Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2: 9-14

9And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.


10And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.


11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.


12And this shall be a sign to you; Ye shall find the babe, wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.


13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,


14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Home for Christmas!

My Aunt Mary Hummel, who was 92, died peacefully yesterday afternoon...shortly after helping to sing an old hymn and hearing her granddaughter read the Christmas story to her. My dad's oldest sister was a very special person. She was a pastor's wife for 26 years and together, they also started an insurance business. Her life was about love and humility, always thinking of others. She sent a birthday card to everyone, yes, everyone in our church for years and years...until just this last year as her health declined. She was well known for her pie baking and homemade noodles. She taught me how to make the noodles, as well as homemade angelfood cakes. The top of her Christmas letter to all of her family and friends this year had this quote "In God's dear hands we are sure so safe, no suffering tears or pain, but in His time we'll surely find him waiting over there!" She told her children this would be her last Christmas letter and she closed with one of her favorite verses from Psalm 121:7..."The LORD will keep you from all harm-He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more."


I thought these words from the Steven Curtis Chapman song " Coming Home for Christmas" were fitting for Aunt Mary.

I'm going home for Christmas, and I'm going home to stay
I'm going home for Christmas and nothing's gonna keep me away
I'll be with the ones I love to celebrate the Savior's birth
I'm going home, home for Christmas

As we sing Joy to the World I can't help thinking
Of the joy that's shining in her eyes right now
And though our hearts still acche, we know that as we celebrate
She's singing with the herald angels and heaven's glowing on her face

She's home for Christmas and nothing could've kept her away
She'll be face to face with Jesus, as we celebrate His birth
And this gift will be worth more to her than anything on earth
She's home, she's home for Christmas
She is home
She's home for Christmas

Farewell, Mary...you will be missed! Enjoy your first Christmas with Jesus!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Easy Caramels

Don't you just want to take a bite? I've made two, yes two batches of these...they are so good! As well as very easy. It does take awhile to wrap them, or I guess you could just let them in the pan and keep cutting out bites. Which I did for awhile, then sat down and cut and wrapped. With my first batch, I did dip a few squares in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. Here's the recipe, in case you need to whip up one last goodie these last few days before Christmas. I'm sure Paula Deen and Pioneer Woman would approve of this recipe's rich ingredients!

Caramels

1 C light Karo
2 and 1/4 C packed brown sugar
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 C butter
dash salt
1 t. vanilla
buttered 9x9 pan

Melt the butter over med/low heat in a medium size saucepan. Add brown sugar, salt and Karo and mix well. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir again until it's mixed in. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Keeping it at a fairly rolling boil, set your timer for 12 minutes, and keep stirring...don't let up the whole time. Talk to someone on the phone to pass the time or listen to Christmas music. No need for a candy thermometer. When the timer goes off, hang up the phone, add the vanilla and pour the delicious golden goodness into the buttered pan. Lick out the pan and spoon. Then let it cool for several hours. Cut in small squares or rectanges. Dip in melted chocolate or wrap in wax paper squares. I hadn't made caramels in several years, and these came out pretty much the perfect consistency both times.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sweet little Christmas treats




I made these yesterday, they are so easy! You put a rolo candy on each small pretzel, put it in a 350 degree oven for 2 minutes. Take them out, move them to a sheet of wax paper and push an m&m in it right away. Let them cool. Salty and sweet. Quick, easy, cute and really yummy!




Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dear Santa

Kayden asked for a piece of paper and said he wanted to write a letter to Santa. So he got a piece of paper and a marker. He sat at the table and wrote a letter t on the paper. Then he announced, "Here's my letter to Santa!" This kid cracks me up!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lucky Me!

