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A fun past time

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I was given one of these blankets for Christmas one year and decided to make one for my granddaughter. My friend showed me her method and I loved making them so much that I buy fleece all the time and make them for everyone. I have also made a couple for funding raising events for friends. I make them based on the person and what reminds me of them.

This one I made to give to my goddaughter - she loves yellows and pinks so it works for her.



This one is for a fund raiser for a friend whose husband had cancer.

  
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ALASKASKY 5/22/2012 7:13AM

    WoW! They are beautiful.

I've always wanted to do this. I saw it on a show where prisoners were making them for dying prisoners. I'd love to know the details. My grandmother was a quilter unfortunately I was always "too busy" to learn from her.

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SAL2525 5/8/2012 7:56AM

    Looks cozy!

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KATD13 5/7/2012 5:14PM

    Very beautiful. Who wouldn't cherish a soft fuzzy blanket, that's been made with love.


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KLWALDON 5/7/2012 4:20PM

    Love them!

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GRAPEVINE60 5/7/2012 10:37AM

    I love these. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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EGALITAIRE 5/7/2012 9:54AM

    What a great hobby - euphemistically weaving a fabric through people's live.

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DDOORN 5/7/2012 9:47AM

    What a beautiful way to build some "history" into your family life! :-)

Don

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DEE107 5/6/2012 11:18PM

    very nice

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WILLOW49 5/6/2012 11:36AM

    So pretty!

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VAL_LYNNE 5/6/2012 9:33AM

    emoticon They are beautiful!

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JUDITHANNIE 5/6/2012 9:15AM

    Awesome, how do I find out how to make them??? emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/6/2012 8:41AM

    I have a friend who has made them. I considered making them, but rather forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. Love it!

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SCHECK5 5/6/2012 8:15AM

    Love the cancer one!!!
They look great...and i'm sure it's relaxing to make them also!

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GUCCI9300 5/6/2012 8:07AM

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In loving memory

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I wrote this poem In loving memory of my son Joshua
Who resides somewhere over the rainbow

The Symbol

I had it placed above my heart
A symbol of what remains
The heart is cracked and bleeding
It tells of my unending pain

Your name is written above a rainbow
That begins within the broken heart
The hope I have of a better place
Where you remain while weíre apart

The dates of birth and death
Are placed next to the tear of blood
Like the tears Iíve cried that form a river
The walls of which overflow and flood

This symbol was created
Not as a reminder, for who would need
But as a picture of my life long sentence
That lies deep inside of me

There are only a few who truly understand
The stories that go untold
How we remember everyday
Those children we long to hold

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/24/2012 11:33AM

    This is beautiful. I'm not sure how I overlooked this, but Cathy posted a link to it on the LALO team. Thank you for sharing this.
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NANASAMM 6/4/2012 3:18PM

    Beautiful heartfelt poem Val. I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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SAL2525 5/8/2012 7:58AM

    Val what a beautiful heart wrenching poem. It says it all! Thanks for sharing it. You are an amazing lady! sal

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LADYPJAY 5/6/2012 12:55PM

    I understand. Thank you for sharing. It is amazing how I cannot go to sleep or wake up without thinking of Nicole who went over the rainbow on 11/9/08. emoticon

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FINEBABY72 5/5/2012 5:57PM

    Very beautiful poem,I lost my 3yr old son year's ago so i truly understand your pain,God bless!

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YELLOW09RED 5/4/2012 3:35PM

    God Bless you & your family Val.
My dh & I have lost a son. Such wonderful memories we hold dear.
Hugs
Debbie

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 5/4/2012 9:15AM

    Such a beautiful poem. I am so sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 5/4/2012 8:40AM

    I cannot imagine the lifelong pain of loss with which you must struggle...!

However I know Joshua is "with you" and attempting to comfort you in ways that may not be obvious or clear.

Don

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KATD13 5/2/2012 8:48PM

    Such a beautiful poem, for your beloved son.


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HYATTI1 5/2/2012 2:13AM

    I lost a daughter years ago....and am raising her son. So I know where you are coming from. The memories are put there to last and they do. It gets easier to deal with and the memories get sweeter.

Joanna

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TXGRANDMA 5/2/2012 12:23AM

    So sorry for your loss..........This is just simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. emoticon

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EVWINGS 5/1/2012 11:45PM

    What a wonderful rememberence for your son. I am sorry for your loss.

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JAMER123 5/1/2012 10:49PM

    Val, you wrote a beautiful poem to your son. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are a beautiful lad y. God's blessing to you.
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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/1/2012 10:13PM

    Val, this is beautiful.
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LITTLEBJANET 5/1/2012 8:22PM

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So sorry that happened. Your words are beautiful.

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GRAMPAM 5/1/2012 7:59PM

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IBECCA 5/1/2012 7:08PM

    Each a precious gift, here for such a short time. Blessed with countless memories and the promise of union once again. Comfort for your pain. Prayers to give you strength. Blessings Val,
Becca

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TWINKS55 5/1/2012 6:36PM

    emoticonBeautiful, Val. You have captured the depth of feeling perfectly.
It stirs deep within me. I thank you for sharing this special part of you.
I am printing a copy of it for myself if you do not mind. When it is time you will be together again above a shining rainbow - happy and at peace together.

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DEE107 5/1/2012 3:16PM

    thanks for sharing and so so sorry for your lost HUGS

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GRAPEVINE60 5/1/2012 1:41PM

    Thanks for sharing........

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JOANIEBUG46 5/1/2012 1:28PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a child is a parent's worst nightmare, and I'm so sorry.
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KAT7457 5/1/2012 12:54PM

    Thanks for sharing this poem!! Hugs

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GRAMMACATHY 5/1/2012 11:37AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing with us. Our loved ones are always close to our hearts even if we can't hold them in our arms.

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KLWALDON 5/1/2012 10:10AM

    That poem is amazing. Thoughts and prayers with you on this day.

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BROADBRUSH 5/1/2012 8:00AM

    God Bless and Keep you Well Val - beautifully said - and Joshua sees you every day - he smiles as he knows you will be together in the arms of the Lord forever. with the deepest respect - I understand hugs BB

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MAMAWLINDALOU 5/1/2012 7:41AM

    emoticonWhat a beautiful poem. Thank You for sharing!

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A thought for Monday!

Monday, April 23, 2012



Good news is this Monday I weighed a little less than last Monday and next Monday I have vacation. It will only be a Staycation, but at least I will have some time off work. Something I need in the worst way.

Have a great day!

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/30/2012 7:53PM

    I love staycations! enjoy! and congrats on the weight loss!
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 4/27/2012 5:09AM

    "Staycation" love that!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 4/24/2012 6:41PM

    Love the thought and the cartoon

.Did something similar to my daughter when she was pressuring me said "Iwill do it Tuesday"
When she asked me had I done I said" No I told you I'll do it Tuesday"
"That was a few days ago "
"Every week has aTuesday and I"ll do it on Tuesday"

She saw the humor and backed off till I did it Tuesday

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JUDY1676 4/23/2012 9:41PM

    I love the Garfield cartoon!
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DEE107 4/23/2012 9:36PM

    Val way to go

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SAL2525 4/23/2012 8:04PM

    Congrats on the downward slide of numbers! WOO HOO Glad you can take next Monday off. There is nothing better than 3 days off in a row!

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KANSASROSE67 4/23/2012 3:40PM

    I hear you...I'm having a couple of days of "Staycation" next week too. Can't wait!

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WILLOW49 4/23/2012 3:07PM

    Great that you are on the way down the scale :) Enjoy your time off work!
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DDOORN 4/23/2012 8:45AM

    Congrats on getting the scale moving in the right direction! :-)

Don

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JUDYAMK 4/23/2012 8:04AM

    Ha ha !!! the girls are always complaining about Mondays at work. I will remember this one this morning to tell them.
Judy

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EMGERBER 4/23/2012 8:04AM

    Enjoy your Monday!

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  Enjoy your day off--do something special for yourself, too! emoticon

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Some Thoughts

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Well, things are going fair in regards to hubby and his diabetes. He isn't making all the best choices, and there is not much more I can to. We did buy a new cookbook and we have made a couple meals out of it. I will attempt more this weekend when I have more time. Our dinners have been decent this week it is just his lunches that he hasn't always made the best choices with. He finally got his meter so hopefully this will get him better on track with his choices.

My back was doing much better and then this week I have it has flared back up to an unbearable level of pain again. I do see the pain doctor tomorrow so he will probably give me another shot of cortisone. Not a pleasant feeling, but it will give me relief for a while at least.

Work is very hectic - I am thankful to have a job.

I have been having the most bizarre dreams about my family. Every night the dream is about a different group of family. One night it was of my brother and his family who lives in the country Mexico. I haven't seen them in a very long time and I miss them greatly. The message I think that is similar with all the dreams is that I'm sad and miss them. I think it is an underlining sign of not really having someone who I talk to about my issues. My closest friends are talkers not listeners.

This is a picture of a bleeding heart that I had to dig up last year because we put a porch in over where it use to be. It was late in the year so it is still in a planter. With my back issues I may not get it transplanted this year, but I'm not overly concerned since my bleeding hearts grow like wild flowers. I love them so much too!

