Friday, February 20, 2015

Baby...It's ...........So very, very Cold Outside!!

They are in shock!

He is so bored that he keeps chasing her around.
She is not exactly amused.

Although, I think sometimes her complaints aren't
completely heartfelt.

I am content for a few hours as everyone from this house is either at home or at work
as they should be and not out in the windy cold insanity.

I begged off the piano lesson I usually teach on Friday afternoons.
There is a lot of drifting and our road is so bad that there was an accident in front of our
house yesterday.
We are in a development...this simply doesn't happen.

But I have plenty of candle orders to keep me busy
and so I should get to them.

It is kind of hard to tear myself away from the warm laptop.
What is annoying in July is very comfy in February.

Wherever you are,
Whatever your weather...
Have a super day!

It is the day that the LORD has made.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Letter From the Little Sister to the Biggest Brother

Sibling relationships are very important around here. We are so thankful for the protective nature of our boys for their sister and her concern for them to the deepest level. For Christmas this year Jonathan got Chelsea a Red Panda One Piece Pajama. She is simply adorable in it...but when I found this note from her to him I had to ask permission to post it. 

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An Eventful Week

I'm becoming less a fan of winter weather with each and every year.  It really didn't trouble me much when I could just make a decision and my kiddos were home safe and sound.  However, with jobs to get to and lives of their own to live I have to live with my hands open where they are concerned much of the time.

Thursday as Jonathan left for his overnight shift I said a quick prayer asking the Lord to keep him safe as it was snowing and this was coming after a freezing rain.

It was a few minutes later when the phone rang.  Jonathan's stressed voice told me that he knew I didn't want this kind of a call but that he had been involved in an accident.  I asked him if he was ok and where he was.  He assured me that he was ok (that's what he thought) and that he was just moments from the end of our road.  Someone had pulled out in front of him and he had not been able to miss them.

I called to Warren and it felt like a short eternity as we got prepared to go to the scene.  You know, little details like shoes and, well, shoes.  They take forever when you want to be laying eyes on your son.  It was a cold, messy and very dark night.  We splashed and slid down our road and out onto the main road.  We found Jonathan near his car, which he had been able to get to the side of the road.  The other man was across the street at the church where he had just been leaving a meeting when the accident occurred.  After a while he joined us and we huddled shivering as we waited for the State Police to show up.

The other man is older.  He took responsibility for the incident completely and right away.  He has been on my mind, so much, this week as it was obvious that he really could not afford this accident.  His car is totaled.  Jonathan's seems fixable, although we are waiting confirmation of that from the insurance adjuster and the garage who will hopefully fix it.  We had recently put a new engine in this vehicle.  And then there is the fact that with Jonathan at 6'7" it is not easy to find something that fits so well as this Vitara does.  So....for those reasons we are quite hoping for a good report.

I have heard Warren brag on Jonathan's reaction in the midst of the slide.  Apparently it would have been much worse (probably for the other man) if Jonathan hadn't done all he could do to try to miss him.  Jonathan said he was trying to get to a snow bank....a futile hope...but in doing so he avoided hitting this man broadside.  There was just no grip and so avoidance was impossible.

The police officer was a blessing to us.  He was calm, cool and efficient.  He immediately saw the situation and got the paperwork done and was kind to all involved.

We called into Jonathan's work to let them know that he would, at least, be late.  Don, who answered the phone, was quite insistent that Jonathan not come in that night.  He was concerned that injuries might show up as the night went along.  Boy was he right.  It didn't take long for the adrenaline to ease off and exhaustion and pain to set in.  Bruising on his hand from a serious strike to the steering wheel, back pain, leg pain.  The following day chest pain and dizziness.  Yes, even in such a seemingly minor accident the body reacted.  We will have to get his back checked out because he already had a herniated disc and the insurance company wants to know if this made it worse....since his pain level increased initially.  It was hurting badly yesterday...I'll have to check in on him today to decide what our next step will be.

We are so thankful that neither man was injured more than they were.  We are in the midst of the details that come after such an event.  And now my kids might have a better understanding of why I always remind them to be safe when they leave the house.  Sometimes things happen that are outside of our control.  I think that often they have taken I think they are going to be irresponsible or something.  Well, that could happen but it is also very likely that someone else will make a poor judgement that will impact them.  This is Jonathan's new reality and he is not enjoying that knowledge.  It is scary and something that he has to work through. I do believe that it will make him and even better driver in the future though. These things tend to have that effect.

Could have been so much worse.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lazy Saturday

It may be stormy and gray but at least it isn't icy and frigid.
Warren took Chelsea to work this morning 
and ended up enjoying breakfast at a nearby restaurant with 
our oldest son, Jonathan, as he got off his overnight guard shift at the same 
hour that Chelsea began her day shift. 

I've puttered around here
doing dishes, chatting with friends online, 
walking a slow mile on the treadmill, reading, 
making candles to fulfill orders and doing some online research.

Warren came home and got busy working on Chelsea's car.
We knew it needed some things...sadly it is worse off than we
knew so we will have to discuss it with her and see
what the next step might be.

I have a turkey out to defrost.
The plan is to roast it overnight and use it in meals
next week.  Perhaps we'll have turkey for lunch tomorrow
or perhaps we'll go out.
I'm flexible on that.

