June Journeys – 2020

LA over at Wakinguponthewrongsideof50 gives us this quiz today. 

  1. Favorite kind of vacation:  It’s been so long since I went on a real vacation I don’t remember what they are like.  I’d like to go on a cruise and/or a long train trip but I won’t know if they would be a favorite until I try one.
  2. Favorite Flower: I don’t have one favorite.  I go more by colors, I love a bright multicolored bouquet.  IMG_0562
  3. Favorite Football Team: Don’t really care about football but love the Cowboy’s uniforms.
  4. Favorite Children’s Show:  That I watched was Romper Room and Charlie and Humphrey.  That I watched with the kids was Sesame Street and The Elephant Show.
  5. Favorite Perfume/cologne:  Not really a perfume wearer but I do like the smell of Jovan White Musk.
  6. Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday
  7. Favorite Flavor Starburst: Lemon
  8. Favorite Cartoon Cat: Snagglepuss, if I can call a cougar a cat.  “Heavens to Murgatroyd!”
  9. Favorite Music Genre:  Rock and roll, but not heavy metal.
  10. Favorite Car: I love driving and used to have a sports car but at this stage in my life I want something I can be up a little higher in.   Scan+1.jpeg

Still figuring out the WP thing but I think I have gotten the hang of how to delete the duplicate posts and the photos that go with them and that is freeing up some space, it’s just time consuming.  Fortunately most of the months I only post a handful of times.  The really hard ones are the months when I did a challenge like the A to Z.  So, tell me some of your favorites.

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June Journeys – 2020 – The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Well I’m going to try another test here.  I switched my simulcast so that it goes from WordPress to Blogger instead of the other way around.  If things go right, this post will still be on both sites.

My new friend, Becky at Strikeouts + Sprinkles has nominated me for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award.   Thanks Becky, I am honored.  I started following Becky because of our shared interest in baseball, although to be honest I don’t even remember how I came across her blog.  Perhaps she commented on someone else’s site.  You know how that goes.

In any event, Becky has given me the following questions to answer:

If you could play a scene in a movie, what would it be and which character would you play?

Maybe Debra Winger when Richard Gere comes and sweeps her off her feet in Officer and a Gentleman.  Or Jo from Little Women when she gets her first story published.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse.  From as early as I can remember, that’s what I wanted to do.  I didn’t make it to actual RN status but I did become a medical assistant and was able to work in a doctor’s office giving injections, taking blood pressures, doing EKGs and things like that.  I did that for about 5 years and then became an office manager for the doctors and that’s what I did for the rest of the 25 years I worked in the office.

How would people describe you?

I would hope they would describe me as friendly, kind, creative, trustworthy and dedicated.

What is your spirit animal?

The wise old owl.    IMG_6952.JPG

What is your most treasured possession?

I was going to say the kids, but I don’t own them.  My studio would be my treasured possession.  I love going in there to work on my crafts.


What is your go-to ice cream order?

Mint chocolate chip with hot fudge sauce!


Well there you have it.  I’m not one for nominating people for awards so let me just say that you should definitely visit Becky’s blog and if you’d like to answer the questions, I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments.  Cross your fingers that this works the way it’s supposed to!  Have a spectacular Monday all.

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June Journeys – 2020 Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Nail

I thought I had this blogging stuff nailed when I took John’s advice and used IFTTT (If This Then That) to simulcast my blog posts from Blogger to WordPress.  Things seemed to be working so well until the other day when I wrote a post on Blogger as usual and then checked WordPress to make sure it was there.  

It wasn’t so I checked IFTTT to see if the applet was running properly.  It said it was but I accidentally turned it off and then turned it back on again.  Back on WordPress, there was still no post from June 10.  However, there was a notice that said I had reached my maximum storage and it shows that I have almost 2000 posts.  
I didn’t catch on right away but then when I looked closer I realized that IFTTT had resent ALL the posts from Blogger to WP going back to 2015!!  Looking at the number of posts for each month showed me that November 2016 for example had 79 posts!  Even during the A to Z my max number of posts is one a day and not even the whole 30 days!  That means that some of those posts have triplicates!
It is going to be an exhausting task to try and fix this.  As if that’s not bad enough, on Blogger I notice that a lot of my pictures are not showing up in some posts.  Can’t figure that one out either because that same picture will show up in a different post.  I’d say I’m tearing my nails off but I’ve never been one to do that.  I like my nails. 
At this point I’m wondering if I should just nail the barn door shut and start all over again.  (Using the #SoCS prompt of “nail” from the lovely Linda.
Anybody ever have this problem?  Got any quick fixes?  Would you come find me if I started all over?  I’m using this as a test post in a way.  If it doesn’t convert to WP then I may just give up on Blogger and only post on WP since that’s where my 198 followers are.  I hope my 27 Blogger friends will forgive me.   