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/22/2012 11:16AM

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MSLZZY 4/21/2012 8:47AM

    Given time, DH will adjust but it is up to him to make
the changes he needs. I would love to have a bleeding
heart but they winterkill here so if I plant one, I have
it one year. Must be doing something wrong.
Take care of your back and have a better day!
HUGS!

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SAL2525 4/20/2012 2:18PM

    Hi Val Just catching up on things. Glad you got a cookbook. I got the diabetes cookbook ad AGAIN. Gee I wonder if the universe is trying tell ME to WAKE UP! Glad your husband is doing a little better and has the meter. Dreams are so very interesting aren't they! I had a strange dream about my sister and her extended family coming to visit only I had water beetles every where! It was a weird dream. I cleaned house today (including the cellar) but not a one in sight! )At least they were not cockroaches I have a real PHOBIA about them! Do you happen to get the AARP magazine? There was an interesting article this month on pain. Glad your back is a little better. BTW beautiful flowers! (((HUGS)))) Sal

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GRAPEVINE60 4/20/2012 11:27AM

    Hope your back feels better soon. I like the picture of the bleeding heart also. I have a dyanthis (sp?) that was doing really well. Then we had a thunderstorm with hail, and it is practically beat to death. I'm hoping it will come back.

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KLWALDON 4/20/2012 11:04AM

    Hope you find some relief for your back. I hate to hear of the pain. That is no fun at all, I am sure. Hang in there!! Thinking of you!!

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JOANNS4 4/20/2012 9:05AM

    A beautiful picture of the bleeding heart. I hope your back get's better and it sounds like your dh will do o.k. When things change I will have strange dreams, too. Even if the change is good. Take care.
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LIBBYFITZ 4/20/2012 6:27AM

    emoticon hope things improve with hubby making better choices.

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DEE107 4/20/2012 12:26AM

    hope you feel better and hubby witll get use to it it takes time

Love Bleeding heart my are up too thanks for sharing this

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MAKINANIMPACT 4/19/2012 10:37PM

    Wishing you the best! I'm sorry you are in so much pain and hope that it will subside! The hubby thing, your doing your best, what's that saying again you can only lead the horse to water....

I will keep you in my thoughts and wish you a speedy recovery and I do hope that your hubby is able to do better with his testing supplies!

Take care and hope for good news..

Kelly
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 4/19/2012 9:03PM

    I'm so sorry to hear your back has flared up on you; I pray you get relief quickly. Hopefully your hubby realizes that his food/choice changes are for the rest of his life and not just a short term nuisance. Sounds like you need to make plans to see your brother! Meet him half way or take a tour of Mexico.

I can empathize with feeling like you have no one to talk to about 'things'. I work with men all day, have no neighbors to talk to but do get together with a friend or two on occasion. My job has been nuts lately, too, and I am thankful for it but would be very happy winning the lottery, too emoticon

You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers. Pat

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MILLISMA 4/19/2012 7:51PM

    Give him time and maybe he will do better. At least two out of three meals are okay. Sorry your back is still an issue. I love bleeding hearts and I think you're right that they just multiply like rabbits!

Thinking of you and keeping you and hubby in my prayers.

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The Wake Up Call

Sunday, April 15, 2012

This has been quite the year so far and this last week another blow was received. My husband had some blood work done and the news came back that he has diabetes. That was the first blow, but what the doctor said was that the diabetes wonít kill him his heart will. It seems that all of his blood levels are dangerously high.

Ironically, Iím much worse off in the weight area then he is, but as you know diabetes will require us to change our way of eating. They will be setting him up for classes on how to manage it and since we both do the cooking the doctor suggested I also go to the classes. Yesterday I bought a new cookbook specifically for diabetes so that we could have some new recipes to get started with.

His biggest hurdle will be his lunches since many days he is on the road. Letís hope he makes good choices.

Mu husband isnít the best communicator so I have to bite my tongue so as not to annoy him about the whole issue. I was doing pretty well until I came home the other night from work and couldnít figure out what to make for dinner so I just sat down and cried. I really needed to release my fears and they came out in tears.
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ALASKASKY 4/19/2012 9:44AM

    I'm so sorry you're going through this. It's hard to change other peoples eating habits, no matter how much we love them and no matter how much they know they are in danger. Pray and put it in God's hands.

Don't give up and know that we are here to listen any time you need to get it out. Hopefully the classes will help.



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BD3269PM 4/19/2012 6:54AM

    I understand. My husband has many reasons why he should be watching the foods that he eats but doesnt really do it. I try to cook better for him but I am not with him all day. We can only do so much but even that helps. Keep on sparking emoticon

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DDOORN 4/19/2012 6:48AM

    What a HUGE wake up call indeed!

