One of My Favorite Memories

One of My Favorite Memories
My daughter,Amy...My husband,Craig & Me in Boston

I "HEART" YOU!!!!!!!

I "HEART" YOU!!!!!!!
"Don't Waste Time hating those who hate you! Instead Spend Time loving Those Who Love You!

Please Be Gentle

Please Be Gentle
I Have RSD/CRPS..Please Be Gentle..

OH The Magic And The Memories

OH The Magic And The Memories
I Love My Family So Much!

My Forever Love

My Forever Love
My Prince Finally Came!!!!

OMG!

OMG!
Oh My Goodness!!! Look At That!

We Are All Together

We Are All Together
Now...Life Is Good Again!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Christmas "Present".....

MY best pressie ever...from my Amy! I love it so much!!!

another of my most treasured gifts from Amy "ifinity" necklace
amy with her "Librarian" mug...

Amy loves her "OWL" hat!

Craig's playing with his flashlight!
after Santa Came...it looks so "magical"...
My Family...on Christmas Eve!!
Hello Luvs, 
Well another Christmas has come and gone and this one really had its ups and downs! On Christmas Eve, I fell getting out of the car in our garage after we'd finished with church, dinner and looking at  Christmas lights while driving around a bit! I was getting out of the car when suddenly I fell backwards onto the cement garage floor! I hurt my back badly and hit my head in the back onto the cement floor also! I hurt all over and it just wasn't much fun. But I had to play it down a bit by biting my tongue and trying so so very hard not to cry too much. I mean, we were headed inside to watch Christmas movies and make cocoa and have "s'mores"!! I had to be "OK"!!
  Soooo I got up and went into the house and said I was sort of "ok". We did our Christmas eve and it was a very nice evening of fun and cocoa and "s'mores" and Christmas movies, just the 3 of us. We went to church and dinner in the afternoon also and it was so nice!
  Then Christmas morning after I hadn't slept much at all, I woke up nauseated and sick to my stomach. Needless to say, I was in the bathroom most of the morning and vomiting and very sick. Later, I found out that I did indeed have a concussion from that fall on the garage floor the night before, on Christmas eve!! We lay low on Christmas day and didn't even start opening our gifts until about noon! But all in all it turned out just fine after that as I was getting better throughout the day! 
  We'd planned on having an "all day PJ's day" for Christmas this year anyways, so it worked out OK!  Once I stopped vomiting and was feeling better, except for the pain or the "extra pain" from that fall! But we exchanged gifts and opened our "Santa Claus" pressies and had a great time in the afternoon and night time! We had a wonderful dinner of pork roast and baked potatoes with the "works"! We had apple and pumpkin pies and rolls and I made my famous holiday Ambrosia salad (my mom's secret and great recipe!) and Craig made his "famous Waldorf salad" for Christmas! It was yummy and though I couldn't eat alot of it, I did get my fill of those yummy fruit salads and the baked potato was great too!
Craig and Amy...or..Amy and her Dad!
Momma and Amy!
the magical Christmas tree
   All in all it was a really nice Christmas. I got some of the nicest gifts I've ever gotten this year and spent my time with the people who I love most in all the world and who love me too!! Merry Christmas to all and a Blessed New Year for 2012 to you!!


Amy and her Dad!
me and my hubby!!!
Amy with her new "toy" ...a single 20oz blender for her "smoothies"...

A new book for Craig..from Amy!

MY "IHOME" Iphone4 dock and player stereo!

part of my Vera Bradley purse!

another of my favorite pressies from Amy
Our beautiful Tree!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Love Our "MOTHER/DAUGHTER" Time Together!!!


 
 
Happy Holidays Everyone!! Merry Christmas My Luvs!!  I hope everyone will have a safe and wonderful Holiday season. I had a wonderful time the other day just spending time with Amy. She and I made some chocolate coated Potato Chips and Craig even helped a bit...(well he helped to eat them!! LOL)... Then just this past Tuesday Amy and I went to the mall together!
   We had a wonderful Lunch at one of our favorite all time "hangouts" for lunch at "Macy's". I've taken my girls there since they were so very small. We love the Mandarin Salad or the Maurice..either is just as good as the other! 
    We shopped til I dropped and as bad as my body and feet hurt....I still had a wonderful time just being with her and next to her laughing and giggling like a young girl again! She's the funniest girl, so cute whenever I give her a hug or kiss or something, she says "mom you look so young that people will think I'm strange so that's why I always say "MOM"...this or "MOM"...that...!!! LOL....so cute ...I was wondering why she was repeating "Mom, I love you"..."Hey Mom...I really am having fun today"..."Hey Mom look at this!"....LOL... 
   We got a lot of fun shopping done and a few little things finished for Christmas.  Most of all we just spent the day together and enjoyed each other's company.
   One little bit of sadness that occurred was when we ran into my mother's sister, my Aunt Margaret. It was so sad because she used to be my favorite Aunt. She stuffed my pockets with Frito's and brownies and any food items that would fit. Somehow I think she must have known that I wasn't allowed to eat much at my own house?!! But today, she speaks badly of me and has been playing a part in helping to turn my oldest daughter against me/us. She's stuck by my "sick/abusive/toxic" family and doesn't know anything about the truth in these matters. I hope one day she will realize that she's wrong and that she will somehow apologize to me for all that she's done to hurt and re-injure my relationship with my oldest. 
   Amy and I ran into her at the mall. I almost walked right into her but saw her and said quickly to Amy "Amy...Amy..this way!!!"..She didn't know what I was talking about but once she did, she scampered over towards me and we started pretending to look at men's flannel shirts in "Eddie Bauer" store! It's a sad day when you do that to your Aunt because the past several times I've come to her and tried to hug her and be kind, she has been very rude and mean/nasty towards me. Then I found out she was having lunch with my eldest and that she's been playing a role in turning her against me. That doesn't make me want to be warm and fuzzy with her. 
    But...then a little while later when Amy and I were eating lunch, she sat down right across a 1/2 wall from the restaurant we were eating at! She looked as though she was checking off a Christmas list or something like that! Then we started walking out after she left that area and I was laughing and telling Amy to look at some fuzzy slippers at the "Hallmark store" and Amy says to me..MOM...MOM!!! Walk this way....!!! I didn't have a clue why she would say that until I looked and once more saw my Aunt Margaret sitting on a bench right outside of the "Parisian" store!  

