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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Vintage Thursdays

I thought I would also add another photo of a very Vintage House, I took this photo on the way to North Carolina. I love old homes and this gingerbread trim really GOT to ME! I loved it, of course with Hubby driving I had to get it when I could. Maybe on another trip I can stop and get a better photo!

and then below are the photos and cards I got at an Antique Store, for sale, I wish I could buy the store, only $200,000 and move to NC, in my dreams!

This is just my start with Vintage Thursdays and I will look forward to it each week.
smiles, cyndi

Good Day Thursday!

Ann has posted some beautiful thoughts here at 1000 Gift Lists, she shares her writing jornal and is a fabulous writer. I adore her thoughts, she says them so much better than I can. What a fabulous blog!

When I enter my enclosure links they do not work here all the time so I will show both, I have yet to figure out why?

But, here is where I signed up for the 1000 Gifts (of Gratitude), for me and where I will post daily here.

You will find it is quite a beautiful site! , as I did.

It has been a wonderful day so far. I have been blogging with my Glad Tiding Friends this AM and they have sent me several different directions. One is the Gifts Graphic you see above. I have so many things to be grateful for and cherish the gifts I have been given.

I have a new screen door and I cherish that I can have it open today to listen to the sweet gentle rain outside also with the birds at my feeders and singing outside in my backyard. I have two bluebird feeders that I can see the bluebirds come and go in one, they filled up the other with grass. Maybe they don't want neighbors so close. Well, that is ok, I want them to be happy!

I also planted many flowers last weekend while I was trying to detract myself from the sadness of losing my Golden Retreiver Megan, and our other Jordan, was at the ER Pet Hospital. I planted chocolate mint, lemon grass, tomato & basil(I was told to plant these together to keep down bugs on tomatoes, so I did!) banana and green pepper, zinnas, two daylilys, salvia, marigolds, three hanging planters with some beautiful dainty hangings(? no clue what they are?, begonias, coleus,and I plan to get lemon balm. I already have tons of peppermint growing and spreading, Love it!
My lavender is getting blooms ready and so are the clematis, I hope!

Megan missing is still very hard as she was a Presence on our home for ten years but Jordan is home and lying here beside me. He is still healing his stomach and intestines so he can't eat the treats he wants yet, but maybe by the weekend. We were in the Pet Store yesterday getting his RX food for his gentle tummy and when checking it out, the cashier wanted to give him a treat and I had to stop her saying he can't have it yet. That felt so strange, but they understood. He still has poodle cuts hair on his front legs also when the ports for his IV were at. But, he is healing and missing Megan also as he did not get to be with us when she left.

The rain is just so beautiful today. I did notice too that my One World, One Heart Gift plants are sprouting. That will be exciting to watch them come up and see what they look like.

I also got two apron patterns yesterday just to make sure I can still make a ruffle, I also want to border a pillow I want to make or have made. I got the fabulous toile material a while back I saw used on a pillow I saw in the Consignment store, but they said it was sold, so when I found the material at Hancock I grabbed several yards. Well, then I found the pillow was NOT Sold, so I got it anyway. Now, I can have several or make an apron with the other fabric. I also adore the white wicker rocker I got the pillow and fabric for. I love a rocking chair.:-)

Also on Lea and Cora's blogs they talk of making their own soap. I think I will give it a try also, Here are links for the recipe,
Lea of Farmhouse Blessings
Cora of Hidden Riches, Secret Places

By the way, the links are on your right under Glad Tidings Primatives and Folkart as I see again my links are not working here. sigh!

Another blog I visited today was " Confession sof an Apron Queen as we are always on the subject of aprons these days and she has a Vintage Thursday Blog going that I also have to jump in and join. I love Vintage and I 'll share that too

Dani at Eagle Wings blogspot also has some beautiful petunias she got and her new cigar box is awesome. I envy her as I want to make one also. I got several for purses with dogs on them in NC and I have some I got in MO that I wonder if I should sell as it or make them with decoupage also. Oh, too many things on my mind to do!
I got no petunias this year because it gets to hot in AL about July and mine will drop dead, so I will not put them thru that this year. One reason is my zinna's did so well last year, so I will stick with them again this year.

