Design Team: Scrappin’ Your Heart Out (SYHO) Design Theme: Love To Learn
Sometimes – well, a lot of the time – I fail to listen to my “inner voice”. My intuition. I suppose that most of us are like that. Life is busy with noise and grit. This morning I was at the grocery store with a rather large shopping list. I made my way to the checkout lines, and there were very few open. I pushed my cart over to the aisle to wait my turn. I turned around and a woman had pushed her cart behind me. She only had a few items. I pushed my cart to the side and waved her in front of me. A few minutes later, another woman pulled up behind me in the checkout line. She only had a few things in her basket, as well. I thought (selfishly) that if I keep stepping aside for small basket loads, I will be here all day……….But, I just couldn’t do it. That inner voice told me I needed to step aside and let her go in front of me. She was very grateful, and as her things rang up (among them a lovely plant with purple flowers….) she said: “how did you know that I was late for an appointment?” Well, I didn’t. But I could sense the unease in her movements and face. I guess I’m only recounting this tiny experience because it has reminded me to be more aware of others. My agoraphobia sometimes forms a protective barrier around me when I need to be out and about. I need to open myself up more, really “see” people.
My husband and I went to the coast this past week, and it was a lovely experience to spread his brother’s ashes in the sea. The sunset was brilliant and beautiful, the sky filled with colors of fire as the ashes fell into the sea. The ashes had been mixed with orchids from Hawaii. And the very next morning there was a lovely rainbow arc about the sea.
At Sunset – Rockaway Beach, Oregon
“Love to Learn” is the theme for this month’s Blog Train. I no longer have kids in school, but even if you don’t either, there should be some items that will work just fine for other layouts. Please be sure to visit the other designers in the Blog Train to find more lovely items for your scrapping.
Design Team: Scrap Designers Design Team: Hot Air Balloons Designer: The Rush Ranch
For those of you that downloaded papers from my last post, Enchanted, please note that papers # 7 & 8 have been updated. Those links were pointing to papers # 5, in error.
I think that I have updated all of the 2018 & 2017 links to my designs. There was one small valentine’s day kit that I could not find, and that is noted on the page. I’ll update after I locate the files. Thanks for your patience. (And thanks to Debbie, for your very thoughtful assistance!)
I am heading to the coast of Oregon for a couple of days, while the family spends time together and spreads the ashes of my husband’s brother. It will be a somewhat melancholy time together, but an important part of closure for everyone.
Please check out the designers on the Blog Train Role. They really hit the target with their hot air balloons! I only designed two and they are a bit unusual, I know.
For those in the USA, I hope that you had a great Fourth of July celebration with friends and family.
I have some older kit designs from the year 2016. I have decided to go ahead and upload them for you, along with a warning that, back then, I always seemed to make 100 or more papers at a time, and each file was large. I was learning and growing and didn’t really consider how difficult large downloads were. It’s a big learning curve, once you start designing for others. So, as I get them gathered, I will upload them, a random thing over the next month or so. The quality of design is hit and miss. My feelings won’t be hurt if you don’t wish to download.
For those of you waiting (and waiting….) for me to update all of my previous year 2018 links, I think I have them all moved to the new server. All of them. Please let me know if you have any issues with the 2018 links.
I have started on 2017 links………….egads!
Hey, if you haven’t checked it out already, you may be interested in the Facebook group: Share Your Digi Scrap Freebies. If the link doesn’t take you there accurately, just search for the group name. Almost daily some talented designer is sharing free designs for you to download. You’ll have the opportunity to discover new designers, too.
What a fantastic weather day it is! In the mid 70’s, sunny, gentle breeze. Perfect. Makes me wish that the sun would never go down on this day. It’s a good day to get centered and grounded within, pull close to friends and family and ignore the din and noise of politics and world affairs. It makes me tired and sad sometimes, the “outside” world, so I try to keep my focus and love simply on my circle of influence.
There is a “She Shed” going up at the Rush Ranch. A small affair – nothing fancy, but will be handy as it is positioned right by the garden. It will be great for starting new seedlings and storage of garden supplies. It will have a front porch, and will actually have a somewhat nice view of the valley floor, below. Here are a few photos.
On the animal front, success has been achieved, at long last. We have finally – after almost a YEAR of unsuccessful attempts – figured out how to feed Douglas, the dog. I know that may sound weird, but hear me out. As you may remember, Douglas is a trained hunting dog, a German Shorthair, whose owner passed away in August of last year. Douglas had nowhere else to go, so we adopted him. He would eat his dry food, which we keep out and available 24/7. But he would eat a can of dog food at dinner time for his prior owner. We were feeding him the same kind, but often he would appear to just not want it. I thought that perhaps a lot of it was that he was grieving. I would hold his bowl for him and tell him what a good boy he was, etc….. we would have some success, but it was never right. Finally the other day we were talking about our old friend, and how he fed Douglas. He would sit by Douglas in a chair, and smoke a cigarette while Douglas ate. So we joked about sitting in the chair and taking up smoking. But finally my husband said, can it be that simple? To sit next to Douglas in a chair, as he eats? And it was! And it is! We are such a pair of lugnuts, my husband and I. To take months to figure that out? Duh.