I won another giveaway, this time from Hoosier Homemade! This time I won a pair of Crocs!! I could pick out any Crocs I wanted off their website, except the new You line. I had to decide that evening and quickly selected these, called Surrey. They look brown in the picture I took, but they are actually black. I needed some black shoes for winter. I was a little worried about the size because Crocs tend to vary by shoe...but they came this week and they fit perfectly. They are made with a suede-ish looking material on them and are warm inside. I wore them today for the first time and love love them! I also got my Kitchen Aid blender that I won a few weeks ago. So much fun! I'm so amazed that I won two great things so close together. I'll probably never win anything again, but this was sure exciting!

T cells

On Tuesday I had double appointments again...CF appointment was first. My pft's have stayed fairly stable over the last several months at around 45-47% (FEV1) and they confirmed that I can stay off the yucky antibiotics that were making me nauseous. They did do another culture, so I'm hoping it's gonna still be negative for bugs. I usually do have aspergillus, that's a given. Then to the next visit at the immunologist. First of all, she so doesn't look like a doctor, sooo young and pretty and in a sweater and short skirt, nice legs... These doctors just all seem so YOUNG!! Anyways, she had done blood work on me two weeks ago to check IGg levels and other stuff that I didn't really pay much attention to at the time, I was just trying not to throw up! But this time I was rational and ready to listen. My IGg levels, which are the B cells and the defense in your immune system came back fairly normal, a little low in one area, but not terribly low. BUT then she showed me the T cell results, of which I had no clue what T cells are. I made her explain it about 4 times. They are like the second line of defense in the immune system and my numbers were really low in 3 areas. She said she wasn't expecting this at all, usually this is seen in an HIV patient, which I am not. So she is puzzled and is going to consult with more doctors. Once again, I'm a puzzle...story of my life!! She put me right on Bactrim DS indefinately. She mentioned some more treatments I might need to do, but for now, just the Bactrim. She sent me to the lab to do a bunch more bloodwork to check how the T cells are working together, or if they are or something like that. She also had a test run for APBA, which stands for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. I've been busy looking up all this stuff about T cells, etc. But I think I'll let this cute young doctor try to figure it all out...and hopefully she will! I go back in a few weeks. And so now I'm just going to concentrate on Christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm back...

Finally, a new post! I have been either sick, or tired, or gone...mostly sick! I had been on three antibiotics for about 6 weeks and I had such nausea a lot of the time. Two of them were to treat the two bugs I had and the other was added for a lung flare up. I tried zofran for the nausea, didn't help much. Then phenergan did help, but I had to go off of it for a few days before the new immunologist visit I had two weeks ago. That was a miserable day! I had a cf visit and then the immunologist visit, both in the same building. I had to do bloodwork, have x-rays and I kept throwing up in between things...really an awful day. I did go back on phenergan again after that and it helped, but the culture I did that day turned out to be negative for the bugs, so they decided to let me go off the meds early. Great news to me! So I've been off them for almost a week now and it's been SO nice to feel good again! I'm off and running again! Yeah well, maybe not running...at least back in action and it feels so good! I'll blog more tomorrow about my two doctor visits I had yesterday (CF and immunologist). And also I had a fun little adventure last weekend...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful!



Today I am so very thankful for the family God has given me! I am so thankful for their love and support. I am thankful to be feeling better today and can spend some time with them. I am blessed! Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Alphabet Song




Here is Kayden's version of the alphabet song...

Kayden singing:


"A B C D E F G


H I J K


I'm a little P


Q R S T U V


W X Y and Z!"

Monday, November 15, 2010

Look what I won!

We got back home from our girl week in Florida late Saturday night. While we were there I could pick up internet access, although my laptop isn't behaving properly...it just shuts off when it feels like it. Anyways, on Friday, it was cooperating and I was checking out some blogs that I follow. I saw on The Coupon Goddess blog that there was a Yoplait Winner and it was Marcia M. from OH!! I couldn't believe it. I have entered different contests from time to time, but of course I never win. I couldn't remember what the Yoplait smoothie contest was even for, I thought probably some coupons for free smoothies?...so I went back and looked at the contest page which was posted on Nov 4. So here's what I won....









Some coupons for these Yoplait frozen smoothies and a Kitchen Aid blender!! I should get it sometime this week...it made my day! Thank you Coupon Goddess!!





Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Finally...

hey, I'm feeling better! I've had several bad days over the past two weeks. I thought I was getting better, then I got a sore throat. Plus I was feeling nauseous from the antibiotics I was on. It was a pain! I don't enjoy throwing up...Anyways, now I'm on Zofran for the nausea, the throat is better, lungs feeling better and life is looking up again...YAY!!! And just in time too! I had plans to go with two girl friends to Florida for a week of relaxing girl time. A few days ago, I couldn't imagine going because I felt so yucky...but now it's feeling doable and exciting. We are leaving Sat. morning. IF my laptop works (been having some issues), I might post some of our escapades from Florida...

Changing the subject...a young couple from our church (Lydia and Kirby) just had a baby boy yesterday, he was 7 weeks early. He had some breathing problems and today he went to be with Jesus. They have two little girls. I just feel so sad for them, it's been on my mind all day. Please say a prayer for them, even though most of you reading this don't know them. Thanks!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!


This week I tried carving a jack-o-lantern.


Mickey was not so sure about it...


but the boys thought it was cool.


These two cute little firemen came trick or treating
yesterday. Perrin does not enjoy taking pictures.
If you look closely, you will see a rather ornery
look on his face...


It was his first time doing the trick or treat thing.



Of course they were carrying bags for treats.
Kayden yelled "trick or treat" and was into the whole
thing...Perrin said "just put it in the bag."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bugs

Mucinex Pictures, Images and Photos


The CF center called me a few days ago to let me know that two new bugs have set up residence in my lungs. I've never cultured these particular bugs before. They are Stenotrophomonas Maltiphilia and Alcaligenes Faecalis. Try saying those names three times really fast! Seriously, who names these things?? The steno malt is the more worrisome one I guess. I've been put on two different antibiotics. which I will take twice a day for three months to try to eradicate them. I have been feeling yucky this week...low grade fevers, short of breath, more coughing, no energy. It may or may not be caused by the bugs, probably is just a normal typical flare up...but this hasn't been a great week for me. I'm guessing that IV's might not be too far away in my future. Hopefully the antibiotics will help me feel better. And hoping to get rid of the bugs before they start a real party in there!!! Go away...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You Go Girl!!!

Meet my good friend Audrey...a cancer survivor!! She has been back to teaching and is doing very well. Her husband had a stroke two years ago and is also doing well, they are quite a team!! You guys are awesome!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Apple Dumplings





One of my favorite desserts in the fall is apple dumplings. They are filling, fattening, yummy but you know, at least some fruit is involved! I love them fresh and hot, either plain, or with ice cream. Some people like it with milk. My friend Marcia over here has asked for this recipe, so here it is.

Apple Dumplings:

I used Gala apples this time, but won't again, because they took for.ev.er for the apples inside to get soft. I'm going to stick to golden delicious from now on. I do not enjoy biting into an apple that is not cooked when it's supposed to be soft, just sayin. Golden delicious are bigger than Gala, so you can use just half an apple per dumpling.

For the dough:
2 C all purpose flour

2 and 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2/3 C Crisco butter shortening

1/2 C milk

Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the shortening like you would pie crust and mix until crumbly. Stir in the milk with a fork until moistened. Press into a ball. Roll out dough on floured surface into approx. a 12x18 rectangle. Cut into 6 squares.

Pare and core the apples. Lay one apple, cored side up on a square. Fill center with cinnamon sugar. Top with a small pat of butter. If the apple is small, put the other half on top. Dampen the edges of the dough with water and fold around the appple until it's all covered. Pinch edges all together. Put the pinched edges down in the pan. Repeat and put apples in square baking pan. Sprinkle small amount of cinnamon sugar over top and bake at 375 for 35-40 min.

