Monday, June 28, 2010

63 years and counting

Happy 63rd Anniversary Mom & Dad
Many more years of happiness is my wish for you

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Here it is Sunday already

Another busy weekend that seems to rapidly passed by. It is hot so very hot but our summer is just getting started. I expect it will get hotter before long. Have to say glad for air conditioning. Last year we lost our air conditioning at work and suffered a few days. So far we have a cool facility with happy patients and staff.

Yesterday I took a class at Paper Vineyard with Tina. She taught an altered 6x6 canvas frame. We used alot of techniques on the frame and I am happy with how mine turned out. To make the day even better PV was having a sale. Oh ya more paper!! We all just know how paper deprived I am:) It was a good day. Jean took the classroom photos thanks Jean
My cover. I changed it up a little and put family on the cover instead of the inside back page of the frame

Used the wedding pic of my parents

Colleen and I in the class

Journal cover for the online journal class. I am just getting started but have enjoyed the step outs, downloads and actually making my journal.

1st completed page

Every week I have an ongoing challenge with myself to seek out at least 1 new thing at Trader Joe's to try. Well this week there are 2 new things. 1st= These are called Saturn peaches. I have never seen them before so I bought a few home to try. They are sweet and juicy. Really good. I will be looking for more of these. (They are sweeter than regular peaches, with a hint of almond, flat and are also called donut or saucer peaches. They have a white flesh. from online sources I looked up)

and #2= the salad I sampled at Trader Joe's today. Unlikely combination but it was so light cool and refreshing. Watermelon, wild arugula, fresh mozzarella, candied walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. Yum yum yum

here is the salad

My absolute surpasses my cravings for Reece's Peanut Butter Cups is the new pretzel M&M's I finally found them and oh my oh my they are so good

And finally, I am hooked on this trilogy by Steig Larsson. Love that I could download all 3 to my Kindle. My son-in-law John was telling me how good they were. So far book one and he is right!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sitting On the Fence

I have been admiring many of the Art Journals that fellow bloggers have been creating. I so wanted to do one but..... I never took the leap to actually sign up for an online course. Today is the day!! I am in awe of Maija's journals and the classes she is taking from Hope. So I climbed off the fence, put my insecurities and I can't do this aside and signed up for her online course. I am excited to get going and delve in. Let's see how I do. Thanks Maija for the inspiration

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Celebrating Father's day

Today is about celebrating the Fathers in our families. I count myself very lucky to have a wonderful, caring and supportive Father. I am just as blessed to have a son-in-law that has taken on the responsibility of a ready made family. From day 1 he has bonded, guided and loved Jennifer's children, my grandchildren. John has been more of a Father to them than their biological father every will. So today we honored John. Where better to celebrate than at the Cornish Pasty. This is rapidly growing to be a family favorite. If only we could convince TJ to drive down and join us!!!
So, as usual we had too much food but lots of good conversations and laughter.
It was way way too hot to eat on the patio so we elected to eat indoors sitting in the church pews. Almost ha ha like being in church this Sunday am.

Sadera, John and Anthony

New to me beer, Tangerine Wheat Beer. Not for everyone but it was ice cold and refreshing and went well with the food

Jennifer's sausage salad. Oh my it was good!!!!

My pesto chicken with artichoke hearts

Fries with roasted garlic. Our newest have to have

And then there was dessert "Shirley Temple Pudding" decadent, scrumptious and I am sure absolutely no calories. We split 2 of these between the 5 of us but I could literally eat one myself. It is a gingerbread type cake with toffee in the middle and cream to pour over it while it is piping hot. Oh so good.

Believe me I wanted nothing more than to come home and nap! Instead I worked on my pool. Again hot out there. Water in the pool is already warm and not the most cooling.
And finally my tomato continues to grow I think I have found 3 more blossoms. I will be a regular tomato farmer here soon NOT!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Today is a day to honor our Fathers. For me my Dad has been the rock I leaned on growing up. Dad imparted his values, ethics, honesty. He taught all of us the importance of family. Although I can't be there to celebrate with you today Dad, you are inn my thoughts. Talk soon. Love you

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Ramblings in Pics

It is Sunday and another weekend is winding down. A rest full, quiet weekend. The weather was a bit cooler and that was nice. I was able to get more yard work done namely raking raking raking. I raked, the wind blew and I raked. Kind of my mantra for the past couple of days. It seems like monsoons to me, but according to the experts it is not. Big clouds very strong winds and dust and sand filling the pool and the house. Nope not monsoons.

