Sunday, September 27, 2009

What a Wonderful Weekend For a Wedding

Howdy folks,
It was a very busy week with wind and rain and last minute shopping and prayer that the sun would shine. And shine it did. Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding. Family arrived, his and hers, from Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin and I'm sure other places too. Oh yes and one very best friend from California. The maid of honor, my mothers best friend from her school days, arrived from California on Thursday to stand beside her lifelong friend on her wedding day. Rosie whisked mom away on Friday and she was not to be seen again until Saturday. Expcept for a chance meeting at of all places, Walmart. Mom said they laughed and off her and Rosie went with Henry waving behind. They've been friends for over 50 years and have gone through a lifetime of sharing memories together, my mom and her best friend. Some living near each other and others from across the country. I remember playing with her children when we were all young. They even managed a trip to London together once. I love that Rosie made it here to make this day even more special for mom. Sadly my entrance photos with my digital turned out horrible. Above is th altar with flowers chosen by mom. They were stay for church services the next day. I must get the 35mm film turned in tomorrow and hoepfully some of those entry pictures turned out ok. Two of my Uncles escorted mom to the front of the church.
Below are Rosie, mom, Henry and Doug standing before the minister. Doug is Henry's son.
And here is a glowing bride with her new mother-in-law and husband. Edith is 93 years young and came all the way from Wisconsin. She said she enjoyed her trip and all of the attention. She is a very sweet lady.

This is the large family Henry married into. My many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, a few siblings and even a great Aunt and Uncle are in the mix. Not every one is in this photo as some had wandered off or were headed to motel rooms to change. I'd say maybe 3/4's of mny mom's family that was at the wedding are in this photo. But we gathered as many as we could find. I missed the one with Henry's family group so I'll get it from another as we all start snail-mailing and e-mailing photos to each other.

Cutting the cake was fun.

Their first waltz as Mr. and Mrs., they danced to "Tips of my Fingers".

And half way through invited others to join in.

We all had so much fun at the Reception. Mom and Henry belong to several square dance clubs so they chose square dancing as their reception theme. I danced my first beginners square dance with my Uncle from Missouri and a cousin. I have to admit it was a lot of fun. I have two sets of Uncles and an Aunt that square dance and thought it was wonderful when mom announced she was dating and he was into square dancing. Of course she had to learn. :) (Hmmm, and her brother wasn't able to get her to try. LOL)

So this was my show and tell for the weekend. Some family members have headed home, some will be leaving tomorrow or the the next day. Mom is happy, Henry is a great guy, and we all enjoyed seeing family again and meeting new people.
I hope you all had an exciting weekend too or at the least had beautiful weather like we had here. Have a great week and...
Happy Monday,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Owl Print Arrived

Hello, Here it is Tuesday the 22nd day of September, Already. My mom is counting down the days to the 26th, her wedding day. There is still much to do to get their new house ready for company and she's informed me she hasn't even bought her new shoes yet. I am amazed at how quickly they have put this all together. They announced their engagement at my granddaughter's birthday party in August with the date set. Bought a house, planned a wedding and reception and moved into the house. Mom still has to finish moving in from her house and get it ready to put on the market but as she says, "That will just have to wait". One day she is calm, cool and collected and the next she is like a brand new bride, hysterical. It's been fun helping her and watching their relationship grow.

Below is a card I won from Gaal Creative. Anne is a wonderful photographer don't you think.
(Thanks Anne, I love it.)

I love owls, they are so regal looking. At least they are to me anyway. I love their big bright eyes too. Plus I am a member of the Owl Patrol in Woodbadge. It's a Boy Scout thing. I plan to frame this instead of using it as a card. It's sooo pretty. You can see more of Anne's photography here and her blog is here. She creates wonderful card designs and scrapbook pages too.

Above is the cardboard insert in the envelope to protect the card. Is this not the coolest idea? I love how she marked the cardboard and added the recycling hint. I can't decide if I want to use it to paint on or to collage on or make a water color painting this size for someone and pass this "stiffener" on. Anne is so clever.

