I made these layouts using the new online Studio J™ from Close to My Heart. It will be available for customers to use sometime in March. Consultants are getting a sneak peek and I am absolutely lovin' it at this point! I might finally get some stuff done. Here are some layouts from my trip to the Med last year and some other pages I wanted to try out.
CTMH Med Cruise
Random Pages with photos of some of my favorite people in the world!!!
This is going to be addicting, I see already! Glad I can do these pages and get a discount! lol
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Finally, I am out of the cast! YAY!!! Still not walking, but on my way. I can start adding weight little by little in 7 more days! Looks like Christmas will be touch, but at least I'll be home. Then Baylee and Daddy are coming to San Antonio with me for a week. That will be nice to have them here. Hopefully my foot will be feeling OK and I'll be up to exploring San Antonio at Christmas, and the surrounding area. There are tons of things to do, so I'm hoping that I'm feeling up to seeing them all! lol
I go back to the doc on 5 Jan and then will hopefully start physical therapy shortly thereafter so I can get this healing process under way. So far the foot is still pretty stiff - will just take some time to get the movement back, so I guess I have to be patient. Uh-oh, not my strong point! lol Wish me luck!
So, I FINALLY got my tickets for Christmas. I'll be arriving LATE (I might even see Santa in the air!) on Christmas Eve and then Baylee and I and Daddy are coming back to San Antonio on Monday, the 28th. Will be a short trip home, but at least I'll be there for Christmas!
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So, I'm a little late, but FB was up to date! lol I hope this finds you all well and enjoying some down time with family and friends. I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving and took some time to reflect on what you're truly thankful for this year. I know I have a lot to be thankful for - I have an amazing family, wonderful friends, a roof over my head, food on my table and shoes on my feet. Those of us who can say that are richer than a great part of world. Be thankful and do what you can to help someone who might not have all that you do.
sort of, anyway. Not much new going on, unfortunately. Still crutchin' or rollin' around with my cast. Counting the days til 8 Dec when I go back in and will hopefully get it off, at least for the exam and stuff. Not sure what will happen then if they'll put on another or that will be it and I'll start the physical therapy portion.Once that starts, I'm probably looking at 6 months to a year before I'm fully healed and recovered and back on the court. I hope I'm back on the court, anyway!
I know I'm certainly getting very tired of dealing with this stupid cast! More than tired of bumming rides from people, too! I want my independence back! lol
Well, off for now, but wanted to give a quick update! Enjoy the rest of your week!
and he said after reviewing the MRI that the tendon is already starting to heal on it's own, so he didn't recommend surgery. He said he didn't really think going in now was the best idea. Maybe if they had done the MRI when I first injured it, he would have recommended it, but 2 weeks later when it's already starting to heal, he didn't think it was my best option. He felt that casting it and letting it finish healing was a better choice and then we'll see what happens.
He said that, after it heals, if 6 months down the road or so I'm still not happy with the progress or how things are going, then we could always do surgery then and mentioned something about using a portion of another tendon in the same area to replace the damaged portion....I don't know - didn't really follow exactly what he said about it. I just know that for right now he recommended letting it continue to heal in a cast and then doing physical therapy and stuff.
He said it could take 6 months to a year for full recovery. I'm soooooo hoping that it doesn't take so long! I'll be going crazy by then if it's still not back to normal, or as close to normal as possible, anyway! lol So, for now I'm on "bed rest" for 72 hrs and then I can go back to work on Mon. He put in a consult for me to get a Roll-a-bout, which is one of the little things you can rest your injured leg on and push with the good leg to get around. It should make things a little easier to get around than the crutches are. Hopefully it does the trick.
I definitely have to be careful with the swelling because I can't just loosen the bandage now! lol So, that's where things stand for now and I go back to see him again in 3 weeks. I'm hoping that this will be healed and I'll be moving well enough to be able to come home for Christmas with no issues and still be able to bring Baylee back with me for a week. By then I should be doing pretty good, so I don't foresee any problems.
Just say a little prayer for a quick, full recovery!
