Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Thanks for stopping by! I'm off Wednesdays at noon, so I've managed to get things cleaned up here at home and started my laundry. I love that Magic Eraser...it's a gem for cleaning the tub lickety-split! Now....what to make for supper? LOL! Hmmm...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We want everyone to know how much we appreciate the acts of kindness these past few days. Whether it was an e-mail, flowers, phone call, visit or a card...it has all helped us. We are so blessed with friends and family who have shown acts of kindness in all these ways. Some of you have also simply given us time alone to deal with our loss.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We also truly appreciate all the nice, loving messages, e-mails and phone calls we have received. Thank you! It helps ease the pain. It is painfully silent in our house, so I've had music on all day. I go from laughing or dancing to bawling within the blink of an eye. I am off work tomorrow and don't know if I'll stick around here or have to get out for some fresh air and go somewhere. Just a day at a time, I guess.
I have to tell Kevin when he gets home and I've already spoken to his boss to let him know that if Kevin is too upset that he may not be back today. I told him to not tell Kevin I called and the reason I called was so he wouldn't be in trouble. I am having my own waves of emotion and just trying to count the 6 years of blessings with her. She was such a good dog and she always knew she was loved. I thank God for the time we did have with her.
I have to talk with Kevin and see if he wants to bury her or have her cremated. I want cremation and don't want to see her dead body at all. I can't. I am too visual and will only remember the bad if I do. I'll let you know what he and I decide together. His mom is coming over soon to help me tell him. I totally dread it. Totally.
I know God is in total control of our lives and perhaps has something better waiting for us in our life together. God knows I will hurt. But, I have faith that this situation will strengthen us both and get us ready for what life has ahead. I am just so grateful that I knew the unconditional love that sweet Macy gave us daily. She will be missed terribly. It is just such a shock. Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and cares about what we're going through. :)
Although it is painful, I know God has all situations in the palm of His hand. I can't help but praise Him in my pain by sharing this beautiful song. Click HERE. Listen carefully to the words. I praise Him although he "gives and takes away".
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Kevin had another good day at his new job. He said "I really feel like this is the job for me." I pick up his last "temp job" paycheck tomorrow. He really likes who he works with and they are very organized. I kidded him and said "See, organization pays off." (I am an organizing freak!) He then said "Well, yeah it's good there." I know he just wanted to dance around the point of saying that organization at home is good, too. LOL! Someday maybe he'll agree. LOL!
Ok, now I have to occupy my time until 9am. Hmm...what to do...what to do...
Thanks everyone for being patient about a so-no-stamping week of posts. I hope to be back in the swing very soon. Here's a little song to celebrate my baby getting better...my little brown-eyed girl. Click HERE and pick the first song. :)
I got a burst of energy last night after supper and disinfected everything, mopped, vacuumed, etc. I figured it can't hurt to kill more germs since we have no clue what made her sick to begin with. At least my house looks nice. :) I washed her bowls again and gave her favorite toys a bath. They're all ready and waiting. Now, if I can just figure out what to do while I wait. I have a sleep deprivation/sleep marathon headache so once that subsides I'll feel a bit better.
Pretty amazing how one little animal can make you feel so loved and how much you miss them when they aren't staring at you begging to go out or for a treat. I know she's getting excellent care and that she'll be back soon.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Kevin came home for lunch and said he is REALLY going to like this new job. Praise God...again and again! Wow, what a blessing!
Since I am so blessed, I want to share a great song about just that. Click HERE, then choose the third version that's 3:43 mins. long. Love this one! Really listen to the words.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
You can tell by the look in her eyes that she just doesn't feel good. This was her on Sunday afternoon. We went to dinner with friends on Saturday night and when we came home she had been really sick. Then today after church she was worse, so we called the vet about 3pm and left a message on the "on call" voice mail. As of 8:41pm we still haven't heard back, which seems very unusual. I will give the vet the benefit of the doubt as to why no return call, but I will be calling them at 8am sharp to get her back in there. Poor kid. It makes me get all teary-eyed because she is my sweet baby dog. As I type this, she is asleep again.
