Thursday, December 27, 2007

Waiting game.

So I submitted a few jewelry pieces for Bead Trends May/June calls. Now to just sit and wait and see if I'll be called.
The deadline for submissions is Jan. 1st. I don't expect to hear from them for at least 2 weeks, and that's IF I am chosen.
It would be nice because I get more $$ to buy supplies.

And about the throat...
I'm not feeling quite as anxious about it right now. Some one must be praying for me. Thank you!! and ((HUGS)).

Not an upbeat entry...

Chris had to return to work the day after Christmas. He is now in Ohio. I wasn't ready for him to leave but life must resume as usual I suppose.

(Look away if you have a weak tummy before you read further.)

On Christmas morning I woke up and noticed that there is a lump, or knot, on my throat. It's not IN my esophagus but it feels like it's deep inside my throat. It's about the size of a jelly bean and it doesn't move around. It is tender but not terribly painful to the touch. I admit that it has me alarmed but I'm trying my best not to panic, though I do at times.

I had noticed a couple days prior that I felt some tenderness just under my jawbone, right side. And there was a bit of a different odor coming from my throat. It didn't worry me because I have had a cold the past couple weeks and I just figured all the coughing caused the tenderness, or maybe I developed a mild infection. After two days the odor went away. All seemed fine, and now this lump appears.

I know that I am not a doctor and I shouldn't be guessing and self medicating, but I have started taking penicillin in case it is infection. If I don't notice any changes or improvements by the end of the month I will call the doctor. I promise. If it does seem to clear up I will still discuss it with my doctor. I'm scheduled to see her Jan. 15th for my thyroid check-up anyway.

Nevertheless, if you wouldn't mind saying a prayer for me it would be MUCH appreciated beyond words. Pray that it's nothing serious and pray for calm nerves as I haven't slept since Christmas morning. I am constantly feeling of my neck, hoping the lump was just a dream. Night time is the hardest since I already have insomnia. I just sit up all night trying to think of ways to stop thinking about it, and hoping and praying that the penicillin is all I need. I did read that a lot of lumps are caused by stress or anxiety. It is highly possible that could be the case for me. I do stress quite a bit being here, being mom and dad. Hoping that I'm doing everything right by the boys, praying Chris stays safe out there in those strange places he's never been to before. Praying that he stays awake at the wheel when he's worked a 16 hour shift and then drives another8 hours to the next state and job site. Praying that we don't get any traumatic weather here and that the good Lord watches over us and the house, etc.

And... I really don't know why I'm even blogging about this except I thought maybe it would help me feel better to get it out there. I don't have Chris here to talk to and I don't want to worry the boys. I just need to stay focused and stay positive. Easier said than done!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thanks Anne

I don't think I've ever been given blog awards before. Imagine that! LOL

Sunday, December 16, 2007

We wish you a Merry Christmas...

We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas...
and a Happy New Year.

I know it's a tad bit early to wish you all Happy Holidays but things are just too busy for words at the insomniac theater these days. I don't know when I might have the chance again before the holidays.

The stockings are all hung and the tree is up and decorated. All the greenery is placed in baskets with candles, and I even sprinkled some baking soda around on the piano and window sills to look like we got a light dusting of snow, since we won't be getting any of the real stuff.

Since Chris is the "big boss man" over his team of 7 now, we are doing what any good boss does. We have booked a chalet and are having the guys and their families over for dinner.
We went to town and threw together some pretty nice goody baskets for each family to take home with them as well.
I wanted to show my appreciation to the wives of these guys as well. Us wives don't get the recognition that we deserve. Our husbands, our children's fathers, are gone for weeks at a time. We are left here to hold down the fort, pay the bills and keep things running smoothly.
Keeping the kids in school, fed, bathed. We are left here with ALL of the household chores, vehicle maintenance, Drs. appointments, among other extra curricular activities.
The hardest part of being married to a man that is never home is probably playing the roles of both mother and father.
So, I wanted to let them know that they are appreciated. I put together some leather gift totes just for them filled with all the things a girl loves. There are candles, chocolates, something to make their home smell good, jewelry (that I made), and I forget what else! Hopefully they are well received.

Caleb, our youngest son, just turned 14 yesterday. He didn't want a party. He didn't even want a cake but we got him one anyway. Love you Caleb! Happy Birthday!! :)

We will be out of town a couple of nights during the party for the workers and then back home to do the Christmas thing here at home. I am going to try my best to leave it at the as far as Christmas is concerned. I just am not up to traveling out to the inlaws this year, but that's a whole other story.

