Monday, July 28, 2008

30 year High School Reunion!!!???

Yes, it's true. I really am that old. :-(

My 30 year high school reunion was this past Saturday. I graduated in 1978 from Forest High School in Ocala, FL...1-1/2 hours north of Orlando. I hadn't planned to go to the reunion because I wasn't sure how long we'd be on our beach vacation(see last post).

I got an email on Friday morning from my best guy friend in high school, Scott. He went through hoops to find me!! He wanted me to come that night(Friday) to meet a bunch of our friends at a restaraunt. He is the only person that could have gotten me to go...and go I did.

We had a blast! Many of these people I literally hadn't seen since graduation 30 years ago. We talked about our kids and what we'd been up to...did we remember the fun times in "Groucho's" Sociology class(Of course!!! We all got great laughs out of that one!). OMG! Total fun. I saw some grey hair, reading glasses, a few wrinkles...but most of my friends looked just like they did in HS!!

I was bummed because I did have to drive home and everyone else went to Scott's house till past 1am. I will say that all the guys that brought their wives married"up"...these ladies were gorgeous!!! You done good, guys!

Good times! Good where's that year book???

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Back from the beach!

We spent a few days at Disney's Vero Beach Resort like we do every July. Vero is south of Cape Canaveral on the east coast of Florida. I will thrill you with a few photos of our trip!

Here's most of our gang...

The view from our deck...

View of the deck from the beach... We played alot of games....Rummicube is my fave! Vero is one of the nesting grounds for Loggerhead Turtles. They go to great lengths to protect them! Loads of shells and rocks! One of my niece's on the boogie board!

Now to scrapbook all the pictures!!! :D

Friday, July 18, 2008

Another post? Yep...still celebrating!

Yep, we are still celebrating my friend, Beverley Todd's 40th birthday. Geesh, does this girl love attention or what??!! LOL!

Today we are going to play Birthday Tag ... & here are the rules:
  1. Post your answers to the questions below on your blog (my answers are in red!)
  2. Add a link to Beverley's post in your blog & make sure that the people you tag also know that they must link to Beverley's post to be in the draw.
  3. Tag at least 5 other people (post a comment on their blogs to let them know!)
  4. Post a comment on Beverley's post to be entered into the birthday tag draw - be sure to let the people you tag know to comment there, too. Beverley will have a birthday related prize & an additional prize for every 40 comments on her blog post... so spread the word to increase your chances of winning!
If you are reading this ... consider yourself tagged! LOL!!


What age was your best birthday (so far) & why? My best birthdays were when I was still growing up on my parent's home. My mom would always make our favorite dinner, bake our favorite cake and we were allowed to have soda(only on birthdays!)

What was the worst? Haven't had a worst that I can think of...

What is the best present you have ever received? I don't remember...sorry, I am getting old!

What was the weirdest? Again, can't remember...gee, I am real fun, huh?

Where would you most like to spend your birthday? A great birthday would be a trip to a spa with girlfriends, out to dinner with family and some mushy cards form my hubby and kids...oh yeah, and the kids would not fight!! Then again, a birthday cruise sounds good, too! LOL!

What is your zodiac sign? Pisces: Positive traits: imaginative and sensitive, compassionate and kind, selfless and unworldly, intuitive and sympathetic...On the dark side....escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led. (OK...pretty much true on all accounts!!!)

Chinese Year? I was born in the year of the RAT!! Rats are creative, problem solvers, hyperactive workers and very social. (I am not very social!!) They have charm and outgoing personality (nope...I am an introvert)but under the surface there is a shrewd and luck seeking character, sometimes aggressive. (I would never call myself aggressive!) They are very curious and want to learn about everything.(OK, I'll give you that one!) Their search and quick decisions often lead to complications, both in business and love.(True) They take big risks and seldom have the one and same partner, they are often viewed as unserious.(False) Risk takers that love game and hazard in all its forms. (NOT!)Rats are often charming and attract admirers.(Oh, so true, LOL!!) They have an active personality and can easily get a lot of friends. Party and big events are their melody, preferably of the more exclusive sort. (NOT!)Rats are smart and succeed well in what ever they get involved in. (YEP!)They adapt to the external environment and see possibilities where others don’t. (YEP!)On the surface the Rat seems calm and under control, but their sometimes uncertain and aggressive character can cause big problems. (Right-o!)

So on you go to tag a few friends...get on over to Beverley's blog at to get in on the goodies! Tell her I sent ya!

OK, I need to put up some art here...

Yes, I have really been crafting...just not ready to post anything yet. I am working on a new online class for My Creative Classroom...a Mixed Media class.

In this class, which will begin in September, you will be given tons of techniques to try and create some cool panels...then more techniques on what to do with them.

The beauty of Mixed Media is that it can include ANYTHING! love it! So here's a few teaser photos of stuff I have been working on. No, I won't post the whole project need to sign up for the class!!

Registration will begin early September if not check the MCC website or email me for info. :D

Monday, July 14, 2008

My Creative Classroom July Chat

**My Creative Classroom**
In honor of the 3rd Annual A*Muse*A*Palooza Stamp Extravaganza, My Creative Classroom will be hosting a chat on their website on Tuesday July 15 at 9pm CST featuring Julie Ebersole, Creative Teams Director, Lead Instructor and Senior Designer for A*Muse Art Stamps.

