picture purfect

She had to pose to send to her mom. lol

She loves to take pictures. Going to miss having her here every day but glad her mom will have her. I need my body back to handle her. lol I wish I could drive and take her places, like the park. We were at the store, and she was being nice and holding my hand, but would walk into me. lol Really doesn’t work well holding my right hand, stroke hand, getting better but my balance is still off. I wonder if this is how it is when we are kids learning to walk. lol

I miss driving, almost 2 years since I drove. Miss my independence. It is nice my hubby and kids help me but I was very independent before. I hope someday again. I do adjust but gets me sad.

Some Are Blooming

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Zinnias are blooming, and by mistake. lol

We put some in pots to get them to bloom. 🙂 Slowly

I forget, but one planter tipped over and that’s how we got the zinnias growing in the rocks. No other has bloomed, some the green leaves are there but no blooms.

We replanted the zinnias in separate pots, and they are slowly blooming on the back deck.

I think next year, cleaning up the rocks and plant there.

Granddaughter

We have been watching the granddaughter since mid-August because mommy is doing the army thing. It’s been fun but also tiring. I’ll miss her but be glad to get back to being grandparents and seeing her on an occasional weekend. I will really like seeing the daughter again and being able to text her. She is my bestest friend as her daughter likes to say. lol

I see why grandparents are not parents, couldn’t keep up with youngsters. I should have taken better care of myself. Listen young people so you will have better older years. 🙂

We made many fort blankets. Loved doing those as a kid.

She doesn’t eat well, so it was a challenge every day. She got fed interesting meals. Can’t wait till she is older. Her mom was a picky eater but a better eater and now she loves vegetables that I don’t. That makes me happy.

She does have quite the imagination and loves to sing her own lyrics.

We did the best we could to teach her to pick up. She has the bad habit of leaving a mess and I will be glad to have the house back to normal. Only picking up after hubby. lol

We didn’t do anything special since hubby works and I’m still recovering from my stroke. Still tired from that. Maybe next summer, I hope, but not four weeks straight. 🙂

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Flowerders

As my daughter use to call them. lol

Her daughter and I planted some today from seeds. Who knows if they will grow? lol

She loved doing it so that’s what counts. Hope some come up. They sure don’t put much in a packet. I was disappointed in the foxglove ones, so tiny and I don’t think but two were in there but again the granddaughter who is 3 was helping. She did great with watering. Loves to do that.

We planted in containers and out front, so they get the morning sun.

Planted Zinneas, foxgloves, hollyhocks, and something with a Lupine. They attract hummingbirds. Maybe.

This was in 2018. But I didn’t keep up with it.
This was on the deck in 2018. The 3 containers are what we planted the flowers in out front now.
This is where I want to put the containers beside if flowers grow, by the hummingbird feeder. The daughter planted the marigolds for me. I suck at that too. lol Rain makes them pretty.
This was the burn pit when we first did it. I should have kept up. I tried. Then found out it is crooked. lol And the city has a law against pits within 50 feet of a wood building so we decided to make it a flower place this year. We got rid of the tree because it was an apple tree and it is close to underground utilities that the original owners planted. We change things all the time when stuff doesn’t work out.
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red hollyhock flowers in tilt shift lens
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Zooooooooom, It’s Fall

I think I’m ready for Fall. I’m more a person who likes warm weather but Fall is pretty and it brings on the holidays. 🙂 I would like a bit of a break from yard work, because I suck at growing flowers. LOL

I will keep trying.

There has to be a flower out there that is meant just for me to keep alive. 🙂

My morning glories are finally blooming. I didn’t even plant that one this year, came up from last year’s soil. It is fairly thin of flowers though.  🙁

I bought two things of mums and one is doing ok but the other is not. Sigh.

img_20180721_210835 I have done good with that purple flower thing there. I bought it in August after the extreme 100 degree weather we had. Forget what it is. I am too lazy to walk up there and look at the plant identifier thing in the soil. 🙂

Oh, look I have metal flowers! My kind of flowers! Bloom all year-long.  🙂

Normally, when it cools down I tend to start the inside projects. I have been muddying and sanding some of the basement walls. I’m getting better! We are not finishing the whole basement just the living portion. There is a big area on the other end of the basement that we keep for storage.

