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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Miracle is Complete

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BE NOT AFRAID * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Sometimes it's hard to remember that the Lord is always in control and He knows the beginning and the end. It's also hard to believe that an event that is your worst nightmare can also be your biggest blessing. Let me explain these comments.

Two years ago this July my oldest grandson was in a horrific auto accident and was ejected. He suffered a very serious Traumatic Brain Injuury. He was in a coma for several weeks on total life support. His left arm was badly broken, but he was so unstable they couldn't do surgery and it was agreed that life was more important than limb and if they had to amputate that was ok. His prognosis was grim at best if he made it at all. Each time the doctors gave us a deadline of things that he had to be able to do, the Lord met that deadline one day before, starting with breathing on his own as the first milestone. Gaining conscienceness, learning to swallow, talking, sitting up, standing, learning to walk again - all of these were miracle milestones. You see the accident had shirred his brain and they didn't think he would be able to do any of these things. We had hundred of people praying all over the world and the Lord was so faithful to answer every prayer.

My grandson's name is Keith. At the time of the accident he was just a few classes away from graduating from ASU. This wasn't going to be a cake walk because he still had some of his toughest classes to finish such as advanced courses in Physics and Nuclear Technology. The doctors didn't think he would be able to resume his studies. He spent several months in the hospital in rehab and then several months at Barrows Institute for more rehab. Every day he became more whole. They were able to do the surgery on his arm a few weeks after the accident and put in a 9" rod from the shoulder down to the elbow. He has worked very hard and has full strength and use of this arm with no signs of the injury except where you can see the scars where the screws were put in.

Why I say the miracle is complete is because tonight he will graduate from ASU with his Engieering Degree with his major being in Nuclear Physics. Wednesday night he sat with all of the ASU students as President Obama delivered the Commencement Address. The Lord completed his healing several months ago, but for some reason seeing him walk across the stage and receive his diploma will be the period to the sentence to me. He has a couple of scars on the back of his head and that's all there is to see that he was ever in an accident. He is completely healed with no signs of ever having any kind of brain injury at all. His doctors openly admit that he is a miracle. People that meet him today really can't believe he ever had a brain injury. He is just exactly the person he was before, no bodily scars, no side effects, no signs at all that anything ever happened. When the Lord healed him, He healed him 100% in every way.

So when I say one event can be your worst nightmare and your biggest blessing, his graduation is such a blessing. It is the Lord's way of showing the world He was in control all along, and that He still does miracles every day.

Keith believes the Lord saved him for a purpose, and often wonders what it is the Lord has in store for him. I can't wait to see the rest of the Lords plan and His many more blesssings He has yet to reveal.

This is a pictue of Keith at at his Birthday Party a couple of weeks ago. His face got really red as all the waiters and patrons at the restaurant sang to him.

Thanks for listening to my story of one of my greatest blessings ever. I am so thankful and grateful for the Lords mercy and goodness.

Hugs, Marty

P.S. Waiting his turn to walk up on stage to receive his diploma. Thank you Lord.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tablescape & Thrifty Thursday - Crystal & China

Today I'm once again doing a double post. Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this wonderful Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to go check out all of the wonderful tablescapes that everyone has created. You will be inspired.

Also I'm participating in Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales From Bloggeritaville. Check out her blog to see all the thrifty finds posted from all the participants.

My tablescape today is using a lot of crystal and new (to me) dishes I found at the Goodwill. I'm experimenting with a less is more approach, and just using crystal and candles for the centerpiece. I wanted the dishes and placemats/napkins to be the center of attention.

For the centerpiece I have used 4 glass candlesticks with green and pink tall tapers. They surround crystal cloches and apothecary jars with 3 pink roses for a touch of color.

This is a view of each place setting. I love the elegant vintage look. Everything except the charger and silverware are some recent GW finds.

The placemats and napkins are very delicate tissue linen and I just love the embroidered detail on them. The napkins were 69 cents each and I have 8.

Isn't the shape of the placemat just lovely. It has such delicate detail all around it. The placemats were $1.25 each and again I have 8. One of them still had the original tag on it. It says Sferra - made in switzerland.

The chargers are cream with very heavy embossing. The came from Ross on their clearance aisle. I was so lucky to find 6 of them by going to 2 different stores. They were on sale for $4.99 ea.

I really like the new dishes I found at GW. They have a lovely gold rim surrounding a green border with beautiful pink roses. I was able to find 4 dinner plates for $1.49 each and 4 salad plates for $.69 each. I think they are so lovely.

The back of the plates say Grace China made in Japan. I havn't been able to find out what the name of the pattern is. If anyone is famaliar with this pattern I would appreciate the information, I would love to try and find more. Kat from Emptynester just told me on this post that the pattern is Formal Garden and discontinued in l939. Yippee, thanks Kat.

