Archive for May, 2009

Just a day in the life

P1010196my porchIt’s been a tough week. Last Friday, my husband’s longtime friend passed away of a massive stroke…or heart attack…not really sure. Paul had recently turned 61 years old, and was looking forward to retiring next year, on his 62nd. He leaves behind, a shocked and loving family and host of friends. Rest in peace, Paul.

I made a card for Jennifer, his wife. I printed a copy of one of my favorite rememberance poems on the front. I only hope she can find comfort in the words…if not today….maybe tomorrow.

P1010191as long as you remember me

I strolled through my yard this morning, in search of new blooms. My poppies are blooming….I love the color…salmon, I think. It won’t be long before all of my roses begin blooming. I found the first one along side my house. I think my mother in law gave me this bush many many years ago.

The garden area (if that’s what you want to call it) of my backyard is different every year. The majority of the plants pretty much have free rein…and scatter their seeds and sprout up where they want. Less maintenance that way *wink*.
P1010174salmon poppy


P1010173wlk through

P1010177wild abandon

P1010183this year 09


P1010188where rhodies n chives mingle

P1010189garden slug


P1010195my house

I love my little house and yard. I just wish I had more storage space…and maybe some organizational skills. I surf the net and find all these cute little cottages online…and when invited in, I don’t see any of the junk that I have lying around. The word junk is a bit strong…but I’m talking about all the normal possessions one has in life. Where do they hide it???

Guess I’ll sit and sip some iced tea on my front porch, and contemplate the answer. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time….Peace.


May 31, 2009 at 1:03 pm 1 comment

Not much going on here in this neck of the woods…

…how about where you are? Congrats too all of the college graduates. I think the local colleges here are having graduation ceremonies this weekend. So far, the weather is cooperating…although there’s a chance of scattered thunderstorms tonight. I love a good storm.

I’ve been shopping lately…surprised? LOL. I’ve been concentrating on rubber and clear stamps. I need more stamps like I need a hole in my head. I have a new favorite…the Vintage Farmhouse Clear Stamp set by Fiskars:
Newest favorite set of stamps
Are they neat, or what!
The following rubberstamps I picked up at my local rubberstamp store called Stampassion. Aren’t they cute?
newest stamps

Here’s a picture of a couple clothespegs I altered. I was inspired by a recent blog over at ScrapScene.
altered clothespegs
I’ve had the clothespins for awhile now…and am just getting around to doing something with them.

I found a great place to go at lunchtime…At the Warehouse…a warehouse full of stuff! Looky see what I picked up! It’s a printers drawer….can’t wait to fill those little squares with patterned papers…and then what…I don’t
Printers drawer

I went to my son’s softball game this morning…he hit two home runs. Too bad they lost the game. He pitched..and blames himself for the loss…it was a tied game…until that last pitch…when the batter on the other team hit a home run. I know I didn’t make him feel any better…but I said it was better than walking a run in…kwim?
I was out in my backyard this morning…and found a few blooms…the irises are blooming…and the little perennial geraniums have started too. I have a clump of chives that have flowers…not only do they taste good on spuds…they look pretty in the spring:

geranium of some sort

mmmm chives

The wee garden fairy is back…She’s my fave….as are the birds on a wire. I think the birds cost me a dollar at the Christmas Tree Shop several years ago…and they’re still in one piece. That amazes me.

the garden fairy is back

cute birds on a wire

I’m off to the Washington Avenue Armory tonight…for a roller derby bout. My daughter isn’t playing…she’s on the disabled list because of her lisfranc injury….but we’re going anyway. Until next time….Peace

May 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm 1 comment

Happy Mother’s Day

To any mother out there that may be reading this…Happy Mother’s Day.

I’m sitting here thinking of my own mother…she passed away nine years ago, almost to the day. I remember the day well…as do I the five months leading up to her passing. I’m reminded of how much I loved her, and I miss her dearly…not the mother she was before she passed…no…the mother she was for the forty five years before. I have so many wonderful childhood memories…of which I’m sure, my mother is responsible for. Not that my dad didn’t have anything to do with it…he did. It was my mother though, that took the initiative…who made the plans…and made them happen.

