Trying To Get out of the Black Hole-School

Hello all!

So sorry I haven’t been here! I have been so busy and fighting the blues too. My computer crashed for a few weeks-the desktop. My laptop magically is connected now. Like Dennis said-maybe I will be back next summer-lol-but I only get two months off. I am off of work today-took the day off. I am flying with my Dad this evening. We are going to Austin to see my younger brother and his wife. Cousin M is back in Cincinnati and has been there for two weeks. He will probably be there another week or less-WE HOPE! Thank you all that continue to keep up with the updates and post messages! I have also been a LOT sad these last few weeks. I miss my Patch so much. It does get easier and thet it gets harder. I am considering deleting my account at Mercedes Rocks. It is just too much work now. I have also joined Facebook and I am addicted to it right now-I have connected with so many friends from school. ..and here-lol. It also has so many fun games-I can’t get off of it-lol! I know I am rambling from one subject to the next, but I just had to update you to let you know that I am here and alive. I also need to be packing for my trip, but I am procrastinating as usual. I miss you all!!! (((HUGS))) Mere

p.s. My Google Reader is so full! Please let me know if I have missed anything of importance (important news-sickness-happenings) with you all. I just don’t think I can handle reading everything right now.

Blogoversary

Hello All!

I have been out of touch lately-so busy with switching to 5th grade and just the beginning of the year in general.  I get home late and sometimes continue to work or just crash. We have mid-term reports going out today, so I have been finishing up with averaging out grades-this is a new concept to me…coming from Kindergarten.

My trip to Cincinnati was great. My aunt has a Garmin (GPS system) and it directed us to where we needed to go. That Garmin is awesome. I want one real soon. We had a great visit! Thank goodness M was out of ICU and he was coherent to us being there. He came back home to TN last night-woohoo!

Today is my one year blogoversary. I can’t believe I have been here for a year! I really have made some great friends this last year. Love you all! (((HUGS)))

Mad with barklove!

WOOF!

Mere

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Going to Cincinnati

Hello All!

I have been so busy with school and with worrying, praying, and thinking about my cousin, M. I still can’t get my Google Reader cleared-lol. I haven’t even been posting for my memes or visiting particpants-aahhhhh!

I want to thank you all for you continued support and prayers for my cousin, M. Betty, a fellow blogging buddy, asked me how I was holding up. Whew-it is hard, especially trying to maintain at school too.

My aunt and I just decided that we would take a rode trip to Cincinnati to be with our family during this trying time. M is still in ICU at this moment. It is about a six hour drive from where we live. Thank goodness we decided to leave in the morning instead of right after I get out of school today. I would so not have been able to get it all together-hehe. We will be leaving early Saturday morning and return sometime Sunday evening. I am nervous, because I will be assisting with driving her truck. I get really nervous driving interstates. She is so fun to talk to. I am sure after we get on the road and start talking that I won’t be as nervous.

We are planning on surprising them-so please don’t mention it to M and his family…unless they post about it. I believe I will call M’s dad when we are closer to them and let him know. We will ask him not to tell Lo, so we can surprise her.

Thanks again for your support. I also want to thank my friends that have visited M’s site and/or have been leaving comments. It means so much to them and to me.

I am going to ask my dear friend, Gina, to check in at Mercedes Rocks to fish out any participants from spam. I will let you know how everything goes when I return.

Here is M’s link, for those that haven’t seen it yet. I am so glad they started this website-it is wonderful to have that place for updates and a place to send our love. Just a reminder: They know me as Mere (not Mercedes-lol).

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthopper/

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Swollen Feet

Hey All! Just got home at 8:30 p.m. CST. My feet have been hurting each night, but I have never really looked at them. Today, I looked down and they are swollen. They have never done this-aaaahhhh! I am still not ready for school, but that is ok. We start officially tomorrow. WOW! The students and parents know what I have had to do and completely understand. I will be very busy this weekend. I still haven’t been to visit Hump Day Humor players and it will be Scrumptious Sunday before I know it. Maybe I will just not play this week-I dunno. I believe I am going to drop out of blogging every day. Too much pressure-LOL! Thanks to you all for continuing to visit! I haven’t forgotten about you-I have just been busy. I am going to go prop my feet up and hope the swelling goes down. Someone suggested taking water pills-but I don’t have time to go to the restroom at school. We only have a restroom break scheduled on Fridays-that is a joke-you would have to understand what we have had to go through to create our schedule-it completely sucks! Anywho-going to prop feet now! Hope all is A-ok in your world! Toodles, Mere

Post Scraping

Time: 3:41CST. I have had a website that has been stealing my posts and posting them as their own. This is written by Mercedes at Mercedes’ World. The posts that they have taken are personal posts of mine. The website is love your family (http://www.famlove.cn/). I am doing a test post to see if this gets posted over there. They like these categories: children, family, friends, love, and thoughts. IMO every post there is someone’s own personal post. This site did not ask permission and doesn’t even include a link back to the original blogs. I am currently working on having my posts removed. I hope this site hasn’t stolen any of your content. I just put in my name~Mercedes~in the search box and all of my posts came up. This is being posted by Mercedes’ at Mercedes’ World and for Mercedes’ World ONLY! I hope my friends understand what I am doing here-lol! Love Ya! Mere

Edit: This site is an hour ahead of me. since I originally posted this thirty minutes ago-the site has added ten posts….no wait-this post is over there-lol-and it is even called Post Scraping-HA!

