Monday, March 31, 2008

How I spent my weekend: Friday - flying in to Madison, WI and huggin' on my Mom; Saturday - getting to see my sister and her hubs at my Mom's (more huggin'), spending the day chatting and catching up and then enjoying a fabulous pigfest of steak at Delaney's Restaurant; Sunday - a quiet morning, then seeing off my sister (and her hubs), then to downtown Mad Town for a symphony (wonderful), then a take out (or bring in) supper from Applebee's. Mom and I highly enjoyed our Oriental Chicken salads... yum! We topped off Sunday night with Part I of Masterpiece Classics' Sense and Sensibility. This is a new and very beautiful version that I may end up loving even more than the Ang Lee one.

This a.m. (which is almost over) we're sleeping in, going slow and letting the day unfold as it may. I'm starting a digi class this afternoon - my 3rd from Jessica Sprague. Can't wait for that. It will give Mom a little snooze time. There's been a lot of activity - much more than she's used to - today she can just rest up.

This week also holds a visit (for me) to Archiver's as well as some of the great clothing stores in the area and a trip to Mariner's Inn for dinner. Yummmm!

I'm feeling just a tad of angst being away from not only my own computer, but also my scrap room. I'm just really feeling the urge lately to scrap away. (Ha! What else is new?) Plus, my new job as a design team member has now officially begun and I really need to be present at SIStv which is always a little harder when I'm not home, even though I do, obviously, have computer/internet access here. Well, I'm going to do my best and be in both worlds at once!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

We have news! Dustin and Emily are engaged! The wedding is being planned for Labor Day weekend. Again, it will be as small a wedding as possible, and outdoors (Lord willing!). So, here I am, in wedding planning mode again. Even though the wedding is NOT at our house this time, the bride's parents just happen to be one of our bestest friends! And even though Deborah is a floral designer, a caterer and an event planner extraordinaire, I will, just by the nature of our friendship, be involved in the planning!

I know I haven't been keeping up with this blog too much lately. I mostly wanted to keep the card shower for Lois at the top of the page. The deadline for that was yesterday, so I'm going to take that off the site now. But also, I do blog daily at the other site listed at the top of the page...

Spring is trying to, um, spring. The geese have flown south, the birds are back - including the robins - and we get the occasionally warmish day. But the warm is coming slowly. I have no doubt that it will come though...

Oh! And THIS very morning I was able to get back into the hot tub for the first time since early winter! It was a looooonnngggg process of ordering (the right) part(s), but, finally, we are back in business. So, there's one thing I can enjoy about the still chilly temps. It was not even 30 degrees outside when I got in this morning and it was so darn lovely! I am SO thrilled to have it back. I missed it tremendously.

I spent today getting the house ready for an Easter dinner we are hosting tomorrow. Yes, just hosting - NOT cooking. YAY! Deborah had invited us and the kids and the Orr's over for Easter dinner at her house, except she just doesn't have the room, so I offered to have it up here. So, while we're in church tomorrow a.m., she (and Emily) will be up here cooking away and we'll be able to come home to the smell of turkey roasting in the oven and all the good stuff that goes with that. (Yes, Emily requested a "Thanksgiving" meal... yum!). We'll have 11 at our table and it will be great!

Tonight we're going to see a movie I've been dying to see - "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". It's an indie movie, which explains why it didn't come to our local generic theater. But the wonderful Community Arts Center in Williamsport shows the indie movies that no one else has (which are also my favorites) and I love them for that... I just hope there's no random shootings in the city while we're heading to our cars like there was last time - about an hour after we were in the city. But that's another story.

Easter blessings to all. I hope we don't forget that this holiday isn't about bunnys and eggs. And bunnys don't even lay eggs anyway, so what's up with that?

Saturday, March 01, 2008

I challenge you! I challenge you to do just a little something that will brighten someone's day in a big way. If you click the link underneath the "A Card for Lois" icon to the right ---> you will go to the blog of a fellow "Fashionista" at SIStv. She can explain in more detail, but in a nutshell, she has a friend who has terminal cancer and she wants to just bring joy into her life in at least a small way. So she has started this campaign where she has set a goal to get 100 people to make and send a card to her friend that is dying. There will be a drawing on her blog on March 20th out of all the people who particpate and there will be prizes. Now if you're not a scrapbooker, you might not care about the prizes that much. (You could always give them to ME if you'd get chosen!) ;) But, whether you're a scrapbooker or not, making a card can be a simple little thing. It doesn't have to be as fancy as mine at all. You can just take a piece of stiff paper, fold it in half and decorate it. If you're so inclined, you can take a photo of it and upload it to the gallery of cards on Wilna's blog (link at right). So check it out and consider doing this easy thing to make someone else's day brighter. For a terminal cancer patient, this can be unbelievably uplifting and encouraging... God bless you.