Saturday, May 30, 2009
I did have a little time this past week to kinda search through some blogs - something I like to do from time to time. I came across this blog that so intrigued me - very creative! I was looking @ the picture of the project she had posted & I maximized it to get a closer view. It was done with "inches" - a collection of 1" squares and/or circles that she had traded & swapped at some point. It almost looked like a tile mosaic that was grouted & all. While looking at the close up pic I hit the button to go back and somehow I lost the blog!!! Argghhh!!! Hate when that happens. I was so inspired & intrigued & sucked into her artistic abilities that I failed to look at the addres & now I have NO clue where to find it!
I have one more week of school and then I'm out for a month. I go back the first week in July & start summer school. It's not too bad because it's half days & only Monday - Thursday. It also generates some income for me through the summer as I don't continue to get paid. I love my summers off, but I don't like not having a regular paycheck!
Graduation is tomorrow & I'm looking forward to it. I've had the opportunity to work even closer this year with several seniors to help them accomplish it! I've got a couple of them that I'm very proud of - they have worked SO hard to get to receive their diplomas tomorrow.
Well - I'm off to enjoy shrimp, asparagus & fresh mushrooms off the grill. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
I hope to post early this next week the project I've been working on!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In all the weddings I've done I've never had one with the pictures before hand until this last Saturday. It was a long day as I was getting people in places when they needed to be there for this or that. There were 22 (yes - TWENTY TWO) attendants, not counting the flower girl or the ring bearer. The bride comes from a family of 8 and everyone of them were in it! The picture above is one that the photographer set up - she used the pink high heels that the bride wore, but after they left to take pics at a barn down the road I pulled the bride's pink sandals out & took this shot! It was a crazy, crazy day - but the wedding started only 10 minutes late and all went well!
Here you can see twins trying to catch up with mom! They are so cute to watch. They run across the field kicking up their back legs and bleeting to their mom to wait up!Last night my hubby & I went for nightly 5 mile bike ride. I started riding 5 nights a week last week because my doctor told me that I either need to lose weight or start wearing compression socks to help the swelling in my legs. Well, it's a no brainer - I started riding my bike & watching my eating habits more closely & I've lost 5 pounds to date!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It took a few days to come up with the right combination, but it was fun doing it. I dug through areas in my craft area that I haven't been in for awhile. I couldn't believe all the fun stuff I had that I'd forgotten about!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
On Saturday I got home from work & went downstairs to start a load of laundry. Our machine has been acting up recently, but it's still working. After loading it up I went into the next room to glue daisies & smiley faces. I hear the washer finish filling up & shifting gears to start the wash cycle when it starts making this noise that it shouldn't be making! I didn't have the heart to go up & tell Steve since he was elbow deep into the engine of our van that broke down a few weeks back & the diagnosis wasn't good as he got further into it. So I went & shut off the washer full of water, soap & clothes & decided to tell him later. He came down stairs about an hour later & walked into the laundry room. That's when I dropped the bomb. He checked it out & said that this time there was no fixing it. The transmission was going out - just like the van! Whoopee! With both boys' back home we can NOT be without a washing machine, so it was off to Lowe's to find a new washer. We were hoping to find a scratch & dent model, but no luck. So we had to invest in a brand new machine.
My first ever brand new washing machine. In 29 years of marriage I've never owned a brand new washing machine. We've always bought used or rebuilts. I've had a brand new dryer, but not a washer! As we were leaving the parking lot Steve says, "happy Mother's Day.....and happy Father's Day to me." I agreed - it was more than enough & something we both definitely use as we split the laundry chores. Whoever gets to it 1st, gets to it 1st!
So Sunday was an extra special treat for me! It was a wonderful way to start my week.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This is the stage presentation of all the photo's I took over the last few month's. I loved listening to everyone this morning as they saw it & took it all in. So many didn't know who had taken them so I secretly smiled inside & listened as they talked about what a neat idea and then they would get even more excited when they realized these were mom's from our church! It was so much fun! At the end of the service , the pictures were run on our large screen which is just above these photos. A solo of "He Knows My Name" was sung by one of my favorite singers at church. She is only 21 years old and she lost her mom to a brain tumor the summer before her senior year in high school. Her mom also had a voice that everyone loved to hear. What an awesome tribute to mom's everywhere!
As I think of my mom today celebrating with her own mom I miss her, but the hurt isn't as bad. My last Mother's Day with her was 3 years' ago. It was just 4 days before she died. I miss her still so much and I know I always will, but I reflect over all the years we did have and the lessons she taught me and the silly things she did and the love she always showed me & my family. She loved us to her very core and I am proud to say that I'm Jean's daughter. I know my sister's are reflecting today also on our mom. Happy Mother's Day to you Pam & Robin. I love you both deeply and am thankful that we share the same mom!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
So I took advantage of the beautiful spring day after school today & started my assembly line. I got about 20 frames done in a little over an hour, but that was because I kept running back into the house to get this or that to help the process move along faster.
Now it's later & I'm in my creative space downstairs setting up the assembly line where it will stay until they are all done.......all 250 frames.......all 2500 daisies.........all 2500 smiley faces.
So please, until I figure out if "he loves me or he loves me not"........please don't eat the daisies!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Here are my handsome sons working hard at critiquing there dad's work. They were analizing this & then telling him that. As I was looking at them through the lens of my camera I was taken back many years to when they were little & had a "mom moment" just then.....where has all the time gone? If you look on the side of the driveway just under the tree you will see our signatures in the cement from 1997 when they poured a new bottom half to our driveway.
Now when Steve started cutting into this part of the tree you could see, literally see all the carpenter ants start to pour out of the trunk. He was really making them mad! I knew this tree was in bad shape ~ if you look at the picture below you can see how they've actually made the inside of the trunk turn into a spongy, soggy mess! Well, the work took about an hour & the tree was down & thankfully no power lines were! I thanked my hubby for this gift. There was a little joke in our family about a tree. My grandpa planted a Mountain Ash in the side yard next to the driveway for my mom when I was little. As the years went by & the tree got older, it too started to get rotten & just plain ugly. My mom was always after my dad to cut it down. This tree also had grown around the power lines to the house, so my dad insisted that if he called the power company, they would take the tree down for free. Well, he called them, they came, but they only trimmed the tree around the lines. So the tree continued to stand, rotting & ugly. The tree stood through time, even after both of my parents' were gone. But last fall I received a call from their neighbor across the street. We had a terrible storm the night before & low & behold, the winds had blown this tree over & it was resting on the power lines! So I made a call to Consumers Energy & they came right out & cut that whole tree down! My dad was right after all, the power company WOULD take that tree down for free....we just had to wait 20ish years for it to happen!
I again thanked Steve & the boys' for cutting down this tree.......at least doing it while I was still alive to see it!