BUT I CAN’T DO THAT!

Believe in your own magic

Each of us place limits on ourselves every day of our lives. Naturally, there are certain activities we can’t do, as mere mortals. We can’t fly, therefore we know we can‘t jump off of tall buildings. We know certain foods make us sick or could kill us. We have limits all around us and are taught as small children as our parents seek to teach us to stay out of the street as well as not to run with sharp objects and generally stay away from danger. That’s life. It’s good to be safe but I have often wondered if most of us take caution a bit too far. Do you and I often place limits on ourselves that possibly don’t need to be there?

I think those of us who live with chronic pain and/or diseases do this more than most of those merry folks who are out there running around totally not appreciating their good health. If only…well, it’s too late for that because we must deal with what we are but do it in the most realistic way. We may need to move the needle up a bit on our “real” scale and take on a few activities that frighten us. We must stop taking comfort in the words handicap, crippled and sickly. What if we are? We’re still alive, aren’t we? Life is so abundant, so rich and so fantastically beautiful. Let us not escape it quite so quickly, okay?

Dr. Normal Vincent Peale wrote about a man named Bob Wieland who lost his legs due to a landmine in Vietnam. If anyone faced limitations it was him, Bob and so many of our returning veterans today know or have seen on the Wounded Warriors commercials. We sit in front of our TV’s amazed and full of sorrow yet struck with awe as we watch all of these strong young men and women achieve so much. It isn’t any easier for them than it is for us who suffer disease or a multitude of injuries.

Bob Wieland went on to become a champion weight lifter, motivational speaker, triathlete, and a marathon runner. He even achieved a walk across America, pushing himself on his knuckles across the states to raise funds for the homeless. For Bob his handicaps became a stimulus, not a dead end. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us could find that kind of courage?

I know for millions throughout the world life is difficult. You and I are not alone in that. Pushing ourselves is an act of will and happens in the mind, long before it happens on the floor. Personally, I now pray for that kind of courage as I go through a difficult time in my own life and once again must make a comeback. I confess there are many times I feel like giving up but that idea with all of its intricate repercussions frightens me terribly. It’s a tragic road strewn with loss, dependence and being left out. I love life too much to give up.

Everywhere you and I turn we can find excuses. There are many difficulties in this life but there are far more reasons and excuses not to give in to them. During this Thanksgiving season I am going to make a pledge to each of you, my friends and readers, to look for more reasons to get back on my feet and work at becoming strong…at least as strong as my ill body will allow. Sitting back in the comfort of familiar pain and illness can be cozy and comfortable however it cuts off so many wonderful aspects of life and should not be tolerated.

As you, I have met many folks over the years that have wonderful excuses to stay where they are. They garner sympathy, but sympathy doesn’t get a job done, open a door or bring joy. It only brings attention and a brief sort of satisfaction that is short-lived.

Young people and old often get hung up on the past. I know one young woman whose mother used to beat her and she is stuck on that spot in her life and cannot and will not move forward. My own dear Mom even talked of her tragic childhood, being deserted by her mother, on her deathbed. Mom died at 93 year of age and had never been able to hurdle the tragedy of her childhood. Tragedy befalls us all but we must brush it aside, step over it or simply forgive to move ahead or all of life will be affected by this event, however evil or tragic, your life is worth too much to do that. You give power to the evil that has occurred in your life if you keep it too close.

Many of us who are older use age as an excuse, if not illness. Just because we are a certain age doesn’t mean we have to stop. Many elderly keep working because they enjoy their jobs or need the income. I’ve known many folks who die within a year of retirement and I’ll bet you’ve known someone like that, also. Yes, it is true it takes longer to recover from illness and injury as we age but not impossible. Patience is needed more with age.

We each, healthy or ill, need motivation, purpose and desire. We need dreams and belief in our potential. Too often we place limitations on ourselves and they act as barricades to life. Don’t you think all of those Wounded Warriors Project veterans we see on TV are having pain? Do you think they achieved what they have by sitting down and giving up? To work through our dilemmas, our burdens and our infirmities takes courage. I’ve often been forced to ask myself how much courage I actually own. It’s a good question, don’t you think?

I wonder how many of us are living lives far inferior to what they could be? Faith in life can free each of us instead of allowing us to be imprisoned. Yes, much more than you and I dream of is possible. The key is in belief. No one can keep you from believing. It’s limitless. Those of who embrace the Christian faith are told to live life abundantly…not partially, but abundantly. That is an abundance of spirit, not material wealth. That will follow. Belief keeps the magic in life and life without magic is missing a piece of the eternal. Walt Disney knew that and those of us who fight handicaps know that life can still be filled with magic.

To once again quote Dr. Peale: “God never willed that you should be less than you can be.” Have a fine and blessed Thanksgiving dear friends and embrace life with both arms as well as your heart.

129 thoughts on “BUT I CAN’T DO THAT!

  1. Oh good one sue..that’s my cap sometimes….I take a challenge then wish I hadn’t ,don’t know why perhaps it’s the unknown and I’ve got no guidelines to work to..is that freedom? Or foolishness?
    Anyhow, this one got me thinking ,about somehow going that extra bit even if I regret it after .i think state of mind had so much to do with it as well.if I’m feeling good I can overcome the health problems and also visa versa.
    So maybe those days when the shed is closed up for winter I will go to my home town as I want to …my elderly aunt still lives there in a home.. And I would love to see my old haunts and wander about. But there is the travelling and what ifs ?!
    But I’m thinkin about it! Bet I don’t do it tho ..near to Christmas ,bad weather. My dad .,DH health…you see it all creeps back with limitations!
    Chris

    • Chris, well, making a plan is the first step. I think we’re just always learning..learning from what we do right and wrong. We each need goals, however small or large otherwise we are rudderless ships at sea. You know? Love, Sue

  2. Very timely indeed Sue. Great read as usual. I switch between pushing myself and trying to rest. Doing what we know we can and trying to do what we are not sure…..well it does stretch the imagination. I am trying to get in better shape, loose weight and just be healthier. With all the downs we have trying to be better, it just makes sense. You trying to be stronger does also.

    And as a PS !! GREAT NEWS ! I am now the proud owner of a horse in bad need of some loving care. The owners of the neglected horse agreed to give her to me. Carol n hubby will bring her over tomorrow night. I am SOOO happy. And I pray I can get her healthy again. She will have some lush grass to eat on for a while. Until her tummy gets back to normal. Worming is top on the list, and will be done quickly. So… God has granted another “need” of mine thru an unexpected avenue.
    Love ya
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I am so happy for you. I know how much you’ve wanted a horse and isn’t it wonderful because she needs you and you’ll know exactly what to do to make her better. It’s a match made in heaven.
      Yes, we have to work at getting strong or lethargy, muscle weakness and hundreds of other things will go wrong. Life is hard and it’s an uphill climb but at least we’re alive to make the climb. Love you, Sue

      • I am so glad for you Tonie! I know you love horses and I know the love you have for your other animals, you will have this one fattened up in no time. God is so good to us. I am so excited for you. Do you have a barn for her to stay in? Are you going to change her name. She will sense the love you have for animals and I believe the transition will go smoothly. Donna

      • Donna, no no barn as of yet. Horses really don’t need a barn except when they need shade from heat or from snow. If given a choice they will stay out in the elements under a tree, and she has one of those. Sweet Baby is what I will call her, though when I call her Baby, my dachie Brutus comes running cause he thinks I am talking to him 🙂 She is already resting well. With some good nutrition and lots of love she will come around. Now I need to get a good grooming brush and a hoof pick. Two essentials for a horse owner 🙂 Keep praying for her

