Sunday, October 3, 2021

Coming up for air!

 Hello, folks! I've just been visiting blogs and was inspired and cheered by you all. I think I've just come through a bout of the Covid. The symptoms weren't severe (though dreary enough), but did drag on and on for a couple of weeks. I'm still feeling tired, a little wheezy, tastebuds acting up a bit and the hands are a little shakey. But I think I'm on the mend. (Of course I didn't go to the doctor. This is a self-diagnosis.) Fighting "the blues" right now, so I appreciated the uplifting words on your blogs! Keep up the good work!

I'm thinking of heading to the post office to check my box and maybe take a little walk on the trail. I've walked a couple of times in the last week. Micah and Adam's family were sick, too, and we're finally out and about again. They had a shorter-lived illness. Anyway, enough about that!

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos to hear some good teaching and talking about Jesus. That helps the most. It's also nice to just have human voices in the house. Living alone can get too quiet sometimes! 

I'm doing all the pre-Medicare stuff, (turning 65 next month) which involves filling out forms and such. Not a good time for that, but I'm trying to just get it done and trust the Lord for the outcome. He can take care of me no matter what. All we can do is our best, right?

And now, in no particular order, some things I've been doing via photos.

We're starting a new APC series called "Cats and a Little Something Extra". We'll eventually do a whole deck. You just need to include a cat and something extra, which can be anything you like. This deck has camouflage edges and a deer in the middle, so they look a little weird.

These are for an APC series I'm doing in the Round Robin group. So these will be added to by two more people.

For a "Found Poetry/Prose" swap. You just cut out random words of text and make a weird message. Got to use some of my vintage magazine images! 

These were for a House Shaped swap with a "Blue" theme. More retro images.

A Trick or Treat swap... (mostly cut out of an old Richard Scarry book!)

In this swap we were supposed to use a stamp that represented a particular organization.

ATCs about Christmas in London, Paris and New York.

Another Christmas swap. All collage.

Well, I do believe that's it for the ATCs! I sure am glad it takes you less time to look at them than it does for me to post them! :)

And this is what I'm currently reading. Kind of interesting. He's a cold case homicide detective who is looking for evidence of Jesus's life using sources other than the Bible. 
And now, I think I'll have a snack and head to the trail as I mentioned earlier. 

Thanks for stopping by and for all of your lovely comments! Love y'all!


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Surprise visit!

 Actually, I just surprised myself by hitting the "new post" button. I hadn't really planned to post right now, ha ha. Well, I guess I'm as ready as I've ever been! 

We're cooling down a bit. In the 40's and 50's at night and the 70's during the day. As we say every year, "If only this could last all year!" Micah likes to say we should move somewhere where it's like this all year, to which I routinely reply, "Yeah, where everyone else wants to live. Including SNAKES!" :) The only poisonous thing we have in Minnesota is poison ivy...and the occasional recluse spider that sneaks in via a box of produce.

I've just been decluttering my art supplies and have a nice box full of stuff someone else will enjoy. And I still have plenty left! 

I did go back to the thrift store looking for more old magazines and hit the mother lode! The store owner said to pick out a bunch and she'd give me a good price. She said the magazines are just being abused and getting in worse shape, so she was anxious to get rid of them. I got about 20 pounds worth of magazines for five bucks! Here are some of the cool covers. 

Unfortunately, I don't have a use for the large cover art, but I may send them to other people on my ATC site along with their cards. I'll have to ask if anyone has a use for them. Otherwise, I'll cut out smaller images and ads, etc. that I can use on cards. This is a lifetime worth of material, so I'll probably also be giving some away to other players. My nasal passages don't appreciate the mustiness, but it's still fun to thumb through these!

I also got these two books at the Dollar Tree. Not my usual type of reading material, but they looked kind of interesting. I'm a sucker for anything that's "only a dollar". ;)

I'm reading this one at the moment. Also, The School of Christ by T. Austin Sparks. (I think I may have mentioned it in an earlier post. My mom gave it to me 27 years ago and now I'm reading it!)

A spider decided to make it's home in a peculiar spot...

These cards were made for a swap called Pumpkins and Coffee. 

And these were for a Halloween swap. I don't keep a lot of Halloween art around so I scrounged through an old book and made a few hand-cut rubber stamps. (The pumpkins and coffee cup above, and the bats below.)

Almost forgot. The Cactus and Succulent swap.

Now for scads more starter cards for the Continuous Random Round Robin! Yay! (You shouted.) As I've explained before, my memory card adapter has a bad habit of scrambling my photos, so apologies if I repeat something. This is "just for my records". Hang on, here we go. (Explanation for the newbies: These are starter cards. Two more people will add things to them.)

Whoops. This one wasn't a starter card. I was the second player. I added the vintage doll and passed these along to the third player.

When we got chicks last spring we thought we might have gotten all females, but the little bantam silky decided to start crowing a few weeks ago. He's in mid crow in the photo. He's on the bottom. At first I thought one of Micah's babies had escaped and was crying in the woods. Nope. This guy has a weird crow. It sounds like one of those baby dolls with the pull string. He's getting better. He has the right number of syllables. It just sounds weird!

Well, it feels like lunch time and I always listen to that feeling! I also need to run to the post office and I'll probably walk on the hiking trail while I'm in town. I imagine the grands will be over after they finish school. They already went for a walk on the trail this morning and took school pictures while they were there. (They're homeschooled.) 
Micah posted some pics on Facebook, so I took pictures of her pictures on my laptop screen. It's the best I know how to do, lol.

Enough pictures? I'm even hungrier now! I'll drop by and visit everyone later. Have a great day and trust in the Lord for everything! 
Shalom y'all!