Saturday, March 29, 2014

UPDATE #2

Here is THE UPDATE! (4.29.14)
 One of Caitlin's girlfriends from High School has come forward and has been testing.  ALL tests have been passed.  
There is ONE more thing before the transplant... that is the final cross match!
Please keep them in your prayers.  
Again, I Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts & prayers and for continuing to stop by... I see you in my stats :)




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Update & Snow ~ And Another UPDATE!!!

Hello and Happy New Year! 
*yes it is SPRING!  I am going to start posting more ~ Thank You for your Patience.
February :
I know it has been a very long time since you have heard from me.  I had hoped to have some wonderful news to share,
a transplant for Caitlin.  It went down to the wire pretty much.  In fact it was the last appointment for our donor,
Caitlin's cousin Jenny!  A wonderful young lady!!!  She decided to donate even though she was to be married one year
from the transplant!  WOW!  Amazing gift.  She came in from Denver for her very last appointment, easy peasy,
to see which kidney to leave in her and which one to take out for Caitlin!

We all laughed when we read in the brochure that ONE in 750 people are born with one kidney.  Ha!  That turned out to be
our Jenny.  I was with her when we were told she had only one kidney.  I fought back my tears.  Would her future be
the same as Caitlin's now is?  Thankfully they told us that she is strong and healthy, gee, she was approved to donate a kidney!
That is now changed.  She continues on her healthy life and I Thank God.

We still had to tell Caitlin, who had left us earlier to get to dialysis.  Everyone at the center was so happy for her.  Now
to  have to tell her this extremely sad news.  For Jenny to realize she could not help her cousin after all.   Immense pain for us all.

So that is it.  We go on looking for a donor.  I contemplate how God must be saying,  "I got this", for we have had quit a number
of donors match and make it to near a transplant date only to be turned away after all.

I like this quote that goes something like this: PRAY, PRAY and keep rowing the boat.




NOW ~  In our neighborhood I have seen a number of snowmen but no snow forts, which are a personal favorite of mine.
We had a snow fort every year in our parents front yard.   Once we had two forts at one time.  That would have been when
my brother was involved with his friends.  We always tried to use the big chunks of snow from the snowplow coming through.
We filled up our snow saucer (remember those?) with them, some taking up the entire saucer!  We had many a good snowball fights!
No ice balls etc.  We governed ourselves in snowball fighting etiquette and no one was ever hurt.



Caitlin and her brother Doug made "snow houses" complete with snow chairs and tables and roads... ROADS courtesy of Doug!
They made the fort around our light post in the yard so they could enjoy it in the evening dusk.  They made them the only way
a snow fort can be made, entirely by themselves each year.  Great Fun and Great Memories!



What where you or your children able to make in the snow through the years?

Thank you for keeping up with me, I see you have been checking in, apologize but I had to wrap my mind around things.
I also know that we are not the only ones with challenges, so many others are in my prayers.


 *images from Pinterest

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hello!
The news today is ~ Cailtin's shop is open again!  Yes, for the first time since her not so fun 2012 Valentines Day date with
the ER and days of hand holding in ICU she is ready for a bit of fun in limited amounts.

We are still patiently waiting for a transplant ... this is a roller coaster ride we have found.

I will be back soon on another wonderful and amazing transplant of a different kind and of U.S. importance!

On to FUN CULT

With Kindness & Love,
Mary

Friday, February 1, 2013

I believe I have not even wished you all a Happy New Year~




















The new year broke with lots of hope for us.  We are
still hoping & praying.  I know that God will bring
us through this stronger.
He knows how to strengthen us, even though we do
not like the process many times and it is way too long
to get to the finish line ~ His time not ours.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A belated Merry Christmas to you all.  Ours was very Merry and I hope all of yours were also.
No changes for Caitlin... hope...believe.

Today I would like to immediately direct you to a young persons blog and a post one of the 
girls did on December first, 2012.  99 Balloons 



With Great love for you all,



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Caitlin, my daughter, made an Oh Merci gift guide for the Holidays!  I am still shipping U.S. orders for Christmas delivery until 
the end of Sunday December 16th.  Contact me for rush order requests. 

xmascatalog

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


nest pretty things


Earlier this summer I treated myself to a pretty summery ponytail holder From Nest Pretty Things.
The rest of my order is sent off to some special young girls.

