Elizabeth Marie

Auburn hair and amber eyes…

A smile to fill you with the sun…

A warmth and brightness to her soul…

A sense of adventure and great strength…

Warm hands that create…

Such beauty, such art…

A loving heart in all things…

Elizabeth Marie…

Please bring her back to me

Safe and sound…

heart filled thoughts and hopes abound…


Stacey Lynn

Just the other day I came across a notebook full of my moms old writing. In it I was delighted to find a poem about me entitled “Stacey Lynn.” I just had to share it with everyone as I thought it was so special! It was written in 1971 according to my mom, when I was just five years old!

Stacey Lynn by Sylvia Xxxxx

What’ll I do when she’s grown and gone?

The hour’s will seem ever so long.

I yell at her now, but what would I do?

If she wasn’t there for me to?

I watch as she plays, a mother of ten,

When she really gets married what will I do then?

I know she’s not all I have, but she’s the most important part.

No matter what she does or where she goes,

She’ll always carry my heart.

Bittersweet 2013

Bittersweet memories of 2013

1. In 2013 my sweet cat Tigger died at the age of 15.


09/1998 to 07/01/2013  My sweet tigger may he rest in peace!

2. A Kitten named Sammy (AKA the Tasmanian Devil) came into my life.

057Sammy the Tasmanian Devil 🙂

3. My second niece arrived Allison Frances.


Allison Frances 05/18/2013

4. My first grandchild was born. (she’s the one on the right. Haha)

Jimmy and Devlin

Devlin Frances and my son Jimmy

5. My mom was hospitalized with heart and lung issues in November. We (my sister and I) found out my mom needs to have aortic valve replacement surgery when her lungs are strong enough. 😦 Shes better now but, the cardiologist says she is a ticking time bomb because of the valve being bad. Update: Mom had her valve replacement 04/2014.


Mom with her dog Missy on Christmas eve.

6. I lost 45 pounds (Yeah!)


Before 12/2012 (Ick what a terrible look!)


During 08/2013


After 12/2013 I Plan to lose another 50 pounds in 2014 (I am praying)

7. A little birdy told me grandchild number 2 may be on the way in 2014! It is supposed to be a secret so no pics. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone! lol.

In conclusion, 2013 brought good, bad and downright frightening times; but we persevered and made it through another year!

Sammy The Tasmanian Devil of Cats!

Sammy The Tasmanian Devil of Cats


Meet Sammy. Sammy is the kitten I got (July 1, 2013). Sammy is almost 5 months old and I would wager that he is one of the highest jumping and honeriest cats God ever made! Everyday with Sammy is an adventure! When he was just a wee 3 month old Sammy learned how to get up on top of the upper kitchen cabinets. A 9 foot jump from the floor! Sammy has made it in one leap! But, mostly he jumps on the counter and then jumps up there. It’s a 5 -1/2 foot jump from there.  In the picture below you can just see him peeping at you. (excuse the mess remodeling).

004     Not only is Sammy quite a high jumper he also is in to everything and I have noticed lately that he is quite an accomplished little thief! He will sneak off with anything he can carry. For instance in the picture below you will see he has my zipper pouch of art pencils.

001     Just look at his look of innocence! I could swear he is saying uh I just found it Mom I was gonna bring it to you. Before I knew Sammy was so good at this I thought I was misplacing things. That is until I came upon his stash behind the recliner! Found two pairs of glasses, numerous pens and pencils, a chewed up styrofoam cup, a pack of gum, shredded kleenex and a pair of fingernail clippers! (That was just a couple days worth) Just yesterday the little Turkey took off with a plastic hanger I had just taken a shirt off of.

It’s a good thing Sammy has such a sweet and endearing side. I am always finding a favorite toy of his under my pillow, in my house shoes or on my night stand. Plus he is very affectionate when he is tired and not feisty and raring to go.  He loves to cuddle with me if he’s sleepy but at night I have to shut my door because he is such a cat burglar he keeps me awake.

Which brings me to one of Sammy’s favorite things to do! He loves to turn the lamp on and off in the living room which drives me crazy at night another reason I shut the bedroom door when he is in such a mood. My mom lives with me too and after I started closing my door on Sammy’s crazy nights he started terrorizing my mom! My mom has a 3-year-old dog named Missy who loves playing with Sammy! So Sammy likes to wait till my mom gets in bed then he runs and jumps on her and runs in a circle on the bed enticing Missy to play with him then all hell breaks loose with both of them running circles in the bed. So now my mom shuts her door every night too!


     Oh I forgot to mention Sammy is also the most curious cat! He has to have his nose in everything and I mean everything! You cannot put water in a cup by he sink he will either drink it or knock it over. When you do the dishes (no dishwasher 😦 ) Sammy has to be standing in the dish drainer to watch you or in the dryer when you are taking clothes from it. He tried getting in the washer but I turned the water on so that broke him of that. I have read you should use a squirt bottle to keep a kitten or cat from doing something you don’t like. Well with Sammy he thinks it’s a game and will keep coming back for more and more.

All and all I would not have any other cat because he is so cute when he is sleeping!


Update 1/18/2016 Sammy is still hyperactive but, he has for the most part stopped thieving.  In november of 2014 we got Tassy. Tassy has really been a lifesaver as she plays with him thereby draining some of his non-stop energy. Sammy has evolved into my sweet companion and we have our language.

Update: 2012 The Good the Bad and the Down right Depressing


Our dog Missy

Update: 2012 the good the bad and the down right Depressing.

