Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Treats for My Peeps...

It's been a busy, stressful, frustrating couple of weeks.
I spent last week-end with my friend Theresa
doing a craft show at a local Catholic church.
The first time-and last--for us.
It was of course the one time I didn't take our hand-truck
and we got there only to realize we literally had to drag things
across God's green acres to get to the hall.
This included her heavy tables.
 We made it-but we spent most of Saturday and all of Sunday morning
looking at the other vendors
who were sitting around looking at us.
Last year-it was a well-attended show.
We bought from several vendors.
This year-I barely made my table rent back
and I am not sure that Theresa even did that much!
And, once again, we had the better "booths".
I was in such pain by Sunday morning
both Theresa and my husband offered to sit with my stuff
and bring it all home but I toughed it out.
Monday I was in extreme pain but, being a church secretary,
with Easter week by far my busiest week of all year,
I went to work anyway.
Mistake # 2.
For 7 months I've been waiting for a new computer and software
all the while saying---it needs to happen BEFORE April or AFTER MAY.
Three guesses what was on my desk when I walked in on Monday?
One laptop, (another) my monitor and a chaos of cords.
Of course it (software) had all been updated and changed since 2007
so nothing was familiar.
 I had a complete meltdown. I had to leave.
It took me 2 hours (a couple of Xanax) and lots of tears before I calmed down.
I made it through the week-barely.
My highlight
was giving treats to "my peeps"--aka the preschool kids at the church.
Since Sat. had been so slow-Sun. I took my candy, bags and tags
and put the treats together.
My original plan was to give them a bag with 3 Peep bunnies in it.
That was until I opened the first 2 packages only to find that they
were all stuck to the back of the package!  What a mess!
Freezing them didn't help.
So I went to Plan B--my fail safe-mini M&M's.
The packages were adorable!!!
Of course I made 30+ tags (hand-cut with the Big Shot),
popped up the bunnies--and then thought about the fact that
I had not stamped Happy Easter to my peeps on them
or identified who they were from
(something I always like to do as I am not one of the kids teachers--and
as a parent, I would want to know who and where candy came from!)
So I hand cut 30+ more and attached them together at the top.
Added the raffia bow-and put them on the bags.
Of course I didn't take a photo of all of them-
and I had an assistant when I did my photo shoot today...

a little black bunny

I think they look good, Momma....

OK-I am bored-are we done yet...

I am posting the next picture for Theresa...
her Maltese Shit-zu mix puppy chewed up some starfish
she had displayed with some other shells...
This guy---has eaten this poor plant down to nothing---
it originally looked like a small fern-y type palm tree to me
(not to worry-I took the list of plants that are poisonous to cats
with me when I bought it...for this very reason!)
now look at it!!!


Lastly last week...while trying to get ready for the show.this guy
aka Bad Cat (seen here sitting in the box with my catnip fishing poles!)
had a trip to the vet.
He had not been acting right (laying down like it hurt to do that...),
not eating well...
and I knew we had had high count for but no lymphoma yet
back in January
so my heart skipped a few beats when the vet checked him
and said she did not think he was constipated-
could she do lab work and an x-ray.
was all I could say
she came back through the door and said she had been wrong!
So--Momma (and Poppa while Momma was at the show...)
were on poop patrol-and he was confined to one half of the house.
Which he did not like-and did not hesitate to make that fact known!
Good news is---he has improved and his tests show
that the hyperthyroid treatment he had in January worked.
The bad news is---
he is in early stage chronic kidney failure.
So yesterday afternoon Poppa and I took him back to the vet
and we had a lesson in how to give him fluids via iv.
Mind you-this is the cat who is the worlds best patient
for the vet and vet techs.
For us-not so much!
So this is going to be a challenge!
More meds--now fluids.
After getting some yesterday-he did eat well.
Oh-and his blood pressure was up.
So--the vet and a tech are going to make 2-3 house calls
(not until AFTER my cleaning lady comes!!!)
to see if they can get a better and more accurate reading
while he is relaxed in his own environment.
(Did I mention--his brother-aka Poppa Cat---
broke the bp machine when he was at the vets office!!!)
And they have to shave a little area by his tail
and then use an ultrasound type gel to do this
no wonder he is stressing! Lol! I would, too!
So-that is it for me.
I have a pinched nerve and muscle in my left shoulder
and have had a numb arm and hand all week.
Two chiropractic adjustments failed to help.
Just a little bit of stress, I dare say!
I also had a birthday-and need to make some thank you notes to send
so be on the look out for  those.
Until then, have a blessed and HAPPY EASTER!
Until next time,

happy stamping and scrapping!



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Many Thanks...

When we lost our girl a couple of weeks back
I wanted to thank our vet and her staff
for making a difficult time as painless as they possibly could.
I had a coworker contact a local bakery
and they, on short notice, made a beautiful batch
of cupcakes for me to take to the office.
For locals,
check out Crazy Cake Chics and,
if you are looking for the best vet and staff ever,
River Road Animal Hospital and Dr. Ali Travis.
I needed several different thank you notes...
for the bakery bunch...
The card is cut with one of the Close to My Heart cartridges
and then dry embossed the thanks part with the swiss dot
lots of layer....and a doily!
and the inside...
For the vet and her staff...
the vet tech was Brad---so I needed something well, that a word
my keyboard is acting wonky again--cannot get the right symbols to come up...
the blues, browns, corrugated cardstock
and the burlap did it---a few brads for BRAD as well...!
Could not resist the pun...

