Beautiful Clearlake in California

Beautiful Clearlake in California
Mt Shasta in January 2015
My blog is positive, uplifting and informative about our life with family & friends. I love to cook, so you will also be blessed to have some of my secrets of cooking as well. And like our title we are full of Adventures (camping, fishing, boating, atv'in, traveling, etc..), Cuisinier (French, cook or chef) I love to cook! Concoctions (something created, could be food or most anything). Being that I am creative, you will find that throughout my life and blogging. We hope you enjoy reading about our rich and full life! Thank you and feel free to comment or just read.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Two Weeks post op..

Had my doctors appt with Dr Consiglieri yesterday the 19th of February. Also our 10th wedding anniversary.
Short visit with the doctor.  Good News the surgery was successful.. no pain or discomfort from incision area and the neck feels great.
However, the bad news is that I have
C-5 Palsy in my left arm. I have use of wrist and fingers.. however limited motions with fingers and wrist,, can type.. Smile
As for motor type movements lifting the arm, reaching nothing..There is considerable pain along with this.. NOT much in known about this type of palsy… If you find anything about it would like it if you could forward it to me.
C-5 Palsy >>
http://www.bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/96-B/7/950 <<this is about as much info that is out there..
I will start PT next week..
I am still pretty upset knowing that my arm is paralyzed! And pain.. Imagine how difficult my world is right now.. Oh yes and I am feeling sorry for myself right now.. Everything is still so fresh..
Give me sometime and I am sure things will improve (positive you see Smile)..  I will try and keep up dates and progress..
Our road trip that we were going to do is now on “hold”, but if things improve?? Smile Keep you fingers crossed and lots of prayers.. I will do the work.. Smile

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nightmare at Lake County Hospitals!

NEVER EVER GO TO A HOSPITAL IN LAKE COUNTY, CA!
YOU WILL GET THE WORST POSSIBLE CARE!

