ShawMJ

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  1. Hi Shelley I sort of figured thats where I would find his greeting.I too miss Sherrill so much and I hope that David is doing okay.Do you happen to know how her mom is?Sherrill worried about her mom so much and she was up there in age so she had reason to be concerned. I hope that you and yours are doing well too.Oh and do yu ever hear from Heidi?I miss her too.Take care Shelley and thanks for always being there for us.Smiles,Mary
  2. :rolleyes: I really hope that I can do this on here.I know that in New Zealand its already Jan.6th.That happens to be David Knagg's birthday and I wanted to wish him a happy birthday. It also happens to be my oldest son's birthday as well and I remember Sherrill and I having that in common. So I wanted to wish David the very best birthday although I'm sure it could be very different for him now. So David have a good day and we think of you often. Mary
  3. Thanks a lot Shelley,I'm glad you talked to her and that all is going well with her.I'm sure she is pretty busy with her husband and I wish them all the success in the world in that pursuit.I bet that is a full time job too.So thanks for letting me know I really appreciate it alot.Tell her hi for me next time you'll chat.Hows your son doing in Houston now?Has the power come back on where he is?I certainly hope so! love and hugs Mary
  4. I;m just wondering if anyone ever hears from Heidi I miss her and was just curious if anyone kept in touch with her.Mary
  5. Hi Janey and all of you who replied.Well we stayed because we had gone to Houston for "Gustav"and when we heard it would go in around Brownsville well we figured we're far enough away whcih we were.Houston wasn't an option anymore when we started hearing that he would go in to Galveston and that area but the thing is that he was so big and WIDE that it took the southwest coast too and I don't live near the coast either.this house we live in was built in 1953 it was the house my husband grew up in and like I said we've stayed for a couple of them before.LILY back in 02-03I can't remember.Now my daughter however lives in Lake Charles and thats close to the coast and she lives in a beautiful area that has lots of trees-good and bad there.They're good for shade and blocking winds but during a hurricane they also fall! theres also Contraband Bayou about two blocks behind her and it floods! luckily her home is on higher ground so that helped except for the one tree that did fall.I am hoping that everyone gets power soon we are so spoiled to our air conditioners and when we don't have it we're really miserable.I know the feeling about getting on the nerves when Rita hit in 05 sometimes I was ready to pull my hair out! And I must confess I took it out on my hubby.Bless him at night he would cover me with a huge damp bath towel so I could sleep! Made me feel a little small for jumping all over him when I know he was just as miserable as I was! Oh goodness I do ramble on please excuse an old lady! Just hope those poor folks can find a way to move on.Hope all are okay.Love Mary
  6. Hi Shelley, I hope your son can get power soon, its so hot to be without it. I also am sure you've seen all the pictures they sure did get hit hard as did some of them here. A friend sent me some pics today and its really a wonder that anyone survived that. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if it had been a category 3 or 4 or even 5! We had a hurricane here in 1957 that was named Audrey and it happened in Cameron, Louisianna. Back then they didn't have the technology we have now and those poor people thought they had until the next day which was a Thursday but she came onshore during the night and early morning and 500 or more people died. Whole families were wiped out. I was only 12 at the time but I can remember us evacuating to the courthouse and we were miles from it. It was also one of those wide far reaching ones like Ike as we couldn't get home until they removed huge oak trees from the road. My husbands sister has a book about it and the stories are so sad. Just hope everything turns out okay for all as they have a long, long recovery. Be glad when the season is over. Love, Mary
  7. Well guys this is getting to be a habit.Had just barely gotten home from Gustav and here comes TERRIBLE IKE". We stayed home however and everything is okay but I was so scared I didn't sleep the noise of the winds from a hurricane are deafening and the rain was so hard. Our youngest daughter called from Houston at 5:00 am and it was there. They lost power and water and just got it back today she emailed me a few minutes ago. I know how miserable that had to have been as for Rita we were without power for 12 days but we did have water. When I watch tv now and see what happened everywhere here and in Galveston, Houston Orange and Bridge City Texas and all the parishes we're under I am so thankful that all is well here. Sure we were scared but that's nothing compared to what those poor people are going through. They did urge citizens of the low lying areas that they should get out but so many believed that