Sunday, January 31, 2010

Morgan and Emma

We had such a nice afternoon….we babysat for our precious little twin granddaughters.  The girls are almost 2 months old already.  Morgan weighs 8 pounds and Emma is up to 6 pounds.  Considering at one point there was a three pound difference, this is wonderful.  I didn’t get to go out and take pictures of the new “yoga mat bags” I finished yesterday, but I can do that tomorrow….way more important to spend time with our granddaughters.   :o)

When Chris and Heather arrived to drop off the girls, Chris made a bee-line to the cookie jar only to discover that it was empty.  He was hoping for some chocolate chip cookies.  His father had pity on him and baked him some cookies while they were gone.  Chris was thrilled when he got back and saw a whole container for him to take home with him.

Steve has to have a tooth pulled tomorrow which makes me a little nervous.  Steve has been taking a blood thinner for many years due to problems with blood clots.  The dentist got his numbers from the Dr., but I will be so happy when it is over and he is ok.  It is our week for the dentist…I have to get a tooth fixed on Tuesday.  :o(  UGH, I hate when I have to go to the dentist.  I am actually going right away (I usually procrastinate and a small problem then becomes a big one.) Isn’t it so nice I have learned from my past mistakes??  LOL

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yoga Mat Bags

I have started making yoga mat bags and listing them in my Etsy shop.  I have two listed and a third one almost finished.  The bags are fun to make.  I am having a dilemma about which one of my shops I should put these bags in.  At the moment  I have them listed in my Arelel Designs 2 shop.  I put them there because I have laundry bags for sale in that shop.  My daughter, Megan, thinks they should be listed in my Arelel Designs shop where I sell purses and bags.  I am starting to think maybe she is right.  Yoga mat bags are a whole different type of bag compared to laundry bags.  If I made a duffle bag or sport bag I would list them in the purse shop… I think I should switch them  I would love any input any of you might like to give.  :o)

I hope no one has fainted at the sight of me posting 2 days in a row…LOL

pink yoga bag 5

yoga bag 3

Friday, January 29, 2010

Health Problems

I will be so glad to put January behind us.  It seems as if I have had one medical problem after another for most of this month.  It started with a routine visit to the Dr..  My blood pressure was still high even though I take a blood pressure pill.  The Doc decided to put me on another b/p pill along with the one I was already on.  I was so sick for a week when I decided I didn’t have a bug, it must be the new b/p med. The final straw was the day I was taking a shower and got so weak I was scared I was going to pass out. Sure enough, I quit taking it and felt fine again.  I was also told by the Doc that I was taking too high a dose of Motrin.  She wanted to cut back on it, but I decided just to quit taking it all together.  I assumed I was going to have to get used to hurting a lot more.  The most amazing thing happened…I actually hurt way LESS without it.  When I think of how many years I have been taking it and the damage that it may have done to my kidneys I just shudder.

My next medical dilemma happened when I started having female problems which progressed to the point that I ended up taken to the emergency room in an ambulance (not an experience I ever care to repeat by the way).   This is when I discovered that my gynecologist whom I hadn’t seen in way too long, had retired last year.  I have been so stressed and worried about finding a Dr. I like and could trust, especially since I may have a hysterectomy in my future.  I went to the Dr. yesterday and she set me up with a very nice place to get my tests done and the girl in the office set me up with the gynecologist that some of the nurses and office staff see.  She is located in Orchard Park and I already have an appointment for Feb. 24th which will be after my tests are completed.  I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know how to deal with this and who to have for a Dr.

I do apologize for totally neglecting my blog.  I actually tried to write a few times and just gave up.  I was so down, I couldn’t think of anything positive to say, so I thought it best not to try.  :o)  Hopefully I am back in the swing of things and will update much more frequently.  Thanks for sticking with me.  :o)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Three Day Weekend

Well, the kids are back to school today after three days off.  We have been trying something new with Nick and it seems to be working well.  The weekend actually went pretty good which was wonderful. 

