Friday, September 19, 2014

Some Trouble Tonight


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More beautiful days for us here in Oregon.  It was a good time to clear out the attic, or so Dom thought, and have a garage sale.  Turned out we made a few bucks today, and will be open tomorrow, and Sunday, when the city will close our street for Sunday Streets, a time to bike, walk, visit neighbors, sell some lemonade, have a sale, and give away some balloons, all of which we plan to do.  Along with Spencer, of course !

So I have not been making many cards, but I did manage to get in this sketch


from

and here is my card ...


Hope you like it !

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Satin dress


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I have actually found more and more uses for Halloween cards, which is a weird surprise for me.  No one has actually ever given me one, but I think they make for fun random acts of kindness.  As long as they aren't too scary, right ?

This one is going over to


with this sketch ...


and here is my very scary card,
and it's lil tag ...



Hope you like it  !!

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Look what I can do with my feet


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We are having one delightful day after another, although we are heading into the 90s this weekend.  

Today's card is for


with the inspirational word
Leaves

and here it is!



Hope you like it !

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The endless skies


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Although it is September, we still have a few gorgeous weeks of summer yet.  But I cannot help thinking of fall coming, with great delight !  Spencer went back to school today, and I wonder if he will be the same character he was last year.  

Over the weekend we let him use a video camera of ours, and he was such a riot as he introduced his "Kid's News", which included a section on plants, on storm drains, and a reminder to wear sunscreen, along with interviews.  He interviewed Patti at Albertsons, who works in the bakery, and showed Julia, our server working hard.  It was really quite well done, considering he is only 6.

Well, today I feel the back to school spirit of all moms, and join in throwing up my arms in joy, even though that part of my life is long gone.  I had to make a card, right away, of course, and off I was to


with their sketch, and the last of week of 
whatever makes you happy !


Here is my card. Although not an exact rendering of the sketch, it "made me happy" to stray !


Hope you like it !!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sometimes you're the bug


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Second post today - I have been so busy this week things kind of got away from me.

If you missed the nice story in the newspaper about my daughter, see the post below !

This card is going over to


and here is their fabulously fun photo this week !!


and my card  ....


Hope you like it !!

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We are the champions


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I often mention my daughter is a top golfer here in Oregon.  Here is a story about her that was in our newspaper on Monday.


A Stone-cold finish

Brie Stone, Joel Johnson win OGA Mid-Amateur Championships at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort

 

 

 

 
 
CRESWELL — When she walked off the 18th green, Brie Stone knew she had won her fifth straight Oregon Golf Association Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, though not until then.
“Out here, you can double-bogey a hole from nowhere, really,” the 33-year-old Veneta resident said Sunday after her one-stroke victory over Lani Marie Elston at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort. “You hit the wrong part of the green, it can just happen so easily. I never quite felt safe, but I try to stay in that, too. When you think you’re safe, that’s when you’re not.”
Joel Johnson didn’t feel quite safe until the trophy was finally in his hands.
The 28-year-old former University of Portland golfer shot a 1-under 70, tied for Sunday’s low round and good for 1-over for the tournament. The left-hander had to wait for two threesomes to finish after him, then the totalling of scores, the anticipation of a very possible playoff — and a mistaken announcement that Bend’s Charlie Price had won the tournament, quickly corrected — before securing his first Men’s Mid-Amateur title, by one stroke over Price, who played in the last group and suffered bogeys on the last two holes.
“I knew those guys had to play the last few holes, which were playing difficult, with the wind picking up out there,” Johnson said “I was just holding my breath.”
Stone, who followed her first-round 73 with a four-over 76 (women’s par was 72 in the tournament, men’s 71), found herself tied with Elston going into the back nine but made key putts of about 6 feet for par on No. 11 and for birdie on No. 13, while Elston missed shorter putts on the same holes.
“Those were definitely the two big putts,” Stone said. “Those were huge.”
When Elston, a 31-year-old former player at Arizona who teaches piano in Milwaukie, triple-bogeyed the par-4 14th hole after pulling her tee shot into the marsh on the left, Stone’s bogey gave her a four-stroke lead and some breathing room. With the pressure of her unprecedented Mid-Am winning streak, she needed it. Stone had two bogeys over the final four holes but safely recorded a par on No. 18, while Elston rallied from her triple to finish with three pars and a birdie on No. 18 to come up a stroke short of a playoff.
“I felt more nervous out there today than I have in a long time,” said Stone, who was Brie Del Bone when she was a local juniors golf phenom and star at Sheldon High. “I can kind of fool myself sometimes that I’m not the favorite, but once you’ve won four in a row. ...”
There were worries for her caddie, husband Jason, too — though he’s carried her bag on occasion, he hadn’t in any of her previous Mid-Am victories.
“He said he was nervous about that,” Brie Stone said. “I said ‘don’t say that to me.’”
The continuation of the winning streak, Stone said, is “pretty awesome. I just never imagined that something like that could ever happen. This one is just as good as the first one. They’ve all been hard-fought and could have gone either way. I feel pretty fortunate.”
Johnson, who lives in Portland, began the day five strokes behind another former Sheldon star, former Oregon golfer Jack Dukeminier. “I knew I needed to make some birdies, fire at some flags,” Johnson said. “Fortunately, I did that. I wasn’t sure where I stood. ... I tried to look at the (leaderboard) at 15 and it wasn’t updated. So I just tried to come in solid and see where I finished up.”
While Johnson was gaining, his three bogeys off-set by four birdies, the 25-year-old Dukeminier, who works for an accounting firm in Portland, was coming back to the field, en route to a 7-over 78 that left him tied with three other golfers, including his brother, Chris, for fourth place.
“It was a tough day,” said Jack Dukeminier, who had several three-putt greens on the front nine, and errant tee shots that led to double bogeys on No. 10 and No. 13. “I played alright coming in, but it was a little too late.”

