Friday, May 8, 2015


It's after Noon and I am waiting for the Big Bown truck to arrive with my Stampin' UP! preorder!!!  I keep walking to the window looking to see if he's coming.  "Nope, not yet",  as my Granddaughter keeps saying.

Normally, the UPS truck arrives around Noon, so of course I am getting antsy!! But, when it's a holiday or a special day coming up, they seem to be a lot busier and that may be the reason he's a little later than normal.  Sigh.
Last time he came, it was nearly 4pm.

So, while I am waiting to give you a sneak peek at the catalog cover, I will show you a card I demonstrated on Thursday.
 The color didn't photo well, for some reason, but I used the Wildflower Meadow background stamp (W #129165, C #129168) (retiring in June) and Pistachio Pudding card stock (I am going to MISS this color).  I embossed the Wildflower Meadow stamp onto Pistachio Pudding card stock using a Versamark pad and white EP.

Then, I stamped and embossed two flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set (W #130939, C #130942) and three flowers from the Petite Petals (W #133152, C 133155) stamp set and punched them out using the Pansy punch (130698) and the Petite Petals (133322) punch.

It was easy to just add them to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then, I just added pearls to the centers.

Such a quick and easy easy card and I can't wait to try out some of the newer "In Colors" using another background stamp with this same idea.

Still's 1:33 pm so I'll jump back online and share a photo of the catalog when it gets here!!

I'm off to make lunch!!

UPS did come, but not till around 4:30 PM.  Here is the sneak peek at the catalog!!

My Granddaughter was pretty excited to be here when the catalog arrived so I let her hold it up so I could take a picture of it.

This was before I went through and put all my blue 'flags' on each page ;-)

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Our little hike

rimrock springs view from the trail

Sunday, May 3rd, we took a nice drive and ended up at one of our favorite places to take a nice 1/2 hour or so hike.

Is this gorgeous or what?  My photo didn't turn out this clear so I copied one off of the internet.  This is just one of the many views you will see on this 1.75 mile hike.

And, here is the link to read more about this wonderful little hike.

And a map should you be so inclined to stop and take this short walk.

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Zoey, David and Annie enjoying a rest on the observation deck.
Walking up the unpaved trail.
Can't remember the name of this 'hill'.

The 'hill'  is called Haystack

Another view of the surrounding area

Later that day, we took a drive out to the overlook at Lake Billy Chinook so we could take a photo David and I for David's Mom for Mother's Day.  Nothing like waiting till the last minute, huh??

We were treated to a full moon on the way back to our house.

 Wish I was a better photographer, as it was an absolutely gorgeous night and that full moon was awesome!!!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Oh where, oh where has the time gone??

Good Morning,

I can't believe it's been over a month and a half since my last post.  Where on earth does the time go??

Hmmm, let's see...since March 17th our dog, Annie, turned 11 years old.
Can hardly believe that.

We took a trip over to Springfield, OR to visit our Son and loved seeing the pass completely clear of snow, the entire way!!!  That is basically unheard of that time of year.  We usually at least see snow on the sides of the road.

We've had a really unusual winter/spring in that we have had almost summer like weather and it just continues!!!   Have to admit, I have been enjoying it, but not sure where this will leave us come mid to late summer time when the lack of irrigation water may become an issue.  They are already talking about farmers being put on a water restriction for their crops.

I got new glasses and a new haircut.  I went to a new gal and she cut my hair WAY TOO I hibernated in the house for a couple of weeks ;-)  It's growing out, now, to about the length I like and it's time for another hair cut...but I think I'll have her just barely trim it, this time.  I believe in giving a new hair stylist a few times to get to know my likes and dislikes and to build up communication....before I decide to keep going or not.

Our Granddaughter, Zoey, came to visit us in mid April and is still here.  We have so enjoyed having her here.

We puppy sat our Son's dog for 9 days.  Oh wait, NOW I remember one of the reasons I haven't posted...LOL   I had completely forgotten how much time a puppy takes out of your day.  He is a cutie....but cute only takes him SO FAR.

After a long 3 month break from stamping, I finally started stamping again and finished my Card Buffet for May.  And, I got a sneak peek at the new catalog coming out in June!!  You are going to love it!!!

Here are the new In Colors for 2015-2017

I'm not quite sure about the bright green, but I am certain that after I start creating, it will grow on me.  I have to admit, though, I will miss the retiring In Colors.

