Thursday, February 26, 2009
Adam did a photo shoot of Mom and Pop several months ago. I have seen the pics and they are so good, but this is my fav. I have just gotten them on my computer today and wanted to share this one.
God has blessed me with the most wonderful parents. They serve as an example to many on how to live, how to suffer, how to serve, how to play, and mostly, how to love. The parents God chose for me are one of the greatest gifts in my life! I am blessed.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This pic is just to show you the sink and faucet. It is an actual hammered copper bucket fitted with a drain. We picked a faucet that resembled an old pump.
This is a better picture of the vanity/sink stand. It is very distressed wood. I actually designed this piece. I drew it out on a paper napkin and gave it to our cabinet man. I think he did a great job. The soap actually sits on the bow of the sailboat!
In this pic you can see the colorful mirror. Notice there are vintage postcards from Hawaii stuck in the corners. You can also see the shower reflected in the mirror...complete with a flip/flop towel! There is also soap, shampoo and lotion made in Maui...so you can leave the bathroom with that fresh, island feel.:)
And this is the work we did today. It shouldn't have taken more than 10 minutes...in actuality, it was more like 1 hour and 10 minutes! However, it looks great...to us. We both LOVE Maui, and the feeling we get from being on that beautiful island. Even though we did not start off planning to bring the island feel in here...it just seemed to work out that way. And, when we found this cool art when we were there in October, we just had to have them! They are actually painted on 3 boards joined in the back. And, no, the towels hanging out do not indicate anyone has been swimming yet...I just like the color it gives the room. Still looking for a sea grass mat for the floor.
So, if you can't make it over to Maui this year...come for a swim, and then clean up in the Island Bath. ALOHA!
Monday, February 23, 2009
I meant to show this pic with the other one yesterday. This is a silly little wind chime that I bought several years ago at a craft show. I know that it is kinda tacky, but it makes me smile...(what does that say about me,huh?) It is not a particularly beautiful sound like my bigger chimes, but it is pleasing in its own way. More of a tinkling sound. Scooter always walks to that tree each time he 'tours' the yard. I wonder if it reminds him of our other house? Can you guess what kind of bottles these are? Think of them puffed up and brown in color?
Does anyone remember those wind chimes that were everywhere when we were younger? They were sort of Asian looking. They were very thin glass strips hung in a circle...sometimes 1 tier, sometimes 2 tiers. They were cheap and very fragile. I have not seen any in years, but I would love to find some. They, if memory serves me correctly, had such a delicate sound that I loved.
I also LOVE bamboo chimes...because it is such a natural sound...very reed-like. And then there are the capiz shell type that you can find so easily at the beach.
Thanks for listening to me reminisce tonight. I think one of the loveliest gifts God gives to us is music. And, so much the better, when you hear in the great outdoors!
***the bottles are the little bottles of syrup you get at Cracker Barrel when you have their pancakes or hot, buttered biscuits...YUMMY! They melt them, and add colors. Neat, huh?***
I love wind chimes. Especially the ones that are tuned. It is a beautiful sound to hear the differing tones as the wind playfully blows them around. Never the same tune twice...it's all up to the wind's fancy.
This is a set of chimes that my Mom and Pop gave to me as a housewarming gift. They hang proudly from a tree in the backyard where I will enjoy their song each time I step into the backyard. Music to watch a dog by ...or, in summer, to while away some serious time in the pool.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Yesterday, I had the chance to talk with Nathan again. He was the cute 3 yr old with the 'snuffies' from a few posts back. And, James had some info for me, too.
Mrs.O...Hi, Nathan, how are your 'snuffies'?
Nathan...They're gone now.
Mrs. O...That's great! So, I guess you are feeling all better now.
Nathan...Well, no...now I have some coughs.
Mrs.O...Oh, my, that's not good. Where did you get the coughs?
Nathan...From the leaf.
Mrs. O...Oh, so are you allergic to leaves, too?
Nathan...No. It was the leaf in Grandma's car. It was a bad leaf.
Mrs. O... How do you know it was a bad leaf?
Nathan...Because it gave me the coughs.
Mrs. O...I didn't know that leaves could give you coughs.
Nathan...Just if you eat them.
Mrs.O...Oh, so did you eat the leaf? I bet that wasn't good.
Nathan...I know it wasn't good...it gave me the coughs!
Mrs. O...Nathan, I don't think it is a very good idea to eat leaves. Do you do that very often?
Nathan...Only the ones in Grandma's car. But, not any more. They have coughs in them.
James...Mrs. Owens, I have a little brother. Her name is Emma.
Mrs. O...That is wonderful, James. I bet you are a wonderful big brother. Do you help take care of her?
James...Yes. Me and Daddy do.
Mrs. O...What can you do for your sister?
James...Well, she wets her panties.
Mrs.O...Yes, little sisters do that a lot. They have to learn to go to the potty.
James... She poops in her panties, too.
