Sunday, August 13, 2017

Time for an Update!

Busy, busy, busy!
I thought semi retirement would be relaxing and give me time for my crafting!! Not so much! The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind!

We took a weekend trip over to the Flathead at the beginning of Aug! A visit to Curtis' dad who was turning 92. We got to drive through Glacier before all the smoke invaded! Bear grass has been especially beautiful this year, as has the fireweed!

Kirsten and I did a day trip to Missoula for some shopping! That's a 6 hour round trip! She found some cute tops on sale for her new job and some back to school for the grandkids! Then a couple days later Kirsten and I were back on the road to pick up Harlee from Girl Scout camp. That was another 5-6 hour round trip! And we needed to be there between 9 and 10 in the morning!!! We left home at 6:45 with the boys in their pj's!

I found raspberries at Costco on the return trip and managed to crank out a couple batches of jam!

No time for scrapping! But I did finish off a couple cards I had stamped images for!

Penny Black stamp! Dies from quickutz, memory box, IO

Hero Arts flamingo stamp and die, tropical leaves are a Memory Box die and some spritz if Color Shine

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Long ., Hot Summer Days!!!

We are currently experiencing long, hot dry summer days.  Although I can see them getting shorter.  It used to be light when I got up from work and it is not anymore.  I know this since I just worked on Monday.

The grandkids came over yesterday to swim in the new pool that papa got for them.  It is quite a bit deeper than the little wading pool they had. (That one went to keep a puppy cool for the rest of the summer.)  Nic got himself a floating last week.  So Harlee had to have one too.  They look like inflated donuts.  Coop has a tiny one.  Anyway they seem to be having fun out the back.  Good thing it fits on the lower deck, because with a hill in our back yard, it makes it hard to put up a pool.

Just went with Kirsten and the boys for their well kid checks.  Poor Coop had to get his ears cleaned out and get 2 shots so he can go to preschool.  Kirsten will get him signed up mid August.

A lot of the state is on fire because it is so dry and hot.  We need rain desperately.  So far July is the 5th hottest on record and 6th driest.  Harvesting is early.  Last Sat. we drove west to Seeley Lake to visit their quilt shop as they were having their big birthday sale.  As we went through Lincoln, which is about 90 west of us you could see the smoke coming out of the mountains and they had a fire camp all set up.

And last week we finished up 3 weeks of swimming lessons with the grandsons.  Coop still won't jump off the side or the diving board.  But he did get in the water and paddle around.  I mean he is only 4.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hey!!! It's Friday!!!

And it's been busy! Curtis did an Avis run to East Glacier!
So that meant I was up early!
Boy, it was smokey out this morning! And that reeks havoc with my allergies! Yesterday, I was indoors working so not much chance of allergies bothering me.

But, I still headed out for my walk! Came home and mowed the front yard. Back yard isn't growing that much! Came in and cleaned bathrooms

I ran a few errands!

Kirsten and the munchkins came over after lunch. Harlee and Nic went in the pool! Coop decided he wanted to go swimming when it was time to leave! And it was cooler today, so quite pleasant sitting out on the back deck., as the smoke blew away.

We watched the Thunderbirds flying around practicing since tomorrow is the air show!

Putting up a few photos of Nic from his Boy Scout ceremony back at the end of May! He moved up a level. He is now a Webelos.

One little layout!
From when the girls took a road trip to Seattle last summer to visit Cait.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Lengthy Sabbatical!

After a few months break of not blogging it is time to resurrect the old blog!

I have had requests to not stop from Curtis's dad who likes to see what we are up to and see photos of his great grandkids.

So Here I go!

It's been a busy spring! I

Curtis and I took a toodle to the Grand Canyon in late April!   It was pretty crowded considering it wasn't summer holidays!  

Cooper also turned 4 in Mid April!  Golly- how can he be four already!!!   He told his mum at the end of the day he didn't want his birthday to be over!  How cute is that???

I had my gall bladder out the beginning of May and I am glad to be rid of that pesky thing!  It caused me some great distress prior to its removal!

In June we headed to the coast for a visit with Cait and to embark on a 2 week cruise to Alaska! It is great to really just unplug from life and enjoy the pristine scenery that only Alaska can provide!

It's been super hot weather since we came back! With days way up to 100F! Way too hot for this gal! Curtis invested in a bigger pool for the grandkids, which they have thoroughly enjoyed!

And the last 3 weeks the mornings have been spent at the pool in the high school with the boys doing swim lessons!

Still creating! Trying to get some cards ready to enter in the fair! I won't do layouts as they want only 2 pagers with 3 or more photos! Baloney on that! They gave no idea what is current in the scrapbook world!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Couple More Cards

Just sneaking in a post!  I know, 2 days in a row.  That is what can happen when I am not exhausted from working and just life in general.  Although, I do go into work for a few hours this afternoon to cover for a coworker.

Just spending a chilled out weekend at home!  Curtis even braved the grocery store for me yesterday!

Linking my cards with the Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge. Use more than one die or punch.  Not a problem for me!  

Yesterday, I even had enough ambition to bake!  I bet you didn't know it was hot cross bun season?  I threw together a doz.  They are always so yummy!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring has Sprung!

Or so the calendar says!   The daylight hours are somewhat longer.  Yeah!!!  I hate the darkness  of winter. The temps seem to be warming up.  And I saw my first robins in the backyard a couple of days back.  I have heard them for a bit.

