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I have not blogged in forever and wow, I do miss the blog circles I was in!   I would like to get back into it and plan to someday soon, but until then I’m trying to show everyone what I’ve been busy creating!    My Etsy site is here:    My Shop  and I’m also selling on EBAY too.  (If your on ebay then you can search the words Tie Dye Cross-stitch to see my stuff)

These are real nice framed Handmade Tie Dye Cross-stitch pieces and I’m trying to spread the word because once they get noticed I really think people will buy them.  Please help me spread the word if you are reading this!  Love to all!

PS  I will be posting photo’s of my cross stitch creations in my next post ~ so stay close by.  I also do custom work, so if you want a last name, a special slogan, favorite colors worked into the tie dye background etc. then comment me and we can talk!

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What a long, wonderful weekend…

Weekend highlights….

Thursday night Ron finally got in from work, about 2 hours later than planned. He was pretty tired from an extra long day so we just hung out for a bit with the crew of teens that collect at his house due to his two boys.  Ron slept early and I read most of the night.

Friday morning I headed off, as usual to take Sam to school. Her plan was to head to the varsity game Friday night and I had to pick her up at midnight (it was an away game which entailed 1.5 hours of drive, as well) at the school.  Ron & I did the DVD thing Friday afternoon and then late afternoon headed out to Christiansburg.  We ate chinese buffet, bought mice for his snake, equipment to fix his amps foot pedal, fizz balls for the big tub (he has a nice big tub and said an absolute necessity for the tub was to buy fizzy bath stuff) and a few added goodies.  Running around took much of the afternoon and around dark we decided to hit the river and sit there to wait for Sam to get back from the game.  It was fun just sitting next to the river and letting time pass.  Good quality getting to know eachother time!

Saturday morning we had to get up early and take Sam over to her friends house in Radford, where she planned to spend the night ~ so this time we spent the afternoon in Radford. We hung out at the park for awhile and had Pizza at Sal’s.  Very good pizza, too ~sicilian (square).  On the way back from Radford I had the urge to take a dip in the river.. which I did, and happened to run into two Copperheads and a big water snake in about a 1/2 hours time!  Ron claims to have seen even a few more water snakes while I was swimming, which he didn’t mention, so as not to scare me.  (Thanks) Needless to say, after discussing, I’ve pretty much decided I might not go there anymore, even if it is a pretty cool little swimming hole with mountain fresh water!

Sunday was a little more relaxed.  We had planned on heading to the flea market in Hillsville, but we were both pretty into just hanging out at his house, so after lunch at the Mountain Restaurant in Meadows of Dan, we did just that.  I was checking out the fizz balls and debating on that nice deep hot tub when we realized the fizz balls actually gave birth to little dinosaurs!  What a hoot that was ~ and of course we immediately had to check them out…. Ron filled the tub for me (adding yummy liliac oil) and we each dropped in a “fizzy egg”  And the results were….

The Big Tub with the lilac oil & fizz balls

The Big Tub with the lilac oil & fizz balls

Baby Dino's!

Baby Dino's!

After laughing a good few minutes at the results, I enjoyed my nice long soak!

Monday went by quickly.  Sam had decided to stay an extra night at her girlfriends but I did have to bring her to her 4 hour cheer practice at noon and pick her up at 4.  (Lots of Sam driving this weekend!)  In between the 12 & 4 trips, I cooked a lasagna for the crew at Ron’s.  Once back at Ron’s about 9 last night, the lasagna was pretty much devoured and it was time to wrap up the weekend and get ready for the week.

And, here I am now, Tuesday morning, 5 a.m., waiting to wake up the girl for school, for a new week & ready to focus on the job~hunt again!

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8/1/9

HeartI’ve got someone new in my life and it’s been quite a whirlwind situation. Today is our “1 month anniversary” ~ on the phone last night he told me “you women are funny creatures, you remember that type of stuff.”  Too true, we are and I did!

Ron works out of town, so I only get to see him when he is home on the weekends, but since 8/1/9 we have spent every weekend together. I’m pretty happy, at this point….

This past weekend he had to work both Saturday and Sunday, so I headed oystersto North Carolina to spend the night there. We had a great time.  We went out for seafood and I actually tried raw oysters.  I love steamed oysters, but the thought & the texture of a raw one just couldn’t, wouldn’t & shouldn’t have convinced me to try them.  Ron somehow convinced me, amazingly enough…  after he fixed it all up with horshradish & tabasco sauce.  Wow, it was terrific and really surprized me! Now I want more…..

