Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Back to the Scrappy side...or Down the Rabbit Hole

Here's a fab giveaway and cool blog to check out! She has some cool projects and her DH is a member of the 501st!! (yes I am a Star Wars NERD) Special thanks to everyone for checking on A and myself lately... I feel more like myself today than I have since we found out about Grandmother. Keep us in your prayers please and hey...
LET'S GET SCRAPPY!! I'm dying over here to be creative!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back Again.

So I took our godson to Alabama Adventure last week. A an I have been planning the trip for months, but after his root canal (which went really well and it turns out they only had to do one YAY) he did NOT feel like going. So Wednesday night after work I drove over to MS and picked up the Bear (Brandon's nickname) and we went to my Mom's to spend the night. Thursday morning we got up and went to pick up my middle sister Carla from work (the park doesn't open until 10am so she went in to make up a few hours) and then over to Alabama Adventure. It was so much fun!! B was a little hesitant to ride at first. But after strongly encouraging (ok I told him he really needed to ride and didn't really give him much of a choice in the first two) him to ride the swings and the ferris wheel, he got really brave and after the Avalanche and the scrambler, he and Kane decided it was more fun to ride things without me! My feelings weren't hurt though. I rode their big wooden coaster and have to say it's AWESOME!! That was my fun time. Friday I had to take my Mom in for oral surgery and so that wasn't fun, but she's ok.

After her surgery I took her home, got her prescriptions filled, took the boys to lunch, picked up some groceries and then made some home made pimento cheese (not the orange cottage cheese looking stuff from the grocery store) and a shepherd's pie for Mom and her family to have while she was recuperating and only supposed to eat soft food. Then we began our long (well not usually too long) trip back home.

When we got around Jasper, I was getting of the interstate to get some gas when... we had a BLOWOUT!! :(
This really nice soldier put on my spare for us and then we headed up the road (after several frantic phone calls to my stepdad Jerry... I don't usually panic, oh well) to see about getting a new tire.

We stopped at the Wal-Mart in Jasper where the tire center was supposed to have been "closed" for ten minutes already, but the sweet manager was there and he agreed to put a new tire on my car and so we were on our way once again.

This put us a good bit behind on our time table but we were safe and that's what matters.

Grandmother is not doing better and so we are a bit worried and sad about that but otherwise I hope this week will get back to normal. I am so ready to just have my routine back. I have a lot of projects half started and REALLY need to start finishing them!! I only have two more weeks of classes (I think) and so then I'll have a break before the next one begins.

I will try to get some pics up this week, I have taken lots.


Friday, July 17, 2009

We're O.K.

Just wanted to let you all know that I'm feeling more like myself again. We drove over to Birmingham yesterday to just spend time with Grandmother. She's supposed to get out of the hospital this Saturday.
Saturday she will be 89.
She looked much better than expected, but we wore her out with our visit... didn't mean to but it sure felt good to see and talk to her. Thanks for the emails and comments everyone. I am feeling SO much better today.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

When it rains...

