Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! and freebies

So much going on yesterday and will be all week. Lots of family business to deal with. I do have today's zip for you and two extras as Halloween Treat, However, after today I won't be able to post until next week - too much on my schedule. Without further ado here is zip 22:
One very busy background, a floral frame and various elements.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/edc06x5xavlprfq/ws_Halloween2017_22.zip?dl=0

And because you have all been so sweet about my crazy Halloween kit, two Halloween treats. First, a batch of elements, including an ATC I made earlier on:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1fjqc3jd11iwb8l/ws_Halloween2017-23.zip?dl=0
And a set of 2 quick pages and 2 stacked papers:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jzyvxgil1lq12bv/ws_Halloween2017-23_2.zip?dl=0

Happy Halloween! May you have sweet and happy days until next time.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Almost Monday so Monday freebie

It's been raining all day today (Sunday) and I've had a sinus headache all day. Tomorrow is going to be busy so thought I'd go ahead and do Monday post. Want you to know I've really enjoyed reading your comments and I'm glad I decided to put something together for Halloween.

Next up is an assortment including one more paper, word art, and various characters which include some Halloween toys. When I was young, I remember going to the local 5 & Dime or pharmacy around this time of year and there would be an assortment of Halloween themed goodies kids would beg their mothers to buy. There were flavored wax vampire lips and teeth, little wax bottles filled with a super sweet fluid and other penny candy plus Halloween noisemakers, candy filled toys and other small Halloween toys. You've seen some examples of these in this kit. For some reason, vintage Halloween stuff is very desirable and can be quite pricey too. Maybe because it brings back fond childhood memories for lots of adults?
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/evetth4pyg2uvlf/ws_Halloween2017_21.zip?dl=0

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Resting up and freebie

Today the four of us (me, hubby, brother & SIL) are all resting up due to our various ailments. Weather changes and all the stuff we've been doing this week caught up with us. Got in touch with Tosha to have her make my brother a magnesium rich body butter to see if it helps with the muscle spasms in his leg. Her little essential oil product project is going so well she is applying for a business license and will be changing the name to Eden's Garden. Great news.

Today's Halloween zip centers around Halloween disguises:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jiafl1sn41qix41/ws_Halloween_20.zip?dl=0

Friday, October 27, 2017

Family & Halloween 2017 freebie

Today is my grandson's birthday. Happy Birthday Tyler! Plan to go see him soon.
Went over to see my brother, Thom, and Roberta before going for a bone density scan. They have figured out that the POD will not hold everything they want to take back to Florida so they will have to make another trip up here. They will be headed home in about a week to do some de-cluttering in their home there so they can put their house on the market. That house was built in the 20's and it's a lot of upkeep. They haven't decided yet whether they will move some place else in Florida, move to North Carolina to be near their son, Bryan, or move back to Virginia. There was some talk about buying Dad's house but I doubt that will happen. We got a lot of stuff out yesterday and Roberta is going to call to arrange a pick-up of two sofas. Once those are out we will do some re-arranging of what's left, tagging the larger items we want and can't remove right now, then we will put up the house for sale sign. And the lawyer will get the Medicaid app in and we will see where things go from there. After my scan, I stopped back over and picked Thom and Roberta up so we could all go visit Dad.

Dad doesn't communicate much any more. We offered to take him outside to the courtyard for some fresh air but he was in bed and content to stay there. Did a little re-arranging in his room, trying to make things easier for him and Thom promised we would be back tomorrow. Don't know if I will be going back over as I have a lot of things I need to do here.

Anyway, you are here for more of Halloween 2017, aren't you? Today we will do witchy and I have a busy preview for you:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2l7cyfvdtkjux6/ws_Halloween2017_19.zip?dl=0

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Drop off duties and freebie

So tired. Major weather change here had me waking up with swollen eyes, stuffy head, and tight chest. Hot shower helped a lot. Paid bills. That's a never ending task. Went over to Dad's house and Thom loaded my car up with stuff to go to Salvation Army store. Roberta and I got all that taken care of, then headed over to Sam's Club for a few things. Thom stayed at the house to contact Terminix about the dehumidifer under the house which is running constantly. He's going to handle closing out Dad's credit card accounts. I would never have given that a thought but in chatting with Kristy the subject came up. Thanks for that tip! Took a little break at Sam's for drinks and pretzels and after shopping called it a day. Came home to the smell of eggplant frying; waiting for Eggplant Parmesan to come out of the oven.

