Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordpress move...please follow me over!

I'm moving to a fresh new home and site.  Enough glitches with blogger!

Thank you!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Whew, a way around the photo issue...

Thanks to this wonderful blog post, I have a new way to add photos to my blog posts!  At no cost.  I would pay, but only if I knew and was sure it was completely legitimate.  I'm not feeling it is.  So there.

Seriously?? Blog photo issue...

So what's up with this?  Supposedly I still have room left according to the %'s, but it keeps telling me I cannot upload photos because I don't have any more storage.  Now, I've had this happen before and I've gotten past it...waited an hour or so, tried again and surprise, I could upload photos again.  But it's not happening this time.  What's the deal?  Anyone have any tips for me?  Do I really have to start paying?  Is there better blogging options out there??  Help!!  My blog posts NEED photos.  Photos are my life.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Told you I liked these kinds of posts!
(blogger is having photo upload issues, so photos will come later I guess!)

Currently...baking an apple pie for my dad's birthday dinner tonight.  Pizza and apple pie and some creamy, delicious Breyer's Homemade Vanilla ice-cream!

Currently...grateful for other's joy on our happy pregnancy news!  And grateful for friends who are standing by with love and support and even further out support of "we'll come stay with the girls and bring them in to see the baby".  Oh, that would be SO fun!!!  I hope that works out.  Hospital visitors are the best!!  That from friends that are like FAMILY.  Love you guys!!  Love when the line of friends/family blurs like that.

Currently...still very grateful for my husband and kids that are working over-time in the kitchen.  Mostly I'm simply keeping up with laundry and cleaning.  

Currently...grateful that I felt good on Thanksgiving day and enjoyed a grand feast put on by DH and the kiddos.  We had a table full with my dad and some friends and their kiddos.
  (I made the apple pie and sweet potato casserole....everything else DH put on with the kids help).

Currently...grateful for those who just do.  
No questions asked (what can I do, etc??) they just DO.
The neighbor lady knocked on our door the day before Thanksgiving.  I had just sat down with a fresh cup of tea.  Was having a rough day.  Not feeling good.  Trying to clean a little.  Trying to help DH by making a few things for Thanksgiving.  And here she arrives with a plate of fresh-baked gingersnap cookies.  Brought tears to my eyes.  They hit the spot for sure!
She knew about my morning sickness and was hoping the ginger would help!!  Sweetness!

Currently...sipping lots of decaf tea and coffee to get fluids into me.  Nothing else I really crave at the moment. 

Currently...using my Silhouette Cameo a little.  Exploring the fun new shapes I was able to get on their fabulous Black Friday weekend sale.  Going to make a fun vinyl baby count down for the front of the fridge.

Currently...loving the smell of winter in the house.  
All my winter decor and candles are out and about!
Balsam and cedar.  Mmmm!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Currently... the process of baking Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls.  I know!  Wow!  Those of you who know me well, know I have not been moving far off the couch because of all-day morning sickness issues.  Ugh.  But today it's been mild.  And I have a need.  Our neighbor's dad died and I want to take up a plate of cinnamon rolls.  And I desperately want to go and visit an elderly DF of mine.  And so desperation takes over and I'm baking.  I'm thinking my family is going to be knocked off their feet tonight at the pleasant, long-ago smell of mommy baking again!

Currently...reading lots of books as I lay on the couch.  It's nice, ok, but I'd much rather be up and about being active.  But I guess I won't have much book reading time once the baby is born right??  

Currently...full of pizza.  Had lunch at Pizza Hut with my dad.  It tasted good, so I ate.  Actually I pigged out.  On the creamy alfredo pasta and curly fries.  Fries??  Yes, our Pizza Hut now has delicious curly fries on the noon buffet.  Crazy, I say, but oh so delicious!!   And Root Beer tasted good today...and French dressing on my salad.  I'm usually a Coke and Ranch dressing girl...but everything is so out of whack right now (including no caffeinne)!

Currently...snacking on red grapes, watermelon and canned peaches.  Mmmm, they taste so good to be.  Cold.  Ha, good thing I told you about my unhealthy eating first or you would be praising me for my healthy pregnancy eating.  Not!!  I eat what appeals right now.  Not much stays down.  So you eat and hope for the best.  And if it doesn't appeal, you cannoteatit no matter how much you tell yourself it's good for you.

