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Ypsilanti, MI, United States
I have been happily married for 40 years. My husband retired from GM after working there for 36 years. He is now working part-time at a local GM dealership as a shuttle driver. It is the perfect job for him. He doesn't mind driving and for sure he doesn't mind talking. I have enjoyed rubber stamping for about 10 years. I can tell you that I do not do scrapbooking just cardmaking. I love it. I retired from the University of Michigan in 1997 after working there for 30 years. Most of the time I worked in the Mathematics Dept. At this point, you can say I wonder how she liked it. My mom told me if I couldn't say something nice to someone don't say anything at all. I will comply and not go into a huge dissertation about how awful my bosses were during that period. I did like my office mate, Dee Hudock. We worked very well together. I can also say for the most part I liked the professors. I have two grown children and 3 grandchildren. I am totally addicted to FB and all the games I play there.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Very Chilly Week

It is really chilly here. It has been cold and rainy for the better part of a week. It is almost 11 AM and it is only 39 right now.

I have been very busy farming on FB. I also have fish tanks and a cafe. It is all a lot of fun for me. I worked 42 years so that when I retired I could do what I wanted. I have arrived! :) I also have made some cards. You can see them here. I have lost 11 pounds since May. It is not much but it is all I did so far. I have sort of slipped up the last couple of weeks and I have to get back to watching closer what I am eating.

Here are the cards I made in September. They are not all I made because I made several of the anniversary card with different colors. Right now I am working on Thanksgiving cards. I have card club on Saturday when we swap. I am looking forward to it. We don't all go to the same church any more so I don't see my friends as often. Our numbers have dwindled since I first started. At one point, we had 10 people and sometimes more attending. Now we are down to 3 or 4. I wish there were more and I wish some of the LW ladies would be interested in card making. It can be a real ministry.

Off to get some more cards done. Have a great day.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Ant and the Grasshopper

This one is a little different...
Two Different Versions! .................
Two Different Morals!

OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a
video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing,
'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

Acorn stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house
where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.'
Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back
of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ants food while the government house
he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident
and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders
who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Here are my cards from August 09

A long time

It has been more than a month since I posted anything. I have a new addiction. Farmtown on Facebook. I have a great looking farm. I am working on it as a memorial to my dad. He was a farmer at heart.

I am still making cards. One of the problems I have is remembering to take a picture so I can post them on my blog.

My dad and mom's house is now on the market.
My brother and sister from the Grand Rapids area really worked hard and got it all cleaned out and staged to sell. My brother and sister-in-law from IL went up and helped too. Dennis and I only went up and helped once. I wish it could have been more. I think we would have been in the way. We are restricted physically with what we can do. They did a fantastic job. Now we are in a praying mode that the house will sell and make enough money to take care of my mom. On Labor Day week-end we went north for a family reunion. There was only 81 people there. After the reunion we went north and saw the house one last time. We also went out to the cemetary.
We had not been there since the funeral. It was really really hard to go there without dad knowing that chapter of life is over after 25 years living there. We had some great memories of our times visiting with dad and mom in the north house.

Dennis has been working very hard cleaning out the mess in the basement that Mark left. He has thrown a ton of stuff away. It probably would have saved money to just rent a dumpster instead of buying so many trash bags! He is about 2/3 done. I can't even get down there to see what it looks like. I can get down but it is nearly impossible for me to get back up. I am paranoid about falling up those stairs. That is how I messed up my shoulders in the first place.

I will be able to post pictures of my cards soon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

July Cards.

Here are most of the cards I made in July. There were a few that I forgot to take pictures of. I am running behind on getting them made so I forget to take pictures.

I am sitting with my grandaughters tonight and tomorrow. They are 9 and 7 now so they really aren't much trouble. I kind of like having them around. Dennis and Joy went down to the Tiger game. I don't even know if they are winning, losing or if they are still playing. I am getting weary so I think I am going to go to bed and read.

I did manage to go use some of the machines at therapy. I rode the bike for 2 mi. in 12 min. not great but I did it. I also rode the arm bike for 10 min.

