Spotlight Friday: pharmacy

Yes, I didn’t write a Spotlight last week. The reason…..well nobody really wants to talk about some pain in the butt. But it struck me Wednesday afternoon. I thought it was one of the “normal” ones I have and it will be over in a few days. Boy was I wrong. By Thursday afternoon I was in agonizing pain. I went online to see if my Doctor had an appointment available for Friday. She did, I claimed the spot and had another sleepless and tossing and turning night.

By the time I got to my appointment my “pile” was pretty large and didn’t want to stay inside anymore.

I was hoping that something could be done, because this grape between my butt cheeks was driving my bonkers. But I walked out with a prescription for cream and suppositories.  And a referral.

Well it was Friday, nothing was going to happen over the weekend. “Start calling the insurance late Monday or Tuesday to see where your referral is.” my Doc said on the way out, “you know it can take up to 10 days until you get it” I was ready to get physical. My butt was in pain and every step hurt. I am usually very pain tolerant but this…. I have not felt that much pain since the birth of my first kid. That’s where those hemorrhoids stemmed from.

So I spent another night not sleeping, trying to find the right position that would cause the least pain.  I spent a few hours surfing the internet, trying to occupy my mind with something else. Went through different forums to see what is the latest on the medical side of how to handle this “pain in the butt”. There I learned that:

A hemorrhoid is a cushion of blood vessels in the lining of the anal canal. All people have hemorrhoids; we are all born with hemorrhoids. Not everyone, however, has hemorrhoid causing symptoms. When these hemorrhoids become enlarged, you may have painless rectal bleeding. Swelling of hemorrhoids may cause them to prolapse (slide out) during a bowel movement. (http://www.colonrectal.org/services.cfm/sid:6688/hemorrhoids_internal/index.html)

I didn’t know that everyone was born with them. I thought they developed.

Also I found out that a lot of treatments that where done before are not used anymore because they seem to be to risky for infection or are not really effective because they tend to come back after a while.

Believe me this was the longest weekend I had in a long time. The minutes turned into hours. My kids enjoyed it, the didn’t have to get out of their jammies and slouched around just as much as I did.

Come Monday I was online to check my referral status…nothing…. later in the afternoon…. nothing. Ok let me call the insurance and see if they have gotten anything. “well Mam, I don’t see anything here but if you went off Post then it has to be sent to post first and then we get it, but you can call the referral center on Post. Usually once we get it you should see it within 3 -5 days.” It was too late to call there, it was after hours. So I would try Tuesday.

I did and their answer was “oh it went out to the insurance on Monday, but you know they have 7- 10 days to process this.” I was ready to scream. It has been nearly 7 days since this ordeal has started and I am not one step closer to getting any relief. Tuesday night I did see the referral online. What a relief, I can make an appointment tomorrow  with the specialist. I called first thing in the morning, got an opening on the other side of town, because the office closer to me was booked till half way through September, for Thursday, yeah.

So Thursday off I go, in the afternoon hoping for some relief of my pain. I have been taking tylenol because that is all I can take, which just took the edge off, sometimes. As well as the baths and ointments and oils and which hazel etc.

Well, she told me everything that I had read on the internet the last few days what is done now and what is not done anymore. She didn’t even look at my cute “little Jewel” that is housing at the end of my tailbone.  She gave me a prescription for some stronger meds that would shrink the blood vessels and numb the pain.

The first pharmacy I stopped in to fill my prescription on base, “sorry, no we don’t carry this, you will have to get this off base”

Sigh- ok, will stop on the way home in another pharmacy and get it there. But the next pharmacy said the same thing “sorry we don’t carry this” I asked the lady where she though I could get this kit. She told me to go to an independent pharmacy and try there. So I did.                                                      a-pharmacist-helping-a-sick-customer_71728564

I walked in and said ” I really hope you have this because you are my 3rd stop.” and handed over my paper.  I saw her eyebrows move up and said “oh oh” First she couldn’t even figure out what was in the kit and if there was a generic (but there wasn’t)  Price check $400. And I was, oh no, I don’t need a bill like that on top of my pain in the butt, just for my but.

So she tried to call the doctor to see if they could change it to something else, but of course the office was already close.

“well we don’t have it here, but there are 2 in stock, we could have one tomorrow” , ” let’s see if your insurance would cover it and then make the decision”  “sure let’s do that” was my answer and she did check. I was going to be out of $24, I can stomach that if it’s going to give me some relieve and healing. So tomorrow I will go and get my kit and fix my behind. I love using herbal and natural things, which I did, but they only go so far. Nothing really helps when you feel like you have a knife up your rear end.

