Friday, February 27, 2015

Long Day and What Color Is This Dress?

What a long day at school today.  It was pajama and slipper day.  Oh my, we should have just put a video in and ate popcorn!  I'm not kidding, these kids came in jumping around, squealing, and talking non-stop!
When I saw how they all came in this morning I wanted to say, "See you next week, I'm going home and drink my coffee in a nice, quiet place with a kitty on my lap!  LOL

These types of days are hard to get through without a few Excedrin!  I did however get through without it.  I did however have to dip into the M&M's!

I truly love volunteering here.  I love teaching kids and facing the challenges of being behind their peers due to learning delays, behaviors or attention issues.  I found that all of the snow days we had I was here alone all day and I found myself wanting people to talk to.

I know why my grandfather and father-in-law went out daily.  It was to be with people and interact with them.  I don't know how my mom spends so much of her day alone.  I guess she does interact each evening with my brother and nephew.

This is the card I made tonight for the free for all challenge on SCS.  The challenge was to use kraft paper which is called crumb cake by Stampin' Up now.
I heat embossed with white powder then colored with copic markers.  I sponged the edges and colored the pearls with copic markers.
This card will go to Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.
We have a storm warning from Saturday night through Monday morning.  We're supposed to get 6-10 more inches of snow.  I think winter needs to be done now.  March is coming in like a lion.  We better get lamb weather soon after that! LOL  We're all so tired of the cold and snow that keeps a lot of us in our homes.

I must admit it's good for my reading and crocheting my afghans.  I also watch movies or tv shows on Netflix while I crochet.  As the afghans get larger they get warmer and eventually I have to turn the overhead fan on low to work on them!

Lately I've been struggling with getting my quiet time with my Bible.  I'd like to blame it on a lot of things like the weather, winter, no sun, blah, blah, blah.  I however need to take responsibility and just do it whether I feel like it or not.  Please God help me to take the emotion out of this and other things in my life and get the attitude of 'just do it!'  I don't have to feel like it, or want to do it.  I do it because it pleases God and brings me closer to him, which is what I need.  So tired of  feeling so far from him and some others in my life.

Blessing of the Day:Dinner at Panera's with Tim and Sarah.  We talked about 'the dress' picture and what colors we saw.  Now there's a scientific article out about why people see a difference.  It's unbelieveable what people find to talk about.  This has been circulated all over the world!
The original image is in the middle. At left, white-balanced as if the dress is white-gold. At right, white-balanced to blue-black.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Sunny Heat Wave Here in Cleveland!

So today is the first day in 4 that school kids went back to school.  We were submerged into arctic temperatures from last Wednesday through yesterday.  I am so ready for spring to be here, how about you?

This is the card I made for yesterdays color challenge which used pear pizzazz, blackberry bliss and pool party.  I used watercolor paper, an aqua painter and the lids of ink pads for my ink source.  I sprtized which a shimmer mist and added the glamorous rhinestone.
 This card was for today's sketch challenge on SCS.  I saw it was a great way to use designer paper.  So I will begin using this sketch with old dp so it gets used up  I love this flower with the fern from Butterfly Basics.  I masked the flower to add the ferns.  For this card I started with the paper first and took the image colors from it.

 The next 12 cards are sympathy cards that I made for Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.  I dropped 150 cards off for them Tuesday.  I thank you God for giving me the ability to make these for this organization.

 This is the front of the card I made Monday for the Diorama card technique on SCS.
 This is the inside of the diorama card.  I like how soft and different this is.  I hope to make more soon.

At Bible Study last night we found out our friend's daughter is through her first trimester!  Her daughter has had two miscarriages already.  We're thanking God for His blessing on them and pray for His protection of that baby and mom.

Last night in Bible study we pondered the trinity and why we needed an intermediary between God and us.  Interesting discussion between all of us.  I loved to be stretched in my learning and reasoning.  I love having a basis for my comments or beliefs.

