Friday, December 9, 2016

double dutch

Isn't that the name of a jump rope
technique?  It's also the name of
a card fold.  I think this turned 
out so pretty.  I was a little bummed
that I had to use a belly band to 
keep the lower part closed, but
that usually happens with a 
gate fold card.  At least to me it does.

With the belly band

Without the belly band so you can
see the fold.  It's actually a really
neat fold.  I like trying different folds
because the same old, same old.  
 gets boring. Some of them are quite
challenging, though, and I give up.
This one is pretty easy..
We didn't get the snow they were 
predicting-yet.  It's still snowing
and I hope it slows down a little
because I have a lunch date at
11 am.  Winter is bad enough with
the cold, but snow makes it even
worse.  I'm quite certain I've 
mentioned how much I hate winter.....
 Anyway...I had yet another bite
on Luna (get it, bite?!  I know. Lame.)
This one from New York.  I am
seriously considering looking into
shipping her because no one close
enough seems to have any interest.
I just don't trust they will get her
there safely and I worry how scared 
she will be.  I don't want her but
I also want to make sure she is
safe and loved.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My way

Isn't this exactly how we feel a lot
of the time?  

I almost completely copied this from
pinterest, but I got such a giggle out
of the sentiment!  I know I feel this way
a lot of the time although I try not to.
I have to keep reminding myself it's
not all about me.  A friend once got
John a tee shirt that showed a circle
with ME in the inside of it and the
world revolving around the circle.
The sentiment said, "See, the world
does revolve around me!"  
My kidneys are no better, no worse and
I'll take it.  He has told me that I
will never get any better,  probably
just stay steady for years.  But I
was a little hopeful after last year.  
Steady is good.  He is such a
wonderful doctor.  Most specialists
are so detached.  He is very compassionate
and really pays attention to the person.
He said, "It's been almost three years
now, right?"  He remembers things.
We talked about my signing and he
was so excited about it and how I might
be able to help people with knowing
the language.  He even told me about
a movie he and his wife watched about 
a deaf couple and their struggles.  And
he told me how proud he was of me for
how I've been doing.  I got the best
when I got referred to him!
I am done with my Christmas cards-
finally-and now all I have to do is
address the last couple and get them
out.  NOW I have to clean my craft room.
it looks like a tornado struck it.  Debris
everywhere!  It won't take much time,
it's just doing it.
Larry and Laurel are coming over tonight.
Larry is going to put in the smoke alarm
that I  needed to replace and had
to actually order online!  I told him I
would let him win if he would help me.
Not that he doesn't win most of the time
anyway, but I'll let him think it's my idea!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Merry Christmas banners

I got some pretty silver pointsettias
yesterday from a swap and thought
of a great card to make with one.

I wish I'd have put it up higher but
I was paying attention to the glue that
was drying quickly and not to the placement
of the flower and banners.  Oh well.  It still
looks nice and there's glitter everywhere,
now, including, probably, me.
How nice will that be for my doctor
to see, huh?  I see my kidney doctor
today and I am hoping for good news
again.  Last year he said he thought
my kidneys were healing themselves-
something that NEVER happens- and
he was as surprised as I was, maybe
moreso since he knows more about
it than me.  Does God perform miracles
in this day and age?  Of course.  Can He
heal people?  Most certainly.  Did I think
it would ever happen to me?  No.  So
I will be grateful for a status quo
report and am praying for more than
that.  Only God knows and whatever
the outcome I know He is in control
and I trust that He knows what
is best for me.  Some people
would say, how would kidney disease,
cancer, or other things be what is
best for us and if God can heal someone
why doesn't he?  Why does he let these
things  happen in the first place?
It's all easy to answer in my mind.
A fallen world.  Sin.  God didn't create
the world this way.  He didn't want us to
suffer and die.  But He also uses these
things.  In ways we may not even
know about.  I do know and
fully believe that if John  had not
gotten cancer he would never have
been saved.  I also know that the
gall bladder attack I had is how I found
out I had kidney disease.  If not for
that I would probably have been on
dialysis by now.  Or worse.  So God does
use things even though it pains Him
that we have to go through them
in the first place.  He suffers with us
in illness and grieves with us when a
loved one dies.  And He never, ever
leaves us.  Even, as I said yesterday, when
we don't necessarily feel Him there, He
is always by our side.  It's best not to
trust our feelings in those situations
because it's a perfect time for Satan to
come in and try to turn our mind to
thoughts that Jesus isn't really there,
doesn't love us, etc.  That's where FAITH
comes in.  John had a hard time with that.
He always said he was from Missouri, the
show me state.  That's why it's called Faith.
God does show us things sometimes, but
other times we just have to trust Him.
So that's what I'm doing today, I'm
trusting Him that no matter what the
outcome of the tests, He is with me.
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ugly sweater

Everyone is jumping on the ugly sweater
bandwagon so I figured I may as well
ride it, too.  This is THE ugliest card
I have ever made, not even including 
the ugly sweater and I will probably
throw it away after this, but at least I
can say I made one!

