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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 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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Recovery Update

Yes, I know it has been a while since the last “Recovery” post and that is why I am updating you today.

Eight weeks ago I completed my weekly check in with my after care Dr. for the incisions on my back, from the surgery. It was actually a bitter sweet day because I had gotten to the point where I enjoyed the challenge of the weekly weigh in to see how much I had lost from week to week. Plus all the staff in the office were just great, I really liked all of them and even got to know them all by first name.

So, with that said my back is all healed up and I’m back to “normal” as they say. I am still dealing with the diabetes, but the PA. and I had worked out an eating plan and I designed my strict daily routine (with approval of the PA) in order to achieve my goal of being diabetic free in one year and losing 52 lbs. I will list my daily routine below, if you are interested.

In the following few weeks my husband got a new job and in the process found out he had high blood pressure and had to start taking medication for that. Wow, we really make a pair! I guess all those years of my clients telling me that after 50 everything starts going south and breaking down, they were right.

My husband loves his job and they have been really great to him. They wanted him so badly that they held his position for him for three weeks while he got this blood pressure situation under control. The job is very physical and mentally challenging, but he loves that so he is happy. Another plus for him is that he knows one of the managers here, they used to work together at their previous employment. Only thing is this manager wasn’t a manager over there and my husband had more seniority over him. So you can only imagine what they are like with each other over here, pranks all the time.

Ok, back to me, (you know “I wanna talk about me” like that Toby Keith song) LOL…. Four weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new primary Dr., the one I have to see to monitor my diabetes. All my daily blood sugar tests looked good, we went over my goals,  my daily routine and my eating plan. He said that he agreed I could be off all my meds if I lose 40 lbs and be diabetic free by Jan. 2018, if I truly stayed strict to this daily plan. So talk about incentive…

That same day the Dr. took me off my insulin and gave me this pill called Glimepiride it was supposed to replace the insulin. I was still suppose to take the Metformin, but he also lowered the dosage of that as well. The Dr. also ordered some blood work that day and told me at the next visit in two weeks we would go over them or if there were any discrepancies he would give me a call. So as you can imagine I was so excited I got off the insulin a whole month earlier than I expected/projected and the Metformin dosage was lowered which I didn’t see coming until maybe Oct. or Nov.. Woooohooo! That was a good day.

Well, the news was good and the elation last all through the next day which was Friday. By Saturday mid morning I was so sick it was coming out both ends (sorry if that was too graphic for you), my head felt like a vice was on the inside trying to push out my skull, I was so dizzy I didn’t even want to move and eating was not even happening. I knew this was the side effects of the new pill Glimepiride so I figured I could give it a couple days for my body to adjust. By Monday it hadn’t let up and I didn’t feel like it was getting any better. Tuesday morning I did not take that tiny pill and that day I did not feel nauseous, but still had a little dizziness, headache and diarrhea. It actually took me until that following Saturday to feel “normal” again.

One week ago today I went back for my follow up with the Dr. and told him what happened and what I did to resolve the problem. He looked at my daily blood sugar tests and said that he agreed with my decision and said that he saw no reason for me to take anything other than the Metformin at the same dosage. We went over all my blood tests and guess what? Everything was excellent, my kidneys, my liver, my cholesterol, and my A1C was at 5 (6-7 on the A1C is considered borderline diabetic, anything over 7 on the A1C is considered Diabetic). I still have 40 lbs. to lose to be completely off the Metformin, and my goal of 52 lbs. so I can be happy with myself.

SET BACK #2 – Now for the last week I have been dealing with a tooth ache, which I found out two days ago is being cause by what the dentist thinks is either from a major sinus infection or nerve damage. So currently I am on antibiotics for the next ten days to clear up the infection and then we will go from there. The pain is still there but the energy level is not. If this is what being in my 50’s is going to be like, then just put me to sleep and wake me up when I turn 60.

I am so sorry for ever laughing when my clients used to say they had to schedule their days around their Dr.’s appointments, NOW I get it!

Well, thank you for  sticking with me through all this babble, but now you are caught up.

Oh, yeah my Daily schedule.

  • 4 am – 5 am – make husband breakfast, pack his lunch and see him off to work
  • 5 am – 6 am – meditation
  • 6 am – 7 am – yoga
  • 7 am – 8 am – do a little house work (we have 2,400 sq. ft. so I have something to clean every day)
  • 8 am – 9 am – breakfast, meds, vitamins,
  • 9 am – 10 am – shower and get ready for the day
  • 10 am – 10:30 am – Mid morning snack
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 pm – make phone calls if necessary, check emails, take care of household business.
  • 11:30 am – 12 pm – take a nap
  • 12 pm – 1 pm – lunch
  • 1 pm – 1:30 pm – walk outside or on treadmill
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm – cool down, stretch, drink water and take a break
  • 2 pm – 2:30 pm – mid afternoon snack
  • 2:30 pm – 4 pm – I work on my blog, crafts, cards, etc..
  • 4 pm – 5 pm – yoga
  • 5 pm – 6 pm – dinner, night meds.
  • 6 pm – 7 pm – shower and get ready for hubby to come home.
  • 7 pm – 8 pm – visit with hubby
  • 8 pm – bed time.

Yes, it seems like a very boring day, but believe me it has been a challenge making sure that I get everything on my schedule done every day. To be honest, this last week since I have had this tooth ache and sinus issue, I haven’t done much but sleep. I am hoping to be back on schedule next week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Be safe…

Namaste

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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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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Beautiful

Have you ever really looked around you to see the beauty surrounding you?