Mrs.O... I know, they do that a lot, too. That's why they need a family to help take care of them.
James...I don't help with that poop stuff.
Mrs.O...I can understand that.
James...But, my daddy does. He just takes those panties off and throws them in the garbage can!
1. Be careful when you eat new things. You could have an unpleasant reaction.
2. Big brothers and sisters are an important part of family life.
3. When the 'unpleasant' things present themselves, get rid of them quickly. No use letting them hang around!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Mom is home from the hospital, but not a whole lot better off. She is not in as severe pain as she was. But, it comes back every time she eats or drinks. Now here is what has me in a wad...The doc, gastroenterologist, that performed the EGD, the light down the throat to see the stomach, told me he found no ulcers, so there was nothing to biopsy. Another doc, her GP, told her the same thing. Then GP came back and said there WAS an ulcer and they biopsied it. When she was discharged, the nurse told my sister the same thing...ulcer was there and biopsied. They did change her meds around and put her on something new. So, what to believe?
I am getting on the phone today and getting a discharge report from the hospital and a report from Doc #1, who actually did the procedure. Maybe I can find out what is going on. I do not want someone messing around with my Mom and her not getting the proper care. She has another doc visit today with a urologist for totally separate issues. Bless her heart.
It really burns me up that there is so much incompetency in the medical field. And, I am a nurse myself. Why is there not more cohesive care? I tell you this, no one should be in a hospital anywhere without an advocate looking out for them. There needs to be someone who is responsible for keeping up with reports from each doctor involved...someone to keep it all straight. Her nursing care was excellent while there, but all this other is just not acceptable. And that is my rant for the day!
Thanks again for caring for my sweet mother and praying in her behalf.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I have been at the hospital since yesterday morning with Mom. On Sunday, she had a very bad night, with diarrhea and vomiting, and severe upper abdominal pain. This continued on into the morning and through the day yesterday. They have the pain a little better under control now, but the tests are showing nothing. Mom is one tough cookie, and she doesn't complain unless the pain is very bad. Please pray that the tests will show up something that can be treated easily. My sister is with her tonight...we just do not feel comfortable leaving her alone.
I think one of the greatest blessings of friendship is the fact that we can call on one another when needed. We can boldly ask for prayer, knowing the request will be honored. So, thank you, friends, for being there when I need a little extra prayer power. You're the best!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
below is a window cover from the same temple in Mongolia that the doors used for my table came from. This is over 300 years old. I love the simple graphic lines of it against the wall. (The wall is a pale green...not grey like it looks).
I balanced precariously on a stool, holding the camera over my head to get this next picture for you. This is at the top.
I got a little bored and went to the computer for a while...big mistake. He hung the clock without my input. Too high! But, he won't agree to lower it, because of the hole . This may be a project I have to work in while he is away. There IS a way to cover up that hole and make another one...I just know it. And, I'll find it, too.
This is the one that took 3 hours. But to be fair, he did have to hang the light above it, too.
I hung this quilt from Hawaii in my back foyer. It took less than 10 minutes. It is straight, you cannot see the nails. I'm just saying...
Ian came to help him with my beautiful distressed mirror. They worked on it for over an hour. There is not a way to hang it that they can figure out. It weighs over 100 pounds and they are afraid the wall won't support it or something like that. I'm gonna have to find someone who knows a little more about it. Bummer! Oh, that is a towel at the top...put there by DH to keep the wall clean.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I will learn about this. I will learn about the little round cute buttons, and I'll learn what a 'poke' is. I really will. Just please don't be offended and think I am ignoring you. Some brains take a little longer to get into the groove of new technology than others. I promise I'll join your group, or send you a 'poke' or something equally as clever just as soon as I learn how.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I have read, as I am sure some of you have, of a little girl named Cora. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma a few weeks back and has been fighting for her life since. She went to live with Jesus yesterday. I make no presumption to know this family other than reading their story on their blog. I found their story by reading of it from another blog. You know how we go 'surfing' when something catches our interest. Anytime I read of a child with cancer, I immediately go back to 1978 when I found out my own child was himself a victim of this same horrible form of childhood cancer. His diagnosis came out of the blue, just as it did for this sweet girl. But, his story had a much happier ending. Adam is now 34, married, and a son to be proud of. His story is on my sidebar, if you are interested.
There is also a sweet girl from my hometown who is fighting another form of cancer in Birmingham. Her parents attend to her and watch and wait and pray. Her name is Hannah Grace.
And the hospitals are full of those I don't know. When one goes home, another one takes his place. And it goes on and on and on.
I do not know why God allows children to suffer. I do not know why any child has to have cancer. I think He should do away with it all together. I think that would be a fine idea...and I do not know why He doesn't think that would be a fine idea, too. It is at times like these that it is easy to 'lose faith' and wonder if God is really watching? Does He see what is happening to the little ones? Why doesn't He heal them all?
