Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A little bit o' fun

I copied this from Lis's blog. She's one of the bloggers doing Emily's Deck of Me challenge. It's kind of long, but I had fun answering the questions and I hope you will too! Let me know if you do this on your blog. I'd love to read see your answers.

From the list below, highlight all the things you have done in your life.
1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink {there were only four of us!}
2. Swam with dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive {it was actually a friends}
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said "I love you" and meant it
9. Hugged a tree {I used to climb the tree in our front yard all the time as a teen. I loved that tree and would wait for my boyfriend/future hubby to come visit from there}
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris {does Venice count?}
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
42. Had amazing friend
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland {does Italy count?}
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan {does Korea count?}
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving {does snorkeling count?}
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater {all the time when I was growing up}
66. Visited the Great Wall of China {does the Grand Canyon count?}
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an expert
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Eaten fugu (puffer fish)
89. Had a one-night stand
90. Gone to Thailand {does Guatemala count?}
91. Bought a house
92. Been in a combat zone
93. Buried one/both of your parents
94. Been on a cruise ship {this is really stretching it: the docked Queen Mary in California}
95. Spoken more than one language fluently
96. Performed in Rocky Horror Picture Show
97. Raised children
98. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country {does a Metric Century bike tour in farm country count? No? waaa}
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray {OK, this doesn't count, but I touched a wild sea turtle with my finger tip before I found out that's a no-no}
110. Broken some one's heart
111. Ridden a bike
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari {I confess: it was just a photo shoot at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon}
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet {technically this was my daughter's, but I let her have it!}
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours {after my surgery and when I had Grave's disease}
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed some one's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Para sailed
132. Petted a cockroach ICK!
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care {and am now a Hospice volunteer}
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair {craft fairs count, right?}
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident {I hope not!}
150. Saved some one's life {I wish!}

Monday, January 29, 2007

Deck of Me Challenge #4 ~ A symbol you love



I've been itching to get into this challenge by Emily Falconbridge ever since Rachel told me about it a couple of weeks ago. It had already started so that put me behind right of the bat. I thought and thought about what I would do for the first three and before I knew it it was Sunday again, time for a new challenge! But, I knew what I would do for this one right away. The only questions now were, "Do I want to play catch up?" and, "Do I want to do this for 48 more weeks?" Then I had an ah-ha moment: who says I have to do every challenge? NOBODY. I'm the one who makes up these silly rules for myself! Well, enough is enough. I am giving myself permission to only do the challenges I feel like. Besides: I'm not playing with a full deck, so why should my deck have to be full?
{Rachel, I hope you don't mind that I scraplifted your idea for sanding and shading the back of my card.}

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

He would have been 73 today...

I just couldn't let the day go by without saying "happy birthday" to my dad. That may seem crazy, since he died six years ago. Wow. I can't believe it has been that long. I am still adjusting to life without him and my mom. Anyway, it just didn't feel right to keep silent. That seems too much like forgetting and I will never forget.

{My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~ Clarence Kelland}

Monday, January 22, 2007

Quick! before I forget...

these are a few of the things I learned or was reminded of on *my walk:

  1. There are a lot of dogs in my neighborhood. A lot!
  2. Sunshine in the wintertime draws people outdoors like honey draws flies.
  3. Sunshine and walking are good for the spirit as well as the body.
  4. Sunshine in the wintertime is especially good for the spirit.
  5. I've never been sorry I took the time to take a walk no matter what the weather was like.
  6. I am always sorry when I've been too lazy to take a walk.
  7. I'm really out of shape.

* See previous post

Whinings from a 52 year old woman

I just have to get this off my chest. Hopefully putting it in writing will help me straighten things out in my head!

I thought that once the kids were on their own I would have lots of extra time to do all the things I had been putting on hold for years. It hasn't turned out that way at all. In fact, I feel like I have less time even though I know that is impossible. Last time I checked anyway, everyday still has 24 hours in it. At the beginning of this year, a mere 22 days ago, I was full of hope that this would somehow be THE year of change. That I would figure out how to "do it all". The discouraging fact is I feel even more overwhelmed than ever. I have been thinking about this all morning and even talked about it with a friend. Here is what I've figured out so far:


  • Even though I have more time, I keep adding things to my to do list. I find neat/fun ideas everywhere, from friends, while shopping, in magazines, on T.V., and while lurking! Not to mention all the daily stuff that needs to be done and the volunteer work I'd like to do...

  • I am a perfectionist. When I get an idea, I want to read all about it and check out all the possibilities before I begin. BIG mistake. I end up overwhelmed and stuck, instead of busy creating.

  • I get distracted WAY too easily. I need to figure out why. I suspect it is because I have too much on my mind. I'm afraid it is because I am getting old(er).

So, right now I am going to take a walk to try and clear my mind and figure out what it is I really want to do when I grow up!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Two Cool!


No, I don't mean too cool, although it is. What I'm referring to is the two snow days of snow we have had in two weeks. Very unusual for my little corner of the planet. Very exciting. I just had to post a pic of the stuff we got today. Sounds like lots of areas are having crazy weather, how 'bout you?


Another thing I am excited about is THIS NEW BLOG that my friend Lisa has started. She is a gifted artist (acrylic, pastels & oils) and is hoping to share ideas with other artists. Check it out, I'm sure you'll be inspired by her gorgeous landscapes. And please, don't be shy, let her know you stopped by!


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Arrrgh!

The cute little pirate in the first layout, Cap'n Macs Morgan, was born on National Talk Like a Pirate Day. For his 3rd birthday his mom, Mad Ethel Cash, and dad, Pelican Pete, threw him a party any pirate wannabe would be proud of. There was a pirate ship to play in, buried treasure to dig for, and lots of pirate loot for all his little mates, like big brother Josh, Salty Dog.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Happy Snow Day!

I was so excited when the weatherman's predictions for snow came true last night and couldn't wait to go out this morning and get some pics of my garden in it's new winter jacket! (Can you tell we don't get much snow here?) I was lucky and got a shot of these fairies playing leap frog.
Recognize this view? It's the one from my swing.
The best part is, it's still snowing! Gotta go sip a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire and enjoy the show from my couch...
Have a nice day =)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Simple Stuff


Angie Lucas wrote this in her article, simple truths, for the current issue of Simple Scrapbooks:


Trying to scrapbook every picture you take is like highlighting every line in a book. Nothing stands out. Scrapbook your most meaningful memories first, then store the rest of your pictures in regular photo albums, where they can still be appreciated. Your leftover photos are still essential to your life's storyline (just like the lines of the text you didn't highlight in your book), but the stories that matter most are given the chance to shine.


I love that approach to scrapbooking. No matter what your layout style is, Big Picture Scrapbooking is another great resource if your scrapbooking philosophy is "keep it simple".

Friday, January 05, 2007

Resolved: Eat more cat food

Just like with kids, when it gets too quiet you go looking for the dog. So, the other day when I was eating breakfast and noticed the lack of begging by said dog I went looking for her. I found her resting innocently in her kennel. Very unusual for Nani, but nice. She even stayed in there for the rest of the morning. Nicer still. The next day, similar story, different ending. For some reason I decided to look into her kennel and this is what I found:



Apparently she has decided to add canned cat food to her diet! Somehow she had managed to get her paws on these two sample cans that came with Bob and Sport's dry food, open them, and eat ALL of it!

{We conquer-not in any brilliant fashion-we conquer by continuing. ~ George Matheson}

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Blue Ribbon Bran Muffins


I thought you might enjoy this recipe if eating right is on your list of New Years Resolutions. Rachel made them for the county fair one year when she was little and won a blue ribbon with them. This is a good recipe for folks who think bran tastes like cardboard. They are light, slightly sweet, and a bit nutty. Yum...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Some thoughts on making Resolutions

I seldom make them. In fact, I don't remember ever doing more than think about them. To put them down on paper was too risky. After all, if I failed everyone would know, not just me. Then I read this on Mrs. Staggs' blog, A Happy Miscellany:

What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our dreams? Lots of things, and it may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen. ~ Fred Rogers

Leave it to Mr. Rogers to put it in perspective for me; resolutions are simply wishes and dreams we commit to. (I love that man. He was so sweet, gentle, and wise.) I want to think on that awhile before I make mine. What are my true wishes and dreams for 2007, and, Lord willing, the years to come? The ones I care so much about that I'd do all that I can to make them happen? Which are the ones that would simply be nice to have happen?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Our Christmas Present

The little baby in this picture just celebrated her 25th birthday Christmas day. Isn't she precious?! She was born in Korea, but came home to us on April 2, when she was just three months old. What a blessing she has been to our family. Poor Melea though, it hasn't been easy having a Christmas birthday. What should be 'her day' tends to get lost in the hustle and bustle by family and sometimes completely overlooked by friends. We've tried different ways to make it special, but, without much success. I'm open to suggestions. Help!

{I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day. Psalm 139:14-16}

And one last thing on this first day of 2007,

I wish you a more-than-happy new year, full of all the joys you hold most dear!