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Hello everyone,  I have a few new followers, EXCITING!  Welcome to all!

The final countdown begins.  Two weeks from tomorrow I have (another) total knee replacement surgery.  My first was in April of 2012.  Every day I think “I don’t want to!  I don’t want to!”  But my knee reminds me each day in it’s own special way that I must go through with it.

I’ve done the MRI and X-rays, the pre-labs and pre-registration.  And today I scheduled my first week and a half of physical therapy (PT) appointments.  Dread.

And that’s all I have to say about that.  Except to request your prayers.


Let’s see, what else is going on?  Yesterday was hubby’s 50th birthday.  Now we’re the same age again.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone!  I look so much younger than him.  Giggle! No gray hair here folks!  Ask my stylist.  🙂

Anyone on Twitter?  I follow Melissa Gilbert (of Little House on the Prairie fame).  She’s just like the rest of us on Twitter.  (@MelissaEGilbert by the way).  She’s humorous, shares pictures of her life and food as we all do. And passionate about the things she believes in.  Recently she began blogging and disclosed that she’s beginning the hormonal stages of menopause.  IT’S LIKE WE’RE TWINS! haha I highly recommend you follow her.


The weather in Iowa is hot and humid.  Which means the garden is in heaven!  In a days time we’ll have ginormous zucchini where there was just a flower.  It’s hard to keep up with this time of year.  A little overwhelming for us.  But then we knew it would be.  Maybe we’ll set up a fresh produce stand in the front yard?

That’s really all I’ve got today.  Some random A.D.D. thoughts.  Thanks for stopping by!

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You've all seen it before... but it makes me laugh every time!  Have a great week.

You’ve all seen it before… but it makes me laugh every time! Have a great week.


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I made the mistake of retweeting something today before knowing the facts for myself. Someone I don’t even know said, “#mikehuckabee* labels single moms national burden. Women don’t get pregnant alone – where are the calls for accountability for the dads?”

Absolutely agree with the last half of this statement!  Where is the call for male accountability?!


Let’s look at what the media has fed us about this story.  They have used strong descriptive words in their account of Mike Huckabee’s statement.  They tell us that he “abused, bashed, criticized, slammed, singled out, scolded, attacked and trashed” Natalie Portman for being a single mother.  They also referred to his statements as a “family tirade”.

Before I go any further, please take a minute to listen for yourself:

Michael Medved interview of Mike Huckabee as posted on radiotime.com

Does that sound like a tirade?  Does he abuse, bash, slam, scold or attack Ms. Portman personally?

Or, does he bring to light the on-going national tragedy that is the breakdown of the traditional family?  Before you attack me… listen up.  I was a single mother of three.  My husband and I have a total of five children. Three out of four of our daughters are single mothers!  (One is recently married, and one separated.)  I know a little something about this subject from the inside!  I’ve been-there-done-that and watch my daughters try to function through it every day.

Back to the interview…

You’ll notice that Mr. Medved approached the subject first and used Ms. Portman as an example and offered the attitude.  Mr. Huckabee chose to make a more general statement of facts concerning this subject.  He used statistics which are very unpopular and nowhere near politically correct.  But facts they are.

The real TIRADE should be by US as Americans!  We should be disgusted with these stats and seek to revive a desire for a strong family unit.  Look out your door.  Drive through your communities.  REALLY SEE what the REAL families within your community look like.  Are they the nuclear family of a dad, mom and two kids and the dog?  In your own community, what percentage of families do you suppose are headed by a single mother?  I’m betting that it’s a large percentage.  Sad, and not politically correct, but true.  The breakdown of the family does indeed cost this nation a great deal of money.

Where are the fathers?  Where is the accountability?  The answer isn’t too difficult, but you need to come up with it yourself.

I also ask you to please get the facts before you repeat (retweet) a statements made by others.  In my case, I was moved by part of a statement and sent the whole thing out as fact.  I have now changed my mind.  Ain’t it great to live in the USA where we have the right to do both these things?!  😀

Please count to at least ten before you begin to type your response.  Thank you.

*Mike Huckabee is a former Governor and Presidential Candidate and current Fox News analyst (R-AR).

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Haven’t blogged for a while, and when I have it’s been pretty much just fluff.  Sorry about that.  Everyone has a dry spell I guess.  Here are a few Bits and Pieces thoughts on this bloggers birthday:

  • Yessss, it’s my birthday.  And no, Facebook did not tell you.  haha  If you know me well enough, you knew.  And if you forgot… SO WHAT?!  Life is far too busy.  It’s not as if I’m five-years-old.  I know you love me because you tell me on REGULAR DAYS!  That’s what counts.
  • Don’t even ask about my age cause you won’t get the truth! 😀  However, it did occur to me that I have lived in this old house for half my life!  When I moved here I had three small children.  My oldest was only in first grade, the others not yet in school.  I was younger then, than my Baby Child is now.  Oy vey!  Next subject…
  • It’s been a typical winter in the Mid West, USA.  We’ve had it all.  Record cold, big snow, thunder snow, a hint of spring.  There have most certainly been worse winters!  Let’s not complain.  But yeah, we’re all ready for real spring. 
  • I use the UberTwitter app on my BlackBerry phone.  Love it! It’s even better than the actual online Twitter.  Last weekend it was shut down by Twitter for some kind of violations.  Now it’s back under the name UberSocial.  It’s all good.  Except, it’s still not working quite right.  That Twitter to Facebook connection is making me crazy.  It either posts only to my FB wall, or it posts two or three times all over Facebook.  Or not at all.  #frustrating (little Twitter hashtag joke there folks)
  • When can a dreaded thing like diarrhea sound cute?  When a precious two-year-old who has been sick tells you “I have di-a-reah.”  Awww, poor little Mia!  Another round of the cycle-of-illness makes its way through my oldest’s household.  When has there ever been such a “sick winter”?!
  • Speaking of illness…Hubby is so sick!  He usually manages to fight off the colds etc.  But this one has got him big time.  Sinus infection for sure.  Poor guy is at work as we speak just suffering.  Factory work sucks, I don’t care who you are.
  • I don’t know about you all, but there are a lot of people to pray for in my corner of the world.  I have a deal with a few friends which goes like this… “I’ll pray for you and yours and you pray for me and mine!”.  Sound like a good plan for blog readers too? 
  • We’re excited to see some great concerts in the next few weeks.  This Friday it will be Sanctus Real and on March 12th it will be Third Day.  Yes, Third Day AGAIN! haha 

It’s late.  Probably past this old woman’s bedtime.  Have a great end to your week blog friends!!  Leave me a comment and let me know how you are REALLY DOING!  Even list a prayer concern!  It’s all about being the Body of Christ right?  Right!

Have you seen this girl?!  I want to be this faithful child of God!

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Some random online postings from today’s snow storm…



Snowasaurus. Snowbama!! Snowbominable!! Snowzilla! Snowtorious B.I.G, Snowmageddon, Death Snow 2011. Come on people, I can’t do this alone! Whatcha got?

Snownami is the best!
Is this Global Warming? No… It’s Iowa!
Blizzard of Oz
Jesus loves us SNOW much!

50 Ways to Spend a Snow Day, from AP News : A comical look at some grown-up time killers.

Snow Ice Cream Recipe from AllRecipes.com 

Snowfall Potential as predicted by WQAD.com. We're in the 12-16 inch range.


And last, but not least… the inevitable.  Someone created a Facebook EVENT for The Blizzard of 2011!

What are YOU ALL doing the next few days as we are all stuck at home?  Share you fun, quirky, inventive ideas for kids and grown-ups.

Most of all… STAY SAFE and take a little time to ENJOY the fun!

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All my Facebook friends will recognize most of this from a beautiful snowy day (12/20) when I kind of “went off” about stupid drivers.  Just thought I’d share some Iowa winter driving tips with the rest of you.

