Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping everyone had a great day with family and friends!

We had Thanksgiving at Chris and Trish's house this year. I went to their house early this morning and got the turkey in the oven and then drove back home to work on the rest of the meal! My job was the ham, baked mac and cheese, Bourbon dogs, cheese ball and deviled eggs! I put the pumpkin pie in after we got there - I ran out of room in my stove! :)

My son, Steven, and his girlfriend, Ashley, brought her son, Austin. He is such a little cutie! He had fun playing with Hayden's toys! Made us laugh alot! Was so glad that Ashley and Austin could join us for Thanksgiving. Mom and Matt stayed home - Mom was not feeling too good. Hated to leave her, but Matt kept an eye on her. I fixed her a big plate when I got home.

It was a hard day to get thru without our precious Hayden. I ended up in his room before we left and hugged alot of things. Then cried all the way home. I'm sorry, I miss my precious grandson so much. I paint on a smile, but my heart is aching inside. My heart breaks for my son too. He misses him so much too. So does Trish.

But it was a wonderful day - just went too fast!

I am so very blessed and thankful for my wonderful sons, my daughter-in-law, my Mom and Dad, my precious grandson Hayden, my twin grandbabies to be and all my friends. I love you all so very much!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baby Things :)

Made this baby afghan, hat and bootie set for a friend. It was made from the Quick Stitch Preemie Afghan pattern. I turned it into a newborn afghan. I chained 91 with an I hook, which made 29 shells across, and then did 71 rows with the border added around it. I used a 4 ply yarn of varigated light blue, light green, and white yarn that I got in a pounder bag from A.C. Moore back in the day! It turned out alot prettier than I thought it would be! She just loved it!

ALOT going on here - My Mom was in the hospital around the first of the month with diverticulitis and a perforated bowel. Thought they were going to have to do emergency surgery, but they didn't. Pumped her full of double antibiotics and sent her home 3 days later. She has to have surgery on December 3rd. She is NOT looking forward to it - she tells me she is scared. I can't blame her. Who likes surgery? So we won't know till he sees the damage to see if she will need a bag for a short time or he can connect the ends of the bowel together. Please keep my Mom in your prayers - I see some big changes going on here. I pray for strength for all of us!

Trish was in the ER last week. She went to her OB/GYN appt. with right side pain. They sent her to the ER with possible appendicitis! I sat with her thru it all. The surgeon came in and did NOT want to do a ultrasound! He wanted to do a CT scan, but couldn't since she is pregnant. He told us an ultrasound is not a true test to see the appendix. (WHAT? You can see babies the size of rice, gallstones, etc., but you can't see an appendix to see if it is swollen or disformed??? No, I did not tell him I was a nurse - he made me mad!!!) He said they could admit her and observe her or go for surgery, but she would lose the babies. We OPTED for the observation. Her parents got there later and I told her to ASK THE OB/GYN Doctor to do the ultrasound, which she did! It wasn't her appendix! It was a big cyst on her ovary giving her alot of pain. They let her go home the next day and will be monitoring her with this. I got to see the babies! Seen their little hands, their feet, their little spines - so precious! So all is well with her - well, except for the nausea and being tired - they are really picking on her! :)

Back to crocheting.... :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A new blog....

I wanted to have a place to share just my crafty projects, so I started a new blog. It's called "Beth's Crafty Cupboard". It's in the beginning phases, but I hope everyone will like it!

So if you ever want to see what's inside my Crafty Cupboard, just get a cup of tea or coffee and take a look inside! :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baby A and Baby B!!!

Trish gave me a copy of the ultrasound pictures. Baby A is 6 weeks 2 days and Baby B is 6 weeks 5 days. Amazing how they can pin it down that close! I just had to share with everyone! Especially when they are the size of a grain of rice!

Already thinking about what to crochet in doubles for my babies!!! :) I can't wait to find out what they are! 6 more weeks to wait!

I took Missy to Chris and Trish's house and buried her by Hayden's tree. That was hard for me to do. Not digging the hole, but saying goodbye to such a beloved pet. It sure is quiet in the mornings without her. Pete is so lost without her too.

Hugs and Love to all my friends!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rest in Peace, My Dear Little Friend...

Today, at 4:30pm, my bird, Missy died. She was 9 years old. She was the prettiest blue parakeet. She couldn't get up on the perch. She wasn't acting well these past few days. I stayed with her the whole time. I saw she wasn't going to be with me much longer. I told her it was ok, go fly to Heaven and have fun with Hayden. I told her I loved her. She then spread her wings out and looked up at me, closed her wings, put her head down and went away. How much more graceful can a precious pet pass away? It really broke my heart.

Why do pets tear your heart to shreds?

I went to Michael's and found the prettiest little wooden box with a latch. I decorated it with pink stone hearts and words to go on the lid inside. I even crocheted her a pillow and blanket. Yeah, ok, call me crazy. She was a very loved little bird. She has been there thru thick and thin with me. She reminded me every morning chirping that life goes on. I will miss her alot. My Mom's bird, Pete, knew something was up. He has been so quiet tonight. He is a motor mouth, but not tonight. It's way too quiet here tonight. I'm miss my little friend. My heart is broken again.

Been a rough year of losses for me so far.... sorry to ramble, thanks for listening. Hugs and Love to all.....

Prayer for the Death of a Beloved Pet
By Rabbi Barry H. Block

O Lord our God, we come before You this day in sadness. Missy, who brought us so much joy in life, has now died. Her happy times in our family’s embrace have come to an end. We miss Missy already.

Help us, O God, to remember the good times with (Missy). Remind us to rejoice in the happy times she brought to our home. Let us be thankful for the good life we were blessed to give to her.

We are grateful to You, God, for creating Missy, for entrusting her to our care, and for sustaining her in our love for a measure of time. We understand that all that lives must die. We knew that this day would come. And yet, O God, we would have wanted one more day of play, one more evening of love with Missy.

O God, as we have taken care of Missy in life, we ask that You watch over her in death. You entrusted Missy to our care; now, we give her back to You. May Missy find a happy new home in Your loving embrace.

As we remember Missy, may we love each other more dearly. May we care for all Your creatures, for every living thing, as we protected the blessed life of Missy. May her memory bless our lives with love and caring forever. Amen.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thru the storm...

Thru the storm, God is good!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

I Have To Remember This...

A very special friend sent this to me on Facebook. It brought tears to my eyes because it is so true and it says alot about me! I just had to share this with a picture of my favorite rose color: yellow.

"She can deal with stress and carry heavy burdens. She smiles when she feels like screaming and she sings when she feels like crying. She cries when she's happy and laughs when she's afraid. Her love is unconditional. There's only one thing wrong with her - She forgets what she's worth! And Her Name is Elizabeth and I love u♥"

Monday, October 4, 2010

Catch Me If You Can!!!

September was a busy month - let me see if I can get everyone caught up! This is a froggy I made and she is sitting on my piano I got for my birthday! Isn't she the cutest little froggy?

These are a set of slippers I crocheted for kids for the Slipper Project. I love this pattern - it's my favorite one to use when making slippers.

I made this crochet Angel for Trish to put in Hayden's glass hutch. I made 2 other angels and gave them to my friends who lost her grandson and her daughter. I also made the Mom angel and have it for sale on Zibbet. (Not happy with that one, may go to Etsy!)

A friend and I went to Ocean City, MD for the AutumFest. First stop was at my favorite restaurant, Bayside Skillet. I absolutely LOVE their strawberry crepes...don't they look so delicious!!!!

From there we went to Fenwick Island Lighthouse. In the past when I was there, they were always closed. It was nice to hear the history about the lighthouse and got my book stamped. You couldn't climb to the top, but it was still wonderful to see inside!

Then we went to the beach! We finally found a place to park and just started walking! The sky was filled with beautiful and unusual kites!

We passed the Sand Art. It's so amazing how artists can make such beautiful work in the sand.

We finally made it to the Craft Tents. Alot of neat and unusual items there. I was looking for one vendor from last year, but she wasn't there. It was alot of high end crafts. Had alot of fun looking! Nothing grabbed me to say buy me! Got some boardwalk fries - so delish! Gave the crumbs to the birds - fun to watch them swoop in to get them!

I got to walk thru Salty Yarns store and look at all the yarn, cross stitch, and other items in the store. Outside the store were rocking chairs - just calling my name! So I picked one, with my name on it - hahaha, and just relaxed, rocking away, watching the kites and the ocean. So relaxing.... can't you tell by my picture?

I hated to see the day end at the beach. I love it there. Alot of memories, good memories....all gone now.

Driving back over the Bay Bridge, the sunset was so beautiful. Just had to get a picture. It was a fun day - hated to see it end!

I found a pattern on Ravelry for the crocheted Sock Monkey Hat pattern and just had to try it. What do you think? I could see Hayden running around ina blue Sock Monkey Hat! :)

Trish and Chris got another dog, McQueen. He is a mini greyhoud. So precious! I went over to their house Saturday for dinner and crocheted a sweater for him. Eva just loves her new playmate!

So...busy month - one way or another!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Birthday Slippers?

One of the things I did on my birthday was to pledge to make 3 pairs of slippers for The Pink Slipper Project Here are the 3 pairs that I made! I love this pattern. It works up so quick and it's really easy too. And they feel so good on your feet! Doesn't take that much yarn - so if you have some extra yarn laying around, why not make a pair or two for this wonderful charity! The pattern is called Bev's Winter Slippers. Just scroll down alittle bit for the pattern.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Birthday, Balloons, and Prayers

Today was my birthday. A friend of mine brought this big cake to me this afternoon - what a surprise! And oh so good too! My son's friend, Charlie, sang "Happy Birthday" to me on the front porch and that was a nice surprise too! Even watched my all-time favorite scary birthday movie "Happy Birthday To Me" about an old movie, right? :) Even played "Happy Birthday" on my piano - my birthday present! But most of all, I miss my Hayden bug being with me today. How I wish I had just one more hug, one more kiss, or one more "Nana". I miss Hayden so much. Then I get this one certain email tonight saying "happy birthday" and it just tore my heart apart even more. Tears and more tears. I honestly hate carrying this lonely heart around. What an emotional end to my birthday. But I thank God for giving me this wonderful day! I went to the Adoration Chapel this evening and prayed for an hour. What a wonderful place to be on your birthday!