YOU PROBABLY WILL DIE!
I found out I have degenerative disk disease.. and have NOT ever had any problems..However, I probably should have figured it out as 2 of my brothers and my youngest daughter have had the same/similar surgery.
This is what happened:
Fluke got that horrible cold going around that comes with a awful cough.. I coughed so hard blew out 3 ribs and it was so painful.. so went to Chiropractor and he did adjustments to back and neck.. put ribs back..felt great for about one hour and then holly hell broke loose! Excruciating pain down the left side of my neck, shoulder and arm.. For all I knew I was having a heart attack! Went to Clearlake (St Helena of Clearlake) hospital.. told me it was going to be a 4 hour wait!!! Left there and headed to Lakeport Sutter.. I had to wait 2 hours pacing the halls with excruciating pain.. finally saw triage,, they panicked and put me on an EKG.. if I was having a heart attack I would have been dead by this time! Another hour goes by and “Dr. Isis” (should have guessed this one!!) gives a shot of 5mg valium.. and 1000mg of Motrin.. This wouldn’t kill the pain in your broken toe! In the meantime my blood pressure was sky high! High number was well over 240!!! Due to the pain level.. next time she came in she ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE PAIN!!!!!!!!?????????? OMG horrible.. I said “morphine”? 2 more hours go by and I got a 4mg of morphine.. again not enough to do anything, least of all this excruciating pain.. about 10 minutes later she comes in and she is releasing me cause there is nothing they can do for me! My blood pressure is off the charts and I am in horrible pain! And now the hospitals can not give you meds to take home!! So I went home in so much pain and was unable to take a pain pill till the  next day at 11am when Ev got them at the pharmacy..I could have stroked out during the night! I had no pain meds or blood pressure meds to bring down blood pressure!
Then go to my primary doc on Tuesday and what does he do?? Another neck adjustment!!!!!!!!! REALLY?? OMG.. he should have ordered and MRI or something to figure something out besides adjusting me again! So on Thursday I notice my left arm isn’t working very well and pretty much not at all.. well now I am scared to death I am having a stroke on top of whatever else is going on.. I call Lindsy she says MOM GET TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM NOW! An come to Santa Rosa ER at Memorial..They were waiting for me when I got there… took me in and treated me with respect and I felt like a Queen.. no problem gave me some great pain meds, did an ekg and had me scheduled for MRI.. Disks severely ruptured in my neck were 3&4 and 5&6.. no wonder I was in so much pain.. still not sure why my arm isn't working.. but first things first..It was a week later before I finally got into the neurosurgeon. However the morning I came in I think if he could have he would have done my surgery then!! As it was I went in the next morning at 930am.. Emergency surgery..I couldn’t believe it.. I can’t believe how much had to suffer before getting the care I should have gotten from the start.. When I woke up from the surgery, pain was pretty well gone, and so was my left arm.. have feeling in it all the way down, can’t lift it?? I do have the use of my fingers and hand, but if you can move your arm your hand isn’t much use either.. however I do have my wrist propped up on the ledge by the keyboard so I can type..
I do believe yesterday(Feb 9th) being it was the 3rd after surgery was my worse day.. horrible day really.. Today, feeling much better, in comparison.. hopefully now on the road to recovery.. neck seems to be doing pretty good.. pain is minimal..
I am in the process of writing a letter to both the hospitals up here and the insurance commissioner of CA and anyone else that I can think of.. providing them with the information on HOW I WAS TREATED in our local hospitals..
praying I get the use of my arm back soon..
Today is almost a week since surgery.. Left arm is improving, but very slowly, not much more movement, but there is at least hope!
I am still taking pain pills about every 4 to 5 hours for pain.. some muscle relaxers and a nerve pill (??) anyway, life is NOT back to normal by any means!
Check out my doctor and his wife whom is also a neurosurgeon!
http://www.annadelmedicalgroup.com/Our-Services/Neurosurgery.aspx Love these people!! Smile There was another Doctor “Guy” can’t find him the directory, cant remember his last name (it was one of these really long ones). Guy was so nice..he came in everyday to see me and just lots of beautiful smiles and encouragement!! Great “Guy”!! Smile Found his name!! >> Guy Delorefice, M.D.
Guy Delorefice, M.D. <<link to click..

Me post op on Sunday coming home..

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Social Media “Facebook” is a great way to keep family & friends up to date on issues you maybe having!
Thank you all my FB peeps.. You are all so amazing.. Smile

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Eureka Crab Feed at the Elks

We caravanned up with Phil & Toni to Eureka where we stayed at the Moose Lodge.. even though the “Weekend in the Redwoods” was hosted by the Elks lodge of Eureka. There were quite of few people camping between the Elks and the Moose. Rudy & Faith were at the Elks. Some were at the local hotel (Red Lion), Lynn & Larry and Rich & Judy..
We saw our new friend Dave that we had met at Lewiston Lodge at Thanksgiving! Dave is a riot! He really loves to have fun! So that is why we love him and he love us! Nice to have new friends!
Gayle & Rob at the Moose along with some of their friends.. Really had a nice group again this year!!
Every day was an adventure.. Of course Toni & I could have felt better.. Toni and I had a dam cold that kicked our butts pretty good.. Enjoyed the evenings mostly.. However we did do a couple of day excursions.. Thrift store shopping one day.. another day we went to Ferndale and went breakfast
Mike & Maryann stayed with us in the trailer. They arrived on Thursday and we all (Phil & Toni, Mike & Maryann and us) stayed till Monday.. What a great time we had!
Weather was?? wet for a couple of days.. but we made the best of it..

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day with the Rick Boyd’s Kids!

