Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Catch Up

I am sorry I have not been posting too much lately.  I have not had a lot of time for computer time.  I do read blogs and comment from time to time from my phone but actually sitting down at the computer has been limited.

2015 has been a year of finding myself and becoming healthier.  I do not know if I have succeed but I definitely have been trying.  I finally went to the doctor last week.  Yeah, I know It is barely November and I finally decide to go to the doctor.  I have been struggling with the weight all year.  After going to Yellowstone and walking and realizing how much I really am out of shape made me kick it in gear and try.  I am fighting depression, my feet swell by night, I get dizzy from time to time.  Once in a while my heart will race.  I find myself thirsty more often but do not drink more because I am urinating more.  On occasion my kidney will hurt as well.  My feet, mainly toes hurt and tingle like needles are poking me and after standing on them for awhile then it feels like someone is crushing my toes.  My muscles ache and my joints hurt.  When I sit at work and get up to help someone or go to the bathroom, I hurt so much I have to hold on to something for my first few steps.  This has been going on since August and yes, I finally went to the doctor.  Due to all of this, I have not felt like posting a whole lot.  I just do not want to post boo hoo things always or negative. 

Blood has been drawn and I go back December 3rd to talk about it it.  The day before I went I used Todd's glucose reader and took mine.  140 after fasting all night, this is high but my AC1 is 6.1 and averages 128, which is on the high end of pre-diabetes.  6.4 is medical diagnosed diabetic.  A lot of my symptoms are diabetic but not the muscle aching.  My eg levels for my kidney test is stage 2 of kidney damage.  This is not a total bad thing, according to what I read, they will have to just monitor it yearly and I should stay away from the ibuprofen which I use a lot for my knees.  They also tested for hypothyroidism.  This may explain why the muscles ache and the feet swelling but it came back on the low end of hypo close to normal.  I have no clue what is wrong with me, except the doctor did note in his letter we are going to discuss possibly putting me on Metformin which is for diabetes.  The biggest thing on the letter that hurt was seeing Morbid Obesity.  I expected the obesity but the morbid just killed me.

Okay, now we are caught up with the negative things.   I have had some fun things going on.  A couple of weekends ago, Taj and I made Pilgrim Hat Cookies.  It was very much like the Witch Hat Cookies, only we used yellow frosting and Rolo Candy instead of Hershey Kisses.  We had a lot of fun. 


This weekend is our Taj weekend and I plan on making TMNT ornaments.  Watch for a fun post with him.  Well I need to get back to prepping for Thanksgiving.  I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Goals

It is a blog hop, so click on the Monthly Goal button and you will see those who play along post as well. Come join along!
Monthly Goals

  • Complete one book.  SUCCESS I am
  • Work on cleaning out my closet and purging. SUCCESS I am loving the closet.  I purged a lot of clothing and made one of the shelves an additional place to put my shoes. 
  • Post about my Living History Farms day. SUCCESS You can read about it by clicking here.
  • Go to the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival.  FAILED I was not feeling well the weekend of the festival.  We will definitely do it next year.  I have to because it is on my 50 x 50 list, PLUS I really want to go.
  • Make over guest bedroom/toy roomSUCCESS As soon as I pick up my quilt my Mom made I will post pictures of the room.  I cannot wait to see my finished quilt. 
  • Make over small hallway off the foyer. In Progress  This room was more difficult to do because we had Taj a little more than normal.  It will be completed this weekend and I will post pictures then. 
  • Make throw pillows for the love seat.  SUCCESS on some and others still needing me to get to. We picked up the throw blanket when we were in Yellowstone this past Summer.  I love the look of it on back of the love seat.  It makes me happy when I see it and remember the great vacation we had.
  • Make throw pillow and pillow cases for the guest bed.  In Progress  I have the material washed.  I just need to sew them.
  • Make throw pillows for my boys and sisters from my Dad's shirts.  In Progress  I have some of the pillows completed but not all.  I needed to pick up more shirts my Mom put aside for me.  I will post pictures once I am all done with them this month.  I even made an extra three, two for my nephews and one for my Grandma.
  • Complete one painting.  SUCCESS I had begun my seasonal painting but I had to start over.  When I went back to my project two of the canvas were destroyed.  I believe one of the cats got to them.  I was not a happy camper but I completed the background for the entire series and Spring is complete.
  • Begin to work out again.  In Progress  I did the last three days of the month.
  • Take 30 minutes each day to do my daily devotions.  In Progress I feel really good about this one, not only was I able to do better on this one I also began a program to read the Bible in one year another thing on my 50 x 50 list.
I have to be honest, time since vacation is just flying by.  I am trying so hard to make this year a healthier me but I have to admit, I am very blue.  There are days I just cry.  Noah Christian is wearing me down.  I know I am not alone, Todd feels this way too.  We wake up and fear what type of mood he is in.  Will he be able to handle the day or will we be dragged into school or worse the law because he has made bad choices?  I try to give my worries to the Lord and it seems to work at times but what is wearing me the most is how deeply disrespectful he is.  This Friday he will be 16 and I still have not allowed him to get his driving permit.  He is angry with me for this, but as I told him, I have to know he will be safe and make the right decisions when he is behind the wheel.  He feels he is above rules and does what he likes, how am I to know how safe he will be OR how safe others will be when it was just last month he was mad at a girl who would not get out of his seat and he chose to pour her coffee over her.  I just feel this is one battle I have to stand my ground.  With all of this turmoil, it is very hard for me to work out and stay on task.  November's month goals are important for the holidays and the family. 