Currently...grateful for sunny days.  Grey days never have bothered me.  They just make me cozy in more and get some craft stuff done.  But since I've not been feeling great, grey days are awful.  They make everything feel/seem worse.  I have fresh compassion for my dad and others that do. not. like. grey. days.  And I used to flippantly reply with how I loved them.   Eeep.  Compassion.

Currently...hoping tomorrow is another sunny day!

Currently...very behind with Project Life.  NOT liking that feeling at all.  Blog is behind.  Album  is behind.  And I've been sorely remiss in taking photos.  But really, how many photos can you capture from laying prone on the couch??  Yes, I hear ya', there are some great options, but frankly, I've had NO mojo of any sort for any thing.  OK, here's how life currently revolves around mommy's place on the papers, mail (just prenatal vitamins in that box!), books, socks.  The floor is my new command central.

Currently...making friends with dust bunnies.  They're kinda' cute!  ;)  
And good friends don't bring stress into your life (or add to it). thankful for a family that is not expecting a thing from me.   Nada.
And for friends & family that check in on me.

And so it goes.
Just a little wordy update from me and a snapshot of what life is like right now...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

CAS Sugar challenge...and learning curve!

Whew.  Learning curve today!!  I learned how to make a basic watermark for my blog photos.  Never been a big deal to me, but it was something I wanted to learn how to do.

I also finally got to participate in one of my DF's challenges over at CASology.  This week's challenge is SUGAR.  This idea has been on my mind all week.  It's something I often say in response to someone doing something for me or giving me something that's extra special and perfect!  "Sweet, thanks!"  So, that came to mind with this challenge, as did these fun Thickers alpha stickers I've had in my stash. Full of glitter and sweetness!

CAS cards have been on my mind this week too as I come to terms with the even more limited crafting time I will have with a new little baby arriving in June!  I love CAS, but it seems I'm always wanting to fuss a bit more and make it extra special.  After all, I have a craft corner FULL of goodies calling my name for use.  Well, friends, I think I'm learning what my DF has already come to terms with...CAS can be fun and extra special too.  You can still use what you've got...over time.

So we'll see how it goes.  What do you think of my CAS attempt here?  I'm fighting with myself not to add something a bit more!!  Quotation marks or something.... And I think the watermark needs to be darkened just a tad.

Right now, I'm just trying to survive morning sickness and still enjoy life.
It has subsided the last two days, but so far there has been no rhyme or reason to one day feeling good and the next day not!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Comments & Robots

I guess because I'm not posting enough on here, I'm getting more and more spam?  I don't know, but I'm annoyed enough to change the way comments can be left and go to making sure you are not a robot when you comment.  Sorry...I hate having to do it on other's blogs, but I'm noticing (sorry I'm not commenting much on other's blogs right now either...)just about all blogs require it now and that must be why....spam is getting out of hand.  I don't feel like dealing with it in my email inbox anymore and I'm not going to jump on here and start blogging everyday to prevent it either.  Just an FYI post here.

   Just not in the blogging mood lately.  Life is full and I'm enjoying less computer time because I'm not feeling the urge to blog every last thing I do, think, say and make!  I need to take that saying off my blog that says something about "Live life and don't forget to blog about it!" b/c I'm certainly living life, but just not feeling the need to blog about it.  Right now anyway.  Feelings change!
Ha!  I've been known to post something like this and all of the sudden start blogging.
We'll see!  I made about 7 cards a few weekends ago, but never blogged about em'.  Just ended up showing some friends on our forum, but that was it.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Red Lobster Biscuits...finally a winner!

I've been searching for the perfect bake-at-home replica of Red Lobseter's biscuits (and for Lobster House....if you are from NNY!!).  I think I finally found them.  I've pin'd other recipes and tried them, but they just weren't quite greasy and fattening enough tasting, KWIM??  Cheesey, buttery globs of goodness scattered through out the biscuit.  This recipe came the closest thus far.  But no photo to pin it with.  So I took some photos of mine and I will share the adaptations I made to this recipe.

