Friday, December 9, 2016

Chilly but Festive


Happy weekend everyone. I'm glad the work week is done. The kids are getting so antsy and have lost all their ambition and interest in school.  When they're working in class inevitably one of them puts holiday music on their phone and so then we all get more interested in the music than working. Ok, I am just as bad as the kids. I will let them play holiday music on their phones for us when the rest of the time I am being a nag and getting them to keep them in their backpacks. 
I finally got my snow tires put on my car, just in time as we might get some more snow Sunday night and Monday.  And today the real winter cold arrived.  Brrr. I've got the wood stove started tonight because when this wind howling it seems the house never stays warm enough without it burning.
So I have some holiday greenery for you today. I had fun making this page in my journal. Its a mixture of doodling, stamping, painting and using a few die cuts. Something about Christmas means you need some greenery. If I had time I'd have it all over the house, but seeing I still need to finish putting up a few things so I can put the boxes away,  I don't think it will be happening this year. :)
I would love to spend this whole weekend home, especially since its going to be cold, but we're having lunch on Saturday with my husband's cousin, The hubby is excited to see him and I'm hoping to enjoy some holiday decorations in Portsmouth as well as a little different company. And my department at work is having their holiday get together Saturday evening. Luckily this year's host has a 3 year old so the festivities are starting early- and that means we can get home early. I'm all for that on a cold night.
And I am refusing to go anyplace on Sunday.  I think I might not even get out of my pjs. 
Hopefully.
Enjoy your weekend. Hope you are up to something enjoyable.



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Good, Bad and Ugly Doodling


I've got some new art photos on my phone that I have yet to unload, so today some older journal pages from last month. Lots of doodling-some I like, some I can only laugh at., and some that is just plain ugly.
But that's what this journal I keep is all about.  
Its been a busy week and I am ready for it to be the weekend. Between getting snow tires for my car which has turned into a 2 afternoon project, and last night my book club finally got back together again after almost 3 years.  Its was great to get back together again and enjoy some good talk, and I'm glad we are planning on meeting again. Since its been a cold, dark and snowy week, I'd love to be home making Christmas cookies and making some art and even cleaning my house a bit. But oh well, 2 more weeks until my holiday break,
Hope all is well with you
and you are surviving this holiday season with a smile.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Season of Light, Hope, Peace and Love

Happy Wednesday everyone. Today I have another journal spread for Valerie's theme over at   Art Journal Journey , Light and Darkness.
 Photographing art at this time of year is soooo difficult (as many of you know) with all the darkness. Always shadows everywhere from those electric lights. And getting the colors to look like they are, impossible practically. The background on my page is gold, not brown. AUGH!
But candle light is golden and stars sparkle.
And like where many of you live, the snow has come to New Hampshire.
I'm NOT ready for it at all, even if it is pretty.
Have a great day and I appreciate your stopping by for a visit.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pizza, Beer and Art-What a Combo

Tuesday again! A big hello to the T Gang!
But first, I  finished up a couple of pages for this month's new challenge at Art Journal Journey.
The theme is Light and Darkness, hosted by the talented Valerie.
Here's one of them.
So this past weekend while I was doodling away in my journal, I used markers and created this page  with  colored Christmas lights sparkling in a Christmas tree. Of course making the lights with markers didn't make them very exciting, so I took some paint and painted them so they'd be bright, and then I used some clear glitter glue to make them sparkle and shine. I added the snowflake ornament and the joy word, both which were die cuts. 
And for T Day. how about a visit back to my favorite college hang out for pizza and beer? 
Last weekend I traveled to Maine with my college sweetheart, now my husband, along with my daughter and her sweetheart.  We went to a hockey game, but after the game we went for pizza at the place my husband and I used to regularly stop by on Friday nights for  dinner.
Of course no Friday night pizza in college would be complete without a pitcher of beer, What I love about this place (still) is that is it hasn't changed since back in the day. Its the same basement dive where college students always hung out. I think the only difference is now there are a couple of big screen tvs. 
You can kind of see bits behind this pitcher in this photo.
Now there are lots of places for the students to hang out at in Orono, Maine, but back in the late 1970's and early 1980's Pat's Pizza was  just about the only place to go get pizza and beer. In fact the most famous alumni of my school, Stephen King the author, mentions Pat's Pizza in his book Lisey's Story. I'm sure he used to hang out there to back in his day too.
This is my favorite, double dough (since the crust is very thin), pepperoni and onions. You used to be only able to get this single small pizza's, but now you can get large family size versions. I still like the small ones, which I can't even finish.
Now these 2 are a lot closer to their college days, but they didn't seem to mind hanging out with us "old" folks.
Stop by Elizabeth's blog to see what the rest of the T Gang have been enjoying for drink and food.
Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ito the Maine Woods-Road Trip Weekend

