Day 68-My Life In Photos Week-Wrapup

Tonight’s post is coming to you live from the patio where it is a comfortable 64 degrees-if you have jeans and boots on that is! And to think I left the house in shorts this morning! We will be back to 80’s next week!

It has been a busy, emotional week for me, my life always has plenty of drama, excitement and sometimes sad and whistful moments. While perusing pics to wrap up this week of my life in photos, I have some of friends, some of family, some that might cause more drama if seen by the right people, and yet, they are meaningful to me and, in some cases, all I have to remember them by. I do hope you enjoy.

The first one I’m sharing is from before I starting eating the Paleo way, with my bro at HIS 50th birthday celebration.

My brother Kevin and I in 2014
My brother Kevin and I in 2014

The next two are of two of my granddaughters I no longer get to see, however, miss like the devil. I hate that my boys ended up in the situations that they did, but as they say, it is what it is. Maybe, someday, they will be re-united and back in our lives.

Brilee, my youngest son's daughter, in a stolen photo from a friend.
Brilee, my youngest son’s daughter, in a stolen photo from a friend.

By shear luck, my son’s current girlfriend has a friend that attended a bbq that also included his daughter and her mother. The friend, knowing the situation, snapped this pic for my son to have and to cherish.

Delaney, my middle son Joshua's daughter. Stolen by me off of Facebook.
Delaney, my middle son Joshua’s daughter. Stolen by me off of Facebook.

Looking at these girls is very emotional still to this day, even though it’s been over 5 years since I’ve seen either child. As you can imagine, it’s a long story in both cases, they are my blood though, and that makes them mine as far as I’m concerned.

The next pic is my sweet parents, long before my mom got sick. It was the one we used at her memorial service.

My Mom Betty and my Dad Gus
My Mom Betty and my Dad Gus

I am not sure if a friend or my brother took this pic, but I love it. They were so happy and truly each other’s best friend.

The next few pics are from some of my long time friends, one I grew up with, one I worked with and developed a long friendship with, one who started out as my next door neighbor and remains a true “bestie”. I have many aquaintences, but very few real friends. These three have stood the test of time.

Julie, my work turned long time friend
Julie, my work turned long time friend
Michelle, the girl next door and part planner extroidinair
Michelle, the girl next door and part planner extroidinair
Kaye, my childhood friend since 2nd grade
Kaye, my childhood friend since 2nd grade

I still see them all at least a few times a year although Michelle lives the closest and therefore spends the most time hanging out with me. They are all special to me in many ways, we are always there for each other.

I have many other people in my life I consider friends, even though we don’t see each other as often. Then, there is family that is so close, you consider them friends as well. The next pic is my sister and brother in law, we hang out all the time together and get together often for family dinners and take vacations together when at all possible.

My Brother-in-law and good friend Bubba
My Brother-in-law and good friend Bubba
My Sister-in-law Connie my crafty friend
My Sister-in-law Connie my crafty friend

These are some of the important people and some of my favorite photos of the last two years. I’ve been inspired to share them and some of their stories, if you want to know more, just ask!

Now I’m off to play pool with my very best friend of all, my wonderful hubby. He has stuck with me through thick and thin for 31 years. We still enjoy each other’s company the most, I hope that never changes!

My hubby Dave, my soulmate and very best friend of all
My hubby Dave, my soulmate and very best friend of all

Of course, you’ve seen my three sons, but if you need a reminder, here they are again. I’ll see you tomorrow, stay safe all you folks in harms way, let’s hope the storm doesn’t pack too big a punch. 🙏

Chris, my baby with his sweetie, Rebecca
Chris, my baby with his sweetie, Rebecca

This was taken two years ago and I’m happy to report, they are back together again after a short break.

Joshua, my middle boy, two years ago and clean faced
Joshua, my middle boy, two years ago and clean faced

Yall recently saw Joshua looking MUCH different. (Sigh)

Sean, my oldest at the bottom right.
Sean, my oldest at the bottom right.

I love this pic of all of us, even though it was a sad day, we found joy spending time with each other. It was two years ago, they have all done some changing in that time, through it all, they are my boys and I love them all.

 

 

 

 

Day 67-My Life in Photos Week-My Transition

The photos I’m showing in this week’s posts are only from the last couple of years because I’m working off my iPad and have limited time. So, since that’s the time frame I’m using, and since I’ve been living the Paleo lifestyle for exactly that long, I thought I’d share my transition through some, at times, extremely candid photos.

Oddly enough, for whatever reason, the first photo is from five years ago, right before my surprise 50th birthday party, lovingly planned by my sweet hubby and my wonderful friend and party planner extroidinair, Michelle. Why it is here on my iPad is a mystery, since all other pics only go back to the spring of 2014. Maybe when I loaded all my old pics to the computer, I saved it for a profile pic or something. Anyway, this is me 5 years ago.

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The next one is a favorite that my friend Julie took while she, my hubby and I were on a quick fishing trip. It’s totally candid and off guard and early in my weight loss journey-the calendar shows summer of 2014, and since I have a terrible memory, I’m going off of that.image

I love it because neither of us had time to fake a smile, these are genuine.

The next one is from just after Christmas the same year, beefing for the camera with my then fuzzy hubby, his brother and girlfriend.

