Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HappY New Year!

I want to wish all of you a very happy, blessed 2009!! Aren't we all ready for a new year, a fresh start?? I know I sure am!

I am so thankful for each one of you! Here's to fun and friendship in 2009!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

How can we explain such a man?

A baby asleep in a manger, yet He is the Savior of the world. A man who drove merchandisers from the temple, yet He willingly laid down His life for the same. The King of all kings Who came to die as a lamb. The One who owned it all yet laid it all aside. How can we explain such a man? We can't. We must stand in awe and worship Him.

--Marie Norton

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Long week

Hello everyone! I've been absent for a while...I broke a finger and have been having a hard time typing! lol My hubby's truck is kind of tall...or I'm kind of short?? and I was trying to get into the truck and rammed my finger into the door hard enough I saw stars. It's been in a splint that makes life difficult. LOL Trying to change my baby's diaper has been both frustrating and amusing!

Earlier this week my hubby's last living grandparent, Grandma Peterson, passed away. She would have been 90 on December 18. The funeral was last night, about 2 hours away from us. Then, her burial is in Michigan tomorrow.

It's been a tough week. Some things happened with family and we ended up staying at home today for Thanksgiving. Not out of spite or anger. We just couldn't please everyone at the same time and my hubby said we just wouldn't go anywhere and we'd just stay home and rest. And we did. Seeing as how this happened at the last minute, I didn't have a turkey thawed or anything as we weren't having our dinner until Saturday, but we're not hosting one now since Grandma's passing and the burial being 7 hours away, etc.

So, because of the things that transpired yesterday that caused so much hurt, I sat up well after midnight sobbing. You know, I've spent most of my adult life trying to please everyone around me, to my own expense. I don't do that anymore, as it nearly destroyed my health in various ways, and now I'm paying the price for not pleasing everyone else.

I've cried until I don't think I can cry anymore and prayed about it and I'm trying to have a nice holiday with my hubby & baby girl. For our Thanksgiving meal, I had chicken strips from McDonald's and hubby had a chicken salad sandwich from Wal-mart cause he didn't want McD's. I don't want to feel sorry for myself, but I kind of do. My chicken wasn't that good! LOL

I've poured myself a tall Diet Pepsi, wadded my hair up in a clippy and I'm going to start dragging out the Christmas decor. Yes, I think I will.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

PS- We're so thankful for our very own miracle through adoption!!
Ryleigh's first Thanksgiving:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mad at

Has anyone else noticed that Wal-mart doesn't carry as big a selection of things as they used to? The last several times I've gone there looking for something in particular, they no longer carried it.

Today I went there in need of some black embroidery floss. I went up and down all the craft aisles at least twice. When I asked about it, the lady said they stopped carrying it over a year ago and would not carry it again. Huh?? They used to carry a rainbow of those 20 cent things of floss. She also told me they were doing away with their fabric department! I asked if they would still keep all the other crafty things like yarn, beads and so forth. She said they would be keeping some of the smaller items but not all.

New Castle is a small town. What makes me so mad about Wal-mart cutting back on their offerings is that in the past couple of years or so, in part thanks to the Super Wal-mart, Ben Franklin closed, Big Lots, Jo-Anne Fabrics & our one and only scrapbook store have all closed. Now that all these smaller businesses have closed people rely more heavily on Wal-mart in our town as that is the ONLY store around here (we have a couple of grocery stores). I needed that floss to finish up a project but I'm not driving 20+ miles somewhere for a 20 cent thing of floss.

I've got black paint and dental floss. Do you suppose......LOL Just kidding!

If you rely on your Wal-mart for fabric, etc. you should ask next time you're in your local store if they plan to do away with their fabric department. When I told my mom, she was like "OH! They carry Elvis fabric!!" She'll prolly be hiding under the Elvis fabric display, waiting on them to mark it down!! lol

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Is it just me?

Is it dark and deary and wet and cold anywhere else? Is anyone else in a yucky mood besides me? lol. It's been a long week and it's only Wednesday!

