Sunday, November 6, 2016


Okay, this year can go down as winning the derby, or races, it has simply flown by, right? Here it is time to turn our clocks back, don't you wish we could turn back the years as well?  I do at times!! Especially when I have had insomnia (waking at 2 a.m.) and start scrapping old memories....LOL....then I run into some new memories being created and I'm glad that time keeps marching on!  The trips down memory lane are so wonderful, but they were fraught with some bad times too that we simply choose to push away and bury! But the new ones being created....those are the best ones...cause I get to see my nieces and nephews growing their families and I get to spoil them as I did their parents. Of course, the most fun I have with for all the fur babies that come and go or stay in my life! I'm still at 5 inside and at least a dozen or more outside that need feeding daily! I could spend more on scrap kits if I didn't buy so much cat food or pay for vet bills...LMBO here....but I have so many choices of freebies from such GENEROUS designers, that I really have no need to purchase....just want to occasionally! ROFL!
This week has really been a strange one with my sleeping pattern...normally I get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep...NOT THIS's more like 3-4 hours.  So, instead of lying around, watching things I have DVR'd or reading (which I have been doing plenty of both), I have been scanning old photo albums and/or making some memory pages...making sure I have all my digitized photos backed up...reorganizing files on my computer....put like scrapping items together...and yes, even cleaning and clearing out some cobwebs and down sizing my closet (things that others might be able to use, that I am not, after all...I love staying in my jammies on most days...LOL)!
It has been such a humid summer (or I'm just getting older and noticing it more) that I haven't been able to open my windows and/or be outside much, but this last front that came through on Friday....gave us some much needed watering, less humidity and even cooler that 90F temperatures...WAHOO...that means my windows have been open and even the dust bunnies are dancing around! It is so nice to have that freshness in the inside....and oh yeah, the fur babies are loving the window sills least until I sit at this computer, then they "fight" over who is going to sit on the desk above my keyboard! I LOVE IT!!!
Hopefully, this week will bring an end to some of the nastiness that is being slung around on the airwaves and social media (I'm so tired of it all) as we start a new journey with a new government reign! We had new baseball champs (108 years since they won), hopefully our Cowboys will continue to improve their record, and NASCAR is winding down another year of great racing (they are here this weekend) that ends in the next 2 races...our VETS get their day of honor this month too...(they are honored by me daily as I am so very proud of all of them for all the freedoms I enjoy at their expense)...I have even changed my outside light to green to honor them and I tell them in person when I encounter them! We have Thanksgiving coming this month too (not that you would know as all the merchants just seem to skip over this holiday anymore).  And, of course, there are lots of birthdays to celebrate cousin Nancy, my sister Penny, my great nephew Calvin just to name a few.
Alright...enough rambling from me...going to get this finished...put on some good old country music...finish up my mopping (that's what I have left to do besides dusting, but the open windows is relocating that for me) and get ready for DA BOYZ to play at noon (which means I have to DVR NASCAR to watch after the game)...don't you just love us sports nuts?  I can't help it...I do love it and I think we all should do things we love....Right? Can you tell I have been up since 3 a.m. and just finished my second cup of coffee? ROFLMAO!!!
So, with are some of the pages I created this past week or so! First off, here's my page for this Halloween (which was very quiet in this neighborhood).
The QP is a freebie from the Digital Scrapbooking Studio girls...I just love that black cat...the photo is from 2008.
This is my sister-in-law, Inez, isn't she lovely? I had this QP by Brigit from DSS that I wanted to use and this photo from the middle 70's is beginning to deteriorate so I digitized it and desaturated it.  She loves it, as does the rest of the family, cause I put it on Facebook as a TBT for her.
The 9th will be my cousin Nancy's birthday...I had scanned a couple of her photos and decided to use this one in a freebie from Dea that I plan to put on FB as a surprise this week, and since she loves the changing of the leaves...I decided to make this page for her as well using a cluster freebie from ADS cluster at DSS and a background from Miriam's Scraps.
This one I posted on FB for my TBT photo this past week.....
This memory is of Penny's first visit to Texas (about 1983 I think) Fuzzy and I were dropping her off at the airport to return home. I used a free cluster from GTDesigns and used a background from Kyra at With A Russian-Dutch Heart that I recolored.
Found this older photo of Amy and Michael (pre kids) that I realized I had not used I used her favorite colors to create this for her.  I used Kyra's kit Manuela and a cluster from her CT Arlene!
This photo was snapped of Daddy and Annabeth (dressed in her Halloween BatGirl) while out shopping on one of his rare days off...the free QP is from Eudora Designs.
Amy sent these 2 photos of the girls watching a movie and sharing their cookie bites together.  They are so very close and Annabeth says Eliza is her baby...LOL...I hope they remain this way always...nothing like a sister's love! This QP is from JulieCDesigns kit xxxs & ooos at DSS.
This is for my sister Penny who will celebrate a BIG birthday on the 20th...the photo is one I scanned from the middle 70's....and placed in a frame from Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli. I duplicated the frame and resized them to put one on top of the other with a colored layer in between.
On the 19th, her grandson Calvin will turn 3...he is crazy about Thomas the Train, so I created this page using a kit called Choo-Choo by Nibbles Scribbles at DSS (it was on sale for $1 and is an awesome kit for boys! He is going to love being the conductor!
His little brother, Wayne, loves playing in the mud...this photo that Maggie posted was so flipping cute, I just had to scrap it...used a from The Urban Fairy called This Boy that seemed to fit fairly well! This is from DSS.
And sister Hayden could not be left is a photo for her 2nd grade. She is still excelling in attendance and straight A report cards...loves to read...and has almost got her 2 front teeth back. This is a QP from Just So Scrappy...also at DSS.
This is just because....I got an updated photo of my sister Kathy...and I used her 2 favorite colors to create this remembrance.  She hasn't seen this yet...LOL! The free cluster is from hyellen at dfdd and I used a freebie stacked paper for the background...I rather like it and is shows off her blue, blue eyes!
And lastly, not to leave them out....her grandchildren's school photos for 2016 that I put in a page I created using Just So Scrappy's kit, back2school. I love that they are all smiling.
Here's a frame I created and is free at Miriam's Scraps for the month of November if you would like it.
Thanks to all you lovely designers for your very generous hearts and fantastic talent in sharing all that you do to make scrapbooking so much easier and more fun. I applaud all y'all! That's it for now (I know you are saying about time she shushed)...have a fantastic month...keep on making those memories to share! They are so much fun to visit every so often! Chat later....Hugs, Mat


