Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas


I just wanted to wish my friends out there in cyberspace a very merry Christmas and the happiest New Year. Thanks to everyone who takes time out of their busy lives to connect in this unique new way. If you have never taken a moment to post a comment, please do, I'd love to 'meet' you!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Last minute post...

This is one of the 7, yes, seven, Christmas CDs I bought this year after my December 8th post, How Much is Too Much? Obviously, I still don't know the answer to that question! Here are the names of the other 6:

  • Under the Mistletoe (from the Ultra-Lounge Series)
  • Swingin' Christmas (Rhino)
  • Midnight Clear (Andreas Vollenweider with Carly Simon)
  • Christmas Concertos (Cello)
  • Christmas Around the Hearth (Harp & Dulcimer)
  • Jingle, Jingle, Wiggle (Hoops & Yoyo featuring Makuza)

What a crazy mix! My faves are the retroish ones from the 50's. They remind me of my parents.

And, just in case you were wondering....

I did manage to only open one gift per day of the ten gifts Jill sent me for Christmas (see my December 12th, Oh muh gosh! post). It was all stuff I can use when I scrap and especially when I go to an all day scrap. Thanks again Jill!

Peace and joy to you this Christmas Eve!

Monday, December 18, 2006

No kidding!

Just the other day I heard that some 'study' found that women experience much more stress than men during the holiday season. DUH! Then today I read a funny, funny post about Mothers and Christmas and stress on Stacy Julian's blog called Funny, Funny Mother! I tried to copy and paste it for you to read here. No luck. So, click here, go read it, and have a good laugh! I'm sure you deserve it...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Oh muh gosh!


This package full of presents from my friend Jill arrived today. She's the one I sent the presents in the last post to. All three of them. If you count the taffy. Granted, it is delicious EGGNOG taffy. And the other two look really pretty. (At least I think so.) Still, Jill's presents look really pretty too AND there are TEN of them! Yes, I counted. I couldn't help it. Not because I care for my sake; I just feel like Jill got cheated. When I opened the box my first reaction was, "Now I have guilt!" (I use that line from the dinosaur in Toy Story more than I like to admit.) I put quite a lot of thought into the gifts I sent. I even made one of them. I think Jill will like them. I don't think she'll think, "Boy did I get cheated." But still, I have guilt...

One the other hand, you need to know this about us; Jill and I have been exchanging gifts for 13 or 14 years now and I have yet to wait until the appropriate day to open them. Jill, on the other hand, is a good girl. She always waits. So here is what I think; she deliberately sent me so many presents just to taunt me! Well, Jill, if you are reading this I have a plan. No, I'm not going to wait until Christmas to open them, but, I am going to ration them out and only open one a day.
This feat will take an incredible amount of self control on my part. I'll let you know how I did in ten days. Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

brown paper packages tied up with string...

I just had to post a picture of these goodies I'll be mailing to my good friend, Jill, down in So.CA. I just love the way they turned out. I finally feel my creative juices beginning to flow again! The gift in the back is a lowly brown lunch sack embellished with sheet music from a vintage flute music book, glitter, and a tag I saved (and embellished) from a purchase I made last Christmas. The gift on the right is wrapped in a bag I sewed from two pages of said book. The other two tags are the plain office supply store variety that I embellished a bit. The Egg Nog Taffy is made by Sweets Quality Candies and it is delicious! I 'discovered' SQC in the fall when they make a great Candy Corn Taffy.

And now for a few more of my favorite things. My friend Amanda sent me this 2006 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends. I thought it would be fun to share my answers here with you. If you've seen these before, you know that the idea is to highlight, copy and paste it into your email, then put in your own answers and send it back to the person who sent it to you. That would be me! Here goes:

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate with marshmallows

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Wrap. I didn't know he left them any other way!

3. Colored or white lights on house/tree?
White icicle type on the house. Red around the front window. Colored on the tree (this year!)

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Yep, XOXO

5. When do you put your decorations up?
I start asap after Thanksgiving and just keep adding until it feels right.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
I don't really have one since Christmas dinner changes from year to year. I try and keep it simple!

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Getting up before everyone else to make hot chocolate for them.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
We were told about the real Saint Nicholas, but liked to pretend about the modern version.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No, but my husband gives me gifts throughout the month because he can't wait!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Most often with lights, handmade popcorn & cranberry garland, and ornaments I've collected for over 33 years.

