Thursday, December 30, 2010

700th Post! a Visit to Grampy's Job

Making a snow angel

Standing in front of Grampy's skidder

Taking a picture of a very frumpy Grammy

Riding in Grampy's skidder

Eating snow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spring Picture

Kylie asked if she could draw a picture in my journal.  I said yes, of course.
She did everything on the page except she wanted me to draw the purple flowers.

Monday, December 27, 2010


Woke up to blowing snow.  Lucky us!

Sunday, December 26, 2010


We had a great day.  Kylie has brought the magic back into our Christmas.

My daughter, Erin, and her husband, Shaun, Kylie's parents.

My son, Nathan and his grilfriend, Danielle, learning how to play Kylie's Nintendo DS.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Shopped all morning then wrapped the gifts all afternoon.

Gary brought this tree home from his job and I decorated it with my mom's vintage ornaments.  I'd rather have my mom here, though!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kylie's Fifth Birthday Party

The Princess

A kiss from her Nana left on her cheek.


Being silly

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Stamps

I haven't been journaling much.  Lots going on and it's a busy season.  Kylie's been staying with us on the weekends and I've been having fun doing things with her.

The oldest stamps cost 32 cents and there are four different ones so I'm thinking that price stuck around for four years.

My favorite is still the third one down on the right.  It is just so elegant.  It came in four different colored backgrounds.

Of the two Hanukkah stamps, I like the more colorful one best (bottom center).  I always saved them and used them on birthday cards since they look like candles on a cake instead of a Menorah.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dirty Face and All

Kylie spent the weekend with us.  Her mom brought her up Friday evening and we all went out to eat.  When we got back, Kylie wanted to play on the computer.  I love her expression!

Someone needs to polish her nails!

Hard at work thinking.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Road Trip

I smeared so much paint on this page that it took overnight to dry.

The "Practice Kindness" squares came in the mail from Big Picture Classes because I've taken several of their online photography courses.

When opened, one says, "Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out."

And the other one says, "It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are most likely to be remembered."

The peachy butterfly flew from Anne in Florida. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Italian Sage

That's the real color of the paint I used.  But, here, it looks blue!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

So nice to wake up to a beautiful sunrise.  It's 12 degrees and the skies are clear.

The days on this spread were incredibly peaceful and restful and restorative.  The weather was mild and I enjoyed my alone time.   The filigree leaves are from a Thanksgiving card Anne and her daughters sent.  

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Where Did the Week Go?

Seems like I just posted that last page and here it is almost a week later.

We owned the Northern Peaks Motel back in the 90s.  This postcard was one of the old ones the previous owner had.  I think the picture is from the 50s!  We had new ones made but I didn't save one of those.  Well, I hadn't saved this one either; my friend, Anne, sent it to me.

The circular star sticker says, "Kyle" on it.  Gary picked a booklet of them up for Kylie.  He thought she could just add an "i" to it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kylie's Art Work

Kylie loves to draw in my journal.  She asked if she could draw her new ZhuZhu pet.  She named it Talulah after the character of the same name in the Maisy books she still loves.

Here she is hard at work on it. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Day

It started with the sun peeking over the mountain.  It was 20 degrees.

After breakfast I headed to Glen Ellis Falls in Pinkham Notch.  It's about 20 miles away.  This is a beautiful area that has a nice walking path.

This is the river just before it falls.

The water falls 64 feet.

As I headed back up the stairs, I stooped down and took this picture.  I love how the flare cascades over everything.

Then I got some exercise walking back up these stairs.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Let's Go for a Walk

Come with me as we take a walk through the woods.  Don't you just love these white birches?

I took a bunch of pictures of dead foliage.  These fluffy things were so pretty in the sun.

And these dried daisy-like flowers caught my eye.

Love this gossamer stuff.

There are still a few golden leaves hanging from the trees.

I played around with the timer feature on my camera and managed to snap this of me sitting on a rock in the sun.  I was wishing I'd taken my book with me so I could have sat there for awhile.  It was such a bonus day! 

Hope you enjoyed your hike through the gorgeous woods of northern NH!


I know these pages aren't too creative but at least I'm journaling!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Couple Days Off

Since Veteran's Day falls on a Thursday this year, they gave us Friday, too!  Yipee!

Gary's on his way to Florida, again!  His mom fell and broke her vertebrae and is being operated on today.  Because of his father's short-term memory loss, he can't be left alone so Gary's gone down to care for him.

The background to this page is a shimmery green.  The glitter doesn't show up in a photo very well, unfortunately.

It's a beautiful, sunny day in the 40s so my friend Dottie is coming over and we're going for a walk.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Look Who's Visiting

Erin broght Kylie up for the weekend.  Hooray!

Here, Kylie is explaining the rules of the game she made up using her Maisy doll house to her mother.

After Erin left, we went to Walmart and Kylie was allowed to pick out one toy for no more than $10.  She chose a ZhuShu Pet.  I'd never heard of them but she said two of her friends in pre-school have them.  They're these little hampsters that move and make funny noises.  It was $7 so I let her get a Dora puzzle for $4.  I know we went over!

On the way out she said, "I'm so glad I have a nice Grammy."

And I'm go glad I have her!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Fall Leaf

The leaf on the right fell from the tree outside my kitchen window.  I put a glaze over it and hope it'll last.  The copper leaves are from my friend in Florida along with the pumpkins and the fall scene on the left.

Things at school are beginning to settle down.  We are in the middle of our ten-year evaluation.  It ends tomorrow with a staff meeting after school when the visiting committee will give us a list of commendations and recommendations.

My speech on Sunday went well.  I managed to do it from memory so it sounded natural.  All the other speakers just stood behind the podium and read theirs.  So, I'm glad I practiced.

My mother-in-law is in the hospital with double pneumonia so my husband flew down to care for his father.  She's on the mend, though, and will be released sometime this week.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Purple Day

I bought some new acrylic paint when I was at Walmart.  It's sparkly but the sparkles don't show up in the photo.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Guess Who's Journaling, Again!

Okay, I know there's not an awful lot on this spread but it was my first time journaling in a month and a half.  It felt good to get started again!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sun and Fog and a Little Bit of Sky

I went into the copy room this morning and saw this sight.  So, I ran back to my classroom, grabbed my camera, and went outside to stand in front of the copy room window and take this picture.

To see more skies from around the world, visit SkyWatch Friday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Indian Summer Flowers

We had to go down to Gorham today and stopped at my mother-in-law's house.  The temperature was in the high 60s and the sun was shining and the dying flowers were just so gorgeous.

Not sure what this is but I love the color.

The delicate colors in this hydrangea are soft and beautiful.