Thankful Thursday …

I told myself today I am going to sit here and write a blog !!!! I’m not getting up til I post something. I miss you guys and I’m sorry for not posting all summer, but summer’s are for being outside and enjoying the sun and warm temps. It’s also time to love the storms, what can I say I am a weather geek…

This morning I got up at my usual, 7 am ish and drove the husband to the train, to go to work yadayadayada… I decided I would post today and as we all know life happens, distractions, you know. I was cleaning out a closet and came across some old pics. Hard copies, that you can actually hold an look at. Seriously, on some of them I tried to enlarge them with my fingers like I was viewing them on my phone, but it doesn’t work that way with the old pics from back in the day…sorry I digress. I smiled to think how much our world has changed.

I had a bit of a scare last week that I’ll start out with. I didn’t feel very well and it woke me up early on Labor Day Sunday. I couldn’t feel my hands and that scared me b/c I wasn’t laying on them. I thought I was having a stroke. I jumped out of bed and started doing the, “stroke protocols” that I know b/c I’ve been surrounded by nurses my whole life. The husband just said, “Let’s just go to the Hospital and get you checked out.” His father died when he was very young from a stroke/aneursym.

Out the door we went to the ER. I got checked in and they started the usual triage on me. It was making me a bit nervous. They started an IV and started hooking me up to heart monitor’s. Then the creepiness started to set in. I watched real close to what they were doing. I ask a lot questions b/c that’s what I’ve been taught by all the nurses in my life. The looks on their faces rivaled the faces of a Hollywood movie i.e. think “Independence Day” when they saw the spaceship. I’m like, what are you looking at. Fast forward to them starting another line, i.e. a second IV in my other arm and then moving me to a “B I G G E R R O O M” Me, “I don’t want to go to a bigger room, this one is fine and what is that second IV about. Them, the nurses, “Just in cast we need another line.”

I was not prepared for any of this. I figured it was just a sudden drop in blood sugar and here’s some juice and you’ll be fine. OMG this was not the way it was going. Me again, let’s just forget the whole thing and everything is fine. Can I go now ??? Two IV’s, all kinds of heart monitor leads, ECG, x-ray machines…WT..you know the last letter. Drawing blood, chest X-rays and then the emergency room doctor was sitting by my bed taking my pulse, watching the monitor, and he has that look on his face that everyone knows not a good look. He gets up and leaves. Me and the husband have been in hospitals enough to know this is not going in a the direction that we are hoping it would go too. I told the husband to call our RN Daughter (our personal nurse) and get her here.

One phone call and she was there … Fast. I realized when she got there she’s me, only younger. She had 2 bags (1 was a purse), starbucks and an extra drink in her thermal cup, just in case for later. I smiled 🙂 …

Scarlet’s in the Emergency Room !!!

Scarlet’s in the Emergency Room taking a Selfie…

Okay so back comes the ER Doctor and he said all my test results were fine and he consulted with the Cardiologist on call because he thought he saw something when he was sitting next to me. The Cardiologist says it was just a, “Blip” it was nothing. Basically I had a $6000 anxiety attack. First mistake was saying what a great weekend we were having. That’s the kiss of death 😉 …

I know long story short, I’m fine…Really, but I am really thankful for everything being good. I was reminded of how quickly life can happen. Anyone who knows me, knows about my car accident I had when I was a new bride.

I suffered a traumatic brain injury, (i.e. coma) hospitalized 5 weeks. Left side paralyzed, physical therapy to get me walking again… That was an experience that changed me for the better, it changed me for good <3 … That was my first experience learning about how fast life can come at you. I don’t remember any of it. My poor family had to watch and wait and pray that I would come back to them…Remember it’s always a good day when you are present <3 …

God wasn’t quite ready for me that day. I had to go on to bring 5 tiny human’s into the world and leave my mark. Today for me I am thankful to be alive and well, as is my family. When I was cleaning out the closet, I came across these pictures from my car accident. Seeing the pictures of that accident along with the trip to the ER last week, reminded me just be thankful. Life is to short to be anything but happy. I love my life and I’m happy to be here. Let’s have the best day ever !!!!!

FYI My featured picture is me wearing the Bengal’s T-Shirt that my sweet daughter Lizzie the RN & Cordell her other half, bought for me from their weekend trip out to Cincinnati…I love it<3 … I’m not a Bengal’s Fan but it’s a gift from two of my favorite people…I love you guys to the moon and thank you so much for being there for me and dad…Family is everything always<3 …

Scarlet & Cordell

Love the shirt…It has been a great year so far !!! No I’m not a Bengal’s fan, but love the shirt !!! Thank you Lizzie & Cordell !! Your mother loves you to the moon …

We always find our way back…This one’s for you … Your mom loves you !!!!

Because I new you !!!

Inspiration #118/Hallelujah

Just going through the Reader and came across this prompt from Mr. Jim . When I got up this morning, I’m always thankful for another day, I took the husband to the train…I do wish they would get that bus running again. He use to take it b/c it stopped right in front of the house and I could sleep in. I do like doing whatever and sleeping in, but I don’t mind that much driving him to the train because I get to be with my guy. He always looks so handsome when he’s off to work and he gives me such a nice kiss. Okay, I digress and let’s get back to the prompt, “Inspiration”.

This morning for some reason he just started singing one of our favorite songs, “Hallelujah.” This song truly is a song that embodies the word inspiration. He loves it as do I <3 . When we sing it, I always sing harmony and he does the melody. We are pretty geeky, but who cares 😉 . We are just happy to get all the song lyrics right, this one we know by heart <3 .

Hallelujah

The story behind this song is truly inspirational … They even wrote a book about this song and story behind it. The talent comes from Mr. Leonard Cohen..

My husband, the artist, sketched this out for me. He put this on my desk, where I sit every morning and said to me, “Write !!! You have stories to tell that people would love to read <3 ” It still sitting there, looking back at me. I still need to write. I do have stories to tell. So many, I really need to just write!!

Leonard Cohen <3/Elan Creations <3

https://www.amazon.com/handmade/Elan-Creations

I just don’t want to write about them on-line, I’m from a different generation 😉 . I write in an 80 page, composition notebook til it’s done and then I get another 80 page notebook and start to fill that one up. I guess I don’t want to be around when people read my story. I’m not ashamed of what I wrote, it’s just my story. That’s what writer’s do, they write. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not so much but I’m the writer so I get to tell the story 😉 . Actually I hope they like it, get inspired from my tales, laugh about my life, and say yes that is definitely my mom <3 . I hope they can feel my presence when they read about my travels through my life. When I read letters from my mom in her handwriting, I know it’s my mom and feel her because I know that’s her handwriting. That’s probably why I write it down, you can see and feel someone through their handwriting…

I’ll close it out for now b/c I have to go cook dinner. It’s breakfast for dinner tonight <3 and it’s time to go…Blessings blogger’s, I’ll leave with one question. “What inspires you?” Blessings and it’s almost Friday… Y A Y <3

Happy Birthday to our Matthew

Here goes…I have done these stories on at least one of other our kids. It is fun remembering their story on how they got here. I do pictures and memories. The year you were born Matthew it was a very hot Sunday and it was “Father’s Day.” What a great present for your father, a son <3 . You weren’t due until July 12th so it was a surprise, but seeing how you were our 4th baby, I wasn’t all that disappointed you came a bit early. We had just moved on Memorial Day so I had nothing, and I mean nothing ready. I didn’t even have a crib set up. This was your 1st house Matthew…

Alexandria, Naperville

I didn’t even have someone ready to come and watch Lizzie and Michael, your older brother and sister. I had to call a local friend til one of the grandmama’s got there, then off we went to the hospital.

I have to say that you were the first baby I had that was a very peaceful experience. The 1st three, Michael (he was the worst 9lbs.12oz) no epidural OMG, then Lizzie wasn’t so bad 7lbs. still no epidural and well Sean Patrick, that was just hard and sad…I digress, sorry. I wasn’t so sure about an epidural, but after the first real contraction came, I said get that anesthesiologist down here. Not doing that again, no way. Your birth was easy and I finally got to see the birth of one of my kids…Y A Y <3 . The other ones I was too busy just trying to survive the experience 😉 . If I learned one thing from having babies it was take the drugs, E V E R Y T H I N G that they will give you…

When you first entered the world you didn’t even cry. You just looked around and as if to say, “Hello, I’m here <3 .” You were a little thing, 6lbs 12oz. One of my smallest, but you were so pretty…A full head of beautiful blonde hair, w/curls…Lots of curls and of course blue eyes. But you kept your blue eyes, all of your curls too 😉 Those would be from your dad. You definitely got the beautiful hair card for sure !!! I nursed all of our babies. Michael Jr. nursed for about 5 months, Lizzie nursed for about a year. But Matthew when you started asking to nurse, I said it was time to start drinking from a cup. I don’t think you ever even had a bottle !!!