Monday, August 3, 2009


I got my new system today. It seemed like it took forever for Dell to send the replacement but now I am happy again. A friend of ours just came over and was able to get my files off of the hard drive so I didn't lose contacts, pictures, etc.

It is late tonight so I must get to bed. Tomorrow I will have the fun of loading my programs back on to this machine and packing up the old one to send back to Dell.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday That Feels Like Tuesday

When I got up this morning it felt like Tuesday to me. Don't ask me what happened to Monday. I guess I just skipped it. We were dogsitting again over the weekend. This time it was for our daughter's dog. He is huge. He is a husky/lab mix. He makes our medium size dog look small! When he laid down in the living room, we hardly had any room to walk around! :)

We went to church yesterday. We tried a different one again this week. The pastor was gone so we had a fill-in. We knew him from other places and we enjoyed the sermon. I doubt we will go to church there. Neither one of us felt comfortable there. These older traditional churches seem dead to us. There is rarely younger married couples or children to make it seem alive. The music is played so slow. I don't mind singing hymns but why do they drag so.

I don't have any big plans for this week except to make more cards. We also have to go over our bills and see what we can pay. That is not a job I like especially when there is no money.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our doggy sitting

We spent the last two days taking care of a friend's dog. The black and white one is our Miriam. The yellow one on Dennis' lap is Rebel. They got along really well. In fact I wanted to trade my yellow cat for their yellow dog!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I actually left the house this morning

I was craving a donut or bagel so bad this morning. I went ahead and got dressed and went out. Dennis and I needed to go get a few things at Kroger and I told him if he would take me to Horton's I would go with him to the store. That worked! Before we left I called my friend, Nancy. I am so glad I called. They had a fire in their family room this morning. The room has windows blown out and every thing covered with smoke and water. Landy got it out before the fire dept. got there thank goodness they weren't seriously hurt. They both inhaled enough smoke that they we were having a difficult time breathing. Nancy's eyes were red. I told them they should get out of there and breathe some clean AC air so they met us at Horton's for a little while. Since I believe in guardian angels and God's care I am so thankful they are ok. The insurance company can take care of the damage.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The most wonderful surprise

We got a call on Monday night from a dear family friend. They wanted to come by. It was 8:30 and that was no problem. We told them to come on over we weren't really doing anything. Nancy was carrying a Red Wing bag. I thought that was neat. Then she gave me a card. It was a gorgeous anniversary card. She gave me the bag. Inside was a quilt she had made. It is gorgeous. I absolutely love it. I told Dennis we need to find some way to get the bedroom painted so it would really look nice. Words will not be able to express our thanks to them.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday June 21 Dad's Day

Today is the first Dad's Day without my dad.

I have had several blows to my mental well being this week. It has been so bad I haven't even felt like making cards. Hard to believe but it is true. I haven't slept well this week. I know that I fret about things that I cannot do anything about. Why? I wish I knew. We have some financial things going on. We had some expenses that we should have planned for better but what is done is done. We had some car repairs that cost more than we thought they would. Our debt program doesn't end until August 2011! It sounds impossible. I sure hope we can make the car last that long.

Mark had a temporary custody hearing this week but the judge has forced them into mediation. This is going to cost extra money for Mark. I don't think it will do any good either. The sooner this is over the better as far as I am concerned. For Mark to get on with his life it needs to be over. Today is for dad's and he probably won't even be able to see his son. Yes, I am angry.

I did have a good week with my Mom here. I was glad she came. I hope we can talk her into coming again. I think if we didn't have our cats she would come more often. We got a chance to visit with some family, old friends and even went to a patriotic concert.

We are going to visit a different church this morning. I am happy where we are but Dennis isn't. I told him I would go try it this morning. Why is it so hard to find a church? I told him we could go to my church in the morning and where he would like at night. Not a very practical idea I am afraid.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Chilly Tuesday

I have not written in a while. I have not much felt like it. I attended my 3rd funeral in 4 weeks. It is all so sad. Since I lost my dad, I have a hard time going to funerals and the funeral home.

