Friday, August 19, 2011


Yes, I was reminded today by my sister, Merrilyn, that I had not blogged for over a week. I had to finish a behemoth book about WWI (loaned to me by that selfsame sister), and get started on my card for the CMC Bookendz book club. Plus I had nothing funny to say. Well, that's not entirely true, but some funny things just cannot be shared. With anybody. And that's all I am going to say about that! So there.

I have also been busy finding restaurants on Maui for our upcoming trip. You know, 'cause I'm a foodie. Wait, can you be a foodie without eating escargot or organ meat? If not, then I guess I am not a foodie. I'm just a person who loves good food and really loves to go out to eat it! So I should be in 7th heaven in Hawaii, because there are some marvelous-sounding places to go to dine. So many, in fact, that I will have to narrow down the list. Hmmm, such a problem to have, huh?

Gary was gone to San Jose again last week. And came home Friday with back and stomach pain, located where kidney stones would be found. I found this odd, since my SU rep, Diana, was hospitalized at the same time for a kidney stone that she had to have blasted. As in lithotripsy. Gary gutted it out over the weekend and went to his urologist on Monday. The lab there found blood in his urine. Gary's urine, not the urologist's. Just want to make that clear. Anyway, that is indicative of an existing, or recently passed, kidney stone. So they did an x-ray and couldn't see any stones. Which probably means that he had already passed it. We can only hope. I really think that Gary should quit traveling, as he keeps having these health "issues" while he is away. Sigh.

Remember when I spoke about all the eye problems happening in my family? No? Well, I never. Ever. Oh, shoot, now I forgot what I was going to tell you. Waiting. For it to come back into my consciousness. Still waiting....

Oh, yeah, eyes. So Gary went to the eye doctor yesterday about his "floaters" in his left eye, which he got when he was in Iowa last month. Floaters. Yeah, that's one of those funny words in our family. Gary always called things better left unmentioned "floaters". Oh, sorry. I digress. TMI. Anyway, the doctor told him that the floaters were not serious, and nothing to worry about right now. BUT. Drum roll, please. But, he thinks that Gary might have dementia. Oh, sorry again. Not dementia, but glaucoma. Seriously? Yup, seriously. Oh crap. (I might just as well have said 'oh floaters'). Anyway, Gary has to go back to the eye doctor next month for an hour-long exam. To see if he really has dementia glaucoma. If so, it can pretty easily be treated by eye drops. For the most part. Of course, if that doesn't work (and, with Gary, who the hell heck knows), there is always a laser surgery that can be performed. At least this is not the blindness sentence that it once was, thank heavens!

Gary called me to give me this info, and then he said--and I quote--"Waaaaaaa, make them stop!" Guess he is tired of having things happen to him, too. And we both agreed that getting older sucks. However, the alternative isn't all that great. I prefer to stay on this side of the dirt for now, don't you?

Now to my card. I am uploading it to the CMC Bookendz website. It was to be based upon the book selection Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, (which, btw, was a really good book). I used the Magnolia stamp, Chinese Tilda, for my card subject. I chose colors for her based upon the DCWV Far East paper collection and Stampin' Up cs. I colored her with Copics (what else?) in the following colors:

W00, W0, C3, C5, C7, C9, E0000, E000, E00, E11, E13, E70, E71, E74, E79, V0000, V000, V01, V91, V93, and V95. I also used an Atyou Spica clear pen and a white Uni-ball pen.

I used Spellbinders Grand Labels 4, Labels 4, Parisian Accents, and leaf dies. The other die used is from Marianne Designs. My flowers are from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. The half pearls are Stampin' Up. Whew! I think that was enough for one card, don't you? :^)

I will leave you with a wish for everyone everywhere to have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. Well, I actually arrived to comment on your card, it is beautiful~~however, I've been up since 4:00 AM, (hmmm, tell Gary that is another baaaad thing about getting older!) and LOL at your blogging! Thank you for the chuckle of the morning~~I now know what floaters are (TMI!) and the word will never be the same for me!

  2. Poor Dad with his dementia. I mean glaucoma. :) He didn't even mention it when we talked (albeit briefly) the past couple of days. Weird. I'm glad it's something that can be mostly controlled by eye drops. Still, I totally get him being tired of being diagnosed with all sorts of things. I'd be tired of it, too.

    Love the card! You did such a great job pulling colors from the paper to use for your coloring. And the little girl is so cute!

  3. Cheri, thank you for the compliment! And I am so sorry I ruined the word 'floaters' for you. NOT! LOL! Glad I gave you a chuckle. Have a great day!

    BTW, Gary already gets up too early everyday (about 5:00). He still works, but cannot seem to sleep in even on the weekends. I, however, have no problem sleeping in any day of the week. ;^)

  4. Angela, thank you again. You are such a good daughter, giving your mom props! ;^) (I really do appreciate that)!

    Yeah, your father seems to have more than his share of maladies, that's for sure! Most of them have been easily managed, thank goodness.

  5. Your card is beautiful and I love your embellishments!

  6. Thank you, Marlena! I really appreciate the compliment! :^)

  7. Penny, Your card is so beautiful. You did such a fab job of matching the copics to the dp. Purple is so hard to match. Love your embellishments too and think this is just a great card.

  8. Linda, thank you so much! It is no nice to get the positive feedback!

  9. Beautiful card! Love the colors! Those flowers are gorgeous too!

  10. Bessie, that's so nice of you to say! Thank you! :^)


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