Monday, April 11, 2016

Humor is necessary

Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in a dryer for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle-free and 3 sizes smaller?  One truth you can count on is that on the flip side of 50 a few laughs go a long way!  When I can laugh at myself life seems more joyful, more pleasant, and easier to cope with because it changes my focus.

Because I create cards, like me, my customers are also livin' on the flip side of 50 and appreciate a little light-hearted humor.  And so I've become a  collecter of  tags that say a lot in a few words.  I've divided them into categories in a notebook and frequently read them while looking for just the right one for inside a card.  My all time favorite is - "We've still got it!"  It's just a matter of remembering where we put it!  I matched this one with a long sleek black dress on a hanger that I designed. My customers seem to like it also,  it is one of their favorites.  I found the little black dress on a 6' shower curtain while visiting the bathroom of a friend and immediately knew it was a Kalico Kard!

Many times it's a little humor that saves the day!  We've  always had a bird-feeder on the big tree aside of our little cottage - the past year it was fell down from the wind and we put it back up but on the other side of the house, outside our breakfast room window so we could watch the birds.    To our surprise, we were feeding the squirrels - the poor birds would be chased and the squirrels would sit until the feeder  was empty.  This was an insult to my husband,  he's the one who  lugs the bags home
and pays for the food,  and before you know it the bucket is empty - plus, there's a big walnut tree in the yard and those same squirrels have a feast then bury the rest all over our big yard.  I know because  we've pulled and cut down so many small  walnut trees because the absent minded squirrels can't remember where they buried their nuts.  My husband has taken on the job of trying  to keep those squirrels OFF the feeder!  He has nothing better to do than wait on their arrival each morning after he fills the feeder..  All my garden tools: the broom, the mop, and whatever else may have been standing on the porch, you will find in the area of the bird feeder.  To me it's a losing battle because if we're not there 24/7,   when we return the feeder is totally empty!  But then this is my husbands entertainment each day - he actually enjoys the  battle!  It means less time for complaining, for napping, and whatever else he wants to avoid.   So if you're feeling down or bored or in need of a friend - get yourself a bird feeder!

the kardlady

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

If you're livin' on the flip side of 50 you were probably home-schooled like most of our generation by well-meaning parents:

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL  DONE.    "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside- I just  cleaned!"
    2. My mother taught me RELIGION:    "You better pray that's gonna come out of the carpet."
    3. My father taught me about TRAVEL:    "If you don't shut up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
    4. My father taught me about AUTHORITY:  " Because I said so, that's why   ."
    5. My mother taught me LOGIC:    "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, it's your own fault"
    6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT:    "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
    7. My father taught me about IRONY    "Keep crying, and I'm gonna give you something to cry about."
    8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.   "Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
    9. My mother taught me how to be a CONTORTIONIST:    "Look at that dirt on the back of your neck!
 "  10. My mother taught me about STAMINA:    "You just sit there til all that spinach is gone."
    11. My mother taught me about the WEATHER:    "Your bedroom looks like a tornado hit it"
    12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY:    "If I told you once, I told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
    13. My father taught me about the  CIRCLE OF LIFE:  "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it"
    14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:    "Stop acting like you're the boss!"
    15. My mother taught me about ENVY:    "There's millions of kids in this world who don't have good  parents like you do."
    16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION:    "Just wait til your father gets home."
    17. My mother taught me about GETTING: 'You're gonna get it when we get home!"
    18  My mother taught me the SCIENCE OF MEDICINE:    "If you don't stop making those faces you're gonna stay  that way."
    19. My mother taught me ESP.    "Put your coat on; I should know when you're cold?"
    20. My father taught me HUMOR.    "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come crying  to me."
    21. My mother taught me HOW TO BE AN ADULT:   "If you don't eat those vegetables, you'll never grow up."
    22. My mother taught me GENETICS:   "You're just like your father."
    23. My mother taught me about  ROOTS:    "Shut that door - you weren't born in a barn!"
    24. My mother taught me WISDOM.    "When you get to be my age, you'll understand.
    25. My father taught me about JUSTICE . " I hope  your kids  turn out just like you!"
the kardlady

Friday, January 15, 2016

Received this from a cousin who sometimes makes my day with his emails - I guess it's the typical life for many -  sometime after 50 - or you can put living fully first:

Another year has passed                                                                                                                
And we're all a little older.
Last summer felt hotter
And winter seems much colder.

