Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Aunt Ruthie's Influence

Who hasn't joined the Sugar Pie Farmhouse Forum yet?
Ya better run right over and check it out!
Lots of good ideas and information about
From kids to tomatoes.

Ruth Ann posted a blog post about her chalkboards
and the special chalkboard ink markers she uses.
Well, I was wanting to do something with my pantry door.
My first thought was a red screen door.
But I'd have to keep the pantry neat and tidy all the time.
And I KNOW that wouldn't happen.

So, I taped around the area I wanted to paint.
Caution, the chalkboard paint in the can is very-very thin.
I applied 5 layers directly on the door.
Then hubby painted and cut the molding strips
to frame it out.

I had to do something this week to keep my mind off my troubles!

I think I will put my Chocolate Chip Cookie
recipe on it for now.
I can always wipe it off and start again.

I did do a practice piece and the markers
are so smooth and easy to work with.
I purchased my markers at Michaels
with my half off JoAnn's coupon.

Do these canisters look familiar?
I found this red glass cutting board at the
Lange Outlet store last winter.
Perfect with my red tops!

Here's a few of my new cookbooks.
Two of the books are from my high school girlfriend Shirley.
The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen &
Susan Branch's Girlfriends Forever
signed and autographed!
Plus my favorite The Apron Book.
Oh, and don't forget
Old Time Farmhouse Cooking and
The Lost Art of Pie Making.

Here's were my sweet little red & white apron hangs.
Strictly for looks (it doesn't fit).

Well, this will be my last post for a week or so.
Tomorrow is the BIG day.
Just waiting for the hospital to call with the time.
(Hospital called, have to be there at 5:45 a.m.)
The laundry is done and my bag is packed.
Threw in a few magazines just in case and my MP3 player.

I want to thank everyone who is praying for me and my family.
The messages of support that you sent mean so much to us.
My husband "doesn't get" this blog thing
and was truly amazed at all the emails I've received.

Here is the prayer that sweet sweet Polly from Counting Your Blessings sent:

Oh Father, hold her in your hands.
Allow your Spirit to fill her with comfort and calm.
We know that you love her and her family.
We know that your plan for her life is for good and for a future (Jer 29:11).
Allow her to rest this week and gain strength.
Give her health and joy and more of you! In your name we ask.

I've printed if off and read it every time fear starts to creep in my heart.
God Bless.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I Need Your Prayers......

I had a heart attack!

Hard to believe.
Last Saturday I awoke around 4 a.m.
to a feeling of pressure in the middle of my chest.
Like someone was holding a 10 lb weight on me.
Indigestion from the previous night's dinner I thought.
I got up, took some medicine, and tried to go back to sleep.
Didn't work.
By mid morning my left arm felt "weird".
No shooting pains. No sweats. No nausea.
In fact, I went into my studio and loaded a quilt!
But, by 10 or so I "just knew" something wasn't right.
Mike said enough was enough and off we went.

I told the ER Doc that I was sure it was something I ate.
And he said he was sure it wasn't.
They ran some tests and decided to admit me.
My enzyme levels were up and that wasn't good.
First thing Monday morning they performed a
diagnostic catherzation.
After which they decided I need open heart by pass surgery.
How scary does that sound?
I'm petrified!

My Uncle came and took Aunt Polly back to Michigan for a few months.
Time for me to recover.
I'm suppose to stay stress free, and rest.

I have the best customers in the world!
I called and spoke with a few and they are
so understanding about the delay.
My quilting "sista's" are just a phone call away if I need help.
My sister, Robin, will be coming to visit
and I'll get to be the "bossy"older sister AGAIN...
just like the good old days.

My 2 sons and their families are coming to spend the today.

I need some Grandma kisses!

So please, please, add me and my family to your prayer list and

Keep me in your thoughts on Thursday.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Oh my, oh my, we just finished dinner.
And it was as delicious the second time around as the first.
I'm sure you've all been to visit Ruthann at
Warm Pie, Happy Home.
I made her
and it was a BIG hit!
I even baked cornbread.
After all, what could be more "hillbilly"?

Ruthann has an incredible new site called
Head on over and say Howdy
and join the "sisterhood"!

I've been redecorating my blog.
Notice my new navagation bar on top?
And the cute little sewing machine by my
web address in your browser bar?
All installed by Joanna at
Hurry on over.
She's having a Spring Special!

I didn't have the heart to take weather pictures for you today.
It's the same old story.
Cold, snowy & windy.
So much for my Easter bonnet.
More like a stocking cap.

Isn't this cherry quilt just so darn cute?
So summery looking.
Lucky it's heading West.
To warmer weather.

Stay safe and warm.
Talk to ya again soon.