NEW photo of my week #53


Happy Friday! So…my 16 year old son wasn’t impressed with this still-life creation…or at least he wouldn’t admit it.  We were waiting in the drive-up lane at In & Out and I asked my son to jump out and pick a few stems from a plant that was close by.  He did…and then I came home to play!  The above was the result. When I showed my son the edited  photo and thanked him for picking the stems, he didn’t seem too impressed.  Surprise, surprise!  :o)

Have a great weekend!  Do or learn something NEW!…even if it’s picking plants at fast-food restaurants!

I’ll link to Kim Klassens’ Friday Finds!

a NEW Thursday Thought


Ahhh…Busyness! It’s a balancing act!  I previously posted that I agree with the saying: “Stop the Glorification of Busy”…which I still agree with (previous post HERE).  BUT, I also know that life happens.  Sometimes we’re busier than other times.  So…here’s some GOOD advise for those times:  Bee calm and carry on.  Bees are VERY productive…always busy, busy, busy; but they go about their business so calmly!  I think they’re a great example!

Have a great Thursday!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW Get-to-know-you collage


Hi all!  This week I did something NEW.  The collage above is a ‘Get-to-know-you’ collage I made.  I LOVE getting inspiration from flickr, so this was a fun activity for me!  I originally got the idea from Paperseed and Another Beautiful Day blogs  (years ago…it’s been on my to-do list for QUITE a while!!! :o)

Here’s how to make your own Get-to-know-you collage:

1)Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search.

2) Pick any image that results from  your search for each question

3) Copy images into a collage


1. What is your first name?

2. What is your favorite food?

3. What month were you born?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Are you a morning person or a night person?

6. What is your favorite drink?

7. What is your dream vacation?

8.  What is your favorite dessert?

9.  What is your favorite sport?

10.  What do you love most in life?

11.  What is one word to describe you?

12.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

My answers:

1)Lenore 2)Halibut 3)December 4)Blue 5)Morning 6)Peach Italian Soda 7)Cruise 8)German Chocolate Cake 9)Racquetball 10)Family 11)Quiet 12)Introvert

Fun activity!  I never knew there was a Lake Lenore in Washington (that photo popped up when I searched for my name).  Now I think that destination needs to be on my travel bucket list!  Also, Halibut (Halibut Point in Massachusetts) should also be on it! Right?  Lovely, inspirational photos!

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!



a NEW recipe…sopapilla cheesecake


Happy Tuesday!  Well, I tried a NEW recipe this week.  It was SUPER easy and delish!!! {Thanks to my sister…who made it for my Mom…who told me about it!}  Just search in Pinterest for Sopapilla Cheesecake and lots of recipes pop up!  I had FUN with this photoshoot…because I finally used the vintage beaters I acquired some time ago (THIS POST featured my hunt for those :o)

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share



Happy Monday!  OK…so help me out here…what’s the word to describe when you seem to notice certain things all of a sudden?  It seems like a coincidence that I’ve been noticing cool mandalas recently.  It’s like a power that draws them to me…and they keep popping up in whatever I read lately.  Is it the law of attraction?  Is it because I recently decided that they’re very cool and I’m now a magnet for them? It’s kind of like serendipity, but not really.  What is the word to describe this phenomenon?   Anyway!  Check out the VERY cool mandalas I’ve run across lately:

I first found the cool sticker mandala (above) at The Amateur Librarian’s blog.  I, of course, had to check out the  history of mandalas at Wiki, and since they’ve been popping up a lot, I’ve pinned a few to my Pinterest boards.  Here are a couple:


zenman {source}

Another miscellaneous NEW thing in my life lately was reading Endurance.


It was our book club pick for this month, and since I’ve missed book club for the last three months, I really wanted to get back at it.  I’m glad I read this book!  It was a long read of what seems like the only villain of the story was the weather and it concentrated A LOT on the weather…but really, what else could be the gist of the story!?! It is a true story and since I enjoy history, I rather liked the book and I’m happy I got to learn about the amazing men that went through that ordeal!

So!  Best wishes for a terrific week ahead!  Do or learn something NEW!

NEW photo of my week #52 and a NEW video


Happy Sunday!  I had to share this profile pic of my son’s puppy, Patch.  SUCH a cute doggie!  My son is grown now, but he and his three younger brothers occasionally liked to get into mischief…what little boys don’t, right?  That’s why I loved this video.  SUCH a good message!  I know you’ll enjoy watching it!  Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


A VERY nice friend of mine tutored me on card-making last week…and guess what??? Now I MUST invest in this NEW gadget:


It’s VERY cool!  I just may get hooked on card making if it’s that easy to make plain paper turn into REALLY pretty paper!  Check out her etsy shop {HERE}!

As you may know…another crafty NEW interest of mine is Zentangle; and I found a great site with fabulous designs!  Check out All things tangled!

And lastly…if you’re like me…not really a runner, but would love to be a runner and need to build up endurance, check out: How to build endurance in 5 steps.  Good to know.  Now to actually implement the ideas.  Too bad I’d rather be out shooting than running.  Maybe I can run a bit…take a pic…run a bit….take a pic….run…. :o)

Have a great Monday!  Do or learn something NEW!






a NEW photo of my week #51


Happy Friday!  So…what do you get if your husband comes in from mowing the front lawn and gives you a rose from the rose bush while you’re canning plum jam?  Yup!  The photo above!  1) Graciously accept the rose…2) Grab the closest canning jar…3) Take a photo…4) Texturize it with Kim Klassen’s textures, and… 5) add the text that you think will make the world a better place!  WhaaaLa!

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!

Linking to Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds