Friday, July 31, 2015

Goodbye July

Jade & Ruby in a free QP by Arlene using Kyra's (With A Russian Dutch Heart) Kit Galina
Bud (Jayson) in a lovely freebie QP from Eudora Designs.
 Little Miss Hayden in a lovely free QP by my friend Edna at Miss Edna's Place
 This QP was made using a freebie QP by Miss Boots at Random Thoughts at Linda's Place and 2 backgrounds and some flower elements from Kyra's kit Breathless.
 This photo was made by Annabeth's Aunt Hannah and place in a cute freebie frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli. The bottom photo is of sweet Eliza being held by her daddy at church in a cute free QP from My Memories by Sugarmoon called Lovey Dovey.

The bottom three pages are free QPs I created using a soon to be released kit by Miriam's Scraps if you want to zip on over to her site and pick them up.
Today is the last day of July, can you believe we are ready to start the 8th month of this year already? School starts for many in 2 weeks. Seems like it's been a really short summer, but probably because we had rain for most of June and high humidity and heat for July, so have been stuck inside a lot.  Now with all the West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes being trapped & sprayed for, you can't even enjoy going out after the sun goes down (not that the lower 90's and upper 80's at night is cool, but the sun is not beating on you)! Today we have a cold front pushing through....yippee....dropping from the 104 (heat index of 107) yesterday to only 98 today....but the main thing it will be pushing the humidity out...so it will still be hot, but not as unbearable.  Our electricity regulator board put out a request yesterday by text messages to conserve the use of electricity between 3-7 pm so they would have enough to not have to do rolling brown outs...so, I closed all my drapes and blinds, upped the AC to 78 (from 75) and shut off everything extraneous (computer-lights-ceiling fans-chargers-lights, etc) and stayed in my cool bedroom with only the TV going...I did my part! LMBO!!
My nephew, Lamar, had to have an emergency cholescystectomy on Wednesday, all went okay and he was released to go home last evening...the doctor told Penny half of the gallbladder was green or already dead so it had to come out and he was hit with massive antibiotics.
Other than doing regular house chores and taking care of my fur and feathered friends...life has been a little dull but oh so enjoyable around here.  I did get to reorganize some of my scrapping files and clean my computer hard drive and catch up on some books as well as binge watching some things on Netflix. In other words, just being really lazy and enjoying the heck out of it....ROFL!!
Well, off here to make sure all the trash and recycle bins are out for collection...all the wash is caught up, so I need to clean 2 bathrooms and sweep, vacuum and mop and will be finished with the house chores...maybe an hour or 2, then I can settle in for another series to binge on. Y'all have a marvelous weekend ahead, make lots and lots of memories to share! Chat more with you next time.  Hugs, Mat

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Miss Me?

I've taken a little break from my computer....needed to give my arthritic neck and right hand a break...seems like I have been away for a month when it hasn't been 2 weeks!  I've been binge watching a series (5 seasons of 20+ episodes each season) of Pretty Little Liars...totally addicted to this TV Crime drama...ROFLMAO! Guess I just have that kind of personality where I get addicted quickly....glad I can't do any drugs....legal or not!
It has been typical July in Texas with the heat and high humidity this year...not officially hit 100 at the airport, but all the surrounding areas have hit it several times already, including the one I live in, and the temps have not dropped below 80 at night in a while now....sooooooo...I am staying inside as much as I can. (good reason to watch my Netflix too...right?)
I did manage to create a birthday page for my "first" nephew Jason on his birthday the 16th...born 39 years ago...man how time flies, he is a grown, married man, father of 3 wonderful kids of his own, the one that started calling me Aunt Neenie...love you Jason.  Here is the page I created for him using a photo from his wife's Facebook of him "aping" for her....LOL...I used a kit from A [space] Between called Birthday Wishes.
A few days back I created a QP for Miriam's Scraps using her soon to be released Autumn kit (when she returns from her summer break) I called simply pretty...if you would like it...go to her website to download it.
Here it is with a photo of my 2 greatnieces...Annabeth and Eliza (or Ziza as Annabeth calls her)...I used a filter called canvas on it and it looks really great in a larger size...not so much in this smaller one.
Here's the same photo in a QP by (will have to find this and add later...sorry)
Here are a couple more QPs that are freebies on Miriam's Scraps that I created using the upcoming kit
Well, as you can see, not been very active, but I hope to remedy that soon, guess I will get off here and finish up some things I need to do...chat more with y'all next time...in the meantime...make lots and lots and lots of memories to share with us. Have a wonderful weekend upcoming! Hugs, Mat

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer is definitely here now!