2 1/2 cups baking mix (Bisquick)
3/4 cup whole (I use 1/2 half and half and 1/2 2%)
4 Tbsp cold butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 heaping (very heaping!) cup of sharp grated cheddar cheese 
(org. recipe calls for cheddar, but I used sharp for a more pronounced cheesy taste)

Brush on top:
(Yes, I doubled the recipe and this is what made them spectacular!  Shut off the healthy mind and DO IT!)

4 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder (my addition for added flavor!)
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 400*.  Combine baking mix with cold butter with a fork.  (I did soften mine just a tad b/c I hate trying to mix cold butter into flour...softening it just a smidgen cuts down your efforts a little)  You don't want to mix this too good still wants clumps of butter for those melty globs of goodness in your biscuit.  Add sharp cheese, milk, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder.  
Mix together until combined, but don't over mix.

I used a soup spoon to drop my dough onto the baking sheet (we like them smaller).  
Un-greased baking sheet. (I used my stoneware baking sheets)
Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are nicely light brown.  After you take the biscuits out of the oven, immediately brush the tops with the seasoned melted butter.  Use. it. all. up.

I served these with goulash last night.  Goulash???  For a company meal even??   Gasp!  But yes, I've been hungry for this comfort food dish that I really don't think I've ever made.  Believe it or all my cooking experiences!!  Always seemed too ho-hum.  But never say never, because on yesterday's windy, chilly fall day, I made it.  It was very good. I made it on the stove top and let it simmer a good long time.  Don't forget to remove those bay leaves!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Life's lessons and Happy Mail challenge

I played along with the new Happy Mail Challenge over at Big Picture Classes.  Very fun!  Stacy's happy mail challenge is a fun one.  I was on a good roll of getting one a day done and out in the mail, but then life happened!  And life continues to happen as it does for all of us.  So I don't set myself up for daily (or weekly or monthly!) self-oriented obligations.  Some folks need it, I don't.  I find it frustrates me, so I like a more loosely defined day and week...and month...and year!  Life is good.  I want to enjoy whatever comes my way.  Go with the flow.  And when I have those self-obsessed obligations and goals set up for myself and then they flop...and flop...and flop...this girl gets frustrated.  And then I end up not enjoying life.  What??  Not enjoying the life I've always dreamed of and am living out right now??   So!  Nice to learn a few things about yourself along the way and let go of stuff that clings to you that you never really needed or wanted in the first place!

Here's my card:

All from my stash!  I must admit to having some Mr. Brown withdrawal issues (like constantly looking at the front door when I come home from errands to see if there is a pkg waiting me...oh yea, one must order things to receive packages!!).  But I can not deny, I'm loving the peace and contentment in my heart right now from just letting go of having to have it all and saying NO THANKS.  I keep my surfing to a minimum...that really helps.  What I don't see, I don't miss or need.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Autumn's vibrant color & beauty

Will just post quickly some views I've been enjoying the last week or so.  I've been working with my photos (almost done with the 31 Things class project from May/June)  the last day or so, enjoying some quiet down time.

I have many fabulous views from our home.  I sit in our family room "office" and have a fabulous view out the windows and patio doors.  Feels like I get the best of both worlds (outdoor/indoor) as I work.  Our little forest has grown so much over the years.  We planted it about 13 years ago I think.
I can enjoy the view from the kitchen also.
And outside our bedroom window is a beautiful forsythia that I love to see when I open the blinds each morning.  In the spring it's full of yellow blossoms, but in the fall, it's full of beautiful purple/yellow leaves.

View over my computer!  
Love my background photo and how well it meshes with what's really outdoors right now.

Morning view with the moon (w/Purple Ash tree),

Morning view,

 Just a few minutes later morning view, sunrise, kitchen window and patio door,

Evening view,

Kitchen window view,

Fall wouldn't be complete without some pots of mums around,

Family room patio door view,

Forsythia out our bedroom window,

Purple ash, family room patio door view,

Down in our forest.  Collecting leaves with DD2 for class.

And that's that.  It's been a gorgeous fall so far.  Bright.  Vibrant.  Just lighting up my insides as I take it in through my eyes.  Really!  Today we are getting wind and some rain, so I think our peak of color and vibrancy will be over now.  But I've certainly absorbed as much as I could these last several days.  Lots of walks.  Lots of daydreaming out the window looking at the color.  I've remarked about it many times to my family and they seem to think I've lost my marbles because I can't seem to stop absorbing and noticing it all, and of course, commenting to them about it, making sure they haven't missed what I've been seeing.

