Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A New Christmas Me

I love to be organized but rarely am.  Christmas always comes so fast.  I think I enjoy the day-to-day too much to stop and lay out a plan and prepare.  With the help of digital scrapbooking though, I do have to toot my horn over the fact I actually mailed out Christmas cards to family this year for the first time in quite a few years.  It gave me a ridiculous sense of pleasure to have accomplished that. LOL

We have been enjoying an early Christmas present.  We finally got a Wii.  Because our last name starts with Z we named it the Zii Wii. LOL I had been hearing the kids play, but I had never played it myself.  One night recently I tried it for the first time and now I am hooked!  I think it is so fun, and we had a fantastic, very blessed time as a family, bowling, tennis, golf, etc.  One thing about me...I don't appear to be competitive.  The truth is though, I am a closet competitor.  I love to win. wink Jack loves to golf in real life so we have had some interesting games. LOL The bottom line is that this has been very good for our family and very good for me.  I am sure I am using muscles I haven't used in over a decade.

In other news, last Saturday was a cozy holiday snowy kind of feeling day.  The kids had always wanted to see what I would look like with straight hair so that was our indoor entertainment for the afternoon.  Having been ultra-curly my whole life, I really was quite amazed and so were they.  They feel like they have a new mama. wink Not sure how long or often I will keep it straight, but it is a fun adventure.
 Christmas me

Here is one of me and Molly.
Pam & Molly

Has it just been ridiculously cold where you live?  It has been hard to believe.  And yet, Jack read that we were -11°F last year one day in December, which I had not remembered.  It's just been so consistently cold though which is making winter feel long before its time and it isn't even Christmas yet.  Perhaps though it will keep the stomach flu germs at a minimum and I'm all for that!

Well, I should go plan. wink There is a lot to do in these remaining days.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thank You and Thankfulness

First of all, thank you all so much for the sweet words you've left about the blog redo and the scrapbooking header!  Truly, I'm with you...because I'm just in awe of Shabby Miss Jenn's wonderful scrapbooking kits and supplies.  I have lots of scrapbooking artists I enjoy, particularly whimsical kits and bright colors, but Shabby Miss Jenn designs, almost no matter the theme are must haves for me.  She has a very special quality about her kits which really sets her apart in a beautiful way.  Every time a sale rolls around, and they are frequent, I'm there fighting with myself and justifying this and that. wink  As was the case when I realized how utterly easy coming up with a Christmas card would be if one were to use these beautiful kit elements.  How fun.  I really enjoyed putting it together, and it was a great pleasure to share it with you.  She has a beautiful little mini kit featured at the moment on Digital Artist Magazine on Day Three of their Seven Day Giveaway.  There are several scrapbooking stores, such as Weeds and Wildflowers, sharing daily advent-like gifts during the holidays.

Oh, I realize not having blogged regularly there are so many things I won't even remember to blog about.  I guess one just picks up where you are at the moment.  One thing that stands out, a blessing to share.  I went recently for my glaucoma eye check as I do twice yearly when things are stable.  One of those two visits I take a visual field test which detects any change in my sight.  Though there is initial damage from before I realized I had glaucoma, it has remained unchanged in the last ten years which is wonderful.  This last visit my pressures were the same in both eyes and the lowest number I think I have ever had, so that was quite a lovely thing to hear.  But the real blessing comes in this, my analysis as I thought back in time.  Awhile back there was a space of about two years or a bit less which seemed to yield only disheartening news each visit and there were lots of visits then.  I had laser surgery in one eye but it made no difference which was really disappointing.  At that point I had thought laser surgery was in my future.  I suddenly found it was already in my past.  With some hemorrhaging in one eye, which meant it was not happy with the pressure, there was always the threat of surgery.  Things eventually evened out as I tried a new drop called Lumigan which I had not really wanted to use as it has a tendency to make your eyes look a little raccoon-y and darker, not in a flattering way but rather more sinister. Eye-rolling Still, this additional drop has worked wonderfully for me, and I am thankful that it is buying me time.  My goal is to try and avoid cutting surgery which will forever alter my eyes and still not bring any guarantees.  But.  The blessing.  I wondered why I needed to have that bad patch of time.  Looking back I see that it was what changed the doctor/patient relationship I now have with my doctor.  I'm a rather stoic person, especially when it comes to medical visits.  So the vulnerability I felt during this time caused me to open up and tell him that he would probably never know how I truly felt inside as he dispensed bad news.  He said it was good for him to know that, and in subsequent visits his hello went from a formal Mrs. to Pamela and then to Pam. smile Trusting your doctor with your disease, feeling comfortable, and knowing that you are not just a patient is so important and a true blessing for me.  I now understand more and appreciate what those hard times accomplished.

Well, I just wanted to share that, because I am thankful.  I'll blog more another time. Wave

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmastime Blog Redo

I just wanted to post a quick note as I change my blog graphics for Christmas.  Sadly, I realized the summer posies had to go! LOL I've been working on our Christmas card so I'm trying it out on you. not one care

I also wanted to say if you have emailed me please accept my apologies for not replying yet.  I am slow lately and besides that, Jack and I are on an at-home vacation this week trying to accomplish some things around the house.

Take care this week and I will update soon. Wave