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Menifee, CA, United States
I've been happily married to my wonderful husband, Marty, since 1985. We have one beautiful daughter, Nichole, who is married to her college sweetheart, Wil. I like to refer to myself as a stay-at-home daughter because I am currently a full-time caretaker for my 90 year old mother-in-law. I love being creative and working in my craft room. One of my most favorite things to do is create custom and/or themed invitations. Other than my crafty side I am also an NRA certified Pistol Instructor. I have a passion for teaching women about firearm usage, safety, and ownership. I am part of The Well Armed Woman...a Nationwide organization geared toward the educating, equipping, and empowering women gun owners.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

So Much As Happened Since My Last Post...

I'm sure some of you have thought I dropped off the face of the earth. Well...I can assure that I have not. Although, honestly, there were times I wish I had.

On August 11th my dear husband stepped on a nail. In an of itself that's usually not that big of a deal, however, he is diabetic. Of course we immediately went to urgent care and he was put on antibiotics and x-rays taken to make sure that nothing remained in his foot. Everything seemed okay for the first few days, however by the 4th or 5th day we started noticing changes that made me uncomfortable. So...in trying to make a long story short...eventually what was just a small puncture wound became a very large gaping wound. By September 23, our Dr. had pretty much done as much as he could and the infection had started up again working its way to the side of his foot. We ended up in ER and he was admitted. He had surgery just two days later. The good news out of the surgery was that the infection had not moved into the bone. We were very thankful for that. He came out of surgery with a Wound VAC (which he is still wearing). However, it ended up that the infection was MRSA. He was put on heavy duty antibiotics and moved to a room of his own...all in all he spent 17 days in the hospital. He was released on October 9 with is Wound VAC. He goes in every Monday to the Wound Care Center at the hospital and a Home Health Nurse comes two times a week to change the dressing. 

So...just as we're settling in with our new routine...I begin getting terrible back pain. Thinking I had just strained it or something I treated it with ice/heat and so...just like I've always done in the past when my back has hurt. Well...it just was not working. It was getting worse and I began to notice tingling in my right leg, weakness and finding it hard to sit for any length of time...which was beginning to make driving difficult. At one point it got so bad that my poor husband had to take me to ER...they pretty much said it was a back strain and to rest and take Vicodin. Well...just 4 days later the pain was so much worse that again we made another trip to the ER...this time they gave me stronger meds and again said rest. I followed up with my Dr. a few days later. By this time I could hardly walk. He ordered an MRI and put me on some different medications. However on November 1st I began having a reaction to the new meds and my husband had to call 911. This time they finally admitted me and ordered the MRI for the next day. The MRI showed a cyst on the nerves in my lower back (S1) and it was decided that I would have surgery right away due to the fact that I had little to no nerve reactions in my lower right leg and the pain was so bad. So on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 I went in for what was suppose to be a simple hour to and hour and half surgery to remove the cyst. Well...three hours later the Dr. finally came out to let my husband know that the surgery went 'Okay', but they were unable to remove the cyst due to the fact that the nerves had become intertwined in the cyst. Removal would have most certainly caused permanent nerve damage. They did drain the cyst and enlarged the hole where it was located. He told my Marty I would be in recovery for about an hour and then moved to my room. Well...when I woke up in recovery I was in so much pain and screaming out that they called my husband back to my bedside to help calm me down. They ended up having to medicate me more which in turn resulted in me not breathing! I don't remember much from recovery except the pain and then Marty sitting by my side and continually telling me to breath. Apparently every time I would close my eyes and go to sleep is when I would not breath. At any rate it was about 5-6 hours before I was stable enough to move me to a room. It was Thursday, November 8th when I was finally released to come home. So I am now recovering at home and having good days and bad days.

So as of today...Marty is doing well. He was giving a week off of his Wound VAC which has been a nice break for him. He goes back to the Wound Care Center tomorrow to see where things are at. I am doing okay...like I said good days and bad days. I'm trying to do a little stamping for therapy. My husband has helped me set up a little corner on our dining room table so I'm not alone in my craft room. It's been nice to be able to create a little to help get my mind off of everything else. However, I can't sit very long, so then I get up move around a little and then lay down. I'm finding that back surgery is indeed a process.

Well...now that I've bored you with all of the ugly details of everything that has been going on...how about some exciting news from Stampin' Up!? There is so much happening that I have not been able to post so here goes:

Online Extravaganza
November 19-28, 2012

The Online Extravaganza promotion is our biggest online sale of the year! During these 10 days only, you can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products!

In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own doorbusters! Woot!

For a complete list of everything on sale (including the 24-hour specials) here is a PDF file for your to help with your shopping. I will give you a heads up...if you've been thinking about getting a Big Shot...now is the time...tomorrows 24-hour special is the Big Shot for $79.96 (regular prices $99.95)!

Just click here to visit my online store to place your order (starting at 12:00 am MST on Monday, November 19)!



With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalize birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a project. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!

How to Buy Talking Tags:

Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for just $7.95 (item 129723).

How to record a voice message:
  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on you smartphone from talkingtag.mobi, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you're ready!).
You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you've completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.

To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.

And finally...


Due to our partnership with Sizzix, we are pleased to be able to offer a test run of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine in our North American markets. We have 4,000 available to be sold only while supplies last. If this product test goes well, we may offer the Texture Boutique again in the future.

The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. Because this is a product test, the Texture Boutique is not branded with the Stampin' Up! logo. It comes in Sizzix packaging and is the same color and design that is sold in stores. We recommend you read the included instructions before using the Texture Boutique and that you pass the same recommendation on to customers who purchase it.

'Tis the season of giving, and the Texture Boutique makes a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create their own elegant embossed art. To help you with your gift-giving needs, we're offering a special value bundle that saves you $5.90. If you prefer, you can also purchase the Texture Boutique alone. Looking for stocking stuffers? Pick up some additional embossing folders.

Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)

  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657

  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim

So...now that I've made probably the longest blog post ever! Thank you so much for taking the time to read all that's been happening. I do ask that you please lift our family up in prayer as we are recovering and healing. We are currently waiting for disability to kick in for Marty so we've had no income for the last month and a half. It's been real stressful.

I'm excited about all that is happening with Stampin' Up! right now and all the specials and such that are being offered. Just an FYI...I've also had a peak at the new Spring Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration flyer...YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT! I can't wait until I can share both of them with you.

Have a wonderful, safe and blessed Thanksgiving!