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This is the day that the Lord hath made….


 “We will rejoice and be glad in it…..”

At least I am.  I have been feeling better so I’ve had this song in my head all day.

I have not been feeling well for quite a while.  I’ve had 5 migraines this month so I am really glad to be pain free at the moment.  I went to the doctor today with my list ready.  I even put my name at the top so she can put it in my file or on her refrigerator LOL  I didn’t want to forget anything and wanted to make sure she understood this was a list of “concerns” and not just a bunch of brush-under-the-rug stuff.  I wanted her attention and I got it.   Doctor’s do love it when you come prepared and I was this time.  We are going to try some new medication and all in all I just feel better getting all my worries out.  I also took her a handmade washcloth with a cute little tag.  She loved it and that put her in a good mood.  I have been feeling so frustrated lately and feeling like I’m not being listened too.  I think it is just that no one knows what to do or how to help me.  It must be frustrating for both she and I.  Anyway, I think this new approach helped and we both left smiling.  Smiles make people feel better when nothing else can.

I went from there to pick up my son Riley from High School.  He usually takes the bus but today we had a date to get our teeth cleaned and then another one to get them dirty again.  I like to schedule our dentist appointments at the same time because while they are cleaning my teeth I can listen to the dentist talking to him as well.  Riley has SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder.  He is one of those people who can’t stand the seam on the inside of his socks so he wears them inside-out.  He is very sensitive to light and gets headaches.  He doesn’t like normal food.  His diet is pretty much meat and cheese….. and not just any meat or cheese.  It has to be certain stuff.  No slices of kraft American cheese….. he wants the real stuff.  And no spam LOL  He is extremely ticklish so has a very difficult time getting a haircut.  He has actually been seeing the same lady since he was 3 years old because she is magic.  Oh, and Riley has super sonic hearing and gets distracted in school because the clock ticks to loud.  The doctor that checked his hearing said he believes he really can.  So all of this makes one very fussy and challenging for a dental hygienist LOL   He may be 16 but I keep him close to me.

I also like to keep close in general and be “in the know” on Riley so we often have lunch or ice cream dates.  After we got out of the dentist, and Riley watching the time to know when he could eat or drink, we went to Bruegger’s Bagels.  Riley loves that place.  This is when Riley starts to tell me about the teacher he doesn’t like and how everyone is “dumb” or “stupid”….how girls make “walls” and block the whole hall.  He also talked about a family friend that is one of his teachers this year and how he thinks that is cool.  He hopes to get him in another class next year.

As we were leaving there was a man asking for change.  He said “Please……please” and the sadness in his voice really cut right to my heart.  I dug into my purse and gave him a hand full of change.  He said “Oh thank you, thank you so much!”  When I got in the car Riley said he was surprised I gave him any money.  He wondered why I gave that man money when I usually never do.  For one thing it was the sad, pleading voice but he was also not drunk.  He didn’t smell like alcohol, wasn’t slurring or stumbling.  He was standing in front of a place that sells food.  If I had more time I would have gone in and bought him something to eat but my husband was waiting for me.  I did give him enough in quarters that he could get a sandwich at that place so I do hope he used it for that.  Riley usually sees me drive by the people with signs near the grocery store and I never give them money because I’ve seen them before.  They are usually stumbling drunk and when I’ve offered them food instead I got cursed at.  Money is not what they need.  Riley said that while he was sitting in the car waiting for me a lady came out of the hair salon.  That man asked her for change and she yelled “get away from me” several times and ran off.  Riley said he was glad that I helped him and wasn’t like that lady.  He said he wished he could help him more but wasn’t sure how.  He is such a deep thinker and kind-hearted soul.  I’m proud of him….. even if the dentist isn’t.

Georgia Adventures


I went to stay with my dad and step mother Penny for a full month in June.  I took my son Riley with me to help if needed while travelling.  I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it through all those flights with my carry on bag if I didn’t have any help.  Riley carried his bag and mine too.  We had a pretty good visit but it did get boring at times and my poor Riley was unplugged.  I feel so bad for teenagers these days that don’t appreciate the outdoors as much as kids used to.  I was always outside when I was a kid and loved it.  I loved my bike!  So I think it was good for Riley to get outside and see things like frogs, snakes, snapping turtles and all kinds of bugs and birds he doesn’t see in Fairbanks, Alaska.

I did a lot of genealogy research while I was there.  Mainly we went to grave yards and took photos so I’d have the dates. I listened to story after story my dad told and tried to steer him to talk about things besides hunting.  It was interesting to learn about the girl my dad was engaged to before my mom.

