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Lazy found his spot This is Lazy.

I decided to rearrange my living room. I had not done that in quite awhile. Normally, I do it about each season. As soon as I positioned the couch and folded the blanket Lazy perched himself on the blanket. He is a goofy cat.

 

Then he decided he needed to lay on my son’s school binder.

Lazy and EmoBear sitting on binder

He doesn’t seem to mind that he is almost too big for it. :)

The grey cat is Emobear. He just finished scratching my green coat.

Here is our third cat, Ninja. She is enjoying the new toy I got them. The feathers are about gone already.

Ninja and toy

Yes, I let all three boys talk me into the cats about three years ago. They have definitely been fun to have.

I could do without the cat hair, but who couldn’t.  Lint rollers have become my new best friend.

The cats have been the highlight of my summer. We really did not do anything interesting this year. Not one camping trip. I am sad. I guess a goal to shoot for next summer.

The boys began school last week. YAY! Back to a routine, that is what I like. Plus, it makes life more interesting. :)

The school changed their hours to earlier start time and I am amazed the boys have adapted well.

I am not a morning person but I must say I have become more of one in the last few years. I never thought that would happen. :)

I hope everyone had a great summer. We did even though no big adventures. I guess we will have to make up for it this fall.

Did you have any adventures?

The beginning of school means back to routine and back to writing regularly! I will be blogging more!

 

Journal June 22-28th

summer fun 015 My five year journal.

June 22

Question? What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?

2012

None.

2013

Dang, I must have been really boycotting the theater, none again.

2014

Yay, a movie! Just last night hubby and I went to see A Million Ways to Die in the West. Funny but very adult humor. Good date with the hubby.

June 23

Question? When was the last time you cried?

2012

This week, my dad died from cancer. I had not seen him since 2009. My hubby and daughter are deployed so I am really alone for a shoulder to cry on. My younger boys are here but they didn’t really know him that well. He was a grandpa and dad that popped in usually around the holidays or when he needed a place to stay. I sure miss him though.

2013

I assume no crying! :)

2014

Heck, I cry all the time. Dang hormones. My eyes even water when I laugh. :) Otherwise, nothing bad has happened in awhile. Thank goodness. :)

 

June 24

Question? What’s your next social engagement?

2012

I have no social life.

2013

Still no social life. But that is ok. I have my kids and hubby.

2014

Does meeting with the realtor count as a social thing? LOL If so, that is next Tuesday. I am excited to look at houses. We need more space.

cat_059 (Photo credit to Bing.com. Looks like Lazy one of our cats.)

June 25

Question? Who is your closest companion?

2012

The cats right now until the hubby is home from being deployed. LOL. Boys are usually hanging with their friends which is good. No close friend or family. I am a hermit so to speak. Just me and my books. :)

2013

Maybe I was enjoying a companion and forgot to write. :)

2014

I would say the cats. They are always wanting my attention. Hubby is on the road and not home much. Boys stay busy with friends and games.

June 26

Question? What’s your biggest indulgence?

2012

Pepsi everyday! I love books and computer stuff. I love art supplies. I’m a sucker for art supplies. :)

2013

Must have been busy indulging. :)

2014

Food! I love food! Eating out is our entertainment. Next would be books and art stuff. I am cutting back on Pepsi but do enjoy it. :)

June 27

Question? When was the last time you ate pizza? What kind?

2012

Pizza Hut with the boys this month. Pepperoni is our favorite. :)

2013

I was busy eating pizza. :)

2014

Last Saturday night. It is usually a weekly thing. I eat hamburger so Jessup can have his favorite. The others eat pepperoni. :)

_you_are_my_sunshine__by_katherinebaker (Photo credit to Bing.com)

June 28

Question? If your mood were a weather forecast, you’d be _______.

2012

Gloomy with no chance of sunshine. Hubby and daughter deployed.

2013

I bet I was enjoying the weather. :)

2014

Mostly sunny with a bit of clouds because hubby is on the road currently.

 

Journal June 15-21

 

June 15

blog list April Love my Nook!

Question? What’s your favorite gadget?

2012

The apps I have downloaded on my phone. Love them. Keep track of things, organize, and budget. Awesome! I use these more than I call or text on my phone.

