“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.
“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
I try to keep a stash of get well cards ready to go because knowing that someone cares really is good medicine. Get well cards can be difficult - in fact I've never loved the phrase "get well". It seems so demanding. These cards could be bright and cheerful or they could be funny, but you always have to be careful to know the recipient's situation. In the case of this card, it is destined for an elderly friend who probably isn't going to feel much better - so I kept it soft and sweet. Just a note that I really do care.
Then next Sunday, all the card from the design team and special guests will be gathered together at Catered Crop for a little more inspiration. Hope you play along!
I got back two days ago from my mini-vacation and it was mostly wonderful! Check out the spectacular scenery from some of the hikes that I did.
I also spent quite a bit of time sipping coffee at the local coffee shop and using their free Wi-Fi to keep up on all of your blogs.
We have a tiny, little condo in Frisco Colorado. About 12 years ago, we had decided to buy a new home in Parker to move out of our tiny little house. But I kept feeling sick to my stomach at the change in the mortgage payment because we have owned our current home for 25 years and the mortgage payment is wonderfully reasonable. So instead of a bigger home, we bought this condo in Frisco. I now have two teeny tiny little places! One thing about the condo is both good and bad - it's old (at least for a condo). This is good because it was built before the ski industry became a high-end, slick sport and condos became high-end and expensive. It's also good because with the wooden siding, etc. it feels like a mountain condo. There are beautiful condos up there with much more space than we have, but they feel like being in a city. The picture of the fall colors above was taken about 1/2 a mile from the condo.
The bad side of this is that the appliances are old and wildly out of date. I'm actually irrationally scared of the oven because it's just a little dark hole - I can't explain it, I just always feel like something creepy is going to pop out, or my food is going to get sucked into the black hole. The dishwasher hasn't worked in years and it is actually taped shut with a big warning sign for any guests because when it quit working, we just closed it and it really smells bad!
Long story short - on my last day, new appliances were delivered, but my husband's and my fear of home improvements was confirmed. We are really, really bad at it. First came the refrigerator which we thought we had carefully measured. Turns out we had measured the width, but not the depth. It sticks out an extra 4" which made a huge difference. They had to take out the window ledge and the floor boards just to squeeze it in - and now it sticks out clear to the window. It's quite a hulking presence in the kitchen and makes the window look off-center (which I know all of you cardmakers will understand). Apparently there are such things as "counter-depth" refrigerators, but even though they are smaller, they are double the price, so I'm going to have to live with this hulking presence. (We try not to put much money into this place that gets used maybe once a month.)
Then came the stove. As a very inexperienced home improvement person, I had no idea there were stand-alone and slide-in options. I bought a stand-alone; I needed a slide-in. So after battling the refrigerator and then bringing up the new stove, I made them take back the stove. (Did I mention we are on the second floor?) Just like with the counter-depth refrigerator, the slide-in range is almost double the price but I don't have a choice on this one.
Needless to say, my Lowe's delivery guys walked out with six-packs of beer and a good tip!! They were the most cheerful guys and they kept propping me up by reminding me that there were definitely worse things that could happen than appliances that didn't fit!!
(The dishwasher is fabulous!)
Well that was a longer story than any of you cared about!!! Here's the card recipe which is probably all that many of you cared about!
- Stamps: My Favorite Things Get Well Wishes, Diagonal Stripes background (just on the corners)
- Paper: My Favorite Things Grout Gray, Bubblegum, Sour Apple, Lemon Drop
- Ink: Versamark, White
- Accessories: My Favorite Things Gerbera Daisy die, Leaf-Filled Flourish (I did cut this into three pieces and spread it out behind the flower so it fit around the sentiment)