Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hello, Hello Lovely People,

It's been a rather strange beginning of spring here in Kansas. We've had lovely warm days, windy warm/cool days, sudden rain showers and downright cold days.  My allegries are kicking in, itchy watery eyes and I've had to use my rescue inhaler four times this past week. We've also had some field burning in the area which has made for some awful smoggy, smelly days.  I really don't think they should be burning fields this time of year because the wind can come up suddenly. I think those days caused the asthma/allergies to act up more than spring did.

I hope you all are having some nice spring days. I have tulips blooming. Yeah!  And a sweet cubscout brought a daffodil stem to each of his specail ladies at scouts last Thursday. J.J. is such a sweet kid. I do enjoy my little men. I work with Tigers, that is first graders.  I will be the Tiger leader again next school year as we have two Tiger parents that took training and signed up to be leaders this year so they will move on with their sons.

I have spent some time each day this past week working on a Life Book 2014 class.  I have officially created my first paint over collage.  Here it is before:

And here it is after:

There are lots of layers in this and I did learn a few techniques or tow or three or many. LOL! I love Tamara Laporte's artwork and this lesson was so much fun. I have seen paint overs before. Lisa Bebi does them and hers are completely different from Tam's. I love Lisa's too. There is so much to see and do and learn on the world wide web.  Art is calming and soothing for me.  Much like cheap (or sometimes not so cheap) therapy.

Hope you all have a good week ahead.

Be Happy, Be healthy, Be Safe,
Tess

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sweet Sugar Doodles

Hi All,

Here it is another Monday. Some would say "Ugh!, It's Monday again". Not me this week. This is a short week for me. I am off on Wednesday and Thursday and I'm going in for a facial, brow wax, haircut and color touch up, manicure and pedicure.  In other words I am going to pamper myself this week. Oh and play with art supplies too, of course. I'm lucky my daughter, Billie Jo,  works at a Salon and Spa and I get a deep discount. She gives me wonderful facials. She is tightening up my sagger old lady skin. I always feel so pretty after seeing her, and relaxed.
 
I am working on Lesson 5 of Life Book 2014. Here are my Sugar Sugar Doodles.
 
If you want to see some really fun artwork go to Marieke Blokland's blog page. Just click on her name. I've had lots of fun making a suar addict page with a distorted face.  I'll show you when it's finished.  Now go and have a wonderful week and smile a lot. People will wonder what you are up to. LOL!
 
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe,
Tess

Friday, March 14, 2014

TGIF
 
It sure has been a busy week. Work has been slow some days and crazy others.  I would much prefer a more consistent flow of work. But am happy to be working as know many aren't.
I accomplished something fun this week too. I finished this handmade envelope art.
 
It is made of one large folded sheet of watercolor paper.  I learned how to make it during a Life Book 2014 art class with Carla Sonheim.  She is fun to listen to and gave us all great inspirational tools to use.  We made blob animals and washi tape animals and just all kinds of things to get the creative juices flowing. If you wish to sign up for a fun year long Art Class there is still time.  Just click and go check out Willowing & Friends. Tam is the owner of the sight and the sponsor of Life Book 2014. I have all of the lessons from Life Book 2012 saved too but never did much that year. This year I vow to make use of the tutorials and PDF's and friendships that I can build there.  What I like about the classes is that they are tutorial videos and PDF's and I can work at my own pace.  We are at the end of week 11 of 2014 and I have just finished week 3's lesson, or was it week 4?!  Hmm! No matter...I am having fun with it and never did finish the week 1 lesson because I am just stumped. Maybe I will do it in June since January is past. LOL!
More later... Have a great weekend
AND
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe,
Tess

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gone Too Long


Hello All,
 Seems like I've been gone forever from this blog.  I have been so busy with life and not at all doing what I've really been wanting to do.  A goal for 2014 is to be present more in my favorite online communities.  I have also signed up for Life Book 2014. I am on Lesson 3. I think lesson 8 or 9 will be up soon. It is ok though. Slow and easy wins the race...and it's not even a race. LOL  One of my words is "complete". That will be a stretch. But I am having fun with it.

2014 sure came in with a bang this year.  My husband had pneumonia end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. He fought going into the hospital.  His blood pressure was so low one night he did not have the energy to fight any longer.  He spent 4 days in the hospital. I got him home and then a few days later his blood pressure shot up, way up. He just looked at me and said take me to the hospital.  They tried many different drugs to bring it down. Most of which were meant to almost stop his heart so that it could restart at it's own rythm. This scared the hell out of me. They were going to send him to a hospital in another city to a cardiologist as they could not get it to go down...his blood pressure. Then the other hospital refused him because they said he was not stable enough for tansport. Keep in mind he was still not fully recovered from the pneumonia.  Anyhoo, long story short he spent 2 more days in the hospital.  He lost over 20 lbs. and 1 pant size during his ordeal.  He came home with an oxygen machine which he seldom uses now. He is doing great and seems to be fully recovered. He is even off one of his blood pressure meds so he only takes one now. I do not want to relive January 2014. I did not like him being so ill at all.