On a better note, I was able to attend an open house for Jesse Pipe and Christopher Taylor. I had these kids when they were in my AWANA Sparks. I am really feeling old. The young men have grown to be fine Christian men.

I have made a few cards recently but I did not take pictures. I need to remember to take pictures better.

We did have a great family reunion on Memorial Day weekend. When I get some pictures from my sister-in-law I will post some here.

I need to go catch up on some letter writing (email of course)!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cards of the week

Here are some cards I made in the last week. My house is a mess but I did get my cards done for my card club on Sat. They are the ones that are red white and blue.

Sad News

I learned this morning about a dear friend that passed away yesterday morning. His name is Vaughn. His family and our family have been friends for many, many years. His oldest daughter was my best friend growing up. My sister married his son. His wife, Bess, used to come with us to our families' ladies week-end. It is sad but the good news is he knew the Lord. He is now in heaven visiting with the friends of ours that have passed on before us including my dad. We will grieve for a season but have the blessed hope that we will see him again some day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


It is hard to believe that we get so busy. I wonder sometimes how in the world we found time to work! We had our grandgirls for an overnight on Friday. Our Lilli had a hard time going to sleep. She missed her mom a lot I guess. Saturday Dennis took them to the Children's Concert series at the DSO. I guess they had a good time. When they got home from that, I took them to lunch and then to get manicures. It is always fun watching them and seeing what color polish they will choose.

We hit a jackpot week - NO Dr. Appts. That is a rarity for us. It seems like one of us is always going to the doctor or dentist.

Dennis is out golfing today although it is chilly. It is 1:30 and it is only 55. This past week-end it was over 80. I guess it is just the crazy Michigan weather.

I have been busy making cards. If I can figure out how to get them to my blog I will do a slide show of them. No other news from here. Back to my passion!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day

Today is the day when taxes have to be filed. I am glad we paid ours in Feb. There wouldn't be enough money now to pay what we owed. I really don't like having to do them. It helps to have the computer to do them.

Tomorrow we are going up to see my Mom and visit for a bit. We haven't seen her since January. I can't believe we are so busy that we can't even find time to make a day trip to Middlevile.

I got most of my new stamps put away. They are numbered and cataloged. I only have two sets left to do. I know I have birthday cards to do so I should get busy on that.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Will You Dance with Me?


Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour? She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain...' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet... We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

W hen anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now....go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will under stand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ' How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift.......Thrown away..... Life is not a race Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over..

It's National Friendship Week.. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.

To those I have sent this to.... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It doesn't hurt to have a little Biblical humor to start the day....
Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a Little Prophet.

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph
was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles
were all in one Accord.

Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson. He brought the house down.

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden ?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.

Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.

Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck. (.)

PS... Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee?
Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . . 'He-brews'

Friends are God's way of taking care of us.

Faith, Hope & Love -- but the greatest of these is LOVE. 1 Corinthians13:13

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Done, Done (Almost)

I went back to the endodontist this morning and finished the root canal stuff. Now I have to call the dentist and set up an appt to have the tooth built up and a cap put on it. That means more hours in a chair. And more pain - I hate those shots.

I got my replacement phone and Kindle yesterday. I am back to everything working. I do have to get some more things done before I can read some more in my book. Card club is here on Sat. Friday is going to be spent cleaning. Dennis and Mark are still trying to clean up with wet stuff out of the basement. We still have not discovered where the odor is coming from when you open the front door. It smells like something died. I think something - (mouse,rat) died between the walls. Yuch!! I hope it goes away before Sat. I may have to explain it away. For sure I hope it goes away before summer when it is so hot!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


We have had a miserable week at our house. First off 2 weeks ago I found that lump in my jaw 2 weeks ago. I first went to my dentist. He xrayed and couldn't find anything. The lump thing got bigger and the whole side of my face swelled. After a trip to urgent care I found out I had an abscessed tooth. I went back to the dentist last Monday. All he did was look at me and send me to the endodontist. I went to him on Wed. He re-did the root canal. The crown came off and can't be used again. It is gold. Maybe it is worth $2. I have a big hole in my mouth. The swelling is still there in spite of the fact that I am on 2 antibiotics. I go back this week for the endo guy to finish. Maybe he won't be able to because of the abscess is still there. It does make me wonder if it is something else. I am putting heat on it to try to draw it out. Not working!!

Dennis was back to his surgeon this week. His lower leg and ankle are really hurting. The dr said it may be a stress fracture. He only has this week to work and he is done. He loved his job but could not handle it any longer physically. I hope everything works out for us financially with him not working.

I need to get some cards done and think about a big project I have for April 3. I just found out that my cell phone got washed. ugh

Friday, March 6, 2009


Yesterday was a day of mixed emotions for me. Mark's birthday was yesterday. He finally made an appt. with a lawyer about a divorce. He needed $750 for a retainer. He needed $250 for the filing fee. We got the money out of savings and gave it to him. We told him it was a loan. After a 3 year separation and fighting it is definitely time to move on. I am praying that he does not weaken his resolve to go thru with this. I just hope that he and Katie can get along enough so that Tyler is not used as a pawn in their games. It would have been nice to have a daughter-in-law that was respectful and a part of the family but that didn't happen. There was never a family relationship with her and Tyler. The girls don't even know their cousin Tyler. We have not ever been able to have Tyler for a few hours without her. We don't have a relationship with him either. He will be 3 on March 23.

Today is my granddaughter, Hannah's, birthday. She is 9 years old. She wanted a "fancy dinner" with her friends. We may not see her until Tues when I am watching the girls b/c they do not have school. I did make a card and sent it so hopefully she will get it tomorrow.

I have got 8 more cards to make for March. I would like to get Easter cards made. I also may be doing something for church for a silent auction. I need to get busy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The End

I have one more trip to make to the eye dr. this afternoon and I will be done with the study I have been involved in. Now I wonder -- how long will I have to wait for the check.

I have developed a sore jaw over this last week-end. I have to go to the dentist on Thurs to see if he can tell what is going on. I hope it isn't bad. I hate going to the dentist.

I have 4 cards to get done today. I am going to get hustling on that soon. I did get a couple done over the week-end.

Now I am off to get busy.

Monday, February 23, 2009


The sun is shining but it is very cold here. It is suppose to be even colder tomorrow. We didn't go to church yesterday. Dennis was not in a good place emotionally and I didn't want to go out on the snowy roads and parking lot by myself. We both took a nap in our new chairs. I will be glad when we can get rid of the sleeper sofa. I do not like it. It is too big for the living room. Our plan is to move the loveseat out of Dennis' room back to the living room. To get a twin bed or a futon to put in there.

Dennis bought me a dozen beautiful roses. I discovered after taking the picture that if you want it to look like you have more flowers set them in front of a mirror and take the picture.

I have been busy taking care of some new stamps sets. I had to catalog them and make index sheets. I am almost done with that little project. I have a few more ordered. I am in need of another tower. I have been looking but I have not found one yet. Maybe if I get to IKEA I will find one there. I do need to get busy. I have 3 cards to make this week and get into the mail.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The End

Jeff and Joy got back here about 5:30. They got everything loaded into their car. We then went to Cracker Barrel and had a good dinner. The girls were really tired and a bit cranky. They missed their mom and dad more than they knew. Poor Jeff was so tired with the jet lag and the stress of his mom being so sick. I hope they will all get some rest tomorrow and have some family time. I am glad Grampy got the girls laundry done for the most part before they left.

