Prayers Needed

in the name of Jesus!

I have hesitated to post anything since Halloween.  I had mentioned that a family member was in the hospital at that time.  It’s my youngest brother and the prognosis is not good.  Apparently he is in late stage Liver failure and it’s more than likely due to his lifestyle when he was younger.  I know he does drink regularly but many people do and don’t have this happen to them.

He has been a heavy drinker most of his adult life especially when he was in the lead singer in a Heavy Metal Band many years ago with a lifestyle that went with it.  They played in many of the rock and roll clubs in Detroit and the suburbs.

My brother is on the left.

I was originally told that my brother was injured when he lifted something heavy and tore his esophagus.  This happened due to the thinning and weakening of the membranes making bleeding a huge danger.  He must have already been quite ill for some time but never said anything, as many of us don’t until it’s too late.  I have heard of cirrhosis of the liver before but never knew that it actually can make your body sort of deteriorate where you have bleeding all through your body, sometimes severe enough to cause death.  I have been reading up on this condition to find out as much as I can.

He had emergency surgery on November 1st for esophageal bleeding, was in the hospital approximately one week recuperating and having more tests, was released and collapsed a few days later at home in a much worse condition with more widespread bleeding.  He was in a coma for approximately 11 or 12 days and started waking up a few days ago.  He has been in ICU because it does not look good, he could pass at any time.  He was just taken off the ventilator a few days ago when I was there on Thanksgiving and it broke my heart to see my brother with tubes all over his body knowing any time might be the last time and having him plead with me to bring him back home.

He has no energy and kept saying “help me” and “take me home with you” in the tiniest whisper changing from lucid one minute to not making any sense the next.  The nurse told me this was common due to high blood ammonia from the liver.  When I had to leave due to the 2 hour drive back home before dark, he kept saying “don’t go.”  Until a pretty nurse came into the room, then I could leave.

One of my daughter-in-laws was able to feed him a tiny amount of thickened liquid yesterday as well.  He has a feeding tube and is not supposed to have much by mouth right now, anything can cause this bleeding again but since they can’t just have him stay this way in ICU, they are trying to see if he can tolerate stuff so they can eventually get him out of there and he can actually come back home.

One of the nurses said if he can get through this crisis and follow Doctors orders there might be a possibility to get on a transplant list if he gets stronger.  If I qualify I would not hesitate to donate part of my liver.  My liver tests looked good a couple months ago.  I have hardly ever drank, smoked or took drugs my entire life so I am hoping that it’s a possibility though age is also a qualifying factor.  I forget the older you get the less valuable your life becomes in our society.

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween 2018

I’m not very happy.  I am sicker today and so are some of my family members, one actually in the hospital as of this morning.  This is a devilish time of year for us for sure.

I’m sharing various Halloween pictures and images of days gone by.  I never made many of my children’s Halloween Parades due to work but I did try to schedule this off as many years as I could.  You have to be fair to the other mothers you work with.I really miss when kids ran around with fake weapons and no one batted an eyelash until evil started spreading like wildfire.  Also, boys actually could be boys.

One year I took my kids & their friends to a really fun family themed haunted forest in a park nearby.  You walked part of the way and then enjoyed a Hayride back for warm apple cider and donuts!  This was the only picture I took of a Zombie Elvis & his band.  Yes that is a mannequin directly behind him. 

These are some wax horror figures from the Niagara Falls, Canada Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum from many years ago.

 

Devil’s Day Surprise!

I woke extremely ill and ended up in the ER of all days, “Devil’s Day.”  Indeed it was for me body “tricking” me and no treats to boot.  Praying & believing that everything has a blessed from God outcome.

I am posting this old work from 2001 from a site I used to have.

Memories from the Halloween’s I remember growing up.  So sad my relatives never took one picture of this fun time in our lives.

Please click on each page to enlarge to read.

Enjoy the fun little Halloween Song I wrote as a young mother for my first-born who absolutely loves this holiday.  It really has something when it’s placed to music.  Not so much when you just read it so I made it a little more interesting.

Personally I no longer celebrate it for various reasons.  I still like pumpkin and harvest decor though.  Love this time of year, normally.

 

 

 

 

Cemeteries in Black and White

Black & white photography really does give a certain “mood” to prints.

It especially gives a cemetery that added “cold as stone” feel.

My best friend took this picture of me many years ago pretending to be “Angelique Collins” from the old Dark Shadows series. We loved that show. Ironically I find I have a number of grandmothers on my French side by that very name, “Angelique!” Had I known this sooner I would have insisted my parents change my name. As you can see I lightened my hair so I could resemble her. (the picture is badly deteriorating and yes, that is a crystal ball!)
Some of my ancestors were burned as witches and I inherited it.

Psych!

Psycho!


Cemetery Photographs in the Fall

Not as Macabre as one might think.

I am not able to name the cemeteries I photographed but know one is simply the gate from Yerkes Cemetery in Northville, Michigan. I believe the other two at the top of the crosses are from a cemetery somewhere around the Traverse City area in Michigan. All the others were taken in a cemetery in or around Calumet, Michigan.  Two of the figures looked terrible the last time I was up and took these shots.  Here’s an example from years before in black and white.

The End

“They’re coming to get you Barbara….they’re coming for you Barbara….they’re coming for you…LOOK, there comes one of them now!!!”

Fall is Fleeting

So hard to believe just another week until November!  Less than a month until Thanksgiving and the Holiday season begins.  Autumn is just not long enough.  Nothing is ever long enough when you love it so.  I sit through the cold winter to welcome spring and then swelter through summer until the welcome autumn chill cools it down again.

That being said, I didn’t forget Halloween.  Though I don’t celebrate it anymore, those around me still do and I still have many fond memories I will share very soon.

Prepare!  Gather your talismans & good luck charms or say your prayers, which ever you think will save you!

The Undeniable Beauty

Of God’s Creations

 

From what was once my own back yard.

A beautiful Maple tree stood just for me.

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