Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Catching Up....

Hello, friends. I am back to blogging and I am commiting to being much more regular with it. I have a lot to say but with not feeling well and the loss of a furry baby, I didn't want my blog to be a constant downer. Having said that, though, I will appreciate all prayers and good thoughts this Friday, August 1. I am having intravenous iron infusion - a 6-hour procedure...ugh. Despite taking strong oral iron supplements, I am still severly anemic and my blood levels keep going down. I have had test after test come out ok, but my levels keep dropping. So we are going to try this and I am hoping that this infusion and subsequent therapies if needed will give me more energy so I feel better. I also need more energy for CREATING! Mom and I have given ourselves deadlines for FINALLY opening our etsy shop (mom is going to be selling with me!) so I need to make that inventory. Fingers crossed.

OK, fun stuff......here are some ATCs that I made for a swap I was in....it was an interesting swap, because we had to use recycled product for the base of the cards. I used boxes from my AMY's meals....and of course that is my little Frieda as the model in each card.


Some more ATC for a feathered friends swap....

Some cards for an anything goes card swap....

And I should have blogged about this in June, but two years ago I got my grandmother into a wonderful nursing home closer to me (about 5 minutes from my house). I am her power-of-attorney and just love the care they give her there. We are a very involved family so she feels like a queen there. She is 91 years old and she is just thriving and truly feels that it is her home. The facility and the employees (as well as the residents) are wonderful and each year they have a *SENIOR* prom (get it?) where the seniors can dress to the nines. The nursing home even has beautiful dresses the ladies can borrow and fancy jewels and nice things for the men. The residents are in heaven each year and they play music from all of the decades. The joy on many of the residents' faces will honestly just take your breath away! I always attend and leave feeling very blessed to have taken part. Anyway, here are a few pics of my beautiful grandmother at this years prom....isn't she a beauty?

(that's my mom on the left)

Let me end this long post with this sweet pic of one of my furry kids...sweet Bess. Isn't she adorable (and when she's sleeping, she's not yapping! :-) )

Hope you all are well and enjoying the summer! Talk to you soon!!

Lolly

18 comments:

suze said...

Hey! Glad to have you back. I used to have those iron IV's when my kidney's were failing. I would go very early in the morning and sleep thru most of it. What really gave me energy was epoegen shots in my abdomen. Hope you get to feeling better real soon. I have set a deadline of August to get my Etsy shop open. Going it alone and have no clue what to do!
xo suze

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Wanted to say thanks for visiting my site, come back anytime. Sorry for your loss, & hope you will feel better soon. And yes your Grandmother is beautiful. I bet she had a great time. I go to nursing homes all the time for work & you can always tell where the residents are happy. It's great that you found such a wonderful place for your Grandmother. Feel better! Hugs***Renea

LW said...

Just wanted you know that i will be thinking of you on Friday..

and i do hope you are feeling up to par real soon...

Louise

FourSistersInACottage said...

Hi Lolly,
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I wish you luck with the tranfusion. I feel for you.
Have a wonderful day today,
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Kai said...

Welcome back to blogging, Lolly! I've missed you! Hopefully your health will improve 100% with the iron! (I am also anemic though not to that degree - I take iron tablets - & I know it can leave a person very tired!) Love your ATCs! Always classy, your art! Speaking of classy, your mom & grandmother are EXACTLY that! Both are absolutely beautiful women, and you have that same beauty! Get well, take care, and follow your cute doggy's lead - REST!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. You know, I have a freind that was having severe iron problems for years, then was diagnosed with a wheat allergy! Celiac disease.

Good luck.

Judy said...

Hi Lolly, I hope you are feeling better soon. I'll be thinking of you Friday. Thank you so much for visiting me. I've been reading yours and felt so bad when reading about Max. I love my Anna and Bailey so much. They are our family and it is so hard when something happens to them. Anna and Bailey send love and kisses.

Lallee said...

I'd be glad to pray for you Friday. I'm so sorry about your kitty Max. Your grandmother is adorable!! Your mom too! I especially love the ATC 'I don't know and I don't care.' LOL
~Lallee

cindy said...

Hey Sweet Lolly,
Thanks for your compliment over at my blog. Appreciate it. And cool on your Etsy..you will be hooked. LOL. And hope you get to feeling better. Love all the cuteness you are making. So fun!

c

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I just drew your name as my Christmas in July winner! Please send me your address and I'll mail your package.

Debb said...

Sorry to hear you been sick , I know how that is. I'm just checking in on the Halloween fairy door swap to see how youdoing on your doors I will be sending out partners in a couple of days. I need your mailing address
love Debb

Allie said...

So glad that you are back and praying that you got through Friday without too much trouble. What a wonderful home you have found for your grandmother. You are all blessed to have such wonderful caregivers. Wish that was the norm everywhere. Hope you're having a relaxing and comfortable weekend....
~Allie

The Rose Room said...

Hi Lolly, hope it all goes well for you. Your Grandmother is beautiful and her home sounds wonderful. Take Care, Rachaelxo

Hummingbird Chats said...

Lolly,
It is great to see you back. I hope that all goes well with the iron replacement. I love the pictures of your Grandmother. She looks so pretty and happy in her party dress.
~~smiles~~ Katie
p.s. you have been tagged, go by my blog and see all about it. Thanks

sassafras & LuLu said...

Hi Lolly,
hope you feel better soon and can get things worked out! You sure do have a lovely grandmother, wow!
take care, hugs, Carol

catieann said...

hi sweetie
I sure hope you are feeling much better by now!! I am anxious to see your etsy shop!!
I would love to open mine as well but have been so busy this summer!!
I am so sorry for your baby and you!!
catie

Folksie Linda said...

Hi Lolly, Good to see you back, hope the infusions help you and you get your energy back.. loved the picture of your Grandma and your Mom..that is so sweet! and loved your kitty ATC's too..great job! Keep in touch! Love ya, Linda

Cindy Is Crafty said...

The swap tags are lovely. Awesome!