Monday, August 28, 2017

T Stands for the Firehouse

Time to share drink and food for this Tuesday's T-day, where peeps from all over the world get together at Altered Book Lover's blog.
The Mr. and I went to the Firehouse to meet up with family......well oldest son, DIL and 9 cheerleaders!

The an old firehouse.
Inside was...............oh so nice and cool....106' outside!!
The bar area has big screens playing all kinds of sport.......but we weren't three for that.

They have in-house bowling lanes......there is my DIL Vanessa, and son Brian
There are a couple of the cheerleaders.....Hannah had just thrown her bowling ball.
This is the second half of her Birthday Party........they had all spent the night at her house, and all showed up in knee socks and shorts........oh to be young again!!!

Bowling makes you thirsty..........the younger one's drinks..

The adult drinks.....the Mr. had a cold beer, the rest of us had water and ice tea.
You can tell by this photo, but all the girls laid their cell phones face down on the table and left them there.........I was surprised and very proud that they did this themselves.

 We "old" folks were hungry so we had lunch.......shared fish tacos, with a side of fries.....everybody is starting to serve fries with Mexican strange!  In the bowl is calamari......battered and fried, but pretty good.  At least they didn't over cook it to the tough stage! 
Time to link up now, even if it is still Monday here......

Won't you join us?? AJJ Journal Page

Hellooooo Monday and Blogland friends.  Just popping in to share a journal page I did last week, but didn't have a chance to share it till this morning. (the date on the page is wrong LOL)
I am joining the group over at Art Journal Journey , where the challenge is Poetry in Motion.

The background is simply tissue paper and paint.  The poem is from my electric hoarding on Pinterest...........couldn't pass it up!  I created this page to remind myself what I am about you?
Art Journal Journey

Monday, August 21, 2017

Poetry in Motion for AJJ

Finally, taking some much need craft time, I decided some art journaling was called for!! Jo of Lets Art Journal is the hostess for Art Journal Journey this month and she chose Poetry in Motion and challenged everyone to use their favorite poems, quotes and sayings to inspire your art.


Ok, so I'm an electronic hoarder over on Pinterest, and actually have a file that is labeled "Says It All".  This is where I save all sorts of sayings and quotes that speak to me, so that is where I looked for some inspiration for this challenge.  I kept coming across this quote, in different fonts and pictures.......yeah, I REALLY do like this quote!

I chose this one with the girl and her wings behind the quote, then printed it and trimmed it out.
The background is tissue paper, butterfly napkin, in, paint, half a paper Dollie and a stamped image of a butterfly.  I did go around the girl and the quote,the next morning with a Pit Pen and a wet brush to create some shadow.  I also added the colors to her wings.  I am thinking of tearing this out of my journal and hanging it on the wall.........I Love the quote THAT much! It really applies to artistic instincts........does it speak to you???  

Upon Learning the Challenge....
I went around the house humming and singing this song..........from years ago!!! If your under 60 you might not remember it.......the way music USED to be LOL!!

T Stands Chuy's

Welcome to this weeks T-day post, linking up once again with Elizabeth and the T-gang.
This week's drink photos came from a day of shopping with my GD Hannah.  Her birthday is next Saturday, and I asked her if she wanted to do lunch and do some shopping for her birthday........of course the answer was "yes!"

I told her we could have lunch first, then shop.....or shop then have lunch.......she chose shop then lunch.  It was HER choice as to where she wanted to shop.....her choice....Target!!

We spent a couple hours shopping, getting her a couple of outfits. Then she helped me choose some outfits for my 2 year old GD, Samantha too......whose birthday was in July......but I was buried in packing boxes!

Then she chose to go to Chili's for lunch, but the wait was over 30 minutes at 1:30 in the afternoon!!  She said pass and chose Chuy's Mesquite Broiler........a semi fast food place. You can view the menu here.  

We started with chips and salsa......I had the salsa

One foot is still in little girl mode and the other in young lady mode.......she chose the little girl foot and a coloring page *grin*

We ordered the sampler plate, which was way too much food.  She had the shrimp off my plate, I consumed the coleslaw . Drinks were sodas.......something neither of us drink very often, but this was a special occasion.

She's grinning because her Papa joined us a little late, but he was paying the bill so we allowed it!


Before we made the move DEB sent me this gorgeous post card.

