Showing posts from October, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Big Brothers Birthday Cake

No words can say just how good this was to him!

Squeaky Shoes - The Fix

Okay, it drives me up the wall to walk down the hall and my shoes squeak! I put on my black ones the other day and noticed this sound and again yesterday I wore them. That was getting on my last nerve. I figured I could not be the only person to deal with this so I turned to my friend... the internet! I keyed in " how to stop squeaky shoes"......there was my answer. It is usually where the material they are made of is rubbing together that makes that sound. The fix is to pull up the in sole of the shoe and sprinkly baby powder in that shoe. Replacing the in sole. I have them on today and it works like a charm! Now everyone can not hear me coming as I walk down the hall at work! Pam

True Story Tuesday - Hair and Dye

I had forgotten all about this until yesterday when Deborah and I were talking about dying hair and it all came back to me. Years and years ago when my children were young we had a season pass to Opryland Theme Park in Nashville Tn. It was nice to have cause on Sunday afternoons after dinner we could go out to the park, ride some rides, have some fun and enjoy for about four hours and then head for the house. That way, neither the kids or I got worn out and it was not like we could not come back the next Sunday if we wanted. Now I know you are wondering why I mentioned hair dye then Opryland in the same story……. I have dyed my hair since my mid twenty’s since I started to get just a few gray hairs. I was so vain and thinking I was just WAY to young to have even one gray hair. So I started covering it up (later in life this became known as hitting the bottle). I did not actually cover my hair with dye when I first started because I only had a few at the time. Actually before I started

Caleb's Cake- He Turned Nine Years Old

Caleb turned nine years old this past Friday. He is what he considers a big boy now! Every year for his birthday except for one (his 6th) I have made his cake and decorated it for him. One year it was a Sponge Bob cake, a helicopter cake with toy helicopters on it and a landing pad, the year before last he wanted a football cake and then last year I made him a Spiderman cake. This year for some reason he wanted a Camo Cake with Army men on it. Nana (me) went a bit further on that one and put a tank and a jeep on it also. He was very excited over the cake I was able to produce for him but as the years go by and he gets older, the request get a bit more complicated to produce. I don’t do this for a living and as a matter of fact I don’t really like doing it. I just do it for him. You see I am an artist. I paint with oils, I do crafts and I do photography so a couple of years ago I thought I could do cakes. I had played around with it for several years here and there so I took a class. I

Hazelaid Necklace

Once again I wish to thank Lauren over at for the chance to win a Hazelaid Necklance from I recieved my necklace from Hazelaid yesterday in the mail. It is very pretty and I love it. I put it on last night when I got home and got the mail so as of yet I have no way of telling any of you if its working or not. In my package was a business card for Hazelaid with a handwritten note that said, "Enjoy the necklace" and it was signed by Severine Hazelaid. The necklace which I picked is made with beads (I picked the black Hematite beads) and they it has pieces of hazelwood in between the beads. Very stylish. If you will run over to site you will find that their products are good for a host of problems. Several of which I suffer from so here's hoping that the necklace does me some good. A sheet that came with the necklace states that the necklace can last for 6 months to a year depending o

Chiropractor Part 3 -My Back / Dr. Batson's Office

A loss of motion in my lower back of 42% was not a good thing to hear. Hearing that my neck was also off and leaning to the right was not a good thing to hear esp. after dealing with the other health issues that I have had since the first of the year. But…. after 15 visits so far to Dr. Batson’s office, I am so much better. There is no more tingling in my left toes, no more pain in my right calf, the back pain is gone and the hip is improving. I have stretching exercises and core strengthening exercises to do. I have come off my migraine meds and I am eating a lot better. All by just taking a visit to the chiropractor!! I have had back issues since I was in high school (a long, long time ago) but I never had anyone to explain to me the issues of the back causing problems with the nerves that could affect so many areas of the body. On top of that, I never even thought about it. I knew about the nerves that would be affected that could cause numbness or tingling but I never realized that

Wordless Wednesday- Peek a Boo

Grandson DJ. Soon to be a year old.

