Saturday, May 16, 2015


 My grandson had his first follow up visit yesterday and thank God, his lesions are clearing up, slowly but surely.  His eye exam showed a few more lesions inside the eye but the corneas are still clear.  Medications continue and he has his 2nd follow up appt. on Wed. of this week.   He's been a trooper and jokes about being 'The Alligator Whisperer', lol.  Many thanks to all of you who have been saying healing prayers for Jonah.  :)

My youngest granddaughter Bella (5) just graduated from Preschool and they had an adorable program for the kids.  Here she is with Mom and Dad and little brother. Congratulations Bella!
Our middle granddaughter Ayden (8) has been playing softball for a few years now and this season she made the All Stars.  Congratulations Ayden!!
It seems we have a family of ALL STARS as both Ayden's brother Jonah (12)and sister Jordyn (15) have been chosen to play in the All Stars games in past years.  So proud of all of them.  :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

OCULAR HERPES VIRUS - you won't believe how he got it . . .

 My eldest daughter and her family took a trip to Disney World in Florida the end of April.
The day after they got home, my 12 year old grandson complained his left eye hurt and it was slightly swollen and had had seeped a clear liquid that crusted over into a yellowish color.

My daughter took him to an Urgent Care facility and they 'thought' it could be a spider bite but wasn't really sure.  There were signs posted all over the place at their resort to be careful of brown spiders.  So that was a logical speculation.
 They prescribed an antibiotic and steroid medications.  Six days later, on Mother's Day Jonah's eye wasn't any better, in fact it looked worse and was turning purple and seeping even more.  My youngest daughter pointed out that he had several small 'dotted circles' around the eye area and side of face.  You can see 3 on the side of his nose as well near the corner of his eye.

The next morning, those small circles turned into lesions and began to seep and crust over.  Notice how his eye is turning purple.

 Jonah's eye was constantly tearing up and his vision was blurry.  Yesterday his mom took him to their regular doctor and he had NO CLUE what was going on and sent them to a pediatric dermatologist specialist who works with Children's Hospital here in Pittsburgh.
They determined Jonah had contracted  Type 1 Herpes simplex virus.  So how did he get it?
They asked my daughter questions about what was different in the last week or so from any other day.  She told them they just got back from a trip to Disney World.  They wanted to know if Jonah had gone into the ocean.  Yes, once.  What else did they do there besides go to the park.  They went to Universal Studios.  No, that wasn't it.  What else did you do?  They went miniature golfing and there was a baby alligator there for picture taking.
Did you know that juvenile alligators carry the Type1 Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1) ?   I didn't and neither did my daughter.  My son-in-law told Jonah to be sure to wash his hands as reptiles are known to carry a form of salmonella.  He did, but apparently not soon enough and must have touched his face without realizing it.  Did you know we touch our face at least once every 3 minutes without being aware of it?
   The pediatric specialist sent Jonah to an Ophthamologist who was in the same building as an emergency patient and was seen immediately.  His eyes were dilated and lesions were found on his lower eyelids and the whites of both eyes.  Thankfully no lesions appeared on his corneas, which would have been a problem.
The photo above was taken after he got to my house, his eyes are still dilated and weeping.  Poor little guy was so miserable and in pain.  He spent the night at my house because he's not going to school the rest of the week and I was needed to care for him with his meds in the morning because mom leaves for work at 4:30 am.  He has a liquid oral medicine that's an antiviral drug, eye drops and 2 different gels that have to be applied to the lesions outside of the eye.
This last photo was this morning.  The dark crusty part under his eyebrow has come off leaving a red 'raw' area.  He goes back to Children's Hospital on Friday for a followup.

Sadly, there is no cure for herpes (yet)  and Jonah will carry this virus in his body always.   There is a chance once this is cleared up after treatment, he could break out in his eyes again.  If that happens, he will be put on a special medication for the rest of his life.

**Adult alligators do not carry the virus and researchers have found that alligator blood serum destroys some human virus' such as HIV, Herpes Simplex, some fungal diseases and staph infection.  Scientists predict in the near future there will likely be a topical ointment for human use.**

Please think twice about letting your children/grandchildren handle baby/juvenile alligators.    That's not to say that all children will contract the virus, as my grandson's step brother age 16 also held the small gator and he did not have any problems.  Better safe than sorry.

Monday, May 11, 2015


 My newest cross stitched pear pillow tuck.
The very bottom has 2 gold stars and 1864, when Abe Lincoln read his Gettysburg Address.

