It is time once again for me to start thinking about our 2nd annual ACS Relay for Life. I am team captain again and our team is "Hugs and Hats" and our motto is: "Our Hat's Off to You." We will be decorating our hats to wear during the relay. I already have my purple hat decorated with all of my cancer awareness pins all over it. Of course my hat is the "Awareness" hat. We will be selling awareness ribbons and earrings made by our survivors to try and reach our goal of $1,200 this year. I have already sent out emails and letters soliciting funds for our walk. I have raised $205 already and other team members will be doing their part as well. It is a cause that is very close to my heart. Maybe one day this world will be cancer free or at least a cure will have been found. If not here on earth then it won't exist in the world to come. We know that there will be no pain or sickness there.
I am going to my water aerobics classes 6 times a week and my exercise classes 4 times a week. I hardly have time to do anything else but I feel it is helping me with my back and legs. Plus I lost two pounds last week. That is a good thing! I think Lonnie will start going with me next month. We found out that adding him to my membership at the sports club is very nominal. We are going to be so healthy that we will be able to start traveling to see the "grands" and "greats" before you know it.
Take care and hug each other for us. We love you all.
We want to wish all of our family and friends a very merry Christmas and the happiest and healthiest New Year! May God bless and keep you all safe and warm and well fed and may you all realize that every blessing comes from His wonderful favor. I wrote a poem I want to share as my gift to you all.
It's Christmas time again, the lights are all aglow,
With sounds of children's laughter, while playing in the snow.
The smell of apple cider and a frosted cinnamon bun
Awakes the joy of Christmas; in anticipation of the fun.
The tree stands in the corner all festive and so bright,
Just waiting for the moment to awaken full of light.
The fire glows so warmly from the stately fireplace
Inviting all to enter...to calm, and peace, and grace.
The singing of the carols, the ringing of the bells,
Comforts those that gather and states that all is well.
Lift the cup in gladness the years to reminisce
Of Grandpa, Pop and Brother...of Grandma, Mom and Sis.
The presents will be opened good wishes we'll commend,
But the greatest gifts we have are family, God and friend.
When Christmas time is over the memories linger still
After the hugs and kisses what remains is our goodwill.
Next year we will again gather to laugh and toast and play.
That is why Christmas time is our favorite holiday.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!
Love to all!
I want to thank all of you who have been praying for me. I had the epidural steroid procedure last Tuesday and I thought I was only getting one but I got three injections. I can walk without pain in my legs now so I thank God for His goodness to me. I am still doing Physical therapy twice a week and water aerobics three times a week. I think I am finally starting to feel like my old self again. The cataract surgery went well and I can see distances but my near vision will require me to have prescription reading glasses. I felt bad because I was unable to fully celebrate my favorite holiday and we only had a couple of scarecrows, a ghost and a witch outside. It didn't keep the kids from coming however. We had over 200. I am inviting several people from church for Thanksgiving. I would like to go to Utah again this year for Christmas but I don't know if that will be possible. I will have to wait and see. Alexa and Nico will both be there and I am not going to have many more opportunities to celebrate with them before they are grown and gone. I pray that next year will bring better health to both of us. I am still teaching the creative writing class and I am going to be team captain again for the ACS Relay for Life to be held May 1-2. Our team is called Hugs & Hats. We will be decorating hats to wear while walking the track for 24 hours. We will also be giving hugs to all who may need one. Love to all.
Well my cataract surgery went very well on my left eye last Tuesday the 22nd. I am able to see without glasses for the first time since I was 12. However my right eye is so bad that it makes things distorted so I really can't enjoy being able to see. When I told Dr. Cochrane he said he would do my right eye next Tuesday. I am so glad I didn't have to wait 4-6 weeks in between. He said my left eye did so well he doesn't forsee any problem with the right one. The only negative is that I can now see the bags under my eyes and I don't recognize myself in the mirror without glasses!! This Saturday is the annual breast cancer awareness walk and I will have to sit this one out. I will be getting an epidural in my back on the 9th for the pain I am having from the lumbar stenosis. It affects both of my legs so I can hardly walk sometimes. I am doing water aerobics 3 times a week and physical therapy twice a week and I have lost 10 pounds so I guess I am doing something right. I do not like not being able to do things. Being a couch potato is not in my list of fun things to do!!
Here is a picture of our new car. We love it! It is the first new car I have ever had. It is a Ford Focus and it gets 33 miles per galon highway and 25 miles per gallon in town. That is the only place we will probably ever drive it! Ha!