This is an encouraging song by Moriah Peters called You Carry Me.  Take a listen and be reassured God is always with you.

Blessing of the Day:Sunndy skies and warmer temps.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Hodgepodge

I was taking out the afghans I have finished for cancer patients during their weekly infusion therapy.  Phoebe thought it was a good idea to try them out to make sure they would be soft enough for their new owners.  Love this cutie pie~
Even with all of the cold and wind, God gave us a gorgeous blue sky.  If you didn't see the trees, it could look like a beautiful summer day.  It was just what we needed after so much snow and cloudy weather.
 I had a friend email me about how depressed she's been this winter and last.  This is what God brought to me.  I want to send this to her, but I want to be gentle in doing it.  Praying for my friend and how to deliver this message.
 This is the set of cards I made to put into my birthday card stash for SCS Birthday random acts of kindness.  I send cards to people on Splitcoast each month.  We are assigned 3-4 people then can choose others we know or would like to send to.  I've been on a quilt kick lately so these were the perfect addition to my stash.  This was for today's stamper of the day.  I chose a card from her gallery and changed some things to make it mine.
 Here is the inspiration for my cards.
This is my card from Saturday's Inspiration Challenge. Again I used 1" squares to make this.  I loved how soft this looked.  The batch I made will go to Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home.  They seemed so soft, pretty and comforting for a Sympathy card.
 I loved this when I saw it.  It's hard to live like this though.  We do care what others think of us most of the time. Working hard on not caring so much what others think of me and concentrate on what God thinks of me.
 This was part of my quiet time this morning. What a sweet image huh?
What a wonderful reminder of who God wants us to be; someone who brings others to Him.
Fix My Eyes by for King & Country...Give it a listen and look at the words.  It's what I need to do right now...Fix My Eyes on God.

Blessing of the Day:A beautiful sunny day!  Thank you God, we so need it!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Cleveland Records

Here in Cleveland, we've been attacked by snow and below freezing temperatures.
  Cleveland has broken its all-time record low for the month of February, reaching 17 below zero. The previous February record was minus 16 on Feb. 10, 1899, in the nation's worst arctic outbreak in modern memory. It is also Cleveland's coldest day since Jan. 19, 1994, when the city set its all-time record of 20 below zero.
Check out the picture of Niagara Falls.  Water is going over the falls, but what is already there is frozen!  Lots of people are going there just to photograph this incredible sight!

You have to have a sense of humor with all of the snow, ice and cold.  Here are a few things I found on FB.

Thursday and Friday we had COLD DAYS. We had temps in the -20's with wind chill.  So I didn't get to volunteer this week.  I go a lot of stamping done though.

 Anyone in a state that's very cold in the winter can relate to this.  You could change Ohio to the name of your state right?
 I laughed at this one.  It reminds me of a city in New York that is advertising on it's website to check out Florida.  Their state is too cold and too full of snow to enjoy right now. LOL
Spring can come any time as far as I'm concerned.
 Would love a beach right now, how about you?
This is one of the verses that was in my quiet time this week.
 This verse was in my quiet time this morning.  I'm working on the peace of Christ ruling in my heart.
 This is a card I made for the sketch challenge Wednesday.  I am trying to use up retired designer paper and this worked nicely.

 Here's a song to watch and listen to.  It's called, Who I am by Blanca.

Blessing of the Day: A wonderful dinner of turkey and baked potatoes with Tim and Sarah.
I fell inside on the garage steps after getting the mail, and God protected me.  It could have been much worse.  My back is sore and I was banged up a bit, but no medical attention necessary.
Tim's going to cover those steps with a non-skid tread tomorrow so it doesn't happen to anyone else.
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Stay warm.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

He's 20 as Time Marches On

Yesterday my oldest, Ben turned 20.  Where has the time gone.  If he's getting older, that must mean I am too....but I don't FEEL older.  Neither does he. LOL
Here is a picture Sarah posted yesterday on FB of the first time she and Ben met.  Ben is 22 months old here and so amazed by the little creature before him.  The creature moved and made funny noises.  With encouraing he reached out to touch Sarah. It's been fun ever since.  This was a 'sweet moment' in the Craig Family.  So glad we got a picture.

