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finally it's friday...

I have been using  lap-top to post the last few days.  The computer that the family uses is really messed up.  I have all my pictures on the home computer and am learning how to use a zip drive, to transfer them to the lap-top.  It is so funny to think that I can even do the things that I am doing now on a computer.  Ten years ago I never thought that I would be where I am now with computers.


Remember my local store?  Well here it is.  I had to get thread the other day and found these cute things.


I can't wait to try them out.  I am not sure what I'll make with them, but I'll find something.

Life is getting back to normal.  Becky goes today for a post-op appointment with the surgeon, payroll today, being it's Friday {business keeps going}.  I do have to finish up my projects that I started, and finish up my Christmas shopping.  I know what I am getting, I just have to get it.  I am not all the way done with my shopping, but I am happy where I am at with it.

Today is the last day of November.  Where did the month go?  Yikes....I would love life to slow down a bit.  How about you?  Well I am off to start my busy day.

You all have a wonderful, beautiful day.

home is where the heart is...

Becky is on the mend.  The doctor released her from the hospital this evening around dinner time.  Much to her delight, she was quite ready to get out of there.  A shower was the first thing she did when she got home.

I have to tell you a little story.  Lauren was at the kitchen table and I was sitting near by at the computer, when Becky came into the kitchen, she had just gotten out of the shower.  Becky was crying, I didn't hear her but Lauren did and asked her what was wrong.  I turned around and asked her too what was wrong.  Through her tears she said "My teeth touch".  She was crying tears of joy, because for the first time in her whole life, that she can ever remember, her teeth touched together.  Of course Lauren and I cried right along with her.

So to have her go through this surgery, to me was so worth it.

I am home for a bit, and Jim went to the hospital to sit with Becky.  When I walked in her room this morning at 7:15 a.m. I couldn't believe the difference in her from when I left her last night.  She still has the mask on that is giving her a bit of oxygen, but mostly it is keeping her breathing moist, almost like a vaporizer.  She is eating some, but it is mostly liquids.  She tried to eat hot cereal, but couldn't open her mouth wide enough yet.  So mostly right now it is to be, protein drinks like Ensure, drinkable yogurt's, juices and water that will be her meals.  At least until she can open her mouth wider.

One of the nurses thought she had a cute nose.  She thought Becky was in there for a nose job.  We had a good chuckle with that one.  My CNA training came in handy, as I changed her bandages quite a few times and helped her to the bedside commode.  Her nose is still draining and with the mask on it gets pretty wet, so instead of waiting for the nurse to come, I just changed it myself.  I guess the mom was coming out of me, I just couldn't sit there and wait, so I did it myself.

Right now I am just catching up on the blogs I visit, and cleaned up the house a bit.  Just relaxing.  Sitting around and doing nothing really took it out of me more, than working and being on my feet all day.  I guess the worrying didn't help either.

I just wanted to thank you all again for the well wishes.  I told Becky this morning when I saw her that all my "blogging" friends wished her well, she said "Thanks".

I am off now, I have a few things to do before I head back to the hospital.

it's over...

Becky's surgery went well, it was about a 4 1/2 hour surgery give or take a few minutes.  She is in ICU recovering at the moment, she got to ICU about 3:30 p.m., surgery was planned for 8:30 a.m..  It's been a long day.  Jim is with her now, and I plan to go back around 6:00 p.m.

Everything went as planned, the surgeon made a few minor adjustments that were not in the plan, but in a few months Becky will be eating like everyone else.  She also will no longer have any problems with breathing as he cut away some nodules in her nose that were extra large.  This poor child has had so many problems from the neck up, eating, allergies.  Now it's all fixed.  One thing that it will do is alter her looks a bit.  When all the swelling is gone, that is when we'll find out how much it's altered.

Thank you all for the well wishes.  It's really hard to see your child go through major surgery, and your kind words go a long way, Thanks.

today is the day...

Today is the day that Becky has her surgery.  I may not be able to post for a few days, it all depends how things go.  I may pop in to give you guys an update on how things went.  She will be staying overnight and we'll see how she is on Thursday.  Her last meal was Olive Garden (our treat), she'll be on a liquid diet for a bit. 

Last night was crazy here.  With me getting my hair cut at the time dinner should be on the table, RM going over to help some friends set up for concrete to be poured at their home on Saturday, for the addition they are putting on their house.  The computer giving us trouble, that I can't even log on to Typepad, so I have to come up to use my office computer, {which by the way is a royal pain because RM turns the heat down after business hours {{{{brrrrrr}}}}.  I posted this last night {I love this feature on TypePad) so I wasn't really able to get the pictures that I wanted to post.

Dsc_0179 This was one of the center pieces that was on one of the tables I had set for Thanksgiving.  This turkey planter is from my mom, and on the bottom she wrote the year 1955.  She had just given this to me and I remember it well from my childhood.  I added the flowers to it.  I am out of practice with floral arranging, it's been awhile.

Please remember Becky in your prayers today, that her surgery will come out well.  I know everything is in Gods hands, I just pray that when all is said and done, Becky will be able to eat like everyone else, and be able to chew with "ALL" her teeth.  When you think about it, that is something we all take for granted, to be able to chew food.  When she can eat solid foods it will be very weird for her to be able to chew with all the teeth that God gave her and not just the 4 back molars in her mouth, something she has done her whole life.  It all sounds kind of funny when you hear about it, but imagine only eating with 4 of your teeth and they are the very back teeth in your mouth.  There will definitely be an adjustment for her.  I'll close for now, but if I get a chance later I'll post how things went.

another giveaway...

My friend Elizabeth over at My Simple Journey, is doing a drawing.  Go on over and check it out.  She is giving away a couple of neat things.

