I usually say that I was born too late because I've always been kind of an old soul, but now something has occurred that makes me realize that, in this instance, I have been born too soon.
First of all, let it be known that I don't have much of an interest in sports. I've always been bad at things like basketball & softball. Look up the word "uncoordinated" in the dictionary & you will find my picture. I can't even dance! But one "sporty" thing I really had a talent for was shooting a rifle. A 22 to be exact. When I was growing up my parents had a cabin in Marienville, Pennsylvania where we would go every weekend during the summers. We had a nice piece of ground & to keep me occupied & out of their hair my dad set up a shooting range for me. I used to shoot a bow & arrow (not good at that) & a 22. I was extremely good with that 22 shooting at targets & cans. The kids in neighboring camps even called me Annie Oakley!
I continued to enjoy shooting when I entered high school & jumped at the chance to try out for the school's rifle team when I found out there was one! I was the only girl who tried out. Unfortunately I missed the necessary score that would put me on the team by one point. One point! Argh! That's what I was told by the team leader anyway. I suppose back then it could have been a "we don't want girls on our rifle team" kind of thing but I don't think so because everyone seemed pretty excited to see me there.
I don't remember ever shooting again after that. I didn't go with my parents to the cabin anymore & didn't know anything like shooting clubs or shooting ranges existed. Over the years my love of shooting has never left me. Sometimes when we are driving somewhere I will see a sign for a rifle range & think how nice it would be to go there. Then we get home & I sit in my recliner & stitch something or I go take a nap.
Just a few minutes ago I was visiting a new-to-me blog & the writer of the blog had a feed running for the Olympics & what did I happen to see when I entered this blog? A promo for womens shooting! There's a 3-position rifle shooting category! Be still my heart! If I had known such a thing existed when I was growing up (not that it existed back then ... it looks like it's a relatively new category just in the past 10 years or so) believe me, I would've been in training for that! I was so excited seeing this ad that I immediately told John about it & how I would've definitely set my sights on being on the team "if only." His response was "I don't think there's any age limit in the Olympics." I said "I can see my face on a cereal box now." It's fun to think about but of course my eyes aren't what they used to be & I haven't shot a rifle since high school. It was nice to have a few memories come flooding back to me this morning though, & to fantasize ... if only for a brief moment ... about what might have been : )
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I usually say that I was born too late because I've always been kind of an old soul, but now something has occurred that makes me realize that, in this instance, I have been born too soon.
Posted by Shirlee at 12:17 PM
Monday, July 30, 2012
Happy, happy mail day!!! John went to the PO & came back saying "You have a parcel from the UK." I didn't remember ordering anything from the UK. When I opened the parcel I discovered it was a wonderful RAK from June! Just look at how pretty everything was packaged : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:24 PM
Sunday, July 29, 2012
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
I've been having trouble trying to delete some blogs for a while now but for the past 3 days I've been unable to add new ones. I am not a follower of very many (around 120 I think) so it's not like I've exceeded my limit or anything. Any ideas?
Posted by Shirlee at 9:05 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Swaps. Most of us have participated in them. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad. I haven't received a really bad swap package ...
... one that makes you wonder if your partner bothered to read your likes/dislikes list at all
... one where your partner digs through a bag of things she doesn't want anymore (a bag of coasters she was given back in 1978 for example) & uses the swap as an excuse to pass them on to you even though you never said anything about liking or wanting coasters
... one where your partner is supposed to make something for you & she makes it "just to get it done" without any thought of even seam allowances, grain of fabric, hiding threads, correct sizing, cleanliness, etc
... since last December I think it was, unless you count the swap package I was supposed to receive from someone in January but never did (unless you count all the excuses as to why it was late & then all the promises about when it would be sent).
Over the past 20 years or so I have participated in innumerable swaps & have hostessed many myself. They are always fun if everyone follows the rules & your partner gives a care about what kind of things she sends you ... but if people don't play by the rules & if your partner couldn't care less what she sends you (assuming she sends anything at all) then it can be a sad experience.
I don't want to blow my own horn but I'm a wonderful swap partner. My husband can't understand why I take such delight in putting a swap package together for someone I have never met ... sometimes for someone I have never had any interaction with at all. I must admit that the bad swapping experiences have often made me think twice about ever swapping again but thankfully those experiences, although quite horrible at times, are not the norm of all swap experiences.
