Monday, June 7, 2010

It's been a long time...marathon post and Mosaic Monday

Hi, sorry that I haven't been posting anything, I've been back in the hospital again.
I had another surgery, I had kidney failure and had to have a nephrostomy bag
placed in my left kidney. I already had a piece in my left from a prior kidney
failure. I regret to say that both of my kidneys are bad now but I'm hanging in
there and to be honest feel pretty good right now. I've been on IV meds again
here at home since I've been out of the hospital but now I can be off of them for
about 2 weeks. So right now I'm feeling good.I want to thank everyone for all your prayers, love, friendship, happy thoughts,
strength positive energies, cards, calls, gifts! I can't tell yous how deeply touched
it has been for me in my life to have found the loving, sweet and fantastic new
friends and family in each and everyone of you! Thank you all so much, your love
has really meant the world to me!

So many things have taken place in the last month that I've been in the hospital
but I want to start with first things first...back at the beginning of May I had won a fantastic Giveaway from Carol from My Painting Room

I won a $25 Michael's gift card and a gorgeous Violet Watercolor Print. Thank you so much Carol, I love the Violet Watercolor Painting, it's so beautiful and reminds me of my mother...thank you! I'm also very sorry that I haven't been able to post this earlier for you. If anyone would want to stop in at Carol's Etsy Shop and see her
wonderful work I'm sure that you'll be pleased

Then, while I was in the hospital my wonderful and very sweet good friend, Lisa
Criswell from Indigo's beads
sent me the most gorgeous, beautiful and incredible beaded cuff, "Dot's"! I just
love it...thank you so much Sweetie! Giant hugs to you! Lisa makes the most
awesome one of a kind beaded embroidery pieces! I'm her #1 Fan!

Lisa also has a Etsy Shop

She's a proud mother of 4 great children, has a wonderful husband and is a awesome and very talented designer! Oh...and a super picture
taker to!
I joined a really fun group, Goddess Dolls on Yahoo and met a incredible bead
artist, Christine or better known as Littlebead there. Christine has a Etsy Shop where I purchased pre-made doll forms and Christine also makes the dolls stands from copper
pieces that are great!

She also has many gorgeous beaded dolls that you'll find there to! These are the two that I got from Christine and I'm so excited to try my hand at these! I've never made a totally beaded doll before but I'm sure going to give it a go.

I did make a small spirit doll for my Goddess Doll Group and also my Decidedly Different Dolls Yahoo group that I've joined. Here she is...Moon Beam.

I have to say that I'm not really pleased with this one, but it was my first go at a doll and this is what I had come up with. However, the gorgeous Cab that I used for Moon Beam's face is one that my very close, dear and good friend, my"Sis," Beth from Bellesanbeaus Crafts made for me. Please make sure you stop in at her blog, Beth is a wonderful person, great friend, mother, mammaw and is one very talented lady! It doesn't matter what Beth makes she's talented in so many different things. Over the years she's made so many gorgeous and one of a kind pieces.

