Book: The Whispers of War

I won The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly on Goodreads. I read Kelly’s other book, The Light Over London a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Her writing style is superb and really puts you into the story. She also has fabulous covers. They depict the era so perfectly. I can’t wait to get started on this one.

Loveland and Valentine's Day

The day before Valentine’s Day, husband and I went to Loveland. This was our second time going since the new year. Husband didn’t snowboard as much this time. The visibility had gotten pretty bad by the time he started going down the hills. I was able to get some editing done and wanted to stay longer to finish up editing all of the novella but we decided to head home in time to pick up our 12-year-old instead of having our 17-year-old pick her up.

Husband decided to use Apple Maps instead of Google Maps, which was a big mistake (he switched to the darkside and wanted to test out Apple Maps). Apple Maps likes to take us through the scenic route. It had us exit the highway and instead of getting back on the highway, it was trying to take us on a road we were not familiar with. Then, as we got closer to Loveland, Apple Maps tried to add 40 minutes more to our drive by having us go around Loveland and then coming back down to Loveland. Husband didn’t follow the instructions. He exited where we normally exit and it only took us 5 minutes to the Loveland parking area.

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I love the green chili in the cafeteria. Normally when we go there during breakfast I always get the chili on top of my hash brown and scrambled eggs, but this time we arrived after breakfast so I got the green chili with fries and cheese.

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On Valentine’s day, husband got me a yellow orchid. He knows how much I love them. We went to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee and donuts. For lunch, we went to The Cheesecake Factory. We haven’t gone there for awhile and husband wanted to go there so we made it a date. Our waiter was the coolest. He was good with the menu, timely, and friendly.

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It was nice to have some downtime with husband because the weekend was pretty busy.

Ditigal Layout: Love This Story

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already February and Valentine’s Day is this Friday. All this technology leaves us no time to enjoy the mundane. Who would ever think we’d get to the point where mundane is actually a positive word?

I’m trying to keep digital scrapbooking in my life. Looking back, it was therapeutic. It was something I did because I loved playing with photos and embellishments and Photoshop. Putting pieces of different things together to create something visually pleasing gave me joy, or like my 12-year-old would say, increase my dopamine.

Here’s a layout I put together from our trip to Las Vegas, Nevada this past December.

Credits: Template by CZ Design; background paper by Anita Designs.

The Tree

I’m trying to stay up-to-date with December Daily this year. It’s been pretty exciting and I think it’s because I’ve got new gadgets: the new computer, new Selphy printer (my previous one died in August), and new Canon 12×12 printer; and new software. I went for it. Got Photoshop CC. It comes with Lightroom which I am clueless to. Not sure how I’ll find the time to learn it. Photoshop is, for the most part, similar to CS6. There are a few things that are different but I just need to explore. I’m mostly thrown off by the size of the computer screen. I don’t normally fill the whole screen with one app. I section it out, otherwise I’d have to sit pretty far back. With Photoshop, I do fill the screen (which I like), but then it makes the photo I’m editing look tiny. Anyway, I’m not complaining. Just getting used to technology.

We went and got a Christmas tree at Costco this morning. Before that, daughter came home from school for lunch. We got a quick glance of her before we headed out and she headed back to school.

Hope this holiday month is treating you well.

Junk Journal Flip Through

Tried my hands at making a junk journal.

Scrapbook.com Haul

This isn’t the full haul. I was planning on splitting it into a few different ones but I’m finding that I don’t have a lot of time especially because it’s the holiday season. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo and should be done here within the next few days. Then, I plan to work on December Daily.

Btw, my 21.5″ iMac died a couple of weeks ago. One afternoon, after a day at my daughter’s swim meet, I came home and turned on my computer and it wouldn’t turn on. Tried many times but it just wouldn’t turn on. A week later, I went and got a 27″ iMac. The screen is huge! I’m still trying to get used to it. The bad news is, with the new desktop, my Photoshop CS6 doesn’t work anymore. I contacted Adobe and they said CS6 is not compatible with Catalina (iOS). I cried a little. I’m still heart broken and have been having a very difficult time deciding if I want to get the CC. I am at 85%-ish in my decision to go forward with it. I’ve been researching other design/art software and just keep returning to Photoshop. It’s a hard decision. I’ll keep you all updated.

Anyway, enjoy this haul video.

The items listed are in order as they appear in the video.

  1. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – 12×12 Paper Pad with Foil Accents
  2. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Chipboard Stickers
  3. Prima Marketing – Apricot Honey – Ephemera
  4. Kaiser Craft – Miss Betty Collection – 12×12 Single Sheet Pattern
  5. One Canoe Two – Golden Rod – Stickers
  6. Simple Stories – Simply Vintage Botanicals – Chipboard Stickers
  7. Tim Holtz Scribbles Layering Stencils (THS036)
  8. Tim Holtz Blossom Layering Stencils (THS031)
  9. Ranger Dylusions Border Stamp and Stencil **Item was purchased through A Cherry On Top.
  10. Jane Davenport Ultimate Waterproof Pen (free item)
  11. Scarpbook.com Double Sided Adhesive Roll 1/4”
  12. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – 6×8 Paper Pad
  13. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – 12×12 Combo Stickers
  14. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Chipboard Stickers
  15. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Mini Sticker Tablet
  16. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Foliage Bits and Pieces
  17. Simple Stories – Autumn Splendor – Bits and Pieces

Halloween and What I’m Working On

Happy Halloween!

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The kids don’t trick-or-treat anymore. My oldest just started a part-time job so she’s working today. It’s going to be busy so I hope she handles it well. My youngest is trying to finish all her homework so she could help hand out candy. This year, the family decided to all dress up as pirates. My oldest can’t dress up so it’s just going to be the three of us. However, we took photos a week ago and I’ve started to create a concept piece using a couple of digital scrapbooking kits. Here’s the initial layout, still in the rough stages, trying to figure out background, props, etc.

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