Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A day divided

I didn't spend my day off doing just one thing. I started off leisurely with coffee and blog reading. After that I moved on to a few household chores that needed done. I think I need a new broom.

I put away the St. Patrick's day stuff I had out and pulled out a few Easter things.

I also spent some time lounging on the couch playing a couple of my favorite games on my tablet.

June's Journey is probably my favorite. It's a hidden object game and I've been playing this one for over  a year now.

The other is one I just recently downloaded. It's a color by number app.

It's back to work today but it's a short week. My birthday is this week and even though I'll be working on my birthday I took vacation days Friday and next Sunday so that I could have a 4 day weekend. I'm not sure what I'll do yet but I was ready for a little time off.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Not everything is as it appears

Looks can be deceiving. Even though it looked like a warm day the temperature was at 32 degrees. The sunshine and beautiful blue sky made up for the fact that it was cold and windy.

On my way back home I couldn't help snapping a picture or two. This one I just held the phone up and snapped without looking at what I was getting.

The next two I was stopped at a red light while I snapped.

See. I even have a picture of the traffic light showing that it is red.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patricks Day

I'm a wee bit Irish so I thought I had better do a post for St. Patrick's Day.

Why should you never iron a 4 leaf clover?
Because you don't want to press your luck.

Going back in time a bit I bring you Duke and the green St. Patrick's Day carnation.

For those of you who are newer here, Duke was my wonderful westie that I had before Gibbs.

How are awesome blog pals like all of you like a 4 leaf clover?
They are hard to find and lucky to have.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A taste of spring

We had a couple of really nice days. On Wednesday the temperature was in the mid 50's and it felt like heaven. On Thursday it got even better with a high of 72. I actually opened my kitchen widow for a bit to let in some fresh air.

Mother nature is a tease though. Friday it was back down in the 30s and the forecast for the next 4 days is about the same. At least I know that spring isn't too far off.

According to the file information this picture was created in March of 2017. I had to dig in the files for a spring like picture since it still doesn't look springlike here yet.

Friday, March 15, 2019

With a splash of coffee

 The other day I worked on making some Easter cards  using free cricut cut files.

This one I added little gems to the centers of 3 of the flowers

On this one I used glitter pens to add a little something to the eggs.

Oh and those stains on each of them are the coffee stains that Gibbs felt could only enhance the look. I disagreed with him.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Just a cake

All I have today is another cake that I made at work. I did this one Sunday and it was for a baby shower. They just asked for blue flowers but I threw in the little duckies because I happen to think they are cute.

That name is really different and had they not asked for blue I wouldn't have known if it was a boy or a girl. I'm not sure how you pronounce it but it makes me think of the dishes.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Little Golden

Did you read Little Golden books when you were growing up? I remember having lots of them when I was a kid and then later buying them for my children.

Recently, while in Walmart, I saw a display of Little Golden books and thought I would pick one up for my granddaughter. WHAT? Are they kidding with that price?

I did a little search for Little Golden books and found out that they first came out in 1942. According to THIS WEBSITE, when they were first published they were sold for .25 cents.

The original 12 titles published were:
Three Little Kittens
Bedtime Stories
The Alphabet A - Z
Mother Goose
Prayers for Children
The Little Red Hen
Nursery Songs
The Poky Little Puppy
The Golden Book of Fairy Tales
Baby's Book
The Animals of Farmer Jones
This Little Piggy

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

One less thing to procrastinate over

Wade always did our taxes. Between my divorce and the time I married Wade, I did do my own online but this time around I was afraid I might forget something so I decided to go to H&R Block. They are right down the street from me so it was convenient. I've had all the stuff I thought I needed ready to go but I kept forgetting to make the phone call. Finally I called yesterday morning and they were able to get me in that afternoon.

My taxes are filed finally. Yeah!!!!

If I had done them myself I could have avoided the $99 fee but with my luck I would have screwed something up.

Monday, March 11, 2019

A kiddley divey too

I made a cake at work yesterday. If you aren't sure, it's supposed to be a lamb.

And it made me think of this song.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Spring ahead sucks

I've never been fond of the spring time change where we lose an hour. It's even worse now that I work on Sunday morning and that is the one day that I start work an hour earlier than normal. Sunday I get to work at 4:30 am. With the time change it's like going to work at 3:30.

Photo from snappygoat.com

Since I'll lose an hour I figured that I would go to bed an hour early Saturday night. Not a bad plan except that for some reason all day Saturday I had the urge to nap on the couch. That means that come bedtime I'm not tired. 

Since I spent Saturday napping I skipped some of the blog reading, email and responding to comments. I may skip it again today because I foresee more napping when I get home from work. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

It's all good now

So my escape is once again a running vehicle thanks to my daughters FIANCE. (I'll explain why that's all in caps at the end)

Thursday night Amanda and Rob picked up a battery for me and then Rob put it in. He was out there after dark in the cold working on it for what seemed like forever.

Amanda was kind enough to go outside and take some pictures with her cell phone so that I had blog material.

It took him a while to get it done because the battery is underneath that plastic strip with the vent in it that you see starting at the bottom right of this picture. You can sort of see the hooded figure working on removing that piece.

So why did I type the word fiance in all capital letters? Well apparently I always type Amanda's boyfriend and the one day I said something about my son and his fiance. Amanda questioned why Britney was my sons fiance but Rob was Amanda's boyfriend? Both couples are engaged. I told her I stand corrected and would make that correction.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Woe is me

I had a little pity party for myself. I guess I'm feeling down over the whole battery issue. I've gone two days now without my vehicle because Wednesday morning it wouldn't start again. I walked to work Wednesday and back home. I had asked my daughter if she could give me a ride Thursday morning and I was glad I did because it was snowing like crazy. I did walk back home after work though. As I type this her and her boyfriend are out hopefully picking up a new battery for me. Everyone had told me to go to a certain place and how good they were and they'll even put the battery in for you. Well that's all well and good except I couldn't get the vehicle started to get it there. I was feeling a bit frustrated and annoyed. I'll get over it and be back to positive happy me soon.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Copy cat

I have a Pinterest board for greeting card inspiration. I occasionally go there and try and copy ones I have saved.
I recently attempted to copy one and it didn't turn out to bad. I wanted to show you the one original one that I was copying but couldn't find a picture of it. I thought I saved it but I apparently saved a different one instead. Any way, this one is similar to what I was copying.

I liked the way they cut out the butterflies and used a patterned paper behind the cutout. This is the one that I made.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Before and after editing

I haven't done any playing around with textures and photo editing in a while. The other day I sat down and decided to play.

I had been working with my camera using the manual mode just to see what I could get. Being cold and rather gloomy the options for subjects are slim.

I took a picture of these leaves laying on my back deck. This is the picture straight off the camera.

This is after making some adjustments and adding some textures.

But if you know me, when I get started on things like this I just keep going. I thought I would try and soften some of it up a bit but maybe make the leaves stand out a little more.

I don't know if I accomplished what I was looking for but I did manage to kill an hour or so playing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

With sympathy

My son's fiance's grandfather recently passed away so I made a sympathy card to send to her.

This was a free cut file in Cricut design space

For the inside I found a sentiment online that I liked and printed it out adding the watercolor flower from some free files I got from creative fabrica.

Monday, March 4, 2019

From Amanda's kitchen.

I got a text message from Amanda yesterday along with a picture to use for today's blog post.

The message read: Here's the recipe for your blogger people. Tell them I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Breakfast at Amanda's

Yesterday morning I went to my daughters for breakfast again. She made a yummy casserole type thing in the crock pot.
While I was there I thought I would take some pictures of the grand cats. I could not get both of them to look at me at the same time.

If Ace was looking at me then Fluffy was looking out the window

If Fluffy was looking at me then Ace was looking at the floor.