 Hi everyone. Hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm home from my Saturday into Sunday journey into the northern woods of  Maine. 
We were going up to my and the hubby's college Alma mater for a hockey game against our "arch" rival team, which happens to be the Alma mater of my daughter and her boyfriend.
The University of Maine verses the University of New Hampshire.
 Here's a snapshot, mostly of the University of Maine team warming up before the game.
Its always a heated game because of the "border war", as its called. Back in 1999 these 2 teams ended up in the National Championship Game playing each other for the highest collegiate hockey trophy (at least here in the US). The game was a tie at the end, and it went into overtime. In overtime Maine scored and won, and New Hampshire has always had a little bit of a sore spot because of that. And because the 2 states border each other, its called the Border War.
Its always a wild game when we play, and even though New Hampshire won last night's game by a couple of points, it was an intense and fun game to watch. I actually felt bad for the Maine players because they really did outplay the other team, but just don't have any really good scorers .
And how about this nice looking group of rival fans? It was lots of fun traveling with my daughter Katie and her friend Zach. Plus for the hubby and myself there was the extra bonus of visiting where we both went for our undergraduate degrees. Unfortunately with the hubby still recouping from his heart surgery, we didn't do tons of walking around on campus, but it was still nice to drive around and see what had changed in the last couple of years since we'd visited. And as I was the driver, I didn't get to take very many photos to show you either.
Even the pups came for a weekend get away, although they sat in the car during the game. We always stay at this dog friendly hotel, and these 2 were really good.

The drive takes 3 1/2- 4 hours, so we left early so the hubby could take a little nap before the game. While he was relaxing, I did a bit of doodling in my journal, since I brought it and some Pitt markers along with some  pens along with me.
It may not be the most exciting art, nor is it finished, but it was fun for me to get a little color play in.
On our drive home today we stopped at LL Bean ( a big outdoor clothing and outdoor outfitter here in the US) and battled the holiday shopping crowds. When we got home in the late afternoon I took a long nap, and now its Sunday evening about we're just about back into another work week.
And for Monday they are saying snow!
Oh my. A least it didn't come while we were in weekend transit. That might have put a big damper on our fun!
Happy new week everyone.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Second on the Second for December

I didn't want to get up this morning and so I almost forgot.Then I looked at the calendar and realized it's the second on the second. Time to repost  an older  blog post. Stop by   Elizabeth's blog  to see some second viewings and link up your your own second viewing if you're interested.
Here's a photo from the art I showed in my post on December 12, 2014.  You can read the original post here
I love the sentiment of this journal page, and I also love the layering and textures in the background too.
So its not only the second of the month but also Friday. I'm excited about this weekend. For my husband's birthday way back in October I bought him hockey game tickets for our college alma mater up in Maine. They are playing our school rival, which is my daughter and her boyfriend's alma mater. So with the hope he would be up and about, I got 4 tickets so we could all go to the game. And as he's improved enough to really be back up on his feet-at least enough to be chauffeured by me to the game, We are heading up tomorrow to use those tickets. I'm excited to go as this is the first game we've made it to this year, and also excited since it will be a little change of scenery and a night away for us. And even more excited we get to spend the weekend with my daughter and her boyfriend too. :)
But first, I need to get through one more day at school. Hopefully I can wake up enough to function today! :) Ha-ha.
Happy Friday and Happy weekend.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Has Arrived

Ho-Ho-Ho.  December has arrived-which is shocking me because it was just July and we were enjoying the warm sunny summer weather.
Now its time to think about  holidays and pretty soon we'll be thinking about a new year.
Holy cow!
So today I have a little bit more from my Christmas journal. A vintage Santa I printed and cut out along with these fun little reindeer buttons that I snipped the backs off so they could be glued on the page.
And I have this  Christmas Santa collection.  It started when my mother-in-law would give me one each year for Christmas, and then my husband and daughter started giving me one. I've got quite the collection at this point.
And how about this crafty wreath my daughter made this fall. Its made with clothes pins to clip your Christmas cards to.  I like it. :)
Happy new month!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tis the Season Has Arrived

OK, November is just about out of here. Wow, where did it go?
I've been doing a bit of decorating on these dark nights because that holiday spirit has hit me. Taking it slow and having fun with it.
I've also been working in the Christmas journal I made.
 A stamp collage. I don't remember where I got all of these vintage stamps and stickers but I was glad to find them when I was going through my holiday stash.
 This sock monkey was a postcard that came in box with a couple of holiday gifts I bought online. I colored him, cut him out and added him to my page. On the card was the  sock monkey fact and I thought would be fun to add to my page. I remember when I  was pregnant with my daughter all those years ago one of my coworkers made me a red heeled sock monkey for the baby.

