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This is me

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Friday, December 25, 2009

10 weeks old 4 pound 2 ounces and I'm cuter than all get out. I have a name is TURBO cause I can run really fast. I now have a leash and a harness cause I learned how to get out of the fence. I do love my Dad. I get to ssleep in the bed with him and mom...I'm so spoiled but I deserve it cause I'm cute.
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I'm 8 weeks old and weigh 3 pounds 4 ounces. I'm mad at my mom as she just got me my first shots and it hurt.
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This is our new baby..She is 1/2 doxie and 1/2 pom. At this point she was 6 weeks old and weighed in at 2 pounds 14 ounces
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Merry Christmas to all

Just a quick note to say I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Health Updates...

I just wanted to do a quick update on me and where my infection is. I am doing much better and there has been ZERO bone loss in the no surgery in the picture...YEAH!!!! I am still on tow different oral antibiotics and will be for at least another 3 months....I want to take this time to say thanks to all my friends for the prayers and thoughts during this last 3 months as I have fought this battle.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hubby got the dog collar off....

Well the doctor let the old man take off his collar. I am sure it feels better, but he is still not sleeping well. We tried to talk to the doctor but she was not interested in his symptoms other than his neck. He has another appointment coming up Wednesday with his primary care doc.

Monday, December 7, 2009


Well the puppy has a name....She is TURBO. She runs laps all over the house and is just a bit wild. She went to the vets today for her first shots and she weighed in at 3 pounds 4 ounces.

Hubby update....Rick is still having dizzy spells and is returning to the doctors in two more days. The rigid neck brace is really disturbing his sleep. Hopefully he can get that off after the docs visit.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our New Dog

This is a picture of our new puppy. She is still nameless at this point, but we have only had her for 8 hours. She is 1/2 doxie and 1/2 pom. At this time she is about 1-2 pounds and will be about 10-15 pounds when she is full grown.

Here is another picture relative to my hubby you can see how very small she is.

We had the Worst Wednesday night. Our old dog (Miranda 12+ years old) had an episode and within 15 minutes we had her at the vets. He said that she had a rupture of a spleenic tumor and was bleeding out and there was nothing her could do.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

How Sweet it is

This was made for the challenge WT246 on

Thanks for looking
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


My husband was assaulted at work Sunday morning. Some thugs wanting to steal some bikes hit him in the back of the head with a large object (the bike) and it caused a brain bleed, injured his neck muscles, and really shook his world. They knocked him out completely and left him outside in the rain, without regards to his life. He is going to be okay...Praise God for that.

He is now at home and still in a lot of pain, but at least he is in his own bed. The prognosis is good.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I made this for my youngest son. He is an awesome kid (35). I am so proud of him.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's hard to believe that I am now feeling like making cards again. 3 days in a row and I think I am getting back into the groove. ( I had better, I usually mail Christmas Card on the 1st of December) Here is todays which I have titled...


Monday, November 16, 2009

80 pounds gone

This is the before picture and yes, I was that heavy. I have worked really hard and since February 3, 2009

UNTIL TODAY.....I have lost 80 Pounds

Friday, November 13, 2009


Congrats...Joy, Kim, Cami & all the people behind the scenes on your first anniversary.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Miss you Dad

MY DAD............ 3 years ago today was one of the worst days of my life. I lost the man of my life from a combination of old age and a tired body. Ray McKinley passed away today in 2006..I miss the fun times we had, the support he always willingly gave, and the strong love his family always felt from him. Ray had the biggest heart and was truely loved by all his friends and family. Dear POPS you are missed!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I am not longer attached to an IV

I got the IV out today and now I go on Oral antibiotics for 1-3 months depending on blood tests. I can finally take a long hot shower and not be afraid of getting the IV site wet. I do not have to go back to the doctors for a month. We will do x-rays and more blood tests @ that time.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

And the saga continues...

Hello to all...
I am really wishing I was feeling better than I am. I have made marked improvement in the last couple of weeks. I am still on antibiotic, but the SED rate is still over 100, which indicates some sort of inflammation somewhere. I have not been making cards as I am still too weak to sit in the craft room...maybe next week.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Back to the doctor today...

I go see the Infectious disease doctors today. Yes I am still on antibiotics, but I do feel better and slightly stronger than I did. Here's hoping all goes well....