But you know, diabetic friendly food choices are terrific for building a healthy lifestyle. It may seem overwhelming now, but step by step and I'm sure you BOTH will feel SO much better as you turn the corner on this.

I just know that you both can DO IT!!

Don

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 4/17/2012 1:59PM

    How are you and your DH doing? Have the two days since this post helped to ease your worry at all? I hope so. emoticon Pat

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KANSASROSE67 4/16/2012 5:04PM

    Hoping this can be a blessing in disguise for both of you as you take steps to eat in a way that will improve your health.

Thoughts and prayers with you both.



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SWEETYOUNGTHING 4/16/2012 1:12PM

    I'm so sorry to hear you're going through all this. I'm 52, my husband is 57 and I sit back and watch how/what he eats and just feel helpless at times. I've talked to him about his choices but he doesn't want to hear it. It can be very frustrating, I know.

I know it's easy to say but you can only help him so much and he has to take control of his health. In the meanwhile, try not to worry yourself sick about it. There are a number of Vegan recipes out there that are very good, as well. Maybe he can help find some recipes that sound good to him (any/all recipes, not just Vegan) and that will make him more involved in the process??

We ALL need a good cry every-now-and-then. I think it rinses out our emotions and clears our vision/s. Hugs, Pat

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MILLISMA 4/15/2012 10:56PM

    Val, so sorry to hear that you're having such a tough time. My husband was the same way. He had sleep apnea but wouldn't go for the testing and just stopped breathing one night. You just couldn't talk to him about it.

Thinking of you and sending extra hugs. Wish I could give you one in person.

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OKBACK2ME 4/15/2012 9:32PM

    emoticon Yes, it will change your lifestyle. You are already on the way with this web site. Weight does not always have anything to do with getting diabetes. My son was diagnosed at 16 with Type 1, I had an Aunt that had been diagnosed around the same age. It may be the catalyst to a healthier lifestyle for both of you.

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DEE107 4/15/2012 9:12PM

    hugs my friend and praying for you and your hubby

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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/15/2012 3:02PM

    emoticon to you. You've been hit with some difficult times. Just take one step at a time and you will pull through. I understand the tears. More emoticon

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GRAMPAM 4/15/2012 12:04PM

    My DH has diabetes, also. He takes insulin and refuses to watch his diet. It has helped me, though. I don't know what his wake up call wil be.
Best wishes and prayers.

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JOANNS4 4/15/2012 10:00AM

    I know how you feel. My dh takes medication for what the doctor called pre diabetes
and he has heart disease. I do the best I can to provide the right foods for him and meals. He has come up with some good recipes on his own and I applauded that. But, it is a constant battle. Hugs!


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SAL2525 4/15/2012 9:12AM

    OH HUSBANDS !! I love mine to bits and pieces but WOW when he is done talking about something HE IS DONE!! To make things more interesting I process out loud and he is the exact opposite! That is probably why I love this site so. I can ruminate all I want! emoticon! Looks like big changes a foot for you! Well, you are in GOOD company and you have so MANY resources at your finger tips here at SparkPeople! Hang in there! There is going to be a lot of us cheering you on! ((((HUGS)))) Sal

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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2012 9:00AM

    I am sorry to hear about your DH's diagnosis. BUT you know, HE has to want to take care of himself.

I myself was diagnosed in Jan. 2010. that was MY wake up call. I took it seriously.

You're unfortunately right that nagging seems to lead to defensive walls being put up and that's exactly what you DON'T want. Definitely go with him to the diabetic class. If this doesn't include a diabetic educator, I'd ask for that too so HE hears from someone else exactly what the consequences of not taking care of the diabetes are. Hearing it from an outsider generally has more impact.



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MISSM66 4/15/2012 8:52AM

    I am sorry to learn of your hubby diabetes, but he can beat it,if you and him just stick to eating veggies,Salad, Fruits, and lot's of fiber, Protein which is very good, and get as much exercise as possible, it will help, I just get the same news about two months about my Brother and I tell him the same thing I am telling you, and he is doing much much better, I will keep you both in my Prayers,have a bless day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/15/2012 7:56AM

    As difficult as this may seem now, it may be a blessing in
disguise. The changes you make for him will help
you as well. Just do the best you can! HUGS!

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RIDLEYRIDER 4/15/2012 7:54AM

  It is always difficult to hear a diagnosis like that, but don't despair. It is manageable (my husband has it; I don't) and with education and information, it will come naturally, in time. Small steps....that is the key.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/15/2012 7:41AM

    Well hopefully with the change you can help to prevent yourself from becoming diabetic.

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