Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall is just around the corner

Look how pretty my new look is....Miss Boots you do gorgeous work....thanks a million for keeping me looking so good! Loving the fall feel of things in if we could just get rid of this heat and humidity and it feel more like fall, I would be one very happy camper...LOL!
I thought retirement meant boredom.....not in my case....I seem to be so much busier than I ever was while working and there never seems to be enough hours in the day.  Granted, I do have more time at home, house stays cleaner, laundry always done, cooking more, gardening more, etc....but...I am happy to say...I have more time for friends and visiting and helping them and that I really do enjoy a lot! I thought I would have more time for my scrapping and designing and blogging...and I do occasionally have those periods...but I am reconnecting with things outside of my home and that makes for really fun and sometimes tiring but happy times.
This month has been a particularly busy month with birthdays and the "little" things that have to be done to proceed with the purchase of the other half of this duplex.  What a lot of red tape, hope I never have to go through this again! It is certainly exhausting all the crap that the lenders are requiring now and these politicians have nothing better to do than make life miserable for the consumers with all these ridiculous "new" laws. Enough of that, getting off my soapbox before I really start a rant....LOL!
Yesterday was my awesome brother-in-law's birthday so I decided to make a page for him and put it on Penny's Facebook for him to see.  Then, I just could not stop there...I had to add a few more, so here they are for all my blog readers to see (and they will be printed in my year end Blog2Print book)!
This is a QP freebie by DbR called Tell Me Again, Weymond has his arms full of Annabeth and Calvin with their bottles. He loves holding both of them at the same time.
This QP freebie is called Best Friends Shenanigans QP 005 by StyRock. Papa is reading to a very tired Hayden after school.
 Mr. Cutie Calvin in a series of photos I got from Margaret's Facebook, He is on the tractor with daddy and in the car with Mama. He is 29 pounds now and has cut 6 teeth this past 2 weeks...he will be one in November.  Big Happy Boy! I used a Free template by Oklahoma Dawn from 9-7-14 and recolored to go with his clothing and increased the size of the postage photo frame.
 This marvelous free QP is by Deanna a CT for Connie Prince designs and is called You are my Gift which I thought so perfect for Miss Annabeth.
This adorable little cutie is Neli Mandel's great granddaughter, Maria Helena, that was posted on her Facebook page and I decided to do a RAK and create a page using Neli's frame (turned sideways and doubled) added some lace from Kyra at With a Russian Dutch Heart and some pearls from Laurrie at CheyOkota Scraps. 
And this is my sweet niece Sebrina in a QP that I created as a freebie for Miriam's Scraps for y'all! I started with just the Wordart, then I created the cluster frame and the background, then decided to put them all together to make a QP and used a current photo of Sebrina that I put on her Facebook as a RAK for her mother....ROFL!  I have all three in one download on Miriam's site if you want it. 
You can find links on my blog roll or I have linked some of the designers mentioned....they offer some really lovely freebies and are very generous with sharing so pay them a visit. I thank all of them for sharing their talent with me.
Amy and Margaret and Christina have shared some awesome new photos, so I hope to be making more pages soon to share...especially next week as a little boy I know will be turning 3 years old...right Jayson?
For now, though, I must get busy, got to change the bed and get a couple loads of clothes done, and bake another couple loaves of scrumptious banana bread from this absolutely simple recipe from my Cajun friend Chris....3 ripe bananas, 2 eggs, 1 yellow cake mix.  Mash bananas, incorporate the eggs, pour in cake mix and mix together, put in two medium or one large loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Totally wonderful bread, not overly sweet and so great with morning coffee or evening snack with cold milk.  (You can add nuts if you desire, I put pecans in mine). Think I need a piece now to tide me over...LOL!
Y'all have a fantastic weekend, make lots and lots of memories to share and I will chat with you more next time.  Hugs, Mat


  1. I am so glad you liked the template well enough to use it for these adorable photos!!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by...thus is second one I have used and I will be using others.

  3. First let me say that retirement absolutely doe NOT mean boredom with nothing to do!!! All of a sudden, we seem to be busier and into so many more things. Hmmm, now how did that happen?

    Either way, it is nice with lots less stress (unless of course, you are trying to pass papers on a house). Your layouts are just beautiful. I'll try to send a little of this cool weather your way. You have a fabulous weekend, hugs, Edna B.

  4. Boa tarde, querida amiga Mati!
    Muito obrigada! Seu blog está lindo!
    Querida amiga, amei a moldura que você fez para Maria Helena, ficou muito delicada e linda! Você é uma pessoa de muita sensibilidade!
    Querida amiga, um maravilhoso fim de semana para você e sua família!
    Grande abraço, Neli.

  5. What a lovely bloglayout again!
    and oh no, older age or retirement doesn't mean always it is boring, or nothing to do.
    well, you experience that now.
    Boring and frustrating things are like you have to do, all the paperwork involved buying the condo.
    Same like all paperwork needed for health security payment or other services of government or council. They call it services, but oh boy, sometimes all rules are so complicated and hard to find, and even harder to fill in all forms.
    That are things that cause some stress, glad when all that is over again.
    Still good thing you sometimes take a break and scrap a couple of sweet photos.
    Well, somewhere today I first will try to find all papers I need for applications we have to do, which will be not as easy as it seems.
    Somehow we will get there in time though OL.
    You take a break today from all things and stay kind of putt onn your couch

  6. translated by Google...
    Good afternoon, dear friend Mati!
    Thank you! Your blog is gorgeous!
    Dear friend, loved the frame you did for Maria Helena, was very delicate and beautiful! You are a person of great sensitivity!
    Dear friend, a wonderful weekend for you and your family!
    Big hug, Neli.