Monday, December 28, 2009

These three cute little babies!

LOL, this LO is of my dh and his siblings when they were very young!  Aren't they cute??  Dh's brother found this photo amongst some stuff that came from his grandparents.  There is one other photo that was taken the same day that is a really great photo.  Since the photos were made on Christmas Day, I think I will scrap that one in Christmas pps, but for now, I wanted to use these awesome papers that are from a Studio Calico kit that I won at Sisterhood of Scrap!

I used a ton of supplies on this LO!  The things I used from the kit are:
Sassafras Monstrsoity background pp, yellow check strip, and red pp strip, Jillibean Soup button,  and Cosmos Cricket orange scalloped ribbon framing the photo.

Everything else is odds and ends from my stash:  Coredinations vintage collection orange CS, Colorbok Family Forest die cut,  Heidi Swapp clock face, cardboard painted with Holtz tarnished brass crackle paint ( I love that stuff!), MM frame that I distressed and inked, Inkadinkadoo owl stamped and embossed, then cut out.  I had a hard time feeling any connection to this LO since the photo is not part of "my story" KWIM?  I wanted to journal something but really couldn't think of a thing.  This photo was taken after their father was killed in the Korean war and all I could think about was how sad Christmas must have been for their mother and grandparents. So.....I sure didn't want to go there.

TFL!  As always, I appreciate you stopping by my little blog!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I hope everyone had a fab Christmas and was able to spend time with cherished friends and family.  We had a wonderful time with my family, and of course ate way too much, as usual!  I took a few pictures and hopefully some will be worthy of scrapping.

But in the meantime, I've been busy trying to get some photos of our new house and related projects scrapped.  I did these pages just before Christmas.   We did so much landscaping the year we moved in and it was so gratifying to see that all our hard work resulted in a lovely blossoms all spring and summer!

I used BasicGrey Urban Prairie mostly on both of these layouts. I love the background pp on this LO and decided to create a larger version of the bird on the paper. I think it turned out quite cute!  The fencing is cardboard painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint and it looks really great IRL.  That big chartreuse flower is Heidi Swapp and it was way too bright for my taste, so I dabbled it with white paint and smeared some pink stickles on it.  Then I added a Prima flower and voila, I like it much better!  The letters are layered Cricut Printing Press mounted on green CS scraps.  They just didn't pop enough so I outlined them with a black pen.

I really like the lace effect around the chevron on this LO.  That was easy to do, I just cut a straight lace strip with my border cutter.  Then I cut each of the lace segments apart and attached them one by one.  I also learned how to weld letters with my Cricut Design Studio for this LO.  I've had that program for a year and have hardly used it so I was glad to accomplish that!  I think I will use my Cricut more as a result.

We have really good friends visiting us from Denver next week.  We are so excited that they are coming!!  So I must get up off my rear and get busy!!  Happy scrapping ya'll!  ;-)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas is in the air!

Its kind of cold and wet outside, feels like Christmas!!  I did some baking this week, finished buying one last item this morning, all the presents are wrapped except for one that is coming in the mail, and all the decorations are up!  Hurray, I LOVE Christmas!! Friday I had so much fun; that's when I did my baking.  I also made a really cute little card to accompany a tray of home baked goodies for the dogs'  veterinarian and staff.  They do such an awesome job taking care of my babies; I appreciate them so much.  I really think veterinarians are so special and because their patients don't talk they really have to have a 6th intuitive sense!  We are still having issues with Chili and pain management.  She was doing well until the beginning of this week when she started going downhill again.  So now she is off the muscle relaxer and on a pain med, a cox inhibitor if I understood the vet, and has responded really well to this.  She is herself again today, was even playfully nipping at Chena's flanks.  So here's the card the poodles gave their vet.  Its simple, done mostly with Jolee's but appropriate.

The the design team at Pages in Time is having a  Secret Santa gift exchange so I thought it would be fun to alter something to use as a box.  I altered a cardboard canister than Viactiv calcium chews come in and I think it is so cute....sort of hate to part with it!! 

