Monday, August 13, 2018

"Well Hello There" card

Hello friends! Well, about the time I think it's time to just give up the old blog...  I post again.  Old habits die hard I guess. I had to go back and look to see when I first started my blog, and it was 2006! Twelve years ago.  Blogging was a new thing then. Before all the other social media.
It's funny, it feels weird not to stay connected with all of you here, even tho I'm friends with many of you on Facebook and Instagram. SO.. for now, I'm going to continue to share here. As always, ... just my creative stuff .. family, friends, food... and life in general.   

I've been occasionally working on some cards, to replenish my card box.  Loving Tammy Tutterow's stamps so much these days, they seem to be the first things I reach for.  Beautiful, and easy to color.  once I'm finished coloring, I just crab my scrap paper bin and wha la... a card comes together. I love it! Easy Peasy! And it fills my need to create for the day.

Well, .. the other part the family, friends and life part.

For many years of my life this person was not only my sister in law but my best friend.  When this photo was taken she was already in the beginning stages of  Early Onset Dimension. I had seen   Dimension and Alzheimer over the years in elderly family members and it was hard to see..but I was never prepared to watch my young friend suffer with it.  Someone so full of life. Someone who I never imagined would be effected by this disease.  When you watch it to happen to someone who is your age, and has lived a life so similar to yours, you really can't  help but  put yourself in that situation. I would start to think, I was noticing memory loss in myself.  Watching her go thru this really had a impact on me.  Watching this vivacious person, slip away little by little was horrible.
I would visit her weekly once she was in the care facility.. often times having a good cry in my car in the parking lot afterwords.
I could go on and on about my memories of  Sal, but in a nutshell,... we raised our kids together, when we were young moms.  We did all that "young mom" stuff together.  We talked on the phone often when we weren't  actually out with the kids. They lived just up the street from my parents, and just across town from us, so we could hang out together almost daily.
Even after Dan's brother and her split... our friendship remained.
Life stuff and time change how often friends can get together, at times.  Kids grow and have different interest, go off to college, people move, or remarry.. all that stuff.. BUT real life long friends stay connected.  We always did. Not every day, week, or even month, at times..but the friendship never failed.
Sally passed away October of 2015. It's been almost three years and some days it's still hard to believe.

Here is the happier part of this post.  She has three amazing boys (our nephews) and they have lovely wives and the most adorable children. Yesterday we got to spend the day with them.  We had them here to the house for lunch and an fun afternoon of visiting.
Sure wish it could have been all three of her boy's family and our youngest, Jarad also, but hey, we will take what we can get. Her middle son works out of state, and Jarad also had to work yesterday, (but we were happy Kate come).
So, along with her youngest and oldest son's families and Wes, Amy and Kate, we enjoyed the day.

Look at these adorbles!

I thought of Sally so much yesterday. How proud she would be of her boys and the good daddy's they are.. and how much she would enjoy these grandbabies. I have to admit, I did feel a bit sentimental off and on as I watched the kids play, and my eyes even welled up with tears....
but my heart was full!

I have to share a few photos of the kids when they were little.

Weston holding Jarad (our boys)    and   Mark holding Tyler (their boys)

Wes and Mark where besties

Dan (my husband) with Matt (their oldest), under our tree at our old house.  Before we had kids.

Hold tight to those special friendships.. they are a treasure.

Yesterday was a great day filled with fun, food and family!   We enjoyed every minute!

I know Sal was watching over us with a huge smile.


Friday, July 27, 2018

Bumble Bee's and Summertime

Hi friends!
I'm still trying to figure out where this past week went,.. so bare with  Wow, the Summer is going way to fast for my liking.  I'm trying to slow down and spend as much time as I can outside, especially these past few days that have been so nice.  I feel like I spent so much of last Summer inside recovering from my car accident.   We had so many plans for home projects last Summer that all ended up being put on hold after that.  This Summer was most certainly filled with projects to be tackled.  That didn't work out so well either.  Dan ended up with a very bad bronchial infection that really wore him down. He hadn't even gotten over that and ended up getting Shingles.
I think his is finally on the uphill, thankfully.
So.. if there is one thing I keep reminding myself, it's , "one day at a time".

The other day when it was so nice out, I did take some paper and stamps out on the deck, for a little relaxing craft time.  This is one of the cards I made, using Tammy Tutterows, stamps and dies from Spellbinders.  I love this little bee!

All the separate little Bee pieces go with the stamp set.  I stamped it on the white cardstock first, but then made the bee with the die cut pieces of yellow and black. I stamped and die cut the wings out of vellum and then added the Bee on top with foam squares for dimension.

I had just a few photos I wanted to share with you from my little town, but then  Amy and Wes asked us out to the cabin to see the work they have been doing out there... soooo... now, I have a number of others to share. lol

If anyone ever leads you to believe that Nebraska is boring and isn't pretty, don't believe them.

The photo below is a garage that sits just across the street from the post office. I love that his guy appreciates cool old things., sets them out so we all can enjoy them.

