cheaper than therapy

Monday, December 29, 2008

No more Monkeys Climbing in the Tree!!!!

Well, my wonderfully talented tree climbing 14 year old learned a hard lesson yesterday. He was out in the woods with some friends, having some good clean fun when it happened. He lost his footing and fell out of the tree. It might not have been a problem, except he was climbing a wild orange tree. Orange trees are full of thorns, and one got him under the arm. Well...he got quite the gash!!! We wrapped him up and took him to the ER. It is both a blessing and a terrible thing when they don't even let you sit down, and rush you right back to a room, and make sure that it is a private room! Thank goodness that the nurse was one of Gary's former students, and the PA was awesome. After x-rays, debris being removed from the gash, 5 inside stitches, 48 ( yes, you read that correctly) staples and another 8 stitches, plus a drain put in....Humpty Dumpty seems to be put back together again. He is sore, and on both antibiotics and pain meds...but he will be OK. Here is one of the non-gross photos that we took after he was put back together, awaiting the dressing.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Season's Greetings!!!


Dave, Peter and Jenna spent the afternoon at the beach with Gary. For those of you who live in the cooler regions, hope this warms your hearts! This is what we have to look forward to here in December. I will remind you though that 2 weeks ago, we had record lows and it only got into the low 50's during the day! Happy holidays to you and yours!!!!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

The holidays are finally here! Hannukah is halfway through, and tonight is Christmas Eve. I am thankful to all of you who read my blog, and whose blogs I dilligently read too for your friendship, inspiration, and just for popping in to say "Hi!". It amazes me how many wonderful people that I meet online, via my blog and other crafty sites.
I wish all of my friends, near and far, a very Happy Holiday, surrounded by friends, family, and love. Please remember to take time to tell loved ones how much they mean to you. There are so many horrible things happening in this world, and so much tragedy, that I am on a mission to remember all the good things that are happening to me and my family, and try not to dwell on the negatives. We sure have had our struggles this year, but I am so thankful each and every day to get up, hug my boys, get to work, and go on with our daily schedules.
HUGS...and blessings from our home to yours!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gotta Love My Boy!!!!

For those of you who know and love me, you know that I am not a snake lover. I don't even really want to tolerate them. However, since living here in Florida, I have been a bit more tolerant, as the snakes take care of other critters that stalk our habitat! Well, Peter has been helping Mr. Melendez in the science lab at school. The other day, he got his hopes up that we would let him bring the python home for the holiday break. I reluctantly said fine, but the rest of the family protested!!! However, I made sure that the rest of the family knew that Peter has been doing great, and it was special that Mr. Melendez trusts him enough to take care of the legless wonder. He came home without a name, and I insisted that if it was going to share our home for 2 weeks, it needed a name. Sooo, in the middle of the night, it dawned on me that we needed to call him MONTY...after one of my crazy boys' favorite English comedy teams ( get it...Monty Python!!!). Even Gary had to laugh at that one. So, here is Peter holding onto MONTY. I have not gotten up to wanting to hold him willingly, but I do pet the darling. The things we do for our kiddos!

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Present for my Peter

Peter has been asking me to make a photo collage/shadow box for him. I have been so busy with "stuff" that I have had little time to do any scrappy projects unless they were for holiday gift giving. Last night, I sat down and made this canvas for him. This was inspired by my friend Amanda Dregne, who is an up and coming talent to be reckoned with! Look-out scrappy ladies, you will be hearing about her really soon!
This started out as a 14x18 artists canvas. I mixed colors to make the base. The papers are by Scribble-Scrabble ( never heard of them but found them online doing a search for grunge or skateboard stuff) and are called DUDE-ALLS by Cynthia Coulon. I used Tim Holtz grungeboard arrows and skulls, along with crackle paint, distress inks, and distress stickles. I have a stash of assorted skateboarding embellies, that were added too. I am not totally loving this, but the most important thing is that Peter thinks "IT ROCKS!" that makes me happy. It does look better in person, it has what I call boy bling, and totally reflects his personality. The scrunched up papers, distressed with TH inks and even torn, look like they could have come right off the floor of his room!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday cards and goody boxes

