Thursday, August 28, 2014


 One week after Rami's accident, his cast was removed and a piece of gauze and a wrapping was wound around his finger to keep it clean and protected while he crawls.
This is what his finger looks like before they wrapped it.

The wrapping stayed on pretty good for about 3 days until Rami pulled at it with his teeth and loosened one end, pulling the wrapping completely off.  That night my other daughter Nicki and I were having a sleepover at his house and it was a BAD night.  Mommy (Carey) re-wrapped his finger, but it must have been too tight he began screaming.  I loosened the wrapping but the damage was already done and the screaming continued for at least a half an hour.  We gave him some infant tylenol and shortly afterwards he fell asleep.   This was at 10 pm.  He woke at 1:30 am and the screaming began again, for quite a while.  Between his mom, Aunt Nicki and me, we tried to soothe him but he wanted no part of any of us, he was in too much pain.  We were debating taking him back to the ER when the poor baby just cried himself to sleep.  He slept the rest of the night and the next morning he seemed himself again.  Since then, he has learned how to remove the wrapping by pulling with his teeth.  Carey tried re-wrapping but the wrapping was all stretched out by then and not holding at all.  She wrapped the finger in 3 large bandaids to keep it clean.  He's making us a nervous wreck because he keeps pulling those off!!!  And he pulls on the finger or tries to bite it!!!  After the 2nd pull of yesterday, Carey was out of bandaids.  Had to send my sister Donna over to one of Carey's neighbor's home to borrow some as we didn't have a car to go to the drugstore.  That one he left on until evening, when Carey brought us home to my house and then pulled that one off!  Carey is going to take him to the Dr. office where she works to have them wrap it for her today.  I can't believe they took the cast off after only one week, but I guess there was a reason for it. :(

Saturday, August 09, 2014

 My sweet 10 mo. old grandson, Rami, had a horrible accident yesterday.  He got his baby finger shut in a door resulting in a fracture and the tip was partially severed.  It happened on 'my watch', at my home and I'm just devastated.
Fortunately, the surgeons were able to save his finger and repair the damage.  He has a cast on, up to his wrist. 
I thought I would be ok in any crisis, but I found in this one, I was a hot mess.  How I wish it had been me instead of this precious baby boy.  To see and hear him in so much pain, with so much blood was just heart breaking. 
Since my own children were babies learning to crawl, toddlers opening doors, doors were a problem for me.  There were always tiny fingers accidentally getting hurt.  At the most, they required an antiseptic and band aid.   My worst fear was a tiny finger being severed, and 40 years later, it almost happened with a grandbaby.
I'm relieved to say that his Mom says he is doing well and crawling around as usual, the cast doesn't pose a problem. 


Friday, August 01, 2014


Hello!  I've been busy the past few weeks.  Tom and I returned last Friday from a trip to Philadelphia for his first NALC Convention ( National Association of Letter Carriers).  We had a great time and even took a day to go to Atlantic City to walk the boardwalk, have lunch and go to the IMAX theatre in the Tropicana. 

Here are a few things I made before our trip and since we got home.
These items have all been listed for sale on my KKL Primitives selling blog.

Tom and I stayed in Center City at the Sonesta Hotel.  We both LOVED Center City, were very impressed with the area and will definitely go back for a visit someday.

  I pulled out some Fall & Winter patterns I am anxious to get started on.  Summer sales are almost non-existent for me this year, hoping it will pick up in a month or two.
Speaking of summer - ours has been cooler than normal for this time of year but I'm not complaining I LOVE it!  
I've lost 21 lbs since April.  Sounds like a lot, but I'm so heavy that no one can notice and my clothes really aren't fitting any differently.  I must have lost it all between my ears.  :/
I still have a long way to go.  I put 5 lbs back on during our trip, but working on getting it all back off. 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  If it doesn't rain tomorrow I plan on going in the pool and doing some reading.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


 I kept my word.  I fully intended to get in my MESSY craft room and straighten it up.  Took me 3 days.  Now the trick will be to keep it this way.   I swear it's those darned goblins that sneak in at night when we are sleeping and get mischievous.

Seriously, how am I supposed to get in here to get some work done?
It's like going through a maze to get to the sewing machine

Who left the file cabinet drawers open?  Who messed up my patterns??

I have a carpet?  Who Knew!!!!

Work space!!

