Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Give-A-Way Winner

Remember this. I never drew for the give-a-way. Things got complicated. I only had a few comment on the give-a-way SO I decided to enter all of you sweet friends that made comments the past couple of weeks. Thank all you for helping me with your prayers and concerns. Like I said before, it meant so much to me. The winner is.............................
What a beautiful blog she has. If you haven't visited venture over, you won't be sorry.
Julia, please send me your mailing information.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mending a broken heart

I am trying, really I am. I will try to keep this post upbeat or you my sweet followers will disown me.
My yesterday may make you chuckle. I got up and went to work at 6:00 a.m. We had lots of rain that night. It was freezing rain when I drove in. Then it started to snow, lots and lots of wet snow. Couldn't believe they didn't cancel school. The buses all showed up late. After I left I knew why. When I came home I couldn't get up the hill. A truck in front of me got stuck. As I skid this way and that way I managed to turn my little bug around and head back out of the neighborhood. I passed the guy in the truck walking up the hill. I really didn't want to do that. I knew I would have to walk back down later. So I tried it again. No luck. So now what......I had left my purse at home. I went to the bank and whined enough and they so nicely gave me some money. The teller knew me and the manager is one of my kids mom......that helped. So I went to the drug store and bought some magazines and then went to the coffee shop. They have gluten free coffee cake there......and let me tell you, it is mighty fine. So I read and ate and sipped. Saw an old friend and we talked. So two hours later, I am so ready to go home. So once again I try to get up the hill and you guessed it......slip and slid and a no go. This time I decided to go to my son's house in town. I thought I'll just take a nap. It was toooooo quiet there with everyone gone. So about 1:00 p.m. I called a neighbor and she said the plow had made an appearance. So I got up the hill, ate my lunch, let my dogs out to potty and they had lunch. Soon it was back to work again. When I got off work I came home to search for photos. Before I started scrapbooking, 8 years ago, my photos were here and there and everywhere. I am doing a story board for Jo's services next week-end. I found lots of photos and of course there were lots of memories and....... I am not going there right now. I sliced my finger on a glass frame. The cut needed a stitch or two but I wasn't going there either. So it bled and bled and I finally wrapped it with lots of guaze and just went to bed.
Okay on with today......Mr. C.B. and I went to K. Bug's basketball game. She is the only girl on the team. She really wishes she wasn't on the team but her Daddy said she had to follow through. And, she IS the cutest one on the team, you know. They do a play called the tornado. It is so cute. Her teammates run in a circle and guess what the opposite team members do.....they run around with them. Okay so Mr. C.B. got to go on his Christmas present with our son today. Doing guy things, remember I had my day scrapbooking. So I went to Coldwater Creek with my coupon to find something to wear next week-end. I am so casual and cheap. Plus I am not very tiny, so I hate to shop for clothes. I thought I found something until the clerk about did a head spin. I spent forever and only ended up with this black cardigan flowie thing and three long sleeve nice t's. I know what you are thinking, but the black thingie is nice. I know those clerks were glad to see me go after they had to return all the things I tried on. Why is it they have such cute things in their catalog but none in the store. Oh well.
On to Archivers to get some things for the story board and more pictures made. Then to the drug store for Neosporin and bandaids. I am home alone with the doggies. Made some phone calls and still looking for pictures. I DID do the dishes. It has been a week, yes, a week. We have eaten out or did carry out all week. My husband has been so wonderful this week. He is greiving as well and really understands. So life moves on with or without me so I better keep on............thanks so much for all the prayers and concerns......that has helped so much.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Sweet Jo is in heaven now

Thank you all for your prayers and concerns. She is healed now. We will miss her so much.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


I promise somewhere down the road I will be posting happy posts. Maybe when my Jo is dancing with Jesus. But for right now this post is to plead to all of you my blogging friends. Please get your flu shot. Jo took handfuls of Shaklee vitamins every day. She carried around this huge bag of them. We argued about flu shots this year. She said she never got them and didn't need them. She said she never got sick because of all the immunity vitamins she took. Well it is amazing that this strong as an ox person could be on life support right now because of this virus. What they say about flu shots being important and that this virus can kill is true. Jo is still with us but failing. She is comfortable but they can't wake her now. Her husband's heart is breaking and his strength is failing as well. So, please if you haven't had a flu shot, please get one. I think in my own mind that if she had had the shots in the past she would have had some immunity. Unbelievable, isn't it.
To the Buckeye Bloggers......I so wanted to go yesterday. Something was pulling me back and I guess it ended up being this. I hope you all had a great time and I hope to join you the next time.
God Bless.

