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Thank-you for coming to visit! I'll share with you the daily ins and outs of my life, my little family, special fur and feather kids, and humor that I find in daily life. I hope you come back often!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Group!!!


Quilting Nana, of Creative Urges, posted of a new group that gives the incentive to finish Christmas projects for 2010! I was so excited to join, as I have many projects to complete before Christmas! I received Hobby Lobby gift certificates for Christmas this year, and spent the day Saturday stocking up on clearance fabric, and supplies for projects. So when I saw this, I couldn't wait to join! Now maybe, I'll get more accomplished this year! Thanks Quilting Nana! See you on the site!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Gift Bags For Marwood

Debbie from Marwood, my grand daughters, nephews Jason and Jacob, and Ken, all with some of the 86 bags.

Again this year, our family put together gift bags for those in Marwood Nursing Facility who have no family. Thanks to my family, and with a special donation from my daughter-in-laws parents, who are also friends, we were able to deliver 86 bags! Everyone this year who had no one, received a special gift bag on Christmas morning! What a blessing it is to continue this 20+ year tradition. Marwood looks forward to our call every year, all of us, this is what Christmas is all about.
My grand daughters Tara and Kiley and myself.
My sister Kathy, holding one of the completed bags
Little stuffed animals ready to go to a new home.
Here is my family, participating were from the top, my nephew Jacob, his mother Robyn, my son Chad, myself, Kiley, Kathy, Mom, my daughter in law Jenny, Tara, Jordan, Jason, and my husband Ken on the floor. My sister Marlene took the picture. We had the best time! And I'd like to add a very large thank-you to Ross and Terri. You helped make a lot of people happy this year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Second Trip to Chiropracter

Well I just got back from my second adjustment, and had my x-rays reviewed. What a mess. I have I believe she called it degenerative arthritis. My neck is a mess, but caught in time to reverse it. Another year it would be iffy. I broke down while in her office, after my adjustment I just started crying. I told her I'm depressed, in such pain, my husband is no help, my house is falling apart, and I'm so tired from not being able to sleep because of the pain. She came and hugged me till I could stop crying, and said that it will take a few adjustments since it's so bad, but she will work at this aggressively to stop the pain and get the arthritis under control. I go back tonight for a free adjustment, so hopefully I can sleep better tonight. She showed me pictures of my spine compared to a healthy one, and I was mortified. What a mess. I love my chiropractor, she's so empathetic, helpful, and truly cares. I also go back on Friday, and one more time next week before she leaves for Christmas vacation. If anyone doubts spinal column health is something overrated, think again. Then head to a chiropractor before it's too late. I think this was my warning to go get it taken care of. Thank God I listened.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thank God for Chiropractors, And What's With Pajamas!?

I went today for my appointment, and what a great experience! She is just an angel, had me call my Dr. to get my ex-rays so she could save me money on having new ones taken, and did a quick adjustment today til I get them on Monday. I feel a lot better, though sore, as she said I would be. But I can turn my head without any pain, and can actually hold my head up again. The pain in my shoulder is still there, but not as bad. After more thorough adjustments that will be gone also.. So right now I'm so relieved. I know there is a light at the end of this long dark tunnel, and I can't wait to feel good again. Today was a great start!!

Now on to more serious business. I would really like to address women and wearing pajamas in public. You've seen them, they drop their kids off in school wearing them, they go to the post office, the store, anywhere their errands may take them. So here are a few questions my sister and I would like to have the answers to. If you wear yours in public, sorry if I offend!
1. Do you wear the same pj's during the day that you wore to bed last night?
2. If so, do you wash and put on clean underwear? (If not, Ewwww!)
3. If so, when you do the previous, is it really that difficult to just put on some pants?
4. Is the bed you climbed out of clean?
5. What is the proper foot attire with pajamas? Tennies, boots, bedroom slippers? I haven't seen heels though, How do you decide?
6. When did it become stylish to don your nightwear in public!? What's next, negligees?
7. Have you ever looked at the bottom of your pajamas? Do you notice the dirt that has adhered to them?
8. If you keep them on all day, do you change them before you go to bed? Or is that when you put on your jeans? Or do you just go to bed naked and save them for the next morning?
9.How do you differentiate between daytime and night time pajamas? Do you wear your raggy ones to bed then switch to errand pajamas when going out of your house? Or do you wear your good ones to bed and we the public get to view the raggy ones? I mean how are we supposed to know the difference?
10.Are you at all embarrassed to wear your pj's in public? If not, WHY!?

