Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Perfectly Pinkalicious

Hello!

My Easter cards this year are using one of Mo Manning's new images "Easter Bunny Bo" - he is a cutie and I love all of the little chicks! I am entering this card in Mo's current challenge with the theme of "Perfectly Pinkalicious". You can enter your PINK creation at http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/ - join in the fun! 


Jimbo has a new favorite place to watch me while I sit at my workdesk as "his" chair is in use during the time I am sitting in it. Since he came to live with me as a 6 week old kitten - these past many weeks when I haven't been creating - he came to know this chair as his favorite resting place. In the afternoons I would be resting in my recliner and he would be taking a nap in this chair - where he could see me. He follows me to whatever room I am in and so when I started working at my workdesk again, he started sitting in the window. But at night, when the blinds were closed, he no longer wanted to sit there and so would try to sit on my machine table or the cutting table and it didn't work out very well. So, moving his small cat tree to the corner made it an option and now he loves to sit there whenever I am working.



Thank you for visiting my blog today! The weather here in this part of WI has been very on and off - trying to decide if it will be Spring or not. First we had a week of  temperatures in the 60's and then SNOW again! It is still much colder - 35 degrees right now and rain - but hopefully warmer weather is again on the way to stay! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brothers Are Blessings

Hello!

It has been such a long time since I have posted to my blog. I didn't even realize until friends and followers asked after me that it had been over a month. It has been a difficult time with daily pain/medical issues since mid December and a past year of seemingly never ending issues concerning my oldest son Jim who lives in an AFH - all of the above leaving me defeated and without motivation to create. 

One day in the mail I received a package from my brother Richard. When I opened it and saw what it was and read the note attached I started to cry. What a thoughtful and unexpected gift and the message reached my heart to know that he was thinking of me and knew how close I was to doing just that. He created this lovely pendant with a topaz stone - my birthday stone as I was born in November. He has just been working with wire and creating jewelry this past year and I am amazed at his works of art. Isn't this beautiful?

Thank you Richard for your kind thoughtfulness. You are the best! 





Another blessing of course has been my new kitten - now growing into a big cat - Jimbo/Buggy Bear. He is so beautiful and although his fur is silky like a rabbit, he still does not shed! I cannot believe how lucky I am with that! I have taken so many photos of Jimbo and will post some soon. He follows me from room to room, sleeps by me at night and is my constant companion.



Thank you to all who have written to ask me how I am doing - it is very kind of you to check my blog and good to know that you are there. Wishing you a happy day today! We have 62 degrees today in this part of WI - finally Spring is in the air! It has seemed like one of the longest winters known to man and I am so happy to feel the warm sunshine! I hope to make some Easter cards to share and I have taken applique classes and am working on a wall hanging project so hope to show my progress soon!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Friday, March 7, 2014

Jimbo's Sleep Dancing

Hello!

Jimbo's sleep times are as funny as his awake times. He is completely relaxed when he is sleeping and although he looks like he is stretching sometimes, he is sound asleep in that position. He loves to sleep on my bed when I am working on the computer or watching TV and when my son Jim is visiting he is always saying "Mom, this is a cute pose!" and I have to take another photo. :<)





A BIG yawn . . . .

and back to napping.

Not too long ago he was this size!

Thank you for stopping by today to visit my blog! It is a nice day here in this part of WI - gives one hope that there will be Spring weather soon! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jimbo's Growing SO Fast

Hello!

Jimbo has grown so fast! It's like all of a sudden he has had a growth spurt! I don't think he is a 'teenager' yet - more like nursery school is over and he is in grade school. :<) He is still small but I realize how much he has grown when I compare the photos. He is so inquisitive and funny!

February 2, 2014


March 3, 2014


January 27, 2014



March 2, 2014

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Wishing you a happy one!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Buddy On These Cold Days

Hello!

It is so cold here in this part of WI - the coldest winter in 30 years. My Jimbo/Buddy is helping me get through these difficult months. He loves to be by me - if only in the same room. When he is not "helping" me to type on the keyboard . . .

He is keeping track of me from the window.


