Sunday, February 19, 2017

a flood prep blog...I guess

 so, for now, I guess I am not doing a scrapbooking blog, but a flood prep.  We live along the San Joaquin River in Central Ca...and the water is rising...  So, my scraproom is not workable.  THOUGH I do have some things at my dd's home, and maybe can continue scrapping.  DH just told me this is not a 'get through the weekend' thing...but could be a couple of months.  As the issue for us is not rain fall and flooding, but the dam releases, and later snow melts.   So, at this point we can only prep and hope that what we do is enough.  

here are final pics of the scraproom.   Took me about 3 evenings.   Phase one was removing what was irreplaceable to me, finished scrapbooks, Stampin Up stamps and inkpads (had quite the collection) and some punches, CTMH know, all my stamps.   A friend took those to store for me.

then I packed my current projects 'crop style', this is what is in my dd's garage.  That way, if a crop happens, I can still go!  Saved my cutterpillar paper cutter and cricut.  Not all the carts.  I still do it the old fashioned way, as my Gypsy went kaploooey.

then moved everything up.  If water is only inches, I am okay...if it is more than a couple of feet, well, don't want to go there.  

I think I will still 'bin' these them be a little more waterproof...just in case.

My Ikea carts are saved!  ha!  Dd has my blue ones (no longer manufactured) and with the help of my granddaughters my Son took the 2 beige ones yesterday.  DGD also took my old American Girl doll (okay dd's when she was growing up) with her clothes.  

We had a group of friends helping and sandbagging yesterday.  Dh concentrated on lifting up the garage contents, as well as creating a better sandbag wall.  I gotta say, we are surrounded by some terrific people.   Dh is hoping to do a 'surf and turf' thankyou dinner for all of them in the future.  

the view from our porch.   

a friend took this pic with his drone on Weds...yikes!

So, until we have to leave...we will get what we can done.  and know that it is all in God's hands.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

uh oh, the water is a risin'

and we are in flood prep mode.  Berms are being built, sandbagging starts tomorrow and the past couple of nights, I've been packing what I can from my scraproom.

A friend offered to store some of my things, so I packed 6 plastic bins with my completed scrapbooks, (not all are in there) and stampin up and CTMH stamps.  Figured those cannot be replaced.  Still not all...but most.  Here are the emptied shelves and cabinets.

I also packed up my current projects 'crop style'.  Well, the 5 grandkids books...and the papers related to those pages and some embellies and tools.  Well, I told my dd 'crop style', but gotta admit, went a little crazy.  So, the car is FULL!  I actually felt quite desperate while packing.  Included my cricut and the fave carts...and my cutterpillar paper cutter.   ooooooh, need to grab the small one also.

So, tomorrow, hope MJM will get me more bins and I will spend some time packing what is left in plastic bins and moving stuff up off the floors and hopefully if we don't get more than a foot or so of water in the house....will be okay. 

Yup, and I do have other rooms I should be doing also. ha!  

  Still hopeful  we won't get any water in the house, wouldn't that be the ultimate???  But the estimate is that by Thurs late morning, the river will be high enough...keeping fingers (and toes)  crossed...but preparing just in case.  

And we count ourselves very lucky we have a bit of time to prepare...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Subs and club for Feb...

ooooh, when I typed 'subs' it took me back to growing up in Texas and we would get 'subs' or 'po-boys'...ya'll remember those meaty, melty cheesy delights on a bun?   siiiiiiiiigh My mom would make hers with a touch of 1000 Island...then toast that critter till the bun and cheese were just right.

VERY happy mail day over here.  Except for MJM texting me on Thurs..."there are 4 packages here, did you fall off the wagon?"....siiiiigh.  NO not off the wagon, yet.  These are my 'obligations' made before the freeze.

Gossamer Blue, what I noticed as I pulled these embellies out..??? They are Gossamer Blue brand...not a mix of other embellies.  I have always LOVED the stamps...but having a set of washi, chipboard and diecuts also...happy dance

and as I pulled these out, LOVE the colors.  They are not 'wimpy'.  Yes, I scrapbook girls ...but sometimes it is good to have some saturated blues and pinks...

