Man, It’s May – Award Winning Edition

Well, it seems that there actually was at least one person reading my little blog in the month of April and that has led to me winning a “major” award (as Ralphie’s father says).

So, I’ve always wanted to be a mystery writer but that’s not really what the award stands for.  You can read about that on the creator, Okoto Enigma’s, blog.

In order to “qualify” I have to follow the rules…not significantly difficult for me unless you are ruling me not to take pictures at a concert, that I have a problem with.  Here goes:

Rule 1:  Put the award logo/image on your blog.  — Done

Rule 2:  List the rules — You’re reading them.

Rule 3:  Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. — That would be Outside Perception, a really cool blogger who talked about movies during the A to Z.  I have several on my list that I need to watch thanks to him.  Thank you again for the nomination!

Rule 4:  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.  — See above.

Rule 5:  Tell your readers three things about yourself.  —

  • I have three sisters and all of our names start with the letter “J.”
  • My first job was in the local library working as a “page” – that person who puts all the books away when you return them.
  • My current mission in life is to make someone smile every day.  (Did it work on you yet?)

Rule 6:  You have to nominate 10 to 20 people.  — Do I even know 10 to 20 bloggers?  From the A to Z Challenge this year I came across these gems:
Outside Perception would have made the list as well, but he’s the one who nominated me so…Of course if any of you don’t have the time or inclination to participate, I totally understand.  No hard feelings and I’ll still follow you!
Rule 7:  Notify them. — You’ll have to take my word for the fact that I went to each blog and commented on them to let them know.
Rule 8:  Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny question.  My questions to answer were:
  • Tell us about something you used to believe only to find out it was incorrect.  
I used to believe it was possible to have too many scrapbooking supplies.  Now I know I was incorrect.  There are never enough!
  • If given the choice between cake or death…what would it be?
I’m trying to lose some weight right now so death…NOT!
  • What was your imaginary friend’s name and what special skills did they have?
I had a little sister so I didn’t have an imaginary friend.  I had a pest who wouldn’t use their invisible powers 🙂 (Love you sister).
  • What is your all time most watched movie?
In actual number of times watched I’ll bet it is “A Muppet Christmas Carol.”  I love that movie.
  • When (if) I ever have down time what would I do?  
See the answer to the first question.  When I have down time I am in my craft room.  That and/or reading books.  
So, the five questions for my nominees are:
  1.   Who is your favorite author?
  2.   How long have you been blogging?
  3.   Have you ever been nominated for a major award?
  4.   If you could play a musical instrument what would it be?
  5.   Who is Carmen Sandiego and why should I care where in the world he is?
  6.   Extra credit question, did I make you smile today?
Rule 9:  Add a link to my best post.  I don’t know about best but I have a few favorites.  One is from the A to Z last year, the letter “Q” where I talked about a very special quartet.  The second is from 2015 on our 31st wedding anniversary.  It will be 33 years later this month!  Finally, this one from April 2015.
Okay, I think I passed all the requirements.  Thanks again for this “Major Award.”  My blog will wear it with pride!

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Man, It’s May!

So after focusing so hard on the A to Z Challenge last month, now I need to focus on some other projects.  First thing I tried was a new idea for a Mother’s Day gift box.

I’ve been drinking lots of tea lately and the little boxes that the brand I’ve been using come in are just so cute!

Being the hoarder collector that I am, I started saving them knowing I’d be able to think of something to use them for.  This is what I came up with:
I covered the box with some pretty paper and found some cards that I decorated and clipped together with a small ring and some ribbon.
The cards have room on them for small pictures and/or little notes and there are a couple of cute sayings.  “Sooner or later we all sound like our mother” is my favorite.

All the cards fit nicely in the box and there is still room to add a gift card or some small candies or even some tea bags.  The top of the box says “Happy Mother’s Day.”  This one is already up in my Etsy shop. 
I’m gonna make another one in different colors I think but then I also have my mind working toward Father’s Day.  Wouldn’t that make a cute tool box?  Stay tuned!

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Man, It’s May!

May 1 – Well last month I was consumed with the A to Z Challenge and except for 4 letters, I finished.

 I may still go back and add those missing letters.  They were: Q – I was going to use “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys; S – I was going to use Sade; V – I was going to use Van Halen; W – Who else but the Who?  I have most of the pictures but I did not get the scrapbook pages made and since my theme was scrapbooking the concerts we’ve seen, I didn’t think that just adding the pictures was right.  I have started my “Reflection Post” for next Monday and then it will be time to think of the theme for next year!

But, I have also been keeping up with my 365 pictures and here are a few of my favorites that I took during last month, in no particular order:

My husband helped me get a picture of the full moon.  The times I tried to get it, there were too many clouds because it was raining during those couple of days. 
I Googled Rod Stewart for some information and I was excited to see that MY blog posts on him were #’s 2 and 3, following his official site!  I’m not sure that means much to anyone but I found it kinda cool – so I took a picture of the computer screen.  The same thing happened when I Googled Tina Turner. 


We went into San Francisco for dinner one night and we saw the Bay Bridge with its flashing lights.  I love the way it looks on this rainy night.

Shopping at Safeway I came across this shelf full of flavored waters.  They look so pretty with their different fresh fruits in the bottles.  All different flavors.  I haven’t tried them yet, they just looked pretty.

Also while shopping I found this new treat!  They have a couple of different flavors but the Cinnamon Churro sounded the best.  It was QUITE tasty I must say!  There were not that many calories in it either, even though there is sugar.  Four marshmallows for 80 calories.  I usually only ate two at a time because I am not used to eating too much sugar anymore and that was just enough.


We went to our first baseball game of the season and it was a great one!  Our Giant’s haven’t been doing too well but they won in dramatic fashion in extra innings that night.  I got my exercise in by walking around the stadium since we got there early, in addition to walking to the train station and back.  Of course, I did have to have peanuts while we were there, but I stayed away from the garlic fries.


When I am doing my scrapbooking and listening to music I turn the iTunes visualizer on and every once in a while I catch a shot of the fascinating scenes.  Maybe that’s why it takes me so long to make my pages – looking at the computer screen instead of crafting?

Have to include my May selfie.  This is me in my scrap room.  It is my happy face in my happy place. 

Some of the pictures were of my A to Z layouts so I’m not including those here since I know you’ve been following me and have seen them 🙂
So, how about you?  Survive the A to Z?  Taken any interesting pictures this month?  Love to hear about them.

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April 2017 – #Atozchallenge – ‘Zooks made it to Z!

Z is for ZZ Top

ZZ was the other band at Bone Bash XI and they were terrific.  It was the only time we’ve seen them live as their ticket prices are a bit higher than I like to pay, even though they have been to the Mountain Winery a couple of times, which is a venue we like a lot.

I love the way they do their choreographed steps as they play and their microphone stands and the skull in the drums changed colors throughout the show.  It was pretty cool.

They used the big screen to good advantage, showing clips from their MTV videos as they played the songs.  They also played a few using their sheepskin guitars.  

Toward the end they changed their jackets to ones that lit up.  That was pretty neat too.  Wish I had gotten a shot of them in the dark!

And we have come to the end of the A to Z Challenge for this year.  I missed 4 letters because my pictures weren’t scrapbooked yet and I could have just shown the pictures, but my theme was scrapbooking my concerts and I didn’t want to rush my pages just to get through them.

I learned one very important thing about myself during the past month…I may take too many pictures!  I did enjoy reliving the concerts as I scrapbooked and I did try some new things and used some of the tools I have that I don’t use a lot.  All positive things in my mind.  I’ll be writing my reflection post for May 8 and am looking forward to reading what others experienced this month as well.  Definitely going to participate next year and after a week or so off, I’ll be thinking of a new theme.

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my concert scrapbook.  I know I have had fun sharing it.

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April 2017 – #Atozchallenge – X-cellent X

X is for Bone Bash XI –

One of our local radio stations (107.7 – the Bone) puts on a concert at Shoreline every year and they call it Bone Bash.  This was in 2010.  The first band was one that we like a lot, .38 Special.

On this layout I used a corner punch to put a mat around a couple of the pictures.
I love the decorative edge it makes and I am finding that I’ve been using a lot more of my tools doing these pages than I have in a long time.  
I felt sorry for the group this time because they were the first band out and the audience hadn’t all filed in yet.  I think having so many empty seats affected their performance because I didn’t think they were as good this time as when we saw them the last time (K is for Kihncert).

Unfortunately, the lead singer, Donnie Van Zant is no longer working with them because of health issues (hearing issues) and actually there is only one original member left, so I don’t know what they sound like now, although I think they are still touring.  
The second band was a metal band called Eagles of Death Metal and that is so not my kind of music!  We ended up walking around the grounds and I took some pictures of the lights they show on top of the tent.  

Have you seen .38 Special?  Been to a Bone Bash?  Tell me about it.

You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what Y has for us!

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April 2017 – #Atozchallenge – Yes it’s Y

Y is for “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC.

This is another one of our top favorite bands and we try to catch them whenever they come around, which may be less and less given their recent loss of Brian Johnson, the lead singer, due to hearing issues and the retirement of Cliff Williams, their bass guitarist.

In any case, the first time we saw them was in December 2008 in Oakland.  They are one of the most reasonably priced shows around and almost all seats are the same price.  That’s the way it should be!  It was called the Black Ice Tour and they opened the show with a huge train engine breaking through the back of the stage with a puff of smoke.  It was quite impressive.  I used some papers from a travel collection so that I could include the train.  You can’t really tell from the picture but the train is actually up on some foam dots to make it 3-D.

Angus is such an enthusiastic guitar player.  He got out on the end of the stage and a platform arose very high and he jammed out, even laying down on the bottom of the platform and almost going into a seizure-like fit.   They had a huge blow up doll, Rosie, sitting astride the train during the song “Whole Lot of Rosie.”

Tons of people young and old ready to rock, dressed in school girl clothes and with light-up devil horns, trademarks of the band.

Hells Bells and For Those About To Rock are signature songs and they did not disappoint.  There was a good write up of the show which I was able to include.

We left the concert that night with our ears ringing and our voices hoarse.  That’s a concert experience!

When we heard that they were going to be touring again in September of 2009 we had to go, even though it was still the Black Ice Tour.

One of the “problems” I have when we see bands for the second and third times is to make each layout series look different.  Especially in this case as the set list was identical.  Using different papers of course helps and we were sitting on opposite sides of the stage for this one.

I got Angus up on his high rise again, but this time I was able to get a shot of all the confetti coming down and even grabbed a piece to include.   Rosie was still riding the train but I couldn’t see her as well since we were partially blocked by one of the big speakers.  

We have actually seen AC/DC one more time in September 2015 at AT&T Park.  We had General Admission tickets to the field but it got SO crowded down there that we moved toward the back for breathing room.  We are not young kids anymore and my husband had recently had back surgery so I didn’t want anything to happen to him.  Of course those pictures aren’t printed or scrapped yet, but there are some really good ones.  (Tease for next year’s A to Z maybe?)

Well that’s Y.  One more letter to go.  Will I make it?  Definitely going to give it my best shot!

You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what Z has for us!

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April 2017 – #Atozchallenge – Unquestionably U

U is for “URGENT” by Foreigner!

I think that Foreigner is definitely one of my top 5 bands, maybe number 1.  We certainly have seen them quite a few times at several different venues, including our very first concert together, Day on the Green.  The last time I actually got an in-concert, up close and personal contact with the lead singer, Kelly Hansen!  I was in heaven!

Unfortunately, that’s not the show I’m highlighting here, those pictures are not scrapbooked yet!  This is from the Mountain Winery event we saw in 2008.

Mick Jones was still touring with them, although he has since had health issues and is not always with the band (which leads some people to say that it is not really Foreigner without both he and Lou Gramm – who left the band in 2003).  Unlike Journey without Steve Perry, I think Foreigner sounds really good and stays pretty true to the old songs.  Also, Foreigner had put out a new album that I really like, “Can’t Slow Down,” while I really can’t get into any of Journey’s new stuff.  Okay, off that soap box, back to the show at hand…

Kelly Hansen has a habit of coming out into the crowd and that is so much fun to watch.  One of my absolute favorite songs is Urgent.  The sax solo by Thom Gimbel is just terrific.

We were close enough to get some guitar picks they gave out.  Love my souvenirs!

Okay, there’s U.  Now I just need to pick up the letters, Q and S!  It sounds so much better to only be 2 behind instead of 5!

How about you?  Like the sax?  Foreigner versus Journey (in their current forms)?  Love to hear your comments!

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