A closer look at the crystal and candles.

An overhead view of the table at night. The crystal really sparkles with the candles lit creating a very lovely ambience.

Thanks for stopping by, I do so appreciate your visits and I hope you will come back soon.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sunday Favorites - $28 Bathroom Redo

Thanks to Chari @ Happy To Design for hosting this fun event. It gives us all a chance to see some of the posts we may have missed. Some of you have been blogging for a while and have wonderful posts to share again. Please go by Chari's blog to see a list of all the participants. There are some great "re-runs" that you just don't want to miss. I havn't been posting too long, but this is one I thought I would share again. This was a Met. Monday post I did in February.

Today I would like to show you my bathroom transformation and I would like to offer two apologies. First many of you have already seen this picture, and second I do not have a before picture. However since I think someone somewhere made a mold of this bathroom and gave it to every builder in the country and they just stamped them out by the hundreds or thousands, a picture probably really isn't needed. It's the standard big mirror, cultured marble counter, sink and tub surround with basic cabinetry and the cheapest faucet they could find. I have had my decorating skills challenged with having this bathroom in my last two homes.

With a new home and many projects that need to be done and the fact that my money tree is suffering from extreme drought and frost bite, I really needed to be creative. I started digging for accessories and decided a tropical theme would be in order. So armed with a plan I mixed 3 colors of leftover paint together for the walls, $18 for 3yds. of fabric for the drape, $5 for the bamboo rod, $3 for the tissue box I painted with a bamboo design, and $1 each for the soap box and mirror from the Dollar store. The clock and vase I had and the floral arrangement was made from remnants of several older ones. It may not be a remodel, but for now it will do and I really like the color and tropical feel that it has. Just another example of what we can do using what we have and using our imagination.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits. Hugs, Marty

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Foodie Friday - Korean Fried Rice

Today is Foodie Friday and thanks to the lovely Gollum @ Designs by Gollum for hosting this special event. Please go by and check out all the delicious food you'll find that everyone is posting for this event.

Today I am going to show you how to make Korean Fried Rice. I had a friend that was born and raised in Korea and she taught me this recipe. My family can eat a barrel of this stuff. They just love it. It's one of those dishes that you can use lots of leftovers in also. I am a pinch and a smidgen cook, but I will try to give you some measurements as we go along. However you can't mess this up. First I diced one large onion and sauted in a little oil just until clear.

I always cook at least l to 2 lbs. of bacon at a time so I have some for different dishes. I just partially cook part of it, then I put in the fridge and pull out and use as needed. You'll need about 6 pieces torn into small pieces.

Next beat 3 eggs in a bowl.

I just used minute rice and there's about 5 cups here.

Some soy sauce and that's it. Now we're ready to mix it all together.

Remove the sauteed onion and save in a bowl. Put the bacon in the pan and cook until crispy. Then place the crispy pieces in the same bowl with the onion.

Now scramble the eggs in the same pan.

Next dump the bowl full of the sauteed onions and bacon into the pan with the scrambled eggs and mix all together. Add a little pepper and salt. Be careful of too much salt because the soy sauce is really salty. Mix well.

Put the rice in the pot and stir to mix all the ingredients together well. Then add soy sauce to taste. I do not add very much at this stage because some of the members of my family don't like a lot. You can always add more at the table. You're done. If you like you can also add peas, carrots or any other vegetable that you like to this dish. My family likes it just plain without the vegetables best.

Serve as a side dish with your favorite meat and vegetables and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by. I Love it when you visit and I hope you come again real soon.

Met. Monday & Sunday Favs - Mini Kitchen Redo

Thank you Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for inviting me to link my Sunday Favorites post with Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to visit her and find a list of all the fabulous posts.

Thanks to Chari @ Happy To Design for hosting this special Sunday event. This is our chance to see an older post that we may have missed or one that we would like to see again. Be sure to visit her blog to see everyone that is participating. There have been some incredible posts and you really don't want to miss any of them.

Today I am showing the repost of my Mini Kitchen Redo. This was one of the first posts I did. If you have seen this, please forgive, if not I think this shows that even a very mini kitchen redo can make a huge difference.

When we moved in we had the basic builder bland kitchen. White walls, white appliances, white sink, beige formica counters and blonde maple cabinets. The first thing I did was paint the walls a deep chocolate brown. At least you could see the cabinets now.

Next I polished the cabinets with a dark paste wax. Added hardware, undercounter lights, stainless sink and new faucet. The granite remnant was a fabulous gift. We added some extra width to the counter and put corbels underneath. Granite remnant - Huge Upgrade. I love how the granite pulled the whole kitchen together and gives it a polished look.

