Sunday, October 26, 2008

"The Sheriff called...

your pigs were on the highway". Yep, the novelty of being a pig farmer has worn off and Dave wasn't even around for me to yell at!!
It just so happened that Gabe and I walked out the front door yesterday afternoon to see our neighbor and his grandsons herding Peck and Pearl back up to the pen. After I said a few four-letter cuss words I ran down the hill to try to help round those little buggers up. Do you think they wanted to cooperate? ...NO, the grass is definitely greener on the other side. After a very graceful pig-dive and a few oinks and squeals, the neighbor was able to catch Pearl by the back leg and wheelbarrow race her back into the pen. Thank goodness Peck followed because I wasn't about to test my pig-diving skills. Geez, I think I'm ready for pork chops.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Don't ya just love fall?

I sure do. Fall is my favorite season because the air is crisp, the fruit is fresh and delicious, and the leaves are so beautiful this time of year. On Saturday we took our annual trip to the Hood River Valley to the apple and pear orchards and visited the Harvest festival. Thank goodness I didn't have a ton of money because I would have been in trouble! The pottery was amazing that there were so many yummy goodies and wines...Mmmm. Anyway here are a few pictures from our adventures.

Now I know this picture isn't perfect but it totally cracks me up every time I look at it. I was trying to get some cute "serious" shots of Gabe eating his pear but he wasn't going to have anything to do with that!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I can't believe I actually did it...

The digital scrapbooking world is a place that I said I would never go. I just love the texture and patterns of paper too much. Well when someone I respect very much as an artist issues a challenge to do a hybrid layout I took the leap and crossed over. I must say that it was a very frustrating experience at first because my computer skills are just not that strong but after a few hours (like 5!) I managed to modify a template to create something I was pretty proud of for my first hybrid attempt. I'm not saying that I will do a ton of hybrid work in the future because I'm still a paper addict but I can honestly say the challenge was a good one and it opened a whole new world for me. Thanks Nicole!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Layouts...well sorta!

I've done so many new layouts and projects lately that I've lost track. First I will show you the projects I did with the Citrus Tree Studio kits because these are some amazing kits! I had a ton of fun with them because the "Autumn Trail" kit was so versatile. Here's what the kit looks like:

and here are the projects I did with it...

and the mini:

And here is the project I made with the CTS October "Vintage Moon" mini-kit:

Fun, huh?? Now here are some layouts that I created for Dreamer in the past few weeks:

This layout I created for the "Dream Your a Scrap Star" contest at Dreamer. This is an example layout using a non-scrappy element and I selected cardboard.

Monday, October 6, 2008

"Honey, guess what?"

When you're married to a redneck that statement is never a good sign. On Saturday afternoon Dave called and said those very words. "Honey, guess what...we're pig farmers now!" I said, "what??" ...Yep, we're pig farmers now. Dave and his brothers were driving around Dufur with 6 wiener pigs in the back of his truck. Thank goodness he only brought home two because I can't imagine what I would have done with 6!

So I headed back to Redmond for the second time that day-- but this time it was to the feed store to figure out what in the heck I was going to feed the pigs. Thank goodness the girl was nice because she took pity on me and didn't laugh too loud. I found out that you feed pigs "Hog Grow" and it comes in 50# bags. My life will never be dull again.

Too bad they are such cute little buggers because I'm already attached.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch and trekked through the corn maze. This years theme was dragons and castles (or something like that) and the maze had two sections. We managed to make it through the first section before the whining began. Gabe was "sooo essausted (exhausted in Gabe-speak)" and it just wasn't worth dragging him through the second section of the maze even though mom and I wanted to go. That was 15 bucks well spent...

Probably the best part of the whole day for me was the caramel apple. Mmmm, it was so fresh and yummy! Gabe and mom had a funnel cake with strawberry topping which was pretty tasty too. This is definitely my favorite time of year!

My caramel apple...still warm...