Friday, August 14, 2015

Some crafty things….

I started off with….

these items for my crafty project…picked up a few things at Lowe’s and Nan had a few things I need to work with….I am going to post his on my craft  b log so if you read both just know it will be a repeat…I have been very lax on my craft b log…and most peeps that are crafty don’t read this one….so laid out my stuff and got to work


Nan working on her craft project using a drill on a plastic plant pot ..I will take a pic of it when she is finished if she is still around here…I have plans to make one also so you will see it one way or another…laid out on the picnic table is the start of my project…


And it is finished…a flag pole for my RV & camping…I see these all the time at camp grounds…in various sizes…some are really big to hold a full size flag…lot of Vets have them with like a Marine flag and American flag on them….very easy to make …...made with PVC pipe I used 1/2 in. pipe because I wanted a small one…I forgot one piece so could not put it together until I got home a bought what I needed…by then I forgot how the pieces went together..good thing I took a pic of Nan’s…right now I have one of those American flags on it that are on sticks I broke the stick and  taped it on with white duct tape…but will replace it with a better one….and the other flag is the flamingo I found at Camping World a couple years ago and added the Women RV and Welcome on the other side…there is room to hang something else…I am thinking maybe a small light wt. lantern that I will most likely make myself …I bought a fall harvest flag to put on next month..the PVC pipe is set over a  4 ft. rebar that is pounded the ground…that way it can swivel with the wind…letting you know what way the wind is blowing….if you want to make one just Google PVC flag pole you tube …there are tons of videos on this…


Another project we ….

played around with was doing some etching on this glass wine glass…the glass Nan got at the dollar store…just in case we screwed it up…she had got an etching tool…at Walgreens one of those “ As Seen On TV” things…and we picked up a couple of stencils at Pat Catans…we got the paw prints ”I wanted them because I am going to make a memory mini album about Maggie” anyway this little tool worked great…as you can see…I stopped at a local Walgreens but they did not have the tool as a couple Wal-Mart stores did not either…I will keep looking I really want one of these….


A Maggie pic for this day…a happy day even tho she did not like to get her pic take…as you can see…giving the camera  the harry eye…lol…this is all for now thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all G&M

untitledMy Maggie girl…

Duplicate post on my other b log….

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Saying good by to Maggie….


Maggie guarding her domain…she loved to sit on the porch!

I am having a really bad time with this last post….I am sitting at the dinette in the rig at my seat typing this…I get up  to turn on the fan…and I look at Maggie’s seat expecting to see her…I still think she is here….and I can not explain what I feel when I realize once again she is not here with me…even tho I have had my loved ones pass away .…I was not living with them… not with them 24/7 like me & Maggie…maybe that is why I am at such a loss… feeling so alone this feeling is hardly bearable..and I talk to her all the time like she is right there…I go out the door from the rig to the house for a min…so she doesn't always go with me…I turn and say what I have always said at that time ….. I will only be out of site for a few min…I say…”you can wait I will be right back” and she knows it is ok to wait for me…I wont be long…it seams like I am carrying on our relationship just like it has been for last 9 years just like she is here….I have never been thru this…and wonder if this is normal…I have her ashes in a little box…people will think I am nuts if they see me talking to a little box…but that is what I do….


This is the Maggie I see when I open the door to enter the rig…when she has been waiting for me…

Well I think that’s all I will say about that for now…and move on to Maggie’s little funeral…and I say that because that is exactly what they made it where I took her to be cremated…I took her to a pet crematory (one vet office would do it but I was not at all comfortable how they did things) so I went with what my vet had already set up for me…

So on Friday morning daughter & S-I-L and I  went to pick Maggie up…took her to the crematory….when I walked it told them my name and they said is this little Maggie the Papillon…that was so heart warming and made me feel so welcome…one of the girls Sara…said she would come out and carry her in…I said we could do  it but  she insisted….then we met Matt who would actually work on Maggie…he told me he would clean her up and I could come and visit with her…when he came back to get me…kids couldn’t go …so I said that was very ok…I really wanted to be alone…Matt took me back to a little room…and there was my Maggie…they had covered a little tray like thing that looked just like a little casket with out a lid …with red velvet (I think it was red anyway) she was covered with some white taffeta with her new little blankie I had made for her…with a little packet of some kind with  flowers on it I think they were roses….she looked so sweet and beautiful ….then he said I will leave you alone take all the time you want….so spent my last time with my girl praying and taking to her in a beautiful setting with so much kindness and sympathy around us….it was very beautiful time and I was kind of on a high when I finally left…


Us Christmas day 2014 at the home park in Florida…our first selfie!