Yesterday, we demonstrators were given the opportunity to pre-order some of the new items coming out in the new catalog.  Of course, there were only pre-selected we couldn't just order whatever we wanted out of the new catalog.  But, it's ok, June is right around the corner!!  Catalogs should be here mid to late May.  If you have ordered from me in the past 6 months or so, you will be receiving one.  If you would like one and aren't a regular customer or haven't ordered for quite a while, they are just $7.50 including shipping.  Just send me a quick e-mail and I will get one out to you when they arrive.

As demonstrators, if we took advantage of the pre-order, they include one in our order.  YEAH!!!!  Although I was able to preview the catalog online, I still can't wait to get my hands on my very own copy so I can begin making check marks on the items I want.

As soon as it arrives, I can take a photo of someone holding the catalog....but per SU policy, I cannot post photos of what's inside till it is released.

Of course, I CAN post photos of what I make with the new products I ordered.

Stay tuned ;-)

Have a fabulous day!!!  And, remember to take time to Paws N Stamp!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Berry Basket how fun!!!

                                   Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

For those of you that are Irish, have a touch of Irish or just enjoy celebrating the day!

When Sale A Bration first started, I fell in love with the Berry Basket #137366, but priced at $37.95, I just could not justify buying it when I thought that would probably only use it during Spring/Summer.  So, I didn't.

Then, there were a boatload of ideas on Pinterest and I oooohed and aaaaahed, but still couldn't bring myself to purchase it.  I saw all the cute ideas my Up-line did with the Bigz Die, but still maintained my stance.  NO, I was not ordering something I might not use all the time and that only had one make a berry basket!

Well, the other day, I was trying to think of something FUN my Granddaughter and I could do when she comes to visit and of course, stamping is always at the top of the list with her.  Then, I thought of those berry baskets.

I thought, HEY....we could make baskets to fill  and give to people.  She would have a blast doing that. So, I gave in and ordered the Berry Basket (as Sale A Bration ends the end of March) and the stapler.  It's a Bigz die, so it will last for a long, long time!!!

Of course, since the order came to over $50, I was able to choose a Sale A Bration item for FREE!!!

I don't know if you have seen this darling little basket or not, but here is a YouTube video explaining how to put it together.  So easy and FUN!!

I just now, while I was typing,  got a notification that my order has YEAHHH!!!  I just ordered it, yesterday!

I'm hoping that this little gem will get me out of my stamping funk!!!

Our Granddaughter always comes to visit for about 6 weeks in the summer months, so I started calling it Camp Grandma.  A few weeks before she is scheduled to come, I send her a little flyer saying "Camp Grandma" will be open soon and then list a few of the things that we'll be doing while she is here.   She calls me and is so excited!!

I think (no, I know) I look forward to her visit as much as she does.  I spend weeks making out a loose agenda that we will follow.  She is SO easy to please.

She is special needs so I have to take some things into consideration, as she can do most anything but not all things.

I mentioned painting rocks to her the other day, on the phone, and she went silent.  I could just imagine if she was wondering if her Grandma had lost her marbles....LOL  But, I think if I show her what I am talking about, she'll think it's fun!

I am checking out some other activities and crafts we can do while she is here.
Glow-in-the Dark Stepping Stone Kit

I saw this kit, at Hobby Lobby, and am thinking of ordering it for her to make her Dad for Father's Day.

Of course, it can say anything, but the wording here was just for demonstration purposes, ;-)

Our area is known for it's outside activities both in summer and winter and it's breweries.....but since we aren't really into skiing, snowboarding, biking, running, hiking, water sports or into beers and wines.....we find it so hard to find things, other than movies, eating out and shopping, that we can go and do.   And, we don't have amusement parks or too many other activities like that unless we drive a few hours one way or the other.

But, I am determined!!

Any suggestions???  Love to hear them!!

Have a fantastic day!!!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Day before St Patty's Day

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and since I am part Irish, I'll acknowledge the day but we don't go over the top.  We'll have Cabbage and potatoes and that's about it.    I don't necessarily like corned beef. :-( 

Anyone have any St Patrick Day plans?

In trying to take better care of myself, I am spending a lot of time reading a lot of books.  Oh my gosh, it's SO confusing.  One person/Dr/Authority will tell you to do one thing.  Another person that has credentials will tell, that's all wrong, you need to do it this way....and yet, another will tell you something totally different.

