Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What A Yucky Day!

cosmos 3 This photo of cosmos was taken a couple of years ago.  I have been just whipped since we got home from Colorado.  Yesterday I could hardly put one foot in front of the other.  Today is better.  But it was very frustrating.  I made a cd of the wedding pics we took for Leola and PJ and for his folks.  PJ's folks lost their camera.  I didn't have any trouble making the cd's but when I went to make a label  oh  brother!  I ran into all kinds of problems.  Probably due to the fact that I didn't have the right paper for the software.  Hope to remedy that situation tomorrow.  It has been cold and rainy the last two days.  Guess I will go make a list of all the things I would like to get tomorrow.  I have to go see my orthopedic doc in Alpena tomorrow and a friend and I are hoping to stop at some greenhouses to get flowers.

Thanks, Kathi, for your kind comments about Leola and PJ I have passed them on. 

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Unity Candle

Lighting Unity Candle   Leola and PJ are lighting the unity candle but I wanted to show you how pretty the  back of her dress is.


Front Porch Went and got a couple of hanging plants today.  Now the front porch looks more user friendly.  We have had a few sprinkles.  Just enough to make it humid.  Perennials are doing really well.  A lot of them were blooming when we got home.  Got the tail end of the poppies, they had nice big buds when we left. 

Congratulations, Paul and Noreen on your 25th wedding anniversary.


Here is a much better picture of the Little Brown Church in the Vale. The church was started in 1860 and still has the original wooden floor. The sun is shining here but supposed to rain this afternoon so want to get outside and play in my flowers.

Friday, June 26, 2009

We Are Home!

We got home about 9 pm tonight. Flowers are a bit shaggy and need some tlc. House is fine except for a leaking bathroom sink. I'm tired, still have to put away all the stuff we took and added to. I always take way too many clothes. We have called everyone to let them know that we have arrived safely. More later esp wedding photos.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Little Brown Church in the Vale


Today we stopped at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua WI. http://www.littlebrownchurch.org It is still an active church. Tomorrow we will be home. Yea! Last night we asked for a suite and all we got was a room with a sofa sleeper. Tonight we have a lovely suite at Best Western in Sparta WI. Nice king size bed some space between the bed and sofa, jacuzzi (which I am going to take advantage of when I am done here). It even has a TV in the bathroom!

Kathi, you were right the tea set was a hit. Leola wouldn't even let PJ touch it.

Paul, did you find your camera yet?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Wedding

Here is a picture of Leola and Paul (PJ) Romero. The wedding was beautiful. The reception is in two and a half hours. We are soaking up the coolness of our room before we head outside for the outdoor reception. I'm on my laptop so the picture is unedited. It is nice to have the whole family together and PJ's family seems nice and friendly.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Lazy Day

Today it rained most of the day, but now it is clear. We mostly stayed in our room. Needed to do laundry and the guest laundry was just around the corner from our room. Our son, Barry, spent the day with us. Sam (grandson) and SamD (girlfriend) have arrived and are getting some rest. We went to Wal-Mart, I needed to walk and the guys needed some stuff to keep our car A/C going on the trip home. I checked out the craft dept and came away with a 16 page album kit. I have most of the pages done. Just need to put in the pics and add some embellishments. Of course the photos I'm going to use are wedding photos. The album is not a wedding album per se but it was quick and easy and then I can work on a traditional one.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

We Made It!

We are in Trinidad at the nicest Best Western. I had made reservations on line and when I checked I asked the gal at the desk if she had any suites. She replied that she had given us a suite at a very discounted rate because we were going to be here 5 nights and had a military discount. This suite is more like an apartment. We have a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath. TV in the living room and bedroom. I might not want to go home again. LOL

Until last night we had an uneventful journey. When we pulled into the motel we heard a noise but we both decided it was the semi's going by. However in the morning when got ready to leave we heard the same noise and it was coming from our car. Fortunately there was a Chevy dealer 1/2 mile down the road. Our air conditioning compressor had gone out. A new one cost $900 and they didn't have any instock. Our car has 190,000 miles on it so we really didn't want to spend any more money than necessary on it. They were going to try and put in a new bearing and then the service guy remembered that they had taken one off a car because it was leaking freon but it turned. They would put that one on for us but couldn't gaurantee how long the freon would last. That was only $140. When we get back home we are going car shopping.
This photo was actually taken in Texas a couple of years ago but looks like some of the country we went through today.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


My friend, Lonnie, made this card from the Lonniesame napkin that I made my card from.  Her card is 6 x 6.  I asked her permission to photograph the card and put it on my blog.  The stamp set is from CTMH (I'm too pooped to go down in the basement and look it up).  I'll tell you another time.  She added some brown to her plaid and green also. 

Weather wise today was nice until about 4 then it cooled down and rained.  I have given Sam instructions on watering my 4 hanging plants, house is clean, and I think that I have everything in the suitcase that we are going to need.  Sunday evening we are having dinner with some folks we have seen in about 35-40 years.  And I stressed more over what I was going to wear to meet them than anything else.   Went to a card class this afternoon with Lonnie and her granddaughter.  It was a lot of fun and I learned a new trick.  Some of my acrylic stamps have lost their stickiness.  Linda, our instructor, said that Hero Arts Acrylic stamp cleaner works for that.  We each bought a bottle and it does work.  I'm gonna go put my feet up and relax.

Friday, June 12, 2009

From a Napkin

daisy The other day when we had our card club, our hostess had napkins with three daisies.  Two yellow and one orangeish.  The napkins had yellow and green plaid where I have the circles (I didn't have any plaid).  The stamp is an altered Penny Black.  I used just one daisy and stamped three times.  Colors are Autumn TerraCotta and Sunflower.  Sunflower centers are Outdoor Denim. Stems are Clover Meadow.  Circle paper is Lime Rickey from Basic Grey.  Cardstock is white and Outdoor Denim. 

I am basically packed.  Just have a few last minute things to do like balance checkbook, look up some addresses, vacuum, wash the kitchen floor, etc.  Speaking of addresses one of the things we want to do is go to Oshkosh Wisconsin and look up the place my Mother lived when she was a baby.  We have the address but when I put it in Microsoft Streets it came up east and west.  I have a picture of the house across the road from where she lived but since that was in 1915 I'm sure the house has changed.  My Mother's older brother froze to death on Lake Winnebago January 23, 1915 when he was 12 years old.  I have a picture of him, my Mother, and another brother and sister.  My Grandmother told me the story but I never could find a birth or death record of him.  He was on the 1910 census but I wanted more.  Then one day I found the newspaper article about the tragedy quite accidentally.  He was indexed under his grandfather's name.  And it was front page headlines.   Even though it was tragic the article was very informative and fascinating.  There was a picture of him and it was the same boy in the picture that I have.  Didn't mean to get so long but I think that genealogy is so intriguing. 

Since we are leaving for the wedding on Sunday I won't be posting any cards for awhile but maybe I might post about our travels.  Later

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Tea Party

tea set

Jim got this tea set when he was stationed in Okinawa in 1960.  When our granddaughter would spend the night Grandpa and she would have waffles for breakfast and tea in this set.  The other day when I was talking to her she asked me if we still had the dragon tea set.  I replied "yes".  Then she wanted to know if she could have it  when we were no longer on this earth.  She said that she and Grandpa had lots of good times over that tea set. When I told Jim he said she can have it now.  So we are taking it with us to Colorado and it will be one of her wedding gifts.   

Monday, June 8, 2009

Penny Black Sticker Card

stickersSaturday a friend and I took a Penny Black Sticker card class.  This is not one of the cards we made.  This is my own creation using a different set of PB Stickers.  This sticker set is called Garden Poems.  There are 5 different flower stickers and 5 rectangle stickers that can be used for ribbons or other accents.  One of the neat things we learned is to back your sticker with scrap cardstock so you can see where you want to put it before adhering it to the card.  And if I remember right you could also use talcum powder.  The sticker is mounted on CTMH Tulip, then Olive and that is put on Colonial White.  It is finished off with a gold spiral and three dew drops.

This has been a November like day.  Rainy and cold (50). On the local news tonight the strawberry farmers are saying that their crops are at least 10 days behind.  They should be picking right now and there aren't even any strawberries on the plants-just flowers.  I have to go cut up some papers and run some thru the Cuttlebug for card club tomorrow.  

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Penny Black and White


Just couldn't resist the play on words.  This card is pretty straightpenny Black forward.  The stamp is Penny Black's A Touch.  Brads are from Hobby Lobby. 

Today was a great day.  It was summer weather.  I weeded in one of my flower beds, Jim and I took a walk.  Chatted with my daughter in law.  Next Tuesday is our monthly card club and this is the card I am taking.  We each bring a card and enough stuff so the other gals can make the card.  We all go  home with several very nice cards.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fit For A Wedding

weddingOur granddaughter is getting married June 21.  Her colors are cream and red.   The colors on the card are Colonial White and Cranberry.   Stamp colors are cranberry and olive.  The writing on the stamp is so small that I cannot make out who made it.  The red flower is from Prima's Christmas collection, with a clear dew drop in the center.  And I used  the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.

 bride and groomThis is the inside of the card.  I used the new Wild Card Cricut Cartridge.  I don't have any words yet because I just found a site with lots of good wedding sayings.  WWW.imag-e-nation.com

I had a very fun afternoon.  I took my new Cricut cartridge over to a friend's house and we played all afternoon making different things.  It has six different functions.  And there is no end of things to make.  I bought it because it makes round cards.  It makes envelopes too, but only for cards up to 4" square.  Tomorrow I am going shopping for something to wear to the wedding.