I don't want to say too much....you know how you are afraid you will jinx something by talking about it? That's all I am going to say about it for now, except to say we have been working on something for 2 years and it looks like it is going to actually happen. I just don't want to get my hopes up just to have them slammed down again. Once this actually happens I will fill you in with more details :)
Welllllll is everyone getting ready for Christmas? Uhhhh, yeah, well not so much here. *L* We have some things bought, but once again I seem to be stuck in a rut or something because I just am not finding the desire to do a lot. But it is still early, right? We haven't even had Thanksgiving yet! I have found something I HAVE to get from a Black Friday sale, but since someone in particular (hi babe! *L*) reads my blog, I best not post what it is or he will know what he is getting! Do you shop the sales on Black Friday? Me, not so much...I HATE the crowds and the rude people!! The pushing and shoving...I don't handle it well. But if you are on Facebook and you do love to shop the Black Friday sales check out BlackFriday.com - Black Friday Ads there. And I will be having fun getting ideas from the Adorn It blog hop
I spent Saturday working on an altered book, my first one ever. It was SO much fun! A lot of work, but still so much fun and I felt so creative again! *L* It was a challenge up at Bad Girls Project 52 to alter an old book using a 'school/learning' theme. So I made a books titled 'Lesson's learned from Grandma Elsie....and memories made' I will post the tut and pics of the book soon. Having made this one, I learned some lessons myself, and will do better on the next one.
We adopted her from a no kill shelter 2 weeks ago. Jim says she was my anniversary gift, and she is precious! She is 3 1/2 months old now, so she isn't going to get very big. I love the cock-eyed way she sits *L* and as you can tell she loves sticks and our backyard. She gathers up as many sticks as she can and brings them to the edge of the patio, to a spot she picked for whatever reason and just stacks them. She also likes to chase shadows. If she sees the shadow of a bird flying overhead she will chase it, and in one of the pics she is chasing her own shadow!
Thursday, my day off I was shampooing the carpet when I heard her barking like crazy. I figured she was tormenting one of the cats again so I came down the hall to check it out. Nope, no cats to be seen, but as soon as she spoted me (she was in our bathroom) she stopped barking. I no sonner walked out and start shampooing again and she started up with the barking again...once again I go to check it out and no cats anywhere. So I backed out of the bathroom and just waited for her to start barking again. Sure enough, she did! So I peek around the corner to see what she was barking at. OMG I was rolling. Of course as a fur kid mommy I had to grab the camera and record her Sissy versus the shower drain Is she too funny or what?? *LOL*
because I have been a very bad scrapper for the last few months. So when I found this group on facebook Bad Girls 52 Challenges blogI could feel the collagey, freestyle scrapper in me being wowed and inspired! So wish me luck and be watching for some new things from me soon!
That's what Dexter and Ollie have....I planted some catnip in the yard a few days ago. Then Jim and I were sitting outside on the bench a couple evenings ago when Dexter came running over to us...the catnip is close to the bench...and he caught a whiff of the stuff. Now you must know Dexter is a true catnip connoisseur. Once he caught a whiff of it he stopped dead in his tracks, nose in the air to track down the source. Once finding it he delighted in rubbing his face in the catnip, rolling around on top of it...it was quite a sight!
Then Ollie caught a whiff! Ollie lives outside but he hadn't come across the catnip until Dexter pointed it out to him. So they are both now in kitty heaven with this stuff!!
