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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

Good Morning Y'all! Happy Father's Day to all my immediate family members that are fathers...Jim, Weymond, Jason, Lance, Michael, Jeffery....and to friends, even those that are fathers to fur babies! Love you dad while you still have him, cause you will miss him every day after he is gone! Mine has been gone 28 years now and I wish I could just pick up the phone and call him once in awhile. I did manage to make some memory pages this past week for all my much loved fathers...starting with a family portrait of my daddy and his 2 daughters (Me & Kathy/Jim), 2 grandsons (Jason/Christina & Jeff/Tiff ) and 3 grandchildren (Jade/ Ruby/Jayson) . The background/frame is from Miriam's Scraps Black & Gold kit and wordart is an old one from WAWBJ....
Then I did a page for my sister Kathy and her better half, Jim, with their 2 sons (Jason & Jeff) and 3 grandkids (Jade, Ruby & Jayson) in a page using Miriam's background paper and wordart is also by WAWBJ but I can't remember or find who the frame is by.....
Then the page for Jason of him at 6 flags with his girls, Jade/Ruby and Jayson. This cluster frame is from Just So Scrappy (Erica) at My Memories and the background is by ddd at Pixel Scrappers.
My brother (he/Penny and I share same mother, but different fathers) passed in 1996...his daughter is not married yet, but is involved with a terrific guy, Jeffery, who has a son named Thomas that just adores Sebrina, so I created a page for them too, using a cluster by Julie C Designs (at Digital Scrapbooking Studio) and the wordart is by Alybet.
Penny's Weymond (twin sons & Amy and 5 grandkids) looks so good in this frame I created for Miriam's Scraps with background from Booland, Past Treasure, background and stamp frames from Marisa Lerin's free minikit, Captured.
Lance's page showcases him in different activities with his 3, Hayden/Calvin/Wayne ( in a QP created using frames from Raspberry Road Designs Coming Home kit and Wordart by WordArts1SC.
Michael is Amy Jo's hubby and they have 2 beautiful girls, Annabeth & Eliza in this lovely easel frame from Miriam's Scraps on a background by TKing and wordart is by WAWBJ.
I put all these on Facebook yesterday to wish all of them a grand Father's Day with their loved ones. This page I did for Papa (Weymond). He was at Amy's to share Eliza's first birthday when Amy snapped the photo.  I just loved it and put it in 2 frames by Neli.
Here it is 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning and I'm sitting here listening to oldies but goldies in country music. Yep, those from the 50's-70's and memories are just flooding in...so soothing to listen to all the songs you know the words to! You know those songs that are advertised on TV from Time Life for $100+ for 15 CDs? Well, I visited the website and copied/pasted the list of songs on them and printed out the list. I checked my music library on my computer to see how many of them I had by the original artists....AMAZING....out of 270 songs on the list (quite a few duplicates of songs by other artist too), there are only 55 that I do not own already! So I spent most of the day yesterday putting them on a playlist in the order of that list. Can you believe I had the most enjoyable day? Today (while blogging) I am making (and listening) my own CDs of them so I can play them in my car or boombox) there's 25-29 songs per CD so I have 9 so far, think I will add some of my favs to make it 10. I have an obvious obsession with music...of all genres/generations. I would certainly have more money in the bank if I did not purchase so much of it, but I can escape the outside (HOT) world (even forget to eat)  when I am immersed in my music...LOL!
Well, guess I better get my buns off this chair for a bit and get to moving around some, besides you are tired of all this babbling I am sure....ROFL!  Have a terrific Sunday making lots of memories to share! Chat more later on! Hugs, Mat

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Heat advisory goes into effect today!

