Christmas · Just Life

Keep on Going..Like the..”Energizer Bunny”

Hi all!

‘Tis the season here’s a lil Holly Jolly to go with the FA..LA..LA..LA…LA…LA…LA! Firstr things first. Let me set your minds at ease. I’m in no way deluded in the thinking that I’ve become a world renowned sought after artist over the last couple of months….lol On the other hand,  I can say that when I open my drawing journal to start practicing stuff I can see a definite difference from page 1 progressing through whatever page I’m on currently scribbling on. Here are some of my holiday creations. Yes, I see this big color blob and not happy about it at all!

A couple of days ago I was carefully working my way through my inbox. I say carefully because I didn’t want to cause a cyber avalanche….lol I opened an email from I’m pretty possitive it was from Jennifer McGuire.

Anyway I saw something I loveeeed(no surprise she always shows the coolest stuff )! She showed these embossing folders by We R Memory keepers “Next Level.” The one I used with red paper is my FAV so far. I do like the one used with green paper, but just something about  the triangle-ish edges I love.

Other than holiday goings on there is not too much going on other than still crying about my beloved JEEP. I didn’t realize how much I do love it and how happy I am that I had stuck with my plan of car ownership once the kids’ were older. So, I have been told several times while checking out my options and have been told more sternly that I should not have been driving that Jeep. Not even out of the driveway!! no matter what. That was great news..huh…NOT!

Might have something brewing, but no matter what you know $$ will be involved….sigh

I hope everyone enjoys this time of year in which ever way is yours!

Merr Christmas

Happy Crafting!

Just Life

Practicing for Infinity Equals Love

Today I have a sheet of practicing that looks like I decided to create ‘lil aliens..lol.  Although it looks to be the case, it’s the mere randomness of grabbing paint colors from a pile.

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Come to think of it, the same rule holds true when seeing the results of my purple practice page. As I was painting my ovals I noticed how dark the purple was drying. The darkness of the dried oval caused me to worry that my facial details would be extremely difficult to see even if I used a dark pen color.

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So, when I saw this was indeed the case I tried the white pen color. As you can see that really didn’t work either.

I could have changed the oval colors in the beginning after having painted only 1 or 2, but I wanted each page to have matching colored ovals on each page.

Merry Crafting!!

Just Life

Face Practice W/ a Twist

Due to trying to immerse myself in the insane learning of blog skills I’ve missed a few days from face practice. I mean it’s not like I’m going to get lashed or anything…but ya know…..ya gotta keep those hand muscles loose.

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Although I feel like I’ve made a little bit of my blog fog disapate. I am realistic enough to know I have so much more to desiphor…lol know it’s not that like it was any front page story or earth shattering information, just the same all has been fixed.As always I hope all is well!

Happy Crafting!!

General · Just Life

Did I Ever Tell You I Hate Cars!!!

First, just letting you know, I am having to stray from the happy world of all things art today. I feel like screaming so that usually means if I write it down it will help shrink that feeling back away. Rest assured I will sacrifice only this one post on such negativity…..actually that might not be the right word. Hmmmm maybe disappointing would  be a slightly better description.

Ok…Ok…the sooner I type it the sooner it’s gone. I should have known something was going to happen our two cars/trucks/whatever(motor objects) have been rolling along nicely for a ‘lil bit now.

Let’s just start off with the obvious. IF…IF…IF…IFFFfffff my husband…or I…or If I knew anyone in existence on the planet Earth that knew how to fix motor things I might feel differently. BUT I / WE(hubby) DO NOT KNOW A.N.Y.O.N.E!! Not ONE! Now that I think about it I don’t know anyone who works on any speciality thing(electrical, construction, roofs, oh my goodness let’s not forget plumbing) In case anyone is curious in my area of FL if you need a plumber that will be $100 an hour!!! Oops…sorry distracted and off topic…lol..sorry.

In another few years I may be in a better position for motor hep as my boys are now 19 & 22. Now that they have their own motor things they are starting to build up some motor fixing knowledge. Justin(19..20 in Jan.) has been able to help me with 2 small previous issues. However the reality is that there are just some things that can’t be done in a household garage(if you have one) or drive-way(if you don’t). Reality(cruel as it is) is what I / we are experiencing right now. But this is me we are talking about and I don’t roll that simply.

THIS IS MY MID-LIFE CRISIS KIDS ARE GROWN DREAM CAR….I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Yes, this 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ is the care that I have been feigning for since my kids were born. My thinking was don’t have to worry bout enough space or anyone undoing the seat belts and falling out….you know what I’m saying……Right??

At first I wasn’t going  to go with my plan. I never thought I would have not a 24/7 Mom  sadness when the time came. Once again reality is a …insert word… My mind was I getting them up for school, taking places, cooking dinner…and so on. Then…BAM!! what am I supposed to be / do now(not Mom…well Mom, but not Mom) sorry I’m not handling the new reality let alone trying to explain what’s in my head. Anyway, I was / am having huge empty house issues, to this day. I feel like a prisoner in this house! One dayI found myself gradually shopping around and seeing if there was anything I liked and how many $$. That in no way implies that my emotional state was coming alone at the same speed.

Obviously, this is the one we ended up buying.. I LOVE it and I have had to have it worked on a few times, mostly maintenance needed for a Jeep with 125,000 miles on it. Last Friday I was visiting with my Mom and when I was leaving as I put one foot on the running board “CRACK” one of the clips for the running board broke. Ok, no problem I’ll just get a new clip or buy a new set of running boards.

