I will post some of the other things I make. It feels good to be out of bed and actually create! It is so good for the soul! :D
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I have been suffering with cluster headaches all of September and now into October. Went to the emergency three times and was finally admitted into the hospital for pain management and to get the needed tests, no thanks to the insurance company. All the tests are negative. Meaning there is no cancer or tumors. But yes, I have brain matter, believe it or not. But it really hurts right now. There's nothing really that can be done for cluster headaches, so I'm told.
I will actually get to see the Neurologist on Monday, thanks to a cancellation. Thank God! I am really wondering what I can do that is pro-active for this. What can I eat or NOT eat, what can I do or not do? Is there really nothing??? Must I really sit and suffer? It really stinks to have chronic pain and to have to lie in bed and rest.
My husband has been an absolute saint. He has taken me to the hospital when I was less than cordial, cooked for me, fed me, given me medication, done the laundry, shopping, cleaning, AND corraled the three teen boys, too!! I tell ya, there's not a better man...
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here's the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4.Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
OK, you want weird?
- When I was two I used to wash my hair and shoes & socks in the toilet! Thankfully, I have outgrown that one! Really, I have!
- I have bitten my nails since I have had teeth. I just can't stop!
- I like tomato sauce but hate tomatoes.
- I could eat chicken every day of my life.
- My first two children's middle names are Michael and Jordan...yes they are named for Michael Jordan of Chicago Bulls basketball fame!! LOL!
- My parents are still married after 53 years!! I am very proud of that.
- I really want to use my karate skills to beat someone up...really!
OK, I don't know if that was really that weird...except for number 1!!!
I am tagging:
Have a great week! :D
I have had headaches when I was in middle school from straining my eyes and needed glasses. I have had headaches now and then when we were expecting rain. But to have a unilateral headache right behind your eyeball, piercing into your ear and down your face and neck...UGH! You don't want to know!
I ended up going to the ER last Sunday because I knew something was not right and my head felt like it was exploding. Once they figured out that it was a Cluster Headache they gave me oxygen which usually will help break the pain cycle. When that was not working, I got an I.V. drug(can't remember the name) and finally took off a great deal of the edge.
Well, I still have the headache, but to a lesser degree. I researched a bit on the net and have come to realize that there is no cure and no understandable reason for them to happen. They are not hereditary. They usually effect men in their 20's-40's(that's not me!) and women over 50(not me yet!!). Cluster headaches usually occur inthe night..while you're sleeping...I have found this out first-hand. They can stay with you for a long time and you can go into remission of sorts...but it will come back. Oh, woe is me!!
Tomorrow I have an appointment with my general doc...a wonderful lady who is an osteopath. And hopefully she has some good news in the form of drugs for me!!! I'll let ya know!
So if anyone has any kind words or advice for me...please leave me a comment!! TIA!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Who wants in on a FREE online class? Well, of course you do. Hop on over to My Creative Classroom and check out the FREE class that is being run for one more week. You still have time to get in on games and prizes. We're talking major easy ways to win prizes! Like post to the forums and have your name put into a drawing. Post 20 times and have your name put in 20 times...How easy is that? Go on....click the link and get on over there!
Oh, and since you headed in that direction, this week is MCC's Fall Kick-Off. Yes, that's right, we are gearing up for the new semester. Revealing new teachers and new courses...and they are some amazing courses! If you guessed that there are games and prizes, you're right! It all happens in the Student Activity Center!!
Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10) come on over and join us for a chat! From 10am-12pm CST or 8pm-10pm CST we are hosting chats to introduce a few of the new instructors and talking about organizing....now who doesn't need more tips about storing all the stuff that we collect?? Shhhhh, don't tell the husband...he thinks I actually use this stuff instead of just hoarding it!! LOL!!!
Hope to "see" you at My Creative Classroom!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Words cannot truly express the depth of what happens at an SDV event. I always come back after vending at an SDV event(this was my third) with a new love for women as we share our hearts and souls during the weekend. It's a scrapping weekend...yes, but it's so much more.
So on to the photos!
Here's most of our 10'x20' booth. Beth and I each have quite an extensive inventory!
Our Xyron adhesive display. It was nearly empty after the event was over. We love us some Xyron!
Here's the great Suzanne Mulet manning the Make & Take table. We had a new project each day and everyone loved what they got to make.
Beth is at the cash register and Suzanne is in the background in black. They both have really cool hair!
