Monday, November 20, 2017
There are seven girls again!! :)
I don't think the six was a different group because my grouse are well-fed, big, fat...and quite territorial. I watched them chase off another group of smaller grouse this summer--more than once. So...where did that one go for several days? Off on a walkabout? LOL! Anyways, the seven are together again. I am so happy.
Winter seems to have descended early and aggressively this year as far as the temperatures go. We have two warmer days in the 40s (yesterday and today), so I swept the patio and washed down the patio door one last time while I had a chance.
I have always loved this time of year the best...from the first falling leaves to that delightful blank slate of greeting a new year. Every year it lifts my heart and scatters my thoughts with warm memories like joy confetti!!
The cold weather has Annie investigating the tan "baby recliner" (as 6 foot tall Dagan calls it) occasionally of an evening to get off the chilly floor when I am up and down too much for her--LOL!
Oh, before I forget. I promised a picture of McFamily with Teal'c from Stargate SG-1 when he was at ValleyCon this year. The young man behind Leah is her brother, Aaron, who has been staying with them since he got out of the Navy. You may recall they visited Aaron when he was stationed in Japan when Ian was around 9 months old. :)
Cayenne pepper and I didn't agree at all. Had almost instant heartburn that wouldn't let up so cayenne is definitely out. The Meadowsweet for pain--can't tell much of anything so I am going to stop taking it for a while and see if I notice a difference. (I tried that with the White Willow Bark and did not notice a thing.) I still have a list of more kinds of supplements I can gradually try but not till next year. Just sticking with the Turmeric for now, as that seemed to do a little something for my swollen knees. :)
I ran across the brochure for Senior Companions a few weeks ago that was handed out by a couple ladies who came to visit one day during the CCC group maybe last spring. I decided to actually call...and long story short...I had a visit from my new senior companion, Mary, last Wednesday. She'll come over every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30pm to shoot the breeze. So far, so good. I'll talk more about it later. Actually too sore to sit here for that chat this time...but I will fill you in. :)
I have gotten a couple little projects checked off my to-do list, though.
First, I have these two little boxes/satchels filled with pens.
One holds all my brush pens.
One holds all my drawing pens.
Have wanted to use index cards to make up samples...
...so I have a better idea of which pen is which when I am digging through them.
Now I can tell at a glance how fat the nibs are and, in the case of the brush pens, how easy they are to use. Helps when you are pawing through them.
While I was working on the second project...
...Annie played with her ball spinner toy.
She loves it so much that when she's too tired to stand up anymore she will lie down and spin the ball--LOL!
Anyways, you may recall weeks ago (or is it months?) I printed off all these sheets to be used in making journal inserts. Well, I never got around to finishing all the creasing...
...and stacking together of the pages.
I did this while watching Time Team (British archaeologists) in case you are wondering what was on my laptop. ;)
I had printed different colored lines...
...and dots on the pages.
These are insert covers printed on cardstock that you can color yourself. They came with the digital dotted page format I purchased from Boho Berry online.
You may be thinking--didn't you do something with these back when? Yup--started well--hehe! Colored two of them and put those together--one with dotted pages and one with lined.
I am still LOVING my fancy journal cover from Chic Sparrow! I have the one insert in the front...
...and then my bullet journal in the middle--my hardbound Leuchtturm1917 dot grid that I also love.
Every day I am in these bullet journal pages...
...and have not tired of them in almost three years now.
I've changed the format several times, but I have never stopped using it. Love it more now than I did when I started because it has morphed into something that works well for me and my OCD, plain self--LOL! And I can shift and alter any way I wish in the future--if my journaling self changes. ;)
In the back is the other insert. I really have it made!
And will you look at this!
You may recall I had to pull a kitchen chair over next to me for Miss Karrma so she could be close enough for a pet or two when she wanted one. Well, Annie was beginning to kind of bug me to move over to the big comfy brown chair so she could sit with me...but I spend most of the day at the kitchen table doing my thing. ;) So I wondered if Annie might like to come sit next to me, too?
This new development has been coming about for the last few weeks. At first, if I pulled a chair over Annie took at as a personal rejection, of course. She thought I was trying to block her from me and would get all wound up and race around the apartment--LOL! But I would sweet talk her and ask her up...like I did for months with the comfy recliner. This time it didn't take months. She seems much happier...although she found out it is not okay to jump on the table--LOL!
I will sign off with some sweet pictures from Leah of little Liam!!
He's growing so fast!
Another face I love.
So, that's it for this time from Fargo. Caroline comes to clean tomorrow and Mary comes to "companion" on Wednesday--LOL! Today is the warmest day in quite a while. Supposed to get up to 51 degrees!! Plan to open the place up for a while and get some fresh air this afternoon again. Annie will love that! Till next time!! :) :)
I think I've posted this quote before, but I just LOVE it!!
"As I walked down the avenue, the late afternoon sun was turning the lovely and dying sycamore leaves into fragments of brilliant stained glass, and I said to myself, 'This alone is worth the price of admission to our broken and glorious world'."