Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Different Look

Trying to organize me life, or better
yet my home. I have decided I just
have way to much stuff, so with
that, I have not been crafting or
doing any photography.
Due to those reasons I am posting about a
pic I found on PINTEREST.
All my doors are white and I am going to do
Wow....what a difference!
These are done in black but I have decided
to do mine in a cocca brown. The reason
I decided that was because of this~
I had painted the cabinet white before I had the
new counter top put in, then I decided that
the white was just not going to get it!
But with a paint chip sample I was able
to see that the cocca brown would be the best.
To make life a bit easier, I decided that the same
dark brown would work on my doors.
More pics to come later.
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please come again,

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Generations

Thanksgiving and Christmas seems like the only time you get the whole family to together for family pictures. At Thanksgiving we tried to get all the families together to do that and forgot one important picture, me and my brothers. Thought we could make up for that on Christmas Eve but one brother was home sick.

But with that, we did get a 4 generation picture. My mom, my oldest brother, his son Chase and Chase's son Cole. Now that is really something nice to have. I need to get the same thing done with mom, me, Amber and the three boys. Maybe soon!

Thanks for stopping in and come again real soon,

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve and Family

Time with the family on Christmas eve was great. We use to it all at mom's but the family has sort of out grown mom's house so my nephew Chase and his wife Susan started having it at their house last year. Nice, lots of room to move about and we all bring a dish or two. This year we had a fantastic tasting Honey Baked Ham, cheese taters, mac and cheese, rolls, baked beans, pasta salad, green beans and desserts!

We started out by eating. Some of us in the dining room and the rest in the kitchen around the table and breakfast bar. And we chowed down, talked and chowed down more.

Family pic~
(left to right-back row) Lori (sis in law), Ray (brother), Jessica (niece), 
Sean (nephew), Cobi (nephew)
(left to right-front row) Me, Cole (great nephew), Kim (sis in law)
Mom, Holly (niece), Paige (niece), Susan (niece in law) and Chase

My youngest brother was not able to be there cause he was not feeling well at all. My daughter and the three boys were not there cause the two younger boys had been sick and the youngest was still coughing and carrying on a bit. And of course my son and daughter in law live in California.

                                        Cole playing with an iphone......

and he probably knows more about it then I do.

My niece Jessica.

Apparently she could not decide what
Christmas socks to wear.

My nephew Sean.

Niece in law,
She was very pleased with her
Dirty Santa gift.

The leg lamp from the movie
"Christmas Story".

Nephew Chase and Cole. Chase is
teaching Cole to use his camera.

Niece Holly.

My mom opening her surprise gift from
me and my brothers.

My oldest brother Ray.

That is my sis in law Lori who managed to
avoid my camera most of the time.
Cole playing with cardboard and 
just as happy as he can be. 

Nephew Cobi and a dart gun from Dirty Santa

Niece Paige

Cole with his first gift.

The dart gun was well wanted by all....
Ray ended up with it and this is what happened
when Chase bent over to plug up his lamp.

Darts to the side and a bow to the butt.

Whoops, Chase has the gun now....and he
is looking at me.
Don't do it Chase.

To late.....I hid behind Cole's stuffed bear and
jumped out to take this pic one handed.

My sis in law Kim went to candle light service at
the church and was later coming in, and I missed
getting a pic of her.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you for stopping in and please come again,

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The 45's and Memories

This is why I have trouble getting things done....
I start to clean out something and I run across
something and I get lost in the memories by
sitting and looking through it all.
Cleaning out a closet in the hallway and I ran
across a box of these~
Yes, the 45! Who remembers these?
These are my old ones, in that stack you will
find Osmonds, Grand Funk, Debby Boone,
Cher, The Righteous Brothers, Bo Donaldson and
the Haywoods. That covers songs like Puppy Love,
Paper Roses, We're An American Band, Rock and Roll
Heaven and Billy Don't be a Hero.....and so much more.
Now the stack below holds some of my Dad's old
45's. Like The Four Aces with The Cockoo Bird in
The Pickle Tree, Bill Hayes with The Ballad of Davy
Crockett, Tennessee Ernie Ford with Sixteen Tons and
Webb Pierce with In the Jailhouse Now.

