This is a very special birthday for my Mother-in-Law, Phyllis. It is her 80th Birthday and I decided to make her a card. My husband wanted to give her a gift card, so I developed something that we could put the card in. This card has the gift card part plus an area behind the gift card we could write our personal message. I took a Stampin' Up "stamp a stack" class in November to make Christmas cards, and this Birthday card was based on that design. I love the way it turned out, the colors and the cute little rubber stamped images. Happy 80th Birthday Phyllis!
The Picture - Half Empty or Half Full? Many of you who know me know I've been fighting a battle with Graves' Disease for about a year and a half. It was diagnosed in February of 2007. I was so very sick back then I actually thought I was going to die! One of the main symptoms was a rapid heartbeat and mine was probably 110 beats a minute. I was put on Methimazole, about 40 mg. per day to knock down the worst of the symptoms. That has gradually been reduced until now my dose is 5 mg. a day. Then I got some really bad news this week, my numbers are beginning to rise again. My Dr. called on Wednesday and told me he wanted to do the radioactive iodine treatment. I just don't feel ready for that at all. He gave me until the 7th of November, my next appointment, to "see the numbers change". He says to take the medicine every other day and in two weeks go off it all together. Yeah, the numbers will change and it won't be for the better I'm sure. So, I went on the