The flu 1…. Brian 0… my hunny is down for the count

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Hello Friends :)
Hope you are all well with your health and weather. As I post here we are getting some snow yes you heard right snow :) Today is early dismissal and the beginning of Spring break for our schools. I am happy for Brian because it will give him time to get back on his feet this flu has bowled him over, it’s been a long time since he’s been this sick. the kids will be disappointed if it stays colder they were hoping for some of the high 60’s mid 70’s temps we’ve had. No problem I’m sure we will have an enjoyable break anyway. My craft dreams pushed to the side this last week to let my man have his rest away from the brood in our bedroom/my crafty corner. So how have you all been ? Leslie how is the new job going ? How is Joe as he travels from here and there ? Was the bad weather outbreak close to you ? How are the twins ? getting big I’m sure. Lynn how are you and Rod? Are your gardens is bloom yet ? How are your grand children? Like I said the other day we are well around here except for the bugs being passed around but I am hoping that over break we can put a stop to them. We are thinking of moving this year to a house instead of our mobile home. This place has served us well but we are thinking a change may be in order. Kinda exciting we’ve been here almost 20 years and that’s longer than either Brian or I have lived in the same place our entire lives , both our families moved a lot when we were kids and we followed suit in our early married life. So I say bring the adventure on :) Don’t know how long it will take to find a place but that should be half the fun right lol.
Well gotta run some errands hope to hear from you soon

Love and hugs ‘
Shelly

Yipee !! It’s not her appendix

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Howdy Friends :)
Well crazyville is where I live :) lol
Our area here in Illinois has been hit hard several respiratory bugs, stomach/ intestinal bugs and pink eye of which we have had them all :) they just keep getting passed back and forth. This past week Jasmine was having symptoms of something different I thought appendicitis so off the emergency room we head. After 2 ct scans one with and one without contrast there was still no clear image of her appendix. She was in terrible pain but didn’t have a fever no vomiting and no diarrhea. All of her lab work came back normal no elevation in her white cell count. The images of her kidneys, bladder, intestines and ovaries were all normal. So we were admitted to the hospital to watch and be ready for what ever was next. Well…… nothing did just the pain which comes and goes. What the Dr. thinks is going on is that the lymph nodes in that area inflamed so we got to come home Thursday and she is feeling better. I am grateful to all the hospital staff who took great care of her while we were there. We are still fighting the stomach thing and some are still coughing like crazy but the weather has been warmer so I have opened the windows and aired the house out and wiped down door handles and faucets and whatever else I can. We have this week of school then we have a week off for spring break so I hope we can get over all this and be done with it all. I really cant complain we have been well around here until this stuff showed up. Many changes in our lives this year. Heather has her own apartment and has several promising job interviews so we believe she will have a job here real soon. She and the boys are doing very well in their new home. Aiden the newest addition has some issues with refluxing and the Dr. has had her to add some rice cereal to his formula and the throwing up has almost quit completely. He is such a sweet little guy he is always smiling and cooing and he is getting his two bottom teeth and he’s just 3 1/2 months old. Jordan and Melissa have moved into their new house and may move again into a larger house that has a small cottage on the property with the hopes of Melissa’s Dad George and Will rooming together since they are both single. Jordan wants to help Will since he is really nowhere close to being ready to live on his own but this can really be a way to give Will his independence and still give him the help he needs to adjust to adulthood. Melissa also changed jobs this month she began working at the Veterans hospital and they are working around her schooling with the option of a job once she completes her degree a win-win situation for her and the college is right next to the hospital so commuting has been cut to nothing. We are on our last few months of the school year and Will and Ariel both graduate in May. Will from high school and Ariel from Middle school. Our oldest Jereme was promoted to front line cooking area at his Job and is doing very well so all is going well with my family. My dad goes in on April 14 to have his back surgery to repair some bulging and ruptured discs along with some torn discs. I am hoping this is the last thing he will have to do so he can be back to his perky self. He has suffered for many years and his Dr. comes highly recommended along with the other s at the spine clinic in Urbana. So there you have it blow by blow of the recent happenings in my humble life. I am so grateful for family and I love each one of them so very much. I love you too my friends I hope you are all faring well in the happenings of your lives.

Much love and many big hugs to each of you,
Shelly
p.s. While the big kids are at school tomorrow I have a hot crafting date with my little crafting partner I don’t know what we will get done but it is gonna be a load of fun !!

More snow on the way and a nasty flu bug kicked my butt

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Hello friends
Just gearing up for the impending snow we’re to get tonight and tomorrow.
The kids had been taking turns being sick for several weeks and finally this week had been able to go back to school. While I awoke last Sunday morning with the sore throat which turned out badly by yesterday I went to the walk in clinic with a combination of what the kids had all except pink eye. I have a nasty respiratory infections and ear infections. The antibiotics and cough syrup are helping and I feel a bit better today. I was able to create Brian a valentine’s day card but that’s about all there was time for in the crafting corner. I hope you are all well and I have been thinking of you. Take care my friends.

