Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Easter to All Y'all!

Things have been a little hectic around here, not been able to settle down and blog all week last week and again this week it is rather fast paced around here already.  For a couple of days of stormy weather, I stayed off the home computer because of lightning strikes...etc. but we haven't had a lot of rain, just a lot of wind and the lightning, but all around us have gotten some rain.....maybe we didn't pay the right people????? ROFL here! Just thankful for what we have gotten. Everything is pretty in bloom and oh so green.... :)
We had the potential for some severe weather most of the day yesterday and was under a tornado watch until midnight, but nothing but a little rain and lots, lots, lots of wind that is still blowing out of the north and causing our temperatures to plummet....from near 90 degrees on Saturday to 34 tonight....big difference right?
I did a couple of memory books for Amy, all have been printed and delivered and her mother and mother-in-law are ecstatic about them.  I want to try doing one for Amy and one for Maggie depicting the first year of their baby's lives....just like I did for Jade, Hayden, Ruby and Jayson.  Can't believe Annabeth is already 7 months old and Calvin is 5 months....time really does fly by anymore. LOL!
My friend Jan finally got well enough to have the CT scan on her throat to see if the cancer is gone, she will see the doctor tomorrow for the results.  Also my sister-in-law Myrl had a lumpectomy of her right breast and a tumor removed from her neck the latter part of last week and we are awaiting test results on those too! My "sista" Nina had a bad case of a "roto virus" that put her down for a week...sure did miss getting to visit with her, but she would not allow anyone near her until she got rid of it...you know how nurses are right Carol and Scarlett? My friend Jannette is on the last week of her medicine regimen to be rid of cirrhosis trying to salvage her liver from Hepatitis. It seems to be working as they can no longer find a trace of it in the blood work. She has been a hermit since she started it, but now is looking forward to doing something normal again. My sisters all are okay at the moment...crossing my fingers AND knocking on wood too! Kathy has things that will never get better, but for the time being she is not in the hospital and is able to do some things for herself again. Me, I am doing great...just been doing some spring cleaning in between all this aiding the ailing and making memory books...LOL! Plus I have been hooked watching The Voice, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars too....so lots of TV watching in the evenings....LOL!
I took some photos of my girls and added them to this page I created for Easter....hope you like it. I created the background and used a frame and Easter wordart by Fecnick for this one. The photo of me is a selfie I took about 1-1/2 years ago...still look the same, maybe a few more wrinkles...LMBO.
Remember the real reason for Easter and be thankful for all that we have because of Him!   I hope you get to enjoy family and friends after services on Sunday and get to eat a fantastic meal and lots of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies and lots and lots of eggs....LOL! Y'all have a great one, make lots and lots of memories to share and to be able to take them out a little later and enjoy them all over again. Chat more with you later! Luv, Mat

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Storms...not showers!

We have had some rather windy, hot, humid days....4 days at 80F or above....just begging for a storm right? Well a dry line came through yesterday and a cold front from the northwest with all that southerly wind bringing in moisture....you got it.....storms and hail and high straight line winds, rotating clouds and sheets and sheets of rain with hail from penny, nickel, quarter, ping pong ball, golf ball, tennis ball, and even baseball sized hail stones hitting.  Lots and lots and lots of rain with flash flooding (we really need this to fill our lakes again) and eventually tornados just northeast of us....no fatalities, but 4 injuries and lots of damage. Lots without power too.  I received 3 different "Red Alert" messages from 5:45 p.m. to 8:24 p.m. that a severe thunderstorm had be forecast for my area....only the last one proved to hit my area....with only wind and lots of rain, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch in about 20 minutes.  But just north of us and then to the northeast, they really got the "train" effect of rain when all the pop up storms finally became a long line of storms just after dark.  They even had to close a Wal Mart in Denton as the hail stones broke their skylights and they were without electricity...still without and closed today too! The winds at times were clocked at 150 knots....that is amazing that there is not more damage than we got.  The insurance companies will be flooded for a couple of weeks! Now we have a nice cool down, only to be in the upper 60's today (that is more like spring now)!

We also had another tragic mass shooting at the Fort Hood Army Base southwest of us. This is the same place where 13 died just 5 years ago. This time 4 deaths (including the suicide of the shooter) and 16 injuries. Just keep praying for all the families and soldiers affected by this senseless act. Our nation and the world needs lots of prayer for things to calm down and for all of us to be able to LIVE in peace.