And today's zip is batty:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y6l0yopn4kl8t2z/ws_Halloween2017_18.zip?dl=0

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Midweek and things are so-so + freebie

Today my husband and I went over to Dad's house to help Thom and Roberta go through more stuff. Thom was in bed with pain issues. My husband and I picked up some things that had been set aside for us. Thought my SIL looked like she could stand a break so suggested we go on a TJ Maxx and Marshall's run. Roberta loves herbal tea (I brought over a baggie of various types for her), we both are interested in essential oils and both stores often have things we can't find elsewhere. Took Roberta to lunch at Olive Garden before shopping. I found a soap bar that combines pink clay and rose essence, and picked up a new bottle of tea tree oil. I don't care for the scent but it is very useful. Roberta found a ginger tea (she loves ginger) and got some lavender oil. Did a lot of talking, both of us learning things we hadn't known previously. No word on Dad so will probably go over to see him tomorrow.

And for today we go with orange and black:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5hi8obywizksdwo/ws_Halloween_17.zip?dl=0

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Day out and freebie

Today I took time off from Dad matters to spend time with my husband. We went to see Tom Cruise's movie American Made. It was enjoyable. Afterwards we picked up some pepperoni bread at Glory's Bakery. Today my brother started tackling Dad's garage. Dad used to be so fastidious about it, everything in it's place and he hasn't been working in the garage for some time now due to health issues so I would have expected it to be mostly orderly. Not so. My brother said he brought in a shovel to clear the floor! He has been sorting out hand tools and power tools etc. all day. We talked about having a yard sale of the tool stuff he doesn't want. Tomorrow I will go back over, finish going through remaining photos, discuss yard sale idea, and do some more sorting and moving. Have a bunch of stuff ready to be loaded into my car and taken to Salvation Army. Just a few minutes ago the nursing home called to tell me Dad saw doc this morning because he is congested. He always has sinus trouble this time of year so that may be all there is to it but they are putting him on a decongestant for 2 weeks and doing nebulizer treatments. A chest x-ray will be taken in the morning to make sure nothing else is going on.

Tody we get away from purple and pick up some pumpkins in Halloween 2017:
The double frame was cut from vintage party plates. I think it works.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x65fohpfgw43mha/ws_Halloween-16.zip?dl=0

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday: Memories, Money & freebie

Today I went over to Dad's house to meet with my brother and his wife, Roberta. I took over a box into which I had emptied Dad's safe contents months ago. At the time, the safe was unlocked and I couldn't locate the combination so felt it safer to move contents out of an empty house in case of break-in. Some time after that, I found a copy of the safe combination which I copied today and took over. I'd long ago sorted out the important papers stored there to accomplish legal matters. What remained in the box were a few nice pieces of Mom's jewelry and Dad's coin and silver certificate collection. We were both agreeable when it came time to divide the money items and that worked out pretty evenly with just a couple items we need to have assessed. There were two tiny ruby rings (Mom's birthstone) so we each took one to hold for our grand-daughters. That left the 50th anniversary diamond ring (marquise stones) and a lovely string of pearls. We decided we will have those items assessed for value and, if possible, sell them to put money in Dad's nursing fund.

Next came boxes and boxes of the loose photos Dad had removed from frames and albums. My brother has some memory problems due to his strokes so didn't recognize some photos, especially early photos of people he did know in more recent shots. There were lots of photos of people neither of us knew, bad shots and so on that went into one pile. Photos of his family and him as a child in another, photos of my family and younger me in another. Some photos of our parents had duplicates or similar poses as did some of our grandparents. But there was a large pile of photos we would both like to have and will have copies made of. I wrote names and approximate dates on the backs of the photos to help Thom. Finally at 6 p.m. I had to call a halt since John expected me for dinner at that time.