Twitter: Driving in this snow is NOT for sissies or idiots. Some of u need to get off the road. Just sayin’.


Big ol' Iowa snow flakes. Beautiful, but deadly when on the roads.

Drove from one end of town to the other at 3:00 p.m. About 4″ of new snow today and at school dismissal time the streets have not yet been plowed. There’s so much of that “dry slush” (for lack of a better term) out there that the roads are VERY slippery. Especially the intersections. Let’s look at some SNOW DRIVING 101 TIPS (in no particular order):

  • SLOW DOWN! You can’t even turn the corner at a “normal” speed or your going to fishtail yourself right on over the opposite curb. (saw it today!)
  • Intersections: If you don’t slide on thru when trying to stop, chances are the cross traffic will! Wait a moment and watch to be sure cross traffic is stopping safely. Slow down gradually and a little early when coming to stops.
  • Common sense please. Count on a little extra travel time no matter where you are going. Ain’t nowhere you gotta go so important that it’s worth risking accidents and lives.

Now, I know there are more common sense tips out there.  So all you natives to winter driving, feel free to contribute your comments! 

Please stay safe out there this winter.

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Buh-Bye! Whew...glad 2010 is almost over.


I have been thinking for months about doing a “Year in Review” blog.  I even began composing it a few weeks ago.  It didn’t take long to realize that 1) This was going to be a ginormous blog, 2) No one wants to read a ginormous narrative blog and 3) I did NOT want to relive this year even in writing.

Then came a Tweet from @melissa_rae, better known to the blog world as Melissa Brotherton .  She shared that another blog writer was inviting us all to repost a blog that we really wished more people had read.  A huge THANK YOU to The Gypsy Mama for that opportunity.  It’s a generous person who allows others to share her space.  🙂  It also inspired me to repost at least this one blog from 2010. 

Here is why I chose this blog to repost…

My husband had the flu this Wednesday-Thursday (12/15-16). I said to him on Thursday night “I am so grateful that you had the flu!” He gave me that frowning questioning look as if asking “why would you like me to be sick?”.  My answer to that look was, “Because the last time you had “the flu”, you didn’t…it was hepatitis!

This is the longest most narrative blog I’ve written to date. Not a fan of long blogs myself, but it was such an important event in our lives that I felt the need to share. I hope you have a few minutes to walk with me back in time to August 2010 as I re-share “What is the Moral of the Story?”.


From August 3, 2010

I know the subject of this blog, but have no idea how my tired brain is going to get it through my finger tips and on to this page.  Nor, do I know what the moral of the story will be.  Buckle up and ride along on what promises to be a LONG story…

My husband has been very sick and just came home from approximately three days in the hospital.  Last Monday he started to show some serious flu symptoms.  Vomiting, fever, chills, dizziness, body aches. Typical bad flu stuff.  By Wednesday he wasn’t keeping much down at all.  Solid or liquid.  He got very weak and we were concerned about dehydration.  By Thursday I officially became worried.  That’s just too long to go on so sick.

On Friday we went to a walk-in clinic.  One where you sign in, do the paperwork and wait your turn.  No appointments taken.  The doctor was only going to be there half a day and was leaving town for the weekend.  He seemed hurried.  They drew blood but Hubby was unable to give a urine sample (sorry about the TMI, there may be more).  The doctor decided that was OK.  After doing an ear, nose & throat exam, pushing on his belly a bit and listening to his chest the doctor wrote the on a work excuse “viral syndrome” and prescribed an antibiotic.  What?  For the flu?  For something viral?  Yep.  Wham, bam…that’ll be mega-bucks please.  NEXT!

Saturday came and life was complicated and busy.  Hubby was still just as sick and getting weaker.  He was unable to keep anything good down most of the day.  I’d gotten him some Pedialyte on Friday and thought that was perking him up some.  Come Saturday evening I noticed a change in his color.  I thought perhaps he looked…yellow.  Because I was tired, stressed and just generally doubted myself, I dismissed it and wondered what Friday’s blood test would reveal.