Caitlin, my daughter, is doing well with her medical tests... getting her closer to being on the
kidney transplant lists.  She must be on the list(s) even if she is going forward with a live donor
transplant.  this covers all bases.  Right now Her father and I are perfect 6's... we match all 6 points!  

YEAH ~ and now please keep us in your prayers as further tests are done for the ability to give up a kidney.
IF all goes well... well it is so wonderful!  I will let you know when we know more facts on a transplant!

Check out Caitlin's update.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Road To Valor

As you may have noticed from an earlier post, I do enjoy bike riding.  That is as a nice casual ride.  Perhaps to the grocer,
a ride around the petit lake in our neighborhood... mostly for fun.  Although I must say that this summer has not presented
any time to do such a recreation.

Perhaps you know that the Tour de France 2012 has been running since June 30th and winding up this Sunday, July 22.
However did you ever hear of Gino Bartali?



For a wonderful end of summer read, Road To Valor, by Ali and Andres McConnon is the perfect book.
Thoroughly researched by this sister and brother writing team! A REAL LIFE story!  What a life!



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Everyday is a Holiday!



Summer is upon us.  

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Time for fun.



Are you ready?  I am!
Get your very own Beach Bungalow Collection  from Jenny and Aaron!

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P.S. 
I will show you what I make with this beautiful pack 
at a later post.  Stay tuned, summer has just begun!





Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Would you like something soft and textural to walk upon, barefooted?







How about this lovely?
















I guess one could set out to make all of these sweet flowers.
OR you can hop over to Serena and Lily.

I will try to get some cuteness from my studio to show you soon.
News on Caitlin coming soon also.  Thank You for all of your well wishes.
It is another point in life that fine tunes one.

Hugs,
Mary

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day











Previously, this has been a day that pre 9/11 I took for granted.  
Not anymore. I am very thankful to the brave for protecting 
our Land of Liberty and Freedom.




Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. 
As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. 
~ Benjamin Franklin








Friday, May 18, 2012

Ahh ~ warm sunshine, sand, water & biking.   Just a few of my favorite things.   


The bike above is about perfect, notice the two colors.  Maybe a soft aqua shade of blue and creamy white  
I love it's low bar to hop over in getting on and off.  Being able to touch the ground while still being seated & sitting up straight is what I am after!
I also like pedal brakes... old school.  



Always something to tweak.


Wonderful white on white!  So refreshing!

 Rachel Ashwell also loves biking.  Lovely
...pedal pink...

Every bike needs a bell!

...nice...



Red bells!


I do have a soft spot for yellow.


ooo la la
I'm ready for a bike ride and a picnic!  
*note, pick up bike basket
*hope for a new bike :)

x.o.
mary

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Sometimes, lately, with everything that  is happening, I feel like I am in a tunnel.
I have to make sure that I bring a light with me always.
A new direction of treatment was stated last week for Caitlin.

Mothers Day snuck up on me this year.  I like to whisper in Caitlin and Doug's ears that all I need is
a bit of the day with them.  They both have the love of their lives in their lives.  So that means that
their special someone is lucky to have their Mom near them too.  The day always works out well.

We have only purchased two homes so far in our life.  Out first home was a very nice ranch that used
 every bit of space so very efficiently and beautifully.  The perfect amount of space everywhere.  We were
the happy 4th owner of a 1953 Ranch, blessed with magnificent neighbors.  We  found it for our relator.   :)
One of the wonderful features that one of the previous home owners put in was a half door for the basement.
A much nicer "safety gate"  than the type you buy at the baby stores.



It was a bit like this beautiful Dutch Door.   Our basement door had the lower half only and was not painted.
It was secure and nice looking, keeping my babies safe as it was in a fairly high traffic area.   I do love
dutch doors for exterior doors!   Ah, the scent and feel of  the fresh breezes.

The door above came from Jones Pierce Architects 

I hope that you all had a beautiful Mothers Day!


xo,
Mary

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Have you ever gone to an auction?  I have.  We were expecting our first Child and we were given a tip from  my hubby's brother.  
So we went and during the preview we found THE PERFECT dresser.  
It had two drawers with pretty legs and sat low with a large oval mirror on top.
It was wonderful.  Perfect for a little ones bedroom, especially if we had a girl.

So I said I would love to have that one and we should  spend X $$ for it.





Finally the dresser came up and I gave the little nudge for the hubby to start bidding.  But he did not start bidding so I nudged more
and said "GO"  and he thought I said "NO".  So, said dresser went for the very amount that I wanted to pay for it.  We had a laugh
at  our nervousness to not move the "wrong way"  and our misunderstanding.

