Thursday, November 10, 2011


I can't begin to tell you how overwhelmed I was by the outpouring of wonderful comments and well-wishes from my last post regarding the new journey in my life.  I had best intentions of responding to you each individually, but, yeah...we know that didn't happen.  I hope you know, though, that the silence was only in my fingers and keyboard....Each comment was like a very special and treasured gift to me.  You all are truly the best pals a cranky ol' crow could ever wish for.....I thank you each and every one of you for your sweet kindnesses....You make my heart happy....and it truly needs that right now.

And since I've been a slacking blogger, I have some other overdue other thank-you's that I need to attend to.....

On Halloween's Eve, EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) hosted a wonderful Halloween giveaway extravaganza.....Four lucky folk got their Halloween "treats" an eve early - and I was one of the lucky four.....
I was the winner of an incredible zombie ornament made by Shelia Bentley of Primdolly Designs....(Shelia's work is AMAZING....and I believe I truly did wake the dead on Halloween Eve when I found out that I had won her contribution to the giveaway.....)

Isn't he just as cute as a zombie gets??? LOVE him!!!
Thank you SO MUCH Shelia....You know I'm a huge fan of your amazing creations....And thank you, too, to the incredible EHAG artists....That is one unbelievable pool of talent.....!!!


Several weeks back, I also won a giveaway from sweet Shirlee at Farmhouse Ponderings

Wrapped prim n' pretty in crow paper:

An awesome "Remember Me" crow stitchery with a pocket of Sweet Annie mounted on the most wonderful old board:

And a wonderful crow and star pinkeep and some Cranberry Autumn tea:

Obviously, Shirlee chose these wonderful gifts to especially please me....and please me incredibly well she did.  Thank you so much Shirlee - you're a dearheart and then some....
Oh, and Princess Lizzi was pretty happy with the box too:

A few weeks back (could it be that long ago already??), I also received a very special package from that very special lady who is renowned for spreading her very own form of blog cheer....none other than Linda from Parker's Paradise.
Packed in her own North Pole style to the brim with prim goodies.....

Sweet little waxed candles on tiny grapevine wreaths (I'm thinking mixed in with some Christmas greens....yes???):

A darlin' little "salt" diddy bag and a bundle of grubbied/waxed candles:

Some waxed eggs (as well as the fabric-covered ones you see in the basket in the photo above): 

A larger waxed/grungied candle and a bundle of waxed clothespins:

Thanks my know how I love me my wax goodes....and, yes, you always can make me smile...

I also want to thank Laura from Laura's Little House and Rhodes Creations.  She sent me this little kitchen towel just for being one of her commenters:

(It isn't showing up well in the photo, but there an adorable little black cat button on the closure....) How cute is that?! Thanks so much Laura!!


In other news, yes, we got hit with a good covering of that "white" stuff:

(The above was a beautiful mustard-colored mum in its former life....)

The Snow Dog has blastomycosis:

My son has to have surgery:

(Or does my son have blastomycosis and the Snow Dog need surgery????)

My Halloween decorations are still up.....

My syllabus is due tomorrow....

pro-cras-ti-nate:  [proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-]: verb, -nat·ed, -nat·ing.
 1.  to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.


Hope all is well in your world...


Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Get your butt busy and get that silly syllabus done so you can kick back and relax in that waiting room while your 'obviously-in-pain' son gets that awful-looking knee fixed up! Man, that looks so painful. Snowdog doesn't seem to be showing any of the pressure of the blasto but I know from experience that dogs rarely show when they are down. Boy, you do have your hands full! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. Get them all feeling better so you can get to the new job without spending every second you're gone worrying! And snow to shovel, too?! I am feeling guilty now.
But, hey, you have been well-thought of by your blog buddies.

laurie said...

I'm so sorry to hear your son must have surgery, your gifts are just lovely though and so is your dog,, I know you are sop very busy so I kept this short, best wishes from Canada!!!!!

Courtney said...

Oh, you are welcome, you darling! I'm so proud of you for going off into academia to teach the young adults of today!! Again, you are the happy winner of all lovely things...could you share your secret? I see your snow...and raise you rain...lots of it! Good that it isn't snow! Good luck getting that syllabus done! I know you'll knock it out of the park! I'm state testing on Monday...think of me in my misery!!
Hugs and Blessings!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

You deserve it all!!!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Ooh, you've gotten some really nice goodies! I especially love that kitchen towel; it would look great in MY kitchen! LOL

Sorry to hear that your son needs surgery; that knee looks painful. It doesn't matter how old they get, they're still our babies, aren't they?

