Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Went to Park Meadows Mall yesterday with the kids, specifically to buy them each a few more pairs of jeans for when school starts back in less than 4 weeks (not that I'm counting or anything! LOL!). JC Penney had a great sale on the kids' stuff so we got jeans for both kids, and a few new shirts for Nattie - gotta have the new shirt for the first day of 5th grade, right? After that, we went to The Walking Company and I found some proper walking shoes for when I walk Tasha - we've only had her for a month and my sneakers are trashed from walking the dirt tracks we have around here, so I figured I should get something more sturdy :) I love them!
Started a new class with University of Phoenix this week - Psychology. It's very "deep" and nowhere near as interesting as the Criminal Justice classes, but it's just one class so I'll be fine. Next up is Juvenile Justice which I am reeeeallly looking forward to, since I'm hoping to eventually get into the parole or probation sector. That's a way off, though...
Got a package of goodies yesterday from Alma at The Cat's Pajamas! The fall and winter lines of rubber stamps (now clear acrylic!), and patterned paper to play with when I make up samples. All you fans of TCP will not be disappointed....not long to wait now!
And, just for fun, here's the blog challenge for today from Two Peas:
If you found a $100 bill on the sidewalk, what would you do? a/put it in my wallet, hello new shoes! b/Pass it by, gross, germs! c/Give the money to charity. d/Add it to my savings.
Hmmm...it depends where I found it. If it's directly outside a store on the street, I'd probably take it back to the store, but otherwise I know I'd keep it, bring it home to hubby and kids, and we'd have fun spending it together :) I know, I know, I should give it to charity, but I'm really good throughout the year giving regular donations to the March of Dimes and American Cancer Society.
Have a fantastic Wednesday!
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Saturday, July 21, 2007
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Friday, July 20, 2007
Heather from her SouthernArt blog :) Heather, congratulations! Enjoy your trip to Starbucks :)
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Thursday, July 19, 2007
Iain took this photo at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World when he and Jamie were in Scotland last month. Isn't it beautiful? There were about a dozen butterfly and moth photos, but I love this one!
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
From the Two Peas blog challenge: what kinds of things stop you from creating? Hmmm...perhaps I could better explain with a photo :) Yup, these three keep me super-busy between the house, activities, and just hanging out together. And I am thankful every day that I have them!
Guess what? I won some goodies from itsnoteasybeinggreen's blog earlier this week :) Thank you! And in the spirit of paying it forward, I have a $10 Starbucks card which I will send to someone who leaves a comment on my blog today or tomorrow. On Friday I'll select one lucky lady at random.....good luck!
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The challenge on Two Peas today is to blog about 5 things you do every day, without fail. What a fun idea! Here's my list: shower, brush my teeth, read, tell my family I love them, and hug our pets :)
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
No, it's just a woodpecker who thinks he can get his beak into the tiny holes of our hummingbird feeder! He and his friend were hanging out there the other day for about half an hour; I was standing in the kitchen laughing at them and how determined they were to get some of the sugar water - of course, it didn't happen, but they did try!!
It's a beautiful day here today. Iain and Jamie are going for haircuts, and Iain is going to use his GC for Men's Wearhouse for some new clothes for work. Nattie and I are staying home, and I'm going to try and make some progress on the 4 (yes, 4) circle journals I need to complete by the end of the month. I hope my scrapping mojo is in full flow today!
Have a fabulous Saturday!
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Friday, July 13, 2007
This is an interesting question from the Two Peas blog challenge for today: "do you keep in contact better with others by email, phone, or in person?". I'd say that it depends on the person: of course, for my CJ groups we are in touch almost daily via email or through Yahoo Groups. I have a couple of long-distance friends who I chat with more on the phone than any other way - my friend Jackie in Boston, and my friend Cynthia in Carlsbad, CA, for example.
My grandad and I have been writing letters to each other since Iain and I moved to the U.S. in 1993. He lives on the south coast of England and is in his mid-90s, but still makes the time to write to me twice a month. In fact, if I don't respond quickly to his letters, my Auntie Joan sends me an email asking me if everything is OK since gramps hasn't heard from me :) His letters are very descriptive; he describes what flowers are in bloom at any given time, where he has been on little day trips with the pensioners' group, and any recent games of bridge or bingo he's been playing. I treasure those letters.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I was cat-sitting for our neighbor while she was out of state visiting her family. Her DH stayed behind because he had to work, but she asked me to go along and feed the cats and let the dogs out around 4pm each day since DH wouldn't get home until later (one of the cats is diabetic and needs 2 shots each day).
At the end of last week, I went down to the house, put out food for the 6 (yes, 6) cats and then headed out to the garage to feed the 3 dogs and let them out to run around. After about half an hour, it was time for me to head home so I got the 3 dogs back into the garage and watched them closely while I closed the garage door - what happened was I was watching the dogs so carefully that I didn't see one of the cats (Diego) run out and before I knew it he was trapped under the garage door. It took me a couple of seconds to react and get the door open again, and Diego ran off to the side of the house.
I heard him meow really loudly, and there were thunderstorms heading our way, so I went and found him to take him inside. When we got inside the house, he was definitely having trouble with one leg, so I made him comfortable and figured I'd leave a message for the DH (who is a vet and would be home in a couple of hours).
A couple of days passed, and yesterday we had to feed the cats again - but there were only 5 cats around, so when we got home I left a message for the DH to find out how Diego was doing. Imagine how horrible I felt when he called me back last night to say that when he came home that night and listened to my message, he went looking for Diego and found him under the dining room table - he had passed away. I don't know what to do. I just feel awful.
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Monday, July 09, 2007
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Sunday, July 08, 2007
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Friday, July 06, 2007
This is a collage I made for my good friend Leigh Anne. Her boys were having their room redecorated and she wanted something personalized for them. She wanted the "messy" look, so that's what I did :) The canvas now has pride of place in the boys' bedroom!
Also, a shout out to my blogging friend Jill for mentioning me on her blog! Thanks, Jill!
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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The blog challenge over on Two Peas today is about which you prefer: the beach or the city pool? Personally I prefer the city pool - I'm not a big fan of sand at all, in particular when it gets into sandwiches or snacks which the kids are waiting for :) But the kids prefer the beach by far - this layout includes photos taken at Newport Beach, CA (and stamps from TCP).
Jamie and I are going to The Children's Museum in Denver today. He is very excited! Nattie, Iain and Helen are having their second day in CO Springs and will be taking the cog train ride up Pike's Peak this morning. He has my camera and is under strict orders to take awesome photos!
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Monday, July 02, 2007
Wow! It almost reached 90 here today in Conifer. Jamie and I went down to Westminster (Archivers!) and it was 99 there when we left around 2pm - yuk! Archivers was worth the trip, though - found some cute packs of 6x6 and 8x8 paper; I love that companies are coming out with these; they are much friendlier on the budget and are especially useful for making little sets of cards, which I plan on doing with some of my new goodies! We also went to Barnes & Noble, another of my favorite stores, and I picked up the new book by Lisa See, who wrote the bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. If you haven't read it, try and find a copy - it's an intriguing story about two young girls living in China, and their friendship through their lifetimes.
Of course, I'll be using some stamps from The Cat's Pajamas on those cards I'll be making, and talking of TCP, I found this link on Alma's blog - it's all about crafters :)
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Sunday, July 01, 2007
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