My tomato plant growing upside down now has a tomato. Yeah!!!

I was at Mystic Paper yesterday and scored new to me Pink Paislee and October Afternoon papers. Been busy doing a few layouts. It has been a log time since I scrapped layouts. Took me a long time to complete this one

While at Mystic I spied the Big Shot and couldn't resist the deal offered. I purchased it and brought home another tool!! Now I no longer need to hold Colleen's hostage as I have my own.

And lastly my Grand Daughter is turning into DUCT TAPE QUEEN. She is making messenger bags, billfolds and other things out of duct tape. Having a ball designing and completing these projects.

So tomorrow it is back to work for me another busy week ahead.
Hope you all had a weekend filled with fun and rest

Friday, June 11, 2010

SHE/HE and a mess

My goodness another week has flown by. I was able to take today off and it has been PJ's all day for me. A quiet artsy day listening to one of my favorite CD's" Il Divo"

My swaps for Kim's July event are done and in the mail. This will be another wonderful, full of surprises, great classes and catching up with friends in July. Kim's events are the very best and I can't wait to attend.

The weather here is cloudy,windy and plain miserable on the allergies so a perfect excuse for me to continue to be a house hermit, and so I worked on completing with unfinished projects.
I just finished putting together Carol Wingert's last 2 kits that I had ordered. Both were challenging and I am so glad that I had ordered both kits. I had a lot of printed pictures of my parents and their parents laying in a drawer. I was able to get alot of them in these two albums. What a sense of accomplishment to complete these two. Now it is back to finishing up more of Carol's kits that are partially done and other class projects I hadn't quite finished.

The "SHE" album cover.

One of the finished page sets

Another couple of pages.

This is the second kit the "HE" album. I really enjoyed the construction of this mini book as it was a double accordion album. Challenging but I was able to figure it out. It is done and even has the pictures in it. I do need to journal and add tags to the photos so well guess it is not done done.

The cover

The front layouts

The back accordion layouts

And here is the mess that I need to clean up before starting anything else.

A good day it has been

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Winding Down The Weekend

Welcome to hot sunny Arizona. The weather has decided it is summer so we are in our 100 degree +++ days. I turned into an inside homebody this weekend. Just didn't feel like getting out there in that heat. I did have to make a Trader Joe's run today and am sure glad I did. Lots of yummy fruits and vegetables to be bought. and boy did I buy them. Now I have to eat them all!

I am still struggling getting into this 3 hour diet. I have to say it works well when I follow it but eating every 3 hours is so so not me. Breakfast is a hard one . I made up a big pot of Organic Steel Cut oatmeal and am having that with blueberries every morning. My snacks not a problem. I am a good snacker. Lunches big problem as we usually don't eat lunch except on Thursdays which is Taco day. So again I pre-planned and have lunches all fixed for the week. Hoping it is a better week for this diet.
Steel cut oatmeal and fruit.

While at Trader Joe's I spied the heirloom tomatoes and potatoes. I picked up the tomatoes and am so glad I did.
So lunch was mini pitas, sliced heirloom tomato and tomato basil humus yum yum yum

Added this sweet stained glass hummingbird to the patio. He is a gift from my SW at the unit. Brightens up the dull patio

Another vine getting ready to bloom. This one has the tiniest yellow flowers

My hibiscus yesterday ready to bloom

Full bloom today.

Tomato plant still hanging in there

Memorial Day I went over to Jenn's for a BBQ. John and Anthony did the grilling and it was delicious. The chicken and fish burgers were really tasty. Humus, beet tortilla chips and rice krispie bars and my favorite pretzel M&M's. We had a great meal and were able to catch up on all the happenings.

So that is my weekends and it is back to work for me tomorrow. At least I won't be a day off this week. Last week was challenging as I was always a day off:)