Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Another Week. . .

Wasn't there a song by that name back in maybe the '60s? It is indeed Monday and I made it through the birthday celebration with the kiddos!!! Oh my goodness, it was SSSSOOOO much fun!!! Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!!! The grandkids were just over the moon to surprise Grandpa!!! That by itself was totally worth it!!!

I did spend a good bit of time recovering yesterday, but last night, I couldn't sleep for ANYTHING!!! So you get to see the products of THAT!!! Hope tonight is better!!!

What about this luscious kit!!! Yellow is one of my absolute favorite colors so I was in heaven with this!!!

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And, with that I'm outta here . . .I'm sure I can find a chore or two to do OR I could spend some time reading my book!!! Until next time. . .

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Beautiful Day

Well, the birthday party yesterday was certainly a surprise to the birthday boy!!! Suddenly all things that have happened in the past month were explained. The constant questions about what his plans were for this weekend, the questions about Friday. . .I know I have seemed like I have been nagging a LOT the past month, but it was all for that party!!! He was so surprised when everyone came up to the back door. . .when he opened it, all the grandkids yelled "SURPRISE"!!! It was absolutely priceless!!! The weather cooperated and we were able to cook out. I had also made a crock pot of carnitas and a crock pot of Italian beef. . .those came in handy when it started raining in the afternoon. We have meat and salads left for today so today is a cook-free day for me!!! Tomorrow is his actual birthday and he will give blood after work. . .I hope to be able to take him to dinner after that.

Now that the party is over, I think I can concentrate a bit more on my scrapping. I feel like I have neglected it for a while now but have all sorts of ideas that I want to work on!!! I did do one page this morning in the quiet hours before folks got up.

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And, with that I am outta here to go relax a bit and get organized for the upcoming week. Next weekend we have a street festival. . .hopefully I can pick up one of the granddaughters who will be spending a week with me. She had all sorts of requests yesterday. . .sounds like we will be busy!!! Until next time. . .

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bad Day - Move On

Do you ever have one of those days when it just doesn't pay to even get out of bed??? I had one of those days yesterday. Still trying to put the finishing touches on this surprise party for my dh and feeling a bit stressed as it is. Did most of my laundry yesterday, but there is indeed a load of towels in the dryer that have to be folded. . .I NEVER leave clothes in the dryer so I'll need to address that today. Over the past couple of weeks, I've been getting food that could be frozen for the party. Imagine my surprise when I went out to the garage yesterday and found the freezer door OPENED!!! Lost everything in the freezer then had to go out and pick up the burgers for the cookout that is more than likely going to be rained out tomorrow. . .well, I'll just make some pork and Italian beef just in case!!! Then, as I'm coming back from the grocery store, I was behind a pick-up truck that had decking loaded in it. I'm no construction type, but I'm pretty sure those boards should have been secured in the back of the truck. Wonder at what point that occurred to the driver??? When the boards came flying out the back of his pickup, I was able to swerve and avoid any contact. . .however, the policeman who was following me wasn't so lucky!!! Then, my kitty has not moved from her spot since yesterday morning. . .she hasn't eaten, don't think she has been to the litter box. I'm starting to get pretty sad. . .she has been with me close to 15 years and is such a good companion!!!

I have managed to do some scrapping in the small hours of the morning so here goes. . . First up is these fun pages. I just LOVE this color combination!!!

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And, I am feeling nostalgic lately for some reason. . .

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And with that I'm outta here to do some more party prep!!! Until next time. . .

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Long Week!!!

This has been one of those trying weeks. I am planning a surprise for my dh's upcoming birthday this coming weekend. Trying to plan a surprise for another person in the house is no small feat!!! I have been planning for a while now. . .subtly cleaning the house, planning the food when he is asleep and thought I had everything well in hand. Then here we are, the last few days before the "big event" and all of my planning seems to have gone out the window!!! It started on Sunday when my dh got a phone call from the mechanic working on his mower. After nearly 20 years, the mechanic recommended not putting any more money into the unit. So, Sunday we went mower shopping. On Monday, we made the final decision and purchased the mower we chose. Now, that should have been a fairly easy task. . .it took 3 sales people to try to figure out how to do that and in the end, two computer programmers (my dh and myself) were the secret to finding the pages they needed to write down the information for the ticket. THEN, we had to go out of town for a visitation. That in and of itself was a strange situation. My husband and myself are pretty social people, so we can ALWAYS find somebody to talk to. There are a couple of aunts on my husband's side that I particularly enjoy spending time with. So I go talk to them. My dh's family arrives and they all sit together and never interact with anyone. Today, we have to go out of town for the funeral so we won't get home until mid to late afternoon. Then tomorrow, I have to try to get everything done in 1 day that I had planned on doing in 3 days. Now, my plans for Friday were to make all the food - hide the salads and make up an excuse for the crockpot of meat. Yesterday, my dh told me he MIGHT take a day of vacation on Friday!!! NOW what am I gonna do??? Geeze, he is NOT making this surprise party easy!!!

