Thursday, December 28, 2006

attitude is everything...

I have a friend that is currently battling breast cancer.
I know she's going to have a tough battle ahead of her this year and some days are going to be so tough she's going to want to curl up in a little bitty ball and roll away.
but in my heart I just know she's going to be okay.
I just feel it and Im going to believe it.

I read something on one of my most favorite blogs a few days ago that really struck a note with me about attitude and I wanted to share it here ~ especially for my friend Sonya.
Its true that attitude is everything, and especially during tough times.
I witnessed Justin's battle with his cancer and what always amazed me about him was his upbeat attitude. Im sure it was mostly for my benefit, and I would try so hard not to cry when I spoke to him on the phone, but he always had a big smile on his face and he would tell me he was doing great, even when I knew he was knocked out on pain killers. I admired him so much for that. So here's the story.
"a lady woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "well, she said, i think i'll braid my hair today." so she did. and she had a wonderful day. the next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "hmm, she said, "i think i'll part my hair down the middle today". so she did and she had a grand day. the next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed only one hair on her head. "well", she said, " today i'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail". so she did and she had a fun, fun day. the next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEA!", she exclaimed, "i don't have to fix my hair today!

attitude is everything. have a good day! be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

Im going do add this mantra to my 2007 resolutions.
So please join me and make it a good day...everyday!

and then there's this recipe for a happy new year.

A Good Recipe for a Happy New Year

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy.
Make them as fresh and clean as possible...
Now cut up each month in twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch as once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients...

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience,
one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
and kindness.

Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation
and one good deed.

Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun,
a pinch of play
and a cupful of good humor...

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile
and serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Author unknown

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

twas the week before Christmas...

and i am bustling around, no time to enjoy the festivities and holly jolli-ness of the season. However I am determined to get all merry and bright starting this Friday. Once Friday comes I am on holiday until January 2nd. And I am so ready. ready to finish decorating, ready to do some holiday baking, ready to take some pictures, ready to just be home, ready to enjoy the season. e
i am so happy that this weekend is not overbooked and Paul and I have a few days before Christmas to actually start enjoying it. I plan to enjoy time with him and do the things that are important to me. We are planning a date night this Saturday. A simple dinner out, a trip to starbucks for cocoa or coffee, bundle up in coats, mittens and scarves and go out and enjoy the lights. There’s a park nearby that decorates the entire 5-mile drive inside the park. For a small fee you drive through the park and they have fabulous displays set up. There’s also a neighborhood close by called candy cane lane. Every home decorates to the hilt. I’m really looking forward to it. might even take the dogs with us for a ride. Elliott has a really cute doggy sweater he'd just dying to try out. :-)

Every Christmas comes and goes, and we plan to do something festive and fun, and then it usually just doesn't happen. I end up feeling let down and depressed on Christmas evening... The day after christmas I usually just want to put the decorations away and move on to spring. This year it will not happen. I want to experiene it, not just get through it. If life passes you by and you don't consciously do the things you really want to do, you won’t have a second chance. This year I’m not going to let it rush by so quickly and be over without me taking some time to do all the fun little things. Granted, starting on Friday when Christmas is on Monday isnt a huge start, but it’s a start.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

at long last...

I cant believe I'm going to post pictures of my bathroom on my blog, but I am. :)
Of course its all I've been talking about lately but here are the final results.

I'm so happy to have this ugly 1970's bathroom gone from my house. I could not be happier with how the remodel came out, although stressful at times.
Does it ever go smoothly?

Not for us.

We've almost remodeled this entire house, the bathrooms are the last rooms to receive an update. All of our remodels have had their "moments".
They never ever go smoothly...

So, these first two pictures were taken the morning the demolition started...yucky huh? Don't ya love the brown Formica counters?

how about a brown Formica tub surround to go with it? Of course its not made any more beautiful by all my paint samples all over the place, but that is the least of the worries this ugly bathroom had and I just painted them the day before demolition anyway.

and these were taken after.... see the solar tube?

I'm doing a happy dance.... I love natural light coming in instead of the cave that it was.

Right now I've put cocoa brown accents with it and I think its really rich looking. I pulled the brown out of the flecks in the granite as well as a wreath I hung in there. Its got some tiny brown pine cones among the white berries.

The rug is a cocoa color that has a tinge of green in it that I found at Target . I may change it from time to time to a deep plum. I think that would look really pretty.

The wall color is called Devine Olive. I mention that because I painted 12 different samples on the wall before I was able to match the green in the granite on the vanity.


Devine Olive is almost the color of the inside of an avocado... a yummy creamy green. Sadly it doesn't show that way in the pictures, but is absolutely so yummy it makes my mouth water. Its actually almost an exact color match with the Yankee candle I found.

I love the brushed nickel fixtures...............

now you see why Im so happy to have this done, right?
So now whats next?
New carpet...arghhhhhhh.

Monday, December 04, 2006

November is over...

its now December.
Looking back I see I had only 4 blog posts for November.
Pretty cummy effort on my part I'd say.
But now its December and hopefully I'll do better.
Maybe my life will be more bloggable in December...there's always a chance :)

We completed the bathroom remodel yesterday - thats blog worthy!
It came out beautifuly. Im sooooo soooo happy with the result. There for awhile I wasnt sure if I was going to like the color of the counter/floor tile, but the wall paint seemed to work magic at pulling it all together. Tonight I get to hang the pictures, towel racks and mirror to finish it off. Pauls replacing the light switches tonight with ones that have little lights inside the switches so you can find them in the dark :)

What else?
Several months ago I saw a post on 2 peas asking people what thier favorite monthly scrapbook kit site was...a huge amount of people replied Scrapologie. So many that I went to discover what they were all raving about.
People discribed their kits as eclectic, funky, classy, scrapologie is anthropology only for scrapbooking supplies.
I had to agree, their kits really looked awesome with stuff I knew I would use, and new stuff I'd never tried but wanted to. I tried to sign up but was sad to find that they weren't giving out any new memberships.
I got on the waiting list and kind of forgot about it.
Over this past weekend I received an email saying that they had a membership available for me if I was still interested. COOL!
Here's a link to the Dec kit
Im really excited to get my first kit. I think the great thing about kits is that they allow you to try a lot of different things without buying a whole pack of something.
You to receive cutting edge product that may not be available in your area yet
...and I'm hoping it will help me control my scrap supply budget.
I go weak if I walk into a scrapbook store. With a kit, once a month I'll receive this fun packet thats full of coordinated product, all at one low price under $30.00. Im excited to give it a try and see what it inspires me to create.

Just in case anyone doesnt know, my favorite scrapbook store/message board is going out of business. So sad to see DML close its doors.

Check out some of the fabulous sale prices as Jill reduces inventory. I'm going to hold out hope that the message board stays even if the store goes away.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


this is what indecision looks like
and this..............
There's actually one more wall with a few more bits of indecision but I wont embarrass myself further....
Im happy to announce a decision has been made!!!!!
The winner is - Devine Olive! Bottom one, next to the wall plug.
The other winner is Devine Oat, but it will be used throughout the rest of the house. Its the two larger samples in the bottom picture.
Thank goodness thats done.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

updating finally...

I'm ignoring my blog again. I sorry.
Its haunting me. I really want to keep it going but I don't have much to say lately. The most amusing thing in my life right now seems to be the remodel of my bathroom. While this may be a big thing in my life, who else cares?
But amusing is a good word for it.
Aside from the night that Paul overtightened the water line from the wall to the toilet and it burst, showering him and the whole room with water before he could get it turned off…
The fact that I have 12 different squares painted on the wall is proof that my brain is tired of making decisions at this moment. The vanity was delivered but the faucet is not hooked up. The vanity itself is so much more sage green than I remembered from a month ago when we picked it out. I thought I remembered it much more brownish sage than greenish sage… sigh
So, picking out the floor tile with an inaccurate image in my head as to the real color of the vanity was hard. In the end the result is okay but the floor tile is a little more yellow tan than tan tan. Im a little disappointed. But Im probably over sensitive to it all right now. I think I would have picked a less yellow color for the floor tiles if I’d had a sample of the vanity with me at the time. long sigh
But that leaves me with trying to pick a wall color to tie the two together…hence the 12 different samples on the walls (at $3.99 ea = $47.00).
Im hoping to just pick one this weekend.
Also hoping for a running faucet.
I know this is riviting, so the story will continue.
I’ll post pictures

One more thing, I want to wish every single one of you a very very blessed Thanksgiving.
I hope you spend it exactly the way you imagine your perfect Thanksgiving to be. Whether that’s surrounded by friends and family, food and football, or simply at home with a good meal and a cozy fire in the fireplace. Both sound equally good to me

Monday, November 13, 2006

under construction ...

my house ... and my blog.
things are a mess

I took the plunge and switched my blogger over to the new beta blogger.
All my template changes are now off. I need to fix all of that... but I have to remember how I did it so its not going to get done today.
I think the beta version is much better so it will be worth it eventually. Once I get it done.

and my house is under construction.
A brand new bathroom is in the works.
Fun stuff.
lots of planning
lots of shopping for fixtures
lots of money- yikes!

but it will be worth it when its done

Friday, November 03, 2006

do you ...

dread winter coming?
Do you long for pretty flowers, fresh mown grass, warm sunny days and flip flops?
I do... Fall just began and I'm already missing summer.
Today I set my mind to enjoy the changing season instead of longing for something else. After all, we live in the pacific northwest, one of the most beautiful parts of the country in my opinion. We have 4 seasons, although none of them are harsh. What could be more perfect?

Summers without too high of heat and no humidity
Winters with one or two snows if we're lucky, yes we do get a few rain showers
Falls with beautiful maple trees.
Springs full of tulips and flowering cherry trees.
Every one of the seasons is perfectly beautiful in its own way...not just the summers.

As soon as I got home from work today I grabbed my garden sissors and headed out to my back yard.
Yes it was pouring rain.

yes most of the bushes were covered with yellow leaves that had just fallen off the huge maple tree in our back yard.
But I was determined to find something that resembled a bouquet of flowers.
This is what I found.
Mostly leaves, grasses and berries but the color is as beautiful as any flower.

I plan to try and keep this little vase full of something til spring rolls around again. Not sure what will end up there, but something will ;)

Monday, October 30, 2006

Happy Halloween

The pumpkins are carved.The candles are in them waiting to be lit…the candy is waiting by the door.
Oh how I hope we have kids this year. I think.
First year we lived in our house I bought enough candy for about 200 kids. You just never know when you move into a new neighborhood and I have a fear of running out of candy. Not sure what’s going to happen if I do, but I don’t want to find out.
Anyway, we had 6 kids.
The next year I planned for only 60 kids (just in case some new kids moved in to the neighborhood) ... we had 5 kids show up for trick or treat. I guess someone must have moved away.
We’ve been on a steady increase since then though. I’ve also been decreasing the amount of candy I buy. Last year we had about 20 kids. I bought enough for about 35 kids year. This is the closest I’ve ever cut it. I’m secretly praying for rain because I’m getting worried I haven’t bought enough candy.

Catching up on other stuff going on....
Paul replaced our outside lights this past weekend with ones that have a light sensor in them. I was so happy he got them up last weekend. Just in time for the time change. Its dark outside when we get home from work. Its dark outside when we leave for work too.
I hate daylights savings time.
It’s just ridiculous to me that we do this.
We all have to readjust to the time change. For what?
But at least now our lights are on when we get home so we're not stumbling around in the dark.

Last weekend Ethan and Jaryn came by. I wanted to take some pictures of them together since I often get Ethan, but hardly ever get Jaryn too. Ethan didnt want to cooperate so this was about all I got.

Friday, October 27, 2006

scrap for a cause

Im not usually fond of ordering premade stuff, expecially scrapbook kits.
But...a few weeks ago I ordered this

To tell the truth I never expected to actually make the book exactly as they sold it.
I assumed I'd take the product, mix it up differently and make something (not about me) with the album.

