Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Family, laughs, good times and
great food.

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
sweets!

We were able to visit with each other,
take family photo's and enjoy each
other.

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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Grandson's Surgery

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
holding room.


After he woke up....not sure about that cast on his leg

Looks like he is saying "this thing has to go"
Pretty big cast for a little guy.
Look at those eyes...still suffering from the
effects of being put to sleep (that just sounds
so wrong) and the pain meds.
Thanks for stopping in,
Pam




Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


wedding I shot a yr. ago.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hands and Stitches

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
with it.

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
the pain??

Anyway, this is life in my eyes or should
I say with my hands.
Thanks for stopping in.

Pam

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Heart Faces - Autumn Beauty



Hello...this is my first time to be a part of I Heart Faces at
iheartfaces.blogspot.com
This shot is my niece, Holly. I had her out taking pics of
her this weekend and this is one shot that I just love.
Look at that face, laughter, smiles and fun.
Thanks for stopping in,
Pam

Thankful

Caleb...just last fall

Caleb and Nana (I) taken a couple
of years ago.

I am addicted to Facebook! I found it almost
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
everyone.

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 Caleb,
Love Nana

Thanks for stopping in,
Nana aka Pam

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ladybugs

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 worldwide
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
easy blog.

Thanks for stopping in. Please leave a comment
so I will know you were here.

Pam

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stair Redo

Morning all,

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
round, stained.




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.
Pam






Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday







Tuesday, November 10, 2009

True Story Tuesday -Hand Surgery

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.

Like I said, it had been there for years and I would not
have done anything with it.....UNTIL.......


this thing popped up on my right thumb. It was a bit more
of an issue for one, it looked bad. For another it was starting
to bother me so I went to the doctor to see about them. Dummy
me thinking this was an office fix! NOT. It was going to require
surgery, out patient to remove these. Well, I figured I only wanted
to go in once so get them both at the same time. That seems
to be a pattern I follow (in 1998 I had a heel spur.....one on
each foot, had both removed at once).....yep, I only want to
go into surgery once!

This the thumb bandaged up after surgery. It turned out
to not be a cyst after all. It was a spur which required
some shaving and scraping to take care of it.


Sorry, pic is a bit dark. Can't have a woman on pain
meds operating a camera! This would be the finger.
I was wrapped up like a mummy and I had to wear
these until Monday afternoon, at which time I could
remove them.....and believe you me, I was ready for
them to come off! They stopped me from bumping them
on everything but I was so limited on what I could do.


The bandage was removed from the thumb....looks yucky huh?
Don't know if you can tell but it is pretty swollen here.


and the finger....this one seems to be the one bothering
me the most and I figured the thumb would be......
goes to show, you never know.
Okay, I have hunted and pecked to do this blog today and
I am calling it quits!
Later,
Pam






Thursday, November 5, 2009

Give Away

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
http://peasaregreenreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/crunchy-clean-laundry-detergent.html

Today she is offering a give away from
Crunchy Clean Laundry Detergent.
http://crunchyclean.com/
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
together.

Pam

Just a Few Hints

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
dog hairs.

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
that tip.

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.
Pam

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Daughters Dog


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

True Story Tuesday - Driving/Racing/Nephew



My nephew started his driving career
really early in life. Chase was just a
little tike when he decided to jump in
his Dad’s vehicle and back it out of
my Mom’s driveway. He could not
have been more then 3 years old or so.

We were all outside at Mom’s for some
reason when we looked up just in time
to see Ray’s vehicle rolling out of the
drive, you could barely see Chase’s head
bouncing up and down as it rolled down
and right across the street in to the ditch.
At the point that he hit the ditch, the
head disappeared as his body slid down
and out of the seat into the floor.

All was well, Chase was fine. It has been
a source of fun and laughter ever
since. Chase is now 26 years old.

