I am thankful for my wonderful wife of 24.5 years. I am thankful for two great young adult sons that still live with us. I am thankful for our pets - 3 dogs and 4 cats. I am thankful that even though I am disabled, I can still do a few things around the house and take care of my family. I am thankful always for all my blessings.
I maintain a full beard and mustache almost all of the time and have done so for about 12 years. When I was 43 years old I had some severe asthma problems and had to be on several courses of steroids. I finally have been able to grow decent facial hair since then.
Everyone seems to prefer me with facial hair. I will occasionally shave my mustache and beard and go that way for a week or so, but then let the hair come back. I am on anti-coagulant medication so I should not shave with a blade. I do have a good electric shaver but now use that to help me keep it trimmed. I like to keep my facial hair neat and trimmed, just a little more than a scruff.
Also, my mustache and beard are almost fully white as is most of my head hair so I have chosen to color. My wife colors her gray hair as well so now we share 1 bottle of hair color and it comes out looking different on each of us. Guess we have found a way to look younger for less money. View Thread
My mother-in-law is wonderful. My wonderful wife is a fantastic mother to our two sons, ages 20 and 22.
Here is a tribute to my mother that I posted in the WebMD Alzheimer's Community a few days ago:
My mother passed away on September 22, 2000 from heart failure at age 82. She was12 years older than my dad.
My mother was a 4' 11" strong woman. Her parents and 3 of her 5 sisters immigrated from Poland in the early 1910's, several years prior to her birth in Buffalo, NY. My grandparents never learned English and I vividly remember the family having conversations that I never understood.
As with many people, the fondest memories I have of my mother are in the kitchen. She was an excellent cook and baker, and delighted in having lots of family over and feeding them. Christmas cookies were the highlight of the year for her. She started making doughs in September and produced more cookies than any bakery I know. The cookies were given as gifts each year and tasted better than those from any gourmet shop. My mother made at least 20 or 30 varieties - cut-outs (dark ginger and regular sugar), bars, drop cookies, thumb-prints, etc. At Christmas time each year I get a strong craving for cut-out cookies. I've searched and just can't find the taste I grew up with. What I have now realized is that I am craving my mother's cut-out cookies.
Every Saturday night we would have steak, salad with thousand island dressing, french fries (crinkle cut, of course) and butterflake biscuits. My mother would use her two large cast-iron frying pans to render the steak fat and fry the steaks while a third was in use to deep-fry the french fries.
My mother taught me many things. She taught me to use both hands when doing tasks because that's why God gave me two hands. She taught me to never give up. She taught me to persevere through any trial. My mother had severe arthritis throughout her body and especially her spine. She baked all those cookies and cooked those fabulous meals despite high levels of chronic pain. Finally in her 70's she gave up baking and gave me all of her cookie cutters. Those are a treasure stored in our cabinet now, and each one has a special memory.
My mother never graduated from high school, but did go to cooking school for a few years. Even without a diploma I considered my mother to be a genius. She had more common sense and clarity of mind than many folks with doctorate degrees.
I do my best in life to emulate many of the qualities my mother had. Unfortunately, I inherited the high levels of chronic pain due to arthritis and serious spine problems, but I try to rise above circumstances and survive just as my mother did.
My mother shared all of her values with me, taught me to cook and taught me to be use common sense. Most of all, my mother taught me to become the adult that I am and I will always be thankful for that.View Thread
Yes, I am very careful what I post, especially on a public message board like the WebMD communities.
I refrain from including my wife's or sons' names in any of my posts. I never would think about including my last name in a post, my phone number or even my e-mail. Once you post something in a public area on the internet, it is there permanently for the world to see.
I am an administrator on a private website and those folks know my family members names, and more intimate details. I still am very careful what I post there.
If anyone ever searches via Yahoo or Google for their screen names, they may be surprised what is found.
Now, as far as how I reply to posts - I try to be encouraging and supportive. I will admit that I have had a few posts deleted for inappropriate content in my long history as a WebMD Communities member. Sometimes it is hard for me to ignore what someone is posting, even though I know I should. I keep hoping that the 'ignore' button will return and we can set it up so we will never see posts from people who upset us. Until then, I am trying to be as gracious as possible and keep my posts informative and uplifting.View Thread
We raised our boys with the following practice for not going to school: If you are throwing up or have a fever, you can stay home. My wife and adhere to that practice for our jobs. Our sons are now 20 and 22, working full time and also following those practices for their jobs.
In this economy it is difficult to stay home when ill. Many companies do not offer sick time, and too many absences could result in termination. There is a cool radio commercial in our area for a temporary staffing company. They tell sick employees that is OK to stay home when ill, that "Bob" from that staffing company will come in and do their jobs. That actually is all too true. If you can't do your job, your company is sure to find someone that can.
In an ideal world, no one should have to work or go to school when they are sick. Unfortunately, that is now the way it works in our real world.View Thread
Only if they will pay the premiums or make them much less expensive. Health care coverage has gotten too expensive and does not cover enough over the past few years, as everyone is aware. If the government is going to force healthcare on everyone, then it should be cost effective for the citizens and be worth having.View Thread
What I think is more shocking than this is the up-sized candy bars now on the market. There is a package of 2 huge Reese's peanut butter cups with each cup weighing a pound, and a "shareable" huge Snicker's bar.
In light of the obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemics in this country, I'm not sure this was a good idea.View Thread