Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Inspiration!

   God's  cake...
This  is about the best thing I've ever read as an  explanation.

Sometimes  we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or  'Why did God have to do this to me?' Here is a  wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her  Mother how everything  is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her  boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend  is moving away.
Meanwhile,  her Mother is baking a cake and asks her  daughter if she would like a snack, and the  daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your  cake.'
'Here,  have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers.
'Yuck'  says her daughter.
'How  about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!'
'Would  you like some flour then? Or maybe baking  soda?'
'Mom,  those are all yucky!'
To  which the mother replies: 'Yes , all those  things seem bad all by themselves. But when they  are put together in the right way, they make a  wonderfully delicious cake! '
God  works the same way. Many times we wonder why He  would let us go through such bad and difficult  times. But God knows that when He puts these  things all in His order, they always work for  good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually,  they will all make something wonderful!

God  is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every  spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you  want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere  in the universe, and He chose your  heart.

Life  may not be the party we hoped for, but while we  are here we might as well  dance!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Paper Creations by Deb - The Perfect Mother's Day Card!!!

  Some of you know that I do make my own cards sometimes. I also know that sometimes it is like pulling teeth to sit down and come up with an idea and actually execute it!! Anyway, I had an idea for a Mothers' Day card. I wanted to add some old pictures in it of my Mom and I over the years, and just knew I wouldn't have the time to do it. So I started surfing Etsy and I am sooo glad I did!
Deb, from  Paper Creations by Deb had the PERFECT card, just the way I envisioned it! When I received it, I was so impressed with the workmanship, I just had to share!

 It is beautiful on the front

Perfect spots for adding my pictures on the inside!

Her shop is fairly new and is full of great cards, beautiful journals, and the cutest little "Micro" matchbook journals that would be a great gift for showers or weddings!! Not to mention, she has amazing cards for all occasions including Mothers Day!

 Is this too cute!?!?!


So ,go, NOW, and check out her store! You, too, will be a fan of Paper Creations by Deb !

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society put on a great "Relay for Life" project in Roseville, CA this weekend. Booths were set up, donating a portion of their sales to the cause. Participants camped out for the 3 day event. The weather was perfect for doing laps! My son ran a Jamba Juice booth, perfect for quenching the thirst of hot joggers! Everyone got into the spirit and it was a blast!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Funny!!

: Did you know....

Woman has Man in it;

Mrs. has Mrin it;

Female has Male in it;

She has He in it;

Madam has Adam in it;

Okay, Okay, it all makes sense now...

I never looked at it this way before:

 Ever notice how all of women's problems start with MEN?

MEN tal illness

MEN strual cramps

MEN tal breakdown

MEN opause

GUY necologist


When we have REAL trouble, it's a

HIS terectomy .. 

It's going to be a beautiful weekend here! Hope it is by you too!  -debi

Monday, April 19, 2010

Love/Hate relationship with leather!

I have been on an emotional roller coaster ride with all things....leather. Sometimes my sewing machines will sew it, other times not. I bought a machine specifically for working on leather, because my sister-in-law uses it for all her leather work. It worked for awhile, then stopped...sometimes. My brand new Singer sometimes sews on leather, other times not. SO frustrating. I have a ton of leather samples and scraps! I gave my daughter and old Pfaff and used it to fix her sofa slipcover, fell in love! Since she doesn't sew at all, I shipped it back home and have been having a blast sewing ON LEATHER! 
I recently sold one leather sunglass case I had, so I decided to make some more. They are so much fun and another creative outlet for me, (besides handbags). I also needed a case to keep my cell phone and speaker set together in my purse, so made one. My son recently bought a new guitar, so I copied it the best I could, and made one for him too. Here are the results. What do you think?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Don't let this happen to you!!

Here is what happens when you go to work full time and neglect your garden!

 After three years of hard work, my " back forty " section of our yard looked like this. Then I went to work full time and slowly started neglecting it. Now it looks like this:

 Sad, uh?!

 I am now too old and feeble to fix it myself. I need to hire some HELP! I've been working on the parts closer to the house these last few days so they don't end up like this. Wish me luck!!! LOL! Have a good weekend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Funny

Housework was a woman's job, but one evening, Janice arrived home from work to find the children bathed, one load of laundry in the washer and another in the dryer Dinner was on the stove, and the table set. She was astonished!

It turns out that Chuck had read an article that said, 'Wives who work full-time and had to do their own housework were too tired to have sex'.

The night went very well. The next day, Janice told her Red Hat friends all about it. 'We had a great dinner. Chuck even cleaned up the kitchen. He helped the kids do their homework, folded all the laundry and put it away. I really enjoyed the evening.'

'But what about afterward?' asked her friends.

'Oh, that........... Chuck was too tired.'

God is good


A great weekend to you all! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It's a Blimp!

I just went outside to mail something, (missed the mailman, grr) BUT...check out the cool blimp! I haven't seen one of these in forever! So cool!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Home again...

Well, I am back home, after a month in Portland. It is cold, windy, rainy, I  feel like a truck ran over me, have a headache, am sooo far behind on my Etsy shop, have to go to jury duty, catch up with the mail,clean up the gardens, and clean out the fridge! AND I miss my daughter, son-in-law and new grandson!!!!! Other than lavender looks great! Welcome home.....

