Monday, June 29, 2009


Steph is doing only marginally better. The swelling on her thigh and knee have gone down and the bruises are turning yellow. But, she is going stir crazy and she has probably been doing too much. She is still getting headaches from the concussion.

On a lighter side, Steph wanted to go on a very short walk this afternoon, so walk we did. Of course, I took my camera and found these neat photo ops right on her street!

Steph has a follow up doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon so, hopefully, we'll get some better news.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009


I finally broke down and went to Michael's yestereday for a few basic supplies I may be here for another 4-5 days and I really needed something to do. The hardest part was that the only pics I had were what was already on my camera...mostly accident related. So, since I didn't get to go to my scrapping weekend, I got to play along with some challenges on SIS.

This layout was for a Free Shopping Challenge. You "buy" 3 items off of a list of 10 and then you have to use them on a layout. I "bought" staples, ink and doodling. All of the papers for these layouts come from a K & Company pad called "Day Dreams". Cute stuff!

This was another challenge where you had to use small photos, paint & cardboard. Luckily, I had thought about saving some of the cardboard off of the box one of the flower arrangements came in and got to use it here. I also saved part of the clear plastic and the company logo pick from the edible arrangement. The letters were drawn and cut out of a graph-like paper from the pad I bought and then gone over with a in black sharpie.

This was a fun but very challenging project. The challenge was to take a magazine ad and insert your photo over someone's face and then embellish the ad. Again, the only pics I had were the ones on my camera and the only pic of Steph I had were of her (mockingly) sad face. The only magazines I had to chose from were bicycling magazines. I used some plastic bag closure tabs that I had saved and created my own letters from card stock/paint.

close up of Steph's face

Thanks for all the sweet comments and well wishes for Steph!! She is progressing. Didn't have a headache yesterday but still felt a bit clouded. Still can't walk completely normally but much of the swelling has gone down.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009


What time is it when a car totals your bike? Why, go shopping, of course!

We finally got the bike back this morning. Definitely totaled!! This kinda brings it all back again! Steph might be able to save a component or two but...get a load of that wheel!!!

Steph had a triathlon race this weekend which she is missing, of course, and there's one she was going to do in July as well. She is a bit bummed out about not being able to train and race! There may still be hope for a race in August but it is doubtful as she probably has to make up work time then.

Thanks for all the well wishes.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Stephanie is feeling better...getting up and down the stairs a bit better. She can walk up them with both legs but down is still one step at a time. Her right leg has this massive lumpy bruise and the left knee is swollen and scraped. The left knee is the one she had all her surgeries on in the past so she's quite worried about this too. We'll be looking for an orthopedist tomorrow. So far, she still can't drive and she is still getting headaches from the concussion.

We got the police report but there wasn't much info on there that we could use right now. We have to wait till Wed evening to contact the officer as that's when he's on duty. Her bike is being held as evidence and, so far, they won't even let her see it to see if anything is salvageable. Of course, I want to get a pic of it too! :0)

That's it for the update. I'll be her in Philly till she can drive, probably. Don't know how long that will be.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009


Right now I am sitting in my daughter's living room in Philly, on her lap top while she is napping on the couch with ice on her legs.

On Friday, Steph was riding her bike home and was crossing an intersection - with the light - and a big white old white caddy plowed into her as it was trying to turn. There were lots of witnesses and they saw the driver try to get away. Several people reported the accident and the cops caught the driver getting away. He then tried to deny that he was in any way involved in this accident.

On her way to the hospital she heard the EMS people talk about femur fractures but in the end, nothing was broken and no major internal injuries!!!

Her bike helmet is cracked in several places and they had to cut away all of her costly biking clothes and her bike...what's left of being held by the police for evidence. All the cracks in her helmet could have been her head...bouncing on the pavement. I truly believe that her helmet saved her life or saved her from brain injury.

The moral to this story...WEAR A HELMET!!! They are the IN thing...all the cool people are wearing them!! my soapbox for now. But I will try to get the word out any way I can and I am even encouraging my daughter to campaign for helmets on her campus!!

Thanks for bearing with me...this is very emotional.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Next weekend I will be in Franklin, Tennessee for a fantastic Scrapbooking weekend called Scrap IN Style Live - SISiversary '09. There's a ton of things to do to get ready and one of those is this Photo Swap.

I swapped pics with another member and then we scrap their photo(s). Bridget sent me 2 pics of her cats and this is what I've done with them. I've left some room so she can do her own journaling. This is what she wrote of her little felines:

Yeah, they're my favorite subjects. The first picture is of Kirby and Puddy. Puddy is the big brother, and little sister Kirby just loves him so much. The second one is of Ollie. He had been sleeping with my dad's socks, and I snapped the pic in mid-yawn. It's too funny!

