A WEEK of presents!


In a few days (10 to be exact) I will have a birthday. My family has been giving me presents all week long! I feel like a kid…except most kids are not excited to get a food processor for their laundry soap. My parents have been at my house on several occasions canning and always have to bring their food processor. They know how much I love my homemade detergent, but also how much it aggrevates my thumbs because of the psoriasis (the rubbing to grate by hand causes them to crack open and bleed). SO while I was at their house for 3 days this week for dr visits, my mother surprised me with a new food processor. I thought at first it was a blender and I was like ummm…thanks. Then it hit me as I looked more closely! She saw my smile become genuine and then she showed me her laundry detergent! She and dad had bought one to do their detergent with as well because I suggested they try the homemade recipe. SO NOW instead of an hour or so for two or three batches, it took about 3 minutes!

In addition to this present, my oldest sis Tina (papercat1 on homestead’s blogsite) took me to Fashion Bug and I picked out two shirts. I had planned to buy one of them, but she grabbed it from me and said she was buying both. THEN she bought my lunch at a wonderful restaurant I had not been to in years in Cleveland, TN called Jenkins. Local folks will know what I am talking about. I won’t post pics of the shirts yet because we still have a birthday supper soon and I am sure we will have cameras there. I will wait until then.

The last day I was at my mother’s house, I had one dr’s appointment late in the day, so she suggested we go see a movie, her treat. I knew she had wanted to see the new Shrek movie ever since we saw the preview on American Idol. So I checked online and it was playing for $1 a person at the Regal Cinema! We saw it for $2 total!!! Great deal $1 all day wednesdays at Regal 10-17 behind Hamilton Place Mall for somewhat local Chattanooga folks.

My middle sis has plans underway, too. I shall tell more about them when I have pics to go along with them. She’s an awesome cook and is hosting the dinner this year. We always have dinners for each family member’s birthday. I picked my present out months ago at her Premier Jewelry Party, but will still be surprised because I have such a short memory! I ┬áremember it is rusty red colored, but cannot remember what it looked like!

Health Update: As far as doctor visits, I had quite a bit of edema again wednesday while at my internist’s office and he wanted to order tests anyway and that made him add more to it. We shall see what that shows before too long. I think it is because I have been too active lately and need to rest and get off my feet more than anything. He wants to make sure the HUMERA is not causing it. The oncologist visit was monday and I was told great news there. The lump that I had the biopsy on a year ago has not grown any, but due to the fact it is there plus family history, I have to continue to have it checked once a year now. At least it is not 4 months this time! I may have mentioned having trouble with some meds again where I am having dizzy, weak spells. I stopped taking my muscle relaxer flexeril and the spells have significantly decreased, but my back pain has increased significantly, too. I am glad to know it was that simple to get it under control, but I wish there was an easy fix to help my back pain.

I manage and God always, always blesses me so much. I feel very blessed. I do not mean because my family gives me stuff. I mean because of my family’s love and support. They try to help ease the burdens that they can control. I would like to be able to do more for my family. I used to do alot more than I do now, but I know that I have to limit myself and what I do. As I say that, I have been in a marathon of sorts this week because my cousin who I mentioned had a baby shower last saturday and I had posted pics of the baby stocking I made her…well she had her baby the very next day!

My cousin Brandi’s baby Haden Lee was born Sunday, August 8th! He needs a comforter for his cradle that his Nanny and Nana bought for him because they could not find the right size. I got the measurements and cut out a design for it. I managed to sew it together while at my parents’ house this week. I machine quilted (yes, I hate to machine quilt a baby quilt, but I did it for the first time INSTEAD of hand quilting) it last night and all that is left is finishing the binding on it. I am so glad I was able to get it done! That is one reason my back hurts so bad I am sure, sitting at the sewing machine, but it brought me great pleasure to be able to make her a handmade comforter that FITS. She was so disappointed when none of the blankets fit it at the shower. This is her first baby and I just wanted it to be extra special for her. I love the feeling of finishing a project and being able to BREATHE and RELAX again…not far now!

My 35th Birthday Today


Posted August 22, 2008

Well, that’s right! I turned 35 years old today!

FIRST OF ALL, guess what had opened a bloom today on my birthday! YES, that same peace lily I had blogged about here: click here. This was the first time it has bloomed since I posted that blog! What a special birthday treat for me!

GUESS WHAT I DID TODAY? I threw myself a birthday party for my sisters/brothers-in-laws and parents/parents-in-laws and hubby’s grandmothers. No, I do not normally throw parties for myself, but this was a special occassion indeed. As I have blogged about previously, my family heard that my rheumatologist said I need to do water aerobics to help my fibromyalgia. my family all pitched in and helped me to buy a nice above-ground pool!!!

SO I threw this party as thanks to them for doing something so SPECIAL for me! They turned this FM problem into something wonderful! I LOVE exercising in the pool. As a matter of fact, it is really the only time I feel VERY good. I am still exhausted when I am in the pool, so I do not do anything major, but just to be able to move my arms and legs around freely is SO WONDERFUL! I had purchased a hammock float (which I had never heard of before researching for pools) and it is PERFECT to fit all my needs in the pool!

We had BBQ pizza delivered by a local restaurant and I decorated my dining room and back deck with a tropical theme. I had purchased two games to play: pineapple bowling and ALOHA bingo, but we ended up just sitting around and eating and talking and generally enjoying each others’ company.

I had originally planned on this being a pool party, but because everyones’ allergies have been so bad this week, we just stayed inside in the air conditioning.

NOW, on to the PICTURES! Do you ever host something like this and take pics of the decorations before everyone gets there, and THEN forget to take a single picture while all the guests are there??? WELL that is exactly what I did today. SO the following pics are just decorations. I will explain each one as we go.

This is the centerpiece…too funny, huh???

This is the entrance to the back deck

This is the back deck

This is the back deck

This is the back deck table centerpiece. I made the ducks, lily pads and flower out of play-doh.

This is a close-up of the centerpiece. I had made a mama duck, too, but I dried her too long and she cracked and lost a wing!!! SO I felt she was not up to a party in her condition. LOL

My dad built these steps because the ladder that came with the pool was WAY too unstable.

My sister Lavonda and her husband were the first to arrive and they brought these CUTE Tiki monkeys for me, so I added them to the dining room centerpiece

This was the punch we had. I will share the recipe below it because it was SUPER easy and VERY GOOD.

Both my parents are diabetics, so I was trying to come up with something they could drink, too. SO I bought Diet Sunkist (orange) and Bryer’s NO SUGAR ADDED vanilla ice cream. We put the ice cream in the punch bowl and poured Sunkist on top of it. It tasted much like creamsicles, which we ALL LOVED. I had forgotten to refrigerate the Sunkist, so it melted the ice cream too quickly, so if you use the same recipe, be sure to refrigerate the Sunkist first!

NOW, I had also had prizes ready in case we played the games I mentioned above. They were just silly prizes, but cute. Below is a pic of the prize bag.

NOW, the bag holding the prizes was actually a beach bag I had made my mother-in-law last year for her vacation to Orange Beach. I used machine embroidery and I had purchased the embroidery design online…I think I got it at emblibrary.com, but can’t remember for sure. I designed the bag myself and also put my MIL’s name on the front. I thought it turned out so CUTE. I will include pic of back, and the inside pocket that is deep enough for suntan lotion on one side and shallow enough for keys, change, whatever in the other section…and it zipped. I wish I’d made me one! LOL

Thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend!

Teresa