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Merry Christmas

Today is the day that family and friends spend together celebrating by exchanging gifts and having lavish feasts. But do we really know or remember what we are celebrating? What this day really means? Not just a day off from work for the adults or winter break for the kids.

This is the day that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. So this is also a holy day, a day that we should be generous and kind to one another. I believe that every day of the year we should be generous and kind to one another, but then that is just me.

I love to watch the old animated “The little Drummer Boy” movie, and every year when I watch it I cry. That movie always reminds me that no matter how humble the gift, if it comes from the heart with love, then it is even more precious than all the gold or fine jewels in the world.

What is your favorite holiday movie? Why? I really would like to see your comments below or email me privately if you like.

For the last several years I have a regular routine every Christmas. I wake up and say a prayer of thanks to God. I make pancakes and eggs for my husband and I. We feed the cats their special feast of fancy cat foods and boiled chicken. Then my husband, the cats, and I watch “The Christmas Story”. Then I clean house and get ready for the rest of the week. My husband and I do not exchange gifts anymore because we have everything that we need.

I do have to admit that for several years now I have had the same wish and I am hoping that one day that wish will come true. Other than that I am very blessed and grateful for the life I have.

Christmas is also a day that reminds me of my faith and belief in God and how powerful his love really is. I am not religious, I used to be, but I do believe in God and I do talk to him every day.

God put Jesus on this earth to teach us kindness, love, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, and he also gave us the tools and knowledge to heal one another. Some how as a society we have lost our way and His teachings. The only time of year that we see a smidgen of generosity or kindness on a larger scale is at Christmas time.

Ok, I have two request for everyone this coming New Year! 1. Everyday do one kind, or generous, or compassionate, or loving thing, or forgive someone. 2. Pass this request around to all your friends and family so that they can make this their New Years resolution as well. None of these cost you anything (unless you choose to) except maybe a second of your time. In return you will receive a lighter heart, a warmth inside that is immeasurable, a feeling of great satisfaction, and you just might get a kiss or hug in return.

Thank you for reading through my rambling today, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind to write when I sat down, but apparently this is what I am supposed to write because it just all came out rather easily.

Merry Christmas everyone and may you have a Happy Healthy New Year filled with much joy and many blessing!

Namaste

Sheila

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Happy Thanksgiving….

Hello everyone, just wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and your families this Holiday Season.

This year I made the mistake of waiting until today (two days before Thanksgiving) to go get everything for Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t too bad this afternoon, but patience isn’t my virtue when I am in a hurry. Good thing my husband was with me to make light of everything, which kept me calm.

My husband and I are going to have a quiet dinner together and then he will probably watch his football. I on the other hand have three different orders I got over the weekend that I need to get started on.

Speaking of last weekend, oh my goodness we had so much fun. This last weekend was the November show at the The Big Tin Cotton Gin, and it was beautiful outside. We had a few repeat customers from last month, last season and even met a few newcomers that plan to come back.

I did really well in sales and only have a few Christmas items left so the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy trying to restock everything and make more new stuff. Plus I have three really big orders that have to be done before the first of Dec.. No pressure! Actually I love having this kind of pressure it makes the blood flow and the brain works faster (when you get my age that is really important, it means your still alive), LOL……

Any who, things on the home front have been busy, fun, hectic, and you know just normal for us. Everyone has their own level of normal, so that is why I say “for us”.

Oh, have to tell you this cute story about Jackson. Well you all know about his little “pride” of female stray cats out front, right? There are 11 females that he has in “pride” and they all love him. He actually fronted off a neighbors lab that was running down the street towards them one day, although my husband was right there to grab him and put him in the house before anything happened. It was funny because Jackson just stood in the middle of the street while all the girls scattered, and the dog just stopped in front of him all surprised that he didn’t run too. It actually looked like the dog wanted to play with Jackson but my husband didn’t want to take the chance.

Jackson actually takes his duties of protecting his “pride” very seriously as well as keeping them in line. One night my husband went out to feed the girls and one of the older ones began to hiss at my husband before he even put the food down, Jackson ran over and got between my husband and her and proceeded to chase her away. So she didn’t get to eat with the rest that night, and that female has never hissed at my husband or I again.

Takara is doing really well with her high protein diet and is almost herself again. She just needs to gain a little more weight, but otherwise she is just as ornery as ever. She knows her eating schedule and she makes sure we don’t forget either, every two hours on the dot.

Well that just about covers everything for now. If you want to chit chat with me while I am crafting the next few weeks come on over to my Twitch Channel and say hi. I would love the company and then you can see what I am working on as well. I stream Monday – Friday 3 pm – 11 pm except holidays. I haven’t made any new You Tube videos recently but I still have the old ones listed and I plan to make a couple new ones soon.

