Monday, January 20, 2020

Journal Prompt 20 Jan 2020 ~ Mornings

Today's Writing Prompt: Mornings

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What's the first thing you do when you wake up every morning?

I am a creature of habit, especially in the morning. In fact, I get cranky if my morning routine is tampered with in any way. Don't worry, I will skip the parts you really don't need to know about.

When I wake up in the morning I go to my studio and turn on the light and my computer. Next step is to make coffee and throw bread into the toaster. I put butter and peanut butter on my toast, collect any other food items I plan to include with my breakfast such as fruit or cereal, pick up my fresh hot cup of coffee . . . and return to the studio where I leisurely read my emails and catch up with everyone on Facebook while enjoying my breakfast.

Only when these things are accomplished can I shower and get dressed and start my day.

This all gets thrown out the proverbial window if there is an early appointment on my calendar.

Book Review: A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

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This book is the perfect summer read -- light and funny.  It is the story of a mother turning 50 and totally out of touch with her teenage children which is rather awful since she is a child psychologist.  Surprisingly my favourite character was Denys.  I was almost done the book before I found out what his name was since he is most often referred to as Pater, Dad and Husband.  Denys is the glue that holds this totally inappropriate and dysfunctional family together with quiet strength and insight.  The story is mostly about the daughter, son and mother who are all floundering through some crises or another.  Funny.  Funny.  Funny.  And just a little insightful as well.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Sketch Challenge 18 Jan 2020 ~ 1 photo 1 page layout

Friday, January 17, 2020

Journal Prompt 17 Jan 2020 ~ Random Act of Kindness

Today's Writing Prompt: Random Act of Kindness

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Have you ever been on the receiving end of kindness from a stranger?

I've been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness many times in my life.  One that really touched me was 10 or 12 years ago.  I can't remember the exact date.  I used to run a bunch of craft related Yahoo! groups and the women I met on these groups were my company every day.  A couple of times we had made afghans to send to a group member who was expecting a baby or going through tough health issues.  It was during this time that I was having trouble with allergies.  You know the whole sinus pain, itching, runny nose misery.  And this went on for months and months.  I was so sick.  And one of the fun side effects was an eye infection that totally went out of control to the point I had to keep wet wash cloths handy because if I closed my eyes they would seal shut.  My eyes hurt like they were full of glass.  I'm sure I whined online once in a while about how lousy I was feeling and how much I appreciated my online friends since I wasn't able to get out anymore.  They were able to keep their plans top secret until the day my beautiful comfortghan arrived in the mail.  I still have that blanket and use it whenever I don't feel well and I'm curled up in my chair.  

At the end of November my husband had a heart attack.  Don't worry, he is recovering well.  But at the time I was so overwhelmed.  We had FINALLY moved my 103-year-old grandmother into a nursing home, I had a horrible upper respiratory thing going on, my house and life were a disaster after nursing my grandmother until the move.  Friends showed up at the hospital to keep us company, brought food and kind words, and made the time pass a little faster.  I spent most of my days at the hospital until he was released . . . at which point I panicked.  No food in the house.  The house an absolute disaster.   How was I going to get things in shape so I could bring him home?  In secret, a very special friend made arrangements with our kids to get into the apartment and take care of everything.  She stocked groceries, put some homemade meals in the fridge and freezer, cleaned the apartment, did the laundry . . . AND got the Christmas decorations out.  I have never been so grateful for anything in my life.

These are just a couple of the many times when someone's thoughtfulness made my life a little better.  I am a very lucky woman.  

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Journal Prompt 16 Jan 2020 ~ Failure

Today's Writing Prompt: Failure

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What have you ever failed at in life?

Wow . . . do I have a long list.  I think the failure that bothers me the most though is that I never finished high school.  Looking back I realize how much growing up time I missed out on.  I made myself a "grown up" at 16.  Not one of my brightest decisions.  I do have a college degree and a university degree though.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Journal Prompt 14 Jan 2020 ~ In Common

Today's Writing Prompt: In Common

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What is something you and your spouse or best friend have in common?