I finally got my yards mowed and cleaned up yesterday just before all the ugly weather began to hit. It looks great, but when it warms up again in the next few days, I need to spray for weeds.  Since so many around me are renting, they don't care about their yards and with the winds we have had this year....all their weeds are trying to take root in my St. Augustine grass.  At least everything looks manicured and so neat for a little while.  The winds caused the oak trees to shed a few of their "blooms" and land on all my drive way, my car and the sidewalk....LOL! had to do a little sweeping this morning....ROFL!

We have lots and lots of visitors in our area of the state this weekend. The Final Four of the March Madness tournaments is in Arlington at the Cowboys Stadium....the arts festival is in downtown Fort Worth, the Texas Motor Speedway (with Big Hoss the largest TV Screen ever) is hosting 3 Races this weekend, the truck races, Nationwide and Nascar's Sprint Cup races. Needless to say, this chick is staying home out of all the traffic.  We are supposed to have rain most of the day on Sunday (hope Nascar gets to race).  Lots of free things to do is offered for all out of towners visiting. There are no Hotel/Motel rooms and no camping sites available for the weekend. Coupled with all the road construction and visitors, it will be a nightmare for traffic.  LMBO!!!!

I lost a dear friend, Vicki R. Boyd Truman, on the 21st of March. She was just 64. Cancer is still such a devastating disease and takes way too many before their time. I have been doing a lot of reminiscing of the FUN we used to have. Those memories are really precious. If I haven't said it lately, I love you to all my friends and family! Tomorrow is never promised us so live each and every day FULLY!!!! Make lots and lots of memories to share and to be able to remember later!

I have a dental appointment for cleaning that I must get dressed for....yes, I am still in my jammies! LOL! Off to shower and put on my face, then after the appointment I need to do a little grocery shopping and check my mailbox.....house is clean and last load of laundry is in the dryer. Gonna take another breather this weekend, chat more with all of you later! Hugs, Mat

Here's a couple of pages I did this past week or two.
My "sister" Nina's hubby wanted a photo page for his "man cave" wall of him at 17 in his 1955 Chevy and one that was taken of him 50 years later in a 1955 Chevy....He lucked out that I had this from Booland called My Old Jalopy....he loved it and has it hanging just where he wanted....LOL!
Here's Kathy's grandchildren in spring looking page...I even place their cat Sarah in her box on here too. I think this is by CheyOkota....not sure about the wordart.

Cute little Annabeth and hunky little Calvin in their Bouncing toys....just love their facial expressions. Both are in frames by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli. frames.
And not to be left out....here's Miss Hayden with her Papa being a real monkey making faces. I will have to search for the designer here...get back with you later today....hugs, Mat






Friday, March 28, 2014

Another week has sped by!

Can't believe it is Friday again and almost the end of March too! Boy is time flying by or what? I've stayed busy, but not hectic like last week. The house is clean, the laundry is done and put away, shopping was done earlier in the week, all my furbabies inside have been bathed, cleaned litter boxes, trash out for pickup, all animals and birds outside with full bowls and all inside are asleep, so now is my free time for my computer and what happens....you got it trouble with the server for my worldlogon account, but one phone call and about an hour and voila...it is working again. :) happy face!
I did manage to complete some scrap pages for Amy and have ordered her surprise. I really do enjoy doing the digital scrapping for her...and I get to see all the photos of the babies as they are growing and changing! Here are a few that I did this week. A few of you may have seen some of them on my Facebook account, but I want them on my blog so that when I print it out at the end of the year, I have them printed out as well.
Annabeth meets Nana (a family friend) for first time....it was a sad occasion as Nana's hubby had just passed away, but Annabeth took to her right away Amy says! The page is a QP by Nathy using Hidden Treasures kit by manu
This is Audrey Grace the child of one of Amy's best friends, isn't she just too cute especially in the QP by Marijja at Fecnikek
This is Lance at Nana's house with both Annabeth and Calvin and then him asleep. Amy just had to have a page with her big brother in it...LOL! This QP is by
This is Maggie with Calvin in another pretty QP by Marijja at Fecnikek.

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Annabeth not liking her mama's camera while Mimi is feeding her...the QP is one from Neli at Lugar Encantando Da Neli
Well, enough for today there are a number of others, hope y'all all have a terrific weekend ahead and are very busy making lots of memories to share! Chat more later! Hugs, Mat




Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hectic Week!!

Good Saturday morning y'all!! Spring really is here now, because the  forecast is finally showing showers for our area....nothing severe yet, just gentle soft rains today, tomorrow and Monday. We need them like this for a few days.....not a total washout for the weekend, but showers! All the blooming trees are so pretty right now, changing from the white flowers to green leaves and all the other trees are showing buds galore. The temps have been nice and some days even very warm, but a little cool down is also coming with these showers, not much....just more normal than the mid 80's we saw this past week.
I had to have the water lines replaced in my kitchen because the hot water one sprung a leak. They were old and soldered and created a real mess, so while doing that I just had a whole new stainless sink added too! (my old enamel one was really ugly because of losing enamel...LOL!) My handyman also resealed my counter top! This meant I had to unload everything from under the sink and off the counters, thus creating a chore for me to clean out and purge and clean all my little appliances before putting anything back.  Sink is beautiful, the disposal is working as is the dishwasher, the counter tops have been cleaned and polished and all looks so terrific....then, I had to redo the floor....so that meant redoing all of them. I swept, vacuumed and steam mopped before putting down some Quick Shine....that took 2 days, but the whole house is done. Since I was in a spring cleaning mood, I changed out the bedroom curtains and spread.  Washed all that I replaced, then put them in a Ziploc storage bag. Cleaned and packed away all the sweats and flannel jammies too.....steam cleaned my sofa and washed the kitty nose art off the windows.....got my gray covered and a haircut too...I got spring fever bad....ROFL.  At least all is clean for a few days!! My fur babies were upset because they thought I was moving stuff around! Now, if I can just get motivated to do my gardening....LOL!
I even ran some errands for Jan and "sat" with her for a few hours while Bill did some errands and grocery shopping.  She is still weak as water after this last weeks stay in the hospital. The visiting nurse came to see here while I was there and he thinks she is improving, very slowly, but improving! There have certainly been lots of prayers said for her. It breaks my heart that she can't get a break from all this. The radiation just totally depleted her immune system and she has nothing to fight off anything, it is just going to take time and she is not the most patient of patients!! (sound familiar?)
I did manage to do a few pages this week, but not nearly as many as I would have liked, but the days just seem to fly by so fast without me getting a lot accomplished....I think I am just slowing down way too much.
Or spending too much time spoiling my fur babies, especially Tom, he wants to be held and rocked just like a baby a lot! He will crawl up on my lap while at the computer then up on my shoulder and purr until I cradle him and rock him...spoiled you ask?....no just well loved! Right now MzKitty is above my keyboard and I think she is singing as her tail is thumping in overdrive....so is her purring.  The others have been fed and their daily wet wipe down so all are back to sleeping! What a rough life they have! LMBO!
I created this QP using Miriam's Scraps mk14. This is Amy and her sister-in-law Hannah from Christmas a couple of years ago,
Don't ya just love this photo of Ruby, Jade and Christina? I love the expressions on their faces. This is a paper by Raspberry Road Designs March Winds and some CU flowers I've had for a while.
Here's another one, but with all 3 of the kids with Mommy at the playground. I used Miriam's mk14 and am not sure who did the wordart.
This is for Amy's husband's grandmother who is fighting cancer right now. They had taken Annabeth to see her and Amy asked to make a page. I found the quote on FB and changed it to read Great Grandmother for this page. QP is from fanette mel addiction qp3

This is sweet Annabeth playing in a cute QP by Linda at Random Thoughts
Here's Mimi again with a lap full of grand-babies. This is QP3 from Miriam's Scrap kit mk14

Amy, Hayden, Papa with his lap full of Calvin and Annabeth in a love QP from Neli at .Lugar Encantado Da Neli
Well that's all for right now, y'all have a great weekend and make lots and lots of memories to share. Guess I will get up and move around a bit as my shoulders are stiff now....LOL! I have been writing this off and on for about an hour and a half. (lots of interruptions...like feeding the birds...petting MzKitty....loving on Tom...answering the phone....and making another cup of coffee). Think I will go make a pan of 7-Up biscuits and have them for brunch! More next time..Hugs, Mat




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring is here....not yet!!

