Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

As a new year begins, 2008 ends. There are so many things that have happened in 2008. The biggest thing was my introduction into another facet of scrapbooking, DIGITAL scrapbooking. I first saw a BEAUTIFUL layout in Simply Scrapbooks done by Candra George. I stood there one day and looked at it for at least an hour, or at least it felt like it. I couldn't wait to take the class. Well, never would I have guessed that this one class would start a new chapter in my scrapbooking hobby. A hobby I hope to turn into a career. And to top that, I became friends with Candra, or Mississippi Girl as I like to call her. Like I have said in many posts before. She all inspiring, and the angel in my angel vs devil world. We are so opposite but so alike its scary. I also acquired a scrap space this year. I know all my friends are sooooooooooo jealous of my little space at of all places, work. But really, I have to be there so much and I really want a day off during the week to pursue this. But realistically, its not possible, so a compromise was to allow me some space to use at the office. This place is so creatively inspiring. I love love love it, and love sharing it with my friends.

This past year my son graduated from college. It was a very proud moment. Unfortunately with today's economy he is still trying the right job. But I know things will happen for him, and being 23 without kids or a wife is the right time to find his way. We all need that from time to time.

My daughter returned from a year abroad in England. Wow, she came back a women. I admire her courage and her spirit. I am so proud of her. She is FABULOUS.

This past year, my parents moved in the their "wing of the house". It makes me realize how time has flown and how much I have always needed them. Everyday, I tell them I love them. That is so important.

So as I sit here by myself ringing in the New Year, I look forward to 2009 and will start working on my goal of getting published. I hope in one year, the first thing on my list will be I WAS PUBLISHED THIS YEAR!!!

Yes I Believe

My pal Candice or Candy Cane, as I like to call her, had a special visitor to her house the weekend before Xmas. That's right Santa. I of course had my camera ready. Well it was ready, but I am still in the learning phase. Can't wait to take my camera class from Keri Russell. I really would prefer my pal Candra, but when the two of us gals get together, we simply can't stay on track. Anyway back to my story. Looking at these BEAUTIFUL pictures, I realize that I too still believe in Santa. There is always someone there for each and everyone of us throughout the year. This person brings us Joy. They never ask for anything in return and continue to give and give and give. I have such a person. Without this Santa, my life would be lost. So thank you Santa. Your the best present a girl can get!!

Most of the pictures above are of my employee's children or nieces. Still makes me feel all joyful when I look at them. Happy New Year everyone.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Family is forever

This line I bring up often to my children. Especially Garrett. I wonder what I did wrong sometimes when I see him interact with his sister Rachel. Will they ever be close? Will they ever be as connected as I am with my sisters? I am putting together a family book from all the pictures that Candra took during Thanksgiving. I think its so important to put down these things on paper for future generations. I tell my kids, you will appreciate it when I am dead. They say oh mom, stop saying that. But it's true. So I will continue my passion of being a life artist and document memories for my friends and love ones. If I can just turn it into a career I would be totally happy. For now I will keep typing along. But here are some pages I just worked on. Looking forward to the New Year

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Gift that keeps on Giving!

This weekend has been so crazy, I need more time, really need more time to get all I need done. With working the day after Xmas, my entire mojo is off. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.

As with every weekend during hunting season, I get some free time Friday night and Saturday. My husband leaves early afternoon Friday and heads out to "the club", the duck club that is. Its like book club for hunters. He takes our lab, chole and spends the time eating, drinking and hunting. Here he is with his best bud Mike Rigby and the "two girls" in their life, Chole and the newest addition Daisy. Richard is such a good scrappin husband as he always brings me pictures each weekend and usually a couple of titles for my pages!

But while he is hunting, he is always thinking of me and installed my new shower massage before he left. For those you know me really well, know I have a smile on my face. :)

Saturday was spent with my pals Candra and Nancy. It was Nancy's b-day, or appreciation day as I like to call it. We spent the day scrappin in my BEAUTIFUL scrap room and then headed to my house where Richard made us prime rib dips and I make jungle juice martini's. YUMMY. Now all the girls needed was a "shower"! ha ha. No Richard, not together!

