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Needless to say it has been a whirlwind of a week. Another snowstorm has dumped an additional 10 or more inches on the already god-forsaken-snow-covered-dead-of-winter all around us. The calender tells me that spring is right around the corner, but I remain to be fully convinced of that! As I look outside my window right now, sipping Snapple Antioxidant Wa+er all I can see is white…an almost blinding white.

On another note, I will be on the operating table donating my gallbladder to medical science on Monday morning. I am happy to rid myself of such a horrible blight that has been placed upon myself. I hope to have happy healing, as to get on with my life and continue our travel plans to Italy regardless of the Euro. $1.51 as of today. The dollars is at it’s all time weakest value since we have been traveling to Europe. Perhaps we need to invest in the European Market….how about San Lorenzo?….hehehehe!

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Gallbladder update:

I’m on my way to see the surgeon today at 10:30am. I have to drive an hour away through about 12 inches of snow that is still coming down. I’ll update y’all later. 😦

2:30pm UPDATE:  I am donating my gallbladder to science on Monday March 3rd.  Yikkes, it has to come out!

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The weekend has come and gone once more. Emma celebrated her third birthday in style as, of course, a pirate! She is a non-conformist by nature. The three hours trip south to the coast was long over due, but was hindered by recent said gallbladder attacks. Emma had a great time sharing her party with her family and friends for her third birthday. She definitely knows how to make someone smile!

So as life knows it things are changing. March is right around the corner and hopefully spring will be too, although tonight weather forecast is predicting 12-15 inches of snow, through tonight and tomorrow. I finally have an appointment to see as surgeon about my gallbladders issue. According, to my PCP, it has to come out. Infection and other disgusting things are brewing and causing pain, that can only be relieved by removal.

In the meantime we wait, we wait for spring and return to Italy, in the form of a two week trip. So I keep pressing forward and wondering when spring will make it’s appearance instead of weather like tonight!

…HEAVY SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY…

A HEAVY SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

OCCASIONAL SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THIS TODAY. ANY SNOW THAT FALLS TODAY WILL BE LIGHT WITH ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY AN INCH OR LESS.

STEADIER SNOW IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT AND INTO WEDNESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT…AND CONTINUE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WARNING AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

THIS STORM WILL HAVE A MODERATE IMPACT ON THE WARNING AREA. HEAVY SNOW WILL COVER ROADS AND REDUCE VISIBILITIES MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT AT TIMES. SOME BLOWING OR DRIFTING SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATER TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

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Happy Birthday to Emma

originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Three years ago today, my niece Amy gave birth to a beautiful gift….a special great niece named Emma. She was welcomed in to the world as, evening came on February 22nd, 2005. She has brought much joy in to our lives and she touches everyone with her bright and inquisitive spirit. Happy Birthday to you today Emma Leigha. We will see you tomorrow for your special Birthday celebration. Buon Compleanno Emma!

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gallstones

“Gallstones are stones that form in the gall (bile). Bile is a watery liquid made by the cells of the liver that is important for digesting food in the intestine, particularly fat. Liver cells secrete the bile they make into small canals within the liver. The bile flows through the canals and into larger collecting ducts within the liver (the intrahepatic bile ducts). The bile then flows within the intrahepatic bile ducts out of the liver and into the extrahepatic bile ducts-first into the hepatic bile ducts, then into the common hepatic duct, and finally into the common bile duct. From the common bile duct, there are two different directions that bile can flow. The first direction is on down the common bile duct and into the intestine where the bile mixes with food and promotes digestion of food. The second direction is into the cystic duct, and from there into the gallbladder (often misspelled as gall bladder). Once in the gallbladder, bile is concentrated by the removal (absorption) of water. During a meal, the muscle that makes up the wall of the gallbladder contracts and squeezes the concentrated bile in the gallbladder back through the cystic duct into the common duct and then into the intestine. (Concentrated bile is much more effective for digestion than the un-concentrated bile that goes from the liver straight into the intestine.) The timing of gallbladder contraction-during a meal-allows the concentrated bile from the gallbladder to mix with food.

Gallstones usually form in the gallbladder; however, they also may form anywhere there is bile–in the intrahepatic, hepatic, common bile, and cystic ducts. Gallstones also may move about within bile, for example, from the gallbladder into the cystic or common duct.”   http://www.medicinenet.com

They suck!

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Ten years ago today, I married my sole mate, my best friend and travel companion. We have logged millions of travel miles together. Commuting back and forth for both of us has become a way of life. We have grown strong as a couple, even though we are separated by 1200 miles most days. My husband is an amazing man who accepts and tolerates my grand plan, my moods, my attitudes, and who I am, without ever asking me to change.

Today is a special day for us as we celebrate our ten years together. Valentines Day is a holiday to celebrate a forgotten Saint. Valentine’s Day has evolved into a day that celebrates love, romance and passion in every way, the world over. It is also a holiday where people honor friendship, affection, and love for others.

What a wonderful holiday this would be if we use it as a day to simply express love, not necessarily romantic love, but the love of life. One can be a secret cupid for someone, or simply let them know that you are thinking of them.

I take this day to let the special people in my life know, how much I care for them. Thank you Mi Dolci for making my life so special, today and everyday. Happy Anniversary and Valentine’s Day! 🙂

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I just got an email today from Laura “ro ra” my stepdaughter who lives in Japan. Apparently it has snowed there recently and she sent me this photo of the Japanese sidewalks with warm water flowing out of them the melt the snow!!!!! Leave it to the Japanese to have created such an idea! With another wild winter weather forecast slated for tomorrow, we could sure use this kind of technology in the good Ol’ USA. Thanks”Ro Ra”!

“…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE WATCH AREA EARLY WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA BY THE TIME THE SNOW WINDS DOWN LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.” The National Weather Service

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