A few different accessories and this is how it looks today. I just love it.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my kitchen. I look forward to your visits and hope you'll come back soon.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Met Monday - Adding a Little Yellow

Susan from Between Naps on the Porch is hosting another wonderful Metamorphosis Monday. This wonderful event allows us to see what everyone has been working on. Be sure to visit her blog to check out all the fabulous transformations.

My metamorphosis is very small this week. I decided it was time for all the Easter and spring accessories to be packed away and bring a more cheerful summer look to the living room. I found a couple of bunches of yellow tulips at the $1 store and that started the change.

Below is the living room with the fairy angels, tea set and easter decor for spring.

This is the after. The froo-froo stuff on the coffee table has been changed out with a much simplier arrangement, bringing some bright yellow into the room.

Dining room side of the room before.

Dining room side after.

End table before with moss ball.

End table after with sunflowers. This spot looks so much brighter with the flowers, and I added one of my yellow plates from the GW.

Sofa end table before.

Sofa end table after. An old alphabet plate, brass planter with ivy and antique dish with yellow candy. Much brighter space now.

Coffee table before was set for tea and had my angel fairies enjoying the scene.

Coffee table after. I replaced the fairies with a pitcher filled with yellow and white tulips and replaced the tea set with a pretty yellow plate and botanical book. I kept the little pot of ivy and added a small votive.

Dining table floral arrangement before.

Dining table floral arrangement after. I changed out a couple of the flowers and added in a few yellow and white tulips. Now your eye really travels to the table. I'm amazed how the painting changes every time I change the floral arrangement.

That's it. I didn't make any big changes, just kept the soft colors of the blue/green and added a spice of yellow. Changing the accessories out and simplifying the tables makes the room have a totally different feel and it didn't cost but $2, I just shopped the house for the rest. I removed a couple of pillows and added one yellow one that I had and that completed the change.

Thanks for the visit. I can't wait for you to come back, I always look forward to you stopping by.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Triple Post - Met. Mon, 3 or More Tues. & What's on Your Wall Wed.

Today I'm doing a triple post. Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch. Be sure to visit her to see all the wonderful before and after transformations that all the talented ladies have done to their homes.

Three or More Tuesday hosted by Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner. This can be three or more of anything. Please be sure to go by her blog to see all the great things that everyone collects.

What's on Your Wall Wednesday. This wonderful event is hosted by Barb @ Grits and Glamour. You will definitely want to visit her and see what she has to offer and all the gorgeous things everyone has on their walls.

Today I am featuring my laundry room. I don't have a before picture, but it doesn't take much imagination to picture a white room with nothing. I have been busy trying to find a place for all the collectibles and treasures that didn't previously have a home. I found the perfect place in the very stark laundry room, and now I love to go in there. This turned out to be the perfect place for a lot of my primitive antiques and a lot of needlework that I did many years ago.

Standing in the doorway, this is the view that you have. I put my craft and sewing cabinet against the right hand wall, and now I can really use it. Everything is within easy reach. The room is long, so there is plenty of room for the door to the garage to open against the wall.

There's room for the second refrigerator next to the washer and dryer and I love the cabinets above for lots of extra storage for cleaning supplies and laundry stuff. I did the applique quilt block years ago and framed it to use as wall art.

The top of the refrigerator was the perfect place to put my antique American Flyer wagon. This piece is very old and very unique being wood. On top of the cabinets I put my dad's old wooden tool box filled with flowers and an antique child's toy horse.

A better view of the wagon. You can see part of the lettering that says American Flyer. I have a plant and an antique tin sitting inside.

Above the washer and dryer I hung this old side panel of a wooden box that held Ivory soap. Yes I know, the appliances are old, but they work great and I'm used to them.

This is another view to show an overall view of all the things I have hanging on the walls.

This is the wall space between the garage door and the craft/sewing cabinet. My Mother painted the poppy plaque (a fabulous treasure) and I did the quilt block that's again framed. The washboard and other items are things I collected years ago.

More quilt blocks and collectibles above and on the craft cabinet.

An applique needlework piece I did years ago, framed in an embroidery hoop, an old painting of kitties, a 1929 calendar and on top of the wine cabinet my 1902 Sears catalog, bee hive and tin.

A cross stitch sampler I did years ago hangs above the garage door.

A crewel "Welcome" that I did and a Log Cabin quilt block that my Mother did. She also made the frame.

My grandmother's two flat irons. The small pointed one was used for all those ruffles that she wore. She heated these on a wood stove. The blue butane iron was one my Mother used when she was young. The wood plane was my fathers. He used that when he built his first house. The tricycle holds a plant in the basket.

A closer view of the quilt block and other items hanging above the craft cabinet.

As a grandmother of 12, I have to have my bragging wall. The refrigerator door is the perfect place to give me a smile every time I walk into the laundry room.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed all my old things. I appreciate it every time you visit.