2011 In Review

2008 in in regular type, 2009 in BOLD,  2010 thoughts are in Red and 2011 thoughts are in blue.

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. Everyone still has jobs, Trica is enrolled at UND and in three years she will be a Nurse Practitioner.  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. Dr. P is still taking good care of Far Guy..no great discoveries are forthcoming to fight this rare disorder.

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 fiancée. No Grandbabies ( I think the baby years are over).  Deaths we had a few..My Aunt Marie and Far Guys Aunt Esther.  No new grandbabies and no divorces. Deaths we had a few.. Aunt Violet, friends Ardith and Elsie both from Indiana and friend Tammy succumbed to breast cancer. 

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. No new pets and no pet deaths.

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. 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 changes..lifestyle..healthier eating..more exercise. Biggest change this year..being able to see without glasses after my cataract surgery. Biggest change this year was leaving Far Guy and Chance on their own while I went to work at the Museum…they can survive without me!  

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 easy..it 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.. Ditto..Still non smokers..still fat too.

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. The happiest moment this year was finding out that Far Guy made the Emergency Life Flight to Fargo alive and that he had no Heart blockages..he had treatable pericarditis.

It was another year of ups and downs.  We are getting older..we are thankful for healthy grandchildren and the companionship of a great dog!

Our “No Snow “ spell ended yesterday with three inches of snow.  We are expecting some freezing rain today and then more snow and then it is supposed to get windy. Winter must be here.

Chance Dec 30 2011

If you go out tonight..stay safe and use a designated driver..you will have a happier New Year that way!  Us old folks are just staying home:)

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4 Responses to 2011 In Review

  1. David Swanson says:

    I see you have a friend named Ardith. It was my mothers name. Everyone called her Ardy. I rarely , if ever, see this name. She had a twin brother named, of course, Arthur.
    Happy New Year!

    I found these stats on the name:
    Popularity of the name Ardith for Girls
    First Year in the Top 1000: 1914
    Last Year in the Top 1000: 1950
    Average Age: 78.12
    Highest Percentage: 0.017% in 1935
    Best Rank: #487 (in 1935)

  2. Sharron says:

    WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR. I, TOO, QUIT SMOKING JUST OVER 5 YEARS AGO AND IT WAS ONE OF MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS. YES, I GAINED WEIGHT AND MY CHOLESTEROL WENT UP. RATHER THAN TAKE MEDICATION, I TOLD MY DOCTOR I WANTED TO TRY ON MY OWN TO LOWER IT. AND I DID LOWER IT BY 70 POINTS. I CHANGED EATING HABITS AND GAVE UP MOST RED MEAT, ETC. TWO BIG HURDLES, BUT IT CAN BE DONE.

  3. GramMary says:

    These old folks are staying home too. Quit smoking 36 years ago; it was absolutely the hardest thing. Fat, but still here! :) A very happy and healthy new year to you and your family, 4-footed and 2-footed.

  4. Loved the year review! Humorous and serious mixed together…a good description of our daily lives.
    May yours and Farguy’s and Chance’s be a wonderful one in 2011 even with the warts and thorns we have to endure.