Friday, May 25, 2012

The Big Bang, Big News, My Anniversary and My First Giveaway

It's been awhile...hanging my head in shame.  This has been a whirlwind month.  We started it out with a bang!  Coming home from picking up Jamie from college, we were about 30 minutes from home when a deer leaped in front of us.  I was relaxing with my eyes closed, not yet asleep, when suddenly there was a terrible bang and I was covered in glass...and I mean you couldn't see my lap for the glass.

Thank God no one was hurt, although we were pretty shook up.  It hit so hard that the hood was molded to the motor and my side of the windshield was caved in.  Everyone thought the deer was going to come through the windshield on me.  God was protecting me that day!  The van was totaled, but we bought it back and had it repaired.  Ken had just put $600 into it and it still runs great.  I fielded insurance and body shop calls for two weeks.  His work car died at about the same time, so we've been playing musical cars too.

Then it's been doctor appointments for the last two weeks.  Between that and therapy I've been on the run.  I have good news and bad news about my shoulder.  The good news is I won't need surgery, unless therapy doesn't help.  I have a frozen shoulder with a tiny tendon tear and some bursitis.  Basically, scar tissue has formed so I am doing special exercises 2-3 times a day, with once a week therapy sessions.  It can take up to 18 months to get back to normal, and some never do without surgery.  My therapist is encouraged with my progress and thinks I will get my range of motion back much sooner.

My daughter Jamie's big news is that she got a research scholarship and will be leaving in two weekends to go back down to school for 10 weeks.  It is bittersweet.  We will miss having her here this summer, but it is a great opportunity for her.  We did get her for a month, so I've been spending extra time doing things with her (another reason I haven't blogged).  She will get to come home for a couple of weeks in August before returning for fall semester.

Finally my big news is that I opened my Etsy store less than two weeks ago and have had 2 sales already!  There's a link at the top of my side bar if you want to take a look.  And it's just past my blogs two year anniversary.  So to celebrate, I am giving away a gift certificate to my shop for $30!    I am adding more things this coming week, as it is finally slowing down and I don't have to run all over creation next week.  Here is a peek at a few items in the store.

There are a few ways to enter the giveaway. Leave a comment for each one for up to 4 entries:

1. Follow this blog through one of the many ways you'll find in the sidebar, or leave a comment that you already are a follower.`
2. Follow me on facebook
3. Blog about this giveaway
4. Post about this giveaway on facebook or twitter.

I will draw a name on my birthday, June 7th.  Best of luck to you!

I'll be back tomorrow to give you a peek about what I am guest posting about over at Romance on a Dime.  Have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!

I've linked this giveaway here:


  1. Deborah I am so sorry about the accident, just so glad you are ok. I have been so busy with shows I have not been online, one more show this weekend then none till fall. I will be able to catch my breath. I am entering your give away! How awesome and congrats! Hows the craft room coming along? I'm going to esty now to look around. Talk to you later--Hugs, Lynn

  2. Yes, I'm a follower and would love to enter your first giveaway!!! So glad everyone is okay :)

  3. Following you on Facebook :)

  4. Your Blog is beautiful. Your talent is beautiful ... Hugs Cindy


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