These are just some thoughts from an inquiring mind. In the mean time, I'll stick with wearing mine to bed.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This was sent to me by my sister Kathy! Thought it was too cute not to share!
Dear God,
Please send some clothes for all those
poor ladies on Grandpa's computer.
Amen

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Totals!

We received this e-mail from our Pawzaar director today, and I'm so excited about this. As I said, this is one of our biggest fundraisers, and the results were the best ever!


Well guys, hold on to your hats...when all money was recounted our new grand total is:

$15,728.60!!!!!!!!!

It's not unusual for the final totals to change but this is just fantastic! And we haven't heard how much we are getting from Billy Boy's Diner yet. (Billy Boy's is a restaurant that donated 10% of meal totals from patrons who presented a coupon that was handed out at the Pawzaar. They saw an increase in business, and new patrons, we reaped the benefits.)


This is the highest amount we have ever made at any Pawzaar in it's 27 years. One year we did $16,000 but that was because a gentleman who always gave us $2000 at Xmas time gave it to us at the Pawzaar that year (of course we flipped out). But this $15,728.60 was all earned thru your hard work. The display was spectacular, we probably had the most stuff we've ever had and we had the hardest working, best people working in the world!

This will help buy lots of food, medicine, toys, spay and neuter of lot of little guys giving them that wonderful second chance at their new forever homes.

You guys are the best!

Judy :-)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pawzaar Total!

Chip in my raffle spot!
Pawzaar Totals!!!
Raffle Tickets $2005.
Pictures with Santa $781.
Sales $11,919
Grand Total? $14,705 for the care of our shelter residents!
I look forward to this every year, it's our biggest fundraiser. I can't believe the generosity of so many people in donating their items for this cause! We fill a whole vacant store to capacity, and when the doors open the first day, the crowd outside waiting to come in is huge! This year, over 100 were standing in the cold, starting over an hour before we opened. For anyone looking for ideas for a fundraiser, consider something like this. It just grows larger every year!
On another note, if you noticed I haven't been commenting on your posts, it isn't because I haven't tried! Aside from only a couple blogs, my computer won't let me! If I try, the whole thing crashes. I have been enjoying reading everyone's posts, and wish I could reply! Has anyone else had this problem?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Chip and Santa 2009


I had the best time at the Pawzaar this year! I got SO MANY special treats, of course I'd look at Mom first to be sure it was alright to take them, but she said OK, and then the belly and ear rubs! Wow! So many different people asking if it was OK to pet me, kids that gave me lots of kisses and I of course gave them back! I loved going in the break room with Mom, that's where I got to smell all the great food, and every time I sat up, someone would give me a special treat. When I got home, I went to my little bed and stayed there all night. I was so exhausted! I can't wait til next year already!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Furry Friends Friday!

First off, let me thank all of you for your kind words and prayers. I take every line to heart, and so appreciate you all my dear friends.

I'm a little late posting today, it was the first day of our humane society Pawzaar. Because of my shoulder, I have a sit down job, no lifting or working the registers or the floor. There were over 100 people lined up at the door this morning waiting for us to open! The flood gates opened, and I couldn't believe the sales in the first 2 hours. Over 3000. dollars! It will be interesting to see what the total was for the day.

Now, onto Furry Friends!



Hi from me, Chip! This is last years picture of me with Santa, and I can't believe how I've grown since then! And harrier, so Mom says, but I'm beautiful, I know that because she tells me enough. Tomorrow I get my new picture taken, and can't wait to see it, and to show all of you! I get to stay with her all day and get lots of pats on the head, and lots of comments on my sweet little face!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

MRI

Today I was to have my MRI. So after being on the phone with Blue Cross Blue Shield for TWO HOURS, I found out though our insurance covers it, we have not met the deductible, so we would have to pay for the entire procedure. At the MRI facility. We don't have that kind of money. So, needless to say, I couldn't have it done.
I'm so frustrated. This is a dead end road. I'm stuck with this condition now, as we've gone as far as we can trying to get it treated. I don't know what else to do. To think of going through this forever is more than I can bare. To any who don't believe we need some kind of government health care, I say walk a mile in my shoes. Or the shoes of any who go without medical treatment because they have no insurance coverage and can't afford to get any. And for the blue collar workers who toiled their life away, because they couldn't afford to retire and lose what health benefits they had. (A friend of Ken's had to work into his 70's to care for his chronically ill wife because he would lose his health care when he retired. They were penniless when he did, because he had to purchase high premium insurance just to keep her alive.) There is no easy fix. My only hope is to move to Canada. Not an option.
I always said I would never take a political stand on this blog. And I'm sorry if I offend anyone. I hope I lose none of you as friends, but this is also a journal for me, and I'm really upset right now.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tomorrow

