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Everything I participate in for daily memes are posted early this week!! Thursday meme below this entry, Saturday's meme and Friday's meme found here.

I won't be composing my Friday Feast this week, and I'm posting my Friday's Show N Tell along with the Saturday Photo Hunt way early in one post---Friday at 7 am I go in for the heart procedure that's been scheduled for nearly a month in advance. Hopefully, I'll be back home, recuperating, soon. [So many have asked what 'the procedure' is --an explanation of what I'm having done, below]

To all who visit, have a great weekend.

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And for Photo Hunt my choice is:

This is a state registered piece of ranching equipment. It's been in our family for generations, and hopefully it'll continue to be passed down from generation to generation. I really have no idea when the last time it was used for its intended purpose, now-a-days it has been hung on walls, laid out on a hearth, etc. etc. etc. Presently it's stored and not utilized.

The two photos show great-grandfather's [on mother's side] registered branding iron for his cattle. Sorry 'bout the rust and the webs. It's hanging in our garage and hasn't been moved since we moved here. But, it's an original; an original piece of family history. Just for purposes of being family, it still continues to have the yearly paid registration so no copycats can be made.



...join us over at Kelli's "There is no place like home"!!

For Show N Tell, I've chosen to show our quarter banks! These banks have a special, but fun, service. At the beginning of Baseball season we use the baseball bank. Here's how it goes. For each ball [foul or home run] that goes into the stadium among the fans who are attending the game live,---if any fan catches the FOUL baseball without it dropping to the seats/floor, hubby and I put in a quarter. If a fan catches a HOME RUN ball hit into the stands, we put in $1 in quarters, each. This year, not much was saved ---there have been a lot of balls hit out of the infield, but they're dropping like flies!!! Hardly anyone is catching them before they drop. Then, there are two football banks. Each one of us has their own bank. And with them, we put in a quarter if the football pass is intercepted. If and when it's intercepted and it's run back for a touchdown in the same play...we put in $1 each. Eventually, at the end of the season [baseball] we'll use the money saved to take us out to a movie or lunch or dinner or something...perhaps buy a special bottle of wine....who knows?
Then, the way things are going, with football season; all I can say I'm glad it's only 16 weeks or regular season!! 'Cause we've had to put in nearly the same amount that we've saved for baseball's entire season! Lot's of interceptions. And it's only the 3rd week into the season. But it's a lot of fun. And makes the games less boring and repetitive. And the end of the football season we each use our banks for 'mad money'. Again, this year it looks like we'll have quite a bit to just spend foolishly!


Friday morning, I am going in to have a heart ablation procedure done. If all goes well, it will be considered as an "outpatient" surgery. For the last 12 years I've had episodes of rapid heart beats [my normal rhythm is 65-70 beats a minute, when I have super-ventricular tachycardia occurrences of which I cannot stop with the exercises the cardiologists told me to do, the rate is 200-260 beats a minute...and without being able to stop this with medication OR exercises, I end up in the ER and either getting a slow drip --overnight, or a few times it's been stopped with adenosine. This past few months I've had 3 episodes of svt, and the cardiologist changed meds to a stronger one. The one I've been taking for the 11 - 12 years wasn't effective any more. Or so he told me. These new medications played havoc on my whole system, my whole being. Way too many side effects and much too frequent office visits! In Tucson, where I first experienced this, the specialist suggested the ablation....but I hesitated because the dosage of meds was working. The most recent meds were too scary!! I wanted off them immediately!! [But one of the stronger medications stays in your system for 90 days or more even AFTER you stop taking them!! And the OTHER was made from snake venom!!---it slowed my heart to 30 beats a minute...I was a walking corpse] So, I seeked out and found an electrophysiologist who specializes in these heart procedures. I was told that after this procedure, it will take 60-90 days to feel good again....


  1. Anni, You know I will be praying for you that this all goes real good and you will feel better a lot quicker then the Doctor says you will!
    You certainly will be on my heart while you go through this.... you are really special to me!! Blessings to you my friend!! Love and Hugs, Carolyn

  2. Hootin&#39; Anni9/27/2007

    Carolyn: Thanks so much. That means the world to me, really!!!!

  3. Dear Anni,

    I will be thinking good thoughts and sending prayers that thngs go well for you. I hope you check your comments before you go.

    ...I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately, but things have been quite hectic and upsetting here for awhile. My daughter is out of hospital and will be here with us (and our granddaughter too) for a couple days. The kidney operation went well- but will be a few weeks recovering.

    Best of luck, Anni.

    love and hugs)))


  4. Hootin&#39; Anni9/27/2007

    Junie: Yes, I'm checking before I shut things down for the time being. Thanks so much for your thoughts. Hope everything will go well for you and your family....I'll be back to visit with you soon.

  5. WOW!! 30 to 90 days to feel better again..well we are just not going to think that way now are we!! That is way too long to wait to feel better. I will be thinking and praying for you in the morning!! i know that you have a lot of problems. This procedure is going to help you!!