Yep, here it is the 15th of June (half way through the month already) and we have our first heat advisory in effect. The humidity is simply horrible here...not been this bad in quite a few years. Yesterday it was 92F but with the humidity the heat index hit 103F, today it could be as high as 106-107F. Okay, that means I stay indoors with my AC running and I get to scrap, scrap, scrap as long as my hands will allow it. ROFLMBO and enjoying every minute!
With just me and the fur babies around, the house doesn't require a lot of upkeep all the time, so with a little run of the Dyson to get the fur and my hair up,  clean the litter boxes and my bathroom, dust a bit, make my bed and feed the babies/wash their dishes...it takes me about an hour of constant moving, then I can sit and scrap (since the storms are out of here for a spell now), read my e-mails, color, watch what I have DVR'd or a Netflix movie or even catch a snooze (since I'm usually up at 4-4:30 am each morning)!
I did manage a couple of pages last week in between the storms and the "baby" sitting of my renters newest addition. On Tuesday, one of their co-workers rescued a tiny, tiny kitten trying to cross the road by itself, so she asked could I watch it until she got off work...you know me, sucker for kitty cats! Mine were not too crazy about her being here, but we managed without anyone getting hurt...LOL!  I took a couple of photos on my phone of her and created a page to send to her rescuer.  When, her significant other fell in love with "Roxie" as soon as he saw her,  they adopted her. She is sooooooo cute and sweet and very affectionate now too! Here she is, in a QP by Fecnikek called spilled milk, isn't she just adorable?
I also ran across a QP by Neli with this adorable Pug, so I just had to create the page for my sweet friend Inez and her hubby Larry as they have 3 pug babies in their household...they simply had a fit over the page when I put it on their Facebook pages! The circle of love around the frame is by Marisa Lerin at Pixel Scrappers.
I also Created a page for my nephew Jeff and his bride of 18 years, Tiffany for their anniversary using the June cluster frame I made for Miriam's Scraps and an alpha I have had for years with no TOU.
Then little Miss Hayden lost another tooth and was so proud of herself for pulling it and not even shedding a tear, she had to share the photo with me and asked for a "special picture" for Facebook!  I used a lovely QP by Miss Edna for her special photo that she requested....LMBO! She is such a diva! Not sure who the WA is from, no TOU with it!
Amy had sent me several photos of the kiddos playing together and Mimi just needed a page to show off her sweet grand kids....all 5 of them.  This is what i came up with, I resized a frame by Kimeric Kreations and the overlay of the background is from Snickerdoodle at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
The rest of the week was spent watching a lot of TV shows and grocery shopping, the NASCAR races and then just glued to the TV for info of the tragedies in Orlando....(Christina Grimme on Friday, the Pulse Club on Saturday, and the alligator taking the toddler last evening)....still praying for all those affected by them and for our country to regain some sanity!
Well, time to move around a bit (and a sandwich break) so will close out for this post. Y'all have a fantastic rest of the week and hopefully you will be making lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs to all and I Love You to! Mat

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Just Swimming!!

I don't know how to swim....so.....the rain has got to stop!! We had 20 days of rain in May.  (Not as many days or as much rain as last year, but a real close second).  This morning, we are seeing the sun trying ever so hard to peek through those clouds and my driveway is beginning to dry off....Yay!!  I so need to mop my floors, but with all the rain (every day) last week, it was not happening! Today, I think it will happen!  I also need to take my car and get all the muddy kitty prints off of it...LMBO!
I did manage to create a bit last week in between the lightning strikes of course! I created a page for my sister Kathy's birthday on the 27th....it's a freebie QP by Carin Grobe Designs called Giraffe Kisses.  Kathy collects giraffe's of all kinds and sizes. The photo I used is not very plain, it was made about 1951 or so of her and I.
Then I got this fantastic free frame from Kimeric Kreations that I just had to use, so Jade and Ruby won the honors....they are growing up so fast.
Of course, can't do a page for the girls without doing one for Jayson (Bud) so I extracted him from a photo and put him on a cute scene freebie by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli, does he look at home here?
I used a cute frame from Fecnikek to create this page for Annabeth and Eliza...don't remember who created the paper I used for the background. The wordart is by April the Scrapaholic.
Pretty Miss Hayden has lost a front tooth and I think she is just too adorable not to create a memory page of it. I used a QP titled A Moment to Remember by Bekah E Designs at Digital Scrapbooking Studio and not sure about the WA, I changed the color, but no TOU with it, I've had it quite a  while.
Cannot make a page for her without completing the rest of the crew, so here's her brothers, Calvin & Wayne in a page I created using a kit by ADB Designs and a train stamp too since Calvin is gaga over trains right now....LOL! The wordart is by Alybet.   Such handsome young men!!
I also created a cluster frame for June for Miriam's Scraps using the Rose (June Flower) and pearls (June Gem) if you want to use it.
It's been fun getting back into scrapping, but with the storms and the increasing deterioration of the carpal tunnel and arthritis, the use of my right thumb creates a bit of discomfort...I know I have to make an appointment with the doctor soon and just get it taken care of! Geez, getting older is not for wimps, believe me!
Okay, I did not get this posted yesterday and last night I got this cute, cute photo from Maggie (sent to me on FB) of the 5 cousins together.  You cannot get them to sit still or pose together, so she did a video and screen snapped this shot...just HAD to make another page this morning using it. I used a stacked paper by Studio 4 and a frame from Miriam and redid an old wordart to create it. Penny and Weymond are really blessed by these adorable grand babies. Calvin, Eliza, Hayden, Annabeth & Wayne.