When I'm heading up the road into town, I always love this place. The horses must have been back in the shade.
And just up the road from us is a new addition.  I've shared photos many times of the Alpacas... but now there a new baby. I'll try to get a better photo of him next week.

Like I was saying, we ran out to the cabin to see what Wes and Amy have been working on.   Dan and I just don't have time or energy to put into the cabin anymore, but it's nice to see the kids taking an interest now.   Jarad and Kate also have a cabin just down the road from here. They have completely redone their cabin over the past few years.

It's gorgeous out there, and it has served us well over the years.  Lots of great memories  made with family and friends.  When the boy were young it was a great place for them and their friends.
Since our move to our house now ( in 2000) out of town, we have our hands full with mowing ect..
Cabin yard work also, is just too much.   For now, the kids have more energy for that stuff.

Over the past couple of years, Wes added this little deck, painted and planted all kinds of things.

He did a lot of trimming out by the river also.
( He is now on two kinds of meds and cream, along with a  shot, to help him with the massive  posion Ivy outbreak!!).

Nice to see new life being breathed into things out there.
Today they just got the new sofa sleeper out there and were getting out the new lamps ect.  The cabin is not very big, so you learn to utilize every little bit of space.

So happy to see the kids enjoying the cabin this Summer.


By no means am I ready to think about giving up Summertime yet!

I'm hanging on to it as long as I can.

Thanks for coming by and letting me share our everyday lives.

I've actually been crafting a bit also, so I'll be back soon to share.


Monday, July 16, 2018

ADORNit art play card trio

Hey friends!
Wow, believe it or not, last night I actually sat down and played with paper! It was so nice, no pressure, no deadlines or rules... but just because I wanted to :)
For a while there I was wondering if was ever going to get the bug again to want to go up to my room and dig into paper.  I guess it's best to just go with the flow, and when other things just feel right, take a break and enjoy those for a while.  More about what we've been up to below.  For now.. I'll tell you about what I used on these cards.

These are the images I used Daisy Delight from ADORNit

Again, this is for those of you who are afraid of painting and shading with watercolors, or you don't want to invest in lots of fancy markers.  Trust me... you can still color and make gorgeous cards!

All the coloring on these cards is done with fine tip Sharpies!  The blue edging is done with old school  chalk.  These images are fun and easy to color and the perfect size for cards.
I'm not on the ADORNit Creative Team any longer..but I LOVE using these!  ADORNit is a wonderful company with great products.
You can see all the paintables  HERE

I just used random scraps of paper for assembling the cards.  I LOVE mixing patterns so much!

I am so thankful it's Summer! I know a lot of people are complaining about the heat now, but when I am tempted to, I think about the "sunless" days of Nebraska winters... and I stop myself.
The older I get the more I dislike winter.

I spent so much of last Summer inside after my accident that I am loving every minute of this sunshine!
I sit out on the deck for a while everyday, and when It's getting too hot and just come in and sit in the air conditioning for a bit.

I've been freezing some strawberries for this winter. They have been so good this year.  They are going to taste good in my smoothies this winter!

Saturday during the day we went to a family reunion for my moms side of the family and then that evening I hung out with these dudes while their mom and dad attended a wedding reception. Emmett will be starting school this Fall and Wyatt will be in 6th grade. What?

We also got to meet our new grand-pup.  Everyone please meet Piper ( on the left).   He is a rescue from Hurricane Harvey.  He is so adorable. Friendly and playful.  She and Riley get along so well.
They are showing off the scarves I made them. lol Don't they look proud?

I also got a new do. I told myself when lost 50lbs I was getting a new do and a couple of new things to wear. Finally
I'd share a picture of Dan, but they poor guy now has Shingles. He is just trying to get built back up after having a terrible Bronchial infection they past few weeks.  He has had quite a time. Trying to put weight on him while trying to take it off of me has been quite a chore.

And.... I this past week got to go see my favorite singer, so there was that.  Super fun! I was very worried how I would do with my foot, but it went surprisingly well.  Luckily my sis Jan is always so great about going with me, so we make a fun time of it. We even spotted a fun little shop to check out before the show. Here is what I came home with.  I love it! Especially with the canvas of Dan and I that my sweet friend Jane sent me.

A fun night. Great show!

I'll leave you with a bit of Roger Clyne

Thanks so much for  stopping by!  And for being patient with me between my posts. lol

Hugs all around!


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy Fourth of July!

Hello friends! Just popping in to say hello and wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July.

 (above photo is of Emmett when he was a little guy).

I have been neck deep in these layouts for hire I've been working on for over a year now.  I have done hundreds over the past year. She has 9 grandchildren so it's quite an endeavor.  But, what an amazing gift for a Grandma to give her grandchildren.  I'm working in the year "2003" right now, sooo that tells you how much there is to do. She has them totally organized in envelopes and marked as to what they are with the dates . I cant begin to tell you how much easier that makes things.
 I have plenty of supplies, and it's a great way to use some of them up. The layouts are basic and not super time consuming so they are  enjoyable to work on. It's also nice that I can work on them when it works best for me. It always makes me smile when she tells me, what a kick the kids get out of looking at them when they are there for holidays. ( the kids are all teen now).
It nice to be doing something you know will be a treasure for these kids ... hopefully for the rest of their lives.