 For Dr. Travis...

And then the rest of the staff...
The last two I have a now-dwindling stash of---
comes in handy when time is short...and I need something fast!
I do not often take time to do more than one of something...
but once the design is created and all the stuff is out anyway...
why not
That's it for now---
for my follower who likes Bad Cat stories---lol.
I will try to share more of those.
I stopped in the middle of my dinner
to check on the diabetic cat who was eating his in another room...
and had walked out...
my husband brought him back to me
and while he was gone...
took the chicken breast off his plate and
started chowing down on it!
He was only gone 30 seconds tops!
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping.

Friday, April 4, 2014

O Happy Day...

was my birthday
and I did something almost unheard of for myself...
I took the day off.
I made absolutely no plans.
I had nothing-absolutely nothing
I HAD to do.
And I loved it!!!
I blog hopped,
I did a little housework
(that LOOKED like a lot-so was very rewarding---
gotta add here-I told myself 15 minutes per room.
That was it. And I stuck to it.)
I made a birthday card for my nephew
AND got it in the mail all in the same day---
it may actually get there in time---lol.
Another amazing feat for me!
My husband took me to a different library
(we don't get to very often so it's a treat...)
and to Sugar Shack for dinner--a Jamaican restaurant-
another rare treat.
Cod fritters, ribs, French fries, slaw and
raspberry mango cheesecake.
And I have leftovers
("yes, honey, you can have some of my fries,
just don't touch my ribs!!!" she said brandishing her fork
as if it were her scepter!)
And I came home to a beautiful bouquet from my
stepson Tommy and daughter-in-law Dawn.
if I could only keep that relaxed birthday mode
all year long....
I have a number of things to post---
and I will-eventually...
but here's the card I did yesterday...
The image is a Mo's Digital Pencil image
the stamped sentiments are Stampin' Up and Close to My Heart
the paper I have had in my stash...
colored image with Copics

oh-the candles are CTMH as well...
THREE layers of pop-dots (MY FAVORITE!)

That little dip to the right of the image is a pocket
to stash the cash I sent...

Is he not just the cutest thing?!
This was for a 20-something year old
this guy--as does the recipient---always makes me smile
so what the heck!
We're all kids at heart, right?
When we got home I found his
beautiful bouquet waiting for me...
I wish I could do a
"scratch and sniff" for this rose...

it is perfect and smells heavenly!
This guy was napping on the front deck one morning this past week
and I actually got the photo though both the glass and screen door!
I knew if I tried to open them
he'd run off...

this pretty much sums up  my day----
Why can't EVERY DAY be like that?
I am off to a meeting
and then cleaning the magic kingdom.
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Love and loss...

Warning: LOOOOONG post---
life lesson first-art work at the end...
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I've been away from my blog for awhile now.
I've had my hands full with this girl...

and I need to share her story with you today.
When she and I first met
she was in a cage in our vet's office.
She had been abandoned at Paws Place
a local dog rescue
and brought to our vet`s office.
She was very friendly-rubbing and butting and meowing
at me through the bars.
I was drawn to her mainly because well,
she was a SHE
and I am a SHE surrounded by males
(we had 3 inside male cats at home not to mention our
outside male feral
and I didn't think we could take on another).
I saw her off and on for about a month.
Friendly as she seemed, she also had some sort of damage
to her left eye--it was cloudy but it clearly didn't stop her
from getting around.
I think that was part of the reason she wasn`t
quickly adopted.
One day I caved
and she came home with me.
We put her in a room by herself for starters.
We wanted to give her time to adjust.
But we got a surprise.
She was terrified of us.
She would not let me near her for a very, very long time.
When she finally did, she would often reach a point of panic
and strike out with claws bared with no warning whatsoever.
She was terrified of us-and of the boy cats.
She would run and hide.
I kept telling her all she had to do
was puff and hiss.
We put up a screen door so she could see all of us
and vice versa.
We knew she (like me....) had been abused.
she came to trust me.
And a good bit later, my husband as well.
The panic ceased.
She would sit with me and love and cuddle.
She would play and chatter at the birds.
I could bring her out next to me
and she would tolerate the boys.
She and Inky were friends
as long as there was a door --- or Momma--between them.
One day about a month ago
a mysterious lump showed up on her head.
I opted to watch it hoping it was simply a cyst that would reabsorb itself.
A week later, overnight, it doubled in size.
Surgery happened quickly.
The pathology report....not so fast.
And, when it did, sadly, it was not good news.
A rare form of cancer - T-cell lymphoma.
Little known about this disease.
While we were waiting,
despite our vet's  best efforts,
our girl declined rapidly.
And Wednesday of this week I had to make
an extremely difficult decision.
I could not let her suffer any longer
and we chose to say good-bye to our sweet girl.
Now, why do I share such a heart-breaking story?
in her last weeks,
she overcame the last of her fears.
She wanted to come out of her room....
she toured the entire house!
And she finally realized that
if she puffed and hissed
the boys would back off
and leave her alone!
She overcame.
She learned from us
that it was ok to love, to trust,
and to overcome her fears.
She won.
And, as Paul Harvey would say---
the rest of the story...
one person involved in dealing with her pathology report
shared that his one-year old daughter
has an inoperable brain tumor.
Just like our girl, Miss Dolly.
Not on your life!
You'd better believe it!
I do.
That little girl
will have a purrfect friend
waiting on her.
Thank you, Ms. Dolly
for the lessons you taught me
for the love you gave me.
You won't be forgotten!
You are truly AN OVERCOMER
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And, speaking of Overcoming...
here are some Easter projects I was working on last week-end

