Tuesday, October 16, 2018

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #103

Apart from Princess Eugenie's stunning wedding dress, did you have a favorite look last Friday?  

I have to go with the Duchess of Cambridge, I thought she looked fabulous.  What a gorgeous color.

How I wish there were photos of the back of the gown Princess Eugenie wore to the evening reception!  I thought at first that the draped pieces over each shoulder were going to form some sort of train but it doesn't look like it.   

Monday, October 15, 2018

Life Last Week 2018-28

The weather:::
 Fall made a brief appearance - we went to an evening concert on Saturday wearing jeans and fleece jackets.  Sadly, it's going to be 83 degrees today.

On my reading pile:::
Working my way slowly through Coffee, Tea or Me? The Uninhibited Memoirs of Two Airline Stewardesses by Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones with Donald Bain

On my TV:::
Finished Reign and moved on to The Tudors on Netflix while I was working on Project Life.  A Place to Call Home Season 6 on Acorn and The Durrells in Corfu Season 3 and Poldark Season 4 on PBS.  Caught the new movie, 22 July, on Netflix.  I remembered the event from the news but had no idea of the aftermath of the incident.  

Checked off the list:::
  • The first two of several farewell lunches.
  • The call to start the septic system installation at our house in Rhode Island - the work won't actually start for a couple of weeks but this is the official time marker for the project.
Crafts roundup:::
Still finishing up the last few weeks of Project Life catch-up.

And in other news:::
High five for those of you who figured out that something was up with (or should I say under?) this blue coat - yes, The Duchess of Sussex is pregnant, baby due in the spring.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank

Anyone else get up at 4:00am to watch the second Royal Wedding of 2018?  U.S. coverage was on TLC which we don't have so I watched it live on The Royal Family channel on You Tube.  It was very different without any commentary.  Quite enjoyable actually but I did miss having wedding guests identified as they arrived.

Didn't she look beautiful?  No veil which was surprising but I didn't miss one with her stunning dress and tiara and with all that wind, my goodness, it would have been difficult to manage.  Several hats/fascinators/invitations went flying and poor Lady Louise.  She looked quite glum through the service.  I was glad to see that the news coverage did not include that particular embarrassing moment.  It happened, it's over, let's move on.

I'm off to check out all my favorite royalty blogs which will have all the fashion details.  Join me at The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor and Royal Hats.

The Wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank Order of Service

The Order of Service for today's ceremony can be found here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time to Say Goodbye #2

Another lunch, another farewell.  This time it was my friend G.  We met in Florida in 1997 when her husband was the Commanding Officer of the ship Vic served on.  I was an officer in the Family Support Group so we interacted frequently and we discovered a mutual interest in history, British literature, television, and England in general, tea, and travel.  Over the years, we've met up when both her husband and Vic happened to be stationed in Virginia, and we kept in touch with Christmas cards before the advent of social media.  Now we have Facebook to keep us connected.

It was a lovely lunch.  It had been some time since our last one so we had lots of catching up to do on books read and TV shows watched.  I filled her in on Sophia and she gave me an update on her son and his wife as they are to be parents very soon.  We decided that she should be GiGi to her granddaughter.

No photo because about the time I thought to take a selfie, we were pretty emotional and emotional faces don't make the best photos!

Another piece of my heart left in Virginia.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time to Say Goodbye #1

It was so hard to say goodbye to the members of my spouses' group.  They are such an AMAZING group of women who work tirelessly for the military community in our area and for the charities that we support.  I will miss them dreadfully.

Our group has a membership gift - this beautiful mermaid glass.  I received one last year with my membership and another one this year.  I jokingly asked if I could renew my membership for two more years so that I could have a set of four and guess what was in my farewell gift bag - two more glasses!  Now I have my set of four!

We had a lovely lunch followed by this fabulous cake for dessert.  It's from a local bakery called Nothing Bundt Cakes - lemon with a delicious frosting that wasn't too rich or too sweet.  

These ladies have a special place in my heart.  They have given me the precious gift of friendship...and cake!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #102

Just a few days until Princess Eugenie of York ties the knot with Jack Brooksbank.  If you have TLC, coverage starts at 4:25am.  I'll be watching for You Tube to pick up all the action later in the day and tuning in to my favorite royal blog, The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor, for all the details of the fashion of the wedding party, the Royal family, and the guests.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Life Last Week 2018-27

The weather:::
 Hot, hot, hot, humid, humid, humid, 83 degrees today...this is autumn?

