Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dancing and stitching

We are still dancing on air around here.
Thank you so much for your precious comments and emails.
Several of the emails I received were from people going through a similar situation.
From experience, I can tell you to stay as positive as you possibly can.
Think positive thoughts, speak positive words,
surround yourself with positive people.
Keep or find your sense of humor.
Stay busy if possible.
No doom and gloom.
Don't go THERE.
O.K, enough said.

The collage above shows some goodies I have been working on
(with the exception of the middle photo).
That photo of Tommy just makes me smile.
God shows His great sense of humor via the Basset Hound.

Those of a "certain age" or fans of old movies will
recognize the song and the lovely clips in the youtube video.
I hope you take the time to watch it.
I promise it will make your day.
It made mine anyway.

I am off soon to take J.W. to some Doctor appt's.
Staying beyond positive.

Big hugs!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The photo says it all


I love that word. I think it has turned into my favorite word.
I received the phone call a little while ago and then made
the necessary calls.
I couldn't wait to let you know too.

I am beyond grateful.
Thank you, thank you, thank you God!
(here she goes again-hehe).

I am glad that I put "it" out there.
I really believe that your prayers and positive thoughts
made a difference.
I know prayer can move mountains and so many of you stepped up and out.
I am eternally grateful to each of you.

I am doing the happy dance now- very difficult to type
and happy dance.
I can tell you that this house will be celebrating this weekend.



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Wait game

A while ago I played the Name Game, now I
am playing the Wait Game.
Wouldn't it be fantastic to wait here?
He wouldn't even know I'm there-hehe!

I ended up having a biopsy yesterday.
Wasn't expecting that at the time but I am glad it is over.
I'm sure it is o.k.

There are no words to express how much I appreciate
your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you doesn't even come close.
I'm glad I did put "it" out there.
Hubby still doesn't agree but he was only trying to protect me.
I think it is sweet.
He is not a blogger (BUT, I have seen him tooling around when I
have my blog up and have left it for a few minutes).

I have a ton of stuff to do today so I will be keeping busy
and keeping my mind on all things positive.

You ladies are the best (you too hubs).

Monday, June 21, 2010

I was hoping NOT to write this

But here it is.
I was going to write it a while ago but i really
needed to talk with Jeff before laying it out there.

I had the opportunity yesterday (BIG YAY) to talk with him.
We have had this conversation or a similar one many times.
It never gets easier.
Hubby felt it should not be blogged about.
Umm humm, I didn't listen.
There are a few out there that have read my blog since the get go.
You know that hubby married me when I was quite ill.
Personally, I think I would have run the other way.
Just the fact that he felt we were destined to be together
still gives me chills.
The fact that he took on a woman with a serious illness and
a special needs adult son says how wonderful he is
I should be listening to his point of view.
What a good wife I am -hehe!

O.k, I found another lump.
Not going into detail but I can tell you that I am a little nervous.
I see the "man" tomorrow.
I have always had wonderful Dr's and I am grateful
for that.
Yes, I have Faith and that has carried me through.
I know it is not over till God says it's over.

I am praying for a long, healthy life.
I have a new gran to meet in September and pillows, etc to make.

I just wanted to let you know what is going on.
You are the best.

Sorry hubby for not listening.
love you.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Have a wonderful Father's Day

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:
and he delighteth in his way.

Psalm 37:23

I love that verse. It really does remind me of the important
men in my life.

Although my dad has passed away,
I have wonderful memories of picnics on Father's Day.
This verse sums him up perfectly.
He walked the walk.

A year ago today, I was at my son's graduation from boot camp.
Has it been a year?
So much has happened during the last 12 months.

This will be the 2nd year he misses Father's Day with his family.
I know he is not the first and won't be the last, but still....
I wish they could spend the day together.

Jeff, you are an incredible dad.
You take after grandpa in many ways and for that I am so grateful.
God Bless you as you continue your Army career.

