Monday, December 31, 2012

Have You Ever?

Have you ever flown in an airplane?














Have you ever gone to Florida?


Have you ever been to a huge conference filled with people who were dealing with an illness just like you?


Have you ever been to Disney World?


Have you ever been on a jet ski?


Have you ever been to Ellicottville, NY?


Or been to Chestnut Ridge Park?




Or even Griffis Park??


Have you ever seen a buck? Have you ever seen 3 buck in one day??


Have you ever been in a hot tub where the sign says bathing suits optional?? 


Have you ever started challenging yourself because someone else was getting you to realize you COULD try to do things you've never done before??


Well.....I HAVE!! 

This is pretty much the short version of my year in review of 2012. It's been an amazing year for me. Not only has my health continued to be pretty much in control for at least the 4th year in a row (although I had a couple bumps here and there), I was able to experience everything above for the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. I have to say, this was one of the best years I've had in a very long time!! I can only hope and pray that 2013 brings on many more new FIRSTS, and continued good health! 

MAY 2013 BRING YOU, DEAR READER, MANY NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND ABUNDANT HEALTH IN THE YEAR TO COME!!! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Holiday Crazies

The holiday season is crazy enough with gifts to buy, goodies to bake, cards to write out, gifts to wrap, decorating, etc, etc. I usually enjoy the busyness to a point, as long as I'm not totally wearing myself out. So the past few weeks have been a little nuts, trying to get ready for Christmas, which came and went. Honestly, although Christmas day was very nice, and it was good spending some time with K. and some with my family, I didn't really feel the Christmas spirit. I think it's probably because I've spent two weeks worrying and helping care for someone in my life who has been complications with diabetes. I'm coming to the realization that it's a nasty disease. And it's terribly difficult to watch someone go downhill quickly if they aren't taking care of themselves like they need to be. I'm also realizing that trying to help someone who doesn't seem to really want the help despite the fact they need it is a very, very tough thing to deal with. It makes me irritated and hard for me not to sound like a bitch, and I try to control my words when I want the person to know that all we're trying to do is help them. It's been a pretty trying couple of weeks at times, scary at other points, and I will admit that I had many moments when I just broke down and cried by the time I got home. So needless to say, I've been praying hard that this person can get back on their feet, get to new doctors who actually specialize in diabetes, and that the New Year brings them much better health!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Creativity

Christmas is coming, and I have been buying gifts for a couple of months. I usually start my shopping in the summer, but for the past two summers, nothing has appealed to me. I've cut back a little on spending, and so for a couple friends, I thought I'd try a new craft. I have made so much jewelry for my friends in the last however many years, I'm afraid they might be bored with it! One of my friends took a class on how to paint on glass, and she came over a month go to show me how. As tricky as it can be, I'm loving it! So I thought I'd make a few gifts! The wine glasses are for two friends,  and the beer mug is for K. I wanted to do tennis racquets and balls, but the racquets got frustrating. lol Anyway, maybe I'll just keep painting glass as a new hobby? If I really wanted to go crazy, I could glue beads all over them, too!?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

My Little Man

It's rather hard to believe that 12 years ago today, I was given a small puffball of a kitten as a Christmas present. A dozen years later, and he isn't tiny! Mittens is my kid, and I just love him to bits. He has brought me so much joy, as well as aggravation! lol I don't know how many years he'll still be with me, but being that he's an indoor cat, I'm hoping it's many more!

So Happy Anniversary, Mittens! As mommy always tells you, you're the love of her life!