Until next time, as a fellow blogger used to say--
 happy stamping and scrapping.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wanted: Extra dose of energy, inspiration and hope....

(Warning: Long Rambling Post-Vintage finds at end...~!)
It's been a bit since I have posted.
I did recover from my cold
but life has been slapping me on all sides
and I am worn out.
Today finds me with my fibromyalgia raging
(the weather (raining cats and dogs isn't helping!)
and I am curled up yet again in bed with cats and heating pad.
I have more issues I can count and not good ones.
And it's my party blog and I'll cry if I want to...!
Although we did have a miracle here...
and I am calling it Resurrection Sunday Monday.
This little girl had surgery--and the pathology report came back
(pic after surgery)
We sent it off for the second one and are still waiting.
She had her stitches out and was a real trooper through that.
Her fur is coming back in and you can hardly see her scar.
All was well --so we thought.
Saturday of last week-end she wanted out of her room.
So I let her out to roam the house with the boys
and for awhile, she was fine.
And then she  began frantically pacing the entire house
and then began running into things.
Back in her room she went.
Sunday morning she was cowering under a table in her room---
and looking at me but not interacting.
By mid-afternoon she was sitting on my lap
basically unresponsive.
Called the vet and we made an emergency run.
Of course by the time we got there-she was highly agitated
and along with pacing around the exam room,  was now panting heavily.
The vet observed this, brought in a litter box and left to see if she would settle down.
She did-but not by much. 
After examining her, the vet in turn had bad, more bad, and worse choices....
it was a heart issue/stroke
(which typically happens after surgery if there is a previously undetected heart issue);
 it could be seizure(s) (and there is no real way to diagnose that in a cat...)
or the mystery lump had indeed invaded/infected the brain.
No clue.
Since she was a little dehydrated, we (yes, all three of us)
worked to get fluids into her.
She got a steroid shot
and three of us again worked to get a dose of phenobarbital in her.
And we came home to wait.
Monday am-not much improvement but she did seem to "see me".
(Frankly, I was surprised she was alive....!)
By Monday afternoon-she came to me.
By Monday was as if nothing had ever happened
and she was even playing with us!
I spent the next few days on poop patrol to put it politely
(it was also determined Sun. she was constipated!)
That, too, has changed!
And you thought this was an art blog?!
See--this why I don't get time to blog! 
Poop patrol! 
Other major things I won't go into-
just suffice it to say that, if you are a believer and prayer,
please say an extra one for me.
I promise I am one of those that pays it forward when I can!
I ---as well as my cohort in crime--aka Theresa
needed a diversion from life yesterday
so we headed to a favorite haunt of ours
Miss Minnie's Antiques.
We have a craft show coming up
and I needed a way to display my eggs...
I got the blue pedestals...
and then, as we were getting ready to leave---
I spied three small fluted tin trays
and Theresa and the shops owner convinced me that they would be perfect
to sit on top and hold the eggs.
So I got those, too.
And then I spied an apron-more on that later.
The shop owner asked me
if I wanted her to wrap my pedestals and I said oh,  no, they will be fine
(I ASSUMED they were wood as they were heavy...)
and when I got home and rushed into my craft room
noticing the afternoon sun was just right if I hurried
to take photos of them with my eggs...
I dropped one.
It slipped out of the bag, hit the floor and the top snapped off.
They may be heavy---but they sure as heck aren't wood!
Thankfully---I had E-6000;
they are vintage distressed look anyway
and, in her usual see the glass wayyyy more than half full approach to life
Theresa said, " just put a bow around it."
Good idea!
And I am thinking that a bow of  tulle with long tails
will be just the thing to dress this display up---
that and a little green Easter grass under the eggs
(if I can find the green paper kind---I despise the plasticky stuff!)
What do you think?

Good find!
When our church remodeled some years back
and downsized the old sanctuary, they sold off the extra pews.
And I bought one.
We use it at our table---and the hymn racks hold cookbooks
and, as you can see, I decorate it with pretty towels and aprons.
Found this apron again as I was going out the door!

Not sure what that sheer fabric really was/is--
and after the pedestal predicament-
I was hesitant to iron it but I did--
I just looped the ties into individual bows on either end
and secured it with pretty clothespins.

I had one more find that I will use in my craft show display
but will save that for another day.
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!