February 2, 2015
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW - The rain is slowly falling; the leaves shimmering in the wet of the day. But...wait! I think I see the sun trying to shine through the clouds, promising the remainder of the day to be beautiful - but, what is not beautiful about a rain-filled day!?
(And I have yet to hear the results of Groundhog Day)...
I AM THANKFUL - For loving, caring, sharing, encouraging friends!
IN THE KITCHEN - Chicken, macaroni salad, Hawaiian rolls, carrot cake, a last piece of coffee cake...all left from the weekend!
I AM WEARING - Crocs on barefeet; jeans; pj top...very comfy for a "stay at home" kind of day!
I AM CREATING - Creative juices flowed over the weekend at the scrapbooking retreat -
1) Made a handful of Valentine's Day cards for a "special" group...
2) Made a card from a design "map" and was one of two that won the card challenge!
3) Created a shadow box with dice, dominoes, a couple of cards, and some stickers and "shredded money"! Called it "We're in the money" because I put two little gingerbread-looking button characters on the top with a sticker that says "Winners"!
3) Also put together a few pages for my grandkids' pictures; and a couple for a Disney album we will be auctioning off at an event in May (more about that in an upcoming post, "Patriot Service Dogs").
Somebody took pictures of the second two items, and I will post as soon as they share them!
I AM GOING - No place - at least not today or tomorrow! Later in the week and month, things will get busy again...but for now...
I AM WONDERING - why my tummy hurts?!
I AM READING - "In the Shadow of the Cypress", a novel by Thomas Steinbeck, author of "Down to a Soundless Sea."
Information on the front flap of the book cover states: "Thomas Steinbeck has been praised by Publishers Weekly for his stylistic brilliance and 'accomplished voice'. Now, his enthralling novel blends history and suspense with literary mastery and brings vivid realism to California's rich heritage." So far, it has me intrigued with that history!
I AM HOPING - to get my stuff organized this week, and by that I mean...moved from the living room/dining room into my craft room where I can get it ready for another retreat in March!!
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO - a visit with my daughters on Wednesday, which is a half-day at school for my Kindergartner grandson; he will be excited when he gets out and sees his aunt and his cousin!!
I AM LEARNING - to accept the "gifts" others continually want to bestow on me: paying for my meals; paying for my retreat fee; giving me items they no longer need; giving me items they know I need...and none of them know the others have done this for me.
I need to learn to just say, "Thank you so much!" and not protest or "Oh, you don't have to do that"...it is their gift to me for being me!
And, I need to do the same in return to others...pay it forward!!
I AM HEARING - the news on TV, talking about Isis, etc. I want to tune it out! I know it's important world news; but do they have to keep talking about it?!
AROUND THE HOUSE - all of my "stuff"...as I said above!
I AM PONDERING - what to write for Fab-ruary 2nd on a "postcard from your ideal life"...hmmmmm?!
A FAVE QUOTE FOR TODAY - a quote from one of our fellow bloggers! Thank you, Asheritah!!
A FEW THINGS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK -
Monday and Tuesday - rest, relax, laundry, put stuff away, write, read...all at home!
Wednesday - visit with my two daughters and the grandkids!
Thursday - nothing planned yet!
Friday - maybe go scrapbooking just for the afternoon because I didn't finish everything over the weekend!
Saturday - celebrate grandson's 2nd birthday.
Sunday - Church, luncheon for the Deacons and babysit for daughter so she and hubby can go to a show.
A PEEK INTO MY DAY - on and off the computer where I am writing a few blog posts; washing, drying and folding laundry; reading others' posts and making comments (comments are so encouraging to all bloggers, right?!) Tonight we will eat leftovers that I brought home from the retreat...and find something on TV to watch with the hubby!
ADD A PICTURE (or two):
The room is ready for a large group of scrapbookers to arrive for the weekend!
And, too soon it was OVER!
None of the other pictures have been posted yet...but the difference from before, during and after is quite interesting to see!
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