Didn't I warn  you?!
Yesterday I was reading a devotion
from the book "Jesus calling".  I love that
devotion book.    Something really caught
me up as I was reading:
"Whenever you feel distant from me say
"Surely the Lord is in this place" (Gen. 28:16)
Then ask me to give you awareness of my
presence.  This is a prayer I delight to answer."
Sometimes God seems so far away and I
try to find him.  I've always heard that if
God seems far away it's your fault not
His.  So I start to despair not being able
to feel His presence.  I have never before
thought to ASK Him to help me be aware
of Him.  It seems so simple, really, but
something I never thought of.  It was 
kind of a light bulb moment for me. 
My sister's boss' wife was just diagnosed
with an inoperable brain tumor.  I hope
everyone will say a quick prayer for
Chris and Rebecca.  Thanks.  She's only
42 and they have two children aged 7 and 9.
Very sad situation.  There are days when
I just can't wait for God to come back so
all this horror will be over.  I am anxiously
awaiting His return always, but some
days I feel more desperate to have
all of this over with.

In the meantime, Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy hatchday, Lili!

Yesterday was Lili's 4th hatchday.
And yes, I sang to her!  :)

These are ghiradelli purses.  I was going
to take a picture of a candy peeking out and
forgot.  The candy packets fit in there 
perfectly and of course, you have to use
the peppermint bark for this time of year.
I love ghiradelli, but I'm not as fond of the
peppermint bark.  They came out OK, but
for the life of me I can't cut or fold straight
even with rulers and cutters.  It's aggravating!
Bri spent the weekend with me and we
went to the Bethlehem market place.  It's
the 27th year.  Cody and I even acted in it
once!  I was going to post a picture from
it but believe it or not, I could not find
even ONE picture of the marketplace.
If you've never been to one, they are
so cool.  I even got shoved by a guard a
few years ago when I told him Herod was
not King, Jesus was!  He shoved me and
told me to move along, LOL.  It's all
part of the experience.  

It snowed last night and I was so bummed.
I was supposed to go to church and hear
a concert by Jeffrey Benward.
I started out, but even the highway wasn't
too great and the snow was driving so hard
I was getting disoriented, so I turned
around.  I hate winter.  Have I ever
said that before?

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Happy Retirement!

Sorry I have been MIA.  I haven't
been in much of a crafting mood
after my little stunt on Monday.
I picked the car up yesterday and
it cost me 475. to run over that
curb.  I thought they were going
to align the car as well, but they
didn't, so I need to get that done.
It could have been worse.
 I had to take a picture of their 
"tire tree".  I didn't have enough room
to get the entire thing, but at the
top was a rubber upright foot
ball kind of like the "star", LOL.

Isn't that great?!

My friend, Dianne, is retiring at the
end of this month.  I thought this sentiment
was so perfect for a retirement card!
I also plan to get her a colouring book,
crayons, puzzle book and some bubbles.
She will probably need something
to keep her busy once she's not working!

Last but not least, I put my Christmas bears 
out for the first time since John died.  I even
bought one this year.  The white bear in the
center and the one on the right end at
the bottom are both from Andy.  He's
the one that got me started and then
when they started putting the dates on them
I was hooked.  I'm missing a couple years
here and there but not too many.  I hope
 B'Elanna will stay out of them.  When I 
put the new one out she kept pulling it
off the couch to chew on it.  I'm thinking
maybe it will be a little intimidating
with a little army!
Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In my thoughts

It's kind of hard to see the card
with the flash glare, but I couldn't
get a good picture of it any other way.

I think it turned out pretty well.
I take my car to the shop today to
have it looked at.  Thankfully the 
guy in FW gave me an estimate so I
can show them and they don't think
they can get away with overpricing
things for a "dumb woman"  He did it
with only one strut and then both.  
Well, if the other strut is fine then
it doesn't get replaced, plain and
simple.  I can barely afford the 
stupidity I've already brought
upon myself.  I don't need to add
more money on to it.  I just hope he
doesn't "find" something else.  If
I think it's ridiculous, I'll call Larry
and ask him.  It's going to be
probably over $500. without the
tire!  Hey, when I do something 
I do it right.  Apparently.  I'm glad,
for a change, that John is gone.  he
would be SO MAD.
The guy I thought might want Luna
adopted another bird.  I'm afraid
I will be stuck with her forever and
I really don't want that for her.
She needs a home where she is
loved and paid lots of attention to.
Sorry, not in the best of moods today.
I will just say
Happy Wednesday.