So, with all the conflicting advice just how does one go about figuring out what is best for them and not cause themselves further anguish?

So, I guess I will just keep checking out books on eating programs and try and figure it out by guess and by golly.

No matter which book I read, though, someone has lost weight and got healthier on their choice of eating plan.

I checked out a cook book by Bob Harper off of The Biggest Loser and he has a some Skinny Rules for sticking to a healthy eating program,  some of which include:

Drink a large glass of water before every meal, eat protein at every meal, slash  your intake of refined flours and grains, Eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day, Eat apples and berries every single day, and other rules.  They are easy enough to follow, that's for sure and make sense.  

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I tried a couple of recipes from his cookbook and the egg white omelet left a lot to be desired.  Now, I read online where he isn't Vegan he uses whole egg and just adds an extra egg white or two.  Wish I had seen that BEFORE I had that tasteless   Especially, since I am trying to cut out salt.
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I also got several books from our library about the DASH diet.... written by different authors.  I am slowly making my way through them.

I bought a few books from Amazon this past week  Since I haven't started reading them yet, I can't tell you if they are similar to the other books or somewhat different.
I got some books from Amazon, today.  
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"Sweet Grace, how I lost 250 pounds and stopped trying to earn God's favor" by Teresa Shields Parker.  

"Sweet Change" by the same author.
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"Spiritual Secrets to a Healthy Heart" by Kara Davis, MD

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"Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss" by Kara Davis, MD

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Plus, I have some other books that I have purchased over the years all telling how they lost weight and kept it off and how they changed their diets.

The Engine House Diet, Paleo, McDougal Diet, Wheat belly diet (which I did awesome on, felt better and my numbers went almost to normal...but we just couldn't seem to stay ON it because of our budget) and I was constantly cooking or baking.

Some of them, I KNOW I will just never do.  I won't what's the point?  I love I would rather eat them than drink them.

I know we can't afford some of the programs out there that help you lose I am asking for God's help in finding just the one that works for me and my own health issues and one that will fit in with our budget.

Of course, with any weight loss program, you also have to exercise.  I have some "Walk Away the Pounds" tapes by Leslie Sansone that I have had for years and so this week, I got them out and dusted them off  and began exercising.  Slow but sure!!

As you can tell, I am pretty obsessed with figuring out how to get my health back to a more normal state but I have a list of things that I want to post one day at a time!!

I did place a SU order, today, and hope that will jump start me into stamping again!!  I really need to, and I will.....step by step!!

Have a great day!!!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What a weekend

We had originally planned on going to the Central Oregon Sportsman's show at the fairgrounds on Saturday but David was busy working on our fence gate, changing it from one gate into two.  And, wouldn't you know it, I didn't think to take a 'before' photo.  But, essentially, there was just one gate and David changed it to where it now opens with two gates.

His reasoning was to make it easier to get his Ford Ranchero out more easily so he could work on it.  I can't wait till he starts getting that back together.

This was a photo of it when it was still running.  This was taken when we lived out in Fort Rock, OR.

Anyway, getting back to Saturday, we opted to stay home and go to the Sportsman's Show on Sunday.

Sunday came and he wanted to work a little bit longer on the gate, so I did some odds and ends around the house and then he came in to get ready and I asked him if he really wanted to go (as he seemed like he was more interested in his project) and he said, "Not really, but I thought YOU wanted to go".  Why on earth would "I" want to go to a Sportsman's Show! LOL   That being said, I can usually find something of interest at any kind of show.  Actually, they had dog competitions for jumping into a pool and I thought that would have been fun to watch.

I have been looking for things to go and do these past couple of months and when I saw this show coming up, I figured he would enjoy the Sportsman's show so I picked up a couple of discount tickets.  So, all along, he thought I wanted to go so he was just going to go to please me.  Too funny!  Communication is such a great tool!!!  Too bad we don't use it more often :-)

So we decided to stay home and just watch a movie later.

I started an early dinner.  And, as I was fixing dinner, I started to feel a little light I took my blood sugar, just to check, and it was GREAT!!  I still wasn't feeling quite right and was unsteady so for some reason, I decided to check my BP (I am supposed to do that from time to time and log it, but ...I forget).  :-(This is like the Blood Pressure machine I use.  Too bad that isn't my blood pressure, but it's not.

I came out and told David that it was 208/112 and he said, wait a little bit and take it I did and it was he said, get in the car, you are going to the ER.  WHAT?  I wanted to wait to see if it would come down but he insisted.  Just so you know, I DO NOT like hospitals!!

