Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday


I have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings.


However, today, I am in pain, tired and weepy.


I hate that.


So, I got up, took my morning meds, got dressed, ate some food and took a vicodin (which I hate to do), drank 2 coffees, drank an orange juice, checked emails, and crackbook, er Facebook, I mean, and now, I am here.


Weepy because I am so blessed. Weepy because I really wish I could ENJOY my blessings more.


Today lupus/rheumatoid arthritis is kicking my ass.


Anyhow...


1. Coffee. Thank you, Juan Valdez. Green Mountain. Keurig.


2. My kids. My life. My heart. My reason.


3. My parents. Dad's 70th Birthday was yesterday. We had a surprise dinner for him on Saturday night, just adults, with my cousin Karol and my sister/bff Kathy. He is their surrogate dad in many ways and they wouldn't miss it for the world. It was nice. Last night was dinner out with the kids and Uncle K, who couldn't make it on Saturday due to work. :-)


4. Reading. Oh how I love to read! AND, I am so blessed that my kids ALL have the reading bug too! YAY!


5. Tonight, Fuzzy will have his Eagle Scout Board of Review... and he should be elected as one with no problem! The big public ceremony will be in May and he and Hammer will have that together!!! I am so proud!


6. Libby. She is snuggled on the floor right next to me as I type. If I get up, she follows, and then reclines near me, wherever I may go. Nothing like a dog for loyalty!


7. The cats! Oh the fun they are having with mylar balloons from dad's birthday floating about! They are so funny!


8. American Idol. I enjoy watching it each season. By extension, I am grateful for music. It is just such a wonderful gift and part of life. It can help lift you up, pump you up, express love, hate, frustration or fun!


9. Piano. I love listening to Pumpkin play piano! She is so gifted... and doesn't get it! LOL


10. My friends. Thank you, your support means the world to me. Truly.


be well...


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday




Going to cheat today and say...

Happy 70th Birthday, Daddy!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Blaze of Glory


Fuzzy finished his Eagle Scout project this weekend. Phew!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a Wordless Wednesday picture that will highlight his efforts!
Warning: Mommy braggin' below! LOL


Fuzzy collected items over a two week period at 3 locations Mon - Fri and 2 locations on Saturdays. (two schools, and police station)


In addition to 2 huge boxes of items, also collected was over $420.


Who is to receive this windfall?


American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Regardless of your personal feelings about the political reasons/situations that resulted in our deployment of these soldiers - they are there. At the whim of our government, putting themselves on the line every day. They deserve our support, and if we can give them a little comfort - that too.


The Letter from Home Program at lettersfromhome.org will be the liason between Fuzzy and the soldiers.


I am very proud of my boy.


This Thursday will be his board of review, and barring any unforseen difficulty, Fuzzy will become an Eagle Scout at that time, soon to join Hammer in the formal presentation at the Court of Honor in May. :-)


Fuzzy has had a very rough month too, after just getting over an ear infection in January and injuring his leg/knee with an almost break and tearing the ligments, last week he was sidelined by a bad cold that went straight to bad bronchitis and asthma flare up.


This week he is completing the final Eagle Scout Project details, making up school work, arranging to make up NJ State school testing, and serving our township in Youth Month! The students who volunteer are assigned two counterparts in the municipal government. One is a township employee, the other is a member of the Mayor and Council. Very cool opportunity. Fuzzy and Pumpkin are both participating this year!


Tonight is a meeting of the Planning Board and Fuzzy will be attending.


My youngest son and middle child is maturing into a fine young man.


I will tell myself that over and over as he gives me that teenaged rolled eyes face and says 'I knowwwww' everytime I try to remind him of something.


Sigh.


be well...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday


How did I do three entries last week and miss Thankful Thursday?


A good question, for which, I have no answer. :::hanging head:::


:::perks up:::


But, I'm baaaaaaaack!


1. Coffee. Oh yes... yum.


2. Asthma meds. For Fuzzy. Very thankful indeed, because my son would not be able to breathe and might be one of thousands of children each year who die in asthma related deaths, usually because they are not being treated for it. (just one shameful aspect of our stupid healthcare system)


3. My husband. I have been going through a particularly difficult time of late for a variety of reasons that I am not going to recount here and now. Suffice it to say that much of it is relating to coping (or not) with chronic illness/pain. ALSO, suffice it to say that I have been, at times, difficult to deal with. I know, I know, hard to believe (:::snicker:::) but true. Hubby has been WONDERFUL and patient.


Except for the one lapse where a smart ass comment sent me careening out of the house in the truck, in my jammies, to McD's, but I won't hold that against him. Or mention it again. I don't think. :::shrug:::


4. Uncle K. He won't read this as he is computer deficient, but one of my kids will probably tell him, THANK YOU for being a good friend.


5. My parents, as always, for all their help.


6. My kids. The reason I put up their picture yesterday for my Wordless Wednesday post is because they are MY LIFE. MY HEART.


7. Our quirky humor and family life.


OMG, you have to hear this... too funny. So, Pumpkin Muffin was being told this joke that had to do all this math. She got each and every answer right and quickly, then at the end she had to 'QUICK, name a vegetable!'


Her answer: Banana!


Yep, that's my Distiguished Honor Student! Just brings a tear to your eye... as you realize our future is doomed!!! LOL


8. My friend Donna, a childhood friend, that I have reconnected with on Facebook! After many email conversations, we are getting together for coffee tomorrow! YAY! :-)


9. Books. This week I have read, Kalayna Price 'Twice Dead', Jane Austen 'Sense and Sensibility', Stephen Coonts 'The Disciple' and I am reading Mark Henry 'Battle of the Network Zombies' (for free on kindle this month!). The latter has had me laughing out loud so hard, I had tears rolling from my eyes! (A warning though, the book has graphic language, violence and sex - all done hilariously, but it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea!)


10. American Idol! Not sure who is my absolute fave yet, but I am enjoying it!


Okay... time to go! Pumpkin Muffin will be walking in the door any second and will demand all my attention to discuss her day prior to starting homework!


be well...