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Judy G.
I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014


I have been out of commission for a week due to a sprained right knee.  I stupidly thought I could save myself a trip outside to get a step-ladder by standing on the sleep number mattress of our bed to clean the blades of our ceiling fan.  Bad decision!!  The bed was wobbly and squishy and my leg twisted and gave out from under me, and I landed wonkey on my knee.  It has been killing me ever since.  In fact, I can hardly walk.  I have been sitting here in our living room in my recliner with a heating pad on my knee, but it has only helped a little bit.  I'm supposed to stay off of it, but there are just things around the house that I have to get done.  I ventured off to the grocery store today, because our cupboards were really getting kind of bare.  Now that that chore is over, hopefully I can sit here and heal for a few more days.  Otherwise, it's off to the orthopaedist I go.  I do have all my mini-album projects finished, so that's good, and I'm learning how to use my new Cricut Explore.  What an awesome machine!  Happy Easter or Passover to you all.   Judy

Monday, April 7, 2014


Well, here it is, the mini-album that I've been working on for the past few weeks. The baby (a girl) is due this week, so I thought I'd better finish it and get it ready to sent off, so here it is:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I am back from my trip to Utah, and, I must say, it was a very lovely time.  It was warm, and the only time it snowed was the second day I was there.  It snowed all day, and, while the others were out beating themselves in blizzard conditions on some mountain, I stayed comfortably inside and took some videos and pictures.  Here are some of the pictures I took:

This is a postcard of Westgate Resort, which is about 40 minutes from Salt Lake City.  We were in the Elk Lodge.

I had my own bedroom, with king-sized bed, huge window over-looking the pool, and across the room, my own TV.  Basically we were on the second floor of the lodge and very close to a nice restaurant and the ski slopes.

This was Cade's room.  It was basically a connected living room to my room, with a bathroom in between.  He slept on the pull-out bed from the couch.  It was terribly uncomfortable, but he was so tired at night, he didn't seem to mind.

This is the living room, TV room.  It had a gas fireplace, that we did use in the early mornings, because it was cold at that time.  There was also a patio with table and chairs over-looking the pool area, but it was too cool to use them.

Laura and Brian used the main bedroom.  It came with a huge Jacuzzi bath tub, large bathroom, and a steam sauna that doubled as a shower too.  Very nice.

Full kitchen with washer and dryer inside the folding doors on the left, and a full-sized refrigerator on the left also.  The only meals we cooked in there was breakfast.

Our dining room table that was always piled with gloves, scarfs, and hats

Cade (on right) and two of his neighborhood friends that were out there skiing also.  We spent quite a bit of time with them.  Cade looks mad, but he's really trying to look cool.
I did manage to do some shopping in downtown Park City, and bought some souviners (sp??) for the ones back at home.  I'll try to include some pics of the snow (or lack of it) in my next post.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dance Night Wearing Dad's Glasses

This is my silly grandson, Cade, dancing around the kitchen shirtless, wearing his Dad's glasses.  He thinks he's really cool, but his little dog, Watson, doesn't know what to think.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


I just got home after spending a week in Park City, Utah, with Laura and her family.  Just like 2 years ago, we stayed in the Westgate Resort in Park City.  However, there wasn't a lot of snow - hardly any down where we were, and, most of the time we only needed a light jacket.  Up on the slopes it was better, but apparently there wasn't good powder.  It was kind of icy, making skiing and snowboarding (which Brian and Cade do) a little more tricky.  Laura took a bad fall her second day and wrenched her thumb, so she was not to enthused about skiing too much more.  Mostly we shopped in Park City.  I did take a lot of pictures, which I haven't edited yet.  I'll have to post them in the next day or so. 

I left Park City yesterday at 2:30 PM, flew to Denver, where I had a 3 hour layover.  They had to de-ice the plane before we could leave Denver, because it was sleeting and snowing.  After we were in the air, I did watch the movie "Frozen", which was available on a seat-back video player - neat.  What a cute movie!  If you have children, they will love it, and the songs are so catchy.  Finally got to Nashville after 11:00 PM, and then had to wait 45 min. for our luggage.  My darling youngest daughter was there to pick me up, but it sure did make for a long day!  I spent the night there, and then headed for home today, after they left for church.  It feels so good to be back in my favorite lounge chair, sitting by my husband, and catching up on what went on during the week.  I have to start making another baby book that's been ordered, so tomorrow I'll get to it.  Love to all.  Sorry I haven't written much lately.  Judy

Thursday, March 6, 2014


I must confess that these winter days have gotten me down.  Here in Teneessee we don't usually have such miserable, depressing, cold days, but this winter has been the exception.  I have had 2 bad colds withing the past month, which have slowed me down considerably.  My husband and I have spent many a day recently sitting in our living room in our lounge chairs doing nothing but watching
TV all day and evening long.  Thanks goodness daylight savings time starts this week-end.  At least it won't be getting dark so early after that. 

On a bright note, I did get in on the HSN launch of the new Cricut Explore.  I got it last week, but I haven't done anything with it yet.  I've been spending a lot of time on You Tube watching tutorials, so that I'll know how to work it when I do finally get up the nerve to turn the thing on.  Then I will finally get around to making some more videos.  My craftroom is in fairly good shape now, and I have a new table, so I have no excuse.  Please stay with me, and I hope to get back to my old self again.

