Sunday, November 27, 2005


One of the Christmas ornaments we made.

Sadera now is the photographer with Mom and Anthony as the subjects

Anthony the photographer taking pics of mom and sissy

Anthony's ornaments. He made two out of his container of thirty and decided to put them up to work on later!

Bummer it is Sunday evening already. The past 4 dyas have flown by. I did accomplish alot scrapping and have one project for a gift completed and another almost done. Jennifer and the kids came over and we finished Anthony's birthday invitations, and Jennifer's work cookie exchange invitations. Made a new dish for supper called chicken pillows. Boy were they ever good. I had bought kids "PROJECTS" and they stayed busy making Christmas ornaments. We had a visit from Beth and Colleen who brought me clear glass ornament balls. jenn and Imade some really pretty ornaments. Pics to follow. Great weekend back to work tomorrow.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Old age, I decided, is a gift.

I am now,
probably for the first time in my life,
the person I have always wanted to be.
Oh, not my body!
I sometimes despair over my body ..
the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt.
And often I am taken aback by that older person that lives in my mirror,
but I don't agonize over those things for long.
I would never trade my friends,
my good life,
my loving family
for less gray hair or a flatter belly.
As I've aged,
I've become more kind to myself,
and less critical of myself.
I've become my own friend.
I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie,
or for not making my bed,
but looks so avant-garde on my patio.
I am entitled to overeat,
to be messy,
to be extravagant.
I have seen too many dear friends
leave this world too soon;
before they understood the great freedom
that comes with aging.
Whose business is it
if I choose to read
or play on the computer until 4 a.m.,
and sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself
to those wonderful tunes of the 60's,
and if I, at the same time,
wish to weep over a lost love...
I will.
I will walk the beach in a swim suit
that is stretched over a bulging body,
and will dive into the waves
with abandon if I choose to,
despite the pitying glances
from the bikini set.
They, too, will get old.
Much faster than they think.
I know I am sometimes forgetful.
But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten .
and I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken.
How can your heart not break
when you lose a loved one,
or when a child suffers,
or even when a beloved pet
gets hit by a car?

But broken hearts are what give us strength
and understanding and compassion.
A heart never broken is pristine and sterile
and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed
to have lived long enough
to have my hair turn gray,
and to have my youthful laughs
be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died
before their hair could turn silver.
I can say "no", and mean it.
I can say "yes", and mean it.
As you get older,
it is easier to be positive.
You care less about what other people think.
I don't question myself anymore.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question,
I like being older.
It has set me free.
I like the person I have become.
I am not going to live forever,
but while I am still here,
I will not waste time
lamenting what could have been,
or worrying about what will be.
And I shall eat dessert every single day.

This was sent to me from my brother Scott & his Wife Sheryl Thanks guys

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Ok Ok Anthony we are almost ready.
But wait little Anthony thinks he won to so he made a wish also. What agreat day we had. Thanks John and Jenn you done good!
Thanksgiving 2005 was held at our newly weds home in Tempe. Jennifer & John did an awesome job in preparing and hosting the dinner. John's Aunt & Uncle, TJ & I were their 1st Thanksgiving guests. Jennifer prepared the usual traditional food and added new items of brandied sweet potatoes, sweey potato casserole and cheese fondue with artichoke hearts. Food was soooo good and we are all soo full. TJ & I are so thankful that John is part of our family.
Yeah Sadera won!! Make a wish Sadera

Make a wish!!! last year Anthony won the wish so who will win this year??
Pic is pretty dark for some reason, but look at the square plates. John's Aunt and Uncle gave them their dishes for their wedding. They are neat square plates. Also note Sadera made place cards with everyone's name on them
Food is ready and everything is great and too much food. We are all stuffed and ready for naps!
Anthony impatiently waiting to eat, he is soo hungry. He was helping himself to the fondue and the rolls while he waited.
Waiting to eat. Anthony's kitty is sitting on Lezlie's chest

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What a week!!!!!

Finally, it is Wednesday nite and I am going to take the next 4 days off. Yeah! Will I pay for it when I go back to work on Monday you betcha but I will not dwell on the negative. Four days of scrapping, coming up with ideas for Christmas gifts, playing with the grandkids. Oh and don't forget my AB. Still no concrete theme or plan. Oh whoa is me. Gosh I'm not going to stress over that either.
This has been a crazy fall with Jenn's wedding in October, busy at work, & taking lots of classess
But tomorrow is a time to be with family and friends and reflect on how thankful I am for those special people in my life. I may be grumbling, depressed or sad but 99% of the time I have so many things to be thankful for and I am.
So my scrap muse kit was on my doorstep when I got home tonite so it is going to be a nite of scrappin.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my family, special loved ones ya know who you are, friends and to my Bates girl gang.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Cookie Invitation


Invitation for Jennifer's work crew cookie exchange. We had a creative moment when Jenn and kids stopped by last nite. This was a spur of the moment thing and we had lots of help making the invitation.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tuesday class


Ok here is the pic from our Tuesday nite class at Jan's.Cute containers was this class. Colleen and I were the only two participants there but boy did we have fun. Great class Jan!! Jan's husband was there to greet us and what a super great guy he is. Scotch and cigars man now how do you go wrong there. Good going Jan.
Now to my ranting and bitching of the day. WINTER VISITORS!!!!!! Got a love them or not.
#1 If your Doc tells you it is not a good idea to travel to AZ why are you coming???
#2 Hello people we do not provide free yeap you got it free medical care in AZ
#3 why do you have to shop on my days off namely weekends when you have all week to shop??
#4 Yeap we don't do things the way you do back home You are in AZ!!!
Ok I feel some what calmer. So glad I live in Az but I hate 3 months of the year you got it winter visitor months.
Notice I didn't even get into the driving issues?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Christmas Cards

Here you go Jo! These are a few of the Christmas cards I have been working on.
Still thinking about my altered book. I mite just have an idea so will keep mulling it around in my mind and see if I can get a theme from it. Class tomorrow nite. Looking forward to Jan's place as we have a ball

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Victoria's Studio

Victoria our hostess. Victoria has a beautiful studio over looking the desert. What a great place to work for inspiration!

We have arrived. What a beautiful home Victoria has, Linda, Beth and Colleen
Road trip to Victoria's house in Carefree.

AB Meeting

What a great afternoon. The 3 Bates girls had a late breakfast at TC's and then off to Carefree. A beautiful day and drive. Victoria has a beautiful home and is a most gracious hostess. Lots of good ideas for AB were discussed and Linda & Victoria shared their ABs with us. Now do I have a clue for a theme??? NO!!!, do I have an idea where to start?? NO am I anxious and stressed ??? YES!!!! Ok so I have till Jan 15 to hav a 3 pages spread done, a bio done, and a sign in page done ok I can do the BIO, the sign in I actually do have an idea but after that zip, nada, no clue. I know maybe a great theme will appear in the middle of the nite or on the drive to work HA!

Newest technology

Don't let anyone say WSD isn't on the cutting age of the newest and greatest technology. Our new cart for stocking supplies!!! Left on our property courtsey of the homeless. TJ and his staff love their newest cart!

Weekend

Gosh, can it be that it is Sunday and my weekend is almost over. Boo hoo! Let's see did I do any cleaning, yard work, pool cleaning NO nada. I played all weekend bringing out my artistic side. Yeap that is right I have an artistic creative side. Warped at times but it rears its head now and again.
Saturday at Ink It with Victoria, Beth and Colleen making paper from veggies. What a blast. Now which one of the 3 of us had the most creative unusual off the wall paper??? Of course without hesitation it was COLLEEN. She made black paper with corn silk in it. When I looked over it looked like good old black Iowa dirt with tape worms. I wonder what it looks like dried. I love Colleens total abdonment in creating. Nothing is off limits or restricted and her projects turn out amazing. Beth of course made beautiful papers. Mine hmmmm well some were good others yuck. I learned that red paper is hard to make. My beautiful red in the blender comes out a hot pink when pulled.

So today the 3 of us are traveling to Victoria's studio in Carefree to learn to do altered books. Now can't ya just see Colleen's?? I can't wait to see Victoria's studio. Probably it is sooo much more organized than my little messy room. More later.... off to create

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wednesday

Well, Wednesday is finally almost over. Yeah. Two more days and it is the weekend and play time. I continue to struggle with what I want to do for my altered book, but maybe by Sunday I mite come up with something. I do have ideas of what I want certain pages to look like but for a theme nada.
My goal today is to figure out how to post a picture to my blog site. Guess I need to read and follow the instructions. Who me read instructions!
Talked with Beth and Colleen tonite. Great news from Beth on her ultrasound and new appendage in PINK. Guess I need to get pictures this weekend Beth. Colleen continues to lose those pounds 38 lbs since surgery and when you add the 16 pounds before surgey that is a whopping 54 lbs in a month. You go girl!!!!! And tomorrow Thursday Colleen gets her first egg Yippee T.C. Eggington look out Colleen gets real food. ok enough rambling now to figure out this photo posting stuff.

Yippee yahoo yeah this was painless and easy. Above pic was at our favorite scrapbook store on Colleen's BD weekend. I'm on a roll!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Another Day

Gosh it is Tuesday already. That means 3 yeap 3 more days until the weekend yipee!!! I'm really excited as one of the books I ordered for my altered book class on saturday arrived. It is soo cool but can't give away the details as I will use it. I also received Mermaid stamps. Now I can't remember ordering them but alas I must have, and they are so neat. I still don't have an idea of what I want to do with my altered book but I'm sure at sometime it will come to me. Ha ha.
Today is Jennifer's BD, gosh it is hard to believe that 29 years ago she was soon to be born. Happy Birthday Jennifer!!!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Home from work

Boy, does this sound BORING. I just had the usual day at work nothing too traumatic. Now it is down to my addiction scrapbooking and stamping. I'm totally hooked on stamping right now. I belong to a great SU club with Jan as our demonstrator. Nights at her house are a blast. I learn new techniques and meet new people. Of course dear Colleen is an absolute riot. She is usually the first one done with all her projects. so what is it tonite?? Guess I will experiment with some new stamping techniques. Maybe eat and then back to stamping. I think I need to learn to add the photos.

Here we go

Another attempt to stay connected and keep a journal on a daily basis. I failed miserably the last time I attempted to create a blog. As a single Mom to 3 grown kids and a Grandmother to two energetic grand kids I tend to stay very busy. I love my life most of the time. I enjoy the freedom that single life affords me and at times I miss the companionship married life brings. But I spend my money as I want, buy all the latest and greatest toys in the scrapbooking and stamping industry I want and no one complains.
I have met so many new and great people this past 6 months. But two friends remain so special to me. They are there to support me when I'm down and out, to cheer for me when I finally get that thought right on the latest art project and love to shop like me. As the Bates girls or gang as we are known at TC's we have a ball.
Victoria P and Silver Moon have opened up my horizons to the altered art world and papermaking. It is so relaxing and rewarding to try new stuff!
So I tell myself that I will try to do a better job of posting Let's see!