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Joyce Doenges
Mother of two wonderful adults and passionate observer of life.
Interests: stamping, scrapbooking, quilting, altered journals
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I am definitely a Starbucks mug addict. I have quite a few plus several different incarnations. My favorites would have to be the architecture series. My first purchase was in Las Vegas and I found the tree ornament size of that particular mug. Then, I couldn’t find that mug any longer so I switched to purchasing the “city” mugs. I was on a pretty good... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Sometimes we all need just a little time away. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Generally the mall is the last place you will find me, ever, but Wednesday I needed something and I had already been to Target so I thought I would give Macy’s a try. I did find what I was looking for, but then I also found this t-shirt. It immediately brought me back to a Christmas when Jason was 2 or 3. All he wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Trying to move quicker than the incoming storm, Mark and I managed to do some yardwork on Monday. Our yard has really suffered neglect with us opening the shop this past spring. A quick mow and once over with the trimmer seemed to make a great deal of difference in the appearance of the yard. Not to mention the weeding, I think we filled 6... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Saturday afternoon, after closing the shop for the day, Mark and I headed over to the Burlington County Farm Fair. The last time I experienced a fair like this was the summer Mark and I drove cross country. It turned out that his hometown of Olney was having their fair during our visit. As it turns out, this farm fair was much larger in scope... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Don’t ask me how I ended up with this book, I really couldn’t tell you. But, it was next in the pile so I picked it up and started reading. Before I knew it, I had reached the end. I do that. I have a hard time reading novels because once I become engaged, I have a hard time putting the book down. Even books... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Meet Gary. Gary was Jessica’s bike and is used to tooling around Brooklyn. Tomorrow, bright and early, Gary will be embarking on a very long road trip with Mark and Ted. I think I may end up calling this “Ted and Mark’s Excellant Adventure”. From what I understand, Ted has planned this excursion to the beach. Which beach, I am not sure, but any beach... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Seriously, this cat is the strangest cat that has ever graced our home. Last evening, after working late, I came home to find him very agitated. Not sure why, but I chose to just go on with what I had planned to do - shower and then finish my latest novel. I was sitting in the dining room, preparing to place an order for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Seriously, this cat is the strangest cat that has ever graced our home. Last evening, after working late, I came home to find him very agitated. Not sure why, but I chose to just go on with what I had planned to do - shower and then finish my latest novel. I was sitting in the dining room, preparing to place an order for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Reading is something that has always been a huge part of my summer. I remember as a child, curling up in a livingroom chair and reading Nancy Drew Mysteries or the Boxcar Children for hours. Then I would run to the library to return the books I read and take out another 4 books to start the process all over again. These days I still... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Each year I set forth a manifesto for my summer. This is the time of year that I need to remind myself about doing what’s right for myself and my family. Health is usually at the top of my list along with relaxing and taking the time to smell the roses. This year, now that we have the shop, I feel it is even more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Sundays are for...sleeping late, taking in the sunshine... Sunday chores... watching the birds... reading in your pajamas... watching the clouds float by... bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches... basically just hanging out! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Wednesday morning Mark and I headed off for an adventure. I love to travel with my hubby because we travel so well together. We had no set agenda and no time frame. I just had two expectations. First, that we would have a late lunch at Millers’ Smorgasbord because Mark had never been there. Second, I wanted to stop by the classroom of The Old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Fridays are a great night to hang out at the shop. The first Friday of the month we have a UFO group that gathers to work on their current projects. This past Friday was no different. We were all gathered in the shop, milling around, taking a peek at new arrivals when we heard the sound of rocks against the window. Hale. I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Actually, no hopping happened today, vertigo and all that. Today I rowed to two quilt shops that are close to my home. I have been curious about what is happening in the quilty world outside of my quilt shop. Also, I am a sucker for Row x Row patterns and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at My Shop Hop
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Jessica texted and asked me out on a date. Her intent, to purchase me a decent mascara that would not run all over my face when I had a hot flash. The reality is that I have not been happy with my mascara for quite a while. I have actually stopped wearing mascara just because of the racoon eyes that it gives me! We met... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Most of my time this past week has been spent at the shop. Boy has it felt good. I feel like I have a better understanding of things although, what I understand does not hold a candle to all of the wonderful women I work with each day. I have decided that beginning next week I will spend at least a couple of days at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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The joke of the evening was that I waited until Beer Week was over. Seriously, it wasn’t a joking matter. I have been suffering with a cold since last Wednesday. I should have noticed the warning signs but I didn’t. It is not in my nature to slow down. The cold, as it were, took the traditional route. Meaning that by Friday, I had no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Summer that is, summer is getting close. The solstice is on the 20th, but my last day of school with students is the 16th. As far as I’m concerned, summer starts the minute I do not need to report to school. Oh, the first day is the 20th. See how well that all worked out! There are a couple of things I am really looking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Pleased to report that report cards are completed. I will review them once before submission but I am feeling quite accomplished this evening. The end of the school year is fast approaching and I must say, I’m not quite ready. Every year I try very hard to purge the unnecessary and organize what I know I need. Unfortunately, I was good at purging until this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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In my world it means just one thing, stress. You see, I am not very good at keeping an organized classroom. I am a pile-er. Is that even a word? I tend to put things in piles. I have lots of piles and unfortunately, I often forget which pile I place things in. That means, in June, I spend a great deal of time trying... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Mark and I first met back in 2009 while he was in New Jersey taking care of his mom. During the six weeks between when we met and the day he moved, we walked. In fact, after our first date, the time we spent together was either walking throughout our neighborhood or working on my garden. A couple of days ago we renewed our evening... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Guess where I was! Yes, yesterday I took the whole day off. Not even a peek at the store’s email yesterday. Not even a peek at the store’s Facebook page! It felt good to have a whole day off. We planned a little road trip because Mark’s sister is in from out of town and renting a place in Ocean City. We picked up my... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Leaving the house on the morning of the thirteenth, I couldn’t help but notice how long the grass had gotten in the yard. Actually the result of too many days of rain. Looking at this picture it is hard to see where the grass ends and the gardens begin. Truth be told, the whole yard is looking like a hot mess of weeds! Friday I... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Thursday, what a busy day! I woke up late and ran around the house like a chicken with my head cut off just trying to make it to school on time. I really don’t like when my days start that way. Unfortunately it is becoming a trend! School was relatively uneventful. I really enjoy my class but I believe that they are ready for the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts