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So Glad to Get RID of 2011!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I have never been so happy to see a New Year!
My husband and I had a very rough year in 2011.
It started going bad in early May when he had major heart failure. Then his whole body started to shut down. He was in the hospital six times in four months. This was such a shock for us since neither one of us have ever been in the hospital and we just don't get sick!!

With heart failure, COPD, kidney failure, PAD in his feet and legs, and Vascular Dementia, our life has really changed. I finally had to put him into a Care Home the first of September. He is doing better now and has gained some weight after getting down to 100 pounds.
He is unable to stand or walk and is very confused most of the time.

But on a good note, I adopted two new baby kittens on Thanksgiving Day. They are so much fun even though they are very ornery! I wake up every morning laughing which is such a wonderful gift right now! And the loving I get from them is precious!!

I see the New Year as a start to a new life for me. I have the opportunity to take better care of myself. After gaining quite a bit of weight in 2011 I am ready to start getting healthy again and back to walking.

A spark friend sent me a great quote the other day that really spoke to me and is helping me to see each day as a new start at getting back into control.
I want to share it with you.....

"Being creative helps you feel in control of some things when you can't be in control of others."

So I am also getting back into photography which I really love!! The kittens make a wonderful photogenic opportunity! ha ha
So I of course have to add a couple of pictures!! I am just like a new mommie!! ha ha
I hope all of you have a great and Creative New Year too!!

KoKo, boy and CeCe, girl

CeCe and KoKo

KoKo getting into a NEW box of Kleenex!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INGMARIE 1/24/2013 4:48PM

    It is wierd, feels like I've known you forever,LOL but i have never visited your page,
now i just red your last blog from 2012.
So how did that year treat you ?2011 was not good.

I hope 2013 will be a fantastic year, with lots of walks,picture taking and cats.
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SUEJENN 6/12/2012 7:06PM

    You are an amazing woman. Look at what you have been through in the last year and you can still manage a positive attitude and a preparedness for personal growth. Kudos!

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DIET-DELIGHT 1/22/2012 5:26AM

    Sorry to hear about your husband. Please take care of you -- we don't want you having a heart attack, too!

I'm trying to get back on the healthy wagon this year, as well! I'll try to do more photo assignments, too.

I love your new kittens. Cats are the best!

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JOYSGARDEN 1/20/2012 10:56PM

    I haven't talked to too many people who had a good year last year! Mine wasn't good either. 6 deaths in the family for starters, so here's hoping 2012 is better for all of us! Sorry you had to put Charlie in a home, but it sounds like he's where he needs to be, for both of your sakes. I know it had to be a hard decision for you, but if you get down sick, who will take care of both of you? Hoping and praying he improves, and that you can get back to a good life this year, taking care of yourself. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the kittens!!! They are so sweet! Give them each an extra squeeze today, from me! Hugs!

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GRALLEN 1/18/2012 9:08PM

    Wondered what happened to you. I'm so sorry for your husband's health. I know the decision you made was not an easy one. Congrats on the kitties, they are very cute. Love the photos. See ya on Flickr.

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JRAUTIO 1/16/2012 9:54AM

    The kittens are SOOO precious. I raised Himalayans for a number of years and really miss the antics of the "babies"! 2011 sounds like a really hard year for you. I wish you all the best for a greatly improved 2012! --Julie

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COOP9002 1/13/2012 3:38PM

    Hopefully 2012 will bring you more joy than you can imagine as well as healing and strength to your husband.

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MARTHA-ANN 1/13/2012 5:13AM

    So glad Charlie has improved, you won't be worrying quite so much.
CeCe and KOKo are wonderful companions for you, I'm so glad you're getting out and about again.
My year was just as bad and hopefully 2012 is going to be better.
I've started my hospital treatment and got back to walking...albeit slowly and back to wonderful Sparking and I'm getting back to my camera too.
Here's to a wonderful 2012 emoticon

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SUNNY332 1/12/2012 10:59PM

    I know it has been a tough year for you. So glad that DH is doing a little better and so happy you are getting your camera out. Love the photos of the sweet little kittens.

Way to go!

BTW - loved the quote.


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MS.ELENI 1/12/2012 9:53PM

    I do hope things are going better.Last year was bad for me too.Love the pics of kittens

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