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Maybe It’s May 2020 – The End is Near

Tomorrow will be the end of the month of May.  I’ve posted twice, three times if you count the first one but that was about the A to Z in April so…

What’s been happening?   Well, since the Shelter-in-Place is still in effect, not much really.  I’ve gone to the grocery store a few times, driven my son to work and picked up some mail from my mailbox but other than that the only time I go anywhere is walking with Benny twice a day. 
Here’s a few pictures from the month:
This was the sky this afternoon.  It looked like snowy mountains to me but it’s all just clouds.  We did have a bit of rain today but it didn’t last long.

Took a different route with one of the Benny walks and saw these two peeking out from a window.
I had a day of card making and added these to the Etsy site.  They have a more masculine feel to them so could be used for Father’s Day and other occasions when you don’t really want to send something too flowery.   

I even made a video about how I put them together.  
I did a bunch of coloring in the book my son got me for Christmas, Magical Jungle.  This is one page.
Took a picture of myself.  I’m documenting the weight loss and these help me keep on track.  I don’t want to slide into bad habits.  This was a top I got from one of my daughter’s friends and I was showing her that it was being put to good use.  Plus, I’ve been taking a selfie a month for a couple of years now.  It’s kinda fun to look back and see the changes.   

People looking out the window are not the only things I’ve been noticing on the daily walks with Benny.  These spider webs were covered in dew drops and it looked like patches of diamonds in this bush.  

These looked like the rock candy sticks with the dew being the sugar.  It’s hard to tell from this picture but really, that’s what it reminded me of.  

It was nice to see the shelves at Safeway filling up a bit with paper products.  

After doing all the scrapbook pages for our concerts last month I realized that I need more albums to hold them all.  I got a plain album and decorated it by using some Luster Polish as a background and then using a stencil and metallic marker to detail the front.  Came out pretty good I think. 

This is Benny telling me it’s time for a walk.  

Got my full moon shot.  

Loved all the different colors on this rose.  

And one more picture of me.  I really have to get some new clothes I think.  

We also had our anniversary, but I wrote about that in my last post.  I did get some more transcription work too, which is so very helpful right now.  Things are looking up a bit in my world, how about yours?  

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Maybe it’s May – 36th Anniversary Edition

Yep, 36 years ago yesterday at a Vista Point overlooking Lake Tahoe in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, my husband and I got married.

I say we have a fairy tale story…

Oh, those days before kids when we were kids.

I found this little couple and put them in my fairy garden in front of the studio.  Kinda looks like us, no? 

We recreated the moment at our 25th anniversary.  I didn’t think about it or I’d have stood on the other side.   

One of our first “concert selfies.”  I love this picture of us.

Six years ago we had this “portrait” done in Reno, one of our favorite places to spend our anniversary.

Benihana has been another of our anniversary go-to spots for many years.  We couldn’t eat inside this time but we did get take out and ate at home while watching a movie, “Call of the Wild.”  

Not gonna lie, the last 10 years have been really hard on a lot of levels.  It has tested me to the limit and sometimes it felt like I was just hanging on by a string.  Sometimes I even considered letting go.  But then I take a breath and realize that it is life and we’ll get through it.  Here’s to love and another 36 years.


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Maybe It’s May – 2020 – Escapist Coloring Club

It is May, I know because we are no longer doing the April A to Z Challenge but that is about the only way I know. 

Here is my coloring for the Escapist Coloring Club hosted by Linda.  They are all from the Magical Jungle book I got for Christmas.


How have you been keeping busy?  I have had some work to do and I got an order on my Etsy shop for a baby book so I’ve been working on that.  I also did some yard work, pulling weeds out of our backyard.  I’m about to start on some Father’s Day cards and albums, also for the Etsy shop, like these:

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Stop by and check them out!

Actually, life is pretty normal for me, and for that I am grateful.  Everyone is healthy too.  Have a great weekend!

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – Reflections

I finished another A to Z Challenge and I’ve got the badge to prove it!  This was my fifth year and I had set myself a monumental task of scrapbooking 26 concerts using the band names or song titles for the letters of the alphabet.  While I didn’t exactly finish the whole layout for each show, I did manage to get at least the paper collections picked out and the title page done. 