And a little collaged page on the right with some other items like a map tag, a Santa sticker, the polar bears off a diet coke bottle, some snow paper, a stamped Santa sleigh and some mitten die cuts. 
I've been digging through my little box of scraps (those pieces too good to throw away) to find all these bits. :)
With hubby recuperating so nicely, I am hoping I have a little more time in December than I did in November.  But then again I know how December can get. :) A lot of fun and a little bit crazy.
Thanks for stopping by to visit.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

T For Tuesday- the Thanksgiving Edition

Tuesday is here, and that means, its another T Day. A big hello to the T gang. Today I thought I would share my Thanksgiving dinner with you.
I had a quiet Thanksgiving this year. With the hubby recuperating from his heart surgery and me just wanting a low key day at home. it ended up just being 3 of us for dinner, my husband, my daughter and myself. My daughter's boyfriend came later in the day for dessert and brought a yummy pumpkin pie he baked with him.
I spent a lot of my day cooking, which was actually quite fun since I had no time restraints and no company I needed to entertain.
I got up early and made an apple pie.
 And I decided to try to try this filling in a jaw.
 Just mix it with eggs, pour it into a shell and bake.
No one likes pecan pie but me, and I will say pie in a jar was actually quite good.
 I roasted the turkey, made the stuffing, made a sweet potato casserole and roasted some winter squash too.
 My table wasn't fancy but still felt fall festive.
You can see the pills my husband has to take each meal because of his kidney failure. For some reason he put them on his plate.
And here's my dinner. You can see I had a glass of white wine with my meal.
And then after dinner ended and we had cleaned up, we had a 5 hour Clue game marathon.
Even when my daughter's boyfriend arrived he joined in, and we took a little dessert break and played some more.
I don't think we've ever had such a quiet holiday, but it was just as fun as when we've had dinner with a big crowd.
To see what other T gang ladies have been up to, stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's Blog.
And if you have a drink/food related post you can link up too.
Happy T Day!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bits and Bobs

Hi everyone. Its Sunday evening as I write this and I am trying to get myself excited to go back to work tomorrow. It will be tough-ha-ha, but I can handle it. This will be my first 5 day week since October, but the good news is the hubby is improving a lot so that I don't feel worried about him, unless he decides he can do things he isn't yet suppose to do (like heavy lifting and driving). Today he goes back to see the surgeon so we will hopefully find out when he can go back to work (which he says he is ready to do) and can drive again. I don't know if the doctor will give him the go ahead or not, but my husband is convinced he will. :)
I have another collage page for you today. It has No faces, NO leaves and No wings. So I am linking up to Art Journal Journey, which is hosted this month by Susi. 
I made this page yesterday when I said the heck with the mess in my house and spent the whole afternoon playing in my happy place. I used up a bunch of die cuts and other pieces that were piled up on my table. I also had a mail envelope which I cut out the mail piece.
I'm glad I had this time, even better that my daughter took my husband out. he wants to go someplace every day as he is sick of sitting home. It is why I was out and about so much this weekend, but I had my stay home day yesterday. Even better I had some arty time which made me happy.
This week in the evening I want to work on getting the rest of my holiday decorations up. I think this is the first Thanksgiving weekend I didn't do that.
Oh well, things will get done eventually.
Enough said here.
Have a great new week everyone.



Saturday, November 26, 2016

No Paint

Its been a busy  and fun Thanksgiving weekend in my world. I've eaten too much delicious food, played lots  rounds of the kid's board game CLUE, gone shopping, and then some more shopping. My house is a mess with Christmas decoration boxes. I've done some of  my decorating. At least I finally got all the Thanksgiving dishes (that were clean) put away. But the piles of laundry  need to be attacked. Now I am ready for a relaxing vacation. Too bad the weekend winds down tomorrow. :)
So I haven't done any art at all, but here's a journal page I finished up before the holiday weekend. 
I made it by layering colored paper, old sewing patterns, paper from an old phone book and and some printed tissue paper. Then I added some stamped images, some paper measuring tape (left behind by one of my husband's visiting nurses) and a cloth bow. I colored the stamped stars with a gold marker.
I'm linking up to Art Journal Journey. This month Susi is hosting and the theme is collage-but NO faces, leaves or wings. 
I know November is winding time but there is still time  to join in.
And I am also linking up to Try It On Tuesday. The present theme is layering, and I think this page works just perfect for that.
So I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and enjoy what is left to it.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Turkey Day