Not to mention I had my second run-in with a mosquito on Sunday and have been having an allergic reaction to the bites. One bite has caused my entire foot to swell so badly. The next mosquito bite will be the worse, so I am avoiding the outdoors at the moment!!!

With all my late night activity, I have managed to complete a couple of pages so here goes. . .

First up

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And, with that I'm outta here. . .so much to do and so little time to get it done!!! Until next time. . .

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tiring Thursday

Today is the dreaded laundry day. . .but I am making serious progress on that front!!! My last load of laundry is in the washer as I type. . .but I have one load that is being slow to dry!!!

Not long after that first load of laundry went in, the phone rang. . .daughter #2 has pink eye. Got off the phone with her and the phone rings again. . .now I hardly ever get more than 1 phone call a day. This time is was my MIL and that can never be good. Sure enough, my dh's uncle who turned 99 last year passed away this morning. This is my dh's second uncle in just under a month to pass away. When I saw this uncle at the funeral last month, he was still sharp as a tack, but seemed more feeble than before. This is the last of "the brothers" and the end of that generation.

My accomplishment this week. . .I finally have my desk the way I like it!!! It only took about 15 years!!! My desk had a pull-out keyboard and I have always hated that thing. My legs just didn't fit underneath comfortably the way I sit. As I was doing some cleaning a couple of months ago, I saw a board that suddenly came to mind on Monday!!! Had my husband locate it and after some reengineering, it now sits on my desk with my dual monitors elevated. I can now put the keyboard on the desk along with the mouse AND Wacom tablet!!! I have removed the pull-out keyboard and I am able to sit comfortably at my desk!!! I have been having some problems with my legs lately and it seems like this is alleviating some of the joint pain I have been having!!! Woo-Hoo!!!

Since I am able to sit here longer, I have been on a scrapping frenzy!!! So here goes!!!

First up, a couple of pages using a kit that has a decidedly nautical theme, but I love the challenge of having a kit transcend it's intended purpose.

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And, with that I am outta here. The news of the day is certainly disheartening. . .another reminder of how fragile life and our world are. Until next time. . .

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Of It Monday

It is another Monday. . .had a great weekend with a spunky little 4-year old granddaughter. She got Grandpa to watch Frozen and explained every single thing to him. At one point he asked if it was just about over and she replied "Grandpa, there is one more song". . .what an impact that movie has made!!!

And can I just rant about one little tiny thing? What's up with this world? My niece graduated from college and they were having a party for her. We never received an invitation from either our niece or my brother-in-law. Instead, we got a text from another of my dh's siblings about the party with a date and time (no venue information) and the hotel where we should make a reservation. My sister-in-law went and took her daughter and grandkids. . .my girls (the graduate's cousins) were not invited. I guess I figure if you can't send me an invitation directly in one form or another, you really don't want me there. I did send a graduation gift. . .we will see if a thank you is forthcoming!!! Sometimes I think social media has gotten completely out of hand. . as I sit here writing on my blog!!!

I have done a little tiny bit of scrapping, but just a tiny bit. I'm getting ready for an "event" and my time is a little strapped at the moment, but here goes. . .

First up. . .wouldn't this be fabulous for making a back to school brag book!!! So fun and adorable!!!

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And how about this sweet kit. . .could be used for so many things!!!

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Here are some flowers for you. . .

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And finally, here's something a bit more formal

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And, with that I'm outta here to go do some chores. . .then who knows, I may read a book!!! Until next time. . .

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Do you ever have days where you just have no idea what to expect? I have no major plans for the day. . .nothing outstanding on my "to do" list so it is shaping up to be a rather blah day!!! Not that I am complaining mind you. . .every now and again you just need one of those days!!! Maybe I'll do a bit of reading - who knows???

I have been doing a bit of scrapping lately so here goes. . . First up a really fun, eclectic kit. . .

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And here's something fun in retro!!!

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And how about this. . .at first glance I thought this was a kit for a little boy, but was able to get a feminine page from it too!!!

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And, with that I'm outta here to go do a few things before a little houseguest comes for a visit with Grandma tomorrow!!! Until next time. . .

Friday, July 4, 2014

Start This Again :-)

Well, let's start another week!!! And goodness is it a busy one!!! Get to spend time with a granddaughter, then a day of errands, prep for a local 4th of July celebration on the 3rd and then the 4th of July and NASCAR racing at Daytona!!! My reward for getting through the week are those NASCAR races. There's something about sitting on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching a race!!! A few years ago my dh took me to a track and I have to tell you I was taken in by the smells and sounds of cars racing. I love watching Daytona and Talladega - what's not to love about those super speedways. I love watching those races on TV because I think if I were there I would have a tough time keeping track of what was going on!!! Give me my TV any day!!!

I have several scrapbook pages in the works so here goes. . .first up. . .

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And, was in the mood to do a couple of romantic pages too. . .

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And I just LOVE this sunshiny kit!!!

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And how about this fun color combination:

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And here's something perfectly YUMMY!!!

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And here's another

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Finally on this 4th of July

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And, with that, I'm outta here. Super tired and need a nap, but here's hoping everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th!!! Until next time. . .