Friday, November 13, 2020

Happy birthday to me!

 Woo hoo! 64!

I saw the neighbor's dogs watching something intently, and when I checked out the window I saw a troupe of grandchildren marching toward my house! It was 9 a.m., so kind of a surprise for my birthday.

Actually, I had forgotten it was the big day. They came bearing donut holes!

Oh, and birthday cards!

I hadn't really intended to create a post this morning, but just had to share my grandkid's sweet little birthday surprise. But as long as I'm here I'll attach the rest of my "Twelve Days of Christmas" ATCs. (The first 6 were in my last post.) Yeah, that's me milking the cow...

Backwoods selfie. Wish I could have figured out how to delete this, lol! Hope you love my lounging clothes.
Backwoods pour over. :)

It's a sunny, cold day today. I may do some card making and stay indoors a lot. During hunting season I don't like to walk along the roads. I need to get a blaze orange jacket! I've been watching a lot of "politics and religion" videos lately. Maybe I'll do a little more artsy stuff today. 

I discovered yesterday that my brother, James, who lives in Montana, has started a YouTube channel where he has little Bible studies. If you're curious, his channel is called "Talking About Jesus with James and Charla". It's fun to be able to keep tabs on family!

And now, a colorful creation to send you on your way. (By Audrey)

Shalom for now!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Yawn...Oh! Excuse me!

 Ha ha. I seem to be going through a season of life when I wake at 4 a.m. and can't get back to I get up! Then later I'm so draggy that I try to nap without much success. Part of the reason I'm too lazy to blog much. ;)

I've been doing a lot of reading and watching YouTube vlogs/podcasts/or whatever they call them. Lots of politics and religion, so I won't go into that, ha ha. Well, maybe a little. 

One of my favorites to watch at the moment is John L Cooper, who some of us know as the lead singer in a Christian Rock band called Skillet. My boys listened to them a lot about 20 years ago!! Everyone is getting old! Anyway, Skillet is still out there singing and this young man (whom I'd like to adopt) has a YouTube channel called Cooper Stuff where he talks about politics and religion. He has a lot of wisdom on both topics, in my opinion. I'm very impressed with him and his family. 

Other than that I've started reading through the Bible in a year in chronological order. I'll probably cheat and read some NT at the same time I'm working through the OT. I think this is a time in history when we really need to know what's in the Bible and how to defend our faith. I'm weak in that area, so I'm trying to learn more. 

When I'm not doing that I'm making a few cards and walking. Yesterday it was so wet and cold that I did my first YouTube workout. I just don't enjoy biting winds and damp air! :) And Leslie Sansone's walking workouts exercise some muscles I don't use when I just walk.

Let's see what I can rustle up for photos.

These were for an ongoing APC swap called Flowers and a Little Something Extra.

These were for the Postage Stamp ATC swap with a theme of Christmas.

In my last blog post I showed a "Found Poetry" card. These are for the same swap. The one on the right is called Blackout Poetry because you use a whole page of text, then draw squares around words and "black out" the rest of the page with your picture. (Hope that makes sense!)

And last, but not least, the grand girls coloring outside a few weeks ago. It was warm then!
I think that's all the news for now. I had fun visiting blogs this morning. I may miss one of your posts now and then, but I try to get around and see what you're all up to. I'm interested! 

Love y'all!

Friday, September 18, 2020


 What a fun way to start the day! I was opening my dining room curtains this morning about 7 a.m. and saw several deer running and jumping over the pasture fence. I didn't know what startled them, but then I went to my south window (the big living room window) and saw a bobcat walking down the driveway headed east! He trotted past that pile of logs and past Josh's old silver car and kept on going. 

Of course, I jumped onto Google Images to confirm whether I'd seen a bobcat or a lynx (both in the lynx family). I'm sure it was a bobcat. It said they have about a 7 square mile territory and like to be where there are lots of deer and turkeys. We have an abundance of those. We've also had a reduction in our barn cat population. My "trusty" camera decided to be contrary or I might have gotten a distant shot before he disappeared. I'll be looking for him in the mornings! :)

We've been having some "crisp" autumn weather. I prefer it to extreme heat. Adam's been firing up the wood stove, though it's hard to know how to act when the temps can change so much from day to day. It's a major deal figuring out how to dress for a walk, lol. 