11. Snow, love it or dread it!

Love it! wish we had more

12. Can you ice skate?

I haven't for so long, I'd probably end up spending more time on my rear end.


13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Not really. Now my favorite gift to receive is memories my girls and husband write down for me to add to an album I have made to hold them.

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Reflecting on God's grace and love.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I can't name just one, it wouldn't be fair to all the others! I did miss having my mom's Lime Jello at Thanksgiving this year. I didn't make it since I am the only one who likes it! But, I think I'll make it next year anyway. Just for me.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I really like decorations, Christmas lights, and candles all through the house even though it takes a lot of time and effort. They help brighten even the grayest of winter days.

17. What tops your tree?
A needlepoint angel I made decades ago.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Giving =)

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night

20. Candy canes, yuck or yummy?
Yummy. But this year I'm preferring, you guessed it, Sweets Quality Candies Peppermint Taffy!



Friday, December 08, 2006

*How much is too much?



I just got this Christmas CD from Amazon.com. I already have over 30 Christmas CDs, but, I just had to get this one. It's the one I remember most from my childhood. My dad had the vinyl version, of course. I liked it because it was like a party just listening to it. So I got it. For the memories. 'Cause like I said, I already have 30 something. Here's how I justified it:

  • All the CDs by Christian artists count as one
  • All the instrumental CDs count as one
  • All the Movie sound tracks count as one
  • All the contemporary CDs count as one
  • All the traditional CDs count as one
  • All the 'new ones' from last year count as one

You get the idea. So that's kind of like having only 6 CDs! (This also works well when going through the 10 items or less lane at the grocery store, but, I only use it if I'm just a few items over the limit. Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this way!)

So now I not only have another Christmas CD, I also have another category to add more CDs to! What's your favorite Christmas CD in your collection? I just might need to add it to mine...

{*According to Mae West, "too much of a good thing is a good thing"}

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

HaPpY 31sT birThDaY rAcHeL!!!

It's true. Pictures kept in magnetic photo albums turn yellow over time. And get age spots, like the people in them. This is especially sad when the quality and quantity of your old photos is poor to begin with. But, this isn't a lesson on acid free scrapbooking or making sure you take lots of pictures. Pictures are nice whether they are well preserved or not. But, they aren't really necessary at all. Like Longfellow said,

"The heart hath its own memory, like the mind, and in it are enshrined the precious keepsakes"

Today my heart is full of precious memories... I love you baby girl!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas Traditions?

I must have some......right? Everyone does...... right? For example,
  • We always cut our own tree......Except that two years ago I bought the purple (yes, purple!) fake tree in the picture because that was the year I turned 50 and started a Red Hat chapter to help ease me through the pain. This year it's back to fresh!
  • I always put the outdoor lights up early......Except last year. They didn't go up until Christmas Eve!
  • I have a huge collection of eclectic ornaments, each one with it's own special memory. I love reminiscing as I put them each up every year.....Except for the two years we had only red and purple ornaments on our purple fake tree!
  • When the girls were little we'd always go to my parent's house Christmas day.......Except the year we spent Christmas with their other grandparent's in Arizona.
  • We always eat Christmas dinner at home......Except for the year we ate at a casino!

You get the idea. I am tempted to say that our Christmas tradition is to not have a tradition, that every year is different and we just go with the flow. With two nurses in the family, and now a police officer, we've certainly had to do a lot of that over the years. But, somehow, each year Christmas remains remarkably unremarkable. The same old decorations, with maybe a new one or two. The same old Christmas music, with maybe a new CD or two. The same old family, with maybe a new member from time to time. The same old chaos with so many bodies in one small space, with some friction and peace thrown in for good measure from time to time. The same old stories told year after year. Is it full of traditions? Yes and no. Is it easy? No. Is it perfect? No. But you know what? I like it that way. And that never changes!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

I have so much to be thankful for, but, my prayer is that I will always be thankful, no matter what. Just like the couple in the picture...

This song (words & music) by Matt and Beth Redman expresses the desire of my heart perfectly...

Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name
And blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out I'll
Turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all "as it should be"
Blessed be your name
And blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to stay
Blessed be your name


Thursday, November 16, 2006

late night random silliness...

QuizGalaxy!
'What" will your obituary say?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Gonna blame this post on Elsie Flannigan. I couldn't get to her blog for some reason this morning and was afraid maybe she'd closed it. I just had to try again one more time before going to bed and fortunately she's back online. After reading her "obituary" and the others people left in her comments I had to find out mine. Yep. Sidetracked by the 'ol internet once again! But, it did get me thinking, what would I really like to be in my obituary? Hmmm. Good idea for another post. What about you? How do you want to be remembered?

