Tuesday, February 23, 2016

More than a year!

You blink and a year has gone by! Hello friends : ) I'm back!! I find it almost impossible to believe that it has been over one year since I last posted. So much has happened in my life during this past year!  For starters we enjoyed a difficult but mostly trouble free move to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota in the DEAD OF WINTER! but we are so happy to be here!! It is beautiful! and every bit as amazing as we dreamed it would be.

One of the perks of living in such a beautiful part of the country is that you get lots of visitors!!

Visiting Mt. Rushmore

Enjoying the spectacular Needles Highway

Yellow Mounds in the Badlands

Devil's Tower in Wyoming or as I like to call it:
The Lord's Footstool  (Hebrews 10:13)

Crazy Horse Musuem

Me and my hubbers in a shot taken from the Coolidge Lookout fire tower in Custer State Park.  
Crazy Horse Memorial is the tiny speck in the distance between our two heads : )

Not all of the things happening in my family have been good in the past year. Sadly I lost one of sisters in June. She was my big sister and partner in crime! Oh the fun and mischief we got into together over the years. I miss her terribly every day!

Sherry Beth

In August I celebrated my 40th High School reunion in upstate New York. : ) I was treated to a side splitting - tears rolling down your face time by my dear friends and classmates I have not seen since my 10 year reunion. A "Merry heart really does good like a remedy as Proverbs 17:22 says : )

This picture MAY have had something to do with "boobs" but honestly my lips are sealed!
What happens in Lockport stays in Lockport!

This girl was present at nearly every crazy event in my school days history - from the 2nd grade until graduation.  And here we are at it again after 40 years!

There really IS a GREAT STORY here! : ) And best of all no policemen were involved.

Our new temporary home doesn't afford the same crafty space I enjoyed in Wisconsin but I have found a "niche" in my little home and enjoy playing with paper whenever I am able. I am excited to be back to blogland to visit all my old pals and make some new ones too, I hope.

I want to say a BIG thank you to so many of my blog friends who have kept in touch by sending me notes and cards and e-mails over this past year. It has really just blessed my socks off!! Since I've been gone I've been continually reminded that I was missed and encouraged to get back to what I love doing - making cards and blogging with other card makers : )

Thanks a bunch for visiting me today! I look forward to catching up with all of you.
BIG (((((Hugs)))))


Theresa Krout said...

WELCOME BACK MY DEAR FRIEND AND SISTER!!! Sure did miss you. I am so glad to see you have updated us on what you have been up to. We are so glad you are back and cant wait to be inspired by your great artwork. Our time there was great. You are great at paper crafting but also at hosting to out of state guests and what a great tour with Buffalo Bob, Prairie Pup Patti and Black Hills Bella! Thanks for showing us your part of beautiful SD. See you again soon. Love Oma

Marybeth said...

Welcome back dear Patti! I think of you every time I put my gorgeous polka dot scarf on! We have all missed you!
We visited Black Hills a few times when I was young and I always thought it would be an amazing place to live. Love seeing all the family pictures , thanks so much for sharing!
Your comment warmed my heart, you are way too kind!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Yay, Patti! So happy and excited to see you back here again! I can't even tell you the number of times I have thought about you and wondered what happened to you! It's great to see you blogging again!

I enjoyed looking at all of your photos! A lot has happened over this past year but I agree that the time has flown by way too quickly! Congrats on your move - that in itself takes a lot of time and work! And in the winter yet, that's brutal. So sorry that you lost your sister - please accept my deepest sympathies.

Your calendar pages are beautiful! Love those gorgeous roses! Welcome back!!

Beth F. said...

Wow! A year has passed already?! It looks like you are enjoying your time in SD. Your calendar is beautiful! I love tat it is interchangeable. I still reach for that bag of sequins so sent me ALL the time while creating my projects. In fact, the crown trio card that you saw on my blog earlier today had some on it. I am looking forward to seeing more of your creations in the near future!

Kelly said...

welcome back! Sorry about the loss of your beautiful sister. Hope the new year and new location brings much joy, good memories and crafty fun!

Diane said...

YES! So glad you are blogging again! I know how much you love card making and even more the community of friends you have here. Your calendar is lovely and I get to see it in person. I have been blessed to be there with you through all these adventures. It truly has been a year of joys and sorrows. I love you friend... blog on :)

Loving South Dakota with you !
Diane aka Bella

Asha said...

Oh my friend!!!!! You are finally back on the blogosphere. I missed you ... but you know that already.Thank you for your cards and emails while you were making this big move. I know you have been enjoying your new home and now we have pictures too. You look beyond happy and that makes me smile. And that sweet calendar is but a teaser of more crafty goodness from you. Woohoo!
hugs, Asha

Helen F. said...

Such a beautiful part of our majestic United States! I have thought of you often and hoped you settled into your new life with happiness and joy! It certainly looks like you did just that, Patti.
PS: welcome back to Blogging :-)

Jane Knudsen said...

Welcome back! I am so happy to see you again! You have been busy and I have checked periodically to see if you were back or not. In fact I was just thinking about you the other day and then you appeared in my comments! Yay! I am so glad to see you back! I am very sorry to hear about your sister. Your pictures are wonderful and show that you have had your happy times too! PS - love this project!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Hi Patti! Welcome back!! That is a great calendar design! I loved all your catch-up photos with your family and friends and your beloved sister, may she rest in peace. Goodness, though, girl, you do show restraint! Can you imagine in I did a years' worth of catching up on my blog? People would grow old and gray before they got to the end!! Haha!

Anyway, I love seeing you back, you know that! I nagged you often enough and I'm glad you finally did it. You are a wonderful asset to this fabulous cardmaking community in Blogland!! Hugs, Darnell

Linda said...

Patty, so glad you are back. I often wondered what happened to you after your move. Will be looking forward to your wonderful cards once again.

Manuela said...

Great to have you back in blogland. I am sorry to read about your loss of your beloved sister.
Great photos!

Lisa said...

WELCOME BACK Patti!!! For some odd reason I have not been getting your posts. Checked into your followers (which I thought I was??) and didn't see myself there LOL!! So I signed up again. I'll get caught up with your fabulous cards soon. Penelope is keeping me busy and active now that she's on the move!!!