Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
i looked at the nurseries, tractor supply companies, walmart, target....and unless i wanted to memorialize my pet (neither have yet passed, would it send a mixed message?), state my belief in fairies (no....i don't), honor mother earth (who???) or "welcome ya'll to my weed garden" (excuse me...no weeds here, thank you very much LOL!), i found quickly that there were not stones to suit me.
solution: thank you michaels craft store and your beautiful 40% off coupon.... for only $9 and some change dd and i decided to make one of our own. the kit is really neat, and they have several shapes and styles to choose from. the kit came with everything i needed, so on our memorial day saturday we got started!
i laid out the pattern - ignore the background pattern on the paper...i did LOL!
after laying out the pattern, i mixed the water into the concrete, dd helped stir (boy it was tough) and we poured the cement into the mold, smoothed it out, and tapped it to get the air bubbles to rise to the top. he helped me transfer the stained glass pieces one at a time...which he loved, then we coated his hand with cooking oil and pressed it into the center. after carefully carving his name below and 07 above, we set it out to dry.
now i have a stepping stone, personalized by my little guy, and perfect for the front flower bed. not to mention that it saves me from terrifying my pets with a premature tomb stone....
we did buy a refill of cement mix, and i am planning on using the leftover stained glass to make one to accompany this one. this will take about 1 week to fully set and dry, so i will just have to wait...
Saturday, May 26, 2007
we had a wonderful time. the day was sunny and a little hot, but the spring rain held off until about 2 hours after we got back home, praise God!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
as a graduate of LU, and as a christian, i truly appreciate this dynamic man's willingness to be used by the Lord to reach so many who were lost. he leaves behind a legacy of faith that will continue to influence the world and have an impact for Christ. while he will be missed, we rejoice with him as he is with the Lord and is enjoying his eternal reward.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
- "silk" gerber daisy bunch (or any flower will do, these were just very happy!LOL, plus, i found ours at wallyworld for only $1 per 6 count bundle)
- floral tape
- inexpensive pens - i found 12 packs at staples for .96 each
- ribbon to wrap (if grouping or bundling)
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This morning, my hubby was preparing to let our dog Greta out for the morning, and discovered that she had vomited in her crate for the second morning in a row. Alarmed, I made her an appointment and DD and I escorted her to the vet.
The doc checked her temp, felt her tummy, and took a stool sample. We discuss her eating habits, possibly switching food, and discussed other possible causes....
Then she took xrays.
When she flashed the xray up on the wall, my heart dropped. There, in the middle of my pups abdomen, was a long, bent, slender strip of white. "...possible metal....I'm not sure" the vet stated.
"I know what it is...."
Night before last, my baby had decided that I needed a toy to play with, so she brought me my pin cushion, containing the longer, thinner, and sharper pins I use when I am sewing my quilts. (She does this a lot, coming into the room with everything from socks to undies to pillows, etc.)
It was in her mouth for all of 15 seconds, just the time it takes to get it from the office to me in the living room and as soon as she dropped it, I took it away.
We immediately checked her mouth, no pins. In fact, aside from the vomiting, she has been my typical romping, loving baby!
But, alas, there it was on the xray.
At this point we faced three scenarios.
First...that the pin is still in her stomach, hasn't perforated, and isn't loose in her abdominal cavity. Surgery to remove it, needing to open up the stomach and a high risk of infection.
Second...the pin has perforated, and is loose in her stomach doing damage to her liver and allowing stomach contents loose and increasing infection risk. Surgery to get it out and clean up, pray that infection is not able to set in.
Third...it is in her intestines...worst case and we don't want that....
So, after about 1 and 1/2 hours, DD and I left her with the vet and I called my mom, my hubby, and a few friends to get them to pray.
Folks, God was in it! The vet was able to do the surgery immediately, she called me about 2 hours later. She said that the pin had perforated, but was still half in and half out of her stomach, so no leakage because it was plugging the hole. Greta's stomach didn't have to be cut open, because the vet was able to just pull the pin the rest of the way out. She flushed her abdominal cavity out, to be safe, will put her on about 2 weeks of antibiotics, and I can get her tomorrow! Praise God! The vet said that it must have only broken through her stomach an hour or two before I brought her in because of the neatness and position of the puncture.
The Lord is so faithful! This worked out the best it could have, and while I am exhausted from the emotional roller coaster, I am so thankful that He cares so much for us and the ones we love.
I can't wait to get my big baby back tomorrow.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
It only took me about 2 hours to get the basic top done. Above is the layout of all the pieces. I like putting them in rows like a crayon box, by color family and tone...ROYGBIV and all.
One of the things about this pattern that makes it my favorite of all the crayon patterns is the black squigglies that you fuse and sew onto the wrappers. This, to me, is what makes them the most playful...and, for my son, it is where they go from being houses to crayons! :)
I have the top together, now I just need to piece the middle borders and add the two white borders. Hopefully, I'll have it done within the week, and, of course, I'll post!