Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Vacation 2015

 The top two photos are from our trip to the Racoon Creek Bluegrass Festival.:) We discovered this only by surprise when we were trying to decide what to do on our weeks vacation. I had told Christy that Jim and I really love Bluegrass music and was wondering if we could find if there was any going on during our vacation time. Christy got on the internet and discovered they were having a Bluegrass Festival not thirty minutes away from where we live and it was happening that weekend.:) We got in the car after Jim got off of work and while at the Festival we discovered that they do this EVERY YEAR..and we had NO IDEA!! LOL

 The following day we got in the truck and traveled to Chattanooga Tennessee to ride a train. Hey..it was something we had never done and it was interesting.:)  It was a short trip with a Conductor tour guide who explained they never get rid of their old trains or parts. We could tell..because parts etc were all along the way.LOL We got to the end of the track where they would turn the engine completely around and hook it back onto what was the back of the train...which then became the front.Yes..they did.LOL When we returned to the station we decided to go explore the inside of the train cars that they had made a museum out of. Before the trip to the train museum we had already made reservations for the Southern Belle Dinner Cruise. Pics..below....

 We didn't get to take a cruise in the larger boat that you see in the upper photo. They only run that one on the weekends and we were there during the weekdays.The riverboat we went on was a good size though. Two stories with an upper deck.

 When we first entered the gift store before boarding the riverboat...this was our greeter. I told Jim that it wasn't a very good idea to have a skeleton greeting you on a dinner cruise.LOL

 Our table was reserved and they had a buffet with another Bluegrass band (pic below) playing while we ate.:)

The two photos above are of the upper deck. That's me taking a pic of Jim taking a pic of me.LOL The wind was blowing pretty good right about then..but it wasn't a cold one. Our trip down the Tennessee River took us to the Dam. The Captain of our boat told us that they had an agreement with the operators of the Dam. They would open the locks that raise the boats up to the higher level just to show us how that works. We didn't go into the lock but was able to see the doors open and then close again. We turned around and headed back to the dock and on the way we got to experience the pretty sunset.:)

  The following day we decided to head back to the house. Jim's back was really hurting him and he told me the next morning that he couldn't take another night in a hotel bed. I had woken during the night before he told me this and had thought maybe we shouldn't continue our vacation. We had planned to go to Nashville to the Grand Ole Opry but decided to go home instead. This was the morning before that man shot those marines in Chattanooga. We had actually passed a recruiting place in our travels trying to find our way around town. Not sure if that was the one or not. Sure is a sad thing to have happen.:( I like to think that the Lord got us out of town before that happened.KWIM?

 Well..hopefully it won't take me near as long to post to my blog again.:) If you do stop by ...please leave a note letting me know. It sure gets lonely over here.:)


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Been a while.;)

Good morning!
 Just wanted to check in to say hi and let you know that things are okay here. Still having a bit of trouble with my eyes though. The cataract in my left eye tends to bother me more than the smaller one in my right eye... thus...less time online. When looking through my left eye it is like looking through a light fog and the light from the monitor exaggerates that to the point I have to get away from it for a while. I am having to pick and choose which site gets more of my attention these days. Google +, Blogger or Facebook? Since I have a TON (I kid you not) of family members and friends on Facebook, that is where I spend the bigger part of my time. Yikes..some days it takes most of the day to keep up with all of them especially when they post practically EVERYTHING they are doing or going to do. LOL   I did go to Google+ yesterday to see what was new and couldn't believe it had been two years since I posted anything over there. Not really happy with the way they are doing things ..so really don't go there much. I found out that I have over 200,000 people who have looked at my profile and some even added me to their circles.WHAT?? I don't even know these people!! What is so interesting to someone who doesn't know me..AND I haven't posted anything for two years that they would add me to their circle?? That's crazy! :)

 Chelsea turned a year old April the 4th. Wow! She absolutely LOVES my attention,seems like  ALL of the time. LOL  Christy takes her for walks in the woods on trails etc and they both LOVE it! I LOVE the fact that it uses up a lot of Chelsea's pent up energy and she is a bit slower when she comes back.:) I can get a lot done while they are gone.hehe She is really smart and picks up things I say in a hurry. I can tell her to take something to Daddy (Jim) or Christy or Jimmy and she will know exactly who I am talking about and takes it to the one I tell her.:)  I was wondering how she would handle the fireworks in the neighborhood this weekend..if she would be scared of them like Freedom was...or what??  She barked at them!! LOL The only time I saw that she was scared is when things lulled down a bit  I let her out to potty and no sooner did she get out the door ...the neighbors on both sides of us shot off those kind that just pop in succession. It was loud and intimidating for her. She couldn't get back into the house fast enough.:) Then she continued to bark at the sounds! Needless to say..it was a later night getting to bed than usual.:)

 Well..I guess that is about all for now. Hope you are doing well and IF you happen to stop in..please leave a note saying so.:)

Huge hugs,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Praise report.:)

Praise report!!

