Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

And November begins…

I finished the paperwork I was working on for the in-laws early in the week, and even found time to stamp and color a few things before other chores took over (making a birthday cake, cleaning the house).

I am hoping that a few fun size bags of M&Ms will lure my mojo to the craft table this afternoon!

Have a great Friday!

Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copics, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag), Spellbinders (square), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.

Still not quite back to the craft table…

May I offer you a view of the Celosia in my yard on Sunday afternoon??

I do have one card in progress – Mom’s birthday is later this week. I will post it when I have it assembled.

We have another day trip to the in-laws this week, for the appointment to remove the surgical staples from Mother-in-law’s incision.

Happy Monday!


Take a moment…

…and remember all that were lost on September 11, 2001.

I can close my eyes and see snippets of the day in my head. How blue the sky was that morning. Buckling Offspring3 into the minivan to go the library.  Picking up Offspring1 and Offspring2 early from elementary school – so the staff might have a chance to go home, too. No airport traffic overhead (we are on a flight path) for days. Not knowing when my husband would be able to return from his overseas business trip.

Wish for peace.

Life is STILL a Little Messy…


We arrived back home Saturday afternoon (had been with the in-laws since Wednesday morning).  HOME.

Mother-in-law’s surgery went well. It was still outpatient, but we fought and won immediate in home rehab care (nurse, OT, PT visits). The nurse came to evaluate her before we headed home. Rehab will be tough because she lost so much sitting in a recliner for 3 weeks waiting for surgery.

No opportunities for paper crafting while I was away, but I did snap a few photos (thank goodness for some sort of creativity, right??!).

As always, click on any photo to enlarge.

eastbound sunrise

eastbound foggy sunrise

sunset from the in-laws’ house

beautiful day after Hurricane Dorian passed by

such a pretty day!

westbound towards home

I am going to try to find my MOJO while working on paperwork for the in-laws this week. And we have a day trip scheduled for Friday for a followup surgeon’s appointment.

Keep your fingers crossed that my MOJO is just excited to see me home!


Life Gets a Little Messy…

No crafting this week – the in-laws are experiencing medical issues, and I spent part of my week caring for them (hubby has been there all week).

My parents are 82 and 85 (they live only 5 miles away). The in-laws are 85 and 90 (120 miles away). Both sets have been able to live independently. We know how incredibly lucky that makes us.

Aging is not always pretty. Talk to someone in your life about helping to advocate for you in medical emergencies. Someone who is not afraid to ask questions, who is not afraid to ask for alternative options that will get you the care you need. (Sorry medical community, I am not convinced outpatient surgery for a severe injury in an elderly person with is the best option (depends on the individual, depends on the home they will have to navigate when you release them). A day or two or three of immediate occupational therapy and physical therapy in the hospital or a rehab facility can go a long way. Home care that takes 10 days to set up wastes 10 days!) I do understand that it is a care vs. germ balance that the medical system is aiming for.

SO…I am hoping to get a little crafting in over the weekend (art therapy!!), hoping to have something to post next week. I will be going back to the in-laws to help with pre-op appointments and to be there for the surgery.

Have a great weekend!




Vacation Reset

We got back from our week of beach vacation on Saturday.

Here are some of my statistics:

Loads of laundry upon returning home:  13

Books read:  3

Jigsaw puzzle completed:  1 (1,000 piece, with Offspring3)

Naps on the beach:  4 (?)

Soft crab sandwiches:  1

Crab cake platters:  1

Dairy Queen visits:  0

Candy Kitchen visits:  1

Morning walks:  4

Evening walks:  2

Mosquito bites:  87 billion (low estimate!)

I am still trying to shake the end of a summer cold that began before vacation, and have not gotten any of my craft supplies out yet.

A Few Photos from the Ireland Trip

Here are a few more photos from Ireland last month!

Remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge (a new window pops up).

Trinity College

We had a quick tour of Trinity College, got to see The Book of Kells, and the Long Room in the Trinity College Library (which was FABULOUS to me, the library geek!).


This is a chapel at Glendalough, which is a monastic site from the 6th century, started by St. Kevin. The misty day was perfect to wander through the ruins.

New Ross

The Emigrant Flame at New Ross was lit from The Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery.  The Kennedy family was from New Ross.


We enjoyed a guided walking tour in Waterford, and learned about the Viking influence in Ireland.


Cobh was the last port of call of the Titanic. The ship was too large for the harbor, 123 passengers were rowed out to the ship.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

We saw this cathedral from the bus on Thursday morning, and walked through Killarney to find it Thursday evening.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Titanic Belfast, through the Harland & Wolff slip where Titanic was built

The oddly shaped building is Titanic Belfast, a museum experience about the building of the Titanic and the tragic journey. It sits next to the very spot of the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. The poles were used as support during the building process.

I will move some of my phone photos over from my laptop (I alternated between phone and camera) and post those soon.



The Adventure Was Grand!

Blarney Castle

(click on any photo to enlarge)


Offspring3 and I arrived home just before midnight last night (it is 5:00 am as I type this – love the mix of insomnia and time zone change!).

Our adventure was to Ireland – we took a bus tour that traveled the circumference of the Emerald Isle, and had a day on our own in Dublin.

It’s going to take me a few days to get back on track – jet lag and laundry. I’ll get a few more photos edited and post them before the end of the week.

Have a nice Wednesday!




Well, it is happening again….

Hey, happy Monday!

What is happening again, you ask…

Offspring3 and I have gone on another adventure! Off to see some castles and cliffs.

I have a few things set up to post while I am gone.

If you leave me a comment, I will respond as soon as I return.