Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good bye to a friend

When I woke up this morning, the last thing I felt like doing was getting up, taking a shower & going to work. I've spent the last 2 days feeling crappier than crap. Little did I know, that once I logged into my computer (can't leave the house without checking my email), I was going to feel even worse.

Some friends on Facebook were posting condolences on another friend's page. I thought "Aw, I wonder who she lost". Once I went to her timeline, I realized SHE was the one who passed away. My sweet friend Linda, whom I never met but knew through our love of stamping, had died of a heart attack. I felt sick. She was absolutely the sweetest, kindest, most encouraging person I've ever known. When I started posting cards to SCS, she was the first to comment. When I started selling cards, she was the first to buy one. When I started this blog, she was the first to visit. She was one of my biggest cheerleaders, always encouraging & praising me. When I decided to quit stamping, she sent me an email telling me she would miss my work, but that she totally understood that family came first & I just didn't have time for it all. 

I go back & forth with the decision to keep this blog going. Now that I'm not creating, what should I post about? But you know what, I've met so many people through this blog, I couldn't imagine not having that connection anymore. When I talk to people about my "online" friends, they look at me like I'm high. How can you be friends with someone you've never met? Let me tell you, some of my online friends know more about me than most of my "real life" friends. 

I am sorry I never got to meet Linda in person. I am so sorry for her family & friends who lost such a sweet person. I can tell by the messages on her Facebook page that she was very loved by all who knew her. It makes me so sad, but it also makes me remember that being down & out sick for a couple of days isn't so bad. 

~~ good bye, sweet friend. I'll miss you ~~


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekly random 5

Ok, I usually do this on Friday but the day got away from me. Here are my Saturday random thoughts about this week: 

1: A new Hobby Lobby opened near us a few weeks ago. I wish it had opened a few years ago when I was into paper crafting. I'm so glad they waited to build one until I no longer participated in crafts. Saving me lots of moola! Well, except for the home decor. My son & I went the other night (yes, my 15 year old son *willingly* went with me to Hobby Lobby. What a trooper!) & I bought this for my kitchen wall:



Adorable, no? It will look even better if I ever get around to painting my walls, right now they are white & definitely need some color!

2: What's up with American Idol? They are totally sending the wrong people home! I know, it's up to the voters. I've been voting like crazy, yet Sam is still there :(  I really wanted Caleb to win the whole thing, but I really wanted Dexter to stick around a bit longer. He's WAY better than Sam. And yes, I did vote for Dexter! 

3: What a crazy spring we (& everyone else) are having. I was not happy with the temps this week - 40's, after a few days of 60's the week before. HOWEVER - my in laws, who live about 4 hours north of us, received about 16" of snow the other day. That would be on top of the 12" that was already on the ground. Yeah, 40's aren't so bad ....

4: I bought my son a new amp this week. It. Totally. Rocks! We were at my cousin's house a couple of weeks ago, & he has this one. Matthew loved playing around with it, & it just so happens his old amp died so he HAD to have this one. It's got dozens of effects right on the amp, but it also has software that you can download for even more effect using your computer. Totally fun! Here he is rocking out ....




5: Tomorrow is Easter, the first major holiday without my grandma. There are going to be lots of tears. I edited my pictures from Christmas the other night so I could get them ordered & be able to give them to my uncle & cousin. I was bawling. It's not going to be a fun day. I will need chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. So glad the Easter Bunny is visiting, I'm sure he'll leave me lots!


Hope you all had a good week, & that you have a great Easter Sunday.  ~~ linking up with Lauren Elizabeth ~~

FOR SALE

Still trying to weed out my crafty crap -- here's a current list of what I have for sale. Always adding more ....


Wood mounted: 

HIGH HOPES 

Snow in Love - $6
Seal Puppy Love - $6
Country Snowman - $6
Carrot Express - $6

INKY ANTICS 

Happy Haunting - $6
Leaf background - $4
Star Point background - $5


MISC 

Stampendous Polka Penguins - $5
Stampabilities Snoopy Happy Birthday - $5
Image Tree All Things Grow - $5
Whipper Snapper Christmas Trio - $9


Unmounted rubber: 

RILEY: 

Waterskiing Riley - $5

HIGH HOPES

Team Canada - $5

Happy Canada Day sentiment - $2.50
JUNGLE SET
 Oops Ellie - $5
 Juliette's Leap of Faith - $5
 Spike (rhino) - $5
 Camilla Gorilla - $5
 Heloise Hippo - $5
 Lumpy (camel) - $5
PIRATE SET
 Treasure Map - $6
 On Guard Oberto - $5
 Treasure Chest - $4
 The Thundering Rogue - $6
 Peg Leg Pete - $5
CIRCUS SET
 Show Horse - $5
 Lil Show Girl - $5
 Juggles - $5
 Max the Magnificent - $5
 Sammy Seal - $5
 Popcorn - $3
 Bag of Peanuts - $3


CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS 

Polka Dots backgrounder - $8
Victorian Pattern backgrounder - $8

OUR CRAFT LOUNGE

Life Is Sweet set (all new except Life is Sweet sentiment gently used) - $8

RACHEL ANNE MILLER


Ladybug & Friends 2 sheep - $4

Ladybug & Friends Bunny & bird - $4


Always adding new items so be sure to keep an eye on my "For Sale" page!

My son asked why I was giving it all up. That's funny, because he's the one who told me over a year ago that I have way too much craft stuff, considering I rarely spent any time making anything anymore. That's when I realized it was time for it all to go. I'll have time for hobbies when I retire, right? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Let me just check my calendar again ......

Um .... it is April 15th, is it not? 

This was my view outside my bedroom window this morning. I'm pretty sure it was the same across the midwest. 







And the view of our deck ......





Really, really rude!

I saw this little gem on Facebook last night, totally appropriate, no? 






(I wasn't sure if I should label this post spring or winter, so I did both LOL)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Random Five

I've been a huge slacker. I haven't participated in the last few Friday randoms. Heck, I haven't posted at ALL. Life is busy. Busy is good though :)




1: First & foremost, spring. This week has been in the 60's. My tulips & hyacinths are coming up. The grass is starting to turn green. I've even had my windows open for a short time a few days. Nice to air out our stuffy house!




2: Next week we will be back in the 40's. We do live in Wisconsin, after all.




3: With the nice weather, I've been able to go for some great walks. We live in a very hilly area, which equals a great workout. I walk 2.2 miles in about 20 minutes. I try to run for a few minutes, but I'm definitely a walker, not a runner. 

4: The first couple of times I walked, I got serious shin splints. My son pointed out that perhaps my 10 year old Target tennis shoes weren't cutting it anymore. So I went to Kohl's & used my Kohl's cash, a $10 off coupon & a 20% off to get a nice pair of New Balance shoes for just $24! 

5:We've been discussing possibly joining the Y. I'm all about getting in shape. I don't have a weight problem, but I am completely out of shape. Matthew is loving his weight training class at the high school. The other members of the family NEED to get some exercise. $80 a month for a family membership though. Ouch. We'll have to think about that one some more. 


 ~Linking up with A Rural Journal & Lauren Elizabeth~



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring is here???

I spotted one of these this morning:



Good-bye, long & harsh winter!

(ok, well I'm in Wisconsin, so it may not be completely over. We've had snow in April. Heck, we've had snow in May! #whydoilivehere)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The need to brag

Just a quick post ~  to BRAG about my very talented son :)   His guitar teacher puts together a "student rock concert" every year ~ the kids pick a song to play on stage with a backing track. This is Matthew's second concert & he ROCKED it. So. Much. Fun. 

*disclaimer - this is not everyone's taste in music. I personally love it. If this is the case, please focus on his playing, rather than the actual song. The woman who was standing next to me while I was taping it was totally into it. I thought she was going to hurt herself with all the head banging she was doing LOL



He's only been playing a year and a half. I'm so proud of him :)


Friday, March 7, 2014

Random Five Friday

Gahhhh these are the only posts I seem to get to these days! Sorry - but I do like recapping my week. Especially GOOD weeks :)

1: DST this weekend! Woohooooo ready to spring forward!! I've been ready since we went OFF DST lol. It's supposed to be 46 degrees on Monday!! That's right - it will be shorts weather here in Wisconsin & I can't wait! Pretty soon I'll be back to taking photos of my flowers:



2: I'm going to the high school tonight to see the musical "Lil Abner". I don't know much about it but I do love musicals, & I love seeing kids I know performing. And the best part? My musical-hating son is going with me! I'm pretty sure he just feels sorry for me, but it wouldn't be the first pity date I've ever had.

3: Tomorrow night my son is performing at a bar with his guitar-mates. Every year his guitar teacher puts together a student rock concert, where the kids pick out a song to learn, he provides the backing track (minus guitar), & they get up on stage & perform. Super fun. His teacher is also in a band, which happens to be playing after the concert, & he cleared it with management to allow the kids to stay until 10 to hear them. It will be a blast! 

In case you're interested in last year's performance - he performed a Slash song - ignore the clicks, I was taking stills during recording & didn't realize it would be so loud LOL. I'm such an amateur!

The Godfather Theme

4: I won a blog giveaway! Dawn at Because I Said So (you should really read her blog, she's a hoot!) was giving away some new products from Suave & I won! I  never win! And ... my goodies arrived today already! Can't wait to try them. I'm sure I'll enjoy them extra much JUST because I won them :)

5: The only downside to the week - my younger one is sick :(  Actually my hubby & older son have been sick all week too, but neither missed any school/ work. Michael did - he spent the day at grandma's yesterday, & he made it just past lunchtime today. So ... he's in his pj's & curled up with his apple juice & Elwood, watching Disney. It could be worse :)

~~ As always, I'm linking up with A Rural Journal & Lauren Elizabeth ~~ 


Friday, February 28, 2014

Random Five

Hey, I made it! I'm sorry for the lack of posts but my computer is sooooooo sloowwwwww. It's about 6 years old so I know in laptop years it a senior citizen. Some days it's fine, most days not, so I find myself doing just the necessary things. And unfortunately paying bills & answering emails comes before blogging! 

