Awe-Inspiring August – 2018 #Augustbreak2018

Day 2 of the August Break with Susannah Conway and the prompt is “Ground.” 

I’m attempting to get back in the saddle again with regard to my “healthy” lifestyle and so I took a walk to the library yesterday to get some books.  I knew the prompt for today was “Ground” so I had my eyes open for something to snap a photo of with that in mind.  I got all the way to the library and didn’t see anything that I thought was “ground worthy” and I was starting to get disappointed but then as I left the library I saw this big old tree with its roots spreading around the base. 

The roots looked like long fingers to me and they were just extending all around the ground, almost in a perfect circle.  

Of course I’ve seen the roots of trees before but usually they are thick and just a few.  These were really thin and so many of them.  Almost made me think of cables that connect all of our electronics together.   

I was going to the library to get the books I need for the next Readathon I am participating in, a Children’s Readathon with James J. Cudney

I am not used to reading children’s books anymore since all of our kids are grown but I decided to join in after I realized that there were some books I don’t even remember reading.  The first week’s books are:

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss
Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown

If you want to participate, please feel free!  I think this will be fun.  I know I will read them with a totally new perspective.  Have you read any children’s books lately?  Get any fresh inspiration?  Follow along/join in with the August break too! 

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Awe-Inspiring August – 2018 #Augustbreak2018

It is August.  Where is this year going?  Doesn’t everyone say that?  I don’t remember ever thinking that the year is taking too long.

It doesn’t always occur to me that august is also an adjective.  It means respected, impressive, esteemed, awe-inspiring.  I’m going to set my sights on making it an awe-inspiring month.  To help with that, once again I will be participating in Susannah Conway’s August Break.  This is the month where she gives us prompts to use as we see fit in our creative endeavors.  Today’s prompt is “Morning Light.”  When I first got up this morning the sky was cloudy and I didn’t think I was going to be able to get a picture of the morning light and then this happened:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my favorite morning lights!  After a few cups of coffee I looked out the back door and saw this:

 

That’s kind of awe-inspiring isn’t it?  Another day to do great things.
If you want to join along, here are the prompts.
She’s got some good ones again this year.  I’ve been participating in the challenge for a few years now and it’s been interesting each time to see what everyone comes up with.  So many different interpretations of the same thing.  What are you going to do to make August awe-inspiring?

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July-Jinks – 2018 #SLS Song Lyric Sunday

Today’s prompt from Helen at Words of Life is Street.  Dancing in the Street was one of my first thoughts but someone has already done that, although I was going to use the version by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, not Martha and the Vandella’s.

So, putting on my thinking cap…and checking my iTunes…I found this one by Phil Collins:

Heat on the Street
You’ve gotta shout if you’ve got something to say
I know it’s getting bad, you read it every day
And you, you can try your best to fight it
But you can’t make it on your own
Someone better tell the people up there
I think they ought to know, the bubble’s just about to bust
Tell them they’d better beware
The word is on the street, get up on your feet, and shout out
The kids out there don’t know how to react
The streets are getting tough and that’s a matter of fact
And I, I can’t take it any longer
But we can’t make it on our own
The people there find it hard to relate
They don’t know how it feels to be standing there on your own
Believe me, it’s never too late
It’s time to make a move, get up on your feet and shout
Stop, look down, everybody, do you see what’s going on 
Around you, stop
Shout out, shout it out, shout loud
Shout out, shout it out, shout loud
There are people who give and there are people who take
But I believe it’s gonna get better
Realize what a difference you make
And don’t turn away, hey! I’m talking to you!
So there’s only the one solution
Stop and think what’s going on
You can draw your own conclusions
But we won’t make it on our own
Someone better tell the people up there
I think they ought to know
The bubble’s just about to burst
Tell them they’d better beware
The word is on the street
Get up on your feet and shout
Stop, look down, everybody
Do you see what’s going on
Around you, stop
Songwriters: Phil Collins
Heat on the Street lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Concord Music Publishing LLC

 I love the beat and the sax but, look at those lyrics!

“Someone better tell the people up there…the bubble’s just about to burst.  Tell them they’d better beware.”

“Stop, look down, everybody, do you see what’s going on around you.”

