Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

My Dad (far left) with his Sister and Oldest Brother
{circa 1940s}

I just started up the scanning of old negatives. These are a pain in the rear as they are odd sized negatives -- approximately 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" (give or take a few). The process of scanning them went a lot quicker once Dan created a template for me to use with the scanner. Thank you Dan!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Scenes of Lake Livingston

Scenes that Remind me of Dad

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

Look at what I found!

Just in case you don't know what this is, it is the "golden sword" for:

I'm totally addicted to this game even though it makes me feel like an idiot at times!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sand Crab

Scenes of North Padre Island

While at North Padre, both Dan and I saw several sand crabs. I wanted to capture one so bad. Dan spied this little fellow and I quickly snapped a picture with my macro lens. Can you see him?

This little fellow was so brave. He froze there never moving a leg. I slowly got closer and I snapped another picture.
I got even closer and snapped another picture.
I eventually got so close to him that my lens were probably about three inches away from the fellow. The following picture was the one I was really shooting for. I'm mighty pleased with my efforts.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Link Roundup

Source: via Lee Ann on Pinterest

{This is what I often tell myself when I get bogged down with thinking and fears.}

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Small Update: A Journal of a Sorts III

First Update
Second Update

Since my last update, not much has happened. I have been gradually feeling better and regaining strength. My upper right abdomen will sometimes spasm or get twinges; but, I have not had any burning pain for several days now.

I went to the doctor yesterday (11/16). There is no diagnosis for what was causing the burning pain in my upper right abdomen. All we can do is treat the symptoms and continue with Prevacid (dissolvable form) for another three months. I am to see the doctor again in February to determine whether or not I need to continue taking medicine like Prevacid.

Apparently, the Schatzki mucosal ring at the GE junction, which he treated while I was under anesthesia in search of ulcers, can cause swallowing problems. He said it was very small. The way I understand it is: As food goes down, the ring causes food to come back up causing my esophagus to close up. Now that it's been treated, I can try to learn how to swallow pills. It'd be a miracle if I can do this! It may take time because there is a psychological factor involved after years of not being able to swallow chunks of things. Dan and I have talked and we decided to postpone this attempt until after Thanksgiving because we really don't need the stress right now.

So, that is it under a nutshell. No diagnosis. Treating the symptoms. Feeling lots better though! And, I am thanking God for Prevacid. :-)

This will be the last update until February. I am sure you all are glad of this! Ha!

{Thanksgiving in the states: November 24th.}

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordy Wednesday

While at North Padre Island, I spied this plant at The Padre Island Burger Company. I really loved this plant. It reminded me of the Spider Lilies except the flowers hang from branches and each one has a "tail". Here is a closeup of one flower:

Does anybody know the name of this plant? I would so love to find and plant one at our future home. We have Spider Lily bulbs that grew at my Dad's lake house. I took some bulbs and planted them at our house in Houston. When we moved to San Antonio, I dug up and took some bulbs with me. I'm hoping they will grow at our future house. Anyway, this plant would be a perfect complement to our Spider Lilies.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What Am I Working On?

Since my first hexies (hexagons) post, I have basted up a few hexies while away from home and a couple while here when I felt up to it (I've been sick). I only have 3-1/2 hexies left to baste and then I can sew them together to make a Grandmother's Flower Garden block.

I have also been trying to organize the space out in the entryway when I am feeling pretty good. This is an extension of the sewing room as the wall-sized closet inside the sewing room is used up for storage and is blocked by my design wall and a small sleeper sofa (for guests). Since it is part of a public space, I'm trying to keep it "neat". I purchased orange and teal fabric bins and reorganized the whole space. It is looking so much better! I need two more fabric bins. I think I am going to go with the natural color. I am also wanting a couple mini cubeicals to organize my messy miscellaneous craft supplies on top of the barrister cases. One thing at a time. I rather wait and get things on clearance and/or sale to minimize costs.

PS Ignore that bag at the bottom. That is Dan's bowling bag. He leaves it there because it is convenient. Speaking of which, he got a 611 series last night -- his first 600 series in this league. Isn't that great?!? He started bowling again this year after many years of NOT bowling. His team is composed of coworkers from the company he works for. Anyway, I think he's doing fabulous!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Scenes of North Padre Island

We went to North Padre Island Friday night (September 10, 2011) and stayed through Sunday afternoon. I had a wonderful relaxing time. I am a beach girl at heart. Here are some random pictures taken over the weekend. I noted the ones Dan took underneath all his pictures. The ones without his name underneath are the ones I took.

I woke up so excited and happy long before the sun came up. I decided to see if I could capture the sun rising over the ocean. I quickly got dressed, grabbed my camera, woke Dan up to tell him I was going onto the beach, and promptly left him to his sleep.

I started wandering down the beach after the sun was completely up. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to take pictures because the sun can be so harsh midday. Dan joined me a little later and we just wandered and had a good time.

{Someone had a crab for lunch or dinner.}
Before we knew it, it was time for lunch. We went to Padre Island Burger Company. We've been there and the burgers are "oh my goodness" delicious. When we came back, we grabbed our popup tent, threw snacks into a small cooler and headed out to the beach to vegetate.

{taken with an Olympus digital water camera}

{taken with an Olympus digital water camera}

I did a lot of swimming, people watching, and exploring. Dan joined me a few times. I think he was just happy sitting underneath the shade watching me do my thing. The time got away from us and soon, I was hungry. So, we gathered up all our crap and headed back to the hotel. We went to Padre Pizzeria for dinner. We had a white pizza and oh my goodness, it was so delicious. We then took a walk along the beach one last time for the day.

{photo by Dan}

{photo by Dan}

I was up early the next morning again. I tend to rise with the sun. This time Dan joined me out on the beach. I took pictures of the sun rising again because I did not know if the ones I took the day before were good. I wanted at least a couple good pictures. I was surprise I had more than a couple that turned out decently.

Once the sun rose, we wandered for a bit before going back to the hotel to check out.

{Photo by Dan}

{Photo by Dan}

{Photo by Dan}

Looks like the man is walking on water, does it not? He is actually surfing.

I hope you all enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Until next time,

Friday, November 11, 2011

Link Roundup

  • Matchbook Sewing Kit Sewing; Tutorial
    This is really cool! I love those old fashioned matchebooks and this is perfect!

  • Hearing Your Name for the First Time Christian; Inspirational
    Over and over again, God pulls both brothers into his arms. Over and over again, he says you are mine.

    And that’s my hope for you and me.

    That, even in moments when our arms and are actions try to push God away, we will hear his voice say, “You are mine.”

    That, even in moments where it feels quiet or desperate or the world’s name for us weighs heavy, we will hear the father’s voice say, “You are mine.”

  • Who You Really Are Christian; Encouragement
    And who are you?

    You are loved.{psalm 103:11}

    You have a purpose.{philippians 1:6}

    You are not alone. {psalm 73:23}

    And you are stronger than you know.{philippians 4:13}