Tomorrow I will be taking a break from the sorting as I have a "date" with my husband for movie and dinner out. A good day for Thom to look into those appraisals and go see Dad again. Funny how taking a stroll down memory lane can be so tiring.

Today more purple but with a skeleton theme:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c28p2x2zxi67vpz/ws_Halloween2017-15.zip?dl=0

Saturday, October 21, 2017

On the home front and Saturday freebie

Yesterday my brother and his wife went to see Dad. Earlier today when we talked about that visit, it was clear he was delusional at times. He told them his girlfriend had died and he was a pallbearer. They didn't know what to say and then he said, But I know that's not true because she is here. (In same nursing home as he is - Not) He also said he'd been walking up and down the halls and would be starting physical therapy again soon. He cannot walk unassisted and barely then. No more physical therapy. Naturally my brother was disturbed.

We've made some progress on the house, but there is so much to be done! I'm going over tomorrow to work most of the day. Today was devoted to getting ready for dinner with our grandson who was home from college for a few days. My husband made Tyler's favorite meal - chicken parmesean with a side dish of spinach and potatoes cooked with garlic and a little olive oil. Afterwards, we watched baseball together as we talked bcause my husband's favorite baseball team, the Yankees, was in playoffs. Tyler will head back to University of South Carolina tomorrow but we plan to see him the end of the month around the time of his birthday.

Today's zip of Halloween 2017 is a little bump in the night with ghost and costumed character of the grim reaper.

Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/acilfo87jr60hbk/ws_Halloween2017_14.zip?dl=0

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday freebie

It's about 3:30 a.m. and I just got home from visiting with brother and his wife over at Dad's house. The delay getting here this time was need for SIL to have emergency oral surgery for an abcess. It was bad enough to require a bone graft! Will be spending most of day with them today, visiting Dad and working in the house. Thom has already done a good bit of sorting and throwing out stuff. Much more to do.

Here is your freebie:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xu9qm15m155df3a/ws_Halloween_13.zip?dl=0

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday freebie

Doesn't it figure? Everything is happening at once. Grandson Tyler was supposed to get in from college last night; we expect a call telling us which night he will be coming for the chicken parm dinner hubby promised him. My friend, Joyce is due in tomorrow from North Carolina. She's coming in to stay with our friend, Mary (Queen of our Red Hat group) and go to an event. Hoped to meet with her for lunch while she is here but my schedule is going to be tight for awhile. Brother Thom and his wife, Roberta, got into town last night. Have no idea what the delay was but they want to meet to discuss all that needs doing at Dad's house. Today I have to focus on cleaning my house because it's awful. Got to at least get the front (visible) part done.

So, here is today's zip:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ac67e6mv0lkva9l/ws_Halloween2017-12.zip?dl=0

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Midweek freebie of Halloween 2017

The background paper will work nicely for any fall related page, don't you think? Inside the zip you will also find a png of the tambourine I put in the child's hand.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iyli18w0f33rw4e/ws_Halloween2017-11.zip?dl=0

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's all about the candy . . . (freebie)

* Sorry about error - link fixed

Today I'm grateful for cooler temperatures. Would have been a good day to go to Dad's house and work but I just wasn't up for it. Feel exhausted and sure, some of it is this cold, but I think it's mostly weariness of heart. I know, just have to suck it up and do what needs doing. Sometimes easier said than done. Have a regular folowup with my primary care doc tomorrow - typical blood tests and so forth - and will talk to him about this exhaustion but doubt he will find anything amiss. Among other things, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Immune Disorder Syndrome years ago - it has a new name now - and that seems to go hand in hand with fibro so maybe that's what's going on. At heart, I think this malaise is probably more about not being able to do more for Dad and feeling abandoned by my brother and his wife. I'm at the point right now that if they do call, I really don't want to talk to them. Don't want more excuses and I sure don't want to hear what a nice visit they are having with my nephew's family and how Bryan has taken them here or there or whatever. That sounds petty on my part but at least I'm being honest. That's the end of my whining - for today at least - and on to something more cheerful.

