Sunday, April 7, 2019

Horay it's Spring

    I know it's spring because the Dafodils behind my garbage cans have bloomed. It's a shame no one can see them except from our porch. I had to move the 2 garbage containers to an open space under my kitchen window because I'm old and climing stairs is difficult for me let alone walk the full length of this duplex to toss a bag of kitchen garbage into the can.  I might look out our back door and see if the original spot is closer, but then I might not. The college kids in the other half of the duplex do not think it's part of their lease to roll the large cans to the curb every Wednesday night for pickup at 7 am on Thursday. They have watched me do it and limp back to the steps to my house and have to stop and catch my breath.  Can't pull a heavy garbage with one hand and hold your cane with the other one. Just doesn't work so I was doing it without my cane.
   
    Thank goodness I'm moving next month so it won't be the larger cans for 2 families like it is here. And my new house probably have Brown Recluse Spiders.  I was opening a File folder that was under the top part of my computer desk and something caught my eye so I flicked my arm. Bridgit's husband saw it start to crawl away and he jumped up and stomped it after he said loudly don't move. Then he told me it was a brown recluse. Of course when Bridgit had her encounter with one of those Nasty Poisenous Spiders she was a whole lot louder screaming than I was. I didn't know what was going on for my encounter but Bridgit recognized it for what it was. She'd been bitten before and spent 3 days in hospital till they were assured she'd be OK.
   
    If anyone reading this is over 65, please know that Medicare has authorized a free Cancer Screening if you qualify. I qualified because I had a cancer on my ear, which they cut the top off of. Makes wearing a hearing aid or O2 tubing a little iffy. Not much of the top of the ear left but I manage. Then I also qualified because my mother had Colon Cancer, and my oldest daughter had Ovarian Cancer 3 times, (because she refused Kemo on the grounds she'd loose her beautiful hair). Anyway that got them to send me the test and I swabbed my mouth the designated number of times, twice. It's 15 swipes on each cheek twice, and then the same story with the 2nd swab. They are testing my genetics I guess to see if I'm liable to have another cancer.

    Time to show you the pages I've made from some new kits. And I just got 3 new kits this morning from a designer in the UK by the name of Snow Raven. If you do digital scrapbooking she's rather prolific and an Artist even. I'm anxious to see how the new kits will work with my family pictures.

 My friend Barbara and her family were out for dinner one night. This is Barbara and her granddaughter Mia.
 This is one of Snow Raven's kits named Celtic Magic. Being part Irish myself, I was happy to use this one for my Granddaughter Bridgit and her new Mom Stephanie. They are one happy pair when they start working crafts and planning family gatherings.
 This is Elijah Mitchell, the 2nd Grandson of my cousin Tammy. He's a cutie.
 These are Vintage pictures using a Vintage kit from a lady in Germany. My Uncle Herman and his lovely wife Jean.
 This is a family friend on her 21st Birthday and the bottom one is I believe her 9th Birthday. Megan has grown up to be a lovely young lady.
My Granddaughter Reanna has 3 dogs this size and she says they talk to each other a lot. Hopefully she live in a seperate house so the neighbors don't have to listen to 3 dogs talking. Her Name is Nala!

    Time to check my spelling and say "Have a Nice Day"!
     

Sunday, March 31, 2019

I'm sorry for the long time between posts

    I started a post about a month ago but now I can't find it. And I can't remember what I was talking about...Comes with getting old I guess.

    I believe part of my problem has been the weather. Having 4 or 5 inches of snow on the front yard is depressing since I don't have the energy to play in it like I used to do as a youngster. I made forts and Angels and had some really whopping snow ball fights/wars.  I was raised the first 20 years of my life in North Western Pennsylvania where we sometimes had snow for Halloween, but usually it got really wintery in November. After I went off and joined the U.S. Navy in 1960 and after my basic training and Radio school I was transferred to Long Beach Calif. I've been on the West Coast or over seas ever since. I got to live in one of Hawaii's island atolls for 31 months, then Guam for 2 yrs, and then Japan for 30 months. Lived in California for 5 years and then to Washington. Now I'm in Washington State and this past winter has been the toughest one so far. A little bit of snow isn't bad at all like we had in Richland for Christmas and then by New Years it was gone. I'm going to put a picture of the front yard for our Christmas 2017. Couldn't find one right off hand so I'll look through some old files and see where I've put the 2017 pictures.

