Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Thought I would do a quick checkin and let people know I am doing okay.  I have been busy with life and it seems that is about all the energy I have to spare now days.

First off my desk for all the deskers out there...Check out Julia's blog and WOYWW for more info!
 What absolute about a depository for anything and everything sundry...WOW!  You think that is bad check this is a partial side view...the floor is covered with paper packs and whatnot...a mess!

Now that I have that out of the way I will show you a few cards I have managed to make since I last posted!
a image challenge!  The group leader sent two building layout schemes she found on the internet and we made cards!
the second card!

Pineapple fun from a kit!

The card kit from The Stamps of Life last May were this cute wheelbarrow and I had fun making cards with it!
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 I made some 4th of July cards to take to the kids when I went for a visit last week...I put $5 in each and they thought I had given them a mint!

Okay that is it for me for today!  Hope everyone has a great week!  I will post again soon pictures of my Caribbean cruise and the visit to the grand babies!

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Dr. Bob Rawls
Just read and article on Bob Rawls blog about fasting.  Interesting concept that fasting may play a part in rebooting the immune system by killing off old cells and building new cells.  Dr. Rawls pointed out that the fasting diets have all the earmarks of a fad diet but if it can help me control my inflammatory processes I am willing to try.

Dr. Rawls cites several articles and studies in his post but I can't fast long periods of time due to an insulinoma.  Whats an insulinoma?` It is a tumor that secretes insulin when I don't eat for long periods of more then 24-36 hours.  I was diagnosed with it by Dr. Belknap in 1992 when as doctor I was working with noticed I was functioning properly but not thinking well.  I was positive on blood tests but could never find it on the CT because they are so small and can be anywhere in the body not just on the liver or pancreas.   That said I think I may try a shorter form of fasting that Dr. Rawls talked about called time restricted fasting where you only allow yourself to eat during a 6-8 hour window each day.  I normally don't feel like eating till late in the day so I may limit my eating from say 3pm-10pm at night and see how that works.  If I show any symptoms or problems with the fasting I will quit....doesn't hurt to try!

Go check out the reference backed article Can Fasting Renew Your Immune System at the  Be careful in trying any fasting diet for any period of time.  If you have any health issues like hypertension, diabetes, or others check with your doctor first.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WOYWW and life

WOO HOO!  I made it to the party!  It is Wednesday and WOYWW!  If you would like to check out some other blogs check in with Julia's blog to see how to hop along!  ust got back from a trip to California and my desk really doesn't look much different then it did the last post except while I was gone I received an order from Stampin Up! and it is now scattered about the place...I love new stash!
If anyone is interested in swapping an ATC with me please leave a comment or send me your addy at  I am going to finish making them this weekend so I can get them in the mail next week.
I didn't get much in the way of crafting done the past two weeks because of either not feeling well or travel.  My daughter and her husband had me out to their house in San Jose, CA for Mother's Day and I had a blast...wish it was as nice of weather here as it was the whole time there.
Brunch with friends 

Heather and Michael at the Russian Family Restaurant
We managed to make it to the ocean this visit with a trip to Pescadero State Park and boy was it windy and the air off the ocean a bit cool...I know you folks in England think I am nuts when I say 60°f is cool but it really was! 
The beach was gorgeous!
Heather and I were blowing in the breeze in these pictures...I was glad to have my jacket at hand
Bright sunny day!

I met up with some friends from OK on Saturday for a nice lunch at a Vegan restaurant in San Jose.  I think it is amazing how many people from Norman live out there now.

 I think most of you remember my granddogs from pictures I have posted to say these dogs are spoiled would be an understatement.  Michael grows oat grass for them so they can have fresh grass to eat...the grass they are laying on is a type of low maintenance astro turf and now very good noms!
Michael growing puppy grass.
My grand dogs...Mocha, Leo, and Wesley

Sorry I didn't make it around to all the desks the last time I posted but will try and do it this week cause I really enjoy seeing what everyone is up to!  Have a great week!
Thought I would add a few garden pictures here at the tail end...things definitely changed while I was gone...imagine what a bit of rain and sunshine can do!
The garden beds


peppers and artichokes

Tomatoes with corn in the bed behind

green beans

beets and cabbages

The flower planter around the new patio

clueless as to what these wildflowers are but Chuck is growing them 
deck pots

My dirty pool...but it is open now!

deck pots 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


OMG!  It is Wednesday and I remembered in time to post with the rest of the folks...well the stateside folks anyway!  If you want to know why Wednesday is special and what I am posting about visit Stamping Ground and Julia will fill you in on WOYWW!  Essentially we share what we did crafting during the week and what our desks look like!  Anyone interested in swapping ATC's this year?

