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7th Heaven-A Few “Makes Me Feel Better’s”…

YES!… I color my hair…

and YES!… I’ll probably do it forever…

I do it myself…

I try to use ammonia free…

and it lasts about 6-8 weeks… (semi-permanent)

This is light reddish-brown…

I liked the color…

but, maybe this summer will try a lighter shade…

 

I usually use Clairol’s Natural Instincts

but this Revlon “COLORSILK” read the same way… and was on sale where I was…

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When our K-Mart was going out of business…

I picked up these facial masks… for $1.00…

That was half-price…

even if ordering on-line… they are only $1.99 + shipping…

I checked!…

I have used a couple of them… and like!…

https://www.my7thheaven.com/us

They are for different things…

MUD

PEEL OFF

SELF HEAT

EXFOLIATING

FABRIC SERUM

FABRIC CLAY

and all are made with different natural products like fruit…

Today was Blueberry/Pomegranate… (Very Berry)

Feels so soft afterwards…

leave on for about 15 minutes…

 

YES!… I even look like a mixture of a Pomegranate/Blueberry!…

 

Some of the names are:

Mint Chocolate Chip

Creamy Coconut

Strawberry Souffle

Sounds good enough to eat!

 

 

 

 

Simple Pleasures… but, SO GOOD!

Saturday was a surprise Birthday Party for my brother…

87 years old

He shares his Birthday with one of his grandsons… who was 13…

Good seeing everyone…

Great food…

and DELICIOUS CAKES

one with a pudding filling  

and one with chocolate mousse… 

Our Great-Grandparents are buried here in Kentucky…

and my brother had asked me to get a “rubbing” from the tombstone of the dates /names…

I had done this along with my sister as it rained and a tornado warning was blaring on the car radio…

Her holding umbrella over me…

We had no problems… but, had to hurry to obtain this information for our brother…

He had mentioned he would like it framed…

Since I had not given it to him yet…

I framed it for him with information on both of our Great-Grandparents…

Great-Grandpa McCoy Born in 1840…

and since I had been going through old photos…

 

With Jill’s help!!!…

 

I took him a packet with some that I had of him… and his family…

He seemed to really like it!…

I have other packets as well for others in the family…

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Monday I went to water aerobics     and visited my YMCA Senior Adults… that I use to work with…

What a great feeling… the welcome they gave me…

such precious souls

Just love them!…

They were making tissue paper flowers… and flower pictures…

getting into Spring Crafts…

I took them BINGO prizes…

A variety of things…

and also magazines to look through and use with craft ideas…

I left with bitter-sweet emotions…

Loved that job as well as I liked working in the school system with Special Kids… for 30 years…

but, Bobby likes me home right now… with him having his chemo treatments… and I think so too…

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Today was a day of us eating breakfast from McDonald’s…

I do usually make breakfast…

french toast… grits/ eggs/ toast… cereal /blueberries… whatever…
But, today Bobby wanted McDonald’s Pancakes (Hot Cakes) / Sausage/ Chocolate Milk…

and I have been liking their new Chicken McGriddle…

I then began on my ScrapBook I’ve been wanting to do…

Just photos of our life… of course they have been boxed for years…

adding a few new ones every now and then…

Any new photos and some I have scanned are on flash drives…

and it is easier to keep…

But…

there is nothing like holding and looking at those old pictures…

some with stains…

some with corners bent…

some too dark…

some too light…

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I broke away long enough to go with Bobby to Home Depot and buy some weed/feed for the lawn…

and two small shrubs for the front of the house…

Another fast food stop…

No cooking today!…

Subway… from Wal-Mart as I picked up a few things…

Him… a Steak/Cheese sub…

and me a Veggie Sub…

I really like their sweet onion dressing on it!…

We were happy!…

He got the weed/feed down and planted the shrubs and I watered them…

Hope they take…

when warmer weather comes… we will be doing a lot more…

Always things to do when you have a home…

some needed…

some wanted…

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Made another cake…

Triple Berry Upside Down Cake…

Brown sugar/butter melted in bottom of pan…

 

   

A mixture of berries…

Blueberries- Strawberries- Raspberries…

 White Cake Mix for batter…

It was good!…

Always too much … so gave more than half to neighbors… It was Sherry’s Birthday anyway…

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I love these spring days…

but, the air is still a little cool…

want that warm sun on my face…

My body craves it…

I was so content today to be with my Bobby…

Simple pleasures… but, so good!….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another “Bobby”- Friendships- “Lasts”

My sleep pattern is out of whack!…

wanting to go to bed early…

and then waking at 3:30 or so wide awake…

so… I just go with the flow…

Get up… fix me a cup of hot coffee or sweet hot tea…

My Jill (cat) loves this… She has me all to herself…

It has been a pleasant week…

Bobby and I got to the YMCA … him to walk…  and me to do my water aerobics…

I know the exercise is good for both of us…

The neuropathy in Bobby’s feet is not fun when he does this… but, feels he needs to try…

I love the water!…

Relaxing…

can do things I would never do on a hard surface…

clears my mind as I talk to fellow water companions…

The time change is probably what really messed me up…

On Tuesday… a movie with my sister… “The Shack”…

I had read the book years ago

we enjoyed it very much…

and then Bob Evans for lunch…

Cold day… so we opted for coffee as soon as we sat down…

and soup/chili with a shared salad…

JUST RIGHT!…

Banana Bread accompanied our lunch which I chose to eat later at home…

A quick visit to our sister-in-law, nephew and niece…

A nice day to have some “sister time”…

We have a nephew that is a pastor at a church in Indiana… Just across the River…

As soon as Bobby was diagnosed with terminal cancer…

He asked “this Bobby”  if he would do his funeral…

His words were, “I would be honored!”…

It has now been almost a full year since we had discussed this…

with my Bobby is still here by my side…

“Bobby” is also our nephew’s name…

and he came for lunch this week…

I have found easy is the best policy

so I ordered BBQ/buns, mac/cheese, slaw and baked beans from our local BBQ place Shack In The Back”…

It was delicious!…

and with the peach upside down cake I did make…

we ate and talked for two hours…

We talked of old times…

Have know “Bobby” since he was a teen…

We talked of things that have happened in each other’s lives…

Although we are older…

we have all grown…

“My Bobby”… was left with a Peace that someone who knows him personally will be taking care of this need in his life…

and that is a “good thing!”…

WE talk of all aspects of this trial that has been given us…

What he wants…

what I might do… or “have” to do!…

We share everything…

To top off the week I met a good friend since High School… over 50 years… for lunch…

We pick a place for lunch about once a month…

and talk for hours …

Good Friends are awesome!…

We went to Mimi’sFrench food and atmosphere…

An orange/tangerine Mimosa sounded good to me and was REALLY good!…

Quiche Lorraine with a fresh salad was also the best!…

also a Banana/Chocolate Chip Muffin…VERY BIG!…

which i took home to enjoy later…

I had a coupon from the internet for either muffins or Birthday Crepe Cake…

I was bringing it home for my guys to split… so…

they said “CAKE!”…

It was excellent…

So fresh and tasty!…

would highly recommend!…

Our little waitress was so friendly and attentive…

We talked about our 50th Class Reunion coming up this October…

She is on the committee… making booklets… name tags… and video…

Looking forward to it… because it will probably be our last reunion…

There are always “lasts”…

whether something eaten… “all gone”I would tell my boys…

whether it was the last day of school… we would just be ready to “jump for joy”…

last day of year…

last drop…

 

last supper…

whether it was the last day of vacation and heading home…

and we would be a little let down

but, honestly we were tired and ready for “home”…

and so it will be… when our last days here on Earth come…

We loved the ride… with all of the ups/downs… but, “Home” looks pretty good…

I hope my Bobby can understand this…

A Heavenly Home … awaits all that have come to Jesus…

and what a Glorious Day that will be!…

 

Should Have Been a Boy Scout??? or ???

I had my electric can opener go out… never liked it anyway…

so I used the one I had as a spare (hand wind)…

BROKE IT!…

so… bought another hand-wind wherever I was until I could find an opener I liked…

BROKE!…

so… to my surprise…

I put my skills to work…

opening cans with a knife…

( like I had read/heard about)…

Faster… didn’t break… but, better be cautious with the sharp edges…

at least I know I won’t starve if I’m caught with lots of canned food… (if I have a knife)…

 

These cans made it easier on me… PULL tab!

 

Geese on the sidewalk in the front yard…

they always make a visit around this time of year…

a pair…

I walked up to them to take photo…

and they didn’t mind at all…

 

 

The cereal that I like right now… (hooked on)

NO… probably NOT good for me…

but, it’s my treat…

 

Colorful… crispy and full of fruity flavor!…

Fruity Pebbles with Marshmallows…

 

We took a ride up to Belterra Casino in Indiana…

nice day for a ride…

and we needed a change of scenery

When we left I said, “Let’s ride over to , VeVay Indiana… it’s only 6 miles!”…

love the name and had never been to this little River Town……

so we did…

http://switzcotourism.com/

We decided on a chocolate malt and a vanilla shake…

when we saw “Shell’s Ice Cream” and they had a drive thru..

 

Next time we will plan to eat lunch there…

50’s looking diner inside…

and food looked delicious!…

also have pretty cakes for sale… for Birthdays and Special Occasions…

 

Saw this cute simple straw hat at the dollar store… YES… it was $1.00…

then some purple/green flowers (Berries) for $1.00…

Finishing with Green Rafia Ribbon for $1.00…

 

   

I knew it would be cute in the guest room…

Not changing much in this room since Taylor Kay (granddaughtr)… got her own apartment…

So with green walls… purple violets in border…

This worked great!