I scrapbooked with my mom on Friday, but this is about all I got done. I touched my supplies, ate food and decided my mojo has been kidnapped. I think I've just got stuff on my mind and can't be all crafty right now. It was sad that I just didn't have it in me that night. I started one page after 8 hours of cropping. Geesh! It's not even done and when and if I get it done this week I'll post it. Thanks for reading about my dog and understanding that mojoless me will post something worthy ASAP. Enjoy your Monday!
This weekend's blessings:
*spontaneous dinner date at a great Amish restaurant with friends
*another awesome church service
*the furnace kicking on right away after Kevin lit the pilot light (indoor temp was 54...brrr....it was time! I had been holding off turning it on to save money.)
*lunch today with our moms at Casa Fiesta
*groceries/full fridge and pantry
*our Macy...bless her little heart
Friday, October 17, 2008
While I was fixing my hair, the phone rang. (Here's the GOOD stress of the day.) It was a very personable man on the other end from a company where Kevin had recently applied for a job. Kevin had checked back with them and at the time the position was already filled so this phone call was quite a surprise. I took the name, number and info and let him know I'd have Kevin call right after work. He has been working a temp job for a few months now while looking for a new permanent job. Within ten minutes, the phone rang again. It was the man at the company and he asked if there was any way I could let Kevin know to come there right after work for an interview. I told him I'd do my best and we'd call to verify the time, etc.
I went to work for an hour, then left about 11:15am to go tell Kevin about this (ah, my work is so nice, huh? letting me leave for this!!!) Kevin doesn't have a cell phone and I didn't want to call there and interrupt his work day. So....I talked to him on his lunch break. He at first thought I was coming to tell him bad news about Macy. NO...I was telling him to call this guy and set up the interview. I went back to work after lunch from 1-4pm. I had to leave early to take Macy to her appointment at 4:30pm.
Here's the good news. Macy's check-up was fine. Macy is so super shy at the vet and she tucked her head in my arm as she was so nervous...even more since she wasn't feeling well. When I took off her leash to weigh her, she bolted to the lobby! LOL! I had to go grab her and take her back to the scale. LOL! Anyway....the vet checked her stool sample and it was negative for parasites. Her exam was normal, etc. Macy HATES for anyone to look in her mouth, so it was hard for the vet to really check that. She also didn't have a fever, but it was on the high-normal side. To make a long story longer....they figure she might have a sore tooth, fractured tooth or mouth sore that we can't see. Harder foods will aggravate that. It was so worth it to me to take her for peace of mind. Illness can creep up on a pet so quickly so good vet care for her is priceless to me. The best advice the vet could give for now was to moisten/soften her food with water. I did it and she ate the whole meal. I was rejoicing and had to take a picture. Yes....she ate! She ate! :) She goes soon to get her teeth cleaned and they can examine her teeth better then. Ahhh...bad stress turned into relief and a worn out dog from her stressful time at the vet. Poor kid. I hope she gets her spunk back soon. I can't believe that all day she refused her treats/baby carrot, etc. Man, that's odd!
Face down in the food bowl!!! Like her little doggy placemat with the stars on it? LOL!
OK...and the finale?!!!!!! Kevin got the job and he starts Monday. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! This has been a loooooooonnnnnnnnngggggggggggg wait and certainly a trial to say the least. He will be a delivery driver in the state of Ohio for this company. They are a distribution company for water pumps and parts, etc. He will work full-time Monday through Friday and will be home each night. Ahhhhhhhhhhh...see, I told you....GOD IS GOOD! I have seen God working in our lives so much lately that I can't help but have tears in my eyes.....GOOD TEARS! :) Well, maybe a little more than tears. As I reread this I broke down with tears of rejoicing! *sniffle*
Oh, and I forgot to tell you how the position was available again. The guy who had originally taken that job moved on to another job in his field of microbiology within a few weeks and they had to do a rehire. Ahhhhhhhh...so glad they picked my husband from all those applicants!!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
On this picture, you can see the sparkly Iridescent Ice embossing powder I used on the polka dots, the texture on the white piece I put through the Cuttlebug, and the dimension of the stamped focal piece. I used the retired Sale-a-Bration set So Many Scallops for big flower. I then added a clear button in the center using iridescent thread. I unraveled more pieces of the thread to get smaller threads to wrap around the white piece. I was pleased with the final card. It has a soft look with some sparkly detail.
