Memories I Share- Keepsakes I Treasure- Gifts I Give

 

Cleaning out my computer/junk room yesterday…k7118715

got me to looking at old pictures… I had a huge box full…

I forged through them with a vengeance!…

getting rid of trivial things…

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This is something I have been wanting to do… anyway…

I wanted to find some photos of Bobby… me… kids… . for a slide show when/if I have to deal with his funeral…

MORBID???…

I don’t find it that wayour memories are preciousk24642679 and this is another way I can love my Bobby…

I am a preparer… or at least try…

We sat and reminisced over some… k14915262

I also ran across my Mother’s Cook Book…

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Recipes in her handwriting are so dear to me…

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Her clippings of a friend’s recipe… and others that she used /liked…

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Applesauce Cake picTAxiqy made many times… Ingredients on hand!… and Brown Betty Strawberry_brown_betty_(5876742661) the same…

She let me use her prized book all of the time…

and now I am sorry is was abused with drippings… a little Vanilla Extract OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … Cocoa powder… fingerprints…

but, when fingering these pages it took me back when I was a little girlk13839797learning to cook… bake(What I really like to do!)…

under the instruction of the greatest cook to meMY MOTHER!…

She had patience of a Saint… the gentleness of an Angel… k4119120… the wisdom of a Teacher… k4967876

She received this cookbook on August 4, 1937… in her handwritingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and the copyright attests to… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was kept in a drawer in our kitchen… when I discovered it…

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Simple recipes she would advise me to try…

Daddy was the Guinea Pig of course… k7780334

I might notice a grimacek6213146 but, no unkind words…

Life gives us so much… and as we grow older with these days… they seem to be flying by… becoming more precious… than ever…

 

 

 

Small Gifts From God!

Cherry Jello Cake…

Dessert for my grass cutter!…

Vanilla Cake Mix

Cherry Jello

Cool Whip

Maraschinno Cherries

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Make Cake Mix as per directions on box…

I had a few disposable pans… so the mix made 3 cakes…

Two for my grass guy/family and one for us to keep…

Just Enough!…

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Drained Cherries on paper towels while cake was baking…

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After baking/coolingPoked holes in intervals into cake…

I used the end of a wooden spoon… Fork will do!…

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prepared Jello…(any flavor) will do… but, their Grandson loves Cherries!…

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Spread Cool Whip over cake after letting sit in refrigerator about an hour…

Topped with Cherries and a few red sprinkles…

Pretty… light… and good!

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Brown Feathers signify grounding, home life, and stability. There is an energy of respect, grounded positivity, and balance between the physical and spiritual.

I found this light brown feather with white lines in the back yard…

I love finding feathers… As I have said before the color of the feather is supposed to have meaning when found…

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A neighbor brought me an Ornament from Arizona when she went for a few days with her sister…

Loved the bright colors… so hung it in my kitchen on my cup holder…

Makes you smile!

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My Football Player in his new uniform… Go Bengals!… won 35-0… first game!

First day of schoolGranddaughter in High School… Grandson in Middle SchoolOH MY!

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Bobby finished handrail on the two steps down to driveway… to match Porch rails… LOOKS GREAT!…

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A few flowers still blooming…

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Loved catching the BEE on the Sunflowers that finally bloomed…

Had planted seeds late… so loved it when they bloomed…

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Enjoy the Small Things… they are gifts from God!

 

 

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work together with a patient’s doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

 

This is what Bobby and I are going through…
We met with a team again today…

discussing our feelings…

our questions (concerns)…

our knowledge of what Bobby is experiencing with the cancer he has…

We discussed DNR… Do Not Resuscitate… k4969800

and some of Hospice Care…

We were told again that his cancer is terminal…k21223976

Not that you have a specific date of “death”…

but, that the cancer will take his life…

No matter how you take in those words…

you cannot actually breathe at that point…

your whole being is shouting from inside NO!…

Don’t say those words!…

We look at each other reaching for each others hand…k13560373

The tears come to my eyes… and roll down my cheeks…

I am grasping the words…

but, so wish I wasn’t!…

They ask us questions… and we relate again to this group of professionals that “we are our own team”…

Have been for 47 years… and will continue to be until our last breath is drawn…

They seem amazed at our truthfulness with each other…

our way of thinking and coping with this news…

We have always discussed everything together… so we wonder why others find it hard to believe of how open we are on the subject of death…

but…

isn’t death a part of life???

