Thursday, November 20, 2014

Is anyone else having problems uploading pictures to your blog? Belated thank yous!

I have tried every day this week to upload pictures to a post of swap goodies that I have received and care packages from sweet blogging pals. Each time I try it shuts the internet down and then it closes the program and reopens it but I lose the words I have typed each time. I am so frustrated!! I have had computer problems, had the laptops at the computer hospital and then had internet issues so the cable company had to come out and work on that. Anything that could go wrong has went wrong this fall. My health issues, both my Mother and Mother-in-law are having health issues as well. Grand fur baby Kenzie Mae had to have a tumor removed from her nose and thank God it was not cancer. Sarge had to have several of his teeth removed in the front but he is doing well now. Bella and Cocoa also lost a few teeth when they had their teeth cleaned. Now, everyone has super white teeth and great breath!! If anyone has ideals on how I can upload my pictures please email and let me know. So until I can get my pictures posted, I will just send out a big Thank you to the following ladies!

Sandi from the Primitive Skate ( was my partner for the Fall Gathering swap that Amy from Bumble Bee Lane ( hosted. Thank you Sandi for all the amazing goodies! Sandi is a very talented lady and does the most adorable paintings on found items or repurposed items. She sent me a cute little coffee pot with a scarecrow and cute fall scene on it. She also included a few of her cute snowman painted items because she knows I am a big fan of her snowman art and I am a snowman collector!! I can't wait to I can post the pictures online because words can not begin to describe how cute and awesome all the goodies Sandi sent me were!!!

Ceekay from Thinkin of Home ( was my partner in Debbie's from Garage Sale Girl ( Halloween/Fall cookie cutter ornament swap.
Ceekay out did herself with the design of the ornament she made me. It was Halloween themed and was super cute. She also sent me an antique cameo pin , crafting supplies, and of course some Halloween candy. Thank you Ceekay for the amazing ornament and package!!

My sweet blog friend, Shirley from Zetta's Aprons ( sent me an amazing package with three handmade Halloween goodies. She took a vintage pipe tobacco tin and added a paper mache head, arms, and legs, and made me the cutest Halloween black cat ever!! She made me a Nightmare before Christmas ornament for my Halloween tree, and a witches hat gift box filled with chocolate! Thank you Shirley! You are the best!!! Knowing that you pray for me each day means the world to me!!! Hugs!!

Donna, from Dirty Martini Queen's Musing, (, was my pal for a Valentine's Day swap. She knows how much I love my three spoiled rotten dachshunds and knows that I collect dachshund theme items. She saw a brass dachshund at an estate sale and said she just knew that I need it. She also found Halloween themed kitchen towels with a dachshund wearing a witches hat on it and said I need those too! Thank you Donna for thinking of me!!! It made my day and made me cry when I opened the packaged and read the sweet not that she included!!

I was also lucky to win a one of a kind work of art on a blog hop. It was called the Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop and Giveaway. I found out about the blog hop and giveaway from my friend Brenda's blog. Her blog is the Rusty Thimble ( I won a kitchen witch made by Arlene Sander. Her blog is Dreamed by Arlene (

Please keep me in your prayers. I am still having falls. I am using a cane and walker now. I have fallen so much in the past couple of months that I have damaged my left knee more. There is no more cartilage in there so it is just bone on bone . The doctor said I needed a total knee replacement but I said no. I do not do well in surgeries and the surgeon doesn't seem to happy at the thought of operating on me. We talked and I am going to try physical therapy to see if that can help.  I am also trying to loose more weight and that will help with my moving around better. So keep me in your prayers along with the rest of my family.  And please if you know why I can't post my photos please email me what I can do!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I am so ashamed, so sorry, and a huge Thank you!

Wow, how is that for the title for a post???

As you have read, I have not felt the best since July 5th!!! I honestly can say I have not felt this bad in years. Yes, I have to deal with pain on a daily basis but this is different! My insides hurt, my hair hurts, my eyes, my head, everything. I have had to ask my husband to help me wash my hair and help with my bath on several occasions. I am light-headed and since I have already been falling more and more lately this isn't helping that issue!! Anyways, a blog friend of mine, Amy from Bumble Bee Lane hosts several swaps each year and she graciously allows me to join in on the fun. For the Summer swap my pal was Allison from Sew Many Girls. Dana had to pack my box up and mail it off for me. I just didn't feel good, Thank God, I had done the shopping part!!! I love Etsy and Ebay for finding items for my primitive loving blog pals. Anyways, my box arrived and it got set aside for some reason and not left out for me to see the box. Our mail isn't always the speedest so I didn't really notice and with not feeling well, I had kinda forgotten that I should be looking for mail.

