Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

~ In case you were in doubt that spring has arrived ~

~ Baltimore Oriole ~

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's May, right??

Because right now, I have the heat on! And I wore multiple layers to work today. And had my space heater on. I was looking forward to May so I wouldn't have to do any of those things! 

I feel like I've hit a brick wall lately with just about everything in my life. I was so gung ho about getting my house organized these last few months.... & really, I've taken about 25 bags of stuff to Goodwill. But every time I walk by my husband's bedroom, I think "why bother?". He is an honest to goodness hoarder, & no matter how clean & organized the rest of the house is, I still have to look at his hole of a room, our garage that can barely fit one car (it's a 2 car garage) & our shed that looks like Home Depot threw up inside of it. 

I've also been trying really hard to craft at least a little bit. Heck, coloring in a color book would be better than nothing (side note: Did you all SEE these adult coloring books?? When I think of adult books these are NOT what come to mind but they are way cool!). I started another card about 2 weeks ago, & stopped halfway through cutting my colored image. I think I had to leave ... but I haven't gone back to it. I feel like I'm trying to force myself to get back into it. When do I stop doing that? I thought getting my work space organized & purging would really help motivate me. But I feel like I need something that's all mine. Making cards was that thing that was mine. Reading blogs & chatting on Facebook is not a hobby, but that seems to be what I do in my spare time. Oh, & let's not forget Pinterest. Wait ... I think I found the problem ....

And work ... work is good. I go up & down, sometimes I love it & sometimes ... not so much. But I guess we all go through that. I am very lucky to have the job that I have. Heck, I'm lucky to have a job at all! I will be there 5 years in July. Did that time fly or what?? Seems like yesterday I was all jittery about starting my new job! 

Anyhoo, if you read all this, thank you ~~ I didn't mean for this to be a depressing post. Do you go through periods where nothing seems "right"? Blue, but you don't know why?? It's kind of like PMS, but I don't have PMS. Must be that peri-menopause my doctor's been telling me I have for the last 92 years ....

(disclaimer .... it hasn't been 92 years ...)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Hope you all had a fun Mother's Day with your loved ones! My kids & I spent a few hours having lunch with my mom today. Other than that just RELAXED, which is something I don't get to do too often! What did you do for Mother's Day?

Just a few random thoughts & photos on this Sunday night:

*We have one crazy bluebird nesting in our bird house!

This bugger has been perching on Matthew's bedroom window ... & pecking like it wants to come in! We had this same thing happen with some yellow finches a few years ago, but this is the first time a bluebird has done it. The poor thing is going to get a concussion with all the pounding! I taped it, because it's so darn funny, & because I don't think anyone will believe me. I'm not very video smart, so will have to figure out how to post that here.

*Only a few more weeks of school. I can't tell you how happy this makes me! Every year around this time I am so tired of helping with homework & packing lunches & picking up from & taking to activities (although since Matthew got his license, my time in the car has been reduced drastically) & getting up super early because some kids just can't quite get up on their own & need my assistance. And by assistance, I mean yelling.

*I bet Elwood will be happy when school is out too, so this scene can happen more often:

Love how he has his paw crossed :)

*This photo makes me happy on this very ugly, rainy day:

I hope you all have a sunny week! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Almost May .....

Can't wait!! It can't possible snow anymore in May, right?? 

** Wisconsinites will remember this **

I prefer my May to look more like this: 

In fact, this weekend I will be working hard on my new garden ....starting from scratch so it will take me every weekend for the next month to get it ready ... but it will be sooo worth it. And it's good exercise!! Bonus! 

And I'm so excited that we've decided to go on a vacation next summer. I'll give you one hint as to where we're going :)

Yep, back to Disney World & Universal. My MIL were chatting on Facebook last weekend & decided we needed to go back. Excited to see the expansion of the Harry Potter World (Diagon Alley!!! Or is it Diagonally?? LOL) .... and get through the rest of Epcot (we just couldn't make it to every country last time) .... and THIS time I'm getting me a Dole Whip!! Forgot all about it last time!! Priorities!!

And as luck would have it (since I need to fund this trip), I had someone contact me through Etsy asking me about cards. She used to buy from me a LOT .... but haven't heard from her in a while. Well, maybe because I have 3 whole cards in my store LOL. She said she really needs to stock up & is wondering if I'll be listing more cards in the near future. I told her I wasn't really making cards these days, but that if she really wanted some & was willing to give me the time to make them (like, a year ..... kidding!) then I would make some for her. Otherwise I will sell her the rest of my supplies & she can make her own. You know, teach a person to fish, or something like that.....

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Almost better than bubble wrap ....

As I *MAY* have mentioned (between tears), my son got his license a few weeks ago. A few days ago, this happened: 

A smile that big on a 16 year old's face can only mean one thing. Yep, we bought him a car. Sigh ..... I wanted to just wrap him & whatever vehicle he was driving (usually my minivan) in about a gazillion pounds of bubble wrap. But let's face it .... that would be expensive & time consuming. So .... I settled for a (large) SUV. SUV stands for Safe Utility Vehicle, right? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Can I just say....

That I am REALLY ready for the blooming season?!?!?!?

I have approximately TWO flowers I can take pictures of .... & I already posted the other one the other day. Should I see how creative I can get with these same two flowers?? 

I am ready for summer & COLOR!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring has sprung!

