Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Favorite Etsy Things...

Being away from the computer for a long time, I had not visited my favorite handmade place to shop... Etsy. Now that I'm catching up on my blog reading I take a little time each day to see what's happening over there and check out my favorite sellers. Here are some for today...

Romantic Vintage Doily Bunting - Garland - 12 Feet of Spring Lace Flags Organic Gingham
(from worthygoods) (Heidi-this has your name all over it!)

VR-101 VinTaGe inspired pillow

Vintage Treasures Door Knob Coat Rack

NEW Tanya Whelan DELILAH 6 Half Yard Bundle BLUES Quilt Fabric
(from mimis....not my friend Mimi)

(from Mimi...yes, my friend Mimi)

Digital Mail Labels
(from my friend Sandy at BlogBannerQueen...such cute things!)

Tea Lover Paper Doll Envelope
(another friend Michelle at've seen her work on my blog many times)
Wedding Bird Cake Topper
from the amazing HouseofWhimsy2..Mary Lou)

Set of Six Mini Rosette Flower Embellishments
(My colorful pal Laurie of trinketsnh)

Absent Minded Professor Swarovski Plush Owl
Last but by no means least, is this adorable owl completely made by hand
from my talented and sweet niece, Wendi, of

I have not purchased from all of these sellers but they are on my favorites list. Enjoy browing through their shops and seeing the amazing things they make.

Apparently, Blogger is having some issues with the Google sign-in feature and I, and many other people are unable to leave comments for others. I have been trying and trying to say hi but the system is not cooperating. They say they're working on it...I hope they fix it soon!

Be back soon!

Friday, May 20, 2011


Last week, on someones (I can't for the life of me remember who) blog, I saw a link to a New York-Style Crumbcake recipe. New York Style means that the crumb layer is almost as thick as the cake layer. New York Style means that you don't even want to know the calorie count or fat grams in this just want to eat it. I have had similar crumbcake at Starbucks and have always wanted to make one. Because my sweet friends Mimi and Joni were coming for coffee on Tuesday and another dear friend, Nancy, was coming later that day for a sleepover, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try this recipe. I made it Monday night while watching Dancing With The Stars (of course I'm watching and voting for Hines Ward and Kym Johnson!!!)
I'm sorry that I don't remember the blog that the link came from but here is the link to the recipe.
Because David was still in Israel with my camera (he's home safe and sound now) I asked Mimi to take some pictures.

Truth be told....if given a choice between something chocolaty and something with crumbs and cinnamon...I'd go for the crumbs every time! Here is the link to the recipe.  It is taken from the book "Baked Explorations" by Matt Lewis & Renalto Poliafito. You will love this one!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's Been a Long Month!

I have been home from the hospital since the Wednesday before Easter and I can finally say that I am starting to feel pretty normal. (Well, whatever that means!)
I won't scare you with all of the gruesome details but I can tell you that 12 inches of my colon is gone...along with some other body parts. The surgery was much more serious than we or the Doctor realized until he got in there. I was in the hospital for 16 days and it amazes me how you lose all muscle tone after laying in a bed for a few weeks. I have been working hard to just be able to walk up a flight of stairs without holding on to two railings. (I'm almost there!) When I first came home, I was filled with so much fluid that I could hardly drag my body around. It took 8 days (and 20mg of Lasix each day) to take 17 pounds of fluid away. (I have lost a total of about 24 pounds)
The day after I came home from the hospital, my daughter Michelle flew in from New Jersey for 6 days to care for me. I have always been amazed by her energy and determination but I can honestly say that I couldn't have gotten through that first week without her! She was a wonderful cheerleader and did alot to motivate me. Thank you Michelle. You gave me the greatest gift...the gift of your presence, and your loving care!
Our youngest son and daughter-in-love, Michael and Jackie, came for Mother's Day weekend. We hadn't seen them since before Thanksgiving and we were so happy to have them here. On Monday, Michael flew home to Long Island but Jackie stayed with me until this past Friday morning. It was the first time Jackie and I had spent "alone" time together and we really had fun....talking, watching movies...going to Target! I liked having her all to myself. Thanks Jackie...I loved your company!
The reason that Jackie stayed with me this past week is because David left on Tuesday for a 10 day trip to The Holy Land.....a trip of a lifetime for him. Of course, he was selected to go and the arrangements made months and months ago. I'm glad that I was healing respectably so that he didn't back out. He's having a wonderful time and is overwhelmed with the things he is seeing and learning about. I want to thank all of you who took the time to pray for me over the last 6 weeks....and those who left supportive comments and sent cards and gifts. Your thoughts and prayers saw me through a very difficult time and I appreciate it more than I can ever tell you. I was comforted to know that I was never alone...God was always by my side. The prayers of my family, my church family and my friends all helped me through the darkness back into the light. Thank you so very much.
I may not be posting very much until David comes home...he has our one and only camera so I can't take photos of anything. I just wanted you to know that I've come a long way and I'm glad to be back!!



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