I think I must be sick though. I actually said "That's gross!" when glitter got all over the floor and my fuzzy slippers. Am I becoming a glitterphobe again? Geesh! LOL! My mojo has been off lately and now I've said this. How will I ever get packed tonight for Friday's crop? Ugh. I'm not into it right now it seems. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Speaking of sick....Macy didn't eat supper Wednesday night. She ate it late Tuesday night with coaxing from her concerned mom (me!). This dog was mopey Wed night again. I don't get it. She ate breakfast like a champion, enjoyed her ride to Papa's at lunch and was so good that afternoon. I don't understand what is wrong. This dog NEVER refuses food. Now she sniffs her food and just walks away. She is going potty fine, drinking water and will eat her baby carrot treat or potty treats just fine. I wonder if she is having "dog food burnout", but who knows. I'll just keep watching her for weirdness and go from there. I want to avoid a vet bill if possible, but I'd still pay any amount needed to help her, too. :( She's our "baby", you know.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
God makes the most gorgeous things, doesn't He? Especially red roses. Wow!
I also got this beautiful card (WITH GLITTER!!!!) The wording inside brought me to tears. *sniffle* He did good and I am so blessed to have him for my dear husband. :)
Among the political ads and bills in today's mail was this wonderful anniversary card from Connie. Thanks, Connie! We loved it! I loved the glitter on the wording, too. Yum!
I asked Kevin if he preferred dinner out or a home-cooked meal for our anniversary. Since he was tired from work, he said "Just get me a Whopper." I just laughed. We ate our "gourmet" meal together from Burger King. Oh so romantic. LOL! We are such basic people that just being together with our burgers was a-ok with us. We put on our jammies and just spent a quiet night at home with little furball. She wasn't feeling well and was up in the middle of the night last night with a tummyache. She's not quite spunky and if she still acts goofy, she'll get a doctor visit. Poor pooch.
Happy Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The wedding party
Our wonderful parents
The classic cake-cutting picture (You can see the cake topper here.)
Here's the inside of the card. I will also write a bit from
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here's the happy couple. Hard to think my niece is getting married in June. She'll make a beautiful bride!
Here's a pic of her "rock". She had just gotten a nice manicure, too. It's a princess cut and is stunning in person. Pics just don't do it justice.
Josh's 6-week-old nephew Ayden was there, too. I got to hold him and feed him. He is just precious! I loved seeing this loving interaction between them. It reminded me of when I first became an aunt...when Julie was born. Ah...seems like yesterday.
This was the magnificent sky on the drive home. How amazing is this? Wow! It was in line with the highway and had the neatest feathery swirls in it. Wow!
The funny thing about Sunday...it was also my dad's 65th b-day. He didn't get any of the attention though! LOL! I'll have to go spoil him later this week. Happy Belated Birthday, Dad!
The neatest thing, too....Charles got to play guitar in the band at church Sunday. As I was singing the praise songs, I just thanked God that Charles was right there, right then. It was an answered prayer and as I realized it more and more I just let the tears stream down my face. Thank you, Lord! It was amazing to think just weeks ago he was nowhere near the point he is now. :)
I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Kevin and I celebrate our 8-year wedding anniversary Tuesday. Mom and I are going to a crop on Friday night. Other than that, it's an easy week. Thanks for stopping by...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I came up with a prototype for my Halloween cards. I had stamped these silly spiders weeks ago and added the EEK! with a small SU! alpha set I have. I inked the rest of the circles today and am totally stumped with what to do next. This card is only 4x4. I am trying to think of how to get as many cards as possible out of my orange cardstock. If I use the 12x12 sheets, I can get 4 cards per piece. We'll see...
