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Karen
Interests: paper crafts, blogs, photography
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Last year, my friend, Maureen, introduced me to Kittelberger's. I knew the name as a wonderful florist, but had no idea that it was also a large and beautiful gift shop. They opened a small restaurant just around the corner... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at random reflections
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I planned this post in my mind early this morning before it was light, and I got so busy during the day I almost forgot to take the photos before it got dark this afternoon. (Yes, afternoon. There is so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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Just a quick Memorandum Monday post, waving at Sian and friends! I'm hoping to return by the end of the day with my Five in Five (actually on the 5th!). Have to wait for it to get light first. I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at random reflections
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We spent the week of Thanksgiving in Chicago with Sarah, Adam, and Caleb. Sarah is expecting a little girl in January so a lot of our time was spent moving their office from the second floor to the basement, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at random reflections
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This week is the Addicted to CAS challenge site's 4th birthday, and appropriately, they've chose Congratulations as their theme for the current challenge. Long time friends of ours are celebrating their anniversary this coming week. It's definitely an occasion for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at random reflections
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We've had an unusually warm and sunny November, for which I've been very grateful. This past weekend we set two records: one for a high temperature and one for the amount of snow in one storm for November! From top... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at random reflections
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It was a very unusual weekend. It began with a record high temperature on Friday of 72°. This morning we woke up to nearly a foot of snow and very windy conditions. We've definitely been spoiled, and I'm definitely not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at random reflections
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As promised, I'm back with another card for Virginia's View Challenge: Stripes and Plaid. On our way home from Chicago in September we stopped at Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. I found a really cute stamp set from Impression Obsession called... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at random reflections
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Somehow I always seem to be late to Virginia's challenges; sometimes I miss them altogether despite the fact that I always have ideas for them. This time I'm down to the last two days for Virginia's View Challenge: Stripes and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at random reflections
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On Monday we drove up to Niagara-on-the-Lake to pick up a watercolor we ordered and had framed. It had been a month since we'd been there last, and I was surprised to see that most of the leaves on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at random reflections
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We celebrated the life of our friend, Bob, this weekend. It was a beautiful and meaningful service. Tracy was one of three speakers. He reflected on their 22 years of hiking through the backcountry in the Adirondacks which brought smiles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at random reflections
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August was a very heavy photo month with a week in Nantucket. Not only were there lots of family photos, but many photos of the beautiful island. And, of course, the trip was not the only activity I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at random reflections
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The current challenge at The Card Concept is "Pretty in Pink." One of the things that's interesting about this challenge is the categories they've set up for card designs. I have a trio of cards for this challenge: A simple... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at random reflections
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Our church has sponsored The Grocery Run (a 5K race/walk) for the last six years. This is the third or fourth time I've walked the 5K. 100% of the proceeds go to hunger ministries, not only at our church but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at random reflections
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I'm joining in with Sandi and her monthly 5 in 5---five photos in five minutes. I had to pick up my pace today to get these photos in five minutes, but it was a gorgeous November day, and it seemed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at random reflections
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I'd hoped to have two entries to this week's CASology Challenge, "Welcome," since we have not one, but two, friends who have just moved into new homes. But the weekend was particularly busy, and only one is finished. It's a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at random reflections
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A quick post to enter a card in the TIME OUT challenge: "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart." This is the first time I've entered one of their challenges, but the challenge has popped up a couple of times lately,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at random reflections
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July was a jam-packed month, but I managed to limit my pages to two double page spreads. Madelyn Tyler was born early in July, and her arrival brought Sarah, Adam, and Caleb to Rochester for a week's visit. During that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at random reflections
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Monday I posted our activity for Halloween, but I saved some photos for this week's SNAP. The upper left photo is my favorite of the little cat and little panda trick or treating. Their adorable baby sister was dressed for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at random reflections
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As an elementary school teacher for 37 years, I was never a great fan of Halloween. Being the grandmother to several youngsters has changed my tune a bit, and I enjoy crafting for all of them. I made little tins... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at random reflections
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We had a lovely sunny day on Friday, and tonight while watching the World Series I had time to edit the photos of the Project Life pages I completed earlier this week. May ended up being one double page spread.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at random reflections
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When I spotted the inspiration photo for the Card Concept Challenge this week, I knew I had the perfect stamp set for it. I recently bought the Hero Arts set, "Autumn," which I had yet to use. The design of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at random reflections
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When we were in the Finger Lakes Saturday, it was clearly peak time for the foliage. Despite the gray skies, the leaves were lovely. The prettiest views were along Cayuga Lake, but there wasn't any good place to stop for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at random reflections
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The 25th of the month snuck up on me, and I didn't get started on this card until this morning. I love the inspiration piece of this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, so I was determined to create a card... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at random reflections
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Waving to Sian and the Monday Memorandum folks recounting weekend adventures and things learned. The weather was pretty awful all weekend. After being spoiled for so long with warm, sunny weather, we were inundated with rain and cold winds. Friday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at random reflections