Monday 8 comments

See My Background?

What you see is what we’re getting.  Lucky us and many other folks around the Midwest that are in for a serious winter storm.  Nothing we can do to stop it so I’m keeping busy doing the indoor things I’ve been doing since early December.

I’m still on my pincushion kick, but I’ve decided I don’t have to make one-a-day.  I’ve been to all the craft stores around here looking for some dusty rose colored felt and do you think I can find any?  Hate it when a company discontinues making something like that.  I did find some really nice tan felt that will become my next favorite color.

The other day I got a craving for bran muffins.  I know that sounds strange, but I just wanted that taste.  This morning I made a batch from this recipe and I’ve gotta say, they’re really, really good!  It makes a huge batch, so I froze half of them for whenI have another bran muffin craving.  I’ve had other urges to bake, but restrained myself, because if I bake it, I also eat it and that’s not a good thing.

Jim’s been nursing a sore knee.  In fact it was so bad he went to see his doctor last week.  He had x-rays, an MRI and now he’s supposed to see an Ortho specialist on Wednesday.  With all the snow that’s coming, I’ve got a feeling that appointment will be rescheduled.  At least it’s not getting worse.  Today he doesn’t have hardly any pain, but it doesn’t take much for it to flare up again.

So with his bad knee, it’s put a damper on taking our little trips and getting out and about.  We did take another trip back to the Amish store.  There’s something about that place that I really like and apparently I’m not the only one.  We were there last Saturday and the place was packed with shoppers.  Only one buggy in the parking lot though.  The Amish must do their shopping during the week.
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I love the way they stack the corn stalks out in the fields.  P1090562
Our computer was making lots of noise so I took it in last week.  I really think the PC guy goofed up when he figured my bill.  He replaced the noisy fan, the USB ports on the front, added new software so the DVD player worked and did a few other things.  There’s a minimum charge of $40 to look at it and my whole bill was only $55.  I didn’t want to question the man, so I just paid and took my quiet PC back home.

About the only wildlife we’ve seen around this neck of the woods are turkeys.  Wow, there’s really a lot of turkeys now.  This gang was walking on the road as we approached.  They just walked to the top of the hill and finally took a left and headed into the pines, but they were in no hurry.P1090555Not much else going on in my little world.  It’s just one day at a time, looking forward to seeing the Packers and Steelers in the Super Bowl and trying to ignore winter, which is getting harder and harder to do.
Wednesday 9 comments

The 2nd Half

Sorry I've been away so long.  We were sick for 4 days and then I spent many days finishing the ABC scrapbook. After that, I was busy getting my pincushion inventory replenished after the Christmas rush.  So as promised, here's the rest of the ABC scrapbook for those of you that didn't see it on my Up The Creek blog.

These are the pictures inside the little packet in the bottom right corner on the X page


Monday 13 comments

Half Way Done

Here's the first half of my ABC Scrapbook for 2010.  I found a bunch of these little 6x6 scrapbooks online and have enough to do one more year.  The pictures are from the collage pages I got from Walgreen's.  Each collage contained anywhere from 15-20 pictures.  The first 13 pages contain 57 pictures.  I hope to get that many or even more in the second half of the alphabet.  When I get stumped on a letter, I have to become creative.  Like for L, I called that page Long Necks, for the swans.  The letter I was another hard one, so it's with pictures of flowers starting with I.  Q, X and Z are always challenges too.  

Sunday 8 comments

A New Year

In the past few days, many people were talking about making or not making New Years Resolutions or just making life-style changes.  I’ve never made a New Years resolution, mainly because I don’t say something I know I’m not going to do.  Yesterday I saw this idea from the Good News Network, which is one of my favorite “likes” on Facebook.   After reading through it and thinking how I can relate to this even though I’m no longer in a work place environment, I decided to make a serious effort to stop listening to that little voice in my head and just become a better me. 

The foggy, drizzly weather a few days ago really did a number on the snow and ice.  Now all that’s left are the drifts and dirty piles of snow along all the streets and sidewalks.  There’s no snow in the forecast, so it should be a good week to get outside and take some nice walks and maybe even a road trip somewhere.

I’m taking a break from making pincushions and I’m working on my annual ABC scrapbook.  This is the fourth year for these.  This year I’m focusing on using as many pictures as possible on each 6”x6” page.  Every now and then Walgreens has offers for free collages.  I took advantage of their generosity and had 6 of them plus 2 others made to use for my scrapbook.  Here’s one of them. 

5285776656_5b71947c11_bWhen I’m done with the whole thing, I’ll share it or a link to my Flickr.