Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Smile for This Sunday Morning



I just found a new blog
that makes me smile...

I love when that happens!



This post shows pictures of the  
cutest cottages in Southport, NC.


After reading through her blog,
I just had to share her with the rest of you.

Thanks Christie for making me smile.


A smile is just what the doctor ordered,
at least for me. But for my son-in law,
a kidney is what the doctor has ordered!

Not much news about whether I can
donate a kidney to my dear son-in-law.

He will be starting his dialysis this week.
Thankfully, he will be doing this at home while he is sleeping. 



I hope you enjoy your family
on this beautiful Sunday!




Sunday, June 6, 2010

We need your Prayers!


(Update at bottom)


 I am a pretty private person but 
our family is in need of your prayers.


You may have noticed that I have been away for a few weeks. Not only have we been in a major long distance move, with Hubby working and living in Palm Desert and me still here in Texas... we are also having MAJOR life/health issues in our family!

My dear son-in-law, Kevin, is near kidney failure. He was diagnosed with a kidney disease at age 14, and was told at that time he would need a kidney transplant in about 10 years.


 Because of his healthy lifestyle,
he surpassed that time frame
and made it 22 years.

This picture was taken in better times.



He has such a wonderful little family!

2005

This was taken December of 2005. (He is now 36.)  My beautiful daughter Angie, and their adorable daughter Logan and of course Kevin.



He is a GREAT  HUSBAND
and the VERY BEST DADDY ever!


Logan adores her daddy!!!



Well... early this year it became necessary to start the transplant process. This is usually a long drawn out process, but he was VERY lucky that his father was a good match! 

Then came all the tests to make sure his father could actually be the donor. We were SO sure that Kevin would get his transplant by early summer...


But then they found something.
A  small spot  on his  fathers lung.
Something that requires further testing.


Good thing this was found early, and would not have been had he not gone through all those test. Bad thing is that he will not be able to donate. Understandably this has also added to the family health concerns.


All this time wasted!
Now the process starts over!


Kevin is now at the point that he HAS to go on dialysis. He goes in this Thursday so get an operation to insert a port. This will allow him to have his treatments at home... maybe. We hope!

At this time he is feeling a little worse for wear, to say the least. Hopefully the dialysis treatment will help him to feel better, and without too many side effects.


Did I mention that he is still working?
He is a very determined man.
Taking care of his family.


Even though he is extremely tired and very sick at times, he still needs his income and insurance coverage.  My daughter is working and going to school... again.  They are making plans for the long term.  After all these transplants usually just last 5-10 years and then the process starts all over again.


Good news...
I am blood type O!
A universal blood type!!!


That means that I could possible be the donor... if all goes well.  Hopefully my old body has held up well enough to be of some good.  (Now I regret not taking better care of it.)


Strange... now it seems more important
for Kevin's health than it was for mine.


I am hoping that I can do this. It has given me a real since of purpose. Something that I have not felt in some time.


Mothers feel the pain of their children,
no matter how old they may be.


~ ~ ~

Update: August 4, 2011
six months post transplant.


Kevin was lucky enough to get his transplant.
His neighbor of 6 years was a match.

Kevin ( left) and Jace the morning before surgery. Feb 2011.



Kevin is loved by MANY people and
dozens of people offered to be tested. 

Kevin (right) and Jace up and about.


Thank you Jace!

Kevin (left) and Jace back at home.


He and his dear friend are doing great.
Both are now back to work.

Kevin (right) and Jace post transplant!


Kevin recently wrote this on his facebook.

"Today is six months post transplant! The kidney is doing great. The dr.s are still adjusting my medicine but overall things look good. Thanks everyone for your support and especially jace without you i would not be where i am today im forever grateful. And i cant forget my immediate family and extended family who helped raise money that helped pay for the tranplant surgery. Have a great day and dont take your friends or health for granted they can both change so quickly..." Kevin

Kevin is back to his "old self".

I must say that he is looking pretty good again...
Just like the Kevin we have all grown to love :)

Life is precious so enjoy every day!


I was almost brought to tears by reviewing this past year... 
Our prayers were answered and we all 
still have Kevin in our life.


xoxo
 Bunny Jean

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spring Fever!




I have to admit that I have been in a total blogging slump. Not posting... and not even visiting my bloggy friends.

Besides dealing with my ongoing wisdom tooth/sinus problems...


 I've had Spring Fever!


I have taken advantage of the last six weeks of nice weather and have been working in my yard. We are still not sure if we are still moving to Palm Desert or staying in Texas.


Either way the yard will look nice.


I hope to get some more pictures up soon.


~~~

Anyway... while I have been neglecting my blog, and everyone else's, it was so nice to find that a blog friend hasn't forgotten about me.


A while back Mimi, from In The Middle Of No Where, posted a tablescape that showed blue goblets. I commented to her that I had found one at the GW, and would love to find more.


Well... that lovely lady went out and found two more, and sent them to me along with these lovely napkins!

How sweet was that?!



Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bedding, Curtains, and Whine...




My Springy Laura Ashley Sheets.


~~~ 

Thank you to Sweet Chari for hosting Sunday Favorites. Please visit her over at


She has a list of all the other bloggers who are sharing some of their favorite posts.