Dressing up for Halloween is fun but it's really all about the candy, isn't it? So sad that the world has gotten so ugly we fear our children going door to door, even in our own neighborhood. And parents must warn children not to eat a thing until the parent carefully examines everything a child brings home. I'm old enough to remember being invited into known neighbor's houses to rest a bit and have some punch and a cupcake or cookies before going on to collect more candy. We would get whole chocolate bars, not minis. (The price on chocolate this year is crazy!) It seems we'd have candy for weeks. Our Moms insisted on taking a portion and setting it aside (hiding it lol) for a later time. Everyone got into the act, with adults dressing up to escourt their children around. Now it's illegal many places for anyone over 12 to wear costumes on the street. One Halloween when I was in elementary school my Uncle Bobby (Dad's eccentric, artsy younger brother) dolled up his Volkswagon Beetle with lips and eyelashes; he and his wife dressed up as Beatniks and drove around everywhere. Another time, when I was in high school and had a Halloween party (where I met my husband for the first time), Uncle Bobby showed up on stilts dressed as a goul. He was such fun! But I'm babbling. Here is your zip of Halloween 2017:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ymlshwubfjbz25/ws_Halloween2017_10.zip?dl=0

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dreary Monday and freebie

Weather is wonky - drizzling and grey, cooler temps at night. Spent a croupy night, chest tight and coughing. Hot tea, essential oils, steamy shower. Finally got some sleep after 10 a.m. Ditching on dinner out with hubby's fellow retirees. Now just have to figure out what we will have for dinner.

Today we have one of a pack of borders I created when I thought that and papers were all I was going to do.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hwmf4gwejik6685/ws_Halloween2017-9.zip?dl=0

Thought for today with thoughts of Kristi and her current situation:
You are doing all you can with great love but don't neglect yourself.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Late post for Saturday freebie

Once again, I'm seriously late. Yesterday (Saturday) went to visit my Dad and take him a few things. He looked good, was sitting up, watching TV. That went smoothly. Went over to his house and worked several hours, boixng clothing for thrift store, boxing up movies that might sell at a yardsale, cleaning out drawers in the main bathroom vanity. Stopped at store to pick up a few items. Came home in drizzle, damp to skin, with a headache coming on. Gave up and went to bed. By the time I got up and ate a little cereal, it was near midnight.

Here is Saturday zip with a wonderfully spooky ghost courtesy of Creative Intenionz:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pv6zzk041qnujty/ws_Halloween2017-8.zip?dl=0

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday freebie Halloween 2017_7

It's rainy and gloomy. Can't seem to get it together today. Got the Blues bad! Anyway, today being Friday the 13th, I guess I should have planned for black cats but we've got witches instead.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uxhmgfa1fdm5z31/ws_Halloween2017_7.zip?dl=0

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rainy Thursday, another headache and more of Halloween 2017

Quick post. Nice to hear you are enjoying Halloween 2017. I appreciate your comments. Today I've got another owl for you owl lovers:
{And google won't let the preview post! Will try again later 5 attempts enough for now.)
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/23rrfopyodzxk2q/ws_Halloween2017_6.zip?dl=0
Finally able to load preview! See above.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Midweek and freebie

Leaving in a few minutes for nursing home visit and then will be going by Dad's house to do some work. Here is today's post:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jadp4h5jvovb44l/ws_Halloween2017-5.zip?dl=0

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

After midnight so Tuesday freebie

Lost another day to headache. Today I'll have to double up on things early on as we will meet with Sissy & John for dinner. No word yet from brother. I assume they are in NC, but who knows? I'm so overwhelmed by condition my home is in that I'm fantasizing about tossing everything out, having a demolition cleaning team come in while I escape somewhere and then coming back to start over. Keep telling myself it didn't get like this overnight and isn't going to improve overnight. Then I have to add in visiting Dad time and taking care of all his stuff. One day things will be better, right?

