Friday, January 28, 2011

College Visits .....

Managed to visit two of the colleges that Ollie has acceptances from last Sunday.  Check out the beautiful buildings!

Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA

Arcadia University in Glenside, PA

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Six snow storms in the last 30 days .....

Yikes!  Winter has a good grip on us here.  I can't believe how much snow we've gotten in the last 30 days.  All total is probably over 5 feet now.  We've had very little melt so the backyard is a frozen zone with up to 4 feet in places.  My poor rosebushes are buried and probably wondering what they did to deserve this crazy winter.  Good news is we should have a beautiful spring (if it ever arrives..... since we have 2 more months of winter left) due to all of the "poor man's fertilizer".  I think of Mr. Blinky who used to live next door ever time it snows.  He would always be delighted about the poor man's fertilizer and how our flowers would be beautiful when the weather got warm.  I miss him!

Our latest storm brought us a good 18 inches.  Spent the morning shoveling out and then worked from home.  School was closed so Ollie got to sleep in a while and hang out for the day at home.  He's working this evening but the roads seem to look pretty good so he'll do good.

You can't see the steps and upper terrace any more in the backyard.  As you can see, it almost comes to the top of the retaining wall.  The wire frames are behind my buried roses.

View up the front walk.  We are running out of "real estate" for the piles of snow.  Some of our piles are as tall as me and make shoveling difficult when you have to heave the snow up above your head.

We had three of these little guys watching us shovel.  I think they were searching for food.  I filled all the bird feeders and put them out.

Think I might be ready for spring! 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Little Bit O' Winter ....

Well I don't know about you, but we are having more than a Little Bit O' Winter around here!  It's been cold and we've had lots of snow already.  We ended 2010 with a huge snowstorm the day after Christmas.  Another one last Friday and we are looking at more Tuesday night into Wednesday.  At the rate we are going (since we still have a foot in spots from the 1st storm) it's looking like a long time before we see the bare ground again.  I actually love the snow for the most part (ok shoveling and driving it it not so much).  I got to work from home on Friday though and it ended up being a super productive day.  I love working from home in my jammies without all the interruptions of the office.

Working on a new kit with DeDe for Sisters by Heart.  Need to finish up my part for the Scraplift Challenge in February.  Can't decide what to work on for my next kit after that.  I'm going to continue to work on my Christmas kit and the one with DeDe but probably won't release them until either Christmas in July or next December.  Any requests as to what I work on next?

For anyone who didn't get the pieces from the blog train, Little Bit O' Winter is now in the store.  I did my January wallpaper with the kit and can see another few layouts documenting our snowy winter so far.

Full of whimsical and magically winter fun, Little Bit O’ Winter has all the ingredients necessary to scrap those wonderful winter photos. Whether indoors or out, it has something for everyone to remember those frosty winter months.

7 Patterned and Textured Papers, 1 Bead Border, 1 Bow, 1 Bracket Set, 1 Flower, 2 Frames, 1 Journal Block, 1 Curled Ribbon w/Button, 2 Ribbons, 2 Snowman, 1 Swirl, 1 Tag

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Word for 2011 .....

For 2011 I have chosen the word focus.  I want to focus on what's really important and to also be better at focusing on the task at hand.  Have you chosen a word for 2011?  What is your word and why?  What will you do to remind yourself of your word and follow through?

Ollie liked the word Wisdom when I was going over my ideas with him.  Maybe wisdom is my secondary word for the year.