Friday, February 21, 2014


There's a story behind this picture.  Tonight I was preparing something for supper, and the recipe called for paprika.  I knew I had paprika because I had used it not long ago.  But could I find it??  Of course not!  My collection of spices was in total disarray and everything was spread out (in no order)  in three cabinets over my stove.  I got so frustrated that I got a small stepladder and dragged everything out of those cabinets and I never did find the paprika.  By that time stuff was all over the kitchen counters.  I went ahead and did without the paprika (which I did finally find after supper), and after the dishes were finished, my husband and I moved my entire spice collection over to the top of the dining room table.  That's when I took this picture.  I had 3 and 4 of many of the same items, and the three little cute glass bottles with the white labels in the middle of the photo contain spices from when we first got married 46 years ago!  How embarrassing!
For the rest of the evening I was throwing away duplicates and arranging all of them in alphabetical order.  Tomorrow I'm going to the Dollar Store and buying some plastic containers to label the contents.  From now on, when I look for paprika, I'm going to be able to find it without tearing my kitchen apart.  That's my sermon for today.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


I think most people are watching the Winter Olympics, because there's nothing else on TV worth watching at night.  All the other networks are showing re-runs, because they figure that we're all tuned in to the Olympics, which we have been - except for "Downton Abbey" on Sunday nights.  That takes precedent over all the other programs.  My husband hates it, mainly because he can't understand the British accents.  I think they all sound so lovely and refined, compared to us Americans.  I live in Tennessee, and most people around here sound like hillbillys.  A wonderful British accent is music to my ears, really!
Anyway, back to the Olympics.  Shaun White is about to make his next to final run on the half-pipe.  Will he win it?  Wait, I've got to watch this to see if he does.  Ooooh!  He landed twice on his butt on his first run in the finals and only scored 35.00, which puts him in 11th place.  Yuk!  He and all the others have one more run to go.  I'll finish this after his last run.
If there are any of you reading this from Canada, please leave me a comment.  Your competitors are doing so well in the ski events and the speed skating.  Congratulations!  I know you are all proud of the athletes from your countries.  Man, this half-pipe is ruining everyone (bad track).  It's apparently really rough and slushy at the bottom.  Here in Tennessee, we're expecting a pretty bad snow and ice event, starting tomorrow afternoon.  This winter is really wearing me down.
Oh Oh, Yuri Podlachikov (I'm sure I spelled this wrong!) from Switzerland (born in Russia) has just scored a 94.75 to go into 1st place.  Now it all up to Shaun White.  Will he or won't he??  Wouldn't you know, he's going to be the last one to go, since he qualified first in the preliminaries.  Here he goes..... he has a slight bobble one the switch 1440.  Lands flat.  Shaun takes 4th place - does not even get on the podium.  A new era in snowboarding has begun.  Maybe Shaun shouldn't have cut off his hair.
Oh well, such is life.  Youth comes along and eventually takes the place of the older competitors.  Shaun has been a great Olympian.

Friday, February 7, 2014


I managed to get everything accomplished at the scrapbooking retreat that I wanted to.  I made a cute mini album for a baby boy that has yet to be born, and I loaded up my Project Life scrapbook with lots of pictures that I had taken during the year and never done anything with.  You know, those occasional photos you take that really turn out cute, but they're not part of an event that you would scrapbook in a few pages.  That's where Project Life comes in handy.  You can put the single photos you take of everyday life and put it in a page with some journaling on a little card right beside it.  My biggest problem was that I hadn't bothered to put dates on a lot of the pictures, so I had trouble getting them in chronological order.  That took 1/2 day in itself. 

The snow stayed on the ground for the whole time I was in Sevierville, and we never did get water in our bathroom but by the day I left, the weather had warmed up and no snow was in sight.  I took some neat pictures of it when it was freshly fallen, and they turned out so pretty!  But now I'm tired of winter, and I want spring to arrive.  Unfortunately snow is forecast again for tomorrow and a couple days next week.  I am not a winter person, and this year I didn't get to take my yearly winter trip to sunny Florida - too busy.  I guess that's why I'm so cranky.
Good news, though, I have a new work table for my craft room, and I hope to be making some videos again soon.  I have to get over the bronchitis that I caught during my retreat in Sevierville first.  Have a good week-end.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


It started snowing yesterday morning, just as I was getting ready to leave for my scrapbook retreat in Sevierville, which is very close to Gatlinburg.  I was pretty much ready to go when my husband called and said the roads were getting pretty bad, and if I was going to make it, I'd better get on the road.  By the time I pulled out of the driveway, they had called schools off, and the roads were covered in snow.  My husband didn't think I should go, but we had been planning this for months, my stuff was already in the car, and my meatloaf for Wed. Night dinner was already made.  So off I went,  with determination.  Let me tell you, it was a traffic jam just trying to get out of town!  Everyone was being sent home early from work, and all the parents were trying to get to the schools to pick up their kids because the buses weren't able to run on these curvy mountain roads.  I crawled at 15 mph all the way through town, until I finally made it out of the traffic.  Even then, I could only go about 25 mph!  That's the way it went - all the way to Whispering Winds,  But I made it, and that's what counts.  It snowed all day and into the night.  It was so beautiful - that is until the next morning when we discovered that the pipes in the main bath and toilet (my room) were frozen - no water to be had in that bath.  None of the other faucets were affected, so, hopefully, no pipes will burst.   It's supposed to warm up tomorrow, so we'll find out then.  In the meantime, one more scrapper has arrived, but she forgot the lasagna she had made for supper.  So we ate my meatloaf and Mac and cheese.  Yummy!