We went to this one graveyard and my dad saw a frog and caught it.  He handed it to me and it got away.  I caught it again and it got away three times and finally I walked over and handed it to Riley.  He is an inside boy so was a little freaked out.  He finally took it though and it jumped away.  Of course he didn’t know how to catch a frog so I caught it again  for him.  He really enjoyed checking it out.  Later when I was finished taking pictures of the graves I asked him about the frog and he said he let it go.  He was worried about the frog’s well-being though because it went under grandpa’s car.  I am sure it moved on before we needed to drive away.

I told my dad that I wanted to see a snake since I’d never seen one in person before.  My dad is one of those wild, crazy people that sees something dangerous and goes and catches it and sometimes eats it.  He has caught snakes and alligators and of course numerous bears.  When I got there I looked everywhere I went for snakes and it seemed like there was none.  Finally, I was woke up rather abruptly one morning by Penny telling me my dad had a snake to show me.  It was a very small white oak snake.  I am sure it wasn’t even 18 inches long and no thicker than a quarter in the middle.  He showed me how to hold it by the head to keep it from biting me.  I know I’m a tom-boy but I thought it was pretty.  Its head was light grey and I just loved the colors of its body – grey, tan and white.  He found a huge one later though and I think it was too strong for me to even think of holding it.  My super cool nephew, Wyatt, that I FINALLY got to meet now that he is 12, held that snake and I just felt it up and posed for pictures with them.  Later I saw what my dad says was a king snake.  It was black with thin white lines and when I turned my head for just a second to say something to my dad it was gone when I looked back.  My dad said king snakes are very fast and don’t like people. Penny doesn’t like them either and started yelling at my dad to kill it…and make SURE it’s dead.  It was a good thing it was long gone.  Penny doesn’t like frogs either.  We found out just how much when one jumped on her hehe

While my brother Emmett was there (with his wife and two kids Chloe and Wyatt) we saw a snapping turtle.  Chloe and I tormented the poor thing with a stick in front of its nose to get it to snap while the other’s took pictures of us.  We were nice though and put it on the other side of the road since my brother said it was headed that way to a pond.  We saved it some lumbering time.

When Penny heard that neither Riley or I had ever been to a beach she called her daughter who has a house in Carrabelle, Florida.  She drove us to St. George Island.  We had a great time and I have a pile of sea shells and some great pictures from the trip.  It rained all that night and the next day and so we didn’t get to go again.  I would have been content to stay there on the beach for the rest of my life.  I thought it was really neat to think that I was born not far from there in Newport Richey Florida.  I went into this neat little store and bought a shirt for for Riley and I and some other neat stuff made with shells.  Of course I got a trinket box for my box collection.  I also bought a cute choker necklace that would actually choke me if I tried to put it on.  I need to put my neck on a diet.  I also bought myself one of those cute little license plates with my name on it because I WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN FLORIDA!  Isn’t that cool?

Anyway I will post some pictures later.

It was so so so good to get back home and I’ve been crocheting dishcloths.  I’ve already made several.

I also started a blog that is dedicated to crafting.  So that is where I will post the free patterns I find and want to share.  It is called Creative Aspirations after my etsy store.  I usually use free patterns and sometimes make changes to them but I don’t like to be stingy.  I like crafters who share and are good to other crafters.  So if you see something in my store and you could make it yourself, you can just check my blog and see if I’ve posted the pattern.  That will also help me to keep this blog for the topics I planned it for.  I’ll still post pictures of things I make occasionally though.  These are the dishcloths I’ve been making.


You are my Sonshine


“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.  ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

I know I have already said I was thankful for my strong boys that help me around the house but I wanted to say it again.  My boys are my world and I am so thankful for them.  They are so similar but different in so many ways and they compliment each other and together make a perfect team.  My boys always loved each other and never fought much.  If one of them did something to the other and I went in to investigate the noise they would lie to protect each other.  One time I heard a loud slap and then a scream and I knew one of them slapped the other but even though one had a bright red hand print on his face he lied and said his brother didn’t hit him.  A few minutes later I heard a quiet apology and  then they were buddies again.

My oldest (not quite 3 years older) potty trained the younger one when I was at my wits end.  Whenever I was frustrated big brother would step in and everything would be just fine.

My youngest loved his big brother so much that for a really long time I couldn’t convince him that he could be himself.  He would emulate his brother or he wouldn’t try things because he couldn’t be as good as his brother.  After what seemed like forever I started to pull a little of the specialness out of the younger one.  The teachers at school were really helpful at bragging about his artwork and other special talents.

