Throwback Thursday, the grandparent photo project edition

August 2012: my siblings, our children, and our parents were all in the same place at the same time for the first time in forever. We took pictures. We made the kids pose for special pictures with props. And then the photos all lived on my computer for 18 months.

Finally, they are free. Gramma has her framed photos now, and Grampa will get his as soon as I can figure out how to ship it and some other stuff I need to ship to him.

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This was not my idea, I saw it somewhere, probably on Pinterest or something. My sister got wooden letters and flowers for the little girls, each kid posed with their letter, from oldest to youngest. My plan was to convert to black and white, and then selectively color the letters, but once I had converted to B&W, I kind of loved the pictures the way they were, plus I was worried that it’d be another 2 years before I got the selective coloring done.

The frames arrived a few days ago and the prints arrived today. We took it right over to hang Gramma’s up, in prime viewing location.






My nephew had to do double duty, since we had to be able to spell out both GRAMPA and GRAMMA.







All of the kids, of course, are all 18 months older and taller, but it’s the 3 little girls that are the most different now. I wish I had managed to do turn this into a physical object sooner, but I don’t think the age of the photos diminishes the adorable nature of the entire thing at all.

And I must say:  my siblings and I have some awfully attractive offspring.

And now, I need to turn off the Internet and get some bookkeeping done. Tax appointment tomorrow. Yay.


I got nothing

This is supposed to be my WIP Wednesday post, but my crafting this week consists of about 4 rows of knitting on a scarf (in laceweight yarn), so it looks exactly like it did before I started knitting the other day.

And that’s it. I can’t seem to make myself do much more than read and play stupid games on my iPad.

The weather. The cold. I need, desperately, to be warm again. And even though I’m not much of an outdoor kind of a girl, I need to be able to go outside and not have to rush right in because it’s 80 degrees below zero. If you live somewhere warm, please refrain from (a) gloating  or (b) inviting me to visit. I won’t appreciate either.

I wish I could be more like Elsa:




But the cold does bother me, damn it.

Project 365 2014 {Week 9}

This past week was the first since before Christmas break that we actually had a full 5 days of school: no late starts, no early outs, no snow days. I’d like to believe all of those weather related events are behind us, but considering the fact that we got a bunch of snow yesterday, on March 1st, I’m not going to start holding my breath yet. What a winter!

And here we are, ready for another weekly photo wrap up. Two months down, now! 60 days! 305 to go for the year, I guess….

February 23, 2014 — The boys are participating in science team, and still have work to do on their projects before the end of March.
February 23, 2014

February 24, 2014 — My passport arrived! Yay! Paris in April!

February 24, 2014

February 25, 2014 — The boys have new-to-them phones, complete with their very own contracts with Mom and Dad.February 25, 2014

February 26, 2014 — This cat. He loves walking along the railing, makes me so nervous, but I can’t stop him!

February 26, 2014

February 27, 2014 — A normal sight at supper time. You’d think they had never ever been fed.February 27, 2014

February 28, 2014 — Friday Night Fish Fry at the Firehouse! Yum!

February 28, 2014

February Calendar — Another month of photos!

February in photos!

March 1, 2014 — We went to a wedding — we stood outside (very briefly) to greet the wedding party to the reception with sparklers, and then during the party, you could go outside to the firepits to toast marshmallows. It was very cold… least it had stopped snowing!March 1, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday {Week 8}

There was not a lot of crafty going on around here. I think the only thing that constitutes actual progress is the finished binding on the quilt that I made for Mark’s birthday:


I would take more pictures, but it’s too dark, plus it still needs to be washed before it’s really “done.” Talk about a “do as I say, not as I do project…” — but that’s a post for another day.

(Completely off topic: I started this post on my computer, realized I wanted to include a picture, so I wandered out to the other room with my iPhone, snapped a photo, opened up the WordPress app, attached the photo, and then came back to my computer to finish typing. I love technology when it works and works smoothly. I don’t have enough of that in my life right now…)

One photography related work in progress: I finally (FINALLY!) ordered some frames and some prints for a photo gift project that was originally conceived in 2012. Ridiculous. I’ll post about it when the pieces arrive and are assembled.

I am now going to post this post, and then walk away from my computer. I stared at this screen doing absolutely nothing useful last night, and regretted it when I was done. I have several books I want to read, and other real life things I could and should be doing, so I’m going to tear myself away and go do something. I used to have a mantra when I was originally blogging, that I had to do interesting things in order to have interesting things to write about. Hasn’t happened lately, so I’m going to try to reboot that mentality.

Top THREE tips for using your iPhone


I’ve had my iPhone 5s since November and I adore it. I had a Smartphone before, and I liked having a smartphone, but I didn’t like or love my actual phone.

I’ve only recently learned a couple of really nifty tricks, and while there are a ton of “top 10″ or “top 30″ or however many “tips” — I’ve found that some of those lists are full of stuff that is pretty irrelevant to me. So here are my top THREE nifty things I’ve learned about using my iPhone 5s.

  1. If you need a period, tap the space bar twice. <—– I was ready to get rid of my iPhone at first until I learned this nifty trick.
  2. Take photos by pressing the volume up or down button (either one will work). You can also take photos by using the earbuds that came with the iPhone and pushing the volume up/down button. <—– Useful for making sure you are getting a steady picture, taking selfies or surreptitious pictures of uncooperative family members.
  3. To switch back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboards, touch the “123” button and then slide up to the character you want. When you let go, the keyboard will switch back to the alpha keyboard. <—- Useful if your password includes symbols or numbers!