Our winter wasn't overly cold or snowy this year.... not like LAST year .... but it seemed to drag on and on and on ....

so it's nice to finally see some green ... and a flower or two!! Here are a few updates in my oh-so-exciting life:

1) I was sick for 3 stinkin' weeks. That's on top of the other 2 times I've been sick since the beginning of the year. Needless to say, I have already used all my sick time at work :(

2) Still going to the gym ... yay me! Well, I did have that 3 week vacation  ... see #1. 

3) Also still Fitbitting. Bet you didn't know that could be used as a verb! If you have a Fitbit, let me know & I'll send you a friend request! 

4) I really hope to be more blog-busy in the coming months. Much to my husband's dismay, I am adding at least one large flower garden to our yard this year. He's always fought me, saying a garden in the middle of the yard (it's not really in the middle of the yard) is a pain to mow around. Well, since our son does all the mowing now ..... hubby no longer has a say in the matter. Ha! So ... another garden = more flowers = more photos!

5) And  .... of course ... there's always a chance I'll make another card :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What?? Another card?

Holy hedgehog .... yes, I made another card. It was a few weeks ago .... before I got this CRAP they call a sickness (I call it near-death) .... & I don't remember WHY I had time to make a card. Maybe I was supposed to be cleaning my area & purging, & decided to slack off instead. Whatever. 

These Penny Black cuties are just some stamps I will never ever get rid of. Ever. The colors are really wacked in these photos, must not have been a great natural light day in the abode. My poor hedgie looks blue. He's gray. Really. 

Hey look .... I even used Copics!! I'm surprised they aren't all completely dried up LOL.

And look at the flower .... a little bit of shimmer. Because all flowers shimmer, right? 

In other news .... my son got his driver's license yesterday. As proud as I am of him, I just want to wrap him AND the car in as much bubble wrap as I can get my hands on. 

Don't get me wrong, he is a GREAT driver. It's all the other dunderheads on the road I'm worried about! 

Happy Easter to all!

Monday, March 23, 2015

My son, the rock god

A total "braggy mom" post....

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you already saw this so just move along to the next blog :)

If you're not, I have to share this video with you. My son has been playing guitar for about 2 1/2 years. Every year his teacher holds a Student Concert. The kids get to pick a song & he provides the backing track .... & they get to perform on a Saturday night in a bar, in front of all their friends & family. His teacher is also in a band, so this concert always takes place before one of the band's gigs. It's a bonus, because the stage is all set up ... it just adds to the fun. 

This year, Matthew performed "Wherever I May Roam" by Metallica, one of my personal favorites (& that's a good thing, since he practiced about 1284 times!). Here's the video I took:

He also just formed a band with his friends. They've only had one practice so far, but I can't wait to see where this musical journey takes him :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

More than a year later .....

I did it! I was able to sit still long enough (I have crafting ADD) & actually put together a semblance of a card! I mentioned I had bought a gift card for my niece (Xmas gift, since I hadn't seen her since before the holidays) & instead of just handing her the gift card, I thought I'd buy a card to put it into to. Or ... wait a minute ... I used to MAKE cards. She's 13 years old, she might like a handmade card. Or, she just might think it's dorky & stupid. Either way, I gathered what supplies I could find & came up with this:

There are some stamps I will never part with, no matter what. If an unfortunate accident should take away my ability to use my hands, I still would not give up my Penny Black hedgies, my High Hopes stamps, or my Magnolias. I could learn to color with my mouth, right?

So ... after filling a big mason jar full of gummy worms & Swedish Fish (that was the easy part!) & decorating it a bit, I started the hard part. Actually, I have missed coloring. I love to color. However, when it came time to start putting it all together ... well I think that's when I took a coffee break. 

Not only is my stuff in boxes & not organized at all, but I clearly have forgotten the ABC's & 123's of putting colors/ papers/ embellishments together. But it's a hedgie, & a hedgie will look cute no matter what, right?

I did take a picture of the jar, which turned out pretty cute, but as luck would have it my photography skills have also gone by the wayside. Did you KNOW that if you don't keep up with a hobby, you tend to lose a lot of the knowledge & skills needed to bring your "A" game? Anyway, no jar photo.

So .... did I enjoy it?? Will I do it again in the near future?? I have no idea. Like I said, I loooove coloring .... & if I could just color a bunch of images I'd be happy. It's the making-the-image-into-a-card part that trips me up. BUT -- when my niece opened her card, she said "Oh my gosh, it's a hedgie - so cute! Did you make this?" & when I told her I did, she said "I love making cards!!" So there you have it. I now have a niece who loves making cards. If she wants to partake in this craft with me, who am I to say no?? 

However, I think I'll let HER take the pictures :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Frigid Friday!

Well this has definitely been the coldest week of winter so far this year for us. Yesterday my car registered a balmy -17 degrees as Michael & I were waiting for the bus. That doesn't take into account the wind chill. I love Wisconsin ...... I really do ....

I am excited because today I'm headed to Madison to visit my brother & his family! I haven't seen them since October which is just way too long. If you don't know the story of my brother, you can read all about it ** HERE **. Trust me, it's not your average sibling story ..... I've only ever seen it happen on tv. 

So ....  to get ready for my jaunt, I took off of work today. And ..... I just might be spending some time at my craft table, as soon as I clean off the 5" of dust. I have a niece now, & I want to make her a little something. I missed the holidays with her, & now I feel the need to make up for it with a little handmade gift. Details to follow ........

I hope you all have a safe & happy weekend. Stay warm!! 

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