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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Outstanding October - 2015

October 31 -- Halloween

I think I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  I don't know why.  Part of me loves the dressing up and pretending to be someone else for a while.

Family dress up time

I made this one

Early 1980's

Late 1970's




















As you can tell I have a fondness for the saloon girl type.  Maybe because I am such a "good girl" all the time, this gives me a chance to let my wanton ways out for a little while.

And of course there is the candy.  Who doesn't love candy?  (Although if I'm ever going to look like I do in those pictures again, I best stay away from that stuff now!)

I am just not so fond of the creepy, scary stuff.  For a while our son wanted to have the bloody, masked face kind of costumes.  I let him have them but they weren't my favorites.  I also don't like haunted houses much.  Maybe it's a control thing, since you never know when something might pop out at you.  I like some scary movies, but more the suspense/mystery type, not the blood and guts gory type.

I remember when our oldest daughter was about 2 or 3 and about to go trick or treating for the first time (I didn't take her out when she was smaller than that because in my opinion she was too young to know what was going on).  We took two steps out the front door and she saw other kids dressed up, got scared and we went back inside.  She didn't really start trick or treating until she was in kindergarten with her friends.

This year all the kids are grown and out of the house and hubby is away for another week.  I will get candy to give out for the neighborhood kids but I'm not dressing up, although I may wear black and orange.  It somehow doesn't seem the right time for a sleazy saloon girl.  Maybe something will strike me when I go to get the candy, although at this point all the "good" stuff could be gone.  

I'm adding this post to the Weekender Link Party.  Check out other bloggers' take on Halloween!



Well, we've come to the end of Outstanding October.  It has been a pretty good one at that.  Next I'm thinking of going with Nostalgic November.  It seems kind of fitting because November holds Thanksgiving and spending time with family and friends.  Kind of makes you think of the "Good old days" doesn't it?  I hope you'll come along with me.

Let me know what you thought of my Outstanding October!  I love comments.  Happy Halloween all!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge - Book 16

Moving right along here, I finished the book by Cal Ripken, Jr., "The Only Way I Know."  It was interesting reading about his years during "the streak."  I didn't realize there were people who actually wanted him to take a day off.  I remember watching TV the night he broke the record and it was very moving.  Now I know what it felt like for him.

On to Book 16.  I've chosen the "Rolling Stone Interviews" published in 1971.



This one has interviews with Eric Clapton, Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Chuck Berry just to name a few.

Eric Clapton

Mick Jagger

John Lennon
  
I'm going to count this as my "book with short stories" and I'm going to be honest, some of them I am going to skim through, like the one on Ravi Shankar.  I did read most of it but some of it just didn't interest me.  

I know there is no way I'm going to be able to get to 52 books this year but half would be nice.  Definitely going to try it again next year.  How about you?  Read more books than me?   


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Outstanding October - 2015

October 24 -- Stumbled across this fun blog party and decided to give it a try.



I may not be able to contribute every time, but this weekend's theme is marriage and since hubby and I have been married for 31 years, I think I may have something to say on the subject.

I have written about our beginnings here.

But there is so much more.  We are certainly not the longest married couple around but in this day and age where a "marriage" can last but days or a few months before the couple gives up and divorces, 31 years is a pretty significant amount of time.

It has not always been a walk in the park.  (I don't even know that we've ever taken a walk in the park unless you count me walking around the golf course with him while he plays golf.  That was a frequent "date" for us when we were first together).  We have had our share of stressors including major surgery on my jaws which changed the shape of my face and three major surgeries for him, two on his stomach and one on his back.

We've endured him working odd shifts like graveyard (11 pm to 7 AM) and swing shift (3:30 PM to 11:30 PM) where almost days would go by and even though we were living in the same house, we hardly saw each other because I was working and taking care of the kids so I had to keep "normal" hours.  During those times we would leave notes for each other.  He once wrote out the words to the song "You Are My Sunshine" and left them taped to the coffee maker so I would see it first thing in the morning.

My mother used to give these out to every wedding she was invited to.  I think that they are a good starting point, although some of them are a tad old fashioned.  I particularly like the one about "making up before you retire" and have made that one of the things I try to live by.  We rarely go to sleep, or even leave the house, mad at each other.  There have been a few exceptions, but I think in all the years we've been together I could count those on one hand.  The other one I agree with is "date night."  It is important, especially after the children come along, to keep the romance fresh because when the kids are grown, it will be just the two of you again.    