Sometimes I wish I had a time machine so I could go back in time and hold my babies again, chase my toddlers, and paint with my elementary ages kids.

They are both bigger than I am now and seem to do more for me than I do for them.  They both enjoy cooking so they like to make dinner for me.  I miss making them chicken nuggets  and macaroni and cheese.

Now my oldest is 18 and in his first year of college and my youngest is 15 and just starting high school.


I used to work with a wonderful lady that had a teen-aged boy with cancer.  We had a fundraiser for him once so she could have enough money for the family to all fly down and be with him during treatment.  I haven’t worked there for over a year and lost touch with her.  I have been hoping and praying that he was okay but I found out that this young man died last December.  This breaks my heart knowing that this beautiful mother is without her son that I know she loved so much.  She just started a Make-A-Wish Fundraiser in his name because he got a wish and wanted other’s to get one too.  Visit Zane’s Ride to learn more about Zane and his wish.

I know Zane is no longer dealing with the pain and frustration of the cancer that took over his body but I also know the pain a mother must feel to not be able to hug her child and watch him get older, get married, and have children.   I haven’t been in her shoes but I know how I would feel.  This is the strongest women I have ever met who continued to work and supervise a department of the hospital while her son was sick.  She doesn’t deserve to lose her son.  My heart goes out to her.

Journaling and another “love note”


I made another love note during the night and left it for my husband to find.  He really liked the first one and actually thanked me twice!  Little does he know he’ll be getting 12 more!  LOL

This time I was reflecting how he has stuck by my side though some really rough times for me.  I know it isn’t easy for him.  I’ve read stories or seen things on TV about how someone gets sick with cancer or other major illness and their loved ones leave them because it is too much to handle.  I was thinking about how lucky I am to have someone who is committed like he is.  He is amazing.  I decided to make another scroll with a quote from a book I know he loves – Lord of the Rings.

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

To see more details on how I made this check out my blog post The Making of a Love Note.  This time I used a cream/tan colored parchment heavy cardstock.  I wrote the quote in brown and used the brown stamp pad to distress the edges and then I also added some gold to the edges using a stamp pad.  If you put the cardstock face down on the stamp pad and press in a few random areas with your fingers (making sure to keep the edges of the stamp pad from touching because it will leave a line) it leaves neat looking blotches that make the paper look older.  Use two different colored stamp pads to give it extra character – like two shades of brown – as long as it’s not too dark to still use the paper to write on. . I did the back too since that is what shows when it is rolled up.    I used a small stamping up tag punch to make a tag with his name so there is not doubt who it’s for.  I did that for the last one too.  It occurred to me that he might just assume it was something of mine and not even look at it.  I’m glad I thought of that in time.  I actually put some gold on the wooden handles too so it looks a little more like a royal scroll.  He actually just called me to tell me thanks :O)

On another note: I think the medication change is helping some.  I feel somewhat better pain-wise but I also feel a little out of it.  It’s only been two days though so maybe things will even out.   I sure hope so.  I don’t want to be a space cadet all the time.

I’ve been working on my journal for 2012 that I’m combining with the SOAR journal class at Just Be Yourself.  I’m doing loose pages and using loose binder rings to join them.  It looks a little funny right now because there are so few pages and the rings are so big.  I haven’t made the cover yet.  I’m also planning to add some printed art from the SOAR class but I can’t print right now since my printer is out of ink.  I’ve left some blank areas to add some of those things though.  I found an old journal that has lined paper with a pretty lime green edge on the outside edge.  I didn’t use it much for a journal since the cover isn’t something I want to be seen with LOL  It has this big frog with long eyelashes that have rhinestones on the tips and big pink kissy lips!  My teen-aged sons can’t even stand to be in the same room with it.  They always turned it face down LOL  The paper is perforated though and just slightly shorter than one of my journal pages so I’m going to use that paper for the actual writing.

Since January is over now I just scanned my blog entries for the whole month and then summarized the more important things.  I was surprised that I wrote as much as I did!  I had to glue two pages together because the pen I used bled through but that will make them sturdier too.  Now I’m going to start writing a journal entry for lesson 1 of the SOAR class.  I want to go through the first 4 classes quickly and get caught up with everyone else.  I don’t have to though since I know anyone can join at any time.