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Maybe it’s because I’m short, maybe I have body image issues, idk, but I feel like I look fat. I was on my way to losing weight, getting healthier and trying to look decent for my upcoming cruise in the spring of 2015.

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These are from said cruise and somehow all the pics just show me from the neck up, lol. Still, you can see I’ve lost some by my face. I had lost 20lbs at that point.

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This one is from earlier this year, while on a girls trip with my old bunch form Sertoma. I obviously was working on the tan, or lack thereof! The last one is from this past summer and while not flattering, shows me at my goal weight, but with a serious need to tone up. I can’t wait until cooler weather so I can hopefully get back to walking and biking. I should have done more swimming this summer, I have a pool, I guess if I’m honest, when I had the time to get in it, I spent more time floating than working out!

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Someday, maybe I’ll be comfortable in my own skin, not sure when that will be since I’m 55 and still uncomfortable looking at these pics, however, I am proud of my weight loss and how much more healthy I have become while living the Paleo lifestyle. My hope is that my seeing what I have accomplished, other people might see how easy it is, and try it themselves.

Any questions can be asked and comments are welcome (but be nice😉). I realize I’m sharing lots of myself this week, inside and out, but what is the topic of this blog? A place we can talk about anything right? Just being honest and open with you guys. Join me tomorrow when (with permission of course) I share some pics of me and my friends.

Goodnight and see you tomorrow-you know where!

Day 65-My Life in Photos Week-Things That Matter

We photograph lots of things-people, places, special moments, pets, stuff we’re proud of, etc.  After the day I’ve had with my dad today, all I can think of is how we also photograph the things that matter in our lives, like relationships. The photos are what we have to look back on when we remember the good times and special occasions in our life.

My dad had a procedure done today that neither of us was prepared for, and while it may seem simple to some, it was traumatic and emotional for me, even though he handled it like a real trooper. The procedure was done to relieve him, but it will take time before he feels the difference, since he has been living with the problem for so long. He had to be catheterized to empty his bladder of the ten times normal amount of urine he’d been walking around with for who knows how long. I stayed in the room to provide emotional support or to give him my hand to squeeze if necessary. So who broke down and cried? Me! Until that moment, I didn’t realize how scared and nervous I was for him, how concerned I was about his health and even how much I love him until I was in that position. He was not concerned about me being a witness to the procedure, I have been in the medical field for 22 years, even though not really a nurse, he was comfortable because I am his daughter and knowledgeable about these things.

Luckily, it went quickly and over 1250  liters of urine was removed, the normal amount after emptying the bladder is 100! He has to wear it for the next three weeks, and I was freaking out about that a little inside, but he did fine with it the rest of the day. There is much more to the story, more tests to be done, and that’s on top of all the other doctors and things he has scheduled in the future. He took it all in stride, meanwhile, I’m an emotional wreck. I don’t know why I’m having this reaction, but it has really driven home the point that we need to value the time we have with our loved ones. Even though he is fine and will be even better soon, the whole situation has left me drained and unable to think straight. I’m sure when it all sinks in (and maybe after a glass of wine), I’ll feel better too!

Hopefully, he won’t mind me sharing this photo with you-three things are rare about this pic. 1. My dad is in the pool. 2. My dad is drinking a beer (he normally drinks wine) 3. I rarely show pics of myself that are less than flattering. The important thing here is its a rare pic of us having fun together so without further ado, here’s the shot.

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Spend quality time with the ones you love, it really is one of the things that matter in this life!

 

Day 22-Vaca Day 3-Trip to Padre Island National Seashore

An early morning thunderstorm woke me up at six am, I went scrambling out to the balcony to retrieve what might get wet, left out from the night before, only to find it not raining.😒 After everyone was up and errands and breakfast finished, we headed off on our adventure, sans my hubby, who opted to play golf. Oh well, to each his own.

We headed out, each with our own quest in mind, Bub wanted to fish, Connie wanted to hunt for shells and I wanted to catch the perfect wave on my boogie board, and maybe find a cool shell or two myself. Or a shark tooth, but also, those fantastic nature shots I love so well, birds, beach and whatever else catches my camera lens-or in this case, my iPhone camera.

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On the ride south to the park, I caught a great shot of some Pelicans taking off from the shoreline.

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The blue water was in much closer today than yesterday and the waves look promising.

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The dunes are beautiful in their own way and we were alert for the presence of sea turtles, but didn’t see any, or their eggs.

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Not a soul on this stretch of beach, of course, we went 25 miles down to Big Shell Beach. Not many beach goers this time of year.

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Plenty of small seashells though and Connie had her pick. She collected a bag but I just picked up a few.

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The shells were polished and smooth from the sea. I like the ones with different patterns and shapes.

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The wind was too much for Bub’s tent cover, it had lived out its life. Luckily, it stayed where it was and provided enough shade to get a break now and then until we left.

Other than that and Bubba busting one of his stitches in his hand, it was an enjoyable trip. Connie and I caught some great waves, even though we couldn’t get out to the best sandbar, the current was way to strong today. Dave also enjoyed his golfing and then we all had dinner at Virginia’s, an ok but overpriced eatery at the marina. Now it’s tim to relax and reflect on the day and get ready for whatever tomorrow has in store. See you tomorrow and pleasant dreams!