On my reading pile:::
Finally finished this stack - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was wonderful, highly recommend it.

On my TV:::
Worked my way through Reign on Netflix while I was working on Project Life.  A Place to Call Home Season 6 on Acorn and The Durrells in Corfu Season 3 and Poldark Season 4 on PBS.

Checked off the list:::
I'm so far behind but here's last week:
  • Vic traveled to Washington for an inspection and took a few days' leave to go up to Sophia's to fix her car.  She was backing out of a parking place at the same time someone across the street (a one-way street) was backing up as well.  Crunch, both vehicles suffered taillight damage.  The insurance estimate to fix Sophia's car exceeded the value so the insurance company declared it a total loss.  We took the salvage settlement and reclaimed the car so Vic could fix it.  He did a great job and everything is working just fine.  Plus, they got to spend a few days together and got along famously.  Those of you who know my two know that they are so alike, they often butt heads but maybe they are growing out of that?  I can't wait until we are all together for Thanksgiving.
  • Haircut and then Sit 'n Sip with the spouses' group Moms' Club - very enjoyable morning and the pumpkin doughnuts were amazing.
  • I worked my second to the last shift at the gift shop - it was the Holiday Extravaganza event where all the Christmas decor was unveiled.  A busy morning, lots of beautiful items, and lots of shoppers which means lots of money for our charities.
  • Hallmark Ornament Debut event over the weekend and five more ornaments added to our collection.
Crafts roundup:::
Only Project Life - working my way to getting up to date - I think I knocked out about five weeks last week.

And in other news:::
Just over a month until the big move - I'm beginning to get alarmed at the size of the pile of things that have to go in the car.  We'll make it, I'm sure, but some of the totes may end up emptied and the contents transferred to brown paper bags that are easier to squish and squeeze into the available space.  Preparation for work is going well - I received all my onboarding documents, filled them all out, and sent them back.  Should be hearing from my employer soon to make sure all is in order for my start date.

It didn't happen last week but I have to include it here before I put this post up - Sophia got her first substitute teaching job today!  She called me this morning for a wardrobe check, put together a lunch box for herself, and is off to spend the day subbing for science in three classes - 5th, 6th, and 8th grade.  I can't wait to hear all about it this evening.

Friday, October 5, 2018

From the Family Photo Box Friday #6

Halloween is coming - time for a look back at Sophia's costumes over the years.  1995 was her first trick or treating experience - she was almost 2 years old and looked adorably mischievous in this kitten costume.  Mum made the tail (you can just see the white furry tip behind her left leg) and the ears attached to a headband.  We began the traditional of having the ghost in the pumpkin at her side to see how much she grew over the years.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Traveling & Trinkets - Eastport, Maine

Eastport, Maine is the easternmost city in the United States and holds a huge July 4th parade every year.  Since 1905, there has been a Coast Guard or U. S. Navy ship in port, providing free tours and often the sailors march in the parade.

In 2004, Vic's ship was the Navy ship in port for the festivities and he picked up this replica of the Small Town X Fisherman Statue as a memento.  It has quite an interesting history here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Currently - October 2018

Joining up with Anne IN residence for October's Currently.

Wearing // Summer clothes and in October, that is SO WRONG.  Hello, Autumn, did you miss southeastern Virginia?  Can't wait to get to Washington - there was a 20 degree difference in the temperature from here to there.  Sweater Weather, here I come!

Collecting // Memories during my last month here in Virginia.  Saying goodbye to friends is so tough, thank goodness for social media to keep us connected.

Making // A Project Life Spread for the week that we lost MudLynn - yes, it was in June and I am that far behind.  She really was the most amazing dog.

Taking // Lots of things to the consignment shop.  With the prospect of being without some things for six months, and maybe for another three if our things go into storage, I'm taking a long, hard look at everything to see, if I can live with it for nine months, is it just time for it to go for good?

Planning // A cross country move - no sightseeing this time, it's get on the road and get to the West Coast as soon as we can.  We will all be together for Thanksgiving this year.