Many, many thanks for reading this post, for following me and for your feedback. I really do appreciate all of you who have stuck with me these last few years and all my new followers. I love you all and wouldn’t be as inspired to continue this site if it weren’t for all of you. Thank You!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Please say an extra prayer this Thanksgiving for all those in California that have lost a loved one, all those that lost their homes, the people that are helping the displaced, all the firefighters, police, and emergency personnel. These fires were devastating and now they are going to have the rains to contend with.

 

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Happy Saturday

Good morning! Well for some of you it may not be starting out so well, after being out all night. For me it has started rather early (4 am) as per every day this week, but last night I got the best nights sleep I have had in a long time and today I feel refreshed.

Last weekend was the opening of the season at The Big Tin Cotton Gin and we had a blast. I met so many new wonderful people, saw a few of my awesome customers from last season, and made some new friends.

We sold quite a bit, at least enough to cover our booth rent and a little bit of the cost for product. I never really make a profit off my crafts at these shows, but that is alright as long as I can make enough to cover my booth rent. My payment is meeting the people that purchase my items and hearing their stories of who they intend to give them to, and why.

I have also gotten many good ideas from customers as to how I can improve items or change them up for different occasions or events. There have been many Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators that I have met and even exchanged ideas with (it is always awesome to meet a fellow Demonstrator).

As you can see it really was a very productive weekend and I am so looking forward to the next show November 16 -18, 2018.

This whole last week has been crazy with my husbands new job hours, so my schedule has been totally thrown off kilter. So the next week and a half I will be working my little fingers to the bones getting ready for the next show.

Please excuse me for not posting very often during show season, but I really am busy working about 18-20 hours a day seven days a week in between shows just prepping and making new items.

I will be steaming me working on stuff over on my twitch channel if you would like to come chat with me or you can watch my YouTube videos as well.

Thank you for your support and I hope that you have a wonderful Saturday doing whatever it is that you have planned for the day.

Namaste

Sheila

P..S. Yes, short but sweet and straight to the point. Thank you for noticing.

 

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Obstacles

Today it actually looks like fall, so it has gotten me in the mood to finish up a couple more fall projects for the arts and antiques sale in a couple of weeks. I have been able to get pretty much everything done for the show in the last couple months. I won’t panic until next week when I am down to the last minute, and then it is really going to be freak out time…maybe not!

Things seem to have come together quite well for the show this year, despite all the obstacles that have been thrown in our way . I totally recommend prayer because it really does work!

Speaking of obstacles our most recent one has been saving the life of our 11 year old girl fur baby. The last couple of weeks we have been taking turns feeding her by hand and giving her fresh water all day. We almost lost her and the only way we were able to bring her back to life was to feed her a high protein, high calorie diet.

Two and a half weeks ago we took her to the vets for her follow up on her hyperthyroidism and the medication she was taking for that. They weighed her and she had lost weight again. They wanted to test her urine again and do another blood test, so we agreed.  They took her to the back and when she came out she was all hunkered down and putting her butt on the table, she was traumatized. She didn’t do that the last time we were there 30 days earlier when they did all those same tests. I knew something was wrong from the minute I saw her, but they kept saying she was fine that she might be like that for a few hours, but she would be fine. She wasn’t because for the rest of the day she hid behind the couch and wouldn’t eat or drink anything.

That night she began to bleed out her back end and soaked the bath mat in our bathroom. She wouldn’t even move after that. I called the vets but they were closed and they don’t have an emergency hospital here. We did call the nearest veterinary hospital an hour away and they said to bring her in immediately, but when I told the girl how far away we lived she kinda hesitated. She finally said the best thing is to bring her in but under the circumstances if we could keep her alive until morning and take her to her vet first thing in the morning. I immediately went into survival/emergency mode. No time to fall apart now I had to keep her alive.

Needless to say I was up all night with her giving her water with an eye dropper and praying. She did stop bleeding shortly after we got off the phone with the Veterinary hospital. By morning she hadn’t improved, so I called the vet first thing. The Dr. said her tests showed her liver was shutting down and she had protein in her kidneys. The Vet wanted to put her on an IV, medication, do surgery, more follow ups, more medication, hospitalize her, etc., etc.. I fell apart!

All I could think about as the Dr. was talking is the trauma our fur baby would go through not understanding what was going on. Being away from me she would have gotten worse not better. She is Tonkinese and I belong to her. She doesn’t do well when I am not around her for long periods of time, ever since she was kidnapped a couple years ago. She is very leery around strangers now.

I did not like the idea of surgery or all the medication. We try to give our cats the most natural, healthy food, chemical free environment and healthy lifestyle. We try to live our lives that way, so shouldn’t our cats be living that way as well?