So now you know why I wasn’t in the mood to write last week. I wasn’t really up to it this week either. But after this nice Lady in the last pharmacy was so helpful and went above and beyond. I thought I would give all the people that work in a pharmacy a round of applause, appreciating their work.

This is the treasury I created on Etsy 

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I love those vintage pill and medicine bottles and containers. I remember when I was around 7 years old we used to have one of those old toy store furniture to play with, it looked like a pharmacy with all it’s little drawers. It had a counter in front of me and big shelves behind me. I used to be the pharmacist and my brother the shopper. I can still see us playing with all those little bottles and boxes.


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McCoy Schering Coricidin Medical Pharmaceutical Advertising Mug by VintageIntent

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Mustache Pharmacist Retractable Name Badge Holder Reel
by Badges and Beyond

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Pharmaceutical-Personalised-symbol/sign
by Funnybanana

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Vintage Bayer Childrens Aspirin in Original Box
by ZiLvintage

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Tape Measure Medical Theme Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

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Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur) by AzVintageVariety

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EpiPen Case, 8″ x 5″, Insulated, Zipper Top, Snack Bag, Made To Order by SewProDesigns

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Leather medicine bag with wolf totem and fringe , Fringed neck pouch
by thunderrose

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Organic Rose Water Hydrosol
by ApothOtopiA

This week I did a mixture of items I found on Zibbet and Artyah in this treasury. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week so far and is going to enjoy a wonderful weekend.

We are planning to have a fish fry with our neighbors and some friends.  I am really looking forward to that and hope that my  behind will be in a better condition then it is today.

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Spotlight Friday: Sisters

South Carolina is “aiming” for a record this week, the weather is trying to beat 8 days in a row over 100 F (nearly 38 C). This has a consequence. You spend a lot of time indoors, because it is just not bearable to stay outside too long.

It has been a fairly quiet week here in our house. We did not go anywhere for the 4th of July celebrations, because on of my kids came down with something last Friday. Over the weekend her fever hovered around 102 F. She slept a lot.

The fever finally broke Sunday afternoon but then she lost her voice. Not even a peep. She tried, but nothing but a very low whisper.

It has been fairly quiet in this house since then. No arguing, no bickering, no yelling….. sisters…. The younger one even made sure her older sister would stay hydrated, brought her ice cream to sooth her throat. Went into her room to check if she was covered.

It was good to see that after all they do care about each other. You wouldn’t think that if you would peek into our home when everyone is well. Typical sister rivalry going on.

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The other day, my youngest said : ” I miss my sister, well her talking, it is so quiet in the house.” That made me smile.

She even made sure we brought another tub of coconut ice cream home, so her older sister would recover faster. Of course she made sure first that she could get some of her own ice cream as well.

So as you can see it was a rather quiet week for us. I enjoyed the relaxing times, the extra cuddles and no pressure to be anywhere or to taxi anybody around.

I don’t have that sister bond to either of my sisters, sadly. I am the oldest of 4 kids, three girls and one boy. My youngest sister is 37 years younger than I am. Living in Germany.(That would be a whole different story to tell.) We do occasionally skype or exchange letters.

And my other sister is 7 years younger. I didn’t get to spend the first 5 years of her life together with her, due to me being in boarding School in Papua New Guinea.I did see her a few times a year, but that was always brief and the age gap just didn’t help.

I was 12 when we met again. We where strangers and that kind of didn’t change  for the remaining time I lived at home.

I moved out when I was 18. I tried to rekindle the relationship with my sister in my mid twenties, but we never really clicked. It’s sad, but maybe one day it will change again. We do keep in contact, not regularly though.

I did see her when we went for a visit to Germany, but only a few words besides “hello” where spoken. There was just no connection.

So seeing how my two kids care about each other, warms my heart.

Here is my Sister collection from Etsy. If you want a closer look at some items you will have to click on the link and it will take you there.

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A lot of interesting sister items that I found on Zibbet. Just click on the picture or the link under the picture and it will take you to the individual shop.