My desk this week isn't much to write home about...very messy and covered with stuff I cleared out of my tote after returning home from the scrapbook crop this past weekend.  I love those school boxes to put stuff in to drag around then I just unload them when I get home!
I really enjoyed the crop on Friday and Saturday.  I haven't been to a crop in almost 3 years for various reasons so it was a real treat that I think I will continue to enjoy on a monthly basis with Marti, Shiryl (her Mom) and the Paperdolls!  Marti's father pastors the church where the crop is held each month and her mother is an absolute hoot. We had lots of food and fun!  I managed to get 3 layouts (6 pages) and 12 cards made!  The layouts were from a kit from Close to My Heart called Calypso that is now retired.
                                                                               I didn't put picture on any of them because I am going to use them for my trip next month on a Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica!
 I put either mats or sticky notes to show the size of the picture that needs to go there.
I love the color scheme of this kit... There are cards in this kit too but I haven't made them yet...will post when I do.
The card kit I did do was also a CTMH kit called You Are More...once again retired.  I bought a bunch of kits last year before surgery thinking I would have all sorts of time to make them but I didn't figure in an anoxic brain injury into my surgery has been almost a year and the doctor promised it would all be back in about a far so good!  I can make up my kits now!  This kit made up 6 of each style!
 I had to change up this card cause I bought some coral pink glitter ribbon/tape and I just had to use it!  I thought the washi tape I used on the envelopes worked out nicely!
Love the sentiments in this stamp set and I will probably end up using it a lot.  Does anyone cut their stamps apart like I do?  I take a blade and separate words so I can use them to form different combinations!

Okay I guess I will get off here and go do something constructive...maybe get my hair cut or nails done...I am going to California to visit my daughter on Saturday and I want to look presentable for the flight...haha...  Remember the days of dressing up to take a flight anywhere.  Now it isn't much different then jumping in the car and taking off somewhere!

I have been mumbling and grumbling around here after I got over feeling bad and sorry for myself last week!  Do you ever get tired of the status quo?  Do you ever want a change?  I was sitting here thinking about it after typing my post out last week that it seems that my life has settled in with a sameness that is a two edged sword. I like living in my comfortable life and really have it a easier then a lot of others I know but...  What do you do to change things up a bit?   I joined that scrapbook crop group and a couple swap groups on Facebook.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


I guess I have one or two options here...I could hang my head in shame or I could do as I am doing and roflmao!!!  Wednesday...yes that was yesterday and I kept appointments for Wednesday yet forgot all about WOYWW and what Wednesday means!! If you would like to find out what it is all about check out Julia's blog and WOYWW!  I am going to go ahead and post a photo of my desk just because I thought it was Wednesday and I want to!  Anyone interested in swapping ATC's this year?

So this is my desk today!  I know you folks going to Ally Pally got me to thinking I really did need some stuff so yesterday I went to Michael's and bought a few things!  They had a huge 50-70% off sale then sent me a Rewards Customer coupon for additional 25% off even on the sales stuff!
If you enlarge the photo you will be able to see all the goodies.  I bought the red and blue card stock packs and the 4 pads of print card not because I need them right now but because they were so darn cheap I couldn't pass them up.  The two sided 48 sheet 12"x12" pads cost me only $4.60 with all the discounts and the 100 count card was 110# wt was only $7.50 per package.  I know poor reason to buy but I bought the colors I use a lot!!   I bought the Tim Holtz 5" snips, metallic distress colors, and ephemera for 40% off then the additional 25% off...see what I mean I couldn't pass them up!   I didn't have a water brush set so that got tossed in the basket too!  It is all stuff I will use and I am pleased to say that I left there with money still in my pocket!!
I spread out the kit of the month from The Stamps of Life to show you!  This may be the last month I buy this kit but it is really worth the money you pay!  There are other groups that have kits that cost a lot more and you get a lot less.  
 I am on a mission on my better days to get my stamps that have dies in them organized into these plastic envelope/folders.  The Close to My Heart and Stampin Up! already have folders but most of the Tim Holtz and others don't. I bought some magnetic sheets to put in these envelopes to hold the dies so they don't slide out and get on going problem around her.

Okay I am done for today...wrong day or not I wanted to show off my new stash.  I have not been feeling well the past week or so and haven't been able to do much crafting.  I hesitate to say I am sick because this constant state of "not feeling well" is due to all my autoimmune disorders so I am not really sick!  I like to think of it as good and not so good days.  If you know anyone who has any autoimmune issues you know that like me some days are better then others.  

Have a great week and I will be back on the right day next week!  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Yep it is Wednesday again!!  It is going to be a gloriously beautiful day outside here in Oklahoma.  It is already 70° and sunny!  Yay!  About time!  I have already been to see the doctor about my face/skin cancers today and got a good report so no more radiation and no more doctors visits for a year!

My desk is not nearly as busy today as it has been but hey...I did get some cards and a layout made from some kits I own!  Wondering what the deal is about Wednesdays and WOYWW?  Check out Julia's blog and she will fill show you the whys!
This is the second card kit this week!  I laid it out last night foolishly thinking at 11 pm I would be able to stay awake long enough to get started but it didn't happen.  Something to look forward to after I get home from the therapists this after noon!

Cards I made this week!  

I love the colors on these cards.   12 cards per kit.  It was a bit irritating at times having to get my ruler out to measure where each piece of the card was suppose to go but hey...after a while I gave up and just put them together!  They are made from a Close to My Heart card kit called Something Magical!
One Layout this week was all I got around to and it is also a Close to My Heart kit.  I decided to document our anniversary with a scrapbook page.  This kit came with a couple of pocket layout pages so when I get the prints I will finish them up.  I have been mixing them together 2pg layouts and pocket pages (or whatever they are called!) cause it is fun!
Okay that is it for WOYWW this week!  I have a few more photos I want to share of the yard! 
right now the pansies, tulips, and bulbs are blooming hearty! 

Love all the tulips but I don't recall having seen an orange red double like this before!

 Hope everyone has a great week!

Love these dutch iris...the regular iris aren't blooming yet!