Ben and Sarah have been best friends since that time.  Ben helped with everything except poopy diapers!  He fed her a bottle while she sat in her baby seat.  He helped with spoon feeding her and wiping her face.  I don't know who got more food on them, him or Sarah.

We're so glad they were 22 months apart, as they've entertained each other.  They got along with each other better than a lot of siblings we knew.  So glad God gave us these two sweet babies to raise.  I can't believe they are adults...................Thank You God.

I saw this on FB and have been contimplating this for God and for Tim.  Lots to think about.  It means putting Tim's needs before mine.  I know God can help me with this.  How are you doing with serving others?
 This is my card for today's color challenge.  We were given 5 colors and I used 4 of them:coastal cabana, cantaloupe, pistachio, and brown sugar.  I stamped off the cantaloupe so it would have a pastel look like the pistachio.  This will be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home group.
 This card was for Queen For the Day on Sunday.  Here is the card that was my inspiration.
The idea is to change at least two things.  As you can see I did that.  I love the look of this lace butterfly and the beautiful ferns.
Yesterday was crazy doing last minute shopping for Ben's birthday.  Due to him going to the mission field in May, he didn't want 'stuff', he wanted gift cards.  So I paired gift cards with his candy.

We also went out to eat which is always fun.  Then we come home for an ice cream treat and presents.  What a fun time and a time to make more memories.  I have pictures on my phone of presents that I'll upload soon.  Sarah started out as the photographer and she just kept clicking away until Ben asked to have her replaced as photographer.  This is typical Ben and Sarah behavior. LOL

Blessing of the Day:Family time and celebrating Ben.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

FOR TODAY: February 14, 2015

Outside My Window...We've had a blizzard today and the temperatures are below zero with the wind chill.  It's supposed to go to -20 to -35 tomorrow.  

I am thinking...that I will remain inside tomorrow.  Going to church will probably be not an option.

I am thankful for...all Tim does for me.  He gave me chocolates and a beautiful card that made me cry.

From the kitchen...I can hear Phoebe meowing and chimping out.  She gets crazy sometimes and runs around like a crazy cat and plays with the little toy mice she has.

I am wearing...a sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.

I am for Cleveland Clinc Hospice at Home and for me.  I  

I am see my mom soon I hope.  Between the snow and cold, it's been a while since I've seen her.

I am reading...Christmas at Rose Hill Farm.  It's another Christmas and Amish book.  I've had it out for a while and need to finish it.

I am hoping...I can get back to exercising again.  I want to feel

 more energy.

I am hearing...the Christian Music on Air1 over my computer.  Love this music.

Around the house...all is quiet as Tim and the kids are at Rachel's Aunt's house watching sports and shoveling the driveway.  Tim went to see if he could get her snowblower running again.

One of my favorite singing worship songs when no one else is around!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: I'm reading a book, working on cards, making several afghans and working on things for school.  How could anyone be bored being retired?

Here are pictures I thought were worth sharing...

I really liked this when I saw it on FB.  It made me start thinking how many students I've had over the years and how many have been affected by my touch and love for my job.

 In the midst of all this cold and snow this picture just seemed appropriate!
This is a card I made tonight.  Love how it turned out.  I was trying to do generational stamping and see what a card would look like with several images repeated.  I like how this turned out.

 This was one of the cards we made at PHCA yesterday during our stamping class.  I love the frame on this around the flower.  This is one of my favorite Salabration Stamp sets.
 This is another card from yesterdays stamping day at PHCA.  I really like this tree stamp set.  It has so many stamps to it.  I liked the idea of cutting it into thirds.  I told the ladies if they were going to do this to a card they created, to make it 3" so you could cut it easily to 1" for each piece.  You don't want to go cutting with fractions. LOL

A new album for Brandon Heath.  Here's a song called, No Turning Back.  Take a listen.