I'm dreading tomorrow, have to go for my MRI. I'm so tired of being in pain, just want it to go away. I think of those with far more serious matters, and feel so selfish. I guess when you can't move around freely, it's hard to not get depressed. So I offer a prayer up for all my friends and family who are trying to cope with health problems. For those who have chronic illnesses, for their spouses or family members who are ill. May God give us all the faith and grace to endure, and healing in our bodies, spirits, and minds. Join me won't you? Amen

Friday, November 27, 2009

Furry Friends Friday!

Sorry so late with the Furry Friends Friday, my computer would not let me on my blog today! If you have any pet you would like to share pictures, etc. of, join us on Fridays and show them off! Just leave your name and blog address with me and I'll put a link to yours. If you could, link back to my site also with your post! Thanks Diane and Pearl for joining in! It's not to late to post!

Hi! I'm Chip! I'm the only dog in this house who isn't a rescue. Mom bought me from a really neat family who breeds Pomeranians, but does so to maintain the integrity of my breed. I'll be 2 in March. I'm very pampered, Dad says spoiled is a word only used when someone is ruined. I'm not! I'm very much loved by Mom and Dad both, and will sit on any one's lap that I know I can trust, and that they will love me back. Or at least make me feel that way! I know I'm the king pin around here, at least to all my siblings except Lucy when she's sleeping. Then I tip toe around her son not to wake her up. When Mom says "coffee" or "brother" I know I'm going next door to Robyn's to visit. When Mom went to buy me, Robyn and Becky, her nieces went with her. All three ended up buying a puppy, so I have the privilege of being raised with my brothers! My favorite thing to eat is anything that anyone will feed me. Mom watches though to be sure I'm not getting anything I shouldn't have. Or she tries to anyway! Next week, I get to go with her again to the Pawzaar, to get my picture taken with Santa. I love all the attention I get, since she works the sale I get to stay with her for the day! So I'm sure my Santa picture will be here next week!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Annversary

Today is our 17th anniversary. On a date that was chosen by Ken because he knew he wouldn't forget my birthday the next day.I find it hard to believe we've been married that long. It seems it was just yesterday I looked out the door into the sanctuary while waiting for my walk down the aisle, to see family and friends , and several other people who were not invited, and people who rsvp'd they couldn't come sitting there. But then looking to the front, and seeing the beautiful flowers, the wedding banner on the wall, and my parents who were so happy for me, and Ken, looking so dashing in his blue dinner jacket and ivory pants, the rest didn't matter at all.





Now Ken is gray, so am I, He's a little more plump, I still am, but I can honestly say that through the spats and disagreements, occasional money problems, and differences of opinion, we have grown accustomed to each other, and fit like an old shoe. Comfortable, yet a little more worn. We love each other, and that's what matters.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Furry Friends Friday!

Hop over to these other great blogs to see their adorable furry friends! And this isn't limited to just those with fur, but with feathers, gills, any pet you have or have had! Come join us!
Jennifer
Diane
Melinda
Pearl

Hey it's Furry Friends Friday! Have a picture of your little friends you'd like to share? Just leave a comment so I can link you over!


Hi! My name is Lucy. or when I'm into mischief, Lucy Loo. I'm a border collie beagle mix, and am the daughter of a stray that my Mom got from the shelter. When she took her in to be spayed, the Dr. found she was already far along in a pregnancy, and Mom didn't have the heart to take our lives. My brothers and sisters all went to good homes, but Dad couldn't resist my puppy dog eyes and floppy ears. So I got to live here! I love my family, and get along good with all the other creatures that live with me, except when they come in my space. I don't like to be bothered when I'm sleeping, and I don't hurt anyone, just give my warning growl and they leave me alone. In other words my bark is worse than my bite. I have a strange appetite, I LOVE to eat tissues, bath tissue, paper towels, basically any paper product will suit me just fine. My favorite food though is sweet potatoes!!!!! I drool and shake uncontrollably just at the scent and site of them! Mom and Dad always save some for me, I would be broken hearted if they threw away the scraps without letting me have my share first.
Though I have border collie markings, the beagle in me takes precedence. I'm short, floppy eared, and have what Mom calls, the most irritating howl that seems to just fly out of my mouth for no reason at all, giving everyone in the house a start! But I have to say, living here I'm the queen. I'm pampered, adored, and loved by my humans. I'm one lucky little dog.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oh Mom.......