The birds are chirping away, the sun is out and there is a light breezy flowing through the house as I have all the windows and doors open to let in the fresh air. As I sit here at my dining room table with my laptop writing these words I am listening to the birds outside, the washer and dryer going upstairs, the neighborhood kids coming home from school, occasionally a dog will bark off in the distance, and a plane flying overhead. To me this is my beautiful, because I appreciate these little moments of peace and serenity. I am so thankful that I live where I live and that I get to enjoy these moments, that I have a wonderful life with an awesome man. No my life is not perfect, I am not perfect and I do not live a financially wealthy lifestyle, but I believe in God and no matter who we are or what our lifestyle he has given us the ability to see the beauty around us in everything, every day if we choose to and so I choose to. Some of you may see me as simple or boring and that is fine, but at this point in my life I enjoy simple and boring, plus I believe that if more people began to appreciate the more simpler things around us in nature and life then maybe we would be more gracious with one another.

So, let me know what your beautiful was or is today, I would love to hear about your day!

Yes, I know that this is a little short but I just had to get this down and share with you this moment. Below are some pictures I just took to share with you this moment.

The first one is our front door looking out, the next two are from the front porch looking out over our front yard and the last two are the back patio and our very first cactus for the backyard. Yes, we live in the desert so desert landscaping is pretty much the norm around here and it is very beautiful when everything is in bloom, like this time of year.

This is my request to you for this week – Take a moment every day to just stop and look around you, listen, smell, taste or touch something and savor this moment of beauty in your life whatever it may be, because you will never have that moment back again. Every moment in your life matters, because you matter, so make every moment count.

Namaste,

Sheila

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Valentines Day

What a beautiful day! This morning I woke up at 7 am and the sun was out, there was no wind but it was a little chilly. I came downstairs, made a pot of coffee, went to my craft room and made a couple Valentine flower arrangements, a couple cards and another gift bag. At 8:15 am I was in the shower and getting ready for the day, because today my husband and I are going to set up out between Coolidge and Casa Grande by CAC and sell Valentines items for all those last minute shoppers.

Here are some pictures of our little spot.

 

We met some really nice people like the cowboy buying his girlfriend a bouquet of flowers and a card, the trucker driver that wanted to buy something cheap for his wife because he said if he bought her something expensive this year then he would have to buy her something even more expensive next year, a really nice guy that was buying something for his mom and two nieces, and this really funny couple with this cute little pug dog (dude I hope that you really go all out for your anniversary next month because you weren’t doing so good with Valentine’s). We even had this poor kid on a motor cycle come running up to us for help because he had gotten stung by a bee in his leg. As he left I told him he needed to invest in a pair of chaps and he laughed because he said he was thinking the same thing.

We did really well with sales, but most of all we enjoyed the time outside together. This was probably one of the best Valentine’s Days I have ever had and I didn’t even get any flowers or candy. I got the best gift ever spending the day with my husband, the very first Valentine’s Day in 18 years, and God blessed us with a beautiful day.

How was your Valentines? What did you do? Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s let me know what the highlight of your day was, I would love to hear about your day!

Have a great rest of the week!

Sheila

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Happy Halloween

Hello everyone, I hope that you are preparing for a safe but fun and spooky night out. Oh and be sure not to eat too much of the kids candy while you are “inspecting” it, you don’t want to have to call in sick tomorrow.

For those of you getting ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) here are a few things that I have made for the occasion.

The top six pictures are of the exploding box card that I made this year and it has eight flaps. The four inside flaps with the flowers actually fold up around the skull and you can put the lid back over them to hold them together. There are also pockets in those flaps so that you can put in a message to your loved one or maybe something small that belonged to them or had meaning to them such as song lyrics or a poem. Then the outside flaps with the little white and gold doilies are meant for placing candles and/or samplings of your loved ones favorite foods or drink. This box card is the perfect start to a small ofrenda alter.

The bottom two pictures I made a couple years ago from a picture that my husband drew of our cat and a sugar skull painted face (was supposed to be my face). The one on the left with the black frame is the original under glass and wooden frame I painted and added a few flowers. The one on the right is a on canvas that I painted green and  glued the picture down. I used a wooden frame I picked up at Micheals and painted that a rusty brown color and glued it over the picture and then added a flower with a glitter sugar skull in the middle.

Be safe and have a very blessed day!

Sheila

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Started Out Sad…

Well, this was disappointing. Not one person signed up for today’s card class. What should I make of that? I guess I could wallow in it and think it was because no one liked the cards that I came up with to make, or that they don’t like me, or that I didn’t do enough advertising, or etc., etc., etc.. But instead I am going to look at this as a blessing, because maybe this is Gods way of saying “you needed this time to finish your Scottsdale order and to start on next Saturdays class project ideas.”

This is also an opportunity for all of you as well, because I am going to have all these kits available to purchase in my store. If you would like for me to assemble the card or cards for you before shipping, I will at NO extra charge. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to get ahead on your holiday cards this year.

Thank you everyone for being so patient with me and continuing to follow me and my little blog. So for your patience I would like to share with you some pictures of a few of the exploding box cards and regular box cards I’ve made this week.

All my box cards and exploding box cards are sold exclusively at Two Plates Full in Scottsdale, so in order to purchase them go to the shop, go online or call them. This is a wonderful boutique filled with just about everything you can think of for gifts from young to old, gag gifts to elegant hostess gifts, yard art and so much more. I love this shop and I think once you take a look around in there you will understand why, and you just might fall in love with it too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sheila