Thursday, December 24, 2009

The one about Christmas, the New Year, and some mushy stuff

Don'tcha just hate thinking up cleaver post titles? This old timey postcard kinda says what I want to say, A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! (Xmas doesn't bother me like it used to. I heard somewhere that in Greek (?) X is the symbol for Christ. I'm not sure if that's true, but the most important thing to me is to keep Christ in my heart and to share his love everyday and in every way I can!)

It's Christmas Eve already. Just a few more cookies to bake, a little bit of picking up to do, and then I'll be all set for the family to start arriving. The Birthday Girl comes tonight and my Rachel and her family tomorrow :D I'm trying to stay focused, but I leave on my trip Sunday at 3am (!) so that is on my mind too. I still have a few details and packing to do for that! I'm hoping to come back refreshed and with lots of creative blogging energy. If nothing else, I should have some fun pics to share :D So...

Before the hustle and bustle begins I just wanted to take a few minutes to wish you a very blessed Christmas and 2010, and at the risk of getting all mushy, and even though I've been a bad blogger for quite some time (I hope Santa didn't notice!), and even though this will end up being a terribly long run on sentence, I just have to tell you once again that I cherish every friendship I've made through blogging. Thanks to every one who takes the time to leave a comment or send me an email. I know how precious your time is and you are very precious to me. See you next year!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Truly blessed...

In just 10 more days I am leaving for the East Coast to spend a week with some of my BFsF from High School and New Year's Eve in NYC!!! One of them I have known since we were only five years old; that would be half a century! Pardon all the exclamation points! I'm just crazy excited!

In the mean time, I'm slowly but surely getting ready for Christmas and my baby's birthday. She'll be 28 this year :(

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Santa's Workshop

The elves and I are off to a good start. We just finished this Catitude Dude designed by Alleycat Tales and next we'll be working on Christmas cards. Oh what fun! :D

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hear ye, hear ye!


Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forest to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

William Bradford
Governor of Plymouth Colony, 1623

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Crazy Happy Times

That's what my mom titled this picture taken years ago with my DD and SIL. I meant to post the layouts she made about her adventures as Curly the Clown last month as a kind of tribute to her on the anniversary of her death, but I've just been so busy with other "stuff" that I haven't had time to take pictures of them. I'd also intended to participate in Dia de Bloglandia/Day of the Dead the first of this month, etc., etc., etc. Oh well, we can only do so much, right? I figured this is better than nothing!

This is the journaling from her layouts:

"Once upon a time there was a funny grandma that always wanted to be a clown so she talked her daughter-in-law, Mitzi and her granddaughter, Rachel into making clown costumes and off they went to make children laugh and to the rest homes to make the old folks smile. They did this till they got bored and so they went on to other things. But it was fun while it lasted."

"My Rachel is so cute as a clown and the old folks just love her. And OH MY, what a good daughter-in-law will do for her silly ole mother-in-law."

And what I wouldn't give for more crazy happy times with you, my dear sweet mom!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Button Goodness

I made this card using one of the Everyday Button Bits stamps from Papertrey Ink. It's part of a set that includes chicks, flowers, balloons, and much more. So cute and the perfect excuse to buy more buttons!

I just posted this over on the Button Floozies blog and figured I should share it here too :D. My good friend Jill sent me the stamp set for my birthday. The little photo album is for my friend Donna's birthday next month. She's a new grandma so I made it to hold a picture a month for the baby's first year.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Double Nickels Day

Last year was my Beddian Birthday, this year it's my Double Nickels. In other words, as of 7:45 this morning I am now 55! How on earth did that happen?

(I was posting funny quotes on aging here, when I got sidetracked by this and remembered that I am BLESSED to be able to grow old. Then I decided to make a donation for this in honor of my birthday and in hope that these little ones may grow old too.).

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Here's what's for dinner - all month!

Well, not exactly. But that is what's cooking over at Amy's house. EVERY NIGHT THIS MONTH. Yep, beans & rice. You can read all about it on her blog, Building the Blocks. As for John and me, while we will be eating a lot of beans and rice, we will also be eating what we have on hand all month so we will be able to donate the grocery money saved to Amy's Pass it Forward Adoption Fund. Whew, that was a mouthful!

I'm hoping, praying actually, that you will get excited about what Amy is doing and join me as I join Amy in her goal to bring a child home. If you do, be sure to try this delicious authentic Cuban recipe from our long ago friends and neighbors, Luzma & Alfredo. And won't you please share your fave recipe for beans or rice with me!

{Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight... ~ James 1:27}

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Talk about talent!

This girl is amazing. I'd never even heard of sand animation before watching this on Mary Green's blog. Had you?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Fall already?

It does seem to be in the air. School supplies in the stores. Halloween - even Christmas displays in some! I'm not sure I'm quite ready to leave summer behind just yet, but Stephanie just posted a heads up about this year's Dia de Bloglandia. If you're interested in participating this year it isn't too early to at least start thinking about it.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

WoW, tWo PoSts in A rOw!

A few days ago my friend Siany tagged me on her blog. The mission, should I choose to accept, was to share what's on my Wish list. Before I could accept, I had to make a Wish list! That led me to a sleepless night last night, lol, but I finally finished it and actually had fun with it. So without further a do, (I know you can't wait to see it!) I present to you, MY WISH LIST (in no particular order):
  • I wish I could travel anywhere and anytime I want to
  • I wish I could dance the Hula and like they do on Dancing with the Stars
  • I wish my daughters and grandsons lived in my town
  • I wish I had a granddaughter. Just one.
  • I wish I could play the piano, violin, and cello
  • I wish I could fly (like a bird)
  • I wish my parents were still alive (they'd be 75 & 76 this year)
  • I wish I had a beautiful singing voice (so I wouldn't embarrass myself in church)
  • I wish I were miraculously fit & trim and could stay that way without ever having to exercise or watch what I eat
  • I wish I could relive all my happiest memories
And now, should you choose to accept the challenge, post your wish list and let me know if you do :)

Once I finished my list I continued to toss and turn wondering what picture I could use with this post, because, you know, a post without a picture is Just Wrong. I couldn't think of one but managed to finally fall asleep despite my obvious dilemma. Fortunately, while checking my Bloglines this morning, the Shutter Sisters Super Hero Challenge: Bathroom Portrait solved my dilemma! I just happened to have the Bathroom Portrait you see above from the unexpected road trip John, Josh, and I took last December to rescue Melea from the San Francisco Airport. FYI, that's the hotel bathroom. So tell me.... do you take pics in bathrooms during your travels?

Friday, July 31, 2009

*Trying to keep cool

That's what I've been up to the past couple of weeks. We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Oregon and I hate heat. I can bear the 80s, but anything much over that sends me indoors. I've mentioned before that summer time = reading time to me. If it's nice outdoors I love nothing more than to spend the afternoon out back reading from my Happy Spot. (Ideally, followed by a nice nap.) When it's too hot, I move to the cool indoors. (I don't know how we survived for years without AC, but we did.)

Here's what I've read so far:
  • Every Woman Has A Story, compiled by Daryl Ott Underhill
  • Living A Charmed Life, by Victoria Moran
  • The Joy of Doing Things Badly, by Veronica Chambers
I enjoyed all of these, but if I had to pick a fave it would be that last two. I know, that's cheating! What's the best book you've read lately? I often read books I've seen recommended in blogland, so I'd love to hear.

Currently working through:
  • The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron (a twelve week course in "Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self." I'm on week one)
  • The Unsavvy Traveler: Women's Comic Tales of Catastrophe, by multiple travelers.
  • Attitudes of Gratitude, by M.J. Ryan
  • 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue, by Deborah Smith Pegues
  • Shelter for the Spirit, by Victoria Moran
  • Younger by the Day, by Victoria Moran
  • What's So Great About Christianity, by Dinesh D'Souza
Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it, especially if the weather cools down, lol!

*got this picture free from The Graphics Fairy. Love that site!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


That should be my middle name! OK, so here's the story. I was going to work on a layout and card or two today. But first, thinks me, I should clear off my desk so I can see it again and not feel guilty about playing the rest of the day. So I shred some of the papers I have filed away IN my desk to make room for the papers piled high ON my desk. HOURS later, when I get to the bottom of the pile, I find these notepads. Nearly twenty of them. I use these to make lists of things to do, groceries and things I need, books I want to read, quotes I like, etc. As tasks get done I tear out the pages UNLESS they have info on them that I want to keep. So today I decided it was finally time to organize that info. It is now nearly time to fix dinner. I have made a dent in the pile, but I don't think I'll get to my layouts and cards today. Still, it feels good to FINALLY be getting this chore done. Some of these are from 2002, so on second thought, maybe my middle name should be Procrastinate!

