Friday, April 1, 2011

Thinking is a dangerous thing to do!

Good evening!

I have been thinking a lot today while I was making FIVE more Easter buckets.  I only have two full days left to get a butt load of things done.  I mean A LOT! 

How does a crafter survive 6 weeks in a sling?  No usage of my left arm.  I can't cook, I can't wash dishes (poor, poor me), I can't sew, I can't scrapbook, I can't garden, I can't BATHE or wash my hair. 

I sound pitiful. 

I can type with one hand though!!!

I am going to stop thinking. 

Too dangerous!

P.S.  Everyone needs to look up this word, it has been used twice today .. gravitas.  Egads!!!  See, more thinking! 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A bucket here, a bucket there

Remember the post a few days ago when I featured the Easter basket I made for Addie?  Well,  by popular demand, I have been asked to make some "dog" water buckets and some more Easter baskets.  Can I just say, I am addicted to my Cricut and all this pretty vinyl!!!!  I have to say the $8 pink metal bucket from Ikea is much more time consuming that the white Lowe's $3 something buckets!  And it doesn't matter if I use the outdoor or regular vinyl, the metal finish is a pain to work with, BUT I love the Lowe's buckets!!!!!

So here they are .....

Skippy is my dear friends daughter's dog.  She is going to use these for water bowls.
Give a dog a bone!!

And one for her other dog Breaux ... teeheee
An Easter Bucket for my niece Riley!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

baby baby, big baby

I know, I know.  Shame on me.  I truly meant to play in my studio today.  I did.  I DID!  I tell you

I DID!!!

I got so distracted.  I wanted to make you something cool to oooh and aahhh on.  I took a nap after I woke up this morning.  I was up 30 minutes and said, Hmmph, I need a nap.  But, first I called the surgeon's office.  I had to leave a message.  I then snuggled back into bed and went fast asleep and then was RUDELY awakened by the phone. 

Can you believe it?  Someone calling at 11:00AM????!!!

It was the surgeon's office, so I accepted the call and quickly switched into my happy, but hurting voice.  She asked when would be a good time to schedule surgery.  I said, well the nice, pregnant, young woman told me 4-6 weeks unless there was a cancellation and I sooooo can't wait 4-6 weeks.  It HUUUURRRRTTTTTTS!  She said, how is Monday, I have a cancellation.


Did I mention we were suppose to be on vacation this week?  Yup, Virginia and then Baltimore to see our oldest daughter and her husband.  They are expecting our first grandbaby next month.  I had half the car packed with stuff she NEEDS for the nursery. 

BUT, Vandy had to cancel our trip do to a HUGE briefing that got set back a week.  And this GIANTLY HUGE briefing is now rescheduled for THIS MONDAY .....

THE DAY OF MY SURGERY ..... I'll find a ride.  He can do his briefing, Addie will take me and bring me home and then the entire community can pamper me for 4 weeks because I am a BIG baby!

I am a BIG baby and this is going to hurt!!!!

Side note here:  My dear cousin from Salem was on the ski trip to Boyne with us last month in a sling because he had the surgery 4 weeks prior.  Yes, the exact same surgery.  He feel on ice, just walking, just slipped.  And I SAID Larry, don't jinx any of us.  DAG NAB IT!!!  Jenny, he is your 1st cousin, I think you should get even for me!  lol  Larry is sending me some electric ice machine, so I forgive him for jinxing me! 

So, I was distracted today.  Nothing cool to share with you.  I am sorry.

The Big Baby
aka Allie

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

as if I didn't know

I went to the surgeon this evening.  How cool is a surgeon that has evening hours???

He asked me what I was seeing him for, how it happened, how long has it been bothering me  .. you know, the blah blah blah stuff.  He gets me on the table.  NO NO, get your minds out of the gutter!  He asks how bad is it?  I say something light and silly like you read the MRI, you tell me.  He then says, well I don't examine MRI's, I examine patients.  Hmmphh, little stuffy.  I am the one in pain here, he looked perfectly health!  I can have a weak sense of humor!!

Anyway, after his PAIN MAKING motions with my left arm, after he said oh that's not good, after some pretty big tears of pain, after a hundred HUGE words, I was right.

SURGERY on my rotator cuff, something is catching in there and my shoulder isn't suppose to POP up like that. 


So then, the cute little pregnant nurse comes in, hands me a package about the surgery and some exercise to do so my shoulder doesn't get any stiffer and then tells me it takes  about 4 - 6 weeks to get in!!!!

DO YOU SEE the PAIN I am in???

I got on the waiting list.  Oh boy!  I still think it is cool that he has evening hours.  Don't you think? 

P.S.  I am going to post something FUN tomorrow; I need to get my mind off of the constant pain.  I promise it will be so much more cooler than a surgeon that is booked 4-6 weeks out and has evening hours! 

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Do you remember how cool learning was back in the day? They had these really cool pictures that went with a letter from the alphabet and the word of the picture listed as well. It was fun to learn, like when would you learn the letter "M" .....

Capital "M", small "m" and a marmot!
Marmots are generally large ground squirrels. Those most often referred to as marmots tend to live in mountainous areas such as the Alps, Eurasian steppes, Carpathians, and Pyrenees in Europe and northwestern Asia; the Rocky Mountains, Black Hills, the Cascades, and Sierra Nevada in North America; and the Deosai Plateau in Pakistan and Ladakh in India. The groundhog, however, is also properly called a marmot, while the similarly-sized but more social prairie dog is not classified in the genus Marmota but in the related genus Cynomys.
Marmots typically live in burrows (often within rockpiles, particularly in the case of the Yellow-bellied Marmot), and hibernate there through the winter. Most marmots are highly social, and use loud whistles to communicate with one another, especially when alarmed.  Marmots mainly eat greens and many types of grasses, berries, lichens, mosses, roots and flowers.

And then there is the letter "Y" and we learn about the letter and another animal.  The Yak ....

Capital "Y", small "y" and the yak.
Yaks are herd animals. Wild yaks are among the largest bovids, with males standing about 6.6 to 7.2 ft tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 2,200 lbs and have a head and body length of 9.8 to 11 ft. The females weigh about one third of this and are about 30% smaller.  Both sexes have long shaggy hair to insulate them from the cold. Wild yaks can be brown or black. Domesticated ones can also be white. Both males and females have horns.  Yaks may live to more than twenty years.

Anyway, I was given these really cool learning "cards", the leftovers I am sure, but to my surprise, one, or should I say three, stood out for me!!!

And then there were three ...

I took the three cards, painted three 9 x 12 canvas boards and Mod Podge'd the three yaks.  It brought back a very familiar saying that my mother used on us (3) kids growing up.  Feeling a bit nostalgic, I could not pass up the fun in these particular cards. 
And so the story goes ..... all you do is .....