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 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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Where did April Go?

It's been a short month I think....but maybe it is because I was busy scrapping for Easter and more Spring cleaning inside and outside...and May is knocking on the door (another busy month of birthdays and anniversaries).
It has been an eventful month.  I had an investor come by to offer to buy my duplex (a really good solid one), construction of 2 train depots are in progress in my city with one within walking distance of my home, a new garden home complex about 1/2 mile away and a townhouse complex 1/2 mile in the other direction. This area is really improving, sooooooo...I am going to wait a bit to sell and hopefully, I will get a really good price for this duplex (enough to have money in bank to sustain my retirement)!
 This area is very popular with families because of the best school district! There is an elementary, intermediate, high and christian private school all within 1/4 to 1/2 mile radius!
Anyhow, hope all of you had a most blessed Easter and got to spend it with loved ones! Here's the pages I created for the great nieces/nephews and my sisters!
Amy & Michael's 2 gorgeous girls.....Annabeth and Eliza
 Margaret & Lance's 3....Hayden, Calvin & Wayne
Penny & Weymond's 5 grandchildren all in one photo and then individuals with Mimi & Papa!
My brother's daughter' Sebrina with her honey Jeffery, his son Thomas and with her mother Myrl.
 This was my sister Kathy and I on Easter Sunday 1957...aren't we adorable? LOL!
 Jade & Ruby & Jayson...Kathy & Jim's grandchildren, Christina & Jason's children!
This is Kathy & Jim's kiddos, Jason & Christina with their 3 and Jeff & Tiff!
Here are a couple of extras I did for Penny of her five grandkids so she could choose which page she liked best...ALL of THEM was her reply...ROFL!
And some for Amy's girls' scrapbooks...some of Easter with the Hawthorne cousins and some of their trip to Atlanta to the Aquarium the weekend before with the Starling Cousins.


Next month is Mother's Day and anniversaries for Amy & Michael and Lance & Margaret and not to mention the birthdays of Michael, Christina, Kathy, Eliza & Me so I guess I best get busy making some more memory pages for my next blog post! ROFLMBO! Scrapping is so relaxing and very rewarding for me and I want to say THANK YOU to all the awesome designers that share their talent making this easier to do!
I will quit for this time, wishing all a fabulous week ahead and remember, make lots and lots and lots of memories to share! Chat more later, hugs, Mat

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Still Lazy about Blogging!

Holy Cow where does the time go? It seems I was just here blogging...NOT! I am behind again, but I do have a good reason (I Think)...but will have to get back with you when I remember what it is! ROFLMAO!!
Really, it is just called LIVING each day and doing as I want! Sounds good to me! I am trying to downsize on some clutter AND I have been trying to scrap more and get caught up with my FAMILY books, etc. But, it seems even when I get up early (4 a.m. usually) and stay up later, there just isn't enough hours in the day. (Could it be that I am just not as fast moving as I used to be?) Very probable!!
I do my housework in pieces, I scrap in pieces, I love on my fur babies more and more, I nap less, I watch less TV and I cook and eat even less, but seem to stay busy, busy, busy all the time! Maybe not as organized as I used to could be that I am on the phone too much...YES, that is it! (at least that is what I am sticking with for now!)
We have had typical (?) spring weather since February and now...Summer is here! I've already had my AC on for over a month (cause I've had to change the filter already) and I've not been able to have the windows opened as much (allergies have been horrific this year)! Lots of wind, wind, wind and a few storms with hail (scared the heck out of fur babies at 3 a.m. yesterday morning). Look at all the tree limbs and leaves it took down (must have lasted at least 5 minutes of constant pounding of nickel to quarter sized hail)!
Everyone of us had to sweep our sidewalks off and the wind blew all day. Got a lot of rain, but not as much as those southeast of us that got a LOT of flooding! This system is moving eastward y'all so stay safe! we go with the pages I've scrapped so that they will be in my book!
 First, a tribute photo to my daddy who would have turned 101 on the eighth of April, wasn't he a handsome man? This photo was made October 1966 in Johnson City, TN.
RAK birthday page for my friend Diane's granddaughter, Julia!
Birthday greetings for my awesome niece Sebrina! Isn't she a beauty? Gorgeous green eyes!
Jade's school photo for this year...she is getting so grown and look even a beautiful smile!
Pretty and perky miss Ruby's photo for this school term!
And handsome as ever, Jayson's school photo, he loves wearing a tie!
RAK for my niece Amy's SIL Kayla and her daughter Blair just cause I loved the photo of them.
RAK of another photo of my niece Sebrina and her honey Jeffery!
 Sweet patootie Annabeth with her cute smile and long curls I just couldn't resist making this one!
 And not to be left out, the facial expressions of Eliza (who hates to have her photo taken)!
Celebrating my siblings for National Sibling Day. Love you guys FOREVER!
And yesterday was National Pet Day, just could not leave out my fur babies. Thanks to all the awesome and generous designers that share their lovely work with me. Check all them out by clicking on them on the right side of my page!
Well, got to get my hiney out of this chair for a bit, y'all have a fantastic Easter and remember He is Risen! Chat more with you next time. Hugs, Mat

