Mumbles … Creative

I am kind of nervous and excited at the same time.  I get to be creative this month.  I think I have mentioned before my daughter is engaged and the wedding is next year in January.  So, this is about the time to send out the Save The Date cards.  She asked if I would make them on my Cricut machine.

For those of you unfamiliar with Cricut machines, they are a cutting machine that can do tens of thousands of different fonts and images (or maybe they are up in the hundred of thousands of designs now)  You can make just about anything with them, even Save The Date cards.

Last night I spent about two and a half hours going through videos to find some basic info (a refresher course if you will) and specifics about designs available.  And there are so many to chose from!  I did find a couple of projects that had free cuts with them.  Although I am not opposed to signing up for a month of access to the full library of images for this.  I could cut to my heart’s content for the month and have lots of images saved in my desk drawer to use for cards throughout the year.

I did find one I really like that looks like doves against a lattice type background, very intricate cuts.  And the print and cut option lets me import an image, print it on my printer, then take it to my Cricut and cut the silhouette out.  There are so many choices… but next week will be one year until the wedding so I have to get something going soon.

So, I will stop babbling about being creative and go do it!  Fun, fun, fun!

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – creative

Play the Game

Life has dealt me cards

That didn’t amount to much

But I think I have learned

What to keep

And what to exchange

And maybe I can

Find myself a king

Or be influenced

By the queen of hearts

Maybe I’ll be stuck

With a joker in the end

Or maybe a full house

Whatever it is I draw

It will suit me just fine

Because I know the game

Is not over in one hand

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – suit

Happy and Grateful – Day 245

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

I am tired of being tired.  I can’t believe the way the fatigue has flared this week.  I only napped once today, but I slept in this morning.  And I think that is where my gratitude lies.  I was still fatigued today but felt more reassured I had gotten enough sleep.  It is not a cure for the chronic fatigue, but I know I am not really as run down as I feel at least.

(…damn, I did it again.)

My happiness for the day would have to be, being creative.  I sat at my craft desk and made one of two birthday cards I need to do.  A little ink and a little glue has to be good for the skin, right?

Now it is time to get some (more) sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 234

Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year.  August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity.  It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it.  As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too.  You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog.  There is good in every day!

It was a really nice morning.  Had the windows open once again with lower temperatures so I was able to hear the birds singing today.  I spent the morning next to the window beside my desk while I made two cards.  I still have a couple to make… one for my grandmother’s 100th birthday.  It is about 2 weeks away.  I used to visit at least once a week when I was working, but haven’t been able to go as often now.  It makes me real sad to see how she just “gave up” after she broke her hip.  She used to be such a strong woman; both of my grandmothers were.  I am trying to get with my sister to do something special for her on her birthday

I did a little writing after making the cards this morning and it was like something flipped in me around that time and I began to have anxiety over this beautiful day.  My mood dropped and by the time I picked up my boyfriend I felt pretty low.  I tried really hard to listen for the birds singing as that made me happy this morning, but it was turning into a losing battle.

The night kind of fell apart over, of all things, the volume of the TV.  My boyfriend has trouble hearing it and with a headache I was not giving it much volume.  Tonight my moment of gratitude was when I could finally turn it down after he had hiked the volume greatly.  My head is still pounding and I think the only thing that will help it is sleep so…

Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 193

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning. It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life. It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night. I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day. Join along in the comments or on your own blog. There is always good in every day.

It is a race tonight… to get my words on the screen before I fall asleep!  I have taken my meds and am nodding off already.  So lets just jump right into it.

My happiness today would be getting more ink on my hands and making another card.  I can really just lose myself in the creative flow.  And I am grateful for my family.  Had a brief chat with my sister today, messaged my cousin and had coffee with my dad.  I really wonder how people can get by without family, but I know a lot of people who do.  I’d be lost without mine.

(Well if you look close to the published time you will see I lost the race.  Got up to take my boyfriend to work… laptop still open on my lap and the light still on in the room even.  Oops!)

Happy and Grateful – Day 190

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning. It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life. It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night. I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day. Join along in the comments or on your own blog. There is always good in every day.

It was a somewhat productive day.  We did some looking at used cars… my boyfriend is leaning towards a used car instead of putting anymore money in his car to fix this latest problem with the electrical system.  We also took our pop cans back in for redemption at the store.  Our corner in the kitchen is clean again – hurrah!  I am grateful to have that done and we had a lot… almost $15 back.