After that I just have to get over the hump of New Years. I don't like new years because, to me, it just reminds me that I am getting older and older. I am not kidding you in the least when I say that I do NOT want to turn 35. I know it's not OLD, BUT it is older. I wish I could just stop right here at 34. LOL

And lastly...
How ever you celebrate. Where ever you celebrate. Make memories and hug the ones you love. Take time to reflect on what Christmas means to you.
For me it's is a time to remember Christ was born into this world to pay for my sins. He came knowing that he would be put to death, and he came willingly and prepared for it because he loved me. He paid the ultimate price so that I don't have to. If it weren't for that day, Christmas Day, the birth of The Savior, life for me would be hopeless. When I put it in the proper perspective I am able to also remember that all the gifts, be them good or (what were they thinking?), were given out of love and I was thought of. It's not about the latest gadget. It's not about the shiniest bow or the biggest box. Material things pale in comparison to the gift of forgiveness.

With that I bid you all good night. :o)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thank You Ann!!! :)

From Ann, my stocking swap partner. :)

My HUGE box from Ann arrived today and I had to open it right away. The presentation was spectacular! The stocking is adorable!
(Now I think I may have a stocking collecting fetish in the works.)
Ann did such a wonderful job on every thing! I really mean it. It was like she called Santa himself to get the 411 on my Christmas wish list.

Ann, you had me pegged to the T. Your items couldn't have been more right on. Even people that have known me all their lives still don't have a clue what I am about, but you picked up on it right away. I am impressed. LOL

When I saw the little tin of candy with the snowmen ornies on it, it was love at first sight. I just love it to pieces! Not to mention those adorable salt and pepper shaker snowmen. They are now on my kitchen table next to the poinsettia.

Her little snowflake dangles. I LOVE it!

Ann is super talented and gifted! LOOK at these ornaments she made for me. The Santa one is red on the back side and glittery. Again, love'em to pieces!!! (no pun intended since they are made from light bulbs, lol.)

I am a gingerbread collecting junkie. As soon as I saw these I hugged them and cooed. LOL My Babies!! And OMGosh! Would you look at that tree. Ann made this for me as well. It was one of the first things I saw when I opened my box. My first thought was- that's it! If that would have been all she sent it would have been enough. I adore it and will cherish it for years to come.
Ann sent me handmade bath salts in the little stocking. They smell SOO good.

The snowman ornament is also right up my alley, as it the rustic star. I can not wait until Chris gets home and we can go get a tree! All the ornaments will be included on the tree and give me warm fuzzies every time I see them, I'm sure. They are just perfect!
(I usually have a tree up by now, but this year has been a little more busy and complicated. )

Mint chocolate candy filled tin- my FAVE guilty indulgence! Grubby candles! Be still my heart. More handmade lovies for my tree. I am in heaven.

Ann and I must be on the same wavelength because we sent each other teas to try. LOL It will come in very handy right now because I have a miserable cold. Warm tea is just what the doctor ordered. The water is in the kettle as I type this.

The candle in the little rustic base. What can I say...

And last but not least, a couple of over-all close-up pics of my stash.

Ann, I can't thank you enough. There wasn't a single item that I don't adore and cherish.

When I was first considering joining the swap I had two main reasons why I decided to.
First, was to get to know more people. After having "met" Peggy through her Etsy shop and then her blog, I knew I was amongst good people.
Second was because I love giving. I love sharing. I am so glad that I decided to go through with it. It really is about more than the gifts themselves, but ones giving of themselves, and hopefully spreading a little bit of Christmas cheer in the process. I for one know that putting my stocking package together greatly helped me get in the spirit.
I'd like to send thanks out to Peggy as well for orchestrating this swap. I've hosted my fair share of swaps and there is quite a bit of work that goes in to them. So, Thank you, Peggy. If you host again next year I will be thrilled to participate again.

That all being said, I am off now to decorate my house with all my new pretties.
To Ann and all who stopped in to read...

