Blog Hop Around the World

This is my first experience with a creative blog hop. My dear friend, Trece Wyman, invited me to participate. Blogging from New York, USA, Trece is animal lover extraordinaire, specializing in cats; her heart is at least as big as Texas. You can find her at SimplyTrece

Now, to the questions, and my answers:

What am I working on?
I’m amassing quite a collection of books on writing.
I enjoy playing with words, it never seems like work. I blog, journal, write devotional pieces, and have a work-in-progress memoir that started as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) rebel project. Most of my writing is nonfiction, but I stepped out of my comfort zone a few months ago and began creating 100-word flash-fiction stories with Friday Fictioneers.  

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Mine is written by a young-at-heart, eternally optimistic cracked pot.

Why do I create what I do?
I used to look through the box of family photos my mother had. There was one in particular that intrigued me: a man, in a Civil War uniform, and his wife. Aside from their names and her relationship to them, Mom knew nothing else about them. When I became a grandmother, I began to journal. I was determined to leave something of myself behind for my grandchildren and the generations to come.

How does your creating process work?
It varies somewhat by project. For Friday Fictioneers, I study the details of the photo prompt looking for an unusual perspective, then run with it. I write the beginning, and I usually know how I want it to end, so I write that next. Then I know how many words I have left to put the meat in the middle of my sentence sandwich.

Here are the three creative bloggers I’d like to share with you. They will post their blog hop posts June 23. For a sneak peek, here are their links:

Susan Carter Payne
The former features her poetry and photography, the latter her thoughts on family, relationships, and the world around her–and more of her beautiful nature photography. Susan is a published author and has many creative talents. From the mountains to the shore, Virginia is her home.

Dianna Keen
Another Virginia blogger, Dianna is an amazing photographer. Her blog features family, two cats who adopted her–they’re also family, wild horses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and her many adventures, near and far. She creates greeting cards, too.

Beth Ann Chiles
Beth Ann blogs from Iowa. She has various creative abilities, so it will be interesting to see what she decides to share with us. If you visit on Tuesdays, you’re likely to find a teapot from her collection on display. Beth Ann’s blog features Comments for a Cause–each comment left on her blog is worth fifty cents toward the featured cause for that month. Be sure to visit and leave some kind words.

Thanks for hopping and stopping by!



Another Monday Mix

We had a productive weekend. Saturday we worked really hard at doing nothing, watched part of an NCIS marathon. I thought we would have seen all the episodes by now, but some we haven’t seen pop up occasionally. Sunday we made a grocery run. We hoped to beat the rain, but it arrived earlier than anticipated. Then it turned to a rain/snow mix. No accumulation. I hope those of you north and west of us fared well with the snow that came your way. 

A goldfinch came by last week, sporting a few bright yellow feathers.



A pair of cardinals also paid us a visit.

Male cardinal
Male Cardinal



Female cardinal
Female Cardinal

The yellow-rumped warbler was camouflaged by the new leaf growth.

Can you see the Yellow-rumped Warbler?
Can you see the Yellow-rumped Warbler?


One of my squirrel buddies was keeping an eye out for peanut delivery.




I made a birthday card for my father-in-law. 

Happy Birthday, CW
Happy Birthday, CW


How was your weekend?


We Got Rain!

Saturday began rather sunny, until the fluffy white clouds were replaced with some of a darker hue. They thundered, and tried to brighten the sky with lightning, but it just wasn’t the same. 

My paper-crafting room continues to be a work in progress. The wireless printer displaced some items when it came to live with us, and those items took up residence on the floor. Friday, I cleared the rest of the shelf and hubby moved the paper organizer from the upstairs desk to the now-vacant space next to the printer. (The link shows a similar item). 

So, it was a good day to work inside, and it wasn’t long before inspiration hit. This is the result: 

The die-cut mat paper is from K&Company, the rubber stamp is from Hampton Art.

I think more rainy days are needed!

Happy (belated) Birthday, Lynn :)

This is what I accomplished today, after lunch with hubby at Panera. 🙂

Copyright 2009 Hot Fudge Studio Hampton Art stamps

The image is silver metallic, but I wasn’t able to capture it very well with indoor lighting. There wasn’t enough moonlight outside to get natural light…the price I pay for working late.

I have been blessed to have Lynn as a sister-in-law for almost five years. (if memory serves) Hopefully she’ll keep me–it’s IN THE MAIL! 

Two more belated cards to go, and THEN I can get to those new purchases from Borders. I feel like I’ve been running behind all year. Do you suppose I’m slowing down in my “old age?”