Projects Half Done

ProjectsHalf Done Projects Half Done

Last year I wrote a post about several project I’d left half done and were awaiting my attention. There were a couple of travel pillows for the Sugababies, a few large baby bibs for my grandson, along with throw pillows for the daybed, and a running belt. All were cut out, pinned and ready to be sewn.

The pillows and bibs managed to get finished, but I can not say the same for the running belt. It’s still waiting. (Insert eye rolling) 

Mr. Husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas 2014, I went crazy cutting out, and pinning projects. I finished a few, and the other “projects half done,” just had to wait their turn. Well, nothing’s changed. I go through creative phases. Sometimes I want to sew, sometimes I want to crochet, and other times… who knows. It’s what every strikes my fancy.

Last July I think it was, I started a doll house for the Sugababies. I sanded it and got it ready for painting. And that’s as far as I got. I had VERY good intentions, really I did.

That doll house has priority status, for this summer’s projects to complete. It HAS to get done before I start ANYTHING else. In fact, I’m going to put a deadline on it. June 18, I will have the doll house sanded again, painted, and decorated with a picture to prove it!

Other projects on my list of things to get around to this summer include:

  • Create a patio garden
  • Organize the kitchen cabinets
  • Finish decorating my library/office
  • Research African American Cemeteries
  • Complete the book I’m working on

How do you handle completing multiple projects?

 

Through The Fog of Fuch’s Dystrophy

Vision Through The Fog of Fuchs DystrophyIn November of 2015, I was diagnosed with Fuch’s Dystrophy. That seemingly general diagnosis on a Friday, evening led to an appointment with a cornea specialist a few days later on Monday.

That Monday… Let’s just say changed my life FOREVER!

Fast forward six months May 19, 2016

It was my third or fourth appointment with cornea specialist Dr. Berry. We completed all the necessary preliminaries, and I was cleared for surgery and put on “the list.” As in the transplant list, to receive donor corneas.

Yeah, it took you by surprise huh? Imagine being told, “No, there are no drops to fix Fuch’s Dystrophy.” My only recourse is to eventually have partial cornea transplants, or as DSEK. This procedure removes and replaces the fifth layer of the cornea with donor tissue.

Fuchs’ (fooks) dystrophy affects the cornea — the clear front window of your eye. This disorder causes swelling in the cornea that can lead to glare, cloudy vision and eye discomfort.

-Mayo Clinic

After the initial visit, I started doing my research and trying to find out EVERYTHING I wanted and needed to know about this weird sounding disease.  I was surprised to find that every website about Fuch’s Dystrophy said pretty much the same, and that wasn’t a lot. But what I did find, was more valuable than I could have imagined or asked for, a Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy support group on Facebook.

This support group is  “For those who have or have family that has this inherited disease.”  I’ve learned more from the experiences of its more than 1,000 members through post and discussions. The members have truly been a source of comfort.

An article posted in the group Corneal Dystrophy and Fuch’s Syndrome –The View From Our World validated everything I was seeing, and not seeing. For the first time, I could share with my family what I was experiencing and they could finally wrap their minds around my struggle.

On The List

Last week I had my pre-operation visit. Pictures were taken of the inside of my eye to make sure my retina is healthy enough to withstand the surgery. And indeed, it is. Dr. Berry, with all his optimism, said their office would now call the eye bank, and put me on “THE LIST.” The transplant list. Soon, I’ll get a call to schedule a date.

Just like he said, the call came, and my first transplant is scheduled for July 6. Pray for and with me that it be successful.

I knew from the start, this would be a transplant. But in my mind, I was thinking it’s just a surgery. And didn’t realize I’d have to be put on “THE LIST.” Unlike other organs, I’m not waiting for ‘the call.’ Through organ and tissue donations the Eye Bank is able to store corneas for needed transplants.

