Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some Layouts To Share

Got some more layouts done this week.

First, here's a LO about the fleece hat and scarf Brian made me. I love it! It is very warm. He also made several others as Christmas gifts for people and they were a big hit!!

These layouts are of our Christmas trees, one in our bedroom and one in the living room.

Well, I am fast approaching my 32nd birthday. Eeeek!! It's this Sunday. We're supposed to have a small gathering with just my parents and Ginger.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Rest In Peace, Sweet Badness

Last Saturday, we woke up to a horrible scene. Two dogs from a pack of at least three that had been roaming the neighborhood and killing cats were outside attacking one of our feral cats, Badness. Brian got outside in time to chase them off but by then, they had hurt Badness extensively. It was such a sudden, violent attack. We were in shock and so was Badness.

He couldn't walk. Brian carried him up onto the porch and I got a pillow and some towels to wrap him in. Brian laid him down on the pillow and he was just so pitiful. We had never been able to touch him because he was wild, but we got to spend his last few minutes doing our best to comfort him. He died about 30 minutes later.

We buried him in the rain, in the backyard behind some lawn chairs that he had loved to sit in. We cried and cried. And cried. We were so attached to him and loved him very much. Brian had made progress with him and was able to touch Badness some while he was putting food down. He would have eventually been tamed and we could have either brought him inside or adopted him out to a good home.

We were furious about these dogs. After talking to some other community members through our subdivision's yahoo group, a lot of people were really upset because these dogs had killed so many cats. They were literally on a killing spree.

Earlier this week, one of the dogs that killed Badness was caught by Animal Control. The other dog that killed Badness is in its owner's possession, and the owner promised to keep him penned. We'll see. I know that dog better not EVER come back over to our house.

Anyway, the community is planning a memorial service for all the cats that were killed. It should be sometime in the next few days.

Here are some pictures of Badness. He was so sweet, even though he was wild. And he never tried to damage or hurt anything. We loved him, and we will continue to grieve his death.

Rest in peace, sweet boy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hopefully It's Contagious

Here are yet MORE layouts! I've caught a scrappy bug!! :) If you scrap, hopefully you'll catch it, too! :D

This layout (Turtle Time) will be published in the July/August 2009 Issue of Scrap N' Art, so it is temporarily removed.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The New Year Pitches A Hissyfit and American Idol Makes All Right With World. Plus, More Layouts. :)

So, the new year is barely officially underway, and it has already had a hissyfit.

We got a scare last week when Mama was admitted to the hospital (a week ago today) for problems with her heart racing too fast. She ended up staying all week (she went home Saturday) and had to have a cardiac ablation, which is a procedure to help slow the heart rate. It was successful: her heart rate went from being in the 120s-130s to in the 70s and 80s literally immediately. We were so glad everything went so well!

In other news, American Idol is back and I feel whole again. I love that show probably more than a person should. Can I just say? Bikini Girl? Awful. Both in attitude and vocal abilities. I hope she doesn't make it past Hollywood week. Although there just has to be a person for me to hate each season. It's some kind of sick rule, I guess. Carmen Rasmusen and Kristy Lee Cook, I'm particularly looking at you. Bah. Anyway, I love AI so much that just yesterday, I happily got sucked into a movie on Lifetime because it was Life Is Not A Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story. It's a sickness for which I want no cure.

Oh yeah, and of course I have new layouts to share. :-) These are all from Thanksgiving, and I still have a few more photos from then to scrap.

This last layout is just of Lake Wildwood, where we live. We love to go down to the lake and visit the ducks. They are so friendy and cute!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I've Been Busy...Again

I've gotten some more projects/layouts done!

All of these projects are for my Eiffel Tower Group's January challenges.

This first project is a mini-album I created to detail my Christmas experiences. This is just the front cover. Oh, and I made it out of plain old brown cardboard. I know it's probably not acid-free. Bad scrapbooker. :D

This next layout will be the first layout in my 2009 Book of Me. We had to do a LO about Time and what it means in our lives. I chose to use several different pictures of myself from various points in my life up to this point. I thought the lyrics from Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game" perfectly describe my feelings on time.

I used the chorus as my journaling/title. It reads:
"and the seasons, they go round and round
and the painted ponies go up and down
we're captive on this carousel of time
we can't return, we can only look
behind from where we came
and go round and round and round
in the circle game"

The next layout was for our Technique Challenge--to use lots of patterned paper (cut shapes and embellishments from it) and the ONLY other embellishments had to be metal. I used a bunch of metal brads, some staples, a paper clip, and a metal ukulele string Brian gave me. This LO documents how Brian plays uke for me as I cook supper. :) I love my supper serenades.

That's all for now! Hope everyone is having a great week!


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