December 2021

December is one of my most favorite times of the year. Yes, everything is hectic with gift shopping, decorations, and Christmas baking but when I sit down, set all of that aside, and stop to clear my mind, I remember all of the good things of December and the real reason for the holiday! Being together with family and friends, giving gifts that show our love and appreciation, sharing a meal and a prayer with the family, or seeing a friend or relative that you haven’t seen in years, and being able to catch up with laughter and even tears. All of these things are in celebration of the birth of Jesus.

During this time of the season, I wish you all joy, comfort, and peace. May all of your Christmas wishes come true this Christmas season.

New this week…

For the scrapbooker in you, Laura Burger has a new kit out this week at It is part of her Life Story series, “Life Story: Away We Go”. It is a great kit for scraping about your family vacations. Or maybe you travel for work and go to far away places or even places close by. Where ever you go, this bundle is going to give a lot of scrapbooking miles for you dollars. Grab it for 50% off through April 15, 2021.

This kit can only be purchased at and is created for use with Artisan however, I use it in Photoshop CS6 without any problems. Please note: This is a digital scrapbooking kit and you will not receive a physical product when you purchase, just the link to download. If you are new to all of that, you will also need a program to unzip the files. There are some great free ones out there. Just google zip files.

Here are some previews of the kit and a few layouts that I have created! Enjoy!

You can purchase this awesome kit HERE

Spring Azaleas

When I think of the deep South, there are just a few things that come to mind. Delicious Southern Cooking, Sweet Tea, Porch Swings, Azaleas and beautiful Magnolias, most of which you will find at my house. Well, I don’t have a porch swing but I want one…does that count? idk

Anyway , this is the time of the year for gorgeous Azaleas and I am not in short supply. I have several Azalea bushes in my yard and what I do not have, my dear brother has in his yard next door. I love taking pictures of them when they are in full bloom but the trick is catching them in full bloom. Once they hit that high point, it doesn’t take long for them to wilt away. What you are left with is beautiful leafy green bushes for the rest of the summer months and, here in Mississippi, that could be on into late October!

Here is a digital scrapbooking layout that I created in PhotoShop to show off one of my bushes in the front yard. These blooms are just gorgeous! The bumblebees think so too! I do not like to post layouts without giving credit to the designer of the digital products that I have used. This layout was created with “Spring Blooms” by Laura Burger Designs and will be coming soon to her store at

Photos taken with my Canon EOS 60D camera and a 18-55 mm lens

I will venture across the yard to get more photos later when the rain stops. Hopefully, the rain will not knock all of the blooms off of the bushes!

Until next time!

Just a spoonful of sugar…

…helps the medicine go down. I am sure that you all have heard that one before! I wish it were just a spoonful of sugar but in my case, there won’t be any consumption of sugar for quite some time. This month has been my month for health issues for me. I went to the doctor on March 2nd for a nose bleed problem and issues with my back. I had x-rays and blood work done and had to schedule a pulmonary function test at the hospital to check for COPD. A week later, I received a call from the doctor asking me to come in and have more blood work done and then come back to see him in two days to talk with him about my test results. So on March 10th I had my blood work done again and went to the hospital for my pulmonary function test. Then on the 12th, I went back to see my doctor.

So, Got the nose bleed problem resolved by not taking my baby aspirin everyday… down to three times a week. I do not have COPD but I do have a slight respiratory problem that an inhaler twice a day will solve (Bottom line for that is…Do not start smoking… at any age. I do not smoke now but I did for 40+ years.). Lower back problem and any other issues that I have are all related to one thing….Type B Diabetes. So, my blood sugar is high which is making my blood pressure high and my back ache because it affect the kidneys as well. So, Medicine for the sugar, monitor the sugar and blood pressure and stay on a low carb diet to regulate and help loose weight.

All of this and I am not complaining. It all runs in my family and I knew there was a chance that it would come up at some point. I figure at 61, I am lucky that it hasn’t raised it ugly head before now. My son has been having issues with his sugar since last year some time. That should have given me a clue. Anyway, it will get better and life will go on. I will not give up this fight as it is one that I can, and will win.

Digital Designs created by Becca Bonneville and are for sale in her store at the Lily-pad.