Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stuff on a cold October morning

This summer our landscaping got sidetracked by the back porch project. It used to be screened in. We had the door set up so that the dogs could go out or come in at their leisure. They loved it and if it started raining, they would come in to the porch and wait for us to let them in the house. The screened porch was a great place to eat, read a book when it was raining and just enjoy a bug free evening.  But when we added the deck and patio doors to the front of our house, the deck became our place to sit and enjoy a summer evening.

This summer we replaced the screens with windows and replaced that easy access door the dogs used with a storm door.  No more in and out at leisure.  Our thought was to make the back of the house warmer by enclosing the porch.  When it's warm, I prop the storm door open for the dogs.  However, this week October has been showing it's face and the weather is cold and rainy today.  I let Tyson out at 5 AM.  When I went back to let him in he did this little dance he does and was shivering.  Here is a pic of him laying on his bed that is in My Room.  I covered him with a towel to warm him up.  We have dog beds in the living room, our bedroom and My Room. Tyson claims the one in My Room (where I sew and do my computering) as his.  If Boscoe lays on it, Tyson tattles to me that someone is sleeping in his bed.  Its a hoot.  I love Tyson just as if he was mine. (He is Corey's dog, but mine when Corey is not home).

This is a picture of my best dog ever...Jack.   The picture was taken in 2010 shortly before he died. Somewhere on this blog I have posted about Jack.  If you click his name in my word cloud you will surely find a post or two if you are interested.  I called Jack a Boxador because he was a Lab/Boxer mix. Jack was so much more than Tyson, but Tyson has the best traits of Jack. I think that is what makes Tyson so endearing to me. I miss Jack still. It's still painful to think about how much.

Three dogs live in my home and I don't have the bond with any of them that I had with Jack.  I really miss that.

So, first the weather forecast for Halloween was rather warm.  Today is Wednesday and it's rainy and cold.  It was only supposed to last two days.  Now the forecast for Saturday is more of the same.  I'm holding off buying treats for the beggers.  Terry can't eat chocolate.  Corey is cutting weight for a fight he has in two weeks so no snacks except healthy food.  I'm thinking I'm going to get juice boxes. At least I can give Corey the left overs in his lunch...wonder what the guys at work would say if they saw him drinking a juice box...a MMA fighter drinking a juice box.  I bet no one would dare say a word!!

Well, that's about it.  My current CQ block is frog themed and I'm loving it.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Let's Go To The "Halloween Haunts" Hop!!

 Welcome to the HOP!!  A huge thank you to our host Marian of
Seams to be Sew for all the hard work that goes into organizing a hop AND a give a way.  Please visit Seams to be Sew to enter a giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. For the life of me I couldn't figure out how to add the Rafflecopter to my blog.

Meet the clay Witch Sisters.  A fun class at a local craft shop taught my daughter and I how to create them. Classes with a small group of crafters is always so much fun and inspiration grows just from the chatter around the table.

Keep an eye out for little goblins like these when they come knocking at your door.  Better give them a treat before they offer up a trick!!

These mouse witches are meeting up with the Sisters.  I heard them say they are looking for the ingredients to concoct a potion.

Oh No!! They found the frog that serenades us each night.  He stays on the side of my house and hangs out on my window sill.

But this hop is about sewing and stitching.
I jumped at the change to join the blog because I knew I'd be stitching up some haunting blocks in Crazy Quilt.

A witch flies across a starry sky. A bat flies through the darkened sky.  A creature peaks out from his perch on a tree limb. Pumpkins in a patch waiting to be picked.  Skeleton hands scratching to unearth the bones below.  A cemetery where people are just dying to get in.

And don't forget the black cat, peaking from his hiding place behind the fence.  Starry skies and bats swoop in.  Spiders left their web, or are they hiding waiting for their next victim. Owls in trees, warning signs can be seen and bon fires burn....waiting for the fun to begin.

And what Halloween would be complete without the Walking Dead!!

I hope you enjoyed your visit here.  Leave a spooky comment please, and come back soon! You never know what you will find.

Don't forget to go enter the giveaway.  And go see what everyone else wants you to see.

                                                         Beads & Birds     (you are here)
                                                         Needled Mom
                                                         Fun Threads
                                                         Pampered Pettit
                                                         Vrooman's Quilts
                                                        Grandma's Stories 

The Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring the hop and has a give a way.  Please click the link to enter.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sometimes It's Hard To Admit You Have Changed Your Mind

Not that long ago, I felt a peace working in the garden, meditating while I pulled weeds or other garden chores. Before I retired, all summer long I longed to be outside. But our climate seems to be changing.  Warm and sunny summer days are few and far between. Overcast days on end looking like a threat of rain.  Or heat and humidity kept me in  air conditioned comfort keeping Terry company.  The weeds did not get pulled, the pond didn't get a landscape redo.  I felt I accomplished something when I got the decks stained and helped Terry enclose our back porch with wall to wall windows. Gosh! that took all of our short summer.

I look at the color changing leaves and think how pretty they are as I watch them drift to the ground in the breeze.  Then I look at the layer they are making and wonder if they will all come down before the county makes the rounds to collect them after we have blown them to the side of the road.

