Our awesome grandchildren ~ Justin, Sarah, Jacob, Emily and Kai.  They fill our hearts.

Grandkids Dec 2015

WOW, I can’t believe how fast 2015 went by.  2016 has got to be a better year than 2015.

We were welcomed with a new grandson, Jacob Matthew Coon, on October 2, 2015.  He is just gorgeous and reminds me so much of LeRoy when he was a baby.  We have not been able to meet him yet but have done some Skypes.  Emily just loves her little brother.

Jacobs Arrival ~ Oct 2, 2015
Jacobs Arrival ~ Oct 2, 2015 ~ with Emily, Sarah, & LeRoy

2015 was a year of work injuries for me. Early in the year, in the Deli Dept, I hurt my back, which gave me discomfort for a month.  I showed up at work everyday and worked through it.  Next, on May 26th, I sliced the side tip of my right thumb on the slicer.  I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding so had to go into Urgent Care.  Luckily they did not have to cauterize it but it was close.   I stayed injury-free until August 22nd when my feet came out from under me and dropped me to the floor, pushing my left foot under a flatbed cart, twisting my calf.  I broke my left fibula just brokenlegcatbelow the knee.  I was out of work, then on light duty for a couple of months.  I transferred to the Seafood Dept.   On November 17th I slipped on a piece of ice and broke my right leg at the ankle (tibia) and the fibula just below the knee (same place as the left leg), pulling the ligament holding the fibula and tibia in place.    Yep, I did a good job this time.  The ambulance and fire department came and took me away to the hospital.  I had this accident just as I was closing out my broken left leg.  On November 18th I had my last appointment for my left leg.

This last accident on November 17th was so bad.  On November 20th, I had two screws put into my ankle to keep the bones together while the ligament heals. Three months of no stepping on the right leg.  I had a small wheelchair (4 small tires) that I use in the house.  We had to get a bigger one (with the big wheel and leg supports) for traveling outside the house.  Let me tell you, that is an adventure in itself, especially with all the rain we’ve been getting here. The electric carts are another adventure.  I’ve been

There is finally an end in sight.  I have an ortho appointment on February 10th to take the screws out.  I’ll then be able to step on my right leg again.  I’ve been doing flexing exercises at the ankle to help the healing process.  I’ve lost a lot of muscle in my calf; at least a fourth of it.  Plenty of work ahead of me but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Once I can keep steady on my leg with just a cane, I’ll be getting back to light duty.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to use my walker until I get that calf muscle moving again.

The PT that I’m planning to use is attached to my gym building so that will be nice.  I put my gym membership on hold until February 1st, which works out nicely.  I’m anxious to get in the pool and start my water aerobics.  Heck, I’m just anxious to get moving again.

DotAlDec2015Al has been by my side through all of this.  He is a great caregiver and is always trying to cheer me up and making my life these last couple of months as nice as possible.  He is the best medicine of all.  He knows I’ve been  fightingdepression

Al and I really missed seeing all the Christmas lights and celebrating Christmas with our own decorations.  We spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home.  I’m not up to much cooking so we ate simply.  We had Christmas day dinner at my nieces house in Sandy, OR.  The prime rib was wonderful.  We got to see our great-niece, Sophie, who has grown so much.GirlsDinnerOut4

I’m looking forward to getting back to work at Fred Meyer.  I’ll be back in the Seafood Dept, which I love.  I miss everyone at work.  Some of my friends, from the Deli Dept, and I have been meeting once a month for dinner.  We’ve been trying different restaurants and the night out has been good for my spirits.

So, that has been my year in a nutshell.  I hope all of you have a wonderful, healthy, 2016.  I will make every effort to stay in touch more.


Happy New Year_88 Happy New Year everyone!  2015 is going to be a good year.   On January 14th I will have worked in the Deli for 3 months.  It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by already.  I’m about 3-4 weeks away from my first raise, which I’m excited for.  Work has been keeping me pretty busy these days.  I love working in the deli because you are always moving, either cooking, waiting on customers, and many other chores.  I love the customers.  They are the best.

