Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bucket list

What happened.
On January 14, of 2008 I woke to what I thought was a heart attack. Jan 23, I failed a stress test. It was so bad I will never have another one. Feb 4, I failed a lung function test. Feb 5, I had a cardiac cath. Results were I had the best looking heart the doctor ever saw. March 28 I had a MRI. To finally find the answer to Jan 14, event. I have copd and allergy induced asthma. I also had a panic attack.

Now for the Bucket list
When I was in St. Charles for the cardiac cath. I watched the movie on my daughters computer. Here is a link to the movie if you never saw it. ( Bucket list) This movie was heart felt, warm and funny and you need a box of kneenex for the end.

After the inspiration from this movie I decided to make my own list. I went home and ordered high speed. This was the start of me being here today. I watched movie after movie till I was well enough to try to do some thing. I went to And watched movies from there links to free movie sites . I love movies from

Then I created a yahoo 360 page. And this is what I wrote.

I have learned life is to short to live in the past. Or sit on the couch and wait for the end.

Friend and family, pets and wild life. are to be cherished.

A sunset, sitting on the bank of a river, taking a drive to see nature. Are simple things. But can be breath taking. They will teach you to be at peace. Lesson contentment.

The simple joy of watching your cat play, the birds fly, or watching the squirrels throw nuts at the cat. Can make your problems leave your mind.

The joy of waving at or smiling & saying hi to a stranger can make both your days better.

An act of kindness. simple thank you, words have great meaning.

Ernie's Bucket list.

I am going to learn to be happy if it kills me!

I am going to learn to enjoy life every day!

I am going to be thankful for every thing I have left, and learn to let go of all that I have lost!

I'm going to get Jerry to get off the couch and We are going to learn how to have fun!

I'm going to see the ocean.

I'm going to start telling my kids I love them more often, We always say it to the grand kids but some times don't realize even though they are grown they still need a reminder that we care about them too.

Stop by myspace page to on yahoo

and see all the fun I am having there.

This was the start of me finding friends on line.

Then came this blog

This has helped me to live each day with at least one thing I did to make my life happy.

I have become photo happy.

Thanks to the tax refund this year I purchased my new camera a Sony A 200 DSLR. Now I can take digital photos like my Minolta or Cannon slr did and Not get mad the the camera was so slow I would miss my photo with the Nikon cool pix. This also uses all my lenses from the Minolta because Sony bought them out.

I have won the battle of Worry, fear & Depression.

But it is still capable of coming back at any time.

As I am fighting the winter blues as we speak.

I now have some of my family close so now I am not alone in the world.

I have made my hubby do a few things this year to get out of the house and have fun.

I am very happy I have a roof over my head and food to eat.

I did not get to see the Ocean. We were going to Alabama to see one of my daughters friends growing up. But she moved back to St. Louis.

I tell my kids as much as I can How they are loved.

So I completed 4 of 5 on my list and accomplished more that did not have on my list.

On Jan 1 2009 I will post my new bucket list.

If you decide to do one to let me know.

So I am very thankful for this wonderful year.

I am also thankful for the

Thankful thursday MEME as It reminds me to recall all I am thankful for.


Lynn said...


Wow, I had no idea this is what brought you to our online community. I am thrilled to read this post today.

A Bucket list... Wow, I may have to do this as well... And girl... I hope you see the ocean soon.

God bless and Merry Christmas. Can't wait for your next list. Hugs.

LAURIE said...

Grammy, what a nice post. I saw that movie also...if you can get past all of the foul language it has a good message. I hope that this new year you will be able to cross off some of things on your list. The Ocean is a definite that you must do! Happy TT! -Blessings, Laurie

George said...

You've had quite a year, but you made good progress on your bucket list. I hope your next bucket list will have even more things crossed off.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Grammy, I haven't seen that movie but really want to... I love your 'bucket list.' Isn't it amazing how the little things in life (a birdie, a wave, etc.) can make us all so happy.

Love those random acts of kindness..

white_lilly said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us you are amazing to have coped with so much. It is good that you can be happy and content even though so much is happening around you.

There are many simple joys that we take for granted or do not take notice of which can enrich us so much and to make friends and share these things is a blessing.

Hoping to see lots of your wonderful photos in 2009 with your new camera :)

Denise said...

I am so glad that God has taken such great care of you sweetie. That movie really sounds good, I love your list, and I love you.

playsdolls said...

I love his post,I have not seen the movie but now I am going to get it and watch it,it sounds like a wonderful movie.As for the bucket list I am glad you got so many on your list crossed off.Hope your next list you get all you want to accomplished on it done. sorry you have the copd but sure am glad it was not your heart.
I may just sit down at New Years and write me a bucket List,may help me get more things I want to do done.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you and your family.

Serendipity said...

I remember watching it before and attempted to do the same. But I guess I totally forgot about it over time. Your post is such a wonderful reminder. Thank you so much! God bless!

Beth in NC said...

Dear Grammy,

Thank you for sharing this post! I'm sorry about the fateful event that brought you here, but praise God for the new outlook on life! I pray you're an example to many!


Michele Williams said...

Wow! What a year!! I never knew what a bucket list was before... Thank you for enlightening me! Blessings to you....

Grammy said...

LAURIE I will have to watch the movie again to see what you are saying on foul language.
What the movie was about to me was a wonderful kind loving man saved the life and sole of a mean unloved rich man. Sure the rich man tried to corrupt the kind man with his version of fun. But he was changed in the end to a wonderful loving person. But they succeeded in there goals. And we both better people from trying each others way of life. And doing what most people would only dream of. In the end they both benefited from there time together. This movie also brings to light that you should make the most of your day every day and enjoy life. Don't just sit around and wait to die in pain and sadness.

Bonnie said...

What an amazing list and a powerful testimony. I've seen the movie Bucket List and have put off making my own list but you motivate me. Thank you for sharing your heart and while I'm not thankful you had to go through what you did, I am thankful it brought you here to Thanful Thursdays!!! Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

beautiful post grammy, and I am so glad you are here sharing your own bucket lists with us. xoxo

Laurie Ann said...

What a great post! I had no idea you had endured so much! I loved the movie (minus the language) and think the idea of having a bucket list is great! I always do a list with the number of my age on it - This year it was called 38 Things to Do in the Year God Has Given Me. I guess that's sort of my yearly bucket list. I really enjoyed your post!

Happy Thankful Thursday and Merry Christmas!

Carla said...

You are hero material!!!
Stay away from the blue-it will swallow you, and you'll have to start all over!
Bless you! Health, strength, wealth, and love overflowing!
I'm proud to call you my friend:)

WiseAcre said...

Now get off the bucket and show us some photos from your new camera :)

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Q said...

Dear Grammy,
I am so happy I have gottten to know you.
Finding the beauty, each and every day, is my goal when I awake in the morning. I too am grateful and have learned to enjoy life.
May you have a blessed Holiday!
Looking forward to 2009 and sharing this walk in beauty with you.

Gail said...

An inspirational post! We should all look at life that way.
I have wanted to see that movie but never have.

Marsha said...

What a great idea to do a bucket list! I've thought about it, but never done it.

Have a blessed weekend.

Cheryl said...

You have a great post. I have not watched a good movie in a very long time. I am planning on doing that as soon as it gets cold here and I get to stay inside. Merry CHRISTmas~

Rose said...

I enjoyed reading this post very much.

FourOf5zs said...

Wow! an eye-opening post. Nice to learn more about you.

Merry Christmas!