I know I'm all over the place with the Halloween kit but it's all Halloween and should somehow work together.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/su66blnzung5qua/ws_Halloween2017_4.zip?dl=0

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday freebie of Halloween 2017

Not feeling well (lightheaded & don't know why) so was going to post Monday early (not quite 11 pm Sunday now) and just saw that Friday and Saturdays posts are no where to be found! Not even a case of forgetting to "publish." The drafts aren't even there & I remember previewing and publishing both! I don't have any idea what happened.

Forgetting any message there might have been to go with pieces of Halloween 2017, here is Fruday's zip:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hqm7xyvfkrzzeib/ws_Halloween2017_1.zip?dl=0
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3klepph4c5prj8g/ws_Halloween2017_2.zip?dl=0
And Monday's:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fsajkdc7s79zjkq/ws_Halloween2017_3.zip?dl=0

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Last day of Boho Baby freebie

This is it - last day of Boho Baby:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/og5oeultbg3k0l5/ws_BohoBaby_30.zip?dl=0

Tomorrow we begin with a Halloween kit. No fancy title, just going with Halloween 2017. Typical colors. Finished Sandy's lapghan last night and started a messy bun hat for Robin, one of our pharmacists. I'm off to go back to Dad's and work, then come home and do more work. Relaxation today will be watching Big Bang Theory and crocheting. Oh and packing up first zip of Halloween kit for tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mid week & freebie

Got a few things done yesterday but not all I'd planned. Went to post office with a packed envelope of papers to send to paralegal and a stack of bills ready to go out. Had solved the mystery of APS retirement vs New York Life retirement checks. Don't know how the paralegal missed it but I had too. The check stub from New York Life clearly reads APS pension plan/retirement check! So that one stub we had reading APS from December 2016 was just a summary of benefits paid that year. The paralegal kep putting it down in calculations as a $300+ check he received monthly. I suppose because who can imagine only getting $56/month as pension payment? But APS, which my husband remembered stood for Auto Parts Services (or did he say Systems?) - anyway that company went bankrupt soon after my father retired and it seems New York Life picked up the pieces of the pension plan. They must have done some investing because the most recent check stub shows that this year so far they have paid out more than $500.

I stopped by Dollar Tree on my way to my parents house and was able to pick up a few small boxes. I started by tagging a few things I know are going to various family members. Then I went into the "car room" and started going through a couple stacks of papers to see if they were something I needed to keep or trash. The only things not trash were some tax assessments on the house and paperwork for the covered gutter system Dad had installed a few years back. Next I cleaned out the desk drawers and filled boxes with adding machine tape (there's an adding machine somewhere in the house), scratch pads and post-it notes etc. When I ran out of small containers to box the stuff up, I put the other small office supplies in the long top drawer. Took a couple boxes back to Dad's bedroom and boxed up outwear Tee shirts, bagged clean but used undies & socks for thrift store.

Next I decided to gather up family photos. Thom and I had discussed seeing stacks of frames in the bottoms of the closets in my old bedroom and the car room. I began pulling out those in the car room. The majority of the frames were empty! Started boxing those up. Found my paternal grandparent's 50th anniversary album and the album I made my parents for their 50th and set those aside. The only photos I found in frames were a couple from my brother's wedding, a small collage with his boys, and a double frame with my son's graduation photo on one side and wedding photo of John and I on the other. Put the ones for my brother on the bed he'll use when visiting and mine in a bag to take home. I was especially looking for a photo of my mother taken when she was 16 for her piano recital. So beautiful. It used to be on the dresser in my old room but was moved at some point. Figured I'd find it in the closet there. Pulled out more empty frames! No clue to what Dad did with the photos that used to be in them. I wasn't feeling well - stomach pain again - and began to get upset over the missing photos. Why had he taken them out of their frames? What did he do with them? If he didn't want them, why didn't he ask me if I did? He's asked me about other stuff he wanted to remove - odd things. I would have said yes. Suddenly I was sweating and it was only 71 degrees in the house. I had planned to go to the bank to deposit a check and get funds, drop off my mortgage payment, and stop at the grocery store for a few things. Started having bad reflux with acid coming up in my throat and serious headache. Had to come home and go to bed. Pretty well ended my day, once again unable to do much more than sip water.