Looking out into the sea of scrappers. This only shows maybe half of the room. The vendors line the walls. It is amazing how much stuff these women bring!! The poor bellmen!
So if SDV ever comes your way, you've gotta get your girlfriends and head on over for a scrappin' good time!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Two great online instructors are team teaching at My Creative Classroom. Kylie Hopkins and Shirley Pando combine their scrapbook experience and teaching talents to bring you Scrapbooking 101. This FREE class will run for two weeks beginning September 1, 2008. Stop by daily to learn techniques, tips, play games, participate in challenges, win prizes and more! Did I mention PRIZES???
CLICK HERE to register and join the fun!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Aren't they just the cutest???!!!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
At My Creative Classroom we are beginning to bring in new teachers to the pack of existing ones. They have been going though a 6-week training to learn how to teach online classes. Teaching online classes is WAAAYYY different than teaching face-to-face classes. So much more to consider and much more prep work.
The New Instructor's class is the same type of class that I went through to become an instructor there last year, only we were the guinea pigs, as we were the first teachers through the course. OMG! It was so hard! I kept telling myself, "Don't quit, it will all be good once you get through"! Everything techie I know I learned at MCC!!! Really! And now I almost feel like a pro! LOL!
At My Creative Classroom we will be having our Fall Kick-Off event the week of September 8th. ('Yours Truly' is in charge of it!!) We will be introducing the new instructors, having a New Instructors chat, and having a few games and PRIZES(!).Mark your calendar so you will be there.
And if you haven't already done so, head on over to the MCC website and sign up for the FREE newsletter so you know when all the new courses and events will be posted.There's lots coming up at MCC!!! It's gonna be a good year! :D
Monday, July 28, 2008
My 30 year high school reunion was this past Saturday. I graduated in 1978 from Forest High School in Ocala, FL...1-1/2 hours north of Orlando. I hadn't planned to go to the reunion because I wasn't sure how long we'd be on our beach vacation(see last post).
I got an email on Friday morning from my best guy friend in high school, Scott. He went through hoops to find me!! He wanted me to come that night(Friday) to meet a bunch of our friends at a restaraunt. He is the only person that could have gotten me to go...and go I did.
We had a blast! Many of these people I literally hadn't seen since graduation 30 years ago. We talked about our kids and what we'd been up to...did we remember the fun times in "Groucho's" Sociology class(Of course!!! We all got great laughs out of that one!). OMG! Total fun. I saw some grey hair, reading glasses, a few wrinkles...but most of my friends looked just like they did in HS!!
I was bummed because I did have to drive home and everyone else went to Scott's house till past 1am. I will say that all the guys that brought their wives married"up"...these ladies were gorgeous!!! You done good, guys!
Good times! Good memories....now where's that year book???
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here's most of our gang...
The view from our deck...
View of the deck from the beach... We played alot of games....Rummicube is my fave! Vero is one of the nesting grounds for Loggerhead Turtles. They go to great lengths to protect them! Loads of shells and rocks! One of my niece's on the boogie board!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Today we are going to play Birthday Tag ... & here are the rules:
- Post your answers to the questions below on your blog (my answers are in red!)
- Add a link to Beverley's post in your blog & make sure that the people you tag also know that they must link to Beverley's post to be in the draw.
- Tag at least 5 other people (post a comment on their blogs to let them know!)
- Post a comment on Beverley's post to be entered into the birthday tag draw - be sure to let the people you tag know to comment there, too. Beverley will have a birthday related prize & an additional prize for every 40 comments on her blog post... so spread the word to increase your chances of winning!
What age was your best birthday (so far) & why? My best birthdays were when I was still growing up on my parent's home. My mom would always make our favorite dinner, bake our favorite cake and we were allowed to have soda(only on birthdays!)
What was the worst? Haven't had a worst that I can think of...
What is the best present you have ever received? I don't remember...sorry, I am getting old!
What was the weirdest? Again, can't remember...gee, I am real fun, huh?
Where would you most like to spend your birthday? A great birthday would be a trip to a spa with girlfriends, out to dinner with family and some mushy cards form my hubby and kids...oh yeah, and the kids would not fight!! Then again, a birthday cruise sounds good, too! LOL!
What is your zodiac sign? Pisces: Positive traits: imaginative and sensitive, compassionate and kind, selfless and unworldly, intuitive and sympathetic...On the dark side....escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led. (OK...pretty much true on all accounts!!!)
