Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nice End to July in Texas!!

The day after the hottest this year, 103 officially-108 unofficially, we had a front slip through again and we have had 3 glorious days of high 80's and now are looking at low 80's for the rest of the week.  YIPPEE!! This is normally the hottest time of triple digits for us, so this break along with a few scattered showers is such a nice reprieve.  You can actually go outside without losing your breath. I'm not complaining at all about this second breather during summer! So nice to sit on the portico and watch the birds and squirrels again.

I've been in a reading mood or some kind of funk lately, not wanting to scrap or even be on the computer, but think I am now out of that and back to scrapping and attempting to catch up...LOL! I got a few photos from Margaret and even some from Christina (that I am working on now) so here are a few pages I made last week.
For my sister, Kathy I used a photo of Jason and the kids ready for a karate course....they were in Springfield, MO for a tournament of some sort when Chris snapped them in the hotel hallway! Jade and Ruby both take classes and I am sure Jayson will as soon as he is a little bit older.  Aren't they adorable in Raspberry Road Designs cluster by Ellen and paper and word by Susan from her kit Wanderlust.
Miss Hayden wanting to put her toes in the sand...I used a QP by Linda at Random Thoughts
This is sweet, squishy, cutie pie Calvin.  I don't remember whose cluster this is, it is a very old one I got!
Here's a gorgeous photo that was taken of Hayden and Calvin at the beach at Panama City, FL.  Isn't it just a beautiful photo?  The QP if from Marijja at Fecnikek and the word art is from Donna at Donna's Digital Creations
This is also a freebie QP from Linda of Penny's 3 grand kids Hayden, Calvin & Annabeth.
And for Papa I did this page of Hayden to look as if she is looking at her own reflection...the frame is by Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli
That's all for now, I did manage a QP to put up for grabs at Miriam's Scraps if you want it.
Well, got to get up from here, have a cake in the oven and I need to get out of this gown, I have a house to go clean this afternoon so will stop for now, chat more with all of you a little later.  Have a fantastic hump day and make lots and lots of memories to share.  Hugs, Mat


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Monday, July 14, 2014

It's been a while.....

Sorry it has been awhile since I have posted anything.  I think I have been a little depressed since losing Tommy, but have finally come to grips with it! I know I gave him a good life even if it was a short one!

We are deep in the throes of triple digit TEXAS summer heat....LOL! Yep, finally the 100 degrees was officially hit yesterday, but....we have had a week of triple digits unofficially and with lots and lots of horrible humidity. The air has been so thick it is almost impossible to breath. I had forgotten I had asthma, because I haven't had any problems with it in several years since removing cigarette smoke from my environment, but this weather has caused some congestion to creep back in....soooooooo....this cookie is staying inside in the AC as much as she can! (ROFLMAO...as if I need an excuse!)  Surely have done a lot of catching up on my reading, napping, movies and TV shows I had taped up! Such is the life....RIGHT?  Sometimes, ya just gotta do what you gotta do!  BUT....if the weather casts are anywhere near correct (???) we are to experience a cold front starting tomorrow that is to drop temperatures by 20 degrees by Thursday!!! Hip, Hip, Hooray!! Best of all, it is supposed to bring us some very much needed rain too!  If that all proves to be true...I will be out dancing in the rain puddles!!  LOL!

My hibiscus surely has shown off this year with blooms.  It has new blooms daily, from 1-8 each day and they are so big and brilliant in color.  The wind has blown so much I have to keep rotating the pot as it is causing the whole plant to lean, I finally tied it to a shepard's hook last evening to give it some stability. I have had to water the plants each evening as they are so thirsty from the heat and winds. Here's a couple of shots of the flowers from day before yesterday! I am surprised at how lovely they are each day! This is the first year I have seen a hummingbird...it loves the hibiscus so I hung a feeder for it just above the plant under the shade of the overhang and it visits daily. I am hoping to have my camera and get a photo, but they are so fast and I can't shoot through the windows as I have full screens and it has just been too hot to sit out front and wait and not scare it away!





Okay, time to get my behind out of this chair and get some things done...I have to move before I get so stiff I can't...LOL! Y'all have a great week ahead and keep on making all those memories to share! Chat more with you later! Blessings sent to all of you! Hugs, Mat

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Goodbye My "Little Man"

Today I am so sad and heartbroken as I said goodbye to my "little man" Tommy.  His kidney failure was just too big an obstacle to overcome. He gave it a valiant try, but he just couldn't quite make it. He died in my arms knowing he was truly loved for the short period of time he was allowed to be here. He chose me as his caretaker and I loved him dearly. He brought me lots of love and joy in this past year. I will always love you my "little man". Rest In Peace and run and play with "Butch" while you wait for me and the "girls"!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Busy Weekend!