My dear hubby and I are very very very different people but we actually do have a few things in common. We love movies especially if one of our favourite actors are in them like Meryl Streep (my fav) or John Wayne (Hal's fav). We love some of the same kinds of music like 50-70s rock. We both agree that our children and grandchildren are mostly perfect. We both love letterboxing but for different reasons. I love to carve stamps and solve clues and the social aspects of the hobby. Hal loves to drive me around and make me happy and he will pull letterboxes out of creepy places that might have snakes or bugs . . . even though we both have no fondness for snakes and bugs.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Movie Review: The Great Buck Howard

I am starting to believe Leonard Maltin is a genius . . . LOL . . . I've been finding and watching the movies he mentions in his book 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen and almost every one has been a hit with me.  I've never even heard of the movie The Great Buck Howard.

Buck Howard is a magician and mentalist who used to be popular.  John Malkovich is both charming and convincing as a man who has deluded himself into believing that a major comeback is just around the corner.  His comeback event is to put 100s of people to sleep at the same time.  Just as the crowd is beginning to fall asleep, Jerry Springer is in a traffic accident and all the press leaves.

Colin Hanks is an aimless law school dropout who becomes the Great Buck Howard's assistant and roadie.  Buck isn't very easy to work for but Colin admires his work ethic and showmanship.   The actor’s real-life father, Tom, was one of the film’s producers, and appears briefly as the young man’s disapproving dad.

Watch this movie.  It is a feel good movie, offering emotion and humour in equal proportion.

Journal Prompt 13 Jan 2020 ~ 25+ years of basketball

Today's Writing Prompt: Sports

Are you a sports fan? Do you watch or participate? Which ones?

My family has many interests . . . movies, music, politics and . . . BASKETBALL.  First my oldest son played in high school and in 3-on-3's.  Now he coaches youth competitive traveling teams as well as a college team.  All three grandsons play at their schools, 3-on-3's and/or on the traveling teams.  My youngest son has played in 3-on-3's and the local men's league.  They wear basketball themed clothing, watch basketball, practice basketball and talk basketball.   I worked it out one day and I have basically been watching basketball for more than 25 years. 

I still don't understand the language or rules but I watch and I cheer. 

Book Review: Standoff by Sandra Brown

This is a story about a hard working reporter who's much needed vacation is put on hold when she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous standoff.  It is more of a novella than a novel but that's okay.  It made for a quick yet exciting read . . .

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sketch Challenge 11 Jan 2020 ~ 1 photo 1 page layout with a pocket

A great layout to store travel brochures, report cards, or birthday cards.  I personally recommend sewing the side and bottom edges of the pocket, or use a stapler or brads for strength.  If the brochures are bulky you can use double-sided foam tape to adhere the pocket to the page.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Journal Prompt 10 Jan 2020 ~ Cruel or Offensive

Today's Writing Prompt: Cruel

What's the most offensive thing you've ever heard anyone say?

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Any time I hear "If the ____ (enter any non-British nationality here) don't want to follow our Canadian traditions they should pack up and move back to ____ (wherever they lived before moving to Canada)" it takes every bit of willpower I have not to offer to help the annoying speaker pack his or her bags.

One of our "traditions" is the Canadian Bill of Rights. Hey, annoying speaker, have you ever read it? Here's just a little piece of it:

Recognition and declaration of rights and freedoms
1. It is hereby recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and shall continue to exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion or sex, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely,
(a) the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
(b) the right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;
(c) freedom of religion;
(d) freedom of speech;
(e) freedom of assembly and association; and
(f) freedom of the press.

While we are at it, here is the Oath of Citizenship . . . which by the way Canadians don't have to swear . . . but new Canadians do . . . 

"I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

I'm jumping off my soap box now.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Spaghettini with Rosy-red Sauce

Quantity : 2 servings
Preparation : 5 min Cooking : 10 min
460 calories/serving

160 g spaghettini
2/3 cup Rosy-red Pasta Sauce 170 mL
2 tsp butter, unsalted 9 g
2 tbsp pasta cooking water 30 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated [optional] 6 g

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.
Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.


Cook the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the sauce in a saucepan over low heat. Add the specified amount of pasta cooking water to dilute the sauce a bit, and warm up just a few minutes.
Put the drained spaghettini back into the pasta cooking pot, add the sauce and butter, then mix well. Serve in the warmed dishes. If desired, Parmesan cheese may be grated on top.

Rosy-red Pasta Sauce

Quantity : 350 ml
Preparation : 5 min Cooking : 20 min

1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1/2 onions, finely chopped 100 g
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
1 cup strained tomatoes 260 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1/4 cup whipping cream 35% 65 mL
1/4 cup vodka, or to taste 65 mL

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful to purée the sauce.


Heat the oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced or pressed garlic, then sauté 5 min until translucent. Add the strained tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook 15 min over medium-low heat, with occasional stirring.
Remove the pan from the heat, then stir in the cream and vodka. Mix well then purée in a blender. More or less vodka may be added depending on personal preference.


This sauce can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator; up to 3 months in the freezer.

Journal Prompt 9 Jan 2020 ~ Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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As my mother would probably agree, I'm not very ambitious. At least not in the competitive or commercial sense. I've never wanted to invent the next great thing that is going to save the world. I never wanted to be a big shot of any kind.

I've always wanted to be happy. I have finally learned late in life (but not too late, I hope) that happy comes in moments, it is an attitude, it is a decision you make every morning . . . I am going to try and be happy today. And what I know is that I am happy when I have my family around me. They could be completely oblivious to my presence and I wouldn't care. I am happy just to have them near.

I am happy when I accomplish something and it doesn't matter if it is cleaning a room or writing a book. Accomplishment makes me happy.

Spending time with my friends makes me happy. Moments of quiet solitude make me happy.

It amazes me that for so much of my life I searched for happiness only to find out that I had it all the time. I just didn't recognize it or enjoy it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

2020 Craft Space Organization Challenge ~ What about our finished layouts?

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An interesting discussion on our Facebook group a few months back and realized that finished layouts are something we've never included in our challenges . . . until now.  Even if you don't have albums available or if your layouts are randomly done and not chronological, you still need to protect your finished layouts.  I'm not the only one who has noticed that improperly stored layouts are prone to damage and missing pieces.

I suggest storing your layouts in pizza boxes, iris cases or some other safe environment where they won't be constantly handled and damaged . . . until it is time to put them in an album.

So Challenge #2A is to find a safe way to store finished layouts.

2020 Craft Space Organization Challenge ~ Challenge #2

How did you make out on the first challenges?  It's not too late to share your photos.  Doesn't it feel great to start the new year with a clean work surface?

Let's move on to the next challenge . . . 

Challenge #2

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Did you know that a 1” high stack of patterned paper equals as many as 250 sheets of patterned paper?  That’s a lot of paper.  I don't know about you, but I have a lot more than 1" of paper.

So here is this week's challenge:

Your challenge this week is to 
S.P.A.C.E. your paper - - and I mean ALL of your paper: cardstock, patterned paper, specialty papers, and all those SCRAPS!

If you are a quilter you need to S.P.A.C.E. your fabric.  A knitter -- your wool.  I think you get the picture.  This challenge is for everybody!

SORT: Bring all of your paper to one area. Sort it all into piles: KEEP, SELL, DONATE, TRASH

PURGE: bag up, and assign a price to paper bundles that you want to SELL at a garage sale or online, and put the bags in the garage sale box. Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up the DONATE pile and immediately make arrangements for drop-off/pick-up or put in your vehicle.

ASSIGN: separate your paper into categories that make sense to you. For example, you may want to divide it simply into cardstock and patterned paper. If you have a huge stash of paper, you may want to divide it by colour, theme, or manufacturer.

I have separated out Christmas and sports papers in their own containers but I’m thinking this year of separating out a few more categories such as birthday, wedding, and travel.  That will be my project this week.

Another way to sort your paper is in page kits. Package matching patterned papers in a zip lock or similar bag, add matching cardstocks and embellishments to create kits.  Most of my patterned papers and embellishments are sorted in this way.  If/when the opportunity for some scrappin’ time presents, I just have to grab my tool pouch and a kit and I’m ready to go.