Hi ya gang! It's definitely summer time here in Texas, hot, humid, hot, windy, hot, sticky, hot and did I mention HUMID! Mind you, it may be that I am noticing it more because of getting older, but....it is very, very humid this year! The temperatures have not gotten to the triple digits yet (late for July in TX), but with the heat index....it feels more than 100! The air just seems so heavy, but....sometimes we get lucky and get a little breeze from the south...you got it...warmer and warmer! Temps don't drop below 80 during the night.  So, this old girl is just staying in as much as possible and loving the AC (probably won't like my electricity bill...but)!  The fur babies are just loving the fact I'm totally devoted to each of their whims to play or eat or a snack or to snuggle or catch a nap with them...LOL!
It was a quiet 4th around here...I tried to keep the fur babies occupied with the fireworks on TV (Macy's was totally AWESOME) so they would not notice too much the ones going off close by.  They seemed to make it okay and I think we were all sleeping soundly before midnight...yep, a little late for us, but the fireworks didn't start until 10 and lasted 30-45 minutes since we had so many different cities going off close together. Here's the page I created for me for my FB family/friends/fans this year..! I used a photo from 2004 of me in the TX bluebonnets.
I created another page for my niece Amy of her daughters and her sister-in-law Hannah. Isn't this lovely? The photos are from Hannah's Facebook pages, used with her permission, the left side are of Blair and Brinson (Amy's husband's brother, Marcus' children) and the right side is Annabeth and her new sissy Eliza. Hannah is Michael and Marcus' sister.  She dotes on these babies. The QP is by lth designs at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
This page was for TBT for my sister Penny, her Amy, Maggie and her Hayden. This is from the "girl's trip" we took in 2012 to TN and IL to visit family.  They want to do it again, but we would need a bus now to take all of us and we have to wait for Maggie to deliver Chase first...LMBO! I created this using the free kit "Old Time" by Molemina Scraps.

My sister, Kathy, spent the 4th-7th in the hospital....again....they thought it was a flare up of the COPD, but it turns out after the stress test she has a blockage of 80% and one at 50% so they scheduled heart catherization with inserting stents...well, that fell through after a real flare up of the COPD the night before and finally decided to try some new medications at home for 2 weeks, then follow up with the doctor for what's next.  Quite a lot of phone calls, texts and loads of prayers for a couple of days kept me pretty busy too! 
Plus, I watched the USA team win the World Cup and tried to watch the NASCAR races (a 4+ hour rain delay), but I was way to tired and fell asleep about 12:30 a.m. (It didn't end until 2:45 a.m.) I caught the horrific wreck on the news the next morning.
Yesterday morning I had a few errands to do (had not even started my auto for 5 days...LOL) and had my annual well woman physical...now I need to schedule a mammogram and bone density test, visit with my cardiologist for my annual check up next week, and my teeth cleaning the week after...then I will be through for another year (6 months on the teeth).  Thank goodness, I've made it through another one.
This is about all I got accomplished as I have been updating and making additions, deletions, and corrections to my Ancestry account.  Plus I am reorganizing all my scrapping freebies, tools, etc on my computer to free up some much needed space before I run out...LOL! Lots of copying to DVD's too for backups! I have several more photos to scrap....just trying to find the right mood and the time to sit long enough...!
Okay, the washer and dryer have stopped so that means folding needs to be done and the wet ones put in to dry and add another load to the washer (I changed the bed again this morning), so guess I will hush for now, hoping all of you have a fantastic time creating memories to share.  Chat more with you next time.  Hugs, Mat

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Good Sunday Morning Y'all! Hope all of you are having a blessed weekend and enjoying yourselves! I spent way too many hours at my computer yesterday scrapping pages and enjoying the AC...LOL! Today, I will not do that (yeah right!). I've got all my chores (that I intend to do) done, have taken my shower, changed my bed linens and fed all the animals and birds, watered my hibiscus plants and cleaned all the litter boxes, so after I finish this post...I will be reading until time for the NASCAR races....Lazy right?  After all is it Sunday and that is the day for relaxing....and since my heat threshold is low, I plan to stay out of the 90+ temps outside and enjoy my book and my fur babies all cuddled up around me.
Anyhow, here are some of the photo's I scrapped yesterday and the day before...I am giving my neck, shoulder, butt and hands a rest now. I have linked the designers sites if you want to visit them, just click on the designers name.

