Saturday, December 7, 2013

wah wah wah...

goodie bag from nat
whew!  its been a long difficult week this past week.  In fact it really sucked.  I was so grateful to receive this package from my dear friend Natalea (kandeland) last night when I got home from work.   It so lifted my spirits.
nat 1
I know Ive talked about my friend Marilyn who had ALS before.  she has been one of my best friends for about 20 years, and she passed away on sunday morning.  I didnt find out til monday night and I was pretty devastated.  but she was starting to suffer and now shes not... I just cant believe shes gone.  Marilyn was truly one of the most generous, kind hearted people Ive ever known.  She ALWAYS put others before herself.  I will miss her so much.  I hate that she got this horrible disease and had to leave us.  But she is in a better place now and reunited with her husband that died 18 years ago and also with her Dad.   I know she must be happy. 
tiny treats
On top of marilyns death, it was a crappy week at work too.  Remember I work with very naughty teenage boys.  First of all let me say that most of them come from neglectful parents who havent instilled anything in them except anger and resentment.   and so then when their anger and resentment and depressions cause them to act out and not go to school, and smoke pot and break the law, they end up in foster care... when its already too late to do much with them.   I know where they are coming from and why they are the way they are.. but sometimes thats all just excuses.. and these boys are freaken naughty.  Lets just say, with out going into details, that some times I just have to throw my hands up in the air and say, what the F*#$!!  We never manage to fix any of them.. its just heart breaking.  and the boys are BAD!   I was very glad when Fridays work day came to a close.  
goodies from nat
I had a hard time focusing and dealing with daily life just by losing my friend.. but then add in work.. and trying to get my tutorials up, (dont get me wrong.. I loved doing them.. but I did struggle a bit with making time to get them done)  and I also had to finish up an order of memory bears and santa stars for a girl who lost her father not too long ago.
nosey noseys!
But I did get everything done that I needed to.. pretty much anyways.. then add it, that yesterdays calling hours for marilyn and that it was Bethanys birthday and I didnt do anything special for her yet.. and tomorrow is torry pies birthday (which we've already celebrated) and this morning is my girlfriends funeral....  
robyns bears
and are you ready for this???  we woke up to a broken furnance........ no heat....   and guess what?  its freaken cold out  and getting that way inside!   and not for nothing.. there is no extra money hanging around.. so its going to come out of my christmas money...   the icing on the cake.  
robyns bears and stars
soooooo, with all that said, you can see that its been a long crappy week.  
Thankfully I got most of my christmas decorating done last weekend.  my tree has been up all week, but I've been unable to find the time to decorate it.  I will get it done today though..
Im thinking that I need to plan a little gathering for tomorrow to celebrate beth and torry pies birthdays.  at least have them all over for cake and ice cream.. keeping it simple!
love yas all.. thanks for letting me rant a little..  
Life is still good..   a little cold and a little sad and about to be alittle broker.. but life is good.  
and thanks to Natalea, I have some really sweet tiny treasures to play with...
(when my hands warm up! LOL!)
have a happy day girlies and stay warm!!
oh.. and crap!  I just realized that I have a group of women coming to make faux cupcakes on tuesday night... 
but it'll be fun. 
yes. it will be.. 


Lisa said...

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your friend and that your week was crappy. Sometimes it's one thing right on top of another which just seems to magnify the situation. Ugh.

Hopefully things will get brighter for you soon, Viv.


Theresa said...

OH POOH, that is a bunch of sadness! My Cousin's wife had ALS and passed away several years ago. It is an AWFUL disease! So sorry you lost your friend, but she is at peace today! Sending you a big fat GANKY sized hug this morning, sometimes that helps AND will warm you up!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Sending you warm hugs. I'm sorry you had such a nasty week. It does sound like an awful lot to manage. Hopefully, the furnace can get fixed quickly. Take some time for yourself this weekend. What an emotional week. You've earned some time to take care of yourself too.


Kim Campbell said...

I am so sorry hun! Sending warm thoughts, hugs and wishes your way.

By the way, I need to ask about those NY bears....!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Such hard times for you, Viv! I hope you can catch a breath! ♥

Cindy said...

