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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Museum tour

we went to the Holocaust museum here In El Paso. I will write some blog entries on it after I settle in DFW. all the books,stories I heard, films etc all gelled after this trip here.
This is a dining room of what a normal Jewish family house may had looked like on a Sabbath day. There is pic of a survivors mom here who died in a camp.

Friday, May 20, 2011

OPERATION:Get me out of the heat

COUNTDOWN,6 days til our drive to DFW. It's an 11 hour drive.We're breaking it up into 2 days. We're spending the nite in Big Springs,about 1/2 way. I'm supposed to get out to walk @ 2hours prevent blood clots,
This is a MAJOR trip for me since i haven't done this w/ carrying my 0-2 this distance.We have never spent the nite away from the house.
This trip has had 3 mo's of preps for this move. I'm spending the summer @ my son's house to go into his central a/c.MY asthma & heart can't handle another El Paso summer.Our house gets baked w/ the heat in the a/noon so bad I have to camp out in my b/rm. I end up in there from 4pm to 2am. I can't handle another summer cooped up in my tiny room trying to breathe from my window a/c unit.
Gas is sky high that prevent us making monthly trips into the mtns to cool off. Those trips have saved my sanity by getting outdoors.Eating our picnic meals means more to me than a 5-course dinner in an expensive restaurant
Sat. is our dry run day to see what fits into our car.I have to take my 0-2 making machine,3 cylinders of 0-2 for to use in the car & my backpack 0-2 when out walking to go into the backseat. We ordered a roof bag,which supposed to hold as much as a truck. My w/c has to go into the truck fkat 1st,
We looked @ prices for pods,trailers & a small truck. I wanted to take my lift recliner w/ me since I can't get out of regular chairs. I was going to take a dresser since they didn't have one. It would cost from $900 to $1100!!!!
I found a new lift recliner for $600+ NEW!!! It's supposed to be delivered to F's house soon.
I'm also in the process of getting an Hoveround chair. It's a power chair that will replace my w/c. I got to ride on 1 Wed nite. I love it!! It really can turn in tight circles. I even did that in my tiny bdrm. Now I'm waiting on p/work @HA. F has carpet in his liv. rm.W/a power chair it will give me some of my Independence back I have lost w/ my PP muscle weakness etc.
Allen has to figure out how to get a boxful of journals,craft supplies,clothes, med's &some GF food in the car also.
I already have A VT assigned to me. It will be my pen pal Rebecca ,F's neighbor.she's been h/bound w/ her feet since Jan. she's an expert on family history, another scrap booker & card maker. This will give me a buddy,some needed company.
Allen will return back here. He has resumes out to find a job that pays better.
I have most of my craft rm packed up. Allen asked me to that.
I have all my 3 mo's of Dr's visits done. My cleaning @ the dentist was done this week. I go to the DC to get my bak adjusted today. New eye plugs for dry eye go in Tue. I have 3 dr's records. 2 of my dr's lost my signed medical release,I have to resign them.GRRR,these were my heart & lung reports which are crucial.
All of my med's for 3mo's have new scripts & in process of refilling some to take w/ me.
Next I have sew new velcro on my knee sleeve. If I have time put elastic onto 3 skirts to wear. My Thai friend gave me these as dress ,too small. I was able to take out the fabric. There is enough fabric to make new skirts for me. I had to throw away some of my clothes that were worn out.


I got all of my pic's out of the photo book from my mission onto L/O's now. I started Easter w/end when DH was in Conn.I finished last week. I have them all matted & placed on PP. I will do more titles & tags this summer.
The big key was organizing my paper scraps in Jan. into sizes & color families. I was able to walk to scraps to mat most of my pic's w/o having to cut the mats out. Other mats were easy cut from scraps that were a little bigger. I saved a lot of money here since I didn't use new sheets of c/stock.
I chose what type of PP to use thru the book. This saved a lot of decisions & agonizing over L/O's.STICK TO THIS!!! It will help on speeding up the process.
I only used seasonal paper for holidays etc. I used floral PP for Butchart Garden tour in Canada.
I made some of my own PP using some of my stamps in my stash.This stopped me from trying to hunt the theme PP in a store or online.
I used a tip from Splitcoasters to mix different types of lettering on a title. It gave me a way to use my lettering in my stash. I also got some cool effects doing this.I also got out my stencils to make letters I didn't have. I filled in the outlines w/ Glaze pen,Stickles ,glitter or embossing powder.
I CAN'T BELIEVE I PULLED THIS OFF!!! I started this project 3 years ago. It got shove away for a year on a shelf.Vol I is done & packed to give to my son for a late gift.10 years ago I would had laughed @ s/one if they told me I would do s/thing like this. "Old dogs can learn new tricks",3 cheers for me.!!!!
Resources on the web have been my teacher since I'm housebound .Learning to think outside of the box is a big key. Using UR scraps & items in UR stash is another key. Oangizing UR supplies so U know where everything when the creative juices get going.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Summer at my son's house

