Friday, April 30, 2010

Another Infusion Under My Belt......

Well gals, I made it through another Friday infusion....I must say that Karen the infusion nurse is the best! She keeps us laughing all morning long and my ever faithful friend Ken (he & I have been together for infusions every Friday for the past year and a half) well we just talk & laugh...makes the time go by!

Home & finished up my housework, now I'm going to take a long hot shower put on my new PJs & read....

Remicade tends to upset the stomach so Friday nights kind of stink, but, not to night SHHHHHHH DON'T TELL MR. P. PLEASEEEEEE!!! Starting tonight @ 11:00pm it's Fashion Day on the Q, so while I'm up I'll be doing some shopping.

Now if I can just figure out how to intercept all of my packages that will be arriving...Hey, a gal needs new summer duds doesn't she?????

Well, I'm off. Thank you for all of the kind words, sorry I was a poop last night ~ Love to all of you!!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless...Please keep on praying, our military is out there fighting for our freedom so please keep them in your thoughts & prayers!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Not Much To Say.......

Well, I'm at a loss! It doesn't happen often, but tonight I just don't have anything to say...IMAGINE THAT?????

I just haven't been feeling like myself lately, so darn tired & sore :( I have Remicade tomorrow, my doctor's office called me this morning to see where I had my labs done...hmmmmmmm say I "you didn't tell me I had to have blood drawn, so I didn't go anywhere" ~ this irritates me! They have upped the dosage for all of the medication I take throughout the month and also the Remicade * I am supposed to have lab work done very 6 weeks to check my liver enzymes and inflammatory markers...maybe that's why my eyes have been a little yellow ~ I don't know. I'd like to quit all of it!

Unfortunately I carry the HLA-B27 which is a common indicator for Rheumatoid & Ankylosing Spodylitis, both of which I have ~ I hope that my kiddos don't have it and that it will not be passed on to their children....they only test you for the gene if you show signs and symptoms GRRRR!

Well, I'm sure that you don't want to hear me babble on & besides I don't have anything to say remember!!

I read Julie's post and my heart broke...we lost a young man here too, he lived two streets over from us and graduated a year before our Billy, billy knew him but doesn 't kno wyet of his passing! He was killed by a sniper. He came home today and the streets were lined with his classmates, friends & neighbors & his family...Mr. P went to see him come home, he just stood there crying & praying and trying to imagine what that young man's parents must be feeling...he leaves behind a small child, who will grow up to know that his Daddy was a true American Hero.....

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless....please keep up the prayers ~ they really work!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Feels Like Winter Up Here......

Yup, you heard that's about 34 degrees and WINDY!!!!!! My lilacs are blowing all over the place! It was only 30 degrees when I got up this morning, I don't know when if we'll ever be able to shut the heat off!!!

I AM READY FOR THE SUN, MY FLIP FLOPS, A DAY AT THE BEACH ~ when I am not wearing a turtleneck & sweatshirt!!!

Jeepers, well....I'm off. Going to curl up under my quilt and have a cup of hot chocolate! Yup, I think Old Man Winter likes it here!!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Joke of The Day....

When Billy was away at Boot Camp I used to write to him every night when I got in from work....I always kept his letters chipper & upbeat. He asked me to PLEASE KEEP HIM UP ON THE RED SOX & then the Summer Olympics and of course world I would write his letters like I was reading a news broadcast. He really got a kick out of them...but, I ended each letter with "THE JOKE OF THE DAY"

I was rearranging things in his closet last night and had to move a giant duffel bag, when I took it down it was every letter he had received while down at Parris Island, we, MR. P & me wrote to him every night without fail so with our letters and then all of the friends and our families that had written well HE HAD A LOT OF LETTERS! I started to look through them and thought that it would be fun to share some jokes with all of you....

You've probably heard them already but just in case here are a few!!!

I'm desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

Military Meal Standards

MARINES: Meals, Ready-to-Eat 3 times a day.

ARMY: One hot meal, 2 MRE's.

NAVY: 3 hot meals.

AIR FORCE: Catered meals prepared by the Galloping Gourmet, Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. All you can eat

Ways to Amuse Yourself During A Military Urinalysis

Ask your observer if he wants to race.

Wear a diaper.

Urinate all over the outside of the cup, and then refuse to wash your hands with anything accept antibacterial soap.

Inquire about a "take home cup."

Get your privates stuck in your zipper.

After four-and-a-half hours of holding it, pee so hard you knock the cup out of your hand.

When the nurse asks you to witness the cup being empty, insist that you have to stick your finger in there to "check it out for yourself."

When they call your name, walk to the counter looking really concerned. Calmly explain to the nurse that you haven't studied for this test, and want to know if there's any extra credit.