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lazy, Lazy, Lazy!!

Okay, this post is titled lazy, lazy, lazy and that is exactly what I have been lately!  I think with all this up and down crazy weather (and the time change too) my system is just out of whack and I've had a good case of the "I Don't Care" attitude! ROFLMAO!!! At least I am being honest about my long absence from posting here! Even my pajama top today says Nope, Still Don't Care! Part of the problem was due to being out of a medication that I was told was risky for my age (GRRR) so when I ran out, I didn't renew it.  Talked with my doctor and he said I couldn't just stop it and that it was okay for me and put me back on it. (All the while he was lambasting the insurance company and the pharmacist for telling me it was risky) He knows my medical history as well as I do and says the risks don't apply to ALL in that age group and certainly not me, so now that I am back on it for 10 days so far, I'm feeling more like me again....YAY!!
I did this page on the 1st of March for the birthday of my Niece In Law, Tiffany. I don't remember who all I used, but the paper and overlay are by Miriam (I recolored).
 I did a couple of scrap pages yesterday for a couple of my friends that are celebrating their birthdays today! Just put them up on Facebook to wish them a happy day. Here they are!
This is my friend Kaye, first boss I had after moving to Texas and my longest friend here! I love her dearly, just wish we saw each other more than once or twice a year. (She moved further west a few years back to care for her aging parents) I used a couple of different freebies from BooLand Designs and my most favorite photo of her!
My "cuz" Laura (aka Sugar) in a lovely QP freebie from ADB Designs at Digital Scrapbooking Studio!
This is my ex-step granddaughter Lindsey with her new daughter born on the 2nd. I used several different designers to create this page (forgot to write them all down) and today is also Lindsey's birthday, so a Big Happy Birthday to all 3 of you!
This is my ex-husband's great granddaughter born on March 2. Adelaide is with her grandma Denah in this frame created using a frame by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli.
Adored this photo of Jade and just had to scrap it for my book. She is actually trying to hide that she has lost a couple of teeth, but a little smile is creeping in anyway!
Of course I had to make cutie patootie Ruby a page too, she was getting ready to get on the school bus!
And her is Mr. Cool with his tie on for his school photo shoot. Should be getting those photos from the kids soon.
Maggie had posted these photos of Wayne crying for a ride on Daddy's big tractor and I wanted to put them all on a page together. I used a free template with a couple of changes.  Will have to check and see who gifted it.
I was tidying my computer and ran across this QP I had stashed and just had to use it. I put Annabeth outside watching Papa with Eliza inside.
Amy sent some cute photos that she had taken of the girls posing for her and I created a couple of pages for her using them. Here are some more.....

I created this last one using several kits by Miriam and recoloring some elements. The one above is a freebie by Fecnikek.
This was a special RAK for my cuz "Sugar" I had done earlier in the month, forgot I would be making a birthday page for her for today! The cluster frame is from DigiDesignResort.
This one I created yesterday for a photo that Amy sent of the girls with their lap desks and "no mess" paint books. The WA is by Poki and the background paper is vintage pink by Cajoline Scraps.
And lastly, I finally took photos of my 5 blog books (2008-2016) I have had published (and my one Social Book from Facebook) to show to Miss Edna. I always use the same color and format for the blog books, just different front and back cover photos.Even, though I have been in a foul mood, I did manage a few pages. I want to thank all the designers that so generously share their talent with me so that when I get a chance, I can scrap something rather quickly.
Hope all of you are well and are having a marvelous weekend making memories to share! Will chat more next time. Hugs to all! Mat