Another big factor is that my husband and are not financially wealthy by all means, and all that would have cost a lot more than we could afford. So, I asked the vet for a more natural alternative and cost effective way to helping our fur baby get back to herself. She said that we would have to feed her foods high in calories and vitamins like kitten food, and feed her like every hour. But she still wanted us to bring our fur baby back in for more tests and to give her a new thyroid medication.

My husband went to PetSmart and asked one of the workers for help. He said that he had three different people assisting him when he told them why he was there. They were so attentive and each person was knowledgeable about the items that they handed him. He came home with a feeding syringe, four cans of kitten food, and this awesome miracle gel food that I believe saved her life. That Booster Gel was the miracle that turned our fur baby around. After only a couple feedings we could already see the life back in her eyes.

The process has been long, but our fur baby is almost back to her old self again. She has been eating on her own for the last week, about every two hours now, and drinking water regularly.

She only gets fresh meat that I cook (or the rotisserie chicken my husband picked up at Sam’s Club) and prepare for her. She still likes her High Calorie Booster Gel as a snack/treat. She gets half a can of kitten food that she munches on all night and she has started to eat a little bit of her crunchy food in the last couple of days.

I will forever be thankful for the employees at PetSmart for helping my husband that morning and treating him with dignity, respect and compassion. Yes, our fur baby is an animal. Anyone who has a pet knows that they are just as much a member of the family as all the humans. So when they get sick, injured or die it still hurts the same as if they were a human family member. Those employees at PetSmart saw that and understood that when they were helping my husband.

Thank you for reading through this long post. I am sorry for not posting anything the last couple weeks, but as you can see we have been kinda preoccupied. Here are some pictures I took of our fur baby yesterday.

Takara recoveringTK recov

 

Namaste

Sheila

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Tuesday Blues

Have you ever had a day where all you wanted to do is stay in bed all day with the covers up over your head so as to block the world out, just for one day?

This morning I woke up with my husband, I fixed breakfast, then I packed his lunch and sent him off to work. As we were eating breakfast he asked me what my plans were for the day and I told him this long list of things I needed to get done today.

  • Do blood check
  • Make breakfast
  • Pack lunch
  • Do dishes
  • Clean kitchen
  • Clean downstairs bathroom
  • Sweep floors
  • Call vets and make appt. for Takara
  • Write post
  • Check emails/respond
  • Check on orders/deliveries
  • Walk and Yoga
  • Do blood check
  • Eat lunch according to blood sugar
  • Work on Junk Journal embellishments
  • Walk
  • Do blood check
  • Eat dinner according to blood sugar
  • Get stuff ready for live YouTube video tomorrow
  • Bedtime/night Yoga

I was actually really enthusiastic and very focused in on tackling these tasks as soon as I sent hubby off to work. Right away I got a few things done, but then Jackson wanted to play fetch so I got off task, and now I just can’t seem to get back in line and focus on what to do next. All I want to do is crawl back in bed and sleep the rest of the day.

The house is quiet, the cats are peacefully sleeping, it’s hot outside, nice and cool inside, I got eight of the most important tasks done already and the bed is calling me.

No, this is the time that I have designated to get work done, so that is what I am going to do. Right now I am going to finish this very short post and then I am going to go walk for half an hour and do Yoga for half an hour that will get me motivated again.

Right now as I am typing this post I am watching out my window the poor AC repairmen putting in a new AC unit at the neighbor house. Right now it is 106 degrees outside and it is supposed to get up to 110 by the end of the day. Yeah, yeah I know “but it’s a dry heat” never the less those guys out there working in it are still very hot.

One thing that I am very thankful for, is that when my husband and I bought our first house together. The guy that did our house inspection gave us one very important piece of information that we have always done and it has saved us. He told us to always have our AC unit serviced twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. In the Fall to have it cleaned and serviced, because after all the monsoons/haboobs the unit will get all kinds of dirt and debris that can clog it up. Then in the Spring so that it can be serviced and prepared for the summer months.

The unit we had on our old house was about 22 years old by the time we had it replaced. Now at this house the AC unit was replaced by the previous owners only six months before we bought this house and the house was only eight years old at that time. So I don’t know if, when they built these houses (this development was started about 12 years ago), they used cheap AC units to begin with or if AC units aren’t built to last long, like everything else now days, or if people just don’t know how to maintain their units with the twice a year check ups. But this is the third house in our neighborhood this summer that has had an AC unit replaced.

Ok, so a tip for those of you that own your own home and have an AC unit and really rely on it during the summer months like we do here in Arizona. Make sure you have your AC unit serviced twice a year – once in the Spring (March or April) and again in the Fall (October or November). By doing this you will help your unit last a lot longer and then you won’t have to worry about being without AC during the hottest days of the year.

