Friday, October 31, 2008


November 12, 9:30 am

I learned how to make these fun colorful Balls using Pigment Powders. I got so excited I started teaching it to everyone. Now I'm actually going to teach a class. I love doing things that can be completed in an hour or less and still be awesome. This is one of those things.

The class is scheduled for Nov. 12th at approximately 2:00, however, we're actually starting this day at 9:30 am, with a crocheted bracelet, which will be taught be Elena Lai Etcheverry of Scrapbook Royalty. Check out Elena's blog for pictures. I can't wait to do this. I missed the first class and I'm so excited that she's going to do a repeat. The bracelets are beautiful and anyone would love to receive one as a gift.

After class, we'll have lunch and then begin the Christmas Balls class. Go to Elena's Blog for further details and to sign up for both of these unique fun classes.

New England

I'm not big on Halloween, but I love Fall. Having just returned from New England, I am totally enamored with Fall colors this year. Here are a couple of pics from a trip my sister and I took to New Hampshire. Spent a couple of weeks and had the best time. Stayed with sister's step-daughter/friend and family in their lovely home. Went to Maine, Kennebunkport, Boston, Connecticut. Four of us went to Maine on a scrapbooking weekend. It was all about friends, laughter, food and scrapbooking.

Monday, September 1, 2008

San Diego Scrapbook Expo

Oh what fun we had. Sister and I went to the Scrapbook Expo this weekend and had a blast. We literally shopped till we dropped...couldn't pass up a thing. We were even at Michaels at 8:30 p.m. buying one little thing that we didn't get at the Expo so we could work on one of our projects. OH GEEZ! We are bad bad bad. We did several Make and Takes. I learned how to do the embossing powder thing and how to make a great little box at Pugnacious Stamps and Designs or Rubber Stamp Cafe. We made an absolutely beautiful card at Ever After Scrapbooks. We went to see Elena and Melanie over at Scrapbook Royalty. The booth was just darling and they had a fun little magnet shaker box Make and Take.

I wish I had the time and MONEY to go to an Expo once a month. Too much fun. Course Sister and I always have fun together.

I think we rent a table next year. That way we can have a home base and rest, do a little croppin', eat, in between spending money and Make and Takes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I received this in an email. It spoke to me! I forget that beauty is only skin deep.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pismo Beach

I went with sister PD and friend ML to Pismo Beach in July. What a cool place that is. It's about 5 hours from San Diego, so we did a road trip. ML had lived in the area so she drove her comfy Lexus and gave us a bit of history. On the way up we had lunch on the gorgeous Santa Barbara harbor. We also took a short detour over to Solvang, which is a delightful, touristy, german town. We stayed in DD's rented huge home on 3 acres. It was comfortable. Saturday, we went into San Luis Obispo and shopped and had lunch. At sunset we went for a dune buggy ride in the dunes in Oceano. What a hoot that was. My favorite part of the trip. I would do that every day if I could. There's an 8-mile stretch of beach where 1,000's of people camp along the shoreline in motorhomes, tents, cars, whatever. Behind this long row of campers are the most beautiful natural dunes you've ever seen. People ride motorcylces, quads and dune buggys all day and night. It's quite unique. That night ML and PD cooked an awesome dinner for us. The next day, we left around 1:00 and headed home. It was a great weekend! I'm so glad we went because DD has pulled out of Pismo so we won't get the opportunity again.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Scrapbooking Roads

Just received an email about a new company called Scrapbooking Roads. It's a FREE GUIDE to local scrapbooking & stamping stores, events, expos and retreats. It also includes on-line stores, and contests and coupons. So far they have Colorado, Southern California and Missouri completed. Since I live in SoCal, I find this to be very useful information. A onestop shop guide. Check it out because they are working on other states.
Congratulations Scrapbooking Roads on a great idea.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

56th B-Day Party

Had a little B-day party last night. It was fun. The girls all got into a giggling fit and we did our usual photo moments. I love being with my family.

We All Have Them...Limitations

What is yours?
For me, I think the answer to that changes from time to time. Right now I feel very limited. This little Food for Thought opened my eyes. I need to review it and ponder it more. I received it in an email from George Raynault, previous owner of Weekenders and current owner of Symagi He sends out a weekly Food For Thought email in case you want more of this.

Can you make one cent in a year?
At some point you are going to say no.
Sooo, let's try the other way.
A lady author (Harry Potter) recently made well over $100,000,000 in one day. (True!)
Could you do that?
At which penny are you going to say yes.
This is reality as you see it.
This is the Law of Attraction at work.
This is where/how you decide to limit yourself.
You simply cannot attract what you don't believe.
And your beliefs are a complete illusion. (Meant both ways)
Take a moment to think about just how much money you truly believe you could earn in any one year. Then reason with yourself as to exactly why that amount is coming to mind.
Dare I repeat, yesterday is not tomorrow. Yet you use yesterday to base your expectations of tomorrow. And you are even pleased at how 'reasonable' you are being when you do that!
For once, stop convincing yourself of your limitations (and the long list as to why!) and set a new objective for yourself. Dramatically lessen your own limitations on your income.
Overcome your own resistance.
Just this once.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Dash

The Dash
copyright 1996 Linda Ellis

If you have never read the poem The Dash, or seen the short movie, you're in for a treat. Go to Linda Ellis' blog. This poem has been read by millions and has quite an impact. If only I could remember to live my life this way on a daily basis. If only the world could live like this.

Monday, June 23, 2008

"You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late. "
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I received this from my friend MJ who recently visited The National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums. One of the memorials was The Storyteller: A Seussian storytelling chair, backed by a 10-foot-tall book with the text of Oh, the Places You'll Go! with Gertrude McFuzz perched on top and the Grinch and his dog, Max, peeking around the side. "Short of scripture and verse, this is about the most wisdom one could possibly need in a lifetime! And what fun to help all of us move onward and upward with the words from this timeless classic from Dr. Suess." Thanks MJ for sharing this inspiration.

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy (girl) who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care. About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there.
"With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you'll want to go down. In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town.
It's opener therein the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too.
You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don' t. Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true. Hang-ups and Bang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,that you'll be in a Slump.
And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place...
...for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

NO! That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't. Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.
All Alone! Whether you like it or not, alone will be something you'll be quite a lot.
And when you're alone, there's a very good chance you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike and I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Contest - Week Three

Here's my layout for Memorable Season Spring Into Summer Mini Album Contest. We were challenged to use an ad from a magazine as our inspiration. This is my first time doing that. I thought it was fun, but I totally over analyzed it. I learned a lesson from that.

Here's the ad:

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Here's an interesting article on Jamin's Blog regarding Homeopathy. Just enough to peak one's interest. I used to be interested in homeopathy...specifically Essential Oils. I think I got lazy and put it all away. Thankfully, I don't get sick often, but I want to remember this site for future reference just in case. Thanks Jamin!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Contest - Week Two

Here are my two pages for the Memorable Seasons' Spring Into Summer Mini Album Contest.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Wow! I have been tagged by Meloni. This is my first tag. I have to admit I'm a little excited.

Here's 7 Random Facts about me:

1. My favorite color is Purple...the color makes my eyes dance with delight. It's one of those smell the coffe things. If I look at purple, I'm happy.
2. My little Peggy Sue Pugster is truly my Pug Gift from God. Very long story.
3. I could eat Pizza every night for dinner.
4. I haven't eaten a banana since I was five.
5. I'm a second generation best friend. Our mothers have been and still are best friends since their high school days. MB and I have been best friends for 55 years.
6. I absolutely love to travel to far away places and simply can't wait to come home.
7. I can only do projects that take an hour or less or they will never get finished. Lost my attention span around the same time my metabolism became missing.

Now I will tag 7 others. You have been added to my blog and listed here. Come on ladies tell us a little about yourselves.

Florida Stamping with Vivian
Inking Addict


Angie Tieman
Kristie Steffens
Dawny P

The Life of a Dutch Scrapper

The Big Fall

I was locked out of the house on Tuesday. I had traded cars with T so I had her car keys and for some reason didn’t realize I didn’t have my own set of keys with my house key. I went to Costco and when I arrived home, I realized I didn’t have my keys…or my garage door opener, which was in my car, which T had. I jumped out of the car, leaving the car door open and the trunk open and ran aimlessly around the house checking all the doors in the front of the house…none of them open. Then I proceeded to check the locks on the gates to the backyard…nope, not open. Dave has this place locked up like a fortress. OK, so there is a chair with a plant on it in the front entryway to the house. I place that next to the gate to the backyard. Then I pulled my neighbor’s trashcan over to the gate. Next, I manage to hoist my chubby body up and somehow manage to swing my leg over so that I can stand on top of our own trashcan, which is just inside the gate. Good! Now, I am standing on top of the trashcan, which is about 4’ tall. I think, I’ll just hold onto the gate and drop down to the ground on to my feet and bounce back up to a standing position. Hmmmm! Needless to say, my short little plump body didn’t like that idea. It all happened so fast. When I jumped down to the ground, I landed on my feet all right…and then just kept right on going. The hand that was holding the gate was literally ripped off the gate completely bruising and scraping the skin off, not to mention tearing my nails to the quick. Thankfully, I landed on the largest, softest part of my body…my big butt, so no broken bones. Somehow, my other hand got in the mix…I think under my butt, and is quite bruised. I sat there for a minute and assessed the damage, thinking jeez what an idiot! Yep, you think the story is over…nope!

I spent about 10 minutes trying to get into the house from the backyard…again, total lockdown. Now I’m thinking I’ll try to go back over the fence, drive to where Taylor works and get her house key or the garage door opener. Right! I start piling things up in front of the gate to stand on so I can climb back over and easily set myself down on the chair that is still there. Problem is that I’m hurt from my fall and just a bit shell shocked from the jolt to my body. I can’t seem to gather the strength to hoist myself back up onto the gate to swing my leg over blab blab blab… Needless to say, I’m hanging over the gate looking at the car with the door and trunk wide open, my purse sitting in the front seat, wondering if the battery is going to go dead while I’m stuck in my backyard.

Right about that time, I see the mailman and start yelling at him. He’s looking at me like what is wrong with this crazy old lady. “Mr. Mailman, I’m stuck in the backyard. Will you please close my doors and my trunk so my battery won’t go dead?” Thankfully, he was kind of in the zone so he just closed the doors and kept on going…never asked a single question.

Thank you God, I had my phone in my pocket. I text T and asked her to come and rescue me. We texted back and forth and we both had a good laugh. I had about an hour to kill because I had to wait for her lunch break. So naturally, I did what any resourceful girl would do in a situation like this, I thanked God for helping me get through this ordeal, took off all my clothes, got in my comfy chaise, laid in the sun and tanned myself while I waited.

When D got home and I told him what happened, he was completely horrified and wondering, as I’m sure you are, why I didn’t call him. He reminded me that I’m 55 years old and could have broken a hip…Oh, thank you for that m’love! My hands and butt aren’t battered enough…now I have to be reminded that I’m too old to even try to solve my own problems. Well, I guess I won’t be trying that trick again. Besides, now I know that Mr. Paranoid has us living in a bastion. I’m thinking it’s time for a hide-a-key thingy.

I hope you’re having a great Thursday and I hope you’ll go right out and make yourself an extra key.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Blog Candy Alert

Woo Hoo...Another Blog Candy Alert. Go to Michelle's The Stamp Workshop. Great blog...lots of inspiration.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Jacob's Ladder Mini

OMGosh! You have to go to Hawt Mama Team Blog and check out this beautiful Hybrid Jacob's Ladder. There's a little video that shows how it works, as well as a great tutorial. Wow! What a talented lady. I would love to give this a try.
Dear Lord,

I thank You for this day, I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things that I have no control over. Let me give the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those that don't believe.

I thank you that I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

I pray in Jesus name that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it.
I received this today in an email and wanted to post it so that I can read it often. I don't know where it originated or who wrote it, but I think it's a wonderful prayer.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Blog Candy Alert - Yippee

Dawny p is offering some adorable stamps for her blog candy! Already over 5,000 hits on her site. Congrats Dawny! Pop over and take a peek!

My First Contest

I joined Memorable Seasons and entered a Spring/Summer themed mini album contest. It's the first time I've ever entered something on the web. I'm excited. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to get my pictures in the gallery. Everyone is so nice there, I'm sure someone will have a tip on how to do that. If you want to check it out for contests and challenges go to the forum. Here are my first 2 pages.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Purse Scrapbook

Wow! I was searching for a purse scrapbook template and found a treasure trove of tutorials and templates at Mel Stampz. Check it out. I can't wait to starting making some of these little purses.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


This is my Mom's dog Lukie. He's a doll. I make this layout for mom to frame. The teal color is the color of her kitchen and the layout is going to be in the dining room. It's a little thank you for having me up to her house in Northern California. She and I had the best time together ever.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when she discovers that someone else believes in her and is willing to trust her with her friendship.

I love you Sis!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Really Cool List - 101 Things To Do This Summer

Holy Cow! Found this amazing list 101 Things To Do This Summer on Katie the Scrapbook Lady's blog. Check it out.

I love that each item has a website to visit. Since scrapbooking is my thing and it was first on the list, I clicked on it to see what it had to offer. OMGosh! Huge amount of information. You'll love this list.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Peggy Sue Pugster Made The Big Time

Hey Everybody, Guess what!

Check it out. Peggy Sue has one of the highest rated Pug pictures on the Pug A Day website. How fun is that! She even has 13 votes and a comment. Yey, Peggy Sue!

Ooops! Make that 14 votes and climbing.

I'm a proud mama!

Monday, May 19, 2008

My First Freebie

I received all this fun scrapbooking stuff from Lia, a very talented artist at
Thank you so much Lia. I can't wait to work with it. I found a pocket album tutorial today and I think this kit will be perfect.
You are very sweet to send me this package all the say from Singapore.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mother's Day Album 2008

This is a little Mother's Day album I made for my Mom this year. I flew to beautiful Northern California to see her for the first time in eight years. Whew! That's a long time to not see your Mom. We had a fantastic time together. Maybe the best ever!

Card Making, Scrapbooking and ATC : from a male point of view: Fab's BIG Christmas Challenge - Make a Xmas card on the 25th of every month !

Card Making, Scrapbooking and ATC : from a male point of view: Fab's BIG Christmas Challenge - Make a Xmas card on the 25th of every month !

You'll love to linger on this site. Enjoy!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sniplits - Short Stories

Just found an interesting website:

According to Enews Channels, Sniplits is a new source for entertainment on the Internet. Sniplits(SM) is publishing audio short stories, packaged as DRM-free MP3 files and playable on virtually any device capable of playing digital music. Sniplits launched its website with 85 audio shorts, ranging from about one minutes in length to nearly an hour. Check out the article on Sniplets

Monday, May 5, 2008

Ok, Not That Size Anymore...Go Up!

I just spent two hours trying on clothes for a trip to my Mother's house in Northern California. I haven't seen my mom in six years. Can you imagine? All the clothes I was wearing and feeling pretty good in last summer don't fit. I have gained back about 15 lbs of the 30 lbs that I had lost in the early part of last year. I'm so bummed because, I feel and look crappy and now I have to wear the old clothes that I was wearing the last time I felt and looked crappy. None of my "cute - Ha" stuff fits.

First thing on my list when I get home is to lose that 15 lbs AGAIN. I much prefer the way I felt then. I felt prettier and much stronger.