CONTAINERIZE: store your paper in a way that makes sense to you:

- vertical paper holders
- hanging vertical file folders
- wire cubes
- paper trays
- paper organizers
- bookcases with adjustable shelves

Click here to see lots of different storage ideas.

I use vertical paper holders for my cardstocks (which I personally feel I do not have enough of), hanging file folders for my scrap papers, and banker boxes for my page kits.

EQUALIZE: each time you finish a scrap session, return from a crop, or bring home new papers, spend a few minutes putting your paper away where it belongs.

We have started a Facebook group as a place for us to share photos, accomplishments, encouragement, tips and tricks as we work through the 2020 Craft Space Organization Challenge.  

When you have completed this challenge please share photos in our challenge album.

Journal Prompt 8 Jan 2019 ~ Winter Vacation

Today's Writing Prompt: Vacation

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Who's ready for a winter vacation? If you could pack up and go today, where would you be off to?

If I could pack up and go anywhere . . . I would pack my (imaginary) motor home and drive to where ever the best not-winter but not-summer weather is.  As the weather improves in Canada, I would head to the west coast and then turn around and drive all the way to the east coast and then home again. I would write about my adventures along the way and millions of people would read my blog to hear about my adventures . . .

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Journal Prompt 7 Jan 2020 ~ Karma

Today's Writing Prompt: Karma

Do you believe in karma?


Hinduism, Buddhism. action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitableresults, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduismone of the means of reaching Brahman.
Compare bhakti (def 1), jnana.
Theosophy. the cosmic principle according to which each person isrewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person'sdeeds in the previous incarnation.
fate; destiny.
Synonyms: predestination, predetermination, lot, kismet.
the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone orsomething:
Lets get out of here. This place has bad karma.

No I really don't think I believe in karma.  To me, that is rather like believing in luck or fate.  No I don't believe in those either.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Book Review ~ Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

Elizabeth Buchan's book REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN is about the destruction and ultimate resurrection of a single life. At the start of the book, Rose Lloyd's life appears idyllic. Married to Nathan for twenty-five years, she has concurrently raised a son and a daughter, forged a career as a book critic and editor, and kept a beautiful home. Life is comfortable, easy and lovingly predictable. She feels blessed by the ease with which her days pass. Whether she is tending her garden or dining out with colleagues, Rose is grounded and at peace.

But then one day, forty-pushing-fifty Nathan comes home and announces out of the blue that he wants out of their comfortable, easy, predictable existence. He uses the oldest cliché in the book: he has found love, or at least lust, with a younger woman. And, ouch, the younger woman is a good friend of Rose's. As if this devastation is not enough, a waterfall of catastrophic events happens in quick succession, sending Rose over the edge. She loses her job, a beloved pet dies, a child marries while in another country and her mother becomes ill. Buchan hits every potential nerve, leaving readers raw from the emotional barrage.

Rose sinks to the greatest depths of depression, drinking too much, eating too little and sleeping too much. Buchan spends many pages expertly plumbing the recesses of a devastated psyche and, for anyone who has ever experienced such grand and vast loss, Rose's self-questioning, self-hatred and self-abuse will be all too familiar.

As low as Rose sinks, ultimately, REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN is about resurrecting one's life from the unrecognizable heap of self that is left after loss --- and resurrect she does. Buchan never fails to write without great wit and Rose never loses sight of the irony of life. She rises a newer, sleeker model, armed with the knowledge that 1) she can carry on and 2) "it took so little to destroy someone." Poised by book's end to rekindle an old passion, Rose truly embodies the Spanish proverb "living well is the best revenge."

Thoroughly British, smart and witty, REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN will have you crying and laughing as Rose roller-coasters through the dissolution of her marriage and an inspirational renewal.

--- Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Journal Prompt 6 Jan 2020 ~ Reality

Today's Writing Prompt: Reality

What makes something real?

It's harder to define than you'd think!