But today it came.
And I opened it up
and I dumped it all out.
and I just might make it about me
Im taking Shimelle's "you think you know me" class so Im thinking I might combine the two and use this kit for that album.
When I ordered it I thought it would just be an album, a foot or two of a few kinds of ribbon, a few packs of chipboard and some letters. But its not.
It really is a kit. Just like the ones they use at scrapbook conventions.
Lots of cool stuff here too. Lots of Heidi Swapp.
Each page is packaged individually and labeled like- pages 10 & 18...
hundreds of embellishments.
Cardstock, ribbon, chipboard...all neatly packaged.
and it comes with a cool little 8X8 album covered in green silk fabric. The album fits inside another box that ties closed with a ribbon.
kinda cool really.
not much to think about...just follow the instructions.
But heres the thing...
how do they sell this kit at $15.00 ?
They have to be loosing money on these things AND $3.00 goes to support the fight against breast cancer if you order one during October.

you really should order one...its a great deal...and hurry!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Who made this mess?

I really have to pull it together....really.
Or get a maid.

This week end I had to seriously wonder who was making all the mess in my house, cause honestly Im not home all that much.
See, I get to be home for 45 minutes in the morning…from the time I wake up, to the time I walk out the door.
I don’t have long to make any messes in 45 minutes, and Im pretty much restricted to two or three rooms of the house.
Bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. That’s it.
Then when we get home, I have three hours to run willy-nilly around the house.
Those three hours include cooking and eating dinner, watching a little TV and if Im lucky, scrapping a little bit.
Since Im all for fitting everything in, I try and make it an even hour for each thing.
An hour to cook, eat and clean the kitchen, an hour to scrapbook, and a third hour to watch a TV show.
That’s it. That’s my week. Monday to Friday.
But Friday I looked around the house and the laundry is piling up, the dishwasher is full and the dust on the TV screen is making it hard to see the TV.
what is going on around here?
Who made this mess while we were gone all day?

Im really thankful that Paul is so good about starting, folding and putting away a load of laundry almost every day. Thank god for that.
And I always make sure the dishes are put in the dishwasher and the kitchen wiped down every night.
But the cleaning…the knock the cobwebs down, get the windex out, polish the furniture kind of cleaning is reserved for the weekend.
If we expect to do anything fun on the weekend, forget the cleaning part.
Its not gonna get done.

But last weekend it did.
I took a few rooms. Paul took a few rooms.
Magazines to the recycle bin-check
Mirrors windexed – check
Floors mopped – check
Laundry folded and put away – check check

Now its Monday and the whole process starts over.
What I want to know is who is in my house all day long making such a mess?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

felted purses

I consider myself a pretty crafty person.
But Im nothing compared to my Mom.
Last weekend we went to visit her, always an experience cause I get to see what she's been up to lately.
She does just about everything - Quilts, paints, any kind of needle craft, basket weaving, knitting and she even cards, dyes and spins her own yarn!
When she crafts she loves to get to the basic part of the craft, the bare bones. Like, she'll collect pine needles and weave a basket out of it, weave in rocks and pieces of driftwood that she's gathered.
At the moment she's back into knitting.
But she cant just knit like normal people.
She got to basicly sheer the sheep before she can knit something LOL!
Seriously...she loves dying and spinning wool into yarn for her projects.
She belongs to a fiber guild in her area and they have monthly meetings.
Many of the ladies have their own sheep or lamas that they raise for the fleece.
They have it cleaned and carded, and then they use it and sell it.
They just had a huge sale that Im really sad I missed. Apparently one of the women has a farm with a huge beautiful barn where they have the fiber sales.
Im so sad I missed it, not because Im into spinning yarn, but because I imagine the pictures I could have taken :-) The colors are amazing, big balls of fluff. Mom says some ladies display their fiber by bunching it together and sticking it in a vase so it looks like flowers.
The photographer in me starts to twitch just thinking about it!
Anyway, with raw fiber you buy it in huge balls (about the size of a basket ball or a little larger) sometimes its dyed, sometimes not.
Sometimes mixed with other fibers like silk, sometimes its just a mix of stuff.
It was so interesting to see all the different kinds. Mom must have 3 rubbermaid tubs full of fiber of all colors, but mostly just the natural browns/tans.
I think she dyes them with kool-aide sometimes. So fun!
Anyway, at the fiber club sale she said she sold about 20 pairs of socks that she'd made ... pretty good I'd say.
But while she was showing me all the raw fiber she'd bought, I saw these sitting all over the place.
Shes been making felted purses. Arent they beautiful???
It takes her only two days to knit one, then she felts it.
Im hoping for one for Christmas. Already put in my color choices. I really love the green one with the purple stripes. My sister already put dibs on the periwinkle blue one.
She sold a few of them at the fiber guild sale but they didnt sell as well as she'd hoped. The problem is that you cant sell this kind of stuff to the kind of people who go to a fiber guild show. They make these themselves. Its like selling a pre-made scrapbook at a scrapbook convention. Your not going to sell many.
but next month she's going to be at the fiber guild booth at the fairgrounds and Im expecting that she'll sell quite a few of these puppies there.
I think they'd make an awesome Christmas gift.
I'm hoping for one :)
I love digging though her crafts room.
She's always got about a million projects going on in there so your never going to run across the same thing twice.
Cant wait to see what she's up to next time I go :)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

