Monday, August 27, 2007

The book of colors below is something I made for the design team at the Memory Zone Scrapbook Store. Being on the design team has really stretched me as a scrapbook artist. I would never have tried to make a book like this unless asked to do so for the store. I really enjoyed it and will try others in the future.

This book will go to Isabella when I get it back. The store keeps it and displays it for 3 months and then gives it back to me.

I will want to decopauge the book before giving it to Bella because then nothing will peel will have a protective coating over it.

I used photobucket to create this little slide show. It is free to use and there are a number of things you can create on there. To check it out go to here

Book of Colors

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Jacob got a new bike for going potty in the toilet for several weeks.
What an exciting day! They took him to Toys R Us and he got to
test ride several bikes before he picked out this one.
Jacob on the 4th of July.

Tyler, Caden and their Daddy at an Indianapolis Colts game
today...Sunday, August 26th.

Isabella at 4 months enjoying a dilly bar. She thoroughly enjoyed eating a dilly bar.
She cried if her Mom took the dilly bar out of her mouth.

Walking in the pool usually helps the burning pain in my feet so Wayne drove me out to Swan Lake yesterday so I could get in their pool. I walked and walked and it changed the pain from maybe a 10 to a 4 or 5 which is a significant decrease so It's worth the effort of going to the pool!

I've said many times that if all I had to deal with was the back pain I would be in great shape. It's just all the added problems I've had since I have had the chronic back pain start. First of all I started having trouble with my feet. They started burning and swelling. I think they are actually 2 different problems. The burning is peripheral neuropathy and the swelling ended up being lymphedema. It took a long time to get those diagnosis and a lot of wrong diagnoses in the process. Life w/o these feet problems would be so different and s0 wonderful!

I just don't understand sometimes why one person has to be blessed with so many afflictions. I watch other people and don't see very many people with pain like mine...or feet that are so swollen they can't get any shoes on their feet. I usually can just accept my fate but I have my days when I question everything and today has been one of them:(

When I reach what I think is the end of my rope, God provides a way for me to cope. Of course I would rather not be like this but I'm thankful for little times of escape. I felt near the end of my rope tonight and Alan called and wondered if they could come over and have Kael open his birthday presents at our house. Seeing the grandkids got me totally away from thinking about myself and enjoying them instead. I'm thankful for those times of reprive (sp?)
Please excuse any typos in this...I kept falling asleep while typing and may have some real good typos!

This layout is the first of many that I am doing for my Aunt and Uncle to honor the memory of their daughter. I have to be real careful with these layouts because of the difference in colors of the ones I am doing that are from current pictures. These are from the 70's and have many of the 70's colors. I thought this paper fit the colors of the chair very well.

Sweet little Isabella sleeping so well. Nothing better than a sleeping baby:)

This was of Beca a couple of years ago. I needed to do a Halloween layout for the Memory Zone scrapbook store and remembered these pictures that were so cute!!

I have kind of forgotten about my blog lately. I have been SO tired lately for several reasons. First, I have been getting muscle spasms when I wake up in the mornings. If I sleep for 2 or more hours I wake up with horrible muscle spasms so I have to take 1...sometimes 2...muscle relaxers. That just knocks me out. I slep for several hurs then. I"m lucky if I can get 4 hours of sleep a night and for me, that just isn't enough. I spend the day falling asleep wherever I'm sitting...partially due to the muscle relaxers and partiallly due to lack of sleep.

I decided to call the doctor last week and ask for a sleeping pill. He prescribed Restoril. I took that several years ago until it just became ineffective. I took one pill Friday night and slept 6 hours. That is good but I also slept all day Saturday. So, last night (Saturday) I didn't take anything and I slept pretty good. Only thing that kept waking me up was burning in both of my feet. I should have walked in the pool yesterday. That helps better than any medicine I could take to releive the burning in my feet. Oh, how thankful I am to have found somethng to help that burning in my feet. When I have that burning it just feels like they are on fire!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

This is a box that I did for the design team. There is a real neat set of rulers and arcs and a dvd that teaches you how to make everything. There are boxes like this, circle boxes, envelopes, pillow boxes, etc. And, it makes all kinds of sizes. Somebosy had a pretty good idea!
This is another project for the design team. I had to use this z0o paper and since I didn't have any good zoo pictures I decided to go with a little different idea.The poem on the other page is the theme for both pages.

There has not been a lot happening since my last post. Only this...I've been waking up with muscle spasms in my lower back every morning. They are very strong ones that about knock me to the ground. I then have to take muscle relaxers and those put me to sleep till at least noon. It takes me another few hours to wake up and then it's time to fix supper or run and errand and the day is over. I keep thinking about the letter I got from disability saying I should be able to hold down a way!!! Here is is 1:30 and I'm having trouble typing this post...I keep falling asleep. I have no idea why I've started having muscle spasms. The only thing I can figure out is that since I have gotten the hospital bed I can sleep longer periods of time and I don't move while in bed sleeping so that causes those muscles to spasm when I wake up.