Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's a lovely Friday here; oh, but I started the day with a dental appointment at 8:30 a.m.!  What was I thinking?!?  I thought I'd join Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE.
I hope you all had a wonderful week and look forward to the weekend!  What better way than to see what makes others smile!  My dogs are still up to their antics but I won't bore you with more pics of them. 
This is my nephew playing on the varsity high school basketball team.  Yes, he's tall (6'3") and lean.  I wish I would have gotten a bit of that family gene as I'm 5'3" and vertically challenged!  I love watching him play.  Sometimes his feet get in his way.  He's a junior (11th grade) so I'll have one more year of watching him.  They won this game on Monday against an excellent rival.  Go Toppers!!

Go Number 42!! 

 And here's the funny part!  I couldn't resist this card.  I love the artwork and the saying had me laughing out loud.  I hope you can make it out.  If not "Hey..... I believe I've got your goat"  tee hee

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Hello everyone.  I'm joining in with Julia for WOYWW.  Go to her blog HERE  to join in the fun or have a good snoop at craft spaces all around the world!  Thank you, Julia, for bringing us all together!

I managed to get my rug turned around so the bottom drawers on my desk open up.  Yay!  I just had to move everything off the floor to do it.  Still slowly putting things away.

I took another class at Guadalupe Rubber Stamp Store. It was using stamping pads (not permanent) and markers to create a beginnings of a card.  I did a little masking, which I hadn't done a lot of before.
Can you tell it's a "she?"  I added a bit of pink to her cheeks!  I'll go back in and add something to the red plants.  

A cute little raccoon peeking around a planter.  Again, I need to add something to this one too.  The instructor started rushing us a half hour before the class was to end.  Wasn't happy about that as it was added pressure!  I hadn't done anything inky in a while and I didn't need to deal with THAT!

As always, I will visit those that end in the same number as me and those that leave a comment (please leave your number).   There was someone last week where I couldn't leave a comment - sorry, can't remember who it was.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's a lovely Friday here; waiting for the next snow to start.  I thought I'd join Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE.

I'm having a great time getting settled in my new home.  The walls are plaster so I haven't hung much on the walls yet.  What really makes me happy is how comfortable the dogs are in their new home!  Katie (here) and Muffin (below) are so happy with their front yard view and the large backyard.

Katie still enjoying the swivel chair.  She loves laying there and watching me - lately working in my planner.
Muffin still happy on the couch.  Except she likes jumping onto the swivel chair when Katie isn't there.  Sometimes both of them lay on the chairs, one in each.  Silly girls.
They still enjoy jumping up on the couch to look out at the yard.  I bought a king size blanket and have that over the couch now.  At least I can remove that and wash all the muddy paw prints off!
Here they both are, sharing one of the chairs.  That's my bathrobe they are laying on.

 I love my girls.



Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Hello everyone.  I'm joining in with Julia for WOYWW.  Go to her blog HERE  to join in the fun or have a good snoop at craft spaces all around the world!  Thank you, Julia, for bringing us all together!  

My craft room hasn't seen much progress.  I've unpacked the last three boxes but I'm going to have to rearrange my rug as my bottom drawers on my desk won't open!  That means moving everything out, move the rug, and start organizing.  It's getting close.  I put together my second Ikea cart, this one in a burnt orange.  I lined the shelves and put all my acrylic paints in there.   I have a feeling there must be more lurking somewhere.

I had started working in my planner Super Bowl Sunday.  I finally picked it up again and have been working on it in the living room.  Hey, when you live by yourself ANY room can be a craft room!

I love working in my planner.  I keep it in my bedroom so I can see what's coming up.  So far I'm still in the "decorating" stage.

This is the month of October.  Yep, I'm pretty sure I've chosen a date for retirement.  Friday, October 13, 2017!  The following day I leave for a New England/Canada cruise.  Yep, I think I'm going out with a bang!!!
Sorry it's a little blurry.  I was probably overtkaen with excitement!  I'm meeting my HR Benefits representative next week.  I've met with a CPA and he says it's doable.  I was so relieved to hear that from someone with his background!

Here's a look out the front while I'm sitting in my chair working on my planner.  The yard has been cleaned up and trimmed back.  It took three trips to the dump and there's still stuff to be done!
 As always, I will visit those that end in the same number as me and also those that visit me (please leave your number).  It may be the weekend before I get around but I'll do my best.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Nesting Progress

Hello peeps.  I want to share with you what I've done to my new digs.  I moved in November and have had fun doing the whole nesting thing.  It's been a slow process as I really didn't want to put something away and then move it later.  Although that does happen quite naturally when you are learning about your space and how you will use it.

I painted the bathroom a light blue and the appliances are white.  I have a beautiful pedestal sink (you can barely see it here).  

I bought the painting above the toilet at a thrift store.  It's a bear standing up.  I took the coral/red color from that and bought towels.  He looks crooked here but it's the photographer, not the art!
Isn't he cute!  I believe it's an oil painting and it was cut from a larger painting and framed.  I wonder what happened to the rest of it?!?
You can see a bit more of the bathroom.  This was before I moved the painting down and added the metal art.  I would like to replace the light fixture and put in an outlet.  Can you believe there isn't an outlet in the bathroom!   This is the only bathroom that I have. 

