Thursday, August 30, 2007
On September 19th I will teach my first class at my local scrapbook store. I just finished submitting my finished samples and now I am working on the instruction sheet I will be putting in the kits. I still have three weeks to be nervous and since I have to start designing my cards for my October class there is no time. Ask me when the 19th comes around. The store has for the last couple of months had drawings for free goodies. Last month all you had to do is spend $30 and you received a ticket for the drawing. So everytime you spent that amount you got another ticket. The prize was a two hundred dollar gift certificate! Then they also offered extra goodie bags for those who didn't win the big prize. It was lots of fun. Well they did it again this month only the prize was a 30 second shopping spree! But the caveat was you had to spend $50 dollars this time and if you were a VIP member you got another free drawing ticket. So you can imagine the store was packed again. This time someone who had never won anything before won and she really looked overwhelmed. They emptied the store so she could shop unimpeded. She wasn't really prepared to shop so was a little slow at it but some of the employees helped her. Then the store owner decided to give her a special offer, take what she had brought to the counter or a Cricket Expression die cutting machine. The customer being a "Quickutz" girl passed, to which there were lots of moans in the store. The retail of this wonderful thing is almost $500! Shelly, the store owner I think was so impressed she gave her a Silhouette instead. It is another die cutting machine that works with your computer and retails for $369. I think all in all the customer left the store with almost five hundred dollars in store product, not to shabby for thirty seconds! I attend these things for fun because I don't usually win anything but I did! A big basket full of paper kits, paper, embellishments and lots of other goodies. This was worth having dinner late. I am posting the pictures of the cards that we will be making in my class. Enjoy...
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sometimes it seems as though I have been sick for ages thank goodness it is finally over. I am able to eat and not be sick a half hour later, who-hoo. I have finally felt well enough to attack my housework, geez. I think that must mean I am feeling too well and should actually be scrapbooking. No, the housework needs to be done so I am almost finished with the first floor and will be moving upstairs by this afternoon. Though I do have to say I won't be doing anything up there as it will be too warm. :) I don't have air conditioning and the only time anything gets done up there is in the morning because it doesn't get unbearable till about 2PM then all bets are off. Still hoping for good news from Steve's bosses, like funding has happened. In the meantime he is on unemployment and has sent out his resume to various companies that are hiring. I don't think he will be without a job for long but in the meantime I am hoping to get some things done around here that he has been avoiding for one reason or another. Wish me luck...
Friday, August 24, 2007
Yes, it has taken three weeks but I have finally finished looking at all the scrapbook room pictures that were posted on Two Peas. Some of them are SO incredible that you have to see to believe. Many were done on a shoe string budget (one I know), some had a specific amount to spend and stayed in budget and others were really lucky and the sky was the limit. I have to say that I hadn't looked at these before I started doing my scrapbook room. Though after having finished looking on the website I am convinced that most scrappers are alike in their storage needs and have become quite ingenious with what they do. I have yet to finish but I am getting there. My goal is to finish and then take some new pictures and post them later this week.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Where else would we go but the Noodle? It was a fun evening with the family. Dinner was wonderful as always, thank you Rob and Janet. We didn't realize we had been there so long, as the restaurant had been closed for about 45 minutes so we kept the employees a bit longer than they wanted I am sure, sorry Janet. Steve and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 21st anniversary than with our girls. This meant that Sarah and I would miss our Kat's Challenge class but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. :)
It started Saturday night and has only gotten worse. I thought briefly that it had passed Tuesday and went to the store. Bad move, it was all I could do to get home. It started with an upset stomach and just progressed from there. Today, I figured yep it has passed so I had some oatmeal and toast. A half hour later I am thinking maybe that wasn't such a good idea. This is not fair! I need to be okay it is my anniversary and were are supposed to go to dinner with our girls.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Well once again the infamous Oregon weather had a say in Steve's return flight home. After staying in Davenport for the night the following morning the pilots flew into Yakima. He called me to say they were on their way. A fuel stop and potty break at The Dalles and then on home or so they thought. They hit a "wall" of weather that Steve didn't feel good about trying to fly into so he turned around and went back and landed at Hood River. They stayed about an hour or so and then took off again this time he made it home. He called me at about 6 to say he was at Lansem Field. Thank goodness was all I could think when I hung up the phone. Being a pilots wife, if you like to fly, is really fun I understand but I know why. These women aren't on the ground waiting to hear that their sweeties are safely on terra firma. I guess I won't know what that will be like till I get over my fear of flying, gee... On another thought; Sarah and Nate are on their way home from California. They left Julie's house in San Jose at 9AM so they should be home before too long. I can hardly wait to see my Sarah.
