Sunday, October 21, 2007

You Know You're a WORRIER when..........

Okay friends, note that I am BLOGGING AGAIN, if you count my slide show this is the third time in one month.....I am amazed. How about that slide show, and how about that music? You can all thank my sweet daughter Bekah and her sweet husband Jon for the music and the slide show. Although I have to tell you, I created the slide show myself, following a link from Cindy L's blog......so I was quite proud of myself. How to get it from Slideland to my BLOG, now that was an entirely different issue, and I quickly gave up. One must know one's limitations. It took Bekah and Jon quite a while to figure it all out between them, so you know with my pea brain, it wasnt' happenin. Anyway I have to tell you, I am just so impressed with my whole blog that I go on there and read it over and over.....somehow I think I'm missing the point but it works for me!! :) Here is a Welcome to my blog card.......I almost threw this card away like 10 times when it was in the making, and then I LOVED it when it was all done - sort of like us, we have to remember that God isn't finished with us yet when we sometimes don't look or act so purty. Anyway - that is not what I'm preaching on today. Today, my sermon is on WORRY, just kidding about the sermon, it's Sunday so it's all so fresh in my mind. :) I have been fairly accused of being one of the world's worst worriers. Mind you, I am NOT proud of it, only humbly admitting my faults here. Worry is a lack of trust in God, so I am not proud of it. But it does help to be able to see the humor in our weaknesses.....and sometimes I absolutely amaze myself at the things I can worry about! My one son in law, (not mentioning any names cuz I think any one of them COULD have said it) says I think of things to worry about if there aren't any readily available. How sad, but true. My son once said to me after I lamented at how worried I was about him one of those gazillions of times, "Ma, that is no way to live" - and he's right......I guess I will battle worry till I die, and I'm not being humorous here....actually I'm getting kind of depressed so I think I'll move on to the humor before I start crying.....Oh yeh,
here comes another card right at ya, too, isn't this one cute, I plum forgot that the whole idea of blogging is to explain what's going on on the side, but maybe my BLOG is just different from everyone elses. Yeh, so uh, there's some halloween pumpkins for you all hand carved. Makes me miss my grand daughters, but that's another whole blog. Back to my worry issues,,,,,on the way to church this morning, I was just thinking that we have touched base with all four of our kids and their wonderful families just recently and all goes well.....and from a mama's perspective, when all's right with her kids', all's right with the world. The sun was shining all pretty and the breeze was blowing all perfect like and we were on our scenic ride to church.......all was right with the world. Then Keith and I started naming our all time favorite movies, (don't ask WHY because I don't remember) but he said Star Wars, (ugh) and I said Fiddler on the Roof (awesome) and he said Lord of the Rings (also awesome) and I said What About Bob? (the best)I know, that's weird to put in the same category with those others but it IS in fact one of my favs........and HIS too.....and he said Princess Bride and I said Sabrina, and he said "I don't care if I ever see Sabrina again as long as I live" and I said, "OH yeh, well I feel the same way about Star Wars" so we decided to stick with the classics we BOTH like and I said Jungle Book, and he said, "Hey, I see where that's coming out on DVD this month" and I said, "we have it already," and he said "ON DVD??" And I said "yes,,,,,or,,,,er......no, on video" and wow - it sort of hit us both at the same time that all these movies that are OLD FAVORITES are on VCR tapes and not DVD's.....and it was like this thought came crashing through my worry free up till that moment brain, and I thought, "What if our VCR breaks and they stop making them????" Now sometimes Keith chases my worries away but hey- we had our 34th anniversary yesterday and some of your spouses habits can rub off a little after all that time so he said, "Maybe we should go out and buy one now while they make them and put it up in the attic still in the box," and I said, "or maybe 2......."and then I thought but the fam is gonna need to inherit the Five Mile Creek series and all those Disney movies.....and my head was going Gee, maybe we should buy like 6 more VCRS and put them in the attic, 2 for us and one for each kid....in case all the VCR's break and they don't make them anymore......and well, you get the picture, this is pathetic. I think I'll just trust God with this small thing, cuz then maybe as time goes on trusting Him with the small things, I'll get better and better and better at trusting Him with the BIG things as well......life is a journey, and slowly, we get there. So that is my "sermon" for the day.....don't sweat the small
stuff, God will take care of you. Now if I happen to see a USED VCR at a yard sale or something, well then maybe God put it there, just for me, know what I mean? But for now, I'm gonna rest and trust and figure that there must be better things to do with my time then worry about all of these things. I think I'll start praying that my grandchildren aren't worriers, since I know it's already too late for my kids........I think my son escaped but the poor girls......for now I will tell myself like I always do, Abba they belong to you, because they do, and we can trust HIM with everything HE has loaned to us. Have a Happy Autumn day everyone.....I am so excited to watch the Red Sox this evening......34 years of marriage to the same great guy, and all is right with the world! Happy Day!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

"Come on Faye, you know I need feedback....."