  • Complete one book.
  • Plan a complete Thanksgiving Dinner for the family.
  • Participate with Black Friday Shopping.
  • Complete Christmas Gift paintings.
  • Begin to decorate for Christmas.
  • Celebrate three of our children's birthdays...yes that is right Ethan, Christian, and Emily have birthdays in November. Christian and Emily are consecutive days on top of it.
  • Make some Christmas ornaments with Taj.   
  • Complete the throw pillows from my Dad's shirts. 
  • Complete the small hallway off the foyer.

What type of goals do you have this month?


Monday, November 2, 2015


Halloween is a big thing at our house and we watched Taj on Halloween.  He told us several times through out the day and night how this was the BEST HALLOWEEN EVER! 
 Above:  Papa a.k.a Todd  carving the pumpkin.
Below: Taj helping me make some Halloween goodies.
While he created he asked me if I could be one of his best friends.
I just love this kid.
 We made Witch Hats, Broom Sticks, and Bones
 Above: I painted a pumpkin for Taj.  He was very happy with it.
Below: is the carved pumpkin.
 We scaled back on our yard a little.
We did not add the strobe lights or the fog machine this year.
We also did not add the scary music.
Taj was way too scared of what we did have.
 We did add two new additions.
Above the jumping spider.  Todd placed it by the door.
It jumps out and the eyes begin to glow and it makes this creepy noise.
Many people scared when it jumped at them.  
Below we added eyes to our bedroom window.
I love love love the eyes.
 Our costumes this year:

Ethan and Madi: Flynn Rider and Rapunzel
 Joshua and McKenzie plus some coworkers:
Final Fantasy Four.  Joshua is the one is purple and black sleeves.
McKenzie is in red.
 Kera: Catwoman
 Me: The Joker, Taj: Batman, and Todd: Robin
We also dress up at work and my team was People of Walmart.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching Dancing With Stars.  I just love this season until one of my favorites was voted off last week.  Last week was the Halloween Theme and the this team dance NAILED it and my little favorite who was kicked off just shined in this number.

I hope you all had a great Halloween Too!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pumpkin Farm Fun

We took Taj to the Colony Pumpkin patch again this year.  It is a little country inside the city.  The patch is literally only 6 blocks away from where I work.   We had a lot of fun there.  First thing Taj wanted to do was play in the corn box.  Yep, that is right instead of sand they put corn in the large box.
  Taj playing with a new friend.
This year since the weather was great we decided to ride on the hay rack ride.  We had a lot of fun
 Below Taj petting one of the chickens.
 In North Liberty one can have chickens in the city.  
I believe Iowa City is the only city in the corridor who cannot
at this time.  They are working on it. 
One can have up to six chickens.
 I just love the bond these two have.
After the hay rack ride we did another first, we went to the Corn Cannon.  I think a certain grandson talked his Papa into 2 more extra purchases.  Again, I loved listening to them giggle.
 One of the targets.
The pumpkin patch has a large play area for children to play.  The first thing Taj wanted to play on was the giant web.
 Naturally the web shooter came out, it has to when one is on a web.
 Next we went to the tube slide where Taj played with his Papa over the other children.
 Taj was having so much fun he kept calling out to his Papa to come down too.
 Of course, Papa being the great Papa he is...down he went.
After running around having Papa be the monster it was time for the bouncy house.  Taj loves bouncy houses.
 As usual we had a hard time getting him out of the bouncy house.
On our way out of the Lil' Pumpkin Playground Taj and Papa tried their hand at the gutter races.
 You can see how much fun he was having.  He had no idea I was taking his picture.
 Finally after two and a half hours of fun it was time to find the perfect pumpkins but...
 I could not pass up one more photo opportunity. 
I believe we are planning on this being an annual tradition as long as we have someone interested.  There is a corn maze too, one can go at night with flashlights and there are night hay rack rides and bon fires too.  We will keep this in mind when grandchildren are too old for the fun in the playground. 

Do you have any annual fall traditions?


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