I just wanted to drop by and leave a quick post today to say thank you to all the veterans - past, present, and future - that are serving or have served in our Armed Forces. Be sure to take some time today to say a prayer for those deployed, as well as those fighting the fight here at home, and think of those who we have lost who made the ultimate sacrifice.
and it looks like surgery is probably in my future. I'm getting ready to do some research to see what I can come up with, but the Physicians Assistant that I saw today makes me wonder. He came in to talk to me after the ultrasound and while they were re-splinting my foot and said, "So, what kind of activity level would you like to have in the future?" O actually looked at him rather dumbfounded and said, "Well, I'd like to be able to do everything I've always done." He then wanted to know to what level I am athletically active and what I want to be able to do....if I was a runner or what. I thought to myself, you do see that I'm lying here in a uniform, right????? Wow - I was amazed at the question! I told him it would be nice to be able to play volleyball again and basketball and if I decided to go for a run to be able to do that, too! lol
Apparently, part of the decision whether or not to do surgery is how active someone wants to be afterward, because healing in a splint only has a 10-15% chance of re-occurrence of the injury, but healing from surgery drops that to 5-10%.So, I'm hoping at this point that they go ahead with the surgery so I'm better off in the future. I was just so flabbergasted at his asking that question to an active duty Soldier! It made for something to laugh at later with the Soldier who was driving me back home, but sure made for a shocked expression from me when first asked! lol
So, that's the story for now - hopefully I'll know for sure what's going on with surgery on Thursday morning. Say a little prayer and wish me the best!
Well, it's finally the weekend and I am just relaxin' hoping to take it easy on the achilles this weekend so I'm ready to go again on Monday. The later in the week it got, the more it seemed to hurt, so I left work a bit early a couple of days to get it up and rested. So far today it seems to be doing pretty good, but I'm just keeping it elevated and chillin' so I have my energy for next week. I'm teaching all day Monday, so hopefully it goes well and the achilles doesn't start hurting.
I go back to the doc on Tues and hopefully I'll find out if I'm going to have surgery or not, but since they've not done an MRI - just an x-ray, I am guessing I'm going to have to schedule the MRI before they'll tell me. Who knows - I'm hoping for the best, but expecting the worst! lol At this point I really just want whatever is going to heal the fastest! I'm not liking the having to depend on others for things - kinda makes it difficult for someone who is as independent and stubborn as I am! ;-)
So, everybody say a little prayer that I actually get some answers on Tues. and learn what I'm looking forward to. Have a great weekend, all!
after a pretty quiet and relaxing weekend. I went back to work today after resting and elevating my foot for the previous three days. I got caught up on some sleep and some of the TV shows that I watch. I absolutely LOVE having them all online now - it makes it so nice to just go to the website and choose the episode you want to watch! LOVE THAT!!! lol
The foot is doing OK - I go back to the doc on the 10th and hopefully I'll find out then whether or not there's going to be surgery. At this point, I'm almost thinking it might be a quicker recovery time if I do. lol Either way, I just hope it passes quickly, as I'm not a very good patient and not a fan of pain! Thank God for a friend of mine, Stephanie, who is helping me out and got me some groceries this weekend and stuff. I don't know what I'd have done without her! I'm also pretty fortunate to work with some great Soldiers who have been helping out in the "ride" department since I can't really drive right now. I am a pretty lucky girl!
So, that's it for now, but I will keep you all posted as to what the doc says when I hear more.
I was taking 2 instead of 1, which was OK by the doc, but not by my stomach apparently! lol So, now I'm just taking 1 percocet and it seems to be making a difference. Thank goodness! I was not liking the being in pain or the being sick. So, hopefully I'll find out soon if I have to have surgery or not and how long I'm looking at with this. I'm hoping to go home for the 4 day weekend of Christmas and bring Baylee back to San Antonio for a week so I really need to be mobile to make that happen! Wish me luck and say a little prayer if you can!
I always look so forward to Friday afternoon so I have the weekend to recover from the week. Then I always hate it when it's Sun night and it's all over! lol I feel like I accomplished a lot this weekend, though. More than usual! I spent most of yesterday working on the computer to develop a new blog to use for my Close to My Heart business because I REALLY need to bump it up. I would soooooo love to earn another cruise with them and the one for next year is on the EPIC, Norwegian's newest boat and it looks AMAZING!!! I have a lot of work to do!
So, if any of you know anyone who scrapbooks or stamps, or even anyone who is creative and crafty, please let them know about me and my websites. My CTMH website is http://ABCHearts.MyCTMH.com and my new blog is http://abchearts.blogspot.com. All of my contact information is listed on both pages for them to get in touch with me if they are interested. Thanks bunches to anyone who passes this on - and please let me know if you do so I can thank you!
I guess I better get going for tonight...still have some work to get done before I head to bed! Sweet dreams, all!
I have been MIA for months, it seems. Life here in San Antonio keeps me pretty busy - well, I guess I should say WORK, since that is my life! lol I am enjoying the aspect of taking care of Soldiers again, even though it keeps me so busy - it's what matters and it sure makes the time fly!