Yes Becky, I got the hint. I need a new bra. I'll get right on that.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quilting Nana is looking for a new iron. She has a concern with arthritis, and wants to know if anyone has suggestions or recommendations for an iron that is good quality yet lightweight enough for her to use. Please stop over to her blog if you have an idea for her. Stop over anyway, she is a very talented lady!

Furry Friends Friday

Hey it's Furry Friends Friday!I have decided to post pictures of my little companions on this day, and asked if anyone else would like to join in! Diane said yes, so go check out her little Rascal! Pearl and Wendy will also be here today, so be sure to check their posts too!

Hi! My name is Bobby..Mom was going to post about my sister Lucy today, but I was such a bad boy that she decided to post about me instead! Go figure, you're bad and you get a special place on a blog!
I'm a purebread border collie, who suffers from bordom if not constantly working to keep my home in a supervised state of madness. So today, I have been a little mischief maker. First, I barked Mom awake, not because I had to go out, but because the cat came out of the bedroom and I wasn't quite ready for that yet. So really, she had to go back into her little bed. That for some reason irritated Mom, I guess because she didn't get a whole lot of sleep last night, and wanted to catch a few extra winks this morning. Then, I got into something that she doesn't know what it was, and I'm not tellin', and gee it came up on the living room floor while Mom was next door for coffee. It wasn't a very pleasant surprise I guess, because for some reason she started gagging. Then while she was in here starting her post on Lucy, she heard me getting into the compost bucket in the kitchen. Ah yes. How could I resist the vegetable scraps awaiting in their cute little containger. I guess she wasn't happy about the scraps, cores, and coffee grounds all over her freshly washed counters and floor. Really, though I'm not a bad dog. Mom found me, or should I say I found her, when she came to the post office one day and I jumped in her car. I don't know why, I'd been living in the car port there for 2 days, and never jumped in anyone elses car. I'd pester them when they'd get out of theirs, but she just seemed to be the person I wanted to live with. So she took my dirty, wet, skinny and hungry self home with her, Dad named me Bobby the minute he saw me, and I am living the good life now. Sorry for the mess ups today Mom, but hey I know ya love me, and I am definetely here for the long run!!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Friday Fun


I love posts by my blog friends about their pets. I love to see the pictures of your furry friends, as I'm sure others do. So I'm starting a new day.  "Feathered and Furry Friends Friday."  On Friday, I will  share a picture and maybe a story of one of my pets.  I invite you to do the same.  If you would like to join me, just leave me a comment so I can add you to the list, which will be available on my blog so others can also see your faithful friends. Please come along, I would love to see some more pictures of the little creatures that put joy and love in your life!!  And tell your blog friends to add their name to the list also. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Right Spelling, Wrong Word!

My nephew Jake did great on his spelling test! Yet he was mortified when he realized he spelled a word, but not the one his teacher asked for!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Little Trip to the Doctor, A Comedy of Errors

And what a fun time it was. For the people in the waiting room anyway.  I went to the orthopedic surgeon today, to see what's wrong with my shoulder, arm, and neck.  When I got there, in the 95 degree waiting room, (why do stores and waiting rooms have to be so hot?)  I started my 1 1/2 hour long wait for the doctor.  Late from surgery they said.  With my x-rays in hand from 3 weeks ago, I had my first stop in the x-ray room where the tech looked at the films. "We need more" she said, the ones that were taken weren't the right ones. "So slip your bra down on the left side, and we'll take some more pictures."  OK, they were taken, turned out nice and clear she said, so go back out to the waiting room and the next exam room would be mine.  I go back and take a seat, and wait...and wait...and wait...til my sugar started to drop. I go up to the receptionist, explain that I have to go to my car for a snack in case they call my name. "Sure" she said, so I turn around and open the door which is right next to the waiting room to go outside.  Well surprise, wrong door!! I walk into an exam room where a half naked man is sitting on the table, in total shock at the intrusion.  Right in plain site of everyone in the waiting room. Snickers could be heard as I told him "So sorry, wrong door."  Well that was an awkward moment, and having to then walk back through the waiting room filled with patients to go to the exit which couldn't have been any bigger, after all the double doors were wide open! I come back in from eating my snack, and on the way through the room, I feel a little breezy. I realize I forgot to do up my bra on the left side!!!  I went into the bathroom to see that yeah, it was really noticable, one boob up and one way down.  Oh the humiliation!  I pretend that nothing embarrasing has happened over the last 10 minutes and take my seat. It's then I realize, that the man in the exam room was privy to my lopsided breasts.  My niece said I should have just pretended I worked there and asked him what I could do for him. All I could think was him saying "well I am past the breast feeding stage,"  So I finally get into the exam room, and wait...and wait...and wait... Finally the Dr.!  He looked at my x-rays, and found my problem right away. A bone spur in my rotary cuff, one in my neck, a herniated disc in the 3rd vertabre in my neck that's put pressure on the nerve going down my arm, and severe arthritis in my neck and shoulder, along with tendonitis in my arm.  No wonder I've been in so much pain!  He orders up and MRI, therapy, an ultra-sound, a round of steroids, anti-inflamatories and pain killers, and a shot.  The shot was surprisingly not bad at all, his P.A. is a pro. I didn't even know he had done it, he numbs the whole area first.  Well after I'm done, I go back to the receptionist. I'm talking to her, she turns to her computer to type in the orders, and I started feeling faint. Without a word, I go outside since I didn't want to make a fool of myself anymore than I had, and when she turned around I was gone. Ken, not knowing to finish the business at the counter, grabbed my coat and followed me out.  When we get home, there's a message on the answering machine:  "Mrs. Nuske, I don't know what happened but you disappeared before I was done with you. Please come back for you prescriptions, and set up your therapy"  Oh what a day. And I had already told everyone there that my niece Robyn and my daughter-in-law used to work there.  Robyn said to me, "and I suppose this all happened after you told them we were related!?  Sorry Robyn! You may not want to go visit for awhile!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And The Winner Is....