Monday, November 13, 2006

One of those days-

The terrible,

horrible,

no good,

very bad type,

like Alexander had.

It started that way.

Went on that way.

And would have ended that way

if I hadn't stopped

and counted

my blessings!

*note to self: next time, count your blessings first...

{From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. ~John 1:16}

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Earlier this evening...

I was looking out my kitchen window while getting dinner and just had to stop to take a few photos. It has been raining a lot today and they sky was so pretty. This is the view from my swing in the fall.
These are miniature apples on one of my hunny's bonzai trees. They are about the size of cherries. Aren't they cute?
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus

Monday, November 06, 2006

Is the Blog Fairy really the Blog Police?

This is where the other half of this two page "Christmas Memories" layout should be. I was having so much trouble with it and I'd just received a note from the Blog Fairy tsk tsking me for taking so long to post after she'd done it for me, that I decided to just skip it rather than skip this whole post! I'm afraid what she might do if I don't post soon. Shut down my blog?! Even though I'm not as prolific, articulate, creative or funny as a lot of bloggers out there, I, for one, and possibly the only one, would miss my blog!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Blog Fairy Here

Hello from Fairy Land! It's me, the blog fairy! You may have already visited KelliCrowe's Blog and seen some of my handiwork there.... For those of you who do not know me, I am the Blog Fairy. I visit blogs around the world, and check to see if blogs have been updated or neglected. When I find a blog that has not been tended to, I come in and update it. Having the password is a must, so the little birdies are usually busy helping me with that a lot. Once in a while, I have to ask the flies on the wall. I was visiting Kelli, and noticed that one or her regular readers has NOT been so regular about updating HER blog. Too many queenly things going on in her life, I assume. Things like Grandkids and Daughters coming over for an overnight stay with about 2 hours notice, and staying up VERY LATE with that same daughter to talk about nothing in particular, but having so much FUN doing it. Things like getting ready to go visit those same grandkids and daughter for Halloween, and going trick or treating..... Things.
They tend to get in the way of REGULAR blogging.
So do nifty projects,
and classes with friends at the local vintage store....
Things like that.
That's what I'm here for.
The Blog Fairy.
To come in and update when THINGS happen.
And they did,
so I was here.
Now you have proof.
We Blog Fairies are real.
and we just might visit YOU.
but first, we have to get your password.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Boneheadz


I just finished this punchneedle pin designed by Karen Kahle yesterday. It was supposed to be a November birthday present for my friend, Jill, but, her favorite holiday is Halloween and I love the way it turned out, sooo... I just can't wait. She will be getting it early.

I haven't scrapped a bit lately, but, I have finished two other projects designed by Karen since my last post, so I am happy about that. Especially the one I started over three years ago! Maybe I'll get around to posting pics of them too.

{To have JOY one must share it. HAPPINESS was born a twin. ~ Lord Byron}

Friday, October 13, 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Hugs



I saw this on Cathy Zielske's blog. She saw it on someone elses blog. I sent it to Rachel and she posted it on her blog, too. Watch it and see why it's spreading like wild fire. And consider yourself HUGGED!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

*Treasures from Heaven...


Last week I was *treated to a week at *Eagle Crest resort near *Sisters Oregon by my friend *Debbie. This was the *view from our *condo...

I can't begin to tell you what a *great time I had!
She had invited a bunch of *ladies to come and work on their *crafts. Lots of scrapping, stamping, beading and hooking going on. Lots of *silliness, *eatin', *late nights and *sleepin' late too. What a blessing...Thanks again, Debbie!

I got *home on Friday and the next day *John and I went to the *coast for *Macs' third birthday party. As usual, *Rachel went all out. Since Macs was born on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, she *planned a pirate themed *party complete with a *cake that looked like buried treasure on a sandy beach and a pirate ship and treasure chest for the *kids to play in.

{Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...Matthew 6:19,20}

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

1916~2006

He passed last night.
I only 'knew' him for 10 hours,
But he will remain in my heart forever.
Rest in peace, dear friend...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Time Well Wasted


Wow. Today is Labor Day. That marks the end of summer in my book, and it's a sure sign that fall is just around the corner! I like fall and the return to a more structured use of my time. But, I will miss summer, a time to be unstructured and to just let go and live...