This past week has been a good and a bad one for me. First off on a great note, it's been the first of a very long time that I haven't had to use my cane for almost a full week now! It makes me so happy! I had been in a wheel chair for a time then have been in and out of walkers then my cane so not to have to use it right now is a total blessing for me! Now for the not so good...this week I had to replace my refrigerator. My old one that to be honest really wasn't that old but it seen it's last day this past week. I lost all the freezer foods. Wowww can't tell you what a awful feeling that was! Then, now this is funny but at the time it happened I really didn't think it was. Anyways, I have very a small kitchen. I had a apartment size refrigerator in it that had broke. Well...guess what??? My new refrigerator doesn't fit in my kitchen without having to cut down partially some very needed cupboards! So, it's now in the garage. Although this did opened up a very needed space in the kitchen! This really made me want to utilize the new space, which I did at that! I do have to thank Beth for this excellent idea though! To buy a small counter top, get a stool and and built in work top. Well here's good news dad came over and gave me a awesome counter
top, I got a stool, one of my sons put the counter top up for me, still used one of the other cupboard's with it thanks to my daughter-n-law, Cat and her great idea. Then because of what the old floor looked like where the other refrigerator had been I had to buy new floor. One man came over and laid it for me for free that was from my Church. I have to say that he, Matt laid this floor and did such a great job on it for me...thanks so much Matt! so now I just have to paint in the kitchen and it'll have a complete make over to which it really did need! Now that I'm thinking about this it actually was a lucky thing for me that my other refrigerator broke down, look at all the nice things that came from it! this like a marathon post or what??? lol I haven't posted now for a lil over a month and geezzz check me out this evening. lol Tomorrow is my youngest twin grand-daughters, Haley and Kaley's 7th birthday. I had them all of this weekend, we had a lot of fun together! It's so nice that I was well enough to have them again to, makes me very happy! They love to come to Maw-maw's house, they get to wear some makeup, get their nails done, make jewelery, giggle, tell make believe stories, read, color, you name it we do it and naturally we do "girly girl" things together. Happy Birthday girls...Maw-maw loves yous!

My second oldest son, Michael and his wife, Donna, my daughter-n-law are about to have their second child, my 7th grand-baby! Whahoooooooo Her name is Sofia, I don't know what they're gonna to have her middle name be yet, this has been a very long discussion. Anyways, lil Sofia is due the 17th of this month! I'm so excited about her coming to, I almost can't wait! I loveeeee my grand-kids! Last week my daughter-n-law went in for her last ultra sound picture, Wowww, I've never seen anything like this before in my life! So I'd like to share this with yous. Sofia at 6lbs and 8ozs.

This weekend my oldest grandson, Jonathan aka "Jon" had his hair cut. Here's a new picture of him:

Okie dokie, now for a peek at my beading tray, hmmm looks pretty messy to me but lots of things going on. Since I hadn't been able to bead while I was sick I'm just now starting some new pieces so here's a quick peek. The daffodil cabs you see in the picture are ones that Beth at Bellesanbeaus Crafts had made for me.

I do want to say that I'm so happy for my friend, Nicole Campanella from Beadwright for her brother Vince and his strength, will to live, love, and his recovery every day! Vince was very ill and he's doing so much better now. Please be sure to keep him, Nicole and their family in your prayers.
I want to say happy Mosaic Monday to everyone! I've sure missed Mosaic
Monday's since I've been in the hospital, so I'm very happy to be here today! I do want to say a big thank you to Mary at Little Red House for being the gracious hostess she is and for having Mosaic Monday! Please do try to stop in and visit with her, I know she'd love to have you! While you're there please check out all our friends mosaic pictures here in Blogland, they're always so interesting and fun!

Well for pete sakes...after a entire month of no posts and here I am trying to post this and good ole blogger is down, hmm what to think about this! I wonder if anyone else is having the same problem I am this evening??? This is what it's telling me: "Blogger is currently unavailable right now. We apologize for this interruption in service." hmm I sure hope that blogger can fix this problem ASP! I think those Gremblins are trying to take Blogger over again! lol Marie...helppp, please be sure to stop in at Marie Segal's from Art From My Heart and her new Etsy Shop she has some incredible things there!
Well, I've tried waiting in hopes that Blogger would have fixed what ever problem it was that they're having again but it's a no go this evening! It's now midnight and I'm going to try to lay down and rest, I haven't been sleeping so well for about 3 days now so I'm tired. I'll try to post first thing in the morning! You whoooo Blogger Gremblin's go AWAY! Blogger, come out, come out wherever you are! lol

Stayed tuned...

Thank you so much for stopping in and for your love and caring! Until the next
time, bead happy...

Hugs and happy beading...


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I'm so sorry for all of your problems Bobbi. Geez girl, you've had a tough road there. I guess I missed it, but why are your kidneys not doing well?
Congrats on all the great wins and I do hope things turn around for you and happier days ahead!
And I had all that trouble with blogger too!
Hugs, Cindy

Marie S said...