Dealing with a bout of bronchitis this week. Husband finally asked me to go to the doctor’s to check it out, so now I am on meds and should be better by the time you read this. My family got tired of hearing me say “It’s just a chest cold! I’ll treat it with hot lemon water and honey!…..” and then cough my lungs out. Are you like me? Hate to go to the doctor’s, and wait until the last minute to take care of yourself? It’s an interesting psychological mindset – Do we think that we are not important enough to seek immediate attention? Do we try to convince ourselves that we are too busy? Do we think that it is silly to inconvenience medical staff over a silly cold? I don’t know why I do the things I do – being human is complicated. I just know that, in my attempt to be kind to others, I must remember to be kind to myself, as well.
Design Team: Scrappin’ Your Heart Out Design Theme: Gateway to Summer Designer: The Rush Ranch
My husband has started building a little greenhouse/shed out by the garden. I am staying out of the way while the building is going on. My job is to deliver sandwiches and cold drinks. Oh – and the occasional “Great job, Honey!” I think this tiny building will be used more for storage of his various tools, than anything else, because there doesn’t appear to be any windows for sunlight in the design. I think this is like the joke about the man that buys his wife a fishing pole for her birthday, even though she doesn’t fish? So he is building a windowless greenhouse…….hummmmm. But, it keeps him active and busy, and that is good for him. He turns 74 years old this year and has not yet started to slow down. The love of my life.
You may have already heard that our dogs – two of the three – thought it an excellent idea to chase a skunk. Ugh. Douglas and Abigail were immediately put into the shower, scrubbed with Dawn dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide to break up the skunk oil, and then scrubbed again. They still have a slight scent, but we will just have to tough it out for a few days until the scent finally dissipates. Of all the things that they could chase around here, they choose the skunk. And most skunk families have their babies by now, so you don’t mess with the mom and her babies.
My daughter was driving home from work late last evening, and saw a tiny kitten on the side of the road, playing and chasing bugs in the tall grass. She stopped to get it, but it wouldn’t come to her – it took off in the field, probably back to its mom. So our mission is to keep on checking in that area, to find that family of kits. Barn cats are common in a farming community, but I would much rather they be OUR barn cats because we put out feed every day for our one barn fella. I haven’t been able to tame him, but I keep working on it. People need to take better care of each other, and their animals.
I hope that you can find some use for some of my designs from this blog train, and I will release another set on July 1st.
Design Team: Scrap Designer’s Design Theme: Here Comes The Sun Designer: The Rush Ranch
Well. Interesting visit to see MIL. She fell the day before we got there. She didn’t break anything but she got a concussion and deep tissue contusions. When the emergency room gave her a CT scan for the concussion, they found a tumor in her brain. I’ve been with her for two days since that diagnosis, and she is a remarkable woman. She is just going to let it take its course. No surgery, no chemo. Just let it ride. She is in no pain. It does impact her balance a bit, and some thinking when she tries to think of a word to use. I admire her decision, and I would do the same. She says that she has lived a good life. At age 86, she has buried three wonderful husbands. I get such a kick out of her. I love her and admire her fortitude and faith. No matter what, God is good.
The theme for the blog train this month is “Here Comes the Sun”. Such beautiful and bright colors! Please visit the other designers listed in the blog train, below my downloads.
Just in case you are wanting to download some of my previous year files, I am still making the switch from Dropbox to Media Fire. I have completed files from the current day, back to August 2018. Anything prior to that is still being transferred. I wish that I had a fast internet speed, but it is what it is. There is no transfer protocol between the two services, so I must upload all the files from my laptop.
My husband and I are taking a fast road trip for a few days in early June, across the State of Oregon to see his mother in Bend, and then up to Seattle to see our granddaughter. My husband loves road trips, and I like seeing the scenery – We are a good match. It will be a nice break from the busyness of the church work, as we get the congregation ready to vote for a new pastor on June 9th. The Lord keeps pointing me to the words “Patient Endurance”. There is an end to all of the work, and it is all for good.
We have had a very wet spring, and today thunder rolled across the valley for much of the day. Douglas and Murphy (the dogs) are clinging to my husband’s legs, most of the time. They hate the noise of it all. Since Jake the cat is deaf, he doesn’t mind a bit. He sleeps through it all. Even though it has been raining, my daughter was kind enough to work out in the wet to plant three new grapes vines for me. Now my “Vineyard” consists of five plants! And, I will assume that it will take another year for them to start producing fruit. I’m going to ask for raspberry bushes for my birthday, so I can get that patch a little more full. I only have two raspberry bushes, and one blackberry bush at this time. (My kids are always wanting to know what I want for my birthday – Plants!)
The butterflies like my baby lilac bushes. The bushes are so young that they have tiny blossoms.
Lots of rain in our area this week, and it’s bad news for the farmers. Either their fields are flooded, or the seed that they have planted has floated out of place or away. Not much we can do but stand by and see what the end result will be. Praying for an end to their bad luck. We did have an evening where the clouds lifted a bit, and sunset drenched the mountains with color. I took a quick photo with my phone. My phone doesn’t want to capture the darker reds, but this will give you some idea of how pretty it was.
Enjoy your month of June – be kind to each other – be kind. Be helpful. It makes everything a little easier, a little better for everyone.
Design Team: Scrappin’ Your Heart Out Design Theme: Modern Mauve Designer: The Rush Ranch
The way that the scrapping works for this design team, is that you are allowed to add two additional colors to the chosen palette. I am thankful for that, as I always have a hard time sticking to a set of colors. I try to conform, but I know that I must frustrate our moderators at times. Please check out the other designers in the blog roll below, because they are much better at following instructions than I.