Here's one of the quotes I'll be adding to my stack of favorites,

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Friday, June 19, 2009

52Q 19 & 22

These little tags are so much fun. I don't do them all, and that's OK. They're a great way to try out new techniques (like this one) while recording a few random facts about me. You know, just in case any one should ever want to know!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Call me cRazY, but,

these old clothespins make me happy! So much so, I just had to show them to you despite the fact that I have other things I need/want to be doing, and one of those things is post about all the other things I have been up to lately! This will have to do for now. Tell me, what silly thing makes you happy?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Masters of Occupational Therapy

Melea and her friend, Joni.
Melea and her boyfriend, Ben.

Just a couple of quick shots from Saturday. She not only graduated "with distinction", she was also named the Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate in the School of Occupational Therapy. Needless to say, but I will anyway, I am SO proud of her!

And one last shot from the day just because I can't get over how tall my 15 year old grandson is!

Happy Memorial Day!

My dad served as a radioman on an airplane in the Navy! I always get a kick out over that :)

Today my thoughts and prayers turn to all who have served and are currently serving our country. We owe our freedom to you! Thank you and God bless...

And this funny equation from

Friday, May 22, 2009

Singin' a happy song :)

Today I've been busy getting cards made and things packed for our trip north tomorrow. My baby and her boyfriend are graduating with their Masters Degrees! She's worked long and hard to reach this milestone and I am so proud of her. She has a job waiting for her in August, and still needs to pass the national boards before she can officially put OT (Occupational Therapist) after her name, but tomorrow we get to focus on, and celebrate, the end of her college years. Yippee!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yumilicious NoCal Cupcakes

I'm working on a batch of these Pin Cushion Cupcakes for the Christmas Tea at my church. You can find the "recipe" here if you'd like to "bake" some.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

If dreams came true

this is where I'd be right now! And my mother and daughters and all my blogging friends would be with me in Hawaii too :D (Yes, you too, Jess - even though you will really be there soon!) Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Totally Sidetracked =

Spending the whole morning on the internet where I found this on Keri Smith's blog:

Which reminded me of the flickr group, Faces in Places, where I found this from Georgios Karamanis' photostream:

puppy, originally uploaded by Georgios Karamanis.

Which somehow led me to my new favorite blog, New Math, where I found this on I-can't-even-remember-whose blog:

Which led me to share all that on this post!

So, what does YOU + SIDETRACKED = ?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

THREE years already!

Three years ago today I entered Blogland with this little post. No fanfare, no comments. Three years later I'm still at it and some days I still feel like I'm talking to myself, but that's OK. I have made a few friends along the way and my world is a brighter place because of you! I hope yours is too!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


I'll admit I'm a bit biased, but seriously, isn't my grandson too cute? He really is a character! Fortunately he loves having his picture taken. His mom took these great shots.

The journaling tag on the second layout says:


I love that you styled your hair just the way you like it!

I love that you knew what you wanted and went for it!

I hope you always do!


Saturday, April 04, 2009

On a lighter note...

I just finished the journaling for this layout I made last weekend. I wrote:

Sadly, I don't know much about this picture. I think I was 2 or 3. That would make my mom about 23 or 24. I think we were in Kansas at my dad's relatives farm, but I'm not sure why I think that other than the fact we were sitting on bales of hay! Maybe we were on our way to California from Florida? So many unknowns :(

What I do know for sure is that I love everything about it! The colors, mom's hair, the scarves, her over sized flannel shirt & green corduroy capris, the walking stick & hay, my red sweater & the ruffles on my dress & socks, my shoes, her sandals. Like I said, all of it! Because it all speaks to me and reminds me of my mother's love and our bond. It has always been there and always will be, though I miss her terribly still, and always will.

And just in case you are needing some encouragement today:

For more about this amazing young man, check out his website, Life Without Limbs.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Never again? Then what's this?

These tell the story far better than I can. Please take a few minutes and watch at least one.

While a candidate for President, Senator Obama said, "If peace and security for the people of Sudan are not in place when one of us is inaugurated as President on January 20, 2009, we pledge that the next Administration will pursue these goals with unstinting resolve.

I don't pretend to know what I, or any government, can do to help. All I know for sure is I can't sit by and do nothing. I have to start somewhere. If you feel that way too, please join me in urging President Obama to keep his promise. You can do that here. If you are one of my friends from across the pond, I think it would be great for President Obama to hear from you too!

