Monday, September 29, 2008
Why that name? Who knows. Most rental homes at the coast I have been in have a name and the one us "scrap girls" stayed in this past weekend was no exception. We had a great time as usual. We also have added two new "girls" to our crazy group, Emese and Laura pictured here. They aren't the greatest photos but they will have to do. We didn't do 'much' husband bashing this time it was mostly about our kids. Lots of different projects were worked on; from pages to books. These ladies are such a creative bunch and I saw some incredible stuff. I wish at times I would go outside my creative box more often, but I am uncomfortable there so it doesn't happen as frequently as it should. We managed to get a group photo on the front steps of the house by asking a woman who was passing by if she would take it for us. I didn't take as many photos as I normally do, was too into scrapbooking to remember that I had brought my camera but others did and I need to get copies. Especially of the Excursion when it was all packed when we were unloading. More on that when I get the photos...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Time seems to fly by so fast. Lisa's grandma Edith mentioned I will be hitting the double nickles this year. Yep, 55 and it also hit me that I remember when her Arlo hit fifty-five. Yes, someone stole the extra time in my life! It just doesn't seem that thirty years went flying by that fast. I look at this photo that was taken of me with my sister-in-law Chris and my friend Mary. It has been five years already since it was taken at the surprise birthday party my girls threw for me and yet it seemed as if it was just yesterday. I have been working on getting my house in order for when my grandbaby gets here. Right now it looks worse now that I am working on it, how does that work anyway. But I am getting to a point where I will need boxes to take things to St. Vincent's, to offer to friends or children and to the dump. Sometimes it is just knowing where to start that seems to overwhelm a person...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Are the names Sarah has given to the young girl and boy that live next door to her. They are loud and obnoxious according to Sarah. They leave their toys all over the staircase that they share and their parents don't seem to care. These are complaints that I am sure everyone has heard from people that have never had children. Yes, our society has gotten very lazy when it comes to caring how their children behave. But there are still a good many of us that instilled in our children the need to be courteous and consider others. I wonder if Sarah will mellow out a little once Cash is born? It is amazing what we no longer hear once we have our own children. But at the same time there is no excuse for poorly behaved children.
Sarah and Lisa came over for a visit today. Sarah spent the time entertaining us with her 'horror' tales of the neighbors children, talking about the wedding and just catching up. Lisa also gave us a rundown on what has been going on with the 'newlyweds'. She leaves tomorrow afternoon for Park City, Utah where Columbia is opening another store. She will be there for a week. Flies home on Friday and leaves again the following Sunday for San Marcos, Texas to set up another store. She will return home the following Friday. She turned down the trip to Minnesota because that is about the time that Sarah's baby is due and she wanted to home for that. She has already let them know she will be taking some time off to help her sister for a few days after she has the baby.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have started seriously weeding through the piles of stuff I have laying about. Magazines, newspapers and other odds and ends. If Sarah stays to her due date the baby will be here the third weekend in November. So I have to get lots of things put away, given away or whatever by the time Cash starts crawling. I sat down on the floor today and went, WOW. I had forgotten what little ones can get into from that height. Yea, they don't have to be walking to get into stuff. I am going to have to get a couple of baby gates, one for the staircase and the other for the kitchen. Gee, I am not having a baby but I am going to start spending money again on one. No longer will I be just cruising the ads for scrapbook stuff on sale now it will be baby stuff too!! My first point of attack is to rearrange my scrapbook room a bit to put the stuff I have been leaving downstairs. There doesn't at first glance seem to be room but I am getting rid of a few things and making room now so it won't be such a shock to do it later. Here are my before pictures and I hope to post the after real soon. :)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Is currently playing on the latest CD I bought. Rascal Flatts, Still Feels Good is a great CD. Plenty of good songs. I have found that every time I buy one of their CD's I am not disappointed. I spent yesterday scrapping with Sarah and Janet at Shelly's. A "Back to School" crop which gave us free Dutch Brothers coffees. It was only my second coffee I had ever gotten from them, my first time I was so disappointed but this time I was impressed. It was some kind of blended mocha drink that I will have to ask Janet (again) what it was called. We also got to spend the day scrap booking with a couple of ladies from Albany, Terry and Shirley as well as a couple of my favorite ladies, Karen and Notocha from Corvallis. Despite waking with one of the worst headaches I have had in a long time I spent the day making and canning applesauce. Yes, it was crazy to do so since it was in the nineties here but Steve was home and said he would help me cut up the apples so I couldn't turn him down. He also cut up apples to put in the food dryer. OMG, those apples are so good when they are done.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
For most of you she is not a household name, but to many scrapbookers she is a new face in the game. She is the premier designer for the "Keeping it Real" product line that is offered by Creative Imaginations. Her designs are versatile, bright and bold in colors. Her first line for CI is "I'm Pregnant". I found her product line thanks to the keen eyes of the ladies at my local scrapbook store. I knew the minute I saw it that Sarah would like it. So I designed a little book using the papers, stickers and chipboard from this line. I added ribbons from various manufacturers to complete the book. A great big thanks to Jessica V. who brought Amy over and introduced her to me. She told Amy about the book I designed and how much I thought her papers rocked. Very sweet lady and I wish her great success with her next line called "Spit Up Couture".
