Friday, October 14, 2016


Good Afternoon!
Here I am posting over a week later when I thought I'd be back much sooner--LOL!
Well, this time it was because I was just plain busy.  Isn't that marvelous?!  It's always nice to feel better after you've been without many spoons for a while--LOL!
Let's see...I think I will just go through the pictures as they were taken and here we go.  First of all these are the two pair of Crocs I bought this year.  I so loved the sandals that I thought I'd get a slip on black pair for winter.  
Well, these are the same size--in fact the ones on the left are also wide--but the toes were so scrunched that they hurt my feet.  Luckily Leah could wear them.  :)  I guess I need wide in the toes.  I like very comfortable shoes.  My scrunchy toe days are over--LOL!
Once in a while I get a McFamily video chat on google hangout. 
Ian was showing us how his blue car could fly. 
He seems to like to chat with Gramma.  
She really likes to visit with him, too. 
The grouse come by once in a while, but I don't see them every day... 
... like I do the hungry flock of sparrows.  :)
Ian was also over for a visit... 
...and we all had fried rice. 
Leah was here for crafts Monday night and we did work on cutting, folding, and taping cards together.  We will continue this Monday, too.  :) 
 I bought some printer paper for laser jet printers.  I heard it was supposed to be good for fountain pens.  (Our regular printer paper here in the US is usually terrible.)  Some people said 24# and some said 32# so I bought one ream of each.  Then I did the fountain pen testing.
The 24# on the left will bleed through if you put down enough ink, but the 32# didn't. 
I do normally use fine and extra fine nibs and so I shouldn't have a problem with the 24#.  I will try it out on some letters soon, of course.  ;)
Speaking of paper...
I have wanted to try the Seven Seas Nanami journals made with Tomoe River paper.  The "standard" one comes unlined/blank.  I thought I'd try the very cheap plastic sleeve cover for now.  (Might want the faux-leather cover later if I love these for my daily journaling as much as I expect to.) 
They even come in a box sleeve to protect the fragile paper and with a pink blotter sheet, too. 
Sewn binding--so it lies flat. 
I took some scrapbook paper and cut a couple pieces to slide inside of the clear plastic cover.  There was enough left over to cut some simple bookmarks, too. 
A 12 X 12 inch sheet was not large enough to wrap around the journal but it basically covered the front and back.  If the pieces of card stock flop about too much I can add a strip of something to connect them later on.  I have a ways to go in my present daily journal, but I can hardly wait to start this one! 
Leah had printed me off some writing guide sheets so I trimmed one down to fit the Seven Seas journal. 
It doesn't look like it, but you can see the guide pretty easily. 
I also have been working on a new format in my Bullet Journal with the awesome forms Leah made for me on excel.  :)  This is just the beginning--but I now will have a monthly calendar spread... 
...and a new monthly tracker, too. 
In November I do plan to try out a larger weekly spread that will take up four pages per week--half a page for each day and for the weekly goal list.   
Obviously, I have a ways to go before November is filled in and ready to go--but that is the skeletal work I have finished so far.  I also painted (acrylics) some stickers that I plan to use to label the days of the week.
One of the other forms Leah made for me was a numbered lined small monthly sheet that I can use to write down birthdays and attach to these divider cards. 
I have kept handmade cards for quite a few years in a large, deep ArtBin satchel.  This is where I will keep the birthday cards (separated by the months now), too.
I love it!!  But it is getting so full I need another one--LOL! 
And actually--we decided that this is how we should store all the birthday and Christmas cards we have been making.  So, they had them for cheaper than usual on Amazon and two of them are supposed to arrive today Leah told me.  Whoohoo!  One for Christmas cards and one for birthday and thank you cards.
I think I also just might need another slim satchel for washi tapes... think?  LOL! 
Oh, and here's the paper we ordered from Joann's at the sale price!  The fodder for more Christmas cards and birthday cards--tada!!  
 On Tuesday the library girl, Kirsten, was here.  Both the books I requested were ILLs (inter-library loans) so the only way I can get them is if Dagan and/or Leah picks them up and drops them off for me.  So when Leah dropped off the papers and excel forms on Wednesday we figured out how that will work.  The easiest way will be for Dagan and Leah to just get library cards for the West Fargo library since they live there.  
Oh, and Leah also put me on the Google Project-Fi cell phone new family plan, too.  I'll save another $5.00!  
Let's see--what else?
Oh, I have a link HERE to the magnetic strip McFamily is selling on Amazon.  And no I don't get anything for posting a link--LOL!  But you can see my 6 inch cast iron skillet assisting in its online debut--ROFL!  
I also do have New Life coming for a donation pick-up on Tuesday morning.  Nice!  All that stuff in the garage will be gone, I hope.  (They can reject items.)
I have been having such fun with the bullet and the other new forms Leah made and the paper testing--whoohoo!  The new card satchels should be here this afternoon, too!  An entire day can zip by for me puttering with this kind of thing.  I take a body break and then I am right back at it...over and over.  I tell myself, this is the last session...take an even longer break...but then I find myself puttering just a little bit more--LOL!  Even got the shower curtain hemmed and that has been on my list for about three weeks--hehe!  Yes, all that fun is catching up with me so I know I won't get in as much fun-putter time today...but you know I will get in some, youbetcha!
Have a fun, delightful weekend!!  :) :) 
"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough."
Emily Dickinson