I do not belong to ebay however I know that many of you do!   I came across these beautiful knives just now and
there is time to get in on the bidding.  I hope that you hop over and develop your strategy and one of you "win" these gorgeous knives!
Let me know if you do!

What tales do you have of auctions?  Some happy ones or funny ones like mine?

Stop over  to see these knives!

xo,
Mary

Friday, April 20, 2012

Feeling wiped  out today ...yet,  after stopping by Tiff's and another favorite spot I felt much better.    To top it off, a friend
called in need of  tile design input, which always increases happiness when you can help out!

This photo brought back memories of my Dad.  My Dad died fairly young, and suddenly.   Well, my Dad was great!  He always
had time for us... all 6 of us.  He would whistle and sing on some Saturday evenings.   I  asked him once why he was
whistling and singing.  He said, "because your Mom and I are going out together tonight."
I LOVED that my Dad loved my mom so much.
My Dad also took us to find night crawlers at night.   I guess that is when you can find, said night crawlers.  Sure enough my sister
Kelly and I found some.  She was brave enough to pick them up, not me.

He also took the two of us, because we were the oldest girls,  to work and showed us his project he was making for our mailbox.
He took old, huge washers from the huge turbines and welded them together for a mailbox for our Mom.  It was wonderful!

The above design that I found this morning reminded me of my Dads project and of my Dad.  HIs was on a much larger scale
but still I see the link. *no pun intended   I miss him always but especially  right now.  I miss my Mom too.  She is a bit far away and lovingly
volunteers almost everyday at the hospital.   I know she would come if I asked.

So a post for Fathers... a bit early but still brimming with love.

XO
Mary

Friday, March 16, 2012


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**this is a repeat post from 2007, I hope that you still like it**

Happy St. Patrick Day! Yesterday while working on some new items for the shop the radio was on, talking about St. Patrick...(please read the following with an Irish brog)....

He was actually British, kidnapped at a young age and brought to Ireland to be a slave! His duty was to tend the sheep. Tending sheep gives you quite some time on your hands. He would gaze at the grass and up to the stars and talk to the heavens. This is the way he came to know God! There came a time when he escaped form Ireland. He was able to get passage on a ship with very rough, blood drinking, roughes. Now he did not partake in these events, and he was "left to be much" of the time. After sometime they found themselves on a lonely island. With starvation looming around, these men called out "hey there Christian". The men gave him this name because of his beliefs. "If your God is so great, ask him to give us food." Christian put forth a prayer. Well no sooner did these men turn around when a small group of wild boar appeared before them. They had plenty to eat from then on and they even shared a small portion with him. Christian made his way back to Ireland after hearing God speak to him. God asked him to return for there would be no other way that he could possibly return without being killed, for he was a slave that had escaped! He had the protection of God and was able to bring Christ the Lord to Ireland! For before this there was only a small pocket of Christians near Dublin that had learned of God from traders. The Irish gave him his name, St. Patrick. Also, he used the shamrock to explain the Holy spirit in one body! Three petals representing: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
There is what I now know of St. Patrick. HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!


Flowers

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~LOVELY~
How can a beautiful young girl not smile when she has her own floral shop/garden,
in her home (well, her parents home... but it is Her flower garden).

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These flowers came all the way from Asrai Garden in Wicker Park!  This is a neighborhood in Chicago.
That means about an hours worth of driving and then FINDING our home!

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Now these are not your everyday flowers!

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This arrangement is yummy.

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So thoughtfully composed and delivered.  Thank You dear friend of my daughter for your kindness,

care and well wishes for Caitlin. ;)

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Thank you all for your well wishes and all of the beautiful flowers 
(which i was not able to get photographs of at their peek beauty) and such very thoughtful gifts 
you have sent to her.  


Your love and care overwhelms us.  


~Thank You~

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Thursday, March 8, 2012


Hello Dear Friends,
I know it has been a while.  This is not a normal New Year for us.  The New Year started with many various projects.
Some very exciting, some related to Oh Merci and others to my Faith and in helping others.  Then, Caitlin said;
come on and help me.  I love helping her with various parts of her business that she assigns me.  My helping out was
to leave her some time to create new items for you.  Just as I was getting in the swing of things... Caitlin was, we were,
hit with a medical emergency.  We have two children, 20 somethings.  Caitlin and Doug. 