You were a beautiful baby and you have grown into an amazing man…I never ever thought your life would take the direction it did. I remember our first Christmas together me and dad went to the Joffrey’s Nutcracker. I never dreamed that one day we would have a son who danced the, “Nutcracker” with Joffrey Ballet . I’m excited to see this next chapter of your life. Whatever direction it goes, I’m pretty sure it will be amazing and awesome and a lot of fun to be a part of !!! You are definitely an original and I am so proud to be your mom.

Happy Birthday my dear Matthew <3 … I remember when you turned 30, you were so funny. I called you to wish you a Happy Birthday and I asked what you were doing to celebrate the milestone of turning 30…You replied, “I’m just sitting around being 30, mom 😉 . ” I hope today that you do something fun and special. Remember your birthday is a very special day. It is the day that you changed the world forever.

I posting some of the pictures I could round up from your story of your life…Enjoy <3 .

Write Anything Wednesday…Elan Creations/Contest Update

Hello Blogger’s…I don’t know where the time goes. I definitely need a plan, schedule, or anything that remotely looks like a, “TO DO/TODAY LIST”. I Think I need to blame it on the hus b/c for Father’s Day I updated him to the 21st century with his little techno gadgets, i.e. a new IPhone 11 and a new Apple Watch. Well OMG what a nightmare, but I digress. We got the new phone activated and now we are working on the watch !!! He really looks very cool with all of the stuff 😉 .

Happy Father’s Day

You definitely deserve it and you wear it well !!! It looks great on you <3 We love you dad <3

Now onto an update on the contest. Yes we are still taking entries and will be til June 30th.. The drawing is on July 4th. I’m going to post a couple of the prints we have had done. They turned out really nice and remember this is the prize if your number is picked. You will be able to go to our store and pick out any painting that you want.

Handmade by Amazon/Elan Creations

It cost you nothing to enter. Just go to this blog and like a post that features some of his amazing artwork or on the instagram acct. You can enter as many times as you want, hence that will increase your chances…Link to Instagram below.

https://www.instagram.com/elancreations15/

Here are the two prints we have had made and they just turned out so beautiful. We were a bit concerned that we would not be able to find some one who would be able to capture the essence of his beautiful artwork, but we did and we couldn’t be happier. Below are the prints we had done…

The Beach – 2’W x 2’6″T

He Has Risen -W 1’4″x H 1’8″

I am also going to show you a picture of the entries that we have already received. I assign the numbers in the order I receive the “Like” on this blog and the Instagram account. So far we have had 27 entries…If you don’t see your name or you think I missed some of your entries you can msg. me on this blog and let me know…After the contest ends, I am going to put all of the entries into a large jar and have the Artist do the drawing. I’m going to do my best at recording everything. Remember my IT guy (Connor/is in VA) so it’s going to be interesting 😉

Contest Entry Numbers <3

Good luck everyone and keep checking out our sites. Happy Wednesday 😉 .

Share Your World

QUESTIONS: 

What’s a relationship deal breaker for you?

That would have to be lying. I have to be able to know that what you say and do is real. Trust <3 is everything for me <3 .

Do you believe in extra-terrestrials?

There has to be. It’s just to big and vast for us to be alone here….eeeek !!!

In the morning, do you hit the snooze button on your alarm (sometimes repeatedly) or do you leap out of bed, ready to face the day?

I usually am always awake at 8/8:30 am…I don’t sleep any later than that…

If you came back in the next life as an animal, which animal would you choose to be?  (and even if you don’t believe in that, let’s suspend belief for a moment just to have a little fun)

I’m pretty sure it would be a dog. I just absolutely love, love, love dogs. Probably a Service Dog. I love people and making their life a little better <3 .

GRATITUDE (Participation is always optional)

What do you plan to work on this year to make it better than last year  (personal goals, physically or mentally, or all three)?

I am going to try to eat better and exercise and get outside more. Fresh air and being outside can do wonder’s for you physically and mentally. I’m going to write more and set up my planner. Become the planner girl that I have always longed to be…Blessings to all the Blogger’s out there in the blogosphere. Oh that’s right, I’m going to grow my blog with my planner !!! Happy Everything, 2021 <3 .

Merry Christmas, 2020

It was the best Christmas ever !!! Family, Food, Movies, Games and yes of course presents. I am blessed with so much all I want to say is Thank You for giving me so much. So much love, so much grace. My life’s is guided by God and guarded by his Angel’s. There are just no words. I am at peace and my heart is full of love. Merry Christmas and Happy Everything <3 …

Oh and I got my Christmas Card for next year 😉 …Happy Everything Bloggers <3 …

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