  I went with Jimmy to the Doctor this morning to find out the results of blood tests he had taken two weeks ago.They tested him for several things because he was wanting to get off of the blood thinner he had to take for the last year. He had been put on Warfarin (blood thinner) and had to get blood tests periodically to control the clotting of blood in his leg that had a blood clot going from mid thigh to mid calf ....and to keep the clot from reaching his lungs etc. He had several ultra sounds throughout the process and they told us that a new vein was growing around the out side of the one with the clot.  They told us today that that vein is supplying blood to his leg now and the old clot will eventually dissolve.

  They had tested his blood two weeks ago to see if he had a clotting issue and also tested for sixteen different things before they came into the room today and told him that his test results look great! That he can go off of the Warfarin and just take an aspirin a day and to continue to wear the compression sock on that leg ...probably for the rest of his life.He can go back to eating whatever he wants and not have to watch the vitamin K that would cause the blood to thicken too much.:)

  Vitamin K is mostly greens...like lettuce,cabbage, collard greens, turnip greens and anything that uses those in the recipe. (example...coleslaw and salads) He was allowed to eat them periodically..but not too much. Now he is FREE to enjoy them again!! :)

  Jimmy's faith in the Lord throughout this whole year and almost 1/2 has amazed me.:)
When he was first diagnosed with the blood clot and put into the hospital for a few days..the anointing of the Lord was upon him the whole time.I wouldn't have missed being there with him for anything. When David said "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil...for thou art with me.Thy rod and thy staff the comfort me....HE wasn't kidding! Jesus said..I will never leave you nor forsake you...HE wasn't kidding either. Praise the Lord!:)

   No matter how old your child gets...they still hold your heart strings.I could probably sleep for a week now.LOL

Sunday, May 03, 2015


 I took a day about a month or so ago to just PLAY with some of the COOL things I had collected and hadn't used yet. These are just a few of them. The card on the left...I embossed with an embossing folder from 'Darice". The tag on the first one is from K&Company. It is one out of a set of them. I used a punch to make the butterfly and a rub on from The Paper Studio for the sentiment. The gem flourish is a cut off from a Recollections Rhinestone Embellishment.It had a crocheted flour attached..which I may use somewhere else.:)  The Card on the right was SOO easy to make. I had bought a 3D sticker from Paper House and attached it to a light orange, folded piece of card stock,then used Tim Holtz distress ink around the edges of the inside and outside. I then attached some gold corner stickers. :)

 I am thinking of giving the above card to Jim for our  44th Anniversary this coming August 1st. I still need to put something on it to give it some 'bling'.LOL  I used several odds and ends to make this one.

 I was thrift store shopping when I came across this ADORABLE frame. I couldn't believe the price they had on it! $1.21. :) It just needed a wipe with a clean cloth and my Mama's photo to set it off!I LOVE it!!

 Jim was on vacation last week when he finally got the concrete finished on the fire pit part of the patio. Now all we need is for him to find or make something to hold a fire in place...and another trip through with the power washer.LOL

 This is just ONE of the rabbits that live in our back yard. There were two of them there at the same time the other day. Bet we will have more babies soon.:) We had some babies last year..but I haven't seen them since a Hawk was seen in the neighborhood.:( I know Hawks have to eat too..but not MY BUNNIES!! :)

 This is Chelsea! She turned a year old the 4th of April. She has grown so much! In size and in our hearts! She is part Husky or Malamute and very much FULL of energy.LOL I love the expression on her face when I open the door and say something to her.It's like...a question mark.:)
  Jim put the patio table and chairs on the octagon for the moment. He has plans of making concrete seats around the bonfire. We'll see......:)

This is the other side of the back yard. We use to have a wooden swing set that Jim built for the girls but the weather wore it down and Jim took it down. We need to paint this swing and get new cushions for it. In the meantime..we throw a blanket over it when we want to sit in it.:) I LOVE that we have all these trees to shade the yard!!:)

  It has been SOO long since I had posted anything to share with my friends. Thought I would try to get caught up this week.:)

 Huge hugs!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

 These bears have taken over my bedroom and if they keep multiplying..I will need to get
them their own room so they can raise their family in their own environment.hehe

Also..Today is Mama and Joe's 2nd wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary to both of them.May they have many more.