The butterfly is so beautiful..cannot wait to make these cards in my Journey kit.  Lots of glitter packs in the projects.  Gonna be fun!

Scrapbook Circle, so much fun.  yes Loved it too

My Feb Stampin Up club purchase, I tried to concentrate on the boys.  Won't the huggy monster make a great Valentine?   And it is Stampin Up's Sale A Bration

so this was my 'free' with $60 purchase set.

oooh to have time to play.  Going to work today, but it sounds like it could be my last Saturday...the team almost has the 2016 close and CPA binder done.  Just need to fine tune one more item....yay, yay, YAY!   

(though I will miss my after work Home Goods stop) 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Scrap Sunday!

did it!  After a Bible Study in the that looks like it will be excellant, I stayed in my pj's and scrapped the day away.   In Adriana's book finished the L.A. trip and did a Thanksgiving double page for Josh...At that point, decided to take a pics of my work space...ha!   I really spread out and am a messy scrapper.  I do try to straighten out after every layout...but this was different....

Fall papers lining the floor to the desk, and the shoe bins are filled with project life type cards for pocket pages. or journaling.  Also in this pic is Kyleigh's space...the small desk, white chair and rolling cart, we just set up for her.  The larger Ikea table is my 'project' desk, right now set up with baby supplies kept on hand.  Since the past 2 years I had 3 baby boys born...1, 2, 3...within months of each other.  She likes to put stickers in books and do a little 'drawing' with markers right now.  On her desk are stacks of my pics.  I recently revamped the frames around the house and those are the older pics taken out. (so it's a mess too)
My work area, with the layout in process...see that huge chipboard bird on a branch?  Y'all remember that collection?  It is very old...believe it was a Recollection or DCWV of woodland was one of the first 'collections' I had to have EVERY piece of...and oh, about 10 years later...I still have most of it!  

my work space to my left.  More pocket cards in back (Gossamer Blue sub) and in front are thanksgiving themed stamps. My rolling cart to the side, more pocket cards and die cuts.  and other misc stuff I cannot figure out a home for.

and to my right...I tend to pile more papers and the album  I am working on on Adriana's workspace (when she is not there)

I like having the album on hand to put the layouts in as I go.  But I don't tend to do that at crops, because of the limited space.   

So, thinking since I have Thanksgiving out, I should do all 4 kids (Jax hasn't been born yet) then I can do the same thing with Christmas.  

Thinking about it, I sure don't have very many fall collections...Maybe because living out here in CA we don't get the fall colors the east coast has?   Same with snowy winter papers and stuff...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

my Missy

This is Adriana, my Missy (at the time she was born, Betsy still worked for us and she called people "Missy', so I picked it up from her).  At 7 years old, she is my first grandchild...did I say 7?  I meant 7 going on 13.  There is a tendency lately to be a bit dramatic.  did I say a bit?  

She is like my little 'bff'...though when I said it to her a couple of years ago , she told me "No, Lainey is my bff"...pfffft.  But luckily for me, the kids lived here in Ptown (until recently) , and we are very close.  Adriana is very artistic and crafty, so we do spend time in the craft room...which she helped me 'design'.  She has her own work station and cabinet and Ikea rolling cart!   

When she was a younger we used to go to IHOP and order pancakes with an extra plate.  We would then take every syrup flavor and 'dip' our pancakes.  Yeah, she came home a little 'sugared up"and would bounce off the walls...but for some reason, both sets of kids have forbid me from doing it with the littles.  

She also used to call caterpillars, 'callipitars' and I catch myself saying it while reading "The Hungry Caterpillar" to the grandsons I babysit.

She and Gunny were the same age, and grew up together.  So she and Gunny were very close and he put up with a lot, that he would not do  with the other kids.  

She was always a bit of a hypochondriac.  ANY boo-boo or sickness would require immediate attention.  A scratch would need a bandaid...though I think I was blamed because I always bought the cute, cartoony ones.  

Now that they have moved 45 minutes away,  it is hard that I don't get to see her as often.  siiiiiigh, 

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Long week, 4 out of 5 grandkids sick, including the 2 I babysit.  But, except for my son (who got it Thursday) all seems settled.   Keep praying.   My dd and I are the only ones unscathed, so far.

