Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Then a friend found this on line... I REALLY LOVE IT... but it is bigger and therefore... would have to go back to the foot... what to do what to do!?!?!? If I go with the heart and thistle... I think I would likely have it done with less detail... more clean lines... I'd like to hear your thoughts?!
Loyalty Thistle--Modeled after a very old kilt pin, the thistle of Scotland is enclosed within the arms of a heart, a symbol of love for country and kin.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
(in the midst of my stress and anxiety,) Thank you God for this good life and forgive me if I do not love it enough.
Sarah got married last year and this is her little guy Caleb;)
So my Paternal Grandfather... you know him as Gramps, married my grandmother, Dorthey upon returning from the war... she had a group of girlfriends who kept in touch over the years and while my grandmother passed away in the early 1960s this group of women and their husbands kept Gramps in their circle--his magnetic personality no doubt! One friend in particular was named Phyllis... Gramps was the God Father to one of her daughters and when this woman's father passed away, Gramps would help her mother out. By help her out I mean take her beer and throw a few back;) HAHA, I'm sure he did other things as well... Mrs. Stone lives in Erie PA, but keeps in touch with Gramps... So she and daughter Sande (the God Daughter) came to see Gramps last week. Here are the pics... How fun to meet a dear old friend of my grandparents... It's funny, Mrs. Stone is a very conservative old fashioned lady... she does not take well to Gramps' dirty jokes or swearing of any kind really... Typically she would just hang up on him. The funny part... she always came around and they have remained friends!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
1. A casual friend from nursing school contacted me to buy tickets for a fund raiser that is near and dear to my heart.
2. A friend I only met in late fall (at the gym) texted me to check on Gramps... she has never met him and we have never even hung out together outside the gym... but her genuine concern (and enthusiasm for his progress) brought tears to my eyes.
3. A coworker gave up a vacation day so that the person covering her, could cover me, so I can be off the day Gramps gets out of rehab.
4. A friend, who happens to be my hair dresser, showed concern for my physical health, spiritual health, hair health today. To really top it off... she is now managing my basic car maintenance and road side safety--did I mention she was late for work to do it?
5. I paid off a credit card in January and of course there was the hidden $1.57 that they didn't tell me about that went into an obscene amount of late fees. I called the company today ... not only are they reversing all the fees... they took it off my credit report as well... what!?!?!?! I never get this lucky...
I'm looking forward to seeing gramps still today... anytime spent with him is a blessing... I love him so much and he loves me!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
A dear friend of mine from nursing school was offered her dream job about a month ago. It was an internship for new nurses that would augment her formal nursing education while allowing her develop practical, on the job, skills. It was a competitive application process... but I have to say, I was not surprised AT ALL when she was selected. She is bright, kind, sweet, thinks well on her feet, has a comforting smile and a very sweet nature. Really, all the qualities you could want in a nurse. A few days ago she got "the call." Due to budgets, blah blah blah blah, the program had been cut. Not only did she lose her dream job before it started, she lost her job in a very tight market. Whatever they have told about a nursing shortage is not true in Buffalo, NY currently. Through the tears and disappointment she texted me "I feel like I got my favorite Christmas present and someone returned it on me."
That is the where the object lesson ends... bc I'm not going to belittle my friend's disappointment by comparing it to other experiences or "lessons learned" in life. It's just that her analogy made me think. How often are we disappointed and what do we do with that disappointment in life? How often do we feel like someone returned our gift without our permission? I can point to different chapters in my life and examples of how I handled disappointment differently every time. What is that quote? Something like "Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you respond." While I can see validity to that, I know that I handle these "happenings" differently depending upon my other circumstances.
A dear friend recently gave me the kick in the pants I needed. I think others may have tried, but I was not ready to hear them. I wanted to wallow in certain disappointment, but P, as I will call her, would not allow that. I have had wallowing time and she told me in no uncertain terms, it's move-on time now. She reminded me that while the things that happen to us are not always fair, they become our reality and we must decide how to manage the let down. Thank GOD, for friends like P!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
We loved Zilly Cakes... if you're in the B-Lo--check it out... down on Elmwood.
The perfect perch at Niagara Falls for picture taking:)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I have, for a long time, been a Stampin' Up! gal... while I still love and sell SU!, I'm branching out a little. Want to get more in destressing and altering items. I bought a box of a couple 100 random postage stamps. All international, all post marked. It arrived this week and I found a couple of polish stamps... so I decided to make cards for my favorite polish girls in Chicago... Hope they 'em:) (it's kind of hard to tell, but on the bottom card, that is a little cupid charm)...
Monday, May 10, 2010
This is my friend Aggie... probably the funniest person I know. On a recent trip to Chicago, I got to attend a Cubs game with her. Yesterday I was at the grocery store wearing my Cubs hoodie sweatshirt... A man in line said "how are those Cubs doing?" I looked at him confused and said "I don't really like baseball... I just love wrigley field." He laughed. Long and hard.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
OH. MY. WORD. Am I finally starting this thing? I have so much to say right now because I guess I feel like this has to be some grand introduction to the world... HEY WORLD, I'M BLOGGING... what do you think of that? I always thought I was above twitter, or tweeting, as the case may be, but the last couple of days, I apparently have been posting "tweet like" comments on my FB... WHO DO I THINK I AM?... that world cares about every thought that flutters in and out of my mind? Well my friends comment, so I guess they think I'm funny... LOL. What is the point of this blog, you may ask yourself? Dunno.
I feel like I need a theme... but I can't narrow it down... so, if you should choose to read this... you can expect a few topics...
1. Pictures of my crafting
2. Pictures of friends and I where I say, wow, that's a good pic of me, i'm going to post it.
3. Musings about love and dating. Well, right now, I'm officially on a "break" from dating... aye aye aye is all I can say there. Although I'm on a break, if you just happen to know a cute single fella, over 6', darkish hair, knows there is a world beyond the end of his driveway, smart, kinda geeky, and sweet... send him my e-mail--shoot, send him to my house.
4. The pursuit of healthier living
5. Nursing school/ health care
6. Random graphically personal stories... since I'm in nurseing school, I have lost any filter I had about bodies and nature... let me know if you want to hear my most recent adventure in menses.
PLEASE DON'T JUDGE MY OVERUSE AND ABUSE OF THE ELYSIS. I LOVE DOTS AND REFLECTING IN STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
OK, I think I'm going to hit publish post and see how this little ditty turned out...