Sunday, August 30, 2015

August is Gone...September knocking!

This has been a very hot and steamy summer all around the world, not just us in Texas...ROFL!  I will surely be glad to see autumn arrive....if for no other reason than that the temperatures will begin to decrease.  I haven't been too busy, except at being lazy and binge watching TV!  I went with my friend Teri for her EGD/Colonoscopy on Friday....cleaned house and washed clothes yesterday and today, I hope to catch up on my blog reading!
Here's a couple of pages I created for my Cousin (by marriage) from some lovely photos she posted on Facebook that I got her permission to use.  Her family had attended another family member's wedding and these shots were taken. The one of Sugar by herself is in a free QP I created for Miriam's Scraps. The one of the family I created to go with the photo using a background from Kyra at With a Russian-Dutch Heart and frame from Miriam.
This one of Sebrina I created for her first day of her tenth year back at school! She loves being a teacher! I used background papers from Scrapiness Down Under and the cluster is a freebie from Digital Scrapbooking Studio by skd-pbs' Schoolhouse Kit
This photo I snagged of my friends Jan and Bill at graduation from high school for their neighbor's son Chance. It was such a nice photo that I created a memory page for her using a frame double layered by Neli at Lugar Encantado da Neli.
So, I did a few pages...but that is about all, maybe when the heat, humidity and awful air quality relaxes a little, I can muster up some more energy to do something but be lazy.  Well, guess I better get off here, headed to Jannette & Mike's house for lunch and some homemade ice cream....yummy, yummy for my tummy!  Chat more with y'all later, in the meantime, have a marvelous week of making lots and lots of memories to share! Love y'all! Mat


Friday, August 21, 2015

Yippee!! a "fall" day in August!

A weather front paraded through on Wednesday, the temps started falling and falling and falling and on Thursday we actually got 1/4 inch of rain at my house (41 days with no precipitation), almost 1/2 inch at the airport (official) and more south of us as the front marched on through.  The best thing,  we had lower 70's Thursday morning and only 78 for the high yesterday.....almost broke records for the lowest "high" temperature this time of the year! But soaring back up into the mid 90's today!  Was so very refreshing for the one "fall" day, so I got out and worked some with my flower pots...the string of days of 100+ really did a number on my geraniums and my "Live Forevers" (succulents) are beginning to bloom way too early, but....so is the wandering Jew.  However, my hibiscus' are just loving the lower temps as they are over producing blooms...4 & 5 blooms each plant, each day and oh so pretty!  Look!!
 Some open, some just closing and others waiting to open, this one is just outside my door!
This one is on the other side where my renters are, these are redder and there is one on the back side!
My verbana is full of blooms too, which is surprising in the excessive heat...but it did survive!
I made a birthday tribute page for my mama's birthday on the 18th, but failed to post it to Facebook as I was busy with some friends (at doctor's appointments) and just flat did not turn on my computer for a couple of days...so I posted it yesterday as TBT post. I used a Memories kit by Chey0kota.  The photo is from 1983 that I desaturated to black/white. From left to right: Kathy, Penny holding Jeff, Mama holding Sebrina, Me and Pepper with Jason.  Last time Mama saw all her kiddos and all her grandkids together (at the time Penny had not married so her 3 were not born yet)! This brings back lots of memories. Seems just a few days ago, yet seems a lifetime ago as well!  I got lots of nice comments from friends on Facebook remembering my mama and what a terrific cook she was.  Just so enjoyable to read their comments!
Last week on throw back Thursday....I posted this page from 1960 or 1961 of  "cousins by marriage" (l-r) me, Willis White, Quinton Finuff, Laura Jane White and Kathy sitting on the hood of the White car in Attapulgus, GA.  This one too got lots of comments that brought lots of memories. The QP is by Studio Manu and the wordart is Miss Boots'.
Another page I created for Kathy's grandkids for their first day of school, which started the 13th of August. Sorry I forgot to write down the information on the page...but thanks for the freebies!
This page was strictly for Amy as she wanted one of the girls with their sign she put up in their bedroom.
I used overlays from Miriam's scraps and some clusters by Arlene don't remember who the creator is for the wordart...the photos are Amy's of Annabeth and Eliza!
I also did some QPs for Miriam using her soon to be released Autumn MK21 (when she returns from her summer break) that you might want to check out.
Okay, that's about it for this post....I have changed my bed and washed the linens that are ready for the dryer and got all my trash and recycle bin out for pickup, got all my critters fed and watered, my plants all got a drink too, the litterboxes are clean and now I must run the dust mop so I can jump in the shower...going to lunch at my favorite place, Babe's Chicken with my friends Jannette and Mike! Will chat with y'all a little more later...have a terrific weekend and make lots and lots and lots of memories to share! Hugs to all! Mat





Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Pepper, Amy & Oreo!

Today it is only to reach 98F and heat index of 100F with lower humidity....thank goodness...we've had more than 2 weeks straight of 100+ temps during the day with it only dropping to the mid 80's at night and under a severe heat advisory for the past week...and bad air quality for the last couple of days....maybe it is gone now!  34 days since we last got any precipitation...after all the rain and flooding in May & June...we are now back in a drought situation....can this summer please end!  ROFLMBO!!  Sure am bitchy when it is too hot to go outside (cause I can't breathe that oppressive air) and with all the stagnation...allergies tried to kick my butt....however, I finally won after a couple of boxes of Kleenex and my clairitin and staying inside! We also had some electrical failures because of excessive use for AC during this past week or so....So, I have not been online very much at all and feel so "cut-off" from everyone! Now, you can LYBO!
Today would have been my brother's 56th birthday...so I created a Remembrance page for him using the Remembrance kit by CheyOkota and a photo of a very tired Pepper with his baby daughter, Sebrina!
Today is also my niece, Amy's, birthday who turns 26 today.  Here she is in a QP by Arlene from Kyra's kit Sunshine Smiles.  I took this photo in 2010 in Nashville, TN on our Ladies Road Trip.
And lastly here is Ms Oreo (looking at herself in the bathroom mirror) in a page using a kit by A Space Between called Birthday Wishes...She turns 10 today and is still my sweet Oreo Cookie!
Since it has been really hot and not using too much electricity...I have laundry to do and some cleaning in the house now that I feel better so guess I will get my hiney out of this chair and get busy.  Y'all have a great week making lots and lots and lots of memories to share.  Chat more later when there is something to talk about besides the hot weather....LOL! Hugs, Mat