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Holiday Letter

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Hello! And Season’s Greetings, Winter Solstice Wishes, Merry Christmas, Blessings of the New Year, etc. To you I wish all of those and more, based on whatever you are choosing to observe and celebrate at this time. My poor blog has been sorely neglected due to work and other life issues so if you are following it I apologize profusely. There has been too much going on this year to create as much art as I would like. That means less time for card making, paint pouring, mixed media art and even scrapbooking. I even cut my list of people getting cards this year by about 1/3.
Work has been short staffed (has been since July of 2017, sigh). In theory that problem has been solved (or so I was told)… In actuality it has not. So my 3 days a week job has had me there at least 4 days, sometimes 5 for the last 16 months. That has begun taking a toll . Trying to make it less of a drag by riding there. I have put a tad over 7000 miles on Suzi this year. Unfortunately most of that is back and …

OMG Really? 3 Months???

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Well, the whole "blog once weekly" thing really got away from me, didn't it? SIGH. June was work work work. And get a new phone (finally). Nothing else out of the ordinary. Nothing exciting to share. UGH. July kicked off with a bike ride to Our Lady of Guadalupe's annual crab fest where I actually ate a crab! We spent the early part of July planning the trip we'd be taking the end of it (Bestie's Bday trip). Met with a group out of Picayune and am still checking them out. Rode with them one Sunday in July only to end up with a flat freakin' tire...crap! That incurred a tow by a dear (funny) gentleman and having to get Suzi picked up that Monday for a tire and went ahead and had them do her regular maintenance items. $$$$ We pulled out July 28th for the "Gorge Tour", not at all unline 2014's "Waterfall Tour". Same general area, actually. This time we would be staying in the Great Smoky Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots o…

Alberto crashed Bday Beach Trip...

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This year's birthday beach destination was Florida. I have never set foot actually on Florida soil and so I was in for quite a treat. The beaches are MAGNIFICENT!! The water is a greenish hue ans so clear you could see through it. Got some cool shells, part of a large sand dollar and a wee bit of a tan. No burn this time, thanks to a new container of SPF. Apparently the one I took for the Alabama trip a few weeks ago had passed its prime. OUCH! So, we hit Santa Rosa, Destin & Panama City beaches. Friday was awesome beach day. Saturday was good right up until early afternoon, at which point the outer bands of Alberto were making themselves known. We came off the beach well rinsed and headed into the shops for some sightseeing and boosting of the local economy. Sunday dawned a bit cloudy but dry and so off we went for Pensacola. Oh, speaking of... Lunch found us starving and starving found us, of all things, an eatery called "The Egg & I". Dog friendly, tasty fo…

Vacation over.... TOMORROW :-)

Vacation has been so freakin' awesome! The working 3 days in a row the rest of this week will NOT be but hey...
The hot air balloons in Foley were nice, as were the knife store, beach, Matt's ice cream, GIgi's scrapbooking, pier and all the rest of the time off!
Returned home and did laundry and all that. Then caught my big scrapbook up all the way through April. I am currently on target with ALL of my art swaps and even made some new marbled papers yesterday. Great time spent with a friend on Tuesday and now getting dressed to go ride with another this afternoon to the Bay. Just as soon as I finish this week's scrapbook challenge....see ya next week!

Bud Mastiff Johnson April 5,2006 - April 25th, 2018

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It is with great sadness that we announce Bud Mastiff Johnson has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Bud died peacefully Wednesday, April 25th in the arms of his grandma, Kristi Johnson, and under the care of Dr. Hunt and his assistant, Pam, from Veterinary Mobile Medical Services. Bud was cremated by *A Pet*s Memory* in Gulfport MS and his ashes were laid to rest in his family home. All loved ones who wish to say goodbye to Bud are invited to do so at their convenience.

Bud was adopted by his daddy, Jayce Johnson, in the summer of 2006 and quickly became a dog legends are made of. Bud arrived in our home as a tiny little ball of fluff. He came with the ability to destroy any crate, gate, door handle, cabinet or trim molding he encountered. Adding to that was his ability to duck out any open door and make a break for fun. He did not, however, stay small for long. :-) Bud quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him, whether it be a new friend i…

the week has arrived....

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Bud has been to see everyone that needed to be seen... gotten in his Starbuck's puppachino, What-A-Burger breakfast (sans coffee), Buc-ee's beaver fix and the weekend spent riding (and riding and riding and ....).

A Beautiful Day...

...means the bike comes out of the garage! I have completed today's weekly scrapbook challenge and laid out my supplies for the monthly journal challenge. I have to make a card prototype for a commissioned order and I need to get some supplies for an order placed on my website. But first, errands on the bike in the beautiful sunny weather!