When I leave the apartment he waits under the small table by the door for me to return.


Sometimes he takes over my computer chair to watch TV . . . .


and looks up at me when I want to sit there like "are you sure?"


When I am resting/reading in my recliner he watches over me from the table next to the chair.



He plays in the backdrop that I use to take my photos when I am sitting at my workdesk . . .


and always there is the TV to watch when I am busy posting to my blog.


Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today! I wish you a happy Sunday! My son Jim is visiting today and he and Jimbo/Buddy are having a good time.

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Punches and/or Dies Challenge

Hello!

The current challenge at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog has a theme of "Punches and/or Dies" and this is my entry. Check out the fun entries and join in the fun at http://sassycherylschallenge.blogspot.com/ The sweet little girl with her comics is one of Cheryl's new digital images called "Gabby's MARVELous Adventure" and you can find it at http://www.sassycherylsstamps.com/


Thank you for visiting my blog today! It is very cold here in this part of WI - shouldn't there be signs of Spring soon? I know that here in WI we can still have snowstorms in April but this winter has seemed so long. Wishing you a happy day and some sunshine where you are!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Too Tempting To Resist

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Jimbo is a very well behaved kitten - he learns fast and does not climb up where he should not be. But one day the temptation was just too much to resist.

I was in the kitchen fixing something to eat when I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye. In the window between the living room and the kitchen was a little kitten head looking intently at my lunch that was sitting on the board. He knew that this was not a place he was to be yet the smell of the food must have been such a strong draw that he just had to see where it was coming from. My recliner sits on the living room side of the window and he was sitting on the small table by the recliner that was just under the window. He was moving so slow and intently, trying to be so discreet, that I was able to go get my camera without him even acknowledging my leaving the kitchen.

It was such fun to take these photos and watch his slow but determined progress - he was so focused that he didn't even pay attention to me taking the photos. After he managed to get up on the window and before he reached the food, I stopped him with a "No! You know better!" and a gentle lift to the floor where I gave him a kitten treat and so all was well. I love taking photos of this funny little guy as you can see. He certainly has my heart. :<) I love the third photo where he is checking out the kitchen from this new and very interesting view.









Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ribbons On A Card and Orchid Blooms

Hello!

I have entered this card in Mo Manning's current challenge with the theme of "Add A Ribbon" - using one of her new images called "Paddy". I don't often use ribbon on my cards simply because I forget to do it. I have many ribbons and now have them on display in my work area but still I forget. On this card I used a Irish green ribbon and added some dots of Stickles to the ribbon and to the shamrocks. You can join in this fun challenge by entering your card at http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/.


My orchid is now in full bloom and I thought you might like to see photos. This is the plant that my son Jim gave to me about 2 years ago and after those blooms ended it just sat there. I faithfully watered it every week - one half cup of water - and finally after 2 years it started to get buds - a total of 9 buds - and I was so excited. On January 14th I posted photos of the first bloom opening.



This is what it looks like today. So beautiful.





Thank you for visiting my blog today! I am so grateful for all of you who continue to visit even when my posts have been few and my creations far between. Your kind comments and e-mails are heartwarming. Thank you. Wishing you a great week!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Busy Day






Thank you for visiting my blog today - wishing you a great Sunday!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Some Favorite Photos of Jimbo Are What's On WOYW?W

Hello!

As you can see I am totally in love with my new kitten Jimbo. I am having great fun taking photos of all of his funny antics and when he is just quiet and beautiful. He has the most sweet and loving nature and is so full of energy and interest in all and everything around him. He has been my saving grace, as I have said, during this time of turmoil and illness. Even though he has two names now - Jimbo and Buddy - I guess I should have called him Sweet Face. :<)

I am sharing this post today with on What's On Your Workdesk? at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ and also on Sassy Cheryl's blog Show Me Thursday at http://sassycheryls.blogspot.com/.








Thank you for visiting my blog today! So much snow here in this part of WI and now ice/rain is the forecast for tomorrow. I am so looking forward to Spring this year! Wishing you a happy day today!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane
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