Thursday, January 31, 2008
Okay, here goes:
1. I am a toad killer. When I was younger, my brother and I found dozens of baby toads in the field next to our house. We got a box, filled it with grass and a small dish of water and observed them for an entire morning. Leaving them in the box, tucked up against the back of the house for protection, we went off to play for the rest of the day. Coming back to the box, we found, to our horror, dozens of dehydrated, dead toads. They had baked in the sun. We never did that again.
2. When I was 10, my friend Patty and I did something completely unexplainable. It must have been because it was summer and we were bored. One afternoon, I went in the house and got a large pitcher of water and a bar of Dial soap. Patty and I went to the side of my house, wet our hair and soaped it up with Dial. We each shaped our hair into odd shapes (sticking up all over our heads) and, this is the unexplainable part, we ran up to the stone wall next to the road and scared drivers as they passed by. I wonder what they thought of two ten-year-old girls with soapy, stick-up hair waving their arms madly at them? I hope I never find out.
3. I would love to be a grandmother. And I don't want to be an old grandma, I want to have fun with my grandchildren! I do not want to be the grandma that sits in the rocking chair with a withered finger poking at them saying, "Come closer, I can't see you.", and scare the heck out of them.
4. I love Boston Baked Beans. The candy ones. Yum!! I eat them until my mouth turns red and I have a tummy ache from all that sugar.
5. I love oatmeal, with brown sugar and bananas, for breakfast. I could eat it every day. That's how much I love it. :)
6. I have not wallpapered my craft room with that fabulous Cath Kidston wallpaper my children gave me on my birthday last year. I cannot bear to cut into it. How silly is that?
7. I collect rocks. Not just any rocks, but rocks from places that I visit. They're cheap (free), small and I can put them in a jar and look at them and remember where I have been.
Ok. There they are, seven more things you probably did not want to know about me.
I am going to make my tags later. I am off for a full day of visiting, creating and going to see my dad at the hospital. But that is another story for later. He's ok, we think. The adventure never stops!
Dawn @ The Feathered Nest
Tracy @ On the Shores of Carpenter Creek
Beth @ Gathering Dust
Colleen @ Main Street Memories
Cindy @ For Love of Home
Five is going to have to be enough!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Cindy and her friends have been working hard making the Plum Tree one of the cutest shops in Georgia. ( Actually, I think it is the cutest shop. )
Remember I told you about Dawn and her incredible generosity? Well, yesterday we met at the shop and put some things in her room. I had just a few things to put it in; a few bags of clothespins, chalkboard tags (modeled after tags I saw on Ciel D'orage- scroll down to Jan. 10), two altered vintage plates, and a few other things. The wonderful thing is that all of my things melded well with Dawn's. Yay! (I am still cameraless, else I would be showing them to you!! I would also show you the adorable apron that Dawn gave me. As soon as I get a camera, there will have to be a post with nothing but pictures!)
The whole time we were there, I felt my heart beginning to lift. I felt inspired and connected. Dawn and Cindy have that effect on people. They just make you smile. And that has pervaded into every nook and cranny in the shop. I can tell that this is going to be a good place for me, surrounded by wonderful women who encourage each other.
Thank you, Dawn and Cindy, for who you are- warm, kind, open and generous. I think we are going to have a lot of fun together!!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
For us, when things like this happen in our family, we rally around each other. Immediately we sat down and went over our plan. Yes, unfortunately we had an idea this may have been coming.
Just not this soon.
My first thoughts were of how I could help. Being a stay-at-home mom does not offer me much of an opportunity to earn a living. Our children are grown now, but with a disabled son, I have to be available to get him back and forth to work and be here if he becomes ill. What to do? What to do?
I don't know about you, but when I get stressed I head to the craft room. Something in my brain turns on and ideas come pouring out. I really should be the most creative person on earth at the rate I become stressed. Glancing over all of the piles of things in there inspired me.
A quick e-mail to my friend, Dawn, inquiring about the availability of space somewhere, anywhere, that I could take things to sell solicited a response that took me by surprise. "Come share my room at the Plum Tree." Such generosity and sweetness from this woman left me speechless. "Are you sure?" "Yes." And that was that.
I am so grateful to Dawn for being willing to share her beautiful room and open her generous heart to this friend in need. It is indeed a miracle to have a friend like her.
This is going to be a whole new adventure for me. I'm glad I get to take it with Dawn.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It looks very complicated to make but in reality, it is easy-peasey. Just chains and triple crochets. Lots of them.
The magic comes in the form of wonder as you take trips around and out from the center circle seven times and watch the shape unfold before your eyes. Just don't look at the mistakes. :)
I see lots of fun projects being made from these. Beautiful projects made into gifts for all sorts of occasions. Or maybe to keep.
If you like to crochet, you need to make these. If you don't yet know how, this medallion would be a good reason to learn. Trust me. If I can make one, you can too!
I've been making these clothes pins for a while now.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
These are the type of winter days we hope for here in the South. They come all too rarely lately, so the minute a flake falls, excitement fills the air.
We will be staying in, tucked up in our warm house, watching movies and playing games as long as it continues. Like I said, this is a rare occurence and you do not want to be on the roads with drivers who think they can steer through anything.