  3. Thanks Sue. That was just what I needed. The reference to the wounded warriors is one I have used many times the last few months. When I lost the feeling in my lower legs I just about gave up. Looking at those guys that have actually lost their legs I told myself that if they could learn to walk on artificial legs I could certainly keep on walking on mine even if I couldn’t feel them. It’s been hard, but I am doing better all the time. You just have to get past the fear and the more I do it the better it goes. Your courage and the courage of the others on this blog are a constant inspiration to me. I still use my rollator at times, but there a lot of times I just walk without any aids at all.
    You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Keep on Keeping on. Love, Janet

    • Janet, I think we have a mutual admiration society going on here. I think you are a strong woman and have been through so much and do it with style. Hope you’re feeling settled and feeling more at home each day. I’m sure you’re legs are probably getting stronger with each use.
      I was up for an hour today. I went downstairs and piddled around at this and that, changing a lightbulb or two, cleaned out some rotten vegies in the fridge, etc. It felt good and tomorrow I hope to have the grands over for a couple of hours as they’re out of school. I must and want to do this. The Lord will give me the strength and meet me half way…I know it. Love to you dear lady, Sue

    • Janet
      SO glad to see you post on here. I miss seeing you as often. Glad you are getting on there. We are in for a big cold spell this weekend. UGH ! I think of you often and pray you are doing well. You don’t stay away so long now ya hear ??
      Love
      Tonie

      • Tonie, I am so gad you finally got a horse. It’s sad the way she came to you, but this was meant to happen. She so obviously needs love and care and who, better than you to give it to her. I haven’t had a horse in many years, but I remember bonding with them. They are marvelous creatures and I envy your having Sweet Baby. Take care and don’t overdo. Love, Janet

  4. Great blog Sue. I keep pushing on because I can’t bear to stop doing things I love, but probably mostly because I’m too stubborn to do anything else!
    Posted a long comment on the last blog before I realized it was “new blog day”. So I’ll copy and paste- my new tech trick of the year! Lol. Poof! Here it is:

    Hello everyone- wish we could share pictures on here – my niece sent me one that said ” I am currently experiencing life at the rate of several WTF’s per hour!” Sounds like most of you can relate. LoL.
    Had my neuro appt today (had to jump start my car to get there). So she ordered an MRI of my thoracic spine to evaluate the discs where the pain from the wreck seems to have settled. Waiting for insurance approval ( nothing moves fast around here) and we shall see if they have herniated or if it is just muscle / joint pain.
    Had a great weekend camping at he state park on Lake Texhoma. Figured I could get out and have some fun even if I’m hurting. Hurts no worse on a padded air mattress in the great out doors than it does moping around at home! Did a bit of hiking and rock climbing- not as much as I’d have liked but not bad all things considered. Relied heavily in my trusty walking stick!
    Weather was beautiful although a bit chilly- down to upper 30’sF the second night. With my lovely Canadian Trek sleeping bag I was just as cozy as could be! Roaring campfires, good food and great friends are terrific medicine for me (not to mention S’mores!) My mind and spirit definitely needed the break and I’m feeling refreshed and ready to take life by the horns again.

    Hope you all are faring well. Can’t believe how soon the holidays will be here- a mere 30 days until my Christmas concert and I have much memorizing of music to do! Auditioned for a solo “Today a Child is Born on Earth”. Not holding my breath but will be honored and pleasantly surprised if I am chosen for it.
    Have a phone interview shortly for a part time 2nd job with “Tele Doc”. It’s calling in Rx’s and making follow-up calls to patients treated by telephone medical service. All done from home by computer and phone so no physical effort required. Evening and weekend “on call” kinda thing. Prob the only way I can afford to buy a newer car (mine was a 1999 and paid cash for it). My friend Misty manages the nursing part of it and said it pays well and is super easy.
    Well gotta go. Love to all,
    Princess Crabby Pants

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  5. HELLO…….WHAT A GREAT BLOG, THE TIMING IS SPOT ON….I LOVE THE WIND UP AT THE END QUOTED MY DR PEALE…VERY APT. MANY OF HAVE HAD TRAGIC UPBRINGINGS, I COUNT MYSELF AMONG THEM, BUT ITS SOMETHING I LOCK AWAY AND TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT, IT CANNOT BE UNDONE, SO WHY LET IT RUIN MY LIFE? ALSO IN RELATION TO WHAT WE HAVE ALL SEEN THIS WEEKEND AND INDEED TODAY, WITH REGARDS TO OUR REMEMBRANCE DAY HERE IN EUROPE, AND YOUR VETERANS DAY TODAY…WHAT DO WE HAVE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT…WE ARE STILL ALIVE, AND ITS THANKS TO THEM. I KNOW THINKING ABOUT THE SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO DIED IN WW1 AN WW11, AND NOW IN RECENT YEARS THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN, CARRYING ON THEIR LIVES MAIMED AND DISABLED, ITS MIND BOGGLING……GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM, AND ALL OF YOU…..SORRY FOR RAMBLING ON, ITS YOUR FAULT SUE, FOR INSPIRING ME…………MUCH LOVE JENNIE XXXXXXXX

  6. Evening Peeps !
    I am turning in early tonight. Been awake since 5 am ! Long day. BUT… got my horsey in house tonight (well not IN the house) and all is well. Gave her a large dose of wormer, and got her a small mineral salt lick. Carol n hubby left me a lead rope, and a trough for her water. She is in a pasture with grass up to her knees and thinks she has gone to heaven. I had to walk the fence tonight when I got home making repairs and seeing what needs to be done tomorrow. I got a lot done. Brought back memories of Daddy teaching me how to put up fence. Obviously the kids who put up the fence on Judy’s pasture never had his dad show him 🙂 I had to redo one entire side. Tomorrow I am removing a strand of barbed wire down on the ground (for what ??) and putting it on the top. I have 4 posts that need to be reset, which will have to wait. I think she will be too busy eating to worry. Carol said she almost run her hubby down getting into the pasture 🙂 Posted pics on FB.
    I am pretty worn out. SO will close with Love to you all !
    Tonie

  7. Sue, I join others in appreciation of this installment. I had a thought or two to share on the subject, but they have flitted out of mind since reading everyone’s comments. A little too tired to reread right now and try to remember. I’ve had 2 very busy days in different ways and I’m ready to just relax a bit. Maybe a little NCIS and a good book. I guess I’m pushing my limitations a bit. 😉 Actually, Sadie aids in pushing my physical limits, but I’m thankful for it. And her company is more than worth it. Many of us enjoy the company of individuals from the animal kingdom and we all would certainly agree that we wouldn’t have it any other way. Time for me to rescue some laundry, then sit back with my trusty heating pad. Blessings!

    • Lyn, I often envy you your walks with Sadie and know George could use a few. We haven’t been able to do much of that. Know it’s good for both of you. Life’s demands drive us and we do gain some from the view, right? Sue

    • Lyn, doncha LOVE NCIS ? One show I try not to miss on tv. Good tv. I am so glad you got Sadie. Wonderful how you will push yourself for animals. Just you wait til you get grandkids 🙂

  8. Hi everyone. This entry really had me thinking. Yesterday I sang with the choir for 2 funerals then worked on checking my outside Christmas lighted decorations for repair needs, put together my 2 moose, fixed the porch potted trees, garland, checked for accessories (covers for plug connections etc. It’s much easier to do on a sunny 60 degree day than it would have been today at 40 with 20 mph winds and rain/snow. My new darling puppy Remi (bullmastiff) will be 6 months old in about 2 weeks. She is fine with walking sedately at my side even when I am using my walker, quietly laying when in public places (like the auto dealership waiting area today) is housebroken for the most part if I pay attention when she asks. Today she “alerted” on me for the first time. Of course with the dramatic weather change my inflammation is … interesting. We were at the groomers (which her other mother owns) for her weekly bath and pedicure (Nessie too lol) and for the first time wanted to get to me asap from the tub, straight to me, put her paws on my shoulders looking intently into my face. Tail still, gentle touch but intent. I was a bit like “WTH” about the paws on shoulder thing as that wont work when she weights 100lbs. Her other mother instantly recognized what was up. I’m so surprised she did this so young. Nessie and Penn (a 230+ Neapolitan mastiff owned by Remi’s other mother) who also does alerting work had been doing his job the whole time we were there so maybe somehow they got Remi to pay attention to what they were sensing so she can learn. These 3 dogs are together a great deal of the time and tag team when medical issues are happening to their humans. Remi’s major negative is gas….that dog could be considered a chemical weapon. Fortunately she saved that “gift” to after we got back home. Bullmastiffs are known for the flatulence issue, nice NOT.

    • BSL !
      I see your pics of your “baby” online. I know you have fallen in love all over again. I keep thinking Christmas is further away than it is and putting off decoration hunt. It has been beautiful here as well, but over as of tomorrow. Cold weather coming in from your part of the country. UGH! Take care and enjoy the baby !
      Love
      Tonie

    • Bobsled, good to hear from you. I along with all have been keeping track of you on FB. Always enjoy the pics of Remi. She has grown so much and has such a wonderful face. Love the pics of her with Nessie. Sounds like you’re making colossal strides with her training for only six months. Glad to hear you are up to doing as much as you are doing to prepare for the holidays. You’re wise to plan ahead before the tundra descends. Didn’t know that about the flatulence (gas attacks) of the breed. Interesting. Too bad there is not some industrial use. Again, good to have you check in with all of us. Love, Sue

  9. Good morning peeps !
    Was supposed to be pretty cold this am, but got another day’s reprieve. Not hitting bad until tomorrow. High today in the 50’s. Then winter is going to start setting in 😦 . Another day of 5 o’clock wake up and not able to get back to sleep. Yet now, when I am ready to get up, I could nap again ! Go figure.
    My good friend Carol n her hubby brought over a bag of feed and a measuring scoop yesterday for Baby. So sweet of them. I fed her a bit of it last evening and she ate it and politely bumped the bucket over to me as if “more please”. As I was putting the bucket up in the shed I noticed she was watching my every move to see where I was going.
    Lot’s going on from today on. So I must be getting more rest than I am getting.
    Sue, hoping you are able to get around better by now. At least feeling less pain. Ya know I love you and think of you often.
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Hi, there, Tonie, cold here, too. Our high is only low-mid 40’s with chance of rain this afternoon. In the rain could be some snow flurries! I really don’t think we need to have to mention the S word until at least December, but no one asked me. I think we have a chance of those cold little white things tomorrow, too and possible mix around Monday? No real snow, though, thankfully. It’s currently 38* and I realize I should consider a quick shower and then walking Sadie. Not sure I’m looking forward to that walk today. But she will make it fun, I’m sure. She’s something else. I finally browsed over to really look at pics of your Baby. She looks sweet and sounds so also. Baby steps for her, but she’s on her way. Indeed, it was sweet of Carol and hubby to bring her feed and a scoop. I know you both appreciate it. Enjoy your newfound friend.
      Blessings to everyone. Sadie is now whining to go outside. I’d rather not have to clean all the grass clippings off of her again, so I’d better head up to shower. She follows me wherever I go, so she won’t beg to go out. At least not until after I’m done. Then it will be a beg to walk!

    • Tonie, You have such a good friend in Carol…but I already knew that. How kind of her to bring a bag of food for Sweet Baby. I’m sure stroking and gaining her confidence that way is more welcome to her right now than brushing. Will she be okay under her tree if you get a lot of low temps with the snow? I love that you’re already bonding. You go girl. This is a wonderful gift and purpose all in one. Stay warm.
      Yes, I’m trying some mild exercises now like modified sit ups and leg lifts. I know…and I am careful. Still can’t stand more than ten mins. without having enormous backpain. I have a long way to go but I’m going. Love you, Sue

  10. Oh it seems I can now….got eye problems, which is why I have not been around, so going to the doctor tomorrow to try and sort it out….hopefully back then…..love you all, hope you are okay….Jennie xx

  11. Well end of day and DH and GS been taking nite photos of his car …I ask you ..in the cold….lots of hot drinks it ain’t a quick job..lots of fiddling ..which they seem to enjoy! Then onto computer and more fiddling!
    So looks like heavy rain tomorrow ,which is a shame
    Jen. Hope you get something for your eyes….is it an infection ?
    Tonie hope it ain’t too cold tomorrow ..I’ve seen the USA weather report about a very cold front .we have two horses in a field by our shed,and they are always out in all weathers too
    Laura. Well it’s certainly can’t be a selling feature for bull mastiffs ,do they look guilty?
    Well gonna try and sleep
    Chris

    • Chris, most good breeders of mastiff type dogs make sure the buyers of their puppies know what they’re getting into as these dogs are 100lbs minimum (45-50kg) and need someone that can handle a large strong dog. Remi has NO remorse with her noxious emissions. I’m working on the frequency and degree of disgusting of the emissions with her food and such. I’ve added dried papaya to help her digestive processing. She also burps and snores. Such a delicate little flower. Can’t say she’s not a little entertaining. Little old lady Flirt (11y/o sheltie) tried to play with Remi tonight. Even Remi realized that granny puppy would get hurt and stopped playing lol.

  12. Well, looks like our Indian Summer is officially over and winter is here 😦 !! Don’t like cold. It was 22′ when I woke up this am. And now it is time for coffee before I go and feed. All the water will be frozen and my babies will be thirsty. I am trying to get a cold and am fighting it. Lot’s to do today. Turkey to bake, potatoes to peel, pies to make. Our church is having a turkey dinner tomorrow to raise money. Judy and I are sponsoring as the proceeds benefit our children and youth. Now swimming for me today. Have to wait until Monday.
    Last night when Judy was unloading her car, Baby came up behind her at the fence waiting for a treat 🙂 The SPOILING has begun ! 🙂
    Chris, I can understand the car thing 🙂 I love em too. But of course with a guy and his first car, there is no other woman for them.
    Sue, indeed they are good friends. We were talking the other night how God had His hand in reuniting us over the miles. Now we are in church together every week. It is amazing how His plans all come together isn’t it ?
    Lyn, indeed I am not ready for this cold either. But for the next 3 months, it will be this way (maybe longer but I am an optimist !) So here we go. Can you believe how close to Christmas we are ? WOW ! I really have to get rolling on some things I am making. I just got another order for 2 baby blankets to crochet. 1 by Jan. So will have to work on them as well.
    Everyone have a great weekend, not sure when I will be back on. So Love ya all
    Tonie

    • Tonie ~ I’m tickled pick that you have a horse now to love on. I love horses also, but haven’t ever owned one. As a adolescent & teenager, I worked at a local stable, but couldn’t convince my parents to buy me a horse! Oh well… 🙂 I still pack some carrots when I go driving, to feed the horses I see along the more rural roads.
      Anyhow…Can you post pictures on here? What color is she?
      Take care,
      Trish

      • Thanks Trish, no can’t post pics on here. But I am on FB, friend me on there and you can see them. She is a paint. Brown and white. Brown face with a white blaze. I know I have sugar cubes in my car 🙂

  13. Laura
    Isn’t it strange different breeds have different concerns.good luck with the diet!
    We used to have a Sheltie when I was a kid.i always remember how he liked to herd us together when out walking.and how proud he was of himself when he’d been brushed he was sable and white

    Well folks am awake it’s just gone 5,30 am here.i only sleep a couple of hours then wake
    Try and get back to sleep if I can
    Chris

  14. HELLO………..WELL DOCTOR WAS HELPFUL, TESTED MY EYES, ETC, COULDN’T FIND ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, BUT ADVISED ME IN THE NEW YEAR, TO SEE AN EYE SPECIALIST FOR MY OWN PEACE OF MIND…..GOT YET MORE DROPS TO PUT IN, CAN’T SEE ME STICKING TO THAT, THEY STUNG FOR HALF AN HOUR, IT WAS REALLY BAD….DIDN’T SEEM RIGHT TO ME!!!
    ANYWAY, I GOT ON TO CHEMIST DIRECT UK, AND ORDERED SOME DROPS AND SPRAY WHICH SEEMED TO FIT THE BILL,
    THE DOC SAID I WATCH TOO MUCH TV, AND USING THE COMPUTER AND READING TOO MUCH…WHAT ELSE ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT??