My nephew Jeff and his bride Tiff were in Key West, Florida for his work and sent this photo of the sunset from the beach to his mom Kathy.  She, in turn,  sent it to me and asked for a page....so here they are in a pretty QP from Manu Scraps using her kit Smell the Sea.
Sweet Sisters....Annabeth and Eliza in a template by OklahomaDawn.  Amy was trying to get photos of them together...she took the bottle of juice from Annabeth, not a happy camper in the photo on the right, so she gave it back to her, thus the satisfied photo on the left and her giving Eliza her bottle and kisses!
This photo Amy took of Annabeth coloring...the QP is a freebie from the Digital Scrapbooking Studio and is called the Joy of Art so I thought it appropriate and the colors looked good too.  The alpha is from the Shades of Summer collaboration at the Studio.
I created this page from Kyra's Kit Solange at With A Russian Dutch Heart to display sweet Eliza.

These two pages are the same...just one I desaturated the center photo...the photo is of the 50th wedding anniversary (6 years ago) of Christina's grandparents...I created the background using a free texture by HGDesigns and the wordart is by Wordart World.
This is the Sunny QP I created using Miriam's Scraps MK20 and have it for free on her site if you want it.
OK, been in this chair long enough so am off here...y'all have a fantastic Sunday and make lots and lots of memories to share...chat more next time.  Hugs, Mat

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all of you terrific fathers out there...especially mine that went to heaven 17 years ago! I still miss you daddy, every day!  I did a few tribute pages for my family and friends that I put on Facebook to honor them as dads....here they are for you to see and for them to make it in my book at the end of the year! LOL!
I created this QP for Father's Day freebie on Miriam's Scraps using her MK 20 kit.  The b/w photo is last photo of us as a family unit in 1957 prior to the divorce.  The colored one is of my dad and Kathy's 2 boys Jason and Jeff, his only grandchildren.
This is my brother-in-law Jim, Kathy's hubby with his grandson Jayson on his shoulders....LOL! The free QP is from Laurrie at CheyOkota Digital Scraps from her Honey Do Collection.  The one below is of his son
This QP I created using the free Down On The Farm kit from Auntie M Designs as my brother-in-law Weymond (Penny's hubby) who is a farmer in south Georgia and one of his crops is corn....LOL The smaller photos are his 3 children, Lance & Lamar (twins) and Amy,  and the 4 larger are his grandchildren, Hayden, Calvin, Annabeth and Eliza...(Chase on the way).
This is his son Lance (Margaret's hubby) with his two, Hayden and Calvin at the beach. He and Margaret are expecting a second son (Chase) in October. I used a free QP from Linda (aka Miss Boots) at Random Thoughts at Linda's Place.
This is Amy's hubby, Michael, with his 2 girls, Annabeth and Eliza...in a free QP from Pixel Scrapper.
And finally this is father of my friend, Jannette in a free QP from Miriam's Scraps.

Thanks to all the generous designers who offer their work to make scrapping so much easier for us and again, Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out their or that have gone on to heaven.  Y'all make lots and lots of memories to share cause none of us are promised tomorrow and today may be all we have.  Chat more with you later.  Hugs, Mat

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wow...Bill wreaked havoc!