Friday, February 18, 2011

On her way

I am so excited. My Jo is finally in the air as I post. It has taken her such precious time to stabilize to get this chance. She will be put on a heart/lung machine that will let her body rest. Yes, it is life support. Because of her age and her good health until a month ago and the fact that all her other organs are functioning, they are hoping for a miracle that her lungs will improve at rest. They may not be able to heal and she is not a candidate for a transplant BUT this is the last possible chance for HOPE. Thank GOD for this chance to save her.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Waiting on a miracle

Here is my Jo with three of her neices. She has many neices and nephews and in laws that adore her. In our small family there is her brother, sister, my Mom and brother and me. I am her only girl cousin. We are two peas in a pod. We laugh hysterically when together. We facebook, email and call each other when we aren't together. We both drive VW bugs. We both collect teddy bears, and on and on. She is loved by so many people. She is always helping everyone she knows. I can't imagine life without her. I always thought we would grow old together. Never did I dream that she could be healthy one day and three weeks later on life support. Cherish every moment with your loved ones. You can be healthy, live life right and then something out of the blue can change things in just a matter of days........and no explanation.
They found a heart lung machine for her but her stats aren't stable enough to transport her. I'm not sure that her lungs can heal even on that machine. So it is hope for a miracle really soon. I know that God has a plan.....just hope that plan kicks in soon.
Thanks for your support. I know you care and that helps.
The giveaway will happen just give me a little time.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I am in Florida with my cousin Jo. She is very critical. The doctors told us this morning they couldn't do anymore and he was sorry. Then an hour later he said they were care flighting her to another hospital to give another ventilator a try. We got excited and here we sit waiting for a room. As soon as they give us a room the copter will come. He lungs are shot.......oxygen level at 40, she is puffed up like a balloon. Still no diagnosis and not a candidate for a transplant. Please pray, it will take a miracle. Thanks.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A little more love.......giveaway

No, I'm not giving this away. I got this chest in an auction that they were having at my house after it had been sold to us. I came to the auction and people were walking through my house.....after our closing. Crazy, huh. I think I got this for $40. It was covered in white paint, who would have know that would be considered shabby now 25 years later. I stripped the white paint off it. I love it the way it is now.
The giveaway is in my last post.
My cousin is still suffering and there hasn't been any diagnosis. She is still in intensive care. Please keep her in your prayers. I am seriously thinking of taking off for Florida in a few days from Ohio. I have never done this spur of the moment road trip but feel I need to.
Yesterday was the day for Valentine's Day parties at our school. I always go early and pop in the classrooms to say hi to the kids in our program and of course my granddaughter's class. So much fun seeing what crafts, food, and fun they are having. The kids get so excited to see me even though in less than an hour they will be in our program. One of my co-workers and I later had fun looking at the Valentines the kids gave each other. Not much in creativity I'm's all about the candy now. The excitement is still there.
I am counting my blessings and trying hard to be positive. I sure hope that things are going well in your corner of the world.

Friday, February 11, 2011

GIVEAWAY - Some of my favorite things

Remember some time back I said I was going to have a giveaway when I reached 100 followers. So sorry that has taken so long. I am giving away some of my favorite things. First of all there is a sweet Boyd's Bear, a small lunch tote, "Coffee and Tea" (from the new Thirty One Spring Catalog), some alphabet stamps, a vanilla candle and a Love coin folder album. I will show you the inside to this album later.
How to enter........since this is a thank you for following me, you must be a follower. If you want to become a follower that's okay but don't get rid of me when the giveaway is over. I also need you to want to win this giveaway. SO, just post that you are a follower and would like a chance to win. I will pick the winner next Friday.
I love that you follow me. Please let me know if I haven't followed you back. I never dreamed how much fun blogging would be. I have met some really wonderful friends blogging. I hope that someday our paths will cross and we can meet in person. You have been so sweet with your comments and concerns. I so enjoy reading your blogs as well.
With all this said..........please enter and good luck.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Where's the heart ?