Lola!!
Congratulations Lola, the boys chose your name! I tried to get an unblury picture, but it wasn't happening. But that's your name on the ticket, and your package will be in the mail tomorrow! Thanks to all who entered my give-away, will be seeing you in the coming year!

Give Away

I have decided to have the drawing for my give-away this evening at 7:00 est.  So if you haven't signed up, nows the time! 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's Give Away Time!!!

I can't believe it's been a year already since I started to blog! And a great year with you it's been.  I have made so many friends, found people from all over the world to share our ups and downs, laughter and tears, fun and sorrows.  You have all made my world a much better place with your stories, words of encouragement when needed, and gave me many a laugh with your funny day to day experiences and views of life.  You've given me wise words to ponder, and added different slants to lifes little happenings!  I cherish you all! So in honor of you my friends, old and new, I'm having this give-away!   What I have for the winner is first, a Victorian crazy quilted boot stocking.  This was so fun to make, and hope the winner likes it!  Second, a little holder for  two of your favorite puppy's pictures.  I made this out of  a box that AOL sent sample cd's in.  Then a handmade heart ornament, a Christmas towel, and a potpourri burner with cranberry tarts.  Click on the picture to see close up!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just A Picture of a Mother and her... Daughter?


No, you're eyes do not decieve you, Mitzi is "nursing" on Molly. Since the day Mom brought Mitzi home, she has taken Molly as her new mother. she "nurses" herself to sleep nightly, which is one of the big reasons she was so happy to see Molly move in with us. And Molly? She is quite content to let her. Even though she isn't a tiny, 5 week kitten anymore, (she was taken away from her moma way to early) Molly still baby's and takes care of her.  The wonders of nature! 

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Coming Soon!!

I can't believe I've had this blog for a year already! It went by so quickly. So be watching, within the next week I'll be having a celebration give away! 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Update on the Update That Was Updated!!


Well I just got back from the doctor, and here is the prognosis: severe tendenitis, arthritis, and narrowing of the something that I don't remember what he said.  Then he showed me where all these are located on my arm and shoulder, and gave me my options. First, a steroid shot. Forget that, they'd have to pick my fainted body off the floor. Second, take steroids for nine days, there we go, I can do that, if the syptoms worsen or don't seem to be getting any better during that time, I will have to go have an MRI done to see if it is the rotor cuff. You were right on with that one Lola! I told him I'd do that, and during that time I can do basically nothing with my left arm. NO lifting, crafts, driving, riding in the car, nothing!! I'm not supposed to use the computer unless I can comfortably type with one hand.  The great thing about all of that!? NO dishes!!!!! My husband will be slave to the kitchen, I will have to supervise though to be sure he is loading the dishwasher properly, I'm very picky about that!  And NO laundry!!  And NO cleaning the toilet or scouring the sinks!! Dear Hubby gets a taste of it all, and I get to be the boss! Ah life is wonderful. The pain in my arm is transfered to my pain in the.....well maybe I won't go that far, but after all he is retired and now he gets to see life on the other side of the fence. And he is a good sport.  On the down side, I get to walk around smelling like Pepto Bismal from the cream I must put on my arm, and up the hotflashes from having my arm glued to the heating pad.  but hey! It's worth it to be rid of it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How it's going, or not

