Friday, June 29, 2007
This week on vacation!
- Worked this morning- Friday
- Went to Worcester to visit Mom on Monday- stopped in Nashua at Trader Joe's and Costco too- so much fun- don't get there very often.
- Thursday Katie and I went to North Conway shopping- but didn't buy much
- Heat wave- Tuesday-Thursday
- Tuesday and Wednesday we went to the lake in the afternoon to relax on Barbara's dock. Tuesday we got Katie's boyfriend Nick so he could join us and Wednesday we went over and got to see Debbie, Dave and Sarah and of course the puppy Sophie. Katie got to hang out with Sarah.
- Went to Johnson's for dinner Wed.night- was just too hot to cook.
- Had my phone call from Finland last night.
- Been working on Bryce Canyon scrap book and a cloth book I started last summer but am now finishing up called my garden. Maybe a little too Asian for my garden, but you know how much I love to garden.
- Sunday I puttered around the house- though dave and I went out to breakfast and out for ice cream later. Katie crashed as she had been up all night doing the cancer walk in Exeter.
- Last Saturday after I worked I made clay tiles- (bought more clay in Nashua Monday so want to make more tiles this weekend while its cooler) and Dave and I went out for Chinese food.
- See the fall Hero Arts stamps are out for pre-order. Some pretty fun ones- I pre-ordered a bunch-naughty me!!! (Never mind I did order the school days Oxford impression plate from StampDiva.)
- Cleaned the hot tub.
- Had a successful clean-up selling on eBay- sold $116 worth of books and stamps.
- Been reading Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Maye. Want to go back to Italy SOOOOO badly.
Thanks that's about it. At least up until about 3:30 in the afternoon which it is right now.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Phone call from Finland
Wow- it was exciting, unexpected and quite an adventure.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
More Ireland pages
Some pages from my Ireland Scrapbook
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Which should I buy?
Friday, June 22, 2007
summer reading-so far
Finished Cross Country- loved the book but the ending was lacking a bit
The BookSeller of Kabul- don't want to go or live there- the type of book made it hard to follow a lot of each person's life- but was a fascinating view into life there
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck- enjoyed this a lot, another fascinating view of life in another time and another place
working on Flushed by W. Hodding Carter- fast read- interesting view of plumbing
Mixed Media Mosaics by Laurie Mika- great ideas, see my other entry
Thursday, June 21, 2007
More to say
Enjoyed it, though it made me a bit sad too, how she says she and her baby are going to have years of fun, and that's Katie and me- but now she's off all afternoon with her boyfriend and this volunteer job... what was I thinking? I know- we are working only 2 days a week- Friday and Saturdays- and its not a bad job in any way shape or form, but its the last summer before she's 16 and probably working and our time with her home and not driving and not working isn't going to last forever- so short in fact I can see the end in site- our last summer to hang out...no, I tell myself, its not, things change but they still stay good and all ages have their good times and their good things...but just that maybe we should have just hung out this summer- not given up 2 days- why did I say 2? I could have said 1, which may have been a better fit to giving her a bit to do and still giving us time. I know, its the movie that put me in this frame of mind, and the fact work started today, and I just found out we are now regulary on Friday and Saturdays, and no one is home but me and the critters right now, and Katie rushed off to spend all afternoon with her boyfriend- which is ok, but I'm in this mood, and then I say- well at least this week I will make $150 dollars to read and check a few boats... and its not like its all day...
OK, I am saying this to feel better and to some extent its helping...plus Friday and Saturday is good since we have 5 consequetive days to hang out...and with Dave around Saturday its no biggie...augh! But part of me is happy about it too.
Start of summer
Had book club the other day- always is fun to get together but we 've been having an issue getting together regularly- not sure if a schedule will work- am thinking about quitting after all these years but still like to see the people I don't usually see and to get out occasionally with the girls.
Speaking of books-this one- Mixed Media Mosiacs by Laurie Mika is awesome. My order from Amazon came the other day and it inspired me to make clay tiles yesterday. See my other photos for my tiles, stamps and general mess. Always made beads when I played with clay, and this is so much fun- spent the whole morning yesterday making these awesome tiles- still want to paint and metalicisized them...another day when I have play time. Maybe put together one of those awesomemosiacs she shows in her book- check them out. Highly recommended.
Later- it now 1:30 PM, home from day one of work- only had 3 boats so did quite a bit of reading and talked with a boy who wandered over, he was a pretty smart kid. Dropped Katie off in Wolfeboro for her afternoon-evening appointment, and now I am here by myself- til someone comes homes which might be pretty late since Dave in Westfield, MA. Right now I need a nap, but then will decided what to do...
Maybe a movie, maybe scrap book, maybe paint tiles...
Monday, June 18, 2007
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE SUMMER
I love summer vacation! Still!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Bike Week 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Almost over! and Next scrap project!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
A list of my weekend!