Enters reality in the form of my youngest, Justin. He had stopped by to mow and trim for us and he wondered how I broke the thing on my jeep. I of course tell him I ordered new running boards. Ok, but that’s not what I talking about Mom….as is slowly follow him out to see!!….Yes, the running board broke but so did part of the frame and it was rusted outrageously. Yes, hubby looked under before we paid for it and it look like it had been cleaned up, but nothing looked like a rusty can and obviously did not look painted either(nice of the guy to cover it so well that it lasts long enough for us to give him money and leave) hubby even ran an car fax or whatever its called.

Time for investigating this nightmare…off I go. I take it to auto place they send me to body shop. Out comes the guy and dumps a ton of REALITY on me…..no options. I should absolutely NOT be driving this motor thing, if I got hit the entire jeep would fold into the middle!!!!!! Holy….!..!

The amount of bummed I feel is unmeasurable, so I’m not going to try. I do find it odd that I have it serviced 3 times and not one mechanic who had been working under and all over my Jeep said anything to me other than it looks great and now runs great.??? I stand there and give one place $500+…all the mechanics love it…no warnings or pointing out of anything awry. I had gone to another place 2 different times for a total of over $900(not exaggerating). I pick it up it’s running great nothing negative or awry.

Reality(body shop guy who barely had to put one knee on the ground) was dished out in 10 seconds or less…..sigh Yes, I called the place I had been to twice and most recently and asked why no one cared to mention the death trap I was driving. I was informed that they were an auto repair shop…not a body shop…no DUH! I’m certain if any of our mechanics saw a problem they would have pointed it out to you. You can bring it down and we can see if we can do anything to help…??..!! I asked if he was listening the the frame was extremely rusted and unstable…it is not driveable. He proceeded to repeat the exact statements. I thanked him for sorta listening and have a good day!!!!

Now I don’t want to give the wrong impression of how I am, but this guy got lucky. When I’m screwed over I usually start at the top and work my way to the last screw leaving carnage in my wake. I somehow managed to not even cuss….of course I forced myself to end people communication before that happened. Why you ask, because I didn’t see myself getting any of my money back or anything fixed until I came up with a few grand to buy a Jeep frame along with the money to pay labor.

Sorry so long. I really didn’t realize it would be a novel. Well, thanks for letting me vent.

Just Life · Personal / Misc.

On the Phone Again!!

It amazes me how my UPS & FED X always come after 4:30p.m. I’m wondering who the heck gets their deliveries early?? It drives me crazy!

Today my replacement cell came as expected. I parked myself in my living room so that I would not miss the delivery. After a day of boredom UPS finally screeched to a halt in front of my house. I didn’t even here him honk. Luckily my alarm system(dogs, Tank & Skeeter) went off. I just about jumped out of my skin as I was engrossed in Law & Order SUV.

As I walked to get my box I remember thinking I can’t believe they came early today. Then my husband called to let me know he was on his way home from work. Thinking it was nice that he was getting out a little early. I glanced at the time as I hung up the phone and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that it was 5:10p.m….Gez!

After 3 hours I do believe I am back on the cell waves apps and all. Woohoo, my cell phone is my 3rd arm. Amazingly used / missed more than my son and husband…lol

Just Life · Personal / Misc.

When I Do It I Do It Big!!!

What a day!

The day starts uneventful. I’m puttering through my day little bit here n little bit there.  Not doing anything very noteworthy.

Then just about the time I’m able to sneak in a little crafting….dum… dum….my day takes a change in direction. I had to make a quick potty run before craft time.  As I was washing my hands and turn to dry my hands IT happened!!

The pocket on my shorts get snagged on something, no biggie there.  Then I heard a pladunk…Mentally I’m thinking what the???  Out of the corner of my eye I see the toilet…..You read correctly!  THE TOILET!!  Any other time the top would be closed.  BUT NOOOO NOT THIS TIME!! IT WAS OPEN!!

I did a brain pause ewww toilet water…then reached my hand in and snatched my phone out. I hurry and rinse it off, it stays on for a little bit, then goes to the big cell phone dump in the sky.

All I could think of was that stupid contact commercial. The one talking about being careful to not run out of contacts.  As the camera pans over to show the ladies last contact landing in the toilet water. Followed by showing the lady’s arm slowly, cringingly reaching toward where the contact had fallen.

Luckily I pay for the insurance.  So, $170 and a short online form later and they will overnight me a(most likely a refurbished) phone. Unfortunately I’m about 6 months away from being able to get a new model.

Just Life · Personal / Misc.

WOWZERS!!!…True Story

Today I had the most amazing thing happen that I just HAD to share.  Unfortunately I did NOT win the lottery.  However I did find the occurrence to be just about as rare

Amazing Gas Receipt on 8-24-2014
Amazing Gas Receipt on 8-24-2014

these days.

NO!! Your eyes are not deceiving you.  I somehow managed to rack up $2.72 in Fuel Reward Points between last payday and this payday.

At the pump I zipped my WD fuel rewards card then my debit card and couldn’t believe my eye when I saw the price .48 per gallon appear I had to do a triple take.  Yup the double take wasn’t clear enough.  Try as I might I could not quite squeeze the maximum of 20 gallons into the tank.  I did click the nozzle until I thought if I didn’t stop I would be wearing gas.  As much as I wanted to get the whole 20 gallons  I did not want to be wearing any.

A glance at the pump read out while I was waiting for the receipt to print showed my total of $9.07.  YES!! $9.07!!  Disbelief is still floating about, ahhh but the proof is on a little strip of paper.