Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

There will be 17 of us here! It will be a busy but fun day!

Don't eat too much!! :-) Not an easy thing to do on a day like Thanksgiving. This past Saturday my SIL's family had their annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner. There were 16 of us including four children. There was soooooo much food it was unbelievable! I was proud of myself. I did not over indulge with the meal and only had one small piece of pumpkin pie though there were tons of tempting desserts to choose. I'm trying to cut back on eating in order to lose a few pounds before I have to see the doctor in December. I will try hard today not to over eat.

Have a blessed day!!!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Silhouette Gothic Arch

This is my Arch for this week. I used clear Papier because I wanted it to look like a photograph.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two down, one to go...

Doctors appointments! Follow-up visits in regard to the breast cancer I had two years ago.

Two weeks ago I saw the radiation oncologist, Dr. S. I just love her!! She always is happy to see me and always gives me hugs!! She always remembers and knows exactly who I am. It makes me feel good not just to be another patient or number. She always tells us how she still uses the illustraton she first told to us when she tried to explain to DH how the radiation would work. I've never had a doctor like that and probably never will again! She's especially happy when she can tell me everything looks good!! PTL!!

I have to go back in six months to see her. When we told her we would probably not be here, she was actually disappointed. She wants to finish my follow-ups. I made the appointment, just in case we're still here but I told DH that if we're not, I can always fly back to see her as long as everything is okay.

Today I had to go to Philly to see the surgeon who did the mastectomy. Now, he's another story. With him I feel like just another patient out of the 100s he sees. Of course, it's been a year since my last visit. He, too, said everything looks good. PTL!! I don't have to see him any more, but he did say when we move it's important to find a medical oncologist.

Next month I go to see my medical oncologist in Philly so I'll ask her if she knows anyone in the Nashville area. I told DH that if Dr. D. wants me to come back for 6 month follow-up, maybe I'll see if I can make the appointment the same week as my other one and see her and Dr. S. I would kinda like to finish up with them also.

Now when we go over the bridge, I don't get that nervous feeling in my stomach like I use to for almost two years. I just get nervous that we'll get stuck in traffic and be late!! Today the traffic wasn't bad at all and we made it in an hour and in plenty of time. Actually, only once out of all the times we went to Philly did we get stuck in traffic but thankfully we were only about five minutes late.

The thing I absolutely hate about any of my doctors visits is getting on the scale! Yuck! After today's weigh in, I definitely need to cut back and try to lose some weight. I think some of my weight gain has been from the medicine, but I have to admit I sometimes overeat or eat things I shouldn't. I MUST try harder!!! Since I will be getting on the same scale a month from now when I go see Dr. D., my goal is to lose a few pounds at least.

That's my tale for today. Until next time,

God bless,

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Fun Day

I had a great day today spent with DD, Dawn. She was the teacher at a cardmaking/technique class at One Little Spark stamping store in Tuckerton. She did a great job and really knows her stuff!!! :-) I'm sure she'll be blogging about the day on her blog, The Chatty Stamper.

Here's Dawn and the other ladies in the class, including Pat, the owner of the shop.

Here is a pic of all the cards we did.

My favorite was the one on the bottom right made with clear plastic and Staz-On ink. It the first time that I've used either one. These were all fairly simple cards (right up my alley!). There was one woman who was totally new to stamping and we told her she would become addicted like most of us who stamp are!!

Way to go, Dawn! I look forward to more classes!

A New Season

No, I'm not talking about a new season such as Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall or even a holiday season, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, which are upon us. I'm referring to the seasons of our life.

As of yesterday, DH and I are now beginning a new season of our life - retirement. If he doesn't want to, he no longer has to get up to go to work. I still do, for awhile anyway, but that's okay. That's my choice.

Now that DH is officially retired, it means a HUGE change in our life because we will be preparing to move to TN. We found a house in an area that we really love and feel that is where God is leading us. So, we have lots of work ahead of us.....preparing our current home to put up for sale, doing all the stuff that goes along with selling a home, moving, uppacking and setting up a new household.

The hardest part will be saying goodbye to family and friends. Though I know we will be back to visit and some of them will come visit us, it's just the idea that we won't all be close by any more. In thinking about it, though, this period of time is a better time for such a move than years ago before e-mail, cell phones, webcams and IMing!! It's much easier to keep in touch instanteously these days. And, as one of my dearest friends, Marian, said, "we can still talk on the phone" (which is what she prefers).

In researching my family history, I discovered a letter from one of my gg grandmother's in which she talked about moving from PA to Ohio in the pioneer days. Now, that must have been hard because back then you never knew if you would ever see your family or friends again and in most cases, you didn't. If letters could be sent, it took forever. Once you said, "goodbye", it meant "goodbye".

On the other hand, it's exciting and fun to think of a new "beginning", a new season, new adventures, new people to meet, new surroundings to explore....some which will be good and some which may not be.

Gotta run! Meeting DD, Dawn. She's teaching a stamping class today and I'm her helper and a pupil!! I'm looking forward to it. I will be learning new stamping techniques and spending time with her. Have to take advantage of that sort of thing now (which is a topic to be blogged another day).

God bless,

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gothic Arch

This is my first attempt at creating a gothic arch. It was actually fun to do.

The theme is "Buttons" and buttons remind me of sewing.

I found this picture on ©2000 Denise Van Patten - Doll Collecting at The paper is just scrap paper. The "ribbon" is some that I've had laying around here for ages. It's paper with a sticky backing. The buttons I've had for years. I bought them when I did my family heritage album. And, the thimble was my grandmother's! She had a Singer sewing machine but not like the one pictured. However, my MIL's father had a similar one (I'll have to find out what happened to it after he died). He was a tailor and had his own shop.

I may try this again. I really did enjoy making this card. If you haven't given it a try, you should.

God bless,


Friday, November 7, 2008

Self Pity

I realize it's been awhile since I've been on here and my blogs are far and few between. Some nights I lay in bed and write whole blogs that are informative and interesting, but by the morning they're gone!

Sometimes I think, "what's the point?" I only know of a couple people who actually really read anything I write and have an interest in hearing what I have to say and most of what I write I can send to them in an e-mail!! Same thing, different venue.

It sounds like I'm in a "self pity" mood today, doesn't it?! Guess I am. This, too, will pass. It always does! I hate when I get like this, but at the same time I revel in it, know what I mean? I say to the Lord "help me" but in the back of my brain I'm thinking I want to feel sorry for myself.

What I need to do is to start praying for others. I find when I do that, "self" seems to disappear. In reality, what do I have in my life that I need to be self-centered about? Nothing! Just this morning I received an e-mail through our church prayer chain for a family where a woman is undergoing heart surgery next week, her husband has cancer and will be starting treatment, and their daughter is having gallbladder surgery. Another woman's sister died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Get a grip here, Linda!

I'm feeling better already just sharing. Thanks for stopping by and "listening" to me! Gotta run and get ready for work.

God bless,

P.S. Please keep the above families in your prayers as well.