Saturday, October 24, 2009


Hi everyone...well, I'm in Valley Forge, PA right now - and no camera!
It has been such a busy week heading into Milwaukee to see Darren and then leaving yesterday for out here.

Doug and I got all packed up in the morning and then stopped at Kohl's to pick up some Henley shirts for Darren to fit over his neck brace and then were going to head on up to see him before heading out...well we got a call from MaryAnn that he was going to be released in an hour!
It takes an hour just to get there and we needed to check out yet so I will say it was a quick run through the line and on the road.

Amazing that he was released so soon...dr. said he looked good and that his attitude is so positive and it was okay to leave.

His only real problem right now is the lack of use of his right arm...lots of nerves and muscles were pushed aside to get to the vertebra so there is bound to be some slowness - it's not uncommon anyway...but he can't lift it up but about 6-7 inches and can't grasp utensils well. Therapy will improve it. But that's all the side affects he got out of it thank goodness.  Oh, the blood clot between the lungs and esophagus will dissolve so that pressure is lessening for him.

So after hugs and kisses Doug and I were on our way around 2:30. We decided to break up the 15 hour trip in two days instead of the one day like normal. And we're glad we did...IT RAINED FROM THE TIME WE LEFT OUR HOUSE AND IS STILL RAINING.
When we were trying to find our hotel it was raining so hard you couldn't see and the streets were flooding...haven't seen this much rain in a long time.

Tomorrow morning we're going to the Cash & Carry Buyers show and then we head on into Lancaster for 2-3 days.

Guess I won't have pictures with no camera...I forgot several items this time. Guess I had a few things on my mind! lol

So here I have posted a few in a row with no pretties!
When I get home I promise I will try and find something of interest and fun.

Have a great week everyone and I'll try and get on your blogs soon.


  1. Hey Karen,glad you're in the neighborhood! Nice weather we're having, huh!?!?! Glad that Darren is doing so well!

  2. Hi's good to hear that your son is doing well and also good to hear that you are able to travel and shop too once again....have a great time!


  3. Hi Karen..It's time for you and Doug to relax for just a bit. I am so glad to hear of your son's good far. Each day will get better for him. Sending good wishes to all.


  4. Karen,

    So glad your son is doing so well. I will keep you in and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


  5. Karen, I'm glad Darren is doing well. Have a safe trip and enjoy you getaway. I look forward to you post when you get home.

  6. Hey Karen! So happy to hear your son is doing well!
    You two have a fun, safe trip!
    Can't wait to see what goodies you pick up.

  7. Oh that's good news, that Darren is doin well, and it out of the hospital!
    You guys have a fun time & Safe travels!


  8. No photos...waaawaaa.

    Glad you are in Valley Forge safe and sound. Hope you get some great goodies!!! It is raining cats and dogs here too!!! Sick of it.

    Good news about Darren. Lucky you were able to get the shirts for him and get them to him!!!


  9. Karen,
    I'm so glad that Darren is doing well. We've had rain for 3 days here, too. Have fun & I hope you find lots of goodies.

  10. Glad your son is doing so well...great that you are in Pa and hope you find alot of great stuff to show us when you get home:)

  11. I bet it was so nice to see Darren and glad he is doing as well as he is at this point.

    ENJOY PA - Ihope the rain has stopped. It finally has here.

  12. I'm glad Darren is out of the hospital and on the road to recovery!
    Have fun in PA! I hope you buy lots of goodies!!

    Take care,

  13. Hi Karen,glad to hear your son is doing good. Have a safe and relaxing trip :)Sherri

  14. So glad he is doing better. I hope you all are safe in all that bad weather. My prayers are with you all.

  15. Karen....So glad to hear your son is doing well......Its rained here the past couple of days also...cleared off yesterday afternoon and suppossed to be beautiful weather today...When your in Lancaster'll only be a couple of hours drive from my home....Enjoy your travels and be safe.....


  16. glad your son is doing better~hoping you have a safe trip.

  17. Glad to hear that your son is recovering quickly. Have fun on your trip. Hope that you find some great bargains.

  18. Hi Karen:
    So glad to hear that Darren is out of the hospital and recovering so well.. Pray that his arm will soon be normal where he can use it as good as new...
    Be careful in all the bad weather but hope you have a good " buying trip ".
    Can't wait to see all the neat things you are gonna find at the "cash and carry" show...

  19. Hello Karen...I'm hapy to hear your son is doing well, all things considered.
    I wish I could have made it to the show.
    Have a safe trip and get yourself some rest.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  20. Hi Karen, happy to learn your son is doing well!!
    I'm sure therapy is now very-very important!! He will improve soon, believe me!
    Take care and have a nice week!

  21. Hi Karen...........good news about your son. Hope you find lots of goodies. Continue to have a safe journey.

  22. So happy that your son is doing so well. Sending prayers for his continuing improvement and also for a safe trip back home.

  23. Hi Karen,

    Glad your son is doing so well, and already released from the hospital. That is good news! Enjoy your shopping trip and stay safe!
    Prim Blessings,

  24. Glad that your son is doing well. Enjoy your trip. Did you remember to bring an umbrella?! LOL


  25. So glad to hear that Darren is doing so well!! Have a fun, safe trip!!!

  26. Karen,

    Found your blog while blog hopping.

    I hope your son is doing well and hope he fully recovers.

    Welcome to Pennsylvania, by the way. This is the state where I live !.. If you happen to be traveling or traveled I-80 ..I live near the highest point East of the Mississippi on I-80.

    I love penny rugs. I started one a few years ago, but then got sidetracked making dolls.

    I am going to check out your website !

  27. Hi Karen....Almost went to Valley Forge on Sunday now I am sorry I didn't - could have met up with you. I am hoping I have enough goodies and didn't want to "tempt" myself into purchasing more!! LOL!! AND it FINALLY stopped raining here..for today anyway! Judy

  28. Hi Karen,

    I am glad to hear that your son is doing well!

    I hope you enjoy your shopping and trip!

    Just thought I'd let you know also, so you can tell folks on the CS forum, that I haven't been able to log on either! I've tried for awhile now! I can read posts, but can't log in and leave messages!

    I wanted to let those on there that didn't know that we received a referral on a 20 month old little boy from China. It is posted on my blog. Maybe you could tell them for me?

    Thanks so much! Have a great weekend, my friend!


  29. Hi Karen,
    Just wanted to stop in to say Hi and thank you for stopping over with your sweet comment. I don't go to CS much anymore cuz I had such problems logging in, then my computer started having fits (still is), so started a blog and have been having such fun with it. Now, the PC has the swine flu or something so I have to use my daughters laptop when possible! Husband is going to wipe out the hard drve then reinstall everything to see if that fixes the issues. If not, I'm in the market for my own laptop!
    Anyhow, didn't mean to blab on but wanted to tell you again how much I enjoy visiting your blog and hope all is well over in your corner of the world. Hugs, Vicci

  30. Hey Karen, got your comment. I had that problem the other day. I wish they would fix things like that.

    So glad to hear that all is well. Hugs, Tammy

  31. Karen , So happy to hear your son is doing better ! I am so sorry ! Prayers are with your family . Now you can breathe a little easier . Take some time to nerve down . Buy a disposable camera ??

  32. P.S. Cell phone camera ??


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