The memories of laying on my bed and listening to my
music on a recorder player. Dancing and singing to the
Osmonds and laughing at other songs. The walls were
white, there was Bobby Sherman, Donny Osmond,
Osmond Brothers posters coving the walls.
The colors of my room were purple and orange.
I remember my mom made me purple and orange
pillows.....oh the days!
Maybe another day we can go through the
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Card 2012

Every year I paint my Christmas card on an 8x10 flat canvas board. Then I either scan or take a pic of it and set it up to look like a card with "Merry Christmas" on it. From there, I take it and have 4x6 prints made which is a deal and a lot cheaper than it was when I was having them printed. I got my cards this time for 9 cents a piece for an order over 50 prints. Not bad, cost more to mail than it did for the prints!

Well, here he is~

Isn't he just adorable?

What do you think?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

2012 Christmas Ornaments

In my post titled

I told about the tradition that I started years ago with my kids, family and friends. Due to taking on more than I could handle I stopped doing it and started buying my kids an ornament a year. Just last year I started the tradition back for my grandson's and added my great nephew.

In the other post I posted this pic of last year's ornaments.

I was running a bit late in getting them ready, but I did get them done and on the trees where they belong last weekend, at least they will have a week to enjoy them this year. Many years to enjoy them from here on out.

This is the ornaments for my boys and for Cole my great nephew.

It is fun to go back and look at the trees and see the ones I made years ago. My nephew Chase, Cole's dad had several on his tree that I had made him. My daughter has a lot of on her tree.

One of my favs I made for my daughter, I took her drivers licenses and copied it to make this~


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Christmas Pampering

Two friends and I decided a copy of weeks ago that we would go have a pedicure after the Holidays. While in the discussion mode it got moved to doing it before Christmas, leaving work early to do it and that being our gift to ourselves instead of buying gifts for each other. What a great idea!

Then other friend decided that she would present us with gift certificates for a free manicure! Yay….

Yesterday was our day out. We went to Nail Bliss and just got comfortable while our feet got pampered. We had our chairs laid back and the massage turned on. I found a massage that worked on the shoulders, upper back and neck……..oh…..that felt so good!

Cindy watching TV as she is pampered.

This is Deborah having her feet pampered.

And lets not forget me. See that smile!

Now didn't they turn out so good.

Nails came next.
I keep mine short. Never been able to
grow long nails.

Loving that color.

The finished product!

Cindy and I wore our own flip flops in to the store.
Deborah did not.
So when our toes were done, the ladies put
our flippers back on us but Deborah had
to wear their to go flippers.

Headed out to the car, on the rain covered
drive this is what happened to Deborahs
to go flippers!

I think this will become a tradition for us girls.
Sounds great to me!

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Friday, December 14, 2012


Such a senseless act of a mad man in CT.
To take things out on others esp children is a sick person.
But I ask, why do we keep God out of our schools again?
Does the church and state have to continue be separated?
Think of these poor children, the families, the teachers.......
come on and open the doors back up and allow God back in the schools instead of allowing the doors to be opened up by mad men like this!
Please keep the town of Newtown, families, children, teachers and all in your
thoughts and prayers.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ornaments and Plaques

Years ago I started cross stitching ornaments
for my children.
Then I added nieces and nephews.
Then brothers and wifes.
Then friends...

And it got to be way to much.
So I stopped and started buying
my children a new ornament each yr.

Last year I started the tradition back with
my grandkids and my great

He is their ornaments.

I always include their name and the date.
Usually my PJ or Nana if it is for the

This year I have done theirs again only this
weekend I need to finish them up with the
lace and ribbon.

A couple of years ago I was attending
a craft show and I made these up.
I think they are so cute.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Getting Old is Not For Sissy's

When I was a child I thought that 40 sounded so old. It was scary thinking that I would ever be that old and at the same time thinking that was so far off. Now, today, I have surpassed that, I am staring at 53 in a few months and I look back and wonder, where did all the time go?

I remember in my teens thinking that my mom was so old and wondering how she could have gotten there and not known a thing. You know what I mean, when you are a teen mom's don't know anything.

In my mid to late twenty's I said that I did not mind getting old, I just did not want to look it. I wanted to have fresh smooth looking skin, no gray hair and be just as thin as I was the day I graduated from school.

So what is my thinking today, 40 is not that old. Even 53 is not that old, in my mind anyway. My mom was not that old and I think she was smarter than I gave her credit for. One reason is, I have been there as the mom, I was the one my children looked at thinking I was old and I knew nothing. Things change as we grow older. As for not looking old, and having smooth skin, I show very little wrinkles, I was blessed with good skin. As for gray hair, I started showing gray in my late twenty's. That comment about not looking old was because I started to dye my hair then to cover the "old". Then there is the thin, wow, that sure went the wrong way. Now weight and the issues with it is a whole series of posting. Thought I would try to write a book about all this but.....I figure by the time I get there, I will be to OLD to do it!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas in the Sand

About 9 or 10 years ago when I worked for the Printing Division for the State of Tennessee as a customer representative I decided it would be so neat to have a Zen Garden on my desk. This was not only for me to mess around in the sand on a stressful day but the customers coming in to have jobs printed seemed to enjoy it also.

My Zen Garden started out very simple, a cheap store bought one with a tray for the sand, really strange looking sand, actually more like powder, two racks and some rocks. It was very small also. This sat on the other side of my desk where the customers usually sat to work on their printing order with me. I guess I had it about a year when I changed jobs.

Still part of printing but I was now in the Photographic side of the business. I was the administrative secretary for Photo Services. In the office was myself and two photographers who were usually out with the Governor or another department doing photo work for them. But on my move up the hill to the other building my tray for my sandbox broke.

I looked and looked for the right thing to use for a new sandbox. I finally settled for a ceramic square dish that set in a basket. Looked classier then the other one anyway, and this time, I put in real sand. Only this time, things kind of evolved from a Zen Garden to just plain fun. I started to decorate the sandbox for holidays, certain events….etc. The first decorating was a picnic! I used Barbie's picnic set and set it up for a day out, this was done cause I was going on vacation!

From there it just kept going. I sailboat was put in the sand once with a palm tree behind it for the cruise that I was going to be on. It has been a hobo camp with a deck of handmade playing cards laid out on the rocks, a race car for when my nephew was racing, Halloween with a handmade tombstone, a red white and blue clown for the 4th of July…….but what got really funny was the photographers started picking up things while on vacation for the sandbox! The worst, a small remote control Hummer! Yeah, the youngest photographer had a blast with that one and I could not keep sand off my desk!

One of my favs is the Christmas sandbox. Santa relaxing with his feet in the sand, packages around him and him under a palm tree and lights in the tree! Maybe this should be Santa after Christmas!

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping in,

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Arrival of Tink!

Last year I started a new traditioin with my
grandson's. They do not live with me but
I take a pic everyday and post on facebook
and their mom shares it with them.
Tink's arrival came after I got the Christmas
tree up and went to bed.  This is
how I found him this morning.
No telling what this little guy will get
into this year!
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Fall Sunsets

Evening all~
I love the fall for the colors of the trees and the crisp
smell in the air....
But, in the fall and early winter Tennessee has
the most colorful and beautiful sunsets.
This one was taken the evening before Thanksgiving.
Old Hickory Lake over near the dam.
The ducks flying into the sunset made the photo.
Took this one on my way home yesterday evening.
It was taken on Percy Preist Lake right at the
dam. (I live between both lakes).
Check out those colors.
I got this
as I was driving home. I looked up just in time to pass
the tree in front of those beautiful colors....
AMAZING colors!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Christmas Photo Shoot

Every year I try a photo shoot with THE KING....
Dakota, and every year he just
will not play along.

Mom really? Do we have to
do this?

Okay enough, I am bored.

                                  I have had ENOUGH!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holly's Senior Pics niece Holly is graduating from high
school this year. was time for her senior
At the start of doing them, Dad wanted in
on the adventure!
This is so much better. I love it.
Holly and I ventured to the barn. My oldest
brother has the best area for shooting pics
like this. I have done several photo sessions
out there.
Look at that beautiful smile.
This is just aunt Pam messing around
with a pic I took. I set it up in
color pencil. I think it looks so neat.
I love the black and whites.
Isn't she just so pretty?
Lots of props to play around with at
the barn.
This was taken at the edge of the woods where
the wild flowers and weeds had died. Thought
it made an awesome shot.
Just the beginning. We plan on going downtown
to do some shooting next. I will also
be doing some for my nephew Cobi who graduates
this year also.
Congrats guys.
Thanks for stopping in,