We've had lovely spring weather for spring break week...until night before last...that is!! This morning we are at 37 F and Tuesday we were at 86F....but that old north wind decided to blow at 45+ mph on Tuesday night causing all kinds of noises and disrupting sleep.  Yesterday was beautiful in the upper 50's, but with the wind it was quite chilly....but, you guessed it we are headed back up to the upper 60's and lower 70's for the rest of spring break!  Six Flags, both the Dallas and the Ft. Worth Zoo, and all the museums are benefiting from the nice temperatures. The blooming trees are full of buds and green in flower beds is beginning to show.
I have had to curtail feeding the feral cats around here as a "new" neighbor doesn't like cats and called animal control and registered a complaint (instead of being a decent human and coming to me first). They were not very nice when they knocked on my door with a warning citation either. Now that I have 4 cats inside, they will be spot inspecting my home on the inside! I am NOT a happy person about all this, but I do have to follow the laws and be legal. That is okay as her payback will come one day.
My sister, Kathy is at home now and has a home nurse coming by to check the progress of her pneumonia, the good thing that came from this episode is her hubby is quitting smoking now...I know that will help with her breathing problems especially after the house is stripped of all the smoke. Second hand smoke is as bad as the actual smoking. I breathe so much better and have less doctor's visits since I am no longer living with a smoke and try to stay away from being enclosed where any smoking is done.
My friend Jan is still in hospital with her infection, she is hoping to be able to come home today. Poor thing just cannot catch a break with this mess, but when you have 30 radiation treatments, you have no more immune system to fight off anything. Prayers are working in her favor though. I am having to limit my visits to the hospital with her because of the infection, both for her sake and mine...:(
Been furiously scrapping last couple of days....LOL!...you know how it is when you get "in the mood" right? Well, I have definitely been in the mood to scrap, so....here are a few that I have done for Amy and Maggie of their new little ones....(I so want to go visit with them and meet these sweet babies).
This is a QP from Booland Designs, the quote is one from Dave's World that was on Facebook and the photo is one taken by Lindsey Singletary that was shared with me of Amy and Annabeth.
This is another QP by Booland Designs. Sweet little Annabeth smiling so pretty!
Amy and Annabeth in a lovely QP by Linda at Random Thoughts
She has such an expressive face, this lovely QP is by Connie Prince called Brighter Days by Deanna.
Here's another of Linda's lovely QPs with Annabeth and her daddy with a quote I copied from Facebook.
Annabeth with her Aunt Hannah in a lovely frame from Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli
Here's Aunt Hannah with bot nieces, Blair & Annabeth, and nephew Marcus in another lovely QP by Linda.
Mimi with Calvin and Annabeth in a QP is by Nathy from Mzimm CT group
Mimi's babies again. Hayden just loves these babies and they adore her too. This is another QP by Connie Prince called March QP by Deanna.
Granny Enchanted is the creator of this cute QP with a photo by Amy of her hubby Michael, her daddy and Calvin and Annabeth
And here is Maggie with her lap full of Calvin, he is such a big and so sweet boy in a cute frame by Neli.
Okay, I think this is enough to bore y'all with for now. There are more, but Tommy wants some loving right now and so do I....ROFL!
Y'all have a terrific day, make lots of wonderful memories to share. Chat more later, the purring is getting louder....LOL! Hugs, Mat











Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Ice is finally melting....AGAIN!