Have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Better Half

Chris- (my dear hubby, my better half- HA and wink LOL)- he made it safely to San Diego. He said the flight was pretty turbulent but otherwise uneventful.
I just hope he doesn't have to spend a small fortune to eat while he is out there. The prices are crazy on the west coast! LOL
He said he expects to be there at least 10 days. Cross your fingers for a safe flight home for him. I know that flying is supposed to be super safe, but I HATE flying and so, I always worry a bit until he is back on the ground.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Goodies

I finally had some time to work on some new jewelry pieces, so I thought I'd share. I just love pearls. They are my favorite medium! I have uploaded some, but not all of these at my Etsy site. Hopefully I can upload and list the rest of them tomorrow when it isn't too cold to be in my "office." I do appreciate any and all input. :) Thanks for looking. Have a great Wednesday.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Playing in mineral make-up.

So I have a new love in my life. I am loving mineral make-up. I love it because it's 1000X better for your skin than the pore clogging stuff I used to use. Lets face it. I will be THIRTY-FIVE just a little over a month from now. It's time to stop kidding around with my skin. LOL

Ok, so this stuff is too cool but does take a little longer to apply than typical make-up. It also requires a bit of "playing" and experimenting to learn what looks good. Karen was kind enough to be my "guinea pig" and let me experiment on her.

I know that I went a bit too heavy with the white. Don't judge me. I am learning here. ;) At the same time you gotta admit that she looks SO much better in the after picture!

It's amazing how she went from looking totally exhausted
to looking absolutely fresh and bright eyed. Having make up on even made her clothes seem more stylish! It's just too wild what a lil' make-up can do.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy (early) Thanksgiving

Chris won't be home for Thanksgiving. He had to leave out last night for Pennsylvania and after a week there he will be flying to San Diego. So, we had our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.
I stuck to the staple items we have every year and didn't make some of the things I usually do. I was trying to make it doable on such short notice. LOL
We had:
turkey- of course
sourdough roll hollowed out and stuffed with spinach dip- YUM, and sliced veggies for dipping.
mashed potatoes and gravy
crescent rolls
cranberry sauce
dark chocolate fudge
peanut butter milk chocolate fudge
pumpkin pie
and two cherry cheesecakes

Seems like I'm forgetting something but, oh well.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sweet Dreams, Dear Oreo

Oreo, A.K.A Oreosis, A.K.A Speckles.
Died:Nov. 16th, 2007

A couple of days ago we lost a dear sweet fur baby that we never expected to love.
Oreo originally belonged to one of our neighbors. When they moved away they asked us if we wanted Oreo because they weren't allowed to have pets at the new apartment.
We agreed to take him because he was such a sweet pup and was already extremely bonded to Caleb. In fact, he spent so much time here that he wouldn't go home when his owners called for him. He liked it here.

About a week into our new ownership we learned a lesson that we had forgotten. Puppies that are left alone CHEW stuff up!
Oreo was only 5 months old when we got him. It was easy to forget that he was just a pup, because I am used to pups being small fragile things. lol
The first time we went to town we came back home to a disaster. Oreo had chewed up several of my treasured belongings. I never felt so angry in all my life but I tried to understand that he was probably having a bit of separation anxiety, as well as cutting teeth.

As time passed Oreo finally outgrew the chewing and the good outweighed the bad. He was very loving and affectionate. Just the sweetest dog you could ever want. He chased off strange animals, and alerted us when someone was coming. He did what dogs do.

Sadly, a neighbor came to the house Friday evening to tell us that Oreo had been hit by a car and had died. The only comfort I have is knowing that he did not suffer. He was struck in such a way that death was instant. He never saw it coming, and he didn't lay in pain.

My heart sank because we all had really just begun to bond with him. And to make matters worse he was Caleb's dog. We expected him to be around until Caleb was 30. Now, suddenly, he's gone.
He never had a habit of getting in the street before, but there is a female dog in season and I think he got on the road trying to go get to her. Oreo was scheduled to be neutered in Dec. Too bad the vet couldn't fit him in sooner. He might still be with us today if he wasn't trying to answer the "call of nature."

Caleb and I gathered him up in his favorite blanket and laid him to rest. I know it sounds silly to some people, but I know that he knew he was extremely loved and cared for. We are saddened by the loss. We take comfort in knowing that we did everything to make his short life happy. He was bathed regularly, (he loved baths), and every day he was treated with Beggin' Strips, raw hide chews, or a Milk Bone. Not an evening went by that he wasn't made over and pampered in hugs and love.

