Monday, September 30, 2013

Playing with Bees

Today I saw one of the baby bees I think while out cutting back my lavender.  Earlier in the summer the bush was often filled with fat, buzzing bees getting their fill of nectar.  Oh you could just about watch them getting tipsier by the minute as they flitted from stem to stem. But today I had the plant to myself cutting the old stems back and getting a batch of new blossoms as well. No bees to be seen. Finally as I was getting done for the day one little bee, a skinny looking kid, came along and had a snack or two then disappeared. Fatten up little one or you won't make it through the winter!

I decided to finally jump in and play over at Sunday Postcard Art. This week was Bees. Very apropos.

My contribution - totally digital - was made with one long time favorite product from Kelly Mize, her Bee Husbandry kit. No longer sold, it was one of my earliest purchases.  Once I had that bee glittered up, I had fun just browsing through my Lightroom catalog and picking things at random.  If I liked it ok, if not, fine.  Those that made the cut were a freebie frame from Katie Pertiet, word art from Anna Aspnes, cattails from MZimm, and paper from Jesse Edwards. A quick fun piece.

AAM Project Life 13 Wk 37

I was away at the beach all last week and as always I found it a lot harder to scrap on my dh's old MacBookPro than on my dear well-loved iMac. I also found that I didn't have any of my actions loaded on that copy of PSE and I'll be darned if could remember how to do some of the things I wanted to do - like make a web sized copy - without an action. I finally bit the bullet and just brought the psd files home and finished up the supply credit and resizing with Christy Vanderwall's wonderful actions. Ok, they're actually called scripts and you can find them right here at SpeedScraps - for free! Thank you thank you thank you once again Christy!

And now on to the pages. The 2nd page was such a happy facial shot despite being a pretty lousy photo. I almost missed Anne but decided to use it, and even tilted it a bit more than it actually was. Dad's son is actually 26 but he could have fooled me if I'd been told he was 18 or so! This guy is going to look young all his life I suspect.

Do you realize there are only 15 more weeks in the year? ONLY fifteen???  How can that be? There seems to be something in doing this project that keeps the flow going only to have me suddenly realize how time much time has passed. For the most part, the weeks have been good, actually very good. Here's to the next 15!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Not My Target

I always enjoy seeing things that are not in my local stores, even though you might think a chain is a chain. This is NOT a Maryland Target but one deep in South Carolina.  Deep in SC where my grandson studies. Sadly our visit didn't work out as planned. Next time!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five on Friday: September 20, 2013

September! where have you gone? Is it the shorter days that seem to make this month go quickly or is it all the things that feel like they need doing as the seasons change? Here in Maryland we have bursts of cool days when I want to put all the summer stuff away and out of sight, but then typically there are those days in October that cry out for sandals and air conditioning, I'm used to it but I still don't love it.

1.  IOS7? yes, I've upgraded. So far so good. All my bits and pieces seem to work just fine on both devices. I'll hold out a bit on the upgrade on the iMac, tho my dh did his. I like to let him be my beta tester.

2. I signed up on line for a new volunteer job. I like doing this kind of thing on line but...didn't I  have a devil of a time with the 'captcha' security codes.  I usually have to keep switching them til I can see one clearly but this form didn't give me the option. When it didn't end (i.e. the form still appeared to need submitting) I kept at it. I either sent them one form, none, or five. I had hoped to avoid printing it, filling it in, scanning it, and then faxing.  We'll see ...

3. Change of season reminds me to oil my soapstone counters. Oh when I do it, I always wonder why I don't do it more often. Probably because one of the residents of this house is always eating a meal or needing one cooked. I set limits last night! My counters now look dreamy. I love my soapstone!

4. Bought myself a $-store chain for my glasses, red sparklies, and my dh says it looks like I have blood dripping down my cheek. Not the image I wanted. Would the green have looked like  I was growing moss?

5. Any recipe that starts with one or two ripe avocados makes me wish I were in CA for a quick shopping trip! Ripe avocados? do they exist round here? I would eat one every day - at least - if I could find them.

No matter what you have to eat or do, be sure to have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Still More Project Life

I've been able to get a bit caught up after the seemingly busy time with the paper sewing. I've put that project to bed for a bit, but will get back to some mail art for a few more classmates. What I did learn is how to adopt some sewing ideas into collage. It's all good learning new techiniques for various media.  If it's not fun, I'm not doing it. The art work is not a job so I can adopt that attitude easily.

This was my birthday week. My dh did a lot of work round the house for me and for himself.  Lots accomplished. I never got the porch decorated for Labor Day so this page has to have patriotic colors.