Well, I finally got the box and Dana opened it for me!!! Wow,
Allison spoiled me!!! I love everthing!! A Cute little wicker Americana basket, some red, white, and blue pip berries, some cute star candles, a cute wooden bowl with cute little tuck ins. I will take pictures soon and post.
Thank you so much Amy for hosting and Allison for being a great pal. Sorry I was so late with a post and a huge Thank you!!!

I have 4 doctor appointments this week!! Hopefully they can tell me why I am feeling so bad. Dana thinks it is because I have stopped eating sugar and sugar drinks. I drink mostly water and will have a diet dr pepper maybe once a week. Oh and the crystal light lemonade. I have not had a fever blister since 2009, woke up Tuesday morning with my mouth and lips tingling and burning. By the time night time got here I had like 5 blisters on my mouth and then got a couple on the inside. The doctor called me in some pills to take plus ointment to go on them. It is like my body is rebelling on me!! I am saying hold up, this is not my ideal but I do not want to have diabetes so we are not doing sugar right now!!!Then the week before a migraine headache, hadn't had one of those in 15 years!!! so something is triggering all of this mess. I hope she can get to the bottom of it, if it is detoxing from sugar, how long does it take to get out of your system??? I also fell twice in the past two weeks, so now my knee is stiff and I am walking funny again. I hate to limp. I just want to walk and move normal again. Please keep me in your prayers. I know that I am lucky, as bad as I feel, I still wake up each day, I still can get around even if it isn't as fast or normal as I would like, but I just want to feel better, I want to enjoy things again. Not , say no, I better stay home, I will just slow everyone down if I go. I am going to get there if there is a way for me too. I will not give up!!!! I am still high power pain meds free!!! I am taking my muscle relaxer and they gave me a 1mg anxiety med to help with all these feelings, stress, and worries that all the new tests and results have brought about. So, I am proud of that fact and my back surgeon, the pain clinic dr, and the ortho doctor I am seeing about my knee are all happy that and surprised to learn that I was/am no longer taking all the meds that the other pain clinic doctor had me. That Doctor was fired from the practice last winter!!! He is the doctor that lied about the nerve block stimulator and the results that I had from the trial. The pain clinic doctor I saw last month said I should sue him!! I about fell off the table. They were partners. He apologized for the treatment I received and apologized for the complications I had to endure from a surgery that I had should have never had. Interesting!!! Ok, enough whining for one night as hubby would say do you want some cheese to go with that whine!!! I will survive ladies!!!!

Ok, I am going to do something that I have never done on my blog. I am going to have a Christmas in July giveaway. I hope to get the items gathered and photo later today or Monday. The drawing will be at 7pm Eastern time on 7/28/2014. So watch for the next post later today or Monday!!!

Enjoy your Sunday! Sarge is 8 years old today!! We will be having his party this evening. He is so excited!!! He knows something is up LOL He is a smart boy!!! I will take pictures so you can see the birthday boy enjoying his party!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anyone interested in a "You've been Booed" Swap?

I know it is only the middle of July but I must admit my mind in thinking of fall and Halloween!!!I have read about and heard about "You've been Booed" for several years but since I have no close neighbors I have never been able to do this. I was thinking why can't you do it with your group of online blog friends!!!!
The way this works is you treat your secret pal to Halloween treats on a daily or at least several times a week. To make this more pocket book friendly , we could send one or two packages and at the beginning of October with the individual gifts in one or two boxes. You don't have to spend a fortune on each day's treat, it could be a items from the dollar stores, a cute Halloween pen, pin, cup, just cute fun things to decorate with or treats to eat for the Halloween holiday. Handmade items are always welcomed!!! If you are interested leave a comment below. If we have enough ladies to sign up , I will match people and get names and addresses out by the Sept.1, 2014 so you have enough time to shop and get your packages ready to mail and arrive by October 1, 2014! Please pass this post on to anyone you think would love to do a Halloween swap.
Have a blessed week!