If you have reached this point of my post then I give you mucho kudos for getting through all my rambling.

Oh, before I forget…..Please come check out my YouTube live video tomorrow at 11:00 am. I will show you my three new Junk Journals I put together over the weekend and I will be embellishing them with you.

Have a great day and go be the best you that you can be!

Namaste

Sheila

 

 

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Happy Tuesday

As I sit here to write this post I am in a quandary. I have a gazillion things I need to get done yet I’m just not feeling it today.

Here are a few of the reason I have come up with so far.

  1. It is overcast and looks like we might have a nice monsoon/haboob storm.
  2. I was working on my computer all day yesterday and I used a lot of my brain power so today the brain is in shutdown mode.
  3. Since I had to work on my computer all day yesterday, I had to stay up late to finish a couple craft projects.
  4. Takara (my furry, four legged, beautiful baby girl cat) keeps jumping up here on my desk and just plopping herself down in front of me wanting to be loved. Now I can’t deny her my attention and love!
  5. My blood sugar was a little high this morning so I walked on the treadmill for 15 min. before breakfast. For breakfast I had a poached egg, 1 cup of beans I made yesterday, and 10 raspberries. I know it sounds awful but it is filling and there are no carbs just protein.
  6. Plus hubby is at work so I have all day to get stuff done, no need to rush (at least not until the last hour before he comes home) right?

Well, all the above are great excuses not to get my butt in gear, and maybe if I didn’t have a deadline to get some of these projects done then I could take a day off and be lazy. October is just around the corner and I don’t have half the projects done that I had planned on having completed by now. It is crunch time for me right now, so no being lazy!

Nice pep talk but still not feeling it yet!

Takara is still purring away laying across my arms as I type. I love when she is like this because it’s like she can’t get or give enough love fast enough. She is Tonkinese so tends to be quite demanding, very affectionate when she wants to be, playful when she want to be and quite vocal at times. She has definitely been my cat from the day she showed up on our doorstep 11 years ago as a tiny kitten.

I have read that the Tonkinese life expectancy is between 11 and 14 years, I sure hope that the figure is wrong. Awww…So see another reason I need to just sit here and hold her as long as possible. Every minute is so precious with her and I don’t want to take that for granted.

Oh, I almost forgot. This past weekend was my husbands birthday and a while back I had asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said “nothing, except maybe some good bar-b-que.” meaning his favorite BBQ place. So on his birthday we went up to the city and I took him over to his favorite BBQ place and they were closed because of cooler issues so they wouldn’t be open until maybe the next day if they could fix the problem. Needless to say we were both disappointed. I took him to his next almost favorite place but I could tell he wasn’t as excited.

I was very upset because everything I had planned to surprise him with this week fell apart. So I felt that his birthday was a complete disaster.

This man loves his “techy toys” and has just about everything he wants as far as that stuff goes. He is also an artist (like the drawing kind) so he has all the art supplies that he needs and wants for now.  He doesn’t do any kind of woodworking or carpentry so he doesn’t need any tools. He is good at taking care of the yard and maintaining the plants but doesn’t really have the time now that he is working all these crazy hours.

So as a surprise on Tuesday July 17, I had called a landscaper/gardener to come trim the tree and clean up the bushes out front and fix the irrigation system for him. The lady said that she would call me right back with the day and time later in the week that they could come out, but she never did. I called a couple other places the next day but they were going to charge extra for coming out of town (they were out of my budget anyway). That was a failed gift for my husband.

Now do you see why I was so upset? I really felt like crying because I had nothing else planned to give him.

Low and behold as we pulled into our driveway, after coming back from the city on Friday, there were two people in our yard just finishing picking up the debris from the tree and bushes. Our yard was totally transformed, it looked so good and we were both surprised. It was the lady I had talked to on Tuesday and her husband. The husband had fixed the irrigation system and then showed my husband what he did and how to repair it on his own. They were awesome and very reasonable in price.

Thank you Lord for once again answering my prayer!

It turned out to be a good day after all and no tears were shed.

Ok, after a few interruptions (phone calls, cats fighting, dryer stopping/ folding clothes and potty breaks) while writing this post it is now lunch time. So I must go and do another blood check and then eat accordingly.

Thank you for sticking around with me as I rambled on this morning. I do feel better and like I will get most of the stuff on my list of thing to do today done. Thank YOU!

Have a great day and do something positive today.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. No storm yet but still semi-overcast and ugly looking outside.

 

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Memorial Day

Well I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and paid tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedoms in this great country of red, white and blue.