So be sure to go and visit them too!


~~~



This post was originally written on
August 16th 2009.

At that time I was "late" in trying to
finish up with my Spring/Summer
bedroom project.





Well... it is still not completed.

In fact I never even bothered to put
on the Winter Bedding, even though
this was one of the coldest, snowiest
winters here in Texas in years!


Anyway... here I am setting myself up
once again. I will do my darnest to
finish this one project. Really.

Nevermind that I have three chairs
sitting in the garage waiting to get
beautiful new dresses.

Or the wonderful GW pedestal kitchen
table that will one day be painted black,
or white... or maybe by the time I get
around to it, another color will be
the must have color.


Yes, I love to get ahead of myself.
Starting new projects (in my mind)
before finishing what's on hand.

I wish I could be like "Martha",
and have a whole entourage to actually
do all my projects for me.


I sooo want to be like the rest of you.
Posting on a daily basis with the most
wonderful, fantastic "finished" projects.

(How do you do it???)


Hmmm... maybe if I didn't spend so much
time visiting all of you, I would be doing
my own projects!?

(Don't worry folks, I am addicted to you!)



Hope your weekend is a good one!

~~~



August 16, 2009

My Spring/Summer lamps.


As you may already know... I started a master bedroom bedding and window treatment redo two weeks ago. I have a perfectly fine Winter set, but I wanted a lighter feel for the warmer months.


So... here it is August already,
and I still haven't finished!!!

But... that's not the worst part...


Being the procrastinator that I am... I had not purchased all the panels that I needed. So of course Walmart decided to put the curtain panels on clearance ... and now they were all gone!!!

I had enough for the windows but I also wanted to make a bedskirt out of them. So I spent two days going to four different Walmarts before finding the necessary three panels.

~~~


Now I just have to decide what kind of skirt I want. {I just tucked the window panel in between the mattress to get an idea of how it will look}



This picture shows
a gathered skirt
with vertical stripes.


This picture shows the stripes
going horizontally.

~~~

I sure would appreciate any ideas or opinions from any of you talented ladies :)

I will make the skirt longer (20-23") so that it will come up higher and there will not be a gap where the coverlet and skirt meet. 

~~~


Okay now... back to the curtains.


Yes!  I am cutting them in half.
I will explain later.





I have two narrow windows on either side of my king size bed and of course they are not centered...

{Yet another "thank you" to the builders}


Although my bedroom is not enormous (15x14) it is not as small as it appears in this picture. Those are not night stands... but good sized chests. I have a large armoire and a Secretary desk on wall opposite the bed.


I have extended the rod to give
the appearance of a larger,
 centered window.

~~~


I had a pair of burgundy panels up already and just needed the  one panel for the middle. But... I still want it to have the look of two panels.

{or it would tend look look a shower curtain}

So I cut it down the middle and I may add a trim to the leading edge.


So this is what it looks like...so far.


I think the burgundy panels are
a bit too scrunched???







The bedskirt will finish the look.


I hope to get it done soon.
(before I change back to my Winter bedding...)

~~~

Edit April 18, 2010:

I am obviously afflicted
with decorating ADD.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Pillows that are SEW Pretty!





These pretty Spring inspired pillow ideas 
are from Better Homes and Gardens.

Yes, I am still having camera issues,
but wanted to share something
with you anyway.

I hope they brighten your day.

Enjoy!






Aren't these colorful tulip pillows
just too darn cute?!







The next pillow is "slipcovered"
with linen napkins.








This stylish tweedy pillow reminds
me of a pink Chanel suit!








Is your name Madison?






These last two pillows reminded me
of one of my favorite blogs,
Cozy Little House.


I think this colorful little yoyo pillow
would look at home anywhere in
Brenda's "cozy little house!





Years ago, in the 70's, I had a box
full of old yoyos and cut circles
given to me my my mother.

She had just moved out of her
home and into a mobile home and
just didn't have room to store
extra boxes of "old stuff".

(She was in her mid 60's and
lived to be 97 years old.)


Anyway, they were made out of old
dresses in small prints and calicos.
They were from the 1920's and I
believe she and her sister made them.

Well since I was in my 20's I just
didn't understand their value...
and so after we moved a few times
I was "convinced" to give them up them.

I am not even sure what
really ever happened to them.
Were they tossed or given away?


Such remorse... and guilt!!!



Sunday, April 4, 2010

Best Easter Wishes!





I just wanted to join in on some of the Easter fun that has been happening here in blogland.


Between not feeling well and camera issues, I just haven't posted much lately. Too bad, because I have oodles of Easter decor, dishes, and bunnies!


Of course I have BUNNIES...


I have a wisdom tooth that has been acting up. Yes, I am an almost 58 year old with all four wisdom teeth! That may explain my "sinus" problems this spring.  Maybe even this  darn migraine thats been hanging around for the last week! [edit: I got a dentist appointment for Tuesday morning]

My camera just froze up and Hubby's camera dosen't like me, so I haven't wanted to post any pictures lately. Please just play along and squint to focus on the "not so clear pictures".

~~~


This is the dish shelf in my dining area.


I like to change it out for the holidays.


These dishes were purchased at
Cracker Barrel a few months ago.
I just couldn't wait until
they went on sale.


I love the texture.




See how the colors and shading
match the little bunny box?




Aren't those the cutest little
bunny salt and pepper shakers.




I picked up the bunny boxes
this year at Homegoods.





The little eggs cups match the dishes.




I wish I'd waited until they were on sale.
They always do right before the holiday,
 but I was afraid not all the pieces
would still be there.




I even got a matching coffee/tea set!




Each cup has wonderful detailing
just inside the rim.


I love my little Faux Goodies.
All 100% calorie free!




The sugar cube tongs were my
mother's. I didn't polish them
because I thought they accented
the little bird nest topiary...
and yes, I'm lazy.


The little sugar cube is also faux.



I got the bird nest topiary at the GW
for 2.00. I just needed to add some
moss and ribbon.


Wow... It appears that a rare lavender
feathered bird has layed some
pretty little eggs.




The wooden Easter sign is from Ross
and the egg garland is from TJ Maxx.


I hope you all enjoyed your Easter!



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