the Mall
    Well, we got a Godiva Chocolate slushy drink which was "to die for"!!! Then we headed home to dinner with our Craig! He always puts a smile on our face and we still had a wonderful day together shopping for Christmas gifts and laughing and taking pictures of each other doing fun and/or silly things! Here are a few of the pictures that we took !!! Have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!

OUR Yummy Chocolate Slush!!
YUMMMMM!!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Invisible No More

Hello Luvs, 
I am very excited to share with you that I got word today that the people at "Invisible No More" TV have chosen my video to be a "feature video" for their channel ( please visit their channel at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/invisiblenomoretv?blend=8&ob=5). It's a channel to get the "word" out about Chronic Pain and invisible disabilities. It's about "Looking Fine and Healthy on the outside but having chronic pain & invisible disabilities on the inside. Here is a slightly longer yet similar version of the video that they chose. They told me that they did choose my video in hopes that it will help others persevere and overcome their invisible disabilities! This is a  7 minute video:
Please visit their website to see all of the featured videos and including mine soon...go to : http://www.youtube.com/user/invisiblenomoretv?blend=8&ob=5
 Thank you for watching..Suzanne ***PS..please check back and I'll be sending you the complete link to their website and my featured video at their channel!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Little Matilda...Our African Grey Parrot....


Matilda when she was a little baby birdie~~

Matilda when she was still at the breeder's, a little baby birdie~~


 

The Day of the "Re-homing" Event..Amy on left and Matilda had stepped up on Taylor


Tilly still at the Breeders...spreading her wings already!!
OUR Tilly.....
Matilda...Tilly....Boo Boo....We LOVE YOU!


Hi Luvs!!
This is just a re-cap of the "re-homing" event of a few weeks ago...or ...no....only one week and a half ago..! Wow...time goes by so slow when you miss someone that you love so much. We've been in contact with Taylor, "Our Tilly's" new mommy. Now her "Tilly"/"Boo Boo" ..and she is very happy. She has been chattering back and forth with Averi, their other African Grey! I am going to try and post some pics and the video she posted today of Tilly talking up a storm this morning at their home. 
  Tilly also has a new "night time" cage in a bi level cage with Averi on top and her on bottom. They are separate but can hear and talk to each other...This "night" cage is supposed to be in a quiet room so they can get better sleep. This family has 5 dogs so they do need their rest listening to all of that , I'm sure ha ha...But Tilly seems very happy and we are so so very glad for her. I wish we could have somehow made it work, because Amy and I have cried every day that Tilly's been gone. The house is so empty without her talking and chattering. Especially when no one else is home, she kept me company; as I am in pain 24/7 and she was my comfort during the day when everyone was gone. I wanted to keep her so badly. I cannot take care of the huge cage and the huge bird all by myself and Amy tried but with graduate school and 3 jobs it just isn't fair and wasn't fair to Tilly...Thank you for enjoying this re-homing "event" story...I thought you'd like the update! bye for now..see you soon...suzanne
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This is "Taylor" and she is the one who came to take "Tilly" to Her house in Indiana! It Was truly "love at first sight"....Tilly Loved her Amy & then she also was infatuated with the other bird, Averi. She felt comfortable because she saw another like herself, I believe...Then she stepped up on Taylor like they'd known each other all of their lives...a very happy new beginning for Matilda...while a bittersweet ending for us....We love you Tilly!!! I think of you every day and so does your first "Mommy/Amy"...She still cries and is sad because she misses you...but she is happy that you are so happy and that you will never be lonely because you also now have "Averi" !!!



 "Now Taylor's Tilly...."
Some Early Pictures of Amy and Matilda From Dec '10
"LOVE"

Amy holding Tilly at the breeders....for a visit...she was too young to come home

Amy and Matilda when she first came home with us......

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