The grand girls have been spending lots of time at my dining table "doing art" and sometimes tuning into an online art tutorial. They start the day playing outside in knit caps, gloves and jackets, then discard them midday and re-don them later in the day. 

I've been doing a bit of art. Let me go rummage through my memory card. Hmmm...

Well, I was proud of myself for neatening up the art table. It's quite a mess when the kids get done. I piled their coloring/dot-to-dot books on the counter in the background, which is also where I keep my daily planner where I keep track of appointments and miles walked. 

I've moved my personal art materials to the back bedroom, which may work better than using random places to set up when I feel the urge to create. There are lots of lamps and other light when I need them. I also have a large bin full of books I tear pages from for collages. The painting leaning against the wall is one I rescued from the thrift store.
The plastic tub contains odds and ends I use for collage, and lots of Poker cards and such. The three ring binders hold my ATC collection, and this is also where I collect the kids' paintings and a pile of books for them to the left.
My first creation in my new art space was this "found poetry" card. You snip random words from a variety of places and make a "poem" (using the word very loosely) from them. Weird, I know. My brain is challenged by these "irrational" types of card making swaps, but I'm also intrigued to see if I can come up with something. (We were supposed to add some little item to "enhance" the card. Hence, the owl.)

I also made these "moos" this week. (1"x 2-3/4") I have no idea why they're called MOOs. Any guesses? The host of this swap gave us a long list of items which most of us have in our "stash". We were required to use 3 of the items on the list for each MOO. (Ex: rubber stamps, postage stamps, paint, stickers, maps, text, washi tape, magazine clippings, etc.)

Then there were these Fall themed inchies...

and a Pick-A-Theme swap where the other players request a certain theme...

Once again, apologies if I've shown these before. My memory card is so random and out of order. These were for an ongoing APC swap. Working our way through a deck. Theme: Flowers and a Little Something Else.

A twinchie swap (2"x 2") They were supposed to be "whimsical", which is another thing that my mind finds challenging. So, most of them were copied from artists in books I have on the shelf. (The mushrooms were the only thing from my "imagination".)

This was a card I made for a Random Act of Kindness. This lady likes owls. 
My new favorite coffee mug. I'm growing very fond of my redneck brothers in the Lord, lol. Check 'em out on YouTube.

Another Pick-a-Theme swap... All cards were to be in black-and-white only.

A folk art angel and a player's puppy...
A forest scene and a vintage boxer. This swap reminded me of how much I enjoy simple pen and ink drawings. 
And a random card that I think I made as a hostess gift. She loves cats. (For the host of Flowers and a Little Something Else.)

Well, I kind of think that's all for now. I really need to go through my memory card and delete some stuff. Hopefully I'll get around to that. 

I hope you're all having delightful fall weather and that nobody is in the path of a hurricane at the moment. (Texas relatives? MK?) Gretchen stay safe in California! Right now I'm glad to be in the middle/north of the country!

Hugs and holy kisses to everyone!
Shalom and love.

Monday, August 31, 2020

 Hopping back into the game! I had my second cataract surgery on Thursday (the 27th). Once again my post-op checkup went well. She said I was showing off, ha ha. I went straight to Walmart and bought some reading glasses. She said it was okay to go ahead and do that. I now have four pairs strewn about the house and car. I  may also get a pair of prescription glasses with bifocals. We'll see if my insurance covers that since the cataract surgery doesn't correct my close vision. In fact, it makes it so you can't see things no matter how close you hold them. So you have to use readers. It can be inconvenient having to grab readers every five minutes, but better than my old eye sight!

Time for random photos from my memory card!

The girls are in charge of making sure the horses have enough water. Just one of their chores.

This is a little something I came across on the shoulder of the road as I was walking. It must have rolled out of the back of someone's truck?
Here are a bunch of the CRRR (Continuous Random Round Robin) cards I've sent out. These are what we in the biz call Starter Cards. This is the first layer which will be added to by two other players. I'll eventually get one of them back as a finished card. Some of these I may have shown before. I didn't go back and check previous posts. :)

Sights along my walk day before yesterday. I wish I'd had a camera along yesterday. I saw a heron and a cormorant perched in trees above the little river I cross over.

Micah and I are taking the kids to the dentist today. It's about an hour and a half drive, so I'd better be getting ready to go. 

Thanks for stopping by! I'll try to visit all of you later today.

Shalom and love to all!