Put some water in your boot before the test. When you get to the peeing part, take off your boot, pour it into the cup, and shamefully say that you just couldn't wait.

Ask the observer to slap you on your rear-end a few times, just to get things going for you.

Bring a drink umbrella for your cup.

Since this person has probably seen a lot of people pee, ask him how you measure up.

Before you start, self-check for hernias (turn, cough, etc...)

Wear a condom.

As a group of soldiers stood in formation at an Army Base, the Drill Sergeant said, "All right! All you idiots fall out."
As the rest of the squad wandered away, one soldier remained at attention.
The Drill Instructor walked over until he was eye-to-eye with him, and then raised a single eyebrow. The soldier smiled and said, "Sure was a lot of 'em, huh, sir?"

Getting the Ship Under Way
A young ensign had nearly completed his first overseas tour of sea duty when he was given an opportunity to display his ability at getting the ship under way. With a stream of crisp commands, he had the decks buzzing with men and soon, the ship had left port and was streaming out of the channel. The ensign's efficiency has been remarkable. In fact, the deck was abuzz with talk that he had set a new record for getting a destroyer under way.
The ensign glowed at his accomplishment and was not all surprised when another seaman approached him with a message from the captain. He was, however, a bit surprised to find that it was a radio message, and he was even more surprised when he read, "My personal congratulations upon completing your underway preparation exercise according to the book and with amazing speed. In your haste, however, you have overlooked one of the unwritten rules - make sure the captain is aboard before getting under way."

And my favorite!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sore Hands & Feet.....

YEOWWWWWWW!!! my hands and feet are "killing" !!! It's cold and damp here tonight, the fireplace is lit and I'm getting ready to go plop myself down in front of it...this cold, rainy weather is getting to me....I need a few days of warm sunshine...

Well, since I can't have the sun I guess the fireplace, a hot cup of tea & my best guy "Ben" will do the trick!!!

Hope you all have a great night!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Busy But Fun Sunday.....

I was busy all day long & then went to my little friend Katelin's Birthday Party...she's 7 & so cute!

I work with her mom & her Aunty Barbara, who just loves her to pieces...actually anyone that meets her falls in love with her, she is just tooo cute! Can you guess what two of her favorite things to do are???????? Shopping & going to the beach...WHAT A GIRL!!!!

We're having a girls night in a few Fridays, for a day of fun & a sleepover! Karen, that's the mommy, Barbara, the Aunty, Katelin & me ~ we're all going to an indoor water park about an hour from here...she is so excited (so am I)!

I'll be bringing my camera so there will be plenty of pictures!!!

Hope that everyone had a great Sunday!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless.....

Keep on praying ~ it works!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Afternoon At The Platt House.....

Brushing up on her commands....


Slow....heel girl, slow....

Mark, back, mark...wait for it....


In between these two pictures she trotted around and found her "birds"

GOOD GIRL...That's my big girl!

Good night!!!!!

Until tomorrow...Be Safe & God Bless...please keep up the prayers!

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Day At The Beach......

We spent the afternoon at the beach, Mr. P, Ms. B & was a beautiful day! The sun was shining, the waves were rolling & crashing, I kicked off my socks & shoes and walked in the sand STILL VERY COLD but it felt sooooo good!!!!

Mr. P was sporting his waders so that Ms. B could get her swimming in...she didn't want to stop! He tossed her bumper & she retrieved it for almost two hours! When he put it away she just kept crashing on out there and rode the waves back in! She's a mess! It's helping with her leg a lot & if she keeps on this path she'll back out hunting this fall!!!

I wandered away for a bit by myself and just kept snapping pictures...I took about 100 of many to pick from!

I loved the gulls on the rocks & the starfish ~ I threw him back in the water....

Well, that's it for today! Hope you get to come along with me the next time we hit the beach!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless....

Tracy ~ see August 5th 2009 Raining Again

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Momma Doesn't Blog In The Lightening

Or talk on the phone, or run the dishwasher or hand wash dishes in the sink, or run the washing machine, or, watch T.V., or take a shower, or, sleep on a water bed!!!

Yes, you guessed it I am deathly afraid of lightening ^ we are having one heck of a storm so I need to hurry ~ BEFORE A BOLT COMES STRAIGHT DOWN AND ZAPS ME!!!

In case you missed it one of my earlier blogs was about lightening and what I did to poor Mr. P one night when we were first married, he will never let me live it down!

O.k. GOTTA' GO!!!!!!!!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless ~ oh & please KEEP ON PRAYING!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One Of Those Days......

Oh my, have you ever had one of those feel slim when you wake up and then before you know it you feel like you've swallowed an entire watermelon :/ that was me today!!! Stick a fork in me I AM DONE!!!!!

