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Everyday Life 9-30-2013

Happy Monday everyone.  I’m taking a breath today and just sharing whatever pops into my brain.  Scary thought you say?  Hmmmm, maybe!


I’m a week late in sharing this, but my cousin from Arizona rocks!  She came to Seattle and walked the Susan G. Komen 60 miles in 3 days.  And it wasn’t easy.  The route around Seattle and to the Eastside involved many hills vs. the flat terrain of Phoenix.  Love you cuz!



I don’t think we could of asked for a nicer summer her in the Northwest.  I mean 53 days of sunshine and no rain is almost unheard of.  But I think mother nature is paying us back.

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It has been pouring and I’m sad to say the outdoor furniture is all stored away until next spring.


I was able to take a few good pictures of the dahlias before the rain literally took the plants to the ground.

Dahlia 1

Dahlia 2


Fall means football and our Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies are kickin butt!  Our neighbor is a high school senior and were having fun just attending his games as well.



Every time I walk into Home Depot, Ace, Lowes, basically anywhere they sell paint I grab a few paint chips and shove them in my purse.  My latest are in a range of beautiful Fall colors.

Paint Chips

I put the rest of the Fall decorations up this weekend.  I’ll share later this week.  What about you, do you decorate for Fall or Halloween or both?  Happy Monday everyone!


Weekend Recap 8-26-2013

Happy Monday!    Hope you all had a great two days off. I’m  still trying to find what happened to August.   Here’s a bit about me the last few days…

****BFF BBQ****

This weekend some of my high school BFFs and their hub’s came over for a BBQ.  We’ve been friends for 40 years.  There’s been gaps in time over the years, but we always just pick right where we left off up every time we see each other.  And bonus! The hubby’s get along too.


This picture is several years old but it’s one of my favorites.  It’s from our 3 day trip to the beach.  Michele and Patty couldn’t make it Saturday, but next time I’m hoping they will. 


Hubby was upstairs and I was vacuuming the  family room when I saw this on the fireplace.


Dislike is a kind word when I really want to say I hate spiders!  Especially big fat ugly ones.  I screamed for hubby, he came running, and then like any loving husband, he saved my life.  I heart hubby!

****PRANK ME****

Do you remember me sharing with you how the hubs and I prank each other?  Thirty-two years worth to be exact.  This is what I found on Sunday with no explanation of course.  Smile 

stacked glasses

*****MISS HER****

Lastly, in a tone of seriousness and leaving my heart out there for you, last Thursday, August 23, was 7 years since my mom passed away.  I always talk about my Dad., but not so much my mom  Dad and I  had a bond.  My Mom and I always had our squabbles when I was growing up.  Looking back, she taught me so much about compassion, forgiveness, kindness, thoughtfulness.  She died at age 94 and touched many lives with her wisdom.  I miss her.


Hopefully I’ll get my but in gear and share some projects with you.


A Thanksgiving Wish

Happy Tgiving

Let us remember that, as much has been given us,

Much will be expected from us,

and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips,

and shows itself in deeds.

Theodore Roosevelt


Best wishes from my family to yours today.  I hope you’re able to be with family and friends face-to-face, by phone or skype, in your hearts and in your spirit.


I’m Back! + Viva Las Vegas

Hi !!!  I’m back from my “blogging leave of absense”.  Since my last post on July 16, I took My knee is much better with the cortisone shots I needed, and I was able to spend some quality time with friends and family.   My son turned 21 July 14.   He was here from Orlando for a 3 week visit and then we went to Las Vegas to celebrate.  My sweetheart of a brother went with us.  It was five days of pool time, free drinks (and some costly ones), a couple of shows and craziness. Its been at least 4 years since the last time I’d been there.

Before we left hubby, young son,  and I all got the new Samsung Galaxy SIII phones.  Love it, but still learning about all the features and apps.  These smart phones are so smart! HA!  And the cameras in them are incredible.  They have what is called a Burst option which means when you press the button to take the picture it takes 20 consecutive shots.

Before I get too far into this post, I just want to give a  big shot out and thanks to all of you who continued to read my blog even though I was away. You are kind and the blog just kinda self-functioned which was nice.

Today,  I wanted to share some pics with you from our Vegas trip. The first pic is a collage of pictures I put together using Pic Monkey of the fountain outside of the Bellagio.  I used the Burst option that I just mentioned above.

Bilago Fountain Collage

We walked up and down, then up and down, then up and down…..the strip many times.  I was surprisingly okay with the heat which was from 98 to 104 over the 5 days we were there.

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Inside casino shopping…

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We went to Pawns Stars and the Aquarium.

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I was burning my scalp so I bought a cute fedora, the one in the middle.  The other two I brought home for my sis-in-law and niece.  The picture on the right is my son and I.  He’s giving the “do I really have to take this picture” look.

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Inside Caesars Palace.  Left to right: my hubby, son and brother.  Pic on right…me and the C man!

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Where else can you gamble while waiting for your airplane?

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Hope you enjoyed the pics.  Have you ever been to Vegas?

I’ll be back later this week with some “Box Love”.  In the mean time, happy last day of July!  Can you believe it?


Penny For Your Thoughts Jar

I have a neighbor who’s a great single mom with two great kids in their early teen years.  Do yiu remember back to when you were that age or do you have kids this age?  I know I had an attitude and my mood swings were sometimes like a wave, up and down, back and forth and I thought I knew everything. 

I was puttering around the house a couple of weeks ago and opened up my crap craft  closet looking for some inspiration.  She (my neighbor) was on my mind and when I saw the apothecary jar sitting on the shelf behold the brainstorm unveiled itself and I knew what I would do.


I printed up a bunch of words, phrases and questions on some green, blue and yellow paper.  They said things like My favorite food is….., If I had a million dollars….What’s your favorite color?….My favorite sport is….. Free Question.  I cut out each sentence separately, folded the paper strips in half and placed them in the jar.

Then I grabbed my glue gun and all the pennies I had leftover from my Penny Roof Birdhouse and glued them on the jar lid top.


I should of taken the time to make a nice label but I didn’t.  I just used a painter pen and didn’t do a very good job.  If I made another I would definitely add a label.


And that’s it.  The Penny For Your Thoughts Jar now sits on my neighbor’s kitchen table and their pulling out those paper strips and having some good conversation and laughs.



My 2012 Word – CELEBRATE

Layla over at The Lettered Cottage is having a 2012 word of the year link party.  I’m thinking this is fate she’s having the party today, on January 16.  Because today my Daddy is 102 years old.  Although he’s not here with me I know there’s a big party happening in Heaven right now.  Fittingly, my word for 2012 is CELEBRATE. 


My Dad passed away in June, 1991 at the age of 81.  He died while having open heart surgery.  My son was born in July the same year.  I was so angry at him for leaving before baby boy was born and then something happened.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Baby was blessed at 5 weeks and I put a picture in a key chain for my mom.  Several weeks later my mom came to the house upset because the picture had fallen out of the plastic casing.  Simple fix, I put a new pic in.  That weekend it rained cats and dogs.  My mom went to the cemetery on Monday, like she did most every day.  I hadn’t been.  I couldn’t, I was so mad.  So, my dad’s grave is open to the sky.  It didn’t have a headstone yet as it was still on order and the grass had not grown back.  But there, on the patchy grass, laying face down, was the picture my mom lost.  It was perfect, not damaged by any of the stormy weekend weather.  Mom showed up at my door in tears.  That night I watched Ghost and I cried and cried.  I fell asleep and then my Dad came to me and told me It will be okay sis.  Celebrate.  I have a grandson.  You can be sure the very next day I went to the cemetery and saw my Dad.

We I get going so fast sometimes, worried that everything has to happen immediately.  Go Go Go!  Well, this year, 2012, I intend to slow down and celebrate. 


  • waking up every morning
  • a husband of almost 31 years
  • a son who is awesome and kind hearted
  • 2 brothers
  • sis-in-laws who are my sisters
  • nieces and nephews
  • my health, my hubby’s health, my son’s health
  • a roof over my head
  • laughter, especially laughing at myself
  • humility
  • sadness
  • the anticipation
  • birthdays
  • giving time to others
  • being  a good set of ears
  • sacrifice
  • hard work
  • a blooming flower
  • green grass
  • a baby’s smile
  • freedom

I forgot too soon that’s how my Dad carried himself for 81 years; celebrating successes, learning from failure, respecting all people, all religions, giving to others, laughing, having a whiskey sour for every Packer touchdown, growing a beautiful bountiful garden, writing poetry, making sure his family was well card for.  He celebrated life and this year I want to make sure I celebrate life every day too.

