Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fun and Family

Sprinkling or raining? This is the debate.
What a fun video to watch......You Poked My Heart.......awwwwwww

Here's a scarf I just finished for myself.  I went to get my scarf from last year and couldn't find it anywhere, so I knitted one with yarn I found on sale.  This took about a day to make.  I love the colors and the fluffiness of it.
 Isn't this a cute card? I made it for the clean and simple challenge. The challenge was to use wildlife.  Isn't this House Mouse so cute?  I know mice are cute in stamps and movies but not in person!
 This is my card for the color challenge today.  The colors were rose red, mossy meadow and black.  This is a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.  Love this!
I saw this on Joann's website and it's a stamp.  There are a few people I'd like to send or give this to, how about you?

 I want to try to make this lamp post. Thought it was cool and wanted to share it.  The blog I found it on is at the bottom of the image panel.

Today was a busy, busy day.  I got up early and went to PHCA to pick up all I left there Thursday.  I caught Patti and Emily up on Ben and left.  From there I dropped off all of our cardboard, then mailed Thanksgiving cards.

From there I went home so I could go with Ben and Rachel to lunch with Grandpa Craig.  He love the place we went to.  He had a corn-beef and sauerkraut sandwich and loved it.  He said the sauerkraut was just sour enough.  He loved the coffee, the service and the food.  I'd say he'll be back sometime.  He wishes it was closer to him not us!  LOL

After that we came home and got Ben's dressing changed and his finger cleaned.  That was a bit stressful for us and Ben.  

Next we went to Grandma Dottie's house to wish her happy birthday and to give her yarn.  She spends a few hours a day knitting squares for afghans for the homeless.  We all have a need to be needed you know?  This is what keeps her going.  

Grandma Dottie is 83 today and struggling with short-term memory issues.  Her brain is showing blockage in the short-term memory areas.  It is so hard for her to deal with.  It is hard to watch and hear how upset she gets as a result of this.

Thank you God for keeping Mom going and for allowing her to feel a purpose to help others.  With all she's had to deal with, I'm so glad she hasn't given up.  She appreciates what we do for her.  I took Ben and Sarah for a visit which was nice.  I learned some things about her  growing up in PA that I didn't know.  
Thank you God for those nuggets of the past.

Blessing of the Day:Time with Mom and Tim making dinner for all of us.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Football, Turkeys and Pines.......WHAT?

Who would believe it?  The Cleveland Browns pulled out a win in Atlanta today!  Woot, woot! Maybe football is back, here in Cleveland!

 Take a look at these cuties.  If we were going to be home for the holiday, I'd think about making these.  We're having breakfast with Ben and Rachel, then Tim and I are going to Columbus for Thanksgiving.  Patty and Allen are hosting the family gathering.  Not sure how they will fit the family into their house.
Sarah's going with Brianna for Thanksgiving while Rachel and Ben go to Rachel's family's dinner.  This is a very weird Thanksgiving but not as weird as when we went to a house on the beach and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for Thanksgiving!  We walked on the beach in shorts that year!
 Isn't this the cutest turkey you've seen?  I saw something similar on Pintrest and did my own version.  This card went to a special girl, Grace Anna, a special needs child that is all over Facebook with her singing and videos.  She's a precious little one and I couldn't think of anyone cuter to send it to.
This is a card I also saw on Pintrest, but I didn't have the same stamp for the snow, so I used one that had smaller dots on it.  Love how this came out.  I have to find that stamp they used for the snow.  It is missing from my stamp set.  I used it last week and can't find it.  Maybe that's my cue to vacuum the floor huh?  I've  tried to find the card I CASED and can't.

Tomorrow we will head to the hand doctor to see how Ben's finger is doing.  It's an early appt. so we'll have to be out the door early.  Praying that this doctor will have good news for Ben.

Blessing of the Day: Time to knit a few squares for the homeless quilts that are made through craft stores in our area.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rain and Ice is so NOT Nice

This morning we were awakened to the sound of ice pellets hitting the window.  They of course made the sidewalks and roads ice rinks and we were told to stay off the roads until the crews could salt and make it safe.  It's always something here in Cleveland!

I know it could be worse; I could live in Buffalo!  No thanks THAT kind of snow is NOT for me.

This is the card I made for today's Inspiration Challenge.  This was my inspiration.
I love this delicate queen-ann's lace stamp.  It look pretty in any color.  I also love the saying on the front of the card.  That's one of the reasons I bought the stamp set.
 Look at this gorgeous card from my dear friend, Jane!  I think it's so pretty the way she used several different colors then embossed the leaves in white.  Gotta try this.  Thank you so much Jane!

Take a look at this video.  This is an Ex-NFL player who quit football while playing on a 5 year, 37 million dollar contract!  That's crazy isn't it?  The fact that he'd quit AND the fact that he would get this much money to play football while so many are homeless and starving.  I think our priorities are messed up here.  That discussion is for another time.
Anyway, this is a Christian living out his life for Christ.  He knew nothing about farming before this endeavor.  It's amazing how God uses people!