True Story Tuesday - The Elbow Part 2

Last week I told you about the dislocated elbows of my son, the last one being put in a green Ninja Turtle cast. He looked so little with this cast going up from his wrist to past his elbow. He wore a sling to support it and to make wearing it a bit easier. One day my daughter and I also wore slings so that Cory would have company. He had homemade slings that we wore. Cory thought that was fun and it was interesting for us to be a part of what he was going through also. You know that we all say things to our kids that you really don’t think will stay with them. Just passing phrase’s we might use from time to time but you also have to admit that kids pick up on things that you don’t expect. When me kids were young if I caught them messing with something that they should not be I would tell them if they did not stop I was going to break their arms. Now this was always said with humor and we usually laughed after it was said. But…it apparently stuck in Cory’s mind. Not just that, but the

Wordless Wednesday - The Look Of Innocence


Hazelwood Necklace...I won

Last week Lauren from was offering a give away for a Hazelwood Necklace. I entered with a post, putting her on my blog and my facebook page. I got a shout out from her yesterday on my blog that I had win. How neat is that. I am so excited. Check them out at Hazelaid website They are suppose to be really good for all sorts of health issues, several mentioned that I fall into. He is an insert from Lauren's blog. Therefore, if you suffer from… * Rheumatism, arthritis, osteoporosis * Dental cavities, gum bleeding * Acid reflux, heart burn, ulcers, constipation * Cracking at the corners of your mouth * Skin problems such as acne, cold sores, eczema * Sinus problems * Ear infections * Bronchitis * Headaches and migraines * Anal itching or burning * Sciatic nerve pains * Muscular pain * Lack of energy, fatigue, depression * Irritability and nervousness * Sleep problems.… it is highly probable that you are suffering f rom an acidity imbalance. And

True Story Tuesday - The Elbow

When my son was less then three years old (now 22) he dislocated his elbow while him, my ex and I were playing in the backyard in the pool. My ex was sitting on all fours when Cory decided to flip over his Dad’s back. Now keep in mind that this was not a large pool just one of those 3 footers. When Cory went to flip he landed on his wrist and started screaming. We got him out, dried him off and noticed that he would not let anyone look at his wrist, not a good sign. Shortly after taking him in the house, while I changed clothes, he fell asleep in his Dad’s arms. He slept for about 20 minutes only to wake up crying and holding his wrist. He would not let either one of us really look at it. Off to the ER to find out after x-rays that it was not the wrist but he knew that if he held it still it would not hurt further up his arm. He had dislocated his elbow. After feeling around and talking with Cory, the doctor popped it back in place. Poor child yelled out then there was silence; the pai

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

This week is going to be a busy one. I have Octoberfest this coming Saturday and Sunday. This will be the first time I have ever had a booth and tried anything like this. On top of that tomorrow I have a play to attend to at my grandson's school. But with all the stuff going on I still managed to purchase some nice things. These two were purchased for 1.49 each at Goodwill. They are original Home Interior but these were beat up a bit so they needed a new look. With primer and paint applied and let dry, I then took sandpaper to them to give them that old look. I personally like this look but not sure if anyone else does. These candle holders were picked up here and there for less then .50 each. The brown ones I think are also Home Interior, but I am not sure. They got the same treatment as the above items. The next candle holders are metal. I did not pick these up but I my Mom did at a yard sale or flea market. I think she gave a $1.00 for the set. Cute, but it needed a different to
Okay, this is the 3rd week of eating differently, and I am now down 12 lbs. I can really tell the difference in how I feel. The back is still an issue, but I am still seeing the Chiropractor. Hip is better so I know that things are slowly working back in place. No more tingling in the toes and the numbness is gone. That is a plus for sure. Last Monday on my visit to the Chiropractor while adjusting and feeling around on the neck the suggested doing xrays of that area. So Wed. we did that and he wanted me back in there the next day so that we could go over them. Test had already been done in the office enough to know that the neck was not vascular but that it had to do with the nerves and things being off. During the adjusting I noticed that the doc kept concentrating more on the right side, apparently with good reason, it is off and leans to the right. The bones have also rotated. The good news is that it can all be fixed. There are no bone spurs, the disc is pushing out a bit but it i
In July of 2008, I bought my Nikon D40 camera. I got it for a hobby. That hobby has turned into more in the past year. I now have two wedding and three senior individual class photos done, with my niece (a senior) and another one already booked. Yes, this hobby has already paid for that camera! This past Saturday I was able to photograph my first senior girl. You can do so much more poses with a girl then you can a guy. I was so excited about this one. But…weather kept getting in the way of the first two bookings, Mother Nature was pouring out the rain for two Saturday’s that we tried to get together. Lucky for us, this past one was really pretty and nice. I not only did the senior, I got some of her and her sister, some of just the sister and some of the Mom with the girls. It all worked out so nicely. I was very pleased with how they all came out. I shot at the community park, we had trees, benches, swings, a creek… all worked to fit right into the photos. Take a look and let me

