Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sharing Scrapbooking Goodness . . .

before it’s too late.

Almost a year ago, I was happy to find myself privy to a So You Think You Can Design contest at one of the scrapbooking forums/stores. That is where I found Megan Turnidge. I love her fresh designs and her use of color, colors I would pick and like to use. You might have seen her store blinkie in my sidebar. She is retiring as of tomorrow morning, Monday the 25th. I should have posted this sooner. But just in case you are interested, run over there. Her products are 50-80% off and will never be available again. Run! LOL

Here are two samples that I love, Love Notes and Funky Love.

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I will post again soon. smile

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I’m Still Yours

I have been trying to think of what to say. It has been a fast week full of lots of horrible moments (not the least of which was burying Baylen), lots of tears and awful sadness, but also a lot of discussion and seeing the bigger picture and being lifted up by the prayers of friends and family for which we have been so thankful. It’s crazy when you pass through a point in time where it just seems like there is just one heavy thing right after another, sometimes as was our case last week, right on top of each other. Also, I’m not sure if we are any closer to finding out what is going on with Molly. She had the test last Monday that we hoped would show something definitive. It did not. The results were normal. That might be a good thing, we’ll have to see. We are seeing the stomach doctor again tomorrow. I’m ready for some good news, or at least a plan of action, for Molly’s sake. My heart has been aching on behalf of my children.

Molly shared a song with me this morning that I wanted to share with you.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Joy and Sorrow Mixed

I wanted to post a little update about Molly, but it might be a bit before I post again. We experienced a particular joy this week, something that was a long time coming, but the sweetness of that was greatly overshadowed by a tragedy. Sam’s horse died yesterday. This was a big old strong softy of a horse that Sam loved to absolute distraction. He took care of him morning and night and spent lots of time with him, so it is very hard for us to witness Sam’s pain along with our own. Baylen died a really traumatic death and suffered a lot, so it still feels really raw yet.

Very shortly after this happened, Jack and I went with Molly to talk to the stomach doctor. He does think it is Molly’s gall bladder. She is having another test on Monday to make a better determination but probably will be having gall bladder surgery before long.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Summer Peach Bread

I’ve been on the lookout for a new recipe, something scrumptious to bake up to bring to church on Sunday morning for coffee time. I found it LOL in my Summer in the Country Gooseberry Patch cookbook. I used frozen peaches but the creator of the recipe said fresh, frozen, or canned work perfectly. And I added about a half cup or less of chopped slivered almonds. The flavorings in this bread and the glaze recipe — which I will now be adding to almost anything I make wink — are absolutely divine.

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Last Hurrah of Summer Peach Bread

3 cups flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons almond extract
1 – 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 to 4 cups peaches, pitted,
1 teaspoon baking soda               peeled and chopped
4 eggs, beaten 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup oil  
 
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl; mix well. Add eggs and oil; stir just until moistened. Stir in extracts, peaches and nuts, if using. Spread into 2 greased 9” x 5” or four, 7” x 4” loaf pans. For regular pans, bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. For small pans, bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted near center. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pans. Pour glaze over warm loaves. Cool completely. Wrap in wax paper and then aluminum foil. Makes 2 regular or 4 small loaves.

Glaze:

1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk 2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract  

Mix all ingredients to make a thin spreadable glaze.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Small Update

Thank you all so much for your caring and for your prayers for the kids. I meant to update sooner. These days seem to go by so quickly. The phone is ringing, ringing with results and more results, negatives and positives. wink Thankfully we’ve made a little headway. It turned out that the aching joints and swelling and the rash were from strep. In all the years with the kids growing up, we never had strep so I am not well-versed in these symptoms. Bad Mom! Jacob did get strep last year, but his symptoms then were much different, like a bad flu. Well, that is neither here nor there. At least we found out, and they are being treated.

Molly still is not feeling well daily, mostly just the nausea or stomach pain. Otherwise she feels healthy, but I am sure it takes its toll. She is finding it hard to concentrate and to write, and I know that is frustrating to her. BUT. We have an appointment with a specialist next week. So I just PRAY we will finally get some answers. After six months of this she will never ever take lack of stomach problems for granted again. Trials are hard, especially ongoing or lengthy ones, but they do yield a certain benefit.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Throwing Up My Hands

and walking away. Oh, wait. You can’t when you’re a mother. Well, you can, but I won’t. It’s just a feeling that subsides after you have your moments.

Molly was tested for Lyme Disease, as I said. Her test came back negative. I gather it is very common for them to come back negative, so I feel we don’t know anything definitive on that end. In the mean time, Jacob also is suffering with extreme joint pain, a bit of swelling, and the same rash Molly had. It seemed odd that they would both exhibit symptoms of Lyme at the same time. Still? So we had Jacob tested too and still have not heard back about that. At the time of his testing, the same doctor examined Molly too. He was of the opinion that her stomach problems are being caused by her gall bladder. We had that same feeling of relief. So that’s what it is! So she went for an ultrasound this morning. They called with results about an hour after she got home, and they feel there wasn’t anything there to make them think it is her gall bladder. So, we are back at square one again. It seems easy and neat all typed up this way, but after things wear on you for a long time, you know how it is, how you feel. Especially when it is all mixed in with other things that are weighing on us at the moment.

Just to make light of this a bit, wink I am so preoccupied, I am not even watching news and have no idea what mayhem obama is causing at present. Though, I know it has something to do with nukes and making our country even more unprotected. I did read someone said he is possibly the “most dangerous president” we have ever had. I am just thankful that this part of my life is but a mere blip on the scope of my eternal life. It helps so much to view all of this through that lens.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Maybe Some Answers Finally

One of the stresses I mentioned recently has been worrying about my daughter, Molly. Ever since the end of last September she has been feeling unwell. For the most part it has been stomach pain and nausea. She can’t eat normally because of the nausea or the threat of it, so her diet has been very limited. For a girl who loves cocoa and cheese pizza and cinnamon rolls this has been very hard. silly We’ve been to the doctor a few times with extensive discussion, she has been on allergy meds and acid-reduction meds for a couple of months or more, but though she has felt some better, there is just this knowing that something is wrong. We were planning to try again with different doctors, different town, etc., but this past week she began to have extreme joint pain, every joint in her body. She walked around like a little decrepit old lady. Then, in the last couple of days her hands and feet began to swell. Okay, so that’s not normal. You just realize it’s not, so she saw a really great physician’s assistant in the walk-in last night. She suspects Molly has Lyme Disease. They took a bunch of blood tests all of which came back normal, except we are still waiting on the thyroid and the Lyme Disease test. In one way, we hope this is confirmed just to know why she has been feeling so poorly and can just get better. In the other you hope she hasn’t progressed to the point where symptoms are permanent, like arthritis. I don’t think that is the case. We’ll just be glad to get some definitive answers. Just thought I would let you all know so you could pray for her. This has been a long haul over the long winter months for her, very depressing at some points, and hard also to watch her go through it. One of the more humorous aspects: one of the symptoms of Lyme Disease is confusion and difficulty in thinking. She has had terrible writer’s block over the last while, just such a struggle, so she is hoping there has been a tangible reason for that. wink

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Blogger's New Template Designer

Have you checked out Blogger’s new Template Designer? I felt like working with a new layout and started wading through all the great templates out there, but somehow, while in my current blog layout tab I happened to notice something new.

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I think you have to be in Blogger in Draft to see it, which you should use anyway because it lets you do more with your Blogger blog.

The Template Designer lets you play around with various changes to see how your current template would look with those changes. No permanent changes are made to your blog unless you click the Apply To Blog button up in the right hand corner.

This graphic shows what it looks like. As you can see, below the tabbed choices there is a preview of how your blog would look with the changes.

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There is also a layout tab where you can choose how many columns you want and what type of layout. You can also add a footer layout and adjust the total width of your blog. It’s great! Fun to play around with even if you don't end up using it. smile

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