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To My Sister on My Wedding Day Gift Card – 1 Card with Envelope – Gift For My Sister
by SewCraftey

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Witchcraft primitive witch Black hat Sisterhood sign Primitives Witches Wiccan Pagan Halloween decoration coven wicca magic sister
by SleepyHollowPrims

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Boy’s Sister for Sale Bib
by Mally’s

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Daisy Molly’s Sister fabric doll wall hanging
by barbiesewandsew

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Big Sister Hair Clip Set
by NannyGoatsCloset

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Sister pillow, statement for a sister, cross stitch pillow, home decor, gift for a sister, decorative pillow, embellished pillow with wool by CreationbyDJ

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End of the Day Digital Collage Greeting Card
by Cards by Colette

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The Two Sisters Standing Stones – Gothic Windowscape Vinyl Wall Decal
by WilsonGraphics

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Hand stamped necklace, gift for sister , a couple of nuts off the family tree stainless steel gift for her
by cmkreations

 

I also did a search for Sisters on Artyah and this is what I found. I think quite stunning pieces.

 


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Colorful running horse fine art print by Nancy Quiaoit at Nancyqart by NancyQart

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Twin lambs with Ewe Farm Animal Photography Blank Note Card by TheOldBarnDoor

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Big Sister Middle Sister Little Sister Infinity Necklaces Jewelry Gift by AccentCreations

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Baby Girl Lil sister Bodysuit & Shoes, Embroidered Baby shower Gift , #7 by Barb

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32 Peg Dolls – DIY Chess Set – Game Pieces – Unfinished Wooden Peg Dolls by WooWeeble

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Custom pet portrait cushion / pillow / cover by RagstoStitchesDesign

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Cute rainbow robot earrings, fun gift for girl, geeky jewelry by oceanalien

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Sparrows, male and female sparrow birds family by Lola

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IN STOCK and ready to ship – Handmade Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle – Migrating Elephants by gainespuzzles

 

I will keep trying to reach out to my sisters and see where it will take me. At the same time I hope my girls never loose their bond.

 

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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Spotlight Friday: nurses

After spending a good chunk of my day in the Urgent Care I just want to give all the nurses a big shout out.  I think they more than deserve it. Our Urgent Care on Post opens up at 11 am. I got there with my oldest around 10:40 am and was immediately signed in and then had to wait a few minutes to have my vitals taken.  A little while later we where taken to our rooms. After a little waiting, the nurse came in and said “I am so sorry but you might have to settle in for a longer wait. Usually we have three Doctors, but for some reason only one showed up so far. Good thing you are second in line.” Then she told us we could change the channel on the TV and get some water outside if we needed. And apologized.

I told her that it wasn’t her fault, but thanks for letting us know and we are prepared we brought books and drinks and some snacks.

They had to take quite amount of my blood and I felt sorry for the nurse when I told her that I bruise easily and sometimes when my numbers are low won’t stop bleeding for a bit. Oh and by the way the vein on my right arm tends to roll a lot. Which it did. She had to try 4 times before she hit. Both of my arms look like I got beat up, do to my ITP and “happy” busing.

The nurse was really friendly and displayed a happy mood, even though they where missing two Doctors and the patients started to pile up outside.

this is what I found on Wikipedia about the first nurses:

  • 1–500 AD (approximately)– Nursing care mostly included hygiene and comfort needs of persons and families. Religious organizations were the care providers.(Craven & Hirnle)
  • 55 AD – Phoebe was nursing history’s Christian first nurse and most noted deaconess.[1]
  • 300 – Entry of Christian women into nursing.(Crisp & Taylor)
  • ca. 390 AD – The first general hospital was established in Rome by Saint Fabiola.[1]
  • ca. 620 AD – Rufaidah bint Sa’ad became the first Muslim nurse.

nurse at hospital setting up iv drip

What is nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and population

 

And often it is a tough job. The nurses are all only humans as we are, they have families, they have problems and issues just as everyone else has. But they put on a smile and make sure you and your family are taken care off. I don’t know if I could do this day in day out. Hats off to all you hard working nurses.

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Nurse Case – iPhone – Samsung Galaxy by GenReyGifts

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Little Traveller – Lovely Little Nurse
by UntilOrg

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Keep Calm Coffee Mug
by Badges and Beyond

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OB Nurse Retractable Name Badge by Badges and Beyond

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Nurse, hand knitted mouse CUSTOM ORDER by handmadefuzzy

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Nurse/ Doctor Large Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods (12)
by CrazyBrainChocolates

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Teddy Bear Nurse Tote
by ETC

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Registered Nurse Medical Charm Bracelet – Beautiful – LVN or LPN
by Kipaji Praise Jewelry

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Trust Me I’m A Nurse – T-Shirt by MintyTees

this was the Zibbet Nurse tribute. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the shop.

And here are the treasures I found on Etsy: 

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And ArtYah has some fun nurse items on their pages as well:


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Heartbeat Earrings – Sterling Silver by OffbeatMelody

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Nurse graduation gift, She BELIEVED she could so she did
by circlesoflove

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Radiology Tech Gift, Radiology Tech, Tote Bags by Cre8ivGifts

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RELAX MY MOMMY IS A NURSE Baby Bodysuit
by Anna

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HAND X-Ray Tiebar / Xray tie clip
by gift for radiologist / gift boxed

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Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur)
by AzVintageVariety

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RN Nurse Caduceus JJ Nursing Hospital pin New Graduation Gift Pinning Ceremony
by Dollherup

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pure stripes in purple , hand knitted Stethoscope cover
by HandmadeFuzzy

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Dragonfly Badge Holder FREE US Shipping
by AllAboutTheButtons

 

 

So here is my big fat       7345ty-graduate-nurse-invitations  to all the hard working nurses out there!!

Have a wonderful weekend, even though it it’s in the ER room or where ever you do your duty. Enjoy it with your coworkers.

And everyone else party, have fun, but stay away from injury so the ER will not be overcrowded!

Happy 4th of July to all !

 

Spotlight Friday: Summer is here

A few days ago Summer officially started. And the temperatures now prove it. Oh my it has gotten hot the last few days here in South Carolina.

I usually take a bottle of water with me when I drive somewhere, but my last few trips to the stores, one wasn’t enough.

To go swimming in our backyard pool we have to go either very early or late afternoon. During the daytime it just gets too hot and the UV is very high as well.

Wow you run out of indoor ideas for kids pretty quick if you are stuck in the house and the heat just drags you down. Luckily we have fans that run pretty much all day to cool us a little. Our AC is  usually set to 10 – 12 F cooler then what the temperature it is outside. That made for a 86 F in the house the last few days, and even then it was running quite often. We shed clothing pretty quick, close all the curtains and blinds in the house, live off cold drinks and fruits, to stay cool. I don’t know how people did it when there was no AC.

Well I guess trying to cool down during a hot Summer has been around quite a while:

Evaporative cooling

Since prehistoric times, snow and ice were used for cooling. The business of harvesting ice during winter and storing for use in summer became popular towards the late 19th century.[3] This practice was replaced by mechanical ice-making machines.

The basic concept behind air conditioning is said to have been applied in ancient Egypt, where reeds were hung in windows and were moistened with trickling water. The evaporation of water cooled the air blowing through the window. This process also made the air more humid, which can be beneficial in a dry desert climate. In Ancient Rome, water from aqueducts was circulated through the walls of certain houses to cool them. Other techniques in medieval Persia involved the use of cisterns and wind towers to cool buildings during the hot season.[4]

The 2nd-century Chinese inventor Ding Huan (fl 180) of the Han Dynasty invented a rotary fan for air conditioning, with seven wheels 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter and manually powered.[5] In 747, Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712–762) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) had the Cool Hall (Liang Tian) built in the imperial palace, which the Tang Yulin describes as having water-powered fan wheels for air conditioning as well as rising jet streams of water from fountains. During the subsequent Song Dynasty (960–1279), written sources mentioned the air conditioning rotary fan as even more widely used.[6]

In the 17th century, Cornelis Drebbel demonstrated “Turning Summer into Winter” for James I of England by adding salt to water.[7] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning)

Modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier. The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped enable the great migration to the Sun Belt in the United States.

I love the mornings though, when I get out to water all my plants with rainwater. I see and hear all the birds out, the bees humming and getting busy. Early as well, because they retreat as soon as it gets blistering hot. The other day I got mocked by a blue jay. We “talked” back and forth and he got pretty close being nosy of what I was doing. Then it sounded like he as laughing at me, a few times. Then the bird took off. I enjoy those interactions with nature, while everyone in the house is still sleeping and the neighborhood is just starting to awake.

We spent a few hours at the lake here and maybe we might get a trip in to the beach. But actually I love having a stay-cation. The kids not so much, because then there is not a lot of “action”. I understand that,being stuck in one place as a teen is not too much fun. There are quite a few possibilities for day trips around here which I am sure we will get checked off our list.

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Don’t these wonderful items from this Etsy Treasury just want to grab your bathing suit and go find a beach?