It was a quick trip ~ I only stayed Saturday night. Sunday he had to work all day and then travel to another job site in another part of NC for Monday ~ but it was well worth it.  I checked out of hotel at 11 and drove back home.  Looking forward, now, to this upcoming long Labor Day weekend!

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Boston

Boston

I am home now, safe and sound, but I do still want to blog about my vacation because I have many days still on the agenda to tell you about.

Today, obviously, is all about the city I grew up next to,  Boston!  We went twice during this vacation.

Museum of Science Day

One of the first places I wanted to visit was the Boston Museum of Science.  I had taken Sam when she was very young, but she was too young for her to really remember, let alone appreciate.  Sam initially was not too enthused to go, thinking it would be similar to the tiny tiny Roanoke Science Museum. Not, I assured her ~ for it’s a massive place and very interesting, so she blessed us with her presence.  After the ritual of stopping for a Dunkins iced coffee, my sister Beth, her two children, Samantha and I headed out to Boston on the “T” (Boston’s subway).

Me, before getting on the subway

Me, before getting on the subway

Sam on the subway

Sam on the subway

Is & Dom, on subway

Beths kiddles on the T

Beth and I, also on subway

Beth and I, also on subway

Run!

Run!

We got to the museum and had a really good time.  Some of the exhibits were how I had remembered, some new and all were good. We had a great time.  I was talking with my mother recently and we both agreed how fun it would be to go and actually have time to read all the exhibits and what they are about. With kids, its a little hard to get it all because they hop so quickly from one thing to the next.

Fanueil Hall

Fanueil Hall

My second trip to Boston was much fun too. Becky was visiting her mother and Mass. friends during our last week in town so we decided to take a trip to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  If you’ve never been there and are hungry, this is the place to go. The inside of this large tube shaped mall is filled with stands with any type of food you can imagine and the outside is filled with stands too, but these are filled with gifts and things to buy.  After a few high pressure salesgirls attemped to convince my daughter to buy a hundred and ten dollar dress that can be worn 101 different ways, we settled on Boston sweat pants for Sam, a Boston T shirt for her to give her boyfriend,  four small Yankee candles (oh I love that place) and I got myself a pretty necklace with linked turquoise roses.  Becky and her crew spent a lot too.  To top it all off we had dinner at Coogans on Milk Street ~ lobsters for three of us and burgers for the other two.

We took the ferry into and home from Boston too, so we got to enjoy that trip. Outside on the top of the ferry on the way in and inside, due to cold and light rain, on the way home!

Harbor Express

Harbor Express

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Our sisters night out was a ball!  A planned sisters night for the four sisters: Kim, Beth, Molly & myself!

My three sisters

My three sisters

I spent an hour getting dolled up. New shirt, and new shoes, along with an old comfy pair of jeans. My sister Beth arrived at 7:15 and we got to Molly’s at the planned 7:30. Kim was already there, along with one of Molly’s roommates, Gary. After a few beers and constant laughter at old, funny sister memories we decided to head out.  Honestly, it would have been fun just to stay in and talk / laugh all night and we did plan to head back to the house to continue, if the place we planned to go was lame.  Gary decided to crash our “Sisters night” and became the designated photographer.

Bad AbbotsOur first stop was at Bad Abbot’s Pub on Rear Hancock Street in Quincy.  I am very Irish and this place was real close to an authentic Irish Pub. We had a bite to eat and mimicked Fire Marshall Bill….

Look alikes!

Look alikes!

 

Because it was still early and quiet at Bad Abbots, we headed across the way to another bar which was even more boring than the first. We had one beer at the boring place and headed back to Abbots. By then things had gotten much better and the crowd was hopping. The live music had started and the band was terrific!  The crowd was very mixed, Irish speaking their brogue, young blue collar people and a few “Santa Claus” types (long beards and hair).

Molly, Gary & Beth

Molly, Gary & Beth

Me n Quincy Boy

Me n Quincy Boy

We danced the night away. We even had a few followers, our Santa Claus, Kims bar buddy, the 25 yr old Quincy boy, (who apparently didn’t mind that I was 41 – LOL).   

 It’s been a long time since I’ve been out with a group and a long time since I’ve had that much fun.  We are going to try to do it one more time before I leave in two weeks.

