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Lazy Day

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This has been a pretty lazy day for me. Just couldn't seem to get my creativity going to start my swaps. Have ideas, just no motivation. So I photographed all the tags that have come in and then separated them all into groups. From there I wrapped them all in tissue paper and have all the envelopes ready to mail out. I'm hoping to get them all mailed by Tuesday.


I managed to do a bit of surfing on the Internet with difficulty thanks to an erratic service today. It seems it was out more than on.

I follow Confessions of a Pioneer Woman daily and have tried many of her recipes. Today I decided to try her pasta. I think it took longer to chop all the veggies than to cook the dish. I have to say it is another keeper. Really good.

Pioneer Woman’s Pasta Primavera (this is her pic)


Everything chopped and ready to go

And my pic of my pasta. It makes a very large amount so I guess I will be eating it all week which is ok as it is really good


So off to eat and enjoy the rest of my evening. It…

Can we say "HELP"

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You can tell how exciting my life is when TJ's parrot, that I am the foster parent for, makes my day. I took yesterday as a mental health day aka get as much work done as possible day. So I had been busy trimming palm trees, bougainvillea, washing my jeep and generally trying to clean up my yard. I came in to a screeching like I haven't every heard from Mr Parrot. Apparently he had fallen into his empty food container and couldn't get out. Usually the container is laying down but occasionally he works hard enough to get it upright and then perches on it. Must have been what he did. So the screeching is ear piercing and I am laughing so hard. I rescued him and was he thankful??? that would be NO!!! he tried to bite me and was very very mad. He perched on his branch pouting. Guess that will keep him quiet for awhile. I am not his favorite person at the present!!!


So the day progressively went down hill from there. I had decided to have hamburger and sweet corn for my dinner. …

Payson Part Two

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To continue from yesterday. As I was saying Barb talked me into the Purple Monster. After she demo'd it I was sold. Both Barb and Brenda said all their customers had it as they "don't share" That was too funny. Believe me these scrap booking ladies in Payson have all the latest and greatest papers, tools etc.
So they were running a special and I bought Mr Purple Monster. So far I haven't been able to play but I do have it put together which consisted of putting the handle on. Need to put everything in it's case and get it all organized
The Purple Monster

Put together with all the accessories

And some goodies I purchased

So there ya have it the Purple Monster story. Now it is back to laundry, cleaning and getting ready for work tomorrow.
Next class I have scheduled is at Mystic Paper with Kim. Her recipe book looks awesome. Check out Mystic's blog and also check the awesome new Graphic 45 papers they have. You can bet Kim and Jennifer will be seeing me Sat a…
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As I had blogged earlier today I was in Payson most of the day. I accompanied Kim (yeap only 2 of the 3 amigos) up to Paper and Metal Scrappers where she taught 2 awesome classes. Colleen was unable to join the adventure as she is in Spokane visiting family. We missed ya Colleen.
Brenda and Barb owners of the store put out the warmest Welcome Mat. They are so sweet and fun!!!! It felt like we had known them for forever. Kim's classes also had the nicest ladies. It was a fun day. Paper & Metal Scrappers is a small store but it is packed with all the latest and greatest papers, embellies and tools. The decor is unique and I spent most of my time taking in everything and how it is displayed. Awesome layouts, books, and altered stuff. and yes Barb convinced me I needed the Purple Monster and yes I bought it. I will post pics tomorrow of this wonderful new tool. Bet ya Colleen and Kim get one our next trip up there.
Payson was a bit cooler than the valley and we had fun exploring. We…

North Way Up North

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Just a quick note. I am heading to Payson this am. Looking forward to cool clear skies. Ya I know it is not that far north but still it has to be cooler right.
Anyway, I am sure there will be lots of pics and a story or two about my day.
My tag swap is winding down tags due to me on the 21st.
Hop on over to Kim's blog she is having a fun giveaway and has a beautiful new blog makeover done by Sara
Ok I am off to adventures catch ya later

It's raining It's pouring

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It has been predicted all week "a huge rain storm". But all we seemed to get was humid hot weather. That is until today. Well their prediction came true. An unbelievable humongous rain hit my area of Chandler. It poured so hard for about 10-15 minutes. Now it is just a sprinkle. But my patio is flooded, the street is flooded and the pool is full to the cool deck. I was out trying to get some pics and managed to get a few before the lightening drove me indoors

Looking at one of my neighbors across the street

My neighbor to my left

And directly across the street. See that wonderful new black jeep commander. Oh ya I want it

Playing with shrink it stuff. Here is the stamped size

and here they are after 2 minutes in the oven

I needed comfort food today. So I am having meatloaf made my Mom's way with potatos and carrots and I even made a fresh peach cobbler. Can't wait to eat

Treasure Hunting aka "Dumpster Diving"

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You all know my Saturday morning drill. Colleen swings by to pick me up and drops off usually at least one bag of destash from her house for me. She was too funny as today she said to me my you have a lot of stuff. Ya Colleen I told her it is all from you. Anyway it was to Starbucks for coffee and our early am fix. I am moderation with one latte Colleen has 2 venti iced coffees to get the day started.
Mystic Paper and a quick visit with Ellen was next on the agenda. We met Kim and the adventure begins.

Armed with gloves, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and cameras we programmed our first destination into Colleen's phone GPS. This is too funny as Colleen argues with the voice on the phone as well as the cars driving by us. We missed just one turn as we weren't quick enough to make the right hand turn off the street. Oops. But the trusty phone directed us to our destination. We arrived at Apache Reclamation which is not in the best area of Phoenix by the way. What an adventure. I can&#…

A rainy, cloudy, humid Friday

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It is hard to believe that finally after all the hype from the local news channels we Did get RAIN. Now I didn't seem to get the torrential wind and rain that the Phoenix area was blessed with. But it seemed to be a steady downpour for a few minutes. At least the first layer of dust has been washed away. Now it is just humid humid humid. Yuck. What is worse the high temps or the humidity not sure.

So here is a pic of the sky this morning. Cloudy gray.

And proof of rain

And my patio with it's puddle

I guess we are expecting more showers, but it is monsoon after all.
Looking forward to Saturday and a day of "dumpster diving" with 2 good friends. We are going to check out Mike P's recommendations for treasures and the out of way places he has found. His cryptic words were wear t-shits, jeans and gloves! oh oh wonder what we are in for???

Last day of the weekend

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Today has flown by so fast. But maybe that is because I have been pretty much non-stop all day. The house is cleaned and mopped, laundry done and put away, dishes done, groceries bought (I hate grocery shopping) and all in their place. I have spent a greater share of the day working on my pool. It has been brushed down and vacuumed many times. Had to run back to the store for chemicals and now that there in it is time to sit and relax.

Clouds coming in. Yeap we are in monsoon season.
I received 2 ATC cards from Angie Miller in Vancouver. We are doing a 1 on 1 swap. Colleen also gave me one of her newest cards. Hers is on the left and Angie's are the middle and right one. I need to get busy and get mine off to her this week.

In between running around, cleaning, laundry and pool cleaning, I made Nora Griffin's s'more treats. I saw the recipe on Cheryl's blog. Yum they are good. I guess they need to go to work with me or I will eat them all

My frame finally done. Rebecca Sow…

Saturday Finds

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It is Saturday, one day gone already of the long weekend. I had a quiet 4th and was able to get caught up on a few things around here.

Today was a fun adventure of antiquing. We were minus our pals Kim and her girls Kelsey and little Miss Aliya. Today Aliya was celebrating her 5th birthday. Kim posted some great pics of Aliya on her blog. Check them out!

So anyway after our usual Starbuck's run we headed to Mystic to pick up the new to us photo holders and a bit of this and that. Rick had some antique finds that Colleen was interested in like a folding ruler (yah Kim she bought another one) and watch parts and what not.

From Mystic it was to Merchant Square. Found some things I was really happy with. My two biggest and best bargains were the huge bag of buttons many still on their cards for $3.00 and the little nosegay of flowers for get this $1. They are the sweetest little bunch of pale yellow happiness. Colleen found many many many things including a set of bread pans she had been…