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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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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.

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Namaste

Sheila

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Old Fashion Letter From Grandma

Hello and welcome,

I hope you all are ready for an old fashioned letter from grandma! This idea came to me as I started to write this blog, it reminded me of the monthly letter we would get from my paternal grandmother.

My paternal grandparents had six kids and 15 grandchildren, so to save time I think my grandmother spent one afternoon a month typing out the same letter over and over (they didn’t have in home printers or copy machines back then) and then sent them out to all her kids. I guess now days it would be called our monthly family news letter.

For me when I was little I loved when grandma’s letter came. She would always fill it with information about what all her kids and grand-kids were up to, and her own opinion on everything. That part of the letter was fun because all my aunts, uncles and cousins lived in different states, all across the United States, so we rarely ever saw one another. The funny part of the letter was always when she would talk about grandpa, which was only about one sentence. Then she would go into all her ailments, what the doctor said about this or that and normally this part of the letter took up about a quarter of the letter. Then she would always end her letter by saying her and grandpa were doing fine otherwise.

We never lived close to my father’s side of the family, so I never really got to know any of my cousins or aunts and uncles, just what grandma wrote about them. So those letters were a way for my grandmother to keep the family connected. Even through the miles , she brought us all together once a month through her letters.

So, for me to connect with all of you my Ginger Street family, and carry on grandma’s tradition in a more technical way. I have started a You Tube channel and am posting weekly videos. I will be doing a new post on my website every week. And last but not least, I am going to be starting my monthly news letter for subscribers only, more details on that later.

For now lets get started with this months update.

Three weeks ago I took Takara (our Tonkinese cat) to the vet because she has lost so much weight, she started throwing up after eating, she wasn’t sleeping, and then for three nights in a row she just howled all night up and down the stairs. The vet said she has Hyperthyroidism and began her on medication she has to take once a day until we go see the vet again Sept. 13.

The first day was the worst because she threw up like four or five times, and she would go hide because she just wanted to be left alone. She is a very social cat and is always in the same room as me, if she isn’t in my lap, so her isolating herself was very hard to take because it meant she really wasn’t doing well. The next morning she was like a whole new cat. She was right back to her old self (except for still being skinny), she was all up in my face and being lovey, playing with Jackson, and eating without throwing up.

We have had a few days where she was very clingy and all I could do was sit with her and hold her to keep her calm. She has thrown up a few times and had a bit of a fever one day, but all in all the medicine has been working because she has been eating,  and sleeping,  her urine and bowl movements are normal and her coat is nice and silky soft again.

Jackson has gotten so heavy, but not fat just solid. He doesn’t realize how big he is, so when he plops himself down on top of something he actually smashes it now. I really have to be careful when he comes in my work room because he will walk or lay on whatever is in his way. I have tried keeping the door closed but if I do then he sits outside the door and just cries until I open it again. We call him big baby boo when he has his crying fits, but then he gets even louder. You can’t tell me these cat’s don’t understand what we are saying.

My husband loves his job, now that he is past the hardest part – the training. When my husband started his job with this new company he was only supposed to work four consecutive 12 hour days and have three days off. He was one of only four people in the entire facility that knows how to do what he does. This last week my husband found out that there are going to be only three of them doing what he does, because one guy is leaving. So as he says “job security and more overtime”. I love his positive attitude!

On the 28th of August I went to see my Dr. for my three month check up. I had gained a couple pounds, so I need to exercise more. I have the eating routine, portion size and the good for me foods down pat. They did all my blood work and I got the results back on the 5th of September…. I am doing excellent, my A1C is below the diabetic mark which means I am normal, all my liver, kidney, etc., test are normal. He wants me to continue on the oral medication I take twice a day, and still lose the 20 pounds plus the couple pounds I recently gained. I have six months before I see him again, if all goes well I will be medication free and it will be the last visit for my diabetes.

I have loved all the doctors, PA’s, and nurses I have had this last eight months, working with me to reach my goal. It will be a sad but very happy day when this journey of my life is over. But I am looking forward to the next journey and new goal.

Well, hubby should be home from work soon so, I need to sign off and go get dinner started.

Take care and talk to you all soon.

Namaste

Sheila

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Jackson Keeping Watch

It has been a long time since I have done an update on our handsome little man Jackson, so I thought that I would take some pictures of him today and share them with all of you.

This is where Jackson has been all day and still is right now this evening. It’s a good thing I decided to just do stuff on the computer today because there isn’t much room for me to do any crafting up here that’s for sure.

Here is a picture I took of him just now.

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Doesn’t he look so peaceful?

He is a very big boy, not at all fat just muscular and tall. He actually towers over Takara now and is quite a bit stronger than her now. Since she taught him how to fight, he is now ninja fast and sneaky just like her. Sometimes when they are playing she will get mad at him because he hasn’t learned the safe word yet, even though she is yelling it at him very loudly.

