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Today is Gotcha Day . . .

Thirty two years ago today a miracle happened. We were able to adopt a most beautiful baby boy.

My friends know our story . . . 

13+ years of marriage.

many surgeries

5 first trimester miscarriages

delivered a baby at 5 months pregnant

an ectopic pregnancy that burst

and then . . .

At the time, I was working at TWA.

Only a few people I worked with knew we had been trying to adopt.

We had been turned down by Catholic Charities because we were too old.

(Bill was 37 and I was 35!)


foreign adoptions were proving way too difficult

(remember this was the early 80's and the world was not quite as small as it is now).

My friend at the airline happened to take someone's place on a night shift.

A phone call came in from an adoption lawyer in Washington D.C.

He himself was adopted and had just located his birth brother

and was making reservations to fly to California to meet him for the first time.

My friend told him that I was trying to adopt and was having a difficult time because of our age.

He asked that I call his office (which, of course I did)

and told me that he had a friend in St. Louis who had just opened an adoption agency.

I was to call the St. Louis guy first and if he couldn't help, call the Washington lawyer back.

I made the phone call to the St. Louis guy.

We went thru a year of questions, forms, home visits and then . . .

a miracle in just one year.

We were able to adopt our baby boy.

He was 4 1/2 months old and beautiful.

And ours!

Family 1

The most wonderful Christmas gift we could have ever received.

Bill called him our lottery ticket. And yes, we definitely won.

Happy Gotcha Day baby boy.

We love you more than you'll ever know.

2016 A Year in Review . . .

Jan 2016

January (above)


Mary's Scrap Den April 1




Kh 5


GSLC Wagon copy




GSLC Crown 7


G45 City Scapes


G45 Pocket Album






Gslc dec1

A huge thank you to everyone who attended my workshops in 2016.

I appreciate each and every one of you.

Here's looking ahead to a new year of creativity with friends!

It's what's for dinner . . .

Chicken and pasta

Hope mine turns out looking like this

(and tasting good).

Get the recipe here:

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

Update after dinner:

Followed the recipe except for the marinating time. A week or so ago, I was at Aldi's and they had a vacuum sealer/food saver on sale. I think it was about $25 or $30. The chef programs I watch use those expensive vacuum sealers to infuse marinades. Tonight, I thought I'd try this inexpensive one from Aldi's to see if it would work.

And it did!

I made the marinade and put the chicken in the bag at about 3:30. Vacuum sealed the bag with my $25 Aldi's special and let it sit for about 1.5 hours. It was delicious and tasted like I had marinaded it for 24 hours.

After that, I followed the recipe and it was really good. Will keep this one in the archives!


December 10 Prima Workshop Class List . . .

Prima dec 10

You will need to bring the following supplies to class December 10 at Checkered Cottage:

  • Craft Mat
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors to fussy cut
  • Adhesive: both wet & dry
  • Crafty Foam Tape for popping up images
  • Light colored brown ink such as Old Paper or Tea Dye Distress Ink and applicator (we're not using too much ink on this project)
  • Mini-stapler (this can be shared as we're only using it one time)
  • Score Board
  • Ruler and pencil
  • 2" round punch (if you have one. We'll use this one time so you can share if possible.)
  • Popsicle stick or something to add snow to the cover (I have the snow!)

Waiting for glue to dry . . .

This morning I completed an album/mini-book I've been working on for a week. Most of the projects I do are based around workshops I teach. But this one was something I saw online by the ScrapQueen. It's pretty amazing with all it's flips, pockets and more.


Once the glue dries, I'll show you all the pages. In the meantime, I've collected drawers full of scraps. These are big drawers (approximately 24" wide x 15 inches deep) and sorted into like colors.


Whenever I have scraps worth keeping, they go into one of these drawers, based on their main color.


I can't take it any more! They're almost full and I haven't done a thing with them. I've decided to sort through them and put coordinating colors together and then . . . wait for it . . . 


possibly actually use them and create something. Today is sort day. This week is create something day. Ideas are welcomed!