Husband

Wife

To those "rules" I might add an 11th suggestion.  Put a quarter (dollar) in a jar every time you make love in the beginning of your marriage.  It slows down a bit as you get older but by your 30th anniversary, you'll be able to take some kind of second honeymoon!  (Too bad no one told us that when WE were married).

Something else I learned in the 30 years is that while it is definitely important to do things together (we have our concerts, we like to watch baseball together, I enjoy watching him golf), it is also necessary to maintain a sense of self.  Especially on the woman's side.  There were many years where I did nothing without my husband and/or the children.  I had no outside interests and no girlfriends of my own.  I thought I didn't need them.  I was wrong and a few years ago I began to have a meltdown.  I needed to find myself again, do things with friends without the husband and kids, have an interest that was not tied to running the household.  Once I realized that and started having lunch dates or "girls night out" then I began to get my "self" back.    

As I said in my previous post, the keys, in my mind, are communication, honesty and respect.  Sometimes the subjects are hard to discuss, but sweeping something aside that really bothers you only makes it grow.  Lying leads to all kinds of problems.  Respect for each other's feelings and opinions (even though you may not agree with them) is also necessary.  To keep all that together is definitely work but it is definitely worth it.  



  Well, that's my contribution to this Weekender Theme Link Party.  Would love to hear your comments!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Outstanding October - 2015

October 20 - This past weekend I had two very different but very fun outings.  The first was on Saturday where I got a chance to celebrate the collective 60th birthdays of our high school graduating class of 1973.

The idea for this came a couple of years ago when our class got together for three magical days to celebrate our 40th reunion!

Banner from our reunion two years ago

Yikes!  Such a long time!  Some of us (me included) were a little nervous about meeting up with people we had not seen in 40 years.  After all, with a few exceptions, most of us have changed just a bit.  As I said, the three days we had together was something magical and since we all wanted a reason to get together again, our 60th birthdays sounded like just the right excuse!

60 cupcakes for 60 years

Blue and gold were our school colors

 
Decorations up
Aside from the charge to rent the space, this was a very low cost, low key affair.  Everyone brought their own food and some brought things to share.  Most everyone also contributed to reimbursing the classmates who had put down the money to rent the picnic area.  Such a generous class!

I think one of the reasons we want to stay in touch with each other is that our high school has not only been shut down for many years, but lately there has been talk of tearing the old building down to build more housing.  That will be a very sad day.  Plus, we're just a really nice bunch of people!  We have our characters for sure, but that just adds to the fun.  There were a few kids (yes, I said kids), who came to the birthday party who had not been able to make it to the reunion and it was very nice to see them!  Now we are trying to figure out a reason to get together again.

The next day, Sunday, I participated in my very first craft vendor fair.  It was a good learning experience for me and I did even manage to make a couple of sales!  


Cards

Mini albums


There are some things I would do differently.  I think I need to find a shelf or something so I can utilize more height.  I forgot to bring some scarves I had intended to sell but it turns out I probably would not have had room for them anyway.  I forgot to charge sales tax, but I only sold two things so that's not a big deal.  I'm glad I thought to take pictures of the table so I could see how things looked from the other side and I'm pretty happy with the banner I made for the front of the table.  I'm thinking of doing another one next month to catch the holiday shoppers.  

Well, that's the latest installment of Outstanding October!  I need a few days to recoup but I'm looking forward to finishing this month with some more outstanding happenings!



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Outstanding October - 2015

October 11 -- This month is already whizzing by!  I can hardly believe it has been a week since I posted.  Time flies when you're having fun?

Yesterday was a scrapbook day, Croptoberfest, organized by one of my friends, Celeste.  She used to be a Creative Memories consultant and has been hosting these events for a few years now.

It starts with gathering supplies, which is relatively simple for me since I have my Scrapbox and am so organized (LOL).  For this crop I knew I wanted to work on my concert album so it was easy to put everything together.  I already keep all my "Music"-related things in a clear container.  The black rolling container holds ink, extra papers, templates, washi tape, pens, tape runner, scissors, and the like.  Much more than I will use but you never know.  




In the pink bag is the actual album along with my wallet, extension cords in case I have to plug in my iPad, keys, etc.  In the blue bag are things that I am donating.  Each crop Celeste has a table where you can put things you don't want anymore and other people can come and take them if they want.  At the end of the day the leftovers get donated to a school.  Nice idea.  I always find something that will work perfectly with a project I am doing.  Plus, I am clearing space in my stash!  Win-Win.

  

When we get to the crop, Celeste always has a goodie bag waiting for us at our table.  She has some pretty neat stuff!





