My granddaughter, who is 15, took an art class this past summer and made several things. One was a picture with a lot of texture on it -- I don't know for sure, but I think it was made with tissue paper that was painted. Hard to describe and I am no artist, by any stretch of the imagination! Anyway, I loved this picture and she gave it to me as a house warming gift the day I moved in. I finally got it framed and picked it up today. She'll be surprised to see it framed and hanging above my fireplace:
We are truly blessed by this girl -- she's beautiful and has a personality to match.
J.R. is not feeling well. He's 13 and I'm afraid he has a serious illness. I got back from a trip to Florida last week and he had an infection in his mouth. He had to have two teeth pulled. He seems to have bounced back from that, but he's lost 10 pounds in the past year or so and is all skin and bones. He's having trouble with his balance now. I suspect he has cancer, and I'm hoping I don't have to make the decision to have him put to sleep - although I will not let him suffer. I just took this picture -- we're in the office and you'll notice I still have boxes to unpack!
I put my big-girl panties on and drove myself to Florida. I have an old (we've known each other since kindergarten when we were 4 years old!) friend that is living the RV life and is wintering in Florida now. I drove down to see him. I stayed at a great Hampton Inn on Orange Beach, AL, which was only 7 miles from his RV park in FL. It was just what I needed -- we did nothing but relax, a little walking on the beach, a few get-togethers at the campground in the evenings around a campfire. It was the first vacation I've taken since 2007. I took two days to drive down and two days to drive back - about 7-1/2 hours each day. I had no problems. I did join AAA before I left and I had my local mechanic check out my car and change the oil, just to be on the safe side. I proved to myself that I can do things as a single woman - and that was important to me. Next up is a trip to Hawaii! I'm going to "Quilting on the Beach". I've signed up for classes with Nancy Lee Chong -- I've taken all her classes on Quilt University and can't wait to do the classes in person. And, Hawaii has been on my bucket list for years! (Bill wouldn't take me there because he'd been there - of course it was during WWII!).
I think I'm finally getting things organized enough that I can maybe do a blog post a little more often :-).
I've been blessed with my little dog for 13 years. He's been a treasure.
Safe travel to and from Florida.
Something to look forward to every day.
Not very good pictures because I forgot my camera, as usual.It poured down rain for most of the day, but let up just a little for the kids to get out and do some trick or treating. They had a ball -- rain and all!
This first one is AJ -- he carried a scythe, so pretty much the Grim Reaper! He's 9.
Next is Will, 6 - he was an adorable giraffe! And then Mikey, 3 - he was Fireman Mickey Mouse. Can't see the Mouse ears too well in this pic. This was the first year I actually got to go up and see them on Halloween -- I'm only an hour away now. Until next time, Blessings...