Gearing up for another round of Snow

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Hello friends :)
We are forecasted for another round of snow this weekend and depending on what station we watch they say anywhere from 3-12 inches ?? I feel like I am ahead of the game since I already have my grocery shopping done and may just get a couple gallons of milk since we go through so much but I can at least avoid the crazy rush. During one of the first storms this winter you couldn’t find milk or bread anywhere. I figure we can just hang out and get some crafty playtime in. I have been able to do a bit of painting in my journal and think I have a way to go but it is a starting point and I feel good about it. My Jazzy has another bad ear infection so off to the pediatrician to get some ear drops to numb her ear and some antibiotic. Poor girls eardrum is so bulging they say I need to watch it because it may rupture. Other than that all is going pretty good around here. I will stop jabbering I just wanted to pop in to say hi to you. Take care I hope you are all well and having better weather.

Hugs and love to you
Shelly

Some of what I’ve been crafting

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Hi there Friends !!
I have a few more things to share today. There are a couple photos of the meal and menu planner I am using. Along with a few of the doodles I’ve been doing when I get the time. I have been inspired by the frugal crafter Lindsay to try my hand at some artsy things like water color painting. I ran across some supplies I’d long forgotten about while getting my area whipped back into shape. I am embarrassed to say it but I finally got my craft closet from the big mess last summer. It really didn’t take that long but the thought of the jumbled mess set me running the other way when I thought about tackling that was til yesterday when I resolved myself to just go and do it !! With the help of my small guy Levi we set to work and finished it up today. Now there are still some things that need to be put into away like the kids artwork and a large amount of papers that are my Dads where I pay his bills ect. Brian also has his ebay stuff in there. We have to be intentional about our storage solutions. :) I have included a look at my desk area before it was cleaned up and I plan on getting a tour of my space up soon. There is a shot of my book bag which I have filled with some artsy things ready so I can take it with me on long rides or if I know Brian is heading to the antique mall. I included a photo of Levi taking a picture of me (on his tablet) taking a picture of him he thought it was so funny lol :) The mess of ice cream buckets in the living room floor are Levi’s building blocks. He had made a tall tower that fell over and he was so upset that he just kicked the rest down in frustration. He said now that is just a mess of fire wood. I snuck a quick shot of PJ she usually moves when I get the camera and this one is pretty good.  I think that about covers this post it is almost time for the other kids to get home from school. We have Church tonight and I need to get dinner finished early so we can make it on time. I hope you are all doing well and having better weather. We had another sunny day although it was below zero this morning it has made it to 28 degrees What a heat wave!! Take care friends I will chat with you later.

Love and hugs,
Shelly

My diy planners

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Hello friends :)
I finally got to spend some time to get a post uploaded. Things are getting back to normal with school this week so Levi and I are getting back into our normal routine. Yay for us :)
I decided this year to keep myself on track and organized I needed something more than a small purse calendar ( not enough room to write down everything )and I wanted to keep track of monthly budgets, appointments and do a bit of a project life type journaling along with a bit of crafty play easily. I went looking and found them out of my budget so researched some diy ideas. Now this is not a professional planner but it works for me and I can tweak it as I go along and add or take away what works. I originally wanted to have a meal planner in it but found I needed more space than I could fit in here so I created a smaller one with a separate planner from the dollar store altered to fit my needs. I used for calendar pages a disassembled dollar store calendar and made holes to fit my planner which is an old business planner I had when I was a stampin up demonstrator they offered for a few years. I cut some recollections paper for the front and back cover and slipped them into the sleeves and covered up the stampin up logo on the spine with glitter paper covered with clear contact paper held in place by red liner tape. I had some Heidi Swapp ( hope that’s spelled right ) mini file folders in my stash and cut them to make the dividers and decorated them with stickers, rub ons, post cards that I’d been hoarding and washi tape. I used a paper punch to make the folder tabs and attached them with red line tape also. The clear plastic dividers are from another old notebook I had hanging around I put strips of washi tape on the front and back to have available for adding stuff to the pages and clipped some decorative paper clips on one also. If you have any questions or I forgot something just leave me a comment and I’ll gladly answer the best I can. I will need to post separate photos of the meal planner I forgot them in the slide show (Oops). Hope you are all doing well and are enjoying some crafty play.
Chat with you later
Love and hugs,
Shelly

