Hazy Celestial Moment

We were not in the “Totality” area but I was determined to document it nevertheless.

I didn’t have any special glasses, nor did I make a pin-hole box; I really didn’t care if I could actually look into the sun or not.  I was just basking in the excitement of the moment and I have Internet for live feeds of locations where the view was spectacular.

 

My set-up shot was the pre-eclipse of the sun brightly shining through the tree. Then a broad view of the sky.  The next two shots show a little bit of haze, that is all we got.

It was an odd realization, the slight haze, not sure if it really was from the eclipse or my tired, staring eyes, too hopeful for something to happen.  But, as time passed, it was clear again and I was convinced I had witnessed the haze left by the moon blocking some sun.  Pretty special, as minor as our area experienced, it was real!

As you can see from my backyard, we sure had the perfect weather for viewing, if only we had been directly in the path.  But, alas, I experienced an event closer than I ever will again.

Not to let a perfect day be wasted, we jumped into our swimsuits and drove to the beach.  The water was a bit choppy.  The shore was full of life.  Not many people, just a covering of tiny crabs who reacted to the waves that rushed over them.  There were birds.  Little ones who pecked in the sand and must have been feeding on whatever the tiny crabs were, but there were larger birds who were feeding on the crabs.  There is always a cycle of life going on.

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It is pleasing when the temperatures come down at least a little.  I’m tired of the mid nineties.  In fact, the heat during the day does make me tired for real.  We are planning to hit the beach a couple times a week now.  At least for a while.  We can plan a longer stay than we did for “eclipse day”.

All this large scale event experience makes me feel insignificant on the grand scheme of creation.  But, then, I, too, am a creation of God!  This makes me feel very loved.

Thanks for checking in on me today, have a light filled day basking in God’s love everyone!

Smile!

Joyce Ann

What I Did During Evac

My community did well in the grand scheme of hurricanes recently.  So grateful that when we returned home we found all was well.  The worst damage I have actually viewed is some limbs and fencing down.

Ruby, our chicken, was securely sequestered in the garage.  Kristy unrolled a bundle of fencing wire, secured a couple of old sheets over the top to keep her from flying out, and set in her water and plenty of food.  Once Matthew had blown over Kristy asked a friend to go get Ruby out if all was well.  It was.  Even her coop was still standing.  Being a transplanted city boy, Mark had never actually held a chicken before.  He did beautifully.  We knew he would because Ruby has been held often and so is comfortable with being picked up.  Mark send Kristy a fun text telling her that he just couldn’t understand what she was telling him. “She kept saying bawk-bawk, etc”.  Made us laugh.  We were so grateful to him for doing that for us.  We feared that as the heat rose in the garage she might expire in there.

During the short time I had to prepare to leave home, I chose to take the various packs of patterned papers from a bottom shelf with me to go through and organize.  Taking a few stamping supplies, of course, would be the thing to do while we sat in the room at night as well.  It would be like a mini-retreat.

What a surprise to discover that all the rooms west of us were booked.  Kristy started checking as I was driving.  She found one in Spring hill for the first night but it would only be for tonight as all was booked for the next few nights.  So the next closest was Pensacola after that.

Sometimes the Internet can be untrustworthy as in our case for the Pensacola motel.  It was not as represented on line.  It was smaller than it appeared.  There was no pool.  There was no table, only a shelf and one chair.  And there was nowhere else with a vacancy either.  I insisted they find me another chair.

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Here is a shot of the pups when we went out.  When they are in their kennel they are happy.  The big girl, Zoey, is always fine.

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We did do some stamping, Kristy colored, I did a card. And I got the packs of patterned 12 x 12’s organized and in envelopes.

Tuesday Morning 15 Years Ago

Many of us have memories of that fateful Tuesday morning fifteen years ago. The empathy and deepest sympathy incurred that day are surly some of the strongest that have been shared among all the people of the world. It planted profound and intense memories.

If you are old enough, do you still vividly see in your mind’s eye the events as they unfolded? I do. Although there was no personal loss for me I still shudder when I think of what the survivors and loved ones must still feel.

My job required us to stay abreast of the latest news that could affect the state of the national special telephone equipment we had to keep running. I can still see the TV screens. I looked from screen to screen around the room, not believing what was showing on one, hoping it would be different on another. Sure enough the circuits locked up. No telephone circuit could be prepared for that amount of traffic.

Once the shock subsided the thought of my own loved ones arrived front and center. Daughter was stationed at a Master Jet base. She would be powerfully engaged in activity as an ordinance technician. I would have to wait to hear from her I knew. I believed she would be safe. Still I anxiously awaited that confirmation. My granddaughter was in my care until the end of the current school year, 5th grade. School was still in session so I knew she, too, would be cared for and that the school officials would keep them from the scary news. Her aunt, our neighbor who worked at the school, would take her home until I left work; she would keep her from fear if she realized the part the military and her mother would play in this horrendous tragedy.

I wore red, white and blue to church today. There was absolutely no mention of it today by anyone, except one woman who wore a flag-styled top. She and I spoke after the service. Did I really expect the pastor to mention it? Maybe. Does it really matter? Is there a need nine-eleven-mefor us to be verbally reminded? Probably not. Strange though.

Times have changed in 15 years. The pain eases. We look for the good out of the ashes. Literally, I just read about a photographer who was in New York covering Hewett’s US Open win when his employer assigned him to document the tragedy. There in the gray world of rubble and ash he spotted an unburned photograph of a woman and baby. It is a good story, one of simply being somewhere else when the Trade Center went down. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/special-features/in-depth/from-the-ashes-of-september-11/news-story/6171991f8bdb47ec86b401e12a014c7b

Dwelling on the past is never a good thing. The past is gone and can not be changed, that is the truth. Perhaps remembering “9-11” isn’t such a good thing. Let remembrances come upon us once in a while as they may, but make sure they leave quickly and we do not live there.

Stay in the Now, folks. That’s where it’s at!

Speaking of now, let’s get something crafty going on!

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Head Start on 6 x 8 Layouts

In anticipation of the July 1st release of the new catalogue where I can order the new Simple Stories binder I created my first layout.  The sketch on Splitcoaststampers.com had a nice one photo design so I adjusted the size and made it my own.

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Our cutie patootie with her cardboard mustache was too adorable not to scrap.  This measure 6 inches wide and 8 inches tall.  Cutting down the photo worked well, sometimes there isn’t enough room around the edges.  I pulled out the Fun Stampers Journey patterned paper scraps.  The mustache stamps made cute embellishments.

Turning everyday photos into scrapped memories makes me happy!

The pages that go with this new album will be so much fun to fill with the different sizes.  Never having gotten into the Project Life craze, I still see the fun in it and look forward to stamping accent cards and embellishments, along with journaling cards for photos!  I sure have lots of photos now of Tiny Top and her new baby brother over these past two months.

If you want any of these Fun Stampers Journey images or other product, please email my daughter at kldeyette@yahoo.com, she doesn’t pay for the site any longer but does order our supplies all the time.

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A New Month

June is here.  Life takes a turn with new happenings in my life.

First and foremost, I have another great-grand child.  A baby brother for Tiny Tot!

Apr30_1610_edited-1 The month of April and part of May was spent with my granddaughter.  She had asked me to stay until their apartment was packed up so I could drive back here in her vehicle.  Here we are, until mid June, when hubby finishes his school before heading to his new assignment.Fan-tasy 1 Joyce I certainly have lots and lots of new photographs for scrapbooking.  I managed to get a few pages completed once I got back home.  This one is using a new Lea France stencil.  I also came home to the latest Take Ten Magazine.  It is my advance copy since I have 3 cards published in it.

So, here is a card I made today using a sketch I found on a blog.  I liked that it gave lots of room to do coloring. I stamped the roses using a mask to give them depth.J_1685_Roses

I am entering this in Lemon Shortbread challenge and Melonheadz Friends challenge.  I invite you to check out these blogs and play along.

The stamps used are from Fun Stampers Journey: The flowers – Glass Blooms; The girl – Birthday Girls; Happy birthday – Sentimental Prints.  I used pencils to color, Red ribbon is FSJ.

Thanks for stopping in,  I trust you have yourself a crafty day and please leave me a message.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

At Your Newsstand Now

Not only is this issue filled with inspiring cards and ideas to get your new year crafting mojo whirling, but something special from me.

I have a double page spread – how exciting us that!

This hit the stands at the beginning of this month, fresh inspiration to start the new year off right.

You will love this edition of cards, and you get to point to my pages and tell all your friends “Hey, I know her!”

I had some serious creative fun putting these cards together.  Wait till you read the intro she wrote about these – wow!

So, I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as I do!

Published on the Package

The new Lea France stencil is out! Two of the six are my designs.  I love it when any of my pages for new stencils comes out on the package.  Here are the pages. Kaleidoscope 3 Joyce

Using these templates for photo collage is easy and fun, just beware, you may become addicted like I am!

If you are interested in any details, just ask in a comment. I love to share ideas.

Fun on the Big Red Bus

After a little side trip to Publix I talked to a lady who was with the blood donation bus and decided I’d go for it.  We had recently shared a Cuban sandwich so I had some food in me.FOTA2AB

This is the phlebotomist who took my blood.  From the sign on the wall by my bed I got the idea to send a Selfie to Kara and talked her into it.  Then she suggested I send one to my little phlebotomist with the “young hottie” phlebotomist and called him back out.  FOTCD8F

So we did!

Happy end of the weekend to everyone – have a fabulous week ahead!

Three and a Half Weeks

Welcome to the family!

That’s not very long compared to a lifetime.  Already you are loved.  Your arrival is greatly anticipated with hearts full of joy and love.  I’m pretty excited to learn our new Gonzalez is expected to arrive around my birthday.

Here is the photo of big sister.Baby On the Way Book Oh, I love this precious “Big Sister”!  And I love her mommy. And I love her new daddy! And I love our new “Baby on the Way”!