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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Grandbabies are growing up!

Della turned 5 Tuesday! Maxel turns 3 on August 28th and Amelia turns 1 on September 26!

Look at Maxel's face! And of course, Della strikes a pose!
Holly asked me to make Amelia a christening dress for her one-year-old photo. So, here it is......

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ten years ago...............

....................my life changed forever. I was rushed to the hospital for emergency back surgery. It all started with a back ache that I thought was because I had slept wrong or we needed a new mattress. The new mattress didn't help and my back ache was getting worse. So bad that I left work early and called Justin to take me to the doctor. Now if you know me, you know that if I leave work and go to the doctor, I'm sick!
The doctor thought I had kidney stones but an X-ray didn't confirm, so they sent me to Rock Hill for a CAT Scan. I was hurting so bad I couldn't sit in a chair and had to lay on a bed. The CAT scan showed nothing, so I was sent home. This was on a Tuesday.
Justin wasn't satisfied with the results, so he took me to the hospital in Pineville, NC. Another CAT scan with no diagnosis.
For the next three days, I laid in the bed because I could not do anything else. But Justin was busy trying to get someone to tell us what was wrong. On Friday, we went to an orthopedic doctor who diagnosed me with a ruptured disc just by looking at me! No Xrays, nothing! He scheduled a MRI for the following Monday. When we returned home, I collapsed because my right leg no longer worked. Justin took me to Pineville again where they performed a MRI. The next thing I know, I'm being put into an ambulance headed for the main hospital in Charlotte.
I was rushed to surgery where the doctor removed an epidural abscess. I was on morphine for the next three days. I still don't remember much about those days. I spent two weeks in rehabilitation learning to walk again. I still had to use a catheter for at least a week after I came home.




 I praise my husband everyday for taking care of me. If he hadn't kept trying to find out what was wrong with me, I would probably be paralyzed or dead!
We really don't know what caused this. The doctors said it was something that got in my blood. The only thing we can figure out is I was having nose bleeds before this happened.
I have spinal damage and can no longer squat, but at least I can walk. Not as fast as I used to, but it could be worse.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Instructions included

Why can't men follow instructions? Why do they think they can put something together "because that's how it should be"? Our microwave died yesterday but not before it finished cooking my supper. It was 10 years old and we really put it to good use. This is a picture of the old one; please keep this in mind while I finish telling you the story.
I searched the Lowe's website and found a microwave that I liked and it was on sale! So, after we ate supper, I went to Lowe's and bought the new microwave. Justin told me when I left that he wasn't going to install it today, but when I got back, he was removing the old one! I got the installation instructions out that included a template for the bracket. Here's where it got crazy! Ignoring me and the template, he started installing the bracket in the same place as the old one. Making new holes for the toggle bolts, he got the new bracket in place. Then with Sloan and Jacob (Sloan's friend), he attempted to put the new microwave into place. Notice I said attempt!
What?? The new bracket was not in the right place? What a surprise! It needs to be lowered!! Didn't you measure the new microwave? Do you think the instructions and template would have helped?? Now he looks at the instructions and discovers that the new bracket should be lower! And now we have to find some more toggle bolts!
Nope, can't find any, so he finds the studs and screws the new bracket in place. I hold the template up to the bracket and guess what? It matches perfectly! Imagine that!
Now he attempts to insert the microwave but he hasn't got the holes lined up right in the top cabinet! There's a template for that too! Cursing and swearing that "you should be able to take one out and put another one in the same place!" Nevermind that in ten years technology has advanced!
Finally he gets it right and in place! "Don't ask me to do anything else!"
Ain't it purty? And quiet!
Now do you see the obvious size difference??
To my friends who know my husband.......DO NOT tell him I posted this!!!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Crochet update

I finally finished my Nuts about Squares Cal afghan. I call mine, Nuts about Mocha. It took 15 weeks , crocheting only three blocks a week. Some of the blocks required me to view a video because the instructions weren't very plain. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Mushroom, Oatmeal, and Aran. It's huge!
I also finished a gift for a special great-niece....

Pattern. I would probably make another but not using the extra-bulky yarn!
My sweet DIL, Holly, asked me to make a special dress for Amelia. Her aunt takes each child for a professional photo session when they turn one. Amelia turns one on September 26. So I started making her dress Tuesday. It's from Annie's Attic, but I don't remember how exactly I got the pattern. I have so many, I forget what I have!
I was really pissed annoyed yesterday when my granddaughter told me that after I spent my money and time making her MIL three vests, she decided they weren't what she wanted!! Excuse me, but I followed the pattern you wanted!
 I even made two of the one below in size large and medium!
Since these were made with Caron Cakes (which cost $6.99 a cake!), I'm going to 'frog' them and make the granddaughters a mermaid blanket. Don't ask for me to make you anything else! Rant over!
I wanted to show you a wreath made by one of my hairdressers. She made it using bandannas! Isn't it beautiful?
That's all I have today. Keep cool and crochet!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Family vacation 2017

We have planned a family vacation for a year to Tennessee and this past week we made it happen. Justin and I arrived Saturday afternoon. Micki, Timmy, and the boys came Sunday. Janet, Rodney, Ashton, West, and the boys came Monday. Craig, Holly, and the kids came Wednesday night. Kayla and Declan were unable to come and we really missed them.
I'm not going to bore you with the inside pictures but it sleeps 20 with 4 king beds, 2 queens, 4 bunk beds, and a sleeper sofa. Plenty of room!
Great view of the mountains!



Justin was content just relaxing and watching TV. He has been working non-stop for a couple of weeks and he was wore out!
 Several games of corn-hole were played.
There were two mountain coasters near the cabin. I would have loved to ride them but was unable because of my back.
Timmy, Rodney, West, Ashton, and Xander were the first brave ones to try it.



 Sloan and Gavin sat this time out, but they did ride later in the week.
Amelia was a good baby...

 Maxel and Della loved climbing the stairs...



 Justin and Rodney were relaxing on the deck and pointed to a bird eating berries.
 Isn't it pretty?
 Amelia got a bath in the sink.....




 Josh put somebody's shoes on and tried going downstairs in them....

Relaxing in the spa...



Dinner at Mel's Diner....

 Flea market.......
Antique stores......


 I'll post my treasures at the end.
Muscle Car Museum....
 Titanic Museum......


I bought a trinket box as a souvenir...
Family photo...
The kids had a ball at the amusement park....























The grownups had an even better time playing this silly game with dental mouthpieces! If you follow me on Facebook, I posted the videos.
Grandma and Amelia
 Would you believe these two are only a month apart in age? Xander turned 5 on Saturday and Della will be 5 on August 8.


On the way to the cabin, Janet and her crew saw a mama bear and her cubs on the side of the road.
Friday morning, two bears came onto the deck at the cabin! I didn't see them but Justin got a picture of the "tail end" of one! It's hard to see, but that black thing in the center is the bear!

Here are my treasures....
a large mermaid trinket box for only $3.50! She's at least 6"!
 
 Easter egg and flamingo trinket box.....the egg has a small rabbit inside...
 Japanese rickshaw.....
 State ashtrays....I got North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia...
 Oil and vinegar ceramic....
 Hands, of course!

 Peeing basset hound....
 Majestic Great Dane......
 Parakeet salt and pepper set....


Justin bought signs .....
and a neon clock....
  From the flea market....Hummingbird feeder
Moose salt & pepper holder


My best find was a calendar plate with my birth year, 1953!
We had a great time! Love my family!




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