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Sunday, March 30, 2008

It's Spring!

Today was an excellent day! We were actually able to go outside without freezing to death!
It hit 48 degrees! (but still below normal)
So, we took advantage of it and did a couple of things.
First, we turned the mo-ho around and backed in in to the driveway, (there's a lot less traffic on Sunday) so we'll be ready to take off on our first trip in a couple of weeks (YAAAAA!) We also took the snow tires off Craig's PT Cruiser,
(let's hope the snow's pretty much done!)
and then we put out the fake deck on the back patio.
As you can see in the pics,
we have a piece of concrete
outside our back patio door.
We've tried sealing it,
painting it, patching it,
and nothing looked very good.
So we found this portable decking.
It comes in these sections that snap together.
We stained them to match the deck.
Had to take a break half way through
due to a rain storm, but was able
to finish it up later.
Doesn't it look great?
Look closely, and you'll see there is
still snow in the back yard.
We also put more stuff in the mo-ho.

So things are looking up!
We've also noticed Daffodils and Hyacinths coming up.
So spring is finally on it's way!

Friday, March 28, 2008

I've been tagged again

I've been tagged for a meme again!
I don't do memes in general, unless I think my readers would learn something about me. And this meme does. I was tagged by Phillip. If your a gardener or just appreciate nature, you'll love his site!
Anyway, I'm suppose to list 10 interesting, weird, or unusual things about me.
So here goes......

1. I hate winter(that's no surprise I'm sure).
2. I can spend an entire day weeding my flower beds, and enjoy it.
3. I have hearing loss in my left ear.(those 80's disco bars)
4. I can play games on my computer for hours, and not realize it's been that long.
5. I don't read books.
6. I've had Lasik surgery. I highly recommend it.
7. I've got Vitiligo. It started about 5 years ago.
8. I love food! I'll eat just about anything. (as long as it isn't, 1. looking at me. 2. moving)
9. I get up between 5 and 5:30 every day, Seven days a week, without an alarm.
10. I sleep in the nude.

And I'm suppose to tag 5 other people, but I'll let my readers decide if they want to play.

it's not funny

No Funny Friday today. I'm not in the mood.
I was right. No early spring this year.
Not even a regular spring this year.
Maybe we'll get no spring this year.
Today's March 28th. And as you can see from
the pic, it snowed last night.
We've been averaging about 15 degrees
below normal all month.
Our Daffodils should be in full bloom in 2 weeks.
I haven't even seen them poking thru the ground yet.
So I'm in a real funk! I know spring will eventually come, But winter's already too long to start with. And now our short summer will be even shorter! The snow started last November, and next week is April. That means 5 months of winter! We're suppose to have 4 seasons. Not 1 major and 3 minor ones!
I guess your noticing I hate winter!
But then I know of only one reader I have that likes winter,(Janna) and I think she needs meds anyway.(hehe)
So I'm done with today's rant.
Soon, spring will be here.
Soon, I'll be a happy camper again.
Soon, I hope.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

It feels good

Okay, today I'm in a better place. We got the mo-ho out of storage and into the driveway. Got inside and started re-stocking it with all our stuff. It felt good!

Our first trip is less than 3 weeks away. To St Louis, Missouri. Can't wait to get outta Dodge! (or Lansing as it may be) We sooo need a change of scenery! Been spending time on-line seeing what we want to do in St Louis. Won't be our first time there. I lived there back in the early 70's for 2 1/2 years. And Craig and I have been there twice since then. But it should be warmer than Michigan. And a nice change of scenery. And we get to meet a couple of guys we've been following on-line, John and Derek. They are work-camping this past winter and summer in St Louis. Should be fun!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

March Madness!

Okay.....I know we can get all kinds of weather in March in Michigan. But we have had only one, and it's cold! Today's high is 34 degrees. that's 12 degrees below normal!
And it's been that way all month, and looks to be that way for the rest of the month too!
We usually get a few nice days in March so I can get out in the yard and do some Spring cleaning. But not this year. And it's been an unusually l-o-n-g winter. It started snowing in early November and stayed. I barely got my last mowing of the leaves done! Snow doesn't usually stick till after Christmas!
And in February, we had a record snow fall. The snowiest February on record! Ever!
Is Spring ever coming?
What happened to global warming?
Okay.......I got that out.........feel better now. A little.
But, on a happy note,
Our Michigan State Spartans beat Pitt to advance to the Sweet 16! Yaaa!

