Sunday, July 22, 2018


Life is really quite mundane. I do the same things over and over. I get up, I go to work, I come home, I clean, I eat, I sleep. Too bad there aren't some craft projects in that mix but unfortunately I just haven't had much of a desire to do them.

Saturday started out with a leisurely cup of coffee or two and sitting in front of my computer. For as long as I sat there you would have thought that all blogs had been read and all email had been answered. Nope. I don't quite know what I spent all that time on.

After some cleaning, Gibbs and I went out for a bit of a walk. Gibbs is aware of the fact that his leash clashes with his harness but being a guy he really doesn't care much about such things.

Passing by the funeral home, we had to check to see if there was a new rock. We weren't disappointed

The sign at the church told us what we need to accomplish.

Since I didn't want to neglect my duty to do good, I returned home and promptly rewarded Gibbs with a treat.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Just stuff

The best part about today is that it's my day off. I have no plans so I'll be playing it by ear. I may do some cleaning or I may lounge all day and read.

The best part about yesterday is that we finally got some rain.

A while back I posted a picture of a business card that I was working on. I read the wonderful suggestions that all of you gave me and I worked on it some more. This is what I have now. I did some playing around with the hue/saturation and thought it might be fun to do this exact same card but in a variety of colors.When I print them I might do that.

And that would be just about all I've got today. Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wicked indeed

I happened to say to one of the girls at work the other day "Forget about the cheese, I need some wine to go with my whine." So she asks me if I like peach wine and then says she has a bottle of wine at home that she'll bring me.

Yesterday she gets to work and said she forgot it but if I'll give her a ride home after work (which I normally do on Thursday any way) she'll give me the bottle of wine.

Fast forward to last evening. I was ready to settle in and though OOH, I'm going to have a glass of wine. I pull the bottle out of the fridge only to discover that it has a cork and I have no corkscrew.

The wicked winery label should have been my first clue.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Music to my ears

Tuesday after I got home from work I decided since I didn't have tv to watch I would get going on some more cleaning. Since Wednesday was garbage day it was a good time to fill another bag with junk. Then it was dinner for me and Gibbs.

Later in the evening I settled in on the couch with my tablet. For noise I popped a CD in the DVD player and listened to some music.  I can't tell you how many times I was up out of my seat dancing like a fool. Good thing I was alone because I can't dance worth a darn. Made no difference though because it was good for the soul. Wade always considered himself somewhat of a classic rock expert and as I was dancing and belting out the tunes I could hear him asking me if I knew who sang that.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hanging on to memories

A while ago I had been talking to my daughter about wanting to really declutter my house. I said that I wanted to get rid of everything that I didn't either use, need or love. I told her that there were some things that didn't fall into any of those categories but for some reason I wasn't able to throw them away. I went into the other room and brought back an example of something I couldn't seem to part with.

I told here I still had these cups that were ugly as sin but because they were made by her and her brother I couldn't part with them. Turns out that she actually made both of them and told me to toss them. I offered them to her but she said that she didn't want them.

A week or so later she came over and looked at the window sill in my kitchen and there sat the two much stacked like they are above. She looked at them and said "You still haven't thrown those away?"

So there they sit, they are ugly as sin, she's given me permission to part with them and yet I still can't seem to throw them out.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Well so much for that

I'm having a hard time staying positive when it feels like everything just keeps going down hill. Yesterday I went to the Spectrum store so that I could take a copy of Wade's death certificate and get the account changed into my name. That pretty much went as planned. I asked about changing what I have to save some money and he talked about some options. He said I was paid up until the 20th so I said I would leave it as is for now and get back to him.

Later I decided I just can't afford the cable any more and I would take it down to just the internet. I can't be completely shut off. So I called and told them what I wanted to do. Of course she kept giving me other options that would be less than what the current bill is. I kept responding that I could NOT afford that. Finally she got the message that I didn't want anything more than JUST the internet. Later I went in and turned on the tv thinking I had a few more days since I was paid up till the 20th. WRONG. They shut the cable off right then and there.

I have until the end of the month to get my vehicle inspected. I'm afraid to take it because with the way my luck is going they'll tell me it won't pass without new tires or something else. I will mostl likely just lose it right then and there.

OK, I'm done whining for the day (at least on the blog). As a reward for listening to me, you get Gibbs. He looks kind of sad. I wonder if he's worried about whether or not I plan to cut back on milk bones.

