Monday, November 28, 2016

ORU Manages to Meet

 I finally got around to making this layout. The picture was taken September 19th at the Blue Door  in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  ORU (Opinions R Us) had  finally found a time all of us in the OH contingency  could meet together. As I explained on the layout itself, we just get busier and busier as we get older. I certainly didn't expect that to happen.

I just realized that we all didn't make it. There are actually 6 of us and one, Phyllis, was flying about and was not able to be with us that day.  Now, I will have to change this layout to correct that terrible mistake, but I will go ahead and post it like this now...because I am too busy to change it now...or do anything else. Not even sure why I'm posting at all tonight. I feel swamped with things that must be done this week.

OK, I couldn't stand to leave it that way, so I fixed it.

Please pray for me and I'll pray for you as well.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Can we Turn Back the Clock a Few Days?

I'm very happy with this layout. I adore this picture of Caleb and his baby sister, Julia. He  is a very loving boy. He has been so good to his little brother and now, Julia. It makes me so content when I see all that love in his eyes.

The soft feel of the page fits his gentleness. It is just too sweet.

I am so far behind already this season. I like to get my tree up the day after Thanksgiving and tomorrow will be four days late. I pray we get it up then, because if we don't, we'll have to wait at least two more days, making us about a week past my preferred timing. On top of that, I haven't shopped for family, just for things like Samaritan Purse and other things for the needy. Yes, those things are important, but so are my little grandchildren.  I would like to buy for the whole family, but several of our kids prefer that we buy only for the young children.  I'm praying that I will get some ideas for what to get soon.

Oh, and I am making a few gifts, which are not completed either. Can we put off Christmas a couple of weeks? It surely would take a load off me right now. Or maybe just stop the clock for a few days.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

It's a Guy Thing

These old fellows like to gab. They entertain each other quite well. It is good for Ron to have a neighbor like Norm and his brother, Denny who like to get together.  It is sad that Denny has to spend so much time in Florida.  Sad for Ron, that is. I think Denny can get in a lot more golf down there.

In the news: I found  out today that Fidel Castro has died. There were people in Florida, most of Cuban heritage who were celebrating in the streets. In one way it was very strange to see people celebrating a death of a wicked man. One of our friends said it just seemed very wrong to do so. He is right. As people commanded to love others as ourselves, it is probably not right to celebrate. Yet these  people, their families and friends had suffered immeasurably at his hands, since he took over their country. He killed thousands, and made all subservient to him and his abusive power. He was the first Communist dictator in this hemisphere and he has caused numerous individuals and families to escape to the United States in order to live free lives, many dying on the way.

We are told to pray for our enemies. He is one for whom we should have been offering prayers. But it is too late now. He has gone to his 'reward'. For that we can be sad; but others just can't see it that way. God bless them all and help them resolve their anger.

And while you are thinking about it, pray also for those who have oppressed us in this country. Pray for all our leaders. Pray especially for guidance and protection of our newly elected president.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tasty Toes and Christmas Shopping

Back in August, Julia was still chewing on her sweet toes. Now she is standing.  Since I am behind, I haven't done a layout of the picture that proves my statement. But it will be ready in the coming days, so keep near-bye. 

Well, thanksgiving is officially over now. Black Friday is done, at least in my timezone.  April and I did go to a couple of stores today, one was called the Bird's Nest. It features the minimalist  look. It was very interesting to me, but we were the only ones there besides the two clerks. Actually the reason no one was there is they generally do business only with professional decorators, etc. April bought something and I saw something I would like to have, but just didn't want to spend the money.

We also went to Tuesday Morning. They specialize in both domestic and international closeouts of medium to high-end name brand gifts, soft home, home furnishings, housewares, luggage, toys, seasonal items, gourmet food and fashion accessories for men, women and children. I love the store and was hoping to find some gifts. Found six and bought a few things for myself as well. It is good to get them when you see them, because the turnaround is fairly quick and it  could be gone the next time you are there.  It turns out that April loves the store as well. I'm sure she will go back the next time she is in the area. 

Now, we are in the Christmas season. Can't be, can it? We still have beautifully colored trees seemingly full of leaves.  It really isn't conducive to dragging out Christmas trees and  boxes, but it must be  done. I'm late already, since I usually start the day after Thanksgiving.  I feel like Christmas just jumped on me out of the bushes.  

On top of that, I realized today that our youngest grandson, Oliver, has a birthday December 10!  I need to go shopping!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful for Family

It is nice to see Ron sit down for a few minutes without falling asleep because he has been working all day. It has been a very laborious summer for him. Of course he likes it that way and gets very bored in the winter; but sometimes it wears me out just watching him...and cleaning up after him. All right, I didn't have to write that part...but you know. Reality is reality.

I love this man and am thankful that God brought us together; that I married him and have been a mother to his children.

It would be wonderful if we could ever get our whole family together some time; but I am thankful any time one or more can be here. Today has been a great day with April and her husband, Tim here for Thanksgiving. It has been fun for Ron and me.

I was negligent though and have no pictures to show for it. I will consciously try tomorrow to get a few.

In case you missed our president's thanksgiving message, it is here:

I hope you take time to watch it. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

You've heard, "It is the thought that counts." Well, I've often thought when people said that, it meant the gift wasn't the best, but they appreciated the thought. Now,  I believe that is just a negative way of looking at it. Perhaps that is because I found myself loving this scarf all the more because not only is it beautiful and comfortable, but it was very thoughtful of Chelle to hand make it...and with my monogram as well.  In other words, I love it and I love her. Thank you, Chelle.

Tomorrow in Thanksgiving and I am thankful for so much. I'm thankful that God gave me life and a free will, so that I could choose to serve Him. He doesn't force us to do His will. He asks us  to follow Him.

I am thankful for my family, for each one of the children and grandchildren...and my husband as well.

I am thankful that I had great parents who set a good example for me.

I am thankful for my church family, who love each other dearly and offer support for each other.

I am thankful that God taught me to love my fellow man. I, like Him, get aggravated sometimes, but I still want them to find their way to God and be with us in heaven someday. 

Hoping all who read this will have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow.

I'll pray for you. Please pray for me. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Playing with Layers

Nothing I like better than willing, smiling models, especially when they are my children and grandchildren! Here are John and his family out for a day in the country.

I enjoy making layouts. Today was a new experience. Instead of starting from scratch...I began with a  Layer Works product from Designer Digitals. It is a finished layout with all the layers of elements right on it, all in one psd.

If I had used it just the way it was done, it would have had one larger picture and the 4 tiny film spaces as well. I added two pictures and moved some of the elements around while subtracting others. I also changed the size from a 12x12 to a size of 3249x2574 pixels...which is the size I make to fit my book pages at

I definitely used more elements and brushes than I would have ordinarily, since my style is a lot less cluttered; but I do like this look occasionally.

My new favorite TV show is called Tucker Carlson Tonight at 7:00 on the FOX News Channel. Oh my goodness. He is good at making his point.

Pray for a peaceful uniting of our people. After all, we call ourselves the United States.