2013

I guess I was gadget-out! ;(

2014

My favorite would be my NOOK! I love it! I love it for all the apps. I love it for reading new author books that I would not have been able to read otherwise. :)

June 16

Question? What makes you cynical?

2012

Fake friends. Especially when they are only out for themselves. Makes me want to disappear.

2013

I guess nothing made me cynical, amazing.

2014

One dictionary says, distrustful of human nature, mocking. Hmmm. I don’t like when someone you thought cared about you ends up not making an effort to be there when you need them. Trust disappears.

June 17

Question? The best hour of today was _____. Why?

2012

Eating pizza with my boys. Nice to eat together. Plus, Shay will be going to college soon and will not be eating with us too much except visits.

2013

I guess I did not have a best hour today. Maybe they were all the best! :)

2014

Being at the movies with the boys and then eating afterwards at IHOP. Spending the time with them. It was Shay’s treat which made it even better. :) We had fun and it got us out of the house. :)

June 18

Question? What’s the last meal someone cooked for you?

2012

It was when hubby was home on R&R in May. He is currently deployed. He made Mac&Cheese with hamburger in it. His favorite that he likes to make. Sure miss him.

2013

Guess no one cooked for me.

2014

Monday Shay made the sloppy joes while I caught up on dishes that go in the dishwasher. It was yummy and simple. He is learning. :)

Letters Feb 2013 006 Envelopes I made out of some wild paper! :)

June 19

Question? What was the last personal letter you received?

2012

Gosh, I can not recall. I have had cards but not much is written in them. I think maybe the last letter was Farra when she was at Colby going to college last year.

2013

Obviously, no letters arrived.

2014

It’s been since Christmas and that was a newsletter type letter. We get mostly junk mail. BLAH.

June 20

Question? Write the first sentence of your autobiography.

2012

I am a creative but quiet woman who loves adventure.

2013

I have no words.

2014

Who am I?

June 21

Question? What do you want to know better?

2012

I want to be more fluent with my design software. This way I can get jobs or sell products.

2013

No entry.

2014

I want to know more about Illustrator. I have the software but have yet barely touched the surface of it.

Edgar-Loo-doodle I made this in Illustrator. My writing muse! :)

 

 

 

Journal June 8-14

 

Time to journal post again. :) Took a break for a few months.

June 8

Question? What makes you miserable?

2012

When my family does not appreciate what I do for them. It may be little things but a nice thanks would be appreciated and not a sarcastic one either. ;)

2013

No entry. Guess I was not miserable. :)

2014

I do not like when people put others down. Makes me wonder why they think they can do that. Makes me miserable thinking about the why.

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June 9

Question? What makes a good friend?

2012

Someone who listens and cares. The friend that is there for you. A friend that wants to spend time with you.

2013

No entry. I think I went into hibernation from friends.

2014

A good listener! I have too many that only tell me their problems and do not care to listen to mine. I begin to tell mine and they interrupt with telling me theirs. I of course stop talking about mine and listen.

thCARGP3OC(Credit to Bing images)

June 10

Question? How many cups of coffee did you drink today?

2012

None! I am not a coffee drinker. I do love Pepsi! I had one. I drank water at the show. :) Go me.

2013

No entry. Must mean no caffeine so I had no energy to write in here. :)

2014

Dislike coffee! Zero! Don’t like the smell of it either. Now, I do love Pepsi. I have had one today! Trying to limit my intake because of the sugar. I don’t think I will ever completely rule out a Pepsi but at least cut back. :)

June 11

Question? What is your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?

2012

Go on a date with my hubby. It does not happen too much anymore. I believe it has been replaced with the whole family going to a movie or out to eat. :)

2013

No entry. I must have been on a date! :)

2014

Movie and a pizza with the family! Usually we rent the movie and bring the pizza home. Once in awhile we go to the movies. We love to do that but it really adds up in cost because we love to get popcorn and a drink. :) Did you know they sell beer at movies now? Crazy! I like a good beer now and then but I think that is going a bit far.

June 12

Question? Is something in your way? Can you move it?

2012

That thing called procrastination! Yes I can move it. I may not everyday but if I set goals I can usually succeed.

2013

No entry. Procrastination did not get moved today.

