It is Thursday! Throw back photos.

Since I retired I keep forgetting what day it is. I invited my kids to meet us at Cracker Barrel last night for dinner only to find out it was Wednesday! I wanted the “Turkey” dinner that is a Thursday special. I was rather disappointed. Yet, each week holds a Thursday so I will go another time.


Here is a “Thursday” throw back photo for you. Bob and I got married on a Thursday (March 13, 1969). He was in the Air Force. I was 18 and he was 20. Boy was that a long time ago! Would love to be THAT THIN again. lol

Dad and I

Here is another one of the same day with my daddy. I remember he told me; “Now sis, when we go through that door, you can either turn right and go out the front door and I will take care of everything here. Or you can turn left and get married. The decision is up to you.” I miss him so much, he was my dad, counselor, friend and the most wonderful man I have ever known. I love this photo of us.

Sandy w 1970 VW Bug

This is a photo of me at our second apartment with our 1969 “bug”. As you can notice Bob “flared” the back finders and put larger tires on the rear. After that other people started doing it also. I loved that bug. I drove it all the way to California from Kansas by myself – not knowing it would not heat up I did not use the A/C in the desert. It was one long hot ride. lol

Jeremy and Jennifer on trip to Disneyland CA

Jeremy and Jennifer on trip to Disneyland CA

This is a photo of our twins, about 8 years old when we took them to Disneyland in California. They picked out the clothes they wanted to wear. I never dressed my twins alike accept for photos. I knew they were individuals and did not want to dress them alike. Besides the fact they were boy and girl they were mirror twins. Jennifer is right handed and Jeremy is left handed. If she was cold he was hot. They look alike but are totally opposite of each other. They are now 36 and have always been best friends.


This is a photo of my sister, Caroline. She was 3 years older than I am. We were never best friends like my kids were. Yet, I miss her everyday. She left us in 2010, seven months before my dad passed.

Sandy and Claude - 1968

This is my graduation dinner photo. My date was Claude. I have no idea where he is now. I did not get to go to my high school prom but our church had a Senior Graduation Dinner for us. Love my BIG hair and gloves! Yeah 1968!

1965 Fastback Mustang

This was our 1965 Mustang Fastback. Sure which I had that car now. This photo was taken in California at my husbands parents house (Garden Grove, CA) in 1969. On the way there we stayed in AZ over night and watched the first man set foot on the moon. Will never forget that.

Bob and I with my Great Grandma Ghan and nephew Jimmie (pre twins)

Bob and I with my Great Grandma Ghan and nephew Jimmie
(pre twins)

Last one – this was before we had the twins. Bob, my Grandma Ghan, myself and my nephew Jimmie. Grandma had come to visit my mom and we took this photo in the back yard.

Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me!

Is it wrong to question your doctor?

It is reverberatingly quiet in my house right now. I am so used to my fur babies making noise, wanting out or tackling and fussing with each other that when they are at Diva Dogs getting all cleaned up and pretty I don’t really know how to enjoy the peaceful, wondrous peace that is present.

I recently found a wonderful website called:
While we were in California the books started rolling in. I ordered 18 books by Karen Kingsbury. I LOVE, LOVE her writing. Pictured below are just a few of them.

Kingsbury books

I also just ordered her newest release:

The Family of Jesus

This book will be good for individual reading, she also has a study guide and DVD’s that go with it for a church study group. She tells the story of Jesus in common everyday life as if we were there. I am so excited to get it. Hopefully this weekend. I may have to read it before I start on the other 18 books.

I know I have not written on my blog for almost a month. I need to explain that I have still been experiencing health problems – no, not serious but I just set and stare a lot, or just don’t have the energy to do ANYTHING. I can wake from a very good night’s sleep and an hour later I am ready for another 8 hours of sleep. I have ask my doctor for ages to do a TSH and T4 test on me for my thyroid but he felt that his normal CBC blood work was enough. It showed that my Thyroids levels were within range. I took it upon myself to go have my own blood work done at a Lab and see what it said. For the TSH the reference is 0.35-4.94. For the T4 the reference is 4.8-11.7

My TSH was 1.48 and my T4 was 5.9. Yes, they are within “range” but at the lower end. After telling doctor this he finally decided to try me on some Thyroid meds. Yesterday was a good day and it seems that today is also going well. My mind is clear and I am not so totally exhausted that all I want to do is sleep. I started the meds on July 4th and they say it takes up to 3 weeks to really so improvement. I am excited – I pray it continues to get better and better.

The symptoms I have been experiencing are:

  •  I am gaining weight inappropriately
  • I am constipated, sometimes severely
  • I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
  • I feel fatigued, exhausted
  • Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
  • My skin is dry, scaly and very thin
  • I have a hoarse or gravely voice
  • I feel depressed
  • I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
  • I feel restless
  • My moods change easily
  • I have feelings of worthlessness
  • I have difficulty concentrating
  • I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
  • I have more feelings of sadness
  • I’m more forgetful lately
  • I can’t seem to remember things
  • My eyes feel gritty and dry
  • My eyes feel sensitive to light
  • I have tinnitus (ringing in ears) (although I believe I got mine from a fall)
  • I have vertigo
  • I feel some lightheadedness

These are the symptoms for Underactive Thyroid / hypothyroidism. Out of a list of 40 I have 22.

I feel that even if I am at the lower (within range) that doesn’t mean that everything is working correctly. My symptoms speak for themselves. My husband and children are glad I went ahead and took the blood test myself to find out what my levels are. Time will tell if this will help or not but I pray it does. My husband says he wants his Sandy back, and my kids say they want their mom back. The old mom who was fun, enjoyed doing things, felt like going places. This one doesn’t.

Are we wrong to question our doctors? No, I don’t believe we are. They have so much on their plates and we know our bodies better than anyone. I believe we have to follow our own hearts and find out what is going on.

Well, that is enough for today. I hope I didn’t depress you too much!

Oh, we finally got our basement shower fixed – there was a small peace of solder in the pipe. That simple! But now the shower has PLENTY of pressure.

Thank you for you reading my blog and babbling you are all great!

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