Sauce:
2 C brown sugar

3 C water

1 t. cinnamon

1/4 C clear jel

4T. butter

Whisk the clear jel and cinnamon into the brown sugar until mixed, then add the water and butter. Cook on stove until slightly thickened. Remove from heat while apples are baking. I like my apple dumpling dough to be a little crispy, so I pour the sauce over the apples right AFTER the come out of the oven. It does take a little time to make these, but it's fun and they are so good and just taste like FALL to me! OK, now I'm hungry...

Monday, October 11, 2010

10-10-10

I was going to post last night, but my computer was down. Yesterday was 10-10-10, kind of cool... but extra cool because it was my birthday! Yup, I made it through another year! Each year is a gift and I feel very blessed to even be here and be as healthy as I am! It was an Indian summer kind of weekend and my hubby took me on a getaway weekend to Columbus. The drive was beautiful with all the leaves changing color and it was so beautifully warm. We hotwired a really nice hotel for $52. We ate at The Cheesecake Factory at Polaris and we went to Penzeys, my very favorite spice place. I bought the mini baking set on sale and stocked up on a few other spices I love. We saw the movie This is My Life, which is definately not my hubby's kind of movie (chick flick), but he pretended to like it. We got home in time to go to my dad's place for supper, our family usually does a carry in on Sun. evenings. I didn't have to bring anything tonight, which was a nice break...I felt pampered! Ham loaf, cheesy potatoes, broccoli rice, green beans and birthday cake. On a side note...I ALMOST got to have my favorite Mud Valley ice cream cake. My dad was designated to get that, and I'll leave you guessing as to what happened, since we said we wouldn't tell anyone!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's getting a bit complicated...

First of all, we've been in Florida on vacation for a couple of weeks. Nothing like sleeping in, reading books, watching movies, napping, swimming, sitting by the pool, eating seafood and Sweet Berries ice cream, walking on the beach and watching the sunset. It soothes the soul!! Pictures may follow. It was hot, 85-90 degrees, nice. When we got home, it was quite a change...50 degrees. So we are still trying to adjust to instant Fall!! I do love Fall time, it was just such a sudden change.

Now on to the it's getting complicated part. I had a couple of calls on our message machine when we got back that were from the CF center. It was about a blood test that I'd had done about a month ago. I called back and they said my IgG levels were low, but since I had an appointment coming up on Friday (yesterday) they'd discuss it then. So yesterday Dr. M explained that a low IgG level can also cause lung, ear and sinus infections and that usually CF people have higher than normal IgG levels to fight off their CF infections, not lower. I immediately thought she was going to say I DON'T have CF, because it sounded like it wasn't a CF thing. (But then there are those 2 CF genes I have). But she said she thinks I might be fighting TWO diseases, CF and an immune deficiency. So she wants me to see someone who works with immunology. Now I'm not completely clueless about IgG levels, since one of my other doctors discovered this low level years ago and I got monthly IV gammaglobulin treatments for several years. But I have very small veins and finally they were kinda shot and I didn't feel like it was helping enough to keep doing it and I just plain needed a break. So I stopped. I did have the treatments again for about 6 months a few years ago. Dr. M also said that for a "normal" person my levels wouldn't be terribly low, but for a CF person, it would be considered very low. She talked to the Dr. she wants me to see and that Dr. is also working with a couple of other CF patients who have do have low IgG. So I'm being referred to her and will probably have to have a whole new thorough work up. Do any of you readers with CF have low IgG levels??? Just wondering. And so goes my exciting life!!! So we'll see what happens next...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My two favorite littles






I do so love these littles!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Soaping!

I figured out how to make soap! Early this summer I had bought some homemade goats milk soap when we were in PA. I loved how it made my skin feel. Warren said why don't you try to make some? Hmmm...I had no clue, but I like to try new things, so I researched online, got several books at the library, read through them and also talked with someone who makes soap. I used what is called the cold process method. I used these oils...olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil. You need a good recipe and a digital kitchen scale. You have to measure out all the oils, lye and water very precisely. I was a little scared of the lye (sodium hydroxide) because of my lungs, but I was very careful not to inhale any fumes. I poured the lye granules into the water(measured in a pitcher) outside and I had on a mask and goggles. I stood as far away as I could while I poured and stirred it and then went inside. The lye makes the water very hot, so you need to wait for it to cool down. While that was cooling, I melted the oils with a little bit of beeswax to help make a hard bar, the olive oil was added last since it doesn't need to melt.





