Sunday, April 3, 2005

Going To The Hospital...

"I am happy and you should be as well.  Let us pray together with joy."  Pope John Paul II

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I hope everyone is having a fairly decent day!  I just took a walk outside and it is 36 degrees here!  There is snow in the forecast!  What is that about?  Where is my Spring weather?  Ah, Pennsylvania is a crazy state!  It was nice to get out, though, as I haven't been out enough in the last week, so I put on my winter coat and buttoned it up and put the hood on and went out for an hour.  There were quite a few others out as well.  Funny thing, there were those in coats like me, and there were those who had no coat on.  Some Pennsylvanians go by the calendar for Spring and wearing Spring clothes.  They will even wear shorts in the 30's and 40's.  Not me.  I'm a chicken.  Perhaps I would if my muscles didn't ache and I liked my legs a little more.

I am leaving for Johns Hopkins in the middle of the night tonight.  Krissy decided to go with me and that is a nice treat!!  Thanks, Krissy!!  She is such a doll!!  I didn't ask her because it is so close to her wedding, but she offered and set it up, so I am grateful!!  What a doll!!  I will be there one to four nights.  I don't like the unknown too much and I am not too sure what they are going to do, but I will go with the flow.  I know they are checking my head pressure and I know they will convert my non-programmable v/a shunt to a programmable one if need be.  It is all good with me.  Anything deemed necessary to make my health a bit better.  They are the ones with the degrees.  Not me.  Thanks to all who commented and emailed and sent their prayers and good wishes.  They mean more than you will ever know!!

I wanted to share with all of you a Jeff Foxworthy funny on Pennsylvania.  I received it in the mail from a friend.  If you live in PA you will understand it and laugh (I hope...I did).  If you don't, you will learn more about my state!

~  If you consider it a sport to sit in a treestand all day long with a bow or a gun justto put food in your might live in PA.

~  If you're proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights each year because Bradford is the coldest spot in the might live in PA.

~  If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through might live in PA.

~  If you instictively walk like a penguin five months out of the might live in PA.

~  If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work might live in PA... cause we are all so darn friendly :-)

~  If your Dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead cause he wears a might live in PA.

~  If you have worn shorts, a parka, and sunglasses at the same might live in PA.

~  If your town has an equal number of bars and churches and your priest or minister asks you to pray for the Steelers and wants to get you all home for the 1:00PM might live in PA.

~  If you have had a lengthy telephone call with someone who dialed a wrong might live in PA.


1.  "Vacation" means going north up past 1-80 for the weekend.

2.  You measure distance in hours.

3.  You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

4.  You often switch from heat to A/C and back again more than once in the same

5.  You can drive 65 m.p.h. through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard and not
     even flinch.

6.  You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).

7.  You install security lights on your house and garage and leave the doors

8.  You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them. 

9.  You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are covered with snow.

11. You know all 4 seasons:  almost fall, winter, still winter, and road construction.

12. You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

13. Your idea of creative landscaping is a concrete deer statue next to your blue

14. Down South to you means Morgantown, W.V.

15. A critter is something you eat.

16. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new F-150.

17. You go out to fish-fry every Friday and Bingo every Wednesday.

18. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

19. Your snowblower has more miles on it than your car.

20. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly"

I will let everyone know how my hospital stay turned out as soon as I am able to post.  Until then, take care of one another and enjoy Spring, whether it is chilly and rainy or glorious in your part of the world! xox


  1. The weather here is a little crazy, too, but it is like that all year....  I don't wear shorts and such until the temp stays above 65F at night, consistently :)

    Good luck with the tests!  Since they were supposed to give you a programmable one anyway, I hope they fix their mistake as I think it will certainly allow you better health.  Happy Krissy is joining you  :)

    I love Jeff Foxworthy (and all of the 'Blue Collar' guys).  That made me laugh, they're so funny!

    Wish you well and good news.....

  2. I am so glad Krissy is going with you.  Be safe and I wish you the best and a speedy recovery no matter what you have to go through.  You will be in my prayers.

  3. will be thinking of you and I am so pleased Krissy will be there for support for you. I couldn't imagine her not being there to be honest, you two are so close, its lovely. Prayers and thoughts sent to you..............Jules xxxxxx

  4. I take it Pennsylvania is cold ?:-) Even though I`m not American I still smiled at the funnies.  Take care of yourself and the very best of luck at the hospital.  I`ll be thinking of you.  Blessings   Sandra xxx

  5. It's great that Krissy is going with you,  makes it a little less scarey.  Good luck sweetie, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. We will miss you and Krissy so very much this week. Great that you will be together and know that all your journal friends will be with you in thought.  I shall say extra special prayers for you dear friend and I know you will pray for me before you go.  God bless and take care and hurry back.

  7. Thinking of you and looking forward to yours and Krissy's return.
    Sylvia x

  8. OMG I can't believe how many of your humorisms about PA also fit where I live... like driving through snow, sliving in a tree stand, turning the heat and ac off several times in one day, etc... pieces like this make me realize we as a nation are more alike than different.

    Went outside today and was greeted by tulip leaves poking up out of the ground, little green leaves in a hurry to get above ground. Hope spring finds its way to you soon!

    You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I know the Creator will hold you close and keep you well. It must be scary to be going in for yet another procedure,but Krissy will be with you (yay... you are the best sis Krissy!!) and there are so many out here in j-land thinkin and praying for ya. You'll be home soon in better health than ever! Just in time to see spring bloom full upon the Pennsylvania landscape.

  9. I didn't get out much today Val!  It snowed and I was too cold!  Oh well.  Glad you got to go out a little bit before you have to go to the Hospital tonight.  Love your sissy Krissy. :-)

  10. Wishing you all the very best during your hospital stay and I will be thinking of you all these thousands of miles from where I am.

  11. Thinking of you my dear pal Val :o)
    Sara   x

  12. Sending well wishes your way Val, I hope all goes well.
    Take care doll~

  13. My good wishes go with you. Sounds like Minnesota and Pennsylvania have a lot in common LOL rich

  14. Oh, Val, I hope all is going well and that you are being "fixed"....Of course I will keep you in my prayers.  Please update and let us know how you are.

  15. I found this hilarious!!  I was born in Cory, PA; I also lived in Ellwood, Waterford, and Franklin.  My grandparents live in Erie.  My parents use to live in Oil City before I was born...I have live in TX, IN and no I live in Northwest Ohio (even though I would rather live down south  Hehe!)

    "Madman" referred me to your journal.  :o)



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