So, guess I had better get up from here, give my hand and bum a rest and get busy trying to mop these dirty floors. That's it for today, y'all have a wonderful weekend making lots and lots of memories to share. Chat more next time. Hugs, Mat

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Last year of my 60's

Interesting title, huh? Yep, this past Friday (20th) I started the last year of my sixties...next year will hit the big 70's era! It was a fairly nice day...of course, I have been enjoying a week of celebrating with eating out with friends, opening cards and surprise gifts and so many phone calls that were nice long conversations with my sisters, my nieces and long time friends....then all the wishes on Facebook... I really thank all of you for them, it has been memorable! Especially my gift to myself...Blake Shelton's new album that was released on my birthday...AWESOME...as usual!
I've done very little scrapping as I was occupied so much of the time! I did manage a few pages of congratulations for Jannette & Mike's Anniversary on the 18th and Christina's birthday also on the 18th. A nice vacation family photo of Lance & Margaret who also celebrated an anniversary on the 17th, a happy first birthday for Eliza today and a QP for Miriam's Scraps.  I missed so very many this month though I left messages on their FB pages...I'm slowing down way too much...LMBO!  Anyhow, here is what I did...
Happy 1st Anniversary to the Begert's in a frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli
Happy Birthday to Christina in a QP by Designs by Brigit from Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
One gorgeous family on vacation....and celebrating their anniversary in a page by Raspberry Road Designs.
Miss Eliza turns one today in a frame by Neli and the rest is from Wilma4Ever's birthday kit.
And last, my heart, my fur babies in a QP I created using Miriam's Scraps Black & Gold kit and is free on her blog site.
Yes, I have been rather busy, but I have also been extremely lazy...I have really been giving my hands a rest, but I have so many ideas for pages running around in my head, I think I am going to have to remedy it soon by scrapping some....LOL! Anyhow, with this next week to be a rather rainy one (as long as not storms with lightning) I think I will try catching up a bit.  Well, enough chatter for today, catch y'all again later...hope all have a fantastic week ahead and a fabulous long weekend coming up...see you then...meantime, make lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to All of You!

