The kids are grown, now what?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Once a Caregiver not Always a Caregiver

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I don't know if I've ever told you that I was once a respiratory therapist. I cared for people in the ICU and the surgical ICU. I also cared for my father-in-law when he became ill many years ago. It's an interesting thing becoming the person that is cared for after years of caring for others. Ryan does a great job of caring for me and that's because we keep the lines of communication open at all times. Communication is the most important part of a care giving relationship. The second most important thing is that the care giver has outside resources like the Family Caregiving site at Sam's Club.

It's been a long time since I've updated you on my health. My health has taken a large downhill curve since the last time we talked. In addition to the colitis, my arthritis is wreaking havoc on my body, and remember that back surgery I had in 2014? I blew the disc above the previous fusion and I'm scheduled for another surgery in August. The pain is so bad that I have difficulty walking and that in turn means that I am walking a LOT slower. Guess what happens when you walk slow? You guessed it! You often have accidents before reaching the bathroom. Embarrassing? Yes. Is it the end of the world? Definitely not.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Strawberry Syrup

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Strawberry Sauce with Ice Cream

Last weekend we hosted a baby shower for Ryan's best friend Wanda. One of the things Wanda wanted for her shower was a Sundae bar. We purchased most of the toppings but I wanted to make the strawberry syrup. It's nice to put in a personal touch whenever you can. We also made Chicken Taquitos to be served along side the Walking Tacos, (recipe coming soon). It was a great party filled with love and I will be posting photos soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Norm's June Favorites

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Norm and Eugene

Norm has been through so much in the last couple of months. Recovering from Acute Pancreatitis and a Clostridial infection is hard work and he's lost some weight because of it. He was a champ all through his illness. He played with his squeaky ball even though he tired easily. He loves sitting on the porch seeing all there is to see and smelling all the good smells.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Not a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Not a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

After my parents divorced my father and grandmother got an apartment at Lynnewood Gardens. This was perfect because I took the bus to Lynnewood Elementary School and I could walk to their place from school. There was a hoagie shop not far from their apartment and whenever we got hoagies my father would get a cheesesteak with tomato sauce. It was delicious and I have never seen it offered anywhere else.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

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When I was growing up there were not a lot of fragrance options for men. My father wore Brut and I thought he was the best smelling dad in the whole world. That was a long time ago and we are in a whole new world where there are not only great fashions for men, but a world of top notch fragrances as well.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ethan Stowell for Zulily Father's Day Contest

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I have to begin this post by saying; Hi, my name is Melissa and I am a Zulily addict! If you are not familar, Zulily is a curated shopping experience like no other. Every morning new sales begin and they offer up to 70% off of retail prices. There is something for everyone and one of my favorite areas to explore is gourmet foods and kitchen needs.

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Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, opens in theaters around the country TODAY! I am super excited about this movie. I've seen Finding Nemo more than once. It's movie about family and the unconditional love that parents have for their children. Judging from the trailer, Finding Dory is all of that and more! Check out the trailer!


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