    My Grand daughter had her surgery this month and she's in a sling full time for 8 weeks, and then it's a few months of Physical Therapy. She had surgery on her left shoulder for a rotator cup problem and putting a muscle back attached where it belongs. Now she has some really neat looking exercises she has to start on at home before she starts on the pullysin the Therapy place.

    I'm almost finished with my Therapy for my knee. I think I've got about 4 sessions left. I don't mind the incline and I don't mind the bicycle but they have one torture machine, I don't want to get on. The massage therapy with an echo machine is relaxing and has helped to lower the insulation on the knee cap so I'm not walking nearly as Old Lady like as I used to do. I'm going to be 80 this year so I'll hold the old lady bent over walking until I'm 90+. But I still don't do much walking because the lungs and heart dysfunction aren't letting me go more than around the house from my cptr to the Loo and then a stop in the kitchen and it's back to the desk. 

    Now I'm starting on my little kitchen garden. I put 3 small pots in the window. One is Parsley, one is Basil, and the third is Chives. I was at my Albertson's store and spotted this package of the 3 herbs and the growing medium so I bought it. Planted them and put them in the kitchen window over my kitchen sink. That way I can watch them grow. Germaniation in about 3 to 4 weeks and they don't need the sun which is good because it's only there lightly for about another month and then it'll be strong sun. Going to order the planter box for tomatoes this morning.

    Here's a few of the scrapbook pictures I've done this year. As you will notice, I've put a statement at the bottom of each picture giving credit to the designer of the kit and the name of the kit. In case you want to try your hand at this make a comment at the bottom and I'll tell you how you can reach every one of them.

 Grand daughter Bridgit and her BFF Brandi a couple of years ago.
 Grand daughter Bridgit in her Predator Costume, which is the only female Predator costume in existance.
 A new kit from Studio Manu and the Sailor is myself in 1962.
 Picture of me with another one of Studio Manu's kits. The Guard dog around my neck is my little Chihuahua Phoebe.
 Picture of my young friend Megan in a kit from Russian-Dutch Heart Designs and the overlay from another kit of Studio Manu.
 Cousin Todd's new puppy who's waiting to get a little bigger so she can romp in the ocean like his ancestor Natalie used to do.
 My good friend Cheryl is the proud Grandmother to to these adorable Dolls.
 And making a scrapbook page of a picture from 77 years ago. The adorable toddler in the top left is my older brother Bud (he's a junior who passed) and a little cutie is me 77 yrs ago.
 This is Memorial page to my beloved cat of 16 years who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in 2018. I really miss this lady.

That's all for today but I got a new kit to play with this morning so I'll be back.
 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Wishing every one a Merry Christmas, and a late Happy Thanksgiving

     Well, I just checked into my blog and I'm ashamed of myself. Haven't been very good about keeping things up to date. But I haven't been in a good state lately either. Let's just forgive me and I'll try to make up for my dereliction.
     I do have my Christmas things up and around. Jess is going to put some lights outside on the little front porch.  We put the Carolers statue out there on the step.  But one of my neighbors alerted me that if I put my lawn decorations out there, considering we don't have any fencing at this house we rent, he said they'd probably not be there in the morning. So my Pink Flamingos, my blow up 6 ft Nutcracker and other trees, and blow up doggie are staying in storage.  The Moral character of a lot of people these days is really sad!
     But here's what I have in the house:
 Jess has a village that he hasn't been able to display for 7 years now.  So it was put here in my house and I got him a couple of early presents, (another house and a train).  This picture was before the Train was included. Different now.
 I collect Santa's for my fireplace (which I hadn't been able to since 2015)  Most of the Santas are on the fire place.