We have always given him time outs when he is bad (like picking relentlessly on Takara), or he starts throwing a fit by tearing things up that don’t belong to him (my head bands, hair ties, any of our papers left out) or getting into things he knows he shouldn’t (my house plants, or the trashcans in the house). Usually time out is only five maybe ten minutes but when we open the door he is always just waking up and just looks at us like “what? is it time to come out already, I just went to sleep?”

Now, just recently, I have caught him putting himself in time out a couple times. Once when Takara really walloped him during one of their playing sessions and the second time just the other day when I got on to him and told him he was being a bad boy. The funny thing is I didn’t even realize he had gone to his room until about half an hour later when I was looking for him (because it was so quiet), and there he was sleeping on his blanket by the window.

Maybe this means he has learned that the women of the house rule. Or maybe he is just going through a growth spurt and he needs his rest. But then again my husband has been taking him outside the last few mornings before it gets too hot, so he can air out his furry little britches. That could be why he is a little sluggish in the afternoon.

I think since we have raised all our cats from tiny babies, that they learn our habits, the different tones in our voices (if not actual words we say), they know our routine and they know how to manipulate us to get what they want. So that is why we treat them more like human/kids.

Oh, gotta tell you this, almost forgot.

The other day my husband was going out front so he decided to take Jackson with him. Well, we have a few stray cats that live in our neighborhood that are about the same age as Jackson. A couple of them have decided to take up residence on our front porch during the day because it is shaded and cool (plus we have been putting water out there for them). My husband went around the house to the front door to get the water dish (because he didn’t want Jackson drinking out of it) with Jackson in tow.

As Jackson came around the corner he saw the kittens and they saw him, immediately all the tales got fluffy but no one got aggressive. The one kitten took off and went and hid under the tree and the other one kinda hissed and then got in a submissive position in front of Jackson. Jackson sniffed the other cat for a minute, then he relaxed and then they just sat next to each other by the Oleander Bush/Shrub.

It was so cute to see our boy making friends, but we do not encourage him to hang out with the outside cats. That is why one of is always outside with him and mostly only in the backyard because the kittens (we call them kittens even though they are the same age as Jackson, they are half his size) are in the front yard.

Well Takara is telling me it is time for bed so I guess I should listen. The boy has toddled off somewhere, so this is a good time for me to wrap things up and bid you all a good night until next time.

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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Junk Journal #2 Flip Through

A few posts back I had showed you pictures of the second junk journal that I made and told you that I would do a flip through for you. Well I finally got around to taping and editing the video, so here it is very raw, I don’t think I will ever get used to being on camera, sorry.  Anyhoo, I hope that you enjoy the little journal flip through.

So what do you think? Well I have good news then, it is for sale in my shop.

Well, this month is almost over and nothing got done around here. Oh, wait I wasn’t really all myself the beginning of the month, but still I should have more done (as far as project wise). I only have a couple more months to go before The Big Tin Cotton Gin opens and I have to have at least six months worth of stuff made and ready to go.

Speaking of making things, I now have a YouTube channel if you would like to go check that out Sheila gingerstreetboutique . I will be posting me crafting, making cards and sharing the goodies I purchase for my crafting. I am going to try to do at least once a week, maybe twice, live videos. So if you want see how disorganized I really am then turn on the YouTube and check out my channel.

So for other news…..

Well, a while back I told you I would keep you updated on my diabetes and it has been a bit since the last update, so here goes. I was doing good with the yoga and eating my three small meals and two snacks every day then I got sick again. I didn’t want to eat because everything upset my stomach, and yoga was out of the question because I had no energy or strength to even get out of bed for a few days. My blood sugar numbers dropped really low (which is called Hypoglycemia) a couple days and that scared me, because I didn’t want to go into a coma.

My husband kept forcing me to eat and kept me hydrated, but he also had to work so while he was away he told the cats to keep an eye on me. LOL… It worked! Every two hours Takara would come wake me up by standing on my chest or right in front of my face and cry then touch my nose with her paw and repeating this over and over until I got up. They say cats are selfish, maybe sometimes but they are also very generous when they know they are loved.

Everything is back to normal again, thank you Lord for getting us through that!

I read this article a while back on the Diabetic Association website that this Dr. wrote about how beneficial a Vegan diet is to diabetics. So I started cutting out meats and eggs from my diet to start, then I got sick. My husband is not a cook, he is a wonderful husband and has many other talents but his cooking is limited to five things. Two  things he is awesome at are omelette’s and scrambled eggs. Yes, you guessed it, I was “forced” to eat a lot of both because he said that I needed my protein. LOL… there went the vegan diet.