Valentines Day is getting close. My gosh where does this time go. It really is true that the older you get the faster time flies. Wish it would slow down.
I love this holiday. I think the reason why is that you can make it what you want it to be. A simple card or a greeting to someone you care about, is enough. Some years I send Valentines to lots of people. Not this year........running out of time. One year I made Valentines for a nursing home. I made them so they could put them on the dinner trays. I hope that little card brought old memories back to some of the residents.
I have memories of when I got those cute little cards at school. Remember making those boxes? I love watching my grandkids go through their Valentines. Choosing them these days must be so much fun. We have already received Hello Kitty and cat and dog tattoos in our mail box. My husband had a big laugh over his Hello Kitty Valentine.
When my kids were little I always baked the heart shaped cookies for school. So many times their parties would be on a Friday and there would be a snow day. So, we would have their party at home. I made it fun for them because they were disappointed that school was canceled. The cookies had to be eaten of course, they wouldn't be any good if we waited til Monday.
More hearts will be posted and hopefully those will help you to remember past Valentine Days in your lives.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New look, new heart

What do you think of my new look. I won this makeover.....don't hate me, hah. Bailey of B's Blog......her link is at the bottom right of my blog........designed this for me. I love it. I was ready for a change. The reason I had the little airplane was because it reminded me of my trips back and forth to see my grandchildren. I think I am the only one that knew that. This new look is to represent "My Favorite Things." That is what my blog is about. A little of this and a little of that.
So thanks from the bottom of my heart to Bailey.......(((((HUGS))))

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A heart for you

Okay, I know I am way behind on my HEART posts. My computer isn't working. I am using another one that isn't working well at all. So bear (he he) with me for awhile.
My cousin is now in intensive care. I don't understand this at all. They are now doing a biopsy of her lungs. Supposedly her oxygen level is better from 82......and still on 100 % oxygen. Also her temp. is normal. She has now been in the hospital 10 days. Please continue praying for her. (Jo)
My DIL took me scrapbooking Friday night and Saturday at Archivers. We also ate at PF Changs. Did you know that the whole back of their menu is gluten free. This was part of my Christmas present. It was good to get out and about. Of course the weather was still bad. It's not supposed to be good all this week. I am getting so used to it that I just wait and see what happens.
Mr Cozy Blanket is doing well.....thanks for your prayers and concerns.
Off to finish some chores before the Super Bowl. Hope you all have a good week.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Share the love, Updates on the patients

Another day of Sharing the Love. This sweet music box was a gift many years ago.

I think the latest storm has passed. School was in session today but the temps are cold. We still have ice but the roads are good.

There has been some improvement with my cousin.
Not much but she is resting and eating a little. She is still in the hosptal.

Mr. Cozy Blanket got a good report at the surgeons' today. The doctor said that the fall didn't hurt him. Thank heavens.
Now he starts therapy.

Poor K. Bug, my oldest "little" hurt her arm roller skating and is in a splint. She also had streph this week.

Soon, I hope to be posting my giveway. I haven't forgotten. The giveaway is to celebrate my it will be just for those that follow. Soon......I promise.

I hope the rest of you are bouncing back from this latest weather blast. I hear there is more coming next week. I can't wait.

(((((HUGS))))) my friends and share the love.

I found some other snowpeople.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day Two of 14 Days of Love

14 Days of Love and some other things

This was my birthday gift from my cousin that is now ill in Florida. Her home is in Ohio. She isn't worse but still not better. Hoping for some good news soon. The surgical procedure did not help the doctors decide what is wrong. Thank you for praying for Jo and please keep her in your prayers. I thought this bear could be my day one of my 14 DAYS OF LOVE. I saw this on another post. I didn't see a linky thingie, and anyways I always seem to mess that up when I try.
Anyway this bear's apron says "The heart is the center of great things."
I found another snowperson. Excuse the bike. The little boy that built this snowman is always on this bike. Can you see the little snowman to the right of the big one. He has grapes for eyes, so I was told.
It is cold here. We still have heat after a bad ice storm and high winds. So many are having really bad weather and cold temps this week.
No school for two days BUT my program is still open.......enough said.
Mr. Cozy Blanket fell on the ice in our driveway last night. Only a week out from his surgery on his knee. Yes, he did hurt his leg. He is going to the surgeon tomorrow. I felt so bad for him. I put down 50 pounds of salt to make a path for him tonight to use.