Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Yesterday's post was a follow-up on my trigger finger post from October.  This caused me to realized some other posts from this year did not get conclusions posted, so here goes.

January you started on a weight loss adventure with me and Alli (Orlistat).  I lost 39 pounds over the following several months.  Then, in my efforts to put some weight on Ron during his bout with cancer treatments, I managed to not only handle the feeding, I joined the eating spree and have gained back 18 of the carefully lost pounds.  I keep saying I'll get back on target tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow...

March post titled "What the Beep, Beep is going on?",  I reported that we were hearing a strange beeping sound and could not pin point the source.  It turned out to be our cell phones constantly searching for a signal.

September you followed the tough decision I made to let the chicken cross the road.  Our fine rooster, Jack Bauer, went to live with the neighbors and their nice new birds.  This update of Jack today still finds him alive and very well as the cock of the walk with our neighbor's flock.

This entire year you have followed Ron's diagnosis of bladder cancer and reports of intense chemo and radiation treatments.  You have shared your wishes and prayers for his full recovery and you rejoiced with us when the first biopsy came back "no malignancy".  Since then they have reported the tumor gone and the second biopsy has also come back as benign. We are believing in an uphill climb.

This week we walked into a store we frequent.  There was a new lady there we had never met.  We introduced ourselves and ask if she was new.  She responded that she had been the manager for a year.  Suddenly Ron and I realized we had not been in that store for a year. It had seemed like we had just been there yesterday and it dawned on us that basically we had lost an entire year of our lives to the cancer battle.  No big deal since we could have lost so much more.

Thank you for your company on these journeys.  We have shared many of your adventures as well and look forward to sharing with you in 2012.

Christmas and the New Year approach and we are all going to be busy.  Before disappearing through the holidays I want to wish all of you 
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
Happy New Year
Happy Happy!


  1. You are to be congratulated that you only put on 18 of those 39 pounds you lost after what you and Ron have been through - particularly when you are trying to get him to gain weight.
    I am so happy that it is such good news. Relax and enjoy Christmas and all my best wishes for a happy healthy 2012.xox

  2. Thank you Pat. You know it all so well don't you? Happy for your good year also! The best to you in 2012.

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Granny Annie! You've had quite a year, haven't you? I'm so relieved that prayers were answered for Ron's healing and recovery. And the weight loss and gain? Don't beat yourself up too much over that - you'll get back on track. (((HUGS)))

  4. It's been a year not to forget and glad you shared it with us.

  5. It's good to hear the endings to some of the posts. I'm not sure I have been following you for the whole year. One night, soon, I'm going to go back and read some of your way back posts! Merry Christmas!!

  6. YOu can start the diet again after the holidays. It is time for you both to just enjoy these days and do only those things that make you happy. So glad to hear that you honey is well on his way back to normal! Best Christmas gift I could get this year.

  7. Dear Annie,

    Big excitment at our house today. The men were here to lay down my Persian Carpets.I have had them on Lay-away at Abdul's Rug Emporium since 1965. Last week I was able to make the final payment on the rugs and have them delivered to my home.

    They were hand made during the Byzentine Empire,hand knotted and tied by ladies of extreme talent. To say that they were worth a fortune is understating their value.

    The men had just finished the installation and as we were all admiring the beauty and rich color and pattern of these priceless rugs, the door bell rang and it was Fed Ex with your package.

    Wondering why the Fed Ex guy was wearing a yellow uniform,we allowed him in to put the package down and only then noticed that the egg yolks were running down his pantleg and being dispersed all over my new Persian Carpet.

    We quickly scrambled( Pun Intended)
    to stop the golden flow of yolk from further ruining my carpet,threw the Fed Ex guy in Abdul's truck and took him to McDonald's where they made 500 Egg McMuffins; a portion of which are in the Fed Ex truck for delivery to your home. Invite the neighbors to breakfast on Friday..

    We will discuss how much you owe me for the rug later.....

  8. Lynn -- Thanks for your kind words all year long. I am believing I'll be back on the weight loss track soon.

    Changes in the wind -- Hopefully our 2012 will be as full of fun adventures as your 2011 has been. It is always fun reading about your travel.

    ancient one --Merry Christmas to you also. What have your goats predicted for 2012? I'm sure they have had a meeting.

    Tabor -- Ron's recovery has made this the best Christmas ever. Can't wait to see what surprises you have in store for everyone in 2012. You are so diligent with your photos and writing skills.

    Nancy -- That is a sad story. There must be some way to blame Fed-X. Big bucks in litigation that way:) You better slow down that imagination my friend:) Looking forward to some great stories from in 2012.

  9. I'm so glad to read all you updates. Even though I don't comment often, I do come by and catch up. I'm especially glad that your hubby has had a good report. Good luck in taking off the pounds that found their way back on.
    Merry Christmas.

