Phyllis will be leaving this Sunday for Arizona. We have been close friends for many years. It will be difficult to let her go, but I know she wants to be near her grandson. I feel the same way. I would like to be near my grandchildren as well, but they are scattered around the country.
We pray that she and her husband Ron will have a safe trip out there and that their moving truck will have no trouble.
I just want to remember how I spent quite a bit of 'lockdown' time working jigsaw puzzles. Recently, I've even been doing some on my computer almost every day. Of course, they have limited pieces and are much simpler than an actual puzzle.
There is nothing on the layout to show what a special boy he is, so I'll just tell you a bit about our grandson. Caleb is very smart. He reads, reads and reads. He is not only a good student, but he is great at sports, with soccor being his favorite right now. His reflexes are the fastest I have ever seen. For example, he can catch a fly in midflight. Amazing! His balance has always been perfect. Even though we live so far away, I have been there and seen him play. I wish we lived closer so I could attend a game once in a while. Keep up the good work Caleb. We love you to pieces.
We just don't get enough pictures of Oliver these days. He is such a joy, such a sweet fellow. It is nice to have his great smile captured. His big front tooth is coming in and it won't be long now until it will be full sized. Thank you Oliver for the big smile.
What a beautiful day in Colorado with white snow and bright blue sky. It makes a very nice backdrop for Julia as she creates her snowman. I love seeing her lovely face when she is concentrating as she is here on her snow sculpture.
It was a joy to wake to a beautiful snow scene. Everything was white and clean as can be. I loved it...for the short time it stayed. But being in northeastern Ohio, one can expect crazy weather patterns, much like those in some other places like northeastern Colorado. It is a blessing. As you can see by the blessing, it didn't take long for the sun to come out and melt all the snow.
Some of us believe this snow may be a gift from God for our friend Phyllis, who will be moving to Arizona...and very high temperatures, in less than two weeks.
I've been thinking, perhaps the reason I've never seen the sunrise in the east is because I'm rarely up and looking out the window early enough. This picture was taken March 15th at 7:37. I am more of a night owl. However I am usally awake by 7:30, I don't go look out the window. I have things I feel are more important to do in the AM.
Since Phyllis is moving to Arizona, we have been hitting our favorite destinations, many of which are south of here in Amish country. This layout was from one of those trips to a small town with a more simple way of life. And no, I didn't buy any fudge that day.
It was just a few weeks ago that Colorado got this big beautiful snow. And now it has been in the low 80's for three days here in northeastern OH. We even broke at least one record for heat at this time of year.
It has been a very busy couple of days and tomorrow is another one. I'm feeling really behind in many ways, but I do have a layout to post tonight. It features our grandson Caleb. He had a very creative assignment at school. I tell about it on the layout. He built a product, wrote a commercial and then his dad videoed his presentation. I watched it several times as he enthusiastically sold his potatoes. I would be happier if I had more still pictures to replace the ones I 'clipped' from the video. Oh how I wish you all could see the whole thing.
I didn't post this layout back in January when I did it, but each time I run across it as I scan my layouts, it makes me smile. I need to post it. If I need those smiles, I'm sure others do as well. I haven't seen enough of them lately, but then who is to say how many is enough? Never enough smiles!
Thank you Oliver!
We are anxious for tomorrow. Easter is early, but the kids are ready...ready for Easter eggs and bunnies.
Our layout tonight frames a picture of Julia taken at Farm School in mid March. There was snow on the ground. But tomorrow will be warm in Colorado. It should be just right for the celebration of the coming of Christ from his grave. He is alive and He has taken away our sins.
The Title is "I Love My Dog." She was my birthday present almost 8 years ago. But in reality, she is OUR dog. It is a real pleasure to have a dog who loves us both so very much. She brings lots of joy to our house, especially since we've been home with her even more during the Pandemic.
She also loves other people greatly. When we had to stop having our friends into our home for life group, I do believe she suffered more than we did, probably because she just didn't understand why they didn't come to see her anymore. Not long ago, we started having a meeting again, but not all come in person. They join us on zoom instead. That just isn't the same to Maggie. She is still missing her friends intensely.
One thing about getting old...no one has pulled an April Fools trick on me today. The only thing we teased about was that yesterday it was a nice spring day and this morning we woke up to a covering of snow. It was quite cold and windy as well. I was not dressed warm enough when I went to Ladies' Bible class this morning. We went to lunch afterwards as usual, but I headed straight home from there where I could get warm. We often get some pretty bad weather in April, but year after year, I don't expect it...so that makes me an April fool.
Our friend Phyllis will be leaving for Arizona the first week in May and we are not ready to let her go. I'm posting another picture of our last outing to celebrate her and let her know how much we love her and will miss her. She had asked us to go Smithville to the Barn. We were sitting on a swing overlooking their duck pond when this picture was taken.
I was a first grade school teacher for several years before retiring to have a family. My husband and I raised 6 children, four were his and two ours. From '67 to '98, I had children at home. Loved them so much. They were my life. But now that I'm a grandmother and 'retired', I'm pretty much doing what I want. I have been an artist in oils and colored pencil. Now I'm in to digital scrapbooking big time. Besides that, I love Bible study. I belong to the most wonderful group in the world. ORU (Opinions R Us). Among the 9 of us 'girls',are opinions enough to run the world. We travel together,e-mail,'party' and all talk at the same time.
I cherish their friendship.
And my husband loves them all.