I've been in a wonderful mellow, happy, nurturing mood lately.  I think my family is soaking it up!
This is my season.  My time of year to cozy down and dig in.
It feels. so. good.
I've had so many good thought to think upon.
Things that are really feeding me deep down and hopefully will take it's effect from those depths all the way to the surface!  I don't want to live a hidden life.  Stuff hidden that I don't want others to see.  So that means I have to clean up my inward act!  And cleaning I am.

So, hence, you haven't heard from me much.  Just not in the blogging mojo quite yet I guess.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Ali Edwards encouraged us in her recent newsletter to play along with her in documenting our "right now", "currently",
 or "around here"

For me...
A mix of the immediate right now and the general right now!

Currently....catching up on my digital Take 12 layouts.

Currently....looking into online school-help sites for DD2 to help her in 4th grade.  Intense teacher with lots of homework and studying for tests.  Have any site recommendations for me?

Currently....welcoming home DD1 from a 4-day field trip!!  I sure missed her and have no desire to hurry the empty nest idea.  Love hearing all her stories, and yes, looking at her photos!  She took a few specifically with me in mind.  That's my girl!

Currently....trying to nurture my family more.  Taking time to make sure DD2 is on track with her school work (see 2nd topic above!).  And DH has a class overload this semester, so a lot more grading/correcting for him.  After 3:00 I'm pretty much head-over-heels into making things run smoothly and peacefully.

Currently....listening to DD2 sing hymns in the other room.  Love that she loves to sing them!

Currently....looking forward to my BIL coming to visit this weekend.

Currently....looking forward to a new front door being installed.  Think red and more light!  Welcome, welcome!

Currently....SUPER excited with the news I received last evening that my SIL is coming for a week around New Year's!  Wow!!  I'm very blessed to have in-laws that I want to claim as my own.  I'm an only child, and am so happy to have married into a large, caring family.

Currently....exploring some very heartfelt goals and purposes.  Isn't it great to have a deeper purpose to life?  Thankful for direction and re-direction all through life.  That's it not all about ME and my own short-sighted goals.

Currently....enjoying tea more than coffee.

Thanks Ali for the blog post idea!  Not a lot of blog writing time around here, but it was nice to sit and document a little of life.  That I do make time for.  Still love, love Project Life.  I also can't wait to finish my 31 Things class project that documented some finer details of my/our life.
(also taught by Ali and now available as a self-paced class; see link in above sentence.)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Hello to...

Hello to autumn with it's cooler days and even cooler evenings.  Think scarves, vests and fleece & curling up in cozy blankets.  (and some quiet day I might be able to add to that sentence about reading a book too!)

Hello to the start of routines and quieter days since school has started.

Hello to a new year with fresh spiritual goals and ambitions.

Hello to a freshly created creative to-do list of creative (PL album catch-up, learn to use my Silhouette, finish my 31 Things album, work on my quilt, some Pinterest projects, etc, etc....many more fun things on my list!)

Hello to decluttering more in the basement.

Hello to getting back into a regular exercise routine and healthy eating habits.

Hello to baking loaves of Pumpkin Pecan bread and burning Autumn Wreath candles through out the house.

Hello to fun LittleMissMatched chevron socks!

Hello to a massage.

Hello to helping the kiddos with homework and nurturing them.  Being fully present and mindful!

And that's enough hello's from this chic!  Thanks Alison for the fun idea.  I won't be doing it weekly...I don't think...I hardly ever commit to anything like that anymore, but I may revisit the hello's again sometime

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Crafting!

I've enjoyed playing along with Big Picture Classes Big Idea Festival this year.  
(go ahead, check it's FREE!)  

