Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Color of Dreams Blog Hop

So, what are your dreams? Do you have any, or a lot? I think we all have at least a few. I have quite a few; most of which have something to do with my family...four children and a wonderful husband, and of course our dog, Sox. 
Lately, my dream  is to sell our house and get moved. My husband has already started working at his new job, so for now, we are separated...and both of us HATE it.  I do have faith, though, that all things happen for a reason. So, for now, I try to be patient. 
We haven't been in this house long, (since July 2012), but we have done a few updates (not much). We updated the light in our entry.
And added much needed lighting in our kitchen.
We've fixed up some of our storage areas;
It was pretty pathetic before don't you think...lol
We've painted, done quite a bit of repair to old things that needed updating that is really not noticeable (roof, etc), and we've added additional parking in the driveway.
We have also enjoyed our beautiful back yard. All in all, Kentucky has been a nice place during our short time here...lots of nice people and beautiful scenery, but alas, it is time to move on...again...
Ok, so that's my dream for now, and here is my piece...First I'd like to thank  Rita of Jewel School Friends for sharing this wonderful bead created by Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique.  Isn't it one of the most gorgeous things you seen? I LOVE it and was very excited about getting it. I don't work with a lot of the brown turquoise combo, so this was a great thing for me; I could work outside my comfort zone a little.
I've been working on new thing for me...paper beads...and wanted to try to incorporate them into the piece. I thought off white freshwater pearls would go nicely too. Then, as I dug around, I found some turquoise chips and beads, and some brown Jasper. I also had to add a fun glass flower bead and lace.
 I really like the way this necklace turned out. I made it so all I have to do is slip it over my head, no clasp to mess with.
I can't wait to go visit the rest of the group to see what they did with their bead. Each bead is different, so I can't wait to see the different beads too.  There are about 50 participants, here is the list. Hope you enjoy!
http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/2014/03/the-color-of-dreams-participant-list.html



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tomorrow is The Color of Dreams Blog Hop!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's The Color of Dreams Blog Hop....

Friday, April 4, 2014

WHY AM I INVISIBLE?

Have you ever felt invisible? I feel invisible a lot of the time, always have and guess I always will. Not sure how to fix that.

Seems there are a lot of us out there...those of us who feel invisible. I was just talking to someone about this the other day, she felt the same.

I can remember when my two sisters and I were growing up...I was the oldest of three girls...how our youngest sister was involved with everything. Head of this, head of that, great grades, talented, etc. She is still that way. Not shy and doesn't hold back. I wish I had some of that. She doesn't have a shy bone in her body, and people notice her...in a good way!

Have you ever stood at a fast food counter for some assistance of any kind, and not been seen? I have. It's a weird feeling. You stand there not wanting to be rude and interrupt to ask for something needed...maybe they are out of ketchup, and you have to ask for some. Even when the restaurant is not busy...you are not seen. It's like they look through you. I guess shy people are more transparent than outgoing people...hmmm...I don't know....

When I do get the nerve up to ask for things, I am then looked at as being rude, even when I'm being nice. Don't understand that either. An outgoing person can barge right up to the counter as if it were nothing, and say something like, "Hey, ya'll are out of ketchup. Can I get some form you?" The worker then just smiles and says,"Sure, here ya go." Like there is nothing to it. Then someone like me comes up, kinda stand-offish (in a shy sort of way), and in a quiet, polite tone asks for that same ketchup, and they look at me like I am in the way. With a great big sigh, they usually say something like, "Ya, just a minute...." Several minutes later there I stand, still no ketchup. 

Why is that?

Who knows...but it gets pretty tiring.


Monday, March 31, 2014

One Year After That Nasty Appendix

Just about a year ago (April 9), I started having some abdominal pain. It was during General Conference, so, I just took it easy thinking it would go away. The next morning, Monday, I got up feeling a little better, but as the day went on I started feeling bad again. It was not too bad, so I just put up with it. My husband had come home for lunch and told me I needed to go to the doctor. We had someone coming to do some repair to our roof, and I didn't have time to mess with going. Later, Bill called to check up on me and insisted I go. It really was not that bad! I finally told him that if he took me, I'd go. In the back of my mind I was wondering if it might be my appendix...nah....it's not that bad....