I made it using left over BasisGrey Dasher paper.  The lid is plastic and was purple so I used Ranger alcohol inks to color that silver.  I cut out flowers and used pop dots so that everything would have alot of dimension.  I stamped a couple reindeer on the background paper and embossed (new technique for me, was way fun!) with embossing powder.  I gave the reindeer a red nose with Stickles and also used Stickles here and there for added interest.  I also added a few of Tim's fragments here and there for extra dimension.  Finally I punched two tiny holes in the lid and used a twist tie to attach the bow to the lid, that way the cannister can be reused!  This was such a fun project and it is the first thing I have altered!!

So I have been in such a shabby chic mood that there is dust everywhere in my scrap room.  I decided to change it up a bit and get back to some more traditional SBing.  I finished this one up early this am using Bo Bunny Flutter Butter paper which is so GORGEOUS!!

And that's what I've been doing these last few days.   I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season and not getting too stressed, after all, 'tis the season to be jolly!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Well I've been scrapping alot, but not much barking!  LOL, my dogs are so funny.  They quickly learned that my Dad would give them dog cookies so now when he comes over, they demand that he go to the cookie jar and give them a cookie  before he sits down.  They nose his leg, then go to the kitchen, they come back and nose him again and give him "that look" and back to the kitchen.  This goes on until he goes in the kitchen and fulfills their request!  On Thanksgiving Day when there were alot of people coming over, the dogs decided to capitalize on this idea and demanded that every person entering the house go to the kitchen and give them cookies!  Well, we dubbed this the dog tax, so now all who enter must pay the dog tax!  Animals are so funny aren't they?  I always wonder what will they come up with next.  They are so intelligent, it's like living with small children!

The Dog

I just love this layout but couldn't decide on a title and couldn't figure out where I would put it.  Ah ha, I just decided to be very matter of fact, yes, its The Dog and the words fit perfectly when I moved the right phto  up a little bit.  Now I want to do another LO call the The Other Dog, and you guessed it, it will be a picture of the black poodle if I can get a similar photo of her.  Its so hard to photo black dogs.

Any way, I want to tell you about this LO 'cause I love it!  I used Creative Imaginations for the background paper, it is so lovely and the black is shiny.  Awesome stuff to me!  The the pp behind the photo and the two semi-circles are gcd Designs, Cosette Collection and Patchwork Dots - all heavily inked of course!  The green awning strip is something new that I really like, it is also gcd Designs and is from the Artsy Urban collection, Melody Ross.  It has clear sparkles on it that aren't showin up in the photo.  The wide strip going across the who page is a scrap that I stamped with flourishes using archival ink.  Then I used Shabby Shutters distress ink to color the strip mottled greesn.  I like how that turned out.  The green circles you see are Idea-ology fragments that I've inked with alcohol ink.  In reality they have alot of dimension and aren't quite as translucent as they appear in this photo.  They are cool and I am looking forward to finding more fun ways to use them.  Oh yes, I used white ink around the photos which turned a bluish gray, I like the effect.  Finally I added MM black shimmer chipboard flourishes and green crystals.  This is The Dog, Chili!  She's so pretty isn't she?  Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comments.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yukon Sadie

Last week was really busy as I spent much of the week preparing for a family reunion that we had on Saturday with my Dad's family.  It was a lot of fun and great to see everyone.

But I was happy to have some time to scrap yesterday!!  This is a LO for a challenge that I issued at Pages in Time to scrap something about Christmas and include journaling.  Sadie was a gift from Dick several years ago and she is very special to me.  I am so girly, I still love dolls!  Sadie has several outfits including a poodle skirt,  a jeans skirt and shirt, Valentines princess dress and a way cool pink bomber jacket and black shorts to go with.  She also has some very awesome rhinestone glasses!  Anyway this LO is about Sadie; here she is wearing her Christmas pjs and sitting under the tree.