Here's a recap of what I did this summer:

Read lots:

  • Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
  • Night by Elie Wiesal
  • For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
  • Acting Their Age by Regina Hale Sutherland
  • Chamomile Mourning by Laura Childs
  • Broken Children, Grown-Up Pain by Dr.Paul Hegstrom
  • 20 Life Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make by Sherrie Eldridge
  • 52 Scrapbooking Challenges by Elsie Flannigan
  • A Designer's Eye by Ali Edwards
  • Designing With Type by the Autumn Leaves Design Team
  • Freestyle by the autumn Leaves Design Team
  • the me book by the Autumn Leaves Design Team
  • Signatures by Somerset Studios
  • True Colors by Somerset Studios
  • lots of magazines

That covers the ones I finished. I won't even mention the ones I only started. I also:

Helped Melea move. Watched the boys while Rachel moved. Went to visit the girls in their new homes with and without John. Had Ian at our house a few days. Went to the County Fair. Had Josh at our house a couple of days. Went to the movies. Watered the lawn & garden lots. Took naps outside on the swing. A little bit of heaven... Watched the birds at our feeders. Watched the birds build nests in the yard and care for their babies. Went to an all day scrap. Went to the beach. Had a visit from our dear friends from back in the day, Chuck & Lin. Celebrated our 33rd anniversary. Discovered The New You Seminar and went to one. Learned lots of amazing stuff from Dr. Hegstrom. Caught up on some scrapping. Took Ali's class in Phoenix. Blogged.

Wow. I'm impressed!

{There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1}

Friday, September 01, 2006

from my journal...

Sitting here in the ICU with an Anam Cara patient.
It is quiet except for The Machines.
I can barely hear Mr. X as he breathes the last breaths of his life before entering eternity.
But The Machines, they are loud.
With a steady hiss and hum they fight the inevitable.
This ICU is brand new.
With new Machines.
New everything.
Man's heroic- yet futile- attempts to fight death.
Oh, sometimes we postpone it.
Hopefully make it bearable.
But, in the end, sooner or later,
It always wins.

Dear Stranger in the bed,
What kind of life have you had?
Why am I, a stranger, sitting here beside you instead of a loved one?
Do you know that Jesus loves you? Died for you?
Are you at peace knowing you go to spend eternity with him?
I pray that it is so.
There is little more that I can do.
So, I sit and pray for you
and love you for him,
dear stranger in the bed.

{Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us. ~2Cor 1:9&10}

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sentimental Shoes

This is my picture for the the challenge on Crystal Krueger's blog, Be the Change You Want to See. Visit her blog to see her photo and the story behind the shoes that inspired her challenge.

When I read it I immediately thought of these shoes. I've had them since 2002 when I bought them for the trip I took to Italy with my mom. I love them because they are soooo comfortable, but more importantly, I love the memories they bring to my mind about that special time with my mom before she died. And the trip to Hawaii with John after he recovered from his stroke. And the church mission trip to Guatemala. And the trip to Korea with Melea. So many memories! But I noticed this summer that they are really getting worn out. I should get a new pair. Should, but, probably won't...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Do you or don't you

use them? Lotions that is. I do. I guess you could say it was destiny. My mom used them on me when I was a baby and I used them on my babies.

I can't not use them. I get all itchy if I don't, and besides, they smell so good.

My mom used good 'ole Jergens for as long as I can remember. Me, my favorites vary from year to year and with the seasons. Fresh flowery and fruity scents in the summer and spring. Warm yummy scents in the winter and fall. Right now my favorite is, Simply Basic Sun-kissed Plumeria from Walmart.

So, do you or don't you? And what's your fave?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

just a thought

I went blog surfing today and found another one to add to my favorites list. It's called Livvy's Life. I like the quote she has in her banner: "It is important, when death finds you, that it finds you alive" ~anonymous

"Please, God, don't let me stop living before I'm dead" ~me

Sunday, August 27, 2006

alive and living...

It is always my intention to blog frequently.

Butcha know what happens?

Life.

That's right, life happens.

That's a good thing really.

I'm happy to be alive and living.

I just wish I had time to do all the stuff I want and need to do and blog frequently...