My little Tommy started getting sick on Wednesday, didn't look much better on Thursday and when Friday got here, he was very lethargic and listless, would not eat or drink so...off to the vet we went. His first time in a carrier since he was fixed in February and he didn't even cry. After 2 hours, and blood tests and $327 we were told he is severely dehydrated and in kidney failure.  I had 2 options, leave him at hospital for 2 days of IVs at $125 a day or take him home and do the Sub Q hydration, with no guarantees, but sometimes it can reverse.  Needless to say, I've had a very busy weekend of loving, coaxing to eat and a neighbor that helped with the hydration and giving him an antibiotic tablet each morning....! I am just heartbroken and so sad for him...he is down to 5 pounds. He turns a year old this month and has had no problems.  He has not been vomiting nor had diarrhea so cannot understand the dehydration.  He finally threw up on Saturday evening. After the treatment last evening....he is on an eating binge and is visiting the litter box again...not real perky yet...but so much better than the limp dishrag he was over the weekend. The "girls" are all checking on him quite often!  I hope this means he is taking a turn for getting the kidney functions back, but I am still guarded on that...Dr. M told me to bring him back for a recheck tomorrow. He actually was up and waiting to eat this morning and is now sleeping peacefully.  I guess prayers, sheer will and lots of TLC does work. Other than that, I had a rather quiet and peaceful weekend. I hope all of you had a marvelous Father's day weekend with lots of family and friends to celebrate with so you could make/share lots and lots of memories. Here is photo of Tommy I made on Tuesday when he was feeling okay. He wanted me to hold him...lol....no he is not spoiled rotten....ROFL!
I did a QP for Dad's on Miriam's Scraps using her It's All Wood kit plus a lacy border or lacy border with frames if you would like them.

Chat more with y'all later...my injuries are healing nicely, but still not sitting or standing on the leg for more than an hour at a time.  Thanks for dropping by and leaving such nice comments, I love reading all of them. Y'all have a great week ahead. Hugs, Mat

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello My Friends!

Bet ya been wondering if I dropped off the face of the earth, huh? Nope, just been a bit hampered since that fall I took on the 25th of May.  It seems I created some internal bleeding in my titanium knee that took a week to decide to flow in little tracks down the leg (inside and outer side) to pool in my foot making it swell and turn all pretty and psychedelic in colors. Of course, this would happen on a Friday when my doctor's office was closed and I did not want to go to an Emergency Room.  After all, it did not hurt, it was just that my ankle looked ready to burst...so....off the foot and propped up for most of the weekend.  Take a look!
 Inside of my knee
Inside the ankle
Outside the ankle
My right hand
You really cannot see the little trails of blue bruises all the way down the leg, but it was really pretty and still is, but in the darkening and ugly shades of yellow and green now....LOL!  Anyhow, that is the Friday my friend Kaye was coming from west Texas to spend the night. We had not seen each other in about 18 months and were really looking forward to a girls' catch up gab session. (Probably cleaning the house of dust bunnies, making a couple of chicken pot pies etc started the flow down my leg...LOL).  Kaye arrived around 4:30 in the afternoon and we talked until after 10p.m. before going to bed. The "cats" were nice enough to share the bed with this stranger, but kept checking of us all during the night (especially the new little man)..LOL...they are definitely not used to anyone in the bed but them and me...ROFLMAO!!!  Next morning we shared a great breakfast and a pot of coffee before she headed on to east Texas for a "family/cousin" reunion in Tyler. However, I did manage to capture a photo of her with my cell phone and I decided to put her in one of Miss Linda's gorgeous QPs made with one of the free kits by Kyra....doesn't she look great in it?
I wound up staying off the leg for the rest of Saturday and Sunday mostly (cause I was watching Nascar, etc too) and keeping it elevated, but the swelling just did not want to go away, so first thing Monday morning, I called the Dr, but couldn't see him until 3:00 p.m. He examined my knee and told me the titanium would not break so no need for xrays unless my knee got unstable (and I would know if that happened he assured me) but since there was no heat or pain that he was not worried about phlebitis or a clot, but to elevate, stay off of as much as I could and put warm compresses on it and the blood would be reabsorbed in the body.....in a couple of weeks!  So, being as lazy as I am....I used this excuse to stay off it for a few days....and I got caught up with all the programs I had VCR'd ......LMAO!!! Anyhow, it seems to be doing as Dr. T suggested it would, just seems to me to be taking forever!  But, I can stay on it for longer periods now without it ballooning out on me!
We FINALLY got about an inch of rain yesterday and boy are the plants and my grass  happy for the drink. My hibiscus finally put out some more blooms (boy did it...3 of them in fact) and I just had to snap a photo of how large they were. I put a CD up next to it...the bloom is larger....look at this.....