Here's a close up

And a closeup in black and white.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Just thinkin'

Yesterday was a hot one and after I got home from work I spent a lot of time laying on the couch in front of the tv. It was quite late when I got around to finally putting this post together. With little energy and even less ideas, I scrolled through the archives. A beach picture jumped out at me and said "pick me"

I was thinking how funny it is that in the first couple weeks after Wade passed away, I had more visitors here than I've probably had in the past year. Of course after the first couple weeks all those people are gone and it's back to normal. Or is it? While I appreciated all those visits, what I appreciate more are the very few who continue to check up on me.  I also appreciate all of you who come here every day to visit.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

not much

After all I did on Friday I woke up Saturday a little stiff and sore. Time for a day of chilling out and relaxing.
I went to a small craft show and then browsed the local thrift shop in the morning. After that I worked on a few projects but mostly laid around doing nothing.
Gibbs wasn't real thrilled with my lack of energy. He had other plans

Yes I did play ball with him but not as much as he wanted. Here he is showing me how unhappy he was about that.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Who was that mad woman

I don't know what got into me yesterday but I was like a whole different me.

After working all day I came home and started doing some cleaning. I did my laundry and then started working on a bit of decluttering. If that wasn't enough at 6:00 pm I went out and mowed the lawn. I came in and got a shower, watched a bit of tv and at 9:00 I was still wide awake. Not quite sure where all this energy came from but I'll take it while I can get it.  I wonder what I'll get done today.

Friday, July 13, 2018

I've got sunshine and sparkles rolled up in one.

I believe it's time to introduce you to a young lady I just recently met. As a matter of fact, I got to meet her the day that Wade passed away.

I would like you to meet Presley Johnson, my first granddaughter.

She was born in January and for reasons I won't go into here did not get to see her until just last month. She definitely has her daddy's eyes and the sweetest little smile you ever did see. There's no denying she is sunshine and sparkles all rolled up into one.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

no sparkles

No whining  today but no sparkles either. I wasn't even sure what to post today. I begged and pleaded with Gibbs to hold still for a picture. Mostly he rolled over on his back and tried to hide but I did get just one that was good enough.
I didn't even attempt to fix it since that would have required going upstairs to the computer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

running on empty.

Yes, I am running on empty in more ways than one. Blog material is one way. I have nothing but the ramblings of a crazy old woman and some old pictures dug out of the files

Wish I had some of these right now but my cupboard is running empty of anything sweet.

One month of bills played since I've had to be all adult like and take care of it myself. Now my checking account  is running on empty too. Could be a part time job may be in my near future. It's better than the option of giving up eating.

Since this is starting to sound too whiney I think this is a good place to end this post. I'll try for sunshine and sparkles tomorrow

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday morning walk

Gibbs and I headed out before things started to heat up and took a little walk. I had my cell phone with me as usual, and took several pictures. The problem with trying to take a picture while holding on to a leash attached to a dog who wants to keep on moving is that you get a lot of blurry pictures. I did manage to get a few that weren't too bad.

I found another rock at the funeral home.  The last one I found was gone.

The rest of the day was rather lazy. I did some reading, worked on a few jars but didn't make a ton of progress. Gibbs napped and barked at birds who dared to land in his yard.

Monday, July 9, 2018

I've been busy

It's been a busy few days. Friday night after work I spent a little time working on project declutter. I managed to fill one garbage bag. Saturday morning I started out early with grocery shopping, then laundry and bill paying. Late morning my daughters future mother in law came over to give Gibbs a hair cut. Since she was willing to bring her clippers over and do it for free I was happy to accept her offer. He was looking very bad. Sunday was work then came home to do some work on cleaning out the shed.
Even Gibbs was too busy chowing down to sit for a proper picture. All I've got is this grainy fuzzy picture of him eating.

Not sure what I'll do today. I think I'll just play it by ear.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Orange you glad

Orange you glad you stopped by today to see my pictures of the orange day lilies?

I took a bunch of pictures of these the other day after it had rained. Lucky for you I narrowed it down to my two favorites. The first one is my most favorite of all the pictures I took. I did adjust the levels on it and sharpened it just a bit.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The other two

Today you get the other 2 dutch door fold cards

Friday, July 6, 2018

Two today and two tomorrow

I mentioned yesterday that I finished up 4 cards that I had started. They're all the same style just different papers and sentiments on the fronts.
I'll show you two today and two tomorrow that way I get two posts for the price of one.