Viv, I am so sorry about your friend. What an awful disease, but now she will not be suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family.
I hope you can get some rest and do something fun for yourself this weekend. You need to recharge. I work with a 5 year old with autism. She wears me out! Some days I just come home and go to bed for awhile:) I am going to do some crafting today. It's my therapy! Love, Cindy

Scrap for Joy said...

Oh Viv, my heart aches for you! Sometimes it feels like the world is ganging up on you and it is totally overwhelming! I find it helpful to take 1/2 hour to have a cup of tea and do nothing but think about a plan to accomplish all that needs to be done.
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I know you will eventually find comfort in the knowledge that she is at peace and whole again.
I wish for peace in your heart and heat in your house!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm sorry to hear you've had such a bad week, Vivian. It always seems like when it rains it pours. I hope things will turn around this coming week for you. It's definitely no fun to be going through all this any time, but especially this time of year.

Perfectly Printed said...

Viv I'm sorry you had such a rough week! It is so hard to lose a friend and at times hard to remember she is at peace now. When I feel overwhelmed I try and have a little "me" time, write down what has to get done, what I want to do, and then the rest...seems to help me focus. My husband teaches high school math in a very difficult school district in San Jose....he comes home sometimes so drained, I can understand your frustration at work...I admire someone like you working with kids that are challenging! Hang in there girl, there are good times round the bend!!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Hi Viv-
I always enjoy your posts because you are so positive and grateful about everything. But sometimes a girl just needs to have a little "melt down" right? I'm so sorry about your sweet friend! :(
You deserve a fun, relaxing weekend doing the things that bring you joy!
Hugs to you Viv,
Erica :)

Japolina said...

Oh Vivian…What a sucky, sucky week. I hope that this week and the rest of 2013 is better. I hate when I have to spend money on broken stuff instead of shoes.

On a serious note, I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

On a lighter note, I'm hosting a giveaway from Bowtie kids for a kids outfit. Maybe lady luck will be on your side and it will be one less Xmas gift to buy. Just leave a comment on my blog this week.


ImagiMeri said...

When it rains, it pours.....doesn't it? I'm so sorry about your friend, but you're right, she's out of pain now. Having lived with chronic pain for over 30 years, I can tell you I don't want anyone sad when I go. I want them to all celebrate that I'm no longer in pain. I'm sorry about your heater, too, but wishing ours would break. My hubby and daughter turn it up to 75 and I'm just boiling and sweating. So glad they're not home during the week days so I can leave it off.

Lots of love, prayers and warm thoughts headed your way sweet friend.

Love ya'

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Hoping next week is a merrier one! Sending a big old hug to you.

Lutka And Co. said...

Sending you a warm, sunny hug from Southern California!


Oh Viv,
I'm so very sorry about losing your BFF! My heart still hurts and misses my, MaryElla...
It would indeed be great fun if we lived by each other to have a Christmas tea!!!
Happy that you rec'd a package in the mail..Just know that you are loved by me!


BUMMER about the's below -0- here...can't image how cold it would be if our furnace went out...

Blessed Serendipity said...

Viv you yourself do so much for others that I hope you take the time to do something special for you. I am sorry that your friend passed away. I hope that you are able to relax this weekend a bit. Hugs and prayers go out to you.

xo Danielle

Jeanne said...

I'm so sorry you had a bad week Viv. As they say, "When it rains it pours!" Hugs to you regarding your friend Marilyn's passing. That must be difficult to lose a friend. I hope next week will be better than this past week has been.
Take care,

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh I'm so very sorry about your friend. I hope you have a better long relaxing weekend. Wishing you some joy sweet friend! Sending big hugs your way!! xo Holly

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

So sorry you have to deal with the loss of your friend. My very favorite words of wisdom when losing someone comes from the great Ben Cartwright himself to Little Joe, "Carry her in your heart, not on your shoulders. She wouldn't want that."

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I lost my aunt to ALS about five years ago, it is a heartbreaking disease. Thoughts are with you at this time.
Last fall our furnace was condemned by the gas company, I hope that you get heat soon, it is too cold. Sending you warm thoughts Viv.

Stephanie said...

You have had a crappy week. Hoping this one is better--way better.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. ALS sucks. I hate all those debilitating diseases that rob a person of dignity before death. (((hugs)))