Monday, January 15, 2018

An Update

Well we made it to the boat and DH is working hard to get things in order to put her in the water.  We didn't have too much damage from the hurricanes, but our battery bank was completely dead and it is very slow to charge up again.  The surfaces, both interior and exterior are all covered with some degree of mold that will need to be cleaned up before we can get her in the water and begin moving all our belongings back on board.  Right now we are staying in our RV in the campground in the marina and hope to be able to get Belmira launched early next week.  I will post more (hopefully with some pictures) in the near future.

The weather is so far cooperating and we have not had rain since we made it to the marina.  We had quite a bit on the way down here though.  We had a wonderful visit with friends from the Carter Lake Sail Club on Dauphin Island and two of those friends are now camped across from us in the campground.

We have not made it into Stuart for dinner yet, but my FB friends can look forward to some yummy food pix very soon!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Occasions Catalog Swap

I am fortunate to live in an area with many other great demonstrators.  One of our leaders is Cathy Hansen and she has organized a 2018 Occasions Catalog swap for us.  Here is my card:


We are feverishly preparing for our departure for this year's sailing adventure and will be leaving in a few days.  This means that I wont' be here when the actual swap occurs and will not get to see the physical cards until we return (hopefully sometime in early April).  I am hoping that Cathy will post the pictures on her blog and I really look forward to seeing them.

Here are the products I used:
My posts for the next few months will probably be related to our sailing adventures.  I am not sure how much I will be able to post, but am hopeful that I can at least let everyone know where we are and that we are safe (if not very dry)!  This will probably be our last season sailing in the south, so next sailing season will be in the summer off the coast of New England and I know that posting from there will be much more frequent.  I cannot take my stamping supplies on the boat, but will be keeping busy with my pencils and watercolors and also my knitting and crocheting.  I have loaded a ton of books on my iPad and look forward to getting in some concentrated reading too!  We hope to be back in the spring and I look forward to being able to create and post more then.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Wishing Everyone All the Best in the New Year!


Thanks for visiting and thanks for sticking with me these past 10 years! 


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Friday, December 29, 2017

This blog is officially 10 YEARS OLD!


On this date 10 years ago I began this journey.  For all of you who have hung in there with me throughout the 1469 posts - all of you who have visited over 158,,000 times - THANK YOU!

I am not always consistent (so what else is new), but the thing I have been very consistent about is my gratitude to all the wonderful friends that I have made through this blog.  Friends that I have and haven't met in person, but love just the same.  It has been a journey that I am grateful to have taken. 

I don't know exactly what the future holds, but I know that spending time with you (even if infrequently) is totally a worthwhile endeavor.

It is probably time for a re-design and I hope to tackle that when we return from our sailing journey this season.  We shall see what the future holds and I am not confident enough to even attempt to predict what that might be!  Stay tuned!

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Marry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Update

Well, as usual I am remiss in my postings.  Needless to say, things have been a bit crazy and therefore I am (more than) a bit crazy, but you already knew that right?  I really did think that if I could just get through September without losing my mind, things would be great!  Well, September turned into October and October turned into November and November turned into December, and well, you know where this is going.

I have been making things and doing things and teaching things like crazy.  I just don't have enough time (or energy) to chronicle them all here.  Suffice it to say though, it has been a fantastic fall/winter season so far in the crafting (and personal) side of life.  I will admit to still being more than a little depressed over the state of things in this great nation of ours, but we won't go there.  It has colored nearly every aspect of my life and I am holding out hope that things will get better in the new year.

I have been making cards, making gift tags (like crazy) and generally enjoying a good bit of crafty fun.  I have been coloring, painting, stamping, crocheting, knitting, reading and overall becoming immersed in the art of creating.  Whoever said that retirement was an opportunity to kick back and relax has never been part of our lives!  DH and I are enjoying our retirement years in the only way we know how - BUSILY!

My baby turned 42 yesterday:


I still have trouble believing that so much time has passed since his birth.  He is truly a marvel and a wonder and I am thankful every single day that I can call him my son! 

We are frantically preparing for an unexpected Christmas Day celebration at our house.  Trying not to over-do things, but also trying to keep things festive and fun.  Kids, spouses, ex-spouses and grand-kids will be here celebrating with us and we are looking forward to a food and fun-filled day.