Now what do I do with all the junk I moved out and is now cluttering up my hallway and dining room table??  :/


Monday, July 07, 2014


 Whew, it's taken a couple days but I finally finished folding and wrapping all my fabrics with the heavy card stock backing boards that comic book collectors use for storing their collections. 

My next project is to organize the shelves next to this one - it's where I keep a lot of my crafting supplies like glues, glue gun, spray paint, German glass glitter, jute,  old candle sticks, etc.  It doesn't take long for things to clutter up :/  The entire room is in chaos and I told myself that when we got home from vacation, before I began any crafting projects, I would get organized so I knew exactly what I had and where it all is.  My work is cut out for me.  :/


Saturday, July 05, 2014

 I weighed myself the morning we left for vacation and I was down to 211.  The bad news is I gained 6.5 lbs over those 2 weeks and the good news is as of this morning ( being home for 6 days now) I lost 5.5 of those lbs. 
I did go to the Dr. on Thurs and I was right, I have acute bronchitis.  She must have determined it was bacterial because she gave me a script for an antibiotic.  I'm also taking Prednisone for 6 days and cough syrup with codeine.  I am starting to feel a bit better, but can not stop coughing!  It is driving me CRAZY.  Thursday was the first day I'd been out of the house all week, and that was just to go to the Dr.  Yesterday I felt well enough to have my morning coffee & breakfast out on the deck.  I went out several times to just sit and read and enjoy the cool breeze, so unusual for July.  Thurs. night taking the cough syrup before bedtime as prescribed, I had my first good night's sleep since we've been home.  I was looking forward to the same thing last night.  Not to be so.  At 11 pm I was getting comfortable, had my CPAP mask on and pretty sure I was about to drift off when I got a horrible tickle in my throat and went into a coughing fit.  Never thought to take off the mask, thinking that if I took a drink of water ( keep a bottle beside our bed) I would be fine and could settle back in.  Water didn't work, throat spray didn't work, nor cough drops.  I finally tore the mask off but it was too late, I had gulped down too much air and had incredibly painful intense pains in my abdomen.  The coughing began again and along with it I expelled some air which sounded just horrible, somewhat like a foghorn!  This went on for HOURS.  It was 4:30 am before my stomach stopped hurting and I tried to lie down again.  Took a while before I fell in a restless sleep and the phone rang at 7:30 waking me up so I only had 2-3 hrs. of sleep. 

I've decided today that I'm going to get in my craft room and CLEAN and reorganize.  I'm starting with my fabric stash.  It started off pretty good a few years ago....

 today, not so good . . . .
 ...So I decided to try out a pinterest tip of using comic book backings to wrap the fabric in 
( like mini bolts ) 

How 'neat' are these looking?  :)  I'll be spending my eve wrapping up my fabrics and will post a new photo when they are finished.  I will also be organizing them into colors groups.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014


 We just got back home Sunday eve from our annual 2 wk seashore family vacation in Wildwood New Jersey.  We had great weather the entire 2 wks, while it rained inland, and a couple times at night, it didn't rain during the day at all.  Had a lovely vacation, just wish I had felt better to enjoy it more.  I came down with what I thought was a cold right before we left home.  Now I believe it's acute bronchitis and has no intention of leaving me yet.  The first 3 days were the worst for me, then I started feeling a little bit better, and then it hit hard again our last 2 days.  On the way home ( a 7 1/2 hr. drive), I literally got sick in the truck from coughing too hard, with 3 more hrs to go.  It was NOT pretty.

Just love this photo of hubby and our youngest grandchild Rami ( 9 mo.) enjoying the ocean.

The sea air and sun wore them both out.
With grandson Jonah (11)
granddaughters Jordyn (14) and Ayden (7)
daughter Carey & Rami & Bella
daughter Nicki, boyfriend Bob & Rami
daughter Deana & hubby Chris
Still not feeling well and now hubby has come down with a sore throat and congestion.
Daughter Carey told me this morning she woke up with a sore throat..... 
Hubby has been badgering me to see my Dr. just to make sure pneumonia isn't setting in since I'm feeling worse, not better with time.  I have an appt. tomorrow afternoon.


Thursday, May 29, 2014


 This is the table runner so far.  Didn't get a chance to work on it the past few days but I feel I'm making progress with it.
 We opened the pool yesterday and the grand kids and I are looking forward to getting in some swim and sun time this weekend.

Granddaughter Bella (4) and grandson Rami (7 1/2 mo)