WHEW! I think that I have finally gotten my holiday cards all done and ready for mailing. This year, I decided to use some of my adorable Tildas for cards.She goes perfectly with the Stampin Up Ski Slope designer paper. Not too Christmasy, but definitely wintry! It is hard to get into the holiday spirit when it is 80 degrees and balmy. Not everyone appreciates handmade cards enough to keep them, so I don't usually add lots of embellishments to them. I did use stickles, some bling, and some fantastic stuff called SNOW WRITER for the snow. It hardens like concrete, but looks fluffy just like the real stuff.
I also needed to make some little trinkets for people at work. So, Peter and I made these adorable 2-5-7-10 boxes ( see for tutorial)and filled them with chocolate. We found a Brenda Walton paper pack at Michael's on clearance and used those papers as a base. It even had 2 pages of tags that we used for decorating some of them. We only have 5 days of school until winter break, so many of the cards and presents had to be done by now.
Peter and I worked really hard to get ready, and I think we did it!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Scrapper's Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
> I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
> Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
> Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
> And that's when I heard him,
> "Hi Santa, " I said
> "You know....good little girls
> should be in their beds."
> "I know I should Santa,
> and now I've got caught.
> But I was just so excited
> To see what you brought."
> "Well, let's take a look
> in this room where you work.
> He shook his head quickly,
> And left with a jerk.
> I heard him exclaim
> as he put it in gear.
> "You've got enough stuff,
> I'll see you next year!"


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Crafty time at last!

Although I have managed to avoid the holiday rush at the stores, I did take advantage of some amazing sales that I found at some favorite online crafting stores. I finally had time to introduce some of my newest stamps to ink, and came up with this cute Tilda, who is waiting patiently for Santa to appear. I used SU ski slope designer papers (colors are wonderful) and watercolor crayons. The snow comes from a Snow Writer Pen that I picked up at JoAnn's last year. She is adorable, especially in real life.
Hope to be able to post some more creations soon.

Coffee, Tea, or ME?

Here at our house, we have lots of coffee, tea and hot chocolate drinkers. Peter has been drinking coffee since his babysitter used to share hers with him in the mornings when he was only a wee-fry! Gary insists on "high test" and scoffs at the thought of decaf. Peter needs to drink decaf, and I prefer decaf at night. Well, for a Chanuka present this year, I decided to get the family one of those wonderful Keurig coffee makers, that makes one cup at a time. I found a great deal on the machine, and some accessories---and couldn't pass it up! Well, it arrived Friday afternoon and the boys had to open the package! Can you tell that Peter is uber excited???!!!!! The excitement has continued through the weekend....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Curious Dave plays with the Shuttle!

Yes, that's my boy in front of the space shuttle...the real one, not a mock up or a model...the one that just got back from the Space Station! Dave is finishing up his 2nd work-study internship for NASA at Edwards Air Force Base in California. We were all hoping that the shuttle would have to land there one time when he was there, and it finally happened. He is used to seeing the shuttle landings here in Florida, but this time, he was up close and personal! The shuttle was "parked" right outside where he has his office. He called us on Tuesday to let us know that he and another intern got to go aboard the shuttle itself. They were not allowed to take photos once inside. But...he was lucky enough to get inside, have a special tour, and WOW...he hasn't come back to Earth yet. For him, this is part of a dream come true. Gary and the boys are so very jealous. I am happy for him. All we can say is WOW...what a day this was for our guy!

Not that he was excited or anything, but he took 87 photos of the shuttle as the team was working on it...and getting it ready to return to Kennedy Space Center (he offered to ride in it so he could come home for dinner) but of course they said NO WAY! Here are 2 photos so you can see for yourself.

Friday, November 28, 2008



Can you tell that Peter really enjoyed his turkey dinner last night? Mom and Dad did not want to drive ( I don't blame them) and we did not want to subject Peter to lots of holiday commotion, so we decided to do turkey day by ourselves this year. It has been such a whirlwind, and Peter cannot really handle lots of excitement these days. It really was nice to have just the 4 of us, enjoying time together and talking. Peter actually got pretty silly...and I don't want to see him spike into mania!
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Wishes

WOW, it is hard to believe that it is already Thanksgiving 2008! It seems like we were just celebrating 4th of July. This has been a whirlwind of a year so far. Gary and I have been talking about all the things that we are thankful for. First of all, we are thankful that we are all in good health. With all of the stress around here, healthy people are a must! We are thankful for all the members of our family that we keep connected to. Even with Dave out in California, he is part of our everyday conversations and stuff. We are thankful that we have wonderful friends who support us while undergoing our daily struggles and successes...we are thankful that we can be supportive of our friends and family as they undergo struggles and successes too. In these crazy times of economic woe, we are thankful that we both have steady jobs, without having to worry about getting laid off or cut back.
Although it is a daily struggle, I am thankful for our struggle with bi-polar disorder. Peter used to ask about why G-d cursed him with this. Our answer was pretty much, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". In the beginning, that was just regurgitation of words, hoping to keep us positive. After the past 3 years, it has become more than that. I truly believe that our family has been made stronger as we fight to live with the challenges we face due to this nonsense. We have done lots of soul searching and goal setting...and Peter is once again happy and stable. He is doing things much differently than any of us expected, but he is a survivor. His insights into life's struggles, and into people is kind of spooky at times. His work with my students has given him an appreciation of the fact that he is not alone with being "different" than others. He knows that he has been given the gift of patience, tolerance, and even compassion. You cannot imagine how good it is for him to be working with my little ones! It has given him a new sense of purpose. He has a job now and he takes it very seriously.
As you celebrate this holiday season, surrounded by loved ones, and thinking of those in our lives that we are not able to see on a regular basis...take time to tell people how thankful you are for having them in your life.
I am so very thankful to my family, my friends, and especially for all of my cyber-pals, who share my passion for crafting...which is truly just as good a therapy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stampin Up Holiday Extravaganza

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cropping for Hope

Here is the group photo taken of the women who joined me this past weekend raising money for research into Multiple Sclerosis. I am a proud sponsor and supporter for all of my friends and family who are affected by this disorder. HUGS to all!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Relaxing on the Front Porch

After a long afternoon of wonderful classes, Jules, Kelcey and I had a relaxing chat on the rockers in front of the hotel. We were treated to a fantastic sunset over the lake. It can't get much better than this!


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My weekend retreat started with a wonderful lunch with 6 of my bestest scrappy friends at a little yellow restaurant, sitting outside by the lake, with happy hour and salads! Kelcey and I had a fantastic drive down to Sebring, in Lola with the top down all the way. It was days like this when I love living in Florida! We stopped at Scraps, Paper, Scissors for a little shopping and then headed off to meet the girls at the Kenilworth. Once there, we picked up some pals and headed off for a relaxing lunch. Most of the gals enjoyed frozen margaritas, but I had their special Frozen Strawberry Mudslide. Thomas, our favorite waiter, told me that it was like a frozen chocolate covered strawberry--only better! He is right! This was the best start to a weekend with the girls that I can remember in a long time. More to come...stay tuned!
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Halloween Treats


EEKS!!!! Halloween is only 2 weeks away and I needed to make some treat bags and stuff. Here are some simple gift ideas for fellow teachers and friends. The spider is really a peppermint candy in disguise!
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Sunday, October 5, 2008




Ben and Stephanie shared their 2nd Homecoming Dance last night. Oh to be young and in high school! I wish they had taken more pictures of the actual dance, but at least we have some good photos of the two kids dressed up before the dance!
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Saturday, October 4, 2008

The girls crop for "the girls"

I have been really busy with the start of school and trying to get back into the daily routine. My class is wonderful, the kids amazing, but Linda and I are exhausted by the end of the day. I finally got a copy of this photo of all of us that were attending Ruban Rouge's SCRAPPINK event in Tampa last weekend. Here we are, in front of the crop room. Ruban Rouge won this event from Scrapbooks ETC and we were lucky to have Leah Fung teach the awesome class. This photo is sure to be put into a future issue---and you can say that you saw it here first!
Don't forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month----take care of your girls, and SAVE THE TA~TA's!!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy October!!!!

