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I'm a single mother & grandmother, a country girl at heart, living in the North Georgia Mountains with two teenagers and my 125# puppy.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Latest Updates

Well, I've been out of commission for a while now. And I'm not sure when exactly I'll be back to "normal", IF there even is such a condition. Right now, the girls and I are facing several challenges, with the most traumatic at the moment being the big "D" word. Yes, I'm in the middle of a divorce. So things around here are somewhat hectic and unpredictable at the moment.

I'll update as I can. But for now, please be patient with us and keep us in your prayers during another transition in our lives.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Baby Kaidence is back home again

I know I haven't posted much lately on this blog. But I will have some craft pics and projects to post, hopefully this weekend if all goes well. Between work, travel, holidays, teenagers and a new grandbaby, I'm just running behind with everything! So please bear with me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Preparing for baby Kaidence

I've not been around in a while because I've been too danged busy with life. I'm still working full time and preparing to head to Florida in a couple of weeks for the birth of my first grand daughter. I've started a webpage for her pictures and info so I can share it with you all. So just click on the blue link in the previous sentence to travel to Florida with me.

Friday, April 11, 2008

I'm still around...

But haven't had time for my blog :( Geez, there is so much to catch up on that I don't even know where to start. If I can ever figure out how to post to this from my Blackberry, I could do this while stuck in traffic or in some of those boring meetings that I am forced to endure. But for now, please be patient with me.

I have some new pics to post and will try to upload them this weekend. Tina Williams has really outdone herself with her latest Faith-based kits. And I've been using them for the girls' latest adventures, along with making desktop calendars and another gift can for a very dear friend who is retiring after 34 years of work in the mental health and developmental disability field.

Around home, I've been quilting. I'm trying like heck to add some color to my living room that is all wood from floors to ceilings to walls. DH decided we just had to have new living room furniture in there and went out and bought a brown leather set. I can't stand the monotony of all that brown in there. So I'm making some colorful quilts to lay over the furniture.

The latest news about the girls....
My oldest moved to a town about an hour north of us. She's doing ok. And the grandkids are growing like weeds. Judah, the youngest, turned a year old last month. And he's the giggliest baby I've ever met. He gets so tickled about everything!

My second oldest is pregnant again. Her husband was back from Iraq only 2 months; and they're having another baby. They're still in Colorado, hoping to get orders back to Georgia this summer.

The middle child is moving back to Georgia next week....or so we hear. She says she has cleaned up her act and is doing better. However, I'm not holding my breath. As much as I want to believe her, I also know that relapse is part of the disease. And she relapses about every 4-6 months, like clockwork. And she's moving back with some former partying friends of hers. So I'm still concerned.

The 17 year old won a regional healthcare competition and is headed to the State competitions later this month. She's been doing a student internship at a local ER and absolutely LOVES it. I thought I was passionate about and fascinated by anatomy and physiology in school. But I swear, this child has me beat, hands down! Talk about an adrenaline junky....she's IT! LOL

The youngest turned 16 last month and has her first boyfriend. No dating yet, but we figure that question is going to come up in the near future. They grow up so daggum fast!!

I'm still working full time and doing ok. The ringing in my ears is worse. But I'm also noticing that it gets worse on days that my allergies are acting up. So I'm thinking somehow the two are linked? I return to my family doc next week and the allergist the following week. I'll see what they have to say about it. I was released this past week from the neuro surgeon. I still see the neurologist at least quarterly until my one year anniversary. I'm halfway there! The hair on the right side of my head has now grown out between one and two inches. It's kind of weird.....patches of it grow at different rates than other patches. And the new hair is coming in with much more gray than the other side of my head and much more than I had before the surgery. ~sigh~ I should probably start buying stock in Ms. Clairol!