I don't normally get super-personal and emotional. I like my blog to have a happy, crafty feel. But sometimes you just need to get it all out. I know I mentioned my DH's root canals. He is feeling better and his work is scheduled for Tuesday the 21st. My BFF is having eye trouble, of the type that may cost all of her vision in one of her eyes and there may be no way to save it! This has me worried about her. That and the fact that Josh is getting better but S-L-O-W-L-Y and there's not really anything we can do to help, except fuss at him about correct meds and tell him to exercise like his therapist wants him to even when he doesn't feel like it. The point is to get his physical body moving and stimulated so is mind can further heal itself.
Grandmother is sick. She had a stroke over the weekend and they discovered "spots" on her liver and pancreas. They have told us that the cancer has spread to the bile ducts and there's NOTHING they can do for her. Nothing.
I don't even know how to say how sad and dejected this makes me feel. I know DH feels awful. I don't know what to do. We are both off work tomorrow (and both have to work on Friday) so we're going to drive over to B'ham and see her. I pray this is not our last chance, but don't want to risk not going. She is very depressed and upset. That is one thing I can understand. Some time before we got married she had breast cancer and a mastectomy. Ten years later, it showed up in the second breast and she had another. Just two(has it been that long???) years ago she had a soccerball sized mass removed from her abdomen.
I just don't understand how it keeps coming back.
She lost her youngest son a couple of years ago as well. My fear is that this is contributing to her depression.
She hasn't been answering the phone. This worries me too because I'd really like to talk to her and cheer her up. I lost all my grandparents a long, long time ago. One of my grandmother's died many years before I was born. Then my Big Daddy (my mother's dad). He died when I was in the sixth grade.
He had colon cancer. I watched him go from never being sick a day in his life to withering away so fast it was unreal. I remember the day he had surgery and the dr. walked into the waiting room to apologize because when they opened him up, there was nothing they could do. It was everywhere and before that they had told us they were going to take it all out and he would be fine.
It was supposed to be fine, it wasn't and thinking about it today hurts justas much as the day it all happened.
I lost my father's father the day we got back from our honeymoon... he had been having mini strokes and didn't really even know me before I got married.
My grandmother I lost in 2000. Right after we got Kayla. She was sick for months. But it was still hard to let go of her.
It feels like everything is falling apart right now. I can't do anything but sit here and watch it fall. I really really just want everyone to be ok.
I would say that even more than the dark or rape or torture, cancer is my biggest fear.
I admire anyone who can fight it. Grandmother has fought it so many times and come out ahead. Please just pray for Grandmother and her family. Pray that she is in no pain and finds peace however God wills it. Please pray for my friend's eye and her DH and their family because they are having such a rough time right now. Please pray for us, the root canals and the ability to deal with everything that is going on. That we may do the right things at the right times. To take care of our families and each other.
Thanks for listening to me go off. I really am feeling a little better now.
Blogs as a way to get emotion out...who knew?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Faves 07/10/09

Well, happy Friday everyone. I certainly hope that it's better than yesterday. My poor DH! We found out yesterday that he has to have dental surgery and WOW!! I just hate he's in so much pain and I didn't know. For this week, I have decided to share five of my favorite things people say when they visit the Animal Hospital where I work...

1. Labradoodles are a hypoallergenic dog.

2. Labs don't shed.

3. I want to shave my lab/husky/samoyed/german shepherd to stop shedding and so he'll be cooler.

4. Can you believe I found a Turkish Van (this is a cat) wandering around in an alley.

5. My cat is a tabby.

If you do not find these funny, then I will try to explain why I do.

1. Labradoodles are mutts, and they have hair, like all dogs, and if you are allergic to dog HAIR, you will be allergic to this too, and they do shed...see #2.
2. Labs shed more than any other dog. I sweep the lobby more after labs come in WAY MORE than any other dog regardless of the length of the pets hair.
3. You can ruin your dog's coat by shaving, the hair is never quite the same, and the undercoat is designed to help cool them down. If your breed standard shows the coat shaved in areas then ignore my earlier comment, this would be an exception.
4. Turkish Van is an unusual coloration of alley cat...doesn't breed true and yes, they are BEAUTIFUL!
5. Tabby, calico, tortiseshell...these are colors, not breeds.

Hope no one is offended...was not my intention.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Scrappy Anniversay

Oh what a good day yesterday was. I got some cool stuff for my Fiskateers Secret Sister that I hope as much as I like the stuff I got from mine. I got a great set of stuff from my Eclectica Secret Sister this month, and I signed up for a Disney Attraction ATC swap and I'm doing..........................................................................................................................................................................................
Star Tours (would you have guessed)
So happy about this as last week I dropped more than I should have on the new Star Wars paper at Eclectica without actually knowing what I was going to do with it, but Allen was right in that I'd never forgive myself if it sold out and I didn't have it (is that sad...DH telling me to go buy paper??) Will post some pics later of my stuff, but am a little upset that our Mac's don't seem to like our hard drive and my photos are there... need them to do my PSE homework. (yesterday was my 1 year scrappy anniversary...YAY)

Love to all....

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday Faves 07/03/09

Ok, so I'm really late this week... sorry, but now for the entertainment.

My top five fav youtube vids by PES:

1: For your 4th of July pleasure:

2. Time for the Spicy:

3. For the other board game fanatics out there:

4. For the old-school gamers:

5. Let's all eat cake:

As I sit here posting this, it has begun to rain. That would be the answer to my prayers right about now. I even watered my little flower area out back to encourage the rain to come one down. So sorry to anyone who didn't want it to rain but YAY!! Have a nice holiday everyone!