Saturday, July 22, 2017

Holy Cow, it's July in Texas HOT!

I can't believe it has been over a month since I have blogged...where is time racing off to? I can't seem to stay caught up anymore...any other retirees feel that way? LMBO!!! I try to stay on top of things, but...it is so very easy to get sidetracked nowadays! 
It has really been miserable with the humidity this year (or I just am noticing it more) and I am staying inside a lot, keeping my home as clean as I can and running all the air purifiers to keep the allergies/asthma in check. The AC is also running and all the ceiling fans too (plus I have fans outside for the fur babies in the back). I'm sure the electric bill will reflect it all too, but...!
I just checked my stash of pages that I need to post (for my book printing at the year's end) and a lot has happened since my last post. Sadly, the worst was the loss of my precious Pumpkin. The diabetes finally took it's toll, but she died at home with her sisters and Bubba and ME watching over her. She is waiting for the rest of us to join her when our time comes! We had a few rough days, but we have learned to adjust. Still miss her beautiful purring. Here's her memory page I posted on Facebook.
 I reconnected with friends from a "previous" life (military tour) on Facebook and saw a photo of the 2 of them posted, so...I dug up an "old" (40 yrs) polaroid of them and created a page as a RAK and posted. Here it is for Joe & Phyllis.....
This photo is of my friend Carolyn who celebrated her 70th birthday on June 22nd.  It's from an old Glamour Shot, but it brought back lots of memories and comments when posted to Facebook...LOL!
Of course I had a few pages of Amy's girls that she had sent photos of...they are just growing way too fast and I wish I could be closer to see them in person.
 Annabeth with her headphones...playing games with Daddy.
 Eliza outside and with her cute little hat for shade.
Eliza "styling" in her cap and with her bag...she is going to "town".
Cousins Blair and Hayden, with Annabeth & Eliza and new family addition, Anna!
Playing games with Daddy, they enjoy having him at home and spending time doing what they all love to do...Play games!!
Peeping in to see if Anna and Eliza are getting better acquainted...Anna is Annabeth's dog and Eliza only tolerates her when she wants to feed her food that Eliza doesn't want to eat!
 My friend Anne's birthday memory page!
My nephew, Jason, turned 41 so I used an old photo for his page.
My (ex) Brother-in-law in a page I created to remember him on his birthday!
Kathy's lovely daughter in law had a "makeover" of Mermaid Eyes so I just HAD to make a page.
Kathy with her friend Ruth and Ruth's daughter Andrea at Bingo at the Legion a few years ago.
Kathy with Andrea's daughter, Janet who was "home" celebrating her birthday!
Kathy's grandkids in their respective ball team photo's...Kathy asked for this page.
This is Penny's hubby with Eliza sitting on the step solving life's mysteries!
Here's Papa being greeted and hugged on at church by Annabeth and Calvin.
Penny's sons in a photo from about 1987 and her grandkids at the same place in 2017. I did this for Lance since he is the one in the forefront of the older photo and his wife and son in the bottom photo.
This was a photo I found (while reorganizing) of Kathy and Penny. Kathy was put to bed to carry Jason....Penny was still in high school and we had gone to visit. Memories really came flooding back with this one.
New photos of Lance and Maggie's kids to see how much they have grown. Such beautiful kids.
 Okay, all of Penny's grandkids are beautiful, the girls are really growing too fast.

This photo of Eliza was taken cause she was caught climbing stairs at her Grandpa's shop. It just seemed to go with the quick page. Amy loved it.
And one more of Ms Eliza with her Mickey Mouse doll as she is "taking a nap" watching cartoons. I guess this kind of explains why I don't have much time to do anything else...right? ROFLMBO! I so enjoy doing this, very relaxing even if it is time consuming!
Yesterday the fur babies and I were lounging on the bed and watching the news and I got all 4 of them to "cooperate" while I took their photos, sooooooo...here's all my babies as of yesterday, aren't they all just adorable?
 MzKitty is lying to my left between Misty and Oreo.
Oreo is on my left between MzKitty and Bubba.
 Misty is at my feet on my left side in her bed.
Sideways aka "Bubba" is on my left on the pillows by my head since he is the King in this castle. He is the sweetest fur baby around. He is also the one with poor eyesight, almost no teeth and a problem with his left hind quarter. His sister Misty is very protective and takes care in training him. All my babies are rescues, but I'm not sure who rescued who here! Love, love, love them.
Okay, I think I am caught up again with the pages and I have yet sooooooooo many more photos to work with, but I have been in this chair way too long and must get up and move around a bit. I still need to do a little blog hopping to "catch up" with some of my cyber friends. So...on that note, I think I will say bye for this chat and will catch you again soon. Don't forget to make lots and lots of memories to share! Y'all have a fantastic weekend! Hugs, Mat













Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Can't believe I am not keeping up this blog any better than I am. I just DO NOT KNOW where the time goes anymore, seems like I was just in here typing away just a few days ago! Lots of scrapping being done AND some necessary rearranging and backing up of files and removing old stuff off my computer so it can keep on ticking....It had gotten so very slow because it was so FULL! Now is running much better, but I still have some more organizing of my scrapbooking stuff to do! I'm enjoying that as it has been toooooooo HOT and HUMID to be doing anything out of doors for me!  We have been under a heat advisory since Thursday with the index at 105 F or above all those days, supposedly by this evening we are to get a break and drop 2 degrees below our normal high of 92F LOL! But it will make a difference if it pushes the humidity out!
Here are the Father's Day pages I created for this year! I am wishing all of you father's out there a most wonderful and enjoyable day ahead!
First up is for my Daddy who left us in 1998....this is the only photo that I know of that has both Kathy and I (and hubbies) and Ruth's 3 daughters as well as his only 2 grandsons. Taken in Johnson City, TN in 1982 I think! Left to right is Linda/Charlie, Kathy (hiding)/Jim (Jeff/Jason in front), Ruth/Daddy, Me/Fuzzy, Linda/Martha.
This was for Kathy's husband Jim, I created this layout of pages I had previously made to create a 18x18 pillow for him from Collage.com.  He loved it, says it is super soft! He likes that he can see all his family on it!
This was for Penny's husband, Weymond.  He also got a pillow of his family, his wife, 3 kids and 5 grandkids. What else can you give a man who has all he needs?
This is Kathy's oldest, Jason, with his 3 kids at 6 Flags...Just adore the photo, thanks to Christina for sharing it. the frame and the cluster are freebies from Kimeric Kreations.
Penny's son, Lance shares his tractor with all 3 of his kiddos...LOL....Calvin, Hayden & Wayne all love to ride on it with him. The cluster is also from Kimeric Kreations.
And Penny's daughter, Amy's husband Michael spending downtime with his daughters, Annabeth & Eliza...the cute cluster is from Kimeric Kreations.
And just as a RAK for my sister-in-law Inez's hubby Larry! They just moved back to Texas from 15 years in Massachusetts! This is with his daughter Pamela (who lives here in TX). This page created using freebies from Miriam's Scraps.
On the 15th I did another RAK memory page for BIL-Gene- who celebrated his 86th birthday! Created this page using the freebie Happy Birthday kit I received for My Birthday from the awesome crew of designers at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
The 9th as a special "Pick Me Up" RAK for the birthday of Kathy's dearest friend Ruth (who just lost her husband at the end of May) and her lovely little (mini-me) granddaughter, Janet, I created this page to celebrate her birthday! Will give credit for the template when I find it again....LOL!
This Memorial Day page was created for a fraction of my family and friends that have served. I appreciate ALL our military personnel.
The 10th of June was a 19th celebration of Kathy's youngest son, Jeff and his bride Tiff, of their wedding vows. They were in Alaska on vacation, having a blast! 
Amy's FIL, Tony, stopped by to see his lovely granddaughter's and to eat his birthday cake they made him, while Amy took photos, soooooo you know I HAD to make a memory page for all of them. Thanks Neli for the awesome freebie QP.
The 27th of May was my sister Kathy's 68th birthday, this page has her favorite color and her sophomore high school photo. Another frame freebie from Neli.
Golly, I have made a lot of pages, but I really have a lot of fun doing this when my hands and neck will allow. Amy, Maggie & Christina keep me supplied with current photos of all the great nieces/nephews and I really appreciate that. I am terribly behind on some of them. Here are a couple I did for Amy since my last blog post.
Eliza turned 2 on the 22nd of May and I still have all her photos from her birthday party to scrap. Got to make time...but now, my bum is tired from sitting here, the clothes dryer has stopped so need to fold clothes, add another load and get ready for the NASCAR races...yep, my guilty pleasure on Sundays. All my fur babies are gathered around me at the computer...look at these photos!
 Misty in sunshine, Bubba (Sideways) on my right.