Friday, August 18, 2006

sHeroes

Been wanting to scrap about this for some time now. Finally jumped in and did it yesterday. The hidden journaling reads:

I was pretty young during much of the Civil Rights movement. I do remember the adults talking about it and hearing bits and pieces about it on the news. I didn't even know I was "colored"! It wasn't until I was grown up that I realized how much prejudice my own mother and grandparents experienced in their lives and just how much my mom had sheltered me from it. For example, my father's parents were very prejudiced and called my brothers and me "half breeds". Not to us. They were cordial and polite to us the few times I remember visiting them. But, it explains why we were never close to them. Needless to say, they didn't like my mom at all and she made sure we saw them as little as possible. I guess I thought that was the extent of it until my mom told me about this experience she had while moving from New Mexico to California. My grandma got sick on the trip and needed some water. The only place available had a "whites only" sign on the door. My mom was only nine or so and they sent her in to ask for it, thinking surely the would give it to a child. Funny, I don't remember if they did or not. I just remember it being a real eye opener that only helped to deepen my love and respect for my mom and grandma. They are both heroes in my eyes. It was my grandma's idea to move to California. She saw it as a place full of opportunities for a better life for her children. I am so grateful to her for her vision and proud of her for the strength and courage it took to follow her dreams. My mom was a lot like her and I am trying my best to be like both of them...

{You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be daughters of your Father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:43}

Happy Anniversary to Us!

This is my favorite photo from our wedding. You can just see the love between us. Two kids really. 18 and 21. Yet so ready to start our lives as one. For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. For the Lord.

Today is our 33rd anniversary. Those years have been full of good times and, yes, hard times. But because of our commitment to each other and our Lord we have survived the hard times, even grown through them. We are still learning and growing. We are still in love...

{Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his... So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. ~Malachi 2:15}

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Busy, busy, busy

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. ~ Charles Kingsley

Saturday: We went to our friend Lisa's for her annual Art in the Garden event. Every year she opens her beautiful garden to the community and displays her beautiful paintings throughout the garden. I took lots of photographs even though the lighting wasn't good when we went. Here are a couple that turned out ok...

Sunday: We drove down to Ashland to help Melea load her stuff into the moving van. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera. I really wish I'd had it to get a picture of her behind the wheel of that van! Which, fyi, she drove the entire way.

Monday: Was a looong day. We left the house at 8:30am and didn't get home until 11:30pm. But, we got everything there safe and sound with only a few mishaps; John got lost, her TV got cracked (not the screen), and we had trouble finding the place to drop off the van. Sure do wish I had some pictures of her apartment to share. Very cute and homey.

Tuesday: I was going to do some errands in town and get some groceries, but, the car wouldn't start! Took it in for servicing and found out that it is gonna cost big bucks to get it running properly. Ugh! I am tempted to whine about it , but, am choosing instead to be thankful that we have the cash to do it. Girls, remind me if I forget and start to whine!

{...Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to count your troubles. ~Maltbie D Babcock}

Wednesday: I scrapped a page for the Freestyle Silhouette Challenge. It is very simple. I thought of several ways to "fancy it up", but, in the end I decided I liked it best plain and simple. Best of all, it didn't take me very long to complete. That hardly ever happens because:

I

am

so

slow

Maybe even the world's slowest scrapper

But,

that's a story for another post.

Here's the layout:

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Totally Scraplifted, well, mostly...

Believe it or not I wasted two whole days on this! Yikes. But, it was fun. And nice to be scrapping. (Since a headache ruined most of last week and a cold ruined the week before that!) My printer must need new ink because the photo was supposed to be black and white so I could use any colors I wanted with it. I like the red, but it defeated the purpose. Anyhoo,
why two days? Because I wasn't happy with the way it turned out the first time. I didn't like the colors I used for the 'thoughts' coming out of my head, and it seemed incomplete. Then I saw a layout that had the crown, scrolls, checkered doodles down on the border, a large letter in the journaling area, and three stars at the bottom of it. So... I changed the color of my 'thoughts' and added the other embellishments. Was it a waste of time? Maybe. But, I'm much happier with my layout now.

What a crazy week I had. I went to Rachel's Monday and spent the night. The boys had a great time dancing on the bed for me in morning! So much energy! Wish I could tap some of it. After we did some power cleaning, Rachel and I went to lunch at Mon Ami in Florence. I was looking forward to having Tea, but found out we needed reservations for that. I did get a pretty sterling silver sugar tong. Cost a pretty penny too. But they are hard to find so I didn't want to pass it up. Hmmm, maybe I should check out eBay for more...

I set out for home at 4:00. Still had the headache I woke up with. In fact, I had the darn thing four whole days! I didn't get anything done the whole time. Now we are in the middle of a HEAT WAVE and boy is it HOT. 100 plus degrees. 78 degrees inside with the AC running non stop. Made it to church this morning, but staying indoors as much as possible.