Laundry is calling my name.
Only because I find clothes to be non-optional
and our selection of clean ones is dwindling.
Clean clothes are preferred.
Over dirty ones, that is.

I know I should be moving more and cleaning more
but it is just one of those days that makes one want 
to hibernate and relax.

I'm still a bit woozy from time to time
after the big vertigo event.
Thankfully it isn't too bad and is worst first
thing in the morning.

This past week was plenty busy with our ladies
Bible Study, Music classes at Co-op and 
a new piano student on Friday added onto the 
regular family and candle stuff that keeps us busy.

So perhaps...a restful day is not a bad thing.
Not bad at all.

Especially before I convince Warren that he wants to head
out for a steak dinner with me this evening.
Poor guy has a bit of a cold so we'll have to see how 
he feels about that in a couple of hours.
Sounds good to me though.....

Oliver has been spending the day like this.....

 Photos taken some time ago but it looks the same today.

Hope you are having a wonderful, and maybe even lazy, day.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Topsy Turvy

I woke up at 3 am thinking it would be a normal trip to the rest room.
How very wrong I was.  Upon taking one step I fell sideways.  Hard into the wooden
pole at the foot of our bed.  I grabbed it and held on for all I was worth as the room 
swam and I broke out in a cold sweat and nausea.  

What in the world?

I am no stranger to vertigo but it normally presents as a swirling room, not like this.

So, there I stood.  Still foggy from sleep but in kind of a bad way.  I didn't want to 
"get sick" right in our bedroom but I couldn't imagine making it to the bathroom on 

my own either.  I thought about waking Warren but thought that might cause a panic
that could end up at the hospital and wasn't wanting that to I just stayed.
Attached to the bed and hoping that this would pass.

Finally I felt I could move if I held onto something all the way. So that was just what I did.
Groping from dresser to doorknob to wall and on I went until I made it to my goal.
The sweats and nausea were awful.  The swimming sensation in my head a stranger to me.

I checked my smile in the mirror.  Both sides of my lips went up 
and so I was relieved that this didn't appear to be a stroke.

Finally I carefully made it back to bed and collapsed onto my right side.  Oops.  That didn't work.
I felt that I was rocking in a boat on a storm filled sea.  Over to my left side.  Ahhhh....much better.
The "sea" was stilled.

I slept restlessly until sometime just before 6 am when I decided I had tried hard enough.  I came to the computer to see what it had to say about vertigo.  Sure enough!  Every one of my symptoms were there.  This is apparently just a different type than I've ever experienced before.  

As the day goes on I'm much, much better.  Warren and I have been out and done our grocery shopping without any embarrassing falls or sickness.

Here's hoping that it was just a one time event that never returns.  But I am carefully considering if I even want to attempt to sleep on my usual right side tonight....or just play it safe and sleep on my left.
That was bad enough that I'm leaning toward avoiding all risk.

Do you have experience with vertigo?  Any helpful hints?  I know about the exercise/positions you can do to move crystals that can cause it....however, I think this time that the source of the problems originates in my neck somehow.  Must be a nerve thing is what I'm thinkin'.

Otherwise life is pretty awesome.   I have no complaints.  


I'm loving my work, my family, the opportunities at Bible Study, Church and Co-op to participate in music, and even my crazy needy pets.  All FOUR of whom try to get my attention regularly 
and at the same time. complaints. 

See you again soon.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Always a Work in Progress!

One can never be satisfied with their skill levels.
I am always, always, always trying to improve presentation
and packaging for my candles.

It is my biggest challenge.
I know I make awesome candles.
I know this because so many people come back 
for more and more.

However, in order for people to come back for more 
they have to want to try them in the first place.
This means that I need to grab their eye.

I want to make them prettier and prettier.

The power of the label became obvious when all of a sudden my little owl
baby shower favors became popular.
I was blown away at the response to them.
It continues even today.
Even though I have many other cuties 

those particular owls are just so popular.

The frogs make me giggle.

As Melissa helped me prepare for the Chambersburg show
this past November she encouraged me to feature French Lavender
in its own section as a spa/relaxation option.
I typically hold the French Lavender for Spring
but I took her advice and had fun with the labels.
Even though space was limited for the feature
those who love it ...found it.

I continue to have a blast working on baby shower favors.
There are so many adorable images available to purchase...
and I'm getting them.
More and more designs will be available this year.

Being creative in the colors and styles
is what keeps it fresh and fun.

If I was shopping for a candle this one would catch my eye
because of the soft teal color.

She is just adorable.

Elephants are kind of popular...but not as much as owls.

See another owl?
Too girly for many but those that love it.... love it!

It is all a part of the journey.
Sometimes I come across older candles that I have made
and I just want to hide them from sight forever more.
But on the other hand, just as in life we are always a work in progress, 
so is the work of our hands.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Here's the Scoop!


I've been having issues with ligaments in my thumb that were aggravated
by scooping wax with a bowl.

Therefore, I am now using this fabulous ice scoop.
The handle is sized well for my grip and it scoops so much more
at a time with a great shape which directs the wax 
into my melter and pots very efficiently.

Little changes.
Hoping for BIG results.