Monday, July 5, 2010

Pretty Pink Posh Giveaway!!!

Paulina over at Pretty Pink Posh is having a give away for 5 EK Success border punches.
Hurry on over as her giveaway is over  July 13th!!!

Here is what is included in this giveaway:

Jewel Edger Punch

Deco Scallop Edger Punch

Diamond Lace Edger Punch

Bracket Edger Punch

Argyle Edger Punch

Great Summer Giveaway!!!

Scrapping Mommy is having  a great summer giveaway to two lucky people! She has two Cricut Home Decor cartridges she is giving away. To find out the details just mosy on over to her blog and find out what to do to get qualified! Giveaway ends July 19th!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

More Blog Candy...

More blog candy, but this one ends at midnight tonight, so you will have to hurry!

Blog Candy Giveaway at Lala's World

Lala over at Lala's World is having a blog candy giveaway to celebrate 5000 hits to her website. Go on over to  and sign up to win. Looks like a nice bunch of candy!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010


Am I a hoarder? I love watching Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive because it makes me feel better about myself. I am not as bad as those people, or am I? I do not hoard garbage and I don't have to walk on a foot of trash to get around. And I don't hoard animals. But I do have a problem throwing things away and collecting things I don't have room for. I also have health issues that make it hard for me to keep up with housework. I don't really think I have to much stuff, my house is just too small!!! No, really!!! LOL

I live in a VERY small cottage. The main house is 24' x 24", 480 square feet! And then my scrapbook room is on the back porch in an area about 8' x 6', 48 square feet. That is only 528 square feet for my whole house!! Some new homes have living rooms bigger than that! That is seriously small, especially for a collector like me. Don't be scared, but I am about to show you some pictures of my scraproom, and also two other problem areas. My goal this summer is to clean them up, get rid of stuff and then organize what I want to keep.

First, this is my yarn areas. It is all in the living room. I have 6 milk crates full of yarn. Each crate holds at least 12 jumbo one pound skeins of yarn or 15 regular skeins, or more. That is just a drop of my yarn. There is another larger crate under the TV tray full of yarn, plus a couple of wip's in bags, and many spools of cotton. Next picture are my totes full of squares that need joining from the ladies at AC4C, plus a couple other boxes. Third picture is behind my recliner. There is a huge extra large tote full of yarn, plus 4 more boxes sitting on top of that, all full of yarn. So that is my yarn foolishness that fills the living room! I'm really not sure what to do with it though, but there must be a better way.

Now for the shocking scrapbook/craft area!!!
This is part of my table, it is supposed to be my work area, but you can't even see the actual table!
To the left of the pic are wire cubes full of paper and albums, and misc.
There are also 2 Iris carts, each with 6 12 x 12 containers (full of cardstock & paper)behind my chair. 

This is the picture from the doorway. In this pile of items there is a Cricut, a sewing machine, a Bind-it-all, a Cuttlebug, a Slice, all still in their boxes. No where to put them to use them. Plus there is an abundance of other containers of misc scrapping stuff that have no real home.

This is another look at the racks of paper and misc to the left of my table.

This green cabinet is full of scrapping supplies and misc. Most of it was my Leaving Prints stock. On top is an assortment of Christmas items

This is another view of my table. There are magazine holders full of scrapbook mags and all the supplies I always use, plus smaller embellishments. The photo boxes do not belong there. Actually most of the things on that desk should be somewhere else, but I don't know just where that should be!

This is a look at the right side of my desk. None of that stuff should be there, but it has no permanent home.

These pictures show my shelves. It is a huge unit and is full of shoe boxes. It holds 15 per shelf. 3 up, 5 across. Unfortunately it is overrun by junk that also doesn't go there. Plus there is another shelf unit and a 3 drawer cabinet. Just lots of junk that I should get rid of in this area.

And finally the area under my desk. it is full of boxes of pricesless mementos (I think), USPS boxes, scrapbook supples I never use, new purchases, and crap. As you can see there is a bag of jumbo punches, my wastebasket, a brand new lamp, and in my chair is a box full of my Angel Company stamps that need mounted and cut out. The room is just a catch-all for any overflow. It makes me sick to even go out there, I just don't know where to start and what to do first. I need some serious help out there! 

Now, for the next problem area. It is in my kitchen. I have a 6' x 4' table. Originally it was to hold my computer (my old one), and my printer, and an area for mail, and then a surface to work on for cookng.
Underneath has become a book depository, lots of craft mags, and purchases with no home.

It's hard to tell, but this is the top of the table. As you can see, the computer is still there, although you have to fight to get to it! Lots of junk with no home is on top of the table.