another week gone by...

and no time to post on my blog.
Today is catch up day though :)

We ran around and got all of our Saturday chores done (car wash, Costco, shopping) then headed out to Maris Farms to the pumpkin patch.
Its been years since we took the time to go to the pumpkin patch but today was just too pretty of a day to pass it up.
Picked out my pumpkin....
We took a hayride, ate a hamburger in the barn sitting on bales of hay, Paul even shot corncobs out of a cannon!
My favorite part was the goats! love them. If I could I would have a goat. Isnt he adorable?

Monday, October 02, 2006

and my seceret is now out of the bag...

and I can finally toot!
I've been choosen for the October guest design
team member for Create my Keepsakes.
Thank you Rebecca and the design team for your votes.
This is such a great design team and an amazing site.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

what a week!

I had such high hopes of staying caught up with my blog this week then it all fell apart.
Last weekend I got to babysit Ethan which meant lots of new pictures. and I mean lots. How about 110 new pictures!

Then Jenn came to stay with us for a few days. She needed to come home and be pampered for a few days and I love having her home. I love just spending time with her talking and being a Mom for awhile. I miss that so much. Im sad that she lives far away and we can't do this more often. I really miss having my kids around to pamper, cook for, love on and ... well, just be a Mom. She need us and we needed her. She and I went for a walk one afternoon and off the side of the trail I saw this great sideways growing tree...I almost screamed out loud! Its perfect! You have to go stand over there and let me take your picture. So she and Woogie did and I snapped off a few shots. And since she currently has a few scrapes and bruises I was able to wipe them all away with the magic of photoshop. She was thrilled with the results and so was I.

and I've got some really exciting news today (insert tiny squeel of joy here ).... can't share just yet though. drats!

Monday, September 25, 2006


my blog has been calling me...and Im ignoring it.
I just need to take a few minutes but there's always something more important to do.
but, a quick update today just to get back in the swing-

Old Navy -
Have you been there lately? They seem to be changing their mix a little bit.
I was there on Friday and noticed that they seem to be carrying more normal sizes- not just the tiny ultra low rise jeans. They actually have clothes for people who have a body!
I stocked up on my favorite tee shirts- on sale now, the womens perfect fit Tee.
These tee's are wonderful!
very heavy weight quality that wont stretch out and wont shrink.
They make them just a bit longer but fit in the waist.
I LOVE them and guess what?
On sale now for $5.00 each for the short sleeved ones.
I stalked up

scrapped a lot this weekend-
this weekend! yippee.
Completed a few projects that were sucking up all of my creative jucies so now I can move on to the good stuff. I've got some pictures that are calling my name and I've refused to start in on them until I completed the stuff I'd started. I hate half finished layouts. I know myself well enough to know I wont go back to it once I put it away

down the garden path-
last summer Paul started a brick boarder along the side of the house where my un-used vege garden is. Its been half way done since last summer and its on our to-do around the house list. This past weekend I got out the shovel and and while Paul was sprucing up the yard, trimming the trees and mowing the lawn, I laid the rest of the bricks. Im pretty proud of myself cause it looks really nice now. Next weekend we're going to get some gravel and re-gravel the path.
Another thing checked off the to-do list. I love it when that happens :-)