Now quit your procrastinating, my friend, and get your syllabus done. You'll feel so much better once it's behind you.


lilraggedyangie said...

Great Goodies from some awesome ladies ! OMG snow dog looks happy to be in the snow great pic sick or not , and OMG yours sons knee has got to be killin him OUCH! and you my dear , well that syllabus could/should be on procrastination!!SO WHY ARE YOU ONLINE READING MY COMMENT ...NOW GET ...SCOOT BACK TO WORK! :0) Have a great weekend hugs your lil raggedy buddy

~Madalynne~ said...

I LOVE that ornament you won from EHAG! I soooooo admire Shelia Bentley's work ~ AWESOME!

I've heard it said that only truly intelligent people procrastinate ~ it has something to do with the ability to delay gratification . . . at least that's what I'd like to believe :)

oldgreymare said...

Hang on, remember it tends to come in waves, grab your board and hang ten!

Kim said...

You are going to have to build on a new room to keep all your goodies. Now, get to work on that syllabus.

Ann said...

Ewww - that knee looks, well..... ewww! I am not/nor could I ever be a nurse. Hope his recovery time is minimal and pain is limited. What a great collection of new items you've received! Linda's box of goodies is especially nice - WOW! I see the "cat trap" is working!!! Mine love the empty box too.


prims by olde lady morgan said...

OMG!!! Cranky!!! wonderful goodies! Ms. Linda is the best isn't she!!! Love allyour goodies...that ornie! OH MY!...
I so hope all goes well with your son's surgery! OLM

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Wow, you've won some incredible prims! Hope you're done with your syllabus!
patti :)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh, that knee does not look good! Can you say OUCH???
Love that zombie. As I, and many others have said, you must be the luckiest person in blogland. Your mail carrier is going to be getting suspicious of so many packages from so many locations.
I think procrastinate is my middle name, but I've come by it justly.
Hugs :)

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Cranky.. you sound like I did when summer started, chasing myself in circles trying to get into the groove of going back to work on the island.. I can totally relate to these feeling of yours..But not to worry it will all come together, you know it will.
having to worry about your son haveing surgery on that nasty knee might be playing a role in your ability to concentrate on the new job too.. Scary when your kids need surgery..
Sorry to see you have snow to top off everything else...Son won't be much help shoveling it this winter...

Take a breath and relax a little two if ya need it and then get busy working on your paper!!

Great goodies..almost like Christmas!!

Have a great week!!


The Cranky Queen said...

Congrats on your new job! Love the little zombie guy...and all of the wonderful gifts...You can no longer be cranky! LOL '
From one "cranky" to another, Tiff

Carol Stuck said... of our favorite people back blogging for a few short minutes. ha! Miss ya!!!!!

Great goodies from some awesome artists. I am sure you are tickled and enjoying everything.

Sorry about your son's knee., huh! Hope all goes well with him and wishing him a speedy recovery time.

hugs and smiles to you, my friend!!


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Tolentreasures said...

Great goodies! So sorry that your son has to have surgery. We are waiting for that white stuff to start any minute.


BumbleBeeLane said...

So many wonderful goodies.Your sons knee oh my I'd be freaking out hate going to the drs and needles just can't do well..Yikes! Poor boy! Time to get settled in for your long winter I know you love that.LOL. Girl better get busy putting halloween away or just tuck in some greenery and pretend the goblins are pixie elves.Hugs!~Amy

tamera-country at heart said...

Looks like you received more nice goodies again. Love the zombie guy.
And you gotta love Linda Claus with all the stuff she can pack in a box. Love her waxed creations. I can smell them now. You better get back to the books so you can start blogging again.
Country at heart

Traci said...

Hi Robin... OOO my goodness, that goblin is adorable (I thought he was an elf, LOL) Love all your other goodies too, I was gonna ask who sent the kitty in the box, too sweet.
Wishing the best for your son's surgery, hope all goes well!
Snow dog can come and visit me, it's snowing like crazy here right now....we usually get your weather a day or two later...
Hugs, T

Robyn ♥ said...

Beautiful gifts and wins!! You totally deserve each and every item! But if you ever decide to part with that zombie dude, my address is...;)
Have a great one sweetie!!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Wonderful gifts~
Pretty snow photos~

Beautiful Dog oh, my!!