    LAURA…CRACKED UP LAUGHING AT YOUR DOGS EMISSIONS, GOT ONE A BIT LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY AFTER CHICKEN…WOW!!

    TONIE….WISH I COULD COME TO YOUR TURKEY DINNER….HOW IS BABY DOING?? YOU TRIED TO GROOM HER YET?

    CHRIS…..SEEMS WE ARE SIMILAR IN OUR SLEEP PATTERNS…CAN’T REMEMBER A FULL NIGHT OR EVEN 4/5 HOURS, CAN YOU? HOPE YOU MANAGE TO TAKE A NAP THROUGH THE DAY…WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT “DOWNTON” TOMORROW??

    SUE….THANK YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WISHES LOVE, HOW ARE YOU DOING? HOW MUCH DOWNSTAIRS TIME IS GOING ON NOW? BE CAREFUL WON’T YOU? CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE GOING ON WITH ALL THE CELEBRATIONS COMING UP. THINKING OF YOU……LOVE YOU X

    POMMUM….HOPE YOU DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LONG IN COMING BACK, I ENJOY READING YOUR STORIES.

    OK FOLKS….HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND…LOVE AND HUGS TO EVERYONE……………..JENNIE XXXXX

  15. Prayers for my mom please. She had a heart attack Fri afternoon and had two stents placed in her coronary artery early Saturday morning. Kidney function not good and on dopamine drip to keep her blood pressure up. Her heart stopped very briefly and has had some runs of tachycardia. Echocardiogram showed she had had a silent heart attack a few days ago. She has some kind of infection as well, and possibly a blood clot in her leg.

  16. ANNIE……PRAYERS BEING SAID FOR YOUR MOM, AND FOR YOU LOVE, PLEASE KEEP US UP TO DATE WITH HOW SHE IS DOING, TRY NOT TO WORRY, THIS HAPPENED TO MY SISTER A FEW YEARS AGO, AND SHE IS OK. CHIN UP PET, LOVE YOU…JENNIE XX

  17. Morning all:
    UGH !! I am so tired , of course I knew I would be. Long day yesterday. Judy and I think it is the last one we will have. Too much work and confusion. BUT we made over $400. So that will go a long way in our ministries.
    I must get up and get going but wanted to check in. I twisted my foot yesterday and but it didn’t hurt so much because of the shoes I had on…until I took em off ! It feels better today. I think I have seen enough turkey n stuffing for another year 🙂 My fridge is full of leftovers like after THanksgiving.
    Well, must be up and get ready to go back. Then home and rest until service tonight. It is a good day for it. Overcast and supposed to rain.
    I pray you all have a good day. Jennie, so glad nothing wrong with your eyes !
    Love
    Tonie

    • TONIE….NO WONDER YOU ARE TIRED, BUT WELL DONE ON MAKING A DECENT AMOUNT OF MONEY.i HOPE YOUR FOOT IS OK, YOU WON’T HAVE TO GO OUT SHOPPING FOR AWHILE BY THE SOUND OF IT, ENJOY YOUR STASH.
      HOW IS BABY? DOES SHE HAVE ACCOMMODATION AS WELL AS HER FIELD?
      LOVE YOU….TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS….JENNIE XX

      • Jennie:
        No, no barn, just some trees to stand under. She has always been a pasture horse with no barn. But we hope to change that this spring. I told her it was gonna be another rough winter but next year it would improve !

  18. Hi All, Have gastritis or the stomach flu…think it’s a bit of both. Living on flat Coca Cola, Gatorade and ginger tea in small amounts. Back better and getting stronger.
    Tonie, dinner sounds good but not right now. Enjoy your leftovers. Jen, glad your eyes are not too bad. Chris, good to hear from you as always. Get some sleep, my dear. Brenda and Trish, good to hear. Annie, prayers for your dear Mom. Much love to all…Sue

    • HI SUE…..OH NO!!HOW THE HECK DID YOU GET THAT, IS IT BECAUSE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS SO LOW DO YOU THINK? i HAD MY LAST OSTEO TREATMENT TODAY, WENT WELL, AND WE HAVE DECIDED TO STAY FRIENDS ON F/B…ISN’T THAT NICE?
      WELL THE WEATHER IS CRAP HERE, COLD RAIN AND WINDY….THE BLOOMING LOT, BACK ON THE DIET, TRYING TO SHIFT A FEW POUNDS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, YOUR DIET SOUNDS DELIGHTFUL SUE…..THINK I SHOULD TRY THAT, MIGHT LOSE IT QUICKER….POOR YOU THOUGH, I BET YOU ARE DYING FOR A GOOD NOSH UP……..GET BETTER SOON MY FRIEND……LOVE YOU….JEN X

      • Jennie, Thanks for the good wishes. Sorry about your weather. It has struck, huh? Glad you’re staying in touch with your fun doc. Still on liquids here and I hate this. Thinking of each of you. Love, Sue

  19. Sue
    It’s gotta stop…no more stuff happening…ok!
    Hope you are better today
    Jen
    Shame that’s your last treatment ,how’s the eyes did you get the stuff off the net yet .
    Back at shed now.here for the rest of the week.coming to the end now .the site closes for 5 weeks 8 th dec
    .and have to drain down and stuff and pack things in those vacuum bags
    Back tomorrow
    Chris

    • HI CHRIS….NO THE STUFF FOR MY EYES WILL BE A FEW DAYS YET BEFORE IT ARRIVES, BUT THERE HAS BEEN AN IMPROVEMENT SINCE WEARING MY GLASSES MORE…..I AM NAUGHTY NOT WEARING THEM ALL THE TIME, BUT WHEN I GET THOSE BAD HEADACHES, I CAN’T BE DOING WITH ANYTHING ON MY NOSE.
      WELL YOU STILL HAV 2/3 WEEKS LEFT AT “LE SHED” SO ENJOY IT WHILST YOU CAN……..LOVE JEN XX

  20. UGH ! 22′ here this morning ! I gotta get going and go feed. I WILL have on my silk longjohns today under the jeans. I HATE the cold weather, but thankful it is warm and toasty in here. Sue prayers for you, you gotta catch a break soon. TO all of you, take care and prayers for you daily.
    Love
    Tonie

    • TONIE….BRRRR!!! THAT’S BLOOMING COLD….SILK LONGIES HUH?? VERY POSH, I HATE THE COLD WEATHER TOO, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE NETHER REGIONS, SO THINK I MUST GET SOME LONGIES TOO, OFF TO PUT ANOTHER LOG ON….KEEP WARM PETAL….LOVE JENNIE XX

    • Right there with you, Tonie! I’m not sure what the temp was earlier, but at 2:00 pm it’s about 25 but feels like 12* with the wind chill – and it’s blowing like crazy out there! Sadie and I attempted a short walk, but it didn’t last long at all. It is brutal. I hope you were able to stay in once feeding was out of the way. Long range forecast has next Tuesday 30 degrees warmer! What is up with these huge temp swings??

      • DUNNO Lyn, but it will be over tomorrow here. Warming up tomorrow evening. Artic Blast I guess. Nope, had to go back out to work, then had several stops before and after, then home to feed n water, go see my sister, lock up all the chickens, NOW I am in to stay the night ! Hope you are warm

  21. Dear Friends, think of each of you each day and you have my prayers for your current struggles as well as a pray for you to find joy. I could use a dose of that myself right now. This virus has me down and I feel a bit trodden on but pray it will not last. I usually pop up and am waiting for this to pass. Love, Sue

    • SUE LOVE…..WISH ALL THIS STUFF DIDN’T KEEP HAPPENING TO YOU, YOU MUST BE SO DOWN, AS CHRIS SAID, YOU WILL GET BETTER, AND HOPEFULLY ALL OUR PRAYERS WILL HELP LICK THIS…..LOVE YOU BIG….JEN X

    • Dear Sue ~ So sorry for this latest chapter in your life, entitled “Virus.” Seems like too many trials, all at once, should be outlawed. But hopefully it will run it’s course quickly. Lots of fluids, right?!

      Tomorrow I see the PT/Fibro specialist who will give me the results of my hip MRI, and her plan to “fix” it. I will have to tell her, though, that the pain has also been affecting my lower back, in the area around my tail bone. Wonder if she’ll suggest another MRI, or what. So thankful that my hubby will be driving me, because my hands have been hurting and I don’t feel like gripping that steering wheel. Especially in the cold….it was 14 degrees today, can you believe it? Doesn’t this state know that I’m from Florida, and I don’t like this weather it’s serving up. 🙂

      Hope all of you are well….Still trying to get to know you, as I’m on here so infrequently, but I do pray & think of you all: Eye problems, chronic pain, etc. & etc. & all the other issues that surround your lives. Take care tonight.

      Trish

      • Trish dear, so often tailbone pain can also mean sacroiliac joint pain. Hope he checks that out. All of the pelvic area is so interconnected, when one area is troublesome we can get referred pain to other, close joints, muscles, etc. Please never worry about frequency on here. I’ve been absent much of late because of my health but all of these wonderful folks are in my heart and prayers. Do watch those hands and I pray the MRI gives you some answers. Just know you have a lot of company in all of us. Fondly, Sue

  22. Hey sue
    You won’t let that trodden on feeling stay there for long! You will kick its a….
    It’ll pass you know like time does
    Wish we could all meet up and join you there ..that would be a treat
    With all you’ve been thru you must be vunerable to bugs and take longer to get over them..but you know all this.just got to get there
    Well sue I’m gonna try and sleep my dad has dropped his phone one to many a time and it’s had it.i had to tell the lady next door how to plug the land line in…that works now but got to get there to sort the other one ,or a new one.then charge it for 24 hrs and explain it all to him…and I can’t go in the flat and DH cant hear or understand him.with his deafness .HELP…what do I do…so get to sleep early as looks like we gotta go back…..
    Chris

  23. Just checking as my other three posts to sue have gone for moderation….odd or what?? The badge changed colour as well ..ill post again when its ok
    Chris

  24. Well I’m awake so thought I would check in ,my other three posts haven’t appeared yet.hope this one gets thru. Sue you will get thru this ,it’s just been one thing after another . You will see it off with your fighting spirit. I know we are all praying for you to pop up as you say
    Ok gonna try and get back to sleep
    Chris

  25. Morning all !
    Cold, but no wind this morning. I had brought Baby up to the yard and garden to let her graze and stay in areas where she has some shelter from the cold. So today I will put her back in her pasture. It is WARMING up ! YEah. Also found a new outlet for all my extra eggs. I will mix a few in with her feed , good protein to build her back up and also good for her coat.
    I really hate the cold, it swells me up and makes me ache. I know ya’all do as well.
    Sue really praying for you to get better NOW !! I spoke with Ms Millie on Monday. She thinks she is getting demensia (sp) She asked me if she should just tell the Dr and ask if or what could be done to maintain her longer. Her mind has always been so sharp and she can tell she is slipping. SHe has been telling me this for about a year now. But this is the first she has brought up the other. I so want to see them again.
    Everyone stay warm today. I have to move my snoring dogs off me so I can get up and get ready for work and go feed. Take care
    Love to you all
    Tonie

    • TONIE…..SOUNDS LIKE BABY IS REALLY MAKING SOME GOOD PROGRESS NOW, AND I ALSO KNOW THAT EGGS ARE SO GOOD FOR ALL ANIMALS, SO SHE WILL SOON PICK UP WITH A GOOD DIET LIKE THAT…..I KNOW YOU SAID YOU HAVE BETTER WEATHER COMING, BUT WHEN IT SNOWS, WHERE WILL YOU PUT HER? I EXPECT YOU HAVE THAT COVERED…….I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MISS ALICE, YOU ARESO RIGHT, A MENTION TO THE DOC WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA…….TAKE CARE SWEETS….LOVE YA…..JEN X

  26. Dear Sue, I wanted to write something wise or witty, but I can’t find the words. What you have been and still are going through makes me sad. The way you handle it all makes me proud to know you. Many prayers and many positive thoughts are going out to you.
    Love. Janet

  27. Dear Tonie, When we had horses it was in Southern California and we didn’t get much real cold weather, but it was different in North Central Texas. Most of the horses I saw were in small to large herds and they kept each other warm. When people had one or two they usually put blankets on them when it got below freezing. I know my closest neighbor had a donkey and when it froze he would show up in a zebra striped blanket. Made me laugh every time. He loved apples and would run up to fence when I was out in the field. Most of the time he would get one.
    You take care and give Sweet Baby a hug and a pat from me. Love, Janet

    • Janet:
      Our horses get real FURRY in the winter. Our vet said unless they were barn horses and “slick” haired that putting a blanket on them would cause em to sweat and maybe get colic. She has a spot under some trees in a corner she goes to when she is cold out of the weather. Judy and I are trying to come up with something we can do this winter. Not much I can do until spring (and I get money) but give her lots of good food, and maybe an Alfalfa cube or two at night to get her blood up. She wasn’t sure about those eggs in her feed this am. 🙂 But she ate it anyway. I will only put two in tomorrow and see if that is better for her. She certainly knows when it is feeding time ad gives me some noise to remind me “just in case”.I have quite a few of her “apples” to pick up where I let her graze in the yard. Just throw em in the flower beds or on the garden , they will soak in.
      I want to get a Burro or a Donkey next. She needs company. DId you ever see a Zedonk ? That is what I thought of when I read your story !
      You take care and I will give Baby a hug from you
      Love
      Tonie

  28. Hi my Peeps! I just lost an entry … not good to be posting in bed but that is what I usually do, and it is so easy to hit the wrong key with my crooked fingers! I have been experiencing severe pain in the left side of my neck, radiating up to the top of my head with my scalp being painful to touch at times. My physio therapist has felt a dislocation, but on x ray it appears stable, but she says that is because the subluxation is only on the left side so the right side is stabilizing my neck! My rheumy has asked her for a report and then I guess we will hear his thoughts. So fair it has been pain medication, heat and a lot of time with my neck propped up on a pillow in bed, Any amount of movement makes the pain worse. To top this off, I went into a funny flare following my x rays (they also x rayed my hip replacement as it has been stiff) with swelling in my ankles, knees and right hand that week, and I was left with new nodules on my fingers which were upsetting. I know nodules are a poor prognosis sign and they are nothing new as I have had many in the past … on the soles of my feet, elbows, fingers, toes, my nose from my glasses, on my scalp, in my lungs and I even awoke with one on my forehead one morning when I had slept with my face turned into my pillow I guess, but haven’t had any new nodules for awhile, which leads me to question whether my new biologic is doing the job it is suppose to do! These new developments have greatly affected my life, and with my neck I fear I may never drive again which is very upsetting as I have tried hard to maintain my independence. I haven’t driven very far the last few years but I valued just to be able to run down the street to a store and get out of the house on my own for an hour without being told to hurry up, if you know what I mean! My friends that were at the cottage this fall are returning in February (this time without Bella of course) and I had fooled myself into believing that I could travel to PA with them, and then attend the Westminster Dog Show in NYC together and then fly home … this would be a major task if I was feeling really, really, well, but I now know it would be impossible. My hubby has now said that he MIGHT consider flying with me to California to visit Bella’s parents after he is done driving Connor to school IF my condition is stable, so that might be something to look forward to… ONE MORE TRIP! I do have extra travel health insurance but there is often an existing condition clause and I definitely would need my doctors approval, although he did ask if I was heading south for the winter … I wish!!! That is a wonderful idea for another year.
    I think I should close before I lose this again. Love and hugs to all … Pommum Brenda
    PS – although Teddi still has an occasional cough, he is breathing well with his tracheal stent. It is very said that he had such a short marriage, but he did marry an older woman. I have cried many, many tears for Bella and Tommy and Deedee. ❤

