Sunday, November 22, 2015

Are We Drowning or Surviving?

Another day, another outlook on life.

As many of us feel as if we are drowning in life's everyday confrontations and trials, many others fight greater battles while they are trying to stay afloat from drowning.

For the past 30 years life as blown me some very strong battles to fight. When I was barely 38 years old my youngest son was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 12. Then 6 months later I had to undergo a serious brain surgery to correct a vein that was ready to explode and as I was being prepared for that surgery I received a call that my oldest son had a serious football accident on the football field. He had crushed his elbow in three pieces and needed immediate surgery and they needed me to sign his surgery papers. The nurse brought upstairs the papers for me to sign so my son could have his surgery. He was on the 2nd floor and I was on the 4th floor getting ready for my brain surgery...while my youngest son was at University Hospital undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. 

My surgery had to be rescheduled. Then 2 weeks layer as both my sons were home recuperating I went into surgery with a heart full of faith and a prayer under breath. My surgery was suppose to be only 5 hours long but it ended up being 16 hours long. Nine days after being in ICU I had to be taken again into surgery because I developed an internal hemorrhage of the brain. Another 17 hours under the knife to perform that surgery...but in less than 24 hours from being taken out of surgery and into ICU... I was rushed back into surgery for another 9 hours of surgery to remove a blood clot I had developed after falling into a coma.

I had been given 24 to live once I came out of the third surgery, but by the miracle of God among so many prayers and blessing, I awoke from the coma. Though I couldn't speak because of the respirator down that was down my throat, a thumbs up or down was enough for me to communicate with everyone. 

As I slowly recuperated I received divorce papers in the mail. Four big blows all within 7 months. I don't know how I did it but I survived. I kept prayer as my main focus among all the turmoil, and even though I was drowning...I never died.

Having our lamps filled with oil at all times allows us to overcome many trials and tribulations in life. Though I am still receiving many blows in life, more than anyone can imagine... none of them were more greater and more painful than losing my son.  I lost my baby boy just 1 year after my surgery and 2 months after my divorce. My son's death was my hardest blow, my divorce was not. 

I am here with God by my side. He can help anyone to be strong while fighting 1, 2 or 10 battles all at once.

He is the miracle worker and He lives!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Great Thrift Store Find

Hi everyone....

Its been a super busy week trying to get some last minute furniture and home projects done. But thank God I am almost done before the cold weather stops me from finishing.

So last week I entered my favorite little thrift shop that has a little bit of everything for so little money, its a great little shop. And last week I found these beautiful curtain tie backs in solid brass for $2 dollars and they are super heavy in weight. I love them and they look so nice in my living room. Take a peek at them on the wall.

Solid Brass curtain tie backs...$2 dollars for both.

I guess for $2 dollars they are both stunning...I was so happy to get them and that's a great deal.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Free Home Deodorizer

After reading all those expensive magazines like Glamour, Cosmopolitan or Elle, we tend to discard them throwing out a free deodorizer that can be used inside our vacuum cleaner.

These magazines always have small strips of cologne samples that entices us to buy the fragrance, but I use them to deodorize my home as I vacuum.

Take the cologne strip out of the magazine and save them for when you empty the vacuum bag. Do not open the strip until you are ready to put it inside the new vacuum bag or container. Once the new bag is ready to be installed; cut up about 2 of these strips and toss them inside the bag. Then put the vacuum bag where it belongs, now vacuum the house while at the same time you are delivering a free deodorizing scent into the house through every vac.

Have a great week everyone.

Monday, November 2, 2015

From Trash to Treasure

Before moving into my new apt. I had a huge home sale to get rid of excessive items I did not need (Downsizing???). One item I sold was my mosaic dining room table & chairs I had done myself. Downsizing left me hunting for a couple of bar stools for my breakfast counter. Financially I chose not to buy new ones so I started hunting around for a couple of used bar stools.