There was a time not long ago
When life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
About 'Living in the Past'

We used to go to weddings,
Football games and lunches..
Now we go to funeral homes
And after-funeral brunches.

We used to have hangovers,
From parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches
And wile the night away.

We used to go out dining,
And couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
Come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel
To places near and far.
Now we get sore asses
From riding in the car.

We used to go to nightclubs
And drink a little booze.
Now we stay home at night
And watch the evening news.

That, my friend is how life is,
And now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...
Before you're too damned old!

Have a healthy and prosperous new year and remember to live life fully!

the kardlady

Monday, January 11, 2016

Can you believe this?

Here I am- to share my emergency experience! I was living intentionally the past year busy as usual with my cards, family and health program which is a must when you are living on the flip side of 50. The opthemologist I was seeing gave me a sample bottle of eye drops - 1 twice a day in the right eye.  I followed the instructions for reducing the pressure faithfully.  About 2 weeks later I began having shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and all the symptoms of a heart problem - it came to a head on a day we had planned to go out of town.  I called my family  doctor, made an immediate appointment and he sent me by ambulance to the emergency - I was diagnosed with atria fibrillation and the upper and lower sides of my heart were not in sync causing no pain but a breathless feeling, weakness, nausea, dizziness and a heart rate that was off the wall. They send me home with an appointment to see a heart specialist.  She attached a monitor to me for 48 hours and prescribed Xerelto to prevent a stroke and told me the monitor revealed not just an eratic and rapid heartbeat at times but an extra slow beat at other times.  My alternatives were presented, none of which I was in favor of at that time.   I went home and a nuclear stress test and a 14 day monitor was prescribed.  The day I put the monitor on, I had another episode worse than the previous one.  - There were many doctors all with  many questions but no solutions but an additional drug was added to slow an already slow heartbeat at resting and I had many symptoms the first week, to report on the monitor I continued to wear

I returned home on a Tuesday and had an Opthamologist appointment Thursday- she said to continue the eye drops and gave ma a prescription which I filled and read the alerts that came with it.  To my surprise, 5 of my symptoms were listed.  The eye drops were causing my heart problem.  I stopped using them immediately, and the second week of wearing the heart monitor, there were no episodes so the monitor did not go off once!  The Opthamologist didn't believe me - she said she had hundreds that used these eye drops. I just wonder if she ever asked them how their physical health was - perhaps they didn't suspect eye drops to cause those kinds of symptoms either!

Of course I was already in the Heart groups system and when I returned for my appointment to the heart doctor and  related what I had discovered, I was told to just continue the drugs in case so it wouldn't  happen again.  I asked my family doctor if I couldn't just taper off the drugs - instead he changed the topral to another heart slowing drug which wasn't as powerful, which I am still taking along with the xerelto which is a lifetime medication - once you start xerelto you have to keep taking it because your body depends on it - when you stop taking it your stroke risk soars.

  I am enjoying living life on the flip side of 50 plus - but I would rather live without all the symptoms the drugs cause.     Enough for now

the kardlady

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Livin' on the flip side of 50 NOW!

To those who have followed "Livin' life on the flip side of 50" - thanks for your faithfulness - for the rest who are reading this, welcome!  It's been a while... and lots has happened since my last post ... but I am happy to find it still here with thousands of views! - thanks to Google!

"Livin' Life on the flip side of 50" is a  "catching" name  don't you think?  I thought about beginning all over again with a new blog, but I'd want it to have the same name - so why not just begin right where I left off some time ago!

