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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In an instant your life changes - Black mold and how deadly it can be

I have be gone for a while.  I moved into my new
apartment 5-23-15.  Love the location, view, etc.
My first ER visit was on 7-23-15.  I have never
called an ambulance in my life.  I started having
a hard time breathing and my throat was closing
up.  The ER said probably allergies.  My friends
prompted me to check my HVAC system.  When
I opened the door it was covered in black mold.
I had no idea how dangerous this could be.  I went
to the office and maintenance came and put new
filter and cleaned up.  NextR visit was 9-5-15.
I was so weak, dizzy, felt like someone was stabbing
my head with an ice pick.  My left foot had pain.  My
left ear has been clogged since 7-23-15 with ringing.
The did a CAT scan,nothing.  One of my friends
said it had to be the apartment I am never sick and
I do not go to the ER ever.  I checked the hepa
filter I bought less then a month ago.  I decided to
check the HVAC unit.  The filter was black with
mold and it was less then 30 days in the system.
I bought a standing air filter for my office
delivered 8-18-15 and checked that filter.  Once
again,black.  No wonder I was so sick.  I left
the apartment 9-5-15 and have never returned.
I tried to get the air tested, the complex refused
to let me test the air.  My brother in law has a
special camera,  all of the air ducts were filled
with black mold.  No wonder I was so sick.  I
worked from home, so I was there a good 19-20
hours a day.  I never understood how dangerous
black mold can be.  Doctors are clueless on how
to treat it.  Took me 4 doctors and I finally found
one due to speaking to a woman who almost
died from the mold herself. If I had stayed there , no question I
would not have survived.  Black mold spores
cannot be seen.  I lost all of my belongings. 
If you bring your things to a new location,
the spores can grow in your new environment.
I lost every cross stitch piece I ever made.
Leaving my grandparents furniture behind
was heart breaking.    I am living with my
sister.  I have been out of work pretty much
the whole month of September.  I am once
again starting over.  I am so thankful for
my friends and family.  Things really do
not matter.  I am trying to find my way
back and recover my health.  It will take
time but I know I will be fine.

For information on mold please visit these sites.  It saved
my life to know I wasn't alone.    And some great
resources.  The medical community does not test for
mold unless asked.  It causes more things to your body
then you can imagine.  If you have an unexplained
illness maybe mold is the cause.  I am thankful for
the resources I found.  I was only in my apartment
for three months.  It shows how it can really work
fast on your body.  If I help just one person,  this is
worth my time.

There are a lot of sites.

Books I have read:

Suzanne Somers book Tox-Sick  covers many things. 
Her and her husband almost died from black mold.
The covers many toxins and what the medical
community does not want us to know.  I highly
recommend this book

Mold  The War withing By Kurt & Lee Billings
What this couple endured from black mold.

There are a ton of stories you can read online.
The internet truly helped me, without it I
wouldn't be on my way recovery.

I have no stitching supplies, no patterns.
Eventually I will get back to stitching
Recovery is my goal at this time.
I know a lot of praying people out there,
they would be greatly appreciated.

Please do not feel sorry for me,  I am one of
the lucky ones.  Each year 500K people die
to mold related illnesses,most do not get the
proper treatment.  Antibiotics and steroids
are the worst thing you can take, it makes
the mold in your body grow more.  The two
books really gave me some good guidance.

Happy stitching my friends.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A lizzie kate finish and 6th block completed on HRH spring

 This was a freebie from lizzie kate.  I
just did the first 3 words.  The fabric is
perfect for this piece.
Sixth block of HRH spring has been 
completed for a while and starting the 7th 
block.  I stitch way more in the winter then
i do in the summer.  It doesn't get dark here
until after 9pm, i am usually out walking
etc.  I am not indoors much in the summer.
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Land of the free because of the brave.
My 4th of july display
 some of my policy stoneware hanging on my wall
Love these plates.  hand painted in poland.
Happy stitching everyone.

Friday, June 26, 2015

A patriotic finish and Myrtle Beach, NC

 Pattern from Lizzie Kate.
With July 4th around the corner this will
be added to the display.
To all the soldiers who have given their
life or served our great country, Thank you.

 Myrtle Beach, NC
I took my nephew Ryan for this 6 day
trip.  I have never been there before and
miss the beach.  What a beautiful clean 
beach.  The water was so warm and the
weather was perfect.  We ate way to
much but also walked close to 10 miles
a day.  I lost weight on the trip.  We went
to the Carolina Opry and it was great.
We also went to see Josh Turner.  
Lots of fun and had such a great time.
I spoiled my nephew and i am sure he
will remember all the great things we
did.  How nice i could treat him to a
great vacation.  It was a joy and honor
to do that for him.
The birds were so cute.  When the water came in 
they would run away from the water.

 Can you see the happiness and joy.

 I feel so small around my nephew.
He is almost a foot taller then me.

 So many places to eat.  One of the locals
suggested the giant crab.  Awesome buffet
The crab legs and prime rib were worth
it just for that. 
Oysters on a half shell, so yummy.
I miss the great seafood.

