Saturday, May 24, 2008

fun give away :o)

Jo Jo over at home sweet home is having a giveaway, or rather two giveaways , one is adorable and the other is a mystery !

Thursday, May 22, 2008

more updates....

I have been doing physical therapy for four weeks for my sciatica/arthritis. For the most part it has helped. The pain is no longer going all the way down my leg and it is no longer numb. The closer the pain to the back the better. the pain is mostly in my back, hip and sometimes behind my knee. I still have pain 90% of the time, but not as bad.
Part of the reason why i probably still have so much pain is because for week 2 & 3 my appt was with a different woman. She was focusing on hamstring exercises even though i told her they make my leg hurt worse. The second time i saw her she gave me a lecture about how she can tell me what exercises to do and how to do the properly, but it is up to me to do them! My 4th visit i saw the original woman. I told her how the hamstring exercises make my leg hurt even more. We talked about it a little bit and she felt my let while attempting to do some of the exercises. She told me to stop doing those exercises because the problem isn't my hamstring it is my back injury that is the causing the pain and preventing me from doing the exercises properly. I hope i don't have to see the other woman again! She wasn't very friendly anyway!

Ok, so my laser surgery....My Dr said that the laser surgery worked! I guess this stone was hard even for the laser. Yesterday i was pretty miserable with cramping. Dh was able to work from home so i was able to take my pain medication and not have to worry about the younger kiddos. The medication knocks me out! You cant imagine what i can sleep through when i take one of them. lol Now all i need to do is pass all the cement. I keep trying to drink water, but sometimes it is tough! I have a follow-up appt in 2 weeks. I hope to have stone pieces to take with me so they can be tested. I still have the 5mm stone. He didn't bother to mess with it because this problem stone. He said it is still pretty high and it may never cause a problem. I assume that i will continue to do follow-ups with him so hopefully we can catch it before it causes any problems. It is funny going into his office for my appts. All the other patients are old enough to be my parents/grandparents. lol I get funny looks when i walk in and sit down. lol

I guess that's it for now... :o)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sigh....

Last week i had an x-ray to see if my stone had broken up any since the surgery. I was not surprised to see that it was still sitting there. I expected that since i hadn't passed much of it. In fact the small amount that i did pass the Dr said wasn't even enough to run any tests on. He said we could try that same procedure again (ESWL which uses shock waves to break up the stone) but since the first time we got such little results he didn't think it would work no matter how many times we did it. He told me that the ESWL works 80% of the time. I just happen to be one of the (un) lucky 20%. He suggested doing laser surgery. As long as the stone doesn't move and he can touch it with the laser it should work. My surgery is scheduled bright and early Tuesday morning. Although i don't think it will really be bright at that hour...Wish me luck! :o)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

For my blog readers...

I have a special surprise! :o) As you know during liquidation i purchased a lot of fabric. I decided to share some with my readers. I have chosen one of my favorite fabrics! (ok, they were ALL my favorites, that is why i had to have them all!) ;o) This fabric is from the M'liss collection. I just love her fabric!
My gift to you is a fat quarter of (one of) my favorite fabrics. All you have to do is email me your address. Easy as that! :o) Thanks for reading! debbiels1@gmail.com

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Customers

Sarah has had a few orders for pictures. She was very excited! I thought i would share them with you in case you want to order a picture too. She keeps telling everyone she is going to be famous! So you better order your picture now! lol
This first one was a request for a Mother's Day picture
She also had a request for a Birthday picture
The next request was for a picture of people eating watermelon at a park. This one makes me giggle.

This next one was a request from her daddy, this is the family at the beach. (btw that is me in the blue bikini!) lol
A 2nd Mother's Day picture.
This is my picture. I let her decide on what to draw. :)
And the last picture is of the Indians playing ball. Not sure who they are playing in the pink jerseys.....lol but she had to have something pink in the picture. :)

Sarah also gave me an early Mother's Day gift. All week she had been working on her gift. I was supposed to help her wrap the main box, but when i remembered i wasn't feeling up to wrapping boxes. :( She made all these little papers that said stuff about love me or i love you. She also had some presents wrapped inside the box. A red, orange and green crayon, a comb, penny, pen and a empty box of gum. I bet her brothers are happy to find where the comb went, and Dad wants to know what happened to his gum.....lol Oh, no! I forgot to put my pipe cleaner bracelet in the picture! It wasn't gold, but just as good! :)Here is what dh brought me home from Vegas...yum! :)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A word from our sponsors?

Sarah is six years old. She loves to draw, and her favorite animal is the panda bear.

Build-A-Bear has a panda bear and she would really like to get it. So to earn the $25, she decided to sell her drawings to the general public. She is taking custom orders and will draw whatever you ask her to. Each picture is only $1.