Yard Sale

I am getting organized and prepared for a yard sale next weekend! I am letting go of so much stuff that I just thought I had to have!! LOL I would see something on someone's blog and OMG I NEED THAT and the hunt was on to find one!! Well, my craft room, two closets, too many bins to really confess to, and that is just plain dumb!!! If I am not displaying it now, or it won't be displayed during a holiday then it is going. I have an album on face book here

It has a bunch of pictures of stuff that will be sold hopefully. I still need to get the vintage Christmas cards, vintage Valentine cards, Vintage Birthday, Vintage Anniversary, Vintage baby shower and wedding shower cards photographed. I have my cards stored in those 12x12 paper stores from AC Moore and I have 3 that are very full!! I bet I have almost 200 or more vintage valentines. The anniversary cards are a man and wife's collection of anniversary cards to each other thorough the years and from friends and family. I feel guilty when I get them out and read them sometime, is that crazy of me? I bought them either online or at an antique store so I was not a family member that didn't keep them. oh well, back to the good stuff. I have one of those plastic containers full of cupcake picks, those vintage birthday candle holders, vintage cake decorations, those ballerina cup cake toppers, and those clown heads for cupcakes. That box is saying please someone buy me and use me to make something pretty with!! LOL Also, all of my vintage children's book are going up for sale. If you are interested in the books let me know and I will get the list of titles and dates to you.
If you know anyone that likes or collects bells I have a whole plastic container full of those too.  I also have a lot of Vera Bradley pocket books, wallets, accessories. If anyone likes Vera Bradley and you want  to see what we have leave me a comment or email me a and I will send you the pics.

Now for some advice PLEAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On selling vintage greeting cards and vintage Valentine cards, which is the best way to sell them? Single cards, 1/2 dozen. dozen. or how? I don't want to cheat anyone but I want to get back at least what I paid for them you know what I mean?

The 12z12 box that is full of a variety of different cupcake toppers, cake decorations, birthday candle holders, and stuff like that, should I sell it all at one time or should I make baggies of the same items together and sell them that way? Quick Question????? I bought a mixed lot of stuff off of ebay a few years back and it had a bunch of silver and gold toned wishbones!!! I had never seen wishbones like these and was wondering if anyone else had seen  them before and if so what did they use them for? I am guessing as table decorations or something like that. There is a bunch of vintage baby shower cake decorations in that box of stuff.

I have also decided to part with my vintage doll playpen, vintage baby scales, vintage tins, vintage canister sets, vintage dishes, vintage toy dishes, vintage crochet pot holders, and maybe even the kitchen sink. LOL If you are interested in something please let me know and I will take pics and sent them to you to look at. I know if one ob my blog friends buy it, it will have a good home.
Well, it is 3 am and I am finally getting sleepy. Last week and especially this past weekend really kicked my rear end!! I told my hubby if I knew that going to find out what was wrong with my right leg and why my left knee hurt so bad was going to lead to finding out all of the other things that are wrong with me, I would have just stayed home. I had not had a migraine for over 18 years and I think it started on the 5th of July and lasted till the 11th!!! I was miserable and then when I think ok no more headache, I get sick on my stomach so I either picked up a stomach bug somewhere or my daughter says it is my body detoxing from not eating sugar since the 26 of June. I have lost 16 lbs so far but still have a bunch to lose! I put back on all I lost last year and then some!!!! Hubby eats his sweets in front of me and I tell him that it is just plain hurtful when he does that LOL But, really it isn't I am proud that I have had the will power not to eat them but Dana says I can have some sugars and sweets, she is trying to find me a class at the hospital she works at that teaches those types of classes. I do not want to have diabetes so I can give sweets up for that.

okay, asking for prayers for my health, My Daughter,  a sweet young lady that is having a hard time right now, My Mother, My Mother in law, our country, my online blogging pal Angie in Ohio, and that we sell everything at our yard sale next weekend. Also, if you have ever seen something in the photos on my blog of my craft room, kitchen, well any photo that you thought wow, I wish I had one of them, just ask me, it might just be one of those items that I am no longer using or displaying!

Good Night!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Medical update~

Thank you all for the sweet comments and the prayers!
Well, after two weeks of almost daily doctor appts and tests, I know some things and still more testing on other things.

Nothing wrong with the boobies!!! Thank you Lord!! I went to that appointment dreading the outcome but after x rays and ultra sound they said see you next year!!!

The thyroid-been referred to a specialist!
The nodules have increased in number and size. So nothing to report on that yet.

Found out that my blood sugar is a little high, So, no more sweets for me. I have lost 16 lbs in the past few weeks. I was addicted to sugar and sweets. I have cut out all sugar products and my body doesn't like it. LOL I have had the worst week of my life in a long time. I had a migrane that lasted for a week and the ended the week with a stomach bug. My daughter says my body is detoxing from the sugar and reseting itself. Well, it needs to hurry up because I don't like this feeling.

