Friday, October 29, 2010

Flashback Friday 10 10 29

Woman putting on her lipstick in a park with Union Station behind her, Washington, D.C. (LOC)
1943 Woman at Union Station Washington, DC, Library of Congress Collection

Thursday, October 28, 2010

5 Good Things

1. The temperature dropped, and it's nice and cool. Good sleeping weather cool.

2. The vet agreed to give the cat his medication without another visit and bloodwork.

3. The things that needed to be written are written and emailed.

4. I have Halloween M&Ms.

5. Free iTunes Tuesday at Starbucks. Angel Dance single

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Plan and then change Plans

Today is continuing the trend of the weekend. I plan x and y happens. Mostly it's ok, but it still gets me a bit flustered. The many trips we've taken have taught me to go with the flow and not let too many things go to the last minute. I had planned to do a LOT over the weekend. Didn't happen.

I went to watch my grandson play waterpolo, which WAS planned, but he hurt his arm and we thought it was broken. Since he was over an hour from home, and no one was home anyhow - if you're a parent with 3 children, you understand weekends like this - I went to the emergency room with him here in Annapolis where he was playing. By dinner time it was ascertained that the arm was not broken and he had a ride with his coach back to Virginia. I don't begrudge the time at all but when I got home I was zonked and it was an hour of "As Time Goes By" and then zzzzzzzz. 

Sunday was a day with a granddaughter at the Science Fair in Washington DC.  Can you imagine displays for miles??? There were over 1,000 booths and no we didn't see them all. I didn't even go all day as my dear dh went in the morning to VA to get her and I met them midday in DC. That allowed for a bit of quiet time to recenter myself at home before I went. I needed that as it was a day that lasted until mid evening. We both were zonked when we got home Sunday, and another early night for us both!

Now the cat's meds are ordered, the Ambien is ordered, the list of to-do items is shrinking and so it was ok that the dh realized today....yes, today...that he needed new slacks for the trip.  To Target we went. I even got a new laptop bag and ...heheh ... a bag of Halloween M&Ms.  Home and more water to drink. Can you believe we will be turning the a/c on tonight to sleep???

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cake with Intelligence

I saw this baby back in May and thought....oh yeah, I like this!

You know you need to make this for some party this Halloween. The ladies over at Homemade Mamas show you how. Use your brains...hehehe...and creep someone out!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Flashback Friday 10 10 22

Sometime in 1944 or 1945 in Washington state I believe. My father is the soldier on the far left, reading that magazine intently.  I'd say this was taken in a USO or canteen for some publication. Perhaps it was for Ma Bell? I don't know, and both of my parents are dead so it's only my speculation.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Progress and Patience

Progress sometimes come in very slow steps.

We contracted to have new windows on the front of our house as well as a new front door and storm door. The work was to start in June. Well start it did. There was a lot of hemming and hawing and moaning and groaning with our new windows. Our house is old - 1910 - and not surprisingly it is rather crooked. The contractor had worked on our house before and when we decided on Anderson windows for the whole front it was ...Great. Fine.

Then came the installation and the hot weather. While we were not the ones working outside, there was a lot of hot air coming in  - literally and figuratively.  It was then suggested that we could have had windows made to measure rather than install new replacements of the old size.  Eventually, they were all in and  eventually the new window sills were corrected, the walls and trim were painted and that part of the job was done.

Information was given to the contractor on exactly which door we wanted and exactly which storm door we wanted and the door hardware was waiting. We would go to Hawaii for 2+weeks and the installation could start when we returned.

August arrived, we were home but there were no doors. We waited, we made phone calls, and we waited and waited and waited. Finally the front door was installed.You will note a Halloween wreath on the door. That tells you it was not installed in August...

Now we waited for the storm door. Again, this was a door that was supposedly ordered mid July. Supposedly we say. Finally that arrived and was installed. We actually had a few days when it was still mild enough to enjoy the screen and the breeze.

Now to have the door painted as well as all the interior trim around the door. I had a feeling it would be a Christmas wreath on the door when that happened.

The painter finally returned our phone calls, finally showed up, and finally started. Then the door handle fell off...

I'll wait to see what happens as the day goes on. I know where the Christmas wreath is ...just in case.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Reflection Time

I never did get around to that reflection for a Dishing the Week post. Ah such good intentions that fall by the wayside.

I did get all of my digital supplies transferred to a new EHD and that felt good. Most all of my photos are also on another EHD and that has freed up a good bit of space on ye old iMac. When going through some of them, I came across a bunch of photos that I thought I'd scrap. I am so glad to get that Hawaii album finished, tho not ready for Shutterfly yet, that I wanted a simple page. So with this iMac photo booth pic of me and Sebastian, I have this one.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dishing the Week - encore

I liked how I used to sum up the week earlier in the year. I dished my week here, on things I reflected upon on Sunday.

I let it go when trips got in the way and it got to be feeling like a chore again. I wanted more words than the POTD usually included but I know I get bored with the same design over and over again. Perhaps this will be a chance to test out various ways of getting to the place where I can remember my week. Not just remembering it but remembering it in a way that resonates with me. Will I use the same layout each week? will I have words and photos each week? will I get it done each week?

I have no ideas about the answers to those questions. I do know that I liked the reflection time on Sundays. Can blogging and scrapbooking be a form of meditation? I think so. Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood has the right wording for it. CraftSanity. We craft our sanity and we find gratitude. I do and I hope you can also.

Now I must go eat ...and reflect.

Monday, October 11, 2010

When You Clean Up...

When you clean up your hard drive, it's always good to pitch items that are no longer useful. Maybe the ones that you know you won't use any time soon can go off onto an EHD which has loads of space - so far. Then there are the hordes of photos that elicit deep sighs, wondering if they will ever get scrapped or printed but knowing it won't be in 2010 most likely.

Here's one I remember fondly...taking the Oxford Express up the A40 from London in February 2009. Yes, it was a dreary day that turned out to be pretty cold, foggy and all over VERY much an English winter as I remembered them. Not quite two years ago yet and a trip to be repeated for his birthday next year. 

Hope your day is sunnier today!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Have a good Weekend

Nothing particular to say today. I've done a good bit of filing of digital supplies today and finished up my September purchases. They're so easy to buy but they sure do take time to organize on the computer.

There are black beans ready to be cooked, there are printed layouts to ohh and ahh about before putting in the album, and there is the final disk of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy " to watch. Love, love, lovin' it.

So on this delicious fall evening, I hope your windchimes are blowing in a gentle breeze. See mine?

Oh, do have a good pot of tea yourself. I just may go and brew up another one for the night. Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Haste makes Blood

I really wasn't in a hurry, or so I thought, but I obviously wasn't being as careful as I thought I was. Last night I was finishing up those secret Halloween banner tags for someone who is way too young to read blogs, so I CAN share that here. I was pleased to get the letters all on the paper with the frickin' little pop dots. Oh they work well, but so fiddly and so boring.

Since the only thing left for that project was to get the ribbon or emboidery floss for the threading. I decided that I would leave that till the a.m., and instead I would cut out some pdf printables for my travel journal. I had done a few with the x-acto knife and my trusty Tim Holtz ruler. But then making one of those long straight cuts, my hand slipped and into my left index finger the blade went! AAAARGHHH! Blood! I stuck that finger into my mouth so fast you'd thing the blood was chocolate. I wanted to be sure that no blood would get on my printed pages. Gotta prioritize!

Since the finger was in my mouth I couldn't see how much it was bleeding but it tasted 'ok'. I had my dh help me get a bandaid and some antibiotic on it. I swear his hands were shaking more than mine. He gets upset when he sees me hurt whereas I'm kind of cool and calm one.

I kept that finger above my heart for about 2 hrs, and then I was ready for bed. It still throbbed a bit, but no blood was seeping out of the bandaid, and I added a 2nd to ensure that I wouldn't have blood spots on the sheets...just in case.

Today it feels ok, though I haven't looked yet. I find it difficult to type on the keyboard but then again, I do suppose I should be resting it. That's hard.

Now it's just time to bite the bullet, take the bandaids off, and see how it looks.  Dan Zielske you have all my sympathy. No pieces of MY finger fell off, and for that I am truly grateful.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Guess What Season?

This is my favorite time of year and not only because the heat is finally gone. I like fall a lot and Halloween is just kind of like the cherry on the the top.

Our front door is still not done, and no sign of the storm door yet but at least I can add my wreath. It's a true Maryland wreath with oyster shells and I made the base years and years ago. I love it.

Now I loved this project that I bought here when it was on sale this past Wednesday. Here it is with just the letters.

Here it is on top of the papers. I had to add two more papers myself - the pumpkins - though I could have printed one of those in the kit twice. It's not for me though. It's for our grandson, the one whose sister died September 1st.

I may...may ...make another one for us but probably not. I am not overjoyed at lots of cutting things out and only did this one out of love. I hope it gives the family a bit of happiness despite Bekah's recent death. I better get going and glue it, get the cord or ribbon, and get it ready for mailing. I hope you're enjoying your autumn too. Anything new on the decorating scene?

Friday, October 1, 2010


Flashback Friday

My kitchen in Tehran, 1978 or early 79. The children and I had already been evacuated and my then husband took these polaroids of all the rooms for probable insurance purposes. It was a big kitchen, as was the whole apartment, and we had just stocked the fridge and got a full tank of 'gaz' for the stove. How about that classic avocado green! I loved that pine linen press that we bought in England, ditto some original bentwood chairs round the oak kitchen table.

While our household goods did get shipped back to the US, despite the Iranian Revolution, many of these things were stolen by US renters of our home in the states. Funny twist of fate, eh?

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