Monday, November 30, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tucker Jumping

Our Wire Fox Terrier, Tucker, jumping with excitement
when Mike walks to back door.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Multimedia message

My first African Violet and stress picture. Plants reduce stress!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Goodbye to a legacy (my old Birkenstocks)

The time has come to say goodbye to my old friends. They've been with me since 1994, were there to accompany me on all those walks after my hysterectomy, took me through many hours of standing in line at NSYNC concerts with my daughter Emily, walked the halls of the State Capitol as a Legislative Liaison for Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns when no other shoes fit my feet, then as they began to wear out and got replaced by newer models, they kept my feet comfy as I painted many rooms in our home. Now that the special cork glue can no longer hold the cork together and the soles are almost completely flat, it's time to send them on to a place where someone else can get some enjoyment, perhaps for a costume party next year. They've been lovingly placed in the bin that is going to Goodwill. It's tough parting with something that has been with me for so long, causing me to grieve a bit as I remember all the good times we've had together, but now there's Crocs, New Balance and an assortment of other Birkenstocks to take their place.... no to take over where they left off... because NOTHING will EVER truly take THEIR place!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Goodbye Charmin

We said our goodbyes to Charmin on Tuesday afternoon, July 7, 2009 at the Westport Animal Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. As a thank you for the helpful vets and staff I made this card last night and Mike delivered it today when he picked up her records. He wants me to make copies of them for her memory album. She is missed by us all and has received condolences from so many people and their dogs on her blog.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Awesome necklace and earrings made by Emily!

I have to show off my new necklace and earrings that Emily made for my 55th Birthday (it's tomorrow, but we celebrated yesterday)! Isn't she just the most AWESOME daughter? Yes, I think so too!!!

It's been a while since I last posted here. Most of my posting has been on Charmin's blog as I'm attempting to document what appears to be her last days/months or whatever. Just when we think she'll never get up again she surprises us, so I just didn't want to miss out on capturing her funny antics, senior moments and her siblings' reactions to it all.

Since the March wedding is over I've been more or less chilling out, dabbling a little in paper crafts, sewing, crochet and latchhook. Not much exciting happening and not much energy to do anything. I started another blog to document my paper crafting room as I attempt to organize it in to a usable space for creating memory albums and greeting cards. It hasn't been updated lately either, like I said, my energy level is pretty low. I'll talk to my doc about it later this month when I go in for my annual physical.

Ok, enough whining! On a more positive note, Emily and Matt bought a home! We've been over a few days helping paint and unpack. They are so happy to be able to call something their own, not have to ask the landlord for permission before doing something. Emily's awesome sense of design is showing very quickly as she transforms the drab white walls or overly colorful wallpapered walls in to classy and inviting colors. Her kitchen is a very cheerful light apple green upper with ivory below (I'm sure the colors all have some other exotic names but they escape me right now). The downstairs bath has a very classy dark eggplant on one wall and light chestnut on the other three walls. Their master bedroom has a very warm, dark walnut on one wall and lighter beige on the other three. Like I said, the names of all colors are very different. Have you looked at paint colors lately? I mean they're either foods, herbs, spices, sexy beaches or something totally made up. Can't you just imagine the think tank that comes up with those names? Suppose they run a contest or something like Crayola did for their new colors?

Well, time to move on to something else, there's so much to do and so little time to do it all.....

Monday, March 30, 2009


Ok, so I'm not sure where the first picture went that I asked Photobucket to post on Blogger, so I'll put two pics here in this message. Well that didn't work either. I did the add image thing, upload images using the link from Photobucket and it doesn't even show up in this edit html window. Maybe later...

Organizing my Scrap Room

It's time for me to make a commitment publicly to finally get organized, so here goes.... I'm still learning how to use Photobucket, so we'll see if I can figure out how to post pics from there.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Rooster Wallies

After dreaming about buying some rooster wallies, and not the tiny kind, but not wanting to fork out the high price, I finally found some on clearance. First I found the rooster window wallie that measures 36 inches across on the wallies website, then I found the freestanding roosters with matching sunflowers on clearance at JoAnn's. Here's how they look on my dining room wall.