Chinese Year? I was born in the year of the RAT!! Rats are creative, problem solvers, hyperactive workers and very social. (I am not very social!!) They have charm and outgoing personality (nope...I am an introvert)but under the surface there is a shrewd and luck seeking character, sometimes aggressive. (I would never call myself aggressive!) They are very curious and want to learn about everything.(OK, I'll give you that one!) Their search and quick decisions often lead to complications, both in business and love.(True) They take big risks and seldom have the one and same partner, they are often viewed as unserious.(False) Risk takers that love game and hazard in all its forms. (NOT!)Rats are often charming and attract admirers.(Oh, so true, LOL!!) They have an active personality and can easily get a lot of friends. Party and big events are their melody, preferably of the more exclusive sort. (NOT!)Rats are smart and succeed well in what ever they get involved in. (YEP!)They adapt to the external environment and see possibilities where others don’t. (YEP!)On the surface the Rat seems calm and under control, but their sometimes uncertain and aggressive character can cause big problems. (Right-o!)
So on you go to tag a few friends...get on over to Beverley's blog at craftymoments.blogspot.com to get in on the goodies! Tell her I sent ya!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Join the MCC Instructors an hour before and after their featured guest (that's 8pm-11pm CST) and chat with the MCC Instructors as we discuss All Things Stamping!
FOUR PRIZES will be awarded randomly to those attending the chat.
- A FREE seat in "Just the Basics" with Kylie Hopkins, beginning July 21
- A FREE seat in "Enjoy the Journey" with Shirley Pando, beginning July 17
- PLUS, two (2) MCC gift certificates worth $25 each
If you have never logged into the MCC website, it's as easy as creating a log-in name and password. For the chat head on over to the Student Activity Center...it's in the Java Stop!!
Hope to "see" you all there :D
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I was nominated by none other than my good friend from the UK, Beverley, aka the Guv.
I guess I have a great blog and I want to thank the people who have gotten me here...you know who you are!!! LOL! So I am here to nominate some more great blogs for this amazing award!!! What an honor!
Those that accept the award have to follow these rules:
- The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
- Link the person you received your award from.
- Nominate at least 6 other blogs.
- Put links of those blogs on yours.
- Leave a message on the blogs of the guys/gals you've nominated.
So here's my list of nominees for this great award:
I hope you'll all stop by and visit these gals ... fabulously talented, every one of them!:D
Friday, July 11, 2008
I had my DS#2 pick out the winner from computer printed papers from all the blog comments.
So, Fluffy, you win a seat in the My Creative Classroom online class, Enjoy the Journey, that begins next Thursday, July 17. You can click here to find out more about the class and supplies needed. I will get in touch with you for the details!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good,
but never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.
You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card-
Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.
3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.
4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!
6. When you are confused -- I will use "little" words.
7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off.
9. This is my oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!
everyone can see it,
but only you can feel the true warmth.
Send this to 10 of your closest friends,
Then get depressed because you can only think
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
In some classes you learn techniques and in others you will create a project, either from a kit or your own supplies. You will have access to the classroom for a certain time period to complete the class and ask the instructor questions. It really is a great thing. You can go into the classroom 24/7, in your pajamas, and with a bad hair day!! What could be sweeter?
Begins Monday September 8th
Purchase the optional kit (only two left!!) or use your own supplies
Coming Soon: Exploring Mixed Media Techniques
Hope to "see" you in a classroom soon! :D
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
One of the fathers recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the web. The song, of course, is the 'Battle Hymn Of The Republic.' Be prepared . . . It will definitely send a few shivers up your spine. I can never get through listening to or singing this song without tears.
God Bless America! http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/index.htm
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
My great friend and crafty cohort, Beverley Todd, AKA "The Guv", from the grande ole' UK, is truning 40 years old in 40 days...thus the entry title. So what better way to celebrate (& drag out the festivities) than with all her online friends...and with a little blog-hoppin'!!
Yup! 40 days of freebies & a whole host of blogs to visit. Just check out the '40 Days' links at the left of my blog to see who we have taking part so far! This is international, folks ... the UK, USA, Australia, Tasmania & there's no telling who else might join in along the way!
Every day there will be a new challenge, competition or good old fashioned RAK with a great prize. Every day, there will be a post on Beverley's blog, with a link to that day's venue - so make sure you come back every day to see what is on offer.
Today's Offering? Hop on over to Beverley's blog at CraftyMoments and see what's up!
