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Monday Thankful Family

Family on all sides is a big thing for me.

My dad’s side, the side I grew up with and love the memories. We went on trips and holidays. Loving times and fun. Dad wasn’t always there but he made a few. My aunt M and Uncle D were like a second set of parents. It sucks that we don’t see each other these days but distance and the grandparents being gone totally changed the family. The saying who holds the glue to the family is so true. But I do have so many great memories I will forever cherish. It was always my aunt, uncle, two cousins and the grandparents. A few moments with our kids and spouses to the mix. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

If I could change one thing, I would change my choices financially. I would make myself less of a procrastinator and more of a getter done person. I was too chillaxed. Too much.

This is my mom’s side, only have a few pictures.

There is many more, but I don’t have pictures. They have been fun to get to know. I do wish I could have known them more growing up, but things happen just make the most of today.

The family I married into. They are great. They love the outdoors!

Good memories and it’s fun to hear hubby talk about them.

I hope our kids will be close and be together as much as possible. Help each other don’t fight. Or I will haunt you. lol

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Thankful for……Apples of My Eye

Being able to watch this little one this year. Getting better. Not as tired. Like helping her mom out because i remember being a single mom and needing helpers. My Aunt Mary and grandma Marie helped me so much!

He is so patient with me, love him so much. Our whole marriage has been crazy but wonderful. He is finally cleaning his nightstand. I do miss cleaning, crazy, but I was raised by a grandma that always had a clean home. Miss her. She loved him too. Wish grandpa knew him but I believe he sent him to me.

My grandson he is so wonderful. He was not feeling well here, his mom sent me the pic. I’m so excited he is doing great in school. He reminds me so much of his dad. A great kid. Hopefully in the future he will be closer to us so we can see him more and share times with him as he grows up.

I’m so thankful for this family. The best! 3 boys, 1 daughter, 1 daughter in law but I see her as a daughter. A hubby that does so much for us.

I hope to post more thankful through the week.

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Winter Blues or Just What the Heck

Wednesday, I got a text that my mom was in the hospital with a blood clot in her leg. My Aunt, her youngest sister, said she had to talk her into having it amputated because she has problems all the time and their mom, my grandma died of a blood clot in the leg when I was jr. high?

I need to find her letters; she was great at writing to me and keeping me from hating my mom. I know sounds really awful. It was a time that my dad’s family thought bad of her and said things they shouldn’t. I eavesdropped to, a snoop.

My dad got custody of me when they divorced when I was 2. Proved she was unfit. She was wild. Hence the 70s. So that stuff went on with families, they aren’t bad people just the way things were. I didn’t hate her but was very confused why I never saw her. Well, she lived in Montana and me in Kansas, long distance to travel when you don’t have much money and other kids.

I won’t go into personal family stuff just say gossip was big in our family, I listened when they didn’t know I was listening. I actually have memories of her when I was 2, say no way, yes way I remember her and my brother M. I felt a connection to him and have more than my other 2 brothers and sister. I don’t have many memories like one does with parents, so the connection is not there.

She had a motorcycle wreck in 8th grade, think remembering right. Broke her neck and in the hospital was the first time I ever got to see her since when I was little, and they split. Talk about weird. Not to mention a confusing age a girl needs her mom.

I stayed a few days with her two sisters and had a blast. Super nice and I needed that. Brother M is older but the other 3 siblings were very little. It was fun, remember holding my sister as a baby. Her new husband wrecked to but not as bad as mom. The doctors told her she would never walk again. She said bull and walked again! Stubborn and determined. I guess that is where I get it from.

It was scary seeing her neck being pulled with weights. That’s what I remember her looking like. I didn’t even get to hug her. I think that had a lot to do with my actions through jr high and high school and even 20s. I was messed up.

But glad to say she stayed with us when I graduated, and grandma loved talking with her. They both liked the Enquirer. lol My friends were confused who she was when we went to the party because they knew grandma as my mom. Yes, both my parents were known to go partying with me. We all had the wild gene.

I did get to see her several times after graduation. It was nice getting to know her and my siblings. Still, we all have our problems, but we are growing out of them. My dad has passed, 2012, cancer, smoked a lot. He was in and out of my life, but he was a fun dad. Great memories and its own confusing ones. I haven’t seen mom since 2010 when my younger brother passed. He had a seizure. 😦

My mom made it through surgery, cut her left leg to the knee. My brother M is there, hopefully get things done so she is taken care of. Sucks to be sick and can’t be there. Maybe this summer.


mom and aunt

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A Christmas Work Party

This is hubby’s second year working for the Chevy dealership as a mechanic. He loves working on cars. He currently has an old Impala to fix in our garage, doing it all, body, electronics, engine, etc. Hopefully the government doesn’t ruin it. Blah.

