Saturday, August 30, 2014

a spooky swap for all seasons

I received the most deliciously devilishly spooky package from my partner Debbie, of Kitten Creates in today's mail. It was so much fun participating in Linda's A Swap For All Seasons --- I could kick myself from here to China for not doing so earlier.

I opened the outer mailer and inside was this mailer with Halloween images stamped all over it. And then I opened it up and my gosh, what spilled out --- stuff kept coming and coming. See what I mean? Holy Toledo!!!  Thank you so much Debbie for this Halloween extravaganza!

Debbie made me this great card and tag - front

card inside and tag back

and look at this coffin load hahahhaha
of creepy crafty supplies!!!

Thank you thank you thank you Debbie,
I'm going to have so much fun playing with all of this!

Friday, August 29, 2014

summer afternoon

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; 
to me those have always been the two 
most beautiful words in the English language.
~ Henry James 

How I loved the summer when I was little! Playing outside in the delicious sun all day long. Swimming pools, bicycles, roller skates, beaches, ping pong, hiking in the canyon, spinning around until I dropped with dizziness, playing tag, skipping - remember how much fun skipping was?! Coming inside only for a quick dinner, hopefully that included corn on the cob and watermelon. And then back outside again until dusk with my best friends forever.

The days of summer are waning. Hold on tight. Don't rush them.
Giggle and eat corn on the cob and maybe even do some skipping.

Wishing you all a lovely long holiday weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

it's national doggie day!

(Dog of the Blog :: Missy poochie pie oggie doggie)

It's National Doggie Day today so give your boo boo doggie a big kiss and a tummy rub and an ear scratch and have a nice game of ball, followed by a biscuit and a nappie!

Monday, August 25, 2014

and what I made my partner for ASFAS

As my mom used to say, "sorry for chewing my cabbage twice", but I thought I'd share about the first half of my very first outing as a participant in Linda's A Swap For All Seasons. (So sorry this is repetitive - I like to keep this online record of what I've made for myself as a kind of diary and also to share with you guys.)

I was given Deb, of Garage Sale Gal as my "recipient" of a handmade Halloween card and tag and also orange destash items.

I knew that Deb likes vintage things.  I found two vintage photos in my mom's family photo album and thought they'd be fun to use for witches on my card and tag.  I had fun looking through my things for orange crafty supplies for Deb.

(Sorry! I thought I got okay photos but now I see they're pretty sad. ARGH! Deb has posted and you can see more on her blog.)

Thanks for bearing with me on what must seem like the hundredth post about this swap LOL!

I don't really have another thing to post because this has been "the summer that wasn't"! With my back injury and subsequent eye trauma, I haven't done a thing except watch TV and movies, read, (doing this swap was the one fun thing) ... that's about it. BORED OUT OF MY MIND.

Oh! I lied! We did go out to eat a few times recently and a couple of weeks ago we went and saw the Hal Roach Studio exhibit (Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Little Rascals) at the Hollywood Museum. Tiny exhibit but lots of fun. Again sorry, terrible awful pathetic photos from my phone ...

I had to go back to the eye doctor again last Thursday for increased light flashes in my eye again --- she said no PT for at least another month to be safe, maybe two.  Woe is me. 

Everything seems to involve my bending my head up and down, big NO NO --- she said to think of my eye as a snow globe when shaken --- I can't do my embroidery, or rug hooking or even sort the dreaded filing or carry on with my reorganization and purging plan. WAH!

Friday, August 22, 2014

the broom has landed

I had the fun of joining in Linda's A Swap For All Seasons for the very first time this month. We were to make a Halloween card and tag for our partner and also include some orange goodies for them as well.

I had a great time making my card and tag for Deb, of Garage Sale Gal and finding some fun orange things in my stash for her.

(I just heard from Deb that she's received her package so it's okay if I babble a wee bit and give a teeny tiny sneak peek of the extras before she posts about it.)

Happy early Halloween! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Heartbroken beyond words to hear about the execution death of journalist James Foley. 

So weary of the utter madness and arrogance of human beings.

All I know is that violence is never ever the answer. 

And I suspect that love always is. I sure can't think of an alternative.

So humbled by the grace and eloquence of James Foley's parents on the news. They said their son just wanted to help, to shine a light ...

In the memory of James Foley and all those men and women who are our eyes and ears and bear witness, more often than not to the worst in we human beings, in order to make our world a better place. I am profoundly grateful.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

in the meantime

whinnnneeeee!  My eye doctor had to cancel my appointment on Monday, she ran into complications during a surgery and had to reschedule. (The poor patient ACK! Not the words one wants to hear, huh?!!!)

I was able to see her on Wednesday and the good news is she said my eye is improving - the bad news is that I'm not there yet and I have to be careful for another month or two, it may take that long to quiet down.