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Bobby explains his “ring” (circle) scenario… a beginning that travels around until it meets it’s self again… k7533959 …

a continuum of a life we committed to each other many years ago…

Bobby expresses his Faith… in that he always asks God to forgive him of any transgressions when praying… He wants forgiveness before he asks anything for himself and others…

His desire is to please his Savior…

I express to the Pastor that is the last to see us… that “God” is beside me all  of the time… but, when we speak to Him out loud… in prayer… together…

we feel His Presence and Strength … lasting and protecting us from thoughts and words that hurt us…

We are as ONE!…

The Son, The Father , The Holy Spirit and Us!…

and through this relationship that we have formed

we will sustain…

we will be brave…

we will comfort others as they comfort us…

Our Lord will keep us in His Hand as He does anyone who believes…

Praying before we leave with a servant of the Lord was a good ending of our meeting…

 

 

 

 

 

Stressful Toothache!

Toothache often is due to tensions triggered by continuous stress. This kind of toothache can become particularly intense when one has been “clenching/gritting one’s teeth” well into the night  k15592970, with the jaws pressing upon each other continuously with up to 400 g of pressure (a phenomenon which when happening in one’s sleep is referred to as bruxism).

Stress lowers the effectiveness of one’s immune defenses…k20308233k22455364

(http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/thoughts-emotions-and-toothache.html)

More and more signs of stress are showing up in the dentist’s office. k37953727  … During routine dental examinations and cleanings, dentists are able to detect oral symptoms of stress, including orofacial pain, bruxism, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), mouth sores and gum disease.

Stress affects the body in many ways. It has been linked to depression, high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and a number of other ills. What you may not be aware of, however, is that excessive stress can damage your teeth and jaws.

and so… this is what I found out this week…k38310103

My jaw… my back tooth on the lower right side… my head…

excruciating was what I said to describe the pain!…k3531715

The dentist had not found decay… had not found an abscess…

so what was causing this???…

STRESS!… with a Capital “S”…

Probably over this past year and a half… or maybe many years…

and we don’t realize it until the pain starts…

I was sent a prescription of antibiotics… but, didn’t touch it!…

(because I found out later I had no infection)…

A niece recommended an Emergency Dental Office open every day of the week…

so off I went… (great place)…k31336685

An x-ray… exam… 4 shots…k22373583…(stronger every time) after determining the problem area… and one pulled tooth later…k4325718

I was ready to kiss this young man who had chosen the Dental Profession…

He explained “stress” in toothaches… and the repercussion it can cause…

Me!… being a prime candidate!…k16350690

I had pushed my teeth (especially this back one) together so hard… that I had all of the nerves and tendons aggravated… and no other recourse than to remove the tooth…

YES!… please do!…

I could not have stood another hour …

I am now dealing with the much lesser pain of the needle probes… and extraction… but…NOTHING like before…

WOW!… I never knew Stress was such a danger to your teeth…

Recommendation of mouth/tooth guard bought over the counter…450k30398859

But… now I could give lessons on it!…

Pain meds… antibiotics and soft foods… and I will be good as new…

“I HOPE!”…

 

 

 

Bobby and I got away for a day/night… We went to Indiana near Florence…

We had a free room and meal at Belterra Casino Resort…

Such a nice room…

nice people… and a time to just not “think”…

We rode along the Ohio River and took in the pretty scenery…

We stopped in Rising Sun, Indiana for awhile… a quaint little River Town…

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before heading for Belterra…

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The weather and beautiful sky was perfect…

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Always!… good to get away… and sometimes I think I like the shorter trips better…

When we returned our neighbor had already cut grass… He is just the nicest…

so…

I decided on making some mini apple pies for their treat…

I just love my little pie maker…

Using refrigerated pie shells…

I use the thinner crusts…

I preheat maker…

Spray a little “Pam” on top and bottom…

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I had Apple Pie Filling in pantry…

Cut circles with cutter that just fits maker…

You get 6 circles of crust from one pie crust…

and so with two whole crusts… I can make 6 small pies…

4 to give away and 2 to keep for my husband and son…

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Place crusts in bottom of the maker… fill with preferred filling… lay 2 other crusts on top…

Bake for about 6-8 minutes…

I sprinkle a little sugar/cinnamon on filling and also on top…

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They turn out great each time… just slip right out of maker…

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Ready to eat!