It is so good to have you back girl.
We have missed you here.
Love and hugs
and have a great week!

Meri said...

I can't believe all the things that are going on in your life. You've really had a string of bad luck. I'm hopeful that means you're due for some general wonderfulness.

Sheila said...

Hello Bobbi - I'm sorry to hear of all the medical troubles you've been having and hope that things will be smooth sailing for you from now on. You certainly have a lovely fan club of grandchildren to cheer you on. Best wishes and I hope that this summer will be a good season for you. The bead dolls are sweet and will be fun to make.

xinex said...

So sorry about all your kidney troubles, Bobbi, but I am glad you are feeling good right now. Hope it stays that way. Congrats on all those pretty winnings and for another grandchild on the way. Happy birthday to the cute twins!...Christine

Dishesdone said...

Wow, you've had more than your share! Glad you're feeling better and a new grandbaby soon, that's fantastic!

Congrats on the win, beautiful painting! Good to see your mosaics again!

Debbie said...

Hi Bobbi.....welcome home, welcome back!~ I am glad you are feeling good now. Your pictures and mosaics where so awesome...I bet you missed blogging too. Not sure if I ever Mom was born with three kidneys...she had major surgery when she was 12 and now lives with one and half....knock wood, she has been healthy kidney wise for many years. I do wish you the very best, and great to see you too!~

Mary Lou said...

I wish I were close to you so I could help you in some way but I will pray for your healing.
I love everything you posted especially the cuff bracelet. There are so many talented people in this world that put me to shame!
I also had blogger trouble. I think they update sometimes or something but it's only temporary.
Hang in there blogger friend.

Wendy said...

Glad you are home from the hospital. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
What a wonderful winning, she has a great etsy shop!! Your bracelet is beautiful. Sounds like a sweet friend.
Your grandchildren are adorable! I know...aren't the ultrasounds today amazing!

eileeninmd said...

I am sorry you have such bad health problems. It is great that you have a great attitude. I wish you all the best. Great photos and cool beadart.

Carol said...

Oh, Bobbi! Poor baby! I'm keeping you in my thoughts & wishing you the best. I'm so glad you like your give-away. Thanks for making me part of this marathon post! Hugs to you!

Shelia said...

Hi Bobbi! I'm so sorry to hear you've been in the hospital! Bless your heart! You'll be in my prayers.
What sweet gifts and it's so obvious that you are loved.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kamini said...

Bobbi, so sorry for all that you are going thru, but hang in there. I am sending you some good vibes from all the way across the pond in India! What an awesome spirit you have though! Its inspiring! Thanks also for stopping by my blog!

ellen b. said...

Oh Bobbi! I'm so glad you are home and able to update your bloggy friends. I'm praying for you right now that things would go well for you. What a great attitude you have. God bless you...

Kathy said...

Hello! I appreciate you stopping by Bobbi, I am sorry to hear all that you have been going through. I will add you to our prayer list. What adorable grands!
Your great wins I am sure brought a big smile!
God Bless,

Lorrie said...

Oooh, sounds like you've had a tough go of things lately. You sound like you are handling life with all its troubles well, and I pray that continues.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment - I was glad to come by here and get to know you a little.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow Bobbi, You've been though so much this past month! I am glad you are recovering well and I will pray that you continue to heal and feel good.

All the gifts you won are so pretty! I will try to visit the ETSY shops when I get a chance and look around.

The bead doll you made is so cute. You are very talented.

You have been so blessed with such a wonderful large family and now a new baby grand girl on the way! Congratulations in advance!

Stay strong!

{{ hugs}}

Ebie said...

Oh Bobbi, I am sorry to hear about your situation. But I admire you for your courage and strong will. I dearly love your post, and hope things will be better.

Hugs and blessings. Congratulations to all your gifts and wins!