Last year the second oldest son went with us, but this year we had the granddaughter because the army had her mommy at a training in New Jersey. So, the son watched Zozo so both of us could go. I was in better health as well. The second year after the stroke, more independence. I also had my top teeth in didn’t have any last year. Still getting use to them but I ate ok and talking was a bit muffled but was before no teeth out. lol The bottom ones don’t stay in, so I didn’t chance putting them in. Working on it, may just be the stroke still interfering who knows.

Some random pictures, none of me, don’t do selfies well, and can use my left hand only.

They had the theme of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Some dressed up and giveaway gifts the lady came up with quotes from the movie. They were funny. Hubby won decorations and a Drone! He’s been playing with that ever since. Hitting furniture, lol. A big kid!!! Oh, and we got jelly of the month jars to take home. lol

Yummy food was catered in. Chicken, pork, green beans, rolls, potatoes, apple, cherry, peach crisps. Hubby ate the heck out of the mixed nuts on the table. lol I miss eating them, my teeth don’t handle crunchy stuff, yet.

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A Weekend Getaway

2022 army family day

Friday: Hubby took off early since he had over 40 hours of work. He’s a work acholic like I use to be. He says if he stops working, he will go downhill. I don’t think so, but he will get bored. He rarely takes off except company days off. Mostly, why I want to get back to work so he can at least retire a bit, he deserves it. 🙂 I had planned on working again until the stroke happened. Both boys would be graduated so off to work for me didn’t care if it was fast food or not. Oh well.

When we got to the daughter’s town, we met her and Zozo at Dickey’s BBQ for supper. Love that place. Pulled pork, baked beans, mac and cheese, and roll. Afterwards said goodbye until the next day and went to the reserve center for lunch and games.

The daughter was one of the soldiers to get pie in the face, shaving creme and syrup. Hubby bid on her and got to throw it in her face. He got a pie in his face then, payback for when they were deployed together in 2012! It was funny.

Food was a yummy taco bar by friend Jason and pizza for extra. A ladies group made sweets for dessert. All good.

Zozo had fun with the kids climbing over everything. We were afraid she would fall and hit her head. Parent, old school. lol

The hotel has tall beds! Not for short people like me. lol They had cool reading lights. Made my day!

On the way back we went the other way and went to Barnes & Nobles. Hubby spoiled me, his Christmas gift to me. He got 3 books of his favorite series that he read when he was in the active-duty Navy before he met me. I’m rubbing off on him. lol

Pretty good group. 🙂 Daughter did good organizing the event. Got good remarks from her commander. She said she loves to work with her. I knew she was a leader growing up. 🙂

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Our Remodeling Thru The Years

The first room was a large room and we made it into 2 rooms, one a bedroom and a bonus room. I’ll have to take some pictures when we go back. Missed taking them when done. Find some regular picts?

The backyard when hubby and his brother put up the fence. The two houses are gone behind the fence. They finally tore down. The two photos with the insulation and junk is now inside and a laundry room. Will find those.

It’s a 100-year-old house, two houses put together. I believe it was a shop house before someone lived in it. In fact, as a kid walking by a man would sit in his chair and wave to me. Nice person. He later died in the house and someone else moved in and began to fix it. I don’t think I ever told the kids that. Shh.

The green room became the oldest kid, daughter, is the room below the fence picture above. Then it became the youngest son. Painted it for him. lol

You can see the finished fence up above with hubby, thinking.

The blue room is actually the covered carport and became the second kid, son’s room. Then after him the third kids got it. We tore up the carpet because it was very dirty and were planning on different covering. That’s the youngest grown now son. I think he was a sophomore in the picture?

It was the only room completely finished before we tore it up. lol

I have so many pictures to sort thru. I think that is why I get bored, we have always been busy remodeling.

Right arm get better! 🙂

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Family Food

The daughter and her friend made yummy crepes! And luscious hot chocolate, I forgot that picture.

Hubby made the turkey and didn’t forget the oven, lol, one year he shut it off trying to figure out the timer! Turkey took a long time to cook that year. lol

The middle son doesn’t like his picture taken, put the glass down. lol We had turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, deviled eggs. Simple meal but took lots of work.

The youngest son and girlfriend helped to make mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and stuffing. Lots of help, no more just me cooking. I clean.

Daughter made the delicious macaroni and cheese! Lots to eat. She’s playing a card game, Phase 10, that we all played, and that’s her friend. A great guy and cook.

Zozo had to play with other cards and a domino set to keep her busy. lol Hannah was good at entertaining her.

Sibling fun. lol

A great time. Missing the oldest son, wifey, and the grandson. Hopefully we will see them at Christmas time. It’s nice that the kids help now. 🙂

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Used My Dominate Hand Some

Yesterday, I wrapped packages! First since 2020 stroke. Tape was really fun, lol. The little pkg wasn’t so easy to do. But the flat pkgs were fun, my hand could hold the paper so I could wrap.

Good exercise for my hands and sticking my tongue out, lol.

I had to get the paper in the basement, so steps going down and I decided to do the weights. Played with the cats and gave them a treat.

