Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Make It Monday: September 29

I finished! A few months back, maybe June, I started making a set of forty cards. I had ten different sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. Cut those into 4x5 1/4 card fronts and embossed the lovely Swallowtail stamp with white.

Weeks later I sponged the tone on tone shadows. After that the card fronts sat in a box till last week when I decided it was time to actually make something with them. I added large and small butterflies from Papillion Potpourri set (punched out and attached with dimensionals) and different sentiments from a variety of stamp sets.

I'm really happy with the final product:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Simple Woman Daybook 144

FOR TODAY: September 28, 2014
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window... actually I'm out on the deck for the night working on my birthday challenge of sleeping under the stars.

I am thinking about...God.

I am thankful for... my Mom, it's her last night here.

In the kitchen... been a wonderful, healthy three weeks while mom has been here. Planning on keeping up with the trend.

I am wearing...pj pants and a sweater

I am creating... butterfly and Christmas cards. Two separate themes, not Christmas cards with butterflies, though that is an idea....

I am going... to take mom to the airport tomorrow.

I am wondering... about the week to come and how I will adjust to life without a roommate.

I am reading... Forgotten God

I am hoping... to watch Doctor Who this week. For a fan, I am a few episodes behind because mom thought "Listen" looked scary.

I am looking forward to...Encounter

I am learning... new habits

I am hearing...crickets

Around the house... there is nothing too major upstairs. I think it might be time to start making my office craft room functional.

One of my favorite things... hot chocolate

A few plans for the rest of the week:... is a little too busy. Tomorrow mom will spend most of our last hours together running errands, then to the airport, and I have an evening meeting. Tuesday there are games and Doctor Who planned. Wednesday is my life group night, Thursday is youth group, Friday I'm taking a group of teens to Encounter. It looks like it will be a bit crazy but I am also excited for all the things.

A Picture To Share:...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Make It Monday: September 15.

After a summer break I am ready to get back into a card making routine. I am having a card workshop next Wednesday. Any local friends entered in participating just let me know and I'll give you the details.

Today I participated in two card creation challenges...

Pals Paper Art

Stamp Set: Lovely As A Tree
Ink: Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, and Cajun Craze
Paper: Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, and Whisper White
Other: Snail Adhesive

Mojo Monday:

Stamp Set: Partridge & Pears
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar and Garden Green
Paper: DSP Nordic Noel, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green, and Whisper White
Other: Stampin' Dimensional, Snails adhesives, Real Red ribbon, and markers 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Simple Woman Daybook 143 -With Mom

FOR TODAY: September 14, 2014
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.
Mom's comments are in blue, and mine are in green.

Outside my window...damp and cloudy. Right outside my window is a big white tent.

I am thinking...my blouse as a tear down the middle of my shirt and I am sad. and I am thinking about unity between church's and "networking".

I am thankful for...Elizabeth, Charly, Lee-Ann, and all my family, and I am thankful for my Mom, Dad, and sister too! I am also thankful for all the friends who have made this week better. 

In the kitchen...we're having pork chops tonight with roasted veggies.

I am wearing...sandals, black pants, a pretty top with a snag in it, and a black sweater. I am wearing flip flops, dressy jeans, a plaid blouse, grey sweater, and a maroon scarf that matches the plaids colours. 

I am creating...awesome TARDIS blue kitchen chairs and I am working on Christmas and other cards to sell.

I am going...back to Elizabeth's house when ever she is done, well actually we're going to go to another BBQ, followed by a stop at home and then our 3rd BBQ of the day. And hopefully a nap sometime.

I am wondering...when the people we are waiting on will arrive and I am pondering a conversation FA and I had about the term Christian-Atheist.

I am reading... ChristianAtheist, My Utmost for His Highest, and the Bible and Incontinent on the Continent, Forgotten God, My One Word, and Luke (Bible).

I am hoping...to sleep in tomorrow and I WILL sleep in tomorrow!

I am looking forward to...painting the chairs and I can't wait to sleep...wait no, um...we have company coming for dinner. 

I am learning...to wait upon the Lord and I am learning that life doesn't get easier but it does get better...also when you trust God even the unexpected hiccups are only setbacks.

I am hearing...Elizabeth type...Mom turning pages of a book.

Around the house...cleaning, sorting, and eliminating -there is definitely less stuff.

One of my favorite things...HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES it was my favouritest thing. I have to agree it was amazing.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...sleeping in, dealing with the bent tire rim, organizing Elizabeth's home office/craft area tomorrow, work Tuesday I do not know, company dinner Wednesday, youth group Thursday, GEMS Friday and I am sure more sorting, cleaning, and eliminating through out the week. I also want to make cards, read, and have a few more walks with Mom.
A Picture To Share:...from our adventure yesterday:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Thank you everyone for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. It has been a difficult few days.

After Kima's overnight at the hospital the fluids helped. She seemed to have perked up but was showing signs that it was a neurological issue. There was a treatment that I could afford that might help. Or it was more serious and there would be nothing we could do. I was hopeful,

However she took a turn for the worse in the afternoon. The vet called and said Kima probably would not make it thought the night and we would need to talk about saying goodbye. A little later, as I was leaving for the animal hospital, the vet called again saying that Kima had died.
I was glad to have my mom visiting because I was in no state to drive. It is amazing how attached I've become (all you pet-people aren't amazed at all). Seeing her little body in the room was the hardest moment, but just when I think I've finished crying I see something, like her water bowl, and the floods begin again.
 She was just a cat, but she was my cat.

I have so many memories of her silly antics. She use to run to the door and wait for me when she heard the car, till she decided sitting in the middle of the drive way was a better plan (it wasn't). She would give me little head bumps, I always took them to mean "I love you" She would meow in her sleep and rock till she fell off the back of the couch. I believe she was dreaming of catching mice. She greeted me in the morning, and cuddled up to watch movies with me at night. And minus me being extremely allergic to her hair (which she had plenty of) she was a wonderful little roommate and companion. 

 She will be missed*

*My missing does not mean I want or need a new kitten (I almost went to the SPCA last night. Grief is not a good lens for making decisions). However much I will miss Kima, I will not miss changing the litter box, the amount of hair she shed, being scratched, and the negative affect she had on my allergies.

Monday, September 08, 2014


Kima, my sweet kitty, is not doing well. I took her to the animal hospital this afternoon for an emergency visit. She has not been eating or drinking much all week till she just stopped all together.

There are options and tests that could be done.... but they are expensive and would lead to more options and tests that sound like they would only prolong an already terminal situation. So at the moment she is staying the night at the hospital. I agreed to have an iv for her to feed and rehydrate her.

Tomorrow we'll see how she is doing. There could be an improvement but the vet did not seem hopeful. Since I can't justify or afford the fore mentioned tests the only option might be saying good-bye.

I feel weird asking this, she is just a cat, and I don't know where this request fits in theology, but pray for my cat please. That she have a turn around tonight and it is not as serious as the vet thought.

Is that too silly of a request? I am not trying to be frivolous. I know there are so many other things that matter more than my sick cat being healed. She is just a cat. But she is also my cat, she has been my companion for seven years. She has comforted me through tears, watched movies with me, brought me laughter at her antics. I recently noticed that she meows in her sleep. And she always has cuddles and playful kisses for me.

I am really having a hard time processing that tomorrow will probably be her last day. Maybe the prayers should be for me and that I make a wise decision and that God is my comfort. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.