Saturday, September 2, 2017

I can't believe I totally missed blogging in August!

What a quick month August was....actually I was so busy with so many different things, it just flew by! It was a historic month for sure! At least for us Texas dwelling folks anyhow! # Hurricane Harvey!
I know I made some pages for birthdays etc and downloaded some new freebies, but...haven't had a chance to do much else. I had a friend that needed to be taken to doctor 4 days in a row and then she had her surgery 2 weeks ago and has needed some help. Then another friend had a minor day surgery, and another that took a vacation and needed plants watered.  We've had a lot of rain (no, not from Harvey) so the yard and weeds and plants all needed some attention when it finally quit, then Harvey hit south Texas Coast...creating the worst havoc and flooding you have ever seen!
I am about 5-6 hours north of it, but...I do have family and friends that I was extremely worried about. So many have lost EVERYTHING they have, home, furniture, cars, belongings and yes, even some lost their lives! So far all my friends have been accounted for and the family had to be evacuated too! Still not sure if all is a total loss for them or not as they are still in a shelter in Alexandria, LA so that my sister in law can have dialysis. Just a few days before Harvey hit, she fell at Walmart and broke her arm in 2 places so she has really been through the wringer!  Her daughter is a teacher at Beaumont, but class has been cancelled all this and next week (maybe longer) as the flooding caused no water to drink, and no electricity.
My renters had a problem with some water in their unit that took a few days to correct....now I have to find someone to re-tile the floor now that it is totally dry!  I also had a cousin pass away and no one knew it until a posting by the coroner's office in South Carolina for someone to claim his remains. I also had a visitor come from Missouri for a few days!
OK, I'm tired now...no more complaining....I'm just happy to wake up each and every morning to be able to help others and to do my thing. I've also been in an anti-social mood of late as I have had my nose stuck in a book or two...LMBO! Anyhoo....all is well in my world and all the fur babies are too! We just be chillin' and doin' our thing! Hope all have a wonderful Labor Day and you stay dry, but make lots and lots and lots of memories to share! I will try chatting more next time instead of gripping so much!  Here are the pages I've made since my last post and I have sooooooooo many photos I need to scrap so they will make it into my end of year blog book printing!
 Annabeth and Eliza watching TV snuggled in a chair together with their giant Unicorn. I thought the freebie frame from Lugar Encantado was perfect for the photo.
 I don't remember when Cousins Day was, but I made a page for mine anyhow that I have photos of!
 This is Lance and Maggie's 3 gorgeous kids. Hayden, Calvin & Wayne, all growing up way too quickly, I sure miss seeing them!
 I made this for Amy's birthday on the 12th, her favorite color is purple!
 My friend, Mike had a birthday on the 5th, he went fishing so I used this freebie from Neli!
 My sweet Oreo turned 12 on the 12th and Of course she had to have a page, this is from ADB Designs.
 My cousin Pat also celebrated a big birthday so I made a memory for her!
My sweet friend Jannette had a birthday too, just could not forget her!
 My brother would have turned 59 on the 12th, I did this page of him and Penny from 1970!
 My sister Kathy loves Purple so here are her 3 grand babies...Jade, Ruby & Jayson
 Amy's girls had a tea party and she sent photos, so made them a quick memory page!
My friend Teri celebrated a birthday at the end of August, so surprised her with a memory page of her and her beloved Bentley that she really enjoyed!
Alright, that's it, I must get up from this chair...my bum has gone to sleep and another book is calling to me! Have a great one y'all! Later, Mat

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Holy Cow, it's July in Texas HOT!

