Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas has come and gone...Had a wonderful day at my sister's house for the gift exchange. The best part was having my grandson with me for the day. I don't get to see him very often since he's going to school in AR, but he's home for Christmas break and he went with us to the family gathering. We had a great time of eating, visiting, playing board games and opening presents. It was pretty cool having all three great grandkids together for the first time. My grandson is 19; one sister's grandson is 7; the other sister's grandson is 6 months. A wide range of ages!! My mom would have loved to spend the time with these boys - her only great grandchildren.

Over the past few weeks I was so busy with Christmas preparations that I didn't spend much time on my scrapping and even less on my blog. Had lots of shopping, baking and researching to do. Now it's New Year's Eve with the start of a new year just a few hours away. I'm not making resolutions - never seem to be able to keep them so no need making them!  :)

However, now I plan to commit more time to my scrapping design. I have so many ideas that I don't know where to start. I hope to create freebies on a regular basis for my blog and my FB page. I want to do another collab with my Dezines2Amaze buddies and hopefully expand to other groups.

I had to skip the January Pixel Scrapper blog train since I was so busy with the holiday preparations; but we have another great one coming up in February and I do plan to join in!! We're voting on the colors this week. As soon as the decision is made I'll update you on the colors to expect in the next train.

Here's wishing you all a Happy New Year and good health in the coming year for you and your families.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Looks like we're in for a COLD winter in the northeast TX area! We had temps in the 20s and 30s for the past three days. Friday I woke up about 6:45 to no electricity. At least the house was pretty warm and as the day went on it didn't cool down too much until around 4:00. I had ordered pizza for lunch so I could have something hot - no electricity, no stove! With no TV or computer we drug out some games to play to pass the time. By 4:30 we decided we had to get out of the house and find a warm place to be...So after spending about 20 minutes digging my car out from under the ice my son and I went to Lowe's to find flashlights and, hopefully, a battery powered heater. No heater there. Went to Academy - they were closing so nothing there. Ended up at WalMart...they were sold out of the battery powered heaters, no ice scrapers or de-icer. We ended up getting a couple of battery powered lanterns so we could at least have lights in our rooms and tarps to cover the car.

I had been checking the progress of the power restoration all day and still at 6:00 it was unknown when we'd get power; but they did have an estimate of  7:00 pm. We got what we needed at WalMart and headed for Dairy Queen for steak finger baskets - another hot meal!! By the time we finally got home just a little after 7:00 we had electricity - yeaaaa. We unloaded everything; spent about 15-20 minutes getting a new tarp over the car. We got inside, got warm, then the electricity went out - AGAIN - TWICE!! I called and reported the outage - again. But it only stayed out a few seconds both times and has not gone out since.

Today the house is all warm and toasty, no ice on the car, plenty on the ground and in my beautiful trees which are bent over to the ground. But I have electricity; my stove works; my heater works; my electric blanket works!!

Now I'm ready to start my Christmas projects...

Don't forget to grab my part of the Pixel Scrapper blog train, Winter Wonderland, below and click on the link to find all the contributors and their parts of the train.

Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

At last count we had almost 50 contributors!! What a great train this is - lots of gorgeous kits!! Be sure to check it out...HERE

My part of the train is here...download link is below preview.

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Your next stop is Creative Bloom

I'm off to start my January blog train contribution now. It's going to be spectacular!!! Put it on your calendar and hop on board.