To my surprise I found two bar stools at our local Goodwill store. These abused, run down and unloved bar stools just needed some tender loving care and for $6.00 dollars a piece, I knew I could give them just that. As an artist in so many ways, I visualized the results at the end of the road before I get there. So I bought the bar stools and with some elbow grease, sanding, staining and upholstering I restored them to become gorgeous seats for my new apt.

 Two bar stools for $6...before

Phase 1...before photo

Phase 2...sanding

Phase 3...the results....Beautiful!!!

They both came out great!
Not bad for $12.00 and some free fabric and cushions.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Homemade Kale Chips

What a lovely Sunday.
 The day started as a very cloudy rainy day and by noon the rain had stopped and the sun was shining brightly. With that note I desired to have some kale chips, so after a good wash I drizzled them with olive oil, I then sprinkled some garlic & onion powder and some salt.  Then baked them at 250 degrees for 3 hours. They were divine and they took away my salt desires. They are great as a treat for any diet and since I am a gluten free vegan, they fall into my daily plant base diet...they are delicious.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Old Kitchen-New Kitchen Coming

Life has been a bit stressful for me lately.

For 6 days now I have been having a bad tooth ache. The crazy thing is that this tooth had a root canal last year. And now its killing me. I had to take antibiotic for 10 days before the oral surgeon could redo the root canal again on it and put in a new tooth implanted on that space. I am on pain med's which also has me sleeping up to 5 times a day.

The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and I hope to be better by the next day.

I got the news about 2 months ago that I will be getting a brand new kitchen. So in two weeks my kitchen will be torn apart.
I will have new kitchen cabinets, the entire kitchen will be painted, a new refrigerator and new floor tiles.

So take a look at these photos of the kitchen before its wrecked. New photos will be coming soon. These old cabinets are so hideous.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Celebrating Paloma's Birthday

 Happy Sweet 16th Birthday to our Paloma.

 Paloma turned 16 years old and all she wanted was to have was a bonfire and a soccer game with 10 of her best friends. And that's exactly what she got. The only people there other than her friends were her parents, grandparents and two of her aunts. We all had a wonderful time together.

Here is Paloma when she was a baby with daddy.

She was a ham and goofy as a baby...we loved it.

Here she is with Nana (me)

The great elementary school years

Happy Birthday Paloma 

 Now she's
 all grown up at 16 years old and beautiful.

Great bonfire.

Here we are, the family and friends.

It was a great party...HAPPY BIRTHDAY PALOMA.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Yummy and Cute Halloween Treats

 Yummy ideas for Halloween can be so creative and so cute. I came across these edible treats that are so easy to make for your little goblins when they knock at your door or for your upcoming Halloween party. Take a peek at them, they are so cute.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Decorating For Fall & Winter

Fall is just a few days away. but here at home after doing my Fall cleaning the living room got an added decorative color for Fall and Winter. I have added a medium color blue to my living room. The sage green and cranberry I had before just needed a burst of color to enhance the living room and this beautiful blue did just that. Now the room looks great and inviting...check it out.

This is the before look

This is the after

I found these striped pillow shams at Goodwill for $2 dollars and they made the couch pop...I love it.

I found this toss pillow at a thrift store for $2 dollars. After being laundered and dried it came out beautiful and I added it to my living room.

Nice warm & cozy room.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day and though the rain is suppose to arrive this weekend, I am trying to enjoy every sunny day that arrives from heaven. As the sunshine continues to shine, the holidays here on earth are starting to overcome us. Halloween is right around the corner and I found some cute ideas to get your house ready for this day of tricks & treats. So take a peek at these cute decorations and ideas.

I love this cupcake.

Frozen iced hands frozen in rubber gloves can sure keep the punch really cold. 

Cute tealites on top of spray painted Styrofoam balls to decorate any Halloween table.

Love this idea.

Balloons adorned with cheese cloth.

Nice idea.

So cute.

This is one of my favorites.