Saturday, October 11, 2014

An Apple Orchard Today...

An Apple Orchard today was good medicine.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's our day in pictures.

Sweet Tango Trail

Don't you just love this little fox? (Our grandson, Micah)

Thanks, Carrie and Mardo, for letting me use some of your pictures in this post, and for coming with us to the orchard.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014



Listening … our grandson say "Nana" and "oh-oh"

Watching ... our grandson walk around and around the kitchen island, the dining room table, the st
airway in between the dining room and living room, around the couch.... basically around anything he can get around

Eating … hummus with roasted peppers, and pretzel thins

Drinking... Diet Coke 

Wanting … to be content in every circumstance

Needing … to get more sleep

Thinking … I am so blessed to be married to my best friend

Wishing ... summer wasn't over; wishing I had the money to help my kids more; wishing I could be home more

Your turn - What are you currently doing?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Paperweights

Last year we remodeled our kitchen. In the process I ended up with several samples of granite and solid surfaces. So tonight I decided to make paperweights out of them. I used my Silhouette machine to cut some words out of vinyl. After sticking the words on the squares, I glued felt on the back using E6000 glue.
So easy - and so cute!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Survival Kits

Last week the teachers all came back to school for workshop week. We had 15 new employees, so I decided to make something to give them as a fun welcome gift. After searching for ideas on Pinterest, I decided to make survival kits.
Of course, I didn't get a picture of the final product - but here is the card I put with each gift.

I found plastic pencil boxes at Wal-Mart, and put all the items from the list in the boxes.

I made special boxes for the new secretaries.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Where did the month of August go?

Today is August 31. The last day of August. Tomorrow is Labor Day. Wow!
Where did August go?

I turned on the computer so that I could write a new post, and I realized that I haven't posted since the end of July. So it's time to reflect on what's happened in the last month. Here are the highlights:

  • My brother and his family visited us at the beginning of August. They live in Japan, and we hadn't seen them since 2010 - so we had a lot of catching up to do. 
  • The same weekend that Mark and his family came to Minnesota there was a 75th anniversary party for our aunt Velyma and uncle Laurry. It was so nice to see my family and extended family! 

  • Craig and I went camping the second weekend of the month. We went to Scenic State Park near Bigfork, MN. It's a beautiful state park.

We forgot our coffeemaker, and our old fashioned coffeepot, so we had to improvise.
The coffee was good!

We did a lot of biking. Our favorite part of the park was seeing all the huge trees - some of which are over 200 years old (according to the park ranger.)

  • Craig started working on the office in his shop with the help of a friend from church.

  • Most of the month, for me, was taken up with work. Every week was busier than the week before.  All the teachers came back last week, so there were lots of extra meetings, etc. So pretty much all I did last week was work.

  • Our grandson, Andrew, turned 8 years old in August. 

  • The very most exciting that happened in August was that our son-in-law, Mardo, got his visa so that he, our daughter Carrie, and their son Micah can move to Minnesota from Guatemala! They arrive this coming Friday. So we have been getting ready for them to be here. We moved furniture around downstairs. Craig worked on framing in the windows in the living room so he wouldn't have to do it after they come. And today we bought a crib. 

  • God taught me several lessons in August - about keeping my eyes on Him; about being a new person in Christ - all the time, every moment of every day living for Him; about paying more; and the list goes on. I am so thankful that He never gives up on me - I fail so often but He lifts me up, sets me on my feet, and encourages me to try again. 

I am looking forward to September, to see the blessings God has in store for us in the coming month. I hope you are too.

What are the highlights of your August?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flea Market, Silhouette and Mary Lou

Last weekend I went to a flea market in Crosslake, and I found a enamel cast iron skillet that was perfect for Mary Lou (our vintage camper.) So today I went out to find the perfect place to hang it. Craig and I found the place, but decided that I needed to add a little decoration to it.
So I got out my computer and my Silhouette machine, and created a vinyl design, which I then attached to the skillet. I just love my Silhouette!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quick Card Making

 Yesterday I wanted to make some cards. I went back to my board on Pinterest and found a card I wanted to try to make - but I decided right from the beginning to make more than one of the same style. So I picked out paper for 5 cards - first I cut the two background papers. Then I punched out the stars with a punch from Creative Memories. I picked out cardstock for the card, and I found stamps with sayings that would fit on the card. I assembled all five cards, and then got out my box of embellishments and found some buttons and gems to put in the centers of the star. After attaching them, I was done. I know that making 5 cards of the same design took way less time than making five different cards... and it was fun to make them each unique with my choices of papers, stamps and embellishments. (If you want to see my inspiration from Pinterest, click here.)