Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Time To Slow Down...

Blogging is some thing I no longer can do with out hurting...
It was about this time last year I had to stop blogging.
My GP diagnosed  me with "mixed connective tissue disorder".

My AMA test came back positive in low a teter
and bilateral bursitis in my hips.
 For me this means I no longer can sit for great lengths of time with out my hips painfully burning.
Driving in the car for an hour is excruciating.
Walking too much is difficult too. When church finished two Sunday's ago the weather was unusually mild,  I decided to walk the two and a half blocks back to our house...
 my hips seized up and I hobbled home in a lot of pain.
Work is out of the question for my fast paced job at the hospital.

My Rheumatologist said I have bursitis in both my hips and said that pain killers were the only thing I could do for it. So eleven months ago I took cortisone shots in both hips...ouch!
It was worth it at the time...
I was miraculously pain free for almost a year. I returned back to my full time job at the hospital.
 My Rheumatologist said the effects of the cortisone would wear off...
Boy did it!!!
Not only is the pain in my hips back but new symptoms keep appearing... My hands are so stiff and painful, my arms too,  right up to my shoulders there is pain.
Picking up my beautiful grandchildren has become difficult to do.
I have had to go on an a medical LOA from work, yet again...

Cortisone is not good for the body, there are health risks...
Also with the shots one never know how much damage is being done
 with over use of the body...cortisone numbs the pain!
 So I am choosing not to take the shots again until I really feel I can no longer function with out it.
Other strange symptoms show up that resemble lupus.
 Rash on both my cheeks that come and go.
(although not over the bridge of my nose)
 Sores on the roof of my mouth/nose that too come and go, fatigue...
With out a positive ANA it cant be lupus... 
I have discovered my GP of 25+ years, the one who diagnosed me with
 MCTD in the first place has retired!!!
(finding a doctor out here is near impossible).
Desperate for help in went to a "walk in clinic"  the Doctor there says
 I am depressed and that is what is causing the pain...Maybe I am???
  But that doesn't explain the the positive AMA test, nor the bursitis!
Weather it be... mctd or lupus or bursitis or even depression!
All I know is I can no longer function as I used to.
All I can do is take it easy and slow down in the things that increase the pain...
Like sitting at the computer too long.

My hope is that some one, maybe even in "blog land" might be able to give me some insight...
 for the doctors don't seem to know.
This is my explanation as to why I have stopped blogging again.
I just didn't want to "bail" like I did a year ago....
Thanks to those friends that stuck around in the slow times.
Also to those who are not bloggers who visit my blog...G and the K's! 
Thank you to my ever faithful blog follower... my daughter Shmoo...
who enjoyed my blog the most!
I love your blog too!
I shall miss blogging I do enjoy it.
I shall in small amount's keep up with blog reading,
 so don't be surprised to see "comments" left by me from time to time.
(Your prayers are always welcome:-)
Blessings to all...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day 2010


                                   How Do You Remember?

Remembrance Day is symbolized by the artificial poppies that people wear and place at war memorials. The poppies may be worn or placed singly or as wreaths. The use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance comes from a poem written by John McCrae, a Canadian doctor serving in the military. The poem is called In Flanders Fields and describes the poppies growing in the Flemish graveyards where soldiers were buried.
Poppies grow well in soil that has been disturbed. They also grew in large numbers on battle fields. The red color of their petals reminded people of the blood lost by victims of and casualties in the conflict.

We remembered this day by wearing our little red poppies at our work place. Also on our coats, as travel along our day we see others who deem it important enough to tag them on their person, and we will wear them for the next few days.
                    The Tank...                                             
As I and Mr.B sat together this am, a day off for most from ones daily job...we complained about how we could not buy milk this morning and would have to wait till 1130 or so, then a huge army tank drove very slowly past our living room window, we both jumped up to watch it pass... the eerie tank made us become very mindful of this important day and the sacrifices that so many gave so we and our children and grandchildren can live in freedom...We quickly changed our minds and both agreed that it is a good thing that the government makes us "fast" from some a morning with out we too can remember!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Reading: Wonderful Tonight by, Pattie Boyd

As the weather gets colder I find my nose turns towards a book.... again.
 My most resent obsession is with the book written by Pattie Boyd, Wonderful Tonight.
A friend has loaned me this exciting book to read...funny thing is I never heard of this famous lady until now!
Even in my younger days I didn't know of her... I was not allowed to listen torock and roll  music, so I had little or no knowledge of Pattie or her famous husbands.
Below: Pattie in 2005

Pattie in 2005
Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, poses at an exhibition at V!PS Gallery on in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
(Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
She had an expedition of the photos she had taken.

Pattie Boyd has the most amazing story to tell, I find it most intriguing, especially after I have also just finished Chris O'Dells book...the two were friends.

Pattie and George Harrison of The Beatles and Chris O'Dell, Patties friend lived in this huge manssion...
Friar Park.

 A beautiful red brick 25 bed room house.Below: the gate house.
Below:Pattie in 2007
For a brief over view of the book click the link:
Pattie Boyd was once married to George Harrison from the Beatles

George Harrison far right...As if you didn't know:)
George wrote the song "Something" for her.

