Sunday, March 30, 2014


Boudoir photos taken at my home by Wesley Knapp

Not too bad for selfies
Taken at Bettina Mays 1940 Pin up girl class

Kathy's 4 Great Summer Salad Recipes

Kathy's Chickpea Salad
1 can chickpeas -drained
1/2 each red, orange, yellow bell pepper diced
1 small onion diced
1 small can sliced black olives
zest of one lemon and juice
1 bunch of cilantro chopped
1/2 jar Maries creamy Italian dressing
mix, chill, serve

Kathy's modified Russian Salad
1/2 each red, yellow, orange bell pepper diced
3 stalks celery diced
3 carrots peeled and diced
1/2 red onion sliced thin
1 bunch of radishes sliced thin
1 bunch parsley chopped
salt and pepper
I prefer to use a rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar as it is less acidic on the taste.
chill and serve

Kathy's Beet ,walnut and feta salad
1 can chopped beets drained
1 bunch green onions chopped
1/4 c walnuts
1/4 c feta
1 bunch parsley chopped
splash of vinegar and oil
dash of salt and pepper
toss, chill and serve


                                                Cucumber Salad
1 English cucumber peeled,halved and sliced into half moons
1/2 onion sliced in half moons
1/2 tsp dill and dill and celery seed mixed
1/2 bunch parsley or dill chopped
salt and pepper
1/2 c vinegar ( I like to use a mint lemongrass vinegar or a honey ginger)

The Garden 20114

Greg planting the garden

Lots of pretty posies

The garden all planted

The chickens having a tea party

Mary Kay Spring Fling

White Tea and Lavender bath soak spa sundaes $5

I have all the new Mary Kay for Spring in Stock

Satin hands mini gift baskets for Spring $15
Vanilla Satin Hands full size basket $40

Lemon Parfait  Pedicure set $34

My New sewing Machine

My parents got me a new singer sewing machine for my birthday. I have made  a few items pictured here. I didn't have any patterns , so I think I did pretty good for being a newbie and starting from scratch.
I have some great fabric I want to make a maxi dress with but I don't have the confidence level to do that one just yet.

Estate Sale

I happened to see a lady I generally see in passing around town having an estate sale. I stopped in and found this great bag. It is in perfect condition and still has the original lock and key. What a great retro find. I also picked up a cheese dome made from the top of a gallon wine jug. I love it and it goes great with the boats motif. I also found several pieces of pressed depression era glass and cute art deco cordial glasses.

The lady Elaine who was having the sale is 93 years old. She has lived in that house since she was 21. Her granddaughter lives several hours away and is the only living family she has, so she is moving there to live with her.

Up til last summer I would see Elaine on her riding mower , mowing the acre her house sets on.


There were lots of women at the conference. I chose to go to the one locally to save on hotel, parking and gas. I am glad I didn't spend the extra money to go to Dallas. Truthfully I did not not enjoy the career conference at all. The most enjoyable part was the 3 vendors they had onsite. I bought all the MK pins you see on my jacket, a great leopard purse, and MK gift certificates for my customers.

My reasons for not liking the conference are: 1. The chairs were attached and each seat was directly in front of the other, so I couldn't see. 2. When a guest speaker was up they were not projected on the giant video screen so I never even saw them. 3. The basic feel of the conference was cold. 4. I didn't learn anything that I haven't already learned in a weekly meeting. 5. If anything the career conference demotivated me and I felt like I got suckered out of 90$ ( I did receive cosmetics in my welcome packet which I will sell in my stock.)

Many people say seminar is much better, but I don't foresee myself spending over 800$ to attend it.

I like my Mary Kay just how it is with local weekly meetings and instruction.



Monday, March 10, 2014


In January like most people I decided to start it doing all the right things. So I made an appointment to have a mammogram. I had the original mammogram and within 2 weeks received a letter saying I had dense breasts and needed to come back for an additional mammogram and ultra sound.

This was the worst mistake of my life. This second mammogram was the most painful thing I have experienced. I have a high tolerance for pain , so when I have tears in my eyes and tell the technician its too much, then by God its too much. Instead of stopping the compression or backing off she cranked it down 3 more times.

The pain was excruciating . The ultra sound followed and I was told I would need to come back for a biopsy.

Not once had I ever seen the doctor. All this is coming from technicians.

That night my breasts hurt so bad and felt feverish. I was in so much pain, I didn't sleep a wink. I looked at my breasts in the mirror and saw that a vein had been ruptured and my breasts were bruised.

I called the office and said I need the doctor to call me and explain why I need this biopsy and tell her how much pain I am in. The woman on the phone said someone would call me. No one did.

A few days before the biopsy as scheduled a woman calls to move up my appointment. I said absolutely not. I have had to wear a compression sports bra for 2 weeks because of the pain I am still having from the mammogram and I cant even get a call from this fucking doctor to tell me why I need a biopsy. There is no frigging way I am letting someone shove an ice pick in my tits for shits and giggles.

The woman said a little discomfort is normal. I said this is not normal. My breasts were crushed. I have crush injuries and a vein was ruptured. She tried to convince me that I had to have this biopsy because they had seen microcalcifications and they were non lateral. After a few phone calls the woman calls back says oh no your mammogram is fine just come back in 6 months.

The pain subsided after about 3 weeks but returned right about the time of my menstrual cycle when my breasts generally swell.

I have decided to never subject myself to this again.

I talked to several women who had similar experiences and one from church who actually had to be taken by ambulance from the mammogram clinic and has had to have 2 plastic surgeries from an injury caused in the clinic.

Shortly afterwards I heard a discussion on NPR about a Canadian research report that says mammograms do not save any more lives than normal detection. That women are forced to have additional mammgrams and biopsies that are unneeded.

The scare tactics and mental anguish , pain, injury and suffering I went thru I would not wish on anyone. I cried for weeks. I truly felt violated.