My niece Tori joined us ladies and we had to curb the girl talk from time to time, but I can say, that for a 13 year old, she knows some things i didn't even know. Whats up with that? Well I gotta get back to the crazy Sunday with the rest of my family making an appearance. I am going to need a week and a few showers to get my sanity back.

Friday, December 26, 2008

One down, one to go.

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I am soooooooooo tired. Work has been so busy this month, coupled with all the holiday preparations I feel like a ran a marathon. So in my mind, I will say I ran a marathon in 2008! LOL. It's Friday and I am working up a storm as we have a full day, thus for those who know me, know how sad it is that I could not go shopping the day after Christmas! I have so much planned to the coming year and I am going to work on one major item this year. I am going to get something, I hope, published in a scrapbooking magazine. I am going to focus as much attention as I can into getting a layout published. Of course, I hope to build my client list. I love the creative process of documenting not only my memories, but memories of others.

So I will bulldoz forward in 2009 and hope this year will be "My Year". But as I look forward to the new year, I look back on this year and remember a few people who helped me be who I am today.

Candice: She is the angel part of my consence. I bounce so many things off her, knowing I will get the answer that pushes back at the devil in me that so wants to come out. So in my mind, she is "An Angel". I couldn't work the way I do without her.

Candra: What a surpise I got when I met this "mississippi girl" WOW is all I can say. I felt a connection the first time I met her in a digital scrapbooking class I took from her. I bet she never thought she would meet this crazy, fun, work-a-holic blonde chick that day. But now I can say she is one of my closest friends and I know we will be friends for LIFE. Paris here we come!!!!

Debbie Sue: Debbie has been my friend for over 20 years, she is my longest friend (i cant say oldest friend, its soooo wrong). Without her I would laugh less, my nails and toes would be UGLY and my life would be so boring. When I need her she is there and I feel I take take take from her and never give back. We think alike and without her, I would get to sleep in till 530 am. So thanks for that workouts, the happy hours and the pretty nails. You ROCK!

Nancy: While I dont get to hang out with Nancy as much as I would like, I do think she is one person that sees right through me. I can't pull anything over on this gal. I think she has a lot to give, and holds it all together. The way she blogs and records memories of her children is so special that it makes me feel guilty that all I can do for her is put her ideas on paper. I think our friendship will continue to evolve and know if ever I need something, she will be there. Love you Nancy.

So as we approach New Years I look back on this great year and hope 2009 will be that much better. Of course it would be super if I could have Fridays off !!!!! But I gotta keep working on that. But maybe Obama will do that for me!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wow how time flies

Well, I have had some super busy days, work is endless, more than endless and I cant wait till this year is over. It's always busy as all these patients decide on Dec 10th that they need to get in before the end of the year, and with Tom gone the last week, it leaves me little time to get them in, thus all I hear is complaining. But if "i have been sick for two weeks" is so important, why didn't you call me two weeks ago? Seems simple to me.

Last night was our Xmas party, and I hate to admit it, but I think I have a little hang over today. My pal Candra helped me in the eyelash department. We played dress up Sat and I looked a little glamorous for the Santa party at Candice's Saturday! So I tried to recreate the look Sunday for my party. It only took me a hour to get those lashes on. But the end result was fun. Now most of my employees have never seen me with make up, so I like to give them a little shock now on then to keep them on their toes!

Well I must get going, I am tired, too tired to hang out with my pal Candra tonight, oh sigh! I guess I will have to get my Mississippi Girl fix tomorrow! Merry Christmas everyone

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Beep, chirp, piercing sound

Okay, I am sooooo close to burning down my house!!!! It started Monday at 2 am. A little or should I say a loud beep sounded, waking me up. I listened. Nothing happened. 2o minutes later it did it again, by 4 am I was running around the house trying to find where this nasty beeping was coming. Alas, it was one of the smoke alarms, but when one chirps, they all chirp! So i got ready and went to work, I was up. My last words was "Richard, you better find out what is going on the them by the time I get home. Well got home, ate a nice dinner and went off to read my book and go to sleep. Right on the dot at 9 pm it started up again. Ugh, I woke up Richard and said they are beeping again!!!!!!!! Did you check them? He said, it was not doing it when I got home, I said, that's the right answer. So off I went, riping every one down, unplugging them and taking out the battery. I went back to bed, closed my eyes and BEEP!!!! Of course there are two more smoke alarms in my Mom and Dads wing of the house, but they are asleep! So I stuffed a hole into the nearest hole, put a pillow over my head and tried to get some sleep. My last words again, Richard, check my mom and dads wing and see what is wrong.

