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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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We had a bucket list for this trip, and #2 on the list was a visit to Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. It didn't disappoint, and we managed to fit in another three hikes as well. (Frankly, it was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at random reflections
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There hasn't been much computer time on our trip because we're having such a wonderful time. Since leaving Calgary, we've been on the trails almost every day---first in Glacier National Park, then Waterton Lakes, and now Banff and Lake Louise.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at random reflections
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Quite awhile ago, we gave up trying to drive the whole way from Rochester to Chicago, and usually break it up into two shorter trips. This week we decided to go all the way since we only have two days... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at random reflections
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A few months before I began my sketching journey, I started some doodles in a little sketchbook, and read a few books, one being Joanne Fink's Zenspirations, which belonged to my son-in-law. I'm pretty sure the doodle flowers on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at random reflections
That bebe is just adorable! And you can never learn about brushing your teeth too early. That's an amazing story about your birthmark. One of the most believable I've ever heard, but kind of spooky, too.
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My friend, Debbie, and I walked 5 1/2 miles along the Erie Canal this morning, and I found my "Pairs" for this week. The girls' two-person boats were out for a practice run. More two photo pairs can be found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at random reflections
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I always love Rinda's Summertime Scavenger Hunt, and it amazes me how quickly friends and family start looking for items on the list as we're traveling together. My niece's husband wanted to know what was on the list this year.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at random reflections
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It was another road trip weekend. We left Thursday and drove to Hyde Park via the Catskills to check out the location of the wedding venue for Saturday. Good thing! It was at the end of a dead end road... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at random reflections
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The best four years of my teaching career were spent team teaching a blended class where 1/3 of the students were learning disabled. Almost half my career was spent teaching special education, but when this opportunity arose, I had moved... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at random reflections
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Miss Skylar and I went for a walk last night, and happened upon this beautiful garden. The tall purple and blue flowers reminded me of my mother who had great success growing them. (Thanks to Mary-Lou, I now know they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at random reflections
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We're celebrating the first part of Father's Day with Sarah, Adam, and Caleb. Later this afternoon we'll be hitting the road home. Matt will get his card tomorrow night, but I don't think he ever reads my blog, so posting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at random reflections
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We've been in Chicago since Sunday helping Adam and Sarah move to a new house. Their landlord didn't renew their lease because he wanted to move into the house himself. Despite the hassle, they've found a much nicer place---more room,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at random reflections
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As soon as I saw this stamp set from Simon Says, I knew I wanted it. The first few times I tried to use it, however, I didn't have much success. Finally, I've managed a set of birthday cards using... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at random reflections
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I have two thank you cards to share that went off to friends. The first one uses an embossing plate that usually too fussy for me, but it seemed an appropriate background for the three butterflies. Because it's white on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at random reflections
That sentiment is just so perfect! Love your card!
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Such wonderful images in both sets! Perfect timing for upcoming summer stamping!
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on Inspiration By the Sea at {capture the moment}
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We're of the age that many of our friends are dealing with the illness and death of parents. This week a friend lost her mother. Betty lived a long and happy life, but the last few months were very difficult.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at random reflections
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Our peonies are in bloom, and I brought enough in to create a bouquet for the dining room table since we had guests for dinner on Monday night. Here are two views, one from the top, and a closer look... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at random reflections
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Congratulations on your "retirement!" That was a big job. I'll be anxious to see both quilts when you finish them. No time to while away here until August. We're on the road a lot this summer, and instead of the prospect keeping me focused, it seems to be having the opposite effect.
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2015 on time to stitch... at Morning Glory Studio
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I have a birthday card today for a friend who is an avid bike rider. I'm guessing the Memory Box bicycle die doesn't exactly replicate his road bike, but I thought he'd enjoy the card nonetheless. I started with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at random reflections
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It probably won't happen again, but I finished the May Project Life spread on June 1!!! Happy dance, here. It was pretty easy since there wasn't any travel and I never took any photos on Mother's Day or my birthday.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at random reflections
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When I took up photography as a serious hobby about eight years ago, I learned to see in new ways. Colors, light, composition, contrasts, photos within photos . . . all took on new meaning. We spend a fair amount... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at random reflections
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It's June 1, and I've already started working on my May Project Life pages! I'm hoping never to get as far behind as I did last year. Today's post is a bit longer than usual. March was a busy month... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at random reflections
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There were three anniversaries to celebrate in May. The last one is today---Sarah and Adam are celebrating their ninth anniversary! Nine years---that hardly seems possible. Here's the card that went in the mail to them. Hopefully, it arrived today before... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at random reflections
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A week from now, most of the flowering plants and trees in Highland Park will be past their peak. It will still be a beautiful place for a walk, but all the stunning color will be gone. This past week... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at random reflections
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