When I was ready to leave…I had been told we could return for her later in the afternoon to get my girl…this is a very busy place it cremates every day… and they do private cremations and that is what I wanted…because they also do our people  loved ones  as well as pets…he told me that he would wrap her in the blankie as I requested…gave me a copy of the prayer that he says over them at the time…he will cut some of her fur …by her heart …her back and ear…that will be placed in a plastic bag with poem that goes along with it…and a little silicon square with her tiny paw print…I had already picked out a little box that would hold her pic in the front of it…they were so very kind and considerate treating you with love and respect for your little fur baby…they reminded my of how the undertaker treated us when my brother died … I did not know it would be this way with my little doggie Maggie girl….I have to tell you it was a beautiful experience

As a post script…the other day I was walking up the street towards milo & lexi’s house they were on the sidewalk mama let lose of their leashes and milo took of like a streak running toward me…what a sweetie…I had a little toy bunny of Maggie’s hanging out of my pocket and he was curious as to what it was…so I took it out and showed it to him…he got ahold of an ear and tried to pull it away from me…I could not give him that one but went home and got him a toy of Maggie’s he grabbed it ran of with it…not even letting Lexi take a look see at it…Mama Terri said he has been carrying it around ever since…


Our last morning together a visit with Lexi&Milo…little did I know that less than 12 hrs. she would no longer be with me….

I love you my Maggie Girl…


  1. SherryJuly 15, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    What a wonderful group of people to see Maggie off in such a caring and supportive way. I can just feel how lonely you are. I love the selfie of you two and hope your grief will not overwhelm you. Remember what a fantastic life you gave each other. It's so hard to be the one left when a loved one goes.


  2. Momi YaYaJuly 15, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    They say funerals are really for the living - giving assistance in letting go. You did a good thing for your Maggie and for yourself.


Home again and it was over….


so once again we came home… but I  made two appointments one on Friday morning and one Sat. morning….as my daughter and son-in – law were coming from VA…he would be with Maggie if I could not do it…but he had to make arrangements at work…my sister and I were both basket cases and could not do this with out more stable support… so they were coming ….later in the affternoon again Maggie started to breath worse again….found they would leave after work that day and be here about 10 pm… so I call vet and confirmed the Friday morning appointment ….early in the morning I had taken Maggie for a last walk in her buggy…I put her bed in it the bed she still used that she had as a baby puppy …she loved riding in her “buggy’ she would dance a jig when I mentioned it or got it out..…. see how flat and laid back her” Butterfly ” ears are…they went that way when she was totally happy….they would go back and pointy when she was upset ….we went to Lexi & Milo’s house to say good by …it was so so sad but was nice at the same time… we could tell the little Milo knew some thing was up…he acted very caring and concerned…I was sitting on the steps at one point and he come up to me put his paws on my shoulder and got right in my face and just stood there staring in to my eyes…I read somewhere that dogs gave hugs with their eyes…maybe they do…but I knew that he knew something was very sad and wrong…Lexi sort of wondered around the buggy …

We we left and  walked around the neighborhood  for awhile in  the buggy ….it was about to rain so we had to stop….I was with her all the time never let her out of my sight….again early evening she started with the breathing problem…I tried to hold her several times but she seamed to want and was more comfortable in “her seat” in the rig…I sat on the sofa and talked and petted her…


Maggie with her Christmas stocking …she loved Christmas she got stocking and good people food…


Then things turned into a night mare…. she was… I knew she was going to go….I called my sister..she was baby sitting her Gkids in another town could not come but she stayed on the phone with me…I am not going to go into detail about this …but I was scared and a mess…. I guess it did not take long maybe 30 min my sister thought that was a time frame….. me I do not know…but to me it was what can I say seamed like forever… it seamed like years… by far the worst 30 min. of my life…I do not want to remember this..even tho I will never forget…. I am not going to talk about this part…I will just say Maggie did not have and easy time at least to me it seamed that way to me…  (just before all this happened like I mean like 10 min…Lexi, Milo and their mama came by…they came in the rig ..Maggie was laying in her seat….she got down and went over and greeted them…now after I know what was to happen in only minuets …I still cant believe she did that…that is how well dogs hide what is really going on with them and their little bodies)     …and then it was over.She passed to the Rainbow Bridge in her seat with me holding her….