Blessing of the Day: Time with Family.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Just When You Thought.............

....things were going well you get a call from your daughter-in-law saying your son has cut part of his finger off and is on his way to the hospital in an ambulance!  God be with him and all of us!  Ben was using a wood splitter, that apparently didn't have a safety guard on it, and his ring finger on his left hand got too close.  It's so hard to write this without upset.  He was taken to Metro Hospital near downtown because they had the best hand surgeon.

I didn't have a car that day, and I was volunteering at PHCA.  Ben took my van to work and Sarah took the blue car to CCC.  I borrowed Emily's car to get Rachel from home and came back to drop off Emily's car.  Knowing we were going to Metro Hospital meant I couldn't take her car because that would leave her car less.  Anyway, Tim picked us up at PHCA and we all drove down to Metro Hospital.

We were immediately shown where Ben was and it was a relief to see him sitting up in bed.  His finger was bandaged and they were just giving him something for the pain.  That's what a mother wants to see when her child is hurting.

It was hard to hear that the small piece of finger was 'put on ice'. The doctors didn't know if they would do that.  They had to wait for x-rays of his finger.

The doctor said Ben chipped the bone a bit and they were going to wrap his finger and not do surgery to fix the finger.  His finger is always going to look different but it should heal well.

Monday Ben goes to the ortho dr. to see if anything else needs to be done.  He will check how it is healing as well.

I had a small scare, I felt like I was going to faint, and luckily I was in a chair.  I took a sugar tablet in case it was sugar related.  The attention turned to me to get me to drink apple juice and eat sugar cookies.  I ended up with a turkey sandwich and juice and cookies.  It ended up after a sugar check, my sugar was fine.

I think it was a fainting spell due to the stress of the event and looking at Ben's finger.  There is so much mother emotion that you feel.

Ben had a good night and only had to get up once for medication.  He's been taking Ibuprofen which seems to work better than the oxycodone he got.

We got home in time for dinner.  We were all exhausted.  Tim and I had to go pick up the van then we could be home and rest from all the excitement.

Please God, continue to be with all of us and especially Ben as his finger heals.
It was obvious God was with Ben.  He wrapped his finger immediately when he got cut.  He got to a bench to sit down to call 911.  He passed out after giving 911 info.  Police were there along with EMS crew very quickly.  The EMS crew took him to the best hospital if he would need hand surgery.
We had the best staff once we got to Metro Hospital.  One man named Jack, really took care of us. He had a cool, wet towel for me and got us what we needed while there.  Thank you God for your help during this difficult day.

This is for two challenges, Queen For The Day and Free For All Challenge.  The second card is my inspiration.  I stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa, then colored with Copic Markers.  I used Wink of Stella on the red berries and gold for the berries on the cut out piece.   This is so sparkly with the gold and red papers.

Blessing of the Day: Ben slept through the night and God was with him the whole time he went through this ordeal.  We all know this could have been much worse than it was. Praising God for his protection!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This and That on a Snowy Wednesday

I saw this the other day and posted it for my teacher friends.  It's too bad that being a teacher makes you the enemy to so many people.  The state doesn't think teachers can teach without all sorts of mandates.  The mandates aren't paid for by the state, just mandated and the districts have to pay for it to happen.  Teachers are also testing kids to death.................Gone is the fun in teaching and learning.  I know I got out at a good time.  The private schools don't have to do common core nor do all the testing that public schools do.  I'm blessed to be where I am right now.
Isn't this the cutest picture?  Sarah showed it to me.  So I showed Sarah this video.
This is so cute with mini food in it.  Love seeing the little hamsters eating the food.

This card is for a gal on Splitcoast who had surgery.  We were asked to make a humorous get well card for her.  This is mine.  This gal is a nurse, so I thought she'd get a kick out of this image. :)
She couldn't get any sweeter, could she?  This is Phoebe in Rachel's Snuggy.  She slept there for a long time yesterday.  Tonight while we watched the Cavs game Phoebe slept on top of it.  Did I tell you she got sparkly caps on her front claws?  Hers are pink glitter but you get the idea.  These caps are glued on her claws after they are clipped.  It keeps her from tearing up the furniture even though we have scratching posts.  It's what they've come up with instead of removing the front claws.  I guess vets don't like to do that now like they did when we had kittens.
Soft Nail Caps For Cat Claws ILLUSION PURPLE GLITTER * MEDIUM SIZE * Purrdy Paws Brand
This is the card I made for today's sketch challenge.  Isn't he a cutie?
This was a funny video about Thanksgiving I thought I'd share early.

I saw my mom today.  It's always bittersweet.  She is so upset about her short term memory loss.  She goes to the gerontologist tomorrow and I told her to let him know how she's feeling about all of this.