Naomi at

has some beautiful Mother's Day gifts to show off. Awesome forget-me-nots from her sons and has a Primative danelion pattern you may download for FREE! Check it out.

Another thing is my friend Nancy Huggins has another craft show going, I got 100 thread spools last time for my altered art, so I am afraid to go look as my pay pal os zero, but I know I will have too. Lots of wonderful goodies to find.

smiles, cyndi

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

My Prayer Journal has arrived

Jen at Visions and Verses wasted no time in sending my Prayer Journal to me that I won in her April Contest. Wow, it arrived in today's mail.
And it is awesome! I love it, thanks Jen!

As you can see, it is spiral bound approximately 7x9 inches and has lined notepaper inside. The Cover is her wonderful little girl witrh a basket of a bluebird, tulip, and ladybug and bee buzzing ahead. Jennifer, you have beautiful art! I will try to stay inside the lines and be neat! LOL!

It also has inscribed inside on the front inside cover:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requewst to God. And the peace of God, which transends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
~Phillippians 4:6-7

I so appreciate this Jen, I will ask all my friends to be sure and visit her web-site at Visions and Verses

Smiles, and thanks again, I so appreciate it, and it will be used beginning today.

Cyndi ;-)

Many thanks for all of your prayers , Jordan is home!

My precious Jordan is home, he is still recovering from whatever happened to him and no surgery was needed. I guess we will never know exactly what started his intestinal problems that made me give him a Pepto Bismol as he was so sick with vomit before all this happened and then it turned to bad diarrah for over 24 hours.
That is the reason I took him to the Emergency Animal Clinic in the first place last Saturday at 4:30AM. I was hoping to get him a shot for everything but the PM DR on duty wanted to keep him for dehydration and get fluids hooked up for him. I could understand that. Dr Jacobi, his DR asked us to return that evening at 8PM when she came back on duty to see how he was doing and she wanted to X-ray him to see if the Pepto Bismol has passed. That is when we saw them in his stomach, and I am so glad we knew what they were, So was she! Then the idea was to try and get some food down him to see if it would push them on through as well as the gas in his intestines. But, when we arrived that evening at 8PM as asked, I found him in terror and he had a cone on his head to prevent him from pulling out the port in his leg. He had done that once and they had to put itback in the other leg so now both front legs were shaved and bandaged, kinda like a poodle, LOL. Well, I yanked the velcro cone off his head as he was strangling himself trying to get out of the cage. We took him outside to the patio backyard area and he did calm down some but, he was a basketcase. His eyes were bloodshot and the Doo Doo for nice words on his rear was stinky and gross where his bad diarrah had been. He was shaking and finally they gave him some valium, but, I think overdid it as he could barely stand up then. We sat on the cold patio and he put his head on our shoes and fell alsleep for alittle time. So sweet, he is!

Anyway, we stayed there 3 hours with him till we had to leave and we called at 7:30AM the next Morning, Sunday to see how he had done overnight. Dr Jacobi, his DR gave a good report, he needed more valium during the thunderstorms that night, but we still wondered if he needed surgery to remove these Pepto Bismol. Only time would tell if they were disolving.

We called back to the clinic at 2PM to see how he was doing and was told by the Day Shift receptionist that they were too busy to talk to us. My Husband let them know a thing or two about our dog and that he was there for his best interest and only we knew some details that might help his care. We were told to call back at 5PM when someone came on duty to talk to us. Ok, we did and then was told they were still to busy to call back at 6PM. Well, my dog is not at the ER clinic to sit in a cage and be ignored while they do other trama cases only, especially at $1,000 plus for weekend visit. They obviously need more staff. He was still in critical care. Anyway, I told her that was not acceptible and I wanted to talk to someone in back that could tell me something about him. Anything, well she finaly in a huff transferred me somewhere as the phone went silent and she had said I might have a long wait. Ok, this did it! We got in the car and went over there. I bypassed the receptionist as headed back to where I new he was. There was a technician in the back area and I asked her to get my dog, Jordan for me as I wanted him NOW, until the DR on duty could speak to me. We had his leash in our hands along with a towel and shampoo. They brought him around to the back patio and we visited with him. He was SO GLAD to see us and just sang to us as he does often when he is glad to see us. I don't leave him or Megan alone often as they so love to go with us in the car and we usually just leave the air conditioner on for them to stay cool.