I was hysterical and did not know what to do…went out on the sidewalk and finally got neighbors …. these two angel mama’s of Maggie’s friends were the ones I have been talking about…they came… being here for us… anyway it was around 7pm my vet was closed…they have a different vet that had a tech on until around 9pm so they called them…after it was all said and done we took Maggie in her bed (not the puppy bed)the newer bed  she rides in while we travel and her new blankie I made that very morning to them and they kept her cool until morning ….my first night without My Maggie Girl….is to sad to share…


Maggie with her new Christmas toy….

She loved toys!

I will have the end next post…. the flavor of my post at this time  are not the best… but I am doing this for me…hopefully I will have more up beat posts sometime soon…just pass over these if you don’t want to read about sadness…I would not blame you one bit..not sure I could read if it wasn’t me & Maggie…and our story..

blessings to all G&M


  1. Rick and Kathy RousseauJuly 14, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Watching our furkids pass is no different that watching loved ones pass. you will go through the same grieving process and shed the same tears. Just remember that she is at rest with no pain and will continue to travel with you.
    Be Safe!
    It's about time.


  2. Colleen PhippsJuly 14, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    I know how very much you are hurting right now. Maggie went in her own time and in her own way. She was not sick for long and she was with the person she loved the most. One cannot ask for much more than that. Maggie had a wonderful life filled with adventures and travel and she was very happy with that. In time, you will be able to focus on all the positive aspects of Maggie's time with you. That is what she would want you to do and you will always have her with you. Hugs and more peaceful days ahead.


  3. DearMissMermaidJuly 14, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    I am just oh so sorry for your pain. I know this is a horrific shock for you. Maggie was a wonderful doggy princess and oh so beautiful. Reading your blog is a real tear jerker, because I can feel your pain. I wish I were there to hug you and Harley wants to send you loads of sloppy doggy kisses.
    We shall miss Maggie and again, I am just oh so sorry this happened.


  4. SherryJuly 14, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    What an ordeal for you both but so wonderful that you could see her through to the very end. She knew you loved her and would do anything for her. That's what counts, what a wonderful life she had. I know how awful it is to lose a life long animal friend. It's so painful that after the last one I felt I just couldn't do it again.


  5. LizJuly 14, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    What a difficult time this has been for you. But in the end Maggie was where she would want to be, at home in her favorite seat and in your arms. Everyone who has met Maggie knows what a sweet and loyal dog she was, and we will all miss seeing her. Time will lessen the pain, and the sweet mempries will remain.



    Thank all of you for your heartfelt words of kindness....I so much appreciate them...donna


  7. Momi YaYaJuly 15, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    So sorry to hear this news. My heart hurts and tears run down my face as I read this post. {{{hugs}}}


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

What was next…..

Please know that this is a sad heartbreaking story and it is ok if you want to pass up the next few post…but this is something I have to do for me…I need to get this out…so sorry if it upsets you …


A happy day!

The rest of the day she was somewhat active but not her usual bouncing self..I was watching her breathing and it was not changing any during the day….she did eat a little more food …the people food…I thought by that time she can have anything she wanted  and I was sorry for not giving her people food that she loved…she was always looking for crumbs …sweetheart… some point I started to call my family members…my sister first …as she was the closest to Maggie…and Maggie loved her and uncle Ron ….my kids … my daughter and son in law were really close to as she stayed with them for her first two weeks until I could go get her…and son in law was the first person to bond with her…but I won’t go into all that stuff right now…

Word spread around the neighborhood…and she was seeing and reacting as normal to her friends….everyone was so sad and crying….because Maggie is a very sweet lovable baby girl….and everyone loved her….