Friday, March 21, 2008

funny friday

As usual, not much going on this week. March has been colder than normal, so I've not worked in the yard at all. Will spring ever get here?

But here's a short funny friday......

A woman is standing nude looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, 'I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'

The husband replies, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect.'

And the following pics would be funny, if not for the fact, they may soon come true!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 17, 2008

I'm almost famous!

I spent yesterday in Muskegon, visiting my mom. I get back home and while checking my e-mail, discovered I won an award! Now, I've been blogging for 2 years , and it takes writing a post about a penis to get me an award? Go figure.
But I believe an acceptance speech is in order......
First, I'd like to thank the academy, and everyone who voted for me. I love you all!
Then I'd like to thank my Mom. For with out her, I wouldn't be here.
And in a strong supporting role, I'd like to thank my Dad. For with out him, I probably wouldn't be here.
Then, I'd like to thank my sister Linda, who only 1 year older than me, helped me to understand differing points of view. Like my Mom constantly said..."will you two quit arguing?" And my sister's reply..."we're having a healthy discussion!"
And I'd like to thank Craig, who for the last 31 years has been a constant source of amazement and support.
He expanded my interests. When all I wanted to do on vacation, was to go to the big city and hit the hot dance bars, he dragged took me out west to see things like the Grand Canyon (lots of rock and dirt) and repeatedly did this for years.(he never liked me dancing with other people)
He shared his interest in sports and his love for the Michigan State Spartans. (why do they go all season getting your hopes up, just to have them dashed at the end?)
He expanded my waist line. (damn! he's a good cook! And who wants to dance with a fat boy!)
And I'd like to thank...........what?....My times up!.........That's it? 5 seconds of fame is over?......But Miss America gets a whole year?......
Of course she gets a crown, and all I got was a lousy e-mail.
It figures,
I should have known a penis couldn't last that long....oh well, it was a fun ride while it lasted.

Friday, March 14, 2008

funny friday

Not much to post this week. Work has been crazy busy in the Salon!

But in honor of St. Patty's day, A funny friday from Patti in Florida..........

An Irishman goes to confession in St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

"Father, it has been one month since my last confession. I had relations with Nookie Green twice last month."

The priest tells the sinner,
"You are forgiven. Go out and say three Hail Mary's."

Soon after, another Irishman enters the confessional.
"Father, it has been two months since my last confession. I've had relations with Nookie Green twice a week for the last two months."

This time the priest questions,
"Who is Nookie Green?"

"A new woman in the neighborhood," the sinner replies.
"Very well," sighs the priest. "Go and say ten Hail Mary's."

At Mass the next morning, as the priest prepares to deliver his sermon, a tall, voluptuous, drop dead gorgeous redhead woman enters the sanctuary. The eyes of every man in the church fall upon her as she slowly sashays up the aisle and sits down right in front of the priest. Her dress is green and very short , with matching shiny emerald green shoes.

The priest and altar boy gasp, as the woman in the matching green shoes and dress sits with her legs slightly spread apart. The priest turns to the altar boy and whispers, "Is that Nookie Green?" The bug-eyed altar boy can't believe his ears but replies, "No, I think it's just the reflection off her shoes.............................."

And a pic.

The latest puzzle I'm working on. Damn! It's been a l-o-n-g winter! But it won't be for much longer! In the next few weeks as the weather slowly starts to warm, I'll be back out in the yard! Digging and dividing plants for my next plant sale! (need gas money for the mo-ho!) And getting the motor home ready for our summer trips!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Craig's test results

First, I want to say Craig is going to be okay.
I haven't posted earlier, because I was scared.
When we got home from the hospital, I got a chance to really look at the pictures of the polyps. One of the polyps looked a lot different from the rest. Most were smooth rounded balloon like thingys, but one looked knobby and hard.
I thought, "this doesn't look good".
Craig didn't look at the pics the whole week. On Sunday, he stumbled on them under a pile of papers. I think he didn't want to see them. His first words were, "this one doesn't look good".
I responded that it could be the angle of the camera, or the lighting, and reminded him that they were quite small, and the doctor said they were probably benign.
I could tell he wasn't convinced. We didn't talk about it after that. So, I didn't post because I didn't know what to say.
But today the surgeon called. He had 3 polyps that are pre-Cancerous.
That means, they not Cancer, but not normal either.
Which means he's lucky to have been checked when he did!
He's okay, but will need to be checked again in 3 years.
And like I've said to you all.............