GrandmaG said...

Sounds like you're having fun and enjoying life. So glad to hear. Have a great weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

i like fried rice, too, but rarely, if ever, eat it. :) ian is a cutie. missed karma...

Anonymous said...

You are so organized it frightens me!!

DJan said...

Wow, Rita, you have been busy! And that Ian is adorable and growing up so fast. I agree with fishducky: you are so organized it's scary! In a nice way, of course. :-)

Far Side of Fifty said...

You are sounding quite happy today! Good to hear!! I used all my spoons today...YARD work...I am exhausted and cannot even spell anymore:(

Jon said...

When I saw your McFamily video chat, I thought back to those archaic days when I sent handwritten letters to my grandmother. How times have changed!
I'm always amazed at how many birds and other critters gather at your door. It's so interesting.
I really like your Seven Seas journal!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I tried on some crocs like the ones on the right of your photo one year. They hit a bone that sticks up in one of my feet, but they were nice and wide. Guess I'm stuck with reebox.

Ian is a doll. Loving his cuteness. I don't think I've EVER seen that much washi tape in one place EVER!

My name is Erika. said...

OK you made me jealous with those journals. I need to check these out. And cool container for washi tape. I think I need one of those. Ian is, as always, super cute. I can tell its been a fun week for you. Your post is full of joy. Hugs-Erika

Carol Samsel said...

So glad to hear that you are doing better 😊 You certainly have been doing a lot too. I know that's the way I am on good days too. Do it while you can 🙄

Divers and Sundry said...

You are so well-organized. I'm in awe :)

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Busy is good, just saying better then dead, also I have wide feet so need wide shoes as does my daughter Jessica she has really wide feet, recently while shopping for shoes for her to wear to a wedding she was a bridesmaid she had trouble so many of the shoes she tried on were too tight at the toes took me back to her childhood we always had trouble getting shoes for her, her sisters we could get from a variety store like Kmart but Jess we had to go to a shoe store and pay three times the amount for shoes for her.

Lady Fi said...

Busy is indeed good. Ian is growing so fast. He's adorable.

Intense Guy said...

I'm glad the birds are outside! How's the bird food holding up?

Sherry Ellis said...

I like your card and tape organizers. So clever!

Serena Lewis said...

Catching up with your blog today. :)

I like the sandals particularly the ones on the right. I hear ya on the scrunchy toes...don't like it either.

Cool that you catch up on Google Hangouts. I have it but wouldn't have a clue how it works.

Nice that you're still seeing the grouse. :)

Ian is such a handsome young boy! That smile is adorable!

Leah is so clever and your bullet journal looks quite professional.

Oh my that's a lot of washi tape! Great organisers!

My days can fly by when I'm just puttering too...creative stuff puts me in the zone. :)

AliceKay said...

The video chats with Ian sound like fun. :)