Okay, so I've been lax in blogging, but I am trying to get caught up with my gardening and clean up of the yards as well as the things that got neglected while I was working, but I've also been battling a real problem with my hands (the right one especially), I think my carpal tunnel problems have returned.  Too, we have been heavily inundated with storms with lots and lots of lightning, as a matter of fact it hit the U-Verse hub closest to me, frying my router and messing up 3 other units in the cul-de-sac.  I was without internet and TV for a whole day...it was certainly quiet! LMBO! Just look at my gorgeous Hibiscus this year...lots of blooms and I got a gardenia plant hiding behind it...now to get them all re-potted in larger vessels is a big job.
And....to add to all the other kitties....5 more were born on April 29th in the little igloo house just outside my front door...they are so cute, but as soon as "mama" is not feeding, she is going to TCAP to be fixed! She has gifted me with 10 now!
I have also been fighting with the Tarrant Appraisal District regarding my taxes for 2015....to date....I have received 6 different statements....none of them correct! Since I purchased the equity in the other side of my duplex...they have wiped my side out and took away all my exemptions....I am too honest I suppose! I called to ask them for the amount owed on my side of the duplex since all the statements were for the new side...they informed me I had moved so...WAIT, WHAT???? I have not moved, been in this spot since December 1990.  Oh...well then, they will send out corrected statement with my homestead and over 65 exemptions.  WRONG AGAIN...they put the exemptions on the wrong side, but I paid them $3200 so I would not be delinquent.  They made the change and it created an overage on my side and not enough for the other side...so, had to go down again and ask them to transfer it...had to write a letter requesting it to be done, finally done and all was well and paid in full for both!  NOT...they sent another statement in March for another $1129 due by April 30th.  I called, they don't know why?  I went down there, they copied all my forms...will call you tomorrow....wrong, they did not call a week later so I went down there again and sat there for 4 1/2 hours while they tried to figure out what/why happened...then I went to the Tax office and told them I was not paying this statement nor would I pay any penalties as NO ONE could tell me WHY I OWED MORE! I am writing the tax assessor and the commissioners court regarding the fiasco! Still waiting too as the TAD says it will take them a month to resend info to tax office! It simply makes my blood boil at the incompetency of the employees and how they cannot understand simple English and things in black and white!
Okay, enough of that...just kinda explains why I haven't been online much lately, however, I have taken time to create Mother's Day pages for my family (only took me about a full week)...LOL! I just posted them to Facebook, so thought I would sit here long enough to post them on the blog so they will be in my book.
My mother passed in 1992, so the first page is for her using BooLand Designs kits with all 4 of her children, Me, Kathy, Pepper (Edward) & Penny. 
This one is Kathy's using freebies from Kimeric Kreations...of her children, Jason (wife Chris, kids Jade, Ruby & Jayson) and Jeff (wife, Tiff)!
Kathy's DIL Christina with her children Jade, Ruby & Jayson in a QP by April the Scrapaholic! I just adore the kooky photos of Chris & her kids!
This is my brother's (who passed on in 1996) ex-wife and child in a page I created using kits by Diane at ADB Designs. This is Myrl with Sebrina and her beau and his son.
Here's Penny's of her children and grandchildren in a page I created using BooLand Designs kits! Penny's twins, Lamar & Lance (wife, Maggie, kids Hayden Calvin & Wayne) Amy (hubby Michael, kids Annabeth & Eliza).  Just love Penny's lap full of all 5 of them!
Here's her DIL Maggie's page of her children, Hayden, Calvin & Wayne! Her page is created from freebies from Kimeric Kreations.
And Penny's baby girl Amy with her husband and daughters Annabeth & Eliza (at hubby's graduation from Law Enforcement Academy in a QP by Kopie at DDR called Vintage Treasury. 
So for me...I just had to put all these lovelies in one page (quilt style) so I can use it for my screen saver on my computer (that way I can look at them whenever I want to). I added 2 Flower cards from Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli for the journaling info.
This weekend is iNSD there will be lots of freebies and great sales of digiscrapping elements, kits, papers, quickpages...etc! Check out all the fantastic designers if you would like to create your own pages or use some of the awesome free QPs.  I have a free QP for May on Miriam's Scraps if you want it. Check it out! I thank all the designers I get freebies from, you make my life of scrapping so much easier, plus you inspire me to create my own as well. Happy Mother's Day to all of you (and YES, to the fur babies moms too)! May your days be blessed  and fun filled with your loved ones!
Got to get up from here and feed my fur babies and give y'all a rest from all this yakking! LMBO! Hugs until next time for all of you! Mat