Monday, September 28, 2009

I am a Homeowner

and I have a lot of work to do! But it is all mine and I am looking forward to getting it looking like my home.

This is part of what will be my living room - the patterned wall and the red wall will both be light yellow.
This is the family room. I will be selling the furniture that was left and the walls will be painted a rich gold color.
Here is the kitchen. The red walls will be yellow and eventually the cabinets will be painted white. Brent and I already started peeling off the plastic tiles off the wall.
Here is the view from the living room thru to the dining room and foyer. All walls will be yellow.
And here is a view of the front of the house with the small patio area that I have a cool table and chair set to go onto.
I will be taking Brent to school in the morning and then heading to the new house. I am so excited about all the work I am going to do to get this place to look like my house! I am starting in the master bathroom and bedroom. I will be sure to share before and after photos.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birthday Party

My Mom made the most awesome dinner last night for my birthday. She made braised steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh green beans and cole slaw. Then she made my favorite cake Cola cake with a peanut butter icing. YUMMY! Both Nicole and Brandon were here and so was my sister and two of her kids. It was a nice evening. Here is Bailey waiting patiently for a piece of cake.
Blowing out my candles.
Bailey opening her presents from Granny for her birthday.
Me with my Dremel. It was a power tool birthday - I got a Dremel, and a Black and Decker cordless mini drill and bits from my Mom and Dad. Brandon got me a gift card from Home Depot and my sister and her kids got me a gift card from Wal-Mart. Yeah, I get to do some shopping.
Bailey helping Grandma open her presents.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


For those of you that don't already know this - my Mom rocks! She and my Dad came down on Sunday, spent a couple of hours with Brent and I and then I took them over to see my new home. My Dad left for home right after that and my Mom is staying with me for a week. To help me pack. How awesome is that? Yesterday we got the utility room and the garage/family room done! I took pictures of a bunch of stuff I want to sell and listed it on Craig's List this morning. And I am feeling like I may actually get to the end of the packing and moving saga. After dinner I worked on my bedroom some more and I think I am done in there except for odds and ends. We are going to start in the office/craft area of my living room and then we just have the living room, dining room and kitchen to do. We took a load over to the storage unit and there is another load in my car that I am going to take over this morning. My Mom is awesome!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Weigh In Day

Whoo-hoo! I have lost 20 pounds and am half way to my goal weight. It has taken me 12 weeks to get here and if I continue the average of 1.6 pounds per week I will be at my goal before Christmas. Yeah!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

It is Sunday again! Were did the week go?

I wasn't going to share my completed pages of the Encyclopedia of Me album at a class called Me The Abridged Version that I am taking at Big Picture Scrapbooking but decided my post was going to be rather boring without any pictures. So here is my title page, my intro page, and my letters a, b, c and d. This is a more journaling intense class than the Beautiful Evidence album and I have been so busy with homework from my college courses that I haven't had much time to work on it. But, I am happy with the way it is turning out. The pages are 8 1/2" x 11" and I am using a digi kit called Flourish.

I have signed up for Got Sketch Doubles class that starts tomorrow. I don't know how well I will keep up with this class but I can always use the sketches at a later date if I don't stay current.

I am also going to sign up for Jessica Sprague's newest class Type + Writer 2. I took the Type + Writer class a while back and need to finish up the pages from it. I think I got over half the class done. I found my printed materials from the class and it is so great to be able to go back and watch the videos from her website. So, I am going to try and finish up class 1 and then start class 2 October 5th.

My to-do's have been the same for the last two weeks and this week is no exception. I really need to get and stay current with My 365 Project, stay caught up with my on-line scrapbook classes and pack. Oh, and I can add to this week's list to enjoy the week with my Mom as she arrives this afternoon.

Have a great Sunday and a crafty week!

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I am SO Ready to be Done!

I am so tired of my house being full of boxes and plastic tubs. I cannot wait to have this move over with. It has been slow going since it is just little ole' me packing and occasionally I get a bit of help from Brent. My Mom arrives today and she is going to help me pack while I am at the store. I will enjoy our time together and she is an awesome packer! I guess I am not that great at packing since I haven't had to do it all that much. I have really only moved four times in the last 25 years.

And I guess the moving wouldn't be so bad if I weren't taking three classes, working 30+ hours a week and raising a child. But, you gotta do what you gotta do!

