November 2022

Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a good week so far. If not, tomorrow is Friday and you have the weekend to iron things out or just chill and relax a bit. My week has been full. I baked Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies yesterday for my husband. He has been after me to bake them for a few weeks. They turned out really well! He does not like raisins at all so cranberry it is!

Today is Fruitcake Day! I know a lot of people do not like fruitcakes but I think it is all in how the fruitcake is made. I don’t know. This is the first time that I have ever attempted to make one so we will see how it turns out. Right now, my fruits are soaking in a mixture of Three Roses Whiskey and Jack Daniels! I’ll be sure to let you guys know how they turn out!

Here are some of my newest layouts using Miss Fish Templates. All of the Templates are available at Gingerscraps and Scrapgirls.

That’s all for now, enjoy the rest of the week and be thankful for everything that you have. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope that it has not been your typical beginning of the week Monday. Hopefully, everyone has had a good day, and if you feel that you have not, sit down in a quiet place for just a few moments and reflect back on the day. I am sure that you will find something good in there somewhere.

My typical Monday is Laundry day. Come to think of it, if there is laundry that needs to be washed, every day could be laundry day. However, I like to start the laundry on Monday. Two loads completed and now I just have to fold and put things away. Somehow, that seems to always be the hardest part for me and takes the longest to get around to doing!

First thing this morning I had to drive up to the clinic to have blood work done. I have my yearly checkup tomorrow so this blood work will be a comprehensive panel, aka the works. I hate going anywhere to get blood work done because they can never find the veins in my arm and end up sticking me in the back of my hand. It doesn’t hurt any more or less while the blood is being taken but my hand always looks bruised afterward. Oh well, only for a short time.

So, at the beginning of October, I started creating layouts for Ms. Juli Fish of Miss Fish Templates. She has been selling at Gingerscraps for as long as I can remember but now she has a second store at Scrapgirls. This store opened on October 7th. If you are into digital scrapbooking and love templates, check out her store at Gingerscraps or stop by her store at Scrapgirls to see how it is progressing along.

I was only to be a Guest on her team for October and November but since she opened the new store, she took me on full-time to create layouts primarily for the store at Scrapgirls. I am so excited to be a part of her team. This is something that I have hoped to get for quite some time!

Here are some of the layouts that I have completed for her and they are posted at various places on Facebook. If you click on the link below the layout, you will be taken to the template that is available in her Scrapgirls.

Framed Templates
Fall Fantastic Templates
Masked Memories 3 Templates
Golden Days Templates
Ready, Set, Blend 1 – 4 Templates
Big & Little 8 Templates

All of the kits used in the making of these layouts are kits created by some of the designers at Scrapgirls and are available for purchase in the store.

That’s all of the news for now. Have a fantastic week and be safe in whatever you do.

Happy Fall Ya’ll

Well, I have finally made it back to the blog after a beautiful and hot summer here in South Mississippi. Unfortunately, we started the summer out with a broken pool. The whole side of our pool caved in and a wall of water went gushing out through the yard. Thankfully, no one was in it trying to swim!

This happened at the end of June. Since then, My husband took me to Cozumel, Mexico for my birthday, and we have had a new pool put in and were able to enjoy the rest of the hottest weather.

In September, we drove to New Orleans for the day in order to get my Grandson his passport. It was a beautiful day and we were able to walk to the Riverwalk Stores and eat lunch while we waited.

Shake Shack! Best little burgers in New Orleans!

Two days later we were on our way to Niagara Falls. We drove up and spent the week, Three days in Canada and three days in New York. We had the best time and it was so good to just get away.

It was my first time seeing the falls and they are gorgeous. I am not sure how many times I told my husband to just leave me there so I could listen to the water and feel the mist. He wouldn’t do it so I had to make sure I took plenty of photos!

I took many more photos, far too many to post here! We had a fantastic time and it was a sad morning when we had to load up the car and head home.

Now the weather is a bit cooler and fall has made it to South Mississippi. I am hoping that the cooler weather will stick around and, at best, keep the hurricanes away. My heart goes out to everyone in Florida after feeling the wrath of Hurricane Ian. My Aunt in Englewood ended up with ankle-deep water in her house and a destroyed Lanai. She was so very lucky. Prayers to all of you.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have been away from the blog for far too long!