We've had another round of freezing rain, sleet, thunder and lightning and more sleet. The wind was fiercely out of the north at 30+ mph and a temperature drop of 60 degrees...yes...60 degrees overnight. On Friday and Saturday we had low to mid 80's and Saturday morning it was 27 and steadily dropped to 13 with wind chills in the sub zero range. The taxing on the electricity was so bad they were pleading with people to not use any unnecessary electric items and to keep thermostats at 68 or lower or we would have some "rolling blackouts". I was a good citizen and kept off all I did not need.  I do not like to have my computer on and it shut off in the middle of something....so, today is the first day I have turned it on since last Saturday! They lifted the restrictions at 9:30 a.m. It is now 10 a.m. The ice and sleet has moved further south in Texas and is creating lots of havoc there now with broken tree limbs and electrical lines from the heavy icing.. We had schools closed and many businesses closed yesterday because of the freezing temps, the ice and of course the restrictions on electric and gas usage. We actually reached above the freezing point late yesterday afternoon, by 2 degrees....LOL! There is still ice around, but all the highways are clear, some of the shaded areas and the temperature is still in the 20's, but we are supposed to see 47 today with another steady increase each day up to the 70's by the end of the week. The only appliance I had running for those 2 days was the TV and not much of that...mostly I lazed around and read on my Kindle....thank goodness I had it and my IPad and phone all charged up before the icing started. I stayed in my flannel PJs under a quilt most of those 2 days with all 4 kitties helping me to stay warm. I loved the snuggling, reading, sleeping and just in general relaxing.....just don't want to do it too often. ROFL.
I completed part of Amy's project for her and now working on the second part. Got the house in order, the trash out for pickup, a pot of beans cooking and all animals/birds fed.  So, gonna check on some blogs and pick up some nifty kits I missed and then get started on her project. Y'all have a terrific rest of the week, I hope wherever you are that you are warm and safe and making lots and lots of memories to share! Chat more with ya the next time. Hugs, Mat
I did this for Throw Back Thursday on Facebook last week. My sister Kathy about 1968-9, in a lovely frame by Neli Mandel at Lugar Encantado da Neli
This is my "little man" Tommy watching the squirrels in a page using a kit by Kyra with some clusters by her CT Arlene...you can find lots of gorgeous free kits and clusters at With A Russian Dutch Heart
This is sweet Annabeth just laughing at everyone...Her page I created using a flower overlay by Miriam at Miriam's Scraps and the 3d wordart is by Jaelop Designs. The frame is from Neli Mandel.
This is little Calvin with his older sister Hayden at about the same age...look almost like twins don't they? This QP (plus added to) is from a kit called Baby Time by JMCreations.
This is big boy, Calvin, at 3 months old...Just adore this photo! The background paper is from Raspberry Road Designs, the frame is from Laurrie at CheyOkota and the wordart is by by friend Donna at Donna's Digital Creations.
Here's 3 month old Calvin with first cousin, 5 month old Annabeth...aren't they just too adorable? Mimi is holding them on her lap and hiding behind them...LOL. This is another QP from the Baby Time kit by JMCreations.
And lastly, here is sweet Annabeth in her Valentine's outfit in a page created using Scrapbook Flair's free kit called Sweets, Hearts and Flowers by Oklahomadawn.  The wordart is by Linda at Random Thoughts at Linda's Place. Visit all these lovely designers and see what they offer you so generously and free! Thanks to all of you for all you share with me. Hugs, Mat




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yea...Winter is back for another visit....UGH!

We had some pretty nice spring weather there for a week or so....now old man winter is rearing his ugly head again...! Will this winter never leave us? I know we haven't had it as bad as other up north, but it has been rough for this part of the country just the same. I am thankful everyday that I moved from the frozen north to the sunny south after this weather they have had. When it got to zero here it was bad, but only for a couple of days, up north of us...it got way below zero and has stayed there...I feel for all of you. We had almost 80 mid week last week, this mid week, we are expecting sleet and below freezing temps starting tonight, but it will be back to 70 by the weekend. Crazy, crazy weather patterns all over the world this time. Even the Olympics suffered because of the weather. I am sorry to see the Olympics end, but kind of glad I can do something else now, but watch TV...LOL! This is the first time I have been able to watch all of it and enjoyed it immensely. We did well in the medal count too! Loved the ice dancing portion this year!

I did manage to do some scrapping, as I said earlier, I was working on a project for my niece Amy, half way through with it and am having a good time doing it too! Here are a few pages I've made recently that I shared on Facebook, just want to have them in my blog book when I print it the end of the year...let's see if I can remember all the fantastic designers that helped in these pages...LOL!
                                                                                                                                                                           
Miss Hayden is fishing away here in a kit by aimeeh at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
Jade at her Father/Daughter dance in a lovely page using Kyra's Lady in Red kit with a cluster by Arlene.
And little Ruby's dance was the same night, so mommy and Jayson went with her. Here she is in a kit by Raspberry Road Designs called Country Loving.
My TBT (Throw Back Thursday) page for Facebook of my sister Penny in a lovely QP by Laurrie at CheyOkota Digital Scraps.
Me and Penny in early 80's I think, this QP is also by Laurrie at CheyOkota Digital Scraps.
Here's one to say Congrats to my "step" grandson, Emilio, upon his graduation from boot camp and training at Ft. Leonardwood.  He is headed to Korea for a year...so proud of him, this QP is by Sugarbutt Designs. the photos are of him and his dad Miguel.

Guess that will be all for now, gotta shut down and finish dinner as THE VOICE is on again tonight. I just love, love, love that show...could it be because of Blake Shelton...O yes, yes, yes!  ROFL...chat more with you guys next time...meantime.....keep making all those memories to share with all of us. Have a great week ahead and hope you can stay safe and warm wherever you may be.  Hugs, Mat