Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Don't Blink

I was going through and printing some pictures the other day and I came across some nice pictures of our beautiful daughter.

Here she is in the dress she picked out for Easter.

Isn't she just lovely?  She's becoming quite the amazing woman and it's happening so quickly.  I swear, she was just a young little princess who loved riding bikes and playing with dolls.  Then, we blinked and now she's into make-up and music and planning for her future.  Where did the time go?  That should teach us not to blink.  Sigh.

Ah, but somewhere under that pretty dress and in those grown-up heels is still the sweet little girl who makes us laugh and warms our hearts.  See:

Yep, that's still her and on Easter Sunday too.

And these pictures are going in our scrapbooks before we blink again.

What about you?  What have you been doing lately?

May your creative time be productive and fun.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


We have been really blessed here and I have an exciting new picture for you today to show for it. The picture is of some of the cutest twins in the world.  I know I am a little biased but I think you will have to agree.  See:

And you thought our family had grown.  LOL!  No, those four blessings are Sandhill Cranes and they are definitely one of the many blessings of living in Florida.  Aren't they just beautiful?  The adults are cool on their own but their babies . . . they are even more amazing.

They are pretty smart too.  They listen to their parents very well.  They will run to hide at the first peep from mommy and daddy, and they will keep their distance when dogs or other animals are around too. 

Some people don't like the noise they make as they can be very loud and they also sound just like the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park." They can certainly stop traffic when they are crossing the streets down here.  Even the busiest streets all come to a stop so they can mosey across to the other side.

Until next time, may your creative time be blessed with a little cuteness and a lot of fun.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Call Them Back

Sorry, I haven't been around here much.  It's been busy and, even, a bit overwhelming.  More later on all of that.

Today, I have a bit of advice for you today.  Call them back!

Yep!  When you have had enough of that annoying telemarketer, call them back.  You have junk sitting around the house that you want to get rid of, right?  Old clothes?  Broken power tools?  Hey, even yard clippings and trash from your kitchen?  Yep, offer to sell them some of it or even all of it.  Hey, you know you can even make a list of all that junk and just keep talking and talking about it.  When they have finally had enough of listening to you, remind them of how many times you have asked them not to call you again and then, once more, insist that they stop calling you.

Yes, I know there is a national registry called the Do Not Call List.  You and I both know that is not very effective for some of these people.  And, yes, you can and should file a complaint with the FCC.  They, like any government agency, are slow but they are effective.  But, let's face it, neither of those previous options are as fun as offering to sell your used stuff and garbage.

Now, there is another place where the "Call Them Back" advice comes in handy.  The prank phone call.

I actually got one of those today from friends of our son.  At the time, I did not know it was them.  You see, one of his friends had my number from when we went to a concert months ago and they used her phone but I did not have her number in my contacts.  Also, the content of what they told me, I am sure they thought would be funny; however, it wasn't funny, but rather, offensive and rude.

So, guess what I did?  You betcha!  I called them back.  The first time they actually answered the phone.  I calmly informed them of the illegality of their actions and told them I would be filing a complaint with the FCC.  Click.

And I called them back again.  They did not answer, so I left a message and explained what an FCC complaint could mean and I wished they would have fun explaining to their parents why the FCC was contacting them.  LOL!

Oh, but I didn't stop there.  Yep, I called them back again!  Yes, a third time.  This time I told them they messed with the wrong person because I had nothing more fun to do all day but keep calling them back again, and again, and again.

At this point, I received a text from my son on his own phone.  He was apologizing for his friends' behavior and begging me not to call the police.  LOL!  He was in the bathroom when they had called me and he couldn't warn them that I would be calling them back.  I'm guessing they won't be prank calling me again.

Until next time, may your creative time be filled with fun and may you not need to call them back.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yes, No, Maybe So

Our athletic girl was going through serious "Volleyball Withdrawal" and so she went out for the flag football team.

This is what happened next:

The doctor in the emergency room suspected she might have cracked her fifth metacarpal bone--the one in the palm of her hand between her pinky finger and her wrist.  We needed to go to an orthopedist to find out for sure and what to do from there.

The answer:  there's no visible fracture unless you take the growth plate into account.  Since there is a line there anyway, there's no way to tell for certain if it's broken or not.  She's bruised and hurting and so, for at least another week or two, they are treating her as if it is broken.

As for football?  Well, it's a waiting game now.

Tomorrow, I'll have more fun pictures to share--positive, but cold ones.  Brrrr!

Until then, may your creative time be safe and warm.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Twice in One Day?

So today was supposed to be a relatively quiet day topped off with some creative time to spice it up a little.  Nope.  Not happening.

I did have one early afternoon errand to run--an annual check-up and shots for the small pup.  Yes, this little, quirky one who likes to lick the air and stand between our legs if we stand still for longer than a few seconds:

His quirky little body had other plans for my day.  See:

That huge snout is the evidence of an allergic reaction to the vaccines he got just a couple of hours previously.  Yep, I was only supposed to take him to the vet once today.  Going twice was more excitement than I'd like to have again.

The bad news is that we have to watch him for the next day or so and, from here on out, he has to take a shot of benadryl and another injection of steroids before he gets any more vaccinations.  The good news is his nose is nearly normal size now and he'll be just fine.  Nothing like scaring the mama and two kiddos with some extra drama, though.

Even the vet said that he is a dramatic puppy.  This is because he SCREAMED like a baby (yes, a human child!) at every procedure from getting his temperature taken to his heart worm test to every single injection--all 4 of them.

Yet, he's enjoying the extra love and attention tonight--the poor baby.

Here's to a healthy dog, a more creative tomorrow, and less excitement for all of us!

Until next time, may your creative time be free from swelling and itching too!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

And You?

Did you know that today is a national holiday?  Did you know it is National Bean Day? 

Have you eaten beans today?  If so, great job celebrating a holiday we--well, at least most of us--did not know existed.

Speaking of eating beans, did you have black-eyed peas and cabbage or greens on New Year's Day?

I learned at the ripe old age of 30 that you HAVE to eat black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year's Day or you will have a very bad year ahead.  Seriously.  My in-laws insist on this annual tradition. Apparently, it's a Southern thing. 

Hmm.  29 years of my life must have been really bad then, because I had never heard that before then.  Eek!  Leave it to the northern girl to be left in the cold.  LOL!

I must confess; there have been very few New Year's Day meals in which I have had black-eyed peas and cabbage.  I guess I'm not too superstitious.

What about you?  Are there traditions you just HAVE to fulfill?  I'd love to hear about them.

Until next time, may your creative time be filled with fun.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Present For You

I know my dates are off but I want to share a little gift with you.  So, Merry Christmas, & Happy Hanukkah, & Happy New Year too!

Here's what I've been working on for you:

I have a confession to make.  I love the looks of gingerbread cookies.  They are so darn cute.  Yet, I've never made one and my kiddos didn't like them when they tried them elsewhere.  LOL!  So, I tried to make the file as useful as possible--just in case your family doesn't care for gingerbread.  This way, you can switch out the words and cookies however you would like.

As usual, this file is governed by my Terms of Use.  Thank you so much for recommending my blog to your friends rather than sharing the file itself.

The download link is here.

Thank you, in advance for your comments and well wishes.  I really do appreciate each one.

I'll be spending precious time with my family for the holidays.  We are sticking around home but that's the best place to be and we are so blessed to be together and relatively healthy that all our joy is simply the icing on the cake.  May you all be even more blessed!

Happy creative time!