As for me I have gained weight...no wonder I eat when I am upset/anxious/nervous. Not his fault though.I am not blaming him at all. I need to just stop eatig everytime I get upset. Grab water instead.
 I just had a vein ablation a week ago. My leg and foot swelled up bad. Seems a vericose vien also had vein reflux. They first thought it was cellulitis, which I found out was a skin infection. Why don't doctors or nurses take the time to explain these terms? Glad we have the internet now. I would hate having to look this stuff up in a medical book like my mom did. My mom the nurse...I think she still has some of her medical books. :-) I do ask her things now and then but don't always want too until I know what it is myself and if she will freak out when I tell her. So I had a vein ablation and it was not pleasant. I hope it solves the leg pain and swelling. I have to wear a compression stocking for 2 weeks and that is a joke for a plus sized gal. I should have told them to pull from the mens section. It is a thigh high and will not stay up on my thigh. rolls down to just above the knee and then feels like a rubber band around my leg. I even bought skin glue. Haa, that stuff is sticky but did not work. Stuck my thights together though. (Did I just confess that? oh lord help me stop.) So I am improvising in all kinds of ways to keep compression on that leg. I have 3 ace bandages. They help a lot.
I will try to include a few family photos along the way in my next few posts. Bobbie Jo is doing great for those of you that followed me before. Raven is 14 now and growing into a lovely young lady. Billie Jo (my youngest daughter) is now a estetician and works at a local salon giving facials, peels, waxes and such. She loves it. I love being her client. ever had your nose hairs waxed? Ugh!  She got my upper lip last month. No warning just glopped it on. It was funny...I looked gorgeous! (Cheesy arent I!)
So by for now....Take care all and if you are in the snow storm areas be warm.

Be Happy, Be Healthy and Be Safe,

Tess

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013

Happy New Year to you all....Family and friends, both new and old!

Here we are on the first day of 2013.  I heard it mentioned on one of the channels I was watching last night that this year being the 13th year is considered by some to be bad luck.  They even placed lucky charms, rabbit foots and such, on the ball drop. I think this was the NY Times Square ball drop.  So silly as each new year is what we make it to be, no superstitious mumbo jumbo is going to get me down this year..

 I am looking forward to a new year of love and laughter, good health and cheer.  I weigh more that I wanted to on this date but, this is an old pattern with me, and as long as I am healthy I am prepared to accept myself as I am.  I will however endeaver to get back into the gym again this month as it is good for my arthrisit and my new bionic knee. I  don't want it to stiffen up on me.
Sadly I must admit in years past I have made grand new years resolutions and sadly never kept any of them going.  So this year...No New Years resolutions from me.  I will just be as happy and as healthy as is possible for me this year. 

I spent a quiet Dec. 31st with my hubby watching movies and I beat his butt at Yahtzee.  Woo Hoo!  That seldom ever happens. :) And this old couple stayed awake clear past 1:00 AM CST.  Not a usual occurance for us at all.  It snowed on the last day of 2012 and my world is blanketed in a soft coat of snowy white.  I love the snow on the trees.

How about you? How did you spend your New Years Eve?
 Do you have trouble keeping new years resolutions?
 Have you made one for 2013?

Be Happy, Be Healthy and Be Safe,

Tess


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,

What are you thankful for today?

I am thankful for the skilled hands of the surgeons.  This year I had a badly degenerated knee replaced and am doing just fine.  I am also thankful for the surgeon that did my mothers mastectomy.  I am so very thankful to be able to report she is doing great.  No chemo or radiation was needed,  I am so thankful for this miracle. :) Thank you all for your prayers.

I am also thankful for the many family and friends I have in my life.  I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters.  I am thankful Bobbie Jo was accepted into HUD housing and her and Raven now have a cute two bedroom apartment to call their home.  A fresh start and a new beginning of sorts for them.  I am thankful for my scouting friends that help keep scouting alive in our town and supply such great support to me and other leaders or parents and the scouts when needed.
                                      
I am thankful for the wonderful teachers at Bellus Academy in Manhattan, Kansas for instilling such a great fondness of skin care within my youngest.  Billie Jo is now a graduate of Bellus Academy Estethics Program and can do wonderful facials, suggest proper skin care and is the queen of waxing. (If you haven't tried the Murad line of skincare products you must.  They are wonderful.) Her temp license arrived last week and she already has been offered a position at a wonderful Salon and Spa in my hometown. :)  She only lives a 20 min. drive away (depending on traffic or road repairs that are going on now maybe 30 min.).  Which means we may get to see more of her more often, yeah!!
                     (Here we are with Billie Jo on her graduation day.)

I am also thankful for the healthy birth of my newest nephew, James Jr., this past April.  His mommy has cerebral palsy and this was a risky pregnancy but she and baby came throuh it and I have another beautiful baby boy to spoil in my life.  :)  What can I say, I had daughters and always wanted a son; then was blessed with a granddaughter.  Sooo I spoil my "adopted sons" being cub scouts and my nephews.  It's all good! :)
                                                (Little James is 4 months old here.)

