Tuesday, June 29, 2010

To my kids!

It is the greatest reward in the world of motherhood, when your kids turn into adult friends. All the years of rebellion, whining, crying....just melt away. For all of you out there who are going thru the trials and tribulations of  "the teenage years", just keep up with the discipline and love. I assure you it pays off sooner than you think. My daughter turned out to be a beautiful young wife and mother, and one of my best friends. My son has grown up to be a maturing, responsible young man who actually asks for my advice. I love my kids so much, and really enjoy spending every minute possible with them. Thanks, C and T for hanging in there with me too. I love you both very much!   Mom

                                        I think I need some new pictures!!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Home at last....

Alex wants to know what this all means, "who was that Grandma person? and when will she be back?"

Well, he cried all the way to the airport with Grandma, so I'm assuming he was sad to see me leave too!

Decided to take a few pictures as we were leaving Portland  airport, too bad I didn't think of it before I sat over the engine! Love the two mountain tops in the background.

 The window cleaners weren't doing there job too well!

Home in Sacramento. If you are still looking for your lost luggage, you might try here! Yes, it is art! Glad to be home, wish I could have moved my daughter and her family here with me.....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Peaceful Day along the Columbia River

                             That is Mount Hood in the middle of the picture below:

I took a wonderful drive today and discovered some great scenery along the Columbia River near  Camas, WA. (right outside of Vancouver)  I only have 3 days left before I fly back to Sacramento. Sure will miss the kids, but I am looking forward to getting back to work in the studio! Got some new ideas floating around in my head. See you soon!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Last visit to the Market

We've been busy packing, moving and unpacking my daughter and her family. But we did manage to get to the Lake Oswego market one last time before the move, even had a beautiful day! I will miss this place, it is so pretty.

 A little excitement on the political front!

 Some unique wall art...

And the grandbaby, just hanging out! Off to unpack some more boxes. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Having a very "moving" weekend!

This weekend we're packing for the big move to Vancouver, WA,  bright and early Tuesday morning. Grand-baby Alex is ready:

Just like his Mommy and Uncle, twenty three years ago:

I'm definitely squeezing in some good baby hugging time in between the boxing! Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend too!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Off to Portland -and a big new adventure!

Some of you know that my daughter and her family (my 2 month old grandson-woohoo) live in Lake Oswego, right outside of Portland.

Well, they are starting another new chapter in their lives! J got a great new job in Vancouver, WA and they are moving from a (nice) apartment, to a LARGE rental home. It is walking distance to his job and the grocery store and Starbucks. Yah! So, I am going up tomorrow for about 3 weeks to help them pack and move, but mostly just to see him:

I will miss you old apartment:

And  favorite bakery, St Honore:

 Can't wait to explore Vancouver with them!! Now I have to figure out how to jam 3 weeks worth of stuff into a carry-on!

Talk to you soon..........

Monday, June 7, 2010

Spring has Sprung!

The gardens are finally shaping up. The cool rainy spring has started to warm up,  flowers are blooming, things are moving into place. Like these little "worms" from http://www.etsy.com/shop/fuzzington  Aren't they adorable?



 The cushions I recovered for my friend, Ann, are in place:    

  And things are blooming! 
(Ann's cactus)


    Hope you are having a nice spring too!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Turkey Stroll!!

I love living near the river! You never know what you're going to wake up to, skunks, raccoons, deer or a family of turkeys. Good Sunday morning! Looks like turkeys today!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Card making FRENZY!

I've been loving card making lately! The problem is, it doesn't come naturally to me. Each one takes about 4 hours of arranging, rearranging, looking at pictures, rearranging.........I think it's a good thing I don't do this for a living. $40.00 for a card?!?! Not going to happen. I think handmade cards are WAY undervalued!!! And I am so glad some of you ladies sell beautiful cards for the times I know I don't have time to struggle thru my own. Like this great picture card I bought for Father's Day. I am going to fill it with pics of Dad and I thru the years. Thanks Deb!


Here are some I've made recently. I had alot going on in May and June!

Anyway, I think they turned out pretty well and it's always fun! Now, have a great weekend!

Friday Funny

You all need a laugh!!



CURTAIN RODS----PRICELESSShe spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases.On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.
On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water.
When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods.She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly, the house began to smell.

They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out
Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned.
Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked!!!People stopped coming over to visit..
Repairmen refused to work in the house.
The maid quit.
Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.
A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house
Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls
Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.
The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going.
He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the houseKnowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day.
She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.
A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home........And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods.?