Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Blues

Hey Y'all,

Hope all has been going well for y'all. Things are about the same around here; Kim still isn't doing well, my house is a mess, and I've had a headache for over a week now.

Kimberli goes to the nephrologist this Wednesday. Hopefully we will not be getting bad news about her kidney functions. The feeding tube site is giving her all kinds of pain and problems but the PA at Wake Forest University Hospital says it looks good. They put some silver nitrate on the opening, hoping it will scab over and heal up. They said the nitrate would burn and hurt for a while but she hurts so bad with it anyway that she didn't even feel any difference.

I've been down in the dumps for a couple of weeks and I think it's a combination of things but mostly thinking of my dad. Dad's 90th birthday would have been yesterday and I just can't seem to get him off my mind. I just feel he died too soon and needlessly because he was doing great right up into July then he died in August of last year. He went downhill so fast that I had no warning he was going, that and the fact that my erstwhile helpful cousin didn't tell me that hospice had been called in and wouldn't let the nursing home contact me. I'm sorry. This has just got to stop. Here is a layout that I did for my Heritage Album that will be available on Hoorray! sometime this summer. All you have to do is add your photo(s) and some journaling (if you want) and it's ready to go. I just added Dad's photo and a few words to the Remember . . . tag. Hope you like it; there are a number of other pages to go with this one that you can pick and choose from as well as cover choices for the whole album. The image is 'clickable' if you'd like to get a closeup.

Well, hope to give you some more info about Hoorray soon. They are trying to go online this week!


Monday, June 22, 2009


Hey Y'all! I actually have something 'good' to report on Kimberli. She drove to my house Saturday afternoon and we went to lunch and a short shopping trip. She did really, really well except for the fact that she kept crying. It has been almost 6 months since she was able to come and visit us and she kept getting overwhelmed at the thought. She is trying so hard to leave her family with good memories of her; she thinks I don't know what she's doing but I do. She's talking about visiting her father in August, will she see August? Please pray for her to have some relief from the constant pain she is in with the feeding tube as well as some relief from trying to deal with an obstinate and selfish teenager. It's so apparent that she doesn't have that much longer to live and you'd think her Husband and Daughter would treat her more kindly. It really was great to see her 'up and about' for that short time. She goes to the gastro specialist Wednesday and hopefully he can come up with a remedy for the problems with the feeding tube. She goes to a kidney specialist on July 1; please pray the outcome will not be terrible. I know, I always sound defeated-wouldn't you? I am trying though.

Hope all my friends having birthdays this week have great ones-keep in touch Jill and Nicole! Happy one Paul and Blair! Happy Anniversary Jeanette!

I'm off to work on some albums.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Didn't Happen Yet!

Well . . . I was expecting to give you the link to my new 'place' but it's opening has been delayed for a couple of weeks. Sorry, couldn't be helped. I'll keep you updated.

My grandson, Joshua, made the AB Honor Roll and received an award for Outstanding Achievement for the 3rd Grade! We are soooooo proud of him; he has learning disabilities and this is just awesome for him!

My granddaughter, Tabitha, is celebrating her 15th birthday this Saturday! WooHoo! Happy birthday, honey!

Kim was back in the hospital last week. She keeps passing out. They are going to monitor her heart for 24 or 48 hours, I forget which, to see if the problem is other than autonomic neuropathy, and therefor might be able to be fixed. She has lost more weight too. Please keep her in your prayers.

I've been really busy designing for IMP. I have also had some major idea blockages :( When I go to bed, I can't get my mind to stop thinking about designs but when I get up---the ones I though were so good don't seem so great. Oh, well . . . they'll come! I won a $25 gift certificate to Sunshine Studio Scraps for my layout 'Heaven Sent' that I did last month for their Monthly Kit Challenge! I haven't entered anything this month and haven't had any time to go and visit the galleries either; hope to start back soon.

My daughter, Suzanne, around 18 months old.

Thanks to all of you who are hanging 'in' with me! I will eventually get back to blogging more often, giving out freebies, and also 'Free Merchandise' and deep discount coupons for my new publishing venture! Looks like I might be giving away a complete album a week and maybe a $20 gift certificate toward a $50 album a month! Please keep checking back because I know you are going to love these products and everyone loves to win free stuff! I'll also be offering discount coupons for My Album Designs!

So . . . happy third week of June. And . . . Happy Father's Day to all you awesome Dads out there!


Monday, June 8, 2009

Hello, Again, My Friends!

Taking a break this morning to send along a 'Hello!' and an update on the goings on around here.

First, Kim. She accidentally pulled
out the feeding tube at the beginning of last week and the ER doctor who attended to her almost took her life! He put in a catheter tube and inflated the little balloon in her intestines! Intestinal strangulation is what happened. He didn't know what he was doing or what he was dealing with and didn't ask for input from any other doctors. After this was taken care of, 3 days later after she had been suffering excruciating pain and any number of other symptoms, her gastroenterologist told her she needed to begin treatment in a specialty pain clinic to try and relieve some of her constant pain. True to form, Kimberli misunderstood what he was saying and thought he was sending her to a pain clinic for pain pill abuse so . . . she stopped taking all of them! It took me over an hour to convince her she wasn't dependent nor was she abusing the pills and needed to take them for her well being. Friday morning she received a call from her primary physician telling her that her kidneys had been in distress since early February and it was now time to address the problem. The doctors felt that they couldn't treat her kidney problems last February because of the heart problems and nutrition problems she was having. You would think they could have given her some warning of what was on the horizon. Things are even worse on the home front (can you believe it?) and she needs all the relationship prayers you can offer. Kim is quite literally at the end of her rope and is making talk about not wanting to 'go on.' After all she has been through, this isn't at all surprising to me; why in the world does she have nothing but bad results in everything?

As I told you in my last post, I am now a designer for a publishing firm. The online site was active for a few months back a ways and it didn't pan out because there seemed to much of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing. The new management definitely seems to know what to do and we are looking forward to a very successful custom album site! It is slated to go public on June 15! The Designer's Corner might take a couple more weeks after that to be ready. I really hope I get some support from my followers and I promise to do everything I can to make the online album experience fun and rewarding.

Well, I need to get back to Photoshop and put in some time designing. Take care everyone!


PS: I almost forgot to leave you the link for some shape template Freebies!
4shared: Here (I fixed the download link-yes I did! but . . . . 4shared added my account password!)