Happy New Year!

Posted by on Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by on Saturday, December 24th, 2011

I wish each of you a very blessed celebration of the birth of Christ!

Merry merry Christmas friends!

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Do over

Posted by on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I’ve been knitting, sewing, and reading a LOT lately…. and must confess that I have not read a single blog in weeks. (And you know I haven’t been writing on one either! ha) This time of year, I’ve got so much to do – I’m working on various projects for Christmas gifts and birthday presents.

Needless to say, when I found a package from the Stephen King Library on my front porch, I knew it contained the newest Stephen King book. I thought (for one fleeting moment) “I do NOT need to even open that right now,” because I know me….  and that I can’t start a book and expect to get much else done. But, of course, I opened it.

And I looked to the last page…… 849.

Yep, the new book, titled “11/22/63″ has 849 pages in it. (I am currently on page 119…..)

I’m not far enough into it to know what’s going to happen but I can see where it’s headed (even if I knew more,  I sure don’t want to spoil it for you).

It makes me wonder what I would “do over” in life if I had the chance to go back in time. Have you ever thought about it? What if there were major consequences involved with changing the past – would anything be worth that much risk?

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Posted by on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I am a doodler from way back. If I have a pen in hand, I’m drawing with it. When I was a kid – and even later in college – all of my school notebooks had doodles in the margins. At staff meetings, I draw while the boss is talking. At church, I draw on the weekly bulletin during the sermon. Usually I draw flowers or hearts or crosses, or just random swirly lines. Occasionally I draw rabbits or dogs but believe me, I’d have to tell you which one it was if you were looking at my doodles.

That being said, it shouldn’t surprise me that both of my daughters have inherited my doodling habit. There is never a safe piece of paper in this house…. if it’s laying around, it WILL be drawn on.

When I went into the bathroom the other night to get ready for bed, something caught my eye. I did a double take at the toilet paper because something dark was on it……

Seriously? Who draws on the TOILET PAPER??

Needless to say, I cracked up. (And then ran to get my camera!)

I just LOVE my funny daughters. They keep me laughing all the time.

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Dogs and Heaven

Posted by on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

My sister C has shared the past 9 years of her life with this sweet little guy, Murphy. He came into her life shortly after a divorce, when she was sad and stressed. He showered her with that wonderful unconditional love that only dogs can offer so selflessly. If you are a dog-lover, you know what I mean.

Murphy got sick a few days ago – with a high fever and chills. He was very very sick, with huge swollen lymph nodes and constant whimpers of discomfort. The vet did a biopsy, suspecting lymphoma but while they waited for the test results, Murphy went rapidly downhill. My poor sister had to make the gut-wrenching decision to put him to sleep because she couldn’t let him suffer any longer. She loved him too much for that….. but it was so so hard.

As we talked tonight, she told me that she had asked the Lord to allow him to stay with her a little longer but He evidently had other plans. Once he had passed away, she said she asked Daddy to look after him for her.

Our Dad (who passed away Sept. 19th, 2008) was always so good with little dogs. They just took up with him like he was the only person in a room! Just thinking of Murphy and Daddy together in Heaven makes me smile a little, although I sure wish it hadn’t have happened so soon.

I’ve hugged my stinky dogs more times tonight than usual. I know we are lucky to have relatively healthy dogs to share our lives with even though they are getting old. Some day I will have to face saying “Goodbye” to them as well. That’s a thought that makes a giant lump form in my throat.

When a dog offers you his heart
Accept it with a smile
For his love will last a lifetime –
Which is such a little while.

When a dog offers you his heart
Take it gladly and with pride
For he will be a faithful friend
Ever by your side.

A dog loves you because you’re you –
Not for how you speak or what job you do
You could be short, tall, thin or fat
Or ugly as sin, he doesn’t care about that.

A dog knows if you’re good or bad
He can see inside your soul
When he decides you’re okay
To earn your love is his main goal.

When you’re sad, he’ll comfort you
And kiss away each tear
You may even wake up in the morning
With a cold nose in your ear.

When eventually the time comes
And the lights in his eyes dim
A new star will shine in Heaven
In remembrance of him.

You’ll gaze up at the midnight sky
And you will hear him say –
“I’m so glad you were my human
We’ll meet again some day!”