I took this picture from my living room window at 4:50 PM tpday. The view is our driveway and front yard. DREARY!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm so thankful for our Veterans

May God bless our Veteran's-those who are still living and those who gave their lives to ensure our Freedom.
My Grandpa Russell Cox is a WWII veteran and my father-in-law Fred Peterson a Vietnam Veteran. I'm so proud of them both!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Whatcha workin' on Wednesday

It's been kind of a lazy day around here today. My baby girl decided to take a nice long nap late this morning, so Mommy did too!

I had my colonoscopy Monday morning. NO cancer! NO polyps! What I do have is spasms in the bowel and I've been given prescription meds for that. However, they don't seem to be working. I still have lots of pain. The DR said if they don't work, then that will help to rule out the spasms as the cause of my pain. He said I may have endometroisos and would have to undergo further testing to make sure.

So, since I haven't been feeling so chipper, I've been catching up on some paper crafts. I made these cards below for a card swap. I usually don't make cards that aren't primitive or more country, but I got a great deal on some card kits last year after Christmas. These kits were originally from Target and I got them at Goodwill for 49 cents for 10 cards & envies!

Also last year, I bought 4 huge punch-out kits at an after-Christmas sale and I thought I might as well do something with them. lol It took about 4 hours total to punch out all the pieces from all 4 12 X 12 kits. I enjoyed the time though. I did one or two kits a day while catching up on my Dr. Phil episodes. lol This mess on the floor is just from one kit!
Some of the larger pieces were pillow boxes, Chinese take-out boxes, cards and other types of containers.

Some of the pieces from 2 kits!
Last night and this morning I made 50 gift card containers. Our church sells gift cards as a fundraiser all year long, so I plan to donate all these containers to them to sell along with the gift cards. Our church is in a multi-million dollar building program, hence the fundraisers.

A couple weeks ago I painted an old cabinet & a rocking chair black. Here's some new photos:

The black cabinet houses our trashcan, brooms, mops, bulk paper towels, trash bags, etc.

It's kind of a unique set-up. Our kitchen is on the right of the small wall, the dining room to the left. Our kitchen has tons of counters and cabinets. We have 37 cabinets & drawers! It's wonderful! But, there's no empty wall space in the kitchen, so there's no place for the trash can, etc. Things might look weird in the pic, but it really does look nice in person and the flow is good.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

I hope you exercised your right to vote today! We went to vote about 8 AM. We live in a rural area and the wait was less then 10-15 minutes. I think there were 8 people in front of me.

The news on TV is saying that some people in Indianapolis have waited 5 hours in line to vote. Would I wait that long?? I don't know. I can't imagine I would stand in line that long. Maybe if they gave me a chair? lol Would you wait that long to vote?

I propose a new candidate for President! She certainly gets Mommy and Daddy's votes!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My DR's office called Wednesday afternoon and have moved my colonoscopy up to this coming Monday because they had a cancellation. I'm kind of glad so that I can't get it done and over with. I go to the DR at 1 PM today to meet with the surgical nurse and get my pre-op stuff. Yehaw. lol

Ryleigh (my 17 week old baby girl) hasn't been sleeping much at night this week and I've been so exhausted! My DH had the afternoon off so I beggd for a nap! I laid done about 4:30 or 5:00 and woke up at midnight!! That would be why I'm blogging at 2:30 AM! lol

We met my in-law's today in a nearby town for lunch. While we were eating, in walked a group of 4 ladies and I screamed "LYDIA!!!" and scared everyone! LOL One of the ladies was a dear friend of 16 years that I haven't seen in at least 4 years! She and her family had moved to TN (from IN) and happened to be back up here visiting some of her family. What a FUN surprise!!!! She got to meet our little one for the first time!! We're going to try to get together tomorrow. When I screamed, my MIL said she thought I'd seen a rat! lol

Some GREAT FIL went back to the oncologist yesterday for the results of a recent bone scan. The DR said the scan was 100% clear...not even a shadow on it!! Praise the Lord! So, no more chemo for this year. He goes back Dec. 16. They'll watch his PSA level and will decide on future chemo after the first of the year, I think. What a nice break for the holidays though!