Anyway, I bathed his backside to get the gunk off his back area, It was stuck on and awful! But, I corrected that! He was still groggy and went to the bathroom both ways. The night before he would not go for them on the leash, so we took it off and he immediatley went but still very diarrah. This time after some very good canned rice dinners it has alittle consistancy, so better than the night before. They also x-ray him at 5PM as we knew they were scheduled too and we wanted to know if anything was better looking this time. We waited there 2 hours till it started getting cool outside so I knocked on the back clinic door and no one answered so I opened it and told the first person I saw that we were going into the waiting room in front as it was cold outside. Whoever it was said, Ok. So 7PM we go back inside still 2 hours after we arrived and no word from anyone on his care that day.

I can understand an emergency. The waiting room was full and the night before they brought in three car hit dogs, we stood by while the Dr took care of them and that was fine. We had Jordan and knew what was happening. I cannot say enough good things about the NIGHT DR. Jacobi. She was excellant! And she would be back on duty at 8PM.
SO, 7:55 we were called to a waiting room and the day DR. Jordan came in, saying she had been trying to see us, ya ya ya.... Well, by the time she said that, Dr Jacobi came in and we sighed relief. Finally we could see the new 5PM x-rays. The two Pepto Bismol tables had started to disolve. One was half the size and the other was broken up in his intestines. There was no question we were taking him home and to the clinic that had been seeing Megan and we would call them in the AM. We called and also Dr Jacobi called later to see how he did on the way home and how he was doing in general early the next day before she left her shift. She was so nice and caring.
Well, Jordan had to be wondering where Megan was as she was always with us too. If fact, he had gone to her office visits with her and had she been well, she woul dhave come to visit him with us if we had been sitting the the car instead of the patio area. He slept the minute we got in the car, zapped out good. We even stopped for a hamburger on the way home and he did not get up as normal. He was so tired, but, he could not have had hamburger anyway as his stomach was still too torn up and it would take three days of this good RX rice canned food to help ease it while giving him whole food versus the port line saline.

When home, he barely woke up to come inside and get on the bed to go back to sleep. Still , someone was missing and I think he knew, Where was Megan? She had been his buddy since he came to live with us ten years ago. We got Megan one week and Jordan the next. They were a week apart in age and grew up together. I think today his heart still hurts like ours does, She is missing! A whole in our space! In fact, his stress over her could have been what brought all this on in the first place.

We had taken her to have her shot to pass comfortably while he was at the ER clinic
so he did not understand. This AM as I write, he has joined me when I got up about an hour ago. it is 5:25 AM now, I just woke up and had to get up as I knew I needed to catch up here. He got up too from the comfy bed, just to be with me here. It is still dark outside with just a hint of light starting to show over the fence outside.

I can start to hear the birds outside, another day is dawning. Life has been too buzy the last few weeks. Yesterday, I took my Insurance papers to a new laywer to see if he can appeal my disability claim. It would help so much just for that few $755 dollars I got every month and he said not to expect that amount again, if he thought I had a case. He asked me to re-order all new papers from the Insurance Company Unum Provident that was denying all my appeals, which I did yesterday so he could see everything. Shall I have hope?, or just live with, they got away with being the big guy and I can't fight them. Well, who knows!