Lizzie oh, look at them eyes~ captivating~ just close up the box & send her my way~

Enjoy getting organized for the job~ MS. Cranky Teach~
hugs to you~

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Wonderful new treasures Robin. Love them all. And yes to the votives in the greenery. I need some!

Brrrrr! Snow!

Lizzie is adorable!

Sorry about your son. Ouch!

Carmen and the Primcats

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Robin, when I see your beautiful comments on my blog, and find a new post from you, I feel like a new friend has reached out and said hello.

The warmth in your words, and the kindness are pretty amazing. Don't go to far away from us, and if you can, blog once in a while....

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments over at my blog. You always make me smile. What a kind person you are. Sorry I haven't gotten over here to your blog...been wanting to.
Congrats on your teaching job. I have a teaching degree, but have never fully taught a class...taught some art classes, but that's fun. :)
Hope your son's surgery goes well and easy, for him and you. Not sure who suffers more in these things: the son or the mother who has to watch him. :S
Have a great week! Looks like you get all kinds of fun things at your blog!!! :)

Christine said...

Hi Robin! Hope all goes well with your son's surgery - yikes but it looks bad and I've had my share of knee problems and pain!
Good to still hear from you and thanks for all your sweet comments and encouragement in blogland!

Misi said...

Please don't leave us... You came into this Blogland like a whirl wind ... with your bright (never cranky) virtual smile ,KINDNESS and creativity!
If i have not already...I might just have to start breaking a few internet laws so as i can become a part of your "What not to do" instruction!
I'll give ya reason to check in!


Linda said...

So sorry to hear about your son's surgery...I pray that it goes well. My youngest had surgery on his knee while in high school 12 years's improved so much now!

Wonderful goodies you received...everything is splendid...and yes...that IS the cutest zombie I have ever seen!

Get to work!! Hope to hear from you soon!!

frontporchprims said...

Good luck with your syllabus. I love all your gifts. Such wonderful friends. I especially love the grungy candles. Linda sent you some wonderful things. Get those Halloween decorations down!!! Christmas is right around the corner. Walmart says so. -Steph-

Raggedy Creations said...

You are one lovable, crazy, wonderful blog friend. You make me smile. I hope your son gets better and Snow Dog too. Princess reminds me of my blue point I lost several years back. She was almost 22 years old when I had to put her down. Good luck on your syllabus (have to look that up on wikipedia).


Raggedy Creations said...

You are one lovable, crazy, wonderful blog friend. You make me smile. I hope your son gets better and Snow Dog too. Princess reminds me of my blue point I lost several years back. She was almost 22 years old when I had to put her down. Good luck on your syllabus (have to look that up on wikipedia).


Raggedy Creations said...

You are one lovable, crazy, wonderful blog friend. You make me smile. I hope your son gets better and Snow Dog too. Princess reminds me of my blue point I lost several years back. She was almost 22 years old when I had to put her down. Good luck on your syllabus (have to look that up on wikipedia).


Beckyjean said...

Hi Robin~

Good luck to your son on his surgery.

Love all your new goodies. You sure are a lucky crow!!

Have a wonderful weekend~Becky

Leontien said...

Well i just hopped over to your previous post after reading this one and i am still happy for you ;-) haha

But that leg looks even more scary then the little doll thingy you had posted! my gosh what happened???

I sure hope he is alright?!?

The dog looks beautiful and makes me miss our Indi. She was a really good looking husky.

Big big hugs

deb said...

what wonderful goodies you have have the best luck...AND are very loved!!!
ok, the dog is cute, the knee....not so much:(
get busy girl and get that work turned in, so you can play on the computer some more!!!!!!

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Syllabus? That was one scary movie. Wait...that was Incubus. Your poor son!! Hope all goes well with the knee surgery!! Many nice treasures for a super nice Crow! Good luck with your studies! ~*~Lisa

Vicki said...

Oh my! You have so much on your plate right now. Get that syllabus done and then take care of the family. Gorgeous treasures you have won. The zombie cracks me up. Hang in there as you transition back to work and balance work/family life. You did it before, you can do it again. Hope your son and the dog are feeling better soon. That knee looks awful! xoxo

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi there ms cranky I sure don't think Cranky fits you but we'll just let that be! lol

FIRST OFF...CONGRATULATIONS on this fantastic opportunity that reared its head...good for you lady and I know you can do it - just reading your blog and knowing all that you accomplish I have no doubt this is going to be more fun than work for you.

Now on to the great gifts you received. Each one of them is a wonder....I love the crow stitchery attached to the creative.
Each gift is so wonderful and rightly deserved...but oh that Zombie is spooky!