 The Wreath is a pale blue to match thne ornaments on the Tree.
 We moved the book case out of the corner so we could put the tree in there. The Santa that holds the Sax plays music, whick I made a video of. I'll see if I can get it loaded here.
 As you can see, it's quite an extensive village.
We're almost ready for the Train. It's there under the tree but I'll put another pic with a better view.
 Most of the buildings have lights in them. Not lit now, till we put new batteries in them.
 I have already taken  the ribbons off the tree. didn't like them after all.
 This Santa is standing watch over the Phone charging station  and the plants behind him.
The train goes around under the tree and a lot of the buildings have joined the train under the tree. Guess I need to take better pictures. I really like the lights in  the village.

Well this is long enough for today. I'll take better pictures and share them tomorrow. But I'd also like to share a few scrapbook pages.
 A good friend has become a Grandmother again. This is Max.
 This is a good friends Birthday girl. Her party was on Friday night and now she's 14.
 Another Grandmother sent a picture.
 My little puppy chooses to nap in front of the Heater.
 My youngest Grand child. Did us proud, first one to finish her college. I'm still doing college classes but not for credits...just for my edification. Don't know what I'd do with a BA at my age!
My friends in Oregon. We were at their house for Thanksgiving. The food was great and plenty of it.

Time to call it a day.
Hugs from Washington State.



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Settled into the New Home

     At least I'm as settled as I can be.  I still haven't put up curtains because at 78 climbing on the furniture to reach up higher isn't really a good choice. I also haven't hung the big sea scape over the fire place yet either. Oh well, I don't get any visitors except the lady from Occupational therapy for a "Home Safety Inspection".  I have all hardwood floors except the kitchen and bathroom are tile and the closet is a small piece of carpet.

     Today I'm taking little Phoebe to the Animal Clinic for a check up and shots. She's not going to be a happy camper after that. This is a first visit so she's going to get a looking over. Then we'll do a little shopping and if I can find a nail salon who will let Phoebe stay with me, I'll get my nails fixed. They look like they went through a war. And I'm still looking for a Notary to notarize my General Power of Attorney. I sent it down to the kids in Calif. and they signed it and sent it back so I can sign it in front of the Notary and then mail a copy of the whole thing back to them and file a copy with the VA. Guess I'll keep the original with me.

     Here's some pictures of my new house:
Phoebe in the front yard making sure the neighborhood is safe.

My kitchen nook at the far end of the living room. Geese o'plenty.

The corner with large windows and a place for the big bamboo plant. It has about 18 inches to  go.
                                                                                          
My fireplace with the Sea scape just leaning against the wall. I'm afraid to be climbing furniture to  hang it.

My organized kitchen. All of those canisters have geese on them.

A close up of my pretty canisters that have been in storage for 10 years.

Phoebe in her bed in front of the fireplace.

Phoebe in the middle of my hospital bed.

More geese canisters. Large one is a cookie jar.

Close up of the top of the fireplace. 2 more bamboo plants, 2 angels that I just finished. Green one is for my sister Dianna.

My new book shelves that I purchased last time I was up to Richland and big lots.

  And that about does it for this week. The bottom shelf is my craft/sewing baskets. I just take what I need to the corner nook and do my crafting from there. My office is on the other side of this living room.
Hugs from Washington to everyone.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I'm back and ready to post

    Well it's been a hectic 4 months which is why I haven't done any posting here on the blog. I've made a few scrapbook pages and posted them on FB but even FaceBook is different now.  I took down the one FB page I had under my real name. And I won't go into the reasons for the long delay. Just know that I am in a little cottage like apartment. I'm on one half  of a duplex with 2 bedrooms, (1 of which is my storage of my Christmas boxes) and the other larger bedroom is for me and my Companion Dog. She's such a joy. She goes every where I go and when I'm driving she has jammed herself behind my neck. It doesn't interfere with my driving so I just leave her alone. It makes me sit up straight which is a good thing any way. And here's a picture of my little Fur Baby, named Phoebe.
   She's been pretty Mopy since I moved here. She's never been away from her mother since birth Sept 16 of 2016. And I can't run around in circles while she chases me so she just does a little backflip and scoots herself through the grass on her back. It's really funny to watch. This new house isn't fenced so she has to be on a chain. There's a back yard but it's so overgrown she can't play out there. She's a 'Hy-breed Chihuahua who is from 2 purebred parents. Mama is a Apple head Chihuahua and Daddy is a Deer Head Chihuahua. She got Daddy's coloring and markings but Mama's longer hair. She nestles over my head on the new Hospital bed from the VA which doesn't bother me any, once I'm asleep, I'm out.

