Thursday, May 28, 2009

For the Birds

This week I have had a creative urge and I have filled it with...MAKING BIRDHOUSES! I love it sooo very much. Not only are they cute, once they are done I get to watch the birds live in is like a double whammy for me.
I have made a few this week that I really just adore and I had to share them with the blogging world.
For your enjoyment--
Rachel's Birdhouse Creations!
This is a quick view of the front of my shed which I refer to as bird manor. I made all the houses pictured here.
This 'old lady in shoe' birdhouse is my newest creation and I must say my all time fav.

This is one I made a few years ago but still noteworthy.

Few years old with bear trap as perch

Oldie but goodie

Crazy ash tray birdhouse...hehehe

ummmmmm...coke anyone?

Made this week...MEOW!

Made this week...bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH Sic 'Em Bears! Made this week.


HEHEHE. This isnt a bird house. THIS IS A BIRD PALACE. Old jewelry and GLITTER!

Made this week

repainted this week...made a few years ago

repainted this week
I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I do!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Christian vs secular music

Ok--if you know me and/or have ridden in my vehicle or been in my kitchen for any length of time, you know that I listen to KLOVE Christian music on the radio and prefer Chrisitan cds while doing any kind of housework. Well today after a looooooooooooooooooooong day in Mart helping memaw I put the girls to bed and turned on the radio. My Christian station wont come in in my kitchen so I found myself on a pop/oldies station that I will not name.
I am agast as the stark differences between the messages that these 2 genres send.

-Christian music very clearly and truthfully places identity and faith in God. Jesus is the savior and all good things come from Him. The goal is worship and the hope is salvation of the lost.

-Secular music places identity in other (not God)--more specifically love interests. The savior is lover and sexiness. All good things come from sex--and even better than prematital sex seems to be premarital homosexual sex {aka: I kissed a girl}. The goal is anger, venting, promiscuity, (there is a song wholly dedicated to calling out other promiscuious individuals to meet up), desensitization, and breaking down of fundamental Christian morals.

I'll keep my KLOVE.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Medical Chaos

I get tired even thinking about it
I had a cyst--on the right side of my neck. Been there 2 years. Gross. Had to go.
Surgery April 23rd. Cyst removed. Threw back out SERIOUSLY bad 2 days before. COuld barely walk into doc office for procedure...but it needed to go.
Cyst cut out.
Was necrotic--meaning dead tissue. If not removed could have absessed.
Stitched out 1 week later
skin looked good
woke up 4 days later and scar was black like coal. Very black, very gross. Raeleigh had appt next day so i saw doc then. Doc scratched head. Stuck needle in said black spot and removed partially clotted blood (aka hematoma). Doc scratched head some more as 'black spot" went from black to pink and back to black in matter of seconds---blood continued to pool in area. Got home, washed lesion to rebandage and skin rolled off top of lesion. I almost puked and passed out. Held my cool. Bandaged lesion and back to doc next day.
More head scratching ensued along with head shaking and finally the diagnosis that ..."[I] am just weird". More antibiotics prescribed ---this is about 2 whole months on antibiotics now. hole in neck that resembles a rotting spider bite partially closed up with steri stips and doc runs full panel of blood work--CBC, smear, and platelet count (mom had ITP @ 16 and currently has unexplaned hematomas from fingers to elbow with bleedig at the slightest touch).
Waiting on results
Had new ultrasound on thyroid. Lump still there. Unchanged. Have appt with general surgeon to biopsy on the 21st. Mom had thyroid cancer at about 32 and I am 28---lets cut the stinkin thing out as far as I am concerened. It isnt working and it has a lump---I am weird---GET RID OF IT!
So far the immune suppressant (methotrexate) is working wonders for the fibromyalgia. I am active again. Havent built up to exercise but I can clean house and garden etc without crashing the next day.
Slipped disc in next still bothering me but a dose of skelaxin before bed and my corn bag seem to do the trick (thanks LJ).
Psoriasis is still wrekin havoc on my scalp. The pits in nails are worsening and now I see signs on both ankles and my elbows--i thought the methotrexate would help that but really hasnt yet.
Joint pain is better when I limit myself to 1 soda a day. I see a direct connection to the amout of atificial sweetener I intake and my arthritis pain.--But MAN i LOVE Dt DP!
Weight still bad. I keep gaining and losing the same 3 lbs. Working on it though...more of a mental battle than anything
I think I will call a sleep lab today to see about the apnea. I would sure love my own Cpap...they are AMAZING!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Amazing Grace

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Romans 6:14

I have sung the song hundreds of times. I know it word for word. There are times that God has forgiven me through his grace...but never have I experienced Jesus' grace through forgiveness from another person. It IS AMAZING!

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me,

I once was lost but now i'm found was blind but now I see...

2 Corinthians 4:15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 6:1As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain

I had never before in my life felt like such a wretch but now I have hope and light.

Praise God.