I hope you've had a nice Valentine's Day.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cards and Lots of Blessings

I Can't belive it's Sunday night already.  Where has the time gone?  I have had a fun weekend and a busy end of the week.  I am at PHCA two full days a week and it's really like a part time job.  I tutor individuals or small groups as well as large groups in first grade.  
From 11:30-1:30 I am going to different groups/rooms each half hour.  I plan for that time according to student needs.  I'm enjoying it but not used to having homework in planning for all those time slots.  I do the same thing Friday.    We're almost half way through February already and before we know it June will be here and the end of another school year.

This is the card I made with Emily when she came to stamp last night.  We had a wonderful meal cooked by Tim then settled in to stamp.  Emily and I haven't stamped since November sometime!  That's how busy she's been with school and family.
Her son is a pilot and moved from Texas to Pennsylvania with a new job.  It's nice having him closer and she has a perk to be able to fly free.  She actually pays the tax on a ticket and can fly on standby.  That's harder than it used to be cuz there are fewer flights and the flights are fuller because of that.

Anyway this is what we made last night for Valentines.  I think they are so pretty.

This is the sweet card I made for Thursdays Queen For A Day challenge.  I took the little Pure Innocence Button Girl and give her long sleeves for February and added hugs and kisses(xoxo) to her jar and gave her a heart in her hand and hair.

 This is the card I made for Saturday's Inspiration Challenge.
This was my inspiration for the card.  I loved the pretty pinks and purples.  I think too I actually want to be DONE with winter and move right into SPring.  I'm sure I'm not alone in this! LOL
This is a cute image from a blog I read.  She said they have 18" more coming.  UGH!  We have snow coming again, but not sure how much.
I got to spend time stamping with Jane, Saturday.  I had a very productive time making cards with my tree stamp.  I'll have to photograph those cards so I can upload them here.

I'm working on a crayon-box colors afghan for patients who will undergo infusion therapy for cancer.  It is a bright and cheerful bunch of colors.  I love using ombre yarn as well.  It has bright yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green colors.  I crochet 6 rows with it  then change to a plain color like yellow, red, blue,  or purple.  I will get a photo of this as well.  I love doing this while watching tv.  I am so blessed to be able to make these for people.  I love working with my mom too when I visit her.

Feeling like I need to snuggle Up to God once more and tell Him how much I love and need Him right now.  He knows that,  but loves to hear me say it.
I saw this trailer for a new movie coming out in March.  I was kind of shocked seeing Cybil Shepard like this and some of the other actors in this trailer, but the movie looks good to me.  Check it out.  It is made by the same people who made, "God's Not Dead."

I can't believe that a week from tomorrow is Ben's 20th birthday.  Yikes, where has the time gone?  God has been so good to us giving us Ben and Sarah.  How precious life is when you have children, and some day, God willing, grandchildren.

Blessing of the Day:Dinner with all 5 of us laughing, telling stories etc.
Tim was at his dad's today and came home with a weird picture from his dad.  I guess in the 'old days' when babies died, they were dressed up and held by their mother and a photo was taken.  We saw a picture like this from way back in the family and it was so bazarre!   There is a website where they show photos like this and others.  Tim showed us some of them.  Oh my, there were some where they somehow stood people up and took a family picture with the dead person.  Sounds like a plot for a bad movie ya know?
Anyway another fun and funny meal was had by all.  These are the kinds of meals I remember having at home.  Lots of talk and chatter and laughter.  Thank you God for blessing me with such special memories.  It just popped into my head, after Jesus was born, Mary treasured the events, I'm treasuring these events so I can remember them when the kids are out on their own.  What a blessing indeed.
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