If your over 50, get checked

Friday, March 07, 2008

funny friday

A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question, and tapped him on the shoulder. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window.
For a few moments everything was silent in the cab, and then the still shaking driver said, 'I'm sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me.' The frightened passenger apologized to the driver and said he didn't realize a mere tap on the shoulder could frighten him so much. The driver replied, 'No, no, I'm sorry, it's entirely my fault.

Today is my first day driving a cab ...................

I've been driving a hearse for the last 25 years.'



And of course a picture......

Now this city knows how fun with all their winter snow...... Build Snowmen!

Have a great weeked!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Craig update

Well, I finally got Craig home.
This was Craig's first Colonoscopy. I've had two.(both clear) My dad died at 59 from Colon Cancer. He was diagnosed at 53. Took out a tumor the size of a baseball.
I went to a doctor at age 43 for a Sigmoid. He said my dad could easily have had polyps at 43, so he wanted a Colonoscopy over a Sigmoidoscopy.(the first looks thru the entire large intestine, the second only the lower third)
So, I've been on Craig to have one since he was 50. But he keep putting it off. Our insurance wouldn't cover much of it with our large deductible and co-pay. Then he had a customer whose husband died last fall of Colon Cancer, also at the age of 59. I finally got him to schedule it. But it still wasn't easy. His family physician thought the test was over done, but referred him at his request. Then at his consultation, the doctor, not seeing any symptoms, wondered why he wanted it done.
But finally agreed to do it.
We arrived at the out patient clinic at the scheduled time, 1 1/2 hours early. They checked him in, filled out all the paper work, and took him to a waiting room where he put on one of those real bad gowns.
They hooked him to an IV and we waited for his "turn".
They came and said the doctor was ahead of schedule, and would take him early. That's always good news! In and out as fast as possible!
So at 1:30, I went to the lounge to wait.
And wait I did.
My last Colonoscopy took a total of 1/2 hour. From the time I left Craig, till he was back at my side.
An hour later, I was wondering what was taking so long.
An hour and a half later, I was freaking out a bit, thinking what is going on, is there something terribly wrong?
And of course, I can't ask the little old volunteer lady for help, she doesn't know anything.
So I keep waiting..........................................And all these horrible thoughts go thru my head. I know, I'm a little compulsive about time schedules.
And 3:15......., I get the call to come back.......
I get see the doctor. Surprised, he says, "we found a lot of polyps! ( I just knew something had to be going on for as long as it was taking)
5 to be exact. All very small. We'll send them to the lab, but I believe they'll be benign".
So..... Craig should be okay, and he'll thank me for "forcing" him to see a doctor.
Hopefully the tests will be okay.
He kept saying all evening,
"I can't believe I had 5 polyps?"
"I don't have a family history"?
I remind him, his dad died at 43 from a heart attack,who knows if he had any. And genetics is only one of the ways. He could just be a freak of nature.(hehehe)
And to all my readers out there, remember, Early detection is the key to catching this horrible disease! Colon Cancer is the easiest to cure when caught early, and even easier to prevent if caught earlier! Not all polyps become cancerous, but all Colon Cancer is from cancerous polyps!
So if your 50 or over, Get checked!
Oh, I was gonna post pics, but I got a lot of negative feed back on that idea. (not to mention, Craig said absolutely NOT!) So If you are a twisted type and want to see them, e-mail me. They're really cool!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Craig's turn

Well, on Tuesday afternoon Craig goes in for his first Colonoscopy. He hasn't had any symptoms, but you are suppose to get one after a "certain" age, and Craig is way past that! hehe. And I finally convinced him to do it. (I'm gonna owe him big time for this!)
My dad died of Colon Cancer at 59. He was diagnosed at 53. So I've had 2 Colonoscopy's already! (one at 43, and then 49)
Craig has a customer whose husband just died of Colon Cancer, also at 59.

So tomorrow we'll be out of the house most of the day. He can't eat anything the day before the "procedure".
So today, it's eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may.....oh wait, that's a different story. Any way, today he's fixing a favorite of his, Wet Burritos, yummy!
Tomorrow, to keep his mind off food, (and the upcoming procedure) we're going to the big city of Detroit, to do some shopping.
Need to get new water filters for the motor-home for the up-coming season, and some roof cleaner and sealer at Camping World. We'll also hit the Ikea store. If you've never been to one, check it out! I also want to look at 3 new RV's I've seen on the web. But just look. Couldn't possible afford a new one, but it is fun to look.

And to ease Craig's anxiety about his "procedure",
I found this video on You Tube.

Click the arrow twice to start the clip!

I'll let you know how he did!