Ethan news-
we got to baby sit Ethan yesterday. :-)
Man do 18 month olds have a lot of energy!!!!
My house is no longer child proof so theres no time to sit still when he's around.
Got some seriously adorable pictures though :-)

So there's an update.
Not much of one
but a start.
I did it.
and it didn't hurt a bit :-)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A perfectly perfect fall day

Yesterday we spend the day with family at my brothers house...BBQ, cake, laughter and a little bit of a touch football game. A little bit cool and a little bit sunny... fall in the northwest is a beautiful season.
They have a few acres out in the country, a truely beautiful place with fruit trees, tall cedars and giant ferns. This is the lower part of their back yard. The sun was filtering through the trees and it just looked magical.

I was pretty impressed with myself for catching Koral with both of her feet off the ground!

One of the reasons they wanted a few acres out in the country is that they have three big dogs...
this is Ava. She is a sweetheart, but stay back from the drool! she had a cute bow in her hair yesterday:-)
And this is Bob the cat....what you dont see here is that he had a grasshopper pinned under his paws. :-)
Here's one of my brothers and my two sister in spending time with them, especially when it involves a BBQ and chocolate cake!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Its Fair time

The fair marks the end of the summer around here. We love going to the fair and summer's not complete until we go. Hot scones and coffee start the morning as we map out what we want to see... Don't ya hate it when people take your picture when your eating? Paul does. Ha!
Then its on to the dairy cows. Aren't they beautiful.? I vow to become a vegetarian every time I see how pretty and timid cows are.
Then there are the sheep...

And the draft, these guys are HUGE!

Well, thats it for the animal barns...
Next time, fair food! YUMMY!!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

busy week

For being a short week, this past week has been a struggle.
Lots going on at work so that means lots of work to shove into a shortened week....I hate that. Im a zombie at the end of each day and toss and turn all night still thinking about work.

But I was finally able to squeeze in a little bit of scrapbooking to take my mind off work so I'll share that for lack of anything better today. I've been ignoring my poor blog all week.
This is one of the pictures from our recent trip to the beach. Kind of wanted to give this layout a grungy feel.
Im also working on a mini album of the trip...really fun project. I love making mini albums. Hopefully I'll be done with that this week so I'll post it this weekend.

And Im going to vist my daughter this weekend so I made her this cookbook out of a recipe holder from the Target $1 spot

Monday, September 04, 2006

I love long weekends

The end of a 4 day weekend and I had to go and ruin it.
how? my back.
I tried to dig up one small little area in my yard today.
I shoveled and raked and picked up rocks and raked again.
It took about and hour and a half to pull a muscle in my lower back.
god I hate getting old.
So my pile of stone bricks will have to wait til another day.

but other than that this weekend could not been any nicer.
nothing special.
Just our normal house
just the way I like it.
I love hanging out at home.
Its quiet
Its comfortable (except for my back...ack)
Paul watching golf on tv or surfing the internet
The dogs sleeping on their bed
Me cooking, scrapping or reading.
A pot of coffee.
the windows are open and the air is cool.
The end to a 4 day weekend

Friday, September 01, 2006

Learning to shoot in manual...

One benefit to buying the canon Rebel XT is that its very much like my Canon A80. All of the settings are exactly the same so the learning curve there was shorter. But...since I didn't understand many of the manual settings in my A80, I didn't understand them in my D Rebel either.
But today I spent much time with two books, my manual and Understanding Exposure.
Its starting to make sense. I think Im starting to get it.
these are some of my first shots from today . Just walking around the house finding things that will let me take their picture..
Not perfect, but I'll get there.