These are more of the dutch door fold cards

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The day after

It was great having the extra day off yesterday but today (the day after the holiday) I wish I could have a do over. Not that I wasted the entire day but I want another day off.

Yesterday was actuallly quite productive. I went for a walk, I mowed the lawn before the heat got too unbearable and I finished off 4 cards that I started several days ago.

Today I just have pictures from my walk.

I know they're only weeds but they were pretty and they called my name as I walked by.

I was almost back home and walking past the funeral home when I spotted this rock sitting on the ledge of their huge raised flower bed. I left it there for someone else to enjoy and only took with me the image.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day

Today we commemorate the signing of the declaration of independence on July 4, 1776. The day will be filled with parades, picnics and fireworks.

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. ~Louis D. Brandeis

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You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

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All we have of freedom, all we use or know —
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Another one bites the dust

Another Monday comes and goes and yet again I made no progress. I make a list of things I intend to accomplish and the first item on the list sends me crashing into a brick wall that drains the life out of me. That sounds way more dramatic than what actually happened but again I failed to make any forward progress.

The frustration even keeps me from accomplishing things that I need to do in the house as well as things I want to do in the craft room.

I did however waste several hours reworking the logo that I want to put on the backs of my cards. I also worked on a business card.

This is what I came up with for the logs. Not perfect but I kind of like it.

The card is still a work in progress

I blocked out m phone number because I really didn't want to advertise it here on the blog.  I considered adding pictures of some of the things I've made but I'm not crazy about how that looks. I do think the one above is lacking something though

Monday, July 2, 2018

Enough already

Last week my neighbors had a bunch of stuff sitting out by the curb. I watched this girl stuff a few things in her vehicle. She had to keep rearranging things to fit them in because she already had all kinds of junk in there. A few hours later I see her back again. It looked like she took some of the junk out of her vehicle but there was still way too much already in there. I watched her stuff in a tv, a table, 4 chairs and possibly something else.

Hey chica, you forgot one.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

too hot to handle

Saturday was just way too hot. At one point I saw 94 with a real feel of 104. The only AC in the house is a small window unit that Wade bought for the man cave. Needless to say Gibbs and I spent the majority of the day in the cave. It was too hot to sit in my computer room to do a post so my tablet had to handle the job. All I have for pictures is what is in the archives.
 I guess I shouldn't complain about the weather because it won't be long before it looks like this again

Saturday, June 30, 2018


So many changes taking place these days. Some just require going with the flow and letting things work themselves out. Others require a littel more effort. Some I can ask for a little help from my friends.

That would be my cell phone sitting on the counter charging. The little stone sitting next to it? I have no idea where that came from.

Any way, My phone is with Metro PCS. Wade and I had 2 lines for $90 a month. It's paid up until the 13th of July. I'm not sure if I want to continue with them and just cancel out his phone. More likely it will be closing out that account and opening one in my name. The phones were under his name. Or maybe I want to switch to someone else. So tell me who is your cell phone through and do you like the service?

Another change is internet security. Wade always insisted that we had to have Norton. Every year we paid somewhere between 60 and 80 dollars to renew. I know there are others out there that are free and I've heard they are quite good. So tell me what you use for internet security.

Third change may be the cable. I know I have to have the internet but I'm wondering if I really need the cable. My daughter has sling tv and she really likes that. I know some of you use roku or hulu or other services.

So now it's your turn. I'm all ears ready for your adivce and opinions.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Short and sweet

Just a real quick post today since yesterday I wanted to get the lawn mowed after I got home from work. Starting today the temps are supposed to start going way up so I had to get the lawn done before it got too bad.

That's the look I get when I say "No, you can't have another treat, you just had one." He has a serious addiction to treats. I normall give him one when I have to pen him up if I'm leaving or at night when I go to bed. He also gets one when he comes back in from doing his business. Lately, every time I come out of the bathroom he makes a beeline to the treat cupboard. I keep trying to tell him he gets treats when he goes, not when I go. Silly dog.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Something different

I've been thinking about making a label to put on the back of the cards I make. I mean why not? Hallmark has their logo on the back right?

