Thursday, June 25, 2009

While I was away....

Since my last post, I have...


1. Participated in a huge neighborhood garage sale (I learned that neighborhood garage sales are not as successful as staging an individual garage/yard sale. People don't buy right away...they want to see what your neighbors are selling before they spend)


2. Had my hard drive replaced in my less-than-one-year-old computer (fortunately it was still covered under warranty) and then the arduous task of reloading software, finding and reorganizing all of my files (thank God for Bethanie and Dan!) and restoring my publishing program.


3. Went to watch these guys play (Game 4).......

in our cute shoes.....

and then cheered them when they won the Stanley Cup.......



and went to the parade with 375,000 of our favorite friends (the parade route passed right in front of the church!)......







It was a great year for Pittsburgh sports teams. Thanks Pens-WE LOVE YA!
4. Signed up to take this on-line class at Big Picture Scrapbooking from one of my favorite people, Jenni Bowlin. Re-purpose, Re-think, Re-invent. Oh yeah, I'm all over that subject! I've never taken one of the big classes from this site but I'm sure I will have fun learning from a master.
I also signed up for this very cute swap.....We can all use a little Christmas in July, right? (You will need to click the tag in my side bar to go to the site...I'm having trounble today with linking)


5. Spent hours and hours looking at toilets, plumbing fixtures, shower doors and vanities as we get ready to update 3 bathrooms, at the same time. I know, I know, I will probably lose my mind over this project, but at least we are not doing the work ourselves. (I will take "before" pictures soon)


6. Aided and abetted Eric and Jane in their plan to surprise David on Father's Day with a visit which included this little treat.......

and these little treats (recipe from Family Fun Magazine).....

I admit, lies were told and deceptions were carried out but the end result was David's declaration that it was the Best Father's Day Ever!!!!!

So, I've been busy for a few weeks. I hope to be more regular with my blogging.
I missed reading my favorite blogs while my computer was down but I did do some creating (can't show you yet.....I'm doing a swap with 2 of my favorite flickr friends) and the house is clean. Now I need to tackle my studio. I have been asked to post pictures of the room where I 'work' but there are some things that have to happen in there before I can do that. (Like clearing a path-LOL!)

12 comments:

marie said...

So glad you're up and running again! I'm still waiting on some more of your home tour! : )

I agree - community yard sales offer too much competition! Better to tough it out alone. We joined in the former about a month (didn't do well at all) and will do the latter sometime this summer!

Forgive me if I skip over item #3.

The online class looks like a lot of fun - I'd like to try something like that some day! I didn't know that there are swaps on flickr! I sure have a lot to learn about all the opportunities available online!

I'll be praying as you go through the bath remodels - remodels are such a challenge.....but so worth it! I am so excited about my old laundry room!!

I am also so glad that you pulled off your surprise for Father's Day. What an absolute treat that had to be for David. I love the pictures of him with Charlie - especailly the football one...and the picture of the three of you is so precious. Looks like some special memories were made!

I'm looking forward to seeing your new creations and the room you create in!

Bev said...

Glad to hear David had a great Father's day! Glad to see ur back on-line. goin on vacation....have a great 4th!

Primitive Seasons said...

So glad you are "up and running" again. Looks like a wonderful treat on Father's Day. Get that craft room ready I want to see it!! Thanks for being such a sweet caring person.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

LaurieStar said...

Oh! I'm so glad you're up and running again. I know how it feels to be without a computer. Awful!
I love those pics of you guys with Charlie. He's getting so big so fast! What a great surprise!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Yipee!!! You're back. And it was worth the wait, because all these photos are delightful! The one of him and his Grandpa needs to be entered in a contest!
I hear ya, sister, about clearing that path in the studio. Our little secret, right?

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oops, I meant to write Charlie, where I wrote, him. I need a nap. : )

jemkagily said...

Hi AJ,
I'm so happy your team won but I have to say I pay so little attention to sports that YOU were the one I learned the big news from! (What a convoluted sentence.) The photos of Charlie are face-meltingly sweet, he is just the cutest, happiest little guy. And I can't believe you made those cupcakes! I was SO going to make those for Father's Day, but then I realized that I'm the Head Lawn Mower now. Hee! Good luck with your bathroom remodels and just remember that they will take not less than a month longer than the contractors tell you they will.
xo,
Wendi

Anonymous said...

Loving your cute shoes! Good luck with the bathroom redos. Maybe you can be happily distracted with the Jenni Bowlin class.

kana said...

Joyce,
The above message is from Kana.

Viv (VivLyn) said...

You certainly have been busy! I'm glad you had a nice Father's Day! Charlie is such a cutie!

Karen said...

Welcome back! Glad your computer troubles are behind you! Great photos. I love the cupcakes! The last photo is so precious. Thanks for sharing...

creative breathing said...

Oh Joyce, What a wonderful post today! I must share with my Dear Friend that you are from Pittsburg. I just love when she tells me of her days growing up there. She was the first female post"man" in the city! I am so very interested in participating in the Christmas in July swap. I left a message for the host. I have never done this, but I know you always have such fun. Any information would be helpful! E

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