I'm going to Ft Worth for the summer.He has central a/c in his house. This has been in process for 2 mo's. My heart dr wants me out of here. It will buy me more time for my heart. My lung dr. said it help my lungs to get down to lower altitude.When it's a hot day, my heart puts me down flat.
I can't handle cooped up in my small bdrm trying to breathe in front of my small window a/c unit. I can't leave the bdrm from 4pm til about 2am.I have spent 5 summers this way. I can't deal w/ the fact of having another bad asthma attack & trying to breathe etc.I have colored digi's w/ my colored pencils. I look @ my card mag's & read books.
I'm leaving Thur. May 26th. It's a 11 hour trip. We're going to break in 1/2,& spend the nite @ Big Springs,Tx.I'm suppose dto get out & walk every 2 hrs tp prevent blood clots. I can't fly since I'm on 0-2.
I cranked out 50 pgs on my mission s/bk since Easter. I'm trying to get the rest of the pic's matted on 12x12 PP. I don't have a lot of room to take extra supplies in the car. I have to take my w/c in the truck.4 cylinders of 0-2 in back seat + the 0-2 making machine to use in the motel in the back seat also.
I'm taking all my ink pads ,markers, reinkers since the heat already hit 2 of my pads & glue sticks. I put the titles,tags & do more journaling this summer.
I finally get to meet my pen pal Rebbecca. She has been assigned as my visiting teacher My DIL made sure of that for me. We're all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints . It's so nice when U move U can fit into a new congregation & feel @ home.

Squeaky wheel gets oiled!!!

After 2 weeks of phone calls to my dr's office I got tired of being put on hold!! I could spend 25 min's average on hold. Then I would be told the Dr. hadn't signed the paper. I went in Wed. for lab work & signed up to see the nurse practitioner. My BP had been high Tue nite & my stomach looked 3 mo's pregnant.I was patient no.1
She asked me how my power chair was. I said the Dr. hadn't signed my papers. she was really shocked they had sat around waiting for him to sign the.She said I get him to do this right away. They gave me more of a diuretic. It's the heat that does it to me on retaining fluids. I found out he went in to see a patient & not sign the paper . I told them I'm staying until he signs the paper & it gets faxed. I have to have that power chair.I'm going to my son's house & I need d that chair to get around. Istayed there until they faxed it &I got a copy.
I get home & eat some lunch. I call Hoveround on the fax paper work. The Atena form didn't get signed.The Dr. already left. Then he wasn't Thur.Finally on Friday the form got signed after 2 calls, 1 in am & the other@4pm.
Hoveround is supposed to do a demo. Wed. here @ the house for me to try the chair out
Now for Atena's look @ letter of medical necessity & get the final approval.Hopefully I have my chair in time @ Forest house May 28th.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

More s/book pages

It was like pulling teeth I finally got to work on more pgs Sat on my ABC . I bit the bullet & took some pain med. It seemed to help w/ my depression.
I got over the hurdle w/ what to do w/ my RMCP show pgs. I used a lot of my red PP.I'm glad I spent the time sorting paper out by sizes,time consuming, boring etc. It works when the creative juices are flying. I was able to walk to scraps of black & red paper to mount my pic's on. I even had some sheets of Corenation paper sanded down to mat some pic's on for a l/o
I got a good start on the last section "people". I got Kamloops,2nd time in Richmond,Victoria BC pic's mounted & some l/o's started. All i have to do is start l/o's of Butchart Gardens then I be done w/ B.C.
That leaves me w/ the rest of the pic's from Sitka & Anchorage AK.
I did make my own paper w/ stamps Thur. nite. i used my solid horse stamp for my RCMP pages. I made my own sheet w/ the horses on it w/ black on brown paper for a theme page. I have also used my Alaska stamps I bought 2 yrs ago used. I even found a snowman on the set. I had stamped 3 of them in a row & had embossed them in clear powder. I later realize that would make a good page w/ some snowflakes. I used 2 different shades of blue to w/ 2 sixes of the flakes to make a border.I stamped up some Eskimo stamps even thou I didn't meet any!!!
The dry heat & low humidity is drying out my ink pads even w/ rubber bands on!!!GRRR!!My glue sticks, Elmer's Craft glue one ended up hard as a rock!!There the good kind.


i found I didn't put comma's in my labels. Hmm it seems I hit the period button or don't put the comma's in so I get run on labels
My dry eye is affecting my vision really bad @ times. Also I get up early & i'm still sleepy so I make more errors.

