Sunday, January 31, 2016

Goodbye January

It's February already!! I began working at the tax office 2 weeks ago, man is it ever hard to get into a routine again....LOL!  I so enjoy my retirement and rising when I want, doing as I want, napping as I want....etc...but I do enjoy this little 10-12 week gig (and the money will pay taxes and insurance on my home)...it just takes some getting used to! I was so tired the first week I never even turned my computer on and barely touched my iPad.  The second week was a little better, but not much. I am used to getting up when I wake at 3:30 or 4:00 and doing housework, so by 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon I'm ready for a nap...NOT....I work from 9-5. I was going to bed shortly after getting home and all my fur babies fed. Now, I think I am getting a routine down, still up at 5:30 and getting house straightened up and the babies all fed and watered and clean litter boxes before I get dressed to leave. They are getting used to it too...they sleep all day now. I have a throw cover that is heated....I use it sometimes on low on my bed (instead of the heat being on)...they love lying on it....Oreo gets under it...LOL...I took a couple of photos of them so I decided to put them on this cute QP I found on My Memories by Stina...aren't they adorable? The lovely wordart is by TLC Creations.
I did manage to get on Facebook for a bit yesterday, I had so many messages I had to answer and found this new photo of my niece, Sebrina.  I created a page for the photo...the frame and lace is by Terry Maruca. Sebrina is a teacher...she has beautiful, expressive green eyes,  I used wordart by Ginger. The paper (recolored) is by Studio Blagovesta.
I haven't been scrapping, but I did manage to make a page for February to post on Miriam's site...I had created a layout for a special January birthday (based on birthstone) and in the comments (from the downloads) it was mentioned  I should do one for each month...so I am going to try...here's the page for this month, if you want it..pick it up at Miriam's Scraps
Well, I need to get off here, take my shower and get my grocery shopping done.  Got another load of clothes to wash and dry too...everything else got cleaned or done yesterday (including catching up on some TV programs I had DVR'd)...ROFLMAO!  Tomorrow will come soon enough! Y'all have a GREAT week and make lots and lots of memories to share! I'll chat more with you next time! Hugs, Mat

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Inez

Happy Birthday Inez! Can't believe another year has passed already!! I know I have used this photo before (don't have a big supply to choose from) but I have been learning some new techniques for GIMP on photo enhancements, correction of color, and learning to "heal" a photo. My lovely red-headed sister-in-law's photo needed some work.  I took this photo back in the early 80's and the color is fading badly...the scanned version is at least stopping the erosion of the color and I am trying to correct that...not perfect yet, but working on it..it is better than the original.  I created this cluster overlay using some of Miriam's elements and recolored them to resemble the color of garnet (the January birthstone) just for this occasion. (It is offered for free on Miriam's Scraps if interested), then I just played with fills and overlays to create the background. Anyhow, the Happiest of Birthdays is wished for you and that you will be blessed with many more to come my dear friend, Inez!
R.I.P. condolences for my cousin Amy's grandmother, Alma Jean Lawson, who passed away yesterday. This photo was on Amy's FB and was so sweet that it struck something in me to create a RAK page for Amy. I used a QP freebie by Arlene, CT for With A Russian Dutch Heart, using the kit From Past to Present by Kyra. the wordart circle is by Marisa L at Pixel Scrappers
While reorganizing folders for backup on my computer, I ran across this photo of Jannette & Mike that I wanted to scrap for Throw Back Thursday on FB (actually I just wanted to scrap this lovely shot)! I found this terrific free QP by Mirella at LTH Designs that I used to frame it. I like the soft romance of the look!
My niece, Amy Jo, was folding clothes on the couch when she snapped this photo of 8 month old Eliza Jane as she pulled herself up to standing position to watch, so...I just had to frame her in this lovely free frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli. She looks so sweet with all the lovely flowers doesn't she?
Maggie sent this photo of Calvin helping his daddy, Lance, work the cows...they were vaccinating them, it was just a cute shot and I decided to create a page..for this one I chose an older kit, called Country Home by Susan at Raspberry Road Designs....the cluster is by her CT Ellen.
This snapshot, Maggie sent of Wayne staring at his bottle, was so sweet, I just had to make a page using it too, he has such a concentrated look on his face that I labeled it Gimme! That Bottle....Now!! I used a QP from Raspberry Road's Shabby Baby.
Got this from Maggie (Hayden wanted Aunt Neenie to see it)!  I did not make a page for it as I did not have a current photo of Hayden to use with it...oh, well, I am so proud of her anyway that she made Honor Roll!
And finally, this is another cluster I created for Miriam's Scraps that I chose to put these cute photos of Wayne in...he has the most infectious smile....you cannot look at these photos and not smile, right? I just adore his dimples...he is the youngest grandson of my sister Penny! (3 months old) Sure wish I could go for a visit to meet him and Eliza! They were both born since I was last there in April! They grow up too fast!
I have a few more photos I got that I haven't been able to get to scrap yet, so look for more next time. I didn't realize I got to do this many pages this past week....I've really been busy trying to organize things and get them all backed up, plus trying to keep up with the organizing of my home....since I will be going back to work at the tax office for about 8 weeks...I won't be doing a lot of my daily stuff....so just trying to get a jump on it!
Well, I think I have chatted long enough...the games are about to start, so off here to go watch them. the ones yesterday were fabulous! The Patriots and the Cardinals both won nail biters.  I love my Packers, but I am glad the Cardinals are getting a "chance" (new team). Today...will narrow out 2 more!  Going to pop some popcorn and get ready, so until next time...keep making those memories to share! Hugs, Mat






