My Sewing Machine

My Sewing Machine


Yes I am sick. But having fibromyalgia has taught me one through it.

Well I do anything right now it's SLOW MO....I feel like an 80 yr. old walking sometimes.

Anyway while on Pinterest I started thinking back to when my boys used to live here. I would make our homemade laundry soap. That saved us tons of money! I stopped doing it because it's just David and I now and that's a lot of laundry soap to have. However, now I'm thinking of doing it again.

I had to clean my nebulizer (mask, cups) and every time I do it I'm using white vinegar. Which is what started my brain to move in the cleaning direction.

I remembered a few pins from years back on cleaning naturally. I'm thinking I'm going to have to start doing it this way because of the asthma ... just to play it safe. AND save money!

So I cleaned my nebulizer stuff. I had a bowl of white vinegar (WV) and water. WHY WASTE IT? So I popped it into the microwave and boiled it (8 min.). It wiped clean. And it was cleaner than when I used store bought stuff!

Next I had found a pin saying they cleaned their oven with WV / water plus baking soda. I poured some on the stovetop then sprinkled it with baking soda (BS) it sizzled :D I let it sit for a few minutes. I didn't / COULDN'T scrub because I have no strength for that yet. But I didn't have to anyway. I really couldn't believe how much I got off because I've been scrubbing at some of the spots for years. It wiped up clean - again cleaner than anything I've tried from the store!!!

Next I through the water mixture that was left into the dishwasher. It's been looking kinda bad! Anyway I sprinkled BS on top of it. Started the empty dishwasher. After a few minutes I opened up the dishwasher and wiped at a few places. Poured a little WV - sprinkled more BS. Closed the door looks amazing!

I can't wait to get well because I've got a lot of pins ready to try!

I'm going to:
Make my own laundry soap
Make my own fabric softener
Make my own dishwasher tabs
Make my own floor cleaners
EVERYTHING - Can't you tell how excited I am :D


Back in September I became ill with bronchitis. Ever since I have not recovered.

On December 17th I went to see a Pulmonologist and was diagnosed with asthma. I was already on medication treating this illness but he increased the prednisone I was taking. I also had an increase in what Advair disk (putting me from the 100 once daily to the 250 twice daily).

On Saturday December 20th my wonderful husband changed out our front door. The frame had been there since the house was built in the 1950's. We thought nothing of wearing masks because I never had to before! I swept up all that old dust and cleaned up the wood pieces for him. All without thinking!!! Needless to say ....

By Monday December 22nd I took myself to the hospital at Baylor Grapevine. There they gave me a different nebulizer treatment from what I had been getting. It helped so they sent me home. Earlier in the day I had called the Pulmonologist to ask for more medication and told the receptionist my issues with not doing well. She made an appointment for the following day. So when they released me I knew I'd be seeing my doctor anyway and wasn't upset...

Tuesday December 23rd, when I saw my doctor he was quite upset that they didn't keep me at the ER. Because I'd been on prednisone since December 7th with getting worse - on a high dosage too! Reflecting upon his expression he was staring at me for what seemed like minutes wondering what to do. He finally told me he was on the fence on putting me in the hospital at that point but because I received the new nebulizer medication and did well on it he said I was ok to go home. However he told me that if I couldn't last two hours in between needing a treatment I was going into the hospital!

That night I started struggling. The following day - Christmas Eve - I really struggled! I rationalized it all...if I go the next time without being able to wait the two hours...At around 1:30pm David finally stepped in and took me to the ER. First we called the dr. He called a hospital ahead of us, thankfully David thought to do this because the dr. called back saying that hospital was full of flu patients. No Room At The Inn! <

I can't say enough about the wonderful treatment at Plaza Medical Center in FTW. They were excellent! I stayed until about 4pm on Friday December 26th. Oh while I was there I had visitors come over to see me! Melinda and Keenan Caruthers with their children. It was a sweet visit!

I have struggled to remain out of the hospital though. I probably should have several times but I'm stubborn and I suppose am doing okay. But has this hampered my ability to get well faster? I'm not sure...all I know is that I'm on the max treatment outside of going to the hospital.

Oh - I did go see my PCP on December 31st because of new / worsening symptoms and the other dr was on vacation. I was diagnosed with pleurisy. UGH I had been taking too much of one of the nebulizer treatments (I have 3 kinds to choose from now!) And it dried my mucus up too much and caused this new PAINFUL issue! Dr. Bartos also took blood work because of the cramping in my muscles. He told me I could take magnesium for it, which was a life saver! I was also prescribed potassium but only took it once. It makes me feel really I've tried to eat a lot of food with high potassium...

Tomorrow I go back to the pulmonologist. David hopes they'll stick me back into the hospital - I think he is tired of seeing me yo-yo back in forth. I really feel that my body doesn't like the oral prednisone and responded best to the IV stuff. It's the only thing that's different. I just hope we get to the bottom of it!

Valentine Card Holder

I shamefully admit that 3 years is way too absent! LOL I warned my sister that I didn't think I could do it ;)

I was looking for something today and found a cute Valentine Card Holder I'd made and thought I'd make a quick tutorial for the teachers to use in their classroom at school. Now I'm sharing it with you :D YOUR WELCOME! HAHAHA

Here's the original masterpiece. I used an old Stampin' Up set called Happy Hearts and stamped on Whisper White CS. I used Real Red CS for the front.

Here's the Tutorial. Happy Crafting!