    • Pommum :
      I hate you are having troubles again with your meds. Pray that all will be worked out. You have had a long hard road up to now and I hate to hear it may be starting again. Hang tuff and don’t give up anything til you have to !
      Glad Teddi is feeling better.
      Love
      Tonie

    • Pommum Brenda, it’s been awhile and we’re all glad..I know..to get an update about you. My friend, there is always much going on with you and not usually good. I have also found in my SI problems over the years that X-rays never tell the whole tale. Glad you have a good PT who can spot the difference. I think I told you about the problems my sister had with her neck and know they can do things to stabilize it if it comes to that. Not much of a life sometimes, I know. When I get to heaven I think the first thing out of my mouth to God will be, “Why did life have to suck so much???” But while we’re here, we’re stuck with the facts, right? At least we’re not alone in our troubles. Neck problems can be so confining, I know. Have you tried sleeping in a collar? Mine is a pediatric one and doesn’t cut into the chin so much. Sweet lady, I am glad Teddy is managing his stent and you are able to keep him with you. I’m sure you’re looking forward to and both dreading all the holidays because of the many demands of those days. Such mixed blessings for those of us who are having more problems than usual.
      I think everyone should have their dreams as each of us do but sometimes, we have to find them closer to home as many of us have found out. There are ways if the “price” is right. We pay in pain and discomfort and only you can know how you feel, right? Think of you and your precious family often. Love you, Sue

  29. HELLO……WELL GOT THE DENTIST OUT OF THE WAY FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS, JUST WAITING FOR THE LOVELY LAD FROM NEXT DOOR TO FIX THE UPSTAIRS TOILET, AND HOPEFULLY THAT’S ALL THE BITS AND PIECES DONE WITH. GOT A CALL FROM MY SON THIS MORNING, SAYING HOW NERVOUS HE IS AT STARTING A NEW JOB ON MONDAY, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE EIGHTIES, HE HAS TO WEAR A SUIT TO WORK AND CATCH TRAINS…..HE IS NOT HAPPY!!! HAD HIS LEAVING PARTY FROM HIS OLD JOB YESTERDAY, HE HAD TO HAND BACK THE CAR, COMPUTER AND PHONE, THE NEW COMPANY (BASED IN CHICAGO) HAVE COVERED ALL BUT THE CAR……THAT SUCKS, BUT HE WILL HAVE TO GRIN AND BEAR IT…FOR NOW.
    VERY COLS HERE NOW, AND I WORRY ABOUT ALL OF YOU WHO ARE HAVING BAD WEATHER AHEAD OF TIME, SO PLEASE ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SNOW ETC, PLEASE TAKE CARE, KEEP WARM……LOVE YOU ALL….JENNIE XX

  30. Mornin’all:
    A bit warmer this morning. Forecast calls for warming trend (50’s and even 60’s ) however, with rain 😦 ! Better than snow though huh ? I should be in water aerobics, but my body is just not up to it today. I skipped my shot of MTX last week due to all the fuss and am paying for it this week. Getting a cold, sniffles and sneezing. I need to get going, take a shower and got get the Jeep inspected. Come back and work with Baby a while. I hear machinery outside somewhere, they must be harvesting the corn field up the road. I think they left it up for dry silage this year. I want to plant some corn for the animals this summer. Always good to have stuff on hand instead of depending on the store right ?
    Jennie, good deal for your son. Hope it all goes well. I saw a post from Kevin, that they are giving him new meds and postponing his surgery to see what happens. ??? I must call and check in with him. Keep praying, maybe they found a better way. That makes me think it is not malignant.
    Love to all this beautiful sunny (cold) day !
    Tonie

    • Tonie, raining here in good old soggy OR. Dark rain. Sometimes we have sun with the rain. Very pretty but strange. I think planting corn sounds like a great idea. I know all your critters would appreciate that. Hope Baby is still eating everything in sight. Saw you were looking for hay on FB once she runs out of green pastures. You’re such a good Momma.
      I read your entry and of course we’ve chatted about your former SIL Kevin and I know you’re all terribly worried and don’t blame you. That sounds extremely serious and for them to try something else to postpone surgery may mean they are trying to shrink the tumor to make it easier to remove. I hope they are doing something to help his constant headaches to bring him a bit of relief. Any way you look at it it is so sad. My prayers for all of his dear family.
      Now as far as you…take your methotrexate. Okay? Love you, Sue

      • SUe:
        Yes, I spoke with Kevin yesterday and he said they felt the tumor was too large to try and remove. So they are putting him on something (chemo, my guess) to shrink it. He was concerned cause they did say “if you can take it”, I suggested he pick up some anti-nausea med and my old standby ginger ale. Just in case. In 4 weeks they will do another MRI and see if any progress has been made. And I took my MTX 🙂
        I got some good news yesterday. I got a copy of the letter that SSI sent to my Representative. The decision has been passed on the the payment department . SO I SHOULD be getting some money in Dec !!! YEAH !! I really think that the fact Rep Griffith got involved is why I got a hearing when I did.
        Baby is still eating “like a horse” haha ! She has come up for air and noticed that I am taking care of her. She whinneys at me everytime I go near the “feed shed”. I groomed her good yesterday and she loved it. Ate her apple and sauntered away. I still have another month of grass that will sustain her, but trying to find some hay so i have it here. I would prefer square bales, but will have to take a round one probably, that is what most people use.
        Love ya
        Tonie

  31. Hi Dear friends, I ate a piece of crisp toast today..first solid food today in a week. Hope it stays. Had a soft boiled egg and it tasted like heaven. I’ve been floating in Gatorade, ginger tea and flat Coke. I never drink Coke and did so only for the cola syrup per doctor. Hope they didn’t undo all my dental work over the last few weeks. Thinking of each of you often and pray for your health, happiness and strength as we all take on and enjoy the holidays. Love you, Sue

      • Lyn, yes it is a victory. Now I wish I could stand up straight. My left shoulder is still a problem from the mast. and the back makes it a double problem. Very slow exercises for me now. Please pray for the strength I need to get through this very difficult time in my life. I can’t remember a time any worse physically…with it all. Love you, Sue

      • Lyn, you’re right. Any victory or movement right now. I have been doing lots of stretches and got out all the sheets I’ve kept over the years of back strengthening exercises and will do when up to it. I’ve been doing the exercises for the left shoulder. Don’t really have a choice if I’m to get full movement back in it. Still very tight. I have a dear friend who had a mast. several years ago and said it took her a year to get back. I’m still house bound so am doing my best each day. Have a good day then feel like sleeping all day the next…this virus has not helped a bit. Jim has a deputy at work who was out for over a week with it and said he’d never been so sick so guess with my lousy immunity that’s why it hit me so hard. Haven’t been able to take methotrexate so problems with arth. too. Eventually I’ll get through this.
        Is Sadie still getting her walks? I love all the pics of her you post.She is obviously basking in your love. Aren’t our pets just the icing on the cake of life? Little George has been a God send to me. Love, Sue

      • Jennie, Normally fish and chips would tempt me completely but still not doing it. Guess I’ll know I’m well when I get there. Sorry your back is acting up. Rotten backs seem to choose their own times, huh? I know how that can ruin a day. Hope your weather isn’t too fierce. If it is, bet you’re staying close to the heating pad. Love ya, Sue

    • SO glad you are showing improvements Sue. WIsh I could send you some of my eggs 🙂 Your little tummy will be so small you won’t be able to eat an apple without being full. Continue to improve !!