 

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As written March 22, 2006 (as I move posts from my old blog over to this much better one)

Day 4 began slightly different than the first three days. Samantha had met a friend the previous evening at the pool and she wanted to spend the morning at the resort swimming and playing with her. I said that would be fine and I relaxed in my motel, working on my cross-stitch & having some time alone, which was nice after three fun filled to the brim days. At around 2:00pm we decided we would spend the rest of the afternoon at Disney and then have dinner and see the Laser Light show at Epcot that night. We had two days planned for hopping around to all the different parks anyway, so this worked out. We planned a full day at Animal Kingdom for Sunday – which was originally planned for Saturday.

We got to Disney around 3. It was very very busy – the busiest day yet – and quite warm. Sam wanted to do all of the “big” rides again.

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

Space Mountain

Space Mountain

Yep… this was a perfect idea – it would take about three hours to get through all three rides and would put us at the exact right time to head to Epcot for Dinner in Germany! So this is what we did.
We headed out of Disney to get on the Monorail to go over to Epcot.

Unbeknownst to me I had a seizure coming out of Disney’s turnstiles. I don’t remember a thing about it, but I was told that my daughter started screaming VERY loud, which got the attention of the staff and an ambulance. I woke up in the ambulance, totally oblivious to what had just happened. I was in a dream state – it is totally indescribable and I wish it weren’t. I actually think I had a dream while having the seizure because I remember seeing tents (as in tents at a fair) and thinking that I was in one of those medical tents when all along I was actually in the ambulance (Where was I – a past life perhaps?) The EMT was telling me I had had a fall and I didn’t believe him. (They didn’t call it a seizure until after Samantha described what happened). It felt EXACTALLY the same as when I was in the coma in 1996 (another story, different day) which leads me to believe that unconsciousness is totally nothing of the sort. It feels like your dreaming.

I was taken to the hospital and spent the rest of the night being examined. Disney sent a young lady to watch over me and Samantha throughout. Her name was Maggie and she was a young (20’s) black French girl who was attending the Disney University. She sat by my bedside the whole time. She was very sweet and made the visit to the hospital much easier on Samantha.

The Doctor’s could find nothing wrong or any reason for the seizure… so it’s one of those unexplained things… which has recently occurred quite often in my family (another one of those stories for a different day).

2009 ~ Current Day: Samantha is very afraid that I will have another seizure. It really tramatized her. So far so good though, for I haven’t had one. It truly must have been a freak thing.

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As originally posted in my old blog ~ March 21, 2006

I’ve actually been back from Disney for about a week but it’s so hard to get back to normal life. Our trip was interesting, to say the least.
The traveling was exciting, two planes and butterflies in our belly’s to get there. Samantha had never been to Florida. It was exciting to see what she thought of the warm weather, palm trees and gators! It had been so long since I had been on vacation… I had forgotten what it was all about – but I was able to get into the swing of things pretty quickly.

We got to the resort…
Disney_Port_Orleans_Riversidewe were in the lap of luxury let me tell you…  even the lobby was georgous

PORLobby

The resort had everything you would need there…. with a Southern Orleans Riverside theme! If you know me well, as most of you do, you know that I LOVE the Southern Plantation style – so much so that I actually could be Scarlett O’Hara, if given the chance!

Our Building:

PORplantation

The resort had tons to do, we could have just stayed at the resort the whole time and just enjoyed… boating, horse & buggy rides, tandem bikes, 7 pools, a few clubs, restaurants and more!

Pool

The inside of the rooms were pretty nice too

Room

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On top of all this of course we had park tickets for each day, with the “park hopper pass” so we could go between parks and back and forth whenever we wanted…

Day one DISNEY

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Day two EPCOT

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Day three MGM STUDIOS

PORMGM

There was so much to do and see it might have even been a little too much to cram into a week’s time.

Oh and the food was Unreal… Lunch and Dinner was included and when I say Lunch and Dinner I don’t mean a small lunch or dinner… I mean appetizer, main course, drink and desert! To me the Lunch’s we got would have been sufficient for Dinner. The Dinners ranged about 30.00 per person just for the main course!  If you know me well, you know I love food! I was quite in my glory!

CRYSTAL PALACE DINING ROOM

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All was fabulous until something went wrong.

Check back tomorrow for the twist and more on days Four, Five and Six!

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