Nor do you want to go to the grocery store, because everyone else will be there, clearing the shelves of milk, bread and every snack food known to man. I'm not sure why. Tomorrow it will be back to the same old weather. How much can one eat in a day?
Nope. We are staying in. Unless we get enough to make a miniature snowman, of course.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Yesterday my friend, Lucy, took me to Hobby Lobby for a little excursion. Little? Ha! We were gone for a few hours. As I was hobbling in a lovely woman told me to stop, she would get me a wheelchair. I thanked her profusely and sat down, quite relieved.
Then, out popped a cashier who had been watching us, and she asked if I had someone with me to help. I answered that I did, and thanked her. I do believe she would have wheeled me around the store if I hadn't.
Those were the only two angels I encountered for the remainder of my day out. Other than Lucy, of course. I have gained new perspective for people who have to rely on this mode of transportation on a permanent basis. It's a whole new world.
It is difficult to maneuver down the 80% off Christmas aisle when there are carts and people everywhere and you are in a wheelchair. Note to self- When perusing the clearance item aisle (or any aisle), leave the cart parked at the end. It is easier for just you to move out of the way than you and your cart together. Plus, you will get more exercise bringing things back and forth.
The other thing you cannot do when in a wheelchair is to reach thing hanging higher than four or five feet. From now on, I will always be more observant and ask if I can reach those cute little jars of beads for someone else sitting in one.
I did purchase some supplies for Beth and Karla's Sweet Treats and Roses Swap. My tag is almost done, and I am finishing up designing my page. I hope they like it. In fact, I think that is just what I need today. I'll find a chair, prop up my leg and get back to creating.
In the meantime, I will leave you with some more pictures of Oakland Cemetary, including the resting place of Margaret Mitchell Marsh. I miss my camera.
monumental work is laid to rest in such a plain, unassuming place.
Margaret Mitchell was my age when she died.
Her parents are buried opposite her, a family together forever.
Even in this land of death, life springs forth.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
As you can tell from the title of this post, it is a severe sprain. I have some small tears in the ligaments on top of my foot, so I am wearing an aircast for the next four weeks. Between it and the crutches I am quite a sight hobbling about the house! However, the crutches should be gone by the end of next week. That is a happy thought.
Tina, from the Garden Goose, has tagged me to reveal seven unknown things about me. Let's see if I can come up with seven more bits of wierdness for you.
1. I have lost six pounds this week. It might be from the fact that I have been using the crutches which have exercised parts of me that I did not know I had, or it could be that I have given up drinking diet soda and have been eating better. Whatever it is, I'll take it.
2. Once upon a time I studied organic chemistry. For fun. I spent a lot of time at the Sarasota library when I was 19, picking up anything that interested me. The study of organic chemistry lasted about 6 months. Then it was on to art. I'm a bit fickle.
3. I'm a bit fickle. There, that's a good one. I can change from one interest to another at the drop of a hat. Or could that be ADD? I think I like fickle better.
4. I think fickle is a great word and is highly underused. :)
5. I did not send out Christmas cards last year. As in 2007. I am still hiding in the corner.
6. I have a little crush on Jamie Oliver. And lucky for me, he's coming back to television this year. Whoo-hoo!
7. I received the seeds from my wish list from my husband for Christmas and you would have thought he had given me diamonds. Only seeds are better. They actually do something on their own and you do not have to worry when you lose them in the dirt.
Okay, there they are- seven more odd things about me.
I am supposed to tag seven more people to make their own list. I will do that later. Right now, my foot needs to go up in the air for a bit.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I head to the doctor tomorrow for the final verdict. I hope my foot and ankle are just sprained.
If anyone is wondering if they are in shape or not, try wielding a pair of crutches for a few days. Yikes!! My body feels like I have been through the Crucible at Parris Island. When all of this is over, it's back to exercising for me. Oh, how I dislike that word. But do it I must.
Back to bed for me. I'm off to watch Last Holiday. I need some comedy right about now.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
How did this happen?! I went here:
To the historical Oakland Cemetary in Atlanta. My brother and I thought a nice walk through the cemetary and taking a few pictures would be a great way to start the new year.
And for a while, it was.
Parts of this cemetary are so beautiful they take your breath away. Like a small city, monuments and mausoleums rise up above the ground, a testament to the love of their family and the wealth the deceased possessed.
Not long after taking the above picture, I fell from a wall, rolled my left ankle in a culvert and landed unceremoniously on my backside in the roadway. My foot immediately began to swell up like a balloon. My brother went to get the truck (I hope he took some more shots on the way.) and I waited, my leg propped on the wall I had just fallen from. A quick call to my husband and we were off to the hospital where we sat for five hours.
I now have a rather large splint on my leg and orders to see an ortho this week to be reexamined to determine if I have a hairline fracture or not. Apparently my foot was much too swollen to tell from the original. Oh joy, oh rapture.
Nothing chips at your ego like doing something silly, and I sure did that yesterday. I would show you a picture of my big, fat foot, but my camera flew through the air like a trapeze artist and landed on a monument, bouncing back onto the soft grass. It has gone to its great reward I think. Above all else, that is the saddest thing to me. I feel as though I have lost my best friend.
Ah, well, that's the way things go sometimes. Hopefully the remainder of the year will go a bit more smoothly. Hopefully.