I got my hair cut...{{grin}}...and I love it.  It is shorter than before in the back but that was how I wanted it.  I told her exactly what I wanted and showed her 3 pictures of hair cuts, each picture had something I wanted.  They were all very similar but different, and the results were good.  I'm happy.

Now I am off to bed to get some sleep.

shepherds pie...

Last night I made Shepherds Pie, with my leftover mashed potatoes {which I had so much of}.  I had some leftover gravy from my roast on Sunday and leftover turkey gravy.  I just mixed the two in with the meat and vegetable mixture.  It was surprisingly good.


Becky found this recipe for Shepherd's Pie.  I didn't use it, as I concocted my own, but this one sounded pretty good.  I think I'll try this one another day.

Last night was sauna club.  I did some more sewing, but couldn't finish my project, because I ran out of thread.  I am about 98% done with it too.  Now what am I going to do when my local fabric store will be closing in January.  It's just down the road about 2 miles.  I don't mind going to W*l M*rt for items, but they don't always have the selection.  I don't mind going to the other JoAnn's store, but it"s not in my backyard.  I have to make about a half hour trip there, and that all depends on how traffic is.

Tonight I get my {{{shudder}}} hair cut.  I have been cutting my own lately in the back, but now it is driving me nuts.  I have been trying to grow it out some, but not too long just about to my chin with longer layers.  Well......every time I go and get it shaped up, they chop it off.  Now I just really need to get it shaped up and I am going back to the lady that I really like.  I like how she cuts hair, just not that she doesn't listen to me all the time in how I want it cut.  I am going to be very FIRM with her in what exactly I want.  I don't think that is too out of line to say firmly what I want.  Maybe firmly isn't the word, maybe I should say, strongly express my desire of how I want my hair to be cut.  Yes that sounds much better.

Well I am off the begin my day.

You all have a great day.

apron swap...


Here is the apron that I received today from my Apron Swap partner Jennie, who is from Australia.  She also hand sewed Merry Christmas on the front.  Thanks Jennie it is sooo cute.



Oops...sorry Jennie, I was so excited about the apron, that I didn't look in the bottom of the envelope that the apron came in.  Inside I found a 2008 calender, which I use always in my purse and haven't bought my 2008 yet.  Now I don't have to, and a mini bag charm that will go on my satchel bag.  Thank you I love the gifts.


This is the one I sent Jennie.  The apron swap was held over at Rhonda's Down-To-Earth Blog.  This was really fun to do.  I plan to do it again, if there is another one sometime.  I not only got a new apron, I found a new friend, a pen pal, or maybe I should call it a cyber pal.

poinsettia napkin holder...

These are very fun to make.  You can use felt like I did or fleece.  The middle insert is just a tassel that you can buy at any fabric store.  You just tuck it in the middle.  I really don't suggest tacking or gluing it in, as you would want to take the napkin holder apart to store them for the next year, but you don't have to, you could just keep them together.

The measurements are the red flower is:

11 1/2 " long, and 3 1/4" wide at the widest part of the flower petals, and 3" wide at the middle.

The measurements for the green leaves are:

6 3/4" long and 4 1/4" wide at the widest part of the leaves, and 2 1/4" in the middle.

Cut 2 green leaves and 1 red flower with a hole in the middle of each green leaf and 1 hole in the red flower.  Make the hole size just big enough to be able to put the felt through.

I hope this all makes sense to you.

Pointsetta napkin holder

Step 1


The measurements are the red flower is:

11 1/2 " long, and 3 1/4" wide at the widest part of the flower petals, and 3" wide at the middle.

The measurements for the green leaves are:

6 3/4" long and 4 1/4" wide at the widest part of the leaves, and 2 1/4" in the middle.

Cut 2 green leaves and 1 red flower with a hole in the middle of each green leaf and 1 hole in the red flower. Make the hole size just big enough to be able to put the felt through.

I hope this all makes sense to you.


Step 2


Take the red "flower" end and slip it through the hole to make a tube and two flower petals.


Step 3


Take the green leaves and slip both of the red "flower" ends through the center hole in the green leaves.


Step 4


Take the other green leave and do the same as you did the first one.


Step 5


Stagger the green leaves so that you can see all the leaves, fluff out the red flower petals.


You can add a tassel to the middle for an added look.  I just stuck it in and did not glue it so that I could take it apart and store it for future use.

the holiday is over...

Today is Monday and I am not going to do the Monday Menu Plan as I have been doing.  I will resume next week.  With the holiday just getting over, I haven't even made my meal plan for the week yet.  I just haven't thought about it.  It's been pretty busy here.  I do have a few things up my sleeve for dinner and with Becky's surgery in 2 days my mind just has been elsewhere. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know I did.  We had a quiet one.  I got to thinking that I didn't even take any pictures of my table or anyone, just RM, Pete and Jason carving the turkey.  When I went to put them on my blog, I couldn't find them.  That is when I realized that I deleted them off my camera thinking that I already transfered them to the computer.  So now, I officially don't have any pictures of Thanksgiving day.

One good thing, is I got my Christmas card picture taken and I made my own this year.  So I'll go and pick them up tomorrow and start on them.  I took another bunch of shots of the kids before Dan left for Iowa.  The girls were very cooperative, but the boys, or rather I should say, a boy wasn't so happy to get woke up from his afternoon nap, and it wasn't the one leaving either.  Like I said before it was much easier when they were smaller and there were more of them.

Now to get back to post holiday schedule.  RM is having sauna club here tonight.  My laundry room is loaded with laundry.  Someone decided to clean his room over the weekend {something is up, I just know it, he never cleans his room for no reason}.  Life is back to normal around here. 

Well I better get going.

You all have a great Monday.