Sunday, July 31, 2011

PROJECT 365...Wk 31

 Week 31.
7/26: visited a church friend ...taking some get well wishes...

and she surprised me with a beautiful yellow prayer shawl (for my 12 years cancer free)

7/26: this little guy SLAMMED into our back bay window...
he was knocked LOOPY and sat there a couple of hours.

..when I took him water, he didn't move, just looked at me with his wide eyes.

...about 2 hours later, he was gone :)

7/27: my hibiscus are usually pale salmon...this one is bright it!

7/29: more apartment artwork pending...i'll post a final pic once she's completed it.

7/31: enjoyed lunch w/ church friends before 'our girls' head back to college...eggplant parm, chicken parm, artichoke/caper angelhair and lasagna...all hit the spot.  The bread @ Johnny Carrino's is 'wunn-er-ful" !

Friday, July 29, 2011

GOOD FRIDAY...skoot's crafting

Joining Sweet Tea today....declaring something "GOOD" in my world.

...reading your GOOD joy comments are fun, too!

My 'good' today...

was watching my daughter 'crafting' a decoration for her soon-to-be apartment in college town.

I'll let you ponder it 'til she's done 
then I'll post her final product. 

Mama likes seeing her excitement and creativity making affordable artwork rather than 'buying' it. ;)

Jer. 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." 


Monday, July 25, 2011


                                                       BIG THANKS to SWEET TEA for posting this appropriate representation of my 2-year seemingly bottomless abyss ofhysterectomy and bilateral ophorectomy...when they say "ooph", they mean it.

"Ooph" is an appropriate response to:
  • being 'punched' with extra 'downs' after nights of NOT sleeping
  • enduring the lid while lying in the chest freezer 
  • 'knife-digging' migraines
  • trying to fan 'just me' when hubs is 'cold' in the air-conditioned church.

THANK GOODNESS humor helps
'cause you have to laugh!

Jer. 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." 

Sunday, July 24, 2011


JOINING SARA for Week 30.   Here's my week:

7/17:  Every three years I get to enjoy 'fasting' for my 'procedure' made for an interesting lunch with friends at STEAKnSHAKE
I enjoyed every sip of Coke and every saltine cracker, weeeeeee!  
(no pic but still a fun time with BS&K and Mr. BS&K)

7/18:  Procedure day started at 4:45am (for may last step before heading to the doctor's office)...thank goodness it was very early (that way I won't have to be so hungry for so long).  
After signing in, I had to breathe in patience while giving my complete history to the LPN, she tagged me (like those big bucks you see on National Geographic TV so they can be tracked by scientists).  

Putting all my belongings in a bag after undressing, I got to warm up the gurney while repeating my information to the assistant anesthesiologist, and yet again to the actual anesthesiologist once in the 'sterile' room.  

Thinking for sure I was done with my mantra of myself, I soon discovered I was going to get to repeat it all again to the attending nurse while my Dr. re-read my file and bid me a 'good morning'.  (Let's just say I REALLY felt safe in knowing they all KNEW me and my body.)
p.s.  All was good with the test; no polyps or fissures...12 years cancer free ;)

7/19 (no pics)

7/20: Enjoyed driving to Braselton to meet my sissy and her 2 grandchildren at the city' municipal building...we were going to see Ronald McDonald do a show celebrating the summer reading program. 

Little bit ate his bottle while the kids were finding their seats in front of the 'stage', so he was ready to enjoy Ronald when he walked out from behind his 'tent'.

While sitting on the sidelines with sissy and Ryan, I was waving at Katie to raise her hand so Ronald would call her up to do some magic tricks with him...and he called on ME!  hahahah
I got to do some tricks with him, then he had me choose a helper (and I HAD to choose Katie to come help me.)  

We used a marker and filled in a poster with the things we learned from Ronald...Katie is holding it in the now hangs in the library.

After the show the library hosted a quick ice cream and cake party where they handed out the 'summer reading program' certificates...little bit wouldn't get any ice cream (I think this shot is appropriate for how he must have felt about that).

He did take the rest of his bottle and even started napping before they drove home.

7/21:  Since I had not had my 'normal' Monday thrift day, I took some time see what was available this week.  

There were many interesting fabrics rolled up...varying in price from $1.91-$3.00...each packet had about 3 yards of material...and a couple of packets were actually valances.  

I'll post the projects I complete with these pretties later.

7/22: Started knitting up some 'leftovers' from my 'bag of threads'.  This will end up being 3 or 4 colors because I'm almost out of the turquoise and brown.

7/23:  Hubby was busy with some of his buddies today and Skoot went to the lake with friends, so I had a Saturday afternoon to myself.  After cleaning grout in showers and washing 2 loads, my tootsies were due for some tender-loving care.

What things kept you busy this week?  Come show us, just click on the button at the top and it will take you to Sara's ;)

Jer. 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." 


Friday, July 22, 2011

GOOD NEWS FRIDAY...butt i'm scared

We look forward to reading your "Good News" each week.

I hope you read the comments and share in the joy of others.

It will "Bless your heart, Honey!", as SWEET TEA says, in her best Southern drawl)

Joining SWEET TEA...Throwing down "Good News" in the comment section

MY GOOD NEWS:  NO polyps, NO fissures, NO lesions...made it thru the 3-year colonoscopy with flying colors (and you could, too).

So, if you've been putting it OFF out of embarrassment (even though your family has history) 
or IGNORING symptoms (which can be DEADLY)
...pull up your boot straps, be an ADULT and accept the reality of early testing SAVES lives, mine included.
I'm a 12-year cancer survivor because of early detection. :)

Take a minute to think back 
over your week ...

share something good with us!

Jer. 33:3  "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."       Blessings,

Friday, July 15, 2011

LETTERS OF 'bum' summer, hahaha!