Saturday, January 9, 2016

OMG! 2016 is here!

Happy 2016 to all of you from all of us! I cannot believe it is already 9 days into 2016 and I am just posting for the New Year, but I have had a spell with my right hand that required me resting it some....and I have been busy organizing my files, backing them up and getting things together for tax season, plus readying the outside for ?winter?....if we get one that lasts more than a day or two! Yesterday we saw 68F and today MIGHT make it up to 48F and tomorrow we will start off in the 20's!! By middle of next week we will be back into the 50's!  Guess Mother Nature can't make up her mind!! Anyhow, I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, prosperous and blessed 2016! BTW, this card was by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli!
I did manage to do a few pages this week, but even with using QPs it seemed to take me forever....guess I am slowing down a bit (or just lazy, or can't make up my mind, or lazy, lazy, lazy)!  I did a page for Miss Ruby as her birthday was on the 31st...she turned 7! I can't believe how fast the years are slipping by, seems she was just born a couple of years ago. Anyhow here's her birthday page....A freebie frame by Neli!
Then, I created a card for Jason & Christina and their kids for greeting 2016...my sister Kathy loved it, of course with her grand babies all on it! LMBO!! I created this page using the MSXmas kit by Miriam at Miriam's Scraps, and wordart by TLC!
I also got a photo of Amy's girls, Annabeth and Eliza with their Starling cousins, Blair and Brinson all together for the holiday so I just had to put them on a lovely page by Manu.
Of course I had to scrap this photo of Christina with the kids visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus (I am surprised she got Jayson to let them take the photo, he is afraid of Santa)! But...he did and I loved the shot so....put it in a QP by Sekada from The Digital Scrapbooking Studio called the Gift (Album)!
Amy sent me this photo of Eliza sleeping that was so stinking cute, she just had to be put on a page, doesn't she look absolutely precious, just wanna kiss those sweet cheeks...I so would love to see her (I'd love to see all of them, they are growing way too fast)! I created this page using an older kit by Raspberry Road Designs called Shabby Baby.
And Maggie sent me a photo of Hayden in the outfit she got for her birthday (with the money I sent her) that she wanted me to see...she is just the sweetest little model.  She is 7 now and loving school, just got her report card, all A's and on the honor roll...very proud of her! She just looked so good in this QP by Miss Edna, don't ya think?
Maggie also sent me this shot of Calvin of his new riding shotgun position when they go shopping! Since she has Wayne up top, Calvin has chosen to ride on the bottom rack of the cart....really....he has more control when he wants her to stop....LMBO.....anyhow, the shot was just too cute to not put on this QP by Neli that he wanted to play too!
I, again, want to thank all these wonderfully gifted and generous designers that offer so many gorgeous freebies for us so we can make the lovely memories to share! Now, I have a good start on my blog book for 2016! I need to get the 2015 one ready and get it printed to add to my collection, they are a lot of fun to go back and reminisce! Thanks to all of you that leave such sweet comments too, I have them printed as well and love re-reading all of them.
Got to get off now for a spell, need to get dressed and get to the Sprint store to be first in line....my phone decided to die yesterday and won't come on at all...this made me feel way too vulnerable last evening....so got to get it fixed...so I can keep in touch! (Really dependent aren't we? but only phone service I have and my family is not always on social media)! Y'all have a fantastic weekend and make lots and lots and lots of memories to share! Be Safe! Hugs, Mat



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wow, Wow, Wow!

