Sunday, August 23, 2015


 I've been back to work for a couple of weeks, but tomorrow is actually the first day of school.  
 It has been a busy couple of weeks . . . so a fun weekend was in order.  Homemade salsa . . . time with Charlotte . . . a baseball game . . . a Totoro puzzle . . . watching The Wizard of OZ (more than one time).  Charlotte is very much into playing dress up these days.  She told me that she needs a Dorothy dress and a scarecrow outfit . . . and the tin man, and the witch.  I will be making a trip to the fabric store this week.  I think I will start with Dorothy . . . 
Fun is easy when you are with the people you love.

I am looking forward to tomorrow.
I love the first day of school!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

zombie doll swap . . .

I had a friend send me a link to this zombie doll swap.
I have never participated in a swap before.  This one is perfect for me to start with.
I am so excited!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Countdown . . .

"Don't count the days.  
Make the days count."
It is actually 76 days until Halloween, but the way the blocks are numbered it doesn't give me a combination to make 76 . . .  I guess I won't be able to do 67 either. 
 Maybe I am counting just way to far ahead . . . no, never to early to look forward to Halloween.
These are just plastic blocks with stickers on them.  I think I will have Richard cut me out some wood blocks and I will paint my own numbers on them.  I rearranged by desk at work a little bit yesterday . . . I think this little skeleton calendar will find a place there. 

Halloween . . . 76 days
Thanksgiving . . . 102 days
Christmas . . . 131 days
First day of School . . . 8 days
The Walking Dead, Season 6 . . . 56 days

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today . . . 8.11.15

I picked up a Day of the Dead votive candle today . . . and decided that I had painted on my skull enough to call it good.  I added a few rhinestone stickers and can't wait to decorate with it this October.  I picked up the candle holder at Pier1 this afternoon.  My friend had been in there and was anxious to tell me that they had their Fall/Halloween decorations out.  I hate that they rush holidays so.  Halloween decorations are my favorite, but I truly think August is way to early to have items on display.  Even worse . . .  there were Halloween decorations on display at Michael's in July.  Don't even get me going about Christmas.  I understand why they do this . . . but I do not have to like it.  I do like my new candle holder and my skull . . . and a few other things that I bought today . . . but I think I will wait until October to post about those.

This is my first week back at work after Summer Break.  I don't always look forward to going back  to work (which I believe is completely normal), but it also is always exciting to go back.  It doesn't matter that I am an adult . . . there is nothing like the first day of school . . . or the first day of Summer vacation.  I can't enjoy that first day of Summer vacation until we start all over again . . . . . 

I am busy, and a little tired, and motivated, and irritated, and regretting just a little bit not doing more work while I was off this summer, BUT . . .
  •  I love being busy.  I actually function best when I am facing deadlines and working in chaos. 
  • I have a husband who nags me to get enough rest when I get over tired.  I listen a little more than I used to.
  •  The motivation just carries over into everything I do, whether I am at work or at home.  Who knows . . . I may paint my bathroom the week that school starts.  
  • Irritated . . . yes, but that never lasts long with me . . . and it takes a whole lot to really bother me. 
  • Regret . . . not even worth it.  I can't change yesterday.  
For Today . . .
Outside my window . . . dark and still very warm
I am thinking . . . that today has been a great day.
I am thankful for . . . a husband who nags me to take care of myself - If only I would listen.
From the kitchen . . . rice bowls with pineapple chicken.  
I am wearing . . . cut off sweats and a cami
I am creating . . . the Day of the Dead skull that I just finished . . . and lots of art journal pages.
I am going . . . to stay up way to late tonight - I can already tell.
I am reading . . . Paper Cranes, by Cheryl Koenigs
I am hoping . . . that my wrist feels better soon.  I injured it about a week ago.  It actually feels worse even though I have been icing it regularly and keeping it braced.  
I am hearing . . . Dean Martin
Around the house . . . sleeping cat, shopping bags filled with Halloween decorations, candles & incense, a big pot of decaf coffee.
One of my favorite things . . . a small metal hanging sculpture I bought in Cambri (A heart with wings).  I need to take a picture of that.
A few plans for the rest of the week . . . work, work, and more work
From my picture journal . . .


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Old doodles and a bag . . .

 I went into work for a little while today.  These are June doodles that I left behind a few weeks ago.  I completely left work behind me this summer.  Usually I go in and work a little bit from home, but not this summer.  It felt great!  These doodles made me smile and made me realize that going back to work really won't be so bad.  The beginning of the school year is always crazy busy, but I love crazy busy!  In fact, I think I may just be a little too relaxed.  (If that is possible.)    
I tie dyed this canvas bag that we got at Farmer's Market back when we tie dyed t-shirts.  I used Aleena's Fabric Glue to glue on the Minnie Mouse and rickrack.  I'm not extremely thrilled with it, but I thought it would be great for groceries . . . unless Charlotte (who is a huge Micky and Minnie fan) decides that she need to play with it.  

Monday, August 3, 2015

love matters . . .

Today we wandered and shopped . . . and ate and laughed and kissed and wandered some more . . . and napped and watched the sunset.  
Message for today . . . LOVE MATTERS!