She also was married to Eric Clapton.
He wrote the song "Wonderful Tonight" and one of my favorites..."Layla".

Pattie was also a famous model in the 1960's


Here she is poses with the famous 70's model Twiggy...I remember her!!!

Her life has changed quite a bit from her famous days of old.

She says... she finds that a life full of girl friends is a better life, then a life with a famous man.
In her book "Wonderful Tonight"
Below, her autobiography “Wonderful Today"

...on my wish list!!!
Pattie today

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Thanks Giving & Happy 3 Birthdays!!!

Happy Thanks Giving!!!!                                              
In Canada Thanks Giving Falls on the 11TH of October...(I know my post is late..Oh well :)

My lovely daughter Shmoo,  came over to help...
thank her good heart, she was such a tremendous help!!!

We got to making the meat balls while the turkey cooked.

We celebrated 3 Birthdays today too...

My grandson Lu, turns 5 years old!
Happy Birthday my Grandson!!!

It was also my son Jake's Birthday

My son.... such a handsome bloke!
Happy 24th Jake!

 Also our friend Franks Birthday...
Thanks guy's...for being such good sports about my picture taking!!!

The day was beautiful... Too nice to sit for any more photographs!!!
Lu says..."Lets goooo"!
Lu runs for the wagon, Eli is still trying to get off the bench, while Bylla goes for the...
The slide!!!
Into the pile of leaves!!!
Sweet Eli catches up, with one leaf of his own!!!
In the evening Mr B. makes a fire at night... a little smoke in the eye Hun???
My birthday guys...Jake and Lu keeps warm by the fire.
I am thankful for a beautiful day.
Happy Thanks Giving to all...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Miss O'Dell

 Chapter 17...Chris has just moved in with George and Pattie Harrison.
The mansion of George and Pattie Harrison: Friar Park.

I am currently reading a book written by Chris O'Dell,  who spent a good deal of her time with the Beatles's, and other music stars!
A friend from work passed this book onto me, thinking I would not enjoy my surprise I do!
 Miss Chris O'Dell has lead a fascinating life, she currently is a counselor for women and addictions.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Rich German Mennonite Heritage

A painting of a Mennonite Village in Russia
I and my husband made a visit to our local Museum, before it closes for the winter..
What a wonderful surprise this was...It took us almost 4 hours to tour this replica of a Mennonite Village...
Some of the buildings are on there original site,  while some were reconstructed according to how they would have looked back in the 1800's, like the  Dutch Windmill...
 Others were dismantled and transferred here.
This is my heritage,  these were and are my people, I am very proud to have been born with the Low German name of... Reimer
Interestingly the mane Reimer has its beginning's in the Netherlands as far back as the 1500's.,
and the name is pronounced and spells....

Monday, September 27, 2010

For Shmooygirl

My daughter and her husband J. went away for the weekend to a bible retreat and while the parents were away Gamma got to play...with her youngest grandson...Eli.
I had the privileged of looking after Eli. for the weekend and I thought I would send my daughter"Shmooygirl" some pictures via my blog...although this post is for my daughter, any one can enjoy the photos of our days...(I believe Shmoo has posted some pics of her trip,@her blog above.)

Eli. and I started our day out side on the deck, he loved running back and forth!

off to the swing set we go...
Once back inside Eli.Played with our newest kitty...Lucky Three Buttons!!!

"Lucky" Because we decided to keep him after someone just dropped him off on our door step!!! 
"Three Buttons" Because he has three black markings on his tummy like buttons!!!

 Eli.picked up his cat puppet and headed for the window.
 Then he cried "Mama"...oh boy!!!
Fast thinking Gamma!...Off to the kitchen for some fun...
Nothing like a little Tupperware to make a baby happy!!!
How about some yummy waffles and plums for a hungry boy.

 Oh Boy! Now what??? He's keeping me hopping!!!
Okay, off in the wagon we go.....
Theres a happy boy!!!
To the park
Gamma and Eli. God blessed us with a beautiful Fall day.
A little run about...

Time for Gamma to rest.
Oh...Look who decided to join us...
We could have used you early Mr.B!!!
Once back home I made supper...Eli ate everything!!!
Grilled chicken breast with Wild Rice Casserole
Check my side bar for the recipe in Mrs.G's kitchen...Yummy!!!

Sleep tight my beautiful grandson....
In the morning breakfast, before church!!!
More like feeding the cat time???
See you after church mom and dad!!!
I picked Bylla and her brother Lu up after church...
While I had Eli, his brother and sister were with their other Gammy and Papa.
We all went for Ice cream, while waiting for mommy and daddy to arrive.
Bylla has on one of her many Scottish dresses... for church going.

Bylla got a parcel in the mail from the US.
This cute Eiffel tower T, from Jamie from Mimi's Corner
She finds the cutest things for her little Miss C...
...and sends them for my grand daughter Bylla.
There you go my Shmooygirl...
This Gamma has to work tomorrow, so I'll be away from my PC for a bit...
till then
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