Sea World has become one of my favorite places since I've arrived in San Antonio. I could sit and watch the Believe show or the Viva show all day long! It makes me wish I'd been more into swimming when I was a kid, as I think it would be amazing to have a "job" working with the whales and dolphins every day. That's got to be something that truly gives new meaning to the word job. It just doesn't seem like it would be work - yes, I know it's a lot of hard work that they put into it, but I can only imagine that it doesn't feel like "work" to them!
I've also been to the River Walk a couple of times and really enjoy it down there. It's a beautiful area with lots to see and do. Baylee and Dee came down for a long weekend in August and we went down there, took a trip up to Gruene, went to a rodeo, spent a day at Sea World, and of course saw every Harley Davidson store in San Antonio, some more than once! It was a great weekend and was nice to be able to share some of the local attractions with them while they were here. Now, I'm hoping to get Baylee down here after Christmas for a week while she's out of school. I told her we'd go back to Sea World and see if Shamu has a santa suit! lol
Also, in September, Mom came down for a few weeks. It was nice having her here for so long so we cold spend some time together. We went to Sea World a few times and I think Mom loves that place as much as I do. We tried to go to the Wildlife Animal Shelter, too, but they were closed each time we tried. We did a lot of visiting and catching up on things at the house, so next time she comes, we'll have to venture out to more of the places we missed this time around.
Well, that's kind of the quick update of the last few months. Oh, I forgot to add that I spent a long weekend in Long Beach, CA the end of July/beginning of August for the Close to My Heart Leadership Conference. That was great to see my friends and get to spend some time with them again. Long Beach area is absolutely GORGEOUS, too - and the weather was SPECTACULAR!!! So many places in CA that I would love to live if only they weren't so darn expensive! lol Maybe I'll win the lotto some day.....if only I played! ;-)
I hope you all have a terrific weekend! I will try not to wait so long between post, I promise. I'm connecting my blogs to Facebook, so maybe that will help - if I do it right, that is! lol
OK - so maybe I shouldn't have said I'd be posting soon....maybe I should have just said "when I get some time" and it would have been more accurate. So, life is pretty busy here in wonderful San Antonio. I'm getting settled into my new job and am enjoying being back in a leadership position and working so closely with Soldiers again! I've definitely missed it for the past few years while I focused on me and my technical skills. I'll be happy to put them to work in the future, but for now I'm truly enjoying being a Platoon Sergeant again! I'm also LOVING being back in Texas! Sure, it's hot and sticky most days, but I spend most of my time inside of an air-conditioned building so it's not so bad, I guess.
Sasha is loving the new house! She runs around like a crazy cat and spends lots of time all sprawled out on the floor like she owns the place and allows me to live with her! There must be something about this carpet that she likes because she's never been like that before...well, the sprawling out part anyway! It's pretty much always been her world and she allows me to co-exist with her! But I love her, so what am I gonna do!
Well, I'm getting older, too, as I celebrated my 36th birthday this week. It was, and has been for years, just another day for me, but my Squad Leaders decided to make it special for me. They proceeded to blow up a TON of balloons and COMPLETELY filled every space in my little desk/cubicle area! It was pretty funny, actually! When I walked in all I could see was balloons! I don't know how many there were, but when we moved them all out to the part of the office where there's open floor and space, we had our very own balloon pit that we could have jumped in! It looked like those little areas for kids that are filled with the little colorful balls that they play in, only it was balloons. It was a nice start to the day, actually!
Alas, the house is still a disaster, because I haven't really done much of anything to it since I started working. Hopefully in the next week or two I can start cutting back on the hours I spend in the office and get home at a more normal time and have the energy to get going on the house again. I need to get crackin' on that garage, too, as there's sooooo much stuff crammed in it right now! At least Daddy re-arranged all the boxes for me while he was here so my car fits in the garage! That's a definite bonus with the sun beating down on us here!
I think I'll sign off for now, but I wanted to at least give a little bit of an update. I hope to get on here more often once I get more settled. I hope you're all have a blessed and wonderful summer and I hope to hear from you all soon!
OK - so I see that I've kinda forgotten about this place for a while. Things have been pretty hectic since I went home on leave and then headed to HOT San Antonio! I just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know that I arrived safely and all is well here! I'm having a wonderful time getting to spend some quality time with my Daddy! I'm soooooo glad he came with me! It's been a long time since we've had some time to just hang out together! I will post more soon with what's been going on.