Sandra's post over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom reminded me that it is Blogtober 2018 so I am going to endeavor to blog every day this month.  I have really missed blogging and reading what's been going on with everyone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Prime Purchases October 2018

Linking up for with Tanya at The Other Side of the Road for Prime Purchases.

All of my purchases this month have been supplies for memory-keeping Project Life and the upcoming December Daily. 

The Viewmaster Reel is a huge hit with December Daily memory keepers.  Insert photos from your favorite Christmas movies and you have a great page for your album.  Last year, I bought a reel from Etsy but this year, I scored what was listed as "Only 1 left in stock" - a Tim Holtz die of my own - and now I'll be whipping out my own reels from my Sizzix Big Kick.  If you're interested, it appears they have restocked.

Next up, a new page design in pocket protectors - I usually use the protectors that feature horizontal pockets for 4 x 6 photos but I picked up a package for vertical 4 x 6 photos, Becky Higgins' Design D.  I also added a VersaMarker Pen - if you're not familiar with Versamark, it's a clear ink that you use to stamp a design and then cover the wet ink with embossing powder and set it with a heat gun.  It's a great way to make a stamp design pop with texture.  The pen is designed for those little places, perhaps only one part of a stamp.

And finally on the memory-keeping front, Attach Me tabs.  If you don't want to punch holes in a card or photo or other item that you plan to use in your album, attach a couple of these little tabs and you're all set to go.  Make sure you line up the holes with a page protector or other item that already fits in your album.

My last purchase this month came from Whole Foods but if you don't have a Whole Foods in your area, trusty Amazon will take care of you.  Swiss Muesli cereal is amazing!

Monday, October 1, 2018

TBB Asks - October 2018

Click on the photo to join TBB Asks for October over at The Blended Blog.

1.  Favorite Fall Color?

2.  Apple Cider HOT or COLD?

3.  Caramel Apple:  Yes or No?
Yes, but it has to be this one, the Royal Chocolate's Apple Pie apple and they ship!  You cut it into slices like the one pictured and then the caramel is much more manageable.

4.  Pumpkin Doughnut or Apple Cider Doughnut?
I think they both sound delicious.

5.  Long or short cardigan?

6.  Favorite Football or Fall Party Food?
Heloise's Olive-Nut Spread - DON'T use low-fat mayo, use the real stuff and buy the cheaper salad olives - I've been making it for years and it's always a huge hit with any kind of cracker or chip and it's amazing on bagels.

7.  Orange or white pumpkin?

8.  Hayride or Bonfire?

9.  Favorite Fall Baked Good?
Pumpkin Bread with a swirl of Nutella through it

10.  Most anticipated fall activity?
The return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Friday, September 21, 2018

I'm Still Here...

But I look a little like this:

The Navy, God bless them, has thrown us a major curveball - we've actually moved on to Plan I, can you believe it?  Plans A-H are in the trash can.

I've lost track of what I've posted where but here was Plan H:

Moving from Virginia to Washington (me) and Okinawa (Vic).  Flying to Washington in August-September to buy a house, flying back to Virginia to pack up household goods and drive across the country in November, Vic will then fly off to Okinawa and I will live happily ever after in our forever home in Washington.

Can you hear that?  It's the sound of screeching brakes.  On to Plan I.

Vic's orders have been put on hold until summer/fall 2019.  He will stay in Virginia at his current job until then.  Since his orders are on hold, our household goods shipment is cancelled so we can't buy a house in Washington because a) our housing allowance will continue to pay for our Virginia quarters, and b) we'd have nothing to put in the house.  That's ok, you may say, we'll live happily here in Virginia until summer/fall 2019 and then start Plan H all over again.  But, and it's a big BUT, I was offered a job in Washington starting in November, a great job opportunity, back with my old co-workers, a job that is available now and may not be available later.

So, I'm out of here, no we're not getting a divorce, we're just going bi-coastal for a while.  I rented an apartment; Vic and I will drive across the country with whatever we can stuff in the car, pick up the few essential pieces of furniture when we get there - something to sit on, something to sleep on - he'll fly back to Virginia and I'll go off to work.  He has several opportunities to fly back to Washington between now and next summer/fall and will come for the holidays as well and then in summer/fall 2019, we'll look for a house and I'll fly back to Virginia to pack up our household goods.