Join the MCC Instructors an hour before and after their featured guest (that's 8pm-11pm CST) and chat with the MCC Instructors as we discuss All Things Stamping!

FOUR PRIZES will be awarded randomly to those attending the chat.
  • A FREE seat in "Just the Basics" with Kylie Hopkins, beginning July 21
  • A FREE seat in "Enjoy the Journey" with Shirley Pando, beginning July 17
  • PLUS, two (2) MCC gift certificates worth $25 each

If you have never logged into the MCC website, it's as easy as creating a log-in name and password. For the chat head on over to the Student Activity's in the Java Stop!!

Hope to "see" you all there :D

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I have an award!!!

Oh, goodness! I was nominated for an award...
I was nominated by none other than my good friend from the UK, Beverley, aka the Guv.

I guess I have a great blog and I want to thank the people who have gotten me know who you are!!! LOL! So I am here to nominate some more great blogs for this amazing award!!! What an honor!

Those that accept the award have to follow these rules:

  1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.

  2. Link the person you received your award from.

  3. Nominate at least 6 other blogs.

  4. Put links of those blogs on yours.

  5. Leave a message on the blogs of the guys/gals you've nominated.

So here's my list of nominees for this great award:

I hope you'll all stop by and visit these gals ... fabulously talented, every one of them!


Friday, July 11, 2008

And the winner is...

...Fluffy!!! Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who helped make great dreams for Beverleys birthday gifts!

I had my DS#2 pick out the winner from computer printed papers from all the blog comments.

So, Fluffy, you win a seat in the My Creative Classroom online class, Enjoy the Journey, that begins next Thursday, July 17. You can click here to find out more about the class and supplies needed. I will get in touch with you for the details!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Got a funny email!

This is for all you non-sissy types!

None of that Sissy Crap
Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good,
but never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.
You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card-
Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.
1. When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.
4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!
6. When you are confused -- I will use "little" words.
7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off.
9. This is my oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!
Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
but only you can feel the true warmth.
Send this to 10 of your closest friends,
Then get depressed because you can only think
of 4.
Thanks, Dixie, my friend!!! :D
Hey don't forget to get in on my giveaway...see yesterday's post. But you only have until Friday July 11 at 12 noon EST...and then I'm picking a winner!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Beverley's 40 Days!!!

Well, today the 40 Days! blog hopping comes on over here to sunny Florida! Just a few minutes from heart of Disney World and all things MICKEY!!
I know you international gals have been up way before me as I am on East Coast time and some of you are already getting supper on the table! But here I am ready for a great giveaway!!

In honor of Beverley, aka "the Guv", and her special day I would like to give away a seat in one of classes at My Creative Classroom. Enjoy the Journey/Travel Workshop is one of my favorite project-based classes and it begins Thursday, July 17 for three weeks. There are four, count them...FOUR projects in this class. Take a look:
Should you win, there is an optional kit you can purchase if you'd like to, but you can certainly use up your own stash. Here's the link to all the class details and info about the kit.

To be in the running for the drawing all you need to do is comment to this post about what you would give Beverley on her birthday if money was no object!!! Get creative and show how you'd honor this crafty gal!! I will draw a winner from all the entries at 12 noon EST on Friday July 11th...that will give you enough time to prep for the class and gather your supplies!

Good Luck and have a great week!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Want to take an online class?

Most of you know that I am a Creative Arts Instructor with My Creative Classroom a new online crafting site. I know many of you still have questions about just what you do in an online class.

My Creative Classroom is a virtual learning center. In the classroom you have a news forum, help forum, a forum to chit chat away with other students, and a student galery where you can upload photos of the projects you are working on for the class. The class materials are presented in PDF format, slide presentation or video. Sometimes there are virtual field trips, online chats, and games and fun!

In some classes you learn techniques and in others you will create a project, either from a kit or your own supplies. You will have access to the classroom for a certain time period to complete the class and ask the instructor questions. It really is a great thing. You can go into the classroom 24/7, in your pajamas, and with a bad hair day!! What could be sweeter?

Here are some of my upcoming classes:
Enjoy the Journey/Travel Workshop
Begins Thursday July 17th
Purchase the optional kit or use your own supplies
"All About Me" Paper Bag Album

Begins Monday September 8th

Purchase the optional kit (only two left!!) or use your own supplies

CLICK HERE for more info and to sign up


Coming Soon: Exploring Mixed Media Techniques

Click here to see more info

Hope to "see" you in a classroom soon! :D

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Battle Hymn of the Republic

OK, you've got to listen to this, I got an email today and it was a multi-forwarded message but the end result is this recording of the US Army Band and Chorus welcoming Pope Benedict XVI at the White House Rose Garden ceremony on 15 April. There are also high school kids. At the conclusion listen to the high notes on the trumpet . . . Played by a high school kid!

One of the fathers recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the web. The song, of course, is the 'Battle Hymn Of The Republic.' Be prepared . . . It will definitely send a few shivers up your spine. I can never get through listening to or singing this song without tears.

God Bless America!