***Balloon Launch for Bryan***

In Memory of Bryan's Angelversary on my birthday, August 25th, I did a balloon launch this evening. I couldn't be there for Kim and her family for this event, so I sent hugs and love and balloons to Heaven for Bryan. I know Bryan and Hayden are having fun together in Heaven!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


These are Angels that I crocheted for 2 very dear friends of mine who both suffered a loss. Bryan, age 3, is the grandson of Kim and Carliser is the daughter of Sheila. Bryan's Angelversary is tomorrow, August 25th, my birthday. I crocheted 50 white angels for Kim to give out to everyone tomorrow night at the candle lighting. I wish I could be there with her and her family. But she knows I will be there in spirit and in my heart! I cherish my friendship with these two ladies so much. It took a loss of someone we all loved so much for us to find each other and I believe we will be friends forever! Sending hugs and love to Heaven to Bryan, Carliser, and my Hayden bug!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'll Be Missing You....

5 months ago today the love of my life went to Heaven. My precious little Hayden. Oh how I miss you. I miss your smiles, your laughter, calling me "Nana", playing cars with you, playing on my computer, watching Cars, Wall-e and Eva, Mater the Greater, eating cheese balls, coloring, putting stickers all over my glass sliding door...I miss you so much little man! You were taken from us way too soon. But you are in the arms of Jesus and playing with all your new friends in Heaven. I hope you have met a new friend name Bryan. His Grandma and I are friends and we miss you both! Mommy and Daddy miss you really bad too. Uncle Matt, Uncle Steven and "GG" too! Nana is trying so hard to make it through each day without you, but it so hard. But no matter how far apart we are, your love gets me through! I love you Hayden!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Special Birthday Present

Chris and Trish came by with my Birthday present from Hayden. (Early present - 8/25) What a beautiful gift it was! I miss him so much. Dreading my Birthday without Hayden. Here is a picture of what I got!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"She's Got You...."

My best friend from High School sent this to me in my email this morning. I played it three times, it is so funny! I needed a good laugh to start my day! Wanted to share it with you all!

As for my surgery, I made out pretty good. My son, Matthew, took me and was such a trooper thru it all. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me. I had a problem in the recovery room, had to stay alittle longer than expected, but everything turned out fine. My 2 week check up went well and the Dr. told me I can ease back into my every day activities. So things are looking up. Slowly, but Shirley! I know, my name ain't Shirley! hahaha

Here is a baby blanket I just finished for a friend to give to her friend for a baby shower. I just loved the teddy bear squares! I used the varigated pastel color yarn and white. Just too cute - she loved it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Up she goes, Up she goes....

Tomorrow I have my surgery to have my gallbladder taken out - I have gallstones. I was misdiagnosed back in November and been walking around like this ever since. Only recently was the pain too much to take and had to go to the ER. After 9 1/2 years with Chuck, he has finally left me for good. (I HATE Mafia Wars and the women of Facebook who take men away from other women!) Yes, I am heartbroken and will be for a long time. I loved him so much. But I guess I was not what he wanted after all these years, so I have to move on with my life, alone. So....

I wanted to do something totally out of the box for BETH before my surgery tomorrow. So I took a plane ride over Winchester. I had the BEST time! It was so much fun - awesome! I even got to take over the controls to fly the plane! I could have stayed up there alot longer!!! Tom took over the controls so I could get some pictures and a short video. It was just an awesome ride!!! I think I've been bitten by the flight bug! I felt like Rose from the Titantic - lol! Or Molly in "Looks Who's Talking" when she was in the plane and she says "I'm flying, I'm really flying"!!! (The second picture is flying over my neighborhood!!!) get thru the surgery! My son Matt is taking me. We have to be there at 0530!! I'm the first case!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Love this new bag pattern!

This is a new pattern that I found from another Blogger Friend! It's called
Waves of Color Tote Bag. It is a really quick and easy pattern and I just love the ripple pattern for anything! I'm on my third bag, and honestly have a 4th started! Making these for my craft show in the fall and for gifts.

My son wanted one of these backpack bags for the longest time. I bought one for him, but it didn't hold up too well. So I designed one and he loves it! It's made from the 100% cotton material and the best thing - you can wash it and keep on using it! I am typing up the pattern and will be putting up on Etsy and Zibbet.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Son

Happy Birthday Son Pictures, Images and Photos

Happy Birthday to my son, Chris. I can't believe it's been 26 years ago today. Where has time gone to? I look over your baby pictures and thank God for giving me a wonderful son. You grabbed my heart right from the start!

It's so hard to celebrate this birthday without Hayden. His first birthday without his son. A wonderful day to celebrate, yet his heart aches that his son is not with him on this special day. And my heart aches for him too. I know Hayden misses his daddy and loves him very much. And if he was here with us, Chris would be getting bunches of hugs and kisses for his birthday.

I'm proud of you Chris - I love you with all of my heart!

(Wonder who drew all over his picture??? Grandpa holding Chris at one week old.)