A – and A + + Art Day 4

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Day 4 in the #thedailymarker30day challenge! I’m rather enjoying the coloring. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Perhaps this will be another background for a photo. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have always enjoyed drawing shapes.

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The meal I cook ends up a disaster. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I get so excited to cook something different and then it doesn’t turn out to be like the perfect picture from the recipe. I do wing a lot of ingredients at times, so I tend to set myself up. lol

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My family eats said meal I make a disaster of anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, it comes with several jokes. Don’t tell them that I actually enjoy the jokes. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I always reply with just wait til you begin cooking and invite me over, payback. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Any cooking disasters you’d like to tell?

Happy New Year You All

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Thank you all for following my blog! I value everyone of you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you lots of good health and happiness in 2017.

Reflecting on 2016:

It was good to me and to our family. No complaints. Though I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to on a professional level, I am happy with what I did. I think I have found the way to improve that for 2017. ๐Ÿ™‚ Positively positive on that one! ๐Ÿ™‚

I like to reflect more on the positives than dwell on the negatives. We all have those negatives but if we learn from them than they can be seen as more of a positive.

I think.

If we didn’t have negatives than life would be kind a boring, right? Just don’t want those really bad negatives, like death, and such.

Soooo, I like that word, soooo we had an eventful night last night. The oldest son married his soul mate. ๐Ÿ™‚ They didn’t want anything fancy, in fact, they probably would have went to the judge if big sister hadn’t looked into becoming a minister to marry them. ๐Ÿ™‚ She did a great job! ๐Ÿ™‚

And being the artsy fartsy girls we are we also made some simple decorations. I think it turned out well. Other than the new daughter in law’s family lives far away,ย later down the road they are going to have a reception near her family. Road trip!

Gives us time to save! ๐Ÿ™‚

It is what they wanted.

They know what they want, we can not make those choices for them. I wish them lots of good health, happiness, and many years of wedded bliss! ๐Ÿ™‚

Forgive some of the blurriness, for some reason I move the camera when I take pictures now. I think I am going to have to set it on sports action all the time. LOL.

New Years Eve Agenda:

Our fun for the night is staying in. Hubby and I didย purchase some beer. We laughed because we bought the beer with the cute cans and not the quantity package. LOL. We were like, oh, what can we create with those after they are empty! I’ve rubbed off on him. LOL

Cheers, stay safe, and be happy!

 

December Is Flying By

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I do believe December is flying by way too fast! Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We did! All four kids plus the two older ones brought their loves to spend Christmas Day with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our family is growing! For me that was the bestย gift, because I know sometimes we won’t all be able to. Life gets busy and people scatter.

I received some great gifts. I love all gifts, from a thought to an expensive one. I do believe the thought ones stay with you way more than an expensive one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though hubby did surprise me with an expensive one this year, a new fridge. The other one was leaking, ruining our floor. It is now in the garage for drinks and extra food. It came in handy for the holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚ So far, that fridge is not leaking out there. Go figure! LOL

Now, that brings us to the next holiday, New Years!

I was spending time online looking at one of my favorite music stores, Guitar Center, and came across the blue woodpecker. The name caught my eye. I even chuckled a bit.ย  What a gorgeous microphone!

Picture came to my mind of singingย on New Years with that microphone. Do you ever daydream? I have some doozies. If I was having a party, been awhile, this microphone would be fabulous for karaoke. Do you like to karaoke? I usually have to have a few beers in me before getting in front of a crowd. I do have a couple of kids that love to sing. They would love this.

Whatever your plans are for the New Years, stay safe, have fun, and best wishes for you in 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚

Music Lover On Your List

One of my favorite music instrument’s site has some great products for Christmas gifts. Check out musiciansfriend.com discounts!

  • 17% off orders $99 and above.
  • Call for special coupons.
  • Daily In-cart discounts.
  • 10% off special financing on Bose products.

I’ve always wanted some Bose multi-media speakers. Maybe Santa will bring me these:

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Pleassssse Santa, I’ve been good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

or I’d settle for these

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I could really jam out! ๐Ÿ™‚

How’s your shopping going? I have only bought a few gifts. Always tight on money this time of year. Need to start in January with putting money aside, but there is always something that comes up.

I love Christmas for the family get together the most. Gifts are just a fun added plus. I never want anyone to over spend that puts them in debt. We have always been a family that spends with in the budget allowed. Some Christmas pasts have been pretty slim but theyย gave usย lots of great family moments, which one can not put a price tag on.

Merry Christmas to All! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

Never Ending Learning

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I have begun another online learning class. It is through Edx.org. The class is A Global History of Architecture.

Now, why would I take that?

Since grade school when my art teacher had us draw a house I became fascinated with houses. I knew I wanted to be an architect. Like any other kid I also wanted to be a writer, artist, and archeologist. LOLย  ๐Ÿ™‚

But my main passion has always been houses.

