Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

 These bears have taken over my bedroom and if they keep multiplying..I will need to get
them their own room so they can raise their family in their own environment.hehe

Also..Today is Mama and Joe's 2nd wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary to both of them.May they have many more.

 I have been wanting to make some cards but didn't want to follow a template or sketch. I had found some WONDERFUL and really PRETTY stickers from the Dollar Tree recently and had been itching to try them out. I'm not sure if you are able to see them closely enough or not since I took the pic of all of them together...but I will describe them the best I can. The card in the upper left corner...I used some white card stock that I had already embossed with embossing folders.( When I emboss or get a new embossing folder,I will cut card stock into the sizes that I can use on my cards...different sizes etc. I make several of the different folders that I have.Different colored card stock and different embossing on each of them. Then store them in a  drawer where I keep them for when I need to make a card in a hurry. I then just have to tape or glue them to the folded card and personalize it for whom ever the card is intended.) Back to the purple one.. I  took some purple stamp ink and sponged the raised areas from the embossing with it.Then used a stamp for the sentiment and used some self adhesive ribbon from Michael's Craft store to highlight the sentiment.The bottom three cards..I wanted to use a scrapbook technique of torn paper. The first one..I just tore the front of the card and then used coffee colored stamp ink on the torn edges and some distress ink around the edges of the card etc. Used the pretty self adhesive embellishments from the Dollar Tree and all it will need to finish the outside is a sentiment when the time comes.:) I used the same technique on the following two cards. I really love the torn and distressed look of them.:) I am sure I could have followed a sketch and used the technique too..but I wanted to be creative on my own.KWIM?

 
I took this pic of Chelsea last week. She LOVES playing catch but won't give the ball back to us. Her other favorite game is "keep away". She will nudge us repeatedly with the ball..wanting us to take it..and then back off out of reach when we try to get it. I keep telling her.." If you want me to throw it..you have to GIVE it to me". LOL She sure occupies a LOT of my time..but I wouldn't change a thing.She is VERY insistent when she wants to play. She will grab my hand and pull it away from whatever is keeping me from her attention.:) I LOVE that little girl. She is still a puppy. Only ten months old as of Feb. 4th. I also..LOVE nap time.Hers and mine.hehe

Yay! I finally made another post!! Whew..I almost forgot how.hehe

Love and hugs,
Valinda

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Time for another update.:)

Lots going on at the moment.:)

   CHRISTmas was really wonderful. Robby and family spent the night on CHRISTmas eve so we could all get up CHRISTmas morning to open our presents together. It takes a LONG time to do that when you have a large family.:) Liz, Robby's wife, cooked most of the meal for us. She made the turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potato soufflĂ©, green bean casserole, corn casserole,  cream cheese mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate pie and a couple of lemon meringue pies. I made a few dishes, Pistachio whip, Potato salad, then split it up to make one with onions, one without onions and then one made using Splenda instead of sugar. Baked Macaroni and Cheese and a Waldorf Salad. Oh and supplied the cranberry sauce.I also  purchased dinner rolls that only needed ten minutes heating in the oven Mama and Joe came over early Christmas morning to be with the family as we opened our presents. Mama made a jello salad and banana pudding before coming over to add to our huge meal.  My Nephew and his wife and three kids were here for dinner and we exchanged our gifts with them at that time. They brought food they knew their young kids would like.:) So..all in all it was really a nice CHRISTmas!

 Two days later...I get a slight sore throat.:( Over the next few days it develops into  a sinus infection which I had to go to the Doctor to get an antibiotic for. My throat was sore, left eye watering and even my teeth on the left side of my face were hurting. Doc took one look in my throat after reading the symptoms from the nurse's notes and said. Looks like sinus infection. Hurting teeth go along with sinus infection. Wrote a prescription for antibiotic and sent me home. Where.. after filling the prescription.... I have been up until now. I am still fighting this thing. I have also been taking Mucinex severe sinus medicine. Which has been helping the sinus's to drain. Otherwise I would have exploded. LOL The coughing started a couple of days ago.:(  Hope that's a sign it is starting to break up!! :)

  My CHRISTmas decorations are still all over the house too. I keep thinking I need to take them down..but don't feel up to that task yet. I figure...I am early for next years CHRISTmas.LOL That's one task taken care of for the new year.hehe Just kidding! Jim said I must be feeling better cause I am starting to tease again.:) It's been rough for sure! 

