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Ups and Downs....

May 18th, 2011 at 08:28 pm

Life is such a rollercoaster.

My son and I have had some long conversations about his future if the business fails this year. His initial thought is that he will need to move his family down to Southern California so that he can join his dads business. :/ This is so not what I want to see happen, but I know they need to do what is right for them. My son, his wife and I sat and talked and cried at the prospect last night. I hate this economy and what it is doing to everyone. My daughter in law is from here and has never been out of this area..she is terrified to leave her family. I wish I could continue to help the business financially, but I simply cant. Frown

Then...right after they went home, I got a message from my good friend whose son Adam (21) has been fighting cancer. (we had a fund raiser recently for him)...The treatments have stopped working and he is only expected to live days. Hospice is with the family and they are preparing for the inevitable. Suddenly, California is not so far away afterall. I am so grateful my worries are so superficial.

Sigh.

My big trip for family and friends is two weeks away. I am looking forward to the time with my family and friends...all of the planning is done and I have just a few things left to do before we leave. I just am so sad about little Adam.

My daughters have gotten serious with couponing. I am so proud of them and the money they are saving. They are both working on small stockpiles. I appreciate that they are not taking advantage of the system as some of the couponing shows seem to encourage...but rather finding the best deals that they truly need. Some of their savings have been passed on to mom...to take to the family trip. Which I really appreciate!

Thankfully, my meds seemed to do the trick and the nasty, nasty cold is gone. I cant believe how horrible you can feel and after prednisone, how much better you can feel in just a few hours. So glad my doctor sees the need to prescribe it occasionally.

Well friends...this is off-topic...but my friend had one request today and that was to pray that her son doesnt suffer. If you believe in prayer, please say a prayer for Adam to go peacefully...and for strength for his mom when he does.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE Prednisone!

May 10th, 2011 at 05:53 pm

I have been really sick for 7 days. Head cold that went into the lungs...and with asthma, thats not a good thing. So today I went to the doctor and asked for help. She gave me prednisone and antibiotics...and within two hours I have stopped coughing and feel human again. THANK GOODNESS. I cant believe the difference tonight. WOW.

I have so much catching up to do and a major burst of energy...but Ive been down this road enough to know that overdoing it now is asking for trouble. So I will take it easy and bask in this wonderful ok-ness.

DD1 is cracking me up. She watched ONE EPISODE of the new extreme coupon show and is a NEW WOMAN when it comes to shopping. She is doing awesome..not extreme like the show...but very conscientous about coupons, shopping and money. She is learning how to shop at Walgreens and Rite-Aid like Retire at 50...and Im proud of her progress. Her enthusiasm is rubbing off on DD2...so we shall see where this leads.

I had to have a tough talk with DS about the business. It had gotten to the point where I was loaning (giving) the business 800-1000 a month...and I honestly dont have that much disposable income. I was beyond extended and finally told him no more. The business either makes it or it doesnt this year. It was a tearful meeting, but I had to plug the hole and get back to saving for my retirement. The summer is always plentiful for him...so we shall see how he does. And I will slowly climb out of the hole I dug trying to help.

Funny story that some of you women friends might understand...

I was at the doctor today and she asked if I was having sweats with the cold. I laughed pretty hard and asked her if she could tell me how to differentiate between sweats from a cold and sweats from being almost 50...which are non-stop anymore. She chuckled and said I get ya- nevermind that one. LOL.

Seriously.

Tonight...life feels somewhat back to normal...thank you prednisone!

Appetizer Ideas...

May 4th, 2011 at 06:42 pm

As luck would have it, I have come down with a nasty cold....or Ive suddenlyt developed uber crazy allergies. Whatever this is, it won today and I called in sick. ZERO energy.

But I am trying to stay productive, so I am looking up appetizer ideas for the party next month. I need to have food for 20...and the night of the party I am thinking of doing appetizers, fruits, veggies..

Does anyone have any fool-proof ideas that you'd like to share? Im thinking chicken wings, bacon wrapped lil smokies, 7 layer dip....of course my moms beefy bread dip....

I thought maybe some of you would have party favorites youd like to share. Would love a couple of make-earlier in the day things...or???

Party drink favorites? Im getting margarita makings...but what other quick party favs would you suggest?

There are 18-20 of us staying in an 8 bedroom home for three days (My treat to them for my 50th birthday). Each couple has their own king suite with a bathroom. I have asked each couple to take a meal- they are responsible for bringing the food, preparing and clean up for thier meal. I am taking the party night food etc. I am looking for fun things to make so that those who want to create in the kitchen can hop in and 'play'. Those who dont will have a hot tub, pool table, foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard, movies, dancing, miles of walking trails, bikes, sightseeing and golf. (The house is on the golf course.)

Im really getting excited for the party...we are officially under a month away!

And at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum...an update on my friend's son. The doctors are trying to find another medication to put him on and they may have found a possibility. The cancer is closing his trachea and he is getting a really bad cough from it. The medication that they are considering is back east? and they working to get it here asap. His mom is coming to terms with the possibility he may not be able to fight much longer. It is heartbreaking. I wish there was more I could do. He is just 21. Frown