I won't be able to participate in any more of the challenges though because this week will be spent with some very special friends and acquaintances at a very special gathering.  But I'm proud of myself for digging right in regardless of knowing ahead that I wouldn't be able to participate in all of them!
This is the earliest I've gotten crafty for the season (I'm a fall/winter crafter), so I hope it's a good sign of a long, happy, crafty filled fall and winter season.
**happy sigh**

A card for a girl friend. I made this card all on my own (as in no CASE'ing)!  But it was hard because I'm so used to CASE'ing everything lately (Pinterest anyone??)!!  It was a good challenge though and likely tested the opposite side of my brain (ouch!).  I've sent a card out four days in a row now as part of the #HappyMail challenge (I forgot to take photos of one of them).  Again, that too will stall for this week, but I'm looking forward to starting it up again when I get home.  
I've already got quite a list of people I want to send cards to.  
Watch your box for HappyMail!  :)

I made this card for my MIL...the quote has been her theme this summer.
 Product is from the Simple Stories line.
I have tons of their glorious paper packs.  LOVE!
But now it's time to recover from the love affair and start using the stuff!!
I'm joining in a challenge with friends to use more from my stash and what a fun journey it's been.
The tag below used brand new stuff from my stash...that's been in my stash for months.  Sheesh!
**insert eye roll**

Day Two Big Idea, Fun Photos with Rebecca Cooper,
Taken with Instagram on my iPad.
Fun braids for the 2nd day of school! 

Day Three, Dreams with Courtney Walsh,
Photos from a a recent family vacation.
More Simple Stories product.
Journaling reads:  
Dreams. I'm not much of a dreamer. But the other day while running, It hit me that I'm living my dream. I always dreamed of being a SAHM and tending to my home and family. And here I am. September 7, 2012 and doing just that. And have been for the last 14 years. A dream come true. I'm thankful for a happy, loving family and for a husband that has a good job that allows for our home life to be like it is. There is nothing I would rather be doing. These photos were taken on a recent summer vacation to Milwaukee, where we enjoyed some time on the beach of Lake Michigan. It was beautiful I love the feet walking on the beach. We walk together in life. Through the good and the bad. And love bears us through.

Day Five, Happy Crafting with May Flaum,

I loved May's inspirational video (register for free and you can watch it too!) and knew right away what I needed to tackle for more happy crafting. I had a whole stash of new Tim Holtz stuff and kept telling myself I didn't know how to use it or do the cool stuff people do with it (also the banner strips...been seeing a lot of those too and wanting to try them on something). But after listening to May, I dug in and created a tag; truly happy crafting for me Saturday afternoon. I can't wait to use it on a fall layout soon.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Get well soon...

I've been trying to get over some sinus junk my kiddos shared with me.  They got over it rather quickly, but mine has settled in for the long haul, leaving me achey and very tired (this is the 2nd illness I've had this who never hardly gets sick...).  Friday evening  I decided to make up a batch of Elderberry Syrup.  It is supposed to be a good support to the immune system. We'll see.  You can find it in the stores, labeled Sambucol, but it's very expensive.  I buy the dried berries from my local co-op and store them in the freezer.  They special order them from Frontier for me.

Here's my loosely followed recipe:

Elderberry Syrup

1 cup dried Elderberries
2 cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
2 Tbsp minced ginger
3 cups water
1/2-1 cup honey (base on taste; I don't like it overly sweet.)

Place dried Elderberries and water in a pot and bring to boil.  Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 min with cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger.  After simmering is done, strain the mixture and reserve liquid. Press down firmly on mixture to be sure and get all the juice out.  Return to rinsed pot and simmer over low heat for about 20-25 minutes or until liquid has reduced about 1" (I probably had about 1 1/2 cups of syrup).  Add honey and stir to dissolve.  Store in refrigerator.  This will keep for up to 2 weeks.

Take 1-2 Tbsp daily for maintenance.
Take 3-5 Tbsp when you're feeling like you are coming down with something.

Namaste, keep well!
I'm starting back into my yoga routines and tea drinking.

And by the way,
in case you've noticed...
my daughter has claimed a board of her own on my Pinterest account
and is avidly pinning chocolate & peanut butter recipes LOL!!
Whew...and baby, NO I'm not pregnant!!
(oh, and she isn't either!  She loves babies and anything baby related so she is likely
already planning out her own baby nursery for some day!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I'm back after a long summer hiatus!  It was wonderful.  We made up a summer bucket list at the beginning of sumner (2nd summer doing this and we love it) and we have almost everything crossed off.  Two things didn't get crossed off, but we did attempt them (getting together with two different families).  One thing from our family list didn't get done and two things off the kids & mom list.  It wasn't a list of things that we felt we HAD to do, just a list that kept us on track with things we love and wanted to do if time allowed.  And it did!  Overall, we are THRILLED with how our summer went.  Full of travels and wonderful times spent with family and friends near and far.  Lots of time out in the sunshine and in the water.  Lazy mornings.  Fresh garden eats.  You get the idea!

