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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

On a really cold morning I caught this glowing sunrise.  It really warmed up my day.

On a really cold morning I caught this glowing sunrise. It really warmed up my day.

Look beyond the cold and see the beauty around you.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Tuesday, ‎December ‎18, ‎2012, ‏‎10:34:06 AM

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise


Share a picture which means SURPRISE to you!

Surprise!  Your pedicure is over!

I decided to treat myself to a pedicure and manicure just before Christmas.  I had saved up money so I could have a nice relaxing…. peaceful…………blissful………………. time at the spa.  While I’m sitting there with my feet soaking in wonderful smelling water and loving the massage chair these firemen came and said we needed to get out immediately.  ERRRRG  The person doing my pedicure tried to quickly dry off my feet but they still felt wet when I slipped them into my boots to go outside in the 40 below weather.

I was determined to get my nails done though so I sat at the parking lot across the street and read a book until everything was determined safe and then I went back.  Turned out something was too close to a furnace and was melting but there was no actual fire.  Apparently it was big news in Fairbanks though because I watched as Channel 11 news showed up and interviewed people.  A poor soul that I’m assuming worked for the newspaper was out there taking pictures at 40 below too.  I, however, was nice and toasty in my car – thawing out my wet feet.

As soon as the coast was clear I went back and they really gave me the royal treatment since my relaxing pedicure was interrupted.  Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……….

So now my nails (all 20 of them) are smooth and polished a sparkly red!

I had a few more surprises too.  Before I woke up on Christmas Eve a gift was dropped off for me but I don’t know who it was from.  There was this cute little felt bag with snowflakes on it.


Inside the little bag was another present – A pretty necklace with a snowflake inside!  I love the pretty blue stone!


There was also another gift wrapped in tissue paper which turned out to be the cutest platter of flower shaped rice crispy treats with frosting stems on a cute platter. IMG_0168


Oh, and last but not least, I received a surprise package from my sister that contained lots of edible goodies and the coolest socks.  There were 4 pair but these are the ones I chose to wear for Christmas Day.

Cool socks!

A Day to Smile


My husband got off work early today since he had to work on Sunday.  He left at noon to come pick me up and take me to pick up my prescription.  I was right about that too.  They now require all narcotic prescriptions to be picked up in person and you have to show ID.  She said some prescriptions are not as easy as mine.  Mine is a patch but for some drugs she said the nurse has to come out and give it to you and you might have to do a random UA.  GREAT.  I guess too many people are just selling the drugs so they have to make sure it’s in your system.  My doctor said at my next visit I have to have labs drawn so that is probably how they’ll check me.  I really detest needles.  As soon as I see the needle I squint my eyes and get all tense and the nurse usually barks “relax”…like yelling at me is going to help.  Yeah, give me a big knife or a GUN and I’ll relax.  That way I can retaliate when they hurt me.  Especially with IV’s.  Some of the nurses are REALLY bad and stick me multiple times.  Anyway, I got a patch on as soon as I could and I’m STILL waiting for it to take effect.  I have been without it for 5 days!  At least it wasn’t that cold out but I still feel achy from the cold.

We had a great lunch at the Thai House.  We both order the same thing every time.  I don’t go as often anymore but my husband goes pretty often with people from work.  They don’t even ask him what he wants anymore.  They took my order and then said “spicy or no spicy?” and then to my husband, “Heineken, or you work?  I thought that was cute.  Those ladies have been there for a long time.  They are the same ladies that worked there when I worked at the bank nearby.

Thai Food on 365 Project

When I got home I was really aching so I couldn’t concentrate enough to read.  I decided to make another ladybug card since the stuff was still stacked on the counter.  That is the nice thing about painting……  you can just play and that doesn’t take much concentration. I have been looking at various styles of art lately and I saw some pointillism and I saw a watercolor painting where they sprayed it with water to blur the colors and make it look like it was raining.  I really liked that last one because it did look like it was raining AND it actually blurred parts of the picture which, if you think about it, is actually how it is.  You can’t see as well when clouded over and pouring rain.  So I made my “Rainy Day Ladybug” by using a little of both techniques.  It was fun to relax and just play.  I used my inktense pencils and the rate I’m going I’m going to use them up pretty fast.  I really love the rich colors.

So now I have three ladybug cards and the swap was for two.  Then my husband told me I had some mail.  I figured it was just junk mail but there was actually some goodies!  I got a newsletter from Debbie Macomber.  Even if I don’t read all of her books I just love seeing her cheerful face and reading what she’s up to.  I also got a new catalog/newsletter from Handy Hands which is where I buy my tatting threads.  The newsletter comes with a free pattern.  And then I saw this bright pink envelope.  It was the ATC cards from my swap partner!  I opened it up and there was this cute card and 3 ATC cards!  So that means I can send her three too!  Now I’m really anxious to get mine in the mail to her.  These are really cute!  The last one has a little patch of fabric sewn on and the ladybug is painted on the fabric.

Well the NaBloPoMo Prompt for today is

What have you recently started that you know you’ll finish?

That would be my crocheted Wool-eater blanket.  I’ve added a few more rows and I’m trying to get it finished by the end of the month so I can have it ready to be donated to a child in the Pediatric Department of the hospital.   It’s a Project Linus blanket.  I haven’t worked on it much today but I’ll be feeling better tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll get a lot done in the next few days.

Lazy Sunday


I woke up really late today feeling like I was 90.  My whole body hurt and I have a sore throat.  You should feel sorry for me.  My back was really hurting and I think it was from laying in bed too long so I took something and stretched my back, did a very slow 25 minutes on the stationary bike while I tried to concentrate on reading… read maybe a paragraph, then I stretched a little.  I don’t know how much it helped and how much the drugs kicking in helped but I suspect it was more the drugs than anything.

Anyway, I was trying to crochet when my husband came home from work.  I was going to cook a pizza today but my husband did it instead since I wasn’t feeling well.  The pizza was so good!  Yum.  Riley is still moping from yesterday and even though we had some yummy pizza he wouldn’t come out.  He is very mad at his dad.  Oh well..  A little later he finally came out and got some.

Here is my picture for my 365 Project.  It is an oil painting I did when I was about 15 or so.  I found it at my mom’s house when we went down for the funeral.

Art on 365 Project


Well tomorrow should be better.  I found out my prescription did get done but for some reason they didn’t fax it to my pharmacy and it’s at the clinic for me to pick up.  Of course I didn’t find that out until they were closed.  Tomorrow my husband is going to pick me up so we can go pick it up and get it filled.  He said we could also go to the Thai House for lunch!  YUM!  My favorite!

It’s Friday


I haven’t been feeling well but I’ve been trying to fix that. I decided to pamper myself today. That always makes me feel better. Today was a day for my tough guns though since this is the 2nd day with no pain patch. It was my own fault though for not paying attention and letting my prescription run out. It wasn’t done today though so now I’m thinking I have to wait all weekend. It’s a good thing I have some left over medicine from a surgery or I’d be sitting in their laps. I used my favorite nail polish and painted my toes which for some reason seem to keep getting further and further away. I’m exhausted.

Pampering myself on 365 Project

I know, I have big feet don’t I?  But isn’t that a beautiful color of polish?  I didn’t actually paint my finger nails because then I wouldn’t be able to read or crochet until they dry.  I wouldn’t  be able to pet my sweet puppy either and that would be so sad.

Blue relaxing in my lap and nudging my hand every time I try to type.

I did work on the wool eater blanket a little but not as much as I’d like.  My hands are really achy.  I have spent a lot of time on pinterest and browsing the internet for more things to pin.

The NaBloPoMo Prompt for today is..

Which do you enjoy more – the start of a book or the end?  The middle.  Not all books but I’d say most start off slow….  “On a dark and stormy night”….  Anyway, sometimes I can’t seem to really get into a book until until a chapter or two in.  The middle is where is gets exciting!  That’s the meat of the story you know?  The ending is always sad to me because, unless it’s a series, that is the END….  And endings are sad.  That’s when I start wondering what happened to so’n so and what about the creepy dude that wasn’t actually the killer? Isn’t someone going to do something about him too???    What about that matchbook left on the table that was a clue to where to find the bad guy’s location?  Isn’t someone going to put those away before a kid burns down the whole place? You know, all of those millions of questions I always have.

Okay, I think I’m going to go get my watercolor pencils out and make some ATC cards.  I’m doing a swap with a group and we are doing ladybugs.  I have a idea brewing so I better get moving.