In total I scrapbooked 99 pages and 25 different concerts (Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Tom Petty were in the same show).  I’m pretty pleased with that and if I had been counting all along I would have at least done one more page to make an even 100.   

Here are links to all the posts in case you missed something.  Note that they will open up in my WordPress blog because apparently Blogger is having some technical issues with pictures.  In fact, I may decide to just use WordPress from now on. 

B – Boston
C – Clapton
D – Daughtry
F – Frampton
G – Get Ready
H – Heart
I – Isaac
J – Jessie’s Girl
K – Kiss On My List
L – Lynyrd Skynyrd
M – Miller
N – Nickelback
O – One More Night
P – Petty
Q – Queen
R – Richie
S – Santana
T – Toto
U – Up Where We Belong
W – We Belong
X – StyX
Y – You’ve Got A Friend
Z – Zoo

Some of the fun bloggers I found during this year’s challenge were:

Joy’s Book Blog:  Joy wrote about what to pack on your creative journey.  Lots of fun there.

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin: Stepheny wrote about the glories of tea and showed some beautiful tea cups and different places you can enjoy a good cuppa.’

The DreamGirl Writes:  DreamGirl wrote a great mystery story.  Kept me hanging on to the very end!

A Unique Title For Me: Jim, who is our Song Lyric Sunday coordinator wrote terrific posts on musical groups.  They are long posts but very informative with lots of background information.  Worth the read if you have the time.

Jingle Jangle Jungle:  Mary gave us a word of the day and we were challenged to come up with songs using that word.

No Love for Fatties:  “T” wrote a story a day using the pictures from a children’s alphabet.

Curious as A Cathy:  Cathy drew some great pin-up gals.

I was even featured on the A to Z official site as a blogger with 2020 vision by my friend John Holton. John and I met through the A to Z when I first started and have followed each other since.  He is a wealth of interesting information and a fun blog to read.  Thanks again!

It was fun for me to relive these concerts in this way, especially since some of the shows were from 10 years ago!  A few of my favorite layouts were:

A is for Abba

D is for Daughtry

F is for Frampton

H is for Heart

J is for Jessie’s Girl

N is for Nickelback

O is for One More Night

T is for Toto

V is for VIP

As always, thanks to Arlee Bird, our A to Z Founder, John, J. Lennie Dorner, Zalka Csenge Virag, Jayden R. Vicente and Jeremy Hawkins for their terrific efforts to keep this challenge going. 

The A to Z Road Trip will be starting soon and I realized that I could do another alphabet with concerts for next year if I want to.  We’ll see.  Thanks to all who came along on this journey with me.  I really appreciate all the comments and generous praise for my artistic endeavors.  Stay safe and healthy out there so we can do this again! 

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – Zoo

We come to our final letter of the alphabet today!  “Z” is for “Zoo” sung by the Scorpions.  We saw the Scorps for the first time in 1982 at Day on the Green.  When we started going to concerts more regularly I had a goal to see all of those bands again.  With the exception of Iron Maiden we have!  I don’t really care about Iron Maiden anyway — a little too heavy metal for me.

The next time we saw the Scorpions was in 2012.  I’ve had this set of papers from Creative Memories for a long time.  I think it’s really pretty.  
I have a stack of pictures an inch thick again so I didn’t have time to scrapbook them all for today’s post. 

This was kind of a spur of the moment concert.  I think we got our tickets four days before the show and I was excited to get them so close.  We were in the third-ish row!  A little off to the right of stage but still great.  They called the tour the Final Sting tour which might make you think they were not going to tour again.  Fortunately that wasn’t true.  The opening act was Tesla, a band I was not familiar with but I did like some of their songs.  This page is not finished but I think you get the idea.  The card on top was something they were handing out at the door.  I keep ALL memorabilia – LOL.

They did in fact sing “The Zoo.”  They are a very energetic band and it seemed like they were so close we could touch them. 

Here’s the setlist from that show.  

These are a few of the other pictures I have to add.  
I think he’s looking at me, right?

Their drummer at the time was James Kottak and during his drum solo, the stage lifted so he was high in the air.  

At the end, he took his shirt off and stood on his seat. 
Then turned around to show his back tattoo – and possibly his butt-crack?!     

A lot of the time the guys were right in front of us.  

