Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Little Rearranging

Yesterday, I woke up feeling quite good and had the desire to rearrange our master.  Something I haven't felt good enough to do in a long time.  I originally thought that I wouldn't be able to do it all by myself (always concerned with a fast heart rate) so I had asked my sweet husband when he got home if he'd help.  His response was usual, he always says yes but I could hear unhappiness in his voice, lol.  He's been so good to me since all of these health issues started.

I will share a bit of my progress.  I had had enough of not feeling good so I had been researching vitamin deficiencies and their symptoms.  I went in to my Dr and asked for blood work checking for whatever might be causing the problems.   Not to my surprise, I was very low with Vitamin D and borderline with my B-12.  Ordered to take 50,000 units a week of the D, I began 2 weeks ago.  Again, I did some more research and found that everyone of my symptoms were all linked up with low vitamin D.  Can you believe it?  Not once had my vitamin levels been checked other than calcium from another DR over a year ago.  Let me name what my symptoms were and still are but subsiding each day.  Heart palpitations, fast heart rate, high blood pressure, ocular migraines (eye problems), tingling in my left leg and arm, severe leg pain, headaches, pain in my right side (I've had so many testes checking for gall bladder, appendix, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and bladder problems), insomnia ( I would wake up after an hour of sleep and couldn't go back to sleep), nightmares (even went to a sleep clinic), hair falling out(that goes with my thyroid issues so I didn't think too much about that), indigestion, beau's lines on my fingernails, kidney stones, and issues with what I thought was menopause.   I've had so much testing and everything always came back fine other than having sinus tachycardia and was medicated for that. I've been on a low sodium diet for one year trying to lower my BP and lost weight too!  But I still felt horrible almost everyday.  I think it's awful funny that vitamin D is actually linked up to everyone of these symptoms!  Not just 2 or 3...but all of them!  I am hoping that this has been the problem and by taking a replacement for it will make me feel lot's better.  So far, so good!  I even had to take xanax to just make it through the day because my heart would speed up and then panic would set in on top of that making it worse.  Now, I take nothing for that because I don't have that problem anymore.  I will say this....I have prayed and prayed for God to give me an answer, to lead me to what is the problem.  I know He has been with me all this time, helping me to get through each day.  It's by His grace and love that I've made it this far!  I thank Him for loving me and protecting me every step of this long road I've been on.  He knows I HATE taking anything, including Advil!   So there is my progress...please keep me in your prayers.  I just want to be able to enjoy my time with my family,  my home and I want to be able to go to church without feeling bad.  I am hoping that this is the answer!

Now, as for yesterday....I did all of the rearranging by myself!  I even moved the big armoire on my own, and Louis was even underneath it batting at my feet as I pushed!  Now, that was an accomplishment!  The hubby was so pleased to be able to come home and relax, lol.  God knows I love him dearly!

Here's a glimpse of what it used to look like before we made the canopy and added the columns.




I moved the sofa to the long wall and then put the chaise to the right of the sofa.

Now, I'll be all nice and warm with the fire this Winter.

This sucker is heavy!  But I got it moved with sliders (best things invented) to this corner.  And thankfully, I had room for all of my furniture!

I even moved the things on the wall around.  However, I had lots of patching holes.

I love this grouping...perfect for this long wall where the armoire used to be.

We only have one window, but as you can see, it let's plenty of light in especially on a cloudy day like today.

I love our space!

I even did some sewing.  I made a table cover for the round end table.

And I thought I would put some curtains up to cozy it up a bit for Winter.  I had these shower curtains that i wasn't using but were too short to hang here.  So...I added some fabric to the top and a ruffle.  I love them!

Keeping them open mostly, but having an option to close them is really nice!  Like when the office area is a mess....

 I've used lot's of fabric to divide sections off in the open floor plan.  It's a lot cheaper and easier than trying to build walls or doors.

I moved the settee back to the foot of the bed.  I have to say...the cozy factor is coming along nicely. 

 I love spending time down here and so does Louis!

I hope you all are having a blessed week....and thank you for letting me share my life with yours!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As Fall arrives in all of her beauty, I can't help to have a heavy heart.  My beautiful world is changing so rapidly.  I am seeing things happen in this world that I have only heard and read stories about.
Do we really understand what is happening to the United States?  Our freedom of speech, our choice of religion, our daily lives are all being compromised.   We are all facing a deadly disease unlike the aids era that I grew up with.  It isn't something we can try and prevent by our behavior or choices.  It is something that is affecting all of us as the media plays it all out.  The fear, the worry, it is all so hard to take. 

We have sat back and watched rights taken away and given to others because of their protests. 

Pastors are being  subpoenaed for their this all really happening?

Our country was founded upon freedom in all areas as long as we followed our countries laws.  I am just dumbfounded as I sit back and watch this story unfold.  

We all need to come together and pray for our country, our people, our families, our loved ones to have open eyes and ears to see how sly the enemy has been and what is being accomplished.  We all need to know who God is and how He is the answer to everything.

My world now is consumed with prayer and a heavy heart.  My little corner of the world is rapidly changing.  Please join in with me and we've never prayed before.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Angel Wings and a Miracle

Today has been a huge blessing to me.  My Aunt Judy is now home and her daughter is taking care of her.  She sat up on the side of the bed all by herself for 45 minutes today.  She is able to move her right leg a little but still can't move her right arm.  God has been good since we all have been told nothing else could be done and there would be no improvement.  Well...God has the last word on that one!  After having a massive stroke, just look at this miracle!

He is moving in their lives amazingly!
God is so good!

Now I know why I felt the need to make Angel wings so badly.  

I had seen a link on Pinterest where someone had made a set of angel wings from coffee filters.  A perfect little project for a day like today.