he would go straight to Texas and got themselves in a bad bind when the waters started rising. The problem was that it was so large that it had a far reaching arm and got us in the mix too. I hope that's it for a while. It gets old. The low pressure of a hurricane does a number on the joints too as I was in lots of pain. Today the sun is out and water is receding in the places it was bad but there's still some that still can't enter. My daughter that lives about 30 miles from here told me a huge pine tree missed their home about 3 feet and hers was the only house on the block that had a tree fall. Luckily their home didn't flood either as it flooded really severe where she lives in Lake Charles La. So I hope I don't have to write about another I just feel so grateful for what I have. Hope all of you are as well as possible too. Love, Mary
  8. Oh good old Barbs we can count on her to bring us some laughter! Having joined about the same time that Barbs joined this board I also know personally how she never stops surprising you.I LOVE her blogs as well.She's also such an inspiration as she has really been through the mill in the last years.I'm so glad that now she can enjoy herself.Just wish sometimes she could put me in one of her bags when she goes to Greece again lol.Keep it up Barbs we depend on you to keep us laughing.I als know full well about the goose stories as for a long time we had some,as well as ducks and chickens too.I really miss having all that now but the coyotes are just too bad to try to have anything like that anymore.Hugs to all.Mary--- Oh and Barbs,You're not old it was just an expression.I know I am though!
  9. Hi Janey just read your post.Well its not looking for Ike and I'n having to convince my husband to leave.You know they can be hardheaded! Anyway we'll keep watcing and hope nothing comes of it.Thanks for thinking of me.Mary
  10. Hey all of you thanks for your nice replies.I tell you though that trip really ;took it our of me.I just can't seem to bounce back from the trip,guess being that it was so long and so stressful I watched my daughter have to fight traffic with some people that just don't seem to have 'common sense'.They just try to cut you off first chance they get.I forgot to mention that we also evacuated our pets as well.Now that was funny.My daughter and I rode in her car with the two cats in their own little 'pet taxis'and my husband and son-in-law with our two little dogs.And then my daughter that lives in Houston has 2 cats and a dog of her own so it was an interesting few days.My little teacup chihuahua takes nothing from no one no matter how big they are.my daughter has a miniature greyhound and if he came around her she would fuss at him and he'd go hide! Very funny.but they all figured out one day I guess that we were there for a while so they'd better get along so they behaved.I forgot to also mention one night my son-in-law prepared steaks for all to their liking with potatoes and onions and then we had cake and ice cream for dessert.I told my daughter who is petite that its a good thing she doesn't gain weight,if I ate like that all the time I'd be a lot bigger and I'm big enough -too much as it is! it was good to indulge though.Janey mu grandaughter lives in Baton Rouge also and I still haven't heard from her how her house is.She bought it just last year and she gets married in December is attending LSU on a full scholarship so needless to say we're very proud of her.She also works 30 hours a week,and still maintains good grades! Don't know how she does it but she's young so I guess thats part of it.Hope your friends home is okay as well.hugs to all and lets hope for better weather soon.Like in December maybe lol.Mary
  11. Well I'm jumping in rather late on this topic but I also live in the country.I also love hummers and the other day my husband called me out to the front porch to see something so beautiful! A swallowtail huge butterfly was sipping nectarfrom the hummingbird feeder.He let us get close enough to take a picture.My 7 year old grandaughter loves butterflies and has a huge colored illustrated book on butterflies and moths so I've seen a butterfly moth in pictures and they are pretty.We also have deer here and many a time will see them cross the road if we're on it late as we also have a casino about 12 miles from us.We actually came upon an accident where a car had hit a deer crossing the highway.Did lots of damage to the car but deer was okay.Take care all and lets keep these wildlife stories going they are gems.love Mary
