Sunday, May 17, 2009

Interview me - wanna play???

Jamie Ridler at Starshyne Productions was playing an interview
game last week and I decided to join in.

I've put this off until Husband was home from the hospital, so here
it is....


* leave me a comment with your email address saying: “interview me”
* I will e-mail you five questions of my choice
* you can then answer the questions on your blog {with a link back to
my blog}
* you should also post these rules, along with an offer to interview
anyone else who emails you, wanting to be interviewed
* anyone who asks to be interviewed should be sent 5 questions to
answer on their blog
* it would be nice if the questions were individualized for each

My questions from Jamie -

1. What has surprised you the most about your life to date?
Well, I think that when I look back, it's surprising that my life
has turned out nothing like my original plans. Back in the day,
I was going to be a super-duper corporate career woman...and then
I got pregnant and married and after my son was born, I knew there
would be no career that could ever satisfy me or make me as happy
as that little boy did. My first marriage was to the wrong man and
it took me a while to find the right one....but I did. And now, I
realize that really my life has been exactly as it should be and
everything has just been a path to this point.

2. If you had a totem animal, what would it be?
If I had been asked this question this time last year, I would have
said a hump-back whale. I don't know exactly what it is I love about
them - I'm not much of an ocean person....they are just so strong and
beautiful. However, after our trip to Africa last year - I'm now going
to say an Elephant would be my totem animal. Equally strong and
beautiful - but that maternal instinct and family herd aspect really
touches me.

3. Who has influenced your life profoundly??
My Mother - She's a very strong minded and opinionated woman. And
while this has been an inspiration for me, it's also taken me some
time to live my version of my life and not hers. She's always been
there for me and I love her dearly.

4. If you were to start a business, what would it be?
Well, as a matter of fact, I am looking to start a business with my
Best Friend. We're in the very early stages of discussion and planning
but are thinking about a sandwich shop / deli in her small East Texas
hometown. We'll focus on good fresh food with plans to help support
the local farmers. We'll see how it goes!

5. What would your loved ones say is your best quality? What
would you say it is?

I think my loved ones & I would be in agreement - my best quality is
unconditional love and support for their life choices. My Family and
Friends are the most important things in the world to me.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Husband update #2

He made it through surgery yesterday just fine....even
though the supposed 3 hour procedure took 5 1/2!

The tumor on his thyroid was cancerous and so the Dr.
had to remove the entire thing plus one of his lymph
nodes as the cancer had spread.

The Dr. feels pretty confident he got it all - but Jimmy
will still have to do radioactive iodine treatments just
to make sure there's no cancer cells somewhere else in
his body.

He's still in the hospital - will hopefully get to come
home tomorrow....I can tell he's feeling better today -
he's getting very fidgety and just a wee bit on the grumpy

Thanks for all the thoughts, prayers and encouraging words.
I'm sure we'll get over this little bump in the road just fine!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Husband update #1

Just returned from the Dr. Surgery is schedule for this
Thursday afternoon. It looks as if the Dr. plans to remove
all his thyroid - I guess it's "plan for the worst, hope
for the best."

He may have to take some radioactive iodine treatments - just
in case he has any cancerous cells floating around his body.
But, we'll know more about that later.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I would like to thank the Academy.....

Actually, big thanks are in order for Carol McKenna....
Thank you Carol! You don't realize how much I appreciate your
kind words of encouragement and support.

So, now I'm supposed to list my 7 favorite things...

1. Husband

2. Family & Friends

The rest are in no particular order -

3. My garden / Nature - it's where I find God

4. Reading / Music / Art

5. Laughing so hard you snort!

6. Listening to my son speak with an English accent -
he's really quite good!

7. Pie (of any kind)

That was a little harder than I thought it would be - I guess that
means I don't think about my favorites enough (will have to do
something to change that!

The second part is to pass on the love....and since I'm quite new at
this and don't have a lot of followers to my own blog - I'll include
some places I like to pop in and visit from time to time.

1. Graciel -

2. Angie Sullins -

3. Jamie - (a new discovery for me!)

4. Christine - (another new find)

5. Dawn -

6. Alena -

7. Marilyn -

All provide me with so much inspiration!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Soul's Journey

I had the hardest time on this project...could never
really get things moving in the right direction. My
original intent for this mask was a journey a la
Alice in Wonderland, but we received some bad news this
week and my mood and outlook became much more serious.

What you can't tell from the picture is the black lines
across her face is actually part of a wire cage. And I've
written words like love, faith, courage, etc on the
"prayer flags" of her hair.

My husband has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. From
what we've been told and read, if you had to choose a cancer,
this would be the one you would seems to be very
self-contained in the thyroid and once it's removed, your good
to go...He has surgery in a couple of weeks and then we go from

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.