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Working On Another Project

Door BellI still have some things to finish up in the Master bath before I can say it is done.  Like repainting the trim and making some window treatments for the windows.  However, like most people I also started another project before the last one is done.  I have to laugh because this is so typical of how creative people roll.

So this is a quickie, our door bell has not worked in years.  I know “get it fixed”.  Easier said than done. We tried a wireless doorbell but it didn’t last long either.

So I picked up a little chalk board (HL on sale), did some chalk lettering and gave instructions on how to let us know you are at the door (click on the pic to enlarge).   

I have another project I did for my #1 Daughter.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer and her, #2 Daughter and I all started the research on what she would need for her double mastectomy.  We found what is called a boyfriend pillow and some heart shape pillows to help provide comfort and protection.  I will share the design and info on them in another post.

Right now she is through the surgery and recuperating.  The pillows worked great.  Please keep us in your prayers.  We are so blessed with family and friends that have surrounded us with their love!

Oops! I Got Busy

IMG_0166I didn’t realize the last post I did was back in February.  

I got a little busy and then, unfortunately a huge hail storm hit our area where we live and did some major damage to homes.  We had softball (4.25″) size hail and when it is that large with the winds of the storm, it was calculated the hail was coming through at 70 – 100 miles an hour.

We had just put a new roof on our house from the hail storm of March on Friday and then Monday the big hail storm rolled through and we get to put another new roof on along with probably close to $20K in damages.

It is just “stuff” and it can be replaced.  We were scared but not hurt and we will work through all the clean-up and repair one day at a time.

So the beautiful sunflower pictured is for the sheer joy it brings when you look at it.  I have some new Bible journal entries to show you and I will be whitewashing my fireplace in the near future.  Let’s see how that goes and hopefully have some tips and tricks on the process.

Retired – So ready for the next phase

sherriDecember 2, 2015 I have officially retired from the financial industry.  I have approximately 6 licenses in this industry and they will expire if I do not work in it for 2 years.  

I have reached that point in my life where I do not care that they expire, I am ready to move on to something else.  I will miss my friends at work, but that is what makes this wonderful.  They are friends not just work people.  It will take an effort to stay connected but we will do that!

I am excited about the future and what it has to bring for our family.  I’m going to work on getting my Christmas up and taking some pictures of the new items I am making and adding this year.  

Hopefully, I will have something to post that shows at least the progress.  First order of business is to get up and get moving………..that means treadmill and the new episode of “Fixer Upper”.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

IMG_3800This year, 2015, has been a difficult year.  Mom passing away, a health scare that amounted to nothing but an important wake-up call.

The rest of this year and into the next year will be the first time I will maneuver through holidays without my Mother.  I am not sad, because I know she is in a better place and not in pain but for the last three years her life consumed mine as I devoted my time to take care of her.

I am thankful for family and friends who supported me through this time.  I am looking forward to reconnecting and sharing time with those who understood where I needed to be and did not add pressure to the situation.

This next week is my last week at work.  I will start a new journey and can’t wait to show you some fun things.

So stay tune.  My first efforts will be to get my house organized and cleaned out of “stuff”.  I have a long list of items I want to share.

Thank you for your understanding and patience with my absence for the last 3 years. 

Oct 10, 2015 - Family & Friends    No Comments

Visiting My Sister

FrameI have a sister that is 5 years older than me.  She has been in a facility for the last 7-10 years because of dementia and short term memory loss.  It doesn’t run in our family, it came about through unfortunate choices.

My Father (who is 91) and my Step-Mother wants to go see her and take her out for her Birthday.  She is over an hour away from where either one of us live.

Today, I will drive us over so we can all celebrate together.

I recently, did a strength finders course and my #1 strength was responsibility.  My #2 Daughter said, “Mom that explains a lot about why you do what you do”.

All I know is sometimes as a child of God, you need to step in an fill the gap.

I will try to upload some new pictures and show you what I’ve been working on next week.

Sep 20, 2015 - Family & Friends    No Comments

We Say Goodbye – Love you Mom.

IMG_0338On 9/11/2015 my Mom passed away.  I am so thankful for the time I had with her. It has been almost 4  years since her stroke.  The journey had ups and downs and great times of laughter and also times of difficulty.