I think they are asking for their picture to be taken don’t you?

Rudolf Schenker is a character for sure.
Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker and Pawel Maciwoda.

And here is “The Zoo” from the last time we saw Scorpions in 2017.

I made it!  Do I wish I had been able to completely scrapbook each event?  Absolutely.  But I am also truly grateful that I had some transcription work come in.  Could I have spent less time embellishing each set that I did scrapbook?  Sure but then I wouldn’t be satisfied with the results.  Am I thankful that I had some letters already finished a while ago or a few with less pictures?  You bet!  I enjoyed reliving these concert experiences as I was cutting and pasting.  With the current state of affairs, who knows when we’ll be able to get up close and personal experiences like this again. 

I hope you have enjoyed this series.  I am very appreciative of all the kind comments and visits I’ve had from everyone.   Side note, I think I could do this one more time. There are at least 26 more entertainers we have seen that I have not showcased either in 2017 or this year.  Tesla, the opening act for Scorpions in this show is one.  Melissa Etheridge we’ve seen a couple times too and I haven’t used her in either of the challenges.  Maybe if I start now… 

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – Your Smiling Face

James Taylor is the artist I am using for the letter “Y” as in “Your Smiling Face.”  We were able to see Mr. Taylor along with Bonnie Raitt at AT&T Park, home of our San Francisco Giants.  Gosh I miss baseball!  They had lights on the trees and it was gorgeous.

I found this set of papers that I thought would work well.

Here’s the first page.  We even had regular tickets!  We had seats on the lawn and we got to go through an underground tunnel that we had never been through before. It made it even more exciting to get to the field that way.  We had to pick them up from Will Call and that’s why we went in through the special entrance. 

I have to put Bonnie Raitt’s pictures together as well and I only had time to get one page done for James Taylor.  It’s really not done either but I don’t want to miss the deadline for the A to Z.

Here’s the setlist from the show.  He sang a bunch!  He was really engaging with the crowd and told some stories about his songs.  He’s been around a long time.  

A few more pictures.  I got a lot of good ones so it is going to be fun putting it together. 

Here is “Your Smiling Face” from that night.

I think given the name on my blog is “Janet’s Smiles” that’s a perfect song for me.  One more day!  Who is Z going to be?  I’ll give you a hint.  It’s NOT ZZ Top.  I did them in 2017.

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A to Z Challenge – 2020 – We Belong

I am surprised by some of the things I am realizing about our concert experiences by scrapbooking them for this A to Z.  For instance, we have seen Pat Benatar and her husband, Neil Giraldo, a total of six times!  “We Belong” is one of the songs she most always sings.

The first time we saw Pat and Neil (I think after seeing them so often we can be on a first name basis, don’t you?) was in 2010.  They were the headliner at The Mountain Winery and REO Speedwagon was the opening act.

I’m using paper from The Artful Watercolor collection.  It has a page of die cuts and tags to go with it.  It also has some 3-D embellishments but I’m not sure if I’ll use them or not.  Nice to have options.

This is the first page of that set.  I’m not done scrapping the pictures of REO Speedwagon yet because I wanted to concentrate on the Pat Benatar photos since they are the ones that go with the A to Z.  We did an unusual thing and had dinner at the Winery first.  It was not that impressive actually and we’ve never done it since. 
We had pretty good seats down in front for this show and they hadn’t even started the Loyalty Club at the Mountain Winery yet so we were lucky.  

Instead of mounting every photo I used the corner rounder for the corners of the pictures and then had some stickers that matched for the corners of the paper.  I also added some Dazzles stickers to the top part of this page after I took the picture. 

Neil Giraldo’s nickname is “Spyder.” I think the Dazzles stickers I put around it look like spider webs a little.   

I added some Dazzle stickers to enhance the page a bit.  I also put the corners on this page after I took the picture. 

They did a portion of the show acoustic.  They were engaging with the crowd and told some of the background of the songs.  

Pat dances around the stage and it really looks like they are having fun. 

“Hell is for Children” is one of my husband’s favorite songs.  They did sing most of their hits.  

The set list.  

Theoretically this is how it will look in the album.  As I said, I do have the pictures from REO Speedwagon to scrap so hopefully the pages will match up.  I am using the same collection for both groups so even if it gets moved around, it still should look okay.

Here is “Love is a Battlefield.”  You can tell it is not from the same show because Pat Benatar’s hair is short but it is still the Mountain Winery.

“W” is done!  Thanks for sticking with me!

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