Life goes on at the Tinklenberg house. Laurel went back to school after spring break, and the other two kids are still on theirs. Yep, two different spring breaks this year, with just a bit of overlap. My house looks like a bomb went off in it because kids have been in it for 2 weeks full time.
As if life couldn't get any better, then our primary care doctor's office called to let my husband know he is now diabetic. He takes a lot of meds, some of which will raise your blood sugar,and he is pretty overweight, so now he has yet another piill to take and will be going to education classes to find out how to manage it. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Laurel, so not totally uncharted territory. Just another thing to deal with. One good thing, it will force Dan to finally do something about his weight, and he has already started cutting back on the amount he eats and even got some exercise yesterday.
But something has happened to brighten the gloom! No, haven't heard from the LTD people. I had one of my online friends, someone I've known online for quite some time now, who has generously given me a Nook Color as a Happy Easter, Happy 50th, Happy You Need a Break gift. To say I am dumfounded and amazed by this generosity is an understatement. I have had other people from my online life send me things, from chocolate to stamp sets, but never anything quite on this scale. It's a wonderful reminder to me that, while the news will try to convince us that people are awful and the world is a nasty place (and sometimes they are and it is), people can also be kind and generous, even to people they have never met in "real life."
I've had people tell me that friends you make online aren't "real" and that you can't depend on them. That has not been my experience. Yes, being able to hide behind a keyboard can bring out a lot of hidden nastiness from people who would be to timid to be that way in their face-to-face relationships, but it also can bring out the best in people who might be too shy to act in generous ways as well. And people who are kind and generous face to face go on being that way online. Considering how much of my life I lead online, who is to say that life online is not "real" and the people you meet there are not "real" friends. Not me! Some of my bestest friends are people I have met online!
So even though I have thanked my friend in private for this wonderful present, I am thanking her again here. She prefers that I don't tell you her name and I respect that. So thank you, friend of mine!
The very next best thing to making schtuff, with me, has always been reading. It has been my way of traveling vicariously when I can't afford to, my way of learning about the world, and it has been my escape when life gets hard and lately I've needed quite a bit of that! I've had my nose in a book ever since I learned to read and piles of books are always seen everywhere in this house, so this is a very welcome present!
I am also grateful for all of you who read here, both those who comment and those who don't. I read every single comment and email you send, though I don't always have time to reply to them all.
So now that I'm all verklempt with emotion here, time to show a card! Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Just Believe, Sanded; Paper - Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Glossy White; Ink - Versamark, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade; Other - Brayer, Whisper White Taffeta 1/2" ribbon, sponge wedge, silver brads, dimensionals, brayer.
Isn't it GOJUS?!?!?! (YILM!) This is another project from my last class which, incidentally, was called "Versatile Versamark". This technique is called Versamark Resist, where you stamp with Versamark on glossy paper, then brayer over it with regular dye ink. GOJUS!!!
Well, the work is about to go up on the server...the account I work on is out of Nevada, so just about now is when they start getting to work and uploading all that lovely dictation! Ta!