Forever in My Heart

It still seems completely impossible, but one week ago today on June 5, 2012 around 6:15-6:20 a.m. I lost my mother. She passed away last week after an intense battle with Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma. Despite her being sick since February, I was not ready for this. She got a cold. The doctors were supposed to just fix her so we could bring her home. There were still so many things left to do. I need more lessons on how to use the sewing machine she bought me. We need to go on at least 10 more mother/daughter trips for Mother’s Day. I need to hear the stories of how Mom & Dad met at least one more time. I need to (lovingly) call her the “Crazy Lady” I need to tell her the story of the Beastie Boys and how she called the doctors very bad names multiple times (behind their backs, thankfully) I need to ask her how to re-pot the plants I got after she died I need to tell her I love her one more time I need to hug her with everything I have and tell her just how much she means to me I need

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Say it isn’t so…

In less than two weeks we’ll say goodbye to some of our favorite Stampin’ Up stamp sets… including this one called Garden Whimsy. I know it is inevitable each year that I’ll have to say so long to a few of my favorites, but it doesn’t make it any easier. So dramatic, huh? Honestly there are so many great new stamp sets and items in the new catalog that in another couple of weeks I won’t even remember the names of the sets we lost. BUT if there is a stamp set or two you just have to have be sure to get it now before time runs out. You can see the list of retiring stamps here. To see what is left of the retiring accessories shop in my store here. Some of these items including retiring cardstock, ink pads and ink refills are going fast. In other news, I’m making a new start of my own with a new job that I started yesterday. I’m officially no longer a reporter and instead I am a rental agent. I think I will really like it… although it is Saturday and I will soon have to get ready to go

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Happy Mother’s Day!

These are my new favorite flowers to make and they are sooo easy! This is actually a sneak peek of my Mom’s Mother’s Day gift this year. I’m actually very happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to give it to her today. It’s really a representation of her “real” gift. You see, last year my sister came up with a fantastic idea of taking my Mom to Sturbridge Village for Mother’s Day. So we gave her a picture of the two of us from my wedding and told her the picture would be replaced with a picture from our overnight trip to Sturbridge Village in September. We picked September because my Mom used to go to Sturbridge and/or Deerfield with my Dad in the fall because they like the foliage. It’s also her birthday in September so she gets to pick her birthday presents out from each of us while we’re on the trip. Two birds with one stone. And the best part… I can’t even tell you how happy it made my Mom. She was on cloud nine I think for at least a week after we got home. It was rather cute, too, as we

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I’m feeling old…

Today, I’m up early again (boy the sun starts to come out at 5 a.m. now!) because I was feeling restless. Well, actually I initially woke up because darling hubby spilled the glass of water he always has on his nightstand when he went to shut the alarm off. The clinking of the glass on the table, the splashing noise and the following cursing jarred me awake. Lol! Then I just couldn’t go back to sleep. I was thinking about my niece’s prom, which is tonight. AND the fact that she got her license yesterday! Wow. It feels like just yesterday that she was born and I would spend literally weeks at a time at my sisters house because her husband used to work late and I was still living with my parents and wanted any excuse to get out of the house! I was texting back and forth with my sister yesterday and I felt so bad because she at one point wrote, “She just left in the car all by herself without me.” And even though I knew she was probably having a difficult time with it, but not really thinking I wrote back saying remember when she

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Coming Back to Life…

So I’m finally feeling better after the pulled muscle incident of last week. Today is really the first day that I have no tinge of pain anymore when I look to the left. It was better (so that I was able to function without pain) by Monday, but there were still tinges of pain if I bent down, turned too far to the left, etc. Even yesterday if I looked all the way to the left, I would have a small nudge of pain, but this morning… A O.K. So I’d love to go to the gym today and get back on track (I had joined Curves and done my first workout the day before the pulled muscle), but I have to admit I’m afraid of a relapse… especially considering I have tomorrow off again because I will have 40 hours in by the end of today. Last week I was so bummed on Friday when I couldn’t do anything on my day off… I had so much planned! Isn’t that always the way? Anyway, I may wait until tomorrow afternoon to go so at least I’ll be able to get one productive day out of the weekend. I’m sure

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The new ‘do

So I promised I would update the blog with a photo of the new ‘do when I had showered and made myself a little more presentable… well, I’m not sure if I’m any better off than this morning (lol!), but here it is… the debut of the new ‘do. What do you think? I personally really like the red in my hair — you actually can’t see it really well in this photo… I’m not as sure about the cut — I think I like it, but of course I don’t know how to style it right… Oh well, maybe I’ll try it straight this weekend, too. I just don’t have the time to straighten my hair when it is long — so now that it is quite a bit shorter maybe I’ll give it a shot. It’s got lots of fun layers now so maybe it will be cute straight and a little flippy. So what do ya think? Maybe I should just stick to sharing crafty stuff, huh? (smile)

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