So please help Sarah reach her goal of $25, so she can buy her favorite panda bear. J

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Do I have any readers left??

It has been a long two weeks....Or has it been three? Dh was out of town last week. He went on his business trip to Vegas that I was suppose to go on. :( Good thing i didn't have an airline ticket....
My 7th grader had testing for school last week so we were out a lot that week. By the end of the week i was feeling pretty good. My back/leg didn't hurt too much. Then I had my surgery on Friday. That didn't go so well, the procedure was suppose to turn the stone into sand. Unfortunately the stone was too hard and it didn't work. I go next week for another x-ray and then to see my urologist. I suppose then i will find out what the next step is....after the surgery my kidney area was tender and my back/leg hurt a lot! Today my kidney area feels better, i had PT this morning so my leg is feeling well enough for me to sit at the computer for a short amount of time. Mostly it hurts to stand, sit or walk. Several times a day i need to lay in bed until the pain lets up. I use that time to do my PT stretches.

On one of our trips out last week i decided to swing by Joann's to see what had become of it. I kinda expected it would be empty, but it was still sad to see how big and empty it was. I heard if i had gone the day before i would have been able to see my boss. It still feels funny that i never got to say good-bye to my co-workers. I have some of their email addresses, so eventually i will be able to write them.
Mostly i really liked working at Joann's. I loved the fabric! I loved looking at it, and it always looked great after we had it all tucked and fluffed. Although all that tucking had taken a toll on my hands, they were always dry and they had aged a lot because of all the sizing in the fabric. My first year was good. We were a pretty close group. Most of that time i worked with Elaine, she is the woman that passed away last month. She was older, and i tried my best to do more than my share of the work. Even though she was tough and could handle it. I felt like she needed a break. After she retired, i kept up that work attitude. I tried to do as much work as i could. I would normally talk with the person i was working with and we would decide who was going to do which jobs. No one ever seemed to like cleaning behind the counter. Which included sweeping, trash and general cleaning. I didn't mind doing that so i mostly did that plus i could do it quickly. In addition i still did the other stuff too.
Last October i had my review. My boss was such an *evil* woman. She chewed my butt like you wouldn't believe! I cried for days after that. She said such hurtful things to me and accused me of not doing any work. She also said that no one liked working with me. I hardly ever worked with her so i was naive to her tactics. I just sat there and cried instead of sticking up for myself. It wouldn't have made much of a difference since she wouldn't believe anything i said anyway. In the end she gave me a raise, because of the few things i did do right....
I liked working there to much to quit. Besides, i hardly ever saw her. I just had to deal with the mind games. She only scheduled me with certain people, never with the ones i liked best. I started writing down everything i did during my shift. At the end of the night i would speak to my supervisor since i was scheduled with her a lot after that. If not her then a Mgr or a co-worker with more seniority. And Hey! they discovered that I really WAS doing work! Eventually I found out that no one said those horrible things about me. She didn't have anything on me so she took the things people did say about me and twisted them in her evil mind to what she wanted them to be. She had such power over everyone that she even told the other mgrs to NOT speak to me! Especially one certain mgr. who she tried to fire because of me. I was just an excuse, there was no reason. After a few months that mgr was rather stressed about her job and the flood gates opened and she spilled all kinds of info to me. It was all so stupid, again mind games of a controlling lunatic.
Once liquidation started that boss was transfered to another store. (sorry BTEG) Life as we knew it was over!!! The sun really did shine in that place. lol It was strange how much more relaxed everyone was. We still worked really hard, and in return we got praise and appreciation. I was shocked when a lot of the responsibilities of the fabric side was place on my shoulders. And at the end of the night i would hear "good job! and Thank you!" We *never* heard that before! We all seemed to grow closer during that time.
We all were worked to the max and for almost 3 months i saw my co-workers more than dh. :( We decided that i would continue to work as many hours as possible knowing there was an end in sight. Once that end was near, is when i started feeling poorly. I was really upset that I wasn't able to work my last day. A customer had a strange analogy. She told me that loosing her Joann store was like loosing a friend. In a strange sort of way it's true. I met so many nice people working there, both employees and customers. Most of them had planned on being there that last day. I would have been able to say good-bye to them all. But the Dr had other plans. lol I suppose it was easier that way. Saying good-bye is never easy. I hope to keep in touch with some of them, but as life happens, I don't expect i will.
Life does go on...and there are other Joann stores. But not at CityView..... Which is a good thing! CV is having so many crazy problems. Who's idea was it to build a shopping center on a landfill!? Even though we were told we were closing due to low sales, in the end it was because of the landfill/methane problems and shoplifting......I no longer have a reason to go there. That place just isn't safe. I wonder where another Penn Station is? :) That is the only place i will miss... lol