Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to All of You!

Okay, so I've been lax in blogging, but I am trying to get caught up with my gardening and clean up of the yards as well as the things that got neglected while I was working, but I've also been battling a real problem with my hands (the right one especially), I think my carpal tunnel problems have returned.  Too, we have been heavily inundated with storms with lots and lots of lightning, as a matter of fact it hit the U-Verse hub closest to me, frying my router and messing up 3 other units in the cul-de-sac.  I was without internet and TV for a whole was certainly quiet! LMBO! Just look at my gorgeous Hibiscus this year...lots of blooms and I got a gardenia plant hiding behind to get them all re-potted in larger vessels is a big job. add to all the other kitties....5 more were born on April 29th in the little igloo house just outside my front door...they are so cute, but as soon as "mama" is not feeding, she is going to TCAP to be fixed! She has gifted me with 10 now!
I have also been fighting with the Tarrant Appraisal District regarding my taxes for date....I have received 6 different statements....none of them correct! Since I purchased the equity in the other side of my duplex...they have wiped my side out and took away all my exemptions....I am too honest I suppose! I called to ask them for the amount owed on my side of the duplex since all the statements were for the new side...they informed me I had moved so...WAIT, WHAT???? I have not moved, been in this spot since December 1990.  Oh...well then, they will send out corrected statement with my homestead and over 65 exemptions.  WRONG AGAIN...they put the exemptions on the wrong side, but I paid them $3200 so I would not be delinquent.  They made the change and it created an overage on my side and not enough for the other, had to go down again and ask them to transfer it...had to write a letter requesting it to be done, finally done and all was well and paid in full for both!  NOT...they sent another statement in March for another $1129 due by April 30th.  I called, they don't know why?  I went down there, they copied all my forms...will call you tomorrow....wrong, they did not call a week later so I went down there again and sat there for 4 1/2 hours while they tried to figure out what/why happened...then I went to the Tax office and told them I was not paying this statement nor would I pay any penalties as NO ONE could tell me WHY I OWED MORE! I am writing the tax assessor and the commissioners court regarding the fiasco! Still waiting too as the TAD says it will take them a month to resend info to tax office! It simply makes my blood boil at the incompetency of the employees and how they cannot understand simple English and things in black and white!
Okay, enough of that...just kinda explains why I haven't been online much lately, however, I have taken time to create Mother's Day pages for my family (only took me about a full week)...LOL! I just posted them to Facebook, so thought I would sit here long enough to post them on the blog so they will be in my book.
My mother passed in 1992, so the first page is for her using BooLand Designs kits with all 4 of her children, Me, Kathy, Pepper (Edward) & Penny. 
This one is Kathy's using freebies from Kimeric Kreations...of her children, Jason (wife Chris, kids Jade, Ruby & Jayson) and Jeff (wife, Tiff)!
Kathy's DIL Christina with her children Jade, Ruby & Jayson in a QP by April the Scrapaholic! I just adore the kooky photos of Chris & her kids!
This is my brother's (who passed on in 1996) ex-wife and child in a page I created using kits by Diane at ADB Designs. This is Myrl with Sebrina and her beau and his son.
Here's Penny's of her children and grandchildren in a page I created using BooLand Designs kits! Penny's twins, Lamar & Lance (wife, Maggie, kids Hayden Calvin & Wayne) Amy (hubby Michael, kids Annabeth & Eliza).  Just love Penny's lap full of all 5 of them!
Here's her DIL Maggie's page of her children, Hayden, Calvin & Wayne! Her page is created from freebies from Kimeric Kreations.
And Penny's baby girl Amy with her husband and daughters Annabeth & Eliza (at hubby's graduation from Law Enforcement Academy in a QP by Kopie at DDR called Vintage Treasury. 
So for me...I just had to put all these lovelies in one page (quilt style) so I can use it for my screen saver on my computer (that way I can look at them whenever I want to). I added 2 Flower cards from Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli for the journaling info.
This weekend is iNSD there will be lots of freebies and great sales of digiscrapping elements, kits, papers, quickpages...etc! Check out all the fantastic designers if you would like to create your own pages or use some of the awesome free QPs.  I have a free QP for May on Miriam's Scraps if you want it. Check it out! I thank all the designers I get freebies from, you make my life of scrapping so much easier, plus you inspire me to create my own as well. Happy Mother's Day to all of you (and YES, to the fur babies moms too)! May your days be blessed  and fun filled with your loved ones!
Got to get up from here and feed my fur babies and give y'all a rest from all this yakking! LMBO! Hugs until next time for all of you! Mat


  1. Hi there,
    Sounds not so good the trouble on your hand. May be with some rest it get some better?
    Oh, that trouble with the tax office!!! It is nerv wrecking and the blood boils and more! And all is coming on your head to figure it out and go there again, and again and again. I really hope they will soon sort it all out and that peace and quiet for this will be your share. And that they will have a good file on you, for net year(know what i mean????)
    I heard here from thunderstorms in your part of the world and we saw on the news that on several places there were hailstorms, with stones of big size!
    et's hope all will be better now and that you have time and good weather and all to take care of your garden and of the new furr babies!
    Take care.

  2. Bom dia, querida amiga Mat!
    Muito obrigada por sua visita!
    Fiquei muito triste por todos esses problemas que você está tendo, principalmente com sua saúde e com os impostos.
    Quando nós pensamos que está tudo bem, surgem os problemas.Minha amiga, um feliz Dia das Mães para todas as mães de sua família e para você também.
    Abraços, Neli.

  3. So sorry hear that your hands are not so good lately. Hopefully, that will clear up soon. Oh the joy of new motherhood! Fur baby motherhood! Baby kittens are so darn cute! I agree though, two litters is enough.

    The weather reports for Texas just isn't all that good. I hope you and your fur babies are safe and well.

    As for the tax problems, I agree their staff is quite incompetent. It's a shame they can't do a job right the first time around. I feel for you kiddo. Been there myself once, and lost the battle. I hope they get things straightened out for you.

    You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

  4. Translated by Google...
    Good morning, dear friend Matt!
    Thank you very much for your visit!
    I was very sorry for all these problems that you are having, especially with their health and taxes.
    When we think it's all right, come the friend .My problems, a happy Mother's Day to all the mothers of your family and for you too.
    Hugs, Neli.

  5. Hello Mat,
    wow what can I say, I thought my life was crazy, but you got me beat.
    The tax thing about your house would really try my patience!
    Sorry about your hands, I have had the same problem with mine, but now it's more my legs and knees that are giving me problem. Getting older isn't always fun. But I guess it's better then the alternative, so I should quite complaining.
    Going to go clean my floors, poor Chinook is losing so much hair, and I can't seem to keep up with her. This year seems worse then past years, I think it is the goofy weather we have had, This weekend we will be watching our granddaughter play soccer, went last night and dang near froze to death. Will be better prepared for it this weekend.
    Have a great weekend Mat.
    Hugs Donna