According to SaveDarfur, "The Sudanese government's recent decision to evict major aid organizations could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Millions of civilians are at immediate risk of starvation and disease." As if their own government didn't pose enough of a threat to their very survival! So please call, write, donate. Do something. Today. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

52Q 10 and Singing Frogs

The prompt for 52Q #10 was, "Name 5 movies that inspire you creatively." On the back I wrote:
  • color
  • unusual plot
  • music
  • period piece
or a combination of the above are the reasons for my top five movie picks. Titanic and Sense & Sensibilities also come to mind.

About the frogs. There are hundreds of them in the ditch behind our house. At least it sounds like it! And I know frogs croak, not sing. But the sun is shining and their croaking is like music to my ears. It finally feels like spring is just around the corner!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring isn't in the air.

Not here. Not yet. Today there is rain in the air. And cold wind. But it is in the buds on the trees and the flowers peaking through the ground. So I know it won't be long. Maybe not by Friday, the first official day of spring, but I feel it in my heart. And for now that will have to do...

I made this card using one of the ATCs I made for an Easter swap. How about you, have you done anything springish lately?

Friday, February 20, 2009

My #1 Grandson

The little boy in *this layout* is now a whole foot taller than his Gma, who is a mere 5'4"! She can remember the day he was born as if it was yesterday and not fifteen years ago today. She can remember when she could change his diaper on her lap. She can remember rocking him to sleep out back on the swing on warm summer nights while listening to the frogs and crickets sing. She can remember how he used to wrap her hair around his fingers as he fell asleep. She can remember watching Thomas the Tank Engine and Pokeman videos with him. She can remember camping out in the living room with him. She can remember sitting in church with him on Saturday nights. She can remember all this and so much more. What she can't remember is where the time has gone.

*The pictures were taken five years ago, but I just made this layout today. Better late than never, right?

BTW, the pictures were taken on the Oregon Coast. In the summertime. Why the long pants and sweaters? Because, pretty as it may be, it ain't Hawaii!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Read any good books lately?

Why yes, I have!

John and I both read a lot while we were on vacation. As you can see, he caught up on Harry Potter. I like to read books about Hawaii while I'm in Hawaii. Books that give me a better understanding of its people and history. Books like,
  • Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert
  • Song of the Exile, by Kiana Davenport
  • Poisoned Palms, by Dorothea N. Buckingham
And just for fun on the flight home,
  • Such a Pretty Fat, by Jen Lancaster
And just because I can't get enough of Hawaii, as soon as I got home I ordered this one from and read it right away,
  • Makai, Kathleen Tyau
(BTW all of these books are available on Amazon)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day My Sweeties

Would you? Pretty please...

{I love these little Whitney Made Valentines. The verses are and font are so sweet. Don't you agree?}

Friday, February 06, 2009

52Q - 3 & 5

#3 - Do you believe in fairies? (No, but it's fun to pretend)

#5 - How do you feel today? (Like I could use another day in Paradise)

Check out Emily's blog or our flickr group if you'd like to join in on the fun!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

WoW, 2 poSts iN 1 dAy!

This one is for Emily's 52 Questions - Year of Mini Art Journaling. Her fourth Q and my first tag. Yeah! And it puts me back in Hawaii. Double yeah!

Tomorrow I'm off to see my youngest for some girls-only-time this weekend. Hope you have a great one :D
I haven't wanted to post because it will take me one post further from Hawaii, but my DD Rachel tagged me a couple of days ago and is waiting, so Aloha, Hawaii post.

But I'm leaving the music on!

And I'm changing the rules of the tag.

'Cause I want to.

Here are the new rules:

1. Go to the section of your computer where you store all of your photos.
2. Select the 2nd folder.
3. Select the 2nd photo from that folder:

4. Post and explain that picture:

My picture happened to be one I took for the Day in My Life project. I had and have been eating oatmeal almost every morning in an effort to lower my cholesterol. Guess what? It worked! It went down 7 points, just like in the commercial!

Despite the fact that I had my blood work done not long after eating all of these:

And the rest of the batch.

And a ton of other December goodies.

5. Tag 2 other people:

M.Kate and Malissa, now it's your turn!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Shadow Shots from Hawaii

A day early here, but people are already posting for Shadow Shot Sunday over at Hey Harriet so here are mine :D tfl