Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy Anniversary...

Two years ago today I was in the hospital having a life-changing surgery...gastric sleeve. Though I've not lost all the weight I had hoped to lose, I DO NOT regret having it.  I must admit that I did get somewhat burnt out on my food choices...I'll be the first to admit I'm a picky eater.  This lifestyle may be easy for some people, but not for others.  When having to decide whether or not to have any type of gastric surgery, one must remember that this is for the rest of your life.  This type of lifestyle CAN BE maintained if you want it bad enough, and I want it bad enough.

I need to get about 20 more pounds off then my surgeon will hopefully approve me for skin removal.  It's so embarrassing to have this loose skin and the health issues it can cause.  However, I am determined to get the weight off, hopefully ASAP. 

The goal for this year is to work on that remaining weight. I've got a partner now (my daughter), who though she didn't have the surgery, she's working on getting some weight off too. My biggest drawback is I absolutely HATE to exercise, but I know I'm gonna have to if I am to succeed.  My daughter works during the day and has 2 little boys, so our getting together will be hard to set in will have to be whenever we can.

If you are considering some type of weight lose surgery, don't let anyone talk you out of it if you need it done to save your life.  I was told I could die during the surgery...but that can happen with ANY surgery you have, no matter what type of surgery.  Do this for you!  I did it for several reasons:

1)  I wanted to be healthier and to get rid of the pain in my back and joints.
2)  I didn't like the way I looked.
3)  I couldn't find any clothes I liked that would fit me.
4)  My husband/kids/ the event I became bedridden or wheelchair bound, the lighter I was the easier it would be on their bodies if they had to help me move around.

Here's to losing the rest of the weight I need to get off and a healthier rest of my life!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

In with the new...Out with the old!

On this last day of 2019 I am very grateful for all the blessings I've received over the last year. I've had heartaches, too, but those turned in to blessings. The Lord has been awesome to my family and me this year. As I enter 2020, I look forward to seeing what's in store. Through both the good times and the rough times, I will make it because Jesus is with me all the way!


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours,
may you day be filled
with the love and peace
of Christ.
He is the TRUE reason 
for this season!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I must be Wonder Woman...

The Bible teaches that the Lord gives us no more than we can handle.  If that is the case, the Lord must think I'm Wonder Woman or some type of super human.  The last month or so has really be chaotic around here,  the details of which I will not go into here.  If you want to compare this to the weather, there have been times when I have had just a few rain showers and other times when I've gone through either hurricanes or tornadoes.  But after the storm blew through, the beautiful days have been glorious, and I am so grateful for the blessings I have received because of the bad storms.

I think of Job in the Old Testament and all the things Satan put him through trying to get him to denounce God.  He lost his entire family and everything he owned.  Even his friends told Job he must've done something terribly wrong against God and to repent.  Not once did Job lose his faith in God, and because of this the Lord blessed him tremendously in the end.  (NOTE:  Please read the Book of Job for more details.)

Though I know things have calmed down somewhat, I've still been busy getting ready for Christmas.  Having a cold doesn't help matter things any, plus having several orders I need to get out in time for holiday deliveries.

Just remember, if things get hectic and you don't think you can take anymore, you've got help with the Lord!  All you have to do is ask.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New camera ordered...

Nikon D5600 DSLR
Well, I finally got to order my new camera, which should arrive tomorrow.  I ordered a Nikon D5600 from Amazon and several accessories, including 3 different size lenses, filters, lens hoods, and a vertical battery grip with extra batteries.  I am so looking forward to "playing" around with my new toy.

I am more familiar with the Canon SLR (I own a Canon T70 which is 35mm camera), so the Nikon is new to me.  Why did I go with Nikon instead of  Canon?  After doing a lot of research and comparisons, I decided to give Nikon a try.  The Canon I compared the D5600 with was the T7i, which seems to be a really great camera itself.  There didn't seem to be that much of a difference between the T7i and the D5600; however, the deciding factor for me was mainly the price.  Nikon was less expensive than Canon.  Plus, I have a couple of friends who are professional photographers who use Nikon cameras and I know they will help me with learning all I need to know.

As soon as I can, I will update you on my analysis of the Nikon.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Getting back into my love of photography...

Yes I still own my first camera.

Though I’ve been into photography since 1966 when I received my very first camera, a Kodak Instamatic X-15, I have over time realized that I really don’t know as much about cameras and taking great pictures as I would like.  I love taking all types of pictures, especially outdoor pictures.  Nature offers such a vast array of subjects just waiting to be photographed.  Over the years, I have gone from the above Kodak camera to a Canon T70 35mm to a Sony Digital point-and-shoot.  Each camera has been used quite a bit and I love each one.  The sad part is film for the Kodak Instamatic is no longer made that I am aware of.  It used a drop-in type of 35mm film.

Bought in 1984.
The Canon T70 uses 35mm film on a roll, which I can still find.  The downside of 35mm is having to take it some place, such as Walmart, to be developed.  The lens shown in the picture to your right is a 300mm telephoto lens.  I also own several other types of lenses for it, as well as several types of filters. 

A few years ago I "upgraded" to a Kodak point-and-shoot digital camera, which I no longer own. It was gifted to a minister in Eswantini, Africa.  The digital camera I use now is a Sony CyberShot, a point-and-shoot camera.  A digital camera makes it very convenient when you want to upload to FaceBook, Twitter or some other online site or for sending via texts.  

As of this writing, I am planning on getting a new digital camera, one that will use different size lenses like the Canon T70 I own.  I have a particular camera in mind, but am doing all kinds of research before I finally make up my mind.  There are several "bundles" on Amazon I'm looking at, but I can't make up my mind which one I want.  It is my plan to have it purchased before I attend the Lexington ComicCon the last weekend in March.

ISBN 978-0-07-175471-2
I am also reading "How To Do Everything Digital Photography" by Jason R. Rich, which has helped me a lot in what to look for.  It contains oodles of links to help with researching things I need/want to know.  If you are looking to learn more about digital photography, I highly recommend this book.  I got mine at my local library, but you can also find it on Amazon, both new and used.

One last photograph I'd like to share with you is a novelty 35mm camera I bought years ago.  It was one I just couldn't resist and though I didn't use it very much, I am so glad I bought it.  This, like the Kodak Instamatic, used a type of drop-in film, the difference being, instead of dropping the film into the back of the camera, you attached the camera to the film.

As I do more research on my newest addition of a dslr camera, I hope to share what I decide to buy, as well as what helped me to make my decision.

Saturday, October 26, 2019


We recently added a few new designs to our Etsy store, A Family Affair Boutique, and are working on some more to add soon.  If you don't see something you're looking for, just ask and we'll see what we can do to help.  We are also hoping to soon add handmade lanyards and keyfobs to the store.  We are working on getting pictures made to upload.

I'm still working on getting pictures ready to upload to Sharry's Place.  These pictures include my adventures at The ScareFest convention this past September, as well as some odds and ends I've taken.  Next year's convention will be October 23-25; if you like horror and paranormal conventions, be sure to check out their website often for guest announcements, hotel reservations and to purchase your tickets.

The next convention I will be attending will be the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention, which will be the weekend of March 26-29, 2020, at the Lexington Convention Center.  They have a great lineup of guests so far with more to be announced.  Tickets are on sale now, as well as the opportunity to make hotel reservations.

One last thing for now...I will eventually "upgrade" my camera equipment to include a Nikon D5600.  I am working on saving the money for it and doing a lot of research, and will post updates as I go.