Sorry, should have turned the last one before I posted it, but this is all 3 of the blooms with about 6 more ready to open in another day or so. All the flowers look really perky this morning....and we are supposed to get a few more showers latter part of the week.  We need a few days of them in the slow soaking in type, but those seem to constantly elude us and fall all around and near.  The good thing is it dropped us to 66F this morning...that is one reason the flowers are so alert too!  To be back into the 90's by Wednesday, but a couple of days of cooler with lower humidity is awesome in June in Texas!!!! We will take it and appreciate it!  ROFL here!
Here's another freebie I created using Miriam's awesome wedding kit 2 that you can find on her blog if you would like it.

The border alone or the QP can be found at Miriam's Scraps
Well, enough rambling...lots more to say, but need to move and I know y'all are tired of reading by now. Chat more next time....have a terrific week of making lots and lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Memorial Week everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA for a few days, been busy with lots of birthday lunches and breakfasts and with the realtor, and trying to find missing paper work! I took a day off to go to the Botanical Gardens with a friend....missed a step and kissed the cement pretty hard. Hurt my hand, arm, shoulder and my artificial knee, but the worst thing was scratching the lens in my glasses...of course, all this over a holiday break, so I just kind of lazed around all day on Sunday watching the 3 races and icing down the hand and knee. Then on Monday, all the sore muscles screamed at me so didn't do anything, not even a shower or get out of my pjs....just rested and relaxed and took my Aleve.  Anyhow, today I feel pretty good, but it has been a busy day of playing catch up with missed housework, etc.  Had to have an electrician come fix a couple of plugs that died...in both bathrooms....go figure! That just finished and I am getting ready to watch AGT and crash early AGAIN...yes, I am learning to be quite lazy...LOL!
Hope your long weekend was a good one and that you made lots and lots of memories to share AND that you got in lots of thanks to all the service men and women...past and present and those that paid the ultimate price. I thank all of you each day in my prayers for my freedom.
I did make a page, but that was way before doing the kissing the pavement in the Rose Garden. Today is Kathy's birthday and just want to say Happy 65 sister dear...we have many more to come. Will cut this short for this time. Have a fantastic week and I hope to be back in here in a day or too chatting with all of you again. Many Hugs! Mat
 Here's a cluster frame I created on Miriam's Scraps if anyone wants to go there and download it for free.
 I did this for Throw Back Thursday on Facebook before my birthday, this was made in 1967 in Yalova, Turkey and the frame is by Miriam from her awesome Wedding Kit 2 that is free on her site...It is HUGE!

This page I just did for a book for Amy of her immediate family, this is her dad's parents and is in the gorgeous free QP by Linda at Random Thoughts.
 This is my friend Liz at the Gaylord Texan the Sunday before my birthday just cause she had never been out there and we wanted to get out of the house on such a gorgeous day. The frame is by Laurrie at CheyOkota
And finally the birthday girl....I know I have put this one up before, but just not up to making a new page for her right now, besides I have some very limited amount of photos of her....LOL! This is a frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to All

Wishing ALL (who read my blog) you mothers a very happy Mother's Day, may you share it with loved ones and make lots of memories to share. My mother went to her heavenly home in 1992, still miss her every day. I've made a collage of photos wishing Mama and her 4 (Me, Kathy, Pepper & Penny) my sisters (Kathy with Jeff & Jason & Penny with Lance, Lamar & Amy), sister-in-law (Myrl with Sebrina), nieces (Amy with Annabeth, Chris with Jade, Ruby & Jayson, & Maggie with Hayden & Calvin)  and even grandmas (Penny with with Annabeth, Calvin & Hayden) (Kathy with Jade, Ruby & Jayson)  a happy day of memories. Chat more with y'all next week, have a terrific weekend~Luv, Mat