There is a new online site for Handmade items, that I joined, so i thought it would be fun to see what I can find there for summer items. It is called ArtYah. (click on the picture and it will take you to the shop) This is where you can find me on ArtYah, my shop there


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Starfish pillows, nautical decor, blue starfish pillow, minky starfish pillow by Fleeceofnature

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Summer Eve at the Jetty, Scituate, Massachusetts by JoeParskeyGallery

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beach vibes, Hand Embroidered Mini Banner, Customizable by ArtandAroma

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apple body scrub, bath, beauty, scrub, gifts, body scrub by normasbathandbody

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Sun door hanger, sunshine sign, summer sign
by Angela815

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Dichroic Surfboard Pendant – Dragonflies – “Mountain Meanderings” by Crystal CaveGlassArt

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20 Thank You Tag Beach Wedding Tag Beach Bridal Shower Beach Baby Shower by Autumnslilshop

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Been There Done That Arrows Cotton Canvas Tote Bag by Jafnmac

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Red Poppies Meadow Original Oil Painting Impasto Flower Landscape Europe Artist by ArtistsUnion

And I also checked out Zibbet, what kind of Summer treasures they have:

 


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Butterfly Photo, Summer Wall Art, summer decor by SeeLifeShine


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Summer Nights Tealight Candles
by I B4 E CREATIONS


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Watermelon slice summer fashion tote bag by My Apopsis World


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Nature Mini Photograph Print by AmeliaKayPhotography


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BLOOMFIELD Summer Socks Hand Knit by PEIsocks


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Lemon and Lime. Handmade Yarn Wreath Spring Summer by ItzFitz


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Summer day Citrine and MOP earrings
by perhapsturquoise


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Petunia – A Summer Knitted Doll – Toy Knitting Pattern
by Joanna Marshall


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Handmade Cold Process Soap – Summer Citrus
by Simpson Soap Company

 

Now if that wasn’t enough Summer inspiration for you.

I wish you a wonderful Friday and a super relaxing weekend!

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Bartering

Sorry if you missed last weeks Spotlight. I got sidetracked and then left town. But therefor I will share something fun with you.

A few weeks ago I got a request from a friend. She wanted to know if I could make some owls for her. So I started to make one and got a branch and sat it on. This was the final result. mjeule

I made a Mama and son owl pair for her on a branch as well. You might of seen the picture if you follow me on FB.

I am part of a Bartering Group on FB called Creative Bartering. Go have a look, there is a lot of talent to be found there. And all of them love to barter.

bar·ter
ˈbärdər/
verb
gerund or present participle: bartering
exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money.
“he often bartered a meal for drawings”
There was a message in my inbox the next day from KraftyMax if I would be interested in a trade. She would like two branches with an owl each.  I have traded with her before and love her bead work. And  I know a few of my friends and kids would like to be gifted to as well. So off I went to get some more branches.
She wanted one in the Fall colors like in the first picture and one in purple.
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During our conversation she asked me if I could make a bird as well. I had to hunt for a pattern first. I found one that I thought would work and tried it out. My first bird I made I was not happy with. ohbird
Her tail was too big and through the knitting you could see the stuffing. I didn’t like that. So I wanted to rework it and come up with something that I would hang on my wall as well. It worked, I found a little nest with eggs in it and attached it all to a branch. nestc
I packed them all up and sent them off.
A few days later I had some goodies in my mailbox from KraftyMax. One was for my friend, her birthday is coming up beginning July. But I couldn’t wait to give it to her , as soon as I opened the package I had to bring it over. See for yourself.
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My friend loves it. Put a big smile on both of our faces. Thank you, KraftyMax.
There where more treasures in my package!
See for yourself. I already wore the blue earrings. They are so light.
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It was fun bartering with you again, thank you for the opportunity.
If you would like to find your bartering partner there are many options through the internet. My favorite spot is the Creative Bartering Group on FB  . Go take a look. Beverly posts a lot of pictures of the trades that have happened. And there is such a variety of talents, and constantly growing.
Happy Bartering and a wonderful week!
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Spotlight Friday: Library

I got so sidetracked today. I had an idea in my head last night before I went to bed what I wanted to write about. But I didn’t write it down and now I have know clue what it was. My poor little brain is scattered all over the place with getting adjusted to the “Summer break schedule”  Trying to find our rhythm for the next 10 weeks.

Nothing big planned here for this Summer, due to hubbies new job. We put our above ground pool up last weekend and I searched the internet for healthy home made lactose free ice cream and other snacks that we are planning to make.