After Christmas sometime, we head out for several months aboard Belmira.
This year we hope to make it to the Bahamas and get in some sailing, fishing, relaxing and snorkeling before heading back to Colorado in the spring.  I hope to be able to stay in touch with everyone, but sometimes you just need to get lost!

Thanks for visiting and hanging in there with me as I muddle through this wonderful life! 


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Falling off the blog train ...

As usual, I am behind in most everything.  Whoever said retirement was a time to relax and kick back needs to have their head examined!  Busier than ever (and really happy about it too!).

This weekend is the Rose Hill Grange Stamp Camp.  Miss Isabella (she's 11 and has more creative talent in her big toe than grandma has in her whole body) accompanies me to this camp and we both have a lot of fun.  Here's the card the campers will be making at my table:


Here's some details on the camp in case you are in the area and want to stop in and get crafty with us:
We always have a wonderfully creative time at this camp and if you are in our area I would definitely encourage you to come and play with us!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

It has begun ...

It was inevitable:


The heavy wet white stuff fell from the sky and tore up trees and power lines, but luckily did not affect our roads too much.  We managed to cover up most of our beautiful flowers, and we shall see tomorrow afternoon how well they fared.  Overnights will still be quite cold, but daytime temps should rise to the 50's and 60's by the end of the week.  DH got the garage cleaned out enough that the car had a dry place to spend the night last night, but the RV and the van had to weather the wet, heavy stuff along with falling branches.. Lots and lots of branches down throughout our neighborhood and sporadic power outages, but nothing that can't be cleaned up.  Life in the Rocky Mountains!

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Freebie Friday (on a Monday) - October 9, 2017

Well to say it has been busy around here is a bit of an understatement.  As a result, my Freebie Friday digital sentiment is a couple days late.  But, better late than never right?  Here it is:

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I have tons of photos ready to share with you and hopefully will be able to get some posted throughout the week.  I am surrounded by amazingly talented women and really want to share some of that with all of you.

It has begun and I will also have a photo of that once it is light enough outside to snap a pix!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Freebie Friday - September 29, 2017

Another week has flown by.  It has been very wet and cool here, but so far ... no snow!  I am pretty sure there will be some before Halloween, but it has prevented the kids from playing in the backyard on their swing due to the mud.  We harvested our single bunch of grapes from our vines.  They were very sweet and very small, but considering it is a 3 year old vine and these are the very first grapes - we are happy and have high hopes for the others next season.  Garlic will be going into the ground soon as well and we shall see what kind of crop we can get.  Considering the absolute failure of the garden to produce much this year, the soil will be getting a little compost help before we put the garlic in.  Fingers crossed!
Here is your freebie for today:

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Right click and choose "save as" to save these to your computer.  As always, if you use one of my digital sentiments on a project, I would LOVE to see it.  Send me a link via a comment on this message or via email (address in the sidebar).

This weekend is our monthly gathering at the Rose Hill Grange.  Here's the card the campers will be making at my table:

We always have a fantastic time at this event and this month is even more special because we have a visiting demo from North Carolina - Wanda Williams!  I have missed her smiling face at our camps and demo meetings and it will be so fantastic to have her join us this month!  She is not only a very talented demonstrator, she is also just an awesome human being!  If you want some more information about this fun event:
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Freebie Friday - September 22, 2017

Happy Fall everyone!  The days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.  The leaves are turning and the sweaters are coming out of the closet!  No snow yet though!  We have had blizzards in September here before and I am grateful that there has not been one this year!  Warm days and cool nights are just fine and the snow can wait just a few weeks more - please!

I have a freebie for you today, but once again no sample card - sorry about that.  I have tons of cards to share, but need to get them all cropped and ready.  Hang on, they're coming!  In the meantime here's this week's Friday Freebie:

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For some reason my save to png format did not want to work today, so there's just the jpg file for you.  Enjoy!  Right click and choose "save as" to save these to your computer.  As always, if you use one of my digital sentiments on a project, I would LOVE to see it.  Send me a link via a comment on this message or via email (address in the sidebar).

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