And there is sooo much more to be grateful/thankful for but I won't bore you any further.  So please do tell, what are you thankful for this 2012 Thanksgiving Day?

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe,

Tess

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hello Friends,
Please pray for my mom, Joan B., She had a simple mastectomy on Friday.  She kept it secret from the family untill the last minute when they told her for sure it was cancer.  She got the final news on a Wed. and was in surgery on Friday. She was out of the hospital and home the next day.  We now wait to find out if she needs chemo or radiation.  Please pray not.  My aunt had the same surgery 9 years ago and only had to take the pill for 5 years.  We are praying that is all mom will need. This is the third direct relative touched by breast cancer as my mom's mother had it too. Scarey!! And yes I have my mammo every year as does my sister.

Thank you for your prayers,

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe,

Teresa aka Tess

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Hi This is Tess....I love Amy Andersons MOd Podge Rocks blog and I just had to share this post with you.  Have Fun,
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe,
Tess

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wound Vac Removal

My knee replacement surgery was on Monday, June 11th, 2012.  I left the hospital on Thursday, June 14th with an ugly wound vac on my leg.  The plan was to have it removed during my first physical therapy session on the following Monday.  The wound vac never really did seem to work properly.  There was a tube connected to the wound vac that went to a small hand held devise just a bit bigger than a deck of cards.  I had to carry it around with me all of the time. Basically it was just a nuisance.  The wound vac ended up looking similar to a piece of beef liver taped to my knee.   

Anyways, on the Saturday after my release from the hospital the hand held devise started beeping.  We checked the instruction manual it said there was a possible leak.  The alert light on the devise was lit up also.  So, after many phone calls to the doctors office and the hospital we finally got a call back from the surgeon, Dr. Alan Holiday, and he spoke with my hubby about what was going on and he told him how to take it off.


Above is the start of him removing the tape that was securing the wound vac to my leg. Below is the wound vac partially removed.  I was afraid the thing would stick to the incision and pull but it did not at all.

 

And here is my swollen leg with 42 staples The reddish blotch on the left is a blister that had started forming the day after the surgery.  Of course pulling off the wound vac made the blister pop which was an ok thing.  Hubby pressed a clean tissue against it to help drain it and then applied a clean bandage.  Luckily the hospital had given us a couple of them.  

I know it is already June 26th as I post this but with all of the rehab I am doing and exercising at home and laying with my leg up it is not exactly easy to get to the internet.  I tried blogging using the I-Pad hubby got for Fathers Day but could not get the pictures to come up so I'm using the lap top.  

I have more pictures to share but it is ice pack time so must bid you all ado for now.

Be Happy, Be Healthy and Be Safe,

Tess
  












Sunday, June 17, 2012

An Almost Emergency

Greetings all, What an interesting day yesterday was. We thought we were going to have to visit the emergency room. Let me back up here and fill you in on what happened. My Hubby and I were discussing supper and what I might want him to fix and what he might want. We had come to an agreement, chicken wings, and he was about to get up to go start cooking. He had during the conversation teased that supper would be ready about 8:00. Way too late for me. Anyway, about that time the beeper alert alarm went off on my wound vac device. That was annoying to say the least. I had the instructions for thr device in my walker pocket and gave it to him. There was a yellow triangle lit up with an exclamation point so he read that it was an alert to possible leak. We could not find a leak that we could see or feel. I had noticed the drainage in sponge bandage over the incision had started turning a pretty shade of purple. Also the blister next to the bandage was getting bigger. We had not seen any drainage in the tube going from the bandage to the device all day either. We called the surgeons number and got an answering service and told them what was happening. She said she would page the doctor and call us back. In the meantime we called the hospital and tried to get connected to the surgical unit. No answer, I was not surprised as it was hospital patient supper time. The operator did connect us to the head nurse and she told chuck to turn it off and then back on. He had already done that once but he tried it again. She said to take me to the E.R. So a doctor could look at it. So hubby is getting me dressed to head to the hospital and saying maybe supper really would be at 8:00 when the phone rang. It was my surgeon. He spoke with hubby about what all was happening and what he had already tried and my surgeon said it was time to come off. The device is disposable an only good for 4 to 7 days. It was scheduled to come off on this monday at my rqehb appt. So hubby got instructions on what to do and then my hubby became my personal Dr. LOL! First a caretaker/nurse and now a doctor. I love my hubby so much for being willing to do whatever it takes to take care of me. I thought it would create a bloody mess but it did not. It pulled a bit at the skin but did not pull on the incision at all. The blister did pop so he let it drain and lightly pushed on it with a tissue to get it to drain a bit more and that was that. It was off! I expected pain and torture taking that thing off and really there wasn'nt much to it. Hubby just went slow and easy and took his time about it. We left it open to air out the rest of the evening while he fixed supper. I think I counted 38 staples but I could be wrong. I got to take a shower twice in the hospital and a sponge bath and at home I had a sponge bath but last night I got to take a shower and wash my hair. Woo Hoo! That sure makes a person feel so much better. Getting me into the bathtub is a whole different sturdy I will share sometime. In the meantime, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe, Tess