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Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday is Here and So Am I

I am back and it has been an eventful weekend. First , HRH Debbie's Valentine To Do was Fab U Lous and I won the give away! Yippee! A 2 Chippys necklace that will make me the envy of all whenever I wear it. Then I was contacted by sweet Kim of Daisy Cottage and I won her give away for sweet little Maggie the daschund's birthday. It is a lovely doggie themed give away with treats for me and my girls. I will definitely be posting all my goodies when they arrive. I probably should have bought a lottery ticket as well, who knew?
I accomplished a few items on my make over and to do list but nothing is near completion so I have no photos. We removed the awful carpet from Hubby's old office, soon to be his office again. We moved him to a large room on the first floor which was originally the living room. With dogs barking, people talking and the occasional running of the vacuum, it was not working out so well. So he is going back upstairs. First we have to entirely gut the room which I had hoped to make into a guest room but instead it turned into one big storage room. Does anyone else have this problem? I am shooting for 2 weeks at the maximum to have this room complete.
I also have no craft pictures as I have totally slacked on my journal commitment. I am promising myself a day in the art room this week as I also have an Easter egg swap to complete. How do you girls who join multiple swaps ever get them all finished?
I have made some progress on the treadmill. I have managed an hour of run/walk most days by not allowing myself to read unless I am on the treadmill. It is amazing how that little incentive works. So hopefully I will be ready for this... I have until October 30th to be ready for this fun run 5K. My son wants me to be ready to RUN the entire thing. They have a cute little count down on the site with how many days, hours minutes and seconds there are left until the run. Click on the logo for a link. It does help keep me motivated.
Later in the year I may take suggestions on my costume as this is a Halloween event run through a graveyard with a big party afterward.
Since I have been lax in the makeover department I thought I would post a little link to picnik.com. I have been reading about this fun free photo editing site on many of your blogs so I had to check it out. I haven't gotten too far into it but I did play a bit with one of my Fountain Square photos from downtown Cincinnati. Below is the Genius of Water as I photographed her this summer.
By adding a "60's" option and a museum matte option plus some text I got this...
A fun little vintage look I may print into note cards. This took maybe 10 minutes. It is really fun to play with if you have a few minutes to spare.
I want to say thanks again to TNT, the Chippys, and Kim and Maggie for their thoughtful generosity and how much fun and pleasure they bring to my day when I visit their blogs. Stop over and say "Hello" for me.

Have a marvelous Monday, P.
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5 comments:

trash talk said...

Wow, were you ever the lucky girl this weekend. How about hubby? Was he lucky too? I may have to go to that piknik site and play around(when I get time). I've got to get things done around here. Even my dog is starting to write his name in the dust! Debbie

thedomesticfringe said...

Your time on the treadmill is both inspiring and motivating. I've gotten my butt in gear (literally) and have been hitting the treadmill too. I don't think I'm doing as well as you. It's great you're going to run the 5K...very awesome.

-FringeGirl

A-M said...

Thank you for visiting me on my birthday. Your kind words made my day! A-M xx

delighted heart said...

Congrats on winning the necklace! You so deserve it no being down here with the Texas girls! I like that idea about reading on the treadmill. I've got a mini give-a-way going on tonight...A BOOK to read on the treadmill! leave me a comment and I'll put your name in the hat! Good luck on your 5K training!
Blessings!
Patti

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Great idea :)