Monday, November 30, 2015

AAM Monday: Project Life Weeks 43 and 45

Some of week 43 didn't get up here as part of the Hilton Head trip.  Week 44 was the rest of the trip which was last week's Tuesday post.  Funny how that can happen.  So we'll now move on to Week 45. I'm trying to stay caught up because I want to get most of these printed asap. Maybe even this year!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Saying grace before carving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in the home of Earle Landis in Neffsville, Pennsylvania in 1942

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Travel With Me Tuesday: Hilton Head 2015

The final days at Hilton Head got a more artsy treatment. I haven't done that for a while and I've missed it but I have to be in the right mood. With a visit last week from my #2 son and his girlfriend, I some how got that kind of mojo spirit. A good visit with different people and their energy in the house was just what I needed.

Monday, November 23, 2015

AAM Monday: 30 Days of Thankful Days 2-10

Again, I'm going to show this year with last year. So much is different (the knee in particular) and so much is the same. 2015 is first with the round numbers; 2014 is 2nd with the rectangular ones.

It's a project that fills me with happiness and gratitude for all the little things of life. Big things can be obvious. Little ones tend to get ignored unless I take the time to remember.

Friday, November 13, 2015

One on Friday: November 13, 2015

Lately it seems that each thing I want or need to do has something that I need to do first. The primary one that comes to mind was printing new wall cards for the kitchen. I change them up every month including a calendar for the month.  I realized I needed ink and this was actually the first time the ink on my fairly new printer needed replacing. I had my printer information and ink info and when I was at Costco, I planned to buy the ink. Uh oh...they don't carry that specific ink.

So last Sunday I went to Best Buy as their on line store said they had six packets in my local store. Alas, the first clerk was of the 'I don't know.' variety. When I said I wasn't connecting to the store wifi to show him my specific ink, he said...Well, I don't know. I don't use it.   We parted company then.

I kept looking but knowing the packet was not on the shelves til another clerk came to help me. He was tremendously helpful but it took about 20 minutes to a. verify my ink need b. check all the shelves c. check the store website to verify there were 6 packets available d. go back into the storeroom and look for the wayward packets e. get a manager to go look and FIND the packets f. get a supervisor to overwrite the sales point to allow the sale price shown on line. Phew!

Now I just have to install the ink - yes, I've had it almost a week - but it's been that kind of week all around. No task I needed to do was immediately doable. There was always some prior step or more to get to Go.  Now I just have to read the instructions on installing the ink. Actually, I'm hoping I put the instructions in the proper place but the way this week has been I can't count on it.

Happy Weekend to you and may most of your plans fall into place relatively easily!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

TBT: A Mother's Love

During my years in England, I would often see a pattern or yarn and send it to my mother in the United States to make me something. I may have bombarded her with suggestions but she was getting very good quality yarn free and it was also very inexpensive for me to both buy and mail. The dollar was strong in those days and bought quite a bit in the late 60s and into the 70s.

Years later my mother told me this was one of her favorite patterns and she made it for herself in a multitude of colors. She found the mohair sweater idea for chilly nights when she and my father took a Florida vacation every winter. I never saw those sweaters before she died in 1981 but even if I had, I was not terribly interested in her knitting then. More my loss.

Today, I only have one sweater from her mohair collection,  one in almost the same blue as the pattern image. It has become my sweater to wear when I'm feeling sick and it went to the hospital with my last year when I had my knee replaced. It's a physical reminder of my mother's love.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Travel With Me Tuesday: On to Las Cruces

An easy start to the day and then retracing my steps somewhat as I headed south.  It was more of a keep driving trip but I had hoped to find the one place we had visited in Socorro. It was like an old general store, lost in time, but no such luck.  I also had to pass on the VLA which is a trip in itself.

There is really not much of anything in Socorro except the university which seemed to be fairly deserted except for a few motley looking students. The town doesn't lend itself to J. Crew to put it mildly.

These two signs caught my eye and then it was time to get out of Socorro. I had already gone round the University twice to find the Plaza with no luck. 

When I am by myself I can stop at any and all the roadside stands I want! I was glad to not be one of the 'dead' on this drive but even gladder when I rolled into Las Cruces and met up with my on-line friend Catherine and her husband Aaron. The next day Catherine and I would head off to Mexico, well just across the border to The Pink Store,  so evening was spent getting to know each other 'on the flesh' so to speak! I've never been disappointed in a face to face meetup with an on-line friend and this was no exception.

Monday, November 9, 2015

AAM Monday: Project Life Week Week 43

A wonderful week with a trip across the Potomac to visit Dick's cousin and son. A perfect autumn day to start this week.

Home life was pretty darn good and easy too.  Just ordinary times which are some of the best times.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Five on Friday: November 6, 2015

A mixed week with a lot of good  and a couple of doses of crazy. Fortunately, none of the crazy belongs to us! Not my circus, not my monkeys. It's always good to remember that.

1. I absolutely love the fall. I love the shorter days, the cooler air, the falling leaves. Fall is the best season in my opinion.

2. Wednesday night I had a chance to visit with my old Artist Way friends in Baltimore. Two of them have a gallery showing and I was invited to the opening night. It's good to see people getting ahead by hard work and perseverance.

3. Not a lot of cooking done round here since we got back from the beach. However, if the temperatures continue to drop, I'm in the mood for some cooking and stocking up the freezer.

4. I heard this song the other night on the radio and I'd love to go to her show in DC. I'm not sure I'm up to that kind of thing any more but I'm willing to try!  maybe they have an old ladies section at the 9:30 club. LOL

5. I really hope that I can finish up my Southwest trip photos and maybe even get a book layout done. I saw my friend's Shutterfly book and the images really looked good on black. I've never tried that so maybe with a narrow white border?

In any case, have a great weekend and make sure to do something fun for yourself!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

TBT: It Had to be The 80s

This photo of my daughter and friends (?) had to be in the 80s or else Mamie was just back from a NASA mission.

Monday, November 2, 2015

AAM Monday: Day 1 of 30 Days of Thankful

I loved this project so much when I did it last November, when on Day 11 I had my knee replaced. I really didn't know how I would actually feel afterwards. How could I? I'd never had a surgery like that so I decided I would make sure to be thankful for something each day. Of course, it was remarkably easy because once you start looking for the grateful you find it.



Not terribly different and not sure if I want the plain white again or this slight background.  When my template is this basic, it's easy to change. Just remove a layer!

Are you doing this project? Believe me, it does one a world of good and no doubt does the world a lot of good to have grateful people about. Try it! and if this seems too much just find ONE thing to be grateful for at night. People who look, find.

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