OK everyone! It is hard to believe, but October 2008 is here. This is going to be one of those years that flies by in no time flat! My friend Jules over at Kit-N-Kaboodles told made this fun bewitching blinkie for all of fitting! Hope you like it!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Helping to save the TA~TA's

Kelcey and I went to Tampa to a crop with some of the Hilltop gals. It was a SCRAPPINK CROP hosted at Ruban Rouge in Tampa. We started out Friday with a visit to Whims-a-Doodle scrapbook store in St. Pete. Next stop was checking in to the hotel, and then on to Ruban Rouge. Elle was there with Chalupa, and we chatted until the group started to gather. Friday night was just cropping and chatting, with a great dinner from an Italian restaurant. We didn't get back to the hotel until after midnite! Saturday we headed back to the crop and took a class by Leah Fung of Scrapbooks ETC ( I will post my project tomorrow) and it was really fun. Excellent class actually! We hung out all afternoon, and Jules and Janet even popped in for a little bit. DARN that Jules...she bought a raffle ticket and even won a prize!!!!!!
Poor Kip, Kelcey and I did not get one of the big prizes, but more tickets will be drawn on Tuesday. Last night, the crop ended around 6 so we headed back to the hotel to continue cropping. This morning, we took it easy and made a few stops along the way home. I will post some of the photos of projects later or tomorrow.
OOOOhhhh, Jules, Kelcey, Mary and I had a great little visit at the Italian restaurant for snacks and chat!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tagged again!

My buddy Chris from the KNK message board tagged me. Here's the deal:

5 years ago I
1. changed positions at my school so I could work with the little ones
2. my oldest son was getting his learner's permit
3. went through some terrible hurricanes in Florida
4. didn't know how much things would soon change with my youngest son
5. didn't know 2 of my current bestest friends

5 things on today's "to do" list

1. homework helper
2. put away scrappy stuff from working on projects
3. work on communication boards for students
4. finish tidying up kitchen
5. relax!

5 snacks I enjoy

1. pumpkin seeds
2. apples
3. popcorn
4. jellybeans
5. snap peas

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire
1. open a center for autistic children
2. build and stock my dream crafting room
3. build a dreamhouse for my family
4. donate to my synogogue
5. take some time off with hubby

5 places I have lived
1. Martha's Vineyard, MA
2. Somerset MA
3. Cambridge MA
4. Washington DC
5. Palm Bay FL

5 jobs I have had
1. nanny
2. office clerk
3. newspaper delivery gal
4. camp counselor
5. teacher of children with special needs

I am tagging:

Each player answers the question themselves. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person that tagged you know when you've answered the questions on your blog

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'm on a Blog Trip!

The Mommy Community is going on a blog trip! Members are coming around on a virtual field trip of sorts, visiting new people online. Day 1 is starting in a few minutes (Sept. 1) and I figured since I am already awake and online, it is a good time to get started. I am always early for things, anyway, so why should this be different?
Here's a little about me for those who come visit:
I am 43, have been married to my high school sweetie for 23 years, moved to Florida from Massachusetts when we got married. We have 3 boys: Dave is 21 and is going to school to be an aerospace engineer. He is currently on a work study program with NASA. Ben is 16 and is a truly retro kid. He loves to listen to classic rock, cult movies, and almost anything he can get his hands on from yesteryear...Pete is 13 and loves to skateboard. He spends as much time on his board and skating as he can. He also is learning to play the guitar. In addition to the boys, we also have 3 fur-babies. Three big dogs ( Loki, Thor and Baloo). We live on the East Coast of Central Florida, not too far from Cape Canaveral/ Kennedy Space Center. One of the best things about living here is that we can watch the space shuttle launches from our yard or the schoolyard. I am a teacher of 3-4 year olds with special needs, and have taught special education in the public schools for 23 years.
When not working, hanging out with my family, or doing the mom thing, I love to do papercrafts. I have been scrapbooking for about 8 years, and also doing rubberstamping for about 5. I am a new Stampin Up demo, as my friend is stepping away and asked me to help her out.
HUGS to all, and read my blog, and look at the photos to learn more about me!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Is She Cute or What?!!!!

