Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mental Illness and Hypocrisy

I had a friend of nearly 19 years and was abruptly cut out of the picture during the time of her wedding.  I received a letter from her in the mail, she didn't have it in her to face me and tell me that we had grown up and grown apart and she would be a hypocrite if she had me in her wedding as a bridesmaid. To this day, I've never mentioned it nor talked with her about it and we don't talk all that all that often just a casual hi - how are you on facebook, but it still hurts my heart- even though its been nearly 20 years since it all transpired. What I don't understand is the fact we went through nearly everything together growing up and up into our early 20's but obviously It was the fact that I had been diagnosed with having bipolar disorder and had been put on a few medications which I'll admit, in the beginning they were mood altering meds and she didn't understand any of it, nor did she want to.  She accused me of being high! She didn't have anyone in her life experiencing what I did to begin to understand what I was going through. I had a few nervous breakdowns over the years but thankfully once they found the right medications, I've since had a pretty "normal" life! I try to tell myself that she didn't mean any harm because she was not educated in mental illness- and theres always going to be a stigma that goes hand in hand where people believe that because it's a disease of the mind, we are then crazy! (If I had a disease of the pancreas I would have diabetes- but thats ok where as mental illness is still not really acceptable and people get labeled unfairly.) I've been holding all this in so long- sorry for venting on and on! 

When Friends Change


                We used to live very close to Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch a little over five years ago.                     Our little town of Hurricane Mills, Tn shared a post office that was directly across from the dude ranch, so we were there quite often!  Just across the main highway 13, was Sissy Lynn's place which had served up some great food! The kids loved living "out in the woods" back then, compared to now, where they're indoors with all their electronics! Times have changed!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Challenge- Less is More!

Ok! Here is the most plainest layout I've ever seen but it was done in under 3 minutes!
Can you pop out a finished lo in under 5 minutes?!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kudos to Pixel Scrapper

I'm trying to get back into the digital scrapbooking scene by participating in some fun challenges over at Pixel Scrapper!  I've been up since 1:30 this morning and thought I would jump right back into designing layouts for my creative team at PS!  What a great community of people! 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After a bit of a leave of absence from my favorite hobby,                                          I quickly learned it's not just a hobby, it's one of my passions, I was up making layouts again in no time! It's much like riding a bike; if you fall off- get back on it & try, try again!

I found out the other day that my other "go to" digiscrap location had just cut me out of their forum when I had been inactive a bit over a month and was literally locked out of their forum after several years of being involved there.  No email, no message, nada! From what I understand, this was caused because my credit card on file became no good after I put in a fraud claim, they sent me a new card- which had completely slipped my mind!  IF I had received some sort of reminder about my payment, none of this would of happened Anyhow- I'll be staying my distance from there until I decide if I want to go back...I am pretty upset and normally dont post such things here but I need to vent cuz I'm upset!!  Will keep ya posted (it's prob my fault anyhow!)