Thursday, August 25, 2016

In Limbo

I'm currently in limbo.

My PC died. Literally died. I had just finished a few layouts, and suddenly the screen on the computer went wonky, and then the computer shut itself off...


I was sick to my stomach about it for 3 days. I still am, but those first three days, those were the worst. You may recall me talking about a new Mac computer we bought, back in January. We had supposedly 'migrated' all our stuff from the PC to the Mac, but as you might expect, there were problems. Do things ever run smoothly in the technical world?

The issues never got fully resolved. We never saw the final migration totally completed.

We saved all our data onto an external hard drive, so I have everything up until January. Supposedly.
[By the way, I'm using finger quotes when I say "supposedly"]

I'm not very computer literate. I get nervous about anything that doesn't go exactly the way it's supposed to. I suppose that goes back to all the years of calling the IT desk for help at work. I never dreamed of solving things myself. Always a nice young man came up and solved things for me...  So, I have the external hard drive, and 'supposedly' all the information on there. [Seriously, fingers crossed]

After a while, we had two computers to choose from. And I always chose the PC of course, it's what I know/knew. I still used PSE, which worked perfectly fine. Why worry about downloading that onto a new computer and learning the new ins and outs of PSE on a Mac? Plus, none of my photos came over during the migration, so even if I had the new program, how did I get to my pictures? It's becoming clear to me by the way, that at least one of my kids should get into 'computer stuff', so they can help their dear old Mum...

So, nothing changed, in how I used our PC computer. I continued on, quite merrily, doing what I've always done.

Sometime, the CD burner on the PC quit working. I'm going to say February-ish. Don't know why, but accessing the CD Burner was no longer an option. Did I just date myself there? By using the words CD Burner in a sentence? Again, that's what I had, and it's whats I knew/know. Please don't judge me.

However, I have all my photos burned onto CD's. Except the photos since Jan-Aug, because, I couldn't...

In the grand scheme of things... I have 10 years worth of photos burned onto CD's, so to say I don't have the last 7 months of photos backed up... Well, it sucks, but it's not the end of the world. Plus, I've kept up to date with printing off my project life photos, so I think I have up to week 24 printed off... But that's where it ends. Week 24 was back to the first week of June... So I have the paper copy of that, but not the digital copies...

The worst part, is I haven't printed off a digital copy of my regular scrapbook layouts since last summer. From 8x8 up to 12x12. It's too expensive in Canada to print them off [a 12x12 size runs $5.99 per page. Per. Page] So, I tend to save them up until I have a significant amount, and send them to be printed in the states. But there again, the Canadian dollar is just terrible right now. The last time I sent photos to be printed, I sent them to Persnickety, I was really displeased with what came back to me...  And I had to pay in US $$ to be disappointed. So I've been a bit gun shy about sending my stuff there, hence the reason I have over a years worth of layouts, that didn't get printed off... Eeks.

So, I'm hoping I can get those layouts back.

Speaking of layouts, I also do a school album for the the kids. I had just finished the pages for Mad's Gr 5 year and Mace's Gr 8 year also. But didn't send them to Costco... Bummer. If I'd at least done that, I could get to those photos... So those are stuck on the computer also.

Any way... I'm not the only person this has happened to. It just totally sucks.

My last complaint is, this isn't high on Barry's radar... To have someone come in and pay them, to restore stuff on our PC. If that's even possible. He has a work computer, so doesn't think twice about the inconvenience I'm experiencing. I have commitments too, so I'm desperate to the this sorted out.

Just like that, the sick to my stomach feeling is back... It didn't go away after all.

I'm hoping that this issue gets solved.

Until then, it's going to be quiet on this front. Can't even post a photo here...

Friday, August 12, 2016

PL2016 - Week 22

So, it's the 12th of August.

We're officially 6 weeks through summer. Kids are off for another 3 weeks. So many of the blogs and people I follow on IG are heading or have headed back to school. That seems so sad...