Maggie in her seat…checking on her Mama…

I am not sure at this point when it started but maybe late afternoon early evening….her respirations started to get worse…by the time we went to bed it was not very good….I was awake all night…she did sleep some ..I think I kept her awake shinning my little flash light on her…or touching her telling her I love her…at midnight time for her pill and she would not take it even with the people food…but did drink…at eight in the morning  I called the vet and they thought it was time for her to go…so got appointment for around 9 this was just 24 hrs that I first learned she was so sick…so picked up my sister and we went…and by the time we got there…she was breathing much better she had rallied…they had everything ready..doc came in we talked…I ask for another exam and she did… I wanted to see x-ray again so my sister could see…and we did that…I just guess I want more conformation I was doing the right thing.…this is a very hard dissection to make…all most beyond what  your mind can comprehend…after the exam said she felt Maggie was about the same as the day before…in her breathing…I had told how she was in the night how bad her breathing was…and how much better it was now…they were still ready but after much taking and crying I ended up taking her home again…after she got a shot of steroid…and we went home…I want to say how very loving and caring this vet office is …Baker Animal Clinic…Maggie has been coming here since her first puppy check at age 8wks when I got her…I cant say enough about how good they were to us and took so much time with us…I probably have a couple more post to make…I really don’t want this b log to be a downer but as I said I have to do it for me…I am sure there will be more good coming I might be taking a trip to the middle of the state…..we will see…anyway thanks for looking and come back soon…G&still maggie

where do I begin…. :(……

I posted these next few post on my other b log so I am copping them here…



July 13 2006 –July 9 2015

On the morning of July 8 2015 I learned that my Maggie girl was not long to be with me in this world….she had cancer that had spread to her lungs..starting at some other point in her little body…at this time a mute point it made no difference …they showed me the x-ray her little lungs had many many little tumors…at that time she told me it was terminal…and Maggie  did not have long…and offered to euthanize that day…well I was in total shock that was not an option for me at that time…I think maybe she did not explain enough to me just how sick my baby was…don’t get me wrong…these people at this office were so kind…

Up to the night before she showed no signs of real sickness….for about a week before she had slowed down  in her eating ….other wise she was ok….still having fun and seeing her doggie fiends she has here….then on Tues. the 7th she did not eat at all…and in the middle of the night she wanted a drink of water I put her down and she had trouble making her back legs work stumbling around a little …I went to pick her up but then she walked over and got a drink…I put her back in bed and was so worried I just kept watching her the rest of the night…getting very little sleep…at one point in time she did cry out when I went to pick her up…so I was careful…and she never did it again…


Maggie looking for her Christmas presents (balls)


In the morning called the vet and I took her around 11 …got right in…she check her all over …spine..hips …back and when she check her belly she tensed up somewhat…so x-rays were done…I waited…then she came in and said …I want to  show you the x-rays…showed me her little lungs….told me all those little white dots I was seeing were tumors…that she was not going to get better when I ask…by this time I was crying ….she said her time was short…soon…I did not understand how soon…then she offered that they could do the euthanize that day…I think not sure I screamed NO…I remember this woman is so young to be a vet…does she know what she is talking about…guess they call that denial…she told me also that her respirations were a little rapid…which I could see… but not as bad as it was in the night  she then said a steroid might  help…so we went with the pills…that might work and might not…work meaning she could have up to a couple weeks….

So we took our pills and went home… it was left that I could  call at any time ..we got home just in time to see Chloe Maggie’s friend and her mama…standing in front of our house…I think they were put there by God…just when we needed someone…I was crying…we talked for a long time she was crying…you know how it goes…

I took Maggie in the house fixed her some people food and got that and the pill in her….the one and only one she would take it….I will continue this on next post…

thanks for looking and come back soon blessings to all  G&M

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Hi everyone that still might be around to read my crafty / art b log …I have been traveling the last couple weeks to my home in PA…stopping along the way to visit my DD and family in VA…got to see my G. Granddaughter but she is at a stage were she is afraid of strangers..not seeing me since she was 2 months old….well  that  stranger would be me….so not much snuggling going on there…


It has been a long 10 months with spine/back problems and recovery…but before I left Florida I was able to take a couple quilt block classes at Jo-Ann’s ..This belongs to the quilt wall hanging that I am doing …the last post I made about it was with the cherry blocks…this was a reverse applique block…I am having a little problem with cutting everything square so it fits together right…I love doing this hand work but with the cataracts I have a problem with threading the needle and actually doing the sewing…cant wait until I get these taken care of and can see again…think I will change the color of these heart blocks that will match the cherries better..20150319_201327_resized

Last fall when I made the lemon kitchen set for my daughter one of the things I made was a dish drainer pad…She loved it so much she ask for a few made them and made one for myself…very easy to make …and I found this mini red dish drainer at Family Dollar while taking a driving break on my trip…it works great in my motor home…I had posted this pic on one of my RV FB pages and someone ask for the pattern…well it was something I just made up so I think sometime in the next two weeks I will do a tutorial on this b log for it….