To me, something is real if I can see it, feel it, sense it, understand it.  I can't see, feel, sense or understand aliens . . . so In My World they are not real.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Chicken Cutlets in Pizzaiola Sauce

200 g chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, thinly sliced
1 tbsp white flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup canned tomatoes (diced or chopped)
1 tbsp olive paste **
1/2 tsp dried oregano

** I substituted a handful of chopped black olives for the olive paste

Put the serving dish in the oven at the lowest setting to keep the mean warm while cooking the sauce.

Flatten and tenderize the cutlets using a meat pounder. Make a few shallow cuts around the outside edge to avoid curling during cooking. Coat each cutlet with the flour then shake off the excess (the flour will give a thicker sauce).

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the whole garlic clove, sauté 1-2 min, then add the cutlets, and brown each side for about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the cutlets from the pan to the warmed serving plate in the oven.

Add the tomatoes, olive paste, and oregano. Cook 4-5 minutes, then put the meat back into the pan. Continue to cook 2 minutes, turning the cutlets once.

Makes 2 servings.

Movie Review: Baadasssss! (2004)

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This movie was recommended in 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen by Leonard Maltin . . . Baadasssss!  I wasn't sure I would actually be interested in the movie.  It tells a unique story that I was so sure I couldn't mesh with.  But then I saw the list of actors . . .


. . . and decided to give it a shot.  The movie is gripping.  The language is often a bit hard to take, i.e. they say a lot of words I don't want to hear, but I get that Mario Van Peebles is going for gritty realism and so the language is "necessary".

I was going to watch the movie on Hal's computer while I cleaned my desk.  A few minutes into the movie all thoughts of cleaning were gone.  My eyes were glued to the screen.  I didn't even pick up some knitting!

This movie is more of a documentary and shows the difficulties of the independent film movement, especially for non-white filmmakers, in the 1970s.  Melvin Van Peebles had made a studio film but was determined to create something of relevance to the black community of his time.  This docu/movie shows what Melvin went through to create his landmark 1971 movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song.  

Melvin is not portrayed as a perfect hero.  In fact, he most definitely was not a hero.  But he created a movie of huge importance and relevance.  And Melvin did whatever he had to and used whoever he must to create his movie/vision.  Often Melvin was his own worst enemy, alienating the people who were helping him and often putting them at risk.  He even cast his young son Mario in the movie to enact scenes that even some of his strongest supporters thought were wrong.

The cast is amazing and includes the legendary Ossie Davis as Melvin’s father and director John Singleton (who made his mark a generation after Melvin with Boyz N the Hood) has a cameo role as a disc jockey.

This movie is not for the faint of heart but if you do turn it on be prepared to remain riveted to the screen from the first title to the final credits.

Swedish-Style Pork Chops

Quantity : 2 servings
Preparation : 5 min Cooking : 25 min
430 calories/serving

2 pork chops, boneless 280 g
2 apples, peeled and cut into quarters 360 g
1/4 cup butter, unsalted 55 g
1 tbsp canola oil 15 mL
1 tbsp bread crumbs 8 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Keep the serving plates in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.


Briefly wash the chops and pat-dry. Coat with bread crumbs. Peel the apples and cut them into quarters.
Heat the oil and half of the butter in a pan over high heat, paying attention not to let it burn. Sauté the chops quickly on each side until they are lightly coloured, 4-5 min total.
Add the apples and cook rapidly (2-3 min). Lower the heat, add the remaining butter, cover, and cook 8-10 min.
Add salt and pepper, then turn the chops and apples. Cook, covered, an additional 8-10 min. Serve on the warmed plates.

Winter Vegetable Soup

Quantity : 4 servings
Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 30 min
160 calories/serving

1 1/2 potatoes, coarsely cut into 3 cm pieces 300 g
1 1/2 parsnips, coarsely cut into 3 cm pieces 140 g
1 carrots, coarsely chopped into 3 cm pieces 100 g
1 turnips, coarsely cut into 3 cm pieces 170 g
1 1/2 stalk celery, coarsely chopped into 3 cm pieces 110 g
1/2 onions, coarsely cut into 3 cm pieces 100 g
1/2 leeks, coarsely cut into 3 cm pieces 150 g
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1 pinch cayenne pepper [optional] 0.1 g
2 cups chicken broth, warm 500 mL
1/2 cup water, warm 125 mL
1/2 cup milk, partly skimmed, 2% 125 mL

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful to purée the soup.  I personally prefer to just use a masher so it isn't quite a puree.