The oils are melting while the lye and water are cooling.



When the lye and water mixture and the oils are both at around 100 degrees, I added the lye part to the oils. There were no fumes at all by the time I brought the lye/water inside. I started stirring for a bit, then used an immersion blender. You have to blend, then stop, blend and stop, or the blender gets too hot. It probably takes about 15 minutes of blending till it starts to get thicker.




This is how it looks when you start blending...




...and this is how it looks after about 15 minutes. Sort of pudding like. It's getting to the stage that is called "trace".





Note the goggle get up, gloves and long sleeves. See, I was being VERY very careful!



Now for the fun part. I added some honey, some lavendar essential oil and some ground up oatmeal.



I poured into two plastic velveeta storage containers that I got at Save and Serve thrift shop for 25 cents each. They are lined with parchment paper and sprayed with Pam. I laid saran wrap on top of the soap, put on the lids and then wrapped them in towels for 24 hours, because it has to cool slowly.



After 24 hours, I put my gloves back on, took the "logs" out of the mold and cut them, it sliced kind of like cheese. Then the hardest part, waiting a whole month for them to cure or saponify. The lye and oils react together and turn into SOAP! Ta da...lavendar honey oatmeal soap.


These bars looks really big and well, they really are. The recipe made eight large square bars. See the little oatmeal flecks in them?? They are about ready to use now, it's been 4 weeks. I've been using the small end pieces that I cut off and it works really nice. Kind of a feeling of satisfaction to know I made it! I made my second batch last week. Stephanie helped me. This batch we tried goats milk soap...yes, we used the goats milk from the goats I milked. It's a little trickier because the milk has to be slushy frozen so the lye doesn't curdle it because it gets so hot. Stephanie did the lye part and the blender mixing. She thought it was great fun! I now have 16 nice size bars of soap. Now she found a recipe for chocolate soap and wants to try that next. And on Dr. Oz this morning, there was a lady on who had made soap using breast milk. Oh, the possibilities!!! But we decided we'll probably stick to the goats milk...










Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A message for our friend Keetha

HI KEETHA!! JoEllen and I just wanted to say hi and we hope you can sell your house soon and we think you should stop in Amish country to visit us on your way to Wisconsin...just sayin...you know you want to! Good luck with the move!!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hot and a hot bargain!

It's been soooooooo hot and humid lately!! It's hard to BREATHE!! I've been feeling really draggy lately, maybe the weather is part of it. My chest wasn't feeling too good the first week of August, so I was put on a pretty good dose of Cipro for 3 weeks. It has helped, but I've been so tired and starting today, they added a burst of prednisone. I hope that kicks in and perks me up a little. Plus I've been trying to do an extra treatment time, which makes 3 a day. My daughter will be starting back to teaching next week, so we had planned a weekend away, I need to have a little energy! We are going to visit Gettysburg, leaving tomorrow at noon. My sister and one of her daughters are also going, so should be fun.

This next picture is from a couponing adventure I had at CVS last week. I was so nervous because Stephanie (DIL coupon queen) wasn't along to help me. My first transaction I was supposed to use my previous 4.99 extra bucks, but I forgot (nervous, remember). The 3 things I bought were supposed to only cost like 99c but instead it was $6 something. Then I realized! So, I tried not to panic. Well, I can use them for the next transaction, right??? Next I ruffled through my coupons to make sure I had everything for the next, somehow a couple were lost. More sweating. OK. I told the clerk I'm new at this and pretty much don't know what I'm doing and she was very kind and helpful. And when I walked out the door, my sweating had stopped, my brain felt tired, but I was so PROUD of my bag of savings!!! My sister was with me trying to get deals too and it seemed like we were in there for HOURS!! I'm slowly figuring at least the CVS stuff out, but I know I'll never be a coupon queen, that's for sure.
So here was my best transaction that day, I did 3.