Maddie… the daughter of my precious niece took her own life a few years ago…

It was and still is such a hard situation…

but…

my niece-husband-their son-daughter… have made her Birthday a Special Remembrance…

Since her birthday (she would have been 19 this year)… is right before school starts…

Her Mother has an Open House for anyone who wants to come… and a request… if able… is to bring school supplies for kids that are in need…

A place is chosen every year…

This year is Boys/Girls Haven… logo and a church…

http://www.boyshaven.org/

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I bought and put items in a bag for a month… Anytime I found things that would be useful…

I imagine there might be a 1000 items collected…

from all that contributed…

backpacks- pencils- paper-folders- glue- tape- notebooks- erasers- etc.

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Sweet Maddie…

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We visited with her sister and cousin… and many others… a great turn-out…

Annis provided a wonderful lunch and special cupcakes with bows…

The favorite colors of Maddie and her trademark… hair bows…

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It was a hot day today… my nephew and sister finding shade outside… and my niece’s German Shepherd finding a cool drink from the fish pond…

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An Aunt had made a collage’ of Maddie’s pictures… and her sister formed a 19 with the cupcakes…

special tributes to someone who we all loved… and left us way too soon…

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Bobby and I went to Frisch’s Big Boy…  Home_GoodThings_banner hot_fudge_cake … to eat lunch and couldn’t resist bringing home dessert of Hot Fudge Cake… their specialty since I was a teenager!…

and I ate the whole thing!…

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Bobby has been making friends with a squirrel in our backyard…

He tosses peanuts in the shell to him…

and then the squirrel will eat one

and then the next one is buried in the yard…

They have become pretty good buddies…

Bobby picked up salted peanuts by mistake… so the squirrel after eating it… runs to the water bucket to drinkbucket-water-14043708

quite funny!…

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I buy me one piece of Key Lime Pie every now and then at the grocery… I figure better than making a whole one and eating too much…

My treat and so good!

I slept in a little later… 9:oo am… Bobby had been up already…

a little nauseated… from chemo…nauseous-cartoon-man-feeling-to-throw-up-32500383

but…

had also put in two posts for a small handrail for the two steps down to the drive-way…

never stops…

“things to do!”… he says… things-to-do-list-21583737

On a mission for sure…

Has gone now to get chemo pump off…

I’ve cleaned!!! my refrigerator… hand-protective-glove-cleaning-refrigerator-yellow-35383102

Where does all those jars of a few teaspoonfuls of stuff come from???…

I needed to get productive with all of these guys putting me to shame!…

Our good neighbor had already cut grassman-mowing-lawn-2003096… looks so nice…

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I baked Banana Bread for payment this week…

I like baking… so this has been a “win- win!” deal…

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I love art in any form…

These fishes on my paper towels caught my eye…

I had pretty flowers last couple of weeks…

ANYTHING to lift spirits is a good thing I have found…

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We are having a lot of illness in our family…

Of course Bobby with cancer and treatments… doctor-colon-cancer-sign-body-physician-white-background-43577380

a niece with a kidney transplant… human-kidney-cross-section-digital-illustration-63048204

a sister-in-law with a major stoke this week… brain-stroke-circulation-heart-pulse-rate-17390549

a friend who fell in her yard… bruising herself and probably straining her hand…

and a nephew with a skin graft on his other foot… Diabetes is awful!… diabetes-37939988

I look on these serious health issues though and feel so blessed…

Family just pitches in where and when they can to cover all bases…

I feel so proud of all!… gratitude-attitude-female-hand-outstretched-palm-up-word-hovering-above-stone-effect-background-covered-45381538

My mind is a whirl with all of this political stuff!… composite-image-brain-against-abstract-glowing-black-background-53743036

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I try to listen and read all I can…

even went to see the Documentary of “Hillary’s America”…  flyer-8_5x11-in-theaters-270x349

if historically correct and seems it is… we are so blinded to truths sometimes…

and the crookednesss that is handed to us in the form of taking care of us as leaders…

Oh… only time will tell…

and our only real option is to VOTE!…vote-button-11836923

 

so use this “RIGHT”… as long as you have it…

Take care of your little part of this world and use it wisely… and “LOVE”  beyond all things…

God Bless!

 

 

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