Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 In Review

2008 in in regular type, 2009 in BOLD and 2010 thoughts are in Red.

The children are all employed, and reasonably healthy. Trica our oldest daughter still struggles with Pancreatitis. Ditto..Trica is still struggling..she might just be a tad more cranky too. She has pancreatitis from a Gall Bladder surgery years ago. Trica is on a temporary medical leave from her job as an RN.  She had a very scary episode in October which we now believe was a direct result of a prescribed medication that was taken off of the market in November.   She still struggles with Pancreatitis.

We still struggle with Doctors and Far Guys Trigeminal Neuralgia. We are comfortable with Dr. P. he seems adequate. There are no miracle cures..Trigeminal Neuralgia is a rare disorder that you must just learn to live with...easy for me to say..Far Guy is the one with continual pain. Dr P. is still taking good care of Far Guy…nothing is new with TN, it is still one of the most painful disorders known to mankind.  

No new Grand-babies..No divorces..a few deaths (two cousins and a very dear friend) This year five friends died.. Rhonda, Jim, Sam, Charles and Pat. Two family members, my Uncle Delbert, and my cousins fiancĂ©e. No Grandbabies ( I think the baby years are over).  Deaths we had a few..My Aunt Marie and Far Guys Aunt Esther.


No new pets, and no pet deaths. In 2009 Madison got a new kitten that she named Ziggy. Trica found a new home for her Pomeranian Daphne or "Daffy". Daffy now gets to be the Queen of her castle and no longer has to tremble in fear and hide under the couch to escape her terrorist companion Dakota who had a stroke a number of years ago and has an ongoing thyroid problem and is just not right in the head. I miss Daffy..she loved me. When they all lived with us..she was my constant companion. Paige got a kitty that she named Skittles and Savannah got a  pitch black kitty that she named Luna.  Andy went out and got himself a Sheltie puppy who is named Little Elvis.

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Little Elvis                            Skittles


Luna and Savannah

Biggest Adjustment..Far Guy's Trigeminal Neuralgia and how it affects our day to day life. Ditto..we must always be flexible.... it just may not be a good day, or a good week. Ditto

Biggest Change..Closing the Greenhouse business, a very wise decision. I miss it, but I am getting over it. Well I am way over this one..this years biggest eating..more exercise. Biggest change this year..being able to see without glasses after my cataract surgery.

Biggest Frustration.. Doctors that don't know their butt from a hole in the ground, and the phone ringing. Ditto.. and gaining weight because I quit a nasty habit..that I enjoyed..but now my metabolism is all out of whack.  For now and since July I have been an ex-smoker.  It ain't has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my entire life.  I have however curbed the desire to lick every ash tray I see..and those smokers outside freezing their skinny butts off..I envy them..perhaps I will get over that with time..old habits die hard..I began to smoke as a teenager..that was well over forty years ago.  My daughter said "Mom we would rather have you alive and healthy looking and a little fat, than dead and skinny." The phone ringing still irritates me..and now that Far Guy has a cell phone sometimes they both ring at the same time.  We are still non smokers..fatter ones..

Happiest Moment..a very nostalgic Ferris Wheel Ride last August with Far Guy. Playing a little "kissy face" stopped at the top! I had to think on this for quite some time.. I had many happiest moments this year and if I had to pin it down to just one moment it would be watching Chance and Far Guy on the lake shore of Lake Superior..watching Chance run between us. The happiest moment this year: When our oldest daughter Trica woke up after being unconscious for more than 24 hours..and she knew who we were.

2010 was a good year, it had it’s ups and downs.  Together we make it through each day..helping and leaning on each other. We try to find some humor everyday.

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Happy New Year! :)

Today we are having a short lull in-between blizzards..we are staying home and safe and warm inside. I am going to venture out for some photos..that I will share with you tomorrow.


  1. What a great idea to look back over more than one year. It puts things in better perspective. I remember quitting smoking after only 10 years. It was one of the hardest things I ever did - - - took me 6 attempts before I could do it. I was amazed how much better I felt. My mom kept cravings when she quit but I can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke any more. It chokes me - - - but I probably told you that this summer. One of my "makes me smile" things this year is reading Chance's blogs. Thanks for letting us share your family time!

  2. Connie, so glad that we met up through bloggy land. I count you as a very good friend, not just a blogger.

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year, I know that your snow is just going to melt away, LOL. I can hope for you can't I? Enjoy your quiet day.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  3. Life is good when you are in charge. Life to me is like a lose water hose I just hang on and hope I can put out the fires.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Nice recap. I like your happiest moment for sure! I'm certain we could hear ya'll let out your breath from clear over here!

    And I think I learned something as well, I had no idea that you were an ex-smoker! Splendid! Once in a blue moon when I catch just the right whiff of smoke, I remember... never mind.

    Officially we are down to 15 degrees this morning. Ah, yo-yo weather, what will it be next week? Back up to forty-five and sixty I'm sure.

  5. Happy New Year, Connie! I pray Trica stays well and you have a very blessed 2011.

  6. It is hard to believe another year has come and gone already. Wishing you much happiness and many blessings in the new year.

  7. Have a happy new year from one Connie to the next ... and I hope the frustrations of the past become less and less and melt into nothing! Our snow started about an hour ago so we are going to be hit with this storm! Hope yours is not as bad as it sounds to be!

  8. Happy New Year to your crew from my crew...Stay safe, warm and careful in those blizzards...!!
    Enjoy....LindaMay, CityBoy, MaleChild, Max, Mia and Misskitty...

  9. Super way to round up the memories. I've never had these health problems but you are certainly entertaining and educational.

  10. Nice Post. Very neat to see the three years together. Happy New Year Connie. Snuggle in for the New Year blizzard,if you've got your honey and some snacks it will be fine!

  11. I so enjoyed trackin' through your year! Great post sweetie.

    God bless and have a marvelous New Year filled with health, love and laughter!!!

  12. Laughter is indeed good medicine, and it brings health to the bones -- it helps to find something to laugh about even in the hard times. I can echo your struggles at quitting cigarettes. I have not smoked for 20 years now but I still have dreams about smoking.

  13. I also count you as a good friend, and it took me three long years to FINALLY quit smoking, but that was more than thirty years ago, and now I am so glad, although it wasn't easy putting on the pounds. I finally took them off when I started skydiving, but I don't recommend it for everybody. :-)

  14. Happy New Year! I agree with the Life is Good too...!!

  15. I'm obviously not keeping up with all the news.
    The stuff in red sort of jump-started me.

  16. Happy New Year to you all! That was interesting reading the high and lowlights of the three years.
    Thankfully I never smoked, so didn't have to go through the agony of quitting, but congrats at being successful! Take care, and here's to a great 2011, which will be over way too fast:(

  17. Sounds like a lot of blessings were mixed in too.

    Maybe someday you can share your secret of stopping smoking...I would like to do that too.

    Happy, happy new year, dear friend.

  18. Seems as if you've had some fine moments. Here's to many more wonderful times in 2011!

  19. That was a cute way of updating and it is interesting how our lives don't change a lot from year to year...on the quitting smoking...know just what you are going through but here is the is worth it to be free and fat ain't that bad.

  20. Happy New Year my friends! Here's to a better 2011.

  21. Nice to read the updates and see where everyone is. I've been out of connection on the regular blogs...sad to hear what you went through with Trica, but glad to know she is on the mend. I will continue to pray for a cure for Trigeminal Neuralgia. I applaud you on the continuing success with not smoking--I too started as a teen (13), but quit for good when I was 21--one of the hardest things I've ever done!


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