Monday, August 20, 2007
It seems as though Steve has been gone for a week when in fact it has only been four days. It has been pretty quiet here and I have total control of the tv remote. But I have to say it is too quiet and I do miss my sweetie. He left Friday morning to go "plane" camping with some of his pilot buddies. This is the usual time of the year that they go and the destination has been Johnson Creek in Idaho but the last couple of years there has been too much smoke from the forest fires for the intrepid pilots. So they tried Red's Horse Ranch last year and this year Cavanaugh Bay. Steve called when he got there and said it was really nice. He personally didn't have cell service but his friend Dave did so he used his phone. I have to admit that it is nice to hear that he arrives at his destination. The plan was to return yesterday but the weather prevented that from happening. They spent the night last night in Davenport, Washington and I heard from Steve at about nine this morning saying they were in Yakima. But of course the weather hasn't been to great here and I let him know. One of the guys was having some electrical problems with his plane so they were going to get that fixed before they took off again. I am hoping to see him tonight but I may have to wait another day. The picture is of N6913D that Steve sold at the end of last year. I don't have any photos of his new plane as they are all on his computer which means I am going to have to take some of my own.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Steve has been laid off. His resume is being updated and it looks like he will be actively looking for work. He had been working for his Mom but on Saturday while doing so he hurt his wrist real bad. He is supposed to be wearing a wrist splint for a week straight but has chosen to only wear it at night. Men, why do they do that? Anyway I am still working on scrapbook layouts for a local scrapbook store. I also have been asked by my brother-in-law Raymond to make some craft stuff to sell in his farmers market. So I will be sewing some little dolls and possibly some purses to sell in the store. Anything that will help is on the agenda. All prayers are gratefully appreciated.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Spending part of the day with Angie, Meg, Janet, Camille and Anne was a hoot as always. I just love these ladies! We went into Independence checked out the new scrapbook store in town, "Running with Scissors". Really nice store, owner was very personable, a great cropping area with lots of light and lots of great product. The ride was really nice. We drove over in Angie's new car, it is an Acadia. Wow, I think I want one of these cars! Sarah didn't get to go as she was babysitting for a co-worker and she is getting ready for her trip to California. After eating lunch we stopped at Scrap Happens just to look around. It was a short stop as both Camille and I had to get home. And it was a good thing I did! I returned to find my husband had been injured on the job. He was in quite a bit of pain. I knew it hurt badly because he asked me to take him to the emergency room. We chose Silverton and were there roughly an hour and a half I think. He now is sporting a wrist splint and on doctors orders is not supposed to work the rest of the week. This is going to be a long week...
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wow, do something I love to do and get paid for it! I have recently agreed to do store layouts and a card class at a local scrapbook store. It is the favorite of many of my scrapbook buddies not to say that we don't shop elsewhere but we tend to visit this store the most. All of the women who work there are very talented and very helpful, especially spending everyone else's money. :) I still have a few more layouts to do as there is new product coming into the store everyday and the plan is to have examples to display when putting the product on the floor. These are my first, and they are all Reminisce product lines. Oh, oops I forgot to tell my family that they were going to be featured on these layouts. Oh well...
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
His first couple of days he told me he had forgotten how tired he used to get when he worked on the farm. He has been helping his mom sort and crate blueberries, load them on the truck and then take them to Van Cleeves. He said they did 4500 lbs yesterday which was twice as much as the day before and he was not as tired. So we are guessing that Steve is getting back into the groove of manual labor. He is still following closely the events at Audio-Mojo and he has not given up on the company. If things don't work out he is not worried as apparently there is a shortage of electrical engineers right now. Garmin Industries is hiring as is Intel, so he is feeling okay about job prospects should the company not get its funding. I am just praying...
Friday, August 3, 2007
Or frustrating. Well today the decision was made at Steve's company. So for possibly the next several weeks Steve will be unemployed. The company didn't secure the funding they wanted and there is no money for salaries. We have a little cushion but it won't last forever. All hope is not lost and Steve believes they will get the funding. In the meantime I will have a husband home working in the yard or working for one of his brothers on their farms. I am still updating my resume and hope to finish it tomorrow. In the meantime all prayers would be appreciated.