Life since last Tuesday has been a little busier than normal (on top of regular happenings, we crammed in a birthday dinner, a guest, a baby shower, & a bonfire party!) so I haven’t had time to finish any new collages. Instead, here’s an Instagram collection of some of what went on…
We sold my old car! This was a huge blessing for us. She (yes, she. Her name was Lola. I’m very much a personifier.) was a beloved & dependable “first car” for me, so I’m really thrilled to know that she’s moving on to her next life as someone else’s “first car” – a sweet college freshman who was SO excited about the nice radio my husband installed for me. I really think that might have been what did it for him. Although most of the sale price was already allocated for various responsible things (blah adulthood!), a little tiny bit of it bought a bottle of my favorite champagne for celebrating.
Then there was a birthday dinner for my mother-in-law, and then my dad came to visit! He’s off work right now due to some recovery time needed after a surgery and I was able to get a day and a half off work to spend with him. Since he’s an artist (among many, many other things), we had a great time going over collages and collage techniques and collage ideas. The excited conversation necessitated a trip to Hobby Lobby for some new tools… (and a new decorative pumpkin. You can not go in Hobby Lobby for just 1 or 2 things, am I right?)
Since I knew that my friend was receiving just oodles of really awesome stuff at her baby showers, I felt free to be a little inventive with my gift. I’m no pro at hand lettering, but the offer was sincere! She (and many other moms there) were VERY excited at this idea…
It reads: One month of grocery shopping service! That’s 4 BIG Saturday stock-up trips… anything that can be bought at WalMart, Super 1, or Brookshire’s! *AND* up to 3 Emergency evening (6pm – 9pm) quick trips! [Examples: “oh no! John’s at work and I’m out of diapers! – or – “there’s nothing for dinner, wish < insert restaurant > delivered…” -or – “Mama needs a bottle of wine STAT”] HOW IT WORKS: -> make a list -> call, text, or email it to me -> sit back & wait for groceries to arrive at your door -> write a check for receipt amount
I finally got around to trying a new recipe that I’ve had printed out for awhile… Thai stir-fried sweet potato & beef with lime & mint! It was very good, although there are a few things I’ll do differently next time. (I always like to follow a new recipe pretty closely the first time just to see how it is.) I loved how sturdy & autumnal a dish it was with its orange & brown colors.
And, of course, a cat picture… Endora first came home with me as a tiny, scrawny, funny-looking all black kitten on the day before Halloween 4 years ago. She’s now a gorgeous, fully-grown feline with a totally sumptuous black coat. I love the heart shape her haunches and hair make when she squats like this:
Check back again soon for the finished “ROAR” collage! It’s ready for glue, hoping to finish it tonight or tomorrow.
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