Monday past, Curtis and I did a Lethbridge run for passport photos.  Now to get the paoerwork submitted.  And do a little shopping.  The US dollar is great agaist the Canadian dollar at the moment.  We still tend to see lots of Canadian vehicles driving around Great Falls.  

I have not worked any shifts this werk, which has been quite enjoyable.  Although I did go in for my evaluation and also some MOAB( management of aggressive behaviour) training this week.  And only a couple of short shifts for this next week too!  But I have got more than 100 hours in for this quarter to get the registry bonus.  And Social Security will not be happy with all the money I am earning.  They seem to think I should only earn a certain amount of dollars!  And I am not very good at telling work no, because I know how hard it is to work understaffed.

Got my biannual check up done at the dentist and have my teeth sparkling clean now,  and no major issues!  I am sure we have bought a cow or two for our dentist with the crowns Curtis and 
I have received in our mouths!

Have been creating a card or two this week.  Have my Easter cards all finished up.  Wanted to enter a couple of challenges.....

The first one is with Simon Say Stamp Monday challenge where the challenge was to Layer It Up.
I needed to make a baby card for a gal at work who had a baby shower yesterday.  Here is what I came up with.
I love to do cards as usually the papers come out of my scrap basket.
And not sure who made the stamps.

The second card is for the challenge at Impression Obsession.  
The challenge is (Not So) Moody Blues.  Show your blue projects.

I used their truck die(218-I)
2grass dies(178-C, 60-I)
Fir tree die(084-V)
Tiny flowers die(140-D)
Next time I will run the tree through an embossing folder to give it some texture.  
Have a couple more to share tomorrow.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Quiet Weekend

That is what I am having!  After woking 2 - 12 hour shiftsthis werk I am pooped.  And the SOS went out again this morning, but I can't keep going at the rate I have been.  They need to hire more nurses for our unit.  They have let the staff numbers dwindle down to where there are barely 3-4 nurses on a shift.  So much, forvwhen we need 5-6.  People are burning out from working extra.  They need their days off.  And a full time person is already expected to pick up 24hours extra in a six week schedule. This was to be a temporary staffing fix that has not gone away.  I bet you don't see management doing this!  Enough ranting!!  As you can guess, I did not go in ths morning.

But I do have a couple of snap I took from my office on Friday morning when I agreed to cover a shift so a co- worker could spend the day with her mum. One advantage of working before sunrise!

I have been spending a little time in my scrap space slowly working on photos.
The first layout is of Cooper out in the snow, last month.  This year he has figured out playing in this white stuff.  The kids were off school and Kirsten brought them over to go sledding.  We have a small hill in our back yard.  It is awful come grass mowing season!

This second layout is where you most likely see Nic at our house.  He loves anything electronic and has a time limit set at our house!  I was cleaning out the scrap drawer with baby items to give me space for something else.  Figured these were good papers to use.  I like that the plaid kind of matched his shirt.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Taste of Spring!

It's been a beautiful March Day!  Warm temperature(65F).  Sunny skies.  Kind of breezy.  It was a cleaning day for me.  Vacuuming!  Mopping floors.  I even cleaned the inside of our big bay window.  

Harlee was here after school and headed out to get on the heavy duty pogo stick Auntie Cait had given her for Christmas.  She has out grown the last one. The new one proves to be a challenge and requires a lot more oomph to get it going.  

And the word is out the snow geese and tundra swans are starting to congregate at Freezeout Lake as they migrate north to their nesting areas. We will have to make a trip.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


What a fabulous week for my birthday to fall!  

Last weekend, Curtis, Harlee and I headed out of town.  We headed south.  To Yellowstone National Park with the camera club folks.  Curtis and Harlee are members.  We are so fortunate to have 2 National Parks within driving range.  Yellowstone is about a 4 hour drive for us.  We made a short stop in Bozeman for some luch and were there shortly after.  It was a beautiful day on Friday.  Harlee sure didn't mind skipping school! Sometimes more important things can be learned out of school.

Lots of critters were out.  They were taking over the roads as opposed to the tourists.  Most of the Yellowstone roads are closed during the winter, but the northern road between Gardiner and Cooke City is open. Saturday morning was spent with the wolf research team.  They are very active in March following the wolf activity through the park.  They were parked waiting for a pack to come back to a fresh kill from the day before.  They never did while we were there, but it was most educational for the kids that were with us.

We came back on Sunday.  Followed by my birthday on Monday.  Woke up in the middle of the night with a throbbing headache.  These storm fronts moving through are killing me.  I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my sister.  And lots of flamingo stuff from my family.  They know I love flamingos and there seems to be lots of flamingo items these days.

Tuesday, Kirsten and I headed back to Bozeman to hear Sir Elton John in concert.  There was some retail therapy before hand.  Kohl's seemed to have a plethera of kids clothes marked 70% off.  Winter coats for the boys for next year were found.  

Elton John played straight for 2-1/2 hours to a pretty packed house.  Glad he likes to come to Montana to perform.  And I was able to check one item off on my bucket list.  I have always wanted to hear him perform.  We had awesome seats- Row 19, on the floor. Obviously one could see him very clearly.  

We cane home Wed. And managed to beat the predicted storm.   And yesterday I was at work renewing my BLS and now current for another 2 years!  Next on the agenda is getting my passport renewed.  I see a pn upcoming trip to Lethbridge.