Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Year....New adventures

I feel like a stranger to my own blog. I've found that I am not alone in deserting my blog for months at a time. It seems several of my blogging friends have stepped back as well. However, that doesn't mean we can't post when we have things to share, so, I'm posting today.

Where do I begin? Lets start with a few beautiful sunrises I've enjoyed...

Each one was beautiful and changed color within seconds, which is how I feel life has been for me. One day has been so different from the next. Instead of a routine, which I thought happened when retirement arrives, it's been quite the opposite. I'm pretty much a "fly by the seat of your pants" gal lately. Life has been crazy, but good, and that is fine with me.

I'm still working puzzles with mom....and sometimes her spoiled cat, Payton.😉 We now receive them for Christmas, which I love. Puzzles are pricey these days, and when you have an addiction of three or more per week, well, it adds up. But then, the enjoyment and time spent together is priceless.

Mom and I celebrated her 89th birthday at her favorite restaurant, Red Lobster......time is moving too quickly.
I've made a few more snippets and forgot to take photos before sending them off, so you have to take my word for it :-)  About a month or so ago, I was influenced by a friend to try my hand at paper junk journals, and I'm addicted. It is much like crazy quilting because anything goes, you get to work with beautiful images and embellishments and your imagination is your guide. Some people ask why make or even own a junk journal. Well, you can jot down happy thoughts, events, poems,photos, etc in the many blank pages and cards tucked away in pockets and envelopes hidden throughout the journal. Here are a few of my first attempts.

After making a few, I realized there weren't any digital journals offered for crazy quilting, and how nice it would be to have one to mix cloth and paper both. So....I contacted one of my favorite digital journal designers from South Africa. Yvonne, from Screech Owl Studio. Her offerings are gorgeous and I urge you to browse her etsy shop even if you aren't into junk journaling. Well, we collaborated to create a CQ journal and you can find it here. Here is a sampling~

I only provided photos of my work, Yvonne worked her magic and I'm happily working on a journal using this kit. Yvonne did a beautiful job and her added embellishments just blew me away. I wish I knew more about digital design, I would have a blast. You can tell Yvonne enjoys her work. Thank you Yvonne if you're reading this.

Aside from celebrating mom's birthday on the 17th of Dec, my son and daughter in law bought their first home and we are currently getting them moved in. It is a pretty home with plenty of natural light, a maintainable sized yard and great location close to work, town and the beach. I am so happy for them.

Also, in Dec, our family welcomed a new addition. My brother married a sweet girl, Wheng, from the Philippines and they arrived on mom's birthday with the news. They will be returning in the spring to purchase a home nearby, and mom will have all of her children close by once again.

Speaking of homes, my hubby discovered this nest in the lilac tree and ran in to get me. I stood on the deck staring at the tree for a few minutes before insisting he tell me what I'm supposed to be seeing. Can you see what he was excited about?

It seems a squirrel filled the nest with black walnuts😀 Isn't that crazy?  I had to get a picture. Nature is entertaining for sure.

I guess I'll wrap this post up with a reading suggestion. I've really enjoyed Joanne Demaio's novels, and this was very enjoyable. When you purchase her books, she will send you an autographed bookplate to go with each story. I've collected all of them and am excited that her newest book is soon to be released.

every summer is the title of her new book.

I enjoy the paperbacks versus the digital, so I must wait until March. Argh! It's worth it though. I enjoy every second of reading her stories.

So, that's my update. I hope you all are having a great 2020 and maybe, just maybe I will find time and the desire to blog more this year. I always say that and nothing happens...fingers crossed that this year it will happen. Stay healthy, happy and Happy New Year to all.


  1. Nice to hear from you Pat - and to see your amazing journal(s). They look like such fun to do and even better that they are a paper extension of crazy quilting. Happy 2020 to you and yours!

    1. Thank you, and thank you for stopping by. They are really fun, I'm enjoying them.

  2. I'm addicted to jigsaw puzzles too. I read that they were good in prevention of Alzheimer's so I have a perfect excuse to do them :) As I'm trying to downsize and not buy new ones I do mine online at free online sites my son found for me.

    1. I've heard that too, one reason I keep one in the works at mom's. Keeps her thinking, and we have a lot of laughs while working them. I do them online too, and we also date them inside the box lid and work them again.

  3. A lovely pst Pat.So many lovely snippets about your family, good reading,great sunrises...all good things.I LOVE Junk Journals. I use fabricc and paper in mine. xx

    1. Yes, I use bits of fabrics and laces, and am really enjoying the process.

  4. It's good to see a post from you! I'm always inspired by your posts.

    1. Thank you. I'm going to try to get back to my blog when possible.Good to see you :-)


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