Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bear of a Summer

Well I tell you friends and neighbors - it has been one bear of a summer!

Yep - here he comes and he knows where there is food!!

Well you might think he is doing a pole dance but I tell you he tore down two of my bird feeding poles.  Normally, bears come around in the evening when it is dark and we always have the feeders in.  But this is a teenager and he does not know the rules of the game.  So we eventually took down the feeders to discourage him from thinking there was free grub at the Dehon house.

Well this should have been my warning - after having such a good time at the beach with the grands it all fell apart in a hurry.  And I mean fell apart.  On the night of June 25 I fell on our deck and broke my left hip. I tell you, it did not really hurt - that is, as long as I did not move.  We are now on the mend.  I overdid it last week and am paying for it now --  I also managed to come down with bronchitis this weekend.  Now there is nothing more pathetic than a slightly older lady, limping around on a cane and coughing so hard she wets her pants. I am sure you senior citizens know what I mean. 

I want to thank all of you who have sent me the most gorgeous cards -- I really appreciate it more than you will ever know.  I also appreciate all of you who have e-mailed to say you missed me and asked me how I have been doing.  Well we are going to get back into the swing of things. So I have posted a card that I made for a challenge group I belong to on Splitcoast Stampers.

Twinkle, twinkle over glued.  With my naked eye I could not see the glue shine but that stupid camera does not lie!!!  It sure did cost a lot of money to be so stupid.

I am entering this card into the following challenge and then will send it on to the proper people who will send it to a Children's Hospital.  I understand that little boys love to smear glue!

Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything goes 4 kids

Well I did chatter a lot today didn't I -----I do appreciate your visit and you do know that all your comments but a big - really big smile on my face!!!!


Danielle Champagne said...

Hello dear Sandy, how nice to read you, in one way, and sad to read that all things are not well. I would have hope that by the time everything would have come back to almost normal. your little bear made me laugh, him, along with my racoons & skunks would make a lovely zoo!

I certainly hope that you take some rest, and heal from this bronchitis..I'll make you laugh. when in the 40,s I did some famous bronchitis...and did wet my pants! I was young at the time.

your card is very sweet, I love this cute image. and the lovely flowers you decorated it with. take care & and come back to blogland healed. XOXO

Kathy said...

Hey Sandy, great to see you back. Sorry bronchitis has you now, you deserve a break! Don't overdo it, you want to heal completely.

I love your card, such a cute take on this little guy, love the glittery letters, so fun!

Take care of yourself!


Stamps and Paper said...

Wow I am amazed at your bear photographs can't imagine having one come so close to home!
Hope your recovery from surgery is continuing to go well
Your card is fabulous and as always so full of colour.


Caroline said...

Awwwwwww Lovely Sandy, it is so nice to see you posting. I love that little bear even if he is a naughty so-and-so he looks so cute but I bet he'd eat me if I went in for a cuddle. I love your latest card & I hope you will be better soon to post some more as I love popping over to read what you've been up to! Take Care xxx

Victoria said...

Hi Sandy and it's really lovely to "see" you back in blogland. I am so sorry about your accident and to hear that you now have bronchitis on top of that. Wishing you the speediest of recoveries. I know exactly what you mean about the camera never lying about glue -- just how does it see it?! Regardless of glue, tis a really cute card which will certainly put a smile on a child's face. It certainly did on mine -- and that bear most certainly did too! I can't even imagine having a bear in the garden, but then I'd be a bit worried if we did in the UK!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sandy it is so lovely to have you posting again I have visited many times but thought that you might have been away. I am so sorry to hear about your fall also the Bronchitis, it sounds like you have had such a rough time. I really love the photos of the Bear he looks so cute but mischievous, lol, I love the card you have made it is terrific I adore that image so much the flowers and letters are smashing.
Lorraine x

Lau W said...

Hi dear Sandy ! it's so good to read you !!!! You're happy even if you have health problems, i admire you ! You're a fun woman !
I hope that the bear will not return at you house, but...i think that he's cuuute ! it's impressive to see wow !
Your card is really nice, love all the flowers and the fun colors and the sweet image.
This week, I send you a card, I had promised, but I took a lot of delay in my mail oops !
hugs and kisses my friend, i'm so so happy to "see" you here, youpiii !
Take care !

Marie-Louise said...

Such a cute card. Really nice. Sorry to see that you have been "in the wars". Hope that you are feeling better very soon.

Cat's sCrap said...

Hi Sandy,

Happy to find you on the blogosphere ! That of adventures !

What an adorable card with funny characters ! Bravo !

Take care of you !
Hug from France.

Paula said...

Girl what am I going to do with you....The hip, bronchitis, wetting your pants (OMG I'm in tears, but laughing with you! not at you!!). Please do take care of yourself and be extra careful not to overdo it.
And the card is adorable, glad to see you are back creating!! I've missed your posts. Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!

koala said...