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Prayers Needed

My cousin, M, has been battling Renal Cell Carcinoma for the past six years. It all started at an indoor soccer game. He will be 20 in August. This has been a long battle for him, his family, and all of us! He has had six major surgeries, been through chemo and radiation numerous times, and now he has four tumors again.

One tumor is sitting on his one kidney and bladder. It is 6 inches long and the doctors say they can’t operate on it because M would not make it through the surgery-he would hemorrhage to death. He is having surgery this morning and they are putting in a stint to relieve the pressure from his kidney and bladder. After this, the doctors will decide what to do next.

He applied to a cancer study in Maryland but didn’t qualify-due to him being on chemo numerous times. There is another study in Cincinnati that is more targeted to his specific needs that we hope he qualifies for. The hospital will fed-ex his scans to that hospital today.

He is a very strong young man. He has accomplished so much during his journey fighting this horrible and rare cancer in children. He graduated from High School with honors. He has also completed his first two years in college.

I have a luncheon to attend today and then I am headed to Chattanooga to be with him and the family. I believe in prayer-I believed it helped this time last year when we thought he was going to have his colon removed-he didn’t have to have it removed. Please pray with me for my cousin, M, and his family. Thank you so much!

EDIT: I did not go to Chattanooga today-M’s Mom said it would be better to come on Sunday. They are warn out and he will be coming home tomorrow-which will be another tiring day for him to get settled in and have to deal with the feeding bag. Still waiting for the exact outcome of the surgery and what the future holds.

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Ice Cream Recipe Round Up

This is my post for the Ice Cream Round Up over at Joy’s Place~Joy of Desserts. I posted this for Scrumptious Sunday over at Mercedes Rocks (my other blog). I have also included all of the links to the other participants’ post for last week’s Scrumptious Sunday: Theme~Ice Cream! Hope you all enjoy!

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New Website

Hello All! I have been converting my Kindergarten classroom website to my NEW 5th Grade classroom website. I am so excited! I have also added a blog page on the website. I hope to blog about our class over there and post pics for everyone to view. This way the parents can have pics of their child and I don’t have to make/create scrapbooks anymore…so much work! Head on over there and check it out and let me know what you think. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

Miss Meredith’s 5th Grade

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I AM BACK!

Hello to all of my wonderful friends! We have made it back home! I have so much catching up to do. I just opened up my Google Reader and there are 312 new posts from all of my blogosphere-WOW! I don’t believe I will make it to all of them. I also noticed that I have a few new visitors here! Welcome to my blog. I will be by to visit you soon! Thanks for continuing to visit me while I was away! I have tons of pics to show you-but I just want to warn you that I am not a photographer and many of the pics were taken while driving down the road! We had a ball. I will tell you all about it soon. I plan to do a post for each day we were gone-detailing our events. I hope everyone has received their postcards…or will be receiving them soon. If you requested one from Asheville-It is going to be mailed from my house-couldn’t get Jedd to stop today to drop them off from there-aaahhh! I also sent some to my dog buddies too! This is the first time I have ever sent off postcards-I hope I knew what I was doing-lol! I want to thank Gina for helping me with my blog when I was gone-I so much appreciate her! So glad to be back-I think-lol! Looking forward to catching up with everyone! I hope all was well in your world. Love You All! Mercedes!

Have and Have Nots

I saw this a while back over at Gina’s Public Diary. Everything that I have done is in blue. It’s long but I hope you enjoy it.

85 HAVES & 115 HAVE NOTS

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It Was Gatlinburg in Mid-July

Tony at Flying Pigs inspired me to post this song.

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See Ya Soon

I sure hope our Vacation turns out better than this-lol!

I have everyone in my Google Reader (I love this) so I will have to catch up on your blogging when I return. I know I will have tons to read about. You can also stop by here-I will have something posted everyday: Auto-post is awesome! Toodles Noodles! Mere

I Big Red Puffy Heart Your Blog Award

My dear blogging friend at Life Through a Lens has bestowed upon me another award (actually three-but I will do this one at a time) on June 13, 2008. She is wonderful and she has a wonderful site full of pictures and stories!

Dandelion Wishes had this award created so she could pass on the love!

