22 September 2017

Feline Friday

 So what do your kitties do on the weekend? Lily enjoys her YouTube "shows" of birds and squirrels!
 
 
 She can't wait to see what those crazy birds and squirrels do next! Will they eat too many sunflower seeds? Will the pretty yellow bird hop on over for dinner? Will that sneaky gray squirrel steal a nut? The plot is always riveting...at least until a nap beacons!
 
Here's hoping your weekend is at least as fun as Lily's!
Happy Feline Friday, y'all! :)

15 September 2017

Feline Friday with Rory in Texas!


 We just returned from a very fun trip to see our daughter in Texas. Although Spouse visited in April, I hadn't been there since Thanksgiving. So it had been a very long time since I'd seen Miss Rory!

 The last time I was there, Rory wasn't too sure about me. But this time, she remembered that we are friends! She was super friendly and gave me a real Texas welcome! :)

 Rory loves going out on the balcony with her harness. Bailey has tried to take her down the stairs and out into the grassy area behind her apartment building, but Rory is afraid to do that. So for now, they stay on the balcony. As you can see, she's taking in all the outdoor smells!

  Look at that little face! And those whiskers!

Rory has quite a wardrobe! (Sadly, I've been ordered not to buy her any more clothes...) If she's running wildly at bedtime, Bailey puts a t-shirt on her and she settles right down. It's like a Thundershirt, but much cheaper!

  Seriously, every time you turn around, Rory is doing something cute. As cats go, she's extremely active. Of course I'm comparing her to Lily, who is extremely inactive. :)

Glamour Shot!
 

  Bailey brought home the band's tenor drums for repair. Naturally, Rory had to inspect. :)

She's just the most precious kitty and a wonderful companion for our daughter. Love them both to pieces! :)

09 September 2017

Summer Camp Album Project Finished!

For the past few months, I've been trying to work on my humongous backlog of scrapbooking. I've made some good progress on my own projects, but I recently took a break to make an album for my daughter covering the summer she spent as a Unit Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan back in 2014. 
 

In 2013, she was counselor at the same camp and created an album about the experience. That album turned out so well that we bought all the supplies at the time to make the second album. But recently I could see that she just wasn't going to have time to make the album, so I offered to finish it for her. After all, I'm in the business of Getting Stuff Done these days! :)

This ended up being a very fun and interesting project. It was the first time I've made an entire album for something I didn't personally experience! That slowed me down a bit and made the journaling part harder, but it was still a very enjoyable and doable project.

Luckily I had the first album to look back on and I basically followed the same format, starting with a collage on the cover page. I kept the pages simple so I could finish it up quickly and fit as many in the binder as possible!

The first challenge was photos -- or lack thereof. After the camp season ended, I had ordered a set of staff photos as I knew we'd need them for the album. Otherwise, I didn't have any pictures other than the ones I'd taken when we visited for a long weekend.
 

To make it easier, Bailey uploaded her pictures from her phone and Facebook to a shared folder on Google Photos. She made a few notes on each image and sorted them into logical categories.

When I printed the pictures, I put them in the same order as her folder and used her notes to help with the captions. The album starts with the staff training at the beginning of the summer and then goes through all four camp sessions and breaks. I used tabs (Becky Higgins Project Life dividers) to separate each section.

I made several traditional pages for this 12x12 album and also used a lot of pocket pages of various sizes. Thank goodness for pocket pages! You can fit so many more pictures in an album this way!

Look at this caterpillar they found on a picnic table! Those are not stick-on googly eyes -- that's his real face!

Another challenge: Bailey had a milk crate full of memorabilia from camp which needed to be worked into this project. I sorted through it and pulled out a few (actually a LOT) of pieces to add to the album. This is a piece of artwork made by one of her campers.

You can tell she's her mama's daughter...she saves a LOT of this kind of stuff! She even pulled down the laminated signs from her cabin wall and I added them to the album, too, along with programs, notes, and music.


Working with these photos made it almost seem like I was at camp myself! Can you be homesick for a summer camp you never attended? I think yes!

This project ended up taking me a bit more time than I anticipated, but it was totally worth it to document this wonderful leadership experience. Making this album gave me the opportunity to reflect on how the skills she gained that summer have helped her get off to a great start in her career as a music educator.
 

 I'm so glad to have this album done for Bailey to enjoy for years to come! :)
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08 September 2017

Feline Friday: Boyfriend Calling

Every once in awhile, the Friendly Neighbor Kitty comes calling.

He stays for awhile, too, often nibbling on the catnip I planted just for this purpose.

Over the summer, Neighbor Kitty and I have talked about Lily being an Eligible Bachelorette. Of course, I've explained that he and Lily could only visit through the window.

Neighbor Kitty has taken this notion into consideration, as he would actually rather meet in purr-son. Nope, that's not going to happen, I explained. Safety first! :)

Hmmpf, he grumbled, and trotted away.

After giving the matter considerable thought, back he came. Seems Friendly Neighbor Kitty decided that he could work with a little "window shopping" and was ready to chat with his new girlfriend through the glass.

Lily? Oh, Lily...where for art thou, Lily dearest?

Alas, Lily is playing hard to get. Her busy nap schedule cannot be interrupted, even for the most attractive of suitors!





01 September 2017

Feline Friday with Rory

 Our daughter's kitty, Rory, just couldn't be any sweeter. But she's not a "sit on a pillow" kind of cat. Nope. She's a busy, curious, active kind of cat and because of that, there's never a dull moment!

For example, every day when Bailey gets home from work, the bathroom drawers are open.

Every.

Single.

Day.

It's unclear exactly why Rory's duties include DDP (Daily Drawer Patrol), but she obviously takes her responsibilities very seriously. If the drawer is large enough, she'll even go behind it for further inspection.
 

When she gets home, Bailey reviews Rory's work (i.e., pushes in all the drawers). :) Of course, Rory is paid for her services with lots of cuddles.

Rory is always on the lookout for additional areas that need her services. No spot is too high for her to reach.

She has super sonic whiskers that allow her to detect areas that need her expert attention!

Aha! Here we see that the shower curtain rod seems to need some closer inspection.
With measuring complete, it's only a matter of time before Rory adds one more duty to her daily patrols! :)
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