Hi there, all!! So, it's been a crazy past few weeks since I last posted! In that time I have finished up in Maryland, bought a house in San Antonio - long distance (can't say as I'd ever recommend that and I'll NEVER do it again!!! What a stressful and painful process!) and am now making my way across the States to go home for a week. I'm currently in Farmer City, IL where I decided to stop for the night. I stayed in Newark, OH last night and went by the Longaberger Factory today and spent entirely too much money! lol I figured this may be the last opportunity I have to go by there for a long time, so I wanted to make the stop. It was worth it, too - I got some retired baskets that I didn't have! Like I needed them! Oh well, I wanted them and that's what matters! ha ha...
So, tomorrow I head home and will be able to see some friends that I haven't seen in over 17 years, thanks to Facebook! The newest addiction of mine has brought me back in touch with so many people from my past! Very cool! Come and check it out - but be warned - it's HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!!! lol Anyway, I'll be home for about a week and then Daddy and Sasha May and I are heading to San Antonio!!! YAY!!! I can't wait to see my house with the painting done and the little things I wanted to change!
So, I have recently joined the world of Facebook and seem to be spending most of my extra time there. It's amazing to me - I have gotten back in touch with lots of friends that I haven't seen or talked to in over 17 years! I've also been able to reconnect with several old friends from my years in the Army. I love being able to chat with them and catch up on things...for hours at a time, it seems! lol
I have also gone back and forth on whether I was going to buy a house because the unit I'll be going to was up in the air for a while. Supposedly all is well now, though and I'll be able to buy the one I was initially interested in, I think. So, wish me well with that process. Kinda scary - the whole first time buyer thing. I'm excited though and looking forward to it.
Well, it looks like I'll be heading out of Maryland around the 6th of April on my way back home to see everyone and pick up Sasha and Daddy on the way to Texas! I'm hoping to come up with a plan to get everyone together when I get home. So many of us have recently gotten back in touch through FB, that it seems like we should all get together in real life so we can see each other! So, for those of you who are still at home, let me know if you have any ideas how we could do that and where!
I had my last crop in the area this weekend down in Huntingtown. It was bitter-sweet since I've made so many wonderful friends and built relationships through my business. I'm really going to miss everyone here. For the first time, it's going to be a really tough move for me, I think. It's always hard to say goodbye to friends I've worked with, but starting and building my business here has given me many added friends that I wouldn't normally have found. Then after that crop, I stopped by another one that I have done for over a year and have since passed on to a downline. The ladies there had a card for me that they had all signed. It was very sweet of them and, of course, it made me cry! Yes, I'm an emotional person, I admit it! lol
Anyway, I'm really glad I was able to see them and say goodbye. It meant a lot to me. I hope to make it back to the area sometime in the future and be able to see as many of the wonderful friends I have here as possible. As much as I'm thrilled to get out of here and get to Texas, I really am going to miss everyone!
Howdy, all! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and enjoying yourselves. I made it out to see the movie today. I must say, he's just not that into you, is probably going to be one of my all time favorite movies. We laughed so hard at parts that I'm going to have to rent it or buy it when it comes out on DVD so I can hear all that we missed today because the whole theater was rolling! I thought it would be a great movie, but the cast was wonderful! When I saw the previews I thought i would be an amazing mix of actors and it didn't disappoint! It was definitely an AWESOME movie and I'd recommend it to everyone. Yeah, it's a great chic flick, but guys, it would be a great date movie, too! She'd love ya for it! lol
Anyway, I'm off for now! Take care and be safe, everyone!
I just wanted to drop by and wish you all a Very Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you all are spending a fun filled day with loved ones! I'm actually just relaxing - was going to go to dinner and hang out with a few girlfriends, but I have a bit of a headache that I've been fighting all week, so I'm staying in. Hoping to feel better tomorrow so Kristin and I can go and see "he's just not that in to you" - we've been talking about it for a few weeks now, so I'm looking forward to finally getting to see it!
So, it's been a while since I posted. During the week it usually isn't much of a thought and last weekend I had a 3 day crop to go to, so I didn't have much time then either. I hope everyone is doing well and keeping warm. We are finally having some warm weather here and it's kinda nice. I HATE the cold weather! I'm so looking forward to San Antonio and things being warmer. Of course, come this summer I might be rethinking that, but I'll survive!
I'm still looking at the whole home buying thing. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna do it - might as well just jump in with both feet and do it, huh?! So, wish me luck with that and say a little prayer that all goes well!
Well, I FINALLY got word that I'm definitely going to San Antonio and will be heading that way in April. So, it looks like I better get things figured out about what I'm going to do for a house! Looks like I might finally become a home owner! Kinda scary, actually! I think it's time to put in in God's hands and see what He comes up with. I sure can't figure it all out on my own!
So, I'm looking forward to going back to Texas, where it's much warmer than here and I feel at home. The people there are so wonderful and friendly and make you feel so welcome! It's the one place since I left home that I really felt like I belonged and was at home. I'm looking forward to getting back to that! And once I'm set up, let me know if you're ever planning to come to the area!