I sat at the computer the other day to try and come up with something. I want to use my initials because AMT doesn't just stand for Anna Marie Thompson, it also stands for Ann makes things. Well I have three different ones and I can't decide which I like. Now I need you to vote for either 1,2 or 3.

Or maybe something altogether different with maybe different fonts? I can't decide.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Just me

I keep catching myself saying "we" and I stop and realize there is no more we, it's only me. So now I need to learn how to be me.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The rose

Several years ago Wade and I had gone to a Medieval fair. He bought me this metal rose and I never did anything with it. It just sort of laid on a table and then ended up in a cupboard during Christmas.
There is also a vase that he had before we were married. I always told him that it was the ugliest vase ever. Not too long ago I had pulled the vase out and put something in it. He said "I thought you said that was the ugliest vase you ever saw" I told him it was but I was still going to use it.

Now the rose and the ugliest vase ever sit on my dining room table.

Today is my first day back to work. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Dutch door

The house I grew up in had a dutch door off the kitchen leading in to the garage. I remember opening it up and coaxing the dog to jump it. Why I did that I don't know other than it must have amused me.

Thee are no actual doors in this post. I felt the need to get in to my craft room and make something even if it was something small. I chose to try this Dutch door card.

The reason it's called a Dutch door is because the front is half the height of the back. You might not be able to tell from the picture above so I've got this one below to show you when it's opened a bit.

On the circle I stamped the word hello, the leaves and the outline of the flower. I finished it off by coloring the flower with colored pencils. Too bad I didn't notice I had ink of the edges of my acrylic block that ended up in places it shouldn't have been. Oh well, no big deal.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Green pastures

No cows here today and it's not even a pasture, just my neighbors lawn. I couldn't resist taking a picture of this rabbit who kindly waited for me to go get my camera. Luckily Gibbs didn't spot him or he would have been barking his head off.

Saturday, June 23, 2018


I posted this picture of Wade on Facebook yesterday. It wasn't often that I could get a picture of him where he wasn't flipping me off. Even rarer that he was looking right at the camera and smiling. He hated having his picture taken but this day he was having too much fun riding around the yard on this old mower.

So blogger is back to delivering your comments to my email or at least most of them. There are still some that won't come through but that's the way it was before the problem started. Now I can reply to comments through my email like I did before. I'm wondering though if there are any of you who would prefer to have me reply here on the blog. Here's what I'm going to do. Let me know where you want to see my reply and that's where I will put it. For now I"m going to leave comments embedded. I may change that at a later date but for now it stays.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Filling in the blanks

There are a lot of blank spaces that I need to fill in. Some are easy some not so much. Some I can fill in alone, others require asking advice but there's no one here to ask any more.

I used to have just one hook on this rack and Wade spread his stuff out over the other four. Now my things hang alone filling blank spaces.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Speed of lighning

Yesterday went by at the speed of lighting but thankfully there was no roar of thunder. Is anyone humming the Underdog theme song? I had so many things going on yesterday that before I knew it the clock said 9:00 pm. It didn't leave much time to write a post before heading off to bed.

If you were wondering what the Underdog theme song was here ya go.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A break

Yesterday involved too much adulting and later in the evening I needed to do something to break away from it. I'm still working on figuring out the bills but I've made a dent in them and the biggest one (the mortgage) was taken care of yesterday. Of course my checking account is now feeling quite depleted but nothing you can do about that right now. I finally got my lawn mowed and I thought I was going to keel over when I was done because I mowed start to finish without stopping. I used the push mower because even though Wade kept telling me I needed to learn to use the rider in case something ever happened to him, I always said I would rather push. Tell me, just what was I thinking there?

So before I go in to what I did to relax from all the adulting I want to take a minute to thank all of you for your kindness. I'm deeply touched by the comments, emails, cards and phone numbers. If I don't call you please don't think I don't appreciate it, I do, I think I just wouldn't know what to say. Oh and did I mention that sweet Grace even sent me a virtual lasagna. The blogging community is simply wonderful and I feel deeply blessed to know all of you.

So on to something else. I played with a cell phone picture that I took on my walk through the park. This is what came off the phone. For some reason the pinecone and stick laying there like that caught my eye and I snapped.

I tweaked and toned and adjusted and then it looked like this.

Still needed more anti-adulting therapy so then it ended up like this.

After that I figured it was time to throw a post together to schedule for today and here it is.
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