I've received some really great swap packages this year (with the exception of the one that was never sent to me of course). Without fail my swap partners have paid attention to my likes/dislikes list & they have gone out of their way to send me wonderful things! I received a swap package earlier this week & once again I am absolutely floored at the contents inside. This package came from my partner in the Tea Shop Swap on Ravelry. I posted a photo the other day of the cross stitch cupboard tuck I made (Would You Like A Cup Of Tea?) to include with a few other things in her package. When I opened the package she sent to me I was overwhelmed! She sent a lovely tea towel with a buffalo design woven into it (she lives near Buffalo, NY), a tin of green tea (yum!), a tea bag patterned tissue holder, a tea bag container filled with 6 tea bags which I can take along in my purse wherever I go, a bag of knitting stitch markers decorated with little silver teapots (they are the cutest things!), a knitted scarf kit, & she knitted a pair of lacy fingerless gloves for me "because every lady needs lacy gloves when enjoying a cup of tea!" When the shop where she purchased the knitting kit heard that she was buying it for someone in a swap, they gave her a 6" ruler to send along with it : )
Posted by Shirlee at 1:12 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
When I was but a youngster receiving my education at the local catholic school, one of the nuns (can't remember which one) had a way of responding when one or more of us kids exasperated her. She would stop whatever she was doing, close her eyes, & mutter "God, give me patience!" After dealing with my insurance companies, particularly during the last 2 years, I feel that sister's pain to the nth degree.
I just want to share with you my struggles with one of my insurance companies in particular. Yes, I have more than one. I have three. The third is a government entity. You would think that explanation is all you need to know ... that you totally understand what I've been dealing with ... but believe me, you have NO idea.
The way this government connected insurance company is supposed to work is this. I submit a claim to my primary insurance company for money I've paid to a doctor or pharmacy out of pocket. They either reimburse me a portion of that claim or they deny it. My next step is to submit the claim to my secondary insurance company. They likewise either reimburse me a portion of the claim or they deny it. The final step is to submit the claim to my third insurance company. I was informed by them that if a claim is not reimbursed in full or is denied by the first two insurance companies, they will reimburse me whatever remains be it a partial or total amount.
Things were going along smoothly with this government entity until about a year ago. Suddenly claims were taking longer to process, & then when I would finally receive a response from them they would oftentimes deny the claims for reasons such as these:
1. The claim is missing necessary information. It is here that I wonder what they're referring to because the information they are saying is missing is right there, clear as day, on the paperwork.
2. The codes are incorrect. Upon checking with the doctor's office or the pharmacy, I am assured the codes are correct.
3. I should have submitted the claim to my primary & secondary insurance companies first. The Explanation of Benefits from both the primary & secondary insurance companies showing what they paid or did not pay are always included in the paperwork & are noted as attachments in my cover letter.
They come up with other reasons as well but I think these three probably give you an idea of what I've been up against. However, even I was surprised by what happened in May.
Prior to January of this year I had been getting reimbursed in full for a very expensive medication I literally need in order to have any quality of life whatsoever. Insurance company #1 does not handle this particular type of claim. Insurance company #2 does but they say the medication is not necessary even though the doctor & the hospital tests say it is. I therefore have to pay for it out of pocket & then submit it for reimbursement to the government entity, insurance company #3. However, only 50% of my January claim was paid to me with the explanation that insurance company #2 paid the other half. They of course did not. I called & spoke with a representative who agreed that a mistake had been made & he would reprocess the claim. I would receive the remaining 50% owed to me in 4 weeks. That amount of time passed & I had not received anything so I called again. This second representative indicated there was nothing in the computer to indicate I had ever called before. He agreed that a mistake had been made ... I should have received 100% reimbursement ... & he would reprocess the claim. He said I would receive something in 4 weeks. Once again that amount of time passed & I had not received anything so I decided this time to explain the problem in a certified letter.
On April 4 I received a response from Theresa L. telling me she reviewed my file & my request for reprocessing the claim in order to reimburse me the remaining 50% was denied because I did not secure preauthorization from insurance company #2. (I did so secure that. I submitted it with my claims each & every time I sent one in.) Theresa L. then went on to say that it looked to her like I probably shouldn't have been paid the first 50% either. I then chose to file a formal Notice of Disagreement & did so on April 17.