July is right around the corner. Time
just flys by.  I hope everyone is enjoying
the Summer.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A couple of finishes - Can you believe it is June already

 I moved the last week of May.  I downsized
from a 3 bedroom home with a garage to
a 2 bedroom apartment.  I am on the 2nd
floor and when i sit on my balcony I have a
view of the smokey mountains.  It was the 
best moved i could have done.  I have 2
huge walkin closets.  They are filled to the
brim.  It is very hard to consolidate.  We
think we have nothing until we move.  I
owned a house for the past 27 years.  I had
no idea if this would be good.  But I have to
say I do not hear any noise at all.  I like
they apartment better then any house I
owned.  Its a great fit for me.  Things 
might change in the future but for know
i am very happy where I am.  Not much
stitching in May.  I did finish 2 sweet
lizzie kate pieces.  Both are from tiny
 After the big move, I will be on vacation for
the next 2 weeks.  It just so happened to work 
out that way.  I have to book my vacations 6 
months in advance.  Gods timing is perfect.
I took the time to finally join some friends
at the Tennessee Theatre.  Shame on me for
not going sooner.  I have been here since
Dec. 2012 and it took me this long to go.
I have been to many Theatre's in Manhattan
but this is the most beautiful one i have ever
stepped in.  The detail and restoration they
did on this place is amazing.  The first 
monday of each month there is a free 
show.  They have organ music and a 
performance of some kind.  This month
they had a group called Nostalgia, a
bunch of local singers.  What a treat and
did i say FREE.  I will definately attend
more events.

 Me heading to the Theatre.
Friends from my Friday night dinner group.
From the Left: Jim, Marie, & Tom
What a blessed group to be with.  We all met
at the Theatre and enjoyed the day.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Summer season.
I always do.  I will be heading to Asheville, NC
tomorrow and to Myrtle Beach, the 3rd week
of June.  Happy Stitching.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So busy with moving. My daughter will be on a reality show

 Big NY Islander hockey fans.
 Prom 2012

My youngest Daughter Alyssa will be on a
reality show on May 28 at 10PM on liftime
called smile.  We were both born to a genetic
imperfection with our teeth and it shows her
journey.  She is nervous about how they will
portray her.  We went through our time of
of silence and all is well with the family now.
With a reality show you dont know have they
will put a spin on it, but this show is about
putting a new smile on peoples faces.  I am
sure it will all be positive.  Alyssa is a
very outgoing young lady and always
made us laugh.    So proud of you Alyssa.
In the photos Alyssa is on the right in both
pictures.  Amanda is her older sister.  I hope
you will watch and see the journey.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Trio of finishes plus an Orlando trip

 Land that i love by Lizzie Kate

 Santa knows by lizzie kate

 I dig beach stitching by Foxwoods crossings.

 Santa knows was stitched going back an forth
to Orlando Fla. for a work trip that i earned.
My Son Christopher was my guest.
I haven't seen him in three years.
We stayed are the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Fla.
The trip was amazing and such a treat for 
both of us.  A fully paid for trip by my 
company.  We Swam with the dolphins at
discovery cove and also went to Seaworld
Our awards dinner was at Emerils in
Universal studios.  After we went to
see the blue man show.  Saturday
night my Dad and His his wife Kathy
met us at the Ritz for dinner.  They
live in Fla. It was  a great trip.  I enjoyed
each minute of the trip.  We were there
four days and each day was packed
with things to do.  Great memories.
 Me and my son Christopher
 Can you see the company i work for?
 Me and my dad
 My dad an my son Chris
 My Co-workers
from the Left: Angela, me and Kelly
We work from home so it was great
to meet them in person.  These are
My MOC buddies.  We support each
other.  We all live in different states.
Dinner at MoonFish in Orlando was
amazing,  I highly recommend it.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to Everyone.
Thank you Jesus for dying for
our sins.  He has risen.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The long and winding road and Biltmore House, NC

 The Long and Winding Road
By Blackbird Designs.
This is a pattern i got for christmas.
Sent as a gift from my sister Cheryl.
This piece has a couple of meanings to me
My step dad was a huge Beatles Fan.
He passes away several years ago.  
When i hear any Beatles song, I think of him.
We share the same Birthday, New year's Day.
My birthday is always bitter sweet,  he isn't
here to celebrate, but i know he is smiling from
Heaven.  Someday I will see him again.
When I saw the pattern i couldn't wait to stitch
it.  I bought Downton Abbey's first five seasons
and did a marathon of watching.  The sets
and clothing just capture you along with 
the clothing and storyline.  I watched all five
seasons in two and 1/2 weeks.  I stitched this
piece the whole time.  The colors in this piece
capture that time period.  I wanted to find a
great frame for this piece.  So off i went to
many stores.  The frame is actually a mirror.
38.95 I thought was a good price.
It is so hard to find a round frame.  The
vintage look and the metal flowers match
perfectly.  I framed this piece myself.  This
year I am trying a bunch of new things
for my stitching.  This piece makes me smile
everytime i look at it.  It hangs besides my
grandmothers dresser in my bedroom.

 Having just finished watching Downton Abbey,
display throughout the house of the clothes
in the series of Downton Abbey.  
So, My friend Marie and I went
on a road trip.  It is only two hours away and
I have never been to the house.  The house is
the largest in the United States and built by
The Vanderbilts.  What a nice treat.
It's hard to imagine living in something that
big.  I would need a GPS,  and back then
they didn't have GPS.  

 Before going on the tour we stopped at the
bakery first.  Yummy.  A fruit tart.
For lunch we ate at The Bistro in
Antler village by the Estate.
The food was fresh and very good.
I will be going to Ashville again.
So many great restaurants and things
to see. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jingle Jingle.

I have finished a couple of Christmas ornaments.
I do these all year long.
Jingle Jingle by Lizzie Kate 

 Everyone remembers I did this snowman
in pink,  I have done him in blue.
Both are so cute.  Blue is one of my
favorite colors, I couldn't resist.
 Both look so nice together.

Yes, Mr. Bunny is still in charge.
They snowmen have been put away.
I am enjoying the warmer weather.
Happy stitching everyone.