In High School, I took drafting and enjoyed it a lot. I designed a mansion with a hot tub that had a waterfall to it which recycled the water. A sink in every bedroom and more windows than a skyscraper! I won a blue ribbon at the Industrial Arts Fair! ๐Ÿ™‚

Then college happened.

I did not get to go where I wanted to go because my family didn’t like it. Too far, too expensive, etc. etc.

I still believe it would have been the better route.

But, hey, what does a teenager know?

My first choice was the Art Institute in Denver. We visited it and I loved it. My thought was to do the degree in art, find a job where an Architect program was and work my way through school. I’d be doing something I enjoy while achieving my dream. But, no, family vetoed it.

Instead they convinced me to go somewhere a current family member was going. There was a pre-architect program plus interior design degree. I was ok with it but there was a bit of me that was sad. It wasn’t my choice.

Many times I did try to change schools but obstacles got in the way. I did about three years but not always good grades. I did meet lots of great friends and had fun, so not all was lost.

Sometimes the mind wonders if the effects of the choice of school didn’t create my lack of finishing certain things. I wonder.

Life directed me back to my hometown. No college there, too small, but there were outreach classes and a two-year college was 40 miles away.

I went back to getting that art degree in Graphic Design plus business classes. I took my time. Good grades were the result.ย  I finished the degree after meeting my soul mate. He was a big supporter and that’s what I needed. He has always encouraged me. I got my Associates Degree of Art in 2004. All four of our kids plus my grandma got to be at the graduation. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I got the bright idea to apply to the Art Institute online program. I did good but I felt my art was not up to par. Most in the class were already people in the field and their art was superb! Got me down. I dropped out, plus it was expensive.

Now, that I have debt in student loans, I have learned to take the “free courses”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t earn a degree but it makes me happy learning. ๐Ÿ™‚

This Edx.org class is free but you can earn a certificate which is 49.00. Pondering that one.

I may be one of those 80ย yr olds who appear in the news for completing her degree but yet too old to be hired. LOL

Meanwhile, I will enjoy the learning and keep my brain active. My grandma had dementia. I really don’t want it. Miss her.

Who knows, may pick up some research for a new book or story!

Cheers to learning! Never to young or old! ๐Ÿ™‚

Welcome New Year 2016

 

Howdy everyone!

I hope the holidays were good and filled with lots of memories. It was wonderful here. I did get a cold but I nursed it with lots of orange juice and chicken noodle soup. ๐Ÿ™‚ My grandma always treated a cold that way. Thank goodness it lasted only a week.

We had a house full. The daughter was able to spend a little over a week with us. She also brought her two cats along. It was fun watching our three cats mingle with them. Of course, the cats favorite person was my hubby. He has that way with animals. He gives them lots of attention.

The oldest son made it for a week on leave from his Navy training. His oldest friend from high school joined in the fun and stayed as well. It seemed like old times. ๐Ÿ™‚

I did not get any baking done for the holidays though. Bummer. I think I missed that last year too. Hopefully, this year will be different. Though the boys did say they would give up gifts if we could go somewhere for Christmas. Cool. Though that will be more expensive than the gifts. We don’t give expensive gifts normally.

Normally we giveย a few things that they want, money, and some fun childhood gifts like foam dart guns. LOL. We like to bond and laugh more than give expensive stuff. Plus, it takes the pressure off of spending more than the budget can handle. ๐Ÿ™‚

We leave those expensive gifts for during the yearย so the kids can learn to help save up and pay for them. I know all their friends got these cool gifts but I’d rather them work towards them than be handed them. Plus, we have had Christmas’ where we could barely afford a fifty dollar gift let alone the high dollar ones. I don’t want them to be disappointed from Christmas to Christmas. I’d rather set the tone for a low key Christmas than bounce from high dollar to low dollar. I’ve tried shopping early, it don’t work. I’ve tried saving up, it don’t work. LOL This way works for us. I’m glad other families can do what they want to do, so I don’t look down on those that spend a lot. This is just what works for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Most Christmas’ hubby and I do not exchange gifts especially when the budget is tight. We usually get something we want a few months later. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hubby spoiled me. I must say it is also a gift for him. He bought me a new used car with low miles. Our other one was starting to have issues beyond what he wanted to repair. He was worried about me breaking down with him on the road a lot. And with all the dings and dents in the old car the value was declining for a trade in. I will just need to do some creative cutting back on the food. No problem! Two growing teenage boys. LOL

He also got me a lounge chair for my Creative Cave! Best gift ever!ย  He now has a place to sit when he bothers me. LOLย  It worked nicely for a bed for the daughter while she was here too. ๐Ÿ™‚

I really love how it turns to a lounge chair. Reading chair! ๐Ÿ™‚

He also got me a pretty glass item for my curio cabinet. I didn’t take a picture. Too many stairs to run up. ๐Ÿ™‚

I promised him his big TV as soon as we can. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hated seeing everyone leave but we must all get back to normal routines. ๐Ÿ™‚

I will say I’m ready for Spring now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got my first bulb and flower magazine in the mail the other day. Ready! Where is Spring?