We took Caitlin to the ER of the Hospital that was close to us... my thinking was hey, they may not be as busy as the other
Hospital, it is Valentines night, who wants to come to the ER then.  I wanted Caitlin seen asap.  Then we can get home safe and sound.

So I did have a bit of a crying spell when the ER Doctor said she must stay the night.  Sometimes I could position my "easy chair" correctly,
i.e. not in the way, so Caitlin and I could hold hands.  We all wanted to be with her always,  Dad, Doug (her brother), and James (her boyfriend).
Loved ones sent their love in all kinds of wonderful ways.  Caitlin is Blessed, we are Blessed.

Caitlin was in ICU from Tuesday evening till Friday evening, then ICA for 7 more days.  They were very worried also about her heart.

She has RPGN Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonepheritus, which attacks her kidneys.   My Mom, who wanted to come right down
with my youngest sister Nan,  I wish I could have a hug from them.  All of our Families are a bit away. They and all of our friends have been so very,
very wonderful, and have spread the need for Prayer.  Thank you all so very much.

My heart goes out to all of you who have already dealt with or are dealing with difficulties.  Life can change in a blink.  I am choosing to Trust in our Lord.  

You can read more from Caitlin.  She is so very strong.

God Bless,
Mary

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing In the New Year




                                  FOR BEAUTIFUL EYES,
                     LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN OTHERS;  
                                  FOR BEAUTIFUL LIPS,
                    SPEAK ONLY WORDS OF KINDNESS;
                                        AND FOR POISE,
WALK WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.
                                      ~ AUDREY HEPBURN~



XO,
Mary


Saturday, December 24, 2011

"It's Christmas Eve!  What memories do you have of Christmas Eve as a child?
The memory that comes to my mind first is of sitting next to our Christmas Tree
in my little rocker that my Grandfather had made when I was a toddler,
singing and singing and singing ....
still singing, Christmas Carols from a caroling book we had.


Our home was filled with quiet excitement.
With 6 children we were not about to upset Santa's route by mis-behaving!
"ho ho ho"



The memories that we create are so very important for us later on.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Our weather here has been more like Spring. 
Yesterday the temperature maxed at 63!
However, Thanksgiving IS just next week.



This has been a very busy Fall,
yet even so, we are looking forward to the excitement 
that all of the Holidays bring.

I have done some additions to my shop, Oh Merci.
With even a bit more to come!

So get your sleigh ready for all of the Joys of the Season!




Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"The Family Circus"

HI!  I have been a busy elf with a few things yet to finish up and then photos to take.
Thank You all for bearing with me, and for visiting Merci-Notes!

I just heard that Bill Keene has died at the age of 89 years.  Perhaps,  you have been
so lucky to have seen his work!  He was the marvelous cartoonist and creator of
"The Family Circus".  As a child, this was my most favorite cartoon in the newspaper.

Mr Keene was not a trained Cartoonist!  He went to Northeast Catholic High School in
Philadelphia, PA.  It was while there that he taught himself to draw.  He would use those
cartoonists that he admired to hone his skills. The Philadelphia Daily News granted him
his first published work in 1936.  He was only 13 1/2 years old!!!

When Bill was 20 he joined the United States Army, 1942-1945.  While serving, there were
a number of important things that happened to him.  He met his wife, Thelma Carne, while
he was serving in Australia and they were married there.  He also did drawings for the
Stars and Stripes Newspaper ~ Pacific Edition.

Well, they started their U.S. life in Pennsylvania, Thelma and Bill had five children
and true to many comics and comedians,  his wife was his inspiration for the "Mommy"
in the comic strip.    His Cartoonist career took off also.





















It was not until 1960, while living in Arizona, that the "Family Circus"  comic strip started!  
This cartoon series was true to life for me... the funny things that happen to families as 
days come and go.  What a gift to families ~ to laugh at your day and also give thanks.

It is no surprise that Mr. Keene collaborated with Erma  Bombeck, another person who 
enjoyed the funny things in everyday life.  Some of my favorite comics of his were 
the "who did it?"  ones, where the answer is "I duno, or Not Me".  I also loved the 
path Jeffy would take when coming home from school or doing a quick errand for 
his Mommy.

Thank You Mr. Keene for all the love that you gave to us.


Visit the Family Circus site for * Mr. Keene's own take on his life!

* click on the top link "Life and Times of Bil what's is name"


XO,
Mary