Monday, September 19, 2016

Sweltering Hot Here!

I know, I know, I know....been really lazy and lax about blogging! I've just been on a reading binge, as well as some unexpected long phone conversations with a couple of friends that I haven't spoken with in awhile, a visitor for out of state, cleaning up some outside and inside (flower pots, windows and windowsills, changing sheers, etc), binge watching a few shows and just all around lazy, lazy, lazy!
I did some personal stuff for my tax guy and when I delivered to him, he told me he is retiring and sold his business.....so, I will not have to work next spring! Not sure if I am happy or sad about that yet as that was extra monies put aside for taxes and insurance on the duplexes! But I am very happy that he is going to have some time to do some of the things he and his family like to do before he is unable to!
No Fall temperatures for us anytime soon. It is almost unbearably hot here again this week with the increased humidity! 104F is predicted for today and is to be close to that all week, but supposedly a "cold" front will move into the area over the weekend dropping us into the upper 80's and a possibility of some rain!
I have managed a few scrap pages during this lazy spell, only because Amy sent some cute photos and Annabeth had a birthday, and my BIL has a birthday today and Amy asked me to create some pages using her vacation photos!  I have put some on Facebook, but not all of them...I did a couple of TBT pages too...LMBO...scanning old albums has been really a blast with lots of journeys into some awesome memories! Check these out!
Me with my #2/3 hubby, "Fuzzy" in 1971 in a QP by Mirella at LTH Designs!
Here you see my SIL (Fuzzy's sister) Inez and her hubby Larry in a page by Mirella of LTH Designs!
This photo of me toasting to a Turkey dinner served in my new home back in 1990! This page was created using several different designers, Designs by Briget background, GTD frame and clusters, stitching by
Happy Birthday to my school chum (from 1960) Diane in Michigan. The photo was from her FB and the QP is by Miriam.
This page is for my (stepsister) Frances of her and her grandchildren in August...photo made just after her chemo treatment. The page is by
Sweet Annabeth turned 3 on the 7th of this month and had an Ariel themed part, so she loved this greeting from Ariel, using a clipart (free) and a frame by Neli. I love the second one because of the colors and her facial expression...the photo is from Eliza's birthday party in May and the page is from Digital Design Resort
This one is of Annabeth and Eliza showing affection for each other and playing together. The QP and alpha are from Just So Scrappy!
Today is my Weymond's birthday (my BIL) so I used a freebie from Studio Manu and a photo I recently scanned from his visit to my home in TX in the early 80's! Probably only time he's been that far from home! LMBO!

These are all from Amy's first family vacation together in Florida. They really did enjoy the beach and the shows. I used several designers freebie QP's for this album for her. Manu, Fecknek, Snickerdoodle.
This one after they got home and Daddy and Eliza took a nap together. Just so sweet I had to create this page using Snickerdoodle's You Are a Masterpiece Kit! I will find the missing information and create the links in a bit. I can't find my paper where I wrote them down and my memory is slipping. LMBO!
Anyhow, I need to get my hiney up from this chair and fix something to eat...it is almost 2 p.m. and I have only had 2 cups of coffee today, so getting hungry!
Chat with you more later....Hugs, Mat













Thursday, August 25, 2016

FANTASTIC 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janiero

I thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 summer Olympics! I must admit I really became a couch potato until it was over! I watched games that I had never watched before and stayed glued to my TV and taped stuff during the night to catch the next day...LMBO...yes, I know a little OCD, but....I did it anyway! I failed to concentrate much on anything else other than feeding my fur babies and cleaning up behind them before I started watching each day! I did only the minimal around here, so...this week I have been relocating dust bunnies off the furniture and cleaning a dirty house...all my floors needed a good cleaning (that took me 2 days) and the dust on the furniture wanted to fight me transferring them somewhere else!!! Oh, and all my pjs needed to be washed and dried and folded and put away, I did get out of them long enough to get the grocery shopping done (only because I needed cat food :D and litter)! I even spent a day doing some stuff for my CPA's military reunion next month and got my car washed.  And, most importantly, I had to make a few scrap pages (did these when the news was on cause I could listen while I scrapped)!
The weather this month has been totally WEIRD....first 12 days we had temps of 100+ and not much rain, then the next 11 days was cloudy, overcast, in the middle 80's and almost 4" of rain.  Now the weather has changed again for the new school year to begin....lower to mid 90's...but so HUMID it feels like it is 100 again. 
I am trying to get back into a normal (?) routine again...but kind of enjoyed the LAZINESS and it's taking a little longer! Can you believe we are almost into September (and all the new shows/series start) and Labor Day is just around the corner? 
Here are the pages I scrapped since I last posted...got to get them in my book....and I have a lot more to do to catch up.  Amy sent me several new photos and Kathy's grandkids are all in school now, so when I do finally catch up, I will be busy scrapping!  Amy's birthday was the 12th...(would have been my brother's too) and Oreo turned 11.
This is Maggie and Wayne that I confiscated from her FB page to create this one for her to frame in an 8x10.
This was a just because I had to...LMBO...Loved the yellow roses by Booland Designs sooooo...
My tribute page for my Brother's birthday (12th), my ex-hubby Pete's birthday (15th) and my Mama's (18th).
This is Penny's pastor, his birthday was also on the 18th (I went to school with his wife) and he just adores all the pages I make, so surprised him with one!
TBT was a fun day, here's Jade and Ruby, Easter 2010...they are so small here!
Penny's 3...Amy is still that cute and so are her 2 girls and Lance now has 1 daughter and 2 sons!
This was 1986, First and Last time Kathy and Penny had their boys together. Kathy is in Illinois and Penny is in southern Georgia.
My ex (2nd & 3rd) and I took my boss's son Rusty to basic training! He says he does not remember this! LOL!
This was made in 1973 as Fuzzy and I were leaving for work, (Inez always cut his head off when she took photos) at the Thomasville Police Department.
Fuzzy, Inez (his sister) and I in 1978 or 79! the quality of the photo was not very good, this is one that I scanned from an older album.
January 1988 just after Fuzzy and I separated for the 2nd time! Sure wish I was this thin again...LMBO!
Amy's beauties playing dress up...love the one made in the mirror! Look at Annabeth's face in the bottom photo...Love it!  Most of these pages have been made a while, but just decided to post them.  I do have the names of the QP designers, but will have to see where I put that list and get back with links to them!
Got to get up out of this chair and move around, I think it is almost time to feed those fur babies again! Finished with what I aim to get done today and then I think I will catch up with a few blogs I have neglected and see if my friends are still talking with me since I have ignored them for so long....ROFL! Y'all have a FABULOUS weekend and make lots and lots of memories to share! More later....Hugs, Mat