OK...enough with the rain already.  Tropical Storm Bill came ashore on the south Texas coast dropping about 11 inches of rain...during the night it was down graded to a tropical depression and by the time it got to us in north Texas we only got between 3-6 inches of rain....my house 3.23 inches...so my flooding was only a small river running through the back yard!  Thank goodness I had a little bit of notice as I got the shovel out and did some clean up from the flooding in May.   We are still experiencing some flooding as the depression moves on north into Oklahoma.  We got quite a bit of wind damage and power outages....plus it created havoc with my TV and internet service.  I did some scrapping to pass the time of being indoors....LOL...I will use any excuse right? ROFLMAO!!!! Anyhow, here are some of the pages I did.
Is this sweet or what? Just another version of same photo for Amy with both girls info on the "bracelets" This QP was assembled using freebies from the Pixel Scrapper Baby Oh Baby Blog Train
This is a request from Jade of her Brownie Troop.  I used freebie from Auntie M Designs for her page and a photo of her sash and her troop from Christina's Facebook page.
This was Ruby receiving her certificate to become a Daisy with her vest with all her patches and the small photo of Christina with her patch as she will become a Daisy leader this fall.  This, too, was created using free kits from Auntie M. Designs and Christina's photos.
Earlier this month poor Jayson had to go to Emergency to have his foot xrayed, thankfully he only sprained it, but he looked so tiny in this big wheelchair and so proud of his "boo-boo" wrapped, that I just had to create a page for him too.  This is a combination of Auntie M background and a long ago cluster from Just So Scrappy.
And last but not least I created this using freebies from Pixel Scrapper to place where my immediate line of family resides...I am the oldest on the Adkins side now and my cousin Nancy on the Bowlin side, we are 6 months apart in age, neither of us have children either! These are my 2 sisters and their families, my brother's daughter and my first cousins. I live the farthest west....LOL!

And here are a couple of creations I did as freebies on Miriam's Scraps if you are interested in them....
Well, off here for a bit, got some things that must be done....like taking the trash out for pickup, the recycle bin too and washing feeding bowls to get ready for the afternoon feeding of the fur babies....also, I think I should eat a bite too! Y'all have a great day and will chat with you again real soon.  Make lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Another HOT day

We are to hit 100f today....a little early for this time of the year, but with the humidity and no air movement, the air quality sucks....so, this chickadee is staying inside in the cool air conditioning.  After today the high pressure sitting over us is supposed to move on out and the temps will drop back to normal low 90's with a chance of some precipitation over the weekend....! Yep, even after 17 inches of rain last month and with all the lakes and rivers full, we do need a bit of rain as these high temps for a week have really drawn up a lot of it. My flowers seem to be doing a bit better with heat though...LOL!See how large the blooms are on the hibiscus?
on my side of the duplex it is hot pink
the other side is the red colored one
on my side, 4 opened at once with 3 to open the next day.  Today there are 2 blooms on each open.
I also got to do a little scrapping in between cleaning and washing clothes, watching the races and running errands over the weekend.  LMBO....I just wanted to sit here all day and scrap, but...gotta get up once in awhile so my behind doesn't become permanently glued to the chair...RIGHT?  ROFL!!!!
Amy sent some photos she wanted scrapped and put on Facebook as she is experiencing problems with her system (and she has no time cause if the "girls" are sleeping, so is she)....so here's what I did for her and Maggie.
Miss Hayden on last day of kindergarten at the pool party in a cute frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli
Sweet Calvin riding with his daddy also in a frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli
This is sweet photo of Annabeth and her Hayden in the same chair, frame also by Neli
Miss Annabeth after her bath...looking so very sweet in another frame by Neli
This awesome photo of Annabeth kissing her baby on the forehead and the close up of Eliza was perfect for this gorgeous QP by Linda at Random Thoughts at Linda's Place
Sweet sweet sweet little sisters asleep at the same time also in a frame by Neli
And this one I added this morning of cutie Eliza in a QP that has no info with it, so do not know who the designer is....sorry, I have had it awhile.  I love all the freebies I get from these designers as it makes for a "faster" way to make the pages....but, I do get creative on my own at times and make some QPs and Clusters to give as freebies on Miriam's Scraps if you want some....visit her site.  Here are a couple I've done recently....
I even put a photo of my sister Penny in a QP using this cluster....and the same photo in the QP!
The generosity of these designers is so amazing and if you enjoy scrapping, but don't have a lot of time, visit their websites and download some wonderful gifts.  You can hover over their names for the links or you can find them on my list to the right....you won't be disappointed.  Thanks ladies for all you share with me.
Okay, guess I have blabbered enough today, got to get up and move around some, besides it is now lunch time and my fur babies and I need a little sustenance....ROFL!!! Y'all have a great rest of the week and make lots and lots of memories to share....I have a lot more I need to scrap of Kathy's grandchildren so will chat with you again soon.  Hugs, Mat