We are so proud of her ...

Now on to my card for this week's challenge at
and their sketch !


Here is my card !


Hope you like it.  A little preview of fall ...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wings


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Hullo !

Yesterday was both my hub's birthday and our 37th wedding anniversary.
Now, he was mighty smart as he set the wedding date, and guess what !  He has never forgotten our anniversary once, hmmm, I cannot imagine why ??

For dinner last night he took me to a popular Asian fusion cafe, walking distance from our home.  
We are pretty lightweight when it comes to eating a whole lot, and I had some wonderful Vietnamese chicken wings for lunch today.  What a lovely day it was.  

Today I have a card that is heading to 
who had this darling inspirational picture ...


Here is my card ...





Brown, floral background and soft colors were my inspiration.
Plus, of course, sweet sweet sweet !

Hope you are having a wonderful day, as summer is winding down !

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Eyes full of sorrow


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Hope your week is getting off to a wonderful beginning!

Today's card is entering two challenges ...



(tho I admit my colors are a little more pastel)

and 
this sketch from


and my card ...


Hope you like it !

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

I just can't see


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I stopped at TJ Maxx today, and saw that they had out a load of Fall candles, the ones that smell like baking or apples.  We still have at least a whole month left here of summer, and maybe even 6 weeks, but I do dream of fall colors and smells about this time of year ...

Today's card is posting on two different challenges

with a washi tape inspiration


AND 

with this sketch ...


Here is my card !


Very simple.

While Brie was playing in the Oregon Stroke Play tournament this week, Spencer spent one day with me.  We drove him out to his dad's job to drop him off, about a 20 minute drive.

As soon as we were in the car, we became the captain, the side captain, and Smee.  Oddly, Spencer had found a treasure map in the back seat of the car !

Here were his instructions ...

Drive over a river
Drive through the Conjet (which means Country in some strange Spencer language) of Henry
Pass a field with three roaming bison

which we followed, although when we did not find the field with three roaming bison
Spencer suddenly said
Oh no !  I have this map upside down !

We turned into the pirate golf shop, and walked into the shop, following Spencer.  But he soon returned to us, and complained

No dawdling !

And a man who was shopping said to us

Did he just say "dawdling" ????

oh yes, he certainly did

and that poor guy laughed himself silly.  Told us it made his whole day.

Yup that is Spencer, making everyone's day a little more joyful !!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Turn my way 2


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Today's card is going to the challenge at
one of my most favorite challenges !

Here is their sketch this week ...


I chose a fairly simple style to fit this sketch,
plus I had to make a manly card, as
my hub's birthday and our anniversary are only two weeks away !


I have not been to Paris, and I will never get there,
BUT
France at Epcot is pretty close, isn't it ??  lol
AND
one of our favorite places too !!

Hope you like it !

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Somewhere in the night


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Another lazy hazy day here, summer is just flying by, isn't it !

My card today is heading over to
where Nancy has given us the word "Ribbon" for inspiration !!

Too easy !!

Here is my card ...


Hope you like it !

Here is a pic of my sweet grandson, Spencer ...


He is such a loving child, and wow, so much fun !!

Here is a pic of us in the wetlands park close by.
We were looking at some ducks !


and one more ...



Chef Spencer is always a welcome addition when there is talk of food !!

Have a great week !

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Healing works


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Today we have a smokey valley, from the many wild fires in the mountains.  Earlier, in our residence here in Oregon, we often had smoke filled skies thanks to our large grass seed crop.  Always a delight to see in December and January, our emerald grass grows alongside the roadways, so brilliant it is blinding.  For years our farmers burned their fields at the end of summer, just as the Native Americans did long ago.  Unfortunately, the pollution it generated surrounded us for weeks, until finally burning fields were banned.  If you watched any of the World Cup, 12 gorgeous green soccer fields in Brazil were the product of Oregon's grass.

Today's card, featuring Alice (and it should have been Dorothy with all my talk of emerald green!) will be posted at
who feature this sketch ...


and here is my card ...


Hope your week is beginning in a wonderful way !!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mission bell


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

Isn't it a wonderful day !

I spent the morning with my bff, Rufina, and we looked at a couple of hundred pictures she took of Spencer last Sunday.  She is an amazing photographer, and the photos were so much fun !

I am posting today's card at
and here is their sketch this week ...


My card ...


Not quite my usual thing, but
hope you like it anyway !

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hoping for a replacement


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Hi !

Hope your week is finding you cool and relaxed.

I am thinking it would be a good idea for all of us to buy little umbrellas, and put them into every mug and glass we use each day.  Surely that would be a lovely way to pass the summer.

Today's card was prompted by the sketch at 
and here it is ....

and here is my card !!


Hope you like it !

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Front porch lights


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Big thank you to the ladies at 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday
who counted this card in their top 3 !!

I see it has been a few days since I have posted.

I stopped by Michael's on Monday, and what a mistake !  They had big grab bags for $2, and I hauled off eight of them.  Now it has been a few days and I am still sorting all the goodies, and putting them away.  Of course I really needed every single thing in them .....  not ....

Today I am featuring a card I did for

with this sketch ....


Always the best sketches, in my opinion !

and my card ....


On Sunday Spencer told me a story about a mouse and her family, or maybe it was a rat and her family, he used the terms interchangeably.  When I asked him

Was it a rat, or a mouse ?

he said
I can't tell the difference

and I said
but you were the smartest boy in your class last year !

and he said
That is because we never had any questions about rats or mice.

ok, lucky for him, huh !  whew.

Hope your week has been wonderful !!

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