Take care.

Meet Virginia said...

Life gets so so crazy right! Your blog is too cute!


Meet Virginia!
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Meet Virginia!!!

The Shiny Pebble said...

Glad to know you are feeling well. Will send a prayer your way. I am so sorry you've had to go thru this.

Christine said...

Hi Bobbi, I am so glad to have met you. Your strength and courage are so inspiring! Hope you are feeling good today. Thank you for blogging about me I really appreciate it:) I see you have started one of the longer of the 2 dolls that you bought and from what I can see you are a natural at beaded dolls!!!!
Can't wait for more close up pics! Ohh the purple lucks so pretty with the lt blues. Now I'm inspried to go create! Thanks sweetie...Live LOve Laugh.littlebead/Christine

Marie S said...

Well is it working?? LOL!! I love the goddesses Bobbi and the things you are doing with Beth cabs. Her litle face are just awesome and your bead work is fabulous and together they are awebulous!!
I love the moon beam one!!
Happy Birthday to the girls. They are getting so big and so is yourgrandson, they grow up so fast don't they.
I hope you are doing ok today and not too sore.
I will talk to you soon,
Love and hugs.

luna said...

Glad you're feeling better and a new grandbaby soon, that's fantastic!
And thanks for visiting my blog and all your good wishes for my granson-baby Valentin!

Beadwright said...

I have now words. OMG no words for meeee??? I know how much you have been going through. Thanks for sharing your life with us and for the prayers for Vince. I have not been posting but he is not better and we almost lost him, again, the other night.
Anyway When are you going to bead Marie's cab??? I think I will get started today. want to have a one on one show down with our work??? Just for fun.
Glad you are back. I have missed you.

Beadwright said...

OK Bobbie
I am confused about the cab thing. But if you were to bead one we could have a show down. LOL I think it may be a long day. ha ha ha

Bellesanbeaus said...

Wow you were on a roll girlfriend!!! first off the package you got was amazing...the watercolor lil picture is too cute! Miss Lisa's cuff is gorgeous! Those lil dolls are cute...can't wait to see what you do with them.(although some do still scare me!!! lol) You are doing me proud with the daffy's cabs...I know some pretty excited daffies when they get em!!! lol Glad you are feeling better and i still believe your mother guides your hands...your work would make her so proud! love ya Beth

Icy BC said...

Sorry to hear about your health problem, and the string of bad luck..Wishing you happier days.

EG Wow said...

I'm so sorry you have health issues! But hooray that you can now walk without a cane.

LDH said...

You sure have had lot going on in your life! I am happy that you are getting around without your cane too. Very excited about the new grandbaby on the way!

Christine's Beadworks said...

It's good to have you back and feeling better. Loved reading your blog today.

Liz said...

Hi Bobbi! It's great to have you back, I've really missed reading your posts. So glad to hear that you're feeling better. Sending you (((hugs)))

Liz x

Natasha said...

I am so sorry to hear about your terrible time! I am so glad that you are feeling a little better. Take care of yourself!

Best wishes,

colorchic said...

So sorry to hear of all your problems. Hope that better days ahead for you! Glad you are back in posting mode! Happy Beading... You are a gifted artist!
Take Care

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

i'm so happy that you were able to post a catch up post, bobbi. i have missed seeing you here in blog world. the pics of your grandbabies are fabulous and the little pic of sofia is just amazing! you can tell already that she's a beautiful baby! congrats on your gift card win! hope you have fun shopping with that. you'll have to tell us about all the goodies you get. and thank you so much for the shout out to my blog and shops. i'm so happy that you like your dots bracelet! hope you get tons of good use from it!

hope you are feeling better. i need to sit down and write an email to you, but i've been down in the dumps this past week and haven't had the motivation to do anything whatsoever. lots of love and hugs to you.

Sarah said...

Yay, welcome back Bobbi! I missed you. I have got a little award for you on my blog! Hop over and have a look;-)