So tonight, I am sitting at my computer, working on a blog banner and what happens BEEP. I go running in the bedroom, RICHARD THE BEEPING STARTED AGAIN DIDN'T YOU FIX IT? Well I reset it and it stopped. I said, did you check my moms wing? He said no, it stopped doing it. So hear i go again, ripping them all off the ceiling. Of course Richard wont let me get the 18 ft ladder from the garage so I can reach the last one. I swear I'm made enough to burn this house down!!!!!!!!!! Oh well, I guess a shot of grey goose and ear plugs are in order. Night Night

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Its been days!

Yes it's been days since my last post. I am really sorry, I have had one million things going on and had a couple of books I had to get done and I just neglected my blog. Me bad! I have also neglected Christmas decorating. I finally just put up a little alpine tree I normally put in my office as I just could not get in the mood to spend a hundred dollars on a tree. I, like many others are worried, rightfully so, about the economy. I have already spent more than I wanted on my Xmas gifts. But I am done and will not be buying another thing. So here is a Happy Holiday Tree, Cindy style. Yes, unfortunately there are deer horns on the wall behind the tree! I live with Mr. Hunter so I have to deal with these things all the time. I hope everyone has a great week!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday thoughts

Well, it seems like it Monday and Tuesday has flown by. Coming back from vacation is always hard. My desk was piled high, plus all the problems that occurred in one little week I was away. But coming home tonight and just sitting down typing my thoughts really makes me feel better.

Why cant people work instead of talking on their cells phones or reading their personal emails on my dime. The rules protect the employee at the expense of the employer. They have no worries while I worry about paying the bills, paying their salaries, will there be enough for Xmas bonus's this year? The majority of my staff have no worries while only a handful give me a 110% They should worry. If things keep going as they are going, many more people will be out of work.

Well enough venting, time to eat the yummy dinner my hubby made me!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday Fun

I spent time with my pal Nancy today. She is the mother of twins that I display them in my layouts. Love doing that for her and I was soooooo happy to spend time with her today.

Class kick off was today at simply scrapbooks. I debut my monthly hybrid class with the goal of learning a new technique each month. It will be the third Thursday of every month starting in January. Here is January's class. We will learn how to make a border with a brush.

Yes, this a picture of myself and my twin sister Lindy in 1964.

I also did a couple of Xmas cards for my family. I thought they were really cute with my pal Candra's pictures.!

Well as my vacation and post comes to an end, I hope everyone has a super holiday season.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's Simple

It's very simple, don't piss me off! In today's economy, we all are trying to find ways to cut our costs. I decided that the $150.00 a month I was paying for cable and Internet service was too much. My son Garrett had the same service for $100.00 a month. So I called Brighthouse and said, I want my bill to be lower. I want it to be a $100.00 a month just like my sons. They said sorry, no can do. I said my son lives a half a mile from me with same services and he pays less. They said its a promo. I said I will cancel my service if you do not lower it. They said hold please, let me check. They came back on the line and said we can lower to 130.00 a month. I said no, I want $100.00. Well needless to say, they did not do it and I switched to direct TV. Thus I needed to change my Internet service since I will not pay brighthouse another dime! I received my new DSL modem in the mail today and just set it all up. Tomorrow I am going to take my box back and give them a piece of my mind. And yes, I know pay $80.00 a month total with an extra DVR in my bedroom!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Well I am back from Vegas in one piece and had a great time with my pal Debbie. We ate well, shopped till we dropped, had a few cosmos and wrapped the gifts we bought. I only need one more gift and I am done. Yippee!!!! Anyway this past weekend, I had my whole family here for My pal Candra took great great pics and I wanted to share one of them with all of you.

Now that I am back home, I have lots to catch up on and get done on my few precious days left of vacation. Happy Holidays!