Friday, July 29, 2016

Opressive heat continues and freebie

Thursday was doctor day. First thing in the morning I took my father for an eye exam with a new doctor. Got him settled back at home and came by my house with enough time to grab a cold drink and check in to see how things went with my husband who had an appointment to get new Bipap equipment. Back out in the heat again and a trip to the pulmonologist for me. Breathing test in the little booth always sets me on a coughing jag. Spoke with the Physician Assistant about how the heat has been effecting me and several episodes of chest tightness. Doubled the dose of my inhaler to see if that will help. As I leave that office I see a young Army mother and her two children who were in the lobby waiting for a ride when I had arrived early for my appointment. It was after two o'clock and her babies had not been home for lunch and a nap. Not so bad for the infant (just several months old) as she was being breastfed but the two year-old had gone through all her snacks and becoming antsy. There was a problem with the service who was supposed to pick them up so I found out she didn't live far from me and gave them a ride home. I was supposed to go back over to Dad's to give him his balanced checkbook and pick up a prescription but the little bit of extra time spent in the sun helping to load and unload the babies and their stroller etc. had done me in. Came home and crashed. This was the zip I was supposed to post:
And here is today's zip:

Weatherman said we might get some relief from the heat next week. But it doesn't sound like much and will come with thunderstorms. And August often brings hurricanes. Did I mention we had a tornado watch yesterday? I am so looking forward to fall!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Beach Weather freebie

Saw Star Trek Beyond today. Pretty good. Lots of special effects. I like Chris Pine as Captain Kirk better than William Shatner, but Leonard Nimoy better as Spock than Zachery Quinto. There was a little tribute piece about Nimoy included. Sadly, nothing was added in tribute to the actor, Anton Yelchin, (who plays today's Chekov) who died in a freak accident recently. But there are news stories that said there would be at the end; we watched to the end and didn't see it ???

Today's free zip of Beach Weather

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday freebie & Tea Time pages

Another hot day. Signs showed temperature at 99 degrees when I completed my last errand of the day. With heat index, it felt like 102. Busy day. Was supposed to go to lunch with my friend, Joyce, as late celebration of her birthday but we had to reschedule as her grand-daughter and great grand baby were on their way home from Tennessee. So I went with my husband to his doctor appointment. We thought it might be an all day thing, thinking he'd probably be sent for x-rays and so on. Instead the doctor thinks the problem with his hand is tendinitis and gave him a cortisone shot in his thumb. Ouch! We stopped on way home to pick up Philly Steak subs for lunch and after I went to pharmacy. Coming in from that errand, I decided I was too hot to do anything more and cooled off with a long nap.

I did put together some pages to show you a little of what our tea on Saturday looked like. Since we didn't have to wear Red Hat purple and red, we had a lot of variety in colors and styles of outfits.
I'm reasonably happy with page above. It's not too cluttered.Reading counter-clockwise from top, the first photo shows my good friend, Joyce Eagan, beside her Bonnie, and up front is Billie. Next phto: the lady in blue is our hostess, Jo Sinclair and the lady in green is Betty. At the bottom left that's me on the left looking like a frumpy 50s woman, and next to me dear friend, Mary Boykin, who is queen of The Red Lillies chapter I belong to.
This page is too cluttered but I didn't want to do a third page. It shows some of the variety in outfits but there was much more. Probably about 30 ladies in all. At top left is Rose Jory who, among other things, does teh Queen's Council newsletter for our area. On top right is Karen Swiney in green and Linda B. Brooks to her right. Karen sets up major events in our area such as the annual Hurray For Hats, Go Red For Women, and the Snowball Express. Linda is a very active Red Hatter too. In the center, is Sylvia Chambers looking stunning in her orange. Love that perfume shaped purse. On the bottom left is Karen (on R) again with a lady I have seen often but haven't met. Isn't her hat cute? And to the right, Mary and Joyce again with Caroline in yellow. Caroline always wears fantastic over-the-top hats that she designs. She was walking up to Jo's house when we arrived and reminded me ever so much of a fantasy daffodil!

Now for your freebie:
Lots of bright yellow and orange today.

Oops! Freebies again

I am so behind in posting! Thought I had scheduled a post for Saturday only to learn on Sunday that I had not. Planned to do 2 posts on Monday but family matters kept me from computer until just now and we're into Tuesday!
Here is what should have been your Saturday freebie:

And the Monday freebie:

I was away most of Saturday (including travel time) to attend a Tea with a lot of Red Hat Ladies. This private event allowed us to wear anything we wanted; did not have to wear red and purple. I will share some photos tomorrow. On the way home, two good friends, ladies from my local chapter, convinced me I really should go with them to the North Carolina State Red Hat Convention in October since some tickets are still available. I contacted one of the hostesses today and am mailing in my registration. Ladies at the tea said the NC convention was the best convention they had been to and some had been to multiple state conventions. Originally I hadn't signed up because the International Convention is being held in New York City in February 2017 and four of us were going to take AmTrack up and go. But as it turned out we decided against it as the only activities planned inside the hotel didn't sound interesting. There are a lot of excursions to other places (each with another fee) but who wants to tromp around In NYC in the winter? Weather could be bad.

More later today.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Friday freebie

Another hot one - temperature in low 90s but feels like 100. Needless to say, I'm staying put in the A/C. Hubby and SIL got back yesterday afternoon and although it didn't sound like it to me, he said they had a good time. Once again problems due to COPD and neuropathy made it difficult for him to get around. The NY City subways and trains are not handicap friendly. Lots of stairs, no ramps and great distances to walk. He sadly reported it might be his last trip to the city he loves. He did get the Lupini beans he's been wanting. I'd never heard of them but it's a food he grew up and since his mother passed away the first part of this year, he's been quite nostalgic. He remembered eating these beans with her as a snack. Apparently, they are well known to Italians. He described them to me as looking like butter beans but pickled so that their skin is tough. You split the skin with your teeth, eat the bean inside and discard the skin. Doesn't sound particularly good to me, but what do I know? He brought home maybe a half dozen or so jars of these things and that after giving away another 3 or 4. I haven't tried them yet so can't say what I think of them. They also stopped at a roadside stand on Eastern Shore and picked up 2 dozen ears of Silver Queen corn - one dozen for us and one for his sister's household. Will be eating some of that tonight at dinner. And I got my Cinnabuns!

Had bad headache last night and around 2 a.m. was coughing like crazy. So I got up for some ginger ale, tried to sleep again and got back up around 5:30am. Had a Cinnabun and cup of coffee and read some of the new M. J. Rose novel that arrived Thursday. After all that sugar, I was finally able to sleep hard and didn't get up until after 12 p.m.! Rose's new novel, The Secret Language Of Stones, is the second in her Daughters of La Lune series. I haven't wanted to put it down and am already about halfway through! Her imagery is so vivid! You might want to check it out here at her publisher's page:

For today's freebie, let's go snorkling!

Freebie - Beach Weather 3

Ok, I'm telling my age but, do you remember wearing Madras shorts in the summer?
We wore them when I was in high school and thought we were so cool! Anyway, today's paper reminded me of Madras - not the color but the texture. Of course, you need some shades to wear in that sun. They aren't Wayfarers but . . .

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Freebie time! Beach Weather zip 2

Today is not quite as hot as it's been being - only 85 and the humidity seems a little lower. Of course, I was only outside long enough to check mail and bring in the trash can lol. Trying to get a few things done around the house as husband and SIL will be back tomorrow from their visit with friends and family in NJ and NY. He e-mailed this morning that the heat in NY is oppressive - big surprise! - and he is eager to get home. Hoping he can find someplace on I-95 coming home to stop and bring me a box of CinnaBuns. We no longer have any locally and I miss them. Not that I should be eating them, of course, but an occasional indulgence isn't bad.