  1. Goodness, you have certainly been busy! Your scrap pages are all so lovely.

    I agree that this year has just flown by. As we get older, time flies quicker. The only thing that seems to linger and take its time leaving is the Winter cold!!! Ah, but then Spring isn't really that far off. I'm starting my countdown soon.

    Now I think I'll have me a fresh cup of coffee and decide what to do today. You have a fabulous week my friend. Hugs, Edna B.

  2. Sorry you haven't been able to sleep that good, but you do keep busy the time you are awake GOSH!
    Getting colder here, but hoorray, they say later this week temps will creep up again to about 9-10C daytime.
    Now it is time for me to deceide what to do today. I think a little bit of cleaning work and also probably some designing..
    Take care, talk later more,

  3. Bom dia, minha querida amiga Mat!
    Muito obrigada por sua visita e por seus comentários!
    Tenho estado ocupada com minha bisneta, que esteve doente, mas agora ela está melhor e já voltou para a escolinha, até.
    Aqui sempre muito calor e estamos com chuva e muita umidade há 4 dias.
    Mesmo quando chove faz sempre muito calor.
    Gosto de ver você vibrar de carinho por sua família, seus gatinhos e seus esportes. Você é uma pessoa muito alegre e leal.
    Gosto de ver você em atividade.
    Eu estou admirada como o tempo tem passado muito, muito depressa, o ano mal começou e já estamos quase em dezembro!
    São nossas maneiras de encararmos as coisas que nos fazem ver o tempo correr tão rápido.
    Minha querida amiga, uma semana linda e feliz para você e os seus!
    Abraços, Neli.

  4. translated by Google...
    Good morning, my dear friend Mat!
    Thank you very much for your visit and your comments!
    I have been busy with my great-grandchild, who has been ill, but now she is better and has already returned to school, even.
    It's always very hot here and we've been raining and wet for 4 days.
    Even when it rains it is always very hot.
    I like to see you vibrate with affection for your family, your kittens and your sports. You are a very happy and loyal person.
    I like to see you in activity.
    I'm amazed how time has passed too, very quickly, the year has barely begun and we are almost in December!
    It's our ways of looking at things that make us see time run so fast.
    My dear friend, a beautiful and happy week for you and yours!
    Hugs, Neli