Hello Sandy, Wow...,I also visited your blog sometimes, but I thought you've been enjoying your summer vacation and might be busy. (@.@)" I feel so sorry to hear that you've been having hard time (;*.*;)",but I really hope you will getting better and better soon. p(^.^)q"
And I am HAPPY and looking forward to see your WONDERFUL creation again and more !!!(^.^)/"
Please take care...

Kelly said...

I am so happy to see you on your blog today!! You are one tough lady, a little set back and onto the cards. Your image is adorable, he looks like my little on with his dog. I love the scene you made and What glue? LOL Your card is fantastic and a great to see one from you!
Country Hugs, Kelly

Marilyn said...

Well first of all, your card is so cute and I love the little scene. Isn't that crappy how you don't see the glue or a crooked layer until it's too late? I usually don't notice it until it's posted... anyway, I'm starting to ramble and the long and short of it is that I wouldn't even have noticed the glue if you hadn't pointed it out and even then, you have to really look hard to see it.
I have been wondering where you are but a bear and a broken hip are a pretty good explanation. I would be very frightened if I saw a bear on my deck... I don't even like bugs!
And a broken hip... my gosh girlie, you seem to have action and excitement in spades! Take care of yourself and take it easy. No dishes, no vacuuming, no dusting and you get the recliner and the remote every night.

Kathya said...

Hi, Sandy! I've missed you. Glad to see that you are back. And you made me smile with your poem. Glue or not (I cant see it by the way) your card is so sweet and adorable. Great job!

Peggie said...

You have had a time of it. Hope you are better soon. Fun little guy card. Boy stuff is always so hard but this is just perfect.

Anonymous said...

Lovely to see you back in blogland Sandy, this has certainly been a testing summer for you and I'm really sorry to hear about the bronchitis on top of the mending hip, but you still manage to make me smile!! That bear looks so cute and cuddly but I'll be giving him a wide berth for bot our sakes! Lovely card, and yes the light always catches the glue! Sods law!!


Pam Sparks said...

eeek Sandy! He looks like he wants to be your pet! Hope the grands got to see him!

Adorable friend card... could easy be a bear sitting there with that boy! lol Your post is so entertaining but hate it that you had to fall! ugh! Get well cuz I'm sure another adventure is headed your way! Fun to hear from you again!

Ruth Ann Hunter said...

OMW Sandy, sounds like you've been through the wringer, the hip then bronchitis on top of that WOW. We should get together, I'm recovering from back surgery, keeping my fingers crossed that I don't come down with something else. Our bears haven't made an appreance yet this year, seen them down the road but haven't made it to the house yet...they'll come. Hope your health is restored fully. Really cute card love the little boy.
hugs, Ruth Ann

Myrna said...

So sorry to hear about all your troubles this summer Sandy. Take it easy with your hip. Don't go chasing that youngin' away from your feeders! I'm right there with you and that coughing I coughed for three months straight last winter!

The Children's Hospital will love to get your adorable card!
Take care Sandy and have a wonderful Fall! No pun intended. ;-)

cathylynn said...

Hello Sandy! Gosh it's so good to see you back posting! I can "bearly" stop laughing because even though I'm a few years younger I can relate! No need to cough..just jump on a tramboline! What a hoot! Looks like you made a new friend while you were recovering! I think he likes you "Honey!. And.... you created a marvelous card! How adorable!
I hope you get fully well REAL soon! Welcome Back!
Hugs, Cathy

Unknown said...

Dear, sweet Sandy, soooo glad you are back to blogging and making cards! YIPEE!!! Love this card, and if you hadn't pointed out the glue, I wouldn't have noticed it!!! Love this adorable card...hugs!!! Leah Ann

Unknown said...

Sandy, I just keep laughing over this post...between the bears, the cane, and wetting your pants, my cheeks hurt from laughing so much, although in reality it is not funny, but you know I love ya! Everytime I catch a cold and cough or sneeze, I have to cross my legs my dear, or I too will wet my pants...no it isn't fun getting old...my mind says I'm not, but my body tells me different, and that doggone mirror, I need to throw it clear out into outerspace!!! Hugs! Leah Ann

Lindsey said...

So sorry to hear about your hip, Sandy... and now bronchitis on top of it! Glad you are on the mend, at least. Cute card!

Pat said...

Hi Sandy, Lovely to see you posting again, but so sorry to hear about your accident to your hip and now the bronchitis, but glad that you are on the mend. You brought a smile to my face when describing a slightly older lady. Great photo's of the bear too but couldn't believe it when you said the bears come round at night!!!!

Super card, with a great image. Take care of yourself.