I tapped the opened stamp pad over the surface to get the background look. I randomly stamped the word Halloween on the small orange strip. It's all haphazard and not even inked thoroughly, but hey...it's just a prototype so I didn't care.
The 2" circle is cut out of the cardfront with my Marvy punch. I just got it for $8 from my friend Chris who was selling all her punches! Bonus for me!! I didn't have a punch that size.
The glitter on the skinny sticky strip (say that three times! LOL!) is GLOW IN THE DARK! Cool!!!! I held the card up to a light, then went in the storage area under the basement steps. (Thank God I didn't see any real spiders in there!!) I took two pics without a flash so you can kinda see the effect. The top one is with the light in the craft area shining in a bit and the one below is with the door closed more with very little light sneaking in. It's way cooler in person.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We give Macy very little people food. In this case, she got to lick the inside of the pizza box for giggles and a "scrapbook moment". She started this way, then...
Decided to "camp out" and finish her licking! Ok, that is hilarious to me. Perhaps I am just tired and need some sleep. LOL She was down right serious about getting every last crumb.
This was our bunny model for Easter cards one year. She amazingly looks so cooperative. *cough* Trust me...she whipped those ears off as fast as she could. It was a priceless pic regardless. If she could retaliate, I'm sure we'd be dead by now. LOL
I keep an old matress pad on the one spare bed since she LOVES to sleep in there when we're gone. I try and try to keep it all pulled up and onto the throw pillows, but...she roots and roots...
Then acts like "who? not me! seriously, mom...I am not messing it up". All I can do is laugh.
With a face like that, who couldn't laugh. She is just too stinkin' cute!! I come home to various configurations of this mattress pad. *cough* I don't know if she just doesn't like the fabric it's made of or if she just likes to push my buttons. I figure the duvet cover can be thrown in the washer and the laughs/joy so outweigh the fact that it is a pain in the butt to wash and slip back over the comforter.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Just a close up of the bottom left corner. I love those Doodlebug paper strips! I added some colored brads and white gel pen dots for detail.
While I had the Cricut Storybook cartridge from my co-worker, I also cut out this owl frame and the bracket-edged piece. I had them on my table just laying there and decided to make a "love" note to put in Kevin's truck this morning. It's just a tiny 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" card.
It is so important to do the little things that show you love someone. I am going to try my hardest to do more for those I love so that they have no doubt how very loved they are! Have you told someone you love them today? If not, go do it now! :)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Rhonda came over Saturday and we cranked out almost 20 of these for Julie. The hardest part was adhering the pink cut-outs. LOL! The Mono Multi glue has a finer tip and that glue is the bomb for little things like this! You only need a tiny 'lil dab. The stamp and corner punch is from SU! and the oval punch is from Marvy Uchida. Do you see the little bling stones we added to the pink cut-outs? Added just the right touch, ya think? :) OH, by the way...these are going to be Julie's wedding colors. The insides were printed in black onto hot pink cardstock and the corners were cut out using the same corner punch. *click for a closer look* The black cardstock is a bit textured.
On Sunday the 12th we'll all be heading to Columbus to celebrate with Julie and Josh. This is the card I made for them with another element from the Cricut Storybook cartridge. You cut the flower part, then cut the background circle. It's super easy and look how gorgeous the shape is! I added some light blue bling stones, some ribbon, paper piercing and a stamped sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I loved that it says "embrace happiness". I pray that this is only the beginning of a very happy life for the two of them.
On Saturday afternoon, Kevin and I went to see the wonderful movie Fireproof. Oh my! I wish all movies were made with such purpose. Go see it! We very rarely go to the new release movies as it's expensive. This one is worth every penny you spend to go. Seriously, go see it with your beloved. It even made Kevin cry.
I am praising God today for such a wonderful and moving weekend. Let's have a great song to honor Him! Click HERE!