“Realize what a difference you make and don’t turn away…”

I am definitely not one to get all political and don’t want to start a big conversation about it but…

We saw Phil Collins in 2007 when he was touring with Genesis and I made a couple of scrapbook pages from that show.  It was in the beginning of my concert experiences so the pictures weren’t all that great but the show was!

I am most excited that we get to see him on his upcoming “Not Dead Yet” tour, although from the videos I’ve seen on YouTube taken at some of the shows he is not going to be doing a lot of his faster songs and sits in a chair to sing.  He definitely has had some medical issues and is slowing down.  Still, he is Phil Collins!

Here is the song:

Make sure to stop by Helen’s Words of Life and check  some of the other participants in today’s musical ensemble! 

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July-Jinks – 2018 #SoCS Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Today’s prompt from Linda G. Hill is “T, tea, tee” 

We just got back from our most recent Travel experience, visiting the in-laws in Oregon.  Our next planned vacation is not until September when we head for Boulder Creek so that my husband can play in the annual golf tournament he started with one of his friends.  There are lots of tees around then for sure.  Sometimes it is really hot and a tee shirt is all you need but I’ve been down there when the weather is chilly and more layers are definitely needed.

While at my mother-in-law’s I was able to continue my habit of drinking some tea before bed, although she doesn’t have the variety that I have here at home.  She did have some mint, which she doesn’t like, so I drank that to get it out of her hair.  I really like the cranberry tea but haven’t been able to find it lately.  I also like lemon, peach and raspberry. 

The biggest T that has happened around here is that our daughter has just been hired to be a Teacher’s Assistant at a local elementary school!!  They hired her really quickly and even though she has not taught before, they counted the degree in Psychology that she obtained as a year’s experience.  We knew that college would pay off! 

One final T before I go, my Sketchbook is in Toronto this weekend as part of the Sketchbook Project Mobile Library.  If you are in that area, stop by and check my book out!  
How about you…have a favorite Tea flavor?  Doing some Traveling?  Like a particular kind of golf tees?  Love to hear about it!  Make sure to go visit some of the other participants in the Stream of Consciousness Saturday gang. 

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July-Jinks – 2018 Time to Travel!

My hubby’s mom and brother live in Oregon and today is her 93rd birthday so we’ve come up to spend some time with them.  We don’t travel much and fly even less so every time we do I consider it an adventure.  I am a patient person by nature so waiting doesn’t bother me.  I people watch or read and do not get overly stressed.  I know that Tuesdays are generally slower travel days and the fares are lower so yesterday was fly day. 

We were lucky enough to get Pre-TSA on our boarding pass so we didn’t have to take off our shoes or take our laptops out of our bags.  My husband has had two stents in his legs and he carries a card that explains foreign material showing up on the screens.  I put all my stuff on the conveyor belt and walked through the metal detector and what do you know if a buzzer didn’t sound!  The TSA agent said that I had been picked for a “random” screening and asked me to wait off to the side.  My husband went through with no problems. 

I stepped off to a little waiting area and was expecting to have to have a pat down search or something like that, which didn’t bother me.  As I said, it’s all an adventure.  Soon another agent came and asked me to get my cellphone and go with him.  Just my cellphone, which was in my purse and had gone through on the conveyor belt.  He took my cellphone but didn’t ask me for passwords or even turn it on, just held it near a machine which spit out a tiny strip of paper.  Then he handed me back my phone and told me I was okay and could proceed, which we did. 

Thinking about it now, I’m sorry I didn’t ask any questions!  What were they checking for?  How did they check it?  Why just my cellphone and not my laptop?  Was there something that had triggered this “random” search or was it truly random?  Did I look like a suspicious person?  Have they put some kind of tracking device in my phone?  Instead, I asked nothing.  We collected our belongings and went on toward our gate. 

We were early so we stopped and had a pre-flight cocktail, as you do.  Since it was morning, mine was a mimosa and the hubs had a bloody Mary.

We went to our gate and after waiting there for about half an hour we were informed that the gate had changed to another one that was on the other side of the terminal!  That didn’t make my husband very happy.  After waiting another half an hour, we were finally able to board.

Goodbye San Francisco

We had to have some sustenance since we were thirsty after waiting so long to board.