DH is doing ok, but still driving me nuts. He still doesn't seem to have gotten over my aneurysm. He's still trying to call me multiple times all day long at work to see if I'm ok and gets rather cranky and edgy when I'm too busy to catch the phone. At home, he wants to be in the same room with me all the time and can't understand why I get so edgy and feel so smothered when he does so. He'd like to go to all my medical appointments with me too. But I've finally worked out a system of scheduling them all, mid-morning, on the days he works. HA!
Of course, he complains and gripes and whines about it every time. But geez, I gotta have some independence or I'm gonna explode and do something ugly! My family doc must understand this because he asks at each appointment, rather slyly, "So I assume your husband is still alive and well?" And I reply each time, "Yes, I don't know why, but I've allowed him to live yet another week." And he always replies, "Good girl. Let me know if the temptation to do otherwise starts to get the best of you. We can get you on some good meds.....or put him on some." LOL

I guess I shouldn't complain. He took really good care of me while I was down. But it's over and done with now; and I want to move on and get back to "normal" IF there even is such a state.
Well, it's past my bedtime and I hear those sheets calling me; so I'm going to go climb into them. I'll update y'all again later! :)

Friday, February 29, 2008


What a week! Not only were we busier than heck at work, the girls were both going in opposite directions this week. Codah is at a DPA challenge this weekend, presenting her can tab creations. Katelyn just returned from Skills Vica (healthcare competition); she is headed to the State competition after having placed 2nd in the regional competitions. I'll try to post pictures from all this sometime next week.

The allergist appointment and testing was quite a surprise. The tests showed that I'm extremely allergic to cats, dust and several different molds. And I'm not just talking a "positive" to the skin prick. Those three swelled up in red knots the size of golf balls and itched so bad that they had to give me benadryl. The swelling took over a week to go down. And I still have one red knot left! I'm now on the last week of a 3 week long "medication cocktail" mixture to see if they can get my head cleared up. When that happens, it looks like I'll be getting allergy shots. No wonder my previous allergy pills weren't working! And I thought my only allergies were to codeine, cats and adhesives, with the occasional hayfever type reaction!

Other than that, I'm doing ok....just tired and feeling like I'm always running behind. I'm grounding myself to the house this weekend until I get our taxes done. I usually have those done by mid-February and sit to wait on our CPA to finish our business taxes. This year, the CPA was done by mid-February and I still haven't started our personal taxes. ~sigh~

Tonight, I went on a bread making frenzy. I was going to make a couple of loaves of Amish Friendship bread that was due to be completed tonight. But once I got started, I thought, "Ahhh, what the heck" and just kept going. I figured I might as well get a couple of months made up and in the freezer. So I made some Amish white bread, some whole wheat bread, some white chocolate nut bread and a couple of batches of cinnamon rolls. The down side of all this is that I can't resist the smell of fresh baked warm bread. And I ended up sitting at the table, beading, and eating warm bread smothered in honey butter! Awwwwww, now THAT is REAL comfort food! :) But I'll probably gain back all the weight I've lost if I keep this up! :(

For now, I'll close with a picture of Katelyn with her medal, ribbon and plaque that she won this week. I scrapped this with Teriann Hanks' Valentine Memories kit.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Update on me

I'm bumming today. I'm scheduled to see an allergist on Wednesday and can't take any of my allergy meds, nor any antihistimines or decongestants from Sun-Wed this week before the testing. I didn't realize how addicted I am to my Clarinex D and Veramyst until this morning! I'm absolutely miserable without them! My eyes watered all day long. My head is congested and achy. The bones on my face hurt. My ears are itchy and achy. And I've had two nose bleeds today! Did I mention that I'm miserable without my allergy meds?!?

I was working on an Easter kit and some templates this weekend, along with some layouts for my CT designers. I'll try to get some of these posted later in the week. But for now, I'm going to bed and see if I can get some rest.

Y'all have a great week! :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Valentine Element Freebie Day

I bet y'all thought I had forgotten about you, huh? *LOL*
I didn't. We had no electricity for a while over the weekend due to the weather. Then I got busy and just never got back to it.

You can download the Valentine elements here for this kit.

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