WAH!  So frustrating. To say the least.

And it gets even more frustrating ... I returned to PT on Thursday and the rest of the day and through Friday, I experienced more flashes of light in my eye. So I cancelled my hair appointment for this morning since my hairdresser shakes my head around a lot and I don't want to risk another retinal tear or worse. I've got quite the skunk line going. I'd been thinking about stopping dying my hair but this is a real shock to the system, unsettling to see all the gray. Woe is me.

Sure will be happy when I get to the other side of this. 

In the meantime, things are getting decidedly spooky over here. I'm working on some ghoulish goodness - I'm having so much fun playing with all things orange and black for my partner in A Swap For All Seasons.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

a swap for all seasons

It's been forever since I've blogged consistently and I find myself at a loss about what to post?? The more time that passes, the harder it is to think of something ... hmmmm ...

My back is a bit better but sadly I lost ground, having had to discontinue my PT until my eye settles down. WAH! I have an appointment with my eye doctor on Monday, fingers crossed I can resume my PT next week. 

I signed up to participate in something really fun - A Swap For All Seasons. This is my very first time. I've enjoyed peeking in at all the fun goings on for quite a while. I decided to dive in for the current one since it's a Halloween swap. Fun fun fun.

While puttering around the house doing housework, my little gray cells are off some place spooky and all a buzz over creating a Halloween card and tag for my partner and also gathering some fun "destash" stuff in orange. 

Also in exciting news, well sort of, I got a new computer. FAST FAST FAST! But ... I'm having such a learning curve ay yi yi. I wanted to add the swap button to my blog post and I can't figure out how to do it - it won't do it the old way. ARGH

(I just did a preview of my post to proof read and my default font wasn't there, what the hoohah is that all about?! sheesh. It kept my font choice for my blog titles but not for my actual blog text. GRRRRR)

(Okay, SUCCESS with my font ... whew)

I'll continue to blunder along over here, hopefully I will solve the mystery and able to add the graphic for the swap soon. 

OH! I think I figured out how to grab the button WOOHOO ... it's the little victories in life, huh, LOL.

Hope you're well and have a Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

pffbt and phooey I say

(yes, still making use of my mugging photos from the 70's LOL!)

oh good grief. they say when it rains, it pours ... I think they forgot to include the hurricane force winds and the up to your chinny chin chin flood waters. sheesh.

I began physical therapy a couple weeks ago - have gone four times so far. It's been very distressing and depressing to find out how weak and out of shape I am. 

I cancelled my appointment for today though because, now - my right eye has gone wonky. I had a retinal tear and had to have laser repair done on it a few years/some years back ... middle age brain can't remember what year.

Two weeks ago I began having those dreaded confetti floaters again - my eye doctor was away on vacation and I had to see the doctor she referred for her time away (who was very nice). He said everything looked fine but to watch out for more floaters, light flashes, loss of sight - the usual drill.

So this Monday I had a few flashes of light and they were still with me Tuesday morning - thankfully my doctor had returned from her vacation in Istanbul (having had a fantastic time, except for a bout of food poisoning - saying that she and her family had heeded all but one of Rick Steves' recommendations for while sojourning in Turkey - hence the family wide stomach malaise) and I saw her yesterday afternoon.  She said my retina looked fine at that time but to watch for any changes.

She said my back trauma could be the cause of my current eye disturbance! Like I whip lashed my eyeball and did the hokey pokey with it and shook it all around. Wow! Who knew?!

So I'm over here enjoying (well, not so much) my own personal light show in my eyeball - crossing all appendages that nothing else happens with it in the next four weeks.

Miss you all! Hope you've been enjoying your summer, with no aches or pains or general body falling apart business!

Monday, June 9, 2014

a trip to the ER


Had the hubby take me to Emergency on Saturday morning ... my back was even worse, no sign of improvement. Thankfully there was only one other person in the waiting room, yippie! I was so afraid I'd wait for hours, in pain. Still it was two and a half hours before I got to go home WAH! I was so miserable.

Anyway, prognosis = back strain. Had xray taken and given pain meds. Doctor says recovery time varies, averages about a week. Only the merest wisp of a hairs improvement, so frustrated. 

So tired of sitting and laying around ... whineeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Happy week to everyone! Don't pick up any boxes that are too heavy for you or climb on ladders and pick up heavy boxes, like this complete nincompoop!!! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

OUCH and a bit of blabbering

Throwback Thursday - late 70's ...
Having fun at the pool - look at the size of those glasses!!!

argh. I had this grand plan of simplifying my life and getting rid of stuff and I was really making head way. But boy, did I ever over do it! I strained my back and now it hurts to move. OUCH! whimper whimper whimper

Yesterday I had fun working on my family genealogy on, iPads are a wonderful thing for those unable to get up off the couch due to their labors hahaha ... I am hoping to get some letters written to relatives today, in the pursuit of more info and familial connection. I found letters from a distant family member (written around 1990) to my mother, who was interested in researching our shared ancestors too. Fingers crossed he's still alive please please please, he'd be in his 80's now.