Now that things are back to normal and it is summer time, my favorite time of the “food year”. I love all the vegetables and fruit because they remind me of summer. “Summer food” is not as heavy on the stomach and they are more refreshing. This is the perfect time for me to start really practicing this new way of eating. I have a lot more to learn about food and the vegan way of eating, but I am looking forward to cleansing my body and nourishing it with only the good stuff. If this, along with my yoga, will help me get rid of my diabetes for good, then I am all in.

Ok, speaking of yoga it is time for my after noon session, so I must go now but you can stay and look around the shop and I will catch you later.

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Here is an exert from a final interview with Comedian Patrice O’Neal. by Carolyn Butler for Diabetes Forecast.

Tell me about that, about how things have changed?

Well, I’m starting to really feel it now—your body feels achy, your feet hurt, you start getting a little retinopathy, the neuropathy. You just start feeling the effects more.

Nowadays, my diabetes is a hell of a thing. It just affects everything—your bowel movements and sex drive and sexual everything, your feet, your eyes. I’ve got to take fiber all the time now, because my body just doesn’t do what it needs to do, so I have to help it. Some days you feel really good, and then others it weighs you down and takes everything you got to just move. But you do.

[Diabetes] just makes you old—it makes you think old—way before you should be. You think about falling and cutting yourself, about getting bit by a bug, you think about those things. When you’re clipping your toenails you got to be careful, even. I cut my foot last year and I was really scared. I could see where it didn’t heal up a little bit. When you’re young, you just heal up.

If I’m eating right and taking my medication and doing what I have to do and walking every day, I feel good. But diabetes is a thing where it can trick you—it makes you feel like you’re OK, if you’re doing the right thing. But you know you got to do the right thing diligently, so the sugar isn’t truly eating away at your body.

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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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Jackson

I couldn’t resist taking these pictures and sharing them with all of you. I think that Jackson looks so cute when he looks out the window with his big paws on the window sill, doesn’t it remind you of a little kid looking out the window?

The next few pictures he is actually in the window watching the birds in the tree right outside the window and then they would fly up on the roof of the house. He was having a blast watching them from this point of view.

Ok, these next few pictures were taken around Christmas time of Jax on my desk one evening “helping” me.

 

 

Now this is how Jackson sleep’s on my husbands desk.

Now who spoils them? Normally Sheba is sleeping on the green towel right next to Jax and they know which towel is theirs.

Isn’t he getting so big? We just love him so much and he is so loving right back. Can you believe that next month he is going to be one year old in human years. We have been trying to think of what to do special for him for his birthday but haven’t really thought of anything real exciting yet.

So, here is what I came up with….YOU! I would like to enlist you to come up with a birthday party and gifts fit for our handsome little prince. My husband just suggested that we catch a bird and give it to him…now do you see why I am asking for your help? Please leave a comment below or email me at gingerstreetboutique@gmail.com your ideas, I would greatly appreciate the help and I will definitely give credit to the person/person’s who’s ideas we use. I will also take pictures to share with all of you his one year birthday celebration.

Well, it is beautiful outside, my husband just fixed us lunch and is waiting for me out on the patio. Have a great day everyone!

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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Jax in The Box

Here is a cute video I took of Jax “helping me” (his version).

I was trying out the new card rack so I was taking all the cards from the box and putting them on the rack and Jax thought that once the box was empty it was his. We had such a laugh, I just had to share it with you…enjoy!

This is a short post but I wanted to share this video and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, I hope that you have a blessed day with your family and friends.

Namaste

Sheila

 

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I’m so excited….

Last week I was busy working on my first order that I received from my weekend at The Big Tin Cotton Gin. This week I will be working on another order and also prepping for the next show November 17 – 19. It’s only a couple weeks away and so now is the crunch time for making all my Christmas items and rearranging my booth to accommodate all the new stuff. This is the first year that I have done anything like this and I am loving the whole vibe that you get from being around so many other creative/artistic people. I plan to take a lot more photo’s at the next show so that I can share the experience with all of you.

Here are a few pictures of my booth from this month and the items that I had.

I will be having more Christmas items for the next show and a lot more stocking stuffer type items.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for items I should have in my booth please comment or email me I would appreciate all feedback I can get.

Thank you all for following me and putting up with all these long in between lulls with my posts. When I get in a zone I kinda tune out the rest of the world and only focus on the task at hand, I even neglect my poor husband and our cats of my attention. Although I’m sure my husband doesn’t mind the quiet during my “creative times”.

Below is a picture of just a few of the cute little trio nugget boxes I made for this last weeks order.

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This is not my original design for these little boxes I actually got the design and instructions from Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. She is also an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and she has a lot of really cute gift box ideas. I really like her instruction videos because she takes you step by step and makes it very simple and easy to follow (I like simple and easy). Be sure to check out her new 2017 cute Christmas gift box ideas.

Have a great week!

Namaste

Sheila

P.S. Everyone that stops by my booth at The Big Tin Cotton Gin November 17-19, and says hi will receive a free gift from me.