Friday, February 27, 2009

Birthday Sale today!

Today, February 27, is my birthday and I'm celebrating by giving you a 27% off coupon to use today only at my site,

No limits! No minimums!! use coupon code: BIRTHDAY

Tomorrow will be the last day for my web site, so I'll hope you'll have a chance to stop by and see if there's anything you'd like to have before it's gone!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Update on surgery

I talked with my surgical nurse yesterday morning and based on just hearing how bad I sounded, she agreed I was too sick to have the surgery Monday morning. The DR called me in some antibiotics and I started those yesterday as well.

I'm getting a lot of grief from people around here who think I need to do the surgery NOW. But, it's my choice and everyone else will just have to deal with it! LOL

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don't know what to do

My hysterectomy is scheduled for this coming Monday.

I'm just not sure. About having the surgery right now, I mean. I know I need it and I'm having some mild pain in my right ovary, as usual.

But, I have been sick for over 2 weeks with a bronchitis/sinus infection mixture and I just don't feel well.

When I had all my ovarian procedures done in August 2007, I breezed through the surgery. I went into the surgery with some sinus problems and within a couple days of the surgery, the sinus problems got so much worse. My temp spiked to 102*. At first they thought it was a surgical infection. I was out of my head and thought I would die. I was so sick. I get the worst sinus and ear infections known to man. After allergy testing, it was determined I'm allergic to 33 things!

Now here I am facing surgery again and having more sinus problems. I was even supposed to have sinus surgery a year ago but didn't because I was so traumatized by the sickness I had in 8/07.

I called my DR yesterday to get some antibiotics, but they never called back. There were out of the office today. I called my OB/GYN that's doing my surgery today for the meds, left a message with the nurse; no one ever called back.

All this just adds to the anxiety I have felt since scheduling this surgery.

Hubby has already taken vacation time next week in anticipation of my surgery.

I don't know what to do. I'm not usually someone who doesn't have peace about way or the other, but this time, I have none.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I have been SO blessed with goodies lately!! I won Char's stove top cover. I chose the primitive black one, since all my appliances are black, etc. The photos I took don't do the cover justice and my apologies to Char! It's just gorgeous and I know my SISTER is going to try to talk me right out of it when she sees it!!! LOL

Please check out Char's blog at and her etsy shop at You'll want one of everything!

And then, Justina had my name in a Valentine's Swap and WOOHOO! I got some awesome goodies! Again, this pic doesn't do the things justice!
She stitched up 2 of the cutest prim dolls (LoVe the square head nail used as a nose on the wallhanging Raggedy!)...she even stitched up a little sampler with my baby girl's name on it! LOVE it! The yummy smelling candle is to die for! Her hand-drawn card is so kewl! What you won't find here is a picture of the Dove chocolate that's Loooooong gone! LOL

Thank you Char & Justina, for making me feel so special! Prim hugs to you both!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Helping, daddy's way

If you're in the mood for a good laugh, head over to my baby blog to read how helpful my hubby was tonight:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Catching up

An early Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!! I hope everyone has a great day!

We're not gonna do anything special, I don't think. I have been SO sick this week. I'm one step away from full-blown bronchitis and am taking prescription meds. I have coughed til I thought my throat would bleed and my head would explode! UGH! Baby Ryleigh is sick too and hubby has a sore throat. So, I'm sure we'll do everyone a favor and stay home on Valentine's Day! lol

I am, at least, sitting up today and moving around a bit. Big improvement.

We usually don't do Valentine's Day in a big way as far as buying gifts. My hubby does sweet things for me all year so I can't see having him pay $70 for a dozen roses, you know? I mean, on Feb. 15, those same roses will cost $16.99!

Now that we have a little one, I'm sure we'll step it up as far as doing special things on 2/14 in the future. Do you have any special Valentine traditions you share with your children? Like heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast? lol I hope to create a lot of wonderful traditions for Ryleigh. If you haven't checked it out in a while (or never!) my adoption blog is at The name Daisy Belle was my great-grandmother's name and she was awesome! lol She died in the late 70's at nearly 100 years old. She loved to chew 'baccy! lol Anyway, I hope you'll check out my other blog to see our beautiful baby girl!

All that snow we had is gone, finally. We had several days of warmer weather this week, including some T-storms and tornadoes! A tornado touched down about 7 miles from here! We didn't even know about it until a co-worker of hubby's (Chris) texted him and said his uncle's barn had been hit by a tornado. Thankfully, none of Chris's family were hurt!

Well, I'm gonna take another Benadryl and hopefully get some sleep!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Free Giveaway

Stop by and go to the Feb. 1st post to sign-up for a chance to win these free giveaways! Awesome!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I'm feeling bummed this afternoon.

I mentioned in a post in December that I went to my DR for severe abdominal pain and he did the CT scan immediately and it came back fine. Then, he did a colonoscopy and it came back fine, for the most part.

Last week, he sent me to the OB/GYN who did my surgery in August 2007 (uterine ablation, tubal, d & C, drilled 50 holes in my ovaries to relieve the pressure from the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome cysts) and.... I need a hysterectomy. The intense pain is possibly from scar tissue on my ovaries from the cysts. He said because I can't take hormones due to blood clot risks, he would take my right ovary and my uterus, leaving the left ovary so that I wasn't thrown into menopause.

I don't have the pain all the time, but when it hits, it's debilitating. I can't stand straight, can't walk or sit, can't take care of my's a burning, searing pain that takes my breath away. I take 800-1000MG of pain meds at a time to get relief.

I've had a couple of episodes of the pain since I saw the OB/GYN and so I figure I need to go ahead and have the surgery. I don't want to. I hate surgery.

It's scheduled for March 2. I go for pre-op Feb. 26, the day before I turn 38.

They're going to use the da Vinci robot to do the surgery, so I'll only have to spend one night in the hospital if all goes as planned.

Not sure why I'm so's not like I didn't already lose my ability to possibly have children in Aug. 2007 with the surgeries I had then.

I don't know. It's just one of those things.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fun (??) in the snow & the letter L

I tho't our mailbox was in a bad way yesterday or a couple days ago...whenever I took those pix in my previous post. We got another half foot of snow yesterday on top of what we already had and then the snow plow came by...
When we came home this afternoon from eating out, I told hubby it'd be fun to "play" in the snow in our side yard, so we went a couple rounds...then got stuck! You can't really tell it, we were on an incline, leaning left.

I was sitting in the truck, looking towards our house

Hubby has an older 4 wheel drive truck that he was using to try to pull this truck out with. I was in the new truck. I ended up further down into the trees!

Branches smashed against the window

Then we tried the 4 wheeler. Nothing. Then, he got our neighbor who has a big Dodge Ram with big tires. Nothing. This guy even got stuck in our yard. So, they went and got another neighbor who has a Bobcat. The Bobcat was able to pull the truck out after clearing out a lot of the snow. It took almost 3 hours to get unstuck...all for 2 minutes of fun in the snow!! lol
I enjoyed reading Birgit's list of things she is thankful
( ) for that begin with the letter "N" and she's given me the challenge of coming up with 10 things that begin with "L" that I'm thankful for...

LOVE...The love of God and the love of my husband has brought so much healing to my life through the years. Unconditional love is a priceless gift. And, there is no greater love than the love of God.

2. Library...I lOvE my library! Going there on a weekly basis is for me like a vacation or a shopping spree! LoVe it! I read daily...or I did until my little one came along and made me a sleep-deprived zombie! lol

3. better than any medicine! I love to laugh and I love to hear my hubby and baby girl laugh too!

4. Life...I'm so thankful to be alive! Many years ago, I lived in such turmoil and emotional pain that I didn't care if I lived or not. That was before I knew God personally. Not only did He help me in this life, He gave me NEW life!

5. Liberty...I'm so thankful to live in a country where I have basic freedoms that people in other countries couldn't fathom having.

6. Labrador Retrievers...I'm so thankful for my black lab, Snoopy. For over a decade, he filled a void in my heart when I couldn't have children. Once, my allergies were so bad, the DR said Snoopy had to go. All I said to the DR was, "But he's my only child" The DR nodded his head and never said a word, as he'd walked down the painful infertility pathway with us. Snoopy stayed. So did my allergies. lol

Snoopy was 4 weeks old when we found him along the highway. He fit in the palm of my hand. He's over 12 years old now.

7. Land...we have 5.5 acres of rolling hills, woods...beautiful land! I love to mow, plant flowers, plow name it!

8. autumn! Love the colors, the smells, the crunch under foot when I kick up a path walking through the deep fallen leaves

9. Learning....I'm so thankful for the ability to learn about new things. I love to learn about historical things such as the wagon trains that moved westward, the Underground Railroad, folks that lived in the Smoky Mountains and Appalachians in the late 1800's and carved a life out of the land. I love to learn about God's goodness. I love to learn new recipes. I love to learn, learn, learn! lol
I live less than one hour from the Levi Coffin Home: A part of the legendary Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves of pre-Civil War days, this registered National Historic Landmark is a Federal style brick home built in 1839.

Levi and Catharine Coffin were legendary in helping many former slaves escape to freedom in the North. Levi is often referred to as the President of the Underground Railroad.
Levi & his wife helped over 2000 slaves escape slavery by hiding them in their home.

Escaping slaves were well hidden for their travels in this wagon when grain bags were piled around the hiding area.

Escaping slaves could be hidden in this small upstairs room and the beds moved in front of the door to hide its existence.

10. Lighthouses... I'm fascinated with lighthouses and their keepers. How lonely it must be for a lightkeeper. I'm thankful for the guiding light they provide though. I have 4 navy men in my family...from WW2 to present day. I wonder if they've ever needed the guiding light of a light house?

We saw this lighthouse in Michigan while on a boat on Lake Erie:

The next 2 pix are of the last lighthouse we saw (2006?) and it's the Marblehead Lighthouse in Ohio. Beautiful!! We even drove a few miles away and saw the old lightkeepers home.

Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes, has guided sailors safely along the rocky shores of Marblehead Peninsula since 1822.

In 1819, the fifteenth U. S. Congress recognized the need for navigational aides along the Great Lakes, and set aside $5,000 for construction of a light tower at the entrance to Sandusky Bay. Contractor William Kelly built the 50-foot tower of native limestone on the tip of the Marblehead Peninsula. The base of the tower is 25 feet in diameter, with walls five feet thick. It narrows to twelve feet at the top with two-foot thick walls.

Through history, fifteen lighthouse keepers, two of whom were women, have tended the beacon. The first keeper was Benajah Wolcott, a Revolutionary War veteran and one of the first settlers on the peninsula. He and his family lived in a small stone home on the Sandusky Bay side of the peninsula. Each night, he lit the wicks of the thirteen whale oil lamps that were the original light fixture. Sixteen-inch-diameter metal reflectors helped project the light across the lake. Other duties of the lighthouse keeper included keeping a log of passing ships, noting the weather conditions, and organizing rescue efforts. Upon Wolcott's death in 1832, his wife, Rachel, took over these duties.

The whale oil lamps were replaced in 1858 by the light from a single kerosene lantern magnified by a Fresnel lens. This specialized, curved glass lens created a highly visible, fixed white light.

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So, that's my list of things I'm thankful for that start with "L". If you'd like to give it a go, leave me a comment and I'll send you a randomly chosen letter for you to create your own list!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Our Mailbox today

We have to dig out the area in front of the box almost daily!