Thursday, August 27, 2009

Just Keeps On Getting Better Every Day

I'm sore, but I'm walking. I'm taking Bella out, which means walking down and then back up four stairs. This weekend I'll get back into the pool. Yippee! I'm doing my exercises and I can tell it's making a big difference. I'm actually ready to have the other knee fixed now. What a great doctor I have! By the way, there is no scar! I may just have to have pictures to show you. My biggest problem is being house-bound. Ugh.

So, 13 years ago T-man and I said our "I do's". Seems like just yesterday. I can honestly say I've never felt this way about any other man in my life, and it just keeps on getting better every day! Here's a nose-thumb to all the naysayers who swore it would never last. Thpbbbbbbt!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Fun Stuff

Digital eye candy here. Just when I think I've found a favorite, something else pops up!

I found this while reading Jennifer's blog. What a cool way to see yourself on the World Wide Web. Here is my digital history. Click on the picture to see full size:

Everyone's favorite catalogue must be J. Peterman, right?

And I'm wishing I had one of these right now. How cool is this? We should all channel our inner artistic child!

Well, beadlings, my physical therapist worked me pretty hard yesterday and I'm feeling every minute of his visit. Today I'm knitting baby wraps for the boys. I'll keep putting earrings together and I'll bet I take a nap in just a couple of hours. I'm really ready to get back to my original work style but I can't push too hard, lest I backslide. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Walk, Walk, Walk

Hey there, beadlings! How are you? I've missed you. Me? I'm great. It's one week after surgery and I can actually walk short distances without assistance. About an hour ago, I walked over to the earring-making table and put something together. I'll go finish them later.

Being in the hospital for almost week was not much fun. I had little computer access, which was really frustrating. BUT I had a wonderful roommate who reminded me of my late grandmother and I had wonderful nurses and aides who made my stay a little more enjoyable. I'm told that when I go back in a few weeks for the other knee that I'll receive VIP status. Now if I could just get gourmet meals next time, I'd be a happier camper. I've had a visit from the home health care nurse who was amazed at my mobility and today the home health care physical therapist will come by. I feel so special. My nurse actually makes jewelry herself, so we actually had things in common other than my knee. She also travels with doggy treats in her bag, so she made an instant friend in Bella.

I need to put together a giveaway, but it may be a couple of weeks since I'll need to be able to dig through the stash (yes, a destash giveaway). I'll let you know as soon as I put something together.

So there you have it. I'm home, I'm fine, I'm progressing and I'm getting back into my groove. I'm knitting baby wraps for the grandbabies, stitching Christmas stockings with their names on them, making earrings and beading bracelet samples. Who could ask for more than that? Keep on beading on!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Today Is THE Day

In a few minutes I'll be off to you know where. I just wanted to thank everyone for their well-wishes and words of encouragement. I'll try to bog again tonight. Later, beadlings!

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Must Read

Please go read this post by Jeannette Cook. This is a subject near to my heart and I think Jeannette expresses the thought of most of us bead artists (or any other artist for that matter).

Monday Giveaway Alert

Lorelei has another nifty giveaway today. I love owls. In fact, I recently received a little owl shipment of my own albeit they were nothing like these being given away by Lorelei.

Carol Dean Sharpe has a cute giveaway on her blog and all you have to do is name your beading hero(ine).

Don't forget that every Saturday Art Bead Scene has a giveaway in conjunction with their artists' Studio Saturday.

Objects and Elements has a reader's challenge. Enter and you could win some goodies from their store!

Two days left. Ugh. Wednesday is just two days away. Nervous? Yes. Stressed? Yes. Rethinking decisions to do this? Possibly, but I'm pretty sure this is the best thing to do. Ugh. Keep on beading on, beadlings.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Short blog for you today. Pam sent me an email reminding me that I had not updated! I do apologize. All is well with the clan. Natalie is home on bed rest after a short hospital stay. Both babies are fine with good strong heart beats and they have started kicking. Her due date is still Christmas day, but Thanksgiving babies may be more of a reality.

I'm still trying to come up with a giveaway to celebrate my own win. I cannot wait to see my new earrings in person.

Today means more doctor's visits. Surgery is just five days away. I've got lots of strengthening do to between now and then. Ugh -- I hate that part of all of this, but I'm burning those calories! Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I Won! You Know What That Means . . .

Do you remember the fabulous earrings and pendant bead that Jennifer at Glass Addictions was giving away? Well, yours truly won those fab earrings! So, in the spirit of paying it forward, I'll have to come up with a giveaway of my own. Destash? Earrings crafted by me? Peyote pattern? Scissors fob? Give me some ideas please.

I've got Ariel and the neighbor girls hooked on making earrings now. It's great. I took them all bead shopping yesterday (exhausting!). They made GREAT choices in beads. Then I taught their mom how to make the wraps on the eye pins and head pins. We made four pair here, then she went home to finish them up. I'll get her to bring them over, and this time I promise the pictures will be better.

I have my visit with the bone wizard today. If (IF) my blood pressure is down, the surgery is still schedule for the 12th. If not, then we look at the 19th. In the meantime, Natalie has been put on bed rest until the babies come.
(Mom)"Do you want me to teach you how to knit or crochet or cross stitch?"
(Daughter)"No, I don't want to do those things. I don't want to be in bed
(Mom)"You'll need to do something so you don't get too bored."
(Daughter)'heaves great big sigh'

Later that same day:
(Daughter)Maybe I should learn how to do those things. Then I could make things for my babies later.
(Mom)'secret, happy smile'

Wish me luck, beadlings! I'll come up with a giveaway for you in the next couple of days. YOU! Yes, you -- keep beading on.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Let's Start The Week With A Giveaway

Go check out Treasures Found and you might receive your own treasure!

I'll find some more later and post again. Today is Erday, after all.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

What Did You Do On Sunday?

Me - "Okay, you can make three pair of earrings each."
Them - "THREE?"
Me - "Three. And these are the beads you can choose from."
Them - "OMG!"

Ariel - "I like these!"
Katie - "I think I like these!"

And now you know what I did on Sunday! Fun, fun, fun!