Just gotta add a couple pix of our baby Ryleigh over here, even though I have a baby blog. She was 17 weeks old this Tuesday.

I'm so in love!! She just takes my breath away!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A thank you for the Autumn Giveaway

A couple weeks ago, I gave away the stitched pumpkin wallhanging. I got the sweetest thanks today from the winner:

My gosh, I have had the worst 5 days ever. I developed a virus and it has settled in my back making things almost unbearable. I am toughing it out here at work but this thing is really taking me for a beating. If I don’t take an Alieve then I am in a lot of pain.
Well imagine my surprise when I got home yesterday and there was a package lodged in the door! I totally forgot about putting in for your free giveaway and I was so thrilled that I sat on the couch and cried! I have been feeling so miserable and that put back some joy in life again. I can’t wait to go home later & hang it up! It is even better than what the picture looked like! I can’t thank you enough for it. Jerri Sikel


Monday, October 27, 2008


I've received an award from Peper Creek Gatherings. Thank you!!
I'm supposed to list 6 things I love and then award this to 6 other Kreativ Bloggers.
Here goes...
1. I love the crisp air of autumn.
2. I love the smell of a campfire.
3. I love the first snowfall of winter.
4. I love my baby girl Ryleigh.
5. I love the Lord.
6. I love too many thing to just list 6! lol

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Whatcha workin' on Wednesday

Well, I cannot tell a lie. lol My biggest, most important project today was to take a bath!! hahaha

I am a new mom and let me tell you, for someone who loves her long soaks in the tub, this is tough!!

I tried to take a bath last night. Ten minutes into my soak, Ryleigh started screaming. Of course, it was daddy's night to work late. So, I got out, got her bathed and changed and fed, got back into the tub and was way too tired to even care so I got back out!! lol I hadn't had a shower since Sunday, but life goes on, huh?

Last Wednesday, I started working on an old cabinet. I painted it black. I'll post pix soon. While out on the porch painting the cabinet, I saw my old rocking chair that I've been meaning to paint for a while, so I painted that black too. Well, I couldn't very well not paint the little blue bench black, so I painted that too!!

This is a before pic of the rocker. It was blue w/ a prim star painted on it. Nothing wrong with the blue, etc. but it was a color scheme I used at our last home and I wanted a change.

Does anyone else get paint all over them like I do?? lol

Little blue bench I got at Goodwill for $2.99. It is now black! And, dust-free! lol


My colonoscopy is scheduled for Nov. 17. I hope I can go that long. I was awakened last night from a dead sleep in so much pain I thought I'd have to go to the ER. It's weird how the pain isn't consistent.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Autumn scenes

I love this old truck. It sits out by the highway and is used to announce the Ratliff Pine Retreat that is down the road from us. Check it out here:
I have an old pew sitting out in the back yard at the entrance to our wooded trails.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

test results

Thank you to everyone for all the prayers! I SO appreciate them!

My CT scan came back normal, so the next step is a colonoscopy. =(

I will know the first of the week when I go for the test.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Prayers, please. =)

I went to the DR yesterday with bad abdominal pain. He ordered a CT scan and blood work STAT. I'm waiting to hear what they found out.

If I take 800 mg of pain meds, I can function, otherwise I'm in so much pain I'm bawling.

I also started antibiotics the first of Oct. for another chronic sinus infection. The meds haven't really helped much.

Please remember me in your thoughts and prayers! I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Going back home

I talked about my grandparents home in a post a couple weeks ago...about how they didn't have indoor plumbing until 1981 and so on.
Read that post here:

I've only been back to my grandpa's house 3 or 4 times in the past 20 years. However, just a day or two after reminiscing in a blog post, we took an unexpected trip to his house to deliver a bed for him.

Nothing, nothing, nothing has changed in his house. It all looks exactly the same from my childhood in the 70's. And, it has many of the same elements as when my mom was a child in the 40's. Same floor in the kitchen, etc.