Well here we go with another week of fun.  Our insurance doesn't cover chiropractic care, and we can't afford it, so dr. put me on muscle relaxers which are taking their sweet time kicking in.  I was referred to a specialist, and my appointment is for, get this, November 3rd. What!? You're kidding me!! I'm on the cancellation list, so hope that brings it closer.  Thanks for all your support and prayers again, you are all so special.
Blessings, Laurie

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Update

Thank-you to all of you for your prayers, and well wishes.  You are all special friends, and my angels.  Unfortunately, I am not feeling any better, in fact the pain in my arm is getting worse.  I've done everything the doctor has said, but am slowly going out of my mind.  I'm going to see if our insurance covers a chiropractor, I don't know what else to do.  Please keep the prayers coming, those I can feel..  Thank-you my special friends,
Blessings,
Laurie

Thursday, October 8, 2009

It Was Funny at the Time,


Yes, so we all thought.  I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law along with my sisters a week ago .  I pulled up a chair and was talking to Wendy, when suddenly, the chair leg gave way and I went down to the floor, on my side. (Thank-you my friends for allowing me to feel comfortable enough to share this humiliation!)  Of course there were cameras handy to catch this moment, and as one who falls often, if there is a chance to capture my tumbles those chances are taken.  We were all laughing, after all I thought I wasn't hurt, and frankly, it was funny how it happened. One minute your sitting there in the middle of a conversation, and the next your on the floor.  Well, to make a long story short, for the past week the pain was getting progressively worse, so I went to the dr.  I had an x-ray done today to determine if there is a fracture in my shoulder, almost passed out and was in tears by the time I was done. I'm on drugs for swelling and pain.  I had to cancel our trip to Pat Winters embroidery class because I am totally unable to drive, I can't use my arm so I can't do any of my crafts, which is killing me. The pain is more than I can bear, and I'm going out of my mind.  Right now, my pain medication has kicked in enough that I can be on the computer for a few minutes, so am letting you know that I'm not ignoring any of you, it's just extremely uncomfortable to sit in this chair as it aggravates my shoulder and arm.  Please pray for me, I can't take this much longer!

Friday, October 2, 2009


O.K., it's not the greatest picture, after all trying to take a picture of your right arm with your left hand is not that easy of a task! However, I thought it time to come out of the tatoo closet.  Yes, I have a tatoo. On my arm. My forearm. My right forearm. Yes, I did it.  Two years ago, I decided to fulfill my dream of being daring and getting a tat.  So I had this done in memory of my father, who by the way hated tatoo's.  But I did it anyway.  I wanted this on my back on the shoulder, but because my cat, who rode on my shoulders had destroyed it with scratch marks, I couldn't have it placed there. But I was not leaving without my tatoo.  So I daringly had it placed on my forearm.  It has special meaning to me.  Our father was a beekeeper, gardener, and butterflies were our symbol for him.  He had written a special puppet script and show about the butterfly.  It was beautiful, and at Dad's funeral, we all wore butterfly pins.  So that's why this is so special to me.  Did it hurt?  Hardly.  Was I scared?  Surprisingly no.  Would I do it again? In a heart beat.  Am I any different now than before I got it? Nope.  I'm still me.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Give Away from Marilyn!


I won!! Marilyn  had a terrific give away on her blog Delights of the Heart, and I can't believe I won!  My package arrived today, and it's so perfect, and so beautiful!  From her linen collection, I received the most awesome tablecloth with tea pots appliqued on it, and beautiful embroidery. Two dainty doilies, two quilt squares that are going to make some really beautiful pillows, and a gorgeous crocheted apron that has the most unique and  pretty pattern.  It couldn't be more perfect!  Thank-you Marilyn for making my day even more special!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Can You Hear Me Now!?!?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Faith

                             
 I strongly believe with my whole heart
That my nephew Jonathan along with
all other children whom have passed
from this life are enjoying these most
precious moments with our Saviour.
                          God Bless Them All.
                                                  

Monday, September 14, 2009

Canadian and American Shorelines

I had Ken take a picture of Bobby and I, next to the Blue Water Bridge, connecting the U.S. to Canada for my banner. Here is a picture of the two spans, the one furthest over being the original, and the closer one a few years old. I'm not quite sure of the reasoning for the two because traffic is still no smoother or the waits any shorter!  But they are impressive, with thousands crossing the borders daily.
This picture is of the train depot which sits under the bridge spans, and where young Thomas Edison sold news papers daily.  It's been made into a museum, and it and the train both contain really interesting artifacts from archiological digs where the Edison home sat, not far from the depot. When Micky Roony was the main character in the movie "Young Thomas Edison", parts were shot in front of this depot, and he stayed in our oldest hotel, the Harrington which is now senior housing.  Port Huron has many historical sites, which I will share in the weeks ahead!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Melinda's Quilt Give-away!!

