Monday, August 31, 2009

HERE IT IS, End of August 09.... and you stayed tuned, didn't you???

Ok, hope you like my song selection - it's called "the Hamster Dance"- I used to play this for ice hockey tournaments - you'll be tapping your feet!

Also, my last pic with Alex by the tree - notice that i am wearing a new "artist series" locket by my friend, Cat, of and the artist is Cyd, of, a cool painting of 2 flowers, and i have 3 other pics i can interchange!!!!

I had Cat do magnetic metal/cork boards for the kid's college rooms, with a bunch of magnets that are pics of their friends...... and of course, me!! (Ha ha) I don't want them to forget for one minute what i look like :D This is a great gift idea!! Enjoy! laura xxoo

Friday, August 28, 2009

new slide show coming soon!

Hey there! i have my blog manager working on my new slide show. Tattoo Tracey took me (like Driving Miss Daisy) to the beach to stay with Drew for a few days! We missed him this summer. I watched him give tennis lessons and play in some matches. I pretty much would've been happy to watch him pick blades of grass... :D.

So, we'll have the "empty-nest" come Sunday. We took Alex to college yesterday and Drew got home for a few days and he leaves tomorrow for his Jr. year.......... I'm feeling sorry for myself and I'm looking for sympathy, if you want to feel sorry for me, you can sign up here!...........................
love ya, laura xxoo

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Hi ALL, I've been teaching aerobics classes since 1999, and was teaching at Misericordia University, in Dallas, PA since around 2004 (also at Shapes, Dallas and Greenbriar Nursing Home). I've met some wonderful people along the way and have a very special group of people that are dear friends at Misericordia that I wanted to tell you about. They are always there for me for love and support and also a very dedicated group of exercisers, I might add! They just got together to make a button shirt for me.....(and a button card, too). The bottons are "hugs and kisses", prayerfully placed with love by my exercise friends. (I just want to know if they missed their warmups since they were all sewing at class......??)
Now, I wore my button shirt on this past Wed. when a fellow instructor, Holly Daubert, drove me to my chemo appointment. I just had to show everybody my new shirt as well as a picture of my friends at a recent dinner we had! I'm happy to report that I was well enough on Friday to go to their class and actually exercise! It was so fun being with them.............Love you guys! Laura xxoo

PS: The fourth pic is of my chemo friend, Judy, that still has her "stinkin" hair after 3 months/treatments!! I lost my hair in 2 weeks. Judy knows i love her - i hope she can hang on to it as long as she can! I'll take a new pic of her in Sept., ........SO STAY TUNED!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Just For Fun

Hi! It's the blog manager, Jenn.
How are you today?
I came across this great video about Lucky the Fish on YouTube and wanted to share it with you. I hope you find it as adorable as I do.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fellow Etsians, Get your EPE Button

Kanokwalee of
was so nice to design us an EPE botton for our listings.
Get it here:

Thanks Kanokwalee!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

oh... and good news. My CA 125 tumor marker for ovarian cancer is normal at 30 and under. Mine was 450 before surgery. It is 7.5 today......... YIPEE!
Hey there, it's Laura. My blog manager has the night off.

I had my first chemo today for the month. It's a long day, i left at 7:45 am and didn't get home till 6:15. I'll leave tomorrow at around 7:30 and be home probably later. My chemo tomorrow is like 8 1/2 hours !! I feel good now, just tired... but after tomorrow night, you may not "see" me for a little bit! So, I always get bendryl on the first day and the fourth day. I makes me so sleepy and i take a little pillow and some blankets.... then my legs get restless and I can't sleep anyway! I took my jewerly box today to make some things, but I forgot my wire -wrapping tool that is ALWAYS in there, so I didn't get too far with that. I mostly chatted with my various new chemo friends. I have a friend Judy that is getting a similar treatment to me, but is one month ahead. She's only 42 and her husband died last August and she lives about a half hour north of me and her whole family is in my area, that they have to do get her on treatment days and she has a similar drive to me. Yikes!! I really enjoy talking to her... but she STILL has her stinkin hair - she looks so cute! I thought for sure she'd be bald this treatment... I just had to bust her all day about it! I really enjoy that she's on my same schedule - because she and i are the youngest people by at least 10, 20 and 30 years! She usually crochets - but we both sat like blobs today. I go an extra day, so i'll miss her on Friday, but i'll see her tomorrow and next Wed. On Friday, I hope the one lady comes that talks non-stop...... i really hope she sits by me..... she knows my name and that'll be REAL FUN! Do you hear my sarcasm??

Love you all!! thanks for dropping by :) laura XXXOOO and sloppy wet kisses for all.......

Sunday, August 2, 2009

American Cancer Society

Hi everybody!
I have some ACS info to pass along!!
First of all, Jenn and I would like to thank all the wonderful people giving donations and also team gifts, those people whose names don't show up on our main page... The team gift total is $363.00- to the best of my knowledge, these are from sales in etsy shops. Our "total" total is $1,288.00 in just 2 weeks. That just 'FREAKIN' blows my mind! Aren't you just the best people in the whole world??!!! I want to thank everyone listed as part of the team, those on the MAIN PAGE , and also these people that are making donations that you can't see: Amy Barta - thepeachtree, Jill Fine - GlazedOver, - Melissa Fitzgerald - Melfitz, Monica Grover - MoonoverMaize, Ginny Huber - ginnyhuber, Kelly Jacobs -sweetnessjewelry, Kristin Love - loveartworks, Lynn Lunger - Unnaodd, Margaret McNatt ...this is Peggy - theBeadAerie, Janell Mooney - DancingMooney, Alayna Orozco - PianoBenchDesigns, Kanokwalee Pusitanun - kanokwalee, and Aija Sevele - AmaliaVersaci.
I know this list will grow as some people have told me they are waiting to make a lump donation - so we'll keep you updated!
Also, I spoke with a woman from ACS and told her that the site was confusing, that some people would prefer to pay via paypal, and that we'd like to see all people listed. Don't know where I'll get with that.......
BUT - this is our contact person. If you have any concerns or problems with anything concerning our team. You will call toll free 1-800-227-2345 and they will direct you. Ask for Tammy Heilman. Our team is called etsyprojectembrace. .... log in is etsyembrace. Her direct number - but it would be a toll call is: 1-717-533-6144.
If you intend to make a donation and have $25 from sales, you can just join the team first with that amount, or wait til you have $25..... That's a thought. It is not necessary to join the team, but the team donations ( which can be any amount), only show up as a lump sum with no names.
Any questions on the team, convo me or Jenn! or You can also contact Kim at , or Amy at, for questions on etsyprojectembrace.
Big hugs and kisses to you all! laura