Having been an Army brat and now married to a Marine (yes, I know. But I couldn’t resist the Dress Blues), this is a very special weekend in our house. We spent the weekend talking about and remembering my husbands uncles, great uncle and his dad who all served in different wars at different times. My husband also likes to watch Band of Brother’s, Generation Kill, and The Pacific every Memorial Day weekend, they are really good movies.

I know many people just look at this long weekend as just an extra day off from work or getting a good deal on all the sales that the stores are offering. But Memorial Day is actually the only day out of 365 days that is actually set aside for us to pay respect to those who voluntarily gave their lives serving this country.

Here is a clipping from timeanddate.com that gives the background of the holiday.

Background

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

Every year one of our traditions my husband has always done on Memorial Day, as long as we have been together (20 years), is buy a couple poppy’s from one of the Veterans raising money for the local American Legion. Many have forgotten the significance of the Poppy over the years, so here is a wonderful blog post by Cassandra Crosby that gives the reason and significance of the Poppy on Memorial Day to all veterans.

by Cassandra Crosby

My office is filled with art work depicting poppies. When I first started working here I thought how appropriate it was, remembering as a child when I would go with my grandfather to sell poppies for people to wear on Memorial Day and raise money for the local chapter of the American Legion. Some of the younger people I know, however, didn’t realize the significance of the poppy and what it means for Veterans around the world. Since this event was always so important to me, selling poppies with my grandfather, and I hate to see traditions get lost, I wanted to do a blog on the significance of the poppy to our Veterans.

After World War I, a day of remembrance was set aside by the Commonwealth of Nations member states to memorialize the fallen from all the countries that had fought in what was then known as The Great War. Remembrance Day or Armistice Day is held on November 11, memorializing the end of hostilities, “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” This is a familiar date to all of us in the United States. While it is still called Remembrance Day in Great Britain, it is now known as Veteran’s Day in the United States.

However, in the United States, we have our own Memorial Day. After the Civil War, women’s and religious organizations started the formal practice of decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers and in 1865; the federal government began creating military cemeteries for the Union dead. This practice evolved into the Memorial Day we celebrate today and was merged with the wearing of poppies in the 1915 after the publication of the poem, In Flander’s Field, by Lt. Colonel John McCrae, , following the second battle of Ypres. A copy of the poem can be found at the end of this blog.

The poppy, in Europe and the United States, quickly became a symbol of the fallen military after the publication of In Flander’s Field. The opening line refers directly to the sight Lt. Col. McCrae witnessed as he, a physician, walked among the crosses laid out to mark the site of so many who died for their counties. While the poppies grew among the graves, they are also a resilient flower. The poppy is able to lay dormant for many years in the soil only to reappear in great numbers, covering fields which had lay bare for many years previously. This also held significance for Lt. Col. McCrae as he wrote of the heroes who appeared in great numbers to come to the aid of others against oppression and tyranny during this Great War, and who would lie dormant until their call was heard again.

In 1918, Moina Michael wrote another poem that was a tribute to Lt. Col. McCrae’s accounting of the death on Flander’s field. Her poem, together with her promotion of using the poppy as the official symbol for the remembrance of the fallen, created what is now an iconic symbol of history that many do not know the story behind. Poppies, due to her enthusiasm became the symbol of the American Legion and funds were, and still are, used to help support the needs of disabled veterans.

My grandfather was a veteran of WWII who fought in North Africa and Italy and lost his leg after being shot the day before VE day. Even as an amputee and after 60+ surgeries, he still took me every Memorial Day to stand on that corner of the local department store with the poppies in my hand to pass out as he collected money for his “band of brothers.” It is a memory that I will cherish and one that my children and their children, because of his service, and the service of all veterans, will hopefully never have to know.

In Flander’s Field
By Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Lt. Col. John McCrae is buried in Wimereux, France after succumbing to pneumonia in 1918.

“We Shall Keep the Faith”
By Moina Michael
Oh! You who sleep in Flanders fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders field

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that you wrought
In Flanders field


Cassandra Crosby is a Veteran’s Claims Advocate for Hill & Ponton. She has over 20 years of experience in the management of non-profits programs specializing in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Victim Services. She is currently focusing on research and reviewing files for evidence that can be beneficial to disability claims. Cassandra is especially versed in helping with mental health issues but she has great knowledge in an array of areas including chemical exposure cases and individual unemployability issues. She is a Florida native and is also a full time student working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this post and I hope that you have a great rest of your week.
Namate
Sheila

 

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Morning Status…

Good Friday morning everyone!

Yes, I am up early this morning and watching the sun rise over the desert out my office window while I am typing this. I have all the windows open and enjoying the cool desert air and the birds singing away in the trees outside. There is a load of laundry in the washer and the two girl cats are still sleeping, one downstairs on the couch and the other one up here in her bed, the boy cat is running from window to window to get just the right view of the birds outside. This is what I call happy and content.