Flying through the air
Beautiful scenery in this part of the country.

Touchdown.

So here we are for a week.  I’m sure I’ll have more adventures to tell and more pictures to share.  Have you ever been “randomly” selected?  Do you know what they did with my phone?  

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July-Jinks – 2018 – #SLS Un-Break my Heart

Another week gone by!  I’ve been busy working on card making for my Etsy shop and I’ve tried something different this time.

It is called a pop up box card and it comes flat but opens to reveal things popping out the top.  

I managed to make 10 new cards.

I’ve also been commissioned to make an album for a friend.  He was the officiate at a wedding recently and he asked me to make an album using the program from the wedding.  It has been an interesting assignment as our tastes are somewhat different.  He is an architect and thinks in terms of lines and exact measurements and elegant simplicity.  I think in terms of free flowing, smile making, layering and the like.  After several consultations I think I’ve got what he wants and I’m almost finished.  Here’s a little example:

Obviously I blurred the pages a bit to keep it private for the wedding couple but I think you can get the idea.  It has been a bit challenging to keep the embellishments to a minimum but I think that it is a good experience for me to get out of my comfort zone. 

Most of the time I am crafting while the baseball game is on TV but I also love to listen to music and have my iTunes playing in the background.  Right now I have it set to play the songs in alphabetical order.  I find that I get a better mix of artists that way.  Sometimes when I have it on shuffle it selects a few artists and keeps going back and forth between them. 

This brings me to the real reason for this post, it is time for Song Lyric Sunday brought to you by Helen Vahdati and her theme this week is “Break.”  My pick for this is Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton.  She has a commercial out where she talks about her life and the odds of a woman making it to where she is today and they seem astronomical.  Then she states that she has an autistic child and the odds of that happening to someone is like 1 in 56!

I really like this song and I have to say that although I’ve been able to sing it with meaning a few times, for the most part I’ve made it this far in my life without having the sadness she speaks of.  Maybe that’s because I never had a boyfriend in high school and have only had two real relationships other than my current husband of 34 years.  I was married once before but it only lasted six months and he cheated on me so I was more pissed off than depressed!

Un-Break My Heart
Don’t leave me in all this pain
Don’t leave me out in the rain
Come back and bring back my smile
Come and take these tears away
I need your arms to hold me now
The nights are so unkind
Bring back those nights when I held you beside me
Un-break my heart
Say you’ll love me again
Undo this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart
My heart
Take back that sad word goodbye
Bring back the joy to my life
Don’t leave me here with these tears
Come and kiss this pain away
I can’t forget the day you left
Time is so unkind
And life is so cruel without you here beside me
Un-break my heart
Say you’ll love me again
Undo this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my heart
My heart
Don’t leave me in all this pain
Don’t leave me out in the rain
Bring back the nights when I held you beside me
Un-break my heart
Say you’ll love me again
Undo this hurt you caused
When you walked out the door
And walked out of my life
Un-cry these tears
I cried so many nights
Un-break my
Un-break my heart, oh baby
Come back and say you love me
Un-break my heart, sweet darlin’
Without you I just can’t go on
Can’t go on
Songwriters: Diane Warren
Un-Break My Heart lyrics © Realsongs

Have a listen:

I love the intensity in her voice.  We have not seen her in concert but it might be one worth going to if she comes around.

Hop on over to Helen’s site to see/hear the other Song Lyric Sunday participants.  There’s some good stuff over there.

Also, check out my Etsy site if you haven’t done so before.  Tell me what you think.  I do make special orders if you have an album you want made 🙂

Have a great Sunday!

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July-Jinks – 2018 #Sketchbook Project Road Trip

So very excited that my Sketchbook is going to be included on the road trip!

If any of you are in those areas, the Library Call Number for my book is 353.17-2, the title is “A Smile 4 U from Janet” and the theme is “People I Wish I Knew.”  If it gets requested, I will get a notice.  That would be so exciting I must say!
Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you know in those areas!  I think that it would be a great way to spend an afternoon browsing all the different submissions.  There is some really terrific artwork there.  I am looking forward to contributing another one for the next edition.  Wish they would tour it over on this side of the country.  
If you can’t get there, the link to my book is here.  I’d love to know what you think.  

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