On May 22 I received a letter from Tim B. This letter sadly showed the type of people ... government employees ... who process claims. I will share with you below the body of this letter. If you have any pride in the written language you may want to take a Xanax or two before you read it. I definitely had to take one after I received it. I have placed explanations in brackets where I do not want to include personal information or where I need to explain something further. The spelling & sentence structure of this paragraph is exactly as it appears in the letter.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:33 AM
Monday, July 23, 2012
Good Monday morning! The start of a new week ... the end of another IHSW.
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I did not get to do as much stitching as I had planned this weekend. I did finish the second Silver Bells by Country Rustic Primitives. It looks pretty much like the first one I stitched although I didn't need to fudge the B this time so I'll just share the photo of the first one again : )
I have been having a crisis of sorts regarding the primitive look. Someone posted on their blog recently that they have noticed a lot of people are trading in the primitive look for something else. I can sort of identify with this. Although I love the history of the era ... & heaven knows I love having "old things" ... I can't help but feel that I'm living in a Cracker Barrel sometimes. I've never been a person who likes clutter. I feel overwhelmed by clutter now & as many of you know I haven't even unpacked all my stuff out of the boxes from when we moved here 3+ years ago! Another thing that is kind of turning me off ... & I can't honestly say I'm "turned off" in the strictest sense because again I love the history & I love having "old things" & I love seeing them in other peoples homes (I really envy the flair some of you have for decorating in this style) ... but for me I look around my home just as it is now & I think how many sifters/wooden spoons/rolling pins/whisk brooms/butter churns/old bowls/etc are too many? I have always found it ironic that the primitive motto is "Simplify" yet in many aspects there is nothing simplistic in this decorating trend at all. The pioneers had one of everything they needed & they used what they had. If they were able to have time traveled to this era they would've laughed themselves silly to see us stockpiling & displaying dozens of pieces of graniteware, shelves full of rusty spice tins, & empty old wooden boxes stacked in all the corners. Please don't take this as criticism if you are a person who enjoys this type of decorating. I am not criticizing you or your decorating choice at all! I drool at the photos some of you post of your primitive homes! I'm just saying that I have been thinking over the past year or so that this type of decorating really isn't me. In addition I started getting a bit miffed a while back at the fact that I would go into an antique shop or a peddlers mall & find people charging $35 for a plain rolling pin or $25 for a rusty, bent up flour sifter or $75 for a cracked jar with some sort of funky stain in the bottom. I think this is why I haven't redecorated the top of my fridge yet. Some of the things I have had up there I really don't want to have anymore. My guess is that I am going to keep a few old things but find new homes for the overabundance. What type of decorating trend am I going to follow instead? It won't be anything in particular I'm sure ... probably a slight mixture of things I like, things that make me feel comfortable, things that, for me, make my surroundings "homey" & yes, some of those things will be primitive things ... just not all of them. I've been thinking about this for a long time ... the goal now is to actually do something about it. Then again I may change my mind about all of this tomorrow : )
Posted by Shirlee at 10:17 AM
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I am thankful to everyone who has weighed in with their ideas regarding the origin of the fluff that has been plaguing our house since we moved in (see yesterday's post if you don't know what I'm talking about). There are many reasons which I won't bother to go into right now that would make the dryer lint hypothesis implausible so my suspicion of it coming up through the floor vents is the only likely scenario I have at this time. Many thanks to Marly for her screen/cheesecloth idea.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:40 PM
Saturday, July 21, 2012
For the past 3 years I have been dealing with this strange "fluff" ...
Posted by Shirlee at 7:00 PM
Happy Saturday everyone! I wanted to just stop by for a moment to share with you two exchange pieces I made recently that have been received.