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Funny

        IRISH BIRTH CONTROL     (a little on off subject from last post)


Mrs. Donovan was walking down O'Connell Street
in Dublin when
she met up with Father Flaherty.

The Father said, 'Top o' the mornin'
to ye! Aren't ye Mrs. Donovan
and didn't I marry ye and yer
hoosband two years ago?'

She replied, 'Aye, that ye did, Father.'

The Father asked, 'And be there
any wee little ones yet?'

She replied, 'No, not yet, Father.'

The Father said, 'Well now,
I'm going to Rome next week
and I'll light a candle for ye
and yer hoosband.'

She replied, 'Oh, thank ye, Father.'
They then parted ways.

Some years later they met again.
The Father asked, 'Well now,
Mrs. Donovan, how are ye these days?'
She replied, 'Oh, very well, Father!'
The Father asked, 'And tell me ,
have ye any wee ones yet?'

She replied, 'Oh yes, Father!
Two sets of twins and six singles,
ten in all!'

The Father said, 'That's wonderful!
How is yer loving hoosband doing?'

She replied, 'E's gone to Rome
        to blow out yer fookin' candle.'

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Announcing!! - The Giveaway Winner & My New Grandson

Well, it has been a long and exciting few days around here! "C" Finally gave birth to , and I know some of you will be upset, the MOST beautiful grandchild ever!!!! LOL!
 See what I mean? Is he the cutest baby ever??!!
 Here is the Grandma, (me).

Little "A" was born at 12:49 am , April 6, 2010. He weighed 8 lb 10 oz and is 21 " long. That means, the person the guessed the closest time and date is Angie! Congratulations! I will be sending the winning lunch tote out next week. Thank you again, for all of you that entered the giveaway. It was fun and I'll be doing it again sometime.
 Now, back to the baby! He is sooooo cute! Mom and Dad and baby are all doing great! It was a long labor, about 18 hours or so, with NO pain meds! OMG! Kids these days!!! She was so strong and brave and I am so proud of her! I was only in labor for about 4 hours with her and when they offered meds I said "bring them on"!!! NOW! Like mother like daughter?, HARDLY. I am spending the day getting the house all ready for them to come home either tonite or tomorrow. My husband will be up here on Friday and we are both going home Sunday morning. Although I will be glad to be home after a month here, I will sure miss spending time with the kids. It has been fun and very nurturing for me. I've been an "empty nester" for a few years now, so this time has been great! But it is time to get back to a new normal, and catch up with everything. My poor esty shop has been very neglected, have to find a job, take a few classes, and go to jury duty (ugh).
I probably won't be posting anything else until sometime next week. So good bye for now and thanks again for all of your kind thoughts and prayers during this fun, stressful and exciting time in my life!   oxox debi

Monday, April 5, 2010

Giveaway Update!

 To all of you wonderful ladies who entered "guess the birth time" giveaway..."C" left for the hospital this morning to have her labor induced.(5 am pst) That baby is so safe and warm he just doesn't want to come out! So, game on. I'll be posting the birth and the winner as soon as I can! Just praying now for a safe and happy delivery! Thanks again for entering!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fair Weather Walkers

It is curious to me how many people walk, everyday, all the time, with their dogs, without their dogs, or ride their bikes, in any weather, up here in Portland! Before I came up here (for my grandson's birth, and no, he is not born yet)!,  I planned on walking to the little coffee shop, just down the street, every morning. And have I done that? Not once.. We have walked up to Starbucks a few blocks away numerous times, but the weather was nice then. People up here walk all the time! I can't figure out if they love the rain or are going stir crazy and just need to get out! All I know is, in the Sacramento area, you wouldn't think of walking in the rain! And bad,( gained 10 lbs since I've been up here), me, just doesn't think about walking much at all.....maybe when it gets back up to 70*....

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Funny

At my recent assault trial, I offered a plea of "Guilty with an explanation . " The judge asked me what my explanation was, so I told my
story .

"Your  Honor," I said, "I had a mammogram appointment, which I actually kept . I was  met with: 'Hi! I'm Belinda!' This perky clipboard carrier smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, 'All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this  gown . Everything clear?' I'm thinking, 'Belinda, try decaf . This   ain't rocket science . ' Belinda skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors .

With the right  side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the left and said, 'Hmmmm . Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean in a tad so we can get  everything?' 'Fine', I answered . I was freezing, bruised, and out  of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck and finish me off? My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other breast wedged between those two 4 inch pieces  of square glass) when we heard, then felt ,  a zap!

Complete darkness and the power went off! 'Oh, maintenance is working . Bet they hit a snag . ' Belinda said, and headed for the door .  
 'Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?' I shouted . Belinda kept going and said, 'Oh, you fussy puppy . . . the door's wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights . I'll be right back . '
Before I could shout 'NOOOO!' she disappeared . . And that's exactly how Bubba and Earl, maintenance men Extraordinaire, found me . . . Half-naked with part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life, and the other part smashed between  g la ss!  

Two hours later, Belinda breezes in  wearing a sheepish grin . Making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, 'Oh I am sooo sorry!' The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch . Are we upset?'

And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between the clamps . . . . "

The judge could hardly contain her la ughter as she said 'Case Dismissed!!' . .

Have a great  weekend and Happy Easter!