OK, my MRI update. It is normal. No problems in the neck. Now I am scheduled to see a neurologist, but not until October 20th. In the meantime it has gotten somewhat better with the increased dosage of the Mobic and rest. But now I am back to the lower Mobic dosage and working and scouting is back to full swing. We'll see how it goes.

Here's wishing you all have a Happy Tuesday,

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mod Podge Rocks: My very first giveaway.

I love this blog. There are waayyy cool tutorials listed here. Amy blogs about projects done with blogs she finds on other blogs also and includes links too. And now a giveaway! There will be 5 winners. Check it out...

Mod Podge Rocks: My very first giveaway.

Happy Sunday,

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall Foliage

Hello all,

Here it is the middle of September and our grass and trees are still green. We are still having 80+ degree days and some cooler nights. We haven't had nearly as much rain as usual in our area. I accepted an assignment on AC for a fall foliage slide show due the first week of October. I thought for sure we'd have some nice red and orange leaves on the trees by now. Nope, we've got green or yellow and that's about it. I'm going to take a country drive this weekend to see if I can find any colorful branches. I don't want to wish summer away but I don't want to miss my deadline either. So how are the trees in your area? Any pretty fall foliage developing? If you'd be willing to share a pic with me for my slide show I would gladly credit you as the photographer and place a link to your site.

On another subject I did have that MRI done this past Tuesday; no results yet. I still have that pain down the left arm and I've noticed my neck and shoulders are really tense. Some of you have mentioned stress. I have a feeling that may be it. If the MRI turns out ok I may have to see about scheduling a good upper body massage to get the kinks out. A pampering that I really can't afford. What is it grandma used to say, "If it's not one thing it's another". Meaning never a dull moment around here. LOL!

The Gas Company is coming to switch out our gas meter today. They say it's wayyy past due for updating. It's only suppose to take a wee bit of time. It amazes me they can do that without lots of precautions and such. We don't even have to be here when they start. They will come in at noontime and relight our furnace and hot water heater.

You all have a Happy Thursday,


Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Sunday Journal Page and an ER visit

I was so sick last Friday I spent most of the day sleeping. I really can't describe how I felt. Just achy, tired, almost lethargic. I felt much better yesterday and even took my mom shopping for a dress to wear to her wedding.
Then I had a bit of a scare today. I have been experiencing pain off and on in my left arm for some time now. This morning is was there again. That achy feeling down the arm, fingers stiff and pain at the elbow. By mid morning I had pain in my chest and my left jaw hurt and my teeth hurt. I knew I couldn't just ignore it any more. I told hubby I was afraid they would want to cut off my wedding ring. It is too tight but it still can be twirled around on my finger. I was in tears. He realized then something really was wrong. I broke out in tears and off we went to the ER.
OK, technically that was a wrong thing to do. We should have called an ambulance, that would have been the right thing to do. But we didn't and he drove me to the hospital. It is what I wanted and luckily everything turned out ok. Naturally they, the nurses and doctor, took my symptoms seriously and did a full cardiac check. I was hooked up to monitors and had all of these little sticky things placed all over me. I had a chest x-ray and blood work done.
Luckily, thankfully, my heart is ok. While checking me over the doctor was able to determine that poking at my shoulder and along my arm and under my arm made the pain worse. He said with a heart attack the pain is not duplicable. He said he did not think I was having a heart attack and then felt around the back of my neck. Wow did that ever cause some shooting pain. They did the cardiac workup just to be sure. No heart attack. The ER doctor thinks I may have a disc problem in my neck causing the arm pain. The chest pain may have just been muscular. I'm to call my regular physician tomorrow for a follow-up. I have a report from the ER for him. They are recommending an MRI of the neck and shoulder and a stress test also. In the meantime I got two different shots in the buttocks (ouch) and a prescription for Percacet. That stuff sure makes me loopy. I had a scare today, maybe it was a panic attack, or a wake up call to get this arm and shoulder pain checked out. Anyway, I sure am grateful for an understanding husband and a wonderful ER staff at our local hospital. And for answered prayer. We'll see what tomorrow and the next day brings. Take it easy for a few days he said. Doesn't he know I have family arriving in two weeks for my moms wedding? Strange things always seem to happen at the most inopportune time around me. And why did I break down crying thinking they would cut off my wedding ring? The mind does work in strange thoughts sometimes. I was also afraid I maybe had a blocked something or other in my neck. I know the ER doctor and he has a wonderful bedside manner and takes the time to listen and answer. I'm not as scared now, still hurt a bit, and am ready to call the doctor and admit I need to make the time to see him. Sometimes we get so busy taking care of life's everyday chores and others that we don't make the time to take care of ourselves. And that's a bad thing.