Thank you to all of you who have reached out via social media to make sure I'm still around.  I appreciate the love.  I'll try to get back to regular blogging but it may be a little while.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

August Rudolph Day is coming!

A day late and a dollar short, that seems to be me right now!  Here's the three two-day Rudolph Day warning.

What's Rudolph Day? Here is the definition according to Organized Christmas:
A few years ago, members of our Christmas community began to observe "Rudolph Day" on the 25th of each month.
On that day, we take a few moments to plan some simple tasks for the month ahead, in order to get ready for Christmas Day with plenty of time to spare. By starting early--and working a bit at a time on each month's Rudolph Day--it's easy to prepare for Christmas, save money on gifts, and cut holiday stress.
Here's the annual line-up with the sub-theme in parentheses:

January - Tie Up Loose Ends (gather ideas and organize your Christmas notebook)
February - Begin a Holiday Letter
March - Birthday Gift-Buying Strategy (party planning for the holiday season)
April - Plan Holiday Crafts 
May - Catalog Shopping Tips
June - Recipe Round Up
July - Choose a Holiday Plan (Christmas in July celebration)
August - Craft Control (thinking ahead to Elf on the Shelf)
September - Prepare for Holiday Gifts and Giving
October - Plan Holiday Meals
November - Write Holiday Letter

The bottom line is...prepare for Christmas by doing something every month and make the 25th of each month a Rudolph Day by doing something Christmas-y!  This month, it's time for some craft control - get those supplies organized and ready for any craft projects you plan to complete before Christmas.  For those of you who have fun with the little guy or gal in the red suit, it's time to think about what mischief he or she will get up to in December.

Here's another reminder about the holiday plans and links to each one:

Holiday Grand Plan (starts August 26)

House & Holidays Plan (starts September 2)

Christmas Countdown (starts October 21)

This month's movie is Christmas Story (not to be confused with A Christmas Story) so grab a copy, make some hot chocolate, and think all things Christmas for the day.  Check back on the evening of August 25th to see how I celebrated Rudolph Day.  UPDATE:  Super busy weekend so postponed Rudolph Day until Wednesday.  Check back on the evening of August 29th.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

December Daily 2018

The December Daily 2018 schedule has been released - two separate links there as one talks about December Daily in general and the other has the schedule.  I found out about this project last year and absolutely loved preserving our December 2017 memories in a 6x8 album.

I thought I would share a few photos and some of the details from last year's album so you can get an idea of what to include in a December Daily album if you're interested in joining in this year.  Bottom line, do what works for you.  Buy products, use things from your stash, unleash your inner artist or scraplift ideas from others.  Just get the stories down on paper with photos so that you will have them to enjoy for years to come.  There is no right or wrong way to do December Daily.  Some use 1-25 (or 1-31) for the days, some use 1-25 for the stories, some don't number at all, just try to get one story a day, Christmas-related or not, it's up to you!

There is a lot of inspiration on blogs, You Tube, and Instagram.  Be realistic, many of the artists are members of design teams and have been doing this for some time.  There is some incredible talent out there.

For 2017, I used a 6x8 album from Ali Edwards with page protectors in various sizes - some 6x8, some a divided page of 2 3x4 slots and 1 4x6 slot, some a divided page with 2 4x6 slots.  I also added some 3x8 protectors and some large tags.  

I made the spine label with a photo I took of a vintage silver tree in an antique store and I added December 2017 in Photoshop Elements and I'm still navigating my way through all of the things you can do with it.  The font is called Crushed.

I loved the idea of having things sticking out from and above my album.  Texture was something I explored my first year, using ribbon, chipboard, wood veneer, cloth, and stitching to add dimension to my layouts.

My cover page is two-part - the first is a transparent sheet with a very faint green diagonal stripe of print running across it.  The wording is a variety of Christmas sayings and greetings.  Underneath that is a 6x8 design of a Christmas tree made up of various sayings.  When I placed the transparency on top of the tree sayings, I adhered a wood veneer star embossed in gold over the star on the tree below and then placed the green strip on the bottom.  Almost all of the products I used were from Ali Edwards' December Daily 2017 release, the main kit and some additional items.  I also picked up extra items - tags and ribbon mostly - from Michaels.

I haven't included photos of all of the pages so I'll give you a quick rundown of what story I told each day.

Day 1 - Christmas Cards - our current card, photos of the albums of cards from years past.