We are going over to the new house tonight so my Mom and Dad can see it. I am also going to take measurements so I can figure out how much of my furniture I can take. In my mind I can take it all, in reality I don't think it all will fit.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Nice Surprise

Miss Bailey and her Mama stopped by the store to see me yesterday. I got my Bailey fix along with plenty of hugs and kisses. And Bailey says she is coming to Grandma's birthday party. Yeah!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Weigh In Day

Woo Hoo! I have officially lost another 3.4 pounds for a total of 17.8. Yeah me!

I went through all my pants last night and had to get rid of about 3/4 of them since they are now too big. It is certainly a better feeling to put pants on that are too big than ones that are too small. I fortunately found a box of smaller clothes and there were some smaller size pants in that box.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

Happy Sunday! It is wet and rainy here again for the second morning in a row. Not usual Naples, Florida weather.

My ta-da's this week:

I completed my Beautiful Evidence album. I think this qualifies for the challenge this week which was to mass produce. I used the same digi kit throughout the whole album. I have gotten some of the page printed and they look awesome.

I started creating my pages for the Me The Abridged Version class I signed up for at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I am going to do my own thing as far as pages on this album. I have way to many B items to just one page and there are other letters that I am going to have more than one page or combine.

I am also signing up for the new Got Sketch Doubles class at Got Crafts. I have taken all their classes and love their sketches. Can't wait for this class to start.

My to-do's are the same this week as last - to get and stay current with My 365 Project, stay caught up with my on-line scrapbook classes and pack. Taking some time out each day to be creative keeps me from going crazy with all the boxes surrounding me!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beautiful Evidence Page 19

Here is the last page of the Beautiful Evidence album from Jessica Sprague. I want her to send me a template each and every day and maybe I could get caught up on my scrapbooking.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Beautiful Evidence Page 17 & 18

Two more awesome pages from Jessica Sprague's Beautiful Evidence album. Only two more pages and the album will be done and I will be sad. But I am going to sign up for another new class - Got Sketch Doubles. I love sketches and I especially love the Got Sketch classes.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Beautiful Evidence Page 15 & 16

Here are two more pages from Jessica Sprague's Beautiful Evidence album class. These two pages are our favorite spots.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Beautiful Evidence Page 14

And another great page from Jessica Sprague's Beautiful Evidence album class.

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Menu Plan Monday

Since we are moving in less than a month I am trying to clean out the freezer and pantry so we'll have less to move. Here's our menu for this week:


Eggplant and Ground Beef Casserole

TUESDAY (college night):

Leftovers or frozen meal


Mexican Chicken

THURSDAY (college night):

Leftovers or frozen meal


Corned Beef Casserole


Turkey Burgers


Dinner Out

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Weigh In Day

Well, today is Monday and weigh in day but it is also Labor Day and that means no Weight Watchers. So, I got a digital scale from the store last week and it is easier for me to get a more accurate reading on the scale with the digital. So, unofficially I have lost another 2.5 pounds this week. Must be all the climbing up and down the stairs.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

I put together a slide show of my Beautiful Evidence album that I am working on at This is such an awesome idea and album. I got some of the pages printed and they are so nice. These pages are about all I have gotten done this week. I am moving at the end of the month and have to pack a very full house full of stuff by myself. Well, with the help of a 13 year old boy. Ugh!

My only to-do's for the next month is to stay current with my on-line scrapbook classes, stay current with My 365 Project and pack. My goal for today is to finish packing the guest bedroom.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009


It has been a busy, busy week for me. My washer broke down which is not a good thing. I got it fixed yesterday which is a very good thing. Spent too much money to get it fixed but you can't live without a washer for too long. My DVD stopped working. The cable guy (not Larry) came last night and found out the lawn maintenance people had ran over the cord so he replaced that. And I turned in my DVD until after I move. I am not going to have time to watch too much TV anyway.

And I am moving. I bought a mobile home. Now a mobile home is not my first choice in a home BUT I paid cash for it and will only be responsible for lot rent. And lot rent is something I can afford on my own. I got approval yesterday at the mobile home park and all is right in my world for awhile. Now, I have to pack. A lot. My goal for this weekend is to get my spare bedroom all packed. Quite a chore since a good bit of craft and scrapbook stuff is still up there and all the M & M stuff is in there. So I am going to quit procrastinating and go pack a few boxes before I have to leave for work.

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Beautiful Evidence Page 13

Here is page 13 of the Beautiful Evidence album I am doing at Jessica Sprague's website.

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