It was a short 5 months that we had the pleasure of sharing life with Oreo. He will be sorely missed. Thanks for letting me get this out there and sharing with you these pictures of a really good boy that is gone, but not forgotten.

Fur babies really are an important part our families and their passing is just as saddening as any other death. I know that a lot of pet owners know exactly where I'm coming from and understand.

I still expect to hear him run in through the doggy door and pounce me on the couch.
I expect to be woke up by a cold nose and wet tongue licking me on the face. I will miss not seeing his eyes light up and his tail wag fiercely when asked if he wants a Milk Bone.

To say you will be sadly missed doesn't even scratch the surface of our sadness today.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ho, Ho, Ho

LOL. Me and my elf family dancing a lil' jig for ya. Enjoy and try not to laugh too hard. :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Crazy, crazy, crazy.

(Sensitive topic) look away if you have a queasy tummy!

First off, has anyone ever had the flu for only 4 hours???
I went to bed at 5am- yes I know- bad me! But then I woke up at 9am sick as could be.
I had chills, and burning up all at the same time. I had (the trots), and vomiting. I was super dizzy too.

I was feeling SO sick and thought to myself NOOO please not now. No one ever wants to be sick, I know. But you know how you lay there feeling awful and just imagine how the family will turn your house upside down if you aren't well enough to keep everything cleaned up? That was me.

So, I tried to relax and asked Alex to make me a cup of pine needle tea since it's packed with vitamin C. I figured it might help boost my immune system and fight off the yuckies.
The strangest thing was that about an hour after I drank the tea I was suddenly all better. I don't know what to make of it. Did the pine needle tea cure me? Did I really only have the flu for 4 hours? How is that possible?

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth I guess, but it's very, very strange. One minute I wake sick and could feel myself getting progressively worse. Then all of a sudden it's gone and as if it never happened. Maybe there is some super short virus going around that I am not aware of? All I know is that I am glad to feel healthy again and that I am not laying in bed feeling miserable.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

It's Official!

I'm published!

Yesterday I received the book that my jewelry pieces were published in. I can honestly say that I am proud of my pieces. They look every bit as good as the other designs and I think Chris is pretty proud of me. I overheard him telling some of his coworkers on the phone. LOL

This is me in the index. LOL
I blurred out the other names with my computer because I don't have permission of the other designers to publish their names. Better safe...
I'm on page 48. Woohoo! ;)

And this is my contribution. The photo is mine, not the one they took for the book.
This set is called The Christmas Party and I will be listing it for sale over at my Etsy shop as soon as I finish this blog entry. LOL

I'll be in the next Jan./Feb issue with two more entries. Can't wait to see it.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

For Ann

This post is for Ann.
She is my stocking swap partner this year and this is my mini introductory to help her get to know me better. :)
This is going to be a bit jumbled and random as I will type what pops into my head as I go along. lol

Where to start? LOL
I've been married for 20 years, have a 19 yo. son (Alex) and a son that turns 14 on Dec. 15th. (Caleb).
I'm a SAHM.

I'm 34 years old --until Jan. 1st (sigh)

I don't sleep-much. I love scrapbooking.
I also make jewelry and have a little online shop:

Sometimes I like to crochet afghans and scarves during the winter months. It's the only time I can stand to have a "growing" blanket on me because I am super hot natured.

I drink coffee about every other day. Collect really old looking unusual wicker baskets and gourds.
My house is in the process of being decorated in all primitive and grubby/grungy style. I find that is what makes me happiest. I collect gingerbread men for Christmastime. My favorite scents are vanilla and especially cinnamon!!! YUM.

I absolutely LOVE Peggy's goat milk lotions and soaps. Right now I am totally loving her caramel lotion. -Hi Peggy!- :)

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, I'm a bit of a girly- girl. I like my make-up and pretty hair. Although I'm not finicky about my clothes. LOL I like a plain T shirt just fine. LOL
I LOVE thrift stores SO much.

Some people might call me a pessimist, but I think of myself more as a realist.

For three weeks of every month I am the mother and the father at my house.
My husbands job keeps him away a lot. He is a supervisor for a company based out of Knoxville and has to travel all over the country. I don't mind it too much. I think it has helped me be more confident in myself in a lot of ways.

