I’m still here—October 8, 2013

Hiya!!! I know, I’ve been MIA again, lol. Just haven’t found the time to sit down and type. Just seems like time slips away from me, and this old computer doesn’t help matters. It’s outdated, too low on memory, and takes me forever to get anything done on it. Maybe I’ll be able to get a new one, one of these days.

Had a lot of personal stuff going on lately. A day at the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte with Gwen—a wonderful day that left me feeling so good that I woke up laughing out loud that night. That hadn’t happened in a long time. Nephew Chris broke his leg in three places in a freak accident playing softball, and has been dealing with the pain of that. He had to have emergency surgery on it, ending up with a rod and screws put in. I’ve never had the pain of a broken bone, but I can empathize with the pain—I have had two babies, and several surgeries myself. I’m afraid that his pain is more severe, and will last longer than mine though. He’s been tough about it, and is doing well. It’ll just take a long time to completely heal. Mom Barbara, Dad Sput, and Sis Becky have been remarkable, pitching in and taking care of him. I have the most incredible family ever.

He and his family—my sister Barbara, brother-in-law Sput, and niece Becky—have had even more to deal with recently. A wonderful man was taken from this world last Saturday, Sput’s brother, Levi. He was a very good man, strong in his faith, respected by those that knew and loved him, and a joy to his family and friends. He fought a tough physical battle over the past few months and his body at last couldn’t give any more. He will be greatly missed.

Chris was also set to move when he broke his leg, so friends and family pitched in to get that done. Chris broke his leg on a Saturday, Sput had surgery on Monday, and we did the moving on Friday. Dean helped drive Sput’s truck and trailer to South Carolina. Sput drove Chris’ truck back down, and a friend and family member went along to do the heavy stuff. Jamie came down to help out too. We headed out from up here at 7 AM, and got everything loaded and to his new place around 1 that afternoon. He was hurting from the drive, so we got him settled and medicated as soon as possible. The guys did a great job loading and unloading everything. We even packed Jamie’s Jeep. She and I left Chris’ new place around 2 to go back to Mint Hill to get cupcakes and a wedding cake for one of Jamie’s friends. I was the designated cake holder, lol. Our only holdup was getting from 485 onto I-85—took 40 minutes just to switch highways, sheesh. Then the trick was to find the church. Jamie’s GPS gave us the runaround in Gastonia. But we finally made the delivery. The bride-to-be was delighted to see the arrival of the goodies. Next it was back to Morganton to the Freedom High football game. Grandson Nick was performing at the military salute at halftime. He’s in JROTC, and had a solo in the drill. It was great. He did a flawless routine, and we cheered so loud for him. Jamie, Gwen, Julien, Marisa and I had a wonderful time, and Freedom won too, 65 to 14. Go Big Red!!!

I’m taking the Social Media classes again for my business, Pam’s Pretties 57. I hope to have some new items posted on my Etsy shop soon. Have some new scarves and shawls done, just gotta get together with my model and do the photo shoot. She’s hard to get time with though. Jamie is my model, and she works nights and is back in school online too, so her time is limited, and she’s over an hour away from me. I miss having her around and really enjoyed my time with her the other week. And now that I’m gonna be working again too, it’s gonna be hard to schedule a day together. Oh yes, I got the job at the new JoAnn Fabric and Craft store that is being built in Morganton. There’s gonna be a HUGE shopping complex opening up in the next few weeks, and I start work next Monday. I’m really excited about the opportunity, just hope I’m up to it. I only want to work about 20 hours a week, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s been over 8 years since I’ve worked and it’s a bit of a scary proposition. But I’m gonna give it my best, hope I still have it in me.

Well, gonna close it up for now. It’s 1:20 AM, and I’ve got to get to bed. I’ll try to get some new updates on the sewing and other stuff soon. And try not to be so long in posting again. Just gotta get myself better organized. Books have been a big culprit lately too. Got the latest 4 books in the Hollows Series by Kim Harrison, they are soooooooooooo good. And Julien got me hooked on the Pendragon Series too—they’re great too, and he doesn’t have the last one(s). Not sure how many more there are that he doesn’t have. Oh well, I may have to do a search on Amazon, lol. Gotta find out what happens to Halla. Nite everyone, take care, blessed be, hugs!!!

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Wicca Ways and a Pagan Path August 25, 2013

Hiya!!! I’ve mentioned before that I am a Pagan, with a bit of Wicca thrown in for good measure. It’s not that popular a following here in North Carolina, the middle of the Bible belt. But I must say, that the people who know and love me, have accepted me and my beliefs and for that, I am grateful.

A couple of months ago, while searching for Wicca groups online, I discovered a group in Lenoir, just one county over from me. It’s not a coven, just a group of people that belief in their own paths and want to share their experiences and knowledge. The group is Caldwell Wicca Study Group. I can’t get it to link up right now, but the website is http://caldwellwiccastudy.webs.com/ 

They have a study group that meets every other Tuesday night, and have just started a new series of classes. I attended my first class, and met the most wonderful group of ladies. They are so open and receiving that I felt at ease and part of something that I haven’t felt in a long time. I think I’m going to like this very much. There are some men in the group too, and that is encouraging, knowing that it’s not just a “hen party”, as some people would call it.