Here’s the card I made for another wonderful mother. She is also the best mother in law a woman could have. Not once…have I ever felt like this woman put her nose into the business of my marraige…not once (and I’ve been married for the last thirty five years). My mother in law never told me what I needed to do where my children are concerned. What more could a wife and mother ask for?
Happy Mothers Day

A few weeks ago, while shopping at Michael’s…I came across a great sheet of scrapbook patterned paper that I knew I had to have.
Kind of a BIG DEAL
Haha…I love it.

May 10, 2009 at 6:06 pm 1 comment

The Irish Bridget

the-irish-bridgetThe Irish Bridget is the title of a newly released book written by a local author, Margaret Lynch-Brennan. It’s a study of the female Irish immigrant domestic, or servant girl in America….I guess. I don’t really know, I haven’t read the book…yet. I did buy it though. What is of interest to me, is that there’s a picture and mention of my grandmother in it. When I heard about the book, and how my grandmother was a part of it, I smiled. You had to know my gram…she was a character…from what I remember. She passed away when I was a teen…and like many teens…I didn’t have the time, nor the interest in getting to know Catherine Marie Larkin-Vaughn as a woman, or much about her life history. It’s one of my biggest regrets in life. She is the woman I named my own daughter after. God Bless Her….she had a hell of a life…a young woman,,crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a ship, unescourted. What it must have been like for her….I can’t imagine. She married, had four daughters…and when the oldest was 11…and the youngest, 4…her husband died. She received no help from anyone. When my mother would tell me that her mother received no help…I couldn’t tell if she were proud of her mother, or bitter…because there was family on my grandfather’s side who could have possibly helped in some way….but instead, back to work she went. I know that she worked for a New York State Governor Black…and I know that one of her employers sent my gram to cooking school…my mother would laugh because her mother fixed pate de Foie Gras for lunch. Before cooking school…my mom said they would share a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup. My mother told me that they were told never let anyone into the house…but if a begger came to the door, to give him a sandwich, and send him on his way. My grandmother apparently thought Jesus Christ could come to their door, disguised as a begger. That’s the way the story went, anyway.
As I look at the portrait of my grandmother…I wonder why I never noticed how much my mother and she looked alike.

May 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment


People that release viruses and worms and whatever you call them on websites are such losers. Yup, you guessed it…I caught a bug….and because I’m not too computer geek literate….it cost me $100 to fix this contraption and start all over. To whoever is responsible for that worm….I’m a firm believer in what goes around, comes around! You’ll get yours….don’t worry. Okay…enough on this rant.

So yesterday was National Scrapbooking Day…and I managed to get one page done. The two pictures were taken 30 years ago of my little angel, Katie….wasn’t she cute!


I’ve been working on a paperbag album for her too. I thought I’d give her some encouragement because she’s decided to go back to college to get her Masters Degree in Special Education, and I’d like her to know how proud I am of her.





I’m going to a baby shower that’s being held for a young girl at work, and made this card for her. I’ll stick a gift card inside, so she can buy what she needs. Her due date is within the next two weeks…she’s having a little girl 🙂

for Carmen

I was thrilled to see a couple more projects of mine over at ScrapScene the other day. Two fairy jars I made were pictured. The big jar had been filled with Ghirardelli chocolates….yummm. The smaller jar is a Mason jar. Thanks again, Angie…you made my day!

Next week is the Tulip Festival in Albany. This festival has been an annual tradition for the last sixty years. You can read about it here. I’m told that there are over 200,000 tulips planted in Washington Park…where the event takes place. Last week, Katie and I took a ride to see the blooms. We were not disappointed…they were lovely.






The next two pictures are of the lake and the lakehouse in the park. It’s such a pretty park.


Until next time…..Peace.

May 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment