Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Family, laughs, good times and
Thanks to my brother, Ray and my sister in
law, Lori for having Thanksgiving at their
house which is big enough to hold us all and
we all can move around. Love you guys.
Everything was so nice. We all bring something
but thanks really goes out to them for what
they do and for allowing all to join in.
We had turkey, ham, dressing, two kinds
of sweet potatoes, creamed taters, and
cheese taters. Baked beans and green
beans, corn casserole and rolls. We
had sweets, and sweets and more
We were able to visit with each other,
take family photo's and enjoy each
My Thanksgiving was made even better
when my nephew, Chase asked me to
go with him after dark to downtown
Nashville to photograph. Chase has
recently gotten into photography and
he wanted to do night shots of buildings
and city shots. I was all to willing to
join him and honored that he asked
his FAVORITE aunt! Okay, that might
be a stretch but that is my story and
I will stick to it!!!
Chase came by and picked me up and
out we went camera's in hand. I did
not do that much shooting but I enjoyed
watching him. He is very talented and
I think he got some really great shots
to work with. Can't wait to see what
he turns out using an effect called
HDR. I was very impressed listening
to him tell me about the steps he
takes to get the finished product.
Thanks Chase, I really had a great time.
Now my day is slowing down and I
think I will curl up on the sofa with
my dog and chill out a bit.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:38 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Yesterday my grandson, Dustin Jr., aka DJ,
had surgery. He was born with a club
foot a year ago.
He did really well through the surgery
and was able to
go home in just a few hours.
Being the CAMERA person I am, not
only do I have
my professional camera, I always
have a point and shoot
in my purse. So here are some pics
of DJ after surgery.
my daughter Amber with DJ after surgery in the
After he woke up....not sure about that cast on his leg
Posted by Pam Jackson at 8:29 AM
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Okay, so I had surgery on my hands, yes, both
of them 11 days ago. For those just reading about
this I had a cyst removed from my ring finger on
the left hand and a bone spur from the thumb
on the right hand.
I have not been limited much on typing (that is
my job) except for the first 4 or 5 days and it
was a hunt and peck sort of thing. After that I
can type, just not overdo it. The thumb is
still swollen but both are healing nicely.
My biggest issue is that I have to keep them
dry. So washing your hands is fun! I normally
wash the thumb and two fingers next to the
thumb on the left. Washing the right hand
is a bit better, I can hold the thumb out and
wash the whole hand. I have learned to work
The next problem with keeping them dry is...
showering and washing your hair. Yes folks,
I have showered and I do wash my hair..daily!
I have been wearing latex gloves with rubber
bands at the wrist to keep water from running
in. Not so bad except by the time the shower
is over, I am ripping the gloves off. You have
to have the rubber bands tight you see so I
get them off before the hands turn blue.
Shampooing is an issue, do you know how
hard it is wearing latex gloves to know if you
have gotten all the shampoo out of your hair??
I just stand there a bit longer to be sure it is
getting out cause I sure can't feel it.
Okay, out of the bathroom!
The next issue is cooking! I have bandaids on
the fingers but try cooking and not getting that
wet! So I take the bandaids off and then the
stitches really get wet, but I figure I can dry
them and the air helps.....but do you want
raw chicken around that area???
There are more issues that I have learned to
work around but I don't want to bore you so
I will add a few touches to this blog on this
subject and let it go. One issue is just
being limited on things you can do. There
is that fear of hitting or knocking them. Not
being able to limit over 5 lbs and not being
able to really use them for things like
painting, crafts or even stripping that
table I started on before surgery.
Last but not least, changing from park to
reverse or drive. My car's gear thingy is
between the seats (auto), but there is a
button on the side that you have to push
in before moving the gear stick. Its on my
right side of course, and there is the issue
of the swollen thumb! Okay so I turn my
hand and use my first three fingers to
do this now...course I wonder how many
times I try with the thumb before I feel
Anyway, this is life in my eyes or should
I say with my hands.
Thanks for stopping in.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 1:10 PM
Monday, November 16, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 7:24 PM
a year ago and I have been a daily visitor since,
and I must add more then once a day ( I don't
even count it )....
I have reconnected with friends from school
(and I have been out a while), its a great way
of keeping up with family in other states and
just daily chit chat.
Last week there was a post (can't remember who
it started with) that asked you to post something
that you are thankful for from then till Thanksgiving.
I have posted that I am thankful for family, friends,
my job, and my health so far.
I was telling my sweet grandson, Caleb who is nine
about this and then I asked him what he was thankful
for. His reply, after just a second of thought was that
he was thankful for his great family! That reply made
his Nana happy, it was a sweet reply and he did not even
have to think about it.
Two days later when he came to stay the night with me
I asked him again what he was thankful for. Without
thought he replied that he was thankful for Sgt. Young.
This sparked my attention so I asked who that was.
Sgt. Young, a man my grandson has never met, is the
husband of Caleb's math teacher. Sgt. Young is a doctor
in the service and has just returned from over seas.
Now I know that the teacher talks to her students about
her husband and where he was because Caleb told me
a few weeks ago that she was not there that day cause
he was coming home. I think that is so neat that she shares
this experience with her kids. They now know that Sgt. Young
was at war, protecting them but he was also the doctor
to help with the injuryed. What touches me more is that
my nine year old grandson knows the importance of this and
he is thankful for Sgt. Young and the job he has done for
They say things like "out of the mouths of babes", and I
consider this reply to me as being out of the mouth of a
very sweet, loving and kind hearted young boy. I am
blessed and very thankful for him in my life.
Thanks for stopping in,
Nana aka Pam
Posted by Pam Jackson at 12:53 PM
Friday, November 13, 2009
As the weather outside is getting cooler here
in Nashville TN. the bugs are starting to
venture indoors. That ranges from spiders
(which I am deadly afraid of) to Ladybugs.
As I sit at my desk at work I find those
harmless little bugs all over the windows inside.
Now our windows are sealed tight (suppose to
be) but somehow these little bugs keep
finding their way in.
Today, I noticed I had rolled over one in my
floor....oops, didn't see you there.
With that a discussion got started here in the
office about the color. I always thought of them
being red with black spots. The ones that are here
in the office are orange/red with black spots.
So with that discussion of color I had to run to
my favorite source of info...the internet. Had I
had the internet in school I would have graduated
with the highest honors and been the smartest one
around. I read from it all the time.
Anyway, this is what I found out.
Did you know...
Not all ladybugs are really ladies (course not...don't
they need a male???)???
Ladybugs are also called Lady beetles or Ladybirds
All ladybugs are born black
There are over 5000 different kinds of
Ladybugs are a type of beetle
Ladybugs chew from side to side
Ladybugs make a chemical that smells
and tastes terrible so predators won’t eat them
It only takes the larvae, or baby ladybug,
about one week to grow into an adult
Ladybugs eat aphids
Ladybugs hibernate for the winter
Ladybugs are commonly known to be
red with black spots, but they can also
be found as orange with black spots
or black with red spots
The colour, pattern of markings, and
the number of spots on a ladybug
will help you identify what type of
ladybug it is (okay, time to start counting)
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times
a second when it flies (like a hummingbird..fast)
Ladybugs are cold blooded
If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite
you, but the bite won't hurt
The spots on a ladybug fade as the
ladybug gets older
Thought that info was rather fun and interesting.
And since I was at a loss for a blog today and
still recovering from finger surgery...it was an
Thanks for stopping in. Please leave a comment
so I will know you were here.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 12:35 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This post is done in reply to a question
that Gail at My Repurposed Life had.
The stairs after the removal of the carpet. Your basic
building material grade wood...not much to work
with. And I really could not get into the expense of
putting finished tops on the stairs or ripping these
out and putting in all new.
First I primed and painted the rise in white. I did not
paint the over hang lip (for lack of knowing that it is
actually called ), instead I stained it. But being that
the stairs were not good grade wood or pretty enough
to redo I went with this wood looking product.
This is a product that I found at Lowes. It comes in
strips of about 4 inches wide and....oops, forgot the
actual lenght! Sorry.....But this stuff is easy to work
with, it is your basic peel and still flooring only in
strips. Cuts with sissors.
My issue was that my stairs did not meet together and
there was a gap there. So...the fix for that was corner
So there you have it...my finished product. I have had
a couple of pieces slip and had to re-glue them..so I
suggest getting the glue that you can apply to the back
of the floor product. It will prevent slipping of the
product that way.
Hope this helps Gail.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 8:39 AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I found myself at a loss for True Story Tuesday
this week and somewhat limited on being able
to type something up....so I decided to make that
my True Story Tuesday.
See last Friday I had hand surgery. Now leave it to
me to not be able to leave it at one hand but I had
to do both! Yep....I did.
On my left hand ring finger I had a small cyst up
from the joint. This had been here for years and
only became an issue when I hit it on something.
Now I can take pain very well but when I hit this
small thing on my finger, I actually would get sick
at my stomach. See picture below, not very big.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 9:15 AM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I so love a free product to try.
A few weeks ago I actually won a
Hazelaid necklace made out of Hazelwood
and I am wearing it now.
Lauren over at Green Peas Review
is having another give away. Her
blog is where I won the necklace.
Go check her out at
Today she is offering a give away from
Crunchy Clean Laundry Detergent.
Crunchy Clean is all natural and
environmental friendly detergent.
Worth looking into and giving it a try.
So go by the above sight and check them
out also. Sounds very interesting.
Thanks Lauren for getting these offers
Posted by Pam Jackson at 10:12 AM
The other day a woman at work made the comment
that her shoes squeaked. So I shared my fix that I
learned via the internet. Lifting up the in sole of your
shoe and sprinkling powder in them and replacing
the in sole. She tried it and it worked great. I posted
this fix last week....
But that conversation lead to another one.....
She proceeded to tell me that her nieces dog had
been laying on her jacket and it was covered with
hairs. She had been using a lint roller to remove them.
I then told her to put the jacket in the dryer on
air dry for about 10 minutes. That will remove those
You can also do this with silk flowers or vines for
knocking off the dust. I usually put mine in a
pillow case and throw them in the dryer.
If the dust is more stubborn then throw a damp
rag in the pillow case also! Thanks Mom for
Speaking on pillow cases:
Do you hate to dust off the ceiling fans? So dislike
it when you wipe them and all that dust up there
goes here and there? Take a pillow case and put it
over the blade like you would if you were slipping
a pillow in there. Gather it up on the open end and
slid it back off the blade...taking the dust with it.
Thanks for stopping in.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:57 AM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
My nephew started his driving career
We were all outside at Mom’s for some
All was well, Chase was fine. It has been
But it really did not stop there with his
All was okay, I did not suffer from
If you are thinking this is the end of
Yes, I said race car. Chase was going
We are driving around the neighborhood
The speed picked up, we topped a hill
Chase was able to control it and all was
Chase went from racing go carts (he
Through racing Chase was able to meet
As his racing career moved on Chase
Chase is no longer racing these days
I was able to enjoy (actually walk a
Check out his website and read all
Thanks for stopping in to read about
Posted by Pam Jackson at 7:03 AM