Friday, December 23, 2016

What was I thinking???

I was thinking that I work with an awesome group of nurses! Nurses that do not get the praise and respect that they so truly deserve! We do not get enough respect from a money driven, (instead of people driven) administration, not enough consideration, empathy or respect from the majority of physicians (esp. ones who can't relate to being with the patients/families that they see for a few minutes each day, yet expect us to deal with the issues for 12 hours a day) and that they often avoid! We do not get combat/hazardous pay for the confused and/or drunk patients hitting, spitting, kicking, screaming obscenities at the person who is trying to "help" them.

We don't get "counseling" for dealing with death and dying on a regular basis or acknowledgement for dealing/grieving with their familie's...or dealing with the frustration and helplessness that surrounds you when your absolute best wasn't good enough.....

And mostly, we do not take the time to compliment/praise each other as we should.

So this Christmas is the best time to show a bit of appreciation to our staff and praise the career that is an honor and privilege to have...

My fellow nurses, I applaud, respect and wish you the best Christmas and happiest 2017 ever...






55 nurses in my unit!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Yes, it was my birthday, and I got some AMAZING gifts!

FACETIME in the morning with my eldest for an awesome, while opening the presents she sent!

One of THE BEST being my daughter, Amanda coming home for 14 days! YAH!

Did a little Christmas shopping...At JoAnns...need to make Amanda a new stocking!

Beautiful Flowers galore...

And dinner at TAPS:

My sister Jana and I Finished off the night by "trying" to put a dresser together for our guest room (without any help from hubster------he refused) and although a lot of laughing was done....the 72 parts did not come together as hoped! Will have to attempt again today! Wish me good luck!

That's right....72 pieces....I believe the words at the store when we realized we would be putting it together were (by Amanda)..."I really like puzzles, we can do this....girl Power!"



Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 Sisters Shopping Day

We really had a blast...just totally camaraderie and FUN!


Gift exchange...delicious breakfast... a makeover (thank you...MAC)
Elf Crossing guard:

Happy Birthday to me was sung!!

Then shopping at Vons....outrunning a scary homeless man...driving while laughing...and getting home with

4% oxygen left in the tank (used almost two portable tanks for the day!). My sister Juli will probably be exhausted tomorrow-she was able to stay out all day, pushed in her wheelchair.

Finally home, changed into our matching Christmas Jammies for a traditional picture:

Really great day....can't wait 'till next year!

Also gifted my nephew and his bride Christmas stocking from material she picked out:




Saturday, December 3, 2016

Nice Things!

My dad and stepmom wrote me a sweet thank you note when they received their Christmas Quilt! They have it displayed on their couch and sent me a photo:


Also got to spend time with my grand nephew, Colton. Here he is with great gramma D:

I have been working like crazy on some Christmas gifts to be revealed later, so this post is short!



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Show N Tell

Finished my dad and stepmothers Christmas gift! It is ready to mail!





Theresa made this for RUBY:


Got pictures from my friends with their microwave cozies:


And Sandy finished her wool felt table topper just in time for Thanksgiving!

Just gorgeous!

Many more projects to finish before Christmas!



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lauren is 18

We celebrated my niece Lauren's 18th birthday at Koki's last night:


She is adorable, smart, pretty and warm...we love her and cannot believe she is 18!!

Today I made a few things:

A dime bag for my niece-in-law, Paula Brooks with Michael's uniform tag:
Oh.... worked on other secret things....
Received a picture of Tammie, using her microwave bowl cozie:

Also got a picture of my baby:



Saturday, November 12, 2016


What Am I working on? A little of this, a little of that!

Got an itch to start a new pattern: microwave bowls:

Super convenient, since I was eating split pea soup and didn't want to burn my hands getting the hot soup bowl out of the microwave! I just put the bowl in the cozy and microwaved my soup...presto burnt fingers, but very hot soup!

So I made a few more:

As I mentioned before, many weddings and babies coming at work

Wedding present for a " ROOKIE", and one for my nephew and his new wife, Paula:

Michael is in the Navy and was deployed shortly after they moved back home to San Diego!

Michael also re-inlisted for another four years in the NAVY!

We Are so proud of him!



Yes, lots of babies!

Also got some pictures sent of 2 of my sister' grandchildren, Delilah (opening a gift I sent her) and Ryder ( his school picture).


And a picture of the newest family member, Colton with his Nana, My sister, Jackie:
Then today my bff, Susan, owner of The Day...Your Way sent a picture of the banner we made for one of her party's:

I am supposed to mail a Christmas quilt that I made for my dad and stepmother on December 1st, but I cannot find the border fabric I received for it...I have looked everywhere.... oh well....keep looking...