Then, as soon as she got my new address I got this one in the mail!! A print of a painting she did....I think it was from her window, as we have seen that birdbath on T-days! ;)

I'm in "slow mode" today, so this is a short (for me) post this week.
Hope you will take some time, and a drink and join the gang over at Elizabeth's blog.
Happy T-day

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

T Day: Coffee and Water and Ice Cream

Grab button for T stands for Tuesday

Welcome back T-gang and friends, thanks for stopping by this wonderful Tuesday.  This morning's drink is black coffee and water for the T-gang.  My water bottle looks like it is looking back at you in this photo.....LOL! Since there are a number of family and friends, that have the same bottle I grabbed some nail polish and marked mine.....thus the pink "eyes". It is a bottle from Arbonne, and I think it is for the protein shakes, but I use it to measure my water intake ( so do the others).......4 of them a day is the goal. 4= 1 gallon!  Do I make the goal everyday?, but I'm still getting more water than I used to.... and now that the dust is starting to settle, I'll be striving to hit my goal again.

 A lot of questions last week......I didn't take very many photos of the whole process, but here are a few.  Packing was really a mind bender, we weren't planning on moving at this time, but the offer on our house was too good to pass up, which meant we were headed for a rental for at least a year. Now, with 41 years of junk stuff to go through,  I had to decide just what we would need for a year and what we could do without for a year.  So I was packing for two destinations......A LOT GOT THROWN AWAY!  This summer will go down in my mind as "Why on earth did I/we keep that!"  LOL!!!

The stripping down of the my craft room.
Betsy ( my desk) was left until the very last so I still had a place to keep my Bible journal and my mind.

Like working a jigsaw puzzle things got packed as they would fit in a box.

With no place to stack the full boxes, they got stacked in the spare bedroom.....this is just the beginning.  Later there was just a small walkway to the bed, so I could sleep in there when DH had to leave for work in the middle of the night, and I was up late packing.

 A long side of the bed

So what did we do with the things we figured we wouldn't need? 
 DH bought this car trailer all 28 ft. of it!  No it is not full, only about 3/4 of it is full and thinking back I should have thrown away about 40% of what is packed!  When we open it up for the next leg of moving I'll be sorting and getting rid of more.....

The day I turned over the keys to Mary.  Hannah and Megan went with me to say good bye to the old house.  It looks so much bigger without the furniture, or maybe it's just that I hadn't ween it empty in 41 years :0 !
From the kitchen to the livingroom

where the kitchen table was ...among other things....

from the hall into the kitchen.....( sorry about the bad photo, took these with my old phone)

Hannah and Megan sitting on the fireplace talking about their memories of this house.

The floors were left a mess, the next day Mary was having new flooring put in......bless her heart for not making me clean that old carpet anyway......LOL!

Oldest son, and family came by last Friday night and wanted us to go with them for ice cream.  Nobody has to ask DH twice about ice cream...haha! So off to Dewars we went.  Yes, Dewars that makes those wonderful taffy chews! Megan is working on a banana split, shared with her Mom........Hannah is finishing mine (she takes after her Papa when it comes to ice cream)

I finished with water

 Now it was too dark to be taking photos with a phone, but these two insisted, stating that it was tradition to take their picture with Mr. Chew!

Well now, that was more than you bargained, for on this Tuesday.......sorry it got so lengthy.....but you all asked the questions....haha!
Now I'm off to make a couple of visits with the T-gang  before the 4 girls get here.  Grab your drink and come with me.........

Monday, August 7, 2017

T Stands for We Finally got Moved!

HELLLLOOOOO Friends!  Gosh, it has been ages since I've had a chance to join the T-Gang, or even get a post written.  What a crazy....insane ( and not to mention scorching hot) summer it has been.

So what's in the cupppas this morning?   Green chocolate shake, since the glass is dark gray I took the photo before I screwed the lid on. It is a chocolate, plant based, protein with a scoop of powdered greens and two large pinches of fresh spinach mixed with coconut milk and blended with ice.  This has been my "go to" breakfast this summer......trying to get a little healthier.  This particular shake is an Arbonne shake.  My son and DIL work out at a gym and got started in this and are selling it.  So to help support them I ordered some.....very pricey!!  It starts with a 30 day rest, that is two shakes, two small snacks and a light meal per coffee!  LOL!!! I really did not drink coffee for 21 days.............I couldn't do the full 30 days and handle the stress of packing up 41 years and getting moved ( well, that's my story ;))   Long story short, I lost 10 pounds and then a few more by at least having the shake in the morning. Plus I have learned to really read labels and I try to eat organic, cage free and grass fed meat at home. I have scouted the local health food stores and have found alternative plant based protein shakes to replace the pricey stuff! So what is in the cup??   LOL!!! COFFEE!  I still don't drink near the coffee I used to.  I have become a tea drinker 50% of the time.......GASP!!

I'm now on my first, of four, bottles of water for the day.......the more I drink the more I want and water is so good for the body.  The four GDs are already here and busy keeping busy.   Yep! I took the four of them and MOVED........but they were all great hep to me, even if it was just taking things to the trash can.....LOL!  But more about all that later, time to post and link up with Elizabeth to visit with the rest of the T-Gang.

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