    Anyway, I'm alone here in South Eastern corner of Washington State but my sister and one brother live just up the road about 50 miles and our youngest brother is going to be moving back to the Yakima area soon. He has a really neat dog name Bing Crosby who goes hunting with him and really loves to play in the snow. Maybe Phoebe can have a play date with him. Brother is moving from Northern Minnesota where 5 ft of snow in the winter is normal. He'll enjoy this area again. He and the other two siblings all graduated from Sunnyside High School and he's looking forward to rekindling school friendships.

     I'm missing my two ladies that I've lived with the last 5 years. Grand daughter, Bridgit got married last October and they are finally getting the chance to be a family in the Calif. area where Grandson-in-law works in the movie/TV industry building props and he also does some really wild makeup artistry for the movies. Great Grand daughter Olivia, is probably going to get into modeling again. She did it for awhile when they lived in Denver and was very good at it. She has grown into a beautiful young lady and I'm sure she'll be getting calls for some modeling again and one of her mentors in Calif. thinks she has a shot at the movies also. I really miss those two ladies. But they needed to be with the husband and father to make the family complete.

     I guess I've rambled on enough so I'll add in a few of the latest scrapbook pictures I've made.

 My cousin Shyanne Shirley and her daughter.
 My cousin Debbie and her daughter Natasha.
 This is Elijah, who calls me Nana and gives great hugs.
 Shyanne and her daughter this March.
 Picture of Mrs Beasley on the day she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Now she's waiting for me to show up. Won't be for another bunch of years.
Sahara Christine Sabri. 

Time to check on Phoebe out in the front yard. Barking at people she doesn't even know. This town is a college town so there is a lot of bicycles going up the street and I've noticed that a lot of people just walk for the fun of it. Wish I could. My right knee doesn't take to walking. And the lungs that are polluted don't either.

Hope every one had a great 4th of July and no accidents with the fireworks.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Feb Post just a little late

I don't know what happened to Feb., but it got by me with out a word. I did some pictures of the RadCon Convention that is held annually in Pasco during the month of February.  All the excitement of the goings on and cos-play costumes and such must have made my mind a little mushy.

Here is a Special edition of the event:
Alex & Isaac at RADCON 2018. Isaac is one of the actors in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean movie. 

My Granddaughter Bridgit in her Preditor costume (the only female preditor costume in existence) with husband Jess Langdell (who helped make said costume) and their boss in the shop Dragon Dronet. They make props, costumes, and remake vehicles,  and also do heavy makeups.

Dragon Dronet is the owner of the shop "renegade effects group" and they came to Pasco early and did a presentation at one of the local middle schools.

Jess and Bridgit Langdell. When they wear these costumes in public the are asked to pose with people for a personal picture. And they are happy to do it. Last year instead of a honeymoon they presided over a presentation for little guy in Los Angeles who got a custom made wheelchair from a company that does that type of charity work.

The young lady in the middle is Kimberly Rhodes who wanted her picture with the 2 Preditors.

My night nurse while I was in the hospital for surgery last year hadn't come to the local ComiCon Cos-Play convention but she came to this years because I was bragging about the Langdells and their costumes. Here are some pictures not made into Scrapbook pages.
Bridgit & Jess Langdell

Bridgit & Jess with Dragon Dronet of RenegadeEffectsGroup.

Bridgit & Jess with some ones kids.

I don't know who is dressed up as Chewy or the Storm Trooper but they enjoyed Radcon 2018 in Pasco, Washington

A group shot as they get ready for a Laser sword fight.

More of the Star Wars group getting ready for a sword fight.

I'd guess that the February RadCon in Pasco Washington was a huge success. And I'm guessing now but since they have a webpage, I'll bet there are a ton more of pictures.

Have a great day and God Bless you.