This is the other end of the table, Behind that stack of magazines lies my printer. You can't even see it! Hard to believe, but I did find room enough to fill my crockpot today!

So, what's the verdict... hoarder..... not a hoarder? It is a very fine line. And I am going to get something done with all of it. I belong to FreeCycle, but it just tortures me to give stuff away. Well, admitting you have a problem is half the cure, right? And I do admit I have a problem.

That's all for this post..... Later, Patti

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Not enough time...

There smply is not enough time to write on my blog. I don't understand it though because I have nothing but time. I took pictures and planned to write about many things. There has been Shelby's 4th birthday party, visiting the farmers market, Goodwill purchases, Coles graduation and party, Mother's Day, sending off baby afghans to my charities, taking mom to her treatments, spring plantings, buying a new freezer, working on my food stockpile, job hunting, health problems, working on a few plans to bring in money (farmers market and flea market), just lots of things. Wow, I am exhausted just writing about it.

But, here are some of the pictures of some of those events....

Two of my Charity Baby Afghans 

Shelbys birhday party (lt to rt) Emily, Madison, Landon, Levi, and the birthday girl in front!

Our Little Sweeper Boy Landon! He loves the broom and the vacumn sweeper

The farmers market behind Friendly's Ice  Cream in Troy.
The "Cookie Lady" has the best baked goods!!! Her sugar cream pie is to die for!!!

Mother's Day flowers!

Howie and John picking up my freezer at HH Gregg

My FAVORITE Gandson Cole and his girlfriend Peanut at Cole's graduation party

Amy, Cole and me at Cole's party, at Don's trailer at Hegeman's. I love this top but I look 10 months pregnant! Holy Smoly!!! And that gray hair! Yikes!

My FAVORITE Grandaughter Cortney!! Love you girl!!

At least I feel like I have done something with my blog now. I will write some things about hoarding later this week... I think I have a problem!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thursday May 13th... my sister's birthday

Happy Birthday to Sue!!! I can't say how old she is, but she has broke the half century mark! She is starting to fall apart now. She had some knee surgery a few weeks ago. I've told her, it just gets worse and worse. I have no idea how my grandma Cross made it to 96. It scares me just to think of living another 36 years. What must that be like?

I am not so good at keeping up this blog thing. I barely have time to get anything done. Where does the time go? Well, most days it is hard to even get out of bed. With the fibro plus the sleep apnea I can sleep 12 to 16 hours easy. I have little strength to do much when I do get up. DR Patel gave me a prescription for some pills to help me, but United Healthcare will not pay for them! They suck! I hope we go back to Medical Mutual next year. I have to say sometimes my life just kinda sucks. Sorry, just having a moment!

ok, I will be better next time!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Retreating Weekend

Rita's Retreat was this past weekend, at King's Domain, outside Lebanon. It is a great place and as usual was lots of fun. I just wish they had WI-FI. If they did I could have just taken my computer and been a happy camper. But they don't, so I had to figure out what to take. It doesn't really matter as I never end up doing much. This time I took my charity crocheting projects, and some things to scrap. Well, I finished a baby afghan, and did all the make 'n takes (7 of them). I listened to some music on my computer and played solitare on my computer and read a bunch of scrapbook magazines. And that was it. As usual, I ate way more than I needed, but they feed us 3 meals! And then snacks... I did drink plenty of water though, so I didn't come home dehydrated like I usually do.

I sat at the grown-ups table with Rita and the girls and I have to admit I missed sitting with the younger girls. I like listening to the stories about their kids and work and whatever, and the music. I guess that is the price for getting old! I did have good music to listen to tho, I brought a couple of Nickleback DVD's and then Howie has all our New Rock favorites on the computer. I just had to wear headphones and that was rather inconvenient. I need a set of headless earphones for next time.

Got some great ideas from the make and takes for Easter. Several types of candy holders for the kids. I need to get those made this week so I can take them to mom's with me Friday. I bought the candy for them at the store yesterday, so all I need to do is make them. I have every thing I need in my supplies already.

I am doing laundry so I need to go get Howie's work shirts out of the dryer. He can't go to work topless!! LOL

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Paddy's Day.... Fades to fibro....

I am not Irish and I don't partake of green beer anymore, so St Paddy's Day kinda loses it's fun for me. Just like New Years Eve, it's not much fun without the bubbly. Oh, I could probably have a drink, but who knows what would happen with all the meds I have to take. I would probably get a little loopy, or alot loopy! I do enjoy watching the drunks though! If they could only see how stupid they act when they get drunk... they would have a big surprise! I'm sure they think they have it all together. I know that is what I thought when I was drinking. I always wore pretty bras because I never knew when or where I was going to be raising my shirt up! Yeah, Party Girl!!!

