Thursday, August 25, 2016

MORE trip pics

Here are a few shots of the time we spent with my sister and granddaughter while we were in Michigan.

The beautiful Michigan skyline.

Lake Huron.

Me wading in Lake Huron. It was a chilly overcast day.
Lighthouse in Tawas City, MI.

Lighthouse gift shop.

Plaque for our Dad.

Dredging in the bay.

Afternoon Tea yummies.

Rachael and me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

More Trip Pics...........

I have to admit that I was not very good at taking pictures as we traveled along. Most days it was just too HOT to wear that camera strap around my neck, not to mention how much I HURT from head to toe and the total exhaustion I felt as we rode along.

Missouri Rest Area

There is a mini Route 66 at this rest area.

A yellow Goldwing parked next to us.

Michigan barn, I have a thing for barns.

The weather we were riding into. We did get WET twice.

HOORAY!!! We FINALLY made it to Michigan on our 9th day on the road.

The BEST place in the entire world for cheese steak hoagies. Sadly we didn't have the opportunity to eat here. We had a list of 8 places we wanted to eat at while in Michigan but only got to 3 of them. I tell you the next time someone asks me where I want to eat at and they tell me they, "know someplace better" I just might SOCK them out. I don't want your, "someplace better", I want what I remember.

They put a skateboard park where our childhood pool used to be?

One of the places we had on our list to eat at. It is rather hard to see my Big Boy, "do".
We left Kingman, AZ on 7-16, on 7-20 we had only reached Joplin, Missouri and were totally, "burned out" so to speak and decided to spend 2 nights in Joplin. The laundry machines were right around the corner from our room and FREE so I did laundry while we were there.
We took advantage of the hotel's hot tub and indoor pool which helped my sore bones to feel better for a few days.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I think that we are back home........

After being on the road for a straight month from Arizona to Michigan and back and 4,000+ miles added to the Goldwing's odometer we returned home on 8-12 sometime in the early afternoon. Ever since then I have been a complete and total slug, being out on the bike in the hot, hot sun for days on end took a whole lot more out of me than I thought that it would.

I think that I am finally starting to get back into the swing of things so to speak.

Here are a few pics of our travels:

Getting ready to hit the road.

My bank robber look except that my face isn't covered.

Riding into the sun, that's what happens when you are riding to the east.

Route 66 outside of Kingman, AZ.

I've been working on the railroad all the live long day...Track repairs going on in Seligman, AZ.

Up in the mountains outside of Flagstaff, AZ.

Just riding along, singing a song....I sold that from Lucy and Desi's movie, "The Long, Long Trailer".

Sign at New Mexico rest area.
It was a nice rest area with covered picnic areas but don't go out in the desert or on the rocks.

We found our first night out that our goal of reaching Albuquerque, New Mexico on the first day (about 480 miles from home) was a bit too ambitious, we were so darned tired that after ordering in some pizza we fell asleep.
Then the second day out we found that since we had gotten such a late start (sleeping in and having to take showers) that we only went about 180 miles before it was just too darned HOT to go on for the day so we got another room.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Still "settling in"

I am still trying to get settled back into normal, everyday life since we returned from our trip. To be very honest, I have been quite the slug ever since we returned home, I think the trip ended up taking more out of me than I realized.

The main reason for our trip was because my guy's daughter was expecting her first child. We took several pictures of the little guy and I just finished a mini book for my guy's mom.

The teddy bear and hearts are quilled and I used Thickers covered with mini beads for Herbie's name.


Monday, August 15, 2016

The long, long trip........

As a few of you may have noticed, I haven't done any posting for a while that is because I was away on a very long trip. I have never been away from home for an entire month before and I don't think that I'll ever do that again. I HATE hotels, they all seem to be so filthy and GROSS!! We just happened to leave Arizona when the excessive heat dome hit the country. It was impossible to keep on riding in all of that heat all day long so we ended up taking 9 days to ride from Arizona to Michigan, sleeping in nasty hotels all the way. Then we spent 2 weeks sleeping on a couch before a 7 day ride home. We did spend the last night on the road at the Twin Arrows Casino just east of Flagstaff, AZ. What a hotel, beautiful, clean and I didn't have to wear my hazmat suit to shower or sleep.

Don't get me started on the 20 hours I spent locked in a hospital waiting room not knowing anyone in there on my birthday waiting for a baby to be born. Being claustrophobic, having to spend any amount of time in a small room is way, way too much for me.

I was able to get a few pictures of things I needed for the Scavenger Hunt I have been playing along with this summer.

#7 - A family gathering - my sister and I having Afternoon Tea in Tawas City, MI

#9 - Someone playing with, in or near water - here I am wading in Lake Huron on a chilly day.


#14 - Buffet of food - Afternoon Tea YUMMIES!!!

#16 - A map showing a trip taken during the time period - our route to Michigan...the return was more fun as we took several back roads.

#18 - A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries.
I still have a few more items to collect.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Prima Marketing Flowers Giveaway

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Online Scavenger Hunt Item #4

I'm still playing along with the Online Scavenger Hunt, I needed a picture of a magazine or a book that I have read during the scavenger hunt window. My AAA Arizona magazine arrived the other day and this morning I took the time to read it.

Here are a couple of links for you so that you can look and see what others have taken pictures of or decide to take part in the hunt yourself:

Monday, June 27, 2016


This is my first easel card. It was a whole lot easier once the block in my brain was able to make a connection about how to fold and attach the easel panel.

 After seeing the Butterfly Challenge for this month I went with 3 shades of olive for the card and an oval die cut for my stamp.

The tiny olive butterflies are negatives from the cut shown below. Somehow or other I managed to lose 1 of them going between the craft and living rooms and being so small it was impossible to find in the carpet.

The card folds flat for mailing.

I used colored pencils to color the image. The bigger butterflies are cut from papers my kids sent me from Japan. I cut the ovals using Cricut Craft Room Basics and the butterfly panel with the sentiment is from Ribbons and Rosettes.

I am entering this into these challenges:

Butterfly Challenge - O is for Oval/Olive.

Robyns Fetish Butterfly Challenge.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Upcycled Bottle

Blog Quick Quotes is having an upcycle challenge this month. I had this empty bottle to play with and had a lot of fun playing with it.

Acrylic paint doesn't stick real well to glass on it's own so I asked my BFF Renee who is a decorative painter, designer, etc. over at Plum Purdy  (she owns it too) how to get around that and she told me that I needed to first put a coat of paint adhesion medium on the bottle. She very kindly sent me a bottle from her inventory.

After sponging the medium on, I made puddles of purple, cream, blue and sunflower paints and sponged them on in a bit of a mish mash. When that coat dried I went over it again with the blue and cream then again with the purple and cream paints.

When the paint was dry I added a layer of Mod Podge then added some bling from Zva Creative, flowers from Queen and Co. and a bow using ribbon from my stash.
The flowers were cut using Cricut's Mother's Day cartridge, I hot glued them to floral wire and added some leaves I cut using one of my punches.
I am entering this project into this challenges:

Saturday, June 11, 2016


I am trying to win a MISTI which is a real nifty tool designed to help you place your stamps exactly where you want them on your project. Here is the link if you are interested in trying to win one: Splitcoast - Memory MISTI.

I wanted to use some of the tea stamps my pen pal Lana in Montana sent me. I dug way back into my pictures and found this one of me, my granddaughter Rachael, my friend Kare and her daughter Amelia at our favorite tea room.

All of the stamped images are from Lana, the scroll bling is from Zva Creative, small flowers are from Queen & Co. and I used my Cuttlebug alphabet die to cut the title.

My Splitcoast Stampers Gallery