Happy October

I’m going to just get something up b/c I’ve been away for a bit…You know, time just goes by so fast. Can’t believe it’s almost that time of year.

The family Northwestern vs. Wisconsin

Tickets to the game !!!! Birthday present from the kid’s for grandpapa. Thank you so much. It was a perfect day. The game wouldn’t of been complete w/o breakfast at Walker Bros.

A couple of our girl’s <3…Breakfast at Walker Bros./Evanston, IL

The artist is still rocking out !!!

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 !!!

Thankful Thursday…

I always like to think about all I have to be thankful for. Being grateful and thankful are the key to being happy. I have experienced many things in my life that were a challenge and if you’ve followed my blog you know many of them. I must admit though I am grateful for those experiences because they taught me much about life and myself.

All of them made me a stronger and better version of myself and for that I’m truly thankful for. I came out on the other side of it all a little wiser and learned that when life happens you just have to hold on a little tighter and realize you are not in control. There is something bigger than you and has a plan for your life. I have learned that you have to trust in that plan and believe it all happens for our good. I pray a lot and that has gotten me through all of it b/c sometimes that’s all you can do. The higher power is in control and I believe in God and his plan for me to get back to him.

When we were young <3 … 1990’s

After having my children and experience the gift of being a mom and seeing my children being born that is when I knew there was a God b/c only something that grand could create something so perfect. He took one from me, a son Sean Patrick, but that was all part of his plan. I didn’t understand it at the time and I don’t really understand it still. One thing I do know though is it was part of his plan for me and I have an angel in heaven. It made me a better mother and for that I’m grateful for. We will meet again <3 . I am have been blessed with 5 children and for that I will always be thankful for. Blessings Blogger’s and remember to say thank you at the end of the day and thank you when you are given a new day. Happy, Happy 2022 <3 .

January Blogging Challenge/Widget So I thought I throw in my #jusjojan challenge for todayThe prompt for today is “Anticipation” and again I usually will do the first thing that come to mind. Today that would be a song by Carly Simon. https://youtu.be/PDJ_Mz8ftqI

Two for Tuesday

When I was looking into my media for my, “Two for Tuesday” post, I came across some other pics that I thought would be fun for some more media for today’s post. Remember, this is My Happy Place and I get to make the rules !!!

Happy Tuesday Blogger’s…Enjoy My Life <3

Share Your World…Happy October….

1 . Are you easily frightened or startled?

That would have to be a not really…I’m pretty aware of my surroundings at all times…”To be aware, is to be alive 😉 .

2. (Purely whimsical supposition.  Suspend disbelief for a bit)
If you were a ghost, what location do you think you would haunt? Is it the same or different from the location you’d want to haunt?

If I were to haunt anything, I think it would be right outside my front door of my home…That way I could scare away anyone that I didn’t want coming over and probably be pretty sure they wouldn’t come back 😉 ...

3. What do you see in your mind’s eye when you close your eyes? 

I usually see my forever home by the ocean or maybe the winning lottery numbers 😉 . It’s usually something very comforting as I really look forward to laying back, resting with my eyes closed and just dreaming of wonderful things…All of my blessings the past ones and those yet to come…

4. If a Semi (Big Rig in Americanese) (lorry or trolley over the pond) were about to smash into a crowd, and you could divert the vehicle’s course to hit only one person, would you?  How would you decide who would become the victim?

This is a question that I don’t think I have an answer for…I suppose I would jump out of the big rig, steering it into an inanimate object hoping no one would get injured or worse !!!!

Erratum:   A “trolley’ over the pond is the same thing as a trolley here.  It’s a trolley CAR.   Ours in the USA run on electricity though.  I have heard of them jumping the tracks and going berserk, but not often.  This is just for clarification in case any over-the-pond ers are reading and thinking “She’s daft and she doesn’t know our language very well at all, does she?”  😉 

 

This is just Mz. MelBCee’s answer to one of the, “Share Your World” questions and I just thought I would share it b/c I enjoyed her answer. It had a nice melody i.e. rhythm to it and I enjoyed the way she used the word, “Daft.” I also carry a dictionary of words with me that I don’t know the meaning of and she gave me a couple of new words today that I will be able to add to my dictionary…Thank you Mz. MelBCee

GRATITUDE SECTION

Please feel free to share what makes you feel warm and cozy when the wind blows cold? Alternatively (for those on the other side of the world), what makes you feel relaxed and comfortable when the thermometer starts rising?

I am extremely grateful for how beautius this fall has been…It almost makes me think I’m going to be able to survive another Midwestern Winter. I am also extremely grateful for my family. All of them have truly taught me so much about life I simply can’t put it all here. I have been blessed with the most wonderful husband, children and grandchildren anyone could ever hope to have. Even in the rougher times, it’s all been worth it and I’d do it all over again and not change anything !!! I might of had one more baby 😉 . I wanted 6 but I stopped at 5 b/c the body said you’re done…and the husband I think was good with that. Blessings Blogger’sI’m glad to be back at it again, have a great rest of your weekend <3 …

If the blog looks a bit wonky, it’s not my fault. I’ve been off for awhile and they keep changing stuff and I’m not the best at the tech stuff…Who cares…

I hope you don’t mind Mz. MelBCee…I stole your art work 😉 I just thought it was so pretty. I’m always stealing your stuff <3 . I thought the least I could do is share your link to your blog…Blessings and thanks for the cool pics !!!

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/10/18/share-your-world-10-18-2021/

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

Monday’s Masterpiece

Good Monday morning <3 Hoping everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July…The Artist and me had a wonderful weekend…Road Trip out to our fav places from back in the day 😉

Then on Sunday the 4th was a chill kind of day w/the Artist painting and me planning…Love, love, love to plan. Today will just be a reset kind of day where we keep wondering what day it is 😉 Does that happen to anyone else on these 3 day weekends ???

The other painting he just started yesterday, but I’m thinking it’s going to be a fav of mine !!! Don’t forget you can visit our Handmade by Amazon site and purchase any of his amazing artwork…Just follow the link <3

The weekend started out really great with me and the granddaughter getting our hair done, Chic Filet for lunch and then of course Starbucks to top off the fun day…

So much fun at the salon…Shout out to our forever beauty stylist…Mz. Lisa <3 Thank you so much for making us beautiful again <3 . Oh and I can’t forget the flower’s my wonderful husband bought for me <3 .

Back to business this week, a lot of irons in the fire. Starting a major remodel on the home but then by the end of this year it will all be done. I will update with pics of our beautius home. Let’s enjoy the rest of the summer. Busy, busy month w/birthday’s, anniversary (42nd <3 ) and vacation to New Smyrna Beach, Florida Y A Y !!!! Blessings Blogger’s on your Monday <3 … 😉

Happy Monday, Happy Memorial and Happy Summer!!!!

I guess it’s just happy everything day <3 I’m going to throw this blog post up quickly while the husband is out walking our Rosie (thechicagobrowndog, no that’s really a breed 😉 )

Rosie, Our Chicago Brown Dog <3

We sure do love her. Took her up and got her a bath today, new collar, new toy. We do love our doogie <3 Very special dog !!!! Now I’ll get back to the blog.

It’s been a really great holiday weekend…Family, food and fun which is always a great way to start out the summer…Y A Y Must add some music for today…Let’s Rock n Roll !!!! This one’s for my Connor…Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap !!!!

AC/DC Rock n Roll

We spent Saturday running errands for our get together with our daughter and her family, her Guy, Cordell and his mom GiGi and of course the granddaughters !!! Everyone is just growing up so fast. Here are some pics of the family <3 We love you all to the moon and me and GiGi dressed the same right down to our jewelry and we didn’t even coordinate it that way. We are truly one brain 😉 .

Twins <3
Gigi and the girls <3

The food was amazing…We did the BBQ with out of this world grill packets filled with all sort of yummy food. Shrimp, Chicken, potatoes, veggies…So good and Mr. Cordell did an amazing job on the grill !!!!

The Chef <3 Nice Job on the grill <3

I brought some side dishes …Apple Snicker Salad and Baked Beans along with the Small Cakes for dessert…

Baked Beans…
Apple Snicker Salad

Time to get my summer on because before you know it, it’s 4th of July and the summer is over Mr. Nightlinger 😉 Three birthdays, Matthew/June, Connor/July, Me, Lizzie, & Missy/August and throw in an anniversary and the summer just flies by. Add a vaca somewhere, not quite sure where yet, but yes I think the summer really is over.

Just kidding 😉 Be safe and enjoy the summer <3 Blessings from Scarlett <3 .

Write Anything Wednesday

I have wasted all morning on the computer, so I might as well post something. I’m thinking I’m going to get my summer on with some road trip music first !!! I’ll start out with something for Connor <3 this one’s for you !!!

Thunderstruck/The Chicago Blackhawks !!!

The next song I’m going to choose for my summer road trip is from Jackson Brown . Let’s go back to Rock n’ Roll and the 70’s Y A Y <3 !!!! This one’s for me !!!

ROCK N ROLL <3

I was looking for some pictures from the past Memorial Day’s and I came across all of the baby picture’s from all of us girl’s (the 4 sister’s)…I’ll share it with you, along with the Grandmama/Great Grandmama (my Mom)

Nieces & Nephews/Son’s & Daughter’s 1 Angel <3
Grandmama <3

Isn’t my mom so pretty <3 I love you Mom … It’s important to be a part of something so special <3 , a family … Thank you mom for being you <3 To the moon <3 .

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