Christmas day was warm and sunny, a little breezy, but all in all a lovely day spent with great friends eating way too much fabulous food and yes, taking home bags full for later. Then my renter brought over food too! I'm still thawing and eating it (I put dinners in the freezer when I got home)! Saturday was more like Memorial Day as it hit 80F and the humidity was so thick you could cut it with a knife....you knew the weather was about to change....BUT....not with EF3(winds of 160+) & EF4 (winds of 200+ mph) tornadoes!!! So much damage and carnage with 11 deaths and still 18 unaccounted for! So many homes and apartment complexes totally destroyed, so many homeless with only the clothes on their back in shelters, the temps dropped by 30 degrees in less than 30 minutes and rain, rain, rain so hard you could not see (3.5 inches). Flash flooding (with people having to be rescued) in the low areas because of all the saturation of the soil already. Sunday was really cold and wet (poor responders and people checking for loved ones or pets or to see what could be salvaged) the rain just kept coming in wave after wave and then the hail starts...what? in December? Yes, several different storms had the hail stones and so heavy it covered the ground very quickly and took a while to melt, then overnight into Monday morning....SNOW! Yep, we only got the edge of it (dusting or flurries) but others only 2 miles away got 2 inches of the white coverage! The wind was atrocious all day yesterday and it never got to 40F, but felt like the mid 20's all day! Winter finally found us...so many changes in such a short time...awful 4 days from super happiness to total life changes in just hours!  8 of the deaths were caused by the tornado picking up cars off Interstate 30 and tossing them like toys onto the expressway beneath them...crushing them! They never had a chance. Now it is all headed east and north....praying for those in it's path!
This morning thankfully, it is dry...cold (upper 20's-32F) and the wind has decided to give us a break. Some good news, yesterday a couple that had been dug out of the wreckage of their home on Sunday returned after being checked at the hospital to dig out both their dogs (FAMILY) trapped in the wreckage (2 days)...vet says they have no broken bones, just a little traumatized and cold, wet and very hungry....but will be fine!
Before all this happened, I was busy scrapping, scrapping, scrapping and reorganizing all my files on my computer, backing it up and even doing some paper scrapping.  I took lots of photos of my fur babies happily opening all their presents on CHRISTmas morning and coloring in my adult coloring book (boy some of those are very intricate designs) and enjoying all the holiday music! I am having my blog put into book format at the end of this year...(only 2 more days)....so I am still going to post the pages I did so they will make the book.
This was the card made for Penny (at her request) to put on FB to wish all a Merry CHRISTmas from her family to all her friends...Weymond has all 5 grand babies on his lap and then the 5 are around the tree at Amy's house...the quick page is by Fecnikek
This one I created for her too using a QP by Miriam's Scraps, but she chose the first one to publish and then printed this one! LOL!
This is Margaret and Lance's card they posted...sweet babies! I created this page using Raspberry Road Designs Season of Joy kit and free clusters!
This was Amy's but she kept having problems with getting it to post...This postcard was a freebie from Fecnikek too!
This was for TBT the day before CHRISTmas of CHRISTmas day 2012 in Grapevine, TX with my friends Jannette and Mike and his mother Anne and his sister Julia...we had a wonderful day together...the card is also by Fecnikek and wordart is by Miss Boots (Random Thoughts at Linda's Place)
Well, back to the real world now...today is trash day and I need to get mine out for collection and now that daylight is finally here, I have a few wet boxes to gather for them too! My fur babies stayed nice and dry and warm (their electric blankets were plugged in) but some of the boxes they use in warm weather are soaked...no worries I have a stock of new dry ones to put out today...LOL!
Chat in a couple of days to start the new year off right! Y'all have a good week! Make lots and lots of memories to share! Love, Mat




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy CHRISTmas Eve!