Prepare the vegetables: Peel the potatoes, parsnip, carrots, and turnips. Coarsely cut all the vegetables into uniform 3 cm pieces.
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add all the vegetables and cook over medium heat for about 10 min with occasional stirring. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of Cayenne pepper, if desired.
Pour in the warm broth and water. Cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are cooked and fork-tender, about 20 min.
Purée the soup in a blender. Adjust the seasoning. Add the milk, then warm up and serve.


The soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Scrapbooking ~ Keep It Simple

Keep it Simple

Scrapbooking with Sketches #4
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Sometimes those piles of photos and scrapbooking supplies can become overwhelming, actually making it harder for you to be creative. It is okay to let go of creative, labour intensive layouts and make some layouts that are crisp, clean, and simple. Simple layouts allow your journaling and photos to take centre stage on your pages.

Sketch Challenge 4 Jan 2020 ~ 1 photo 1 page

Friday, January 3, 2020

Journal Prompt 3 Jan 2020 ~ Challenges

Today's Writing Prompt: Challenges

What challenges are you facing right now?

In My World it is November 25 but in the real world it is January 4.  I am behind on EVERYTHING I want to accomplish.

Hal is continuing to recover from his recent heart attack but his physical and mental condition is such a see-saw that I just never know what to expect from day to day.  I had change and intrusion and emergencies.  They put me on my very own emotional see-saw.  Add to that, I am rarely alone.  For someone who guards their alone time in order to main my happiness level, this a problem.  Sorry, didn't really mean to dump on anyone . . . but we are both having a low day today . . . and that isn't good for either of us.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Journal Prompt 2 Jan 2020 ~ Hunting

Today's Writing Prompt: Hunting

Do you hunt? What are your views on hunting?

The only opinion I have about hunting is that it be as humane as possible and anything killed must be eaten.

Personally the only hunting I enjoy is bargain hunting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Pyjama Party Online Crop ~ Challenge #8

Challenge #8

Challenge #8 is sponsored by me . . . your host . . . Pam Hedden.

The sketch is from my book Scrapbooking with Two-Page Sketches.

Challenge Requirements:

1.  Use this sketch as your inspiration to create an awesome layout.

How to Win:

1.  Post your layout to the Challenge #8 Album.


Your very own copy of Design Strategies for Scrapbookers.

My publisher is holding a sale right now, making this a perfect time to order any print books or calendars for 15% off, especially mine . . . LOL.  Just use code ONEFIVE.  Code expires on January 2nd.

Pyjama Party Online Crop ~ Challenge #7

Challenge #7

Challenge #7 is sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

The sketch is from one of my personal favourite sketch sites, 4 x 6 Photo Sketch Blog.

Challenge Requirement:

1.  Use this sketch as your inspiration to create an awesome layout.
2.  Use a stamped image on your layout.

How to Win:

1.  Post your layout to the Challenge #7 Album.
2.  If you used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp on your layout, please share the name of the stamp in the photo description.  This will earn you extra votes from Kimmie herself.

The layout with the most "likes" will be chosen as the winner.
In the event of a tie, the winner will be randomly generated.


A $25 gift voucher to Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Kim asked me to let you know that her current year end SALE ends January 1st so customers can take advantage of that! It's my biggest sale of the year and it's 10-50% OFF the entire shop!

Thanks so much Kim for sponsoring our 7th challenge of the day.

Pyjama Party Online Crop ~ Challenge #6

Challenge #6

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Challenge #6 is sponsored by ZsuZsu's Pages.

Challenge Requirement:

1.  Sue challenges you to use a vintage Christmas photo on a layout.

How to Win:

1.  Post your layout to the Challenge #6 Album.

The layout with the most "likes" will be chosen as the winner.
In the event of a tie, the winner will be randomly generated.


A 4-page Christmas layout kit by Simple Stories! 

Thanks so much Sue for sponsoring our sixth challenge of the day.