Then tonight after work my daughter stopped by to play some cards with us.  We laughed and trash talked each other, had a great time.  I was happy she was able to come over.  Next week she is schedule 48 hours at work since they had someone quit and another put in their two weeks notice.  I remember being young and able to handle weeks like that.

Well I have to take Dad to the clinic in the morning so I should call it a night.  Be happy, be grateful, but most of all be yourself!

Happy and Grateful – Day 168

June brings warmer weather and the start of summer.  Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too.  I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year.  Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog.  There is always something good to find in each day.

A long day today.  Started with taking my boyfriend to work because of his car troubles.  I will say it was a little bit nicer day today though.  Not quite as warm.  It did rain a little bit, but not enough to cause any problems.

I did get to my craft desk and did a little more card making.  Did a Father’s Day card and then finished one I started for a friend of mine yesterday.  I had the tunes on the radio singing (or whatever the sound is that comes out of my mouth would be called) along.  I could almost say I was happy for about an hour.

Then I had to pick up my boyfriend and clothes shop … I need nice clothes for a wedding and I have out grown most of what I have.  The day turned depressing.  I hate trying on clothes.  The dressing rooms are too small and it’s always hot.  Not much to choose from within my budget… we could have just eliminated that hour of the day and it would have been fine with me.

But the night improved as my daughter came over to do some laundry and watch some of the soap with me.  I am grateful she still seems to enjoy spending time with me.  She makes my days so much brighter.

Now she has gone home.  My boyfriend has long since gone to bed.  It is time for me to close up the laptop and get some rest.  Don’t forget to be aware of your happiness.

Happy and Grateful – Day 148

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Today was a beautiful spring day for the windows to be open to hear the birds singing.  If I had just had a little more energy I might have made it for a walk today, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

Today was a day spent trying to connect with a friend.  I made a card and finished up a letter to her today. I did her whole card without getting any ink on my hands… wow, is that rare.  But as always it was good to be creative.  I sometimes get what I guess you would call crafter’s block when I look at that blank piece of card stock, but today I opened one of my stamp drawers and picked two different stamps to use right away and had a plan.  I can’t believe I have been making my own cards for close to 25 years now and I don’t think I have ever made the same card twice.  But I do have a rather LARGE rubber stamp collection.  It really made me happy to create today.

I also connected with another friend online today.  There are about 15 to 20 people in a fibro group I have become friends with through the years and one of them was online today looking to talk.  Her son is away with his dad and her boyfriend’s dad just was diagnosed with cancer… she was feeling pretty rough.  So we chatted for a good half an hour or so.  I love the fact I can connect with others who understand fibro and all that comes with it.  I am grateful for my “fibro family” I have found.

Well another day is winding down and I have an early morning tomorrow.  We have a Memorial Day tradition I will share with you tomorrow night.  I hope you all have a nice Memorial Day.  Good night!

Happy and Grateful – Day 118

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Well… lets see how much sense I can make.  It is 4am and I have had 2 shots and 2 drinks while playing cards tonight, more than I have had to drink in a long time.  I recommend the raspberry schnapps, the watermelon vodka is ok in a mixed drink but a little too intense for a shot for my taste.

My friend from Georgia is back with us for the weekend before she gets in the car to drive back home on Wednesday.  I am going to miss her.  I also worry about the somewhat unstable situation she is returning to.  BUT… it is her life to live and I have to trust she knows what she is doing.

… oh by the way, it was once again cold and rainy today.  But we stayed in tonight and played card games for 5 hours or so…it was lots of fun.  How many of you have played Cards Against Humanity?

To stop babbling and get to the point of this… I am happy to have this time with my friend and more so I am grateful she is here still – about 9 months ago she had a health scare and almost left us.

Know everyone can go at any time… tell those you care about you love them and treasure every minute you can with them.

Happy and Grateful – Day 111

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

I did it again… up late and missed the post last night.  But it was a very fun night.  The same friend that was over to visit the other day returned for a game or two of cards.  We played Shanghai Rummy after dinner and had a ball.  We wont talk about my score but I was not in first place… LOL.

With both my friend and my daughter here is was a great night.  We laughed and had a great time.  I was happy we could all gather to spend the evening together. I am especially grateful for the time with my friend as she has had a rough past and she tried to end it once… glad she is still here among us.