Hubby, you are an amazing dad.
You were a friend to my sons before you even knew me.
The boys lucked out. The have a friend that will stand
by them for life as well as a man they call dad.
Or "big daddy dawg"- that would be J.W.

To all the fathers out there,
May your day be blessed with love and laughter.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Did you have an Aunt Lou in your life?

I was 8 years old when I met Aunt Lou.

We had just moved and she was an neighbor.
(warning-long post for me)

When she found out it was my birthday, she baked a cake.

I think of her often but especially around my birthday.

I can see her in my mind although I don't have a photo of her.

She became a mentor although I didn't realize it for years.

She was an original and could care less what people thought.

She and her hubby ran their own race.

Every time she saw me outside, she invited me to come over and
I always learned something!
She and her hubby traveled a great deal and she loved to show
her photo's.

I think she knew I was "hard wired" for travel
and loved to visit these magical places with her.

As I grew older, she had me come over before dates so
she could "check out" what I was wearing.

She took an interest in whatever was going on in my life.

When I had an opportunity to become an exchange student
she was one of my biggest champions.
When I came home from Holland and told her I had
met a boy and he would be visiting for the summer,
guess who was outside waiting to meet him when
my family arrived home from the airport?
She was like a fairy God mother to me.

The picture above is a painting that she left me.
She taped this bit of information on the back of the painting.
She passed away in 1984.

Aunt Lou inspired me to go for it.

She and her hubby had gone to the Soviet Union
in 1973.
A very different time and not the easiest thing to do back then.

I loved Russian history and drooled over her pictures.
I shared with her that I would love to go.

Being Aunt Lou- she said "you must start saving your money now".
She gave me the incentive and the courage to go for it.
I went to the travel agent in town and did some research.
I made the trip in Feb. 1974.
ALONE. I was 20.

My dad was a little (o.k, he was REALLY) freaked out
but trusted that I could handle myself.

When I got my itinerary, I took it over to
Aunt Lou.

She advised me to hang onto it.
As you can see, I did.
When I look at it now, it is kind of shocking.

I took photo's, a lot of them.
My little camera was cheap but it served me well.

It was so cold but these men sat in the park playing chess.

Women shoveling the snow outside the walls of the Kremlin.

The Spire inside The Peter and Paul Fortress in Leningrad.

You could still see damage from the war outside
Yekaterininsky Palace.

Aunt Lou gave me so much.

Confidence, hope, and the importance of running your own race.

As I turn 56 (screaming in my head), I can still see
her walking towards me with a birthday cake.

Now, that is what I want to be like when I grow up.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Laughter just helps!

What a great way to start the weekend.

Laughter does the heart good!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I Couldn't resist

Have a happy day!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Castles and chandeliers

You know that castles have been in my mind (all the time)


in my hands (recently).

Well, now chandeliers are starting to take over too!

I thought I would show you a peek at what I'm up too.

i know this is not a chandelier but i like the photoBelow is a preview of some embroidered burlap soon-to-be

chandelier pillows.

Chandeliers in all shapes and forms appeal to me.

The castles are finished.

2 sets have gone out and I hope to have these listed in

my shop soon.

They are cute, huh?

This may be my last post before The French Elements

giveaway ends. The winner's name will be drawn

on June 10th.

Many thanks to all that have left comments and also decided to follow my blog.

I really do appreciate it!

If you have participated in one of my giveaways,

you probably know what the little "extra" is.

It is French, starts with a C and is one of my favorite things.

The beginning of this week will be a little bit busy
(routine Dr. stuff). Gotta love it-hehe.

But, I will be around for the 10th.

Au revoir till later.

Happy weekend

P.S. S, you left a lovely comment but I need your email address
in case you win.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I know it's coming

It is starting to sizzle here.

Tommy and I are not big fans of the summer heat.

I know, we live in the desert but every year the heat

is kind of shocking.

To get the idea of what "dry heat" is like,

turn your oven all the way up and then open the door

and inhale.

I am doing a little bit of cheating

and re-posting from last summer.

The post says it all.

Stay cool.

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