I had no problem getting them both looking away from me though

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Hanging with my bud

After work yesterday I ran to Walmart to get a couple things I was out of. Gibbs was a little upset with me for being late but once I explained that I had to go get him more biscuits he forgave me. Then we spent the rest of the night hanging out together. We had a nice dinner then settled in on the couch for a relaxing evening

The couch is currently covered with a couple fleece blankets because Mr Gibbs always tracks in mud. It's bad enough that I can't keep the floors clean.

Friday, March 1, 2019

I get by with a little help from my friends.

Hello March. And hello to all my wonderful blog pals.

Blogging wouldn't be nearly as fun if I didn't have all of you leaving me comments every day. They range from thoughtful to informative to down right funny.

The other day on my "flying by the seat of my pajama bottoms" post there were a couple that really made me laugh.

not bad at all for a fly by the seat of pj's… I like the owl a lot.. that is the kind of photo I love to take... you could show us your pajama bottoms next time. did you have on a top to? you know, details. brahahahah… don't get me riled up about heath insurance, dealing with THEM now

and it must be that Anni's mind was in the same place as Sandra's

Ok bottoms...okay, hooter come to mind now. That owl must be a subliminal message.
On my Tuesday Talk post
I laughed at the comment from Handmade by Amalia
A cupcake in one hand, a cookie in the other. Didn't someone call that a balanced diet?

I could go on but that's it for today

Thursday, February 28, 2019

What a way to start the day

So my Wednesday morning got off to a good start. I went out to start my vehicle to go to work and it said no, I'm not going to work with you today. Great. I went in the house put my boots on and started walking. It was cold but the wind wasn't blowing so that didn't bother me too much. The sidewalks were a bit slippery though and I did fall once but thankfully not hard. As I was walking, I passed one of the churches and I can't recall what their sign out front said but I mumbled to myself that I was thankful that I lived close enough to work that I could walk.

Later in the morning I sent a text to my son asking if he could come over later and try and jump my vehicle. I was hoping it was just the battery. He asked if I had a ride home and I told him no I was planning on walking back home. He said they would come pick me up and then he would look at the car. In the meantime I also got a text from my daughter saying that I could have called her in the morning for a ride to work and that they would stop on their way home so her boyfriend could look at my car.

I've got good kids.

Not my picture I just pulled one off of snappygoat.com for the post

My son didn't even need to jump it. He was able to get it started and said it was just that the battery was pretty low and needed to charge. He asked if I've been driving it much which I haven't. I've only been going to work and back which is a half mile one way. Other than that I've been hibernating.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Flying by the seat of my pajama bottoms

I tried to think of what I could blog about. I thought, give it time, something will come to me. It didn't. Next step, just start typing and see what happens.

I considered talking about health insurance and how it's driving me crazy. I decided against that topic because I'm just not in the mood to work myself into a tizzy.

I could do an archive dive. So i scrolled through a LOT of pictures not seeing anything that really spoke to me. Finally I just clicked on these two.

So that is me flying by the seat of my pajama bottoms. Is it obvious that I can't fly?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday talk

Well hello there cupcake

Wow, did we ever have some windy weather here. It started on Sunday and I listened to it roaring all night. It carried on through part of Monday as well. Along with the wind we got some snow. Not a lot, just enough to almost cover the ground. That wind was pretty scary though. Although it may have caused damage for some the worst that happened here was that the tarp that was covering the riding mower blew off and my garbage can tipped over.

It was another lazy day. I had no ambition to do anything. I found sitting under a warm blanket to be the most appealing thing I could think of. I've had the thermostat set at the same temperature all winter, yet yesterday felt so much colder than it has been.

 I did have to go out briefly to pick up a couple of prescriptions but then it was right back home.
That's how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Monday, February 25, 2019

For a blogging friend

Today's post is at the request of Diane from Lavender Dreams. Her blog was removed by blogger and she wants to get the word out.  If you follow this blog and can't find it, this is why. The post gives the address for the new blog.

