Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's another great Friday.  I'm joining in with Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE .

I can't believe what I'm doing!  I'm looking at cars.  Whhhaaattt?  Yes, I'm retiring and the best gift just might be this little darling.  I can't wipe the smile off my face.
Confession.  I've had one of these before.  Then I decided that I needed to be more mature and buy a Honda CRV.  More practical, I told myself.  But I just can't get the Bug out of my system!  I'll let you know what I decide to do.

My dad has his knee replaced on Monday.  Yesterday I stayed with him and he's doing remarkably well.  Can you believe he's 80 and will be 81 in October!!
Another smile I had this week was when I spotted a rabbit in my yard.  I also saw a deer drinking from my pond but I didn't get a picture of that.  I wish I had....
 One of my hollyhocks bloomed.  I love the color.
That's my smiles for the week.  Please go visit Annie and others to see what brought smiles to their faces.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Hello everyone!  I'm joining in with Julia at Stamping Ground for another WOYWW (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday).  People from all over the world share their desks and what they are working on.  To visit others, join in or find out more detail about this go HERE.

I've been crafting a bit.  I've gotten back into jewelry making.  It's been pretty fun.   I've also been playing in my Carpe Diem Planner.  I keep it opened in my bedroom so I can look at it every morning when I start my day.  I have a smaller planner that I will probably start carrying around with me once I'm retired.

My craft room is a major disaster!!  I'm almost embarrassed to show these pictures.  I didn't work in it at all last weekend or so far this week.  I keep telling myself I'll make "major progress" once I'm no longer working.
My desk area isn't that bad, really.  I'm thinking about changing up my desk to face the door instead of the window.  My furnace is right underneath the window so I'm not sure that I like it the way it is now.

Here's a picture of my Christmas Cactus.  I just love the blooms.
I will visit those that end in the same number as me and also those that visit and leave a comment (please leave your number).  


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Hello my fellow crafty friends!  I'm linking up with Julia at Stamping Ground for WOYWW.  Please check her out and visit other desks HERE.

Lynne shared her shawl pattern with me and I made this.  Sorry about the terrible lighting; I took this last night.  It's a varigated yarn and I really like how it turned out - almost the hombre effect.
I took pictures of my craft room this morning but they aren't showing up on my computer to download.  I'm not sure why because the photo of the deer I took is there.  He was in my backyard this morning, grazing on the tall grass.
His antlers are just coming in and are velvet.  That means my poor little aspen tree will be abused in a few months!

I've been going through my craft room VERY slowly.  My last workday is July 21 and I am telling myself that I'll have plenty of time in the world to get to it!

It may not be until Friday that I'm able to visit (I'm at work now and it's very slow so maybe I'll be able to do it today if things don't pick up).  As always I will visit those that end in the same number as me and those that leave me a comment.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's great Friday here.  We've been getting rain almost every day and the plants around the house are doing great.  It's fun to see what blooms!  I'm joining in with Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE .

I've had lots of fun happening this past week.  I was off Wednesday and had a nice day about town.  I found some great finds at the thrift store (will share soon). 
Moon over Los Alamos
Cafe mocha with peppermint

Huevos Rancheros at my favorite restaurant

Entry to my home
I am loving my new home.  The vine above is wisteria.  I need to tie up some of the growth.  From what I understand it hasn't bloomed in the past; I'm hoping it will put on a show for me.

Only twenty three more workdays left!  I can't believe it.  I've worked all my life, before I even had a driver's license!  To say I'm excited and nervous is an understatement!  Yep, life is good.

Here's a funny:
I'm hoping to have a semi productive weekend.  I really need to get into my craft room and organize!

Have a great weekend.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's a lovely Friday here.   I thought I'd join Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE.