OK, so how did I let this happen? Total slip! Started eating cereal, milk and bread again. It started in December when I made that batch of cookies for the cookie exchange, then it just escalated from there. I completely stopped counting points, writing down what I eat. I even stopped walking for a while. Since Christmas, I put 10 lbs. on, then since Gary got sick, I gained the other 5 lbs. Needed that cereal comfort food.

Since I must end this note to myself on a good note, thank goodness I didn't gain the entire 30 lbs. back. I did manage to put together a couple of outfits for my trip. I still have some cute clothes in my closet for when I do lose that 15 lbs. I've started walking again and am enjoying it. I'm getting those niggling thoughts in my mind about the desire to feel better. Those thoughts are what help me get motivated. When I get that motivated feeling, I'm good to go. I'm feeling pretty good about this. Oh, and I'm remembering that, for me, abstinence is the more cereal and milk...yeek, yucky, gone, out, more.

I won a kit from
I feel kind of like a kid who knows she's going to get a present. It's so fun. I'll have a package to look forward to opening when I get home from my mom's. Then I'll have fun with new scrapbooking things to play with.
Thanks again Lia.


P.S. Not more than 15 minutes after I wrote this, my sweet sweet husband walked into the house and handed me a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup...KING SIZE...there are four of them here. Oh God, puleeze help me.

Friday, May 2, 2008

I love color. I'm obsessed with scrapbook papers, beads, fabrics, anything with color.

Check out this site. It's called Colorlouvers. Cool name! It's all about color...color palletts, color patterns, color designs, color trends, color creations, crayons and color color color stuff.

I wish someone would tell me how you put a website address into one word. For example, I might say, "check out this site HERE"...and you would simply click on the word HERE and it would take you to the same website that the ginourmous address above takes you. Does anyone out there want to share that info with me? Please!

Anyway, the website above is all about colors. You can even create your own color.

Tell me, what's your favorite color? Mine is...well I have a couple, but my most favorite color is 7442C8.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Need a Little LOST Fix...

Oh no no, you don't even look that good...Oh my!

Ok, this is a weird thing. One of my favorite TV shows is LOST. So, I was hangin' out around the web today lookin' at this and that and behold, Sawyer has given me my very own nickname. It's FREEBIRD. Isn't that cute? I like it.

Click HERE for your very own nickname from Sawyer.

Tony Stewart WINS At Talladega

Tony Stewart not only won the pole and sat out in front all day, amidst a terrible crash, but in an exciting finish with Earnhart Jr., he won the race without even breaking into a sweat. He's not a regular in the Nationwide Series, but today at Talladega there was no stopping him. It was his race from the beginning to end. He never even took tires the whole race. Yippee! Way to go Tony! Look for the story at

According to NASCAR News, Stewart celebrated in Victory Lane with a young girl from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and dedicated the win to her. He said he told her before the race he'd try to win for her so she could celebrate after the race.

"I told her we'd try, now we're going to have to take her on the road the rest of the year,'' he said of his new lucky charm.

OK, Stewart fans, lets hope for more of the same at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race tomorrow.

I just know my sis is yelling at me right now because she and my son are both Jimmy Johnson fans. Jimmy is a home town boy and he's good, but I just looooove my Tony and he's better.

I've always gone for the bad boy. Guess I still do.


25th Album

Join in and take at least one pic every month on the 25th. Do it for a year. Create an album.
This idea is a free mini class from shimelle. She gives excellent ideas and tutorials.
Check it out and join in.

Here’s my photos from the day: Ooops! No photo. Not a good way to get started.
Read my post from yesterday and bear with me. I'll be on board soon.

My First Forum

I just joined my first scrapbooking forum. I even have my own place within the forum. I not sure how this works, so have some studying to do. I think it'll be fun. Here it is
I'm not sure what to say about this right now.

Friday, April 25, 2008

In Memory of GC

I just got the call from MB that G has passed away. Very sad! Very sad! I'll miss him. It's odd that I must mention that he was ornery, disagreeable, cranky and sometimes downright mean. I've know him since I was 16. He was my best friends husband. He was also my husband's best friend. They spoke on the phone every single day for years. Sometimes they would even speak 2 or 3 times a day. Honey knew more about him than even MB knew. G could share with Honey the things that scared him, or the traumas of being in the Vietnam war. He could safely complain about his pain and the idea of dieing sooner than later. He felt safe with my D and was able to open up with him. They were good friends. I'm so grateful that Honey went to the hospital with me today. Even though G wasn't conscious, D got to hold him, speak to him (hoping he could maybe hear him) and pray for him.

My Honey doesn't cry often, but today he couldn't hold it in, or maybe he didn't want to. Off and on all day, his emotions have gotten the best of him. Just now we shared a moment hugging and crying together. I thought he went to bed, but I can hear him in the bedroom right now sobbing mournfully and praying. Simply crying out loud from grief. I don't want to go in there because I know him and he needs to talk to God right now in private. I know he needs to cry and grieve. I myself cried hard all the way home today, then promptly took a pill and went to bed.

Our day started out going to the neurologist for my spinning...dizzy spells, vertigo, what ever you want to call it. Three different Doctors in nine days. No one knows what causes it nor do they know how to get rid of it. So, as long as I don't move my head or body, I'm fine. I have a CT Scan scheduled for next week.

After the Dr. appointment we drove over to MB & G's house as we planned yesterday. No one was home. I looked in every room and no one, including G, who was almost completely paralyzed from his stroke, was home. There was a huge amount of black stuff on G's bed. I mean a lot of it. I honestly didn't know how or what to think about that so I pushed it out of my mind. Honey didn't see it. I immediately called MB and she explained that when she woke up and saw the black stuff, she determined it was coming from his nose and mouth and immediately called 911. A fire truck, an ambulance, and four squad cars came within minutes. After, what can only be described as an interrogation of MB and her brother, D, did they finally take G to Alvarado. Then transferred him to Kaiser to the comfort ward.

By the time Honey and I got to the hospital, G was not conscious and he was struggling with breathing. We tried to wake him, but he was definitely in a coma. When MB asked the doctor, "How long?" the Doctor told us HOURS! G was gurgling everywhere in his body, which is a very distinct sound. Some refer to this sound as the Death Rattle. He was immediately put on a Morphine Drip and he never did regain conscious. He died approximately 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2008, at the age of 58, from complications from advance diabetes and at least 2 severe strokes. He may have had a 3rd last night, but there was no point in doing tests

The weeks after his second stroke, he went to a convalescent home for physical therapy. He did not progress and in fact was uncooperative and absolutely hated it there, thereby make the nurses lives hellacious. He begged MB to let him come home and when the Dr. said there was nothing more they could do, he went home. MB had prepared a nice bedroom for him, including a hospital bed, a spiffy wheel chair, and a harness lift. Turns out MB and D bit off more than they were prepared for. G was simply in too much pain and nothing one could do for him helped, including a ton of meds. None of them were getting any sleep because he demanded to be move, or rubbed, or given a drink of water, or you name it. It was constant and required 24/7 attendance to his needs.

It's God's time for him. He was so tortured in his heart and soul. His entire body was in excruciating pain and he was unable to sleep. The ton of meds. seemed to have no effect on his pain and muscle spasms. Nothing was working.

When we were at the hospital, Honey, MB, her Mom and Brother and myself stood around his bed and prayed for Peace for him. We prayed that God would take him soon and peacefully. And that is exactly what happened.

MB kept telling me what a good day they had yesterday. He wasn't struggling as much as usual and they were able to talk about things. He seemed comfortable to an extent. Last night he wanted to converse, he was in good spirits and he appeared have his best night in ages in-so-far as sleep. He seemed to be adjusting to his meds. and MB was very encouraged until she checked on him this morning and discovered the huge amount of black guck.

I'm afraid I may be rambling, but I must.

He spoke to Honey last night. He always asks Honey about me, but last night he told Honey to tell me that he loves me. For me that was little gift from God. We were like fighting siblings together. He was very witty and we could laugh, play and have fun, but boy could we push each other's buttons. To be totally honest, there were times when I just simply didn't like him because of his meanness to MB. But, I've always thought of him as family and I've always loved him. He's Uncle G after all.

I am very sad, because he's gone. I have never known an interesting character like him and most likely never will. He was one of the most unique individuals in my life and I honestly feel blessed to have had him in my life. There will never be another like him.

Thank you God for helping D with the words to save G from and eternity of hell. Thank you for giving him the opportunity to talk to G and to let him know what he had to do to be saved. Thank you for giving us the peace of knowing that he is meeting Butchy, his beloved dog, at the gates of Heaven. Thank you God for your Grace. Thank you for taking him Home. I know his pain is gone. His torment is gone. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Thank you for allowing us to share in his life. Thank you for taking him gently and peacefully. We know it happens in your time and thank you for allowing us the privilege of his presence in our lives. We know you have important work for him now. Thank you Lord, for his unique friendship and love. In Jesus name. Amen

Acts of Kindness


Help someone. Do something that's selfless. Find a way to give back.

1. Wake up each morning and pray/meditate on how/wanting to be kind to people...wanting to give with no expectations.
3. Learn how to be kind and giving.
2. Notice how I feel when I offer acts of kindness.

This is a way of life that I want to learn. At this point not knowing where to begin, I need to take baby steps. Consciously, I think I do my best already. Lord, gift me with the knowledge and guidance to go above and beyond for others. Help me Lord to give selflessly. Thank you for guidance in your ways of giving and doing for others. Help me to stay out of my own way.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


OMGosh, Happy Happy Birthday to you too, my little nephew, J. I know you must be having a blast. I hope you got lots of toys and had a fun party. I wish I could have taken pictures of your fabulous little face when you opened your presents. Next year your new little sister will be here and she'll be at your party and hopefully, we'll get some good photos of you both. Isn't that cool?

I love you, darling boy and can't wait to see you soon.

Love Auntie Kat


Happy Happy Birthday to my sweet sweet baby girl. You are 25 and smart, beautiful, wordly, and talented. You are everything a mother could ask for in a daughter. You are my dream come true. You are the light in my day. You are my blessing from God. I love you more than words can describe. I love you with every bit of the heart and soul that God gave me.

I hope you have a fun, exciting, special Birthday and that your are with people that you love. You know, as your Auntie P would say, your cheerleaders.

I know you can feel the giant HUG that my arms are putting around you right now. Can you feel the squeeze?

God Bless you my sweet. You are and have always been in his hands.

Love Mom


I honestly thought this blog would have more scrapbooking layouts and what-nots in it. I guess I'm a little disappointed that I haven't used it in a more creative way. However, I still have that plan... and am looking forward to executing that soon.

This is my seventh day with Vertigo. I can't move my head or body without having a dizzy spell. I feel like, well, you know what and I'm bummed because I can't do anything productive. I had this horrible, debilitating, incapacitating, horrible thing once before, about ten years ago and it only lasted a couple of days and poof, it was gone. The doctor doesn't know what causes it or how to get rid of it. I'm seeing a neurologist on Friday and having a CT scan next week.

Here's what I know right now. I can breath, walk, talk, and write this reminder of my Dr. appointments in my blog. Much much more than many.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ms. Ruby Sue Pondering the Bees and Flowers in the Yard

I just look at this old girl and melt. What a good girl she is and what a faithful loving family member! It’s a glorious Spring day in San Diego and Ruby and I were in the yard taking a couple of pics.

It turned out to be a bit of a yellow day. Do-ya-think? I was trying to get a picture of a bee on this pretty flower. Not too bad for a novice! I bought this digital camera a year or so ago and I love it. My sis helped me pick it out...she has the same one. I was playing with the settings and working on this bee with different settings. This is the best pic I got out of about 10 pics.

I know you're wondering where the bee is in this picture. Bummer! He escaped! Kind of a pretty picture though.
Lemons anyone? These lemons are actually from a dwarf lemon tree that seems to be taking over a corner of the yard. I would never pull it out though. My son-in-law gave me this tree just before he passed at an extremely young age. Another day for that story. I love this lemon tree!

Roses are blooming everywhere. San Diego has the climate for beautiful roses. This particular bush is right outside my office/scrapbooking room window. It's a low window, so I can sit at my desk and be inspired with its beauty nearly year around. If anyone knows how to get rid of aphids without damaging the leaves, please please let me know. I get them every year. They love my roses almost as much as I do.

This is just a cute little place to look. I keep waiting for the wrens or maybe finches to take up residence. I think it would make a fun summer cottage...

Hey Honey, what do you think of our camera? It's so fun. Thanks so much for helping me pick it out. I've never regretted it. Let's not forget to take our cameras to Myrtle Beach and New Hampshire!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Daffodil Principle

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, 'Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over.'

I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. 'I will come next Tuesday', I promised a little reluctantly on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren. 'Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch! 'My daughter smiled calmly and said, 'We drive in this all the time, Mother.'

'Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!' I assured her.

'But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks,' Carolyn said. 'I'll drive. I'm used to this.

''Carolyn,' I said sternly, 'Please turn around.'

'It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.

'After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, 'Daffodil Garden ..' We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

Who did this?' I asked Carolyn.

'Just one woman,' Carolyn answered. 'She lives on the property. That's her home.' Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory.

We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. 'Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking', was the headline.

The first answer was a simple one. '50,000 bulbs,' it read.

The second answer was, 'One at a time, by one woman...Two hands, two feet, and one brain.'

The third answer was, 'Began in 1958.'

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.

That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at a time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world .

'It makes me sad in a way,' I admitted to Carolyn. 'What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!'

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. 'Start tomorrow,' she said. She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays.

The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, 'How can I put this to use today?

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting....

Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die...

There is no better time than right now.

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special. I did!

Thanks to Joann at

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mini Album Surfing

Wow, I was doing some blog surfing and found this great spot on Scrapbook Crazy. There are different types of mini album examples to help you create your own mini album. Lots of different ideas. Here's the spot

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My Need to Release

Spent some time with MB's husband, GC today. GC had his 2nd stroke a few weeks ago. This one is worse than the first. The stroke is in the exact same spot in his head except on the opposite side. So now, his best side is already a damaged side. He is in physical therapy but progress is very slow. He can't even hold his head up or move in bed. He can't use his left arm or leg at all. He can't put any weight on his left side. Even the left side of his mouth doesn't work. He has to be watched while he's eating so he doesn't choke on the food that collects on the left side. It's awful! He's a prisoner inside his own body. His mind is in tact. He's begging to come home. How will MB take care of him? It's all so day by day. The doctor team wants to have a meeting with MB on Friday to determine how to make GC more comfortable and less agitated. I think they want to send him home already. And, who would blame them. He pushes the button every five minutes literally. He is driving them crazy. All he wants is for someone to move his position. They try to tell him that he can't push the button all the time and he doesn't care. He's so unhappy and miserable. How much of that will MB be able to handle? The doctor said his diabetes is so advanced that he could have another stroke and die any time. Or, he could live for several more years. More will be by day.

Lord, I pray that you have mercy on this man. If he is to continue to live, help him to get stronger. I reminded him today that you will never leave him and I was encouraged to know that he is talking to you daily. Give him the will to work on his physical therapy daily.
And, Lord, help me to know how I can be of the most help. Use me God to help him and to help MB. Thank you for opening my mind to where you may need me. In Jesus holy name, I pray. Amen

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Scrapbooking a Mini Album for ORG

This is actually the first mini album that I've done on my own. All the other mini albums I've made were made in classes that I took from the designer's of the albums we were creating. I'm kinda proud of this one especially since it's for my little one year old niece. Since I've gotten into the mini album side of scrapbooking, I haven't been working on pages. I have an exhaustive amount of pictures that I would love to turn into scrapbook pages someday. Anyway, here's a slide show of this cute little album.