The Behemoth squashes the little Lavender Dreamer

That's right. "The Rise of the Machines" is upon us. Our former happy little blog (lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com) was suddenly terminated.

Why and how was it done? It wasn't someone reporting us. It was Google's automated piece of software (a bot) that roams the Blogger world looking for pre-programmed words of woe. Once it detects something it kills the whole blog without warning. Without any notification about these supposed offending words. Without an opportunity to fix anything. Just ZAP ... your digital life is deleted. Everything is gone!

To read the rest of their post you can visit at

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The right choice

The day was gloomy and this cold is really hanging on. I made the choice to spend the day resting. I alternated between naps, reading and playing my favorite game on my tablet. By the end of the day I was feeling a bit better.

Someone complained that I was boring.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Work related

There is a young guy at work who started off in the deli and has since been moved to the office and training to close the store. He's not a bad worker but is always in too much of a hurry to get the job done. I was constantly telling him that he needs to pay attention to detail. He works on morning shift on a delivery day and puts out stock on those days. The other day after he left I looked up the isle and saw this.

It looks like he still needs to pay attention to detail.

Then there is the recent hire in the deli. It's a young man who will only be with us until September at which time he'll be leaving to start school at Princeton. His name is Kyu (pronounced like the letter Q) He is very intelligent and the sweetest kid ever. Kelly, the deli manager told him yesterday that he got paid this week so make sure to pick up his check. He asked if he had to take it and he was serious. He wanted to give it back because he said he didn't feel like he really earned it. He also said that he feels bad about being there because he's taking a job away from someone who might really need it and he's not long term. We finally convinced him (I think) that he really does serve a purpose and he should stay on but he made us promise that when we find someone to replace him for when he goes to school that we will fire him. He is just too adorable for words.

I snuck a picture of him without him knowing.

Friday, February 22, 2019


It was one of those days yesterday where I came home from work tired, achy and feeling miserable. I laid on the couch and there I stayed until bed time. So today I'll be playing catch up.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Finish what you start

That's a phrase that I all too often ignore, especially when it comes to craft projects. I can't even begin to imagine how many projects I have started over the years only to move on to something else. Either I lose interest or mess something up and trash the project.

This is the makings of my most recent project. It's a paper bag journal or album, whichever you want to call it.

It may sit here or I may work on it soon. I started off pretty good with it the other day then lost momentum.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

For some reason

I can not bring myself to pack up Wade's clothes. Several times now I've thought I should pack them up but I can't do it. Just yesterday I was going through all my clothes in the closet. I was able to pull several things out and pack them up for donation. I looked at Wade's things hanging there and again, couldn't do it.

I keep telling myself if I do this I'll have the whole closet to spread my stuff out in. Plus if I do the dresser too I'll have so much more room. But no. I don't get it. I don't understand what is keeping me from doing this.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A change in decor

I may not be able to redecorate my house and buy new things right now but I can do simple decor changes. One thing I change out frequently is my table. It was time to get rid of the Valentines Day stuff and even though it might be a little early, the next in line was St. Patrick's Day.

This was all stuff that I already had.

The tablecloth stayed the same I just changed the red for the green place mats. Swapped out vases and flowers then added a few other things.

A St. Patrick's day vintage picture that I printed out and framed, a green bowl with a candle and plastic cold coins and some glittery foam shamrocks to finish it off.

This is pretty much the same as I put out last year but I'm showing it again because it's all I've got.

Monday, February 18, 2019

On such a winter day.

No matter how hard I wish for it to be spring, winter is still with us. I got home from work and it was cold but at least no snow. Then what happens when my daughter calls and asks if I could take her to work in the morning because her car is in the shop? Yep, it starts snowing.

I know, it's not a lot and it's not snowing that hard but still, it's snowing.

At least for the evening, with no place to go and snuggled up under a blanket, it looks rather pretty.

And just one more before I go.

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