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Happy Birthday America

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

WHO WANTS A POSTCARD?

Who Wants a Postcard?

smoky mountain postcard

I am going on vacation next week. We will be leaving on Sunday, July 6, 2008 and we will return on Saturday, July 12, 2008. I would love to share our vacation with you by sending out postcards . I posted yesterday about the details of our vacation plans. Here is all you have to do if you would like a postcard from our vacation:

  1. Head over to our Vacation Plans post and check it out-if you haven’t already.
  2. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you would like a postcard (so I can be looking for your email) AND tell me one place you would especially like to visit.
  3. Send me an email with your full name and mailing address with the location/type of postcard you would like to receive-Please choose ONE (or more and I will choose one):
  • Smoky Mountains
  • Gatlinburg
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Asheville, NC
  • Biltmore Estate

I will stop checking my email officially at Noon CST on Saturday, July 5, 2008. 🙂

Are you on the list yet?

  1. Shannon H. @ Shannon’s Moments of Introspection
  2. Jamie @ Bumps in the Road
  3. Gina @ Gina’s Public Diary
  4. James Viscosi @ James Viscosi’s Scribblings OR Dennis’s Diary of Destruction
  5. Lofter @ Life at the Foot of the Stairs
  6. Miss Zen @ Shades of Pink
  7. Tamy @ 3 Sides of Crazy
  8. Shadow @ 1 Door Away From Heaven Part II
  9. Darla @ Beauty Inside and Out
  10. Pixie

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Vacation Plans

photo off of internet

Jedd and I haven’t been out of town in almost a year. We haven’t been back to Pigeon Forge in almost two years. We have decided to take a longer vacation this year. I have finally planned and booked our lodging for next week. We are leaving on Sunday, July 6, 2008. We will be visiting Pigeon Forge and The Biltmore…and many more sites. I had to book two places in two different states-aaahhhh! I have been researching and reviewing reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Thank You All!

I have been wanting to do some type of post showing stats of my blog. I found this Custom Receipt Maker over at Fighting Windmills. This was much easier and a lot more fun. Thank you all for your visits, comments, friendship, love, prayers, and support! YOU ROCK!

Blogger Friendship Award

Lofter at Life at the Foot of the Stairs awarded me with this award personally via email on May 30, 2008! He is such a great friend with a wonderful way with words! I am always smiling when I receive comments or emails from him! Lofter~You Rock! Peachy ;)

p.s. I have had this ready to post-but I don’t know why I didn’t hit publish-aaaahhhh!

Art y Pico Award

My great friend, Tamy at 3 Sides of Crazy also awarded me with this award. She is wonderful and has a wonderful site too! Tons of yummy recipes over there! This is what she said: Mercedes at Mercedes World for her organization and adaptability to real life. Woohoo! Thank you so much! I received this award once before and already passed it on. I believe I will keep it at that for this award. Tamy~You Rock!

Super Commenter Award

My dear blogging friend at Life Through a Lens has bestowed upon me another award (actually three-but I will do this one at a time) on June 13, 2008. She is wonderful and she has a wonderful site full of pictures and stories!

Dandelion Wishes had this award created so she could pass on the love!

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Love Me Award

Translation

Love Me. When I deserve it the least is when I need it the most.

Kathryn at 4urpets honored me with this award on May 24, 2008. Kathryn couldn’t have picked a better time to award me with this award! Thank you so much! This is what she had to say:

Mercedes needs a lot of love right now because she just lost Patch, her wonderful and loyal Dalmatian. We love you Mercedes.

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Tree of Happiness Award

Oooohhhh~I love awards! My dear friend, Kathryn at The Empty Nest honored me with this wonderful award. Kathryn is a wonderful friend. She stops by often to visit and was very supportive during our travels down Patchy Sickness Road and now is very supportive during our travels down Patch Is Gone Road. She is also helpful with computer/camera stuff-I just email her and she helps me out! She has 3 wonderful chihuahuas she blogs about on her other site: 4urpets.

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More About Me

I am way behind on posting the memes I have been tagged with! Oopsie! If you wanna learn more about me, just click Read More.

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Kind Blogger Award

My dear blog friend Darla @ Beauty Inside and Out honored me with this award on May 31, 2008. She says”for her loyalty and heroic actions when her dog passed. *sniff* Thank you! Darla is such a dear, kind friend! I’m so glad we have met via the blog world and she has a wonderful blog too! Love Ya! Mean It!

I am catching up with passing on recent awards. I would like to pass on this award to the following bloggers~You are all too kind, but I narrowed it down to 10 today. I know many others will receive this soon when these buddies pass on the love! 😉

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Sharing the Love Award

My dear blogging friend at Life Through a Lens has bestowed upon me another award (actually three-but I will do this one at a time) on June 13, 2008. She is wonderful and she has a wonderful site full of pictures and stories!

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