Friday, May 23, 2014
Holiday weekend beginning with lots going on in local area, patriotic events, musical venues, and high school graduations. One of the graduates at King's Fork H. S. is my God-child, Rachel, who is graduating with honors and preparing to enter Old Dominion University in the fall. Raci (my husband's nickname for her - all the children have nicknames he created when they were born) is adorable: cute as she can be, intelligent, curious, and I could go on. I'm one proud aunt lol. Here is a snapshot of Raci during prom scrapped to a mask I'm experimenting with: http://www.4shared.com/zip/u03lCXYoce/ss4cu_serene_mask.html? Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
It's been days, I know. But I've been miserable health wise with additional complications. Oh well. Anyway, I've been working a little on several things, including a new kit. Had pretty much convinced myself to give up making kits but got hooked by a color scheme and idea and can't seem to decide if I'm finished or not. I started with a swatch that included a coral and while it does indeed work fine with turquoise or blue greens, I just wasn't pleased with it over all. The one stacked paper I made where the coral color was prominent seems just too orange for me. Still, I don't think the paper is bad (& indeed there will be a different color version of it in kit or add on), some people do like orange and maybe someone can use this? Here you go: http://www.4shared.com/zip/R5-Fn0z7ba/ss4cu_stackedpaper_free5-22.html? Hugs!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Taking a moment between loads of laundry to write about my recipe experiment. Several people wrote and asked me to share if the recipe turned out well. I'm going to give you the original recipe as I found it in an old telephone company cookbook, in case you want to try it as written. Let me do that first:
Friday, May 16, 2014
Just wanted to drop by quickly and thank the lovely ladies who left reassuring comments and prayers for my health. Had a pretty good but tiring day today. My son and his girlfriend stopped by this morning on their way down from PA, headed to Outer Banks. Just a few hours but a good time to catch up on what's been happening. Went out to Bruegger;s Bagels for breakfast sandwiches which surprisingly went down okay today. Then Berkeley (Jeremy's girl) saw there was a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts just down the road. They were really craving a KK since they don't have them up where they live, not even the pre-packaged ones. So we topped off breakfast with a doughnut. Both my "babies" are doing well and I'm hoping they have a nice little vacation. Jeremy has gotten back into doing art projects again and made me something for Mother's Day. I'll have to take a pic and show you. I just finished making up a chicken casserole recipe I've not tried before. It requires you to make it up, refrigerate overnight, then take out an hour before baking, top with one last ingredient and once baked, you've got dinner. I adjusted the recipe a bit since it sounded like it was going to be too wet. Will let you know if it's good and share recipe which is from an old telephone company (as in Old Ma Bell company) cookbook. Most recipes I've tried from this book, which is now falling apart, have been good. Exhausted now so off to sleep. Hugs!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
So now I know that some of the pain I've been having in upper right torso is not related to bronchitis. Went for ultrasound and have "abnormal gallbladder" aka I've got gallstones. My primary doctor wanted me to see a surgeon. Sure, gallbladder removal is most frequent surgery done and with laproscopic option, it's a quick procedure and quick recovery. I've been in pain for weeks so I'm ready. But appointment with gastroenterologist isn't until June 30 and that's the consult! But I'm on stand by list for any cancellation. And that's why I haven't been at computer much. Now I'll stop complaining. I do have a kit loaded to 4shared for you though. It's called Friends Forever and was done for a Starving Artist challenge a while back. There are 6 zips, so you will get the first tonight. Here is the preview: http://search.4shared.com/postDownload/qXVLbw2yce/WS_FriendsForever_elements.html 5 more zips over next 4 days. I'll set them up ahead of time in case I get called away. Hugs!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
About ready to call it a night so wanted to stop first and wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day for tomorrow. Here is a little gift for you: http://www.4shared.com/zip/3hlSBed_ce/ss4cu_momdayfreebie2014.html?
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Another day is over and I didn't get much done today. Paid bills and updated checkbook, then got the bright idea that since it was a nice day, I should go outside and trim the rosemary. Last spring or one before I'd bought a small rosemary plant - around the same time we got a few more azaleas for front flowerbed. We had a guy doing yardwork whom my husband had hired because he knew the man needed money. He wasn't the brightest crayon in the box, but I do appreciate my hubby's good heart. Anyway, we asked the man to plant the new azaleas and also asked him to plant the rosemary at a location in backyard. The rosemary ended up planted to the side of the front porch and we left it there, never imagining how fast it would grow and in any weather! It desperately needs another trimming, or rather, this time a serious pruning back. So, armed with just the kitchen shears, I went out to trim it. Took a large colander with me to hold the trimmed rosemary to process for use. Filled that thing to overflowing and called it enough, not because the plant was cut back enough but because some of the branches have grown too woody for kitchen shears. Washed all the rosemary and laid it out on a towel on top of stove (it's one of those flat glass ones) to dry. Didn't get any farther until a few minutes ago because I had bad nausea later in the afternoon. So, I just striped rosemary branches for a long time. Once done, I had fingers nasty with sap and chlorophil. Took 3 washes with Dr Bonner's liquid soap to get clean and my hands still smell like rosemary, now with a hint of lavender. Tomorrow I'll set some of the rosemary aside to dry and store for cooking and I'll make a rosemary hair rinse with some of what's left. When I go to hospital on Friday for ultrasound, I'll take along a baggie full for a friend who works there. And that was my exciting day lol. http://www.4shared.com/zip/krbzJ9rrba/WS_AMothersLove_papers_1.html? Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Haven't blogged for a couple days (?) have been out to doctor appointments, errands and such and also catching up and finishing the meditation challenge. On the medical front, lungs are now clear. Had walk test today and had 95% pulse -oxygen which is great. Also learned my blood pressure, which is good anyway, had come down 10 points and I'd lost 4 pounds without trying. Hmm, meditation? Unfortunately, I look like I've gained weight with this bloating. Have the ultrasound for gallbladder Friday morning. Went through this once before years ago and no stones were found so nothing was done. But that was a very painful but short "attack." I hope they can get it right this time. I know even the laproscopic surgery is no picnic, but I just want to get it taken care of and move on. http://www.4shared.com/zip/PQmO4SLgce/WS_AMothersLove_elements.html? Zips for papers to come.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Guess what? I must be falling apart altogether because yesterday doc told me the pain I've had a couple weeks, thinking it was due to the bronchitis (which is better) is most likely a gallbladder attack. Blood tests done and ultrasound being scheduled. Meanwhile, I'm trying to go about usual business. Recently retired a bunch of Wonderland kits and will begin giving them out as freebies. Today's freebie will be a full size mini kit called April Showers. http://www.4shared.com/zip/BQvd-Zn4ba/WS_aprilshowers_elements.html? http://www.4shared.com/zip/nIKaBkDFce/WS_aprilshowers_papers_1.html? http://www.4shared.com/zip/Fk-EoQeCce/WS_aprilshowers_2.html? A couple of Wonderland products for the May CAK are in now: