Wednesday, May 31, 2006

rounding up soon

Katie at Katie the scrapbook lady is ready to round up..... here are her questions and link. will post mine soon

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?

What movies and/or tv shows did I watch this month?

What special days did I celebrate and how?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have in May?

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try in May?

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

What were this month’s disappointments?

What were my accomplishments this month?

Any thing else noteworthy to record about May?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Share your life, and find the finest joy one can know. Do not be stingy with your heart. Get out of yourself into the lives of others, and new life will flow into you-- share and share alike.

Joseph Fort Newton

Monday, May 29, 2006

15 years ago may 30th

this guy was doing his own thing and deciding he had enough and needed to be born. so by emegency he came and he's been an emergency baby every year since then too.
we had his favorite dinner- including pierogies and creamed corn and nice steaks- a nice cake made by me -mom. He has finals at school tomorrow that is the only thing he's not thrilled about. We gave him an AMX -gift card- he can use anyway he wants too. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 28, 2006

I Am

I've been tagged by Cathy

This one is worth the effort.

I AM: A woman, with a heart of a girl, I am a wife and a friend, I am a sister in the middle of two brothers, I am a daughter struggling with my relationship to my own mother. I am a mother of two babies- who are living and one that is not. I am a step mother to two young men who were boys when I became Tam- mom to them.
I am and artist and creator. I am an innovator and thinker. I am a student and a teacher. I am more than I ever thought I would be.
I am an employee
I am a lay reader, alter guild server, part-time bulletin maker.
I am me!

I WANT: To not work so hard, yet have what I need to be happy. I want my kids to be good, have good judgment and live long and productive and creative lives. I want my husband to still love me many years from now- I want to love him too. I want to be healthy, wealthy and wise.

I WISH: for sweet things and love, peace and happiness. I wish I was more organized and less of a perfectionist. I wish I was more detail oriented, but less controlling. I wish I was really cute and sexy, but I think this would scare me too! I had better relationships with my brothers.
I wish and hope that my children will be great, adults, parents, lovers, friends, and brothers and sisters.

I HATE: Brussels sprouts , licorice, and prejudice.: dictionary says an unfounded hatred, fear, or mistrust of a person or group, especially one of a particular religion, ethnicity, nationality, or social status,

I MISS: My younger days with less rent, cares and responsibilities.

I FEAR: the day that one of my parent or S. parents go to heaven. I fear fire and just am so scared by it, I fear spiders unreasonably.
I fear my children will not be the best that they can be.

I HEAR: Words of love from, my wonderful husband everyday. Country music on my radio, pop tunes on Hh's computer media player, and her tinkling out a tune or two on the piano or drums. Praises to God every Sunday. The lawns being mowed, the dogs barking and tails thumping and I know things are right in my world.

I WONDER: about God, I wonder about lots of questions and try to find answers to satisfy myself .

I REGRET: making a choice early on at twenty to get married, but don't regret my children, whom I would never have had if that choice hadn't been made, so it is not as regretful as some things. Not getting to know my father's family better. especially my Aunt Sunny, My mom's family also.

I’M Not: Thin, gorgeous, the American girl next door. I am not as brave as I appear. I am not perfect.......A tough one for me.

I DANCE: by myself to my own tune, always have, always will. I may say yes and agree, but go off and do my own thing; independence is a hard lesson to undo.

I SING: country songs from the radio, spirituals and hymns from the 1982 hymn book and an African American hymnal loudly and confidently. I took voice lessons and sang in a choir until most of my way through college. I sing because I want too.

I CRY: easily and always have, I am a sentimental girl, honest to a fault and wear my feelings on my sleeve. I cry at the thought of my son, struggling to be independent away from me and family. I cry at the thought of anyone ever doing anything bad to my children.

I AM NOT ALWAYS: the nicest person. I can be mean and say hurtful things to my children and my wonderful hubby, especially to my ex-spouse.

I MAKE: a little art, a lot of scrapbooks and big messes, I make great meals; I love to cook and feed those around me. A little money at my job. Love to my husband.

I WRITE: in my blog online almost everyday. I write love letters and cards to many people I know, and love, I write valentines every year.I write to my friend Kate regularly. I write fluff and sometimes can't express the best of what is in me for the fear that being too truthful hurts those I just want to send love too.