2014

Motivation, lack of! It goes in spurts with me. Right now it flew out the window. Yes I can move it, just need to set those goals.

June 13

Question? Something that made you worry today…..

2012

I worry about my boys growing up to be caring and energetic men. I think electronics rule their lives too much. Makes them lazy and not get involved in what is going on around them.

2013

No entry. No worrries?

2014

I worry that my kids and hubby will not be happy. Depression seems to be widespread in this world anymore. I hope it will not happen to any of them. Scary what depression can do someone.

Fitness_tnb(Credit to Bing images)

June 14

Question? Did you exercise today?

2012

I sure did! I walked on the treadmill for 20mins. and sweated like crazy. I am trying to do regular exercise. I do enjoy it. It’s just that motivation thing showing up again.

2013

No entry. I’m hoping I was too tired from exercising to write one. :)

2014

Nope. I thought about it. My app told me to. I should have. Motivation did not show up.

 

TV shows summer time

I’ve got my sticky notes taped up for the new shows during the summer!

I remember growing up they did not do this. Once the season was over in May the shows were random during the summer time. Or could it be I was outside more so I do not remember. Anyway, it sure does confuse me when the June shows begin. I have to remember the new lineup. This brain doesn’t remember well without the sticky notes.

Chalk one up for the creator of those sticky notes!

I do like that there are new shows but at the same time it usually means a long wait until next summer for the ones that make it back in the lineup. That part bites!

I love the fact that the TV listing is online so if I forget, sometimes they have a rerun of the show later. Not all of them but some.

Who can not love being able to watch them online if you miss. :)

We are so spoiled these days.

We also have OnDemand with our cable company to catch shows we miss. Though they don’t always put all of the shows on, that part is a bummer. But the nice thing about this one is I can watch on the TV as opposed to the computer. :)

I hate that cable companies are way more expensive than satellite companies. We have had both and still choose the cable over the satellite. :) I think we like it because everyone can watch what they want in any room because we have a TV in about every room. Just wish they would give you ALL the channels for the one advance package deal.

It sucks that you have to add packages of channels to get certain channels. Never fails you end up with lots of extras that you don’t watch so you can have that one channel. Oh, well. And that is probably why they get away with it, is people like me will add it anyway. :)

It is nice to have the internet with the same company. Makes one less bill to keep track of for me. :) Last month I saw on the bill that we should upgrade our modem to receive the fast speed internet that we pay for. Hubby took the old in and we got the new one. There is always a catch. We had to buy this one, but that means no monthly fee on the bill now. The speed is nice. Especially, with all the devices we have going on it. I have three boys who are into gaming so you can imagine the use of the internet.

We have yet to do any of the DVR’ing. We go with the basic cable box, no HD either. No reason to pay for all those extras. Channels yes. :)

With all these options to catch my favorite shows, I can still enjoy outside whenever I want and catch up later! :)

Ah, technology. :)

 

 

 

 

Meet the New Roomie!

10314625_10152176971287483_7321706374950133809_n Here is Buddy! :)

My hubby found this cute little guy on a truck stop parking lot. He was afraid he would get ran over so he became our pet. He was hubby’s buddy for a week or so until he came home.

The kids love him and so do the cats!

IMG_20140525_185436 Lazy is very curious about him. :)

It is fun to watch him move around his home. One part is pebble and the other half is shallow water. My youngest picked out the SpongeBob house.

My family loves SpongeBob. :)

I am thinking we need to find a rock or big twig so he can climb on it. He was stuck on his house for a day. We would put him down and he would be right back up there. :)

The cats love watching him and will sit on the ledge by the tank. It makes for fun entertainment.

Hubby is thinking he is a Wood Turtle. We plan on keeping him as long as he is happy. Eventually, he will need a bigger home which will hopefully be in our backyard with a small pond.

Pets are so fun.

Buddy is definitely an easy one to take care of and low noise! :)

 

 

 

Flower Explosion

I decided to learn more about my Illustrator program so I signed up for Skillshare. I love the mini classes.

What would we do without videos these days?

The first class I took was Digital Illustration: Doodles to Designs by Jon Burgerman.

 

First the teacher had us draw doodles. The first one was doodle with your eyes closed!

