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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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'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