 MzKitty above my keyboard.
 Oreo and Pumpkin on the floor in a patch of sunlight. Please ignore the messy room, this is where we spend a lot of time and it is lived in...LMBO!
That's all for this post, chat again soon I hope. Love to all and make this a very memorable day making lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat












Thursday, May 18, 2017

Okay, been too busy to post!!!

I have been so swamped, I can't even begin trying to remember all that has happened since my last post! First off, the 30th of April was a HORRIBLE day for me. Remembering the loss, 2 years ago, of friend Dave Wooten in a motorcycle accident only to receive shocking news of another loss of a much BELOVED friend, Lena Bryant, in a motorcycle accident in North Carolina. So sad because I could not go to express my respect, but I did create a memory page that I posted.  The top photo was taken on Dauphin Island and the bottom one is of her on her lovely trike that she was driving when she had the accident.  This lovely lady took me to therapy 3 times a week for 6 weeks when I had my right knee replaced in 2004! She was also instrumental in my purchase of the other side of the duplex, she will be truly missed by her husband, daughters and grand children, Rest In Peace my friend! Love you!
Next day, I lost a scrapbooking/internet friend and had another scare with my 94 year old neighbor Dorothy! I was also commissioned to create a wedding album for a co-worker of my sister Penny that took a few days to create and assemble for printing. Also had all my yearly Mother's Day pages to do and graduations, birthdays and anniversaries are jammed into almost every day of May (including mine this coming Saturday)! So, here are the pages I've created for these occasions, so far!
This handsome bud celebrated his birthday on the 7th
Amy & Michael celebrated 7 yrs of wedded bliss on the 8th and his birthday on 13th (had a large throw pillow created and sent to them)
My friend Michelle graduated from a 2 year nursing course on the 13th too
My mother's memory page for Mother's Day the 14th
My sister Kathy's page of her 2 sons-daughters-in-law and 3 grand kids (had this made into a jigsaw puzzle for Kat)
Kathy's DIL, Christina, with her 3
My brother's family page, his daughter Sebrina with her honey Jeffrey and his son Thomas
My sis Penny's page of her children and her 5 grandchildren (Sent her a canvas too)
Nephew Lance's lovely wife, Maggie and their 3 kiddos
My niece Amy and her 2 girls
My friend Jannette's fur babies wishing her a Purr-fect Meowmy day too!
The 17th was Lance & Maggie's 9th Anniversary (had this put on canvas and sent to her)
Today is Christina's birthday (had this put on canvas and sent to her)
And today is Mike & Jannette's 2nd Anniversary....Whew, I think that is all the pages to date.

My renters had a yard sale last Saturday and Sunday that brought a lot of people around that I had to watch out for and not allowing disruption-stressing my kitty cats inside and out....LMBO!


I also got good news, my SIL, Inez and her hubby Larry, are selling out in Massachusetts and relocating back to Texas! Yippee, she will only be about 30 minutes southwest of me and I can visit with her again after all these years of just chatting on the phone! Love, love, love it!

The severe flooding in Missouri had me worried about my sister Kathy (lives in IL at St.Louis area) her children and grandkids also in the area and another friend, Teri and her family a little further south of there.

We have had some rough weather with lots of high wind and high humidity, but very little rain right here, but this late afternoon and evening is supposed to take care of that, will see since all the others were to do the same, but seemed to split and go all around us...LOL we are never satisfied are we?

Well, guess I needed a break, but wish it had not all come at once....now I need to catch up with some blogs I have sorely neglected and reorganize some files on my computer and get them backed up!  Also have a few more pages to construct for more birthdays like, my doctor and friend tomorrow, my little grandniece, Eliza, my sister Kathy and my friend Jill are all celebrating before the end of the month and Memorial Day and Father's Day is just around the corner....O My, so much to do and I am just getting slower and slower at doing things....ROFLMAO!!

Off now, got to run to the store for fur baby food and get back here before storms really do start! Y'all have a fabulous rest of the week and make lots and lots more memories to share! Chat more next time, Hugs to all! Mat