Sunday, January 23, 2011


I have not been on my blog in some time. I think I wrote the morning of Jan 7th before I went to the hospital for the hip replacement. I feel like I am starting over on so many things...walking, card making, cooking, and being part of my life here with Bill and the cats and our son's family... and not sure how to begin again. Maybe this is age related or maybe I lost some of my pizazz while in the hospital and under the influence of morphine and the surgeons knife for my hip replacement. What ever the cause, being away for 12 days really was a change and I guess I will need to get back into the swing of things slowly.

First, my sincere thanks and appreciation for all the cards and calls, and visits. It made the time away much easier. I appreciate all the prayers and love and care. It warms my heart to know you care.

Secondly, my rehab went quickly and the food was plain but I thought good and varied and nutritious and nothing wrong that a little salt and pepper couldn't fix. I was told I am recovering quickly and that it was time to face the reality of getting along at home. Bill has been wonderful with laundry needs, and bringing me little treats and fast food. Luckily my weight stayed about the same. I still want to lose another 5-10 lbs. I see the doctor Feb 3rd for my check up.

Bill has a problem with his hip/bottom right now and is basically bed ridden. So I am trying to get some food in him and help him as much as I can.. Not sure what it is (pulled muscle or hip fracture, other).But he can not walk or sit with out pain. He is using the mobility scooter in the condo and I am using the walker. What a pair we are. He sees the Walk In doctor this morning. Our son will take him over and that will be difficult for him to even get to the car, much less get in it. I am so glad our son is able to help.

Please pray for him and for whatever the condition is he has. We will have to get Home Care if he has to have surgery too.

UPDATE for Bill. Turned out that Bill has a pulled/torn/ inflamed hamstring muscle where it attaches to his hip. He has to stay off of it for a week and "baby" it. It has been over a week since he saw the doctor in ER, and he is still feeling it and can not do too much. I continue to slowly improve but get tired easily and can not sit for longer than an hour without needing to walk, or lie down. Naps are my fasvorite time of day and I can usually take one or two. : ) I see the doctor tomorrow and hope I get a good report.

I was able to make a Get Well card for my DIL's father when I first got home. He had a knee replaced on Friday and is having a hard time adjusting to hospital life. I think he plans on going home when they release him and it will be so difficult because they have so many stairs in their house.

My card uses a PSX Lemon botanical stamp (John's last name is lemon so I thought it as good as any.) I matted the image with green and yellow and distressed all the edges of all layers. I used my Cuttlebug folder with squares and dots for the yellow background, also matted in green. I colored the lemon image with a variety of markers, some Copics, and some Stampin Up. And I used Tim Holtz Distressed "Old Pages" ink over the edges and over the image to make it look vintage and old. I popped the image up and added the saying "a little note" under on the front. Inside it says "Hope you feel better soon!". I was not able to deliver it, but my DIL was going up and I thought she makes a cute mail lady.

Temps are COLD, COLD, COLD and winter seems long already. Spirits are high around here since the Packers beat the Chicago Bears and will be going to the Super Bowl. The Packers were a 6th seed which means they were pretty far down on the list of favorites, but who knows, they just might pull it off. They play the Pittsburg Steelers wno have won the Super Bowl 3 times and it is the Packers turn to win!

Hope your week is blessed and full of God's goodness and love. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 7, 2011


One would think that facing a major surgery and going to bed at the normal hour would get a person some good sleep. NOPE! Here it is after 3:30am and I think I have only had maybe an hour. I have to get up (OOPS, I already am UP!) at 4:45, get my sweats, shoes and coat on, grab my bag and go to the hospital for a 5:30 check in. I think I will be ready! Maybe I will not need so much anesthesia because I will be tired. Heehee! So it has been a strange night so far.

My hubby Bill has been scanning in pictures from both our families. He has worked so hard at it, wanting to make a CD of all our pictures for the kids and grand kids to have. Here is one of my fave photos of me which is VERY VINTAGE. I think I was about 2 years old. Maybe some day I will make a card from it.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say a little prayer for me today.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Here it is a month since I posted. YIKES! Must have had my head in the Christmas wrap! I HAVE been making cards, and I HAVE taken pictures of them, but I did not get them off the camera into my computer nothing much to share. AND you are going to have to wait a few weeks more.

I am going in for my hip replacement tomorrow, Jan 7th and not sure when I will get back to blogging. doing emails, or making cards. Guess I will be busy with other things. : )

I hope in the next few weeks you are blessed amazingly by our Father. I covet your prayers for a speedy recovery.

My best always for your happiness, health and prosperity. May God the giver of all things and the maker of all things shine His face upon you and give you His peace and joy for the coming year.

Love to all, Martha