I am weary too. I canceled our card club for tomorrow. We are suppose to get 8 inches of snow tomorrow. Some of the people that normally come couldn't make it tomorrow. So we didn't have to hurry tonight to straighten up the house. We don't have a conflict with the furniture that we are having delivered tomorrow. We can spend a quieter day at home.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I am really Grumbling

I have not felt well all day. I had one of the 3 times appt. for the research study I am in today. It was a bit rougher for me. Dennis went back to work so I had to keep the car and go to the dr. We have the girls so we had to get them up at 6:45 to make sure grampy got to work on time. We had about 45 min. to kill between taking Dennis to work and my appt. The only thing that made sense was to go to Tim Horton's for a donut. That is on the way to my appt. and it was better than going all the way back home and turning around and leaving again. So after donuts we went to the appt. Since Dennis wasn't with me, I had to walk all the way from the parking lot to the 6th floor. I was afraid I wasn't going to make it. By the time I got in the door I could hardly breathe. I did have an inhaler and that helped a little. When I got to the dr. my blood pressure was 158/98. This is way higher than it has ever been. I don't know if it was the walk in the cold, I forgot to take my meds, or the fact that I was so upset with ATT because my internet will not stay connected. I have been having problems for at least a month again. I am about ready to ditch ATT and go to Comcast. It is just such a hassle to change email addresses with everything. I did manage to get my prototype card made for my card swap on Sat. Here it is

Monday, February 16, 2009

Thru Day One

It is 8:15 and I have one of the girls in bed and the other one ready. She is rocking with grampy right now. As fate would have it, the neighbor girl is off on spring break too. So she was here most of the day. The girls played outside but were also in. I have to figure out a way to handle this. It is not that they are bad or anything but they leave messes all over the house. Tomorrow we are going to pick up their room and try to keep it picked up. They are so messy. Dennis and I don't live like that so it bothers us. They must be related to their Uncle Bud. Messes don't bother him either.

We went out to dinner. I just plain didn't feel up to cooking. I have been hurting really bad the last few days. My shoulder wakes me up at night aching. My knee has been bothering me and I just feel weary.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The start of a new week

This is going to be a fun week. Our daughter and her husband are flying to San Diego for a week to visit with her in-laws. Our grandgirls are spending the week with us. It will be fun to spend some time with them. I am planning on taking them shopping a couple of times. I am also planning on taking them out to eat at least once. I am sure that I will see plenty of art projects. They brought their WII and they have the computer they can play on.

My husband is returning to his part-time job on Tuesday. He has been off since Dec. 19 due to his knee surgery. He is only going to be working Tues and Thur instead of M W F so maybe it won't be so hard on him physically. He is still working on rehab to get his knee working again. I wish he were father along than he is but I am confident that it will continue to get better.

I have card club here next Sat so I have to get busy working on my swap cards. It will also mean trying to clean with the kids here. That will be an adventure.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Busy But Fun Week

We have had a very busy week. There has been PT appointments for Dennis. There has been eye appointments for me. I broke a tooth yesterday so I had to go to the dentist today.

We also had some fun shopping for a new bigger hi-def tv. It is suppose to be delivered tomorrow. I am glad we are able to do this now. It will help Dennis see the tv better with this macular degeneration going on.

I also did some shopping on line. I am getting a Kindle. It is an electronic device that you can download books into. It only weighs 10 oz. It will not ship until March but I am excited about it.

I had a good talk with Mom tonight. She was saying how hard it was at church for her. I think she likes the church ok but when they sang a hymn they sang at Harrison it brought up memories and she lost it. I can believe it. Dad has been gone 3 months and I still think about him all the time. It still is hard to believe that he is gone.

Friday, February 6, 2009


The day started this morning early. I had to be at the eye dr. for a pressure check. Then Dennis and I went to Kroger. I think we spent more today than I have ever for groceries. After we did Kroger and got all of that put away, we rested for a bit. Then we headed out to Sam's Club. We got caught up with a lot of the paper products. I like to buy them there because you can get really big packages. I also was able to get 20 bottles of vitamin water. They were cheaper than $1 a bottle that I pay at Kroger or Walmart.

I need to get going on doing our taxes. I just have to pay for the software to do them. I have all our information to do them I think.

