Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Front Porch Christmas 2014

I didn’t change a lot on my porch this year, but I thought I would share it anyway. 

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Tracy

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

My tree bit the dust last year so I bought a skinny tree the day after Christmas.  It was much easier to decorate and I filled it full of ornaments.  I added some leopard print ribbon as well.  I am embracing my love of leopard print. 

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Tracy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Izzy and a Windy Day

My sweet 3 yr old miniature schnauzer braved a windy day while I photographed her.  I love how the wind blew her fur and ears as she looked into the gusts. 

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Tracy

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall 2014

I love fall.  The older I get, the more I love it.  Last weekend I put out some fall d├ęcor.  I need to buy some mums in the next couple of weeks to add to my porch. 

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I did a little costume try on today.  I have had these for a year or two.  My dog I adopted in March has never had the pleasure of playing dress up.  She was not a fan.  She was the bat. 

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Maddy just gave up and laid down without moving. 

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I don’t think they are going to like Halloween. 

Tracy

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This One Time On Vacation….I almost died.

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We love to go to Almont, CO for vacation in Taylor Canyon.  Almont sits between Crested Butte and Gunnison.  We enjoy spending time in all 3 areas while on vacation.

This was our 3rd time to vacation in the area and it will be our most memorable vacation of our lives. 

We arrived in the mountains on July 5th and everything was going perfectly.  The morning of the 10th I traveled to Crested Butte for the Wildflower Festival.  I signed up for a wildflower photo outing.  Afterwards, I decided to grab a bite to eat and some roadside cherries before heading back to our cabin at Harmel’s in Almont. 

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I arrived back to the cabin and decided to eat some of the cherries that I bought.  I then showed my husband the photos I took and we all hung out at the cabin for a little bit.  My husband and son decided to go throw the football up at the lodge in the grassy field.  I was going to stay and edit a few photos. 

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When they left, my stomach started acting up and I thought I had eaten too many cherries.  Then I vomited violently and then my severe pain began in my abdomen.  It got so bad I could hardly move.  I was sweating profusely and felt delirious.  My husband and son came back and found me moaning and rolling around on the floor.  My husband is a firefighter and he checked my pulse and couldn’t find one.  He rushed me to the Gunnison (population 2000) to the hospital. 

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I suffered one hour of pain before arriving to the hospital and another 4 hours while getting diagnosed and then waiting for surgery.  They gave me morphine, fentanyl and something else while I was there.  NONE of it worked.  I thought I might lose my mind.  Finally a CT scan showed my intestines were enlarged and in trouble.  Luckily a surgeon that is looking to move to Colorado was working at the hospital that week.  She was the only one who could do the surgery.  No one else knew what to do.  If she was not there it would have been really really bad.  My intestines were twisted 8 times and strangulated.  They were dying and about to burst.  Traveling to another hospital to have the surgery would probably been a death sentence for me. 

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My lifesaver/surgeon just happens to be Dr. Good.  Smile  Very fitting.  She saved my life.  She thought I would have to get a colostomy bag, but I did not.  I am still recovering and getting stronger every day.  I spent 6 days in the hospital after surgery and I have been back in Texas resting and getting better. 

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My intestines twisted because I am missing ligaments that should have held them in place.

The photo below shows me after surgery with my GN tube; my first shower after several days in the hospital bed; when I finally felt like putting on makeup and clothes and finally my husband and I celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary on July 26th. 

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I saw this next photo on facebook and I so agree. 

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Tracy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Just a couple of patriotic photos to share with you.

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Tracy

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Front Porch Summer 2014

I was in the mood for color this year on my front porch.  I planted bright colored flowers and found some red polka dotted pillows from Target.  A small hail storm wrecked a little havoc on my red geranium blooms, but they still look pretty good. 

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I brought my ladder back out because the corner looks boring without it.  One day I will figure out how to decorate it better. 

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I shared this area recently.  My fern is growing bigger.  We have had lots of rain for our area which is wonderful because we have been in a drought for over a decade.  My plants are happy and so am I.

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My pots can cost a small fortune to fill with flowers.  It gets so hot and dry that they start looking sad by mid summer.  So this year I planted mostly succulents.  I love them and they are much easier to care for and cheaper than flowers. 

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My favorite one is the one that has pink edges. 

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I found a little shop where a guy builds bird houses.  I had him build this one for me.  He uses the ends of pickets from fences that have rotted roof tops.  It’s my favorite thing about this. 

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I really enjoy coming out to my front porch this year.  I hope we keep getting rain so that my plants stay happy. 

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Tracy

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