Monday, January 19, 2009

The First Paper

Due to the possibility of intense situations, emergency department nurses need to be able to assess, prioritize and treat patients quickly while communicating with multiple disciplines, patients and families with professionalism, accuracy and caring. This becomes increasingly difficult when the patient is either unwilling or unable to communicate problems or symptoms with medical staff. With little or no communication patients lives and health can be compromised. Breakdowns in communication between the nurse and physician can have dire consequences for the patient.

This is all I got...really.....all I got!!!!

I have this paper due Wednesday. One page, one page only! My little brain is making strange sounds and I think I saw smoke! I know I smelled smoke!!!!

S0. . . . maybe this isn't going as I planned. I can roll with it. Right?!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Last of the Aprons for the Girls & update

This one was supposed to be for my middle daughter. She didn't like the fabric. It's purple, I just don't understand it! Sooooo, guess who gets it. Guess, I dare ya! lol I DO!!!! This picture doesn't show a lot of the detail but it is so cute! I'm very happy to have it! The poor kid wearing it was a visitor at our house. Drama queens best friend! Thank you so much for being my little model!
I only have one more apron that I want to make soon...I have put it off for a while. It's from a vintage pattern-yes, that will be 2 that I've made from patterns. It's hard to get into that again. I haven't done clothes construction in several years so the patterns kind of work my nerve.
I have made a couple of personalized bibs for the model above for a baby shower gift for a friend that was expecting. They were cute and had the baby's name and year embroidered. That was another stretch. I haven't embroidered anything in ohhh 15 years.
I need to make something for a friend at church who is having a rainbow baby. I have an idea of what I want to make but I have to get the fabric. She is a very precious woman of God and the daughter of a dear friend. Check out , she has some cute baby stuff ideas.
I started my classes and my brain hurts! By the end of my first class my eyes were glazed over, I know it!!! This one has a lot of writing, the other one has a lot of reading but it's an online class so I can do it as I get time. I think I'm going to do okay though.

I tried to double space between the paragrahs to make it easier to read but It seems to be irrelevant.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Frugal Cooking

I have been thinking about all the menu planning on the internet where people are trying to save money and plan their meals accordingly. I have been seeing articles about meals for under $10.00 that feed a family of four.

I have fed a family of 6 for years on less than that. 4 of the people eat adult portions, and we always have left overs for lunches and sometimes we have enough leftovers to put a meal together-strange combinations- but we all eat plenty. So I had the big idea to use my recipe blog (that I rarely ever add anything to) as a way to journal my food budgeting tactics, menus and recipe's, tips etc.

My girls will be out on their own in a couple of years and by then the blog will be pretty full and they will be able to have the information at their fingertips. It will also be there for anyone else who might be able find it. I'm pretty sure that all the things I do are on the web somewhere so it's not new stuff.

Hop over if you like-

Be blessed

Monday, January 12, 2009

Classes Start Wednesday

Silly Boys!! Poor dog! I love these moments.

This apron is for my step daughter in Florida. She is into skulls and crossbones etc. I, personally, don't like them. I comprimised for this one and got "cutesy" ones. Still don't like it but I don't have to wear it! lol I also made a cookbook for her like the other girls. I hope to get them out this week to her. One of the other girls had to pose with this one. It's from a vintage pattern. Yes, I actually used a pattern for this one! lol

This one I made for Ashlee. Pink and brown are her favorites. I took pictures with my new camcorder but they were awful. I ended up taking it back and getting the camera I wanted and look, nice pictures. Unfortunately, she used it and got flour on it before I got the new camera to get a good picture. She is the most domestic diva of the 3 girls. I love it!

I start classes on Wednesday so my projects will slow down and my brain will have to do real work and think in a more traditional way. . . I already have a headache! lol It will be worth it in the end so I can handle it! I am strangely ready to get on with the college classes though!
Be blessed today.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


My little Mikey will be starting "preschool" at home soon. We have been doing things but not anything that is planned or lessons. Lapbooks here and there and mostly teachable moments with whatever is handy. I thought I'd let him in on the fact that he was going to be starting school at home soon. BAD IDEA!! I guess he is still a little traumatized from his previous "real preschool" experience. He was in daycare for a year and a half before I pulled him out. It was traumatizing to me to leave him the way he was behaving. It took about 2 months to get him to some reasonable state. The daycare wasn't bad, the teacher was a little harsh but not "mean".

My plan is to gradually increase the things we do that are "educational". I have a bit of a Charlotte Mason mind set so I really have no intention of having him sit over books etc all day! I want it to be fun and mostly hands on. My goal is to have him to a schedule and routine by the time he turns 4 in March. My idea of a full schedules is maybe 2 hours a day split up so he doesn't even know he is learning.

I have a bunch of resources. Some on the computer, some printed and some stored items for teaching. I want to make some more things to that there are more activities for him. And of course I have a wish list of things I'd like to get for him too. As I get started I will be sharing all the stuff I'm doing. I have found some good resources on line.

Ok, I'm obviously more exited about doing this than he is so I am being a little covert with it all! LOL He will love it when he gets going. I just hope I can keep things the way I want them. I don't want to feel pressured to have him learn a certain amount and to do everything everyday that is planned. I want to be flexible, besides, I don't have to really do school until he turns 7. (compulsory school attendance age in NC)

Friday, January 2, 2009

More projects

This is one of the girl's scarves. Finally done. A close up to see the stitches and one to see the whole thing. It turned out better than the pictures show.

This is a cotton pot holder. It is an easy stitch but I made it so tight that I could only do 2 or 3 rows at a time before I had to stop for a few minutes. My hand started hurting. So it took a long time to complete but I really like it. It works better than the sewn ones. I loved the earth tones and the way that the colors went to gether on this one was neat. It was verigated yard. I had a hard time finding a back ground that would show it.

Here is a dishcloth. I don't know what happened at first. I guess the tv show was really interesting! lol I looked down and went Oh. Then I took pictures and started pulling stitches.

Here is the same one, repaired. I have no idea why there is a loop in it. It was how the pattern was written. It is a very pretty cloth. I guess the lighting was different because it looks darker here.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Word studies & 25 ways to keep it simple

My friend Shelli posted this on her myspace blog. I don't know how to put a link in to that page but I can direct you to her myspace page if your interested. She posts really good messages and has been doing word studies lately that are very cool! This is here more as a reminder for me than anything else. I need to work on number 10 lol! I tend to tell people the truth too much! lol

Titus 1:16 ~ They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Abominable~repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome: an abominable crime, very unpleasant; disagreeable, very bad, poor, or inferior

Disobedient~Neglecting or refusing to obey; omitting to do what is commanded, or doing what is prohibited; refractory; not observant of duty or rules prescribed by authority; -- applied to persons and acts.

Reprobate~a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person; morally depraved; unprincipled; bad; rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation

I got this in an email yesterday and thought I'd share.

25 Ways to "Keep it Simple" in the New Year"
1. Go to bed on time and get up early to avoid a rush.
2. Say no to projects that keep your family too busy, or offer to do a small part.
3. Delegate tasks when possible. Even our kids feel important when they are "needed".
4. Simplify and unclutter your life. Less is more..
5. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places. But don't sweat the small stuff. Arriving
a little late is not the end of the world.
6. Take one day at a time.
7. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, don't dwell on it.
8. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
9. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. A simple meal to prepare for unexpected guests.
10. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
11. Do something for the kid in you everyday.
12. Eat right.
13. Get organized so everything has its place.
14. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
15. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
16. Every day, find time to be alone.
17. Choose your friends wisely. A friend who gets you in trouble is not a friend.
18. Keep a notebook of favorite scriptures on hand.
19. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
20. Laugh.
21. Laugh some more!
22. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
23. Before you blame someone, try to laugh at the situation.
24. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
25 . Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)