In June, when all those same bloggers and IG-ers are sharing teacher appreciation gifts, and showing themselves with last day of school photos, at the beach, enjoying their summer holidays, I feel envious. But at exactly this time of year, I feel glad. I am thankful we don't go back to school until September. September 6th to be exact. Whaaaa? How awesome is that?

Now having said that, this is also the time of year that I begin to bleve a lot quicker.  [FYI - the definition of bleve is this: boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion] By now, my kids have had about enough time together. All one needs to do is look at the other one, the 'wrong way', and a battle ensues. Or, they get silly together, and it's always fun, ALWAYS, until someone gets hurt. And in my experience, someone ALWAYS gets hurt...

This summer has been kind of different from summers past. First of all, I'm working... That's right, not a lot, but some. And kids are left home by themselves more. The person who it seems to be affecting the most, is Madelyn. I thought she'd be delighted to have a few hours to herself, that she can watch 'her' shows, play 'her' video games, since her big brother sleeps until noon when allowed to. But it turns out, she's having a harder time with it than I thought. I guess she doesn't like to be alone. 

We have gone on a few camping trips, and still have another one in the works. But we didn't do our annual vacation this year. I guess it just wasn't in the cards. Couldn't get dates that worked for us, and then there's that job again... [Note to self, don't start a new job in June. Wait until September.]

And, the weather has been absolute crap. I kid you not. The rain... We're all so tired of the rain. It started to rain the day after the Calgary Stampede started, July 9th, and has rained ever since. We have had a handful of rain free days. I wish I were exaggerating. July was the wettest month on record in 90 years. We broke records. For rainfall... Not fun. The Calgary Stampede was the wettest on record. Events needed to be cancelled because of the dangerous conditions, water and electricity do not play nicely together. 

Many of us looked hopefully towards August... Having high hopes for a month of awesome weather. Sadly, that too has been thwarted. It has rained and rained and rained. One severe thunderstorm after another. For this girl, who is ridiculously scared of lightning, I'm more laid back about it than ever before, which is likely because we've had electrical storms almost daily.  I'm getting numb to them. Last weekend we met friends at a nearby pub, and guess what popped up on nearly every TV in the place.... 

This did: 

A tornado warning... For Airdrie, which is 10-15 minutes from our house. My kids were home alone, so I was feeling extremely vulnerable and uncomfortable. The only thing that scares me more than lightning, is a tornado. Hell yeah, I have a emergency kit in place in our basement...

It was weird that night, outside... Weird colour. Weird stillness. Weird that someone even commented that it seemed like we could be in the 'eye of the storm', like the Day After Tomorrow. [Which is an epic movie, if you haven't watched it, you should] The clouds were so low, they seemed to hover just off the ground. We had  a great view from the pub window. It was eerie. Super eerie... I have to say that I was grateful to get home that night, and when we did, we were of course treated with an epic light show in the sky.

A few days ago, I heard that we'd already surpassed the amount of rainfall we usually get for August in general. However, I can't find anything to back that up.  But it certainly seems like it's true. Flooding of some sort, have been at the top of so many newscasts this summer, we're now numb to that too.

Any way... Enough about that crummy weather, I guess we can't have it all. Winter and spring were awesome. We're obviously making up for that now. 

Onto week 22 of my project life book:

This week, scouts went to Bowness Park and did canoeing and kayaking. We made several trips to the creek near our house. Libby loves it, but always gets to a certain point and wants up. Madelyn finally fell into the creek, in her quest to find frogs. We were actually in search of goats, a Calgary pilot project, but never found them. Mad had a girl guide wrap up, the season if officially over. We went and watched our nephew perform as part of the Ashley Hundred at the Market Collective. Madelyn was in her first ever fun swim meet. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Paper Piercing Stitch Holes:
Totes adorbs – journal cards
Totes adrobs – kit

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PL2016 - Week 21

Week 21... The week of sick Libby.