My sister who is an RN sent a light up for Mom to use to help with her mood.  It is to increase the amount of light she gets because it's now winter and we get so little sunlight here in Cleveland.   It's a nice light that has a timer that Mom can turn on and it goes off after 15 minutes.  She can do this a few times each day.  We'll see how this goes.

Well, it's time for sleep.  Gotta get up early tomorrow to get to PHCA to volunteer.
Blessing of the Day: Spending time with Mom.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Simple Woman’s Daybook FOR TODAY November 18, 2014

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY November 18, 2014

Outside My Window...it's cold, windy and white.

I am thinking...that soon I have to go for my mammogram.  Think I'd rather go for a root canal! LOL

I am thankful for...the chance to send card for Caring Hearts.  I just sent 100 Christmas cards to them to send to people in nursing homes.

From the kitchen...it's quiet as all have their coffee and are working somewhere in the house.

I am wearing...jeans and t-shirt.

I am creating...cards for Caring Hearts to send to nursing homes for Christmas.

I am going...to begin daily challenges for today soon.

I am reading...Night by Elie Wiesel

I am hoping...to get a lot done today.

I am hearing...the dryer as I'm finishing up my laundry.

Around the house...things are very quiet.

One of my favorite things...to make and send cards to others.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Visit mom tomorrow, word at PHCA Thursday.  Friday is a day off for me.  They are having their Thanksgiving feast which I don't care to do.

Here are some pictures I thought I'd share...

This is a card I made for the featured stamper this week.   My card is the first one and hers is the second one.

 This card was for the inspiration challenge.
 This is a sampling of the cards I made and sent to Caring Hearts.
 This card is for Monday's challenges on SCS.  You had to make a 3x3 inch card and use snowflakes.
 I found this on Deb Mauch's site.  Isn't this a creative way to use the pine needles stamp?  I'm going to have to try this.
Tonight is Bible Study with Chuck and Maryanne.  I really enjoy our time with them.
Ben's been working hard on Liberty College classes.  His first 2 classes are done.  He got A's in them.  He's working on the next two which will be done in 4 weeks.  He has such a different attitude now that he's in college.  He is a smart guy and seems to be enjoying classes so far.  He says online classes are great!

Blessing of the Day: Finishing 100 cards to send to Caring Hearts.
Getting work done around here.  Hate to clean buy like how it looks when it's done.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Busy, Productive Day

Today was busy.  I am getting ready for my Stamp For Charity event Saturday.  I'm cutting paper, putting card supplies and paper into folders as well as still looking for simple cards to make.  This first card is one we will make.  I'm not sure if I'll keep the lacy oval or not.  I love it, but not sure if it will take too much time to cut 20 or so out.   I really like the stamp used for this.  It's called Meadows from Inkadinkado.  This card originally was for the technique challenge Monday.  You had to use the direct to paper technique with an ink pad. I took the negative of this die and taped it to my white cardstock. Then I used bashful blue ink and stamped it directly to the paper. Then I cut out the image and stamped it. A fun result was that the edge is white!
 This card was for the color challenge Tuesday.  The colors were Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Crumb Cake. This was also for the Teapotter's Challenge.  Cards can be sent to a man named Ernie who was recently transferred to a nursing home and is depressed.  I hope he likes this card.
 This cute bag was made following a tutorial on Splitcoast.  I always do a sample for my first time through a tutorial.  Then I make any changes I want to make then make them for others.  Instead of stamping the front of this, I used designer paper.
 This is a card I did for today's sketch challenge.  It is for Tim for when he comes home.
This card was for last Monday's technique lover's challenge.  You used alcohol ink  refills and a round object dipped in hand sanitizer which is stamped on the background.  My image mimics the colors of the background.
Isn't this a gorgeous sunset?  This is Lake Erie at sunset.  God's handiwork is so gorgeous!  How can you deny that God exists when you see this?

Today I visited with my mom.  It's bittersweet these days.  Her short term memory is going and she is so distressed and upset over this.  I asked her how she was and she said, "Not good."  Then she went on to say that she couldn't remember things and it was upsetting her.  I don't know know how to help her.  I pray for her and try to tell her that we need to help her try to live with it.  It's not going to get better.  It's part of the aging process.  I'm so glad it's not dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

We did have a pretty good visit.  When she'd ask a question about something we'd talked about, I'd answer it like it was the first time she asked.  No sense in frustrating her further.  We talked about things she could pull from long-term memory and enjoyed ourselves.

I told her I'd be back to visit next Wednesday.  She wanted to remember that so she wrote it on her calendar.  Like I said, bittersweet.

Sarah and I went out to Panera's for dinner. Ben and Rachel had date night, so Sarah and I went out too.  I always enjoy Panera's meals.  It was nice sitting in a quiet restaurant talking to Sarah.
She's come so far.  Praising God for all he's done in all of our lives!

Picked Tim up from the airport at 6:15 p.m.  It was so good to bring him home.  I missed him even though it was only a day he was gone.  

Blessing of the Day: Dinner with Sarah and having Tim home safe and sound.
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