I usually post my layouts on SIS but I haven't posted these so Bridget won't see them before our exchange.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Last weekend, Frank and I went to an art fair in LaGrange, KY - just about 30 minutes from home. This place was really interesting...the train runs right through Main Street!!...right next to all the shops and parked cars.

But then we heard the train conductor hanging out his window and yelling for someone to get over to the other side! Little did we know that he was yelling at a CAR to get over to the other side. Well, the people in the car went on the wrong side and actually got STUCK between the stopped train and the parked cars!!!

Well, we didn't hang around long enough to see the outcome but this was one sight I won't soon forget!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I signed up for my very first Circle Journal. So far, the experience has been SO exciting. There are 7 of us and each person chooses her own journal theme and then all of the other people make layouts, according to the theme, for her journal. All of the participants will be attending the SISiversary weekend in Franklin, TN in a few weeks. Usually circle journal go in the mail. Instead, we'll all exchange layouts at the event. All of the layouts are double 8 x 8s except for the one indicated.

This is the cover I made for my journal. It holds 8 x 8 layouts.

This is inside the front explains the theme for my journal.

Each person is asked to make tags that tell about themselves. I created this pocket page to hold all of the tags I will receive.

This is the layout I made for my own journal.

This is a 6 x 6 layout for a journal with the theme of "home".

This journal's theme is "Why I scrapbook".

This theme is "Guilty Pleasures" - Yes, I watch Kyle XY!

"Inspiration" is the theme for this journal. I was inspired by a set of note cards I bought at MoMA in NYC

This one was to scrap a song lyric and to include a picture of yourself...I chose "What was I thinking" by Dierks Bently. I highlighted some of my many hairstyles over the years.

The theme of this journal is "What makes you, you!". I included some self descriptive words along with other things that made me who I am today.

Since this journal, I've signed up for my second. I still haven't decided on my theme yet but I really do need to get crackin'!

Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 5, 2009

You Can Take the Girl Out of New York but You Can Never Take the New York Out of the Girl!

Here's some more layouts that I did of our trip to New, I miss that place!!

While Frank and I were on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, along came this pigeon and sat on the edge. He sat there for the longest time, walked back and forth as if he were watching the people as much as the people were watching him!! He let everyone get very close! Cute, little dirty pigeon!

This layout is just full of random things that we saw around the city! It's a little busy, but then, so is New York!

We saw these 2 shows while in the city. The 39 Steps and Alter Boyz. Both were excellent and I'd recommend them to everyone!

One of the most surprising things in the City was the Manhattan subway stations! They were FILLED with beautiful mosaics! Here's a layout highlighting the ones that I took pics of.

There's still more to come...especially pics from when we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New York, I Miss You!!!

Well, I've been back for over a week and haven't blogged about my trip yet! I am now going to try to make up for my lapse. I took so many pics that I nearly filled my 8 gig memory card! Way too many pics for me to upload here. But, I will upload the layouts I've done and will be doing.

Instead of doing a daily journal or scrapping my trip day by day, I've decided to scrap it by theme (where possible), as you'll see.

This layout highlights quite a bit of the beautiful iron work that we saw all round the City. Great designs & craftsmanship!

Back in 1974 (after we moved away) my parents and I went back to NY to visit and went down to South Street Seaport & John Street along with my grandfather. We found these great colorful chairs and phone booths. Years later my own family went back and I looked for these but never found them; thought they were gone for good! Then, as Frank and I wandered down to South Street Seaport, we stumbled upon a different location but still in existence!! I was thrilled!

This is only a tiny glimpse of Rockefeller Center and the iconic figure, but I already have pics of the Center from a past trip. I wanted something different. All during this trip I was focusing on design and tiny details of the City. This pic shows the Center through one of the bronze sculptures surrounding the area. I wanted this layout to be simple and focus on just this point!

What's New York without some of the best food!! Before we left on our trip, I made a mental list of things I wanted to eat while there. I think I did it all! The best was the kinish from the Carnegie Deli and my, nearly, nightly Black & White cookies---Can't beat 'em!!

This is, by no means, the end of my posting about NY. Stay tuned for more!

On a sadder note, I've had to cancel this year's edition of Cabbage Kids Adventure Camp due to lack of registrants. I guess the economy blue have taken over camp! I will probably try again next year, but Adam Luther is still pouting.

Thanks for stopping by!