Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm still here!

Hi all, if anyone is listening...LOL!
I'm here but haven't gotten the computer fixed to the point where I can upload pics and stuff. So thanks for bearing with me!
So much fun going on here creating. I got Nesties for my b-day back in September, and have been using them on my SU Big Shot. After dealing with that hassle of putting in cardboard sheets and cardstock shims, and always having to tweak things, I broke down and ordered a Wizard, which will be delivered in the next couple of days. Spellbinders has assured me that the use of Nestabilities in the Wizard will be effortless, a breeze. I sure hope they are right!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Going back to Ol' Virginny!

Hey all,
Yes the post says it all... I am going to Virginia. Yes, I know, I just came back! BUT my dear Mom is down there, and my sister & bro-in-law (who are normally there for her), are going on a long-planned trip to Rome, Italy for 2 weeks and I'm staying with Mom to take care of her/keep her company/take her to Dr's appts., etc!!! I am PSYCHED because I get to be with her and BOND with her even more, and just BE with her. Yep, I'm a lucky gal! :o) My mother is 87 y/o and I'm her baby, so I've been lucky to have LOTS of fun w/her over the years.
While I'm there in Ashburn, VA I hope to get together with a blog friend...... hope to see you Amy!!!!
Also, down in that area of Northern VA, is a great stamp shop called "Angela's Happy Stamper" in Reston, VA!
I visit Angela's every time I'm down at Mom's. It's a great shop, and friendly people!

Soooo, I'll be away from 9/28 till 10/18.... almost three whole weeks away from my husband and 16 y/o son!
I bet they'll be missing me as I'll surely be missing them. Whoever said "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" was very wise!
TTY soon!
Love, Marie

Monday, September 22, 2008

Amazing giveaway going on!!

Carolyn King (Cammie) has started something of a "ripple effect" over on her blog. Go take a look-see.....

She is giving away some amazing, and I do mean AMAZING blog candy! In honor of her grandmother, Cammie is paying tribute to the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients by getting as many people to send cards as possible to a caregiver you know, or to the home where her grandma was. This is just wonderful, so go on over an get involved!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Back from Virginia!

Hey everybody!
Just got back from Virginia. We had my Dad's burial (of his ashes) at Arlington National Cemetery. It was such a moving service. I will always remember it. There was a 21 gun salute, and a sailor playing Taps on the bugle. The sailors who unfolded & folded the American Flag were awesome. It was just beautiful!

I'll be going back in just 8 days to stay with Mom while my sister & her husband go on their long-planned trip to Rome, Italy with several old & dear friends. I return to Middleboro on October 17.

Soooo. I'll post more then!

Monday, September 8, 2008

OOOPS, I forgot!!!

Forgot to tell you the great news! I am able to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2009 in Boston and have my donations carried over from last year, since the reason I couldn't do the 2008 Walk was a family emergency!!
It's a huge relief knowing that I don't have to worry about making my quota. BUT I still plan to solicit as much as I can for 2009. Maybe even more than the 2000 I raised in '08 !!!!!!
Woo Hoo!!!!

Long Time No See...

Hello to All!
Well, so, so, so much has happened since my last post. It ended up that I was unable to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer back in May, because my DH ended up having emergency sugery on his eye for a detached retina. If you don't already know, recovery for that surgery is 2 weeks FACE DOWN, 24/7. People who go thru that have to actually rent special medical equipment, similar to when you get a massage and your face rests on a u-shaped headrest. Thankfully, his eye was saved & he is fine.
But... backing up a bit. Before the Walk, I had committed to staying with my Mom & Dad in Virginia whilst my sister & her husband went on a much needed vaca to Captiva Island in Florida. While they were gone, things went pretty well, and normal. Then one day Mom (who is 87) woke up shivering uncontrollably and very weak and sick feeling.
I didn't know what else to do but call 911, since she was too weak to even walk out to the car. She was brought to the hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia, anemia, a UTI, and other things. She was in the right place, being in the hospital! Then, 2 days later my sis & bro-in-law came home. We spent the next couple of days visiting her @ the hosp., taking care of Dad (who was 95) at home, and just going back & forth like that.
Then the second day, when my sis & I were on our way home from the hosp., stopping @ the grocery store to get something for supper, we called Dad & got no answer. We were immediately worried, and called bro-in-law Roger to go check on him. (They are about 1/8 mile apart.)
We came home to find that Dad had fallen, and we called 911 AGAIN. He ended up breaking his hip, and underwent sugery.
Both Mom & Dad ended up in Rehab in the same room. After a few weeks, Mom came home. But not Dad. He tried hard, but couldn't get well.
Turns out, the screw they had put in his hip came loose. Poor guy was enduring all kinds of pain! He decided he wanted to try another surgery to fix the problem. Unfortunately, his blood pressure fluctuated wildly, and he was very unstable. That night my dear old Dad passed away. That was July 18th.
Since then, we've gone thru his wake & funeral. We came home & had my neice's (my brother's daughter) wedding on August 16th.
My brother's birthday Aug. 22, neices on Aug. 24th.
Then on Sept 1st, I turned 50, that weekend my middle daughter moved into her own apartment, then on the 4th....SHE turned 21!!!
On the 6th, was my Mom's birthday, and today, September 8th, my 16 year old son got his driver's liscence!!! Is there ENOUGH going on im my life??! LOL!
So, those are the reasons for being absent!
I have still been blurfing and learning so much... and LOVING it! I'm getting closer to when it's my turn! I hope to learn how to blog like the gals in the big league! LOL!!!!
Thanks for listening... I'll be back sooner this time, I promise!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Walking For A Cure.....

I'm training for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston, MA on May 17 & 18, 2008. It's a two day walk, and we have the option of either 26 or 13 miles the first day, and 13 miles the second day. I am opting for 13 on day one, since I am a newbie, and I need to take it easy.
I'm a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in September of 2001, detected by a momogram, with early stage two breast cancer in my left breast. I had a lumpectomy in October 2001 and began chemotherapy in December 2001. My treatment was half chemotherapy, then six weeks of radiation, then the second half of my chemotherapy. I ended treatment in May of 2002! Yeah!

Here it is, almost May 2008. I can hardly beleive it has been six years. I have promised myself that I would one day walk the Avon Walk, like my daughter Laura did in my honor in May of 2002, when I was just finishing up my treatment. Laura was just 16 at the time, and lied about her age so she could do it! Back then, the Avon Walk was a three-day walk, 20/20/20 for atotal of SIXTY miles! She did it, and I was so proud. I always vowed I would do the walk one day. When my friend Stacey announced she was doing it, that planted the seed for me to do it! I had reservations, but everything seems to be working out. The bonus is: I am getting the benefits of extra energy, peace of mind, and shedding excess pounds. Yes, everything the health magazines say is true... they are NOT making it up! It honest-to God feels good to walk and exercise!
OK, I admit it sounds cliche. But I swear.... there is a serenity that comes with walking. Go figure! LOL!

So, that's what's up with me these days....

And I'm trying to fit in stamping & creating somehow. After the Walk I can commit myself to it more....

Thanks to all my friends for your undying support. Don't know where I'd be without ya's. (that's Northern for y'all)!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Well, here I am...!

Well, here I am...! I've decided to jump on the ole' Blog Wagon and see if I can have a little fun. Hopefully, you will too! I'm a newbie, so please bear with me as I learn about posting photos and (maybe one day) videos. After a lot of blurfing, I decided to try it out for myself. So, together we'll see what happens!
Thanks for visiting, and come back to see how things progress!