I have thirty one more days to work before my retirement!  I am so excited and a little scared.  I can't wait to have more time to do the things I enjoy.  Not working for the man anymore!
My new favorite mug.
I may have not mentioned that I took a sewing class.  I've had a machine for years and never brought it out!  I forced myself to do just that by taking a beginner class.  We made these pillowcases called Burrito Pillowcase.  It was so much fun.

I loved this fabric.  As you can see I was very proud!!
My first pillowcase!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting!  I'm hoping to start blogging on a regular basis - and hopefully keep it up this time.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Images of My Yard

I have been slowly getting comfortable in my new home.  I am almost settled except for my craft room.  You'd think that would be the first room to set up but it's the last.  I'm hoping to retire the end of July and I'm saving it for then.

In the meantime here's some images from my yard.  I have a pond with koi and goldfish.  It's so nice to sit by the stream and listen to the water.   I have deer visiting my yard on a regular basis.  The area behind my house is called "deer parkway" as it's how they move around the neighborhood when they aren't walking down the street.  It's so peaceful; I love it.
Beautiful iris

Hello Mr. Raven

Cherry tree blossoms
Vinca by the Pond

Can you see the deer?  
Koi and Goldfish
I'm lucky in that I have friends that help me maintain my yard.  It's more than what I'd be able to do on my own.  


Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's a lovely Friday here; oh, but I started the day with a dental appointment at 8:30 a.m.!  What was I thinking?!?  I thought I'd join Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE.
I hope you all had a wonderful week and look forward to the weekend!  What better way than to see what makes others smile!  My dogs are still up to their antics but I won't bore you with more pics of them. 
This is my nephew playing on the varsity high school basketball team.  Yes, he's tall (6'3") and lean.  I wish I would have gotten a bit of that family gene as I'm 5'3" and vertically challenged!  I love watching him play.  Sometimes his feet get in his way.  He's a junior (11th grade) so I'll have one more year of watching him.  They won this game on Monday against an excellent rival.  Go Toppers!!

Go Number 42!! 

 And here's the funny part!  I couldn't resist this card.  I love the artwork and the saying had me laughing out loud.  I hope you can make it out.  If not "Hey..... I believe I've got your goat"  tee hee

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Hello everyone.  I'm joining in with Julia for WOYWW.  Go to her blog HERE  to join in the fun or have a good snoop at craft spaces all around the world!  Thank you, Julia, for bringing us all together!

I managed to get my rug turned around so the bottom drawers on my desk open up.  Yay!  I just had to move everything off the floor to do it.  Still slowly putting things away.

I took another class at Guadalupe Rubber Stamp Store. It was using stamping pads (not permanent) and markers to create a beginnings of a card.  I did a little masking, which I hadn't done a lot of before.
Can you tell it's a "she?"  I added a bit of pink to her cheeks!  I'll go back in and add something to the red plants.  

A cute little raccoon peeking around a planter.  Again, I need to add something to this one too.  The instructor started rushing us a half hour before the class was to end.  Wasn't happy about that as it was added pressure!  I hadn't done anything inky in a while and I didn't need to deal with THAT!

As always, I will visit those that end in the same number as me and those that leave a comment (please leave your number).   There was someone last week where I couldn't leave a comment - sorry, can't remember who it was.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Smiles

Hello everyone!  It's a lovely Friday here; waiting for the next snow to start.  I thought I'd join Annie for Friday Smiles.  To join in or see what others are smiling about click  HERE.

I'm having a great time getting settled in my new home.  The walls are plaster so I haven't hung much on the walls yet.  What really makes me happy is how comfortable the dogs are in their new home!  Katie (here) and Muffin (below) are so happy with their front yard view and the large backyard.

Katie still enjoying the swivel chair.  She loves laying there and watching me - lately working in my planner.
Muffin still happy on the couch.  Except she likes jumping onto the swivel chair when Katie isn't there.  Sometimes both of them lay on the chairs, one in each.  Silly girls.
They still enjoy jumping up on the couch to look out at the yard.  I bought a king size blanket and have that over the couch now.  At least I can remove that and wash all the muddy paw prints off!
Here they both are, sharing one of the chairs.  That's my bathrobe they are laying on.

 I love my girls.



Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Hello everyone.  I'm joining in with Julia for WOYWW.  Go to her blog HERE  to join in the fun or have a good snoop at craft spaces all around the world!  Thank you, Julia, for bringing us all together!  

My craft room hasn't seen much progress.  I've unpacked the last three boxes but I'm going to have to rearrange my rug as my bottom drawers on my desk won't open!  That means moving everything out, move the rug, and start organizing.  It's getting close.  I put together my second Ikea cart, this one in a burnt orange.  I lined the shelves and put all my acrylic paints in there.   I have a feeling there must be more lurking somewhere.

I had started working in my planner Super Bowl Sunday.  I finally picked it up again and have been working on it in the living room.  Hey, when you live by yourself ANY room can be a craft room!

I love working in my planner.  I keep it in my bedroom so I can see what's coming up.  So far I'm still in the "decorating" stage.

This is the month of October.  Yep, I'm pretty sure I've chosen a date for retirement.  Friday, October 13, 2017!  The following day I leave for a New England/Canada cruise.  Yep, I think I'm going out with a bang!!!
Sorry it's a little blurry.  I was probably overtkaen with excitement!  I'm meeting my HR Benefits representative next week.  I've met with a CPA and he says it's doable.  I was so relieved to hear that from someone with his background!

Here's a look out the front while I'm sitting in my chair working on my planner.  The yard has been cleaned up and trimmed back.  It took three trips to the dump and there's still stuff to be done!
 As always, I will visit those that end in the same number as me and also those that visit me (please leave your number).  It may be the weekend before I get around but I'll do my best.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Nesting Progress

Hello peeps.  I want to share with you what I've done to my new digs.  I moved in November and have had fun doing the whole nesting thing.  It's been a slow process as I really didn't want to put something away and then move it later.  Although that does happen quite naturally when you are learning about your space and how you will use it.

I painted the bathroom a light blue and the appliances are white.  I have a beautiful pedestal sink (you can barely see it here).  

I bought the painting above the toilet at a thrift store.  It's a bear standing up.  I took the coral/red color from that and bought towels.  He looks crooked here but it's the photographer, not the art!
Isn't he cute!  I believe it's an oil painting and it was cut from a larger painting and framed.  I wonder what happened to the rest of it?!?
You can see a bit more of the bathroom.  This was before I moved the painting down and added the metal art.  I would like to replace the light fixture and put in an outlet.  Can you believe there isn't an outlet in the bathroom!   This is the only bathroom that I have. 

Next I'll show you the living room.  It took a few transformations due to the dogs and the swivel chairs.  What a story that is!



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Color Burst Class

Hello peeps!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I recently took a class at the Guadalupe Rubber Stamp Store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It was so much fun and I finally did something creative.  I took this class mainly because my hands were itching to get dirty.  I haven't organized my craft room since I've moved and am itching to get in there!  This class was a motivator to make that happen!

The class was painting on a tote bag that had been designed using a cat stencil.  

We used a product called Color Burst.  They are powders that react to a liquid (I can't remember what we used but a little went a long way).  You also don't need much of the powder either. 
It was so much fun to decide which colors to use.  Being in the southwest I knew I wanted to use turquoise and pink.  First we painted around the cat with white acrylic paint.  That helped keep the colors vibrant and not soak into the canvas.
I took this class with two of my good friends.  They enjoyed it just as much as I did!  I wish I would have thought to take photos of everyone's finished projects.  They were all so different and unique.
My finished project.
Monica's finished project.
Alyce working on her bag.
Me starting on my bag.
I am definitely interested in working with Color Bursts again.  It was so much fun and interesting to see how the finished project looked.

Have you used Color Bursts yet?  What did you make?