On Sunday it was clear that he was, in fact, becoming quite yellow!  Head to toe and eye balls too.  He’d been so sick he hadn’t even noticed.  Early Sunday afternoon we decided that a trip to the ER was in order.  I gotta tell ya’, my hands were shaking as we got ready and drove to the hospital.  We had pretty darn good care at our little local ER which is not always a safe bet.  We had a very good Physician Assistant and nurse. 

SIDE NOTE:  We never did see an actual doctor in the ER.  Even though he was said to be sitting at the desk.  Gotta wonder if his fee will be on the statement.

They hooked him up to an IV and gave meds for the nausea which both helped a great deal.  Blood was drawn.  Then came the pee-in-a-cup.  (TMI alert!  Look away!)  People…the man’s pee was a dark dark amber rust color!  I have never seen anything like it!  Makes my stomach flop to think about it.  Shocking really.  Those test results took a little while because they had to manipulate that rusty pee so it would test right.  His liver enzymes through the roof as well as some other very elevated results.  An ultrasound of his liver and gallbladder was ordered.  That happened quickly even for a Sunday afternoon.  The results showed he had gallstones but did not clearly indicate if  there was a blockage.  So the on-duty Hospitalist (never knew there was such a thing) ordered a CT Scan and admitted Hubby to the hospital.  The staff Gastroenterologist was consulted by phone and the wait began.

It was super hard to leave him and come home that night.  He was so tired and the yellow, which had semi-subsided due to IV fluids was returning. 

Needless to say, sleep wasn’t much of an option for either of us!  I got to bed around midnight and was awake again at 4:00.  I started getting ready to go back to the hospital at 6:30 a.m. so I could be there when the Gastroenterologist came around.  However, I didn’t get out the door until 10:30!  In-coming phone calls, things that needed to be done at home, emails to send so the phone calls would stop and just moving too slow, all kept me from leaving. 

Hubby called while I was still trying to put on a little make up.  I’d missed the doctor already as he was very early.  CT Scan results showed that there was not a gallstone blockage.  We later found out it also determined that there were no gallstones after all.  The gallbladder was just inflamed.  So the doctor ordered Hepatitis tests.

Getting a little more worried now, we literally sat all day on Monday waiting as the blood work was sent out-of-town for testing.  Bits of good information came though.  All those super-elevated levels and counts had gone down.  Not where they should be, but not 40 times normal anymore either!  Friends and family came to visit.  Our amazing Pastor and his wife came a few times and prayed with us.  Monday night it was very hard to leave again. 

I got to bed after midnight again due to a long purging conversation and prayer with a sweet girlfriend.  So busy in her own life, but took the time so late at night to listen and comfort.  I’m told there was a very loud and bright thunder-storm over night.  I didn’t even notice!  Before I knew it my alarm was going off.  Up-and-at-it and back to the hospital.  We had no guarantee that the hepatitis test results would come on Tuesday, so more waiting was in our future.

ANOTHER SIDE NOTE:  Super great day nurse both days.  Very knowledgeable and was so good at explaining things to us so we’d understand.  We could ask her any stupid question and she was just great.  Hubby said all his staff had been good.

As is the case with a lot of small town hospitals, they are constantly under construction and/or renovation.  So mid-day he was moved a room over due to having no water.  Just after we settled in to a new room, the doctor called Hubby with his test results. 

Let me just tell you, we were RELIEVED to find that he has Hepatitis A.  Yes, relieved!  First of all, if you have to have Hepatitis, that’s the one to have.  It pretty much just has to run it’s course until you are recovered with no permanent liver damage.  Secondly, if he’d have said “no hepatitis” then we would have begun to worry further about things like cancer.  I’ve seen what late-stage liver cancer does and how quickly  it takes its inevitable toll.  So now he’s home and just has to wait for this to run it’s course.  It takes at least a couple weeks.  In the mean time, he’s yellow, tired and can’t eat much.  Yes, he’s contagious, but not quarantined.  There’ll be no smoochin’ for a while.  We also have to be sure that those of us in the immediate family who have been exposed are tested.  That will begin tomorrow.

