Thursday, October 19, 2017

TBT: Oh That Fisherman!

I didn't know him then, and don't think much of the outfit or the beard. But look at those pockets. That is definitely my engineer - pens and who knows what else in the pockets. 37 years later and he still gets ink stains in his pockets. Since 1980, a lot of other things have changed but yep, that's my fisherman.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: The Sun Sets On the Thames

Sunset this Sunday in London was absolutely perfect. The Golden Hour before the sun set bathed so many of the building in a warm pinkish gold. I could have stayed there longer but he was tired and wanted to go back to our flat. Of course he had been up earlier than I had and had had his own morning jaunt. Days with light like this make up for a lot of the darker grey days. Probably.

By the time we got out of the tube at our station, Russel Square, the sun had set and night was upon us. But I did take time to take a shot of our building as people scurried to get home and back into the warm. I took my time and plodded up the steps to our flat but...I did get my photo first!

Monday, October 16, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 38

There was one of the last picnics of the year just as fall officially started. It may have been official but the temperatures still said summer was hanging on. Actually sitting outside in the shade at the State House one day was just plain delightful.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wouldn't You Like These Right Now?

I think Costco only has these giant scallops on big holidays and no, Halloween doesn't count.

Monday, October 9, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 37

September was winding down here and the plaid paper background made me think of dresses we wore in the first month of September back when I was a teen. Shirtwaist dresses of cotton for the still hot days and when it was time for shorts and blouses,  we had as much madras plaid as we could afford. Madras fabric still bled a lot back then so it was hand wash for those items. But there really was nothing quite as cooling as those items made of that very absorbent cotton. I don't imagine they still make any non-polyester enhanced madras fabric these days. A pity.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TBT: Who Are These People?

In doing anther round of getting rid of paper clutter, I found this photo. Who are these people?

I will guess that it is in the 80s from the hairstyle of the woman. I also think it is a family gathering, grandfather on the far left and his daughter, her husband and their two sons. The woman and the two boys have that same jutting jaw which the mustached man does not have.

Is it that jawline that makes most of them look less than happy or is that the mood? I don't know who they are nor where this photo was taken and there are no notes or dates on the back. Perhaps this was a command performance but in any case I hope their future years included more smiles.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: Sunday Pub Lunch

I like to put some simpler pages in between a bunch of artsy ones. Usually, they are easier to do but not always. These were and were a good way to get just one event of the day done. A bit of a semi Christmasy look here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 36

A good week which started with a really nice birthday dinner for me by sweet sweet friends. Otherwise, I just waited and waited for the heat to end. No such luck.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: London Walkabout - His Then Ours

One of us wakes up much earlier than the other so when he did, he went out for a walk north towards what I think of as 'train central'  - Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross. After he came back, we were ready to go out for lunch and a good walk down to the Thames. This gave me a good 'mental map' again. I was pretty familiar with this part of London, in fact my first visit and stay was in Bloomsbury - 1965!

Monday, September 25, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 35

Week 35 included more traveling than usual. We both went over to VA to see Dick's cousin and then later in the week I went to the Eastern Shore to see birthday girl. Her birthday is a week before mine so despite the rain, she got the visit. My son in NC shares his birthday with her but that's a much longer drive. Even though it was a holiday weekend, it was one of the quickest drives to and from the beach. I'll take that any time!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: Goodbye Yorkshire Hello London

I like pages that include maps because in later times looking back on these trips it's always interesting to trace our paths. It was a nice train ride but still it was good to get off, get a coffee and walk to our London rental. Stage 2 of our trip had begun!

Monday, September 18, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 34

I was so glad to see August ending. Not as bloody hot and humid as it could have been but a time I felt like ...ok, this is enough. Let's get those cooler days a-coming. We have had the spider webs since July which is usually a sign of fall that doesn't come until September. Normally, it's then that I notice the change of season when I walk out on the back deck...and yuck! a spider web across the nose. The spiders seem to know something I don't know this year.

But the days started to be visibly shorter in Week 34 which made me happy in the morning. More dark to sleep in!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: Afternoon in Harrogate

As I was looking through my England layouts to see where I was with the intention of starting again, I saw that I had missed an afternoon up in Harrogate. Not sure why or how that happened but I set to it and got these layouts done by using a large photo of my husband on the left and then a set of photos that rather cover the rest of the day on the right. These two went pretty quickly as the paper on the left had a good bit of brick work and other designs on the top. I was glad there was a transfer of the bit on the far right of this paper which more or less duplicated the part in the very center - the tanned the hazy purple.

With that transfer on the right, it does look a bit like a Rorschach test image in the center. I'm fine with that! 

Now I can continue with my layouts of London and then Bath. I really would like to see this trip in print - soon. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 33

The computer fol de rol got a lot of things flummoxed. I am back on track with my Project Life and some of my other scrapping projects. Only the England album has fallen by the wayside. Those things happen but while I'd like it done, it's not time sensitive for doing. So back to the Project Life.

And yes, I know it is 9-11 and yes, how can I ever forget that morning...

Monday, August 28, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 32

Well the past couple of weeks have been a computer nightmare but I'm mostly back to a working level on my iMac. Sadly, this time a lot of the f-up was due to the genii at Apple not asking before doing something or telling me to do something that I knew I shouldn't do but listened.  Trusting my gut and my own experience is usually the best thing. I didn't listen.