More tests are needed to find out why I am falling and why my right leg is so weak but I have faith I will find out. I did inform my surgeon that there would be no more surgeries unless he could say that I would have a better quality of life if not, it just isn't worth it. I always have complications during surgery and they haven't helped so far so why put my body thorough all of that. He just smiled at me. I said I am serious. I also told him no more high power pain meds. Just muscle relaxers and something to help with the leg pain at night. I told him I would not go back to living like that again. It was not living.

So keep me in your prayers. I have about 5 appointments next week so hopefully the tests will show something and something can be done. Hubby is trying to figure out where to put the washer and dryer upstairs so I don't have to do the stairs anymore.

The fur babies are doing great. I love them and they keep me entertained. Cocoa is my shadow and if I get up in the night she is up with me. 

It has been hot around here. Enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

things go from bad to worse

As many of you know I am at the mercy of 6 failed back surgeries and all that comes with that. Well starting this past winter, I started falling and falling more and more. I was stubborn and held out as long as possible till I just could no longer stand it. I was scared one day when I opened the front door to let the fur babies outside and the next thing I knew I was laying on my right side across the porch floor with all 3 furbabies giving lots of kisses. Next time, I was mopping my floor and down I go. So I went to the ortho surgeon on the 13th and he ordered a mylogram on the 20th, That was done last Friday. I felt like I had been beaten in my middle back all weekend and just off a little. I had a physical last Thursday. The nodules on my thyroid have increased and she found several lumps in my right breast. Not afraid to admit, this scared the you know what out of me. My Mom is a breast cancer survivior and 2 of her sisters have died from cancer. I have shed so many tears. I am just a nervous wreck. I go in for the ultra sound of the thyroid in the morning and my diagnostic mammogram next Tuesday. Then I go on this Friday to find out if there is a reason why I have such weakness on my right side and leg. I get the left knee checked out next Wed. So, yes things seem to be going from bad to worse. I am trying not to worry but hey I am human.
Please pray for me and for my sweet blogging friend Angie Stevens for a lil raggedy angie she is dealing with a lot of the same issues I am dealing with. I really just want my mobility back. This limping is getting on my nerves and not being able to do things the way I used to is getting on my nerves. So , please say a prayer for me!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Flag Day and Happy Birthday to the US Army

Happy Flag Day!! Long May She Wave!!! God Bless the USA and all that protect her!
(images borrowed from Zetta's Apron blog)

Happy Birthday to the US Army and I am the proud daughter, Mother, and Sister in Law of men that served our country in the US Army!! HOOAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Americana Summer 2014 part 2

Here is the living room/family room in our home. This is where we spend most of the time when we are in our home. Blogging friends look closely at the photos and you will see items that have been gifted to me or bought by me from blogging pals. I think of each of you when I unpack them each years.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Americana Summer 2014 part 1

Hubby and I have been busy! Hubby doing all the labor( Have I told you I have the bestest hubby in the world) and me supervising! The front porch is decorated, the red bricks chips have been put out, and the flowers and plants have started growing in the front flower beds. I planted lots of flower seeds that are coming up but I do miss the punch of color out there so I may break down and go buy some red, white, and blue flowers to plant in the planters on the porch and I need to get some hanging baskets for the front porch!

I have also changed out all the inside decorations to my Americana collections! I am a crazy American and Patriotic collector! I love the red, white, and blue. I started decorating the Monday after Easter and I am still finding things I forgot to put out. So, I am always tweaking my displays. I hope to get at good at displaying my collections as some of my blogging friends. I will share the inside pictures tomorrow. Since this would be a really heavy photo post if I did it all in one post!

I hope you all have a blessed day!

