Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AlphabeThursday - N is for New

When something isn’t working right, it’s a good idea to try something NEW.  That’s what I did.  As I look back on what’s been going on for the past few years, I see a lot of NEW things.  Rather than bore you with the details of my life, I thought I’d just show you one slice of my life: NEW art.

If you’ve followed my blog, you have seen my NEW handmade quilt.  It’s been keeping me warm this winter.  I now have a greater appreciation for quilters; it took me almost a year to complete mine.  BTY, my bed now lives in the bedroom I painted a couple of months ago – very proud of that!

Last Saturday, Valentine’s Day ❤, I configured a NEW weekly calendar for my art journal.  Previously, I’ve always made artsy, monthly calendars.  With so many NEW things happening, I decided to give myself a little more space for journaling. 

The page started out with a splatter sheet from my art table.  I cut the sheet down to size and stamped/cut some circles for it.  Next I glued down strips from more used paper to delineate day blocks.  While sitting around, watching TV, I’ve been doodling on the sheet.  That’s something NEW I hope to do more in the future.  Do you doodle?

Come see what other bloggers and web designers have to say about the Letter N, over at Ms. Jenny’s site,  …offon my tangent…

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AlphabeThursday - M is for Money

Money and finances have been on my mind since the beginning of the year.   It’s become a real problem.  I knew this day would come, when my revolving credit line could not support me anymore and I’d have to go to the bank, begging for a loan.  But I decided to do something else instead: declare bankruptcy.  

Now I don’t know how many of you out there have declared bankruptcy.  I thought I’d never do it.  But it’s much different than I expected.  Because I have a steady income, I can’t file for Chapter 7, where all your property (usually excluding house and car) is sold and turned into money to pay your creditors.  I will be filing for Chapter 13, where a lawyer will bring my case before a federal judge.  If the judge approves my repayment plan and budget, a trustee will be appointed to collect payments from me and make sure I “live up to the plan.”  So, instead of paying a local bank interest for a number of years, I will be “supporting” the legal system for five.  And find some peace of mind.  

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AlphabeThursday - All about the Letter K

The Letter “K” sound is for Keeps (stays the same), 
while the Letter “C” circulates between a hard K sound (as in Constant)
and a S sound (as in Certain).

Learn more about the alphabet and words 
that start with the Letter K in AlphabeThursday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AlphabeThursday - J is for January

When I think of the calendar, my mind starts with the month of January.  The first month of the year, the month that we are in currently, my birthday’s month.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I have calendars everywhere.  And I see January all over the place.  There’s a cloth calendar that hangs on my wall, right next to my computer, at home.  A very handy place.

Then on my computer there are two or three calendars.  The one that I like the best in my Goggle calendar.  It’s on the screen at work whenever I’m there – half my life!  I like to look at the calendar by the whole month, not one week or day at a time.  I took this photo mid-month; lots of people were on vacation at the beginning of the month, for the holidays.  I recommend this calendar if you’re trying to schedule more than one person.  It would probably work for everybody at home too.  

I can expect a Sierra Club calendar every year with great photographs, a gift from my brother.  Since there are so many calendars around the house, I decided to put this one under my Roku box, out in the living room.  As the weeks roll by, I turn the pages and get to see a new photograph.

This is probably the most useful calendar I have.   I make a table with Mircosoft Word, and fit the days in the boxes.  Then the month; It’s January!  I print it out on a sheet of paper and keep track of my bills.  Yes, call me an organizational freak; I know I am.  But it works very well and is easy to do.  I use Word tables all the time – at work and at home.   

My overall favorite calendar is in my art journal.  I make a new one every month.  Right now, you can see I'm in the middle of January.  There is a big different between a new calendar, with only geometric lines, and a colorful mosaic when the month is finished.  This calendar keeps me doing a little but of artwork everyday, even if I don’t have time or the inclination.   

 What other words begin with the letter J?  Go over the AlphabeThursday and 
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