Perfect Gift - For Your Friends' Pooch

This is so cute!  What Fashionable Pooch {or owner} wouldn't adore it?

Visit Voknits for the Tutorial to make one for your friends' pooch or make one {in my case 3} for your own Pooch.  I think this Recycled Dog Sweater is something I will be making for my 3 Pups.  Looks like a trip to Goodwill is in order.

Bell's Update - About Me

Bell's Palsy Update 

About Me 

I'd love to be on a Sleigh Ride!!  But, as most of you know, I've suffered for the past 2 1/2 years through 2 bouts of Bell's Palsy.  The first hit on May 28, 2012 and when the 2nd bout hit in August 2014, I hadn't fully recovered from the first.  The August bout was bi-lateral (both sides of my face) BP.  Although I saw early improvements...there hasn't been much improvement in at least 30 days.  Just to go over ONE of the causes of Bell's is a list of viruses that can cause it...There are many other suspected causes, including Stress!

Bell's Palsy Causes
By Mayo Clinic Staff 
Althought the exact reason Bell's Palsy occurs isn't clear, it's often linked to exposure to a viral infection.  Viruses that have been linked to Bell's palsy include the virus that causes Cold sores and genital herpes (herpes simplex), Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster), Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr), Cytomegalovirus infections, Respiratory illnesses (adenovirus), German measles (rubella)
Mumps (mumps virus), Flu (influenza B), Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (coxsackievirus)

That Brings Me To My Latest News 

I now have Shingles!  Oh Yippee!!!  NOT!!!

I've had it for about a week...and it's really painful...with severe itching and burning.  It's terrible and has kept me up at night several nights this week.  Although Doctors prescribe anti-viral meds and steroids for Shingles, as they do for BP...I can't take either of them.  So, I'm using essential oils, one of which is also in a cleanser I use on the affected area 2 times a day.  I apply the oil to the affected area after cleaning.  It's really helped.  Initially and for a day and a half, the area was so red, sore and inflammed...and after cleaning it, the redness has lessened alot!  I also am taking oils in Capsule form.  I'm also using acupressure to help with pain and itching...and to rid my body of toxins.  Hopefully, I won't have this the normal month (or more).  If you would, I'd appreciate prayers!

The Price of The Twelve Days of Christmas

The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.  A set of gifts in each verse of the song would set you back $27,673 in stores, an increase of less than $300 or 1 percent from last year.  But shoppers turning to the Internet would see a bigger bump of about 8 percent over last year's onlineprices, bringing the set of  gifts in each verse to $42,959.  PNC's sources for the Christmas Price Index include retailers, the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia-based PHILADANCO and the Pennsylvania Ballet Company.
If you missed my Twelve Days of Christmas can see it Here.

Prices of the Twelve Days of Christmas items:
- Partridge in a Pear Tree, $208
- Two turtle doves, $125
- Three French hens, $181
- Four calling birds (canaries), $600
- Five gold rings, $750
- Six geese-a-laying, $360
- Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000
- Eight maids a-milking, $58
- Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $7,553
- 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $5,348
- 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,635
- 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,855

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the First Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Dearest Michael,

I went to the door today, and the post man delivered a partridge in a pear tree. This was a delightful gift! I couldn't have been more surprised or pleased darling!

With truly the deepest love, 

On the Second Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Dearest Michael,

Today the postman brought me yet another of your sweet gifts. The two turtle doves that arrived today are adorable, and I'm delighted by your thoughtful and generous ways.

With all of my love,
Yours, Elizabeth

On the Third Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Dearest Michael,

You've been too kind! I don't deserve such generosity. The thought of getting three French hens amazes me. Yet, I am not surprised. What more should I expect from such a nice person?


On the Fourth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Dear Michael,

Four calling birds arrived in the mail today. They are truly nice but don't you think that enough is enough? You are being too romantic.


On the Fifth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Dearest darling Michael,

It was a surprise to get five golden rings! I now have one for every finger. You truly are impossible Darling, yet oh how I love it! Quite frankly, all these birds squawking from the previous days were starting to get on my nerves. Yet, you managed to come through with a beautiful valuable gift!

All my love, Elizabeth

On the Sixth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Dear Michael,
Well I opened my door, there were actually six geese a-laying on my front steps. So you're back to the birds again, huh? Those geese are dear, but where will I keep them?  The neighbors are complaining, and I am unable to sleep with all this racket. Please stop dear.

Cordially, Elizabeth
On the Seventh Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....


What is with you and those stupid birds? Seven swans a-swimming!  What kind of sick joke is this!?  There are bird droppings everywhere! They never shut up, and I don't get any sleep!!  I'm a nervous wreck!  It's not funny you weirdo, so stop with the birds.

Sincerely, Elizabeth

On the Eighth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

 O.K. wise guy, 
The birds were bad enough, Now what do you expect me to do with eight maids a-milking? If that's not enough, they brought their cows!! The front lawn was completely ruined by them, and I can't move in my own house! Just lay off me or you'll be sorry!


On the Ninth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

You rotten scum!!  There are now nine ladies dancing! They're dancing twenty-four hours a day. The cows can't sleep, {neither can I} and they are going to the bathroom everywhere! The building commissioner has subpoenaed me to give cause as to why the house shouldn't be condemned! I can't even think of a reason! You creep! I'm sicking the police on you!

One who means it!

On the Tenth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Listen you evil, sadistic, maniac!  What's with the ten lords a-leaping? They are leaping through the house, breaking everything and even injuring some of the maids! They've knocked my precious Hummel collection on the floor and broken them. The place smells, is an absolute mad house, and is about to be condemned! I hope you are rotten vicious worthless piece of garbage!

Your sworn enemy, Elizabeth

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....

Hey loser, What are you? You must be some kind of sadist!! Now there are eleven pipers piping, and they certainly do pipe! They haven't stopped chasing those maids since they got here! The cows are getting upset...but at least the birds are quiet, they were trampled to death by the cows,  The neighbors are getting up a petition to evict me, and I'm going out of my mind!

You'll get yours!  Elizabeth

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
My true Love gave to me.....
Dear Sir,
This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve drummers drumming, which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, one Elizabeth Quinn. The destruction of course was total. If you attempt to reach Ms.Quinn at Happy Daze sanitarium, the guards have instructions to shoot you on sight.  Please direct all correspondence to this office in the future. With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.
The Law Offices of  Badger, Rees, and Yorker

It's Been a Year...

Benny left this world a year ago tonight...December 7, 2014

After the onset of a debilitating neurological disorder and Benny's rapid deterioration throughout the day, less than 12 hours after seeing our Veterinarian, I decided the only thing I could do for him, was let him go.  It was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.  I didn't know how I was going to get through the loss of my Best Friend.  With all the well-wishes and prayers of friends, I've learned to cope.  Having three other Pups around helps, too.  But, I'd be kidding if I said I didn't miss him or think about him or even sometimes cry remembering all the things he did.

I love the quote, Whoever says Diamonds are a girl's best friend, Never loved a Dog!

I'll love you Forever, Benny!

If you haven't read about Benny or if you don't know what happened to him, you can read about it Here.  To read about Benny's Happier Times in can read about those Here.