Pets. You become totally attached to them, only to get stressed out when they're not themselves. This week Libby dominated. We had her to the vet 3 times in 4 days. Not fun, especially when it makes you  realize how crazy about them you are... 

This week, aside from Libby's vet visits, Mason sent me a text that there had been a fire at his school. It turns out they were doing work in the mechanical room, and an electric panel caught fire. It never got out of control, but did set fire alarm off. The school was evacuated, fire department showed up, the whole thing was over before it began. But sending this text home to your Mum, priceless. Mad got a pass to Telus Spark, so we went one rainy afternoon. Had to get a shot of all the stuff Libby is on... It was ridiculous.

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Melon Sorbet - Elements
Melon Sorbet - Journal Cards

Saturday, July 23, 2016

PL2016 - Week 20

Week 20 or May 9th - 15th, also happened to be when I played along with Ali Edwards and her 'Week in the Life'. 

This is the first time, in many years, that I didn't really feel 'up to' following along. My DSLR camera has been acting up, and the thought of taking a ton of pictures and losing them, didn't appeal to me. I decided not to do it.

And then at the last minute, I decided to do it, only 'simplified'.

I knew that if i didn't do it, I would look back and regret not doing it. I know this is the case, because I regret that lack of photos I took this past Christmas. I was having the same camera issue then... I know, I know, I need to do something with/about my camera. Either have it repaired [which I've googled and rumor has it, it's a temporary fix] or replace it. But it's just so darn costly...

This year I followed along and did my week in the life, using nothing but my iphone. Better than nothing. I've composed the photos, just have to print them off and put them in an album. This year I went with a 4x4 mini album. It's very picture heavy. There is very little journaling [I'm sure I'll regret this years down the road as well] But I've captured photos. I've recorded our week in the life. At least I won't regret the picture void.

Even when I'm documenting a week in the life, I still do a page for my project life album. It's a little bit redundant. But only a little bit...

This years project life spread is 12x24. This allows me to add a little bit more information. I'm still loving one week in one 12x12 spread. I also love that I can change it up, whenever it suits me. This week it happened to suit me.

Here is week 20, of a week in the life:

As I've done in the past, I changed all the pictures to B/W and continuously used the same elements over and over again. Ali happens to be a big supporter of repetition, and when you're documenting one week in such detail, I can't help but agree.

Also, I LOVED how she added the days on little manila tags, so I copied that element for my page.

Here's a closer look at the left side:

And a close look at the right side:

Lots of photos that included me this week. Which though I try to do on a fairly regular basis, isn't something I have a lot of.

The journal cards on all the days are just point form. I jotted down what went on in our days, knowing the album I wanted to do, would not have all the words included. At least the memories are captured somewhere.

When I finish my mini album, I'll plan to share it.

The following Sahlin Studio Product was used:

Viewpoint - Elements
Viewpoint - Journal Cards
Viewpoint - Paper
Paper Piercing Stitch Holes 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Story of our New Trailer

In early June, we bought a second hand tent trailer.

It all stemmed from our camping experience last summer. A friend of mine invited me and the kids out for a few days of camping in Kananaskis.

On the way out, Madelyn had said to me, "Mummy, we're going to have so much fun, you're going to want to go camping All. The. Time." And I thought to myself, "No little girl. I will not."

But I did have a great time. So, when I got home I began to glance through Kijiji, looking for our new inexpensive, second-hand trailer.

I never found it. Summer came and went. Fall came and went. Winter came and went. I never found our trailer.

I continued browsing through Kijiji, every so often, still looking.

Me and the kids were invited again, by my friend, to join them camping this coming summer. We'd passed the test, and were all compatible. The kids were beyond thrilled. And very vocal that this time we needed to go for longer, FOR A WHOLE WEEK.

So I began to look at used trailers again with more interest.

