Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Eileen's Vintage Ancestors Journal

The story of Abraham and Esther Grazinsky and their family continues in this captivating story of a Jewish family who immigrated to the United States from the Ukraine. An enthralling story started by Eileen has come full circle and is now on its way back to her.

This is my contribution to this ffamily's story:

Hope you like it Eileen!!! Thank you for this wonderful story!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pat's Vintage Ancestors Book

I finished my pages for Pat's Vintage Ancestors Book. I admit it was a little challenging because the theme was TEA! Really. Alrighty then...

These are my pages for Pat:

Left page

Right page


I added two charms to Pat's cover. I had these beautiful tea cup and pot charm that was perfect!!! And I also added one of the pins I made last week.

Hope you like it Pat

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Kaitlynn was chosen as a member of her school's dance team today




The Scorpion and the Frog

I read this years ago and it has alway stuck with me.  I have done hundreds of divorces and I always hear the same thing - how awful my husband or wife is.  Really?  Well guess what?  They were awful when you married them, they were awful when you had children with them and they were awful when you were in bed cuddling with him/her.

People don't change.  So many women/men who come into my office thought they could "change" their spouse.  It just doesn't happen.  Even if they WANT to change, their core personalities are what they are.

The same thing applies to all relationships.  How many time have you said "well, she is not like that with ME".  If she is disloyal, mean or disrespectful to her other friends, it's only a matter of time before she does it to you.  You CAN and SHOULD judge a person's character by the way they treat other people.  I hate to bust your bubble but you are not that special.

Next time you think you can change someone remember a scorpion is always a scorpion.

                                    THE SCORPION AND THE FROG

One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. 

So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.

The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn't see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river.

 He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

"Hellooo Mr. Frog!" called the scorpion across the water, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?"

"Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly.

"Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!"

Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

"This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

"Alright do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

"Ahh...," crooned the scorpion, "Because you see, once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!"

So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger.

The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog's soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. 

The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

"You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back.

"I could not help myself. It is my nature."

Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.

Self destruction - "Its my Nature", said the Scorpion...


Monday, May 20, 2013

Round Robin

One of the groups I belong to - Kindred Souls - has a round robin journal project circulating. I have Sox's journal. How beautiful is this cover?????

Sox's character is a woman traveling the world in the late 1800s, after traveling through Europe I thought she would enjoy a trip to the Caribbean to the island of Cuba.

Location:Gibraltar Rd,Key Largo,United States

Mother's Day

My daughter Kristina gave me this for Mother's Day.

As sappy as it is I love it!

Where has time gone????

My brother's "babies" are all grown up!!! Lauren and Bella are at the age now where they are starting to go to parties. My poor brother is having a nervous breakdown!!! LOL! His girls are growing up and he can't take it!

That's Lauren on the left and my sweet Bella on the right. The beautiful girl in the middle is Steph, a friend.

Princess Kaitlynn

My beautiful grand daughter won first place in her category this weekend at a dance competition!!!

I am so proud of you princess!

Marita's Lace Book

I have had Marita's lace book for two months. Between the retreat, my being ill and the issues with my mom, I could not have created my own signature.

But it's finally done. I am sending it out to Eileen today. So much wonderful lace in this book!

This is the front page

The back page

The inside pages

Lots of room for Marita to add things!

I have Eileen's book to work on now and then it goes home to Eileen!

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Ten days ago, while my mother was in intensive care, the doctors told us to contact hospice and make funeral arrangements. My brothers and I walked around the hospital totally shellshocked. We were starting to mourn her even while she lay in the bed in intensive care.

God is not ready to take her yet. She made a recovery that has shocked her doctors and thrilled us. She left intensive care to a regular room and then was moved to a rehab hospital in Hollywood Florida which is absolutely fabulous.

These pictures were taken of me and my mom today. Can you believe it? My mother has more lives than a cat and more desire to live than anyone I know.


Location:Gibraltar Rd,Key Largo,United States

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I have always loved the Mini Cooper.  In January my friend Jacquie and I attended a workshop in Donna Downey's studio in North Carolina. It was an unbelievable workshop on Pan Pastels.  If you ever get a chance to take it don't hesitate!!!  But I digress!

Donna had just bought a Mini a few days before and she was thrilled to death.  She took both Jacqui and I to her home in her new Mini and it was love at first ride!!!

Donna named her car Sally - yes, obviously I am not the only one that names their cars!!  The funny thing was that that was the name I had chosen!!  Anyway, my lease didn't expire until April 30th and yesterday I went and chose Molly!!!  She is absolutely adorable.

The model is the newest one for the Minis - the Paceman.  It is so damned cute I can't stand it!!!  LOL!!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I can not believe it has been two months since I posted anything!

After the March 9th post we had a wonderful retreat for our Keys 4 Art 2013.  I have to say I believe it was the best retreat we have ever had.  We rented a fabulous house here in the Keys which was so much more comfortable for everyone.  We got to spend so much more quality time together.  God I love these women.  They are funny, talented, loving and most of all great friends.  I probably will not go back and post specifics about the retreat - I lost my camera during the retreat and along with it all my pictures - but visit Eileen's Blog which is always wonderful and her five postings on Keys 4 Art 2013.

After the retreat I had some health issues which brought into focus that I am getting older and fighting it every step of the way!

Over the past week my mother has been in intensive care - one day they tell us to contact hospice and the next day they tell us she is better!!!  It's hard to be on this roller coaster!!

My beautiful grandbaby Maddie turned 3 years old on May 4th.  She is such a cutie!  She continues to be a terrorist but she is such a love bug you just have to forgive her!!

So here we are, two months later and I have missed venting with everyone.  Hope everyone is well and happy!  I will be more diligent about my posts!  So many things to share!!!!

So what have you guys been up to?