I am trying to get myself motivated so I can get back here on a more regular basis. Please do not give up on me because I have not given up on myself! Just to update a little, I have been pretty busy since I last posted. The main event over the past few months was my Grand-Daughters’ wedding in September. Most of my days were filled with helping her plan and create all of the wedding decorations and setting up the day before. In addition to all of that, my husband and I catered the event with the help of my Son, my husband’s brother, and a few of the groom’s family members.

I promise that I will get back here after the Holiday and give you a glimpse of what has been happening in my little world and share some of the wedding layouts that I have created. Until then, all of my US friends, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! If you do not celebrate this traditional US holiday, then I pray that you will have a safe and happy weekend!

Bushwhacked already!

Hello again! I know that I have been gone for a bit but wowzers have I been busy with life! Where do I begin?

First, my Grandson graduated form High School on May 25th. There was a time that I would have bet that this day would not have come…I would have been wrong, and thankfully so! He has lived with me for the past 10 years and only recently moved back in with his mother. This is a wonderful young man(even if I do have to say so myself) but he has a temper from hell (guilty as charged).

June is when the whirlwind begins! First there is the wedding dress and preparations for the wedding. My beautiful Grand-Daughter is getting married in September so a wedding dress shopping we will go!

She said yes to the dress!

On the way home, we had to stop and eat so we hung out at BJ’s in Mobile, Alabama for a lunch. Of course, alcohol was involved! We are all over the age of 21!!

Mother of the Bride, the Bride, Matron of Honor, and Grand-Mother of the Bride(Me-Dad’s Mom)

Now there is my Mother. Mom has Degenerative Eye Disease and her left eye has become much worse than the right eye. It has been leaking fluids and she cannot see out of it to drive. So, she insisted that we sell her car because she knew she wouldn’t be driving and in doing so, I have become her main transportation. Her eye doctor has started scheduling shots for her left eye in the hopes that the leakage will stop and maybe the eye will clear up a bit. We can only hope and pray that this will be the case. So, I take her for these eye doctor visits, I take her to her regular physician when needed, we go to Walmart and the Mall shopping, and I take her to the grocery store and the laundry. I am not complaining. She is my mother. There is simply not anything that I would not do for her.

After all of this, I must pay tribute to all things good and beautiful. All things summer!

Possibly my favorite of them all!

ConGRADulations Seniors

Congratulations to all 2021 High School Seniors! You made it through one of the toughest years of all of your years in school. This school year you have been faced with the full force of a pandemic. Many of you may have been quarantined and have had to take classes over the internet. Schools have been closed because of surges in the virus and the faculty of the school has had to find other ways to help you continue to learn. You all have had to wear mask all day in the classroom and social distance. These things are not easy for anyone much less a 17 or 18 year old! But you made it through and Graduation is upon you. Maybe you have already had your graduation ceremony. Whatever the case may be, I sincerely hope that Lady Luck shines on you no mater what road you take.

Saturday Bird Watching

So, I am sitting at my computer which is in one of the spare bedrooms in the front part of the house, and my husband is seemingly talking to himself in the dining room. This is not an uncommon occurrence at my house. If we are not talking to each other, we are usually talking to ourselves.

Anyway, I ask him what he is talking about and he points out that there is a beautiful black, white and red bird at the bird feeder in the front yard and he doesn’t think that he has ever seen one before. Of course, I grabbed my camera and headed for the front door!

There are always a large number of wild birds in our yard because of the bird feeder and we have quite a few Live Oak trees in the front and the back so they have plenty of places to perch and nest. Well, what I saw was exactly what he said, “A beautiful black, white and red bird at the bird feeder”!

Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Having an argument with the Cardinal!

I was so excited to be able to get these photos and I just had to look it up!

So this was the most exciting part of my Saturday! Now, I am going to eat pizza with my husband. Enjoy!

Rain, Rain go away…

You know the rest. 5 inches on Thursday, 3 inches yesterday and we are well into over an inch so far this morning. I will be so glad when it all just goes away for a little bit. In between the rain drops and the thunder and lightening, my husband and I have gotten the new sand leveled in the bottom of the pool area and we have managed to get the new liner put in and all of the wrinkles out. What a job it has been getting all of that done. My oldest Grandson, Taylor, helped his Pop get the stairs back into the pool and I am happy to say that it is complete and water is now being hosed, and rained, back into the pool. Bring on Summer!!

Taken before we were able to get all of the wrinkles out. I love my new liner!
Stairs in and water flowing!