Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Let's Build a Snowman!!!

Yestrday the temperature climbed well into the 40's!  Say what????  They say we haven't had a temp that high since Nov27!  We are experiencing the 2nd coldest winter on record.  But it was really melting out there yesterday.  I could hear the water running down the drain pipes.

HArlee thought she should build a snowman after school as the snow was wet and perfect for packing snow. I got some snow and ice off our upper deck

Got ticked off at work yestrday.  Not only were they asking for me to work today, but they also asked for the weekend, when I am already scheduled. Nothing like looking to see who might actually be working!!!!
Speaking of snowmen and work, the goodies I baked for the girls last weekend.

Got the cleaning done yestrday morning so I could scrap a little after lunch!

And lately I have ben roasting seasoned veggies in the oven, which are very yummy!  A nice variation from salad.

This morning Cooper is here while his mum takes Nic for an appointment.

Linking up with SSS Wed. challenge- where the challenge is anything but a card.  So, that is not hard for me to do!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Thaw!

After weeks of cold, cold weather it has warmed up!  We reached a record of the longest cold stretch ever.  From Dec1 to Jan11.  It feels almost balmy out there , except a cold wind was blowing!  Tomorrow it is to reach into the 40's, soall that snow will be melting a making a real mess out there.  

I worked all day yesterday as extra.  I was not scheduled,but the unit was busy and short staffed!  And they actually offered incentive pay.  I was pooped when I came home and hit the hay at 8:30!

The grandkids were off school today with it being Martin Luther King day.  Kirsten brought them over to go sledding in the back yard.  There are times when it is convenient havinga hill out back!  Just not when mowing the lawn!  This was Coop's first time really getting to play out in the snow!

Fun times in the old back yard.  Good thing this nana had a sled for each of them.  They are the sleds their mum and auntie used!

My gosh, it's a layout from my Australia album!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


What's on my workspace.  A mess!!  A big hot mess!!!  But that means I have been creating!  Working on Valentine's Day Cards.  And I plan to keep making some today and maybe complete a layout or two.  And launder sheets and towels.

It is too cold out for man or beast.  It was minus 19F earlier, with a feels like minus 31F.
The sun is shining brightly out there today, though.  I plan to stay hibernated until dinner time.
Meeting up with friends for dinner.

Have a couple of photos of Coop from Sunday, when the grandkids were all here.  He really is into helping these days.  I was making pancakes for lunch.  Knew this is something they love and will gobble up.  Cooper wanted to help, so he did help mix them up.  But I don't want him near the heat of cooking them.  He put on grandpa's apron, and just about had a tizzy where he saw some dried old food.  So, it went in the laundry basket immediately after taking it off.

Booked a flight to go and visit Cait in February, as Alaskan airlines was having their sale.  Was planing to take the train, but it is just about as cheap with the sale and get there a whole lot quicker.  She has managed to catch another cold, so she better get herself healthy.

Posting one of my Valentine cards.
Linking it up with SSS Monday Challenge- Get Square
And Memory Box challenge- Winter Blues.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Week in the Life of Me!

As usual it's been a busy week.  It is still cold!   Hovering around the 0F mark!   Today the grandkids are here to keep us busy and on our toes.

MOnday brought an end to the Christmas decorations.  I still had Caitlin here to start the day and help to tote some boxes.  It is amazing how quickly it can all come down and be stored away.  I still have my snowman village, because it is obviously still winter around here.  

Late Monday afternoon we headed up to the airport to put Cait back on her plane to Seattle.  Her plane was late and makes her a nervous Nelly.  But she arrived back safe and sound and I sure miss having her around.  

Tuesday I headed into work.  As usual when I enter the doors of the NICU it was a very busy day.  The afternoon before, they said I would probably just be on call.  Like right!!!!!   Overnight they admitted 2 and we brought in another, so they obviously needed me.  

My beautiful flowers from my anniversary.

Wednesday And Thursday, was just generally picking up.  Putting furniture back in the room I had just repainted and going through some boxes.  It always seems forever getting picked up from Christmas.  

Friday, brought us heading out of town.  We headed to Bozeman for a memorial service.  It was the mum of a good college friend of Curtis. His friend and his wife live in Pheonix and we haven't seen them in about8 years so there was lots of catching up to do.    We were there all afternoon and had dinner with the family.  Was able to fit in a quick run to Costco.  Thankfully the roads were pretty much bare and dry.  

Yesterday was a day to catch up on laundry.  Made it in my scrap room and started to think about Valentine Day cards.  

The most I have created in quite a while was an anniversary card for my hubby.  

 Linking it up to Simon Says blog challenges.
Mondays is to Start Afresh- use something fresh out of the package.
Wednesdays is New Something- new crafty stash, new baby, new job, etc.  

Mine is a stamp I had not used or even opened the package from Avery Elle
And also the paper from a new pack of Simple Stories collection Winter Wonderland

Monday, January 2, 2017

A Brand New Year! 2017

Here we are off into a brand new year! No resolutions or goals set here.    For us it meant a winter storm with snow, blowing and drifting!  It snowed all day!  And now we will get to experience bitter cold temps.  

The last week of 2016 proved to be sickly for the Barrow clan.  Cait came home sick from Seattle and managed to share her germs with all of us, except Harlee.  She managed to escape this round of crud.  

Despite being under the weather I managed to repaint Cait's old room.  It went from Granny Smith Apple Green to mostly cream- called Apricot Blossom.  And one salmon coloured wall- Social Butterfly.  Quite a change.  And it required two coats of paint going over that wild colour.  It was about time.  I've only had the paint for about a year and a half.  I needed someone to help move the heavy furniture.  There is a lofted bed with storage under it in that room!  Curtis says it goes with the house.   Yesterday we ran to Home Depot for base board.  Now if I can move the mountain to get it in place!  Cait put together a IKEA storage unit where I can keep my scrapbook albums.  And Kirsten and I already exchanged desks and now I have a smaller one for the room.  I can hardly wait to see the transformation.

Cait flies back today.  She has helped out a lot this week and she has recuperated.  She made dinners, while I was painting away.  I miss her terribly out in Seattle.  Will have to try and get out there more this next year.  I cooked up a turkey yesterday.  Sent some to Kirsten's house to have after she worked all weekend.  

Curtis and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this past week.  32 years together.  We went off to the movies to see Rogue 1.  Pretty ominous as it was the same day Carrie Fisher passed away and she made a cameo appearance in the movie.  And it even worked out it was cheap matinee afternoon at the theatre.  Cait joined us.  Cait also took me to see Fantastic Beasts on New Years Eve Day.  I don't think I have ever seen so many movies in such a short span of time.  

Hopefully I will get to blogging more frequently now I can use my IPad again and the holiday season is behind us.  Today the decorations start to come down.  Makes me sad.  But I now have a new TV for my craft space which I will enjoy.  Thank you Curtis.