I'm Blue w/o You!

I had the blues real bad Sat. DH is gone to Conn. for 5 days to go to his Mom's surprise 8oth b-day party. My twins, g/kids were there along w/ Allen. I can't fly since I'm on 0-2. It took Allen 12 hrs to get there from El Paso to Conn.
I'm blessed I live in a good LDS ward here, El Paso 1st ward.Our compassionate service leader & her DH came Fri. am. Allen had gone to the store Thur. nite. & washed 2 loads of laundry before he left. He didn't have time to wash some dishes in the sink. W/ a w/c dishing washing is a wet job etc.
Sis. Flores brought me a big chicken salad for lunch & some fresh fruit etc. They cleaned up the dishes, clean 2 brms, mopped the kitchen hall & brm floors for us before they left.This will be a nice surprise for Allen when he gets home. He has to do these chores on top of working,running errands & taking me to Dr's appt.
It made me realize how quickly they could do those jobs vs how long it takes me now to do s/thing & how long I have to rest after ward
It also is making me realize how quickly my heart is taking me down in the last 6 mo's. I can't fool myself anymore, I really can't stay in this house if anything happened to Allen. I can no longer take care of myself w/ others to help me. this is a bitter pill to swallow since I used to be a very independent person. Even w/ my post-polio, I could figure some way to work around the problem. It might take me longer than a normal person, but I got it done
I wouldn't be here the last 5 yrs w/o Allen's help. He really is my lifeline. Like my son said I have spent 1/2 of my life w/ him. We have known each other for 33 trs.I can't turn on the TV,because it's s/thing we do together @ nite watching our favo shows together.
I have plenty of food in the frig. I just don't feel like eating or eating by myself.
Fluffy spent the a/noon sleeping on my chest in the recliner. If I got up she followed me around. I slept a lot Thur since I was really tired from Wed. I had to rake my laxative before Allen left since s/one has to be around if I have a fall etc. This really wipes me out. DH was up late packing his suitcase since he was waiting on clean clothes to dry.
Taco my chihuahua stayed out in the front yard all day. He wouldn't come in til night. It was like he was this "mean hombre" guarding the yard. Anyone walking by he would run & bark @ them. I was going to leave them out in the front yard for the nite. DH puts them out in the back yard @ nite to run around etc. I did that & they let me know real quick they weren't staying out @ ALL!!Boy once U rescue a dog U have a loyal & devoted companion for life. George came in & slept on his robe in my craft rm last nite when I was s/booking. He kept scratching on the door to come in.
I don't think I could get thru what I have to go thru w/o Allen being here. I don't think I could handle the stress w/ my heart if he suddenly died on me.I t would be like losing my best friend. I guess U just get used to the routine & the mannerisms of Ur partner
It made me realize just how much he really does for me each day.
plus the frustration of my Dr's office putting me on hold on the phone x 2 days & not refilling a pres. for me. Also it be 2 wks & no one knows where my paper work is for me to get my power chair. I spent 6 hrs there in the process of getting the paper work filled out. I'm trapped in the house & can't get to the Dr's office tio rattle some cages.

In style!!

I was truly amazed when I was looking @ the latest Paper wishes Catalog Thur. nite. they had canvas, buttons & vintage items in a project together
I had bought my corner canvas piece a year ago in the clearance section @ Hobby Lobby. I had seen an a project in a multi-media mag. 2 yrs yrs ago? I had my g-ma's buttons in my sewing chest still on the paper. I had bought a block of Sculpty clay & stuck in a drawer.
It came together when Jan came to visited me & sculpted the dress maker form for me. It's the focal point on the canvas. I came up w/ canvas since it would be quicker than the original wood design, I had more buttons in form of a collage than the original project.
THIS IS SO WIERD!! 2nd time I have been ahead of a trend. The 1st was a 6 years ago. I took Katya's pic;s of playing the water from a s/booking format to putting them into a water mural on our living rm wall.
Vintage & sewing items are real hot trends now. I found they were in an old 2003 paer magazine. I missed them 1st time since I was starting out on cards.

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