I used My Mind's Eye Organic Glitter paper for this, I was in a sparkly mood!  The Y and S are BasicGrey Undressed Letters covered with MME paper and then stamped with flourishes.  I applied stickles to some of the flourishes, keeping with the sparkly mood!  The other letters are DCWV "Once Upon a Life" glitter letter.  They were the wrong color so I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks to change the color.  I am loving those alcohol ink!  I love it when I can change something I already own and use it.  Another thing, the N on Yukon is a Z turned on its side.  I'm glad I've found a use for all the Z's!  The flowers are Primas that I layered and sprayed with Marshmellow glimmer mist.  The center hearts are Dress it Up buttons.  My poodle baby is printed directly on the CS, it is the scriptina font.  Over that is an acetate die cute from K & Co Que Sera Sera and there's another acetate die cut  framing the right side of Sadie's picture.  Behind the S is a small acetate die cut from gcd Studios Melody Ross Artsy Urban.  The striped border strip is also gcd, from the same collection.  I made the black lace border with an EK Success border punch.   I printed my journaling on vellum b/c I didn't want a block of white paper on the LO and I was afraid to run thaat sparkly paper thru my printer.   Finally, I finished it all up with a lace/pearl strip.  I'm pretty happy with this!  I used alot of new products and did some things I hadn't done before.  Thanks for stopping by, let me know you were here!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Design Team Image & other wanderings of my mind!

Well I used to have something in the "About Me" section on the right.  Wonder how I managed to blow that out??  This time I will save it in Word so that I don't have to rewrite it!  Guess I'll take care of that in a minute.

It's two days before Thanksgiving and usually by this time I am totally immersed in flour and other kitchen fun.   But right now I seem to be on a SBing binge and don't much care to do anything else.  BUT, since I am feeding 10 people I suppose I'd better adopt a different mind set!!

But I'll share these with you and then I am going to the kitchen, I swear!!

Karen at PIT challenged the design team to use the image above in a project and this is what I came up with.  It started out as an ATC but grew a bit large for that. The "Pages in Time" title is mounted behind a Tim Holtz fragment that I inked lightly with alcohol ink on the front side of the fragment.  Those fragments are kind of neat~ I just got them.  I put gold Stickles on the back of the fragment.  The little clock is actually a button from an article of clothing that I had long ago and the shoe is a Dress it Up button that I've had for a couple years anyway!  I inked the shoe 'cause it was too shiny.  This was one of those projects that I just kept adding too.  After I added the flowers I added the fiber to balance it all out.  Then I picked up the circle (left over from another project) and liked that look so I painted it with gold glitter paint and then I spied the piece of screening and mounting the whole thing on that.  I think it ended up looking a bit like an embroidery hoop on a piece of ladies veiling.  I have it hanging over my scrap table just as a bit of joy!

Then this morning I wanted to complete a challenge at PIT, New Paper Line challenge, using Bo Bunny Flutter Butter papers so here's what I came up with.  This is our 2nd home that we actually lived in for 6 weeks while waiting to move into our new house in NC and then dh lived in it for another 3 months before he moved into his weekday apt.  (He works away from home and is only home on the weekends.)  I love the blues in this paper line! 

Thanks for stopping by and "checking up" on me!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A couple more LOs

Here are a couple of LOs I did for Ali at Sketches: Creatively Yours as the Nov guest designer.  These are my last two.  I sure had fun creating from Ali's sketches!!!  Be sure you check out this blog to see some delightful LOs and hand drawn sketches!  Thanks Ali for letting me create for you this month!!
I love this photo of dh.  He was being so silly, but he was having fun pushing dirt around with that Bobcat!
Journal says:

In the fall of 2008, we began a humungous landscaping project that involved 3 very large raised beds, 13 trees, and more bushes than I can count. We had several loads of topsoil delivered and dumped in several spots in the front yard.

Dick borrowed a Bobcat from our neighbor that owns a fence company. He thought pushing that dirt around would be easy but NOT. However, he really had a great time pushing dirt around and getting the beds “just right”. Hmmm, I seem to remember that he used a shovel for part of that work!

This LO shows our house on the day we moved in (at the bottom) and then in early spring 6 mos after we completed our landscaping. The little file folder holds a very lengthy list of all the trees, bushes and flowers that we planted. There were 13 trees, more than 50 bushes, lots of perrenial flowers and bulbs. The results were awesome and we have had something blooming since March. We spent a little money and had a landscaper draw up a plan for us. It really was money well spent!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Woo-hoo, I am thrilled!