So, if this poem has caused a tear to fall
That’s because you love the dog who’s giving you his all
Go travel on together, happily paw in glove
He’s the only one who’ll ever give you unconditional love.

When a dog offers you his heart
Accept it with a smile
For his love will last a lifetime –
Which is such a little while.

By Hazel Harris-Lane

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Quick and easy

Posted by on Sunday, November 6th, 2011

I’ve been sewing quite a bit lately. Unfortunately, we keep our ironing board and iron upstairs in the master bedroom (because Mr. Lucky uses it DAILY) while my sewing machine is downstairs in the guest room. This means I am forever dragging the iron downstairs and laying a piece of cardboard with a folded sheet over it on the guest bed to use as a makeshift ironing board.

One day recently while doing this I remembered yet another project I saw on Pinterest to assist in this dilemma and immediately set about completing this project.

I found an old folding tv tray for $2 at my favorite antique store (although it’s not quite that old to be considered an antique) and bought some fabric and batting at Hobby Lobby.

I used a piece of cardboard under the batting to keep steam from the iron from ruining the finish on the table top and possibly bleeding through the batting and fabric over time. I don’t really know if that can happen or not but I figured I might as well be safe than sorry.

I originally cut the batting and the fabric the same size but after I tried to fold it over the edge, I realized it would be much simpler to trim the batting to where it only wrapped around the edge of the table, but not all the way to the edge of the fabric.

Then I folded the edge of the fabric over just before I pulled it tight to the back of the table top for stapling.

I began stapling in the center of the short side of the table and then flipped it around and did the other short side, pulling the fabric tight along the way.

On the long sides, I made sure to not staple just at the edge where the folding bar attaches – in case I ever need to detach the  legs for something (like painting).

I kept pulling the fabric tight and stapling it all the way around, leaving the corners to do last.

I trimmed the excess fabric and tucked it under until it was smooth.

When all the stapling was finished, the underside looks like this:

It’s coming in handy in my sewing room.

And the best part is, when I’m NOT sewing, I can just fold it out of the way! Voila!!

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T-shirts! T-shirts! Get your T-shirts here!

Posted by on Friday, November 4th, 2011

I am making plans to go to Guatemala again in January 2012, just a mere 10 weeks from now. Once again, I’m taking orders for t-shirts that will help me raise funds for my trip. The shirts will be black with the writing in white except for the word LOVED – which will be in aqua.

{The shirts were designed by my friend Shannon. Didn’t she do a great job?!?!}

I can send you a link to the order form if you’re interested. Just email me at luckydorito@gmail.com for a copy!

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Patience….. not patients

Posted by on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I was having a particularly bad day yesterday (if you didn’t notice by my post). I was definitely out of patience with so many things in my life. I went to bed very sad and discouraged. I slept poorly – which almost never happens to me.

This morning, the first thing I saw when I went to Pinterest was this:


If that wasn’t a swift kick in the pants, I don’t know what is.

I spent today reflecting on the things that upset me yesterday…. what my role had been in those situations, how I could have responded differently to diffuse the situation, and why I let those stinky things bother me to begin with.

Ultimately, I don’t have a justifiable answer.

I am human. I react when something hurts me – usually by venting on my blog. Or by talking with Mr. Lucky. Or to a close friend.

But….. the Lord has truly been patient with me over the years. I need to remember that, huh?

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Some people stink

Posted by on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I don’t necessarily mean that literally……….although, sometimes some people do stink. Literally.

More to the point are people that say one thing and yet clearly mean another. That stinks.

Or people that tell half-truths to keep from hurting my feelings – when in reality, knowing the truth would hurt less in the long run. Maybe their half-truths are in an effort to make themselves look better. Either way, it stinks.

It seems far too often lately, I’ve encountered people that I struggle to like. That’s a harsh statement… I usually like everyone. But I’m not as easy to fool as I once was. I can now see when people are putting on a “show”. I can now see when people say one thing and then act differently.

Oh, there are times when I am still gullible, don’t get me wrong. But finally, after 45 years of life, I realize there are people in this world that will take advantage, if they can. And that truly stinks.

I am thankful for the Lord for opening my eyes when necessary. It’s sad that there are so many people in this world that seem to live for hurting others. What is UP with that??

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Simon’s Cat

Posted by on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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