This is one of my newest students. She is such a sweetie, and she knows it! We took this photo today, and she wanted to have our frog-friend "Spot" sit on her shoulders...I just had to share!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Whoo~~Hoo, I got an award this week!

My pal Jules has seen fit to give my blog this award.

"With great power, comes great responsibility" and here are my responsibilities for accepting this award.

The rules...
(1) The winner can put the "I :heart: your blog" logo on their blog. Isn't it cute! :))
(2) Link the person you received your award from.
(3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
(4) Put links of those on yours.
(5) Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.

Here are my nominations:

Teresa One of my Hilltop friends who does awesome scrapbooking as well as makes amazing totes!

Kath Another one of my Hilltop friends who just happens to be an excellent roommate and roadtrip buddy!

Tanja A woman whose blog I visit almost daily, who has the most wonderful Magnolia cards...she lives in Germany.

Loreen Another blog that I frequent...Loreen has an online store where she sells crafting supplies, and she posts beautiful projects for all to see.

Monica One of my stampin' sistahs...she is constantly posting beautiful projects and we belong to a bunch of the same groups.

Emma Another one of my stampin' sistahs...she also does great work, and i love to visit her!

Lori Mama Cheez Mouse to many of the lovers of the house--mouse stamps. She is an inspiration to many, and keeps us mouse lovers rolling in laughter and friendship!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fay Fay, Go AWAY!!!!

The heavy rains have stopped, but we are still having intermittent showers. It was clear enough yesterday to clean up the debris in the yard.

Gary and Pete removed the night blooming jasmine that collapsed and fell into the pool. Ben said it was depressed and drowned in it's sorrow! The planter that it was in was super-soaked, and it just floated right out. The poor plant was dangling by it's roots.

Today, we went to WalMart ( WOW!!!) for our first trip through town. The groceries were getting low, and the boys wanted to get the rest of the school supplies their teachers requested last Monday. Some roads were still flooded, and there were big puddles and debris all over. Everyone says "what's so bad about a tropical storm? It's not as bad as a hurricane!"...well, people be warned---tropical storms can do almost as much damage. I just heard on the news that there are still 3500 people in our town without power.

Let's Go on a BLOG TRIP!!!!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away....

If you haven't seen the news, Tropical Storm Fay is a real B*TCH! She traveled to Brevard County and decided to over-stay her welcome. Since her arrival on Monday afternoon, she has dumped at least 18 inches of rain in our neighborhood. Thank goodness we did not lose power ( we did have some quick outages) or have any major damage. The high winds blew some trees over, we lost our phone and internet service due to one of the trees hitting a cable line, and the kids are going stir crazy! It has rained hard and steady since Monday evening, and just now is tapering off. We were able to get in the first day of school, but they have been shut down for the past 3 days. Hopefully they will open tomorrow.
We didn't get outside to take any photos...nothing major, just lots of standing water! Hope we have our phone and internet for good now. Thanks for all the hugs, kind thoughts and prayers you have sent our way for the past few days. They are appreciated!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gary and Roz take a trip (ALONE!!!!)

Gary and I had the most awesome weekend away! We attended our first ever Grape Stomp. It was held at Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid Florida ( go to Fort Pierce, turn West and head to the middle of the state!). Henscratch is a little local winery that Kelcey and I found out about 2 weeks ago. They have a festival once a year where they set out a big metal stomping bin and let the masses help them stomp grapes for a special edition of their wine ( ironically called Foot Stomp Wine). At the festival, you can order bottles of this special wine, with a customized label of you in the bucket stomping the grapes! There is music, food, grape picking and of course wine at the festival. We met lots of fun people, and had a great time. December or January is their strawberry festival, where you can pick hydroponically grown berries! We will attend that weekend with the boys.

Gary and I stayed at the Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring. This hotel is old, and looks like the hotel featured in The Shining, by Stephen King. Yes, it really is haunted. We had a few goofy things happen this weekend, and Gary is convinced they were poltergeist related! Too funny...especially if you know my Gary. It was great to get away by ourselves, as the boys stayed home together.

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