It has been a long day and I am tired. It is off to bed for me.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cats and Dogs

To all Pet Owners:

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

Dear Dogs and Cats:

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort? Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each
other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door:

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & L ike to Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.
2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it 'fur'nature.)
3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

Remember: In many ways, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:

1. Eat less
2. Don't ask for money all the time
3. Are easier to train
4. Normally come when called (well, OK, the cat thinks about it)
5. Never ask to drive the car
6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
7. Don't smoke or drink
8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions
9. Don't want to wear your clothes
10. Don't need a 'gazillion' dollars for college.

And finally,
11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Week-End is Over

I had a busy week-end but it was fun hanging out and going out for a bit of shopping. I miss wandering around the stores the way I used to. Now I can't do that unless the store has an electric cart for me to ride. I hurt just too bad to shop any other way. I was able to get a few things the needed replacing in the house done. There are a few more things I would like changed and it will happen sooner or later. I have to get serious and get things sorted to do our taxes. I do it with TurboTax. It is not really hard but it does take time and I worry about making mistakes.

My hubby has not felt very good since last night. His knee has been bothering him more than it had been. His stomach is funny and tonight he has a headache. I sure hope he feels better tomorrow. We planned to go out for lunch and a movie for my birthday. We have not been to a movie in a while. Somehow it is cheaper and easier to just do "on demand".

I am going to sign off for now.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


I attended the funeral today of a lady that was one of my youth sponsors at the church in Belleville where I attended as a kid. What I remember about Nancy is she always looked nice. She did do a lot of yo-yo dieting but bless her heart she was honest about it. She loved music and often was heard humming or singing. When Bill died, Nancy's health declined. She had problems with her eyes. She just wore out and wanted to leave this world for the place in heaven reserved for her by the blood of Christ. She is rejoicing now with Bill and the angels worshiping her Savior.

Mark missed work today because he wasn't feeling well. These migraines he has really knock him down. I sure hope he keeps his job so he can have insurance long enough to find out what is really going on and get the meds he needs to feel better.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Quiet Tuesday Night

I haven't gotten anything done today. I haven't felt good for a couple of weeks. I went to the dr. today and found out I have an UTI. I am also upset about our financial situation right now. With Dennis not working we are getting behind on everything. I sure hope he goes back to work soon before we get much deeper in the hole.

Tonight is American Idol. I don't know why I like this show. It is not as good as Dancing with the Stars but I do like it.

We are under a winter storm alert. What else is new? We have had a lot of snow so far this year. These things seem to go in cycles. As cold as it has been, I am having a hard time believing the "global warming" scare people.

I am really upset with Obama already. He has signed a lot of new "executive orders" which I don't understand. How can that be a balance of power if he can just do that without the Senate or House. They have passed things so that they are using embryonic stem cells for research. Don't they realize they are killing a baby every time they do that. I don't understand how women can just abort God's creation without blinking an eye. Someday people will answer a holy God about this. Yes, you can say that I am on a soap box. You bet I am and I can do that because this is my blog.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Eye Study

I went to the eye dr. today and he said that I would be a perfect candidate for a glaucoma study they are doing. I do have to put drops in my eyes twice a day and go in and get pressure readings twice a day. The study lasts about a month. I will receive a small stipend. This is all contingent on good results with lab work. It does not cost me anything but time.

New Cards

I put some cards on here that I have made over the past few months. Enjoy. If there is one that you like I could make you some (for a fee) or give you further details.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

I have spent the better part of the day watching the Obama inauguration day. It is a history making event - our first black president. He made so many campaign promises that I don't see any way he can keep them all. I am afraid people are expecting too much from one man. He still has to work with congress to bring change he campaigned about. I just hope he does something to put people back to work, clean up the corrupt banking system, and keep our manufacturing base in this country. Time will tell I guess.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Great News

I got a letter this week from the Social Security Admin approving my disability. I applied about a year ago but was denied last summer. I got an attorney who said I would have an appeal hearing and it could take up to 18 months. I have been waiting (not always patiently) to hear when my hearing would be. I was dreading it. The idea of court and a judge just scares me. God had a different plan. Thank you Jesus. I don't know the amount of the benefit yet but should get a letter soon.