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A sunny Monday

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Hello Friends !!
We are having a very sunny day today first one in awhile. We are enjoying the warm rays through out the house with all the curtains pulled back. Now this does highlight the dust which is on my to do list but I’m not in a hurry to get to it so I will blog first. I am waiting on the dryer repair man to arrive and replace the circuit board on the dryer which has konked out. I am behind on the laundry as you all can imagine with five kids here we have mounds of the stuff :) Jordan and Melissa got the pipes fixed yesterday so the small ones will go home tonight so I may get s bit of free time this evening. The weatherman is forecasting another round of snow to begin tomorrow night through Wednesday morning with snowfalls of 5-8 inches Honestly I can’t remember a winter like this one. On Saturday we had a lot of rain so the yard was flooded and frozen yesterday. As I think of all the weather you’ve mentioned Lynn I just can’t imagine what those people must be going through makes me feel grateful that all we’re getting is the snow.
I am sorry for not responding to the comments on earlier posts just been busy with the house full of kids who have had more than enough time with each other so I’ve had to be creative to quell the unrest in the house. My Dad came home on Friday and is doing very well and enjoying being home with his furry babies as are they. So things have been a bit hectic but all in all good. I am very pleased that Melissa asked me for her wedding rings back I’d been holding on to them and she said if Jordan wants me to have them I will get them from you so that makes me happy for them and the kids. On Saturday I had Zachary along with the rest of the kids so we all had an enjoyable visit and I will have to post some pictures to share how big he is getting. Much to celebrate in my corner of the world wide web. The repair man is here so I must go. Take care friends.
Love and hugs to you all,
Shelly

Here we go again

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Hello my Friends,
So here I go again with my lost post. I haven’t been able to find the ones I’ve lost I’m sure I did something wrong lol. Anyway enough of this jabbering on.
The weather here is still wacky and the kids have only been in school 10 days this month with the warning of more sub zero weather from Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon which makes me think we may have Monday and Tuesday off too. The kids are getting stir crazy but I don’t want to have kids out exposed to the elements. So we will make the best of it.
My Dad is healing up better than the Doctors expected. He gets his staples out on Monday and has been doing very well in physical therapy. They say He will in for a few more weeks, both he and his little doggies are missing each other.
I did manage to get a bit of my desk cleaned off and plan on getting a bit more done today. The small ones have been here most of the week and Levi is so much help :) Jordan and Melissa had the pipes freeze up again and have been blocking off rooms in the house to keep the pipes warned so we’ve kept the kids.
So I’ll pop off here so I can get my Dad’s little doggies fed and then get my hungry crew some lunch.

Take care friends.
Love and hugs to you all,
Shelly

Some crazy weather and an update on my Dad

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Hello All
It’s been a crazy few weeks of weather. The last post I made we had -35 degrees then a few days ago it was in the low 50s with most of the snow melting then this morning more snow which caused many accidents on the interstate causing it to be closed down and re-routed through the rural route in our town. Of course today was the day my Dad was released from the hospital to go to a skilled nursing facility for his rehabilitation for a few weeks. He is doing very well so he shouldn’t have to be away from home for very long. All this is good because he is missing his little doggies and they are missing him too. My Sister and I along with a friend of his are going over to feed and sit with them which has allowed us to do some surprise house work for him. I hope you are all well and getting some crafty goodness for yourselves. I have photographed my planner and have even made a couple hand drawing doodles while at the hospital waiting room. I will have to snap a few pics of them to share. I got a watercolor paint set for Christmas and want to give it a try soon. I did however get to try out my colored pencil coloring which I’m pretty happy with a bit of craftiness for me. :) ok I need to get onto other things so I’ll sign off for now and talk with you all later.

Love and hugs,
Shelly

Snowy week

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Hello everyone!!
I thought I’d share a few photos of the snowy weekend. We had about 8-10 inches of snow and bitter cold temperatures of -30 degrees below zero. Brrrr it was cold !! We had Ice inside of our west-facing windows in the living room and my bedroom and Ice around our metal door frame at the back door. There was snow piled up on the porch making it hard to open the front door. there is also a few shots of the big snow flakes looking out the door. a couple shots of the roads as we ventured out a few days later. We all fared well and thankfully school was back in session today, The kids have been home since December 20th and we all needed a break form each other. I am hoping to be able to post more frequently as I try to manage my time more wisely with the help of the planner I’m working on. I will have a post on it tomorrow I think as I have taken photos and have them ready to upload. Thanks Leslie for the web addresses I down loaded a few things and marked the pages for future reference. Take care friends .

Love and hugs,
shelly