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!

The most valuable things in life have nothing to do with money


I thought I would write a blog entry today just to keep my journal up to date. I have been working for a few months now on a special project for my father-in-law. He wanted to surprise his younger sister with a photo album of their history growing up, as well as any pictures he has of her children growing up. Their mother’s home was destroyed in a fire a few years ago and his sister’s pictures were in the house at the time. He came across a jewel of an album that his wife (my mother-in-law) Freda evidently had put together. We have no other explanation for its origins. SO I told him I would take care of it. For a couple months I have scanned pics here and there, but due to back pain, it has taken me quite awhile. I finally completed the task last week. The finished result is TWO BOOKS! He has one book to give her of their years growing up, and even up to two generations before him! The second book is of her children and I included a section at the end of our family, my wedding with Jamey, and several pictures in memory of my mother-in-law Freda…and then I ended the book with my favorite picture of James and Freda.

We will have a family gathering soon because there are several birthdays right now (including mine…I will be 37 this month!), so the gifts will be presented to Aunt Susie during the cookout she is hosting. She has no idea, either! They arrived today and Kodak did an AMAZING JOB! They are simply BEAUTIFUL! I am so excited. I wish we could take them to her right now! ­čÖé

Just after I ordered these books, my father-in-law brought me another box of pictures! I wish I had known about their existence before I ordered the books because I found some real jewels in there! The pic at the top of this entry is my hubby as a little boy. I showed it to him and said “now I know the REAL reason there is no longer a MUPPET SHOW!”…

Other than that, I found a holder for my plates that I had painted blue and then glued aquarium gravel and seashells to…the picture is here on my pictures blog.

I hope you enjoy. If you have old pictures and have never organized them into an album, I encourage you to try the Kodak Gallery.

Just some more little tidbits of my life…

Teresa

Reflections


Three Sisters

Teresa, Lavonda and Tina

God has blessed me with two amazing sisters, Tina and Lavonda. I love them both so very dearly. With my mother just losing one of her sisters, it has made me want to hold on to my sisters even more. I think this is a normal response in times of grief, but I hope that we do not lose this lesson. We are close, my sisters and I. I have a special relationship with each one, but very different at the same time. This is how God made us women (and men, too), though. We are each unique, yet have so much commonground.

For Mother’s Day this year, my two sisters bought my parents tickets for a train ride. If you are fairly local, I have included the link here for the beautiful trip from Ettowah, TN to Copper Hill, TN, then lunch and return.

http://www.tvrail.com/hiwassee/schedule.php

On this trip, my oldest sister Tina took along her camera. She is an amateur photographer, but a VERY GOOD amateur photographer. She captured one of the most amazing pictures I have ever seen while on the train. I was captivated as soon as I saw it and had a special project in mind immediately. I asked her to send me the picture on my computer in high resolution so I could have an 8 x 10 made of it. In true BIG SIS fashion, though, that evening as I was at my parents’ house, there was my 8 x 10 waiting for me! THANK YOU TINA!

Lavonda in REFLECTION

My mother was taking me to an appointment the day after my sister had surprised me with the picture, so we decided to go to Hobby Lobby. I wanted to find a picture frame that was simply a mirror, but to no avail. I finally found a black picture frame that is very shiny and knew that with some embellishments, it would work just right. SO OFF TO THE JEWELRY AISLE WE WENT…which led to a trip to the scrapbooking aisle…and finally after a much longer trip than anticipated, I felt I had everything I needed, and my mother and I were TUCKERED OUT! Did I mention everything I got for the project was 50% off???

The next day, I laid my project out after cutting out the letters from the scrapbooking items for my frame and the jewels for the jewelry pendants. I wrote an email to my oldest sister Tina and sent her pics of my project and ideas. I had the word REFLECTIONS on the frame, but was not sure where to place it. Tina is a great one for opinions. She wrote back and said she thinks I should add 1 Corinthians 13:12 and then she wrote the following words in her email:

Reflection
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every woman the reflection of her own face.

Is that not beautiful? SO this meant ANOTHER TRIP to Hobby Lobby because I did not have enough letters to add the verse to the picture, but knew immediately that she was correct. I had also accidently bought BRADS the first visit, so on this visit, I bought self adhesive gemstones instead and did not use the brads at all.

The following are the products I used for my project (plus a picture frame large enough for an 8 x 10 picture)…I think I used 3 packs of the letters and 3 packs of the clear gemstones, as well as one pack of multicolored gemstones. I included a picture of the jewels I made from 4 plain circle mirror pendants with the colored gemstones, but I have still not decided if I will use them at all.

REFLECTIONS project products

I finished the project last night in about an hour! I did not add the jewels as I had intended originally. (Excuse the smudges, I guess I should have cleaned it with windex before taking the final picture of the picture!)

REFLECTIONS of Lavonda

The mantle is not the final place for the picture. I just wanted to get a picture of it without the flash on it. I plan to hang this picture on the wall and I think I will decide after I get it in place whether I should glue the multicolored jewels to the picture. I like it just like this.

REFLECTIONS on mantle

I Corinithians 13:12

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. New International Version

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. English Standard Version

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. King James Version