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The Road Before & After Surgery
February 28, 2018
What Happened To One Of Many Trails And Dog Parks… Aurora, Indiana Flood 2018
Mood:  hug me
Now Playing: Day 2975-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


Sometimes you have to get back to far more serious matters in life such as the beginning stages of the flood clean-up of our little Lazy River Town.

A tremendous effort of many!FloodAuroraFeb20183_570x1024_.jpg

We took these photos and video on day 4 during the flooding that has affected the majority of our little town. What used to be the town of many along with beautiful walking trails, playgrounds and dog parks. Now... underwater. It still blows my mind when it comes to the power of the almighty River. When Mother Nature and Earth collide. The video is now up for viewing on our Podcast~Blogcast, "Our Crazy Little Life." The website information and link can be found at the bottom of this blog entry.

Myself and Eric have never seen such a tight-knit community joining hands together as one in order to restore our beautiful historic town. Those who need assistance with cleanup as well those that just need food and a place to stay until the river recedes to a far safer level.

The following is a list of supplies that are currently needed: 

  • Gloves
  • Heavy Black Trash Bags
  • Bleach
  • Fans
  • Mops
  • Water Bottles
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Trash Cans

For drop off and shipping information or if you would like to make a donation please contact:

Aurora City Manager, Guinevere Emery


"Our Crazy Little Life"



"When the going gets tough... the TOUGH get going!"

Posted by GastroparesisAwarenessCampaignOrg. at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: March 1, 2018 2:14 PM EST
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February 27, 2018
Mood:  party time!
Now Playing: Day 2974-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


You know that old saying... there is a first... for EVERYTHING!

imSOdone.jpgThere's even a first when it comes to waking up from surgery after coming down from some serious goofy, loopy, downright silly feeling anesthesia! I have never felt so absolutely exhilarated in my entire life! The video is just a touch of the sheer goofiness and giddiness that I felt not just after surgery... but for 48-hours straight after surgery.

My anesthesiologist warned myself and Eric that he is old school and uses old school drugs. One of the anesthetic drugs just happens to sometimes give 5% of patients or less the side effect of feeling as if everything is a superpower and super funny. Needless to say by the looks of this video... I fell into the 5% of utter silliness! Hehehehe! I don't remember much, but I'm certainly glad Eric handed me over my cell phone so I could share just how ridiculously funny, silly and any other word to explain overwhelming laughter of how I was feeling after surgery. 

72-hours later... after all the anesthesia has slowly worn off...

I'm not feeling so funny, silly and with amazing superpowers. I am feeling sluggish, hellish and extremely irritable as the pain game begins. But in the meantime... I always have this absolutely hilarious video of far more hysterical times to enjoy.

The video? It's now up for GREAT viewing pleasure!


A big ole belly laugh at my expense! HAHAHAHA!



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Updated: February 28, 2018 4:45 PM EST
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February 26, 2018
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Day 2973-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


Happy 12th anniversary Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization!


It still mesmerizes me that a little idea 12 years ago has evolved so much over the past decade. An idea of creating an awareness campaign so fellow Gastroparesis patients would never feel alone. 12 years later... they will never be alone. A true not-for-profit organization that offers guidance, support and patient information for all Gastroparesis patients, family, friends and loved ones. 

Muah122220163.jpgThank you to everyone for all of your support. Thank you to those who have inspired me along the way. Most importantly... thank you to Shannon and her family. A brave, kind, Beautiful Soul that gave it her all fighting such a poorly researched... yet still poorly understood condition, Gastroparesis. 

 God bless all the angels that watch over us.

God bless all Gastroparesis patients who live to fight another day.

Happy 12th anniversary Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization!


A very light hearted, funny video, "Everybody TOOTS!" is now up and ready to view at, "Our Crazy Little Life," brought to you by Snoreo.


Turn the volume up!  WAY UP!



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Updated: February 28, 2018 10:44 AM EST
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February 25, 2018
Getting Ahead Of Myself!
Mood:  rushed
Now Playing: Day 2972-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


I am a bit ahead of myself on the other website as we are literally rushing to get a few last minute things done around the house. I am also a day behind on this blog. Although it's dated as Sunday. I am writing this blog early Monday morning before heading off to the hospital for surgery. The latest video of our record flood is now up for viewing at the below link:


The video on our Podcast~Blogcast website is from 3 days ago. The third day of the river flooding...

We are still dealing with water coming in on all sides of our basement and up through the floor. It now looks like it will be awhile before we will be able to have another contractor come back out and assess the situation. But we still remain a part of the fortunate ones. Everywhere else around our little, lazy, river town has suffered extensive damage as the river almost peaks to its highest level in decades. More rain forecasted for next week... what we don't need. 

Such as with life... we all somehow get by...

Our sleep schedule remains anything but normal after going to bed at 5 p.m. That was yesterday evening... and getting back up a few hours ago at 3 a.m. I look forward this morning to finally becoming one with surgery that has been 3 weeks in the making. One can only hope for at least more in-depth information on what is going on internally and any possible resolutions while I am under anesthesia. Going from years of no one willing to do surgery due to liability reasons. To now making it my 3rd surgery of this very new year.

Well... off to check on a few things and get ready to head up to the hospital.


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Updated: February 26, 2018 5:29 AM EST
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February 24, 2018
A Little Laughter... Goes A Long Way! :)
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2971-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


You know what they say... a little laughter goes a long way!

Milk-Bone... DRUNK!  

Hehehehehe! That is what's waiting for those who have yet to view our latest, Podcast-Blogcast at "Our Crazy Little Life!"


In The Mists of such a depressing time in our little Lazy River ToZwn... sometimes all you need is some super cuteness and a whole lot of funnies! 

  4a.m. and we have been up over the past several hours dealing with a flooding basement and far too much rain that has yet to stop. Thank goodness for a local Walmart less than a minute drive down the wooded hillside from our property. We have quickly run out of large bath towels, paper towels and cleaning supplies while doing our best to stay on top of the water coming into our basement from far too much rain. The temporary Band-Aids placed by ourselves and the insurance contractor have once again... failed. The drains cannot keep up with so much water and far too much rain.

These are the times when a whole lot of smiles and plenty of laughter is in order! 

Life is far too short to sweat the big nor small stuff. Because in the end... it's not worth it. What is worth it are ways to continue smiling and sharing plenty of laughter... AMEN!

So get ready for some super Milk-Bone DRUNK funnies! Don't forget to grab your favorite beverage, super comfy chair and turn up those speakers! Get that volume loud and ready! Hehehehehe! 




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Updated: February 25, 2018 3:49 PM EST
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February 23, 2018
YOU Can Help! Please... Help Restore Our Little Lazy River Town^^^
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: Day 2970-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


It hasn't been an easy day waking up to an ever growing, flooding... water filled basement. The wait time for a plumber has went from 24-hours... to now... 3 days.

This rain has been down right brutal and with more rain on the way... easily predicted 3 inches of rain. We can only pray that last months temporary Band-Aid repairs help keep us from getting into any further trouble.

But you know what?

We have a house with a roof over our head. We have a main floor that maintains to still be dry from the constant rain. We have food, we have shelter and we have each other and that my friends is enough to get us by.

What's most important is remembering neighbors and friends that need our help now and through the coming months ahead from the flooding caused by the almighty River. Just trying to make our way around to a doctor's appointment today really tugged our heart strings. To see so many families scrambling to collect as many belongings as possible and vacate their homes that are in the way of the river rising... flooding.

Thanks be to American Red Cross who have set up a shelter close by for those families and their fur babies who are being displaced. 

Our hearts go out to those who are being greatly affected by the flooding in our little Lazy River Town. I have created a special video with information on how you can help those affected by the floods. For the video and more information click on the following link at our new Podcast-Blogcast website:

"Our Crazy Little Life"


Please don't forget to pass it along and share with others. Your help is truly needed and much appreciated. Thank you.

At the end of the day... we have each other.

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February 22, 2018
I'm In A Mood... A M-e-l-l-o-w... Mood...
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Day 2969-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


All this rain sure puts one in a mood... a M-E-L-L-O-W... mood.

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Really? No.. Reallyyyyyyy MAN... hehehehehehe!

If you haven't had the chance to taste this smooth tea that really does not only relax you, but tastes like something from the cabana on the beach. Then you are totally missing out! For anyone who doesn't do very well with iced tea, flavored tea or really any kind of tea. The Marley Family have created a hit list of some serious super tasty beverages that are sure to hit the spot! A delicate, flavorful, easy on the stomach spot!

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Onto the main course by Chef Eric... HA!

Another rainy day here along our little Lazy River Town also means a perfect opportunity to catch up on repairing and repainting the basement steps. Followed by another cooking class for Chef Eric, by little ole me. Hehehehehe!

Nothing has gone easy as far as repairs in our home of less than 2 years. We are doing our best to stick to a timely schedule on what is left as far as smaller repairs. The basement steps should had been a small repair and repaint project. But it seems the cheap wood board used behind the steps proved more difficult than anticipated to remove after someone used ginormous, far-too-long nails. Also the bottom step must had been an after thought, because clearly only using a few nails will not properly secure any bottom wooden step. The nails... they cracked the wood and another small project was then born. Gees! At least the reflective white paint by HGTV Sherwin Williams looks a million times better than the old 50's style, retro mint green paint! Hehehehehe! I can't wait to show off the 'after' photos... soon to come!

This evenings Chef Eric dish just happens to have something in common with our flooding river... fish. Actually, a far cleaner, most definitely better tasting fish and veggies. One can never go wrong with Tilapia and organic veggies! Two power coupled foods on a plate that is also powerful for the brain and the body! A dash of sea salt, organic Amish butter and 25 minutes in the oven on 375 degrees. Quick, delicious and oh-so-healthy! Chef Eric is on his way of making the next step dishes that will take a lot longer than 25 minutes. But so far... I give him a thumbs up for a perfectly cooked dinner! Fish and veggies for him... a protein shake for little ole me.

Bon Appetit!

Don't forget to catch up on Papa kitties online bird watching course and all our little Lazy River Town adventures at:



"Our Crazy Little Life"


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Updated: February 23, 2018 9:06 AM EST
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February 21, 2018
Make A Life Long Journey... Out Of Growing :)
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2968-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


This new year means coming full circle... back to myself... with love.

I got my loving self back to walking the trails after needing to take a break for awhile. Health reasons that sometimes get in the way.

And you know what? I wasn't the walking, hiking beast that I used to be.

You know what else? It doesn't matter.

What does matter is that I got up, got dressed and showed up. I didn't show up for anyone else... but me.

I would be lying, if I didn't say that the past few months have been super tough! I've struggled. I've almost fell back into areas of relationships that have not served me well. During the past few months when times were tough... I have proved to myself that this gal is TOUGHER!

I know that I have been growing through it all because, in the midst of all the really hard stuff, I still didn't fall back on old coping mechanisms. I finally took the bull by the horns and got comfortable, being uncomfortable. I took it day-by-day. This year, I vow to continue to love myself with nothing... but love.

Having the emotional power and strength to say no to what does not serve you well is one of the best feelings you will ever experience in a lifetime. We all have the power to change... to change for the better. I may not have the strength and beast mode like I used to have while walking or hiking along the trails. But I don't let it stop me. I don't let my illness stop me. I don't even let the pain stop me.

Today was another day... a day to break free and go above and beyond any of even my expectations. Because at the end of the day. The most important expectations are what you set for yourself, by loving yourself and knowing that there are good days... and there will always be bad days. To see what is working and what's not.

But most importantly... to make a life long journey out of growing.



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Updated: February 22, 2018 3:56 AM EST
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February 20, 2018
"Our Top 10 Realtor Pet Peeves"
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Day 2967-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


Yep, we had to go here... and... here we go!

In light of this years housing market which seems to be starting off a bit like last year...

"Our Top 10 Realtor Pet Peeves"


#10. Not writing down accurate details on listing. If it states exterior material is vinyl siding... that doesn't equal pressed wood. Unless it was built back during the Abe Lincoln era.

#9. When you clearly know the land behind any given property has already been sold... to a land developer whom will be building a cookie cutter subdivision. This does not equal the peace and quiet any potential buyer is looking for that states in the beginning that they are looking for a quiet area. I may sleep with a sound machine-white noise, but that is definitely not the same as a bulldozer, jackhammers and other construction sounds.

#8. If a sex offender lives next door... it may not equal such a safe neighborhood as one may suggest it to be in the first place. Sure, people have the right to change. We all make mistakes. But shouldn't you be honest with whom you know lives next door, if you know that tad bit of important information ahead of time?.

#7. Hiding major home issues behind Grandma's antique oil paintings is a huge no-no! A golden rule to remember when hiding major flaws is that everything, in time, comes to surface.

#6. If the home smells like bad Yell socks that have been sitting for months. Why not take a few dollars and purchase some air fresheners before showing the home to a potential buyer. The first impression is a very important impression.

#5. Please be honest if you know what the current taxes are on a property instead of just trying to cover it up or guessing on your own. Nothing worse than to place an offer and then let the buyers know a week later that the taxes are on the high end... highest end with zero exemptions. $648.00 vs. $2,800... a HUGE difference!