Today is better but then I slept in late because I was up and down all night. Deb, your suggestions about the buttermilk were right on target. And, as it turned out, my husband had made buttermilk pancakes for his breakfast and saved some batter for me. He was happy to make it for me when I got up and they were so good! I've only had buttermilk pie once when I was at a tearoom in Richmond but a dear friend who was with me had given me her recipe for it. Wanda said their mother used to make it often when they lived in West Virginia. Thanks to Deb's suggestion, I'm going to pull that recipe out and get busy.

We are supposed to pick up Sissy and John E. and go for Chinese buffet tonight. To be honest, I'd rather stay home and do liquids but if I don't go, my husband won't and everyone's plans are ruined. Guess I will make a show of craving wonton or egg drop soup and then get a little rice. Afraid to do anything heavy.

Finally, here is another Boho Baby zip:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oyunfytxgmruaua/ws_BohoBaby_29.zip?dl=0

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cooking adventures, clearing things up & freebie

It's about 1 am here and I'm still up because of an upset tummy. Hope to get a lot done tomorrow so going ahead to post. A few days ago we came across a copycat recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken, something my husband really enjoys. I can't eat it because of the MSG - makes me deathly ill. We decided we would try to make the recipe minus the MSG. That is, my husband would attempt it. First quandary was would the breading stick to skinless, boneless chicken breasts? Thought of a fix for that, mixed up all the spices etc. Recipe suggested cooking in a pressure fryer. We have a pressure cooker that includes a fryer basket and is supposed to be able to fry stuff. Getting the oil to the proper temperature recommended was a bit of a problem. Got it all going and after a while it smelled good. When it came time to remove the chicken and put the fries in the new crisper in the oven, I could hear my husband grumbling. He had taken the chicken out and put it on a rack to cool down and drain but it looked awful. Oil soaked with a gooey coating. Don't want to tell you what my first thought was when I saw it. He scraped off the coating and tested the chicken. It was done and had flavor so once the coating was removed, he deemed it edible. One disappointment. As for the crisper, I was cooking frozen fries meant for oven prep. I can't see where there was any improvement over just cooking them on a foil covered baking sheet. Weren't supposed to have to turn the fries with the crisper but might have helped. Disappointment two. Fixed a veg and sat down to eat. We both ate the portion of chicken we had on our plates but agreed it was too salty and oily. My husband isn't one to throw food away but he told me we weren't going to bother with the rest of it. He said he is looking forward to safe, leftover goulash tomorrow.

Re-read Thom's message and it made a little more sense. Then he called and told me what happened. His doctor had made arrangements with a facility in West Virginia to fill his pump. He and Roberta had driven as far as North Carolina and stopped to see their son and family. Thom got a little nervous because there have been problems with pump refills before so called to confirm they had all the required information and were ready for him. They said they never got the information his doctor sent. So he called her and she contacted the facility again and this time was told they would not refill a pump for a patient who did not live in their state! My nephew paid to fly his parents back to Florida so Thom could get his meds. They plan to fly back to North Carolina on Friday, spend a couple days with son, DIL, and grandkids, pick up their car and drive up here. We talked a little about clearing out Dad's house and how things are. Explained I'd been ill a good part of September and am feeling overwhelmed. Even the simplest things I have to do for Dad's fiances and Medicaid application get complicated. And meanwhile, I'm not getting my own stuff done.

Now, having complained yet again, I'll give you more Boho Baby.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/woatdcii1byl3z4/ws_BohoBaby_28.zip?dl=0

Guess I'll be dreaming about what to do with the rest of this buttermilk hubby bought for the chicken recipe. Biscuits sure but what else?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday & already behind for the week + freebie

I seem to be slipping in terms of getting posts published. First I didn't get Saturday's post out on time because I forgot to push publish button and walked away. Then I just wrote a little chat note yesterday and today I see I hadn't published that either. Not that it makes any difference but still. Lots on my mind.