I made this first one for my partner in a Ravelry exchange in a group called Tea Shop Swap. We had to send at least one tea-related item & one handmade item. For my handmade item I immediately thought of a design by Laura whose blog is The Little Stitcher. The design is called Would You Like A Cup Of Tea? I had a lot of fun stitching this as an RAK a couple months ago using Laura's suggested color palette. I paired it with some primitive Old Salem linen which is beautifully hand stained by Isabella at The Primitive Hare. You can see a picture of how that stitched piece turned out here if you'd like. My partner in the Tea Shop Swap indicated that her favorite color combination is brown & blue so I chose those colors with which to stitch the design & used antique white evenweave for the fabric. I stuffed it with dried lavender. I also sent my partner a tea wallet, a handmade (not by me) bookmark that reads "Happiness Is a Cup of Tea & a Good Book" (she loves to read as well as drink tea), & a canister of Kentucky tea.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:55 AM
Friday, July 20, 2012
It's been quite an eventful week. Thankfully on Monday ... after 9 days without it ... our air conditioner was repaired & life became bearable again here inside our humble home.
We went shopping over the weekend for a new refrigerator & I found one that I thought I could be happy with. This was no easy task since we only have 2 stores locally that sell appliances. I don't like ice makers/water dispensers but it seems that 99% of all refrigerators come with them now-a-days so my choices were really limited. I did find a fridge that had a freezer on the bottom (my favorite place for a freezer). It does have an ice maker but it doesn't take up any freezer space because it's built up above the freezer drawer itself. Hooray! It was delivered on Tuesday morning. Here is a photo of my beauty ... I love it so : )
Incidentally, do you know there are refrigerators now with computer monitors built into them? You can check the weather, read your emails, surf the internet for recipes, etc. I think the refrigerator manufacturers are getting a little carried away.
On Wednesday I returned to my dentist due to continuing problems with the bridge that she began working on in January. These problems baffle me because I have two other bridges which I had to have done more than 20 years ago & I never had a problem with them. The dentist at that time popped them, I went home & that was that. It was like they were my normal teeth which had been there forever. Not so with this recent bridge. I am actually on my second. The first one seemed to be too big & there were a few other problems with it. It was eventually ruined from the dentist shaving it down to try to get it to fit correctly. It had to be returned to the company that made it & then two weeks later a new one was delivered. This was temporarily cemented in & although there are some improvements I am now whistling when I talk as though I'm wearing a pair of bad dentures & one of the teeth does not meet flush with the gumline & so it is rough & annoying on the backside. It also seems too short. Instead of making an appointment & trying to explain the problems I was having I instead sent a letter to the dentist, complete with diagrams & a clear explanation of the problems I was experiencing, thinking it would be more helpful for her to have something in writing rather than for me to try to explain things to her during an appointment. When I went to see her on Wednesday she came into the examining room & she was not her usually smiling self. I always kid around with her when I'm there so I jokingly said "Are you ready to make me dentures yet?" She responded in a nasty sort of tone & said "What I am ready to do is remove that bridge, replace it with the temporary plastic one I made for you back in January, & refund your money." I was quite shocked to hear her say this & I said "Then what am I supposed to do?" & she answered saying that she was very frustrated with how things have been going. I think she then noticed the horrified look on my face because she made an effort to act like she was kidding & she said "I'm just kidding" but I think she was really serious which upsets me because I'm the one having to deal with all these problems, constantly going back for readjustments. Does she think this is not frustrating for me? I have certainly been more than patient : ( She has shaved down my real teeth in front twice now trying to adjust my bite to accommodate the bridge. I said to her "Isn't this a bad thing? Aren't you removing some of the enamel from my teeth?" She agreed that it was not the best thing to do but I was having bite problems so she had to do something. By shaving down these front teeth they are now very short & they look sort of funny. I am worried that I am dealing with someone who may not know what she is doing : ( After her "I'm just kidding" comment she acted concerned & tried to tell me I grind my teeth at night (I don't). She made some more adjustments to the bridge, built up my lower teeth with bonding, & put a bit of bonding behind the tooth that was not flush with my gumline. She said that if this didn't improve things then she would send the bridge back to the factory to have it remade again. I keep thinking about her "frustrating" remark. Does she think I'm not frustrated? Does she think I enjoy having to go back there so often? Does she think I am making up issues just to get a new bridge made every couple months? I am not happy : ( She books 2 or 3 patients at the same time so that she is running between us & no one gets her full attention. This is not right : ( Right now the bridge is the best it has been with the exception of that tooth that doesn't lie flush with the gumline & I'm still whistling when I talk which means it's going to have to be removed & sent back to the manufacturer again to have it remade & all I can think of is what if there's something else wrong with it when she puts it in : (
Posted by Shirlee at 6:24 AM
Monday, July 16, 2012
This post is to tell you about an Etsy shop that is filled with wonderful project bags! The shop's name is Funtific & it is owned by Sandra Voss.