I look forward to more classes and some wonderful times with this new group of people in my life. Will keep you all informed of my progress along my path. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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Car Goes and Woes August 25, 2013

Hiya!!! I totally forgot about my air conditioner going out on NBC. How could I forget that in the middle of the summer???

On July 12, I took Gwen (daughter #1), and Julien (grandson #1) to Charlotte Douglass International Airport to head to Dallas, Texas. They were going to get Marisa (Julien’s girlfriend/fiance) and move her back up here. I spent some time that afternoon with Jamie (daughter #2) and we went to IKEA for a while. We had a good afternoon and I’m so glad that I got to spend that time with her, don’t see her nearly enough. Anyway, I headed home, and the ac just wasn’t putting out any cool air. The further I went, the warmer it got in the car. I finally gave up on it, and rolled the window down. It was cooler outside than it was inside the car.

I told Dean about it later that evening, and he said “Oh great, just what else can go wrong?”, or something along that line :O!!! He got to checking it out later that week, and finally found a pinhole in one of the hoses. Now, you gotta remember, NBC is 21 years old, and it’s almost impossible to find parts for her anymore. Such was the case with this hose. He ended up having to go to Hickory and have a hose custom made for it. He paid for it, even though he doesn’t have the money to spare, cause I sure didn’t have it. I barely get by, let alone any emergency costs. But it did the trick, and my ac has been keeping me cool (for the most part) ever since. Yay for my knight once again.

The car is still wanting to overheat a bit, if I get stuck in traffic, or in a drive-thru line. Dean has said he’ll try to find a fan to fit the original shroud for the engine, but I’ll just try to avoid any circumstances where it might get hot. I’m still hoping to hear about that part time job in the next couple of months, so maybe I can get a new car. I’m thinking maybe a Hyundai or a Kia, It’ll have to be something cheap, but maybe it’ll work out. Here’s to hoping!!!

Hopefully I won’t have a Car Goes and Woes post again for a while, we’ll see. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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Fabric and String—”Two Sisters” Traveling Stash—August 25, 2013

Hiya!!! Wow, did I ever score this week!!! I got a box in the mail, a big box. It had the “Two Sisters” Traveling Stash in it. Now you’re thinking, “What in the world is that???” Well, I’ll tell ya, it’s a mini-stash, full of crafting and quilting goodies. I can take the things that I like out, and replace them with other things, and keep what I took out. SOOOOOO cool, what a neat idea. Here’s what came in the stash:

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There’s purse handles, applique pieces, needles, patterns, needlework kits, charm squares, and lots of other fabric pieces. Yummy!!! This is being done for blog artists, so leave me a comment if you’d like to have the chance to get the Traveling Stash next!!!

I’ve been working on Julien and Marisa’s blanket, a bit everyday. This is gonna take me a while to do. I’m almost finished with the first row:ImageSorry the colors are so washed out, I don’t have very good places to take pics, but believe me, it’s turning out great, if I do say so myself.

I’m ready to put the borders on the baby quilts, yay!!! We still haven’t gotten the backing, so I’ll be stuck when that is done.

In the Quilted_Table strip swap, we finished up the patriotic swap. Some beautiful strips, from some very generous ladies. Here they are:

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And these are the strips that I sent:

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I know that we’re only required to send two strips, but I wasn’t thrilled with the pale blue stars, and the fireworks fabric wasn’t quilt quality, so I was generous and sent all four strips. I can’t often share much, but when I can, I do.

OH, I got another wonderful package in the mail last week too. I try to follow some blog hops, usually quilty, sewing ones. I checked out all the entries for the Ho Ho Ho blog hop at the first of the month, and commented on everyone’s posts. Some of the participants have giveaways with the hops, and I won one!!! From the blog, A Little Bit of Lorene, I won a wonderful mini quilt. I had a choice of four to choose from, and I got the one that I wanted! ImageImageLorene sent the sweetest card with it, and I can’t wait to use it this holiday season!!!

That’s about it for now, will have more sometime in the next week or so. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

 

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Health Issues August 18, 2013

I saw my PA last week, and my diabetes is doing GREAT. My A1C was 5.5, according to Burt, almost too good. I think the cinnamon capsules are working. I’m only taking 8 units of Lantus everyday, and he wants me to start me back on a short-acting insulin before meals. I have an appointment on the 29th with my diabetes specialist.

My cardiologist wants to start me on a blood thinner, since my heart is still not functioning well. He’s afraid that I could have a stroke from a blood clot produced in the heart. Since I’ve been anemic in the past, he wants me to have a colonoscopy first, to check for bleeding in my intestines. He told me that he would be remiss to start the blood thinner without checking out the anemia first. With the blood thinners, I would either have to have frequent blood tests or adhere to a strict diet. I could handle the blood tests easier. So we’ll see where this goes.

Otherwise I’m doing pretty well. My psyche meds have settled again, and I feel pretty stable, even good most days. My blood pressure is great. My vision is slowly getting worse, but I see me eye docs about every 3 to 4 months, which sucks, but at least it’s being monitored. 

Hope you all are doing ok. Take care, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

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