Thank you Daddy.  Love you.


Halloween / Fall Bookmarks with Paint Chips

Hello All!  I’ve been so focused on my 31 Days To Clutter Free Series that I’ve not had much chance to share much else.  Before Halloween gets past us I wanted to share some bookmarks I made.  They were quick to make and fun to give my nieces and sis-in-law when we had lunch a few weekends ago.

What do you do with all those paint chips you have stored away?


If you have the larger chips like those in the picture grab those, some scrapbook paper, glue, ribbon, buttons, and stickers and here’s what you get.


These aren’t really fallish, but I made them also.


Here’s the front and back sides of a few of the bookmarks.

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It makes it so much more fun to cozy up with a book on a fall day when you have a fun bookmark to use!


Linking up to:

Motivated Monday

Tutorial Tip Tuesday with Beth

Tip Junkie Tuesday



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Spare Room Project – Wall Art / Picture Placement

Mornin!  I’m almost done completing my Spare Room Project, aka craft/guest/reading/my hangout.  I have one blank wall that I would really like to make pop with pictures that are meaningful to me (family, places I’ve been, special moments in time, things I love) and maybe a few created art projects created by me. I actually shared some ideas in a previous post earlier this week.

When it comes to placing all of this on a wall I very often need a visual.  I am always having to think and learn about scale.  Below are some different layouts I really like.  Once again, thank you Pinterest for giving me something to think about…

Love the black and white against the bold color and especially the outline of black.  OMG, do I need to do some additional painting?

love this corner wall, oooooo la la!!!  The color is yummy with the black contrast

frames are different sizes, widths, colors, but it all blends nicely, doesn’t;t it?

@ nesting place

Same shape, variation in size and pattern, shades and depth of same color

Ready-made ceiling rosettes with spray paint. Inexpensive wall art for a guest bedroom? cute

What a great idea – could do something like this with ribbon…

Pops of bright color = the matting is outstanding!


Hmmmm, me likey.  My yellow walls, my colors (yellow, turquoise, black, white), different shapes, a little bit random, just like me!  A mix of color, shapes, sizes but still goes together.  This could be the ticket!  But then again maybe not.

I think I need to do a layout on the floor before I start putting nails into my new beautiful yellow walls.  Stay tuned!


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Closet Attack

Here’s my story…  My father passed away when I was pregnant with my son.   My mother-in-law passed away when he was 3 years old.  I never knew my father-in-law, he died many years ago when my hubby was a young boy.  Fast forward ……my son is now 19 and between birth and now he has been involved in many things, we’ve gone on many vacations.  In the last 6 years my Aunt (my mom was the next of kin) passed away, then my mom passed away.

Why am I sharing all of this?  Because as a result of all these occurrences and being the only girl with two brothers,  my spare room closet, the chest of drawers and every other nook and cranny I can find, is full of loose photos, scrapbooks, cards, letters, certificates, awards, matchbooks, etc. etc. etc.  I think you get the picture.

It all was out of sight, out of mind and then my hubby asked me if I knew where something was.  That caused me to take everything out of the closet, out of the chest of drawers, out of every nook and cranny….

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Pictures say a thousand words, right?  HA! That’s a pun.  Oh, by the way, I’m also on a quest to remake this room into a guest/craft room.  Sorry for sidetracking, but you must remember I’m a bit sporadic and random. 

Back to the pictures.  I am determined and I think it’s important to share memories.  I’ve now sorted most of the pictures  into categories and now I am sorting one group at a time.  Along the way I purchased two memory boxes that look like this…


I labeled one box with my Mom and Dad’s name and the other with my husband’s parents names.  As I am sorting through things I am filling the boxes.  I am creating memories for my son to share with future generations.  Some if the items In my parents box is my mom’s nurse pins, cards, the programs from both my parents funerals, letters from my mom to dad when they were dating, a paperweight I gave my Dad when I was 10 and so on.  My mother-in-law was a crafty person so I’ve kept sewing items, her wallet,cards and letters, labels with her name on them.  My father-in-law who I never knew was a fisherman so there are fish hooks, labels from when they canned salmon, stationary from the print shop he worked at.  I’ve labeled the boxes and there now stored on the closet shelf.

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As I continue to sort through all of this I’ll continue to build boxes of memories that will create a story for my son and his children and their children…..

I’ll keep you posted how it’s going,