Sunday, July 31, 2016

Holy Cow, It's been awhile!

I swear, the time is just flying by and either I am getting forgetful or just slowing down to an almost crawl...LOL! I do not know where the day goes! I get up really early each morning and am up usually till the 10 p.m. news is over, but seems I get less and less done or I am just taking longer to do the things I do get done each day! I have good intentions of posting, then I start a project like cleaning an area, think of something else I need to do (before I finish the one I am on) then get sidetracked doing that and come back to what I was doing...eat a bit in the middle of the day...then it's bed time! I must admit, I do have a weird routine, but the fur kids keep me busy a lot, I stop and watch a little TV, I sit at the computer (when my hands allow it) and then it's time to feed the fur kids, clean up behind them again and then retire to watch the evening news and various shows I am "hooked" on, but I just don't seem to get as much accomplished as I set out to at the beginning of the day! (Old age is creeping in I guess).  Actually, I have been on the phone a lot lately with Amy (sometimes 2-3 hours at a time, they miss me..) and have been helping a friend find some info on Ancestry.com, and helping another over a rough patch with a medical issue (she's in MA and I am in TX so the phone calls take a bit of time) and I am trying to clear out and organize my computer and other things to have my life in some kind of order (for those left after my time on this earth is over) and it just seems to rob me of time for doing fun things....LOL!
Here are some pages I have managed to scrap in the time since I posted last...I need to post them here so they will be in my book that is printed at the end of the year. Those books are so delightful to view during the "free" times I have. Others really seem to enjoy perusing them as well. Nice journaling of my personal history too! These 3 photos I created pages for Kathy's son Jason and his kids when they enjoyed a "dress up" to olden days on one of their trips to 6 Flags...aren't they just the cutest? Kathy especially requested the page of Jade alone since she adores the photo. I love the one of the 3 kids together (which I recolored) because of the signs in the background. I'm not sure I can remember all the designers that I used, but will give it a great and valiant try!
So, sticking with this theme...I was using my new Photomyne App to scan albums with my iPhone when I ran across a couple of photos from my time spent in Turkey in 1967-1969. Such wonderful memories just started flooding in and I did these 2 pages.  The first one (I recolored a b/w to fit this QP) was made at the Istanbul airport in 1969 as we were headed home (my dress was handmade for me as I had a 17" waist and couldn't find clothes to fit), the second was in 1968 with a friend (sad to say I have forgotten her name now and Pete has passed on) but I have other photos I have scanned in that I hope to create scrap pages for soon. (Love this expensive $5 app)
I used a QP by BooLand Designs from her Texan Rose kit for a Happy Birthday page for my friend Jannette! We had fun on her special day as we went to Babe's for fried chicken.
Next I got a couple of photos from Maggie of the boys to scrap for her on Facebook. Calvin is all about Tractors and when he can ride on one with his daddy or Papa, he is one happy little boy! His brother Wayne is just so stinking cute in this photo, how could I resist making a page for him using it?
Then, Amy sent me a few photos at the insistence of Princess Annabeth for some pages...that little girl is almost as big a talker as her mama and she just wants what she wants....I can't say no to her, other than No, I can't come to visit right now! She and Hayden think I should be visiting with them as often as they want to see me....Loving the affection and really longing to visit with all of them, but I haven't the money right now nor someone to care for my fur kids in my absence! (sniff, sniff).
Top photo is of Annabeth with her princess dress and crown on, the second is her in her bed fighting a nap. The third is Eliza when she fell asleep reading her Frozen book, the fourth is Eliza watching Snow White while her sissy is napping. The fifth is a trip to WalMart for Amy and the girls while Hayden was visiting them and the last one is a few years ago of Amy for a TBT photo on Facebook.  Goodness how I love that child!
Okay, gonna get off here for a bit, NASCAR races are starting...and will gather my info on all the designers to come back and post.  Check back in a couple of hours with you! Make lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat

OK, I'm back with the list (finally found where I had written them down!).  Thanks to all you terrific designers for your freebies/your fabulous kits!
#1 kit by Digicats called Through Time 
#2  QP from Manu called In Those Days
#3 QP called Christmas Gift by Mirella at LTH Designs
#4 QP from Manu called Explore the Attic by Jacq
#5 QP8 called SS by Feli at Digital Scrapbooking Studio
#6 QP Texan Rose by BooLand Designs
#7 Background and clouds from AimeeH's Sky Is The Limit kit at Digital Scrapbooking Studio the Polaroid frame is from JMADD (Jen Maddocks) @ DSS and the Tractor is a free png from the net.
#8  Is created from BooLand's Precious Blue kit
#9 Is QP from Sekada's Love is Pink kit at DSS
#10  Free Frame from Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli
#11 2 kits from Booland Designs 
#12 QP Movie Night 3 by Dea Designs using April The Scrapaholic kit.
#13 is from Kyra's (With a Russian-Dutch Heart) kit called Revisited Memories & cluster by CT Arlene
#14 is a QP from Feli's (at Digital Scrapbooking Studio) collaboration kit called Time Avenue

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I Support The BLUE

There is so much sadness here in the area after the ambush of the Dallas Police Department on the 7th, my heart is so heavy and have been praying a lot for the families and community since. I am only 30 miles west of Dallas. Still takes over all the newscasts because of the out pouring of love for our Men in Blue. Hits close to home for me since I was a police dispatcher (as was my mother) and I was married to a policeman for 12 years total (married and divorced and then remarried him), my sister works at the Sheriff's Office and her son-in-law is a jailer/deputy! I shudder to think what our country would be like with no police officers! Thanks for Police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings for conducting themselves very professionally and taking care of the families of the slain/injured. Today the POTUS (and President Bush) will be in town for a memorial service and all the burials are to take place the rest of the week.
Sad, sad times around the US as the division grows...we need to stop all the groups stirring up the HATE...we are all human beings, we need to accept and love each other! We are born to love, but the HATRED is taught (the devil is definitely at work)! I've stayed off Facebook a lot lately because I don't want to see all the negativity, but I did see a few photos I wanted from there. Here they are!


 God Bless all of them and their families and bless this country! We need HIM back in our lives so this nation can heal! 
Hot & Humid & Windy....July in Texas! Means staying indoors as much as possible in the air conditioning! LOL! Gives me time to do some organizing of files on my computer and doing a complete backup too! Wow, it takes awhile since I have so much on my PC. Lots of music, photos and scrapbooking kits too! Feel good about the progress I have made, but still have more to do as my arthritic fingers will allow!  I did manage to do a few pages off and on at times....take a look!
This was left off my Father's Day pages, a RAK for my second cousin and her father in a page by Just So Scrappy!
A page of remembrance for Calvin's first catfish he caught all by himself..he was so pleased. His daddy and Papa said he couldn't reel it in so he just kept backing up until he pulled it out of the water...smart boy! I used embellishments from Manu and With A Russian Dutch Heart and Kimeric Kreations and wordart from Prairie Song Scraps to create the page.
Amy's 2 girls with their cousin Blair, just loved the photo of them all sitting together in the same chair. I used a cluster by Patty B Scraps, wordart by TLC & a page overlay from Kimeric Kreations.
Amy's girls again in a page I created using a background from RDH's Kyra and 2 clusters by Amanda at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
Thanks to all these terrific designers as most of them supply me with awesome freebies.  I just got some beautiful photos of Kathy's grandchildren that I will be scrapping next! Stay tuned y'all!
The last week of June I was called to my physician's office for a battery of tests my insurance company wanted done before the 30th. I was there almost 4 hours and only problem was some hardening of arteries causing my blood pressure to drop some when I stand. He has suggested a vitamin to help them expand. I have lost 12 pounds since last October when he saw me last...that was good news. I had my well woman check up yesterday, no new problems found (unless blood work comes back with some) and have my mammogram scheduled, so that means I'm good for another year right? All checkups with my eyes, teeth and physical done for this year as soon as this mammo and bone density is finished! Can't complain about anything but the arthritis.....LMBO! Feeling Good!!!!!
Got to run pickup my prescriptions and get back inside. Will hush for now. In the meantime, make lots and lots of memories to share, stay healthy and happy! Chat more with you later! Hugs!! Mat