Doodle 1 Close Eyes (492x640) Looks like a two-year old scribbling, but it was fun. :)

Second one we had to doodle what we know.

Doodle 2 Draw what you know (490x640) I have always liked drawing flowers. I mostly drew it without picking up my marker.

The third thing he had us turn the page as we drew and not pick up the marker.

Doodle 3 Turn page do not lift pen (490x640)

The final drawing was a new piece of paper and trace things from all three doodles that we wanted in our new drawing.

Doodle 1 (492x640) My end result!

We scanned it into Photoshop to clean up the lines and the background. A new skill that I knew was possible but was not sure how to go about it. Once it was cleaned up we opened it into Illustrator and he walked us through the Live Trace and the Live Paint option. I had fiddled with those two things but could never get them to work right.

Happy camper to know how to do them now. :)

Here is the cleaned up version of lines.

Fixed Lines Doodle 1 (492x640) It makes a difference with the background if you look at the one above.

My colorful explosion.

Colors-Doodle-2 - Copy (491x640)

I have a saved file for the basic line drawing so I can go in and do different color combinations. I am definitely going to work on more doodles so I can get more of a picture out of it than this one was.

The neat thing is you can have this put on different items like T-shirts, mugs, etc. I do have a Zazzle shop (click on Zazzle and it will take you there) that has a couple of my images from a long time ago. I hope to get more designs on there as I get better at creating.

I find doing projects like this gets my creative mode going and it is a nice break from writing and editing. :)

Plus, makes for great household decorations! :)

 

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

 

Why Does A Watermelon Float?

Science Adric 2014 001 My youngest son, Adric and his watermelon project.

It is that time of year when the kids come home and say science project!

I cringe.

I love science but I hate explaining the whys. I love the ending project where he gets to decorate the board. It takes everything I have to NOT do it for him. I cringe with each crooked writing. I think this comes from when I was a kid.

My grandma would help me with my school projects. She would actually get a ruler and use a pencil to draw a line that I would have to print my lettering on. It had to be perfect. I didn’t get it back then, but I do now.

I did almost get out that ruler and pencil tonight though. I really wanted to but I kept thinking will the teacher be upset and think he had no part in the project.

Luckily, my teachers never thought that and I always received awesome reviews and great grades on my projects.

Adric did a really good job. There is only a slight slant in his writing for the data part. We did print out the long writing with the computer and then he cut it with my fancy scissors. The only part I helped with was the actual project.

A knife was involved and I don’t think a fifth grader needed to use one. :)

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He was dangerous enough with the giant fork.

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I kept telling him watch the other fingers, no need to go to the hospital tonight. :) The look was in his eyes to stab that watermelon recklessly.

No mishaps thank goodness.

In conclusion, the watermelon floats because it is air tight. Something to do with density and etc etc. I told you I don’t like explain.

It took us cutting the rind off for any of the watermelon to actually sink and even then it floated a little bit.

Science Adric 2014 011 Still floats

Science Adric 2014 012 Cut off the rind and in pieces, finally sank a bit.

It was fun doing the project with my son.

Good memories. :)

And now we have watermelon!

And it is already clean! :)

 

 

Thank You Rami!

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A fellow blogger nominated me for the Leibster Award! Thank you so much Rami! I am enjoying your blog!

1. Write 11 random facts about myself.

2. Answer 11 questions Rami came up for me.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers (if I can think of that many).

4. Come up with 11 questions for my nominees.

Random Facts…oh boy.

1. I’m a Pepsi-holic! Though I am cutting back for health reasons. I won’t give it up entirely. :)

2. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Love having the internet to make this come true!

3. I love to learn. I wanted to be an Architect when I was in high school and went to college. Life threw some curves. Hope to finish it just because I want to.