Day 2 included a trip to Starbucks for a holiday drink.  I asked the barista for an extra cup which I cut to size and adhered a large photo of Vic and me with our drinks.

The second part of Day 2 was this spread which included a photo from our local Hallmark and journaling cards from Ali Edwards.  I bought the digital version of the cards so I could journal on them in the Crushed font in Photoshop Elements.

Day 3 was a busy day of afternoon tea and then a holiday party that night.
Day 4 was another trip to Starbucks while Vic was gone overnight so I got the cup with the fingers making a heart design and journaled that I missed him and that he has my heart.
Day 5 was five tags telling stories from five Christmases past.
This design below, totally scraplifted, was the lead-in to Day 6 (6 circles in the design) which was a photo from the gift shop where I volunteer.

Day 7 was Vic posing with a two-foot long box of cookies that said the length of the box complies with Elf and Safety.  It was so perfect because he is a safety inspector.  You can find these long boxes of cookies and candy at World Market during the holidays.
Day 8 was the theme of So Totally Loving These Things Right Now.

Day 9 was a story about ornaments I bought for the reunion I attended in June with my former MOPS pals from Florida (1997).  We called ourselves the Sisterchicks after Robin Jones Gunn's Sisterchicks book series.  I couldn't believe how perfectly these Hallmark ornaments fit our theme - "My sister is my favorite chick" - they may not be my biological sisters, but they are my Sisters in Christ.

Day 10 was three tags - one for each of us - with 10 things we were loving about the season.  The giant buffalo check C is from the Dollar Spot at Target.

Day 11 is a few of our favorite things - I cut labels from various Christmas treats and inserted them into the 12 2x2 slots of this page protector.

Day 12 was a photo of MudLynn in her winter doggy coat.  This will be so precious in the years to come as we lost her in June 2018.
Day 13 is more things I'm loving right now.

Day 14 was a holiday afternoon tea with my Lunch Bunch.
Day 15 is all about theater and concert outings with the covers of the programs reduced to fit in the 3x4 slots.

Day 16 was all about Together is our Favorite Place to be - it was a Saturday and I've included all the things Vic and I did together that day.
Day 17 was a puzzled Vic looking at his Starbucks cup with the text "Why is ordering a Starbucks drink so complicated?" and a list of all the options that are available when you order!
Day 18 is a View Finder reel with all of our favorite holiday movies.  I had to order the reel from Etsy because I don't have a Silhouette (yet!) that will cut a reel file.

Day 19 was a tree design made out of triangles.
Day 20 was a story about all of our ornaments and our annual trip to the mall to look at the decorations.
Day 21 was a story about winning a gift from an Etsy planner shop.
Day 22 was a Hallmark card for Vic with a P. F. Chang gift card and tickets to the Star Wars movie inside.  The little green striped circle on the edge is where you hold to open the card.  

I saved a photo of the movie poster and added the tickets and a 'tis the season square with some ribbon and twine.

Day 23 is a photo of Vic looking through our basket of Christmas cards.
Day 24 is our visit to a friend's open house during the day and the Christmas Eve service at church that night.
Day 25 is our tree - I cut a 6x8 photo of the tree down the middle, adhered it to a 6x8 sheet of patterned paper with thin gold washi tape on each edge, and added the Hello Story chipboard piece on the front for you to lift to see the journaling inside.

This is the back of the 6x8 patterned sheet with a wooden tag from Michaels.

I only included Days 1-25 in my album.  My final pages included this giant tag - it says Merry & Bright & FaLaLa on the front in gold and I took a photo of our new CD cover and that's a heart-shaped Starbucks holiday gift card at the top.

This pocket page is the end of the album - it has a 4x6 card from Ali Edwards adhered to the bottom with my ...and that's a wrap! added to it in Photoshop.

If you made it all the way to the end, thank you!  I hope you enjoyed the photos and the narrative gave you some idea of things to include in a December Daily.  There were just the two of us at home last year as Sophia was on the West Coast - if you have family nearby, work, have children in school, or are involved in your church or community, you will have LOTS of stories to tell in your December Daily album.  Don't make it over-complicated - it's a busy time of year.  Some people only snap photos and journal in a notebook what they did each day and then go back and work on the album through the following year.   Whatever works for you.