In any case, I still have to get back on the line with someone at Apple Care to now resolve my backup issues. That's kind of scary because I had a prior experience of working with someone for two days trying to get the same kind of problem solved. I did manage to get most of what is being or not being backed up onto externals. That's a relief. It's always better to double or triple backup.

Now for the pictures...

Monday, August 21, 2017

AAM Monday: PL the REAL Week 30

With all my computer woes, I had to go back and do the real week 30 since what I thought was week 30 was actually 31. Such is life.

And because this layout was also for a challenge where I had to use a template, there is only one page so far. Late, people, later. All in good time.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

TBT: The 1940s Swingers

Back in the 1940s this photo was taken of my maternal grandmother Mary Rose flanked by her daughter in law Florence on the left and her daughter, my mother, Mary aka Pat on the right. I am looking at my Aunt in a suit, my Mother in what looks like a wool skirt and Nana in a dress made of...cotton? rayon? light wool? I imaging that most of this clothing was home made. Nana and my Mother were quite the seamstresses as most women were in that time.

This was in the early 40s before I was born so I'm thinking  it was 1942, the year that both my Aunt and my Mother were married. They would both have been in their 20s while my grandmother was 46. Amazing how 46 looked back then, isn't it. How happy they all look here, yet Aunt Florence would be a widow in 1945 when her husband's plane crashed in India, and Nana would also become a widow in 1947 when her husband died of MS and Black Lung. My Mother would find that her WWII husband would not die but would come home with many issues that led to an unhappy marriage for the next 30 years. The ups and downs of life.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Project Life: Week 30 (or rather Week 31!)

Did some scrapping yesterday but ran into the issue of Adobe vs Apple. It happens and has happened over the years but this time it was an issue actually acknowledged by Apple. I didn't feel as though I wanted to go through their work around right now especially as this answer was written in Nov 2016 and it's now Aug 2017. pfffft

Correct Answer by Sandeep Singh on Nov 1, 2016 4:18 AM
Hi David,

Thanks for explaining the issue here. There are some bad folders in the system we need to remove them

Mainly, I can't install actions and after all these years, I don't remember how to do some things manually vs actions. But I did get the print size done and it was only the web size that got a bit wonky.


Well actually, this wasn't week 30 it turns out. It was week 31 and it started on July 30! That will be a fix - later! But it did get me to turn on the Week notification in Calendar. So many things to remember.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

AAM Monday: Things I've Thought About Recently

Well after the death of the iMac and my not quite used to the new machine, I have done almost no scrapping so there won't be another week of Project Life to show. Instead, I'll share some of the things I've been thinking about.

When did we got from talking about the internet and instead use 'internets' or 'interwebs'? I know there is the dark web which I don't believe I need or really need to know about but is this what people mean?

Adding my two mail accounts has stumped me and my dh. It's very very rare that between the two of us we don't figure things out. I've decided to let it all go until tomorrow.

On line I learned about the difference between hay and silage. It's good to know that farmers can salvage a soaked crop.

Tuesday our shipment of Alaskan halibut and salmon will arrive. Once again my dh's fishing trip was successful. Otherwise, we'd probably never eat halibut as it's $27.95 @ lb in this area. Ouch! Actually, I'm not the world's greatest fan of halibut but he is.

I wonder if I will ever know the vagaries of a 'smart object' in both Photoshop and PSE

and that's about all I've thought of today. But I will leave you with a thought from a book I have been reading that is set in a British meditation center.

It isn't the desire that causes us unhappiness, it's the lager addiction to craving. We not only want, we are addicted to wanting in general. Yikes.

Well, I think I'll watch some tv tonight and try not to think for a while.

Monday, August 7, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 29

Because there are some photos blurred out for privacy sake, these are not the usual quality images. Sorry about that but that's how it goes.  Other peoples' stories that are important to me...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TBT: Summer of '67

Fifty years ago I was living in San Angelo, Texas and waiting for my first child to be born. Standing on the entry to our house on West Harris, we must have come from church as we're both dressed up a bit. I loved that maternity dress which my mother made for me. Almost all my maternity clothes were from her work. She worried that the hems were going to be a bit off since she was in Maryland and I was in Texas so no standing on the kitchen table for hemming.

I wonder who took this photo - a friend I guess - but as it's the only one of this day I can't be sure. Of course in those days, a photo meant film and film was expensive and so was the developing and printing. So different today, isn't it!

I also note that here my then husband is wearing the Rolex watch I gave him for our wedding. He later bought himself a digital watch and the Rolex was left in a piece of furniture in Iran. So much for wedding gifts from his bride!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: A Day Out in York

I don't often do a double page that is pretty much designed as a double from the start. This one was done that way, more or less, even though when it's printed you won't really know that. It's fun to do once in a while but let me tell you, the number of layers gets to be beyond me!

In any case, here's how the pages look on their own.

Monday, July 31, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 28

July tends to be the time of year when I have very little energy. Hot, humid and I'm content to just read books and watch tv. But this week did get me out to Southern MD and a very hot and tiring drive it was. But a retreat on the Potomac is always good. I only left the building once I think!

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