That's all really hard for my former A-type personality to admit.  I used to thrive on making sure all was in order and chores were done.  Where has my ambition gone.

My attitude has changed about other things that I won't mention here as they are controversially my own thoughts.  I wonder all the time when I hear politicians accuse other politicians of changing their stand on certain issues.  MY mind has changed and they should be allowed the same privilege.

Terry and I made a trip to the VA Hospital in Marion Indiana for an appointment with a new doc.  The hospital is located on the outskirts of town.  There seems to be a large wooded area that is surrounded by wrought iron fence.  It's really a beautiful setting. The area around the buildings has driveways leading up to them all.  It's really a park like setting.  I spotted this critter walking along a driveway .  He looked right at home, like he knew where he was going.  I wanted Terry to stop the car so I could adjust my phone to a closer setting, but Terry just doesn't do that kind of thing.. After all, there was a car behind him.  That's all I'm saying about THAT. Anyway, the big deal here for me is that it wasn't a cat or dog.  I had never this animal before so when I got home I researched the picture. It turned out to be a Gray Fox. they are not common to NORTHERN Indiana, but do live in CENTRAL Indiana. So that was our excitement for the doesn't take much!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Haunting Starts Today!!

I can't believe it!!  The Halloween Haunts Blog Hop starts today!!

There may be tricks.  There may be treats.  You'll never know if you don't go hoppin'!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Google Knows Me Too Well!!

Today is my birthday.  Just one year away from Medicare now!!  When I woke up at 5 AM to be sure Corey was up for work Terry mumbled happy birthday in his sleep.  He's so sweet!  Look what I found when I opened my Google Page.  When you hover over it on the page, I was shocked to see "Happy Birthday Carol" appear.

Should I be mad that they know so much about me?  Well, that's a given, no matter what you do they still know about you.  Nope, I wasn't mad..It brought a smile when I saw it.

Thank you Google for the birthday wishes.  Lots of friends and family will forget, but YOU didn't!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Just More Stuff

Terry takes a lot of pictures of these two.  Since I don't have a picture for today's Stuff, here's a pic of the mutts.

If you are a person that knows how to manage your health care, then you are very lucky.  But I have some things that happened recently to share with you, because managing healthcare is a learning experience because things are constantly changing.

When I needed testing done prior to my Doc appointment I went to the Anthem website to search for labs, radiology etc that were in my network.  Did you ever do that and notice the disclaimer that the info might not be current.  Believe it!  Even if you talk to someone at your insurance company that tells you companies that are in your network....DON'T BELIEVE THEM!!  Oh, you say they should know, right?  WRONG.  Actually call the place you choose to go and ASK THEM if they are in the network.  I was told by the Insurance Company that the place I wanted to go was in my Network, but when I called them I was told they are not, but their campus in a town 1/2 hour away was. If you don't want surprises on your billing, be sure to check.

When my lab work results came in, it determined that I have a hypothyroid condition.  The symptoms that I thought were caused by aging turned out to be caused by my thyroid.  Now that I am on meds, I am no longer overly tired and no longer need a daily nap.  Hopefully it will take care of other concerns too, like hair loss and overly dry skin.  In a sentence...Don't diagnose yourself.  If you feel a change in your health, check it out and don't assume you know the cause.

Here's another one for you.  My labs showed elevated Cholesterol.  I have ALWAYS had that condition.  My love of cheese and the fact that I invent ways to eat it?  Nope. Good Cholesterol level was normal, Carbohydrate level was good so high BAD Cholesterol indicated the condition is genetic and meds were indicated. oil supplement for this situation would not be effective. Doc prescribed generic Lipitor. Since I don't have prescription coverage, he mentioned that it was pretty inexpensive. When Walmart texted me the $90 price I thought "what is inexpensive to Doc is cost prohibitive to me!!" (Terry takes 10 prescriptions for his declining health so our budget is pretty tapped out on meds).  Well, I stewed on the cost of the script for a little while, then called to see if they had applied my GoodRX discount. The Tech said no, the card didn't work on this med. Well, I didn't believe that, but I didn't argue.  Remember $90.  So I went to the GoodRX website which is so very easy to use.  You put in the med name, choose the dose and pill count and vawlla....Their cost is $16.84.  You can print a coupon for the prescription, take it to the pharmacy and the price the website says you should pay is what you will be charged.  Write the amount down for your own reference because it won't be on the coupon.  Anyway, just to be sure I called GoodRX...they are ALWAYS so helpful and considerate. The rep on the phone confirmed that the price of $16.84 is correct and if Walmart needs to, they can call to confirm it.  So $90 minus $16,84 is a savings of $73.16.

If you have insurance that covers prescriptions, you won't need this info...but still it's good information to know.

I spend A LOT of time on the phone and on the computer managing Terry's health.  I can't leave it up to the Docs because truthfully one hand does not always know what the other hand is doing. It's good to have as much knowledge as you can absorb before talking to doctors.  Mostly we are dealing with the VA on Terry's health.  I have a great deal of respect for the Docs he has seen there.  He has received excellent care, but you still have to stay on top of it.