I would like to get more regular about posting here in this new year.  I am also trying to get back on my path back to goal.  I’m golden in the exercise department; work takes care of that.  My eating needs to be reined in and I need to take my lunch to work where I HAVE CONTROL of what I eat instead of grabbing stuff when I’m starving and tired.  I also need to drink more water and cut back on my Diet Dr. Pepper.  Tracking is so important when I’m on track and in control; need to get back to that too.  So, it’s back on the right path towards my goal.EmilySarahDec2014

My granddaughters got their pictures taken right before Christmas.  They all came out so good!  Sarah is becoming quite the teenager and our Emily is 3 now!

Al and I had a nice Christmas Day at my brother Bobs house.  They cooked a turkey with all the trimmings and great lasagna.  I got up early that day and made an Upside-Down Pineapple Cake, a Dreamscicle Dessert, Chocolate Covered Mini-Pretzels and lots of deviled eggs.  We had a great time, great food, and great music by my dear Al.  He played his electric guitar and sang all our favorite Christmas songs.  We had to leave early due to the fact I had to get up at 2 am for work the next morning.

Have an awesome 2015 and thanks so much for visiting.



Hi everyone!  It’s been awhile since I posted.  I’ve had a busy couple of months with some changes in my life.

In October,  Al and I headed up to Spokane to help our granddaughter, Emily, celebrate her 3rd birthday.  She loved her Minnie Mouse party at a Jumping/Sliding place, with all the trimmings and we loved celebrating with her.  We stayed with LeRoy, Rachel, and the kids for a week and had a blast.  Miss Emily is such a sweetheart and really loved having Grammy and Grandpa to spoil.  Al & I and LeRoy & Rachel all had a double-date to Silverwood Theme Park for Scarywood.  We all had such a good time and great memories were made.  Emily’s birthday is October 7th and mine is October 5th, so we both had a great week.  LeRoy took me out for the day on my birthday and spoiled me rotten.  First, a trip to our favorite restaurant, Red Lobster (we are the only two who like it).  After that, he took me to Kay’s and had me pick out something just for me.  I got a beautiful heart necklace.  We finished the day with a visit to our favorite collectible store where he bought me a beautiful dragon ornament.  My boys gave me a great birthday this year.  They are awesome sons.


DSCN8230I’ve been busy with a new job that I started on October 14, 2014.   I work in the Deli Department.  I’m loving the job and getting out among people again.  It’s a hard job; on my feet 8-9 hours a day and running constantly.  Some days I feel I’ve run a marathon (or two) but I’m always up for the tasks at hand. I do enjoy the job. I’m looking forward to the medical kicking in, as Al and I need that since we are paying an outrageous price every month and we cannot afford it.  Times have been tough.  We are looking forward to a great New Year.

I’m still on my Lifetime Journey and always will be.  Life has gotten busier and I’ve put back on a few pounds but I’m hanging in there.  I have not gotten into a routine with my eating and journaling but it will happen.  Exercise has not been a problem since I started working.  In fact, I’m getting so much exercise during my shifts that I have no problem falling asleep at bedtime.  I usually work the 4 am to 1 pm shift, which I love.  I get to get the display case set up and looking pretty, slicing the meats and cheeses and making the salads (20 of them).  I cook the chickens, fry the foods for the hot case, customer service (I love interacting with the customers), and a lot more.

Our granddaughters, Emily and Sarah, had a great time visiting Santa at the mall.  Emily went right up to him and wasn’t shy at all.  Sarah had to be paid $10 to sit on Santa’s lap.  Her Mom was more than willing to dole out the bucks.  LOL  In the middle pic, Emily is giving my son, LeRoy aka Daddy, a big hug.  She loves her Daddy.


I am hoping that this post finds all of you having a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We are going to my brother, Bobs, again for Christmas Day dinner. My little brother, Rip and Robert & Chrystina & baby Sophie, will also be there. I’m dying to see little Sophie. She has gotten so big. Samantha will have to work but I hope we see her before she heads to work.  We are having lasagna and turkey – good fixings. I’m going to bring a Dreamscicle dessert, Upside-Down Pineapple cake (Cathi’s favorite), and some deviled eggs, which we all love. I’m so glad the store is closed for the day, giving us a day off.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!