"Perfection" is not a word I use very often when describing someone's handmade items but trust me, Sandra's bags are perfection. I first found her shop while searching for a knitting project bag that I needed to send to someone in a Ravelry exchange. I searched various online sites & found some "okay" bags but this one particular bag that Sandra was offering seemed to be the right choice for the person whose name I had been assigned. I paid for the bag via PayPal, received a very nice acknowledgement of my order, & a few days later received the bag.
To say I was "pleasantly surprised" is not even close to how I felt when I received the bag. You know how you order handmade items & so often there is some little "something" ... sometimes more than one little "something" ... about them that just isn't right? Forget all the other types of handmades right now & let's just concentrate on sewn items. I have ordered various sewn items in the past & there are usually uneven seams ... or maybe the sewing machine jammed up a bit while the crafter was doing some topstitching & she just ignored the messy lump of thread it left behind ... or she had to fit a larger pattern piece into a smaller pattern piece & instead of a smooth line of stitching she has left a pucker or two ... or perhaps the design is most definitely horizontal (a line of letters perhaps) or most definitely vertical (stripes for example) & rather than being careful to cut her fabric so that it flows evenly across or up & down the finished product she stitches it so that the line of letters is going uphill or the vertical stripes are slanted instead of straight up & down. These things ... & any others you can possibly imagine ... are not a part of Sandra's bags. Her pride of workmanship is outstanding & that is oh so refreshing in today's world.
I was so thrilled with the project bag I ordered for the person assigned to me in the Ravelry exchange that I ordered this one for myself.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:49 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2012
First off I will tell you that Wild Abandon is not my hippie cousin who I haven't seen since the 60s. It is the term "wild abandon" that I am using in it's dictionary form which is to do something "in a completely uncontrolled way." The possibility of succumbing to wild abandon is most often the reason why I avoid reading a good book. It is difficult for me to enjoy a good book a little bit at a time in the same way it was & still is difficult for me to have just a few flying saucers from the box & then put the rest away for another time.
Posted by Shirlee at 2:57 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I recently participated in my first mini knitting exchange on Ravelry. There are so many different kinds of exchanges over there that it boggles the mind. This one was, as the name implies, a mini exchange which means you follow the theme & send just a few small items to the person assigned to you. This exchange was called "Surprise! Surprise!" & you were to surprise your assigned person with a few of the things she listed on her questionnaire that she would like. This particular exchange did not require a homemade gift but I decided to include one anyway. I found this freebie pattern on The Sampler Girl's Blog & thought it would be fun to include. I stuffed it with lavender (a favorite fragrance of my assigned person) & of course I added some of my beloved chenille trim : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:28 PM
Curse: I am still without air conditioning. Kentucky businesses ... at least central Kentucky businesses ... at least 99.9% of the ones we've dealt with over the past 3 years ... can't be relied upon, trusted, or both. We have dealt with our AC guys since we moved here (3 years ago) & they have always been "one of the good guys" so I was a little disappointed (okay ... more than a little) when they told me the new motor for our AC would be available the next day (Thursday) & they would pick it up & put it in that day. Thursday came & not only did they not show up, they didn't even bother to call to say they weren't coming : ( Yesterday afternoon I did get a call (no apologies for not calling the day before) saying that the motor wasn't going to be delivered until Monday : ( Jason (the owner of the company) said he'd be by to install it then. I sure hope so.
Blessing: After about 6 weeks of total dryness we got some rain!!! A very good downpour that started Thursday night & lasted through yesterday afternoon!!! It did cool things down a bit. Temps are in the mid 80s now instead of the high 90s/low 100s but of course the humidity is pretty oppressive so ...
Curse: ... no air conditioning plus high humidity equals Shirlee having difficulty breathing.
Blessing: Yesterday we ventured out to Big Lots, bought ourselves a fan & had a much more pleasant sleeping experience last night as a result.
