A blog to share about Adrenal insufficiency, Addison's Disease, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Music, Inspiration, Scrapbooking and other elements viewed through the lens of my life. I'm hoping that others who are traveling this journey may find some commonality, and maybe some information and inspiration.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I'm participating in The Mother Load class by Lain Ehman at Big Picture Classes, and part of our assignment this week was to scrap a page in thirty minutes, start to finish. This felt like a real challenge to me, but I jumped right in. Here's my result:

I did this entirely digitally. I'm not sure I'd be able to scrap a good looking page in only thirty minutes using printed photos and paper. The longest part of my process was finding an embellishment that coordinated with the photos.

Things that helped me accomplish this:

*being able to scan through my photos in iPhoto quickly

*having my digital supplies tagged by color

*having my digital templates tagged by the number of photos

The template, embellishments and green paper by Owl Tree Studio, dotted paper from The Daily Digi.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Why Leave Home?

I spent last week having a great staycation while my daughter visited from California. I actually did almost no work (only answered a few emails), and we spent our days going for walks at the beach, playing at the beach and at home with my grandkids who live nearby, reading, and eating good food. It was very restful.

Of course having a great staycation was helped a great deal by the fact that we happen to live on an island in the middle of the Pacific with great beaches and sunshine.

We had the treat of laying on the beach with a Hawaiian monk seal basking on the nearby rocks. The official who was standing by guarding her said she is expecting a pup any day. I hope she found a quiet, secluded spot for her young one. There are only about 1,000 Hawaiian monk seals left, so each pup is precious.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thought for the day

Adult children are sometimes more of a pain than when they were kids. Even though I love them with all my heart.

All those lessons I tried to teach them that they somehow didn't absorb! Small things and sometimes big things.

Just a Saturday morning rant.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Simple Pleasure

Our grandchildren who live nearby are at our house frequently for visits or sleep-overs. On a recent visit, our oldest granddaughter and I were taking a walk together, enjoying the lovely day, when she came up with the idea of having a picnic lunch. We promptly returned to the house to put a few simple items into the basket. There is a nice little mini park near the house, so that is where we headed. We had such a good time eating in the sunshine and watching the cloud shapes transform in the breeze.

Sometimes it takes a fresh young mind to think of the simple pleasures that surround us. I hope we'll have many picnics in the future. These kind of moments are what memories are made of.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Garden Work

In the garden by PattiP88
In the garden, a photo by PattiP88 on Flickr.

We've spent the weekend working on updating the garden. Yesterday was a 5 hour trip to nurseries looking for specific things we wanted. I had to take a long nap when we got home.

Today was spent clearing out the old wood chips, to be replaced with black lava rock, and spreading compost and Sluggo. We have a massive slug problem these days. I didn't do much of the work today, since I was doing my other, normal work mostly.

The lovely specimens in the photo are new additions to my orchid collection.