The girls will be more involved again in doing house hold chores like washing and hanging clothes, vacuuming and mopping. Cooking and gardening. My youngest picked up her drawing and painting that she had put on sleep mode over the last few months.

Yesterday we went to the Library and found quite a few “how to” books for her to draw cats and other animals. Stocked up on her sketch books, graphite pencils and canvases as well as paint.

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I brought some books home for myself as well to get some inspiration for my crafting. I still love reading other books in German. I don’t know why, but it is more relaxing for me. Luckily my Dad had sent me quite a bit of my Grandmas book stack after she had passed. I don’t have the amount of time I used to, before I was married and had kids, to curl up and read a book. But in the Summer break I make it a “must” to get at least a few pages in a day. Usually I try to get a few minutes in when the kids are swimming and I can keep an eye on them while chilling in the hammock with a book in my hand.

I still love going to the Library. Even though we have a lot of books at home, there are online books and so on. I love the smell and the memories that are connected to it.

Reading for me in the Summer often means to escape the real world for a little bit and live through the characters of the book.

Spinning my imagination and get sparked on new creations is what I get out of holding a real book in my hand, turning the pages and getting immersed in the story.

Do you have a special spot in the Library where you like to start reading your book? Here are my Etsy finds:

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What is your favorite book?

This is the Zibbet Library collection:


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200 library cards / authentic white by schoollocker


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Bring a Book INSTANT DOWNLOAD item 1445 insert enclosure card build a library by Katiedid Designs


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Personalized Set of 24 Book Plates For Your Little Pirates Library by ThreeFrenchHens


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Library Tote Bag | Cotton Print Tote Bag | Multi-Colored Tote Bag
by Bags and Purses by Beth


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Superior Nebraska Vintage Town View Postcard Public Library by SandyCreekCollectables


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Sterling Silver book pendant The Raven
by Silver Frog Studio


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GRADUATION CARD – Share the Memories Collection by tornpaperco


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Librarian the Original Google Bing Search Engine 2 by gigglebot


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Burned Book Necklace: Post Apocalyptic, Book Lovers Necklace, Bookish
by RheasRenditions

 

I hope you find a few minutes today to dive into a book and get captured.

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Spotlight Friday: swimming

On Memorial Day we got to hang out with some friends at their community pool. It was cloudy at times, but balmy 87 F (about 30 C). The water was quite fresh, which didn’t bother our kids much.

After catching up and discussing the latest news we grown ups decided to go in as well. It took a bit of moving around to get used to the water temperature.

We played a few tag games and then my oldest challenged me to some races. So we moved over to the deeper part of the pool and started racing. She knows that I was on the swim  and diving team in PNG as well as in Germany.bulolo

I always loved swimming and really miss it here. Our backyard pool, which we put up over the Summer break is not meant for real swimming, just splashing and relaxing floating.

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My kids a “Wasserratten” ( water rats) as we call them in German. Hard to get out of the water. They could stay in all day if I’d let them , freely translated it would mean “water lover”.

A lot of times in Boarding School we went on outings to either hot springs or rivers to go swimming. That was always a lot of fun. river

That’s me, facing the camera, with short blondish hair.

I did win quite a few races and diving competitions we had against other Schools.

But that was about 35 years ago and I don’t have the stamina to swim that fast anymore. I do have to say I still beat my oldest on every lap we raced. Quite a few times it was very close. It was fun and reminded me of my active swimming time. I really wish we had a public pool closer where I could swim some laps on a regular base.  Maybe if I ever win the Lottery I will have my own Olympic size pool in the back yard. (Dreaming is allowed )

These are the wonderful items that I found on Etsy:

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and here are the items that I found on Zibbet:


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Swim Mom (double line) Shirt with rhinestones
by PreciousCargoBoutique

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Personalized Wooden Sign Swim Swimmer by swirlytwirlydesigns

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bow bandeau beach swimming set tanga by magneti

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BIKINI GIRL Greeting Card Bathing Suit by MoxyFoxDesigns

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swimming by mikexu1975

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Abstract Swim Shorts by modlove

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Swimming with Koi by victoriaholmanart

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Shades of Green Princess Swimsuit
by MrMikeTV

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Wet Feet photographic art print by texaseagle

 

I can’t wait for the Olympic Games to start this year. I love watching the Summer games.

I don’t think it is hard to guess what my favorite competitions are that I like to watch. It has to do with water.

 

Have a wonderful Friday and an amazing weekend!

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