Changing the subject to pictures.  I want to make a thumbnail picture of an embroidered block I stitched.  I don't know how to size the pic so that it doesn't just turn into a blur.  Google let me down and I couldn't find the info on how to do it.  Maybe I should check U Tube.  If anyone can help me out on this I sure would appreciate it.

Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sharing a Moment of Pride

 Kyle is my youngest grandson...l8.  Though I was raised Catholic and raised my daughter in the Catholic religion, the Catholic Church pedophile scandal came to light when Ky was a baby.  That is probably the reason Ky was never baptized.  Our family fell away from the Church and never really found a replacement.  I have found my own spirituality and pray to my higher power every day.

While in High School, Kyle was introduced to the Methodist religion when he was invited by a friend to a Methodist Church Youth Group.  The leader taught him how to play the guitar.  One thing led to another and Kyle joined the band and played during New Age type services. Laurie began attending services too.

They became friends with Nancy Bennett, a lady that was studying to be a pastor.  When she was offered a Pastorship . if that is what you call a new church campus Kyle and Laurie followed her to her new church.

Kyle and Laurie are very active in the church.  After serving an internship with the Children's Youth Group, Ky was offered the Director position.

Since Kyle was never baptized, it became important for him to be baptized.  Yesterday we shared that experience with him.  It was even more important to him because it was the first Baptism that Nancy has performed.
After the baptism, Kyle's kids wanted to share their joy for him.  They celebrated with a song.

Seeing Kyle interact with these kids just filled my heart with joy.  He is so good with them.  It was very evident that they love him too.

When your grand kids grow up, you know them, but sometimes they show you a side to them that you might have known, but really didn't realize the impact they have on others.

Watching Kyle at this service made me think "He has found a home".  While Terry and I were driving home, he looked at me and said the same thing.

Congratulations Kyle.  Your faith brings you great joy.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I Thought I Wanted To Shop Alone.....Not!

There is a reason that I call my life The Crazy Train...yes I know there is a song by Ozzy called that...where do you think I got the name!

Yesterday Ky came over to spend the day working on a 69 Olds Cutlass convertible we have had stored in the garage.  He thinks he's going to drive it next summer.  I didn't want to burst his bubble by reminding him how expense it will be to drive it at today's gas prices.  Back in the 80s it was Laurie's summer car and gas cost $50 a week back THEN.  Anyway with Ky and Corey both spending the day with Terry, I took the opportunity to go fabric store/craft/purse shopping.

When I need to pick up something at "my" stores, Terry usually comes along and waits in the car.  That's OK with me AND him, but really I NEVER take the time to just look around at whatever is new.  I started at JC Penny and found the purse I wanted.  It is exactly like the summer one I use and love, but I wanted it in black for the winter.  Even at the sale price, it was twice as much as I got my summer one on clearance in the spring.  I wrote it off and moved on.  Forget the purse.

I went to Michael's and found some Spooky Town figurines that I wanted, now marked down 50%.  HUGE score because I wanted them REALLY bad.  Found some beads I "needed" and used a 50% off coupon...another score!  Went to Tuesday Morning and found size 8 embroidery needles at 50 cents a pack...bought the 6 packs they had and WAS a great score for me.    By now, I was totally burned out on shopping.  I stopped at the grocery store to pick up Lasagna noodles and headed home to feed the crew.

I started thinking about that purse.  I really did want it.  After all, I couldn't expect to ALWAYS find a steal of a deal.  I checked out the JC Penny web site and ended up ordering the purse on line because I also found an additional 20% off coupon which more than covered the cost of shipping.  Not a score, but a great after thought.

As long as I'm talking about shopping, I'll mention that I buy most of my fabric on line.  Though I have a JoAnn or two near me, I usually don't find what I want and their selection of  Kona Cotton just is not very large.  I have bought at and I like their design board options.

HOWEVER, I recently saw a shop advertised in a quilt magazine called The Fabric Shack which is located in Ohio. I REALLY like this shop and the shipping is super user friendly.  They have every shade of Kona Cotton listed by shade!! Their prices are great and carry quality brand fabrics.  Check it out and if you order, tell them I sent you.  I let them know that I would be posting about them.  I get nothing in return, for the review, just the desire that they will continue to be there when I need a fabric fix, lol .

So, if you have on line shops that you like to haunt...see how I slipped that Halloween reference in!...please mention them in a comment.  I really do go to the internet for most of my supplies.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1st and A Blog Hop Is Coming Soon!!

Okay!! Okay!!  I know! I'm always saying I don't like deadlines!  But when I was asked to participate in THIS blog hop, how could I refuse?!  Halloween is my very favorite holiday...Better than Christmas since my kids are grown.  I look forward to all those goblins and ghosts ringing my doorbell to "beg" for a treat.  I REALLY want to trick them, but I learned a long time ago that little kids don't really like the scary side of the holiday.

So, when you are surfing your blogs, be sure to stop and visit when you see a blog displaying this picture.  I just know it's going to be a ghooooly time!

Oh, I almost forgot...Happy October 1st.  This is MY month!!