 If I can share anything with you that you will remember me for it is my passion and appreciation for our service members and their families. When my son joined the Army is 2006 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 where he served for 15 months our lives here on earth and our son as we had known him were forever changed! I beg you to pray for our soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan today. I beg you to pray for the families here at home. I beg you to pray for our wounded warriors and their families. I beg you to pray for our elected officials as they deal with the problems at the VA! Please pray! I will share with you that when my son was deployed I felt so guilty eating a hot meal, going out shopping, going out to eat, taking a hot bath or shower, talking on the cell phone, going to the kitchen to get a snack when I wanted to, getting online anytime I wanted to or needed to, having a cook out, celebrating holidays, and just living every day life because you see for 15 months if he didn't get back to his base in time after a patrol or mission, he didn't have a hot meal, he couldn't take a shower whenever he wanted to. The night we got a call at 1am and he asked me if I had mailed him a care package I said of course you have several on the way, he asked me if I had sent baby wipes and I said no I didn't, he said Mom, please go get me some, I haven't had a bath in 4 days and I stink and you know I can't stand to stink. After that phone call and me, his dad, and sister sobbing like babies, we left to go to Walmart at 2am. We bought  baby wipes in bulk and went home packed them up and was up in time to take them to the PO early Sat. morning to ship them off. His barracks where he slept was a good long walk to the mess hall, their were no stores on his base or any of the bases in Afghanistan at that time. They could shop at the locals market but they didn't have items  soldiers needed. I started asking for and collecting supplies from friends, family, and anyone else I could think of and I shipped box after box of supplies to the chaplain on the base to hand out to the soldiers. I was Mama Spence to my son and his friends and I loved these guys that had been together since basic training. I do not know if things have gotten better on the bases since 2007 but I pray they have. I continued to support the unit that took  my son's unit place in 2008 and 2009. My name and email was given to the new chaplain and he emailed me and told me he had heard how hard I worked and what types of packages I had managed to send and he hoped I would keep it up. So I did, I would go and talk to local groups and churches and tell them about the soldiers and what they needed. Then I would pray that we would get the items and the money to ship them. The new chaplain built like a little general store and he would put out all the items we sent him and the soldiers could come and get items as they needed them. When he left Afghanistan in 2009 I lost contact with him and I never heard from another chaplain. I had major set backs with my health in 2009 and I wouldn't have been able to be the go getter I once was. I didn't do it for praise , I just knew there was a need and I wanted to help out. Like I said earlier our family has been forever changed, my daughter says her brother died on April 22, 2007 the day he left to go back to Italy before he deployed the first week in May for Afghanistan. The man that returned from war isn't my son that left our home on April 22, 2007. The battles that he has to battle each time he closes his eyes to try to sleep is something that we can not understand, he can't sleep in a room with a door open, you do not put your hands on him to wake him up, you see they are still soldiers, they were hunted 24/7 by the enemy, just because they are home doesn't mean their mind knows they are not being hunted anymore. I pray daily for my son and his fellow soldiers that are battling these battles. I pray that the VA will recognize that this is a huge issue and yes the soldiers have issues with the PTSD name. They have this because of what they had to endure in service to our country. The shouldn't be labeled like this, I applaud President Bush's effort to get the name changed because it was an acquired disease as a result of battle. So, please Thank A Soldier this patriotic time of year! I purchased that sign off of Etsy in 2007 and I display it proudly each and every summer. God Bless the USA and all those that are serving and have served and their families!

 I love my country front porch and I thank my hubby several times a week for building it and for hauling home all the junk that I love to put on display out there. And yes, like the rest of our home, the decorations on the porch get changed out for each season and holiday! Summer and Americana are two of my favorite ways to decorate!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy 8th birthday Bella Boo!!!!

It is hard to believe that we have had this sweet little girl for 8 years. Bella Boo was bought and paid for by our daughter Dana. Sarge came home two months later!! Sarge and Bella fell in love, got married, had three beautiful babies, Hush Puppie, Kenzie Mae, and Cocoa Puff!!

Happy Birthday sweet Bella Boo!! You have provided us with so much love, joy, and pure bliss these past 8 years! Her birthday party will take place on Friday evening. I will take pictures to share.

I love you Bella Boo!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

cleaning out and selling some great finds!

This weekend I spent some time in my craft room cleaning out and organizing and I ran across the following items pictured below packed away in vintage bread boxes. I am changing my decorating style in my craft room to match the rest of my home, more primitive style of decorating. Wood boxes for storage, crocks, old jars, things like that. As well as decorating with Americana theme items and of course my dachshund collections.

So I am selling the items listed below. They have never been used or displayed. Below is copies of my receipts from Etsy from when I purchased them. I am selling them for what I paid for them and that price includes the shipping. So if you are interested let me know in a comment or email me at

I prefer to be paid by check or money order because paypal charges you for using them and I don't think that is fair do you?
Have a great week!

PS: I also found a bunch of vintage golden books, vintage Christmas cards, vintage baby cards, vintage wedding shower cards, vintage anniversary cards, vintage birthday cards, vintage cake decorations, and tons of vintage crafting items. If you would be interested in any of these items, let me know and I will take pictures and send them to you. I also have some of the Home Companion magazines that I want to sell also. Cleaning out and getting rid of stuff. If you want it let me know!

Purchased from MyVintageMending on July 18, 2012

$27.00 USD            
Purchased from CreativeBreathing on September 7, 2012

$34.00 USD

Purchased from MyVintageMending on July 22, 2012

$21.00 USD