My husband and I were just talking last night about our marriage and what marriage means to us. I guess we got all caught up in the media frenzy going on right now and the whole celebrity brewhaha… Anyway, it was a good talk and we both came up with pretty much the same outlook and perspective on what marriage means. So I have broken down what we found has worked in our marriage and what we believe makes a marriage.

  • You have to like one another and be friends first.
  • Tell each other everything about yourself – the good, the bad, the baggage you carry with you, everything straight up front before you even start dating seriously.
  • Make time for each other every day (at least 30 minutes), even after you are married especially, just to talk face to face.
  • Be considerate of/to each other – this to me is a big one along with the following.
  • Be respectful of one another – this is also another big one for me, because if you don’t have these two then you really don’t even have a relationship.
  • Always be honest – this one we both agreed is the biggest relationship ender of all. Because if you can’t be honest with one another about everything then there is no respect or trust.
  • Support one another emotionally – if you love your spouse then you want them to be happy, so encourage them to be or do whatever it is that makes them happy (to an extent-no every night out with the boys/girls at the strip club). In other words if they want to go back to school, start a new career, take their career in a new direction, start a new hobby, etc.. No matter how big or small a thing you might think it is, to them it’s what makes their life complete.
  • Keep separate bank accounts and one joint account for household bills. At the beginning of our relationship we had separate accounts and we just divided the bills and we had a lot of arguments about money. Then we decided to join our accounts but that did not work either because neither of us liked being told how to spend “our” money. So we decided to go back to separate accounts and one joint account just for the bills and we both put in half our paychecks. When my husbands hours got cut, several years back, I had a really good job that paid very well every two weeks plus commission, and tips every week. So I would put in our joint account one whole paycheck, commission and all my tips until he got his hours back. Everything works out smoothly, no arguments about money, and we are never late on any of our bills (all four of them).
  • Flirt with one another every day. Flirting and teasing sexually keeps the spark alive.
  • Set goals – personal, financial, household, and long term. Be sure you are on the same page and working as a team to execute each of the goals that you set, because if you try to do them individually then it won’t work. Also re-evaluate each of your goals every so often as each one is met.
  • Above all believe in a higher power – we both came from different backgrounds as far as “religion”. My husband and I are now both Spiritual and believe in God but we are not religious. We pray every day and (I sometimes pray several times a day),  we both have faith that God is watching over us, thus He has proven many times to us that he does provide for us what we need when we need it. This has really helped our marriage in the last 12 years become even stronger.

Well there you have it our break down of what has worked in our marriage and we have been together for 20 years so far (oh my, where has the time gone?). We are not perfect and we/I still have melt downs every now and then, but for the most part we still have a lot of fun together and enjoy each others company. We have overcome a lot of obstacles in our relationship, that we both believe have strengthened our bond with one another. I look forward to many more wonderful, “boring” years with my significant other.

Maybe you can take away something from this list that will help you, but remember we are not professional marriage counselors or therapist’s. What I have listed here are our own personal feelings, and things that we have implemented in our own relationship that have worked for us.

May you have many happy years together with the one you love.

Namaste

Sheila

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Recovery

Well the last couple weeks have been very painful, shocking and quite a learning experience for me and my husband.

So to fill you all in, two weeks ago on Jan. 9, 2018, I felt a little lump on my lower back by my spine I didn’t think anything of it at the time. A couple days later it was a little sore so I had my husband look at it and he said it looked like someone had punched me in the back because it was all black and blue and swollen. He told me then that I needed to go to the Dr. and I blew it off because it didn’t bother me that bad. By the next day Friday Jan. 12, I gave in to my husband and conceded to going to the Dr. because the pain was worse and my husband said that it looked even worse.

Now looking back on this adventure it is funny, but at the time we were headed for a divorce. Like most men my husband doesn’t like to stop and ask for directions, and of course he didn’t think to look up the address online before we left the house or even call to get directions to the hospital. I have been to the Chandler Regional Hospital exactly one time more than my husband, but it has been like 10 years since the last time I was up there, and a lot has changed in the area since then. I was in so much pain I couldn’t think straight, I could feel every bump in the road like a shock of electricity going through my body with a burning, raw flesh feeling to follow (to tell the truth it was a worse pain than 21 hours of labor and then having an emergency c-section). Through all that and my husband expected me to remember exactly how to get to the hospital. I thought that I could remember but we got lost and then it was all my fault. So a one hour trip turned into a three hour trip with me crying and talking very loudly (I don’t yell anymore because it doesn’t work, being very quiet and not saying anything tends to really get their attention) requesting that he just pull over and get directions. About an hour and a half into the trip he finally did pull over and he got out to get the directions, oh my goodness! Instead of asking the girl exactly which street to get back out on and to turn right or left, she just pointed and said “to go up that way a couple blocks and turn”, we were at a four way corner and she was inside the building. We were lost again. Another 45 minutes of that and I was losing it badly the pain was so excruciating, I convinced my husband to pull over again so I could get out and get the directions this time. We got the directions and were there in 10 minutes. We had to end up waiting for another four hours in the waiting room before we saw a Dr., but I was out of the vehicle and off the road thank goodness. It was quite interesting the people that come into an emergency room and all the commotion, that is another story for another time.