I am joining the design team at Pages in Time (PIT)!  This is my first DT position and I am really excited about it.  This is a wonderful online community, store, and retail store that reaches internationally.  I especially love that we have community members from all over the world!  Please visit us at Pages in Time.  There are some awesome LO's in the gallery and stay tuned for some exciting challenges.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A tag sketch

There's a great tag sketch up at Sketches: Creatively Yours.  I did 3 tags for this in my spot as the November guest designer.  Below is a layout I did using the tag I created with Ali's sketch.  I made a big tag as this is a 12 x 12 LO and the tag fit perfectly under the plastic overlay that I've had forever waiting to use!
I love that little picture of Chili.  She had been out under the apple tree which tends to stay muddy as grass doesn't grow there verywell.  She was such a dirty muddy mess when she came in.  I just had to laugh even though she made a huge mess in the hearth room!   Definitely not a prissy poodle in this picture!

These Christmas tags were fun, easy, and quick to make.  I just bought a pack of silver doilies at Walmart and cut them in half.  Everything else I punched on my Sizzix, added some edging doodles and ribbon.  Voila, fini!  The scan is not so great, sorry, IRL they are bright and sparkly as I used glitter paper for the snowflakes and flowers.

Be sure to go over toSketches: Creatively Yours to see the other tags that the designers did!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Another LO, I love this one.

Wish I still looked like this.....Ah the days of youth gone by!

This was a really fun project that I did for a weekend crop challenge at Scrapbookers Club House and a heritage challenge at Pages in Time.  I love playing with paint and ink and I did alot of it on this page.  I used an edge distresser on the paper edges and  sanded them some too.  Then I added white paint for highlights to the pink flowers.  I thought they came out quite nicely!  For the "moment in time"  I used Ranger distress ink and then a few paint dabbles thinned with a water wet brush on the background.  The letters are rub-ons.  By this time I had paint all over my work space as well as me!  I also splattered alcohol ink all over my shirt sometime during the day. 

Oh well I always was messy!  When I was a little girl, my Mom would dress me so prettily in dresses with sashes for school.  When I came home in the afternoon, my sash, my shoes, my hair, everything about me, was a total mess!

I digress, of course, for this kind of LO, you have to add bling and so I did.  The bling was a really big and beautiful scroll from Prima that I cut in two so it would fit right on the page.  Too bad the flowers are covering a lot of it!   Green rhinestones came from the Christmas $1 grag it bins at Michaels.  There were several colors available and cheap at $1 I thought.  Yikes, I just noticed that I put the toile pp on upside down and the edge that is showing is not distressed.  That's cause it was supposed to be under the picture.  Don't you just hate it when you do stuff like that?  Well its going to stay that way but I will distress the edge if I can do it with out wrecking everything else.

If you read my earlier post about Chili's problems, I am happy to report that she is much better now and seems to be over her pain.  MOnday is her last prednisone pill so I hope she does ok after that is out of her system.  Anyway, it is nice to see my pup smiling and feeling good again.

Have a nice Sunday everyone.  We were out late last night at a neighborhood party so I am quite listless today.  Think I'll scrap a little and keep a low profile!

Another Sketch

Ali has another sketch posted at Sketches:  Creatively Yours.  The sketch was done by November Guest Sketch Artist Ann Seleshanko and its beautiful.   There are some great interpretations of Ann's sketch posted too, so be sure to visit S:CY and take a look!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada

I hope everyone will pause in their busy day today and say a prayer of thanks to our soldiers. My father served in the Army for 28 years and is a veteran of WWII, and Vietnam.  He also did duty in Korea, but not during the "offical" war.  My husband gave the Navy 24 years of his life, and lost his father as a very small child to the Korean War.  Obviously, I have very strong ties to the military, but no matter how you feel about the Iraq/Afghanistan war, we can all pray for our soldiers' safety.  Happy Veteran's and Remembrance Day to all those who have served and are serving today.  I thank you with all my heart for your sacrifices.

Please leave a message for me and/or a prayer and our soldiers.

Come play at the Scrapbooker's Club House Mini-Crop

Scrapbooker's Club House is having a mini crop this weekend !  It's the Fall Ball Mini Crop with challenges and prizes.  Come join the gang!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Finally, I did something that I totally love!