Curse: Our refrigerator is about ready to give up the ghost. It was only 3 years old when we moved here. I don't think the woman who owned this place ever cleaned it (along with the rest of the house ... oh the horror stories I could tell you) & one day I spent 8 hours scrubbing it out before I felt it was safe enough to store food in there. Two days ago I opened the door & noticed some heat coming from the side of the door & the panel where the door touches when it's closed. I'm not talking a little bit of heat ... I'm talking "burn your hand if you touch it" kind of heat. I gave John the news that we'd better not buy more food right now, especially more food destined for the freezer, until we checked into this further. Last night the fridge started making these loud clicking noises & when I went to get a dish of ice cream I discovered the ice cream was sort of mashed potato consistency. Not a good thing. Today we get to venture out to find a new refrigerator. I have no idea what I'll do with all the food if the current fridge dies before the new one gets here.
He Said What?!?!?: Moving to central Kentucky has been a nightmare for me. Some of you know the reasons for this but to those of you who don't know the reasons I say "Believe me, I don't call it the devil's playground for nothing." Yesterday I talked on the phone with my cousin in another state. He told me that it's the practice of their local newspaper to each day print a quote from some sort of famous celebrity. He told me a recent quote was attributed to Orlando Bloom. Orlando said that he never knew what southern hospitality was until he came to Kentucky. I know that "southern hospitality" is supposedly something "good" but I looked up the definition to be sure. The definition is this ... "The term southern hospitality implies that in comparison to people living in other parts of the United States, southerners are friendlier, more welcoming, & generous to strangers or guests." Well, I suppose if you are Orlando Bloom you are treated with "southern hospitality" wherever you may go.
I wish all of you a wonderful weekend! You know what I'll be doing ... looking for a new fridge but otherwise sitting in my recliner remaining completely immobile in order to not strain my poor lungs any further than they will be already. I suspect I'll get a bit more stitching done than I otherwise would have so there you go ... even the darkest clouds have a bit of silver lining : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:31 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I recently posted an RAK I made for my friend Paula in Portugal (you can see it here). It's a BBD freebie design of the Eiffel Tower. Paula & her husband adore Paris & they actually took a little trip there last month. Little did I know that while she was there ... with all the other stuff she had to think about ... she thought of me : ) I received this lovely postcard & cross stitch kit from her! Of course she chose a winter design for me : ) Thank you again Paula! I love it!
Posted by Shirlee at 10:51 AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It has been ... & continues to be ... not a very pleasant few days for me. Last Saturday morning with temperatures predicted to be over 100 degrees our air conditioner decided to stop working. We could not call the repairman until Monday morning. I called him first thing that morning & reached his voice mail. I left a message & expected to hear from him within an hour or two. This has always been his usual response time in the past. However, on Monday night I still had not received a return call. Yesterday John & I had to run a few errands in Lexington. We left early in the morning & did not return home until about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Of course the repairman called while we were gone. I called him back, reached his voice mail & left another message. Hopefully he will call back this morning.
I haven't been doing much these past few days. Knitting with a big pile of wool is definitely not a wise choice. I have been doing some stitching though. I will show photos in an upcoming post.
What I am going to share with you this morning are some bird photos! News of our little birdbath ... probably the only birdbath in the devil's playground ... has spread like wildfire. Sometimes there are 3 or 4 finches using the bath at the same time! At other times different species of birds come to the bath & sometimes they act a bit selfish! I've mentioned before that we have a pair of bluebirds who come to the yard but they are very hesitant to get close to the house. Apparently the temperatures are making them a little less cautious because I see them visiting the birdbath from time to time. They are usually only there long enough to get a bit of a drink & then something spooks them & they fly away. However, I guess the temperatures the other day were too much for them & a few other birds. In as little as half a minute we had a robin, 3 finches, & the 2 bluebirds competing for the bath. Mrs. Bluebird must've felt pretty sociable because she & Mrs. Finch had a nice conversation for a little while : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:25 AM
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
First the good news : ) My May & June RAKs (which were mailed at the end of June) have been received! I made my May RAK for Paula in Portugal. Paula used to have a blog but it was hacked along with her email account. She has gotten herself a new email address but she is probably not going to attempt to blog again : ( Paula is in love with Paris & I really enjoyed stitching this BBD design for her : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:16 AM
I wish everyone a very happy & safe 4th of July!
Many bloggers are posting photos of their patriotic decor so I thought I would post a few as well : )
I have some great stuff in some of these boxes in the hall closet.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:43 AM