Our 4th of July was pretty much rained out. Local fireworks were postponed and we missed the rescheduled session. So I don’t have a single snapshot of fireworks this year. We did find a few old firecrackers from last year and set those off for lots of noise and gunpowder smell, but no fancy light show.
Speaking of lights, those new fixtures we talked about now light up. Daughter, son and I all helped hubby, hoping to get them installed late one lovely Saturday afternoon, before darkness or rain dashed our plan. We (okay, hubby) has been doing quite a bit of fixing up around the outside of the house this summer. Next up is that dreaded middle ground – the garage! We (okay, hubby) has decided it will wait to the spring – there is still lots of decluttering to do inside.
De-cluttering we did, here is hubby's car filled with stuff for the church's youth group rummage sale this coming weekend. A good portion of this came from daughter's room, as she reorganized totally of her own accord.
Daughter’s car (named Emma Equinox) has been letting her down. Emma, 2008 model year and 110,000 miles old, was chalking up ailments, including glitch-ridden electronics and a driver’s side door that would not open from the inside to let the driver out. Given initial estimates of the cost to fix said ailments plus upcoming recommended maintenance costs compared to the blue book value of Emma (excluding sentimental value, of course), we were forced to exchange Emma for a younger model – 2013 model year, yet to be named. College girl likes her new ride; and we like the renewed peace of mind that a reliable ride brings!
I finished REFRESH at Simple Scrapper. Not a member long, my best takeaway thus far was “getting permission” to let go of certain things. Hence, I’ve taken my long-neglected Cricut Expression off my work desk. I put it away to make more room for a stamping station on the right. Did you notice that I use napkin holders at my desk to hold both my stamp cleaning pads and my cutting pads for the Sizzix Big Shot? Sizzix just came out with a pricey little add-on to do the same thing. (Click picture to go there.)
Here’s a snap of the last bit of crafting with bits from my July Counterfeit Kit – one of my most productive kits on record.
As you already know, one weekend we visited mom-in-law in Central Illinois. After having visited that small town for more than 30 years, hubby realized I had never seen the local showcase house – an 1889 Italianate mansion originally named Maplewood. It was built by a doctor and 3 generations of his family lived there through the years – the last occupant, a grandson, was also a doctor.
We were not supposed to take photos inside, but the docent knew hubby’s family well, and allowed me to as long as I didn’t post room pictures on Facebook. I told him I’d be posting pretty details like these on my scrapbooking blog. To think that a house that contains so much craftsmanship was built in less than a year with none of the advanced woodworking tools we have today – that’s mind-blowing to me.
So there’s the memo. With only 2 weeks until college girl goes back to campus, I am not sure if I will “see you” next Monday, or another month will pass by. In the meantime, I will be looking out for your Monday Memos – do type one up for us, won’t you?