I have had time for fun also :)
We celebrated Independence Day last weekend.  We had a few friends here at the house.  It was a fun day filled with fireworks, friends and food.

Amy's mom was able to be here with us also.  Her parents are now moved here from CA.  They had a new home built between here and Omaha and it's finally finished.  Her mom is settling in at the house while waiting for Amy's dad to finish up work in CA.  Amy is their only child so it will be so nice for them to be here closer to her.

I wish I would have thought to take more photos before the others left, but you know how it is when your trying to get food set out ect.
Everyone brought yummy things to eat!  Temptation everywhere! ugh

Lyla and Henry's family was here with us also. ( again missed the photos).  But it was so great to have them here and get to spend time with them.
Wes had picked up some daytime fireworks for the kids to enjoy.
Below Lyla is helping Amy and Wes catch parachutes.

This little punk'n is such a little ray of sunshine in my life.
Henry has grown so much! By the time I took this photo he was napping :(    I will post a photo of him soon.

It was great to get to spend time with everyone.  Jarad and Kate were attending the river parade so we will see them tomorrow.  

Sure hope all of you had/ or are having a safe and happy 4th of July!


Friday, June 15, 2018

Girls craft day and a little blog catch up

Hey friends! Wow, I was just thinking today about the fact that I used to blog every other day. lol  Those days are gone, but I need to blog more often than I have been ... because I have a hard time limiting my photos.  I am a total visual person, ( not so much .. a writer. Which I'm sure you've noticed) lol  Photos say so much. They make you feel like you were there.  Speaking of which, I sure wish all of you crafters could get to enjoy time with this group of gals, like I do. I don't know how I was ever so blessed as to have them in my life. Yes, we all love to craft, but there's so much more to these friendships than that. We are there for each other. We all know we can count on each other for anything. We've been there for each other thru all of life's joys and sorrows. We laugh together and cry together.
Today, there was lots of laughter. Those days are best!  :)
( Deb was unable to make it, so we missed having her there, but Karen's friend Renee joined us. Always fun to meet someone new, who enjoys crafting. She was sweet and didn't seem to mind the non stop chatter than happens when we are all together. lol

Karen had us all to her house and she lined up this fun project. She had seen it on the cover of her Jary Janes Farm magazine.  Super cute project... and one that we could do while we chatted. So that was great.

A little silliness.Some shenanigans

 Always so much fun.. and food!

We also celebrated my sis Jan's Birthday.

Karen and her husband farm, and they recently built a new house near their original home.
I had to take the photo below to show you the view they have out all of their windows.    Is that amazing or what?  Miles and miles of beautiful farm land.

Until our little get together, I hadn't really gotten any 4th of July decorations out at all.  We all bring little gifts for each other when we get together and these were all 4th of July themed. Yay! it inspired me to put some things out.

I have my flag hanging here for now.. but haven't decided on what else to put here yet. Pondering :/

And a little something out in the trees on the side yard.

Have I mentioned lately that I'm still so glad it's not winter!  And we are supposed to have triple digits the next few days.

Since I posted last, we made our trip to Minnesota to our great nephews graduation and it was wonderful!  We are all so proud of Austin!  This guy has had to overcome some major hurdles in his life, and he comes out shining like the star he is!  Austin has Autism... but nothing stops this kid! He also battled Leukemia when he was 4 and beat that! He amazes me! Sometime I'll share photos of some of his Art work. Talented guy!   

He success has been a team effort. This is a family that works together!  Greg and Trina are the most amazing parents, working and encouraging Austin all the way.  And Adriana is such a loving and supportive sister. It's so heartwarming to see how they work together.

This ( Greg, Austins dad)  is my sis from Florida's son .  ( I have a big family, so I'm always trying to keep that straight here, when I talk about family) lol.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about my little nieces and nephews being grown adults with children. lol  Dan and I used to take "Gregor" with us camping and fishing when we were first married and they lived in NE.  He was around 10-13. We have such great memories of that time.  It's crazy sometimes how fast time seems to go.

I had to go look at photos in my files and found these.  Decided to share

Greg ( and Dawn) when they were little

Austin when he was little. 

So... we were especially lucky enough to get to see my Florida family again! (after us just being there for a visit).   As you can see from the cars... those of us who were close enough drove.
Their home is so beautiful and inviting. And luckily had room for all of
They are the kindness, most loving bunch and we enjoyed every minute of getting to visit with everyone.

We spent lots of time out on the deck visiting. The weather was beautiful and check out the view of their back yard.

Loosing our sister Donna unexpectedly in January has been hard on all of us.  We sure thought of her a lot when us three sisters got to be together for this celebration.
I get a little teary when I think about how blessed I am to have these two in my life. They are just the most kind, loving and giving sisters any one could ask for.
We chatted it up, big time... as you could imagine. lol

So thankful for this amazing time with family. We came home with hearts overflowing.

credit: One Velvet Morning free printable

Thanks friends for stopping by... and I hope your week has been wonderful!