Now Dexter has to guard his catnip to make sure no one steals it! *L*
So what's everyone up to today? Hope you are not out there sniffing catnip! Jim and I went shopping...me for some more plants. I am starting an herb garden in one section of my yard and I had to get some cat grass to go along with the catnip, and I got some more flowers. Jim got stuff to start building the antenna for his ham radio and some stuff to make his own flag pole, becasue he found a really nice flag at Costco yesterday for under $20 and he wants to have it all done so he can hang it out for Memorial Day. I am going to take a nap and maybe work in the yard this evening or scrap...we will see how it goes. :)
I am so lame..I have just not had the get up and go to do my blog..or scrap or much of anything lately. Maybe it is just because I am getting back into the swing of things with work since the dr released me, and working in the yard...what I can do anyway, because I still can't get down on my knees like I would like to. Hopefully that will come back because I really need to get down on my knees to do my yard work the way I want to. Plus I am taking Ham radio classes and up until this chapter it has really fried my brain with the electronics and all the symbols and abbreviations for soooooo many things. But I want to get through this so I can take my test next month and get my license. Then I can forget all the formulas and such *L* Hey, it has only been 35 years since I took algebra..and while I was a straight A student back in those days, this old brain hasn't used those formulas for a long, long time!
I have actually scrapped...a little though! I went to a crop last week and got 3 pages done! I still need to scan them...and as usual I have a million ideas floating around in my head for more pages. I just need more hours in the day, and to be honest, my creative juices flow better at night, so I should just lock myself in my room some night and scrap, huh?
I'm not terribly happy with the way the pics of the LO's turned out, so I may jsut scan them tomorrow.
Another reason I have put off posting is because we went to the fair several days ago, and I still need to get my pics uploaded. But I was waiting for a guy to send me a pic from the Doo Wah Riders concert, so I could post it here. *L* I still haven't gotten it!! I am so bummed! During the concert, the lead singer gets down off the stage and walks around the audience and always goes up to one lady and sings to her for a little while. Well, the night we went...I was the lucky lady!!! *swoon* And the couple in front of us...well the guy took a pic of the lead singer sitting on my lap, singing to me, so I gave the couple my email address and asked if they would email me the pic and they said they would.......yeah, like I said...I am still waiting! I was so gonna scrap that! *L* Here are a few of the pics I took at the concert....Jim and I love these guys!!
So until I get my pics uploaded and my pages scanned, here is a little Blog Candy for you Scrappin Out Loud. Check it out!!!! She has some awesome stuff there!! Lots of videos and ideas...plus I can't wait to go check out the link she has posted for the frayed flowers!
I hope everyone is having a Hoppy Easter and the Easter Bunny brought you some gooooood chocolate!! April is a month of birthdays for us. Well not the whole month, more like one week in April is a birthday week for us *L* Sammie had her birthday yesterday, tomorrow is my dad's birthday, Wed is Jim's moms birthday and Friday is my youngest son's birthday!! We go through the same thing in Sept. with several birthday's in a row.
Anyway, on to the title of my blog post...Easter flowers. When we got home from church today we were out in the yard walking around and I noticed this I was delighted to find Easter roses!!
During church today Jim presented Matt with his Purple Pepper award! *giggle* You know how military personel are awarded a Purple Heart for wounds recieved in the line of duty? Well Jim came up with this idea of awarding Matt with a Purple Pepper for his wounds received in the line of Home Teaching Duty *L* Everyone loved it!!
And I even got another page done today! Can I say how GOOD it feels to me creating again? Wow that was a long dry uninspired spell and I am so glad it is over! I have a couple more pages to do of Madi and then I have several of the twins, some of Sammie and Kayden, oh and Jon's first Hooters experience! I plan on getting them all done this week! Here is the one I got done today. I got the sketch for this page over at Liz's blog. Her sketches are awesome, you should stop by and check it out! Thanks for this one Liz, it was just what I needed for this pic.
I hope you all....*L* all 3 or 4 of you who read my blog, have a Happy Easter weekend. We have been listening to the scanner today and there have been so many fatal accidents, it makes me feel so sad. people are in a hurry to celebrate and out there partying and the next thing you know, something happens. So please, be safe...don't drink and drive and be aware of your surroundings and please if you are so inclined to be riding ATV's wear protective gear!!
I did get some scrapping done today woohooo! And Jim is working on a model for the first time since he hurt his hand. He has done pretty well with it! What a relief! he also got Matt's Purple Pepper award made to present to him tomorrow. *L* I will have to post a pic of it after he gives it to him!