Today we started in with back to school routines.  I've sat and heard the reports and it went well.  School pictures were delivered and are now displayed in their rightful place on our piano in the living room.  My babies are growing up!  Guess that happens.

Summer bucket list, (blurred on purpose!)

Have you heard?

Big Picture Classes

Big Picture Classes is having their annual Big Idea Festival!  I'm so excited.  I've already gotten today's big idea done (see further down in this post).  Register for FREE and check out Day One's challenge.  It has something to do with this...

Stacy Julian and Doodlebug Designs have announced a new, fun year-long challenge that I'm looking forward to participating in as I can. It was the perfect "back into blogging" project I needed.

Day one of the Big Idea Festival...

Make someone's day with a hand written letter and as a bonus a card too.
I needed to send out a sympathy card for a special couple that have recently had a miscarriage with twins.  Very sad.  But this challenge fit perfectly, not that I was wanting to make their day.  There are no perfect words for times like this, but I did want to share with them our love and care.

Here is the card I made, CASE'd from a card I saw on Pinterest from this blog.

hand written note inside, 

and mailed (missed the mailman at our own box),

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fresh strawberries

Here's what I discovered in the garden today!

Here's what I made this weekend.
Not sure I'll make them again.  They were good, but not the tantalizing taste I thought would come from the pricier ingredients used and fussier steps taken
(browning the butter...)

Here's a glimpse at some more work at 31 Things,

(I made a few things [Veggie Pizza, Hotdogs and Beans in the crockpot and the above mentioned bars.] to bring to a potluck yesterday.  I love cooking/baking and feeding people!)

Transportation, (DD2 noticed two years ago on a trip that the Toyota emblem looked like a cowboy hat.  Don't know if that little blip ever got recorded but it will now thanks to this writing assignment!
That's what I'm loving about this.  Stories. being. told.)

We are on Day 13 and I have 6 out of the 13 photos taken.  No layouts done, but all the writing is done.  Today's writing will be done this evening before heading to bed.  It's been the perfect thing to unwind with each evening.  Once the pen hits the paper, the writing just flows.  I like that!  I'm happy (or should I say content!) with my progress.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

31 Things by Ali Edwards

I signed up for Ali Edward's class, 31 Things.  I almost didn't, but I can hardly resist a class by Ali.  So far, even though life has been busy, I've taken the time each evening to write.  And it feels SO good.  Helps me unwind.  And it's so rewarding to take time to write down some stories.  Tell them a little deeper than I would in Project Life.  Tell stories I might not otherwise.  And in telling them, realize other topics that come up what I want to tell more deeply.  I jot those down at the end.

Here's my notebook and a glimpse of my writing!  
Haven't actually used the templates and organized my photos, 
but right now, the writing is important to me.

My writing journal,

And a few daily snapshots so far,

Day 1, Jewelry

Day 2, Morning routine, Awake & Inspire!

Day 3, Reading (bedside bin; more reading by my reading chair!)

Day 4:  Spirit

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Project Life, a work in progress

A view from my bike ride the other day,

Project Life is coming along.  It's one project I aim to keep up with.  OLW and MMEW might have to go by the wayside, but documenting our life (which PL is more about us than me like the other projects) is something I don't want to give up.  But the summer schedule is nearing and already I'm finding myself changing modes because of other things in life coming up.  Good things that need my attention and focus.  I stamped several cards last week, but just haven't felt the "gottatakeaphotoandblogaboutthem" feeling.  I did take photos, so maybe someday they will show up on here, but for now, I'm content with just stamping them and sending them along with love.

So...with that said, the typical spotty blog posting has begun whether summer is officially here or not!
I'll check in as a I can!

Happy summer!