Today is the day I really need to clean and reorganize my craft room before I get into any more projects.  I keep putting it off and it's only looking worse.  This is what's going to happen:  I will be 1/4 of the way into reorganizing and will find something I'd forgotten I had and will think to myself " I wanted to make a so and so with this..." and before you know it, I will be working on that so and so on the dining room table because my craft table is piled high with fabric, patterns, and what not, and because if I DON'T make that so and so, the supply I just found will go back into a drawer and forgotten once more.
Wish me luck on not procrastinating any longer on that nice clean organized craft room.

Thursday, May 07, 2015


 I just finished this cross stitched pear up last evening.  Whew!  It took me 3 days and so many hours to work on this, hubby Tom says I am probably underpricing it at $22.
I don't know anyone who would pay more than that, but I think I'm in the ball park after I did some 'research'.
I'm currently working on another Patriotic pear and I have both a Fall and Winter pear in the works.
I make my 'designs' in my Corel Paint Shop Pro Program and then print out on my fabric and cross stitch / embroider.  My eyesight isn't good enough anymore to do counted cross stitch work, and it gives me a severe headache to boot.
I'm thinking about doing up some e-patterns but I have so much craft work to catch up on that will be at a later date.
Happy Stitchin'!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


 About 30 years ago my sister Diane showed me how to cross stitch.  It's been a very long time since I've worked on that craft and just recently have gotten back into it.
I fell in love with Marly's ( of Samplers And Santas) cross stitch sampler pears.   I was having a hard time seeing to stitch as the x's are quite small, even with my reading glasses on.  Diane suggested I purchase one of those large magnifying glass on a bendable stand with LED lighting.  I bought one at Walmart for $20.  Well worth it, helped a great deal.

This is the first pear I made and it sold within an hour of listing it.  :)
 I cross stitched this on osnaburg fabric and stuffed it with polyester filling.
I'm currently working on an ABC sampler pear. 
I'd forgotten how tedious cross stitching is, but the end result is worth it.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015


 My younger sister Diane is visiting with us from Michigan.  We took her with us last week to Atlantic City for 3 days, Lancaster for a day and then on to the Spring Carlisle Car Show.

Diane is enamored with the Amish and while she knows they don't want or like to have their photo taken, she tried to get some without showing their faces - like while they were driving their buggies down the road.  We were in a moving truck, so none of those photos turned out.  However, we did stop at a hardware store and a horse & buggy was parked in the lot she got that photo.

I bought a few things for myself there, and surprisingly, they are not primitive or hand made.  I am also falling in love with Shabby Cottage Chic and bought these items separately at different shops and put together this 'gathering'.
I placed a bird's nest complete with 3 eggs and a ceramic bird inside the birdcage and entwined the cage with a white floral silk spray.  The letter B is for our last name and didn't realize until I posted the photo that you can't see the 2 birds on the base.  The greenery is one I had for a few years and placed it behind and in front of the B ( which is why you can't see the birds).  The swan is wooden and I bought a small pipberry candle ring to place around it's neck.
I love going into Kings Acres  and  Kings Impressions where they have a real knack for their display gatherings.  Just beautiful.  Their bedroom furniture is to die for (sigh).
My sister and I at Kitchen Kettle Village facing the farmland.

 We also took Diane to Hershey World.  Believe it or not, we did not buy any candy but she did buy a tie dyed sweatshirt for her little grandson.  Look at us...we do NOT need candy  :/

 Another stop we made was in the Harrisburg area where we spent the night at Howard Johnson's.  Next door is the Lancaster Brewing Co. where we had dinner and drinks.  I love the Strawberry Wheat which is what both Diane and I had and Tom prefers Milk Stout.

On the boardwalk in Atlantic City

Until next time


Monday, April 27, 2015


 I've been playing with vintage images and making collages.  This one I made using vintage sewing images from the public domain and Graphics Fairy.
I made a pillow tuck with this one.  Unfortunately, the colors aren't as bright as in the jpg image above.  I printed the collage out on osnaburg fabric.

With this bird cage collage, I 'darkened' the image for printing on fabric since my first pillow was lighter than I had hoped. 
This is how it turned out printed on osnaburg.
Not happy that it's so dark you can't make out that the images are 'faded' and the colors aren't 'true'.  
 This is another collage I made.
I may have to rethink printing these on osnaburg.  I need to buy more ink and then I want to try printing on muslin to see if the fabric choice makes a difference.

This is a collage banner I made for my Face Book business page.