Next I'll show you the living room.  It took a few transformations due to the dogs and the swivel chairs.  What a story that is!



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Color Burst Class

Hello peeps!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I recently took a class at the Guadalupe Rubber Stamp Store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It was so much fun and I finally did something creative.  I took this class mainly because my hands were itching to get dirty.  I haven't organized my craft room since I've moved and am itching to get in there!  This class was a motivator to make that happen!

The class was painting on a tote bag that had been designed using a cat stencil.  

We used a product called Color Burst.  They are powders that react to a liquid (I can't remember what we used but a little went a long way).  You also don't need much of the powder either. 
It was so much fun to decide which colors to use.  Being in the southwest I knew I wanted to use turquoise and pink.  First we painted around the cat with white acrylic paint.  That helped keep the colors vibrant and not soak into the canvas.
I took this class with two of my good friends.  They enjoyed it just as much as I did!  I wish I would have thought to take photos of everyone's finished projects.  They were all so different and unique.
My finished project.
Monica's finished project.
Alyce working on her bag.
Me starting on my bag.
I am definitely interested in working with Color Bursts again.  It was so much fun and interesting to see how the finished project looked.

Have you used Color Bursts yet?  What did you make?


Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Hello everyone.  I'm joining in with Julia for WOYWW.  Go to her blog HERE  to join in the fun or have a good snoop at craft spaces all around the world!

I'm getting settled into my new home.  I had promised myself that I'd have the rest of the house pretty much done before I really dug into my craft room.  I can't believe I've actually held myself to it.  This weekend I'll be able to get in there and start organizing, getting sidetracked at what I find, wondering where certain things are, etc.

This is the status of the craft room right now.
 The bookshelves are almost full of books.... oh my.  That's where I was going to put some of my craft supplies.  I'll have to rethink some things.  The bookshelves, desk and turquoise chair are new.  The turquoise dresser I had in my living room in the old place - same with the area rug (that you can barely see under the clutter).  I also have craft supplies outside in a storage area.  Yikes!

I took a class over the weekend at Guadalupe's Rubber Stamp Store in Santa Fe.  Here's a picture of my finished project.  I'll write a full post about it later.
Thank you for visiting.  Please leave your number as I will try to visit those that visit me and also those that end in the same number.  It will be either late Wednesday or later by the time I get around.  Work is still getting in the way of REAL life!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hello Fresh Food Delivery Service -- Win Win!

For a single person that usually has wasted food in the refrigerator and is too tired to cook dinner after a day of work, Hello Fresh is the perfect fix!  This is the first meal that I've made and it was so good and tasty and actually fun to make!  So much fun that Muffin laid in the kitchen watching me - every step of the way!

Hello Fresh is a home food delivery service.  A friend of mine gave me a coupon for Hello Fresh for Christmas.  It's interesting because I had been thinking of trying one of the several services available.  Talk about a perfect gift!  You have an option of how many meals and for how many people.  Since I had a coupon I took advantage of the full amount and ordered five meals for two.  I'll have enough for lunch the next day or might even try freezing a meal after it's been prepared.  It also takes me out of my rut in making the same thing.  I wouldn't have thought of making this and I can say that I will look forward to making it again.  The recipe card gives you all the ingredients and amounts.  It also tells you how much you'll need for two and four portions.  If I want to make this for guests I can go to the store and get only what I need.  Perfect!

Nice, fresh ingredients dropped off at your doorstep!.  Everything is measured out for you.  Here you see the ground pork, fresh green beans, red pepper, garlic, shallots and mint.  Also included was soy sauce and ginger.  Basmati rice is also included.
First I started the basmati rice.  For the portion I had it took about 20 minutes to cook.  Then you saute the fresh green beans and the red pepper until they are a little brown but not limp.  The instructions were very simple and I really enjoyed making this meal.
The next step was to remove the veggies from the pan and put the shallots and ginger in.  Slightly brown these then add the ground pork.
Add the veggies back to the pan for the final step.  Add the soy sauce and honey.
Put the basmati rice at the bottom of the bowl and add the veggies on top.  Time to eat! 
Oh my, nice, fresh ingredients and leftovers!  


Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Smiles 204

Welcome to my blog.  I've been having a "dry spell" AGAIN.  What better way to jump back in but to join Annie for Friday Smiles HERE.

I have told myself that I will not work in my Craft Room until I have the rest of the house settled.  Oh, what a mistake that is!
The current state of the Craft Room
 Despite the chaos this photo really makes me smile.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  There are those three large boxes in the closet that I need to go through and then I will move my printer there and that will be "computer central."

Snow at the beginning of the week.  You can see the pond with all the grasses around it.  I will need to do some major gardening come spring.
My nephew was the high scorer in the varsity basketball game Monday.  He scored 18 points!

Show us what made you smile this week.  It's so nice to join in and share a bit of my life.