Hey everyone! Go to Melinda's blog and enter her great quilt give away, in celebration of her 250th post! It's amazing!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Doctor Appointment!

I got the results of my check-up today, and I'm so excited!  See the post on my blog about all the great news!

New Day, New Surroundings

As you can see, I have changed some things around on my blog, first I have changed its name.  Since my posts are of more than crafts, and mostly little life observances, I thought a title change was needed. I live on Lake Huron, and Canada is on the other side of the lake, or as we say here, the pond.  I have changed my picture, and the land you can vaguely see in the horizon is Canada. So that's why I switched to Blue Water, Musings From My Side of the Pond.
I hope you still enjoy my blog, and visit me often. Let me know what you think, and if there is anything else I can do to improve my blog!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What are we Coming to?

I have sworn from the beginning that I would not discuss politics or religion on my blog. Nothing stirs controversy more than airing views or beliefs that are personal. Yet, I can't keep my feelings to myself any longer. I am so disappointed in the behavior of the far rights that are tearing this country apart. Spreading fear, unfounded beliefs, disrespect and hatred toward our President. Causing uproars, disturbances at public forums, doing all possible to bring down the ratings of a man who was elected as our leader, in order to accomplish their own agendas. Where is this coming from? Why is this slander being spread throughout this country? What kind of people follow the rantings of a celebrity radio host, who himself proclaims he wants our president to fail? Where are those who oppose this behavior in the name of their political party? What happened to decency, respect, bipartisanship? I have cried so many tears, out of hurt, pity, and pain that our country has come to this. I ache for a man that took this job, was elected by the people, spoke to millions gathered at his inauguration, and so loved, only to be chastised, criticized for the most ridiculous reasons, the latest being today for addressing our students, encouraging them to study and stay in school. I listened in disbelief at the parents who were keeping their children home from school because of the ridiculous fear instilled in them that he is another dictator. I can't watch or listen to the news anymore, it hurts so badly. I can't open e-mails from family members who chose to send this garbage knowing my views. I don't know if anyone reading this right now disagrees with me. If you do I can't apologize. It's time to come together as a nation again, in support of our President, not in hate, and so often in the name of God. It's time to stop.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thanks Jayne of Journey Through Grace

Thanks to Jayne, I have an edited picture of Richard and I! I'm so excited to have this without the women in the background, Thanks Jayne! You did a fantastic job!!! And if you haven't visited her blog, just click on her name and dash over. Her photography will leave you in awe!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Two Brothers

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?"

"Eight," the boy replied.

The man continued, "do you know what these are used for?"

The boy replied, "not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do either."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Richard

I idolized Richard Simmons. I had all his Dancing to the Oldies tapes, listened to him every time he was on t.v., bought his Deal a Meal, and went to see him when he came to Port Huron for a Town Hall event. I couldn't believe I was actually there, watching him in person. He was so funny, very entertaining, and had everyone in the audience standing up and exercising. My friend Barb was even called on stage to exercise with him. So after the show, I was so excited to have my picture taken with him. A woman I don't even know, offered to take the picture, took my name and address, and sent it to me. What a day! That was 15 years ago already, and the picture still sits on my desk. I just wish I could crop out the lady behind us rubbing her eye! Something I'll have to have Ken work on!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Could This Really be Working!?


With my appointment approaching for my next A1C and full bloodwork up results, I was dreading being put on insulin, which I knew was going to happen because I couldn't get my sugar under control. A week ago I was flipping through the channels and started watching a program on PBS about reversing diabetes. With Ken's full support, I plunged into the vegan lifestyle, and can't believe the difference this has made in my life. I have started a blog diary of this journey, and welcome you to follow along on this amazing trip! Please come over, and I welcome you comments!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Crazy Quilting with Pat Winter!

