Wednesday, April 16, 2014


If your mind works like mine does,
and I'm sure there are millions that do,
then you couldn't have had serious surgery
this past Monday, 2 days ago,
until the invitations to the shower
you were making
were complete.
And, in the mail.

That's how our minds work.
That and the fact that if the invitations 
weren't posted until yesterday
or any day after, they would be late.
So, they had to be finished
and in the mail 
bright and early on this past Monday
morning as I was driven to
the hospital in SAtown.

Knowing that I had a lot to do, 
not that I had a surgery - that news came later,
I never should have chosen 
such a time consuming design.
But, that's who I am.
That's who God made and
who's to argue with God?

So, last Tuesday when an unscheduled
surgery was scheduled for this past Monday,
one thought entered my mind.


You probably know that my middle son, Blake,
is getting married to a most 
delightful young lady whom I adore,
this summer.
Her mom, who has become a fast friend
and whom I call Babs,
along with my precious DIL, Jana, are 
giving those two a couple's shower.

I had the invitations started before the surgery
news but they weren't far enough along.
Oh, no, not nearly!

I've covered the front of the invitation with 
patterned paper. 
Then I made little bitty envelopes
from which hand cut hearts
of all sizes spring!
And, of course, glitter.

A tag with "You're invited" 
was adhered to the front of the envelope
and the actual invitation was

glued to the inside after
I scalloped one edge.

The envelopes had their own tag
for addressing. 
Adhered with wash tape - I love washi tape!

 I love them!

Cute invitations
were complete and in the mail
on the way to surgery.

And surgery??
Went quite well, thanks. 
Post and pics to come.

God bless you for reading!
God bless you for
your input.
I love your spirits of support.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


It could.
Always be worse.
But every so often I have a 'moment'.
A moment where I sob.
I don't get mad at God.
I just feel sorry for myself.
But, only for a moment and then I move on!

I am so blessed.
No matter what physical challenges I face,

And, this week has been challenging.
Let's start with January 13th - right knee replacement.
Because of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
As you age, RA changes.
It becomes degenerative in a horrid way.

On March 21st I had outpatient surgery
to clean up the area around my torn meniscus in my left knee.
RA again.

If you don't know, I've been going to a podiatrist, 
two different ones actually, for about 8 or 9 years
because I snapped the inside tendons on the inside of both feet.
I finally came to my senses after so, so many years of
the wrong treatments prescribed by my podiatrist(s).
I've come to the conclusion, and this is just my thought,
that podiatrists should only be allowed to work on the toe nails
of prisoners on death row. 
Just sayin'.

And, to save you from having to listen to me go on and on,
which I have no desire to do,
let me simply tell you that I made an appointment with
one of the top foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons in Texas.
I met with him this past Tuesday.
After Dr. Castillas looked at the x-rays, MRI and Cat Scan
of my left foot and ankle 
(it's in the biggest mess - right foot and ankle will be next)
A treatment decision was made.

I have surgery this Monday.
It was urgent to have the surgery as soon as possible. 
And, without going into all of the details,
Dr. C. said I would have lost my foot if things continued
the way they were..

So, surgery on my left foot and ankle is this Monday - one more day.
It's a major surgery says Dr. C., but one he's performed regularly.

The recuperation time??
This is the best part, of course!

 I have a trip I've very much looked forward to
with my sorority sisters that is not going to happen for me.
(hoping I can get my airline ticket $$ back)
I have wedding invitations to my son, Blake's, wedding to finish 
and get mailed. And, I have a honkin' reception hall to decorate.
The wedding is July 25th.
Oh, and then I leave for an art retreat (still a couple of seats open:)
in the South of France and then to Germany to see my
"little girl" and her family.

Let's get it done!! Time's wasting and I have things to do!

Please pray for the surgery and for the resulting pain and my recovery.
I do need those prayers.
And, if you want to come and visit I've got some fun
things to make for the wedding reception AND
a great art studio for playing!

 P.S. What would I do without my family? My boys and girls and little girls are great support. 

But, my sister, Joan, is my biggest support. 
 She is my heart.
 And, I couldn't get through this upcoming procedure or any in the past, without the Tank.
He takes amazing care of me.
 My cousin, Melinda, is so caring and loving. She is my rock.

I want to end with thanking you for putting up with me.
You read my sporadic blog posts.
Some of you lurk and some leave comments on Facebook
instead of my post, but you read me and I think you "get" me.
And, I love all of you dearly - lurkers, too. *wink*



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