Well, Good Day to all who see this. Smiles, cyndi

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Monday, May 12, 2008

I won a Prayer Journal

How I can use this Prayer Journal I won from April contest at the web-site "Visions and Verses"

Please visit Jen's site for fabulous cards and note's, etc. It will make you smile!

smiles, cyndi

New ebay store name

A variety of vintage past pleasures stores ebay, variety vintage home garden used past pleasures vhs clothing

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Goodbye Megan 10-12-97 ~ 5-10-08

My husband Bob wrote this for me to post:

While we were on Vacation last month in North Carolina, Megan, our female Golden Retriever became ill and on April 16th and had to be taken to a local Veterinarian for treatment. She was fine one minute and on the floor unresponsive the next. She was somewhat better the next morning and we were able to bring her home. We took her back to the Veterinarian on April 21st and were told that she had the signs of early Liver failure. We began giving her medications that would take some of the load off the liver. On April 27th we brought her home and had her checked by a local Veterinarian who said that she appeared to be improving. On May 2nd she became ill again and we took her back to her local Veterinarian the afternoon of May 3rd. She had a distended abdomen that was filled with blood. They did an ultrasound and saw some masses on the Liver and Spleen. They had us immediately take her to Auburn University (a teaching hospital for Veterinary Medicine). They checked her out and told us that she had a hemangiosarcoma, which is a rare, rapidly growing, highly invasive variety of cancer. It is a blood-fed sarcoma; that is, blood vessels grow directly into the tumor and it is typically filled with blood. A frequent cause of death is the rupturing of this tumor, causing the victim to rapidly bleed to death. They gave her whole blood and ran several tests. They advised that the liver and pancreas were both highly involved and that she was not a candidate for surgery. They gave us days or weeks, so we took her home on May 5th and tried to love her and make her as comfortable as possible. On May 9th she got worse and would not eat and just lay around. Finally on May 10th we took her back to the Veterinarian for euthanasia. She died in my arms on May 10th at 1:25 PM.

It seems that Golden Retrievers have one of the highest rates for cancer in dogs. One in five Goldens have this condition. They don’t inherit the cancer itself but the inability to fight it off. They think it comes from something in the environment such as pesticides or other carcinogens. I was very careful with my dogs; I did not ever spray pesticides or fertilize the lawn. I guess I will never know where or how she became exposed. She had received good lab results back in September 2007 and again in March 2008. The Veterinarian said that they usually don’t find it until it is in the late stages . It can be diagnosed using ultrasound so it might be worth it to have an ultrasound run once a year, as they get older.

Megan lived to be 10 ½, which is about average for a Golden. She was born on October 12, 1997 and Died May 10, 2008. But boy did she change my live in that 10 and a ½ years in between.

While all of this is happening, Jordan, our male Golden Retriever got sick and started vomiting on May 8th, which turned to diarrhea on May 9th. We took him to the Emergency Animal Clinic early the Morning of May 10th. His packed red cells were almost double what they should be so they started him on a saline drip, as he was apparently very dehydrated. We went back to see him last night and they had him in an inverted lamp shade (apparently he decided to remove his own IV port. His eyes were all red and he was shaking all over. We took him outside and got him calmed down with the help of some Valium. On the evening of May 8th we gave him two Pepto-Bismol tablets, which we had been told for years and years to give to dogs for upset stomachs. Well it seems they have had a formula change and these tablets were still in his stomach on the evening of May 10th. The Veterinarian told us that she has seen more and more of these lately and they will not dissolve in a dog’s stomach. They contain a compound similar to aspirin and have been known to cause bleeding ulcers in dogs. They ran X-Rays on him and you could see the tablets plain as day, completely intact. They finally got his diarrhea and vomiting under control and gave him food and Metamucil in an attempt to get these tablets to moving and hopefully they will come out on their own. If not, we will have to have them removed surgically. This is a warning to everyone else; DO NOT under any circumstances give your dog Pepto-Bismol TABLETS! They are going to retest his blood today and run another series of X-Rays to see if the pesky little tablets are moving. We are keeping our fingers crossed that everything will come out OK and we can bring him home tonight. If not we will be going into surgery.

I hope and pray that this nightmare will be over soon and we can bring Jordan home and he can have a good life for the years that he has left. His daddy, Bo, is still alive and doing great at 12.