Confused smile


And the rest of the story….

It sure has been a long winter…I was ill with the kidney stone and my spine and back…I am much better now…I really would love to get this b log back up and running on a regular basis …I would like to find some crafty/art swaps to do again  I really enjoyed doing those…I know one thing I will be doing that will be making crafty/art things to sell…I am not sure I could physically do the big set ups that go with the big shows I use to do…but maybe a few smaller ones with lighter inventory…want to do altered art … paper crafting…and some sewing…might do some painting like Christmas ornaments…if anyone is reading this b log please pass the site along to others and maybe some of the swap sites will show up…I am so out of the loop I don’t know any of them at this time…and it you know of some please leave a comment and let me know of some…well have to go for now…blessings to all Donna..

Saturday, May 9, 2015


I keep losing my pins & needles…

so I have been watching videos on You Tube on making needle holders…there  quite a few to choose from…got some supplies together and went for it….


This will be mine..hope maybe I can sell a few…got some material for the backing…some batting, lace,ribbon and felt …not sure I will make them like this again…to much involved to sell ….


When the inside was all finished I decorated with a couple roses and tied it shut…so needles and pins don’t fall out….I followed a You Tube video it called to use glue and no sewing…will do sewing next time…


So here is a pic since I added some needles..I am using them on my applique quilt wall hanging …


The needle book has 4 pages you can use…I have added a needle threader to the book… Been having a terrible time threading needles…cant see good enough…takes me at least 20 min. or more…the cataracts are the culprit…be glad when Medicare says ok for surg. very disappointed I cant do this sewing …love applique …. When I make the next one will post about it…all for now thanks for looking and come back soon..blessings to all donna


Friday, April 24, 2015


Been awhile …but here I am back again…also been doing a little sewing along the way…this is a pic of a wall hanging that I am making…it is a pic of a pic so not the best and is not the whole thing… but it is all I have at this time…I have missed a few of the classes…also this is only the top half of the hanging…it is made by rows..the first row is cherries…next row is the small checker board…and then a row of bird houses…they already made those two rows and I missed them….


But here is the cherry row…that was the class for this month…At Jo-Anne’s one of the ladies at the church is the teacher…she said I could make up the missed classes on Tues. A bunch of us go over and work on our own projects…as apposed to Wed. when we work on bazar stuff…I had the work sheet with need materials and directions up to a point…but there are tips and tricks to this applique stuff…lol…I had the cherries all cut out according to the directions …but the tip & trick was not on the sheet and they were not the right size and they were not all that round….tip was how to make them round and easy to sew on the block… so I had to cut them all over again…good thing I took extra material to class with me…in pic below the leaves are all sewed down and I am placing the “round” cherries….


And below is the finished block with the stems embroidered…so far this is all I got done…I did a good job at class doing the cherries but now I am having problems getting them round…even with the tip…grrrr…I will miss more classes when I go to PA for the summer…so who knows when this will get finished…another tip was using the right tools …in this case “sewing needle” I knew there are many kinds of needles but did not know their use…now I know there is a great needle for appliqué is very fine.. so fine that it will bend slightly… and it works wonders on applique Aggie the teacher gave me one of hers to use and my oh my what a difference….now if I could only thread the needle easily …my eyes are the problem with that chore….Aggie is going to a quilt show in KY this week and will bring back things for us…I ordered some of the needles….



And below is a couple of pillows I decided to recover…our WM changed the whole store around and up graded things from new freezers and coolers to adding a bunch more to the craft dept. … in the craft part they have added material…it has taken them 4 mo. to get in most of the material and I was so disappointed …who ever does the buying for this store…ugly …ugly is the word of the day…I know that WM has much better…because the WM in Greenville PA has a wonderful selection…and great for quilting…maybe it will get better here….


I am wanting to make my rig more beachy ….this is one bold they had at WM that was nice …you could tell when went back the next week to get more and it was all gone…the rose material in the back is what was on the pillows before…


I am going to an Art show this weekend..I hope it is going to be 90 and not sure what to do …I can not to heat well…guess I better get busy…I also have made some post on my other travel bl og if you want to take a look…thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all …donna

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