It is becoming more apparent to me that there are quite a few things I can't do any more. My arms and and shoulders not working and my back hurting and my legs going numb make things pretty difficult. I am so thankful that Dennis helps as much as he does. It has been a struggle for us with him being laid up with his recovery from surgery. He is doing quite well and is able to do some laundry here so we don't have to go to the laundrymat. That was really really hard to do that. I wish I could afford to hire a cleaning lady to come in once a week to do the things I can't. Wishful thinking I guess.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Christmas 08

Monday, January 12, 2009

This is what I have been doing with some of my time. I like making snowman cards. I guess I get my inspiration from all the snow we have had of late. It seems like we have had more snow this year than in recent past. I could be wrong but it seems that way. I am glad we don't have to go out tomorrow for anything. I want to sleep in and mess around getting some more cards made tomorrow. Just to lazily sipping on some hot coffee and stamping.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

What a Ride

Yesterday we finally had our Mosey family Christmas. The weather was horrible but it was fun getting together. We had a good turn out. The only sibling missing was sister Sue. It was our first Christmas without Dad. There were many empty feelings for me yesterday. It was hard and sad. Mom seems to be doing well.

The biggest story of the day was the weather. The forecast was calling for a "winter storm warning". Predictions of 7 or more inches came true. We got to my sister's in pretty good fashion. It took us about an hour more than usual. It normally takes about 2 1/3 hours. Coming home was a much different story. The roads were completely snow covered and slippery. You could not tell where the lanes were, shoulders, etc. It was best just to stay behind the person in front of you. This was the first time since Dennis had his surgery that he drove. I am glad he drove but I was a nervous wreck with the roads they way they were. We left Jenison about 6 and didn't get home until 11. We did stop for a short while to have a quick bite to eat. But was it worth it? You betcha. Often times it is too easy to ditch plans with family and take them for granted. I am here to tell you that family is too important. If there is an opportunity to get together, you should take it. Make the time somehow. You just never know. Who knew that when we had our family reunion in May that it would be Dad's last?

My niece and her husband with baby Lexa. It was good to see a baby in the family again. I hope by the time the reunion comes around in IL that we will meet Noah the latest addition to the family. My mother-in-law had a theory. When someone dies in the family, the next one born will be of the same gender. An example to prove this was my dad passing away and the next baby born was a boy. Does it work every time. Probably not but it is interesting to see it play out.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I have been "busy" playing on Facebook and making cards. I have been weary the last few days. I went to the laundry mat yesterday because I can't do the stairs to go down to the basement and do it here. It pretty much wiped me out for the day. It is hard to do all the lifting to say nothing about how much it costs. It is faster than doing it at home but I hate lugging it all around. I can only imagine how Dennis was whipped helping me. It seems like this knee replacement surgery has been harder than the others.

Tomorrow I am going back to the pain clinic for my back. I sure hope the treatment they do will help with my pain. The last one didn't work so well.

I don't have much else to say except that things are going wrong here because of finances. My cell phone is broken and I haven't got the money to replace it. Our long distance phone has been shut off because we are late with the payment. We have property taxes due next month and no money to pay it. I just don't know what we are going to do to get out of this mess. With Dennis off work right now and that income lost, it has made it even harder. My disability hearing has not happened yet and I have no idea when it will. There is no guarantee that I will even get it. I know that I can hardly function physically around the house and I don't think I could ever go back to work.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

I am glad it is a new year. 2008 was a difficult one for our family. With my shoulder replacement surgery (that was not 100% successful), my dad's homegoing in November, my husband's knee replacement 5 days before Christmas, my son's health crises Christmas eve. I was turned down for disability from Social Security, we lost our church where we attended for 30 years, I lost my job with the church after 12 years, financial problems continue to plague us. Mark lost a job and was out of work for a couple of months.

There were some good things too. My youngest granddaughter was saved. God provided another job for Mark. Dennis has a great job with Prestige Buick here in Ypsilanti. He is the shuttle driver and really likes it. We are attending a good church. I am looking forward to seeing what this year will bring to my little corner of the world.