I noticed yesterday the community pool was filled.  They open right after Memorial Day.
Can't wait to take a swim and sit poolside with a good book.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Retirement goodbyes

My DH has two men in his department that are retiring this month.  One of the other employees asked me to put together a page for each of them for the front of a scrapbook she is creating for them.  Fun!  Can't find time to scrapbook for myself, but hey, why not!  I went to cut up a piece of card stock and saw a Project Life journal card sitting there.  Instantly the light bulb went on to put the retirement "to-do" lists on those (did it digitally with my digi cards from Jessica  I was inspired for the to-do list by this example.

The photo of each man will go on the big orange layer.
One man is an avid golfer and the other an outdoors man!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

10 Things: Fun & Inspiring

I've been over-whelmed (in a good way!) by some fun things this week and want to share them with you!

Warning, lots of Pinterest links!!

1.  An inspiring article about "Switching Your Focus".  Whew, really needed that and it was so reassuring.  It has been definitely been time to lower, or maybe I should say change, my expectations for my daily routine/schedule. I'm not lowering them...I'm needing to reach out more to someone and that will take more time.  But it's time I WANT to give.  So there.  Previous expectations must change.

2.  Another great article about balance.  The comments were just as inspiring/encouraging.  I love thinking about margin now. Life ebbs and flows.  Some days/weeks are busier than others, but some offer plenty of the quiet home time that my heart craves.  Those are the times when I need to be very wise in how I spend my time.  Seasons.  A season to get things done.  Another season to serve and care for others when it's needed.  Thanks Misti for the link to both of these articles, love that you scouted these out at such a perfect time for me 
(or us...fellow flybabies!)

3.  Project Life inspiration.  Wow!  Some awesome stuff out there!  Did you get to score in on Becky's fabulous 50% sale on her card stock collections??  Wowza!  Such cool ideas that stretched my mind this week on what to use it all for!!  Watch Becky's video for further inspiration.  Again, I'm totally WOW'd!
I promise to post a PL update soon...
still working on catching up.

4.  Summer!  It's almost here!  3 1/2 more weeks of school.  I'm so excited to be done with making school lunches most mornings.  I don't know why I hate it so, but I do.  But I hate the thought of my kids eating school lunch every day even more, to there you have it!  I've been seeing (check out my Summer pin board for the ideas I'm seeing...) some summer lists that have my creative mind excited. I can't wait to get our own made up.  I remember visiting some friends last summer, and she had their list posted on a chalkboard. A cross-off box next to each item.  All listed together in one big "paragraph" type deal.  Kind of like this, but with the little box before each item.  Hello Sunshine!

5.  With summer almost here, that means time spent with extended family.  One of which will be over July 4th.  Can. not. wait.  Love these fun patriotic finds.

6.  SMASH fun will be rekindled this summer.  The kids and I will document a road trip with one!

7.  Love the colorful style here.  I knew where to get my own version, Maurices.  I got a red/white polka dot tank with a navy bolero.  Red flip flops.  With denims?  Rockin'!  :)  And a navy ruffled tank with a white bolero I already have.  Stylin'! :)

8.  Best mac and cheese recipe. It even warms up delicious!  And it does taste very close to Panera's.  Bliss!

9.  Could. not. resist.  Ali Edward's new class, 31 Things.  I want to write more.  That's all there is to it.  I absolutely love recording our life.  I want to dig deeper into the why's and wherefore's. 

10.  Oh my, I'm at 10 and ran out of steam! I'm off to go scrapbook now.  I have two 8.5x11 pages that have been requested of me for two men that are retiring in my DH's department.  Best get busy!  Maybe I should cruise on over to Pinterest and look for ideas?  Ya' think?  ;)  LOL, that would only take another hour or so.  Whew, that place is so, so inspiring.  Ah, there we go, just thinking about that site brings me something to put with #10!  
A favorite quote of the week here.  Whew, thanks Pinterest!!!

Not one single photo for ya' though.
Sorry, if this is to go live today and I'm still going to have time to scrapbook those pages, I best just hit publish and be content.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day and birthdays

My MIL's birthday is Saturday and Mother's Day is Sunday!  I best get these cards in the mail to her!!
She has been keeping her sister company, so I made a card for her too, been wanting to send her one anyway.

(not a good link, but at least you'll know this is not my original!)

And for Mother's Day, got to use some new Amy Tangerine paper from this 6x6 pad.
So bright and cheerful...and it even has some camera paper in there!!

Up next, a Project Life update I hope!
Been busy catching up on a few weeks of memories.