Busy As A Bee

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The last few weeks have been as busy as can be. At least I am keeping myself busy. I have painted walls, organized cupboards, decorated, and done some editing and writing on the two books in progress.

I feel much better about my accomplishments.

I was lagging for several months. I hope to keep this going in the new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It was fun here. It was hubby and the two youngest sons. The two older kids couldn’t make it. Sad face, but understand. They do get to come home the week of Christmas and New Years! Yay!

I am dreading the driving in KC to pick up the sailor son. Normally, hubby does that driving and work is overriding that one this time.

I have faith.

I can do it.

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Garfield is how I feel aboutย driving in KC. But I will do it to see my son!

Now, I will have to learn to cook for six again for a week! That could be interesting! LOL… Normally, during the week I cook for three and then the weekend for four when hubby is home. I don’t always get it right then. LOL

I look forward to making more memories with all four kids home! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had this great plan of starting Christmas shopping way early this year in October. I even put it on the calendar to remind me every Friday.

About that, didn’t happen.

I thought about what gifts to buy but that is as far as it went. I suppose I am meant to always be a last minute shopper! I even had ideas for some homemade gifts. Didn’t happen. Sigh.

How early do you shop?

 

Journal Sept 6 – 12th

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Sept. 6th

Question? What was the last online video clip you watched?

2012

On writing a novel by using plotting.

2013

It was a YouTube video on writing. I am always watching short information videos by other authors. It helps to learn what works and what doesn’t.

2014

None

2015

Art Journaling videos. I’m getting ideas to do family albums with the journaling art.

Sept. 7th

Question? What’s the newest thing you’re wearing today?

2012

I have nothing new. LOL

2013

My grey shorts. They are comfy, stretchy and got them on clearance for $4.00! Yay for markdowns! ๐Ÿ™‚

2014

None

2015

Nothing. I haven’t bought me clothes in a couple years. If it fits and looks good I wear it forever. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sept. 8th

Question? Who are you jealous of?

2012

Those who have big families like Aunts, Uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc and that they still get together for weekends and holidays.

2013

I’m actually letting go of jealous feelings. They interrupt your life and are not good.

2014

None

2015

I’m not. Jealousy causes problems. Best to not have it in your life. Let go.

Sept. 9th

Question? What comes to mind when you think of fear?

2012

Dying before I’m 80.

2013

Losing a close family member or friend. Always a sad thing to go through. It is happening more in our family as I get older. The part of growing old that sucks. ;(

2014

None

2015

My kids being unhappy and feeling alone. Kids drifting away from us. Kids not being a huge part of the family circle.

Sept. 10th

Question? This is utterly confounding ______

2012

Money. It really does make the world go around.

2013

Government. Always. Doesn’t matter what party. Needs to go back to basics and for the people. A smaller group.

2014

None

2015

People who are close minded. They see only their side and not anyone else’s. World is becoming scary.

Sept. 11th

Question? What advice would you give to a second-grader?

2012

Be nice to others. Love your family. Play. Learn.

2013

Don’t bully. Respect adults. Love your family. Learn. Play cause someday you will not get to play as much.

2014

None

2015

Do your work. Respect others. Play outside lots. Listen to your parents. Never bully, it hurts.

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Sept. 12th

Question? What are you chasing at this moment?

2012

My dream to be a writer.

2013

I am chasing my dream to publish my first novel.

2014

None

2015

To be a better person. To be a writer. Enjoy life. Be healthy.

Trip to Chicago

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Kansas City

On our way to see the oldest son graduate from Navy Boot Camp. Very proud of him. So far a pleasant trip with the hubby and the other three kiddos. Sure miss our van for space though.

It has been cloudy and rainy on and off.

Thank goodness for the invention of DVD players. Great for passing time.

I’m glad hubby likes driving in the big cities because I don’t. I like looking all around.

I’ll keep you posted! First getaway in over a year. I needed it. Love traveling.

Its My Birfday.

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My birthday selfie!
I’m enjoying a quiet day at home. I read a bit this morning. I enjoyed a glass of Pepsi, but thinking about getting a fountain pop. And maybe a cookie, yea.
The oldest son and I were going to go to a movie but saw they don’t offer early times in winter. Darn it. So thinking cheap night movie with all three boys but can we decide on a movie. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Unfortunately, hubby and daughter can not be here but maybe see them this weekend. Yay! Hubby for sure as long as the winter storms do not prevent that. Life of a trucker.

Enjoying all the happy birthdays on social medias. It makes it not so lonely. I sure miss my grandparents and my dad today. Grandma always made birthdays special. One of these days I hope to spend it with my mom. I didn’t grow up with her but we are OK. I’m not sad about it anymore. I understand better as an adult. And also miss my Aunt Mary’s homemade cakes. Yum.

I do so enjoy spending it with my kids and hubby when we can.

Happy birthday to anyone who has the same birthday!