I think my husband nearly passed out while we were there (lol) and I nearly choked to death from the dust, but I was able to look beyond all the junk and be transported to my childhood days spent at this very house. We didn't have toys there-we used our imaginations! We made mudpies, slept out under the stars (tried to anyway, until we got too scared!), ate apples straight from the tree, walked in the woods, walked to cousins' houses, walked walked walked. Never thought about sitting in front of television. Speaking of television, my Grandma always kept a clothespin on the TV's electrical cord at the wall plug-in to remind herself to unplug the TV when not in use. It'd been struck by lightning once and she didn't want it to happen again. She also kept a clothespin in her car. Whenever she turned her headlights on , she put the clothespin on the "knob" so she'sd remember to turn her lights off later. Of course, that was back when you had to pull a knob to turn your lights on and the high beam thingie was on the floor and you clicked it with your foot! lol

I took lots of pictures while at Grandpa's. My mom was mortified I think because to her, all the junk represents something she never wanted to be. I think it is why she hates the primitive look. She doesn't understand why someone would intentionally distress furniture, etc. I understand her feelings. She lived in this. I just visited and had fun! lol

Before I get started on the photos, my Grandpa's father, John Crockett was the nephew of Davy Crockett! His mom, Daisy Belle Crockett was a spitfire. Short little thing that chewed 'baccy! lol She lived to be almost 100 and passed away in about 1980. My great-grandma Daisy Belle is the inspiration for the name of our adoption blog,

My grandpa Russell (Jack) Cox meets his great-granddaughter, our little girl Ryleigh for the 1st time. Papaw said "HE's a cute little feller!" LOL
Papaw is 95. He is a World War 2 veteran, serving our country in the Navy. He still remembers the name of his ship but rarely talks about details.

The blue box sits in the living room. It used to store coal but now stores wood. He'll have it heaped up pretty soon. All his coats and hats still hang above and around the wood box.

The woodstove that sits in the middle of the living room, by the blue box.

There's a cupboard behind this old curtain. They store canned goods and things in this. I think it's the same curtain mamaw hung there in the 80's. The old door to the left of the cupboard leads to papaw's room.

The only cabinets in the kitchen. I peeked in them the other day and there's stuff in there from the 60's and 70's. Old medicine bottles, spices and so on. Ugh.

This is the wall behind the stove. Yes, I'm serious. The curtains hung in our house in the 70's and have hung in papaw's house since about 1980. They've never been taken down and washed. Double ugh. The spice rack has been there from at least the 1970's. The white thing in the bottom right corner is a calendar. There were calendars everywhere! I think this one was from 2004.

The front porch.

A string of old canning jar rings hangs from a nail on the porch.

Other stuff hanging in the porch

Still using the same phone.

Old cracker tin

This is the very sink I refered to in the previous post!

The outside of the house, looking at the front porch. In the center, you can see that dark thing leaning to the right...that's the old separator I brought home.

This window belongs to my mamaw's old room. She passed away in 1987 when I was a senior in high school. As a child, I always slept on a cot in her room when I visited. Each night, we would do the same things...rub on some Ben Gay on whatever ached and suck on Halls Menthol cough drops. LOL Then, we'd pray "Now I lay me down to sleep...: and we'd sing a few old songs. My favorites were The Mockingbird Hill, Gene Autry Songs, Patsy Cline songs & "I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill". In warm weather, we'd open this window...and I can still hear the whipporwills calling out to this very day. I rarely hear a whipporwill these days, but when I do, I'm immediately transported back to my carefree childhood days of summer spent on the little cot in Mamaw's room at night.

Here's the outhouse my mom got bit by a snake in. I think she was 14. She's now 63.

My Uncle Don lives at home. He was telling us a story about his dog chasing a skunk the day before and the skunk turning around and chasing the dog!

Remains of an old fence in their yard

I'd also mentioned in that previous post about being baptized in a horse trough at a country church. We stopped by the church. The trough was just beyond the white railing. Mom said they have a baptistry in the church now.

The back of the country church.

Going "home" last week was good for my soul. Thanks for coming along with me on the journey!