Fear not, Beverley....it's good on this side of 40!! (wink,wink)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The campus can be seen in the distance across the bridge.
The Univeristy Seal. This looks so cool with all the dimensional detail!!Don't ask me what a Hoya has to do with the Bulldog mascot...I don't know! But I love this picture of the cascading flags! What gorgeous old buildings on campus! There's a clock tower, too, that chimes throughout the day. The town has such character...cute little shops and restaraunts. The brownstones have got to cost a fortune!! We were there on a Sunday and apparently that's the only day you can park on the street. So during the week where does everyone park??? Yep, that sign below says Pennsylvania Avenue. We didn't have enough time to stop in and say hi to George W. But I did see the White House from a distance. What a gorgeous view! A personal note about this whole journey into D.C., is that I grew up about 5 miles from here in Hyattsville, Maryland. My dad was a firefighter in D.C. in the late 50's and early 60's. As we were driving through the city I decided to give him a call to see if he could guess where I was...yeah right! He told me that his fire station was right outside of Georgetown! Oh how I wish I would have called him earlier and gotten a photo of his station!! He got a chuckle, though, as I told him the streets we were passing. He loved living there and working there. Great memories. Now to scrapbook these really cool photos!! :-)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Then head on over to the A Muse-a-Palooza website. My Creative Classroom is giving away four (4) seats to Julie's upcoming August classes and four (4) $50 gift certificates towards your choice of classes.
What a great way to experience a class with a talented designer AND save your precious gasoline! :D
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This past Saturday I had my monthly crop in my home and actually got to scrapbook some photos...I made two double page layouts and one single! I am so excited bacause it seems the more your "job" is in the scrapbooking field, the less you actually scrapbook for yourself! KWIM??
OK, on to the patterned paper. I absolutely love Scenic Route! This paper in the photo below is Cape Town Signal Hill Floral from the Cape Town Collection. It totally caught my eye and I had to make one of my layouts with it. Thing is, there's only one sheet to a pack and it is so busy...what to do???
Friday, June 13, 2008
I tell you, when I was old enough to drive, I was first in line to get my license. This dude turned 17 in December!! Well, he had to get it because we refuse to drive him and his brother the 8/10ths of a mile to school!!!
All kidding aside, we are very proud of him and he drives pretty well. He has inherited the "ghetto truck" from his older brother(an old Ford F-150). Hey, at least it's wheels, right? In my day we didn't care what it looked like, at least we had a vehicle...ok, maybe not...we really did care!!! I had no choice but to drive my mom's station wagon with wood sides until I could actually afford an old beat-up Datsun 210 station wagon!!! those were the days!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I took it and am a 36%, which totally surprizes me...I didn't think I an very green at all, although I do recycle everything I can.
Take the quiz and see where you are.
Monday, June 9, 2008
a wall of Tote-ally Cool mini totes by AMM...
Yummy spools of Heidi Swapp ribbons...
"Good-enough-to-eat" Heidi Swapp acrylic paints
Can you see why I might enjoy this job???
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The mission of Scrapping 4 Inclusion is to combine one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America with the need for creating awareness and raising funds onbehalf of children with disabilities and their advocates at The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF). This is an awareness and fundraising campaign where Volunteer Organizers across the USA will plan a full day Scrapbooking Crop in their own community. A Scrapping 4 Inclusion event, through creating awareness and raising funds, will help to create new and meaningful memories in the lives of children with and without special needs across North America.
Anyone can help plan an event in their community...click here to find out the details!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
One of the many cool things he said last night was that he thanked me for the many years I had brought him and his brothers to church...he said he wouldn't be here making this decision without it. (Background: I was baptized seven years before my husband. So for seven years it was me and the kids going to church, and midweek and any devotionals. It was VERY hard. It is totally two different perspectives of life when you and your spouse don't believe the same way.)
But what a blessing it is to see your son follow in the ways you prayed about for so long. I have even been through a very dry spell spiritually for a long time, but this totally proves that God is working everything out to His own plan!
Monday, May 19, 2008
More photos to come! Blogger won't let me add more. :(
Friday, May 16, 2008
Do you want to learn some techniques? Besides learning to create your own handmade album, you will learn how to machine sew on paper, use up your scraps, make the most of your embellishments, and more.
The class kit includes great colors for summer or Thanksgiving and can even be a great Christmas gift…it’s not too early to prepare!!