I guess I dialed my youngest kid and didn’t realize it, side pocket dial. I could hear a voice say hello but thought I was hearing things. lol My phone is getting touchy. Deleted all apps til I am better. Except Instagram.

Ninja and Emo. I can’t wait to take care of them fully. I’m very thankful for hubby doing it but he doesn’t like them. He was always gone so it didn’t bother him that they were here but he knows I love them so he won’t get rid of them even though I was in tears and said I would be ok if he did. Good hubby, but they will be our last ones.

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More Exercising

This is in the library, I love this. I’ve done very little this year because hubby is a worry wart and feels I will fall, or the cats will trip me. I just go slow and watch for the cats, so now I am trying to do it every day. Right now, just the weight of the bars and leg thingy. It’s more to move my arms and legs. Will add weight later as I feel I should.

I used it more in the beginning before I got sick with my teeth last year, hubby would take me down. Getting sick takes a lot out of me. If I don’t move around, walk, stretch, simple exercises not aerobic but easy stuff my body gets unmovable. It must move! The stroke recovery is a weird thing. I can’t go backwards must move forward in recovery. Slow moving is a must.

It’s like I can’t just lay in bed or on the couch, must get up and move. I can’t wait til I move at least as fast as a rabbit and not like a turtle. lol

I try to do 30 reps of arms and 30 reps legs. It doesn’t seem like much, but a stroke makes you tired, extreme fatigue. I hate it. I wish I had never complained before the stroke.

I do 10 mins on this, sometimes I’ll do more if I have a burst of energy.

My little bike, lol, I use this 10 mins sometimes more. Just depends on what I do on the other things.

The treadmill in the back, granddaughter and hubby. 🙂 I use it mostly when I can’t go outside or do no walking around the house. 1000 steps at a time. Last week I did 3000 steps one day, full of energy. Then somedays I do laundry, go downstairs, etc. We have a flight of stairs up to Jessup’s room. Another flight going downstairs so lots of moving around.

Laundry is quite the exercise! I can’t hold a lot of clothes or towels so takes many trips which is steps!

I have hand weights and squeeze balls, so I do keep busy but sometimes that ugly procrastination creeps up.

I did love my therapy at the center downtown, but my teeth got in the way and had to stop. Sad face. It made me lose energy to go and don’t drive yet so it was an added problem. But I learned a lot in the short time I was there and try to do it at home. It got expensive for our budget also. Plus, I was not liking the cold, even in the heat, crazy. My temperature was out of wack for a year. So much better this year, feel normal. I tell you a stroke has been quite the experience. Don’t wish it on anyone.

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Some things are getting easier!

Wearing jeans are getting easier, thank goodness. I love jeans. I’m a jean and t-shirt lady, it’s what I wore everyday before the stroke. I have 2 pairs, and another pair that fits but I didn’t realize it is the skinny jean kind. Fits but difficult to pull up and down with one arm mostly. So later I will wear them. 🙂

Summer time was even worse because I would be sweating and well that makes pants difficult. lol So, I mostly wore shorts which I do like. This year wasn’t as bad with being cold, back to my normal temperature, so shorts were the best. The first year of my stroke, I was so cold all time, perhaps due to circulation?

Even in the heat. I covered up with blankets a lot of the time and didn’t want the A/C on. But this year was more normal for me, yay, and everyone else. lol

The daughter bought several sweatpants and leggings so that was a great help. She said, I love to shop so let me spend it on you.

AH. It took a load off our minds.

But glad to say they are getting a little tight. Gaining back my weight. Was 190, then the stroke took me down to 150, and then my teeth problems I went to 120, I hadn’t been that small since early high school. Now I’m back to 150 the weight after my first kid and last kid. I gained all on my own glad to be back in the middle.

Just need to be able to do exercises and weights to build up the muscle. Due time, right, patience.

I have weights in the basement, so it’s patiently waiting for me to use them. I should have been doing them on a regular basis then maybe I wouldn’t have been in this spot. Sadly, only used like once a week here and there, thought my running around was a enough. Nope.

I went from being outside, volleyball, dance team, golf, and softball so regular movement. My 20s working several jobs, then chasing two young ones, and constantly activities with friends and family. My 30s two more kids and two teenagers working full time job and part time job. My 40s two boys active and two adult kids, chasing them but didn’t work, only at home and not really having friends other than the computer. I should have filled my extra time with exercise 3 times a week, think that would have helped.

So, people stay active! Don’t think just running around does the trick.

Eating healthy just isn’t enough. My heart is in good health, not the problem, veins are good, not the problem, BLOOD PRESSURE is what gave me the stroke.

Basically move, eat healthy, sleep 8 hours, and drink water.

I’m not the best at eating since I lost my teeth but we sure are trying. Fake teeth are getting better but I tend to eat more with the gums. Soft food which has changed my food habits. Still eat hamburgers but smaller and less toppings. Still drink a pop but greatly downsized and some days not at all. I’ve grown to love oatmeal, a few veggies than before and liking some fizzy drinks instead of pop. Good things have changed me not just the bad. 🙂