So, I haven't really been around much lately....life happens, ya know! So, my trip to San Antonio was great and I think I might have found a house to buy once I get orders and know I'm going there. I really loved the layout of it and the friendly atmosphere of the area. The sales rep, David was great and he introduced me to a wonderful realtor, Joyce, who has been a huge help. Now I'm just waiting to talk to branch and see if I'm still going there or not before I buy a house! lol - that would be just my luck, too!
Life here in Annapolis is more of the same. Though, tonight I'm actually heading to dinner and a movie with my friend, Kristin. Should be fun as we are going to see Bride Wars. I'll let ya know how it is! I'm really looking forward to it actually. I don't even remember the last movie I saw in the theaters and it will be fun to have some girl time! YAY!!
I'll write my review tonight or tomorrow! Later, J-M
So, I'm down on the River Walk at the Crowne Plaza, until tomorrow when I move to the Best Western. I'm not overly impressed with this place, so I'm gonna head somewhere a bit cheaper when I'm on my dime! lol Last night I met up with 2 friends that I wasn't able to spend much time with in San Angelo and they happen to be here in San Antonio for a conference. So, we headed down to the River Walk and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Then we headed back to the hotels - they walked me towards mine and then headed to theirs.
So far, so good with San Antonio, but tomorrow I will venture out a bit and see what the area is like and see if I can find an area I want to live in. Wish me luck! lol
So, my trip to San Antonio yesterday was pretty uneventful and my foot did pretty well. I was able to sit in the front row on the plane and the distance to the wall was perfect for me to prop my foot up so I could keep it elevated. Then on the drive to San Angelo, I propped it up on the dash and drove with my left foot. I'm sure vehicles wondered what was going on that I passed or that passed me, but it turned out just fine. The swelling wasn't too bad when I got here, so it must have worked.
It was great to spend time with my adopted family, the Benes' family, Lonnie, Becky, Hannah and Mary Francis. I even got to see Doodle, John and Janet - Becky's Mom, Dad and sister. I also made it into town soon enough to go to Hannah's basketball game, which was very cool to see. I don't remember seeing teams play that well in the 7th grade. The girls did a great job! I was very proud of Hannah!
Tonight I went back over to their place for dinner and just visited with them for a while, as last night we didn't really get to visit too much. It was really wonderful to be back where I feel at home and am part of another family. We're all hopeful that we'll be able to see more of each other once I'm settled in San Antonio. It's funny because when I called them last week to let them know I was coming to town, I said to Lonnie, "I'm coming home next week." That's exactly how I felt when I was driving up from San Antonio. I felt like I was going home. I always knew I loved my time spent here before and that I would always have my "other family" here, but it was a pretty cool feeling I must say! So, whether I end up in San Antonio, Austin or back here in wonderful San Angelo, I think I can safely say that Texas will most likely be a large part of my future life!
So, after being sick in bed all week, I finally went back to work today...and found out I'm going to Texas next week! lol So, just a quick note to let everyone know that I'll be in San Angelo Mon-Thurs and San Antonio Thurs-Sat(or Mon). It's just a quick trip for work and I'm hoping to stay in San Antonio a couple of days to check out the area I'm supposed to be moving to in April.
I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the new year and that it's getting off to a GREAT start for you all!
So, I'm finally stopping by just to say a quick hello and let you all know I am alive and well....well, alive anyway! lol I seem to have caught quite a cold in the last few days since getting back to MD. Needless to say, I haven't done much since I got back home. I did, however, go out last night just quick enough to grab some milk, OJ, and cold medicine! Of course, the only "shoe" I could fit on my right foot was a house slipper. I'm sure that was quite comical for everyone at the convenient store as I "crutched" myself around in one croc shoe and one slipper! lol Oh well, I hope I kept them entertained! lol I am at least down to just one crutch when I need it. When I'm walking around the house, I usually don't use it, so I'm doing much better! Hopefully tomorrow will be a good day, as it's my first back to work and then I go back to the doc in the afternoon. Pray that all goes well and the stitches come out easily!!!
Just a quick note to wish you all the Happiest of New Years! I watched TV until almost 4AM and then went to bed. Lots of excitement for New Years Eve, I know.....but that's ok. I'm a bit limited in what I can do right now, so it was just fine with me. I hope you all had a bit more excitement to your celebrations! Now that the holidays are over, I guess things can go back to normal! I'd be pretty happy if the weather would go back to being warm, but I guess I have a couple of months before that's going to happen! Bummer!
Well, I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!