Celebrations, A Weekend Wrap-up

Morning everyone and how is your Monday morning so far?

I thought I’d bring you a quick but picture filled wrap up of my busy weekend and let you know where we stand on the fundraising goal of the PKD Walk. Seems I’m in the tale of a comet this morning, everyone’s computers are malfunctioning and I can’t find out the total raised just yet, but at last check, it was close to the $70,000 goal they set.

Some Star Wars stars were there

I walked by myself but the weather was nice, cloudy and windy but not cold. I feel like there were way fewer participants than last year, maybe they thought it was going to rain. Then again, I was five minutes late so I may have missed seeing the bulk of the crowd.

Crossing the finish line

It’s all very anti-climatic, no one there saying, “Woo hoo” or “Way to go” but hey, those of us who walked know we were there. There were speakers and raffles, face painting for the kids and tables filled with info. I pretty much walked, got my t-shirt and said hi to Sally, the walk co-coordinator. Feeling kind of awkward and hungry, I left to go get breakfast.

Me post walk, about to go eat
MMM, breakfast “tacos” from Alvarado’s. I ate one and was full.

After the walk, I went to visit my Dad because he needed some new nutcrackers and because I wanted to spend time with him on his actual birthday. Sunday we were to do family birthday dinner but hey, a girl can spend extra time with Dad right?

My hubby worked 31 hours straight from Friday through Saturday around noon. Poor guy, he was so tired yet couldn’t wind down and fall asleep. I went on to Bunco and left him listening to his music on the patio.

We had a great time and our hostess for October, Starla, really went all out to show us a good time. We were short four players but everything worked out just fine. Check out her wonderful decorations and all the great snacks and food she had for us!

She made this adorable cake
Even her napkins were cute!

I wish I had the time, energy, and fabulous collection of decorations she has, even her front porch was dressed in tasteful, fall/Halloween decor! A great time was had by all of us, even those of us who didn’t win a prize this time. ūüėČ

Sunday was busy in preparation for the birthday dinner. My¬†hubby helped me clean the house, cook, and his¬†brother helped us to place our old rug temporarily in the living room (our furniture is beastly heavy) until we can get a new one. We ate delicious steaks, salad, and my hubby even made Chris’s favorite dessert, banana pudding. We watched the Cowboys defeat the 49ers, played pool, and had a great time visiting with family. Unfortunately, Connie (my sister-in-law) was down in her back so she missed all the fun.

I took some video of the guys opening their gifts and captured a few stills for yall to see.

This one’s my favorite, the birthday boys sharing a laugh over Chris’s card from Dad

I got my dad some pjs, cute boxers, and a bluetooth speaker so he could enjoy his music from anywhere.

Dad opening his speaker and other gifts
Chris and David joking around

I wish I had been thinking and took pictures of everyone, I did get one of Josh sporting his blue hair though!

Josh speaking to Sean, who was out of the shot-sorry.

Bubba was there with Stephen, Claudette was there and had on a lovely Halloween shirt. My brother Kevin was there sporting some new facial hair and I missed the opportunity to share all of this, maybe because I was sampling some delicious Cabernet that Bubba so graciously contributed to the event. Who knows, but a good time was had by all. How was your weekend?

Sorry I have nothing useful this morning other than entertainment value. Maybe that will change later in the week, meantime I’m going to be busy writing and looking for a publication to submit it to. See y’all later and have a fabulous day!!

 

 

Walk For PKD Soon Approaches!

Afternoon everyone, how has your Monday been?

I have been busy with errands, decorating my new coffee bar, and searching for writing jobs but before I did all that, I made my donation to the PKD foundation and I hope you find it in your hearts to do the same.

The Walk for PKD is coming up on the 21st of this month and 100% of each donation funds life-saving PKD research. Find a local walk or donate to help my team at walkforpkd.org.

Last year your support made it possible to fund $2.5 million for research, advance projects involving 5+ potential PKD treatments now in clinical trials, and walk the road with thousands of patients and families in 60 local U.S. Chapters.

I made my donation in honor of my mother, who passed away in 2014 from complications of the disease after 18+ years on dialysis. She was a trooper and followed all of the rules, yet still succumbed to the disease. Some of you may know that I found it in myself when I went to be tested to give her a kidney, which is just one reason why I am such an advocate for fundraising today.

PKD is a fatal disease of the kidneys, short for polycystic kidney disease and affects 600,000 people in the US annually.  Close to half the people diagnosed with PKD will end up with end stage renal disease or will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.  It can affect anyone but research shows females inherit it more than males and Caucasians inherit it more than African-Americans. Also, if you inherit the disease, your child has a fifty percent chance of having it, so they need to be tested at some point as well. Just make sure they have insurance first!

The hope is that once they figure out how the cysts in the kidney form and experiment with drugs that can inhibit or block that formation, ¬†that a cure will be found. Please get yourself tested if this disease runs in your family will you? The sooner you know, the sooner the doctors can monitor your progress, like they do mine. ¬†Thankfully all I have is too many cysts to count, ¬†yet they aren’t so big they interfere with kidney function.

This is what the donation page looks like

To donate in my name, go to support.pdkcure.org and search for my name. I am only $200 away from my goal, so if every one of my generous readers/followers only donated $5…well, you get the picture. I know there are many causes that need our attention this year, it has been a frightful year with all of the natural disasters that have taken place on top of the many people struggling with these and other diseases. Donate where your heart tells you and really, I do understand. Thanks in advance if you choose to donate to PKD. You can also donate in memorial of someone you knew that passed away or someone that is currently struggling with the disease.

 

Tomorrow I will have the MRI of my neck (on an unrelated issue) and I will keep y’all posted on that outcome as well. I’m hoping I can put the surgery off until after the holidays, but we do what we have to do right? Just keep me in your prayers and I will appreciate it. Y’all have a wonderful night, enjoy the cooler weather (if you have it) and I will see you next time on the patio!¬†