 When I feel even better ..I will post CHRISTmas pics.

Thanks for stopping in and for leaving a sign you were here.LOL

Hugs,
Valinda

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm back!! :)

    It's been a while since I posted anything here. We have just been soo busy with CHRISTmas coming up  and the trip to Florida for Jim's Dad's funeral service. It was a long trip for sure. Finding a place for us to stay the nights etc. It was a long..but fast trip.We stayed long enough after the service to go to the grave site where Jim's Dad was to be buried.We had already packed our car for the return trip back to Georgia.We had made plans to meet with a dear couple from our younger days ,who just happened to come to the funeral since they knew we would be there. We decided to meet in a town about an hours drive from where Dad had lived and have lunch together. It has been YEARS since we had seen them and it was so comforting to take right up where we had left off as though those years had never happened. Of course our bodies and amount of hair have changed since then..but we had a wonderful time catching up on the many years in between.:) It was probably the longest lunch we had ever had! Christy was with us for the whole trip and she seemed to enjoy their company too! 

   Since our trip to Florida I have been trying to take every opportunity to do some CHRISTmas shopping. I depend on someone to drive me to the stores ..so I usually have to wait for them to need to go to town too. At least that is the way I like to plan it and it makes me feel like less of a burden on anyone.KWIM? :)

   Our puppy,Chelsea..is growing by leaps and bounds and now we must scoot the food to the back of the counter in order to keep her from sampling it.LOL She throws a barking fit when the squirrels have the nerve to come into HER back yard. :) When she is in the mood to play..she will actually grab my hand with her teeth (not biting, but grabbing it) and pull it away from what I am doing. If I try to continue with what I am doing..she will keep pulling my hand away.She actually took the pencil I was writing with and it ended up on the floor one time.LOL She loves to play catch, but hasn't learned the part about return and release. She will return with the ball between her teeth but if I grab for it..she turns her head and won't let me have it. She will do this until I am tired and stop trying ...then she will bump my hand with it wanting me to take it from her.:) She loves to play hide and seek with me. I throw the ball and while she is running after it..I try to hide. Most of the time she returns before I am able to hide from her.Some times..on a good day..I will hide from her and she can't find me right away....then I jump out at her when she is close to finding me and she loves that.:) Oh well..if nothing else..it's good exercise for the both of us.She loves our bed too. When things get quiet..I will go searching for her to see what mischief she is getting into and she will be curled up on my bed, sleeping. When Jim and I go to bed at night..she will play with us and as soon as I turn the light off..she jumps off of the bed and goes to her bed that is by the window and the heat/air vent and sleeps all night...except for rare occasions where she will hear Jimmy come home from work in the early mornings. If she is really tired..that doesn't even affect her. She will continue sleeping.YAY! :)

   I guess this is all for now. Thanks for stopping in and if you wouldn't mind leaving a word or two for me..that would be AWESOME!

Huge hugs,
Valinda

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Another family member has gone to be with our Lord!

Good morning,
  Just thought I would pop in long enough to let you know that Jim's Dad passed away yesterday. He was not in good health ..but now he is with the Lord, rejoicing without pain or sorrow. Thank you Jesus for the gift you have made available to all those who believe in you.:)

  Love,
Valinda

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christy's Chocolate Covered Pretzels .:)

 These Chocolate covered pretzels are AWESOME. I LOVE this time of year when Christy gets the
urge to bake and create as she is doing it.:)

         Some of these have caramel inside of them or drizzled on them.Then added nuts, sprinkles and white icing drizzles too..mmmm..


I keep forgetting to take pics of her cookies. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, and oatmeal raisin.

I really like the pretzels though ...because I can enjoy a little sweetness without all the sugar that is added to the cookie dough.:)

Thanks for stopping in!

Hugs,
Valinda

Chelsea growing fast.:)


Thought I would post a couple more pics of our baby girl.:) She is growing sooo fast and requiring more and more attention these days.:)

 Christy has been baking cookies and dipping pretzels in chocolate and then adding sprinkles etc. mmmm She plans on making more this afternoon when she gets off of work.

 I have been trying to fit Christmas shopping into my schedule. :) I hope to have more to show and tell you in the near future.:) Jim is off of work today..so here we go again for more Christmas shopping!!! :)

I'll BE BACK!! ...LOL

Hugs,
Valinda