I think it must be the subject matter, LOL!  This LO ended up so totally different from how it started as it began with a distressed doily which just didin't work.  The blue and cinnamon pps are Cloud 9 "Cinnamon Stick" and I just love the colors and flowers.  The dotted die  cut page is MM.  I used some of my new supplies on this.  I masked the blue CS with a Tattered Angels template that I got and sprayed with Cinnamon Glimmer Mist.  How convenient is it that I just happened to have that color??!   I originally sewed lace on the corner flower pieces but that didn't work for me so off came the lace and then I mounted them to chipboard.  Ahhh, much better.  Finally dug out the Architextures medallion piece and the copper (K & CO) hearts  from my stash.  I used a little Range alcohol ink to age the hearts 'cause they were way too shiny.  I really love fibers and ribbons and have lately been adding them  to alot of my projects.    This page is for the love of my life!

I added a companion page.  The card on the left is the card that we sent out announcing our marriage.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weekend's over.....

Don't you just hate it when the weekend is over and you have to go back to work?  Its not so bad for me anymore since I work parttime and out of my house.  I am loving this arrangement!

We are  still having issues with Chili.  She is still having pain but is better than she was.  I guess the cautious good news is that our vet doesn't think its a skeletal problem; rather, he thinks it is muscular.  Perhaps she has pulled a muscle in her back.  It seems to come and go.  One minute she seems to be fine and then the next she is wimpering when she tries to get up.  It is so tough seeing my furbaby in such distress.  I wish she could talk and tell us where it hurts.  Initially we thought it was in her neck but now it seems to be mid-spine.  She has a warm spot on her back consistent with muscle strain I guess.

I did have a ton of fun today!  Dh and I went to a model train show and that was way fun!  Then we stopped at Archivers.  Oh yes, that was even way MORE fun.  I came home with a bag of goodies.  I really haven't been in a nice SB store in over a year so it was fun to see how products have changed and all the new goodies.  I think I'm glad its a 50 mile trek to Archivers though, otherwise I would spend way too much $$ there way too often!

Here is a project I did as the Nov.guest designer for  Sketches: Creatively Yours.  Be sure you check out the other intepretations posted of this sketch (#24) by Ali MacDonald.

And being the occasional over-achiever that I sometimes can be, I did a companion page on the right.  I love the quote on the left page, it says "We haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on our list."  Don't you just love that?  The pictures were taken in 2007 at Olympic National Park.   That is such an awesome park as its terrain stretches from the seashore to mountain peaks and includes a rain forest.  The chipboard on the right is supposed to suggest a photo stand - not sure it gives that impression but oh well - it looks good anyway.

I have been on a roll lately.  I made a few Christmas cards this weekend.  They are simple but cute.  The prettiest one looks just about awful in the scan so I think you'll just have to wait to get it in the mail to see it.  OR, I'll try taking a photo of it tomorrow. 

Right now I need to get the spoos outside and give Chili her last pill for the evening.  Cross your fingers for my little "girl" that she is on the mend soon!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy hump day!

I need to get up from this computer and get something done around my house.

  Poor Chili, if its not one thing, its another!  In addition to all her pain and neck related problems (which BTW, have immensely improved)  she had a seizure night before last. Soooo, gotta shampoo the carpet 'cause they lose control of body functions when they seize.  And, the cortizone causes them to drink lots of water so last night she had an accident B4 she could wake her sleepy Moma! 

But before I go, I thought I'd share this with you.  This is out other beautiful grand-daughter.  This was labor intensive.  The flowers are either Prima or cut with Cricut cartridge Walk in My Garden.  It just took oodles of time to pick out the flowers, figure out the placement, outline them, find the right pp, etc, etc!  But it was fun.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Olympic National Park

One of our travel goals is to visit as many of the national parks as possible and we're doing a good job.  Part of our 2007 visit to the Northwest included a couple of days at Olympic National Park.  WOW!  That is a beautiful and diverse park from its splendid shoreline  to its mountain peaks.   However, if you visit, be prepared for rain!  Well, part of the park is a rainforest so I guess rain is necessary! 

