Saturday, December 27, 2008

Celebrating Christmas

December 23, 2008

Eddy & Beth arrived around 7pm. Pretty tired from the ride, especially when crossing into Michigan. Eddy said that I-75 was completely snow covered. It took almost an hour to travel 25 miles at one point. We all were in bed for the night by 9pm., knowing we will have a busy 2 days ahead of us.

December 24, 2008
It has been our tradition that on Christmas Eve, Wilma's side of the family gets together for a dinner and to exchange gifts. This year it was Connie's turn to host the get together, however she asked if we could have the gathering at our home. She prepared ALL the food and brought it with them. Wow did she fix a spread of delicious food! Well done Connie!
Dinner was served at Noon, and afterward we exchanged gifts. Everyone had a great time, and it was nice to get "caught up" on what has all been happening in everyone's life.

Eddy figured out why we had so much snow!

Wilma has a winter sign hanging on our gate that says "Let It Snow".

December 25, 2008
It's our tradition to have our daughters and grandkids over for a breakfast before opening gifts.

The day started with a great breakfast prepared by Fred & Eddy.

Angel and Brook arrived first around 9am, hungry and excited for the presents. Angel had a cold so she felt a little under the weather.

Tina and her family arrived at 10am, hungry, ready to eat and open their presents. Eddy prepared the Biscuits and Gravy. I did the eggs and bacon. Mmmmm Goooood!!!!

After breakfast everyone went to the living room to see what Santa brought.

The Kids and Grand Kids had a great time opening their presents. Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the wonderful gifts they received. "Santa" did real good this year!

By 5pm everyone was gone. Eddy & Beth left to stay with Connie for a few days.

Wilma got in her relaxed mode and.......

took a little snooze with Kybee.

From our family to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous, healthy New Year!

Until our next Adventure....
be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow, Wind, & Wilma’s Heart

Friday morning the snow started falling. Kept falling all day and by the evening around our home we had 12 to 14 inches. BLA I hate winter! After working 9 hours at work I came home to work another hour with the snow blower clearing the drive and walks.

Then around 7:30pm the snow plow came through and cleared the street. Depositing another foot of snow across the drive. So on went the winter coat and out to get the snow blower to clear the drive again. Got back in the house around 8pm. Now after a 14 hour work day I thought it was time for a rest, so on the computer I went to get my email. By 9:30 I was in bed for the night.

Saturday was just cold, had to work 8 hours, I say had to because the extra on the pay check helps pay the Christmas bills. The weather man on TV was predicting that high winds will be here tomorrow with 20 to 40 below 0 wind chill! Yikes!!! Then add the blowing snow and yep you guessed right, more snow blowing what was just done the day before. Did I tell you I HATE WINTER!!??!

At 4 am Sunday, Wilma taps me on the hand to awake me, telling me her heart has been racing for the past 20 minutes. Up out of bed I jump, to take her pulse. I really had a hard time finding it! The reason I had a hard time finding her heart beat is because it wasn't racing, it was irregular. It would beat a couple times, then stop, then beat once, and stop again, then beat four or five times and stop again. WOW....get dressed we are going to the Hospital. The wind blowing the snow, temps in the low 20's and streets slippery, but we made it in record time. Of course I went through a red light after stopping, looking, and then proceeding through.

Arrived at the Hospital Emergency Room around 4:45am. They took Wilma right in.

Chest X-Ray, Blood samples taken, IV inserted, EKG taken, 4 Baby Aspirin given which she had to chew up before swallowing, orders from the male nurse taking care of her. Within a half hour a young Dr. entered asking Wilma questions about her condition, any pain, what meds she was on....the usual Dr. stuff. She wrote down all the different prescriptions Wilma has been taking, and informed us she would be checking on the blood work and monitoring the machine Wilma is hooked up to, and would return with further diagnosis as soon as possible.

Within another 45 minutes she was back explaining what the symptoms were to us in more detail, re-assuring us there is no need for alarm at this time. I was impressed with her for her professionalism.

Then within another half hour, she entered with a more senior Dr. who introduced himself as the Senior consultant Dr. on staff. A scare went through me like never before. I was expecting some really bad news here, but he went on to say everything looks ok for now and that Wilma should follow up with her personal Dr. and maybe a cardiologist. Both Dr.'s felt it was fine to be discharged and leave the hospital.