I can not answer all the questions. I can only attest to what I know. And this I know. He does care. He loves the 'little ones' even more than their families. His heart breaks when He sees them hurting. His heart breaks when he sees a Mom caressing a tiny head, gently brushing the hair back. His heart breaks when He sees a Daddy standing watch, wanting to 'go to battle' for his child...but not knowing who to fight.
But, we see through our eyes and not His. We feel with our hearts and not His. We understand with our minds, not His. He is good...all the time. His ways are perfect...all the time.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9
May God give all these hurting parents comfort and peace. May He hold them closely in His arms. May they find strength in knowing their sweet girl is in the arms of her Creator and has never been in a safer more wonderful place.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Nathan..."Mrs. Owens, I'm feeling all 'snuffy' today."
Mrs. Owens..."Boys and girls, if you could be an animal...which one would you like to be?
LESSONS LEARNED TODAY:
1. BE HEALTH WISE! Know what you are allergic to...however strange it may be!
2. MAKE THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION! If you find yourself 'stuck in the mud...DANCE!
3. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! Little surprises that make us smile are hiding in the most mundane of places. JUST LOOK!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We are all so happy to have her in our lives. And we thank God for giving this sweet child a chance to be healthy, happy and loved in America.
It amazes me how quickly bonds can form in children. This child came here knowing no one, knowing no language, and sick. And in a short time, she is well, she is speaking English, and understanding more than she speaks, she is bonded to this wonderful family. And what I think is the most amazing thing of all is the fact that she feel confident enough in the love and security of her family, that she is willing to go places without them. In her little mind, she KNOWS this is her forever family, and she is free now to learn of life, to enjoy new experiences, to grow and become the wonderful girl God planned her to be...knowing all the while that she has a family waiting there to lift her up if she falls, to wipe a tear if she cries, and give her hugs for no reason at all.
Sherrie, thank you for sharing her with us. We are blessed by you both!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I have so many blogs on my favorites page that it's ridiculous. I only go and read them when I am resting or bored. Since THE CRUD still has me feeling yucky, that is what I have been doing today. I found this link on one of those blogs.
Follow this link and it will tell you the #1 song on the day you were born, or the day you graduated high school or any day you'd like! How fun is that? Mine for the day I was born was "Viya Con Dios."
Go here and see what yours is and come back and tell me. Unless you already know. Well, you couldn't know about the one when you were born, but you may remember the #1 when you graduated...I didn't. But, it was "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Started your own blog Slept under the stars Played in a band Visited Hawaii Given more than you can afford to charity Been to Disneyland/world Climbed a mountain Held a praying mantis Sang a solo Bungee jumped Visited Paris Watched a lightning storm at sea Taught yourself an art from scratch Adopted a child Had food poisoning Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty Seen the Mona Lisa in France Slept on an overnight train Had a pillow fight Hitchhiked Taken a sick day when you’re not ill Built a snow fort Held a lamb Gone skinny dipping Been to a Broadway show in NY Ran a Marathon Been in three states at once Ridden in a gondola in Venice Seen a total eclipse Watched a sunrise or sunset Hit a home run Been on a Cruise Seen Niagra Falls in Person Visited the birthplace of your Ancestors Seen an Amish community Taught yourself a new language Had enough money to be truly satisfied Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person Gone rock climbing Seen Michelangelo’s David Sung karaoke Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant Visited Africa Walked on a beach by moonlight Been transported in an ambulance Had your portrait painted Gone deep sea fishing Seen the Sistine Chapel in person Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris Gone scuba diving or snorkeling Kissed in the rain Played in the mud Been to Grace Kelley’s grave in Monaco Gone to a drive-in theater Been in a movie Visited the Great Wall of China Started a business Taken a martial arts class Swam in the Mediterranean Sea Visited Russia Served at a soup kitchen Sold Girl Scout cookies Gone whale watching Gotten flowers for no reason Donated blood, platelets or plasma Gone sky diving Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp Bounced a check Saved a favorite childhood toy Visited the Lincoln Memorial Eaten Caviar Pieced a quilt Stood in Times Square Toured the Everglades Been fired from a job Seen the Changing of the Guards in London Broken a bone Been on a speeding motorcycle Seen the Grand Canyon in person Published a book Visited the Vatican Bought a brand new car Walked in Jerusalem Had your picture in the newspaper Read the entire Bible Visited the White House Killed and prepared my own meat Had chickenpox Saved someone’s life Sat on a jury Met someone famous Joined a book club Lost a loved one Had a baby Seen the Alamo in person Swam in the Great Salt Lake Been involved in a law suit Owned a cell phone Been stung by a bee
This is fun, and I tag all my "B" Club buddies! Have fun!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Tonight's appearance marks the first time she has sung in public since the awful murders of her mother, brother and nephew. I was anxious to hear how she would do on this song...it is one of the hardest to perform. Her voice had the smoothness that we have come to expect from her. Those hard high notes? She hit them perfectly! And, she looked beautiful, too. Way to go!