We are so grateful for family and friends who prayed, called, texted, emailed and supported those few days.  Some on Facebook who barely know us, or maybe don’t know Hubby, gave their well-wishes.  A few even posted a prayer request for him as their own Facebook status.  Perfect strangers all over the social network were praying and giving their verbal support!!  How awesome is THAT?!  The Body of Christ at work for strangers.  That just ROCKS!!

Maybe there are many morals to this story:

1) WASH your hands!  Whether at home, in public or at work.  Always wash your hands at all the common sense times.  He may have very well contracted the virus due to someone handling food without washing and then infecting the food or area.  We have not yet heard of any other local cases, but are told that the Health Department will be contacting him.  They’ll want to know every where he’s eaten in the last few months.  We will probably never know the source.

2) Don’t live such a secret life that the Body of Christ, family and friends can’t be there for you!  Hepatitis isn’t necessarily something you want to broadcast on Facebook.  However, up until he got home from the hospital I sure did post just general concerns and updates.  And see what blessings of love we received?!  Did I mention how that ROCKS?!  🙂

3) Listen to your gut instincts!  Don’t settle for one doctor’s opinion. On Friday he was given a not-needed antibiotic for flu/viral syndrome and dismissed.  Had he not turned yellow the next night we would have waited until Monday to go back to the same Doctor!  He would have continued to have all the flu symptoms and wound up in even worse shape, and recovery would have been more difficult.  We never did hear back from Friday’s doctor with any results of that blood test and today is Tuesday!

4) Listen to your body!  Hubby now believes that he’s been fighting this virus for around three weeks.  Which means he probably contracted it months ago.  Which means there’s been more of a chance he’s infected the family.  His early symptoms didn’t concern him too much; until the “flu” hit and he was knocked out.

We are just so blessed tonight that this illness isn’t more serious and that he will completely recover. 

What are the other morals of such a LOOOONG story?  Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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How about a little week-in-review compliments of all my Facebook “friends”?  Glad you agree! 

Here are a few things said on Facebook this week that made me think and laugh:

FRIEND: “truly believes that everything happens for a reason. But sometimes its hard to figure out what those reasons could possibly be…”
REPLY: “Those reasons may have nothing to do with you at all, my friend. Sometimes we just get caught in the crossfire of the things that happen to others that are supposed to be teaching them lessons.”

WELL SAID!  In fact, my Pastor told me the very same thing about a month ago.  After the year our family has had, I need to realize that it isn’t all “about me”.  However, getting caught in the crossfire is painful and exhausting.


Copy this text and put it in your status if you know someone or have heard of someone who knows someone. If you don’t know anyone or even if you’ve just heard of someone who doesn’t know anyone, then still copy this. It’s important to spread the message. Oh, and the hearts! ♥♥♥♥♥ For goodness sake, don’t forget the hearts! ♥♥♥♥   


When doing one’s Christmas baking, one should consider complimentary odors. Right now my house smells like cabbage, chocolate, garlic and peanut butter. While individually, all are delicious…combined the effect is far less desirable.


Groceries at Walmart: $250
Nuts from Farm and Fleet: $30
Spending the day baking and decorating for Christmas with my angry 16 year old daughter: priceless!!


Modern Day Thought:  Can you imagine if a young woman posted on Facebook, “um yeah, like this Angel from God came and talked to me. He told me I’m going to have a baby…and it’s God’s son.” Riighttt! Can you say “straight jacket”? Even though Mary’s family must have been filled with unbelief, it was such a different world. They lived their lives LOOKING for God. EXPECTING God. Today, He can hardly get our attention without knocking us down.

What are your faves from the week in Facebook?  Share with the rest of the class please!  🙂

It’s going to be another C O L  D weekend in the Midwest USA, stay warm everyone!

The Mighty Mississippi under the influence of below zero low temps

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