WOW What a relief!

We were out of the hospital and in a restaurant by 9am. Both relieved that it wasn't serious but both knowing she has to check with her Dr. very soon.

Arriving home I told her that I would wrap the gifts today that she was worried about. And she just needs to put the labels on them. I wanted her to take it easy today, and she didn't argue.

All the gifts were wrapped by 2pm. We watched a little TV before we both fell asleep for a well deserved nap.

It's 6pm now as I write this Blog, the wind is still blowing hard outside and the temperature is down to 5 above 0 Degrees F. Brrrrr...the furnace is working overtime keeping us warm. And I feel great the gifts are done, and Wilma is feeling better.

Another adventure in our lives....until the next adventure, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More snow on the way!

It started while we were having supper in the restaurant yesterday evening. When I woke this morning to go to work there was 4 inches of fluffy white snow on the ground.

Now arriving home from work, the local weather man says that Thursday evening we could see a mix of sleet, rain and if cold enough possibly 6 or more inches of more snow by Saturday morning. Auuggghhhh! Already I hate WINTER!

Give me the sunny Florida weather. Listening to XM Radio Orlando Weather it got to 82 today with a low of ONLY 62 tonight. PERFECT! Hopefully when I retire, Wilma and I can "snowbird" to Florida for the winter and get away from this stuff up here in Michigan.

Anyway, I was reading another blog of an RV'er and he had a clip from You Tube. Watching it I was really impressed and just had to add it to my Blog. This must have been very time consuming getting all these musicians from around the world to play the same song without seeing each other.

Hope you enjoy it as I did. Click on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It’s Great News!!!

Today has been a great day with great news!

Connie, Wilma's sister had a Dr. appointment to find out the results of the biopsy from her tongue.

The Dr. said they caught it very early and she is fine. No cancer remains on her tongue.

We are all so relieved by this news. Especially Wilma!

Now she can start planning for the Christmas visit from her brother who lives in Kentucky. She said it feels like the world has been lifted off her shoulders.

Thanks to all who kept Connie in your prayers.

Until next time, be safe and God bless.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Good News and Hopefully Not Bad News

It seems that sometime last weekend, I must have been exposed to someone who had strep throat. Sunday evening I started with a sore throat, figuring it was nothing but another virus that's going around. Monday after returning home from work around 4pm I was really beginning to feel pretty bad. Went to bed shivering at 6:30pm. Tuesday morning at 10:30am I was in to see the Dr. He told me that I was his 5th. patient this morning with strep throat plus he had seen 3 patients with mono. All between 8am and 10:30am!

Thursday evening I still have the sore throat but not as bad. Taking the drugs prescribed, and if its not gone by Monday I guess I'll be seeing the Dr. again.

Last evening around 11:30pm the phone woke us up. It was Connie, Wilma's sister, calling with some potentially bad news. She said that she went to the Dr.'s because of a painful soar on her tongue. He suspects it may be Cancer and made the appointment with an Oral Surgeon for today at 11:30am. Wilma, after dropping the Grand kids off at school, went over to Connie's home to take her to the Dr.'s office. When she returned she said the Dr. felt that it may be Cancer and he took a biopsy to have it checked. Connie ended up with 5 stitches in her tongue. The Dr. also told her that it had been caught early if it was Cancer. So now the agony of waiting for 7 days for the biopsy report. Folks, our family is in need of your prayers.

Now for some GOOD news.

Eddie, Wilma's brother, called this evening. Wilma gave him all the news about their sister Connie. Eddie then told her that they, Eddie & his wife Beth, are planning on visiting us all here for Christmas! That really made Wilma feel sooooo happy! It will be really nice to see them all together for the Christmas holiday.

I received an email from Veronica this evening, she is married to my sister Judy's son Derek. She sent 6 more pictures of their beautiful baby girl Merissa.

Isn't she just a beautiful baby! Darn right she is! Really seems weird to me to be calling her my "Great Niece" Kind of makes me sound like an old coot!

I do know this though, my sister Judy is one proud Grandma. You can see her face just light up when she talks about her little Grand baby.

Well as you can see, we have had one very busy week. Many adventures with more to come!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.