  6. Just a note to tell you, you are in my every waking thought and endless prayers. I love you girlfriend, The branding iron was just perfect for original for the hunt this week!

  7. I like your show and tell. What a great way to save a little mad money and have fun at the same time. I'm going to share the idea with my husband! We watch lots of football.

    I will be praying for you tomorrow and in the days ahead as you recover from this procedure.

  8. Anonymous9/27/2007

    Stopped by for your Show and Tell but really want you to know that I wish you the best of luck on your procedure. Hope you feel back to normal very soon.

    Take care,

  9. Anni, I wish you a speedie recovery. I know you are a strong, dear lady and with all us out here wishing you well before you know it you will be hootin' around all the blogs again real soon.

    thinking of you dear friend


  10. Your banks are so cool! I love how you and your husband use these for your "mad" money!

    Anni, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you have your medical procedure done. Best of Luck and a Speedy Recovery.



  11. Praying that all goes well with your ablation therapy. My sister had that done a few years ago. I love your sport bank idea!! What a great way to save up for a treat and to encourage paying attention during those looonnnggg baseball games! :)

  12. Anonymous9/28/2007

    Prayers are with you and great show and tell.

  13. That branding iron is a treasure indeed. I would be bringing it out of the garage and giving it a center of attention spot!!

    The banks and games you play are cute. It's interesting how much fun something like that can be.

    I am praying for you Anni and awaiting the GOOD report!!!!!

  14. prayers are lifted now for you

  15. Our prayers are with you! Please give an update on how you are.


  16. My prayers are with you as you undergo this procedure. Your show n tell is a clever way to stash some money away..

  17. Very best of luck. You'll be there right now I think. Thinking of you.

  18. What a neat and fun tradition for watching sports!

    The branding iron is really neat -- and great for the original theme. I have no idea what I am going to put up for that yet.

    It's funny, my dr. and I were just discussing ablations today. I have had SVTs, too, but maybe only 6 or so in 7 years. Just had an episode Sunday night and has to go to the ER and get adenosine (awful stuff, but it works fast). I'm on a beta blocker (metoprolol) for it. My dr. is new to me (the previous one left his practice) and she said she's not a pill kind of girl and would rather just fix it. But I'm not quite ready to go through all that yet. I hope it goes well for you -- won't it be such a relief to know that it is fixed? I'll be praying for you.

  19. Great pictures of original things!

    Hope all goes according to plan and that you get well soon.

  20. Thinking of you Anni and praying that all goes well with the ablation.
    Here for Photo Hunt, what a treasure you have in your family. It may end in a museum one day.
    Be well, my dear.

  21. Anni, you have been on my mind today, I pray that you are at home, recovering nicely.

    I love how you and your husband save up a little extra money. Very creative and fun!


  22. Anni, hope all goes well and that you'll soon be up and running again. What an extraordinary sense of duty to put up all your meme entries!! I don't think I'd have a head for that in your situation. hmmm, or maybe I would. Takes your thoughts off things, doesn't it?

    I love your photohunt entry, as usual. They are always original, but this one even more so!! :D

    Silly to say happy weekend, knowing what you're up to. I do wish you a speedy recovery!

    Hugs from far away...

  23. I hope your heart procedure was in fact done as an outpatient and you are now home beginning your recovery. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  24. Great original post and I'll be sending out good thoughts for you.

  25. I hope that everything went well and that you don't feel too bad. Take good care ! I wish you all the best !

    If ever you want to go to Italy to the Garda Lake I will publish a post about it tomorrow. And on the "Original" photo hunter post is a picture I took especially for you, I thought about your elf !

  26. Prayers that everything went well for you at the hospital. Prayers for a quick recovery, too

  27. Hope that everything went well yesterday! Prayers for your speedy recovery.

    Love you original branding iron!

  28. Will be thinking about you and hope that all goes well with a speedy recovery!

  29. Wow - a lot going on for you now! First of all I want you to know I will be praying for you to have a speedy and full recovery! In fact I just said a quick prayer for you now. I word for a group of cardiac surgeons and I know the outcome of these surgeries are really great and I bet you will be feeling well in no time.

    Secondly I wanted to tell you your blog is so cute with all the little Halloween references - too cute!

    Lastly I want to tell you that your football banks are adorable and such a cute idea for you and hubby! What a fun thing! I do not enjoy watching sports with my husband too much so maybe I should incorporate a fun thing like that??? I usually am doing a craft or baking when he is watching a game.

    Well, you take care of yourself and all of us out here in blogland will be waiting to hear how you are doing!

    God bless you ~ Sharon

  30. Do take care of yourself and best results with this procedure. Prayers and best wishes for a smooth recovery.

    Your original is great. Family history is important to me, too. I have several family originals--among them a 147 year old piano. I know because I have the bill of sale from when my mother's uncle bought it in Chicago.

    I'm not familiar with the show and tell, but I like your way of saving.

  31. Prayers coming from me also. Take care and get better real soon.