Monday, September 8, 2008
The weatherman said that the temperatures this week will be about ten degrees warmer than normal. Great. I have already removed the fans from the windows upstairs and was getting ready to take the one in the living room and kitchen down to the basement. Sure glad I didn't do that as it is supposed to hit the 90's this weekend. I got home from class tonight to find my brother-in-law Mike's truck parked in my spot in the driveway. As I entered the house I knew that he was in a deep political conversation with Steve. Given that these two men are on opposite sides of the fence politically this could last for hours and I am hungry. I guess that will teach me to go to a meeting without having a substantial dinner. A piece of chicken just doesn't stay with you that long.
ETA: This is a picture I took of Michael at Christmas last year. Okay, I think I need to go and end the political discussion or I am going to start gnawing on my arm.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
While I was scrapbooking at the store yesterday Steve took Piper for a ride in the truck. Yea, she wasn't that crazy about it. Steve said she had the "I am sorry, I won't do it again" look. Then when they got home she wouldn't jump out apparently it was too high for her. So he picked her up and set her down. Steve said she was real excited about being home. She is still dealing with her "abandonment" issues and right now is whining like crazy. Now I remember what I didn't like about having a dog...
Thursday, September 4, 2008
It was a very quiet morning till about seven when my brother-in-law Raymond called. He wanted to talk to Steve about Sarah Palin's speech last night. We were both so tired that we missed the replay on OPB, fortunately I taped it. The dog didn't stir till Steve went out to feed the cats and put his briefcase in the car. I think I am getting so used to the rooster because I don't even hear him anymore or maybe it is because he has been crowing in my neighbor's back yard the last day or two. Having lunch with Julie, Tami (her mommy) and Sarah today. I have to get somethings done here before I leave so I better get with it.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Yep, I didn't hear the rooster this morning but I heard the dog. Someone drove into the neighbors driveway across the road and she went crazy. I went into Bi-Mart to pick up a couple of things and she got real excited when she saw me but didn't do a bunch of barking. She waited till I got back and unloaded the car. Then she barked and whined for close to forty-five minutes. I had to resort to putting in a CD and turning up the volume so I couldn't hear her. Geez...
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Yes, he was doing his thing again but I really didn't consciously hear him till around 6:30. Then Piper started up about 6:45 and didn't really stop till about 8. We have increased road traffic because school started today. So it looks like if I don't hear the rooster I will hear the dog. Great, living out in the country is SO much fun. :)
ETA: How can such a cutie make so much noise. Gee...
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thanks for all the suggestions; Honey, Daisy, Lady and Brandy to name a few. Sarah said most of them sounded like stripper names which got a big laugh out of Steve. But he decided on her name which is fine with me since it is his dog. Right now she is barking like crazy because someone won't go out there and play with her. Never mind the fact that she had been running free for the last couple of hours while Steve was working in the yard. He said he only had to scold her once, when she went after the rooster in the yard. I need to get some more pictures of her in the daytime so I won't get that nasty eye thing that pet pictures get when you use a flash. If Steve goes back outside and lets her run loose in the yard again I will have to run and get my camera.