In 2015, 217 corneas were provided for transplants daily! That is AMAZING!!! – Eye Bank Assoc. of America

Becoming A Donor

I’ve been a registered organ and tissue donor since my early 20s. I’ve always thought it was important. Now I have a greater reason for being an advocate.

Being an organ and tissue donor, like giving blood saves lives, and restores a quality of life to those receiving transplants of different types, and degrees.

Many people have arguments against organ and tissue donation. But I’d like to present a strong argument FOR. Imagine if you will… someone being seriously ill, and all medical options have been exhausted. What if the ONLY option left was a life-saving organ transplant. Now imagine if you will, that someone was YOUR loved one!

How to become an organ and tissue donor:

  •  Register with your state donor registry, if available.
  • Designate your decision on your driver’s license.
  • Talk to your Family. To help your family understand and carry out your wishes, sit down with your loved ones and tell them about your decision to be an organ and tissue donor. They can serve as your advocate and may be asked to give consent for donation or provide information to the transplant team.

Tea Party Fit For A Queen

Tea Party Menu 1 683x1024 Tea Party Fit For A Queen

Recently, we had a bona fide tea party to honor our pastor’s wife, as a part of their 39th Pastor & Wife Anniversary. We wore spring dresses, hats, and gloves, and ate pretty tea party food.

More than 60 ladies attended, dressed in a great display of southern charm and sophistication, in true tea party fashion.

Related Article: Etiquette and History of Afternoon Tea

The idea for the tea party was my friend’s. ‘Mrs. P’ is a real life Martha Stewart type/renaissance woman. She cooks, decorates, and sews. Pretty much, she can bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan.

Although simple, the tables were beautifully decorated with teapots of different shapes, sizes, and colors. They created an ambiance perfect for tea with the queen, our queen that is.

My Favorite Menu Items

Everything was delicious, but I did have a few favorites. What is a good food post without recipes? I bothered ‘Mrs. P’ for her menu, and looked up recipes to match on Pinterest.

As you can see, the sandwiches were a hit with me. This tea party was so well received, everyone wants to make it an annual event. I am looking forward to the next one!

 

 

 

Six Life Lessons From A Mom of Five

Life Lessons Six Life Lessons From A Mom of FiveBeing the mother of five, and helping to raise a nephew, has taught me a few valuable life lessons. Following are six that stand out the most.

  1. Even with the same set of circumstances, there will always be a different outcome. Mr. Husband and I have produced five beautiful children. Each one, from the two of us, with vert different personalities, likes, dislikes, dreams, and goals.

Life lesson: Every life situation, even if every detail of preparation is the same WILL turn out differently! Recreating or duplication almost always never works. I’ve learned to be surprised and enjoy the outcome.

2. Preparation is key. It was going to be an awful day when I had to get everything, and everyone ready the morning of. Prior preparation of outfits, meals, along with knowing who needs to be where is essential! It has also kept me from losing my mind.

Life lesson: Although every situation is different, planning ahead for the things you can control helps to make life easier to handle. Flying by the seat of your pants will wear you out! 

3. Just wait for it. 

Life lesson: That rain or storm will soon pass over and the sun WILL come out again!

4. There will be lemons… Make lemonade! 

Life lesson: There will disappointments, disasters, and life storms. How you react, and deal with the situation is totally up to you. You have the option to wallow in pity, or make the best of the situation.

5. It’s okay not to have all the answers. When our children were little, I had the answer to most… okay some of their questions. And could fillibuster my way through the rest.  As they got older their questions became more complex and more difficult to answer.

Life lesson: There will be times when you don’t have an answer, don’t know anyone who does, and even Google can’t point you in the right direction. There isn’t always an answer or rational solution. And it’s actually okay!

6. Celebrate the small stuff!

Life lesson: It’s the little things our children, family members etc. will remember. Those little things impact our loved ones the most. Don’t believe me… try it.

There isn’t a MOM manual that comes with children. But growing and learning along the way benefits everyone involved!