Sunday, September 1, 2013

Another Sunday Summary

After blogging last week, I realize that I am accomplishing some things, but my huge problem is that I am now finally trying to adjust to being retired!  I know it’s been over a year, but it was a year of caring for my mother and then a lot of traveling time.

I realize that I need to learn to add structure to my life if I want to be truly happy.  This is what I concentrated on this past week.

Adding beauty IMG_1563 (2)                                                         IMG_1570 (2)

My lovely daughter gave me this planter for my birthday.  Once again I neglected to take a before photo, but all I did was add the crystal like I’ve seen on Pinterest.  Then I filled it with pink impatiens and white phlox.  I love the way it freshens our entry!  Hmmm….I’m thinking that cedar wood will look lovely painted white.

Scrapbooking my travels IMG_1582 (2)

I’ve been dreaming about going to the UK since I was a teen!  I love reading about the Tudors and King Henry VIII, and my favorite writers of classical books, poetry and historical novels are from England.

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I would hate to try to negotiate the London underground, or tube, by myself, but it’s so exciting to travel mass transit at those high speeds while you read, do crossword puzzles, or tinker with an ipad or smart phone.  Some commuters work on lap tops and eat breakfast!

Art Journaling IMG_1587 (2)







Still a work-in-progress, I’m doing these pages in an online workshop, 21 Secrets from Dirty Footprints Studio.  I still want to paint a girl and some lace.  My work is way too structured and I’m trying to be more loose and free like the talented artists in the workshop.

Reading IMG_1586 (2)

I love my bookclub friends!   This month we read The Light between the Oceans.  My daughter and I both love the book—the others are not so sure. 

The absolute best thing is that I came home with an armful of books!  My friend, Peggy, asked me to read The Age of Miracles so we can talk about if it’s a good pick for bookclub.  I read the entire book yesterday!  AND started another, Glow this morning.

My MUST HAVES:  Add beauty, scrapbook, journal, read


  1. Beautiful scrapbook pages! I love it! I love you guys and I miss my Utah family! I am wishing I could have spent more time with everyone when you all came for the wedding, it meant so so much to me that you were there. <3

    Glad to see you are keeping yourself busy! I am starting my final year at WSU and I am in the education program. Can't wait to get your input when I get a class of my own :)


  2. Thank you, Arianne. I really appreciate your comment. I'm so excited that you are in education. You will make such a fabulous teacher. Please keep me posted on your journey.