Wednesday, May 28, 2008


My new buddy..

Cyberworld buddies meet "Hammy", Hammy meet my cyberworld friends.....

For the last few months we have gotten aquainted with several hampsters that have made brief visits to our house they have not made it too long here. Kind of like foster kids that don't behave or obey, they have to move on to another home.

For Sophie's birthday she wanted a hampster. Being the great parents we are~~we obliged and granted her her wish. Her dad was going to take her to get it and I told them about 1.6 million times, "make sure you get a baby, if its not a baby wait a little longer" Chris took her to the local chain pet store and come home with hampster and a cage with all the tubes etc. attached in tow. "Macho" became a new family member. My first question, "how old is it?" "Under 6 months they reply" I knew we were going to have problems. Sophia is very particular. Everything has its place and she makes sure she puts things there. She cared for her hampster with the most love and care a 10 year old could. Always straightening out his cage {which by the way he would just reput back to how he liked} One morning we woke to find Macho has escaped. 5 days later he returned to his cage we had put on the floor full of food, he took the food and left for about another 9 days. {stop laughing} He came home again, and two days later he we found him stiff as a board on his back in his cage. It was sad. Sophia didn't want to bury him fearing the dog would dig him up, but we had the calling hours, funeral services, flowers on the tiny patch of disturbed soil in the back yard, but ultimately we put him in a few Shaw's bags and tossed him in the trash bucket. Then we got Lilly, she was a maniac from day one, Sophia was scared to death of her, infact I was scared to death of her. It took her about 1.2 seconds to escape from her cage and we never heard from her again.

We ditched the tubes and plastic cage and I gave Chris a big "I told you so" as I tossed it the garbarage. A few weeks passed and it was time to relook for a hampster for Sophia, she was bugging me. Off we go this time to the local family run pet shop. Baby hampsters GALORE! Pick your color, sex, size, age, it was great!!! The not so great part was that all three girls were with me and I got caught up in the moment and let them each get one. {I wonder why I'm crazy?!?!}This time we went to Walmart and bought 10 gallon fish tanks and they have been safe ever since. We have "Macho, II", "Rocho" {"Rocky" for short"} and Godzilla {he is a dwarf hampster and Olivia thought he should have a strong name to make up for his small stature :o)} All has been well, they are in seperate cages and that is the end of that. Well.....except for one thing.....I wanted my own hampster......

So, a few weeks ago I went back to the pet shop and saw my new little baby hampster. I wanted a black teddy bear hampster. They told me I had to wait five weeks until they were ready. Yesterday Sophia had soccer tryouts and it was thundering and lightening so we had to leave early, on they way home I said want to stop at Reubens and see how my hampster is doing. She got excited and said "sure" Well they were all gone!! I was like, what is going on!! So I asked at the counter and they told me they were all gone except one that was on hold for "Joe". Luckily Joe said he would be back "tomorrow" and it has been two days. So...I got my little guy!! His name is "Hammy" short for Hampster. I love him, here is his first photo............Poor Joe!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


One step forward......closer.....to my dream.

There is something about me that is a little quirky...I like to be my own boss. lol

During college I had a part-time job here and there but for the most part I ran a small t-shirt business and sold at local flea markets and was a street peddler in Providence, RI along with my brother Richard. We always had so much fun. I printed my own shirts, ordered my own inventory, and had a lot of flexibility. Once I would create things like baskets with stiffened fabric bows, sweatshirts with these really ugly designs on them and then outlined them in puffy paint and people loved them! I would go to local craft shows etc. to sell my wares. Then I began my full-time real job at Stop & Shop as floral manager. I did that until I became pregnant with my second child. Between my oldest child and my second Chris and I experience two miscarriages so they signed me out the day I found out I was pregnant with Sophia and I never went back!
In 1996, I began selling Mary Kay cosmetics and that lasted for 10 years, loved it and enjoyed meeting great, positive people, traveling....making people feeling great about themselves, it was a great gig. Once divorced it wasn't a logical choice for me. So I increased my E-bay business I had begun in 2000. It was always just a little fun thing I did, but never considered it as a business. That became the logical choice, I was working nights while kids were in bed. I have been doing that ever since. Pretty successfully I must add. I have been struggling lately with what I want to do with the artistic side of me. I want to teach classes, haven't followed through. Don't want to do the "art show" type thing either. So I have been playing the lottery once a week, in hopes I will win, Chris can retire and I can open the best scrapbook/stamping store in the area. No luck yet. {keep your fingers crossed} But..my one ticket a week is better than no ticket a week. Seriously, if I am meant to win, it only takes one ticket!!!! :o) This week I listed a new scrapbooking book I have created and it sold! I have created some scrapbook pages that have sold, but I hate scrapbooking, so it was no fun. This book, I loved. I hope its the start to something great!!!!!! As I figure out what I really want to be when I grow up I will continue to lose weight so I can be really cute in the great clothes I am going to buy with all the money I make selling my books!!!!!
Hope your having a happy day!!!
Above is a page from my book.....

Sunday, May 18, 2008



Book Challenge

This is a challenge found here. So I decided to participate! It was fun and really easy when you have an inspiration to work with. This is my two oldest when they were like 2 1/2 & 4 1/2 . They grow sooo quick! Anna-Marie Still was one of the very first people to introduce me to stamping!! I have nicknamed her Anna-stamp-a-rama! Hope you like my page!!!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Spring--the most wondrous time of the year....
These four little beauties are in our bush outside the front of the house. Every time I pull in the driveway or open the back door the mommy robin flies from the nest into one of the surrounding trees. It makes me feel bad to spend time in the front yard because I know the mommy must want to be with her babes. It amazes me as I study the nest to see how intricate the building of it is. I am trying to teach my kids not to be rude and fresh and this tiny little bird can survive outside in the winter time AND was born with the necessary instinct to build this amazing abode. The bottom is supported by sticks woven between the branch of the bush, then the nest part is made and intertwined to be sturdy enough to support her as well as her four eggs. Then as time passes to hold her four babies. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Because I am so intrigued by this nest the girls keep looking up the bush to see it, wanting to hop on each others back to see it. Before I know it, it will end up on the ground and the eggs will be scrambled. :o) So the reason I took these pictures were so they could see the eggs without putting the nest in any danger. I thought I would share it with all of you because it is so precious.
Spring is my favorite time of the year because of the hope, promise, and the beauty it produces. I plant flowers each year with the hope they come up the following year as the care card promises it will. Snow covers the ground several times a year in New England and these plants still survive. It just amazes me....year after year. I love it!!
Its been a tough week for me. I have tried to find some strength in the beauty God puts before us to enjoy. The simple things so to speak. What is your favorite season of the year? Drop me a line and let me know.
Have a great day!