Went to see Dad yesterday but he was determined to sleep even though I tried to wake him a couple times as he's told me to do. Cleared out all the phone messages he ignores and discovered one was important; have to see to that today. Went by Walmart and picked up signs for garage sale and house for sale. Both have to happen this month. Tried to contact my brother by email. He wrote back something about having been in West Virginia but had to fly home to get his pump refilled and would call me in a few days. West Virginia? Guess I'm confused as he had said he and his wife would be coming here in September to help me with Dad's stuff. Not hearing any more from him, I'd assumed he was ill and that was why they didn't call or come here. Yes, I had a moment of hurt and anger. But there is probably some great explanation, right?

Anyway, here is more of Boho Baby. One of you had suggested I do some babies in Halloween costumes but I didn't feel I was up to the task. However, I did come across some free vectors of costumed babies and I'm including them.
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ql9ntbgxgons4r6/ws_BohoBaby_27.zip?dl=0

Sunday afternoon - just talking

I'm really sorry about yesterday's post not publishing on time. And because I was thinking 30 days hath September when I started putting Boho Baby together, I've got 30 zips. Didn't think to take out the Sundays I don't post. Anyway, 4 more zips - just elements. I think 46 papers is more than enough, don't you? As for October, I've got discovered a stash of items I'd been putting together for a Halloween pack sometime before I stopped selling. So, it looks like you will get a Halloween kit after all. I know some of you may not celebrate Halloween and I understand that. However, before you tune me out, let me tell you two things: 1) I don't do gory; 2) I don't do Satanic. Now there might be some witches but as in those who practice an old nature religion, not devil worship. Oh, there might be some minor scary like skeletons. Not a problem, I hope. Anyway, there should be some solids, bows, and accents you could also use for autumn pages.

Have any of you gotten into this big trend of Red Copper cookware? When it started, I thought, big deal, probably a lot of hype. Sure, I know copper conducts heat well & I've had pans with copper bottoms (I still keep a tea kettle with copper bottom) but what a pain to keep clean. Before my father became so ill, he became impressed with the commercials and bought a small red copper frying panto make grilled sandwiches. But he never got around to prepping the pan. One day while over at his house picking up mail, I thought about the pan and decided to take it home and try it out. My husband cooked breakfast in it and was so impressed, it became the only skillet he'd use. Then he saw an ad for a big square pan with rack and fryer basket etc. He has been wanting a large pan with metal handles he can put in the oven, so he went out and bought one. It's been getting a lot of use. I've been doing french fries in the oven for some time, trying to cut back on frying, and began eyeing the copper crisper thing. Bought one today and will try it out in a day or so. In short, we're in on the copper cookware thing and would recommend it to anyone.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Last day of September and another Boho Baby freebie

Today is the last day of another month and Boho Baby is coming to an end. I've begun working on something for Halloween. I've done so many Halloween kits over the years that I just don't want to do a full fledged kit. What I've started to put together is a set of Halloween borders and some papers. Might do some clusters. Depends on if I get inspired and right now I am not. In addition to having been battling illness, I've been procrastinating on clearing out my parents home and getting it ready for sale. Dad isn't going to get better; the medical staff has been frank, saying that with diabetes, congestive heart failure and kidney disease, his condition is only going to deteriorate. And he's 88 years old. My brother hasn't even called me since letting me know they came through the hurricane alright. Time to face the fact that I am on my own. My brother has said he wants to go through Dad's tools to get what he wants before we put things up for sale. Dad also has a small bedroom that, since my mother's death, he has devoted to a car "museum" - the cars being a huge collection of scale model cars ranging from Matchbox cars to detailed models produced by the Franklin Mint. Plus all sorts of car related paraphernalia. We intend to contact the Children's Museum in Portsmouth to see if they would like the collection and could perhaps have a little sign saying donated by my father. My husband suggested we could go ahead and at least clear that room out but my brother has said he wants to pick out a few things from the collection to save for when his grandson is older. I don't know what Thom wants and he isn't making a move to either tell me what to put aside for him or get here and do it. It's frustrating.

But enough whining. Here is today's zip:
Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/h4a4u8dkzyi0z7r/ws_BohoBaby_26.zip?dl=0
***Sorry - I forgot to push the publish button last night after I previewed.