I'm so excited! My sister Wendy and I, are going to a crazy quilting class by Pat Winter! Pat is one of the greatest crazy quilt and embroidery masters I've ever seen. Her blogs are beautiful, so full of the projects that set her apart. To be able to meet and learn more of this art form from her is a dream come true! The class is in October, and we were happily surprised to learn that she is only a few hours from us. So it will be off to Indiana for a day of creativity in the country! Check out Pat's blogs, I know you'll be just as impressed as we are!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Dog, a Cat, and Nature

We have a new member in our family, Molly. She is a little sheltie around 10 years old. She was my parents dog, she was so attached to my dad, followed him everywhere. When Mom moved into her apartment, Molly went with her. She was doing OK, but not getting the exercise she needed, as it was difficult for Mom to get her out. So when Mom went into the hospital for a couple days, Molly came to stay with us. We collectively agreed, that she was doing so well here, that she is now here for good! Molly has some health issues, arthritis, and a scarring on her face that she has had all her life. We don't know what it is, some skin disease that was a trait in her genes. But she's doing well here, she runs now, barks with the other dogs, Mitzi is thrilled to have her best friend back, and we love her to pieces, right along with the rest of the "kids".
Mitzi has also adjusted very well and loves to sleep in the kitchen sink. I don't know why...she must like the cool or something, all I know is she's just so dern cute!
Yes, Andy, no need to look so mad, you are still my main man! Such a handsome guy, love those beautiful green eyes and your leathery skin! There, did I make you feel better baby boy!?

Even though my flower garden didn't fair well at all this year, most of it died off except for my Black Eyed Susan's and phlox, a quick stroll around the property showed me that Mother Nature's garden is doing beautifully! To me, there is no such thing as a weed, if it flowers and adds beauty to your surroundings.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ahhh yes. If only this caught on.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Amazing Creatures by an Amazing God

Today I took my camera out to see what things in nature held me in awe. Sitting on the glider at my niece's, enjoying the quiet over a cup of fresh brewed coffee, I saw three bugs that upon closer examination, struck me as being the most beautiful creatures.
I looked so closely at the beetle that was walking around the side table, and was awestruck at her beauty. Every marking on her was so perfect, so symmetrical. Her colors were so vivid.
I had never seen these insects til this year, and have no idea what they are. But there also, was a beauty that only a God could create.
What could be more perfect? What purpose could this little creature have? Where did it come from, what do they eat? I don't know, all I do know is that for some quiet moments, it's purpose was to bring me closer to a Creator who touches my life in such unusual ways. Even through a bug.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

From a Dear Blog Friend!

Lola, of And Sew On, was gracious to send me this friendship award! I love her blog, she is so talented and a lovely person!

I in turn would love to pass this on to my dear blog friends, who enrich my life daily. It's too hard to choose just a few, and I don't want to leave anyone out. So to all the authors of the blogs I follow, here's to you. Take this award and put it on your site. You deserve it. Thank-you all for making my life more fun, for the countless hours of entertainment you have brought me, and the long distance friendships that have seen me through the good and bad times. I love you all, and can't picture life without any of you. You are all so dear to me, God Bless All!!



Thursday, August 6, 2009

For the Love of a Bird



During the past year, we have lost several of our little animal family members. This week, my sweet little cockatiel passed on. I can't tell you how sad her passing was for Ken and I. Sassy was such a comical bird, who brought such a happy smile to every one's face. We got her several years ago, Mom's neighbor had found her in his driveway, just a baby then. I told him if he didn't find the owner, I would gladly take her, and that's how she came to live with us. The extent of Sassy's vocabulary was "Pretty Bird", and she could also crow, and whistle. Such a character, she loved to tease our border collie Bobby, who adored and protected and played with her. Sassy had not been feeling well, and would lay in the corner of the cage, as close to Bobby as she could get, his watchful eye not leaving her. I awoke Sunday morning to an empty cage. I asked Ken about her, and he told me she was upstairs in his office, he was holding her, said he didn't want her to die alone. Him and Bobby kept their vigil over her until she passed. Why do we do it? Why do we keep rescuing our little friends, knowing that one day we will lose them and experience the pain we dread? For love. To give our pets the love for the rest of their lives that they lacked in the beginning. To let them experience life in a home where they are protected, and so loved. To make sure that they are comfortable, healthy, and have a real family. From beginning, to end. I'm fortunate enough to have a husband that shares this love and compassion, not many spouses would put up with the endless menagerie of pets that have passed in and out of our doors. For that I am so grateful. Even for a little bird, dying alone was not an option for her. I so miss her cheerful voice, and Bobby is lost. But I can't say we regret having her in our hearts. Forever.