Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thank you Maya! and so sorry it took this long

For giving me the versatile Blogger Award!  She writes the Loving With Chronic Illness blog and she's an animal lover like me!  She also lives with a chronic illness - spondylitis.

Sorry this has taken me so long - not having a good time of it for the past week with neck, back, knee and hand pain in particular.

OK here are the requirements of the VBA -

OK according to the rules I have to:

Rule #1: Thank the person who gave you the award.

Thank you Maya!  visit her blog at

Rule #2: Share seven things about yourself.

1.  I don't like plain ol' coffee.  Even drinking it at home I like flavored creamer.  Right now I have chocolate raspberry - YUM.  Don't care about the calories but when I get out and pass a Starbucks I'll get a flavored latte.  

2.  Right now on my DVR I have - Royal Pains, Amercian Pickers, Pillars of the Earth (a miniseries), Futurama and 3 reruns of General Hospital that feature "Brenda Barrett" LOL.

3. I didn't think I'd get one but I got myself a Kindle.  I like the idea of instead of a pile of books on my night stand I have the Kindle.  It even has a subscription to Dell's Horoscope every month- hard to get on the news stand here.

4.  I am SO glad Rich and I got Amy a computer for her birthday!  Now hopefully we'll be able to communicate with each other more and I'll get to see her and the boys and eventually Zoey too on webcam!
OK sorry but can only think of these right now LOL.
Rule #3: Pass the award onto 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and you think are are fantastic!!

The Answer is Chocolate
who cares what the question is right LOL?

The Vintage Moth
free images

Salem Oregon Daily Photos

Polymer Clay Smooshers

My Food Looks Funny

Lisa Liza Lou
Lisa Fulmer inspires me with her creations

Life Imitates Doodles
Zentangle anyone?

Ciao Bella
 recipes YUM

Black and Missing but Not Forgotten
Black and Missing but not forgotten

Beez in the Belfry
Zentangles - love them!

Sorry I don't have more listed but I do read a lot of blogs.

Thanks again Maya!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Moody Monday

Thanks Annie for putting into words what I try and tell my husband when I feel like dog you-know-what, but the next day work on crafts or my blog.  Like Annie I AM a fighter and will continue to fight.

It's really frustrating to get little chunks of time sometimes not even a whole day to feel really good to do something, anything.  I had to give up a project yesterday, which really left me defeated.  I usually say "never say never" but I don't think I'll be doing anything like that with a time line until I have a whole week where I feel good all day long.

It was hard to talk to the person that invited me to do the project.  I was thinking to myself while talking about what I'm going through "is she going to understand? will I lose the connection I have?"  I was holding up at least 3 people.  That's where the defeat and disappointment in myself came in.  I was bummed yesterday and couldn't put my frustration into words.  The only friends I have basically are online and from support groups I've been in so they usually understand what I go through every day.  Those that know me from the "craft world" well if they read my blog they'll know who I am and like me in spite of it LOL.

Today I woke up with an extremely sore neck but because of LDN (low dose naltrexone) couldn't taken anything until 9 am., 12 hours after my dose.  I'm also having some tummy trouble and some scrambled brains lol.  OK if I can't laugh I would be sitting in bed crying.  To take my mind off things I did watch Cool2Craft demonstrations - I love seeing craft demonstrations.  I have to thank Bev in FL for that.  Besides my writing it's something to look forward to every week.

OK here are some links that make me SMILE:

love his art ever since I saw it on Bethenny Getting Married? one of my guilty pleasure shows where the women don't SCREAM LOL.,29569,1999770,00.html

Time Magazine's list of best blogs of 2010 - LOVE Cake Wrecks LOL!

I heard of this but haven't seen it until now LOL

Thursday, August 5, 2010

*8 Things - The Family Cabin

Well Rachelle is taking me down memory lane again.  Things I remember from when I was young -vacations and summers spent doing different things and vacations I've taken with Rich and Amy.  Good memories.

1.  Waffles and ice cream - from the boardwalk in Wildwood NJ - some nights it would be breezy so we'd have shorts and a sweater on and that fresh made warm waffle and ice cream hit the spot.

2.  Piles of rocks and or seashells Amy would collect on our travels - she liked collecting.

3.  The laughing we did when we went to a national park and "tasted" some berries right off the bush!  A park ranger did come along and it took all I could not to giggle and see the smile on Amy's face.

4.  The whale watching trip we took in San Diego for the day.

I'd never been on a boat that size so I took Dramamine beforehand and still had some in my purse.  Good thing - Rich of all people started to get sea sick!  We had a laugh but I felt so bad for him.  Meantime Amy was running around the boat nothing bothered her.  We had a great time and saw some whales too!

Thanks Rachelle for making me remember the good times - and the good times to come with my grandkids.
this is at the Oregon Aquarium - would love to do this with Amy and the grandkids!
Crater Lake - a spot I LOVE
the redwoods - beautiful

Blog Hop - I'm in!

OK  I follow Live it. Love it (or not). Write about it. and she's having a blog hop or blog carnival.  Just the title of the blog I'm loving it LOL.  OK so maybe I'll a little OLD to be in this hop but I like meeting new friends, so here's my intro . . .

I'm Gerri, almost 53 (the 28th of this month).  I've been married 26 years to Rich, a former Navy man, and we have a daughter Amy who is 26 TODAY!  We also have 3 grandchildren - Zoey, 8, Brandon, 5 and London 11 months.  Rich and I live in Oregon and Amy and grandkids live in Arizona and I miss them all a lot!

I am retired after working for about 35 years and I enjoy reading, writing, working in our garden and working with crafts.  I have a craft blog also - - so you can see my hits and misses with crafting LOL.

I have fibromyalgia and arthritis but I try and have a positive attitude about it all.

Here are posts to get to know me better -

Thanks for including me - now I'm off to read some of your blogs!