Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ali Edwards' DECEMBER DAILY 2015

This is my third year doing this project and I love it.  I truly do.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, go to and check out her blog.  She has been doing this project for years and every year that I do it I enjoy it even more.

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Jacquie preparing our pages for this project.  The idea is that you do a page a day (or two pages a day!) and tell a story on each day of December.  Ali does it through the 25th of December, I like to do it through the 31st.  Just seems more complete that way.

What you do ahead of time are your foundation pages, that way every day is already started!  All you have to do is add pictures (or not) and your story for the day.  I was looking at least year's album and the album for 2013 and I am so glad I did it!

Tomorrow I will post my foundation pages so you can get an idea of what I am talking about.  But please check out this project!  You will be so glad you did it!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My December Daily 2014

My friend Teri wanted to see my 2014 December Daily so I did this little video.  Not a great video but at least you can see the journal!  This is one of my favorite projects of the year.

Already started preparing my 2015 December Daily.  Ali Edwards is my muse!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November..... Wow!

This year has just flown by.  It ends so sadly with the death of my mom but many good things came with this year also.   I think about that every day.  God took my mom but gave me so much this year.

I am almost caught with The Documented Life Project - only behind two weeks which is great considering the past few months.  I made a commitment to myself to do this project in its entirety this year and I am really glad I did.  It keeps me focused.

Now.... I have the Ali Edward Story Stamps since it started and am WAY WAY behind on that!  I love them!! It's just time seems to get away from me.  I am hoping to get at least one or two done this week and will start sharing it here.   Ali is such an incredible inspiration to document your life.  I am so thankful of her.

Speaking of thankful.....  No.  I am not even going to try to do a gratitude journal this year... Just not enough time in the day.

How about you?  Are you doing a gratitude journal????

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weekend at the Jersey Shore

On October 15 I flew to New Jersey to spend the weekend with my "crew".  I was invited to Teri's new house for the weekend and I am so glad I went.  It recharged me.

If you are very lucky you have people in your life who motivate you, who make you feel loved without saying a word, who make you feel valued and PART of something.  I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else but me but that's it in a nutshell.

Eileen Bellomo, Teri Flemal, Pat Tillery and I spent the weekend cooking, doing art, talking and watching movies and it was like a shot of mind vitamins for me.  I will forever be thankful for these friendships.

Teri got us each two pumpkins to decorate.  Her house
looks so pretty wither halloween decorations.

.My baby boy!!!!  Love him!
He is the cutest thing EVER.

 Teri's home is so beautiful and the area surrounding
it is also.

I always thought of New Jersey as dirty and ugly. Boy
was I wrong!

This place is amazing.

 Eileen introduced us to a new tool that
does the loops for the beading!!  I love it!

Pat taught us the coptic stitch.  I already forgot it
but plan to use it!

Pat is such a great cook.  She always has these
fabulous recipes for food that is not only good
but healthy.

Eileen is the salad queen so she makes all our

Teri just drinks!!!

 We went and took a class blowing glass!  It was really fun
and different.  I don't think I would take this up as a hobby
but the pieces we saw were absolutely gorgeous.  We each
made a small pumpkin which is great because every holiday
it will remind of this time together.

The weather was SPECTACULAR!

 Teri's new house is beautiful.  The neighborhood is also.  Hmmmmmm..... wonder how she would feel about having me for a neighbor????


Beautiful evening view of the Jersey Shore.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was hanging with Cody!

 Check out Eileen's owl mask!  Absolutely gorgeous!***

 Teri's altered halloween tin was fabulous!!!

Thank you ladies for an awesome weekend!

Yesterday would have been my mom's 80th birthday

My mom would have been 80 years old yesterday.  That's a long time and I am blessed to have had my parents through adulthood.  But wow, what a miserable day I had yesterday.   My father's death was so awful with the cancer - and we lost my mom in 4 days so I guess her death was so much better for her.  But for some reason I just can't get my head around the fact that she is dead.  So strange.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I miss you mom

"Hello Mother"

"Hello hija"

This was the way we started our telephone conversations every single night.  Four words.  I miss you mom.

Monday, October 5, 2015

ELENA VIGIL October 26, 1935 - September 27, 2015

I have lost my mother.  We buried her on October 1st.  It still does not seem possible that I lost her so quickly.  She went to the hospital while I was in Europe.  Nobody told me.  It's mom - she has been in and out of the hospital a million times.  Nobody wanted to ruin my vacation.

By the time I got home on September 23, 2015 she was no longer speaking.  I don't know whether or not she could hear me but I really hope so.  I had spoken to her on the phone while I was in Europe but I never got to say goodbye.  It bothers me.  A lot.

She didn't have much pain.  I didn't let her.  I gave her meds every time I even THOUGHT she was in pain.  She died peacefully.  She was 80 years old.  She had a very good life.  I am grateful.