Today's zip contains a paper and a couple of items one would need to relax in the sun.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New freebie begins: Beach Weather

Over the years I've made and started a number of beach themed kits. Not unusual since I live near the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at nearby Virginia Beach. Plus, most people think "Summer = beach." It sure did when I was a child. Anyway, looking through my files I discovered a lot of beach related things including papers and elements I made for a store I used to sell in and various odds and ends from kits I started but didn't complete. I went with this bright color swatch:
and pulled various things together to put together a kit we will call Beach Weather. Here is your first zip:

Accomplished nothing much today except quick trip to grocery store and gathering up trash and getting can out to street for tomorrow's pick-up. Also realized that a possible reason I've been so exhausted and sleeping weird hours is that I got dehydrated during recent virus. It doesn't take much for that to happen to me. Got to thinking about what I'd been having recently to eat and drink since virus left me with no appetite and that's how I came to see my fluid intake has been way down. So I'm focused on getting that back to normal and expect as it does my sleep will regulate more and I'll feel better overall. Plan to buckle down to some housework tomorrow no matter what!

Quick note

Major thunderstorm is about here with heavy winds, lightening and hail. Will try to get on later and start posts of a beach kt.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Vacation Blues, Illness, and finally a freebie!

Our vacation was a disaster! Missed flight connections, crowded planes, vast airports, extreme heat, old age! I'll spare you the details but it was no fun! We stayed exhausted, stress triggered the healing shingles to flare up, the extent of our COPD became evident, and to make matters worse, we picked up a virus of some kind and were sick after we got home! All last week we felt awful and mostly slept. Now there is a mess to clear up. My husband and his sister are visiting with family and running into complications with their plans. A dear friend had a death in her family and one of husband's co-workers just died. I think Jeremy and Berkeley's bad luck has rubbed off on us!

Because I haven't been busy making a new kit, I'm going to give you a summer tagger kit I made a while back. I don't often make tagger kits and when I do I create them at 300 dpi instead of the more typical 72 dpi and I size the papers at 800 x 800 pixels. I do this because then they are usable (with a tiny bit of stretching perhaps) by people who create Artist Trading Cards which are sized at 2.5" x 3.5" and usually at 300 dpi for printing. I hope you will find this kit useful whether you tag, make ATCs or create journal pages. Will try to get back on track real soon.



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday and the end of Picasso Lilies & Promises freebie

Today we reach the end of Picasso Lilies & Promises: The Wedding. At this point you should have a total of 18 zips. Hope you have enjoyed this kit.
I'll be back nest Monday.

Monday, July 4, 2016

July 2016 goal pages freebie

Running late but here are your July goal pages:
Wondering if I should do this again for 2017? Is anyone using them?

I will be off line for about a week but freebies will continue to post.

I am scheduling posts of the remaining zips of Picasso Lilies now so that Google will deliver them to you.

Here is the Monday (Happy July 4th!) freebie:

Saturday, July 2, 2016

quick post & freebie

Our newlyweds continue to have a spell of bad luck. A few nights ago, Berkeley was on her way home and making a left turn when someone ran a red light. The old Corolla was totaled but she is doing well. That is the main thing. Hope this coming week there is a turn to good luck.

Zip 12 of Picasso Lilies & Promises:

Friday, July 1, 2016

It's Friday! Today's freebie is zip 11 of Picasso Lilies & Promises

Heading into the weekend with zip 11. Another paper, some word art, and a lacy frame.

Here it is a new month but we need to finish up this kit before moving on. There will be a Saturday post, none on Sunday, and more zips of this kit next week. I won't be at computer next week but will schedule in advance. I know a lot of you will be preparing for the 4th of July weekend, maybe traveling, going to the beach, watching fireworks, cooking out. Have fun but stay safe.