Saturday, October 31, 2009


There were several things I was going to blog about this weekend but they will have to wait until I can catch my breath. It's crazy how you make plans and all of a sudden something happens and your life is changed in a split second!

Friday afternoon, as I was driving the bus off campus, my mother was walking to her car. She stepped off the curb and stubbed the toe of her rain boot and she fell forward landing on her left hand.

We spent 2 1/2 hours in the ER to find out what she knew....Her wrist snapped and it broke her wrist in 2 places. OUCH!
They cleaned up all the scraps and put antibiotic on them. They wrapped the wrist up with gauze, plaster & an ace bandage (all the way up past her elbow) She goes to an Orthopedic Surgeon on Monday and will most likely have surgery early next week.

They gave her 13 milligrams of Morphine while in the ER....she was still crying in pain. She is still in pain....she is getting her pain meds every 4 hours and has asked for it as early as 3 hours.

She is here at my home so I can take care of her until they do the surgery and set the break. I worry because of her age, her osteoporosis, she has Lupus, her blood clots...etc, etc....

Please send prayers and healing thoughts her way! (her name is Barbara)

Monday, October 26, 2009


Quilt #1

The two piles below are my completed squares thus far. The messy pile is finished strip pieces that I have to press and then cut.

Here is a strip piece that has been pressed.

And this is where you'll find Mr. Reeses when I am busy sewing.

If I stitch fast enough does it
count as aerobic exercise?

Sunday, October 25, 2009


So, I had to tell Tori to not look at my blog for awhile so I could share with you all what I have been up to. I'm not worried about Meg...she probably forgot I even have a blog.

This year for Christmas I decided to make both girls Queen size Quilts!

So I enlisted John to help with the rotary cutting of the fat quarters. I wanted him to be involved as much as possible. He is the perfect man for the job because he is so meticulous & methodical.

I spent 6 hours on Saturday strip piecing & pressing and all I have are 3 complete 16 inch squares. I need 30! That's just for 1 quilt. I do have 4 strip piece blocks that are sewn and need to be cut and then sewn into a block....those 4 blocks will make 8, 16 inch blocks. I will finish those on Sunday.

Here is the material I chose.

I plan on showing some of the blocks this week. I'm really excited about these quilts. It's gonna take up all my free time but my girls are worth it!

I am a quilter and my house is in pieces.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mad-Hatter Tea Party

Kayla, Tori & Meg

Tori's 20th birthday party! Head on over to her blog to read all about it and see some photos. She has some exciting news at the end....I'll blog more about it in the future.
{click here to got to Tori's blog}

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Race for the Cure!

Saturday, October 17th, 2009 was the Race for the Cure in Little Rock. We have the 4th largest race in the nation. Over 75,000 women and men walked the race this year alone. Our school had a team of 18....only 7 of us showed up to walk together. We have 1 survivor from our school, Karen, she was there but walked with the other survivors.

My mom & I. This was right before the runners took off. It was COLD....49 degrees.

Look at the Broadway bridge.....this was only 5 minutes into the race. It was a very emotional experience when the gun went off......watching people cry who have lost a loved one.....seeing women who are survivors cry that they made it another year to be there. We saw men with signs saying they were walking in memory of their wife who had lost her battle......young girls who were walking in honor of their mother who was walking beside moving!

Little Rock firemen stripped for the la la. My mom actually took this photo! :p

Team Northwood
Kim, Briana, Laconya, me, Barbara (mom), Jennifer & Stacy
In front of the pink fire truck. It was fun walking and talking with these ladies. Walking in the freezing weather to raise money and bring awareness to breast cancer was the least we could do for all the women who have battled this horrible disease.

In memory of Teffany Gerbine Redding
In honor of Karen Preachers

Friday, October 16, 2009

20 years old

My baby bird is 20 years old today! I no longer have a teen. It honestly feels strange to think about it. We celebrated last night at my house. Tonight she is having a Mad Hatter party at her house....everyone has to dress up, wear a hat and drink out of a Tea cup! I can't wait to see photos!!
She wanted a homemade meal of course. She asked for Stuffed Shells and a carrot cake for dessert. I made the cake and John made the frosting & decorated the cake!! (he frosted better than I could!)
Nick came to celebrate.
Meg and her girlfriend, Hillary came too.
Grandma....she hasn't missed 1 birthday yet!
Daddy bought Tori some "emergency" mousse as a gift. He was on the phone with her the other day when she ran out.
Sisters or as they call each other...."thister"


Monday, October 12, 2009

The First

It was 1988....John & I moved into Apt. #19 A on Youree drive in Shreveport, Louisiana. We were 17 & 19. We had a 1 month old baby girl.

The only furniture we owned was what John had as a kid......a water bed, dresser, and a desk. Of course we had a crib for Meg. Everything we had in the house was given to us.

We had no living room furniture. We did have a 19 inch television that we put in the fireplace.....why John did that I do not know.....but it was in there. We sat on the floor to watch TV.

We went to a unfinished furniture store one day to look for an entertainment center. It was a family owned business. We really liked this particular one and decided to purchase it. We filled out the paper work to purchase it on credit but were denied. Unfortunately, being young we had no credit yet....and we didn't have the cash to buy it out right.

The owner (I wish I knew his name) I guess felt bad for us. I will never forget what he did for us. He told us that he can tell we are trying to make a home for our daughter, that he can see that we were in love with each other, and how bad we wanted that entertainment center........he Co-signed so we could get the credit and purchase the cabinet!!! A stranger did that for us! The cabinet cost $600. We went in his store together on the 15th of every month, for six months, with $100. We made sure that we paid it off as soon as possible. We were and still are very grateful to that man!
Years later we purchased a bigger entertainment center that the girls now have. So my mom took our 1st one and used it in her home. Well, in August she had my brother in law build her a new we got our 1st piece of furniture back.

It is in Meg's bedroom for now. It still looks pretty. One day it will get passed on to Tori. I promised it to her when she gets married.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Here I is

I had a chance to check my e-mail during my 1st lunch bunch at work yesterday. I rarely even check e-mails these days. I saw where Heather commented on my rock post. It put a smile on my face!!!

Here is the comment:

Betty, where are you? We are missing you. It's been a week since this post... Come out, come out, wherever you are!

So to explain my absence....

Having my symptoms under control for the past 6 Asthma has returned. I had 4 attacks in 2 weeks. I am on oral steroids to treat the inflammation of my bronchial tubes. The last one I was home alone and really thought I was gonna die! I keep my rescue inhaler close by now!

So I know what triggered the asthma....I got a miserable head cold!! I was so afraid I was getting the swine flu because there have been several cases at my school already. No piggy....just your usual head cold when the weather starts turning.

So after working 6:30 am - 4:45 pm everyday, I would come home...cook John dinner...clean up kitchen...then make me a cup of Theraflu. I "doctored" it up with 2 tablespoons of Tequila Gold and by 8:00 I was sound asleep and wouldn't cough until about 3 am.

Then I had to do it all over again the next day!

I am feeling SO much better today. I still have a slight cough but nothing like last week. I hope to get the asthma under control again.