1- Went to see Shrek 3- fun time- with my friend Vicky and our 2 girls (Katie and Katie)
2- Spent Saturday morning vaccing, doing laundry and getting the veggie garden up and set- just before the rain arrived
3- Got the cards made I needed for family and friend's graduation and birthdays
4- Went to a retirement party for one of my co-workers for a little while
5- Went out to dinner with some co-workers and Dave, Katie and her friend Nick
6- Got to Trader Joe's (need a store closer to us)
7- Got some more screen doors to replace the ones that aren't holding up on our screen porch
8- Bound my first Ireland book
9- Went to Dave's niece's high school graduation party
10- Walked this morning
11- Tried to squeeze in some relax time
12- Now need to get ready for school tomorrow (last week!) and did get my review sheets for the final typed up
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Ok, today I book do reviews. Bought a bunch of books lately- getting ready for summer and feeling antsy to spend some money.
- Fabric Leftovers-This is a great craft book if you are a fabric addict. She has some fun ideas to use up your scraps like cute purses and beads and tassles to name a few. Its very collage style- which appeals to me. All you need for some of these projects is some cloth rug backing and your sewign machine. I need to go check Joanne's Fabrics of Portsmouth Fabric store (a dreamy place) to see if I can find some for fun summer purse projects. PLus there's cloth flowers and other bags! Its a good jump start book to let your own creativity take you far. Check it out!
- Also bought the Micheal deMeng book- The Secret of Rusty Objects. Although I can't see me doing a lot of these projects, it got great tips for using those yard sale treasures. Its also a beautiful book and worth a read if you're into the art scene. I haven't finished my purusing of this book yet, but I don't regret buying it- so it may be exactly what you would like. Check it out!
- Now the travel bug side of me. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, USA and Canada. The first book- 1,000 Places to See Before You Die- was good, but so big it seems to often only cover really obvious spots. It was a fun read/skim book, and although if you travel you know there are many hidden treasures these books can't list. But the USA and Canada book, being more specific, is really good and really hits lots of the top spots. Definately recommend!
Undiscovered America- 250 Places you might have missed by Don and Betty Woo Martin is also a fun book. It mentions some popular places, but mentions also those places that everybody doesn't go to (or didn't before the book) that are really worth it- even Bangor, Maine and some of the Museums at my alma mater-UMO.
Lastly- I am reading Cross Country by Robert Sullivan and I am really loving this book. Its about driving home to NY from Oregon in 5 days, but making a few stops at unique and interesting places. Its also recounting other cross country trips, both by the author and people like Emily Post (way back when and now I want to get and check out this book)). Its not neccesarily a get to know this family really well book, but I feel like I know them well enough in a broad sterotypical sense to smile a lot, and I really enjoy the way Sullivan hones in on the "issues" of a big road trip- food, the radio, how long you stay at places, rain, packing, car rentals...etc. I also know some places I now want to explore that I didn't know existed or weren't high on my to visit list before. Its not a heavy read- and its making me want to do a big road trip- (I love road trips- love riding in the car- maybe explains why I drive 45 minutes each way to work each day).
That's my book reviews for now! Happy Reading all- whatvere you chose.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Had some time at school whole the kids did computer work today, so I decided to come up with some lists for the summer. I love writing lists, not that I do everything on them- and sometimes I don't even make any headway into the list. But these summer lists- they give me ideas to contemplate and a place to jar some life into the occasional blank brain. Here's my lists:
1) Books I would like to and may even read.
2) Books I have started reading and would like to and may even finish.
3) "House work" I would like to and may even do.
4) Movies I would like to and may even rent and watch.
5) Road trip adventures I would like to and may even take.
6) Summer activities I would like to and may even actually do.
7) Art projects I may play with, and would like to even finish- like a few of those scrap books.
Now some of these lists are quite long, but I will give you the short forms, the must try to do, the list I can look back to to get started on my lists:
1) books to read: Flushed, The Hot Zone, re-read Great Expectations
2) books to finish- see under my night stand and on the windowsill next to my bed
3) "house work"- my bed quilt to finish, touch out paint in my bedroom, clean the cabinet under the living room bookshelf, stain the decks, clean out the freezer
(why is that list so long?)
4)Movie to watch- some of those foreing films (can never spell that word), some of those artsy films all which have names that escape me
5)Road trips- this is a LONG list but the top ones I would like to do- A duck tour of Boston, the Isabella Stewart Garnider Museum, Rubber Stamps of America, etc., etc.
6) Summer activites- Kayak more than 2x, go to east of Suez to eat, spend lots of beach time
7) art projects- get back into knitting, do some fun cloth books, make bags and cards to sell, catch up on some scrapping, make supplies like dyed fabric, soldered tags, etc.
Check with me at the end of August to see how many got done and to see how crazy I got at the end of the summer trying to do some of the things on those lists.