I made this silly turkey page in my journal. 
I want to wish all of you that celebrate Thanksgiving a happy day.
And I want to say thanks to  all my blog friends and readers. I am thankful I've gotten to know all of you. 
And to all of you who may not celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to wish you a good day too. 
I'll be back later this weekend! 💗💗💗

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Steampunkish

This page has such a bow to it. Sorry for the not so great photo, but I was trying to snap it while there was still some natural light. 
So today another page for art journal journey. This month our hostess is the talented Susi, and her theme is collage, but NO wings, faces or leaves.
My page started out with me finding this steampunk heart stamp in my stash, and somehow I got thinking about Dr Who (the old series), don't ask me how that goes together but it is how my brain works I guess.
So my page became  bit of a steampunk style page, and I must say I like it, rolled corners and so much going on.
So its just the hubby and I today, as I am off from work, the daughter is at work and the dogs went to daycare to run off some energy. Since we need to go out and get our food for Thanksgiving tomorrow, we are going to try a little shopping too.  Let's see how well hubby's energy holds out, but I think he is excited to go and have something to do. I'm excited to spend the day together.
That's all for me.  Hope everyone has a great day!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

T Stands for Thank You to Caring Friends

Happy Tuesday everyone. Another T Day has rolled around. :)  this is a cold and blustery Tuesday in m neck of the woods and the ground is still a bit white from yesterday's snow.
And its my last workday of the week before the long holiday weekend begins.
Hurrah!
With Thanksgiving in a couple of days, I thought on this T Day I would share something I am thankful for. Here's a DELICIOUS veggie lasagna that one of my friends and coworkers made for me (and my family)  when my husband came home from the hospital.

It was made with tomatoes, spinach, eggplant, mushrooms, green peppers and fresh herbs.
Yummy!
It was so good I ate it all. You can see my choice of drink with dinner that night was a big glass of cold milk.
It always impresses me to see how people's kindness comes out when you need them. :)
Such a great sentiment with Thanksgiving coming here in the US in just a couple of days.
Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to link up your T Day drink (and food) and be sure to check out what everyone else is enjoying.
So I'm tired this morning because yesterday was a pretty CRAZY day. A couple of inches of now melted snow made the roads bad for my commute into work. A tragic car roll over closed down the highway and so myself, along with everyone else, had to drive through one of the cities-right through downtown, and so it ended up taking me 2 hours to get to work (and made me 45 minutes late for the start of school). Then last night the National Honor Society group I advise ran a class competition for scholarships in the names of 3 students who died tragically in previous years here at school. The event was successful, and the parents of these students are always appreciative. I am also thankful to my 2 coworkers who advise with me, and all the awesome students on the NHS board who really are the workers and pulled off this event. 
So today I am ready to wrap up my classes and start a relaxing long weekend eating turkey! 
Thanks for stopping by to visit.
And Happy T day and Happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate)  to those of you who only stop by my blog for T.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Beep Beep

Another week begins, but for me its a short one with the Thanksgiving Holiday. I love this upcoming holiday weekend because it is so much more low key than Christmas, but still a weekend filled some fun. This year we are staying home and doing Thanksgiving with just the 3 of us because of my husband's recoupings, but the daughter's boyfriend is coming out later in the day for dessert.  I'm thankful he's coming because he is going to help my daughter and I go get our Christmas tree Friday. That's because this year the hubby won't be able to drag a tree out of the farm. We figured we might as well go get it and get it done while we are around the rest of the weekend and we have another set of muscles to help us.
So today I have a piece for both Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania. In fact I started the car for Moo Mania for the last challenge which was wheels, but then I never finished it and so I transformed it into one that fit stripes, which is the latest challenge. :) And over at Art Journal Journey the theme is collage- with no leaves, wings or faces. 
So while I write this the first snow flakes of the year are coming down, and hopefully the ground won't be white in the morning. :) But I shall see!
Enjoy your new week everyone.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Life Lately

Howdy everyone.  Its Saturday evening and the space in my back between my shoulder blades is SOO sore. With some nice weather (before it all changes tomorrow they say), I have been raking and finishing up my yard work. Yahoo! Happy to do it and even though I am sore , it is all for good.
You can see how beautiful a day it was on my morning walk today.
Luckily my daughter was home today and helped me out by running the lawn mower over the backyard to pick up the leaves.  I only wish the lawn mower could go through the gardens and over the driveway where  some large leaf dunes had formed. But I got those all cleaned up today so should we need to clean snow in a few days we won't be shoveling wet leaves along with the snow.
 I'm a little worried that we might get  deep snow. But hopefully we don't, and if we do, I have the name of a plow guy.
So I hate to say my art output is way down lately. Last week I was back to work most days and then had to do some chauffeuring of the hubby home from dialysis. Never mind we've had visiting nurses and physical therapists coming and going from the house when I am home all day which takes up time. I did  manage to start some things because I had  a couple of  hours here and there, so right now I have a pile of slightly worked on pages which I am hoping I will get  back to tomorrow.  But as always, we shall see.
But sitting with the hubby and watching some TV with him in the evening, I did finish my first knitted Christmas stocking of the year.

I had fun playing with color and pattern. My goal  for this stocking was playing with colors and the black bear image that represents my and my hubby's college alma mater. 
I started another stokcing and this time I am playing with patterns from a geometric pattern book I have.
And in the book world I've been reading about food over the last few weeks.
 This cookbook and food read was interesting cake project that was part of National Public Radio's All Things Considered show. 50+ yummy sounding recipes for me to try as  Melissa Gray, the author, made one a week and took it into the Washington DC NPR station. I really enjoyed this book.
 This book was an enjoyable light and easy read. Maybe a little too light and easy, but I think a good choice for while the hubby was in the hospital and I was doing a bunch of waiting room waiting. It also has some yummy recipes in it.  
And I am inspired to make cookies for the holidays. I think molded cookies are gorgeous. and I have a couple of new for me molds that I picked up last summer at the hospital street fair (which is like a huge yard sale). I also got 4 for 99 cents and another one for  4 dollars on eBay.  But first, I want to find out what I need to do to make perfect cookies. 
And speaking of 99 cent and $4 cookie molds, I had a gold mine when the $4 mold arrived yesterday. Look  what the seller stuffed the box with!
Tons of dressmaking pattern paper! I think I might have even been more excited about  this than the cookie mold.  Ha-ha.
Not much else new. Still nursing the hubby and getting excited for Thanksgiving coming up in less than a week. 
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Joy

Here's  journal page I made that makes me happy. Some stenciling, some paint, a bit of doodling and free cut letters, some stamps, some more paint, and some sparkly glue. 
This week is flying right by as its Thursday already. Just a week until Thanksgiving. Still don't know what we are doing, but I am hoping to have a quiet one at home. We shall see.
The hubby is doing so much better too. Its amazing after one week at home how far he has come. The physical therapist has told him he is ready to start doing some 15 minutes walks and that's the best therapy he can get. And although he still needs painkiller drugs to sleep,  he is now going all day without any painkillers which is a big hump to get over.  Maybe when he goes back next week to the doctor he will get the all clear to drive.
Its all good news. :) Step by step.
It is also hard to  believe that his surgery was 2 weeks ago already.
Not much else going on here other than another workday is beginning.
Hope your day is a good one.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Magic

This page is really different for me, but sometimes when you're playing the page takes on a life of its own. Since this month's theme  at Art Journal Journey is collage with no wings, leaves or faces, I thought this page would work.  Thanks Susi for the challenge. I am enjoying thinking in a different way than I usually do.
So this page began with some brown paint. I actually rubbed it up against another painted page to get rid of some of the paint blobs on the other page. Once dry I stamped the big Native American pot, which I then colored with both markers and paint. I also painted the sun and added some die cuts. 
I will say this page made me think of some kind of exotic desert magic, so I then painted the magic power coming out of the pot. I added dots of glitter (which I know are hard to see) and some stamped images.
I don't know if you remember this bridge photo I showed you last month  from my leaf peeping day trip.
So right now there's a wild fire burning near it. I knew there was a fire up in the mountains in the White Mountain National Forest, but they showed us on the news that the fire burned almost right up to the bridge.We don't get a lot of these types of forest fires here in New Hampshire as most years we are a pretty moist place, but even with the fall rain, we are still way behind on our moisture levels. Makes me wonder how badly the landscape has been damaged.
Well, off to work again. Hope everyone has a great day.