Hazelwood Necklace

For any of you out there that is looking for natural ways to heal, prevent and aid in some type illness, check these sites out. The first one is a blog that I found today because I read a post of hers talking about eczema. I have lived with this skin illness all my life. This next site is the site that actually sells the product that the blogger was talking about. If you have been reading my blog lately you will see that I have some health issues that I am working very hard on. If a necklace like this would help with the skin issues and some of the other things might just be worth looking into. Thanks Pam

True Story Tuesday-POP/Vaseline

Been a few weeks since I posted a True Story Tuesday but here goes. I went to work for Photo Services for the State of Tennessee just a few weeks short of the youngest photographer. Phil made the move to that area so much easier since he was so easy going and a lot of fun. Our offices were divided by those make shift, about 8 foot walls that lock together. That height allowed for privacy as well as keeping the noise from the other offices down to a very dull roar. But……..when all was quite you could almost hear a pin drop. Shortly after moving to that department I was sitting in my office and I kept hearing this popping noise, the kind you hear when someone sticks their finger in their mouth and hooks the cheek as they pull it out making that POP! It would come and go and it was not something that went on and on but it was enough on a given day that it would begin to bother you, mostly because you did not know what it was. I would walk into the guy’s (photographers) room and it would n

Helpful Hints~~

On the box of a roll of plastic wrap or aluminum foil there are two tabs. One on each end. If you push those in your roll will stay within the box without slipping out. Makes for the removal of the item a lot easier. I did not know this one until about a year ago when I read it in an email! Who s ays that emails can’t be full of knowledge! I have tried this since reading that and YES, it works. Peroxide will remove blood from an article of clothing. I know this one from taking my dog (fell out of the car) to the vet with a white shirt on. The tech at the vet told me about it. So when I went home, I tried it and it worked great. I still wear that shirt. I would not recommend putting it on color but for whites it works great. I found, by accident that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser’s are great! I have tried the Easy Off brand and I did not care for them as well as Mr. Cleans. They will take rust from the bottom of a white plate (left sitting in a cast iron skillet with a touch of water in i

Chiropractor - Part 2

(Part one ) If anyone is out there that read last week’s blog at the above link, you will know what all I have been going through with my back. And anyone that has had lower back problems will be able to relate to the pain, and let me stated right here and now, I have done it with only Tylenol, nothing stronger. My issues did not just start with my back, my health had been going downhill since 2005 (actually before) when I discovered from seeing my doctor for on going migraines, that I had sleep apnea. Like I said, it has been a slide from that. Weight gain, migraines, walking around like a zombie, hurting for almost a year like I had the flu and relating it to the weight, digestive issues….its been one issue right after the other. All that and more was blogged about at this time I have a weight issue, and no matter

Hocus Pocus - The 3 Witches

AKA ~ the 3 secretaries! Pam (me) ~ Nickname: Tink, short for Tinkerbell. There is a whole long office story that goes along with this nickname that has to do with one of our co-workers taking his family to Disney World, and me not letting the event that took place that he came back and made the mistake by telling me about! To long to get into but lets just say that Richard and his “fun” day at Disney World will not die in this office so long as Tink is around. Thanks to Cindy for some reason, she felt I needed this name. Cindy ~ favors Cindy Woo Lou on the Grinch that Stole Christmas! But let me tell you with what she has been dealing with in her life lately (hormones) there is a little devil within her…NO ANGEL! Although she has been trying so hard lately to lose the horns, the tail and the pitch fork from her magnet of the office board and claims that she now is earning her angel wings! Explained in this blog: