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Well here we are, the best season of all is upon us, FALL oh how I have missed you. I mean it is still in the 90’s here in my home town, but I am still decorated and ready for bonfire nights. How about you?

I know that I said I have a ton to tell you from my time away so here we go.  “Takes deep breath”, My Mom was diagnosed with Breast cancer last October.  She had a few surgeries to remove the affected areas, went through radiation and is now hoping to keep a clean bill of health.  She is one tough Lady!  I was so proud of her through this entire journey and I am so glad that she is doing well.  One day at a time is how we live these days and it is good.

Second, at the ripe age of 43, my Husband finally decided what he wanted to be when he grew up… He went and signed up for the Mobile Police Academy! He went through the interview, polygraph, physical fitness test and they chose him to be one of the Recruits.  He was the oldest guy in class!  I tell you what I have never been more amazed at the dedication he has shown through the 3 months of training these guys endured.  He came home black and blue, limping, bloody and so sore that he could hardly walk, but he never complained. He studied hard every night, took long hot showers, slathered on sore muscle cream and got up every day and did it all over again.  3 month came and went and on Jun 30, 2017 my husband was awarded his Badge and he graduated the Academy.  I am so proud to say that he is now Officer Stephen Scroggins.  It was one of the most amazing things that I have been a part of, seeing all of the guys stand and take the oath to Protect and Serve their communities.

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Now I am a Police Wife and I LOVE it.  I can not sit here and say that it isn’t nerve-racking at times because it most certainly is.  I worry every time he leaves for Duty, but I know that he is out doing what he loves.

One perk is that i get to go to the FBI Gun Range with him!! I always love his off Saturdays.

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So now you know what I have been doing for the several months I was away.   I am going to start my October Movie of the week posts this week, so keep in touch!

Until Then,

Wende

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Thanks Giving greetings,

Sorry that I have been MIA this month but things have been Not so Good around my house.  My eldest (14 year old) Fur Baby “Ennis” took a turn for the worse, health wise.   He had a stroke about a 8 months ago and we found out that he has Cushing’s disease. These things have pretty much made him very weak and his muscles are just deteriorating.  We have to carry him in and out of the house and also to eat or drink water.  He did not even have the strength to shift positions when he was lying in his bed.  His eye sight was quickly failing, his hearing the same.   Just this past Sunday he began to not eat and his water intake was very minimal.  We knew that his time with us was limited. We had a decision to make no matter how hard it would be.

On Wednesday November 23, 2016 I said good bye to my best friend, soul mate, kindred spirit, Familiar.  My heart is shattered and my spirit burns less bright with him gone.

14 years ago this handsome boy chose me to be his human and my life has been better because of it.

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The day he found me

Each day is hard. I miss him so much but I know that he is happy and free running the fields with his 2 sisters.  No pain, no worries just happy and free.

Until we meet again,

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The day I let him go.

Wende

 

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It’s my birthday month!!!! WoooHooo.

The 19th is my actual birth date but you know how it is. . . Celebrate while you can.

 Anyway, I got some great gifts.  My best friend gave me a set of attachments for my KitchenAid stand mixer and a new paddle attachment! I am so happy and excited to put them to use.

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We plan on shredding some cheese for a new recipe tonight. So if all goes well, you will have a new recipe very soon!

My husband was very thoughtful this birthday.  He gave me my own Web Site!  How cool is that?

 This means that I will be moving  Creative Arts & Eatables to my new location and you are coming along with me.

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I have made it very easy on the new site by adding a Follow me Now area in the side bar.

Nothing will change but the location (all my old  posts have transferred) so I hope everyone will SUBSCRIBE and keep enjoying my blog and posts.