Above is a Sunday journal page I tried to post a week ago.

Take care of yourselves and have a great week,


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Love a Parade...Chapman style!

Hey ya'all, It's 09-09-09! I'll never see that again. I know, I know, what's so special about that? Well, It's just that I deal with dates a lot at work and it was really neat seeing the 09-09-2009. I was hoping for a book 199 page 199 today but it didn't happen. Maybe next time (in another life). LOL!!

I hope ya'all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I went over to Chapman to watch the parade and have dinner with mom and her fiancee'. Hee, Hee, doesn't that sound strange? No, not really, he makes her so happy.

I do love a parade, so I see one every chance I get. Chapman is doing so well since the tornado a few years back whipped through there. This year the annual Labor day parade had

And red tractors

And green tractors

And Little red tractors pulling big red wagons

And a little horse pulling a medium sized green wagon

And parade floats

And Marching bands
And Clowns

And Fancy Cars and Trucks

And even a Hillbilly Hotrod

Oh how I wish I had gotten a picture of the horns on the front. Hilarious!!!

There was so much more I could show and tell about but you'll just have to make it to Chapman next year for all the hometown fun to see it for yourself.

In the meantime stop by my etsy shop if ya' care to shop a bit and see the wonderful original painting I just put up for sale in my shop titled Sunshine Daydream.

Ya' All have a good night now, ya' here!!



(P.S. I hope this post works as last Sunday I posted a journal page and it went to the previous Tuesdays date so I deleted it. Blogger is weird sometimes but I love it!)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Helen Steiner Rice

One of my favorite poets is Helen Steiner Rice. She was a remarkable woman and her poems, essays and quotes are so cheerful and inspiring. The Home & Holidays website has a great list of Helen Steiner Rice poems. Here is one of my favorites penned by Mrs. Rice (I don't know the title of this poem. Do you?):

Time is not measured
by the years that you live
But by the deeds that you do
and the joy that you give.
And each day as it comes
brings a chance to each one
To love to the fullest,
leaving nothing undone.
That would brighten the life
or lighten the load
Of some weary traveler
lost on life's road.
So what does it matter
how long we may live
If as long as we live
we unselfishly give.

I have found this unselfish/giving attitude among so many wonderful bloggers. I've been prayed for and taught and gifted so much. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. :)
Have a great 3 day weekend and if you are traveling


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

And the Winner Is.....


I won a wonderful collection of orange things, an orange kit, from GaucheAlchemy.
This scan is awful. It doesn't show all of the wonderful bright orange colors in the kit. If you go to their site you can see a better pic and you'll want to spend some time there as they are doing kit naming contests and other giveaways. I love these ladies. I am already thinking of the many creative uses these scrumptious pieces of fun stuff are going to have. Do stop by Gauche Alchemy.

Oh an now for my giveaway winner:

Drum Roll Please......

The Excitement Builds....

And the WINNER is:

Lay Hoon.....................................

Congratulations to Lay Hoon of Me Scrap blog. I'll be sending her package out later this week. Do stop by her blog and say Hi sometime. I love her little corner of blogland. She creates such wonderful collages. And the music on her blog is always so gentle and refreshing.

About my poems Lay Hoon said:

I like "Negative Attitudes Suck", because I'm in a down mood since last week. Hope the negative thought will leave me away.

I too hope your negative thoughts leave you dear. Hopefully my brightly painted artwork and the brightly colored ribbons and lace will bring your mood around to a better place. Please send me your snail mail address.
Cheers everyone,


If you didn't win watch for a similar painting going up in my etsy shop soon.

Did you notice the the little decorated box I was pickimng from is painted and collaged using the same fabric and colors? I love this fabric find and will be so sad when I run out of it. I'll show more of the box and lid when I finish it.