During this time, Barry happened to mention to his brother, that I was on the quest for a tent trailer. He happened to have one for sale...

All the stars aligned, and we happen to be the proud new owners of a tent trailer.

To say that we are excited, is an understatement... Or  at least, to say I am excited might be more accurate.

The boys love camping. The Scouts tent camp 2-3 times a year [even in the winter!] I am however, no longer a fan of tent camping. I'm past laying on the hard/damp ground. I want to be up off the ground. The tent trailer gives us that. It's similar to tenting, but more comfortable sleeping arrangements. We are still what I would consider 'roughing it', but we're roughing it with electricity. It's absolutely dreamy to plug in a kettle and make a hot beverage first thing in the morning.
If the weather is not conducive to being outside, we can hang out inside, play cards, read, play games, colour [or let's be honest... NAP] We can get out of the weather.

I would definitely not say we are glamping. No electronics. No TV's or video games. No large fridge to keep items cold. [Though, we just might bring our ice maker with us the next time we go] There's no bathroom, and we won't hook up  water. No, it's definitely what I consider roughing it.

So yes, I'm excited. Because I love being in the mountains. Am I afraid of bears? Good heavens, YES. But there are enough people out and about, that I actually feel easier about it now. That and the fact that we have Madelyn with us certainly helps. First, she rarely stops talking. Second, she's a loud talker.

The down-side to camping so far, is registration for camping opened in February. We picked up our trailer in June. Every weekend is booked. Which means we've needed to be a little bit more creative. We've booked our dates through the week. So far, it's worked out for us. 

Here is a layout I created from out first camping trip. Our 1st Adventure:

The layout above, is Sahlin Studio's free template available for the month of July only, get it before it's too late! 

Looking forward to more adventures this summer.
Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Friday, July 15, 2016

PL2016 - Week 19

Here is my layout for week 19 of my project life album.

This was one busy week.

First off, our little girl turned 11.  E L E V E N... How can that possibly be? Her 11th birthday happened to be the same day as the school's musical performance of "Off Their Rocker's", which Madelyn had the part of Rosie. [The premise of the musical was a bunch of people in a old folks home reminiscing about the music of yesterday] It was only about 1/2 an hour long, Mad delivered her line perfectly, and all the work that had gone into this performance was worth it. I got a great photo of Mason, which these days isn't easy. We also had the Division II Music Concert, which was another event entirely. After that performance a bunch of the kids from school went to DQ to celebrate with an 'after' party. These cute boys are some of her classmates.

And sadly, we lost Madelyn's little Stump this week. It was traumatic for all involved. [Well, mostly me and Madelyn I think] The next day we held a little service for her beloved hamster. 5 weeks was not long enough, she's told me on a number of occasions. That's how long she had him. 5 week... Eeks. Not looking to do that again anytime soon, though we probably have 3 years worth of hamster supplies.

Sahlin Studio product used:

Highs &Lows - Elements
Highs &Lows - Journal Cards
Highs & Lows - paper
Paper Piercing Stitch Holes

Sunday, July 3, 2016

PL2016 - Week 18

Fell off the track a little bit there.

I was doing a pretty good job of at least weekly project life updates. 

Last week, I'd planned to get a post out before we headed away camping for a few days, but I just wasn't able to squeeze a post in. 

Sadly, I came home from our camping adventure with a  head cold. Which really sucks. And also really derailed the train. 

Here is Week 18:

This week: glimpse of Prince's Island from inside the Peace Bridge. A snuggle with my little dog. Carpet cleaning, and the empty family room. Spring ring, Madelyn getting ready and in place to score a goal. We had the ringette wind up, and Sam the shark was drawn to be given to one of the members of the team. Sadly, it wasn't our girl. And there were tears. So we took a souvenir photo instead. Our girl turned 11.

The following Sahlin Studio Product was used:

Create - Kit Sampler
Create - Journal cards