So they did a C.A.T. scan of me and found something round like a little ball next to my spine which concerned them because of the location. The two Dr.’s attending me decided to call a surgeon and get another opinion as to how to proceed. The surgeon decided that it looked like it was just a sebaceous cyst and that the Dr.’s there could remove it with a local anesthetic. They removed the cyst, packed the incision with gauze, and sent me home with instructions to return on Monday (this was already Saturday morning) to have the packing removed and the incision looked at to make sure it was healing. I was also informed that I had full blown type 2 diabetes.

Sunday it was still hurting and the pain had come all the way around my ribs to the front. So when we went back up there on Monday the Dr. took a look at the incision, examined me and immediately admitted me into the hospital. That afternoon they took me into surgery and made another incision on my back to remove two more cysts that were deeper down in my back and all the little vines that had grown from the first one that had been removed (or so we thought). They were concerned, because of the diabetes the infection had spread so quickly, that they wanted to make sure that they got it all this time. They put me on a couple really strong antibiotics, diabetic medication, and pain medication for the next four days I was in the hospital.

I came home Thursday evening Jan. 18, 2018, loaded down with blood pressure medication, aspirin for blood clotting, diabetic pills and insulin, 2 different antibiotics, pain medication and two 3″ wide open incisions on my back that my husband has to unpack, clean and repack every day. My husband said that the first incision was about 3″ deep and the second incision was about 5″ deep when we first came home, but now they are healing up slowly so they aren’t quite as deep. This morning I finished my last two antibiotics and the Dr. took me off my blood pressure medication when I went to see her on Tuesday Jan. 23, 2018, and she said that if my blood sugars stay this good then we might get to take me off the insulin in a couple weeks and just do the pills.

My husband has been awesome through all this and has even gotten on board with my eating schedule, portion control, and sleeping schedule. This whole experience has been really quite scary for both of us in the fact of how quickly everything happened and how being diabetic is very serious. We are learning a whole new life style and have actually been enjoying planning and preparing our meals together. Next week we start our exercise program of walking around our neighborhood every day together until I can start doing my yoga again as well. My goal is to be diabetic free by this time next year. This goal is realistic from what I have read and by what my Dr. has told me, because diabetes is preventable and curable by diet, exercise and proper vitamins. With determination and fear behind me I will do this.

Thank you all for sticking with me to the end of this long post, my hope is that maybe you came away with a little knowledge about diabetes and how very seriously dangerous it can be to the body when untreated properly, whether unknowingly or knowingly. I will post more information about diabetes in another post and keep you updated on my recovery progress. Also don’t disregard what your body tells you, you know your own body, so if you hurt or don’t feel just right go to the Dr., something simple can turn into something serious if untreated.

Thank God for every little thing in your life today, because tomorrow isn’t certain.

Namaste

Sheila

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Welcome to 2018

So how have you all been? How was your holidays? I hope that everyone enjoyed time with their family and friends making memories. My husband and I had a busy holiday season but it was a fun busy and we had a wonderful Christmas together. My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year and I got exactly what I wanted. Below are some pictures of what I got for Christmas this year.

We moved my craft room upstairs (I will post pictures of that in another post) and painted the downstairs den and entryway, hung up new curtains in the den/my office and moved the living room around so that now it is a formal sitting area again. My husband taped everything off for me and I did all the painting, I think we did a pretty good job. I still have to get some frames for a couple of my husbands charcoal drawings I want to hang in there and finish painting that ugly brown cabinet, but other than that the room is done.

Here are the before pictures.

Now I am waiting for my husband to ask me what I want for my birthday in a couple months. Hint: There is only one room left downstairs and it is going to be the biggest project. I think he is deep down hoping that he gets a full time job really soon that allows him to work over time again, so he doesn’t have to help me with my “projects”.

I didn’t decorate the house for Christmas this year because of the little guy, I knew he would just destroy a Christmas tree or anything that we put out. Next year he will be older and hopefully more mellow or at least out of his destructive phase.

