Celebrating Friends {Snail Mail Cards}

The expression “quality over quantity” certainly applies when I think of my friendship list.  My relationships are near and dear to my heart.

This month hasn’t been a smooth transition for me.  I’ve had to adjust to the new reality of a structured time frame for working.  My organized self has struggled with meal planning.  The weather hasn’t cooperated by bringing a full Spring to us yet.  Ya da ya da…

So it was even more special to me to receive these little happy friendship snippets in the mail this month.  My friends seem buoyed by their creativity and I’m thrilled about that as well.  Ya gotta have friends – makes me think of this song.

Brenna sent me this delightfully colorful card that came on one of my lowest days.  What a wonderful pick-me-up!

from Brenna

from Brenna

Cheryl sent 2 cards this month!  The first card congratulating me on my 1st job placement was so adorable and the second celebrating April.  I love the fact that she added texture to the umbrella with eyelets.

Cheryl Will Work for Shopping!

Will Work for Shopping!

from Cheryl

Great texture!

 

Jeanette always brings something new and this month was no exception!  She glued a small twig to paper and proceeded to water color around it for a lovely 3-D feel.  Spring like colors that were so soft and dreamy!  She cut a window in the card for a framed look.

from Jeanette

Jeanette’s masterpiece

My sister Brenda will hopefully participate again soon.  She’s had a lot of sickness recently and I can’t wait for her to be creative again.

The Day Trip Pt. 2

I was recently inspired by Robert at http://robertkusztos.wordpress.com/.  He’s been sharing photographs of the state capital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Since we were going into Richmond, I asked Ray to drive to the capital so that I could walk around and snap away.  Thomas Jefferson was the architect for this grand building with the help of Frenchman  Charles-Louis Clerisseau.

So here are the last of the Day Trip photos:

Such details

Such details

Ionic columns

Ionic columns

Va State Capital

Va State Capital

The flowers

The flowers

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Fountain

Fountain

Peeking through the trees

Peeking through the trees

Courts Building

Courts Building

George Washington monument

George Washington monument

Another govt building

Another govt building

Surrounded by government

Surrounded by government

Flowers along walkway

Flowers along walkway

Day Trip pt. 1

Yesterday we took an interesting couple of detours on our way to Midlothian, Virginia.  First we stopped in Smithfield, which is known for it’s hams and bacon.  The downtown area is so clean and charming.  There were shops and restaurants along the Pagan River and it was hard to narrow my photos down to a few:

Several beautiful Victorian homes - I will go back and capture these beauties.

Several beautiful Victorian homes – I will go back and capture these beauties.

Known for it's pork products this piece of art had to be photographed!

Known for it’s pork products this piece of art had to be photographed!

Smithfield Station filled with shops and a restaurant on the Pagan River

Smithfield Station filled with shops and a restaurant on the Pagan River

Then we took the Jamestown and Scotland ferry aptly named the Pocohantas  across the James River.  It was a beautiful spring day with blue skies and the temperature was around 70 degrees.

The Pocahontas

The Pocahontas

I took lots of seagull pics but love this one on the side of the ferry

I took lots of seagull pics but love this one on the side of the ferry

Seagull in flight

Seagull in flight

One of the cars was a classic 1932 beauty

One of the cars was a classic 1932 beauty

We then drove along the scenic Route 5 and passed all of the signs for plantation homes as we were on our way to downtown Richmond.  The first stop was the historic train station with its beautiful architecture.  I-95 is right next to the upper level of the station and is visible in a few corners of these photos.

Celebrating Jeanette’s milestone birthday

Today we celebrated Ray’s mom’s birthday {one day late}.  We invited Jeanette (the birthday girl) and Cliff to meet us at our favorite Q Bbq in Midlothian, Virginia.  We had our favorite meals and then I served them cupcakes to celebrate her big day!

Jeanette was very kind in welcoming me to her family back in 2007.  She has a strong interest in geneology and has scrapbooked a lot of the history of their families.  Thanks to her, we know that Ray has Scottish ancestry and I love imagining him in a kilt and a tam on his head.

Oh sorry bout that…But back to Mama J, she does so many crafts!  She has made several quilts and one of my favorites was cut up circles that she outlined in thread and then pulled them to make little circle poofs.  She knits, crochets and was my first Snail Mail card club member.

She has made me some wonderful gluten-free foods and desserts over the years just by keeping it simple…and they were delicious.

Here’s a few photos of our celebration with her:

Jeanette & Cliff

What a good sport!

What a good sport!

Smiling

Smiling

Jeanette with her 2 favorite men

Jeanette with her 2 favorite men

Jeanette's birthday card

Jeanette’s birthday card

 

Fields of yellow

It will be ironic if I find my blog “mojo” again since posting that I’m not going to post every day.  That was only yesterday and here I am again – but later in the day.

Ray and I were both off work today.  I got an email from Best Buy and they were having a SALE!  Woo hoo.  I’ve been wanting a zoom lens since I’ve gotten my camera and today it was a really great price so I bought it.  WOO HOO.

So you know what that means – I took pictures.  I had to practice.  I also feel that I should be able to find weekend photo inspiration to blog and not worry so much about it during the week.

On our way back from BB we passed this horse pasture.  The fields were covered in buttercups and I didn’t bring my camera with me!  So we went home, grabbed it with new lens and my husband nicely drove me back there.  I’ve only ridden a horse once but I imagine if I had one that I would name it — BUTTERCUP!

You can click on each one to enlarge.  It was a happy day!

These photos were color enhanced with PS Elements.

Deep thoughts or Simply Musing

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I’ve been thinking…(and I need to dye my hair, lol)

Since going back into the workforce recently, I feel my blog is suffering.  My goal to publish every day may not be feasible.  I want to bring to you, my readers, my inspiration and joy but struggle with these as I have to deal with the many adjustments I’m going thru.

So I may not blog daily.  I’m not sure if it will be sporadically or weekly.  I feel this will take some pressure off of me and I can bring more of what this blog is about when I do post.

So please stay tuned ‘til next time…