I hope all of you are blessed with a wonderful day today and tomorrow! Enjoy your family and the fantastic food and fellowship with each other.  I am invited to 4 different places tomorrow, sure hope I will be able to enjoy the food at all 4 of them...means I will not eat much today so I can have room or bring some home for later or BOTH!!!!  ROFL!!
I did a bit of scrapping for family for the holidays and a big birthday this month....still not finished, but thought I would post them for the printing of my book at years end.  Can you believe how pretty the full moon is??? Hope to see it tomorrow, but with the 3-5 inches of rain coming in for the weekend, it may be too cloudy. It was gorgeous and bright last night. I think I heard this is first full moon on CHRISTmas since 1977 and won't happen again until 2034!! Enjoy it, those that can see it. Here's my pages for this week....!
First is Miss Jade who celebrated her 9th birthday on the 15th in a pretty pink QP by Miss Edna...she loved it!  Pink is one of her favorite colors.  She is growing too fast.
This is Lance and Margaret and their 3 children, Hayden with Wayne and Calvin in a page I created using some frames and clusters from Miriam's Scraps....I just loaded these cluster frames on Miriam's site as freebies if anyone wants them, this is Cluster frame # 3.
Here's Amy & Michael (no current photos of them together) with their 2 girls, Eliza and Annabeth.  This is Cluster Frame #4.
This is most recent photo of the 3 kiddos together (Ruby, Jayson, Jade) with mom and dad, Christina & Jason! This is Cluster Frame #5.
And the final one for the 2 double pages is Jeff & Tiff.  This is Cluster Frame #6.
And here is Sebrina with her sweetie Jeff and his son Thomas visiting Santa.  This is all from Miriam's Scraps except the Wordart it is a freebie from Ferrari at My Memories.

When I was growing up my parents taught me to say Thank You when someone gave me something (lost art nowadays)....so I wish to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all the lovely designers that have such big generous hearts that share their work with me.  I appreciate each and every one of you so much! My cup definitely runneth over with abundance of affection for all and I am very grateful for your friendships! Merry CHRISTmas to all! Love, Mat







Sunday, December 20, 2015

From Us to all of You

Just adored this page from Miriam's Scraps, so added a few touches and the fur babies to use this as our CHRISTmas card this year....so, From all of us to all of you....may you have a blessed and wonderful CHRISTmas and a safe, joyous, healthy and happy New Year! Love all of you! Hugs, Mat

Monday, December 14, 2015

December is half over!

I can't believe how fast this month has gone, probably because I've been so busy (like everyone else) with cards and presents and all the normal day to day stuff!  Seems like I just posted about the 26 days left and now only 10 days and it's Christmas eve!
I've made each of my great nieces/nephews a Christmas page and put them on Facebook today.  Their parents and grandparents are so happy with them.  I will share here for my book this year.  All are in free frames by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli

Jade
Ruby
 
Jayson
Hayden
Calvin
Wayne
Eliza & Annabeth
Daddy Mike and his girls
Amy's friend Mistie and her daughter Audrey Grace was a RAK cause I love the photo.

These two pages I created using the Christmas Mega kit from Miriam's Scraps.  I offer the QP and Cluster frame as freebies on her site if you would like them.
This is Annabeth decorating her first Christmas tree, she was concentrating very hard on doing it right and not toppling the tree on her....LOL (This is the free QP & free Cluster)
My friend Jan who is in a rehab facility after a serious illness, now she will be home for Christmas. I created this QP using the Cluster Frames I created...! She loved it! (This is the free Cluster Frame)
We've had such yo-yo weather that a lot of sickness is running rampant around here....therefore, I'm staying inside and not exposing myself to too much of it....(at least that is the excuse I am using to stay in jammies all day)! Got some high winds and hard rain on Saturday night/Sunday morning! The ground is still saturated from the last rains so I have a river out back...but with the middle to upper 60's today and tomorrow, it should recede soon.  Then Wednesday we are to have a real cold front come in dropping us back to the 30's & 40's but with no precipitation.  We may just get a few days of winter yet! This year we have gone from AC to heat back to AC so often, my poor unit is confused! (As are all my fur babies....the ones outside have added that winter fur coat and now it is too warm).  Got some of my plants in storage unit out back, but the Hibiscus is still blooming like crazy...will probably have to put it away by the end of the week.  It has 4 blooms open today!
Well, since I have been at this computer for awhile today, I think I best get up and get some other things accomplished and allow my joints to move a bit, besides it is cat feeding time...ROFLMBO!  They are gently reminding me.  Until next time, y'all make lots and lots and lots of memories to share with us! Hugs, Mat