Finally, I made that trip to the doc, and she sent me over to ER to have a CT scan, and yep, that is what it was...my appendix, and it was pretty bad. This was exactly two weeks before we were scheduled to go on a cruise, so I was a tad bit upset.  The doctor on call was the best, and he assured me that I would be on that boat. 
Surgery went well, and the next morning, the doctor came in and told me, "I was one lucky girl!" As he was removing it, it ruptured. He told me that I better be glad this did not happen while I was out in the middle of the Caribbean. I was VERY happy it did not happen out there.
I was told I would be out of the hospital in no time...well that was not exactly true. I wound up being in there for nine days. My white count was up, meaning I had some type of an infection. I have horrible veins, and so we had issues with my IV, finally they had to put in a pic line. I was actually pretty grateful for it! 
Sorry, but I had to gross you all out, lol
Then they started pumping in the heavy duty stuff...boy, did this make me sick, with this and morphine, I felt AWFUL!!!
At least the weather was cold and rainy, not much I was missing...
And at least I was in pediatrics. The hospital was pretty full, so I was on the best floor.
Nice happy colors, and the nurses were the best...not many patients on that floor during this time, so I got lots of attention and good care.
Soon, I started hurting again, much worse than I had when I first came into the emergency room, so back for another CT scan...infection, ugh! In went a tube in my abdomen and one in my backside. The one in my abdomen came out after a little while, but not the other one. I was so uncomfortable. I couldn't sit, I couldn't lay on my back,  I could only stand or lay on my stomach. After a few days of this, my neck started to kill me. I wanted to go home soooo bad! At least I could stand and walk.
Well, to make a long agonizing story short, I made it on the boat.
I was told not to lift anything for a week. I was basically told to just enjoy my vacation and relax. 
I didn't get to do something that is on my bucket list, but I got to see the horses up close and take some pictures of them....someday.....I will be on a horse riding up and down the beach...someday....
Take it easy, I did, and I enjoyed every minute of being alive, being with my dear husband, and enjoying the sun and beautiful world God created. 


Friday, March 28, 2014

The Color of Dreams Blog Hop

I've joined another blog hop and am really excited about it. See this beautiful bead? It is made by Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique on etsy.   Patricia and Rita of Jewel School Friends were nice enough to share a bead with about 48 participants.  I got mine Monday. As soon as I had it in my hand I started creating, and I love what I came up with. Stay tuned on April 6 for The Color of Dreams Blog Hop to see what I came up with and what my dream is....


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Judge Others...

A few weeks ago, I went down to visit my husband in Louisiana. Yes, we still have not sold our house, and he is already working down there; sadness....

While I was down there, we took a short trip to Baton Rouge to visit my daughter and her husband. On the way back to Monroe, we had a very strange thing happen. A group of young guys, look to be college age, drove by us and flipped us off, and started yelling. They weren't being very nice. I was puzzled, as we didn't do anything except drive down the road. Yes, we stopped at a red light, but not sure they were upset about our driving. They finally turned off another road, and were gone.

Bill and I sat silently for a few seconds, until I asked him why he thought they did that. He just shrugged his shoulders and said he didn't know. Then a few seconds later, he said, "Unless maybe it was because Kentucky beat LSU." I started to laugh. Awww, yes, that was it. Funny thing is we are not from Kentucky. We have Kentucky license plates, but we have lived there less than two years. We really don't care about either team.

So, this brings me to one of my pet peeves...judging others. We were being judged, and little did these hoodlums know, we were more Louisiana people than Kentucky people. We have lived in the Louisiana area for a total of about eight years.

Please don't judge until you know the whole story....and even then, you really should not judge.  Unless we were that person, we really don't know the whole story, how they feel, what they have been through etc.

Now I will have to say there are times that we do have to judge...somewhat, like should we hang around people who will bring us down, or well, stuff like that. What I'm saying is be very careful about passing judgement on others.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Another Guitar String Necklace


Yesterday, I was working on jewelry using new medium...old guitar strings. I finished this pendant, and really was not that thrilled with it. It was ok, but I thought it needed just the right thing to hang it on. Today, I came up with something....
And I think I really like it!
Yep, I am very happy with it now.