 I have been wanting to make some cards but didn't want to follow a template or sketch. I had found some WONDERFUL and really PRETTY stickers from the Dollar Tree recently and had been itching to try them out. I'm not sure if you are able to see them closely enough or not since I took the pic of all of them together...but I will describe them the best I can. The card in the upper left corner...I used some white card stock that I had already embossed with embossing folders.( When I emboss or get a new embossing folder,I will cut card stock into the sizes that I can use on my cards...different sizes etc. I make several of the different folders that I have.Different colored card stock and different embossing on each of them. Then store them in a  drawer where I keep them for when I need to make a card in a hurry. I then just have to tape or glue them to the folded card and personalize it for whom ever the card is intended.) Back to the purple one.. I  took some purple stamp ink and sponged the raised areas from the embossing with it.Then used a stamp for the sentiment and used some self adhesive ribbon from Michael's Craft store to highlight the sentiment.The bottom three cards..I wanted to use a scrapbook technique of torn paper. The first one..I just tore the front of the card and then used coffee colored stamp ink on the torn edges and some distress ink around the edges of the card etc. Used the pretty self adhesive embellishments from the Dollar Tree and all it will need to finish the outside is a sentiment when the time comes.:) I used the same technique on the following two cards. I really love the torn and distressed look of them.:) I am sure I could have followed a sketch and used the technique too..but I wanted to be creative on my own.KWIM?

I took this pic of Chelsea last week. She LOVES playing catch but won't give the ball back to us. Her other favorite game is "keep away". She will nudge us repeatedly with the ball..wanting us to take it..and then back off out of reach when we try to get it. I keep telling her.." If you want me to throw it..you have to GIVE it to me". LOL She sure occupies a LOT of my time..but I wouldn't change a thing.She is VERY insistent when she wants to play. She will grab my hand and pull it away from whatever is keeping me from her attention.:) I LOVE that little girl. She is still a puppy. Only ten months old as of Feb. 4th. I also..LOVE nap time.Hers and mine.hehe

Yay! I finally made another post!! Whew..I almost forgot how.hehe

Love and hugs,

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Time for another update.:)

Lots going on at the moment.:)

   CHRISTmas was really wonderful. Robby and family spent the night on CHRISTmas eve so we could all get up CHRISTmas morning to open our presents together. It takes a LONG time to do that when you have a large family.:) Liz, Robby's wife, cooked most of the meal for us. She made the turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potato soufflĂ©, green bean casserole, corn casserole,  cream cheese mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate pie and a couple of lemon meringue pies. I made a few dishes, Pistachio whip, Potato salad, then split it up to make one with onions, one without onions and then one made using Splenda instead of sugar. Baked Macaroni and Cheese and a Waldorf Salad. Oh and supplied the cranberry sauce.I also  purchased dinner rolls that only needed ten minutes heating in the oven Mama and Joe came over early Christmas morning to be with the family as we opened our presents. Mama made a jello salad and banana pudding before coming over to add to our huge meal.  My Nephew and his wife and three kids were here for dinner and we exchanged our gifts with them at that time. They brought food they knew their young kids would like.:) So..all in all it was really a nice CHRISTmas!

 Two days later...I get a slight sore throat.:( Over the next few days it develops into  a sinus infection which I had to go to the Doctor to get an antibiotic for. My throat was sore, left eye watering and even my teeth on the left side of my face were hurting. Doc took one look in my throat after reading the symptoms from the nurse's notes and said. Looks like sinus infection. Hurting teeth go along with sinus infection. Wrote a prescription for antibiotic and sent me home. Where.. after filling the prescription.... I have been up until now. I am still fighting this thing. I have also been taking Mucinex severe sinus medicine. Which has been helping the sinus's to drain. Otherwise I would have exploded. LOL The coughing started a couple of days ago.:(  Hope that's a sign it is starting to break up!! :)

  My CHRISTmas decorations are still all over the house too. I keep thinking I need to take them down..but don't feel up to that task yet. I figure...I am early for next years CHRISTmas.LOL That's one task taken care of for the new year.hehe Just kidding! Jim said I must be feeling better cause I am starting to tease again.:) It's been rough for sure! 

 When I feel even better ..I will post CHRISTmas pics.

Thanks for stopping in and for leaving a sign you were here.LOL