Instead of optimism for another year, I started 2012 with a foreboding sense of doom.  2012 started well I had a job, a savings account, and health insurance. My first niece one of the few bright stars in my life turned “1” March 7, 2012. Lastly, my cat Tigger was doing well and my mom’s health was holding steady.149My cat Tigger hiding

     Despite the pain in my joints and my whole body for that matter I was holding things together I was coping. But still I could feel the storm clouds gathering. Anxiety increasing. Everytime I start a job it feels this way after a few weeks and I only started the job this past December 2011.

    Three weeks into January and I started having bouts of extreme sleepiness. severe anxiety & increased joint pain. I would barely finish my shift as a Home Health Nurse before I would have to take a nap or go to bed early. This increased stress & anxiety caused a flair up with my IBS causing me even more stress & anxiety. For those of you who don’t know what IBS stands for it stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. For me it means I cannot be far from a bathroom because of the severe diarrhea I get. I have never really had the other side of IBS (ie constipation).

     Then in late February while struggling to do a dressing change on a patients foot.  I felt an OMG awful pain go from the middle of my back down my right leg.  Biting my lip and trying hard not to sob I finished the dressing and was able to finally go home after another hour of computer charting.

Once, home I knew I was in trouble. I could not walk right and I had to drag my right leg not to mention my lower and middle back were in spasms. It literally felt like someone was twisting my spine in their hands. Like ringing out a dishrag. The next day I was put on workmans  compensation for six weeks. Four weeks later in the middle of a Physical therapy session I felt a pain in my  right hip and the next thing I knew I was flat on my back and my right hip was throbbing again along with my back. Long story short it took till May 5, 2012 for me to be able to go back to work. After less than a week back to work I was fired. They stated it was because I was not a good fit for their company. What I found out later was they gave the results of my x-rays to the HR manager the same day I was fired.  They even tried to fight me getting unemployment. Thankfully they lost that battle. Thankfully, the unemployment caseworker was suspicious with them firing me after just two days back to work. Plus my record with that company was really good before I got hurt.

              I have not worked since May 10, 2012, now. Thankfully, I had unemployment to fall back on and pay my bills. Since the injury at work I have not been able to go back to nursing. I recently found out I may have to have hip surgery. I have had several nurses and friends tell me I should sue my last employer but I don’t know I am not a suing type of person but if I end up having to have surgery I may have to. And then there is the loss of  not being able to go back to being a nurse because of the injury and my other issues.

              So, my year ended up ok perhaps 2013 will be better could it get worse?! I should never ask!

FYI Homemade Recipe for Powdery Mildew Killer

Powdery Mildew Fungi on Pumpkin Leaves

Powdery Mildew Fungi on Pumpkin Leaves (Photo credit: Jeff Kubina)

Powdery mildew, a Biotrophic Fungus

I cam across this homemade recipe for killing /removing Powdery Mildew from your plants it works really well and its cheap to make. So I thought I would share this with you all.

Powdery Mildew Killer/Remover

– one gallon water

-one tablespoon baking soda

-mild dish detergent (Ivory works well)

You simply pour ingredients into a spray bottle and spritz the tops and bottoms of leaves. Include a light application to the ground around plants. When plants begin to bloom , make weekly applications to prevent these pests.

Simple Right :)I hope this helps someone.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Applesauce

Chef Boyardee to the Rescue!

Chef Boyardee to the Rescue! (Photo credit: Joe Plocki (turbojoe))

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Applesauce

Lately, I have not been blogging as much. This is mainly because I have been kind of down in the dumps, wanting to tear my hair out over our financial situation, and my inability to do very much! My mind is all like let’s go and my body is like let’s not! Which can be very frustrating to say the least. So I obsess about coupons. Coupon’s here coupon’s there, coupon’s everywhere! Since money is so tight I am like I must find the best coupon’s and the best sales to get what we need for the very least amount of money. Since , I have to keep the budget less than $100 a month for food, personal care products, paper products, computer ink and everything else. I must, I must strive to save, save, save so I can have money for the bills, gas and entertainment (Ha! what entertainment, this is it typing on the computer or surfing the web for coupons). Luckily I got a box of printer paper for Christmas.

Well enough of that! Time to stick my chin up (with duct tape if necessary) and get out of the muley grubs! I have loads of things to be happy for!  For instance, I just found out I got approved for food stamps and I will be getting a whopping $16 a month. So, there that’s $116 for food and all the rest! And there’s the fact I have a roof over my head, and all the utilities are on and I have a car.  I may not be able to drive it without gas but,  hey I have a good working mind maybe I can invent a new way to make gas or figure out a way to turn my little Yaris into a solar car. Hey you never know.

Then there’s the crown jewel of happiness! The one food I used to love as a kid and still do for that matter. Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatball’s are only $.89 a can at Target.  That’s a  meal in a can. Plus add a vegetable or wait maybe not on the commercials lately they have been hinting that there are vegetables in every can so there you are one meal for $0.89. But wait $0.89 x 30 days = $26.70+ tax, wow that’s a big chunk out of the budget for one meal a day! Plus I usually have some applesauce for desert!  I wonder if PB & J would be cheaper?? But then  theirs the bread, jelly and peanut butter and you would have to have chips or something with it. 😦

Oh dear,  I better find some  more coupons! 😦

How are you? Has the weather got you down? Are the bill collector’s knocking on your door? What do you think?

English: crisis comes and goes, debt remains

English: crisis comes and goes, debt remains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)