The first week of 2016 - and I don't know where the time went, but it flew by and it feels like I've been living on the flip side of 50 for a loooong time now!  I'm still making handmade Kalico Kards and they can still be found at along with a few framed keepsakes and other gifts if you want to stop by.  I'm not doing as many craft shows as I had been doing, but because I love meeting new people, I still look forward to the shows because I always come away inspired - and heaven knows how much that means when we're livin' on the flip side of 50!

I've added some new items  to my website: crocheted winter scarves and knitted jewelry scarves with pendants for those who are interested.  There's just not enough time in a day to accomplish what I'd like to however, between trying to stay healthy, take care of a husband and a home, a website there's little time  for much else.  I did have a few issues with a heart problem over the past 6 months and 2 emergency visits to the hospital, all the doctor appointments added to an already full schedule wasn't what I planned for

Enough for now - I'll have to tell you about what caused me to be taken by ambulance to the emergency room twice within 6 weeks

the kardlady.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Recently a good friend suggested I join a team on Etsy - I have two shops now: one for Kalico Kards and another for my hand made necklaces n' scarves at Handmade for you by Di. 

Anyway - about the team: because my first love is fabric, and I wanted to be part of a team that was passionate about what I loved.  Next, because I'm livin' on the flip side of 50, I wanted to share this love with my own age group - but there wasn't a team and so I initiated one and the first response to my question was a sweetheart from Simmons Creek Trading Post on Etsy.  Lora was also interested in such a team and because I have little time so as it is for extra activities, I didn't want to lead the group and asked Lora if she would do us the honors.  Lora is our captain and before the day was out - there were at least 6 responses and presently (4 days later) there are 28 of us.  It's amazing how fast word gets around - especially on Etsy.  You don't have to have a shop on Etsy to join the team but you do have to be a member of Etsy.

One of the first questions posed by our captain was how do we each store our fabric stash.  It's interesting to hear the different responses.  Because I create card designs with the fabrics I love, it's not around too long - but I did find myself buying more than needed, and have accumulated extra which I store in clear bins - I can see through them but I still put a 4x12" card down the side itemizing them according to how I use them: i.e. kids fabrics, sports, flowers, vehicles, beach, animals, etc.  This makes it easier to find a fabric - but - I do lose one occasionally and find it somewhere it's shouldn't be. 

There never seems to be enough time in a day to complete all that needs attention and filing fabric is not something that's at the top of my list.  I've gotten a little wiser after 23 years and only buy what I think I'll use of most fabrics and when it's gone, it's gone!  I have regrets, but fewer than I thought.  I do have a unique way of finding fabric though - I just walk through the aisles of the fabric store and wait for it to jump into my arms!  I've put it back on the shelf only a few times when pricing was outrageous!  Usually I have a percent off coupon for the local  fabric store, and if there's more than one fabric that's a must have, I will come back the next day with another coupon and purchase the other one.  Those $5 savings add up to hundreds in a years time!

Check back for more on my 50+ and fabric obsessed!
the kardlady

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's about time I get back to my blogspot, don't you think?  Lots has happened since I last posted - let's see - where should I begin:

It almost Spring here in the northeast according to the calendar but winter just doesn't want to let go - maybe it's waiting for us to say thank you for the bitter cold and all the snow that are provided a warm blanket  for our flowers and shrubs that will be blooming - a few  of which  provided fodder for the local deer herd that thinks our back yard is their feeding grounds.   I'm gonna miss the rhododendron  we've been nurturing back to health the past few years, perhaps the buds left behind by the deer will blossom and say thank you for us.   We won't have to trim our evergreen pachasandra either - the deer have already done that for us and the myrtle that hung over the driveway  - it was wiped out completely!  We do have a lot to be thankful for however.  We had electric through all 6 of the storms (our electric not only heats and lights our home, but it  runs the pump for our water and sewerage!) On the flip side of all this, we have our faith to sustain us and can chuckle at all that is past because the warmer weather will come, no matter what happens between now and then-  (there's been talk of another snow storm within the next week)!

Hugs to you
the kardlady