Monday, June 15, 2009
A little atc challenge that I decided to take part in...I even named them.."Phyllis Flies", "Don't make me break out my flying monkey", and "Am I late?"....Sometimes I get tired of vintage and pretty and just want to play with something strange... When I was making my atc's, the kids were also making projects...Andrew was especially proud to present me with his two "green" paintings..yep, green, all green...I will save them forever and Olivia made me a paper cuff bracelet...Also, drum roll......the bottom half of me is now in a size six again....The top half still needs some work cause I am still rocking the boobies...Why on earth would anyone want to make the dumb things bigger????? (just my opinion)Especially when you are five feet tall....
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I actually am a member of a Yahoo Group called Fiber Art Traders...I haven't participated in quite a long time, even though I have wanted to. There was a swap going on for house book necklaces..I decided to play..The idea is you use an actual book cover for the front and back and then they house the little pages...I used the cover of a romance novel by Jude Deveraux and went with a love gone wrong theme...I really enjoyed working in this little tiny format...the cover and back are 1.5 inches...I still have one more to make...I made a photo collage so it combined all of the pictures and if you click on it, you can see more detail...I also am showing a picture of the art banner that I got in return from a swap. I love all the colors and cant wait to hang it up! I also wanted to mention that one of my blogger friends, Tonya May over at http://tonyassewingroom.blogspot.com is having a 100th post giveaway and it is awesome....lots of fat quarters and sewing goodies....go see and leave her a comment...She is a great quilter and a good friend even though we have only known each other a short time! I also joined another apron swap...I know, I know, I am hooked....It is Hot Mama's Mama Mia swap inspired by the movie...I have some ideas and my secret partners wishes...We will see what I come up with. Val at http://yarnigras.blogspot.com is hosting.....It should be fun and give me something to keep my mind and hands busy..Thank you for all your support and encouragement everyone...It is so appreciated!!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I have had a rough week. Which for me, is not all that unusual...I am suffering self doubt and really doing some heart searching...I mentioned a while back that my daughter Lisa (the kids mom) was here and doing better and was planning on moving to Utah. The plan was to integrate her back into the kids lives and ultimately have them go back with her...It was scary for me just thinking about that....Scared for the kids, for Lisa and just plain being scared to have hope again that she is truly better....Last Thursday there is a knock on the door and we open it and there is Lisa at the door, she runs in and hugs me and then announces that she is there "to get her kids"....no warning, no nothing....Behind her is someone that is a very undesirable character..he and his wife have brought her to Utah to take the kids back to Portland. What his wife doesnt know is that this man is an unconvicted child molester...This is where Lisa plans to take the kids to live..Does she know his past? Heck yeah she knows, but feels it is more important to have the kids with her...They already had Olivia in the truck when they came to the door. The police were called, they came, saw I had gaurdianship and told them to leave...(I am leaving out all the screaming and namecalling) They spent the next day in court supposedly seeing the judge, (a big lie as I was in contact with the court clerk the whole day) and eventually filed court papers to remand the custody......Supposedly her defense is that "I tricked her into signing the guardianship papers..." Oh GOOD LORD...they had the courts location, date of the hearing and the request to give me gaurdianship on them and she signed them in front of a notary....I am calling this Lisa's law : I am an idiot, the person advising me is an idiot, therefore, you must be one too! So now I was served papers and have a month to respond and I am looking at a court fight. The hard part is I dont know what to do...My objection is where she plans on taking them (unsafe) and that she thinks Andrew will just be totally unaffected by being forced to live with someone he doesnt know and "he will adjust." How fair is this? Since she pulled this fiasco and of course involved the kids, he has wet his pants and the bed every day...He never has before...At the same time I feel bad for her,(Lisa) should her stupidity be held against her? I have to fight about where she takes them, but should I fight against her having them period? To me, this just shows druggie behavior even though she is currently clean...I see an attorney again on Wednesday and take the kids to see a counselor on Tuesday...Maybe I will feel more at peace then who knows..The sad thing is Olivia is all excited about going to stay with her mom...She thinks it is a summer visit and she is very angry with me for not letting her go...I am trying to just think of their best interest and trying to keep my own "soon to be broken heart if they go back" out of it... Other than that, what can I say...life goes on, I am trying to create normalcy..I take out my aggression on the treadmill and try to act like all is fine....thanks for listening (reading) and once again I ask for your prayers...i need guidance....bad....
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
At times, this year seemed really to drag along..now it is flying by and I am not sure if that is good or not...It has been really beautiful here though and I have been spending a lot of time outside with the kids. I seem to be at the age where I am content to sit in a chair and watch them play...pretty scary...Julie and I got one of those big backyard pools and got it all set up...We also got a lock for the back door and the gates so it is safe with Andrew and Olivia....We go out there and float around while the kids play and splash. We are all brown despite sunscreen. I think the sun is pretty strong here because of the elevation. I finished my A R T banner and also did some "cute little goth girl" atc's..not sure how cute they are, and it is out of my comfort zone but it was kinda fun anyway...I also have been working on a queen size quilt for my oldest daughter..She graduates the thirteenth with her nursing degree...I already sent her a really cute outfit to wear so she had something special. Yesterday, Olivia's school had an "animal fair" her animal was a water buffalo...I had to go and take some pictures...She was pretty proud of her display...We made him out of Styrofoam. She is such a cutie anyway....That is about it for now!