Heading on out to daughter Carey's for dinner.  She celebrated her 39th birthday with a HUGE house party on Saturday and we are going to feast on some leftovers!


Saturday, April 25, 2015


 YES!  You read that correctly!  20 items handmade by the Folk Art And Primitive (FAAP) Etsy Team, which I'm a proud member of.  The giveaway is being held on the FAAP Team Blog HERE

Just look at these wonderful donated items. My donation is the 3 seed pillows on the top .

What are you waiting for?  Go sign up to enter now and GOOD LUCK!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015


 Just returned home Sunday night from our trip to St. Charles, IL for the Chicagoland Antique Slot Machine show. 

We've gone twice a year for the last 25 years and never missed a show.  I was debating whether to go this time or not, as I was having shortness of breath and my feet and ankles were swelling and I was feeling 'almost' like I did last year at this same time when I was hospitalized for congestive heart failure.  Almost is the operative word.  It didn't help that I also ate ham on Easter, the day before we left.  I didn't tell Tom as I know he would have cancelled the trip and I really felt if I watched my salt intake and got out of the car every 50 miles or so to 'stretch my legs' and get circulation moving, I would do ok.  I take a lasix pill every other day so I took one on my non-day too.   He was so busy packing up the truck Monday morning to notice my feet, so I got away with it for a while.  When he did notice, he wasn't angry with me but did admonish me for not telling him how I was feeling.  He wouldn't have made the trip, and I knew that, so I kept quiet.  If I seriously felt as bad as I did last year, I would have gone to the ER.  As it was, we stopped at every other rest stop and he walked me like a pet dog.  lol  We stopped off in South Bend IN for the night so we weren't driving for 10 hours straight.
I did pretty well, got some walking in and whenever I was too out of breath, would go back to our room, put my feet up and get some rest.
On our way home while we did drive straight through, we did the same thing, got out and walked around the rest stop.  We were about 5 hours from home and we stopped for a break.  We were one car away from our truck when Tom decided to walk around the car to go to our truck's tailgate for a pop and I walked in front of the car.  I did not see that the lip of the cement sidewalk block was a good 1-2 inches elevated, and I tripped over it.  I didn't JUST fall down....I went SAILING through the air, skid across the sidewalk and fell off the curb into the lot.  My hands and knees were all on fire.  It's a good thing I had jeans on or my knees would have been torn up.  My left knee has a 'brush burn' the size of a quarter and the right knee was boo boo free.  My jeans didn't even have holes in them from skidding - will have to invest in a few more of these.  My left hand took the brunt of the fall and the palm is black and blue.  For the first 3 hours I was in agonizing pain.  I was sure I had at least fractured it.  I couldn't move my fingers at all.  Tom got me some ice out of the cooler and wrapped them in a towel, but it hurt too much so he got me a cold can of pop to hold.  I couldn't grasp it in that hand but used my other one to hold the can against it.  I don't think I've ever been in so much pain, not even when I had open heart surgery and had stomach tubes pulled out ( that was agony) but at least I got pain pills for that.  Pain was shooting from my palm to my wrist and to each finger for a solid 3 hours. 
Did I mention that my week old pedicure got messed up on my big toe when I fell?  Grrrrr
To make a long story shorter, today I can move all the fingers and am able to hold things - though nothing too heavy.  I had a wrist splint I used during the day and at night while sleeping and the pain is now just a dull ache.  I know I should have gone to get Xrays, but we have another trip coming up this weekend and I will not be going in a cast. 
I had my routine 6 mo. checkup at my cardiologist's yesterday and I told him about my feet/ankles and the shortness of breath and he said I did everything right and that I would know when to get to the ER.  Just to be on the safe side, it's been longer than a year since I had a stress test and an Echocardiogram so he scheduled me for an Echo in October, right before my next visit.
Since we were out anyway, if my wrist still felt 'bad' I would have hadTom take me to get Xrays but I really feel so much better and will continue to use the splint for a while.

Enough of that!  We did some antiquing while on our trip and I've been looking for an old coffee grinder for years.  They can be quite high in price but I found this one for $25 and while I suspect it is a repro I just wanted it to display.  I had planned to set it on my kitchen hutch, but the wheel is too high so set it up on one of my jelly cabinets.
My younger sister Diane is driving in from Michigan this weekend and we are going on another road trip.  We are going to go to Atlantic City for 3 nights, Lancaster PA for a day/night and then the Carlisle Spring Car show.  Looking forward to some fun and praying I don't have any more mishaps.