And since I'm out of commission over here, while I'm resting, I'm also house cleaning my computer life and doing some "UN-Pinterest-ing" ... I had Followed every board of so many pinner's, ay yi yi ... so now unfollowing boards I have no interest in. This may be quite a project LOL!

Wish I had a book I was excited about to read - read anything good lately? I need a page turner! I am reading a good book but it's HUGE and I feel my interest waning ... I have a hard time hanging in there with long books these days. Missing the days of reading paperbacks at the beach or by the pool during the summer. 

It feels like summer over here already ... warm days and hubby's summer break quickly approaching. 

Hope this finds you all well and happy! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

my mothers hat

There were many heart tugging treasures to be found at my parents house after my father passed away. One box yielded my mothers knitted baby bonnets, a tiny chemise, a baby pillowcase and this knitted hat.  I had the feeling that I had seen her wearing it in a photo? I looked and looked and couldn't find the photo again in the mountain of things I had brought home.

Three years down the road - how can the third anniversary have already passed?! I happened to be looking for another family photo and looked through this photo album that my mothers Aunt Agnes kept of her beloved family. Aunt Agnes was unmarried and lived at home with her parents and passed the time adoring all her siblings children and keeping the family memories. She would continue this loving care of her family through the next generation, sending me and my brother greeting cards for every occasion and slipping a couple dollars in at birthday time.


And so I found this photo ... I can't be a hundred percent sure since I can't make out the details of the hat but I believe it is the same one. 

Aunt Agnes has lovingly written "Claire, 1930" ... my mom would have turned nine that year.

Feeling so wistful as June approaches, the month of my mothers birth and Fathers Day. Missing my family so much. 

Joining in Vintage Thingie Thursday with Suzanne at Coloradolady.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

downton day 3

I'm rather pooped out over here, yet another 98 degree day is forecast for Los Angeles (I wrote this in the morning, it may be even hotter - I know there are two new fires in So. Cal. as I write this) - so sick of the heat. It's become oppressive and depressing in its frequency. We never had a winter and now we've had no spring, it's summer all the time. argh. my air conditioning is struggling. sizzle sizzle. grumble grumble.

Day 3 was our second and last day of classes. In the morning we made a lovely keepsake fabric journal with Karen Valentine. I think I will make mine about the the event.

I haven't finished mine (goes without saying!) - lots of bedazzling and frou frou needed yet and of course memories of the weekend.

After a yummy lunch, in the afternoon we made the most charming "dress" garland, with Pamela Huntington. So cute!

Of course nowhere near the finish line on these ... most of us stopped early, wanting to add our own touches from home. Looking forward to pulling out supplies and playing and doing lots of foof foofing to my little dresses.

Day 4 was an all day tour of flea markets, shops, etc. in So. California. Since I have a mountain of stuff to dig out from under as it is, I decided not to go along and the likely possibility of coming home with more.  I am not to be trusted in a shop LOL, no sirree. 

So that was my marvelous time spent at Downton, I hope you've enjoyed coming along with me! I think I'll have some iced tea and daydream about all the fun I had.  

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 12, 2014

downton day 1 and 2 - more more more

ay yi yi ... the spacing is refusing to behave, sorry it's so wonky!
I've tweaked it over and over again
and then it throws another part off center.

Beautiful mural made by Karla Nathan for An Affaire at Downton
Photo by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon, The Fancy Farmgirl

Photo by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon, The Fancy Farmgirl

Photo by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon, The Fancy Farmgirl
A group photo of all the Ladies of Downton,
with our event creator and hostess, Kim Caldwell,
front and center.  Thank you Kim for a wonderful time!

My package for my sampler swap partner -
I found this pretty vintage wallpaper on Etsy for it.
Photo by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon, The Fancy Farmgirl

I finally opened up my Downton tote bag,
so many great goodies from the sponsors!
Thank you!

Gifts from my table mates - thank you so much
Susan, Tashia, Cheryl, Suzette, Teah and Terry!
Also thank you so much Sue for the darling pendant,
you gave to all of the attendees!

 I gave my table mates fabric from the Andover Downton Abbey line,
vintage buttons,  French General charms, a couple appliques
and a Downton Abbey cast photo. I forgot to photograph
how I wrapped them, darn darn darn!

I made a little card to match the wallpaper wrap.
Well, that's it except for the two remaining classes on Day 3, with teachers Karen Valentine and Pamela Huntington. Fun fun fun!