel terribly sad for his loss but he seems to be taking it well. Rest and enjoy..Love, Sue

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