Here we are in the rainforest:

Journal if you are interested:

We decided to head to Oregon for the FMCA International Rally in August 2007 as we’d never attended a large rally and we thought it would be a good place to learn something and probably spend money on something we most likely, did not need. Well, if you’re going to drive to Oregon, you might as well take in Seattle, Olympic National Park, and whatever else strikes your fancy in the northwest.
So began another adventure. Our first stop was Seattle to visit old friends,  ****** who lived in a beautiful early 20th century home in West Seattle with a view to “die-for” of the sound. Dick has known **** and **** since his time at Naval Post Graduate School and I met them when we lived in Burke, VA. (They are one of the couples that went on the Alaska cruise with us.) We were able to park our motorhome on a wide residential street in front of their house. That was uneventful except for the drunk that banged on the motorhome on his way home at about two in the morning. I think he was just a college kid having a little fun but it did frighten us for just a moment.
Our next stop was Widbey Island for a couple nights camping and then on to Olympic National Park. We took a ferry from the island to the Olympic peninsula. Unfortunately, the weather was typical of what one expects, rainy and cloudy, so we were not able to see the mountains but the park was still beautiful. It is such a diverse park with landscapes ranging from coastal beauty to the dense and rich greens of the rain forest traversing to the mountain peaks.
From there we began our trip towards Redmond, Oregon and decided to stop at Mount St. Helens. That was a last minute decision that turned out to be the highlight of our trip. The story of the eruption and its impact on the surrounding lands is incredible and quite the sight to behold, even 17 years after the eruption.
Finally, we arrived in Redmond, Oregon. Because of the dogs, we had reserved a camping site at the fairgrounds with full electrical hookups. Provost motorhomes that go for a half a million and up surrounded us. There we were in our humble Seneca! We had a good laugh at that. Dick took in the safe motorhome driving course and I had fun visiting all the vendor booths. About those purchases of useless things we didn’t need….well now we have a Canadian goose “flag” that flutters from a flagpole that we purchased. I’m sure everyone needs one…..
After the rally, it was time to head for home and back to work. Later in 2007 we drove from Denver to Rocky Mount, NC to look for a house. We almost drove from coast to coast that year; all we missed was the 150 miles from Rocky Mount to the Atlantic shore.

Mount St Helens

We visited the northwest in 2007 and I am just now getting those pictures scrapped.  Our favorite part of that trip was our visit to Mount St Helens.  That is the most astonishing place; if you are ever anywhere near, I highly recommend a stop there.  The logs floating on Spirit Lake fascinated me the most.  The surface of the lake is covered with huge rafts of logs, all of which remain from the blast when Mount St Helens blew.  The logs were quickly petrified by the various gases released and so they float on the top of the lake as a constant reminder of the devastation.  The area around Mount St Helens is slowly returning to life but there is still much evidence of the blast.  You can see miles of downed trees.  It really is a fascinating place.

So here are two pages that I created.  They ae simple LOs but I think they showcase the photos nicely.  The long journal telss the story of the eruption.  The white on the photo of the lake that looks like a beach, is actually the logs on the lake surface.

Friday, October 30, 2009

1/2 of the "Bark" , Chili, is not well today so we are off to the vets in just a few minutes.  My poor little princess is in pain.  She yelped when standing up this am.  I have a feeling she has some sort of blockage internally.  She hasn't missed any meals, but then she never does.  Cross your fingers for her; I hope its nothing serious.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


What a busy week it has been!  Dh had gall bladder surgery last Friday.  It was day surgery and all went well other than his blood pressure dropping too low as a result of meds he was given b/c his blood pressure was a bit high.  So we were at the hospital in recovery for a lot longer than expected.

My house is falling down around me so I guess I will have to stop scrapping and do some house work!  My parents are coming for dinner tonight so that is my incentive.

Fun news to share, I am working with my dear friend Ali on her blog, and I will be the November guest designer.  Be sure and check it out to see some great scrapbooking!

I worked on this yesterday, this is one of our very pretty grand-daughters!

Here's Chili,  one of the "Bark" of this blog.  I had great hopes for this LO but it just didn't pan out.  Chili is such a prissy poodle and I want to capture that in a photo but haven't been successful.  BIL Jim took this photo and I think its a good one though. 


Miss Marilyn Aka Chili

Sometimes I think that Chili has a split personality because she is usually a very stoic creature who doesn’t show much excitement (except when food is involved) or emotion. She really has the characteristics one observes more in a feline than a canine.