My oldest son, Jared, who is a senior this year said he missed the bus again.  I’m starting to think he is just planning some extra days off from school since he already did that once.  Both times he said he was watching for the bus and they didn’t come.  The last time I called the bus company and they radioed the bus driver.  He said he was at that stop right on time and gave the exact minute he was there.  This time I told my son BS!  I called him a cab.  They are going to call me when he gets there and my husband and I are going to have a pow-wow with him when he gets home from school.

My younger son, Riley, is actually doing better in school now.  My husband made sure to brag to me that some of his grades are close to A’s now.  He wants to make sure Riley doesn’t just hear negative stuff.  He actually had a pretty good talk with Riley about how he is always beating himself up about not being as good at things as his brother.  Jared is really smart – book smart – reads at an advanced level and remembers everything so he never has to study.  He’s always been in gifted and talented classes gets to do more fun things that Riley can’t because he didn’t test high enough.  Riley has to work harder to get good grades but his dad told him that he could actually do better in school than his brother because it doesn’t matter how smart you are if you don’t put in the time and effort.  Riley grades have continued to go up since then and he told his grandmother he was going to catch up with his brother in school.  Although I don’t really like them being pitted against each other I think this is a good thing for Riley’s ego.  Riley is much more motivated now.  He has gone from failing to almost honor roll!

Breaking out


Today I got out of the house finally!  That might not seem like a big deal but to me it is.  I am constantly dealing with pain during the winter time and getting cold always makes it worse.  It warmed up some though and I really had a bad case of cabin fever.  I told my husband I wanted to go somewhere but I didn’t care where.  I just needed to get out!  We went to McDonald’s first and that was great.  I mainly only like the french fries but I had these new chicken… well it’s like popcorn chicken.  I also had a mocha and it was the best mocha I’ve had in a really long time.  Yeah, it was the only one I’ve had in a really long time too.

Incoming! on 365 Project


After that we went to Value Village where I looked all over the whole store but didn’t buy anything but books!  A friend turned me on to Clive Cussler and now I’m addicted.  I had already bought a bunch of his books.  I have a notebook of all the books I want and check them off when I get them.  That keeps me from buying it multiple times which I have done several times before.  Ol’ Clive has several different series so I listed them all down by series and in order.  I was really hoping to find the last two books in the Issac Bell series.  There are only 4 and I’m on the second one.  Well I found a bunch of other books I didn’t have but not the two I was looking for.  Some of them were really old so I got them pretty cheap.  After that we went to two more book stores but still didn’t find the books I was after.  Then we went shopping and I ended up buying the next book new.  I hate buying books new since I don’t keep them after I read them.  So I ended up getting 10 books for $29.  Not too bad for the money…… it is however, bad for my resolution I made to not buy any more books.  I’m supposed to be reading the books I have and getting rid of them.  I guess I can’t help it.  HELLO, MY NAME IS DONNA AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC

While we were out we saw a RAINBOW.  I couldn’t believe it.  It is 10 below F and just as we were making a turn we could see behind this smoke billowing up the end of a rainbow.  We never did see the other end and of course I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  Bummer.  It was really pretty out and not too cold although I still would like it to be warmer by about 90 degrees.

My youngest son Riley, the 15 year old, and his dad didn’t fair well today.  My husband stepped into his room before we left to ask him what size shoes he needed.  Riley smarted off to him I guess and was very disrespectful.  He was cocky because he just had a birthday and he was playing his games and wearing his new clothes his grandma sent him.  He didn’t think his dad could LEGALLY take away things that he was given for birthday’s and Christmas’s.  He actually threatened to call the police.  My husband told him he knew some of them and played cards with them.  Riley didn’t think that was funny.  He ended up swearing at his dad.  He said some things that made ME want to duck.  I have to say, my husband is a heck of a man to not have beat him to death.  He didn’t even touch him because he was afraid he was too angry.  He did take away everything even remotely fun that was in his room.  Every video game and the systems that run them.  He took the shopping bags from out groceries and loaded them up.  Riley is still moping in his room.  He went outside for a while which he expected to get us upset.  He’s done that before but when it was much colder.  This time I didn’t bite.  I could tell he was right outside by Blue’s perked up ears.  She does that when she can hear people walking in the yard.  I would bet, if I had any money, that after a few days he will start cleaning up everything and being extra nice in the hopes that he can get his stuff back early.  That won’t work though after what he said to his dad.

Anyway, I almost forgot to post my ATC cards that are for the ladybug swap.  The first one is the one I just did with colored pencils and watercolor Inktense pencils and the second one I did last September with colored pencils.