But it really did not stop there with his
driving experience. When he was about
8 to maybe 10 years old when he took
his favorite Aunt Pam (that would be
me!!!) out for a go cart ride. My
mistake! We were having a fun time
in the lot next to my brother’s house
just riding around and laughing. Chase
wanted to take Aunt Pam for a ride,
so I hopped on. Now at this time I
was thinking this could not be a bad
thing, everything will be fine, NOT…..
Chase picked up speed, turned taking
a curve to head back the way we had
just come and I went flying. He
actually through me off the cart
right onto my butt (excuse me, my rear).

All was okay, I did not suffer from
my flying off the go cart experience
but it did make me think twice about
riding with him again.

If you are thinking this is the end of
this story, its not! When Chase was
14 years old my brother called me
and asked did I still have a stick shift
car. At that point I did not but my
daughter had one and she was just 17.
The reason for this out of the blue
strange question was that Chase needed
to learn how to drive one. Okay, like me
you are probably thinking why at 14 he
needed to learn to drive a stick….right?
Well get this, you can’t get your drivers
license until you are 16 but at 14 you
can drive a race car.

Yes, I said race car. Chase was going
to start driving race cars. Now before
I go on with that part of the story let
me first go over the part of me teaching
him to drive a stick. He pretty much
had the basic part down, he knew how
to shift since he had rode four wheelers
and motorcycles. So my part of
teaching was not that hard. But true
to Chase form, he had to scare the
crap out of me!

We are driving around the neighborhood
and he is practicing his shifting and
learning to use the clutch, brake, gas
pedal and stay on the road. With all
that done and things going well, he
heads down the main street that is a
straight through from one entrance
of the neighborhood to the other. It
has a couple of small hills and curves
and one stop sign. As we head down
this street Chase ask me when he will
be able to shift to 5th gear in which
my reply was that since we were in a
neighborhood that was not going to
happen. Now, he is a Montgomery
and we kind of have a mind set of our
own and don’t really like to be told
that we CAN’T do something.

The speed picked up, we topped a hill
and he say’s, want a bet? Okay, so I
was wrong, he was able to shift to 5th
gear, but not before I got my scare. As
he was shifting and operating the
clutch at a higher speed then he was
use to for a learning practice, he almost
looses control and I see the mailbox
headed for my side of the car! YIKES.

Chase was able to control it and all was
well, we did not even hit the mailbox.
But my heart was pounding and I
decided at the point, training was over
and he was ready for the track.

Chase went from racing go carts (he
knew how to take those curves with
or without me), to racing ARCA, BUSCH
and then Craftsman trucks. If any of
you ever followed racing my nephew is
Chase Montgomery. He took fourth
in overall points as a rookie in ARCA
in 2002. He also became the youngest
to ever win the pole in Daytona and he
also won first place in ARCA series in
Daytona. Later after leaving ARCA for
BUSCH he finished his rookie year in
10th position.

Through racing Chase was able to meet
many interesting people including Alice
Cooper when one year he raced with
Cooper’s name and picture on his car.
Cooper attended some of the races
and him and Chase have even gone
golfing together.

As his racing career moved on Chase
was signed by the late Bobby Hamilton.
I will never forget a comment he made
once when being taking to the hospital
in Texas after hitting the wall at the
track there. Apparently when the ER
doctor came in to see about him, the
doctor was not aware of the fact that
Chase raced cars, when asked what
happen Chase proceeded to tell the
doc that his boss ran him into the
wall. I am thinking at this time the
doctor was a bit confused until it all
came to light and he learned that
Chase was a race car driver. It seems
that while trying to pass at some
point, Bobby accidently pushed Chase
into the wall. Hey, it’s racing and it
happens.

Chase is no longer racing these days
but the desire to be on the track is
still there for him.
I was able to enjoy (actually walk a
whole in the ground) watching him
race at the old and new track here in
Nashville, in Memphis, at Bristol,
Lowes Motor Speedway and several
times in Daytona. I have viewed his
races from home, the stands and the
pits all the time remembering the
“driving experiences” that lead up to
his being out on those tracks. And
knowing all along, that I would never
have taken anything for being thrown
off the go cart or almost eating a
mailbox by him. Love you Chase.

Check out his website and read all
about this young man at
http://www.chasemontgomery.com/

Thanks for stopping in to read about
my nephew.
Pam