Anyhoo, here are my five tidbits for this week:

1: Needless to say, we are ALL ready for spring. Tomorrow is March 1st & we are still experiencing sub-zero temperatures & lots of snow. More to come this weekend. I've posted so many photos of snow - so this time I'm posting something different, more cheerful.



This was the view from my bedroom window the other night. I didn't do a very good job of capturing the beauty that was this sunset, but it was setting FAST so I just click click clicked & hoped for the best :)

2: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe from McDonald's. Nuff said!



3: I came across this channel on YouTube the other day: 

2Cellos

Pick a song, any of their songs. They are phenomonal. I love them all. I think this one is my favorite. 

My Favorite


Someone said they had performed on Glee. In fact, on the only episode I've ever watched - the Michael Jackson tribute episode. But I don't remember the cellos. Guess I'll have to search for it & watch it again.

4: My fur-baby Elwood, enjoying the sun. He's still as sweet as the day we brought him home. He's 18 1/2, but he doesn't look a day over 18 :)


5: We signed up for Netflix last weekend. I had no idea it was so cheap! A lot of people complain that they aren't "current" but I'm so behind on tv shows & movies I'm good with it. I just watched the first episode of Breaking Bad. I hear once you start watching ..... there's no going back & you will use every free minute to watch. We'll see, I don't have a ton of free time plus I'm pretty sure I have adult ADD so I'm not sure how well I'll do with it! 

~ Linking up with A Rural Journal & High Five for Friday ~

Sunday, February 23, 2014

FOR SALE

I will be adding much much more as I sort through it all, but here's what I've got right now:

Wood mounted: 

HIGH HOPES 

Snow in Love - $6
Seal Puppy Love - $6
Country Snowman - $6
Carrot Express - $6

INKY ANTICS 

Happy Haunting - $6
Leaf background - $4
Star Point background - $5


MISC 

Stampendous Polka Penguins - $5
Stampabilities Snoopy Happy Birthday - $5
Image Tree All Things Grow - $5
Whipper Snapper Christmas Trio - $9
Penny Black Warmhearted Snowman - $5


Unmounted rubber: 

RILEY: 

Waterskiing Riley - $5

HIGH HOPES

Team Canada - $5
Happy Canada Day sentiment - $2.50
JUNGLE SET
 Oops Ellie - $5
 Juliette's Leap of Faith - $5
 Spike (rhino) - $5
 Camilla Gorilla - $5
 Heloise Hippo - $5
 Lumpy (camel) - $5
PIRATE SET
 Treasure Map - $6
 On Guard Oberto - $5
 Treasure Chest - $4
 The Thundering Rogue - $6
 Peg Leg Pete - $5
CIRCUS SET
 Show Horse - $5
 Lil Show Girl - $5
 Juggles - $5
 Max the Magnificent - $5
 Sammy Seal - $5
 Popcorn - $3
 Bag of Peanuts - $3


CORNISH HERITAGE FARMS 

Polka Dots backgrounder - $8
Victorian Pattern backgrounder - $8

OUR CRAFT LOUNGE

Life Is Sweet set (all new except Life is Sweet sentiment gently used) - $8

RACHEL ANNE MILLER

Ladybug & Friends 2 sheep - $4
Ladybug & Friends Bunny & bird - $4


I accept Paypal only - if you'd like a shipping quote just let me know what you are interested in, & your zip code

Monday, February 17, 2014

More snow pictures

Because you can never have enough, right? Well no .... that's not right. I definitely have enough snow pictures & I've definitely had enough of winter. But ... there's not much else to take pictures of these days LOL. No pretty flowers .... no pretty birds (except for the male cardinal who will NOT stay still for me. How rude) .... no baseball for the boys .... just ..... white .... a lot of white ....



I actually like winter. No, really - I do! But ... not this winter. I am done & ready for warm weather. The snow is beautiful but after 3 months of it I want to see some GREEN. 



No, not brown -- GREEN. 

I know I shouldn't complain. This winter has sucked for everyone but Florida. The northeast has gotten more snow than the midwest, the west can't get any precipitation at all & England ....  oooooo poor England. I guess I'm not TOO sad to be where I am. 



This was taken from my kitchen patio door. Gosh I hope that grill still works. LOL



I'm thinking we probably should have put that beautiful verdigris birdbath in the shed last fall .....

I think the only birds using that birdbath are snowbirds. hahahaaaaaa. Hey, I told you it's been a long winter.

Thank goodness for the Olympics. I'm not usually glued to the tv as I am this time around. I think I'm most hooked on the snowboarders. Those people are nuts! 

And American Idol .... I am sooooo glad they have human judges this year. I did not watch last year for the first time ever. Those divas were just too much for me. Loving all three judges this year, they work so well together ..... & I love that it's back to being about the contestants. I really wanted Kaitlyn Jackson to make the cut - she was my favorite audition. But sadly she didn't. I do have my eye on a couple of others. Are you watching? Who are you rooting for?