Here is one of the pages I got done today...I won't post the other because it is too personal to me to want to post it. I am on a Madi kick *L* I have several other pics and paper out to do some more pages of her.
If you don't know what something is, don't pick it up and start playing with it.
Lesson #2 If playing with said object don't point it in the direction of your own face.
It was a rather exciting night at our house last night. Our home teachers came over, a father and son team. and during the lesson Matt, the son, picked up my pepper spray which was on the table. I didn't notice he had it but Jim did and saw Matt unlock it. Just as he was saying, 'I wouldn't press that if I were you', Matt pressed the button!!!! It was just a split second but he pepper sprayed himself in the chin. Let me tell you what, that is some GOOD pepper spray!! Matt immediately felt it burning and the rest of us started coughing and went outdoors. We took Matt to the restroom to undress (he had gotten it on his shirt also) and to get the pepper spray washed off his face and chest. Jim opened all the windows because whenever we tried to come back into the house we would all start coughing again. Finally got the house aired and Matt somewhat cleaned up and out of pain when he picked up the washcloth he had used and wiped his face again!!!!!
So now Lesson #3. Do NOT use the same rag again, because you will reintroduce the pepper spray back onto your skin!!
Poor guy, I felt so bad for him, although I have to admit we all got a laugh out of it, even Matt despite his pain. After soaking his face in Dawn and water and splashing milk on his face, he got rid of the worst of the burn. I wonder how many people can say they got pepper sprayed while home teaching? *giggle* Sorry Matt!!! I really do feel bad for you and hope you feel much better today!
Rotten that is...totally..pampered and loving every single moment of it! Who am I talking about you ask? *L* No not me!! Sally, our dog...
We had a couple of friends kids over today, Matthew and Rachel, to watch General Conference with us because their mom Sharon had a hysterectomy yesterday, so we invited them to come to our home to spend the day with us. And as you can tell.....Sally loved the attention she got...she is such an attention whore! *L*
Ahhhh yes...right there...that's the spot! (notice how she cloese her eyes...that means she is in this blissful place that Sally goes to when he neck is being stroked)
She tried to give Matthew a kiss to show her appreciation but he kept dodging her *L*
During the break between Conference sessions we took a drive to Bear Valley/Hesperia Rd because we heard there was going to be a CA Tea Party due to the wonderful state raising our taxes again. We were kinda surprised there weren't more people there than their was, but then maybe some of the ones who would have been there had other commitments for the day, like us. But we did give them a honk and a thumbs up to show our support.
I drove for the first time today since my surgery. It wasn't a long drive, just to the grocery store and back, but it was nice to drive again. Don't think I could handle a long drive yet, but this is a good start!
I also finished up those remaining pages I have had sitting in my room for 3 or 4 months now. Yeah me!!
More of Jon and his broken arm.... I had fun doing my journaling using only stickers on this one! and Kayden in Sox's pool last summer :)
Spring is in the air, the house is semi-clean *L* I was able to vacumn today! *YEAH* Boy, did it need it badly!! It hasn't been vacumned since before my surgery....scary!!
The weather is perfect!! Sunny, 66 degrees with a very slight breeze and my flowers are blooming!! I am a happy camper!
Yes these ARE my flowers, in MY yard, taken TODAY!!! How can you not be happy seeing this when you go outside? Just imagine the smell...ahhhhhhh!!!
And I found some awesome blog stuff out there today while I was blog hopping. You guys have to check these out! Our Best Bites not only do they have incredible recipes, but check out how they died the Easter Eggs....OMG I SO want to try this!!
Oh and another one I wanted to share if you love to do photo effects Be Funky Can we say FUN!!! And so easy it is hard to believe! After saving the pics to your comp you can print them out and scrap or frame them! Here are a couple I did.
These are just a few of the fun effects you can get!