  10. Beverly -- Happy to see you. I also read you often but don't always comment. It's great to know you are lurking:) Your wear your faith in a beautiful way always.

  11. Pat is right! and 21 lbs is still significant. If you lost 39 you can get back there again. So glad Ron is getting well.

  12. I'm enjoying your blog. Life can really throw us some curves, but it sounds like you have it all together...if like me you can remember where you put it!

  13. Sorry about the weight gain; I know how easy it is.

    I might not be around either, so I wish you and Ron and your families a very Merry Christmas!

  14. I've loved being a part of your life this last year, the ups and the downs, but the greatest gift this Christmas is the news that Ron is getting better.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  15. Merriest of Christmases and Happiest of New Years to you and Ron and your family, Annie! What could be more precious to celebrate than life after all you and Ron have been through this year.

  16. It's super to hear that your stories all have happy endings! By the way, I could use those 18 pounds. Want to send them to me? I'll pay the shipping.

    Merry Everything!

  17. In answer to your ? it is a photo I took on a recent canoe ride and I added some filters to make it more wintery.

  18. Anonymous2:55 PM

    I wonder what I am waiting on? I am not expecting anything but I feel like something is missing. This has also been a different winter here where we live. I would not go out, even if I was able, to take pictures on a day like today.

  19. I missed out on many of those earlier happenings, but I enjoyed reading the followups. That is wonderful news about Ron. As a former oncology/chemo nurse, I can truly appreciate the significance of those benign findings. I wish him continued success in beating that awful disease and a Merry Christmas to both of you.

  20. Riot Kitty – If only the weight came off as quickly as it goes back on!

    Debbie – Thanks for stopping in. Yep the remembering part is the toughest,

    Judy (kenju) – My Christmas wish for you is that you get some much deserved rest.

    LL Cool Joe -- It has been a joy being part of your life as well and hope you have a wonderful Christmas too.

    Talon – It has been an all consuming year for us and we are happy as medical visits decrease. We wish you the Merriest of Christmases and Happy New Year too. This will be a tough one for you but your loving and unselfish heart will get you through.

    Sparkling Red – If I could send you those 18 pounds I would happily do so and pay the shipping as well.

    Tabor – That picture is so great. You are truly amazing. Now, what happened to your fly story?

    Abe Lincoln – Okay??

    Rae – Thanks Rae! I loved your original composition on your blog today. You are a talented writer.

  21. I'm so happy to hear that Ron has had only good news about his cancer. Praise the Lord for that!

    I fully understand about the weight gain. It's so easy to gain and so hard to lose. But you have kept a lot of it off, so that is still wonderful and progress made!!

    I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas season and Happy Healthy New Year!!! Hugs!!!

  22. Keeping the weight off is always the hardest part- especially while deeding others yummies... (I am eating a truffle right now, btw).
    My cell has a beep while talking n another call is coming in- just discovered- always on vibrate s o doesn't ring at work.
    Glad Jack Bauer is doing well.
    Yippee Ron! Do a Happy Dance!
    Yep, time flies- when you're distracted.
    Have a wonderful Merry Christmas with your family n pets!

  23. Weight loss is not easy. It is a great accomplishment to loose about 39 pounds. Gaining back half of it is still a triumph. Don't be discouraged.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a very smart comment. I hope that I can tweet your quote.

  24. That's such great news about Ron. I haven't been around much over the last year due to a range of things. I know what you mean about the weight, I did exactly the same when Eric was diagnosed, As I cooked and baked to get him to eat I ate too!

    Hope you both have a wonderful Christmas and a happy & healthy year in 22012.

  25. Ron's news must be the best gift you could ask for
    I hope 2012 is a peaceful healthy year for you both

    oh, I didn't put the balloon on the tree :)
    it was just too tall

  26. Just popped here to wish you a wonderful Christmas! I read on someone's blog that Ron isn't too well so I hope you are still able to have a good time, and that Ron gets well soon.

  27. Well I'm late but I'm here - Merry Christmas and the best new year to come for you both. sandie

  28. Mr. Ron and you went really through a roller-coaster year. Whatever you can say about your year, for sure it was not boring. Have a wonderful X-mas and an even better 2012!

  29. Well I thought I left a comment here yesterday but I guess it didn't stick.
    I'm really happy for both of you. The battle was wortht the time spent and best wishes into the future.
    I hope you and Ron had a great Christmas. Stay happy.c

  30. Oh my gosh! What a year you've had! Thank goodness things got better and will hopefully be wonderful in 2012.

    I've got the recheck on my mammogram next week and I'm holding my breath.

  31. I forgot to wish you a Happy New Year!!!