I was sick for a little over a week before I realized that my new blood pressure med was causing the weakness I was experiencing, sometimes so bad it felt like I was going to pass out.  I has pains in my stomach and just an overall sense of being sick.  Saturday I did not take the medication and it was amazing how much better I felt.  Sunday I didn’t feel well again and started to think maybe it was this med causing the problem.  Well, when I took my meds on Monday, I realized I forgot and took the b/p pill on Sunday.  That explained how I felt.  It feels so good to feel like myself again. 

Maybe I can actually get some work done in my studio today now that I am feeling better.  I have an order for a dog collar I need to fill today.  My first priority is the cleaning of my iron.  The last day I was able to work, I accidently dropped my very hot iron on the floor.  The carpet fibers actually melted to my iron, so now I gave to clean it with something…yuck.   :o)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Is anyone else a fan of the show “Castle”??  Steve and Rachel and I just love this show and were so glad it was not cancelled.  Last night was this years first episode and it was so good.  There is an actual “Castle” book out and Rachel and I both want to read it.  I would love to know if anyone else is a fan of this show.

This is the first day I have actually felt better.  I have not felt good since last Thursday.  I was starting to think it might be because I took myself off from my 800 milligram Motrin which I have taken for years.   I got nervous after my Dr. appointment last Wed. when she told me how unhealthy that high of a dose was for my kidneys.  The Dr. wanted me to cut back, but I decided to jump in and just quit.  We talked to the pharmacist today and he says there wouldn’t be any withdrawal symptoms other than some increased pain.  He figures I have a bug. 

Sold my first plaid pair of dog booties last night.  I was so pleased to find this plaid fleece at JoAnn Fabrics…it made up into adorable booties.  :o)

plaid 1

plaid 2

Friday, January 8, 2010

Finally Finished the Dog Booties

I have been working on 7 sets of dog booties since before Christmas.   I went down to my studio and sewed for awhile yesterday, but then we had the opportunity to babysit Baby Morgan again and what can I say…..I spent time with her instead.  Today however, I forced myself to completely finish all 28 of the booties.  What a relief…LOL

Hmmm…so much for my New Year’s resolution…that I would post on here every day.  :o(    I guess I better try harder.

This week went really fast.  It is hard to believe it is the weekend already.  I am hoping we can have a nice weekend and the boys will behave.  Oh, and great news….Emma is coming home today…finally.  I can’t wait to see the girls together….I bet as tiny as Morgan has seemed to us, she will look big beside Emma. 

I sold 8 of my b/f, Peggy’s purse cards and three pair of my mom’s baby mittens yesterday.  Peg will be so surprised.  I told my mom she should probably make some more baby mittens since there are none left in the shop.  What a nice problem…LOL   Aren’t these purse cards just adorable??  :o)

purse cards 1

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Yippee, we are finally babysitting baby Morgan.  Emma was scheduled to come home yesterday, but she was sick over the weekend and not able to keep anything down.  Now it is the waiting game again as I would imagine she lost some weight.  The most important thing is her body fat ratio.  Can’t wait to have her home too.  Chris sounded disappointed, but I told him that she was in the best place if she was sick, which he knew of course.  It does my heart good to see what a great daddy he is becoming and how much he loves these babies.  We hope that his love for his children will keep him on the straight and narrow and he will never go back to the harmful activities of the past.

My resolution for this new year is to try and post every day on this blog.  I feel bad that I have really slacked off with my postings.  It seems great to have the holidays behind us.  As much as I love Christmas, it is always nice to get back to normal and not feeling so stressed.  I really need to get busy in my studio again.  I did go down and work on dog booties until the baby arrived, but I sold another pair of booties today at the grooming salon, so I really need to get these finished and keep well stocked.  This is the time of year they will sell the best.  I am amazed and quite happy about how many pair of booties we have already sold.  The lady that bought the large pair today ordered another pair for her friend’s dog.  We have to go to Warsaw tonight for Bradly’s therapy appointment and I am hoping the roads stay good.  :o)

My Etsy Shop