I can't believe it has been over a month since I have blogged...where is time racing off to? I can't seem to stay caught up anymore...any other retirees feel that way? LMBO!!! I try to stay on top of things, but...it is so very easy to get sidetracked nowadays! 
It has really been miserable with the humidity this year (or I just am noticing it more) and I am staying inside a lot, keeping my home as clean as I can and running all the air purifiers to keep the allergies/asthma in check. The AC is also running and all the ceiling fans too (plus I have fans outside for the fur babies in the back). I'm sure the electric bill will reflect it all too, but...!
I just checked my stash of pages that I need to post (for my book printing at the year's end) and a lot has happened since my last post. Sadly, the worst was the loss of my precious Pumpkin. The diabetes finally took it's toll, but she died at home with her sisters and Bubba and ME watching over her. She is waiting for the rest of us to join her when our time comes! We had a few rough days, but we have learned to adjust. Still miss her beautiful purring. Here's her memory page I posted on Facebook.
 I reconnected with friends from a "previous" life (military tour) on Facebook and saw a photo of the 2 of them posted, so...I dug up an "old" (40 yrs) polaroid of them and created a page as a RAK and posted. Here it is for Joe & Phyllis.....
This photo is of my friend Carolyn who celebrated her 70th birthday on June 22nd.  It's from an old Glamour Shot, but it brought back lots of memories and comments when posted to Facebook...LOL!
Of course I had a few pages of Amy's girls that she had sent photos of...they are just growing way too fast and I wish I could be closer to see them in person.
 Annabeth with her headphones...playing games with Daddy.
 Eliza outside and with her cute little hat for shade.
Eliza "styling" in her cap and with her bag...she is going to "town".
Cousins Blair and Hayden, with Annabeth & Eliza and new family addition, Anna!
Playing games with Daddy, they enjoy having him at home and spending time doing what they all love to do...Play games!!
Peeping in to see if Anna and Eliza are getting better acquainted...Anna is Annabeth's dog and Eliza only tolerates her when she wants to feed her food that Eliza doesn't want to eat!
 My friend Anne's birthday memory page!
My nephew, Jason, turned 41 so I used an old photo for his page.
My (ex) Brother-in-law in a page I created to remember him on his birthday!
Kathy's lovely daughter in law had a "makeover" of Mermaid Eyes so I just HAD to make a page.
Kathy with her friend Ruth and Ruth's daughter Andrea at Bingo at the Legion a few years ago.
Kathy with Andrea's daughter, Janet who was "home" celebrating her birthday!
Kathy's grandkids in their respective ball team photo's...Kathy asked for this page.
This is Penny's hubby with Eliza sitting on the step solving life's mysteries!
Here's Papa being greeted and hugged on at church by Annabeth and Calvin.
Penny's sons in a photo from about 1987 and her grandkids at the same place in 2017. I did this for Lance since he is the one in the forefront of the older photo and his wife and son in the bottom photo.
This was a photo I found (while reorganizing) of Kathy and Penny. Kathy was put to bed to carry Jason....Penny was still in high school and we had gone to visit. Memories really came flooding back with this one.
New photos of Lance and Maggie's kids to see how much they have grown. Such beautiful kids.
 Okay, all of Penny's grandkids are beautiful, the girls are really growing too fast.

This photo of Eliza was taken cause she was caught climbing stairs at her Grandpa's shop. It just seemed to go with the quick page. Amy loved it.
And one more of Ms Eliza with her Mickey Mouse doll as she is "taking a nap" watching cartoons. I guess this kind of explains why I don't have much time to do anything else...right? ROFLMBO! I so enjoy doing this, very relaxing even if it is time consuming!
Yesterday the fur babies and I were lounging on the bed and watching the news and I got all 4 of them to "cooperate" while I took their photos, sooooooo...here's all my babies as of yesterday, aren't they all just adorable?
 MzKitty is lying to my left between Misty and Oreo.
Oreo is on my left between MzKitty and Bubba.
 Misty is at my feet on my left side in her bed.
Sideways aka "Bubba" is on my left on the pillows by my head since he is the King in this castle. He is the sweetest fur baby around. He is also the one with poor eyesight, almost no teeth and a problem with his left hind quarter. His sister Misty is very protective and takes care in training him. All my babies are rescues, but I'm not sure who rescued who here! Love, love, love them.
Okay, I think I am caught up again with the pages and I have yet sooooooooo many more photos to work with, but I have been in this chair way too long and must get up and move around a bit. I still need to do a little blog hopping to "catch up" with some of my cyber friends. So...on that note, I think I will say bye for this chat and will catch you again soon. Don't forget to make lots and lots of memories to share! Y'all have a fantastic weekend! Hugs, Mat













Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Can't believe I am not keeping up this blog any better than I am. I just DO NOT KNOW where the time goes anymore, seems like I was just in here typing away just a few days ago! Lots of scrapping being done AND some necessary rearranging and backing up of files and removing old stuff off my computer so it can keep on ticking....It had gotten so very slow because it was so FULL! Now is running much better, but I still have some more organizing of my scrapbooking stuff to do! I'm enjoying that as it has been toooooooo HOT and HUMID to be doing anything out of doors for me!  We have been under a heat advisory since Thursday with the index at 105 F or above all those days, supposedly by this evening we are to get a break and drop 2 degrees below our normal high of 92F LOL! But it will make a difference if it pushes the humidity out!
Here are the Father's Day pages I created for this year! I am wishing all of you father's out there a most wonderful and enjoyable day ahead!
First up is for my Daddy who left us in 1998....this is the only photo that I know of that has both Kathy and I (and hubbies) and Ruth's 3 daughters as well as his only 2 grandsons. Taken in Johnson City, TN in 1982 I think! Left to right is Linda/Charlie, Kathy (hiding)/Jim (Jeff/Jason in front), Ruth/Daddy, Me/Fuzzy, Linda/Martha.
This was for Kathy's husband Jim, I created this layout of pages I had previously made to create a 18x18 pillow for him from Collage.com.  He loved it, says it is super soft! He likes that he can see all his family on it!
This was for Penny's husband, Weymond.  He also got a pillow of his family, his wife, 3 kids and 5 grandkids. What else can you give a man who has all he needs?
This is Kathy's oldest, Jason, with his 3 kids at 6 Flags...Just adore the photo, thanks to Christina for sharing it. the frame and the cluster are freebies from Kimeric Kreations.
Penny's son, Lance shares his tractor with all 3 of his kiddos...LOL....Calvin, Hayden & Wayne all love to ride on it with him. The cluster is also from Kimeric Kreations.
And Penny's daughter, Amy's husband Michael spending downtime with his daughters, Annabeth & Eliza...the cute cluster is from Kimeric Kreations.
And just as a RAK for my sister-in-law Inez's hubby Larry! They just moved back to Texas from 15 years in Massachusetts! This is with his daughter Pamela (who lives here in TX). This page created using freebies from Miriam's Scraps.
On the 15th I did another RAK memory page for BIL-Gene- who celebrated his 86th birthday! Created this page using the freebie Happy Birthday kit I received for My Birthday from the awesome crew of designers at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
The 9th as a special "Pick Me Up" RAK for the birthday of Kathy's dearest friend Ruth (who just lost her husband at the end of May) and her lovely little (mini-me) granddaughter, Janet, I created this page to celebrate her birthday! Will give credit for the template when I find it again....LOL!
This Memorial Day page was created for a fraction of my family and friends that have served. I appreciate ALL our military personnel.
The 10th of June was a 19th celebration of Kathy's youngest son, Jeff and his bride Tiff, of their wedding vows. They were in Alaska on vacation, having a blast! 
Amy's FIL, Tony, stopped by to see his lovely granddaughter's and to eat his birthday cake they made him, while Amy took photos, soooooo you know I HAD to make a memory page for all of them. Thanks Neli for the awesome freebie QP.
The 27th of May was my sister Kathy's 68th birthday, this page has her favorite color and her sophomore high school photo. Another frame freebie from Neli.
Golly, I have made a lot of pages, but I really have a lot of fun doing this when my hands and neck will allow. Amy, Maggie & Christina keep me supplied with current photos of all the great nieces/nephews and I really appreciate that. I am terribly behind on some of them. Here are a couple I did for Amy since my last blog post.
Eliza turned 2 on the 22nd of May and I still have all her photos from her birthday party to scrap. Got to make time...but now, my bum is tired from sitting here, the clothes dryer has stopped so need to fold clothes, add another load and get ready for the NASCAR races...yep, my guilty pleasure on Sundays. All my fur babies are gathered around me at the computer...look at these photos!
 Misty in sunshine, Bubba (Sideways) on my right.

 MzKitty above my keyboard.
 Oreo and Pumpkin on the floor in a patch of sunlight. Please ignore the messy room, this is where we spend a lot of time and it is lived in...LMBO!
That's all for this post, chat again soon I hope. Love to all and make this a very memorable day making lots of memories to share! Hugs, Mat