Until Then,

Wende

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Good Morning,

One year ago to the day and almost time of the morning I was startled awake by a phone call.  I did not recognize the number so I rejected it and shut my eyes.  Seconds later the phone rings again.  It was a woman’s voice introducing herself in a very matter of fact but professional way.  Then the most life changing words hit my ears.  Your Husband has been in an accident and he needs you to get here as soon as you can!    He was headed to work that Friday morning ( he rode a motor cycle, a  Triumph)  and he was still in our neighborhood.   A lady sitting at a stop sign on her cell phone never looked up when she decided to enter the intersection. She hit and ran over my husband.  When I approached the scene my heart was broken. It takes a lot to walk up on your husband lying there with his clothing being cut off.  Needles to say his body was broken but his spirit was not. He was calm and had his wits about him to make sure I stayed calm.  After 2 ambulance rides to 2 different hospitals, emergency spleen surgery, artery replacement in his crushed left arm and a rod in his right hip to fix the broken femur head, I finally took a breath!  Although I was not involved in the accident it is true what they say. . .  My life flashed before my eyes.  I have no idea how I could live my life with out my Husband.   We tell the people in our lives we love them and it is true but this made me realize that it is more than love. It is love, companionship, friendship, compassion, dislike, arguments,  jokes, fun times and sadness.  It is Life and mine would not be fulfilled without Stephen in it.

Thank goodness he is tough as nails and has made a remarkable recovery. He says he should have been a stunt man! He was blessed that day with a second chance at Life.  I feel like I got a wake up call as well.  Do not take life and Love for granted.  Make sure to tell those in your life that you Love them but be sure to show them everyday.  wess

This photo above was the happiest day of my life.

Until they told me Stephen would recover from his accident. Then it was the second happiest day.

I can not imagine stumbling through life with out him beside me!

Feeling Blessed.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

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Well here I am to give the last post about my wonderful birthday weekend of camping and hiking.  We did a smaller hike up to Pulpit Rock.  It was a beautiful morning and the view was breath-taking.

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It is so amazing how the rocks balance like they do.

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We came across this guy who was gearing up to rappel down the side of the cliff.

Weird how we only ran into 3 people the entire time we were up there hiking.

All on different days.

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I just can not help myself when it comes to this Man.

I love sneaking photos of him while he is sitting

and contemplating Life

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This little fella was hanging around while we were preparing our last meal if the trip.

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While steaks sizzled on the grill, we sat and watched the sun set.

The evening could not have been more perfect.

I love you Stephen for planning such a wonderful birthday getaway.

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As much fun as this trip was and sooooo relaxing. I was a bit ready to pack up and head back home.

I am ready to see my Fur Babies and get hugs and kisses from them.

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As you can see. . .

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They were ready for us to return home too!

Until Then,

Wende

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So I am back with the second part of my wonderful camping adventure.

On our first hike of the trip which was the Lake trail, I was geared up and ready to go.

We took some photos and got right to it.

The view was beautiful.

It was a cooler morning which was nice but it got hot quick!

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The Lake Trail is approximately 1 mile long. This trail has a more than 1,000 foot elevation change in the first 1/2 mile.

I did mention that this was my first hike EVER!

This photo was me at the bottom of the trail. I made it 1/2 way!

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When we got to the bottom of the trail we grabbed a snack at the little store there. I heard the guy attendant say under his breath to the other attendant

” I guess they need a ride back up to the top. Another couple who thought they could handle the full hike.”

At that point I was determined to make the full hike!  I politely said thank for the snacks and that we were off for the hike back to the top!

He smiled a foot in mouth smile and I turned and trotted off!

Don’t judge me!

This is the start of the trail back up the mountain.

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It was such a pretty day. But there were times that I felt as though I was climbing the Pass to Cirith Ungol.

All that was missing was Frodo, Sam and Gollum!  It was hot and the vertical climb was insane.

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But I loved every minute of it.

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We made it back in one piece and only 900 mosquito bites each.

We were totally ready for the cool shower and a nice relaxing evening listening to the insects sing us to sleep.

Only a few more photos left of the last day but again that will be in a day or 2.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

 

 

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