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

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

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

I am begin daily challenges for today soon.

I am reading...Night by Elie Wiesel

I am 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 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.
Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Honoring All Who Served-Veterans Day 2014

What a bittersweet day this is.  A day to remember those who have fought for this country and not returned.  A day to thank those who fought and returned home. A Day to thank those who are currently serving and missing their family terribly.

When I worked we honored Veterans by having a luncheon followed by a solemn ceremony honoring them.  Students worked hard to learn songs to sing to them, students also made power point presentations to show their gratitude.

I missed that today. I sat for a while today and looked a videos on YouTube and of course was saddened at the huge loss we've felt over the years.  Even if it wasn't someone I knew,  I teared up when watching families mourn.

I pray to God that the families that are suffering, know it isn't in vain.  We appreciate what their loved one did for his/her country.  Each one and his/her family give up so much.  They give up the presence of their loved one, and even special events in life for their country.

It takes a special kind of person to do this.  One who loves their country and truly believes in what they are doing.

I watched a video of George Bush honoring a fallen soldier by giving his family a special medal.  Pres. Bush got choked up as he invited the parents to the front to receive the medal.  He showed his humanness to all who watched.  He was truly sad for this family and hugged them like they were his family.  What an amazing man.

I liked this song as a tribute to the military forces.  Take time today to pray for those serving, pray for those families who have lost a loved one, and for those who have gone before us doing what they believed in.

Heavenly Father, please be with all who have soldiers in the military.  Surround them Father with your shield of protection.  Comfort families who are apart and help them to make the best of their current situation.  May you give them what they need to keep going.  Surround theses families with others who will help them through the hard days.  Lord only you know what each needs.  I pray that you will bless them with what they need, when they need it.  For you love us all, no matter who we are, no matter what we've done.  No one loves us like you do.
Thank you Father for all you do for us and all you give to us.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stamping, Friends, God-Life Is Good!

Had a great evening with my dear friend, Emily.  She's the lady I work with Thursdays and Fridays.  She came to stamp last night and have dinner as well.  Tim outdid himself with dinner.  He cooked a pork roast in the crock pot, added mashed potatoes, gravy and broiled asparagus.  Seemed like a holiday with Emily bringing homemade pumpkin pie and whipped cream!

Emily and I had fun making cards together.  I had wanted to make masculine cards for birthdays and made this one using paper Emily had.  I liked this so much, I am going to make it for Saturday's card making day here.

I tried this in another set of colors as well.  There will be two versions for Saturday.
Isn't this sweet? I made this for this week's sketch challenge.  I also added a spring to the snowman so he wobbles back and forth.
I saw these two stamps online and thought they were hilarious so I copied them and put them on my desktop.  They are Riley stamps which I saw on  Somebody's got a great sense of humor in that company!  I can totally relate to both of these stamps! LOL  
It's time for sleep and I'm praying I can get back to a regular sleep schedule.  I can't stay up late and get things done around here.  I will be getting up very early Tuesday morning to get Tim to the airport.  He will be on his way to Dallas for work.  I hope I can roll out of bed and drive him to the airport in pj's. I plan on going back to sleep once I drop him at the airport! LOL

Blessing of the Day:Time to catch up on sleep.  Time with Tim at Parkside Church.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blessings All Around

I know the reality of blessings all around, but how many times do I acknowledge them to myself and God.  This morning God has surrounded me  with many blessings;so many I just had to talk to Him this morning.
As I was enjoying my coffee, a twig snapped in the woods, and as I looked up there stood a magnificent male deer with such a beautiful set of antlers.

As I collected the mail, I looked into the maple tree and saw a few leaves left hanging.  God's blessed me with the gorgeous colors of fall and the silence of falling snow in winter.  I must say snow isn't a blessing to drive in.  I'd love it more if it just snowed on grass and sidewalks. LOL

I was also enabled by God to create a beautiful Christmas card that I'll be able to replicate easily enough for the Cleveland Clinic Hospice and the Caring Hearts collection of Christmas cards.
God reminded me of how amazing my husband is.  After a long day at work, he bought a garbage disposal and spent a few hours putting it in.  I know he'd rather have rested watching tv or reading a book, but he served our family and blessed us with his skills.

Our weather today is breezy, sunny and 65.  I'll take that over cold, wet and breezy any day!

This is a card I made using the pieces in my take home box.  When I go to friend's houses and stamp our die cut things, they come home to a box until I can use them.  Sometimes that box gets pretty full and I attack it and assemble cards using the pieces parts in there.  That's harder to do than you think.  I can only do a few cards like that, then I have to go back to the regular way I do challenges.  Thanks Jane for the pieces parts for this card.

 This card is like one I posted last time where I stamped in gray and turquoise.  I wanted to see what pink and gray would look like. I really like it.
 This was for the clean and simple challenge on SCS. We had to take a stamp that wasn't Christmas and make it into a Christmas card or use non-Christmas colors on a Christmas card.

 This was for the featured stamper this week.  Here is her card that was my inspiration.

 This was my card for yesterday's New Technique challenge. What a fun technique.
I loved this when I saw it so I had to share it here.
Since I am praising God for his blessings in this post, take a listen to this Kristian Stanfill song.

Blessing of the Day-Bible Study with Maryanne and Chuck, seeing the buck in my backyard, Tim and his handiness to fix the disposal.