Joining Foursons today for Letters of Intent.

Dear Summer,
you're quickly going by

yet at times you drag along

Love the rain but HATE the 'ginormous mosquitoes'!

 ...yes, the frozen foods section is one of my 'new hangouts'

Dear every 'Third Year',

As you roll around my anxiety increases

...yes, colonoscopies 'save' lives.

...yes, one saved me in 1999

...and throughout the 6 of 'you boogers' since then. 
(this was a better expression than what originally popped into my head, hahah!) 

...pray: on His Word; He calms dread

...thank: wonderful doctors, human and GODLY

...eager:  good results without complications

...maybe:  'pedicure scheduling' rewarding obedience

WHAT issues 'prod' you for a letter today?

Jer. 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WORD-FILLED WEDNESDAY...eternal inclusion


Inclusion by others so sought...confusingly teased

"accepting inclusion", confusingly swaying in and out

in:  speaking face to face, seeming acceptance
out:  voicing truth...judgmentally viewed

in:  receiving without acknowledgment 
out:  shunning without concern or discussion

His Cross never swaying
bearing ALL, including ALL
excluding sin forever

His inclusion gracefully given

never-swaying love, never-retrieving promise

author:  Skoots1moM, 7/14/2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

PROJECT 365...week twenty eight

Week 28.  Come join us @ Sara's.
A slower week around here...Here are my pictures:
finished edging and joining three place mats...bought @ the thrift store....turned them over to the shawl ministry on Tuesday morning.


Decided to use the manicotti pasta that had been in my pantry for a's nice to be able to put together a meal from 'what you have' and not have to go to the store in all this heat.

7.8.2011  Skoot and I had to drop by the store on our way to BS&K's  to make sushi and I had to get 'crab'. 

The last shuttle launch was counting down on the radio, so we sat and listened as the LAST shuttle mission took off into the heavens.
I watched the first moon walk live, when I was 9; and now to hear the final journey, I was pretty sentimental.  I worked with engineers who helped on these projects and they've told me the hours and hours of beta testing, practicing and re-work that goes into making these flights successful.
God Bless America!  It was AWESOME ... my cousin was in person watching and taking this picture.  Thanks again, Heather!
Here's the sushi-chefs hard at was yummy!

Skoot and her daddy were busy all day stripping and sanding furniture out of our basement (for her university apartment later this year). 
I can't wait to see it after they get the new stain and hardware completed.
These were just a few of this week's happenings...
What have you been accomplishing this week?
Jer. 33:3   "Call to me and I will answer you  and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011



Why such an achy back hath I today?

Lord, only Your hand can take it away...
so, it is on You I will center my pain
because Your endurance was MUCH MORE than mine.
 You gave it ALL without a complaint nor whine.


Jer. 33:3   "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Sunday, July 3, 2011

PROJECT 365...

Week 27...and here we go:

6/25, 26 no pics...
busy working on joining some pieces someone crocheted and donated to us...i chose a leftover yellow thread to contrast the blue with an extra pop

my fridge has changed its mind and decided it needs to be a freezer.  don't ask me why...maybe it's not liking 'fridge' wages in this down economy.

i've always heard they are colder the more food you keep in them...and i guess that's true

At first it was my lettuce that crunched like breaking glass as i starting tearing it for a salad...i ended up throwing most of it away.

i adjusted the thermostat and it seemed to help some, even though i discovered the celery was like icicles and the mayo was rock-hard frozen

a day later, i saw that a few of my eggs looked 'cracked', literally; I discovered this:

finished another 'piecing' before heading to the doc for my yearly physical.

i was meeting a new internist and was a little eager and anxious, so i kept my hands busy until the appointment.

Friday the hubs took the day off and he spent his day shopping for some 'electronics' the girl child will need at college
i had fun doing three loads of laundry just before i attacked the "fridge with multiple personalities" was definitely 'overdue
after a cup of coffee, i settled in my chair to begin working on my last 'pieced shawl'
...there was also some watching of the women's Wimbledon finals and men's doubles
This one was a little more of a challenge...I had found 3 crocheted place mats while thrifting a few weeks back...and this past Tuesday while i was at the church, i was able to find a matching thread for edging and joining

Each place mat was pretty tightly woven (probably machine crocheted) ...the hook getting through the edging was the toughest part of this project. 
The joining was a breeze after i edged them, then i added a double crochet edging around the entire piece.

total cost:  $.75...yes, 75cents!
it's so nice to be able to spend a 'little' and 'get a lot' ...what do you think? 
I'll keep looking for pieces whenever i saves soooo much time, too.
come share your week of pics with us...we'd love to see your week, too!

p.s.  A JOYFUL CHAOS is hosting a quick giveaway...


Friday, July 1, 2011


joining SWEET TEA and sharing some GOOD NEWS ;)
…skoot has been working as a ‘music leader’ and ‘substitute teacher’ at our church daycare
  • can you say "able to pay for her own gas"?
  • the teachers are upset about her ‘having to go back to school’ this Fall
  • news like that gave this mother a boost 

…meeting my ‘new’ internal medicine doctor was much more fun than expected.  
  • he told jokes throughout my physical exam
  • and VERY attentive as I told him my history.  
  • blood pressure was lower that day than it’s been in 4 years, yeah!!
…hubs got a ‘4th sale’ deal on a 42” TV today
  • eager to install it
  • the old one (all of 1 ½ years) decided it would just go off anytime it wanted to..and then come back on…and then go back off…geez!
…there’s something WONDERFUL about looking in a ‘newly cleaned out’ fridge
 …enjoying keeping up with a friend’s bunnies, born in her back yard by a wild ‘cotton tail’

Wanna share some GOOD NEWS?