They admitted me, to ER, right away, and took my BP and it was 217/100.

The Dr. came in and spoke with me, asking a ton of questions.  He ordered several tests to rule out any other problems that may have caused that spike in my BP....EKG, Cat scan, Xrays and blood work (another thing I hate...NEEDLES).  Thankfully, the guy that took my blood was really good and he got 5vials.

They gave me a blood pressure pill and kept monitoring my BP and after about 4 hours, when my BP was more stabilized at 172/90, he sent me home with instructions to see my Dr within two weeks.

So, now....where does that leave me on trying to get my blood pressure and blood sugars down with diet and exercise alone?  Sigh!

I still have no clue as to what caused my blood pressure to zoom up like that!  It was a perfect day, restful....I was enjoying the beautiful sunny day and just relaxing and doing things I enjoyed.

Yesterday, I gave in, and went and had my prescription filled at Wal Mart.  I was still feeling a little woozy so didn't even feel like doing any walking around Wal Mart, so I texted my younger Son to see if he wanted to meet up for lunch.  We had a good visit and then I went to Petco with Annie and we got her favorite treats.

She absolutely LOVES that store.  And, of course, she had to go around and sniff and check out employee asked if he could give her a treat so I told her to give him a high 5, first, and she did and of course, he got a huge kick out of that.

Back to Walmart to pick up my prescription and then took off for home.  What a gorgeous drive back home....all our beautiful mountains!!!  I never tire of seeing them.

I am feeling a little overwhelmed with the changes in my health, as I thought I was doing so great with my diet........but then I remembered the Bible Study I am doing and the book I am reading and have decided to remain positive that I'll eventually get it all figured out.

Tomorrow is another day!!

Step by Step, Inch by Inch!!!

Have a great day!!!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ok, so where were we?

Happy Saturday!!

It figures, I decide to get back to blogging and I come down sick.  But, the good thing is that it only lasted a couple of days.  And, it wasn't really bad enough to keep me down.

I have been so engrossed in my new book and workbook that I haven't done much else besides housework, anyway.

The book is called, "Why Diets Don't Work" by Joyce Tilney.  I am only on chapter 2 of the book/workbook so won't go into much detail at this time, but it's helping me to understand some things about 'why' I am fat. Not so much overeating but the reason I overeat.  It's definitely from a different perspective than most books, and I guess that's why I like it.

I am not rushing through the book/workbook, just taking a day or two to do each chapter and even more if I feel I need to reread it and let it sink in.

It's just so mind boggling how many books are out there.....I still can't get over it. Even when you put in "Why Diets Don't work" you can come up with different authors and other information.

I am sure that most diets and weight loss programs have their benefits, believe me, I have been on a lot of them....but I have never KEPT the weight off long that is what I am trying to understand, now.

I'm still pretty much doing my own thing when it comes to eating.  I am counting calories as that's the only way that "I" know to keep me accountable.  It's so easy for me to eat and not put much thought into how many calories or nutrients I am putting into my body and then realize I am WAY over what I should be eating.

I am doing this with the help of MyFitnessPal. I love their diary, where you can input each thing you eat and it comes up with not only the calories but also the nutrients.  After you add something, then you can find it much easier the next time.  You can also keep track of your water intake and exercise.

I know that for some people, it's too time consuming to take time to do this each time you put something in your mouth BUT therein lies the problem.  We don't really realize how many calories we are putting in our mouth each meal.

MyFitnessPal also syncs with my Fitbit, So, it keeps track of my steps.
I can also input other exercises and play on my Wii and enter the sport I played and it will calculate the calories I have burned by how many minutes I spent playing.  COOOOL

Now, if I could just get my desire to stamp back!!!  Not quite sure what is up with that, but I am not fighting it, for now, I am taking time to get ME back to where I need to be.

I promise, I won't constantly be writing about my weight issues but for now, that is what is on my mind so that is what I am talking about.

Today is another gorgeous day here in Central Oregon....I cannot believe the awesome weather we have been blessed with.  This is just not our typical weather....well at least it wasn't for February....and now that we are into March, it's just as AWESOME!!   I think this weather has also played a significant part in my getting through the S.A.D, this year.

Ok, I am off to see what kind of trouble I can get into ;-)

Have a great day and remember to do one thing special for yourself today!!