High light of the week and the last big day we have here while visiting in WA.. I gotta say these “Boyd’s” can do most anything in all kinds of weather!! It was drizzly and cold.. burrr..
Phil & Kristy just bought a house with nearly 5 acres.. I think they went halves with her parents??.. GREAT property! Two homes lots of out buildings barns, garages, etc.. Great property for raising a family! Phil & Kristy hosted this evenings events.. All the kids and their kids were invited.. I made up a big pot of spaghetti sauce and noodles along with pre-baked ribs, some avocado dip, etc.. Not that there wasn’t a ton of food! Margee, Kristy’s mom is a wonderful cook too! She made some shrimp pizza (to die for!) along with some other dishes (can’t remember).. So much wonderful food.. This family will never go hungry, guaranteed!!
Phil/Kristy and their two boys, Margee/Larry, Jess/Teresa and their 2 little ones, Janelle and Caddy, Ron/Suzie, Rick/Lynn and Maddi and of course us, it was so great seeing all of them!.. of course there wasn't enough food!! OMG! We should have invited the neighborhood!!
Phil got a bon fire going out back.. Papa Rick went to the store and bought stuff for s’mores.. Smile Great PaPa
What a wonderful night to end the weeks events.. Sunday is planned to be a quite movie day as we will leave to come home on Monday..

Sunday morning woke up with a sore throat and cold.. good day for couch and movies..
Monday we would leave to come home..
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Packed up and left for home on Monday,, Got home Tuesday 1/6/15

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dinner with friends Dieter & Gayla

Really Dieter & Gayla are so wonderful to work with our schedule when we come for a visit.. Seems like I changed our dinner date a couple of times then went back to the original date.. Smile Thanks guys for being so patient!!
Dieter & Gayla love to entertain, kind of like me.. Smile
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Earlier in the day Rick, Ev, Jess and Dieter had gone golfing.. however it started raining ice cycles so they only played 9 wholes..

Both Dieter & Gayla were cooking madly when we arrived.. Everything looked yummy and tasted even better! We had cocktails and champagne and wine.. It was a delightful evening..
Dieter cooked up his infamous bacon wrapped scallops!! My fav!
We had some delicious country ribs with potatoes and some of Gayla’s home grown and canned green beans!! A nice salad great company, great evening!! Thanks Guys for a wonderful night! kisssm[23]

Right after we arrived Gayla wanted to advertise her new lip gloss from Mary Kay so she gave the boys all a little kiss on the check and left her mark.. cute.. kisssmkisssmkisssm

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Next bunch of photos are Girls just wanna have fun.. They guys were sleeping on the couch in the living room (watching foot ball, oh yeah right)..too much golf earlier I guess..

One more thing I need to share.. Dieter built this little bridge over their pond in the back yard from a tree on their property.. isn’t it cool??
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Love you guys!! kisssmkisssmkisssm

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Years Day

Oh just call me a sucker for punishment!! LOL..
I had bought some steaks for us for New Years day.. However in the meantime I had said to Rick, “wonder if Randy & Amy” would like to come over for dinner”, this was a couple days prior.. Smile
And of course New Years day was a bit sluggish if you get my meaning..?
Dinner consisted of some of those yummy potatoes with onion soup mix, shrimp salad, steaks, mushrooms.. yummy yummy..
(Lynn had to work most of the day, so this was all on me..)
I set the table nice.. and got all the food prepared and was already by the time Randy & Amy and Lynn got home.. It was great having a nice intimate party that evening.. However I was pretty well ready for bed by 8pm.. Felt bad that I wasn’t worth a darn! But too much party the might before!!

After everyone left Rick and Ev went out to start the burn pile on fire.. Rick slipped on some ice, thinking he had broke his elbow and wrist.. Ev said “wait don’t get up, let me get a picture”.. LOL
Rick got up and he was ok.. thank God!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Years Eve with the “Cuz’ins”

It’s already been a great couple of days! Rick is such a great brother.. don’t tell him this stuff it will probably go to his head! Bless his heart, he made plans for Ev and I and himself and take his motorhome to our “cuz” Randy & Lisa’s place to celebrate New Years Eve!!