I got Bounty paper towels
Charmin toilet paper
1 Crest
1 Colgate (hubby took)
2 Dawn
1 Downy
1 pack of Duracell batteries, (which hubby grabbed right away)
Total was $8.93
plus 5 extra bucks for the next time
After 2 days of me admiring it on our table, hubby made me put it all away...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Some firsts

Since this is one of the first times I've really updated my blog this month, I thought I'd blog about a few "firsts" I've done recently. OK, so here are some pictures of me milking (or attempting) to milk a goat for the first time. Why, you ask??? Well, I bought some goat's milk soap earlier in the summer and I LOVE it. I'm the type of person that when I like something, I tend to think I can make it. So I decided the first thing to do would be to milk some goats. I looked it up on you tube and it looked ever so easy. However, ummm, it wasn't! Thank you Inga, for letting me try this, it was kinda fun and now I can say I did it! We didn't get too much, only 3/4 cup. It has been in the freezer. I've since been researching soapmaking on the internet and I got a couple of books at the library. Also talked to a friend of Jeremy's who is a soapmaker. I'm collecting the equipment and supplies needed and hopefully can try it soon. You'll hear about it when I do! I learned some new words like saponification and trace...



Those back legs were just in the way and tended to kick!
What an experience! I will probably make my first batch of soap with water because the goat's milk makes it a little more tricky. But it is waiting for me in the freezer!

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I had my first couponing 101 experience, compliments of Stephanie! She, Tiffany, Mary Beth, Lindsay, Katelyn and I went to Columbus last weekend. We watched Kate play a college league game and the rest of the time we relaxed or shopped. Steph gave Mary Beth and I our first lesson in couponing the way she does. She gets things so cheap, lot of it is free. We went to a CVS, signed up, then she showed us how to use ECB's and how to do transactions. I'm still processing and I'm feeling like I had no clue what I did. But I got shampoo and a shaver really cheap in 2 transactions. Steph will probably have to go along to help me for awhile!!


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I helped my friend Gail with her son's wedding reception! They had gotten married on the beach in Siesta Key, FLA and had their reception here about a month later. We decided on a beach theme. First time I ever helped with a wedding beach theme. You can see beach towels on the chairs at the family table. The tables were decorated with candle tins, shells, and colored glass pebbles. It turned out cute! We played some music by the Beach Boys in the backgound.



I made 150 cupcakes and my Ya Ya friends helped me fill them and frost swirls on them. At the last minute we popped them into these cute parchment papers which were already folded. We bought them at Walnut Creek cheese in sleeves of 50. I loved them!!!


We had a candy bar where people could come to the table and fill a box with their choice of candy to take home.


Can you believe I made my first wedding cake...it's good it was small! The most difficult part was getting the layers even. I just put some real flowers on it, didn't look bad!
Have a happy life Scott and Brittany!
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I took Kayden to see his very first fireworks! Perrin doesn't like loud noises, so they stayed home with him. Hopefully next year he can cope! It was loud for Kayden, but it didn't take long until he was just delighted!

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This week was also the first time that I took Kayden to see a movie in a theater. Steph and Jeremy had taken him, but it was the first time I did. We went to see The Bee Movie. And the best part was that it was FREE...for both of us!! I enjoyed having a date with him, he's so entertaining to chat with! And the movie was very good! I have a new appreciation for bees!

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And last but not least...

...we celebrated our 34th anniversary the end of June. I guess that's a first for us too!








Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fairy garden

My other little fairy garden! I didn't make it, I got it at a garage sale! Isn't it cute?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Square peg

I read this article today about cystic fibrosis and I could so identify! I am one of the square pegs of cystic fibrosis, I don't fit the classic form of CF and like Laura, I was diagnosed as an adult. I have one gene that is delta F508 (very common in CF) and the other one is so rare, there are only about 20 other people that have been identified with it by Ambry genetics. Even though I have gotten sick with pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus infections ever since I was a baby, I know I'm very fortunate! I think the more they find out about CF, the more complicated they are finding it to be. The geneticist at my clinic is trying to find out more information on those other people with my same gene to follow them. Some are pancreatic insufficient, some are sufficient like me. They have found that there are other things that factor into it, like where on the CFTR gene your mutation is, and some things are just still a mystery. For example, 2 siblings could have exactly the same two CF gene mutations...one could die in childhood, the other one could live well into adulthood. It's just too complicated for my little brain, but I also find it very interesting! All I know is that like Laura in the article (and I've been in touch with her by email), I'm doing sooooo much better since I've been on all the CF medicines, nebs, inhalers, vest, etc. My PFT's (lung function) have stayed at 50% since my last IV's. It takes time and effort, but it's so worth it!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer dessert time!

I have 9 strawberry plants in my garden and they have really been producing the berries! I've been picking strawberries, or "strawbs" (as Kayden and I say) for a few weeks. We've eaten a lot plain and I've made several strawberry desserts...

Strawberry delight.

Strawberry cookie pizza.
I've made 2 of them.

and of course strawberry pie! I've made at least 5 of these.
I guess it's good strawberry season is about over, however, my blueberries are beginning to ripen and these desserts would all be great with bluebs too!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Graduation, tornado and vacation

My niece Katelyn graduated from high school two weeks ago.

Katelyn and my dad after graduation.

Her grad party was last Saturday. They had a small tent set up at their house, but wouldn't you know it...it was a rainy, stormy day! They couldn't set up and put table cloths on or balloons until right before it started. Actually, it cleared up enough and was OK during the party, from 4-7. However, a tornado went through here a little before 3. I had been doing my nebs and vest and therefore was oblivious to what was happening with the weather. Hubby was taking a nap and we hadn't been watching TV. The siren went off in town but I never heard it because of the treatment noise. As I was finishing up, I realized that I had to pick up 2 prescriptions before they closed at 3:00. So I hurried to the car and as I was driving out, I thought it looked really dark and thought I'd better hurry, it's going to REALLY storm...poor Mary Beth and her party! Just as I was turning onto the road where my brother lives, the siren went again and there was the loudest noise and wind and a large tree snapped and fell RIGHT BESIDE ME!! It fell the opposite way or it would've fallen on my car! I quickly drove to my brother's house, dodging branches which were flying all over the place. Then the rain started. I didn't know if I should run in the house or stay in the car. But suddenly the wind quieted. I have never experienced anything like this...I went right back home, forget the prescriptions! Hubby had woke up from the loud wind. There was no damage at our house except some shingles were blown off and part of our potting shed porch roof taken off. We had some very hard rain, which washed out a lot of topsoil and mulch in our back retaining wall. We couldn't do anything about it though, as we were leaving the next day for Pennsylvania, as Warren had a weeks vacation.
Here are some pictures of the tree that I saw go down. It doesn't look that big, but it was pretty good sized.



The next morning we left for PA. We were meeting some friends from VA and we had reservations to see the musical "Joseph" at Sight and Sound theater in Lancaster on Tuesday. We also met three other college friends that we hadn't seen in years. It was so good to see them! We had dessert and fellowship and took lots of pictures!

Me, Diane, Carol, Janie and Marilyn.

Ready to see the show.

The show was incredible, I highly recommend it! It portrayed the story in a very emotional way, focusing on forgiveness. I think we all had tears in our eyes at the end!
We left late Wed. morning, stopping at Hershey to tour Chocolate World. It smelled so good!! Of course we bought some chocolate! We got home at about 7:30 that evening.

Kayden went to Bible school this week. I picked him up Thurs. and Fri. and brought him here. He just learned how to pedal and was so proud! We have spent the last couple of days just cleaning up the dirt and mulch that washed onto the patio.


The end of a very eventful week!