Monday, September 16, 2013

AAM: Project Life Weeks 34 and 35

All of a sudden the number of the weeks makes me realize how we are in the downhill slope of 2013. That always seems strange and yet the days of September still have a bit of that back-to-school 'new year' feel.


A bit more of my life documented and checked! That's a nice feeling in doing this project. Are you still with it? If you loved it and just 'fell behind', jump back in. No rules, no penalties. It's all good.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Five on Friday: September 13, 2013

1. Yep, Friday the 13th. I'm looking forward to good things today despite the date's bad reputation.

2. Isn't it time for summer humidity to say Adios? I have to keep telling myself, this is Maryland, this is Maryland. This is normal. This is normal but after all these years, I still don't like it.

3. I'm always tickled when I meet a new friend and see how much we have in common.  God does move in mysterious ways, and we sure do seem to know our own 'tribe'.

4. Wednesday I saw a van with an engine fire and people were taking their time to get by - taking photos no doubt?. I had a quick photo while waiting but, as soon as I could, I got the hell outta there. Have those other people never heard of engines exploding?? I mean geeze...right on West Street they were only about 7 ft away as they lingered! Insane...

5. I've had my first and probably last Starbucks Pumpkin Latte. Too expensive, too many calories, and probably still too hot out to relish it. I still haven't looked for my 'faux' recipe. That will be tasty in November's cold weather I hope. Mostly I hope November IS cold.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hello Big Water

Crossing the big water today and not my usual foray westward across the Potomac. This time I'm heading east and no, the Big Water is not the Atlantic. I'm kind of glad it's not a day of getting on a plane heading out on one of our big trips of a week or more.  I'm rarely up for that when the weather is hot ....and....humid. Naw.

This is just a day for me.  Me alone. A day crossing our local big water. I rarely do this trip but it's going to be a part of my life next month. But today, it's just a crossing.  Hello Chesapeake.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Pink Mist 9/11/01

  SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

"They landed with such force, according to an eyewitness who was watching along with New York's mayor, Rudy Giuliani, that a pink mist ...rose from the sidewalk as they hit."

I have kept this photo since that day 12 years ago and that phrase from Newsweek is haunting. "A pink mist of gore..." Never forget.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Deja Vu All Over Again?"

Last night I watched the first episode of "Last Tango in Halifax". That's Halifax Yorkshire not Halifax Nova Scotia. I almost turned it off with the snittiness of the female lead, Celia, in the opening cafe scene. Oh well, I thought, this must lead to better things if we're seeing her as a whiny old woman now. 

 But as the story progressed I felt as though we were on familiar turf.  Very familiar as it turns out.  Anyone else remember "As Time Goes By" still being shown on our daytime tv?


In both series, we have two senior citizens, definitely not your typical OAPs in England, both no longer married and who were once in love with each other.  But... an undelivered letter kept the romance from going further. Both couples married other people, and now, half a century later, they meet up.  With the internet and its many ways of finding people you once knew, Last Tango in Halifax doesn't need the 'secretarial agency' ploy used in As Time Goes By.  Nonetheless, we were on familiar grounds.
Of course the original ATGB was over 20 years ago, but there are some of us who have watched tv for that long. I'm one of them. In fact I can even recall when there was no television. Imagine that!

I will continue to watch the show and get my fix of life in Yorkshire but wonder if it will continue to be a comparison match for me. That's summat to think on, right lass?

In case you are wondering, here is the reference to the title of this post.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pretty Memory

Lots of digital supply stores have monthly challenges so you can learn new techniques,  get up to 30% off coupons, and just have the fun of a challenge. Designer Digitals has now jumped on that monthly bandwagon and their first challenge was a MashUp of two templates. Since I already had both of these templates I decided to do that challenge. I was also glad to pull some images from last year's Danube cruise. Time to get back into the mood for working on those photos? We'll see...

So here are some pretties from our time in Budapest. This city deserves a whole trip on its own, and I highly recommend it. So many places, so little time. Such a wonderful 'problem'.!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Had that feeling lately? I did.

I woke up in the middle of the night, after turning over onto my stomach, and suddenly felt as if all my body parts were not in the right place. It felt internal as well as external. My internal organs 'felt' as if they had shifted and my bones didn't feel connected.

Talk about feeling discombobulated? It truly shook me, and I - carefully - sat up in bed and then gingerly walked about a bit.  Phew! all parts seemed to work and still function as a unit.

I don't know what it was, why it happened or if it was just a weird dream staying with me, but I hope not to experience THAT again!  I like my parts to stay put, tyvm, and not attempting to leave their home. Apparently, I am now combobulated...whatever that may mean.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Five on Friday: September 6, 2013

Dare I say it? It was cool this morning, ok a bit chilly in fact.  It can stay this way all year as far as I'm concerned! least til November. That seems fair, right? That gives me the time to do the things I try to do in the fall. They include:

1.  This may be the day to change the bathroom and kitchen (dish) towels to the autumn sets.  It means dragging a bin out of my closet and making sure all the 'summer' towels are washed and dried. I think I'm done with the laundry part!

2. Gear up and try to get myself in the mood to do the semi-annual polishing of the copper. I have some plates/plaques from Iran and other copper bits scattered round the house. They no longer look like copper by this time of year with our humidity.

3. It's time to get the Halloween stuff out and see if I'm actually going to have a bit of play with some faux pumpkins. I usually leave it til too late and swear ...Next year I'll be ready!

read about it

4.  Time for the pumpkin lattes! I saw that Starbucks had a code to get them before the 'official' date but it was still too hot imho, and I'm too cheap to pay that much for that many calories. So I make my own - decaf and with Stevia. Almost guilt free.  I think it will be an iced pumpkin iced tea coffee later today. We'll see if it's hot or cold coffee.

5. Last and probably least, start getting ready to put the garden to bed. So often we are traveling and while I hate seriously dislike  avoid getting this done each year and use the travel as an excuse, I am sorely disappointed with myself as those weeds etc continue to flourish throughout our mild winters.  I know I am no longer a gardener at heart any more but the maintenance is still needed. Boo hiss.

So there's a start of fall activities and chores.  Really only #5 is a chore and with hot pumpkin spice lattes as a reward it can morph into an activity. I hope!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What Tea Can Do

I saw a rubber stamp of a teapot on line and decided to make my own digital version of my own beloved Haddon Hall teapot by Minton. I loved this pattern when I lived in England and it was a lovely design well suited to have a cuppa with a friend.

This layout took a bit of a twist as it was being made. Funny how that sometimes happens!

The text on the right reads -

“He brewed his tea in a blue china pot,
poured it into a chipped white cup with
forget-me-nots on the handle,
and dropped in a dollop of honey and cream.
He sat by the window, cup in hand,
watching the first snow fall.
"I am," he sighed deeply "contented as a clam.
I am a most happy man.”
Ethel Pochocki, Wildflower Tea

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

AAM - Project Life 13 Week 33

Here we go again, another Project Life week. After my one not so happy week, life has gone back to a relative smoothness. That's a lot more fun when you're doing Project Life.

Are you still doing a project like this, sticking to the weekly or monthly focus? If you lost your mojo, you can jump back in when you get it back. Remember, there are NO RULES.  Just enjoy the process!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Simply Sunday - September 1, 2013

Outside my window... I noticed the change of light on this first day of September. I noticed a week or so ago, but the angle was distinctly different this morning.  Shifting seasons.

I am thinking...that today might be the day to do some cooking for the next week.

I am thankful...for a long visit from my son and daughter in law yesterday. It's so good to see them have time to themselves after almost two decades of parenting. Being with them was being with two adults I not only love, but like.

In the kitchen...there is space now that several pieces of furniture are on their way to a new home.

I am 'holey' soft jersey pants. Bit by bit they are wearing away but I'll keep them until they truly are unwearable. Now might be a good time to look for a replacement pair.

I am creating...more pieces of mailart. I need more space to see what I am doing and that can happen today, insh'allah.

I am going...nowhere special as far as I know. My dh may surprise me with a 'how about going to...' and that would be fine.

I am wondering...if I can combine a trip to see an old workmate with a trip to see a granddaughter.

I am reading...the newest old Jo Nesbo book. The Bat. It's the kind that you want to keep reading but don't want to end.

I am hoping...that we really don't have much more hot weather. Ok, no more hot AND humid weather.

I am looking forward to...the next episode of Breaking Bad. I bought the season because I realized that I could not tolerate staying up late (late for me) on the Sunday nights and putting up with the commercials. Seriously...commercials?

I am learning...that I really do have a good grasp of PSE and how satisfying that is. It has been 5 years, with all the updates, so feeling comfortable is a good thing.

Around the house...I realized I have to find a few more stash/place for pickup/landing zone spots with a table or two no longer in our downstairs area.

I am one child can be so aware of life's deep issues at such an early age. She really is an old soul.

A favorite quote for today...Lighten up and laugh often!

One of my favorite a day off of the exercise routine because of tomorrow's holiday. I feel a bit guilty about being happy but not terribly guilty.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Having the last birthday of my 60s is enough to think about. Maybe a visit to a Middle East Festival? otherwise, nothing planned for the week except the various exercise classes. I like that kind of week.

A peek into one my of my days...

This idea comes from The Simple Woman's Daybook.

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