Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekend Phone Dump

Thinking this might be a fun regular post to have..
From our view of our normal 'beach' .. yea, almost completely underwater, but it worked out well. Real camera photos will come soon..

our amazing view heading home from the fun afternoon at the lake.

AND I need to be better about checking the garden!! these 4 cukes were found & picked on Sunday.

ping ping ping.. we tag teamed some salsa making on Sunday afternoon 

 coleslaw I made on Monday (Labor Day) morning to go with our supper. mostly ingredients from the Iowa Food Coop-gotta love it! 

how was your weekend? as you can see ours looks to have been a healthy balance of fun & productivity. 



Friday, August 29, 2014

5 on Friday

trying to work blogging back into my routine this fall, I would really like to talk about something other than scrapping for my non-scrappy readers.

5 things I am thankful for this Friday:


  1. I am so thankful I've been able to be a part of the Iowa Food Coop!  I think it was just the boost I needed getting back out in the public after being an at home childcare provider for so long.
  2. I am so thankful to be allowed to work with the county conservation board in their rehabilitation & redesigning of a playground that has been in a local park  since the 1970's. Shopping for new stuff is fun but figuring out how to fix/add to/adjust our old-school toys to keep them with in the modern day 'safety regulations' is way  more rewarding.
  3. I am thankful to all kinds of friends pointing out job possibilities to me every few days.  Trying to decide what I 'want to do when I grow up' is frequently on my m ind. I wonder what is in store but I rarely worry about finding the right fit or making enough to support our lifestyle.  I know we will be taken care of, what is meant to be will be, & the best things come when we just have faith in how its meant to be. Their pointing openings out is really keeping my eyes open to options I never would have considered but having someone else say 'you would be great here' or 'you would really make a difference in this position' not only is flattering but eye opening as well.
  4. I am so thankful to be surrounded by a houseful of children in the mean time. I truly love my job (most days as most people can say) and I am thankful for those families that are sticking with me.
  5. I am so thankful to be healthy enough to help keep up on the yard mowing, house keeping and meal fixing as Tim's job has gotten busier, requiring him to work later evenings & Saturdays. Yes I am blessed with a husband that was rocking the yard work as well as enjoying trying out new recipes in the kitchen. 
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Done & Documented: August

When I look at this in collage form, this makes me giddy! These are all the pages I completed in August! This also completes Labor Day 2009 AND THAT completes 2009!! I cannot say that about any other year. Scrapping is such a  funny hobby. I love to get chapters completed but don't ever want to be caught up! Being caught up would mean that I had nothing left to scrap & I don't ever want to feel like that. I do however feel comfortable that that will never be an issue for me :) 

I do plan to make some changes in how much I scrap for each chapter.  I have slowly come around to the idea of not needing to scrap every single printed picture & even find pleasure in handing off 'extras' to those either in the photos or someone else related that wants it for a project, scrapping or just to have a photo of them. :)   I never thought of storage of these many huge albums for each year NOR where they would go when I am gone since we don't have anyone to hand anything down to.  I like to think that the nieces & nephews might want the pages of their families as they are of them growing up at many family events & that if there is anyone left in our lake family that they or their kids might want those ... but those thoughts are getting pushed out as I am just going to continue to enjoy creating & to heck w/what's going on after I am gone ;) (thanks Tiffany & Tracie @ ScrapGals podcast for even making me think about it. :))  I am going to have to cut back on what is put into albums as there is no way we will ever have space to store 8 12x12 albums holding 45 sheets each, making them about 5" thick EACH. FOR.EACH.YEAR. lol SO, my plan is to try to cut it down to one lake album & 2 family albums for each year from here on out.... wish me luck ;) 

here are some of my faves from the month.

these first 2 are high on my list. I love that I was finally able to use this gorgeous fishy paper that I have had forever, that I was able to couple it with the plastic fish buttons I have also had forever and that I was able to document a great moment.  Those twine knots are also one of my favorite things I've done this month.

This pink & black page is pretty & I don't often pull off a pretty lake page.  I got to use the old calendar page, and new 'people' paper, washi tape & brads. So fun!!

This one was another one where I got to use some old stuff that's been laying around on my desk combined with some new goodies.  the chipboard arrows are dwindling down in my stash & I am sad about that (better pick up another pack soon) but I have what seems like an endless supply of flowers :) 


This is one of my simpler pages & I am glad I kept it that way.  This 8x10 is one of my favorites, I even considered framing it instead of scrapping it but as you can see, its scrapped! this is pink vellum on black cardstock w/a scrap strip of some tan French love in script on cream background slipped in for grounding. Thickers, cricut cuts & little letter stickers with a clock, ribbon & twine for the title corner, then under the smaller photos that are slipped int a flip flap is the tiny bit of journaling about how I love capturing a great reflecting sunset on the water.  Now, to get sleeves to get them into & then into albums! Then, on to a new year!

you can see my January, FebruaryMarchAprilMayJune, & July  reports here.
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Done and documented is series of monthly posts that highlights Jess's progress completing unfinished travel 
albums from years past. I will be following along by doing my December Daily 2013, then plan to finish 2009 (2 chapters) & start a new year. Feel free to play along.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Done & Documented: July



July around here was its typically busy level of excitement which leaves little time for scrapping & I kind of like that every once in a while & its especially convenient in the summertime when there is so much to do outside & other places. We hosted my family for 4th of July dinner after the parade on the 4th, we went to the lake for the Sunday after, our pup, Kora, had surgery on a cherry eye, we have taken a couple of totally down days where we didn't do much involving moving off the couch all day, Tim has worked most Saturdays so that's when I tend to run my errands, etc. A few Saturdays, however, I have taken some time to scrap.  On the 19th, I took supplies & went to Grandma's to do a page & helped get her going again.  On the 26th, I spent the afternoon & evening in Grinnell scrapping with my aunt & her friends.  That day was almost painful for me getting back into scrap-mode mentally so I only got one page done, it did prime me-so to say- for Sunday however, as I was able to put together 3 pages the next day. So here they are. & a couple more over the last week of the month.

 these 2 will be next to each other in the albumusing scraps & circle clips to coordinate, 2 Elle's Studio pieces, old rub on letters & random orange floss

This one was a fun photo to use. one of my husband & (at the time) brother's girlfriend. They have such a fun relationship-maybe its required to be able to put up with our family ;) - but I was able to combine those old 6x6 square sheets & the new Elle's Studio cards & strips really easily. 

 This was another fun one. She doesn't have many pages of just herself these days surrounded by 3 kiddos she's usually busy. Mostly old supplies with the new 'beautiful' frame. Made to coordinate with the previous page. 
  these 2 coordinate in real life, I just snapped crappy phone shots of them to share before it got any further into the month! random old supplies USED makes me GIDDY. 


crazy as it sounds, I completed 9!!!! pages over the first weekend of August so I will have LOTS more to share in my August report as I am closing in on the end goal!


you can see my January, FebruaryMarchAprilMay, & June reports here.

________________________________________________________________________________________
Done and documented is series of monthly posts that highlights Jess's progress completing unfinished travel


albums from years past. I will be following along by doing my December Daily 2013, then plan to finish 2009 (2 chapters) & start a new year. Feel free to play along.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

currently: July

Getting: ready to take my crowd to the county fair
Realizing: just how strange it is to have such cool temps in July, in Iowa.
Spending: an extra few minutes throwing the ingredients of a beef & veggie stew in the crockpot will pay off when we come home from the fair hungry.
Missing: some camping & boating time, but enjoying a pretty schedule free summer.
Reading: like crazy! currently waiting on Blossom Street Brides to be returned to the library as well as Tales from a Blue Bike to arrive through inter-library loan. 
Reorganizing: 
Loving: that I have a scrap day on the calendar in the near future! 
Staying: on track with my water in take --proudly
Using: the heck out of the Iowa Food Coop products available right now.
Taking: time to read or scrap this summer is truly saving my sanity.
Deciding: to eat at the cook shack at the county fair on Friday--best decision ever. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Junkin' with Mom

On Saturday June 28th, my mom & I went Junkin' for the first time ever together.  It was all based around this one place called The Crib. everything was stored in an old corn crib so a friend used an old baby crib for the sign~very clever!  Is Junkin' as popular in your neck of the woods as it is in ours? Everyone is wanting things that have chippy paint & are rusty as heck, who cares if it works as original or not as long as it looks cool.  I have always gravitated toward the old stuff but would buy the new stuff that looked old. Now I am more into reusing, repurposing & recycling than ever in my life, so this junkin' thing is right up my alley!Here is the picture of The Crib when we arrived on Saturday morning. I wish I had followed through on the thought to snap one of the line of cars, trucks & vans parked along her driveway & the side of the highway for about a quarter mile.  

 here are our scores from The Crib.  Mom: swivel solid rolling chair, 3 rusty lanterns complete w/flues, 2 wooden horse hames, chicken feeder & little red wagon. Me: flag folded in an old window (very left corner of left photo) & 1/2 barn door.

 they were also having a huge multi-family garage sale on the property (& a couple of other vendors as well) & I scored a stuffed gallon baggie of markers for the childcare & a cute wooden & wire boat themed garland for the bathroom and Mom got a few more things.  The best part was that everything was reasonably priced, so that kept it affordable & fun.

From there we went into the nearest town to hit an antique shop that was a treasure trove.  So much good stuff to be picked through. I was too busy browsing & helping Mom carry her goods to take any photos.
Then we headed south for lunch.  She was taking me to Toot-Toot for my first time. Its just over the state line & everyone raves about the buffet. It was pretty good. here is our only selfie of the day.
 While in town, we stopped at the farm store for her to get some supplies, a peddlers paradise but it was all new reproduction stuff, & the Russel Stover candy shop. Where we got Jelly Bellys for our significant others, ice cream for her & coffee for me.
 Then we headed back into Iowa, stopping at the Lamoni welcome center that boasts a fantastic Amish selection.  I did get my wild rice and coconut oil that I have gotten at the other Amish store & drooled a ton over the hand made basket selections.  on our way through town we found another antique shop where Mom found more goodies for her enamel dishware collection & I got Tim a cast iron skillet unlike any we already own.

From there, we plugged in Diagonal, Iowa to the GPS on my phone & we headed out to find the new Freedom Rock.    after a bit of driving through the countryside, which neither of us minded at all, we landed in Diagonal. First we found the museum & went in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to people talk about something they are passionate about, especially older folks & there was a perfect gentleman in the museum.  He loved to talk about his town's history & that of another nearby town that became a ghost town when the railroad came through Diagonal.
 <~~ the poster about the rock we were in search of  
an interesting shot I snapped of the keys on a telegraph(??) machine ~~>



 Just a couple of blocks up the street we found the rock~right where our helper in the museum said it would be.  Getting out to be total tourists, we were greeted by a lady setting up the flower pots as they had blown over.  We chatted with her a bit about the rock, what the painting means to the town & how they plan to put benches in & how excited the citizens were that their tiny town was chosen out of the whole county.  Another pure delight to chat with.

 the first shot shows a little girl pointing to the name of the Diagonal soldier lost in the Vietnam war & from the right angle, you can see a soldier touching the same name as if from the other side. very cool.

<~~ this is probably my very favorite shot of the day. I was able to score the rock, the flag & the town water tower in the same frame--score!
 This one shows the railroad that was instrumental in making Diagonal a town, the eagle that sat on the globe was from an old statue that sat in front of an old Case dealership right down the street, that was big in town.



 Seeing the storm clouds move in, we headed home. That night, we saw that The Crib listed several items still available, so YES, we headed back down Sunday for Mom to get a few more treasures. It was just us there so we didn't mind asking her to take our picture with her sign :)

Mom & I have gotten to spend several Saturdays together so far this summer.  I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Currently: July

planning another fun day out with my mom for August.
watching Covert Affairs, Suits, Rizzoli & Isles, Graceland & Perception. so fun to have a few good summer series shows.
reading  books! I have slowed down in my reading but still at it so that's something.  In June I read Back on Blossom Street,Twenty Wishes, & Summer on Blossom Street. Next up is Hannah's List & a couple more in the Blossom Street series, then I plan to request the inter-library loan to get Thisthis & this
celebrating  the sunny days & the growing garden. The garden is loving the rain & cooler temps but its JULY in IOWA, we are NOT supposed to need jackets & jeans to sit outside at night :/ 
thankful to be able to enjoy the change of pace for this summer with the boat broken down & more weekends at home.
loving our twice weekly park days! one is a short one 9am-11:30 then we come home to something in the crock pot for lunch & the other I pack a picnic & we stay until 1pm.
eating  smoked brisket & homemade apple pie & ice cream for the 4th of July--can.not.wait.
enjoying the easy peasy summer schedule we are doing this year, deciding the previous week where to go.
wearing capris or long pants this week in these cooler temps.

walking several early mornings each week-still. hoping to add in some running next week-then it will probably decide to act like summer weather ;) 
feeling refreshed after a weekend with my mom junkin'. (that's a whole other blog post)


planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sage, basil & lemongrass for our garden this year. the sage died but everything else is thriving.