My Kyleighbear.   She is 3 years old and a pistol!  Gotta say it, she is so much fun, for grandparents, if not for parents!  ha!!!

My nicknames for her are Kyleighbear and Sparkle. As she sparkles from the inside out...even if it is mischief coming from her...ha!!   There are family members who call her 'Cobra Ky" but she is not a cobra!   As a baby she was kinda prickly, only wanted her momma.  I remember while she was in her 'klingon' stage (the clingy stage of the toddlers) I looked her in the eye and told her "I'm not worried, someday we will be best friends"...and yay!  we are!

  She did not start talking till she was 2 years old, like her daddy.  But once she started there is no stopping her (just like her daddy, who was nicknamed motor mouth)   and her voice is like music, ..just a joy to hear.  

Her big sis and I got into a conversation about Kyleigh's strong willed nature.  Adriana asked me, 'isnt' it annoying?" .  I told her, "NO, I think strong will is a gift".   I am loving every moment of I had a strong willed child and can now say (30 years later) that they can grow up to be marvelous, accomplished young women.  

Gotta remember (for the scrapbook) that she says 'lafamo' for marshmallow, when she was 2... "leepsover" for sleepover....and she will exclaim "boom shaka laka" and "i chihuaha", at appropriate moments. When I asked her mom, "where did she learn THAT" mom just said, "she has an older sis who goes to school"

Only recently, Nov 2016,  we had our first 'leepsover'...first solo then with her sis... let's just say that I was amazed at how such a tiny thing can take over a queen sized bed.  When Kyleigh 'leepsover' be prepared for a foot in your face.  I was constantly putting a blanket over her.

During our Tahoe stay, whenever she would see my son in law's sister, Sarah, she would exclaim..."There you are!!" and started calling her (and eventually everyone else) a 'scalliwag'. 

As a baby, she was not a tv watcher.  Just too busy, I think now, she will enjoy a cartoon...Elmo is a fave.    though, I have not yet seen her sit through a whole show.  

This little girl is an absolute joy.  

Friday, January 20, 2017


Continuing the notes about my grandbabies, though Josh is the youngest of the 'set' from my son and daughter in law...decided to start with him as he is part of the boy group.   The boys, Jase, Josh and Jax are aged @2 years, a little over 1 year and 6 months.   Don't know if they will grow up to be the Three Muskateers or the Three Amigos.  Did you catch the names, Jase, Josh, Jax...yes, I believe it is a conspiracy...I already find myself saying "Jaaaaaaaaaa...ase!" or "Jaaaaaa...osh" or "Jaaaaaaa...x".  Think I should call them 1, 2, 3...or Uno, Dos, Tres...or go Japanese and say Ich, Ni, Son...or just yell "Boys!".  siiiiigh

Grammy's nicknames for him are Josh-i-poo, Little Man and Mr. One Shoe.  (cuz he sheds shoes).  Before his first birthday his family moved from 10 minutes to 45 minutes away, so I don't get to see them as much as I would like.  Pffffffft smaller commute, better family time...pfffft, it is all about GRAMMY time!   BUT I am fortunate, though he is going through his Kling-on stage, he does allow Grammy to hold him  IFFFFFF momma is not around.  

He is such a little love. His smile (with those dimples) will melt your heart.

He was a 'fast' developer with the physical milestones,  just like his Daddy.  Was he walking by 9 or 10 months?   I figured  with 2 big sisters he was in a hurry to keep up.  

He likes to eat, in fact, if he feels you are too slow to give him his food, he can be very loud in letting you know what he thinks.  But food needs to be given to him slowly, as he has a tendency to stuff. He does know his 'more' and 'please' sign, but right now needs to be reminded to use it...hollering works better....ha!!!

From what I see, cuz I don't see them as often as I would like, he is the easiest to put down for a nap or night night.  When it is time, he easily goes to sleep. 

In the kitchen, he has a special cabinet to get into and empty out.  Mom may not have given it to him, but it is his.

Apparently, when Adriana (dgd #1) was asked what she wanted for Christmas, she asked for a V-tech watch and another baby brother.