My Mom found Christ when she was 82 years old.  She was Baptized at 83 years old, and then went to heaven when she was 86. My life changed drastically, when she had her stroke and now it will change again. I thank God that even at 82 years old He was still calling her to come to Him.

So thankful I know where she resides and that one day I will meet her on the other side.  Love you Mom!

 

Wreath – Deco Mesh – Halloween

IMG_4100This is a shout out to my BFF Phyllis! Yeah, I know it has been a long time since I posted anything.  No excuses, just too lazy to “get ‘er” done.  I’ve done some stuff that I will try to post.  

I’m trying to get into Zentangles and art journals.  I get started but I loose interest.  While I’m doing it I enjoy it but once I put it down I don’t think about picking it up again.  Then I get on Pinterest and my creativity starts up again.

This is my first attempt at a Deco Mesh wreath.  I like it ok, but now that I have messed with the “stuff” I will do my next one different.  I followed a tutorial where they cut the mesh instead of making poufs and the mesh unravels.

 

 

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I got the large spider web/spider and the bird at M’s during their clearance.  I bought the chalkboard label at M’s sometime ago.  It was a package of 8 in their $1.50 spot.

We are having a wreath exchange at work this Friday and had a limit of $25.00.  The deco mesh cost me nothing (Daughter #1 had it left over from her Halloween wreath).  I bought the wire frame with a 40% coupon.  So when I add what I spent up it about $7.

 

 

 

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For those of you who are following the progress of my Mother, she is doing very well.  She turned 86 on 9/19/2014 and although she can’t take complete care of herself, she can do a lot more than we ever that she would be able to do after her stroke.  She is a fighter!  She has regained some of her ability to crochet and is in the process of making her first afghan in 2 years.

We face memory challenges every day, she has not forgotten me (or my BBF) and we are able to get her out for church and a little shopping.

 

Now let me see if I can’t at least post more often than once every six months!

 

Jan 17, 2014 - Family & Friends    No Comments

Starting 2014

IMG_0228Well, I just had a very important birthday and I’ve got some decisions to make; however, with the way the last year went I might just hold tight for a little while and see how things are going to pan out.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0215Let’s catch up.  Mom is doing really well, so that is becoming a route.  She lives in a skilled nursing home and I go by 5 nights a week.  In a years time she has gone from having a medium bleed stroke and gall bladder surgery to being able to walk using a walker and she has some of the “fire” in her personality back.

 

 

 

 

 

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My #1 Daughter and I started training for a 5K and then moved on to a 10K; however, I’m not competing I’m just doing the running on a treadmill to get in better shape and relieve some stress.  Who would have thought at my age I could run for 45 minutes………who knew?

 

 

 

 

IMG_3624I am so itching to get time lined out so I can start posting and creating things.  Oh don’t get me wrong I’ve done a lot to take my mind off of the responsibility that engulfs you when you are the care giver of an aging parent.  I just need to start posting so we can have some fun together.

I have to give the glory back to the one who walked with our family through this trying time and know that as we face the future He will be there also.

 

 

 

Stay tuned and let me see if I can get some posting worked into my schedule and get to going again.  Let me know if there is something special you are wanting to see or would like to see “us” (that is because my Daughters are crafters too) try our hand at and learn some new things.

 

 

Please Bear With Me

IMG_0110I realize it has been months since I have posted anything.  My intent is to get back to posting, the issue for me is finding time between working, taking care of my family and then taking care of my Mother.  Somewhere in there I need to exercise and sleep.

Unfortunately, she had emergency Gall Bladder surgery then complications from the surgery.

So, here we are 7 months out and we are still dealing with various issues, but we are on the road to recovery.  God totally directed us and helped us with being able to sell the house she lived in and clearing things out.  There has been so many miracles and blessings along this difficult road.  He is faithful in the midst of the storms.

Along the way I have done a few projects so I could have a creative outlet and have taken some pictures.

One of my projects has been to finish the lighting in my kitchen.   After several years of trying to figure out what we wanted and what would fit the renovation (without costing a fortune) it all came together finally.

I’ve got some before and after pictures and some insights into the project.  I hope to be sharing them soon.

Thank you so much for “Bearing with Me”.  I’m anxious to get back to blogging. 

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