I used to spend too much time on the internet. Now I spend maybe half hour a day. lol

I think that's all for now. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

And last, here is a picture of me and my little crew. :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Bonfires and SLIM Pickin's

I love this silhouette picture that I got at the bonfire. Far left is Caleb roasting a hot dog over the fire, then there is Vivian sitting on her stump seat, and son Alex is next to her.

Caleb found the gourd he wanted. LOL
Poor Karen looks exhausted. It's partly my fault though. We sat up talking all night the night before and had been running all over town all day before we went to get the pumpkins.

I said I'd share pictures from the bonfire/weeny roast and from our trip to the pumpkin "patch", so here they are.

I know there is a real patch - somewhere, but they don't let the public go in the actual patch. You have to chose one from tarp they're laid out on.

We've had a really bad drought all year and I guess that's why there weren't many pumpkins to chose from. In the past years there were tons of pumpkins, and HUGE ones!
Hopefully things will be better next year.
I did find a few dried gourds that I wanted. Really long curly handled ones. I cleaned them up and put a couple over my kitchen cabinets. One I made into a bowl and did a simple wood-burned design on.
That's all for now.
Happy Fall!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Still Alive

I'm still here. LOL

I had planned to post some pics. from our bonfire/weenie roast and now I have pumpkin pickin' pictures as well that I want to share. I tell ya, blink and things start to pile up! LOL

Will post pictures soon.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Vacation Pictures. LOTS of them! :)

Not very impressive on the outside! This wasn't the cabin that I originally reserved. The people at Black Bear cabin rentals called us the day we were to arrive and said our cabin wasn't ready and they had to put us in this other one. I wasn't happy about it but what can you do? All of the Smoky Mountains were booked solid! The cabin I originally reserved could sleep 8 people. When they traded us for this one they told us it could sleep 6. Not! It had one king bed, one queen, and one sleeper sofa. That was my biggest peeve about the trade off. Chris and I had the king, Vivian had the queen, Alex slept on the sofa bed, and Caleb just slept in the floor. His preference. I don't know how he does that! He sleeps in the floor here at home a lot too.

I wish we'd have gotten a picture of it from the side so that you can see the entire house was hanging off the side of the mountain. Only that tiny porch entrance was on solid ground. The rest of it was on stilts basically.

Loved the fireplace and that's a decent sized TV. Over there on the right is the doorway to the laundry room.

Here you can see that my hubby was a complete SLOB as soon as we arrived. Put your clothes in the bedroom? What on earth for? LOL
To the left was a recliner and to the right in the background was a full kitchen.

Master bedroom with king size bed. As you can see Chris did eventually move his clothes to the bedroom, right in the way of my next picture. LOL
This bedroom had a nice large bathroom in it, a huge walk in storage closet and a large TV.

That's Caleb standing at the table. As you can see the window has a view of the back deck.

Moving upstairs... this is the bed in the loft. It also had it's own adjoining bathroom, and TV.

The view from the upstairs bedroom.

The kids spent a lot of time upstairs playing pool. They really enjoyed it.

The stairway entrance from downstairs. It goes up and around a bit.

View from the loft.

Chris and Caleb out on the deck.

Alex and my niece Vivian on the deck. They look bored but I think they were just relaxing. :)

This is the view from the back deck. This only gives you a tiny feel for how extremely HIGH up we were. You could drop a penny off the deck and it took a while before you heard it hit the ground. LOL

Wonder why it's called the Great Smoky Mountains? Now you know. Isn't it beautiful!!!

I zoomed in as far as I could to get this picture of the cabin across the way. It looks close but look at the first mountain picture to get a real idea of how far away it really was. I took this one because I wanted to show you how enormous this cabin was. Look at the propane tank. It looks like a tic tac sitting next to it!

There were wild turkeys that visited the cabin every day. Most days we say 4 to 6 of them at a time.

These are my guys doing their impression of the Captain Morgan commercials. Silly boys! But aren't I blessed. They are so handsome! :o)

Last but not least, Vivian and Caleb in the hot tub. The one at this cabin was a tiny/dinky thing compared to the one we had a Echota Resort, but there were many other amenities this cabin had that the other didn't that more than made up for it.

So there you have it. A small look at our vacation in the mountains. I so wish I would have had the nerve to take a picture of the steep driveway and of all the wonderful fall pumpkins, scarecrows and such. Sevierville really goes all out with their decorations, especially for autumn. It was just so HOT when we went into the city and drained me. I hope to go back next week and get pics. when it's cooler.

The End.