I am still joining squares for charity. January was for Polka Dots & Preemies, February was for Navy Relief (seabags for babies), and March is Bundles of Love. All are baby afghans. It is my work... can't find a job, so I have to volunteer and stay busy. The ladies from our group makes squares, sends them to me and I join them together into baby afghans.

I would love to show you some pics, but I'm having a brain fart and can't remember how to download them to here. My damn Fibromyalgia... I keep forgetting more and more. I thank God for Howie! We've been together so long he knows what I'm saying, all I have to do is start the sentence. And anymore when I start a sentence my mind just quits working and half way thru I forget what I was saying and just stop talking! It really sucks!

The job search really sucks. Some jobs I have applied for 5 or 6 times and not even an interview. It is just crazy. I would even be happy with something part time. I just need to be able to sit while I work. I think if I can't find a job by the time my unemployment runs out I may have to apply for SS Disability. The longer I am unemployed the worse I get. Working was the only thing that has kept me going the last 20 years. If I hadn't pushed myself to work I would have been on disability long ago. My mobility just sucks, can't walk without a cane, can't shop without an electric cart. I wish I had a power scooter or hoverround of my own. I would be able to do a lot more. I could go to flea markets again, or to the fair, or the casinos, or shopping at stores that don't have electric carts, well, you get the idea.

Gotta get off here and work on my afghans. I really need to update more often. And I have got to figure out how to do the picture thing again.
Later... Patti

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Birthday and Snowed In!

First things first... Sunday February 7th.... Coles 18th Birthday!!! My little grandbaby is 18, he's going to be graduating from high school... seems like only yesterday I was changing his diapers... I say as I wipe away the tears... our little baby is all grown!!! Ok, enough of that! lol jk Cole!

What a weekend. Who asked for the snow? I thought we would get 3 or 4 inches, holy cow, we ended up with a foot or more! and I took some gorgeous pictures of the snow, but it is not letting me put them in my post. Or I'm just not remembering how to do it right, which is a very good possibility. And my computer is slow for some reason, so I am out of here

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

State of the Union...

Loved the presidents speech! That's the Obama I know and love! I'm glad he put the Republican's in their place. They need to get on it and start working to pass necessary legislation to get things done. Their filibustering on everything is getting old! And I am about fed up with John Boehner. Everytime I see him and his fake tan I just want to smack him up side his head. And every time he says that none of his constituents want the public option on healthcare, I want to jump up and say "You Lie!!!" I don't know anyone who doesn't want the public option, and I have sent him many emails telling him so! I definitely am NOT voting for him when he runs for election again! And I will be doing the happy dance if he doesn't get re-elected!!!

Ok, I got that out of my system! Now I can go to bed and not be running it around in my head all night. Love ya all.... Patti

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year for Everyone!

Thankfully 2009 is finally over. 2010 is a new year and I have plans to make some changes. Life moves fast, you either have to roll with it or jump out of the way! I also hope all of you are making changes this year in your lives for the better. Please Recycle, Reduce, Reuse Whenever You Can!

Last week I went over to Miami-Jacobs and checked into their Vet Tech degree program. It sounded cool and I was all set to go in that direction until I realized I was going to have to learn how to put an IV into some poor little animal, or give them a shot, or anethesia. I just can't do it, I would love to be able to, but I just can't. Soooo... now I am either going to take the Health Information Technology or Medical Office Management. I am more of a paperwork girl, billing people, organizing offices, transcribing notes, not having to look at the bloody stuff in life! I have an appointment tomorrow to fill out financial aid papers. If I can't get financial aid I will have to come up with another plan that doesn't involve going back to school.

I also plan to get organized in the new year. I need to get some more scrapping stuff put up on ebay. I really need to get about half of the stuff cleared out of my scraproom and sold. It is just crazy to have so much stuff and not use it, or need it. I'm sure I needed it at the time I bought it though! LOL I just want to be able to feel creative when I am in my scraproom and right now it just fries my brain to even have to sit at my scrapping table. All creative ideas are immediately blocked, and that's no good!

I have dozens of baby afghans to make this month. Lots of preemie babies are depending on me. Well, not just me, but our AC4C group. What a great group of ladies!

I will be writing more about the other things I am planning to do in 2010. I have lots of ideas that I need to carry out. Gotta go for now. I have a few things to get done yet before I can go to bed. Later all....