 

 

The alcove there is now one of the son’s computer station. I even decorated the wall with his sport stuff. He said mom, why. Because I can and you should be proud. 🙂 I found his kindergarten photo the teacher took on the first day of school. I had to hang that one!

img_20180902_140419 Hubby and I finished the flooring. I like it.  Didn’t do any where the storage area is though. We left that concrete.

Keeping with Fall, when I did the sanding on the one wall this showed up!

img_20180924_003554 Invisible spider webs! No maid I am. The drywall had been up for several years, just now muddying it. Yea that procrastination thing again. Amazing that I never saw the webs all the time walking by. I think maybe it should stay for Halloween…nope…it has been dusted and soon will have paint. 🙂

I have not decorated yet for Fall or Halloween. I did pack away the more springy outdoor décor to make room for Fall/Halloween. Perhaps by next weekend it will all be done! My goal!

Do you decorate and how early? I’ve heard some have decorated for Christmas! 

 

Updated The Blog

Decided the blog needed a new look.  🙂

A work in progress, but so far I am liking it.

It has been a hot last few weeks around here. Today we are finally getting some good rain. I hope it cools things down. Our grass is starting to turn brown.  🙁

Oh, the A/C is running nonstop lately even with it on 80 degrees!

All the flowers I planted are done and gone. I do not have a green thumb. I am sure I will keep trying though.  LOL

I have not read or wrote lately. I had goals this summer to get a lot done there. Darn it. I have had some fun with the family so that is ok.

I did start a new part-time job working at home. I have been enjoying that. I am still figuring out the schedule. When you can do it anytime during the day that makes for chaos at times.

I am a HUGE procrastinator!

Not a good combo when you want to get things done. A calendar and list helps but still too easy to put things off. The only thing I hate about the new job is having to take care of the self-employment taxes.

Ugh.

I’m not sure how long it will last. I’m a ‘independent consultant’, so no definite time frame. I work for a data company so whenever the business that hired them is done with us then the job is done. Or I do crappy.  🙁  But so far so good. 🙂

I believe once school starts again it will be a bit easier. Right now, too easy to lay in bed or sleep in.  LOL

I am enjoying while I can is my theory.

Welp, I need to get to work! Good thing I don’t have to go too far. 🙂 Ah the perks.

Have a great weekend!

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Fun Outside

Last week was productive for household stuff, but not for writing or editing. Maybe I will figure out how to do both in a day or week. LOL.

I began painting the backyard deck again. We started the project last year and didn’t finish. Seems to be our theme. Oops. It was nice enough with a breeze that I ended up with a lovely farmer’s tan. Darn it. Now I will look funny in a sleeveless shirt. It doesn’t take me long to tan either. Must be that Indian blood in me from my mom. 🙂

I did get the railings painted on two sides of the deck. I was going to finish the next day on the outside and steps but the weather man said it was going to rain.

Wrong. It didn’t rain until Sunday.

Hopefully, later this week I can begin again.

I did plant some morning-glory and bachelor button flowers. They are from seed, so I hope they will come up. It has been awhile since I done that. I bought the marigolds already bloomed. The marigolds I put in painted recycled ice cream buckets.  The bright orange puts some pop of color on the deck. 🙂

Painting the buckets put me in the mood to paint the kitchen chair which I originally bought the spray paint for. Needless to say, I saw the next morning that I had painted the garage floor as well.

Hubby laughed.

I did put the chair on plastic first, just my aim sent sprays of orange in other directions. Believe it or not no orange on me! The color is slowly coming off the floor so not all is lost. 🙂

I’m not done with chair yet so I will post a picture later.

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I did 3 containers with the orange. That large planter has the bachelor buttons planted in it. There is another one that has the morning-glories. Can’t wait for them to start blooming.  🙂

I love solar lights. Makes a nice glow on the deck at night.

Even though I did not write or edit, I did edit three chapters today! So this week is off to a great start. Have a great week!

Do you like to plant flowers?

That Journal Thing Again…June 14-20, 2015

summer fun 015 What my journal looks like. Spans five years. 2012-2016.

As I take a look in my journal, I see lots of empty spaces during the first six months. I would think that would be a better time to write than during the last when all the holidays happen.

Weird.

Maybe I have more to write about then. 🙂 I will add a goal to do better at writing in it and add a post once a month or twice. I don’t think I want to fill up my blog with every week, that is a lot of entries. 🙂

June 14th – question?         Did you exercise today?

2012    Actually did walk on treadmill for 20 minutes and sweated like crazy. I am trying to do regular exercise because it does make me feel better.

2013   Blank.

2014   Nope. I thought about it. Should have done it. Motivation was nowhere to be found.

2015   A little. Played in the front flower garden. Pulled weeds, removed the old mulch, and placed stone pavers down.

June 15th – question?      What’s your favorite gadget?

2012   The apps I have downloaded on my phone. Love them. It helps to keep track of things. Organize. Budget. Awesome. I use the apps more than call or text.

2013   Blank.

2014   My favorite would be my NOOK! I love it! I love it for all the apps. I love it for reading new authors that I would not have known about. 🙂

2015   My Galaxy Note 3 phone. I like the apps as always. It is nice being able to look stuff up on the internet on the spur of the moment. Love the camera! Lots of cool features.

June 16th– question?      What makes you cynical?

2012   Fake friends. Especially when they are only out for themselves. Makes me want to disappear and hide in my own little world.

2013   Blank. Thinking it was not a good year. 🙂

2014   “distrustful of human nature”, mocking. When someone you thought cared about you ends up not making an effort to be there when you need them most. Trust disappears.

2015   Fake people. People who lie a lot. People who ignore me.

June 17th– question?       The best hour today was_____. Why?

2012   7pm. Eating pizza with my boys. Nice to eat together. Plus Shay will be at college soon and not eating with us as much.

2013   Blank. Shock!

2014   5pm. Being at the movies with the boys and then eating afterwards at IHOP. Spending time with them. It was Shay’s treat which made it even better. 🙂 We had fun and got out of the house.

2015   6pm. Watching the boys play baseball. Love baseball.

June 18th– question?        What’s the last meal someone cooked for you?

2012   Have to be when hubby was home on R&R in May. It was his favorite mac & cheese with hamburger in it. Miss him. Deployment almost done.

2013   Blank.

2014   Monday Shay made the sloppy Joes while I caught up on dishes. It was yummy and simple. He is learning.

2015   A few weekends ago hubby cooked supper. I’m usually the one cooking.

June 19th– question?       What was the last personal letter you received?

2012   Gosh can not recall. Have had cards but not much wrote in them and those were from hubby. I think last letter was Farra when she went to school in Colby.

2013   Blank.

2014   It’s been since Christmas and that was a newsletter type letter. We get mostly junk mail. Blah.

2015   Last week from a LetterMo pen pal! Love pen pals. Now I need to return writing to her.

June 20th– question?       Write the first sentence of your autobiography.

2012   I am a creative but quiet woman who loves adventure.

2013   Blank.

2014   Who am I?

2015   Once upon a time I was a social butterfly, then I preferred the quiet life.

Organizing Fool

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I have been very slowly organizing my new Creative Cave. Organizing it means the rest of the house gets some organizing done. Nice to be able to put things in its own place. I had not realized how much little “stuff” I have to find a place for it. 

Unfortunately, I have not done any writing and only a little bit of reading. I feel that will change here soon. I am at least getting to the point where I can get back into that. I am one who is a creature of habit. I need to make it a habit in my daily routine. Part of my problem is beginning the day with a TV show I like and then that leads to another and another. Slap my hand, hide the remote!

Update on beautifying the yard, only mowing is getting done. The weather is still unpredictable so I have not tried planting any flowers yet. I think this next week it might be ok. The hubby and I are going to plant some tomatoes so we can make salsa and pasta sauce with it for the winter time. We eat quite a bit of this so hopefully it will save us some money. 🙂

Our trips back to the Puzzle House will start soon. We would have been back already to work on yards and houses but so many things going on here personally it has prevented it from happening. We are so thankful for the family helping keep on eye on the places for us. 😉

It is hard to believe the boys will be out of school for the summer soon. But that also means baseball season begins for them! Yay! They will be on the same team so that means not too many nights at the field.

That is a wrap for this month! How has your month or Spring been going?

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.

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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!