And what is it when you feel like that you just want to shove food in your pie hole all day long...well, at least I didn't do that, stuck to my fruits & veggies BUT I SO WANTED TO BREAK INTO THE VENDING MACHINE DOWN THE HALL!!!!

Uggghhhhh...I'm going to bed before I devour one of the dogs :)

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!

Oh, one more thing....please remember Justin, Justin, Billy, Blake, Ryan, Julie's mom & dad ~ Keep up the prayers, they really work!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Finally Sprung In Our Little Yard.......

This picture was taken on Easter Sunday, I don't know if you can see him or not....but,there is a fat little squirrel eating cashews ~ Mr. P always yells at me for feeding them, but I can't help it ~ I THINK THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!!
A few years ago we had a momma & two baby squirrels that lived up in that tree & they used to come up on the railing of the deck when I would come out and wait for me to feed them!!!

The lilac bush right outside our slider, I love to open the door and smell these beauties, hopefully they will be in full bloom soon!

My flower box in the back...Ms. B loves to jump up in there and root for the bulbs ~ GRRRRRR!

Well, that's it for tonight.

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless.....

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Monday...........

This is how I feel about Monday Mornings.....

Me on a Monday Monring before the first cup of starter fluid.....

This is how I look at my desk on a Monday Morning......

After a day at the office and 45 minutes in Monday Drive time traffic.....

Until tomorrow.....Be Safe & God Bless

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I Am Pooped.............

We were busy all weekend long :) .....I was up early & out the door, dress shopping with Nikky ~ IT WAS A SUCCESS!!!!

I got my dress, it is so beautiful & Nikky loved it. Mr. P loved it too :) I feel relieved, I was anxious about finding something and now that's one more thing I can cross off my list!!!!! Got my bag, jewelry & shoes too... ~ YAHOO!

Nikky had some sad news, her friend passed away early Saturday morning, she was so upset. Poor sweetie! Please say a prayer that the mother of that young lady can find peace, it just breaks my heart... I don't know what I would do if anything ever happened to my Nikky or Billy. They are my life!

Busy all day & out all night...TOOOO OLD FOR THIS STUFF!

All of my odds and ends are finished & I am going to put on my P.J. & my fuzzy robe ~ make a cup of teat and settle in with my book!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I Am The Mom.....

You don't know, but I am the mom who cries every morning and hopes every night for his safe return. I am the mom that drags herself out of bed every morning so that he will be proud of her when he comes home.

You don't know but I am the mom with a million things to say, but none will come out without the thought of him. I am the mom who checks her phone every 5 seconds just to make sure I haven't missed his call. I am the mom who stops and stares and wishes for him to return soon each and every time another man in uniform walks by.

What you don't know is that I know love on an entirely different level than most. I know the love that spans time and space. The love that most parents are constantly searching for. ...

I can tell you I know more about love in homecoming, then most know in a lifetime. You don't know that when he left a part of me went with him and a part of him stayed with me. You tell me that you know how I feel and understand what I am going through, but you have no idea, so please don't say you do.

What you don't realize is that I understand the true meaning of not only love but of longing and anticipation.

You don't see, but I am one of the few who gets goose bumps and chokes back the tears as my heart fills with pride everytime I hear the National Anthem play. I am one of those moms that will stand tall and stay strong on the outside when I feel like I am dying on the inside.

I am one of the moms who will make friends with complete strangers, for only they can begin to understand what I am going through for they go through it each and every day also with one of their loved ones serving. And please don't say you do, because you never will. You don't understand that I picture his face everywhere I go and he is with me in everything I do.

You think I don't cry anymore, that I have gotten over it... What you don't know is that I just hide it better and cry every day.

You don't know the feeling the word "deployment" brings to any of us whose beloved sons' serve.

Or the feeling of his hand as it slides out of your hand for what could be forever as he boards the bus, the ship or the plane that will take him to harms way. You don't know what that last smile, hug and kiss mean, how important that goodbye truly is.

You tell me you support the troops, I tell you I love a Marine. I am one of the silent, but outgoing. One of the weak but strong. Scared but Proud.

What you don't see is that he needs me & I need him.

I am one of those moms who stands tall behind her Marine.

Stands tall behind her hero.

Stands tall behind her son.

Watching silently and patiently as he serves and defends our country,praying many, many times throughout the day for his safety......waiting for him to come home with that same mischieveous smile and that same twinkle in his eyes and to hear those precious, precious words, "Mom, I'm on US soil. I'll be home soon."

You don't see that I will drop to my knees and thank God for my son's safe return. You don't know the tears of relief I will sob and you don't know that for the first time in many, many months, I can truly breathe again.

posted by: MoMs ~ Mothers of Marines....They Enlisted, we were drafted!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Dress Shopping 101...............