The hanger I found for $1.50 at my Thrift Store…

No need to spend big bucks when so many items are available… with just a little thought…

 

Veteran : Delay, Deny and Die

It’s a very sunny… COLD… day…

Snow in Tennessee where my cousin lives… Go figure!…

I’ve straightened up the house… Cleaning my kitchen / living room floors was my biggest ambition today…

A day by ourselves…

Son visiting for the next few days after going out to have pizza with my little family

Love it when they initiate a get together

Bobby doing well with his 3rd new Chemo treatment…

A rash which was expected…(side-effect)…

but, he is a trooper…

I have to relate here…

that we are not perfect…

we have our days that sink us to the bottom of the well…

We stay afloat most of the time…

treading the water with each other as God’s hands act like life jackets for us…

We put on a smile…

laugh when appropriate…

say, “all is well”…

Bobby has severe neuropathy from diabetes and chemo meds…

Explained to us…

that with him having diabetes they hesitated to give certain chemo meds… because of theses side-effects…

but, DID!… a chance to live longer…

since they said this about his diabetes being the culprit

and he having this service connected

we applied for further compensation for the neuropathy…

after 6 months of waiting

Even having Senator Rand Paul’s VA representative helping us…

He was denied!…

stating chemo drug caused itNOT service connected…

This is how the VA works…

what’s related in their eyes…

not what the Veteran is dealing with…

I sometimes feel they think we are quite stupid…

and can treat the Veteran any which way they want… and do…

Mainly the “waiting game”…

If they had seen him and diagnosed him early… which they could have!… we would not be dealing with this …

Took 4 visits to Emergency Room at VA hospital… numerous phone calls to VA Clinic he was going to…

and then a mild heart attack got their attention!…

and although heart has been related to service connected disease already on his record… they say, “since you are better… no compensation for that either!”…

I see and hear others being given 100% disability compensation for little or nothing… and then my husband and others who have definite issuesbeing turned down

He sometimes wishes he had been an alcoholic… drug addicted… mentally impaired… and then maybe he would be heard…

Of course we are not like that!…

we do what is legal and right

and so “the good guy… is tossed by the wayside”…

His colon cancer is not covered either…

although prostrate and other cancer are…

They even say, “that they believe it will be covered later”…

as we see so many of the VETS at the hospital with this problem…

There are many stories of this kind we have heard…

and yet, no action can be taken…

no one REALLY listens…

Hopefully with new administration policies concerning the VA Department and treatment of Veterans will succeed in making changes…

but, we know… “our time is up!”…

they have the expression…”Veterans”…

“‘Delay, Deny and Hope that I Die,'”

So true!

Veterans Denied Millions in Benefits by VA

http://www.military.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy Day Happenings…

Rained quite a bit… this past week…

leaving us limbs/branches to pick up from all the wind…

and burning in our fire pit…

One of my favorite things to do…

That’s NOT being sarcastic… I really do love being outside and then sitting in swing watching the fire and feeling it’s warmth…

It was late afternoon when we began…

and slowly the sun set…

Lovely evening!

   

 

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You know I always bake something…

today was Peach Upside Down Cake…

Use what you have is my motto…

and it was so good!…

1- white cake mix (mix as directed on box)… after you borrow an egg from a neighbor… oops!

Melt 1-stck margarine (butter) in bottom of pan… (my pan holds a whole cake mix)

then sprinkle about 1-cup brown sugar over that…

I had peaches (canned) so it is the fruit I used…

I did place them in a ring around the edge… and a few in the middle…

If you are going to make something… make it pretty!…

Pour batter over and I baked for 40 minutes… adjust as needed!

 

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With the rainy weather… comes soup…

but, you know “I do easy!”…

2-cans Progresso Lentil Bean Soup

1-can Rotel… Walmart brand is just the same but, less expensive…

1-chopped sweet onion

Place in crock pot and simmer for a couple of hours…

flavors blend and taste so much better…

My Bobby really liked this “recipe”…

 

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Flower Seeds are in the stores and I had such luck with these in-between my stone border…

I had to grab a few packs…

“Derby Day” (first Saturday in May) is planting day here!…

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Little Debbie Spring Cakes…

A must for my husband…

He is as bad as me with anything seasonal… especially these!…

or these!…

 

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Just arrived in the mail…

I had picked up a used book at the VA Hospital to read from their give-away books…

called “A Light in the Window”… by Jan Karon…

Later found out to be from her “Mitford Series”…

Having read the second book in the series not knowing it was a series… I had to read more…

Ordering off the internet from EBAY was the answer… these 3 to start me off…

 

You might like this series… just light and folksy… if that’s a word…

Best of Luck to You!

I have always wanted to visit Ireland… The green hills… the cottages… the pubs… the music…

so… the closest I can get right now is the little decorations I have for “St. Patrick’s Day”…

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A Lucky Clover (Shamrock) to Welcome you…

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The winds were strong this week…but, finally calmed long enough to get a photo of March Flag…

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A Bright Shamrock hanging in doorway,,,

A little Leprechaun to decorate wall…

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A simple Centerpiece with candles (Green of course!)…

and the Table Cloth I’ve had for years found at my favorite thrift store…

Love the drawings on it!…

Reminds me of coloring pages when I was in Elementary School…

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Window clings for my kitchen windows brightens each day…

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and a Framed photo I found also…Frame has shamrocks on each corner…and the Angel with her skirt filled with shamrocks…

 

May you be blessed always with.

A sunbeam to warm you,

A moonbeam to charm you.

A sheltering angel ,

So nothing can harm you.

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Best of Luck to You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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