I had a cereal box, cut it up in the form of wings, hot glued some fabric to the back and then hot glued the coffee filters to the printed side.  I scrunched them as I went in the form of the wings making sure they mimicked feathers to the best of my ability.  

I thought a fabric rose would be pretty along with some tulle and ribbon.  The hubby really liked it and asked if I was going to sell them, lol.  He thought it was that good to say something like that!

I love them hanging on the gun cabinet.  I had a set I made from fabric last year for Christmas but I ended up putting them on a dress form.

  I missed the little wings, so the new coffee filter wings are perfect!

I'l tellin' ya....Louis loves to have his photo taken!   He poses so perfectly every time he see's me with my camera, lol.  He's my little angel for sure....God knew I needed him after  losing my Sweet Oliver.

Remember this basket?  I wasn't happy with the liner not being white.  I thought about adding a ruffle but then decided to make a whole new liner.

White of course...

and with a ruffle.  It's the little details that make me say ahhh....

I hope you all are having a blessed week, I know I am!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marrying Pieces

I don't know if I shared Mammaw's old Hoosier cabinet with you here on the was recently given to me by my Uncle Jack.  It used to be in her pantry and I remember making many a biscuits on the old enamel top.  She would give me a scoop of flour and I would spread it out,  then she'd give me some of her dough.  Of course my biscuits would be hard as rocks and tiny.... Oh what sweet memories!   Mom remembers making biscuits on the enamel top too.  
Mammaw kept chocolate chips and mini marshmallows in the upper cabinets.  My buddies   and I would find them and add to our ice cream.  It was always a thrill to find those treats stashed away for a sweet surprise!

I had planned on putting it in the laundry room but after discovering it was too wide, I had to come up with a new plan.  So I decided to marry the upper piece with this cabinet. 
(a changing table I repurposed)

It was the perfect depth by the closet and also long enough for the upper part of Mammaw's cabinet to sit on.

So this is what I did.

I had two knobs left over from another piece of furniture that matched the bottom cabinet's knobs.  Talk about being HAPPY!

I gave it a new paint job and lined the shelves with some pretty wallpaper I've had for over a year.  Just itching to use it somewhere!

Louis has been opening the closet doors and scratching up the toilette this is gonna work out great!  He's such a stinker!

The old flour bin still works, so maybe later I may use it to store his cat food.  The roll top needed some work to function properly, but it was all still in tact after all of these years!  The entire piece was in great shape!

For now, I am storing the bottom half (my favorite part) in our storage room where it won't be damaged.  I'm giving you a little peak of that room...please don't judge me.  We all have to have that one space for all of our junk, right?  Thankfully I have the garage too!

My bath stool that I used when I came home from my hospital stay 4 years ago is the perfect height for the cabinet.  I may be doing some crafting right here....perfect spot so that I don't have to clean up afterwards.

I love looking in from the adjoining "little girls room" and seeing a part of Mammaw.  I know she'd be tickled how it turned out and with it having a new lease on life.  She always was so excited to see and hear about what I was into.  
I sure do miss her.

Of course Louis had to get in on the fun.  This is his room.  The litter pan fits perfectly under the table and skirt and his little bed is in a basket under the other cabinet.  All nice and hidden...just the way I like things to be.

The window is a perfect spot for him to lay and watch the birds since they love building nests and hanging out on the deck.

I'm still loving what we did in here a few years ago.  It's definitely a room I don't hate coming into anymore.  
I still don't like doing laundry though, lol.

So for now, Louis says so long.  And I hope you are having a blessed week...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Another Chandelier

You all know the drill by now....when I get something, it's getting a paint job!

I found this pretty gem on a FB Yard sale site for $35.  I don't think I could possibly have enough chandeliers!

Some of the gems were missing, but I knew I could replace them after I painted it.

She turned out perfect!  Can you guess where I hung it?  I didn't want to hard wire it, so I made it into a corded light that has a switch for on and off.  That way, if I ever want to move it, I can.

I carried it all throughout the house looking....I am bad about not having a place for things when I buy them.  But in my defense, I seem to always find a spot. (snicker)

Don't you think it looks nice over the bed?

Kind of romantic, right?  I think a medallion would look nice with it, don't you?

Not too big either....

And such a pretty view from the kitchen!

Life has been busy around here.  Lots of testing still going on with my health.  It looks like I will be having an endoscopy and colonoscopy done sometime in the near future.  I thought for sure my gallbladder was a mess but after having a HIDA scan, it proved all was working properly there.  So we'll see.  Prayers always appreciated in that area. (wink wink)

I've played hairdresser yet once again with my oldest daughter's hair.  

Her roots were growing out, so she decided to do an indigo blue instead of purple.  This kid cracks me up....not afraid to be different either!

Here is a picture my youngest drew of her for art class when Sara had purple hair.

I think she nailed it!  

And here is the artist...

One day she came home from school and I made her smile so I could take a photo of her before I let her in.  My girls, for some reason, won't let me take photos of them.  Think me posting them on here might have something to do with it? lol

Me and Louis have been hanging out a lot and playing.  I swear, I think he can read my mind when I pull out my phone or camera.  He knows he's about to get his photo taken and he poses every time!

See that little bell?  I love hearing it ring first thing in the morning...he makes me smile.

So far, Sara hasn't had too many problems with her allergies with him staying inside.  As long as we keep him out of the bedrooms and the back room, she should keep doing fine along with taking her allergy meds.

And as for this man saying that he's never been a cat person, well he sure can't fool me.  Just look at him laying there snuggling with Louis!

Now isn't that just the sweetest?!!

I hope all of you are doing well and that your week has went great!  I know without God in my life, I could say that mine was awful.  But thankfully, God has been right there with me through it all and I have been blessed!