Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quick CHA Upate!

I know - two posts in one day when I said I was really busy... well, I am busy (laundry, bathrooms, mopping, paying bills, watering plants, the fun never stops!) but I wanted to send out a quick link regarding the exciting CHA convention going on RIGHT NOW (wish I was there) in Chicago. Lots of new, cute and useful stamps are being released over at Impression Obsession. The new Fall/Winter catalog supplement can be found HERE. My new designs start on page 52, and they're also featured on the sample cards scattered throughout the catalog. Send me a comment and let me know what you think! I will also have more new designs coming out later in the Fall. Very excited! And please note that if you can't find Impression Obsession stamps in your town, you can order them online direct from IO. It's easy! All of IO's stamps are beautiful and all are made right here in the USA. They're the best! (shameless plug...)

OK, gotta run. Hugs!

"Art is a way to run away without leaving home."  —Twyla Tharp

Ah, Friends!!

Today's post is short and sweet because I have forty-seven thousand things to do before I have my surgery tomorrow. All I want to say today is that I LOVE MY INCREDIBLE FAMILY, and I LOVE MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS! You are the greatest and you mean the world to me.

"I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends."  —William Shakespeare

"It is a sweet thing, friendship, a dear balm, a happy and auspicious bird of calm."  —Shelly

"Friendship is born in that moment when one person says to another, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'"  —C.S. Lewis

"True friendship isn't about being there when it's convenient; it's about being there when it's not."  —unknown

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Word is: LIFE

It's gonna be a busy week this week. Something going on every day and most every night. I had to cancel my plans to attend CHA in Chicago this week (boo.). Too much life stuff taking priority over what I really wanted to do. But it's mostly good busy-stuff, so I am not really complaining too much - although I will miss seeing everyone and all of the fun in Chicago! To top off my busy week to come, I am having some oral surgery this Friday that will put me out of commission for several days after... so I have to do some preparations for that, and I am not looking forward to it. Hopefully I will heal quickly and will be back to my normal sassy self soon, but we'll just have to see how it goes. I will be sore and swollen and have stitches in my mouth, so it may be kinda rough. Sounds fun, right?

Today was a great Sunday - church, good friends, good food, and good times. Now it's time to turn in. Let's go make it a good week, mouth stitches and all!

PS - that Chinese symbol up there? It's "Double Happiness." So let's all go be extra happy!

"May you live all the days of your life."  —Jonathan Swift

"Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be."  —Grandma Moses

"Life is simple, but sometimes it's not easy."  —Unknown

Friday, July 15, 2011

Love You!!

Hey there. Life is busy and crazy. I don't need to tell you that. Remember to do something NICE for YOU every day. Even if it's a small thing. Love yourself so you can love others more fully! You are worth it!

Just remember to breathe in and out, cherish each day and enjoy life.

"Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."  —Chinese Proverb

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Live every day as if it were your last, and then someday you'll be right."  —H.H. "Breaker" Morant 

"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you."  —Annie Dillard

Monday, July 11, 2011

Some Thoughts for Today...

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."  —Albert Einstein

"Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important thing of all the things we can give them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children."  —Rosaleen Dickson 

"It is a wise father who knows his own child."  —William Shakespeare

"Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them."  —Richard L. Evans

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Trapped at the Cannery! 

A few years ago my family went on a cruise. It was the first cruise we'd ever been on, and honestly it probably will be the last. Cruising, it turns out, is not really my thing, or Rich's. We found it to be a lot like Las Vegas on the water, and we're not really Las Vegas people. In fact the last three times I've been to Vegas we stopped only for gas, just passing through on our way somewhere else. People would call me crazy. They have. Oh well. I just don't like Vegas. It's a free country, right?

Another aspect of the cruise that I remember is the swaying, the movement of the waves,  and the way I kept feeling that swaying, slightly dizzy feeling for several days, maybe weeks, after the cruise was ended and we were securely back on land. I guess I never got my sea legs — or maybe I got them and couldn't get rid of them!

So... what does going on a cruise have to do with the title of this post? Well, I will tell you. Our church has a small and charming, slightly antiquated commercial cannery down in the industrial part of Sacramento. There they can tomatoes (whole, crushed, sauce, ketchup, salsa, you name it — they don't call it Sacra-Tomato for nothing!), local fruits of all kinds, and other things as well. It's a great facility, actually. Some of what is canned at the cannery is made available for sale to the church members, but most of it is given to the poor and the needy.

So, last night Rich and I joined a crew of about 50 other volunteers at the Sacramento Cannery and canned Apricots. Lots and lots and lots of Apricots. Lots. Of. Apricots. It was pretty fun for about an hour, then it was just exhausting for the rest of the night. Rich and I were stationed at the business end of a long conveyor belt of apricots. As the little golden fruits and thousands of their apricot buddies were magically deposited onto the conveyor belt, twenty or so people on each side of said conveyor belt would slice, pit, and clean the apricots. Eventually they made their way to us, where we were their last chance to get cleaned, de-pitted and beautified before they passed under one final spray of water, then dropped off the belt and onto a ladder-type conveyance that delivered them to the canning area. After being deposited into the cans, they were topped with just the right amount of sugar syrup, the lids went on and it was into the giant boiler to be sealed, then over to the drying and labeling area. It's quite an operation!

Anyhoo, back to the cruise-apricot connection. Several times through the evening last night, as I focused my eyes on the never-ending flow of apricots on the conveyor belt, it started to feel like I was moving and the apricots were standing still. It made me dizzy and just a little queazy, I felt just like I did while aboard the Carnival Elation as she made her way from San Diego to Cabo. But the good thing was that at the cannery I could look away, take a few deep breaths, and I was fine. But I have to say I'm not in the mood to eat apricots anytime soon!

That's my story. Hope you all are also having an exciting weekend! And PS - happy birthday to Phil! Cupcakes are coming to you tomorrow...

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."  —Gandhi

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day


"Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance.  It is also owed to justice and to humanity.  Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong."  —James Bryce

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."  —Abraham Lincoln

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."  —Elmer Davis