Happy New Year!

In some ways I can’t believe it is already 2015.  Like someone pointed out the other day we were all concerned when it was going to be 2000 (would the computers still work, etc).  Oh, and I remember those days since I was working with a lot of people who were testing code and making changes to make sure that critical computer programs did continue to work.  I think we all gave a big sigh of relief when it was 2000 and it appeared everything was still working correctly.

So, do you have any grand plans for 2015?  I realized the other day that I want to make goals (some big and some small) to work on in 2015.  I am tired of resolutions and usually don’t remember what I had (mentally) signed myself up for in a few months (other than the obvious like get healthier).

I will post my goals soon and then plan on making monthly updates.  Maybe that will keep me accountable.

Later – H

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

For those of us celebrating Christmas, I know this week is sort of nuts for a lot of us so I wanted to make sure I scheduled this ahead of time.

I am still working on Christmas cards, making treats to give out to the neighbors, cleaning the house, planning our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, etc.  I also have a list of ‘non-Christmas projects’ that I want to work on, but they will have to wait.

I am hoping that everyone enjoys some time with friends and family.

I am looking forward to the New Year and hope you are too.

Later – H

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone in the United States has a great Halloween especially with the little ones.

It has been a crazy few week so I am looking forward to staying home tonight!  I have a few Costco Peanut Butter cups in case we get an trick-or-treaters.

Enjoy your last day of October!

Later – H

 

Happy 4th of July!

I hope all of you (in the United States at least) had a great 4th of July.  We worked around the yard (fixing sprinklers, etc), taking Pepper (the Golden Retriever) for a swim in the river, eating BBQ’ed ribs and squash and went to see fireworks.  The sad part is the fireworks started a small brush fire.

Hoping we have as much fun during the rest of the weekend.

Later – H

Happy Father’s day and Subway art

First I want to wish all the Fathers a Happy Father’s Day!   We hope to spend the day going to church, going out to lunch and then spending the afternoon with Pepper (the Golden Retriever) and family – either hiking or taking her swimming

So, for a present I decided I wanted to make the husband a Subway Art using some of words of his favorite things.  First I was looking at making a Canvas Artwork, but ran into problems getting the words to fit correctly on PicMonkey ( http://www.picmonkey.com/  ).  I use this site to add the Watermark (blog name) to the photos I own and post.

So, then I started doing some Google searching to figure out how else I could make a Subway art.  I found a few references to Wordle ( http://www.wordle.net/ ).  It is a pretty easy site to use (I do suggest you read their FAQs before you start out).  I did save my word list in a document first so it was pretty easy to modify.

I was able to make and print out my personalized Subway art (in black and white) this morning – now I need to put it into a frame so I can give it to him.

Sorry for no pictures this time, but they are currently in the new phone (which I have to figure out to get them posted).  I figured it was better to send out the idea now in case you wanted to make one and post photos next week.

And you add a comment if you get this?  I tried to email a couple of posts to myself to I could forward them to a friend and I realized I never got them.  Not sure if it is our email account with the problem or if the posts are hiding from people.  thanks!

Later – H

Christmas Elf on a Shelf – do you do it?

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  And since Christmas is now over I feel I can ask this:  Does your family do the ‘Elf on a Shelf’?

There are a couple of blogs that have been posting everything their Elf has been doing around the house and to be honest I don’t get it.  Maybe it is since the daughter is in College, but even if we had little ones (other than Pepper the Golden Retriever) I don’t think we would do it.

So, I am curious: Would you do Elf on the Shelf??

 

Later – H

Patriotic Flag Wreath – TidyMom.net

I try not to post too many updates in one week, but I just finished this and you might want to make one for the 4th of July also.

Want to make an easy Red, White and Blue wreath that can go outside (especially if you don’t add the lights) that your kids could easily do/help with?

I saw this idea on TidyMom.net

http://tidymom.net/2013/easy-patriotic-flag-wreath/

patriotic, wreath, DIY, easy

I figured it was something I could easily do since I already had an unused wire wreath form (and battery powered lights, but I haven’t put them on since the wreath is currently hanging outside where it could get wet if it rains).  I went to the local Dollar Store and picked up the plastic tablecloths and the tablecloth weights so this project cost me $4.00 + tax and some time in front of the television at night.

I think it turned out pretty nice.

If you live local (and know my personally) I will give you the leftover tablecloth pieces so you can start your own (if you ask me).

Thanks to TidyMom.Net for posting this idea.

What new holiday decoration do you want to do?

Later – H