4. My husband’s forgetful remembering of names has rubbed off on me. :) Who are you?

5. I want to visit the castles in Europe. I secretly want to live in one. :)

6. I believe in the spirit world. I think my three cats are my grandpa, grandma, and my dad. :)

7. I envy my husband for all his traveling he has done and does. He has seen the world. I’ve seen the U.S.

8. I love to dance and really miss that part of going out on the weekend. Don’t miss the hangovers and drama.

9. I never wanted kids, but definitely happy that I did. I wouldn’t trade them for all the castles in Europe! :)

10. I miss having a best friend (girl) and yet I don’t. Figure that one out. :)

11. I’m a number freak! I love making budgets and keeping track of statistics.

Rami’s ??????s

 1. What is your favorite genre of fiction? I would have to say Mystery. I love trying to figure out who done it.

 2. What scares you the most? My hubby and kids passing before me.

 3. When you were growing up, what did you want to be when you were an adult? Always a writer, then an Architect, an archeologist, a race car driver, a singer, a dancer, a journalist, a spy, and a princess. :)

 4. If you could hang out with one superhero for a day, who would you pick and why? Wonder Woman. She is awesome. I loved that show. Who wouldn’t want all her powers. :)

 5. What is your pet peeve? People who don’t throw their trash away. Hate it. Drives me batty. Yes, I am one who will pick it up and throw it away.

 6. What is something you never thought you’d end up doing but you found yourself doing it? I never thought I would be a bookkeeper, it is so not creative. I did make colorful files and calendars. :)

 7. What do you look for in a potential romantic partner? Kindness, funny, adventurous, spontaneous, adapts to change, respectful, and a good kisser. :)

 8. What is something you wish you could change about yourself? I would like to lose 50 lbs so I am where I should be for my height.  

 9. What is something you’d like to do before you’re 80? Travel to a few different countries with my hubby. :)

 10. What is your fondest childhood memory? When my dad taught me to ride a bike and roller skate. I didn’t get much time with my dad because he was always living elsewhere. I was raised by his parents.

 11. If you found a large brown spider crawling up your leg right now, how would you most likely react? I would grab the nearest object and kill it. I can handle spiders. My parents said I use to eat them. Yuck. 

The bloggers I want to nominate are: Drumroll…….these are recent blogs I started to follow. Give them a quick look! :)

1. Me-Who am I?

2. Marina Kanavaki

3. The Risible Rambler

4. Fashionassist

5. Pouring My Art Out

6. Lights, Camera, Action

7. Fiction All Day

8. Kraexhaust

9. Writer B is Me

10. Dinosaurs in the Bathtub

11. The Sacred Dice Roll

My eleven questions are….

1. Do you snack while writing?

2. Do you write in the same place every time?

3. Do you listen to music while writing?

4. What do you daydream about?

5. Do you spend a lot of time reading other blogs?

6. Have you published a book?

7. What made you decide to write?

8. What’s your favorite color of pen?

9. Do you like journals?

10. How often do you log on to WordPress?

11. Could you survive without the internet?

Happy blogging about this award! All of you deserve it! I understand if you don’t have time to follow through but do know you have earned the award! :) Good day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our kitchen tear up Kitchen at the Puzzle House.

Our weekend was spent demolishing our kitchen, again. I do believe this is the third time we have removed the cabinets. This should be the last time for several decades, I hope. :)

When I moved into this house it had a very small kitchen. I love the size of the kitchen now. It is more than doubled the old size.

After twelve years of living in a construction zone, we moved across the state for hubby’s military career. Now, we only have to live in it during a weekend and then we get to ESCAPE!

YAY!

I can handle that. I think we all were tired of the dirt and boxes of stuff packed everywhere.

It does look a heck of a lot better and hubby does a wonderful job. Plus, it keeps him busy, mind and body. :) It is paid for can not complain there. It would be nice to win the lottery to finish it all in a timely manner than little by little.

We always joke we should have tore it down and began from scratch and then we remember we were living in it, that would not have worked. :)

It all began with a very poor roof!

Then along came a water pipe break. That began the kitchen and bathroom remodel after the bathroom had already been remodeled once.

Yes, we have had to demolish several rooms a couple times. It’s a learning journey. I like to call it Murphy’s Law. One problem is discovered and it creates another one. Ugh.

I could actually call this the Money Pit house.

Loved that movie and I love this old house. It has character. It is one of a kind.  ;)

I am going to hunt down some more pictures and will show as much of the remodel as I can. We have done better lately of taking pictures than we did in the beginning.

Be looking for future blog posts! :)

Have you had any remodel nightmares? :)

 

 

 

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