Hope your son gets the relief he needs from the surgery.

Goodness...our snow here wasn't anything but a dusting now and then for two days then just rain off and on...still today.


Kimberly said...

Oh Robin, That looks so painful!!!! My thought and prayers are with you and your family! I wish your son a fast recovery! This too will pass my friend. You can do it! Take some time out for you to breath! Beautiful pic of your dog! Hugs to you :) All My Best ~Kimberly

Meadowbrook Cabin Primitives said...

Hi Robin,

Praying your son has a safe and speedy recovery from his knee surgery.

Congrats on your giveaway wins ..again and again and again.. I think you are in the guiness book of records for the most ! :o)



Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

The good thing about having surgery at your son's age is that he'll probably bounce back quickly. Hope it all goes well. Also hope your pretty husky gets some good meds and is feeling better, too! And Lizzi, what a sweetie! You can box her up and send her to me anytime! As a lawyer you know a thing or two about deadlines and I'm sure the syllabus is perfect and comprehensive! Have a good or at least a much better week! ~Roberta

ArtyMarti said...

Just found your blog through a friends link. It is scary and exciting to engage in a new life adventure. With your training, I'm sure you will be teacher of the month. Son's knee looks awful!!! Best wishes to the both of you.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Oh my gosh ~ it looks like your one spoiled crow!!! LOVE all the goodies you got!
Ouch ~ it looks like it hurts ~ Does it??? So sorry to hear your son has to have surgery ~ hope everything goes well for him.
Hang in there and get your syllabus done (what ever that is)
Have a great night!
Go Pack Go!!!
Prim Blessings

A Primitive Homestead said...

Your snow dog & cat are both pretty. My son Sam would love to have a snow dog. I once had one. Just a pup. It was stolen right in the yard & along with feed dishes & chain. Never seen it again. What are you waiting for Open that mail. Oh my your sons knee looks like he is in a lot of pain. Prayer lifted for his surgery. All your goodies are wonderful. Blessings!

jules said...

Wow you really made out on the goodies again. Such awesome treasures.

And OUCH that knee looks a bit awkward!

Nancy said...

I seen ah silly-bus drive by today. Maybe that's not what yer talkin about eh? Sorry to hear your son needs surgery, or the weren't sure which LOL! I hope the snodawg and yer son get well soon and my very best to you.

Siobhan said...

The knee--yikes!! That looks painful!

All of your goodies--Oh. My. Gosh. They're all fantabulous but I think my favorite of them all is that awezome zombie. (get it--awezome? I know, I slay myself.) Too cool!

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Rhissanna said...

Such nice things yuyou were sent and you deserve every single one! I love the waxed candles with the grapevine (yes to Christmas greens or in a bowl of hickory nuts )and the crow and star pin keep, But as a dollmaker, I an thrilled by the zombie you won! Such a delightful creation! You must have been thrilled! Congratulations to you.

Good luck with dog, son's surgery and the syllabus and don't worry about the Halloween decorations! Just throw on some tinsel and a set of lights and you're good for Christmas!

Astridbears said...

so lovely goodies, I love all!
have a wonderful weekend
Astrid said...

Rarely do the words zombie and cute go together in the same sentence, but they do with that little guy!

time worn interiors said...

Noticed from another blog you where looking or E6000 glue! Got mine at Walmart!

Rhissanna said...

Thank you for the sweet comment about my broken fairy! She's gluing together, so, I think she'll be ok!

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, it meant alot! Looks like we are both having to put blogging a little far back on our to do list. That is great about your teaching job!! Hope your sons surgery went ok. Hope you have a wonderful evening!!


Marijke van Ooijen said...

Ohhh...what a very lovey post...
I lovr your blog so much!
You are a very nice lady..and it's a little bit party to read your comment on my blog!

I wishing you al my love,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Happy Thanksgiving Robin!
I love that first pic you used! And girlfriend, pretty soon you will be able to open a store with all of your winnings! I wish I knew your secret! I used to win, but it's been awhile.
Sorry about your son, his leg does look like it needs some attention.
Big Hugs,

Carolynn Cecilia said...

I am waaayyyy behind on my blog reading so please forgive me for my late proclamation of "congratulations on your new life venture!" I had no idea that you were a teacher or law educated. Insane. And wonderful! Also, I hope your son had a successful surgery. And the snow dog is also doing well.

Lori Ann Corelis said...

Congrats on your new journey!
Take time to "BREATHE" !