From 10 AM to 6 PM, a roomful of women gather and scrapbook or make cards or other fun things.  I am lucky to have my niece, Donna, come and share the day with me!  She has to drive about 1-1/2 hours to get here but we have so much fun together!  In a few weeks I'll go up and visit with her and my sister, so it works out.



I wish I could say that I got more done but some of the time, of course, is spent chatting and I am working with pictures right now that are not the best quality so I really want to make the pages look good to make up for that.  I did at least finish one concert from 2008.  It was a Foreigner concert, the last one of that particular season at the Mountain Winery.


Kind of a good thing there were only three at our table since I sort of spread my stuff out a bit. 

These are three completed pages.  I try to add the set list to each concert, along with our tickets. 

First page

Second page

Third page

These are almost done.  I just need to add a little more embellishment to them.  

Fourth page

Fifth Page
This was a great show.  We had pretty good seats, although my camera was an old one so the pictures aren't the best.  Kelly Hanson, the lead singer, comes out into the crowd and we were close enough so that my hubby was able to get two guitar picks from Mick Jones!  I saw on E-Bay that those picks go for about $10 each!  Mine are not for sale!

Once I get started, it can go pretty fast, but it takes me time to pick out the perfect papers and sort through the pictures.  On the first page I used a template from Lea France for the first time.  I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out.  

That was my Saturday.  How about you?  Do anything Outstanding?  Love to hear about it!

  



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Outstanding October - 2015

October 4 -- Yesterday was World Card Making day and while I didn't actually make any cards, I did get some magazines to give me some ideas.


I love the different magazines they have, though most are from the United Kingdom.  I get the ones that come with gifts, either paper or sometimes stamps and embellishments. 

I also did do some crafting, I finished one Christmas project and started another:


This is a Christmas mini made using old CDs.  It is double sided and there is room to put pictures and journaling.  Even a pocket that you could slip a gift card in if you want to use it as a gift.


This is one made using an old cheese wedge container, also for a Christmas mini.  It will have 8 double sided circles with room for pictures and journaling also.  I am hoping to get this finished in time for the craft boutique I will be participating in later this month.

I love recycling everyday items to make them new, unique treasures.  

What did you do for World Card Making Day? 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Outstanding October - 2015

October 2 -- After the Spectacular September Blog-tember challenge, I am ready for an Outstanding October, how about you?  I am pretty proud of the fact that I managed to post 23 times last month, mostly thanks to the challenge!

On to October, which is starting off with a bang!  I did not post yesterday because I had work to catch up on since last night was our last concert of the year, Scorpions at SAP Center.  We decided to leave the house early in hopes of missing most of the work traffic and get to San Jose with enough time to find a place to have something to eat before the concert.  We did hit some traffic but managed to get down there in plenty of time.  Not having researched the area, which is something I usually do, we did not know quite where to find a place to eat.  All we really wanted was some appetizer type food and a drink.  As luck would have it, we found the perfect spot.  It was on a side street off the main road and we just kind of happened on it by accident.  There was a parking spot right in front and a sign outside that said "Riverboat Prawns and garlic bread."  We parked and went in.  It is called "Louisiana Bistro" and says that it is the "taste of N'awlins."  We decided on a sampler tray which consisted of popcorn shrimp, catfish and chicken wings and a side caesar salad.  We were very impressed.  In fact, there were so many good things on the menu that we decided we must go back again.

Next it was on to the concert.  First our typical pre-concert mini-tailgate:

 
and then it was in to the SAP Center to our favorite little bar:


Sounds like we drink a lot but not really.


We made our way down to our seats...on the floor, 14 rows back from the stage, which had a runway that ended right near where we were sitting so I knew we were going to get some good shots.

First up was Queensryche, a band that I thought was a Queen's cover band.  Turns out it is not.  I didn't know any of the songs but Bill knew a few.  Not really my type of music but whatever.  It all adds to the experience.


And then came Scorpions!  One of the best concerts ever.  Certainly the best one of this year, although ACDC last week was pretty darn good too.

Up close

and personal
The band was up and down the runway all night and Kottak's drum set rose high into the air.  I have some great pictures that I will be posting on Facebook and definitely will go into my concert scrapbook.  I even managed to get a video of "Rock You Like a Hurricane."



We made friends with a couple that was sitting behind us and all in all it was a fantastic night.  Definitely the kind of thing I want to happen for an Outstanding October.  

Today it was back to the grind of work and the routine, but I suppose all 31 days of October aren't necessarily going to be outstanding.  I don't think I could handle too many days in a row like yesterday...I'm getting too old :)

I hope you are ready to roll with me on this October of fun.  Let me know how yours is going.  I love comments!