YIKES!!!! I am going dress shopping tomorrow morning for MY DRESS & I AM A MESS!!!! Really, I am a nervous wreck. I don't know why, I am having such anxiety about this....

If I find a dress & Nikky agrees I'll post a picture up for all of you to see it!

Wish me luck!

No news on Nikky's friend ~ please keep praying! Please pray for Julie's mom & dad & for her Justin....please pray for Cindy's Justin & for Mark, & Blake, & Ryan, & my Billy!!!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ms. B Has An Infection In Her Knee.......

My Ms. B has an infection in her knee...poor pooch! The vet said, yes the vet AGAIN...thankfully he isn't charging us fo rthe visits just all of the medication she is taking...but, he said that she was actually doing really well, better than most that he has done this type of surgery on! That made Mr. P feel good, he has been so worried about her (yes, we're crazy dog people, she's our little baby)...

She'll be happy to know that she can continue with her swimming, only thing she has to swim in salt water until the infection clears up & BROTHER DOES SHE LOVE THE BEACH!!!!

Mr. P will be taking her tomorrow morning & if it isn't raining I'll be going too with the camera!

Hoping to hear from Billy, we haven't spoken to him ~ Vonage can't get through the firewall security so calls aren't getting through :(

My poor sweet Nikky got some bad news today, one of her sorority sisters has leukemia and was in remission, they were told this morning that she wasn't doing well at all and it would be long now, her mom wanted the girls to be able to see her. Nikky said she was sedated but they went in and sat around her bed and talked to her all afternoon ~ poor sweetheart, she's an only child...pray that she doesn't suffer anymore and that her mom can find peace. She doesn't want her to suffer any longer.

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


1. Your last goodnight sleep was six months before he enlisted.

2. You have finally resigned to the fact that Marine Mail is delivered seasonally rather than daily.

3. Your Marine gives you tips on ironing.

4. Your Marine’s version of pneumonia is "It's just a cold, I'm fine".

5. You finally realize the Marine Corps cure all is Motrin.

6. The international operator knows you on a first name basis, LOL it's true!!!

7. Your Marine starts finding MRE's tasty and you’re jealous.

8. Your interior design color palate is red, white and blue, and you never even noticed.

9. You have at least 100 emails per day from other Marine Moms just like you!

10. The mere word Deployment has you on the phone refilling your Xanax.

11. You can't quite figure out what non-Marine mothers worry about.

12. You finally realize that Drill Instructors are not the anti- Christ and more like heroes.

13. You've mailed at least a few packages that have been on around- the-world tours.

14. You forgot that there were TV stations other than FOX NEWS & The Military Channel!

15. You find yourself bragging to your friends about your marines accuracy with an
M-16, I know I do!!!

16. You will get into a high speed chase just to catch up with someone’s Marine Corps bumper sticker ~ SO TRUE & beep and wave.

17. You've memorized military time and in-country time....

18. You finally, finally realize that today really means tomorrow, tomorrow could be today, and next week, could be yesterday.

19. You've learned to hold your breath for a really, really long time.

20. When everything in your house is shrine to your Marine.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Well Hello.......

Hello gals! Just stopping by to say HI! I worked late tonight and then it was home to my four legged kiddos!

Ms. B has started hydrotherapy for her leg. She went back to the vet again yesterday because she was having a hard time getting around the last few days. We have been walking her around the back yard like the instructions said to do but when the vet looked at her and reviewed her x-rays again he said that maybe walking was a bit much so try her with swimming. Mr. P took her this morning SHE LOVED IT!!!! And then she went to the range with him and laid in the grass and watched him shoot for a bit...she was right in her element! MY poor girl, I hope that all goes well and she's back out hunting in the fall with her BFF. He missed her this past year!

That's about it for tonight, I'm beat. I don't think that the Remicade is working like it had been, we evaluate how I feel once a month before the infusion and I haven't been all together honest...maybe I'll fib a time or two more and see how I do, yuck! Well, enough of feeling sorry for myself. I'm going to make a hot cup of tea and snuggle in with my book & my furry pals!

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wedding Plans........

Nikky picked out her headpiece yesterday, it's so pretty & she got her shoes too ~ GORGEOUS!!!!

Nikky is making a date to go for her first fitting....

Mike's mom picked out her dress yesterday & I have several that I will be going to look at on Saturday, wish me luck ~ I'll need it!!!

Mike's mom Sylvia, the Maid-of-Honor Krissi & I are planning the shower....plans are being made fast & furious!

Mike found a suit that he likes & Nikky & I have decided on what the fathers will be wearing....


Oh my......

Until tomorrow, Be Safe & God Bless!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Dear Joyce!!!!!

Happy Birthday to you :)