Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Around Our Home - - Getting ready for Fall

See what happens when you leave the crazy lady home alone with a camera? You get pictures, pictures and more pictures! Good thing we don't have to pay to have them developed anymore! :)
Anyway, I've started putting out some fall decorations around our home and I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
This is a sign that hangs in our foyer. Our entry is "weird" in that it is a "rotunda" shape. It's a neat visual effect to have a "round room", but it's hard to hang things on circular-shaped walls.

Next up, my pumpkin welcome - this also hangs on one of those "round" walls in the foyer.

Last, but not least, is my favorite!! An autumn oil-burner teapot. This "lives" in my tea-themed kitchen. I burn this everyday with a lucious pumpkin-scented oil. Love it, love it, love it!!! :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my fall favorites...for more fall fun, check out Rhondi's "Welcome Fall" party.


Tea Tsu Strikes Again!

My little sweetie just came home from the groomers...I thought I'd share her latest look with you. Okay, so there's not much difference between her "old look" and her "new look", but she's been strutting and stylin' around here like she's on the red carpet, so I decided to take advantage of her "posings". Enjoy! :)
Four-legged friends rule!
(Edited to add - Sheesh, I just realized I just took her picture on the same rug that I took her picture on last time she went to the groomers'. I've gotta find doggie some new digs!) :)

Stitching a Snowman...

I'm just having a blast stitching this fine fellow. This design is Lizzie Kate's "Cold Hands, Warm Heart". He's one of about 6 Christmas gifts I'd like to make for holiday giving this year. I love doing Holiday stitching, but I also have a stack of everyday "just for me" designs that I'm itching to get started on. Ah well, all good things in due time.
Sweltering and Stitching, (still in the upper 90's here - where's fall????)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Please pass the chocolate.....

Okay, this is a definite "I MUST HAVE CHOCOLATE NOW!" time of my life. So, here's the situation I find myself in re: my knee. Ortho doc said "sorry dude-ette, you need a total knee replacement". Okay, okay...such is life. I'm tired of having so much pain. Compared to pain, my future tennis "career" (ha!) can now take a back seat. (Did I just say that??????) So, off I go to see regular doc to get my medical clearance for surgery. I get told, "So Sorry Cookie - you can't have joint replacement surgery, because that would entail being on a course of blood-thinning meds (heparin, or coumadin, etc) for 4 - 6 weeks to avoid blood clots and with your anemia issues, that just can't happen." Argh!
My ortho doc's sweet nurse is going to find out if we could bend protocol just a bit to avoid the prolonged blood-thinners, since I'm still very young to have joint replacement. I have no history of blood clots, so we may still be able to proceed, pending Ortho docs reply. Sweet nurse did say that I may have to agree to stay in the hospital for a couple of extra days so that they could closely monitor me to make sure that I won't need an extra transfusion after the surgery. I can deal with that - just bring me chocolate (and LOTS of it) - and I promise to be a good patient!
So anyway, I'm still on hold right now. I am a huge control freak, so it's hard for me to be in a holding pattern, but sometimes, all you can do, is all you can do.
If Ortho guy does decide that I can go ahead with surgery, I'd like to do it ASAP. First off, if I know I have to do it, I just wanna do it and get it over with. Secondly, our anniversary is in November, and I'd really like to be up and dancing and not limping at our celebration. (Okay, so I probably won''t be dancing by then, but I would like to be off the walker and at least onto a cane - wow, that made me sound old!!!) Also, with Christmas on the way, I'd like to be as close to 100% as I can be by then. I'm a huge Christmas gal (on top of Christmas - my son and I share Christmas birthdays) and I REALLLLLLY want to be able to do all my fun, traditional Christmas stuff that I love so much.
So, please pass the chocolate - as I sit and wait to learn my fate.
(PS - I'll post stitching and homeschool up-dates later. I'm spending lots of time doing both!!) :)

Friday, September 11, 2009


Sometimes, words aren't needed...