  12. Well my husband and I had to evacuate AGAIN (Hurricane Rita 3 years ago).This time our oldest daughter and husband and grandchild took us to Houston to our youngest's house.A trip to Houston from where we live here in La.is about 3 hours.It took us 7 hours to get there and that was before mandatory evacuations were announced.We arrived at 6:10 and all went to bed and didn't get up until 3 that afternoon.Its so hard when you don't feel good my poor husbands feet were so swollen I wound up giving him my Lasix.It helped him.My son-in-law is a chef so next morning we had eggs.sausage biscuits,fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh strawberries and cantaloupe.My daughter would fix my bath water for me and make sure I got in and out safely.Made me feel good that I had raised them right.It just took the wind outt of my sails though I don't travel well anymore and doon't go too far anyway.We were given the okay to come home and made it back in 5 hours and we traveled at night so it was much cooler.I hope the others stay away.WE had a lot of downed tree limbs and were without power for 3 days while we were gone but it was restored the day we got home.Still not good for so many others though here and I hope you'l keep them in your thoughts as they are going through a lot right now.I'm glad to be home and safe though and hope all of you are doing as best as you can.Love and hugs,Mary
  13. Hi all and thanks for the replies.I too am so glad that I was diagnosed at a later age.I was 53 then and its 10 years later so now I'm waiting on medicare.2 years to go yet.Spoke to my daughter and her friend is not handling the news well.She said that she refused to take prednisone if it meant it would make her gain weight.My daughter tried to convince her to please listen to her doctors orders.My daughter also told me she has the mouth sores really bad even under her tongue with the 'chalky stuff'draining from them.That doesn't sound too good.Luckily she was already on pain meds as she also had degenerative disk disease the same thing my daughter had surgery for back in February of this year.She told me that her friend's mother had called and wanted to know everything that she knew about the disease and she told her she could only give her the information from her seeing me for the last 10 years and what I have and still go through.However she did print out some info from a dr who has it and gave it to her to read.(The mother,that is).She wanted to know all in case her and her husband may wind up taking care of her and her little grandaughter as theres no dad in the picture.He's an oncologist and is vacationing in Europe.He told her that what she had was serious-DUH- and they would discuss it when he got home.I'm so grateful for my good husband who has stuck through thick and thin with me-now I'm doing it for him as the dementia is not getting better and I know it won't.So I just continue taking this day by day.Oh sorry I'm blabbing on- Hugs -Mary
  14. Oh wow I jumped in at just the right time! I LOVE to read and when I don't have something to read its like I've lost something. Mysteries are my favorites too, I also love John Grisham James Patterson Tom Clancy so many I can't remember their names. Fortunately my daughter in law has the same tastes I do in reading and brings me BAGS of books, which I devour. Not long ago I sent a bag back to their house with my son and she said "Where does your mom find the time to read all these books? He replied , She doesn't have a 5 year old and a 3 year old anymore to keep her from reading. I can't understand how someone can not like to read! It puts you in places and situations and fun and well you'll all know what I mean. I have lots of books too, in boxes on shelves you name it sometimes I wind up reading them more than once! Of course my siamese cat 'Stinker' knows when I want to read and will promptly curl up on the book! No matter I just ease the book out from under him and read anyway. Should see what he does to the newspaper! Well guess its time I finally go to bed! Mary
  15. Hi everyone I finally went to my doctor appointment for results of cat scan and the news is good. Its just a small nodule just big enough for the chest x-ray to pick up. It hasn't changed and he doesn't feel its anything to worry about.In 3 months we'll do another and see if its still there etc. If it there still another cat scan but he said being I never smoked he's not too worried about it being lung cancer or something like that.So I'm happy and slept good last night. On the down side my daughter called me on her lunch hour and told me that one of her friends had just been diagnosed with scleroderma. She doesn't know the type yet and they've made her friend an appointment with a rheumatologist. She's going to give her my phone number so I can tell her all I know. She has a lot of the same symptoms I had, 'knots'on her legs, loss of hair on head, underarms, legs and lots of joint pain, I forgot to ask her if her skin was shiny or 'tight'. She did tell my daughter that she broke a glass last week as her hand suddenly just 'locked up' on her and the glass just slipped right out of her hand. This is a young woman in her 30's and has a 6 year old daughter who is a friend to my little grandaughter. Like I told my daughter I'm glad mine waited until I was older through raising children,etc,if I need to just stay in bed then I can but a young mother with a 6 year old cannot. So I'll help all I can my daughter told her to stay off the internet because she would get scared of what she saw. I will recommend this site to her when I speak to her. So I hope I can be of help to her. Anyway I hope all of you are doing as good as can be. Hugs and smiles to all, Mary