#4. If you know the home has basement water issues. Just be honest! Do not attempt to hide the problem 24-hours before showing the property using fans and dehumidifiers. Some folks have a keen sense of smell when it comes to mold and mildew. Those whom have gone through radiation therapy and some forms of chemotherapy have an even stronger sense of smell... 10x stronger than the average person.

#3. Be honest with not just the potential buyer, but with yourself when making sure to include pictures of all the rooms within any given property when sending over the disclosure. Hiding a basement that looks like something out of 'Friday The 13th' is not only silly. But as for myself... I always ask to see the basement... first. If Jason is standing down there with a bucket and a boat...Surprised then clearly you have a water problem.

#2. No one wants to play the game of Trump. Unless you are the President, Donald Trump. Playing one offer against others in order to get the maximum commission makes you a sneaky realtor... not a good realtor.


#1. Do not list a property for sale or as a private owner with a property for sale, just for the sole reason of finding out this years current appraised value. We have personally had this happen to us and trust me by saying, it speaks volumes about those who do such a thing. Especially when finding out through research that the same home owner has done it not just once, but several times over the years. Tis a great way to show others that you not only do not have a conscious. But what a downright sneaky, dishonest individual that you look like to others. Don't waste other folks valuable time. Invest $500.000 and buy your own appraisal. To any potential buyers during this years open market... we have some words of advice, "Never, ever share your appraisal with anyone, but the bank representative on the other end of the phone."

And there you go... our Top 10 Realtor Pet Peeves... from our own personal experience. It should be no surprise to anyone why we plan on making sure to sell our home privately and with a local real estate attorney. Less than $600, compared to over $10,000+ using a realty company.

You do the math! Wink It really is a no-brainer!


Don't forget to check out today's Podcast-Blogcast at, "Our Crazy Little Life."

Living in a little, lazy, river town really does mean being one with the river! What an eye-opening video of where we used to walk along the river trails while capturing the amazing strength of the all mighty river! 


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Updated: February 22, 2018 3:16 AM EST
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February 19, 2018
Rounding Off A SWIFFER Clean Sweep HoliDAY~ ;)
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Day 2966-Chapter 3... Happiness~My Silver Lining


We both have watched the latest video of super silly Babyblue vs. a SWIFFER clean SWEEP so many times now that we both lost track! Hahahahaha! If you haven't had a chance to check out today's Podcast-Blogcast video at, "Our Crazy Little Life," you certainly don't want to miss this one! Hahahahaha!


What didn't start off on a very funny day was literally having to reschedule today's rescan for tomorrow. I could not get comfortable at all with the nagging tumor pressure and pain. It also started firing up seizure aura... so needless to say... the radiologist felt it would be best to come in tomorrow afternoon. This way I could take my medication and let my brain and body rest. It took until around 11am for the pill to finally kick in, but finally I was able to go to sleep... Geesh!! I can't wait to get this next surgery over and done! I would much rather just get this one over with so if there is something that can be done surgically, at least it might lead up to far better days. More good days to enjoy life and share plenty of smiles and laughter with our little family. The new surgeon who took over my case will be performing surgery early next week in a hospital setting where at least they can handle any issues right then and there, not having to go under the surgical lights more than a few times over and over again. The past few months have literally been a huge learning curve for myself and Eric. Just because one, two, three or even more than four surgeons may not feel that nothing surgically can be further done on a far more complex medical case. Doesn't necessarily mean that every other surgeon will feel that exact same way. Each and every surgeon is truly different and unique when it comes to their expertise and personal opinions on far more complex medical cases. I am fortunate to now have come across my third surgeon in this still so very new... new year. Three new surgeons who are willingly wanting to go above and beyond so this gal can see far better days ahead. Amen!

On a far brighter note... literally... Eric is now working on the basement steps as we are close to finishing up this latest home repair project. We still are working on a second back up plan. Right now there is no way I could handle the drive across the great USA, our final move to the beautiful red rock mountains out west. It's important that we still have a second back up plan! One particular property that Eric was ready to place an offer on the other day with over 30 acres of land, just happens to be a bit further out in the country. But once again... these crazy realtors and their sneaky ways of not being upfront and honest on their property listings and disclosures. Ummmm... waiting until the bank sends over the approval and then NOW telling Eric that another area of the property still has work that needs to be done?? Like... major type of work?? Yea... these realtors in this day and age and their never-ending realtor games. More of our top 10 Realtor Funnies to come tomorrow. Trust me... they are good ole funnies that I am sure anyone can totally relate to when it comes to buying or selling a home. At least... by our own personal experiences! Hehehehehehe!


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Updated: February 20, 2018 3:09 AM EST
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