      • Tonie, That’s kind of what I thought with Kevin because shrinking it made sense. Don’t worry. They will take care of the nausea and chemo has greatly improved but it is hard. That’s why I couldn’t do it and radiation but I’m an old lady with a closet full of problems and he’s a younger guy so it’s different. In his case it may mean all the difference by making that tumor doable. They really should try to get it all out, ideally.
        That is such wonderful news about the money. Finally you can see signs of green. Hurray. Baby sounds spoiled already. Way to go. She deserves it. Farm life sounds a bit too rugged for this city girl. I may have southern roots but that’s it. Glad your brother is being so kind and helpful. Isn’t that as it should be in families?
        Glad you took your methotrexate. Good girl. Wish I could take mine but not with this virus. Later. Love you, Sue

  32. Hi folks
    Good to hear from you sue….and solid food ! Keep it up. Things are improving
    I’m back home..my dad broke his cordless phone…so back to get him a corded one.it will be easy for him,rather than learn about another fancy one
    Been busy at shed..key got stuck in lock and wouldn’t move they put another lock in for me.then had a wifi thermostat put in for cent.heating..then back to get phone. Last week there next week and running down to do. That will be it for 5 weeks
    Still got my cough ,on steroid inhaler and proton pump meds.but nowt happening
    Put some weight on….bummer..have to lose it and ain’t got any go to do it
    Chris

    • Chris, The good news is that most of the weight is probably fluid if from the steroids. I’m so sorry to hear you still have that cough. Must be so irritating for you and tiring for your ribs. So much to do and some of it so frustrating for you. Especially getting the key stuck in lock. I got in shower this morning while Jim came for a min. break because I didn’t want to be alone in the house when I showered (still weak) and the water was only lukewarm. Oh the urge to scream. I confess I had a complete melt down. I rarely do that but getting cold with wet hair was too much.Got out soon in a very cold bathroom. Sometimes life just doesn’t like us very much I think. Know you’re going to miss the shed but that won’t be long. Hope you’re doing better by the time the holidays roll around.
      I think you’re wise to keep things basic for your Dad. Sometimes we just don’t need anymore stress. Hope the family is all well for you and the weather not too extreme. Think about getting another opinion on that cough, okay? Love you, Sue

    • CHRIS….DON’T GIVE A THOUGHT TO THE WEIGHT, ITS COLD RIGHT NOW, COMFORT FOOD FOR YOU, CAN’T BEAT IT FOR STRESS……THAT’S MY EXCUSE…………….THINGS TICKING OVER HERE, JUST ROTTEN TUMMY AND LOW BACK PAIN DRIVING ME NUTS…..AH WELL, THEM’S THE BREAKS……LOVE XX

  33. Sue
    Do you think the inhaler would still put on fluid…wow! It could be that too..I hope so..but I’ve another few weeks left! Daren’t weigh !
    The dr has referred me to the hospital….ugh..for the cough
    I can think of nothing worse than a cold shower sue…and wet hair…yep life sucks at times !
    We had some new gas bottles delivered and there was no hot water when he put them In i ran taps …and told the gas man who put bottle in. And he checked ..yep it’s all on he said…..so had to call out the site men and he hadn’t switched the gas on! All ok in the end but with the blimmin key. Mice in the loft and cupds at home ,my dads phone, DH bp up and no tabs yet till his 24hr tape and my cough……well I’m glad some of it is in the past
    I know it’s nowt on the scheme of things and not all health problems ,but could do without it to add to it all!

    I’m glad you are improving to be able post . I think getting in the shower can cause a Balance problem anyway.i have to hold the ledges in the shower.so I can understand yourself with being week too
    Well planned to sleep but not there yet!
    Chris

    • Oh Chris, I sooooo understand. The first thing Jim said was, after checking the hot water heater, was that it was working fine. I lost it, standing there, freezing. The odd thing is there is hot water upstairs but it’s only lukewarm and cold down with only one hot water heater in the whole house so, I think we’ll be paying a plumber overtime this weekend to come out after he showers..we’ll see. We’re having fierce wind right now. Power went off and then back on. Thank God we have a generator.
      What is the situation with your DH and the tabs? What is a 24 hour tape? Hope his B/P isn’t too wild. Sue

  34. Well he feels better off the tabs..but bp varies. 160/97 to 135/80. Awaiting a 24 hr bp monitor to wear..I know it prob goes higher when he’s trying to work out what folks are saying
    I hope the weather stays good at least till your plumber has been.ive seen on the news the weather over there..at the moment here the weather gives rain for w.end and they say we are to have some bad weather soon too
    Let’s both hope no more stuff to happen !
    Nearly 2am here!
    Chris

    • Chris, that is a large variance of blood pressure. Hope it doesn’t get higher. Poor man. It must be frustrating to be isolated in a hearing impairment like that. We’re still having rain. The power outage blew a couple of bulbs today. I meant to mention I have a shower chair which is great and cheap. I recommend them. Sleep my dear. Lord knows you need it. Love you, Sue

  35. Good morning all:
    Sue it is SO good to see you on here posting !! So sorry about the cold shower ! I have the very smallest water heater in the trailer. You have about a 5 min max, and the heat goes. So I have learned to get it done. My brother brought me down a little Coleman stove for if the power goes off and an old percolator coffee pot. He knows I love my coffee 🙂 He has been really good to me since he came home, making sure I have necessary things, checking on me if the power goes off. My big brother 🙂
    My Ex has been having problems due to infections from the drainage sites (my son told me) he ended back in the hosptial for 5 days on antibiotics and wound care. Supposed to start chemo on Mon. Poor Sean is run ragged.
    The boys got me up at 6:30, and are snoring on the bed, course, I can’t go back to sleep. So need to get up, get coffee and go feed and water. I hate when the water freezes overnight and they are not able to get a wakeup drink til I go and get it for them.
    SO..if I get my money, I will be checking out the red Chevy truck to see if I can afford it 🙂 I hope so !!
    Well off to the coffee pot !
    Chris, prayers for you and your DH !! I know you have had a tough go of it of late as well.
    Love to all
    Tonie