Speaking of church. I love that place! It is one of my happy spots. I love our worship team. Jamie and Josh led it today. I could listen to them forever. They have voices like angels. I can't sing one little itsy bitsy bit, but I love to sing. The songs the team choose always help me focus on God, and when I focus on him I'm filled with peace and joy.

{To keep your lovely face ever before my eyes, this is my prayer, make it my strong desire: that in my secret heart no other love competes, no rival throne survives, and I serve only you. ~Graham Kendrick/Thank You Music}

Monday, July 17, 2006

Note Writers

We all are

The whole family

I love it

This one's from my 'baby'

She's 24 :)

She was just passing through

But she left her mark

As usual

Love it...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Freestyle Challenge #12



OK, here's my challenge LO. It doesn't look like it, but, it took a little longer than an hour. That's still a lot less time than I usually spend on a LO. I painted the chipboard letters and stamped them with script in VersaMark ink. I struggled with what to journal for way longer than I should have. I finally decided that the pictures really speak for themselves. Unless you have no idea who's in them. Which you would if you saw them in the context of an album...

Rachel, this is for you!

Rachel with her boys in 2006Rachel with me and her dad in 1980
I had quite a productive day today. I love it when that happens!

I cleaned the shower and ceiling in the bathroom

Went to the store

Cleaned off my dresser that has been needing this way too long

Did laundry

Put clean sheets on our bed

Paid the bills (my #1 most dreaded chore!)

Did some watering

And...

drum roll please...

I scrapped a 12x12 LO of the two pictures above!

I have been wanting to scrap them for a while now and was motivated by the Freestyle challenge to set your timer and scrap something in an hour or so. I didn't set my timer, but I did try to let go of my perfectionism and just do it...

I am happy with the way the LO turned out and it didn't take very long (for me). Maybe I'll take a picture of it and post it tomorrow

Right now, I'm off to bed...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Freestyle Challenge #11

Zina's challenge was to scrap in a way that is totally different from your usual style. I don't really have what I would call a style. I scraplift quite a bit, (although I do come up with some cool ideas of my own once in awhile!) therefore my pages tend to be pretty eclectic. I suppose if I looked close enough I would find a trend... I am a very slow scrapper and think way too much about every little choice to make. So... for this challenge I decided to try and not think so much. to just do it! And ya' know what? I'm pretty pleased with the results. I actually made this 8x11 LO for Macs last night and another similar 12x12 LO for me this morning. There is more journaling on mine. It says:

"Why Not?" is a slogan for an interesting life. I don't know who wrote that, but I like it and I like that Macs likes it. Well, he's never even heard it actually. But, he KNOWS it, and he LIVES it. I think I may have known it too, when I was young, but, somewhere along the way to "grown up" I forgot it. The "Not". I began to ask "Why?" instead, and I started to worry about what people might think. Thanks, Macs, for reminding me to ask "Why Not?"

This weeks Freestyle Challenge is to speed scrap. Set the timer for an hour and just let go and do it. Except for the timer thing it sounds a lot like what I did for #11. ASAP I plan to set mine and just let go and do it...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Mini Albums



I love all things miniature, so it is not surprising that I am starting to make mini scrapbook albums. These are made from coasters I got at The $Tree. The filler pages are little paper bags.
I made a few of the red ones for our Red Hat Luau this Saturday and the blue one is for my friend Jill's cat, Stuart.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

this is it, I promise!





and a few more...





as promised, more pictures...





Summer in My Garden

Yesterday I finished planting in the garden and this morning I took a bunch of pictures. I was having trouble locating them to load them through Blogspot and Picasa wouldn't let me load more than four, so I'll have to add more later.

This pretty Hibiscus must have liked the spot I picked for her because she bloomed this morning.

This funny little guy sits on my patio table and waves to me every time I look out the kitchen window.











Both John and I like whimsy, so you'll find a lot of little suprises hidden, and not so hidden, in our garden.











This is the view from a little sitting area hidden beneath our Flowering Plum and Douglas fir trees. Before the FP, we had two Douglas firs. We planted them in the early 80's when the girls were little. Ian and I kept cool on a blanket here when he was little. I was so heartbroken when one of them died a few years ago. We replaced it with the FP and fortunately it has grown quickly and provides us with shade and this lovely view. Posted by Picasa