All three of the cats got spoiled by their Aunt and Uncle from “across the pond” as they do every year, but this year I forgot to take pictures as they opened their gifts ( I am so sorry). I think it was because we were so excited to see Jackson’s reaction to his first Christmas present, that we both totally spaced the fact that we didn’t have the camera with us. They each got a toy and yummy treats that they all loved. Jackson has since hoarded all the toys and gets very upset when the girls mess with “his” toys – he really doesn’t share well.

Well, it is getting late and Takara is curled up right in front of me laying across the bottom half of my laptop and my arms as I am trying to type, she wants me to go to bed. This is her way of saying “ok, see me now? I am more important than this thing you are looking at and typing on.” She is getting really annoyed that I am moving my hands around the keyboard and is starting to stretch out more as if to try and grab my fingers, there goes the tail. Gotta go before she starts biting.

Goodnight all..

Namaste

Sheila

 

 

 

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September 9, 2017 Card Class

Ok, CHANGE OF PLANS here.

Starting September 9, 2017, I will be having a Card Class every Saturday for the month of September. I will not be having any classes in the months of October, November or December. Last year I stretched myself too thin with trying to do too much and ended up being sick for almost a month, so I am not going to do that this year. We will see how things are going as the season progresses and maybe we will be able to slip in a class or two before Christmas.

So, for our class September 9, 2017 here are the cards that I have come up with so far.

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I got the idea for this card from Donna Kish a Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator. You really should go check out her blog she has some really pretty cards, very talented lady.

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This card idea I got off Pinterest, but before I could save it my cat walked across the keyboard and closed the page. I lost it and when I went back I could not find it again and still have not. So if you are the person or know the person who created this please contact me so that I can give you the credit for this card design. I changed it up a little bit but it is still the same layout.

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I got the idea for this Treat Card from Mary Brown off Pinterest. Mine is changed up a bit from hers but the idea is the same. There are three Hershey’s nuggets inside with space to write a note to the recipient.

I have a couple more projects ideas we may do as well, like another little treat box and/or gift card holder cards (if that makes any sense….lol).

If you live here in Arizona and looking for something to do to get out of the heat on September 15-16, 2017. Well I have a suggestion for you… at the Mesa Convention Center they are going to be having the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo where you can enjoy workshops, check out new products/equipment, meet Stephanie Barnard and Becki Adams, plus so much more. If you would like any more information here is the link Stamp and Scrapbook Expo 2017 . I am so excited, this will be the first time I have ever gone, and I know it will be fun.

There is one thing that I would like to ask of all of you right now. Will you please take a moment to pray for all the people and animals down in Texas that have lost everything and are struggling to get through each day. All the proceeds from my September classes will be going to the Houston Humane Society , so if you would like to sign up for all four classes ($20.00 per class) now, then please use this link to make your donation and bring your receipt with you to the September 9, 2017 class. Thank you!

Love, peace and strength…

Namaste

Sheila

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Christmas Crafts

Well it is almost that time of year again! As a crafter you know that now is when you start getting ready and making things like crazy. Even all the stores are getting their holiday items out on the shelves (actually the craft stores have had their holiday items out for a couple months now). So I jumped on the band wagon and in July I had a Christmas card class and we made some Christmas cards and a bonus item I didn’t post on my blog ahead of time because I wanted it to be a surprise for the class. Here are the pictures of them below.

They are actually little gift boxes made using the Cutie Pie Thinlets Die from Stampin’ Up. The little boxes are supposed to be faux cake slices and when you put a bunch together it makes a whole cake. But I was going for Christmas tree gift boxes.

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Then I made this cute little hanging Christmas decoration using these chipboard coasters my friend K. gave me and challenged me to make something with them. I love this lady she keeps me on my toes and is forever giving me ideas for crafting, business advise, referrals, and challenging me to broaden my crafting abilities. I think everyone needs at least one good friend like that, I know I am thankful to have her in my life. So this is one idea I came up with for them.

This is another idea I came up with, a little picture or memory book. This is the front and the front side of the book with a pocket filled with gift tags on the first page. The last page has a pocket with a flap that holds one note card.

This is the back side of the book and there is only one pocket that hold a bow, some small gift tags, and the twine to tie them. All the other spaces on this side are for journaling or attaching photos.

In that same week I also made some scrubbie dish clothes.

These are awesome. I love the Fruity Pebbles like colors of this yarn. They really scrub good too. I will have these posted in my store here pretty soon with all the details so be sure to check them out.

Ok, I think I have kept you long enough and have given you some ideas for your holiday crafting and gift giving. If you would like instructions or patterns for any of the above listed items please let me know and I can send them to you in PDF form or maybe do a tutorial on here.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and if you have made some cool holiday items that you would like to share link your post or send me a picture, because I would love to see what you all are making out there this season.

Have a great day!

Namaste

Sheila