Much love to you all,
Shelly

Not much crafting going on but my space is lookin good :)

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Hello Friends :)
Been quite busy lately with sick kiddos. I’m not complaining because this all that’s happened this winter and not continual like some past winters. Some have strep throat, while others have the vomiting and diarrhea, while some have pink eye with ear infections and yet the other one has had asthma issues. We have had several home every day this week so far so I am thankful that we have a three-day weekend coming up and we can recuperate and hopefully have everyone back to school next week. My Dad was in the hospital because he was on too much blood pressure medicine and it was dropping his pressure very low making him dizzy and almost blacking out. The Doctors got him all changed around with the right meds and amounts and he is feeling so much better. He has an appointment with the spine specialist in Champaign-Urbana on the 25th to see what can be done for his ruptured and herniated disks.
On a different note the weather here is crazy we had snow last week then temps in the 60’s wish it would make up its mind lol :) I did get to do a page about a week ago for one of my journals and really like how it all turned out. My sweet hubby has been going through all is ephemera and has given me a fair amount of goodies which I need to put in the proper places and not laying on my desk. I am hoping to get my Valentine’s cards done in the next couple days so I can give them out, silly me I didn’t factor in my clan catching the crud. Maybe I’ll get some done tonight I can always put on a movie for the kids That’s a thought I’ll have to get back with you and let you know :)
Hope you are all well and getting some fun crafting time.
Big hugs and much love to you all,
Shelly

Mission: scrap paper organization

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Hello friends :)
After being inspired by Leslie’s scrap paper organization and watching her use them in several posts I decided that I should try to round-up all my scraps. Now this turned out to be a bigger project than I had originally thought but well worth the time spent getting it all together. I had scraps of cardstock stashed all over in this messy area. I found all sizes and shapes from small bits that I threw away to full sheets which I filed away where it was supposed to be in the first place. Levi ended up with a full shoe box of scraps for his artwork. It’s so refreshing to see how those little pieces of paper made him so happy. Give him some scissors and a few glue sticks and he is happy for hours. Now I feel so much happier myself because things are tidied up and in order. While I was on the organizing roll I cleaned out the filing cabinet and organized my ephemera collection. While my little space is still very cramped and filled with way more crafty goodies than I need….did I just say that out loud ??? nix that last statement… I DO need all that stuff… Just in case Brian would ever pop over here and read my blog :) My area is small but I have plans to take over Will’s room this summer when he moves, I’m not rushing him out of here just saying I get first dibs on the empty room. There is still room for improvement in the filing of my scraps but this works for me. So with all this blabbering on I did get some photos and have tried several times to upload on YouTube but I’m not successful. I tell you it’s like learning all over again when I post because there is such a long time between my postings. so without further ado here is my tidied up scrap cardstock and space.

MY big mess

MY big mess

Who can feel creative here?

Who can feel creative here?

No room to even sit

No room to even sit

two totes full of various sized scraps

two totes full of various sized scraps

A bit of a mess

A bit of a mess

What was I thinking

What was I thinking

getting this show on the road

getting this show on the road

here's some of the mess

here’s some of the mess

Dump this out too

Dump this out too

I found a pumpkin in this mess

I found a pumpkin in this mess

It's finally empty and look at my scrap box !! Bring me some glue sticks !!!

It’s finally empty and look at my scrap box !! Bring me some glue sticks !!!

getting the sorting started

getting the sorting started

sorting out my mess

sorting out my mess

Ready made bases

Ready made bases

Card bases all ready to go

Card bases all ready to go

Getting a bit of help from PJ

Getting a bit of help from PJ

patterned scraps

patterned scraps

big scraps

big scraps

banner strips

banner strips

This looks better

This looks better

PJ  aproved

PJ aproved

looks much tidier

looks much tidier

ready and waiting to use

ready and waiting to use

some small scraps

some small scraps

a tidy desktop

a tidy desktop

Looking good

Looking good

a clear space to craft  :) a clear space to craft :)[/caption

So here it is not perfect but it is going to work for me. Things have changed a bit the last few months with the addition of my hanging butterfly lamp and some things on the wall. I know it is a bit over the top with all the decorations but I find it very peaceful and I know my Mom would be proud that I made a fun space just for me like she wanted. I hope you are all doing well and having some fun crafty time for yourselves. If you have any questions about what I’ve done or suggestions on how to do something better just let me know. I value all opinions you share.
Take care my friends.
Love and Hugs,
Shelly

Hey it’s ME !!! I’m back finally

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Hello friends  :)

It’s been a long time since I posted last and wow things have changed here on wordpress my dashboard looks completely different so bear with me as I get reacquainted to my blog.

We are on our 2nd day with the kiddos home from school due to the artic cold. They are all sad since we just started back on Monday the 5th and they only got to go 2 days. We may be out tomorrow too with continued below zero temps through Saturday. This is how it happened last January so maybe it’s the new weather pattern.

So I have taken a lead from Leslie’s Blog and started to sort through all my paper scraps and have made a small dint in the mound. I knew I had quite a bit but am really surprising myself with how much there really is. I have it stashed away in so many places. With that being said I am taking photos and am trying to capture this project to share with you.

I will sign off for now Will needs a ride to work

Love and hugs to you all,

Shelly

School is in session

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Hello everyone !!

School is in session and everyone but Levi started  today including Melissa, Levi starts on Wednesday so I have a bit of free time just having him today. We have had a pretty busy summer so I haven’t posted here in quite awhile but hope to post regularly now that I will have a few hours in the afternoons while Levi is at pre school . I got a new tripod and cant wait to try it out. I have been very lazy on checking my email and have gone weeks without even looking at it so I’ve been getting caught up on it today while Levi is doing some puzzles and playing with his lego blocks. It is super quiet around here :)  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world wide web.

Love and hugs,

 Shelly