Friday, September 25, 2009

Just a few more New Zealand pictures

My Buddy Buddha

Sunrise from the top of the hill

Me and my brother in his kitchen in New Zealand

The view from my bench on the hill. This is the Pacific Ocean.

My brother Mike and his brother in law, Wayne

More Australia Vacation--2009

My oldest son Doug and I in an old churchyard

More roadside roos

Interesting bark on a tree.

My daughter in law and her horse Talley

An old piece of stained glass located in an antique church

A few Australia vacation Pictures-2009

Part of Downtown Perth, Western Australia

Little Oscar...Perjo's puppy

What you you looking at????.....A roo at the side of the road.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A few of the New Zealand Pictures

The Pacific Ocean just off the the coast of the Bay of Plenty...Matata, New Zealand new buddy and my brothers best pal.

The bench and steps that my brother built for me so I could sit and see the Ocean and the Pikowai valley.

My Brother Mike and Buddha on the beach near Matata, New Zealand

Getting Stronger

I feel that I am improving. Just a bit stronger every day. I now can stay awake for more than 5 hours and not feel like I am going to die. I will be going to the doctor on Monday. Just a chance to review all the blood work and chemistry that I had drawn while in the hospital.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Back Home Again

I had been home from vacation for 5 days when I ended up in the hospital for some unknown source of fever. I hit a high of 105.6 and was admitted the next day. After a fist load of test...nothing definitive. They sent me home today still on anti-biotics....I feel like a weak kitten..
Thanks for all my friends for the calls and cards....HUGS

Sunday, September 6, 2009


You never know how much junk mail you get until it is all laid on the table for 6 weeks...OMG what a pile of junk!!!! I have been trying to sort through it and catch any little bills that arrived while I was gone...what a mess.

I have over 500 pictures from New Zealand to sort and post maybe I will get to that next week...

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Rules

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator we have had to sign a new agreement not to promote other stamp companies. I have decided that at the present time I will sign the agreement, but I have also decided that my blog is my site and I have the total right to decide what I post on it. If I am forced to choose which way to go...I will withdraw from SU.

Friday, July 10, 2009

getting ready to go

I am almost packed and now I am thinking this is a lot of work.

I will be leaving in a few days to visit family overseas. My only regret is that hubby has to work so he is not going. He and my son will be watching the house and the critters.

Wish me luck....nine different take-offs and landings...

I will be back on in September

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stamps: Our Craft Lounge
Paper: melon mambo, white, unknown blue
Ink: momento black
Accessories: copic markers, ribbon, and fiskers punch

Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts
Paper: black white, and core' dinations
Ink: melon mambo, kiwi kiss
Accessories: copic spica pen, ribbon, cuddlebug folder, big shot, sanding block

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Birthday

My son was able to get his daughter and bring her to our house for Fathers Day and my birthday. She is so adorable. She has a wonderful vocabulary and is in the process of being potty trained. She was so funny when she got to see her new potty chair at grammys house...She is adorable. Did I say she is ADORABLE!!!!

Copic Color Challenge 18

Copic Color Challenge 18.

Stamps: RAK-from Dawson-Tilda
Paper: burmuda bay, melon mambo,razzelberry lemonaid DSP
Ink: momento black, bermuda bay, copic markers
Accessories: copics, bermuda bay ribbon

Monday, June 15, 2009

I am a bit slow....this is from the inspirational challenge located here: Lovely Packages

Here is what inspired me:
And this is my creation:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: melon mambo, black
Ink: veramark
Accessories: wal-mart lace, white deetail emboss powder, brads, punches

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fun Times

Sunday night I headed down to Coos Bay to spend a couple of nights with my wonderful MIL. She will be 89 on the last of June and she is so awesome. Very active with her card games and meetings with friends. We headed out to Charleston to get some licorice jelly beans for DH and then hit the shops. ( I had a hard time keeping up with her. ) Sunday evening we had dinner with my SIL and her DH and well as MIL.

Monday morning I had the honor of hanging out with the infamous CAMBRIA (my niece) From Our Craft Lounge. We met with some other talented stampers then hit the local stamp store in Coos Bay...oh what fun. The evening was spent stamping with Cambria at her home....what a great two days. I love my family.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I'm a bad blogger

Too much to do and not near enough time. I have not made many cards recently but here is the latest.