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To our surprise more family was also there! Cuz’in Colleen and her husband Jim.. Smile Just had a grand time! Randy & Lisa’s two kids were also here! What a fun time!!
We had ribs and I brought some lasagna, tons of appetizers! More food than any one could ever eat!
Oh and I need to let you know that brother Rick only had 4 drinks all night!! Check it out with this pic!! Tell me what you think? at least 5 don’t you think? This was early in the evening too.. LOL Usually Rick wouldn’t be caught dead with his glasses on.. hehehee

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That was probably one of the best New Years Eve’s I have ever had! Thanks to having a great family!! Love you all!!
The next day (New Years Day) was a bit rough.. not enough sleep? ok..Smile

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Now if wasn’t enough Randy & Lisa hosting this great party.. Then they feed us breakfast in the morning!!Washington visit 130..

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday the 30th with Ron & Suzi and family

Tuesday was Ron & Suzi visit day. They just so happened to be babysitting their newest members of the family Jaxson and Knox. Cutest little boys about 4 1/2 months old.. Handful for sure twins, really? lots of work!! Season & Angie’s son’s!!

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We got to visit a little while.. soon we were on our way shopping.. It was Ron’s birthday on New Years Eve and daughter Meg had invited us for dinner that night (the 30th)..
In the meantime Rick called and invited us to lunch with him and Lynn.. So we did some shopping first then met Rick at the “Firehouse” in Orting, WA for some delicious hamburgers!! You know what? How hard is it to make a fabulous burger? These people have it right on!! The best hamburgers ever!! Awesome job! I know there are many places that can screw them up, so if you know any place that really messes up a hamburger, tell them to take lessons from these guys!

We got Ron his present, so we were ready for the nights festivities.. Of course Lynn couldn’t make it, she had to work the next morning (she gets up at 1am and then work by 3am, ick)..
When we got to Ron & Suzi’s, it was great to see everyone!

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Meghan and her husband John had driven up from El Paso to surprise the family for Christmas!! What a wonderful Christmas Present!! This was our first time to meet Meg’s husband John and truly is a dar’lin man!!

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Meghan cooked up so tex-mex enchiladas/lasagna.. It was very good!
We also had a wonderful surprise from our brother Rod, that were weren’t sure we will going to see while visiting!!
We had a wonderful evening visiting with everyone!! Love my family!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Travel Day December 29th WA here we come!

OMG if you can believe it we got up at 315am to leave very early on Monday morning the 29th so we could do the whole drive to WASHINGTON state to where my brothers live around Orting/Graham area!! We made it in 14 hours! We arrived at brother Ricks about 6pm.. aww.. what a long ass day driving!! Hey our fuel bit was so cheap!! about $70 to drive up there one way!! The whole trip was about $180!! Thankfully the gas prices are so cheap!..
We were pretty tired by the time we arrived at Rick & Lynn’s.. A good nights sleep and we would be on the move again!
Mt Shasta below

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

After Christmas Party with the Bechlers!

The same day we got a surprise call from Ev’s brother Chuck saying they would like to stop by and visit. We also got a call for an impromptu party with Eric & Twilla that late afternoon!!
They were the host and hostess with the mostess!! Eric and Twilla decorates more than me if you can believe that one! Actually not so much inside, but the outside is beautiful!
We had a lovely few hours with a great group of people..
Thanks guys for having us!! WE LOVED IT!
Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Day with Ev & Linda 2014

Another GREAT Christmas with family and friends!!
As always we have our gift exchange about 2pm on Christmas Day.. Then the dinner is served!
Thankfully everyone is great at pitching in and helping bring food and getting it served! We served Turkey/Stuffing/Ham/Sweet potatoes/mashed potatoes/ gravy/green bean casserole/zucchini casserole/fresh homemade bread from Lee & Laura/crab salad, too much food!! Oh and dessert as well!! OMG!
I do believe we had 16 of us!! and two big tables and one small..
Everett/Linda, Lindsy/Chris/Colin, Cheri/Ali, Jeff/Cesar, Lee/Laura, Janet/Bob, Carrie/Jason/Peyton. Smile
We had additional seating just in case.. Smile

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What a wonderful Day.. Oh so my favorite holiday.. Smile
Love all my family and friends so much! Happy you can share this lovely day with us!