Well, I had hoped to post to this blog once a week, but that was a lofty dream. Anyway- I'm here now so let me stop apologizing for being such a slacker. However, in defense of "me" - I have been busy stamping!! Tina, you created the monster in me again!! I have gone to work, more times exhausted since my first blog post, then I have in the whole time since I moved to Ohio - because I am STAMPING AGAIN!! (sometimes till 2:00 am......) Anyway - Here is my new favorite set - seriously, this is my most favorite of all favorites right now and I hate to say it but you all have to have a $300.00 workshop just to make SURE you get this set!! This is the
coolest, most versatile flower set they have come along with in a LOOOONGGGGGG time and you all need it!! So get your friends together for a $300.00 workshop and then you can all share it!! Oh, and hurry up and order a white gel pen, cuz you'll be needing that too~~ I absolutely LOVE this set....and everytime I made another card it was my favorite one all over again!! There are plenty more posted on my SCS gallery- - I can't possibly blab my way through all the cards I made with this set so this is a sampling of the cards I made with it.....ANYWAY, I asked myself WHY ALL OF THE SUDDEN AM I STAMPING MY FOOL HEAD OFF AGAIN AFTER A YEAR OF NOT SO MUCH?? And this is what I came up with - here we go - back to "What About Bob?" again, but there is the scene where Good Morning America is coming to Leo's lake house to interview him on his new book, Baby Steps, and he is asking his wife Faye what he should wear and hold and stand, etc, and she says, "I don't know Leo- either one if fine" and Leo whines, "Come on Faye, you know I need feedback" - and that's it in a nutshell, everything I ever learned I learned on "What About Bob?" anyway- but I neeeeeeeeeded feedback for the cards I made, and my poor husband, though he is a very good sport.......well.......showing him four very similar but slightly different cards and asking "Which one is the best?" I am sure felt something like Sesame Street to him, (remember the jingle...one of these cards is not like the others, one of these cards is just not the same.....) you get the picture, but NOW, SINCE I DISCOVERED HAVING MY OWN GALLERY AT SPLIT COAST STAMPERS....wow -I can post cards and see what the stamping world thinks!! Talk about feedback.......it's a very basic principle called "sharing" - When I was in NY/NJ, I would spend
a day every once in a while with my stamping pal Fran, and she would look at everything I had
made for the last while and I would look at all of her latest creations and we would ooooooohhhhhh and ahhhhhhhh over eachothers creations......didn't realize at the time how key that was to keeping us stamping!! I would carry my creations down to work and show my buddy Ruth, and she would pull out her little plastic case and show me what she was working on.....again - sharing. My pal Pam would look through my stuff and say hey, can I copy this? Or once she gave me a BD card in the shape of a mitten and I copied that several times putting my own twist on it.....sharing........it's a huge part of stamping..... I missed that so much here, but now I can blog, post to my gallery, etc etc and get some friendly stampers feedback......I have discovered that that is it in a nutshell, I NEED FEEDBACK!! So please take the time to leave me some, and leave a comment on my blog....how cool to look and see all the comments......my pal Alison Sosinsky from the good old days when I lived close enough for DL meetings, comments from DL, and just friends, I love it!!! (SO nice to hear from Lois, my stamping sister...and friend,....) So tell me- are you loving this set too? The possibilities are endless and I had to FORCE myself to stop and move on to another set.....Another thing is this,,,,,,I need MUSIC on my blog.....I have my daughter working on that for me......I go on Cindy Lawrence's blog and I feel like wow, (after I get over drooling over her cards) I could just stay there for a while and watch the slide show and the music, she has entertainment on HER blog......and now even though I was so proud that I HAVE a blog....well.....I need music...........and slide shows, etc.,,,,,hey Cindy- how do you DOOOOO all that???? :):):) I miss Cindy too.....I miss everyone.
Oh darn, I just wiped out a card, and one of my favs too....so I'll have to go and get that again before I end......that will be a feat for me.....I still struggle with pushing the cards down farther and farther and then I say look at this card on the left and when I actually post and read, that card is 6 feet under where I told you to look to the left....but hey- I am blogging, right? Can't expect perfection!! I especially love the one on my left right now - but that could be a completely different card by the time I post this puppy........it's okay though......I'm still learning........Oh- by the way - the name of this set is Garden Silhouettes and it's a hostess set which means you have until January to have a workshop and GET IT!! You will love it too!! Oh that card on my left now IS just about MY favorite.......I have so many more cards to blog with too, I have been a busy girl....and I had a workshop on Friday and got two bookings......yippee!! The other day at the dentist's office, my coworker announced that she and some friends rented a beach house the same week as the Bermuda cruise......and honestly, I almost launched. She is the only one I think I could train in time for me to go to Bermuda in April.....so I went running back to Dr. Sato to tell him and see what he said, and he said he will take a week's vacation himself before he would make me miss my cruise....how's that for an awesome boss???? He is
the best!! Okay- now here on your left is my most favorite of favorites of all the cards I made with this set........Ain't it purty???? I made this one AFTER I had put the set away and said NO MORE.......it just jumped in to my head and I had to try it.......you really NEEEEEEEEED this set - seriously - this is a small sampling of the cards I made with it - look on my gallery - geez I feel like a hotshot saying that - "Look at my gallery" - I am such a wanna be......haha...but you will see that there are endless possibilities with this set....how about that new taffetta ribbon? Sure made me stop belly-aching about the narrow organdy being discontinued!! There are so many new things to play with and so many more stamps to stamp.......I feel another late night coming on...........Okay - now listen, I was gonna try to go and get that other pretty card that I wiped out....but I just know I'll blow the whole thing up trying and all of this blabbing could be LOST forever.....so if you want to see one of my OTHER favorite cards with this set,,,,you'll just have to stop by "my gallery" - (I feel like such a stamping yuppy....)See you all there!!