Stamps: Our Craft Lounge (Sandy Sunsets)
Paper: pacific point, white, black, dsp
Ink: pacific point, close to cocoa, baja breeze
Accessories: punches, white gel pen
Techniques: sponging

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I have been a really bad blogger. It has been a bit crazy here. I am trying to get everything set so I can visit my son and my brother. Packing, shopping and all the fun stuff that goes with planning a 6 week long trip to Australia and New Zealand.

I really love this new set from OUR CRAFT LOUNGE. Sandy Sunsets is the name of the set and it is now available.

Stamps: Our Craft Lounge (Sandy Sunsets)
Paper: glossy white, white, summer sun, really rust, tempting turq.
Ink: chalk inks (sunrise), copic markers
Accessories: copic ABS

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This set comes from the new summer release of Our Craft Lounge called The Beauty and the Beach

Stamps: The beauty and the Beach
Paper: ballet blue, only orange, white
Ink: Purely pom, black
Accessories: copic marker, crab eyelets

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Color Challenge

Paper: summer sun, old olive, only orange
Ink: veramark, cameo coral, summer sun
Accessories: cuttlebug folder, big shot, pearls, square punches

Featured Stamper

Stamps: OurCraftLounge-Mice Friends
Paper: Pretty in Pink, DSP
Ink: momento black
Accessories: copic markers, sewmini, nesties, bridal flowers from Michaels

Monday, May 4, 2009


Adeline Brill....Congratulations on winning this lovely patriotic set from Our Craft Lounge.

Friday, May 1, 2009

IT'S HERE---Check out these blogs


Please leave a comment to qualify for the drawing to be held at noon on Monday. You are trying to win this set for your very own.

This is the set that I used for the card...The eagle comes from LET FREEDOM RING and is not included in the ALL ABOUT THE USA set.

Hop on over to these blogs to register for a chance to win one of these sets...Each person has a new stamp set that they are featuring...


Blog Links:

Granny's Secrets - Diana Gibbs
Beauty and the Beach- Jeanne Streiff
Summer Sweets - Heather McNally
Bubbles - Nancy Morgan
Oceans of Fun -Valerie Stangle
Sandy Sunsets- Vicki Garrett
Coastal Wishes- Denise Marzec
Garden Thoughts - Lila Holgate
Mice Friends- Holly McMillen
The Tribe - Pam Hooten
Flyin' Birthday - Jacqui Lines
Let Freedom Ring- Marianne Walker
Bees Knees- Carol Halvorson
Nailed It! -Debbie Corbari
Sunkissed - Deb Felts
Life's a Beach - Joy Kennedy
Bring on the BBQ- Cindy Lawerence
School's Out- Sherry Cheever
Bookworm - Kendra Wietstock
Swingin' By - Bethie Silaika
All About the USA - Roseanne Knowles
Dino-mite - Kisa Peters
Game On- Cambria Turnbow
Back 2 School- Amber Hillman

Thursday, April 30, 2009


This is another card made from the wonderful set called COASTAL WISHES From OUR CRAFT LOUNGE. It will be available to order on 5/1/2009 direct from the company website....


There are 24 sets that are being sure to stop in tomorrow for one more unveiling and a chance to win a set from one twenty-four blog sites.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday Sneak Peek-OUR CRAFT LOUNGE

Here is yet another Sneak Peek at the new release from Our Craft Lounge. This set is called Coastal Wishes...

Stay tuned for more peeks and then the big release on Friday 5/1/2009

There will be chances to win one of the sets...check back often and be sure to leave a comment on Friday to get into the drawings.

Stamps: Coastal wishes
Paper: old olive, black, white, dap
Ink: momento black
Accessories: copic markers and airbrush system, shimmerz on the lighthouse, ribbon, white gel pen

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday Sneak Peek--New release on FRIDAY!!!

Here is another Sneak Peek from the new set by OUR CRAFT LOUNGE

The entire image is air brushed with copic markers. The name of this set is SANDY SUNSETS


Monday, April 27, 2009

Excitement Abounds for Our Craft Lounge

I am so thrilled as Our Craft Lounge is having a new release scheduled for Friday....

Here is a sneak Preview of one of the sets that is coming out....actually just one of the images from the new set. It is all in silhouette and I love it (SANDY SUNSETS)

Be sure to check Our Craft Lounge website for exciting new products.