Pat xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Glad to see you are back Sandy! I have missed your smiling face and wit!! Glad you are on the mend and I hope the bronchitis is clearing up now! I know what you mean about wet knickers (an English phrase for pants lol). Fab card and I sure can't see any glue, maybe that dog should have been a bear!! Big hugs from your English friend, Susan x

Candy said...

Hi Sandy,
I'm so happy to see you making cards again. It's a cutie and if you hadn't mentioned the glue I wouldn't have noticed it.
I feel so bad to hear you have bronchitis as well as all your other trouble!!
I know just what you are talking about coughing and wetting your pants :o( It happens to us all at one time or another.
Looking forward to 'seeing' more of you.
Big hugs, Candy

Sandra said...

Welcome back Sandy! What a terrible summer you've had health wise! So sorry to hear that you now also have bronchitis! Love your cute card! And what a cute visitor! I guess he is just harmless at his age. Take care now! Hugs, Sandra

Rene said...

Sandy! How did I not know this?!? Oh goodness gracious...well, I'm glad you're on the mend! That explains why it's been so quiet on your front!
Swift healing my friend!
Rene :D

Lisa Minckler said...

Oh, the days are brighter, the colors are richer and the smells are sweeter now that Sandy is posting again. :) I just love your card and the idea that boys will love it even more for the glue factor gave me a great laugh!!

Big hugs to you,
Lisa xx
P.s...Never trust a sneeze!

Karen Hasheck said...

What a fun card and blog post. Thanks too for sending the in for our kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Remember when you link to a challenge to have your specific blogpost highlighted so when we click on your card it takes us right to the correct blogpost where your card is.

Sherry said...

Oh Sandy I am so glad to see you back and I'm sorry to hear about your hip and bronchitis. I hope you get to feeling better. Your bear is sooo cute! Love the card you made.

Sending you hugs and get well wishes!

Chris said...

WOW, that bear is so cheeky but my goodness that's an incredible photograph, how wonderful to live in such a place!

You make me laugh so much about your coughing, I know how that feels LOL. So glad you're back Sandy. Hugs, Chris xx

Linda Palmer said...

I don't know if I posted on this or not as I missed some days on the computer. This is so cool to see you back on the computer and posting. I miss your fun posts. You have a natural story telling ability to make things that are scary and sad seem funny. Hope you are feeling better. Love ya girl!

Alice said...

awww.... so sorry to hear that, Sandy. glad to hear that you are on the mend and hope you get back to 100% soon. sorry that i didn't know about this and you still stop by to visit my blog. you are sooooo sweet! sending you big hugs and i would love to send you a card if you don't mind sending me your snail mail. =) love the background you created for your image and the tree frame is perfect. love it and so happy to see your work again! =)

Imke said...

I´ve never seen such a funny bear. Look at his O-legs !

Unknown said...

Oh my I love this gorgeous card and so very happy to see you getting back into things!!!!! I missed my little quacky friend!!!! I have not been blogging much either due to family health issues again. I hope to be back in full swing shortly!!!!!

Karen said...

I am so glad to see you are up and about. Your card is the sweetest! Your design is fabulous with the little boy and his puppy....


My'scardcorner said...

Cute card Sandy and Good luck in the challenge with it. Sorry to hear youve had a mishap but glad you are now on the mend, Ive missed you popping by.Take care,

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

What a sweet scene you have created and I love your support for SAS 4 Kids, truly adorable card! Thank you so much for joining us @ SAS4Kids for our "Anything Goes" Challenge :)

Shannon White said...

Hi Miss Sandy! Sure hope you are on the mend and feeling almost back to normal soon! I know that can't be any fun to be healing from a broken hip..Big hugs and prayers for your Super speedy recovery lady! 8-)

Love your Sweet card! too cute! And your little bear visitor sure made me smile! So clever,8-)


happyglitzygirl said...

Beautiful card, love how you put the images together, great colours. Thanks for playing with us at SAS4Kids, blessings Hilde

Sue from Oregon said...

Well Miss Sandy, it seems your broken hip has not slowed you down nor dimmed your sense of humor! Very fun card-love this little boy and his doggie scene!

Tan's Hobbies said...

Oh, dear!!! You are so sweet and lovely. Even though got so many things happen, you still never lose your sense of humor. That is one thing I wish to learn from you!!

Your card is amazing!! As always, the coloring is awesome, love the glittery and those flowers makes the overall design even better!! Miss you and Big hugs, dear!!

lovingrammahood said...

Such a sweet card. There is nothing sweeter than a little boy and his dog :) I am so sorry to hear of all your mishaps :( I too have been thinking you must be enjoying a wonderful summer and instead you have been bravely suffering a broken hip, bronchitis and bears. I am praying that things are now going to turn around for you and all will be bright again. I love your creations and have missed both them and you.
Get well soon.

Sarn said...

Cute card Sandy.

So glad to see you back posting in blogland again.

Hoping you continue to make a good recovery.

Big Hugs
Sarn xxx