    • Hi Tonie and all my wonderful friends on this blog. I haven’t written much but I read it everyday. Seems like everyone is having problems. I am no exception. I am having a problem with some of my blood work. My oncologist checks my blood a couple of times a year to see if my tumor marker numbers are up. When you have cancer, your body produces a protein in your blood that indicates there might be a tumor some where. The last time I went to him my markers were up slightly. He has had me come in every 4 to 6 weeks to keep a watch on them. The last time they were up a little more. You try to not worry but it is hard. I have to go back December 2nd to get another blood test. I am asking for your prayers for it to be stable or better yet lower. They can go up for just having a cold. I don’t have one. So, I am also having a lot of fatigue. More than normal. I can’t get up and going each day until around 2 pm. I struggle even then getting up. I mentioned it to my Rheumatologist last week and he said it is most likely from the rheumatoid arthritis disease. I can’t help but wonder if the two things are tied together and I am having another cancer issue. I take my one pill a day for the breast cancer issue. I have been cancer free for 13 and 1/2 years now. I take a methotrexate shot once a week plus Arava,Prednisone, plaquenel, spelling is wrong on that one I am sure, for the RA everyday but still feel like the two things are causing all this. Oh let’s not forget the pain! Hurt all over. I didn’t mean to go on and on but wanted to explain what I am dealing with. So please keep me in your prayers for this.I will be going to my oldest daughter’s house for Thanksgiving. The family is giving money and my daughter and my sister are doing all the cooking. I think that is an awesome deal. As far as I know, all 5 of my children will be there. That will be a first for a lot of years. I am going down on Monday so I can “Supervise.” Ha Ha.
      Tonie, so glad things are going good with Baby. I will be praying that you can get the hay you need this winter. I am sure with your care, Baby is getting healthy. Seems like she already knows you are good to her. I am glad you will be getting your money soon. When I got my letter that it was in payroll, within a week it was in my account. I hope that happens for you.
      Sue, I am so glad you are starting to feel better. I hope you aren’t going to have to do anything for Thanksgiving. I hope you will be able to eat a little more by then. You are such an inspiration to all of us. We all love you very much!
      Jennie, Chris, Janet, Lyn, Pommum Brenda, Annie, Trish and Laura, I have read all your posts and think and pray about what you are going through. I really feel like I know you all so well. I have written such a long post today so next time I will try and address each one of you separate. LOVE YOU all and if I don’t get back on before, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
      LOVE Donna Lou.

      • Donna, my dear girl, if anyone understands your fear of cancer returning, I do. I live with that fear each day of my life. My oncologist said to me one day, well, no one lives forever and the point is in facing that and making the most of the few years we have left in our older years. Well, that’s it more or less. He’s right. We all run around like we’re immortal when we actually aren’t. Trust the results to your life’s plan dear girl. God has one for each of us and He loves us beyond our understanding in it’s intensity. Much love, Sue

      • Donna:
        I cannot relate with that fear, but I can relate that we are just here for a visit. It is not our home. Hang in there and I will be in prayer for your bloodwork this month. Indeed God has a plan for us that none other knows. Always in our best interest.
        Love
        PS, Yes Ms Baby is getting spoiled, She saw me in the kitchen making coffee and went to her feeding place as if to tell me I:M HONGRY MAW !!:

  36. Hi everybody, Just thought I’d tell you a couple of things that I learned or achieved from all this down time. For one, I have all of my Christmas shopping done..finished! Good old online shopping. The other thing is I found an easy, fatigue free way of making potato soup when you feel like crap. I baked the potato..let it sit until I could hold it, then mashed it into a bowl, added soup, a dash of butter and salt and potato soup. I can’t get through rough times without potato soup. Sue

    • Good job, Sue! As soon as I have a few more of my lists I’ll be off and shopping! I do have some for the kids already. I’d have more done, but of course the extended families rarely do name exchanges until Thanksgiving. Hits the bank account HARD for a month or two. So I’m planning ahead for next year! I’ve already opened a Christmas account and will deposit some each week (probably $15-20) so that I’ll already have it saved and not have to hit our incoming so hard. I try not to carry a balance on our credit card, but simply must around Christmas usually. Now I hope to avoid that for next year. I know. This is nothing new and some of you out there probably already do it. I thought about it for a few years but finally put it in action! Feeling good about it. Now, about how to handle all that wrapping… 😉

      • Lyn dear, truthfully, I tend to start shopping in the summer, getting ideas and always overdo it. I love Christmas so much and will miss all the heavy decorating this year but am not up to it. Time to prioritize a bit this year. I think Christmas funds are a wonderful idea and so painless. We hate to have debt to and run from it like crazy.
        Don’t think I’ll be up to speed for Thanksgiving. This virus has knocked me on my fanny. Be so glad when it wears itself out and not me. Gradual strength building but slowly. Hope you’re doing well with the winter. Know how hard that is for you. Much love, Sue

  37. Good Mornin all :
    Sue , you and your potato soup and me and my ginger ale. We all have our little things of comfort don’t we ? Did your mom make that for you as a child ? I know that is where I got the ginger ale from. Mother always sent to the store for a bottle when one of us was sick. Tummy, fever, whatever, you HAD to have ginger ale. (Did you mean to add “milk” instead of soup ?)
    Baby saw me in the kitchen and is standing at the ready for me to come outside 🙂 I made me an English muffin with ham and egg and a cuppa JOE ! I woke up hungry this am, was so tired yesterday and went to sleep around 10. AND the boys let me sleep all night !
    I am excited that I will get to Christmas shop this year Sue !! I intend to do a lot of it online and just have it shipped on to the people out West ! 🙂 Save time and money ! I do have a few things here and I know I must make a box of goodies to send, but anyhow !
    Thanks Lyn for that cookie share on FB ! (sarcasam!) Made me so hungry it pushed me into the kitchen for breakfast ! I did see some on there I want to make, cinnamon roll cookies, I am gonna try them this week and make em for the Bazaar. Different cookies, instead of the same old same old.
    I haven’t forgotten the cookbook ya’all. I will get started on it around Christmas time. Ms Alice will be going west for the winter soon, so I will be without employment and can concentrate on it more.
    Well, gotta go feed. My silly chickens follow me everywhere when they are outside like a big flock of dogs 🙂 Baby pays them no mind , nor the dogs. Just the water hose when I fill her trough. Have a wonderful day all, and go to church !! 🙂
    Love
    Tonie

    • Sorry, Tonie. But now you have a treasure trove to check out for the cookbook. 😉 See, I did get more recipes to you! Haha! Yes, I looked at those cinnamon roll cookies, too. They look really good, and different from what you see out there. You could even use red and green food coloring in the icing to make them look festive. Just an idea.

  38. Hey all !
    I need your prayers for me and my family. Got a call from my daughter this am. Kevin (SIL) died in his sleep last night. Needless to say it was a great shock to all of us. The kids are really torn up as are we all. Lots of prayers needed in the next little bit for all they have to go thru. So much. Love you all
    Tonie

    • Oh Tonie. So sorry for your loss. I will be lifting all of you up in prayer. So hard right here at Thanksgiving. I will be praying for the peace that passes understanding and God’s grace to get through all they will be facing. Especially for the kids. God Bless you all ! Donna

  39. Oh Tonie ..what a great shock after all we have heard of preparing for the op
    I am so sorry, prayers for all of you with some peace and strength to go through this time
    God bless Chris

  40. Donna
    Good to hear from you…You sound as you will have a good time at thanksgiving..I think you deserve it and I agree with sues words to you…today is all everyone can be sure of
    Lyn
    That saving is such a good idea..I keep meaning to do it but never get to it
    Tonie
    That is good news on your disability. What you said about shopping for presents this year . Well it made me stop and look at it ,as not a chore but something to be looked forward to do..Thankyou I’m not really into xmas after I lost my mum
    You never know when something is said that touches someone!
    Sue
    Yea I followed the soup ,but you added soup did you mean stock,or milk as Tonie says
    Jen
    Hoped you improved over the w.end

    Well came back to shed after DD and partner fixed my dads phone into bedroom. But I’m not sure I should be here ,he is very weak,didn’t seem to be understanding and absorbing.but we are packing away this week and someone coming to fix the sink and DH bp is 170/112 this am and I told him he has to go back on meds…this bp tape is not till next week .but he can’t go till then…so I don’t know where to turn to do what really…so he took a bp pill and it seems better ..but have to take it slow and see how it all plays out.
    What would life be with no problems !!
    Ok gonna have a steam inhalation for coughing
    Chris

    • Chris, what else could you do for your DH for his B/P except give him his meds and help him feel less stress. Much going on for you, especially at the shed. I can understand your concern for both of the guys in your life..well, and GS of course. I don’t know what you mean by the tape but if you need to call the doc for him, why not? Sounds like the pill helped though.
      I’m not sure what life would be like with no problems but might be worth a try, huh? Love, Sue

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