I CONFUSE: love and sex, love and food, love and attention. I confuse feelings with need, I confuse myself.

I NEED: to find my self-worth

I HAVE: Way more than I could ever need. I have the best husband and children. I have a nice but modest home. I have a nice but old van. I have my parents alive still; I have my in laws alive too. I have blessings in my life and want to always remember to count them.

I LOVE: my family, my friends and being an American. I love good food, good company, and fun. I love the movies. I love my dogs and cats. I love technology. I love beautiful flowers. Chocolate.

I SHOULD: not should on myself- that is what my Dad says. Instead I will try to be the best of the things I am.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

more me me meme

You Belong in 1970

If you scored...

1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.

1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!

1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.

1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

ME meme me

You Are Big Bird

Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.

You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.

You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.

How you live your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."

the best of friends

Our best friends are the ones who pack easily and travel well on the road of life.
Lois Wyse

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

not a really clear photo- since I took it myself

but here is my spot where the pantone books crushed down on me.

keeping up the good work

from Lifehacker web site - interesting stratagies.

Author Gretchen Rubin has some interesting strategies for keeping up your exercise routine. A couple of my favorites:

  • Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week.
  • Never skip exercising for two days in a row. You can skip a day, but the next day, you must exercise no matter how inconvenient.
  • Give yourself credit for the smallest effort. My father always said that all he had to do was put on his running shoes and close the door behind him.

from my log at kp-10ksteps

To date you have taken 215,490 steps. This is about equal to: 107.7 miles (173.4 km)

1st Day steps tracked: 3/20/2006

yeah!! For me and H - we are constantly looking for walking stratagies

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I need some sympathy tonight

these two books, are packaged together in a plastic box with extra sharp corners. - They fell off a shelf above my head at work today, and hit me in the forhead with the corner of the plastic box, gouged me and made me bleeed.

two boxes slid out of the shelf when I tilted the box to get the guides for a customer! I stood there and cursed out loud. , I am not sure I won't get a huge bruise too, if I do I will try to get a photo of my head tomorrow.

for tonight it is advil and off to rest in bed for a while.

Monday, May 22, 2006

other old art work

I have more canvas paintings as well. nothing displayed like these two large pieces. the candles on the bottom of this photo are not a part of the picture LOL but it is wierd enough as it is.  Posted by Picasa

for Swamp Angel-

My art work, I don't have many photos of it. I have another piece that is this big and same size but different subject matter. will post that one next. This is an acrylic on canvas 3 x 3 feet  Posted by Picasa

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Happy Birthday Girlfriend

We Need to take more photo sessions like this one, it was a blast! I wish I could be there for the big blow out BBQ today!! I hope this is the best year ever- you are at the best time in your life. LOVE YA AND MISS YA K8- YOUR GAL PAL QT
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Friday, May 19, 2006

ideal? pet? really ?? !!

Your Ideal Pet is a Cat

You're both aloof, introverted, and moody.

And your friends secretly wish that you were declawed!

What's Your Ideal Pet?


for today

Give away your Life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back----given back with bonus and blessing.
Giving, not getting, is the way.
Generosity begets generosity.

Luke 6:38 msg

Mary mary quite contray, how does your garden grow?

with cockel shells and pretty maids all in a row. This was my major Mother's day gift and purchase. It is our traditional thing to do, plant and buy flowers for my garden on mother's day

these iris are from a years now but loved the sunny fence as a back drop


Well we got them all in the ground and now here are some photos i took of them this morning.

this yellow Grebera daisy is a siameese twin flower and stalks are fused together very odd for sure- so I wanted to document this oddity.

this is one of two wiskey barrels I have near my front door.

they make me happy ! this is my only battle scar- a blister on (each hand actually) my palm....

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hh field day ribbons

it was a record high today we went to foeld day and look at that smile and those ribbons. you go girl  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

cool enough -

the office is cool enough we have the swamp cooler going since this morning. We can do this because our humidity here is so small and the air so dry that it actaully helps to run it.

Mine at home needs adjustment - the boys have to get back up on the roof and adjust the water float- so it doesn't overflow. ( kind of like the toilet float LOL )
here is the link to this copied information

Advantages of an Evaporative Cooler


An evaporative cooler use as much as 75 percent less electricity as air conditioning does.


An evaporative cooler costs about half as much as an air conditioner that will cool the same sized area.


An evaporative cooler operate on 120-volt electricity, which means they don't need special high-amperage circuits like many air conditioners do.


The moist pads from an evaporative/swamp cooler are fairly efficient air filters, trapping some dust and pollen.


A small evaporative cooler can be often placed in windows, much like a window air conditioner. Evaporative cooling requires simple installation from a reputable heating and cooling company.


An evaporative cooler can cool outside air and blow it into your residential or commercial business re-circulating stale inside air.


The evaporative cooler pads can be made of wood shavings - aspen trees is a popular choice.

Monday, May 15, 2006

as promised yesterday!

Blogger is tough on these layouts this is the right side of a two page spread

this is the left side of the above two page spread

scrapbook layouts from the book of Hh

the crazy hair layout has a pop dot under the letter h tag- hard to tell but it is dementional

the last one just love those polka dots on that paper

this one the journaling is about her getting that second earing done and the little flower earings are so cute that I made a rinestone one put you can hardly see the details.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's day

scrapped last night will come back and edit this post later with pictures. Will probably get flowers and plants for the garden today ( tradition)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

scooter skirt goes to the zoo

here is one of two skirts that are so cute! one blue and one pink, and one of two tanks one salmon/peach and one white. Hh ready for a day at the zoo- fun -sun-hats and sunscreen. Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 12, 2006

self portrait second try

me in my mirror- art work behind my head is mine too, acrylics on canvas. I like this mirror a bunch.  Posted by Picasa


You Are a Cinnamon Jelly Bean

Sassy and bold, your behavior is often shocking - even to those who know you well. And while you're too hot to handle, people still are addicted to you.

Human hearts

The human heart, at whatever age, opens to the heart that opens in return.

Maria Edgeworth

Thursday, May 11, 2006

self portrait

took this late in the day today - but I love the ornate mirror and it makes a great frame. Posted by Picasa BUMMER - I must have fallen asleep and messed this up last night will post it later ! QT

a healthy mix

Your Brain is 60% Female, 40% Male

Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female

You are both sensitive and savvy

Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mom's day coming up fast

here is a cool techy article for those with mum's that need cool gagets.

I have this little printer sans the little screen, I love it- epson rocks the 4x6 world with its quality! and waterfastness even. This is one suggestion for the shutter bug mom.

so don't forget- my cards are out in the mail today !

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

more fun with ballons

SSD-with a " beer mug" pretty clever. this is from the same evening as the monkey !  Posted by Picasa

cards- made some

Made mother's day cards, sent mother-in law- a gift- ready for bed. I am single parenting this week. I need a few more hours in my day.

up to 90 miles on my pedometer yeah to me for sticking to this- and kudos to Hh for sticking it out with me and being a great motivator. - one other thing that motivates us is we walk in the mall near by and we always start and finish with the puppies at the pet store.

Hump day tomorrow - take it easy.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

cinco de mayo - mi III

Well we have managed to miss most of the festivities and our hood is pretty quiet tonight. S just went out to get some thigns for his little business trip and then we will go to bed soon.

we went to see Tom Cat in MI:III - yes action - computer, evil villan, good yeah, great no but nice to get out to a theater. Though it was a testosterone loaded night. the guys in back of me farted through the whole movie - I am not talking little ones, but the ripp roaring kind, then next to S. sat a guy that must not have bathed in 2 weeks at least. For the price of a movie these days I wish it were a better all around experience.

we had a good hamburger at red robin and had a good date night.

we watched casanova, last holiday and family stone on video too.. so all in all a good movie weekend.

Loved loved Last holiday, love the Queen- she just gets better...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

fun with monkeys

Pretty cute balloon monkey we got at beau Jo's the other night the ballon entertainment was very funny and talented.
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I gave in

Scott was talking about girls and how they are dressing these days- well here is what I let Hh get on Sunday whit her own money. If you can't read it it says Baby girl across the a** of her ever so wonderful gauchos ( another hot old new trend) - so there you have it Bad Mom!! Posted by Picasa