But, every now and then, her alter ego, Marilyn, comes out and delights us with her antics. She becomes a very exuberant smiling dog and starts tossing her head around like a starlet and craning her neck this way and that as if to be sure that we see her best profile. She prances about, twisting her cute little poodle butt and wagging her tail to a beat that only she hears. This is, for sure, a canine Marilyn Monroe, charming all that see her with her prissiness!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Prince Edward Island

Happy Tuesday!  I've already been to the dentist this morning, how fun is that??

So in the travel department, I wanted to share these LO's with you.  The pictures weres taken on Prince Edward Island in Canada this summer.  It rained most of the time we were there; be sure to read the journal for the "rest of the story!"

I really like the picture of Dick, it's a really simple LO but I think the LO evokes the spirit of the photo.

Prince Edward Island was not our favorite place. We would have enjoyed it more if the weather had not been so bad – and then there was that speeding ticket…

Since it was raining most of the time we were there, we did a lot of driving around. We drove to Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, which was a beautiful area with a small lighthouse and red sand beach. We also visited Charlottetown and a Gouda cheese factory.
We were being very careful watching the speed limits and obeying the traffic signals. We were driving along a stretch of highway when we came upon a construction zone so Dick immediately slowed down. About that same time, a cop appears in the road and motions us over. We had no idea why and were astounded to know that we had been clocked going 91 in a 60 km construction zone. We both think we were clocked before hitting the construction zone, but what can you do? It would be kind of hard to show up in traffic court to protest the ticket in August on PEI! I think it cost us around $125. After getting the ticket, we went directly to the Canadian post office, bought a money order, and mailed it. I can’t help but think we were an easy target with a US license plate.


Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Monday!

And it sure started off like Mondays often do. When dh was leaving for work this morning somewhere around 4:15 am, he set the alarm off. So then we get a call from the alarm company, hurray it's Monday! I sort of went back to sleep and was semi-conscious when dh called to tell me that he had forgotten his dinners that I had so lovingly prepared for him! Now, I know that it is Monday!

It was cold here in NC last night, brrr-rr, had to turn on the heat and bring in a couple favorite plants that I'm not ready to give to winter. We didn't have any frost but there was a chance.  At least the sun is shining today.  Haven't seen that for almost a week.

So after taking care of a few important things like work, I decided to scrap away my day and created this LO for a Monday challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap.  I love working with black and white on my LOs so this was fun and easy.  Seems like 1978 was just the day before yesterday, where does time go?  I have noticed that the older I get, the shorter the years get.  Why is that???  I want my time back!

Anyway, the journal says:

Yikes, 1978 was a long time ago! This picture was taken in Key West, Florida on a beautiful winter day. I was single at the time and having a blast. I had recently quit my job at Rose’s in NC as a merchandise manager and had come to Florida to visit with my college roommate, Debbie, and to heal from what were the worst 2½ years of my life.
Retail was not for me and I wasn’t all that interested in having that kind of a grown up job!

So, after 6 weeks of soaking up the sun and generally doing nothing, I went to work at Boyd’s Bait & Tackle in Fort Lauderdale. Boyd’s was the premier shop of its type in the area and was very prominent in the big money fishing. I loved being a part of all the fishing tournaments and boat shows.

I went from store clerk to store bookkeeper when the bookkeeper didn’t show up one payday morning. Using skills I had acquired in a college (Western Carolina) quarter’s worth of accounting courses, I got the payroll done that day and became the store bookkeeper. Eventually that led to my becoming a CPA. Now that’s another story!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hello Cyberworld

I suppose one can make the connection between scrapbooking and travel. Afterall, if one travels a lot, there usually are pictures begging to be scrapped. But you are probably wondering what "Bark" has to do with it all. Currently I am owned by two standard poodles and my dh and I travel quite a bit in our motorhome that we frequently refer to as "The Doghouse." So, I scrap, I travel, the dogs bark. In 3 words, I have described to you much about my personality and who I am!

Enough of that, I'm not sure where I'm going with this blog, but I thought it would be fun to share the musings of my aging mind as well as some of my travel layouts. Here are a couple pages I recently completed. The pictures are of Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia which is a really neat little town on the Atlantic coast. The lighthouse is situated on a huge, and I do mean huge, outcropping of rock. It is really something to see.


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